Brad Fuhr Caricature

Human Rights is a term used not only for our LGBTQ+ communities, but for a wide-ranging spectrum of moral principles and norms. Wikipedia defines it further as “inherent in all human beings”, regardless of their age, ethnic origin, location, language, religion, ethnicity, or any other status.” This week, Palm Springs Human Rights Commission put out their list of honorees for 2023. The full story is in today’s Palm Springs Post. But of note are Tori St. Johns, Dan Gore, and Brett Klein. PFLAG will also be honored – an organization that made my coming out process much easier. My parents were able to find community and knowledge about homosexuality in a way that was non-judgmental and encouraging. Other honorees include Jase Nagaia, Gary Moline and Bettye Cotton. I was honored with this award a few years ago, and it sparked the Palm Springs GayForGood chapter!

We’re putting the finishing touches on our Spring ’23 Visitor Map & Guide this weekend. It will be out in time for all the tourists flocking to our valley for events from IBC to Coachella. The current issue is great for sharing with friends who will be visiting and can be picked up around the valley at hotels, restaurants, bars and our visitor centers.

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The American Express Golf Tournament

Gwen Stefani

The American Express™, held annually at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, returns to the Desert for its 64th playing from January 16–22. Fifty-six of the world’s best golfers will be playing for a $7.6 million purse. It is part of the FedExCup and often provides the winners of the event a precursor to a successful season. In addition to the tournament, The American Express presents two concerts: Gwen Stefani performs on Friday, January 20 at 5 pm, and Darius Rucker takes the stage Saturday, January 21 at 5 pm. Check our event listing for schedule, tickets, and spectator info: Get tickets


Nickerson-Rossi Dance’s 10th Anniversary Performance

Renowned Palm Springs professional dance troupe Nickerson-Rossi Dance will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance Saturday, January 21 at 7 pm at the Annenberg Theater. The evening’s dance concert will pay homage to the classics of modern dance, the innovations of contemporary movement, and the city of Palm Springs. Featuring works from Founder and Artistic Director Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s company repertoire dating back to 2012, the show will include uniquely crafted works from past collaborations with Palm Springs institutions including Sunnylands, Modernism Week, Michael Childers’ One Night Only, and the Lucy Curci Cancer Center. Dante Puleio, current artistic director of the historic Limón Dance Company in New York City, will be the featured guest choreographer and a hand-selected group of students from Palm Springs Dance Academy’s pre-professional teen program will be featured along with the professional dancers in the guest works. Get tickets


Dirty Blonde

CVRep presents Dirty Blonde, playing through Sunday, January 29. This hit comedy garnered five Tony Award nominations and tells a story that is as unlikely, outrageous and as fascinating as Mae West herself. Come see how this icon of the past connects two lonely fans who are brave enough to see Mae West as their personal hero and ultimately lead to a fresh, budding, funny and sometimes bizarre romance. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh applauds Dirty Blonde as a “truly wonderful play,” “warm and loving” with “plenty of laughs…occasionally tinged with a layer of warm and fuzzy.” Read his full review


Nunsense A-Men!

Desert Theatreworks presents Nunsense A-Men! playing 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


A Bright New Boise

Dezart Performs presents A Bright New Boise playing 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


Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp Returns

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp from January 20 –29. 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


KGAY Wants Your Opinion!

As a KGAY 106.5 listener, you’re probably aware that we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio and technology landscape. Our goal is to continue to provide great content the way that you want it on the platforms you use most often, so we’re inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey. Tell us how you use the radio, along with social media, smartphones, tablets, streaming and the web to stay connected to entertainment, news, and updates from KGAY and other sources. We hope you’ll find it to be an interesting way to reflect on your own changing habits as a KGAY fan and radio listener! Take the survey


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


The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series

Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series, kicking off Saturday, January 21 from 4:30–7:30 pm with Eagles & Linda Ronstadt Experience, benefiting the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. For 25 years, The Gardens on El Paseo has brought together the Coachella Valley community to support local non-profits, musicians, and organizations. Reserve your tickets now and wine down on the Center Lawn, Saturday evenings to support your community. Upcoming concerts include: Gypsy (1/28), Pulp Vixen (2/4), Journey Captured (2/11), Lisa Lynn & The Broken Hallelujahs (2/18), Eevan Tré and The Show (2/25), Slim Man (3/4), and John Stanley King Band (3/11). Get tickets


January at The McCallum

Capitol Comedy

The McCallum Theatre presents The Simon and Garfunkel Story on Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21 at 8 pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. Then on Sunday, January 22, it’s Capitol Comedy at 3 pm. Capitol Comedy is a performance group that uses the winning formula of musical comedy, political satire, and multimedia animation to engage audiences with hilarious, insightful, and nonpartisan entertainment. Coming up at the McCallum: The Highwaymen (1/23), Music of The Carpenters (1/26), Paul Anka (1/27 & 28) and more! Get tickets


Care Management: The Oft Forgotten

PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents the seminar Care Management: The Oft Forgotten on Saturday, January 21 at 9:30 am on Zoom. Richard Bass, PALS Coordinator, and Robert Stansbury, Executive Director of Pacifica Senior Living will discuss: Who coordinates your medical treatment? Who advocates for your health? Who connects you with social and community resources for continuation of care, i.e. meal prep, assistance getting in and out of bed, medical services, medication management, and more? Many of us have been managing our own care for years, but what if you can’t? Join in to explore care management, the role of assisted living residence, and come away ready to create your care network. More info


South Palm Canyon Art Collective Sunday Soiree

The South Palm Canyon Art Collective presents their monthly Sunday Soiree on Sunday, January 22 from noon–3 pm at their studios upstairs at 1500 S. Palm Canyon. Each studio will be open to see the latest creations and chat with the artists. The South Palm Canyon Art Collective is comprised of 5 resident artists: Alberto Garcia Uria, Desi Grisham, Ernesto Ramirez, Kathleen Strukoff (La Chica), and Kim Garretson, plus a roster of guest artists. More info


American Sign Language for Beginners

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is offering an 8-week course, ASL for Beginners, designed for students with no previous experience in American Sign Language. The class meets weekly on Saturdays from 10–11:30 am (8 weeks from January 21 to March 11). Through easy-to-understand instruction, fun, interactive games, and an equal focus on both expressive and receptive skills, students will learn the basics of ASL, including fingerspelling and many frequently used signs that will assist them in communicating with the deaf and hard of hearing. Facilitated by Jason Hull. More info



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LOOKING AHEAD

Info-A-Go-Go and Center Social

The Center’s 5th Annual INFO-A-GO-GO will take place on Wednesday, January 25 from 3–6 pm at the Compass Rose Ballroom at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. It’s a one stop shop for all things LGBTQ+ in the desert. A sort of Welcome Wagon for our snow-birds, new residents, retirees, as well as folks that have been here awhile, so that you can see all that our amazing community has to offer to get plugged-in and involved. The last in-person INFO-A-GO-GO saw over 400 individuals coming through! Note: KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are the proud sponsors of the January Center Social, also taking place Wednesday, at Margaritaville’s Compass Rose Patio from 5:30–7 pm. More info


Rock the Park with Kings of Queen

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” presents Kings of Queen, featuring the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm. Rock the Park will continue on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3. Future dates will pay tribute to Prince, Bee Gees, and more. The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info


Wayne Gretzky Speaks in Rancho Mirage

The City of Rancho Mirage and Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa have partnered to present the Rancho Mirage Speaker Series – Legends of Sports as it moves to The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa. On Monday January 23 from 7–9 pm, “the great one” Wayne Gretzky takes the stage. This hockey hall of famer is the NHL’s all-time leading point scorer, has four Stanley cup championships and is widely considered the best to play the game. Get tickets


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

Welcome New Partners!

Pinocchio in the Desert is the most upbeat brunch restaurant in downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy bottomless champagne for just $6.95. They have recently extended their hours to dinner from 7:30 am–9 pm, so customers can enjoy brunch specials all day. The Pinocchio staff is excited to see you soon! Learn more

Low Desert Modern Mexican restaurant offers traditional Mexican food with a modern flair. Enjoy their uniquely crafted cocktails as well as a full bar on the large heated patio (enjoy ample parking, too!). Low Desert Modern Mexican is a great destination for locals and tourists who seek delicious modern Mexican food, from starters like chile gueritos and pozole to tortas, tacos and specialties like trio ceviche. Learn more

At Little Shop of Treasures they only know how to create moments of pure happiness and joy. Jason and Louie are committed to continuing the tradition of this wonderful store into the future and beyond. Browse their site and see what they’re all about. Whether you’re shopping for him, her, or yourself, they’ve got something for everyone. Your treasure awaits! Learn more


New on PromoHomo.TV

The City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presented Craig Prater, former Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, with the 454th star on the WALK OF STARS on January 5, 2023 in downtown Palm Springs. Longtime friend of Prater’s, Nicholas Snow – creator of Notes From Hollywood® and PromoHomo.TV® – captured the most comprensive coverage of the day, and presents the star ceremony and celebratory speeches in full. View on PromoHomo.TV

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Thai Smile has been offering healthy, high quality, and flavorful food to residents and visitors of Palm Springs since 1993. Enjoy the freshest handcrafted Thai Cuisine possible with fresh, crisp, young vegetables delivered daily, premium fresh meats and seafood with authentic Thai spices and herbs. Indoor and outdoor seating available! Save 30% when you pick up this HOT DEAL: a $50 Gift Card from Thai Smile for just $35 Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at The Purple Room, Men’s Grooming Spot, Il Giardino, Grand Central, Kitchen 86, AMP Sports Lounge, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Monster Shakes, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s, Rick’s, Hunters, Lulu California Bistro 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 2023 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)