17 years ago I made a trip to Palm Springs on a Fam trip while working for Windy City Times in Chicago. Michael Green, Jeff Hocker and John Williams were among my hosts. It was June, 2003 and Palm Springs was pretty sleepy. (Much like today as we enter another month of lockdown.) While we ponder how and when to reopen – with growing cries from GCVCC and business owners – we temper it with the medical advice of experts such as Dr. Laura Rush, who joins us each Thursday on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast.
We also bring some good news and advice from the likes of Mike Thompson, executive director of the LGBT Center, Darrell Tucci from Desert AIDS Project (who reminds us we would be “Dining Out for Life” today and offers an option to help our local restaurants), and a laugh or three from comedian/author/actor Jason Stuart. Shann, John, Jimmy and I also give our picks for our weekly Take Out Shout Outs. We love getting together each Thursday to see each other virtually on Zoom and share our fears, foibles and have some fun. And below in our weekly blog, my editorial team including Jonathan Dooley, Nick Singleton and Alex McCune deserve acknowledgment for their hard work and dedication.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 43
Hosts John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr are joined by GayDesertGuide.com’s Brad Fuhr CVIndependent.com’s Jimmy Boegle, Dr. Laura Rush, DAP’s Darrell Tucci, TheCenterPS.org’s Mike Thompson and actor author and comedian Jason Stuart. There are “takeout shout outs” to our favorite restaurants, volunteer opportunities from your very own home, information and entertainment to keep us connected as a community! [Listen] or [Watch]
This week’s Take Out Shout-Outs include: Jake’s, John’s, Rick’s, Paul Bar/Food, Lulu with a shoutout to Liz @ Tac/Quila who is donating proceeds from carryout today to D.A.P. April 30 would have been Dining Out For Life day.
Evening for Equality
Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. – Join Equality California and special guests Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Ted Lieu, Chasten Buttigieg, Margaret Cho, Congresswoman Katie Porter, Angelica Ross, Jason Mraz, Billie Lee and Jai Rodriguez for an evening of conversation and entertainment. Help raise critical funds to support the organization’s work to ensure LGBTQ+ Californians have access to the resources they need to navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis and land on their feet. The format will be a mix of live conversations and entertainment streamed on Equality California’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. Registration donation requested. More info
CV Independent May Print Edition is Here
Available for free at locations across the valley, the CV Independent print edition continues an extraordinary commitment to covering local news with an independent, alternative perspective. Pick it for free at locations across the valley, including Albertsons, Whole Foods, AM/PMs and all sorts of other essential businesses, [view it online] or have it [delivered to your house].
Vocal Technique Masterclass
CVRep is helping you stay engaged and entertained with Theatre Thursdays, this week featuring Susan Benkin’s Vocal Technique Masterclass on Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. A must-attend for any singing enthusiast, this hour-long live virtual class will focus on breathing, resonating, addressing tension, and choosing the right material. This complimentary masterclass is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their vocal techniques and will give you the ongoing tools to continue to hone this talent! Register here
Next up in the Theatre Thursdays series: Broadway Musicals: Showstoppers from the Impossible Dream to Send in the Clowns! with Glenn Rosenblum on Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. More info
LIVE Fundraisers for LGBT Centers
On Friday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, the cast and crew of Queer As Folk will reunite for their 20th Anniversary, and to raise funds for Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers, including our local member center The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Look for a special appearance by guest star Rosie O’Donnell as well.
VirtuREAL Wine Tasting with Bouschet
Let’s get together and taste some wine! Bouschet is preparing wine tasting kits that you can pick up curbside or choose delivery, then join in for a Live Zoom at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 to taste and discuss the 5 wines included in your kit (along with a small charcuterie platter, of course!). More info
Online Exhibition: Stephen H. Willard Photography
The Palm Springs Art Museum continues online exhibitions from their permanent collection with a micro-exhibit of work by Stephen Hallet Willard (1894-1966), known for producing thousands of photographs of the mountains and deserts of the West, and for establishing two photography studios—first in Palm Springs and then in Mammoth Lakes. Check out the beautiful full-window presentation with history and a selection of beautiful shots of our timeless desert! [Learn more]
With all the makings of a disaster, watch LIVE on Friday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. as The Center’s Clinical Internship Director, Dr. Jill Hingston, LMFT, tries to cut her own hair with the virtual aid of her hairstylist, Read Brown. You won’t want to miss it. Watch on Facebook Live this Friday. More info
Get your caftans ready and join your fabulous host, Kiki Glam, for a Virtual May Day Caftan Party on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. More info
RuPaul’s Digital DragCon 2020
Get ready to SLAY AT HOME with the digital drag extravaganza, RuPaul’s Digital DragCon 2020, this Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, for the first time in herstory! Your favorite queens are coming together to give you a digital experience of a lifetime, free of charge on the WOW Presents YouTube channel. Stars include Alaska, mayhem Miller, Nicky Doll, Scarlet Envy, Tammie Brown, Varla Jean Merman, and so many more. More info
Virtual Cinema at Palm Springs Cultural Center
The team at the Palm Springs Cultural Center has been working hard to create a way for you to enjoy their curated programming via Virtual Cinema, which gives you the ability to view new films that are Palm Springs premieres, along with favorites from film festivals in the comfort of your own home. New this week: Straight-Up, the story of a gay twenty-something whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay after all. [View Trailer] and Get your V-Ticket
Now you can enjoy your virtual screening with your favorite movie theater concessions with the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Camelot To Go, with their famous Camelot Popcorn, plus combos with drinks and candy, too. Available Thursday–Saturday from 4:00–8:00 p.m. Call 760-325-6565 to order.
Genuine Movie Theatre Popcorn Curbside Pickup
Mary Pickford Theatre – D’Place Entertainment is also making available freshly popped Movie Theater Popcorn Friday & Saturday, from 5:00–7:30 p.m.. Guests can get their fix of movie theater popcorn and a selection of other movie night snacks (drinks, candy) with convenient curbside pickup. 100% of proceeds go to support staff at D’Place during the COVID-19 shutdown. Email and phone ordering ahead of time with pre-payment is available. More info
Fun Zoom Backgrounds from DoLA
With everyone videoconferencing these days, whether working from home or socializing for a virtual happy hour, the Zoom app has skyrocketed in popularity and people are having fun with their Virtual Backgrounds feature. Download one of these and you can have Disneyland as your backdrop. Or RuPaul’s Drag Race, or Dodger Stadium, Schitt’s Creek, and many more. Check it out
#GivingTuesdayNow is May 5
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on Tuesday, May 5 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Various non-profits and charities are providing opportunities for action and community support, such as Desert AIDS Project‘s encouragement to support local restaurants with “Take Out. Give Back,” or giving in gift amounts that support DAP’s work for everything from providing PPE to delivering at-home nutrition for clients, and caring for patients in their COVID-19 clinic. Learn more
Virtual Kitten and Puppy Shower
Join Animal Samaritans on Tuesday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. for a Virtual Kitten and Puppy Shower. They will be live streaming videos of bottle fed kittens and puppies throughout the day. Tune in for the cuteness and check out their wishlist for supplies to help orphaned animals in need. You can order online and have it sent directly to the shelter. Learn more
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 – Monday at 11:00 a.m.
Chair Yoga with Lynn Simonson – Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
Knit Together with Doug Morris – Monday & Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Games, Friends and Fun with Lorenzo Taylor – 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 3:00 p.m.
CANCELED: Palm Springs Leather Pride
Originally scheduled from October 29–Nov. 1, 2020, Palm Springs Leather Pride has been canceled. Event organizers are looking forward to a bigger and better resurrection of Leather Pride in 2021. More info
LGBTQ Community Survey
If you haven’t already, please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 14th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey. For over a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Think of it as the gay census! [Click here] to start the survey
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