What a weekend! Ross Mathews Bubbly Brunch graced the Loews Santa Monica hotel on Sunday with a recording of his Straight Talk with Ross Mathews Saturday. I had front row seats for both, and Ross will be back with KGAY for a new “fall season”. Deets forthcoming.
You’ll see pics on our socials @GayDesertGuide and @KGAY1065. It was the first time I’d seen Ross since his wedding and hubby Wellington accompanied him. He’s such a good sport – a doctor by education but now he’s in the spotlight and handling his new-found fame well.
ShortFest is front and center this week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings, but there are many opportunities to enjoy everything from theatre to LGBTQ+ history here and on our events calendar.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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ShortFest 2022 Starts Tuesday
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. In addition to screening on June 27, the Best of Fest films will also be available to watch virtually July 1–10. 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!)
RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 6
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest effervescent recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). Dante explains that this week, “the queens will enter the time machine to go back to the year 2000. There, they will perform in a Y2K girl group fantasy inspired by MTV’s TRL (Total Request Live)…The groups are introduced by Carson Gayly, played by the loveable Ross Mathews. I had to rewind the stream twice to determine if it was actually him. Only Ross could wear men’s clothes and look like a drag king!” Read the full recap of Episode 6: Total Ru-Quest Live [here].
Summer 2022 Map & Guide is Here
The printed version of Gay Desert Guide is out and about around town, pick one up to keep handy so you’ll have the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts, Dispensaries and other services! You can also browse or download the PDF of the Summer 2022 Map & Guide, right now: [here].
June Center Social
The June Center Social will be at Chill Bar on Wednesday, June 22 from 5:30–7 pm, presented by the LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Sapphire Books. Join in for a good time meeting with your friends and also making new ones. Relax, enjoy cool vibes, refreshing drinks, and our laid back community! More info
Desert Blues Revival: Bill Magee Blues
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, June 22, Bill Magee 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, 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 23 from 7–8:30 pm, it’s Paul McDonald Little Big Band with vocalists Hope Diamond and Patrick Barnitt. Come out for this fantastic 10-piece band for a night of exceptional Swing, Soul & Sinatra. For this show at Jazzville, Paul has written thrilling arrangements specially created to showcase the unique voice of Hope Diamond, and the exceptional musicians in his band. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets
Theatre Thursday: Glenn Rosenblum
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 23, it’s Broadway Showstoppers with Glenn Rosenblum ~ Musicals of the 70s with Guest Star Ilene Graff. 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
Pride Month LGBTQ PS Tram Hike
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Friends of the Desert Mountains present Celebrate Pride Month LGBTQ PS Tram Hike on Thursday, June 23 from 9 am–4 pm. 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 by June 20. More info
Native American Arts Festival Week
Idyllwild Arts Foundation presents its annual Native American Arts Festival Week at the Idyllwild Arts campus from Sunday, June 19–Friday, June 24. The week-long event, which has run each summer for over two decades, is designed to enhance and enrich the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program with Native American arts-based programming including an invitation exhibition, demonstrations, Native food tastings, film screenings, and the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series. Free and open to the public. 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.” The final performance is Friday, June 24 at 8 pm 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 Free event, register here. The lobby of the Cultural Center has a new exhibit of news stories from various local publications about LGBTQ events that took place in 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].
San Francisco Pride
San Francisco Pride 2022 takes place this weekend, June 25 & 26, with the festival both days in Civic Center Plaza and the Pride Parade down Market Street on Sunday. This year’s theme Is “Love Will Keep Us Together.” After nearly three years since a traditional, in-person Parade and Celebration, this year promises a return to the festivities that have been sorely missed. The Main Stage headliner on Sunday is Martha Wash! More info
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 the final performance on Sunday, June 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
Brit Floyd at The Show
Brit Floyd, “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show” performs its brand new 2022 production on Friday, June 24 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. The show faithfully recreates the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Pink Floyd tour, complete with a stunning multi-million dollar light show, iconic circle screen, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. Hear highlights from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Division Bell, and more. Get tickets
NPC West Coast Classic
Southern California’s national qualifier in the divisions of men’s and women’s physique, the NPC West Coast Classic, takes place on Saturday, June 25 at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. Tickets available for Day and Evening sessions. Get tickets
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now
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
- 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
- Closing Weekend with Kevin Tokarz, Danny Flahive & Andy Fraga
Fri. Jun 24 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Closing Weekend with Scot Bruce as Elvis: The Early Years
Sat. Jun 25 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Old Jews Telling Jokes
June 26 at Desert Theatreworks
- Webinar: How to Become LGBTQ+ Certified
Tue. Jun 28 from 12–1 pm
- 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
- The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
July 10, 17, 24 & 31 at Desert Theatreworks
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.