Brad Fuhr Caricature

KGAY’s John Taylor and I were “very handsome women” at the Red Dress/Dress Red Party on Saturday. The event was certainly the talk of the town and most importantly provided monetary support for the LGBTQ Center. A big shout out to DJ Galaxy for keeping us moving so we didn’t get cold from the high winds and cool temps!

Wednesday we’ll be with The Center again as KGAY is the media partner for the Center Social at the Saguaro.

Now on to the LGBT Days in Cathedral City, presented by Bud Light NEXT, with a full weekend of fun. We’ll be there for Friday’s kickoff event and Sunday’s Bed Race. Stop by and see us and be sure to plan your weekend accordingly.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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MONDAY: “Jordan’s Way” Fundraiser at Palm Springs Animal Shelter

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter has an amazing opportunity to raise funds when the Nationwide Fundraiser “Jordan’s Way” broadcasts LIVE on Monday, March 21 from 10 am–2 pm. Host Kris Rotonda has been raising awareness about the need for pet adoption on Ellen, Today, and Hallmark Channel, and he will be presenting wacky challenges to shelter staff and volunteers to achieve fundraising milestones. Pies-in-the-face, head shaving, nothing is off the table if it will help animals! You donate and watch the live fundraiser [here]


March “Center Social” presented by KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide

KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are pleased to host the LGBTQ Center of the Desert’s March Social on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:30–7:30 pm at The Saguaro Palm Springs. Join your community on the Jacinto Lawn @ the Saguaro for the return of the monthly Center Social. Relax beside the pool, enjoy refreshing drinks, and laid-back cool vibes! More info


Fashion Week El Paseo

Eight nights of runway shows continue this week at El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week El Paseo, with shows through Saturday, March 26, at The Gardens on El Paseo. This is the west coast’s largest consumer fashion show. Shows this week include: Christopher Bates, Couture from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, Saks Fifth Avenue Presents, and The Fantastical Fashions of Edwin Oudshoom. See our event listing for full schedule of shows [here].


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 11

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this week, it’s a Lip Sync “LaLaPaRuZa Smackdown,” which involves a new member of the Pit Crew with seven balls(!), and several rounds of head-to-head lip sync competition with a tight finish! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 11: An Extra Special Episode, [here].


Trans Tuesdays at The Center

With the Transgender Day of Visibility and Trans Pride to be celebrated this weekend, it’s a good time to remember that the LGBTQ Center of the Desert offers, every week: Trans Tuesdays, from 6:30–7:30 pm on Zoom. a confidential HIPAA compliant meeting hosted by Dr. Jill Hingston. Meetings during this time will be conducted as a whole group, and significant others and family are welcome. More info


Transgender Visibility Day

The LGBTQ Center Coachella Valley presents Transgender Visibility Day on Friday, March 25 from 4–8 pm. This is the first Transgender Visibility Day at the new offices in Coachella. It is extremely important to celebrate and uplift all Trans people, particularly at this moment in time, and The Center has partnered with Paulina Angel of Trans Community Project to bring this event to life. It will be an afternoon of fun, celebration, and art with refreshments and speakers in the evening. More info


Amigos CV Weekly

DAP Health presents Amigos Coachella Valley, meeting weekly on Thursdays from 4:30–6 pm. This social group will explore issues related to sexual and mental health, men’s sexuality, HIV prevention and treatment, and Latinidad. More info


Color Wheel Art Show

Rubine Red Gallery presents COLOR WHEEL, a gallery show of works by Jennifer Davis & Michael Soltis from now through 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. More info


Broadway, Rock & Roll, and Pink Martini at the McCallum Theatre

This week at the McCallum Theatre, it’s Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 22 & 23, then Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll, Part 2 on Wednesday & Thursday, March 23 & 24. Audience favorite Pink Martini takes the stage this weekend for five performances, March 25–28, and don’t forget next week: KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 welcomes Melissa Etheridge’s One Way Out Tour on March 29 & 30. Get tickets



CANCELED: Stroke Prevention: Be Fast

A note from The Center: “Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel tonight’s lecture. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Center of the Desert present Stroke Prevention: Be Fast via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23 at 4 pm. Strokes affect nearly 800,000 Americans each year, contributing to about 140,000 deaths and forever changing the lives of stroke survivors. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce your risk factors for stroke. Come learn the warning signs of a stroke with Mike Samu, MSRN and how healthy lifestyle choices can lower your personal stroke risk. Registration is required. More info


Palm Springs Chamber Mixer at GiGi’s

Everyone is invited to attend the Palm Springs Chamber’s March Mixer on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:30–7 pm at GiGi’s Restaurant + Bar. Admission is free if you are a Palm Springs Chamber member, guests may attend for $15. More info


THIS WEEKEND

Cathedral City LGBT Days

Holding the distinction of California’s first Pride celebration of the year, the 6th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days runs 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.

🎟 🎟 Enter [here] to win free tickets to the Pop 2000 concert from KGAY 106.5! 🎟 🎟

On Sunday, March 27 at 10 am, it’s the festival’s signature event: the Parade of Beds and Bed Race, followed by Brunch in the Park! More info

Throughout the weekend, The Roost Lounge in Cathedral City presents their Balcony Party, a weekend of fun with fresh entertainment nightly: On Friday, March 25 at 5 pm, kick off the weekend with headliner Debby Holiday, plus Bill Ramirez & DJ Galaxy. On Saturday, March 26 performers include Shann Carr, Sean Taylor Jackson, DJ Tema Dancer, DJ Galaxy, Bill Lohnes, Bill Ramirez, and Coachella Valley Drag Kings. On Sunday, March 27, it’s a T Dance at 1 pm with headliner Kristine W, plus Eric Sean, Karen Cobb, & Tony Patler. More info


Cat City Drag Contest

AMP Sports Lounge presents the Finals of the Cat City Drag Contest on Saturday, March 26 at 8 pm, hosted by the reigning “Royal Highness” of Cat City, Angelique VaGorgeous. Her cast of “Shady Ladies” will flip out, cast out and make it rain…bring your umbrellas, cash, and uniqueness! Come see the crowning of a new winner. More info


Palm Desert Food & Wine

Palm Desert Food & Wine is a 3-day experience that will feature a diverse selection of mouth-watering eats, premium wines, hands-on cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, and much more, from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 at The Gardens on El Paseo, among other special locations. The fête begins with a James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon prepared by culinary virtuosos and will be followed by two days of grand tastings, where you can delight in delectable offerings from local and regional restaurants and sample more than 60 wines or enjoy unique craft brews, IPAs, and draught ciders. More info


Trans Pride Fair

Coachella Valley’s Transgender Health & Wellness Center presents the 2022 Trans Pride Fair on Sunday, March 27 from 10 am–5 pm at Frances Stevens Park in Palm Springs. This is a fabulous way to finish off the 20th annual National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. There’ll be snacks, music, and fun. Make new friends and learn about vital resources. All allies are welcome. More info


Red Carpet Party for The Oscars

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The Mary Pickford Theatre presents Your Red Carpet Party on Oscar Sunday, March 27 from 4–8 pm. Attendees will begin the night with a walk on the red carpet, with Emcee Patrick Evans of KESQ-TV, and strike a pose at the Stand & Repeat. The evening will include complimentary drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the live telecast of the awards at the party in the lobby and on the big screen. 100% of the net sales proceeds will benefit Variety-the Children’s Charity of the Desert. Your ticket comes with a chance to win a TMZ Hollywood Bus Tour. More info


LOCAL THEATRE

Little Shop of Horrors

Desert Theatreworks presents Little Shop of Horrors, 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 (voiced in this production by singing sensation Keisha D). His conundrum grows out of control as the sounds of early ’60s rock, doo-wop and Motown numbers fill the air. Get tickets


Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle from March 24–April 10. This world premiere is a brand new musical set in present day Palm Springs. Two passionate women leave their successful lives in Hollywood to fulfill a deathbed promise to revive The Fabulous Follies. With a colorful cast as diverse as Palm Springs itself, complete with a 7–foot-tall drag queen, this musical is clearly…Born to Sparkle! Get tickets

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Desert Winds Freedom Band – “Infinite Hope”

The Desert Winds Freedom Band is marking their 20th Anniversary with a celebratory concert, “Infinite Hope,” on Saturday, March 26 at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 27 at 2 pm at Temple Isaiah Palm Springs. Guest clinician this year is award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer Brian Balmages, with his piece “Infinite Hope.” The band will also be premiering a newly commissioned work by composer favorite Rossano Galante called “The Ascent from Darkness.” Leonard Bernstein’s exciting “Overture from Candide” among other band favorites will round out the concert. Get tickets


Guys2 Mount – Western Roundup

Guys2 Mount Palm Springs will take place on Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26 at CCBC Resort. Join guest cowboys Jake Mitchell on Friday and Jack Dixon on Saturday as they lead the cowboy march to the bronc-filled corrals. Meet old friends and make new ones at this western style roundup. Guys2 Mount attendees buy tickets as either a cowboy or bronco. Get tickets


Mr. Pinque Boylesque Peep-Show Xtravaganza

Oscar’s Palm Springs presents Mr. Pinque’s Boylesque Peep-Show Xtravaganza on Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26. Delivering a mammoth amount of the sexy entertainment you’re looking for, this show is as provocative as it is unforgettable, intimate, salacious, dare we say – scandalous? It’s a gender-bending, titillating 120 minutes of glitter-covered frivolity. Get tickets


L-Fund Starlight Soirée

The L-Fund presents A Starlight Soirée on Saturday, March 26 at 6 pm. This red carpet event in support of Coachella Valley lesbians in need will feature entertainment, dancing, live auction, appetizers, and cocktail reception…an evening of old Hollywood glamour under the stars. Featuring the vocal talents of Gennine Francis, this replaces the annual Gala this year in an effort to create a more COVID-friendly smaller event limited to 100 tickets. More info


Brothers of the Desert Book Club

The Brothers of the Desert Book Club (BODBC) is offering members and allies an opportunity to meet bi-monthly to discuss their community’s literary history, meeting initially on Zoom twice a month: the second and fourth Saturday afternoons, this weekend on Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 pm. The selection for March and April is “How We Fight For Our Lives” a memoir by poet Saeed Jones. Goodreads says, “it is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.” The BODBC is more than a book club: organizers envision a regular bi-monthly social and networking event as well an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info


HUMP! Film Festival

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival returns to the Palm Springs Cultural Center with all-new films for 2022 on Saturday, March 26 for two screenings: 6:30 and 11 pm. The HUMP! Film Festival is a showcase of sex-positive short films, all curated by Savage. These dirty movies are created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one just for this festival. The films run the gamut of body sizes, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. It is a unique celebration of creative sexual expression. Get tickets


House Party PS Benefit

On Saturday, March 26 from 4–7 pm, House Party PS is an upscale cocktail party benefiting REAF-Palm Springs and the AIDS Memorial Sculpture Palm Springs Installation. The event will be a celebration of the 60’s (with mod attire encouraged), and will feature a silent auction including beautiful art from local Palm Springs artists, wonderful wines, cocktails, and fabulous foods, including a dessert buffet, at the home of Mark Pellegrino & Stuart Kent. Entertainment by Billboard recording artist Debby Holiday, “Modern Men” Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus and DJ ModGirl. More info


Palm Springs Air Museum Gala

The Palm Springs Air Museum Gala takes place Friday, March 25 from 5:30–9:30 pm. This black tie (or military uniform) event honors the men and women pioneers of aviation. Featuring a tribute in Memoriam to Phil Hixon, Chairman Emeritus and one of the Founders of the PS Air Museum, and celebrity Master of Ceremonies Joe Mantegna, with musical entertainment by The Elite Show Band. Get tickets


Cars & Coffee

Meet the members of Great Autos, an LGBT car club, at Cars & Coffee on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30–10 am at Koffi in Rancho Mirage, taking place the last Saturday of every month. This is a very casual event and a great opportunity to chat with club members and see their cars. No RSVP necessary. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are giving away a pair of tickets every weekday to the Cathedral City LGBT Days Pop 2000 Tour concert on March 26. Hosted by Lance Bass with performances by OTown, Ryan Cabrera and LFO. One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive 4 VIP “closest to the stage” tickets. Enter to 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!