This would have been Red Dress/Dress Red Party weekend. What a huge disappointment that one of our community’s signature events will have to wait until 2021 like so many others. We just got word that DJ Galaxy is hosting a virtual dance party to commemorate. What else may fall away? We track it for you on our GayDesertGuide.LGBT event calendar and on the podcast.
So I just have to say: There’s so much good news to be found, and that’s what we try to focus on as the drumbeat against lockdown continues. You can tell that the crazy in some people is coming out, especially on social media and on Palm Desert dive bar roofs…
I get teary-eyed each time I watch John Krasinski’s Some Good News (the SGN Network). It’s truly the bright spot in my week when I watch his YouTube series. We talk a bit on the podcast this week about what we are binge-watching.
And I couldn’t help laughing aloud at Michael Weems’ sign in the window of his store Autoerotica on North Palm Canyon… This week, that get’s the spot normally given to my photo. Thanks, Michael, for a little levity. Any takers???
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 45
All About Bears and How to Cure Theatre Withdrawal
Marilyn, Mom & Me: A Virtual Staged Reading
Luke Yankee invites you to a virtual staged reading of his new play, “Marilyn, Mom & Me” available on YouTube from Thursday, May 14–Sunday, May 17 as a benefit for The Actors FundThis deeply personal and largely autobiographical play is the story of a middle-aged, gay man trying to better understand his tough-as-nails actress mother by unraveling her intense friendship with Marilyn Monroe during the shooting of “Bus Stop”. Watch the trailer below and follow our [link] for more info.
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market is Open
Gerald Clarke Virtual Palm Springs Art Museum Experience
The Palm Springs Art Museum’s galleries remain closed for the time being, but they are offering wonderful online experiences such as the Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock web gallery, with a full-screen display of images and information. Check out the gallery [here]. You can also see excerpts of artist discussing his process in this YouTube clip:
This would also be a great time, if you are able, to lend support to the museum to help make art and art experiences accessible to the community. Thanks to the generosity of several supporters, a $100,000 Matching Gift Challenge has been established to match your donation to Palm Springs Art Museum, dollar for dollar, if you make your gift before July 31, 2020. Donate here
Prince & The Revolution: Live
Virtual Cinema at Palm Springs Cultural Center
[View Trailer] and Get your V-Ticket
Genuine Movie Theatre Popcorn Curbside Pickup
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.
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.
Eight New COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in Riverside County
Find Your Oasis Music Video
The Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has released a reimagining of their original song “Find Your Oasis.” Said Jeff Miraglia, Chief Creative Officer for Greater Palm Springs CVB, “The lyrics of this song resonate especially strongly now. As we’re all home, we’re dreaming of places that paint the picture of freedom, open air and new beginnings. Woven into this new version is a celebration of the artists who help make this community such an appealing place to visit, time and again. We hope this will resonate with people as they come back to explore our beautiful destination.” [View Here]
LOOKING AHEAD: Desert Stonewall Democrats May Meeting
LOOKING AHEAD: PALS Cafe Goes Virtual
LOOKING AHEAD: Positive Life Series June
- Clarification of Mask-Wearing Rules from City of Palm Springs
- LA Pride Responds to COVID-19, Goes Digital for 50th Anniversary Celebration
- Archaic FDA Ban Locks DAP Doctor Out Of Promising Plasma Study for COVID-19
- National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Phase 2 of Decennial “Queer the Census” Campaign
- Real Estate Market Shows Little Impact from COVID-19 in Coachella Valley
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