It’s “3M Week” in our summary of what’s happening this week in the Desert: Marx, Monkeypox and Modernism.
The schedule for our October architectural extravaganza is out today with tickets on sale August 1.
Richard Marx performs at The Show at Agua Caliente this week, and the menacing ‘M’, monkeypox, continues to be a big concern not only in our LGBTQ+ community, but now worldwide with designation by the WHO.
Much more to explore with every letter of the alphabet when you follow us on the socials and listen to the witty banter and great music served up daily on KGAY 106.5.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 11
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest chatty recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens compete in a variety extravaganza to benefit the charity of their choice, and they also sit down for the traditional Tic Tac Chit Chat with Ru and Michelle Visage. Plus, there’s a twist that prompts Dante to say: “Everyone is shook, but mostly me. I’m the Queen of Shooketh!” Read the full recap of Episode 11: Drag Race Gives Back: Variety Extravaganza [here].
Modernism Week – October Schedule Released
Modernism Week, the annual festival that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, will offer Modernism Week – October from October 13–16. While smaller in scope than the 11-day festival held annually each February, the October event offers more than 50 events during 4-days, including several free and low-cost programs. A full schedule of events will be available starting Monday, July 25 and tickets will go on sale August 1 at 12 noon PST. More info
Monkeypox Community Town Hall Meeting
HIV + Aging Research Project Palm Springs (HARP-PS) is convening a third public town hall meeting about Monkeypox in the Coachella Valley on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 pm via Zoom. Things are changing rapidly with the monkeypox pandemic in the Coachella Valley. A very limited number of vaccines are being made available to select high-risk individuals, but more vaccines are on the way–the County is releasing them to providers as fast as they receive them from the state. Join County & State health officials, elected officials, and local providers to learn about the latest in vaccination efforts, treatment access, and how the community is responding to slow the spread of monkeypox here in Palm Springs. More info
Oswit Land Trust Special Announcement
Oswit Land Trust will announce its next focus for acquisition on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 am at the Demuth Community Center Multipurpose Room. According to the group: “This project will be historic and iconic for residents and tourists alike. This is THE one that other communities will look to us as an example! This is THE one that exemplifies being proactive versus reactive! This is THE one that restores your faith in humans! More info
July Center Social at Toucans
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents the July Center Social at Toucans on Wednesday, July 27 from 5:30–7 pm. Have a good time meeting with your friends and making new ones; beat the heat and step into tiki paradise with refreshing drinks and community vibes! More info
Desert Blues Revival: Stanley Butler and Wayne Cobham Blues
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, July 27, Stanley Butler and Wayne Cobham Blues 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: Jason Fabus Quintet
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five, takes place at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. 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, July 28 from 7–8:30 pm, it’s Jason Fabus Quintet, with a show celebrating the music of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, including highlights of the amazing 1959 classic jazz album, Take Five. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets
Theatre Thursday: Jason Graae
CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays are back “Live on Stage.” Come see a different cabaret, concert or entertaining event each Thursday at 7 pm, now through September 1. This week: On Thursday, July 28, it’s Jason Graae performing “Graae Matter,” from entertaining “novelty” songs which he infuses with his own apt sense of humor to ballads interpreted beautifully. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has a look at some highlights of this series [here], and see our event listing for the full lineup of performers! Order ahead and save with 5 shows for the price of 4. Get tickets
Bad News From Outer Space presents Eegah
In the vein of cult favorite TV show Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and Rifftrax, Bad News From Outer Space presents a night of live bad movie bashing of the Palm Springs B-Movie classic Eegah: The Name Written in Blood on Thursday, July 28 at 8 pm. Hosted by crazed cinephiles and “Bond vs. Godzilla” podcast hosts Cruz Moore, Jacob Roberts, and Charles Slemmons, the Palm Springs b-movie classic Eegah (1962) was filmed locally across Palm Springs, Coachella, and La Quinta; a caveman out of time runs amuck across the Coachella Valley in pursuit of forbidden love. Check out the trailer [here]…it’s bad, really bad! Get tickets
Palm Springs Art Museum Summer Film Series
The Palm Springs Art Museum and The Palm Springs International Film Society present the Summer Film Series on the last Thursday of the month, Thursday, July 28 at 6 pm with Y Tu Mamá También. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the follows Julio and Tenoch, ruled by raging hormones, intense friendships and a headlong rush into adulthood. Over the course of a summer, the two best friends live out a carefree cross-country escapade with a gorgeous older woman, while also finding a connection with themselves, each other and the world around them. This summer’s “Cine Mexicano” presents influential films that offer unique insights into the art and culture of Mexico. The screenings are free and coincide with the Free Thursday Nights program of the museum, supported by the City of Palm Springs. More info
Learn CPR at Mizell
The Mizell Center and Desert Care Network invite you to learn How to Perform CPR on Thursday, July 28, from 1–2 pm. This is a free class and a rare opportunity to learn hands-only CPR and ask heart-related questions. It will be facilitated by Denise Perez, MSN from Desert Care Network. More info
Heads Up: DUI Checkpoint Friday
The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, July 29, from 8 pm–3 am at an undisclosed location within the city limits of Palm Springs. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Summer Sing-A-Long: Little Shop of Horrors
The Summer Sing-a-Long series is back at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with returning favorites and new classics. On Saturday, July 30 the series continues with Little Shop of Horrors. Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Love and business bloom at a hilarious yet bloody cost as shy Seymour and brave Audrey’s lives are changed with the arrival of the exotic, blood-thirsty plant, “Audrey II.” Head into the theater for the sing-a-long at 7 pm, with songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus leading the out-loud voices! The series concludes on Saturday, August 6 with Mamma Mia 2! Get tickets
The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The final performance of The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage is on Sunday, July 31 at 2 pm. “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for 11 years and is known as one of the most brilliant television shows of all time. You’ll love this opportunity to see some of the best classic comedy sketches from the program re-created for the stage performed by some of DTW’s favorite performers. Get tickets
Richard Marx at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Richard Marx on Saturday, July 30 at 8 pm. Marx says, “I approach my live shows as if I were attending a concert by someone else. If all they’re going to do is ably replicate the music they’ve recorded, I can just stay home and listen to the recordings. I want to be entertained. I want to feel like I’m getting a glimpse into the PERSON I’m watching up there. Over time, my stories and banter with the audiences became crucially important to the point where I now feel that the ‘show’ is what happens in-between the songs. Get tickets
Agua Caliente Jukebox featuring The Dreamboats
The Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City presents a free concert: Agua Caliente Jukebox featuring The Dreamboats on Saturday, July 30 at 8 pm. Dance to all your favorite ’50s and ’60s tunes under the desert stars as The Dreamboats take the stage! More info
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your passes to Splash House 2022, taking place August 12–14 & August 19–21. We’re giving away a pair of passes for each weekend, getting you into the host resorts, hopping on the festival shuttles for FREE and attending all the pool parties and performances during the day! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide also have have your chance to WIN tickets to Out on the Mountain at Six Flags Magic Mountain! The event takes place Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page
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- How to Perform CPR
Thu Jul. 28 at Mizell Center
- Summer Sing-A-Long Series: Little Shop of Horrors
Sat. Jul 30 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
July 31 at Desert Theatreworks
- Splash House August Weekend One
Aug 12–14 at the Saguaro, Renaissance, Margaritaville resorts + PS Air Museum
- Boy George & Culture Club
Sat. Aug 20 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage
- Splash House August Weekend Two
Aug 19–21 at the Saguaro, Renaissance, Margaritaville resorts + PS Air Museum
- Out on the Mountain
Fri. Sep 9 from 6 pm–midnight at Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend
Sep. 21–25 at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
- Pride Under the Pines
Sat. Oct 1 from 12–9 pm in Idyllwild
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 2022 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.
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