Just in time for the holidays, the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has embarked a new campaign about locals supporting locals called, We Are Palm Springs. According to the BOT, “The campaign is all about unity — celebrating the connection between our business owners and the community. Palm Springs is more than just a destination, it’s the people that hold this community together. From our unique restaurants and resorts to our locally owned shops and retailers, we are utilizing images and videos of people and local businesses with messages of shop, dine and play local and the “We Are Palm Springs” message.”
We look forward to supporting the campaign here in the coming days and weeks as our valley-wide business community struggles to stay afloat during the pandemic. It will be a very muted Christmas next week and an even quieter New Year’s Eve in just two weeks. Our editorial team was scouring the interwebs for NYE events and found very little. And that’s a good thing given the hospitalization numbers. Stay Safe and Stay Home (except to shop and order carryout).
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
#ShopLocal and … #WeArePalmSprings
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 76
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com are joined by journalist Jimmy Boegle of the newly redesigned CVIndependent.com …the Valley’s favorite Doctor Laura Rush …actress and local businesswoman Christine Tringali Nunes from your friendly neighborhood UPS Store …Robbie Wayne, producing artistic director for Desert Rose Playhouse and Hollywood background actor Cary Lowe talk plays, production, the press, vaccines and helping to lift each other up with laughs and hope and heart! [Listen] or [Watch]
The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is now available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to stream us to your TV! (Also available on demand after it airs).
Now available on iHeartRadio too!
KGAY 106.5 presents the fourth installment in their Naughty & Nice Extravaganza concert series, A Very Ethyl Christmas, hosted by Santa and streaming live on Friday December 18 at 5:00 p.m. Featuring Jazmyn Simone, Paris Sukomi Max, Mayhem Miller, Delta Work, Deven Green, and Mrs. Kasha Davis. More info
Fun & Games this Weekend
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present these fun, educational, and friendly events you can join on Zoom this weekend!
Gay Gingerbread House Making – On Saturday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m., join in for an afternoon of holiday cheer and creativity you can eat when you’re done! This adults-only party will feature camaraderie, cocktails and construction of your very own gingerbread house, with a contest for the most beautiful home. Get tickets
Queer British Art at the Tate – On Sunday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m., you have a chance to visit one of the most important exhibitions of queer art there has ever been: the Tate Britain’s 2017 presentation of Queer British Art 1861–1967. Highlights include: Frederic Leighton’s sensuous male nudes, Gluck, Britain’s first genderqueer artist, the art of Francis Bacon, and much more! Get tickets
Big Gay Trivia Holiday Cartoons & Movies – On Monday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m., it’s time for another Big Gay Trivia Night, this time all about those holiday specials and movies we all know and love. Our trivia nights are entertaining, with questions designed to be fun, easy and enjoyable for everyone! Get tickets
Fun & Games Dept Events in January
Mark your calendar for these Gay Desert Guide Fun & Games Dept. events early in the New Year! We are adding some fun twists to the Virtual Speed Dating format with themed nights hosted by Alexander Rodriguez, and presenting our first in-person event in a long time: a safely distanced “walk in the park” with Comedian Shann Carr, and much more!
- Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Fri Jan 8 at 7:00 p.m.
- A Walk in the Park with Comedian Shann Carr…Demuth Park That Is! – Sat Jan 9 at 10:00 a.m.
- Bowties and Bears Virtual Speed Dating, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Sun Jan 24 at 1:00 p.m.
- Inauguration Kick Off GAY Game Night Party, with Comedian Shann Carr – Fri Jan 15 at 6:00 p.m.
- Gossipy Potluck and Recipe Swap with Comedian Shann Carr – Sun Jan 31 at 1:00 p.m.
- Star Trek Virtual Speed Dating for Men, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Wed Feb 3 at 6:00 p.m.
GALA Choruses: Winter Harmonies Concert
On Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m., GALA Choruses presents the second in a two-part Winter Harmonies Concert, free on YouTube. Featuring more than 25 LGBTQ+ choruses from the leading association committed to serving the LGBTQ+ choral movement. More info
12 Days of Takeout
It’s been a tough year for small businesses, very much affecting restaurants, but there’s an easy way we can show them some love this holiday season. 12 Days of Takeout is a grassroots online campaign running from December 12–23. To participate, just make a purchase at least once a day from your favorite restaurants and share a pic of your food or the establishment on social media with the hashtag #12DaysofTakeout to encourage others to do the same! Learn more
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Gift Drive
First, due to the Stay at Home Order and virtual shutdown in the state of CA, PSGMC had to make the VERY hard decision to postpone the “Christmas in Palm Springs Drive-In Edition” scheduled for Dec. 19.
However, The Chorus is still running a Holiday Gift and Toy Drive at their booth at the Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs on Saturday December 19 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The effort is part of the “Chorus Cares” initiative to help communities with the greatest needs. New unwrapped gifts or toys in original packaging, and gift cards up to $25 will go to the children at Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio. More info
Saturday Wine Tasting at Bouschet
Join the Bouschet crew as they resume their Saturday Wine Tasting this week on Saturday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. Featured wines from Riboli Family Winery will include: Chardonnay 2017, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Petite Sirah 2016, and Stormwatch (Bordeaux blend) 2015. All tastings include a gourmet food sampling specially selected and prepared by Tig & Co. at Bouschet. The kit includes the wine samples, tasting notes and 10% off featured products. Choose curbside pickup or delivery and then participate from home via Zoom! More info
The Living Desert Reopens
Community Drive-In Christmas Eve Service
Join Bloom In The Desert Ministries United Church Of Christ and the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Thursday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. for a Community Drive-In Christmas Eve Service with social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. In a drive-in style evening of virtual celebration and worship, this unique experience is open to people of all faiths and congregations, featuring some of the most recognizable and revered local musicians, familiar carols, Bible stories, and the luminaria display, which will fill everyone with joy this holiday season. Enjoy holiday favorites from Keisha D, Tommy Dodson, Charles Herrera, Jerome Elliott, Charlie Creasy, Mark Richards and Elaine Wang Meyerhoffer. More info
Sounds of the Season: At Home Edition
Palm Canyon Theatre‘s annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season, is presented as an “at home streaming edition” this year: on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22 and 23, available on demand. Join many of your favorite Palm Canyon Theatre performers for this Holiday celebration: Mark Almy, Brent Schindele, Anthony Nannini, Ron Coronado, Laurie and Ryan Holmes, Paul Grant and Se Layne plus many more including some talented youth performers. Get tickets
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.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 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.
Making Connections During COVID: Men’s Discussion Group with Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, Ph.D
1st and 3rd Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
Welcome New Partners!
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Get rid of your clutter once and for all with Mel Mason of De-Cluttering Spaces, using her own experience to create a step-by-step process designed to help you get free of clutter without feeling overwhelmed. And if you only organize the outside without changing the inside, the clutter keeps coming back. Mel is on a mission to empower people to experience more happiness and abundance in every area of their lives. Learn more
The SHAG Store features fine art, prints & collectibles by distinctive painter, designer, and illustrator Josh Agle (aka SHAG), and it is a must-see for Palm Springs visitors. For prints, glassware, towels, aloha shirts, socks, t-shirts, tiki mugs, toys, books and more, visit the SHAG store in person in downtown Palm Springs, or browse their inventory and order online! Learn more
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