Our local version of the “Miss America” pageant – The Best of the Desert Awards is happening through Sept. 22nd. We are shamelessly inviting you to ‘vote for me!’ in the many categories where we show up. All the details below, but I’m proud of our team who creates the on-air and online magic you hear and see each day. Honorable mention: TV Weather Reporter Jerry Steffen, who provides daily forecasts on our sister station KMEE 103.1 MeTV FM.
This competition will be followed by voting for the Best of Coachella Valley from CV Independent. The two are easily confused, so watch this space for another shameless ask for votes !
Happy 60th to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, celebrating this week with special events. With temps still high on the desert floor, now is a great time to make the trip up to the cool of Mountain Station!
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DBA Networking Mixer/DAP Health Equity Walk Kickoff
The Desert Business Association (DBA) is holding a Networking Mixer on Monday, September 11 at 5:30 pm at DAP Health on Sunrise Way. DAP is gearing up for the 2023 Health Equity Walk (formerly the Desert AIDSWalk) to be held on Saturday, October 28 at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs. Learn more about how you can participate by joining the DBA Team or another team. Funds raised help to support the many programs that DAP Health provides to our communities. A raffle will support the DBA Team of the DAP Health Equity Walk, bring an item for the raffle and get a “shout out” for your business. Bring some cash to win an item, too! More info
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Celebrates 60 Years
Throughout the month of September, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The completion of a Mountain Station renovation coincides with the anniversary, and in celebration of the anniversary, a series of events and promotions are planned for this month, including giveaways for every 60th visitor, a 60th anniversary celebration quiz on the Tramway’s mobile app, a free 60th anniversary sticker for every visitor on Tuesday, September 12, continuous showings of the newly-restored original 1960s Tramway film “The Miracle at Palm Springs” in the Santa Rosa Theater, and other special displays and exhibits. More info
Open Rehearsal/Auditions for Modern Men Chorus
The Modern Men Chorus invites you to audition to join them for their upcoming Holiday Concert. Come to the Open Rehearsal on Monday, September 11 from 6:30–8:30 pm at the Palm Springs United Methodist Church and hear the music to be sung in their holiday concert. Auditions begin at 8:30 pm after the Open Rehearsal or you can come on the following Saturday morning, September 16 from 11 am–12 noon at the same location. More info
Vote KGAY and John Taylor for 2023 Community’s Choice Awards
The Desert Sun has opened the voting round for the 2023 Best of Desert Official Community’s Choice Awards, 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! When you go to fill out your ballot, find KGAY 106.5 under Entertainment & Leisure > Radio Station – Local and find John Taylor under Entertainment & Leisure – People > Radio Personality/Show.
MOD GIRL & GALAXY are nominated in DJ – Event/Wedding. Vote for them as well!
If you vote in more than 25 categories, you’ll be entered to win a $250 gift card. Votes can be placed through Friday, September 22. Vote today!
Arts & Letters: Tod Goldberg
The hometown book launch event for Tod Goldberg‘s Gangsters Don’t Die takes place Tuesday, September 12 from 6–7:30 pm at UCR Palm Desert. Gangsters is the conclusion to Goldberg’s acclaimed Gangsterland trilogy. Tod will be in conversation with crime writer Rob Bowman, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. More info
Trans and Non-Binary Tuesday
The Transgender Health & Wellness Center presents their monthly social event, Trans and Nonbinary Tuesday on Tuesday, September 12 at 6 pm the Trixie Motel (held on the second Tuesday of every month). This month, the theme is “Say Goodbye to Summer.” Attendees have the opportunity to mingle with the gender diverse community and get connected to vital resources. More info
Positive Life Series – STI Update
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, September 12 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This month, the topic is an STI Update with Dr. Phyllis Ritchie of PS Healthy Test and Trent Broadus of DAP Health. You can also attend via Zoom. Future topics include: Resistance in HIV (10/2), HIV Research in Palm Springs (11/7), and Special World AIDS Day Conference (12/1). More info
AIDS, Sex, Survival, and What it All Means
Let’s Kick ASS Palm Springs, the HIV+ Aging Research Project, and PromoHomo.TV present AIDS, Sex, Survival, and What It All Means on Wednesday, September 13, from 6:30–8:30 pm at Mizell Center. Acclaimed activist HIV/AIDS Mark S. King will be joined by prominent community members Dr. David Morris, Jax Kelly, Jeff Taylor, Bridgette Picou and Nicholas Snow to discuss his new book, My Fabulous Disease: Chronicles of a Gay Survivor. “Let’s chat about survival, love, sex, and what the hell it all means,” said King. Book sales and signing will be available. More info
Get to Know AI and ChatGPT
The Palm Springs Public Library presents Get to Know AI and ChatGPT on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 pm in the The Learning Center. Come see an engaging presentation and live demo of ChatGPT – an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered computer helper that can simplify your everyday tasks. From creating a packing list for your cruise vacation to drafting that thank-you note you’ve been putting off, ChatGPT can do more than you imagine! Learn form Dominique Fruchtman, an experienced entrepreneur and technology enthusiast with a background in both IT and public speaking. More info
Sunnylands Opens for a New Season
Sunnylands Center & Gardens opens for a new season on Wednesday, September 13, open from 8:30 am–4 pm, Wednesdays–Sundays. A new exhibition titled Variations to a Theme: William Haines at Sunnylands, will highlight the Hollywood actor-turned interior designer to the stars whose work stands out among his contemporaries for his “maximalist approach.” Haines’ style of décor, known as Hollywood Regency, reflected silver-screen glamour —through a vibrant mix of colors, textures, patterns, and finishes — with references to interior design of the 19th-century English Regency period. Learn more
Sunnylands Films in the Gardens
Sunnylands is also bringing back their Films in the Garden series with a trio of back-to-school films from the 1980s. The series begins this week with Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) on Friday, September 15 at 7:30 pm. Synopsis: When Keith (Eric Stoltz) goes out with Amanda (Lea Thompson), the girl of his dreams, Amanda’s ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith’s best friend, tomboy Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), realizes she has feelings for Keith. Free of charge, no reservations required, gates open at 6 pm, carpooling and small picnics encouraged. More info
Final Week: Drive to Survive! The Race Against Hunger
The Greater Palm Springs Realtors summer food drive, Drive To Survive! The Race Against Hunger, benefiting the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank, is happening now thru September 15. Food insecurity is real, and together we can help ease the burden on our hungry neighbors. You are invited to drop food items off at the Greater Palm Springs Realtors office from 9 am–5 pm on Monday and 8 am–5 pm on Tuesday–Friday. They’re accepting nonperishable food items, or you can also make monetary donations to support the critical services that the food bank provides. More info
Check Out Our Downloadable Calendar
Our Gay Desert Guide Events Channel always has the latest, continually updated calendar of events for day-by-day viewing, but sometimes you just want a quick overview of what’s coming up, in a beautiful, downloadable, printable calendar…and we have just the thing! Download our 2023-24 Calendar of Events (updated monthly) to see what’s coming up in the days, weeks, and months ahead. It’s a great time to look ahead as we head into season, with events coming up like The Dinah, Pride Under the Pines, Pride on the Page, Modernism Week October, Palm Springs Pride (and Leather Pride), and Palm Springs Food & Wine Fest, just to name a select few of the more than 30 highlighted events between now and early December. Check it out
For all events check out the Gay Desert Guide.