As if the president’s doom and gloom speech wasn’t bad enough, we’ve had days of local consternation around the plans for Palm Springs Pride. On today’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast, we turned to Ron DeHarte to talk through the mechanics of the “non-parade” caravan. It’s a concept we embrace based on many other communities’ experience with the caravan model to replace our beloved parade.
We hope that today’s podcast clears up the misconceptions and look forward to a safe celebration.
As I visited Arenas Road today, plans were in full swing to reopen more of the bars. Hunters now seems to have a larger outdoor footprint than their indoor square footage, with space on three sides of the building being converted to patio “dining”. How will it and others follow guidelines for food service? Or will the ever-changing guidance from the county and state change to allow bars to reopen under a different scenario? We saw Eagle 501 with customers and spoke with Dean Lavine from Blackbook as he revamps his menu. Dean plans on resuming carryout and start delivery service in mid-September. Chill continues to get good reviews for its new menu and pop-up dining concept. Meanwhile, the building housing Streetbar, Stacy’s and the former Bongo Johnny’s looked quiet.
We applaud the city council in its decision to close a few blocks of Palm Canyon for outdoor dining. On the podcast, we talk with Grace Garner to touch on the closure and hear about her decision to vote to complete the downtown park. That news against the backdrop of more restaurant and store closures truly give us a mixed bag.
We exit August with an election less than 70 days away and a lot of uncertainty in our hamlet(s). Two old Merle Haggard country songs swirl in my head: “If We Make It Through December” and “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”!!
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Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 60
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Palm Springs Pride 2020 Taking Shape
Read Our Guide for Dining Out in a Pandemic
Shann Carr’s Big Gay Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center
KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Brian Scott
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 30 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Brian Scott, and future performances include: Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, and Kristine W on Sept 20. Get tickets
Drive-In Concerts on the Mesa
Happy 36th Birthday to Desert AIDS Project!
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 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.
- Zoom That Tune Virtual Game Show Hosted by Shann Carr – Tue Sep 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):
- 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.
- Lesbian Virtual Speed Dating for Women of All Ages – Sat Sep 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Queer Virtual Tour of the Whitney Museum
VirtuREAL Wine Tasting with Bouschet
Theatre Thursday: Inside an Actor’s World
Outfest Virtual Film Festival Wrapping Up This Weekend
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Eight4Nine 5th Anniversary Livestream Celebration
Next Week’s Virtual Events at The Center
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
- Palm Springs Moves Forward with Outdoor “Al Fresco” Dining Pilot Program along Palm Canyon Drive
- The Straight Talk on Taxes – Here’s a Look at 10 LGBTQ Friendly Cities
- Culture Outdoors: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Has Big Plans for the Fall—Starting With the Return of LGBTQ Film Fest Cinema Diverse
- Coachella Valley Homes Are Selling at Record-Setting Pace
- Jane Lynch Hosts Star-Studded LA LGBT Center Telethon on KTLA
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