Brad Fuhr Caricature

We’re just a weekend away from the Red Dress/Dress Red Party for the LGBTQ Center. I have most of my outfit together, sans the red bra. That’s coming courtesy of my fashionista neighbor, who’s procuring it from WalMart for me 🙂 Do you have your look together? This is one of the most talked-about events in our community where our community comes together to raise funds to keep the Center’s great work moving forward.

And the other Spring fundraisers like The Chase and Evening Under the Stars are just a weeks away as well.

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

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Desert Open Studios Tour

The Coachella Valley is home to many wonderful artists, and this weekend you can take a free tour showcasing this creative community with the Desert Open Studios Tour, Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13 (and again next weekend, March 19 & 20). You can travel from Indio in the east through La Quinta, Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs & finally Desert Hot Springs in the west. Hours are 10 am–4 pm on Saturday, Noon–4 pm on Sunday. You choose the artists and the places you want to visit by region or by style of art. The route is up to you. Interact with artists, observe their processes, purchase artwork, participate in demonstrations and explore spaces not usually open to outsiders! More info

BNP Paribas Open

The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open (aka “Tennis Paradise”) kicked off Monday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Check out the star-studded player lists [here]. A variety of packages and single-session tickets are available for purchase. More info

Until Now: Brian Justin Crum

Desert Rose Playhouse presents Until Now: An Evening with Brian Justin Crum on Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12. Cocktails and dinner start at 6 pm, and at 8 pm the show begins. Brian revisits his repertoire that got him where he is today, including Broadway, Divas, America’s Got Talent fan favorites and some new original music. Join for an evening of intimate connection, including special guest Candis Cayne. 4-course Greek dinner catered by Siobhan McAllister Velarde and 3 Queens Catering. Get tickets

Anka Sings Sinatra

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Saturday, March 12 at 8 pm with Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way. The tour honors a great artist who has influenced Paul Anka more than anyone else throughout his career: Frank Sinatra. It will also feature the hits that have spanned Anka’s career. Some of his most memorable hits include “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “My Way,” “Lonely Boy,” “Puppy Love,” “Having My Baby,” “Diana,” “She’s a Lady,” and the famous theme from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Get tickets

Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike and 5K Run

The 7th Annual Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike/5K takes place Friday, March 11 from 8 am–12 pm. This is the most important fun and challenging local athletic event held in Indian Canyons Palm Springs. Walkers start at registration at the intersection of South Palm Canyon and Acanto Road and proceed south into Indian Canyons, passing Cahuilla Landmarks such as Andreas Canyon to the west and finishing at Palm Canyon, the world’s largest Fan Palm oasis. More info

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 and fourth Saturday afternoons, this month on Saturday, March 12, and Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 pm. The book for March and April will be “How We Fight For Our Lives” a memoir by poet Saeed Jones. Goodreads says, “it is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.” The BODBC is 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

Brothers Got Talent

Brothers Got Talent returns on Saturday, March 12 with their first live event in several months. The program starts at 7:30 pm with cocktails and kiki in the upstairs lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Storytelling producer Larry Dean Harris will host and introduce BOD members Patrick Pierre, Lorenzo Taylor, Stuart Huggins, Yvans Jourdain, Anye Elite, and Stephan Scoggins. They will share carefully crafted true stories of love, loss, heritage, coming out, and more. Free event, registration required. More info

Hot Rodeo Cowboy & Cowgirl Night

Palm Springs Hot Rodeo announced this week that the 2022 Hot Rodeo will take place May 6-8, so giddy up and get it on your calendar now! And this weekend, get in the spirit as Hot Rodeo presents Cowboy Night (Cowgirls too) at Trunks Bar on Saturday, March 12 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

“Concerto Concert” Presented by Coachella Valley Symphony

The Coachella Valley Symphony will be bringing its previously postponed “Concerto Concert” to the Annenberg Theater on Sunday, March 13 at 3 pm. The Symphony will present two winners from its 2020 Concerto Competition. Guest artist Isabella Cao performs with guest conductor James Beauton, and guest artist Amy Rooney performs as well. Each year, competition is open to students between the ages of 11-26. Get tickets

Brian Sims Reception

An afternoon cocktail reception for openly LGBTQ PA State Representative Brian Sims takes place on Saturday, March 12 from 3–5 pm at the home of Darrin Pelkey & John Shields. Sims is running for Lieutenant Governor and this reception in support of his campaign is also hosted with Colin Wright & Toby Bryan, John DiPietro & Rich Carbonaro, Darrell L. Tucci, Sue Burnside, Brian Ramos, & Danny Lee. More info

March at the McCallum Theatre

This weekend at the McCallum Theatre, it’s an evening with Judy Collins on Friday, March 11 at 8 pm and Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial on Saturday, March 12 at 8 pm. Also in March: National Geographic Live! Nature Roars back with Bob Poole (Mar. 14), The Desert Symphony – Home Again: the Music of Carole King (Mar. 17), Manhattan Transfer (Mar. 19), Pink Martini (Mar. 25–28), and KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 welcomes Melissa Etheridge’s One Way Out Tour on March 29 & 30. Get tickets

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 10

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this week, the queens face a mini-challenge to create wearable pop art using bubble wrap, and then it’s the return of the legendary Snatch Game, which ends up being less funny than you’d hope. Find out how the judges reacted to this hot mess! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 10: Snatch Game, [here].


This weekend is your last chance to see these great local theatre productions: The Mountaintop, I Ought to be in Pictures, and Palm Springs Getaway!

The Mountaintop

Dezart Performs presents The Mountaintop, the 2010 Olivier Award Winner for Best Play by Katori Hall, from March 4–13 at the Pearl McManus Theater. A re-imagined depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth, the play is set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech, King goes to the Lorraine Motel to rest. His world is spun on his axis when he meets Camae, a young, feisty and foul-mouthed maid, who delivers his room service. Get tickets

Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures

Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures playing through March 13 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier. Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Get tickets

Palm Springs Getaway: A Musical Romp

Palm Canyon Theatre presents the world premiere of the original musical: Palm Springs Getaway running through March 13. This nostalgic romp features 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

Closer than Ever

CVRep presents Closer Than Ever from March 1–20. A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (Big; Starting Here, Starting Now; Baby), this revue is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known. Closer Than Ever is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the “modern world.” Topics ranging from unrequited adoration… to aging… to Muzak are tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh reports that Closer Than Ever has succeeded in catching lightning in a bottle, hitting the right notes with first-rate material and a team that brings it all together under the sharp direction of Ron Celona, doing his final duty as director before retiring at the end of the season. Read Stephen’s full review [here].


Community Conversation: COVID, What’s Next?

Community Conversations is a new, free public series featuring moderated panel discussions on issues important to our community, presented in partnership by the Palm Springs Post and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. On Monday, March 14 at 7 pm at the Cultural Center, Community Conversation: COVID, What’s Next? will feature a panel of relevant experts and community stakeholders to share perspectives on the “new normal” as we continue to adapt to the demands and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated audience discussion with comments and questions. Panelists include: Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Les Zendle, MD, Jill Gover, PhD, West Winter, Nichi Aviña, Jimmy Boegle, Colleen Pace, and Felix Tipper. More info

DBA In-Person Networking at Stonewall Gardens

Join the Desert Business Association (DBA) as they return again to Stonewall Gardens for an In-Person Networking Mixer on Monday, March 14 from 5:30–6:30 pm. Stonewall Gardens is a welcoming, supportive, and respectful environment, where a diverse group of LGBT seniors and friends can live, relax, and be well. More info

ShortFest and PS Film Fest Local Jury Applications

If you love film and live in the Coachella Valley, you might be interested in jury duty! That is, the film jury for the Palm Springs Film Festival (PSIFF) and ShortFest. Commitments include watching 10–15 short films and 4–5 feature-length films, and perks include jury credentials at the festivals, a behind-the-scenes look at festival operations, presenting awards to filmmakers during awards ceremonies, and meeting others who love movies as much as you do! Apply here

The Lehman Trilogy – Reviewed by Stephen Radosh

Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh traveled to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles to see the Sam Mendes-directed The Lehman Trilogy (playing now through April 10). Radosh called it “…a truly remarkable play in every way. At over 3 hours long (with two intermissions), it is certainly of a length rarely attempted in contemporary theatre. But it never wears out its welcome or feels long…” Read his full review of this story of the investment banking family empire [here]

Mark Your Calendar for Cathedral City LGBT Days

Holding the distinction of California’s first Pride celebration of the year, the 6th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days is just two weeks away: March 25–27 in downtown Cathedral City. There is much to do on each of the three days of the festival: Friday is the Opening Ceremony and Party in Town Square, with a Rainbow Lighting of City Hall, and opening of the exhibit: Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History, plus a Del Shores comedy show at CVRep! Then, it’s concert time on Saturday when Lance Bass hosts the Pop 2000 tour featuring OTOWN, Ryan Cabrera, and LFO, co-hosted by Mayhem Miller with music also from DJ Alex D. On Sunday, the festival’s signature event: the Parade of Beds and Bed Race, followed by Brunch in the Park! More info

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are proud to welcome Melissa Etheridge to the McCallum Theatre for her One Way Out tour on March 29 & 30, and we are giving away a pair of tickets to the March 29 show. Visit the KGAY Contest Page to find out how you can win!

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