Brad Fuhr Caricature

Tennis, anyone? That phrase was use by the English as a jab at the upper class who cared little or not at all for the problems afflicting those in social classes beneath them. Tennis has changed a lot since those days.

Our BNP Paribas Open is starting this week and there are players from both Ukraine and Russia. How that plays out with fan reaction, protests, etc remains to be seen. But many strata of people come together at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens and the conflict is sure to be top of mind.

We found ways to support our LBGTQ brothers and sisters in Ukraine through Outright International and you can find those links to donate on our Facebook pages @GayDesertGuide or @KGAY1065. Now here’s the week ahead…

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

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BNP Paribas Open Begins

The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open (aka “Tennis Paradise”) kicks off Monday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Check out the star-studded player lists [here] and read about Naomi Osaka and others in the Eisenhower Cup TieBreak Tens event [here].A variety of packages and single-session tickets are available for purchase. All attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. More info


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 9

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 topic is…men! The queens form panels to discuss their favorite things about men, the problematic aspects, online culture, and the meaning of masculinity. “Drag, we’re told, is the antidote to toxic masculinity.” Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 9: Menzses, [here].


9th Annual Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival

The Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival takes place March 6–9 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, presented by Temple Isaiah, in conjunction with Jewish Federation of the Desert. The Festival provides an opportunity to grow compassion and community throughout the Coachella Valley, and to help expand understanding of Jewish life through film. The films have been chosen to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of the expansive diversity of Jewish experiences as well as films for sheer entertainment. Get tickets


I’m Speaking: Reflections on International Women’s Day

The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert, along with Mizell Center and Mina Hartong, present Reflections on International Women’s Day: An Evening of Personal Stories on Wednesday, March 9 from 6–8 pm. Featuring DeeAnn Hopings, Cris South, Nancy Worthington and others telling their stories through oral histories to archive and chronicle the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the Coachella Valley. Free and open to the public. More info


Heart Healthy Nutrition

Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Center of the Desert present Heart Healthy Nutrition on Wednesday, March 9 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. In a world full of information on nutrition, it can be hard to figure out exactly what “heart healthy eating” looks like. Join Registered Dietitians Leah Papazian and Talia Frazer for a discussion on what foods help support a healthy heart and what strategies you can use to create a more balanced diet. More info


The Desert Symphony’s 33rd Anniversary Gala

The Desert Symphony’s 33rd Anniversary Gala will present international superstar Marie Osmond on Wednesday, March 9 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. The Desert Symphony was founded in 1989 in Palm Desert to bring professional orchestral concerts to the Desert Cities, featuring the best chamber musicians, virtuoso soloists, principal players, and recording artists in the area. Get tickets


Yappy Hour: Welcome Back

Join Animal Samaritans for an exciting evening with other animal lovers and their canine friends at their Yappy Hour on Thursday, March 10 from 5–7 pm at Margaritaville Resort. Bring your dog and enjoy treats for your pet and hors d’oeuvres and wine for you. The event will be held on Margaritaville’s spacious side lawn. Your $20 suggested donation benefits Animal Samaritans’ life-saving programs. More info


March at the McCallum Theatre

Voctave brings their a capella stylings to the McCallum Theatre on Thursday, March 10 at 7 pm, and this weekend, it’s an evening with Judy Collins on Friday, March 11 at 8 pm and Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial on Saturday, March 12 at 8 pm. Also in March: National Geographic Live! Nature Roars back with Bob Poole (Mar. 14), The Desert Symphony – Home Again: the Music of Carole King (Mar. 17), Manhattan Transfer (Mar. 19), 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



THIS WEEKEND

Until Now: Brian Justin Crum

Desert Rose Playhouse presents Until Now: An Evening with Brian Justin Crum on Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12. Cocktails and dinner start at 6 pm, and at 8 pm the show begins. Brian revisits his repertoire that got him where he is today, including Broadway, Divas, America’s Got Talent fan favorites and some new original music. Join for an evening of intimate connection, including special guest Candis Cayne. 4-course Greek dinner catered by Siobhan McAllister Velarde and 3 Queens Catering. Get tickets


Anka Sings Sinatra

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Saturday, March 12 at 8 pm with Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way. The tour honors a great artist who has influenced Paul Anka more than anyone else throughout his career: Frank Sinatra. It will also feature the hits that have spanned Anka’s career. Some his most memorable hits include “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “My Way,” “Lonely Boy,” “Puppy Love,” “Having My Baby,” “Diana,” “She’s a Lady,” and the famous theme from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Get tickets


Desert Open Studios Tour

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 12 & 13 (and again next weekend, March 19 & 20). 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. 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! Hours are 10 am–4 pm on Saturday, Noon–4 pm on Sunday. More info


Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike and 5K Run

The 7th Annual Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike/5K takes place Friday, March 11 from 8 am–12 pm. This is the most important fun and challenging local athletic event held in Indian Canyons Palm Springs. Walkers start at registration at the intersection of South Palm Canyon and Acanto Road and proceed south into Indian Canyons, passing Cahuilla Landmarks such as Andreas Canyon to the west and finishing at Palm Canyon, the world’s largest Fan Palm oasis. 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 month on Saturday, March 12, and Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 pm. The book for March and April will be “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


Cocktails and Black Gay Men’s Stories

Brothers Got Talent returns on Saturday, March 12 with their first live event in several months. The program starts at 7:30 pm with cocktails and kiki in the upstairs lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Storytelling producer Larry Dean Harris will host and introduce BOD members Patrick Pierre, Lorenzo Taylor, Stuart Huggins, Yvans Jourdain, Anye Elite, and Stephan Scoggins. They will share carefully crafted true stories of love, loss, heritage, coming out, and more. Free event, registration required. More info


Cowboy & Cowgirl Night

Palm Springs Hot Rodeo presents Cowboy Night (Cowgirls too) at Trunks Bar on Saturday, March 12 from 7:00–11:00 p.m. This monthly social and dance will give you the chance to do the two step, shadow, waltz, line dances, west coast swing, shuffle and more all while raising funds for the Hot Rodeo with a cash prize raffle and drink specials. More info


Brian Sims Reception

An afternoon cocktail reception for openly LGBTQ PA State Representative Brian Sims takes place on Saturday, March 12 from 3–5 pm at the home of Darrin Pelkey & John Shields. Sims is running for Lieutenant Governor and this reception in support of his campaign is also hosted with Colin Wright & Toby Bryan, John DiPietro & Rich Carbonaro, Darrell L. Tucci, Sue Burnside, Brian Ramos, & Danny Lee. More info


LOCAL THEATRE

This weekend is your last chance to see these great local theatre productions: The Mountaintop, I Ought to be in Pictures, and Palm Springs Getaway!

The Mountaintop

Dezart Performs presents The Mountaintop, the 2010 Olivier Award Winner for Best Play by Katori Hall, from March 4–13 at the Pearl McManus Theater. A re-imagined depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth, the play is set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech, King goes to the Lorraine Motel to rest. His world is spun on his axis when he meets Camae, a young, feisty and foul-mouthed maid, who delivers his room service. Get tickets


Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures

Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures playing through March 13 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier. Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Get tickets


Palm Springs Getaway: A Musical Romp

Palm Canyon Theatre presents the world premiere of the original musical: Palm Springs Getaway running through March 13. This nostalgic romp features glimpses of history, icons and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets


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].


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 wants to get you into the sold out Red Dress–Dress Red dance party! We’ve saved a pair of tickets for you to win. We know you want to hang out with a friend or that special someone at the Palm Springs Air Museum on March 19, but you gotta have tickets and the only way to get ‘em is to win ’em! Find out how on the KGAY Contest Page

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!