Brad Fuhr Caricature

It wasn’t “Passover” in the Fuhr household this week.  COVID hit with a vengeance early this week.  And I know plenty of people who suffered the same fate – just as mask rules went away for public transportation. Where did I get it?  The million dollar question for me and many.  But it doesn’t help that over 100,000 people flood into the valley for Coachella each week. Even though I didn’t attend, there were plenty of opportunities to be exposed.

At this point in the pandemic, it’s much easier to treat.  I got my cocktail of 5 (yes 5!) different drugs Thursday, following a positive rapid test. Symptoms started early week, but the positive test didn’t come till then.

So I’m quarantined and resting for awhile.  I’ll update you Monday in my weekly blog.

And listen to KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs no matter whether you’re near or far from the Coachella Valley. Enjoy this great weekend in #GreaterPalmSprings

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

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Coachella Weekend 2

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly called simply “Coachella,”) presents the second of two consecutive three-day weekends held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio this weekend, 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. Don’t forget to check out #GaysofCoachella on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to connect with “family” around the festival!

Did you know during Coachella Music Festival this weekend Palm Springs restaurants have open tables and shops have no lines. Who knew? It’s a great time to be kind and support your local restaurant and favorite retail store. Shop stress free then dine care free. Make your reservation today.


Day Club Palm Springs

Duck Sauce

Day Club Palm Springs is back this weekend, April 22–24, with poolside programming running from noon to sundown at the Hilton Palm Springs. The lineup this weekend includes Duck Sauce, Hayden James (DJ set), Louis The Child (DJ set), with sets from Kasbo & Elohim, Tchami, VNSSA, and many more. Come for a day or stay all weekend, both single day and weekend passes are available. Get tickets


Modern Men Present Sounds of the 60s

Modern Men—Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus presents Sounds of the 60s on Saturday, April 23 at 7 pm and Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Enjoy tunes all the way from memorable folk-influenced melodies, the driving rhythms of Motown, our favorite TV characters come to life, the exotic world of the flower children, to inspiring songs of protest and awakening. And of course, the Beatles. All your favorites in one fabulous presentation with some of the Valley’s greatest voices. Wanna be Feelin’ Groovy? Get tickets


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14 Grand Finale

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has wrapped up his recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, with the Grand Finale, and it’s a Showgirl Showdown to the very end. The finalist queens take it to the runway in front of a live audience in Sin City. Viva Drag Vegas! As Dante says, the winner displayed “…sheer inventiveness and creativity. And some strategy helped too!” Find out who won and how it all went down: Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 16: Grand Finale [here].


LOCAL THEATRE

Three new local productions open this weekend with Mid-Century Moderns the Musical, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, and Monty Python’s Spamalot, while the sun sets on Native Gardens this Sunday!

Mid-Century Moderns the Musical

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mid-Century Moderns – A New Musical, running from April 20–May 8. The fabulous hits of ’66 come to life in this 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. Featuring the music of Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more! Get tickets


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Desert Theatreworks presents Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, running from April 22–May 8. It is 1967 in San Francisco, California. Joanna is surprising her parents with a visit home and a fiancé. Making that first introduction to the parents is never easy, and even more so when the whirlwind romance is set against the backdrop of the ’60s and involves a young mixed-race couple. Both families are forced to reckon with their ideas and prejudices in the face of pending nuptials. Get tickets


Monty Python’s Spamalot

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Monty Python’s Spamalot, running from April 22–May 1. King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths. Get tickets


Native Gardens

CVRep presents Native Gardens, 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. 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


David Feherty Off Tour! Wandering Around on His Own

The McCallum Theatre presents David Feherty – Off Tour! Wandering Around on His Own on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm. How do you describe the offbeat antics of David Feherty? The New York Times called him “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson.” With a sharp wit and irreverent style, the professional golfer turned golf analyst, talk show host and sports broadcaster has made a name for himself as one of the most hilarious and irrepressible personalities in golf. Get tickets


The Financial Drag of Being Gay

Jake Rivas of You and I Financial presents The Financial Drag of Being Gay on Sunday, April 24 from 11 am–1 pm at Lulu California Bistro. Come and find out how discrimination in your planning can derail your financial plan. In the seminar Jake will cover: Discrimination in financial services, the effects of risk perception, practical ways to manage adversity, and the latest legislative protections for the LGBTQ + community. Brunch is included! More info


Preservation Matters 2022

The Historic Site Preservation Board of the City of Palm Springs offers Preservation Matters this Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, from noon to about 5 pm each day. This two-afternoon program of presentations, discussions, exhibits, and tours takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center and is free of charge, with pre-registration required. Check out our event listing for all the details! More info


Coffee & Games at 4Paws Cafe

Brothers of the Desert present Coffee and Games at 4Paws Cafe on Saturday, April 23 from 11 am–1:30 pm. Join in for coffee and some friendly board games! All are welcome, including your well-behaved pooch. More info


Market Mash Up

On Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 am–1:30 pm, long-time community culinary resource The Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs will welcome local maker showcase The Artisan Market to their Saturday home, adjacent to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This “Market Mash-Up” will give regular customers of both events the chance to mix, mingle and sample each others’ offerings. More info



Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club returns with a second weekend of Desert Gold from April 21–24. This annual celebration of cosmic sights and sounds features live performances poolside by 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


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 Friday, 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


The Row House Lounge Grand Opening

Palm Springs’ newest cannabis shop and lounge, The Row House, invites the public to their Grand Opening all weekend, April 22–24, from 9 am–9 pm. Check out special deals and entertainment. The Row House provides curated and elevated offerings for those who are both cannabis connoisseurs and cannabis curious. More info


Jigsaw Puzzle Palooza at Mizell Center

Mizell Center invites all jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts to join in the Coachella Valley’s first Speed Jigsaw Puzzle Competition on Saturday, April 23 at 10 am. Expert Teams of two will compete against the clock to complete a 500 piece puzzle for fun and prizes. All teams work to complete the same puzzle in a two hour time period. More info


Palm Springs E-Waste and Shredding Event

For Palm Springs residents only: The City of Palm Springs is offering an Electronic Waste & Shredding Recycling Event on Saturday, April 23 from 8 am–Noon (or until trucks are full). This is a great chance to clean out those outdated electronics that don’t work but can’t be disposed of in the regular trash, plus household batteries and up to 3 boxes of shredding! More info


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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LOOKING AHEAD

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!


Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast May 11

Recognized for his activism and deeply rooted commitment to philanthropy, Andy Linsky will receive the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award, which will be presented at the 10th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:30 am. [Get tickets] The Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award is bestowed on an individual who has worked to enrich the lives of LGBTQ individuals through activism in labor, housing, education, and or human rights. More info


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KGAY 106.5 and BUD LIGHT NEXT are giving away a pair of tickets every day to the White Party Big Top Circus T-Dance with Paula Abdul, on Sunday, May 1. With special guest Israeli Pop Artist Netta, the trailblazing performer best known for her 2018 Eurovision Winning song “Toy.” Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

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