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Pride month in most of the world is June. LGBTQ History month is October, and our Palm Springs Pride is the last one of the year. However, three smaller prides dot our calendar this Fall.
We just concluded the 2nd ”Pride Under the Pines” in Idyllwild. That’s followed by ECV Pride in Coachella this weekend. After PS Pride comes Diversity DHS, Desert Hot Springs Pride. Why you ask?? For those who haven’t spent a summer here, look no further than your thermometer to gauge how a June or July Pride would fare. Drag queens’ makeup would melt and run, not to mention parade participants baking in the sun. With global warming, even some of our recent parades have been a little toasty.
No matter: We’re looking forward to celebrating all the colors of the rainbow this Fall. Stay with Gay Desert Guide and KGAY for all the happenings.

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“Score” Help for your LGBTQ+ Business

“SCORE” Coachella Valley, Gay Desert Guide and KGAY present: “SCORE” Help for Your LGBTQ+ Business and DBA Mixer on Monday, October 3 from 4–7 pm. Learn about how small business owners and entrepreneurs can sign up to get access to free SCORE mentoring and other resources. KGAY/Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr will share insights about local and national LGBTQ consumer trends. He’ll share data from Community Marketing and Insights, the largest annual LGBTQ community survey, and examine social media trends as well. Following the presentation, there’s a DBA business networking mixer providing a unique opportunity to network with small business professionals and organizations from the Coachella Valley. Free event, registration required. More info


Tramway Annual Snow Guessing Contest

Snow will soon be falling on Mount San Jacinto, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is running their annual Snow Guessing Contest, starting October 1 and running until the first measurable inch of show falls at the Tramway’s Mountain Station. Be one of the first people to guess the correct date that the first inch of snow falls and you could win free passes to the Tramway plus a special gift! Learn more


Mon Petit Salon Mondays

Looking for something to do on Monday night? Check out Mon Petit Salon at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, an evening of improvised, eclectic world music on Monday evenings from 5–7:30 pm. Each week features different artists and genres, from blues, jazz, electro, classical and more. The shows are hosted by violin virtuoso Jeremie Levi Samson and produced by Mon Petit Mojave, an award-winning musical experience from the hi-desert. Reservations are recommended. More info


9th Annual Reel Women’s Film Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Reel Women’s Film Festival takes place October 1–15 streaming online, with an in-person program on Saturday, October 15 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The festival is championed by a committee that works to bring diverse and inspiring films about women to the screen. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, serving Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties. More info


Song of the Day VACAYA Caribbean Cruise Giveaway ​

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!


Positive Life Series – Update on International AIDS Conference

The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, October 4 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This month, the topic is An Update on the International AIDS Conference with guest speaker Golkoo Morcos, Founder/Chief Medical Officer Bios Clinical Research. More info


Jazz on the Second Floor with Leanna & the Jazz Collective

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Jazz on the Second Floor with Leanna and the Jazz Collective on Tuesdays from 5–7:30 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Relive the heyday of the Palm Springs Speakeasy with locally acclaimed Entertainer/Jazz Vocalist Leanna and Miguel on Congas/Percussion — a husband and wife duo not to be missed, along with special guests. Every week is a different musical experience. Reservations are recommended. No cover charge but there is a 2 drink minimum. More info


Tim Burton Film Retrospective: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

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 6, it’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985). Tim Burton’s singular artistic vision of whimsical, gothic fantasy took Hollywood by storm when he made his directorial debut in the 1980’s. In this film, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), an eccentric child-like man, loves his red bicycle and will not sell it to his envious neighbor, Francis (Mark Holton). While Pee-wee visits his friend Dottie (Elizabeth Daily), the bike is stolen, and thus begins the adventure in recovering his treasured bike. Get tickets


The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Barry Bostwick

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage’s The Show presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show 47th Anniversary Spectacular Tour on Friday, October 7 at 8 pm. All guests are welcome to dress up as their favorite character from The Rocky Horror Picture Show with props provided by The Show. Join the original ‘Brad Majors,’ Barry Bostwick, for a screening of the original unedited movie with a live shadow cast and audience participation! [Read Bostwick’s chat with Palm Springs Life here]. The tour also features a memorabilia display with artifacts and an actual costume from the movie, a costume contest, and more. Get tickets



Joshua Tree Music Festival

The 17th Annual Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival is happening October 6–9 at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground. Music will rotate between two stages from 10 am–2 am creating a continuous sonic journey each day. The lineup is a diverse medley of genres and styles curated to seamlessly blend and build as the days progress. Highlights include: Ibibio Sound Machine: Vibrant electro-afro-funk outta London; Ghost-Note: Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound; Brass Against: A musical middle finger to today’s authoritarian machine, and many more. During breaks from the dance floor attendees can enjoy yoga and workshops, indulge in a massage at the Healing Oasis, or take a stroll around the lake and the grounds to take in the art and the raw beauty of the desert landscape. Get tickets


Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

The “sensory extravaganza” of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is open now daily through November 27 (closed Mondays) at The Forum at Empire Polo Club. The tour of this show has sold over 3 million tickets globally making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. Get tickets


Desert Blues Revival: Gand Band Chicago Blues Caravan

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, October 5, Gand Band Chicago Blues Caravan 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: Amber Weekes Quartet

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 6 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville welcomes Amber Weekes Quartet. If you want to hear how class can be sexy, sultry and soulful, Amber Weekes delivers a lesson in it all. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets


VillageFest Fall Hours Return

Palm Springs’ popular weekly Thursday night street fair, VillageFest, has returned to its fall hours, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and concluding at 10:00 p.m. Consistently voted the best weekly street fair in the Coachella Valley, VillageFest attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world with more than 200 vendor booths featuring eclectic art, handcrafted items and unique food. Nearby shops, restaurants and galleries also stay open late. Look for special events this season, including the annual Halloween Spook-tacular on Thursday, October 27, featuring live entertainment, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and a costume contest for kids. More info


PALS Death Cafe

They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, October 6 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


New Home for Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers’ Market’s

Rancho Mirage Community Park is the new home of the Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers Market, every Friday 8 am–2 pm starting Friday, October 7. Live music will be featured each week between 9 am–1 pm, plus a yoga instructor will lead a free class starting at 10 am. Shoppers can expect about 40 vendors with a variety of options including fresh fruits and vegetables, floral, baked goods, artisan clothing and gifts, meats, poultry and fish, coffee and teas, soups, pizza, tamales and more! More info


Final Round 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


THIS WEEKEND

A Cabbello Presents: “Bond. James Bond.”

A Cabbello presents Bond. James Bond. on Friday, October 7 at 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, at 4 pm at CVRep Playhouse. A Cabbello will be joined by guest artist Sheila Ellis in delivering a brilliant, entertaining vocal performance celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the iconic James Bond movie series. The iconic spy master is synonymous with the values of trust, friendship and courage and known for his fast cars, beautiful women and global adventures. Throw in a touch of Austin Powers zaniness and you are in for decades worth of fun and Academy Award-winning music in one evening. Get tickets


6th Annual East Valley Pride Festival

The Center Coachella presents the 6th Annual East Valley Pride Festival on Saturday, October 8 from 3–7 pm in the garden behind the Public Library in Coachella. The theme for this year is “Fighting for our existence, being in resistance.” Performances by local ECV poet Erika Castellanos, local band The Sol Suns, invited guests UCR Drag performers, and for the first time in the ECV, Boi Band. Mexican Antojos vendor Abby’s Fruits will have their delicious menu for sale, as well as local artists and crafters showcasing and selling their work. More info

The 6th Annual ECV Pride Kickoff Film Fest takes place the night before, on Friday, October 7 from 6–8:30 pm at Mecca Community Park. Come enjoy free snacks and refreshments at this film fest in the park to kickoff ECV Pride 2022. Screenings include Tres Gotas de Agua, La Serenata, and El Canto del Colibri. More info


Singing with the Desert Stars

The Desert Ensemble Theatre presents its 12th Annual Season Opener, a special event benefit: Singing with the Desert Stars on Friday, October 7 at 6:30 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This one-night-only evening of song benefits DET’s Internship and Scholarship Programs and the stars are local, popular, professional singers who will coach prominent community members in a competitive evening of singing. The winner will be determined by the audience. Coaches include Jeff Barnett, Darci Daniels, Patrick Evans, Charles Herrera, Lizzie Schmelling, and Leslie Tinnaro, and star contestants will be Winston Gieseke, Charles Huff, Jeffrey Norman, Shay Moraga, Christine Tringali Nunes, and Joe Zakowski, with the evening hosted by Jerome Elliott Moskowitz. Get tickets


Western Xposure Bear Weekend Fall 2022

Western Xposure returns to the CCBC Resort from Thursday, October 6– Sunday, October 10, for their Halloween-themed Bear Weekend. There will be pool parties, DJ’s, hot bears, free lunch BBQ, and more! The whole thing is 100% clothing-optional, body & sex-positive, and you can make it whatever you want, or need, it to be. Saturday night features a horn-themed costume party, with a cabana and room decorating contest for Halloween too. Pool parties run all day long with poolside DJ’s Carrera, Bulldog, PM Me, and Boy Shaped Box. At night we get playful and the whole resort becomes a land of cruising and fun. More info


Fellini Retrospective: Amarcord

This fall, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a Fellini Retrospective, screening a different film by Fellini on the first Friday of every month through December. On Friday, October 7 the film will be Amarcord (1973). Fellini returned to the provincial landscape of his childhood with this carnivalesque reminiscence, recreating his hometown of Rimini in Cinecittà’s studios and rendering its daily life as a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge. Experience why Fellini’s name is synonymous with the international art of cinema! Italian food and drink specials start at 5 pm, film screening is at 7 pm. Get tickets


House Party PS 3 – Hollywood Magic

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and Don Kraft & Steve Knill present House Party PS: Hollywood Magic on Saturday, October 8 from 5–8 pm at Don & Steve’s house. Special entertainment will feature Steve Knill (featured on The Voice), 3-time Grammy Winner Debby Boone, Broadway star Alix Korey, DJ ModGirl, Cat Lyn Day as Marilyn Monroe and more. A Silent Auction will include beautiful art, merchandise, experiences, and much more. Proceeds benefit REAF-Palm Springs and Oak Grove Sanctuary Palm Springs. Get tickets


2022 Modernism Committee Preservation Awards

The Palm Springs Modernism Committee presents the 2022 Preservation Awards on Saturday, October 8 from 6–10 pm at the Palm Springs Art Museum. They will present awards in the categories of Residential Preservation, Renovation and Restoration along with Excellence in New Design and a special Lifetime Achievement Award. Glitzy cocktail reception and dinner to follow the awards ceremony. Get tickets


Desert Art Center – October Opening and Reception

Join the Desert Art Center in opening the season by gathering on the back lawn for refreshments and lots of new art at their October Opening and Artist Reception on Friday, October 7 from 5–7 pm. There are new class & workshop schedules to pick up, plus the largest selection of art for sale by local juried artists in the Coachella Valley. More info

First Friday Art Walk on Perez

Another artistic option on Friday, October 7 is the Cathedral City First Friday Art Walk on Perez Road from 5–8 pm. Cathedral City is the place for wonderful art and design galleries and you can join painters, sculptors, and musicians in their studios for a peek into their process and the thoughts behind the work, every first Friday of the month. More info


Wine & Dine Around the World

Wine & Dine Around the World takes place Friday, October 7 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This wine-tasting event features over 300 wines from 9 different countries, paired with regional hors d’oeuvres. Purchase VIP tickets for early access at 5 pm, plus admission to the after-party. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket benefits your choice of several Coachella Valley charities. Get tickets


The Miracle Worker – Final Weekend

Desert Theatreworks presents The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, now through October 9. The classic play returns to the DTW stage, reimagined for a new audience. This family drama is based on the true story of a young deaf and blind girl, Helen Keller, and her dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan, who struggles to reach into Helen’s isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world. Don’t miss this powerful new staging of a beloved story. Get tickets


Titanic the Musical

The Palm Canyon Theatre presents Titanic the Musical, now through October 16. Based on the story of the RMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, this musical takes audiences on a journey unlike any other account of this historic voyage. As crew and passengers are introduced, their conversations reveal their social status and satisfaction with life. When the ship’s owner demands that the captain increase speed to arrive in New York early, the Titanic collides with an iceberg, creating a chaotic and dangerous situation for all. Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

Salton Sea Prayer Vigil

The region’s diverse faith communities are joining together for an hour-long morning Prayer Vigil to Build Support for the Recovery of the Salton Sea at 10 am on Monday, October 10, the federal holiday observing Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day. Places of worship from El Centro in Imperial County to Palm Springs plan to participate at the vigil at Desert Shores (Thermal). More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN tickets to see Bros or Don’t Worry Darling at the Mary Pickford Theater, D’Place Entertainment in Cathedral City! You can choose which movie you want to see and win a pair of passes by entering on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. Don’t Worry Darling stars Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh, and was filmed in Palm Springs including Canyon View Estates and at The Kaufmann Desert House. You won’t want to miss this piece of Palm Springs captured on film! Bros is the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy. Starring Billy Eichner, the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film, and Luke Macfarlane, the film also boasts an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast. Enter today!

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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

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)