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KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are proud community partners with Mizell Center in presenting Commemorating Larry Kramer and the 35th Anniversary of ACT UP on Wednesday, March 16 from 6–7:30 pm. Larry Kramer’s authorized biographer, Bill Goldstein, has agreed to discuss Kramer’s life and work. Before his death, Goldstein spent hundreds of hours interviewing Kramer. He has had access to Kramer’s personal papers as well as the records of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP, the two organizations Kramer played a vital role in founding. The discussion will be moderated by Rob Wheeler, Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center. Free event, registration required. More info
Join the Desert Business Association (DBA) as they return again to Stonewall Gardens for an In-Person Networking Mixer on Monday, March 14 from 5:30–6:30 pm. Stonewall Gardens is a welcoming, supportive, and respectful environment, where a diverse group of LGBT seniors and friends can live, relax, and be well. More info
BNP Paribas Open
The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open (aka “Tennis Paradise”) continues this week, wrapping up Sunday, March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Check out the star-studded player lists [here]. A variety of packages and single-session tickets are available for purchase. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 10
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this week, the queens face a mini-challenge to create wearable pop art using bubble wrap, and then it’s the return of the legendary Snatch Game, which ends up being less funny than you’d hope. Find out how the judges reacted to this hot mess! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 10: Snatch Game, [here].
Community Conversations is a new, free public series featuring moderated panel discussions on issues important to our community, presented in partnership by the Palm Springs Post and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. On Monday, March 14 at 7 pm at the Cultural Center, Community Conversation: COVID, What’s Next? will feature a panel of relevant experts and community stakeholders to share perspectives on the “new normal” as we continue to adapt to the demands and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated audience discussion with comments and questions. Panelists include: Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Les Zendle, MD, Jill Gover, PhD, West Winter, Nichi Aviña, Jimmy Boegle, Colleen Pace, and Felix Tipper. More info
Homeless Navigation Center Community Meeting
The City of Palm Springs invites residents to provide public input regarding a new Homeless Navigation Center during the second in a series of special ongoing community meetings, on Tuesday, March 15 from 6–7:30 pm at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center. To address criticism that the first of these meetings did not adequately provide opportunity for the public to be heard, an individual public comment period will be provided as well as an opportunity for residents to express interest in joining a new Resident Advisory Working Group being formed to help develop recommendations. More info
Women’s B.A.M. Salon for March
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents B.A.M. Salon (Book and Movie Salon) for women, hosted by Flynn Sylvest and Irma O’Dell on Tuesday, March 15 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and every 3rd Tuesday, monthly on Zoom. The group’s purpose is to develop and deepen LGBTQ+ community and connection through stimulating and informative conversations about books and movies that highlight women authors and women’s stories and experiences. This month’s salon features Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, a historical account of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the southwest. More info
Desert Stonewall Democrats’ March Virtual Membership Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 15 from 6–7 pm on Zoom. March is Women’s History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Featured speakers will discuss some important issues still affecting women today. More info
Author and playwright Dr. Ronni Sanlo is offering a four-day online writing retreat for women only, from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20, comprised of 5 one-hour meetings via Zoom. This is your time to write…in the company of others like you. Talk about writers’ block and inner critics, igniting the writing journey with life’s turning points, the challenges and the adventure, and finally the completion. More info
ShortFest and PS Film Fest Local Jury Applications
If you love film and live in the Coachella Valley, you might be interested in jury duty! That is, the film jury for the Palm Springs Film Festival (PSIFF) and ShortFest. Commitments include watching 10–15 short films and 4–5 feature-length films, and perks include jury credentials at the festivals, a behind-the-scenes look at festival operations, presenting awards to filmmakers during awards ceremonies, and meeting others who love movies as much as you do! Apply here