Greetings from the beaches in Puerto Vallarta, where i have spent the past week on a “pre-holiday” holiday. PV is like our sister city with many a valley LGBTQ+ resident making pilgrimages to the promised land of sea, sand and señors.
I’ll be home for Christmas and look forward to getting together with my chosen family over the coming days. There’s still plenty of time to get in the holiday spirit with concerts, performing arts, food and toy drives to make your heart feel good.
We continue to provide the forums to keep you updated and informed with GayDesertGuide.LGBT and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs. We have some wonderful Christmas Day programming for you next weekend.
Happy holidays from the entire team to you and yours!
Don’t miss Ross Mathews’ show on KGAY 106.5 Sarday mornings at 10 a.m. We’re so excited to have our “Satur-Gays with Ross” and hope you’ll tune in.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
P.S. If you’re not getting the weekly “Oasis Insiders” newsletter, please sign up today so we can stay in touch.
Dionne Warwick – A Holiday Celebration
Dionne Warwick is bringing her Favorite Time of Year holiday concert to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. The music legend will be accompanied by a 14-piece string section, performing a mix of Christmas and pop classics including “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Joy to the World,” and “My Favorite Things.” Warwick earned her first Grammy in 1968 for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” and was the first African-American female artist of her generation to win the award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. Get tickets
Kids’ Holiday Gift and Toy Drive
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus invites the community to drop an unwrapped gift or toy off on Saturday, December 18, between 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the PSGMC booth in the Farmers’ Market adjacent to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. These toys and gifts will benefit Martha’s Village and Kitchen; help make many children’s Christmas special! More info
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour
The McCallum Theatre presents the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour on Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. This holiday tradition brings together a magical combination of musicians jamming on fresh, lively arrangements of season favorites in a high-energy show for the entire family. Celebrated saxophonist Koz will be joined by Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and introducing Rebecca Jade. Get tickets
Breakfast with Santa
The City of Palm Springs Park & Recreation Department, along with the Palm Springs Gay Softball League, host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 18 from 8:00–11:00 a.m. at the Palm Springs Pavilion. This FREE community event provides an “all-you-care-to-eat” pancake breakfast and every child that attends will also get to select and take home a new toy for Christmas. The Palm Springs Gay Softball League will be helping with the wide range of family activities also available, including gingerbread house making, handing out presents from Santa, and photos with both The Grinch and the Big Guy, himself. Reservations recommended. More info
Ho Ho Ho Down 2021
Among Friends and Bearded Shirts present the 5th Annual Ho Ho Ho Down on Friday, December 17 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Hunters. Support Sanctuary Palm Springs with your purchase of this year’s “HO” shirt for $25, (or $20 if you take off your shirt to put your “Ho” on right there!). More info
Strong Words: Voices of the City
CVRep presents Stories for Grownups! A Strong Words Holiday Performance, on Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. The hot LA story salon makes a triumphant return to CVRep with an all-star cast of storytellers in this special “best of” celebration of laughter, good cheer and delicious holiday mayhem. This is a one-show-only showcase starring Larry Dean Harris, Sandra Tsing Loh, Kevin Chamberlain, Johanna Stein, Vicki Juditz, Roy Cruz & Molly Kirschenbaum. Get tickets