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We’re in for a hot summer and so it’s time to have some virtual “Fun” (and Games!). We’ve been talking about the new Fun & Games Department of Gay Desert Guide, and now we’re ready to announce a full slate of virtual events to keep our collective minds occupied.

My thanks to Shann Carr for her help in creating these events which range from Big Gay Trivia Night to Speed Dating. What I love about our new speed dating is there are 3 outcomes: A date, a friendship or a business connection. On Monday, we’ll announce the full line up in our blog on GayDesertGuide.LGBT. You can find them now and get early bird tickets now on the events calendar, on Facebook or on Eventbrite.

Use the code Insiders25 to get 25% off any Palm Springs event.

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This Sunday is the first of a summer-long Virtual Concert series from KGAY. Kippy Marks is this week’s inaugural show with DJ Galaxy set for next week.

As this pandemic wears on, please be kind to each other… and to yourself.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 53

This week TV’s Bryan Gallo fills in for Shann Carr as co-host with John Taylor, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com and Hugo Loyola of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center.

[Listen] or [Watch]


KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series

Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series.
This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. This Sunday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. the featured artist is Kippy Marks, and future performances include: July 19: DJ Galaxy, July 26: Spencer Day, Aug 2: Shann Carr, Aug 9: Anita Treadmill, Ethylina Canne & Clammy Faye, Aug 16: Tommy Dodson, Aug 23: Alec Mapa, Aug 30: Brian Scott, Sept 6: Emily West, Sept 13: Bill Lohnes, and a surprise performance on Sept 20. Get tickets


Drive-In Movie: Andy Samberg’s “Palm Springs”

Palm Springs,” the new comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, opens Friday, July 10 and continues on Saturday and Sunday nights as well, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s new Drive-In Movie Experience. Choose from socially distanced seating near the screen or various tiers of car spots. Full concessions available, including popcorn, hot dogs, and frozen treats, open for the duration of the film. Space is limited, reservations required. Lot opens at 7:30 p.m., screening around 8:45 p.m. More info


Jazz in the Pines

Idyllwild Arts Academy has reimagined their popular annual fundraiser, Jazz in the Pines, with a lineup of live and recorded performances and workshops to be streamed online July 5–17. Jazz In The Pines will include public performances, an “In Conversation” series with the artists, open masterclasses, and special events.  The festival will be free and open to all, catering to everyone from seasoned Jazz fans to those new to the scene. More info


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Among Friends Virtual Happy Hour

Join Among Friends for their ongoing Thursday “Kickoff to the Weekend” Happy Hours, on Zoom from 5:00–6:30 p.m. every week. Come for the laughs, games and fun, and if you don’t want to be on cam, you don’t have to, you can still attend. And hey, no Uber needed! More info


Gay Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

The Fun and Games Department of Gay Desert Guide and The Men Event present Gay Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World on Sunday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. Come learn about the long gay history of two of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating countries, Greece and Italy. We will learn about several different cultures—Ancient Greek, Etruscan, ancient Roman, Renaissance Florentine—in which same-sex love was important—and the artworks in which they celebrated it. In this hour-long virtual talk via Zoom (with time for questions), Professor Andrew Lear will do a “show and tell” about: Zeus and his boyfriend Ganymede, the poet Sappho and her female loves, and many more! Get tickets


Palm Springs Virtual Yappy Hour

Animal Samaritans presents Palm Springs Virtual Yappy Hour and Meow Hour on Thursday, July 9 from 5:00–6:00 p.m. on Zoom. You and your pet can participate in games, contests, win prizes, and socialize safely. $10 Donation is suggested and greatly appreciated! Donations benefit Animal Samaritans life-saving programs. Woof! Woof! Zoom! Zoom! More info


Animal Samaritans Presents Conversations with Dr. B

Join Dr. Michelle Bousquet, Chief Medical Officer at Animal Samaritans every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom as she answers your pet-related questions and concerns, including best practices regarding COVID-19. Email your questions ahead of time and then join live. More info


CARE-IE-OKIE Showtunes Singalong

CVRep presents Theatre Thursday’s CARE-ie-okie! Showtunes Singalong on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m., this time featuring “Ladies Night.” Host David Schwartz will introduce you to the night’s very talented female singers: Melodie Wolford, Kristin Towers-Rowles and Jaci Davis. They will sing the songs from some of your favorite Broadway musicals. We’ll provide the lyrics – you provide your voice! All Theatre Thursday events are offered free of charge. More info


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. The collection of short films and one feature film are available on demand for free between July 9–13. “Saturday Shorts” is a live virtual event on Saturday, July 11 from 2:00–5:00 p.m. that will take you all over the world — as well as locales close to home! — with stories of conservation, environmental justice, advocacy and activism. It will be followed by a panel discussion and a brief Q&A. Partners for this festival are Friends of the Desert Mountains, the Living Desert, Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley, and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. More info


‘Stories of Dear Harvey’ Virtual Viewing

San Diego’s Breakthrough Workshop Theatre has performed “Dear Harvey,” a tribute play to Harvey Milk, ever since their conception in 2013. With the 2020 reading cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the tradition continues with a new documentary film experience that interweaves stories from the play with stories from the creators and the artists who have been changed through their work on the play for over a decade. The film can viewed online for free on Sunday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. followed immediately by a virtual remembrance of Dan Kirsch by artists who knew and loved him. More info


VirtuREAL Wine Tasting with Bouschet

The Bouschet crew invites you to join them on Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. for a “VirtuREAL” Zoom Online Wine Tasting with Mark Lyon, creator of Eco Terreno. He will be presenting: 2019 Rose, 2017 Cuvée Acero Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Three Vine Red, and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. Order online and pickup curbside or receive delivery from Dennis the “Wine Bandit.” More info

Palm Springs Episodes of “Married to Medicine”

Two recent episodes of the Bravo TV series “Married to Medicine” took place in Palm Springs and Cathedral City as the ladies enjoy a Palm Springs Weekend, including a drag show where Palm Springs’ own Bella da Ball takes the stage for some camera time. Look for episodes 8 & 9 of Season 2, in repeats and on-demand.


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Big Gay Zoom That Tune – July 13

The Men Event and Gay Desert Guide present the Big Gay Zoom That Tune Interactive Game Show on Monday, July 13 at 4:15 p.m. Join the fun for lots of laughing, socializing and Type A competitiveness as you test your knowledge of music in this fun interactive event. All of your favorite songs are in play including classics, pop, broadway, diva anthems, rock and more. Earn extra points by answering bonus questions. DJ Stevie Beat is famous for his gay Zoom That Tune games and this event promised to get you laughing and interacting with the other players. Get tickets


Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show

The Men Event and Gay Desert Guide present Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. on Zoom.  Greek Mom will insult and inform in her Live Interactive Advice Show: “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, live and dealing with cousins you hate (don’t get her started about Toula). Get tickets


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 – Monday 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.DTuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. 

Prostate Cancer Support Group – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursday 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.


Virtual Gay Wine Week

Sonoma’s Gay Wine Weekend, produced by Out in the Vineyard, is going virtual this year with interesting, illuminating and fun events in the virtual space. All you have to do is sit back, uncork a bottle or two of Sonoma Wine, and join online! Look for reports from Brad Fuhr live from Sonoma. [More info] – Events include:

  • Colors of Wine Country on Friday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. – A conversation with Black leaders in the wine/hospitality industry.
  • Virtual Wine Tour on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. – A virtual journey through the Sonoma Valley, exploring the best wines of the region.
  • Virtual Twilight T-Dance on Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. – Featuring past T-Dance DJ’s spinning for your at-home dance party, with special performances from Transcendence Theatre Company and more.
  • Drag Queen Bingo, Bubbles & Wine Auction on Sunday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. – Join hostess Ruby Red Munro for some much needed fun and stay for the annual Wine Auction.

BNP Paribas Open 2021 Series Packages Now on Sale

Series Packages for the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, taking place March 8–21, are now on-sale to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of the action, available in a variety of seating options in Stadiums 1, 2 and 3. More info


Safer Together, Greater Together

Gay Desert Guide has taken the Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge. By taking this pledge, GayDesertGuide.LGBT is making a commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors, workforce, and all of our neighbors, families, and friends. The Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge is a unified approach destination-wide among all of the business partners of Visit Greater Palm Springs.


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