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Screen it

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:24 am | 410 comments

  ANIMAL LOVE STEPPING OUTSIDE OUR SPECIES     By Robin E. Simmons   Savoring the rich and varied life on our awesome planet never gets old.  Movies that delve into the natural world seem almost supernatural at times.  Here are some recent...

Posted in: Columns, Screeners

TWO CATS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:23 am | 392 comments

TWO CATS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!  HOW TO PROPERLY INTRODUCE A NEW CAT Jenny Smith was thinking about getting a second cat to join her household.  However, she was not so sure her 5-year-old cat Sweetie, pampered little queen of the household, would be pleased about a...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Backstreet Bistro

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:22 am | 442 comments

Many people have asked me, “What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?” and while I cannot choose a favorite out of the dozens that I have frequented, there is one that is rapidly climbing to the top of my list.  Backstreet Bistro is a place I could eat at seven days...

Posted in: Columns, The Pampered Palate

Change Happens in an Instant

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:12 am | No comments

The one thing that we know is constant is change.  Sometimes we crave change and other times we dread it.  One thing for sure is change is going to happen whether we like it or not.  Change can be exciting but also frightening.  Just when everything appears perfect in our...

Posted in: Columns, Mind, Body & Spirit

Michael Keeth’s new album, Shed The Skin

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:10 am | 457 comments

Michael Keeth’s new album, Shed The Skin, is the definition of simple. It’s all him: his voice, his acoustic guitar, a second acoustic guitar to add depth to the mix and honest songwriting. There isn’t any flashiness or over production here. And that seems to be the...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Musicians Corner

Laser Away

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:09 am | 573 comments

Unwanted hair. We all have it somewhere. Lips, chin, ears, underarms, legs, nostrils, and even toes sometimes bear unbearable hair. Sure we can shave, wax, and get electrolysis treatments but the hair keeps coming back. And sometimes it reappears darker and more course than it...

Posted in: Columns, Health & Fitness

Tootie’s BBQ

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:08 am | 137 comments

As much as I love the taste of a good BBQ meal, I normally steer clear of those types of restaurants since I’m rarely satisfied and often disappointed as the meat is usually too dry, too tough and over-sauced. This was not the case at Tootie’s BBQ in Cathedral City. Owner...

Posted in: Columns, Good Grub

BUBBA MASTERS AUGUSTA

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:08 am | 384 comments

BUBBA MASTERS AUGUSTA……..by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show In golf terms, maybe the holiest of weeks ended on arguably our country’s second biggest holiday with a crescendo! Fans of all ages had to love the ebb and flow of Easter Sunday’s back...

Posted in: Columns, Golf

En Garde!

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:05 am | 425 comments

Leslie Taft shares her passion for fencing at College of the Desert and her own fencing academy By Seham Saba   Leslie Taft began her fencing career in 1976 at the California State University at Los Angeles. She moved to the desert in 1984, and in 1986, she began...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

THE TAX MAN GIVETH…

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:05 am | 415 comments

If you are like me, you will be working frantically this weekend to get your taxes done...or at least the extension form that gives you another six months to get your taxes done. In honor of this historically unpleasant day, let’s look at a few of the less obvious tax...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

DJ Alf Alpha

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:04 am | No comments

                Born in Palm Springs, CA ,  Rafael Lopez was introduced to music at the age of 13 when his dad bought him a drum set.  A few years later he attended the Coachella Music and Arts Festival for the first time and was bitten by the DJ bug. He eventually...

Posted in: Columns, Desert DJ's

Car Show Season!

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:01 am | 917 comments

A chance meeting leads to wicked vehicles and new friends By Joseph Lucero   Car shows are so much fun! Thankfully, they’re held around these parts every weekend during the car-show season, which runs from the first part of April through September—when the...

Posted in: Columns, Culture

Club Crawler

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:01 am | 486 comments

THU  APRIL 12  19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone  8pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 PALMS ; 760-367-3505 Bill & Beverly  6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900   Reunion w/ DJ Day 10pm ARNOLD PALMER’S;LQ;760-771-4653 Johnny Meza  6:30-10:30pm (JZ) AZUL;...

Posted in: Club Crawler Nightlife, Columns

C.V. DESERT DATELINE: R.S.V.P. A.S.A.P.

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm | 463 comments

BYLINE:  DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Coming Attractions Alert!  Yes, I know. We should be wrapping up the season of things to do, people to see, and the usual suspects of benefits and fundraisers.  But don’t bet on it.  The season heading into our sights is summer---which we...

Posted in: Columns, Don't Be Clueless in the Coachella Valley

DOG STAR

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm | No comments

DOG STAR Book Review by Heidi Simmons Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) If you are a dog lover this book will fascinate you. Or, if you love Hollywood show business, this book will interest you. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the...

Posted in: Book Review, Columns

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:57 pm | 43 comments

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of April 12 © Copyright 2012 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Some people misunderstand the do-it-now fervor of the Aries tribe, thinking it must inevitably lead to carelessness. Please prove them wrong in the coming weeks. Launch into the...

Posted in: Columns

ArtsOasis Profile

ArtsOasis Profile

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm | 1,003 comments

ArtsOasis Profile By Marissa Willman April 9, 2012 Word Count: 565 There’s no denying the Coachella Valley is home to a thriving arts community. From Coachella and Stagecoach to Modernism Week and the Palm Springs Film Festival, local creative events beckon droves of...

Posted in: Art Scene, Business, Columns

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm | 958 comments

The sun rises over the Empire Polo Fields, it’s a warm spring and campers move about eager and in awed anticipation of what’s to come. They curiously explore their new temporary home away from home, making new friends and meeting hospitable neighbors along the way. During...

Posted in: Art Scene, Columns

Coachella Fest

Coachella Fest

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm | 657 comments

With so many great artists scheduled to play at Coachella this year, here are a few strongly-recommended acts that should be on the top of any music lover's list. I have selected a few acts scheduled to perform on each day. FRIDAY The Black Keys - With one foot in the...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, News

Coachella, Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’

Coachella, Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm | 440 comments

We look to the second letter of the alphabet for some can’t-miss acts  It’s nearly 4 a.m. in the Milwaukee casino Potawatomi, and the roulette wheel isn’t cooperating. Justin Vernon, the lead singer of Bon Iver, is in his second stack of chips totaling $200, and...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, News

Coachella Preview

Coachella Preview

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm | No comments

By Jesse Every year 50-60,000 music goer’s lineup at Coachella for the opportunity to see the biggest names in music play all in one venue. All while hundreds of thousands more revel in jealousy sitting at home. From the main stage to the side shows, Coachella offers both...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Musicians Corner, News

KCOD Radio

KCOD Radio

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm | 722 comments

In Spring 2011, College of the Desert oceanography professor Bob Pellenbarg donates radio broadcast equipment, spurring the Student Journalist Society, a club at College of the Desert founded by staff members of The Chaparral to take the first steps of building KCOD. On March...

Posted in: Business, Columns, Feature Stories

Desert Legends Come Together for One of Their Own- R.I.P. “Britt Killen”

Desert Legends Come Together for One of Their Own- R.I.P. “Britt Killen”

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:35 am | 504 comments

We have movie legends, sports legends, music legends and here in the CV we have the pioneers of the desert rock movement who we consider “Desert Rock Legends.” Herb Lienau, Alfredo Hernandez, and Zach Huskey are a few of the musicians who some say haven’t gotten enough...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Musicians Corner

Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:21 am | 587 comments

by Philip Lacombe  Plan A isn’t always the best plan, especially when there’s a Plan B. Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails that is. Plan B is a cool bar on the corner of Ramon and Monterey that changed ownership from Oasis on September 1, 2011 to new owner,...

Posted in: Club Crawler Review, Columns

“CUTTING” FOR SPRING BREAK

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:19 am | 421 comments

By Heidi Simmons     A look at Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (Knopf, paperback, ebook)   Spring break is the perfect time to relax and get away, but if you can’t make it out-of-town, Abraham Verghese’s Cutting For Stone can provide an exotic...

Posted in: Book Review, Columns

Getting In Touch with Massage

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:19 am | 42 comments

Massage: Luxury or Necessity?  Ahhh, finally you lie back on a crisp clean sheet, calming and soothing music plays in the background, there’s the scent of chamomile that fills the air and the gentle sound of the massage oil being warmed in your therapist hands.  You’ve...

Posted in: Columns, Mind, Body & Spirit

Health, Fitness & Beauty

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:18 am | 382 comments

Spring has sprung and the sun is shining upon us as it faithfully does here in the Coachella Valley. Warmer weather means even more outdoor activities to heat us up under the intense desert sun. So break out the margaritas, wide-brim hats and most importantly...the...

Posted in: Columns, Health & Fitness

Trivia

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:16 am | 1,084 comments

Which album did Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ displace at the top of the ‘Billboard’ Album chart? (A)          Too Legit to Quit, Hammer (B)          Ropin’ the Wind, Garth Brooks (C)          Dangerous, Michael...

Posted in: Columns, Trivia Twister

ShareKitchen

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:15 am | 417 comments

The number of problems in our food supply is more than one article can capture.  Today let’s look at what makes many of the foods that we eat appealing to the eyes - synthetic food coloring. The FDA says that there is “insufficient evidence” that synthetic food...

Posted in: Columns, ShareKitchen

Under 55? Congress Has Gutted Your Social Security

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:14 am | No comments

Under 55? Congress Has Gutted Your Social Security If you are under 55, there is a strong likelihood that Social Security will barely be there for you when you retire.   As touching Social Security benefits is the third rail of politics, the way Washington DC achieved the...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

10 TIPS ON BUYING A NEW HOME

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:13 am | 441 comments

10 TIPS ON BUYING A NEW HOME       1.         Avoid the realtor acting as a “dual agent” for both the buyer and the seller.  Choose an experienced realtor to represent “your interests only” in the transaction.     2.        ...

Posted in: Columns, Dale Gribow on the Law

NIGHT LIFE

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:11 am | No comments

THU  APRIL 5   19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone  8pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 PALMS ; 760-367-3505 Bill & Beverly  6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 The Pick Up:White Party Weekend  10pm  Reunion w/ DJ Day 10pm ARNOLD PALMER’S;LQ;760-771-4653...

Posted in: Club Crawler Nightlife, Columns

KRAFT NABISCO PROVIDES FANTASTIC FINISH

KRAFT NABISCO PROVIDES FANTASTIC FINISH

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:08 am | 425 comments

by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show Do we know how to host a major or what, people??!! The Coachella Valley and Mission Hills Country Club in particular looked absolutely spectacular all week and weekend-long (especially if you have 40’ or bigger, HDTV)....

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Sports Scene

The Bike Life

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:07 am | 426 comments

Palm Desert’s Tri-A-Bike has been a Coachella Valley fixture for 25 years By Seham Saba   Spring is here—and what better way is there to enjoy the gorgeous Coachella Valley weather than riding a bike? Bicycling is a wonderful way to have fun, travel and...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

Meet me at LQ’s – the Wine Shop

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:06 am | 414 comments

  Meet me at LQ’s—the Wine Shop   When my copy of The Desert Sun’s April monthly magazine, Desert Magazine, arrived in my Sunday newspaper, I was looking forward to their annual “Best of the Desert” issue where for about 19 years now they have been...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice