Brad Fuhr

Local Author Ray Smythe advertises his books on personal loss and grief on KGAY and KMEE. When I first met him, his unbridled enthusiasm for life was ever-present.

He comes in regularly to record his commercials and always leaves in his wake a sense of joy and purpose. In between, he’s in touch with an uplifting email or a personal note with his quote cards.

He wrote recently that he almost stopped mailing them about a year ago, but just couldn’t! I’m glad he continued to do so. The loss of his life partner, Steve, has turned into a gift that brings hope and consolation to many. And his quotes? Well they are just fun to read and gives me pause as I contemplate. Here’s a couple to start your day and the first week of Pride Month:

Dwelling on negative thoughts as like fertilizing weeds.

Earl Nightingale

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

Roy T. Bennett

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DBA Networking Event at PS Animal Shelter

DBA June

Join the Desert Business Association (DBA) on Monday, June 3 from 5:30–7 pm for a Networking Mixer at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, where the Adoption Center places hundreds of animals in loving, safe, and healthy environments each year. Their facility and their model of sheltering have set a new standard for all shelters in Southern California. You can help them by bringing along gently used bath towels, washcloths, blankets, flat bed sheets, pet pee pads and unopened fresh wet or dry pet food and treats. The DBA will also hold their regular raffle to support LGBTQ youth scholarships. More info

PSP Airport Master Plan Open House


The community is invited to an important event shaping the future of Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) on Tuesday, June 4, from 5:30–7:30 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center for the latest Master Plan Open House. Learn more about the proposed improvements aimed at enhancing traveler experience and sustainability at the airport, including new infrastructure projects like solar panel installations and taxiway enhancements. More info

Janet Jackson: Together Again Tour

Janet Jackson Together Again

Janet Jackson brings her Together Again Tour to Acrisure Arena on Tuesday, June 4 at 8 pm. The show celebrates her 50th anniversary in entertainment and spotlights the milestones for three of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed albums – 25 years of “The Velvet Rope,” 30 years of “janet,” and 35 years of “Rhythm Nation,” featuring her biggest chart-topping hits. In addition, fans can expect the three-time GRAMMY®️ winner and Diamond-selling Hip-Hop sensation Nelly to deliver a powerhouse performance. Get tickets

Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes will perform two nights of her Please and Thank You Tour on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm at the McCallum Theatre. Ranked among Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest People in America,” Sykes’ peers have called her “one of the funniest stand-up comics” in the field. Wanda has starred in several comedy specials and her stand-up tackles everything from politics and marriage to racial profiling and parenting. Get tickets

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

GPS Restaurant Week

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week continues all week, through Sunday, June 9, offering residents and visitors 10 days of exquisite dining experiences throughout our nine-city oasis. This is the perfect opportunity to savor the start of summer — every poolside bite, every chilled cocktail, every sunset dinner with a view — with more options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Book your reservation online and $1 per reservation will be donated to FIND Food Bank. See our event listing for links to participating restaurants and menus! More info

Outbook Book Club

Mamas Boy Book Cover

Palm Springs Public Library presents the OutBook Book Club on the first Wednesday of the month in The Learning Center at 6 pm. Selections are chosen by group members and highlight a mix of new LGBTQ+ releases and influential classics. on Wednesday, June 5 the book discussion will be Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas by Dustin Lance Black. More info

Zone Palm Springs

Zone PS

The City of Palm Springs is updating its Zoning Code to better reflect today’s needs and accommodate future growth. Help shape the City’s future by attending Zone Palm Springs, a community meeting on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30–7 pm in the multipurpose room at the Demuth Community Center. This is the City’s first comprehensive update to the Zoning Code since 1988. The Zoning Code determines what types of activities and buildings are allowed in different areas–such as residential, commercial, or industrial uses–and manages development cohesively. More info

Caro Pierotto Brazilian Jazz

Caro Pierotto crop

Caro Pierotto will play the Cascade Lounge at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs on Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm. Caro sings originals and covers in Portuguese, Spanish and English. With a captivating vintage voice and a repertoire that includes samba, forró, reggae, soul and pop, she defies labels and expresses her art without musical borders in genres, always focusing on spreading love, hope and healing through her music. Get tickets

Q+ Art: San Cha


The inaugural season of Q+ Art, the queer initiative of the Palm Springs Art Museum, continues with a performance by San Cha on Friday, June 7 at 5:30 pm. San Cha’s music is as eclectic as her emotional storytelling, transitioning effortlessly from haunting melodies filled with longing to irresistible dance beats. Her music transcends language and genre boundaries, effortlessly blending Spanish and English, acoustic and electronic elements, and rock riffs with towering, operatic vocals. Beyond her musical journey, San Cha embraces her identity as a queer, Latinx artist, boldly anchoring herself in rancheras and her cultural roots. Get tickets

Firebirds in Western Conference Finals

Acrisure Arena Firebirds Rainbow Logos

The Coachella Valley Firebirds are now in Calder Cup Playoffs Round 4, in the Western Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Admirals. Round 4 is going great so far for the Firebirds, winning the first two games at home at Acrisure Arena. Games 3–5 will be played this week in Milwaukee. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will be played back at Acrisure Arena (June 10 & 12), where they recently honored LGBTQ+ Pride month with a “Pathway to Pride” rainbow crosswalk. Go Firebirds!


Tuesday, June 4
Trans Tuesdays on Zoom
| 6:30–7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 5
First Wednesday Art Walk | 5–7 pm at the Backstreet Art District
Bill Magee Blues
| 7 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs
Summer Cabaret Series: Melissa Errico | 7 pm at CVRep (also Thursday, June 6)

Thursday, June 6
PALS Death Cafe | 2 pm via Zoom
A Strange Loop Pride Night
| 6:30 pm at The Music Center Campus, Los Angeles
Summer Camp with Deven Green, Handsome Ned & Skyler Gentry | 7 pm at Dietlart Gallery

Saturday, June 8
Dusty Strings Collective Acoustic Americana & Open Mic Night
| 5:30–7:30 pm at Palm Springs Cultural Center

Baby The Musical

Baby The Musical Crop

Revolution Stage Company presents Baby The Musical, playing now through Sunday, June 9. Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? Baby, the musical from acclaimed duo, Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire, examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Get tickets

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