There’s love and COVID-19 in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend. Just a year ago, I was on my way to New Zealand to start the Atlantis cruise to Sydney and Mardi Gras. The virus was in topping the news, and many could not pass through Asia to board. But we took few precautions other than using more hand sanitizer at the buffet.
By the time the trip was over, the world was quickly going into lockdown. It would be the last vacation I took, and when I got back to Palm Springs the landscape had changed dramatically. My parents, visiting from Michigan, joined the mass exodus of snowbirds who left for home.
Fast forward a year and we are slowly emerging from our International nightmare. On Thursday,
members of the media toured the Palm Springs Convention Center’s new COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Jimmy Boegle, from the Coachella Valley Independent, commented that he had not been in that particular space since White Party two years earlier. We saw socially-distanced public officials show how the cavernous space is now being used to save lives.
So off we go into the second half of February with a reimagined Valentine’s Day weekend and what would normally be one of the busiest with President’s Day on Monday.Keep up with all the happenings in ##ILoveGayPalmSprings with this newsletter and our blog linked below.
Oh, a happy Lunar New Year. It’s 4719,the Year of the Ox. Or as my friends Henry and Bob put it “OXOXOXOXO” with love in the new year! Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 84
Join us for a Facebook Live where we will debut the latest episode of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast at its new time, Fridays at 11:00 a.m.! This week: Happy Valentine’s Weekend! John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and GayDesertGuide.comBrad Fuhr are joined by #ILoveGayPalmSprings regulars Dr. Laura Rush and Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com + Bob Wills of GrandCentralPalmSprings.com + actors Mandahla Rose & Haviland Stillwell from the Revry.TV series BIFL …and longtime pal TV host Bryan Gallo stops by to talk about his podcast Do Your Part. [Listen] or [Watch]
The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is also 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)
Palm Canyon Theatre presents a Valentine-themed concert fundraiser, From Broadway with Love… Backwards, available to stream online for two days only: Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13. This annual fundraiser looks different this year (as all events do), so they’ve decided to “flip the script” and male performers will sing songs originally written for women, while women will sing songs originally written for men. This twist allows performers a rare opportunity to interpret Broadway numbers they would likely never be cast to sing! With about 21 performers doing everything from traditional ballads to fun, unconventional love songs, each uniquely crafted performance and video recording will be a new “favorite” for the “at-home” audience. Get tickets
Evenings with Ophelia Presents The Improvables of the Desert
Join The Improvables of the Desert on Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for “Evenings with Ophelia.” This one-hour Zoom performance will take audiences on a freewheeling journey, embracing whatever happens along the way. The result is lots of laughs and a unique show each and every time. Come experience this wild, unpredictable, hilarious celebration of the human condition, hosted by the Ophelia Project. Since 1998, Ophelia Project has been providing team mentoring for thousands of teen girls in the Coachella Valley, encouraging them to stay in school and pursue higher education. (Don’t miss Lin Phillipi of The Improvables on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, Episode 83!) Get tickets
My Dirty Valentine: 2021 HUMP! Film Festival
What a fun way to celebrate love! Dan Savage’s all-new 2021 HUMP! Film Festival, a livestream event happening on various dates now through March 6. (Follow our link for the schedule) features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one just for this festival! It’s a carefully curated program with a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. HUMP! celebrates creative sexual expression and wants to change the way you see—and make and share—porn. Get tickets
LGBTQ Love Stories of Paris
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present LGBTQ Love Stories of Paris on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14 at 9:00 a.m. This 75-min Zoom with ProfessorAndrew Lear and Edith de Belleville explores the LGBTQ love in “the city of love.” Learn about the deep mutual love of Proust and Venezuelan-French composer Reynaldo Hahn; the tumultuous relationship of poets Verlaine and Rimbaud; the complex three-sided (or more) relationship between wealthy American expat Natalie Barney, painter Romaine Brooks, and Oscar Wilde’s niece Dolly; the marriage avant la lettre of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas and more. Get tickets
LGBTQ Love Stories in the World’s Least Romantic City: Berlin
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent.com also present LGBTQ Love Stories in the World’s Least Romantic City, Berlin on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14 at 11:00 a.m. Come learn about the LGBTQ love stories of Berlin—the world’s least romantic city—on this fun and interesting tour with writer Brendan Nash! Berlin inspires passion, desire, lust and excess. But love? Not so much. Was it love that British writers Christopher Isherwood and WH Auden were looking for when they decamped to the city in the wild years of the 1920s? And what about Brian, Sally, and Max? Was any side of that exactly love?! Explore this and much more. Get tickets
“Best of Modernism” Online Auction
“Best of Modernism,” Modernism Week’s inaugural online auction, runs throughMonday, February 15. Cast your bids for one-of-a-kind experiences that include getaway stays in historic modernist homes, private tours, signed artwork, custom footwear, interior design services, a helicopter tour with a catered picnic and much more! Learn more
This Week’s Crushes
Have you been following our Gay Desert Guide crushes on social media? Every Monday and Wednesday we are highlighting our man and woman crushes, which vary from local to global. Our Man Crush Monday this week is David Powell and Woman Crush Wednesday is Keisha D! Click their image here to see a fun slideshow, and to keep up with all our crushes, follow @GayDesertGuide on Facebook and Instagram
Take Away So Restaurants Stay
Visit Palm Springs is offering a great deal to encourage takeout orders to support your favorite local restaurants, during this time when they need our support the most. The “Let’s Go Palm Springs” offer (Valid through February 16) gets you $10 off your to go order of $30 or more from your favorite participating Palm Springs restaurant, including Eight4Nine, Il Giardino, Lulu California Bistro, Trio and many more! Get the deal
Valentine’s Day Weekend Drive-In Movies
The Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Outdoor Cinema program re-opens this weekend with three sweet films in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Friday, February 12 it’s the original, one and only John Waters’ HAIRSPRAY– dance across that cultural divide and celebrate young love. On Saturday, February 13, fall in love all over again with the sweet comedy gay romance BEAUTIFUL THING – as two young boys discover each other. On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 wake up with Rebel Wilson into a PG-13 rom-com alternate reality in ISN’T IT ROMANTIC…. if only everyone would break out in choreographed song and dance- the world could be a better place! Get tickets
Classic Romance returns to the big screen Drive-In at Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place this weekend as well! From Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14, they are offering SABRINA, ROMAN HOLIDAY, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, and GHOST, in addition to SUPERNOVA, the moving new film in which Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth play a longtime gay couple. Get tickets
Next Week: 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:
For a true taste of the Windy City in Palm Springs, look no further than Giuseppe’s Pizza & Pasta, featuring authentic Chicago-style pizzas, traditional hand-tossed pies, and classic Italian fare. With a focus on fresh ingredients, everything on their menu is crafted with love and care, from their dough to the Bolognese on their spaghetti. Along with lunch and brunch menus, you’ll get a homemade meal and a warm welcome at any time of day. Learn more
Chill Bar is a warm and fabulous twenty-first century modern venue located on Arenas Road. They feature American Casual dining and bar and they are open to all, celebrating diversity! And every Saturday from 12:30–2:00 p.m., Sabryna Williams hosts Not Your Grandma’s Bingo, now in person and on Zoom! With this HOT DEAL, get a $25 gift card to Chill Bar for only $17.50!Get Your Deal
We also have Hot Deals at Destination PSP, Grand Central, Bear Wear, Monster Shakes, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Johannes, Il Giardino, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pinocchio, Mary Pickford Theatre, Bouschet and more! See All Deals