Lights! Camera! Action! Cinema Diverse is one of the nation’s top LGBTQ+ film festivals and we’re proud to be a part of Thursday’s opening festivities and the world premiere of “BROS”! DJ Galaxy will be spinning. Will any of the stars be in attendance ??
I will be introducing “All Man: The International Male Story” on Friday at 7:30 PM. Co-director Jesse Finley Reed is a good friend and I’ve been observing the process over the past few years as this film was being concepted and then made.
Saturday, I’ll be hosting the Positively Aging Project’s annual conference. You may attend virtually or at the Jocelyn Center in Palm Desert. Much more below as the Fall season of events and reopening of beloved attractions like Sunnylands marches forward!
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Cinema Diverse Opening Night: Bros
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the 15th Anniversary of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival, running September 15–18 & September 22–25. The festival’s opening night is Thursday, September 15, featuring Universal Pictures’ Bros screening at 7:30 pm with a reception to follow. This highly anticipated film is the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy. Starring Billy Eichner, the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film, and Luke Macfarlane (Killjoys), the film also boasts an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast. Get tickets
On Friday, September 16 at 12:15 pm, check out the Cinema Diverse Shorts Set “You Gotta Laugh” to enjoy shorts curated to tickle your funny bone. Laughter is the best medicine! Titles include: “Cock N’ Bull 3,” “Dated, episode 4: ‘Fag Test’,” “Every Other Week,” “I’m Not Chris Hemsworth,” and “This Old Tearoom.” Get tickets
DBA Networking Event at Pro VR USA
Join The Desert Business Association for their next in-person Networking Event on Monday, September 12 from 5:30–7 pm at new DBA member Pro VR USA – Virtual Reality. Experience their high-end virtual reality equipment — greatly enjoyed by adults as well as younger people. Check-out their venue for your next party, event, and even for some team building. More info
Modern Men Auditions Monday & Saturday
Modern Men, Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus, invites you to their open Rehearsal on Monday, September 12 from 6:30–8 pm at the Palm Springs United Methodist Church. You can audition after the rehearsal or on the following Saturday morning, September 17, from 11 am–noon at the same location. More info
The HIV + Aging Research Project (HARP-PS) is hosting another Monkeypox Community Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 pm on Zoom. This is an opportunity for community members to find out the most current information regarding this epidemic and to meet with state, county and city public health officials along with local health providers. More info
Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic at Oscar’s
Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs is partnering with Riverside University Health System and Queer Works for a Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, September 15 from 12–4 pm. To sign up, email MPoxVaccine@queerworks.org
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Opiates, Pain and Addiction on Wednesday, September 14 from 4–5 pm on Zoom. Join K.D. Thrasher, DO, for discussion regarding the use and abuse of drugs used to treat pain. Learn what opiates have been shown to treat, how should doctors be recommending their use and what to do when they become a problem. More info
The Desert Business Association (DBA), the desert’s LGBTQ Chamber, presents free online sessions on growing your business through their partnership with Google and other LGBTQ+ chambers. This Thursday, September 15, from 8:30 am–10 am, the topic is Selling Online with E-Commerce Tools, with additional sessions to come on subsequent Thursdays. More info
Sunnylands Center & Gardens reopens to the public on Wednesday, September 14, with its first new exhibition in two years, A Place at the Table: Dining at Sunnylands, featuring the exquisite china, flatware, and table settings that Walter and Leonore Annenberg used to entertain the parade of notable guests who visited their Rancho Mirage estate. The exhibit examines a remarkable history of gatherings, from yearly events, such as birthday and New Year’s celebrations, to extraordinary occasions that include an official White House dinner and a luncheon visit from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Learn more
Karaoke, Trivia, and Bingo at Hotel Zoso
On Wednesdays from 7–11 pm, The Lounge at ZOSO presents Raise the Bar Karaoke. Let loose and sing your heart out, while enjoying $5 drink specials all night [More info]. Then, flaunt your pop culture knowledge at Trivia Night hosted by Miss Rusty Waters, every Thursday from 7–9 pm at The Lounge at ZOSO. Grab your friends, raise a glass, and get ready to slay the competition as Palm Springs’ favorite drag personality brings the wit with weekly themes and exciting prizes [More info]. On Fridays, it’s Bingo Night in the lounge from 6–8 pm, hosted by Autumn Brees. Kick off the weekend and enjoy SoCal-inspired bites, playful cocktails, and endless chances to win fun prizes [More info].