Just when we thought it was safe to go outdoors, another week or so of scorchers is on the horizon.  We’ll be in the 1-teens for the foreseeable future.  What better time than now to sample the virtual events with Shann Carr and the Fun & Games Dept. of GayDesertGuide??  The women take a turn at dating this weekend, followed by Big Gay Trivia and many more events.  Check out the details below.

Keisha D, the heart of Palm Springs, is the focus of a special edition of the KGAY Summer Concert series on Saturday.  Do tune in and see all the tributes to her – plus some new footage and a new performance by the queen herself!

 

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

 


Speed Dating for Women of All Ages

Hot on the heels of our successful Men’s Speed Dating event this past weekend, the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents Speed Dating for Women of All Ages, hosted by Shann Carr, on Saturday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for women of ALL Ages (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection! Get tickets


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 58

Join John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr for our weekly local support group with Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com Nino Eilets of TheStandardPS.com, Dr. Laura Rush and Director/Writer/Producer/Standup Del Shores of DelShores.com  We’re talking sports, arts, eats, drinks and fun and games!
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Fun & Games with Shann Carr

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, has a whole month of virtual events hosted by Shann Carr, from Trivia and Game Nights on Tuesdays to Speed Dating Saturdays where you could meet a date, a friend, or a business connection!

Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):


“Born to Be” Panel Discussion and Q&A

On Friday August 14, from 6:00–7:30 p.m., Desert AIDS Project presents Born To Be Panel Discussion and Q&A, Hosted on Zoom and Facebook by Desert AIDS Project and Association of Nurses in AIDS Care – Greater Palm Springs. Moving through the healthcare system can be a difficult or traumatic experience for people who identify as trans and/or gender non-binary (TGNB). Join this discussion to learn more about the work being done to create trans and gender non-binary inclusive patient-centered care. Panelists include: Dr. Antonia D’orsay, PhD – Director of Trans Services, Borrego Health, Dr. Jill Gover, PhD – Behavioral Health Manager, Desert AIDS Project, Dr. Jill Hingston, PhD, LMFT – Director of Behavioral Health Services, LGBT Center of the Desert, Mere Abrams, MSW, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Online Gender Care, Rachel Stern, MS, FNP-C – Regional Support Clinician, Planned Parenthood, and Thomi Clinton – Executive Director – Transgender Health and Wellness Center. More info


KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Tommy Dodson

Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series.
This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. The series is hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, Aug 16 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Tommy Dodson, and future performances include: Eve on Aug 23, Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, and Kristine W on Sept 20. Get tickets

Special Edition:
The KGAY Summer Concert Series presents a special FREE Concert on Saturday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. featuring the one and only Keisha D. View here


High Time and Hot Times in Homo Harlem

The Gay Desert Guide Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present High Time and Hot Times in Homo Harlem, 1920-1990 on Sunday, August 16 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a virtual LGBTQ tour through time and space with Michael Henry Adams, to experience Historic Homo Harlem! Get tickets


Theatre Thursday: Broadway Singalong

CVRep’s popular monthly Singalong returns to Theatre Thursday this week with a Broadway Singalong on Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. Host Ron Celona will introduce you to the night’s very talented singers. Janna Cardia, Perry Ojeda and Randy Brenner will sing the songs from some of your favorite Broadway musicals. Lyrics will be available on CVRep’s website, for those who want to sing along. More info


Among Friends Virtual Happy Hour

Join Among Friends for their ongoing Thursday “Kickoff to the Weekend” Happy Hours, on Zoom from 5:00–6:30 p.m. every week. Come for the laughs, games and fun, and if you don’t want to be on cam, you don’t have to, you can still attend. And hey, no Uber needed! More info


Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center

The Palm Springs Cultural Center has turned their parking lot into a temporary Drive-In Experience, complete with concessions like popcorn and frozen treats and radio-tuned sound!  For the weekend of Aug. 14–16, films include: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Cabaret & Chicago Double Feature, and Pitch Perfect. And looking ahead, Aug. 20–23: Funny Girl, Blues Brothers, Road Warrior + Fury Road, and Bullitt. Get tickets


 Virtual PFLAG Meeting

Palm Springs PFLAG will hold a virtual meeting with facilitator Dan Smith on Sunday, August 16 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. PFLAG supports families of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning persons, and it’s a safe place for GLBTQI persons seeking validation. In addition to checking in, you can share your thoughts, feelings and insights on how the last five months may have changed you. How do you think about the future? How can PFLAG-PS support you now and into that future? More info


Palm Springs Dance Academy Grand Opening Week

Palm Springs Dance Academy is celebrating the opening of a brand-new state of the art dance studio from August 8–15 daily from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at their Palm Springs facility on South Palm Canyon Drive. Meet Artistic Director Michael Nickerson-Rossi and faculty in small groups of up to 10 at a time, with a reserved 1-hour tour for your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. More info


NEXT WEEK

Shann Carr’s Big Gay Game Night

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Shann Carr’s Big Gay Game Night on Tuesday, August 18 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. Let’s have some fun at home! This evening of fun and games will feature prizes for the winners, playing Hangman, Friendly Feud, and Trivia. We’ll all get acquainted and share niceties before the fierce and friendly competition starts. Get tickets


Take Out! Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 2020

This year’s Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage looks different but the spirit is the same: supporting our restaurants with take out from August 17 – September 22. (Patio dining where available). Your $10 wristband will encourage you to enjoy your favorites and try some new spots this summer for only $5, $10, or $15 – specials vary by location. It is a WIN-WIN-WIN! Not only do local nonprofits sell the wristbands to fundraise but restaurants also stay busy during this time and residents get to enjoy delicious food and cool treats! More info


Virtual Events at The Center

Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBT 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.

Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. 

Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.

Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]


LOOKING AHEAD

Outfest Goes Virtual with Full Lineup

Outfest 2020 will take place from August 20–30, bringing over 160 films to their streaming platform, as well as a series of outdoor drive-in screenings in Malibu. One All-Access Pass will serve as your ticket to new centerpiece films, premieres, and hand-curated programs debuting daily.  Select packages of Festival Favorites will also be available for direct purchase. Outfest’s mission creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change. Learn more


Gay Days Anaheim 2020 – Fingers Crossed

The organizers of Gay Days Anaheim, scheduled for October 2–4 at Disneyland are optimistic that the park has a good chance of re-opening by that time and if so, Gay Days will go on with safety precautions in place! This year’s event will surely look different, but the feeling of community will be the same, with some special elements to introduce just for this year.  Make your hotel reservations (with special Gay Days discount rate) now, and if the park is not open by October, refunds will be provided without penalty. More info


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