One Modernism ends and another is announced! Not only was Modernism Week – October a huge success, it laid the groundwork for February’s festival from the 16th to the 26th.
Christopher Kennedy has announced a partnership with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter to create a weekend of five home tours in Vista Las Palmas and Indian Canyons.
Cooler mornings are the norm now, so enjoy them as we await the end of DST and then get an hour of early sunlight back (for walking the dog or just taking a hike, bike or run.)
Oh and don’t forget to vote for John Taylor, DJ Galaxy and KGAY in the Best of Coachella Valley from the CV Independent. It IS your favorite radio station, right???
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DBA Networking Event Hosted by DAP Health
The Desert Business Association presents a Networking Event Hosted by DAP Health on Monday, October 17 from 5:30–7 pm. DAP Health will hold behind-the-scenes tours of their facility; come to learn more about this premier, long-standing desert organization. Plus, there will be some wonderful food by DBA member Lynn Hammond Catering. More info
Our Visitor Map & Guide for Pride/Fall 2022 is Here!
Just in time for the fall season, which also means Pride season here in Greater Palm Springs, we have our hot-off-the-press 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 in the coming week and if you’re planning a visit, or just can’t wait (or don’t like paper), you can view and download it right here, right now!
Women’s B.A.M. Salon for October
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, October 18 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 The Children’s Hour (1961) directed by William Wyler. Longtime friends Martha and Karen run a boarding school for girls. When an unruly child, Mary is punished for lying, she concocts a story that Karen and Martha are having a lesbian relationship. When the story spreads, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women’s lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. More info
Join Brothers of the Desert for Election 2022: A Conversation, on Tuesday, October 18 from 6–9 pm at The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. Before you cast that ballot, meet and hear from candidates for local, state and federal officials on an array of issues that are important to our collective future as they seek office in November. Your vote counts. Your voice matters. Attendance is free (in-person or virtual) and open to all residents. Registration is requested. More info
Commemorating LGBT History Month, the Mizell Center presents Preserving and Sharing our Collective LGBTQ+ Voices on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30–7:30 pm. The program will examine the critical role museums and archives, both queer and mainstream, play in preserving and celebrating the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people. Panelists include Richard Burns (The American LGBT+ Museum of New York), David Gray (LGBTQ+ History and Archives of the Desert), Glenn McElhinney (Impact Stories), and Tim Vincent (Brothers of the Desert). The program will be moderated by Brad Fuhr of Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5. Reservations required. More info
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Desert Theatreworks presents A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder running through Sunday, October 30. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives (played by one actor) without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? This Tony-Award winning Best Musical is a charming, murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs. Get tickets
Song of the Day VACAYA Caribbean Cruise Giveaway – 11 Days Left!
KGAY 106.5 wants to send you on a VACAYA LGBT+ VACATION to the Caribbean for a full-ship LGBTQ+ cruise! You’ll be sharing and celebrating with 3,000 new friends in February 2023. You’ll set sail from Fort Lauderdale onboard “Celebrity Reflection” for 7 nights while enjoying world class dining, star-studded entertainment, signature VACAYA activities and mind-blowing parties! Listen for the VACAYA LGBT+ Caribbean Cruise Song of the Day at 8 am & 5 pm, and then go to the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. Put in the name of the song, and you’re entered. The more days you play, the more chances you’ll have to WIN! (One entry per day). Brought to you by VACAYA, Visit Lauderdale, and KGAY 106.5!
The 2022 Candidates Forum for those running for council for the City of Rancho Mirage will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 5:30–7 pm at the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory. There are six candidates running for three open seats, and the discussion will be moderated by Matt Johnson. Limited seating, RSVP requested. Also broadcast on cable and YouTube. More info
Experience Tim Burton’s early classics on the largest screen in the Coachella Valley at the Historic Camelot Theatre with their PS Rewinds series. On Thursday, October 20 at 8 pm, it’s Beetlejuice (1988). After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia. Get tickets
The Dirty Show with Skyler Gentry
Ben Zook from the hit gay web series, “Where the Bears Are” is back with The Dirty Show, playing America’s favorite actor-singer-dancer-psychic, Skyler Gentry. The show will performed Wednesdays, October 19 and 26 at 7 pm, outdoors at Sunny Dunes Road. This all-new stage show is really dirty, really gay and filled with music, laughs and psychic readings with audience members. Who knows? Maybe Skyler will read YOU! Get tickets
Desert Blues Revival: Woody Mankowski Blues Band
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, October 19, Woody Mankowski Blues Band 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: Jason Fabus Quartet Tribute to Desmond + Mulligan
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five, takes place at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. 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, October 20 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville brings the Jason Fabus Quintet to Palm Springs for a tribute to the music of Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan. Highlights include songs from their 1962 album, Two of a Mind. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets
Center Stage: Together We Rise
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents their annual Gala, Center Stage, on Friday, October 21 from 5:30–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The theme: Together We Rise emphasizes the solidarity essential among LGBTQ+ and allied individuals in overcoming adversity and attaining progress. The evening will consist of a cocktail party, sit-down dinner, entertainment, live auction, and Legacy Award honorees. Headlining the evening’s entertainment are Jennifer Corday (award-winning and out-and-proud lesbian singer/songwriter) and Brian Justin Crum (top-charting queer singer-songwriter). Get tickets
Valerie Perri: “Life is Just a Bowl of Broadway”
Desert Theatricals Cabaret Series presents Valerie Perri – Life is Just a Bowl of Broadway on Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Join Valerie as she delivers classics from the Great White Way, plus amusing stories from her career as an award-winning singer and actress. Perri starred in the Broadway National Company as Eva in EVITA under the direction of Harold Prince as well as extensive work in television and film. Get tickets
Unbound: An Immersive Kink Chamber Opera
Unbound will be performed from October 20–November 6 in Palm Springs. From composer Nathan Hall, librettist Alan Olejniczak, director Jerome Joseph Gentes, and Palm Springs’ own TigerBear Productions comes a live immersive chamber opera experience like no other: Enter a bondage club. Check out the other patrons. Order a drink. Find a spot to stand or sit. Watch and listen to the erotic encounter that changes a man’s life when he finds his way into the club for the first time. 21 and older only. Garb, gear, and cosplay encouraged. Get tickets
Adam Lambert at The Show
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage’s The Show presents Adam Lambert – The Witch Hunt on Saturday, October 22 at 8 pm. After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’ which included the international hit ‘Whatya Want From Me’ and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. In addition to producing three more albums and touring the world as the lead singer of Queen, Lambert has made multiple television appearances and founded the Feel Something Foundation to advance his philanthropy and activism in support of LGBTQ+ and human rights. Get tickets
Palm Springs Welcomes You Back: A Fashion Show and Luncheon
Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge presents Palm Springs Welcomes You Back, a Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday, October 21 from 11 am–2 pm. Come in from the heat, enjoy a cool lunch, and view some hot new clothes on hot models. It will be a fun and hot time on the town. 25% of Lunch proceeds will benefit California Paws Rescue. More info
Don’t Vote for Me
Script2Stage2Screen presents Don’t Vote For Me on Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert. The small mid-west town of Liberty’s Corner faces unincorporation until recently-retired fire chief Kevin McInerney is convinced to run for mayor. His brother-in-law Jack, diner-owner Stella, Iraqi immigrant short-order cook and civil engineer Tariq, and town crier Melanie are his biggest boosters–until he discovers he’ll lose his pension if he’s elected mayor, as double-dipping is prohibited. Gears are switched and the campaign becomes “Don’t Vote For Me” until a stranger, Carl Fiedler appears and announces he’s running for mayor to sell off the town’s assets. Just how far would you go to save your town? Get tickets
Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge
The 35th annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge is Saturday, October 22, with a start time of 7 am (walkers start at 6:30 am). This 6K run/walk begins at the bottom of Tram Way and ends at the Tram’s Valley Station, an elevation increase of over 1,900 feet in just 3.7 miles. Special finishers’ medals will be presented to all participants along with a 2022 Tram Road Challenge tee shirt. Participants will also receive a post-race breakfast snack. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will be given in each age category for both male, female, and non-binary finishers during an awards ceremony near the finish line immediately following the race. Note: The Tramway’s road will be closed until approximately 11 am on race day. Get tickets
Tacos, Tequila & Chavelas Festival
The City of Coachella, in partnership with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, are hosting their Fourth Annual Tacos, Tequila, & Chavelas Festival on Saturday, October 22 from 4–8 pm, at Veterans Memorial Park. The event features a live band and DJ, mechanical bull rides, and corn hole games, food booths and aguas frescas. Attendees can sample all participating restaurants tacos for only $20 or combine taco tasting with a signature handcrafted Chavela for $25! This event has sold out in the past; get your tickets in advance: Get tickets
BARKtober at The River
You and your dog are invited to Animal Samaritans’ 2nd Annual BARKtober at The River Rancho Mirage Pet Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 22 from 11 am–2 pm. There will be prizes, treats, and of course pets for adoption, so you may just find your new fur-family member. All proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ life-saving programs. More info
Palm Springs Desert Invitational Classic 2022
The Palm Springs Desert Invitational Classic 2022 takes place at Palm Springs Lanes from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23. The PSDIC hosts over 200 bowlers each year and always sells out (as this one already has). The Scratch Masters event will be Sunday morning at 8:30 am, with check-in required by 8 am. More info
Christopher Kennedy Home Tour Benefit
On February 18 & 19 2023, Christopher Kennedy will be opening the doors to private houses of his own design in the coveted historic neighborhoods of Vista Las Palmas and Indian Canyons. These are private homes of Kennedy’s clients, and most have never been open to the public before — and likely will not be again. Tickets for this exclusive opportunity go on sale Friday, October 28 at 8 am and they’re likely to go fast! More info
FINAL WEEK of Voting for Best of Coachella Valley
The finalists have been selected in the Coachella Valley Independent’s 9th Annual Best of Coachella Valley, and we are thrilled to have three nominations associated with KGAY 106.5! DJ Galaxy (aka Vincent Corrales) of the KGAY Retro Lunch at Noon has been nominated for Best Local DJ, and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor is up for Best Local Radio Personality! Last but not least, KGAY 106.5 is itself nominated for Best Radio Station! The final round of voting runs online at CVIndependent.com through Sunday, October 23. Vote Today
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now
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
- Preserving and Sharing Our Collective LGBTQ+ Voices
Wed. Oct 19 from 5:30–7:30 pm at Mizell Center
- Center Stage: Together We Rise
Fri. Oct 21 from 5:30–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum
- Desert Theatricals Broadway 2022 at the Amphitheater
Sat. Oct 22 and Sat. Oct 29 at 7:30 pm at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder presented by Desert Theatreworks
- Palm Springs Leather Pride
Oct 27–30 at Hotel Zoso and various locations around Palm Springs
- Desert AIDS Walk – Walk Out Loud
Sat. Oct 29 from 7:30 am–1 pm at Ruth Hardy Park
- Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road
Sun. Oct 30 from 4–10 pm
- 18th Annual Greater Palm Springs Summit
Mon. Oct 31 from 9–11 am at JW Marriott Spa & Resort
- A Night to Remember Gala
Tue. Nov 1 from 6–10 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage
- Celebrate Palm Springs Pride at Boozehounds
- Hotel Zoso Say Gay Pride Weekend: Pool Party, Drag Brunch, Underwear Party
- KGAY 106.5 Arenas District Pride Kick Off
Fri. Nov 4 from 5–11:30 pm on Arenas Rd.
- KGAY 106.5 Arenas District Pride Stage
Fri. & Sat. Nov 5 & 6 All Day on Arenas Rd.
- Palm Springs HRC Garden Party
Sat. Nov 5 from 1:30–4:30 pm at a private estate
- Front Runners Pride 5K Run and Walk
Sat. Nov 5 from 8–11 am, Downtown Palm Springs
- Palm Springs Pride Festival
Sat. & Sun. Nov 5 & 6, Downtown Palm Springs
- Palm Springs Pride Parade 2022
Sun. Nov 6 at 10 am, Downtown Palm Springs
- Barefoot in the Park, presented by Desert Theatreworks
- One Night Only – New York, New York
Wed. Nov 9 at 6 pm at the McCallum Theatre
- Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival
Nov 11–13 at the Palm Springs Convention Center
Welcome New Partners!
Jeff Joiner at Crestline Funding is a small town guy who believes in being honest and developing long term relationships with his customers. He looks forward to being listed in Gay Desert Guide and working with KGAY to serve the mortgage and housing needs in this community as well as connect with community groups who could use some support. Life is better when everyone wins. Learn more
It might be hard to swallow, but Eagle 501 has changed its name to Dick’s Bar. They’ve had Dicks on their minds for so long that they wanted to be surrounded by them. So, come to Arenas Road and let them put something tasty in your mouth. Same great staff with an atmosphere where pretentiousness and judgment are left behind, and the community can revel and play. Learn more
Our HOT DEAL this week is a special price on special VIP treatment at Halloween on Arenas Road (Sunday, October 30). With a VIP pass, you get exclusive stage-side viewing, a meet & greet with headliners Ada Vox and Willie Gomez, and access to the Effen Vodka Lounge with special food & drink offerings. Get all this for 33% off with this exclusive HOT DEAL offer through Gay Desert Guide: $75 VIP tickets for only $50! Get Your Deal
We also have Hot Deals at Men’s Grooming Spot, Jolene’s Bar & Grill, Rick’s Restaurant, REVEL Public House, Runway, Willie’s Modern Fare, AMP Sports Lounge, Grand Central, Desert Mischief, Just Fabulous, Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Monster Shakes, and more! See All Deals
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.” 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)