Brad Fuhr Caricature

What is “wedded bliss”? It’s a term that we see on greeting cards, but what does it really mean? I am in Chicago this weekend attending the wedding of a good friend of mine. For him, this is the second time around. My ex, Tom, and I spent a lot of time with he and his ex over the years here in the Windy City. But both of those relationships ended without such bliss.

I’m staying at the Airbnb of a couple who seems to of found theirs. After over 25 years together, Todd & Tripp’s home reflects the rich history that the two have shared over the years. And it would appear that they will live happily ever after. Bully for them!

This summer, I’ll be officiating my first wedding. The lesbian couple are in Sonoma, one of my favorite spots. One of the women is from my hometown and we grew up together not knowing of our same sex attraction. She married and had children, but now has found the true love of her life. So hope springs eternal, I always say.

We currently have marriage equality, but there are some gunning to take away that right. This week’s midterm elections were certainly heartening in that we didn’t have the red wave. But let’s not take for granted that the rights we have today are enshrined long term. P.S. I loved this meme from Stephen Colbert.

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Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival takes place November 11–13 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. There will be not only Jazz concerts but art shows, craft demos, native dancers, wine & spirits tastings and celebrity chefs representing the finest creators of art in the same way the Festival represents the best musicians in jazz. The Diamond Nights and Jazz Party Saturday after-parties will be at Hotel Zoso and Eight4Nine, and a new event this year, the White Party Divas Breakfast is Sunday in the lobby of the convention center. John Taylor interviews Lea Delaria Friday on KGAY. Check out our event listing for information on performers, including Nnenna Freelon, Cyrille Aimee, Lea Delaria, LEDISI, plus a full schedule of parties and more: Get tickets


Brothers of the Desert Annual Wellness Summit

Brothers of the Desert present their 4th Annual Wellness Summit: “Our Rhythm, Our Power: Living Our Best Black Gay Lives” all day Saturday, November 12. The one-day event features innovative workshops, and inspiring keynote presentations on a diverse range of topics, such as spirituality, relationships, mental health, aging considerations, racism, physical health, Black LGBTQ history, healthy sex, financial planning, writing and music as healing and more. See details about the speakers in our event listing. Participants will be able to choose to attend concurrent workshops at three different times during the day and meet and connect with new people. The summit begins with a meet-and-greet at 8:30 am and the program starts promptly at 9 am. Get tickets

Scheduled around the Wellness Summit are events of the Brothers of the Desert Wellness Weekend, including a “Meet the Speakers” reception and “Brothers Got Talent” show, both on Friday Night, then it’s Brothers Night at the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival featuring LEDISI on Saturday night, plus a Sunday brunch at Blackbook and Alton Fitzgerald White sings Broadway and beyond on Sunday afternoon. More info


The Humans

CVRep presents The Humans by Stephen Karam, running now through Sunday, November 20. As things go bump in the night, the angst and anguish of the middle class are shoved into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play. Over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving, our characters navigate the delicate nuances of the quirky and hilarious, to the painful conflict of real family life. Join in this transformative ‘goose-pimply chiller’ of a play at CVRep and remember what it is to be human. Get tickets

Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has written more about CVRep’s production of The Humans, which he calls “a compelling look at a middle class family,” with a “surprisingly fulfilling yet open” conclusion. Read more


Barefoot in the Park

Desert Theatreworks presents Barefoot in the Park, running through Sunday, November 27. This romantic comedy by Neil Simon focuses on newlyweds, as they begin married life in a tiny fifth floor apartment in New York City. After a six-day honeymoon, the couple get a surprise visit from the mother-in-law and decide to play matchmaker during a hilarious dinner with their eccentric neighbor-in-the-attic. Join DTW for a new take on a comedy classic. Get tickets


Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade

The 25th Annual City of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade will take place Friday, November 11 at 3:30 pm on Palm Canyon Drive. Immediately following the parade, the Palm Springs High School Spirit of the Sands Band will perform a post-parade patriotic concert on the corner of Palm Canyon and Amado Road. The concert concludes with a fireworks finale. The Department of Veterans Affairs has designated the City of Palm Springs as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day. Palm Springs is one of approximately 60 events nationwide to receive this important designation. More info


It’s Not a Burden

The Mizell Center and Desert Oasis Health Care present the West Coast Premiere Screening of the documentary It’s Not A Burden, The Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Parents on Saturday, November 12 from 2–5 pm. Leading with humor and heart, the film takes on the relatable struggles of elder-care, with truth, humor, and compassion – exposing the multiple sides to this complex issue that affects so many…while gently reminding us, we’re not alone. The screening will be followed by a special-guest moderated Q&A with the filmmakers, some of the families from the film and other special guests. This free screening will also have an on-site Resource Fair showcasing organizations and providers that serve adult children and their parents both before and after the film. Check out the trailer [here] and register to attend: More info


Platinum Star Properties Turkey Drive

Platinum Star Properties presents their 2022 Turkey Drive on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am–1 pm at The Lofts at Sun Center (610 S Belardo Road). Help those in need by bringing a frozen turkey, ham, or nonperishable food item. Donations will benefit The LGBTQ Center of the Desert Food Bank and The Cathedral City Senior Center. More info


Rock the Plaza All Star Concert

The Rock the Plaza All Star Concert takes place Friday, November 11 at 8 pm. This spectacular, SOLD OUT benefit show will raise funds to save the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs. Featured performers include Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, Josh Homme, Orianthi, Brian Ray, Spike Edney and more. Hosted by Chris Carter, music producer and Sirius XM DJ. See our event listing for more details: More info


Ross Mathews Returns to KGAY Saturday Airwaves

Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! After a honeymoon hiatus, his popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 is back 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 will bring 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


Club 54 – Dance at the Pueblo

Diversity DHS presents Club 54 – Dance at the Pueblo on Saturday, November 12 from 4–8 pm at Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. This major dance event for the entire community will be an outdoor, after-dark, under the stars event featuring legendary vocalist Keisha D as the headline entertainer. Live DJ’s Edward Noriega and ‘T’ Gingerbear expertly arrange music sets marking the style of 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, interspersed with contemporary EDM, Trance, Electronica, House and more. More info


Amanda McBroom at The Purple Room

Amanda McBroom returns to the fabulous Purple Room (her Palm Springs home away from home), with her amazing musical director, Michele Brourman, on Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, in an evening of her very favorite songs covering the musical galaxy. You’ll hear standards by such greats as Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Jacques Brel, and Joni Mitchell, to brand-new McBroom tunes…with a few Amanda classics thrown in for good measure, of course. Dinner at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm. Get tickets



La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE

La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE returns to the La Quinta Civic Center this Thursday–Sunday, November 10–13, open from 9 am–4 pm daily. Join other enthusiastic art patrons, best in class artists (200 world-class artists from 35 states and abroad), unsurpassed community support and event staff who are committed to providing a VIP artist experience. Named the #1 Fine Art & Fine Craft Art Event in the Nation 2022 by Art Fair SourceBook. Get tickets


Alohana: A Celebration of Palm Springs Tiki Culture

ALOHANA: A Celebration of Palm Springs Tiki Culture will be Sunday, November 13 from 12–5 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Returning for the Fall edition of the tiki marketplace will be Smokin’ Tiki’s with tiki carvings, signs, and masks, Volcano Designs featuring original caftans, playsuits, dresses and cabana wear for both sexes, Ms Formaldehyde with tropical tiki couture and Teeki Togs with her one of a kind must-haves. Live entertainment will include Kūhai Palm Springs performing hula, drag performer Miss Bea Haven,’ and new to the festival are Slack Key ‘Ohana – an award winning group performing traditional Hawaiian tunes with a modern vibe! Food, cocktails, and treats will be available for purchase. Get tickets


Bulldog Exotics Cars & Coffee

Bulldog Cannabis presents Bulldog Exotics Cars & Coffee on Sunday, November 13 at 10 am. Stop by to enjoy brunch and an exotic car show. There will be a 20% off all products by Bulldog Cannabis. The special guest will be Canyon Carvers. More info


Decor, by James Rieck

Rubine Red Gallery presents a Decor, a show of new work by James Rieck from November 11 through December 5. Noir Realism and Fantastical Modernism — James Rieck is a master oil painter. It’s fashion for the home, but often considered superficial because “real” art is more than decoration, right?  But what’s the difference between décor art and fine art? Joshua Tree artist Rieck’s new paintings play a high-low game [More info]. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 5–8 pm. [More info]


Western Xposure’s Pup Paradise

Western Xposure’s Pup Paradise is a three day long bear/pup play party, November 11–13 at CCBC Resort Hotel. It’s totally clothing-optional, body & sex-positive, and for those of you wanting to explore your inner pup. With Bear Naked pool parties featuring Canada’s own DJ Big Top and San Diego’s Marcos Moreno, there will also be a Saturday afternoon Foam Party, plus trails to explore, grassy areas to relax in, dark rooms and outdoor play spaces, and much more including hot tubs, a steam room, and a cold plunge waterfall. Get tickets


Palm Springs Comedy Mashup

Maggie Hyde & Amanda Michelle present Palm Springs Comedy Mashup on Friday, November 11 at 9:30 pm in The Lounge at The Hilton Palm Springs. The show will feature live standup comedy from Amanda Michelle, Max Mitchell, Those Klein Boyz, Meryl Klemow, Tyler Cantu, Turtle, Anastasia Jacques, Tuesday Thomas and more. Get tickets


Jimmy Dore Live!

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Jimmy Dore Live! on Saturday, November 12, at 7 pm. The Jimmy Dore Show is a comedy lifeline for people on the left and right (but definitely NOT the center) who are sick of bought politicians and gaslighting corporate journalists manufacturing consent for wars. A certified YouTube sensation, The Jimmy Dore Show boasts over 530 million views. Get tickets


Bliss Body Naked Yoga & Tantric Breathwork

Bliss Body is an evening of Naked Yoga and Movement, a Pain or Pleasure workshop, and Breath to Bliss hour of meditation on Friday, November 11 from 6–9:30 pm at My Vitality in Cathedral City. Come for just the yoga or for the entire evening. You’ll leave this class with more confidence in your sexual connection and a deeper connection and understanding of your body, mind, and spirit. Get tickets


Water Lantern Festival

Experience the magic of the Water Lantern Festival on Sunday, November 13 from 3–7 pm at Palm Desert’s Civic Center park. Enjoy tasty food trucks, fun music, and an incredible sight as thousands of floating lanterns reflect unique messages of love, hope, and happiness. Your admission gets you an LED candle and floating lantern kit to create your own. This event supports the mission of Water.org in helping to provide safe water and sanitation to families around the world. Get tickets


Pickleball National Championships

The 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships are underway, continuing through Sunday, November 13 at the state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Site of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament). Spectators can select from a variety of ticket options including a Reserved or Premium Reserved seat on Championship Court and General Admission. Get tickets


Thanksgiving Food Drives

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they are launching a new “Feed a Family” campaign going into this holiday season. Your $55 donation can help the food bank provide a family of 4 with all the fixings for a delicious and healthy holiday meal [Donate here]. Heslin Wealth Management‘s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting the Community Food Bank at The Center is also taking place this week. You can drop off food donations at the Heslin office at 777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way all this week, November 7–11.

Mizell Center can use your help, too, in filling their holiday gift bags for their 400 homebound Meals on Wheels clients. They are looking for shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, and athletic socks to be donated no later than December 7. You can drop them off at the center or even have them shipped: Attention Laura Castillo, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.


Visitor Map & Guide for Pride/Fall 2022

Have you picked up our Visitor Map & Guide Pride/Fall 2022? To help you find everything you need as a visitor or local, we feature the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries, and other services. Look for our printed version around town if you’re here, or if planning a visit, you can view and download it right here, right now!


LOOKING AHEAD

DBA Mixer at Expedia Cruises

The Desert Business Association invites you to its next Networking Event hosted by DBA member Expedia Cruises on Monday, November 14 from 5:30–7 pm. Learn about Expedia, and what travel opportunities await you this coming year; travel advisors will be available to share what great offerings are available and help you plan your next trip. There will also be food provided by DBA member Papa Dan’s Pizza and Pasta. This is a great opportunity for our businesses in central and eastern Coachella Valley to network with members all across the Valley. More info


Frank’s Bourbon Bar WhistlePig Bourbon Tasting

The Purple Room Supper Club presents a WhistlePig Bourbon Selected Tasting on Monday, November 14 from 6–8 pm. Selections include WhistlePig’s PiggyBack Rye, PiggyBack Bourbon 10 & 12 year, SmockStock and a special surprise. Purple Room Bourbon Specialist Aaron Pond will be giving away a bottle of Private Label Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select ‘PR Sinatra’ as well as a Purple Room Bourbon Challenge Coin. Get tickets


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

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

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It’s time for Grand Central! Located in the heart of downtown palm springs, they serve seasonally fresh, California cuisine with fun twist. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and full bar, Grand Central Palm Springs is your favorite locals spot. Take $15 off your bill with our HOT DEAL: Get a $50 gift card to Grand Central Palm Springs for just $35! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at V Wine Lounge, Hunters Nightclub, Il Giardino, Men’s Grooming Spot, Jolene’s Bar & Grill, Rick’s Restaurant, REVEL Public House, Runway, Willie’s Modern Fare, AMP Sports Lounge, Boozehounds, Desert Mischief, Just Fabulous, Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Monster Shakes, Destination PSP, Lulu California Bistro, and more! See All Deals

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 2022 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.

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)