I got motivated to find my perfect red dress for The Center’s Red Dress/Dress Red Party when my neighbor, Felicia, told me that there are always a plethora of red dresses around Valentine’s Day. She worked in the fashion industry and volunteered to help me. First and only stop: Angel View Resale store and we scored! No photos yet, but you’ll see me in March. It’s all to support the LGBTQ Center of the Desert and tickets go on sale this week. Might we have a pair held back for a KGAY giveaway? Stay tuned!
The week starts with Valentine’s Day and moves into what I consider Palm Springs signature event: Modernism Week. We have all the events on our pages and will be sharing on our socials. Don’t forget to use #ILoveGayPalmSprings every time you post about Greater Palm Springs so we can share!
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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 14 from 5:30–6:30 pm on Zoom. The awards will be presented to six individuals and two organizations for outstanding contributions promoting and protecting human rights, social progress, better standards of life, and equality for all individuals. KGAY’s own DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) will be honored at the ceremony, and then on Wednesday, February 16 at 5 pm, Vincent will be celebrating his honor at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City, so stop by to congratulate him and enjoy some food, fun, music & love! Additional Community Service Awards honorees include: CV Independent publisher Jimmy Boegle, plus Ann Sheffer, VAXIE, Chad Gardner, Nikki Stone, Dean Lavine, and The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. Read more about the honorees [here] and more details on the awards ceremony (with Zoom link) [here].
Valentine’s Day at The Purple Room
Love is in the air and classic tunes and fine dining are on the menu at The Purple Room Supper Club on Monday, February 14 from 5–9 pm. Make your reservation for a romantic mid-century modern Valentine’s Day at Palm Springs iconic Purple Room: birthplace of The Rat Pack and LOVED by generations! Enjoy a special gourmet three-course meal designed just for the day. More info
WIN FREE Tickets to Silent Disco with DJ Galaxy
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are giving away 10 pairs of tickets to our special MOGO Silent Disco event on Friday, April 8. We have 8 ways for you to [ENTER TO WIN]. Dance the night away listening to our own DJ Galaxy as you groove your way around downtown Palm Springs! (To learn more about MOGO Silent Disco, click here)
Women’s B.A.M. Salon for February
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents B.A.M. Salon (Book and Movie Salon) for women, hosted by Flynn Sylvest and Irma O’Dell on Tuesday, February 15 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and every 3rd Tuesday, monthly on Zoom. The group’s purpose is to develop and deepen LGBTQ+ community and connection through stimulating and informative conversations about books and movies that highlight women authors and women’s stories and experiences. This month’s salon features The Handmaiden (2016) directed by Park Chan-Wook, about a woman hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. More info
Palm Springs City Hall to Reopen to Public Tuesday
Due to an encouraging decline in COVID-19 cases, City Hall and other City of Palm Springs facilities will reopen to the public for walk-in service on Tuesday, Feb. 15. For the time being, masks indoors will be required in all City facilities as required by Cal/OSHA. Hours of operation are 8 am–6 pm Monday–Thursday. For more information about City departments and services, visit www.palmspringsca.gov.
Palm Springs Police Neighborhood Town Halls
The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a series of town hall meetings each day at 4:00 pm from Tuesday, February 15–Saturday, February 19 at locations around the city. The meeting is intended to invite residents and businesses to address public safety issues and help shape the future of the department, and will be facilitated by Chief Andrew Mills and PSPD Command Staff with elected officials from each district present. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 6
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, Dante writes, “…rifts are developing, things are heating up, the room is getting smaller and “girls are getting picked off like old shaggy fruit.” No wait, that’s closing time at Barracks.” Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 6: Glamazon Prime, [here].
Desert Stonewall Democrats February Meeting
The Desert Stonewall Democrats February Virtual Membership Meeting takes place Tuesday, February 15 from 6–7 pm on Zoom and will introduce the Democratic Candidates for two local Congressional District Races. They will also be voting on endorsements for DSD members and others running for federal offices, and celebrating Black History month with a guest speaker (TBA). More info
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is taking 15-minute consultation appointments on Tuesday, February 15 from 9 am–12 pm via Zoom with a new immigration law firm: Bolour/Carl Immigration Group. Get answers to questions related to immigration law, including visas, asylum, and DACA. More info
Draught in the Desert Beer Tasting
The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club is launching a bi-monthly, beer tasting series called Draught in the Desert, with the best breweries serving the finest ales, lagers and barrel-aged brews. First up: on Tuesday, February 15 from 11 am–11 pm, come check out the extremely limited and hard to find Pliny the Younger by Russian River Brewing Company. More info
Empowering Black LGBT Entrepreneurship
The NGLCC (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Communities of Color Initiative presents a free virtual Black History Month webinar titled Empowering Black LGBT Entrepreneurship Wellness, Financial & Affiliations on Wednesday, February 16 from 11 am–12:30 pm. The webinar will include a series of panels and conversations with eight prominent business and community leaders. More info
Black History Month at the Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum, in collaboration with the Palm Springs Black History Committee, presents several programs to celebrate Black History Month. On Thursday, February 17 from 5–7 pm, come for “A Comprehensive Timeline of Racism, Antisemitism and Sexuality Discrimination in Palm Springs.” This public talk with the Palm Springs Historical Society will be led by Renee Brown, Director of Education and Associate Curator at Palm Springs Historical Society, discussing the barriers that keep many people from obtaining what is commonly referred to as the “American Dream.” Docent tours also available. Subsequent Thursdays in February will feature themed presentations in the 5–7 pm time frame, during which museum admission is free, supported by the City of Palm Springs. Note: All visitors are required to make a reservation online before arriving at the museum. More info
Get Your Red Dress, Dress Red Tickets Wed. Feb. 16 at 9 am
SAVE THE DATE for the Red Dress/Dress Red party, taking place Saturday, March 19 – and set your reminder for tickets going on sale because this one always sells out—and fast. Tickets for Red Dress/Dress Red go on sale Wednesday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m. at thecentercv.org
Modernism Week Begins
Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival takes place February 17–28, and will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular 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, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. [Get tickets]
For a roundup of the numerous Neighborhood Tours, including Historic Tennis Club, Mesquite Canyon Estates, Little Tuscany and many more, check out our Modernism Week Neighborhood Tours event listing [here].
All Modernism Week events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost. Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community and Meeting Place”) is the central hub, located for the first time this year in the spacious atrium-style lobby of the Hyatt Palm Springs. CAMP will include an information desk, a box office, a shop by Modernism Week’s merchandise and branding partner Destination PSP, a theater, and many interactive sponsor booths. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public daily from February 18–28 from 9 am–6 pm.
Malcolm H. Myers Exhibition Reception
A Gallery Reception will take place Saturday, February 19, from 5–8 pm to celebrate Rubine Red Gallery’s retrospective exhibition of oil, acrylic and gouache paintings by iconic American printmaker and painter Malcolm H. Myers, running through February 28. While by no means a complete retrospective, the gallery is endeavoring to show Myers’ mastery and breadth of styles from his 5 decades as a professor and professional artist. More info
Grooves at the Westin
The 9th season of Grooves at the Westin presented by Westin Mission Hills Resort continues on Saturday, February 19 from 7:00–9:00 pm at the Westin Grooves Backyard with the number one smooth jazz trumpetman of our generation, Rick Braun, along with saxman Michael Paulo. These two highly dynamic performers have shared the stage for over 25 years and their chemistry together is undeniable. If you enjoy high energy smooth jazz with a touch of romanticism this is a concert you don’t want to miss. Get tickets
Flagging in the Desert
Flagging in the Desert returns to Ruth Hardy Park on Saturday, February 19 from 12–4 pm. With KGAY 106.5’s own DJ Galaxy spinning the tunes, there will be colorful flags spinning all afternoon, plus a silent auction of some beautiful new donated flags. This is a FREE event, but donations will be accepted to benefit The Community Food Bank at The LGBTQ Center of the Desert. Bring a chair or a blanket, and if you want a free class, come early for instruction at 11 am! More info
Presidents’ Day Weekend at CCBC
Join CCBC for Presidents’ Day Weekend fun and frolic by the pool from Friday, February 18–Monday, February 21 with DJ Bobby also spinning poolside from 12–4 pm on Saturday. More info
CalComMen Winter Retreat Weekend
CalComMen (The California Community of Men) is holding their Winter Retreat Weekend at Camp Wasewagan in Angelus Oaks from February 18–21. CalComMen fosters a different culture than any other men’s gatherings you may have attended — diverse, caring, compassionate, always-changing, surprising and plenty of heart-centered fun! And it’s the best place for men-who-love-men of all colors, sizes, shapes, differing abilities and differing opinions to meet & greet friends, new & old. More info
Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures
Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures playing through March 13 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier. Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Get tickets
Upcoming Theatre Productions
Here’s a glance ahead at more local productions taking the stage soon!
- Salty from Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Feb. 18–27
- The Drag from Desert Rose Playhouse, Feb. 23–Mar. 6
- Palm Springs Getaway from Palm Canyon Theatre, Feb. 25–Mar. 13
- Closer than Ever from CVRep, Mar. 1–20
- The Mountaintop from Dezart Performs, postponed to Mar. 4–13
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
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- The Ten Tenors at the McCallum Theatre
7 performances: Wed.–Mon., Feb. 9–14
- Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Feb. 11–Mar. 13
- A Special Valentine’s Day Evening at AsiaSF Palm Springs
Feb. 14 at 6:30 pm
- Modernism Week 2022
Feb. 17–27, 2022 at various locations throughout Greater Palm Springs
- Salty – presented by Desert Ensemble Theatre Company
Feb. 18–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- International Bear Convergence (IBC) 2022
Feb. 24–28, 2022 at Hotel Zoso
- Palm Springs Gay Softball League’s Spring Season
Mar. 6–May 15
- KGAY 106.5 Welcomes Melissa Etheridge
Tue. Mar. 29 & Wed. Mar. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the McCallum Theatre
- Palm Springs Animal Shelter Faux Fur Ball – All You Need is Love
Sat. Apr. 2 at the Palm Springs Air Museum
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!