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Here’s Your Gay Desert Guide for the Weekend: May 14–16, 2021

May 14–16, 2021

Masks off!  That is IF you got your shots.  The news cycle has been dominated by the CDC guidance that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places.  The City of Palm Springs rescinded its mask order to align with CDC guidelines.
It’s going to be confusing for some time and our Pavlovian response will be to don a mask when we no longer need to.  But some will choose that safety blanket face covering even if vaccinated.  It certainly has reduced other diseases like colds and allergies.  So I’m keeping my mask handy just in case!
Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr
The McCallum Theatre is betting on no masks required and full capacity indoors when it opens its season with Hairspray in December.  We talk with Communications Director Jeffrey Norman on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast this week.  And we also got word that Purple Room is booking its fall season, maybe being able to open as soon as Labor Day.  Sherry Vine joined us on the podcast and spilled the tea that she and Jackie Beat are booked at the storied supper club. 
June 15th is the next COVID calendar watch date.  Let’s hope that indoor restrictions will be lifted so our other venues like Toucans can reopen.Enjoy another beautiful Palm Springs weekend and sigh that collective sigh of relief that we’re out of the woods!
Download our PDF calendar of 2021-2022 Events from the home page of GayDesertGuide.LGBT and follow us on socials @GayDesertGuide to stay updated.  
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
#ILoveGayPalmSprings #ILoveGayCatCity and #WeArePalmSprings

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This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings

May 14–16, 2021

We’re keeping you updated on the weekend’s Top Events: Desert X Final Weekend, PS Tramway Open 7 Days, Transgender Activist “Mama Gloria” Documentary, Steve Chase Awards Silent Auction, Cinema Under the Stars at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Honor Our LGBT Elders Day, Fashion & Beauty Through History at the Met, Desert Theatricals Live Cabaret, and more!

/campaigns/org670682466/sitesapi/files/images/670109687/1.png Desert X Final WeekendIt’s the final weekend for Desert X 2021, open through Sunday, May 16 at sunset at various locations in and around Palm Springs. Don’t miss your chance to see this one-of-a-kind event that only comes around once every two years! This free exhibition explores the desert as both a place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here and the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape their stories [Check out what’s new this year]. The site-specific exhibition is all outdoors, providing a safe visitor experienceMore info

/campaigns/org670682466/sitesapi/files/images/670109687/2 (1).png PS Aerial Tramway Open 7 Days/Week

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has expanded from five- to a seven-day-a-week operations with revised hours. Monday through Thursday, the first car up will be at 10:00 a.m., the last car up will be at 6:00 p.m. and the last car down will be at 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, the first car up will be at 8:00 a.m., the last car up will be at 7:00 p.m. and the last car down will be at 9:00 p.m. Advance online ticket purchase is still required at www.pstramway.com

/campaigns/org670682466/sitesapi/files/images/670109687/3.png “Mama Gloria” Screening Benefit

Sat, May 15 – The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert presents a screening of “Mama Gloria.” This feature documentary profiles Gloria Allen, a trailblazing 74-year-old Black transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace. Luchina Fisher and Mama Gloria will lead a discussion following the film [view trailer]. All proceeds for this fundraiser go to Safe Schools Desert Cities, to be used for program expenses and annual events such as Pride Prom, Rainbow Youth Summit, and the Youth Zone @ Palm Springs Pride. Get tickets

We have a HOT DEAL for savings at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, plus deals at Giueseppe’s Pizza & Pasta, Thai Smile, Grand Central, Monster Shakes, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Johannes, Mary Pickford Theatre, Bear Wear, Peepa’s, Chill Bar and more!

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The Golden Girls: An Evening on the Lanai

How well do you know your Golden Girls? The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls on Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m., just ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. Come celebrate the Golden Girls with Season One writer Stan Zimmerman with fun trivia, clips from favorite episodes, prize giveaways, sing-alongs, and Q&A. Hosted by on air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks with Alexander and a regular guest on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast.

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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast: Episode 97

This week on the podcast: John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr welcome Jeffrey Norman from McCallumTheatre.com, International Drag Legend Sherry Vine, Golden Girls writer/producer/director/teacher Stan Zimmerman, and PalmSpringsLife.com Editor Steven Biller.

The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook LiveFridays at 11:00 a.m.! It is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!

Welcome New Partners This Week

Boozehounds was started for love of dogs, to create a contemporary, multifaceted space where people can socialize with their pups. Located along the “gateway” to Palm Springs, this friendly environment features a main indoor dining room and bar along with an open-air lounge and patio bar facing the picturesque Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Their all-day Southern California menu consists of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients paired with a selection of craft cocktails. Learn more

What is One Eleven Bar in Cathedral City? Enjoying a cocktail with old friends and a second with new ones. Live music and entertainment you can sing along to. Celebrating who we are today while never forgetting our past. Having a safe space so none of us are ever alone – no matter race, orientation, gender identity, status or age. This is one eleven bar. Learn more

Desert Mischief is the brand-new Palm Springs adult store that’s been around for years. With distinctive gifts & souvenirs in the front, adult toys & supplies in the back, this duality means there’s something for everyone on your list – and plenty more in which for you to indulge yourself! Their new online store has an expertly curated selection of toys and more at great prices! Learn more

Menzz Room is your next-level gay nightclub designed with you in mind. This private, members-only club is the destination for those who want an upscale and erotic environment. Featuring 9,000 sq ft floor space with a large dance floor, ample seating with tables, intimate game lounge and spacious play areas, Menzzroom is open Wednesdays only, and their Grand Opening is on Wednesday, May 19. Learn more 

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at The Hollywood Times, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily in DC, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International in NYC. Valerie works closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), LAMBDA Legal, NCLR, and Outfest. She is also a member of the LA Press Club. She is a lay minister and parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her getaway home in Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs Center and DAP Health (Partners for Life member). For years Valerie Milano had volunteered as a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.