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Don’t spend the weekend waiting for your at-home COVID tests to arrive, get out and enjoy another great Palm Springs weekend! We’ve updated our 2022 EVENTS calendar and you can download it from the homepage. It’s great to share with those planning to visit this year outlining all the upcoming “big gay events” for the season.

It looks like the Red Dress/Dress Red party is on! That’s the late word from the LGBTQ Center, which recently canceled the January social and Info-A-Go-Go. So there’s a light at the end of the runway…

And you may have not heard that the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards are now April 9. The L-Fund’s Starlight Soiree is moving forward for March. IBC – International Bear Convergence is just about sold out and coming up in four short weeks. The next week looks to be picture perfect with sunshine and 70s. Stay updated with KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs and GayDesertGuide.LGBT.

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

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Me, Myself & Shirley with Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams, best known for her iconic role as Shirley Feeney in the hit TV series Laverne & Shirley, shares her memories and hilarious backstage tales in Me, Myself & Shirley from Thursday, January 20–Saturday, January 22 at the Annenberg Theater. Come hear about the highs and lows of Cindy’s life in Hollywood, working with some of the biggest names in the business. Get tickets


Vanessa Williams at the McCallum

The McCallum Theatre presents Vanessa Williams in concert on Saturday, January 22 at 8 pm. One of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today, Williams has sold millions of records worldwide and achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts, plus 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Get tickets


The American Express Golf Tournament

The 63rd playing of the American Express Golf Tournament returns to the desert this weekend, January 19–23 at PGA West and La Quinta Country Club (of the few tournaments contested on more than one course). 156 of the world’s best golfers are 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. The American Express also presents two concerts: Maroon 5 performs Friday, January 21 at 5 pm, and Brad Paisley performs Saturday, January 22 at 5 pm. Get tickets


The Dinah Announces 2022 Dates

The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is set to take place September 21–26, 2022 at the Margaritaville Resort (formerly the Riviera). With 400 rooms, it means more standard rooms available and it’s going to be like a Dinah Disneyland! Reserve your room now, tickets will be available soon. The Dinah is the largest Queer/Lesbian/Non-Binary Event in the world. More info


Christine Andreas at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club reopened this past Tuesday with Happy Hour each night Tuesday-Thursday and weeknight entertainment each evening. Michael Holmes presents Christine Andreas: And So It Goes Life & Love, Lost & Found on Friday & Saturday, January 21 & 22. To address these especially challenging times, Andreas put together a night of soulful and encouraging music that will keep your heart resilient, buoyed and on course: Songs from Broadway and the American Songbook, both Classic & Contemporary. Billy Joel, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Yip Harburg & Burton Lane, John Lennon, Cahn & Van Heusen, Leonards Bernstein & Cohen & more. Dinner at 6:00 pm, Show at 8:00 pm Get tickets


Grooves at the Westin

Apaulo Music productions and the Westin Mission Hills Resort presents smooth jazz in the valley once more with Grooves at the Westin on Saturday, January 22 from 7:00–9:00 pm at the Westin Grooves Backyard. Join multi Grammy Award winning Guitarist Paul Brown and world renown Bassist /composer Brian Bromberg and his orchestra for music, food, beverages, and dancing all in a spectacular setting at the new backyard of The Westin Mission Hills Resort. Get tickets


Artificial Morality

Desert Ensemble Theatre Company presents Artificial Morality, January 21–23 and 28–30 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This world premiere by award-winning playwright Tony Padilla centers on the character of Rufus Foster, who lands an entry-level job at a publishing house. What will he say or do in his insatiable desire to advance his career? Padilla states: “Artificial Morality looks at how technology is shaping our character in the 21st century. It questions the limits of ‘free speech’ and examines our rapidly changing moral values. The play was inspired by actual events that made me question where our society is heading when we no longer suffer the consequences of our actions.” Get tickets


Always, Patsy Cline

Desert Theatreworks presents Always, Patsy Cline playing through February 6 at the Indio Performing Arts Center, based on the true story of one wild night in 1961 Houston, when single mom Louise Seger became fast friends with her idol, Ms. Patsy Cline. Louise recreates her evening and correspondence with Patsy, as well as many of the singer’s highlights, in this touching, down-home country musical comedy. Featuring a live band, this rollicking musical tribute includes many of Cline’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Get tickets

Upcoming Theatre Productions

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



Brothers of the Desert Book Club

The Brothers of the Desert Book Club (BODBC) is offering members and allies an opportunity to meet bi-monthly to discuss their community’s literary history, meeting initially on Zoom twice a month: the second Wednesday night at 7:00 pm, and the fourth Saturday afternoon (starting Saturday, January 22) at 3:00 pm. The featured reading in January will be “Blackbird” by Larry Duplechan. The reading list for the year is only six books, spending two months on each selection. The BODBC will be more than a book club: organizers envision a regular bi-monthly social and networking event as well an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info


January at the McCallum Theatre

On Friday, January 21 at 8:00 pm, the McCallum Theatre presents A Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme with David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte. The legacy of the famous duo continues with orchestrations especially created for Steve & Eydie, along with classic, exclusive video, David (Steve & Eydie’s son) and Debbie will pay well-deserved tribute to two exceptional show business giants. On Saturday, January 22 Vanessa Williams takes the stage. Looking ahead: Fiddler on the Roof plays at the McCallum from January 28–30 and more! Learn more


Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers’ Market

The Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers Market is every Friday from 8:00 am–2:00 pm at The River on the corner of Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas. Shoppers can expect about 40 vendors with a variety of options including fresh fruits and vegetables, floral, baked goods, artisan clothing and gifts, meats, poultry and fish, coffee and teas, soups, pizza, tamales, etc. More info


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 3

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has new a recap for you: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Episode 3 (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). Read what happens when the remaining 12 queens meet each other for the first time (with some surprises), and participate in a maxi challenge of two fashion balls with three looks required of each queen. Learn about the new candy bar twist this season and read Dante’s full recap of Episode 3: A Pair of Balls here.


“Satur-Gays” with Ross Mathews

Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 am on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! With RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 now underway, listen for Ross to weigh in on the latest episode with his insider’s perspective! Brought to you by the John White Real Estate Group. Ask your smart speaker to “Play K-G-A-Y Palm Springs.”


Note: Due to the current spike in COVID cases, please check ahead when making plans over the next few weeks as many events may possibly be canceled, attractions may temporarily close or have hours scaled back. For example Sunnylands is closed temporarily through Wednesday, February 2 , and City of Palm Springs indoor facilities are temporary closed as well.


NEXT WEEK

DBA Virtual Networking Mixer

The Desert Business Association (DBA) Networking Mixer is going virtual for another couple of meetings, until the current wave of the COVID-19 Omicron variant subsides. Join them on Zoom on Monday, January 24 at 5:30 pm to find out the latest happenings at DBA, upcoming business trainings, and other activities. More info


Fantasy Springs Job Fair

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is looking to hire over 90 team members at their Job Fair on Thursday, January 27 from 2:00–6:00 pm at the Special Events Center. The first 50 job seekers that complete an in-person application will receive a $50 gift card. Managers will be on hand to personally interview candidates for exciting careers in a variety of positions including Restaurant Server, Sous Chef, Restaurant Manager, Baker, Cook, Cash Ops, Cage Cashier, Main Banker, Table Games Dealers and Floor Supervisors, etc. More info


Life X 3

CV Rep presents Life X 3 by Yasmina Reza from January 25–February 6. As witty and acerbic as ‘Art’, Reza’s enormous worldwide success, Life X 3 contrasts man’s ability to analyze and map the outermost reaches of the universe with his total inability to respond rationally to the most trivial domestic mishap, and examines how the slightest random event can effortlessly derail the most elaborately laid plan. Get tickets


Les Miserables

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Les Miserables from January 28–February 13. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his desire for redemption, released in 1815 after serving nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, but a police inspector named Javert refuses to let him escape justice and pursues him relentlessly. Get tickets


Fiddler on the Roof

The McCallum Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof for five performances: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 28–30. Audiences across North America are toasting this new production, rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset;’ “If I Were A Rich Man;’ “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” It’s a heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. Get tickets

Welcome New Partners!

MOGO Silent Disco Tour is an outdoor experience you’ll never forget with wireless headsets and a group sunset strance (that’s “stroll” and “dance”) through downtown Palm Springs. Don your wildest outfit (kaftans, cowboy hats, and sequins are encouraged!) and bust a move in front of some of Palm Springs’ most Instagram-worthy spots! Learn more

Rubine Red Gallery represents & promotes artists of the New Contemporary Art Movement. What is Rubine Red? It’s a color and a pigment. It’s the punching red paint and lipstick. It also captures the vibrancy of Palm Springs Style. May you love what you experience here as much as they do at Rubine Red! Learn more

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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 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 And Saturdays at 10:00 am, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!

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