Because of its proximity to Hollywood, Palm Springs became the refuge for stars and starlets. And it still is. But this week, the woman whose derrière launched a thousand protests – Marilyn Monroe – is being celebrated at “Rock the Park”. The Wednesday concert will see her lit up in pink and a Fleetwood Mac tribute band singing her ”Happy Birthday”. Only in Palm Springs…
June launches the official worldwide Pride month as celebrations are being planned from West Hollywood to Eastern Europe. The ”Prides of the Valley” will take place when the sun is a little less harmful. Palm Springs Pride, East Valley Pride and Desert Hot Springs will all celebrate in the fall. We bookend with the first Pride of the season in Cathedral City and the last in Palm Springs. Fun fact…
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Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, is back with his latest recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of Dante’s RuPaul Recaps here). This week, strategy and intrigue boil under the surface while the queens play a word puzzle for the mini-challenge, and create three looks for the maxi-challenge, including a Vanna White-inspired glamour look, and some punny mash-ups (think Olivia Newton-John Waters). Read the full recap of Episode 3: The Realness of Fortune Ball here.
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the latest in their free “Rock the Park” concert series on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 pm at the New Downtown Park. This month, it’s Mirage, a Fleetwood Mac tribute Band that celebrates the classic “Rumours” era lineup of the legendary superstar band. Endorsed as one of “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and heartily praised by Stevie Nicks herself. More info
June 1 would also have been Marilyn Monroe’s 96th birthday, and in celebration of her special day, the “Forever Marilyn” sculpture in downtown Palm Springs will be lit with a special pink light for one night only–a commemorative photo opportunity! At 6:15 pm, prior to the “Rock the Park” concert, 500 red velvet cupcakes with pink frosting will be shared with attendees. Mirage will also sing “Happy Birthday” to Marilyn and invite the public to join in. More info
Let’s Kick ASS Roundtable
Let’s Kick ASS Palm Springs (LKAPS) is a social and community-building group for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. “The Roundtable” meets Tuesdays at 4 pm. This peer-facilitated online discussion group is intended to include and allow everyone to participate in discussions of topics both serious and fun. Visit lkaps.org to subscribe to the newsletter and receive the Zoom link. More info
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents 50+ Fit in person on Mondays from 11 am–Noon and Tuesdays from 9:30–10:30 am with Lynn Simonson. There are clear benefits of exercise and physical health at any age to prevent many diseases, especially those associated with aging, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer, heart disease and more. 50+ FIT @ The Center is a low-impact class designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance for everyone in a safe, welcoming environment. Participants are required to register monthly and pay within the first five (5) days. More info
Demystifying the HPV Virus
The LGBTQ Center of the Coachella Valley and Eisenhower Health present Demystifying the HPV Virus on Wednesday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m. Please join Jon Colbert, NP for a discussion of what you can do to help decrease your chances of getting HPV and the different types of cancer linked to it. You will get answers to common questions about HPV, HPV infection, and how HPV testing is used. More info
PALS Death Cafe
They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, June 2 from 2–3 pm, PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents their Death Cafe meeting on Zoom. This is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. More info