I’m over the moon happy to announce that I am purchasing KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs and operating it as a part of Gay Desert Guide, the media company I founded over eight years ago!
Radio has been in my blood since age 15, when I started at my hometown radio station running the Sunday morning religious programs. I learned how to read the news and be a DJ after those big booming voices I heard coming out of my AM radio from all over the country.
What’s most exciting is that this is the station I helped found in 2018, and I’m now able to come back and operate it as a California Benefit Corporation. That means we’ll operate in the public interest over profit. So the great things we’ve been able to do with Gay Desert Guide will now be amplified with KGAY AM 1270 and 106.5 FM.
My long-time radio friends, John Taylor and Chris Shebel, bookend morning and afternoon drive. DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas provide the Retro Lunch, and we’ll add more diverse voices in the coming months.
To our current advertisers, business partners and worldwide audience: We take seriously our role in raising up our community, and providing entertainment, information and thought leadership. Along the way, we’re going to have FUN and promote the Greater Palm Springs area as a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.
Now, on to the week at hand…. Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY Palm Springs
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Leather Pride Package Tickets on Sale Aug 2
Palm Springs Leather Pride is back October 28–31, unleashing a scorching hot weekend of bar and dance events, pool parties, cruising and social favorites, as well as The Mister Palm Springs Leather Contest. After over a year of lockdown, the jailhouse doors swing wide open with Unlocked: Full Release. Package Tickets for Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021 go on sale Monday, August 2 at 8:00 a.m., with tickets to individual events going on sale a week later, on Monday, August9. More info
Modernism Week Fall Preview Tickets on Sale on Sale Now
Tickets are on sale now(As of Sunday, August 1) for Modernism Week Fall Preview, taking place October 14–17, 2021. The Fall Preview is a four-day long “mini-Modernism Week” featuring more than 50 events, including tours, talks, and parties in unique locations not regularly open to the public. Spaces fill up quickly, so make sure to reserve your tickets soon. Fall Preview also includes the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Fall Edition.More info
Jazzville Palm Springs: Angel Town Combo
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents the Angel Town Combo on Thursday,August 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. When you walk into a room where Angel Town Combo is playing, you instantly wonder how much of the party you’ve missed. Bringing the sounds of neo-soul, jazz, groove, and even vintage ska to every show, Angel Town Combo is a band that will make you glad you turned off Netflix and came out tonight. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. More info
Pet Bereavement Group – Sammy’s Circle
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents a Pet Bereavement Group, meeting the first Monday and third Saturday of each month on Zoom, including this Monday, August 2, from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Losing a pet, including a foster pet or a pet who has been cared for at the Shelter, can be devastating, resulting in overwhelming emotions, including grief, guilt, anger, stress and loneliness. Whether the loss is recent or based on a beloved pet who crossed the Rainbow Bridge years ago, talking with others who’ve had similar experiences can provide comfort and aid in the healing process. Volunteer Paul Sellers will be leading Sammy’s Circle, a safe space for us to heal together. More info
Colorectal Cancer: Risk, Screening & You
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health presents Colorectal Cancer: Risk, Screening and You on Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Preparing for a screening colonoscopy is no fun. Anyone who has had one will tell you that. But preventing colon cancer can save your life. Don Gardenier, NP presents the facts on colon cancer screening: who should have it, what are the different ways to screen for colon cancer, and when should you be screened. He will also review how your history could affect your family members’ risk so that you can encourage them to be screened as well. Free event, registration required. More info
PALS Cafe Wednesdays PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) CAFE is a virtual & completely safe place where you can enjoy a heaping piece of hearty laughter, lots of homemade conversations, and helpful insights while getting to virtually visit with many of your PALS, everyWednesday at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. It’s for seniors and future seniors, for planning ahead prior to a health issue. Conversations create personal network; personal networks create a community that cares. More info on PALS Cafe meetings [here].
The heat is ON and that means Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is back, now through August 15. Here’s how it works: Purchase your $10 wristband online or in person at various locations, then visit participating restaurants to enjoy their Taste of Summer offers and deals on appetizers, drinks or desserts. Not only do you benefit from the savings, the proceeds from the sale of wristbands go to help the Chamber of Commerce, the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory Foundation, and the charity you choose from the list. It’s a win/win all the way around! More info
RuPaul Recaps by Dante: All-Stars Season 6
Our Special Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is faithfully watching and reporting on all the weekly victories and defeats in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Check out his review of the latest episode, “Show Up Queen,” [here] and learn about the ill winds circling Pandora Boxx and why Dante says “Pandy is now my spiritual twin. We are so going on a kickball date.” Read all of Dante’s recaps back to the season premiere [here]
Haute Chile at Agua Caliente Cathedral City
Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City presents its first major concert event, Haute Chile, the high-energy and high-fashion show band, on Saturday, August 7, at 9:00 p.m. for an exclusive one-night event. See Haute Chili in action for a preview of the show. They mix the best of Jazz, Motown, Latin, Disco, show-stopping choreography, and an amazing visual and musical performance. The performance is free of charge, with priority seating reserved for ACE Club members. More info
Craft Beer Weekend at The Ace
Ace Palm Springs presents the return of their Craft Beer Weekend this Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, from noon–3:00 p.m. each day. It’s their ninth annual frothy festival celebrating the micro-brewers, hop heads, cask masters and maltsters who make the world a better place for beer lovers everywhere. Over 30 local, regional, national and international craft breweries will keep the golden elixir flowing while live music plays. Ticket price includes unlimited beer tastings and a BBQ lunch with traditional or vegan selections. Get tickets
Jo Koy Just Kidding World Tour
The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents three SOLD OUT performances of the Jo Koy Just Kidding World Tour this weekend, August 6, 7 & 8. Fresh off the release of his highly anticipated Netflix special, Comin’ In Hot, (streaming now), the comedian is currently on the first leg of his Just Kidding World Tour. More info
Intensive Story-Slam Weekend with Mina Hartong
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents an Intensive Story-Slam Weekend w/Mina on Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, from 12:00–3:00 p.m. on Zoom. Humor and storytelling bring our community together. After a difficult year, let’s gather and share stories. In this intensive weekend workshop, solo performer and comedian Mina Hartong will guide you to a three minute live performance of your story or spoken word poem. As an LGBTQIA community we need to document and cherish our wealth of stories and experiences across the ages. Registration required. More info
“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” – Final Weekend
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” running now through Sunday, August 8. It explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida, particularly between Pippi, “the stripper on the run,” the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic, Jeannie, and Jeannie’s tollbooth-collector husband, Norbert. Check out the CV Independent Review [here], which says “If you could use a break from the real world for a couple of hours…the cast is clearly having a ball—and you will, too.” Get tickets
Summerific Sing-A-Long: SOUTH PACIFIC
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present The All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long. This week, on Saturday, August 7, the evening’s movie musical is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” starring Mitzi Gaynor as Ens. Nellie Forbush. At 6:00 p.m., come for social hour in the VIP Lounge upstairs, to mingle with your fellow movie musical enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails, mocktails & soda; spontaneous singing encouraged! Dress for the songsational occasion, and at 7:00 p.m. join host Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus for an evening filled with film, fun, and song. The Summerific Sing-A-Long series is a joint fundraiser for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus and Palm Springs Cultural Center and continues with a different film every Saturday through September 11. Get tickets