Brad Fuhr Caricature
One Year Ago:  IBC (International Bear Convergence) was taking place at Hotel Zoso.  The McCallum was hosting Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock n’ Roll.  At Purple Room, plans were being made to have Marilyn Maye fly in from New York the following weekend.  Arenas Road was buzzing every night of the week. Modernism had just wrapped and the committee was celebrating a record year.
Then we went on lockdown.
One Year On… We’ve got hope, a vaccine and a resurgence of activity in the Coachella Valley as we safely reopen.  In some ways the year has flown by.  But when we were in the throws of it, days seemed to drag on endlessly to weeks and months of shutdown.
President Biden’s relief package is now the law of the land. As Spring unfolds with blooms and warmer breezes,  so to is our world unfolding again.  Yes, there’s a long way to go till herd immunity and a full reopening, but we’re headed out of our year-long funk.
On this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast, we update you on some of those signs of Spring and reopening.  Our website is starting to sprout more and more events, new business openings and activities in which we can partake.
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter, as George Harrison wrote, but “Here Comes the Sun” indeed!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide#ILoveGayPalmSprings

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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 88

Join John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of on the road from purple to red with the valley’s favorite physician Dr. Laura Rush, Nino Eilets of …from the Palm Springs Convention Center and Bureau of Tourism Rob Hampton, Love TaShia Asanti from and Chief Development Officer Darrell Tucci.
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live at its new time, Fridays at 11:00 a.m.! Our podcast is brought to you by City of Palm Springs Small Business Financial Aid Program.
The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. Listen on Apple Podcasts and now available on iHeartRadio too!

Desert X 2021 Now Open

Delayed by over a month due to concerns about COVID-19, Desert X 2021 is now open March 12 through May 16 in the Coachella Valley. The exhibition explores the desert as both a place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here and the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape their stories. The site-specific exhibition is free and out-of-doors, providing a safe visitor experience, featuring newly-commissioned projects that build on themes explored in previous iterations as well as look deeper at the histories, realities, and possibilities of the Coachella Valley and its many communities. More info

Palm Springs International Dance Festival

Nickerson-Rossi Dance presents the Palm Springs International Dance Festival from Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, March 14. Highlights include Opening Night at Bouschet with a three-course meal from Chef Tig, VIP Photography Exhibit and Live Music at the newly-built Palm Springs Dance Academy. A Self-Guided Photo Exhibit, Dance Film Series Under the Stars, Dance Art Auction, and Virtual Dance Experience round out the festival’s activities! More info Michael Nickerson-Rossi is also this week’s featured Man Crush, see below!

❤️ This Week’s Crushes ❤️

Have you been following our Gay Desert Guide crushes on social media? Every Monday and Wednesday we are highlighting our man and woman crushes, which vary from local to global. Our Man Crush Monday this week is Michael Nickerson-Rossi of this weekend’s Palm Springs Dance Festival and Woman Crush Wednesday is Lena Ingram! Click their images here to read more about them and see a fun video reel, and keep up with all our crushes by following @GayDesertGuide on Facebook and Instagram

Free Live Comedy Show

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents a FREE Live Comedy Show by the students of the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop series, on Saturday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. Host Mina Hartong will present a fantastic lineup of eight performers making their comedy debuts–an evening of joy, humor and community not to be missed. Live performances by: Alisa Zebrina, Christi BlueFeather, David Sklarew, DeAnn Hopings, Lee Wygand, Lin Phillippi, Noreen Brody and Robyn Katz. More info

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Save the Date: 2021 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

DAP Health announced the 2021 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards are going virtual on Sunday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. You can participate by tuning into NBC Palm Springs or by tuning in to any of DAP’s social media channels (Facebook, YouTube or Twitter). Stay tuned for more details, celebrity entertainment, online auction opportunities, and more. Registration is free, donations accepted. More info

Rainbow Crossing Paint Restoration

On Saturday, March 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 (noon), the Cathedral City city council, public arts commissioners, and members of the community are coming together, while following COVID-19 safety protocols, to restore the Mayor Gregory S. Pettis Rainbow Crossing. Mayor Pettis was the longest serving member of the city council and the first openly gay candidate to run for political office in the Coachella Valley. More info

Building Bridges: Exploring Gender Dysphoria

PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents Building Bridges: Exploring Gender Dysphoria on Saturday, March 13 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Jami Woods, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair Diversity and Inclusion, UC Riverside School of Medicine will discuss: terminology (the five identities), the prevalence of gender dysphoria, gender as a social construct, the cost of living authentically, as well as her own personal journey. Registration required. More info

Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers’ Market

The Atrium in Rancho Mirage plays host to the new Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers’ Market, every Friday from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Shoppers can expect about 40 vendors with a variety of options including fresh fruits and vegetables, floral, baked goods, artisan clothing and gifts, meats, poultry and fish, coffee and teas, soups, pizza, tamales and more. Mask-wearing and social distancing required. More info

Front Row Center TV Series Returns

David Green’s Musical Theatre University is back with Front Row Center, the desert’s only weekly entertainment show, starring the MTU’s talented students bringing you the music of Broadway and beyond. It airs Sunday Nights on KESQ-ABC TV Channel 3 at 5:00 p.m. More info

The Romantic Friendship of Shelley & Byron

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present LGBT Classic Writers: The Romantic Friendship of Shelley and Byron on Sunday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Colin Carman (author of The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys) will lead a fascinating talk covering the sexual transgressions of two of the English Romantic period’s most famous, and infamous, erotic and political writers, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) and Lord Byron (1788-1824), followed by a fascinating and revealing look at the life of the lesser-known, but equally scandalous, writer Mary Diana Dods (c.1790-1830). Get tickets

The Birdcage and Stray Dogs at the Drive-In

The Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Outdoor Cinema Experience presents “The Birdcage” (remake of the classic French farce “La Cage aux Folles,” starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane) on Saturday, March 13. And on Friday, March 12, check out the documentary film “Stray,” following the plight of three stray dogs as they find human companionship on the streets of Turkey. Get tickets

Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday

Time to “spring forward” and begin Daylight Saving Time this weekend. Turn your clocks forward at 2:00 a.m. early Sunday morning (or before you go to bed Saturday night) and enjoy an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day!

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Friends of the Desert Mountains have slated the entire month of March for this year’s Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, a hybrid of online activities and individualized outdoor challenges to raise awareness of the many wildflowers throughout Coachella Valley. Join the Virtual Super Bloom 30-miles-in-30-days challenge to support the Friends’ mission of public land stewardship. You can also download field guides and scavenger hunts, check out the silent auction, and participate in online demos and lessons! More info

Modernism Week Online Experience Available Until March 15

Modernism Week has extended sales of the Modernism Week Online Experience! It’s not too late to watch these popular programs, now available for online purchase until midnight on March 15. Once purchased, you can stream these programs until March 31. The Online Experience is a curated line-up of more than 20 new video programs created specifically for Modernism Week, like “‘Philip Johnson – a Visual Biography’ and the Glass House,” to name just one! More info


Bears and Bowties Virtual Speed Dating

Roar! It’s a bear party and all are invited! Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Game Dept. and present Bowties & Bears Brunch Speed Dating with Alexander Rodriguez on Sunday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. Bears, cubs, otters, pandas, wolves, and even salmon are invited to put on your best bow tie and join us for our special brunch edition of Speed Dating. We’ll make it a dapper day with quick dates, fun ice breakers, and plenty of honey. (What’s a salmon? Join us and find out!) Get tickets

Virtually Red Dress Weekend
Since the LGBTQ Center can’t hold their annual Red Dress Dress Red Dance party in the usual way this spring, they are keeping the spirit alive with a Virtually Red Dress Weekend on March 20 & 21. Choose a physically-distanced activity of your choice and get active while engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising to raise $100,000 for the Center’s Community Food Bank! Fitness Influencer Craig Ramsay will guide you with virtual warm-ups on both days and lead a Virtually Red Dress 5K Run/Walk. There will also be a Virtually Red Food Drive, supporting The Community Food Bank, a free show from Improvables of the Desert, and a Head Over Heels virtual dance party featuring DJ Galaxy! More info

Next Week: WildLights Makes a Spring Return

WildLights returns to the The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens – with a spring twist! WildLights of Spring will take place nightly, starting Monday: March 15 and going through March 28. Guests will take an illuminated journey around the Zoo with an enchanting assortment of lighted animal sculptures and vantages of select habitats including the emus of the Australian Adventures. A portion of the African Safari loop will be open for guests to see cheetahs, zebras, African wild dogs, and other animals. The event also will feature new music for the light zones, and guests can take a spin on the carousel and make s’mores around a fire, for an additional fee. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are on sale now and advanced purchase is required. Get tickets

Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? 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 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.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays 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.
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.
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]

Welcome New Partner!

Computer-Wiz Jonathan Lanz and his partner ran a successful computer repair company in Houston, TX before moving to the desert. Now they bring their expertise in remote or in-home repairs to the Palm Springs area! Using the latest generation software technologies, they structure IT consulting services to meet your specific needs, from hardware and software issues to cyber security, networks, voice & data, and more. Computer-Wiz is your personal IT department. Learn more

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