Brad Fuhr

Abi Carter may be a familiar face to you. She’s made the Top 3 in American Idol after her stunning performance in Sunday’s Disney-themed night on KESQ.

But if you think you’ve seen the Indio native around town, you’re right. She performed at Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, VillageFest and Kitchen 86, according to The Desert Sun.

I’ve been watching the competition and voting like millions of others. If you missed performances like Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie” and last night’s “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”, find them online.

We couldn’t be happier for her success! “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”, and anytime one of our locals makes it big nationally, we’re happy to shine the spotlight her way. She’ll compete one final time Sunday for top honors. Then, maybe a ticker-tape parade from Palm Springs to Indio??

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

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Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes

Hidden Master George Platt Lynes

The inaugural season of Q+ Art continues as the Palm Springs Art Museum presents a special screening of Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes on Friday, May 17, beginning with a cocktail hour at 4:30 pm and program at 5:30 pm at the Annenberg Theater. The film showcases the legacy of George Platt Lynes who—while best remembered for his career photographing celebrities and extravagant fashion—is recently being fully discovered and appreciated for work with the male nude. This work—which was sensuous and radically explicit for its time—showcases a man capturing his fantasies as a gift, a window to a future his camera saw coming before anyone else. Get tickets

The Center Women’s Social

Womens Center Social May 2024

Join the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert for their monthly Women’s Social on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:30–7 pm at Play Lounge & Cafe. Look forward to connection, friendship, and a tasty happy hour! More info

Melanie Martinez: The Trilogy Tour

Melanie Martinez

Multi-Platinum alternative-pop phenom Melanie Martinez will bring The Trilogy Tour to Acrisure Arena on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm. Joining the tour will be special guests Men I Trust and Beach Bunny. Witness the evolution of Martinez’s alter ego “Cry Baby” performed live. It will include hits from all three of her Top 10 groundbreaking albums: Cry Baby, K-12, and Portals which have collectively amassed over 14 Billion streams worldwide. Get tickets

Free LGBTQ Film Screening: Welcome to Chechnya

Chechnya Film Crop

Join the Palm Springs Cultural Center for a free screening of the Sundance-winning Welcome to Chechnya, which chronicles the courage of LGBTQ activists in Russia, on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm. The film follows the work of activists rescuing survivors of torture in Chechnya. To avoid exposing their work, it was shot in secret, using hidden cameras, cell phones, GoPros, and handycams. Reserve tickets

Concerts in the Park: The Reflexx

The Reflexx

Palm Desert’s free Concerts in the Park series returns to Civic Center Park on Thursday evenings at 7 pm throughout the month of May. On Thursday, May 16, the series continues when The Reflexx takes the amphitheater stage to perform New Wave favorites of the 80s, from bands like Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, INXS, and more. In addition to the great music, concertgoers can enjoy delicious culinary creations offered by a variety of food trucks, or bring your own picnic basket along with blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show. More info

Music Ocean Odyssey” Immersive Big Screen Concert Experience

Embark on a musical undersea journey with Leanna and The Free Agents on Friday, May 17 at 6 pm for a Musical Ocean Odyssey at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the Vegas Sphere, this is a similar concert experience, with the band set directly in front of the largest screen in the entire Coachella Valley. The visuals are stunning, the sounds of the live band and vocals of Leanna will take you to another place. A truly immersive experience not to be missed! Get tickets

Sunnylands Films in the Garden: Chicago

Chicago Musical Film 2002

The popular outdoor movie series Films in the Gardens returns to Sunnylands Center & Gardens in May, highlighting films with unique and imaginative set designs. On Friday, May 17, at 7:30 pm, the film will be Chicago (2002), the big-screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Admission is free, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnics. More info

Purple Room: Elvis and Miss Conception


The Purple Room Supper Club presents Elvis: The Early Years on Friday, May 17. Seasoned performer Scot Bruce has been perfecting his Elvis tribute for decades and his uncanny resemblance to the young King (and his ability to sing, strum a guitar, and swivel his hips), has taken him across the U.S. and all over the world. On Saturday, May 18, Provincetown legend Miss Conception brings her Musical Movie Madness to the Purple Room, performing a wide range of numbers and costumes of the best Musical Movies including Moulin Rouge to Chicago, Cabaret, Rocky Horror, Sister Act and many more. (Both nights open for dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm). Get tickets


Movies in the Park Jurassic Park

Tuesday, May 14
Movies in the Park: Jurassic Park | 7 pm at the Downtown Palm Springs Park
Cathedral City State of the City Business Awards & Expo
| 11 am–2 pm at DoubleTree Golf Resort

Wednesday, May 15
Nathan James Band
| 7 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs
Maximo Marcuso (Summer Cabaret Series) | 7 pm at CVRep

Thursday, May 16
pop/jazz vocal group | 7 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs
Faith Prince (Summer Cabaret Series) | 7 pm at CVRep

Saturday, May 18
Meditation Workshop with Sarah Vie
| 10 am–12 pm at Kimpton Rowan

Sunday, May 19
Meditation Workshop with Sarah Vie | 10 am–12 pm at Kimpton Rowan
Salon at the Salon with Michael Hinkle | 10 am–12 pm at Brien O’Brien Salon
Screwball Sundays: Twentieth Century
| 3 pm at Palm Springs Cultural Center

The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Light in the Piazza, opening running Thursday–Sunday, May 19. Based on the 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer, the show is set in the 1950s in Florence, Italy, where wealthy Southern woman Margaret Johnson and her developmentally disabled daughter, Clara, are visiting. When Clara falls in love with a young Italian man, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own deep-seated hopes and regrets as well. Get tickets

DUI Checkpoint Friday

Sober or Hand em Over

The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, May 17 from 7 pm–1 am at an undisclosed location within the city limits of Palm Springs. Palm Springs Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

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