How are you coming on your New Year’s Resolution(s)? Here are the Top 10 from Country Living Magazine (an unlikely source, I agree!):
- Lose weight.
- Eat healthier or change diet.
- Get fitter and take more exercise.
- Spend more time with family and friends.
- Be more aware and take care of mental health.
- Sort out finances and cut back spending.
- Travel more.
- Take up a new hobby, sport or other interest.
- Be more environmentally friendly
- Look for a new job
Share yours on our socials @GayDesertGuide #NewYearsResolution
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Always, Patsy Cline
Desert Theatreworks presents Always, Patsy Cline opening Friday, January 7 and 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!
- Mid-Century Moderns from Desert Rose Playhouse, Jan. 19–Feb. 19
- Life X 3 from CVRep, Jan. 25–Feb. 6.
- Artificial Morality from Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Jan. 21–30
- Les Miserables from Palm Canyon Theatre, Jan. 28–Feb. 13
- The Mountaintop from Dezart Performs, postponed to Mar. 4–13
Joshua Tree Gallery Features Michael Childers and Gordon Clark
The Joshua Tree Gallery of Contemporary Art presents EMERGENCE, now through March 13, featuring the photographic artwork of Michael Childers and Gordon Clark. The exhibition presents new works from each artist as well as works that have adorned the walls of esteemed museums and galleries around the globe. Gallery is open Thursdays 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 1:00–5:00 p.m. More info
Cowboy & Cowgirl Night
Palm Springs Hot Rodeo presents Cowboy Night (cowgirls too) at Trunks Bar on Saturday, January 8 from 7:00–11:00 p.m. This monthly social and dance will give you the chance to do the two step, shadow, waltz, line dances, west coast swing, shuffle and more all while raising funds for the Hot Rodeo with a cash prize raffle and drink specials. More info
“Satur-Gays” with Ross Mathews
Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5 every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! With the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 this week, 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.”
College of the Desert Street Fair is Back
After a long absence due to COVID-19, College of the Desert has restarted their Weekend Street Fair every Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on their campus in Palm Desert. Considered one of the top things to do in the Palm Springs area, where locals and visitors alike can spend their day with an open-air shaded shopping experience, the Street Fair offers over a thousand items for sale from artisans, home goods, fashion, furniture, vintage cars, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. All funds raised from merchant space rentals provides annual funding and support for students attending the College of the Desert. More info
January at the McCallum Theatre
On Saturday, January 8, LeAnn Rimes performs at the McCallum Theatre. Also in January: David Foster and Katherine McPhee, The Doo Wop Project, A Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme with David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte, Vanessa Williams, Fiddler on the Roof, and much more! Learn more
2nd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival
“A Passion 4 Pinot” is the 2nd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, a premier event on the international wine calendar, taking place Saturday, January 8 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. There will be over 60 top-tier Pinot Noir producing wineries, offering a unique opportunity to engage with foremost winery owners and winemakers while learning about winemaking practices and philosophies that produce wines of distinction. Get tickets
Desert Lens Photo Exhibit
If you enjoy fine art photography, check out Desert Lens, an exhibit of latest imagery from Diane Padys and Chris Houser at Old Town Artisan Studios’ Leland Gallery in La Quinta. The exhibit is open January 6–15, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (closed Sunday). Diane Padys, a commercial photographer for 25 years, turns her lens to abstract expressionism of desert forms to reveal their dynamic texture and uniqueness. Chris Houser, a travel and nature photographer, offers small 8×8 gems of boldly colorful desert scenes. 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 at least Tuesday January 18 , and The Purple Room Supper Club is closing through at least Sunday, January 16.
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 (starting Wednesday, January 12) at 7:00 p.m., 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
Originally scheduled for Friday, January 28, the LGBTQ Center of the Desert has decided to cancel Info-A-Go-Go out of an abundance of caution and respect for the community in light of the coronavirus surge due to the Omicron variant. Those who registered will be issued refunds.
- 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
- Oasis Music Festival
- The Center’s Info-A-Go-Go
Fri. Jan. 28, 3:00–6:00 p.m. at Compass Rose Ballroom, Margaritaville Resort
- The Center Social
Fri. Jan. 28, 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Compass Rose Patio, Margaritaville Resort
- 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 Partners!
AsiaSF Palm Springs is back this weekend with a Grand Reopening starting Friday, January 7, almost two years after its record-breaking grand opening in January 2020. This Cal-Asian restaurant, cabaret, dinner theater and nightclub features the beautiful and talented “Ladies of AsiaSF.” Seatings this weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. Learn more
The Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company. Top modern dancers in the industry are hired to perform in company performances and may assistance Michael Nickerson-Rossi in educational programs. The Palm Springs Dance Academy is the official Nickerson-Rossi school, preparing young talent for the intense competition they will meet in colleges, conservatories, and the professional dance world. 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 a.m. 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 a.m.–4 p.m. And Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!