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By Heidi Simmons The Coachella Valley is expanding its horizons. Already a premiere destination and global hot spot, the CV can now include the cannabis industry as a draw. For residents and visitors, cannabis commerce, along with music and art, creates an ideal trifecta bringing leisure and entertainment to an all-new high. Ahead of the curve, the CV is poised to be...
By Heidi Simmons The marijuana industry is taking root here in the Coachella Valley. Cannabis businesses are popping up in four valley cities creating jobs, tax revenue and adding to the vibrant, hip Coachella brand. The growing, selling, and manufacturing of cannabis and cannabis related products is highly profitable and with adult consumption legalized in the State of California, it is...
By Heidi Simmons As one of the first areas in the country to embrace a cannabis industry that allows the selling, growing and manufacturing of marijuana and its products, valley cities prepare for a future where marijuana is legal, not only for medicinal purposes, but also for adult consumption. With local dispensaries and a growing number of cultivators, the valley anticipates...
By Rich Henrich According to The Origins of Cannabis Prohibition in California by Dale H. Gieringer, California led the states as a national leader in the war on narcotics, outlawing marijuana in 1913. This law was passed as an obscure amendment, to the state’s Poison Law by the California Board of Pharmacy, an aggressive leader in the anti-narcotics campaign. In...
By Morgan James With the energy and drive of a shining star in the making, plus the incredibly engaging talent to support it, Krystofer Do entertains with enthusiastic charisma. Watching him careen about the stage, crooning a captivating melody, one would assume that Do has been performing for years, a consummate professional. Encouraged by his father as a youth to...
By Avery Wood Behind the scenes of some of the Coachella Valley’s most interesting and important events is a local company that provides audiovisual support, AVSU, owned by Pete Greeson and managed by Brian Champagne. The company provides many services including teleprompting, set design, technical staffing and equipment rentals. According to Greeson, AVSU provides services to all kinds of events in...
By Jason Hall It was 1996. The generator parties were dying down and Kyuss had just broken up. This wasn't going to stop John Garcia. Just a few short months later, he and guitarist Chris Hale, bassist Damon Garrison, and drummer Brady Houghton formed the mighty Slo Burn. Slo Burn took off quickly. They released an EP called Amusing The...
By Tricia Witkower The Doobie Brothers are coming upon fifty years of making music and touring. Throughout that time, their popularity hasn’t waned with the American public. What is it that makes them so successful after five decades? The Doobie Brothers have a sound that’s contagious, if hard to define. This classic rock band has soul, country, gospel, folk, and...
By Patte Purcell An end of summer soiree entitled 'The Art of Cool' will be held on Monday Aug. 28 from 4:20 to 7:30 at the Colin Fisher Studios, a stunning art gallery in the Cathedral City Art District. This event is the 3rd in a series of 420 friendly/industry events in the desert. Guests will be treated to multiple rooms...
By Eleni P. Austin If it were possible for Harry Nilsson, Todd Rundgren and Electric Light Orchestra maestro Jeff Lynne to have a musical love child, his name would be Fernando Perdomo. Although the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer’s music sounds as though it sprang to life in the verdant California canyons of Laurel and Topanga, Fernando was born and raised in Miami Beach,...
By Angela Romeo Christine Lamb, who is she and should you care? Christine is an artist who brings a delicate beauty to life. Her work spans the whimsical to the ethereal. But most interesting is that her work seems to embrace the traditions of art of Japanese Woodblock and the Art Nouveau Movement. Currently making her home in the High Desert,...
By Janet McAfee Our eyes locked when I spotted this lovely large black dog in the shelter kennel. Her gaze had a magical, knowing quality. Her chances of making it out alive from the San Bernardino County shelter at Devore were not good considering her color and size. We rescued her from the shelter, and headed to a vet clinic...

Weed at the Wine Bar

By Rick Riozza Although one can say that marijuana infused wine is one of the latest trends in the vino world, we know that the Chinese, two thousand years ago, used wine fortified with cannabis resin to reduce pain during surgery. And just a decade ago, a personal wine cellar in Israel was uncovered, dating back to 1700 B.C., and...
By Denise Ortuno-Neil Fabulously tasty sandwiches and salads are at the core of The Lunch Box in Palm Desert. All offered at reasonable prices. In a secluded little spot in the industrial area off Joni Drive in Palm Desert, sits an awesome little sandwich shop. The interior is cheery, featuring an adhered white picket fence against a colorful painted mountain scape...

MARIJUANA MOVIES

By Robin E. Simmons There are two kinds of weed movies. Those that are better experienced when high and those that are about the comic misadventures of being high. Of the latter, there are numerous titles, most made since the 1970s. The majority are dumb teen movies that don’t really hold up very well except for the nostalgia factor –...

Weed Reads

Book Review by Heidi Simmons The good people of the State of California voted to end the prohibition of marijuana and legalize cannabis for adult consumption. How will that change our cities, state, country, and world? It’s hard to say. Whether or not you consume marijuana, or think of it as good or bad, it’s time to have an understanding of...

Solar Eclipse Safety

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Millions of Americans will watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse and have already purchased (or will) eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers to do so. Some of these people may be at risk from counterfeit glasses and viewers sold by disreputable vendors trying to cash in on this rare event. Watching the eclipse with fake...
By Haddon Libby Our national debate over the legalization of marijuana bears a striking resemblance to something that happened nearly a century ago. Back on January 17th, 1920, the United States banned the sale of “intoxicating liquors.” Initially proposed as a way to conserve grain during World War I, this affront toward personal liberties was due to the efforts of a...
WHAT? YOU THOUGHT IT WAS LEGALIZED AND YOU COULD GET A LICENSE OR PERMIT TO SMOKE! It is not that you cannot smoke, but it is correctly called a Physician Statement and Recommendation. It is not a license or permit, as I too thought. It is the same as saying there is no such thing as a DRUNK DRIVING. Yes it...
By Heidi Simmons Recreational marijuana or technically, adult consumption, is legal. At some point next year, cannabis will be available to purchase over the counter, potentially, as easy as buying a six-pack of beer. If you’ve been waiting for the end of marijuana prohibition since 1970, and are looking forward to once again sharing a bong with your pals at poker...
By Ruth Hill R.N. You hopefully have read my articles on medical cannabis in the past several months. Now I would like to tell you about myself and explain why I am convinced that medical marijuana or medical cannabis (MC), as we in the cannabis industry call it, will be the next medical revolution in treating diseases. I graduated over fifty...
By Dr. Peter Kadile Prop 64 was passed in California last November, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Medicinal marijuana use has been legal in California since 1996. While I have heard with great skepticism from some people that marijuana can essentially cure just about every ailment, there are medical benefits from the use of marijuana. In a recent presentation to...
By Ruth Hill R.N. The Americans for Safe Assess (ASA.org) held its fifth conference in April 2017 and shared how the world is on fire with discussing, cultivating, producing, regulating, researching and using medical cannabis (MC). The U.S. Government continues its 80 years of lying to the public, manipulation by the media and the pharmaceutic companies, and research with contaminated...
By Flint Wheeler You can tell voters place the most emphasis on WAR with the average rank in the league for the eventual winner at 1.6 in the category. Second thing you notice - good god was Harper amazing in the 2015 campaign. That’s a lot of 1s on the board. OPS is the next stat category getting the most love...
By Dr Maria Lomabardo When you go into your Cosmetic Surgeon’s office there are usually several certificates framed and hanging on the walls. Most of these are diplomas from medical school and residency training programs or Board Certification in a specific specialty but some of them are for membership and participation in professional organizations. When I look around my office, I...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of August 17 © Copyright 2017 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all creative spirits," said philosopher Gaston Bachelard. This mischievous advice is perfect for your use right now, Aries. I believe you'll thrive through the practice of ingenious rebellion -- never in service to your pride, but always...
By Bronwyn Ison Do you care to maintain great health but often struggle with clever ideas on how to add extra healthy boosts to your diet? The human body requires so much maintenance and fueling your diet with proper foods can make or break how you feel daily. As a wellness advocate, yogini, and mother of two, I often need...
By Laura Anne Rowell Q: When is the right time to tell someone you're are dating about a STD? A: There is no real “right time” other than before you have sex. In California it is against the law to engage in sexual behavior without disclosure of a known STD. Now for the good news, 1 out of every 4 people has...
by Sunny Simon Whenever Amanda walks in my office the first thing she does is pull out her constant companion, her journal, and bring me up to date on what transpired since our last session. I admired my client’s dedication to journaling. The process of chronicling her thoughts and insights on daily happenings works well for her. People journal for a...
By Avery Wood One of the many events occurring at this month’s Comic Con Palm Springs is the Zombie/Saber Walk, put on by AZ Corpse Crew, led by Michael Aguirre. Aguirre’s team organizes Zombie Walks for many events like Comic Con Palm Springs where attendees are able to dress up and act like zombies. “It’s a gathering of people that enjoy...
By Tricia Witkower Greetings, Earthlings! If you’re looking for the best movie night this planet has to offer, look no further than Cinema Bizarro, Hard Rock Hotel’s curated dive-in movie series in Palm Springs. Beginning on Thursday, August 17, the Hard Rock will feature a classic movie, hosted by an actual alien. Yes, an alien. Said host, Rhett Rivideohz, is...
Featuring: Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Decon, The Hellions, Dali’s Llama By Jason Hall This Saturday, August 12, Pappy & Harriet's will be hosting an incredible birthday party. Local punk legend Brian Maloney and his good friend Eric Edgar will be celebrating their 50th birthday. You may be asking yourself, "why would I care about Brian and Eric's birthday?" The answer is...
By Jason Hall Coachella Valley Weekly: Can you tell me about the formation of Decon? Brian Maloney: “I forgot what year it was… ’94 I think. Brant and I started jamming together and wrote about 7 songs really fast and about ten days later, we enlisted Billy (Cordell). Three days after that we had about ten songs. About a week after...
  Sunday August 20, 2017, 1-4pm at RAINBOW STEW, 55509 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley Laugh and have fun with us! TAMI WOOD will teach life skills through fun improv games, fun tools and exercises. Show Up! Be in the moment! And be authentic! Comedian BOB RUFER will teach how write a joke, how to find a joke and the five secrets to Stand-Up Comedy. Tickets...
September 1st, 6 pm – 10 pm at Big Rock Pub By Lisa Morgan We were deeply saddened to announce the passing of Goldy McJohn, Founding Father of Steppenwolf. His legacy is as golden as his name, and his influence will live on, deeply embedded in rock and roll as we know it today, as well as in our hearts. This...
By Esther Sanchez Having just dropped their new EP, Setting Sail, this past April, these Coachella Valley Music Award nominees are starting to book shows out of town and aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon. On the contrary, this duo is among the most ambitious local artists I have the pleasure of knowing. Relatively new to the scene, anyone...
BY PATTE PURCELL I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate two brothers who have expanded the musical footprint of the desert, Ronnie King and his brother John Stanley King. Both of them have their roots in jazz. I think 'the cool gene' runs in the family and I'm proud to be friends with both of these great guys. These two...
By Noe Gutierrez 2017 Coachella Valley Music Award for ‘Best Instrumental Artist’ “We weren’t able to attend the awards and we were stoked when we found out we won. We take pride in our instrumentation. We are thankful to Tracy & Phil for what they have done for this music community. We look forward to receiving the award properly. We are...
BY ELENI P. AUSTIN The recent Presidential election was a shocking surprise to millions of Americans, (well, at least three million). Suddenly, nothing could be taken for granted. People who rarely talked politics became activists. The country was galvanized, protesting, marching and making their voices heard. The creative community also responded in kind, poets, actors, writers and artists quickly spoke up....
By Angela Romeo I cannot deny that I have an affinity for any art project that is so far out of the box it is a square again. Scott Lloyd Doten has hit that mark for me. “My name is Scott Lloyd Doten. I have worked as an artist and designer for 28 years. For 27 of those years I have...
BY JANET McAFEE As the scorching Coachella Valley summer continues, we need to take extra precautions to protect our 4-legged family members. The summer heat and humidity can take a toll on our dogs, just as it does with people. They may experience overheating, heat stroke, dehydration, and sunburn. Dogs cannot sweat the way we humans do because their only...
BY RICK RIOZZA Welcome back folks to Coachella’s writing wine bar. Our last couple of columns centered on the refreshment of gin and its stable of stellar cocktails. Now back in the saddle again of winsome wine, let’s review some recommendations of invigorating and revitalizing quaffs during the dog days of August. We always traditionally think of a Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps...
Acqua joins a stellar line-up of restaurants at Rancho Mirage’s premiere entertainment and dining destination BY DENISE ORTUNO NEIL The River has warmly welcomed the opening of its newest restaurant, Acqua California Bistro, the latest creation from veteran restaurateurs and Rancho Mirage residents Jerry and Barbara Keller. The new Acqua has expanded along The River’s promenade on Highway 111, and offers panoramic...

LICENSE TO THRILL!

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: ATOMIC BLONDE Is anyone more deserving than Charlize Theron to be crowned Hollywood's next action hero? Consider “Atomic Blonde” if more proof is needed. Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is a female James Bond. Sexy and tough, she’s one of the best spies in MI6 because she has no problem using her feminine wiles (is that still a...

Family Matters

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ----- Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner – Fiction ----- Family should always have your back. But, not so they can better stab you! In Lisa Gardner’s, Right Behind You (Putnam, 391 pages) one family tries to stop the bloodshed. The story opens with a boy remembering his young life and dysfunctional family. He recalls his parents’ fights, their drugs...
When I was younger I hated all the back-to-school commercials. They were a dreaded reminder that summer was over and pretty soon, I’d be back inside a hot, stuffy classroom, mourning my lost freedom. As an adult, the back-to-school season brings another warning: Our morning and afternoon commutes will now involve throngs of students walking, bicycling, driving or riding buses...
BY BRUCE CATHCART It has been a long, hot summer in the Coachella Valley so far this year with daytime temperatures exceeding 120 degrees in both June and July. After 36 years of living and working here in the desert during the summer I still get “cabin fever” and feel the need to escape to where I can breathe cool...

Back to School!

By Haddon Libby Historically, August has been a time for family vacations for many of us. Why then are so many elementary and high schools in the Coachella Valley starting school as early as this week? To understand this, we need to look at the history of education in the United States. Summer holidays are a fairly recent development. Back in...
At The Scene: They do not want the victim to use their cell phone and takes picture of the cars, witnesses, parties, insurance cards, CDL, injuries and then take video of the driver admitting liability and speeding. The insurance company doesn't want a police a report or for the victim to take an ambulance to the hospital. Delay in treatment allows...
By Flint Wheeler The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves standing head and shoulders above the rest of the sport in terms of both wins and profitability. Whether or not the Dodgers find a way to knock the 2001 Mariners from the top of the regular season perch is not the point of today’s exercise. Instead, we’re looking to answer the following...

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Long Train Runnin’: Our enduring love for the Doobie Brothers

By Tricia Witkower The Doobie Brothers are coming upon fifty years of making music and touring. Throughout that time, their popularity hasn’t waned with the...