Douglas Woodmansee & Marshall Pearcy, flanking KGAY dancer Chris at White Party Tea Dance with Brad Fuhr

There’s no rest… After festival weekends dominated April, May continues to provide lots of opportunities to enjoy Greater Palm Springs. The Hot Rodeo highlights next weekend’s events. This week, there’s concerts, art shows, CV Independent’s Craft Cocktail Week, a Ukraine fundraiser and much more.

After two weeks of COVID, I’m back in the saddle and a little worse for the wear… But I did lose those pounds I put on during the pandemic, so there’s a silver lining.

A big thanks to our KGAY/Gay Desert Guide team for a stellar job at White Party over the weekend. The Big Top Tea Dance came back after a two year hiatus (We know because the cups still read “White Party 2020”!) and delighted locals and visitors alike.

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

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Rock the Park Concert: Debby Holiday Tina Turner Tribute

KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide welcome Debby Holiday with her Tina Turner Tribute performance on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm, and KGAY will be there, broadcasting live from 5:30 to 7 pm! Debby Holiday is a singer/songwriter with over a dozen Top Billboard dance hits including “Dive,” “Half a Mile Away,” “Bring it On,” “Piece of My Love,” and “Surrender Me.” Performing across the country, her powerful voice and electric stage presence bring the legend of Tina Turner to life on stage. This concert is part of The Palm Springs Chamber’s free monthly tribute concerts. More info

Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week

The fifth-annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week takes place April 29–May 7. Bars and restaurants across the Coachella Valley create a special craft cocktail or highlight one of their existing craft cocktails; the participants then donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of that special craft cocktail to DAP Health’s Food Depot and the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank. See our event detail page for a list of participating bars and restaurants! More info

Update on LGBTQ Asylum at the Border

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents LGBTQ Asylum at the Border: An Update on Monday, May 2 from 6–7 pm. Join Troy Elder, a local attorney with the Transgender Law Center & Border Butterflies Project, to learn about what is happening with LGBTQ asylum-seekers at the U.S.- Mexico border and how you can get involved. More info

Sing Out for Ukraine Benefit Concert

Robin Miller presents Sing Out for Ukraine – A Benefit Concert on Monday, May 2 at The Purple Room Supper Club, with dinner at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. A silent auction will be offered, and over a dozen of the desert’s favorite performers will sing, including Keisha D’, Darci Daniels, Charles Herrera, Leanna Rodgers, and many more! Get tickets

Strokes and You

The Desert Care Network and the Mizell Center presents Strokes and You on Monday, May 2 from 1–2 pm at Mizell Center. Stroke is one of the nation’s leading causes of death and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. Come out to Mizell for this free lecture and learn the warning signs of stroke. You will also learn how to help someone who is having a stroke. More info

Palm Springs State of the City and Awards Ceremony

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce State of the City & Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 3 from 5–7 pm at the Plaza Theatre. Join the Chamber and city leaders for a food and wine reception hosted by Il Corso Palm Springs from 5–6 pm. Then from 6–7 pm the City Council will share new ideas and celebrate recent accomplishments. Get tickets

Positive Life Series – HIV and the Law

The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 pm as a hybrid presentation, in person at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and on Zoom. This month, the event is a Town Hall Meeting on Neurocognitive challenges in HIV. David Moore, PhD from UC San Diego will present on the latest in neurocognitive research in HIV, followed by an interactive town hall discussion. Upcoming in the Positive Life Series: June 7: Screening of the documentary Right To Try followed by a panel discussion with the director & protagonist. More info

Artist Talks: Devin Reynolds

Join The Palm Springs Art Museum for a free talk with Los Angeles-based artist Devin Reynolds on Wednesday, May 4 from 6–8 pm. Reynolds is one of two artists participating in the museum’s new Outburst Projects residency program; delve into his career and process, as well as the specific works he created for his exhibition, which are painted on distressed facades, employing salvaged materials, discarded film and television sets, and occasional new construction. More info

PALS Spring Social

Join your PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBT Seniors) for their Spring Social on Wednesday, May 4 from 4–6 pm on the patio at Willie’s Modern Fare in Rancho Mirage. Enjoy a no-host bar, hosted tidbits, and quality time with your PALS! More info

PALS Death Cafe

They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, May 5 from 2–3 pm, PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents their Death Cafe meeting on Zoom. This is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. More info

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: Back on Tour

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho MIrage presents Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: Back On Tour on Thursday, May 5 at 8 pm. Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over half a billion views and has over 24 million fans across social media. Get tickets

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park

The City of Palm Desert is hosting a series of free, weekly concerts at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater, Thursdays in May from 6:30–8 pm. Scheduled to perform: May 5: Santanaways, May 12: Flashback Heart Attack, May 19: Kelly Rae Band, and May 26: Legends of Classic Rock. There will be plenty of free parking, food trucks, and games for kids. More info

Cinco de Mayo and Luche Libre Wrestling at Agua Caliente

On Saturday, May 7 at 7 pm, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City will host Luche Libre wrestling matches at the Agave Caliente Terraza in Cathedral City. In addition to the Luche Libre performance, roaming Mariachi bands will be playing for guests at all three of the Agua Caliente Casinos locations all weekend, beginning on Cinco de Mayo, Thursday, May 5. The bands will play in the evenings and include Mariachi Rivera at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage and Mariachi Del Toro at both Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs and Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City. Dancers will be a part of the Cathedral City mariachi performances as well for guests to enjoy. More info

Fantasy Springs Career Expo

Fantasy Springs is looking to hire over 70 team members at a Career Expo on Wednesday, May 4 from 2–6 pm at the Special Events Center. Managers will be on hand to interview candidates in person for exciting careers in a variety of positions including Restaurant Server, Restaurant Manager, Beverage Bartenders/Servers, Baker, Cook, Cash Ops, Cage Cashier, Main Banker, Table Games Dealers, Slots and openings at the Hotel. More info


Mid-Century Moderns the Musical

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mid-Century Moderns – A New Musical, running through May 8. The fabulous hits of ’66 come to life in this delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Featuring the music of Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more! Get tickets

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Desert Theatreworks presents Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, running through May 8. It is 1967 in San Francisco, California. Joanna is surprising her parents with a visit home and a fiancé. Making that first introduction to the parents is never easy, and even more so when the whirlwind romance is set against the backdrop of the ’60s and involves a young mixed-race couple. Both families are forced to reckon with their ideas and prejudices in the face of pending nuptials. Get tickets

2022 LGBTQ Community Survey Now Open

Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 16th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard!
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Palm Springs Hot Rodeo

The 2022 Palm Springs Hot Rodeo will be held this weekend, May 6–8. Rodeo Weekend activities begin on Thursday, May 5 with a Country Dance Contest and Welcome Party at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City and continue Friday, May 6 with a Pool Party and contestant registration at the host hotel (Quality Inn Palm Springs Downtown). Friday night will feature happy hours and mixers in Palm Springs and Cathedral City bars; and Dancing Under the Stars on Saturday Night, May 7 is sponsored by Oscars Palm Springs. Rodeo action will be held at the A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park in Banning on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8. More info

Peace by Chocolate – Ukraine Fundraiser

The Desert Film Society presents Peace By Chocolate – Ukraine Fundraiser on Saturday, May 7 at 10 am at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Jonathan Keijser’s narrative feature film debut, Peace by Chocolate, is based on an inspiring true story of a family who immigrated to Canada after their chocolate factory was bombed in the Syrian war. Raise money for the people of Ukraine as 100% of money raised will be donated to help those affected by the Ukraine war. More info

Wilson Phillips at The Show

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Wilson Phillips on Saturday, May 7 at 8 pm. Since the beginning of their union in 1990, Wilson Phillips have won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for the now iconic single “Hold On,” were nominated for four Grammy Awards, as well as two American Music Awards. After a 10-year hiatus, Wilson Phillips reunited and were back to business releasing albums and making appearances. In 2011, they appeared in the blockbuster hit comedy “Bridesmaids” and starred in a TV Guide Network reality show: Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. Get tickets

Bouschet 3rd Anniversary Party

Bouschet & PS Air invite you to their 3rd Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am–6 pm. Drop in to enjoy free wine and spirits tastings entertainment and 15% off all day. More info

The Secret Movie Club’s Palm Springs Getaway Weekend

The Secret Movie Club (SMC) is screening three classic films on 70mm in the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Historic Camelot Theater this weekend. The SMC is a community of movie lovers and movie makers based in Los Angeles and they are gathering to enjoy the Cultural Center’s large screen, with 70mm film delivering an incredibly rich visual experience, revealing details and color dimensions not seen in traditional formats. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey screens Friday, May 6 at 8 pm; David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia is Saturday, May 7 at 8 pm, and Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story is Sunday, May 8 at 2 pm. There will also be pre- and after-parties and a vintage swap meet. More info

Palm Desert Brew at the Zoo

Palm Desert Brew at the Zoo returns with a new format on Saturday, May 7 from 6:30–9:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy craft beer and delicious wine at bars located throughout the Zoo, delight in culinary creations from onsite eateries, listen to a variety of live music performances, explore the Rhino Savanna boardwalk and African Safari trail, catch a glimpse of giraffe, cheetah, and rhino, as you take in the sunset, play giant yard-games, and more. Get tickets

Films in the Gardens at Sunnylands

Tales of child and adolescent adventure will rule the night when Sunnylands Center & Gardens revives its Films in the Gardens movie series for three Fridays in May. The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for the free, outdoor screenings of the following film classics: May 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), May 13: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), and May 20: Jumanji (1995). All films begin at 8 pm with the Sunnylands gates open at 7 pm. Admission is free. Films in the Gardens are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. More info


Call for Volunteers: Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

The Harvey Milk Coachella Valley Diversity Breakfast takes place on Wednesday, March 11 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This inspiring event brings together all who support equality and justice in celebration of this influential civil rights activist. YOU can help make it happen by volunteering with Gay4Good Palm Springs! They especially need help on the day of the event: directing guests to tables, picking up donation forms, taking down decorations and other duties. Sign up to volunteer today!

Another way to help: You can buy a “Send a Student” ticket to the Breakfast and donate it so that a local student may attend, and you can count it for a 100% charitable contribution! Get tickets

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

YOU CAN WIN 2 nights in Prague and then 7 nights on board the Amadeus III cruising the Danube River brought to you by Brand g Vacations, plus $2,500 airfare credit provided to fly from Palm Springs International Airport. Listen to KGAY 106.5 EVERY WEEKDAY at 8:20 am and 4:20 pm for the KGAY Danube River Cruise Keyword of the Day, enter that word on the KGAY Contest Page and you’ve got an entry! The more days you listen, the more chances to win! BONUS: You can get an extra Keyword every Friday in our Gay Desert Guide Oasis Insiders e-newsletter, so subscribe today!

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to win 2 VIP Passes to Out in the Vineyard’s “Gay Wine Weekend,” July 15–17 in beautiful, pastoral Sonoma County. This is a full weekend of wine & celebration with winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face To Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

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.