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If not for Shann Carr, World Art Day would not be the momentous event it’s going to be this weekend in Palm Springs.

Think of it as a local version of the art at Coachella.

Shann is producing “Art in the Park in the Dark” and has called in more than a few favors with friends and collaborators to make this happen at Demuth Park. We at KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide will be there with our solar powered booth and black lights. I can’t wait to see the laser show that will put a bow on the day. Shann’s contributions to our LGBTQ+ community are many. This may be her crowning achievement and we’re happy to join in. Read about how you can get immersed in the experience below!

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Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Weekend 1

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella, Coachella Music Festival or the Coachella Fest) presents the first weekend of its annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Some of the top acts include Bad Bunny, Gorillaz, Chemical Brothers, and Blondie on Friday, April 14, Blackpink, Roslía, Eric Prydz and Charli XCX on Saturday, April 15 and Frank Ocean, Björk and Jackson Wang on Sunday, April 16…plus so many more. Once again this year, you can stream Coachella LIVE on their YouTube channel. See the poster with full lineup on our event listing: More info

Gays of Coachella 2023

On social media: Gays of Coachella is the perfect place to connect with other LGBTQ Coachella Festival-goers. Check out their feed on Facebook and get the latest in Coachella trends and news, with announcements on upcoming events, meet-ups, and pre-parties. Find them on Facebook at GaysofCoachella and on Instagram: @GaysofCoachella

World Art Day/Art in the Park in the Dark


The first-ever Art in the Park in the Dark is Saturday, April 15 from 6–10 pm at Demuth Park, on Mesquite Avenue between the Pickleball courts and the playground. The event is part of the World Art Day Festival (in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday), produced by the City of Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department. The day portion will have lots of hands-on arts activities from 3–6 pm, and the evening portion will be filled with lasers, lighted bikes, flaggers, interactive glow art and live painting. Nighttime elements include laser shows from world renowned Laseronics artist Kyle Garner, a lighted bike parade and contest, a night gallery art walk, and much more, plus live performances from community groups and all-day tunes from KGAY’s own DJ Galaxy, of the Retro Lunch and Sunday Brunch. More info

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Day Club Palm Spring 2023

Day Club Palm Springs returns to the Hilton Palm Springs on April 15–16 and 22–23. Hosting four days of lineups curated by the artists themselves, with poolside programming from noon to sun-down. Performances this weekend include: Vintage Culture, Dombresky, LP Giobbi, Hot Since 82, Kyle Watson, Nora En Pure, and next weekend: Two Friends, Łaszewo, SG Lewis (DJ Set) & Elderbrook (DJ Set) with more to be announced. Both single day and weekend passes are available. Get tickets

Psst! KGAY 106.5 has tickets to NEXT weekend’s Day Club (April 22–23) for you WIN on the KGAY Contest Page. There are 8 ways to enter…so enter today! Enter to win

McCallum Theatre 2023-2024 Season Tix on Sale

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The McCallum Theatre has just announced a full season of great performances for next season, beginning in November 2023 and going through mid-April 2024. The new McCallum season includes an assortment of legendary performers; the best of Broadway including three desert premieres including The Cher Show, Pretty Woman, and Mean Girls, plus the return of the timeless Les Misérables; a brand new adventure speaker series; icons of classical music; nostalgia, variety, spectacle and tributes; including more than twenty shows making their first appearances at the Palm Desert venue. Tickets are available as of Friday, April 14 at 8 am. Check out the full announcement from the McCallum: Learn more

KGAY Live at Toucans


KGAY’s John Taylor will be making a live appearance Saturday, April 15 from 3–5 pm at Toucans Tiki Lounge! Join us for drink specials and amazing giveaways including tickets to see Shania Twain at Acrisure Arena and a some special happy hour drag performances. Toucans is celebrating 20 plus years in Palm Springs & is the destination for drag performances 5 nights a week. More info

Desert Gold at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

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The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents Desert Gold, a double weekender of holy chaos, sunbathed sound and glorious poolside parties this weekend, April 13–16, and next, April 20–23. This year Desert Gold invites in a days-long list of legends and surprise stars, including DFA Records, Link Up, Dublab, The Do-Over, Pitchfork Live, The Deep End, Stones Throw Records, and more. Every event is free and all are welcome, though space is limited and first come, first served. More info

The Birdcage Benefit Screening

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The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents The Birdcage as a benefit screening for Drag4Drag on Saturday, April 15 at 7 pm. Featuring the legendary talent of Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Gene Hackman, The Birdcage is a timeless comedy about love, family, and acceptance that has become a touchstone for LGBTQ+ activists and allies. Half of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Drag4Drag Rally in support of drag performers, taking place on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 pm in front of the Forever Marilyn statue in Downtown Palm Springs. We stand in solidarity with our local drag community: we are family! Get tickets

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show


The McCallum Theatre presents the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show for five performances this weekend, Friday–Sunday, April 14–16. A powerful and stirring reinvention, Riverdance has been celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Get tickets

Future Thinking

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Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Future Thinking by Eliza Clark on April 14–16 and 21–23. Dressed as a character from his favorite sci-fi TV series, middle-aged super fan Peter finds himself being held in Comic Con security after violating a restraining order against him by his favorite actress from the TV series. Meanwhile, the spoiled starlet from the TV show, Chiara, is stuck in a hotel suite with her stage mom and bodyguard. Will Peter ever be able to deliver Chiara an important and mysterious message? Get tickets

The Play that Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Desert Theatreworks presents The Play That Goes Wrong from April 14–30. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show – an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Get tickets

The Garbologists

The Garbologists

Dezart Performs presents The Garbologists, the acclaimed new comedy by Lindsay Joelle, opening this weekend on Friday, April 14, running through Sunday, April 23. A White conservative New York City sanitation worker and a Black Ivy-educated single mother are thrown together in the cab of a NYC garbage truck, working for the Dept of Sanitation. They spend their shifts bickering, one-upping each other, and practicing the secret art of mongo: hunting for treasure in the trash. But as their lives become increasingly entwined, they discover some things are easier to toss than others. Honoring our essential workers, The Garbologists is a hopeful story about finding common ground in uncommon times. Get tickets

A Marvelous Party Celebrating Sir Noel Coward

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CV Rep presents A Marvelous Party…Celebrating the Words and Music of Sir Noel Coward on Friday and Saturday, April 14 & 15. Robert Johanson, Barbara Kerr and Kurt Jordan return to CV Rep after their memorable 2022 tribute show, “Thank You Mr. Sondheim,” and this time, they are celebrating another great talent of the theatre: Sir Noel Coward. Joining them are two exceptional artists – Wayne Bryan and Glory Crampton – in a sparkling evening celebrating “The Master.” Get tickets

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Desert Theatricals presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice this Friday–Sunday, April 14–16 at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. Desert Theatricals’ Theatre Under the Stars offers both a dinner theatre experience as well as individual tickets. Get tickets

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

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Bus Stop Productions presents Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man in the Tropics Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort on Fridays and Saturdays through May 27, with two shows per night at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. This show has been so popular they’ve extended its run by several weeks! The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Get tickets

Mid-Century Moderns

The Mid-Century Moderns musical returns to Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs every Thursday and Friday in April at 7 pm. Journey back to 1966 Palm Springs, along with the music of Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more 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. Get tickets

Little Women the Musical

Little Women the Musical

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Little Women the Musical now through April 23. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters: Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but no one is interested. Meanwhile, a friend encourages Jo to write more about personal experience. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters growing up in Civil War America into an exciting musical journey. Get tickets

Novio Boy

Novio Boy

The Green Room Theatre Company Presents the Award-winning Novio Boy on Saturday, April 15 at 12 pm and 2 pm at the La Quinta Library. As a colorful, romantic comedy about the anxieties and ambitions that the main character experiences to transition from childhood to adolescence, the story centers around a first date and the concerns, anticipation, and steps to social maturity leading up to, and through the date. This traveling production brings top-quality theatre to various locations throughout the Coachella Valley, with future Saturday performances on April 22, May 6, and May 13. Get tickets

Spring Music Series at The River – Brad Mercer Band

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Every Saturday in April, the Spring Music Series at The River in Rancho Mirage will benefit teens and adults with autism and other disabilities. Performing at the Spring Music Series this week is Brad Mercer Band on Saturday, April 15 from 6–8 pm. Experience Classic Rock hits with versatile, 3 part harmonies! Enter the month long raffle to win a Fender Squire Stratocaster Electric Guitar and more prizes from local businesses at The River. Show your support, dance the night away and support a great cause. Coming up: Crimson Crow (4/22), and SK Jive (4/29). More info

California Wine Private Tasting at V Wine Lounge

V Wine Lounge

The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Artful Events presents a California Wine Private Tasting at V Wine Lounge and Martini Bar on Saturday, April 15 from 4–5 pm. Artful Events has returned to bring you exclusive art experiences and all proceeds go towards funding exhibitions, programming, and institutional maintenance. Skip the lines at the tasting rooms and try the best garagiste wines from California—offerings that cannot be found anywhere in the valley except at this hip and elegant midcentury lounge. Winemakers will share the fascinating stories behind their products, along with small bites and wine tasting. Get tickets

Screwball Sundays: The Lady Eve

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a series of the greatest screwball comedies of Hollywood’s golden age, showing The Lady Eve (1941) on Sunday, April 16 at 3 pm. It’s no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich. Get tickets

Caring for the Dying

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PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents The Care and To-Do’s Before and After Your Expiration Date – Part 1: Caring for the Dying on Saturday, April 15 from 9:30–11 am via Zoom. PALS no-cost seminars present up-to-date information, resources and opportunities both for learning and engaging in essential “planning ahead” conversations. This seminar will take a look at being with and caring for a loved one who is near death, discussing the collaboration among three services: hospice, home caregivers, and death doula by a panel of three representatives, one from each service. More info

Architecture Tours by Modernism Week

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Architecture Tours by Modernism Week is a season-long series of high-quality, in-depth, small group tours, running now through May. The tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with most tours beginning at 9:30 am, departing from the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Modernism Week has partnered with PS Architecture Tours to enable participants to learn about the exciting architectural history of the Palm Springs area and experience midcentury modern culture and lifestyle. Get tickets

Glow in the Park

The wildly popular nighttime event, Glow in the Park, returns to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens now through April 30, from 6:30–10 pm, with last admission at 9 pm. This spring spectacular new lineup of hand-crafted lanterns represents wildlife from around the world—and even under the sea. These larger-than-life displays, which feature breathtaking artistry, interactive elements, and a never-ending number of photo-ops, will create a truly unforgettable night for guests of all ages. Get tickets

Desert X

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The Smallest Sea With the Largest Heart by Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio

After welcoming a total of more than 1.25 million to all three previous iterations in the Coachella Valley, Desert X is back for their fourth biennial exhibition, running now through Sunday, May 7. The exhibition of site-specific installations by acclaimed international artists examines social and environmental themes. Check out our bookmarks on the exhibition from and Free and open to the public, stop in at the Desert X hub at the Ace Hotel or download the app for information on artists, a map to find the installations, and interactive content. More info

Annual LGBTQ Community Survey

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We at KGAY 106.5  and Gay Desert Guide ask you to please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 17th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! For over a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. The report will be published on the website for free download on approximately August 15. Previous surveys have had over 45,000 participants from 150 countries!, Also, participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Please [click here] to start the survey

Visitor Map & Guide Spring Edition

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The Spring 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too!) is available now around town and online. We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attraction, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].

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Drag4Drag Rally Palm Springs

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Desert Stonewall Democrats, the ACLU and our local drag community present Drag4Drag Palm Springs, a rally to protest the appalling recent wave of homophobic, anti-drag legislation sweeping the country, on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 pm at the Forever Marilyn statue in Downtown Palm Springs. Come together as a community to show your support for drag performers everywhere and fight back against hate and discrimination. Come dressed in your best drag attire and bring your protest signs to express your solidarity! Bella da Ball will serve as mistress of ceremonies, accompanied by celebrated local activist (and KGAY’s own!) DJ Galaxy, The Durbins, and more. More info

Trans and Non Binary Tuesday

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The Transgender Health & Wellness Center presents Trans and Nonbinary Tuesday on April 18, at Trixie Motel from 6–7:30 pm. TNBT falls on National Transgender HIV Testing Day. HIV tests kits will be available as well as PrEP and PEP education provided by DAP Health. Food will be provided, and beverages and other food items can be purchased at Barbara in Trixie Motel. More info

Making Magic for Mizell

Making Magic for Mizell

The Mizell Center presents their gala fundraiser, Making Magic for Mizell, at Tamarisk Country Club on Tuesday, April 18 from 6–9 pm. This celebrated location will open its doors to just 150 guests for one night of pure magic, all to benefit Mizell Center’s vital programs and services. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a live auction featuring exotic travel packages and local culinary surprises plus a show by award-winning magician Danny Magic that will engage you with world-class sleight of hand. The evening concludes with an exquisite buffet dinner presented in true Tamarisk style. Get tickets

ShortFest Passes on Sale Now

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The Palm Springs International ShortFest will be held at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) from June 20–26, and passes are on sale now! There are three levels of passes: Patron, Insider and College Student. You can pick up yours today and ensure your seating for all screenings! Individual ticket sales will begin on June 3. More info

White Party Palm Springs Reveals Star-Studded Lineup

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White Party Palm Springs, set for May 12–14 (just four weeks away!) announced the addition of dance music legends Robin S, CeCe Peniston, Inaya Day, and Crystal Waters to its lineup for Sunday’s iconic, world-famous White Party T-Dance taking place on May 14 [Learn more]. The powerhouse quartet of dance music legends will each bring their electrifying vocals to some of the most enduring dance anthems of all time. Previously announced White Party 2023 performers include VINCINT and Kevin Aviance for Friday night’s FLUIDITY party, and CircuitMOM‘s pool party takeover. The weekend, as always will also feature world-class DJs and the hottest pool parties. Get tickets

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KGAY 106.5 wants to send YOU on a Brand g LGBT+ vacation to the Pacific Northwest sailing down the Columbia River! Listen Weekdays At 8 am, 1 pm or 5 pm for the KGAY 106.5 Song Of The Day. Then visit the KGAY Contest Page to enter the song name and you’re registered to win our Brand g Columbia River Cruise, sailing in June 2024. You’ll start your 8 day trip in historic Spokane and then enjoy breathtaking scenery from the luxury of your private veranda onboard the American Empress through Oregon and Washington…plus Brand g signature entertainment! Increase your chances to win by entering every weekday!

Win Tickets to Tinseltown’s Queer 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Friday, April 28 is the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Nicholas Snow’s historic public access television show Tinseltown’s Queer: Activism Hollywood Style, celebrating from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Be part of Queer media history in this celebratory evening of iconic archival television clips featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, as well as champions of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement [Get tickets]. KGAY 106.5 has your chance to win tickets, and there are 8 ways to enter on the KGAY Contest Page!

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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 not only the life of the party, she’s also a cover girl on magazines and billboards, a television entertainer, and an award winning producer, director, lyricist and performer. Her moniker is “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week on the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm. Listen online

KGAY Saturdays Ross Mathews

Ross Mathews hosts his popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 airs 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 brings 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

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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 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 2023 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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

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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)