Out at the Fair comes to the Riverside County Fair for the first time this Saturday. After many successful fairs from Alaska to New Mexico, it’s our turn. I couldn’t be happier than to partner with the group, led by William Zakrajshek. KGAY and Gay Desert Guide are media sponsors and will be there all day Saturday.
According to their website, “OATF® is a community-focused event designed to bring people together and promote a message of acceptance and love. The event is open to everyone, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, or beliefs, making it a safe and welcoming space for all.”
The day will featured “Drag Queen Story Time”, which continues to stir up emotions with a fever pitch about how the LGBTQ+ community is somehow “grooming” young people. Events like Out at the Fair help tamp that down, I hope. One step forward…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs,
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Modernism Week Is Here
Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival is underway, running February 16–26, featuring more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show, tours of iconic homes in more than 24 neighborhoods, the Palm Desert Signature Home Tour and the Palm Springs Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, a vintage trailer show, a golf tournament, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost Get tickets.
23rd Annual Modernism Show
The 23rd annual Palm Springs Modernism Show runs from Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20 and is once again a featured event during Modernism Week. The show hosts 125 dealers offering stunning items representing all design movements of the 20th century and select 21st century items and contemporary cutting-edge home design products and technology. On Friday evening, February 18 from 6–9 pm, there is an Opening Night Party which requires a separate ticket and offers a chance to be among the first to shop from this world-class collection. [More info]. The main show opens at 10 am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and closes at 6 pm Saturday, 5 pm Sunday, and 4 pm on Monday. Get tickets
Modernism Weeks’ CAMP (Community and Meeting Place) is the central meeting place for all things Modernism Week and it’s FREE and open to the public inside the Hyatt Palm Springs. Discover new events and activities to attend, dine and sip at Cheeky’s To-Go, shop at the Destination PSP store, meet authors at book signings, explore design elements for your home, and relax and commune with fellow modernists. CAMP will be open daily 9am–5pm during Modernism Week. More info
Riverside County Fair & Date Festival – Out at the Fair®
The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival takes place from Friday, February 17–Sunday, February 26, at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio [Get tickets]. Originating as a festival to celebrate the end of the annual date harvest, the annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival welcomes over 250,000 guests each February. On Saturday, February 18, Out at the Fair®, the official LGBTQ+ family-friendly festival of the fair industry, comes to the Pageant Stage for a full day of entertainment. KGAY’s John Taylor will be there broadcasting LIVE from 11 am–1 pm., and Emcees Pauly & Monks and Landa Plenty will host Drag Queen Story Time, and a Zumba class led by Landa Plenty, and performances by West Coast Vibez, Noah Toprak, David Rosales, Layke, Derek Jameson, KingQueen, plus the National Date Pageant, and the Out at the Fair Glam Show with Alexander Rodriguez, San Diego Kings Club, Rusty Waters, Victoria Elvatto, Keri Oki, and Landa Plenty. The ‘OutAt After Dark’ all-ages dance party starts at 8:30 pm! Get tickets
Reforma Grand Opening Weekend
Reforma is Palm Springs’ newest bar, restaurant & night club, open daily 3 pm–12 am (2 am on Friday & Saturday), and this weekend they kick it off with the Gasolina Reggaeton Party on Friday, February 17 at 9 pm. Then on Saturday, February 18 it’s the Madonna Drag Brunch and Wig Party at 11 am and 2 pm. The Grand Opening Party on Saturday night, February 18 at 9 pm features sets by Todd Terry, Freak On & Lee Dagger. More info
Christopher Kennedy’s Midcentury Home Tours
Christopher Kennedy presents two Mid-Century Home Tours on Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, showcasing homes owned by clients of Christopher in Indian Canyons (Saturday, 1–4 pm) and Vista Las Palmas (Sunday, 1–4 pm). In addition, Christopher will be opening up his own Indian Canyons home for a VIP cocktail party on Saturday evening. Proceeds will benefit the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Get tickets
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Desert Theatreworks presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap now through 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
My Fair Lady at the McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents the lavish Lincoln Center production of the Broadway favorite My Fair Lady, playing Friday through Sunday, February 17–19. Coming up: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal (2/21), Steve Tyrell (2/22), Beginnings: A Celebration of the Music of Chicago (2/23), On Your Feet! (2/24–26), MNOZIL Brass (2/27), and Our Planet Live in Concert (2/28). Get tickets
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].
Crystal Gayle at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage presents Crystal Gayle & Johnny Lee on Friday, February 17 at 8 pm. Crystal has been a favorite of audiences of country and popular music since attaining national prominence with her first chart records in the mid-seventies. Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal also scored with her multi-format hits You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep, When I Dream, Half the Way and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, Just You and I. Get tickets Also this weekend: on Saturday, February 18, the Show presents legendary rock back Styx for a SOLD OUT show.