Brad Fuhr Caricature

J.R. Roberts and Frasier creator David Lee were on KGAY this Friday morning to bring light to the darkened stage of The Plaza Theatre. Lee has generously donated time and treasure to the fundraising efforts that now appear to be on solid footing for a 2023 renovation. The Team Frasier reunion fundraiser is March 19th. See you there!

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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


Rainbow Challenge 2022

Love Golf? The Stonewall Golfers 21st Annual Rainbow Challenge is back and happening at the Classic Club on Sunday and Monday, March 6 & 7. The Classic Club was recently renovated to make it more player friendly: New forward tees, a softening of sand traps with some removed and the remaining filled with new sand; and some out-of-bound brush replaced with grass. The two-day tournament also features a Taco Party on Saturday night and Awards Luncheon on Monday. More info


Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Friends of the Desert Mountains’ annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival celebrating springtime returns to Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park with the promise of fresh air and family fun on Saturday, March 5 from 9 am–4 pm featuring a kids zone, climbing wall, exciting raffles and live music, beer and wine garden, the 30 by 30 by 30 challenge, and more. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy. The best part? Admission is FREE and open to all ages. Proudly presented by the City of Palm Desert, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and Friends of the Desert Mountains. More info


La Quinta Arts Celebration 2022

The La Quinta Arts Celebration (formerly known as the La Quinta Arts Festival), takes place from Thursday, March 3–Sunday, March 6 at the La Quinta Civic Center. Each Spring, the Coachella Valley comes alive with over 200 artists from around the nation exhibiting 11 categories of art. Complimenting the incredible selection of art is live music, premium food and beverage, and a beautiful setting worthy of the art. Get tickets


Electricity at Desert Rose Playhouse

The hottest play in Palm Springs, Electricity, is playing Wednesday, March 2–Sunday, March 6 at Desert Rose Playhouse. The deliciously hilarious, heartbreaking and romantic love story between Brad and Gary has delighted audiences across the country. Playwright Terry Ray’s riveting story unfolds over 4 decades and Brad & Gary’s epic journey will stick with you long after the evening is over. Is the person that you can’t get out of your head truly the person you’re meant to be with? Get tickets


Mini Gay Day 2022

Gay Days Anaheim presents their Mini Gay Day 2022 on Saturday, March 5 at Disneyland. This is a smaller, simpler confluence of red shirts before the big Gay Days blowout in September. Meet up with others at various attractions, take part in a big red-shirt group photo, and enjoy a cocktail together at the Grand Californian at the end of the day. More info


March at the McCallum Theatre

Jackie Evancho takes the stage at the McCallum Theatre on Friday, March 4 at 8 pm, to share her beautiful soprano voice, which has graced 8 albums since she appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2010 at age 10. Also in March at the McCallum: Voctave performing a capella (Mar. 10), Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial (Mar. 12), 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


Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ+ Town Hall

Diversity DHS and Jim Henson, Chief of the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, invite all Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ+ residents to have a conversation with him and his officers at the city’s second LGBTQ+ Community Town Hall on Saturday, March 5 at 6 pm at City Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss the specific concerns and suggestions that LGBTQ+ members of the Desert Hot Springs community may have with the policing in their city. More info


GroW – A Unique Dance Experience

The McCallum Theatre presents Backhausdance and East Valley Dance Project in GroW, a unique dance experience for all on Sunday, March 6 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm at the Center Lawn at The Gardens on El Paseo. 10 professional dancers and 30 local high school students will present a free dance program with fluid boundaries between dancers and visitors. The event promises to intrigue both young and old, those who come to specifically watch and those who might discover it unfolding as they come to shop, dine or hang out. More info


Live Stand-Up Comedy Class with Mina Hartong

Mina Hartong is excited to let you know that after two years of Zoom class, she can finally offer a LIVE comedy class in March. The class begins on Friday, March 4, and continues for 5 weeks at the Mizell Center, 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



9th Annual Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival

The Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival takes place March 6–9 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, presented by Temple Isaiah, in conjunction with Jewish Federation of the Desert. The Festival provides an opportunity to grow compassion and community throughout the Coachella Valley, and to help expand understanding of Jewish life through film. The films have been chosen to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of the expansive diversity of Jewish experiences as well as films for sheer entertainment. Get tickets


New Farmers’ Market in Indio

A new weekly Certified Farmers’ Market in downtown Indio runs on Sundays from 9 am–2 pm. Certified produce, fresh hot and cold chef-prepared foods, artisan crafts such as handmade wood and leather gifts, stationery, soap, jewelry, candles and other crafted items are available from October through May. The market also includes FREE yoga on the lawn at 11 am and mariachis every second Sunday at 10 am. More info


Canceled: Tejano Music Festival

The 4th Annual Tejano Music Fest in Cathedral City, scheduled for Saturday March 5, from 5–11 pm at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater, has been canceled due to high winds. The organizers will converse with the scheduled performers on Monday to determine whether to cancel the festival for the year and refund all tickets or reschedule the festival for a mutually agreeable date later this year. They will keep all ticket holders apprised of any decision. More info


Porn Disco at CCBC

Trenton Ducati invites you to join Falcon NakedSword exclusives Devin Franco & Beau Butler for Porn Disco on Saturday, March 5 from 12 pm–3 am at CCBC Resort. This sexy pornstar studded day-into-night event also features Grant Ducati, Felix Fox, Michael Boston, Drew Sebastian, Roman Todd, Isaac X and special guests. More info


Zoobilee Gala 2022: Wild Times

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens presents the 29th Annual Zoobilee Gala on Saturday, March 5 from 5:30–8:30 pm. The Wild Times themed fundraising event will celebrate the organization’s recent successes and recognize long-time supporter, community leader, and Board member of The Living Desert, Larry Spicer. Also featuring cocktails, dinner, live auction, and dazzling entertainment by ABBAFab. More info


Palm Springs’ Indoor Mask Mandate Ends

The City of Palm Springs no longer requires masks indoors or proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests in bars and restaurants, aligning its pandemic safety requirements with the state’s policies and guidance. Please note that all federal and state requirements must still be followed. Learn more


RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 9

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 topic is…men! The queens form panels to discuss their favorite things about men, the problematic aspects, online culture, and the meaning of masculinity. “Drag, we’re told, is the antidote to toxic masculinity.” Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 9: Menzses, [here].


LOCAL THEATRE

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].


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


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


LOOKING AHEAD

BNP Paribas Open Starts Monday

The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open (aka “Tennis Paradise”) kicks off Monday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. A variety of packages and single-session tickets are available for purchase. All attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 wants to get you into the sold out Red Dress–Dress Red dance party! We’ve saved a pair of tickets for you to win. We know you want to hang out with a friend or that special someone at the Palm Springs Air Museum on March 19, but you gotta have tickets and the only way to get ‘em is to win ’em! Find out how on the KGAY Contest Page

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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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 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. And Saturdays at 10:00 am, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!