Where else but Palm Springs can you brunch with the Ocotillo Club donors for the LGBTQ Center by day, then see some of the attendees twerking to Big Freedia at the newly-reopened Alibi by night? Not to mention all the Coachella peeps in town for Easter weekend. (and a few were called out for bad behavior on social media).
We love the Coachella Valley this time of year – the flowers are blooming, cool nights and hot pool days, plus a real buzz of activity before summer hits us!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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DBA Business and Community Service Awards
The Desert Business Association (DBA) will present five awards to business/community leaders and organizations at their Business & Community Service Awards on Monday, April 18 at 5:30 pm at Desert Rose Playhouse. These recipients have served as examples of strength and foresight in their activities over these past few years. This year’s recipients are: The Roost Lounge (Outstanding Business), Jimmy Boegle (Outstanding Business Leader for his work as editor/publisher, Coachella Valley Independent), Brothers of the Desert (Outstanding Community Service Organization), Ron deHarte (Outstanding Community Service Leader as President of Palm Springs Pride), and Ron Celona (Legacy Award, for his work at CVRep as founding artistic director). They will also award three educational scholarships to LGBTQ youth from across the Coachella Valley to help them continue their college education. More info
Harvey Milk Leadership Award
Recognized for his activism and deeply rooted commitment to philanthropy, Andy Linsky will receive the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award, which will be presented at the 10th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:30 am. [Get tickets] The Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award is bestowed on an individual who has worked to enrich the lives of LGBTQ individuals through activism in labor, housing, education, and or human rights. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 15
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and it’s a reunion of the Season 14 queens! From the eliminated queens to the “final five,” they gather to talk about fame, fashion, fights and more. You can also take a walk down memory lane by refreshing your memory with Dante’s previous recaps. Next week: the season finale! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 15: Reunited! [here].
Career Fair at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert’s largest luxury resort, will be hosting a two-day Career Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 & 20 from 9 am–5 pm in the hotel’s Sinatra Ballroom. The property recently completed an extensive renovation and, on the heels of this, is thrilled to be growing its team. They are seeking to hire immediately within the Culinary, Engineering, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Recreation, Pool & Spa departments, and more. More info
Food Bank Drive Thru
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert Food Bank is having a Food Drive Through on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 am–2 pm in order to restock their inventory. Even long past the holidays, they are still seeing need on an unprecedented level. Simply drive up with your donations, and friendly staff and volunteers will gladly unload them for you. See our listing for the urgently needed vital supplies that will go to help those who most need it here in our Coachella Valley. More info
Speaker Series: Jazz in Palm Springs
The Mizell Center presents its 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Jazz in Palm Springs on Wednesday, April 20 from 6–7:30 pm. This is being done in recognition of International Jazz Day and will bring together jazz legends for an evening of cool conversation and musical performances. Panelists will include Gail Christian, Executive Director of the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Shelley Yoelin, a multi-instrumental recording artist and instructor, and desert jazz legend Dick Broadie. More info
Business Resiliency for Unplanned Events
SCE’s S.T.A.R Program presents Business Resilience for Unplanned Events on Wednesday, April 20 from 8:45–11:30 am via Zoom. This FREE business education workshop will provide the tools to deal with unplanned events affecting your business profitability. Be able to put in place short-, mid-, and long-term strategies to manage through risk, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. More info
Palm Springs Chamber April Mixer at Spencer’s
Everyone is invited to attend the Palm Springs Chamber’s April Mixer at Spencer’s Restaurant on Wednesday, April 20 from 5–7 pm. This mixer is hosted by Eisenhower Health. Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy an amazing night out in downtown Palm Springs! $15 tickets are required for members and guests to attend this mixer. More info
Pachyman at The Alibi
The Alibi presents the Return of Pachyman on Thursday, April 21 at 8 pm. Pachyman is Puerto Rico’s emerging master of rub-a-dub style, with a smooth blend of dub & dancehall grooves. The Caribbean island’s paradisiacal lure as a mecca of Afro-Caribbean music is usually expressed through upbeat genres like salsa and reggaeton. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a place for skanking guitars and echoing fat beats, conjuring up massive walls of sounds. Get tickets
Jigsaw Puzzle Palooza at Mizell Center
Mizell Center invites all jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts to join in the Coachella Valley’s first Speed Jigsaw Puzzle Competition on Saturday, April 23 at 10 am. Expert Teams of two will compete against the clock to complete a 500 piece puzzle for fun and prizes. All teams work to complete the same puzzle in a two hour time period. More info
2022 LGBTQ Community Survey Now Open
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 16th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard!
[Click here to take the survey]
Three new local productions open this weekend with Mid-Century Moderns the Musical, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, and Monty Python’s Spamalot, while the sun sets on Native Gardens this Sunday!
Mid-Century Moderns the Musical
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mid-Century Moderns – A New Musical, running from April 20–May 8. The fabulous hits of ’66 come to life in this delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Featuring the music of Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more! Get tickets
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Desert Theatreworks presents Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, running from April 22–May 8. It is 1967 in San Francisco, California. Joanna is surprising her parents with a visit home and a fiancé. Making that first introduction to the parents is never easy, and even more so when the whirlwind romance is set against the backdrop of the ’60s and involves a young mixed-race couple. Both families are forced to reckon with their ideas and prejudices in the face of pending nuptials. Get tickets
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Monty Python’s Spamalot, running from April 22–May 1. King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths. Get tickets
CVRep presents Native Gardens, running through April 24. Tania yearns to build a fence and transform her yard into a native garden of the local region, based on her culture and aesthetic. Neighbor Frank has a more conventional notion of what a garden should look like. Civility and kindness fades, as the gloves come off and the digs start. Our Gay Desert Guide review by Stephen Radosh describes Native Gardens as “a comedy that manages to tackle some serious issues…the play under Michael Matthews’ sharp direction, never loses sight of the laughs.” Get tickets
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five, takes place at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! This Thursday, April 21 from 7–9 pm, it’s the Holy Crow Jazz Band. This stellar ensemble performs old-time jazz and blues from the 1900s through the 1930s. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets
Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens present Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival, open from 6:30–10 pm, nightly through April 29. This brand-new and larger-than-life illuminated experience features intricate, immersive, and truly awe-inspiring animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. Dozens of displays featuring illuminated lanterns and light displays create unforgettable moments and experiences. Get tickets
The Row House Lounge Grand Opening
Palm Springs’ newest cannabis shop and lounge, The Row House, invites the public to their Grand Opening all weekend, April 22–24, from 9 am–9 pm. Check out special deals and entertainment. The Row House provides curated and elevated offerings for those who are both cannabis connoisseurs and cannabis curious. More info
Protect the Paws!
Animal Samaritans reminds us to be mindful of our furry friends’ paws as temperatures rise here in the desert. As they say, “Hot streets burn pets’ feet.” If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for them.
Coachella Weekend 2
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly called simply “Coachella,”) presents the second of two consecutive three-day weekends held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio this weekend, April 22–24. Beyond the headliners of Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia, there are more than 100 artists performing across seven stages, plus activities, art installations, food, fun…and good vibes. We have waitlist and ticket exchange links on our event listing: More info
Heading anywhere in the vicinity? Check out our Coachella Festival 2022 Traffic Map & Transportation Info. Check out the Coachella 2022 set times [here]. Finally, don’t forget to check out #GaysofCoachella on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to connect with “family” around the festival!
Day Club Palm Springs
Day Club Palm Springs is back this weekend, April 22–24, with poolside programming running from noon to sundown at the Hilton Palm Springs. The lineup this weekend includes Duck Sauce, Hayden James (DJ set), Louis The Child (DJ set), with sets from Kasbo & Elohim, Tchami, VNSSA, and many more. Come for a day or stay all weekend, both single day and weekend passes are available. Get tickets
Modern Men Present Sounds of the 60s
Modern Men—Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus presents Sounds of the 60s on Saturday, April 23 at 7 pm and Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Enjoy tunes all the way from memorable folk-influenced melodies, the driving rhythms of Motown, our favorite TV characters come to life, the exotic world of the flower children, to inspiring songs of protest and awakening. And of course, the Beatles. All your favorites in one fabulous presentation with some of the Valley’s greatest voices. Wanna be Feelin’ Groovy? Get tickets
David Feherty Off Tour! Wandering Around on His Own
The McCallum Theatre presents David Feherty – Off Tour! Wandering Around on His Own on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm. How do you describe the offbeat antics of David Feherty? The New York Times called him “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson.” With a sharp wit and irreverent style, the professional golfer turned golf analyst, talk show host and sports broadcaster has made a name for himself as one of the most hilarious and irrepressible personalities in golf. Get tickets
The Financial Drag of Being Gay
Jake Rivas of You and I Financial presents The Financial Drag of Being Gay on Sunday, April 24 from 11 am–1pm at Lulu California Bistro. Come and find out how discrimination in your planning can derail your financial plan. In the seminar Jake will cover: Discrimination in financial services, the effects of risk perception, practical ways to manage adversity, and the latest legislative protections for the LGBTQ + community. Brunch is included! More info
Pride Night at Cirque du Soleil
LA Pride is proud to partner with Cirque du Soleil for a special PRIDE performance of their international sensation, OVO, on Thursday, April 21 at 8 pm at the Microsoft Theater in DTLA. OVO is a colorful, non-stop riot of energy, movement, and Cirque du Soleil’s signature, show-stopping acrobatics that tells the story of the unlikely attraction between a lonely, outcast ladybug and a mysterious, confident fly whose arrival stirs up the drama in a community of colorful, adorable insects. Even in the tiny world of insects, Love is Love. Use Promo Code LAPRIDE for 20% off! Get tickets
Coffee & Games at 4Paws Cafe
Brothers of the Desert present Coffee and Games at 4Paws Cafe on Saturday, April 23 from 11 am–1:30 pm. Join in for coffee and some friendly board games! All are welcome, including your well-behaved pooch. More info
Market Mash Up
On Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 am–1:30 pm, long-time community culinary resource The Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs will welcome local maker showcase The Artisan Market to their Saturday home, adjacent to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This “Market Mash-Up” will give regular customers of both events the chance to mix, mingle and sample each others’ offerings. More info
Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club returns with a second weekend of Desert Gold from April 21–24. This annual celebration of cosmic sights and sounds features live performances poolside by Esty, resident DJs Pangea Sound and Chulita Vinyl Club, a Future Classic party, and Desert Gold mainstay The Do-Over returning for their annual Sunday throwdowns. LA based analog culture collective In Sheep’s Clothing will take over The Amigo Room, plus special surprise guests will make their way to the desert to elicit sonic euphoria from sunup ’til sundown. More info
Dining out for Life is April 28
Dining Out For Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 28 at participating restaurants all over the Greater Palm Springs area [More info]. The concept is simple: Restaurants, bars, and coffee shops donate a generous percent of their sales to DAP Health, and participating locations are filled with community members who want to support the mission of ending HIV. It’s easy (and fun) to do your part: find a restaurant from the list of participating locations, and on April 28: Dine Out to End HIV. View our Gay Desert Guide Directory of Dining Out for Life participating establishments!
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KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to win 2 VIP Passes to Out in the Vineyard’s “Gay Wine Weekend,” July 15–17 in beautiful, pastoral Sonoma County. This is a full weekend of wine & celebration with winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face To Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
KGAY 106.5 and BUD LIGHT NEXT are giving away a pair of tickets every day to the White Party Big Top Circus T-Dance with Paula Abdul, on Sunday, May 1. With special guest Israeli Pop Artist Netta, the trailblazing performer best known for her 2018 Eurovision Winning song “Toy.” Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 am on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! Brought to you by the John White Real Estate Group. Ask your smart speaker to “Play K-G-A-Y Palm Springs.”
- Day Club Palm Springs
Apr. 22–24 at the Hilton Palm Springs
- Black Market Trust at The Purple Room Supper Club
Fri. & Sat., April 22–23
- David Feherty – Off Tour! Wandering Around On His Own
Fri. Apr. 22 from 7:30–9 pm at the McCallum Theatre
- Mid-Century Moderns – The Musical from Desert Rose Playhouse
Apr. 20–May 8
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? from Desert Theatreworks
Apr. 22–May 8
- Modern Men Present Sounds of the 60s
Sat. & Sun., Apr. 23 & 24 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- The Financial Drag of Being Gay
Sun. Apr. 24 from 11 am–1 pm at Lulu California Bistro
- Greater Palm Springs Dining Out For Life
Thu. Apr. 28
- Mondo Cosmo at The Alibi
Thu. Apr. 28 at 8 pm
- White Party Palm Springs
Apr. 29–May 1 at the Hilton Palm Springs and Palm Springs Convention Center
- Oasis Music Festival
May 11–15 at various locations throughout the Coachella Valley
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. And Saturdays at 10:00 am, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!