Brad Fuhr CaricatureRetailers: 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

Jungle Cruise Film PosterD’Place Entertainment’s Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City is now open 7 days a week and showing the biggest films, and this weekend’s big opening is the Disney adaptation of the iconic ride, “Jungle Cruise,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Also playing, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, “Old,” Mark Wahlberg in “Joe Bell,” and more! Get tickets

Summerific Sing-A-Long: CHICAGO

Summerific Sing A Long Chicago 2021The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present The All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long. This week, on Saturday, July 31, the evening’s movie musical is “Chicago,starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, and Queen Latifah – At 6:00 p.m., come for social hour in the VIP Lounge upstairs, to mingle with your fellow movie musical enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails, mocktails & soda; spontaneous singing encouraged! Dress for the songsational occasion, and at 7:00 p.m. join host Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus for an evening filled with film, fun, and song. The Summerific Sing-A-Long series is a joint fundraiser for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus and Palm Springs Cultural Center and continues with a different film every Saturday through September 11. Get tickets

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at Desert Rose Playhouse

Great American Trailer Park Musical 2The 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

Kevin JamesThe Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage presents Kevin James on Saturday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. James is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his role as Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, for which he was nominated for a 2006 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Get tickets

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RuPaul Recaps by Dante: All-Stars Season 6

RPDR AS6 E7RuPaul All-Stars 6 CastOur 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

2021 Out on the Mountain SliderGet 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.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.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

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