Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Palm Springs Restaurant Week

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:57 am | 1,044 comments

By Marissa Willman It’s time to discover your next favorite restaurant—the 5th annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week starts Friday, offering 10 days of fresh dining experiences and ample opportunity to sample the desert’s diverse culinary...

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Resale Therapy

Resale Therapy

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | 970 comments

by Lucinda Perez “Shop more, spend less, feel better,” with names like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Prada lining the shop, it is hard to argue against shopping at Caroldean’s Resale Therapy. Established in 2002, Resale Therapy is the premiere source for...

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Olive Crest Educates, Protects At-Risk Youth

Olive Crest Educates, Protects At-Risk Youth

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:46 am | No comments

By Marissa Willman For more than 10 years, Olive Crest has worked to change the lives of at-risk youths in the Coachella Valley by preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk youth. Olive Crest operates throughout the West Coast and began operations in the...

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CV Food Swap Brings Community Cooks, Growers Together

CV Food Swap Brings Community Cooks, Growers Together

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:44 am | 2,200 comments

By Marissa Willman Leave your wallets at home: homemade food, homegrown produce or foraged items are the only forms of currency accepted at the Coachella Valley Food Swap, a new group that trades food items monthly at Ironwood Park in Palm Desert. Food swapping is...

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Valley Rhythms

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm | No comments

Icon Rose Marie reflects on her show business career on Sunday followed by a “Meet and Greet” by Lola Rossi-Meza Lyons English Grille located at 233 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, along with Chi-Chi Productions, proudly presents the legendary show business...

Posted in: Columns, Valley Rhythms


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm | 1,204 comments

Italian Wine Bathing in the Desert by Rick Riozza Wow! With a title like that, count me in immediately! And literally—I was! In a wine bath! YES!!.... Of course I’m writing about The Well Luxury Spa at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells, where for the price of a really...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Community Pools to Open for Summer

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm | 2,176 comments

By Marissa Willman With temperatures already soaring into the triple digits, not much sounds better than a refreshing dip in a cool pool. Luckily, Desert Recreation District’s three community pools—Pawley Pool in Indio, Bagdouma Pool in Coachella and Mecca Pool—will be...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm | 1,807 comments

Summertime in the desert means sunshine and swimming pools. Prepare yourself for celebrations in the sun by indulging in summer fruits like watermelon, tomatoes – which are technically fruit because they are ‘the fruit of the plant’, pink grapefruit and pomegranates....

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S.E.L.M.A. gets COOKING with P.D.H.S.

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | No comments

By Selma Grows As Support and Education for Local Music and Arts enters its second year as an organized Public Benefit Corporation we celebrate together with our local students and educators. Thursday May 31, 2012, S.E.L.M.A. is introducing international Rock Star, Jackson...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | 1,595 comments

CGI ACTION CAN’T MATCH STAN & OLLIE’S ANTICS Gigantic effects can’t trump simple stories that are well-crafted or even retro comedy that’s pure, anarchic and weirdly healing of all the ills that vex the soul. BATTLESHIP Big, loud, repetitive, derivative and...

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Lucy’s Law, A Labor Of Love

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | 1,324 comments

A recent column about Animal Law posed the question, "What happens if a groomer injures your pet?" This week's column examines a proposed law inspired by a little dog named Lucy relating to pet groomers. Most of the good folks who groom your dogs are professional, skilled...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

3rd Corner

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm | No comments

Many people have asked me why my reviews are so complimentary and if I have had poor service yet. After all, one cannot receive perfection at every meal. While I do my best to focus on the very best that a restaurant has to offer, it is inevitable that I will have an...

Posted in: Columns, The Pampered Palate

An advertising call turns in to a delicious night at Charli Marrone’s

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm | 802 comments

Excellent Italian in Indio BY TRACY DIETLIN Charli Marrone’s Italian Bar and Grill has quickly become a favorite of Indio residents—and is well worth the drive for those who dwell in other desert cities. Charli and her husband, Gary Brown, are two of the nicest...

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Bountiful Essential Oils

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm | 1,251 comments

Ahhhh, the aroma of peppermint, lavender, chamomile, sage, and rose are just a few scents topping the list of essential oil favorites. Essential oils are made from plants the carry a scent and are the essence of the plant. For thousands of years essential oils have been used...

Posted in: Columns, Mind, Body & Spirit

The Purple Gang

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | 521 comments

by Lucinda Perez Like the song suggests, the town is getting painted… and all that jazz. The Coachella Valley isn’t getting painted any old color though, the desert rock scene is being painted purple. The bandits responsible? None other than The Purple Gang. Nick...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm | 2,858 comments

It's already time to strip down to our swimsuits and soak up the sun, wearing sunscreen of course, but no amount of SPF 30 can cover up the excess weight most of us struggle to lose. For argument's sake I'm going to assume you've been eating healthy and participate in some form...

Posted in: Columns, Health & Fitness


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm | 1,773 comments

by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show Jason Dufner would be thrilled if the calendar never changed from May. He WANTS it to be like that movie Groundhog Day……He’s won twice (his first two wins on Tour), had a top-10 finish at The Players Championship last...

Posted in: Columns, Golf, Sports Scene


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm | 608 comments

Week of May 24 © Copyright 2012 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "My soul is a fire that suffers if it doesn't burn," said Jean Prevost, a writer and hero of the French Resistance during World War II. "I need three or four cubic feet of new ideas every day, as a...

Posted in: Columns, Free Will Astrology

PacWest Goes Hostile

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm | 1,562 comments

In a rare move in banking, Pacific Western (PACW) launched a hostile bid for rival First California Bank (FCAL) of Westlake Village earlier this month with a stock offer valued at $212 million or a 32% premium to to the value of FCAL at the close of business on May 3rd. Both...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

“I Do What I Love and People Enjoy a Great Show!”

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm | 1,271 comments

Growing up, Ming Bob Tan had a variety of jobs from being a dishwasher and cook to repairing video games and working security at local bars. Even today Ming Bob performs many jobs as a talent buyer / tour manager / marketing and promotions person. Ming Bob's love of music...

Posted in: Columns, Desert DJ's

The Need for Communication

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm | No comments

The Need for Communication: In 2012 Insurance Companies started making unrealistic low ball offers on all accident cases. For instance with a rear end accident with good property damage and $9,000 in medicals we see offers of $6,000. This is not even enough to pay all your...

Posted in: Columns, Dale Gribow on the Law


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm | 1,008 comments

BYLINE: DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Okay. So summer is here with a vengeance. And no, we can’t do anything about the heat. Just try to repair the damage. For women, it may be mascara rivulets sliding into the décolletage. (Stash wet wipes.) For guys, the sweat is on---here’s...

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


By | May 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm | 1,615 comments

Club Crawler Review For 35 years, Zelda’s nightclub in Palm Springs has been the hottest local destination for those looking to seriously party or dance the night away. Two years into its new location on South Palm Canyon, Zelda’s shows no signs of slowing down. Owner...

Posted in: Club Crawler Review, Columns

The Meaning in The Message

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm | 2,138 comments

by Heidi Simmons The Message: A Guide to Being Human by LD Thompson For most of us walking this planet, we desire to be good and decent human beings. We want to live in peace, have success and find love. But knowing one’s self well and making the right choices each...

Posted in: Book Review, Columns

Forever Marilyn

Forever Marilyn

By | May 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm | 1,958 comments

By Heidi Simmons Marilyn Monroe is Back in Town and She’s Bigger Than Ever! Monroe stood 5 feet 51/2 inches, weighed 125 pounds. Her measurements were 36, 23, 37. She was constructed of sugar and spice and everything nice. That was in 1962. Today you can...

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CVRM Cares for the Valley’s Needy

CVRM Cares for the Valley’s Needy

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm | 1,066 comments

By Marissa Willman Founded in 1971 as a soup kitchen, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and its life-changing programs have grown into much more than a place for the homeless to find a hot meal. As the only emergency shelter in the area, CVRM provides beds, clothes and...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, spotlight 5

Summer Program to Begin at Palm Desert Theatre Academy

Summer Program to Begin at Palm Desert Theatre Academy

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm | 1,993 comments

By Marissa Willman Coachella Valley youth will have an opportunity to study theatre with experienced instructors during Palm Desert Theatre Academy’s five-week summer program that begins on June 11th. The Palm Desert Theatre Academy was founded in 2010 by expert...

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Palm Springs Safe Access Focuses on Community

Palm Springs Safe Access Focuses on Community

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm | 1,229 comments

By Marissa Willman Medical marijuana dispensaries might not usually be related to yoga studios, fitness classes or art galleries, but a Palm Springs dispensary is going to change that. “We’re trying to raise the bar and be a model for how [dispensaries] should be...

Posted in: Cannabis Corner, Columns, Feature Stories

Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs

Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm | 1,377 comments

By Marissa Willman The Beach Boys are bringing their good vibrations to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Saturday as part of their global 50th Anniversary Tour that will reunite the iconic musicians for the first time in more than 15 years. The legendary American rock...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, spotlight 4

A Winery Mirage in the Desert

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm | 3,015 comments

by Rick Riozza Yes, that’s right. I was dying of thirst; it was one of our typical hot and dry afternoons. Passersby were telling me there was a “river” nearby; so I groped along with hope. Who would have thunk? A winery right in the middle of Rancho Mirage. ...

Posted in: Columns, Valley Rhythms

Tower of Power comes to Palm Springs

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm | 842 comments

Valley Rhythms by Lola Rossi-Meza The 17th Annual Palm Springs Smooth Jazz Festival is being held this Saturday, May 19, at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort off South Palm Canyon at Murray Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. EZ103.1 and Dan McGrath will broadcast live from 6 until 8...

Posted in: Columns, Valley Rhythms


By | May 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | 1,834 comments

With temperatures peaking over 100 degrees we all know that summer is around the corner which is great news for local foodies as a whole new crop of summer seasonal fruits and vegetables will be arriving at our local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. The month of May...

Posted in: Columns, ShareKitchen


By | May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | 1,770 comments

DANCING IN THE DARK DANGEROUS DUDES DOING DIRTY DEEDS By Robin E. Simmons We are more interested and invested in people that dwell in the shadows than in the light. It’s the struggle that makes them human and relatable. Movies especially love damaged characters that...

Posted in: Columns, Screeners

Pet Place

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm | 1,413 comments

What your pet would say to you if he could talk? Would you like to know what your pets are thinking? If you adopted a rescue pet, are you curious about his past? Would you like help adding an additional pet to your brood? What are your pets likes and dislikes? Cherie Vergini,...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place


By | May 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm | No comments

After an amazing experience at The Homestead in La Quinta, I could not wait to try Chapelli’s Restaurant, a small Italian restaurant having the same owners. Although I had not heard of either of these restaurants a month ago, I have heard many great things from friends and...

Posted in: Columns, The Pampered Palate