Humbled was I for you, dear readers, who chatted with me at the LGBTQ Center’s Info A Go Go this week! I’m glad that this twice-weekly blog is useful! I also heard stories of how our KGAY air staff, led by morning host John Taylor, connects with you. We love doing every minute of it!
At KGAY & Gay Desert Guide, we are all about building community, just as the Center does. And while it is going through leadership change, the organization remains the top provider of services to our LGBTQ+ communities.
I also want to give recognition to our police and fire departments. I’ve gotten to know Chief Andrew Mills, who will be leading “Operation Relentless Sun” starting next week. That effort will be key to reducing the multi-faceted issues with homeless in the Palm Springs community. At this week’s Police & Fire Appreciation Lunch, we saw many examples of how our first responders have risked their lives to save others. Even the occasional four-legged variety…
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Southwest Arts Festival
The Southwest Arts Festival® returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, open daily from 10 am– 5 pm. The acclaimed art festival features a variety of traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art, jewelry and quality crafts. Live music, pottery, glass and fine art painting are scheduled to be on display. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals. Get tickets
Palm Springs Health Run & Wellness Expo
The Palm Springs Health Run & Expo takes place Saturday, January 28 from 8 am–1 pm at Ruth Hardy Park. The FREE Expo features over 100 vendor booths and fitness demonstrations showcasing the latest in nutrition, exercise techniques, NBC Palm Springs Food Challenge, LifeStream Blood Bank Drive, Playworks Game On – Tag Zone, rock climbing wall, Walk on Water and Flowbox aerial performers. This is one of the largest events of its kind in Southern California. Added new this year, a Half Marathon along with the USA Track and Field certified 10K and 5K courses. Beneficiaries include Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, Palm Springs Unified School District and United Way of the Desert. More info
Les Michaels Memorial Benefit and Concert
Les Michaels, a cabaret producer and singer in Palm Springs and Los Angeles who presented an ongoing popular Open Mic Cabaret Series at the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert for many years, passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2022. This benefit concert, on Saturday, January 28 from 12:30–3 pm will take place at the same venue and funds raised will go toward the effort to consider Michaels for a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The event will feature shared stories and remembrances by 16 performers from his Cabaret Series, including singers: Francesca Amari, Keisha D, Jaci Davis, Ruthann De La Vega, Jerome Elliott, Douglas Graham, Marcia Harp, Vicki Knight, Jeffrey Lesser, Rose Mallett, Frankie Mamone, Pat McCann, Thom McMorris, Earl Mitchell, John Spinks and Leslie Tinnaro. More info
KC and the Sunshine Band
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Rancho Mirage presents KC and the Sunshine Band on Friday, January 27 at 8 pm. KC and the Sunshine Band are still as widely popular today as they were when they first danced into the music scene 40 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – KC for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, giving us an impressive string of hits like “Get Down Tonight”, “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Shake Your Booty.” Get tickets
Dirty Blonde – Final Weekend
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
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
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Jazz on the Ocean Floor
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents an Immersive Big Screen Experience, Jazz on the Ocean Floor on Friday, January 27 at 6 pm. Explore the wonder and the majesty of the world’s oceans as they come to life in the Historic Camelot Theatre on the largest screen in the valley. Your musical tour guide and songstress extraordinaire for the evening Leanna has invited a collective of national and local jazz legends to create a multi-media sensory experience like none other. Get tickets
Coachella Valley Symphony Presents the Best of Stage & Screen
Coachella Valley Symphony will be bringing the Best of Stage and Screen to life at their performance home, the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater at the beautiful Rancho Mirage Community Park on Sunday, January 29 at 2 pm. This extraordinary event is FREE, suitable for all ages and you may reserve two tickets per e-mail address. Tickets are limited to 1,000 guests. More info
Kill the Editor
Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Kill the Editor over two weekends, January 27–February 5 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Ben, a young editor, is hired to edit a documentary for the Cannes Film Festival. With only one week, can he cut a five-hour version down to size? The filmmaker doesn’t want to touch a frame. When the previous editor demands her position back, what will Ben do? Will he give in to the 5-hour vision, let the previous editor take over or will he edit the film into his own vision? Get tickets
Mid-Century Moderns at Oscar’s
The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Friday, January 27 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
January at The McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents Paul Anka on Friday and Saturday, January 27 & 28 at 8 pm. On Monday, January 30 it’s Jazz at Lincoln Center presents The Songs We Love. Get tickets
Betti & Bruce: Trapped in Palm Springs!
Musical Comedy Duo Betti and Bruce return to Palm Springs on Saturday, January 28 from 7–8:30 pm for their Toucans Tiki Lounge debut after performing for ecstatic audiences across the US, UK, Ireland and Mexico this past year. In their campy, musical comedy cabaret, Betti and Bruce: Trapped in Palm Springs!, the old school entertainers hilariously combine high-class singing and low-brow comedy to tell a risqué and wisecracking showbiz origin story. Featuring the music of David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Dean Martin, Lady Gaga and many more. Get tickets
Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp Returns
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp through Sunday, January 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
Art Party at the Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum’s (SOLD OUT) major fundraising gala of the year, Art Party, takes place Saturday, January 28 from 6–11 pm at the museum. This year, the Gala honors Phillip K. Smith III, whose exhibit “Light + Change” art is currently on display at the museum. This spectacular evening features a cocktail reception, dinner, and after party. More info
The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series
Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series on Saturday, January 28 from 4:30–7:30 pm with a concert by Gypsy, benefiting the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. 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: 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
3rd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival
Palm Springs Passion 4 Pinot Noir Festival is Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28, at the Westin Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. The two-day event is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the top winery owners and winemakers and other leading wine personalities and enthusiasts from all over California. Discover just what it is that makes Pinot Noir so unique. Get tickets
American Framing Exhibit
The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center presents American Framing on display now through July 2. Originally presented at the U.S. pavilion of the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner developed the exhibition American Framing to examine wood framing—one of the country’s most overlooked yet common construction systems. Originating in the early 19th century, softwood construction was a pragmatic solution to a need for an accessible building system among settlers with limited resources of wealth, technical skills, and building traditions. It has been the dominant construction system ever since—more than 90% of new homes in the U.S. today are wood framed. This exhibition presents models, furniture, photographs, and a full-scale wood structure, which together argue that a profound and powerful future for design can be conceived out of an ordinary past. More info
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The Dinah 2023 Festival Passes Flash Sale This Weekend
The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest girl party music festival in the world, is set to take place September 20–24, 2023 at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. And this weekend only, an Early Bird Flash Sale is on through Sunday, January 29 at 10 pm. Use the code EARLYBIRD to take $30 off the festival pass! Get tickets
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Win Tickets to a Popular Modernism Week Lecture!
KGAY 106.5 has your tickets to WIN tickets to a Modernism Week Lecture: “Don’t Worry Darling” – Palm Springs Retro Style on Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at the Annenberg Theater. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
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
- 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
- Nunsense A-Men! presented by Desert TheatreWorks
Jan 13–Feb 5
- Dirty Blonde presented by CVRep
- Rock the Park: Prince – The Music of the Purple One
Wed. Feb 1 from 7–9 pm at the Palm Springs Downtown Park
- Cantors on Broadway!
Sun. Feb 5 from 2–4 pm at Temple Isaiah Palm Springs
- Intersect Palm Springs Art and Design Fair
Feb 9–12 at the Palm Springs Convention Center
- Billy Stritch: Cy Coleman Revisited
Fri & Sat Feb 10 & 11 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Modernism Week
Feb 16–26, throughout Palm Springs
- Christopher Kennedy’s Midcentury Home Tours
Sat. & Sun., Feb 18 & 19 in Indian Canyons and Vista Las Palmas
- International Bear Convergence (IBC)
Feb 23–27 at Hotel Zoso
- Desert WineFest
Sat. & Sun., Feb 25 & 26 at Palm Desert Civic Center Park
- Faux Fur Ball benefiting Palm Springs Animal Shelter
Sat. Apr 1 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum
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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.” 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.
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