Brad Fuhr Caricature

We’re putting out the Red Carpet on Wednesday with the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. No celebs will be harmed nor likely seen at this event. Rather you’ll be the star. How? By giving your time to volunteer at one of the many non-profits which will be represented at “Info A Go-Go”.

You may also find connection to services, fun classes, ways to network and things to do in our great gay Coachella Valley. I love this event, which has been on hiatus since the pandemic. Details below. KGAY 106.5’s John Taylor, no stranger to community service, will be appearing at the Margaritaville event before rushing off to the rescheduled “Kings of Queen” concert at the Downtown Park in Palm Springs.

We have so many charities and service organizations in the valley. And so many wealthy donors and philanthropists. But I can’t help wondering that if some of the companies behind those people had paid their fair share of taxes and living wages, we may not need all those services…

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

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Info-A-Go-Go and Center Social

The Center’s 5th Annual INFO-A-GO-GO will take place on Wednesday, January 25 from 3–6 pm at the Compass Rose Ballroom at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. It’s a one stop shop for all things LGBTQ+ in the desert. A sort of Welcome Wagon for our snow-birds, new residents, retirees, as well as folks that have been here awhile, so that you can see all that our amazing community has to offer to get plugged-in and involved. The last in-person INFO-A-GO-GO saw over 400 individuals coming through! Note: KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are the proud sponsors of the January Center Social, also taking place Wednesday, at Margaritaville’s Compass Rose Patio from 5:30–7 pm. More info


Rock the Park with Kings of Queen

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” presents Kings of Queen, featuring the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm. Rock the Park continues on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3. Future dates will pay tribute to Prince, Bee Gees, and more. The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info


DBA Progressive Networking Mixer

The Desert Business Association presents a Progressive Networking Mixer at the Rimrock Plaza on Monday, January 23 from 5:30–6:30 pm. First visit the Roadrunner Print & Ship in Suite C, then on to Frisky Business Palm Springs Cat Cafe, and ending at Luchows. This is an excellent opportunity to network and connect with 3 DBA businesses in one event! There will also be a raffle supporting the LGBTQ Educational Youth Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities. More info


American Framing Exhibit

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center presents American Framing on display now through July 2. Originally presented at the U.S. pavilion of the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner developed the exhibition American Framing to examine wood framing—one of the country’s most overlooked yet common construction systems. Originating in the early 19th century, softwood construction was a pragmatic solution to a need for an accessible building system among settlers with limited resources of wealth, technical skills, and building traditions. It has been the dominant construction system ever since—more than 90% of new homes in the U.S. today are wood framed. This exhibition presents models, furniture, photographs, and a full-scale wood structure, which together argue that a profound and powerful future for design can be conceived out of an ordinary past. More info


Prime Timers Monthly Dinner

The PrimeTimers of The Desert will hold their monthly dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday, January 25 with cocktails at 5 pm and dinner orders at 6 pm. The group will have exclusive use of the restaurant’s private, circular suite festooned in fine wood finishings and plush red booths. The Old Spaghetti Factory is famous for its three-course meals, and the PrimeTimers will enjoy a pre-set menu of selections from their Italian favorites. More info


Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheon

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, January 26 from 11:30 am–1 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Present will be Palm Springs Police Chief Andrew Mills and Acting Palm Springs Fire Chief, Jason Loya. Get tickets


Wayne Gretzky Speaks in Rancho Mirage

The City of Rancho Mirage and Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa have partnered to present the Rancho Mirage Speaker Series – Legends of Sports as it moves to The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa. On Monday January 23 from 7–9 pm, “the great one” Wayne Gretzky takes the stage. This hockey hall of famer is the NHL’s all-time leading point scorer, has four Stanley cup championships and is widely considered the best to play the game. Get tickets


Dirty Blonde

CVRep presents Dirty Blonde, 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

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh applauds Dirty Blonde as a “truly wonderful play,” “warm and loving” with “plenty of laughs…occasionally tinged with a layer of warm and fuzzy.” Read his full review


Mid-Century Moderns at Oscar’s

The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life in the delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Get tickets


Desert Blues Revival: 18K Blue Soul and R&B

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, January 25, 18K Blue Soul and R&B 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: Alpha Rhythm Kings

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 26 from 7–8:30 pm, Rob Dehlinger and his Alpha Rhythm Kings return to Jazzville with swing, jump blues, vintage lounge and boogie woogie! Roots Music Magazine gave these cats their “badge of authenticity.” Exhilarating trumpet and magnetic singing with a retro, high-energy vibe has whisked them all over the globe. Get tickets


West Coast Abstraction & The History of Cruising

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents West Coast Abstraction & The History of Cruising on Thursday, January 26 from 5:30–7:30 pm in the main museum with speakers Sharissa Iqbal & Christopher White. “Mixed Feelings” is a back-to-back lecture experience on unrelated topics (that are somehow connected). Two speakers talk about their respective areas of expertise and you get to make the connections during the Q&A. Get tickets


KGAY Wants Your Opinion!

As a KGAY 106.5 listener, you’re probably aware that we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio and technology landscape. Our goal is to continue to provide great content the way that you want it on the platforms you use most often, so we’re inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey. Tell us how you use the radio, along with social media, smartphones, tablets, streaming and the web to stay connected to entertainment, news, and updates from KGAY and other sources. We hope you’ll find it to be an interesting way to reflect on your own changing habits as a KGAY fan and radio listener! Take the survey



January at The McCallum

The McCallum Theatre presents The Music of The Carpenters Performed by Top of the World on Thursday, January 26 at 8 pm. Top of the World performs the hits “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and many more. This weekend, it’s Paul Anka on Friday and Saturday, January 27 & 28. Get tickets



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THIS WEEKEND

Palm Springs Health Run & Wellness Expo

The Palm Springs Health Run & Expo takes place Saturday, January 28 from 8 am–1 pm at Ruth Hardy Park. The FREE Expo features over 100 vendor booths and fitness demonstrations showcasing the latest in nutrition, exercise techniques, NBC Palm Springs Food Challenge, LifeStream Blood Bank Drive, Playworks Game On – Tag Zone, rock climbing wall, Walk on Water and Flowbox aerial performers. This is one of the largest events of its kind in Southern California. Added new this year, a Half Marathon along with the USA Track and Field certified 10K and 5K courses. Beneficiaries include Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, Palm Springs Unified School District and United Way of the Desert. More info


Southwest Arts Festival

The Southwest Arts Festival® returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, open daily from 10 am– 5 pm. The acclaimed art festival features a variety of traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art, jewelry and quality crafts. Live music, pottery, glass and fine art painting are scheduled to be on display. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals. Get tickets


KC and the Sunshine Band

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Rancho Mirage presents KC and the Sunshine Band on Friday, January 27 at 8 pm. KC and the Sunshine Band are still as widely popular today as they were when they first danced into the music scene 40 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – KC for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, giving us an impressive string of hits like “Get Down Tonight”, “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Shake Your Booty.” 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


Jazz on the Ocean Floor

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents an Immersive Big Screen Experience, Jazz on the Ocean Floor on Friday, January 27 at 6 pm. Explore the wonder and the majesty of the world’s oceans as they come to life in the Historic Camelot Theatre on the largest screen in the valley. Your musical tour guide and songstress extraordinaire for the evening Leanna has invited a collective of national and local jazz legends to create a multi-media sensory experience like none other. Get tickets


Kill the Editor

Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Kill the Editor over two weekends, January 27–February 5 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Ben, a young editor, is hired to edit a documentary for the Cannes Film Festival. With only one week, can he cut a five-hour version down to size? The filmmaker doesn’t want to touch a frame. When the previous editor demands her position back, what will Ben do? Will he give in to the 5-hour vision, let the previous editor take over or will he edit the film into his own vision? Get tickets


Betti & Bruce: Trapped in Palm Springs!

Musical Comedy Duo Betti and Bruce return to Palm Springs on Saturday, January 28 from 7–8:30 pm for their Toucans Tiki Lounge debut after performing for ecstatic audiences across the US, UK, Ireland and Mexico this past year. In their campy, musical comedy cabaret: Betti and Bruce: Trapped in Palm Springs!, the old school entertainers hilariously combine high-class singing and low-brow comedy to tell a risqué and wisecracking showbiz origin story. Featuring the music of David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Dean Martin, Lady Gaga and many more. Get tickets


3rd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival

Palm Springs Passion 4 Pinot Noir Festival is Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28, at the Westin Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. The two-day event is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the top winery owners and winemakers and other leading wine personalities and enthusiasts from all over California. Discover just what it is that makes Pinot Noir so unique. Get tickets


Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp Returns

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp through Sunday, January 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 on Saturday, January 28 from 4:30–7:30 pm with a concert by Gypsy, benefiting the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. 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: 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


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

Welcome New Partners!

Pinocchio in the Desert is the most upbeat brunch restaurant in downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy bottomless champagne for just $6.95. They have recently extended their hours to dinner from 7:30 am–9 pm, so customers can enjoy brunch specials all day. The Pinocchio staff is excited to see you soon! Learn more

Low Desert Modern Mexican restaurant offers traditional Mexican food with a modern flair. Enjoy their uniquely crafted cocktails as well as a full bar on the large heated patio (enjoy ample parking, too!). Low Desert Modern Mexican is a great destination for locals and tourists who seek delicious modern Mexican food, from starters like chile gueritos and pozole to tortas, tacos and specialties like trio ceviche. Learn more

At Little Shop of Treasures they only know how to create moments of pure happiness and joy. Jason and Louie are committed to continuing the tradition of this wonderful store into the future and beyond. Browse their site and see what they’re all about. Whether you’re shopping for him, her, or yourself, they’ve got something for everyone. Your treasure awaits! Learn more


New on PromoHomo.TV

The City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presented Craig Prater, former Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, with the 454th star on the WALK OF STARS on January 5, 2023 in downtown Palm Springs. Longtime friend of Prater’s, Nicholas Snow – creator of Notes From Hollywood® and PromoHomo.TV® – captured the most comprensive coverage of the day, and presents the star ceremony and celebratory speeches in full. View on PromoHomo.TV

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Thai Smile has been offering healthy, high quality, and flavorful food to residents and visitors of Palm Springs since 1993. Enjoy the freshest handcrafted Thai Cuisine possible with fresh, crisp, young vegetables delivered daily, premium fresh meats and seafood with authentic Thai spices and herbs. Indoor and outdoor seating available! Save 30% when you pick up this HOT DEAL: a $50 Gift Card from Thai Smile for just $35 Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at The Purple Room, Men’s Grooming Spot, 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)