The Presley name will forever be connected to Palm Springs. Losing Lisa Marie this week was a shock to the nation, and hit close to home as we lost a member of the younger generation of Presley’s. She was only 54.
We had just watched her on the Golden Globes paying tribute to Palm Springs Life “coverboy” Austin Butler for his performance in Elvis, who was honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Lisa Marie’s parents honeymooned in Palm Springs and that famous home will be on tour for Modernism Week. Their later home here was known as “Graceland West”, according to The Desert Sun. The former property will be seeing many more fans driving by for a selfie in the weeks to come. My Canyon View Estates neighborhood where Don’t Worry Darlin’ was shot gets daily visitors who want a pic where Harry Styles shot those scenes. He’s part of the next generation of Palm Springs royalty that someday will be eulogized. But for now he’s alive and well, and making another appearance soon in the desert…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs,
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Coachella 2023 Lineup Announced, Presale Starts Friday
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has announced headliners Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean [Read more]. Presale passes go on sale Friday, January 13 at 11 am Pacific Time. Best availability is for Weekend 2, and both weekends have a waitlist. Coachella will take place April 14–16 and April 21–23 at the Empire Polo Club. See our listing for the full lineup and links to buy tickets or get on the waitlist: More info
Palm Springs International Film Festival
The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) heads into its second weekend, running daily now through Monday, January 16. Films will be shown at various venues, including the Annenberg Theater, Regal Cinemas, Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs High School, and Mary Pickford Theatre. Use the Film Finder tool (linked below) to search by section, genre, region or director to find, for example, queer cinema films like God Save the Queens (pictured) and 1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted Culture (screening Friday and Sunday). The festival will close on Sunday, January 15 with The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Sally Hawkins; with the Best of Fest screening on Monday, January 16. You can check the PSIFF schedule on Sunday night to find out who will be included in the Best of Fest. Check out our listing for links to purchase passes, view the full schedule of films, and Film Finder: Get tickets
Desert Theatreworks presents Nunsense A-Men! from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 5. Hallelujah! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are invading DTW this new year! The twist is, all the nuns are played by men, adding another layer of hilarity to this hit musical. When five of the surviving members of the Convent discover that 52 of their sisters have been accidentally poisoned by food prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, they’re tasked with the challenge of raising enough money to pay for the burials. The Sisters decide to perform a musical-comedy variety show to raise the funds. Get tickets or Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page!
A Bright New Boise
Dezart Performs presents A Bright New Boise from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 22. In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith. Get tickets
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Day Committee, the city of Indio, and the Palm Springs Black History Committee are inviting everyone in the Coachella Valley to their annual MLK Commemoration Day Celebration on Sunday, January 15 from 2–3 pm at Love of Christ Community Church in Indio. Keynote speaker Waymond Fermon (Indio City Council) will be joined by youth speaker Genesis Triplett from Palm Desert High School; Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner will also be on hand, and every city in the valley will present proclamations. More info
Collective Soul, Theresa Caputo at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Collective Soul on Friday, January 13 at 8 pm. Collective Soul setlist classics include “Shine,” “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “AYTA,” “Why, Pt. 2,” “Precious Declaration,” and “Heavy.” Then on Saturday, January 14 at 8 pm the Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, is back to share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. Get tickets
January at The McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents Neil Sedaka on Friday & Saturday, January 13 & 14, taking the stage at 7 pm. Also coming up: Jeffrey Siegel on Monday, January 16, Lucy Loves Desi (1/17), Monterey Jazz Festival Tour (1/19), The Simon and Garfunkel Story (1/20 & 21), Capitol Comedy (1/22), The Highwaymen (1/23), Music of The Carpenters (1/26), Paul Anka (1/27 & 28) and more! Get tickets
Color the World Gala
Join the Old Town Artisan Studios for their Color the World Gala on Saturday, January 14 from 6–10 pm. This spectacular evening of music, festivity, celebration, and FUNdraising features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and special performances by Victory Brinker and The Boys of December ’63. KESQ Anchor Peter Daut will emcee. Get tickets
Mini Masterpieces Fundraiser
The Desert Art Center begins its 73rd year with a Mini Masterpieces fundraiser on Saturday, January 14, from 5–7 pm. Every artwork is 6×6 and sells for $73. Come enjoy a fast & festive exhibit of artwork from many of the finest local artists in the Coachella Valley. Eat, drink, and take home a masterpiece! More info
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets the third Sunday of each month at the Cathedral City Library at 2:30 pm. This month they meet on Sunday, January 15 to welcome Peter Leahy and his brand new book Growing Up Gay. Peter will introduce his book and share his personal story, including being a gay dad. There will also be checking in with each other and a celebration of 2022 accomplishments as well as taking input on identifying new leadership for this Chapter. More info
Auditions for Modern Men Spring Concert
Modern Men: Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus invites you audition on Saturday, January 14, from 11 am–12 noon for their upcoming Spring concert, featuring the music of Barry Manilow. More info
“Triple Thread” Fiber Art Show and Opening Reception
The Rubine Red Art Gallery invites you to their new exhibition: Triple Thread – Fiber Arts Group Show. While no art show on earth could possibly explore all of Fiber Art History — the clothes, the rugs, the tapestries and the sewing — these three artists present a compelling “splice” of contemporary Fiber Arts: Welsh artist Matthew Downham, new RRG artist & Minnesotan, Christopher Rowley, and Palm Springs’ own Nikki Virbitksy. The show will be on view January 6–23. More info
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Aspen Gay Ski Week
The 46th year of Aspen Gay Ski Week is taking place January 16–23 with the host hotel being the Limelight Aspen. Flagship events include the Top of the Mountain, Downhill Costume Contest, Pool Party, and Drag Queen Bingo, just to name a few. More info
Intermediate Spanish Class
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Intermediate / Advance Spanish, an in-person class to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, January 17 from 1–3 pm. This 10-week program is intended to expand the journey in the learning of Spanish language. Bob Stark will work in the classroom to develop necessary skills: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. This class is structured to feature engaging activities, both in listening as well as in reading and writing. It will be fun mixed in with some work. More info
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 has your tickets to see KC & The Sunshine Band at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage on Friday January 27 at 8 pm! With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, KC and the Sunshine Band was one of the most progressive bands of the 70’s and is credited with changing the sound of modern pop music! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
We’re kicking off 2023 with a new show on KGAY 106.5: The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is not only the life of the party, she’s also a cover girl on magazines and billboards, a television entertainer, and an award winning producer, director, lyricist and performer. Her moniker is “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week on the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm. Listen online
Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! 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
- Palm Springs International Film Festival 2023
Jan 6–16 at various theaters in Palm Springs and Cathedral City
- A Bright New Boise presented by Dezart Performs
Jan 13–22 at the Pearl McManus Theater
- Nunsense A-Men! presented by Desert TheatreWorks
Jan 13–Feb 5
- Dirty Blonde presented by CVRep
- Nickerson-Rossi Dance’s 10th Anniversary Performance
Sat. Jan 21 at 7 pm at the Annenberg Theater
- The Center’s Info-A-Go-Go
Wed. Jan 25 from 3–6 pm at Margaritaville Resort
- Rock the Park: The Kings of Queen
Wed. Jan 25 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Downtown Park
- The Southwest Arts Festival
Jan 26–29 at the Empire Polo Club
- Palm Springs Health Run & Wellness Festival
Sat. Jan 28 from 8 am–1 pm at Ruth Hardy Park
- Modernism Week
Feb 16–26, throughout Palm Springs
- International Bear Convergence (IBC)
Feb 23–27 at Hotel Zoso
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New on PromoHomo.TV
In the latest episode of Notes From Hollywood®, PromoHomo.TV® Producer/Host Nicholas Snow welcomes the film’s director, Brian Vincent, and producer Heather Kelly, to discuss this “madcap romp through the 1980’s NYC art scene amid the colorful career of painter Edward Brezinski, hell-bent on making it. Brezinski’s quest for fame reveals an intimate portrait of the art world’s attitude towards success and failure, fame and fortune, notoriety and erasure.” View on PromoHomo.TV
- World’s Largest LGBTQ+ Dance Music Festival: White Party Palm Springs Set To Return To The Desert May 12 – 14, 2023
- Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean to Headline Coachella 2023
- All the Furry Parties and Hot DJs to Expect at IBC 2023
- Fernando Bengoechea Art Opening in Palm Springs during Modernism Week
- What Does “Queer” Mean? Why are Younger Generations Reclaiming the Word Queer?
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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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 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)