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by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show As the NFL playoffs got started this past weekend with four games, the stage seemed somewhat set for perhaps the best post-season ever. What, with the season the NFL has had so far, a year of accomplishments and records, a year signified by the performances of so many rookies and exemplified by...
La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) will present back-to-back public events over the first three-day weekend of 2013. Both events offer free admission and free parking. Saturday, January 19, 2013 - Art Under the Umbrellas will host over 80 Southern California artists set-up shop along the streets and lawn of Old Town La Quinta exhibiting their original artworks in a wide...
Leslie Bonci of the University of Pittsburgh reminds us that protein “has its hands in every critical function of the body.”  Insufficient protein means that your body will struggle to maintain bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.  It also means that your body’s basic cell structures will not be as strong as they would be if properly fed.  More specifically,...
The most talked about show of 2011 returns to the Indio Performing Arts Center for a limited run January 4-20, 2013.  The same cast (Dia Nalani as Patsy Cline and Jeanette Knight as Louise Seger) returns to tell the true story of Cline’s friendship with a Houston housewife.  Having first heard Cline on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1957,...
AKA “THE CV WEEKLY MOVIE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE” The Academy Awards© are a few weeks away. Nominations and votes are a big deal t a lot of people. Box office bonanzas are at steak as are new career opportunities (and fees). It’s easy to predict the likely titles, actors, writers and directors that will garner the most attention. The Motion...
People aren't the only ones who value a dry, cozy home in cold weather according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Rodents do, too. "As it gets colder, everything that was out tends to want to find some sort of harbor inside," says Chief DiGiovanna. They scurry in our walls and above our heads during the night, they raid our...
2012 was a year that brought overdue recognition to our four legged troupes! Our military dogs perform tasks no human or machine can do, and they do so with fierce courage, dedication, and strength. An estimated 2,300 working dogs serve in the Department of Defense. Along with their handlers, they are deployed worldwide to support the war on terror,...

Johannes

When it comes to fine dining in our valley, it can be a challenge to find an establishment that parallels fine cuisine with truly professional service. Having worked in this valley as a fine dining server for over a decade, I understand what it takes to be professional and when it is appropriate to be more casual with guests....
By: Bronwyn Ison Becoming healthier in the New Year tops many personal lists. Along with focusing on health there are five items that top my list for 2013. Some are new finds, while my favorite snacks are no secret. The following are some of my favorite items, naturally I feel inclined to share. On-the-go and need a healthy snack… RAW ALMONDS!!!...

The Edifying Machin’

Pronounced, Ma-cheen, Spanglish slang meaning ‘supremely excellent’, the band Machin’ deliver a switch-hitting approach to their music by performing songs in English and in Spanish that truly lift you up. The Sound The band members describe their sound as “Spanglish Jive”, a medley of languages, music styles, and culture - a kind of world music. Within this eclectic combination of sounds,...
By Lisa Morgan Everybody loves music, but few are cut out to be the vessel to provide this magically universal gift. Fewer still are willing to make the sacrifices to focus on their craft such as leaving the proverbial “day job” behind in order to channel and fine tune this gift full time. Scott C. Carter is one such troubadour...

ECONOMIC ARSONISTS

The over-focus of the news media on the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ during the holidays and their subsequent celebration of the agreement struck by Congress, the Senate and the President was akin to thanking an arsonist for putting out the fire that he had started. Moody’s Rating Service stated that the agreement did nothing to put the United States on a sustainable...

DETOX- Part 2

The liver is a very complex organ that does so many things for our bodies. Since it is the main organ that detoxifies, I wanted to give a simplified rundown on this function, which is only one of many. There are mainly two phases of detoxification. The first phase of detox is called Phase I. All chemicals are usually oil soluble,...
by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show What if they played a tournament and no one came? Better yet, what if they started a tournament and just couldn’t play it? In most cases, there are delays where players are forced to wait around, sit in the locker room, sit in the clubhouse and play cards, watch T.V., etc. In...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of January 10 © Copyright 2012, 2013 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Writing at io9.com, Charlie Jane Anders provides "10 Signs You Could Be the Chosen Savior." Among the clues are the following: 1. "How often does someone comes up to you on the street, point at you, gibber something inarticulate, and run away?" 2. "How many robot/clone duplicates...
This week, most schools in our valley are back to school. Winter break is over, Christmas presents have been played with, and the time for education is back. Children are quick to transition from school to vacation. Most of my students are mentally prepared for vacation weeks before vacation starts. I hear about the students’ plans for the vacation,...
For many individuals and business owners, the new year usually opens up new opportunities. Especially in the Coachella Valley; January marks the unofficial start to “the season.” Entrepreneurs are usually busy placing ads in local newspapers and online while others are creating radio and TV commercials. I have found that one of the most effective ways to promote one’s...
To My Coachella Valley Weekly readers: This is the handout I give to my new DUI Clients. The information is helpful for all cases. THE ABC’S OF A DUI IN THE INDIO COURT IF YOU ARE ARRESTED: DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR LAWYER! LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND PROSECUTORS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS! NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY TELL YOU THEY ARE JUST...
If you aren’t familiar with the Soft Pack, now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with this up and coming band. San Diego natives Matt Lamkin (vocals & guitar), Matty McLoughlin (guitar), David Lantzman (bass), and Brian Hill (drums) formed in 2008 as the Muslims. The band quickly ditched that controversial moniker, compromising with the less threatening Soft Pack. They’re self-titled debut dropped in early...
Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------- Life of Pi By Yann Martel Fiction ------------- If you have seen the film Life of Pi and thought it was wonderful, the book may appeal to you as well. The movie adaptation is brilliant and captures the beauty, poetry and magic of the novel. But if you want more than the 3D waves to wash over you, Life...
by Lola Rossi-Meza - Smooth jazz guitarist, composer and producer Blake Aaron will kick-off the new music concert series JAZZ TASTINGS™ produced by Patte Purcell of Muze Music on Saturday, January 12, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Emerald Desert RV Resort Ballroom, 76-000 Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert. His latest single “You’re The One For Me” featuring...
By Heidi Simmons - There is a clock tower that sits on the edge of the valley’s major thoroughfare.  Behind the chiming tower, a shady park with a whimsical, cockeyed fountain invites interaction with children of all ages.  Poised between sculpture, movie theaters and eateries is the grand Civic Center of Cathedral City -- a tangible mixture of business and...
by Rachel Montoya - Are you looking for an exciting new way to be entertained with the first great concert of the year?  Do you love music, martinis, fabulous food, wine and dancing? On Saturday, January 12, 2013 a new contemporary JAZZ TASTINGS™ Concert Series begins in the Desert. It’s a cross between a jazz concert and the ever popular...
Groves Cabin Theatre Joins Nationwide Productions of Landmark Marriage Equality Play by Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of Milk & J. Edgar   Morongo Valley, California – Groves Cabin Theatre, in conjunction with Equality California and the Morongo Basin Foundation for Equal Rights, and with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce the performance...
While Palm Springs once again enjoys its 13 day run of The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, where the likes of Richard Gere, Ben Affleck, Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren, as well as a flock of other appearing celebs, we vino literati, too, get to dream out loud with our favorite film and wine pairing schemes that this...

Valley Rhythms

by Lola Rossi-Meza Patte Purcell brings Jazz Tastings™ Concert Series To The Desert. A passion for music and promotion is at the heart of a new concert series, Jazz Tastings™ produced by Patte Purcell. The monthly event will feature top names in contemporary jazz starting with guitarist Blake Aaron on Saturday, January 12, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Emerald...
by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show As the NFL playoffs set to begin we look back at what has been an interesting year both on and off the field for America’s favorite sport. Mired in the off-field controversy of the New Orleans Saints so-called “Bounty-Gate” scandal and its’ subsequent fall-out, the league as a whole has undergone an...

Slim Man Cooks

Food. Wine. Song. Slim Man is a pop/jazz vocalist who got his start as a songwriter at Motown Records. He has recorded 11 CDs, starting off with his End of the Rainbow CD which was released in 1995. "A near-perfect example of how jazz and soul can be combined as pop" is how Rolling Stone described the Slim Man style. Slim Man...

ShareKitchen

With citrus season upon us, the Coachella Valley is brimming with plump, juicy fruit that is ripe for the picking and enjoying. Who would have thought this luscious bounty should come with a caution label? A woman prone to migraines nearly died with five times the safe level of her medication, verapamil in her blood stream. Doctors were baffled but...
BRILLIANT MASTERPIECES -- FORGOTTEN GEMS   In the 1950s, Budd Boetticher (1916-2001) directed a handful of understated westerns starring a mature Randolph Scott that have become widely recognized as classics. Five of them are available as a boxed set in clean anamorphic transfers. The movies are THE TALL T, DECISION AT SUNDOWN, BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE, RIDE LONESOME, and COMMANCHE STATION. Loved by film...
Bacchus' life story did not start out well. He was born on a cold December night on the cement floor at the Riverside County Animal shelter in Riverside. His mother was a beautiful pure bred Bichon, and the shelter staff mislabeled her "fearful" not realizing the dog was about to give birth. Loving All Animals in Palm Desert was...
By: Bronwyn Ison Your New Year resolutions are set and now it is time to execute. The primary resolution that makes the list is to exercise. Attaining health and attempting something new is number two. Therefore, there has never been a better time to evolve into a new and improved you. Commencing 2013 with a vision, purpose, and motivation will...

WE’RE THE PEDESTRIANS

by Noe Gutierrez “We’re the Pedestrians!” is the declaration of this band, based out of Indio, in one of their more popular songs. It’s this self-confidence in the group that has allowed them to maintain their relevance for some 20 years now. For the sake of their numerous titles, including, Pedestrians VS War Party and Pedestrians VS, they shall be...
I enjoy watching football but this sedentary activity was pushed to its limits this year by a seemingly endless stream of college football bowl games such as the Potato Bowl, Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl, Helicopter Bowl and Kraft Hunger Bowl to name a few. While the holidays and bowl season may be behind us, we have enough daily,...
I have a great detoxification program in my practice, and this month I would like to brief you on how the body detoxifies the chemicals and toxins we are exposed to daily. From our diet, medications, personal and cleaning products, pollution, pesticides, and even synthesized vitamins, the body is barraged with toxins and harmful chemicals at every turn. As usual...
by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show Whenever one season ends and another begins, it does so with expectations in one form or another. In fact, it does so in many forms as everyone seems to have their own set of expectations for what lies ahead either for themselves personally, or for other around them. The PGA Tour is...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of January 3 © Copyright 2012, 2013 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to increase your mastery of the art of friendship. Together we will concentrate on making you an even stronger ally than you already are. We will upgrade your skill at expressing your feelings with open-hearted clarity, and in ways...
Winter break is a down time for our children. Christmas has come and gone, presents have been opened and played with, and any educational interests have undoubtedly been ignored. During the holiday vacations, most children do whatever they can to forget about school and focus on anything else. Many people believe that an academic break is needed to help...
Pick up any dictionary and look up the word “idiosyncratic.” Chances are, next to the definition, there is a picture of Rickie Lee Jones. Rickie Lee Jones didn’t just read Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” she lived it. Growing up her family lead a peripatetic existence moving from Chicago to Phoenix to Olympia. A wild child, Jones was inspired by imaginary friends and early aspirations...

Curious Voice

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------------------------- The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time By Mark Haddon Novel ------------------------------- Everyone likes to get involved in a mystery, especially when the detective is quirky, odd and eccentric. It’s fun when famous sleuths like Sherlock Holmes and Monk channel their compulsive disorders into solving a crime. Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time...
by Tracy Dietlin - Hot off of the success of his Halloween Bash and last week’s End of the World Party, BB Ingle, the Master of Events and the Godfather of Parties, will be throwing his 29th Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party on December 31. This will be the 5th year that the event is being held at The Renaissance Esmeralda...
Live at The Hood Bar: Saturday, December 29th @ 8pm. By Lisa Morgan I was given the rare and wonderful opportunity to interview one of the most fascinating people I have ever met:  The innovator of surf music, the “King of Surf Guitar”, “The Godfather of Heavy Metal”, “The Father of Loud”, the infamous, dynamic, spiritual and highly intelligent, Dick Dale....
Fighting It With Fashion on Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai Fighting Alzheimer's with fashion may not sound powerful, but Janet Harris, chairwoman for the first ever Forget Me Not Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, means to help stop this "unfashionable" disease in its tracks. "I honor my father, Sherman Harris, who died from Alzheimer's disease, by...
This New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the acclaimed chefs at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will be preparing a feast to remember for guests of every age to enjoy. The Fresh Grill Buffet, Bistro and POM will all offer dining specials on December 31st. The Bistro presents a fine dining prix fix experience sure to impress that special someone,...
Tommy Biddle, the highest-rated arena polo player in the world, will be competing in this tournament Indio, CA:  For the second time in the history of polo in the desert, there will be a high-goal Arena Polo Game right here at Empire Polo Club.  The United States Polo Association (USPA) has awarded the 23-Goal USPA Townsend International Challenge Cup to...
I guess because it starts off with a mighty pop! and jolting effervescence to match our hopes, promises, and dreams for the new year, there is no doubt that Champagne is the invigorating and erotic bubbly, the legendary drink of the elite, and the undisputed quality sparkling wine. Hey! it’s the New Year, so gather around as we celebrate that...
by Lola Rossi-Meza It is not too late to make reservations to attend a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party at the Oasis Country Club, which is open to the general public, on Monday, December 31, at 8 p.m. Steve Alaniz plays his saxophones and flute as part of the Johnny Meza Band featuring Lola Rossi with guest percussionist Jack Pina....

As We Look Back on 2012

As we look back on 2012, we are proud to share with you that in less than 90 days, seven new businesses have launched from ShareKitchen with many more in the queue. As a kitchen incubator, ShareKitchen helps people test and develop their food-related concepts. One example of a ShareKitchen Client Member who we are currently working with is Laurence...

FOUR HOLIDAY DIVERSIONS

YEAR END STRESS? ESCAPE TO THE MOVIES!   DJANGO UNCHAINED Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s movie has already generated a lot of attention not only for its racial elements but for its on-screen violence. Putting those elements aside, there’s no doubt about the entertainment value embedded deep in this outrageous homage to spaghetti westerns with the added elements of dark humor and the quirky...

New Years Safety Tips!

New Year's Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities. Whether you're staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you're traveling to a party or city bash, following a few safety tips will ensure that you're safe and...

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