Meet the Palm Springs movers and shakers who emerged in recent years

Photo by Rob Lebow

Why does the shortest month of the year always seems to have so much going on? The Palm Springs calendar especially seems to be nearly bursting with annual traditions and parties with a new twist.

Many of the major events are spotlighted in the February issue of Desert Outlook magazine, out Feb. 7. For instance, we revisit the genesis of Palm Springs Modernism Week through the memories of LGBT residents who passionately restored midcentury modern homes in the ’90s and early 2000s and were involved in the event’s origin.

We also explore the annual Steve Chase Humanitarians Awards gala through a historical look at Steve Chase, the man whose commitment to the marginalized helped establish Desert AIDS Project; Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, who’s presenting an award during this year’s ceremony to actor Mario Lopez; and Jim Casey, the businessman and movie producer at the center of our cover story. Find out what motivates Casey to generously support the gala and numerous other Coachella valley events and organizations.

Other February highlights include a chat with Democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz about his gay constituents and priorities for his first legislative session. And that’s just a sample.

Pick up your free copy of Desert Outlook starting Feb. 7 at any of the following locations.

True Value/Ace Hardware, 1785 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Ace Hotel & Swim Club 701 East Palm Canyon Drive
Albertsons Sunrise & Vista Chino (Gay Section) 1751 N. Sunrise Way
All Worlds Resort 526 Warm Sands
Azul Tapas Lounge 369 N Palm Canyon Dr.
Brien O’Brien Hair Salon, 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Camelot Theatres 2300 E Barristo Rd.
Skylark Hotel, 1466 N. Palm Cyn. (* 80 copies per month)
Casitas Laquita (Women’s hotel) 450 East Palm Canyon Drive
Espress Cielo 245 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Desert Aids 1695 N. Sunrise
Desert Hand Car Wash, 645 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Desert Regional Medical Ctr 1150 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Desert Women for Equality 555 S. Sunrise Way, Suite 209
Estate Sales Company 4185 E. Palm Canyon
Gay Mart 305 Arenas
Gideon Fine Art Gallery, 2682 S. Cherokee Way
Golds Gym 4070 Airport Center Drive
Hacienda Resort 586 Warm Sands
Hilton Palm Springs 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Hotel Zoso 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Hunters 302 Arenas
Hyatt on Palm Cyn 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Inn Dulge Resort 601 Grenfall Rd.
Inn Exile Resort 545 Warm Sands
Just Fabulous, 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Koffi Café 515 N. Palm Cyn.
Koffi Café 1450 E. Palm Canyon
LGBT Community Ctr. Of the Desert 611 S Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 201
LULUs 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Mail Boxes Ect. 611 S. Palm Cyn.
Palm Springs City Hall 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs Coffee 123 N. Palm Canyon
Palm Springs International Airport
Palm Springs Visitor Center 2909 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs Public Library 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs Fitness
Q Trading 606 E. Sunny Dunes
Ralphs 425 Sunrise
Ralphs 1733 E. Palm Canyon
Read Brown Hair Salon
Renaissance Hotel 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Revivals 611 S. Palm Cyn.
Riviera Hotel 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Saguaro 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Santiago Resort 650 San Lorenzo
Shermans 401 Tahquitz
Spurline 200 Arenas
Street Bar 224 Arenas
Toucans Lounge 2100 N. Palm Cyn.
Triangle Inn Resort 555 San Lorenzo
UPS Store near Revivals, 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Wang’s in the Desert 424 S Indian Canyon Dr.
World Gym 1751 N. Sunrise #F1

College of the Desert 43500 Monterey Avenue
Jensens Palm Desert 73601 Highway 111
McCallum Theatre 73000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm d’or Theater 72-840 Monterey
Plummers, 72-767 Dinah Shore
Sun City Palm Desert 38180 Del Webb Blvd.
Trader Joe’s 44250 Town Center Way
UC Riverside 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive

Rancho Mirage Public Library 71100 Highway 111
Shame on the Moon restaurant in RM 69950 Frank Sinatra Drive
The River @ Starbuck’s Coffee 71-800 Highway 111

Auto Dealerships in CC? (Subaru) Perez Road and Highway 111
Studio 111 67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City Boys Club 68-369 Sunair
Cathedral City Hall 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero
Cathedral City Public Library 33520 Date Palm Drive
Cello’s Restaurant 35943 Date Palm Drive
DiGS 36-737 Cathedral Canyon
Don & Sweet Sue’s 68955 Ramon Road
Palm Springs Lanes 68-051 Ramon Road
Revivals 68-401 E Highway 111
Sunshine Cafe, 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive
Trader Joe’s Cathedral City 67720 East Palm Canyon Drive
UPS Store In Target Area

Old Town Coffee Company 78-100 Main Street, Suite 102
Trader Joe’s La Quinta 46400 Washington Street