Brad Fuhr Caricature

Damn the luck! The testing requirement for air travel expires just hours after I will return from my early summer vacation.

I’m going to miss weekend one of Splash House with KGAY artist Diplo headlining one of the many pool parties this weekend in #IlLoveGayPalmSprings. There are two more on the summer calendar in August and KGAY and Gay Desert Guide will be giving away passes.

And now on a more serious note: Like the Watergate hearings of my generation, the January 6th hearings will certainly go down in history. Thursday night’s opening salvo painted a bleak picture of how close we came to a number of disastrous consequences of that administration’s thirst for power.

I bring it up, dear reader, to shine a spotlight on the primary election this week. We advanced two local LGBTQ+ candidates – Will Rollins and Christy Holstege. The freedoms we have gained and enjoy today are in danger of eroding without an engaged electorate – you! Please support and vote for the candidates who help keep us safe and free.

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

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Splash House – June

The June edition of Splash House, featuring headliner Diplo (familiar to listeners of KGAY 106.5!) and a full lineup of dance/electronic music artists, takes place this weekend: June 10–12, at The Renaissance, The Saguaro and Margaritaville resorts, and after hours at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Each resort is a full takeover hosting a poolside stage, rooms, and balconies that are all part of the fun. General admission pool passes include access to all three host resorts. Get tickets


T-Dance at Oscar’s

Oscar’s Sunday T-Dance is a Palm Springs tradition, taking place in their outdoor courtyard every Sunday from 5–8 pm during the summer. If you’ve spent the day by the pool listening to the Retro Sunday Brunch on KGAY 106.5 (Sundays from 11 am– 4 pm), keep the party going afterward at Oscar’s! Concerned about the sizzling summer temperatures? They have outdoor cool air blasters for the extreme hot days. Dance the evening away, the first hour is free and $10 cover charge thereafter. More info


LA Pride! in the Park and Parade

LA Pride 2022 (not to be confused with WeHo Pride, last weekend) takes place Saturday & Sunday June 11 & 12. On Saturday, it’s LA Pride in the Park at LA State Historic Park: spend the day showing your Pride with music, festival-style activities, exhibitors, sponsor activations and tons of food and drink. Then, party the night away with Anitta, Syd, Chika, Golden Globe-winner Michaela Jaé, (formerly MJ Rodriguez), and headliner and queen, Christina Aguilera [More info]. The Official LA Pride Parade takes place Sunday at 10:30 am. The theme this year is LOVE YOUR PRIDE and over 120 contingents will show how they do when they step off from the iconic corner of Hollywood & Vine, and march, dance, and roll down Hollywood Blvd, Highland Ave, and Sunset Blvd. As always, the parade will be broadcast LIVE by LA Pride’s longtime broadcast partner, ABC7. [More info]


Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

This year’s Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is here! Continuing through Sunday, June 12, a variety of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy. You can refresh your palate and discover new places to eat all while redeeming great offers. $1 from every reservation booked through dinegps.com will go to Find Food Bank. Check out our event listing for information on 2022 featured restaurants: More info


RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 5

Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest star-studded recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of Dante’s RuPaul Recaps here). This week, strategy becomes ever more important as two stars are awarded to the top finishers this week. The Maxi Challenge gives the queens an opportunity to be inspirational as they deliver uplifting commencement speeches, where Dante expects to hear “Pumps & Circumstance.” Read the full recap of Episode 5: Draguation Speeches [here].


Tribute Artist Peter Mac as Judy Garland

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Peter Mac, tribute artist, performing as Judy Garland on Friday, June 10 at 8 pm. Mac has won awards and critical claim for his accurate and loving portrayal of the woman Tony Bennett called “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” Get tickets


Mae West’s The Drag at Desert Rose Playhouse

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mae West’s play The Drag playing through June 10. The Drag opened in out-of-town previews in 1927 in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh calls The Drag “…a fascinating history lesson. It will also give you a glimpse into the work of the pre-Hollywood Mae West where every now and then her future star shines through.” Read his full review [here]. Get tickets


March For Our Lives Rally

Join Desert Stonewall Democrats and their partners for a March For Our Lives rally in support of sensible gun control legislation on Saturday, June 11 from 9–11:30 am at Frances Stevens Park in Palm Springs. March For Our Lives is a nationwide effort by the survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting to draw attention to the country’s gun violence epidemic. Efforts are underway for gatherings throughout the country this coming weekend. More info


Old Jews Telling Jokes

Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The June production is Old Jews Telling Jokes, with upcoming performances on Sunday, June 12, 19, & 26 at 2 pm. Join Morty, Bunny, Nathan, and the rest of the cast as they demonstrate why “kvelling is better than kvetching.” Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the funny side of birth, sex, old age, and more. (Next up, for July: The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31). Get tickets


John Lloyd Young at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club presents John Lloyd Young this weekend, Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11. Young is a classic, delivering a song with an immediacy and originality that makes even long-established hits feel like they’re unfolding in front of you for the very first time. Celebrate classic hits from the 50s and 60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock n roll, Doo-Wop and R&B standards. Dinner at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm. Get tickets


Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival

The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival (PSYPF) takes place Sunday, June 12 from 12–3 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The PSYPF promotes and encourages theatrical creative writing for all elementary, middle, and high school students in Riverside County. Four staged readings of selected winning plays will be performed by seasoned professional actors. Of special interest to the LGBTQ community is TRAPPED, written by 17-year-old Cal Vaughan from Palm Springs High School. The play imagines a pandemic hitting the entire world and how two teenagers, in different homes, maintain a relationship while living with their families who don’t understand the nature of gender identity. See our event listing for details on all four plays, actors, and directors: More info


Get Your ShortFest 2022 Tickets Now

Gayla! selection “F^¢k ‘€m R!ght B@¢k”

Tickets for individual programs are now available, along with publication of the full schedule for ShortFest 2022, taking place June 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Each program is a curated selection of short films, running roughly the length of a feature film when put all together. Of special note to our audience: The “Gayla!” program is on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm and consists of six short films celebrating queer life: “Lucky Fish,” “High Jump,” “Tank Fairy,” “Work,” “F^¢k ‘€m R!ght B@¢k,” and “Naked Men in the Woods.” Get Gayla! Tickets | Get ShortFest tickets

(You can also enter to win ShortFest tickets from KGAY 106.5!)


PS Farmers’ Market Indoors for Summer

The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market has transitioned from outdoors to indoors for the summer. All the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, organic coffee, flowers and so much more are back on Saturday, June 11 (and every Saturday this summer) with new hours: from 8:00 am–1:00 pm at the Palm Springs Pavilion. More info


Sunset Restorative Yoga

CCBC Resort in Cathedral City presents Sunset Restorative Yoga with Dr. Johnny Warriner, every Saturday in June from 7–8 pm. This is a 50-minute session of gentle stretching, mindful relaxation and meditation. All levels are welcome. More info


AIDS/LifeCycle Livestream

DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales)

You can tune in for the livestream of the triumphant finish of the AIDS/LifeCycle as riders complete the 545-mile route in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 11 at 11 am. Livestream is at www.aidslifecycle.org or https://www.facebook.com/AIDSLifeCycle.

KGAY 106.5‘s DJ Galaxy is on the ride, bringing his KGAY Retro Lunch shows to you from the road with ride and fundraising updates!



Becoming Austin Nation

Brothers of the Desert is a sponsor of Becoming Austin Nation, a Hollywood Fringe Festival offering in which Austin Nation will share his entertaining and humorous autobiographical piece, “From Crack to PhD: A Drag Queen’s Story.” Upcoming performances are June 15, 19 and 24 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Renberg Theatre. Get tickets


Electric Light Orchestra Experience

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents the world’s premier tribute to Electric Light Orchestra, Evil Woman – The American ELO on Saturday, June 11 at 8 pm. Picking up where the Beatles left off in 1970, the UK-based ELO expanded the concept of great melodies, epic song structures and grand orchestrations, resulting in ELO becoming one of the most popular groups of the 1970’s and perhaps even more so today. Numerous hit songs including “Evil Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Xanadu,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and many others. Get tickets


Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History

Join The Palm Springs Library to experience the exhibit: Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History presented by the LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert, on display throughout the entire month of June in celebration of Pride Month. Learn more about our local LGBTQ+ community and their contributions through the decades. The exhibit will be inside the Library and available to view during regular library hours. More info

The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert will also present The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map on Thursday, June 30 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The lobby of the Cultural Center has a new exhibit of news stories from various local publications about LGBTQ events that took place in the Greater Palm Springs, on display throughout the month of June. More info


Rainbow Book Month

The Rancho Mirage Library has curated a list of books to celebrate Rainbow Book Month, to highlight the writings that reflect the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, and asexual community. Drop by the library to check out what they have on hand, or peruse the curated list [here].


LOOKING AHEAD

Alzheimer’s Association LGBTQ+ Community Forum

The Alzheimer’s Association presents the LGBTQ+ Community Forum on Monday, June 13 from 5–7 pm at the Mizell Center. This community discussion will explore how the Alzheimer’s Association can best support people in the Coachella Valley. Hear from a panel of experts speaking on specific issues facing our LGBTQ+ community, learn about brain health, and obtain resources. More info


ShortFest Preview

The Palm Springs International Film Society’s ShortFest runs June 21–27, but you can see a special ShortFest Preview on Monday, June 13 at 6:30 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This FREE community screening will showcase a selection of films from recent ShortFests and provide a sneak peek into this year’s festival. More info


Author Chat with Annabelle Gurwitch

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival and the Rancho MIrage Library and Observatory present author Annabelle Gurwitch for a book talk, chat and book signing on Monday, June 13 from 2–3 pm. Gurwitch is an actress, activist, humorist, and author of five books. She also co-hosted the cult TV hit Dinner and a Movie on TBS. This is a free event. More info


Can’t Cancel Pride

iHeartRadio and P&G present Can’t Cancel Pride 2022 – Proud AND Together, streaming online Tuesday, June 14 from 5–6 pm. This third annual event will be hosted by JoJo Siwa and will focus on the challenges and celebrations of “The Year in Pride,” showcasing twelve months of community and activism and the issues that continue to impact the LGBTQ+ community in 2022 as well as intersectional messages of spirit and strength. Celebrity appearances include: Elton John, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lizzo, Anitta, Dove Cameron, Betty Who, and Kim Petras. The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is a beneficiary of this year’s event. More info


Rocky Horror Anniversary with Barry Bostwick

Tickets for The Rocky Horror Picture Show 47th Anniversary with Special Guest Star Barry Bostwick go on sale this Friday, June 10 at 10:00 am. The anniversary screening will take place Friday, October 7 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino in Rancho Mirage. Agua Caliente’s mixologist has created a special signature cocktail, The Time Warp, to mark the occasion, and will be exclusively offered to guests attending the screening. The event will also feature a special appearance by the original Brad Majors, Barry Bostwick, and a display of screen-used costumes, props, and other artifacts from the cult-classic film, a costume contest, and more. Get tickets


Mark Your Calendar: Sizzlin’ Summer Sale

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide invite you to our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale on July 9 & 10 at the Hyatt Palm Springs! There will 20+ Downtown Retailers who will be offering their merchandise 50% to 75% off. In addition to all the great deals KGAY 106.5 will be on-site broadcasting live, and there will be drinks available to purchase. Shop, sip, & shop some more! More info


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Win ShortFest Tickets

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are giving away 2 Tickets EVERY WEEKDAY to the 28th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest, which runs June 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Tickets are good for a ShortFest screening consisting of 4–9 short films programmed together for a cohesive experience. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 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

Welcome New Partners!

Palm Springs Chef and Restaurateur Chad Gardner welcomes you to Roly China Fusion, a bar and restaurant featuring modern Chinese cuisine with an Asian fusion twist. Enjoy Dim Sum and other light bites on their outdoor, pet-friendly patio overlooking Palm Canyon Drive, enjoy a drag show on Sunday, or indulge in the Chef’s Table, a private VIP dining experience featuring their most exquisite offerings. Learn more

Bulldog Cannabis features an unprecedented farm-to-counter experience. Grown and sold in the same building, you can’t get fresher flower anywhere. Enjoy a view into their trim room or take a tour! And with no middleman, you won’t find a better value, along with added savings from loyalty programs, daily deals and promotions. Located just across I-10 from Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage and offering free delivery within 10 miles. Learn more

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