It’s best not to know how the sausage is made. That adage has been true since the 1860s when it was first written. So be glad that you, gentle reader, do not have to know the behind the scenes work that Ron DeHarte and his countless Palm Springs Pride volunteers had to do to make this year’s celebration come to fruition.
It all came together nicely and we had a blast working together with KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide to provide coverage and meet so many of you along the parade route and at our booth.
We’re so excited that Ross Mathews joined our lineup for Pride month and will be on KGAY each Saturday from 10am – 12 noon through Thanksgiving weekend. Pride brings together the many “colors” of our rainbow and allows us to come together and celebrate our diversity.
So many of you talked to our team over Pride weekend to thank us for our work in the community and give us some great feedback. We appreciate each and every comment, question and accolade. Thank YOU for your participation in #PalmSpringsPride 2021!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Bourbon Tasting at The Purple Room
Join the Purple Room Supper Club for a Bourbon Tasting on Monday, November 8 from 4:00–6:00 p.m., featuring Sazerac Distillery premium bourbon. Among the fine bourbons you will taste are the Van Winkle and Sazerac. Get tickets
Palm Springs Equality Awards
The Palm Springs Equality Awards: Cocktail Reception and Awards takes place on Friday, November 12 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum. As the Golden State reopens, the entire Equality California family is excited to gather once again as a community, celebrate victories and raise critical resources for the fight ahead. Join Chairs Lisa Middleton, Herb Schultz and Jackie Thomas as Chad Mayes receives the Ally Leadership Award and Hon. Shirley Weber receives the Equality Trailblazer Award. Get tickets
Electricity at Oscar’s
Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs presents the play Electricity, with performances every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Advocate calls Electricity “The hottest play in Palm Springs.” It’s a deliciously hilarious, sexy and at times heartbreaking romance between Brad and Gary, once closeted gay classmates who make an unlikely couple after sharing a motel room following their 10th high school reunion. There’s an “electricity” between them (“Do you feel it?”) that brings them back to that same room after every successive reunion from 1983 to 2013. Get tickets
One Night Only “Back to the 70’s”
Michael Childers’ star-studded SOLD OUT musical production of One Night Only “Back to the ’70s” will be presented on Wednesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m., at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. This year’s show benefits Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. One Night Only is now in its 15th successful year as one of the Desert’s most thrilling theatrical evenings, with twenty-six Broadway and Hollywood performers coming together to donate their time for an evening of all your favorite songs of the era. More info
Veterans Day Parade; No VillageFest
The 24th Annual City of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade takes place Thursday, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. along Palm Canyon Drive. Concert and fireworks finale immediately follows the parade, at Palm Canyon Drive and Amado Road. NOTE: VillageFest will not be held on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 More info
Jazzville Palm Springs: Amanda Castro Band
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents the Amanda Castro Band on Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. With a 7-piece band and 3 dancers, Amanda Castro fuses 1920’s, swing, big band, New Orleans traditional, even today’s current pop songs and turns them into a new musical experience. Her rich voice, energetic charisma and fun personality helps Amanda bring the music of the past and present back to life in a vintage, but still modern fashion. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites available. More info
Physical Therapist’s Guide to Mobility and Stretching
Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert present A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Mobility and Stretching on Wednesday, November 10, from 4:00–5:00 p.m. on Zoom. Get practical advice from Ken Zaparinuk, DPT on the best stretches for you, because moving your joints through their full ranges of motion isn’t just important for athletes. Mobility and stability exercises can help keep your joints healthy, reduce your risk of injury, and keep your body moving pain-free. More info
The Center also provides in-person appointments for HICAP – no-cost medicare counseling on the second Tuesday of each month, this month on Tuesday, November 9 between 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., with a special additional date on Tuesday, November 23. More info
La Quinta Arts Celebration
The La Quinta Arts Celebration (formerly known as the La Quinta Arts Festival), will take place Thursday, November 11–Sunday, November 14 at the La Quinta Civic Center. This is the largest celebration of art in the Coachella Valley, with 200 Premier Artists from 32 states and 5 countries presenting 12 categories of art. In addition you will find champagne bars, a gourmet food court, a Margarita Island, a Kettle One Vodka Bar, a winery row and live entertainment. Get tickets
Coachella Valley Repertory presents Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs and directed by Ron Celona, November 9–21. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Get tickets
Murder at the Howard Johnson’s
Desert Theatreworks presents Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark, running through Sunday, November 21. Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is a laugh-out-loud riot featuring a woman, her husband and her lover hatching hilarious murder schemes…unsuccessfully. Set in a Howard Johnson’s hotel room in the 1970s, this comedic love triangle is filled with plot twists and surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one ridiculous situation and extravagant sight gag after another in this rapid-fire comedy. Get tickets
Ross Mathews Radio Show Saturdays in November on KGAY!
Longtime Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews joins KGAY 106.5 for a special Pride month Saturday morning show starting Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. Ross is seen nationally on RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Drew Barrymore Show, and more. Ross plans to focus his show on what he knows best: show biz, current events and the Coachella Valley. As Ross puts it “KGAY is celebrating Palm Springs Pride by giving the gayest person in history his own radio show…Me!” Saturdays with Ross Mathews runs through the month of November on KGAY 106.5, on the air in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online!
Brothers of the Desert Annual Wellness Summit
Brothers of the Desert is conducting their third annual Wellness Summit focusing on Black gay men and allies in the Coachella Valley and beyond on Saturday, November 13 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Margaritaville Resort and online. Given the unprecedented individual and collective struggles over the past years, creating a safe space to support Black gay men’s health and wellness is more vital than ever. Dr. Leo Moore and Bishop Yvette Flunder will offer keynote remarks and workshop presenters include: activist and mental health advocate Yolo Akili Robinson, public health leader and community advocate Dr. Stephaun Elite Wallace, film director Nathan Hale-Williams, motivational speaker Jared Sampson, actor and teaching artist Trey Wilson, community activist Wes Rankins, spiritual leader Tony Bradford, and CEO of TruEvolution Gabriel Maldonado. Get tickets
Speak My Words, Tell My Truth
Dezart Performs, in partnership with Brothers of the Desert, present a live staged reading of Speak My Words, Tell My Truth by Lorenz Qatava on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pearl McManus Theater. The play explores the legacy of five Black Gay writers and applies their lessons to present-day life in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. An all-star cast will be directed by Yvans Jourdain. Get tickets
Pride Art Walk
JEVPIC presents Palm Springs Pride Art Walk – Weekend 2 on Saturday, November 13 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Meet at Jannesen Artspace to go on a one mile Art Walk to view over 40 LGBTQ+ owned Businesses and showcasing 60 queer artists. The walk ends at V Wine Lounge. It’s free but if you want to contribute you can get a wristband which entitles you to a free drink; you can get a raffle ticket to win a prize and you can bid in a silent auction. More info
Old Dominion at The Show
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Old Dominion at The Show on Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands out of Nashville, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Their lyrical wit and hook heavy songwriting has certainly proved a winning method: since breaking onto the music scene in 2014, the band has notched eight No. 1 singles and headlined around the globe. Get tickets
The Jazz Master Award
The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival presents The Jazz Master Award 2021 on Saturday, November 13 from 2:00–5:00 p.m. This year’s award honors one of the most innovative and creative jazz artists of her time – Alice Coltrane – pianist and harpist 1937-2007. Pamela Williams, “The Saxtress,” performs, as well as members of the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz All-Star Band, and a special appearance by an up and coming student musician. Get tickets
Jay’s Birthday Fundraiser
Join Jay Allen for an afternoon of fun team competition to raise $65,000 for charitable organizations on Sunday, November 14 from 12:00–5:00 p.m. at The Saguaro. All donations will be given to: The LGBTQ Center of the Desert, Rainbow Railroad, Creativity Explored and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). Attend, register a team or simply donate to a great cause. More info
Pup Paradise 2021
Western Xposure’s Pup Paradise takes place Friday–Sunday, November 12–14 at CCBC Resort. This three day long bear/pup play party in the desert is totally uninhibited, clothing-optional, body & sex-positive, and for those of you wanting to explore your inner pup. Featuring Canada’s own DJ Big Top, a Pup Play Pit, and free Saturday lunch! Single-day tickets available. More info
- Jazzville Palm Springs: Amanda Castro Band
Thu. Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m
- 2nd Annual Turkey Drop Off
Sat. Nov. 13, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Platinum Star Properties
- Murder at the Howard Johnson’s presented by Desert Theatreworks
- McCormick’s 71st Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction
Nov. 19–21 at the Palm Springs Convention Center
- A Night on Broadway with Desert Winds Freedom Band
Sat. Nov. 20 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Temple Isaiah 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 a.m. 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 a.m.–4 p.m. And Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. throughout November, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!