Bacon and Palm Springs Pride are inextricably connected in my mind. Every year on Pride Sunday, the pre-parade breakfast is lovingly prepared by the nutrition staff at Desert Regional as we gather to recognize the Pride honorees for the year. They have a secret recipe for candied bacon that is to die for.
Today, I wanted to recognize our Pride honorees for 2022. You can read all about them HERE in case you don’t recognize the faces. And some are people whose work goes on quietly to help our movement and those who still face oppression, discrimination and hate.
The weekend is filled with revelry, loud music (too loud for some!), hookups, new friends, discovery and a sense of freedom to “be ourselves” with little care or worry.
However, as a new week dawns, an election looms and we need to turn our energy to making sure we gain and maintain our human and civil rights far into the future.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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One Night Only: New York, New York
Michael Childers Presents One Night Only, “New York, New York” on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 pm at the McCallum Theatre. With returning director Scott Coulter and music director Todd Schroeder, this year’s theme is about New York in all its glory from Harlem and the Cotton Club to Broadway and 42nd Street to Studio 54. The cast features the best of Broadway and Hollywood performers. All performers donate their time, and their appearances are subject to availability. The cast includes Christine Andreas, Edmund Bagnell, Klea Blackhurst, Carole J. Bufford, Keith Carradine, Julie Garnyé, Alex Getlin, Debbie Gravitte, Sam Harris, Alix Korey, Chris Mann, Lesli Margherita, Amanda McBroom, Sean McDermott, Anthony Murphy, Ken Page, Teri Ralston, Lee Roy Reams, Gary Shaw, Seth Sikes, Billy Stritch, and Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Proceeds benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. Get tickets
The 25th Annual City of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade will take place Friday, November 11 at 3:30 pm on Palm Canyon Drive. Immediately following the parade, the Palm Springs High School Spirit of the Sands Band will perform a post-parade patriotic concert on the corner of Palm Canyon and Amado Road. The concert concludes with a fireworks finale. The Department of Veterans Affairs has designated the City of Palm Springs as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day. Palm Springs is one of approximately 60 events nationwide to receive this important designation. More info
Thanksgiving Dining at Lulu
Start your festive holiday season off with friends and family at Lulu California Bistro on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy a delicious 4-course feast. The bountiful menu includes soups, salads and your choice of 10 delectable entrees including oven roasted turkey, Atlantic salmon, slow roasted prime rib, filet mignon, gluten free and vegetarian options and a sumptuous selection of desserts! Reservations are now being taken for Thanksgiving Day dining by calling 760-327-LULU (5858), or by visiting Lulu’s website, lulupalmsprings.com
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they are launching a new “Feed a Family” campaign going into this holiday season. Your $55 donation can help the food bank provide a family of 4 with all the fixings for a delicious and healthy holiday meal [Donate here]. Heslin Wealth Management‘s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting the Community Food Bank at The Center is also taking place this week. You can drop off food donations at the Heslin office at 777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way all this week, November 7–11.
Mizell Center can use your help, too, in filling their holiday gift bags for their 400 homebound Meals on Wheels clients. They are looking for shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, and athletic socks to be donated no later than December 7. You can drop them off at the center or even have them shipped: Attention Laura Castillo, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
Platinum Star Properties Turkey Drive
Platinum Star Properties presents their 2022 Turkey Drive on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am–1 pm at The Lofts at Sun Center (610 S Belardo Road). Help those in need by bringing a frozen turkey, ham, or nonperishable food item. Donations will benefit The LGBTQ Center of the Desert Food Bank and The Cathedral City Senior Center. More info
CVRep presents The Humans by Stephen Karam, opening Tuesday, November 8 and running through Sunday, November 20. As things go bump in the night, the angst and anguish of the middle class are shoved into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play. Over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving, our characters navigate the delicate nuances of the quirky and hilarious, to the painful conflict of real family life. Join in this transformative ‘goose-pimply chiller’ of a play at CVRep and remember what it is to be human. Get tickets