Avenue Q gave us the song “The Internet is for Porn” with the lyrics “Why do you think the net was born?
Porn! Porn! Porn!” And 30+ years on, the internet has certainly changed our world. Gay Desert Guide wouldn’t exist without it and KGAY wouldn’t have its worldwide listenership.
Elon Musk has now commandeered Twitter and many have fled the platform. The place for politics and porn has certainly grabbed headlines – and lost advertisers and users. I’m not boycotting Twitter, as it still provides benefits to the LGBTQ+ communities we serve. Twitter acts as a valuable connection between media, brands and people worldwide. So while I wouldn’t advertise on Twitter, I will continue to post there. For now…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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P.S. I recommend the new Phillip K. Smith III exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum where this selfie was taken at the opening Wednesday night!
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30th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
The City of Palm Springs presents the 30th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, December 3 from 5:45–7:45 pm. The parade, the city’s signature holiday event and a much loved tradition, features spectacular twinkling floats, magnificent marching bands, huge Macy’s-style holiday balloons – and Santa Claus of course! The parade route follows Palm Canyon Drive north, from Ramon Road to Tachevah Road. The parade will once again be broadcast live on NBC Palm Springs starting at 6 pm. More info
On Friday, December 2 at 5:15 pm, it’s time for the Official City of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting in Frances Stevens Park, featuring Santa Claus and the Palm Springs City Council. Prior to the lighting of the City’s spectacular 22-foot tall Holiday Tree, Main Street Palm Springs and Mayor Lisa Middleton will host the annual Holiday Banner Student Awards beginning at 4 pm. More info
The Roost’s Wreath Decorating Contest and Auction
Get in the Holiday spirit by participating in The Roost’s Wreath Decoration Contest and Auction on Sunday, December 4 at 6 pm at The Roost Lounge. Enjoy entertainment by Bill Lohnes, Cher-Javier, and Keisha D. Not only can you have fun and show your creative side, you have the chance to win one of three prizes:
- 1st Place – $200 cash and a $50 Roost Gift Card
- 2nd Place – $100 Trilussa Gift Card and a $25 Roost Gift Card
- 3rd Place – $75 Roost Gift Card
- More info
Indio International Tamale Festival
The City of Indio presents the 30th Anniversary of the Indio International Tamale Festival from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4 at Miles Avenue Park. Join in for a weekend full of tamales, live music, and lots of fun, including the World’s Biggest Bounce House, carnival rides, luchadors, and micheladas. Performers include Banda Machos, La Santa Cecilia, Nortec: Bostich + Fussible, The Egyptian Lover, together PANGEA, and many more. The “Mercadito de Noche” is a festive night market on both Thursday & Friday evenings featuring food, rides, and entertainment. More info
The Leslies’ 34th Annual Toy Drive and Fundraiser
The Leslies’ 34th Annual Holiday Toy Drive takes place Saturday, December 3 from 6:30–11 pm at a private residence in Palm Springs. The 60’s-themed holiday event will feature a catered gourmet dinner, a hosted bar, carols performed by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Laurel Foundation, serving over 700 transgender/gender diverse youth and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, providing free mental health and social support programs throughout 2023. Toys collected at the event will be distributed to the youth associated with The Laurel Foundation. Get tickets
Do Not Remove Label
Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Do Not Remove Label, a world premiere by Jerome Elliott Moskowitz, from December 2–4 and 9–11. It’s Hanukkah 1966, and 12-year-old Tommy and his newly widowed mother Tammy are making latkes, preparing to celebrate. A missing label on the sofa triggers an ill-timed visit from the FBI and Hanukkah is turned upside down. Can the next-door neighbor Cookie Balinsky save the day with Rugelach and good cheer? Get tickets
Mid-Century Moderns at Oscar’s
The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life 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
Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp from December 2–18, 2022 and January 20 –29, 2023. This new musical is a nostalgic romp through the popular oasis featuring glimpses of history, icons and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets
Best of Modernism Online Auction
Modernism Week presents the Best of Modernism Auction from December 3–11. This exciting online auction of customized experiences and intriguing and distinctive items comes just in time for the holiday season. Discover more than 60 unique architectural experiences, exclusive VIP Modernism Week event tickets and experience packages, access to prime sold-out parties, and uncommon, exclusive items not typically available to the public. More info
Desert Art Center Annual Art Party
The Desert Art Center presents its annual Art Party on Friday, December 2, from 5–7 pm. Escape from the madness of the malls and shop all new artwork from DAC’s 100+ talented, juried artists in two big galleries. From ceramics to photography and glasswork to jewelry, and every style of painting, they truly have a piece for everyone. In addition you can watch artists demo their passions, shop the huge gallery for that unique gift, and sip hot spiced cider. More info
First Fridays El Paseo
The famed shopping district of El Paseo presents First Fridays El Paseo, a monthly evening of events all along the district. On Friday, December 2, enjoy the following: ArtWalk El Paseo: Take a self-guided tour of over 15 fine art galleries and enjoy in-gallery artist receptions, stroll the Median Art Exhibition and take selfies with the many wall murals. El Paseo Cruise Night classic car show atop the Gardens on El Paseo and then participate or watch the famed cruise with hundreds of cars from 4–7 pm. Singer Whitney Lyman performs from 3:30–5:30 pm on the Center Lawn, and Holiday Carolers will sing along the avenue from 4 to 6 pm. More info
Fellini Retrospective: 8½
This fall, the Palm Springs Cultural Center wraps up its Fellini Retrospective series this Friday, December 2 with the film 8½ (1963). One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ marks the moment when the director’s always-personal approach to filmmaking fully embraced self-reflexivity, pioneering a stream-of-consciousness style that darts exuberantly among flashbacks, dream sequences, and carnivalesque reality, and turning one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Experience why Fellini’s name is synonymous with the international art of cinema! Italian food and drink specials start at 5 pm, film screening is at 7 pm. Get tickets
Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale
The Friends of the Palm Springs Library present their annual Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale on Saturday, December 3 from 10 am–1 pm at the Library on South Sunrise Way. Don’t miss this festive opportunity to pick-up gently used books, DVDs, CDs and more, plus one-of-a-kind Friends merchandise and great themed gift baskets. Find the perfect gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday gift list! More info
Palm Springs Opera Guild 39th Annual Vocal Competition
The City of Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert present the 39th Annual Vocal Competition on Saturday, December 3 from 1–3 pm at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory. Over the years, this competition has awarded scholarships to hundreds of young men and women preparing for a career in the operatic arts. The finalists are selected through an auditioning process and will perform before a live audience. The finalist judges include opera company professionals from around the United States charged with discovering new talent for their opera productions. Eight finalists will compete for over $30,000 in cash scholarships. More info
Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter
Desert Film Society presents a screening of Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter on Saturday, December 3 at 10 am at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. A gastronomic revolutionary and a culinary bad-boy, Trotter paved the way for the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay, yet his tempestuous, competitive nature alienated many. With never-before-seen archival material and new interviews with those who loved and loathed Trotter–who died from a stroke in 2013 at age 54–this absorbing, unvarnished profile chronicles the passions of a master chef and the consequences of pursuing perfection at all costs. More info
Agua Caliente Jukebox feat. The Dreamboats
Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City presents Agua Caliente Jukebox featuring The Dreamboats on Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm on the Agave Caliente Terraza stage. Dance to all your favorite ’50s and ’60s tunes under the desert stars in this FREE CONCERT as The Dreamboats take the stage! More info
The Price is Right Live™ at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents The Price Is Right Live™ on Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm. This is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. Get tickets
13th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show
Dudes, dogs and designer fashions will be on display at the 13th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show on Sunday, December 4 from 11 am–2 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This afternoon of fun features our Desert Handsome Hounds, including Gay Desert Guide’s own Brad Fuhr on the runway! Guess will enjoy a delicious and beautifully prepared lunch while being entertained as these stylish models work the runway, each with a tail-wagging canine by their side! Includes champagne reception and silent auction. This exciting event benefits Animal Samaritans’ life-saving rescue program and the care for homeless animals at Animal Samaritans’ no-kill shelter. More info
Tramway Tree Lighting Ceremony
UFC Hall-of-Famer Cub Swanson will serve as the 2022 celebrity tree lighter for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 4. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm at the Tram’s Mountain Station with the Palm Springs High School Madrigals & String Quartet performing holiday favorites. Swanson will follow by lighting the Tram’s landmark 45-foot tree comprised of over 4,000 LED lights, which can be seen throughout the Coachella Valley. More info
Soulful Sundays with Keisha D
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Soulful Sundays Happy Hour with Keisha D from 5–7:30 in the upstairs lounge. Keisha is a local staple at the heart of the live music scene in Palm Springs and has graced audiences with her beautiful voice from U.S. to Canada and a tour through the Virgin Islands. She has worked with various recording artists in the gospel industry and has also given the jazz and blues community a voice to remember. No cover, 2 drink minimum. More info
Palm Springs Vintage Market
The monthly Palm Springs Vintage Market is on Sunday, December 4 from 7 am–2 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Palm Springs has some of the best shopping in the world for mid-century design. Come see a collection of the best Southern California sellers of vintage and antique furniture, art, clothing, jewelry, and home furnishings. The Vintage Market takes place the first Sunday of each month from October through May. Get tickets
Wildlights at The Living Desert
Wildlights returns to The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens on December 2–3, 9–10, 16–24, and 26–30. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Wildlights is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Follow illuminated pathways on a journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays. Advance reservations required. Get tickets
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Gift & Toy Drive, “Chorus Cares,” is Saturday, December 3 from 8 am–1 pm at their booth at the Certified Farmers’ Market at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Please bring new unwrapped gifts or toys in original packaging or gift cards up to $25 in value, to benefit Martha’s Village & Kitchen.
At The Roost Lounge, they are accepting canned food and non-perishable food items now through December 20, with drop-off locations at The Roost, Roadrunner Print & Ship, and various pop-up events from Brothers of the Desert. They are also accepting new unwrapped toys for local children, benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, now through December 20 at the same locations. They are also running a separate Board Game Drive through December 12, for new unwrapped board games (not card games) which will go toward their goal of gifting a game to every student at Rio Vista and Julius Corsini Elementary Schools [More info].
Dick’s Bar is having a “Stuff the Cruiser” Toy Drive with Anita Treadmill and the Palm Springs Police Department on Friday, December 9. Then, Hunters and Streetbar are teaming up for a Toy Drive all day on Sunday, December 11 in the parking lot between the two establishments. Fill the truck with unwrapped toys which will be given to Palm Springs Fire Station #2 for distribution. On Saturday, December 17, AMP Sports Lounge in Cathedral City has a Toy Drive starting at 3 pm with a drag show at 5 pm.
Desert Theatreworks is partnering with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission for a toy drive in hopes that every child at the mission has something to open during the holidays. Come see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical through December 23 and bring an unwrapped toy for ages 0-12, when you come see the show.
The City of Palm Springs Parks & Rec Department is collecting unwrapped toys at four different locations through Thursday, December 15:
- Palm Springs BMW, 3737 E. Palm Canyon Drive
- Porsche Palm Springs, 3735 E. Palm Canyon Drive
- Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise / Open 10 am–5 pm (closed Sunday)
- Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way / Open 7:30 am–6 pm (Monday through Friday)
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they’ve launched a new “Feed a Family” campaign going into this holiday season. Your $55 donation can help the food bank provide a family of 4 with all the fixings for a delicious and healthy holiday meal [Donate here].
Mizell Center can use your help, too, in filling their holiday gift bags for their 400 homebound Meals on Wheels clients. They are looking for shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, and athletic socks to be donated no later than December 7. You can drop them off at the center or even have them shipped: Attention Laura Castillo, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
Denim & Diamonds
The Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City presents the 13th Annual Denim & Diamonds extravaganza on Monday, December 5 at 5 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Come sparkle in your best denim and support the Club’s educational, training, and mentorship programs. The event begins with cocktails and a silent auction. Then it’s dinner and an exciting live auction featuring unique items that will make you want to raise your padde. Stay for dancing to live rock, pop, funk & soul music by HOTROX. Get tickets
Rock the Park Returns with Ronstadt Revival
The Chamber’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” is coming back for a sophomore stint beginning Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm. This season-opening performance will feature Ronstadt Revival: Tribute to a Legend, with the music of Linda Ronstadt. Rock the Park will continue on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3, 2023. Future dates will pay tribute to Queen, Prince, Bee Gees, and more. The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
Readers of the Coachella Valley Independent and viewers of KESQ Channel 3 voted in the Best of Coachella Valley 2022-2023 poll, and we are dancing for joy because we are WINNERS! KGAY 106.5 and DJ Galaxy are both honored in the top spot in their categories for the fourth year running, and after three years of strong second-place honors, John Taylor took the top spot as Best Local Radio Personality this year! Please join us in congratulating our winners:
- KGAY 106.5 – Best Radio Station
- John Taylor – Best Local Radio Personality
- DJ Galaxy – Best Local DJ
Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! After a honeymoon hiatus, 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 will bring 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
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
- Indio International Tamale Festival
Dec. 1–4 at Miles Avenue Park
- Do Not Remove Label presented by Desert Ensemble Theatre
Dec. 2–11 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- 30th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
Sat. Dec 3 from 5:45–7:45 pm in Downtown Palm Springs
- The Leslies’ 34th Annual Toy Drive and Fundraiser
Sat. Dec 3 from 6:30–11 pm
- 13th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show
Sun. Dec 4 from 11 am–2 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum
- Rock the Park: Ronstadt Revival
Wed. Dec 7 at 7 pm at Palm Springs Downtown Park
- Fun Home presented by CVRep
- Irving Berlin’s White Christmas presented by Desert Theatreworks
- “Stars – A Galaxy of Song” presented by Modern Men
Sat. & Sun. Dec 10 & 11 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- “Naughty or Nice? A Holiday Concert” by Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
Fri., Sat. & Sun. Dec. 16, 17 & 18 at the Annenberg Theater
- 60 Things to Do in the Desert in December
- Palm Springs Pride 2022 Was Hot Fun Under the Desert Sun
- 55 Pics From Palm Springs Pride 2022 That’ll Make You Wanna ‘Say Gay!’
- Acrisure Arena: 10 Things to Know Before Its December Opening
- Restaurant News Bites: Make Your Holiday Meal Plans ASAP; and Much More!
REVEL is that neighborhood public house where locals hang out and visitors are welcome. Enjoy their patio, have a beer at the bar, come early for endless champagne brunch or pop in for a late-night pizza or burger–and check out the bourbon list! Get $10 off your bill at Revel Public House with our HOT DEAL: Get a $25 gift card for just $15! Get Your Deal
We also have Hot Deals at V Wine Lounge, Hunters Nightclub, Il Giardino, Jolene’s Bar & Grill, Rick’s Restaurant, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Grand Central, Boozehounds, Desert Mischief, Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Monster Shakes, Destination PSP, Kitchen 86, AMP Sports Lounge and more! See All Deals
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 2022 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.
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)