Queen of the Desert Ticket Giveaway, Belly Flop Stand-Up, CV Music Awards, Firefighters Fish Fry, Vacaya Cruise Giveaway, ShortFest Schedule, and more from the week ahead!

The 6th Annual Queen of the Desert lip-synch competition takes place on Friday, May 31 from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This event shines a spotlight on local drag performers and sells out quickly.

Gay Desert Guide will be giving away a pair of tickets to this sold out event! Come for the RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party at Chill Bar on Thursday, May 30 starting at 8:00 p.m. Stay tuned to us social media and listen to KGAY 106.5 for more details!

Queen of the Desert will be hosted by Ethylina Canne and feature a special performance by Morgan McMichaels. Contestants this year include: Angelique VaGorgeous, Anya, Kourtanay Caliente, Sadie Ladie, and Sheena Wolfe. Participants compete in bathing costume, evening gown and performance categories as they vie for the coveted title of ‘Queen of the Desert 2019’ while raising funds for Desert AIDS Project via fan favorite voting. More info

Belly Flop Stand-up Comedy at The Ace

The Ace Hotel’s weekly free comedy series, Belly Flop, winds up this week on Wednesday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m. in the Amigo Room with the innovative comedy of Drennon Davis, featuring elaborate characters and sketches, provocative songs, puppets and animation. Also performing: Ian Abramson, from Moreno Valley, whose stand-up is a mix of precise wordplay, longer emotionally absurd jokes, and larger conceptual pieces. More info


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ShortFest Schedule Announcement and Individual Ticket Sales

Celebrating its 25th year, the seven-day Palm Springs International ShortFest will take place June 18–24. This competitive film festival screens approximately 325 films from over 100 countries and offers a little something for everyone – from comedies to horror, documentaries, family films and everything in between! Full Schedule with descriptions will be available online on May 28th and individual tickets for screenings, events, and forum panels on sale May 31st. here’s a brief overview of the schedule:

Tuesday, June 18 | Opening Night
Tuesday, June 18-Sunday June 23 | Film Screenings
Sunday, June 23 | Closing Night
Monday, June 24 | Best of Fest

88th Annual Palm Springs Firefighters Fish Fry

The Palm Springs Firefighters Association invites the entire community to join them for the 88th Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, June 1 at Ruth Hardy Park. The much loved annual event, slated from 6:00–10:00 p.m., features fried trout, corn on the cob, slaw and beverages along with live music and dancing through the night. Admission is just $10 per person. More info


CV Music Awards

It’s that time again. People have had the opportunity to vote for the best music in the Coachella Valley in 44 categories, honoring favorite local bands and artists. Winners will be announced at the 7th Annual CV Music Awards on June 2 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. More info

⭐️ Our very own KGAY 106.5 is up for the best radio station! ⭐️

A Pre-Awards Show will take place Thursday, May 30 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at Big Rock Pub with announcement of winners in several categories and performances by Jetta King, J Patron, Rick Shelly, Sieve & The Saddle, Lisa Lynn Morgan, Krystofer Do and Cody White & The Easy Ride.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is Almost Here

Visitors and residents of Greater Palm Springs are in for a TREAT during Restaurant Week, running Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 9. More than 100 participating new and local favorites are offering specially priced menus with 2-item lunches ($15, $20 and $25) and 3-item dinners ($29, $39 and $49), making it the perfect time to TREAT out — for less. Bon appéTREAT! Note: for each reservation made through the dinegps.com website, $1 goes to FIND Food Bank. Visit our link to view a list of participating restaurants: More info

More Chances to Win a Vacaya Cruise to Ptown

Enter your name for a chance to become a finalist to win a VACAYA Cruise trip! There’s a new LGBTQ+ travel company on the scene, and it’s called VACAYA. Their inaugural Cruise to PTown will take place August 11–18, featuring 7 nights aboard the 5-star Celebrity Summit with an overnight in Provincetown for the Carnival kick-off, plus activities and all-star entertainment including Palm Springs’ own Shann Carr! You can ENTER TO WIN at www.KGAY1065.com and listen for your name to be called on the air to become a finalist, PLUS we will have more ways for you to become a finalist at various events, such as Pride Night at Palm Springs Power Baseball on Sunday, June 9 from 5:30–8:00 p.m. Grand Prize drawing takes place June 14.

Rocketman Private Screening and VIP Reception

Join the Foundation for Palm Springs Unified School District on Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford is D’Place for a fundraiser and Private Screening of the much anticipated movie, Rocketman, a biographical musical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. Admission includes VIP champagne reception, live performances, popcorn, beverage and a raffle ticket. 100% of proceeds benefit The Keisha D. Scholarship Fund and the AMP Academy of Musical Performance Scholarship. Get tickets


Desert Rose Playhouse presents their annual Spring Showcase Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 from 3:00–7:00 p.m. This showcase of Desert Rose Playhouse talent features some of the best performers in Coachella Valley. Pre-show reception at 3:00 p.m. with food, drinks, silent auction and raffle, with the show beginning at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go towards Desert Rose Playhouse annual operating costs. More info


Palm Canyon Theatre presents Meteor Shower for one weekend only: May 30–June 2. In 1993, a meteor shower occurs in the city of Ojai, California. To celebrate the occasion, husband and wife Norm and Corky decided to invite another married couple, Gerald and Laura, over for a dinner party. The night quickly turns and hilarity ensues in this comedy written by actor and comedian Steve Martin. Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Meteor Shower features Ashley Davies as Corky and Samuel David as Norm. Rob Hubler and Tiffani LoBue play the guests of the evening, Gerald and Laura. This comedy is directed by Richard Marlow. Derik Shopinski is the costume designer; set and lighting design is created by JW Layne. Get tickets


Comedian Rodney Carrington at The Show

Rodney Carrington is coming to The Show at Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage on Friday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. This multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. “Morning Wood” has been certified gold and” Greatest Hits” has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC.He regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the US and Canada. His latest Netflix special ‘Here Comes The Truth” is available now. Get tickets