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Snow in Palm Springs happened this week for our dear readers who don’t reside here. Not to worry! It’s over now and we all survived. But it caused much chatter & many a post on social media. (We’re going to get a bad reputation and may have to revise the number of annual sunny days downward after this Winter.) It was one for the record books and our nearby mountain communities are still recovering. In another week or so as daylight saving time kicks in and longer days warm our desert landscape, it will be a distant memory.

Good weather kicks in just in time for Desert X and Cathedral City LGBT Days where KGAY’s John Taylor will co-host the Bed Race on Sunday with Bella da Ball. Bring your sunscreen! We’re all a little pasty and not used to the sun’s rays which are already strong as Spring approaches!

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Cathedral City LGBT Days

Cathedral City LGBT Days returns THIS WEEKEND: March 3–5, marking the first Pride celebration of the year! On FRIDAY, attend a free outdoor screening of Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and the debut of the first-ever Pride–themed drone aerial show, all at the Cathedral City Amphitheater, followed by an official after-party. SATURDAY, enjoy Drag Brunch and a daytime Pool Party at Paloma Resort featuring KGAY’s DJ Modgirl and guest hosts, and join famed comedian Del Shores and the cast of Sordid Lives in an all-star tribute to Leslie Jordan at the Mary Pickford Theater.

SUNDAY cap it off with the iconic Bed Race in front of City Hall with host Bella da Ball, KGAY Morning Show host John Taylor, live music by The Dreamboats and Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, and a Post-Race T-Dance hosted by the world-famous Abbey West Hollywood. We’ve got the full run-down of the schedule on our event listing: More info

World Pride Mardi Gras Fashion Show

The World Pride Mardi Gras Fashion Show is on Saturday, March 4 from 6:30–9:30 pm at the Palm Springs Art Museum with host Jake Ingrassia, and DJ Galaxy spinning!

Meet international fashion designers Erick Bendana and Gabriela Idiaquez Vargas of Nicaragua, and enjoy Palm Springs pool & resort wear fashions by El Tuggle, as well as men’s formal wear by Giovanni Testi and designer Eruvey Tapia. This first-ever celebration of fashion masterpieces held in a dramatic, non-traditional venue showcases not only fashion designers and costume designers, but also the most beautiful art the Coachella Valley has to offer.

Fashion show preceded by a VIP reception and followed by a chance to meet the designers and models. KGAY and Gay Desert Guide are proud to be media sponsors of this Artful Event produced by the Palm Springs Art Museum. Get tickets

Michael Feinstein & Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the McCallum Theatre

Michael Feinstein
Jean-Yves Thibaudet

On Friday and Saturday, March 3 & 4, the McCallum Theatre presents Michael Feinstein & Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Two Pianos: Who Could Ask For Anything More at 8 pm both nights. The two artists join forces for the first time in an innovative program for two pianos celebrating the music of George Gershwin and his world. Born of a serendipitous encounter between the two artists at Festival Napa Valley 2021, Two Pianos: Who Could Ask for Anything More showcases each artist’s unique gifts for creativity, virtuosity and sheer joy of music making. Next weekend, March 10–12, David Foster and Katharine McPhee take the McCallum stage for an intimate evening of The Kat & Dave Show. Upcoming shows include: Masters of Harmony (3/19), The Kingdom Choir™ (3/24), Katherine Jenkins (3/25), and Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin (3/28 and 3/29). See the full March schedule for the McCallum Theatre with ticket info on our event listing: Get tickets

Desert X Opens Saturday

After welcoming a total of more than 1.25 million to all three previous iterations in the Coachella Valley, Desert X returns for their fourth exhibition, opening Saturday, March 4 and running through Sunday, May 7. The exhibition of site-specific installations by acclaimed international artists examines social and environmental themes with a focus on the changes that give form to a world increasingly shaped by climate crisis, globalism, and the political and economic migrations that follow in their wake. Free and open to the public, stop in at the Desert X hub at the Ace Hotel or download the app for information on artists, a map to find the installations, and interactive content. More info

A Funny Thing Happened…

Dezart Performs presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City with performances from March 3–12. A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges… while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other, when all they really want to do is run away? Get tickets

La Quinta Art Celebration

The La Quinta Art Celebration takes place Thursday–Sunday, March 2–5, at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus. 200 top domestic and international artists will be participating in this indoor/outdoor show featuring the stunning landscape and architecture of the venue. The artists exhibit their original artworks in styles ranging from classical to whimsical and spanning 12 media categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing & Pastel, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. The Celebration will complement the creative feast by offering gourmet dining from esteemed local restaurants, along with live music. Get tickets

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Friends of the Desert Mountains present the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival on Saturday, March 4 from 9 am–4 pm at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. Organizers are also offering fun virtual options, planning the festival to be even more accessible to everyone wanting to connect to the land. This FREE event celebrates wellness, recreation, safety and the outdoors. Featuring local artists and exhibitors, a kids’ zone, beer & wine garden with live music, food & beverages for purchase, raffles and more. More info

Cheeky Charity Bar Crawl

Join Cheeky Charity in supporting local businesses with drinks and fun on one of the gayest streets in America, while promoting and gaining insight into colorectal cancer awareness month at the Cheeky Charity Bar Crawl on Arenas on Saturday, March 4 from 7:30–10 pm. The event starts at I Heart Mac & Cheese and will continue on to Tryst, Streetbar, Hunters, Blackbook, Dicks, Quadz and close out at Chill Bar. Each venue will have a signature offering and a fun vibe to let loose for a good cause. More info

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

Bus Stop Productions presents Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man in the Tropics Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort on Fridays and Saturdays through March 18, with two shows per night at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. This show has been sharing its upbeat brand of humor with theater audiences all across America for over five years! The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Get tickets


CVRep presents Once, playing now through Sunday, March 11. (Due to popular demand, CVRep added seven additional performances!) Once is a love story reminding us of how the language of music is universal. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once tells the story of Guy, an Irish songwriter who spends his days fixing vacuums in the Dublin shop he runs with his father. While on the verge of giving it up altogether, along comes a girl who convinces Guy to believe in love, music, and the courage to carry on. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says Once is “a total joy from the moment you enter the theatre until it lovingly sends you on your way home.” Read his full review [here] and Get tickets

The Mousetrap – Final Weekend

Desert Theatreworks presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap through Sunday, March 5. This thrilling murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time returns to Desert TheatreWorks with a signature twist. As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a stately countryside guesthouse with a killer in their midst! Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve the mystery before another “mouse” succumbs to the trap? Join in for suspenseful fun courtesy of the longest-running play in history. Get tickets

Taste of On the Mark

On the Mark presents Taste of On the Mark, downtown Palm Springs’ only beer wine & food festival, on Saturday, March 4 from 5:30–8 pm. The festivities take place in the heart of the city; at this “boozy block party,” attendees get to sample a variety of local goods, artisan cheeses, craft beer, boutique wines and so much more. Grab your friends and family and come celebrate. Get tickets

Best Picture Nominee Film Screenings

The Palm Springs Library presents free screenings of films being considered for Academy Awards on two Fridays leading up to the ceremony. On Friday, March 3, they will be showing Banshees of Inisherin at 12 noon, and The Fablemans at 2 pm. Next week: On Friday, March 10, the films will be Elvis at 10:10 am, and Tár at 2 pm. More info

Run for Ike 5K

The Run for Ike 5K will be held Saturday, March 4 from 6:30–11 am on the streets of Palm Springs. This annual event honors the memory of Palm Springs Police Department K-9 Officer Ike who was killed in the line of duty in 2011, with all proceeds supporting the Palm Springs Police Department K-9 Fund. It is runner, walker, stroller and doggie friendly, beginning and ending at the Palm Springs Police Department. The race course is actually laid out in the shape of a dog, making it the perfect tribute to our K-9 hero, Ike. More info

Planning Ahead: Your Pet’s Future

Mizell Center presents Planning Ahead: Your Pet’s Future on Friday, March 3 from 5:30–7 pm. Most of us have given some thought about who we would like have care for our beloved pets if they outlive us. For a variety of circumstances, these beloved pets often find themselves at an animal shelter. This does not have to be the case. Attend this program and you’ll learn what you can do to ensure your pet is loved and cared for. More info

Fellini Retrospective: Juliet of the Spirits

Thanks to popular demand, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is extending its Fellini Retrospective series through the end of 2023, continuing on the first Friday of every month. The series is part of the Fellini 100 Tour, an international celebration of Fellini’s centennial, taking place at major museums and film institutions worldwide. Experience why Fellini’s name is synonymous with the international art of cinema! On Friday, March 3 at 7 pm, the featured film will be Juliet of the Spirits (1965). Middle-aged Giulietta (Giulietta Masina) grows suspicious of her husband, Giorgio (Mario Pisu), when his behavior grows increasingly questionable. One night when Giorgio initiates a seance amongst his friends, Giulietta gets in touch with spirits and learns more about herself and her painful past. Slightly skeptical, but intrigued, she visits a mystic who gives her more information — and nudges her toward the realization that her husband is indeed a philanderer. Get tickets

Live Stand-Up Comedy Class with Mina Hartong

Professional emcee and comedienne Mina Hartong (Curve Magazine America’s Funniest Lesbians) will guide you through a six part Live Stand-Up Comedy workshop series, culminating in a LIVE Final Show! The class begins on Friday, March 3, and continues for 5 additional weeks at the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, Fridays from 2:30–4:30 pm. Open to all ages and absolutely no experience necessary. Have fun collecting stories and sharing them at the final show on the last week. More info

Slim Man at The Gardens

Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series on Saturday, March 4 from 4:30–7:30 pm with a concert by Slim Man, benefiting Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine. For 25 years, The Gardens on El Paseo has brought together the Coachella Valley community to support local non-profits, musicians, and organizations. Reserve your tickets now and wine down on the Center Lawn, Saturday evenings to support your community. Up next: John Stanley King Band (3/11). Get tickets

Screwball Sundays: It Happened One Night

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a series of the greatest screwball comedies of Hollywood’s golden age, starting with It Happened One Night (1934) on Sunday, March 5 at 3 pm. In Frank Capra’s acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress. Get tickets

Willie’s Big Fat Broadway Bash

Willie’s Modern Fare presents the unique dinner show experience, Willie’s Big Fat Broadway Bash, every Sunday in March, starting with Sunday, March 5 at 4 pm. The talented students of Musical Theatre University are your singing servers, delivering a three course dinner with a slice of Broadway on the side, with a special Broadway guest star at each performance. Guest stars include: March 5 – Keven McMahon (City of Angels), March 12 – Erik Altemus (Pippin), March 19 – Leslie Tinnaro (Evita), and March 26 – Kim Huber (Beauty and the Beast). Make reservations

Burner: A Group Exhibition of International Street Artists

CODA Gallery in Palm Desert presents Burner: A Group Exhibition of International Street Artists from March 4–24 with an opening on Friday, March 3. This magnificent Collection featuring works from globally renowned street artists Dalek, Banksy, Cee Pil, Magnus Gjoen, Reka One, Henri Lamy, KEF!, and Shane Goudreau will be on exhibition and available for acquisition. The Opening Party is planned for Friday, March 3 with a live in-person appearance by superstar artist KEF! from 4–7 pm. Two additional Artist receptions with the Berlin-based Artist KEF! are planned for Saturday, March 4 from 1–3pm and Sunday, March 5 from 1–4pm. More info

Donald Foster, John Walz and Miloš Veljković

The Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts series presents Donald Foster (clarinet), John Walz (cello), & Miloš Veljković (piano) at Grace Church on Sunday, March 5 from 4–5 pm. This electrifying trio will present powerful masterpieces by Beethoven (Trio in Bb Major, Op. 11) and Brahms (Trio in A Minor, Op. 114). More info

Visitor Map & Guide Spring Edition is Here!

The Spring 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too!) is available now around town and online. We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attraction, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].

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Listen in for New Format for 103.1 FM

As you may have heard, 103.1 FM, the Coachella Valley radio station currently known as “Channel Q” has been purchased by KGAY 106.5 owner Brad Fuhr and for a short time starting Monday, March 6, will be simulcasting KGAY programming, so you’ll be able to hear John Taylor in the morning and Chris Shebel in the afternoon, plus Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas on 103.1 FM. We invite all former Channel Q listeners to come on over to KGAY 106.5 on the FM dial or stream online. On Wednesday, March 8, a new format will emerge on 103.1, so tune in to find out what the valley’s new radio station will be!

BNP Paribas Open Begins

The BNP Paribas Open will be held March 6–19 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This is the largest two-week combined ATP & WTA professional tennis tournament outside of the four majors. The player field this year includes defending champions Iga Swiatek, the current World No. 1, and World No. 8 Taylor Fritz, plus Carlos Alcaraz, Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula, and many more. When it comes time to take a break from the non-stop tennis action, Tennis Paradise has you covered with unrivaled amenities throughout the grounds. Daily live entertainment, top-shelf retail stores and luxurious dining options await you at every turn. And with 20 easily accessible practice courts, the opportunities are endless to encounter tennis’ hottest rising stars and most legendary icons as they prepare to take center stage in the desert. If you can’t make it in person, nearly 120 hours of live coverage is planned. Get tickets

Friends of Philharmonic Present Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Avi Avital

The Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic, as part of their 2022-23 subscription series, will present the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on Monday, March 6 at 7:30 pm at the McCallum Theatre. The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, guest artist Avi Avital has been compared to Andres Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity. See the full program in our event listing: Get tickets

The Swingin’ Sixties Show

The Award-Winning Tribute Artists from Premeditated Productions bring all your Favorite Performers from the Sixties back in one great show with The Swingin’ Sixties Show on Tuesday, March 7 from 1:30–3 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Swing out to this tribute to great songs and performers of the ’60s including Dusty Springfield, James Brown, Simon & Garfunkel, Wilson Pickett & more. Get tickets

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

Win Tickets to Sex Tips…

KGAY 106.5 has your tickets to Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. This humorous, highly theatrical audience interactive sex tip seminar is playing Fridays and Saturdays at Margaritaville Resort from February 24–March 18. Win a pair of tickets to the Saturday night show PLUS an overnight stay at Margaritaville! John Taylor will draw a winner on the KGAY Morning Show every Friday morning for the following performances: Mar 4, 11 & 18. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page

The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is not only the life of the party, she’s also a cover girl on magazines and billboards, a television entertainer, and an award winning producer, director, lyricist and performer. Her moniker is “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week on the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm. Listen online

Ross Mathews hosts hi popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 airs on Saturdays from 11:00 am–2 pm. That’s 50% more Ross because now it’s a three-hour show! Ross is a part-time Palm Springs resident and currently working on The Drew Barrymore Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and many other projects. He brings celebrity gossip and news, plus a rundown of what’s happening each weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings as he plays some of his favorite dance hits each weekend on KGAY. Listen Online

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 party music! Listen Online

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Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2023 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

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.” Ross Mathews is on Saturdays from 11 am–2 pm, 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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)