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Friday, January 19, 2018
January 26-27 at The Palm Springs Skate Park and Hard Rock Hotel By Jason Hall The El Gato Classic is returning to Palm Springs on the weekend of January 26-27, 2018.  Anybody living here who is a fan of skateboarding should already know about this amazing event put together by legendary bowl champion and local pastor, Eddie “El Gato” Elguera.  This...
By Jason Hall CVW: How did you get started skating? Christian Hosoi: “I grew up in LA. Born and raised. My parents were from Hawaii. My pops was a surfer. He immediately gave me a skateboard. My dad became the manager of Marina Del Rey skatepark. It became my backyard. That’s where the dog bowl was. Tony Alva, Jay Adams, George...
By Jason Hall CVW: What is it about skating that drives you to it? Ozzie Ausband: “Well, I started in 1973 in Pennsylvania of all places. It was the one thing in my life I could do. My dad was a baseball star. He’d throw a ball at me and I didn’t know what to do. When I was young, people...
By Avery Wood Los Angeles artist Robert Vargas will be visiting Palm Springs to attend the El Gato Classic skate event on January 26 and 27, created by Eddie “El Gato” Elguera. Like in past years, Vargas will be doing live portraits of the skaters at the events but this year he will also be showcasing his “Legend Series” of...
By Tracy Dietlin This column is all about local musicians that play in more than one band concurrently. Each week we will focus on one of these super-humans that are able to divide their talents amongst several bands. This week’s champion is Armando “Mondo” Flores, who currently performs in the bands Blasting Echo, Courtney Chambers, 5th Town, and the SunDrug...
By Kristen Elaine Accomplished. A Master of One’s destiny. Felipe Oros, at age 28 can be considered a man living the American dream. Felipe had a vision since his early 20’s to open a restaurant and nightclub. He began to plant the seeds to make his dream come true, and on February 24th, 2014 the doors to Mundo's Mexican Grill...
By Jason Hall Black Lips are an indie band from Georgia. They got their start in 1999 and have been going strong since. They gained attention in 2006 with write ups in Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone. 2007 carried on their exposure with a performance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and in a New York Times’ write up on...
By Tracy Dietlin Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment.  Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through The...

HYMNS TO NINKASI

By Aaron Ramson Ever since 3,800 years ago when some ancient Sumerian wrote the “Hymn to Ninkasi” - a sprawling prose that was both an ode to the ancient goddess of beer AND a recipe for some pretty bangin’ Sumerian ale - music and beer have been inseparably linked in the minds and souls of humanity. The Sumerians weren’t the...
By Kristen Elaine “Some believe in destiny, some believe in fate, but I believe that happiness is something that we create.”  -Anonymous, maybe, in fact it’s a little of all three. This certainly rings true for Morgan Alise James and Johnny Carmona from The Sieve & The Saddle. They’re a Blues/Country-Rock duo from the Coachella Valley. Nearly 5yrs ago Johnny...
By Heidi Simmons The 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival wrapped on Monday January 15th.   For three amazing weeks, moviegoers enjoyed traveling to unique places, where they were introduced to fascinating people and entered exotic cultures. This year, the festival had 180 films from 77 countries across the globe with 31 genres shown during 433 screenings in six different venues. ...
By Lola Rossi Join vocalist, Michael D’Angelo and Friends performing every Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. for Desert Dance Night with Dance Instructor Carl Davis in the Main Events Room at Venus De Fido, 73-600 Alessandro Drive in Palm Desert. They have a great venue with delicious food for every palate available for purchase from their Cafe. (760)...
By Noe Gutierrez A couple weekends ago, The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs hosted guitar genius Steve Vai and his Vai Academy Guitar Camp. Featured this year were Vai, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Steve Morse and St. Vincent. In its fourth year, the academy allows students of all ages and levels to pay for packages that include 4 days and nights...
By Eleni P. Austin Chances are if you hear the name Cat Stevens, you have warm musical memories of Folky, slightly spiritual songs performed by a beardy-but-handsome British guy. Conversely, if you hear the name Yusuf Islam, you might conjure up images of a religious radical intent on abolishing your American freedoms. Guess what, same guy. Steven Demetre Georgiou was born...
By Angela Romeo We are all still in the movie phase as the Palm Springs International Film Festival closes.  But film lives on in the Coachella Valley every day of the year. Paul Belsito and Steven Roche founded The Filmmakers' Gallery - Palm Springs. This Facebook Group was created to bring together film and television lovers and the creators who make...
BY JANET McAFEE Rebecca Pikus spotted this tiny Terrier puppy on Facebook on a San Bernardino City Shelter networker’s page.  She contacted Loving All Animals with an offer to foster him if we would rescue him.   When someone offers to be part of the solution to save an animal’s life through fostering, we spring into action.  Rebecca recalls, “I fell...
BY RICK RIOZZA You recognize this line already: “Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends—we’re so glad you could attend . . .” The 2018 game of wine is presently afoot.  Most of us have both feet in and ready for another turn.  So what’s ahead in one of our great minor pastimes of enjoying the fruit...
By Denise Ortuno Hungry diners can fill up with delicious dishes at CJ’s Stir It Up Mongolian Grill & Sushi Bar all you can eat in Indio. If you have a big appetite, and looking for a unique dining experience that just so happens to offer all you can eat, then CJ’s is for you. The popular Indio restaurant has been...

ON A DANGEROUS TRACK

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: THE COMMUTER We meet insurance agent Michael (Liam Neeson) on his regular commute home, which -- after being contacted by a mysterious stranger -- suddenly becomes anything but normal.  New circumstances force Michael is to uncover the identity of an unknown passenger on the train before the last stop.  As he works against a ticking clock...
By Heidi Simmons ----- The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz – Fiction ----- Who can forget The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?  Protagonist Lisbeth Salander, the petit, genius, Goth-hacker chick bent on justice, became one of contemporary literature’s favorite characters created by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. After Larsson’s untimely death in 2004, problems regarding the rights to his characters,...

No Flu For You!

Not you again? I seem to see you everywhere. At the bank, the gym, the receptionist...you were the one disgustingly sneezing, coughing and hacking without covering your mouth. Like a driver texting, you’re placing everyone else at risk. Is it just ignorance or arrogance? Flu activity peaks between December and March resulting in more than 200,000 hospitalizations and thousands of...

THE STATE OF RETAIL

By Haddon Libby According to the National Retail Association, this holiday season saw the strongest retail sales growth since 2011, up 5.5%.  Online sales were up 11% while traditional brick and mortar sales were up 5%.  Sarah Quinlan of MasterCard states that most people continued to avoid conspicuous consumption while opting to spend on their homes.  According to First Data, grocery stores...

DROPPING A DIME

For those of a certain age we remember public phone booths where the caller would put a dime into the receptacle and a call could be made without anyone knowing who made it. When an informant wanted to make an anonymous call to the police they would "Drop a Dime!" Last week I discussed "snowbirds and DUI's". Here are 10...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS How nice it is for movie lovers to have the opportunity to see two current, critically praised films in what must be the most comfortable venue in the CV.  Not only is the theater fully renovated with new restrooms, reclining seats, wide aisles, a café with custom sandwiches, wine, beer, gourmet ice cream, classic home-made popcorn...
By Steve Brown One of the Mojave Desert's greatest cultural treasures is Marta Becket and her Amargosa Opera House in the “town” of Death Valley Junction.  An artist and performer from New York, Becket chanced upon an old mining company auditorium near Death Valley when on tour in 1967, and she transformed the dusty hall with its leaky roof into...
By Flint Wheeler Four teams are left in the NFL playoffs, and only one boasts a top-tier quarterback. The NFC Championship Game will feature a pair of journeyman passers in Nick Foles and Case Keenum. And instead of facing Ben Roethlisberger in a highly anticipated rematch for the AFC title, Tom Brady will be squaring off against Blake Bortles. It wasn’t supposed...
By DeAnn Lubell IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta to take place on December 9, 2018; general registration to open January 18, 2018. The inaugural event is set to take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 with general registration opening January 18, 2018. This new event will be co-hosted by the cities of Indian Wells and La Quinta. "We are excited to...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017, 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Many American women did not have the right to vote until August 18, 1920. On that day, the Tennessee General Assembly became the 36th state legislature to approve the Nineteenth Amendment, thus sealing the legal requirements to change the U.S. Constitution and ensure women's suffrage. The ballot in Tennessee was...

TRUST

By Bronwyn Ison Placing your trust in another person is exceptionally valuable.  I’m certain you’ve had your own lessons in life.  When we trust another person we wholeheartedly give of ourselves.  We may trust a person, people, an organization or group.  In the event you’ve had a poor experience, it’s likely you’ve been hurt.  You may be forgiving and trust...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Recreational cannabis is legal. The regulations being implemented are slow to materialize and in some cases too onerous for dispensaries, cultivators and distributors. Many are closing or going underground due to the prohibitive cost. Seniors on fixed incomes will utilize these noncompliant places because prices have doubled since January 1st. Can we make any sense out of...
by Sunny Simon      My new client Kate, was overly concerned about the results of an job interview she had several days prior. When I asked why she wanted an offer from that particular company, Kate surprised me by saying she had some doubts about succeeding in the position thinking it might not be the challenge she wanted. I raised...
January 13-14, 2018 marks the 11th anniversary of the DESERT WOMAN’S SHOW at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage!  The lucky first 500 ladies who register online can get their general admission ticket for FREE courtesy of long time sponsor Desert Regional Medical Center. Attended by thousands of guests the Expo offers fashion shows from Pete Carlson’s Golf...
By Heidi Simmons Palm Springs has always had a close connection with Hollywood – it still does.  The history of our desert is filled with fascinating tales and rumors of how the rich and famous relaxed poolside with friends and lovers. The 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will host GAY!LA with the screening of Scotty and the Secret History...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS If you’re thinking it’s too late to find movies to enjoy at the Palm Springs International film festival, it’s not.  Here’s a six-pack sampler of worthy films that are scheduled to screen on or after January 11!  Confirm availability at the box office at the designated venue and don’t be shy about stand-by.  Who knows whom...
By Heidi Simmons With all the fun, and fascinating people, and exciting festival hubbub, there can be a gnawing anxiety that you might be missing a film that is life-changing, mind-bending or utterly magnificent.   There are 180 films from around the world in this 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, and even with over 430 plus screenings at six...
BY STEVE BROWN In April, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review all national monuments created by previous presidents through use of the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996, that are at least 100,000 acres in size. The review was immediately met with opposition from the outdoor recreation industry, Native American tribes, and conservation...
Popular Music Event Expanded into Two-Day Multi-Genre Festival in 2018 GRAMMY award-winner Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste & the Dap Kings will headline the Indian Wells Music Festival, a newly-expanded two-day music concert event to be held April 6-7, 2018 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The popular music event that has taken place in the Coachella Valley for the...
By Tracy Dietlin I recently dined, for the first time, at JEM Steakhouse inside of Spotlight 29 Casino. My husband and son- in-law had eaten dinner there a month earlier prior to attending a concert there and raved about how amazing the food was. The restaurant was larger and more upscale than I expected. Our hostess sat my husband and...
By Heidi Simmons Palm Springs in winter is one of the best places to be in the country.  People are lining up not only to enjoy the sunshine and Film Festival, but also to purchase marijuana. On January first, it became legal in the State of California for licensed dispensaries to sell Adult Use “recreational” marijuana to those 21 years and...
On an absolutely perfect opening day afternoon – presented by Ketel One – in front of a huge crowd, Grant Palmer’s Antelope Junior (Grant Palmer, Patrick Uretz 4, Jimmy Wright 3, Carolyn Anier 1) and Reg Whyte and David Carlson’s Thermal (Reg Whyte, David Carlson, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Felipe Sordelli 2) polo teams were victorious in their 8 and...
Desert Town Hall, presented by The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, is accepting submissions for a poetry contest in honor of former Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy. Kennedy is the featured speaker on Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m., at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Kennedy has edited 19 New York Times best-selling books, with many...
The entire Palm Springs community is invited to join City leaders, members of the Public Arts Commission and the City’s Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Commemoration Committee as they join together to pay tribute to the accomplishments of the slain civil rights leader at a special commemoration celebration on Sunday, Jan. 14. The 2 p.m. celebration will be held at...

Neave Trio

To Perform In Palm Springs, CA on January 29, 2018 Live On Stage, Inc. and PS Concerts announce International piano trio as part of their 2017 - 2018 Concert Season Hailed by critics for their “heart-on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey), the Neave Trio will be coming to Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School on Monday, January...
TEAM UP FOR ONE NIGHT AT FANTASY SPRINGS IN MARCH Classic rock giants Eddie Money and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas are teaming up to celebrate decades of hits on Friday, March 2, 2018 at The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. After over 40 years of hits, Eddie Money continues to thrill new and old fans alike across the...
By Patte Purcell It has been my pleasure to produce unique smooth jazz events for the last 7 years in the desert. We’ve had the privilege of building a great list of guests who are 45 plus, sophisticated and fun. Last January we took a turn in a new direction with “Jazz at the Mansion” a 420 friendly party. It...
A City of Palm Desert First Weekend Featured Event Palm Desert kicks up its heels and swings into full gear again this February when the City presents the exciting third annual Swing N’ Hops Street Party – an outdoor party celebrating swing dance, craft beer, art, classic cars, and live music in the heart of Palm Desert’s upscale shopping and...
By Tracy Dietlin Sunday night’s CV Weekly Music Showcase at The Hood Bar & Pizza gave us worthy and enjoyable performances from all four bands. They each performed a 20 minute set of all original songs in front of a panel of judges that included: Todd ‘TK’ Killiam, Program Director at 93.7 KCLB; Lisa Lynn Morgan, Award winning singer-songwriter &...
By Eleni P. Austin Country Music has always been a musical genre that championed conservative standards. “God, Guns, Family And Country” seemed like an unspoken mantra, (or “motto,” since mantra sounds suspiciously foreign). Even though Country songs have traditionally focused on lyin’ cheatin’ drinkin’ and fightin,’ family values have always been an underlying theme. Back in the ‘60s, even as he...
By Angela Romeo The Southern California beach life is a far cry from the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers. Robin Przybysz has more than adapted to the change. She embodies the healthy life style and sun kissed look that epitomizes life on the coast. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Robin grew up in a family that valued the arts. It...
BY JANET McAFEE You see the little creatures scurry through restaurant parking lots, foraging for food in trash cans and handouts from patrons.  Many Coachella Valley communities report colonies of stray cats, including litters of newborn kittens, living outdoors in the elements and roaming their neighborhoods.  These cats without human homes create their own home in the wild, banding together...

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Michael Bolton: Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist to Perform...

By Tracy Dietlin Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide,...