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The Joffrey Ballet is known worldwide for its exquisite programs and world class dancers. I was fortunate to see them perform Saturday night in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere Heimat combined with a fun, froggy piece titled Platée. It reminds me that we have two wonderful dance companies here in the Coachella Valley and one will be in action this weekend. Read more below in my blog.

As John Taylor rightly pointed out Monday morning on KGAY, we have world class performers not only visiting our stages, but also living here. Each week, there’s new experiences to be had. So get out of your comfort zone and support our performing arts today! From small local productions to the McCallum’s touring Broadway shows, there’s always something to enjoy in Greater Palm Springs!

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DBA Mixer at Expedia Cruises

The Desert Business Association presents a networking event hosted by DBA member Expedia Cruises on Monday, November 14 from 5:30–7 pm. Learn about Expedia, and what travel opportunities await you this coming year; travel advisors will be available to share what great offerings are available and help you plan your next trip. There will also be food provided by DBA member Papa Dan’s Pizza and Pasta. This is a great opportunity for our businesses in central and eastern Coachella Valley to network with members all across the Valley. More info


Why Can’t the Trains Run on Time – A New Musical

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Nunzio Sisto present the West Coast premiere of Why Can’t The Trains Run On Time • A New Musical, opening Monday, November 14 and running select Mondays through December 19. This is is an emotionally charged modern-day musical about an artist learning to let go of his past and appreciate his present. It’s a timeless tale that anyone can relate to, and a lesson about life that speaks to everyone who sees it. A Juilliard graduate, Nunzio Sisto’s music has been compared to Sondheim for its rhythmic and harmonic complexities, and to Schwartz for its memorable melodies. Get tickets


Keep the Music Playing – Inaugural Concert

Join the Palm Springs International Piano Competition (formerly the Waring) for Keep The Music Playing, an inaugural concert on Tuesday, November 15 at the Annenberg Theater. This incredible concert celebrates American composers. Performers include Waring artist Andrew Boyle; dynamic and entertaining Broadway singing sensation Julie Garnye; 2019 Competition Junior Solo & Concerto 1st place medalist Nathaniel Zhang; and, maestro, composer and cross-over artist John Bayless. The concert starts at 6 pm, followed by a “Toast of The Town” lavish cocktail and dining reception inside the Atrium at the Palm Springs Art Museum. More info


Pandemonium and Paradise: New York City 1970–1990

The Mizell Center’s 3rd Wednesday series presents Pandemonium and Paradise / New York City 1970-1990 / A Photographic Journey on Wednesday, November 16, from 5:30–7:30 pm. Go back in time to New York City in the 70’s and 80’s with photographer Meryl Meisler. This photographic journey captures a tumultuous time in NYC history: arson, crime, sexual abandon, crack, disco and AIDS. Meisler will be featured in conversation with curator Edwin Ramoran. You’ll see her photographs and hear how she chronicled Manhattan’s legendary discos: Studio 54, The Garage, CBGB’s, and The Palladium. While noting their cultural and social impact, she will also share juicy tales about the city’s hedonistic havens, celebrities, and revelers of the night. Get tickets


Frank’s Bourbon Bar WhistlePig Bourbon Tasting

The Purple Room Supper Club presents a WhistlePig Bourbon Selected Tasting on Monday, November 14 from 6–8 pm. Selections include WhistlePig’s PiggyBack Rye, PiggyBack Bourbon 10 & 12 year, SmockStock and a special surprise. Purple Room Bourbon Specialist Aaron Pond will be giving away a bottle of Private Label Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select ‘PR Sinatra’ as well as a Purple Room Bourbon Challenge Coin. Get tickets


Holiday Stress Support Group

The Center presents a Holiday Stress Support Group every Monday from November 14 through December 5. This group is an in-person drop-in therapeutic support group for those experiencing holiday stress and will be facilitated by Tim Rogers, MFT Trainee, from 7–8 pm. More info


Writers Series Presents Patrick Radden Keefe

The Rancho Mirage Writer Series presents Patrick Radden Keefe discussing his new book, Empire of Pain, The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty on Monday, November 14 from 11 am–1 pm. In addition to a discussion with Dr. Joseph Scherger, a clinical professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, Mr. Keefe will take questions from the audience and autograph his book. The first 200 people will receive a free copy of the book. More info


The Center November Women’s Social

Come meet other incredible women at The Center Women’s Social on Wednesday, November 16, from 5:30–7pm at The Saguaro on the Jacinto Lawn. Free parking. No-host bar (credit card and cash accepted). More info


Women’s B.A.M. Salon for November

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, November 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 Alone by E.J. Noyes (2019). Half a million dollars will be Celeste Thorne’s reward for spending four years of her life in total isolation. No faces. No voices. No way to leave. When she finds an injured hiker in the woods bordering her living compound, her strictly governed world is thrown into disarray. But even as she struggles with the morality of breaking the rules of the experiment, Celeste can’t deny her growing attraction to the kind and enigmatic Olivia Soldano. More info


JFS Auxiliary Presents Cantor Svetlana Portnyansnky

Jewish Family Service of the Desert Auxiliary presents Cantor and internationally acclaimed singer Svetlana Portnyansky at Temple Sinai, Palm Desert on Wednesday, November 16 at 4 pm. Svetlana’s sensational voice and personal charm have endeared her to audiences around the world. Event includes wine reception and silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will go to a Ukrainian Relief Fund. More info


Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce presents their Business EXPO 2022 on Tuesday, November 15 from 3–7 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Join the Shop Local movement and unite our business community in time for the launch of season. Admission is $5 and includes networking, small bites, music, local business connections and more. More info


Palm Springs Chamber November Mixer

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold their November mixer at Freddie’s Kitchen at The Cole hotel on Tuesday, November 15 from 5–6:30 pm. Check out your “New Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar,” free for Chamber members, guests $15. More info



The Humans

CVRep presents The Humans by Stephen Karam, running now through Sunday, November 20. As things go bump in the night, the angst and anguish of the middle class are shoved into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play. Over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving, our characters navigate the delicate nuances of the quirky and hilarious, to the painful conflict of real family life. Join in this transformative ‘goose-pimply chiller’ of a play at CVRep and remember what it is to be human. Get tickets

Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has written more about CVRep’s production of The Humans, which he calls “a compelling look at a middle class family,” with a “surprisingly fulfilling yet open” conclusion. Read more


Barefoot in the Park

Desert Theatreworks presents Barefoot in the Park, running through Sunday, November 27. This romantic comedy by Neil Simon focuses on newlyweds, as they begin married life in a tiny fifth floor apartment in New York City. After a six-day honeymoon, the couple get a surprise visit from the mother-in-law and decide to play matchmaker during a hilarious dinner with their eccentric neighbor-in-the-attic. Join DTW for a new take on a comedy classic. Get tickets


Sunset Blvd. from Musical Theatre University

Musical Theatre University presents Sunset Blvd. on Thursday & Friday, November 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm at The Helene Galen Performing Arts Center. Help the students of Music University Theatre kick off their 10th Anniversary season with one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Starring along the MTU kids will be Broadway icon Karen Mason who played Norma Desmond over 300 performance on Broadway and in Los Angeles. In addition, Eric Kunze (Les Miserables and Miss Saigon) and Doug Graham (Cats, Dancin’ & Chicago) will join the MTU student cast. Get tickets


Mid-Century Moderns

The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm through December. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life in the 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 and Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more. Get tickets


Desert Blues Revival: Sayed Sabrina

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, November 16, Sayed Sabrina takes the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets


Jazzville: Jackie Gibson Quintet

Jazzville invites you to experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! On Thursday, November 17 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville presents Jackie Gibson Quintet. Jackie Gibson’s musical journey has been evolving for decades. At a young age her life was filled with music, having a father who sang in piano bars and a mother who put her to bed to classical music. By age 16 she was a part of L.A.’s folk movement, appearing alongside the likes of Joni Mitchell at venues like The Troubadour and Ciro’s. Her quintet boosts an impressive line-up of L.A. jazz All-Stars. Get tickets


What Does Humanism Mean to You?

LGBTQ+ Humanists of Coachella Valley present What Does Humanism Mean to You? via Zoom on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm. This will be an informal virtual discussion of the philosophy of humanism. What does it mean to you, how does it inform how you live your life, and what was your path to humanism? If you do not identify as a humanist but want to learn more about the philosophy, you are welcome to attend the event. More info


Desert Keshet Erev Shabbat Worship & Reception

The LGBTQ Outreach of Temple Sinai invites you to Desert Keshet Erev Shabbat Worship & Reception on Friday, November 18 at 5 pm at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert. Rabbi David Novak and Cantorial Soloist Wayne Abravanel will lead a joyous Shabbat worship featuring guest speaker David Brinkman, CEO of DAP Health. LGBTQ Jews and friends are invited to attend and enjoy Israeli-style appetizers. More info


Holiday Food Drives

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they’ve launched a new “Feed a Family” campaign going into this holiday season. Your $55 donation can help the food bank provide a family of 4 with all the fixings for a delicious and healthy holiday meal [Donate here].

Mizell Center can use your help, too, in filling their holiday gift bags for their 400 homebound Meals on Wheels clients. They are looking for shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, and athletic socks to be donated no later than December 7. You can drop them off at the center or even have them shipped: Attention Laura Castillo, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

At The Roost Lounge, they are accepting canned food and non-perishable food items now through December 20, with drop-off locations at The Roost, Roadrunner Print & Ship, and various pop-up events from Brothers of the Desert. They are also accepting new unwrapped toys for local children, benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, now through December 20 at the same locations. [More info].


Visitor Map & Guide for Pride/Fall 2022

Have you picked up our Visitor Map & Guide Pride/Fall 2022? To help you find everything you need as a visitor or local, we feature the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries, and other services. Look for our printed version around town if you’re here, or if planning a visit, you can view and download it right here, right now!


THIS WEEKEND

The Connoisseur Club

The Palm Springs Dance Project presents their Main Event – The Connoisseur Club on Saturday, November 19 in the stylish mid-century Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Artistic Director Stephen Agisilaou has created this special evening to tease and surprise your senses. Building an original, live theater experience, this one night only event features a cast of 10 dancers from all over the U.S. and three iconic choreographers. There will be two seatings, a show-only matinee at 5:30 pm (SOLD OUT), and the full experience at 7:30 pm includes a champagne toast with continued access to the open bar, a personal gourmet nosh plate and coffee service. Get tickets


Coachella Valley Heart & Stroke Walk

The American Heart Association presents the 2022 Coachella Valley Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, November 19 from 8 am–Noon at Palm Desert Civic Center Park. Walking in the Heart & Stroke Walk boosts your heart health and your mental health as a terrific way to get moving while socializing with friends, family, and coworkers. Plus you can help thousands of others at the same time. Move More with the mobile app, which includes a free activity tracker and some challenges that will inspire you to find creative ways to meet your goals Connect with friends and family with easy-to-use tools that help you share information and raise lifesaving funds. More info


California Dreamin’ with the Desert Winds Freedom Band

The Desert Winds Freedom Band presents their fall concert, California Dreamin’, on Saturday, November 19 from 7–9 pm at the Richard Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School. Featured will be Barry Manilow’s ‘One Voice’, Rossano Galante’s exciting ‘San Andreas Landscapes’ a ‘Gold Rush Rag,’ saxophonist soloist Gary Bollard will be featured on Bella Beach, there’s a fun medley from The Mamas & the Papas, and of course the pop hit California Dreamin’ and much more. Get tickets


8th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Fest

Agua Caliente Casinos present the 8th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta this Friday–Sunday, November 18–20. The official kick-off begins with the balloon launch from Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Friday at sunrise. The Food Truck Fiesta takes place Friday and Saturday evenings at the Cathedral City Amphitheater. The fiesta will feature a dozen food truck vendors from all over Southern California, a beer garden, tethered balloon rides, a car show, kid zones, live music, and more. There will be balloon rides and launches on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well. More info


JOGS Palm Springs Gem & Jewelry Show

Shop for gems, minerals, fossils, and beads at the JOGS Palm Springs Gem & Jewelry Show held Friday–Monday, November 18– 21, from 10 am –5 pm daily at the Palm Springs Convention Center. You will meet jewelry artists and designers, top gem & diamond dealers, jewelry manufacturers, gemstone miners, wholesalers, and jewelry liquidators. This is perfect timing to buy presents for you and your loved ones before the busy holiday season with great selections and trendsetters from the direct source. Get tickets


Transgender Health and Wellness Center’s Equality Garden Party

The Transgender Health & Wellness Center presents the Equality Garden Party on Saturday, November 19 from 6–9 pm at the estate of Will Cook and Sir Robert Jan Morrison. This casual social event will support LGBTQ+ equality and honor Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and David Arquette with the Stonewall Humanitarian Award, with remarks by David Arquette. Get tickets


LGBTQ+ Community Dinner/Potluck

The Desert Recreation District & The Center Coachella present an LGBTQ+ Community Dinner/Potluck on Saturday, November 19 at 5 pm at the Jerry Rummond’s Senior & Community Center in Thermal. Main dishes and activities will be provided in a space of inclusivity, visibility, and acceptance of all. This is a free event for all family members. Registration required by Tuesday, November 15. Bringing a dish is optional. More info


Lillias White at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club presents Lillias White on Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19. Currently starring on Broadway in Hadestown, Lillias is hailed as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star,” world-renowned for her “glorious” voice and “slightly superhuman” ability to communicate the heart of a song (The New York Times). Her performance in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical, The Life, won her the TONY® Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She was nominated for a second TONY® Award for her brilliant work in Fela! Dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm. Get tickets


Decor, by James Rieck – Opening Reception

Rubine Red Gallery presents Decor, a show of new work by James Rieck, now through December 5. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 5–8 pm. Noir Realism and Fantastical Modernism — James Rieck is a master oil painter. It’s fashion for the home, but often considered superficial because “real” art is more than decoration, right?  But what’s the difference between décor art and fine art? Joshua Tree artist Rieck’s new paintings play a high-low game. [More info]


McCormick’s Exotic Car Auction

McCormick’s 73rd Exotic Car Auction takes place Friday–Sunday, November 18–20 at the usual outdoor location on the grounds of The Palm Springs Convention Center. This classic car show & auction features classic, vintage & muscle cars with prices from just $3000 to over $250,000. General public & dealers welcome. Friday is FREE (12–8 pm), Saturday (10 am–7 pm) & Sunday (10 am–5 pm) are $15 each or $25 for all days. More info


The L-Fund Annual Golf Tournament

The L-Fund Annual Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 6:45 am–2 pm at the Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert. Tee up for fun, friendship and community. A continental breakfast will be served during registration. During the day there will be a beverage cart and a sit down lunch. More info


Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest

The Palm Springs Air Museum presents the 10th Annual Props & Hops Festival on Saturday, November 19 from 1–6 pm. Featuring over 40 craft beers from all over the region, local musical acts, food vendors and flight exhibitions, this event grows in popularity every year and is quickly becoming the premier craft beer event in the valley with food trucks, vintage airplane rides and more. Get tickets


Palm Springs Wine & Food Experience

The Palm Springs Wine & Food Experience is Saturday, November 19 from 1–4 pm at the Palm Springs Stadium. Taste, savor and explore the Palm Springs culinary scene, from local trends to regional traditions. The Grand Tasting features a gourmet showcase by local chefs, emerging talent and nationally renowned culinary leaders, with lively cooking demonstrations and seminars. A portion of proceeds will benefit FIND Food bank. Get tickets


Mid Century Modern – A Cabaret and Comedy Act

Winner of the Australian MO Award for Best Live Comedy Act, comedian and cabaret artist Jackie Loeb brings her show Mid Century Modern to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm. Jackie Loeb is a comic, actor, singer, writer and world-renowned sugar and carb addict! She has appeared on Superstore, Better Things, The Comedy Channel and can currently be heard on the Emmy Nominated Netflix animated children’s series Trash Truck where she voices the role of Ms. Mona, a worldly and wise Australian rat. Jackie was also a writer and cast member on the iconic sketch comedy series Full Frontal. Get tickets


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Postponed from earlier this year, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will take the stage at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm for a SOLD OUT show. More info


Desert Vibes Architecture and Landscape Photography

Desert Art Center presents Desert Vibes, featuring artists Delphine Bordas and Matthew Bamberg showing desert landscape and mid-century modern architecture/signage photography. A wine reception is Friday, November 18 from 5–7 pm, and the gallery will also be open Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20, from 10 am–4 pm. More info


LOOKING AHEAD

Queer and Trans* Youth Night Hike

The Center Coachella presents Queer & Trans* Youth Night Hike on Tuesday, November 22 from 5–8:30 pm at La Quinta Cove. Queer and Trans* youth, ages 13-22, are encouraged to participate in this night hike, with meeting spots at The Center Coachella & at the Indio Teen Center at 5 pm. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! After a honeymoon hiatus, his popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 is back on Saturdays from 11:00 am–2 pm. That’s 50% more Ross because now it’s a three-hour show! Ross is a part-time Palm Springs resident and currently working on The Drew Barrymore Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and many other projects. He will bring celebrity gossip and news, plus a rundown of what’s happening each weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings as he plays some of his favorite dance hits each weekend on KGAY. Listen Online

The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online

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Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2022 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

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.” Ross Mathews is on Saturdays from 11 am–2 pm, 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.

Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)