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Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Mar 5-7, 2021

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Brad Fuhr CaricatureMarch is Women’s History Month after February’s Black History Month. We’re introducing you to women making a difference in our community.  That starts with Michelle Castillo of Wyld Womxn, who was this week’s WCW – Woman Crush Wednesday.  Watch for more content all month long on the website and on our social channels @GayDesertGuide.

If you’re doing business in the Coachella Valley, you may be feeling like you can’t keep up with social media trends and how to get your business noticed.  We offer our #Hashtag Helper webinar in conjunction with the Desert Business Association on Wednesday.  Register at, of course, Facebook events. Or find it on our comprehensive events calendar on the website.

Forever Marilyn is causing a stir in our community.  We chat about it on this week’s podcast.  It’s a developing story as the statue starts to make its way to Palm Springs.  Will she “grace” Museum Way or will she end up elsewhere???

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 87

EP 87 OPEN ILGPS PODCASTJohn Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of are joined by Dr. Laura Rush, Editor of Jimmy Boegle, Rev. Kevin Johnson of Bloom in the Desert + TV’s Patrick Evans honors Keisha D, author Stephen Hess and last, but certainly not least, Actor/Writer/Producer-Terry Ray!

City of Palm Springs Seal GoldThe #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!

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival 2021Friends 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

12th Annual Spring Fling

Blooming Together Bloom Desert MinistriesBloom in the DesertJoin Bloom in the Desert Ministries UCC on Friday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. for their 12th Annual Spring Fling, with the theme “Blooming Together.” The virtual gala will feature entertainment by Musical Theater University; an online, real time silent auction for unique, multi-themed “Easter Baskets”; and a raffle for $500 in Amazon gift cards. Bloom will also be presenting the 7th Annual Community Justice Award to Keisha D, and also the 3rd Annual Compassion Appreciation Award. Register now to preview the auction, bidding is underway! More info

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All Worlds Re-Opens 7 Days a Week

All Worlds LogoStarting this week, All Worlds Resorts is again renting rooms 7 days a week, though due to code enforcement, they are not allowed to start day/night Maze passes until bars are allowed to re-open. Stay tuned for that announcement when the time comes! Visit All Worlds

❤️ This Week’s Crushes ❤️

WCW Michelle CastilloHave you been following our MCM CJ TobeGay 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 CJ Tobe and Womyn Crush Wednesday is Michelle Castillo of Wyld Womxn!. Click their image here to read more about them and see a fun slideshow, Keep up with all our crushes, by following @GayDesertGuide on Facebook and Instagram

Modernism Week Online Experience Extended

2021-02-28 Modernism WeekModernism Week LogoModernism 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

Mary Cassatt and American Women Artists of the Gilded Age

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present Mary Cassatt and American Women Artists of the Gilded Age on Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. American women artists often get dismissed for depicting traditional scenes of domestic life. But is there more to that picture? In this talk, Rena Tobey, American Art Historian, will dig deeper to consider the context, techniques, and artist backgrounds when taking a closer look at painters and sculptors of the Gilded Age. Consider why these artists are underrated and resuscitate the joy and beauty of their work with a renewed appreciation of the challenges they faced and rules they broke. A recording will be made available if you can’t attend live. Get tickets

Boston’s MFA – One of the Greatest LGBTQ Museums

Boston’s MFA - One of the Greatest LGBTQ Museums!Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present Boston’s MFA – One of the Greatest LGBTQ Museums on Sunday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m. Come explore one of the world’s great LGBT art collections at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts with Professor Andrew Lear. In art circles, it is well known that Boston’s MFA has the world’s greatest collection of LGBT-themed Classical Greek and Roman art. It is less well known that the MFA’s collections are extraordinarily rich in LGBT art of other cultures as well. On this fun and informative tour, discover: the male/male couple that were ancient Athens’ Uncle Sam, the god Priapus and what he did with his huge appendage, the sexiest Jesus of the Italian Renaissance, and much more! Get tickets

Drive-In Experiences This Weekend

Chaos Walking Pickford Drive-in Mar 5 2021PSCC Priscilla March 6 2021The Mary Pickford Drive-In Experience presents both the new Tom and Jerry film as well as Chaos Walking this weekend, Friday and Saturday March 5 & 6. [Get tickets for Mary Pickford Drive-In]. Meanwhile, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is showing Escher on Friday, March 5, and Desert favorite Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Saturday, March 6. You’ve got options! [Get tickets for PSCC Drive-In]

2021 HUMP! Film Festival Final Two Screenings

Dan Savage’s all-new 2021 HUMP! Film Festival is a livestream event this year with two remaining screenings: Friday, and Saturday, March 5 & 6. HUMP! features short dirty movies created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one just for this festival! It’s a carefully curated program with a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. HUMP! celebrates creative sexual expression and wants to change the way you see—and make and share—porn. Get tickets

WildLights Makes a Spring Return

Wildlights of Spring 2021The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has announced that WildLights will return to the Zoo – with a spring twist! WildLights of Spring will take place nightly, March 15–28. Guests will take an illuminated journey around the Zoo with enchanting assortments 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: Hashtag Helper

Hashtag HelperGayDesertGuide.LGBT and #ILoveGayPalmSprings present Hashtag Helper, a free online webinar on Wednesday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Learn how to effectively use hashtags in your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to effectively promote your business and Greater Palm Springs to the world! More info

Palm Springs International Dance Festival

PS Dance Festival 2021 A 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

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]

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