Two new signs of hope to report on as we enter the Fall. I have a little inside scoop on Palm Springs Pride 2020 and it will be happening! Watch our website and social media pages as details will be released soon. All I can say now is: “I love a parade!” Ron DeHarte will be joining us on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcastnext week. And good news for local businesses as the Palm Springs City Council voted to close Palm Canyon between Tahquitz and Baristo. This comes on the heels of a proposal by Riverside county for the reopening of businesses according to this schedule:
September 8th, phase 1: dine-in restaurants, places of worship and non-essential offices.
September 22, phase 2: wedding receptions, group meetings and indoor shopping malls.
October 6, phase 3: gyms, movie theaters and bars.
That’s good news for our local economy IF we can do so safely. For now…
#ShopLocal #WearADamnMask #ILoveGay
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men Ages 55+
Having just held the ladies’ event last weekend, the next Speed Dating offering from the the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide will be Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men Aged 55+, hosted by Shann Carr, on Saturday, August 22 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 a real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for men 55 and over (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
More Fun & Games with Shann Carr
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, has more fun virtual events coming, 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!
- Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Trivia – Tue Aug 25 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Scavenger Hunt – Tue Sep 1 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Game Night – Tue Sep 8 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Trivia – Tue Sep 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):
- Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men Ages 55+ – Sat Aug 22 at 7:00 p.m.
- Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men Who Love Tattoos and/or Leather – Sat Aug 29 at 6:00 p.m.
- Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating – Sat Sep 5 at 6:00 p.m.
- Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages – Sat Sep 12 at 6:00 p.m.
- Daddies and Their Hunters Gay Virtual Speed Dating – Sat Sep 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Check back for more to come throughout September!
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 59
Join John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, Dr. Laura Rush, food blogger Charles Drabkin & comedian Mina Hartong to find out what happens in this week’s episode of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast! [Listen] or [Watch]
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KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Eve
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 23 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Eve, and future performances include: Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, and Kristine W on Sept 20. Get tickets
What it’s Like to Live Like a Queen
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Live Like a Queen: A Look at Britain’s Queer Stately Homes on Sunday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. Discover how queer the stately homes of England have been and continue to be. Presented by Nick Collinson and Dan Vo (who gave the Victoria and Albert Museum tour). Get tickets
Outfest Virtual, Streaming Now
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. Cheryl Dunye, John Cameron Mitchell, Lily Tomlin and newcomer country artist, Brandon Stansell, will headline special events and the festival has announced their full livestream and “Under the Stars” drive-in screenings schedule. including “Nowhere Inn,” pictured above. And check out the trailer below! Learn more
“Funny Girl” 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! Join them on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. for a Coyote Stageworks Special Event screening of “Funny Girl,” starring Barbara Streisand [Get tickets]. Screening for the weekend of Aug. 21–23: Blues Brothers, Road Warrior + Fury Road, and Bullitt. Get tickets
The Nicholas Snow Show Celebrates Desert AIDS Project
On the occasion of the 36th Anniversary of Desert AIDS Project, Producer/Host Nicholas Snow – a grateful client of D.A.P. himself – is dedicating a week of broadcasts of The Nicholas Snow Show to spotlight the beginnings and transformation of this lifesaving organization. Nicholas speaks with case manager John Machado, Director of Community Health C.J. Tobe, Charge Nurse (and COVID survivor) Kimmie Miller, and CEO David Brinkman. View here
Luminary Match-Up: Donna McKechnie and Teri Ralston
CVRep presents another in their “Luminaries” series with a Luminary Match-Up on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom: Spanning decades on Broadway and starring in some of the most beloved musicals, actresses Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and Teri Ralston (Company) are matched up for this insider’s look. Hear about the lives, friendship and careers of two of Broadway’s best. Conducted in the style of Actors on Actors, Donna and Teri will interview each other and share the stories which shaped their illustrious careers. Free event, registration required. More info
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Comedy Show
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Comedy Show on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. This funny line-up of comedians from all around the country includes: MC Rich Kiamco (Howard Stern Show), Calvin Cato (Netflix), Liz Glazer (OutTV), Sampson McCormick (Viceland and BET), Jake Noll (Just call me Ripley), DD Stepps (1st place in Comedy Laugh Off 2020), and Ronn Vigh (Switching Teams: A Gay Dude & A Straight Dude Talk About Sports). Get tickets
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
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
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
While many of us have been staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Palm Springs Police Department is reminding everyone who does need to drive to do so while sober. Impaired driving continues to be a problem. Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or marijuana. Palm Springs Police Department will have additional officers on patrol from Aug. 21 through the Labor Day weekend (Sept. 7) looking for suspected impaired drivers.
Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia on Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Our online Virtual Gay Trivia party is a great way to get people together for a night of fun, conversations and learning during all the craziness. It’s so entertaining because we make the questions easy and enjoyable for everyone! Up to 20 attendees will be on your screen at once, with a few rounds of 10 questions each. The top winner from each round will win some special prizes, including gift cards to local restaurants and shops! Get tickets
Stonewall Democrats August Meeting – Endorsements
Join the Desert Stonewall Democrats for their General Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. Candidates seeking DSD endorsement will make their case and answer questions. Registration required, donation suggested. More info
Next Week’s 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.D – Tuesdays 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.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesdays 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
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