They range from the comic book kind to the frontline workers fighting the pandemic. On this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast, we talk about both. Kraven Comics creates a world of LGBTQ super heroes with whom we can identify. It’s a ground-breaking comic book series that tackles many tough topics that we have faced. There are the health care workers, like Dr. Laura Rush, who are working tirelessly to save lives. And there are the many unsung heroes doing things – big and small – to make our world a better place. We talk with a two on the podcast.
There are many opportunities for you to “do good” and be a hero this holiday season. From supporting Toy Drives to donating time and treasure to our food banks, every little bit helps. As we go into another lockdown in our tourist-driven economy, it’s time to really #ShopLocal, #WearADamnMask and to obey the measures put in place. That will make you a superhero in your own right.
Rely on GayDesertGuide.LGBT to keep you updated on the virtual events happening this holiday season, along with our Fun & Games events including an Inauguration Happy Hour and LGBTQ tours of major world museums. Plus support local with a HOT DEAL, gift cards from our local merchants at up to 50% off.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 74
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com welcome guests: Fernando Velez founder, creator of KravenComics.com …Co-chair of the Victory Fund campaign board Susan Burnside…Dennis Flaig-Moore, VP/General Manager of the Saks Fifth Avenue and our regular local support group including Dr. Laura Rush and Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com [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).
11th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show
Join Animal Samaritans for the 11th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show “Backstage and on the Runway” on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. on Local CBS2 TV. Our local Desert handsome hounds will have the opportunity to choose from an extraordinary array of chic designs at Saks Fifth Avenue before modeling the latest trends in men’s fashion. Saks General Manager Dennis Flaig-Moore joined this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast [check it out]!. Among the fashion show’s dozen featured men are Raju Mehta from El Paseo Jewelers in Palm Desert, photography icon and Boo2Bullying activist Dimitri Halkidis, and Eisenhower Hospital’s David Renker. Proceeds directly benefit the Adoption Alliance Animal Rescue Program. More info
Palm Springs Art Museum’s Art Party Gala
Palm Springs Art Museum is pleased to announce its signature fundraising gala, Art Party, will be held virtually in your home on Friday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. This online event will feature the world premiere of a new performance art piece by internationally acclaimed artist Jeffrey Gibson, as well as a behind-the-scenes studio tour showcasing highlights of his creative process. The evening will be capped off with a celebrity MC and performances by guest entertainers. These include Jamie Lee Curtis, David Zipple and Steve Tyrell. Get tickets
“The Prom” and “Stardust” Drive-Ins This Weekend
The Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place Drive-In Experience presents a special 3-Nights-Only screening of “The Prom,” starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Keegan Michael Key, & Andrew Rannells in a Ryan Murphy film adaptation based on the Broadway musical. The big names play a group of down-on-their luck Broadway stars who shake up a small Indiana town to support a teen who just wants to attend the prom with her girlfriend. Screening Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6, and Monday, Dec. 7 at 7:45 p.m. Watch the trailer and get tickets.
Over at The Palm Springs Cultural Center, their Cinema Under the Stars experience presents “Stardust,” a David Bowie biopic, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 & 5, screening at 6:00 p.m. “Stardust” offers an intimate glimpse into the moments that inspired the creation of Bowie’s first and most memorable alter-ego, illuminating the turning point that cemented his legacy as one of the world’s greatest cultural icons. Watch the trailer and get tickets
Well in the Desert Toy Drive Sponsored by Purple Room
Well in the Desert is unable to hold their traditional Christmas celebration this year, but the children are counting on you. For some of them, the toy from Well in the Desert is the only gift they receive from Santa. Operation Save Santa 2020 is in need of unwrapped toys (value: $10) for ages 1 through 10. You can drop them off at The Purple Room’s lobby (1900 E. Palm Canyon) between 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. every day, or call 858-722-5226 for pick-up.
London’s LGBTQ Theatreland Tour
Join award-winning guides Nick Collinson and Dan Vo on Sunday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. as they raise the curtain on the queer history of London’s famous West End Theatreland! This virtual tour via Zoom will explore the highest level of British commercial theatre in the English speaking world. Over the years the West End has played host to more than its fair share of queer stars such as Oscar Wilde, Ian McKellen and the largely forgotten Maud Allan, who rose to stardom in London, attracting attention worldwide for her skimpy outfits and provocative dance moves. Get to know drag king Vesta Tilley, queens Fanny and Stella, actor Sir John Gielgud, designer Oliver Messel and more! Get tickets
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Gift Drive
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus is launching a Holiday Gift and Toy Drive at their booth at the Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs on Saturdays December 5, 12, and 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
Help a Homebound Senior This Holiday Season
Mizell Senior Center is collecting donated personal care items to fill over 450 care packages for homebound seniors this holiday season. They need everything from shampoo and shaving cream to soap and toilet paper. Call ahead and you can arrange a contactless drive-through pickup. More info
KGAY 106.5 Naughty & Nice Extravaganza
KGAY 106.5 presents four holiday events over two weekends with their Naughty & Nice Extravaganza, streaming live on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday December 11–13, and Friday December 18. All shows begin at 5:00 p.m. More info
- Friday, December 11 – Keisha D and Friends
- Keisha D , David Bader, Bill Lohnes, Eve and Barry Marine
- Saturday, December 12 – Divas on the Dance Floor
- Anita Treadmill, Marina Mac, Stephanie Brown, Anita Cocktail, Dana Charles, Chilane, Ashley Sparks, Kevin Miller, My Mona, Erica Carrington, Jayla D Foxx, Ana Rexia, Rosemary Galore, Tommi Rose, Electra, Summer Clearence, Miss Behven and DJ Galaxy.
- Sunday, December 13 – Kristine W and Friends
- Kristine W, The Palm Springs Gay Man’s Chorus, Kippy Marks, Francesca Amari and Tommy Dodson
- Friday, December 18 – A Very Ethyl Christmas
Tickets are Going Fast for Wildlights
WildLights is celebrating 28 years dazzling guests by transforming the The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland on select nights through December 27, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Note: December 4, 5, 11 & 12 have SOLD OUT, so plan now to get your tickets for the remaining available dates! Come to this festive, annual tradition and marvel at more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights like a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, newly added pathways and the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. Delicious food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Get tickets
Christmas in Palm Springs Drive-In Edition
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting “Christmas in Palm Springs Drive-In Edition” on Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. They will be premiering the song “Christmas in Palm Springs,” written by Joel Baker, and the show also includes Ann Hampton Callaway as the special guest with Lenny Broberg as auctioneer. This socially distanced special event is sure to sell out! 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]
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- Where to See Holiday Lights in Los Angeles
- Escape to Paradise at the All-New Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
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