This weekend’s Oasis Music Festival pays tribute to the musical heritage of the Coachella Valley with nods to the future names that may show up in anthologies written about our valley.
To understand the history, there’s a beautifully written piece by Bruce Fessier, who covered the music scene for The Desert Sun for years. His story opens the now-dated program book for the Oasis Music Festival, twice delayed by the pandemic. But it’s worth the read and paints pictures of what it was like to see Frank, Elvis, Peggy and Elvis in our corner of paradise. There are great stories of the early days I’d never heard before.
The festival tops our things to do this weekend and I hope you’ll take in a show or two at one of our many fine music venues.
A quick nod to the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast committee, Gay4Good volunteers and especially Ron deHarte for an inspiring event last week to commemorate the civil rights leader’s legacy. “Say Gay!”, said students from across the valley with community leaders, mocking the Florida bill that chips away at the rights were have fought so hard to gain.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Oasis Music Festival
The Oasis Music Festival is an all-genre music festival presenting its inaugural run now through Sunday, May 15 at over 30 venues throughout the Coachella Valley. The festival aims to revive the storied past of the musical playground that made Palm Springs famous. From the 1950s performances of the Rat Pack to today’s indie rockers, musicians of all genres, from all over the world, have found inspiration here in the desert. A portion of the proceeds from this festival will help in the efforts to restore the historic 800-seat Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs. Check our event listing for links to artists performing, daily schedule, venues, and tickets: More info
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
The 2022 edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival takes place through Sunday, May 15 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons, the popular Film Noir festival includes an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period. The Festival is known for unearthing and screening rare films, restored classics, and for the special appearances of the stars who were in them. Get tickets
Modernism Week in May
Modernism Week is launching Modernism Week — May, a special four-day event featuring a limited edition of exclusive tours, evening programming, and more, running through Sunday, May 15. There will be exclusive tours of Modernism Week Showcase Home, Casa Tierra, a newly remodeled hillside estate in Palm Desert by Bobby Berk, design expert and Emmy-nominated host of Netflix’s Queer Eye [read more]. In addition to tours of Casa Tierra, participants may also purchase tickets to various historical walking tours in Palm Springs, craft cocktail mixology classes, exciting dinner and live music experiences, and special “Top Ten” tour excursions highlighting Desert Modernist architecture in Palm Springs. Get tickets
Kimpton Rowan Hotel Winemaker Dinner
On Friday, May 13 from 6:30–9:30 pm, join 4 Saints Executive Chef Ysaac Ramirez and Berkeley-based winemaker Tracey Rogers Brandt for a special five-course dinner paired with Donkey & Goat’s natural wines. A pioneer in the natural wine community, Tracey founded Donkey & Goat in 2004 on ecological principles. Its wines are handcrafted from organic, biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino County and Napa Valley. Get tickets
Safe Schools Desert Cities’ Pride Prom
Safe Schools Desert Cities presents their 11th Annual Pride Prom on Friday, May 13, at 8 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This is for high school and college-aged youth to the age of 22, and won’t be your average prom. Since many LGBTQ+ individuals likely didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate themselves fully at their prom, Pride Prom provides an environment to fully express who you are and who you love without repercussions. It’ll be a night of dancing, food, drag performance, and fun. More info
Open House for LGBTQ+ Youth, Family & Allies
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert–Coachella is having an Open House for LGBTQ+ Youth, Families, and Allies on Sunday, May 15 from 1–4 pm at the Indio Teen Center. There will be crafts, entertainment, and resources for LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and allies. 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 on Zoom twice a month: the second and fourth Saturday afternoons, this weekend on Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 pm. The selection for May and June is The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. This National Book Award finalist is about “the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.” The BODBC is more than a book club, it’s a social and networking event as well as an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info
Panorama Dog Park Grand Opening
Our furry friends have a new place to play in Cathedral City at the Panorama Dog Park. The Cathedral City Council and Parks and Community Events Commission will hold a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 13 at 9 am, on the east side of Panorama Park. The new dog park consists of two sections: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. It will also feature shade trees, boulders, water stations for humans and dogs, dog waste stations, walking paths, and benches made from recycled materials. Bring your dog(s) and come see your new park! More info
Drag Bingo Fundraiser for Animal Samaritans
On Saturday, May 14 from 3–5 pm The Barracks will host Drag Bingo for the Animal Samaritans. Come play live action Drag BINGO for fabulous prizes and all proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ life-saving programs. More info
Karaoke, Andy & Nathan at Streetbar Saturday
Streetbar presents Day Drankin’ Karaoke on Saturday, May 14 from 2–5 pm with your hostess Aunt Lyla, followed at 6 pm by a performance from Andy & Nathan! Check out our full listing of Streetbar Happy Hour and other Bar Events: More info
Bear Naked Weekend: Tag Team
Bear Naked presents a Tag Team Weekend from May 13–15 at CCBC Resort. This is meant to be a weekend to strip down and explore your exhibitionist side with other like men. Filming opportunities (for “social media”) will be available in a few outside areas around the resort including the barracks, the waterfall, and the back trails. There will also be oil wrestling pools set up for your enjoyment, a foam party, and more XXX fun. Get tickets
A Cabello: We’re Still Here!
A Cabbello, Men Making Magical Music, The Desert’s Premier Male Vocal Performance Group present We’re Still Here!, a tribute to the musical genius of Stephen Sondheim and modern Broadway composers on Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, at 4 pm at CV Rep Playhouse. Get tickets
Plunge Pool Party
The Palm Springs Leather Order Of The Desert presents Plunge 2: A Different Kind of Pool Party on Sunday, May 15 from 12–4 pm at The Canyon Club Hotel. If you attended last year, you know this is NOT a party to miss, featuring music from DJ Peter Barona, and a completely refurbished play space delivering all the fun and frolic you have come to expect. Start your summer off with a bang! Get tickets
Films in the Gardens at Sunnylands
Tales of child and adolescent adventure will rule the night when Sunnylands Center & Gardens revives its Films in the Gardens movie series, continuing for the next two Fridays. The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for the free, outdoor screenings of the following film classics: May 13: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), and May 20: Jumanji (1995). All films begin at 8 pm with the Sunnylands gates open at 7 pm. Admission is free. Films in the Gardens are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. More info
Into the Woods
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Into the Woods, running May 13–22. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. Get tickets
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Join the ECV Pride Planning Committee
All East Coachella Valley (ECV) queer and trans folks are encourage to participate in the planning of ECV Pride, with the first meeting to be hosted in June. You can be a part of the planning committee and help shape ECV Pride! [Contact Roman for more info]
2022 LGBTQ Community Survey Now Open
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 16th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard!
[Click here to take the survey]
Mobile Covid Vaccine & Booster Clinic
Desert Oasis Health Care and The Center will have a COVID Vaccine & Booster Clinic on Tuesday, May 17 from 9 am–1 pm at The Center. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, or if you want to get a booster shot, now is your opportunity. Afterward you can try your luck and enter to win one of two $50 gift cards. Second boosters are available to those age 50+ and immunocompromised individuals who have received their first booster at least four months prior to May 17. Both Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available. More info
Kimpton Rowan Hotel Comedy & Wine Lounge – Win Tickets!
The Kimpton Rowan Hotel presents: The Comedy & Wine Lounge on Tuesday, May 17 from 6–9 pm at 4 Saints. Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting (6–8 pm) with Idle Cellars (Sonoma County) with culinary creations by Executive Chef Ysaac Ramirez available to order. Then the Laugh Cellar returns to Palm Springs with a live, stand-up comedy show from 8–9 pm with headliner Alec Mapa, featured talent Krista Fatka and opening talent David Roth. Get tickets
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to the Kimpton Rowan Hotel’s evening of Comedy & Wine. Enter online at the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page!
Palm Desert Concerts in the Park
The City of Palm Desert is hosting a series of free, weekly concerts at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater, Thursdays in May from 6:30–8 pm. Scheduled to perform: May 19: Kelly Rae Band, and May 26: Legends of Classic Rock. There will be plenty of free parking, food trucks, and games for kids. More info
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Gay Wine Weekend
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to win 2 VIP Passes to Out in the Vineyard’s “Gay Wine Weekend,” July 15–17 in beautiful, pastoral Sonoma County. This is a full weekend of wine & celebration with winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face To Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
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- Modernism Week – May
- Jane Monheit at The Purple Room Supper Club
Fri. & Sat., May 13 & 14, dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm
- Oasis Music Festival
May 11–15 at various locations throughout the Coachella Valley
- 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Preserving Everyone’s Right to Vote
Wed. May 18 from 6–7:30 pm at Mizell Center
- REAF-PS House Party PS – Red Hot Broadway
Sat. May 21 from 5–8 pm
- Mae West Double Feature: Sex and The Drag
May 25–June 5 at Desert Rose Playhouse
- Ceremony Pool Party and Unity Closing Party
May 29 at AsiaSF and The Sonoran
- Plaza Theatre Reignites Historic Past by Hosting Oasis Music Festival
- The Intersection of LGBTQ Health Care and Reproductive Rights
- Cowboy Cinema: The Pioneertown Film Festival Honors Its Location and the Western Movie Genre
- Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival Announces Details of 2022 Festival
- Ross Mathews Marries Fiancé Wellinthon García in Mexico — with Flower Girl Drew Barrymore
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