Every time I drive to Acrisure Arena, I think about how we in Palm Springs proper narrowly escaped having the stadium downtown. The drive for me is a short 30 minutes door to parking lot. And it is becoming “shorter” in my mind as I attend more events.
So Friday’s Pride Night with the Coachella Valley Firebirds will be my second trek there in a week, having seen The Eagles and Steely Dan. And it’s a drive I’ll happily make knowing that thousands of autos are not clogging the arteries of our humble burg.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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CV Firebirds Pride Night with KGAY
KGAY 106.5 invites you to join the festivities at the Coachella Valley Firebirds Pride Night, on Friday January 19 from 5–9 pm at Acrisure Arena. Join us in a space where the Coachella Valley comes together to show off our spirit of inclusion, community, and pride. Come for a cocktail social hour and enjoy pre-game Plaza events, including music from DJ Modgirl, photos with local drag queens, and a complimentary Pride fanny pack. Special $99 package gets you: Signature Pride Night cocktail, ticket to the pre-game drag show, center ice seats at the game, and private VIP ticket throughout the game. Get tickets
Del Shores’ Sordid Lives
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Del Shores’ Sordid Lives playing from January 19–28. The playwright himself, Del Shores will be in attendance on Saturday, January 20 doing a Q&A with the entire cast after the show. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, three generations of a family gather in a small Texas town for her funeral. The sad, hilarious truth of their “sordid lives” erupts in this cult classic, a black comedy about white trash. Get tickets
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
With clouds and a chance of rain in the forecast for this weekend, it’s a great time to visit one of the newest and finest attractions in the Coachella Valley, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in downtown Palm Springs, open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am–5 pm. Dedicated to the history and culture of the Agua Caliente People, the nearly 10,000-square-foot Permanent Gallery is divided into five exhibition areas that each offer a unique piece of the Agua Caliente story, from legendary beginnings to modern times. The museum is part of the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, which includes the top-rated Spa at Séc-he, celebrating the sacred Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens and an Oasis Trail. More info
Coachella 2024 Passes on Sale Friday
The lineup for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is here! Headliners are Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator, and Doja Cat for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the festival, taking place April 12–14 and 19–21, 2024 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. General Presale begins Friday, January 19 at 11 am PT. Register now for access to passes at https://coachella.info/bIVoSX
The American Express Golf Tournament
The American Express™, held annually at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, returns to the Desert for its 65th playing this week, from January 15–21. The American Express™ is a 72-hole PGA TOUR event that features 156 of the world’s best golfers playing for a $7.6 million purse. It is part of the FedExCup and often provides the winners of the event a precursor to a successful season. Keith Urban takes the stage following the completion of play on Friday, January 19 at 5 pm, and Train performs on Saturday, January 20 at 5 pm. Get tickets
What the Constitution Means to Me
Dezart Performs presents the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist & Tony nominated dramatic comedy, What the Constitution Means to Me, playing from January 19–28. Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives. Get tickets
Revolution Stage Company (RSC) presents Avenue Q, running now through January 25. A smash hit on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in the West End, this Tony Award-winning adult musical comedy features the cheekiest puppets in town, skillfully brought to life by the Coachella Valley’s top musical theater performers. Take a delightful journey through the challenges of growing up, the pursuit of grand dreams, and the quest to discover life’s true purpose. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh loved it and says “…if the idea of watching puppets have sex makes you giggle instead of making you gag or scream out TMI, then do yourself a favor and grab a ticket for a fun, belly-laugh filled evening in the theatre.” Read his full review and Get tickets
Drag Games Interactive Brunch
Play Lounge & Cafe presents a Drag Games Interactive Brunch on Sunday, January 21 at 11 am. Watch as talented drag queens take the stage and captivate you with their mesmerizing performances and play games with the crowd. Indulge in a delectable brunch menu while enjoying the company of fellow drag enthusiasts. Ticket includes the show, games, and a prix fixe meal. Get tickets
Jonathan Karrant: The Tony Bennett Songbook
The Purple Room Supper Club presents Jonathan Karrant: The Tony Bennett Songbook for two nights, Friday and Saturday, January 19 & 20. Karrant returns to pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic and beloved gentlemen, Tony Bennett, performing some of his most popular songs, many from the Great American Songbook. Dinner at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm. Get tickets
Pretty Woman: The Musical
The McCallum Theatre presents Pretty Woman: The Musical for five performances, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 19–21. Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, the show springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. Get tickets
Gilligan’s Island – The Musical
Desert Theatreworks presents Gilligan’s Island – The Musical, playing through January 28. America’s most iconic sitcom from the 1960s comes to the stage reincarnated as a fun family musical. Written by the original TV show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz, all the show’s beloved characters seem to have leaped straight from the TV screen to the big stage, bringing their hilarious adventures along with them. The skipper and his hapless first mate, Gillian; millionaire Thurston Howell and his wife, Lovey; film starlet Ginger Grant; farm girl Mary Ann Summers; and the professor battle hurricanes, quicksand and even an alien with their usual fierce determination. Will they finally make it off the island? Get tickets
Sand, Stars & Guitars: Billy Droze & Gary Nichols
The Sand, Stars and Guitars Series is back for an all-new season with the very best in Americana, Country, Bluegrass, NewGrass, Country Gospel, American Folk and even a little bit of ole time Blues. On Friday, January 19, at 8 pm, Billy Droze & Gary Nichols will perform at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. When these two singer-songwriters get together, you can expect them to sing a little bit of everything – traditional Bluegrass, classic Country, sultry Soul and Americana. “We decided there are two kinds of music: the kind we like and the kind we don’t,” Gary Nichols said recently. The series continues monthly with concerts from Peter Rowan, Billy Gilman, Rebekah Speer, John McEuen, and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Get tickets.