“Are you Home?,” takes on a new meaning this week as many who are trying to get home from the holidays. if you got stuck traveling or had loved ones trying to get home, you know that the airports were a little crazy. Even more reason to fly to/from PSP!
Purple Room Palm Springs is taking a two week hiatus canceling shows through January 16th. AsiaSF is going on with their opening January 7th with dinner shows. We’ll have more this week on KGAY 106.5 and in our weekend digest.
I started the new year with FCC approval to transfer the KGAY AM 1270 and FM 106.5 licenses officially to me and my California Benefit Corporation, KGAY PSP. So I now own KGAY and look forward to serving our Coachella Valley community in the coming years along side Gay Desert Guide. Thanks to the many well-wishers on social media over the weekend!
Happy New Year from the entire team to you and yours!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Positive Life Series – Fauci Film Screening
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s topic: Screening the National Geographic Documentary Fauci at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs as well as virtually online. Upcoming programs in the Positive Life Series: 02/01/22 – HIV & The Law with attorney Andrew Alder-Larue, and 03/01/22 – Thriving With HIV with activist Nelson Vergel. More info
Audition for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus is holding auditions at the Mizell Center on Tuesday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m. followed by an open rehearsal at 7:00 p.m. Auditioning can be a stressful process, but PSGMC does their best to make it as easy and friendly as possible. The audition is private. The Artistic Director and accompanist, and maybe the directors of our small groups, are the only ones in the room during your audition. Learn more
January at the McCallum Theatre
On Thursday, January 6, The Desert Symphony joins The Texas Tenors on the McCallum stage, and on Saturday, January 8, LeAnn Rimes performs. Also in January: David Foster and Katherine McPhee, The Doo Wop Project, A Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme with David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte, Vanessa Williams, Fiddler on the Roof, and much more! Learn more
Desert Lens Photo Exhibit
If you enjoy fine art photography, join Diane Padys and Chris Houser for a glass of wine and the opening of their exhibit of latest imagery at Old Town Artisan’s Leland Gallery on Thursday, January 6 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Diane Padys, a commercial photographer for 25 years, turns her lens to abstract expressionism of desert forms to reveal their dynamic texture and uniqueness. Chris Houser, a travel and nature photographer, offers small 8×8 gems of boldly colorful desert scenes. More info
Counseling Over 60
Anxiety, depression and isolation needn’t be a part of life. The Center offers many ways to connect, and specifically offers a cognitive-behavioral in-person therapy program for late life depression at no cost to eligible clients age 60+ Call Mike Martin for details: 760-416-7790 ext. 3
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 at least Tuesday January 18, and The Purple Room Supper Club is closing through at least Sunday, January 16.
CANCELED: Palm Springs International Film Festival
Based on the current rise of COVID cases, the Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the 33rd Annual Film Festival will not take place this year from January 7-17, 2022. This follows the cancellation of the January 6 Film Awards. Those who have purchased festival tickets and passes will receive a refund. For most, the refund will be returned to their original method of payment. At this time Palm Springs ShortFest is scheduled to return June 21–27, 2022. The Film Festival and Film Awards will return to an in-person event in January 2023. Don’t let that pretty logo merch go to waste: for a limited time, Destination PSP is offering 50% off (Use the code 2022Festival at checkout) on all Palm Springs Film Festival merchandise! Learn more
Always, Patsy Cline
Desert Theatreworks presents Always, Patsy Cline from January 7–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!
- Mid-Century Moderns from Desert Rose Playhouse, Jan. 19–Feb. 19
- Life X 3 from CVRep, Jan. 25–Feb. 6.
- Artificial Morality from Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Jan. 21–30
- Les Miserables from Palm Canyon Theatre, Jan. 28–Feb. 13
- The Mountaintop from Dezart Performs, Postponed to Mar. 4–13
College of the Desert Street Fair is Back
After a long absence due to COVID-19, The College of the Desert has restarted their Weekend Street Fair every Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Considered one of the top things to do in the Palm Springs area, where locals and visitors alike can spend their day with an open-air shaded shopping experience, the Street Fair offers over a thousand items for sale from artisans, home goods, fashion, furniture, vintage cars, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. All funds raised from merchant space rentals provides annual funding and support for students attending the College of the Desert. More info
Theresa Caputo at The Show
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience at the Show on Saturday, January 8 at 8:00 p.m. The star of TLC’s Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo comes face-to-face with her fans & lets spirit guide her through the audience with messages from departed loved ones on stage. Get tickets
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
2nd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival
“A Passion 4 Pinot” is the 2nd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, a premier event on the international wine calendar, taking place Saturday, January 8 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. There will be over 60 top-tier Pinot Noir producing wineries, offering a unique opportunity to engage with foremost winery owners and winemakers while learning about winemaking practices and philosophies that produce wines of distinction. Get tickets
“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! Ross is seen nationally on RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Drew Barrymore Show, and more. As Ross puts it “KGAY is…giving the gayest person in history his own radio show…Me!” Brought to you by the John White Real Estate Group. Ask your smart speaker to “Play K-G-A-Y Palm Springs.”
Save the Date: Info-A-Go-Go
On Friday, January 28 from 3:00–6:00 p.m., The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents their annual Info-A-Go-Go at the Compass Rose Ballroom at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. This is 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. Come see all that our amazing community has to offer to get plugged-in and involved. January’s Center Social, sponsored by KGAY 106.5, will also take place on January 28 at the Compass Rose Patio from 5:00–7:00 p.m. If you’d like to be an exhibitor for Info-A-Go-Go, registration must be completed by Friday, January 14. More info
- Always, Patsy Cline – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Jan. 7–Feb. 6, 2022 at the Indio Performing Arts Center
- Life X 3 – presented by CVRep
Jan. 25–Feb. 6.
- 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!