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Vacaya is celebrating five years of sailing the high seas – and other places around the world. You may remember that KGAY and GayDesertGuide were a part of their first cruise. I’m fortunate enough to join fellow LGBTQ+ travelers for their anniversary sailing around the Caribbean. I’m here only to keep an eye on our “KGAY Song of the Day” winners Bubba Collins and his husband, Jay. (As of this writing I have yet to see them.)

You know it’s a “gay” cruise when the theatre showing the SuperBowl fills up just in time for the halftime show, then promptly empties out before the second half can begin. And we did not have the feed with the TV commercials on it, so I’ll have to catch up when back on dry land.

While it’s nice to get away, I already have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), as the high holy season of events takes shape in the Coachella Valley. CAMP, Modernism Week’s gathering spot, will be the site of our KGAY roving microphones Thursday. We’re also readying for the end of Modernism Week, featuring a tribute to Nancy Sinatra happening Feb. 25TH on Arenas Road. Stay tuned for more details, but the big reveal will remain a secret until that day!

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Modernism Week Kickoff

Modernism Week will celebrate CAMP (Community and Meeting Place) Kick Off with a Remote Broadcast with KGAY’s Morning Show Host John Taylor on Thursday, February 16 from 9–11 am. (If you can’t be there in person be sure to listen to KGAY’s Remote Broadcast with John Taylor at 106.5 or on your favorite streaming platform). CAMP is the central meeting place for all things Modernism Week and it’s FREE and open to the public inside the Hyatt Palm Springs. Discover new events and activities to attend, dine and sip at Cheeky’s To-Go, shop at the Destination PSP store, meet authors at book signings, explore design elements for your home, and relax and commune with fellow modernists. If Palm Springs is the epicenter of modernism, CAMP is the epicenter of Modernism Week! CAMP will be open daily 9am–5pm during Modernism Week February 16–26. More info

Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show, tours of iconic homes in more than 24 neighborhoods, the Palm Desert Signature Home Tour and the Palm Springs Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, a vintage trailer show, a golf tournament, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost Get tickets.

Red Dress/Dress Red Tickets on Sale Tuesday, February 14

The biggest party in Palm Springs, Red Dress/Dress Red, is a night of community, fun, and fantasy—and tickets go on sale on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14 at 9 am! Take note because this one ALWAYS sells out fast. Imagine the best Halloween and Mardi Gras parties you’ve ever attended; combine them together beneath the spectacular mountains of the Coachella Valley, dress it all in red, and you have a sliver of the living fantasy that is Red Dress/Dress Red, which takes place Saturday, March 18 at 8 pm. Your ticket includes bites and drinks! More info

Sexy Strong Words – Valentines Edition

Among Friends presents Sexy Strong Words – Valentines Edition on Monday, February 13 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This time Strong Words is becoming Stinky Words, stories of the worst love stories ever. Six storytellers will give true accounts of some of their own terrible experiences. This will be a RAW night – dirty and telling it like it is (WARNING- NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED). Joining storyteller extraordinaire and host Larry Dean Harris will be the ever blunt, filthy mouth yet totally funny Roy Cruz, the returning muse and laugh maker Jeff Mills, simply outrageous Ralph Cole, Jr., ever hilarious Elaine Gail, and singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass, plus a mystery guest. Eddi Kreg and the Among Friends will be there to host the cocktail party (starts at 6:30 pm) and festivities. Get tickets

Human Rights Commission Annual Community Service Awards

The City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission will present its annual Community Service Awards on Monday, February 13 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The awards will be presented to six individuals and one organization for outstanding contributions promoting and protecting human rights, social progress, better standards of life, and equality for all individuals, and the public is invited to attend the free virtual ceremony, honoring: Bettye Cotton, Tori St. John, Dan Gore, PFLAG Palm Springs/Desert Communities, Jase Nagaia, Brett Klein, and Gary Moline. More info

A Victor/Victoria Valentine

Marc Huestis and the Palm Springs Cultural Center present A Victor/Victoria Valentine – a loving tribute to Academy Award® Nominee Lesley Ann Warren Live In-Person on Tuesday, February 14 at 7 pm. The evening of romance includes a live interview with enchanting Lesley Ann Warren, queried by the legendary Bruce Vilanch. She will discuss her remarkable career–from her breakout performance in 1965’s Cinderella, to her Oscar nominated portrayal of dumb blonde Norma Cassady in Blake Edwards’ 1982 gender bender Victor/Victoria. Also featured in this glittering gala are a clip valentine of Ms. Warren’s TV and screen gems, plus a tribute performance by “le Jazz Hot” Ethylina Canne. This lovely night will be capped by a free screening of Victor/Victoria. Get tickets

Coming Up at the McCallum


The McCallum Theatre presents Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel on Monday, February 13 at 7 pm, Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm, and Malevo, the all-male Argentine folk dance group on Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm. This weekend the touring company of My Fair Lady plays Friday through Sunday, February 17–19, Coming up: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal (2/21), Steve Tyrell (2/22), Beginnings: A Celebration of the Music of Chicago (2/23), On Your Feet! (2/24–26), MNOZIL Brass (2/27), and Our Planet Live in Concert (2/28). Get tickets

Visitor Map & Guide Spring Edition is Here!

The Spring 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too!) is hot off the presses and distributed about town for your perusal. We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attraction, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].

Francesca Amari Sings Linda Ronstadt

The Palm Canyon Cabaret presents Francesca Amari in “Different Drum: The Music of Linda Ronstadt” on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm. This one-night-only show, produced by Rickie McCabe, highlights the iconic songs of one of the biggest names in pop/rock music history. Earning 12 Grammys and selling more than 100 million albums, Ronstadt helped shape the music of the 1970s and 1980s. Amari pays tribute to Ronstadt’s ability to adapt to a diverse range of musical styles, including country, rock, jazz and Spanish-language classics. Get tickets

The Lincoln Debate

The Bent Theater Company presents The Lincoln Debate on Tuesday, February 14 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This new play 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? You will leave armed to draw your own conclusions. Future performances will be on February 20 & 28 and March 7 & 14. Get tickets

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

Desert Theatreworks presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap now through March 5. This thrilling murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time returns to Desert TheatreWorks with a signature twist. As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a stately countryside guesthouse with a killer in their midst! Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve the mystery before another “mouse” succumbs to the trap? Join in for suspenseful fun courtesy of the longest-running play in history. Get tickets

Malcolm Myers in Paris Gallery Show

Rubine Red Gallery presents Malcolm Myers in Paris at Atelier 17, 1951-52, a new exhibit running February 10–27. ​This retrospective features paintings, etchings and intaglio works by famous American printmaker and painter Malcolm H. Myers during the time he spent in Paris, France in 1951-52. There he worked alongside peers including Joan Miró and experimented with new and novel techniques such as incorporating stencils and even spray paint into the centuries–old medium of etching and intaglio. His time there helped cement his legacy as a true American Great in the art of Printmaking. More info

Desert Blues Revival: Madame LeRoux & Krewe Mardi Gras

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, February 15, Madame LeRoux & Krewe take the stage for a Gand Band Mardi Gras Party. 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: Brian Cabrera Quartet

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, February 16 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville presents Brian Cabrera Quartet, whose style has been described as Buddy Rich meets Frank Sinatra. He’s a swinging drummer and refined vocalist (yes, a singing drummer!) and Jazzville is excited to bring him out to the desert with his astonishing, versatile jazz quartet. Get tickets

National Caregivers Day Resource Fair

The Neuro Vitality Center presents the National Caregivers Day Resource Fair on Friday, February 17 from 1–5 pm. Come and enjoy a day devoted just for caregivers. This Resource Fair will feature organizations and centers from around the Coachella Valley, with useful information, special prices and wonderful food. Presentations include: “Care Pathways Resources for Family Caregivers” presented by Guillermo Delgado, “Alzheimer Concerns & Awareness” presented by Kimberly Spiegel, and “Knowledge is Power” presented by Leonie Maitland, Social Worker. Free event, registration required. More info

Coachella Valley Invitational Soccer Competition

The Coachella Valley Invitational Soccer Competition is underway at the Empire Polo Club, through February 18. This event welcomes the best clubs in MLS (and their fans!) for a three-week competition to secure roster spots, build momentum, and unofficially officially launch the 2023 MLS season. Get tickets

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23rd Annual Modernism Show

The 23rd annual Palm Springs Modernism Show runs from Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20 and is once again a featured event during Modernism Week. The show hosts 125 dealers offering stunning items representing all design movements of the 20th century and select 21st century items and contemporary cutting-edge home design products and technology. On Friday evening, February 18 from 6–9 pm, there is an Opening Night Party which requires a separate ticket and offers a chance to be among the first to shop from this world-class collection. [More info]. The main show opens at 10 am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and closes at 6 pm Saturday, 5 pm Sunday, and 4 pm on Monday. Get tickets

Riverside County Fair & Date Festival – Out at the Fair®

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival takes place from Friday, February 17–Sunday, February 26, at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio [Get tickets]. Originating as a festival to celebrate the end of the annual date harvest, the annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival welcomes over 250,000 guests each February. On Saturday, February 18, Out at the Fair®, the official LGBTQ+ family-friendly festival of the fair industry, comes to the Pageant Stage for a full day of entertainment. Emcees Pauly & Monks and Landa Plenty will host Drag Queen Story Time, and a Zumba class led by Landa Plenty, and performances by West Coast Vibez, Noah Toprak, David Rosales, Layke, Derek Jameson, KingQueen, plus the National Date Pageant, and the Out at the Fair Glam Show with Alexander Rodriguez, San Diego Kings Club, Rusty Waters, Victoria Elvatto, Keri Oki, and Landa Plenty. The ‘OutAt After Dark’ all-ages dance party starts at 8:30 pm! More info

Reforma Grand Opening Weekend

Reforma is Palm Springs’ newest bar, restaurant & night club, open daily 3 pm–12 am (2 am on Friday & Saturday), and this weekend they kick it off with the Gasolina Reggaeton Party on Friday, February 17 at 9 pm. Then on Saturday, February 18 it’s the Madonna Drag Brunch and Wig Party at 11 am and 2 pm. The Grand Opening Party on Saturday night, February 18 at 9 pm features sets by Todd Terry, Freak On & Lee Dagger. More info

Christopher Kennedy’s Midcentury Home Tours

Christopher Kennedy presents two Mid-Century Home Tours on Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, showcasing homes owned by clients of Christopher in Indian Canyons (Saturday, 1–4 pm) and Vista Las Palmas (Sunday, 1–4 pm). In addition, Christopher will be opening up his own Indian Canyons home for a VIP cocktail party on Saturday evening. Proceeds will benefit the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Get tickets

Palm Springs Lesbian Foray

The Palm Springs Lesbian Foray will take place at the Tryst Bar and Lounge on Saturday, February 18, starting at 7 pm. Cis & trans lesbians are tired of waiting for a lesbian bar to open up in the Coachella Valley, so they’re descending en-masse on a bar once a month and claiming it as theirs for the night. Tryst is a lbgtqpia+ friendly “everyone bar” with a jukebox, pool table, darts, and pinball. They’re taking over the space for one night…with their own playlist. Download AMI Music App and you can play your favs too! More info

Crystal Gayle at The Show

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage presents Crystal Gayle & Johnny Lee on Friday, February 17 at 8 pm. Crystal has been a favorite of audiences of country and popular music since attaining national prominence with her first chart records in the mid-seventies. Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal also scored with her multi-format hits You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep, When I Dream, Half the Way and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, Just You and IGet tickets Also this weekend: on Saturday, February 18, the Show presents legendary rock back Styx for a SOLD OUT show.

Gently Down the Stream

The Bent Theater Company presents Martin Sherman’s Gently Down the Stream at the Palm Springs Cultural Center from February 17–March 4. Gently Down the Stream is a remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story between an older man and his much younger partner. This is playwright Martin Sherman’s newest play. His works include the seminal gay play, Bent, as well as the book to the musical The Boy from Oz. Get tickets

South Pacific

Desert Theatricals presents Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 17–19. On a South Pacific island during World War II, Ensign Nellie Forbush, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with French planter Emile de Becque. Everyone’s favorite songs including Some Enchanted Evening, Cockeyed Optimist, Nothing Like A Dame, Honey Bun, Younger Than Springtime and more! Desert Theatricals’ Theatre Under the Stars takes place in Rancho Mirage’s Amphitheater. They offer both a dinner theatre experience as well as individual tickets. Get tickets

Mid-Mod Show and Tiki Party

The Desert Art Center (DAC) presents the Mid-Mod Show from February 17–28, open daily from 10 am–4 pm. So many of DAC’s artists connect with the midcentury modern aesthetic here in Palm Springs that they are mounting a special show of their invigorating artwork. Don your Hawaiian shirt and join in for a Tiki Party Kick-off on Friday, February 17 from 5–7 pm. Be there or be square! More info

Flagging in the Desert

On Saturday, February 18 from 11 am–4 pm, Flagging in the Desert will be at Ruth Hardy Park. DJ Randy Bettis from New York will provide an exciting soundtrack to dance, flag, or just watch. There is an instructional class preceding the event at 11 am and the DJ starts at noon. While the event is free, donations will be accepted for the Transgender Health and Wellness Center. There will also be a silent auction of donated flags. More info

Caregiving is a Partnership

PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBT Seniors) presents Caregiving is a Partnership: The Latest Research on Gay and Lesbian Caregiving on Saturday, February 18 from 9:30–11 am on Zoom. Did you know? There is a difference in caregiving styles and strategies of Gay and Lesbian partners compared to opposite-sex partners. Brian de Vries, Professor Emeritus SFSU, returns with his latest research on the topic. As for you, who is on your care team – for giving and receiving care? Come with pen and paper – or digital apparatus – to identify and enhance your care team. Take action! It’s never too soon to plan ahead before a health issue. More info

Woven Together Art Exhibit

The first U.S. exhibition of “Woven Together” featuring Fernando Bengoechea’s images woven by his brother Marcelo is taking place in Palm Springs during Modernism week. The gala opening event is Saturday, February 18 from 6–9 pm at Super Simple (a gay-owned home store). Internationally acclaimed photographer Fernando Bengoechea tragically lost his life in the Tsunami of 2004. As you may remember, Fernando was vacationing in Sri Lanka with his partner celebrity designer Nate Berkus. Nate miraculously survived. Fernando’s body was never found. He was 39. Fernando’s brother, Marcelo Bengoechea has made it his mission to keep his brother’s art alive.The artwork will be on sale and the exhibit will remain in the store for 30 days. More info

“The Unicorn Pinata Head” by Ernesto Ramirez

Ernesto Ramirez Art Studio Opening

Ernesto Ramirez Designs presents the opening of Ernesto’s Art Studio on Saturday, February 18 from 4–7 pm. Come by to check out Ernesto’s new workspace and his newest collection. More info

Lisa Lynn & the Broken Hallelujahs at The Gardens

Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series on Saturday, February 18 from 4:30–7:30 pm with a concert by Lisa Lynn & the Broken Hallelujahs, benefiting Friends of the Desert Mountains. For 25 years, The Gardens on El Paseo has brought together the Coachella Valley community to support local non-profits, musicians, and organizations. Reserve your tickets now and wine down on the Center Lawn, Saturday evenings to support your community. Upcoming concerts include: Eevan Tré and The Show (2/25), Slim Man (3/4), and John Stanley King Band (3/11). Get tickets

Cocktails for a Cause

Celebrate midcentury modernism at Cocktails for a Cause on Sunday, February 19 from 3:30–5:30 pm at a private residence in Palm Springs. Immerse yourself in the architecture and design of Charles Du Bois’ 1959 residence. Explore the magnificent, reimagined interior/exterior which now reflects today’s iconic desert lifestyle. There will be a guest appearance by local artist Shawn Savage, whose art is featured throughout the home. Enjoy curated cocktails and appetizers with music of the 1960-70s by the dynamic local duo Nouveau. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Palm Springs, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit. Get tickets

BRAVO Children in Music

The Steinway Society of Riverside County presents BRAVO Children in Music on Sunday, February 19 at 11 am. This fundraiser will honor Jimi “Fitz” Fitzgerald and will be hosted by Joey English. The highlight of the afternoon will be the performance of the society’s students. Get tickets

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Win Tickets to the Riverside County Fair & Date Festival!

KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN tickets to the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, running February 17–26 presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Join KGAY Morning Show host John Taylor on Saturday, February 18 from 11 am–1 pm, for OUT AT THE FAIR! Plus, there will be Drag Bingo, live performances all day, the National Date Pageant, a Glam Show and the ‘OutAt After Dark’ all-ages dance party! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

Win Tickets to Desert WineFest

Over the First Annual two-day Desert WineFest (Sat & Sun, Feb 25 & 26)*, attendees will be able to taste hundreds of wines and craft brews; sample cheeses, breads and coffees; shop at delectable food trucks, restaurants and assorted artisan and gourmet exhibitors, all while enjoying a sunny day with live music and games galore! *Winners will receive tickets for use on Sunday only. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is not only the life of the party, she’s also a cover girl on magazines and billboards, a television entertainer, and an award winning producer, director, lyricist and performer. Her moniker is “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week on the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm. Listen online

Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! His popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 airs on Saturdays from 11:00 am–2 pm. That’s 50% more Ross because now it’s a three-hour show! Ross is a part-time Palm Springs resident and currently working on The Drew Barrymore Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and many other projects. He will bring celebrity gossip and news, plus a rundown of what’s happening each weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings as he plays some of his favorite dance hits each weekend on KGAY. Listen Online

The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect party music! Listen Online

Welcome New Partners!

Toucans Tiki Lounge in Palm Springs hosts the city’s longest continuously running drag show, Tommi Rose & The Playgirls, as well as weekly theme nights, ranging from Latin Fever Monday, Neon Thursday and Dirty Pop Saturday. KGAY’s John Taylor will be making a live appearance this Saturday, February 11 from 3–5 pm! The club also brings in top tier cabaret and performance talent as part of Toucans Live on Stage. Learn more

Casa Blanca Mexican Food and Seafood is proud to open their 4th location in Palm Springs, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. With 18 years in the Coachella Valley, they are known for their delicious chile verde, chile colorado, carnitas, mojarra, fajitas and much more. The owner, Mr. De leon, always gives five-star customer service. They have a full bar and all day Tuesday & Thursday, margaritas are only $4.50! Learn more

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We also have Hot Deals at V Wine Lounge, The Purple Room, Il Giardino, Grand Central, Hunters Nightclub, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Monster Shakes, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s, Rick’s, Lulu California Bistro, Thai Smile, Destination PSP, AMP Sports Lounge, Trevor Wayne Pop Art and more! See All Deals

Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2023 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

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.” Ross Mathews is on Saturdays from 11 am–2 pm, 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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)