Bros, the movie, is debuting at Cinema Diverse on September 15th, a full two weeks ahead of its theatrical release. That’s a big coup for Michael Green and his team who puts on our LGBTQ+ film festival now its 15th year!
If you get our weekly newsletter, our # 1 Thing to Do in #ILoveGayPalmSprings is Monday as the Bros mobile tour comes to town. Deets below.
Co-writer and star of the movie, Billy Eichner, got into a little hot water today when he dissed streaming content in remarks made in Variety and reported on CNN.
Another film I’m personally excited about is All Man: The International Male Movie, co-directed by my good friend Jesse Finley Reed. It will show twice during the festival starting with the prime slot on Friday, Sept. 16. There are a few Palm Springs connections to the movie, and we’ll have more here and on KGAY 106.5 as the festival draws nearer.
It’s a great weekend for a movie, binge-watching TV or enjoying an indoor meal during the last weekend of Greater Palm Springs’ Summer Eats. My condo association’s pool and spa are basically the same temperature, so there’s little relief from the sun this holiday weekend. Cooler days are just around the corner – we hope!
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Summer Eats Pass – Final Weekend
With the official end of summer comes the final weekend of the Summer Eats Pass from the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Greater Palm Springs). Instantly delivered via text and email, the Summer Eats Pass helps you discover local restaurants, get special discounts, prix fixe menus, and when you check-in to participating eateries, you could be eligible to win a $50 gift card! Dine, Save, and Chill. More info
A mobile movie theater experience for Universal Pictures’ upcoming RomCom BROS is coming to Palm Springs on Monday, September 5 from Noon–6 pm at Chill Bar at 217 E. Arenas Road. From the ferocious comic mind of Billy Eichner and the hitmaking brilliance of filmmakers Nicholas Stoller and Judd Apatow, comes Bros, a smart, swoony and heartfelt comedy about how hard it is to find another tolerable human being to go through life with. This is the first film with an all LGBTQ+ cast backed by a major movie studio, and it’s your chance to see an exclusive extended preview in a mobile 44-seat movie theater with an 18-foot screen!
Themed Parties at The Barracks
The Barracks in Cathedral City has two special themed parties planned this weekend: On Friday, September 2 John Piampiano presents Dirty Trucker, a “Blue Collar Party” with DJ Doug Jackson from 9 pm–2 am. Then on Saturday, September 3, Jeff Rasul presents Rough Sex with music by DJ Thoughtknott from 9 pm–2 am. Both parties have a $20 cover charge. More info
Fellini Retrospective: La Dolce Vita
This fall, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a Fellini Retrospective, screening a different film by Fellini on the first Friday of every month from September through October. On Friday, September 2 the film will be La Dolce Vita (1960), The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La Dolce Vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success—ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. Experience why Fellini’s name is synonymous with the international art of cinema! Italian food and drink specials start at 5 pm, film screening is at 7 pm. Get tickets
Oasis of Art Campaign Launch
Visit Greater Palm Springs has launched their new Oasis of Art campaign, drawing attention to the many art-and-cultural treasures available here in the Greater Palm Springs area. The campaign includes an Art & Sol artist video series, highlighting local artists and what inspires them, and the relaunch of the artsGPS app, a free resource to find public art, events, things to do, and places to stay in Greater Palm Springs. Use the app to take a self-guided tour of more than 100 outdoor public art installations scattered throughout our nine cities. You’ll see everything from whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures to colorful wall murals! More info
The Purple Room is Back
The Purple Room Supper Club has re-opened for the season! Marilu Henner takes the stage for the first time in two sold-out shows this weekend. On weeknights, the gin will be cold and the jazz will be hot as jazz legend Rose Mallett performs on Tuesdays & Thursdays with Darci Daniels & Charles Herrera serving up classic Rat Pack Era stylings on Wednesdays. The weekend entertainment for September is now posted on our event listing, and tickets are on sale now. Special performances in September include Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Brenna Whitaker, Clint Holmes, Scot Bruce, Chadwick Johnson, Lady Bunny and more! Get tickets
Summer Reading Series: Sherlock Holmes Confidential
Desert Ensemble Theatre invites you to join a reading of the play Sherlock Holmes Confidential by Tony Padilla on Friday, September 2 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Directed by Jerome Elliott Moskowitz and featuring some of the desert’s finest actors, the play reveals the influences and circumstances which led Sherlock Holmes to become a great detective. Admission is free, reservations recommended. There will be full bar with happy hour menu, 2 drink minimum. More info
Biloxi Blues at Palm Canyon Theatre
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues from September 2–11. This play is the second chapter in what is known as the “Eugene trilogy,” following Brighton Beach Memoirs and preceding Broadway Bound. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical story is told through the eyes of 18-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome, who is drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. During basic training, Eugene meets a diverse assortment of soldiers, including the gentle and intelligent Arnold Epstein and the hard-drinking platoon leader Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey. Get tickets
Oscar’s T-Dance Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest Grand Prize
At Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs, you can dance into the evening at the Sunday T-Dance, from 5–9 pm. This Palm Springs institution is even hotter as the T-Dance has featured a Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest with one winner every week, culminating this Sunday, September 4 when one Grand Prize winner will win $1000 worth of cash and prizes! More info
Brotherhood & Bliss Summer Camp Retreat
CalComMen (California Community of Men) presents their Summer Camp Retreat, “Brotherhood & Bliss,” from Friday, September 2–Monday, September 5 at Crazzy’s Wasewagan Camp & Retreat, 90 minutes north of Palm Springs. The packed weekend includes workshops every day; clothing-optional pool; a live opening night concert; three hearty meals each day & a 24/7 snack bar; cuddle parties every night; yoga, meditation & 12-steps meetings; the “Dress Up & Dance Youre A** Off Party;” Heart Circles each morning; naked hikes; night hikes; star gazing & more. This event is drug, alcohol, smoke and electronics-free; and is open to just 100 men-who-love-men. More info
FERRO Summer Music Festival
FERRO Italian restaurant in Idyllwild presents the FERRO Summer Music Festival, playing throughout August and wrapping up on Labor Day Weekend. Musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds will grace the outdoor stage, accompanied by refined Italian cuisine, cocktails, and cool mountain nights. This weekend: Friday is Blues & Soul with Tony Pattler from 6–9 pm, Saturday is Jazzgrass from 6–9 pm, and on Sunday from 2–5 pm, Kirsten Edkins takes the stage representing Women in Jazz. Access to the performances, and cocktails on the patio, are available without reservations or cover charge. For restaurant seating, make a reservation. More info
Chamber Series: Dr. Vanessa Fountain, Harpist
The CV Philharmonic Society Chamber Series presents a rare opportunity to hear harpist Dr. Vanessa Fountain on Tuesday, September 6 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come an hour early to enjoy light passed hors d’ouvres and mingle with fellow classical music enthusiasts! Get tickets
The Dinah is Three Weeks Away – and Hiring!
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest Queer/Lesbian/Non-Binary Event in the world, takes place September 21–25 and they are looking for a few energetic, friendly, and detailed-oriented folks to work The Dinah’s Will-Call at Margaritaville in Palm Springs. Shifts are either AM or PM, 5-6 hours long, $18.50/hour. If interested, please send an email to Arabella Barkow at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For all the details on The Dinah, check out our event listing: More info
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
The “sensory extravaganza” of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is coming to The Forum at Empire Polo Club from September 30–November 27 and tickets are on sale now! The tour of this show has sold over 3 million tickets globally making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. Get tickets
“One Night Only” Tickets on Sale Wed Sept. 7
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center presents the return of “One Night Only” for the 16th year on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 pm at the McCallum Theatre, produced by Michael Childers with returning director Scott Coulter and music director Todd Schroeder. This year’s theme is “New York / New York” in all its glory from Harlem and the Cotton Club to Broadway and 42nd Street to Studio 54. Tickets to the popular sell-out event will go on sale Wednesday, September 7, so plan ahead and secure your seats! Get tickets
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
WIN Tickets to Cinema Diverse
Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, takes place September 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN a pair of “Six pack of passes” to this 15th Anniversary edition of the festival! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page. Tickets and passes are available for purchase now, come see LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world, screening for 10 days. More info
WIN Tickets to Pride Under the Pines
Pride Under the Pines, the Idyllwild Pride Festival, is set for Saturday, October 1, for a great day filled with fun, laughter, celebration and love, and KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN a pair of General Admission tickets! Winners will have access to the festival grounds to enjoy a day of food, bars and entertainment hosted by Sabryna Williams, Transgender singer/songwriter Alexa Abraxas and Thea Austin from Snap! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page. You can also purchase tickets now, with the option to join the KGAY Party Bus and movie screening of The Birdcage. More info
KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now
The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online
- Out on the Mountain
Fri. Sep 9 from 6 pm–midnight at Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Southern Fried Nuptials presented by Desert Theatreworks
- Fahrenheit – An Outdoor Fitness Class
Tue/Wed/Thu mornings at 7 am at Frances Stevens Park
- Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
Sep 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and Streaming
- Positively Aging Project
Sat. Sep 17 from 10 am–3 pm at Joslyn Center
- Gay Days Anaheim
Sep 16–18 at Disneyland Resort
- Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend
Sep 21–25 at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
- Pride Under the Pines
Sat. Oct 1 from 12–9 pm in Idyllwild
- Modernism Week – October
Oct 13–16 at Various Locations around Palm Springs
- Palm Springs Leather Pride
Oct 27–30 at Hotel Zoso and various locations around Palm Springs
Welcome New Partners!
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Tom Gleeson, State Farm® Agent, and his team have been serving the desert community since 2002, offering insurance for auto, homeowners, condo, renters, business, life and annuity products, health, mutual funds and even pet insurance products. Tom, as a proud member of the LGBTQ community, enjoys giving back to the community through support of community non-profits and wishes everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend! Learn more
Todd & Company is a respected buyer and seller of jewelry, diamonds, antiques, paintings, art glass, and silver. Client satisfaction has been their hallmark for more than three decades. Founder Todd Johnson’s wealth of knowledge and experience makes him one of Southern California’s most valuable resources in the industry. Whether you’re buying or selling, Todd & Company is the place for you. Learn more
Best of Coachella Valley Nominations
It’s the final days of the nominations round in The Coachella Valley Independent‘s annual Best of Coachella Valley reader’s poll. Nominations must be in by Monday, September 5 and we are looking for a repeat of our wins last year! Write-in your nominations for Best Local DJ under the “Arts” section: KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch Djs: DJ Eric Ornelas and DJ Galaxy! Then, under the “Life in the Valley” section, for Best Local Radio Personality please consider John Taylor of the KGAY 106.5 Morning Show, and finally, also under “Life in the Valley,” for Best Radio Station: KGAY 106.5 of course! Nominate Today
- The Dinah Leads September’s Things to Do in the Desert
- Cinema Diverse Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Special Preview Screening of Universal Pictures’ Groundbreaking New Gay Romantic Comedy, “Bros”
- Palm Springs Mainstay Oscar’s Hits Its Golden Age
- Why ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Chose Palm Springs as the Setting for its Hedonistic Mystery World
- The Guide to LGBTQ Acronyms: Is it LGBT or LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA+?
REVEL is that neighborhood public house where locals hang out and visitors are welcome. Enjoy their patio, have a beer at the bar, come early for endless champagne brunch or pop in for a late-night pizza or burger–and check out the bourbon list! Plus: REVEL is a Summer Eats Pass participating restaurant. Get $10 off your bill at Revel Public House with our HOT DEAL: Get a $25 gift card for just $15! Get Your Deal
We have Hot Deals at Giuseppe’s Pizza & Pasta, 1501 Uptown Gastropub, Runway, Destination PSP, AMP Sports Lounge, Grand Central, Desert Mischief, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Boozehounds, Monster Shakes and more! See All Deals
Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2022 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.
Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm.
Don’t miss “This Way Out,” Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)