Brad Fuhr Caricature

Small Town Boy. The song from Bronski Beat strikes a cord with me and so it was serendipity when I happened to be recording a video of DJ ModGirl on our KGAY106.5 Arenas District Pride Dance Stage as she begins to play the song. Her empathy with the crowd and its reaction are priceless and you can see it here.

As we gather with family or chosen family next week for Thanksgiving, I’m reminded that each of us in the LGBTQ+ communities have faced fear and rejection, homophobia and acceptance. Many can truly identify with the lyrics in the song. It’s been a wistful favorite of mine since the song’s release in the mid 80s.

Now the focus is on celebrating the holidays: being thankful for what we have (and what we didn’t lose in the election!), celebrating the new protections to be signed into law next week and helping others less fortunate. Be sure to find a way to donate to a food bank, toy drive or LGBTQ+ charity this holiday season.

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

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California Dreamin’ with the Desert Winds Freedom Band

The Desert Winds Freedom Band presents their fall concert, California Dreamin’, on Saturday, November 19 from 7–9 pm at the Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School. Featured will be Barry Manilow’s ‘One Voice,’ Rossano Galante’s exciting ‘San Andreas Landscapes,’ a ‘Gold Rush Rag,’ saxophonist soloist Gary Bollard will be featured on Bella Beach, there’s a fun medley from The Mamas & the Papas, and of course the pop hit California Dreamin’ and much more. Get tickets


8th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Fest

Agua Caliente Casinos present the 8th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta this Friday–Sunday, November 18–20. The official kick-off begins with the balloon launch from Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Friday at sunrise. The Food Truck Fiesta takes place Friday and Saturday evenings at the Cathedral City Amphitheater. The fiesta will feature a dozen food truck vendors from all over Southern California, a beer garden, tethered balloon rides, a car show, kid zones, live music, and more. There will be a Saturday evening balloon glow, rides, and balloon launches on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well. More info


The Connoisseur Club

The Palm Springs Dance Project presents The Connoisseur Club on Saturday, November 19 in the stylish mid-century Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Artistic Director Stephen Agisilaou has created this special evening to tease and surprise your senses. Building an original, live theater experience, this one night only event features a cast of 10 dancers from all over the U.S. and three iconic choreographers. There will be two seatings, a show-only matinee at 5:30 pm (SOLD OUT), and the full experience at 7:30 pm includes a champagne toast with continued access to the open bar, a personal gourmet nosh plate and coffee service. Get tickets


WIN tickets to Maroon 5 at Acrisure Arena

KGAY 106.5 wants you to ring in 2023 with Maroon 5 on the final stop of their 2022 World Tour at the brand-new Acrisure Arena! Sign up to WIN tickets to this special New Year’s Eve concert taking place on Saturday, December 31 at 8 pm: KGAY 106.5 Contest Page


Lizzo Tickets on Sale

The multi-talented singer, rapper, and flutist Lizzo is coming to the Acrisure Arena! She takes the stage on June 2, 2023 and tickets go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10 am. [Get tickets]


Coachella Valley Heart & Stroke Walk

The American Heart Association presents the 2022 Coachella Valley Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, November 19 from 8 am–Noon at Palm Desert Civic Center Park. Walking in the Heart & Stroke Walk boosts your heart health and your mental health as a terrific way to get moving while socializing with friends, family, and coworkers. Plus you can help thousands of others at the same time. Move More with the mobile app, which includes a free activity tracker and some challenges that will inspire you to find creative ways to meet your goals. Connect with friends and family with easy-to-use tools that help you share information and raise lifesaving funds. More info


JOGS Palm Springs Gem & Jewelry Show

Shop for gems, minerals, fossils, and beads at the JOGS Palm Springs Gem & Jewelry Show held Friday–Monday, November 18– 21, from 10 am–5 pm daily at the Palm Springs Convention Center. You will meet jewelry artists and designers, top gem & diamond dealers, jewelry manufacturers, gemstone miners, wholesalers, and jewelry liquidators. This is perfect timing to buy presents for you and your loved ones before the busy holiday season with great selections and trendsetters from the direct source. Get tickets


The Humans – Final Weekend

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


It’s Not a Burden

The Mizell Center and Desert Oasis Health Care present a second screening of the documentary It’s Not A Burden, The Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Parents on Friday, November 18 from 5–7 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. Check out the trailer [here] and: More info


Transgender Health and Wellness Center’s Equality Garden Party

The Transgender Health & Wellness Center presents the Equality Garden Party on Saturday, November 19 from 6–9 pm at the estate of Will Cook and Sir Robert Jan Morrison. This casual social event will support LGBTQ+ equality and honor Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and David Arquette with the Stonewall Humanitarian Award, with remarks by David Arquette. Get tickets


LGBTQ+ Community Dinner/Potluck

The Desert Recreation District & The Center Coachella present an LGBTQ+ Community Dinner/Potluck on Saturday, November 19 at 5 pm at the Jerry Rummond’s Senior & Community Center in Thermal. Main dishes and activities will be provided in a space of inclusivity, visibility, and acceptance of all. This is a free event for all family members. More info


Lillias White at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club presents Lillias White on Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19. Currently starring on Broadway in Hadestown, Lillias is hailed as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star,” world-renowned for her “glorious” voice and “slightly superhuman” ability to communicate the heart of a song (The New York Times). Her performance in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical, The Life, won her the TONY® Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She was nominated for a second TONY® Award for her brilliant work in Fela! Dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm. Get tickets


Decor, by James Rieck – Opening Reception

Rubine Red Gallery presents Decor, a show of new work by James Rieck, now through December 5. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 5–8 pm. 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]


McCormick’s Exotic Car Auction

McCormick’s 73rd Exotic Car Auction takes place Friday–Sunday, November 18–20 at the usual outdoor location on the grounds of The Palm Springs Convention Center. This classic car show & auction features classic, vintage & muscle cars with prices from just $3000 to over $250,000. General public & dealers welcome. Friday is FREE (12–8 pm), Saturday (10 am–7 pm) & Sunday (10 am–5 pm) are $15 each or $25 for both days. More info



The L-Fund Annual Golf Tournament

The L-Fund Annual Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 6:45 am–2 pm at the Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert. Tee up for fun, friendship and community. A continental breakfast will be served during registration. During the day there will be a beverage cart and a sit down lunch. More info


The Fantasticks

College of the Desert Performing Arts presents The Fantasticks, playing through Sunday, November 20 at Theatre Too [Get tickets]. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh, says “Under the warm and well thought out direction of Janet Miller, the cast pulls the storytelling front and center making sure that the entire audience goes along for the ride.” Read his full review [here].


Razzle Dazzle Happy Hour with Bonnie G

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the Razzle Dazzle Happy Hour with Bonnie G. on Friday, November 18 from 5–7:30 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center VIP Lounge. Come on up and enjoy an evening of live broadway music hosted by Bonnie G and Jeff Barnett with Chip Prince on Piano. No cover, 2 drink minimum. More info


Silhouette Secrets

The Desert Film Society presents a screening of Silhouette Secrets on Saturday, November 19 at 10 am at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. In this documentary, a modern-day silhouette artist takes a journey back in time to explore the history of his shadowy art, asking the question “Where did it come from?” Get tickets


Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest

The Palm Springs Air Museum presents the 10th Annual Props & Hops Festival on Saturday, November 19 from 1–6 pm. Featuring over 40 craft beers from all over the region, local musical acts, food vendors and flight exhibitions, this event grows in popularity every year and is quickly becoming the premier craft beer event in the valley with food trucks, vintage airplane rides and more. Get tickets


Palm Springs Wine & Food Experience

The Palm Springs Wine & Food Experience is Saturday, November 19 from 1–4 pm at the Palm Springs Stadium. Taste, savor and explore the Palm Springs culinary scene, from local trends to regional traditions. The Grand Tasting features a gourmet showcase by local chefs, emerging talent and nationally renowned culinary leaders, with lively cooking demonstrations and seminars. A portion of proceeds will benefit FIND Food bank. Get tickets


Mid Century Modern – A Cabaret and Comedy Act

Winner of the Australian MO Award for Best Live Comedy Act, comedian and cabaret artist Jackie Loeb brings her show Mid Century Modern to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm. Jackie Loeb is a comic, actor, singer, writer and world-renowned sugar and carb addict! She has appeared on Superstore, Better Things, The Comedy Channel and can currently be heard on the Emmy Nominated Netflix animated children’s series Trash Truck where she voices the role of Ms. Mona, a worldly and wise Australian rat. Jackie was also a writer and cast member on the iconic sketch comedy series Full Frontal. Get tickets


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Postponed from earlier this year, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will take the stage at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm for a SOLD OUT show. More info


Desert Vibes Architecture and Landscape Photography

Desert Art Center presents Desert Vibes, featuring artists Delphine Bordas and Matthew Bamberg showing desert landscape and mid-century modern architecture/signage photography. A wine reception is Friday, November 18 from 5–7 pm, and the gallery will also be open Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20, from 10 am–4 pm. More info


Sunset Blvd. from Musical Theatre University

Musical Theatre University presents Sunset Blvd. on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm at The Helene Galen Performing Arts Center. Help the students of Musical Theatare University kick off their 10th Anniversary season with one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Starring along the MTU kids will be Broadway icon Karen Mason who played Norma Desmond over 300 performance on Broadway and in Los Angeles. In addition, Eric Kunze (Les Miserables and Miss Saigon) and Doug Graham (Cats, Dancin’ & Chicago) will join the MTU student cast. Get tickets


Mid-Century Moderns

The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm through December. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life in the delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Featuring the music of Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more. Get tickets


Desert Keshet Erev Shabbat Worship & Reception

The LGBTQ Outreach of Temple Sinai invites you to Desert Keshet Erev Shabbat Worship & Reception on Friday, November 18 at 5 pm at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert. Rabbi David Novak and Cantorial Soloist Wayne Abravanel will lead a joyous Shabbat worship featuring guest speaker David Brinkman, CEO of DAP Health. LGBTQ Jews and friends are invited to attend and enjoy Israeli-style appetizers. More info


Holiday Food & Toy Drives

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they’ve launched 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].

The Greater Palm Springs Realtors are also holding a Food Drive Benefiting Martha’s Kitchen. Donations of non-perishable items will be accepted at the GPSR office (4045 E Ramon Rd) during normal business hours and with Saturday drop-off from 8–10 am on November 19. They are also accepting “winter needs” such as coats, blankets, knitted caps, gloves, thick socks, shoes, heating packs, backpacks, and travel sized hygiene products.

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.

At The Roost Lounge, they are accepting canned food and non-perishable food items now through December 20, with drop-off locations at The Roost, Roadrunner Print & Ship, and various pop-up events from Brothers of the Desert. They are also accepting new unwrapped toys for local children, benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, now through December 20 at the same locations. [More info].


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!


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Queer and Trans* Youth Night Hike

The Center Coachella presents Queer & Trans* Youth Night Hike on Tuesday, November 22 from 5–8:30 pm at La Quinta Cove. Queer and Trans* youth, ages 13-22, are encouraged to participate in this night hike, with meeting spots at The Center Coachella & at the Indio Teen Center at 5 pm. More info


Why Can’t the Trains Run on Time – A New Musical

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Nunzio Sisto present the West Coast premiere of Why Can’t The Trains Run On Time • A New Musical, on Monday, November 21 and running select Mondays through December 19. This is an emotionally charged modern-day musical about an artist learning to let go of his past and appreciate his present. It’s a timeless tale that anyone can relate to, and a lesson about life that speaks to everyone who sees it. A Juilliard graduate, Nunzio Sisto’s music has been compared to Sondheim for its rhythmic and harmonic complexities, and to Schwartz for its memorable melodies. Get tickets


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

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

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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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)