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March is Women’s History Month and there are plenty of ways to honor and commemorate their many contributions. We highlight some of the many events happening this week and throughout the month.

It’s Red Dress/Dress Red Party week and we can’t wait to see you at the Air Museum

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Celebrate Larry Kramer and the 35th Anniversary of ACT UP

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are proud community partners with Mizell Center in presenting Commemorating Larry Kramer and the 35th Anniversary of ACT UP on Wednesday, March 16 from 6–7:30 pm. Larry Kramer’s authorized biographer, Bill Goldstein, has agreed to discuss Kramer’s life and work. Before his death, Goldstein spent hundreds of hours interviewing Kramer. He has had access to Kramer’s personal papers as well as the records of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP, the two organizations Kramer played a vital role in founding. The discussion will be moderated by Rob Wheeler, Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center. Free event, registration required. More info


DBA In-Person Networking at Stonewall Gardens

Join the Desert Business Association (DBA) as they return again to Stonewall Gardens for an In-Person Networking Mixer on Monday, March 14 from 5:30–6:30 pm. Stonewall Gardens is a welcoming, supportive, and respectful environment, where a diverse group of LGBT seniors and friends can live, relax, and be well. More info


BNP Paribas Open

The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open (aka “Tennis Paradise”) continues this week, wrapping up Sunday, March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Check out the star-studded player lists [here]. A variety of packages and single-session tickets are available for purchase. More info


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 10

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this week, the queens face a mini-challenge to create wearable pop art using bubble wrap, and then it’s the return of the legendary Snatch Game, which ends up being less funny than you’d hope. Find out how the judges reacted to this hot mess! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 10: Snatch Game, [here].


Community Conversation: COVID, What’s Next?

Community Conversations is a new, free public series featuring moderated panel discussions on issues important to our community, presented in partnership by the Palm Springs Post and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. On Monday, March 14 at 7 pm at the Cultural Center, Community Conversation: COVID, What’s Next? will feature a panel of relevant experts and community stakeholders to share perspectives on the “new normal” as we continue to adapt to the demands and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated audience discussion with comments and questions. Panelists include: Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Les Zendle, MD, Jill Gover, PhD, West Winter, Nichi Aviña, Jimmy Boegle, Colleen Pace, and Felix Tipper. More info


Homeless Navigation Center Community Meeting

The City of Palm Springs invites residents to provide public input regarding a new Homeless Navigation Center during the second in a series of special ongoing community meetings, on Tuesday, March 15 from 6–7:30 pm at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center. To address criticism that the first of these meetings did not adequately provide opportunity for the public to be heard, an individual public comment period will be provided as well as an opportunity for residents to express interest in joining a new Resident Advisory Working Group being formed to help develop recommendations. More info


Women’s B.A.M. Salon for March

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents B.A.M. Salon (Book and Movie Salon) for women, hosted by Flynn Sylvest and Irma O’Dell on Tuesday, March 15 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and every 3rd Tuesday, monthly on Zoom. The group’s purpose is to develop and deepen LGBTQ+ community and connection through stimulating and informative conversations about books and movies that highlight women authors and women’s stories and experiences. This month’s salon features Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, a historical account of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the southwest. More info


Desert Stonewall Democrats March Meeting

Desert Stonewall Democrats’ March Virtual Membership Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 15 from 6–7 pm on Zoom. March is Women’s History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Featured speakers will discuss some important issues still affecting women today. More info


Four-Day Women’s Zoom Writing Retreat

Author and playwright Dr. Ronni Sanlo is offering a four-day online writing retreat for women only, from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20, comprised of 5 one-hour meetings via Zoom. This is your time to write…in the company of others like you. Talk about writers’ block and inner critics, igniting the writing journey with life’s turning points, the challenges and the adventure, and finally the completion. More info



ShortFest and PS Film Fest Local Jury Applications

If you love film and live in the Coachella Valley, you might be interested in jury duty! That is, the film jury for the Palm Springs Film Festival (PSIFF) and ShortFest. Commitments include watching 10–15 short films and 4–5 feature-length films, and perks include jury credentials at the festivals, a behind-the-scenes look at festival operations, presenting awards to filmmakers during awards ceremonies, and meeting others who love movies as much as you do! Apply here


The Lehman Trilogy – Reviewed by Stephen Radosh

Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh traveled to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles to see the Sam Mendes-directed The Lehman Trilogy (playing now through April 10). Radosh called it “…a truly remarkable play in every way. At over 3 hours long (with two intermissions), it is certainly of a length rarely attempted in contemporary theatre. But it never wears out its welcome or feels long…” Read his full review of this story of the investment banking family empire [here].


Mark Your Calendar for Cathedral City LGBT Days

Holding the distinction of California’s first Pride celebration of the year, the 6th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days is just over a week away: March 25–27 in downtown Cathedral City. There is much to do on each of the three days of the festival: Friday is the Opening Ceremony and Party in Town Square, with a Rainbow Lighting of City Hall, and opening of the exhibit: Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History, plus a Del Shores comedy show at CVRep! Then, it’s concert time on Saturday when Lance Bass hosts the Pop 2000 tour featuring OTOWN, Ryan Cabrera, and LFO, co-hosted by Mayhem Miller with music also from DJ Alex D. On Sunday, the festival’s signature event: the Parade of Beds and Bed Race, followed by Brunch in the Park! More info


March at the McCallum Theatre

Coming up at the McCallum Theatre: The Desert Symphony presents Home Again: the Music of Carole King on Thursday, March 17 at 8 pm. Covering the entire repertoire of the multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Carole King, this group of musicians, who have been together for over 30 years, is dedicated to preserving Carole’s legacy. On Saturday, March 19 Manhattan Transfer takes the stage at 8 pm, and looking ahead it’s Pink Martini (Mar. 25–28), and KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 welcomes Melissa Etheridge’s One Way Out Tour on March 29 & 30. Get tickets


LOCAL THEATRE

Closer Than Ever

CVRep presents Closer Than Ever from March 1–20. A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (Big; Starting Here, Starting Now; Baby), this revue is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known. Closer Than Ever is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the “modern world.” Topics ranging from unrequited adoration… to aging… to Muzak are tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh reports that Closer Than Ever has succeeded in catching lightning in a bottle, hitting the right notes with first-rate material and a team that brings it all together under the sharp direction of Ron Celona, doing his final duty as director before retiring at the end of the season. Read Stephen’s full review [here].


THIS WEEKEND

Red Dress, Dress Red 2022

The annual Red Dress, Dress Read party in Palm Springs is one of the most bedazzling social occasions on the gay calendar and brings more than 1,200 guests together for a night of glitz and glamour. And it always SELLS OUT like hotcakes. Guests will be in everything from red top hat and tails to red sequin and feathers as they dance the night away to tunes from DJ Galaxy at the Palm Springs Air Museum, from 8–11 pm. More info

The fun keeps going at two Official Red Dress, Dress Red After Parties, from 10 pm–2 am at both The Barracks in Cathedral City and Eagle 501 on Arenas Road in Palm Springs. DJ Matt Consola will be spinning at The Barracks, while DJ Hazmat will be at Eagle 501. More info


Team Frasier Reunites to Save the Plaza Theatre

The cast and creative team of the well-loved television show “Frasier” will take the stage at the historic Plaza Theatre for a fun look back at the making of the pilot episode of the highly acclaimed and long-running television series on Saturday, March 19 at 1 pm. This special fundraising event, Team Frasier Reunites to Save the Plaza Theatre, features acclaimed television producers David Lee and Peter Casey and celebrated actors David Hyde Pierce and Peri Gilpin. Proceeds go to restore, preserve, and celebrate the Plaza Theatre. VIP reception to follow. Get tickets

On the afternoon of Friday, March 18 at 3 pm, the Palm Springs Chamber presents David Lee’s Walk of Stars Dedication. The star will be unveiled at the Downtown Park behind the stage and is open to the public. David Lee wrote and produced The Jeffersons and Cheers, and co-created, wrote, and directed Wings and Frasier. He lives in Palm Springs, and he is very active in local philanthropic endeavors. More info


ONE PS Picnic and Community Expo

ONE PS (Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs) presents the 13th Annual Picnic & Community Expo on Saturday, March 19 from 11 am–2 pm at Ruth Hardy Park. There will be exhibits and information booths along with a complimentary luncheon. KGAY 106.5 will be there, broadcasting live! There will also be a special tribute to City of Palm Springs workers, live performances, cute dog contest, and a Police Department “Cornhole” contest. More info


Little Shop of Horrors Opens

Desert Theatreworks presents Little Shop of Horrors opening this weekend on Friday, March 18 and running through April 10. A deviously delicious musical send-up of ‘50s B movies, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for more than 30 years, telling the story of a geeky florist shop worker who is secretly harboring a man-eating plant. His conundrum grows out of control as the sounds of early ’60s rock, doo-wop and Motown numbers fill the air. Get tickets


Color Wheel Art Show

Rubine Red Gallery presents COLOR WHEEL, a gallery show of works by Jennifer Davis & Michael Soltis from March 19–April 4, open daily from 10 am–6 pm. Come take a glorious romp around the Color Wheel with colorful vibes and large scale works. The opening reception for the show is on Saturday, March 19 from 5–8 pm. More info


Fashion Week El Paseo

Glamour returns with eight nights of runway shows at El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week El Paseo, from March 19–26, at The Gardens on El Paseo. This is the west coast’s largest consumer fashion show. On Saturday, March 19 it will be Trina Turk’s 2022 West Coast Attitude gracing the runway and on Sunday, March 20 it’s Le Chien with a Twist. See our event listing for full schedule of shows [here].


10th Annual Palm Springs Chalk Art Festival

The 10th Annual Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Chalk Art Festival returns to Downtown Palm Springs on Saturday, March 19 from 7 am–5 pm. Watch top professional and student artists creating masterpieces using chalk and sidewalks as their media. Each year hundreds gather to enjoy the innovative instant art created within hours for the event. More info


Desert Open Studios Tour – Weekend 2

The Coachella Valley is home to many wonderful artists, and this weekend you can take a free tour showcasing this creative community with the Desert Open Studios Tour, Saturday & Sunday March 19 & 20 (in case you missed it last weekend). You can travel from Indio in the east through La Quinta, Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs & finally Desert Hot Springs in the west. Hours are 10 am–4 pm on Saturday, Noon–4 pm on Sunday. You choose the artists and the places you want to visit by region or by style of art. The route is up to you. Interact with artists, observe their processes, purchase artwork, participate in demonstrations and explore spaces not usually open to outsiders! More info


Hot Seat Retreat

If you’re a man into spanking kinks, Hot Seat Retreat is the event for you, from March 17–20 at CCBC Resort. Come for lots of fun spanking play and a pool party Saturday afternoon with a DJ. Bring your paddles, switches, or just your sexy butt. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are proud to welcome Melissa Etheridge to the McCallum Theatre for her One Way Out tour on March 29 & 30, and we are giving away a pair of tickets to the March 29 show. Visit the KGAY Contest Page to find out how you can win!

Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 am on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! Brought to you by the John White Real Estate Group. Ask your smart speaker to “Play K-G-A-Y Palm Springs.”

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. And Saturdays at 10:00 am, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!