What is “wedded bliss”? It’s a term that we see on greeting cards, but what does it really mean? I am in Chicago this weekend attending the wedding of a good friend of mine. For him, this is the second time around. My ex, Tom, and I spent a lot of time with he and his ex over the years here in the Windy City. But both of those relationships ended without such bliss.
I’m staying at the Airbnb of a couple who seems to of found theirs. After over 25 years together, Todd & Tripp’s home reflects the rich history that the two have shared over the years. And it would appear that they will live happily ever after. Bully for them!
This summer, I’ll be officiating my first wedding. The lesbian couple are in Sonoma, one of my favorite spots. One of the women is from my hometown and we grew up together not knowing of our same sex attraction. She married and had children, but now has found the true love of her life. So hope springs eternal, I always say.
We currently have marriage equality, but there are some gunning to take away that right. This week’s midterm elections were certainly heartening in that we didn’t have the red wave. But let’s not take for granted that the rights we have today are enshrined long term. P.S. I loved this meme from Stephen Colbert.
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Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival
The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival takes place November 11–13 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. There will be not only Jazz concerts but art shows, craft demos, native dancers, wine & spirits tastings and celebrity chefs representing the finest creators of art in the same way the Festival represents the best musicians in jazz. The Diamond Nights and Jazz Party Saturday after-parties will be at Hotel Zoso and Eight4Nine, and a new event this year, the White Party Divas Breakfast is Sunday in the lobby of the convention center. John Taylor interviews Lea Delaria Friday on KGAY. Check out our event listing for information on performers, including Nnenna Freelon, Cyrille Aimee, Lea Delaria, LEDISI, plus a full schedule of parties and more: Get tickets
Brothers of the Desert Annual Wellness Summit
Brothers of the Desert present their 4th Annual Wellness Summit: “Our Rhythm, Our Power: Living Our Best Black Gay Lives” all day Saturday, November 12. The one-day event features innovative workshops, and inspiring keynote presentations on a diverse range of topics, such as spirituality, relationships, mental health, aging considerations, racism, physical health, Black LGBTQ history, healthy sex, financial planning, writing and music as healing and more. See details about the speakers in our event listing. Participants will be able to choose to attend concurrent workshops at three different times during the day and meet and connect with new people. The summit begins with a meet-and-greet at 8:30 am and the program starts promptly at 9 am. Get tickets
Scheduled around the Wellness Summit are events of the Brothers of the Desert Wellness Weekend, including a “Meet the Speakers” reception and “Brothers Got Talent” show, both on Friday Night, then it’s Brothers Night at the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival featuring LEDISI on Saturday night, plus a Sunday brunch at Blackbook and Alton Fitzgerald White sings Broadway and beyond on Sunday afternoon. More info
CVRep presents The Humans by Stephen Karam, running now 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
Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has written more about CVRep’s production of The Humans, which he calls “a compelling look at a middle class family,” with a “surprisingly fulfilling yet open” conclusion. Read more
Barefoot in the Park
Desert Theatreworks presents Barefoot in the Park, running through Sunday, November 27. This romantic comedy by Neil Simon focuses on newlyweds, as they begin married life in a tiny fifth floor apartment in New York City. After a six-day honeymoon, the couple get a surprise visit from the mother-in-law and decide to play matchmaker during a hilarious dinner with their eccentric neighbor-in-the-attic. Join DTW for a new take on a comedy classic. 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