Retailers: Not so fast with moving those masks to the bargain bin! And, dear readers, if you see one you like on sale, better grab it now before it goes up in price! The mask mandate is back and I’m happy to oblige after a COVID scare myself, a negative test and a summer cold that took me out for a few days.
I’m not thinking there will be another run on toilet paper, but we accidentally stocked up last week, and now have enough to get the office through another six months! But let’s not throw caution – and droplets – to the wind. This simple measure continues to prove effective. And we know so much more now than we did at the dawn the the pandemic.
Happy 40th anniversary to MTV, which debuted August 1, 1981. I was a mere kid, programming a Top 40 radio station when MTV came onto our cable TV that day. Remember “Video Killed the Radio Star”, the first song played? I certainly do! And I hear radio is making a big comeback Sunday. Hmmm, wonder what that’s all about???
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
The heat is ON and that means Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is back, now through August 15. Here’s how it works: Purchase your $10 wristband online or in person at various locations, then visit participating restaurants to enjoy their Taste of Summer offers and deals on appetizers, drinks or desserts. Not only do you benefit from the savings, the proceeds from the sale of wristbands go to help the Chamber of Commerce, the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory Foundation, and the charity you choose from the list. It’s a win/win all the way around! More info
“Jungle Cruise” at Mary Pickford Theatre
Summerific Sing-A-Long: CHICAGO
“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at Desert Rose Playhouse
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” running now through Sunday, August 8. It explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida, particularly between Pippi, “the stripper on the run,” the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic, Jeannie, and Jeannie’s tollbooth-collector husband, Norbert. “Armadillo Acres” is a come-as-you-are kind of trailer park, where personalities and predilections might be noisy, but hearts are soft and true. Get tickets
Kevin James at The Show
RuPaul Recaps by Dante: All-Stars Season 6
Our Special Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is faithfully watching and reporting on all the weekly victories and defeats in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Check out his review of the latest episode, “Show Up Queen,” [here] and learn about the ill winds circling Pandora Boxx and why Dante says “Pandy is now my spiritual twin. We are so going on a kickball date.” Read all of Dante’s recaps back to the season premiere [here]
Leather Pride Package Tickets on Sale Aug 2
Palm Springs Leather Pride is back October 28–31, unleashing a scorching hot weekend of bar and dance events, pool parties, cruising and social favorites, as well as The Mister Palm Springs Leather Contest. After over a year of lockdown, the jailhouse doors swing wide open with Unlocked: Full Release. Package Tickets for Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021 go on sale Monday, August 2 at 8:00 a.m., with tickets to individual events going on sale a week later, on Monday August 9. More info
Intensive Story-Slam Weekend with Mina Hartong
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents an Intensive Story-Slam Weekend w/Mina on Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, from 12:00–3:00 p.m. on Zoom. Humor and storytelling bring our community together. After a difficult year, let’s gather and share stories. In this intensive weekend workshop, solo performer and comedian Mina Hartong will guide you to a three minute live performance of your story or spoken word poem. As an LGBTQIA community we need to document and cherish our wealth of stories and experiences across the ages. Registration required. More info
Out on the Mountain 2021
Get your advance tickets now for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual “Out on the Mountain” LGBTQ/Gay Night returning on Friday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers. This year’s entertainers include performer and host Morgan McMichaels from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Trinity The Tuck (winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4). At Out on the Mountain, there’s no guessing who is LGBTQ or LGBTQ ally. We have the full park! Get tickets
Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center
The LGBTQ Community 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 their programs:
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.
Prostate Cancer Support Group – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.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.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
Welcome New Partners!
Palmtree Clinical Research, Inc. works with physicians from the major medical centers, medical groups, and private practices in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Riverside. They provide clinical research, which involves volunteers participating in studies that help research physicians better understand how to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases for their patients. Learn more
Downing and Grove Skin Care helps their clients navigate both extrinsic and intrinsic challenges to their skin’s health and beauty, specializing in age management, redness, rosacea, sun damage and more. Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and Justin Marsh at Downing and Grove believes skincare is healthcare and self-care; he’s your local expert for skin health and wellness. Learn more
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