Pride pops up periodically. While June is the “official” month of Pride, we tend to celebrate throughout the year. Case in point: this weekend’s CV Firebirds Pride weekend, where KGAY & Gay Desert Guide are the sponsors.
Our new hockey team is reaching out to the LGBTQ+ communities to show support, and sell tickets, of course. We have a special section reserved with reduced price tickets, so click below to get yours! Look for DJ Galaxy and DJ ModGirl spinning for two hours as the gates open two hours before game time Saturday and Sunday. I’ve got my Firebirds jersey and am ready to see a hat trick or two. (That’s the correct term, I think???)
Speaking of Pride, we’re making plans for the first Pride of the year with Cathedral City LGBT Days coming up in February. There’s going to be a tribute to Leslie Jordan, who passed in 2022. He left an indelible mark on the desert from his many appearances and films. He participated in the bed race pre-COVID and also made “Sordid Lives” a classic.
The Film Festival Gala and Red Carpet narrowly missed a soaking from this week’s intimate weather. There’s a full track of LGBTQ films including “1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture” that I’m looking forward to seeing.
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Coachella Valley Firebirds Pride Weekend
The Coachella Valley Firebirds take to the ice in the brand-new Acrisure Arena for two Pride Weekend games this weekend. On Saturday, January 7 at 6 pm, they play the San Jose Barracuda and on Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm, they face off with the Ontario Reign. We will be there with our KGAY/Gay Desert Guide booth, so stop by and say hi! KGAY DJ’s will be spinning pre-game shows too! DJ Galaxy will be there Saturday from 5–7 pm and DJ Modgirl on Sunday from 1–3 pm. Get your seats in the KGAY Section at a special price (seating in the KGAY section is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis) by following [this link] to buy your tickets! Pride Weekend giveaways include a pride flag on Friday and a pride sticker at Saturday’s game. You can also bid to win special Pride-themed Firebirds jerseys. Get tickets
Palm Springs International Film Festival
The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival begins screenings on Friday, January 6 and runs through Monday, January 16. Films will be shown at various venues, including the Annenberg Theater, Regal Cinemas, Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs High School, and Mary Pickford Theatre. Use the Film Finder tool (linked below) to search by section, genre, region or director to find films like Sublime (pictured): In this raw and tender coming-of-age drama, shy teen musician Manu finds himself pining for his lifelong best friend Felipe, just as his family life buckles and music becomes his one salvation. The festival will close on Sunday, January 15 with The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Sally Hawkins; with the Best of Fest screening on Monday, January 16. Check out our listing for links to purchase passes, view the full schedule of films, and Film Finder: Get tickets
Palm Springs International Film Fest Giveaway
KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN a 4-pack of passes to the Palm Springs International Film Festival! This is one of the largest film festivals in North America featuring twelve extraordinary days of screenings and special events with celebrity appearances and post screening discussions. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
One Vision of Queen Starring Marc Martel
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage presents One Vision of Queen Starring Marc Martel on Saturday, January 7 at 8 pm. Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May handpicked singer Marc Martel to take on the lead vocals for their Queen tribute tour known as the Queen Extravaganza. Marc not only sounds precisely like Freddie Mercury, but he also embodies the heart and soul Freddie poured into every song that he performed. Hear dozens of songs that Queen made famous, performed live, including “Radio Gaga,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more. Get tickets
January at The McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents Peter Cincotti on Friday, January 6 at 8 pm, and Brian Stokes Mitchell on Saturday, January 7 at 8 pm. Also coming in January: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. / The Earth-Shattering Aretha Franklin Experience (1/12), Neil Sedaka (1/13), Jeffrey Siegel (1/16), Lucy Loves Desi (1/17), Monterey Jazz Festival Tour (1/19), The Simon and Garfunkel Story (1/20 & 21), Capitol Comedy (1/22), The Highwaymen (1/23), Music of The Carpenters (1/26), Paul Anka (1/27 & 28) and more! Get tickets
“Triple Thread” Fiber Art Show and Opening Reception
The Rubine Red Art Gallery invites you to the opening reception for the Triple Thread – Fiber Arts Group Show on Saturday, January 7 from 5–8 pm [More info]. While no art show on earth could possibly explore all of Fiber Art History — the clothes, the rugs, the tapestries and the sewing — these three artists present a compelling “splice” of contemporary Fiber Arts: Welsh artist Matthew Downham, new RRG artist & Minnesotan, Christopher Rowley, and Palm Springs’ own Nikki Virbitksy. The show will be on view January 6–23. More info
First Friday: Perez Road
Cathedral City presents First Friday Art Walk on Perez Road this Friday, January 6 from 5–8 pm. Go Where ART Lives! Cathedral City is the place for wonderful art and design galleries. Join painters, sculptors, and musicians in their studio for a peek into their process and the thoughts behind the work. More info