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By Noe Gutierrez This year’s recipients of the 2018 Coachella Valley Music Award’s Pioneer Award are the Cancino family. Jacinto ‘Chad’ Cancino shared the collective expression of gratitude from the entire Cancino family, “On behalf of my family, it is a true honor to receive the Pioneer Award from the Coachella Valley Music Awards. We feel extremely lucky and blessed...
By Noe Gutierrez If you like metal, punk and everything in-between, you should get a hold of Gilly, Davey and Brian as soon as possible. BOSSFIGHT is a three-piece ‘reverse-crossover’ rock band based out of San Diego by way of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. On bass and vocals is Brian ‘Gilly’ Gilstrap, on guitars is Dave Settimi and on...

CASA DE PALMAS

THE TAG TEAM OF CUB SWANSON & ANTHONY BAUER By Noe Gutierrez There is a new vacation rental located in Bermuda Dunes that caters to both out-of-towners and any Desert Rat wanting the ultimate ‘stay-cation’. Not only is it unique in its own right, it is brought to you by the team of Bauer and Swanson. Power broker Anthony Bauer and...
By Denise Ortuno With the quaint area of Old Town La Quinta as its backdrop, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill offers up outstanding food, drinks, atmosphere and service. Part of a family franchise that started over forty years ago, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill has two desert locations, one at the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert (perfect for a bite while...
By Tracy Dietlin This past Thursday, at Hotel Zoso, CV Weekly’s Most Interesting & Influential Men & Women of 2018 gathered to be honored and raise money for charities. One of the Top 10 Women’s name was drawn, Andie Hubka, owner of Cork & Fork and Craft Heirloom Kitchen restaurants, representing her charity Find Food Bank, and one of the...
By Anastasia Beaverhausen                 The high and low desert music scenes are both pretty healthy, but almost feel mutually exclusive, managing to exist like parallel universes.                 Both scenes are super-insular. High Desert musicians stick close to home, plying their trade at the Joshua Tree Saloon, The Palms, Frontier Café and, of course, Pappy & Harriet’s on a regular basis. Meanwhile,...
By Eleni P. Austin                 If it were possible for Shirley Bassey, Carmen Miranda and Wanda Jackson to have a musical love child, her name would be Tami Neilson.                 Tami was raised in Canada and grew up in a musical clan. The Neilson Family, parents Ron and Betty, plus younger brothers Joshua (“Jay”) and Todd toured Canada and the United...
“Remember we are all born artists. What we do with that, shapes who we are” By Angela Romeo Art is not passive – whether one is the artist or the viewer. Art requires participation. Art is always a collaborative effort. For artists Andrea Raft and Aaron Sedway it is a deeper collaboration between parent and child. Andrea studied painting at the...
BY JANET McAFEE Our pets are part of our family, and we want to do everything possible to help them live long and healthy lives.  My special cat Isis lived for 24 years with good vet care that included homeopathy and healthy diet. Small dogs can easily live for 17 years or longer.  Large breed dogs have a life span...
By Rick Riozza One may laugh and run away like a child at play—but in our valley’s summer season shortly upon us, you’ll be running into a crisp and refreshing bottle of rosé soon enough!  And thank goodness, for so many of pale salmon copper colored wines are lovingly dry while showing lively fruit notes. And of course—everything’s coming up rosés—again!...
By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: SOLO: A Star Wars Story This month marks 40 years since the release of the first Star Wars films. Is Disney going to keep breeding and then beating to death the iconic Lucasverse sci-fi fantasy mythos until there’s no longer an audience that loves it? -- or worse, hates it?  Word has it that Lucasfilm is developing...
By Heidi Simmons A great American novel must come from a great American writer.  As obvious as that may seem, great works of literature can often be obscured when one writes from an autobiographical experience.  Philip Roth wrote about his personal world revealing insight, irony and angst of American life, east coast culture and coming of age sexuality, which made...
I really appreciate the opportunity to write fire and life safety articles for the CV Weekly newspaper. It’s an honor to write and spread the message of safety to their readers. I also get the privilege to occasionally write about great customer service received from businesses in the CV. I recently had an issue with my golf cart. I called...
By Haddon Libby The National Basketball Association finals are underway for the eighth consecutive year with LeBron James’ team in the finals and his seemingly perennial nemesis, the Golden State Warriors. Team ownership is now a billionaire’s game. Since the rise of the Warriors five years ago, the value of a NBA franchise has jumped three-fold to $1.65 billion.  Only seven...
The chances are that you or a friend was involved in an auto accident over the Memorial Day Weekend when more tourists are on the roads. Accident lawyers/victims have a hard time finding a doctor with whom to treat. Many professionals arrange vacation schedules around long holiday weekends, and are out Thursday through Tuesday. Many foolish lawyers don't answer calls...
Think you've had a tough week? By Flint Wheeler I think not, when compared to Roger Goodell. It is a testament to the battered but enduring popularity of the NFL that America's biggest sports machine somehow seems to roll on like a boulder on a slight incline despite a public relations mess bigger than concussions or the Ray Rice video. The league rolls on...
By Aaron Ramson Way back when the Roman Empire was what you were a part of if you lived in Europe, people liked to get drunk. They’d carry little bags of wine or beer around with them in animal skins, usually made from sheep stomachs or something equally hideous that I’d never want to drink my IPA out of. Like...
By Avery Wood A new venture in the Coachella Valley can make you a custom portrait of your fur-babies. Mini Pup Paintings by Caleb Marie Cruz offers small paintings of your pet on easel stands, perfect for putting on a desk or dresser. “I came up with the idea probably about four or five months ago when I made each...
BY ELIZABETH SCARCELLA Renee Baribeau knows this first hand. An author, wind whistler, soul coach, inspirational speaker and workshop leader; Renee learned thirty years ago that if she wanted her life to flow easily…and not be one catastrophe after another, she must honor and accept Spirit’s guidance. She recognized from a very early age, that her life is purpose driven...
By Stephanie Greene The Lighthouse Dispensary is the first licensed, recreational and medical Cannabis boutique in Coachella, with both a storefront and door-to-door delivery service throughout the desert. Located just three miles away from the Polo Fields, the Lighthouse Dispensary opened to the public right before the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April 2018 and has been welcomed...
BY CRAIG MICHAELS The Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network (CVCAN) which was originally called the Desert Hot Springs Cannabis Alliance Network (DHSCAN) has grown like a weed (pun intended.) Desert Hot Springs was the first city in the desert to embrace the cannabis industry. Cannabis related businesses quickly spouted and so did the need for representation. The DHSCAN was Founded...
© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): A critic described Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Mona Lisa as "the most visited, most written about, most sung about, most parodied work of art in the world." It hasn't been sold recently, but is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Today it's kept in the world-renowned Louvre...

OPEN DOORS

By Bronwyn Ison “When one door closes, another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell – Why do we spend so much time or thought on closed doors?  Wondering what may have happened.  Spinning your thoughts around...
BY DR PETER KADILE Dr. Kadile, I frequently will have hiccups after drinking beer but not wine. The hiccups will usually last until I sleep them off and be gone by the morning. What exactly causes hiccups and is there a faster way to get rid of them? John, La Quinta John, hiccups are caused by involuntary spasm of the diaphragm. The...
By Sunny Simon      Yesterday procrastination bit me big time. I dreaded starting a particular project. It wasn’t a distasteful task, I just felt rebellious about beginning. Cleaning the grill, scrubbing down the shower tiles, even sewing on a missing button (oh how I hate sewing) sounded more appealing.      How do you solve a case of the blahs about a...
On Thursday, May 24 we will throw a party to honor these amazing Men & Women with 3 charities benefitting from the event The event will be held at the new Hotel Zoso in Palm from 6-9pm. The cost is $20.00 cash at the door or to reserve tickets in advance with credit card call 760-501-6228. The majority of the...
By Tricia Witkower Born and raised in Oceanside, New York, Vincent Battaglia become a West Coaster when he moved to Southern California in high school. He moved a little up the coast when he attended San Luis Obispo for undergrad and then went on to receive his MBA at UCR Palm Desert. This is where Vincent envisioned the company he...
By Denise Ortuno 93.7 KCLB Program/Music Director and on-air personality Todd “TK” Killiam is all about radio, as he brings the Coachella Valley community which he loves, the best in Rock. He’s always been into radio, even as child in Chicago. TK recalls falling in love with radio at the tender age of 7, as he listened to the sounds coming...
By Tricia Witkower Restaurateur Joe Funkey was born in Harvey, Illinois, where he went to school nearby. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corp and was enlisted from 1977 to 1981. There he met his wife Susan while in the Marine Corps, who was also from Chicago, and in California for vacation. After spending only a month...
By Tricia Witkower Douglas L. VanSant, Jr. – that’s Dougie to you – is a jack of all trades. And well, he’s a master of them too. His main gig is the front man (as well as guitarist and manager) for the Palm Desert-based indie dream-surf band, The Flusters. Dougie’s resume reads like a combination of the liner notes for...
By Noe Gutierrez When you think of the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, you unmistakably think of Coachella, one of the most revered music festivals in the world…EVER! You think of Stagecoach, California’s premiere country music festival. You consider the incomparable level of world-class polo matches being played. It is commonly understood that Alex Haagen IV has had an...
By Noe Gutierrez Adam Levy is outgoing, gregarious and spontaneous in nature. These traits are necessary as Marketing Director of Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. With his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University San Bernardino with a Major in Management and Minor in Finance, Adam has brought some unique entertainment and events to the Palm Springs hotspot. Adam also holds...
By Denise Ortuno Noted for his expertise with nightclubs, parties and promotions, Steve Johns has been known as the “nighttime mayor” of nightlife in the desert for close to 40 years, and he is still going strong. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Steve Johns, you will notice that outwardly, he might seem to be the opposite of the...
By Tricia Witkower When talking to Ken Hanna, one thing becomes obvious – he’s a man of few words and many actions. His quiet humility is one of his defining features. He’s passionate about giving back, being charitable to causes he cares about, and making a difference. He likes those actions to speak for themselves and seems endearingly uncomfortable bragging...
By Denise Ortuno Executive Chef Paul Hancock brings his culinary prowess to the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, showcasing a marvel of creative fare inspired by his travels and love of food. Standing on a chair in his grandmother’s kitchen when he only 4, Hancock already had an attraction for the magic of the culinary arts. He loved to...
By Denise Ortuno Gregory Goodman has been beautifying people’s lives for decades with his creative floral arrangements, bringing smiles to their faces one petal at a time. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Goodman was somewhat pre-determined to be in the floral business. His father opened a floral shop of his own that was attached to the house that they lived in. Goodman,...
By Esther Sanchez This Friday, May 25th, the guys from Instigator will be celebrating  the release of their new, self-titled demo at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert along with fellow rockers, Minor Emergency and Frank Eats the Floor. It’s been just over a year since Instigator blew up on the scene as the new, kick-ass, thrash-metal band...
By Denise Ortuno Palm Desert’s famed Castelli’s Ristorante is turning 30, and to celebrate they are clicking back prices to the 1980’s. Retro never tasted so good! It’s cray-cray to believe that it’s been 30 years that Casetllis has been around in Palm Desert. I remember going to their 20th Anniversary a decade ago, and it seriously seems like…well, not a...
By Tricia Witkower With four studio albums and six #1 singles, country music singer and songwriter Justin Moore has made a big splash since debuting on the country scene ten years ago. He’s made a name for himself in a huge way, sharing the stage with such country greats as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams, Jr., and more. In...
BY PATTE PURCELL Joe Baldino is a passionate guitarist, composer, musician and performer. His songs are all original and the sound is a melting pot of acoustic, easy listening jazz saturated with a Latin feel. Joe has been working on his second CD called In the Flow for the last 3 years writing all new original music. It is being...
Local Youth Bands Will ‘Battle’ to Raise Funds & Awareness on May 30th By Andrea Carter A local celebration tying into World MS Day – the 2nd Annual Rock for MS – will be hosted by Westfield Palm Desert and ACT for Multiple Sclerosis on May 30, 2018. The event will feature 7 local youth bands formed through the Academy of...
The world’s largest UFO conference, Contact In The Desert, will be held June 1- 4 at the Renaissance Resort and Hotel in Indian Wells. In its sixth year, the conference outgrew its previous location in Joshua Tree as interest in UFOs flourishes. Contact in the Desert was created as an educational event, with lectures and workshops on extraterrestrial life, human origins,...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Five years is a long time between records. The music industry is constantly changing these days and fans have become more fickle (fickler?) and less loyal in this culture of instant gratification. It feels so half-century ago to be counting the days for the long-awaited Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin record when Cardi B and...
Tickets on sale Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m. Sting & Shaggy will bring their dynamic and vibrant joint live show to Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa’s The Show on October 12. Performing in this intimate venue, the iconic artists will combine their bands to play songs from their recently-released, island-flavored collaborative album, 44/876 (A&M/Interscope Records), and to collaborate on each...
BY JANET McAFEE Dogs love to travel!  Chances are your dog races to go with you when you gather up your car keys.  Dogs are natural nomads, traveling in packs in the wild.  They are curious creatures who love seeing new places and meeting new friends.  Traveling with pets has become easier with more businesses happily accommodating them.  Some restaurants even...
BY RICK RIOZZA This past week, Paolo Maxilmilliano representing the Palm Springs Wine Blog and myself for CV Weekly, along with a few other wine traders and buyers, were invited to a most interesting private wine tasting affair at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills—fancy surroundings for sure.  But apart from the luxuriance, there was some big California wine news...

CAPTAIN SNARK

By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: DEADPOOL 2 The thing that made the first Deadpool movie work so well was the novelty of a comic super-hero movie full of knowing, self-referential mockery, along with the ever-present fourth-wall demolition. So if you liked the original, the second time around is more of the same. Thanks to Ryan Reynolds winning charisma (he was also a...
Book Review by Heidi Simmons Author Tom Wolfe was raised in the South, lived in New York, and cherished the California lifestyle.  He passed away this month.  He was 88. His Southerner look was not an act.  Every day Wolfe donned his iconic outfit: A cream or white three-piece suit, tie, handkerchief, a matching homburg hat—oh, and spats!  Starting his writing career...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA Next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. “Let’s all take part by being responsible for our self and others,” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Here are a few safety tips: Travel Safety: Hitting the road locally or with some distance, remember: Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Be well rested, alert and patient; give your full attention to...
TLC is the undisputed best-selling American girl-group of all time, and they’re teaming up with En Vogue, one of the top five best-selling American female music groups in history, to bring their fans one night of incredible music at The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, September 15, 2018. One of the greatest legacies in music...

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