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Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Avery Wood This summer’s upcoming Comic Con Palm Springs, occurring August 25-27, is quickly becoming one of Coachella Valley’s most anticipated events. With over 15,000 attendees last year, Founder/Executive Producer Christopher Spellman believes that the event has a positive impact on the local economy and talks about efforts they are making to form partnerships with local business and organizations. One...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS The greatest things about the PS ShortFest are the sweet gems that are embedded in the thematic clusters of wide-ranging film programs. No matter what film program you choose, It’s hard to imagine there won’t be at least one film that delights and diverts. If you are reading this in print or online on or before Thursday June...
By Heidi Simmons In the hall, just outside a nondescript room in a hotel’s convention area is a line of people, which if you had to guess what they were all waiting for could never be answered just by their cumulative looks. Young, old, hipsters, nerds, some tattooed and others in golf shirts, they share at least one thing as...
Award-winning, Professional Coachella Valley Theater Company Gearing Up for Next Season Coyote StageWorks, the award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, will be the recipient of a significant matching gift in support of their upcoming season. This is the second time this matching gift has been extended to the organization. Nine-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer David Lee, best known for...
Redesign and is Now Available for Luxury Vacation Rentals and Special Events By Chris Martello The former Palm Springs retreat of the legendary silent film comedian Harold Lloyd can now be rented for the first time for retreats, vacations and special events. Situated in the renowned celebrity hideaway of the Movie Colony in Palm Springs, the meticulously maintained 1-acre estate recently...
On Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 from 12 noon until 5pm, dozens of local craft breweries return to the Palm Springs Air Museum for the 6th Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival. Returning Title Sponsor is Hot Purple Energy, an elite Sun Power distributor. Highlights of the day’s event include: · Eight 4-ounce tastings & event glassware (while supplies last)...
To perform at The Ace Hotel Saturday, June 24 Beth Lapides, affectionately (and accurately) known as the High Priestess of Alternative Comedy, brings her vanguard comedy and music show UnCabaret back to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs on Saturday, June 24, after a sold-out event there last fall. The return presentation features comedians Greg Behrendt (“Conan,” “Sex...
The Joshua Tree Improv/Comedy Festival takes place July 7-9, 2017 at the Hi Desert Cultural Center, 61231 Highway 62, in Joshua Tree (just 1/2 mile from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.) Improv teams, sketch comedy groups and stand-up comics will perform and compete. Audience voting determines winners. A Friday night gala at 6:30PM will kick off the weekend...
By Noe Gutierrez Musicians Outlet in Palm Desert will be closing its doors permanently this week after almost 32 years of providing the Coachella Valley with high-quality music products and services. From its inception, it has been independently owned and operated by Randy and Cindy Hewitson. Together, they gave us access to music lessons, sheet music, instrument repair. guitars, ukuleles,...
By Michelle Rizzio Chill Magnet of Desert Hot Springs gave me an early release of their new LP Surf Chica Bonita. I was surprised by this album, it’s almost new wave, but then it’s not. It’s almost rock, but then it’s not. I just wanted to dance. Welcome to Surf Chica Bonita. Returning to their core of two members, Chill Magnet is...
With sales of over 60 million albums worldwide, Alanis Morissette is one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive performances have earned vast critical praise and 7 Grammy Awards, and she’s bringing her huge catalog of hits to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, September 16th. Morissette began her career in...
By Slim Man I was in Nashville doing interviews for the Hobnobbin’ with Slim Man podcast. The podcast launches July 3rd, and the pitch is “Conversations with people on both sides of the show biz curtain.” After Nashville, I flew to my hometown of Baltimore for a few shows, and to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at Camden Yards for the Baltimore...
Radio R&B legend Art Laboe hosted a great party at the Aqua Caliente showroom Saturday with the Summer Love Jam. Producer Dale Berger invited us backstage in Art's dressing room. What an honor and so much fun hanging with this 92 ball of energy. He even hopped on the lap of one of the fans in a wheel chair...
BY ELENI P. AUSTIN “I was done at 16 showin’ up for class, I was out there in the ring learnin’ how to kick some ass/I was done at 16 usin’ my momma’s key, it was all on me, yes it was all on me.” That’s Ani DiFranco getting up close and personal on “Play God,” a song off her new...
By Angela Romeo At 23 years of age not too many know what their life path should be. But for Palm Springs High School graduate Anthony Childs, that is not the case. Anthony is an artist who has already had his work exhibited in New York and London, England; amazing for a 23 year old. More amazing, Anthony has Down...
BY JANET McAFEE This column recently told the story about Breezy and Glory, two large dogs available for adoption with Loving All Animals. Glory, a lovely lab shepherd mix, was adopted last week to a wonderful home. Breezy remains in foster care, well cared for and patiently waiting, knowing the perfect home awaits her as well. Loving All Animals rescued 50-lb...
by Sunny Simon As the incoming text signal sounded, I snatched up the phone and smiled broadly. The message from my client read, “I did it!! After almost a two hour meeting I got the raise!” Earlier in the week we discussed and rehearsed negotiating for this pay increase. Although Deanne was well prepared, it obviously wasn’t a slam dunk....
BY RICK RIOZZA The Good Life of Wine and Relaxation—well, that would be a really loose translation. But the idea is there. And what else can we desert dwellers do but take it easy in this 115+ heat! Most invitingly, refreshing white Italian wine will be the subject of this article. First, let’s still have some fun with the Italian saying,...
This article discusses the studies and laws that validate medical cannabis as an effective drug. It’s time to confront the lies by the government that want us to believe cannabis has no medicinal use. It is time to educate. This is a bipartisan issue. Even Republican Senators, Congressmen, and Governors want to decriminalize cannabis. The Republican Governor of Florida,...
By Denise Ortuno-Neil With an amazing selection of burgers to choose from, Tony’s Burgers in Cathedral City will no doubt fulfill your burger fantasies with creative creations, balanced with the freshest of ingredients. Tony’s Burgers is nestled in kind of a funky spot. Located in the Mission Plaza off of Date Palm and Gerald Ford, the casual, family fashioned eatery sits...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: CARS3 Is anyone really surprised that Pixar’s latest offering is heartfelt, bittersweet, perhaps even poignant. After all, that’s the animation company’s auto-set mode. But with all the emotion embedded in these oddly humanized outsize toy vehicles, let’s be honest, it’s the incredible eye-popping animation and cool sound design that’s the real draw for this satisfying family...
By Heidi Simmons --------------------- Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito Fiction --------------------- Public shootings are a horror that have become far too common. School shootings are an unthinkable nightmare. In this “Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year” Quicksand (Other Press, 501 pages), author, Malin Persson Giolito, explores why some kids kill. The book begins in the classroom. The first person narrator describes the bodies of her teacher...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA If you work or play outside, you should know about heat stress safety tips. Heat stress is caused by over exposure to hot climates. You might not think it is possible, but you can suffer from heat related injuries inside as well as outside. Heat stress occurs when your body’s core temperature rises above normal. Follow...

The Mighty Amazon

By Haddon Libby Twenty-five years ago, Wal-Mart entered the grocery business. Today, Wal-Mart is the largest seller of groceries in the United States commanding a 25% market share. The second largest grocer is Kroger at 8.2% with brands like Ralph’s, Food 4 Less, Fry’s and Smith’s. In buying Whole Foods and their 1.6% market share, Amazon gets the best brand in...
By Dale Gribow During the summer CV merchants are at risk with under-staffed stores that allow crooks to "do their thing." With the "down desert economy" many people are hurting and committing crimes they might not have performed if they had a job. Many of our neighbors are drinking to stay "cool" and not using good common sense and commit...
By Flint Wheeler Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather betting odds have shift as McGregor attracts lots of early action. As improbable as it might be for Conor McGregor to beat Floyd Mayweather in their Aug. 26 boxing match, much of the public is giving the UFC star a chance. McGregor remains a heavy underdog for their super fight, but the...
Week of June 22 © Copyright 2017 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): There are places in the oceans where the sea floor cracks open and spreads apart from volcanic activity. This allows geothermally heated water to vent out from deep inside the earth. Scientists explored such a place in the otherwise frigid waters around Antarctica. They were elated to find...

GOAL DIGGER

By Bronwyn Ison “To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” – Zig Ziglar. Can you recall the first time you set a goal for yourself? Setting goals for yourself is one the most powerful actions you can take. Goals maintain our ambition. Goals help us to continue to believe in ourselves. First and...
By Dr. Maria Lombardo Most women want to have a curvy figure but there are many women whose overly curvy figure causes problems. A disproportionately large chest can make it difficult to find clothes that fit. From undergarments that are supportive enough but still look feminine to shirts that won’t button across the front with out gapping, shopping can be...
THUR JUNE 22 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505  Bobby Furgo & Co 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900  Discoteca w/ DJ Victor Rodriguez 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111  Jazz Trio w/ Francesca Amari, Bill Marx and Doug MacDonald 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533  Piano Bar 6pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 CVxHC Presents: In the Name of the Dead, Brain Vat, Terror Cult, Sleeze Fix and Sleazy Cortez...
By Heidi Simmons The summer is hot, but the movies are cool!  The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market begins Tuesday, June 20 showcasing hundreds of films from around the globe highlighting international and emerging young filmmaking talent. All screenings are held at the Camelot Theatre in 90-minute themed programs. The ShortFest runs one week, concluding with “Best of Fest” showing Monday, June 26. Opening Night celebrates...
Sheryl Benoit to Accept Award from Supervisor Marion Ashley The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor the late Supervisor John J. Benoit with their Leadership (Legacy) Award at their Annual Board Installation and Business Award Gala on June 27th. The event will take place at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa beginning at 5:30 PM. Born in Kankakee, Illinois,...
By Rich Henrich In the Coachella Valley talent flourishes like spring flowers. Musically speaking, we created the signature sounds of Desert Rock, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Coachella Fest) has created one of the largest musical gatherings on the planet and any given week, our casinos bring in some of the greatest names in music. However, in the shadows...

MELVINS

Set to play Glen Helen Amphitheater alongside Tool, Primus, Crystal Method, Clutch & Fantomas on June 24th By Jason Hall The Melvins were formed by Buzz Osborne, Matt Lukin (Mudhoney), and Mike Dillard in Montesano Washington. Shortly after their formation, Dillard left to drum in Kurt Cobain's Fecal Matter project and Dale Crover took over drumming duties. Since then, Buzz and...
This summer, Westfield Palm Desert is inviting guests to experience the great indoors with Camp Westfield, the center’s new event series. Beginning with the grand opening celebration of the Indoor Certified Farmers’ Market on June 4 and continuing with weekly events and programs throughout the summer, Camp Westfield is the perfect escape from the hot weather. “We wanted to bring the...
Dear Jenny, I have read many of your articles. You seem to give pretty good advice and you are entertaining. But let me ask you this, what if you are tired of looking, always hoping, and most of all, always being happy. People always tell you that the most important thing in life is to be happy. People always tell...
BY ELENI P. AUSTIN By day, Tim Chinnock works as a mild-mannered doctor, specifically, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University, but at night, he plays Rock N’ Roll. Sounds a bit like a Marvel superhero or the plot of a late ‘80s television series, right? But it turns out Tim’s narrative is every bit as interesting as...
By Angela Valente Romeo Magic is an art form that every child tries at least once in its lives. We attempt to dazzle our friends with a coin behind the ear or by selecting THE card. Magic is well, magic. We are fascinated by it. We feign that we are too sophisticated to be taken in by magic tricks. We...
Week of June 15 © Copyright 2017 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): You have to admit that salt looks like sugar and sugar resembles salt. This isn't usually a major problem, though. Mistakenly sprinkling sugar on your food when you thought you were adding salt won't hurt you, nor will putting salt in your coffee when you assumed you were...
By Lisa Morgan Having spent a life time building the dreams of prominent others around the world, Ron Wilcox, with his partner, 25 year executive chef John Fritch by his side, he will be celebrating a dream of his own. “I’ve spent the majority of my 40 years building well known restaurants around the world and have been part of...
California Natural Resources Agency will unveil work plan and schedule of planned projects set to break ground in 2017 By Josh Zipperman A series of community workshops has been scheduled to present and gather input on the implementation of State’s 10-Year Plan of the Salton Sea Management Program. The 10-Year Plan aims to quickly build projects to develop habitat and suppress...
By Avery Wood A citizenship workshop was held in Desert Hot Springs on Saturday, June 10 to assist local permanent residents through the process of applying for citizenship. The organization that hosted it, Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), is based in Los Angeles with a chapter in the Coachella Valley. “COFEM in the past, in the Coachella Valley, has been...
By Haddon Libby Is your financial advisor truly a “trusted” advisor looking out for your best interests or a biased salesperson? That was the question posed by the Consumer Federation of America, a consumer advocate group. What was their finding? Most of those in the financial and insurance industries are biased salespeople. People expect salespeople to put their interests first. Think about...
More than a dozen theatre professionals are coming together to mentor about 100 kids in performing and stagecraft. Palm Canyon Theatre kicked off its 21st annual summer camp on Monday, June 12. The camp includes instruction in acting, singing, dancing, makeup, set design, props, costuming, stage combat, improve and more, which all culminate into final performances set for July...
BY JANET McAFEE It was August, 2005, when the juggernaut of Hurricane Katrina taught our country hard lessons about disaster relief for people and their companion animals. Some people chose to remain behind and risk their lives when emergency workers told them they could not bring their four-legged family members. Of the 100,000 people who refused to evacuate, 44% stayed...

THE VINO VOICE

Dads Dig Big Bomber Reds BY RICK RIOZZA Red blends are on fire! And in the current game of wine, we’re seeing a team of players shoving through chutes and ascending up ladders to taste and realize what the big blend buzz is all about. Happy Father’s Day to you and yours! Ray Isle, of Food & Wine Magazine, recently wrote: “When...

NOT MY MUMMY!

By Robin E. Simmons  NOW PLAYING:  THE MUMMY The only thing missing from this disappointing reboot of Universal’s iconic 1932 horror hit starring the “uncanny” Boris Karloff is the fun and the fear. Calling this mess of a movie “So bad it must be seen to be believed” is not the kind of quote Universal is likely to put on the poster in...

Books For Dad

By Heidi Simmons Dear old dad can always use more attention and probably some extra time off. Fathers are often the guys working hard in the background and taking little or no credit for their efforts to make life better, sweeter and funnier. That’s why Hallmark invented Father’s Day. It often challenge to find the perfect gift for dad. So, I...
By Dale Gribow Father’s Day is around the corner. Unfortunately MANY FATHERS DON’T PLAN TO FAIL, THEY FAIL TO PLAN. The best gift you can give to dad is encouraging him to plan ahead for the family and to make an Estate Plan. It is very common to talk to clients who have a trust but have never FUNDED it. In...
Tom Jones’ 50-year career has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength. Well-known for hits including “It’s Not Unusual,” “Kiss,” “Delilah,” “What’s New Pussycat” and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” he’s bringing his powerful voice and legendary stage persona to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, September 29, 2017. Tom Jones was born in South...

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Sheryl Benoit to Accept Award from Supervisor Marion Ashley The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor the late Supervisor John J. Benoit with...

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