Human Rights is a term used not only for our LGBTQ+ communities, but for a wide-ranging spectrum of moral principles and norms. Wikipedia defines it further as “inherent in all human beings”, regardless of their age, ethnic origin, location, language, religion, ethnicity, or any other status.” This week, Palm Springs Human Rights Commission put out their list of honorees for 2023. The full story is in today’s Palm Springs Post.
But of note are Tori St. Johns, Dan Gore, and Brett Klein. PFLAG will also be honored – an organization that made my coming out process much easier. My parents were able to find community and knowledge about homosexuality in a way that was non-judgmental and encouraging. Other honorees include Jase Nagaia, Gary Moline and Bettye Cotton. I was honored with this award a few years ago, and it sparked the Palm Springs GayForGood chapter!
We’re putting the finishing touches on our Spring ’23 Visitor Map & Guide this weekend. It will be out in time for all the tourists flocking to our valley for events from IBC to Coachella. The current issue is great for sharing with friends who will be visiting and can be picked up around the valley at hotels, restaurants, bars and our visitor centers.
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The American Express Golf Tournament
The American Express™, held annually at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, returns to the Desert for its 64th playing from January 16–22. Fifty-six of the world’s best golfers will be 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. In addition to the tournament, The American Express presents two concerts: Gwen Stefani performs on Friday, January 20 at 5 pm, and Darius Rucker takes the stage Saturday, January 21 at 5 pm. Check our event listing for schedule, tickets, and spectator info: Get tickets
Nickerson-Rossi Dance’s 10th Anniversary Performance
Renowned Palm Springs professional dance troupe Nickerson-Rossi Dance will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance Saturday, January 21 at 7 pm at the Annenberg Theater. The evening’s dance concert will pay homage to the classics of modern dance, the innovations of contemporary movement, and the city of Palm Springs. Featuring works from Founder and Artistic Director Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s company repertoire dating back to 2012, the show will include uniquely crafted works from past collaborations with Palm Springs institutions including Sunnylands, Modernism Week, Michael Childers’ One Night Only, and the Lucy Curci Cancer Center. Dante Puleio, current artistic director of the historic Limón Dance Company in New York City, will be the featured guest choreographer and a hand-selected group of students from Palm Springs Dance Academy’s pre-professional teen program will be featured along with the professional dancers in the guest works. Get tickets
CVRep presents Dirty Blonde, playing through Sunday, January 29. This hit comedy garnered five Tony Award nominations and tells a story that is as unlikely, outrageous and as fascinating as Mae West herself. Come see how this icon of the past connects two lonely fans who are brave enough to see Mae West as their personal hero and ultimately lead to a fresh, budding, funny and sometimes bizarre romance. Get tickets
Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh applauds Dirty Blonde as a “truly wonderful play,” “warm and loving” with “plenty of laughs…occasionally tinged with a layer of warm and fuzzy.” Read his full review
Desert Theatreworks presents Nunsense A-Men! playing through Sunday, February 5. Hallelujah! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are invading DTW this new year! The twist is, all the nuns are played by men, adding another layer of hilarity to this hit musical. When five of the surviving members of the Convent discover that 52 of their sisters have been accidentally poisoned by food prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, they’re tasked with the challenge of raising enough money to pay for the burials. The Sisters decide to perform a musical-comedy variety show to raise the funds. Get tickets
A Bright New Boise
Dezart Performs presents A Bright New Boise playing through Sunday, January 22. In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith. Get tickets
Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp Returns
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp from January 20 –29. This new musical is a nostalgic romp through the popular oasis featuring glimpses of history, icons, and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets
KGAY Wants Your Opinion!
As a KGAY 106.5 listener, you’re probably aware that we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio and technology landscape. Our goal is to continue to provide great content the way that you want it on the platforms you use most often, so we’re inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey. Tell us how you use the radio, along with social media, smartphones, tablets, streaming and the web to stay connected to entertainment, news, and updates from KGAY and other sources. We hope you’ll find it to be an interesting way to reflect on your own changing habits as a KGAY fan and radio listener! Take the survey
Aspen Gay Ski Week
The 46th year of Aspen Gay Ski Week is taking place January 16–23 with the host hotel being the Limelight Aspen. Flagship events include the Top of the Mountain, Downhill Costume Contest, Pool Party, and Drag Queen Bingo, just to name a few. More info
The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series
Agua Caliente Casinos present The Gardens 25th Annual Concert Series, kicking off Saturday, January 21 from 4:30–7:30 pm with Eagles & Linda Ronstadt Experience, benefiting the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. For 25 years, The Gardens on El Paseo has brought together the Coachella Valley community to support local non-profits, musicians, and organizations. Reserve your tickets now and wine down on the Center Lawn, Saturday evenings to support your community. Upcoming concerts include: Gypsy (1/28), Pulp Vixen (2/4), Journey Captured (2/11), Lisa Lynn & The Broken Hallelujahs (2/18), Eevan Tré and The Show (2/25), Slim Man (3/4), and John Stanley King Band (3/11). Get tickets