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By Tracy Dietlin John and Gina Carey are one of the nicest couples you’ll ever meet. They are also both extremely talented musicians that perform together and separately. Both are strong Christians with their feet firmly planted in their faith, which is more important now more than ever as John was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) months ago and...
By Tracy Dietlin There are many reasons that warrant Josh Heinz and Linda Lemke-Heinz as being a Power Couple. For starters they perform together in two of the valley’s favorite bands: Blasting Echo, where Josh, 42, is the Frontman and Linda, 46, plays keyboard and backing vocals; and 5th Town, where Linda shares Frontwoman duties with Chelsea Sugarbritches, and also...
By Heidi Simmons Human trafficking.  Human trafficking.  HUMAN TRAFFICKING!  Read it again and say it out loud.  Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid, and certainly, don’t be ignorant.  Human trafficking is very real.   And, this may come as a shock; human trafficking is happening right now here in the Coachella Valley!  A modern form of slavery, human trafficking, is a growing, multi-billion...
By Jason Hall Native Californian, Cam, didn’t plan on being a musician full-time. Music was always a big part of her life, but psychology is what she studied at UC, Davis. One day while meeting with one of her professors, the professor asked, “What would you regret not doing: music or psychology?” Armed with a new insight into her life,...
Thursday, Nov. 30 in Frances Stevens Park. HGTV “Desert Flippers” Eric & Lindsey Bennett Named Official Tree Lighters!  Palm Springs truly is like no place else during the holidays! More than 500 residents and visitors are expected to come ring in the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Frances Stevens Park at the Official City of Palm Springs Holiday...
BY PATTE PURCELL It’s always great to see more live entertainment added in the desert. My friend and music promoter Ruth Ruiz "RR Class Act Entertainment" has stepped it up this season with some great entertainment events. She just completed a one night show at Venus de Fido called 'Sweet meets Sassy" with Jonnie Fox and the Satinettes and the Sensational...

Grooves at The Westin

By Laura Hunt Little Grooves at The Westin is a concert series featuring world-class smooth jazz artists in a beautiful resort setting under the stars at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. Two series each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, include 3-4 performances and a community event. Community programs in...
(Matador/Milk Records/Mom+Pop Records) Back it 2014, it felt as though music publications couldn’t get enough of distaff artists like Haim, Lana Del Rey and Lorde. But the real discovery that year was Courtney Barnett. The 26 year old Australian native broke through in America with her long-player debut, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas. Born in Sydney, Australia, in...
BY JANET McAFEE While we gather this week with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, our 4-legged family members often linger hopefully near the table.  Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will soon arrive in quick succession.  Christmas trees are going up, parties are planned, and holiday lights are brightening our desert.  However, this time of year also sees a...
BY RICK RIOZZA Do people still use the term “kicks” as in the tune—“(Get your kicks on) Route 66”?  Anyway—in and out of holiday tunes that are already frolicking through our household are some of those classic songs that help get the party started.  And when it comes to the morning of the great meal, with some of the visiting...

SEASON’S GREETINGS

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS With Thanksgiving coming early this year, it’s not too soon to consider two Christmas themed movies that can be enjoyed by the entire family. THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS Bharat Nallari (“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”) directs this lushly and appointed, dreamlike journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other...
by Heidi Simmons ----- Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright – Nonfiction ----- What is true and what is real?  These seem like easy questions to answer.  But, we live in a world where “fake news” and “alt facts” obstruct and spin reality.  We are living in crazy and stressful times.  Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment...
BY CRAIG MICHAELS A decades-long tradition kicks-off December 1, at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway when holiday choir season commences. You can catch the holiday cheer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 15th with show times at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The shows are complimentary with regular Tram admission. Guest will hear a different middle or high school...
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when holiday gift buying begins.  Sales offering big discounts lure customers into stores, often beginning in the early hours of the morning.  “Unfortunately, Black Friday is a day when shoppers may become victims of crimes and injuries,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. People should be alert and aware of people and the surroundings...

Haters Can Be Players

By Haddon Libby The dating app Hater which launched earlier this year, recently released a list of the most disliked foods by state amongst the people that use their dating app.  Hater attempts to match players, (aka people looking for dates) based on what they dislike. Based on their research, people in California have a real dislike towards Chick-Fil-A most likely...
You ask "didn't you mean that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what you do have?" I assume we all give thanks at Thanksgiving dinner and go around the table to say what we are thankful for. During the year we have all driven less than carefully at times and had too much alcohol to drive. We should...
By Flint Wheeler Listing the 5 greatest college football players of all-time sounds simple, but with over 125 years of history to sift through, the task is a lot more difficult than it sounds. With every new season, a new group of talented players take the field, but very few of them become legends. We took those legendary players are...
BY JASON HALL A few weeks back we interviewed Barbie Sommars for our Cannabis Corner. We talked a bit about me not having experience in cannabis consumption with exception to smoking when I was in high school for a very short time. She invited me to her high dining experience, Moonlit Moveable Feast. I decided to jump into the cannabis...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In alignment with the current astrological omens, I have prepared your horoscope using five hand-plucked aphorisms by Aries poet Charles Bernstein. 1. "You never know what invention will look like or else it wouldn't be invention." 2. "So much depends on what you are expecting." 3. "What's missing from the bird's...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Last week the Laura Ingraham Angle, a show on Fox News, started a new section called, “The Arbiter,” where Laura plays the judge between two opposing views. Her first subject was “Should marijuana legalization be expanded?” She chose this topic because last Thursday, in Los Angeles, the State of California announced the new regulations, which take...
BY DR PETER KADILE Turkey and Tryptophan It is commonly thought that eating turkey will cause sleepiness because it contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that enters the brain and forms serotonin, which then gets converted to the sleep inducing hormone melatonin. But research has shown that turkey doesn’t trigger sleep anymore than other foods. Gram for gram, cheddar cheese...
by Sunny Simon We can see the economy is revving up and judging by my inbox, many employees are poised to take advantage of newly created positions by readying for a job search. Granted, leaving the comfort of a job you can do with your eyes closed for the unknown can be a little intimidating, and perhaps a bit scary....
By Rich Henrich Now in it’s fourth year, the massive multi-sport fitness expo, known as the FLEXPO, a 130k square foot fitness and entertainment extravaganza returns to the Coachella Valley, November 17-20th at the Palm Springs Convention Center and Agua Caliente Resort. This year’s Ferrigno Legacy, produced by managing partner Christopher Minnes, Lou Ferrigno, Lou Ferrigno Jr. and the Ferrigno...
$5.00 Suggested Donation at the Door and a Raffle with All Money Going To Alex By Tracy Dietlin Alex is the lead singer of the band Hollace and formerly of Deadend Paradox. He was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer last October of 2016. I recently interviewed Alex’s wife Jennifer about the year long journey they have been on trying to beat...
The Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor Artist, Humanitarians and Coachella Valley residents, Mario Pikus and Rebecca Pikus, with the 420th Star Dedication.  The Dedication Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11am in front of Eight4Nine Restaurant located at 849 N. Palm Canyon Dr.  The ceremony is open to the public and the media....
By Denise Ortuno There’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of roasted turkey permeating the house on Thanksgiving Day. Equally, there is nothing quite like all of the preparing, cooking, cleaning and stress that comes along with hosting the holiday as well. So, if you’re thinking that all of that work is for the birds, perhaps dining out for turkey...
By Tricia Witkower My interview with Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind lead singer, begins with a lesson: believe very little of what you read online. I tell him I read that he was born in Indio, where he’s performing this Saturday at Fantasy Springs, and welcome him back. He corrects me that he was born in Redlands, not Indio. You...
Round up your friends, family and co-workers for the Coachella Valley Healthy for Good Heart & Stroke Walk this Saturday, November 18 at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater in Palm Desert. The Expo opens at 7:00 am with health exhibitors from the around the valley. The opening ceremonies and warm up begin at 8:30 am followed by the walk...
Get Prepared!  FREE Emergency Preparedness Event at the Joslyn Center Local seniors are invited to participate in a morning of important information and preparation at the Joslyn Center.   Join the Joslyn Center staff and volunteers as we host local emergency resources:  Southern CA Edison, The Gas Company, Riverside County Sheriff, Riverside County Fire, Cal Fire, Coachella Valley Water District and the...
On  Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 from 12 noon  til 5 PM,  twenty new and returning California craft breweries will be at the Palm Springs Air Museum for the 6th Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest. This year’s fest takes place in the New Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar, replete with its own inside restrooms.  The hangar also contains...
“Carry Fire” (Nonesuch Records)  “Lay down in sweet surrender, your love so warm and tender…” Robert Plant opens his new record with this melodic instruction/request. And really, if the Golden God of Rock desires your presence in a supine position, who among us can resist? Robert Anthony Plant is a self-proclaimed “Black Country Boy,” born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, he grew up...

ACE 2017

The Peggy Vermeer and Barone Sculpture Awards BY ANGELA ROMEO The annual Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council Exhibition (ACE) continues to December 13.  Five artists were acknowledged for their work. Two award recipients are Veralee Bassler, recipient of the Karen and Tony Barone Award for Sculpture, and Beth Adams, recipient of the Peggy Vermeer Award. Veralee Bassler is the recipient of...
BY JANET McAFEE Calling Coachella Valley dog lovers!  Mark your calendar now for a wonderful event on Saturday, November 25 where you and your dog can enjoy a beautiful walk and raise money for a deserving charity.  Paws & Hearts is a local nonprofit organization that benefits hospitalized humans and the precious dogs that perform a wonderful service.  Their canines...
BY RICK RIOZZA Don’t we just love the comradery between those who plan and structure the holiday meals and those who imagine the wines to complete the banquet?  Often times we’re blessed to joyously share both those devotions; and the more souls involved in the thought processes—the better! Indeed—its sounds like a great idea to gather those so interested at a...

GODS & HEROES

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: Comic books and the culture that creates, expands and nurtures a modern mythology that satisfies our craving for heroes that can solve or at least confront issues on our real, pre-apocalyptic (my term) planet are finding huge acceptance -- and gargantuan profits -- on the big screen in stunning movie adaptations of extraordinary craftsmanship. I get...
By Heidi Simmons The Coachella Valley continues to be a playground for the rich and famous.  Hollywood elite have homes here and celebrity remains a big part of the area’s culture and color.  Celebrating the fun, glamor and spirit of Palm Springs’ past and present, bookstore and gift shop Just Fabulous will host author-signing events.  Just Fabulous will feature books by high...

Let’s Talk Turkey!

When most of us think about Thanksgiving, images of turkey, stuffing and time spent with loved ones typically come to mind, not fire hazards. However, an increased risk of fire is, in fact, a reality of Thanksgiving. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical...

Post-Election News

By Haddon Libby As new political realities settle in following the contentious 2016 elections, let’s take a look at some of the lesser reported stories of the Election Season: Brussels, Belgium: The European Union (EU) held an emergency meeting related to the election of Donald Trump as President yet France, the United Kingdom and Hungary did not attend thus muting the...

IMPOSTER SCAM CALLS

IRS: “You owe back taxes and will be arrested and receive a large fine and jail time if you do not settle this NOW!” Police: “We are raising money for officers injured in the line of duty. How much will be you donating today?” Utility Company: “We will be shutting off your electricity TODAY if you don’t pay the past-due amount...
By Flint Wheeler Every great and powerful foe has one small weakness. The Gremlins had bright lights, the Wicked Witch of the West had water, and sportsbooks have early-season college basketball totals. The Over/Under lines on NCAA hoops games in the first couple months of the season are the most vulnerable you will find bookmakers at any point in the sports...

TRICHOMES

BY PATTE PURCELL What are trichomes? Those are the sticky little crystals that cover the cannabis nuggets. Their function is vital to cannabis. They play a crucial role in its psychoactive effects. Without trichomes, we'd have no reason to consume marijuana. These tiny “hairs” seem to be the most common indication of a healthy and potent plant. While trichomes do not...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Many people go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after," observed Henry David Thoreau. The spirit of Thoreau's observation is true about every one of us to some extent. From time to time, we all try to satisfy our desires in the wrong location,...

ALTRUISM

By Bronwyn Ison Last week while I was driving my girls to school my youngest shared when she grows up she wants to have a learning center. She wants to help children who may not have the opportunity to go someplace and learn.  I know she was inspired by her latest visit to feeding the homeless. There were small...
BY DR PETER KADILE An appendicitis and a gallbladder attack are common conditions that can cause severe abdominal pain. What’s the difference? An appendicitis usually presents as progressively worsening abdominal pain that will not resolve to come back again at a later date. The incidence of appendicitis occurs in 6% of the population, usually between the ages of 10-30 years old. The appendix...
by Sunny Simon While interviewing a client during a resume writing session, I suggested we talk about his soft skills. Shooting me a quizzical look he said with a smirk, “But I’m an engineer.” I laughed getting the joke. He typically didn’t want to talk about what he considered “touchy-feely” stuff, however, Joel was starting to warm up to the...
By Noe Gutierrez From his globally popular MTV music video for “AUDIO/VIDEO” to talent agent and concert producer who worked with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to television producer who worked with Kenny Rogers, Etta James, The Greg Allman Band and Howard Stern to current beloved radio show host of CV 104.3 FM’s ‘FITZ In The Morning’ to his long-running...
Sunday Polo Dec. 31st, 2017 – April 1st, 2018 November 2nd, 2017, Indio, CA - Empire Polo Club is pleased to announce their 2018 Polo Season schedule, which begins Sunday, December 31st and continues through April 1st, 2018.  Sunday Polo kicks off on with a soft opening on Sunday, December 31st with two featured matches, one at 12:00 noon and...
November 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. By Avery Wood The Coachella Valley is having its own small business week this month, starting with a Regional Mixer, Expo, and Tasting event on November 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fantasy Springs Special Event Center. According to Katie Stice, Regional President, East of Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of...
Tickets will be available on www.psiaf.org. This fun family event will feature screenings of more than 34 categories, 300 short and 6 full length films from 103 countries over three days. Films from Cannes, Annecy, Sundance, and Tribeca as well as Oscar and Grammy winners will be presented in the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater, Richards Center for the...
Alabama is the band that changed everything by bringing Country music to the mainstream. They are the band that introduced rock-style guitars, lights, and pyrotechnics to the Country audience and they are bringing their “Southern Drawl Tour” to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The story of Alabama is a classic American...

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Desert Movement Arts presents Circling the Shrinking Sea

Closing Reception of ‘Salton Sea: An Artistic Discussion’ Free, December 12, 2017, 6:00PM, UCR Palm Desert, CA By Constance Clare-Newman What’s a vital discussion without any movement?...