Brad Fuhr Caricature

We’re officially retiring the #WearADamnMasked hashtag today as the mask mandate ends for Palm Springs (and Los Angeles county). So as long as you’re vaxxed, you’re free to move about the country! As February draws to a close, we say goodbye to a successful Modernism Week and IBC, International Bear Convergence.

Much March Madness ahead in our Coachella Valley and we cover it all on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs and Gay Desert Guide.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Palm Springs’ Indoor Mask Mandate Ends

Beginning Monday, February 28, the City of Palm Springs will no longer require masks indoors or proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests in bars and restaurants, aligning its pandemic safety requirements with the state’s policies and guidance. Please note that all federal and state requirements must still be followed. Learn more

Rock the Park: Madonna Tribute Concert

KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide welcome Blonde Ambition – The Madonna Tribute on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 pm at the new Downtown Palm Springs City Park. Blonde Ambition is the premier live Madonna tribute band. Get ready to hear all your favorite hits perfectly recreated in an energetic show! John Taylor will be broadcasting from the park live on KGAY 106.5 from 5:30 to 7 pm. This concert is part of The Palm Springs Chamber’s free monthly tribute concerts, and future concerts include an Elton John tribute on April 6 and Tina Turner tribute on May 4. More info

Palm Springs Dance Project: The Anniversary

Palm Springs Dance Project presents the world premiere of Stephen Agisilaou‘s full-length dance film, The Anniversary on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30–8:30 pm at the Annenberg Theater. This film was shot entirely in and dedicated to the City of Palm Springs. The film incorporates a plethora of unique artists, including upwards of 50 local dancers from pre-teen to senior. The evening’s program will also include a fun original short dance film and a Q&A event with the film’s producer, director, and cast. Get tickets

DBA Networking In-Person at The Roost

Join the Desert Business Association (DBA) as they present an in-person networking mixer on Monday, February 28 at 5:30 pm at The Roost Lounge in Cathedral City. Roost Lounge is a comfortable, neighborhood-type bar that is welcoming to all. Mix and mingle in the open air as the gathering will be on the patio. More info

Mark Your Calendar: Gay Wine Weekend Sonoma 2022

Out in the Vineyard has announced dates for the return of Gay Wine Weekend Sonoma: July 15–17 in Sonoma County. After a 2-year absence due to COVID, they are back with a weekend of wine & celebrations with tastings and culinary delights, VIP receptions, drag queen brunch and wine auction, after parties, pool soiree, and the Twilight T- Dance at California’s iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery. Get tickets

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 8

Dante Noto

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, the Drag Race time machine takes us back to 1964 and the era of iconic girl groups. The queens divide themselves into three teams: the Shang-Ru-las, performing “Bad Boy Baby”; the Ru-nettes, “He’s my Baby”; and the Ru-premes, “My Baby is Love.”… Read his full recap of Episode 8: ’60s Girl Groups, [here].

Johannes Honored as Best of the Best

Johannes Cheese Spätzeln

Johannes has been selected three years in a row for the Best of Palm Springs Awards for European Cuisine and now qualifies for the 2022 Palm Springs Business Hall of Fame. “Eat well, live better” is the motto of chef Johannes Bacher, whose dishes such as cheese spätzeln (housemade noodles in fontina and Gruyère cheeses) and his signature Wiener Schnitzel bring to Palm Springs a taste of his native Kössen — the small town in Tirol, Austria, where Bacher was raised. Learn more

Black History Month: Author Dwayne Ratleff

In celebration of Black History Month, the Palm Springs Library will present local author Dwayne Ratleff on Monday, February 28 from 3:30–4:30 pm via Zoom. Ratleff will be discussing his award-winning book Dancing to the Lyrics, a first-hand coming-of-age account of an African American gay youth who perseveres in spite of personal and family obstacles as well as the larger challenges of his era. More info

Live Stand-Up Comedy Class with Mina Hartong

Mina Hartong is excited to let you know that after two years of Zoom class, she can finally offer a LIVE comedy class in March. The class begins on Friday, March 4, and continues for 5 weeks at the Mizell Center, Fridays from 2:30–4:30 pm. Open to all ages and absolutely no experience necessary. Have fun collecting stories and sharing them at the final show on the last week. More info

REAF-PS That’s Info-tainment Launch Party

After 27 years of producing outstanding concerts and events in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) is expanding to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley to support local charities. On Tuesday, March 1 from 5–7 pm, come to the Desert Rose Playhouse to hear REAF’s plans ranging from chic and fun cocktail parties at fabulous homes to a larger in-theater gala concert in 2023 and other fun ways to support the local community. Entertainment will be provided by Broadway singer/dancer/actor Doug Graham and one of Palm Springs’ favorite divas, Sharon Sills, who appears regularly at The Purple Room. More info

La Quinta Arts Celebration 2022

The La Quinta Arts Celebration (formerly known as the La Quinta Arts Festival), takes place from Thursday, March 3–Sunday, March 6 at the La Quinta Civic Center. Each Spring, the Coachella Valley comes alive with over 200 artists from around the nation exhibiting 11 categories of art. Complimenting the incredible selection of art is live music, premium food and beverage, and a beautiful setting worthy of the art. Get tickets

PALS Death Cafe

They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, March 3 from 2–3 pm, PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents their Death Cafe meeting on Zoom. This is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. More info

Fantasy Springs Career Expo

Fantasy Springs is looking to hire over 70 team members at a Career Expo on Thursday, March 3 from 2–6 pm at the Special Events Center. Managers will be on hand to interview candidates in person for exciting careers in a variety of positions including Restaurant Server, Restaurant Manager, Beverage Bartenders/Servers, Baker, Cook, Cash Ops, Cage Cashier, Main Banker, Table Games Dealers, Slots and openings at the Hotel. More info

Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ+ Town Hall

Diversity DHS and Jim Henson, Chief of the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, invite all Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ+ residents to have a conversation with him and his officers at the city’s second LGBTQ+ Community Town Hall on Saturday, March 5 at 6 pm at City Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss the specific concerns and suggestions that LGBTQ+ members of the Desert Hot Springs community may have with the policing in their city. More info


Closer than Ever

CVRep presents Closer Than Ever from March 1–20. A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (Big; Starting Here, Starting Now; Baby), this revue is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known. Closer Than Ever is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the “modern world.” Topics ranging from unrequited adoration… to aging… to Muzak are tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Get tickets

The Mountaintop

Dezart Performs presents The Mountaintop, the 2010 Olivier Award Winner for Best Play by Katori Hall, from March 4–13 at the Pearl McManus Theater. A re-imagined depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth, the play is set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop speech”, King goes to the Lorraine Motel to rest. His world is spun on his axis when he meets Camae, a young, feisty and foul-mouthed maid, who delivers his room service. Get tickets

Palm Springs Getaway: A Musical Romp

Palm Canyon Theatre presents the world premiere of the original musical: Palm Springs Getaway running through March 13. This nostalgic romp features 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

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


The hottest play in Palm Springs, Electricity, is playing Wednesday, March 2–Sunday, March 6 at Desert Rose Playhouse. The deliciously hilarious, heartbreaking and romantic love story between Brad and Gary has delighted audiences across the country. Playwright Terry Ray’s riveting story unfolds over 4 decades and Brad & Gary’s epic journey will stick with you long after the evening is over. Is the person that you can’t get out of your head truly the person you’re meant to be with? Get tickets


Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Friends of the Desert Mountains’ annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival celebrating springtime returns to Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park with the promise of fresh air and family fun on Saturday, March 5 from 9 am–4 pm featuring a kids zone, climbing wall, exciting raffles and live music, beer and wine garden, the 30 by 30 by 30 challenge, and more. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy. The best part? Admission is FREE and open to all ages. Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival on Saturday, March 5th is proudly presented by the City of Palm Desert, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and Friends of the Desert Mountains. More info

Rainbow Challenge 2022

Love Golf? The Stonewall Golfers 21st Annual Rainbow Challenge is back and happening at the Classic Club on Sunday and Monday, March 6 & 7. The Classic Club was recently renovated to make it more player friendly: New forward tees, a softening of sand traps with some removed and the remaining filled with new sand; and some out-of-bound brush replaced with grass. The two-day tournament also features a Taco Party on Saturday night and Awards Luncheon on Monday. More info

Mini Gay Day 2022

Gay Days Anaheim presents their Mini Gay Day 2022 on Saturday, March 5 at Disneyland. This is a smaller, simpler confluence of red shirts before the big Gay Days blowout in September. Meet up with others at various attractions, take part in a big red-shirt group photo, and enjoy a cocktail together at the Grand Californian at the end of the day. More info

GroW – A Unique Dance Experience

The McCallum Theatre presents Backhausdance and East Valley Dance Project in GroW, a unique dance experience for all on Sunday, March 6 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm at the Center Lawn at The Gardens on El Paseo. 10 professional dancers and 30 local high school students will present a free dance program with fluid boundaries between dancers and visitors. The event promises to intrigue both young and old, those who come to specifically watch and those who might discover it unfolding as they come to shop, dine or hang out. More info

New Farmers’ Market in Indio

A new weekly Certified Farmers’ Market in downtown Indio runs on Sundays from 9 am–2 pm. Certified produce, fresh hot and cold chef-prepared foods, artisan crafts such as handmade wood and leather gifts, stationery, soap, jewelry, candles and other crafted items are available from October through May. The market also includes FREE yoga on the lawn at 11 am and mariachis every second Sunday at 10 am. More info

Tejano Music Festival

The 4th Annual Tejano Music Fest in Cathedral City features the best Tejano music, fiesta food, and spirits on Saturday March 5, from 5–11 pm at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. You will enjoy a large dance floor and the award winning Tejano musical groups, such as Tejano Legend “Ram Herrera,” “Tejano Highway 281,” “Xplosion,” as well as local favorite, “Chalito Zapata y Los Traviesos.” Tejano music brings together various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Texas. It has the essence of both English and Spanish lyrics and a mix of pop, country and polka music. More info

Porn Disco at CCBC

Trenton Ducati invites you to join Falcon NakedSword exclusives Devin Franco & Beau Butler for Porn Disco on Saturday, March 5 from 12 pm–3 am at CCBC Resort. This sexy pornstar studded day-into-night event also features Grant Ducati, Felix Fox, Michael Boston, Drew Sebastian, Roman Todd, Isaac X and special guests. More info

Zoobilee Gala 2022: Wild Times

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens presents the 29th Annual Zoobilee Gala on Saturday, March 5 from 5:30–8:30 pm. The Wild Times themed fundraising event will celebrate the organization’s recent successes and recognize long-time supporter, community leader, and Board member of The Living Desert, Larry Spicer. Also featuring cocktails, dinner, live auction, and dazzling entertainment by ABBAFab. More info

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 wants to get you into the sold out Red Dress–Dress Red dance party! We’ve saved a pair of tickets for you to win.
We know you want to hang out with a friend or that special someone at the Palm Springs Air Museum on March 19, but you gotta have tickets and the only way to get ‘em is to win ’em! Find out how on the KGAY Contest Page

Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 am on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! Brought to you by the John White Real Estate Group. Ask your smart speaker to “Play K-G-A-Y Palm Springs.”

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!