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

Palm Springs Pride? Park funds? Films? Housing? John Taylor and Shann Carr cover a lot of ground with guests Ron DeHarte of + District 1 City Council member Grace Garner, Jimmy Boegle of, Brad Fuhr of and “House of Cardin” directors P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes
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 Palm Springs Pride 2020 Taking Shape

Palm Springs Pride will indeed take place the first weekend in November, from Friday Nov. 6–Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Of course, this being the year it has been, nothing looks quite the same, but there will still be a fabulous line-up of virtual and socially-distanced activities, from the traditional Flag Raising to an Online Interfaith Pride Service, Drive-In Movie Nights at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Retail Sales Events, a KGAY online T-Dance, and is proud to be the presenting sponsor for a “Light Up the Night” effort to encourage supportive displays of lights and decoration at homes and businesses–more info on that to come! As for the parade, this year it will be a Pride Car Caravan (no street closures, no floats, no walking–only passenger cars following posted traffic laws) with more details for that coming soon too! Learn more

 Read Our Guide for Dining Out in a Pandemic

Gay Desert Guide’s food writer, Charles Drabkin, is a gourmand, gastronomist, and restaurant lover striving to attain some sense of normalcy after months of sheltering at home. He’s been dressing up in smile-inducing costumes for the Farmers’ Market but has missed one of his greatest pleasures: dining out. But he’s been venturing out again and come up with some useful ground rules for keeping perspective about dining out in our “new normal” reality, starting with “The food has to be worth it.” Read the full article

Shann Carr’s Big Gay Virtual Scavenger Hunt

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents Shann Carr’s Big Gay Virtual Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Let’s have some fun at home! Join us for this virtual scavenger hunt where everything you need to win is within your home or apartment. Rolls of toilet paper, potted flowers, photo albums, cleaning products and more are all in play for a hilarious night of fun and conversations!  Once we post an item you will have 15 seconds to find it. Each item found will result in points for prizes. You could win restaurant and shopping gift cards valued at $75! As with all our virtual events, all you need is a device with a camera and microphone. No need to download Zoom but it does help. Get tickets

Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center

House of Cardin comes to the Palm Springs Cultural Center Drive-In Experience on Friday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. [Get tickets] This rare peek into the genius of Pierre Cardin is helmed by Palm Springs filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes and they just joined us for Episode 60 of the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast! [Listen] or [Watch]. The Palm Springs Cultural Center is planning a Labor Day weekend of great documentary films, including House of Cardin, Miracle in the Desert (The Story of the Salton Sea), and Chuck Berry. Get tickets

KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Brian Scott

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 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

In these trying times, we can all use a little bit of music to lift our spirits and remember that this too shall pass. While in-person concerts seem impossible right now, there’s one way it can work: in your car! Every Saturday and Sunday at sunset, Jacqueline and Jeremie Levi Samson present a socially-distanced Drive-In Concert Experience at the Mon Petit Mojave ranch, a 15-acre private property located on the Yucca Mesa in Yucca Valley, CA. The shows are free but tips are accepted. More info

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Happy 36th Birthday to Desert AIDS Project!

We would like to wish Desert AIDS Project a happy belated 36th birthday! PromoHomo.TV Producer/Host Nicholas Snow – a grateful client of D.A.P. himself – had dedicated a series 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 BrinkmanView here

More Fun & Games with Shann Carr

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with, 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!

Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):

 Queer Virtual Tour of the Whitney Museum

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present a Queer Virtual Tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art on Sunday, August 30 from 11:00 a.m.–12:15 a.m. on Zoom. Since its founding in the early 20th century, the Whitney Museum has been dedicated to collecting works of American Art, often focusing on representational paintings that tell the story of the country’s shifting social and political landscape. Though this mission has expanded over the years, one of its lesser-known virtues is that the museum became an early home for artworks that depict queer life (in coded and explicit ways) in the modern city. In this tour, Joshua Lubin-Levy will guide audiences through the long history of queerness as it appears in the museum’s collection, beginning with the early twentieth century and moving into the present. Get tickets

VirtuREAL Wine Tasting with Bouschet

Join the crew at Bouschet for a 2:00 p.m. wine tasting on Saturday, August 29. This week, Joe Arciga of Wine Warehouse will present California wines: Twomey Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Angels & Cowboys Rose 2019, J Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir 2018, Morgan Cote du Crow’s 2018, and Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Wine tasting includes a charcuterie sampling, the wine samples, tasting notes and 10% off featured wines. Plus this week, a free detailed California Wine Map! Choose curbside pickup or delivery and then join the tasting on Zoom. More info

Theatre Thursday: Inside an Actor’s World

CVRep presents New York actor and playwright Jim Brochu on this week’s installment of Theatre Thursday, hosted by Ron Celona, on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. Fans will recognize Brochu from his multi-award winning play, Zero Hour, where he personifies the great Zero Mostel. Hear how Ethel Merman influenced his life, leading him from a path of the priesthood to the stage, and much more. Free event, registration required. More info

Outfest Virtual Film Festival Wrapping Up This Weekend

Outfest 2020 runs 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 a full livestream and “Under the Stars” drive-in screenings schedule, including “Nowhere Inn,” pictured above. Learn more

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.


Eight4Nine 5th Anniversary Livestream Celebration

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a live broadcast from their Facebook page on Tuesday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m. They will be sharing memories with live and pre-recorded appearances from members of the community, and you can participate from home and comment live or create your own video for possible inclusion in the broadcast! 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.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

  1. Palm Springs Moves Forward with Outdoor “Al Fresco” Dining Pilot Program along Palm Canyon Drive
  2. The Straight Talk on Taxes – Here’s a Look at 10 LGBTQ Friendly Cities
  3. Culture Outdoors: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Has Big Plans for the Fall—Starting With the Return of LGBTQ Film Fest Cinema Diverse
  4. Coachella Valley Homes Are Selling at Record-Setting Pace
  5. Jane Lynch Hosts Star-Studded LA LGBT Center Telethon on KTLA

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge is celebrating 5 years in business [with a Livestream Event on Tuesday] earning a reputation for being a local favorite with a warm friendly atmosphere. They strive to provide the best dining experience possible–and that extends to the “new normal” as they take care to space tables in their extensive outdoor seating area, single-use menus, mask requirements, hand sanitizer, and more to ensure everyone’s safety so you can relax and enjoy your meal! Enjoy this HOT DEAL with 40% off at Eight4Nine when you buy a $25 gift certificate for just $15! (Limit: 1 per household)
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