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Greetings from the beaches in Puerto Vallarta, where i have spent the past week on a “pre-holiday” holiday. PV is like our sister city with many a valley LGBTQ+ resident making pilgrimages to the promised land of sea, sand and señors.  

I’ll be home for Christmas and look forward to getting together with my chosen family over the coming days. There’s still plenty of time to get in the holiday spirit with concerts, performing arts, food and toy drives to make your heart feel good.  

We continue to provide the forums to keep you updated and informed with GayDesertGuide.LGBT and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs. We have some wonderful Christmas Day programming for you next weekend.

Happy holidays from the entire team to you and yours!

Don’t miss Ross Mathews’ show on KGAY 106.5 Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. We’re so excited to have our “Satur-Gays with Ross” and hope you’ll tune in.

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

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Dionne Warwick – A Holiday Celebration

Dionne Warwick is bringing her Favorite Time of Year holiday concert to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. The music legend will be accompanied by a 14-piece string section, performing a mix of Christmas and pop classics including “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Joy to the World,” and “My Favorite Things.” Warwick earned her first Grammy in 1968 for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” and was the first African-American female artist of her generation to win the award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. Get tickets


Kids’ Holiday Gift and Toy Drive

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus invites the community to drop an unwrapped gift or toy off on Saturday, December 18, between 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the PSGMC booth in the Farmers’ Market adjacent to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. These toys and gifts will benefit Martha’s Village and Kitchen; help make many children’s Christmas special! More info


Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour

The McCallum Theatre presents the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour on Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. This holiday tradition brings together a magical combination of musicians jamming on fresh, lively arrangements of season favorites in a high-energy show for the entire family. Celebrated saxophonist Koz will be joined by Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and introducing Rebecca Jade. Get tickets


Breakfast with Santa

The City of Palm Springs Park & Recreation Department, along with the Palm Springs Gay Softball League, host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 18 from 8:00–11:00 a.m. at the Palm Springs Pavilion. This FREE community event provides an “all-you-care-to-eat” pancake breakfast and every child that attends will also get to select and take home a new toy for Christmas. The Palm Springs Gay Softball League will be helping with the wide range of family activities also available, including gingerbread house making, handing out presents from Santa, and photos with both The Grinch and the Big Guy, himself. Reservations recommended. More info


Ho Ho Ho Down 2021

Among Friends and Bearded Shirts present the 5th Annual Ho Ho Ho Down on Friday, December 17 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Hunters. Support Sanctuary Palm Springs with your purchase of this year’s “HO” shirt for $25, (or $20 if you take off your shirt to put your “Ho” on right there!). More info


Strong Words: Voices of the City

CVRep presents Stories for Grownups! A Strong Words Holiday Performance, on Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. The hot LA story salon makes a triumphant return to CVRep with an all-star cast of storytellers in this special “best of” celebration of laughter, good cheer and delicious holiday mayhem. This is a one-show-only showcase starring Larry Dean Harris, Sandra Tsing Loh, Kevin Chamberlain, Johanna Stein, Vicki Juditz, Roy Cruz & Molly Kirschenbaum. Get tickets


Wyld Women Spoke Kin Bike Ride

Join intersectional feminist collective Wyld Womxn for their last Community Wellness Offering: Spoke Kin Bike Ride on Saturday December 18 at 12:30 p.m. at Palm Desert Civic Center Park. What started last year during the pandemic to encourage movement and community building while outside and physically distancing, Spoke Kin has hosted 6 bike rides through the Coachella Valley. Experience freedom via bike, while meeting locals who are wild in nature and grounded in love for earth and community. More info


THEATRE

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Desert Ensemble Theatre presents The Beebo Brinker Chronicles from Dec. 10–19 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Based on the pulp-fiction classics by Ann Bannon and set in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire. The play celebrates the era when “the love that dares not speak its name” began breaking the old rules. Get tickets


The Sound of Music

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Sound of Music through December 19. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain Von Trapp. Get tickets


Winter Wonderettes

Desert Theatreworks presents the Winter Wonderettes through December 23. This seasonal celebration finds the 60’s girl group “The Wonderettes” entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring a live band and great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Get tickets



Christmas with the Crawfords

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Christmas With The Crawfords through December 26. We find Ms. Crawford prepping for her infamous 1940’s Christmas Eve radio broadcast, with Christina and Christopher in tow. The show is a 90 minute parade of famous movie stars dropping by unannounced to sing, dance, and generally toss each other around. You know the gang: Hedda Hopper, Ann Miller, Baby Jane Hudson, Judy Garland, Gloria Swanson, Ethel Merman, Carmen Miranda, Mae West and even the Andrews Sisters. All seats get cocktail service before and during shows! Get tickets


Wildlights at The Living Desert

WildLights is celebrating 29 years dazzling guests by transforming The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Come to this festive annual tradition and marvel at more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights on the following remaining evenings: December 17-24, and 26-30. WildLights guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests. More info


Saturdays with Ross Mathews on KGAY!

Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews continues on KGAY 106.5 through the holidays with his new show airing Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Ross is seen nationally on RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Drew Barrymore Show, and more. Ross does what he knows best: show biz, current events and the Coachella Valley. As Ross puts it “KGAY is…giving the gayest person in history his own radio show…Me!” Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5, on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! Ask your smart speaker to “Play KGAY.”

It’s Hip to be KGAY!

Power up your wardrobe with some rainbows and spice up your holiday gift shopping with our KGAY logo merchandise! We’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and more in a variety of styles, and that’s just the beginning. How about a KGAY case for your phone? Coasters for your coffee table? Magnet for your fridge? Check out the travel mug, tote bag, throw pillow…and much more! Shop Now


LOOKING AHEAD

DBA Holiday Party at Hunters

The Desert Business Association‘s 2021 Holiday Party will be at Hunters Nightclub on Monday, December 20 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Network and celebrate the Holiday Season while supporting two local non-profits: Safe Schools LGBTQ Youth Scholarships, and Sanctuary Palm Springs. Bring raffle items, buy raffle tickets, and/or bring gift cards to be provided to residents of Sanctuary Palm Springs! Pre-registration requested. More info


Holiday Schedule for Programs @The Center

Some programs at the LGBTQ Center of the Desert will have holiday breaks:

  • Women’s Chat: Will meet every Thursday in December via ZOOM
  • Who Cares: Will meet every Friday via Zoom inc. Dec 24/31
  • Men’s Chat: Will meet Dec 17 via ZOOM. No group on Dec 24/31
  • Knit Together: Will meet Dec 15/20 & 22. No group on Dec 27/29
  • 50+ FIT via ZOOM on Mondays: Will meet Dec 20. No class Dec 27
  • 50+ FIT in-Person on Tuesdays: Will meet Dec 21. No class Dec 28
  • Prostate Cancer Support Group: No meeting on Dec 28
  • Chair Yoga: Will meet Dec 16/23. No class Dec 30
  • Check out ALL The Center’s programs here.

Jazzville: Sacha Boutros Quartet

On Thursday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m., Jazzville Palm Springs presents Sacha Boutros Quartet at the Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Heralded for singing in multiple languages, Sacha Boutros is a jazz singer with gorgeous pipes, but it’s her exquisite phrasing, her ability to caress a lyric, her absolute control over her voice that collectively make Sacha into a jazz musician. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets


🥳 New Year’s Eve Preview 🥂

Here’s a taste of the choices you have for ringing in the New Year in Greater Palm Springs!

  • Agua Caliente Casinos’ Light it Up: Three parties at each of the Agua Caliente Casinos: Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City, with live entertainment, food trucks, indoor and outdoor dance parties.
  • Streetbar will have party favors, tasty food, a midnight champagne toast, and as always, no cover charge.
  • Oscar’s presents A Dragasaur’s New Year’s Eve, with Gypsy, Sherry Vine, Varla Jean Merman, and Heklina.
  • Chill Bar has DJ Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones, with Go-Go men, party favors, and champagne toast.
  • One Eleven Bar has a New Year’s Eve celebration with Vanity Halston, admission includes champagne, lite bites, and a show.
  • Boozehounds transforms into the era of Studio 54 for a night of disco and dancing, inviting you to “follow the call of the disco ball.”
  • The Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel has DJ Cut Chemist spinning funk, soul, disco and boogie, plus special surprise guests.
  • The Roost Lounge has a Gennine Jackson Dinner Show, then Disco 54 with hosts Anita Rose and Alexander Rodriguez with performances, favors, trivia, appetizers, and a toast.
  • V Wine Lounge has Bill Lohnes performing, exciting cocktails, delightful wine selection and yummy bites.
  • Barracks Bar has a New Year’s Eve Bash by Megawoof, featuring beefy Go-Go’s and very special guest DJs Catz ‘n Dogz.
  • The Purple Room Supper Club has 3 seatings with performances by Rose Mallett and Sharon Sills, with party favors and champagne toast at the last seating.
  • Runway has a Prom Night theme party with hosts “Melba Toasted” and “Mack Diamond,” with dinner, prom pics, disco dance-off, and champagne toast.
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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 a.m. 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 a.m.–4 p.m. And Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. through the Holidays, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!

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