This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings – New Year’s Eve celebrations are on Monday night this year and we’ve got the rundown of the many options for revelry and celebration of the new year! It’s also the dawn of a new era in LGTBQ radio for the Coachella Valley with the launch of 106.5 KGAY, are you listening? Robolights and The Living Desert’s Holiday Lights are in their final days of the season, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival is just getting started. We also have an Outbook Club Mixer and Yappy Hour, plus an announcement from Zach & Evan!
New Year’s Eve Party Roundup
Here’s a couple of highlights:
Rockin’ 80s – New Year’s Eve at Spa Resort Casino
8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. – Enjoy the ultimate outdoor New Year’s Eve Party at Spa Resort Casino! Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band performs at 10:30 p.m. with Rock Stars from the original cast of “Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band” live in concert. Concert admission includes entry into Rockin’ 80s New Year’s Eve Party.
Jazzville New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Hotel Zoso
Doors 4:30 p.m., dinner 5:00 p.m, live music 6:00 p.m. – In the tradition of Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Frank Sinatra, this award-winning Latin jazz group is highly entertaining and perform both classic and “Latin-ized” standards with an energetic verve. Tickets include a delicious three-course plated dinner, party favors, 2 glasses of bubbly, NYE photo op, and complimentary valet parking.
Click here for the full list of NYE Parties!
106.5 KGAY – Now Playing!
The all-new 106.5 FM KGAY Radio – “The Pride of the Valley” has just launched in the Coachella Valley, serving the LGBTQ community!
It’s a different kind of radio station because it is run by a non-profit organization: Qchella Media Corporation. Qchella Media is committed to strengthening and affirming the LGBTQ community in the Coachella Valley, providing a platform for the “Q-munity” to access the airwaves and on-demand programming. This new station is also powered by Gay Desert Guide for all the listings of gay-friendly businesses, events, and attractions in the desert! You can listen now on 106.5 FM or 1270 AM, stream KGAY 106.5 online, and be sure to “Like” Qchella Media on Facebook!
See 106.5 FM KGAY profiled by Vince Marino on NBC Palm Springs here.
Also check out the new CV 104.3 FM, Coachella Valley’s new home for smooth favorites, all day with a no-repeat workday from 9 to 5, featuring Fitz in the Morning and Patrick Evans (CBS Local 2 Chief Meteorologist and Host of Eye on the Desert) hosting afternoons. Listen on 104.3 FM, visit CV 104.3 online and “Like” CV 104.3 on Facebook too!
The Living Desert: Holiday Lights End Dec 31
Robolights End Wednesday Jan 2
Palm Springs International Film Fest Tickets Now on Sale
Outbook Club + Mixer
On Wednesday, January 2 from 6:00–8:30 p.m., the Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Library present their monthly Outbook Club + Mixer. To join simply pick up and read this month’s selection. Local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes leads discussions around each month’s selection. This month’s book is “The Stranger Game” by Peter Gadol. Get more info on this and future dates
Palm Springs Yappy Hour
Animal Samaritans, along with The Riviera Palm Springs Hotel and Spa present Palm Springs Yappy Hour, a pet-friendly happy hour for dog lovers and their friends, on Thursday, January 3 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Held in the private Chiki Pool area at the Riviera, admission includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine; speciality cocktail and mocktail cash bar benefits Animal Samaritans too. Well-behaved dogs welcome, as well as dog-loving humans! More info
Zach & Evan Announce Palm Springs Wedding Venue
YouTube celebrities and friends of Gay Desert Guide, Zach & Evan are getting married in Palm Springs, and they recently made the big announcement of their choice of venue! Watch their video to find out here.
Palm Desert’s 3rd Annual LiveWell Festival
Palm Desert’s LiveWell Festival is an all-inclusive mind-body-spirit wellness festival which highlights the desert’s health and wellness service community. This event will be held on Saturday, January 5, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. The LiveWell Festival strives to create an energetic environment providing interactive events and demonstrations the whole family can enjoy. Festivities include Acoustic Music Performances, Massages, Group Fitness / Yoga, and Clean Eating Demos. More info