If not for Shann Carr, World Art Day would not be the momentous event it’s going to be this weekend in Palm Springs.
Think of it as a local version of the art at Coachella.
Shann is producing “Art in the Park in the Dark” and has called in more than a few favors with friends and collaborators to make this happen at Demuth Park. We at KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide will be there with our solar powered booth and black lights. I can’t wait to see the laser show that will put a bow on the day. Shann’s contributions to our LGBTQ+ community are many. This may be her crowning achievement and we’re happy to join in. Read about how you can get immersed in the experience below!
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Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Weekend 1
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella, Coachella Music Festival or the Coachella Fest) presents the first weekend of its annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Some of the top acts include Bad Bunny, Gorillaz, Chemical Brothers, and Blondie on Friday, April 14, Blackpink, Roslía, Eric Prydz and Charli XCX on Saturday, April 15 and Frank Ocean, Björk and Jackson Wang on Sunday, April 16…plus so many more. Once again this year, you can stream Coachella LIVE on their YouTube channel. See the poster with full lineup on our event listing: More info
On social media: Gays of Coachella is the perfect place to connect with other LGBTQ Coachella Festival-goers. Check out their feed on Facebook and get the latest in Coachella trends and news, with announcements on upcoming events, meet-ups, and pre-parties. Find them on Facebook at GaysofCoachella and on Instagram: @GaysofCoachella
World Art Day/Art in the Park in the Dark
The first-ever Art in the Park in the Dark is Saturday, April 15 from 6–10 pm at Demuth Park, on Mesquite Avenue between the Pickleball courts and the playground. The event is part of the World Art Day Festival (in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday), produced by the City of Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department. The day portion will have lots of hands-on arts activities from 3–6 pm, and the evening portion will be filled with lasers, lighted bikes, flaggers, interactive glow art and live painting. Nighttime elements include laser shows from world renowned Laseronics artist Kyle Garner, a lighted bike parade and contest, a night gallery art walk, and much more, plus live performances from community groups and all-day tunes from KGAY’s own DJ Galaxy, of the Retro Lunch and Sunday Brunch. More info
Day Club Palm Springs Weekend 1
Day Club Palm Springs returns to the Hilton Palm Springs on April 15–16 and 22–23. Hosting four days of lineups curated by the artists themselves, with poolside programming from noon to sun-down. Performances this weekend include: Vintage Culture, Dombresky, LP Giobbi, Hot Since 82, Kyle Watson, Nora En Pure, and next weekend: Two Friends, Łaszewo, SG Lewis (DJ Set) & Elderbrook (DJ Set) with more to be announced. Both single day and weekend passes are available. Get tickets
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McCallum Theatre 2023-2024 Season Tix on Sale
The McCallum Theatre has just announced a full season of great performances for next season, beginning in November 2023 and going through mid-April 2024. The new McCallum season includes an assortment of legendary performers; the best of Broadway including three desert premieres including The Cher Show, Pretty Woman, and Mean Girls, plus the return of the timeless Les Misérables; a brand new adventure speaker series; icons of classical music; nostalgia, variety, spectacle and tributes; including more than twenty shows making their first appearances at the Palm Desert venue. Tickets are available as of Friday, April 14 at 8 am. Check out the full announcement from the McCallum: Learn more
KGAY Live at Toucans
KGAY’s John Taylor will be making a live appearance Saturday, April 15 from 3–5 pm at Toucans Tiki Lounge! Join us for drink specials and amazing giveaways including tickets to see Shania Twain at Acrisure Arena and a some special happy hour drag performances. Toucans is celebrating 20 plus years in Palm Springs & is the destination for drag performances 5 nights a week. More info
Desert Gold at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents Desert Gold, a double weekender of holy chaos, sunbathed sound and glorious poolside parties this weekend, April 13–16, and next, April 20–23. This year Desert Gold invites in a days-long list of legends and surprise stars, including DFA Records, Link Up, Dublab, The Do-Over, Pitchfork Live, The Deep End, Stones Throw Records, and more. Every event is free and all are welcome, though space is limited and first come, first served. More info
The Birdcage Benefit Screening
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents The Birdcage as a benefit screening for Drag4Drag on Saturday, April 15 at 7 pm. Featuring the legendary talent of Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Gene Hackman, The Birdcage is a timeless comedy about love, family, and acceptance that has become a touchstone for LGBTQ+ activists and allies. Half of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Drag4Drag Rally in support of drag performers, taking place on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 pm in front of the Forever Marilyn statue in Downtown Palm Springs. We stand in solidarity with our local drag community: we are family! Get tickets
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show
The McCallum Theatre presents the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show for five performances this weekend, Friday–Sunday, April 14–16. A powerful and stirring reinvention, Riverdance has been celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Get tickets
Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Future Thinking by Eliza Clark on April 14–16 and 21–23. Dressed as a character from his favorite sci-fi TV series, middle-aged super fan Peter finds himself being held in Comic Con security after violating a restraining order against him by his favorite actress from the TV series. Meanwhile, the spoiled starlet from the TV show, Chiara, is stuck in a hotel suite with her stage mom and bodyguard. Will Peter ever be able to deliver Chiara an important and mysterious message? Get tickets
The Play that Goes Wrong
Desert Theatreworks presents The Play That Goes Wrong from April 14–30. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show – an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Get tickets
Dezart Performs presents The Garbologists, the acclaimed new comedy by Lindsay Joelle, opening this weekend on Friday, April 14, running through Sunday, April 23. A White conservative New York City sanitation worker and a Black Ivy-educated single mother are thrown together in the cab of a NYC garbage truck, working for the Dept of Sanitation. They spend their shifts bickering, one-upping each other, and practicing the secret art of mongo: hunting for treasure in the trash. But as their lives become increasingly entwined, they discover some things are easier to toss than others. Honoring our essential workers, The Garbologists is a hopeful story about finding common ground in uncommon times. Get tickets
A Marvelous Party Celebrating Sir Noel Coward
CV Rep presents A Marvelous Party…Celebrating the Words and Music of Sir Noel Coward on Friday and Saturday, April 14 & 15. Robert Johanson, Barbara Kerr and Kurt Jordan return to CV Rep after their memorable 2022 tribute show, “Thank You Mr. Sondheim,” and this time, they are celebrating another great talent of the theatre: Sir Noel Coward. Joining them are two exceptional artists – Wayne Bryan and Glory Crampton – in a sparkling evening celebrating “The Master.” Get tickets