When the owners of Kat & Cody/Frank’s Clothiers/Cold Nose, Warm Heart came to us with a summer “clearance” sale idea, we jumped at the opportunity to help organize it. So the Sizzling’ Summer Sale is happening Saturday & Sunday at the Hilton Hotel. We’re hoping to repeat this again later in the year (when it’s not sizzlin’ out) but do encourage you to stop by.
The Dinah announced their lineup this week and we’ve got all the details. You can tell we’re gearing up for “season” already as CV Rep and Dezart Performs, two of our beloved theatre companies, also put their seasons on sale.
Remember to download our calendar of events from the homepage of GayDesertGuide.LGBT. I keep a copy on my fridge for reference.
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Summer Sing-A-Long: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
The Summer Sing-a-Long series is back at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with returning favorites and new classics. On Saturday, July 9 the series continues with Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Oompa loompa doopity doo! Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Head into the theater for the sing-a-long at 7 pm, with songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus leading the out-loud voices! The series continues Saturdays through July, with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mamma Mia 2! Get tickets
The Golden Girls LIVE!
The Golden Girls LIVE! comes to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Saturday, July 9 at 8 pm. San Francisco’s legendary tribute to everyone’s favorite silver foxes from Miami is a loving send up of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls. The four drag stars playing the characters the entire world has come to know and love are Heklina (Dorothy), Jef Valentine (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). The cast of queens is also thrilled to bring the multi-talented Manuel Caneri on tour with them. Thank you for being a friend! Get tickets
The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The July production is The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31, all performances at 2 pm. “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for 11 years and is known as one of the most brilliant television shows of all time. You’ll love this opportunity to see some of the best classic comedy sketches from the program re-created for the stage performed by some of DTW’s favorite performers. Get tickets
Sizzlin’ Summer Sale this Saturday & Sunday!
KGAY and Gay Desert Guide invite you to our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10. Multiple retailers will be gathering at the Hilton Hotel’s Tapestry Room, offering their merchandise up to 75% off. Sale hours will be Saturday from 12–6 pm, and Sunday 10 am–3 pm. In addition to great deals there will be drinks available to purchase and a live broadcast of KGAY 106.5 with John Taylor on Saturday from Noon–2 pm. More info
Long Beach Pride
Long Beach Pride takes place on Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10. The theme is Many Voices, One Spirit and the event has moved to July to soak up the warm summer sun. The festival, which starts Saturday at Shoreline Drive, has been completely reimagined with headliners Iggy Azalea, Natalia Jiménez, and Paulina Rubio, plus many more great performers and activities, including Long Beach Pride’s first ever roller rink, and a Drag Makeup Station to get your face BEAT, plus an all-new Silent Disco. The parade is along Ocean Blvd on Sunday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. More info
Extrax Grand Opening
Extrax Palm Springs is hosting their official Grand Opening on Sunday, July 10 from 10 am–3 pm at their location on Gene Autry Trail, just 5 minutes away from the Palm Springs Airport. KGAY 106.5 will be there from 11 am–1 pm for a LIVE broadcast! Come for the best cannabis shopping experience, plus there will be food, games, a live DJ, and much more. More info
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Godspell from July 8–17. Go on a theatrical musical journey based upon the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In this timeless tale of friendship, love and tolerance, a small group of disciples help Jesus tell a variety of parables through song, dance, and humor. Jesus’ life will dance across the stage with an eclectic blend of songs that include the Billboard Chart hit ‘Day by Day.’ Get tickets
Gimme Gimme Disco at the Alibi
July is hoppin’ at The Alibi, and this Saturday, July 9 at 9 pm it’s Gimme Gimme Disco, a dance party inspired by ABBA. Cruzados takes the stage earlier in the evening, at 7 pm. On Friday, July 8, The Alibi presents Comedy Night starts at 8 pm, leading into RAD – A Totally Awesome All 80’s Night from 9 pm on. Sunday, July 10 features Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 + DJ Jeremy Sole at 8 pm. Get tickets
I Dreamed a Dreamgirl
I Dreamed a Dreamgirl comes to The Desert Rose Playhouse on Saturday, July 9 at 8 pm. This live show is a two-man tour de force as Blake McIver and Emerson Collins tell the stories of their relationship and careers through showtunes, duets, Disney favs (and deep cuts), mashups and medleys that (probably) shouldn’t exist combining theatre, cabaret and pop. It may not all make sense…but it will be fun! They starred together in four seasons of Bravo’s hit social series The People’s Couch and now they hit the stage together in a live show for the first time. Get tickets
Christmas Bingo at Ethyl’s Place Backpack Drive
As part of their Christmas in July, The Roost Lounge presents Bingo at Ethyl’s Place on Sunday, July 10 at 12 pm. Bring a backpack for donation for essential school supplies for Coachella Valley schoolchildren and you’ll receive a Roost drink token! The backpack drive continues throughout the month, with a raffle leading up to a Grand Prize drawing for $500. Every $25 donation fills a backpack with supplies kids need when they return to school. More info
City of Indio Second Saturdays: Best of Salsa
Second Saturdays Center Stage, presented by the City of Indio, features “Best of Salsa” with Salsa Caliente and DJ Alf Alfa on Saturday, July 9 from 7–10 pm. This free community concert series is for all ages located downtown Indio in a safe, fenced-in, “outdoor living room.” Enjoy family activities, local food vendors, and craft beer. Come dressed for the weather and the themed occasion. Bring your own chairs or blankets or use the seating area with picnic and wine barrel tables. More info
RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 9
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest upbeat recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens are tasked with leveraging their brands into a signature social media dance challenge. Read on to find out whose dance involves the “Rip it and Grip It,” and whose dance the judges loved most! Read the full recap of Episode 9: Dance Like Drag Queen [here].
The Center’s Inaugural Women’s Social
Come meet other incredible women at the first edition of The Center Women’s Social on Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30–7 pm in the Tropics Lounge at Margaritaville Palm Springs (next to the ‘Come Monday Cafe’). This event is open to all LGBTQ+ women. More info
Monday: LGBTQ Business Succession Planning Workshop & Mixer
The Desert Business Association presents an LGBTQ Business Succession Planning Workshop on Monday, July 11 from 3:30–5 pm at the Renaissance Hotel. The workshop encourages LGBTQ business owners to develop (or enhance) a business succession plan…something that many do not have in-place or think much about. This is the first of five workshops being held across the country, sponsored by Absolut and the National LGBT Chamber (NGLCC), and locally in partnership with the Desert Business Association (DBA), the LGBTQ Chamber of the Desert. In addition, all participants are invited to join the DBA Networking Mixer immediately after, also at the Renaissance Hotel, where Justin Nelson, President and Co-Founder of the National LGBT Chamber (NGLCC), along with Sabrina Kent, NGLCC Executive Vice President, will be joining the workshop and the mixer to share what is happening at NGLCC, and the benefits of LGBT Business Certification, offered through the NGLCC. More info
Monday Night Bingo with Bella da Ball
King’s Highway at The Ace Hotel is bringing back their Monday Night Bingo after a two year hiatus, Mondays from 7–9 pm. The beautiful and lovely Palm Springs treasure Bella da Ball is back too! She will be hosting, calling numbers and giving away prizes. Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited. More info
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
Grab your friends and your passport to new adventures with Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, running from Monday, July 11 through Friday August 12. Come hungry! Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is an annual tradition of sizzling specials and tantalizing treats for the community to enjoy. Participating restaurants run the gamut from State Fare at the Ritz-Carlton, Willie’s Modern Fare, Las Casuelas Nuevas, and Haus of Poke, to Krispy Kreme and many more. It not only helps local restaurants during slower months, your $10 wristband is also a fundraiser for local nonprofits. More info
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN tickets to Out on the Mountain at Six Flags Magic Mountain! The event takes place Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page
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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 pool party music! Listen Online
- Summer Sing-A-Long Series: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Sat. Jul 9 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Sizzlin’ Summer Sale Presented by KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide
Sat. Jul 9 from 12–6 pm, and Sun. Jul 10 from 10 am–3 pm
- LGBTQ Business Succession Planning Workshop
Mon. Jul 11 from 3:30–5 pm at The Renaissance Hotel
- The Roost Lounge Presents Christmas in July
Jul 5–24 (KGAY/Gay Desert Guide Backpack Drive: Wed. Jul 20)
- The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
Jul 10, 17, 24 & 31 at Desert Theatreworks
- The Center’s Inaugural Women’s Social
Wed. Jul 13 from 5:30–7 pm at Margaritaville Resort
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