Brad Fuhr Caricature

“We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us.” You hear that phrase often in politics and movements. As JoseSarria’s 100th birthday is observed this week, his Palm Springs Walk of Stars ceremony is slated near the Marilyn Monroe statue in the Downtown Park.

Those shoulders bore a heavy burden. In 1961 became the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States. That would have been a fete in and of itself, but he was also a drag performer at the Black Cat in San Fransisco and founder of the Imperial Court System.

When you look at the political landscape post-midterms, remember this man who set an example for trying to breakdown barriers for our LGBTQ+ community. Now on to the week before – the week before Christmas!

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José Sarria Walk of Stars Induction

José Sarria will be awarded a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Monday, December 12 at 2 pm in honor of his 100th birthday. The José Sarria Foundation is proudly sponsoring this event in the downtown park near the Marilyn Monroe statue. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear ‘big’ hats. More info

DBA Holiday Party

Join the Desert Business Association in celebrating the season at their Holiday Party on Monday, December 12 from 5:30–8:30 pm at Wilma & Frieda Palm Springs. Enjoy festive holiday fare & no-host beverages, plus a holiday raffle & silent auction, with entertainment by Deven Green and Handsome Ned. Get tickets

2nd Annual Flight to the North Pole

Bouschet & PS Air Bar present the 2nd Annual Flight to the North Pole on Wednesday, December 14 from 7–10 pm. Join in for a wonderful evening of live entertainment, caroling, & fun surprises to help spread the joy of the holidays for a great cause. This a fundraising event benefiting Make A Wish Foundation. Bouschet & PS Air will be serving a traditional holiday meal with all of the trimmings (on airplane trays, of course) & special holiday drinks. More info

Why Can’t the Trains Run on Time? – A New Musical

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Nunzio Sisto present the West Coast premiere of Why Can’t The Trains Run On Time? • A New Musical, on Monday, December 12 (and again Monday, December 19). This is an emotionally charged modern-day musical about an artist learning to let go of his past and appreciate his present. It’s a timeless tale that anyone can relate to, and a lesson about life that speaks to everyone who sees it. A Juilliard graduate, Nunzio Sisto’s music has been compared to Sondheim for its rhythmic and harmonic complexities, and to Schwartz for its memorable melodies. Get tickets

Desert Jam – Jammin’ for The Well

The Well in the Desert presents its annual fundraiser, Desert Jam – Jammin’ For the Well, on Monday, December 12 from 6–9:30 pm at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Rancho Mirage. Brian Wanzek will emcee this festive evening which includes the Jackson-Garrett Band, a buffet, and a silent auction. This year The Well’s honorees are Kal David and Lauri Bono. Get tickets

Fun Home

CVRep presents Fun Home now through Sunday, December 18. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is a musical adapted from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. Follow Alison as she uncovers the secrets through three different ages in her life. Fun Home isn’t just a coming-of-age or coming out story, but one that sets out to unravel the many mysteries of childhood through which we can all identify. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says of this production of Fun Home: “Under the excellent direction of Adam Karsten, the play is in constant motion with scene changes taking on an almost cinematic feel. His cast delivers uniformly strong, powerful performances.” Read his full review [here].

CV Philharmonic: Classical

The fall collection of the CV Philharmonic Society Chamber Series continues on Tuesday, December 13 from 6–8 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with Classical, featuring Dr. Joshua Phillips (Clarinet), and Dr. Charles Metz (Period Keyboard). The Chamber Series features soloists and small ensembles whose proceeds support local musicians, Youth Training Orchestra’s educational programs and PSCC’s Theatre 3 Expansion. Get tickets

The Lincoln Debate: A New Play by Terry Ray

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Bent present The Lincoln Debate: A New Play by Terry Ray opening Wednesday, December 14 with a reception at 6 pm and show at 7 pm. Terry Ray is the playwright of Electricity, the record-breaking longest running play in Palm Springs. The Lincoln Debate takes a funny, touching and historically honest look at the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, a man he shared a bed with for four years. Did they have an intimate relationship? Did one of the greatest men in American history have a letter under the LGBTQ banner that fit him? Get tickets

Mindful Eating and Cooking During the Holidays

Eisenhower Health and The Center present Mindful Eating and Cooking During the Holiday Season via Zoom on Wednesday, December 14 from 4–5 pm. Join Lisa Vesik, Registered Dietician and Nutritional Manager to learn how to cook and eat mindfully during the holidays. Become more aware of your body’s signals of fullness so that you can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too! More info

Martinis and Moxie: The Trini Lopez Immersive Musical

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Martinis and Moxie: The Trini Lopez Immersive Musical on Wednesday, December 14 at 6 pm. Join hosts Alan Kraemer and Claudia Ried for a rowdy rollickin’ season finale, a special immersive musical extravaganza based on the life and legend, Trini Lopez, featuring the Gand Band with a special appearance by The Dreamboats. Enjoy live music, martini bar, casino games, and more. Get tickets

“Let it Snow” Holiday Concert

The Palm Canyon Cabaret presents the “Let It Snow” Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 14 from 7–9 pm. Join in for a night of holiday songs, with some of your favorite performers, including: Jaci Davis, Se Layne, Christian Quevedo, Allegra Angelo, Ana Rangel, Ben Reece, Lou Galvan and many more. There will also be a Toy and Food Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and the Food Bank at The Center. Drop off anytime in the theatre lobby. More info

Lust for Life Sex Positive Therapy Group

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Lust for Life Sex Positive Therapy Group on Wednesday, December 14 from 5:30–7 pm. This weekly inclusive group, facilitated by Manny Diaz (MFT Trainee) & Scott Shatsky (AMFT), is for all genders and sexual orientations, exploring the psychosexual spectrum including stigmas, shame, ideals, interests, and perceived needs within personal boundaries and identity. The group discussion offers an exploration of individual hopes and fears as related to diverse desires and practices within sexual subcultures that are often marginalized and considered taboo. More info

PALS Jingle & Mingle

PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBT Seniors) invite you to their Jingle & Mingle Christmas Mixer on Wednesday, December 14 from 4–6 pm at Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge. Come and say hello to your friends and meet new friends, and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar. (The first drink is on PALS.) More info

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical

Desert Theatreworks presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical now through Friday, December 23, a musical stage adaptation of the beloved 1954 holiday film. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” I Love a Piano,” How Deep Is the Ocean,” “Snow,” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is a family-friendly holiday show bursting with cheerful dancing, treasured tunes and a generous helping of yuletide cheer. Get tickets

Lesbian Artists of the Desert

Lesbian Artists of the Desert meet the 3rd Thursday of the month, including this Thursday, December 15, from 1–3 pm, at Create Center for the Arts in Palm Desert. Drop-ins are welcome! This month’s meeting topic is a panel discussion about “Marketing Your Artwork.” The next meeting will be January 19, inviting you to bring a piece for critique. More info

Palm Springs Single Guys Mixer

Palm Springs Single Guys returns with a social mixer on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30–7:30 pm in the VIP Lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This free event is, according to organizers, “nothing too complicated, just a great group of single guys who are looking for connection.” Take a chance, step out of your comfort zone, and chat with some wonderful guys. There will be one more mixer this year, on December 15. More info

Desert Blues Revival: Deanna Bogart with Guests

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, December 14, Deanna Bogart with guests Chuck Alvarez, Bob Gross, Jeff Olson, and a top secret famous guest blues guitarist take the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets

Jazzville: Joie de Vivre Cabaret

Jazzville invites you to 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! on Thursday, December 15 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville presents Joie de Vivre Cabaret, featuring French chanteuse Chloé Perrier and her remarquable troupe d’artistes including actor Nick Atkinson as “MC Ashley Argyle,” burlesque star Miss Magnolia, tap dancer Christopher A. Scott, and the French Heart Jazz trio: Mark Cally on guitar, Sam Montooth on bass and Sammy K on drums. Get tickets

Afrofuturism and Psychedelic Therapy

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents Afrofuturism & Psychedelic Therapy on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30–7:30 pm in the main museum with speakers André Carrington & Brooke Balliett. “Mixed Feelings” is a back-to-back lecture experience on unrelated topics (that are somehow connected). Two speakers talk about their respective areas of expertise and you get to make the connections during the Q&A. Get tickets

PS Rewinds: Not Another Christmas Movie – Gremlins

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents your favorite non-Christmas Christmas movies with their PS Rewinds: Not Another Christmas Movie series this month. On Thursday, December 15 at 8 pm it’s Gremlins (1984). A young boy (Zach Gilligan) receives a new “pet” for Christmas called a Mogwai. In order to take care of the furry creature, he must follow three very important rules: Never expose it to bright light (which will kill it), never get it wet (which will make it multiply) and never, ever feed it after midnight. When the rules are unintentionally broken, it unleashes many of the mischievous monsters across the town. Get tickets

Pollack’s Minis: 12″ Wonders Art Show

For the last show of 2022, the Estate Collection at Rubine Red Gallery explores the fantastical surrealism of Reginald Pollack’s “Mini” works from December 10–January 3. These 12″ x 12″ wonders work their magic standing alone and en masse. Pollack loved his “Poglins” (Pollack’s Goblins, as he named them), painting the characters throughout the last 30 years of his artistic career. In doing so, he mastered the use of oil paint on board — specifically on Masonite — giving his characters, scenes and worldly observations a lush, vibrant and intense sense of place. Come explore and enjoy this great immersion into Pollack’s Minis. More info

Holiday Food & Toy Drives

On Saturday, December 17, AMP Sports Lounge in Cathedral City has a Toy Drive starting at 3 pm with a drag show at 5 pm. At The Roost Lounge, they are accepting canned food and non-perishable food items now through December 20, with drop-off locations at The Roost, Roadrunner Print & Ship, and various pop-up events from Brothers of the Desert. They are also accepting new unwrapped toys for local children, benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, now through December 20 at the same locations. They are also running a separate Board Game Drive through December 12, for new unwrapped board games (not card games) which will go toward their goal of gifting a game to every student at Rio Vista and Julius Corsini Elementary Schools [More info].

Desert Theatreworks is partnering with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission for a toy drive in hopes that every child at the mission has something to open during the holidays. Come see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical through December 23 and bring an unwrapped toy for ages 0-12, when you come see the show.

The City of Palm Springs Parks & Rec Department is collecting unwrapped toys at four different locations through Thursday, December 15:

  • Palm Springs BMW, 3737 E. Palm Canyon Drive
  • Porsche Palm Springs, 3735 E. Palm Canyon Drive
  • Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise / Open 10 am–5 pm (closed Sunday)
  • Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way / Open 7:30 am–6 pm (Monday through Friday)

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they’ve launched a new “Feed a Family” campaign going into this holiday season. Your $55 donation can help the food bank provide a family of 4 with all the fixings for a delicious and healthy holiday meal [Donate here].

Mid-Century Moderns at Oscar’s

The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Thursdays and Fridays, December 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life in the 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. Get tickets

Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp now through December 18 and again January 20 –29, 2023. This new musical is a nostalgic romp through the popular oasis featuring glimpses of history, icons, and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets


Naughty or Nice? Holiday Concert

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents their annual holiday concert, Naughty or Nice? on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 16, 17 and 18 at the Annenberg Theatre (7 pm Fri/Sat, 3 pm Sun). Get on board the Polar Express with all 100 singers as they perform traditional and non-traditional holiday favorites including “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “O Holy Night,” music from Elf the Musical and Polar Express and songs by David Bowie, Bing Crosby, Meredith Wilson, and Giuseppe Verdi. Broadway diva Michele McConnell returns for this holiday extravaganza, and Nickerson-Rossi Dance Studio is doing the choreography. Get tickets

Holiday Singin’ & Swingin’ with California Desert Chorale

The California Desert Chorale celebrates the holiday season with its 30th annual Winter Concert, “Holiday Singin’ & Swingin’,” led by Artistic Director Tim Bruneau and performed by 32 choristers accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Presented in two acts, the festive concert is performed on Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm at the Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert. More info

Jeff Dunham at The Show

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage presents Jeff Dunham on Friday, December 16 at 8 pm. Hailed as “America’s favorite comedian” by Slate Magazine, for over two decades comedian/ventriloquist/actor Jeff Dunham has sold-out arenas around the globe, cementing him as a comedy powerhouse. His accomplishments have led to record-breaking viewership of his standup specials on NBC, Netflix and Comedy Central. Dunham was recently nominated by Pollstar for “Comedy Tour of The Year,” based on box office sales as well also being awarded “Billboard’s Top Comedy Tour,” for three years. Get tickets

Pied Piper: A Twisted Holiday Tale

The CV Philharmonic, Youth Training Orchestras of America, the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and the Palm Springs Dance Project present Pied Piper: A Twisted Holiday Tale on Saturday, December 17 from 5:30–7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This is an all-new retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin through an innovative combination of live music, creative storytelling, and interpretive contemporary dance (featuring the InMovement Dance Company). Don’t miss this whimsical, adventurous and emotional tale! Get tickets

Idyllwild Master Chorale: I Remember Christmas

The Idyllwild Master Chorale presents “I Remember Christmas” on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 18 at 1:30 pm. After a two-year hiatus from concert presentations due to Covid, the Idyllwild Master Chorale returns to Lowman Hall at Idyllwild Arts with marvelous songs of the holiday season. Get tickets

Karen Williams Live

Robin Tyler Productions presents Karen Williams Live at the Palm Springs Cultural Center for two shows on Sunday, December 18: at 4 pm and 6:30 pm. Williams graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in “Humor and Healing,” and she earned a Master of Education degree from CSU’s Adult Learning & Development program. She is also the creator and facilitator of the Humor-at-Large Workshop Series and founder of the National Women’s Comedy Conference. Get tickets

Willie’s Big Fat Holiday Bash

The talented performers of Musical Theatre University present the Desert’s Brightest Holiday Bash at 4 pm on Sunday, December 18. MTU’s singing servers serve up a fully-staged holiday revue accompanied by a three-course holiday feast from Willie’s Award Winning kitchen. Broadway veteran Teri Ralston (Company, A Little Night Music) will be the headliner. More info

December at The McCallum

Merri-achi Christmas

Merri-Achi Christmas returns to the McCallum Theatre in a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment on Sunday, December 18 at 7 pm. Headlining the exciting extravaganza is one of the nation’s premier ensembles, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernàndez. Also coming up at the McCallum, it’s Dave Koz & Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour (Dec. 19). Get tickets

Wildlights at The Living Desert

Wildlights returns to The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens on December 16–24, and 26–30. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Wildlights is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Follow illuminated pathways on a journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays. Advance reservations required. Get tickets

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Palm Springs International Film Fest 2023 Lineup + Giveaway

The Palm Springs International Film Festival has released the lineup and schedule for the 2023 festival, which runs January 5–16. Plan ahead and get ready for individual ticket sales to open [More info]. Passes are on sale now, and KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN a 4-pack of passes! This is one of the largest film festivals in North America featuring twelve extraordinary days of screenings and special events with celebrity appearances and post screening discussions. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

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