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Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 14-24, 2019, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs. For the fourteenth year, the annual 11day festival will feature a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public.


NEW EVENTS FOR 2019 INCLUDE: The 2018 keynote presentation will feature a talk by Moshe Safdie, internationally acclaimed architect and urban planner, on Saturday, February 16 at the Annenberg Theater at 1 p.m.. Mr.Safdie is known for a range of significant and compelling architectural projects, including the Habitat ’67 at the World Exhibition Expo 1967 in Montreal, Canada, the Skirball Cultural Center, in Los Angeles, the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore (recently showcased in the film ”Crazy Rich Asians”), the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the under-construction Changi airport in Singapore. His presentation will include an overview of his work over his 50+ year career, starting with the Montreal ‘67 Habitat, his career influences over the years, and new iterations of Habitat constructed or planned.


Tour four Modernism Week Featured Homes (throughout the run of the 11 day festival) Each year Modernism Week offers exclusive tours of Featured Homes. This year, attendees will be able tour four Featured Homes located in Palm Springs (tours occur on different days throughout the 11 days): “Green Gables” by H3K: Designed by Palmer & Krisel and built in 1958, this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home is undergoing a full renovation by H3K Design. The High Gable roofline is a classic example of midcentury modern design. “La Vie en Rose” by Christopher Kennedy: Interior designer Christopher Kennedy’s spectacular renovation of a quintessential midcentury property. This 1958 home is in posh Vista Las Palmas and backs up to the San Jacinto mountains.


“Axiom Desert House” by Turkel Design: This 2,110-square-foot modern prefab will become home to the Turkel family. Designing their future family home was a way for the founders of Turkel Design to dive deeply into the design, building, and delivery process for prefab homes. “Desert Eichler” by KUD Properties: This newly built residence is a replica of the original homes designed by Joseph Eichler, but modernized for today’s standard of living. MODERNISM WEEK OPENING NIGHT PARTY: MODERN LOVE Modernism Week will host a festive Opening Night Party with cocktails and dancing at the 1962 Wexler and Harrison-designed Indian Canyons Golf Resort Clubhouse. The party takes place on Valentine’s Day and guests will enjoy a groovy, 1960’s psychedelicthemed party with the exciting 12-piece orchestra Casino Royale. This special evening is presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. WEXLER STEEL HOUSE BY JIM RICHE





TOUR THE MODERNISM WEEK SHOW HOUSE: THE CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY COMPOUND The Christopher Kennedy Compound (in partnership with Traditional Home magazine) is a complete refurbishment of a classic midcentury home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs that will feature the work of 12 leading interior designers with tours offered daily.

an exclusive cocktail reception at the rarely-open-to-the-public Siva/Russell residence, a 1959 mountainside residence designed by modernist Hugh Kaptur.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE LEGACY OF DAN KILEY In partnership with UCR Riverside Palm Desert, Modernism Week continues its exploration of landscape architecture and design with the west coast premier of a photography exhibition highlighting the career of Dan Kiley (1912-2004), one of the nation’s most important post-war landscape architects. During his prolific career, which spanned more than half a century, he worked with equally significant architects including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei to create internationally acknowledged Modernist design icons. The exhibition opening on Tuesday, February 19 will be accompanied by a talk and special reception at UCR Palm Desert. WALKER GUEST HOUSE REPLICA TOUR AND PAUL RUDOLF SYMPOSIUM/COCKTAIL RECEPTION. Modernism Week participants will be able to tour the 1952 Walker Guest House Replica, a stunning full-scale, furnished replica designed by architect Paul Rudolph, one of America’s leading midcentury architects. It will be situated in downtown Palm Springs across the street from CAMP. Modernism Week attendees are also invited to a symposium on the life and work of Rudolph. Following the symposium, a limited number of guests may attend


THE FORGOTTEN FREY: THE CREE HOUSE One of Albert Frey’s most intact residential works has been meticulously preserved and restored to nearly its original 1955 condition. Never before seen by the public, it has been owned by a single family and has been largely forgotten, as it quietly existed in Cathedral City on its hilltop perch overlooking the desert floor. Tours will be offered daily. A CELEBRATION FOR ARTHUR ELROD, LEGENDARY INTERIOR DESIGNER On Friday, February 15 Modernism Week will host a special dedication ceremony on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for acclaimed interior designer Arthur Elrod (1924-1974). Elrod’s work remains relevant today and his style instilled a lasting impression on Palm Springs. His former home known as the “Elrod Escape” will also be open for a home tour and evening cocktail party on Thursday, February 21 with special guest, Palm Springs resident and local icon, Nelda Linsk, an early client and life-long friend of Elrod’s. OTHER SIGNATURE EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED INCLUDE: Home and Neighborhood Tours Once again, Modernism Week attendees will be able to tour a wide array of midcentury modern homes, communities, and neighborhoods in Palm Springs. In addition, Modernism Week will continue to offer home tours and architectural excursions in surrounding desert cities including Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells.

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PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM SHOW & SALE One of Modernism Week’s most highly anticipated events, the 18th annual Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center (February 15-18) will feature 85 premier national and international dealers offering furniture, decorative and fine arts representing design movements of the 20th century. The popular Modern Design Expo (that adjoins the Show & Sale) will showcase cutting edge modern design and technology to be introduced during the first weekend of Modernism Week. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! This year, Modernism Week offers an exciting array of live entertainment options including a Cabaret Evening with AJ Lambert (granddaughter of Frank Sinatra), the return of last year’s popular “Hollywood Revisited,” Nod to Mod, a nightly dinner event by PS Underground, and several performances by the Aqualillies, a group of synchronized swimming professionals who will perform for five days at a local residence.

theater. The Dreamboats,a popular singing group, will offer free daily performances at CAMP. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. RETURNING FAVORITES Modernism Week aficionados will be pleased to see that the core favorite events will return this year . These include the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, Illuminated Modern, a sunset architectural bus tour, the Modernism Week Signature Home Tour, Sunnylands tours, tours of Frey House II, tours of iconic homes in the Coachella Valley, including the residence formerly owned by Frank Sinatra, and compelling architectural walking tours specially curated for Modernism Week.

CAMP Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community And Meeting Place”) will provide a central hub for

NEWLY ADDED PARTIES One of the most fun ways people enjoy Modernism Week is by attending some of the fundraising parties. Several new parties were just added to the schedule of programming including Shag’s Architectural Print Party with The Martini Kings Playing Live! February 16 and February 23, 6-9:30 PM, FREE, SHAG store, 745 N Palm Canyon Drive Iconic artist Josh Agle (a.k.a. Shag) will host two free cocktail parties at his shop in the Uptown Design District to highlight many of Shag’s previously sold-out architectural prints.

Modernism Week from February 15-24, 2019. Once again located at 230 Museum Way (directly across from the Palm Springs Art Museum in the future Downtown Palm Springs public park space), CAMP will include an information desk, a box office, a café by Cheeky’s, the Modernism Week merchandise store by Destination PSP, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery immersive experience in partnership with JennAir and Brizo, designer lounges and a

MID MOD COCKTAIL PARTY February 17, 5 PM, $125, the location for this event will be printed on the ticket. Party poolside at this incredible idea house created to inspire and guide architecture and design enthusiasts when it comes to the art of modernizing a midcentury home for the way we live today. The Mid Mod Cocktail Party benefits the P.S. Cares public safety program of Volunteer Palm Springs.




SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE SINATRA ESTATE February 23, 6-9 PM, $150, Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate Frank Sinatra’s stunning 1947 residence designed by Desert Modernist architect E. Stewart Williams will be the backdrop for a magnificent soiree where the tastes, sounds and sights will take guests back to midcentury Palm Springs. KAPTUR THE MOMENT! ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN COUNCIL COCKTAIL PARTY February 23, 6-9 PM, $175, the location is disclosed at the time of purchase. Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council will celebrate the work of architect Hugh Kaptur with an event that enables attendees to tour Kaptur-designed homes, dance


in the streets, and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Modernism Week’s signature 11-day festival will take place February 14-24, 2019. Tickets will be available November 1 at 12 p.m. PST. To receive updates, visit and sign up for Modernism Weekly, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Hilton Palm Springs Resort, Modernism Week’s official host hotel, is offering a special room rate for a limited time only. Contact them directly at 760-320-6868. This is a few of the highlights happening during Modernism Week. For a complete event schedule please visit




From a movement that eschewed ornamentation in favor of function, to a solution for social issues, Modernist architecture has been influencing building design since before the Second World War. It is characterized by its heavy use of new technologies with particular emphasis on the use of glass, steel and, of course, reinforced concrete. Many also define it as being the rejection of the old traditional neoclassical style and Beaux-Arts that were popularized during the previous century. Aside from the underlying principles of Modernist architecture, famously summarized by American architect Louis Sullivan as “form follows function,” the design style has a specific and recognizable aesthetic. The mixed use of cubic and cylindrical shapes feel asymmetrical, while flat roofs and the absence of ornamentation or moldings create a clean and simplified look compared to previous heavily decorated styles. As for materials, the use of metal, glass and exposed concrete gave Modernist buildings an industrial or utilitarian appearance. A fitting description based on Modernist architecture pioneer Le Corbusier’s declaration that a house is “a machine for living in.” There have been many prominent Modernist architects throughout the years but several of the most notable include:

ALBERT FREY Albert Frey belonged to a generation that believed in a political role for modern architecture, that of social liberation through machine-made, egalitarian and affordable designs. His chosen materials were aluminum, glass, cables and, eventually, the very boulders and sands of the desert where he settled. In a career that spanned more than 65 years, Mr. Frey remained true to the principle that architecture should make the most of the least. His best known works he created in the Palm Springs of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. In 1939, Frey moved to Palm Springs. He became part of the movement championed by other California modernists including John Lautner to emphasize the central place of nature in modern architecture.

DONALD WEXLER One of the most celebrated Midcentury Modern architects, Donald Wexler designed classic buildings in the spot that became ground zero for that era — Palm Springs Wexler, who was nicknamed “the Man of Steel” for the now-treasured homes and the rest of his work. He designed the main terminal of Palm Springs International Airport with its soaring view of the mountains, the Royal Hawaiian Estates development on a Polynesian theme, and Dinah Shore’s home, recently purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio, which could be the ultimate “Mad Men” house with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, sunken bar and massive stone fireplace. Though his work was in demand, he thought of himself as a journeyman architect. But when midcentury design was widely rediscovered, he finally received renown and the homes he designed jumped in value.

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E. STEWART WILLIAMS E. Stewart Williams, an architect whose many works in Palm Springs included a home for Frank Sinatra, helped define what became known as the Desert Modern style. Williams designed many public buildings in Palm Springs, including Temple Isaiah, which won an award from the American Institute of Architecture in 1949. In the 1950’s and 60’s, he completed several commissions for local banks and designed the mountain station for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. In addition he was an extremely meticulous architect who had his hand in almost every aspect of his projects. He designed built-ins, light fixtures, mailboxes, and even light switches. Williams designed many public buildings in Palm Springs, including Temple Isaiah, which won an award from the American Institute of Architecture in 1949. In the 1950’s and 60’s, he completed several commissions for local banks and designed the mountain station for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

WILLIAM F. CODY Cody, an Ohio-born architect who graduated from USC in 1942 and began working in Palm Springs on the Desert Inn in 1945, was also seen as someone who went his own way. He didn’t take a purist’s perspective on design, and would take client’s invitations to design whatever they want, and go as far as he possibly can. Projects such as the curvaceous St Theresa’s Church, or Googie-esque Huddle’s Spring restaurant, show him breaking out of the straight lines that


often defined midcentury modernism. And, at a time when the cadre of Palm Springs architects would help each other, passing on jobs or collaborating on projects, Cody rarely worked with others. His projects ranged from residential homes and condominiums, to commercial centers and industrial complexes, to city and community master planning.

JOHN LAUTNER Known for his residences, Lautner was also well-known for the commercial genre named for his design of Googie’s Coffee Shop in Los Angeles. Distinctive for its expansive glass walls, arresting form, and exuberant signage oriented to automobiles, Googie became a fixture in 1950s America but was regularly ridiculed by the architectural community. Lautner’s reputation suffered, despite that fact his designs were as good as ever. Following some lean years, he rose again in the 1960s with the Chemosphere House and pouredconcrete houses such as the Elrod Residence Palm Springs.

WILLIAM KRISEL William Krisel, AIA, is one of the most important figures in modern architecture since the 1950s. His influence has been farreaching; he is one of the few architects to have succeeded in the challenge of bringing modernism to the general public. His designs have fundamentally re-defined how we live today.

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The third season of Jack Tracy’s LGBTQ series, HISTORY, premieres this Valentine’s Day. The new Season aims to answer the age-old Question: What is Love? Executive produced by Tracy, and financed through him, the third season features six half-hour episodes and follows his character, Jamie, as he discovers how the examples set by his parents framed his expressions of love and what he values most in relationships. The story picks up a year after the close of season 2 when the gang is finally all coupled up. Jamie is with Mark, a sexually charged Brit, and they are considering the possibility of opening their relationship, eyeing Will’s ex as a possible candidate. Meanwhile, Will is deciding whether or not to give in to his new boyfriend’s insistence they move in together while Matthew has decided to look past the gang’s objections and accept his boyfriend’s flaws. Then there’s Ted, whose own hang-ups may destroy his burgeoning relationship with a local drag queen. “The struggles all of these 30-somethings face are a direct result of growing up gay,” explains Jack Tracy. “They’re forced to confront complex issues such as gender roles, toxic masculinity, rejection and loyalty. In the end, we learn what love is for each individual, and whether the baggage from their past can ever be overcome.” Nearly all of the casts from the first two seasons of HISTORY return to reprise their roles in season 3. Will Cohen stars as Will, Jacob Seidman as Matthew and Trent Stone as Ted. Samanthia Nixon takes over the role of Bianca. Supporting actors include James Evans as Mark, Matt Kuyawa as Kevin, Kathy Biehl as Jamie’s mother Molly, Corry J. Ethridge as Elliot, Claire Kennedy as Jamie’s therapist and Haulston Mann as Brandon. Key to HISTORY are the flashback scenes that shed light on where Jamie may have learned the behaviors that shape his adult life. Season three flashes all the way back to the 1980s and 1990s and viewers witness Jamie’s formative childhood moments: his father’s business failures, his mother’s depression, being caught with gay porn, coming out to his sister and his obsession with his weight and appearance. Aaron Drill plays Young Jamie and Alexandra Rey takes on the role of his mother, Young Molly. Also, as is a tradition with HISTORY, a new original song by Jack Tracy will accompany the third season. In “You Lose,” Jack laments on a central theme to the series, singing, “If you’re scared your choice was mistaken, it never matters what road you choose.

When everything you’re given is taken. Life is a game you lose.” HISTORY is produced and distributed by Necessary Outlet, a film production company founded and owned by Jack Tracy that produces several LGBT web series and will soon debut its first fulllength film, Snowflake. Written by Jack Tracy and currently touring the festival circuit, Snowflake draws inspiration from the 2016 US election, telling the story of a group of gay men and their friends and how they deal with the election of a wannabe conservative dictator with an anti-gay bigot VP on his coattails. “Like all of our projects, the film takes a look at the state of the world through an LGBTQ lens,” Tracy explains. “My hope is that it inspires audiences to consider what, if anything, any of us would or will do to stop the insanity.” Many of the actors in Snowflake appear in HISTORY in supporting roles. The first two seasons of HISTORY are available worldwide on YouTube ( and Vimeo (www. All six episodes of season three (“Bad Thoughts”, “Good Gay Sons”, “Liar”, “Confrontation”, “Advocate” and “Companion”) will premiere on Youtube and Vimeo on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Visit Follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @historywebs

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February is Modernism month here in Palm Springs once again. It is a time that the world arrives in our unique hamlet to celebrate everything mid-century. By now I am willing to bet that most, if not all of our readers know at least something of what mid-century is when they see it. Some mention the butterfly roof, while others talk about furniture styles or paint colors and patterns. They are all good examples, if not obvious choices. What I hope to do this month for devotees of The Standard Magazine is the same thing I do for my design clients every day. I want to take what you think a period style is and show just how much bigger it can really be. Midcentury design is so much more than the elements I mentioned earlier. In fact, let’s start with using a new term to describe the bigger picture of the period…Modernist. By using the term modernist, I am suggesting more than a style, it is a mind-set, a way of approaching design and lifestyle that goes beyond architecture and decorating and way beyond the borders of Palm Springs, as well. The movement was a global expression. In each country and in each region, it was interpreted and executed in different ways. The influences may have been similar but cultural traditions and subjects gave each their own unique air and manner. Our location in Southern California and our world-class persona have always afforded our community a certain cache. The overall influence is what we commonly know as “midcentury” design but, it also includes an amalgam of other cultures and influences. The Mexican Modernist Movement of the 50’s and 60’s offered its own prescription for stylish modern living, while incorporating their own traditional motivations. In architecture, design and art the Modernist movement of Mexico relied on imagery and elements from the past. Those influences are now being seen as part of a bigger picture and larger conversation about midcentury design. Luminaries like Diego Rivera, Ruffino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo (wife of Diego Rivera ) are internationally celebrated artists and muralists of the time (and today) who used the working-class


they possessed one of the largest collections in the United States of Mexican Modernist Movement paintings. Through their galleries in Beverly Hills and Palm Springs they collected and sold all of the greatest artists of the period. In 1997 the family donated over 2,000 works from their collection to the Los Angeles Museum of Art, making its collection the largest in the country.

Mexican people as their inspiration for some of the most beautiful portraits expressed in a modern artist vernacular. Architects like Luis Barragan still influence designers and architects alike, today. His influences were the European Modernists and he even visited Le Corbusier to discuss modern design. My point is that our incredibly rich valley has an equally rich history of influences and our close relationship, both physically and spiritually with Mexico is another vocabulary in the larger conversation of midcentury style. Color, texture, pattern and materials have all been freely shared between our cultures and continue to enliven our experience of the modernist lifestyle. Of course, I would not be me, if I didn’t offer my readers some examples of Mexican Modernist opportunities right here in Palm Springs. While going from lecture, to tour, to party during Modernism’s 10 day “week” consider some of these local sources for Mexican Modernist art and objet d’art. • If you want the experience and history first, try the Palm Springs Art Museum. It not only sits at the center of the Modernism Week Camp, it also happens to have important examples of Mexican Modernist Art, including Diego Rivera, Francisco Luna, Matta and others. • If history is your thing, a search for the Lewin-FamilyCollection, is a treasure trove of art and artists of the period. It just so happens that the family not only lived in Palm Springs but,

• If owning a piece of Mexican Modernist movement art is more to your liking, try the plethora of resale stores in Palm Springs and simply ask if, “they have any Mexican modernist art?” I suggest shops like Flow Modern and Stewart Galleries. And be sure to check out the Modernism Show & Sale at the convention center during Modernism Week. Finally, if you want a totally immersive experience into Mexican Modernist style, stay tuned for the imminent opening of the new restaurant & bar, Tac/Quila. Located in uptown Palm Springs and directly opposite the soon to be open Andaz hotel, the restaurant is the brain child of husband & wife restauranteurs Mark & Liz Ostoich of the famed, Farm restaurant, also in Palm Springs. Designed by the Palm Springs based, award winning firm of Foley & Stinnette (yes, I am that Foley), the style is based on Mexican Modernist style with original art from the period and current works in the style. Tac/ Quila is designed both decoratively and from a food perspective that will give diners the experience of truly elevated surroundings and cuisine (and the best tequila’s) for those seeking a unique and luxurious Mexican modernist experience. I promise more information as it comes available and an exclusive sneak peek of the interiors to The Standard readers only! Live Well! Dann Designer Dann Facebook / Youtube / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

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“Ready or not, here I come!” Hear that, and if you hadn’t hidden by then, hadn’t found a secret spot, you had a real chance of losing at Hide & Seek. Get out of sight, though, and you might’ve managed to sneak back home, ready to play another game. As in the memoir “Hiding Out” by Tina Alexis Allen, that game could last for decades. Growing up, Christina Worthington knew her father hated her. Her twelve siblings knew it, too, and they reminded her of it often: she was the youngest, her mother’s “lucky thirteen” and the victim of much of her father’s wrath. Starting at about the age of nine, Tina was also the victim of sexual abuse from two of her then-adult brothers. But she never told anyone about it. Instead, she acted out at school until the nuns were at their wits’ end and her “saint” of a mother was exasperated. At age eleven, a younger teacher finally took Tina under her wing – and into her bed. Two years later, by the time her teacher-lover sent her away, Tina knew she was more attracted to girls than to boys. By her mid-teens, she had a college-age girlfriend who lived near her parents’ Washington D.C.-area house, from which she managed to mostly stay away; there was more comfort in the girlfriend’s apartment than there was at her childhood home, where hiding her real self was necessary. But no one can hide forever. When her father invited her and her girlfriend to lunch one day, Tina was guarded – and rightfully so, because he figured out her secret and she couldn’t deny. Then he revealed a shocker of his own: he was gay, too. Within weeks, Tina went from hated daughter to favorite; from ignored to invitee to her father’s dinners and clubs. They agreed to keep one another’s secrets from the rest of the family, partying, drinking, and doing drugs until the stress of it all bubbled over, Tina couldn’t take the lies anymore, and her lips spilled the truth. Years later, there was one last secret… Memoirs, by their very nature, are generally focused inwardly, to a greater or lesser degree. Count “Hiding Out” on the latter side. Starting with a raucous anecdote of sibling rivalry before Christmas Mass, you’re in for more than a look-at-me memoir. This is, in fact, a whole-family tale in which author Tina Alexis Allen puts the focus mainly on her parents, with sibs ringing the action as needed. Using that as a base, tales eke out tantalizingly slowly over the course of this book, and some are shocking, told so casually that you’ll get a “Wait. What?” backlash. Don’t be surprised if you read the occasional

sentence twice, in disbelief. Add a tight window of time and a deep unsubstantiated-rumortype mystery that feels like a character unto itself, and you’ve got a compulsively readable book that’s, at its close, very unique. If a memoir like “Hiding Out” is what you want for a long winter’s night, then get ready. “Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives” by Tina Alexis Allen c.2018, Dey St. Books $16.99 / $21.00 Canada 288 pages

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Putting A Laser Focus On Education To Empower LGBTQ+ Women To Create The Stories They Want To See Standing tall and strong as the largest convention for LGBTQ+ women and allies, ClexaCon continues to affirm its unwavering commitment to focus on the power of queer women to create big and lasting change in front and behind the camera. Returning to Las Vegas’ famed Tropicana Hotel April 11th through April 15th, 2019, for its third consecutive year, the one-of-a-kind event will once again bring together actresses, directors, producers, writers, comic book illustrators, visual artists, academics, journalists and fans from over 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states to celebrate the best of LGBTQ+ TV and film.


Fans will have a chance to attend a series of panels on a variety of topics, workshops, charity events, parties, a red-carpet soiree as well as a three-day film festival. Bringing their “A” game, Ashley Arnold and Danielle Jablonski the masterminds behind the hugely popular convention - are not just shaking things up this year, they are changing the game too. The duo is decidedly cranking up the volume on ClexaCon’s mission to push forth its enduring message of diversity, equality and inclusion of LGBTQ+ women in entertainment at various levels of the industry. Putting an extra laser-focus this April on the importance of education and academics, ClexaCon strives to empower and inspire

more LGBTQ+ women to get involved in content creation while simultaneously embolden allies to improve representation for LGBTQ+ characters in their creative work. Impressively drawing some 4,000+ attendees from over 40 countries last year, ClexaCon is on track for another impressive year. As we keep witnessing the proliferation of the #RepresentationMatters hashtag across social media platforms, the message is clear: we’re in desperate need of more diverse voices. This is why the Con continues to provide educational resources for the community to aid in the push for better representation. Its goal is to teach and motivate more LGBTQ+ women to participate in creating the stories that actually reflect America’s evolving cultural landscape. LGBTQ representation on television in 2018 hit a record high this year, according to GLAAD’s annual TV diversity report. Sadly, the same can’t be said about its Hollywood counterpart. The GLAAD report found that filmmakers and producers miserably failed to include LGBTQ+ characters in their work.


success of shows like Pose, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Adventure Time, Vida and One Day At A Time – all featuring inclusive storylines denotes a clear audience demand and pressing interest for new and diverse story angles.” To that end, ClexaCon is proud to be an active community collaborator teaming up with some of the top industry institutions and LGBTQ+ players in Arts & Entertainment.

“While we’ve made considerable strides in moving the needle culturally, there’s still not enough queer women creating content,” say Danielle Jablonski, “we need to counter the roadblocks Hollywood continues to put in front of us and provide more avenues to educate and teach the next generation of LGBTQ+ women about how to tell their stories and get their content out to the world”.

SAG-AFTRA, YouTube Space L.A., Dash Production, Tello Films, Outfest and UNLV, are all on track with ClexaCon’s mission to act as a catalyst for change and work to advance professional achievement for LGBTQ+ women working in all areas of film, Television, video, digital streaming platforms and other screen-based media. Remaining at the forefront of the fight to put queer female stories front and center, ClexaCon will kick-off the 5-day convention on April 11 with a creative new concept: a one-day event with two different Labs respectively filled with panels, workshops and networking.

“We all want to see our stories told,” added Ashley Arnold, “the

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The Academic Lab, in association with The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), will welcome queer academic fans of queer content, Scholars/educators of queer fandom to educate, energize and invigorate the next generation of academics. Also new this year is the exclusive collaboration with Outfest - one of the premier LGBTQ film festivals in the world - that will see the winner of Best Short Film at the ClexaCon 2019 Film Festival receive automatic inclusion in the Outfest Film Festival in 2019. Once again turning Sin City’s Tropicana Hotel into the ultimate entertainment hub, ClexaCon 2019 will rally under one roof some of the community’s most prominent figures on television. Fans will have a chance to rub elbows and connect with the likes of Annie Briggs (Carmilla), Briana Venskus (Supergilr, The Walking Dead), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow), Chantal Thuy (Black Lightning), Crystal Chappell (Venice), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynonna Earp), Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Elise Bauman (Carmilla), Emily Andras (showrunner, Wynonna Earp, Lost Girl), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The L Word), Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), Jes Macallan (Legends of Tomorrow), Katherine Barrell (Wynonna Earp), Katrina Law (Arrow, Spartacus), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Legends of Tomorrow), Mandahla Rose (Forever Not Maybe), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of our Lives), Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning), Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), and Nicole Pacent (Anyone But me), to name a few. Strengthening its philanthropic values, this year’s ClexaCon Cocktails for Change and Fun Run will be benefiting The Visibility Fund – a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ content creators. “Advocacy is a powerful lever for real impact,” comments Ashley Arnold, “we’re honored to be giving back this year to a community partner like The Visibility Fund that shares our voice and stands for our mission.” ClexaCon might represent different things for everyone, yet the one common thread for all remains its unique ability to bind us all together as one big family and organically impart a sense of solidarity and empowerment. At its core it stands as an international convention that fundamentally exists to remind LGBTQ+ women, as Commander Lexa would say, that “your fight is not over.” For More Information go to:





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Chaka Khan The Queen of Funk returns with the new album ‘Hello Happiness’ - Her first in twelve years featuring the title track and new single. Her new album Hello Happiness will be released on February 15th via Diary Records / Island Records, the new label formed by Major Lazer founder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch with artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor. Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production. With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world-class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans. That’s exactly what the title track and new single, Hello Happiness achieves. A tribute to the life-affirming power of music, it combines the sass of ‘I’m Every Woman’ with the invention of ‘I Feel For You’ while also feeling precisely in tune with the current zeitgeist. The strength of the single hints at the quality of the rest of the album. The soaring ‘Like A Lady’ feels like Switch has been teleported back to the great late ‘70s New York disco scene, while Chaka rolls back the years with one of the most powerful performances of her career. That’s something she also demonstrates with the swaggering strut of the sultry R&B anthem ‘Too Hot’. ‘Isn’t That Enough’ and particularly ‘Don’t Cha Know’ find her embracing bold new elements to her sound, while the laidback, minimalist groove of ‘Ladylike’ gives her the space to prove that her vocal has clearly grown in stature over the years. Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur


and activist, Chaka has influenced generations of recording artists. After forty years in music, ‘Hello Happiness’ celebrates a lifetime in music and proves that Chaka Khan is as inspiring as ever. ‘Hello Happiness’ is now available to pre-order from with ‘Like Sugar’ and the title track both provided as instant downloads. It will be released on vinyl, digital, CD and cassette.

GIRLPOOL’S “WHAT CHAOS IS IMAGINARY”, A COMPELLING RECORD OF TRANSITION AND TRIUMPH The music Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad release as Girlpool occupies a transient space. Their constant evolution makes it perfectly impossible to articulate exactly where their project falls within the contemporary musical canon; this is one of the many reasons Girlpool’s music is so captivating. Never before has a group’s maturation been so transparently attached to the maturation of its members. This is due in large part to the fact that Girlpool came into existence exactly when Girlpool was supposed to come into existence: at the most prolific stage of the digital revolution. Both online and in the flesh, Tividad and Tucker practice radical openness to the point where it may even engender discomfort; this is exactly the point where it becomes clear why theirs’ is such a special project: they accept the possibility of discomfort-Chaos-and show you how to figure out why you might feel it. This is achieved through their ability to empathize as best friends and partners in creation, with the intention of making music that provokes. They met in November of 2013, and released their self-titled EP just 3 months later. Both were playing in multiple bands at the time. Harmony was 18. Cleo was 17. The growth they have fostered in one another over the years explains the project’s disparate discography; each record is a photograph of Girlpool, growing over time. Their roots are a certain shade of punkorganized chaos dressed as earworms. “Where You Sink,” one of the first singles off their upcoming record, What Chaos Is Imaginary, gives you an idea of how much things have changed since 2014. Their solo work consistently breathes new life into Girlpool.

The two have since become comfortable with the process being more independent, more fluid. They both take part in the production and arrangement of the music, but they’ve strayed from beginning hand in hand in every instance. They connect somewhere along the way, working together when it feels right. Discussing the new process, Harmony says, “It’s helped me find validity in parts of my writing I found to be unapproachable. I thought my stream-of-consciousness was unsophisticated.” There’s probably a great pun available re: shedding self-consciousness to release a more sophisticated stream-of-consciousness. In any case, What Chaos is Imaginary-the record and the song-is what the stream looks like when self-consciousness is shed. Where Harmony embraces chaos, Cleo organizes it. “It’s hard for me to feel completion without achieving a vision that I have. I’ll imagine the kind of climate I want to create inside a song,” says Cleo of his process. “Once I fall in love with the direction, it’s getting there that can take time.” Finishing a song may take time and even prove to be difficult for him at times, but the product is invariably polished. Considering the near-perfect balance in the songs on What Chaos is Imaginary, their dynamic makes sense. “It took a really long time to record this record. It feels like a photograph of a very transitional time.” It’s hard to imagine what might follow What Chaos is Imaginary. Girlpool’s growth has a steady momentum forward, towards something greater with every stride that they take. By the time the record comes out, they’ll be far from here, wherever here is. | Twitter @girlpool | Instagram @girlpoool

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Jewish Federation of the Desert (JFD) is proud to present “Laugh Out Loud” featuring three of the funniest and brightest comedians working today. Carol Leifer (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Gary Gulman (Crashing) and Elon Gold (Stacked) will all come together to support the mission of Jewish Federation of the Desert. This uproarious evening of comedy will be Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00p.m at the beautiful Galen Auditorium, Eisenhower Medical Center Campus, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. Tickets are only $50 with RSVP required by January 25. An award-winning writer and producer, best-selling author and stand-up comedian, Carol Leifer’s dazzling, observational style humor won her four Emmy® nominations for writing on such acclaimed television shows as ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’. She also won the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award for her work on TV’s number one comedy show, ‘Modern Family.’ Carol has written for the Oscar® telecast eight times, more than any other female writer to date. A comedy icon, Carol was dubbed

“the real Elaine” because ‘Seinfeld’s’ character, Elaine Benes, was partially based on her. Carol has starred in five of her own comedy specials that aired on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. She holds the record of 25 appearances on ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’ Carol has written two best sellers based on her extraordinary life. When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win recounts falling in love with a woman at 40, a breast cancer scare and adopting a newborn son at age 50. Her latest, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying charts her three decade-long journey through show business. Originally from Boston, Gary Gulman has been a scholarship college football player, an accountant, and a high school teacher. Now he is one of the most popular touring comics and one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night talk show. Gary marked his 20-year anniversary in stand-up with the “It’s About Time Tour,” selling out theaters throughout the United States.

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PSP FOCUS It’s no wonder the New York Times wrote, “Gary is finally being recognized as one of the country’s strongest comedians. “Gary’s TV credits include: ‘Last Comic Standing,’ ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ and currently on HBO’s ‘Crashing’ in addition to HBO’s new series ‘2 Dope Queens.’ His 3 stand-up specials are streaming now on Netflix and Amazon.

Late Late Show with James Corden’ and can next be seen in two episodes of ‘Crashing’ on HBO. The mission of Jewish Federation of the Desert is to provide a wide-range of social services and humanitarian aid in and out of the Coachella Valley.

Elon Gold is a comedian and actor who has starred in FOX’s ‘Stacked’ and NBC’s ‘In-Laws’. He has made ten appearances on ‘The Tonight Show’ and had a recurring role on the hit show, ‘Bones’. Elon was a writer/performer on ABC’s ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ and has guest starred on ‘Frasier’, ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Chappelle’s Show.’

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HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST NIGHT BENEFITTING AAP AT TRIO RESTAURANT In celebration of the 91st annual Academy Awards, TRIO Restaurant in Palm Springs will host the 10th Annual “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” to benefit AAP-Food Samaritans at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The glittering evening will include the signature ‘orange’ carpet arrivals featuring a group of paparazzo, and a special greeting from dynamic hostess and local celebrity, Bella da Ball. The Oscars® pre-show and awards presentations will be viewed on special screens throughout Trio’s bar and restaurant areas. Starting with the walk down the orange carpet and the flashbulbs going off as guests arrive, the energy in the room is electric and the excitement builds with anticipation for each winner to be announced. Everyone is guaranteed to have a wonderful time as the event marks its 10th year Trio’s exceptional staff makes everyone feel like an A-list celebrity, and we are extremely grateful that AAP is once again the beneficiary of this entertaining and highly anticipated event.” The glittering evening will include signature ‘orange’ carpet arrivals featuring a group of paparazzo, and a special greeting from dynamic hostess and local celebrity, Bella da Ball. The Oscars®

pre-show and awards presentations will be viewed on special screens throughout Trio’s bar and restaurant areas. Tickets for Hollywood’s Biggest Night start at $125 per person for bar seating, $150 for general seating, and $175 for VIP/premium seating that includes a prix-fixe six-course dinner, well drinks, wine, and champagne. Tickets should be purchased in advance at or by calling AAP at 760/325-8481.

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PSP FOCUS WALK OF THE STARS PALM SPRINGS TO HONOR LEGENDARY INTERIOR DESIGNERS; STEVE CHASE AND ARTHUR ELROD Walk of the Stars Palm Springs will honor legendary Interior Designer and Humanitarian Steve Chase and luminary Interior Designer Arthur Elrod with stars on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs. The star dedication for Steve Chase will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at 101 N. Museum Way in front of Palm Springs Art Museum. Desert AIDS Project, The Living Desert, and Palm Springs Art Museum will be honoring Steve Chase at the star dedication ceremony. Arthur Elrod’s star unveiling will be on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Modernism Week will sponsor Arthur Elrod’s star. Both dedications are open to the public.

Steve Chase “I am pleased Steve Chase is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to Palm Springs design and for his humanitarian legacy.” said Nona Watson, CEO Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. When Steve Chase became involved with Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) – whose board he also sat – he applied his creative talent to soften the roughness of the organization’s early warehouse district location. The result was a comfortable environment for D.A.P. clients as they faced their mortality with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. From a humanitarian perspective, Chase reached out to celebrity friends and clients to encourage their participation and support of D.A.P.’s mission in the community. “He had the extraordinary courage to get out of the house, take meetings, and spend time shopping with and for his clients, many of whom were deeply moved by his spirit.” Said David Brinkman, CEO of D.A.P. who will be one of the speakers at Chase’s star dedication ceremony. In 1967 desert interior designer Arthur Elrod recruited Steve Chase and it was there Katherine Hough, Chief Curator for Palm Springs Art Museum and Chase first began their 2 decades-long


collaboration. After Chase’s death in 1994, the museum received 132 works of art from Chase’s collection as well as $1.5 million from Chase’s estate. Because of his generosity, Palm Springs Art Museum was able to expand with a third floor to its Palm Springs facility. The Steve Chase Art Wing and Education Center was dedicated in November 1996. “His collection launched us into a different realm, quality- and quantity-wise. It brought us into a new era. That’s when people — donors, other collectors — started taking us seriously.” says Hough. For more information, contact or call the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce at (760) 325-1577.

Arthur Elrod “Arthur Elrod was responsible for the interior designs of many of the most celebrated Palm Springs mid-century modern homes, and it is our honor to celebrate his work with a star on the Walk of the Stars.” said Nona Watson, CEO Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. “After dedicating many stars for notable architects, it is fitting to acknowledge the interior designer of many of these iconic Mid-Century Modern architect’s work. “This star dedication brings full-circle the contribution of interior design to the inherent style that has become synonymous with Palm Springs. For the star to be located in front of The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center is further tribute to Arthur’s enduring style.” said Gary Johns, Secretary Board of Directors, Modernism Week and star dedication event captain. Considered the most successful interior designer between the mid-1950s through his untimely death in 1974 from a car accident, Arthur Elrod was responsible for bringing a relaxed, sophisticated style to Palm Springs. Elrod donated art and contributed to several civic and social activities in Palm Springs including contributing funds to the very first animal shelter.

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Valentine’s Day is one of those do-it-yourself celebrations. There are no parades or feasts or family gatherings. When I was single, I could always count on a card from my mother and, needless to say, would send one to her. Commerce has no respect for the single, however, and for a month every year, the U.S turns red and pink. I’m not sure if I should thank Cupid or St. Valentine or, perhaps, my late Catholic mother, but at last I can say that, goddess willing and the river don’t rise, I won’t be single again for the rest of my life. Which leaves me with the challenge of coming up with unique ways to celebrate the day for about thirty more years.


Not that my sweetheart expects this—she’d be content with a card and a kiss and lots of laughter thrown in. No, I have a need to prove my love year after year with some small extraordinary offering. She does that year-round. Just today, on our monthly anniversary, she presented me with the gift of all gifts. My sweetheart gave me— you’re not going to believe how incredible she is—a Golden Snitch fidget spinner. “I saw (author) Nell Stark with one,” explained my sweetheart, “and I had to get it for you.” All my other spinners pale before its silent and graceful niftiness.

In turn, I gave my sweetheart a gift I held back from the winter holidays: a boat and lighthouse tea light candleholder. Which I gleaned from the free table at our community clubhouse. Yes, we do celebrate our anniversary every month and have for going on twelve years. Doesn’t every couple? We don’t always mark the date with gifts. Sometimes it’s a handmade card, a note, a walk on the beach. That leaves me with the question: what can I come up with to make Valentine’s Day 2019 special? It goes without saying that some years I have decorated effusively. The Dollar Store is helpful with that when we’re flush. This year I’ll be recycling whatever has survived the years: the lights, balloons, ceiling decorations, banners, window clings, cardboard cutouts, yard signs, door decorations, garlands. I’ve been known to get kind of obnoxious. Before the diets, I was able to reach directly back to my childhood. My father always gave my mother a regulation red clothcovered, heart-shaped box of assorted candies, invariably from Fanny Farmer’s, which was big at that time. I remember the shop near my subway stop—was it 42nd Street and 6th Avenue? The glorious smells, the enticing boxes… In any case, though I refrain out of kindness, the giving of the red heart of candies will always mean Valentine’s Day to me. For my part, it was all about the cards when I was a kid. You sat at the kitchen table and cut out children’s cards by the dozens. They were miniatures and I was disappointed that they didn’t fold. This was before Disney and other franchises took over the industry. The scissors I used were heavy and large, probably from my mother’s sewing basket. It was awkward, cutting on the dotted lines with little girl hands. Then you took an actual wooden pencil, hoping for soft lead, sharpened it and wrote the name of every kid in the apartment building, signed your own, and left the cards at their doors. So of course, I did that to my sweetheart one year. Bought a package of kid cards and stuck them all over the house. She’s such a sport. Or the year of the Valentine’s Day stickers. Stuck on mirrors, inside the refrigerator, on the front door, the back door, the garage, her pillow, her clothes, her car. If we hadn’t moved, she’d still be finding them. We’ve toasted by candlelight, just the two of us, at restaurants. She likes me to buy her a drink at the bar. We’ve revisited special places, like the National Park where we exchanged rings after signing domestic partnership papers. Oh, and the stuffed animals, ever in their small basket

demonstrating my overenthusiasm. Had she told me she wasn’t a stuffed animal sort of gal? Yes, she had, but I couldn’t help myself, the things were so sweet. We have a gift card to a favorite restaurant this year. We’re planning to get a bite to eat. I’ll order her a pretty glass of Prosecco. She’ll wear her red sweater, black slacks and a shiny pair of earrings. I’ll dress up with my good jeans, a button-down shirt and, this being the Pacific Northwest, a rain jacket. But I have to give the day my own grateful, adoring, loving touch. Something original that I’ve never done before. Probably something a little bit annoying, but meant well. It can’t cost money or calories, so there go the chocolates and diamond ring and flowers. Time is getting short. How about a love letter? I could title it “How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

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It’s already the second month of 2019 and I’m pleased to say that the dark energies of 2018 appear to have stayed there and I for one am extremely grateful. I’ve just returned from a five-day Caribbean cruise hosted by WOD on the Waves. WOD stands for Workout of the Day. Its the world’s first fitness cruise where you can break out of the box and celebrate all of your blood, sweat and tears. Train hard and party harder with some of the fittest athletes on earth. Well, that’s what their ads say, anyway!

This cruise had not been on my 2019 agenda but rather became available to me through my absolutely amazing nephew, Andrew, who’s ex-boyfriend and still B.F.F., had access to it from Instagram. Devin has over 50,000 followers on Instagram and was contacted by WOD offering him a bank of rooms in exchange for advertising. He then extended his offer to Andrew who in turn offered it to me.

I’d like to say that I was in top form but as I’ve been reporting my level of fitness took a big hit after I attempted to alleviate my food allergies by doing intermittent fasting.

It took me about a second to accept his generosity because I will be on the Atlantis cruise when this month’s edition of The Standard is released and wanted to be in better shape for it. I figured this was the perfect way to achieve my goal and perhaps get hired on WOD’s next cruise! Hey, they say to dream big, right? And, why not. I hoped that your Dancing Queen would stand out amongst the other guests and win over some new friends.

So rather than being in tip top shape, I got on board the Royal Caribbean ship in Miami, feeling a bit out of sorts. After a week of rain and overcast skies in Palm Springs, my sinuses were still a bit wonky and I somehow ended up with a slight tummy problem that left me feeling less than 100%. But, I had faith that I was going to use the 5-day cruise to regenerate my body. Happily my mind and spirit were in good standing.

So, off I went on this new adventure. I was also intrigued by the fact that it was not a gay cruise and that I would be surrounded by people with fitness as a focus, something that I have never been a part of before. To be honest up until the very recent past, I had always been led by my heart and maybe my hormones! If those 2 boxes got ticked off I would dive right into a relationship never considering that the person and I had little to nothing else in common. So being a part


of a fitness cruise at least gave me a leg up, so to speak. Like Atlantis, WOD touted that they liked to party and had themed parties like Toga & 80’s night, so I packed just a few of my outfits and headed out. If all else failed I knew I could probably outdance anyone on the boat and was leaving the rest up to destiny. Well, Destiny was not on my side but to be honest there was a rather large bodybuilder, (think of a Caucasian Refrigerator Perry) who fancied me from the first second he saw me. It was rather funny to me because he was 4 times my size and I’m sure as people go a nice fella, but definitely not my type. At the same time he was the only guy who seemed to notice me, as I was about 30-40 years older than the average girl on board! Oh well, I tried! So, the trend for fitness is what I expected. It’s all about Crossfit and Surge, along with new fangled varieties of many of the classic exercises I learned 40+ years ago. I saw more women with incredible shoulders that I know they worked very hard for, but I pray will not cause them problems

years from now. Maybe the trend then will be to have shoulder replacements along with knee replacements. I say this because I watched so many people using bad form when it came to Crossfit activities, squats and walking lunges and overhead presses. It also scared me to know how many of these kids are on heavy steroids, growth hormone, fat burners and energy drinks to achieve the body of today only to suffer the consequences of tomorrow. Any natural hormone package that they were born with will be knocked out of the park and I predict that the days of Andropause and Menopause will be occurring at younger and younger ages! But, hey that’s just me! Happy International Bear Convergence, Steve Chase, Modernism and Valentines Day! One and all! All my Best, XOXO Jill, Your Dancing Queen

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To start, I just want to make the point that we’re roughly 2 years behind my transition. So, hop back about 2 years from you reading this, and you’ll be in the moment of my life I’m writing about. Fascinating, isn’t it? I’m also about to admit to something a little terrible. And I’m going to ask that you don’t hate me for it. You see I’ve only ever orbited around modernism week. I’ve never, you know, actually participated. I’m not even sure how to participate. My general assumption was that, after a glance at my checking account, I was too poor. That’s my feeling about most of Palm Springs to be honest. A glance at my Chase Banking mobile app, and the realization that I might just not be the target audience. Feeling poor and being able to confirm that fact with a handheld computer within seconds is pretty modern though; if you ask me. Modernism week does seem to have some cool stuff going on, at least as an onlooker. Lots of nice, bright colors. That was always a nice thing about Palm Springs. Despite the desert climate’s hostility to colorful inhabitants, Palm Springs, as a city, never let that stop it from being full of bright, beautiful colors.


On topic, February 14th is the beginning of Modernism week this year, and the beginning of me formally trying to be Christina out in public, with ya know, other strangers involved in the experience. Wasn’t sure I was Christina yet to others, but I had the name and stuff bouncing around. February 14th was, coincidentally, also the date of the 1st transgender support group meeting I went to in this, the modern era, of Christina. So, as you do modernism week things, like view pretty houses, and watch your fellow gays coo in awe and delight at the art and existence around you, pour one out for this homie, will ya? That 1st one back was almost as rough as the 1st one I ever did. It reminded me of how much of an invader I felt like. How much I was different from those I shared the room with, different experiences, different lives. I’ll admit to still grappling with being transgender at this date, February 14th 2017. It was scary. Terrifying. It meant so much. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, because it meant that my life was going to need a vigorous upheaval. As much as I was an interloper entering that room. I left knowing

I was real, in some scary way. I left hopeful. I left knowing a few things, primarily that I was, in fact, you know, a woman. Despite the, you know, penis. There was at least 1 other young woman there, Emma, who was beautiful and confident, and left me wanting to come back for more to soak in more of her cool; her radiance. Maybe, I thought, if I breathed in the air she did, I would be cool and confident and beautiful and transgender, the way she was and not ashamed. Oh god, maybe I wouldn’t be ashamed of being this way. Maybe I’d feel like I do, in fact, own a space on planet Earth. Thanks Emma! She’s a reoccurring character, I promise, and a real human being. Emma, if you ever do read this, and you do know that this is in fact you, I have something to tell you. I’m really trying to stay true to the facts here. I’m not lying about how I felt, about how I feel. Having said that spiel, I’m overjoyed I never, ever have to talk to you again. Or see you again. Or breathe in your air or be tainted by your radiance. Infected with your cool. Good, delightful riddance. Ah yes, dear reader, the drama. It begins! Palm Springs based drama! Drama you’ll be able to read and be able to say “Oh yes, I’ve been in that restaurant”! I’ve had drama in the past before, but not like this! I’m excited. Now we’re gonna get to sex and drugs and substance abuse and crying in the shower at 3pm on a Wednesday. Onwards, to showing up to a mid-term hungover, onwards to degeneracy! To good times! To a happy ending stretching out from then to the very moment I’m writing this in! I’m really excited for this little era of my existence, because it’s MY era. And 2 years ago, it all kinda just started happening and it’s weird that life just happens. Ok, for realsies, on topic this time. Besides me jealously staring at some poor woman and learning where to maybe get some therapy from someone, you know, in the know on this whole gender-as-a-problem thing, the meeting was uneventful. Life happens in small increments. And my writing happens in even smaller ones! All these events happened to me in bits and pieces. And I’m giving you the manicured crumbs. What a cycle. I’ll crown this method, the horse and sparrow theory of entertainment. Or the trickle-down theory of second-hand living. “But” you may cry out “Give us the juicy bits now, not all this filler!” Okay, but if I just wrote out all the interesting stuff that happened to me over the past 2 years, I really wouldn’t have much a job here anymore. So, for now, I’ll trickle down the good times to you. Though, to be perfectly fair, I’ve never had too many problems with getting trickled upon.

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FEB 18 MODERNISM WEEK VINTAGE CAR SHOW PALM SPRINGS Free exhibition of more than 50 vintage automobiles on display at the front entrance of the Palm Springs Convention Center on the last day of the Modernism Show & Sale. Free event, for more information visit

FEB 9 TASTE OF JALISCO FESTIVAL CATHEDRAL CITY The 4th Annual Taste of Jalisco celebrates the sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico) through music, fashion, spirits, culture and cuisine. Activities include live musical and dance entertainment, Mexican-inspired food, tequila tasting, kid zone, outdoor market and fireworks show. For info visit


CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET Certified Farmers’ Market Palm Springs Camelot Theatre Parking Lot Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Certified Farmers’ Market Palm Desert Adjacent To The Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce 72559 Highway 111 Wednesdays 8:00 AM TO 12:30 PM For more information, please visit or call 844-7FARMCV (844–732-7628).

STARTING JAN 11 DEZART PERFORMS Dezart Performs, one of the Coachella Valley’s preeminent theatre companies, recognizes that the performing arts enrich the life and culture of a community, promote greater understanding and provoke insightful discussion. For a complete calendar of events and show times visit or call 760-322-0179


TG MONDAYS. TRANSGENDER SOCIAL EVENT Every second Monday of the month, Transgender Social Hour discussing advocacy, transitioning & HRT. Allies, respectful admirers, and transgender umbrella all welcome. Portion of proceeds to benefit the Raina Chessman Fund. For more info

THE JUDY SHOW. PURPLE ROOM SUPPER CLUB PALM SPRINGS The spirit of Judy Garland is alive and well and in Palm Springs at the famed Purple Room Supper Club every Sunday at 7:00! This blend of hysterical comedy and outstanding music explode into an evening of nonstop belly laughs, glamour and high camp, as celebrated entertainer Michael Holmes parodies Judy Garland, who in her 1964 television variety show, played host to some of the greatest female icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

CHILL BAR PALM SPRINGS A warm and fabulous twenty first century modern venue located on Arenas, suited with multi faceted rooms for any celebration. The gorgeous island bar is surrounded by hi-definition video entertainment and a comfortable designer lounge. Chill on the patio enjoying music and refreshing beverages with friends after a game of pool, or come by and say hello to our friendly staff. Open for business seven days a week. Get out of the heat, and come join us! 
Happy Hour (From Open to 7pm) and Late Happy Hour (From Midnight to Last Call)

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THE SUNDAY BAND W/ SPECIAL GUESTS. PAPPY & HARRIET’S PIONEERTOWN The Sunday Rock + Roll Service is a Pappy and Harriet’s institution celebrating the healing powers of music and community! Every weekend the club’s favorite singers and players get together and trade songs. Come join us to see Victoria Williams, Gar Robertson, Carol Ann Crandall, Damian Lester, Bob Furgo, Rachel Dean, Ryan Norman, Caleb Winn, Danny Frankel and other talented locals performing for your drinking and dancing pleasure. With a come-as-you-are vibe, Sundays have seen great special guests like Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks, Rickie Lee Jones to name a few.

BLACKBOOK The sleek industrial styled BlackBook Bar located in the heart of the gay strip on Arenas now has Happy Hour everyday from 4-6pm and NAUGHTY hour from 10:00 PM-midnight. During these times you cam enjoy specials such as $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass!

OSCAR’S CAFÉ & BAR Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Indian Canyon, Oscar’s has a huge outdoor patio with lots of umbrellas for shade and misters to keep you cool, too. You can beat the heat any time of year and enjoy the views of Palm Springs. On Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 2pm, enjoy a $9

Bottomless Mimosas (juice included), a single $2 mimosa or a $5 Bloody Mary with brunch, during which both our full breakfast and lunch menus are available. Also join us for Sunday Funday Weekly Tea Dance 4pmClose! Live entertainment weekly visit our website for details.

LIPSTICK AT COPA Thursday nights at Copa just got a little hotter with a new show at the new showroom inside Copa. The Hot New Lipstick show is a raucous affair where the audience is encouraged to participate in singing, clapping, dancing, partying and celebrating special events. Featuring performances by Charles Herrera, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer, Marina Mac, Sassy Ross, Dion Khan, and Cherilyn, and emceed by the fabulous Bella Da Ball, this show will not disappoint. For ticket info and schedule of performers visit

HUNTERS NIGHTCLUBS® Palm Springs, Palm Springs’ go-to gay bar and dance club, has been leading the way in full-out fun for 20 years now! And we keep it pumping, making it better for you all the time with our unparalleled event line-up. We enjoy having

the desert’s most sought-after and friendly DJs, full-on themed events, and a staff that has it all without the attitude. And of course, we are proud to hold the longest happy hour in the entire Valley. Remember: Size Matters. Come by for our happy hour from 10am – 7pm. Yes, that’s right: 9 hours long! For a list of all events and specials visit

SUNDAYS “The Playgirls” at Toucans Tiki Lounge featuring Tommi Rose. Performances on Sundays at 8 & 10pm.These darling Divas of drag really deliver with their very own brand of entertainment to packed houses. Special guests appear weekly. DJ in the sound booth. Every Sunday Complete list of events For a complete calendar of community events visit our Media Partner, O’Bayley Communications. CLICK ON LOGO WWW.OBAYLEY.NET

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EVENTS CALENDAR schedule of entertainment, which ups the fun: opening-day party, daily après ski, pool parties, late-night lounge happenings, with events extending well into the morning hours, including the signature White Party and much more.

FEB 7 - 11

INTERNATIONAL BEAR CONVERGENCE. PALM SPRINGS, CA Are you ready for a party? Bears from around the world are coming to Palm Springs to make a big splash! Top entertainment and DJs are expected to draw in hundreds from surrounding cities. International Bear Convergence Palm Springs has become the “must attend event in Palm Springs”. With attendees coming from all over the globe, it truly is an International event.

historic Main Street. This weekend is about serious fun, new and old friends, and a community coming together. Featuring DJ Roland Belmares, DJ Josh Peace, DJ Casey Alva, and some hot go-go boys who are sure to melt some snow!

FEB 28 - MAR 5

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GAY 8 FESTIVAL 2019 LITTLE HAVANA MIAMI, FLORIDA Whether it’s a long time resident of South Florida who hasn’t had much of a reason to check out Little Havana in some time or an out of town snowbird or intrigued foreign traveler that pops into Miami Dade County to check out Gay8, the event strives to build a lasting bridge that will bring all of the city’s communities together in celebration and forge a union that will unite us all as proud Miamians for generations to come.

FEB 21 - 24

ELEVATION UTAH 2019 PARK CITY, UTAH Elevation Utah is the 9th Annual Park City Gay Ski Week. 4 Days of skiing and events centered around Park City Mountain and


FEB 22 - 24

BIG BEAR SNOW ROMP BIG BEAR LAKE, CA Big Bear Snow ROMP Weekend. Its four funfilled days of experiencing the best Big Bear has to offer during its most popular season. Drawing hundreds of guys from the west coast and beyond, the weekend provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the rustic, natural beauty of SoCal’s premier mountain resort town with a full line-up of special events on and around the slopes.

FEB 23 - MAR 2

TELLURIDE GAY SKI WEEK 2019 TELLURIDE, COLORADO Here are lots of places with snow. But there are no places quite like Telluride. And nowhere is more welcoming to the LGBTQ community than Telluride. There is a carefully orchestrated

GAY MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA Gay Mardi Gras is without a doubt the most outrageous gay and lesbian event in New Orleans, second only to the annual Southern Decadence Weekend Celebration in the number of gay and lesbian revelers. In 2019, takes place in the lower French Quarter. This is where the epicenter of the Gay New Orleans community is located at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, anchored by the city’s largest gay nightclub, The Bourbon Pub / Parade.

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world class cuisine and geothermal baths all neatly arranged over 3 glorious days. This small pride festival really is the perfect winter getaway and a great introduction to Iceland.

JAN 20 - FEB 10

MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL 2019 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Don’t miss Melbourne’s most famous familyfriendly community day that kicks off summer’s beloved three-week Midsumma Festival season. Midsumma Carnival will serve-up a tasting plate of performances and personalities from the festival program – in one giant showcase – with something for everyone. Food trucks, bars and stalls galore, all top-full of treats to keep you hydrated, fed and in the community spirit. More info at descend on our little town and party the week away! Sitges Carnival is one of the world’s top 10 carnivals and attracts more than 250,000 people to Sitges over 7 days with amazing parades, shows and parties. This is one winter festival you don’t want to miss!

FEB 15 - MAR 3

SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS Sydney’s Mardi Gras is huge! Running for almost a month in February/March each year, it includes Fair day at Victoria Park, the Harbor Party at the Royal Botanical Gardens, the always-fabulous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, several parties and events.

MAR 7 - 10 FEB 26 - MAR 6

SITGES CARNIVAL. SITGES, SPAIN Carnival has to be Sitges’ wildest party. Even though it is on in February it is still the hottest party in town! On the most popular days you will find thousands of partygoers dancing on the major streets across the town. Gay boys and girls from the 4 corners of the world

RAINBOW REYKJAVIK WINTER PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019 – REYKJAVIK, ICELAND The 8th annual international LGBT winter pride festival, Rainbow Reykjavik combines amazing nature, nightlife and northern lights in fantastic international and local company. We offer waterfalls, erupting geysers, tectonic plates, the most popular LGBT party of the season, comedy, singing, exciting activities,

MAR 21 - 25

AMSTERDAM BEAR PRIDE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND The city of cheese, tulips and tolerance welcomes all the furry fellas and their friends for a weekend filled with fun. Bowling, a pub crawl, dancing, cruising, bingo, a canal cruise and of course a Mister Bear Netherlands election are just some of the highlights of a diverse schedule of events. Amsterdam is proud to be a diverse and gay friendly city and it is time we celebrated that with a Bear Pride.

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A Choral Celebration Of Stonewall APRIL 26-28, 2019


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June 2019 will mark the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Uprising. PSGMC has joined with 20 choruses throughout the United States to commemorate this pivotal point in the LGBT movement by commissioning a major choral work to tell the story of the men and women who banded together for a common cause. In addition to this commissioned work, PSGMC will perform songs, which have inspired people to work for equality and freedom for all. “Quiet No More� will celebrate the bravery of suffragettes,the dedication of blue and grey collar workers, the work of Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and political activist, who freed slaves through the Underground Railroad and the peaceful protests of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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