We recorded what I think is one of our best #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcasts today and I hope you’ll take a listen.  From Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors to our regular update from Dr. Laura Rush and a special moment of calm and joy with a solo cello performance, the podcast is also one of our longest.  Find it on Apple podcasts or see the Zoom video with all our smiling faces on Facebook.

Shann Car is launching the new Fun & Games Dept. at Gay Desert Guide next week with 14 different virtual events scheduled during the month.  From Speed Dating to Big Gay Trivia, we hope you’ll join us.  And with our discount code GDG25, you’ll get 25% off any event in August!

Find out what else is happening this weekend and in the coming weeks below.  Don’t forget about our Hot Deals where you can save up to 50% off gift cards – #ShopLocal #WearADamnMask

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.


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!

Speed Dating Events:


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 56

Join John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr as #ILoveGayPalmSprings welcomes special guest Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, and a medical reality check with Dr. Laura Rush. Learn mental health strategies with theCenterPS.org therapist Jill Hingston. We’ll talk cars with LGBT car club GreatAutos.org liaison DeeAnn Hopings, and a musical moment of beauty from virtuoso cellist Andrew Cook. [Listen] or [Watch]

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Virtual Tour: Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent.com present Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein & More with a Virtual Tour of Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery on Sunday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. See fabulous tombs and many famous “residents” along its charmingly shady, hilly paths (with great views of Paris!). The famous include Chopin, Rossini, and Jim Morrison—who died in Paris, probably of an overdose—but also many LGBTQ people. Oscar Wilde’s controversial (and much-kissed) tomb is the most visited in the cemetery, but there is plenty more to see, including the tombs of Proust, Sarah Bernhardt, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Colette, and great allies and icons, such as Maria Callas and Edith Piaf. Get tickets


KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Shann Carr

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. The series is hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, Aug 2 at 6:00 p.m. the featured artist is comedian Shann Carr, and future performances include: 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


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A Life Shared in Tango

CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays presents: “A Life Shared in Tango” with Tomas Galvan and Gimena Herrera, on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. Hear how their love of tango inspired their real-life love affair. Watch some of their best performances and experience the mesmerizing beauty of tango – as only Argentinian tango phenoms Tomas and Gimena can perform. Free event, registration required. 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


Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center

The Palm Springs Cultural Center has turned their parking lot into a temporary Drive-In Experience, complete with concessions like popcorn and frozen treats and radio-tuned sound!  This weekend’s films include: “Jurassic Park,” a “Terminator” double feature, and “Shrek.” Next weekend (Aug 7–9) will feature American Graffiti, Heavy Metal and Cool World (double feature), and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Get tickets


 Crescendo: A Very Modern Fundraiser

Modern Men – Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus is presenting Crescendo: A Very Modern Fundraiser, active online now through Sunday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m. With a vast selection of local artwork, collectibles, and other unique items for everyone, there are some big items to bid on such as: Big Bear cabin rental for four, Palm Springs Cabana Rental, and an African Photo Safari! More info


Virtual Cinema at Palm Springs Cultural Center

The Palm Springs Cultural Center is now streaming Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful. One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form, and his cult status continues long after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2004. Newton’s unique and striking way of depicting women has always posed the question: did he empower his subjects or treat them as sexual objects? [view trailer and get your V-ticket].


Authentic Movie Theater Popcorn Fridays and Saturdays

You can still 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, 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


Queer TV 24/7 from Revry

As COVID continues, Gay Desert Guide is thrilled to give you some much-needed LGBTQ+ entertainment with a FREE 1 month Revry Premium subscription with the most unapologetically queer movies, shows, news, originals and the largest libraries of queer music and podcasts. We are proud to partner with Revry who is supporting us by splitting all subscription fees (after your free month) throughout the rest of the year. Find them on socials: @revrytv  and use the Promo Code: M213 by visiting Revry [here].


VirtuREAL Wine Tasting with Bouschet

The Bouschet crew invites you to join them on Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. for a “VirtuREAL” Zoom Online Wine Tasting with Lisa Wherry and Roth Mendoza presenting: Gruet Brut Rose, Gruet Blanc de Noirs, Gruet Brut and 2017 Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon. Order online and pickup curbside or receive delivery from Dennis the “Wine Bandit.” More info

 NEXT WEEK

Tuesday: Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia

From the Fun And Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide comes the Big Gay Trivia Party on Tuesday, August 4 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. Hosted by Shann Carr, comedian and co-host of the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, Big Gay Trivia is a great way to get people together for a night of fun, conversations and learning during all the craziness. Our Trivia contests are so entertaining because we make the questions easy and enjoyable for everyone. The top winners from each round will win some special prizes, including a 5-pack of CBD Energy & Recovery Drink Mix from our sponsor, Out & About CBD. Save your spot and register [here].


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.DTuesdays 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. 

Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays 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 HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.


LOOKING AHEAD

McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

McCormick’s Palm Springs has announced their Fall Auto Auction will take place November 20–22 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with an expanded Friday schedule of 180 cars crossing the block, with another 225 cars on Saturday and 175 cars on Sunday. Friday is FREE all day, Saturday & Sunday is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Free Parking & Shuttle. More info


CANCELED: Big Bear ROMP Free-For-All

We recently shared that Big Bear Romp was planning a scaled-down “Free For All” event for August 21–22. However, due to community health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers have decided to cancel all 2020 activities. Those who wish to keep their host hotel reservations will retain the group rate. Previously purchased passes for Big Bear Romp 2020 will transfer to 2021. More info


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