Fashion definitely collided with art at the opening night of Intersect Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
And I wasn’t sure which was more “on display”. Some outfits were more outrageous than the artwork. It reminded me of a Steve Chase Awards event where everyone was trying to outdo each other with the latest Mr. Turk style.
But the show was grand in scale and in substance with much to see and buy.
Also sharing the convention center space: The National Gay Pilots Association. We welcome them to Greater Palm Springs this weekend, along with Tour de Palm Springs. I’m taking a quick break with my fellow Vacayans – over 30 strong from Palm Springs alone – as we sail on the 5th anniversary Caribbean cruise. I’ll be reporting from the high seas Monday!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs,
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Visitor Map & Guide Spring Edition is Here!
The Spring 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too!) is hot off the presses and distributed about town for your perusal! We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attraction, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].
Intersect Palm Springs Art & Design Fair
The second edition of Intersect Palm Springs returns to Palm Springs, open to the public from Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12. Welcoming a dynamic mix of contemporary and modern art and design galleries and a full slate of special programming, Intersect Palm Springs will present special exhibitions and talks taking place throughout the run of the Fair, as well as off-site events in collaboration with regional arts organizations in the Coachella Valley. Get tickets
Join KGAY’s John Taylor Live at Toucans Tiki Lounge
KGAY Morning Show host John Taylor will be making a live appearance this Saturday, February 11 from 3–5 pm at Toucans Tiki Lounge! Join us for drink specials and amazing giveaways, including a chance to win tickets to see Shania Twain at Acrisure Arena, and a special happy hour drag performance by Tommi Rose and Mareeka. Toucans is celebrating 20+ years in Palm Springs & is the destination for drag performances 5 nights a week. Nobody turns it out like Toucans! More info
On Superbowl Sunday, February 12, there are plenty of options to join in the company of fellow fans! Streetbar presents a Tailgate Party with lots of food served around 3 pm and special bloody marys starting at 10 am. Kick-off is at 3:30 pm on their 6 large screens. More info. There will also be big-game watch parties at Reforma, Lulu California Bistro, AMP Sports Lounge, Dick’s Bar, The Roost Lounge, and the 360 Sports locations at each of the Agua Caliente Casinos in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City!
Gay Pilots’ Winter Warm-Up
The National Gay Pilots Association’s Palm Springs Winter Warm-Up takes place Thursday through Sunday, February 9–12 at the Renaissance Palm Springs. They’ve recently announced a new Executive Director, Justin Ellixson-Andrews, and we welcome him and everyone with the NPGA to the desert for this “warm-up!” The weekend is jam-packed with aviation speakers, an aircraft static display, and the NGPA Palm Springs Dinner Gala. More info
25th Annual Tour de Palm Springs
This year’s Tour de Palm Springs is on Saturday, February 11 from 6 am–3 pm, taking off (and finishing) in downtown Palm Springs—so keep an eye out for road and lane closures in the area. Honoring Military, First Responders, and Veterans, the Tour de Palm Springs is one of the largest cycling charity events of its kind in America. Every year 6,000 to 10,000 cyclists from 46 different states and 4 countries participate. Since 1998, and with the help of 2,000 volunteers, the Tour de Palm Springs has distributed nearly $4,000,000.00 to over 150 local nonprofit organizations. More info
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Desert Theatreworks presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap from February 10–March 5. This thrilling murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time returns to Desert TheatreWorks with a signature twist. As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a stately countryside guesthouse with a killer in their midst! Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve the mystery before another “mouse” succumbs to the trap? Join in for suspenseful fun courtesy of the longest-running play in history. Get tickets
Valentine’s Day Weekend: Moulin Rouge!
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents four Valentine’s Day Weekend special screenings of Moulin Rouge! on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm each night. Director Baz Luhrman’s spectacular jukebox musical dazzles on the big screen, with captivating performances by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as star-crossed lovers in the infamously decadent Moulin Rouge nightclub of turn-of-the-century Paris. Get tickets
Malcolm Myers in Paris Gallery Show
Rubine Red Gallery presents Malcolm Myers in Paris at Atelier 17, 1951-52, a new exhibit running February 10–27 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, February 11 from 5–8 pm. This retrospective features paintings, etchings and intaglio works by famous American printmaker and painter Malcolm H. Myers during the time he spent in Paris, France in 1951-52. There he worked alongside peers including Joan Miró and experimented with new and novel techniques such as incorporating stencils and even spray paint into the centuries–old medium of etching and intaglio. His time there helped cement his legacy as a true American Great in the art of Printmaking. More info
Electricity Encore Benefit
The Bent presents Electricity in an Encore Benefit at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 at 7 pm. For two special performances only, the longest running play in Palm Springs returns for a final encore before heading to an Off-Broadway run to benefit the brand new LGBTQ+ theater The Bent and The Palm Springs Cultural Center, its new home. If you’ve never seen this multi-award winning play that has been receiving rave reviews for 6 years or want to see it again (like many have) this is your final chance without needing to buy a plane ticket to NYC! Get tickets
Black History Expressions of Color and Brilliance
The Desert Art Center invites you to attend Black History Expressions of Color and Brilliance from Friday through Sunday, February 10–12. Celebrate Black History Month with this exhibit, curated by Tysen Knight, which explores the Art of three African American Artists from the Coachella Valley on their journey of self-expression, while seeking to reach out, touch, communicate and bring people together with their Art. Featured artists are Denny Pascasio, Brittney S. Price, and Tysen Knight. More info
LGBTQ+ Rainbow Picnic
Desert Recreation District, The Center Coachella, SAGA, and local GA groups of CVUSD schools invite all LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning and Allies) to come for a LGBTQ+ Rainbow Picnic on Saturday, February 11 from 3–6 pm at Bagdouma Park Community Center in Coachella. Join in and bring a blanket! More info