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Monday, October 23, 2017

TERRORFEST 2017!

PAUL ZEPEDA OF DESERT DJ ENTERTAINMENT Paul Zepeda, a.k.a. ‘DJ Paul Z’ is the CEO, owner and operator of Desert DJ Entertainment Group. Born in Indio, California, Paul has always had a passion for music. Growing up in a family of six, Paul and his siblings all participated in the Indio High School music program. In the year 2000 Paul...
By Noe Gutierrez As far as I know, Metalachi remains the World’s First & Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band. Based out of Los Angeles, Vega De La Rockha, El Cucuy, “Queen” Kyla Vera, Paco Halen, Nacho Picante &Warren Moscow have performed in the Coachella Valley multiple times. They conquered The Hood Bar & Pizza in 2013 & have created an...

ONE SHOT THRILL

By Noe Gutierrez One Shot Thrill is back! What better night to return than an event called TERRORFEST! Since debuting in 2014, OST has been busy behind the scenes and are ready to return to a much changed music scene. OST will be bludgeoning the crowd with their own brand of multi-genre terror on Saturday, October 28, 2017. I caught up...
By Jason Hall Another Desert Daze has come and gone. This year the festival solidified its reputation as arguably the best festival in Southern California. For the second year, Desert Daze was held at The Institute of Mentalphysics, and it seems to have found its groove. There is a definite energy at the festival grounds which truly helps this be...
On Monday, November 6th, the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television will hold their 9th Annual Broken Glass Awards. The gala luncheon was created to honor women who have “broken through the glass ceiling” in film, television, the arts and philanthropy to pave the way for others to follow. The event will be held at the Agua Caliente...
Leading Fast Casual Fresh Mediterranean Operator Opens at El Paseo Square BY DENISE ORTUNO NEIL Luna Grill (www.LunaGrill.com), one of the country's hottest fast casual concepts, is in the middle of a strategic growth push and opening its first location in Palm Desert. The company will open in El Paseo Square at 73-405 Highway 111, Suite 105 on Friday, October 13. The...
By Dee Jae Cox “It seemed to her suddenly that violence was an inescapable factor of the heart, perhaps the most important factor of all - an ineradicable thing that lay, like a bad seed, behind kindness, behind compassion, behind the embrace of love itself. Sometimes it lay deeply hidden, sometimes it lay close to the surface; but always it...
Fundraiser to Support Arts Education Programs for Palm Springs Unified School District The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District is proud to announce that “Grab Your Seat: Icons & Idols,” its annual benefit concert, will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7 PM at the Richards Center for the Arts (formerly Palm Springs High School Auditorium,...
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Friends of the Palm Springs Library recently announced a new collaboration, “Palm Springs Speaks,” a speaker series which will premier this November. Palm Springs Speaks was created to entertain and educate while shining the spotlight on the written word and literacy for the Coachella Valley. Three dynamic events are planned for the inaugural...
By Patte Purcell Jazz/Art/420… this innovative combination is coming to El Paseo at the stunning Elena Bulatova Gallery in a private event for the 420 industry. Guests will be treated to an array of art and sculpture in vivid colors that have become a trademark for Elena Bulatova. This artist and multi gallery owner from Russia has taken the art...
By Eleni P. Austin “I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve, in case the spark recedes.” That’s the Dream Syndicate hedging their bets on How Did I Find Myself Here? their first album in 28 years. Dream Syndicate front man Steve Wynn grew up in Los Angeles and started playing guitar at age nine. By the time he graduated high...
By Angela Romeo The Salton Sea is an area of extremes – extreme beauty and extreme decay.  Salton Sea: An Artistic Discussion, on display at UCR Palm Desert continues the debate. For Kristol Jones growing up below sea level she knows first-hand the power of the Salton Sea. Kristol, a graduate of the UC- Irvine, is a multi-discipline artist. She lives...
BY JANET McAFEE Glorious black cats and dogs are waiting for you to adopt them!  Their shining ebony coats glisten in the winter sun, and their striking amber gold eyes peer at you longingly. Unfortunately, black animals are shrouded in negative superstitions, and they have a harder time getting adopted than their light colored counterparts.  Folks who visit a shelter...

Easy Italian 1-2-3

BY RICK RIOZZA Ciao! Tutti!  Hey everyone!  Currently we are on an itinerary of Italian delights where we are poking here, prodding there, and generally nudging at the Italian wine landscape tasting some of the vineyard country’s sample of delicious, de-lovely and enchanting vino.  La felicità! It’s happiness! Last time we found 1) reading the Italian wine label is fun—not...

SLOW THAW

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: 6 BELOW – Miracle on the Mountain While watching this less than thrilling, semi faith-based (?) mostly true story about former pro hockey star and meth addict Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett) who sets out for a snow boarding break at Mammoth Mountain and gets stranded for eight days during a fierce blizzard, it’s almost impossible...

Family Ties

By Heidi Simmons ----- Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft Fiction ----- Family bonds can be the best part of our lives, or we can spend our whole life trying to overcome them.  Either way, family has a powerful influence on who we are, and what we become.  Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam, 407 pages) finds one sibling challenged to find her independence and stand up for...
This week Dan Ball officially launched his campaign for California’s 36th Congressional District, currently held by Congressman Raul Ruiz. “I’m running to put people first. It’s time this district had a strong, community leader represent us in Washington who will put constituents first, work across the aisle and actually get things done for our community. I’m that candidate,” Ball said. ...
By Haddon Libby Alfred Nobel is the Swedish inventor responsible for the Nobel Prize.  Nobel held 355 patents for inventions that included dynamite, the detonator and the blasting cap.  In an 1895 newspaper article prematurely announcing Nobel’s death, the writer criticized Nobel for profiting from war.  Nobel responded to this criticism by writing a last will and testament that instructed...
I get this question many times weekly. I explain that it is equivalent to calling a doctor over the phone and asking what s/he would charge to see you, as well as prescribe a course of treatment that would ultimately cure you. A lawyer, like a doctor, needs more information to evaluate the matter. Unfortunately, most matters are not resolved...
By Flint Wheeler Considering the seismic shift it created, it was a pretty run-of-the-mill play. Early in the first quarter of the Packers’ 23-10 loss to the Vikings on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers escaped pressure, rolled to his right, and threw about 15 yards downfield to tight end Martellus Bennett, who dropped the ball. Except after Rodgers let the pass go,...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. The 115th Congress has been very busy introducing twenty bills in either the Senate or the House to either decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, tax it on the federal level, research, or respect whatever is in the State law. As usual none of these bills are going anywhere and the 115th Congress has only days...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): ❝I am my own muse," wrote painter Frida Kahlo. "I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better." Would you consider trying out this perspective for a while, Aries? If so, you might generate a few ticklish surprises. You may be led into mysterious areas of...
By Bronwyn Ison When we think of flexibility most of us think we are speaking about our physical body.  While this is vitally important, it’s just as important to be flexible mentally and emotionally.  This can be a tall order… I know. As a yoga studio owner and instructor the common thread, people desire to be more flexible and have...
BY DR PETER KADILE Social Smokers When I question new patients if they smoke, it is not uncommon that they don’t consider themselves smokers because they only smoke when they have a couple of drinks. What if you go out and have a few drinks every weekend or several times a week? The simple truth is, whether you smoke one or...
By Sunny Simon During my session with Kim, an engineer recently caught up in a company reorganization,  he expressed some trepidation about beginning a job search. I nodded in understanding but gently reminded him as an unemployed husband and father of two, it was time to conquer those fear demons. There is no shame in being temporarily out of the...
By Jason Hall Desert Daze is the brainchild of Moon Block Party founder Phil Pirrone. It started in 2012 at a roadhouse we have all heard of on Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs. Desert Daze was originally supposed to be a one day non Coachella party, quickly turned into 2 shows nicely wrapping the 2 Coachella weekends, and ended...
By Jason Hall Phil Pirrone is one of the most humble musicians. Talking to him, you would never guess him to be the mastermind behind the band JJUUJJUU and the Desert Daze festival. He is a family man who truly enjoys speaking about his wife and child more than his acclaimed accomplishments in the music world. He seems to care...
By Jason Hall Two piece bands are a hard thing to pull off and get a full range of sound with. Deap Vally are one of the few who accomplish this and make it heavy. Sure there are bands like Flat Duo Jets and The White Stripes who are amazing two piece bands, but they are more straight up rock...
By Jason Hall In the early to mid 90’s, at world famous recording studio, Rancho De La Luna, earthlings? came into existence. The psychedelic rock band was started by Rancho De La Luna co-owners David Catching, Fred Drake and Peter Stahl. If these guys sound familiar to you, it’s because they’ve been a part of quite a few bands you...
By Gilbert Ward Kane L.A. Witch are an all-female 3 piece garage/psych band from, you guessed it, Los Angeles, California.  The band consists of guitarist and singer Sade Sanchez, bassist Irita Pai, and drummer Ellie English.  This year marks the third straight year they’ve played Desert Daze.  Every year, their popularity has grown.  Three years ago, they were a relatively...
By Tracy Dietlin Jesika von Rabbit has a lot to be excited about. Not only will she be performing for the first time at Desert Daze Festival this Saturday, October 14 at 1:35 in the Wright Tent, but she also has several new projects that she’s working on. She took time last week to talk to CV Weekly about all...
Coyote StageWorks, the Coachella Valley-based award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, announced that it won a total of eight awards at the Desert Theatre League’s annual presentation on October 8. Coyote StageWorks had been nominated for 13 awards for both “The Lady With All the Answers,” starring Gloria Loring, and “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” a popular two-character...
By Avery Wood Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place is constantly offering unique events to the valley and another one is coming up. The premier of 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, the first movie ever to be filmed entirely in the Barco Escape format, is on Friday, October 13, with a Q&A session with Director Scott Waugh (Need for Speed,...
By Eleni P. Austin It’s an acknowledged fact that Victoria Williams is the doyenne of the High Desert music scene. Yes, Gram Parsons first proselytized about the area in the late ‘60s, (and actually died there in ’73). Donovan and Eric Burdon put down roots, but she is the first distaff Rocker to make it home. If Teddy Quinn is...
By Angela Romeo Art is so many things. It can put a smile on one’s face. It can move one to tears. The power of art is boundless. Zara Kand has found that art can also be a journey through the subconscious. “I paint that which I find mysterious,” said Zara. The artist herself evokes an allure of the unknown. Intelligence,...
BY JANET McAFEE On September 20, the crowd outside the Humane Society of the Desert in N. Palm Springs cheered when two Rescue Express buses pulled into their driveway.  On board were 110 dogs and 35 cats, all from the public shelter in Ruston, Louisiana.  These animals, already in the shelter prior to the Hurricane, were transported out to make...
BY RICK RIOZZA Last week we enjoyed the cute little tale of the Starving Black Rooster who stepped-up his game to crow, squawk, and otherwise alert the designated Florintine cavalier to commence a race to capture as much Chianti landscape possible under the Tuscan sun. Well—that story surely got our roman juices flowing thus explaining that quick jaunt over to our...
By Denise Ortuno Neil There is a scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that quickly came to mind when my boyfriend and I entered IL Sogno café. It is at the beginning of the movie with the scene in the candy shop, when the candy shop is overloaded with sweets to the point where the owner and the...

FUTURE TENSE

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW SHOWING: BLADE RUNNER 2049 Just to get in the mood, I watched again Ridley Scott’s 35-year-old original (his “final cut”).  It’s a film I’ve seen and enjoyed scores of times.   It remains near the top of my movie list of meaningful films that not only dazzle the senses but also engage the intellect – the two things...

Born to be Wild

by Heidi Simmons ----- "Blood Brothers" by Deanne Stillman – Nonfiction ----- The American West carries a global mystique that is both majestic and notorious.  The United States is still a country that is growing, and maturing.  At only 241 years old, there are many things that need to be done, and fixed, regarding this nation’s past, present and future.  Deanne...
In the wake of the recent shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, it’s sad to have to write another reminder of the need to be vigilant when attending any event or activity. This includes your day to day activities. In the June 2016 issue of the CV Weekly I wrote an article on “Run, Hide or...

TRUST BUT VERIFY

By Haddon Libby Stock markets around the world have been on fire this year.  Through September 30th, U.S. equity markets are up 14% while India is up 20%, Europe 21% and China a stunning 34%. With such strong returns, has your 401(k) plan or investment account been keeping pace?  Typically, the answer is ‘no’.  Let’s take a crash course at investing meant...

WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE?

You can't read the paper without reading about negligence in some form. But what is Negligence? In the first year of law school all law students have a class called TORTS. A Tort is a simply a civil wrong and the most common is negligence. That is the basis of all accident cases. We are taught that negligence is the...
By Flint Wheeler J.J. Watt hadn’t gotten off to the best start this season: As NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast noted before Houston’s Week 5 matchup with Kansas City, he entered the contest without a sack in five straight games, dating back to 2016, the worst such stretch of his career. Now, his season is over before he even got...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his book The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dorner discusses the visionaries who built the Aswan Dam in Egypt. Their efforts brought an abundance of cheap electricity to millions of people. But the planners didn't take into account some of the important effects of their innovation. For example, the Nile River...
By Patte Purcell It is now legal for you to grow up to 6 plants per person and a total of 12 for 2 people at your home or location recreationally in California. While you may want to check with your local municipality to ensure they allow outdoor growing in your area it is a fun project that you may enjoy...
BY DR MARIA LOMBARDO We often hear patients talk about how they have been wanting to do a cosmetic consultation for a very long time but they were “afraid coming to the doctor’s office would be intimidating” or “thought it would be expensive” or “I’m not ready to do a procedure right now”.   At Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery, we always make the...
by Sunny Simon I peaked in my husband’s office and observed him humming a snappy tune as he assembled his new desk chair. Upon giving the scene a second glance I noticed, contrary to the male stereotype, he was actually reading the directions! I was reminded me of a study I read recently. Research carried out at the University of...
By Tricia Witkower Eight years ago, Josh and Linda Lemke Heinz met and got together in what is not your average love story. Their two sons, both severely autistic, were classmates in a school for children with disabilities and became friends. While this doesn’t sound extraordinary, both boys were not very verbal and (as is common in severely autistic children)...
By Esther Sanchez It’s that time of year again! Time to get together and rock out for a fantastic cause! From year to year this amazing benefit which includes raffles, silent auctions and more has become a Mecca for local music lovers to get together and enjoy some of the best live music the Desert Empire has to offer. So...

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TERRORFEST 2017!

PAUL ZEPEDA OF DESERT DJ ENTERTAINMENT Paul Zepeda, a.k.a. ‘DJ Paul Z’ is the CEO, owner and operator of Desert DJ Entertainment Group. Born in...

ONE SHOT THRILL