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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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
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,everyFriday 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 TheMenEvent.com 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 TheMenEvent.com 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 andadvanced purchase is required. Get tickets
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
Monster Shakes is bringing back classic desserts with a modern Monster twist–Mid Century Modern meets today! You can take a mini vacay from the day and get lost in sweet goodness with over-the-top Monster Shakes, 9 Dole Whips, and frozen yogurt with dairy-free, vegan, and sugar-free available too. With this HOT DEAL, you save 50% and get a $15 gift card for just $7.50! Get Your Deal
We also have Hot Deals at Chill Bar, Destination PSP, Grand Central, Bear Wear, Dickey’s, Johannes, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mary Pickford Theatre, Bouschet and more! See All Deals