Damn the luck! The testing requirement for air travel expires just hours after I will return from my early summer vacation.
I’m going to miss weekend one of Splash House with KGAY artist Diplo headlining one of the many pool parties this weekend in #IlLoveGayPalmSprings. There are two more on the summer calendar in August and KGAY and Gay Desert Guide will be giving away passes.
And now on a more serious note: Like the Watergate hearings of my generation, the January 6th hearings will certainly go down in history. Thursday night’s opening salvo painted a bleak picture of how close we came to a number of disastrous consequences of that administration’s thirst for power.
I bring it up, dear reader, to shine a spotlight on the primary election this week. We advanced two local LGBTQ+ candidates – Will Rollins and Christy Holstege. The freedoms we have gained and enjoy today are in danger of eroding without an engaged electorate – you! Please support and vote for the candidates who help keep us safe and free.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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The June edition of Splash House, featuring headliner Diplo (familiar to listeners of KGAY 106.5!) and a full lineup of dance/electronic music artists, takes place this weekend: June 10–12, at The Renaissance, The Saguaro and Margaritaville resorts, and after hours at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Each resort is a full takeover hosting a poolside stage, rooms, and balconies that are all part of the fun. General admission pool passes include access to all three host resorts. Get tickets
Oscar’s Sunday T-Dance is a Palm Springs tradition, taking place in their outdoor courtyard every Sunday from 5–8 pm during the summer. If you’ve spent the day by the pool listening to the Retro Sunday Brunch on KGAY 106.5 (Sundays from 11 am– 4 pm), keep the party going afterward at Oscar’s! Concerned about the sizzling summer temperatures? They have outdoor cool air blasters for the extreme hot days. Dance the evening away, the first hour is free and $10 cover charge thereafter. More info
LA Pride 2022 (not to be confused with WeHo Pride, last weekend) takes place Saturday & Sunday June 11 & 12. On Saturday, it’s LA Pride in the Park at LA State Historic Park: spend the day showing your Pride with music, festival-style activities, exhibitors, sponsor activations and tons of food and drink. Then, party the night away with Anitta, Syd, Chika, Golden Globe-winner Michaela Jaé, (formerly MJ Rodriguez), and headliner and queen, Christina Aguilera [More info]. The Official LA Pride Parade takes place Sunday at 10:30 am. The theme this year is LOVE YOUR PRIDE and over 120 contingents will show how they do when they step off from the iconic corner of Hollywood & Vine, and march, dance, and roll down Hollywood Blvd, Highland Ave, and Sunset Blvd. As always, the parade will be broadcast LIVE by LA Pride’s longtime broadcast partner, ABC7. [More info]
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
This year’s Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is here! Continuing through Sunday, June 12, a variety of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy. You can refresh your palate and discover new places to eat all while redeeming great offers. $1 from every reservation booked through dinegps.com will go to Find Food Bank. Check out our event listing for information on 2022 featured restaurants: More info
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Peter Mac, tribute artist, performing as Judy Garland on Friday, June 10 at 8 pm. Mac has won awards and critical claim for his accurate and loving portrayal of the woman Tony Bennett called “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” Get tickets
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mae West’s play The Drag playing through June 10. The Drag opened in out-of-town previews in 1927 in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh calls The Drag “…a fascinating history lesson. It will also give you a glimpse into the work of the pre-Hollywood Mae West where every now and then her future star shines through.” Read his full review [here]. Get tickets
March For Our Lives Rally
Join Desert Stonewall Democrats and their partners for a March For Our Lives rally in support of sensible gun control legislation on Saturday, June 11 from 9–11:30 am at Frances Stevens Park in Palm Springs. March For Our Lives is a nationwide effort by the survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting to draw attention to the country’s gun violence epidemic. Efforts are underway for gatherings throughout the country this coming weekend. More info
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The June production is Old Jews Telling Jokes, with upcoming performances on Sunday, June 12, 19, & 26 at 2 pm. Join Morty, Bunny, Nathan, and the rest of the cast as they demonstrate why “kvelling is better than kvetching.” Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the funny side of birth, sex, old age, and more. (Next up, for July: The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31). Get tickets
The Purple Room Supper Club presents John Lloyd Young this weekend, Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11. Young is a classic, delivering a song with an immediacy and originality that makes even long-established hits feel like they’re unfolding in front of you for the very first time. Celebrate classic hits from the 50s and 60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock n roll, Doo-Wop and R&B standards. Dinner at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm. Get tickets