Brad Fuhr

As Barry Manilow joined forces with Modern Men to close out The Chase awards at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the party next door was just getting started. White Party, that is.

Both events shared something in common: drag performers in attendance. Palm Springs Life published a great piece over the weekend that provides a great insight into our local drag culture.

Les Dames du Soleil were in full regalia at Saturday night’s White Party, then appeared as civilians – Douglas Woodmansee and Marshall Pearcy – at Sunday’s Tea Dance where I caught up with them. They told me that many of the men didn’t know who they were out of drag, which is always entertaining when the realization hits. And that’s been the case since drag began.

As the article lays out, we have a corner on both midcentury modern architecture and drag performers. Seems like every venue is getting in on the “act”. “You can find drag 10 days a week in Palm Springs,” says Rosemary Galore in the Palm Springs Life article. And there’s only one place to find them all – Gay Desert Guide.

A personal note: Retiring after 11 years today is our listings editor Alex McCune. He has wrangled info on every drag show and bar night in the valley since we started Alex was already retired from a career as an educator, but I pulled him back to work part time. He’s been a great sounding board for me as well as my longest “employee” in my local media venture. Thanks Alex!

And we must also acknowledge the retirement of Tommi Rose and the Playgirls from Toucans after 22 years. As our Pride theme so aptly stated: “Drag Now – Drag Forever”!

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

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KGAY Night at the Firebirds – Discount Ticket Offer!

KGAY NIGHT at Firebirds 2024

Congratulations to the Coachella Valley Firebirds for clinching their spot in the American Hockey League playoffs, we are looking forward to KGAY Night at the Firebirds next Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm! Pre-game events start at 5:30 pm on the plaza with music from KGAY’s DJ Galaxy; enjoy $5 beers, cheer on the Firebirds against the Ontario Reign and watch KGAY’s John Taylor and your Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr ride the Zamboni machine! Get your discounted tickets today with our exclusive KGAY Night offer: Get tickets

Desert Legends Women’s Weekend

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Musician Jennifer Corday presents Desert Legends this Friday–Sunday, April 5–7 at various locations in Palm Springs with a party scene catering to the 40+ lesbian demographic. Friday features a Women’s Golf Tournament from 9 am–2 pm at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort and a Kickoff Cocktail Party from 4–7 pm at 360 Lounge at Agua Caliente Palm Springs, and the Desert Legends Concert with Jennifer Corday and special guests from 7–9:30 pm in the Cascade Lounge. Saturday is a Women’s Pickleball Tournament at Demuth Park from 9 am–2 pm, and Fortune Feimster brings her comedy to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage at 8 pm. On Sunday from 11 am–2 pm at Hunters, it’s a Sunday Brunch and live show featuring Marisa Corvo with a Tea Dance with DJ Dawn Michaels from 2–5 pm. Get tickets

Fortune Feimster at The Show

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The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Fortune Feimster: The Live, Laugh, Love Comedy Tour on Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm. Fortune Feimster has had one-hour and half-hour specials on Netflix, Comedy Central, and other platforms. Feimster has appeared on shows such as The Mindy Project, Bless the Harts, and The L Word: Generation Q. She currently co-hosts a daily SiriusXM radio show with Tom Papa and a weekly podcast with her partner, Jax. Get tickets

DBA Networking Mixer at Blackbook

DBA Mixer April

The Desert Business Association (DBA) invites you to a Networking Mixer at Blackbook Bar on Monday, April 1 at 5:30 pm. Blackbook is a long-time DBA member and community supporter. Their space has been used for numerous non-profit and community events over the years. They serve award-winning craft cocktails and classic American comfort food that was named Palm Springs’ Best Restaurant in 2020. Come for networking, food, drinks, and a raffle supporting scholarships! More info

Glow in the Park at The Living Desert

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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens presents Glow in the Park on select nights through April 28. Step into a magical world of lights with more than a hundred Chinese lanterns hand crafted by artisans. Glow in the Park showcases the wonders of wildlife from across the globe and throughout time, featuring larger-than-life displays inspired by the beauty of nature, dozens of interactive installations, fantastic photo ops, and, of course, the fan-favorite “magic” smoke bubbles. Note: Another Adults-Only night is Thursday, April 11. Get tickets

The Dreamboats Taste of Cat City Apr 2

Tastes & Sounds of Cathedral City: The Dreamboats

The City of Cathedral City’s Communications & Special Events Department presents Tastes & Sounds of Cathedral City with a performance from The Dreamboats on Tuesday, April 2 from 5–7 pm at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. Visitors can enjoy culinary experiences while listening to live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Free and open to the community! More info

Movies in the Park – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Dust off your lawn chairs and blankets and bring them to the Downtown Palm Springs Park for an unforgettable journey through the vibrant eras of the 80s and 90s, for the Movies in the Park series, all under the twinkling stars. On Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm, the movie will be Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Bring your own snacks or grab a delicious bite from one of the nearby eateries in Downtown Palm Springs for the ultimate picnic experience. More info

Rock the Park – Garth Guy

Garth Guy Show

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents Season 3 of their free Rock the Park concert series, continuing with Garth Guy: The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute Show on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Downtown Park. Performer Dean Simmons has 5000+ live performances over 28 years under his belt, making him the busiest and most experienced Garth Brooks tribute artist in the world. He never tires of giving audiences across the globe a live Garth Brooks experience that is performed with respect and amazing accuracy. (Next up in the series: May 1 – WANTED: The Ultimate Tribute to Bon Jovi). More info

Coming Up at The McCallum Theatre

The Four Phantoms
The Four Phantoms

Faux Fur Ball Online Auction Now Open

Faux Fur Ball Sold Out

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents their (SOLD OUT) Faux Fur Ball 2024 on Saturday, April 6 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This “Black And White Affair” raises critical funds for the Shelter. This year will feature an extended reception time, shorter program, entertainment and a cap of 500 attendees, so they sold out fast! You may, however, bid on some incredible auction items, whether you’re able to attend or not. Check out their e-catalog, open for pre-bidding until 12 noon on Friday, April 5.

Sunset & Swing with Todd Murray

Sunset & Swing with Todd Murray

Todd Murray performs Sunset & Swing live at Living Out Palm Springs on Friday, April 5 at 6:30 pm. Watch the sun set and soak in Todd’s luscious baritone voice backed by a 7-piece jazz band (with cocktails by Alice B, of course). Like Sinatra and Bublé? You will LOVE Todd Murray in his first Palm Springs appearance in almost 5 years. Get tickets

Just Remember / Cabaret on Stage feat. Neil Cohen

Just Remember

To raise funds benefitting PSUSD Elementary Schools with the purchasing of musical instruments, Just Remember is a 100-seat capacity event on the stage at the Richards Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm, featuring vocalist Neil Cohen with musical direction by Michael Orland and special guests Albert Gonzales and the Students of Musical Theatre University. Get tickets

Western Xposure Bear Weekend

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Western Xposure returns to the CCBC Resort for a long weekend this April 4–7. This 100% clothing-optional event features daily pool parties, with poolside DJ’s Carrera, Bulldog, E. Feld, Evil JP, and BodyRolls. Enjoy the trails to explore, grassy areas to relax in, dark rooms and outdoor play spaces, and much more including hot tubs, a steam room, and cold plunge waterfall. This is Western Xposure’s biggest event with over 1000 hot bears, free lunch BBQ on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, and more. You can go as fast and hard as you want, or take it easy and get some sun. With no interruptions or show, the event rolls on so you can strip down, eat, drink, relax, and enjoy it. Get tickets

Desert Theatricals Broadway Series: Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

Desert Theatricals presents Damn Yankees, this Friday–Sunday, April 5–7 under the stars at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Winner of eight tony Awards including Best Musical, Damn Yankees tells the story of Joe Boyd, who makes a deal with the devil to become young Joe Hardy and lead the Senators to a victory against the Yankees ball team. A retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C. Get tickets

The Lalas at The Show

The Lalas

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents The Lalas on Friday, April 5 at 8 pm. The Lalas is the best in burlesque, and they perform sexy & hilarious burlesque shows around the world. Set to a soundtrack of classic rock & blues, you’ll be mesmerized by perfectly choreographed dance moves, and so much fringe you’ll wonder how The Lalas got it all on the plane. Get tickets.

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