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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and for those of us who are single, it’s time to hunker down and stay put. In fact, I’ll use Omicron as an excuse to keep out of circulation.

I have a number of single friends with whom I commiserate. We’re of the mindset that finding a mate in Palm Springs is as elusive at finding an affordable apartment. But hope springs eternal, and I’ll keep putting myself out there. Just not this weekend…

So NBC scored with the rights to the Winter Olympics and The Super Bowl. For many of us, that means watching figure skating and the halftime show! (And the commercials…) There’s still plenty to see and do locally this weekend. It’s a good time to purchase Modernism Week tickets. See our blog on affordable things to do here.

See you next week after the candy hearts and flowers have expired.

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

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24th Annual Tour de Palm Springs

The Tour de Palm Springs is one of the largest cycling charity events of its kind in America, and takes place this weekend with registration and a vendor expo on South Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz and Baristo on Friday, February 11 from 12–8 pm, and Saturday, February 12 from 6 am–5 pm. The Expo features live entertainment, beer garden, local jazz bands, 1 & 3 mile Honor Walk, raffle and more. Somewhere between 6,000 to 10,000 cyclists from 46 different states and 4 countries will participate in the ride, raising money for local nonprofits. More info

Thousands of cyclists and a street expo means there will be multiple street and lane closures this weekend, both Friday and Saturday. We’ve got detailed maps and information on exactly which streets are closed, and when: More info


Super Bowl LVI

You may or may not care whether the Los Angeles Rams or Cincinnati Bengals win the Lombardi Trophy, but the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13 is also all about the Halftime show, featuring Mary J. Blige! (okay, along with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem). Then there’s the entertaining ads, like this Palm Springs-centric spot debuted by BMW a few days ago [check it out]. Streetbar has a Tailgate Party kicking off at 3:00 p.m. and bars all around town will have “the big game” on their screens. Agua Caliente Casinos are hosting three Big Game Viewing Parties at the 360 Sports venues at each of their properties: Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, and Cathedral City. Get tickets


The Ten Tenors at the McCallum Theatre

The most popular act in the history of the McCallum Theatre, The Ten Tenors are back just in time for Valentine’s Day, performing multiple evenings (and matinees) from February 9–14. Also in February at the McCallum: Kristin Chenoweth (Feb. 18 & 19), Jay Leno (Feb. 20), Straight No Chaser a cappella (Feb. 23), and Broadway’s Jersey Boys (Feb. 25–27). Get tickets


Intersect Palm Springs

Intersect Palm Springs (formerly known as Art Palm Springs) is a boutique fair running Thursday–Sunday, February 10–13, bringing together a dynamic mix of more than 50 emerging and established contemporary and modern art and design galleries at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Works from the Fair will also be online at Artsy.net, Intersect’s exclusive online marketplace partner, from February 10–March 3. More info


VIP Sneak Peek Event at Willie’s Modern Fare

This Friday, February 11, from 5–7 pm, get a VIP sneak peek of Willie’s Modern Fare (That’s Willie Rhine of Eight4Nine), opening February 18 in Rancho Mirage, and help support Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. Limited to the first 150 registrants. More info


Taste of Jalisco Festival

Celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes from the state of Jalisco, Mexico at the 6th Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival from February 11–13 in Downtown Cathedral City (Jalisco’s sister city for 25 years). This FREE weekend of merriment includes a family-friendly carnival, artisan craft vendor market, tequila tastings and competition, authentic Mexican cuisine, and daily entertainment. Headlining the festival is Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles (BFLA) and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar with a special performance of “Mexico Lindo.” More info


Caliente Doo Wop Sock Hop

The Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City presents Caliente Doo Wop Sock Hop on Saturday, February 12 at 7 pm on the Agave Caliente Terraza. Dance to all your favorite ’50s and ’60s tunes with our good friend Kellee McQuinn aka DJModGirl under the desert stars with music provided by the Dreamboats. Dress up to celebrate the era and participate in the costume contest to win free play and cash prizes for ACE Club members. More info


The Righteous Brothers at Fantasy Springs

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center presents The Righteous Brothers on Friday, February 11 at 8 pm. One of the most successful duos in pop music history, the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and Bucky Heard are bringing that lovin’ feelin’ back with their signature tune “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin,” and other notable hits like “Just Once in My Life,” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” and “Rock and Roll Heaven.” Get tickets


Pitbull at Fantasy Springs

Fantasy Springs also presents Grammy Award-winning superstar Pitbull on Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm. Aka “Mr. Worldwide” — Pitbull was originally scheduled for March 2021, then the new date, December 18, 2021, was postponed as well. Tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new date. Get tickets


Air Supply at The Show

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Air Supply on Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm. Experience the 45-year legacy of the legendary Air Supply when they bring the trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice & Graham Russell’s simple, yet majestic chart-topping songs to the stage. Get tickets



Malcolm H. Myers Exhibition Opens

Rubine Red Gallery presents a retrospective exhibition of oil, acrylic and gouache paintings by iconic American printmaker and painter Malcolm H. Myers from February 11–28. While by no means a complete retrospective, the gallery is endeavoring to show Myers’ mastery and breadth of styles from his 5 decades as a professor and professional artist A Gallery Reception is planned for Saturday, February 19, from 5–8 pm. More info


LOCAL THEATRE

Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures

Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures from February 11–March 13 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier. Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Get tickets


Upcoming Theatre Productions

Here’s a glance ahead at more local productions taking the stage soon!


Indio’s 2nd Saturdays Center Stage

All the glitz and glam of Classic Hollywood is coming to life on Saturday, February 12 from 5–9 pm at the City of Indio’s Outdoor Living Room at their 2nd Saturdays Center Stage event. In keeping with February’s Classic Hollywood theme, the event welcomes the vintage jazz pop group The Amanda Castro Band, with vaudevillian Emcee Marquee. Grab some dinner or dessert from multiple food trucks and drinks via a mobile taproom from La Quinta Brewing Co. There will also be free activities for adults and children, such as corn hole from the Desert 4 Baggers, tailgate party games like giant Jenga and more. More info


New Farmers’ Market in Indio

A new weekly Certified Farmers’ Market starts in downtown Indio on Sunday, February 13 from 9 am–2 pm. Certified produce, fresh hot and cold chef-prepared foods, artisan crafts such as handmade wood and leather gifts, stationery, soap, jewelry, candles and other crafted items will be sold every Sunday from October through May. The market will also include live music, and a family friendly atmosphere encouraging relaxation and support of fresh, locally made, farm to table items. More info


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 6

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, Dante writes, “…rifts are developing, things are heating up, the room is getting smaller and “girls are getting picked off like old shaggy fruit.” No wait, that’s closing time at Barracks.” Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 6: Glamazon Prime, [here].


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LOOKING AHEAD

Human Rights Commission Annual Community Service Awards

The City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission will present its annual Community Service Awards on Monday, February 14 from 5:30–6:30 pm on Zoom. The awards will be presented to six individuals and two organizations for outstanding contributions promoting and protecting human rights, social progress, better standards of life, and equality for all individuals. Honorees include KGAY’s own DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales), and CV Independent publisher Jimmy Boegle, plus Ann Sheffer, VAXIE, Chad Gardner, Nikki Stone, Dean Lavine, and The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. Read more about the honorees [here] and more event details (with Zoom link) [here]


Valentine’s Day at AsiaSF Palm Springs

Join AsiaSF Palm Springs for A Special Valentine’s Day Evening on Monday, February 14 at 6:30 pm. This romantic evening will include a complimentary champagne toast, four-course pre-fixe menu and delectable house-made desserts, all punctuated by fabulous performances by the Ladies of AsiaSF Palm Springs. Then dance into the evening after dinner in the Forbidden City Nightclub. Get tickets


Valentine’s Day at The Purple Room

Love is in the air and classic tunes and fine dining are on the menu at The Purple Room Supper Club on Monday, February 14 from 5–9 pm. Make your reservation now for a romantic mid-century modern Valentine’s Day at Palm Springs iconic Purple Room: birthplace of The Rat Pack and LOVED by generations! Enjoy a special gourmet three-course meal designed just for the day. More info


Immigration Consultations

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is taking 15-minute consultation appointments on Tuesday, February 15 from 9 am–12 pm via Zoom with a new immigration law firm: Bolour/Carl Immigration Group. Get answers to questions related to immigration law, including visas, asylum, and DACA. More info


Palm Springs Police Neighborhood Town Halls

The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a series of town hall meetings each day at 4:00 pm from Tuesday, February 15–Saturday, February 19 at locations around the city. The meeting is intended to invite residents and businesses to address public safety issues and help shape the future of the department, and will be facilitated by Chief Andrew Mills and PSPD Command Staff with elected officials from each district present. More info


Get Your Red Dress, Dress Red Tickets Wed. Feb. 16 at 9 am

SAVE THE DATE for the Red Dress/Dress Red party, taking place Saturday, March 19 – and set your reminder for tickets going on sale because this one always sells out—and fast. Tickets for Red Dress/Dress Red go on sale Wednesday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m. at thecentercv.org


Black History Month at the Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum, in collaboration with the Palm Springs Black History Committee, presents several programs to celebrate Black History Month. On Thursday, February 17 from 5–7 pm, come for “A Comprehensive Timeline of Racism, Antisemitism and Sexuality Discrimination in Palm Springs.” This public talk with the Palm Springs Historical Society will be led by Renee Brown, Director of Education and Associate Curator at Palm Springs Historical Society, disucssing the barriers that keep many people from obtaining what is commonly referred to as the “American Dream.” Docent tours also available. Subsequent Thursdays in February will feature themed presentations in the 5–7 pm time frame, during which museum admission is free, supported by the City of Palm Springs. Note: All visitors are required to make a reservation online before arriving at the museum. More info

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