Brad Fuhr and Bella da Ball at “Beyond Van Gogh”

“Starry, starry night. Paint your palette blue and gray.” The opening lyrics to a Don McLean song that introduced me to Vincent Van Gogh in 1972. Over the years, I’ve collected or been gifted many images from that painting – and other works of the storied painter. After attending Thursday’s press opening of Beyond Van Gogh, I now have a pair of commemorative socks and a keychain to add to my collection!

The “immersive experience” is a pricey ticket, but it’s such a unique way to see his works and learn about his life. You may want to make a stop at Lighthouse Coachella before you attend. Just saying…

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Pride Under the Pines

Pride Under the Pines, the Idyllwild Pride Festival, is this Saturday, October 1 at the Rustic Theatre in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Come for a great day filled with fun, laughter, celebration and love with food, bars and entertainment hosted by Sabryna Williams, featuring Transgender singer/songwriter Alexa Abraxas and Thea Austin from Snap! KGAY’s DJ Galaxy will be providing the beats. You can purchase general admission or VIP tickets for the festival, or the festival plus a screening of The Birdcage, and a bus-ful of early ticket buyers get to catch a ride on the now sold-out KGAY Party Bus with John Taylor, taking off from Palm Springs, taking you to Idyllwild and back! More info


Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

The “sensory extravaganza” of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opens this weekend at The Forum at Empire Polo Club, running from September 30–November 27. The tour of this show has sold over 3 million tickets globally making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. Get tickets


Bros Opening Weekend

The groundbreaking romantic comedy Bros opens in wide release on Friday, September 30. This is the first time a major studio has backed a story written by a gay man, telling a gay love story with an all-LGBTQ principal cast. The premise: An “out and proud but also scared and self-doubting” New York museum curator (Billy Eichner) is hired to write a romantic comedy about a gay couple. Along the way, he meets—and eventually falls in love with—a “macho” lawyer (Luke McFarlane). Bros is now playing at the Mary Pickford Theater is D’Place and KGAY 106.5 has your passes when you enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page! Also playing at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and other local cineplexes.


“Score” Help for your LGBTQ+ Business

“SCORE” Coachella Valley, Gay Desert Guide and KGAY present: “SCORE” Help for Your LGBTQ+ Business and DBA Mixer on Monday, October 3 from 4–7 pm. Learn about how small business owners and entrepreneurs can sign up to get access to free SCORE mentoring and other resources. KGAY/Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr will share insights about local and national LGBTQ consumer trends. He’ll share data from Community Marketing and Insights, the largest annual LGBTQ community survey, and examine social media trends as well. Following the presentation, there’s a DBA business networking mixer providing a unique opportunity to network with small business professionals and organizations from the Coachella Valley. Free event, registration required. More info


Song of the Day VACAYA Caribbean Cruise Giveaway ​

KGAY 106.5 wants to send you on a VACAYA LGBT+ VACATION to the Caribbean for a full-ship LGBTQ+ cruise! You’ll be sharing and celebrating with 3,000 new friends in February 2023. You’ll set sail from Fort Lauderdale onboard “Celebrity Reflection” for 7 nights while enjoying world class dining, star-studded entertainment, signature VACAYA activities and mind-blowing parties! Listen for the VACAYA LGBT+ Caribbean Cruise Song of the Day at 8 am & 5 pm, and then go to the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. Put in the name of the song, and you’re entered. The more days you play, the more chances you’ll have to WIN! (One entry per day). Brought to you by VACAYA, Visit Lauderdale, and KGAY 106.5!


ENDS FRIDAY: Vote KGAY and John Taylor for Best of Desert 2022

The Desert Sun has opened the final round of voting for Best of Desert 2022, celebrating and recognizing the best our community has to offer, and both KGAY 106.5 and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor are among the nominees in the Local Radio Station and Radio Personality categories, respectively! Both can be found under the “Media” category of the ballot. Votes can be placed through Friday, September 30. Vote today!


One Night Out: Havana Nights

Step back into old Havana for One Night Out, Havana Nights on Saturday, October 1 from 7–10 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This lively vintage entertainment event will inspire mambo moves and the cha-cha-cha with live music, stunning classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, fedoras, and fabulous photo ops. Experience tantalizing tastes and signature sips from Lulu Catering, and dance all night to the delirious beats of the Gand Band & DJ ModGirl. Proceeds benefit The Foundation for Palm Springs Unified School District. Get tickets

Gay4Good Palm Springs is volunteering to register guests for One Night Out, sign up to volunteer! More info


The Miracle Worker Opening Weekend

Desert Theatreworks presents The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, from September 30 through October 9. The classic play returns to the DTW stage, reimagined for a new audience. This family drama is based on the true story of a young deaf and blind girl, Helen Keller, and her dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan, who struggles to reach into Helen’s isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world. Don’t miss this powerful new staging of a beloved story. Get tickets


Titanic the Musical Opening Weekend

The Palm Canyon Theatre presents Titanic the Musical from September 30–October 16. Based on the story of the RMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, this musical takes audiences on a journey unlike any other account of this historic voyage. As crew and passengers are introduced, their conversations reveal their social status and satisfaction with life. When the ship’s owner demands that the captain increase speed to arrive in New York early, the Titanic collides with an iceberg, creating a chaotic and dangerous situation for all. Get tickets


Bullying: A Community Symposium

The City of Palm Springs’ Human Rights Commission and the Coachella Valley Firebirds present a free community forum and discussion, Bullying: A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies to coincide with National Bullying Prevention Month on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am–12 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Judy French, Coordinator, National Bullying Prevention Center – Los Angeles. A panel of subject matter experts, including representatives from Boo2Bullying.org, Queer Works, the Palm Springs Unified School District, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, and the Palm Springs Police Department will also share their insights on this important topic. More info


Active Shooter Training

Also on Saturday, October 1 at 10 am at the Convention Center (and on Zoom): The Palm Springs Police Department presents Active Shooter Training. This training is open to the public and will provide participants with tools to be prepared for, respond to, and react in active shooter situations. More info


STILL Ready. Resilient. Brave. Cocktail Reception

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest presents the STILL Ready. Resilient. Brave. Cocktail Reception, taking place at a private residence in Palm Springs on Friday, September 30 from 5:30–8:30 pm. With the Supreme Court recently overturning Roe v. Wade, and state legislatures around the country passing a record number of abortion restrictions, California is now a refuge for out-of-state patients seeking access to safe and legal abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest is prepared for the long fight ahead, growing and ready to meet the needs of people in our communities and beyond as patients come to us from out of state. More info


9th Annual Reel Women’s Film Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Reel Women’s Film Festival takes place October 1–15 streaming online, with an in-person program on Saturday, October 15 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The festival is championed by a committee that works to bring diverse and inspiring films about women to the screen. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, serving Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties. More info


Silversun Pickups at The Show

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage’s The Show presents Silversun Pickups on Saturday, October 1 at 8 pm. Silversun Pickups is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2000. Their sound, often encompassing multiple overdubs of distorted guitars, is frequently compared to that of The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. Get tickets


Santana Lead Singer Andy Vargas

The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino presents Andy Vargas, the lead singer for Latin rock, funk, and soul legend Santana on Saturday, October 1 at 7 pm. The free, live concert features opening band Outlaw Mariachi. “We are going to bring all of the fire to the Rock Yard that we bring when performing with Santana,” Vargas said. “I treat every performance as if it’s my last performance. So, expect a high energy show because we are going to get up there and let it all out.” More info


Desert Daze

The Desert Daze Art & Music Festival makes its return at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area this weekend from Friday, Sept 30–Sunday, Oct 2. Headliners include King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala, and Beach House. From the beginning, Desert Daze has sought to provide a one-of-a-kind festival experience: epic yet intimate, esoteric yet accessible, catering to weirdos, but embracing to all, and to facilitate the ever expanding growth of the human spirit. More info


The Zocial Pool Party at Hotel Zoso

Spend your Saturday cooling off with The Zocial Pool Party on Saturday, October 1 from 12–5 pm at Hotel Zoso. The Pool transforms into a musical oasis with tunes by DJ Mikeylow and refreshing beverages flowing from a fully-stocked poolside bar. And the best part? Entry is free for overnight hotel guests ($10 otherwise). Arrive early to claim your space or contact the Guest Service Team to reserve a daybed or cabana. More info


A Few Good Men & Women

The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House is kicking off the giving season with its annual gala and awards ceremony, A Few Good Men and Women, on Friday, September 30 at 5:30 pm. This year’s event at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage will honor eight distinguished men and women from the Inland Empire who have made an impact on the communities of the Coachella Valley in which they live and serve. The evening will include a red-carpet entrance, entertainment, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and delicious food. See our event listing for a list of honorees and more info: Get tickets



ONE-PS Candidate Forums

Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (One-PS) and the Palm Springs Cultural Center present One-PS Candidate Forums on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2 from 1–4 pm each day, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Saturday will feature Palm Springs City Council District 3 candidates Ron De Harte & Joy Meredith, plus Desert Water Agency Candidates Stephan Bronack, Steve Grasha & Marcus Miceli. On Sunday, the forum will consist of District 1 candidates Grace Garner & Scott Nevins, and District 2 candidates Jeffrey Bernstein & Renee Brown. The forums will be moderated by Mark Talkington, Palm Springs Post Editor. More info


Soulful Sundays with Keisha D

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Soulful Sundays Happy Hour with Keisha D from 5–7:30 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Keisha D is a local staple at the heart of the live music scene in Palm Springs. She has had the pleasure of performing for National Conventions in both the Southern Baptist and Evangelical Free conferences for many years. No cover but there is a 2 drink minimum. More info


Gardens to the Rescue Pet Adoption Event

Join Animal Samaritans, along with other local shelters, at the Gardens to the Rescue Pet Adoption Event sponsored by the Bianca Rae Foundation on Sunday, October 2 from 10 am–1 pm at the Gardens on El Paseo. Lots of animals will be there looking for loving homes! Also enjoy entertainment and pet themed vendor booths. More info


Farmers’ Markets in New Locations Starting this Week

Palm Desert’s weekly Certified Farmers’ Market moves to Sundays from 8 am–1 pm, starting this Sunday, October 2. The location is also returning to its original spot for over a decade in the sun-dappled Entrada Center, at the corner of Highway 111 and El Paseo, between the Chamber of Commerce and the new home of the Artists’ Council [More info]. Meanwhile, the Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market makes a return to its outdoor location at the Palm Springs Cultural Center this weekend. The market features a variety of California Farmers and Value Added Vendors who will be selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, organic coffee, flowers, rugelah, prepared foods, soups, herb-infused chocolates, soaps, and more! They will also include music by local musicians, food demonstrations, and a variety of special events each week [More info].


Sunnylands Films in the Gardens

On Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, Sunnylands will present the third in a series of Films in the Gardens. The film will be the Agatha Christie mystery Evil Under the Sun (1982). Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnics. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. More info


Final Round Voting for Best of Coachella Valley

The finalists have been selected in the Coachella Valley Independent’s 9th Annual Best of Coachella Valley, and we are thrilled to have three nominations associated with KGAY 106.5! DJ Galaxy (aka Vincent Corrales) of the KGAY Retro Lunch at Noon, has been nominated for Best Local DJ, and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor is up for Best Local Radio Personality! Last but not least, KGAY 106.5 is itself nominated for Best Radio Station! The final round of voting runs online at CVIndependent.com through Sunday, October 23. Vote Today


LOOKING AHEAD

Mon Petit Salon Mondays

Looking for something to do on Monday night? Check out Mon Petit Salon at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, an evening of improvised, eclectic world music on Monday evenings from 5–7:30 pm. Each week features different artists and genres, from blues, jazz, electro, classical and more. The shows are hosted by violin virtuoso Jeremie Levi Samson and produced by Mon Petit Mojave, an award-winning musical experience from the hi-desert. Reservations are recommended. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now

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.” 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)