Easter was typically White Party weekend in Palm Springs after Jeffrey Sanker first started it in 1989 at the now Hotel Zoso. While it has waxed and waned over the years, there’s a renewed interest this year following Sanker’s death. The torch has been passed to Chris Diamond, who is balancing coming out of a pandemic with the voracious appetite to party like it’s 1999 again.
We’re looking forward to Sunday’s Tea Dance with Paula Abdul, a staple of KGAY’s music programming. KGAY and Chill Bar are giving away passes on Wednesday evening. Stop by and listen to KGAYPalmSprings.com for details!
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White Hot White Party Ticket Giveaway from KGAY!
KGAY 106.5, Gay Desert Guide and Bud Lite Next invite you to the White Hot White Party Ticket Give Away at Chill Bar Palm Springs on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm. Join hosts John Taylor from KGAY and White Party Hostess Rhea Litre to win your way into the legendary White Party Palm Springs 2022, taking place this weekend (April 29–May 1). You could win tickets to the Saturday night event, “Eternal” with headliner Raye, or the Grand Prize – a pair of weekend Passes to all three days of the most anticipated party in the desert. More info
Dining out for Life this Thursday, 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!
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14 Grand Finale
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has wrapped up his recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 with the Grand Finale, and it’s a Showgirl Showdown to the very end. The finalist queens take it to the runway in front of a live audience in Sin City. Viva Drag Vegas! As Dante says, the winner displayed “…sheer inventiveness and creativity. And some strategy helped too!” Find out who won and how it all went down: Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 16: Grand Finale [here].
Boozehounds 1st Anniversary and Fundraising Event
Boozehounds is celebrating their 1st Anniversary of being a part of the Palm Springs community on Wednesday, April 27 from 1–3 pm, and they’ve partnered with local animal shelters to make the event a benefit to support and bring awareness to animal adoption. Come enjoy bites and boozie drinks, photo ops and dog portraits, raffle, live DJ and more. Bring your dog and enjoy a good time benefiting a great cause! More info
April Center Social at Oscar’s
Join the LGBTQ Center of the Desert for their monthly Center Social on Wednesday, April 27 from 5:30–7 pm at Oscar’s Palm Springs. Enjoy happy hour cocktails, mix, mingle, and make new friends in a relaxed, friendly, community atmosphere! More info
Celebrating Ron Celona
Ron Celona, the founding artistic director of CVRep, will be honored on Wednesday, April 27 from 6–9 pm at BG Bird Gardens with a Tropical Celebration to mark his retirement. Join in celebrating Ron’s accomplishments and in saying farewell to him as he begins his next chapter in life, and enjoy dinner and dancing with a Calypso band! Get tickets
A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging
Eisenhower Health and The Center present A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging on Wednesday, April 27 via Zoom. As many women over 50 know, some things just get better with age. However, aging also increases the risk for developing health conditions that can impact your quality of life. Join Cari Sudmeier, NP, to learn about a few conditions that are common among women as they age – and what you can do to prevent or treat them. More info
Razzle Dazzle Happy Hour with Bonnie G
Enjoy the Best of Broadway in Palm Springs with the Razzle Dazzle Happy Hour on Thursday, April 28 from 5–7:30 pm at the VIP Lounge, upstairs in the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Hosted by Bonnie G and Jeff Barnett with Chip Prince on piano. More info
Clydesdales Return to El Paseo
El Paseo Shopping District will once again welcome the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales on Wednesday, April 27 at 2 pm. They will be making beer deliveries to restaurants along the avenue, prior to making their arrival at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. The eight-horse hitch and red Budweiser beer wagon will be accompanied by the Dalmatian “coach dog,” bred and trained to protect the regal horses and guard the beer wagon. This event is free and open to the public to watch along the route or while having lunch at one of the many restaurant patios.
Glow in the Park: Final Week
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens present Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival, open from 6:30–10 pm, nightly through Friday, April 29. This 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
Mid-Century Moderns the Musical
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mid-Century Moderns – A New Musical, running through 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 through 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 through 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
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!
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White Party Palm Springs
White Party Palm Springs is back this weekend, April 29–May 1, at the Hilton Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is the largest gay circuit party in the United States and typically attracts more than 30,000 attendees for daily pool parties and nightly themed parties with a roster of world-class DJs and dazzling live performances. Paula Abdul headlines this year’s Big Top Circus T-Dance on Sunday. Also scheduled to perform this weekend: Raye, Netta, Karina Raye, Amannda & Nikki, and Beverly Johnson will be crowned “Queen of White Party” on the white carpet. Even if you can’t attend, look up in the direction of the Convention Center at 9:45 pm on Sunday, May 1 for a 10-minute fireworks display! Get tickets
Stagecoach, the highest-grossing festival centered on country music in the world, takes place April 29–May 1 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio (on the heels of the Coachella Festival, which wrapped up last weekend). Headliners this year are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs. Various artists attend, whether they be mainstream or relatively unknown, ranging from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country. Maren Morris, Midland, Brandi Carlile, Jordan Davis, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, The Black Crowes, Cody Johnson and many more are scheduled to perform. Get tickets
Blatino Oasis at CCBC
Blatino Oasis takes place April 28–May 1 at CCBC Resort. This retreat for gay and bisexual men of color is a weekend full of pool parties, dancing, brunches and hot guys, far from urban life. It attracts over a thousand men from around the world, and we’ve got the info you need for events, hotel options, and passes: Get tickets
J-LO Tribute Performance
Jennifer Lopez Tribute Artist Connie Peña will perform at the Agave Caliente Terraza inside of Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City on Saturday April 30, at 8 pm. The show, called “Let’s Get Loud!” will include Jennifer Lopez’s a.k.a. “J-LO’s” greatest hits, with costume changes, dance routines, and duet segments, all showcasing J-LO’s illustrious career as the ultimate crossover Latin pop diva. More info
International Jazz Day
The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues Association presents the International Jazz Day on Saturday, April 30, from 2–4 pm at Vickie’s of Santa Fe. This Donor’s Party celebrates International Jazz Day with Artistic Director Sweet Baby J’ai, and features Yve Evans. Guests will also connect via Zoom with other parties around the country. Limited seating available. More info
Desert Winds Freedom Band Pops Concert
The Desert Winds Freedom Band will present a free Pops Concert on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm at Temple Isaiah. This concert is a celebration of their 20th season as well as a thank you to the community, and it’s a great way to check out the group and spend an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. The concert will be an eclectic mix of music from popular Disney Movies, the movie “Exodus”, standards like “Harlem Nocturne” and “You Raise Me Up”, Beach Boys Greatest Hits, Gershwin’s “Embraceable You”, a few Jewish selections like “Nonantum Bulgar”, “Hatikva”, and a beautiful Yiddish Lullaby as well as a fun “Italian Holiday” medley. More info
Coachella Valley Symphony: It’s a Schuur Thing!
The Coachella Valley Symphony will be joined for a special performance by Grammy® Award winning vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur on Sunday, May 1 from 3–5 pm. Ms. Schuur, nicknamed “Deedles”, has released over 20 albums, and has extended her jazz repertoire to include essences of Latin, gospel, pop, and country music. The Symphony will also perform Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Richard Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, themes from the 1942 film Casablanca, and music from the television series Hawaii Five-0. Get tickets
Call for Volunteers: Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
The Harvey Milk Coachella Valley Diversity Breakfast takes place on Wednesday, May 11 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This inspiring event brings together all who support equality and justice in celebration of this influential civil rights activist. YOU can help make it happen by volunteering with Gay4Good Palm Springs! You can be a part of the setup crew on the day before, or help during the event. Sign up to volunteer today!
Another way to help: You can buy a “Send a Student” ticket to the Breakfast and donate it so that a local student may attend, and you can count it for a 100% charitable contribution! Get tickets
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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
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- White Hot White Party Ticket Giveaway
Wed. Apr. 27 at 6 pm at Chill Bar Palm Springs
- Boozehounds 1st Anniversary and Fundraising Event
Wed. Apr. 27 from 1–3 pm
- Greater Palm Springs Dining Out For Life
Thu. Apr. 28
- Mondo Cosmo at The Alibi
Thu. Apr. 28 at 8 pm
- John LLoyd Young at The Purple Room Supper Club
Fri. & Sat., April 29–30
- 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
- Rock the Park Concert: Always Tina
Wed. May 4 at 7 pm (KGAY 106.5 broadcasting LIVE from 5:30–7 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!