There are some big plans for the new Acrisure Arena which will play host to hockey, and so much more. Owners have already recognized the importance of the LGBTQIA+ community in the valley and created a rainbow logo for the new Coachella Valley Firebirds. (Read more below and check out the logo.)
You can see the progress of the arena driving along I-10 near Cook Street. It is set to open by this time next year! Lots of chatter about it (and the obscure company who got the naming rights!)
Everyone is hoping the Omicron is indeed starting to wane as many events on our calendar are still on a precarious perch of cancel/don’t cancel. White Party is now on sale, and Red Dress/Dress Red has been given the green light to proceed. IBC is full steam ahead, while the Dinah confirmed Fall dates at Margaritaville.
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Southwest Arts Festival
The Southwest Arts Festival® Indio returns to the Empire Polo Club from January 27–30, open from 10 am–5 pm daily, featuring a variety of traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art, jewelry and quality crafts from over two hundred artists, exhibiting over four days. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals, brought to you by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Indio. Get tickets
Fiddler on the Roof
The McCallum Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof for five performances: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 28, 29 & 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
Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck at the Cole Hotel
The Cole Hotel will be hosting the Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck on Saturday, January 29 from 2–7 pm. Cousins Maine Lobster has been operating in Orange County and the Inland Empire since October 2018 with lots of fanfare, and they’ve served 200+ apartment communities, office parks, breweries, and local events from La Habra to San Clemente to Indio. This is your chance to partake in Maine Lobster here in Palm Springs. Get a pool pass or a day bed and make an afternoon of it! More info
Acrisure Arena Named
The new 11,500-seat arena currently under swift construction at Interstate 10 and Cook Street to become the future home of the Coachella Valley Firebirds (the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) team), will be named Acrisure Arena under a 10-year exclusive named rights agreement. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Acrisure is a rapidly growing leader in the financial services technology industry. In addition to being a hockey venue, Acrisure Arena is expected to host big-name concerts, conventions, UFC, boxing, and WWE events.
Earlier in the week, the Coachella Valley Firebirds unveiled their new jerseys and logos. According to the release,
Embodying the spirit of both clubs throughout the design, the design of the bird uses a similar beveling technique as the Seattle Kraken’s “S” logo as another visual tie to the team’s parent NHL organization, which has further been carried out into the team’s wordmark. In embracing the team’s roots in the Coachella Valley, the type design embodies the mid-century modern design aesthetic for which the Valley has become world-famous.
For the secondary logo, the Firebirds have looked to its home for inspiration, featuring a palm tree against a field of mountains, showcasing the iconic landscape of the Coachella Valley. This is no ordinary palm tree, however, it has nine fronds, one for each city in the Valley, uniting us all together under one banner. Additionally, as part of its commitment to inclusivity, the primary and secondary Firebirds logos will be included in special color variants for friends, family, and neighbors in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Carol Burnett at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Carol Burnett on Friday & Saturday, January 28 & 29. (Friday was added because Saturday sold out). During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!” Get tickets
Congregation Beth Shalom invites the entire community to celebrate Shabbat Services on Friday, January 28 at 7:45 pm. Services and interactive discussion will conducted by Rabbi Dr. J.B. Sacks, one of the first openly gay rabbis in the Conservative Jewish Movement, and services will be followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat Dessert Reception celebrating the Diversity of Our Community. More info
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
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.
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
CANCELED – Les Miserables
Palm Canyon Theatre was set to present Les Miserables from January 28–February 13, However, the royalty company that licenses this work is currently restricting a large number of shows in their catalog, including this one. Therefore, all scheduled performances of Les Miserables at Palm Canyon Theatre have been canceled. Contact the box office at 760-323-5123 or firstname.lastname@example.org to rebook, donate, or refund your ticket.
Desert Ensemble Theatre Company presents the final weekend of performances of Artificial Morality, January 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!
- The Drag from Desert Rose Playhouse, Feb. 16–Mar. 6
- The Mountaintop from Dezart Performs, postponed to Mar. 4–13
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 4
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Episode 4, just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, the queens “will come up with attention-grabbing super teasers for Season 14 that highlight iconic moments of drama, glamor and shade. And the runway theme will be “Night of a Thousand JLo’s.” (Can it be?)” Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 4: She’s a Super Tease here.
Black History Month on Revry
This Black History Month, the LGBTQ-first streaming media network Revry is programming LGBTQ-first Black stories with themes from the differently-abled, LGBTQ athletes, activists and the lesbian, trans and the cis-gender lesbian community. Learn more about the planned programming and how to get a month free of Revry Premium [here].
AARP Tax-Aide Assistance
The AARP Foundation provides free tax assistance to those who need it most through their Tax-Aide program, presented by the Mizell Center on Tuesdays from February 1–April 5. Schedule your 20-minute appointment by phone or in person at the Mizell Center; a limited number of time slots are available, so don’t delay in making your appointment! More info
February at the McCallum Theatre
Broadway royalty is coming to town on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm when the McCallum Theatre presents Bernadette Peters with an evening of song and glamour. Also coming up in February: The Desert Symphony’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute starring Shawn Klush (Thu. Feb. 3), The Ten Tenors (Feb. 9–14), 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
Rock the Park Concert Series Begins Wednesday
The Palm Springs Chamber in collaboration with James Elliott Entertainment will present a free monthly tribute band concert at the new Palm Springs Downtown Park at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month from February through July, kicking off this Wednesday, February 2 with TRL, a Tribute to The Eagles. Future concerts include tributes to Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info
Valentine’s Day at AsiaSF Palm Springs
It’s not too early to be making your Valentine’s Day plans! 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
“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.”
- Fiddler on the Roof at the McCallum Theatre
- Always, Patsy Cline – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Jan. 7–Feb. 6, 2022 at the Indio Performing Arts Center
- Life X 3 – presented by CVRep
Jan. 25–Feb. 6
- A Special Valentine’s Day Evening at AsiaSF Palm Springs
Feb. 14 at 6:30 pm
- Modernism Week 2022
Feb. 17–27, 2022 at various locations throughout Greater Palm Springs
- International Bear Convergence (IBC) 2022
Feb. 24–28, 2022 at Hotel Zoso
Welcome New Partner!
College of the Desert embraces the diverse desert community, offering numerous programs, events and initiatives that support LGBTQIA+ students; and right now they have a one-time grant available to help students cover tuition and more, whether your goals are to go on to higher education or take courses purely for personal enrichment. Learn more
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- 71 Things do Do in the Desert in February 2022
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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!