A Ross Mathews Roast on RuPaul’s Drag Race? It happened on last week’s show and we have all the details this week. Ross is heard Saturday morning on KGAY 106.5.
This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings, there’s everything from naked yoga to an Elton John tribute show. We cover it all with grace and good taste on Gay Desert Guide. And John Taylor goes in depth with interviews and updates from our “sources” (who CAN be revealed) each morning on KGAY.
Our April Calendar of Events is available for download – and we updated to remove “Evening Under the Stars”, canceled this year due to a number of economic factors. Details below. But one charity event that did go off without a hitch was “Faux Fur Ball” for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Congrats to Bart Verry and his team for a wonderful evening. Now on to The Chase!
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Rock the Park: Kenny Metcalf as Elton John
KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide welcome Kenny Metcalf as Elton the Early Years on Wednesday, April 6 at the New Downtown Park. KGAY will be broadcasting live from 5:30 to 7 pm and “Elton” takes the stage at 7 pm. Dazzling outfits, stunning vocals, and a spectacular backing band complete this phenomenal reproduction that brings the audience on an adventure of both sight and sound! This concert is part of The Palm Springs Chamber’s free monthly tribute concerts. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 13
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this week, the finale is in sight (TWO go home tonight!) and the maxi-challenge is a celebrity roast of none other than Drag Race panel judge—and host of his own Saturday morning show 10 am–Noon right here at KGAY 106.5—Ross Mathews! See who slayed, who bombed, and read Dante’s full recap of Episode 13: The Ross Mathews Roast [here].
The Desert Symphony: The British Invasion Years
The Desert Symphony presents The British Invasion Years on Thursday, April 7 at 8 pm at the McCallum Theatre. You’ll hear chart toppers by iconic British groups such as The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, Dave Clark Five, and Herman’s Hermits. The American Response follows, with the biggest hits from The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Beach Boys, to name just a few. Celebrate the Groovy Generation with The British Invasion Years! [Get tickets] Also coming up this month at the McCallum: Chris Botti (Apr. 9), Open Call Project (Apr. 16), Waring International Piano Competition (Apr. 18), David Feherty (Apr. 22–23), and Shen Yun (Apr. 28–30). More info
12th Annual Desert Arc Golf Classic
Desert Arc’s 12th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser is on Thursday, April 7 at Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort. The event will feature a BBQ Luncheon at 11 am, followed by a 12:30 pm Shotgun Scramble, and will conclude with an amazing Golf Awards Banquet Dinner at 5 pm by renowned Chef Freddy. Proceeds support Desert Arc’s comprehensive services for over 700 adults, ages 18 and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Coachella Valley, the Morongo Basin, and outlying desert communities. More info
Offerings from The Center: Beginning Spanish and Creative Writing
These 8-week in-person courses both begin this week at The LGBTQ Center of the Desert: First, it’s Beginning Spanish, starting Tuesday April 5 from 1–3 pm, and continuing Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bob Stark will work in the classroom to develop the four essential skills of learning Spanish: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, all geared toward absolute beginners [Learn more]. On Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, April 6 from 10 am–12 pm, It’s All Write is a dynamic writing group open to anyone who wishes to explore their creativity through the written word. In this nurturing and supportive environment, facilitator Corey Roskin uses writing prompts and fun exercises to encourage everyone’s unique process [Learn more].
Men’s Naked Yoga
If you like your yoga naked (and you’re a man), try Men’s Naked Yoga in Cathedral City on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30–7:45 pm. In these classes, people of all ages, shapes, and backgrounds come together to celebrate what their bodies can do and the beauty of our natural human form. Intermediate level with options for challenge or ease, depending on experience. More info
Streetbar Family Roast
Join the Streetbar family on Tuesday, April 5 from 8–9 pm for a fun night paying tribute to Sal Falace, who has been a part of the Streetbar team for 10 years (April 10 will be his last day). With your hostess Aunt Lyla. More info
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 will feature 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 will create unforgettable moments and experiences. Get tickets
‘Evening Under the Stars’ Gala Canceled
AAP – Food Samaritans (AAP) has announced that they have canceled their 27th annual Evening Under the Stars gala, which was scheduled to take place at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs on Saturday, April 30. In short, it was too expensive to put on this year, but organizers plan to re-imagine the event for spring of 2023. Learn more
Every Brilliant Thing
Dezart Performs presents Every Brilliant Thing running through April 10 at the Pearl McManus Theater. You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love. Check out our Gay Desert Guide Review by Stephen Radosh [here], where he calls Every Brilliant Thing “nothing shy of an amazing evening of theatre.” Get tickets
Little Shop of Horrors
Desert Theatreworks presents Little Shop of Horrors, running through April 10. A deviously delicious musical send-up of ‘50s B movies, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for more than 30 years, telling the story of a geeky florist shop worker who is secretly harboring a man-eating plant (voiced in this production by singing sensation Keisha D). His conundrum grows out of control as the sounds of early ’60s rock, doo-wop and Motown numbers fill the air. Get tickets
Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle through April 10. This world premiere is a brand new musical set in present day Palm Springs. Two passionate women leave their successful lives in Hollywood to fulfill a deathbed promise to revive The Fabulous Follies. With a colorful cast as diverse as Palm Springs itself, complete with a 7–foot-tall drag queen, this musical is clearly…Born to Sparkle! Get tickets
The Chase: The 28th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards (SOLD OUT)
‘The Chase’ returns as an all in-person event on Saturday, April 9 from 5–10 pm, outdoors at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Organizers say “We’re going to gala like never before,” where guests to this SOLD OUT event will enjoy a fast-paced evening hosted by Michael Urie and featuring performances by Deborah Cox, Max von Essen, Eden Espinosa, Spencer Ludwig, and Seth Rudetksy. The inaugural DAP Health Equity Award will be presented to Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) for his long commitment to health justice locally and nationally [learn more]. The evening will fund the ongoing mission of DAP Health (formerly Desert AIDS Project) and introduce attendees to the organizations’ Vision Forward plan to expand its campus to serve more than 25,000 individuals. More info
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Presents ‘Razzle, Dazzle, Shine!’
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents Razzle, Dazzle, Shine! this Friday through Sunday, April 8–10 at the Annenberg Theater. Now with over 100 singing members, PSGMC presents a program of Pride and Equality inspired music from stage and screen. #1 Billboard Dance Chart topper Debby Holiday will bring her energy and stunning vocals to this uplifting program featuring songs from the Broadway stage and the big screen including selections from Rocketman, Kinky Boots, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, and The Wizard of Oz, among others. Highlights of the program include a rousing medley of songs by the band Queen, and a poignant mash-up of Stephen Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods and “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd. Get tickets
Chris Botti at The McCallum
Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the McCallum Theatre with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination on Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm. Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2004 CD When I Fall in Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any genre. Get tickets
Cowboy & Cowgirl Night
Palm Springs Hot Rodeo presents Cowboy Night (Cowgirls too) at Trunks Bar on Saturday, April 9 from 7–11 pm. This monthly social and dance will give you the chance to do the two step, shadow, waltz, line dances, west coast swing, shuffle and more all while raising funds for the Hot Rodeo with a cash prize raffle and drink specials (no cover). More info
TURF – New Work by Terrence Payne
Rubine Red Gallery presents TURF – New Work by Minneapolis Artist Terrence Payne with an opening reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5–8 pm [More info]. Payne explores the ways by which individuals and communities scheme and contrive to maintain their influence over others in the face of a vanishing world where they once held a comfortable seat of dominance. His drawings cut through the tangle of sincerity and carelessness embedded in the communication of identity and examine how insecurity and paranoia can lead to unintended harms in the wake of self preservation. The show runs April 8–25.
Desert Stonewall Democrats’ Spring Picnic
Join the Desert Stonewall Democrats’ “Return to Normality?” Spring Picnic on Saturday, April 9 from 11 am–2 pm at Ruth Hardy Park. They will provide hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs with a vegan option. You are invited to bring an appetizer, a side dish, or a dessert. Look for the signs and tents on the south side of the park, along Tamarisk Rd. More info
The Blind Pig Experience
CREATE Center for the Arts presents The Blind Pig Experience on Friday, April 8 from 5–9 pm. Dust off your zoot suits and flapper dresses and get ready for an epic speakeasy experience as you take a step back in time as the CREATE studios are transformed into unique clubs with food, drinks, gaming and fun. Their team of creatives has gone over the top to create an amazing fundraiser celebration! See the unveiling of a piece of desert history with the preserved wall panels featuring famous signatures, song lyrics and sign-offs from the 139 Club. Get tickets
OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival
WEHO Pride, the city of West Hollywood’s first self-produced Pride celebration, is set for the weekend of June 3–5, and OUTLOUD: Raising Voices Music Festival will kick it off on Friday and keep the music going all weekend. Now in its third year, the award-winning concert series features LGBTQ+ music artists such as Lil’ Kim, MARINA, Years & Years, Jessie J, Ana Bárbara, Angelica Ross, Cassidy King, CupcakKe, Dorian Electra, Freddie, and Gina Chavez…and that’s just for starters. More info
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- Rock the Park Concert: Kenny Metcalf as Elton The Early Years
Wed. Apr. 6 from 5:30–9 pm at the New Downtown Palm Springs Park
- Little Shop of Horrors – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Mar. 18–Apr. 10
- Palm Springs The Musical: Born to Sparkle – presented by the Desert Rose Playhouse
Mar. 24–Apr. 10
- MOGO Silent Disco Tours
Fri. and Sat. evenings, from 6:30 pm–7:45 pm in downtown Palm Springs
- Every Brilliant Thing – presented by Dezart Performs
Apr. 1–10 at the Pearl McManus Theater
- Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Razzle, Dazzle, Shine!
Apr. 8–10 at 7 pm at the Annenberg Theater
- The Chase: The 28th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
Sat. Apr. 9 from 5–10 pm
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Fri. & Sat. Apr. 15 & 16 at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
- 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
Thursday, April 28
- 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!