Today’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast with Dr. Laura Rush didn’t paint a very rosy picture of the pandemic. From a lack of contact tracing to FEMA being called in to assist at Eisenhower Medical Center, it’s no time to let down our collective guard.
I made the trip to Sonoma County, also a hot spot, for a getaway that was supposed to include the many events of Out in the Vineyard’s “Gay Wine Weekend.” All events are now virtual and I hope you’ll attend via Zoom or Facebook this weekend.
Speaking of virtual events, Shann Carr is heading up the Gay Desert Guide Fun & Games Dept. to help us stay entertained during the summer of our discontent.
Her events start Aug. 4 and are supplemented by those from our partner at The Men Event in New York which has events such as The Gay Dating Game, LGBTinsel Town Tour and Big Gay Trivia Party all in July.
What else has been canceled, is still on or has moved online? Read below and stay up to date when you become an Oasis Insider and receive our weekly newsletter.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 54
Virtual San Diego Pride LIVE
On what would normally be Pride Parade and Festival Day, Saturday, July 18, San Diego Pride will bring you their first-ever PRIDE LIVE: TOGETHER WE RISE. This day-long event will showcase community organizations, volunteers, leaders, elected officials, businesses, and of course entertainers that make Pride possible every year. More info
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 19 at 6:00 p.m. the featured artist is DJ Galaxy, and future performances include: Spencer Day on July 26, Shann Car on Aug 2, Anita Treadmill, Ethylina Canne & Clammy Faye on Aug 9, Tommy Dodson on Aug 16, Alec Mapa on Aug 23, Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept. 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, and a surprise performance on Sept 20. Get tickets
The Glass House: A Home for Two Gentlemen and The Arts
The Fun And Games Department of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present The Glass House: A Home for Two Gentlemen and the Arts on Sunday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. This special LGBTQ virtual Zoom visit to the former home of architect Philip Johnson, a seminal work of modern architecture which for decades served as one of the great ongoing salons for architecture, art and culture. This was also the home to one of the most well-connected gay couples in the art world. Johnson and his partner David Whitney lived together from 1960 until both men died in 2005. Get tickets
Open Call Talent Project 2020
On Saturday, July 18 2020 at 6:30 p.m. the McCallum Theatre Education’s Open Call Talent Project presents “Together,” a world premiere simulcast on KESQ Channel 3 and livestream. The finalists in this year’s Open Call Talent Project will perform in an innovative full-cast finale music video in this 30-minute special showcasing all the performers [preview here]. You also get a behind-the-scenes look at the project and an excursion to some of our desert’s most breathtaking vistas. More info
The Gay Dating Game LIVE
The Fun and Games Department of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present The Gay Dating Game – Live on Zoom on Wednesday, July 22 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. This is a VERY Gay version of the classic hilarious match making game where laughs meet love! The game consists of a bachelor questioning three gay bachelors (or vice versa), who are hidden from view. At the end of the questioning period, he will choose which one to get to know better. Who will he choose? Will he take your advice? This promises to be a hilarious night of great laughs, and great fun hosted by comedian Sean Barry Parsons. Get tickets
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! More info
Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center
The Palm Springs Cultural Center has made available their schedule for their “Drive-In Experience” movies for the next three weekends. Films include: “Palm Springs,” “Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stop Stopping,” “Grease” a “Mamma Mia” double feature along with its sequel, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Jurassic Park,” a “Terminator” double feature, and “Shrek.” Get tickets
Coming Soon: Fun & Games with Shann Carr
The Fun and Games Department of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, is planning a fun-filled month of virtual events hosted by Shann Carr, from Trivia and Game Nights on Tuesdays to Speed Dating Saturdays where you could meet a date, a friend, or a business connection.
- Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia – Tue Aug 4 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Big Gay Scavenger Hunt – Tue Aug 11 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Big Gay Game Night – Tue Aug 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia – Tue Aug 25 at 7:00 p.m.
- Speed Dating for Men of All Ages – Sat Aug 8 at 7:00 p.m.
- Speed Dating for Women of All Ages – Sat Aug 15 at 7:00 p.m.
- Speed Dating for Men Ages 55+ – Sat Aug 22 at 7:00 p.m.
- Speed Dating for Men Ages 30s/40s – Sat Aug 29 at 7:00 p.m.
And don’t forget we have several July events from the Fun & Games Department, rounding out July with:
- The Glass House: A Home for Two Gentlemen and The Arts – Sun Jul 19 at 11:00 a.m.
- The Gay Dating Game – Wed Jul 22 at 4:05 p.m.
- LGBTinsel Town Tour – Sun Jul 26 at 11:00 a.m.
- Big Gay Trivia Party – Tue Jul 28 at 4:15 p.m.
Christmas in July on Revry
If you’d like to skip ahead–if only in your mind–to the holidays, Revry is celebrating Christmas in July with a selection of holiday-themed queer TV. Sing along with the Christmas Queens, tag along on an awkward Christmas Eve hookup, and feel the same-sex tension on a conservative Christmas tree farm in Texas.We are thrilled to partner with Revry to offer you a FREE 1 month Revry Premium subscription. Use Promo Code: M213. Visit Revry [here]. On socials @revrytv
At Home with Josh Nelson
CVRep’s Theatre Thursday presents Theatre Thursday Jazz Night with Josh Nelson on Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m. Renowned jazz artist and composer Josh Nelson will perform selections from the classic Great American Songbook, as well as some of his original music. Find out more about this talented artist and composer during the Question & Answer session.
Free event, registration required. More info
Movie Theater Popcorn To Go
Just because movie theaters have had to close again doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite movie treats this summer. Swing by Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place and social distance in their air-conditioned lobby to pick up your movie theater style popcorn and other classic snacks to go! Enjoy popcorn, soda, nachos, ice cream, Icee and candy, and your purchase helps support your locally-owned theatre and especially helping to keep their staff employed through this crisis. More info
Hugh Kaptur Online Exhibition
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents another installment in their series of online exhibitions: Hugh Michael Kaptur, Palm Springs architect with a unique signature style inspired by American Southwest indigenous dwellings, desert architecture, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Many of his projects are recognizable for their thick blank whitewashed walls, inset windows with protruding surrounds, and wide overhangs to protect the structures from absorbing the intense desert heat. See photographs, sketches, and informational descriptions in beautiful full-screen slideshow [here].
Brad Fuhr on “Hot in Palm Springs”
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide himself, joined Producer/Host Nicholas Snow on “Hot in Palm Springs,” on Snow’s new PromoHomo.TV network for an up close and personal interview. Check it out!
Planning Ahead for Dementia: A Personal Journey
Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors (PALS) invites you to follow one PALS member’s personal journey with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Insightfully co-presented by Rob Weiser and Brian de Vries, Ph.D., this virtual PALS Seminar will address what MCI is (and what it isn’t), how it’s impacting Rob’s day to day living, and why he had to alter his end-of-life planning to address the ups and downs of his diagnosis. More info
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) Cares
“Chorus Cares” is a new PSGMC program to do Outreach Initiatives throughout the Coachella Valley, launching with a School Supplies Drive for two elementary schools to gather the supplies needed for the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of whether it is online or in-person. Drop-off in person Friday, July 24 or Saturday, July 25 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. or you can donate, or shop online through Amazon Smile. Benefiting schools include Bubbling Wells Elementary in Desert Hot Springs and Martin Van Buren Elementary in Indio. More info
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.D – Tuesday 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.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesday 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Desert Stonewall Democrats July Meeting
This month, the Desert Stonewall Democrats meeting will be Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. They will hear from three candidates seeking endorsement: Christy Holstege for Palm Springs City Council District 4, Lisa Middleton for Palm Springs City Council District 5, and Les Zendle for Desert Healthcare District Zone 1. More info
New Dates: Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Society is preparing for the 32nd edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, typically held in January, but this year the festival has been moved to run February 25–March 8, 2021 with the Film Awards Gala on February 25. Film Awards seats and tables and Festival passes will go on sale in October and individual tickets will go on sale closer to the festival. More info
Big Bear ROMP Free-For-All
While Big Bear ROMP 2020 has been officially canceled due to COVID-19 (all passes will automatically transfer to next year’s event), they will be holding three FREE happenings on the weekend that would have been this year’s ROMP. They will take place safely in the host hotel’s large outdoor amphitheater on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. Events include: Phil’s Twisted Trivia and Anything Goes, Babette’s Boozy Bingo, and Mountain of Laughs Comedy Night. No need to register, just show up! More info
Gay Days Anaheim 2020
The organizers of Gay Days Anaheim are preparing for this year’s event from October 2–4, 2020 at Disneyland, with fingers crossed that the park will open with safety precautions in place to create an event that will surely look different, but the red tshirt for this year is now available for mail order. Make your hotel reservations (with special Gay Days discount rate) now, and if the park is not open by October, refunds will be provided without penalty. More info
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