Brad Fuhr Caricature

The “kids” are back in town – gathering from all around the globe for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. It’s back after a COVID hiatus like everything else. And while Ye won’t be on the bill, there are dozens of others who deserve a listen and recognition.

Locally, Giselle Woo & the Night Owls are nervously awaiting their debut on stage. Woo was a student of mine when I taught radio at COD, and was just getting started. I’m happy for she and her assembled multitude, and wanted to give a shoutout as Coachella Weekend 1 gets underway. Harry Styles will be sufficiently objectified for his looks, but his music really shines. And on the horizon is his Palm Springs-filmed movie ”Don’t Worry Darlin’”

Live music is back in Palm Springs proper as The Alibi reopens. I attended a pre-Coachella party last night and talked to Liz and Melanie about their future plans. Big Freedia is on the stage Saturday and Sunday with a great lineup of indy music on the marquee.

I’m off to The Living Desert for “Glow in the Park” and will have a report Monday morning on KGAY 106.5.

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

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Coachella Weekend 1

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella, Coachella Music Festival or the Coachella Fest) is an annual two-weekend, three-day event held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio this weekend (April 15–17) and next (April 22–24). Beyond the headliners of Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia, there are more than 100 artists performing across seven stages, plus activities, art installations, food, fun…and good vibes. We have waitlist and ticket exchange links on our event listing: More info

Heading anywhere in the vicinity? Check out our Coachella Festival 2022 Traffic Map & Transportation Info. If you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets (or prefer your Coachella experience with the comforts of home), you can livestream it on YouTube. Check out the Coachella 2022 set times [here]. Finally, don’t forget to check out #GaysofCoachella on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to connect with “family” around the festival!

Big Freedia at The Alibi

The Alibi presents the one and only Big Freedia to kick off Coachella Fest Weekend 1 with two back-to-back parties, Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 pm and Sunday, April 17 at noon. Known as the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freedia is a New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide ambassador of bounce music, reality series star, and collaborator with the likes of Beyoncé, Drake, and Lizzo. Witness her majesty in person, and all hail the Queen of Bounce! Get tickets

Day Club Palm Springs

Concurrent with the Coachella Festival is Day Club Palm Springs, April 15–17 and April 22–24, with poolside programming running from noon to sundown at the Hilton Palm Springs. The six days of lineups curated by each headliner include Kim Petras (DJ set), Madeon (DJ set), Sound Presents: Dom Dolla & John Summit, Duck Sauce, Louis The Child (DJ set) & Tchami. Come for a day or stay all weekend, both single day and weekend passes are available. Get tickets

Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents Desert Gold, April 15–17 and April 21–24. This annual celebration of cosmic sights and sounds features live performances poolside by Sudan Archives and Esty, resident DJs Pangea Sound and Chulita Vinyl Club; a Future Classic party and Desert Gold mainstay The Do-Over returning for their annual Sunday throwdowns. LA based analog culture collective In Sheep’s Clothing will take over The Amigo Room, plus special surprise guests will make their way to the desert to elicit sonic euphoria from sunup ’til sundown. More info

Spring Affair Dinner and Dance Party

Brothers of the Desert present Spring Affair, A Dinner and Dance Party on Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm at Margaritaville Resort. This celebratory evening features great food, wine, entertainment, dancing and silent auction, and serves as a rescheduled event for Brothers’ signature New Year’s Eve event, which was canceled this year due to community health concerns. Celebrate what lies ahead in 2022 and enjoy a 3-course dinner with wine curated by chefs Michael Taylor and Andre Carthen. Entertainment features Deion and Rome, dancing, local DJ Wes Rankins and opportunities to bid on some incredible auction items with proceeds going to Brothers of the Desert to continue to provide a range of programs and services. Get tickets

2022 LGBTQ Community Survey Now Open

Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 16th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! 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. Make your voice heard!
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Bitchiest Brunch: Saturday Edition

Bitchiest Brunch at Oscar’s Palm Springs expands to Saturdays at 10 am, with Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, and Billy L’Amour alternating hosting duties each week (with Jackie Beat kicking things off on Saturday, April 16). Arrive an hour early to ensure proper food ordering and delivery time, then sit back and enjoy because the one thing they never run out of is attitude! More info

Sun-Dazed Poolside Drag Brunch Starring Heklina

Heklina & AsiaSF present a Sun-Dazed Drag Brunch, debuting Easter Sunday, April 17 at 11:30 am and continuing Sundays at The Sonoran. Experience drag brunch excellence at the most stunning outdoor poolside location in Palm Springs, hosted by Drag Sensation Heklina. For this debut Easter Sunday, there will be an Easter Bonnet contest and an Easter Egg Contest, too! Get tickets


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Desert Theatricals presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. In this hysterical, long-running musical comedy, Pseudolus, the laziest slave in Rome, has but one wish – to purchase his freedom. When he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, he concocts a deal whereby he will be freed if he can procure the girl for Hero. Theatre Under the Stars offers both a dinner theatre experience as well as individual tickets. Get tickets

Native Gardens

CVRep presents Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias running through April 24. Tania yearns to build a fence and transform her yard into a native garden of the local region, based on her culture and aesthetic. Neighbor Frank has a more conventional notion of what a garden should look like. Civility and kindness fades, as the gloves come off and the digs start. Frank and Tania ultimately reveal their biases towards each other, when a twist of fate amplifies their conflicting vision for Native Gardens. Our Gay Desert Guide review by Stephen Radosh describes Native Gardens as “a comedy that manages to tackle some serious issues…the play under Michael Matthews’ sharp direction, never loses sight of the laughs.” Get tickets

Coming Soon in Local Theatre:

Michael Bublé Tribute at The Show

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Scott Keo as Michael Buble ‘A Tribute to Michael Buble’ on Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm. This soulful show is filled with good old fashioned swing and jazz crooning with a modern day feel. Scott matches Buble’s incredible buttery vocals and keeps the audience engaged throughout the entire show. The Great American Songbook has never felt so fresh as it does with Scott’s amazing stage presence and crowd interaction. Get tickets

Open Call Project at the McCallum

The Open Call Talent Project takes place on Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the McCallum Theatre. Outstanding local performers of all ages are presented in this exciting talent competition that has become a McCallum audience favorite. Local artists team up with the staff and crew to present visually stunning and energy filled performances. Audience members have a chance to vote for their favorite performer and celebrate the winners at the final performance on Saturday evening. Get tickets

Flagging in the Desert

Flagging in the Desert returns to Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs on Saturday, April 16. The fun begins with a free class at 11 am for new flaggers and those who want to learn some new movements, with loaner flags available. Local DJ Peter Barona begins at noon and the music continues until 4 pm. There will also be a silent auction of some beautiful new donated flags. This is a FREE event, but donations will be accepted for “Dawn of a New Day Pet Rescue.” More info

Alohana! Palm Springs

Let’s hunt for Easter eggs with the tiki bunny at Alohana! Palm Springs on Sunday, April 17 from 10 am–4 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This bi-annual event honors all things tiki with the sights and sound of Aloha. Enjoy great entertainment, beautiful art, crafts, vintage and handmade apparel and jewelry, and cultural tiki merchandise. A resident hula troupe will be dancing and teaching you to hula too. Bring your grass skirt and have some fun. Food, cocktails and aloha await you in this tropical desert paradise! Get tickets

McCallum Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season

The McCallum has announced their lineup for 2022-2023, and tickets are on sale to the general public as of Friday, April 15 at 6 am, so get your tickets now for the best seats! Broadway lovers have a lot to look forward to with touring shows coming to town, including The Book of Mormon, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, My Fair Lady, On Your Feet!, Waitress, Come From Away, and Riverdance. We’ve got the entire, massive run-down of performances from the likes of Patti LuPone, Vienna Boys Choir, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Loudon Wainwright II, The Kingdom Choir from London, Lewis Black and many, many….many more. Learn more

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 15

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and it’s a reunion of the Season 14 queens! From the eliminated queens to the “final five,” they gather to talk about fame, fashion, fights and more. You can also take a walk down memory lane by refreshing your memory with Dante’s previous recaps. Next week: the season finale! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 15: Reunited! [here].

Ukulele, and Guitar Classes to Begin

Tap into the musical impulse that is inside us all! The LGBTQ Center of the Desert, with facilitiator Eric Pytryga, presents Ukulele for Beginners starting Saturday, April 16 from Noon–1 pm, as well as Guitar for Beginners starting Saturday, April 16 from 2–3 pm and both classes continue for six weeks.

Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens present Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival, open from 6:30–10 pm, nightly through April 29. This brand-new and larger-than-life illuminated experience features intricate, immersive, and truly awe-inspiring animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. Dozens of displays featuring illuminated lanterns and light displays create unforgettable moments and experiences. Get tickets


DBA Business and Community Service Awards

The Desert Business Association (DBA) will present five awards to business/community leaders and organizations at their Business & Community Service Awards on Monday, April 18 at 5:30 pm at Desert Rose Playhouse. These recipients have served as examples of strength and foresight in their activities over these past few years. This year’s recipients are: The Roost Lounge (Outstanding Business), Jimmy Boegle (Outstanding Business Leader for his work as editor/publisher, Coachella Valley Independent), Brothers of the Desert (Outstanding Community Service Organization), Ron deHarte (Outstanding Community Service Leader as President of Palm Springs Pride), and Ron Celona (Legacy Award, for his work at CVRep as founding artistic director). They will also award three educational scholarships to LGBTQ youth from across the Coachella Valley to help them continue their college education. More info

Food Bank Drive Thru

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert Food Bank is having a Food Drive Through on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 am–2 pm in order to restock their inventory. Even long past the holidays, they are still seeing need on an unprecedented level. Simply drive up with your donations, and friendly staff and volunteers will gladly unload them for you. See our listing for the urgently needed vital supplies that will go to help those who most need it here in our Coachella Valley. More info

Dining out for Life is April 28

Dining Out For Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 28 at participating restaurants all over the Greater Palm Springs area [More info]. The concept is simple: Restaurants, bars, and coffee shops donate a generous percent of their sales to DAP Health, and participating locations are filled with community members who want to support the mission of ending HIV. It’s easy (and fun) to do your part: find a restaurant from the list of participating locations, and on April 28: Dine Out to End HIV. View our Gay Desert Guide Directory of Dining Out for Life participating establishments!

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