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4th Annual Gift Guide

4th Annual Gift Guide

4th Annual Gift Guide   Well it’s that time again and if you are starting to wonder what to get those certain special people in your life, we might be able to help. The Standard Magazine Holiday Gift Guide will perhaps give you some ideas with unique and fun items. You will find gifts from...
In Loving Color

In Loving Color

In Loving Color A Romantic Comedy About Love Shared Between African American Gay Men By Mike Bahr   Don’t Marry Griff tells the story of Lyodell, his fiancé Griffith, and best friend Sutton. The friendship between Lyodell and Sutton is shaken to its core when Sutton confesses his love for Lyodell. Things get even more...
King of Queens QBoy Reclaims His Throne

King of Queens QBoy Reclaims His Throne

King of Queens QBoy Reclaims His Throne By Jamie Booth   QBoy was one of the OG queer rappers who helped to lead, create and shape the sub-genre of hip hop known as homo hop in it’s infancy. When he first premiered in the late nineties, everyone reacted to QBoy as an oxymoron. International news...
Celebrating Community for 30 years

Celebrating Community for 30 years

Celebrating Community for 30 years By Ron DeHarte   From an evening musical and house parties to becoming the second largest event in Palm Springs, Pride has always brought the community together.   The Greater Palm Springs Pride organization commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York’s Christopher Street and celebrates the advances made toward...
Palm Springs Pride Festival

Palm Springs Pride Festival

Downtown Pride Festival returns with expanded lineup for 30th Annual Pride celebration.   Palm Springs Pride will host a diverse group of artists including, dancers, singers, musicians, activists, and DJs gathering under the theme of Solidarity through Pride to celebrate diversity, equality, and solidarity. The November 4-6 Pride Celebration will take place in downtown Palm...
Smearly Departed

Smearly Departed

Smearly Departed LeSueur Breathes New Life Into Joan Crawford By Tom Tietjen   In Mommie Smearest, author L. LeSueur reinvents Joan Crawford as a rap artist named mo.m.m.i.e.D. Why, you ask? It all starts when Joan departs the earthly realm and is stopped at the gates of Hollywood Heaven by a sleeve-tattooed security guard and...
Changing the Face of Comics

Changing the Face of Comics

Changing the Face of Comics By Chris Astrala   Writers and illustrators of comic books are talented individuals who tell stories as well as illustrate them. Comic book illustrators who identify as LGBT use that identity in the production of their work. This can be by way of cartoon fantasy depicting a tolerant and accepting...
Comic Con makes its Debut in Palm Springs

Comic Con makes its Debut in Palm Springs

Be part of The Palm Springs Comic Con, a geek culture conference celebrating comic books past & present while embracing its diverse & multi-media future, August 26-28 at the PS Convention Center. Executive producers Chris Spellman, Brett Xavier and Rommel Chevez promise you a weekend you soon won’t forget. Along with panels, seminars, and workshops...
Love Jazz?

Love Jazz?

Palm Springs Is The Place To Be Labor Day Weekend By Judith Salkin   For the past four years the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival has become a gathering of the best of the best of women in the world of jazz. The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival is a niche festival that was founded...
Creating an Artful Community

Creating an Artful Community

Creating an Artful Community   Life long artist and Coachella Valley native Debra Ann Mumm is making an impact in the desert art scene. With 30 years of artist materials training and numerous painting workshops, this Palm Springs High School and College of the Desert alumni is the creator of Venus Studios LLC, a business...
The Art of Food

The Art of Food

The Art of Food By Chris Astrala   Remember when you were growing up, your parents always told you not to play with your food? Well you can be sure that the following artists were told that too, but after you take a look at their work you will be glad that they did not...
The Art Of Film

The Art Of Film

Ava’s Impossible Things By Chris Astrala   Since creating her Soul Kiss Films in 2009, writer, director, producer Marina Rice Bader has been on an unstoppable roll. From Elena Undone, Anatomy of A Love Seen to Raven’s Touch and now “Ava’s Impossible Things”, Bader has been (on average) releasing a film a year. Continuously breaking...