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Thursday, June 21, 2018
PSComicXpo will have a star studded and powerful mix of comic convention, pop culture and celebrity at its inaugural festival June 22 -24th, 2018 to take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center. PSComicXpo has curated a star-studded roster of celebrities, artists, illustrators and voice actors to appear at this event including Ray Stevenson (Thor, Rome, Book of Eli) to...
By Tricia Witkower Comic and pop culture fans head to the Palm Springs Convention Center this weekend for PS Comic Xpo, Palm Springs’ premier comic convention, taking place from June 22 – 24. But before the event there’s the pre-party. On Friday, June 22, Big Rock Pub is hosting the pre-party, complete with special guests and live music from 8:30...
By Tracy Dietlin Not only is Lisa Lynn Morgan an award winning singer/songwriter, she has been a champion of local musicians. Six months into finding sobriety in September of 2011, Morgan has been a music writer for CV Weekly, has booked shows for herself and other bands at Schmidy’s, The Hood, Pappy & Harriet’s, Bobby Furst’s Furstwurld and several other...
By Heidi Simmons There are treasures throughout the Palm Springs International Short Festival and one of the gems is the animated film Freaks of Nurture from Canadian filmmaker Alexandra Lemay, which has its world premiere this week. Freaks of Nurture is a six-and-a-half-minute, stop-motion film about a mother-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own unorthodox upbringing with her single-parent mom, who is...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS Each of the approximately 90 minute programs referenced below include about five films in addition to these noteworthy and memorable titles. Like great short stories, these movies will engage and linger long in the mind. Like a lucid dream. All screenings are at the former Camelot Theater now rebranded as the Palm Springs Cultural Center. GOOD PEOPLE (21...
By Heidi Simmons One of the distinct features of the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival is the educational component.  Part of the mission of the film society and its festivals is to nurture and inspire filmmakers. “Camp ShortFest is a joint program of the Short Festival and University California, Riverside,” said Tod Goldberg, Director, University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert...
BY NOE GUTIERREZ The Tony Reagins Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley Alumni Association raises funds for college scholarships for deserving young men and women who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley's Indio, Coachella, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs and Mecca units. On Sunday, June 24, 2018 some of the desert’s finest musicians will be...
By Johnny Sugarbritches Kris Bossi has been organizing and performing stand-up comedy events in the Greater Coachella Valley for over 3 years. However, 18 years before that, is when her love for stand-up took the wheel and started her journey. It was a sunny So Cal day when her friend proposed a bet. The terms: if Bossi emerged champion there...
By Denise Ortuno At the convenient am/pm off of Golf Center Parkway in Indio, you can get a whole lot more than just gas and a candy bar, right down the hall at Chelo’s Burgers #3. I saw Chelo’s Burgers #3 on a Facebook posting and I just had to check it out, especially when I looked it up and realized...
By Esther Sanchez It isn’t often that folks like myself happen to catch a band they know nothing about and get completely blown away. This my friends, is one of those times. I first caught this eclectic 5 piece at the finals for the 2018 CV Music Showcase where they placed 2nd after Willdabeast and Desert Rhythm Project, (which is...
Featuring RYAN REAVES!  FREE // 21+ // JUNE 24 AT 9:30 PM Sunday nights at The Hood are quickly becoming as popular as any other night out in the desert. Comedy Night at the Hood returns this Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. Coachella Valley Weekly asked several questions of the comedians scheduled to perform. We asked about their influences,...
By Aaron Ramson I’m sitting here trying to make sense of how my electric bill seemed to quadruple from last month to this one, and I’m having to face it: we’re in the crap time of the year again. Gas prices are up, temperatures are up, stinky armpits are up, seasonal jobs have ended, everyone’s sweaty, and going outside is going...
By Eleni P. Austin                 If you aren’t familiar with Lisa Mednick Powell, you have been missing out on decades of great music. The Washington D.C. native has been a part of so many seminal scenes that her sound isn’t easily categorized. That’s a good thing.                 Like most musicians of a certain age, Lisa’s first flash of inspiration came via...
By Angela Romeo Joshua Tree Art Gallery kicks off the summer with the opening of its Pop UP on Saturday June 23. The opening reception is 6-8 pm. The Gallery will host 116 works from impressive list of local artists.  The extensive roster of participating artists includes Delos Van Earl, Nexus, a patina on steel; Fredrick Fulmer, Ghost Cabin, acrylic...
BY JANET McAFEE It was a sunny morning at the Rancho Mirage Community Park. Wilma Sullivan was walking her dog when she arrived at a clearing.  Another dog walker had just called animal control, and Wilma peered through the bushes to see a small, badly matted, terrified dog that was infested with ticks.  The exhausted, emaciated animal could barely issue...
By Rick Riozza Last issue we took a moment to address the wine newbies in our readership. We know of nothing better than to welcome into the wine game some new folks who are showing an interest into the wide wonderful world of wine. One of most fun and immediate ways for wine newbies to quickly come up to speed with...

A BIGGER BITE!

NOW SHOWING: JURRASIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM It’s been three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park. Now, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a growing volcanic threat. Soon, they encounter horrifying new breeds of the gigantic prehistoric reptiles, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens...

Short Stories

By Heidi Simmons Short stories abound this week with the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.  With 338 films between one and 20 minutes in length, there is a plethora of stories and storytellers.  As many of you know, I love a good short story -- in film and especially in books. Keeping with the international and culturally diverse themes of the...
Do you know about the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer? No, I’m not referring to the danger of heat exhaustion or increased gun violence during the summer months—although those are very real risks in many places. The 100 Deadliest Days are the days between the end of May and the beginning of September—the days when our teenage children hit...
By Haddon Libby This time of year, the Coachella Valley becomes one of the hottest places on Earth. High temperatures like these have most of us running our air conditioners 24/7.  Given our high usage, it might not surprise you but the International Energy Agency reports that 10% of all energy used globally goes toward air conditioning; this same agency projects...
They say "Forewarned is Forearmed!!!!" and "People Don't Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan." So, Plan Ahead and be aware of these current scams calls. IRS: "You owe back taxes and will be arrested, fined and jailed, if you do not settle this NOW!" Police: "We are raising money for officers injured in the line of duty. How much will...
BY FLINT WHEELER The NBA season is over and there’s still another three months before the NFL campaign kicks off again. If baseball isn’t enough to hold you over until then, let me suggest pro football’s northern cousin – the Canadian Football League. The CFL season began last Thursday and there are plenty of reasons to get on board. First one is...
Elder Love USA is not your typical in-home caregiving service for older adults.  Elder Love USA, is a nonprofit corporation that helps older adults remain safely in their homes by providing low-cost in-home care.   As a nonprofit, they are able to provide care at a reduced rate.  Elder Love is a new, innovative and creative solution to helping older...
© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have cosmic permission to enjoy extra helpings of waffles, crepes, pancakes, and blintzes. Eating additional pastries and doughnuts is also encouraged. Why? Because it's high time for you to acquire more ballast. You need more gravitas and greater stability. You can't afford...
BY DR PETER KADILE Dr. Kadile, I noticed you have the initials D.O. behind your name, Are you a chiropractor? Jen, Bermuda Dunes Jen, osteopaths (D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and chiropractors (D.C. or Doctor of Chiropractic) have similarities but are very different.  Osteopathic medicine was developed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, in 1874, at a time when conventional medical practices...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Patrick Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy’s son, and Kevin Sabet wrote a commentary in the Wall Street Journal June 14th titled: “This is no time to go to Pot”. Kevin Sabet is the President and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), Preventing Another big Tobacco. Both are opposed to the bill sponsored by Corey Booker and...
By Sunny Simon      When I want to convey an important message, I prefer doing it writing. Why? Because before I press that non-forgiving send button, I can edit away, again and again until the blank screen is filled with the perfect tone and concise statements. Reviewing each word, phrase and punctuation mark helps me get my point across exactly...
Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 333 films including 42 World Premieres, 32 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 13 U.S. Premieres with films coming from 62 countries around the world.  There are 55 curated programs, which will screen June 19-25, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in Palm Springs.  More than 5,300 of the 5,400 festival submissions...
By Tracy Dietlin Black Water Gospel burst onto the CV Music Scene back in November of 2016. They released their first 5 song self-titled EP on February 18, 2018 with much appreciation from their fans, garnering the band 13 CV Music Awards nominations. On June 3, 2018 they walked away with Best Rock Band, Best Alternative Band and the coveted...
By Tracy Dietlin Chelsea Sugarbritches is the Frontwoman for the Cover band Long Duk Dong and one of the Frontwomen for the band 5th Town, along with Linda Lemke Heinz. She also performs as a duo with Perishment’s Bobby Taffolla. Both of her bands were nominated for a bunch of CV Music Awards this year and Chelsea was awarded Best...

Will Donato

BY PATTE PURCELL I realized this morning that I've known Will Donato for over 8 years. Will is one of the most beloved musicians in the music industry.  Will Donato got me started in the music industry.  Now, I'm proud and happy to have such a great artist and a great friend in the smooth jazz industry. So thank you...
By Denise Ortuno It was always a welcomed sound coming from the TV, something that I would look forward to with great anticipation as part of my television watching repertoire. The sound of Anthony Bourdain’s voice, then the sound of him sliding on the ice, finished by a couple guitar twangs, I knew it was time to travel and eat...
By Dee Jae Cox The Coachella Valley is an oasis of exciting history and rich talent and there’s no better example of where history and talent blend to create the perfect experience than sitting in Frank’s Lounge at the Indian Wells Resort and listening to the beautiful voice of Rebecca Clark. The Indian Wells Resort Hotel was founded in 1957 by...
By Aaron Ramson Last week’s article touched on the history of Mexican lagers, and how many of them came to be. Every commercial beer you can think of from Tecate, Sol, Victoria, Pacifico, Modelo, and Bohemia, all belong to either Grupo Modelo or Heineken México. Arguably the most popular of the brands is Grupo Modelo’s Corona brand. First brewed in 1925...
June 14-17, 2018 - Cherry Valley, CA At The Largest Organic Lavender Farm In Southern California Each summer, 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. Visitors of all ages are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, participate in guided tours in...
By Eleni P. Austin                 In the food world, there are certain pairings that go together naturally: Jack & Coke, pickles and ice cream (what, if it’s good enough for pregnant Lucy Ricardo, it’s good enough for you), champagne and caviar, lox and bagels. In the Record business that kind of symbiosis is few and far between. Obviously on the...
By Angela Romeo The temperature is rising and road construction is on the uptick. Sustainability is on the lips of many and the Coachella Valley Art Community is integral to that conversation. Cultural tourism is not seasonal and is as important to the local year-round community as it is to visitors. The local art scene continues to thrive – all...
BY JANET McAFEE The key to creating a nation of “No More Homeless Pets” is availability of low cost spay and neutering for dogs and cats.  While we have made great strides at saving more homeless shelter animals, there continues to be a shortage of available homes for the continual influx of abandoned and relinquished animals.  Have you failed to...
BY RICK RIOZZA Everyone and anyone who finds themselves playing into the game of wine started out as a wine newbie. And the first tactic that we had to deal with is that after all we knew, there is always more to learn.  And a couple of the most beguiling aspects that keeps us in the game is not only...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: OCEAN’S 8 In real time, it’s been 58 years since director Lewis Milestone’s Rat Pack edition of Ocean’s Eleven (an uncredited Billy Wilder contributed to the writing) was on the big screen.  In 2001, Steven Soderbergh directed the first of his Ocean’s trilogy. Two more followed in 2004 and 2007.    In movie time, it’s been five...

Books For Dad

Book Review By Heidi Simmons Dear old dad loves an interesting book.  It’s marvelous how our father’s know things.  We count on them to give us good advice and share their wisdom about the world.  They are informed, probably opinionated and always loveable.  Here are some fascinating books that will engage a father’s curiosity, provoke his mind, and perhaps even enlighten...
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Plan your sun protection using these tips: Seek shade, especially during late morning through mid-afternoon. Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. Wear a hat with a...
By Haddon Libby On Monday, June 11th the Federal Communications Commission rescinded net neutrality legislation passed toward the end of the Obama Administration. Since its passage in late 2015, net neutrality has been rejoiced by Democrats and scorned by Republicans.  Originally it was thought that the legislation would keep Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with...
Most lawyers practice to make money resolving client's issues. Why accept a case when you initially see problems....such as your client lying? My practice collects money for Accident victims. Today we deal with the new deny & delay insurance company claims strategy. Thus many CV lawyers are reluctant to accept soft tissue/whiplash claims. When I started practicing, accident medical bills were...
By Flint Wheeler The FIFA World Cup gets underway in just over a week’s time and odds are being placed over who will win the golden trophy in Russia. The second largest sporting event in the world behind the Summer Olympics kicks start on June 14 as host nation Russia is up against Saudi Arabia. But who have the bookies predicted...
Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC) continues its Dive-In Movies program on Friday, July 6, featuring Disney’s popular animated hit, “Moana.”  The gates open at 7 p.m. with Slides and the Splash Playground open 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The movie will be playing on a giant screen at sundown. Tickets are $4 per person (no charge for children under...
© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): My Aries acquaintance Tatiana decided to eliminate sugar from her diet. She drew up a plan to avoid it completely for 30 days, hoping to permanently break its hold over her. I was surprised to learn that she began the project by making a Dessert Altar in her bedroom, where she...

MEMORIES

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...
Talie Rosa On Friday, June 8, The Lighthouse Dispensary reopened its doors as the only dispensary to be State licensed with regulatory approval in the East end of the valley. I have been to many cannabis events and grand openings before, so I thought I knew what to expect. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The majority of the drive...
By Sunny Simon      When I asked my new client what his goals were for our coaching sessions, without missing a beat he told me he wanted his life to be a complete do-over. Thinking it was a bit drastic, I smiled and suggested he pretend using a large Wite-Out Correction Pen to ink out the mistakes, but only after...

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