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Schmidy’s Tavern, Palm Desert, Sunday August 11th @ 7pm By Lisa Morgan Some days, I love my job as a feature and music writer more than others. I am approached often, and am sometimes put in the awkward position of having to put off an artist’s or entertainer’s (or God forbid, their mother’s) request for an interview or CD review. I...
at The Hood Bar, Friday August 9th @ 10pm – 21 and Over Only By Lisa Morgan A warning to the reader: The artists presented in the following article are very likely to breach your comfort zone with musical messages that may embarrass the hell out of you just prior to eliciting spontaneous, boisterous laughter. Side effects such as spontaneous hooting...
By Judith Salkin News anchor Elizabeth Beaubien admits that she was a little different as a child growing up in Tulsa, Okla. While her friends were watching kids shows, “I was already hooked on news when I was a really little,” she said earlier this week on a dinner break between newscasts on the Palm Desert based NBC affiliate. “I didn’t...
SHARKNADO SCREENWRITER OPENS UP by Robin E. Simmons SHARKNADO has captured our attention with its unashamedly over-the-top title and poster. What makes it all the more entertaining; the self-aware movie is devoid of irony or tongue-in-cheek moments. It goes full-throttle for maximum delivery of the absurdist but frankly unsettling “what if” concept with utter seriousness. This week I caught up with...
Mosey Bravo will perform in concert in Yucca Valley California as part of the Towns Summer Music Festival. Mosey Bravo is a pop rock band with catchy all-original music and a big vocal and guitar sound. The bands style melds folk /country rock, 60’s British pop, with reggae and roots rock rhythms. The sound is rich in contemporary...

Orange County Fair

  By Mike Bennett It's amazing how a 2 hour drive can take you from baking in 110° to a cool refreshing 75°. The Orange County Fair is the perfect spot to enjoy it. You only have until August 11th to see the Giant Steer and eat a Giant Maple bacon donut. The Parade of products and Carnival of products are...
By Eleni P, Austin Mavis Staples has been a performer for more than 60 years. Even at age 73, she shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it might be argued that she has made her most inspirational and rewarding music these last 10 years. The Staple Singers began performing in Chicago in 1950. A true family affair, Mavis...
by Lola Rossi-Meza Not too many people would ever take a moment to think about Alcoholics Anonymous and wonder, who was the first woman to join? However, that is exactly what Valerie-Jean Hume did. After countless re-writes, she has delivered an award-winning two-act play about Marty Mann, the First Lady of AA. The “Staged Reading” will be held on...
By Janet McAfee This idyllic 153-acre sanctuary for dogs and cats is located in the scenic mountain country above Palm Springs. To get to Living Free Animal Sanctuary, head up Highway 74 to Mountain Center, and you will see their sign on the right hand side just before the town of Idyllwild. This is a fabulous place for...
By Rick Riozza We are currently drinking, enjoying, and talking about the refreshing whites of summer. Last week we souped-up on Sauvignon Blanc and now we’re checking out Chardonnays. Gone are the days when protesters rallied around the supermarkets with their off-colored ABC signs: Anything But Chardonnay. Apparently this schism of wine enthusiasts had a lot of time on their...
By Slim Man I love grillin’. I love chillin’. This is one of my favorite grill dishes because there’s not a lot of fuss. You know what I don’t like about grillin’? When the food you’re grillin’ falls onto the charcoals. That’s why I like kabobs. When you put stuff on skewers, not only do you keep things from falling...
By Robin E. Simmons BLUE JASMINE Woody Allen's 48th feature is a compelling character study of an unpleasant, superficial woman. Cate Blanchett is a wonder as the flat broke, formerly pampered wife of a New York money hustler (Alec Baldwin) who relocates to San Francisco and moves in with her working class half-sister (Sally Hawkins). Flashbacks reveal her materialistic and shallow...
By Heidi Simmons ----- Jahar’s World By Janet Reitman Magazine Article ----- “…the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.” These are words from songwriter Shel Silverstein, sung by the band Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show that was popular in 1973. For the August cover of Rolling Stone, it is not a smiling rock-star,...
By Haddon Libby In America, we spend $11 trillion shopping each year. This converts into $33,333 per person per year or $640 per week on earnings of $42,700. As you will see in this week’s column, the way that money is spent is increasingly skewed toward only a handful of people while the vast majority struggle each and...

Tritton Kunai Review

While at San Diego Comic-Con, I was lucky enough to score a pair of Tritton Kunai universal headsets at the Mad Catz Reveal party. So, I decided to do a product review, since this is my first pair of universal headsets. The initial presentation of the Tritton Kunai is clean. The box features an image of the headsets on front,...
By Dale Gribow The most common question that I get, at least once a day, (and often 3-6 times a day) is what will it cost and can you win my case?. You would not think to ask a new doctor over the phone and before an appointment “can you cure me and what will it cost?” The pain in...

What’s In a Slogan?

By Bruce Cathcart For the couple of years now real estate agents have been pounded with ads hyping the need for social media, branding, tag lines, slogans and who knows what else as a means to reach out to the public and differentiate themselves in such a way to attract more clients. Honestly, if I have to watch...
We are in the monsoon season where pop up thunderstorms can quickly and unexpectedly bring flash floods no matter where you live warns Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Though part of natures beauty, the can be very dangerous. Watch for the following signs warns Chief DiGiovanna: Unusually hard rain over several hours, steady substantial rain over several days, A monsoon...
Owner Lori Cohen-Sanford recently began building her business through ShareKitchen’s offerings, including being featured at Palm Springs Restaurant Week, and she is getting ready to expand even further. In collaboration with other local chefs, Nourishfoods organic meals will be served at S.T.I.R (Sustainable Table in Rotation), a pop-up brand hosting its next dinner event on August 19, at ShareKitchen....

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of August 1 © Copyright 2013 Rob Brezsny LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Sergei Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario who founded Ballets Russes, one of the 20th century's great ballet companies. At one point in his career he met French playwright Jean Cocteau. Diaghilev dared Cocteau to write a piece for a future Ballets Russes production. "Astonish me!" he said....
By Sunny Simon I woke up around 3:00am in a cold sweat. As I gained my bearings and shook off the remnants of a bad dream, the happenings of the previous day came flooding back to me. Darn! In a vulnerable moment, I made an extremely unwise decision. I agreed to accept a volunteer leadership position. Sure, I could do...
By: Bronwyn Ison Fourteen years ago I sojourned into my first yoga class. Protocol required us to be barefoot, use a yoga mat, and a few props. Instantly I recognized the class would be different than any other physical fitness class I had taken previously. I was nursing an injury and was following the recommendation of my physical...
By Jill Coleman RN I don't believe that illness is entirely physical. It may manifest itself in the physical, but your mental attitude is more significant than you think. Today's fast paced, high stress world is very distracting! Many of us can get caught up in the lies that are perpetuated for monetary gain, or control. We forget who we really...

Appendicitis

"Dr. Peter, a friend of mine recently had to have emergency surgery for appendicitis. I’m a little worried, because I occasionally will have stomach aches. How do I know I’m not having appendicitis?" -Paul, La Quinta Paul, appendicitis usually presents as progressively worsening abdominal pain that will not resolve to come back again at a later date. Your occasional stomach...
By Heidi Simmons There’s a stretch west of Indian Canyon Avenue in the direction of highway 62 on Dillon Road where residential life quickly drops away and the scenic desert expanse becomes industrialized with high intensity power lines, solar farms and wind turbines. Here desert resources are used to generate energy. Off this barren, quiet thoroughfare, washed with sand from the...
By Lisa Morgan One day you’re shooting a homemade video in your bedroom of a song you just created (as you’ve done many times before) and the next, your buddy tells you that Dave Navarro (world renowned rock guitarist) just tweeted you! This is the true story of how a local band, Ideation, and their front man John Marek, have...

Well in the Desert

"The safety net for the western end of the Coachella Valley" -Roy Wilson – Beloved Past President By Lisa Morgan The presence of Well in the Desert in Palm Springs over the last 16 years, has been vital to both those in need and the community at large. A hugely positive force, they continue to provide much needed services to all...
By Judith Salkin The only real drawback to living in the desert, according to “Bulldog” Bill Feingold, until recently, it was hard to get a good bagel. In fact, Feingold mentioned that to Larry King, who was headed to the McCallum Theatre for a show in March 2012. As it turned out, King had just opened a bagel shop in L.A. “He...
By Marissa Willman There’s a lot to love about Mexico’s resort towns: white-sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and endless tacos and tequilas, to name a few. But towns like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta come with a dark side: constant parties, spring breakers all year round, and constant crowds. But not in Loreto. This undiscovered Baja town sits on the Sea of Cortez,...
by Patte Purcell Summertime is the best time to look for places that offer lighter fare and ultimately delicious organic food in a nice atmosphere. I've been lunching often at Kaiser Grill in Palm Springs because they offer a wonderful selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza. And if you google Happy Hour Hotspot, Kaiser Grill will show up...
This is Part 2 of a 3-Part Series Exploring the growth of MMA in the Coachella Valley By Julie Buehler On July 20th, The Show at Agua Caliente played host to the biggest MMA fight card in the Coachella Valley. The Up ‘N Comers, or UPC, showcased local talent and budding stars, from first-time pro and Palm Desert High School graduate,...

New Mural In Indio

JOIN CITY LEADERS AND THE PUBLIC ARTS AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN THE UNVEILING OF THE QUICK N EASY MURAL, THE NINTH EDITION TO INDIO’S COLLECTION OF PUBLIC ART MURALS The City of Indio will hold an unveiling ceremony to celebrate and commemorate the Quick N Easy public art mural project on Thursday, July 25th at 9:00 AM. Mayor Elaine...
“Best Party in the Valley” to Recognize Pivotal Contributions of Valley Philanthropists Stroke Recovery Center will host its 34th annual Winter Wonderland Ball on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage. Lee Appel and Harold Matzner will serve as co-chairs for the black tie gala, which will...
Free-spirited, fearless and fierce, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million records worldwide and on Saturday, October 12th the accomplished musician will take over the Special Events Center stage at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Crow’s debut, the seven times...

Shields Date Garden

By Mike Bennett Here's a perfect spot for a date. Seriously, no pun intended. Shields Date Gardens in Indio is a fantastic local spot to take your special lady for a little romance. Sex too! You may have passed by on 111 and Jefferson and noticed the giant Knight. Your lady will love the nostalgic merchandise in the gift shop. Grab a...
By Eleni P. Austin Hear that sound? Like all the Whos down in Who-ville, Metal-Heads everywhere are rejoicing. Black Sabbath is back with Ozzy Osbourne. After myriad false starts, the band has recorded their first studio effort in 35 years. Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler, drummer Bill Ward and vocalist John “Ozzy” Osbourne first came together in Birmingham, England...
by Lola Rossi-Meza After countless re-writes, actress, singer, harpist, producer and director, Valerie-Jean Hume, has delivered an award-winning two-act play about Marty Mann, the First Lady of AA. The “Staged Reading” will be held on Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. in The Palm Springs Woman’s Club House located at 314 South Cahuilla Road in Palm Springs. Tickets are...
By Janet McAfee The 18 little passengers readied themselves for the flight ahead. The plane taxied down the runway of the Thermal Airport and then took off into the vast skies toward the Canadian border. The canine passengers on board were quiet, seeming to trust that a better life was ahead, a life where they would not be hungry or...
By Rick Riozza Those of us throwing in a prayer for cooler weather, as we clink our wineglasses and toast to good times, aren’t seeing any results yet—but the Lord continues to bless us with vineyards that are producing some very cool, crisp and refreshing wine. Apart from a snappy bubbly, the undisputed staple wine and the summertime favorite of Palm...
By Rachel Montoya For more than nine years, Zin American Bistro (PSZin.com) has been delighting guests with their inspired menu and extensive wine selection. Last week it was announced that Zin Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2013 Image received the Wine Spectator 2013 Award of Excellence, its eighth consecutive year to receive that honor. To complement its award-winning wine selection,...

OLD SCHOOL SCARES

By Robin E. Simmons THE CONJURING I always wondered if the real life ghost-hunters and freelance exorcists Ed and Lorraine Warren were in some way the cause of the hauntings they investigated and wrote about. I assume they made a comfortable living and found a degree of rewarding fame along the way. That said, THE CONJURING, a movie adaptation of one...
By Heidi Simmons ----- The Best Awful By Carrie Fisher Fiction ----- Last week I reviewed Debbie Reynolds’ newest memoir Unsinkable. It is a fascinating life of a Hollywood celebrity. She talks very personally about her long career, her marriages and her beloved children Todd and Carrie Fisher. In more than one chapter, Reynolds speaks intimately about her famous...
by Haddon Libby As the satirist Dave Barry said, “deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers.” Looking globally, the United States ranks behind only China and India in traffic deaths with Russia having a comparable record to us. Looking at this statistic per 100,000 citizens Iran has the worst record with 34.1 deaths followed...
by Craig Michaels In its second year, the Coachella Valley DJ Association continues to support local DJs, entertainers and event professionals by building new relationships and promoting their companies. The CVDJA has recently scaled down the number of mixers from once a month to bi-monthly in an effort to prevent mixer burnout. With fewer mixers the CVDJA board can spend...
By Dale Gribow The Fire this week has been one of the worst fires I can remember in our area. As I drive in the CV, I see drivers looking up at the hills that are on fire. This is just as bad as talking on the phone or reading email messages or looking on Facebook. It does not take...
By Bruce Cathcart For the last 16 weeks I have been offering up advice in my articles designed to help buyers and sellers to better understand the current real estate market here in the Coachella Valley and basically how to make good decisions in obtaining their real estate goals. This week’s article will be a little different as...
Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia.  Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle.  Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day.  Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level...
ShareKitchen has a diverse offering of client members with one of the most unique being PS Underground, a wandering supper club.  They host dining experiences, parties and special events in art galleries, warehouses, private homes and unique locations which are only revealed at the last minute to those who reserve a seat.  PS Underground's owner, Michael Fietsam, needed a licensed...
By Julie Buehler There are not many places I’d rather be than on a golf course, sipping a cold beverage of choice, strategizing the perfect shot before unleashing my slice that would make a New York style pizza joint proud. Problem is when the temperatures seemingly soar beyond the New York area code; that cold beverage is warm in a...
This is the first of a 3-part series looking at the growth of MMA in the Coachella Valley… By Julie Buehler Every now and then you come across a story that gets better with each overturned rock, every source and phone call. Sometimes, a story captures the essence of everything we love about sports in one person’s simple expression of diligence....

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