The flames are now getting closer to our hamlet, as the #SnowFire got its start on Thursday and now threatened rural areas of the northern Coachella Valley. Our air quality will suffer from this and other fires throughout the West for some time.
I think we in Palm Springs dodged a bullet with the announcement of the downtown arena moving to land near the Classic Club, north of I-10 in Palm Desert. Now we’ll see if that land will house a replacement hotel or other tribal project to continue their large footprint. The new spa and cultural museum are just about complete.
We at GayDesertGuide are proud to be the presenting sponsors of “Light Up the Night” as a homegrown event for this year’s abbreviated #PalmSpringsPride. Ron DeHarte and I are working on a photo contest on Facebook and Instagram to highlight the best outdoor light displays. We’ll announce details shortly.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 63
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A Queer History of The World
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com also present this weekend: A Queer History of the World: 10 Objects in the British Museum, on Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. Join museum educator and LGBTQ historian Jack Shoulder on an hour long Zoom tour as he discusses ten of the museum’s most well-known LGBTQ-related objects, such as: Hadrian and Antinous, the poster boys for LGBTQ history; the world-famous Rosetta Stone and its queer connections, an LGBTQ object that’s about 11,000 years old, and more! Get tickets
Check out what else we have on tap from the Fun & Games Dept in September!
Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):
- Lesbian Virtual Speed Dating for Women of All Ages – Sat Sep 26 at 4:00 p.m.
- Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating – Tue Sep 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Dining Out(Side) at Il Giardino
Our Gay Desert Guide Food Reviewer Charles Drabkin has been venturing back out into the world of dining out(side) and this time he’s gone for authentic Italian cuisine at Il Giardino, ordering dishes that are as much fun to say as they are to eat: Polpette della Casa, Fettuccine Al Ragu, Vitello Piccata al Limone, and Branzino Al Forno. Read on for Charles’ take on the patio setting, safety precautions, service, and of course the food! [Full article]
KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Kristine W
Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series. This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. This Sunday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Kristine W, wrapping up the series! Get tickets
Cinema Diverse LGBTQ Film Fest 2020
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in its 13th year, running from now through Wednesday, September 30. They have re-envisioned the festival to continue to bring you the latest in quality LGBTQ+ cinema in the healthiest way possible. This year you can experience the festival in two unique ways: virtually from the comfort of your recliner at home or at the new PS Cultural Center Drive-In Experience (now with Super-Sized screen!). They are featuring three Cinema Divers films from Friday through Sunday: “David’s Friend,” “Cicada,” and “Luz.” Virtual Cinema Feature Films, Shorts, and Documentaries are available online through PSCC’s Virtual Cinema program and can be viewed at your leisure, with All-Access Passes, Six-Packs, and Single Film passes available. More info
Monologue Mania from CVRep
CVRep’s Theatre Thursday series presents “Monologue Mania” on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Artistic director Ron Celona has invited seven actors from past CVRep productions to bring key monologues from thought-provoking plays to life. Performers include: Marina Re (Master Class/La Gringa), Angela Sauer (Venus In Fur/How I Learned To Drive), David Natale (The Chosen), Liana Arauz (La Gringa), Arthur Hanket (The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?), Franceli Chapman (White) and Vin Kridadorn (White). More info
VirtuREAL Wine Tasting: Taste of Portugal
This week, the crew at Bouschet invites you to a VirtuREAL Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom, featuring Sandra Gomes of Diniz Cellars, presenting a taste of Portugal: 2017 Santos Da Casa Rose, 2017 Vale dos Ares Alvarinho, 2015 Kelman Red Blend, 2015 Santos Da Casa Reserve Alentejano, and 2014 Apegadas Red Tinto. Wine tasting includes a charcuterie sampling, the wine samples, tasting notes and 10% off featured wines. Pickup or delivery available. More info
Gay Days Update
Originally scheduled for October 2–4, Gay Days Anaheim has been postponed–not canceled–as Disneyland awaits guidelines from Governor Newsom as to when and how they can re-open. Event organizers expect to announce a new date soon, one that will hopefully be before the end of the year. Stay tuned. More info
Virtual Desert AIDS Walk Announced for 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. Registration is now open 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
Sunnylands Art Garden Open to the Public for Free
1.5 miles of walking trails in the beautiful and historic Sunnylands Center & Gardens are now accessible free of charge to the public, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Access to interior spaces, tours of the estate and public programming, such as yoga and tai chi on the Great Lawn, are currently on hold. Read more
Dennis Hopper Photography Exhibition
An exhibit of photographs by the late actor Dennis Hopper will be on display at The Lighthouse dispensary and boutique through the month of September in conjunction with the launch of the Hopper Reserve cannabis lifestyle brand, founded by Marin Hopper (Dennis’ daughter). See the world through the eyes of Dennis as photographer, born out of the cultural revolution of the 1960’s and beyond. His work has been exhibited all over the world, in Berlin, Spain, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, and now at Lighthouse locations in [Palm Springs] and [Coachella].
Front Row Center Features Local High School Performers
A new show, Front Row Center, is airing weekly, Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on KESQ-TV as a partnership between the PSUSD Foundation, KESQ-News Channel 3, and Musical Theatre University (MTU). Check out the premiere episode [here]. This half-hour musical variety show gives students from the Palm Springs Unified School District’s four high schools invaluable experience as well as a record of their work, and will also help save The Arts in Palm Springs schools through donations to the Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation. Learn more
Virtual PFLAG Meeting
Palm Springs PFLAG will hold a virtual meeting with facilitator Dan Smith on Sunday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. PFLAG supports families of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning persons, and it’s a safe place for GLBTQI persons seeking validation. In addition to checking in, you can share your thoughts, feelings and insights: How do you think about the future? How can PFLAG-PS support you now and into that future? More info
Zoom That Tune Virtual Gay Game Show
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and the TheMenEvent.com present Zoom That Tune Virtual Gay Game Show on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. It’s a blast! Lots of laughing, socializing and Type A competitiveness as you test your knowledge of music in this fun interactive event hosted by Shann Carr. This month, all of the songs will all be associated with SCHOOL. We will visit the worlds of Rock, Pop, Broadway, R&B and more. Earn extra points by answering bonus trivia questions. DJ Stevie Beat is famous for his gay Zoom That Tune games and this event promised to get you laughing and interacting with the other players. Get tickets
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.
Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.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]
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