October begins with a celebration of LGBT History Month and on this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast we spanned from historian David Gray to fitness expert Craig Ramsay. David is organizing the gay and lesbian history of Greater Palm Springs and gave us a few tidbits that you’ll appreciate. Craig and his partner Brandon recently moved here full-time from Los Angeles. He represents a new generation of “urban pioneers” who are leaving the big cities behind for the welcoming environs of the Coachella Valley. And we note the end of an era as Palm Springs City Manager David Ready announces his retirement after 21 year at the helm. He’s seen some changes to our hamlet!
Streetbar, the oldest “gay” bar in Palm Springs announces its reopening next week. Look for details on the After Dark page for all the bars who have pivoted to add food to their menu in order to reopen.
Finally, don’t forget to help our future Fun & Games events as we survey you for answers to questions that will appear in future “Family Feud” style games. More fun than the New York Times crossword puzzle for sure…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 65
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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]
Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220
Shann Carr hosts Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220 on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. This Fun & Games Dept. special event features six queer community comedians from Bay Area shows of the 90’s. Diane Amos, Amy Boyd, Shann Carr, Lisa Geduldig, Scott Silverman and Holotta Tymes are banding together to help save Club 1220, the 42 year old gay bar in Walnut Creek that was purchased by some of its entertainers just before Covid. Enjoy watching them compete with games similar to Wheel of Fortune, Friendly Feud and an at-home scavenger hunt. Join in the fun by being a part of the “studio audience!” Get tickets
We are running some more “Family Feud” style events this fall and we need 100 people to take a survey. Will you help us out? Go [HERE] and give your answers to really simple questions. Some of these may even be used next week for our event The Big Gay CELEBRITY Game Night Benefiting Club 1220! See if the celebrities can guess the top answer!
“BURDEN,” Presented by Brothers of the Desert
Brothers of the Desert, in observance of Global Diversity Awareness Month, have invited Writer, Director & Producer Nathan Hale Williams to screen the film BURDEN with a talk back discussion with moderator Marsha R. Bonner on Saturday, October 3 at 4:00 p.m. BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis, a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his success still has to deal with the perils of being a Black man in America. View the BURDEN Trailer [here]. Free event. More info
Contemporary Queers at MoMA
Join TheMenEvent.com and The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide on Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. for a tour of Contemporary Queers at the Museum of Modern Art to discover how queer artists are defining the art of our time! Join George Benson (ex-MoMA Educator) on an hour long virtual tour of MoMA’s contemporary galleries, including works by Keith Haring, Nan Golden, Glenn Ligon, and Édouard Manet. Get tickets
AmDocs Film Festival 2020
The ninth annual American Documentary and Animation Film Festival is back with more than 200 films for a virtual event happening online through Sunday, October 4. The festival, also known as AmDocs, was previously scheduled to take place in March at a variety of theaters throughout Palm Springs and Palm Desert. In-person screenings have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic and selections will now be streamed through the app DocsNow+. Some of the featured films include the Michael Moore-produced documentary “Planet of the Humans” as well as “605 Adults, 304 Children,” a feature made entirely of footage shot by the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, and Daniel Bernardi’s animated Korean War film “The Forgotten War.” More info
Palm Springs Vintage Market
Palm Springs has some of the best shopping in the world for mid-century design. Come see a collection of the best Southern California sellers of vintage and antique furniture, art, clothing, jewelry, and home furnishings at the Palm Springs Vintage Market, the first Sunday of each month, starting October 4 and continuing through May at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed with masks and limited capacity. More info
“The Planters” Drive-In Experience
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents The Planters this Friday–Sunday, October 2–4 at their Drive-In Experience, now on a “Jumboscope” larger screen. Filmed locally, The Planters tells the story of awkward telemarketer Martha Plant who lives a lonely existence burying treasure until she takes in a vagrant with multiple personalities. The Friday screening is also a birthday celebration for Hannah Leder, one half of the dynamic duo from the film! More info
Joslyn in Motion: Staying Strong, Moving Forward
The Joslyn Center presents its first televised fundraiser, Joslyn in Motion: Staying Strong – Moving Forward to air on Saturday, October 3 at 6:30 pm. on NBC Palm Springs (Channel 13) and Facebook Live. The half-hour presentation will be hosted by Sandie Newton from NBCares and Dale Johannes, showcasing the Joslyn Center’s work and raising critical funds to meet the increasing needs of the senior community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring a special appearance by the incomparable performer Ann Hampton Callaway. More info
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market Moves Back Outdoors
The outdoor season of the Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs begins on Saturday, October 3, at the usual time: 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., next to the Palm Springs Cultural Center, with all the necessary precautions in place [more info]. Take a look at this fabulous video which highlights the good work of the Farmers’ Market making fresh local produce accessible: [View here]
VirtuREAL Wine Tasting: Spanish Wines
The crew at Bouschet invites you to a VirtuREAL Wine Tasting on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom and in person, this week featuring Spanish wines. Seating is limited inside PS Air Bar and requires advance reservation by phone. Wine tasting includes a charcuterie sampling, the wine samples, tasting notes and 10% off featured wines. Pickup or delivery also available. More info
Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com are hosting a Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating evening on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have real conversation about dating. You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection. This event is exclusively for Gay Men Of All Ages who love Bears! (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). Get tickets
Agua Caliente Job Fair
Agua Caliente Casinos are hosting a job fair on Monday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. They are looking to fill over 300 positions between all three of their casino properties: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, and Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Exciting positions include, but are not limited to the following departments: Slots, Table Games, Food & Beverage, Environmental Services, Marketing, Security, Valet, Facilities, and more. Distancing, face coverings, and temperature checks will be observed to create a safe event. More info
Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Show with Miss Richfield
On Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. Equality PAC presents The Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Show Starring Miss Richfield and featuring Equality PAC Co-Chairs Congressman David Cicilline and Congressman Mark Takano. The whole nation is anticipating the historic Vice Presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence. This fun and interactive pre-debate event featuring Miss Richfield will set the tone! 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.
Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesdays 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
The Economic Future of the Coachella Valley
A free webinar series from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Palm Springs Life, and SBEMP Attorneys continues on Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. to explore the question of how the Coachella Valley will bounce back from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this installment, “Arts & Culture,” Louis Grachos (Palm Springs Art Museum), Chris Mobley (Modernism Week), and Ron Celona (Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre) discuss how arts and culture organizations, venues, and events are adapting to safely welcome visitors and deliver on their missions. More info
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- The United States Naval Academy Evolves with LGBTQ Acceptance
- CVRep and the City of Cathedral City Collaborate to Offer Outdoor Entertainment Programming
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