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The Small Claims court is a very special court where you can not have a lawyer with you and disputes are resolved quickly. With a regular court action it would take you YEARS to get to court and the filing fee and service would be about $500. Small Claims will cost less than $100 and your case will come...
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Biodegrade and Compost”.  While this extended version of the phrase isn’t as catchy, it is a better way to look at things.  To help you understand the difference, let’s look at the Styrofoam clamshell style containers and cups you typically get when ordering take-out food. Styrofoam clamshells and cups, made of toxic petroleum based chemicals, are seldom...

Screen it

  ANIMAL LOVE STEPPING OUTSIDE OUR SPECIES     By Robin E. Simmons   Savoring the rich and varied life on our awesome planet never gets old.  Movies that delve into the natural world seem almost supernatural at times.  Here are some recent titles for the home theater that nurture the notion that the bond between humans and our fellow creatures can be healing on...
TWO CATS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!  HOW TO PROPERLY INTRODUCE A NEW CAT Jenny Smith was thinking about getting a second cat to join her household.  However, she was not so sure her 5-year-old cat Sweetie, pampered little queen of the household, would be pleased about a newcomer arriving.  Jenny rescued Sweetie as a tiny kitten, and Sweetie had no experience interacting or playing with another feline.  Could...

Backstreet Bistro

Many people have asked me, “What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?” and while I cannot choose a favorite out of the dozens that I have frequented, there is one that is rapidly climbing to the top of my list.  Backstreet Bistro is a place I could eat at seven days a week!  Serving breakfast lunch,...
The one thing that we know is constant is change.  Sometimes we crave change and other times we dread it.  One thing for sure is change is going to happen whether we like it or not.  Change can be exciting but also frightening.  Just when everything appears perfect in our lives is when change occurs.  But, change is growth...
Michael Keeth’s new album, Shed The Skin, is the definition of simple. It’s all him: his voice, his acoustic guitar, a second acoustic guitar to add depth to the mix and honest songwriting. There isn’t any flashiness or over production here. And that seems to be the intent. Keeth could have easily layered this record with an abundance of...

Laser Away

Unwanted hair. We all have it somewhere. Lips, chin, ears, underarms, legs, nostrils, and even toes sometimes bear unbearable hair. Sure we can shave, wax, and get electrolysis treatments but the hair keeps coming back. And sometimes it reappears darker and more course than it was to begin with.     If your goal is to eliminate the unsightly hair altogether, a...

Tootie’s BBQ

As much as I love the taste of a good BBQ meal, I normally steer clear of those types of restaurants since I’m rarely satisfied and often disappointed as the meat is usually too dry, too tough and over-sauced. This was not the case at Tootie’s BBQ in Cathedral City. Owner Eileen Smith, who bought the restaurant in June...

BUBBA MASTERS AUGUSTA

BUBBA MASTERS AUGUSTA……..by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show In golf terms, maybe the holiest of weeks ended on arguably our country’s second biggest holiday with a crescendo! Fans of all ages had to love the ebb and flow of Easter Sunday’s back nine and the constantly changing leaderboard that showed over and over what pressure is all about...

En Garde!

Leslie Taft shares her passion for fencing at College of the Desert and her own fencing academy By Seham Saba   Leslie Taft began her fencing career in 1976 at the California State University at Los Angeles. She moved to the desert in 1984, and in 1986, she began teaching fencing classes at the College of the Desert—where she continues to teach...

THE TAX MAN GIVETH…

If you are like me, you will be working frantically this weekend to get your taxes done...or at least the extension form that gives you another six months to get your taxes done. In honor of this historically unpleasant day, let’s look at a few of the less obvious tax breaks. One deduction that you might want to think twice about...

DJ Alf Alpha

                Born in Palm Springs, CA ,  Rafael Lopez was introduced to music at the age of 13 when his dad bought him a drum set.  A few years later he attended the Coachella Music and Arts Festival for the first time and was bitten by the DJ bug. He eventually sold...

Car Show Season!

A chance meeting leads to wicked vehicles and new friends By Joseph Lucero   Car shows are so much fun! Thankfully, they’re held around these parts every weekend during the car-show season, which runs from the first part of April through September—when the weather is nice in sunny California. I attended a car show last Saturday in Yucaipa (which is an hour west off...

Club Crawler

THU  APRIL 12  19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone  8pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 PALMS ; 760-367-3505 Bill & Beverly  6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900   Reunion w/ DJ Day 10pm ARNOLD PALMER’S;LQ;760-771-4653 Johnny Meza  6:30-10:30pm (JZ) AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor  7pm (PB) BILLY REED’S;PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party  6:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King Band  6pm CAFÉ PALETTE;PS; 760-322-9264 Jersey Shore...
BYLINE:  DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Coming Attractions Alert!  Yes, I know. We should be wrapping up the season of things to do, people to see, and the usual suspects of benefits and fundraisers.  But don’t bet on it.  The season heading into our sights is summer---which we start early in the Coachella Valley.  On the calendar is a whole new spectacular, simmering...

DOG STAR

DOG STAR Book Review by Heidi Simmons Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) If you are a dog lover this book will fascinate you. Or, if you love Hollywood show business, this book will interest you. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean details the life and career...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of April 12 © Copyright 2012 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Some people misunderstand the do-it-now fervor of the Aries tribe, thinking it must inevitably lead to carelessness. Please prove them wrong in the coming weeks. Launch into the interesting new possibilities with all your exuberance unfurled. Refuse to allow the natural energy to get hemmed...

ArtsOasis Profile

ArtsOasis Profile By Marissa Willman April 9, 2012 Word Count: 565 There’s no denying the Coachella Valley is home to a thriving arts community. From Coachella and Stagecoach to Modernism Week and the Palm Springs Film Festival, local creative events beckon droves of tourists and pump millions of dollars into the local economy. With such a strong repertoire of artistic events and attractions, former...
The sun rises over the Empire Polo Fields, it’s a warm spring and campers move about eager and in awed anticipation of what’s to come. They curiously explore their new temporary home away from home, making new friends and meeting hospitable neighbors along the way. During their long journey into their freshly acquired desert niche they will soon find...

Coachella Fest

With so many great artists scheduled to play at Coachella this year, here are a few strongly-recommended acts that should be on the top of any music lover's list. I have selected a few acts scheduled to perform on each day. FRIDAY The Black Keys - With one foot in the steps forged by '70s hard blues rockers Led Zeppelin and...
We look to the second letter of the alphabet for some can’t-miss acts  It’s nearly 4 a.m. in the Milwaukee casino Potawatomi, and the roulette wheel isn’t cooperating. Justin Vernon, the lead singer of Bon Iver, is in his second stack of chips totaling $200, and this set appears to be going no better than the last. The ball tumbles and...

Coachella Preview

By Jesse Every year 50-60,000 music goer’s lineup at Coachella for the opportunity to see the biggest names in music play all in one venue. All while hundreds of thousands more revel in jealousy sitting at home. From the main stage to the side shows, Coachella offers both the music that has lasted through the years, and a myriad of...

KCOD Radio

In Spring 2011, College of the Desert oceanography professor Bob Pellenbarg donates radio broadcast equipment, spurring the Student Journalist Society, a club at College of the Desert founded by staff members of The Chaparral to take the first steps of building KCOD. On March 25th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place to usher in the debut of KCOD on airwaves...
We have movie legends, sports legends, music legends and here in the CV we have the pioneers of the desert rock movement who we consider “Desert Rock Legends.” Herb Lienau, Alfredo Hernandez, and Zach Huskey are a few of the musicians who some say haven’t gotten enough credit for their huge contributions to the scene, while others like Josh...
by Philip Lacombe  Plan A isn’t always the best plan, especially when there’s a Plan B. Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails that is. Plan B is a cool bar on the corner of Ramon and Monterey that changed ownership from Oasis on September 1, 2011 to new owner, Jeannette Krehbiel. I asked Krehbiel , who used to be in...
By Heidi Simmons     A look at Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (Knopf, paperback, ebook)   Spring break is the perfect time to relax and get away, but if you can’t make it out-of-town, Abraham Verghese’s Cutting For Stone can provide an exotic escape.   Set in Ethiopia, twin boys are born to foreign parents working at a mission hospital near the capital of...
Massage: Luxury or Necessity?  Ahhh, finally you lie back on a crisp clean sheet, calming and soothing music plays in the background, there’s the scent of chamomile that fills the air and the gentle sound of the massage oil being warmed in your therapist hands.  You’ve waited all week to treat yourself.   Evidence shows the more massage you allow yourself,...
Spring has sprung and the sun is shining upon us as it faithfully does here in the Coachella Valley. Warmer weather means even more outdoor activities to heat us up under the intense desert sun. So break out the margaritas, wide-brim hats and most importantly...the sunscreen!   Not only does protecting your skin with a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) of SPF30...

Trivia

Which album did Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ displace at the top of the ‘Billboard’ Album chart? (A)          Too Legit to Quit, Hammer (B)          Ropin’ the Wind, Garth Brooks (C)          Dangerous, Michael Jackson (D)          Achtung Baby, U2     In which Guns N’ Roses video does Axl Rose swim with DOLPHINS? (A)          November Rain (B)           Live and Let Die (C)          Estranged (D)          Used to Love Her     Answers: (C) Dangerous, Michael Jackson (C) Estranged

ShareKitchen

The number of problems in our food supply is more than one article can capture.  Today let’s look at what makes many of the foods that we eat appealing to the eyes - synthetic food coloring. The FDA says that there is “insufficient evidence” that synthetic food coloring additives cause hyperactivity or other health risks although there is a “trend”...
Under 55? Congress Has Gutted Your Social Security If you are under 55, there is a strong likelihood that Social Security will barely be there for you when you retire.   As touching Social Security benefits is the third rail of politics, the way Washington DC achieved the reduction in payouts was by changing the numbers used to calculate future...
10 TIPS ON BUYING A NEW HOME       1.         Avoid the realtor acting as a “dual agent” for both the buyer and the seller.  Choose an experienced realtor to represent “your interests only” in the transaction.     2.         Obtain home inspections by a qualified inspector and consider separate inspections for the roof, the pool and other major items not covered by...

NIGHT LIFE

THU  APRIL 5   19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone  8pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 PALMS ; 760-367-3505 Bill & Beverly  6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 The Pick Up:White Party Weekend  10pm  Reunion w/ DJ Day 10pm ARNOLD PALMER’S;LQ;760-771-4653 Johnny Meza  6:30-10:30pm (JZ) AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor  7pm (PB) BILLY REED’S;PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party  6:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King...
by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show Do we know how to host a major or what, people??!! The Coachella Valley and Mission Hills Country Club in particular looked absolutely spectacular all week and weekend-long (especially if you have 40’ or bigger, HDTV). The course was in immaculate shape thanks to Dave Johnson and his staff and that provided...

The Bike Life

Palm Desert’s Tri-A-Bike has been a Coachella Valley fixture for 25 years By Seham Saba   Spring is here—and what better way is there to enjoy the gorgeous Coachella Valley weather than riding a bike? Bicycling is a wonderful way to have fun, travel and exercise at the same time. It builds strength, muscle and stamina, and improves heart health, circulation and coordination....
  Meet me at LQ’s—the Wine Shop   When my copy of The Desert Sun’s April monthly magazine, Desert Magazine, arrived in my Sunday newspaper, I was looking forward to their annual “Best of the Desert” issue where for about 19 years now they have been taking votes by the consuming public here in the desert for everyone’s favorite and “best” shop,...

Consider This

Americana rockers the Fallen Stars, singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard, and a groundbreaking collaboration between contemporary heroes and the late Tommy Bolin are all recent under-the-radar releases worth adding to any discerning listener's collection.   Artist: The Fallen Stars Album: Heart Like Mine (Kiss My Squirrel Music) Tell Me More: Exhilarating and emotive, the Fallen Stars' latest disc "Heart Like Mine" explores the expansive alt-country movement with...
Not many restaurants can boast having over 20 years of success in the Coachella Valley.  Castelli’s Restaurant has been a local’s favorite for 24 years, and is the place to be if you want to impress your guests with amazing food and unparalleled ambiance.  It was my pleasure to have the experience of dinner at Castelli’s. As we entered the...
Ogressa’s Warts and All by Jack St. Clair   Ogressa’s Warts and All contains the deep, low guitar riffs that have been a staple of Zach Huskey’s music for the better part of two decades in Dali’s Llama. The music would sound at home on any of that band’s releases, but perhaps the opportunity to play them with good friends from other...

Snake Jagger

Art Scene: Snake Jagger by Kylie Knight Snake Jagger has spent his whole life inspired and creatively influenced by the raw nature and beautiful desert landscapes of the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. Many know his work through his depiction of surreal desert scenes and landscapes. His clever use of juxtaposing everyday objects into his work typically makes for an...

Vinyl Time

When it gets dark, Palm Springs native Jeff Ferguson exchanges insurance for house music By Craig Michaels While most people are happy to let their record collection sit in the garage, Jeff Ferguson treats each plastic disc as if it were a priceless jewel. You can often find the Palm Springs native working as an insurance broker in his Rancho Mirage office,...

Good Show!

A weekend at a tattoo expo is a weekend well spent By Joseph Lucero Cultural events like custom-car shows are a blast to attend. Looking at row after row of beautiful cars and appreciating the time and effort that went into restoring and/or customizing each of them—and getting to meet the justifiably proud owners—is a blast. Cannabis expos cover the spectrum of...
Limousine Tours Make Pet Adoption an Adventure   You may have seen a unique limousine cruising around Coachella Valley streets with a montage of dogs decorating the windows.  Folks in nearby cars do a double take, wondering what celebrities are behind the darkened windows.  Curious stares are riveted when the limo stops and the doors swing open.  The little passengers trot out.  There are real...
C.V. DESERT DATELINE: R.S.V.P. A.S.A.P. BYLINE:  DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Getting down to business, let’s talk about what’s up in the Coachella Valley.  Ready, set, raise your pens to  scribble your datebook black with the best of the season’s entertainment.  We’ve listed the free tickets to ride, and the fun in fundraising, from high-brow opera to low-down jazz, from high-octane Broadway to fav-rave...
CHOICE PICKS OF LOVE & HATE By Robin E. Simmons   BULLY Director Lee Hirsch’s visceral, emotional, exploitive and voyeuristic documentary works on many levels.  It is explosively dramatic and it may also be meaningful if it lets us empathize with the victims of bullying in a way that halts this reprehensible behavior.  The Weinstein brothers milked all the publicity they could...
The problem with trying to rate your favorite Mexican restaurant is that it is somewhat like having to choose which one of your 5 children you love the most. While they all have certain traits that make them special, they also have those that make you displeased. During my recent dining experience at Taqueria San Miguel Mexican Restaurant I...

Lavender Bistro

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for an escape from the ordinary, Lavender Bistro will not disappoint. Be sure to reserve a table outside to capture Lavender’s true elegance and style. With lights delicately streaming through the trees and welcoming music in the air, I was immediately whisked away from the desert to...

DJ ATHON

Music Matters By Rachel Montoya   Music is an important part of our daily lives. We have all grown up listening to music on the radio and many of us were fortunate enough to participate in music classes in school. However, in recent years, many musical programs in the public schools have been cut back or discontinued completely, leaving it up...

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From the concert stage to gallery walls, CAKES unleashes the mania...

Saturday December 16th, at Flat Black Art Gallery in Palm Desert, artist Cakes the Maniac will be hosting her second solo art show titled...

PAUL GURVITZ AND THE NEW ARMY