We’re just a week or so away from August. And this is the summer of our discontent. That’s why we’ve partnered with #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast host and comedian Shann Carr to head up the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and our new series of Virtual Events.
From Big Gay Trivia Nights to Gay and Lesbian (separately!) Virtual Speed Dating, we have something for everyone. Check out our events page, Facebook or Eventbrite.
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Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.
Theatre at Home – Roundup by Stephen Radosh
Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has written a new article, “Theatre at Home,” about how theatre people are putting the “creative” in creative art and figuring out ways to share their talents and love of theatre in the current climate where gathering in close proximity is still not an option. From Hamilton to Megan Hilty, and from Cheyenne Jackson to Marga Gomez in “Spanking Machine,” Radosh has options that should keep you busy for awhile! Read more
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: “Grease” a “Mamma Mia” double feature, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Jurassic Park,” a “Terminator” double feature, and “Shrek.” Get tickets
KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Tommi Rose
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. Hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. the featured artist is Tommi Rose, and future performances include: Shann Carr on Aug 2, Anita Treadmill Presents Divas on the Dance Floor on Aug 9, Tommy Dodson on Aug 16, Eve on Aug 23, Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, Kristine W on Sept 20, and a free concert on Saturday, Aug 15 with special guest Keisha D. Get tickets
LGBTinsel Town Tour: The Golden Age of Hollywood
From The Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com comes the LGBTinsel Town Tour on Sunday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m. Explore the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, Hollywood’s first boys-only porn theatre, and the gay bar where the Black Dahlia sipped her last libation, just to name a few. You’ll see things like: the hair salon that created Judy Garland’s look for the The Wizard of OZ, and the nightclub where Joan Crawford got her start entering weekly contests as a dancer to win money so she could eat that week! You’ll also learn where the term “PRIDE” came from and what it actually means. Get tickets
Save Your Cinema and Popcorn Pickup at Mary Pickford Theatre
With movie theaters closed again due to COVID-19, they have gone months without audiences and are at risk of going dark for good. The National Association of Theatre Owners has created the #SaveYourCinema initiative to urge Congress to keep movie theaters alive until they can fully reopen by supporting the RESTART Act. You can help take action to save theaters like our beautiful Mary Pickford Theatre by using the hashtag #SaveYourCinema on social media, and sending a message to your Senators and Representative [here].
You can still enjoy your favorite movie treats this summer by swinging 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, on Friday and Saturday from 4:00–7:00 p.m. and your purchase helps support your locally-owned theatre and especially helps to keep their staff employed through this crisis. More info
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
Virtual Cinema at Palm Springs Cultural Center
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is offering some great new films this week in their Virtual Cinema program, including “The Citizen,” about a middle-aged African immigrant who fled a civil war, seeking to become a full-fledged citizen in Budapest [view trailer and get your V-ticket]. Another new film is “Someone Somewhere,” a bittersweet romance about parallel lives in our increasingly hermetic modern urban life [view trailer and get your V-ticket].
White Women as Allies
From our friends at the L-Fund comes a course to identify and combat racism: “White Women as Allies,” on Friday, July 24 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. – Dr. Kelly Watson and Dr. Ronni Sanlo, both deeply involved in the current resistance movement since 2016, will discuss: Historical context -what brought us to this time, our visible and invisible identities, our identities as privilege, and what it means to be an ally and what we can do right now. More info
Celebrate Broadway Christmas in July
Get Inspired by Yaacov Agam
The Palm Springs Art Museum, keeping you connected to the museum while they remain closed due to COVID-19, presents a new At-Home Art Activity, inspired by the art of Yaacov Agam. Make your own Agamograph, a form of Op Art and Kinetic Art that creates the illusion of movement through a three-dimensional relief. Learn more
The Palm Springs Art Museum plans to gradually reopen in the fall with modified hours and safety protocols in place, with virtual or outdoor versions of fundraisers and auctions. Learn more
VirtuREAL Wine Tasting with Bouschet
Coming Soon: Fun & Games with Shann Carr
The Fun & Games Dept 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:
MONDAY: Agua Caliente Job Fair
Agua Caliente Cathedral City is hosting a job fair on Monday, July 27 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford Theatre. They are looking to fill over 500 positions to prepare for the grand opening of their Cathedral City casino later this fall. Distancing, face coverings, and temperature checks will be observed to create a safe event. More info
TUESDAY: Big Gay Virtual Trivia Night
On Tuesday, July 28 from 4:15–5:15 p.m., the Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide presents Big Gay Trivia Night. This partnership with TheMenEvent will be hosted by Hugh Hysell. It’s a fun way to socialize and get people together for a night of fun, conversations and lunacy during all the craziness. The questions are designed to be fun, easy and sometimes educational. They cover common sense stuff to everyday things, movies, TV, stuff you learned in high school, pop culture, popular music and things that lots of people should know. The top 3 winners from each round will win free passes to future events. Register ahead of time to secure your spot. 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 – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays 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 – Wednesdays 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
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