Coachella provides hope that – as Whitney Houston once sang – “children are our future”. Concert goers of all ages tramped around the polo grounds, but it’s a young person’s event for sure.
In looking at the ways in which they are expressing themselves, it reinforced to me: This nonsense about nonconformity and gender identity by elected leaders is out of touch with reality. From the outfits to the makeup, gender expression was on full display at Coachella. This generation can’t comprehend how they are suppose to fit neatly in two boxes – male or female.
I am hopeful that the world will change over time. Now those leaders are getting a taste of their own medicine: You must see the Instagram profile, RuPublicans, where politicians are AI’ed into drag. Brilliant! (BTW, Whitney’s Biopic just hit #1 on Netflix for the weekend).
Happy National Parks Week! Maybe a good time to visit Joshua Tree this week? Much more to do in my blog post!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Dining Out For Life 2023
Dining Out for Life is the annual, one-day-and-night-only national HIV/AIDS foodie fundraiser benefiting DAP Health. So this Thursday, April 27, locals, snowbirds, and even tourists will swell with pride and come out with a vengeance to raise much-needed funds while enjoying the generosity of participating local restaurants, bars, and bakeries that donate anywhere from 33 to 110% of their entire day and evening’s receipts — not just the profits — to the popular effort. Last year, Greater Palm Springs came in second only to Denver in the national ranking of proceeds by metro area. The goal this year is to come out on top so make your reservations and plan to have breakfast, lunch and dinner (even drinks at participating bars!) to dine out for life. More info
DBA Networking Mixer at Ball Beachwear
The Desert Business Association (DBA) presents their next Networking Mixer event at one of their newest DBA members, Ball Beachwear, on Monday, April 24 at 5:30 pm, just in time for warmer weather! Featuring swimwear, shorts, and tanks, this shop recently opened in Palm Springs, adding to its stores in Fort Lauderdale and Provincetown. Ball Beachwear has a wide selection of men’s swimwear and other attire to fix you right up! The DBA will also be having their regular raffle to support LGBTQ Youth Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities, so please bring an item for the raffle, and some cash to win it back — hopefully along with something else! More info
Tinseltown’s Queer 30th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, April 28 is the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Nicholas Snow’s historic public access television show Tinseltown’s Queer: Activism Hollywood Style, celebrating from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Be part of Queer media history in this celebratory evening of iconic archival television clips featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, as well as champions of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. Get tickets
KGAY is also giving away tickets to this 30th Anniversary Celebration, just enter on the KGAY Contest Page before the contests ends this week!
April Center Social at Impala
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert presents the April Center Social on Wednesday, April 26 from 5:30–7 pm. This month the social will be at Impala, the new bar & grill on the strip in downtown Palm Springs. The monthly Center Social is a mixer of fun, community, and happy hour! Look forward to friendship, connection, and a tasty happy hour. More info
Made in Hollywood Photography Show Extended
Rubine Red Gallery has extended a show of photography from Gina Schock‘s Made in Hollywood: All Access with The Go-Go’s showing at the gallery through May 1. The Go-Go’s were the first all-female rock group in history to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and reach the top of the Billboard charts with their #1 album, Beauty and the Beat. Made In Hollywood is drummer Gina Schock’s personal account of the band, which includes a treasure trove of photographs and memorabilia collected over the course of her 40-year career. More info
Prime Timers of the Desert at 1501 Uptown Gastropub
The Prime Timers of the Desert Monthly Dinner and April Fundraiser Event will take place at 1501 Uptown Gastropub on Wednesday, April 26 with cocktails at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. The large patio area will be reserved exclusively for alfresco dining for the PrimeTimers. The fixed-price menu includes a choice of soup or salad, three attractive entrees selections, and a delicious dessert. Taking place the day before Dining Out For Life, this Prime Timers of the Desert monthly dinner for April will be a fundraiser for DAP Health as well. Two ambassadors from DAP will be present to encourage donations from attendees and the Prime Timers will make a $10 donation for every member who participates that evening. More info
Palm Springs Chamber April Mixer
Everyone is invited to attend the Palm Springs Chamber’s April Mixer at the new Drift Hotel Palm Springs on Wednesday, April 26 from 5–7 pm. Free for members and $15 for guests. More info
Architecture Tours by Modernism Week
Architecture Tours by Modernism Week is a season-long series of high-quality, in-depth, small group tours, running now through May. The tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with most tours beginning at 9:30 am, departing from the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Modernism Week has partnered with PS Architecture Tours to enable participants to learn about the exciting architectural history of the Palm Springs area and experience midcentury modern culture and lifestyle. Get tickets
Stroke Risk Factors and How to Prevent a Stroke
The Center and Eisenhower Health present Stroke Risk Factors & How To Prevent A Stroke on Wednesday, April 26 at 4 pm via Zoom. Strokes affect nearly 800,000 Americans each year, contributing to about 140,000 deaths and forever changing the lives of stroke survivors. To understand stroke, it helps to understand the brain. The brain is responsible for motion, sensation, speech, memory, emotions, even major body functions such as breathing and digestion. Learn about Stroke Risk Factors and how to prevent a stroke or another stroke with Kathy Cash, RN, Stroke at Eisenhower Health. More info
Movies in the Park: Barefoot in the Park
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Movies in the Park – Season 2 at the New Downtown Palm Springs Park on select Wednesdays. This week: On Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm, the film will be Barefoot in the Park (1967). In this film based on a Neil Simon play, newlyweds Corie (Jane Fonda), a free spirit, and Paul Bratter (Robert Redford), an uptight lawyer, share a sixth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. Soon after their marriage, Corie tries to find a companion for mother, Ethel (Mildred Natwick), who is now alone, and sets up Ethel with neighbor Victor (Charles Boyer). Inappropriate behavior on a double date causes conflict, and the young couple considers divorce. More info
Chocolate & Champagne Reception – Parkinson’s Awareness
A Chocolate & Champagne Cocktail Mixer for Parkinson’s Awareness will take place on Wednesday, April 26 from 6–8 pm at the Renaissance Esmeralda. This intimate cocktail mixer will have chocolate desserts from local artisans, a variety of champagnes, musical entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Get tickets
Wellness Expo for Parkinson’s Awareness
A Parkinson’s Awareness Month Wellness Expo will be held Friday, April 28 from 10 am–12:30 pm at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church in Miller Hall. Six Coachella Valley programs and resources for Parkinson’s disease will come together for demos and discussions, including: Rock Steady Boxing Desert Cities, SongShine, PD in Motion, Speak out!, ACV Parkinson’s support group and Dr John Legge, Movement Disorder specialist from Eisenhower Health. This event is free and open to the public. More info