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By Crystal Harrell The old adage goes “you are what you eat,” so why not try to be the very best that you can be? This season, there’s a new restaurant on El Paseo that is the first in health-conscious fine dining in the Coachella Valley. Wildest Restaurant + Bar strives to blur the lines between flavorful and nutritious food...
Unity Through the Arts By Noe Gutierrez According to a recent report by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) (2019), art funding throughout the years has decreased 43.4 percent in the United States. In its 3rd year, CAMFest is one way the Desert Sands Educational Foundation is answering back to the lack of financial support being provided by state and...
Gadi’s Bar & Grill - 12/14/19 By Noe Gutierrez Greg Gendron is at it once more in the name of animal rights. This Saturday, December 14th at 2 p.m. at Gadi’s Bar and Grill 56193 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, music artists from the Low and High Deserts will come together to raise money for Animal Authority Rescue Team (A.A.R.T.),...
The Coachella Valley Weekly Album Review By Noe Gutierrez There’s no mistaking the sound of Yawning Man. Since the mid-80’s, they have presided over all that is Desert Rock and with the release of their most recent album, Macedonian Lines (2019), Mario Lalli (bass), Gary Arce (guitar) and Bill Stinson (drums) continue to authenticate their siege on our ability to symbolize...
By Crystal Harrell Fantasy Springs Resort Casino gives you a tantalizing escape into a Las Vegas-style gambling experience with luxurious hotel and dining accommodations, but behind every successful establishment is a team that made it so. Director of Advertising, Mandi Witkower, is one of those key players, having worked at the casino for almost twelve years in her position. Witkower originally...
By Chris Clemens Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine presents a special celebration for the last night of the year. An exclusive four-course New Year’s Eve dinner menu will feature Spanish-infused Mediterranean dishes, and a champagne toast as the ball drops at midnight. The evening includes live entertainment with Spanish Guitarist George Christian playing from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by Kal David•Lauri...
By Dee Jae Cox If you love being swept away with imagination practically perfect theatrical experiences, then look no further than Desert Theatreworks current production of Mary Poppins, a stage musical based on the children’s books written by Pamela Lyndon (P.L.) Travers.  Travers was Australian and English writer, who said that the character of Mary Poppins came from stories she...
By Crystal Harrell The Coachella Valley has been home to an assortment of film projects and shoots throughout the years, and adding to that list is the currently-in-production web series sitcom, Mark’s Place, directed, produced, and written by Sonny Vellozzi. The plot follows an Italian hit man from Chicago who relocates with the help of The Witness Protection Program to...
CV WEEKLY CALENDAR – DEC. 12 – 18, 2019 BY STEPHANIE GREEN CASINOS Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage Mix 100.5 Merry FitzMas! Thursday, Dec. 12 7pm Tickets FREE Call 888-999-1995 or go to www.hotwatercasino.com Mix 100.5 presents a “Merry Fitz-Mas” Acoustic Lounge with Fitz and the Tantrums at The Show. You are invited to donate to Coachella Valley Rescue Mission by bringing unwrapped...
By Eleni P. Austin                 “I’d like to think that I always could let things take me where they would, and though I’d like to settle down/Something keeps me off the ground, and you know I’d like to stay and understand, but I just don’t think I can.”                 That’s Geoff Pearlman offering a bit of romantic equivocation on “Never Land,”...

Port of Ilwaco

Ilwaco, Washington Welcome to the Port of Ilwaco Located on the Southwest coast of Washington, the Port of Ilwaco is nestled just inside the Columbia River bar. A working fishing village in a scenic and tranquil setting. Their 800-slip marina is idyllic for both recreational boaters and commercial fishermen alike. There is guest moorage available year-round, as well as a back-in...
By Janet McAfee I huddled in the back of a kennel in the Orange County shelter, suffering with pain from a mass growing on my chest.  Finally, a woman came to adopt me.  Soon a man began visiting our house, but he did not like me or the other dog in the house.  He hit us when he got angry. ...
By Rick Riozza So here we go! A blogging website whose first focus is wine and beverages and then everything that gastronomically follows!  And the good news for us valley desert dwellers is that it’s a local website covering the local culinary scene—restaurants big and small, fast food and slow; interesting events that feature food, wine & music; and all...
By Denise Ortuno                 With a variety of delicious Mexican dishes, you’ll find more than just tacos, at Taco Gonzalez in Indio. Taco Gonzalez is a tiny little spot off of Hwy 111 and Jefferson in Indio, and has been satisfying Mexican food lovers for over ten years. The eatery has a quaint dining area, offering dine in or take out...
By Aaron Ramson Last week, North Carolina's Sycamore Brewing Company got into a little bit of hot water when shoppers noticed the risqué design incorporated into the cans of the brewery's Winter Ale. Named Christmas Cookie, the label was designed to look like an ugly sweater, but on examination, the recurring pattern across the design was reindeer engaged in all...

UP, UP AND AWAY!

By Robin E. Simmons NOW PLAYING: THE AERONAUTS Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite in the thrilling drama written by Jack Thorne. Set in 1862, THE AERONAUTS follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a visceral journey to the edge of existence, where...

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

By Heidi Simmons ----- Chances Are... By Richard Russo – Fiction ----- Aristotle figured there were three kinds of friendships: Friendships of utility, pleasure, and “the good.”  Some friendships are easy, while others may be hard.  But a life without friends may not be such a great life.  In Richard Russo’s Chances Are… (Alfred A. Knopf, 309 pages), college chums remember their past and...

Holiday Safety Tips!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Here are a few tips on keeping you, your family and your home safe during the holidays. Holiday Lights Always maintain your holiday lights. Before hanging your lights every year, check for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear. Unless the directions state it is safe to do...
By Haddon Libby How did the holiday season evolve such that we get crushed by the majority of our most celebrated holidays during just a few weeks at the end of the year? Those of us with full-time jobs and busy lifestyles find the crush of holiday obligations just too much for such a short time frame.  Thanksgiving follows Halloween by...
That's right. Drink Up! You are at a party to have fun, so have another! What could go wrong? After all, you have a better personality after a few drinks. You can hold your liquor! These and other foolish thoughts cross your mind as your drink. What doesn't cross your mind is whether you will get arrested or get...
By Aimee Mosco “Everything is energy and energy is everything. Absolutely everything you come in contact with and experience has a measurable energy signature or vibration to it.”  –SACRED Manual and Workbook, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, page 10. Pure energy is what sits at the roots of any creation. Magnetism draws particular types of energies together to create...
BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK What if during the Holidays there have been too many chances to over-indulge in carbohydrates and you have been giving into that craving on too many occasions?  You are starting to gain weight back and you are back into a carb coma that feels uncomfortable. I get it.  Don’t beat yourself up.  If you aren’t in the right...

MEMORIES ARE GIFTS

BY BRONWYN ISON All I can hear in my head is Barbara Streisand’s song, “memory all alone in the moonlight.” It was then I began to think about all the songs that have to do with a past memory.  Or, how a certain song can remind us of a certain time in our lives. Yet, what I would like to...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2019  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Nobody knows really what they're doing," says Aries comedian Conan O'Brien. "And there are two ways to go with that information," he continues. "One is to be afraid, and the other is to be liberated, and I choose to be liberated by it." I hope you'll be inspired by O'Brien's example...
BY MICHELLE ANN RIZZIO In the current landscape of our California cannabis industry, I’ve been finding it has been easy for customers and professionals alike to be jaded by the recreational market. As a cannabis professional myself, I am constantly in awe of the amount of forgetfulness folks have for how far we have grown since 1996 with the introduction...
Performing 12/13 at The Reef & 12/20 at Taylor Junction By Noe Gutierrez There are enigmatic artists and then there are paradoxical ones. The ultimate of the outliers is Jesika von Rabbit. JvR is the desert’s kaleidoscopic mortal. Look through her lens and you will fall through the rabbit hole of artistic expression; the writing and performance of her music and...

METALACHI

Headlining the Final Day of The 2019 Indio International Tamale Festival Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. on the Amigo Stage By Noe Gutierrez The Coachella Valley chapter of Metalachi Nation will be in full assembly at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Indio International Tamale Festival in Oldtown Indio. Performing at the annual event for the first time, Metalachi,...
By Rich Henrich The Fifth Edition of the CV Music Showcase kicked off at The Hood last Sunday night with four bands going head to head for $200.00 cash prize money and the chance to compete in the final CV Music Showcase grand finale in May. Tracy Dietlin, the publisher of CV Weekly and founder of the Showcase, says she...

MIKE CANCINO

2019 Coachella Valley Music Awards ‘Best Drummer’ By Noe Gutierrez Mike Cancino has a drumstick in every pot imaginable. As drummer for House of Broken Promises and Unida, Cancino has toured the world and brought the deserved attention to himself, his family and community.  In 2018, he and his multi-generational family of musicians received the CVMA Pioneer Award. At eight years old he...
Indispensable Youth By Noe Gutierrez The Best Youth Band category at the Coachella Valley Music Awards can be a slippery slope for younger bands. Introduced in 2017, the category has accelerated the success of victorious bands such as The Brosquitos, FrankEatsTheFloor and Pescaterritory into award-winning artists with promising futures. Past nominees include Yip Yops, CMFs, Traveler and UU. The category requires...
By Crystal Harrell Making it big in any business is an accomplishment in itself, but taking the initiative to invest in an idea while wearing different hats brings it to the next level. Brenda Lynn Martin has done just that with her role in Elite Beverage International—a sales and importing company with a focus on the Spirits and Wine business. The...
By Dee Jae Cox In 1861 King Monghut of Siam, (Thailand), who spoke many Western languages, set about modernizing his country in an effort to keep Western countries from attempting to gain control.  He hired an English Governess, Anna Leonowens, to educate his 39 wives and 82 children.  Leonowens, spent nearly 6 years in the King’s court.  She was a...
By Michael Felci A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on CBS on December 9th, 1965, featuring Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip characters set to pianist Vince Guaraldi’s jazz soundtrack. More than five decades later, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning special remains a beloved holiday tradition passed on from one generation to the next. This timeless classic comes to life on Saturday, December...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Mavis Staples is a force of nature, that’s an indisputable fact. She’s lived a thousand lives to your one. She turned 80 in July and celebrated that milestone with a new live set entitled Live In London.                 Music was a family affair for Mavis, who began performing professionally in 1950 as part of The Staple...

Keep Benji Indoors!

By Janet McAfee During Thanksgiving, the Coachella Valley experienced heavy rain, frigid temperatures, and even snow in some locations.  As freezing temperatures grip out nation, countless dogs and cats suffer when kept outdoors 24 hours a day. Imagine your dog trying to drink from a water bowl full of frozen ice as he shivers from the cold.  Vulnerable animals such...
By Rick Riozza The full name of this now annual wine celebration is the Golden Grapes Palm Springs Wine Festival.  It is being held this week at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs on Sunday December 8th from 1-4pm.  That’s the essential stuff you really need to know.  And, we valley vino enthusiasts not only support this happy event, but we...
By Tracy Dietlin So Phil and I recently had lunch at The Hood Bar and Pizza. Because it was so surprisingly good we’ve gone back a few times. Let me tell you why. First, let me say that if a “dive bar” can offer the freshest house salad in town with crisp romaine lettuce, cut on the spot and not from...
By Aaron Ramson First of all, I'm not uptight. I'm the bassist in a band called Cakes and the Assholes for crying out loud. But when my friend Darla told me about the time she was in a bar that had Dogfish Head's Golden Shower Imperial Pilsner on tap, even I was a little taken back. “There was no shortage...

FAR FROM HOME

By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: AWAY After a mysterious crash landing, a young boy wakes up alone on an exotic island.  A monstrous dark spirit is chasing him, although it’s unclear whether the spirit mans to help or harm the boy. A motorcycle appears providing safe travel for the boy, and he makes friends with a local songbird who provides guidance.  Soon...

OUT OF AFRICA

By Heidi Simmons ----- Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James – Fantasy Fiction ----- When is the truth the truth?  Is it possible that each person has his or her own perspective of the truth?  In Marlon James’ Black Leopard Red Wolf (Riverhead, 621 pages), a young man comes of age and discovers a world where reality is constantly shifting. The story follows Tracker,...

Awww Rats!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Another storm system is passing through this week and people aren't the only ones who value a dry, cozy home in cold weather. Rodents do, too. As it gets colder, everything that was out tends to want to find some sort of harbor inside. They scurry in our walls and above our heads during the...

UNIQUE & UNUSUAL

By Haddon Libby According to Hotwire.com, Americans spend approximately $58 billion on year-end travel.  As many of us get ready to visits family and friends near and far this holiday season, consider a few of the more unique and unusual places to go or things to do. A Chinese Café If you are in southwestern China, consider a visit to the Candy...
You better watch out, you better not cry because SCAMS are here and that is WHY. We often read about the generous things people do for complete strangers during the Christmas Season. But the opposite is also true. This is the time of the year when crooks come out of the woodwork and Robo Calls are aplenty. However our...
BY STEPHANIE GREEN CV WEEKLY CALENDAR – DEC. 5 – 11, 2019 CASINOS Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Old Dominion Friday, Dec. 6 8pm Tickets 49.00, 69.00, 89.00, 129.00 Call 800-827-2946 or go to www.fantasyspringsresort.com The acclaimed country band brings their “Make It Sweet Tour” to the Special Events Center. With special guest Ryan Hurd. Each ticket includes $10 in FREE Slot Play! Morongo Casino Resort & Spa The...
BY BRONWYN ISON Quieting the mind, resting your body, calming the breath and thinking of nothing sounds to most— near impossible.  Prior to accepting and adopting a meditation practice of my own, I knew it would challenging. Did you know more than 60,000 thoughts run through your head every single day?  What busy minds we have.  Are you always clear on...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2019  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In composing this oracle, I have called on the unruly wisdom of Vivienne Westwood. She's the fashion designer who incorporated the punk esthetic into mainstream styles. Here are four quotes by her that will be especially suitable for your use in the coming weeks. 1. "I disagree with everything I used...
BY MICHELLE ANN RIZZIO After our first storm of the season on Thanksgiving, I am finally feeling the aches and pains in my body— and I'm sure you are too! For those of us who struggle with chronic pain the desert is the perfect place for us to seek relief until the chill fills the air and the snow capped...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. To meet the surging demand for cannabidiol, or CBD, a derivative of hemp, farmers have invested heavily in replacing the low profit soybeans hay or tobacco with high yield hemp. Hemp became legal to cultivate in the US last year after the passage of the farm bill. Many farmers have secured contracts with buyers before the...
Join the City of Palm Springs for Mary Hart Weekend, Dec. 6-7 and the 27th Annual Festival of Lights Parade! By Amy Blaisdell Mary Hart, legendary entertainment journalist, television icon and long-time Mistress of Ceremonies for the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Film Awards Gala, will receive a much deserved star on the Walk of Stars Palm Springs during “Mary Hart...
By Craig Michaels The Butterfly Mission is excited to hold its 3rd annual fundraiser “Holiday Helper.” This event will take place on Thursday, December 5th at 34 Clancy Lane Estates, Rancho Mirage from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The fundraiser will provide the general public the opportunity to see and understand how The Butterfly Mission affects the community in a...

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