We have breaking #PalmSpringsPride news as we get ready to publish this week – both good and not-so-good.
In an abundance of caution, two events are not happening.  The Land Art Installation will move to Nov. 1-7, 2021 and the Car Caravan (NOT a parade) has been cancelled.
However, we’ve now made the “Light Up the Night” event into a photo contest with the grand prize being…. 2 Roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines!  GayDesertGuide will be hosting the contest in two phases on Pride weekend.  First, you take a photo of your “Light Up the Night” display and post it to our contest page.  Next, our panel of judges puts forth a dozen for final voting by you and your friends.  We’ll announce details next week.
Modernism Fall Preview is underway virtually and there’s a bevy of other events to occupy your time and distract you from the noise of the election.  Support our local businesses and #ShopLocal.

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Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide


Modernism Week Fall Preview is Here

Modernism Week presents a Fall Preview Online Experience available as online video programs beginning October 15 and concluding October 31. The pre-recorded video programs and one livestream social event will include a guided home tour series of five significant Palm Springs residences; an entertaining driving tour of Palm Springs with Charles Phoenix; “The Best of Mod with a Twist,” humorous and informative presentations about midcentury pop culture; conference sessions from “Fast Forward: Designing the Future of Palm Springs”; two new documentary-style films about the preservation of architectural landmarks in Palm Springs: “Preserving Modernism: The Town & Country Center”, and “The Restoration and Stabilization of the Cornelia White Residence” in Palm Springs, and a Zoom-based happy hour. Get tickets


70’s Happy Hour & Trivia Night

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept & TheMenEvent.com present 70’s Happy Hour and Trivia on Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. Join us for a fun evening of stories, jokes, and 70s Trivia. Dress in your best 70’s/Disco themed outfit and meet new people! Conversation can go anywhere, but it will be fun to make new friends in this time of social distancing. Comedian Shann Carr, your host for the evening, will guide the conversations and moderate. A round or two of 70’s trivia will be held during the event as well. Get tickets


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 67

John Taylor returns with co-host comedian Shann Carr, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, food blogger Charles Drabkin, Dr. Laura Rush, Comedian Selene Luna (seleneluna.com) and community advocate Jeff Taylor on Aging Positively!

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Aging Positively Reunion Project

The 5th Annual HIV and Aging Zoom Conference presented by the Aging Positively Reunion Project will take place Saturday, October 17 from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Gay Desert Guide’s very own Brad Fuhr will be serving as host for the day’s proceedings, which include workshops, breakout sessions, a research update, and wraps up with keynote speaker Javier Muñoz, long term HIV survivor and star of the hit Broadway Musical HAMILTON! Free event, registration required. More info


Tite St, London: Street of Wonderful, Queer Possibilities

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present a virtual tour of Tite Street, London on Sunday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. From Oscar Wilde to John Singer Sargent, Glyn Philpot, Romaine Brooks and Radclyffe Hall, why did Tite Street draw so much queer talent? To find out more please join author and historian Dr Devon Cox for an illustrated tour of the street highlighting its many queer inhabitants while exploring its importance in LGBTQ+ history. Get tickets


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Palm Springs International Comedy Festival

The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival continues now through Sunday, October 18, featuring great comedic talent from all over the world. The festival will have competitions in the following categories: Stand-up, Improv, Sketch, Feature Film, Short Film, TV Pilot, Web Series, Animation, and Music – all of which will be judged by a panel of accomplished industry influencers and creatives with the winners receiving awards and cash prizes. As part of the events, comedy icon Judy Tenuta will receive the ‘PSICF Lifetime Achievement Award’ recipient, and powerhouse Luenell will receive the ‘PSICF Breakthrough Award’ [Read more here]. For every Stand Up Competition Show, the ticket buying audiences viewing it will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite comedian. Get tickets


 4th Annual East Coachella Valley Pride

East Coachella Valley Pride is celebrating their 4th year with a COVID-19 safer event this Friday, October 16 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. The ECV Pride Caravan 2020 will start with a car decorating contest at Coachella Veteran’s Park and follow a route around Coachella local parks, returning where it started. Physical distancing and masks will be required, Pride gift bags provided for registered participants. More info


VirtuREAL Wine Tasting: Wines of Baja

The crew at Bouschet invites you to a VirtuREAL Wine Tasting on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom and in person, this week featuring Wines of Baja. Wine tasting includes freshly prepared food pairings, the wine samples, tasting notes and 10% off featured wines. Pickup or delivery available, and seating is limited inside PS Air Bar and requires advance reservation by phoneMore info


Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021

The Coachella Valley Independent has revealed the finalists in their Seventh Annual Best of Coachella Valley Readers’ Poll, covering categories from Best Art Gallery to Best Dive Bar and everything in between. You can weigh in to determine the winners, who will be announced in late November. Voting is now open through October 26. Vote Today


October is LGBT History Month:
31 Days, 31 Icons

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Come back to our LGBT History Month Page each day to learn something new! [See today’s Icon Here]


LOOKING AHEAD

 Totally 80’s Trivia Party

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Totally 80’s Trivia Party on Tuesday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m. We all love a good trivia party. Test your memories of everything wonderful about the 80s with fun trivia games! Big Gay Trivia is a great way to get together for a night of fun, conversations and lunacy during all the craziness. Our Trivia contests are so entertaining because we make the questions easy and enjoyable for everyone. TheMenEvent founder Hugh Hysell will be your host for this evening that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Get tickets


Virtual Desert AIDS Walk is Oct. 23–24

For the past thirty-four years of walking, the Desert AIDS Walk has ensured that those living with HIV and AIDS continue to thrive. Register today for the 2020 edition, which will be presented virtually. The reason for “The Walk” has never really been about balloon arches or walker t-shirts. It has always been about the collective power of community and our shared vision of a future. This year, you register as always, create or join a team if you like, and then you can walk the traditional route or any neighborhood or trail of your choice! More info


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 – 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.

Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.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.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays at 3:00 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.

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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