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Friday, August 17, 2018
Musicians Rally to Help the Victims of the Cranston Fire in Idyllwild Friday through Sunday, August 17-19, 2018 By Tracy Dietlin Beginning on July 25, approximately 13,139 acres burned over the course of 17 days in Idyllwild’s Cranston fire. The estimated containment date was Friday, August 10 with over 1,000 fire personnel from across the state, required to get the blaze...
By Dee Jae Cox It’s not just the sun that heats up the desert in the summertime!  It’s great theatre, performances and music!  And nothing is hotter than Les Michaels’ Summer Cabaret Series, recently nominated for fifteen Desert Star Awards.  This non-stop parade of Sunday afternoon Cabarets begins in June and goes through September, then picks up again in November...
By Tracy Dietlin Throw the Goat is a power punk trio that has released four CDs and most recently The Joke’s On Us earlier this year. In June they won the CV Music Award for Best Punk Band. They are: Brian ‘Puke’ Parnell on guitar and vocals, Troy Whitford on drums and Michael Schnalzer on bass and lead vocals. They...
By Heidi Simmons In the east valley, where the last of the nine contiguous incorporated CV cities bend south away from the Interstate, toward the unincorporated communities and the Salton Sea, two longtime neighbors, Indio and Coachella, are linked together like a puzzle piece -- segments interlock and reach into one another‘s sphere of influence and space.  In July, the Indio...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Chances are, when you think of Thomas Dolby (and you probably think of him frequently), you visualize a mad scientist. That’s not too far off the mark. Always slightly ahead of his time, when he seemingly burst on the scene, he was a bit of a musical alchemist.                 Often lumped together with early ‘80s one-hit-wonders...
By Denise Ortuno If you’re looking for a twist on traditional dishes and some new innovative ones, than UniQue Bite Eatery in North Indio is a must. Since opening in December 2017, UniQue Bite Eatery in North Indio has experienced rave reviews, and has accumulated a loyal following of those craving their twisted, tasty comfort food. Elaine and George Nashed started...
By Aaron Ramson When you think about the decade between 1990 and the year 2000, that seems like a long time. Go back a decade, and the gap between 1980 and 1990 seems enormous! But when I think about the decade from 2008 to 2018, it doesn’t seem that long at all. Like, if you say a movie came out...
By Flint Wheeler The College Football Playoff is a four-team playoff in a sport with 129-ish teams. Making the Playoff is thus an achievement most teams would celebrate for years, and something Dabo Swinney might get fired for failing to do. Some teams are near locks to make it (Alabama has made every iteration of the Playoff) and some teams...

HOT TOPICS – COOL ART

Hot topics…besides the weather? Art. Of course! By Angela Romeo The brilliance of Stephen Baumbach continues to shine. His latest exhibition Faces runs through August 31. The faces may be familiar to some but the images don’t require familiarity. The works requires only the viewer to see the lines of time. Hands. Faces. What is next?  “I created this series as a...
By Janet McAfee Brought in as a stray dog, Milo languished at the Ramona Humane Society shelter where no owner came to claim him, and no adopter selected him. Perhaps it was because he was a bit shy. Perhaps it was because 6-yr-old Milo was older than many of the other dogs. His shelter kennel card read “He is a...

NAPA KAPPA RAPPA

BY RICK RIOZZA A few columns ago, we wrote on the impending heat wave wandering through our western vineyards on a regular basis.  In other words, things are indeed heating up in the wine game.  And unfortunately, California’s hallowed ground, Napa Valley, is warming at such a continual pace that around the year 2050, major changes will have taken place...

JURASSIC ‘JAWS’!

By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: THE MEG It’s especially important that summer popcorn movies deliver on the promise and premise of the poster. No question that John Turteltaub’s shamelessly derivative deep-sea monster movie does just that, giving  audiences good old school, bloodless, B-movie creature feature big screen (3D!) jolts. Based on Steven Alten’s 1997 bestseller, this 20-years in the making US-China co-production...

In Deep Water

By Heidi Simmons ----- The King Tides by James Swain – Fiction ----- Professionals say that social media is doing more harm than good especially when it comes to kids.  It is not only what kids say to each other, it’s the risqué images they post that can draw the older, and perverted who may exploit it.  In James Swain’s thriller, The King Tides...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA Wouldn’t it be nice if you could immune yourself from traffic? Rude or obnoxious people? The complainers in your organization? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could “vaccinate” ourselves against specific things or people? Unfortunately, these toxic people and situations are the association dues we must pay for being alive. Although vaccinating ourselves against the less-pleasant...
By Haddon Libby Elon Musk recently tweeted that he was taking Tesla private at $420 per share and that the funding was secured.  This series of tweets caused the stock to go up by $36 per share, increased his personal net worth (albeit briefly) by nearly $1 billion, widened an SEC investigation into Tesla for making misleading statements to the...
Arturo from Indio asks: Why take down Social Media? Checking Social Media is the latest trick used by the defense in Accidents and by the DA in DUI cases. The other side will Google you and check your Facebook to gather information on you. They may contact your Facebook friends to get negative information about you. For instance IF you post you...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "The prettier the garden, the dirtier the hands of the gardener," writes aphorist B. E. Barnes. That'll be especially applicable to you in the coming weeks. You'll have extra potential to create and foster beauty, and any beauty you produce will generate practical benefits for you and those you care about....
By Sunny Simon    I just spoke with a client who hates the job she has been at for the past three months. Martina is working so many hours just trying to stay afloat, she doesn’t know how she will squeeze in time for a job search. After listening to her story, I empathized with her, however, I know what...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Creating a Zen atmosphere in the home lends itself to tranquility. In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation. Zen is a slang word for feeling peace and relaxation. What makes a Zen experience? An amalgam of sounds and smells that bring together an awareness of the senses and...
By Kate Radvansky Splash House is back this weekend and ready to cap off your summer with an absolute dream lineup. The sold out two-day music festival will once again take over the resort venues of The Riviera, The Saguaro, and The Renaissance, where party goers can splash around with their favorite tropical house DJs and shuttle from pool to...
  By Tracy Dietlin By now, most everyone in the local music scene should know who Program Director for 93.7 KCLB radio station, Todd “TK” Killiam is. He is the man who has worked tirelessly to bring local musicians on the radio for interviews as well as actually playing their tracks on his station. This is no small feat and we...

DOZZI DOZ

By Noe Gutierrez It’s a well known fact that Rap and Hip-Hop in the Coachella Valley is not the constant it should be. Artists like AL RO$$I, THR3 STRYKES, TIPTOE STALLONE, WILLDABEAST, PROVOKED and J. PATRON are some of the native anchors of the genre. DOZZI DOZ has also secured his place among the Desert Rap & Hip-Hop elite. He...
Bhakti Fest Announces an Unprecedented 10th Anniversary Festival LineupFestival Debuts by Deepak Chopra, and Radnor & Lee; New features include Mantra Dome and Kirtan Camp By Susan von Seggern Upon exiting the stage at 1969’s Woodstock Festival where Sri Swami Satchidananda gave the event’s invocation to over 400,000 attendees, the renowned spiritual leader gave Sridhar Silberfein his mission to create a...
By Eleni P. Austin                 There are very few sure things in the record business, but one thing you can always count on is great music from Lori McKenna. The Massachusetts native is less known as a performer, and more recognizable to Country fans as the songwriter behind huge hits from Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Allison Krauss, Reba, Little Big...
BY RICK RIOZZA Acqua California Bistro seems to be enjoying the limelight this summer season.  Not only did this column recently write on the fun and delight of Acqua’s Happy Hour wine bar, pretty much every publication in town—including our own CV Weekly, The Desert Sun, and Palm Springs Life has voted or named this popular Rancho Mirage restaurant as...
By Dee Jae Cox The name Antoinette Perry, may not be a common household name, but few have not heard of the Antoinette Perry Award, otherwise known as the ‘Tony,’ the ultimate award for excellence in New York Theatre. These awards began in 1946 and have continued for over 70 years to honor actors, directors and playwrights who excel in...

MR BEER

By Aaron Ramson A few miles apart from each other just east of San Bernardino are a trio of breweries; Hangar 24, Escape, and Brewcaipa, where I’m the head brewer. Prior to becoming Brewcaipa’s head brewer, I was the assistant brewer at Babe’s Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. Prior to that, I was a home brewer who’d racked up seven medals...
By Flint Wheeler The 2018 PGA Championship  It’s the last chance to grab some major silverware in 2018, so it’s little surprise that some 110 of the world’s top 112 players will tee up at Bellerive – Europeans Joost Luiten and Bernd Wiesberger the only absentees with respective wrist injuries. There are concerns about the back spasms which kept Justin Rose out...

Fever Dream

By Angela Romeo Opening September 1 at Joshua Tree’s Art Queen East Gallery will be Fever Dream. Running through October 28 the exhibition will feature the work of three avant-garde artists, Christiane Cegavske, Zara Kand and Carol Cameron; three artists who are more than willing to challenge ones' senses. Multidiscipline Artist Christiane Cegavske takes one through a journey of the fairy...
BY JANET McAFEE The small black terrier ran through the house, going up and down the stairs, playing joyfully with the household cats, taking turns chasing each other.  When Landry meets another pup, his tail wags and soon the play begins.  Watching this happy animal interaction, one would never suspect that Landry has a vision impairment.  Loving All Animals rescued 10-month-old...
By Denise Ortuno If you can’t take the heat, get out of the desert. And when the summer temps start creeping up to 120 degrees, well, it’s only natural to want flee. For our desert heat escape, we chose San Diego, for cooler weather and some great eats. It happens every summer in the Coachella Valley. The heat rises up to...
By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT Even with an impossibly convoluted plot, the fabulous stunts, pacing and choreography make this summer movie a dream come true for action junkies. Coming out of a preview screening, I asked a millennial couple what they thought of the movie. One of them said, “I always like to see what crazy life-threatening stunt...

Soul Survivor

By Heidi Simmons ----- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen – Fiction ----- Our species is a social creature.  Human beings need human beings.  In Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing (Putnam, 370 pages) a child learns about people from the wildlife that surrounds her. The story takes place in the marshland on the North Carolina coast.  Kya is six-years-old when her mother abandons...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA “With this long heat wave we are experiencing drowning incidents are dramatically on the rise. Parents whose children have drowned say the day of the tragedy started out just like any other day. No matter how the drowning happened or where it happened -- pool, spa, or any other body of water -- one thing...
BY BRUCE CATHCART As we begin the “Dog Days of August” many Coachella Valley residents are still reeling from the 120+ degree days that we have already experienced in both June and July of this year.  This is my 38th summer here in the Coachella Valley as a full time resident having moved here in late June of 1981 where...
By Haddon Libby Last week, Apple became the first company to have a market value of $1 trillion.  To put that number into some kind of perspective, if you earned $1 million annually, it would take you one million years to accrue $1 trillion dollars.  At a value of $1 trillion, Apple has the 27th greatest value as compared against...
Chances are that you or a loved one will be in an auto accident....sometime. Now what do you do and what does the insurance company do when that happens? KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT is the first suggestion. Understand that the other driver's insurance company initially assigns a nice sweet adjuster to contact you and pump you for information. The adjuster...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Palestinian American writer Susan Abulhawa writes that in the Arab world, to say a mere "thank you" is regarded as spiritless and ungenerous. The point of communicating gratitude is to light up with lively and expressive emotions that respond in kind to the kindness bestowed. For instance, a recipient may exclaim,...
By Sunny Simon       A friend of mine sent me a self-help book she claimed spoke to her on multiple levels. I read chapter after chapter in which the author, writer, speaker, wife and mother of two worked on remaking her overly hectic life after experiencing mega burn-out. Although I had empathy for the author, as I took in her...
By Elizabeth Scarcella In our last video article, (you can find it right here… https://youtu.be/Z_iqyL-6TWY), Aimee illustrates a story about her long term undiagnosed illness…and how this was a wakeup call, beckoning her, to step into what would be discovered as extraordinary healing abilities. She finally began to listen to the inner calling to dig deeper into self-discovery as a means...
By Jason Hall Photos By Iris Hall MEGA SUN Chris Rivera: “It was an honor to share the stage with such talented artist. What a great first experience playing the Big Rock pub. I really think all the bands won i definitely didn’t see any losers up there. I would have to say it was a total success ran very smooth and...
By Denise Ortuno With attention to detail and unique attributes, Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City offers a special movie experience you won’t soon forget. Admittedly, it had been well over a decade since I’ve been to the movies at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City. I think the movie that I saw there was Two Weeks’ Notice with Sandra...

Cindy Bradley

By Patte Purcell Cindy Bradley is the leading female jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player and composer in the jazz industry. She already has seven #1 hits under her belt. This talented and dedicated artist is also a school music teacher and flies out on the weekends to festivals and performances around the country. She has an impressive number of awards under her...
By Rachel Montoya Joe’s Boyz was a concept developed by drummer Joe Beltran. He invited several musicians who weren’t too familiar with each other to his home for a ‘jam session’. They are now in their second full month as a band and have openly discussed writing and recording original material after mastering songs like “Burn” and “Highway Star” by...
Choose from the delicious and creative dishes on the dinner menu or try out Acqua’s award-winning 2-, 3-, or 4-course dinners; There’s never a cover charge  The line-up for “Musical Nights” at Acqua continues to grow as Valley favorites John Stanley King and Danny Flahive take the stage this Friday in the beautiful River Room at Acqua California Bistro at...
By Denise Ortuno With three different themed outlets, there’s something for everyone at the Food Court at Cook. You might have driven by the Food Court at Cook and wondered what it was all about. Well, at least that’s what I thought. I was intrigued by the 2nd Best Pizza banner on the building, and thought why not be the Best...
SUPERSTAR VOCAL GROUP RASCAL FLATTS WILL BRING THEIR SIGNATURE SOUND TO FANTASY SPRINGS IN NOVEMBER If any act embodies the place to which country music has evolved in the new century, it is Rascal Flatts. Since their inception in 1999, the trio has helped change the face of popular music and now they’re bringing their signature sound to The Special...
By Aaron Ramson Coachella Valley residents are enduring the warmest (aka the unbearably, hellishly, hottest) time of the year right now, and we all deserve a beer to cool ourselves down. Lucky for us, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, CA, is hosting their 7th annual Craft Beer Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, and there will...
By Flint Wheeler Steering bettors away from the NFL’s unpredictable exhibition schedule is like trying to convince high school kids to wait until marriage, if you know what we mean. You aren’t going to convince them otherwise so you might as well preach about safe sex - or in this case safe betting habits. Truth be told, there's plenty of value...
By Eleni P. Austin                 “There’s not a moment in the day that goes by when I remember why I was this detour, magic marker-ed on somebody else’s map/Why I squandered my resistance on a dead hand, if I’m here does that make me a better man.” That’s Peter Holsapple on “Better Man,” a song off his new majestic album...

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