The Dinah announced their all-star lineup for the 2022 weekend. The name most will recognize is Taylor Dayne. This is bound to raise a few eyebrows in our community as many remember that she performed for a Trump New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-lago in 2020.
However, a number of new artists who will take the stage include Fletcher, Haviah Mighty, Cassidy King,IV4, Zolita, IV Jay, and Siena Liggins. The event moves to the Margaritaville Resort Sept. 23-25.
Be sure to check out the many events, shows and things to do this week below and on our calendar page at GayDesertGuide.LGBT.
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Sizzlin’ Summer Sale this Saturday & Sunday!
KGAY and Gay Desert Guide invite you to our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10! Many retailers will be gathering at the Hilton Hotel’s Tapestry Room, offering their merchandise up to 75% off. Sale hours will be Saturday from 12–6 pm, and Sunday 10 am–3 pm. In addition to great deals there will be drinks available to purchase and a live broadcast of KGAY 106.5 with John Taylor on Saturday from Noon–2 pm. More info
RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 8
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest merry recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens will appear in the soon-to-be cult classic “Santa’s School for Girls.” It’s part Xmas movie, part horror movie and part Mean Girls. With just four challenges left to pick up stars, find out who picked up the coveted sparklies this week, and read the full recap of Episode 8: Santa’s School for Girls [here].
Rock the Park: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents Brad Ford & Fortunate Son on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 pm at the new Palm Springs Downtown Park. This is the latest in a series of free, monthly tribute band concerts, and the last one until the series returns in December. Since 1994, Brad Ford has starred as John Fogerty, pioneering the “Ultimate” Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute: Fortunate Son. This show quickly became known as the premier act celebrating the music of CCR & John Fogerty. The concert is free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info
Virtual Best of ShortFest
The Palm Springs International ShortFest may have just wrapped up, but you can still enjoy more than 25 short film favorites from this year’s ShortFest by streaming them virtually with your pass for the Virtual Best of Fest, from July 1–10. Watch from the comfort of home on your own schedule! Get Your Pass
Desert Blues Revival: Jessica Kaczmarek Band
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, July 6, Jessica Kaczmarek Band 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: Kevin VDE Quartet with Lia Booth & Mark Kopitzke
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 7 from 7–8:30 pm, it’s Kevin VDE Quartet with Lia Booth & Mark Kopitzke. Kevin Van den Elzen has the skills, style and panache of the great mid-century drummers and big band leaders. Lia Booth’s daring yet effortless musical style is rooted deeply in the past but with a contemporary sensibility that breathes new life into classic jazz standards. Mark Kopitzke treats the Great American Songbook with honeyed tones, and his energetic, affable stage presence conveys a rarified charm. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets
Theatre Thursday: Musicals of the 60s
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 7, it’s Broadway Showstoppers with Glenn Rosenblum ~ Musicals of the 60s with Guest Star Karen Morrow. 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
Diagnosed with Diabetes, Now What?
Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Center of the Desert present I Have Been Diagnosed With Diabetes, Now What? on Wednesday, July 6 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. 37.3 million Americans – about 1 in 10 – have diabetes, and about 96 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Join Marielena Cid, MSN, RN, CDCES, for an informative overview about where to start once you have been diagnosed. Early intervention can help delay or prevent risks of diabetes complications. More info
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
The Center presents Dialectical Behavior Therapy, with an 8-week module starting Thursday, July 7, from 4–5:30 pm on Zoom, with rolling enrollment every 8 weeks thereafter. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teaches 4 skills modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation, all to help as tools in improving one’s life. There are 3 x 8 week modules, or 24 weeks to learn all DBT skills. More info
Pride Month LGBTQ PS Tram Hike – Rescheduled
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Friends of the Desert Mountains present Celebrate Pride Month LGBTQ PS Tram Hike on Thursday, July 7 from 9 am–4 pm (rescheduled from its original date in June). Queer and trans youth, ages 14–25, are invited to join. Meeting spots @ The Center Coachella, and Indio Teen Center at 9 am. Transportation, admission and lunch are provided! RSVP please. More info
PALS Death Cafe
They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, July 7 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
Summer Sing-A-Long: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
The Summer Sing-a-Long series is back at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with returning favorites and new classics. On Saturday, July 9 the series continues with Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Oompa loompa doopity doo! Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. 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 continues Saturdays through July, with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, and 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 July production is The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31, all performances 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
The Golden Girls LIVE!
The Golden Girls LIVE! comes to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Saturday, July 9 at 8 pm. San Francisco’s legendary tribute to everyone’s favorite silver foxes from Miami is a loving send up of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls. The four drag stars playing the characters the entire world has come to know and love are Heklina (Dorothy), Jef Valentine (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). The cast of queens is also thrilled to bring the multi-talented Manuel Caneri on tour with them. Thank you for being a friend! Get tickets
Godspell opens Friday
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Godspell from July 8–17. Go on a theatrical musical journey based upon the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In this timeless tale of friendship, love and tolerance, a small group of disciples help Jesus tell a variety of parables through song, dance, and humor. Jesus’s life will dance across the stage with an eclectic blend of songs that include the Billboard Chart hit ‘Day by Day.’ Get tickets
I Dreamed a Dreamgirl
I Dreamed a Dreamgirl comes to The Desert Rose Playhouse on Saturday, July 9 at 8 pm. This live show is a two-man tour de force as Blake McIver and Emerson Collins tell the stories of their relationship and careers through showtunes, duets, Disney favs (and deep cuts), mashups and medleys that (probably) shouldn’t exist combining theatre, cabaret and pop. It may not all make sense…but it will be fun! They starred together in four seasons of Bravo’s hit social series The People’s Couch and now they hit the stage together in a live show for the first time. Get tickets
City of Indio Second Saturdays: Best of Salsa
Second Saturdays Center Stage, presented by the City of Indio, features “Best of Salsa” with Salsa Caliente and DJ Alf Alfa on Saturday, July 9 from 7–10 pm. This free community concert series is for all ages located downtown Indio in a safe, fenced-in, “outdoor living room.” Enjoy family activities, local food vendors, and craft beer. Come dressed for the weather and the themed occasion. Bring your own chairs or blankets or use the seating area with picnic and wine barrel tables. More info
Gimme Gimme Disco at the Alibi
July is hoppin’ at The Alibi, and this Saturday, July 9 at 9 pm it’s Gimme Gimme Disco, a dance party inspired by ABBA. Cruzados takes the stage earlier in the evening, at 7 pm. On Friday, July 8, The Alibi presents Comedy Night starts at 8 pm, leading into RAD – A Totally Awesome All 80’s Night from 9 pm on. Sunday, July 10 features Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 + DJ Jeremy Sole at 8 pm. Get tickets
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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 pool party music! Listen Online
- Summer Sing-A-Long Series: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Sat. Jul 9 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Sizzlin’ Summer Sale Presented by KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide
Sat. Jul 9 from 12–6 pm, and Sun. Jul 10 from 10 am–3 pm
- The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
Jul 10, 17, 24 & 31 at Desert Theatreworks
- The Center’s Inaugural Women’s Social
Wed. Jul 13 from 5:30–7pm at Margaritaville Resort
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.
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. The award-winning half-hour magazine-style program features a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting the queer community (NewsWrap), in-depth coverage of major events, interviews with key queer figures, plus music, literature, entertainment — all the information and culture of a community on the move!