Another week, another new business! This weekend is the “Friends and Family” opening for Boozehounds with reservations now being accepted for dates starting next week. We’ll have a full report in Monday’s blog. 4/20 was celebrated in style with the opening of the 420 Bank Lounge. It’s a great addition to the south end of “Main Street”. Now when will that semi-empty structure housing BevMo get its new bar? We hear that’s going to be another venture by Chill Bar’s Rob Gieseke.
Another beautiful weekend is in store. When I look on the calendar, this would have been Stagecoach weekend. Instead, we get the Oscar’s to watch on TV, more places to go for food and drink, and some great socially-distanced events to attend!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 94
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live, Fridays at 11:00 a.m. The#ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon, FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!
Palm Springs Animal Shelter Film Festival
The Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter present an all-new fundraiser, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter Film Festival, on Saturday, April 24 from 6:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum Drive-In Theatre with the theme: “Love at the Drive In.” This fun, safe, and innovative event will celebrate 50s drive-in culture and will feature a festival of pet-themed short films, catered meals and goodie bags delivered to each guest’s car, live music by The Gand Band, silent and live auctions, and a tribute to local animal welfare heroes. Get tickets
Sneak Peek: Wade Rouse’s Latest Novel
Join the Friends of the Palm Springs Library virtually for their Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. featuring bestselling author Wade Rouse. Wade’s novels, written under the pen name Viola Shipman, are beloved by readers across the world. And of course don’t miss Wade on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast this week, Friday, April 23! Wade chose his grandmother’s name as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. His latest novel, “The Clover Girls,” comes out May 18. You will get a sneak peek at this book and hear about how Palm Springs fits into his novel coming out this fall. More info
Preservation Matters 2021
The City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board presents the 6th annual Preservation Matters Symposium on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. online. The theme of the symposium this year is “Restoration, Rehabilitation, Repurpose.” The video event will feature over 20 presenters from local organizations and will take you behind-the-scenes on the restoration of the Bob & Dolores Hope Residence and the Cornelia White Residence. Hear the fascinating story about the construction of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and much more. Check out the preview video [here]. Free event. More info
LUNAR at The Sonoran
On Saturday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m., The Sonoran Palm Springs will host LUNAR Art, Fashion, Music & Wine, a socially distant, COVID regulated event. The evening will feature a one-of-a-kind fashion masterpiece presentation highlighting acclaimed celebrity fashion designer David Tupaz and international fashion designers Erick Bendaña of Nicaragua, costume designers Ricardo Soltero and Inoe Vargas of Mexico and KICKA Custom Design of Sweden. Get tickets
Modernism Week New and Encore Programs Online Experience
While Modernism Week may be over in Palm Springs, the fun continues online with the Modernism Week Online Experience! Whether you are near or far, you can still experience a taste of Modernism Week virtually with online programs, including compelling presentations, video tours and films, on sale through May 15, and viewable through May 31. More info
A Gay Romp through Four Centuries of Opera
Gay Desert Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present A Gay Romp Through Four Centuries of Opera on Sunday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Join opera critic and historian Fred Plotkin for an exciting talk on opera at its most joyously queer! Opera has been about passion, drama, politics, passion, sex and more sex since its creation in 1597. It has been a “safe zone” since its beginnings in terms of personal expression of love and eros even in the face of censorship from churches and governments. This censorship, in fact, emboldened composers and librettists to be even more creative in depicting the passions of the mind and the human heart. Get tickets
❤️ This Week’s Crushes ❤️
Every Monday and Wednesday we are highlighting our Gay Desert Guide Man and Woman Crushes! Our Man Crush Monday this week is Palm Springs drag legend Rusty Waters, and Woman Crush Wednesday is Kristine Wyman, aka “Tiny,” the first woman to work at Eagle 501! Click the images here to read about them and see a fun video reel, and for more, follow @GayDesertGuide on Facebook and Instagram
Brothers of the Desert Speaker Series
For the Black community at large and for LGBTQ+ communities, it is important to hear how we can take care of our health in a pro-active and supportive way. Brothers of the Desert Speaker Series presents Preventing Chronic Conditions and COVID-19 on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00–11:30 a.m. Join Dr. Leo Moore, Medical Director for Clinic Services at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in an interactive format presentation. He will discuss preventive screenings and other recommendations to help you reach and maintain optimal health. This is a Hybrid Event: Virtual and Live “Watch Party” for up to 25 people at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Free event, registration required. More info
Joshua Tree Music Festival Spring Concerts
The Joshua Tree Music Festival is taking first steps on the journey back toward the festival as we know and love it, presenting Steve Poltz & Guest Tom Freund this Friday and Saturday, April 23 & 24, at 6:00 p.m. Read more about Poltz, who grew up in Palm Springs, [here]. Enjoy these amazing artists in a safe and spacious outdoor setting in the main music bowl, with tickets sold by the pod, with each pod accommodating up to four people. Get tickets
Paint & Sip at Donya Spa
Donya Medical & Beauty Spa invites you to Paint & Sip, an afternoon of outdoor painting, spa treatments & drinking on Saturday, April 24 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class – all supplies included – directed by Pinot’s Palette, guiding guests step-by-step through a featured painting. Enjoy a beverage and spa hand treatment with your general ticket, or add a 30 min. effleurage, mini facial, and hair shaping for VIP treatment! Get tickets
White Party and Leather Pride 2021
Halloween this year is shaping up to be an active weekend in Palm Springs, with both White Party 2021 and Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021 currently scheduled to take place. White Party is slated for Friday, October 29 through Monday, November 1 while Leather Pride is scheduled for Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October 31. Stay tuned, of course, and we’ll have more details and/or changes as they occur!
Monday: Big Broadway Trivia Night
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Game Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Big Broadway Trivia Night on Monday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Calling all Broadway Babies and musical theater nerds! Join other fans of the Great White Way and win prizes from the comfort of your own home at this trivia bonanza hosted by Broadway producer and industry insider Hugh Hysell. Get tickets
Dining Out For Life 2021
Due to the Covid-related struggles restaurants have had over the last year, Dining Out For Life 2021, on Thursday, April 29, will be different: Rather than asking the restaurants to donate a portion of their proceeds, DAP Health is asking the community to support locally-owned restaurants by ordering take-out or dining-in on that day. More info
Brothers of the Desert: ‘Speak My Words, Tell My Truth’
CVRep Theatre Thursdays and Brothers of the Desert Presents: Speak My Words, Tell My Truth A Premier Performing Arts Piece by Lorenzo Qatava on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Part poetry, storytelling, and play, the dialogue of six characters who present the lives and works of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, E. Lynn Harris, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, and others, explore how their works influenced American cultural aesthetics and its acceptance of homosexuality. This virtual performing arts piece will star Robert Banks Ramirez, Charles Reese, Allan Louis, John Lathan, Andre Carthen, and Anye Elite. Free event, registration required. Get tickets
Wyld Womxn Monthly Bike Outing
Join Wyld Womxn for a new monthly recurring biking activity on the last Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. This monthly bike ride will be a public community wellness resource and is open for anyone interested! Meet at Dead or Alive bar and come back for a glass of wine on the patio. Founded in 2016, Wyld Womxn is an intersectional feminist community organization based in the Coachella Valley comprised of women and non-binary artists and activists. More info
Palm Springs Air Museum 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Palm Springs Air Museum is celebrating 25 years over three evenings: Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30, or Saturday, May 1. Choose one date to attend for an open-air, COVID-19 compliant celebration with live entertainment by The Company Men and Wartime Radio, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night. Hosted by Joe Mantegna, admission includes a tax-deductible donation. Attendance is limited, and deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 23. Get tickets
Rainbow Challenge 2021
Grab your sunscreen and join other LGBTQ folks for Stonewall Golfers’ 20th Annual Rainbow Challenge Golf Tournament, a weekend of golf at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Saturday & Sunday, May 1 & 2. Play to compete or just casual play. Proceeds from this tournament will be donated to The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. More info
Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert continues to connect people, using the technology of group-meeting platform Zoom, which you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here’s just a taste of the programs they are hosting:
Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine with Alexis Ortega – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
Welcome New Partner!
In the spirit of the ‘old west’, the heritage of Palm Springs awaits you at Old Ranch Inn. It sits in the heart of the historic Tennis Club area and is steps away from the Downtown Palm Springs Village and just off Arenas Road. The Tennis Club area has a long and fascinating history with Hollywood celebrities, politicians, statesmen and infamous world travelers who made Palm Springs their personal desert hideaway. Don’t miss Jason & Troy from Old Ranch Inn on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, Friday, April 30! Today, when you check-in to Old Ranch Inn you’ll discover a personal hideaway to call your very own. Learn more
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