On TyrannyWe made it through this week.  I don’t know about you, but my world stopped January 6th when the insurrection broke out.  And I’m still having trouble getting back to “work” even as I write this Friday morning.

I never thought that my blog and newsletter would turn from the promotion of #ILoveGayPalmSprings to talking tyranny.  But here we are. On my personal Facebook page, I have been quoting “On Tyranny”, by Timothy Synder all year.  He was on The Rachel Maddow Show again last night and here’s one quote from the book. It’s worth reading it from cover to cover (and it’s concise for those of you with a short attention span).

Politics and the pandemic have divided us in ways that our adversaries must be watching with glee. How do we come back from this?  Even in the Coachella Valley we see the divisiveness happening at every turn – from outdoor dining to politics.  We are less than two weeks from a new dawn.  Let each of us work to heal – to understand to be understood – as we get back to a place of normalcy.

On the podcast this week, we salute one of our MVPs who is leaving us – Mike Thompson from the LGBTQ Community Center.  And we get uplifting words from Angie Harvey.  I hope you’ll watch/listen from start to finish.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 79

John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Dr. Laura Rush, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, plus special guests: Mike Thompson and Mary Sue Allen of TheCenterCV.orgDavid Wells and Randy Garner unveil a new Bureau of Tourism campaign at VisitPalmSprings.com/we-are-palm-springs …plus uplifting moments with YOUR WOMEN’S CIRCLE LIVE! host Angie Harvey. [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!

Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of ALL Ages Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of ALL Ages Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez on Friday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone for a fun game and real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for Gay men of ALL Ages (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). Get tickets

Fun & Games: Happy Hour Inauguration Kick-Off Game Night

After the week we’ve had, we’re going to need a good Happy Hour to get us through to Inauguration Day! 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 Upcoming

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!

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Fairy Tale Castles LGBTQ Palace Tour of Europe

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Game Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present a Fairy Tale Castles LGBTQ Palace Tour of Europe on Sunday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. Come learn the LGBTQ stories behind some of Europe’s most spectacular castles and palaces on this 75-minute Zoom with Professor Andrew Lear. Castles and palaces are the stuff of dreams, and though they are often rather queeny, we tend to assume that their histories are straight. NOT!!! In fact, lots of castles and palaces have LGBTQ stories! Learn the secret stories behind the palaces of Roman Caesars, Renaissance papal nephews, Louis XIV’s brother, and more. Get tickets

Lesbian Artists of the Desert First Virtual Art Exhibit

On Sunday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m., Lesbian Artists of the Desert present their First Virtual Art Exhibit on Zoom. Eight artists will present a wide variety of pieces: from glass to photography and wire to paint, there will be something to interest everyone. Lesbian Artists of the Desert is a growing group of local queer women artists that meet the second Sunday of the month for camaraderie, sharing, swapping, and showing their art. More info

COVID Testing Freebie Fridays

Whether you have symptoms or not, getting tested for COVID-19 helps protect your family, classmates, co-workers and friends who could be at risk. Make an appointment to get tested at the Indio Fairgrounds this Friday and get a coupon for free local eats! It’s fast, easy and self-administered, with sponsors changing every week. On Friday, January 15: get BOGO coupons from Ben & Jerry’s Rancho Mirage for delicious ice cream!! Make your appointment online [here].

Modernism Week 2021 Tickets on Sale Now

Modernism Week 2021 has announced an exciting array of in-person events taking place April 8–18. Tickets for these events are available for purchase now. 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

Saturday Wine Tasting at Bouschet

Join the Bouschet crew for their Saturday Wine Tasting this week on Saturday, January 9 at 4:00 p.m. Featured this week: some favorite wines from the Duckhorn Portfolio: 2016 Calera Chardonnay, 2017 Calera Pinot Noir, 2016 Paraduxx Proprietary Red, 2016 Duckhorn Napa Cabernet, 2017 Duckhorn Napa Merlot. 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



Greek Mom’s Live Post-Holiday Drama Advice Show

The Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. Greek Mom (the creation of hysterical comedian Gus Constantellis) will insult and inform: “You want my advice? Good! Looks like you need it. Your life is a mess, but I’m here to help!” In this live improv advice show, the bombastic but tough “Greek Mom” will answer your questions on love, life and dealing with cousins you hate (don’t get her started about Toula). Get tickets

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]. Vinny will be on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast next week.

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.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.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.

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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The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has launched a new campaign about locals supporting locals called We Are Palm Springs. The message is to shop, dine and play local, and spread the word with the #WeArePalmSprings hashtag. GayDesertGuide.LGBT and the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast are supporting this effort. Each week, we’ll feature a new business on the podcast! Learn more

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