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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019 6 p.m Make Music Day or Fête De La Musique, started out in France in 1982, when the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops. They invited...
CalCannabis Director Richard Parrott, Canndescent CEO Adrian Sedlin and California Employment Development Director Patrick Henning added to lineup that features top political and industry experts. By Josh Zipperman Steve DeAngelo, who has spent four decades leading the cannabis reform movement and once dubbed “The Father of the Legal Industry,” will deliver a keynote speech at the City of Coachella’s SoCal Cannabis...
By Heidi Simmons Summer officially arrives this week and there is hardly a better way to enjoy the long hot days than spending time in cool theaters watching short movies.  The Palm Springs International ShortFest (PSISFF) and Short Film Marketplace are still in full swing with lots to see and do. Celebrating 25 years, ShortFest continues to be one of the country’s...
By Heidi Simmons Palm Springs Film Society, the nonprofit organization behind the PSISFF, has joined forces with the luxury vacation rental giant Acme House Company to create the first Artist-in-Residence program. Acme House Company is providing free housing, and a food and transportation stipend to 11 filmmakers for the duration of the festival.   A Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 Palm Springs...
By Robin E. Simmons Choosing a program to see can be overwhelming when the options are so plentiful.  Here are some recommended categories and titles that are buzzed about.  However, even picking a program at random, you’re likely to find at least one movie that enthralls, provokes, amuses and maybe even enlightens. Here then are a few programs that are pretty...

Off the Wall

By Crystal Harrell The high desert music scene is filled with psychedelic sound waves and bohemian beats, but one Yucca Valley-based punk rock band is going against the grain. Off the Wall consists of original founding members David Ladd on vocals and guitar, Ronnie Wilson on drums and vocals, and two-year bass player Weston Capela. The band first started in 2015,...
By Tricia Witkower “It’s a dry heat.” That’s what I promised LJ, vocalist of Bikini Trill, ahead of her band’s first Coachella Valley show this weekend. On Friday night the surf-pop trio plays at Soundsplash, Hotel Zoso’s nighttime poolside concert series. Proceeds from this fun event help provide music equipment and lessons for special needs children. Party peeps are instructed...

CHASE MARTINEZ

2019 Coachella Valley Music Award Winner Best Radio/DJ Personality By Noe Gutierrez Growing up in Long Beach, California and moving to the Coachella Valley in 1982 at the age of 12, Chase Martinez first learned how to operate a pair of turntables before he learned to drive. Growing up in the 80's, Martinez was heavy into Old School, Funk and artists like...

TONY TORNAY

By Noe Gutierrez Probably best known as the drummer for American Desert Rock band Fatso Jetson, Tony Tornay has a storied history within the desert rock landscape. Although he and his wife Melissa transplanted themselves to Los Angeles in 1998, he continues to possess a significant space in his heart for the desert. In addition to Fatso Jetson he was...
By Denise Ortuno For exotic tea and juice drinks that will tantalize your taste buds, Ding Tea in La Quinta is the place to be. The thought of tea for me, has always encouraged a notion of health. It’s away from the coffee culprits, with all the foam and sweeteners, and for someone like me who has an aversion to caffeine,...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Musically, Chip and Tony Kinman have always been ahead of the curve. When Punk Rock was in its infancy, the brothers formed The Dils, relocating from Carlsbad, California to San Francisco in 1977. The seminal outfit released a handful of singles, including classics like “I Hate The Rich” and “Class War.” (The Punk band playing...

Foster Puppy Love

By Janet McAfee In a nation that treats dogs like family and delights in the joy of lively puppies, there are still countless litters of these little creatures rendered homeless by a variety of circumstances.  Groups of abandoned and neglected puppies suffer in our desert heat, laying huddled together for comfort.  They are subject to heat stroke, parasites, and a...
By Lynne Tucker Wine Tasting in the Heart of downtown Santa Barbara CA In 2007, a group of eight like-minded winemakers decided to come together to create the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. Their goal was to offer both novices and aficionados the opportunity to learn about and taste the wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from the County’s...
By Rick Riozza One of the great takeaways of a wine festival is meeting and getting to know wine purveyors whom perhaps one would have never met or heard of.  This was exactly the case when we met Marina Elettra Snow (aka "Nina"), at David Fraschetti’s inaugural Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival last year. Nina is the owner of DOCG...
By Aaron Ramson In a sector flooded with gimmicky marketing, shameless adjuncts (bull testicle beer and fried chicken beer are both things that no one asked for, yet here they are), attention-seeking names, and flavors that sound great on paper but just don’t work in execution, it’s hard to come up with a truly original idea that just makes sense....

COSMIC BORDER COPS

NOW SHOWING: By Robin E. Simmons MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL This uninspired fourth installment of the alien invasion comedy franchise is a far cry from the creative richness, great visuals and offbeat humor of the 1997 original.  Despite the fine acting and shared on-screen chemistry of the charismatic Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who were so good in Thor, this CGI heavy...
By Heidi Simmons ----- Forbidden Hollywood by Mark A. Vieira - Nonfiction Hollywood Black by Donald Bogle – Nonfiction ----- Palm Spring International Short Film Festival is in full swing and the city is teeming with talented filmmakers and film fans.  With excellent text and spectacular photos, these two books about “Hollywood” are a must for the cinephile’s library.  Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era (1930-1934)...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna There’s a beauty about getting older—you become more comfortable in your own skin. The need for approval diminishes, you’re more confident in life and you can speak your mind without the fear of rejection. But if you want to stay comfortable in your own skin as you age, you need to be protecting it properly! Unfortunately,...
By Haddon Libby If you have a loved one with money invested through a bank or investment management firm, please share this article with them.  Knowledge is king and can be the difference between a comfortable retirement and one fraught with financial challenges. To understand what I’m about to share, do you remember when the food industry battled over the use...
Patrick Henry said "give me liberty or give me death". When arrested you want your liberty by being released on your promise to appear in court on your own recognizance... thus obtaining your liberty without spending any money. The alternative is to post BAIL which could be paid in cash, and returned at the end of the case, or...
By Crystal Harrell The summer season has just begun, and temperatures will only continue to rise. As unbearable as the heat may be, there are even more ways to stay cool in the Coachella Valley. Check out these not-so-hotspots that will keep your summer fun and your days chill. The Palm Desert Aquatic Center has everything you need to stay refreshed...
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...
© Copyright 2019  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Orfield Laboratories is an architectural company that designs rooms for ultimate comfort. They sculpt the acoustic environment so that sounds are soft, clear, and pleasant to the human ear. They ensure that the temperature is just right and the air quality is always fresh. At night the artificial light is gentle...
BY BRONWYN ISON It’s true… rest is not strictly for the weary. Rest should and needs to be a priority for everyone. I’m the first to admit I go, go and go some more. However, I feel best operating my life in this fashion. However, I work hard first, then I make sure I get a good dose of play...
BY MICHELLE ANN RIZZIO In today’s addition to my terpene series we'll be exploring limonene. Like its name, this terpene has a citrus aroma which can be found in strains like Lemon G, Super Silver Haze, Lemon Skunk and Sour Diesel. Most cannabis strains featuring this terpene are sativa, but indica strains can sometimes also have high levels of limonene....
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Congress is trying to revive the 2018 Reefer Act which is expected to be voted on this week. The Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment formally known as the Blumenauer-Farr Amendment prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana (MMJ) programs, or from prosecuting MMJ businesses compliant with state law. This amendment...
The 25th annual Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 369 films including 60 World Premieres, 25 International Premieres, 46 North American Premieres, 17 U.S. Premieres and 98 California Premieres.  There are 60 curated programs, which will screen June 18-24, at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) in Palm Springs.  More than 5,600 of the festival submissions from 118 countries were submitted,...
By Esther Sanchez It’s clearly no secret that the Coachella Valley is bursting with a plethora of musical talent from pretty much every genre there is. That would include acoustic duos. In fact, in these parts if you are an acoustic anything that wants to get beyond open mic nights you better have something to bring to the table because...
By Mike Felci According to Don McLean, the most important quality for a songwriter is having something to say. And he would know, having written one of the most enduring epics in rock ’n’ roll history. The “American Pie singer, 73, touched on that and a variety of topics in a recent, unflinching interview ahead of his July 13th concert...

GREGORY LITTLE

2019 CVMA WINNER ‘BEST SOUND ENGINEER’ By Noe Gutierrez There are many overlooked champions in the Coachella Valley and High Desert music scenes. One such hero is sound guru Gregory Little, winner of the 2019 ‘Best Sound Engineer’ Coachella Valley Music Award. Little is a Team Leader and Corporate Trainer for PSAV, a company founded in 1937 that provides impactful meeting,...

EMPTY SEAT

2019 COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ‘BEST ALTERNATIVE BAND’ & ‘BEST FRONT WOMAN’ By Noe Gutierrez In my estimation, the darlings of the 2018-2019 year in music in the Coachella Valley have been the revamped and independent rock outfit Empty Seat. RED (vocals), Anthony Ferrer (guitars), ES Spade (bass) and Rickey Villalobos (drums) have restored their faith in the music and...
Get some chilly relief from the heat with a bevy of cold treats, at Flavors in Palm Desert By Denise Ortuno It’s that interesting time of year in the Coachella Valley, when the tourists have hit the road, kids are out of school, and the temperatures rise to sometimes uncomfortable heights. We find shelter from the heat in air conditioned dwellings,...
Written by Talie Rosa Anyone who is even remotely involved with the ins and outs of Palm Springs knows the name Joy Meredith. Joy has been firmly rooted in Pam Springs culture since 1978. Coming from bone-chilling Maine to visit her parents, she fell in love with our beautiful desert before even leaving the airport.  “Here it was incredible and...
By Crystal Harrell It’s difficult not to notice the scorching temperatures once June comes around in the Coachella Valley. Luckily, there are plenty of fun activities to do in the desert that will help you beat the heat this season, ranging from artistic exploits to thrilling adventures. Located in Rancho Mirage, Escape Games at the River presents puzzling challenges for guests...
Valley Teen Musicians Join Forces to Form Bands and Learn the Music Industry Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) is pleased to announce the final list of students chosen for the renowned AMP Summer Music Camp, now heading into its fifth year.  After a series of auditions, 14 new musicians will be joining 16 returning AMP musicians for an intensive three-week...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Fernando Viciconte isn’t a household name, but he really should be. He has had a thriving career as a solo artist for nearly 25 years. Heavy-hitters like Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey Richard Buckner and Don Dixon sing his praises. As do taste-making publications like Billboard, Magnet, Mojo, No Depression and Paste.                 Fernando was born in...
By Lynne Tucker Hotel Milo is in the heart of Santa Barbara’s beloved West Beach, a favorite hangout for local residents and visitors alike. On one side sits the iconic Stearns Wharf and on the other the harbor and pier, where local institution Brophy’s is serving up the best clam chowder you’ve ever had. Take a short ten-minute stroll towards...
By Janet McAfee Bonded by their love for dogs, Joan Pendley and Tami Jay are a mother and daughter foster team dedicated to saving the lives of homeless shelter dogs.  They take rescue dogs into their hearts and home, providing the training and loving care that prepares them for their adoptive homes.  In some cases, they help heal the physical...
By Rick Riozza It’s great to be checking in with you readers again as my wife and I continue with our European Wine Tour, where we’ve wined & dined on the Danube, and now have just taken a jaunt from Budapest to Paris where we will catch a couple of days at the Roland Garros French Open Tennis Tournament. Hard to...
By Aaron Ramson America’s Prohibition was at its peak when 8-year-old Joseph Owaldes received a chemistry set from his mother as a gift. A bright and curious boy born to poor Manhattan immigrants, his passion for science continued into young adulthood, where he eventually earned a doctorate in biochemistry. He’d written a dissertation on the effects of bad cholesterol and...
By Robin E. Simmons Father’s day is a great day to see a movie with dad and family.  Wonderful films that prominently feature cool dads dad are many and easy to access for purchase or streaming online.  Off the top of my head, the following titles come to mind and might be worth revisiting, even if you are not doing a...

BOOKS FOR DAD

By Heidi Simmons Dear old dad loves an interesting story.  It’s marvelous how fathers know things.  We count on them to give us good advice, share their wisdom and fix our problems.  They are mostly informed, probably opinionated, but always lovable.  It’s often a challenge to find the perfect gift for dad.  So, I suggest an engaging book.  Make dad sit...

Just Cool It!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna “Temperatures won’t be so cool this week. Add in some humidity and this will put an even greater strain on us. Extreme heat is a potential health concern,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “It’s the first big heat wave of the season and more are in store.” These conditions can overload your system and lead to...
By Haddon Libby Last week, economists concluded that the Federal Reserve will need to reduce the Fed Funds rate by at least 0.5% to 2% by year-end marking a dramatic shift in Federal Reserve thinking as it relates to interest rates.  Recent slowness emerging in the US economy along with the looming impact from tariffs caused the group conclusion that...
You say it is impossible that you lost and your lawyer was at fault? Well let's examine some other reasons. Herein are some of the things that could have caused you to lose your case: You got caught lying. Surveillance: Assume an investigator will do a sub rosa (undercover) investigation. Take down social media: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs or Web pages...
By Aimee Mosco “The simple truth is that we naturally cultivate wisdom through the act of living. So, regardless of whether or not you have a formal education, have traveled the world or stayed put in your own backyard, dined with dignitaries or gone hungry, you have effectively developed your own brand of wisdom.” - Daily Agreements, Guidelines & Intentions...
© Copyright 2019  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): We may not have to travel to other planets to find alien life. Instead of launching expensive missions to other planets, we could look for exotic creatures here on earth. Astrobiologist Mary Beth Wilhelm is doing just that. Her search has taken her to Chile's Atacama Desert, whose terrain has resemblances...
BY MICHELLE ANN RIZZIO My favorite terpene is the ultra spicy beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene that has a sharp spicy nose commonly associated with clove, hops, and rosemary. It gives off a nose similar to black pepper and has specific medicinal benefits such as reducing inflammation, protecting the vascular system and gut, being anti-microbial, reducing depression and anxiety, and...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. As a nurse one of my responsibilities when assessing patients is determining drug interactions. Computer programs in hospitals and clinics have built in medication hot buttons that bring up possible drug to drug interactions. Physicians are then notified to determine if the new drug needs to be changed or that the interaction is nonconsequential. Drug-to-drug interactions...
Tickets On Sale at the Casino Box Office and Spotlight29.com Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present The Next Best Thing II, a tribute concert series held every Friday through August. Tickets are $10, on sale at the Casino Box Office and at Spotlight29.com. Booths are available for $150, which include six seats and a bucket of beer. Guests can...

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