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Cinema is connected to Palm Springs in myriad ways. The Plaza Theatre opened in 1936 with the world premiere of the Oscar-winning George Cukor film, Camille, with its legendary star, Greta Garbo. Our LGBTQ+ history is rooted in those who used Palm Springs as an escape hatch from the klieg lights under the microscope of the tabloids.

Each year, we celebrate cinema in a variety of ways. Two organizations lead the charge: The Palm Springs International Film Society and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The latter is producing Cinema Diverse over the next two weekends, and I’m writing about it today so you can plan accordingly.

LGBTQ+ films hold up a mirror to the many facets of our communities. I invite you to take in a few films over the next few weeks that you may not typically consider. Get a look into the worlds of others who share our rainbow stripes and learn more empathy for our brothers and sisters.

We are a longtime proud sponsor of Cinema Diverse. You’ll find blogs on our site, hear interviews with filmmakers on KGAY and see shares on social media. Pay special attention and then choose a film or two that piques your interest. You’ll be glad you did!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs

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2023 Business Expo and Taste of Palm Springs

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The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the 2023 Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 20 from 5–9 pm at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Come learn about Palm Springs’ businesses and have the opportunity to taste bites from several of the city’s best restaurants. 100 local businesses will showcase their products and services, with a taste of more than 40 valley restaurants, wine and beer tasting, a cocktail bar, and live entertainment from the tribute band, Kings of Queen. This annual extravaganza is sure to again set the standard for the upcoming season’s networking events! Get tickets


Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend Starts Mid-Week

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The largest queer/lesbian/non-binary event in the world, The Dinah, is here in Palm Springs, from Wednesday, September 20 through Sunday, September 24, at the Margaritaville Resort Hotel. There’s an official Pre-Party on Wednesday at 8 pm at Chill Bar, Opening Party on Thursday at 8 pm at Reforma, and Pool Parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Margaritaville. The premier evening events are Friday Night’s Black and White Ball, and Saturday Night’s Hollywood Party. Music headliners include Princess Nokia, Doechii, Phem, G Flip, Xana, Keeana Kee & Black Box. Learn more about the musical talent here. It’s the Dinah–an epic weekend of music, fun, and unforgettable memories. Get tickets


Cinema Diverse Starts Thursday

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The 16th edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival will take place September 21–24 and the following weekend, September 28–October 1 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Tickets and passes are now on sale. Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 pm is Opening Night, featuring a special preview of Billy Clift’s new feature, Here We Are. It’s a timely and emotional tale of love, family and prejudice at a time when the world is facing the COVID pandemic, and that’s only the beginning of the exciting new films you’ll discover screening in all three theatres at the PS Cultural Center at Cinema Diverse this year.

Just a few of the highlights this weekend include: Barrio Boy (Friday, September 22 at 3 pm): A Latinx barber in a macho world faces a tough road ahead when an attraction develops for a handsome stranger during a hot and sweaty summer in Brooklyn (feature-length remake of the popular short film). Three Nights A Week (Saturday, September 23 at 10 am): Baptiste meets drag performer Cookie Kunty to document the rituals of the drag world ultimately leading him on a profound journey of self-discovery. Legendary Children [All Of Them Queer] (Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 pm) follows many of the original Gay Liberation Front pioneers of the 1972 and first European Pride March during events over the summer of Pride 50 when the UK marked its 50th anniversary in spectacular style. Commitment To Life (Sunday, September 24 at 7:30 pm) tells the story of the early days of the AIDS crisis in Los Angeles, and how everyday people, celebrities, entertainment moguls, and activists banded together to change the course of the epidemic. Get tickets/passes


Best of Coachella Valley Final Round of Voting

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The Coachella Valley Independent‘s annual Best of Coachella Valley reader’s poll has announced their nominees (nominated by readers) and voting is now open in the Final Round, which goes through Sunday, October 22. We would love a repeat of our wins last year! Under “Life in the Valley,” for Best Radio Station, please vote KGAY 106.5! Also under “Life in the Valley,” for Best Local Radio Personality please consider John Taylor of the KGAY 106.5 Morning Show, and DJ Galaxy of the KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch. Galaxy is also nominated, along with KGAY Sunday T-Dance DJ Modgirl, for Best Local DJ under the “Arts” section! Vote Today


Slay: The Art of Drag at the Palm Springs Public Library

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The Palm Springs Public Library is hosting Craig Mann’s art exhibit, “Slay: The Art of Dragthrough November 18. “Drag has been in the news for brunches and bans. It’s also a misunderstood art form that has been in existence since William Shakespeare’s choice of men to play female roles,” said Mr. Mann. Exploring drag as art, Craig Mann celebrates local drag artists who bring joy and entertainment to their audiences. Twenty portraits of local queens are on display at the main Library during regular hours. More info


ODESZA – The Last Goodbye Tour

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ODESZA will bring The Last Goodbye Tour to Acrisure Arena on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. The GRAMMY-nominated electronic music duo will feature support from Bob Moses, TOKiMONSTA, and QRTR & OLAN. ODESZA’s live performances have become a modern legendary wonder, mixing stunning visuals, expert musicianship, pyrotechnics and an immersive environment to transform whatever venue they are at into an otherworldly experience. Last year’s tour sold over 450k tickets throughout its amphitheater run with numerous sold-out, multi-night runs. Get tickets


2023 GrubHub Restaurant Grand Awards Celebration

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Join The Desert Business Association in celebrating the recipients of the 2023 National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Grubhub Restaurant Strong Grant Program on Monday, September 18 at 5 pm at Fuego Events Palm Springs. Recipients to be honored include: Runway Restaurant, The Roost Lounge, B’s Table, Papa Dan’s Pizza, Gelato Granucci, Grand Central, Blackbook, Oscar’s, Townie Bagels, V Wine Lounge, Trio Restaurant, Boozehounds, Frisky Business, and Spade & Spatula. More info


Palm Springs Police Department Town Hall

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The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a Town Hall on Monday, September 18 at 5:30 pm at the Palm Springs Training Center. Officers will be answering your questions about drones, Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) policy and implementation, and military equipment policy. More info


Desert Stonewall Democrats September Membership Meeting

The Desert Stonewall Democrats September Membership Meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 19 at 6 pm at Mizell Center, and on Zoom (hybrid meeting). The topic will be Empowering LGBTQ Youth: Building Resilience Through Community Support. With LGBTQ+ rights under attack across the nation and even here in California, what can we do to ensure that our youth, who may be unsure of their sexuality, are supported and protected while they figure it out? Speakers include: Tori St Johns, a Counselor with the Student Assistance Program at Desert Sands Unified School District, and Eric Ornelas, President of Safe Schools Desert Cities (and, yes, he’s also a KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch DJ!). There will also be a vote on endorsing Rep. Raul Ruiz for his re-election in 2024. RSVP requested. More info


Palm Springs International Airport Master Plan Open House

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The Palm Springs International Airport invites the public to their Master Plan Open House on Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30–7 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This Master Plan Open House is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to engage directly with the future development of the airport. The event will allow the community to hear about the progress that has been made in the master planning process, and for the public to share their preferences for the future development of the airport. More info


Book & Movie Salon for Women: Choosing Yellowstone

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Lesbians of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley and beyond present a monthly B.A.M. Salon (Book and Movie Salon) for women hosted by Flynn Sylvest and Irma O’Dell on Tuesday, September 19 from 7–8:30 pm on Zoom. B.A.M. Salon looks 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, the featured book is Choosing Yellowstone a novel by Carol Anne Douglas. More info


The Center’s September Women’s Social

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Come meet other incredible women at The Center Women’s Social on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30–7 pm at El Jefe in The Saguaro. All LGBTQ+ women are welcomed at this event presented by The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. More info


Valley Wide Employment Expo

Valley Wide Employment Expo

The Valley-Wide Employment Expo is an in-person event happening on Wednesday September 20 from 9 am–1 pm at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. Whether you’re a job seeker or an employer, this expo is the perfect opportunity to connect with a diverse range of companies and explore potential career paths. With a wide range of industries represented, you’ll have the chance to network, attend informative workshops, and discover employment opportunities that align with your interests and skills. More info


Lip Gloss Presents Women of Rock

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Lip Gloss presents Women of Rock on Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm at Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs. Lip Gloss is a non-profit that raises money for other small non-profits, and The L-Fund is the beneficiary of this month’s event. Scheduled to appear: Sadie, Summer, Dani, Roba, Ivy Drip, and Misha Rockefeller with Steven Betts as the evening’s emcee. Admission is free but reservations are required, and auction items will be available for bidding. More info


Exhibit: The Art of Drag by Craig Mann

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The Palm Springs Public Library invites you to view Craig Mann’s The Art of Drag exhibit at the library, on display from Monday, September 18 through November 18. In the words of the artist: “Drag has been in the news for brunches and bans. It’s also a misunderstood art form that has been in existence since William Shakespeare’s choice of men to play female roles. Exploring drag as art, I celebrate local drag artists who bring joy and entertainment to their audiences in this exhibit. Portraits of our queens are on display in varying sizes. Are the paintings of men, or are they of women? Are they frightful political tools, or are they beautiful beings? One thing is for sure. They represent the essence of art: an unedited, questioning beauty.” More info


The Cultural Heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

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The Palm Springs Public Library presents a lecture on The Cultural Heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians on Wednesday, September 20 at 6 pm in The Learning Center. Patricia Garcia, the Director of Historic Preservation/Tribal Historic Preservation for the Agua Caliente Tribal Historic Preservation Office will discuss preserving and protecting cultural heritage at Séc-he. More info


Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs 75th Anniversary

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Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs will observe its 75th anniversary with a community open house on Thursday, September 21 from 4–7 pm on the club’s campus. Come see demonstrations of many Club programs, tours of the new Health and Wellness Center, and the opening of its new Panda Cares Center of Hope homework room. Refreshments will be served and community members will be able to interact with Boys & Girls Club staff and board members. More info


Perez Art District Fourth Fridays

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New this month: The Perez Art District’s highly anticipated Art Walk event moves to Fourth Fridays at 4 pm. The season’s inaugural event is this Friday, September 22, promising an immersive experience for art enthusiasts and the local community. The Perez Art District is home to a vibrant community of artists. Visitors to the district will have the opportunity to explore the working studios of over 30 talented artists in the H and I Buildings, with an additional 6 artists in the A and C Buildings. The Art Walk offers a unique chance to witness the creative process across a variety of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. More info


Vote by Friday for Community’s Choice Awards

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The Desert Sun has just a few more days in voting round for the 2023 Best of Desert Official Community’s Choice Awards, celebrating and recognizing the best our community has to offer, and both KGAY 106.5 and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor are among the nominees! When you go to fill out your ballot, find KGAY 106.5 under Entertainment & Leisure > Radio Station – Local and find John Taylor under Entertainment & Leisure – People > Radio Personality/Show. Additionally, DJ Modgirl & DJ Galaxy are nominated in DJ – Event/Wedding. Vote for them as well! If you vote in more than 25 categories, you’ll be entered to win a $250 gift card. Votes can be placed through Friday, September 22. Vote today!



THIS WEEKEND

8th Annual Aging Positively Conference

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Positively Aging Project presents Body, Mind, & Soul, a symposium on living and thriving with HIV, on Saturday, September 23 from 9 am–3:30 pm at Mizell Center. This unique collaboration among local service providers and organizations focuses on improving the shared experience of older adults living with HIV is free and open to the public. Keynote speaker Peter Staley is a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, and other speakers include a panel of experts to give an update on HIV research, speakers on the topics of fitness, brain games, medical cannabis, transcendental meditation, and a roundtable to build friendships and communities. Your Gay Desert Guide, Brad Fuhr, will serve as moderator of the event for the fifth year in a row! This is a hybrid in-person and virtual conference. More info


Gay Days Anaheim

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Gay Days Anaheim takes place Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24 at Disneyland Resort. Friday features An Evening with Alexis Michelle and Brandon James Gwinn Sorrell, and A Night of Stand-Up With Zach Zimmerman. Saturday is Gay Day at Disneyland, where participants put on their red shirt to mix and mingle with the general public admission to enjoy a scavenger hunt, several gatherings, a group photo, and cocktail reception. Saturday night features drag at the Anaheim Majestic Garden with Lawrence Chaney and Daya Betty, and House of Avalon with Symone, Gigi Goode, Crystal Methyd and more. Sunday is Gay Days at Disney’s California Adventure, with more gatherings and fun, and afterward, Varla Jean Merman performs her show, Stand by Your Drag! at the Grand Californian Hotel. Get tickets


Friday Fusion with DJ Galaxy

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DJ Galaxy, of KGAY’s Retro Lunch and Retro Sunday Brunch, is back on Fridays from 4–8 pm with Friday Fusion at Impala Bar & Grill! This Friday T-Dance Happy Hour Social will feature beats by Galaxy, sexy GoGo boys and daddies, pop-up performances by drag kings and queens and other celebrities, with flagging by Desert Flaggers and hosted by Snatch. This weekly party from the producer who brought back Boyz Night Out celebrates equality, diversity, and inclusion. No cover; food and drink specials throughout. More info


Transgender Casting Call for Generation T

The Transgender Health and Wellness Center is having a call for models on Saturday, September 23 from 10 am–3 pm. They are looking for a few good men and women (cis or trans) to audition for Generation T, an art and fashion show benefiting the Housing Program at Transgender Health and Wellness Center. The show will be held on November 12 at Trixie Motel from 5–6 pm and after-party will be at V Lounge. For audition details: More info


Bighorn Benefit Dinner & Auction

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Joshua Tree National Park Association presents its first annual Bighorn Benefit Dinner & Auction at The Soundstage located in Pioneertown on Saturday, September 23 from 5–8 pm. The evening will include a catered dinner, an open bar sponsored by Joshua Tree Distilling Co., live music, special guest speakers from Joshua Tree National Park, and live auction with prizes like a private 1-hour flight over the desert, an Ace Hotel stay, a guided astronomy hike, a sound bath at the Integratron, private pottery lessons, unique artwork and more. The money raised from this event will allow JTNP researchers to coordinate surveys on bighorn sheep and purchase the necessary equipment needed to survey their populations and ultimately to protect their habitats from disturbance. Get tickets


Sunsets at the Street Fair

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The College of the Desert’s Street Fair has featured Sunsets at The Street Fair with special evening hours on select dates through the summer. Come enjoy your last chance for sunset shopping from 6:30–10:30 pm on Saturday, September 23. The Street Fair’s regular season hours resume from 8 am–2 pm every Saturday & Sunday from October through May. More info


This Weekend at The Purple Room

Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club is back in season and on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, come see songstress powerhouse Meghan “Big Red” Murphy. Through her dynamic storytelling and Old Hollywood charm, she will thrill and delight you with her vocal prowess and razor sharp sense of humor. On Sunday, September 24, the spirit of Judy Garland is alive and well with Michael Holmes performing The Judy Show! Get tickets


Broadway Bash Dinner Show

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Willie’s Modern Fare in Rancho Mirage presents Musical Theatre University’s Broadway Bash Dinner Show every Sunday in September. Come enjoy a three course dinner with a fully staged Broadway Revue by MTU’s singing servers and a celebrated Broadway guest star at every show! Seating is at 4 pm with the show at 5 pm. Get tickets


Sunnylands Films in the Gardens

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Sunnylands is bringing back their Films in the Gardens series with a trio of back-to-school films from the 1980s. The series continues this week with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm. Synopsis: A popular high school student (Matthew Broderick) decides to take a day off from school, going to extreme lengths to it pull off, much to the chagrin of his principal who will do anything to stop him. Free of charge, no reservations required, gates open at 6 pm, carpooling and small picnics encouraged. More info


Brigadoon

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Palm Canyon Theatre presents Brigadoon through Sunday, September 24. In Lerner and Loewe’s magical tale, New Yorker Tommy Albright unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish Highland village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona, a beautiful villager in this magical hamlet, he must decide whether to return to his old life or stay in Brigadoon — forever. Get tickets


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House Party PS: Margarita Madness

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Join the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, Mark Bessey and John Schmall for House Party PS: Margarita Madness on Saturday, October 7 from 5–8 pm. This Latin-themed cocktail party will benefit the Mizell Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Mix and mingle in your best Latin-themed outfits and enjoy special entertainment by Lynda Kay, Charles Herrera, and Billy L’Amour, complimentary premium wine & cocktails and delicious Latin-themed appetizers. Shop the silent auction for great items for every budget. Get tickets


Center Stage Tickets on Sale Now

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The 13th annual Center Stage fundraiser will take place Friday, October 20 from 5:30–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This unforgettable evening dedicated to “Creating Community” is presented by The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health. The special guest for the evening will be Cecilia Gentili, an advocate, organizer, and storyteller working passionately at the intersections of sex work, immigrant rights, incarceration issues, and trans liberation. Her presence and inspiring story will make this evening memorable. Our very own local hostess with the mostest, and drag personality Brian Wanzek (also known as Bella da Ball) will be receiving the Legacy Award, recognizing the lasting impact he has made on the desert’s LGBTQ+ community. DJ Modgirl will be spinning for the evening. Get tickets


On the Air: KGAY 106.5

Win Tickets to Sting

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KGAY 106.5 has your tickets to see Sting at Acrisure Arena on Thursday, October 5! Sting’s My Songs concert is an exuberant and dynamic show featuring his most beloved songs, written throughout the 17-time Grammy Award winner’s illustrious career both with The Police and as a solo artist. Fans can expect to be taken on a musical journey with timeless hits like ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘Shape of my Heart’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Englishman In New York,’ ‘Every Breath You Take,’ ‘Roxanne,’ ‘Message In A Bottle’, ‘Demolition Man’ and many more. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page


VACAYA Cruise Sweepstakes

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KGAY 106.5 has your chance to win a VACAYA LGBT+ Caribbean Cruise, and this offering is their most thrilling vacation yet. VACAYA is making a quantum leap up in the quality of ships for this annual big-ship Caribbean Cruise: Sailing Feb 17–24, 2024 for 7 magical nights from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and Antigua, Apex will inspire you to reimagine everything you’ve ever known about cruising. The V Team is thoughtfully reinventing the VACAYA experience from the ground up to match this stunning ship’s innovative design, from fresh new ways to dine to its immersive play spaces, get ready to be wowed by premium touches from stem to stern! Enter to Win


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 party music! Listen Online. And don’t forget to catch DJ Galaxy at his brand-new Friday Fusion T-Dance Happy Hour Social, Fridays from 4–8 pm at Impala Bar & Grill!

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The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is all about “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week. Listen online. She’s also appearing at The Rowan twice a week: High Bar on Mondays from 7–10 pm and Window Bar on Thursdays from 7–10 pm.


On the Air: 103.1 MeTV fm

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103.1 MeTV fm is KGAY’s sister station, featuring a unique mix of timeless and memorable music incorporating a wide variety of classic hits, deep tracks and softer sounds spanning several decades of popular music, including the ‘60s and ‘70s with a touch of the ‘50s and ‘80s. 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 2023-24 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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

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