We’ve got another week of events and happenings in Greater Palm Springs. Enjoy!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Betty White Challenge
Animal Samaritans invites you to participate in the Betty White Challenge on Monday, January 17 (Betty’s birthday). In honor of Betty White’s passion for animals there is a viral effort to encourage animal lovers to donate to the animal welfare organization of their choice. All donations to Animal Samaritans benefit their life-saving programs. Gifts large and small are greatly needed and appreciated. To make a donation in memory of Betty White, please visit animalsamaritans.org/donate. You can also donate through Facebook, on this post.
Me, Myself & Shirley with Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams, best known for her iconic role as Shirley Feeney in the hit TV series Laverne & Shirley, shares her memories and hilarious backstage tales in Me, Myself & Shirley from Thursday, January 20–Saturday, January 22 at the Annenberg Theater. Come hear about the highs and lows of Cindy’s life in Hollywood, working with some of the biggest names in the business. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 2
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is back with a recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Episode 2 (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). This second part of the Season Premiere introduces the next 7 queens to compete this season, including the show’s first ever cisgender heterosexual drag queen, who goes by “Maddy Morphosis.” Hear what the judges had to say about this unique entry and read Dante’s recap of Episode 2: Big Opening No. 2 here.
Purple Room Reopens This Week
The Purple Room Supper Club is back after taking a cautionary break in light of the COVID surge. Come for weekday entertainment with all the usual suspects: Rose Mallett is back starting Tuesday, January 18 followed on Wednesday by Michael Holmes along with Darci Daniels & Charles Herrera on Wednesdays and slinky and saucy Sharon Sills on Thursdays! More info
Women’s B.A.M. Salon for January
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, January 18 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and every 3rd Tuesday, monthly. 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 “Under the Udala Trees” (2015) by Chinelo Okparanta. The story follows Ijeoma, a girl growing up in war-torn 1960s Nigeria who must come to terms with her sexuality and the conflict this presents in society. More info
Desert Stonewall Democrats January Meeting
Desert Stonewall Democrats’ January Virtual Membership Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 18 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s special guest is Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, the first openly LGBTQ person of color in the Pennsylvania State House. Kenyatta will discuss the importance of the 2022 elections, and their potential effect on the future of our democracy. Don’t miss this “rising star” in the Democratic party! Votes will also take place for Stonewall Dems Chair, Vice-Chair, and Steering Committee. More info
January at the McCallum Theatre
On Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m., the McCallum Theatre presents The Doo Wop Project. Their show traces the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. On Friday, January 21 at 8:00 it’s A Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme with David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte, and on Saturday, January 22 Vanessa Williams takes the stage. Looking ahead: Fiddler on the Roof plays at the McCallum from January 28–30 and more! Learn more
Rancho Relaxo Third Thursday Cocktail Party
On the third Thursday of every month, Rancho Relaxo invites you to join their cocktail party and hear local artisans share their stories, how they decided to make their creations, and to discuss what inspires them and informs their process. This Thursday, January 20 from 5:00–7:00 p.m., come by the store to understand the people behind the products you love. Rancho Relaxo hopes to make the world bigger by expanding your universe to enjoy the passions of the creative community. More info
“Satur-Gays” with Ross Mathews
Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! With RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 now underway, listen for Ross to weigh in on the latest episode with his insider’s perspective! Brought to you by the John White Real Estate Group. Ask your smart speaker to “Play K-G-A-Y Palm Springs.”
Joshua Tree Gallery Features Michael Childers and Gordon Clark
The Joshua Tree Gallery of Contemporary Art presents EMERGENCE, now through March 13, featuring the photographic artwork of Michael Childers and Gordon Clark. The exhibition presents new works from each artist as well as works that have adorned the walls of esteemed museums and galleries around the globe. Gallery is open Thursdays 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 1:00–5:00 p.m. More info
Note: Due to the current spike in COVID cases, please check ahead when making plans over the next few weeks as many events may possibly be canceled, attractions may temporarily close or have hours scaled back. For example Sunnylands is closed temporarily through Wednesday, February 2 , and City of Palm Springs indoor facilities are temporary closed as well.
Christine Andreas at The Purple Room
The Purple Room Supper Club reopens Tuesday with Happy Hour each night Tuesday-Thursday and weeknight entertainment each evening. Michael Holmes presents Christine Andreas: And So It Goes Life & Love, Lost & Found on Friday & Saturday, January 21 & 22. To address these especially challenging times, Andreas put together a night of soulful and encouraging music that will keep your heart resilient, buoyed and on course: Songs from Broadway and the American Songbook, both Classic & Contemporary. Billy Joel, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Yip Harburg & Burton Lane, John Lennon, Cahn & Van Heusen, Leonards Bernstein & Cohen & more. Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Show at 8:00 p.m. Get tickets
Grooves at the Westin
Apaulo Music productions and the Westin Mission Hills Resort presents smooth jazz in the valley once more with Grooves at the Westin on Saturday, January 22 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Westin Grooves Backyard. Join multi Grammy Award winning Guitarist Paul Brown and world renown Bassist /composer Brian Bromberg and his orchestra for music, food, beverages, and dancing all in a spectacular setting at the new backyard of The Westin Mission Hills Resort. Get tickets
Desert Ensemble Theatre Company presents Artificial Morality, January 21–23 and 28–30 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This world premiere by award-winning playwright Tony Padilla centers on the character of Rufus Foster, who lands an entry-level job at a publishing house. What will he say or do in his insatiable desire to advance his career? Padilla states: “Artificial Morality looks at how technology is shaping our character in the 21st century. It questions the limits of ‘free speech’ and examines our rapidly changing moral values. The play was inspired by actual events that made me question where our society is heading when we no longer suffer the consequences of our actions.” Get tickets
Always, Patsy Cline
Desert Theatreworks presents Always, Patsy Cline playing through February 6 at the Indio Performing Arts Center, based on the true story of one wild night in 1961 Houston, when single mom Louise Seger became fast friends with her idol, Ms. Patsy Cline. Louise recreates her evening and correspondence with Patsy, as well as many of the singer’s highlights, in this touching, down-home country musical comedy. Featuring a live band, this rollicking musical tribute includes many of Cline’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Get tickets
Upcoming Theatre Productions
Here’s a glance ahead at more local productions taking the stage soon!
- Life X 3 from CVRep, Jan. 25–Feb. 6.
- Les Miserables from Palm Canyon Theatre, Jan. 28–Feb. 13
- The Mountaintop from Dezart Performs, postponed to Mar. 4–13
- Mid-Century Moderns from Desert Rose Playhouse, postponed to Apr. 20–May 8
Brothers of the Desert Book Club
The Brothers of the Desert Book Club (BODBC) is offering members and allies an opportunity to meet bi-monthly to discuss their community’s literary history, meeting initially on Zoom twice a month: the second Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., and the fourth Saturday afternoon (starting Saturday, January 22) at 3:00 pm. The featured reading in January will be “Blackbird” by Larry Duplechan. The reading list for the year is only six books, spending two months on each selection. The BODBC will be more than a book club: organizers envision a regular bi-monthly social and networking event as well an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info
- Always, Patsy Cline – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Jan. 7–Feb. 6, 2022 at the Indio Performing Arts Center
- Me, Myself & Shirley with Cindy Williams
Thu–Sat., Jan 20–22 at the Annenberg Theater
- Life X 3 – presented by CVRep
Jan. 25–Feb. 6
- Fiddler on the Roof at the McCallum Theatre
- Modernism Week 2022
Feb. 17–27, 2022 at various locations throughout Greater Palm Springs
- International Bear Convergence (IBC) 2022
Feb. 24–28, 2022 at Hotel Zoso
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 a.m. 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 a.m.–4 p.m. And Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!