Brad Fuhr Caricature

Vanilla soft serve was always known as “plain” when I was growing up. It was my favorite flavor when the rest of the family ordered chocolate or strawberry. But vanilla is a real flavor with nuanced taste and aromas as well. So when one thinks about “vanilla” in terms of sex, it conjures up certain norms – like the sex your parents had…

“Unbound: an act of bondage” now being performed in a north Palm Springs warehouse space, made me think about this as we embark upon Palm Springs Leather Pride weekend. The story is that of a young man (Justin P. Lopez) experimenting and pushing his own limits, learning from a ”Dom” played by John Zurek (who knows his knots!)

The leather community is not well known to me – or to many. But understanding that fetish, kinks and role play are a part of their experience piques my interest. So I’ll be attending Leather Pride this weekend with a new appreciation for ropes, and imbibing a vanilla rum and Coke as I observe. I do recommend you see ”Unbound” before its run is up next weekend – no matter what flavors you enjoy.

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Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road

Halloween Palm Springs returns to Arenas Road on Sunday, October 30 from 4–10 pm with live entertainment including headliners Ada Vox, Willie Gomez, and David Hernandez, plus KGAY’s own DJ Galaxy and many more taking the stage. You can be on stage, too, and compete for over $1500 in prizes in the Halloween Costume Contest. Register no later than 7:45 pm for the contest starting at 8 pm. More info


Palm Springs Leather Pride: Eruption – Meat ‘n Heat

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert presents Palm Springs Leather Pride 2022 this Thursday–Sunday from October 27–30. This year’s theme is Eruption: Meat ‘n Heat and attendees choose from the Explosion or Discharge packages to gain admission to multiple pool parties, parking lot cruise parties and vendor mart, cigar social, Mr. Palm Springs Leather competition, Victory Dance, the closing party and celebration at host Hotel Zoso. Packages also include the Leather Pride 2022 T-shirt and pin. The formal Leather Pride Dinner is included in the Explosion package, or you can buy tickets to events a la carte, and there is a special Women’s Package (sans pool parties) as well. Check out our event listing for the full rundown of events and ticket links!


Desert AIDS Walk – Walk, Out Loud

Join DAP Health as the 2022 Desert AIDS Walk, ‘Walk, Out Loud’ takes place on Saturday, October 29 from 7:30 am–1 pm. This year, in addition to walking for friends and family members who we lost because of AIDS, we also walk in support of health equity and health justice for all. The walk starts at Ruth Hardy Park, following a route through downtown Palm Springs and back to Ruth Hardy Park and the Health and Wellness Village. Your participation in the 2022 Desert AIDS Walk helps fund the vital work of DAP Health, an advocacy-based healthcare organization that provides service to over 10,000 individuals in the Coachella Valley. More info


Ross Mathews Returns to KGAY Airwaves

Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! After a honeymoon hiatus, his popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 returns on Saturday, October 29 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


Choir Boy – A Palm Springs Pride Event

Dezart Performs presents Choir Boy, running from October 28–November 6 at the Pearl McManus Theater. This 2019 Tony-nominated drama is a moving story of sexuality, race, hope, gospel music, and a young gay man finding his voice. What happens when young student Pharus does not fit the mold for a typical “Drew man” at the at Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys? Pharus is different from his peers, and his effeminate nature constantly sets him apart. Though he may be the leader and most talented member of Drew’s renowned gospel choir, he struggles to gain their acceptance and respect. Get tickets


Sordid Lives Benefit Screening

The Del Shores Foundation presents a one-night-only 22nd anniversary benefit screening of the original Sordid Lives film where it all began at the Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 pm. The evening will be hosted by creator Del Shores and Del Shores Foundation Program Director Emerson Collins with appearances by original film cast members Rosemary Alexander, Newell Alexander, and Ann Walker. The evening will feature a Sordid Lives Costume Contest with prizes for the top three costumes, and surely some remembrances of the incomparable Leslie Jordan in the wake of his recent passing, and of course the screening of the film. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Del Shores Foundation and its mission to find and elevate new LGBTQ+ writers living in the South. Get tickets


Our Visitor Map & Guide for Pride/Fall 2022 is Here!

Just in time for the fall season, which also means Pride season here in Greater Palm Springs, we present 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!


David Burnham – “Mostly Broadway”

Desert Theatricals Cabaret Series presents David Burnham – Mostly Broadway on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 pm at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Burnham has starred in such shows as the mega-hit musical Wicked, The Light In The Piazza and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Join David for a night of great stories, fantastic music, and lots of fun! You’ll be singing along as he belts out your favorite Broadway showtunes, standards, and even some radio classics. Get tickets




A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Final Weekend

Desert Theatreworks presents A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder running through Sunday, October 30. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives (played by one actor) without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? This Tony-Award winning Best Musical is a charming, murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs. Get tickets


Unbound: An Immersive Kink Chamber Opera

Unbound will be performed through November 6 in Palm Springs. From composer Nathan Hall, librettist Alan Olejniczak, director Jerome Joseph Gentes, and Palm Springs’ own TigerBear Productions comes a live immersive chamber opera experience like no other: Enter a bondage club. Check out the other patrons. Order a drink. Find a spot to stand or sit. Watch and listen to the erotic encounter that changes a man’s life when he finds his way into the club for the first time. 21 and older only. Garb, gear, and cosplay encouraged. Get tickets


Todd Schroeder at The Purple Room

Renowned pianist/vocalist Todd Schroeder returns to The Purple Room Supper Club on Sunday, October 30 and this time, he is in the spotlight with his singing and dazzling piano playing on full display. Schroeder is an award-winning music director, pianist and singer/songwriter that has worked with the best of the best including Tom Jones, Jason Alexander, Sam Harris, Postmodern Jukebox and many others. And for this one night, Todd will be sharing his favorite songs and stories from his illustrious career that have wowed audiences around the world. Dinner at 5 pm, Show at 7 pm. Get tickets


Halloween Spooktacular with Coachella Valley Symphony

The Coachella Valley Symphony will kick off its 30th season in its new home, The Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, with Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday, October 30 from 2–5 pm. This is a great event to bring the kids, with recognizable movie scores like Star Wars, Harry Potter and Ghostbusters and classics like In the Hall of the Mountain King. There will be essences of ghosts, goblins, witches and devils. Free event with reserved tickets. More info


Halloween Bash at Agave Caliente Terraza

Agua Caliente Cathedral City’s Agave Caliente Terraza presents the 2022 Halloween Bash Featuring LA All Stars on Saturday, October 29 from 8–10 pm. There will be a costume contest, Free Play giveaways, a tarot card reader, and live entertainment from LA Allstars, one of Southern California’s premier corporate events bands for high-energy, original performances. Get tickets


Windsor Court’s Trick or Treat

Windsor Court Assisted Living invites children to Trick or Treat on Friday, October 28, from 4:30–7:30 pm. Bring your kids for an evening of treats and costumes. Be sure to join this free community event for a spooky night of fun. More info


Tejano Music Festival

The 4th annual Tejano Music Fest in Cathedral City takes place Saturday, October 29 from 5–10 pm at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. Featuring the best Tejano music, fiesta food and spirits, The Tejano Music Fest has announced Hector Gonzalez will make his solo debut and release his new CD at this year’s event, along with performances from Grammy Award-winning bands including Rick Fuentes and the Brown Express, Hugo Guerrero, as well as other award-winning bands such as Tejano Highway 281, Xplosion, and local Tejano favorite Chalito Zapata y Los Traviesos. Besides the music and dance, attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy Tejano-inspired food and beverages, and shop from local merchandisers. Free event, table reservations available. More info


A Very British Lesbian

The L-Fund and Robin Tyler productions present A Very British Lesbian, written and performed by Fiona Goodwin on Sunday, October 30 from 4–5 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Hear the story of how, after a failed Linda Blair-style exorcism, Fiona trained as a nun and then ran away to Hollywood to do stand-up comedy! Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

Monday Moonlight Cinema ‘n’ Scaries

Boozehounds presents Monday Moonlight Cinema ‘n’ Scaries on Monday, October 31 at 7 pm. Come for dinner and an outdoor movie with a spooky bento box, truffle popcorn, and a special sweet treat! And from 4–7 pm, you can drive through the Howl-o-Ween Trick or Treat to get something sweet. More info


18th Annual Greater Palm Springs Summit

The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) 18th annual Greater Palm Springs Summit will take place on Monday, October 31 from 9–11 am at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. Traditionally this event draws more than 800 of the region’s business, civic, and education leaders. It’s an excellent and rare opportunity to hear from some of the area’s leaders, influencers, and decision-makers. This year’s theme is “Emergence.” The morning event will reveal the annual economic report and forecast, and also showcase our region’s business diversification strategies and goals to mobilize a long-term sustainable effort to elevate the economy of the Coachella Valley. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

Get your Commemorative Pride Say KGAY Shirt next week!

KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is hosting the Arenas District stage for Palm Springs Pride! We’ve created a special commemorative t-shirt and will be giving them away next Friday! Listen for details on the KGAY morning show with John Taylor and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo!

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

Welcome New Partners!

Windsor Court Assisted Living of Palm Springs is a premier assisted living facility committed to providing its residents a robust and all-inclusive environment in which to thrive. They recognize that each resident is unique and strive to enrich and enhance every life. Located in Palm Springs, Windsor Court is close to home, so contact them today for a personalized tour and discover why Windsor Court is the right choice for your family. Learn more

Eight4Nine Fine Catering & Events is a premier full-service catering company in Palm Springs offering uncompromising quality, impressive presentation, and attention to even the smallest detail for life’s most memorable moments. Let them create your perfect experience for a social gathering, wedding, or corporate event! Learn more

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Boozehounds is an expansive restaurant and lounge featuring a dog-friendly open-air atrium, cabana bar and patio. They have full complement of events for your Palm Springs Pride Weekend! Check out the Tits & Tea Bad Bitch Brunch, Boylesque Show, and Latrice Royale. With our Hot Deal you can save by getting a $50 gift card to Boozehounds for just $35! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at Men’s Grooming Spot, Jolene’s Bar & Grill, Rick’s Restaurant, REVEL Public House, Runway, Willie’s Modern Fare, AMP Sports Lounge, Grand Central, 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.” 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)