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Palm Springs events calendar April 7-15

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Perhaps to you Coachella is a simple trip to the desert to party and dance all day and night in the Sahara Tent. Maybe it’s an overpriced weekend getaway, a way to catch your favorite music and experience up-and-coming artists. (Photo by Drew Ressler; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Friday, April 7

Southern Baptist Sissies by Del Shores – at Desert Rose Playhouse (69-620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage)  – Fri & Sat – 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sun 2:00 PM. Southern Baptist Sissies follows the journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. April 7 – 9

Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly – at The Pearl McManus Theater (314 S Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs CA.)  7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Dezart Performs brings Chapatti to Palm Springs. Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers. When Dan and his dog, Chapatti, cross paths with Betty and her 19 cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship. April 7 – 9

Women of Abstract Expressionism at The Palm Springs Art Museum (101 Museum Dr. Palm Springs, CA) – 10:00AM to 5:00 PM. This exhibition presents the work of twelve American women artists active in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1940s and 1950s. April 9 – May 28

On the Grid: A Look at Settlement Patterns in the High Desert –at The Palm Springs Art Museum, The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion (300 S Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA) -10:00AM to 5:00 PM Coinciding with the inaugural presentation of Desert X, the international art biennial in the Coachella Valley, the museum presents On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert, an exhibition focused around Lay of My Land, a major sculptural work by the Joshua Tree-based artist Andrea Zittel. April 9 – May 22

Pat Lasch Retrospective at the Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Desert (72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA) 10:00AM to 5:00 PM Pat Lash: Journeys of the Heart surveys more than four decades of the artist’s work, highlighting delicate cake and pastry sculptures for which she is best known, alongside stitched canvases, porcelain figures and a stunning display of life-size dresses marking significant moments in a woman’s life.

Saturday, April 8

An Evening with Norm Lewis –at Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater (101 N Museum Drive, Palm Springs,CA.) 8:00 PM – 9:30PM Norm Lewis is a performer of breathtaking range and power. Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as “Porgy” in the Broadway production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, and most recently as “the Phantom” in Phantom of the Opera.

Anything Goes! at The Bank Palm Springs (383 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs) 8 PM on April 8, 3 PM on April 9 Modern Men presents Anything Goes! – Songs from the 30’s 40’s & 50’s.

Concerts Under The Palms at Spa Resort Casino: Lou Gramm at The Spa Resort Casino (401 E Amado Rd, Palm Springs) 7-9:30 PM Concerts Under the Palms welcomes to the stage the voice of Foreigner, Lou Gramm for this free concert.

Sunday, April 9

Opera in the Park – at Sunrise Park (401 S. Pavilion Way, Palm Springs) 1-4 PM Opera in the Park is a celebration of great opera music with outstanding young singers.

Thursday, April 13

Open Call Talent Competition at the McCallum Theatre (73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert) 7-9 PM. Don’t miss the Valley’s best performers of all ages in this exciting talent competition that has become a McCallum audience favorite and sell-out event. Local artists team up with the staff and crew to present four visually stunning and energy filled performances. Vote for your favorite performer. Celebrate the winners at Saturday evening’s final performance. April 13 – 15, Saturday April 15 at 2 PM as well.

Friday, April 14

The Lady With All the Answers by David Rambo – at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater (101 N Museum Drive, Palm Springs.) 7:30-9:30 PM Coyote StageWorks, presents “The Lady With All the Answers,” a popular one-woman play that will feature Coachella Valley favorite Gloria Loring as she portrays the beloved American advice columnist Ann Landers. April 14-16 and 19-23.

They All Sang My Songs. A Tribute Cabaret to Composer Jack Lawrence – at The Pearl McManus Theater (314 S Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs.) 7:30-9 PM. Five cabaret singers, well known and beloved by audiences here in the desert, are coming together to pay tribute to one of the most prolific, but unknown to many people, contributors to the American Songbook, Jack Lawrence. April 14-15

Coachella Music and Art Festival 2017 Weekend One at the Empire Polo Club (81-800 Avenue 51, Indio) April 14-16 The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Fest) is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival.

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Nonbinary activist Alok Vaid-Menon; gender labels hurt everyone

“I’m nonbinary, which means it’s not just that I’m challenging the binary between male, female, man and woman, but between us and them”



Nonbinary activist and poet Alok Vaid-Menon (Screenshot via Man Enough YouTube Channel)

LOS ANGELES – This past week on the Wayfarer Studios new national podcast “Man Enough,” nonbinary activist and poet Alok Vaid-Menon appeared alongside hosts actor Justin Baldoni, writer and MSNBC columnist Liz Plank and composer Jamey Heath.

During the broadcast Vaid-Menon noted that “people need to have compassion before “comprehension” — meaning they need to have empathy for trans people even if they don’t understand them.”

The activist-poet also deconstructed the gender binary — the idea that there are only two genders rather than a spectrum — and the traditional expectations associated with binary gender labels hurt everyone, not just transgender people, and these fixed ideas of what it means to be a man or a woman make it difficult for people to find out who they truly are.

In the podcast Vaid-Menon, who is the author of “Beyond the Gender Binary,” said in response to Heath, who had asked what he needs to “unlearn” and what he needs to do to help other men unlearn, in order to better support them, referring to trans and nonbinary people like Vaid-Menon;

“I’m nonbinary, which means it’s not just that I’m challenging the binary between male, female, man and woman, but between us and them,” Vaid-Menon said, adding, “And in your statement, you said, ‘Why don’t I help them?’ as if this struggle is not your struggle. The reason you don’t fight for me is because you’re not fighting for yourself fully.”

Reporting on the premiere of the podcast episode, NBC News OUT contributor Jo Yurcaba noted;

They said though trans and nonbinary people face violence and death for challenging traditional gender norms, they don’t want people to fight for their rights “because you want to protect me or you want to help me.”

“I don’t need your help,” they said, adding that they “have an unshakable and irrevocable sense of who I am” and don’t need to prove anything.

‘The Man Enough Podcast’ was launched in June in partnership with Procter & Gamble who will also co-finance and co-produce other projects with Wayfarer across film, TV and new media.

The Man Enough Podcast | ALOK | The Urgent Need for Compassion

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IOC: ‘Trans Women Are Women’ Laurel Hubbard set to make sports history

Laurel Hubbard is set to make sports history on Monday and the International Olympic Committee clearly has her back



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TOKYO – The director of medicine and science for the International Olympic Committee praised weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s “courage and tenacity” as she prepares for her upcoming competition as the world’s first out transgender woman Olympian. 

In speaking to reporters in Tokyo Thursday, Dr. Richard Budgett directly addressed those who have attacked and mocked the 43-year-old New Zealander and claimed she shouldn’t be competing with cisgender women, saying  “everyone agrees that trans women are women.”

“To put it in a nutshell,” he said, “the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015. There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, is competing under the rules of her federation and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games.”

Hubbard herself has not made any public comments except for a statement following her qualifying for the Summer Games, saying she was “humbled” by the support which had helped her “through the darkness” following a near career-ending injury in Australia in 2018.

Reports around the world have claimed Hubbard is the first trans Olympic athlete, which is actually not the case. As the Los Angeles Blade has reported, Quinn, a trans nonbinary soccer midfielder for Team Canada, last Wednesday became the first out trans athlete ever to complete in the Olympic Games. They posted about it on Instagram, saying, “I feel proud seeing ‘Quinn’ up on the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world.”

The IOC is expected to review and likely revise its policies on transgender participation following Tokyo. Trans athlete and researcher Joanna Harper, who has advised the organization and other sports policy groups, told the Los Angeles Blade her recommendation will be for the IOC to continue to regulate trans athletes sport-by-sport. “There shouldn’t be a one-size fits all policy,” said Harper. 

She also noted how the mainstream cisgender media is consumed with coverage of Hubbard and missing out on the bigger picture, and what it will mean for the next generation watching on TV and online. 
“The lack of attention paid to Quinn and to Chelsea Wolfe has been interesting,” said Harper.

“A few news outlets have commented on their presence in Tokyo and in Quinn’s case the comments have been mostly favorable. On the other hand, the storm of mostly negative press heaped on Laurel Hubbard has been disappointing, although predictable. I hope that the negative press that Laurel has gotten won’t dissuade young trans athletes from following their dreams. I think that the next trans woman to compete in the games will get less negative press, and eventually (although probably not in my life) there will come a time when trans women in sport generate little or no controversy.”

Hubbard issued a statement Friday via the New Zealand Olympic Committee in which she said: “The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values. I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible.”

According to a French news outlet, NZOC spokesperson Ashley Abbott told reporters the committee had seen a “particularly high level of interest” in Hubbard’s Olympic debut, and much of it has been negative.

“Certainly we have seen a groundswell of comment about it and a lot of it is inappropriate,” Abbott said. “Our view is that we’ve got a culture of manaaki (inclusion) and it’s our role to support all eligible athletes on our team. In terms of social media, we won’t be engaging in any kind of negative debate.”

Abbott reminded the media that the NZOC’s job was to support its athletes, including Hubbard. “We all need to remember that there’s a person behind all these technical questions,” she said. “As an organization we would look to shield our athlete, or any athlete, from anything negative in the social media space. We don’t condone cyberbullying in any way.”

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LGBTQ+ ally Jamie Lee Curtis reveals her 25-year-old child is Trans

Curtis and her husband Christopher Guest, British screenwriter, composer, musician, director, and actor have two daughters.



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LOS ANGELES – In a new interview with the American Association of Retired Persons’ magazine, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis disclosed that her youngest child is transgender. In the interview Curtis reflected that she has “watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby.”

Curtis and her husband Christopher Guest, British screenwriter, composer, musician, director, and actor have two daughters. Ruby, 25, works as a computer gaming editor while Curtis and Guest’s 34-year-old daughter, Annie, is married and works as a dance instructor. Curtis also noted that Ruby and her fiancé are getting married next year in a wedding that Curtis will officiate.

The longtime Hollywood couple have been married for more than 36 years but have no grandchildren, “but I do hope to,” she told the magazine.

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