We end January and remain hopeful that February events will remain on the calendar. There are so many great signature events that are in the planning stages. KGAY 106.5 is giving away VIB (Very Important Bear) passes to IBC International Bear Convergence in Feb. We’re also welcoming Melissa Etheridge to the McCallum in March.
Black History Month gets underway Tuesday and we’ve linked to many events on the schedule. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is back on the calendar too. Download our latest PDF calendar or search the events page of Gay Desert Guide.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 4
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Episode 4, just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, the queens “will come up with attention-grabbing super teasers for Season 14 that highlight iconic moments of drama, glamor and shade. And the runway theme will be “Night of a Thousand JLo’s.” (Can it be?)” Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 4: She’s a Super Tease here.
Black History Month at the Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum, in collaboration with the Palm Springs Black History Committee, presents several programs to celebrate Black History Month. On Thursday, February 3 from 5:30–7 pm, it’s the kick-off reception featuring a student performance from the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center Drill Team and Drum Squad. Following the kick-off, take a self-guided tour celebrating Black Artists on view. Docent tours also available. Subsequent Thursdays in February will feature themed presentations in the 5–7 pm time frame, during which museum admission is free, supported by the City of Palm Springs. Note: All visitors are required to make a reservation online before arriving at the museum. More info
Black History Month on Revry
Throughout Black History Month, the LGBTQ-first streaming media network Revry is programming LGBTQ-first Black stories with themes from the differently-abled, LGBTQ athletes, activists and the lesbian, trans and the cis-gender lesbian community. Learn more about the planned programming and how to get a month free of Revry Premium [here].
AARP Tax-Aide Assistance
The AARP Foundation provides free tax assistance to those who need it most through their Tax-Aide program, presented by the Mizell Center on Tuesdays from February 1–April 5. Schedule your 20-minute appointment by phone or in person at the Mizell Center; a limited number of time slots are available, so don’t delay in making your appointment! More info
Free Yoga Tuesdays in Cathedral City
The Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission proudly brings free yoga classes to the new Cathedral City Community Amphitheater in Downtown Cathedral City every Tuesday morning from 10–11 am starting on February 1 and going through April 26. The free classes will be taught by professional yoga instructor Patti Wexler. The classes are designed to be power yoga for all levels, not gentle yoga classes. Anyone interested in taking the free power yoga classes can simply show up and participate, no reservations required. The classes will be held outdoors on the amphitheater lawn. More info
February at the McCallum Theatre
Broadway royalty is coming to town on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm when the McCallum Theatre presents Bernadette Peters with an evening of song and glamour. Also coming up in February: The Desert Symphony’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute starring Shawn Klush (Thu. Feb. 3), The Ten Tenors (Feb. 9–14), Kristin Chenoweth (Feb. 18 & 19), Jay Leno (Feb. 20), Straight No Chaser a cappella (Feb. 23), and Broadway’s Jersey Boys (Feb. 25–27). Get tickets
Positive Life Series – HIV and the Law
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, February 1 at 6 pm on Zoom. This month’s topic: HIV & The Law with attorney Andrew Alder-Larue. Upcoming in the Positive Life Series: 03/01/22 – Thriving With HIV with activist Nelson Vergel. More info
Rock the Park Concert Series Begins Wednesday with Eagles Tribute
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with James Elliott Entertainment will present a free monthly tribute band concert at the new Palm Springs Downtown Park at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month from February through July, kicking off this Wednesday, February 2 with TRL, a Tribute to The Eagles. Future concerts include tributes to Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh is back from seeing the (possibly) pre-Broadway tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hit musical that originated, and is set, in England and is now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A. Jamie is a high school student with big dreams of becoming a “the most fabulous drag queen that ever was.” Radosh says this show “comes sailing in at just the right time,” and that “most of the characters in Jamie’s world, due in no small part to the tremendous skill of the cast, are quirky, interesting and fully realized.” Read the full review [here].
iPhone Class at Mizell Center
Get the most from the computer in your pocket or purse during Mizell Center’s iPhone class. During this 6-week course starting Thursday, February 3 from 2:30–3:30 pm, Sam Moore, owner of Palm Springs Tech Services, shows you step-by-step how to set up the features of your iPhone, take and save great photos, and demystify apps. More info
PALS Death Cafe
They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, February 3 from 2–3 pm, PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents their Death Cafe meeting on Zoom. This is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. More info
Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament
The 30th Annual Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament runs this weekend, February 4–6 at Demuth Park and Big League Dreams Sports Park. Eighty teams and hundreds of LGBT softball players will compete and the event benefits AAP – Food Samaritans. The public is also invited to attend an opening reception Friday, February 4 from 7–9 pm at Hunter’s Nightclub. More info
Drag-O-Rama at the Cultural Center
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Drag-O-Rama with your host, Rosemary Galore, on Saturday, February 5 from 5–8 pm. Drag-O-Rama is an exploration of the history of Palm Springs, through the unique lens of the best drag queens in Southern California. Marvel at the costumes and the illusions. Be thrilled by the things you’ll learn. Watch the Duelling Marilyns strut their stuff. This is a show in a theatre, and is accompanied by gorgeous visuals on the big screen. A full bar is available before and after the show, and during intermission. Get tickets
Theresa Caputo, Johnny Mathis at The Show
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience at the Show on Friday, February 4 at 8 pm 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
On Saturday, February 5 at 8 pm, Johnny Mathis takes the stage at The Show, with his Voice of Romance Tour. 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. His first album released on July 16, 1956. A year later, with his first TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Johnny’s career was truly launched into stardom. Get tickets
Desert Art Center New Exhibit Party
The Desert Art Center is opening one of the largest shows of the season with all new works from gallery artists, in addition to an art pop-up in the Studio Gallery featuring the work of Janis Buller and Cathy Parker. Come for the New Exhibit Party on Friday, February 4 from 5–7 pm for refreshments and the largest selection of local fine art in the Coachella Valley. More info
Life X 3
CV Rep presents Life X 3 by Yasmina Reza from January 25–February 6. As witty and acerbic as ‘Art’, Reza’s enormous worldwide success, Life X 3 contrasts man’s ability to analyze and map the outermost reaches of the universe with his total inability to respond rationally to the most trivial domestic mishap, and examines how the slightest random event can effortlessly derail the most elaborately laid plan. Check out Stephen Radosh’s review of Life X 3, which had him saying “even 24 hours after seeing the play, I am still thinking about it and what it had to say!” Get tickets
Always, Patsy Cline
Desert Theatreworks presents Always, Patsy Cline playing through this Sunday, 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
CANCELED – Les Miserables
Palm Canyon Theatre was set to present Les Miserables from January 28–February 13, However, the royalty company that licenses this work is currently restricting a large number of shows in their catalog, including this one. Therefore, all scheduled performances of Les Miserables at Palm Canyon Theatre have been canceled. Contact the box office at 760-323-5123 or firstname.lastname@example.org to rebook, donate, or refund your ticket.
Upcoming Theatre Productions
Here’s a glance ahead at more local productions taking the stage soon!
- There’s Nothing Like a Dame (concert) from Palm Canyon Theatre, Feb. 9
- The Drag from Desert Rose Playhouse, Feb. 16–Mar. 6
- Salty from Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Feb. 18–27
- The Mountaintop from Dezart Performs, postponed to Mar. 4–13
“Satur-Gays” at 10 am with Ross Mathews
Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 am 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.”
Valentine’s Day at AsiaSF Palm Springs
It’s not too early to be making your Valentine’s Day plans! Join AsiaSF Palm Springs for A Special Valentine’s Day Evening on Monday, February 14 at 6:30 pm. This romantic evening will include a complimentary champagne toast, four-course pre-fixe menu and delectable house-made desserts, all punctuated by fabulous performances by the Ladies of AsiaSF Palm Springs. Then dance into the evening after dinner in the Forbidden City Nightclub. Get tickets
- 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
- A Special Valentine’s Day Evening at AsiaSF Palm Springs
Feb. 14 at 6:30 pm
- 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 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. And Saturdays at 10:00 am, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!