Our Summer edition of the Visitor Map & Guide is out and is the perfect accompaniment to our website. If you are traveling to Palm Springs this summer – or have friends visiting – be sure to pick up a copy at most bars, hotels, resorts and LGBTQ-friendly businesses throughout the area.
We write a great summary of all the drag shows happening each week. There are so many! Any then there’s Ross Mathews’ Bubbly Brunch. His entourage is in Santa Monica this Sunday, and we’re giving away passes when you visit the contest page of KGAYPalmSprings.com.
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Alzheimer’s Association LGBTQ+ Community Forum
The Alzheimer’s Association presents the LGBTQ+ Community Forum on Monday, June 13 from 5–7 pm at the Mizell Center. This community discussion will explore how the Alzheimer’s Association can best support people in the Coachella Valley. Hear from a panel of experts speaking on specific issues facing our LGBTQ+ community, learn about brain health, and obtain resources. More info
The Palm Springs International Film Society’s ShortFest runs June 21–27, but you can see a special ShortFest Preview on Monday, June 13 at 6:30 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This FREE community screening will showcase a selection of films from recent ShortFests and provide a sneak peek into this year’s festival. More info
RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 5
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest star-studded recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of Dante’s RuPaul Recaps here). This week, strategy becomes ever more important as two stars are awarded to the top finishers this week. The Maxi Challenge gives the queens an opportunity to be inspirational as they deliver uplifting commencement speeches, where Dante expects to hear “Pumps & Circumstance.” Read the full recap of Episode 5: Draguation Speeches [here].
Author Chat with Annabelle Gurwitch
The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival and the Rancho MIrage Library and Observatory present author Annabelle Gurwitch for a book talk, chat and book signing on Monday, June 13 from 2–3 pm. Gurwitch is an actress, activist, humorist, and author of five books. She also co-hosted the cult TV hit Dinner and a Movie on TBS. This is a free event. More info
Can’t Cancel Pride
iHeartRadio and P&G present Can’t Cancel Pride 2022 – Proud AND Together, streaming online Tuesday, June 14 from 5–6 pm. This third annual event will be hosted by JoJo Siwa and will focus on the challenges and celebrations of “The Year in Pride,” showcasing twelve months of community and activism and the issues that continue to impact the LGBTQ+ community in 2022 as well as intersectional messages of spirit and strength. Celebrity appearances include: Elton John, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lizzo, Anitta, Dove Cameron, Betty Who, and Kim Petras. The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is a beneficiary of this year’s event. More info
Marilyn Movies in the Park
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Movies in the Park, launching Wednesday, June 15 at 8 pm with the iconic Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch. This is the first annual outdoor summer pop-up film series at the new downtown park in Palm Springs, and will continue with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on July 20 and Some Like it Hot on August 17. Appearing at each screening are The Marilyns of Palm Springs, a local Marilyn-centric performance troupe led by Miss DD Starr of the Palm Springs School of Burlesque. The Marilyns will be on hand for photos and fun before each screening. More info
Desert Blues Revival
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, June 15, Artur Menezes 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: Grand Slam Sextet
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! This Thursday, June 16 from 7–8:30 pm, it’s a tribute to Benny Goodman with Grand Slam Sextet. Hear the iconic sound of the Benny Goodman Sextet and the unmatched swingability you expect from the amazing guitarist Jonathan Stout. This is a helluva band with guitar, clarinet, piano, vibes, bass and drums. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets
Theatre Thursday: Steve Ross
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, June 16, it’s Steve Ross: “Cole Porter and Beyond.” Ross brings his sophisticated touch, delicious sense of humor and his heartfelt ballads together to put a debonair spin on Cole Porter’s musical high jinks. 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
Eating Habits for a Healthy Gut
Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Center of the Coachella Valley present Eating Habits for a Healthy Gut via Zoom on Wednesday, June 15 from 4–5 pm. Join Hannah Hobson, RD on this lecture to learn about eating for your gut. From fermented to fiber-rich, find out how certain foods can boost your mood, improve immunity and digestion, and maintain general health and wellness. More info
Healthy Living for the Brain & Body
The Mizell Center presents its 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Healthy Living for Brain & Body on Wednesday, June 15 from 6–7:30 pm. Learn how to best care for yourself with five key elements for keeping the mind and body as vibrant as possible as we age. Panelists include Kimberly Spiegel, Education, Outreach & Operations Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association, Dr. Marian Spaid-Ross, Professor of Sociology at Palomar College San Marcos, and California State Long Beach, Cathy Cassetta, Owner/Instructor, My Yoga Place, and Stacy Maddux, Mizell Center Director of Programs. More info
Cardiovascular Care, Heart Disease & COPD
Eisenhower Health and The Mizell Center present Cardiovascular Care, Heart Disease & Understanding COPD on Thursday, June 16 from 12:30–1:30 pm. Join Lydia Vincent, RN, Chest Pain Coordinator, and Sheenah Fernandez, RN, Heart Failure Program Coordinator, for a comprehensive overview of heart disease, hands only CPR and cardiovascular self-care. Nadia and Jamie will also explain COPD, respiratory health, how to manage your medications and why you should have a spirometry test – the most common test of lung and/or pulmonary function. More info
Ukulele and Guitar Classes to Begin
Tap into the musical impulse that is inside us all! The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Ukelele for Beginners, beginning Saturday, June 18 at 12 pm and continuing on Saturdays for ten weeks, through August 20. This lovely little instrument is easy and great fun to play! The strings are nylon so it doesn’t hurt your fingers…you can take it anywhere, it’s inexpensive, and just plain fun! Instructor Eric Pytryga has been teaching the guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, drums and piano for well over 20 years and specializes exclusively in Adult Beginners and Children. For non-beginners, Ukelele: Intermediate/Advanced is also offered over the same 10-week time frame, at 1 pm on Saturdays. Finally, on Saturdays at 2 pm, it’s Guitar Lessons, also with Eric Pytryga, designed for beginners, those with no previous music experience, and students who have completed Guitar for Beginners.
American Sign Language for Beginners
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert’s popular American Sign Language program is back with the great leadership of Itai Cardona starting Saturday, June 18 at 10 am. This 8-week course is for those who want to learn another language and communicate with members of the Deaf Community. During these classes, students will actively engage with exciting activities so that learning another language becomes fun again. No experience is necessary! More info
Prostate Cancer Support Group
The LGBT Community Center of The Desert hosts a Prostate Cancer Support Group on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month from 3–4 pm. It is now a hybrid group (in-person spaces limited, reservations required) and a virtual meeting intended for all men, from the recently diagnosed, to the long-term survivor, and is facilitated by a gay man who is also a prostate cancer survivor. Free to attend, registration required. More info
Shred It and Forget It!
Desert Arc debuts its Shred It and Forget It Fridays! program on Friday, June 17 from 9am–12 pm. These public shredding & recycling events will take place on the third Friday of every month, and local businesses and residents are invited to take part in disposing of their sensitive and confidential records, while supporting this worthwhile nonprofit. The cost is $5.00 per banker box or shred bag, and $8.00 per hard drive. More info
Becoming Austin Nation
Brothers of the Desert is a sponsor of Becoming Austin Nation, a Hollywood Fringe Festival offering in which Austin Nation will share his entertaining and humorous autobiographical piece, “From Crack to PhD: A Drag Queen’s Story.” Upcoming performances are June 15, 19 and 24 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Renberg Theatre. Get tickets
Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History
Join The Palm Springs Library to experience the exhibit: Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History presented by the LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert, on display throughout the entire month of June in celebration of Pride Month. Learn more about our local LGBTQ+ community and their contributions through the decades. The exhibit will be inside the Library and available to view during regular library hours. More info
The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert will also present The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map on Thursday, June 30 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The lobby of the Cultural Center has a new exhibit of news stories from various local publications about LGBTQ events that took place in the Greater Palm Springs, on display throughout the month of June. More info
Rainbow Book Month
The Rancho Mirage Library has curated a list of books to celebrate Rainbow Book Month, to highlight the writings that reflect the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, and asexual community. Drop by the library to check out what they have on hand, or peruse the curated list [here].
Palm Springs Juneteenth Celebration
Get out and celebrate and support our local African American community at the Palm Springs Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 12–6 pm at the James O. Jessie Desert Highlands Center. Juneteenth is a celebration of African Americans’ freedom. While it was declared a national holiday in 2020, many Americans and Coachella Valley residents do not know the significance of the day. It is the only federal recognition of the tragedy of the enslavement of African peoples in this country. This free event includes youth games (e.g. camel rides), live entertainment, DJ, speakers, and food. There will also be a teen pageant for King and Queen of Juneteenth on Friday, June 17 at the Palm Springs Pavilion. More info
Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch with Ross Mathews
KGAY 106.5 is giving you the chance to WIN a pair of tickets into the Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch, hosted by Ross Mathews, on Sunday June 19 at Noon at Lowes Hotels & Co In Santa Monica! Featuring Scarlet Envy, Morgan McMichaels, Jackie Beat & Barbie’s Addiction! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. For more information and to buy tickets, check out our event listing [here].
Steve Martin & Martin Short at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Steve Martin & Martin Short: “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” on Saturday, June 18 at 8 pm. Don’t miss an epic night that redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century, bringing their joyous self-deprecating romp & big punch lines. Get tickets
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The June production is Old Jews Telling Jokes, with upcoming performances on Sunday, June 19 & 26 at 2 pm. Join Morty, Bunny, Nathan, and the rest of the cast as they demonstrate why “kvelling is better than kvetching.” Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the funny side of birth, sex, old age, and more. (Next up, for July: The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31). Get tickets
Get Your ShortFest 2022 Tickets Now
Tickets for individual programs are now available, along with publication of the full schedule for ShortFest 2022, taking place June 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Each program is a curated selection of short films, running roughly the length of a feature film when put all together. Of special note to our audience: The “Gayla!” program is on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm and consists of six short films celebrating queer life: “Lucky Fish,” “High Jump,” “Tank Fairy,” “Work,” “F^¢k ‘€m R!ght B@¢k,” and “Naked Men in the Woods.” Get Gayla! Tickets | Get ShortFest tickets
(You can also enter to win ShortFest tickets from KGAY 106.5!)
Mark Your Calendar: Sizzlin’ Summer Sale
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide invite you to our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale on July 9 & 10 at the Hyatt Palm Springs! There will 20+ downtown retailers who will be offering their merchandise up to 75% off. In addition to all the great deals, KGAY 106.5 will be on-site broadcasting live, and there will be drinks available to purchase. Shop, sip, & shop some more! More info
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Win ShortFest Tickets
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are giving away 2 Tickets EVERY WEEKDAY to the 28th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest, which runs June 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Tickets are good for a ShortFest screening consisting of 4–9 short films programmed together for a cohesive experience. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
KGAY 106.5 also has your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to see Boy George & Culture Club at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Saturday, August 20 at 8 pm! Culture Club’s hits include “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon”, “Victims”, “Miss Me Blind” and more. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
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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
- Old Jews Telling Jokes
June 19 & 26 at Desert Theatreworks
- Alzheimer’s Association LGBTQ+ Community Forum
Mon. Jun 13 at Mizell Center
- Can’t Cancel Pride: Proud & Together
Tue. Jun 14 at 5 pm streaming online
- Jeff Harnar – I Know Things Now: My Life is Sondheim’s Words
Fri. Jun 17 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Jonathan Karrant – Anything Goes!
Sat. Jun 18 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Ross Mathews Presents Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch
Sun. Jun 19 from 11 am–2 pm at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
- Palm Springs International ShortFest
Jun 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Shortfest’s Gayla!
Thu. Jun 23 at 7:30 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map
Thu. Jun 30 at 6 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
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.