So doesn’t the world feel different already? As the new year of 2021 begins, the sun is shining in Palm Springs and there’s a little hope in the air.
I’ve been reading the various recaps of 2020 – who we lost, what we lost and gained and some of the poignant moments of the year we would all like to forget.
We keep you updated daily on what’s happening the Coachella Valley with curated NEWS articles, a robust EVENTS calendar (now with all the events that have moved or been cancelled/postponed), and a business directory of LBGTQ-friendly businesses for you to search and support. We’ll be here for you in 2021 and beyond!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 78
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!
Modernism Week 2021 Tickets on Sale January 1
Modernism Week 2021 has announced an exciting array of in-person events taking place April 8–18. Tickets for these events will be available for purchase on Friday, January 1 at 12:00 p.m. Events include home tours, the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and Modern Design Expo, walking architectural tours, an outdoor garden tour, talks, and other programs specifically designed to allow for social distancing and safety protocols. Newly-created online programs will also be offered during the Modernism Week Online Experience, February 1–28, as well as during the April festival dates. More info
Fun & Games Highlight: Inauguration Kick-Off Game Night
On Friday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m., the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present an Inauguration Kick-Off Game Night, hosted by Comedian Shann Carr on Zoom. This is a politics and cocktails version of our popular Big Gay Game Nights, celebrating the Pre-Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris! Shann will host a series of fun online games, with prizes for the winners. Get tickets
More Fun & Games Dept Events in January
Get your tickets now 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.
- 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.
Wonder Woman 1984 Drive-In Experience
Mary Pickford Theatre – D’Place Entertainment presents one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year to experience on a big drive-in screen this weekend! Wonder Woman 1984 fast-forwards to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Watch the trailer, check showtimes, and get your tickets [here].
BNP Paribas Open Postponed
The 2021 BNP Paribas Open will not be held March 8–21 as originally scheduled. The tournament is proactively working with the ATP and WTA Tours as well as title sponsor BNP Paribas to confirm dates later in the year to hold the event. Details will be released in the near future as plans are finalized.
Preview: Mental Amusements from Dezart Performs
The first live streaming event from Dezart Performs is set to begin Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m., when award-winning mentalist Vinny DePonto welcomes you to “Mental Amusements,” his magnificently crafted carnival designed exclusively for the virtual stage. Imagine having your mind controlled, your secret thoughts revealed and predictions made about your imminent future — all through the screen and from your own home! Performances run through January 31. Check out the trailer [here] and get tickets [here]
Saturday Wine Tasting at Bouschet
Join the Bouschet crew for their Saturday Wine Tasting this week on Saturday, January 2 at 4:00 p.m. Featured Staff Favorites this week: Vision Grüner Veltliner, Martin Ray Rose of Pinot Noir, Massimo Teran Red Blend, and Windrun Pinot Noir. All tastings include a gourmet food sampling specially selected and prepared by Tig & Co. 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! They also offer a great take-away menu with full meals created by Chef Tig, packaged and ready to pick up (short ribs, chicken enchiladas, cauliflower tika masala, and more). More info
NEXT WEEK: Marvelous Monologues
To kickstart the new year, CVRep will present Marvelous Monologues on Thursday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m., the new time for their Theatre Thursdays. Join in for an evening of incredible monologues followed by a Q&A session, presented by actors who have previously graced the CVRep stage: Arah Mokhtar, Eric B Anthony, Ivy Jones, Andrea Gwynnel, Anna Nicholas, and Vince Gatton. More info
NEXT WEEK: PALS Cafe
PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) CAFE is a virtual & completely safe place where you can enjoy a heaping piece of hearty laughter, lots of homemade conversations, and helpful insights while getting to virtually visit with many of your PALS. It’s for seniors and future seniors, for planning ahead prior to a health issue. Conversations create personal network; personal networks create a community that cares. Upcoming topics include:
- Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00 p.m. – Living authentically as LGBTQ
- Wednesday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. – Spending time on hobbies and tinkering
- Wednesday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. – COVID/Vaccine update by Dr. Rick Loftus
More info on PALS Cafe meetings [here].
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:
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.
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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