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The Best of the Fest starts the week and is a good way to spend a Monday as the valley dries out. Absent is 80 For Brady which had special dispensation for our Palm Springs International Film Festival.

We’re so proud of our new KGAY radio DJ ModGirl who scored a big coup by being named the opening DJ for Harry Styles at Acrisure Arena. Listen to her new Tea Dance each Sunday afternoon at 4, following the Retro Sunday Brunch.

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Best of Fest Screenings Monday

The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced the Best of Fest selections for screening on Monday, January 16 at the Regal, Camelot Theaters, and Mary Pickford theaters. We have the full lineup and a link to get tickets: More info


The American Express Golf Tournament

The American Express™, held annually at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club returns to the Desert for its 64th playing from January 16–22. Fifty-six of the world’s best golfers will be playing for a $7.6 million purse. It is part of the FedExCup and often provides the winners of the event a precursor to a successful season. In addition to the tournament, The American Express presents two concerts: Gwen Stefani performs on Friday, January 20 at 5 pm, and Darius Rucker takes the stage Saturday, January 21 at 5 pm. Check our event listing for schedule, tickets, and spectator info: Get tickets


Harry Styles at Acrisure Arena this Month

International pop superstar Harry Styles has announced two nights at Acrisure Arena, just two weeks away, on Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 1. General tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10 am, but you can register as a “Verified Fan” with Ticketmaster and get early access this Thursday or even Wednesday with an American Express card. More info


Dirty Blonde Opens at CVRep

CVRep presents Dirty Blonde, opening Tuesday, January 17 and playing through Sunday, January 29. This hit comedy garnered five Tony Award nominations and tells a story that is as unlikely, outrageous and as fascinating as Mae West herself. Come see how this icon of the past connects two lonely fans who are brave enough to see Mae West as their personal hero and ultimately lead to a fresh, budding, funny and sometimes bizarre romance. Get tickets


Desert Stonewall Democrats January Meeting

The Desert Stonewall Democrats January Membership Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 17 from 6–7 pm via Zoom. Members will vote on the election of Steering Committee positions, and after a very busy and exhausting 2022, with some successes as well as some losses, it’s time take a moment to reflect and look forward. After the voting, the meeting will be a “Member Speak-Out” to discuss and think about “what we did well, what we can improve on, and what we haven’t even thought about doing but would be better for our membership and for the Community at large.” More info


January Women’s Social

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents their January Women’s Social on Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30–7 pm at the Modernism Museum in Palm Springs. Join in for a hosted reception open to all LGBTQ+ women. More info


ModernPlus Keyboard Series

The ModernPlus Palm Springs Keyboard Series takes place on three nights – January 17, 18 and 19 from 7–9 pm each night at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The series, conceived and presented by Dr. Charles Metz and Howard W. Schreiber in association with the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Palm Springs International Piano Competition, the CV Philharmonic Society, Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic, and Youth Training Orchestras of America, is built around the private collection of instruments belonging to Dr. Charles Metz. World renowned American concert pianist Angie Zhang will perform all three nights of the series and play all three instruments. Dr. Charles Metz and Howard W. Schreiber, both well-known pianists themselves, will also perform during the series. Get tickets


Palm Springs Chamber Mixer at Desert Regional

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce‘s January Mixer will be held at Desert Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, January 18 from 5–6:30 pm. Everyone is invited to come meet the Desert Regional leadership team. Free for members and $15 for guests. More info


January at The McCallum

The McCallum Theatre presents Jeffrey Siegel on Monday, January 16. Also coming up: Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom on Tuesday (1/17), Monterey Jazz Festival Tour on Thursday (1/19), The Simon and Garfunkel Story (1/20 & 21), Capitol Comedy (1/22), The Highwaymen (1/23), Music of The Carpenters (1/26), Paul Anka (1/27 & 28) and more! Get tickets


Desert Blues Revival: The Laurie Morvan Band

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, January 18, The Laurie Morvan Band takes 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: Angie Wells 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, January 19 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville presents Angie Wells Quartet. Angie’s smokey, well rounded voice can deliver goosebumps on a ballad or blues and then turn around to have you tapping your feet when she swings. And she truly “gives a show” with glamorous costume changes, humorous banter, and the desire to show her audience how much she appreciates them by giving everything she has during her performances. Get tickets


Mosaic Spirit Youth Space

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is opening Mosaic Spirit Youth Space, a new youth space for queer, trans and allies on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30–5:30 pm. Participants will meet new local like-minded friends, express themselves, develop creativity and explore new interests through different group activities, including arts and crafts, movies, facilitated discussions, games, and more. Mosaic Spirit Youth Space is open to all queer, trans and allies youth between the age of 11 and 19. More info


Amigos Coachella Valley

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Amigos Coachella Valley, weekly at The Center on Thursdays from 4:30–6 pm. This social group will explore issues related to sexual and mental health, men’s sexuality, HIV prevention and treatment, and Latinidad. More info


American Sign Language for Beginners

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is offering an 8-week course, ASL for Beginners, designed for students with no previous experience in American Sign Language. The class meets weekly on Saturdays from 10–11:30 am (8 weeks from January 21 to March 11). Through easy-to-understand instruction, fun, interactive games, and an equal focus on both expressive and receptive skills, students will learn the basics of ASL, including fingerspelling and many frequently used signs that will assist them in communicating with the deaf and hard of hearing. Facilitated by Jason Hull. More info


Aspen Gay Ski Week

The 46th year of Aspen Gay Ski Week is taking place January 16–23 with the host hotel being the Limelight Aspen. Flagship events include the Top of the Mountain, Downhill Costume Contest, Pool Party, and Drag Queen Bingo, just to name a few. More info


Intermediate Spanish Class

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Intermediate / Advance Spanish, an in-person class to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, January 17 from 1–3 pm. This 10-week program is intended to expand the journey in the learning of Spanish language. Bob Stark will work in the classroom to develop necessary skills: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. This class is structured to feature engaging activities, both in listening as well as in reading and writing. It will be fun mixed in with some work. More info



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THIS WEEKEND

Nickerson-Rossi Dance’s 10th Anniversary Performance

Renowned Palm Springs professional dance troupe Nickerson-Rossi Dance will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance Saturday, January 21 at 7 pm at the Annenberg Theater. The evening’s dance concert will pay homage to the classics of modern dance, the innovations of contemporary movement, and the city of Palm Springs. Featuring works from Founder and Artistic Director Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s company repertoire dating back to 2012, the show will include uniquely crafted works from past collaborations with Palm Springs institutions including Sunnylands, Modernism Week, Michael Childers’ One Night Only, and the Lucy Curci Cancer Center. Dante Puleio, current artistic director of the historic Limón Dance Company in New York City will be the featured guest choreographer and a hand-selected group of students from Palm Springs Dance Academy’s pre-professional teen program will be featured along with the professional dancers in the guest works. Get tickets


Nunsense A-Men!

Desert Theatreworks presents Nunsense A-Men! playing through Sunday, February 5. Hallelujah! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are invading DTW this new year! The twist is, all the nuns are played by men, adding another layer of hilarity to this hit musical. When five of the surviving members of the Convent discover that 52 of their sisters have been accidentally poisoned by food prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, they’re tasked with the challenge of raising enough money to pay for the burials. The Sisters decide to perform a musical-comedy variety show to raise the funds. Get tickets or Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page!


A Bright New Boise

Dezart Performs presents A Bright New Boise playing through Sunday, January 22. In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith. Get tickets


Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp Returns

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp from January 20 –29. 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


The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series

Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series, kicking off Saturday, January 21 from 4:30–7:30 pm with Eagles & Linda Ronstadt Experience, benefiting the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. 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: Gypsy (1/28), Pulp Vixen (2/4), Journey Captured (2/11), Lisa Lynn & The Broken Hallelujahs (2/18), Eevan Tré and The Show (2/25), Slim Man (3/4), and John Stanley King Band (3/11). Get tickets


South Palm Canyon Art Collective Sunday Soiree

The South Palm Canyon Art Collective presents their monthly Sunday Soiree on Sunday, January 22 from noon–3 pm at their studios upstairs at 1500 S. Palm Canyon. Each studio will be open to see the latest creations and chat with the artists. The South Palm Canyon Art Collective is comprised of 5 resident artists: Alberto Garcia Uria, Desi Grisham, Ernesto Ramirez, Kathleen Strukoff (La Chica), and Kim Garretson, plus a roster of guest artists. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 has your tickets to see KC & The Sunshine Band at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage on Friday January 27 at 8 pm! With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, KC and the Sunshine Band was one of the most progressive bands of the 70’s and is credited with changing the sound of modern pop music! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

We’re kicking off 2023 with a new show on KGAY 106.5: 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

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New on PromoHomo.TV

In the latest episode of Notes From Hollywood®, PromoHomo.TV® Producer/Host Nicholas Snow welcomes the film’s director, Brian Vincent, and producer Heather Kelly, to discuss this “madcap romp through the 1980’s NYC art scene amid the colorful career of painter Edward Brezinski, hell-bent on making it. Brezinski’s quest for fame reveals an intimate portrait of the art world’s attitude towards success and failure, fame and fortune, notoriety and erasure.” View on PromoHomo.TV

  1. World’s Largest LGBTQ+ Dance Music Festival: White Party Palm Springs Set To Return To The Desert May 12 – 14, 2023
  2. Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean to Headline Coachella 2023
  3. All the Furry Parties and Hot DJs to Expect at IBC 2023
  4. Fernando Bengoechea Art Opening in Palm Springs during Modernism Week
  5. What Does “Queer” Mean? Why are Younger Generations Reclaiming the Word Queer?

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We also have Hot Deals at Il Giardino, Grand Central, Kitchen 86, AMP Sports Lounge, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Monster Shakes, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s, Rick’s, Hunters, Lulu California Bistro 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)