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Presented by SHURPER FUZZ - SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH By Noe Gutierrez Comedian Pauly Shore represents a generation of the early 90’s thanks to his success as an on-air MTV VJ along with his show Totally Pauly and cult classic comedies like Encino Man and Son in Law. Shore will be headlining Comedy Night at The Hood Saturday, August 24th at The Hood Bar &...
By Noe Gutierrez The Hood Bar & Pizza’s booking agent, Nigel Dettelbach, had a vision. A vision to make The Hood Bar THE comedy haven in the Coachella Valley. Most thought he was half-baked. Even after providing a platform for local comedians like Kris ‘Cricket’ Bossi, Jacob Cantu, Dacoda Miracle and Isabella Luisi who, together with Dettelbach, created a successful...
By Noe Gutierrez 93.7 KCLB celebrates their 28th birthday this month by Rockin' the Desert. As winner of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music Award for Best Radio Station, KCLB and Program/Music Director and on-air personality Todd ‘T.K.’ Killiam plan to rock even harder. Originating in 1991, KCLB continues to play the established hits along with new rock tunes and the...

UB40

40th Anniversary ‘For The Many’ Tour Performing at SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST By Noe Gutierrez UB40 are reggae artists who built their fame with a magnificent medley of original material and some very successful covers to become one of the world’s best-ever selling artists thanks to hits like ‘Food for Thought,” “Red Red Wine” and “I Can’t Help Falling...
DISCUSSES GROUP’S LEGACY, TOURING WITH BRIAN WILSON By Michael Felci When The Zombies recorded “This Will Be Our Year” for their seminal 1968 album Odessey & Oracle, they couldn’t have foreseen that their most successful year as a band would be 2019. In March, the British pop legends were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (alongside Stevie...
By Crystal Harrell Making a name for yourself as a business owner is no easy feat, as it takes the right amount of determination and ingenuity to build a respectable reputation. Amber Jordan has done just that with her own photography business and the creation of the Boss Babes CV local meet-up. Born in Riverside, Jordan moved to the Coachella Valley...
BY MADELINE ZUCKERMAN Animal Samaritans was founded in 1978, with an urgent goal of helping to find a solution to the epidemic of shelter overcrowding and the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals that resulted from it.  The organization has compassion and respect for all living creatures, with a primary focus on dogs, cats, and the humans who love them.  In...
By Eleni P. Austin                 It’s been nearly 10 years since Rob Laufer released his last album, but the L.A. native hasn’t been idle. A go-to guy in the music industry for decades, lately he has sidelined his own career in order to assist other artists in bringing their musical visions to fruition.                 Rob grew up in Tarzana, which is...
By Lynne Tucker Their orchard was planted in 1910, making our Stayman-Winesap apples over 100 years old.  The Swanson Family acquired the farm in 2002 and officially opened Willowbrook Apple Farm in 2004.  Through years of dedication and hard work, Willowbrook Apple Farm into a beloved family destination and the best-reviewed farm in Oak Glen. Willowbrook Apple Farm is a...
By Janet McAfee Palm Desert dog groomer, Susan Clark with The Pampered Pet, noticed a large number of dogs with foxtails in her salon this summer.  Normally, the few dogs Clark sees with foxtails come from outside the Coachella Valley.  However, this year’s rainy winter brought a proliferation of the wild grasses into this area.  Clark explains, “The foxtails are...
By Rick Riozza Having spent five weeks throughout Europe this summer, it’s pretty hard to pick one area we enjoyed the most.  But the main idea was to follow the famous wine regions to fully experience its total ambiance, and, to adequately write about it. After a quaint stay in the city of Beaune in the Burgundy wine region, we headed...

Wholly Mole!

By Denise Ortuno Dark, rich and velvety, nothing can compare to this Mexican cuisine king of sauces, the royal Mole. There’s a rule of thumb that I usually follow when dinning out. I believe that if I can make it at home (because I do love to cook), I won’t order it out. I would rather indulge in menu items that...

ALTBIER

By Aaron Ramson The way that brewers would store their beer in the medieval period was in ice lined caves, dug beneath the dense, spreading canopies of chestnut trees. It was said that in the warm summer months, the beers would mature in cold storage by sitting in cellars lined with ice from nearby rivers and lakes, which is a...
By Robin E. Simmons The passing of counter-culture icon Peter Fonda last weekend jolted me. The first time I met him was at a preview screening of “Easy Rider” at what was then USC’s fledgling Cinema department in a beat-up old building we called the barracks. The early cut of the movie blew me away.  At the time I had never experienced...

Personal Effects

By Heidi Simmons ----- Alone With You by Marisa Silver – Stories ----- It’s tough being an adult.  There are so many choices and important decisions to make.  Often the baggage of our past weighs us down and gets in the way of clear thinking. The short stories in Alone With You by Marisa Silver (Simon & Schuster, 167 pages) reveal that the things...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna “As California moves into the heart of our (now year-round) wildland fire season, we have a new challenge to confront,” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Several major utility companies have already begun issuing "public safety power shutoffs" to communities threatened by wildland fires or experiencing red flag conditions. The utility companies' actions are a direct...

SCHOOLED ON SCHOOLS

By Haddon Libby At a time when most of us should be thinking of vacations in places infinitely cooler than the Coachella Valley, another school year begins.  As explained to me, these earlier and earlier school year starts have something to do with government budgeting.  Whatever the reason, common sense (which is not part of the common core curriculum) would...
We must forgive an at fault driver for an accident, because it is just that... an accident and not an intentional act. The accident victim deserves to be fairly compensated for their pain and suffering. However, what goes into determining value? Unfortunately being in an accident does not mean you will receive a fair settlement offer from the insurance company....

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2019  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): It's not cost-efficient to recycle plastic. Sorting and processing the used materials to make them available for fresh stuff is at least as expensive as creating new plastic items from scratch. On the other hand, sending used plastic to a recycling center makes it far less likely that it will end...
By Aimee Mosco “We are creators. Some people have artfully mastered this process while others are still in training. We all have great potential in this arena but like anything, it requires planning, dedication, and focus to be skilled at creating.” – Daily Agreements, Guidelines & Intentions, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, page 89. It is helpful to view...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Collective Strategies a Certified Small (S.B.E.), Minority (M.B.E.) and Small Local Business Enterprise (S.L.B.E.), organized The State of Cannabiz 2019 Summit at the Adelanto Sports Stadium on Saturday August 10th.  Collective Strategies provides business and workforce development opportunities for underrepresented business sectors and industries. Over 500 attendees listened to panels presenting cannabis cultivation, cannabis and veterans, cannabis...
2019 Coachella Valley Music Award Winner ‘Best Live Music Event’ Virtually every Coachella Valley, High Desert and Mountain Community artist is performing this weekend at the 2nd Annual Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival August 16th through the 18th. The event is FREE and open to ALL AGES! It’s a who’s who of desert artists. Bands like John Garcia & The Band...

Fate DeStroyed

Performing at the 2nd Annual Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival Sunday August 18th on the Tattoo Stage at 6:30 p.m. By Noe Gutierrez Los Angeles-based metal band Fate DeStroyed will be performing at the 2nd Annual Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival this weekend along with 100 other artists from multiple genres and styles. They are scheduled to appear on the Tattoo Stage located...

CAXTON

2019 CV Music Award Winners Best Song “Uproar” Performing at the Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival Friday, August 16 at Brew Pub By Noe Gutierrez The Caxton album The Devil I Know is praiseworthy from top to bottom. Released in March of 2019, the record includes the song, Uproar, which won the 2019 Coachella Valley Music Award for ‘Best Song’. Their standing-room...
Performing at the 2nd Annual Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival Friday, August 16 at 10 p.m. on the Brew Pub Stage Jonah Matranga is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and author who has flourished as an independent artist. His bands Far, onelinedrawing, New End Original and Gratitude have been the vessels to transport him to his ubiquitous and unequaled solo work. Far’s release...

Black Water Gospel

Perform on Friday, August 16 at 7:20pm on the Brewpub Stage at Idyllwild Strong Benefit By Tracy Dietlin Lance Riebsomer is one of the most soulful and passionate singer-songwriters in the Coachella Valley. Fronting his band Black Water Gospel, he brings his unique brand of blues, alternative, and at times anthemic rock that has gained him legions of loyal fans. Never...
By Eleni Austin                 Dali’s Llama has had a busy couple of years. The band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and released their latest album, Mercury Sea. They’re getting ready for a brief Southwest tour that begins in September.                 Zach and Erica Huskey have always been the nucleus of the band which currently includes Craig Brown on drums and Joe...

Frank EatsTheFloor

PERFORMING FRIDAY AUGUST 16 ON THE MERKABA STAGE AT 5:45PM By Eleni Austin                 “Being able to play Idyllwild is a feat on its own, but the fact that we’re able to use our platform to help out a community is such an incredible feeling.” That’s Matt King, the fearlessly funny, cape-wearing bassist for FrankEatsTheFloor, talking about performing at this Weekend’s...
TALKS ABOUT NEW TOUR AHEAD OF SHOW AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON AUGUST 17th By Michael Felci Lance Burton is considered by his peers to be the greatest stage magician of the past century. Now, after a decade of semi-retirement, he’s returning to the spotlight with his Lance Burton Master Magician & Friends tour, which magically appears at Fantasy Springs...
By Crystal Harrell As the PR / Advertising Liaison for the Palm Springs Air Museum and Executive Director for the Waring International Piano Competition, Ann Greer has brought her love for the arts to the desert community. Greer has led a life of travel, music, and insightful experience that have shaped her into the free spirit she is today. Greer was...
By Eleni P. Austin                 “I’m owning all my insecurities, call ‘em out by name and watch the demons bleed/They’re tryna hold me to the in-between, but oh no, I only cry when I’m alone.” That’s Beth Bombara cautiously spilling her guts on “I Only Cry When I’m Alone,”the opening track of her newest album, Evergreen.                 Beth Bombara was born...
By Eleni Austin                 High Desert favorites The Adobe Collective will be playing a Palm Springs show at The Alibi on Friday, August 16th.                 Husband and wife Tim and Faith Chinnock formed The Adobe Collective in 2011. The couple had recently relocated from San Diego to Joshua Tree, and the desolate environment inspired them to begin making music. Their self-titled...
Award-winning artist Patrick Hasson announced that his abstract series “Desert Dudes” was chosen for a solo art exhibition at the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center in Yucca Valley, CA.  Patrick Hasson is a California-based artist known for his surreal and hyper-colorful ‘Dripping’ style acrylic paintings.  Yvarts Executive Curator, Michael McCall, selected Hasson’s work for a solo show...
Preserving the past, enriching the present and enhancing the future for all generations. By Lynne Tucker The La Quinta Museum showcases La Quinta’s history and cultural arts through displays on two floors. There is a diorama of a Cahuilla Indian village and another depicting native animals. Photos of the early resorts remind us of the attraction of the desert early on....
By Janet McAfee On February 6, 2019, Riverside County Department of Animal Services officers captured a large tan dog running loose along a Coachella road.  He had no collar or ID tag, and a scan for a microchip revealed there was none.  The male dog had a friendly demeanor, greeting the officers with a wagging tail, grateful for a bowl...
By Rick Riozza No one needs the weatherman to tell you the hot dog days of August are upon us.  As your friendly neighborhood wine steward, I typically see a lot of white wine gathered up and whisked outside the store and there’s a close race as to popularity between the new darling of the wine world—rosé,  and, probably the...
By Denise Ortuno For a unique and interactive dining experience, get hands on at You Grill Korean BBQ in La Quinta. Korean BBQ has long been a traditional way to cook food in the Korean tradition, and it seems to have gained smooth acceleration in the U.S. foodie scene. I mean, it totally makes sense, as Americans have always had a...
By Aaron Ramson I posed to social media the question, “What’s the best beer you ever had?” and while responses ranged from joking to sentimental, there was a unifying theme throughout the reply threads. Beer has always meant many things to many people and has earned a place in the pantheon of celebratory drinks. I formed a hypothesis after answering...

PUP FICTION

By Robin E. Simmons NOW PLAYING: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN Based on Garth Stein’s best-selling novel, Simon Curtis’ movie retains the novel’s conceit of nearly non-stop narration by a dog named Enzo, (voiced by Kevin Costner). The wise and witty hound recounts life with his owner, auto-mechanic Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One racecar driver. Enzo’s insight into...
By Heidi Simmons There are lots of good writers, but it is a gift to be a great storyteller.  Toni Morrison was a literary artist of the highest level.  She had the rare talent of being both a brilliant storyteller and poetic writer of prose.  Morrison died last week at the age of 88. In addition to eleven novels, Morrison produced...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna There’s no place better than the Coachella Valley. Lot’s to do and plenty of year round sunshine. But we all know summers can be brutal in the desert. Air conditioners seem to run 24/7 and need a lot of attention to keep us cool and breathe a bit easier. Though I normally write fire and life...

BRANDS AMERICANS LOVE

By Haddon Libby The American Consumer Satisfaction Index is a national economic indicator of consumer opinions of things we buy in the United States.  The ACSI recently released their findings from interviews of 300,000 consumers regarding over 400 companies in 46 industries on a scale from 0 to 100.  ACSI surveys show strong correlations to the stock market performance for...
No-one wants to be arrested for a DUI and have to deal with jail, costs, stress, time wasted in court and classes etc. However to understand a DUI, please understand you do not have to be drunk. The correct charge is a Driving Under The Influence (DUI). You merely have to be Impaired/ Under the Influence or Buzzed from...
Event Keeps Seniors Physically Active and Socially Engaged During Summer Months The Indio Senior Center will host the 11th Annual Senior Pin Pals Valley Wide Wii Bowling Tournament on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Wii Bowling has brought the senior centers of the Coachella Valley together to compete for trophies and bragging rights. Approximately 150 – 200 seniors from...
Desert TheatreWorks receives an astounding 63 nominations for its 2018/2019 season Desert Theatreworks (DTW)has received 63 different nominations for its 2018-2019 season by The Desert Theatre League for its annual Desert Star Awards. The Desert Theatre League adjudicates well over 100 productions annually throughout the Coachella Valley and High Desert. This year DTW received 63 nominations in 38 categories. “We...
Desert Theatreworks presents The Savannah Sipping Society, where it’s never too late to make new old friends, at the Indio Performing Arts Center September 6th through September 22nd. Show Description: In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women all needing to escape their day-to-day routines are drawn together by an impromptu happy hour. They decide it's high time to reclaim...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2019  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): How did sound technicians create the signature roar of the fictional monster Godzilla? They slathered pine-tar resin on a leather glove and stroked it against the strings of a double bass. How about the famous howl of the fictional character Tarzan? Sonic artists blended a hyena's screech played backwards, a dog's...
BY DR PETER KADILE The extreme heat of our desert summer is here. It was 120 degrees last Monday. You need to be careful! Hydration I have mentioned the importance of adequate hydration in previous articles. Poor fluid intake, especially in the summer heat, increases one’s chance of dehydration. A person can be dehydrated without feeling thirsty, so it is important to...
By Michelle Ann Rizzio The Spirit of Cannabis has inspired Joan of Angels--Desert Hot Springs local artist and visionary. In her current series entitled the Spirit of Cannabis, Joan made the decision to accept the lessons from this plant and express it through her abstract and touching paintings. I had the opportunity to sit down with Joan to discuss her...

GRADY JAMES

2019 COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AWARD WINNER ‘BEST MALE VOCALIST’ & ‘BEST COUNTRY ARTIST’ By Noe Gutierrez Deservedly, Joshua Tree native Grady James is our CVMA ‘Best Male Vocalist’ of 2019. The vocalist and guitarist, along with bassist Adam Nounnan and drummer Tim Johnson were also awarded the CVMA for ‘Best Country’ after releasing their first ever single, “Coming Home” earlier this...

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