I’m away from the valley this weekend in the cold, rainy/snowy Midwest. As I write this, a wintery mix is falling in Chicago. I already miss the triple digits of Palm Springs, even though it’s early for heat in the Valley.
This weekend, I’m being honored at the University of Illinois as an inductee into the Illini Media Hall of Fame. It’s recognition for the work I did with WPGU, one of the most successful student-run radio stations in the country that I ran in the 90s. While I’m away, you are welcome to play in #ILoveGayPalmSprings with everything happening as April heats up.
And as summer approaches, those of us who live here think about getting away for vacation. We have just the ticket: Two in fact. KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide will be giving away a BrandG Vacation. Details in this space next week and on John Taylor’s morning show Thursday at 8:20 AM. You’ll want to tune in.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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The Chase: The 28th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards (SOLD OUT)
‘The Chase’ returns as an in-person event on Saturday, April 9 from 5–10 pm, outdoors at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Organizers say “We’re going to gala like never before,” where guests to this SOLD OUT event will enjoy a fast-paced evening hosted by Michael Urie and featuring performances by Deborah Cox, Max von Essen, Eden Espinosa, Spencer Ludwig, and Seth Rudetksy. The inaugural DAP Health Equity Award will be presented to Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) for his long commitment to health justice, locally and nationally. [learn more] The evening will fund the ongoing mission of DAP Health (formerly Desert AIDS Project) and introduce attendees to the organization’s Vision Forward plan to expand its campus to serve more than 25,000 individuals. More info
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents Razzle, Dazzle, Shine! this Friday through Sunday, April 8–10 at the Annenberg Theater. Now with over 100 singing members, PSGMC presents a program of Pride and Equality inspired music from stage and screen. #1 Billboard Dance Chart topper Debby Holiday will bring her energy and stunning vocals to this uplifting program featuring songs from the Broadway stage and the big screen, including selections from Rocketman, Kinky Boots, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, and The Wizard of Oz, among others. Highlights of the program include a rousing medley of songs by the band Queen, and a poignant mash-up of Stephen Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods and “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd. Get tickets
Dezart Performs presents Every Brilliant Thing running through April 10 at the Pearl McManus Theater. You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love. Check out our Gay Desert Guide Review by Stephen Radosh [here], where he calls Every Brilliant Thing “nothing shy of an amazing evening of theatre.” Get tickets
Desert Theatreworks presents Little Shop of Horrors, running through April 10. A deviously delicious musical send-up of ‘50s B movies, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for more than 30 years, telling the story of a geeky florist shop worker who is secretly harboring a man-eating plant (voiced in this production by singing sensation Keisha D). His conundrum grows out of control as the sounds of early ’60s rock, doo-wop and Motown numbers fill the air. Get tickets
Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle through April 10. This world premiere is a brand new musical set in present day Palm Springs. Two passionate women leave their successful lives in Hollywood to fulfill a deathbed promise to revive The Fabulous Follies. With a colorful cast as diverse as Palm Springs itself, complete with a 7–foot-tall drag queen, this musical is clearly…Born to Sparkle! Get tickets