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Barbie the movie has so many Palm Springs angles. From Trixie Mattel showing us the ‘KGAY Retro Lunch” iterations of Barbie in “Decade of Dolls: The Eighties” to the set itself which pays an homage to our Coachella Valley, it’s another notch for Palm Springs.

From KESQ: “According to Architectural Digest – the Barbie production crew took inspiration from Palm Springs mid-century modernism including Richard Neutra’s 1964 Kaufmann House.”

Manager Drew Brandt says that the Trixie Motel is getting extra visitors. And everyone is wearing their best pink at the gym, the bars and of course at the theatre . The movie theatre was a good respite from the weekend heat, dust and humidity.

And the movie also overcame a “crush” of right-wing outrage that attempted to derail the film’s popularity. Oh, and there’s even a new AI-generated song by a fake Johnny Cash. What is this world coming to when AI collides with Barbie? Oh, she’s not real, is she?

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

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2023 DBA Impact Awards

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The Desert Business Association (DBA) will hold their annual Impact Awards on Monday, July 24 at 5 pm in the Cascade Lounge at the Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. They will honor business leaders, community leaders and organizations who have been examples of strength and foresight in our communities. [Get tickets] This year’s honorees are:

  • Business of the Year: Blackbook Bar, Palm Springs
  • Business Person of the Year: Dan Gore, Oscar’s Palm Springs
  • Outstanding Community Service Organization: Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers
  • Outstanding Community Service Leader: Ted Guice, G-Force Workout
  • The DBA will also recognize their recent LGBTQ Youth Educational Scholarship awardees.

Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 12

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Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has published his recap of the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8 with Episode 12: Grand Finale. Dante asks “Who will snatch the Queen of the Fame Games crown? And who will be crowned the winner of the season and become $200k richer? Keep reading! My library is still open!” Spoiler alert, obviously, but if you’re ready to find out who won or you already saw it and you want to relive the experience alongside Dante, read all about it in Dante’s full recap of Episode 12 [here].


The Center Social at Chill Bar

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Join the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert on the 4th Wednesday of each month for The Center Social, a mixer of fun, community, and happy hour! This month, the July Center Social is on Wednesday, July 26, from 5:30–7 pm at Chill Bar Palm Springs. Spread the word—everyone is invited! MeTV 103.1 fm is happy to be this month’s media sponsor. More info


CVRep Summer Cabaret Series: Christia Mantzke

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CVRep presents their Summer Cabaret Series on Thursdays at 7 pm, and this week, it’s Christia Mantzke on Thursday, July 27. Mantzke sings some of her favorite songs from productions over her past thirty years as a Broadway performer and Billboard Award-winning EMI recording artist. She will share vocal snapshots of her theatrical career, along with stories from the road. With songs like “Proud Mary,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” the audience will be taping their feet, singing, laughing, and, perhaps, shedding a few tears as they join her along this musical walk down memory lane. See our event listing to see the variety of talent lined up in this series: Get tickets


Vote for Mitch! – Favorite Chef

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Palm Springs’ own Mitchell Battersby is still in the running for the prestigious Favorite Chef competition, presented by celebrity chef Carla Hall. In this tournament-style competition, competitors go through rounds, and those with the most votes in those rounds move on. To win Favorite Chef, one must leverage the power of social media and word-of-mouth advertising to garner the support of the public to vote. From a humble group of over 100 talented chefs, Mitch has challenged himself to prove time and again that his culinary skills are unrivaled. As he continues to work toward the finals, you can help Mitch win by voting daily, and if he wins the competition, he’s donating $5,000 to Palm Springs Pride to help keep Pride free for everyone. Vote today


Cocktail Cinema Summer Film Series: Selena

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The Palm Springs Art Museum presents the “Cocktail Cinema” Summer Film Series during the museum’s Thursday Night Sessions with free admission from 5–9 pm. The series features films with iconic soundtracks that reflect their time and place, and each film will be paired with a specially crafted cocktail prepared by That’s The Spirit Mobile Bar. On Thursday, July 27 at 6 pm, the film will be Selena (1997), the true-story rise of singer Selena who found success in the Spanish-speaking market and then sought mainstream stardom, only to be tragically murdered at the age of 23. The soundtrack features some of her most popular songs which have been credited as helping to redefine Latin music and its subgenres Tejano, cumbia, and Latin pop. Although the film begins at 6 pm, attendees are encouraged to get to the museum at 5 pm to purchase and enjoy one of the specialty drinks. Free event, registration required. More info


Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Summer Speaker Series

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The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce presents a Summer Speaker Series held the last Thursday of each month through August, from 11:30 am–1:30 pm at Mission Hills Country Club. This Thursday, July 27, get the Tourism Spotlight with Palm Springs International Airport and Visit Greater Palm Springs: Tourism is key to the valley’s success. Hear from Executive Director, Harry Barrett, Jr. AAE, of the Palm Springs International Airport, to learn more about the latest flights and airlines coming to the destination. Then, Visit Greater Palm Springs will give an update on their tourism efforts, results and plans for the future here in the Coachella Valley. Wrapping up the Summer Speaker Series next month: Housing Update with Lift to Rise (8/24). More info


Wine & Weenies

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Wine & Weenies is taking place every Friday in July from 5–7 pm at PSBS (Palm Springs Bottle Shop). Admission gets you two glasses of wine, a hot dog, a bag of chips, and a whole lotta fun! Come cool off on Friday evenings with good people, cold wine, and hot dogs with a chance to shop late at PSBS and Mojave Flea Trading Post. A portion of ticket sales benefits the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Get tickets


Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage

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Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 2023 is going on now through August 13. For just $10, your event wristband opens up a world of exclusive summer specials at participating Rancho Mirage restaurants so you can savor the best of the Rancho Mirage culinary scene, such as Willie’s Modern Fare, BluEmber, Las Casuelas Nuevas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Dragon Lili Boba Bar, Krispy Kreme, State Fare at the Ritz-Carlton, and more. See our event listing for a link to the full list of participating restaurants and their exclusive Taste of Summer offers. Wristbands can be picked up at a variety of local non-profits. More info



Beetlejuice Touring Company

The touring production of the Broadway musical Beetlejuice, says our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh, “is filled with the frenetic energy one expects from a staged version of Tim Burton’s cult favorite film. The sets by David Korins enhanced by Kenneth Posner’s lighting design provide the appropriate visual quirkiness.” But for Radosh, the production fell “surprisingly flat” overall. Learn more when you read his full review. Beetlejuice is playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through July 30.

Visitor Map & Guide Summer Edition

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The Summer 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too) is available now around town and online! We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].


THIS WEEKEND

A Night of Bowie at The Show

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The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage presents A Night of Bowie on Saturday, July 29 at 8 pm. Since the early 80’s, Syl Thompson has been paying tribute to David Bowie’s music with respect and pride. Thompson embodies Bowie’s musical style and persona; in fact, he has been acclaimed as providing the most credible and realistic Bowie experience in North America. A Night Of Bowie is a multi-media celebration of Bowie’s extensive list of memorable hits, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on his peak years from the early ’70s through to his album The Next Day. The show has been described as being eerily close to hearing and seeing Bowie himself. Get tickets


PSGMC School Supplies Drive

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The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) is holding a School Supplies Drive with drop-off this Saturday, July 29 from 8 am–1 pm at the Certified Farmers’ Market Information Desk at 401 Pavilion Drive, Palm Springs. Items needed include pencils, glue sticks, child scissors, spiral notebooks, paper folders, crayons, and loose-leaf notebook paper (large rule). A “Dip Jar” will also be available for credit card donations. You can also donate and learn more at the PSGMC website.


Broadway to the BIG SCREEN – The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

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Every Saturday this summer, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the great musicals that made it from Broadway to the BIG SCREEN (and sometimes back again). On Saturday, July 29 at 4 pm, the featured film is The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, an innocent little tale about Miss Mona (Dolly Parton) and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds). She runs The Chicken Ranch, an illegal brothel with a long history in a small Texas town, and he – well, he’s the Sheriff. Trouble comes when pious reporter Melvin Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) exposes the brothel, causing outside interests to want it shut down, and putting the governor (Charles Durning) in a tough spot. And then there’s them Aggies! MeTV 103.1 fm is a proud media sponsor of the Broadway to the BIG SCREEN Film Series! Get tickets


Oscar’s Sunday T-Dance

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Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs keeps the gay T-Dance tradition alive every Sunday from 5–8 pm (summer hours) in their unique outdoor space. On Sunday July 30, KGAY’s own Sunday T-Dance host, DJ Modgirl, will be spinning for Oscar’s! Get down to the happy sounds of the disco dance era and celebrate gay history. More info


Sing Along With Us – My Fair Lady

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The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents classic movie musicals in the Sing Along With Us Film Series all summer long, on the largest screen in the valley at the Historic Camelot Theatre. The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will lead the singing. On Sunday, July 30 at 3 pm, come sing along to My Fair Lady. In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs are proud media sponsors of the Sing Along With Us This Summer Film Series! Get tickets

🙌 You can enter to win tickets to Sing Along With Us on the KGAY Contest Page! 🙌

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On the Air: KGAY 106.5

Win Tickets to A Night of Bowie

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KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have a pair of tickets to giveaway for A Night of Bowie, The Definitive Bowie Experience, coming to The Show at Agua Caliente on Saturday, July 29 at 8 pm. This multimedia celebration of Bowie’s extensive list of memorable hits focuses primarily (but not exclusively) on his peak years from the early ’70s through to his album The Next Day. The show has been described as being eerily close to hearing and seeing Bowie himself. Enter to win passes on the KGAY Contest Page!


Win Big Bear ROMP Passes

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You can WIN a pair of Big Bear ROMP 2023 Weekend Passes with KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide! You’ll find mountains of men and mischief this August 17–20 at The Lodge at Big Bear Lake. Big Bear ROMP is one of southern California’s most unique weekend events for eight years running, featuring 15-plus hours of pool parties, dance parties, glow bowling, bitchy bingo brunch and other great social events in the cool mountain air. This year’s comedy headliner is Taylor Williamson from America’s Got Talent. Enter to win passes on the KGAY Contest Page!


Win Tickets to Out on the Mountain

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KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your tickets to Out on the Mountain, taking place Friday August 18 at Six Flags Magic Mountain! Get your gay thrills on with lots of rides, dance music, and entertainment. It’s the annual Six Flags Magic Mountain private party for the LGBTQ community. Enjoy a full park private party of entertainment and inclusive fun for 5,000+ LGBTQ and friends from 6 pm–12 am , as well as with general public from 10:30 am–6 pm. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page!


Vacaya Resort Sweepstakes

You can WIN 7 nights at an all-inclusive resort vacation for 2 during VACAYA’s Mexico Resort Takeover! The complimentary room includes: Beautiful accommodations for 7 nights at Hilton Vallarta Riviera, unlimited standard drinks for length of stay, delicious food in 7 restaurants, including a bountiful buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a fitness center, pool and beach volleyball, kayaking & snorkeling on site, yoga classes, and of course, all the VACAYA signature activities, parties, and entertainment! SIGN UP TO WIN


Win Summer Sing Along Tickets

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Musicals are back on the big screen this summer at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and you can WIN tickets from KGAY 106.5 & Gay Desert Guide! Your favorite Broadway musicals that made it on the big screen are on the biggest screen in the valley (with hot buttered popcorn and your favorite beverage) on Sundays at 3 pm, with the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus leading the Sing Along. More information on the series here and you can enter to win tickets on the KGAY Contest Page!


KGAY Chill Out McDonalds

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KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN a $25 ARCH Card so you can sip into summer! Now, try McDonald’s refreshing, new Frozen Hawaiian Fruit Punch, or a Frozen Fanta Blue Raspberry. Or stay cool with your favorite Smoothie or Frappé today. Perfect for chilling out. At participating McDonald’s. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page!


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 Please note: Boyz Night Out, DJ Galaxy’s regular Friday afternoon gig at Hotel Zoso is canceled this week.

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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 is all about “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week! Listen online She’s also appearing at The Rowan Window Bar on Thursday from 7–10 pm and Lulu California Bistro on Friday from 6–9 pm. On Saturday, she’s at Kitchen 86 on El Paseo from 8 pm–Midnight. And on Sunday, DJ Modgirl is a special guest DJ this week for Oscar’s famous Sunday T-Dance from 5–8 pm!


On the Air: 103.1 MeTV fm

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103.1 MeTV fm is KGAY’s sister station, featuring a unique mix of timeless and memorable music incorporating a wide variety of classic hits, deep tracks and softer sounds spanning several decades of popular music, including the ‘60s and ‘70s with a touch of the ‘50s and ‘80s. Listen online

Spotlight

Welcome New Partners!

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There’s a new LGBTQ Rideshare App called LGBTQ+ Ride! Download it now. They’re in Palm Springs, LA and Orange Counties, San Francisco and Sacramento and soon, nationwide. The way you look or who you love isn’t just tolerated, but celebrated with the new LGBTQ+ Ride App. All are welcome to ride and drive! Learn more

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Sabastian Skin Care offers tailored treatments and at-home products designed to transform your skin and meet your individual needs. Male and female clients are welcome in a personal, private setting. After a brief consultation, Sabastian will customize your treatment plan. With over 25 years of experience in skin care, he knows that beautiful skin always makes a difference in how people feel about themselves. Learn more

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Destination PSP produces unique, originally-designed merchandise including souvenirs, customized apparel, poolside wares, housewares and more. From mod clocks to holiday ornaments, and skin care to swimwear, they are quintessential Palm Springs. Save $10 with our HOT DEAL: Get a $30 gift card from Destination PSP for just $20! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at Rick’s Desert Grill, Hunters Nightclub, Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Kitchen 86, AMP Sports Lounge, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon, Papa Dan’s Pizza and Pasta, Men’s Grooming Spot, V Wine Lounge & Martini Bar, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s Bar & Lounge, Willie’s Modern Fare, Zin American 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.” 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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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)