Jack-in-the-Box a sex club? That’s how I read the map put out by the City of Palm Springs after the council approved a new zoning area around Sunny Dunes and South Palm Canyon. Now that’s not going to happen, but according to the Talkington Post it’s the general area of where such businesses will be allowed. Next on the council’s agenda according to the article: “The Council tabled a decision on public nudity that centered around which parts of the body can be exposed in public after agreeing that more discussion was needed.” I love this town…
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Rock the Park: Prince Again – The Music of The Purple One
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” presents Prince Again – The Music of The Purple One, featuring the music of the one and only Prince, on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 pm. Rock the Park continues on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3. Future dates will pay tribute to Bon Jovi (3/1), Bee Gees (4/5), and Journey (5/3). The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info
Harry Styles Love on Tour Lands at Acrisure Arena
Acrisure Arena is presenting Harry Styles – Love on Tour with Special Guest Madi Diaz on Tuesday, January 31, and Wednesday, February 1 at 8 pm. These performances will close out the North American run of Love on Tour. Acrisure Arena is Southern California’s newest 11,000-capacity world-class venue in Greater Palm Springs. Love on Tour boasts a massive 104-date international global run in support of Styles’ latest album Harry’s House, including 28 countries across North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. More info
Catching up with the Rothmiller-Thompsons
David Rothmiller and LD Thompson, who spent many years in the Coachella Valley, and founded Sanctuary Palm Springs, the first-ever LGBT Foster Care Transitional Home, have guest-blogged an update on what they’ve been up to lately! You may have seen their adopted daughter, Addieson Rothmiller-Thompson, on the Golden Globes recently, as Ambassador (handing awards to presenters), and doing the same for the American Music Awards. This trailblazer was the first transgender Varsity Cheerleader and Homecoming Princess at Palm Springs High School and is now a model signed with Slay Models in Los Angeles. Read more
Coachella Valley Invitational Soccer Competition
The first match of the Coachella Valley Invitational Soccer Competition is Wednesday, February 1 at the Empire Polo Club. This event welcomes the best clubs in MLS (and their fans!) for a three-week competition to secure roster spots, build momentum, and unofficially officially launch the 2023 MLS season. Get tickets
Backstreet Art District ARTWALK
On the first Wednesday of every month, including this Wednesday, February 1, Maxson Art and other galleries in the Backstreet Art District open their doors from 5–7 pm for ARTWALK, an evening of art community, refreshments and fun! Come enjoy seeing the latest creations from the Backstreet artists! More info
John Mayer Tickets Go On Sale This Week
John Mayer is bringing his Solo acoustic tour to Acrisure Arena on Thursday, April 6 and tickets go on sale starting Friday, February 3 at 10 am, with presales starting on Wednesday. This audacious tour features solo performances by Mayer, leaning heavily on his acoustic guitar work with special performances on piano and electric guitar. Get tickets
Open Play Bridge
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Open Play Bridge, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am–Noon in-person at the Center. Have fun and enjoy playing Bridge in the company of fellow Bridge lovers! One-time registration and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. More info
Outbook Club: The Prophets
The OutBook Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 1 from 6:30–8:30 pm in the Community Room at Mizell Center, with the first half hour being a social mixer. The selection for this meeting is The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. Outbook is supported by The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Public Library. Selections are chosen by group members and highlight a mix of new LGBTQ+ releases and influential classics. More info
Desert Blues Revival: Gand Band Chicago Blues Caravan
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, February 1, Gand Band Chicago Blues Caravan 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 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, February 2 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville presents M-Pact. Hailed “one of the best pop/jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, M-Pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument”—the human voice. Get tickets
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
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Kill the Editor
Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Kill the Editor through Sunday, 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
Pulp Vixen at The Gardens
Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series on Saturday, February 4 from 4:30–7:30 pm with a concert by Pulp Vixen, benefiting Shay’s Warriors – Life After Cancer. 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: 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
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Cantors on Broadway!
Temple Isaiah presents Cantors on Broadway! on Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm with pianist Joel Baker and members of the Desert Winds Freedom Band. Join Hazzan Ken Cohen and some of America’s most talented up and coming cantors as they take a memorable musical tour through Broadway’s most beloved songs. Featured performers include: Cantorial Soloist Jennifer Bennett, Cantor Kelly Cooper, Cantor Daniel Friedman, and Canor Nati Nissim. There will be a reception afterwards. Get tickets
A Taste of Jalisco Festival
The City of Cathedral City presents A Taste of Jalisco Festival from Friday through Sunday, February 3–5, in downtown Cathedral City. Celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, honoring the 26-year sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico). The weekend of merriment includes a family-friendly carnival, artisan craft vendor market, tequila tastings and competition, authentic Mexican cuisine, and daily entertainment celebrating Mexican art and culture. The lineup includes multiple folklorico dance troupes, Las Tias, Dreaming of You (Selena tribute), Outlaw Mariachi, Corazon de Mana (Mana tribute), and a Saturday night headline performance by Grupo Control. More info
Johnny Mathis at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Johnny Mathis on Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm. Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and “Misty,” Johnny has recorded close to 80 albums, 6 Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, achieved 50 Hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, and ranks as the all-time #6 album artist in the history of Billboard’s pop album charts. Get tickets
Art Party at Desert Art Center
The Desert Art Center presents two big new shows and one fun Art Party on Friday, February 3, 5–7 pm. More info Join in celebrating new artwork, in every medium and style, by many of the best artists in the Coachella Valley, like the “Dueling Palette Knives” of Kathleen Strukoff and Noreen Coup (pictured). “Impressionism with an Edge” is a one-weekend-only show (February 3–5) featuring the work of Coup and Strukoff. Both painters use palette knives to create oil paintings with bold colors and vigorous texture that evoke a strong sense of time and place…much like their muses Monet and the iconic desert painter Agnes Pelton. More info
A Chorus Line
Musical Theatre University presents A Chorus Line on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 3–5, at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School. Musical Theatre University celebrates ten incredible years in the desert with Broadway’s Singular Sensation, featuring a cast of twenty MTU current students and alumni as they bring back to the stage everyone’s favorite Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, starring Broadway’s Erik Altemus. Get tickets
Fellini Retrospective Extended
Thanks to popular demand, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is extending its Fellini Retrospective series through the end of 2023, continuing on the first Friday of every month. The series is part of the Fellini 100 Tour, an international celebration of Fellini’s centennial taking place at major museums and film institutions worldwide. Experience why Fellini’s name is synonymous with the international art of cinema! On Friday, February 3 at 7 pm, the featured film will be Roma (1972). As a young man, Fellini (Peter Gonzales) leaves his small Italian town to go to the big city of Rome, live in a boarding house and cavort with the natives in the 1930s and ’40s. In an alternating storyline, the older Fellini (Federico Fellini) goes back to make a movie about Rome, filming things like traffic jams at the Colosseum and the subway system, which hides underground crypts. Get tickets
Gregory Douglass LIVE
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Gregory Douglass LIVE on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm. Gregory’s original songs are emotional, heartfelt, and soulful. His evocative pop sound blends “Rufus Wainwright’s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake’s accessible soulfulness” (OUT Magazine). NPR’s Morning Edition coined him “one of New England’s best-kept secrets.” His song “Alibis” was featured on season one of Netflix original series The Rain. Get tickets
How to Be Jewish, Queer, and Sane in 2023
Openly gay Rabbi David Novak presents How to Be Jewish, Queer and Sane in 2023, a shockingly frank discussion about our lives, loves, fears and aspirations on Sunday, February 5 from 4–6 pm at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert. The GLBT Jewish community, partners and friends are invited to ask all of the questions you have always wanted to ask–even if you think the question would shock the rabbi. Nothing is out of bounds. There will be some food, soft drinks and wine. More info
Unsung Midler with Alexander Rodriguez
Palm Springs personality Alexander Rodriguez brings the sassy and brassy to the stage to celebrate the Divine Miss M on Friday, February 3 at 7 pm at Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs. This evening of song and storytelling includes songs from Bette Midler’s lesser-performed music from her extensive career. Get tickets
A Funny Thing Happened…
Tickets are on sale now for Dezart Performs’ A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City with performances from March 3–12. A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges… while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other, when all they really want to do is run away? Get tickets
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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
- Rock the Park: Prince – The Music of the Purple One
Wed. Feb 1 from 7–9 pm at the Palm Springs Downtown Park
- Nunsense A-Men! presented by Desert TheatreWorks
Jan 13–Feb 5
- Cantors on Broadway!
Sun. Feb 5 from 2–4 pm at Temple Isaiah Palm Springs
- Intersect Palm Springs Art and Design Fair
Feb 9–12 at the Palm Springs Convention Center
- Billy Stritch: Cy Coleman Revisited
Fri & Sat Feb 10 & 11 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- The Mousetrap presented by Desert Theatreworks
Feb 10–Mar 5
- Modernism Week
Feb 16–26, throughout Palm Springs
- Christopher Kennedy’s Midcentury Home Tours
Sat. & Sun., Feb 18 & 19 in Indian Canyons and Vista Las Palmas
- International Bear Convergence (IBC)
Feb 23–27 at Hotel Zoso
- Desert WineFest
Sat. & Sun., Feb 25 & 26 at Palm Desert Civic Center Park
- Faux Fur Ball benefiting Palm Springs Animal Shelter
Sat. Apr 1 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum
- John Mayer Solo
Thu. Apr 6 at 8 pm at Acrisure Arena
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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.
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