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By Noe Gutierrez John Carey comes in all shapes and sizes. He can perform as a solo artist, as part of a duo or trio in the Smooth Brothers, in a 5-piece Motown band and as part of Capitol Records recording artist O’Bryan. It’s this smorgasbord of rhythm and blues and jazz that has kept Carey on the radar of...
By Noe Gutierrez Every now and then a band comes along from out of the blue and challenges the status quo.  Plastic Ruby has nonchalantly entered 2018 as an ‘artist to watch’. With John Marek on guitar and vocals, Julio Corrales on bass and back-up vocals, Isidro Corrales on keyboards and guitar and Eddie Airada on drums, Plastic Ruby will...

Desert Icons: Part One

By Angela Romeo The word Desert conjures up many images. Some see the beauty of the Joshua Tree or the color of the desert sky. Some see a dark forbidding landscape. The word Icon conjures up many images too. Some see leaders. Some see haughty personalities. Some see YouTube reality stars (really, some do!) What imagery does one see with the words...
By Denise Ortuno With the recent addition of Pier 29 Food Court and La Diabla Maria, enjoying tasty eats as well as casino fun at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, is no gamble at all. It’s one of the most popular casinos in the Coachella Valley, with plenty of gambling options, and a vibrant concert an entertainment venue. Now the casino...
By Aaron Ramson A couple of false starts aside, my brewing career didn’t officially begin until January of 2012. This wasn’t a hobby, it was an obsession. I’d order two kits of beer every month and brew them both, so that by the end of by first year, I’d created 24 batches of homebrew. Now, extract beers are fun and...
By Flint Wheeler Every year, when college football returns to us, we are happy for a few hours. There are silly upsets, nonsense plays, and wild endings, and we experience the rush of watching a sport we pretend is unpredictable. And then night falls, and Alabama plays—always in a marquee national broadcast slot (because we’re supposed to want to watch...
By Eleni P. Austin      “I’m a million people, rolled into one, if you don’t know me you will know someone/I’m a long-time baby, a full-time maybe with nothing to prove, you choose.” That’s singer-songwriter Galen Ayers making her musical declaration of independence on “You Choose,” the opening song on her solo debut, “Monument.” Galen settled on a career...
BY JANET McAFEE Careful planning avoids the horrible hissing and fighting that occurs when some cats meet for the first time.  A great introduction method, explained in great detail in the book The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier, allows you to adopt a second cat without worry.  What could be more fun than 2 cats engaged in joyful play,...

Embrace the emBrazen

BY RICK RIOZZA For those wine enthusiasts who keep their eyes on progressive politics and culture, perhaps you raised your glasses and offered a toast in honor of Women’s Equality Day this past August 26—the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. As the wine world is wont to do, they’re always in to cheer on and...

REDFORD’S SWAN SONG?

By Robin E. Simmons Now playing: THE OLD MAN & THE GUN After a long and celebrated career as one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood, Robert Redford said recently (August’18) that he’s retiring from acting and that the American crime comedy The Old Man and the Gun will be his final film. Written and directed by David Lowery. The movie is based on...
By Heidi Simmons Since human beings first roamed this planet, they have told stories.  Story is a way to preserve history, understand human nature, share information and influence thinking.  Storytelling is how we reflect on our culture, learn about ourselves, gain insight and wisdom about the people and the world around us.  It is also a great way to escape...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA It’s been about seventeen years since United Airlines flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11 were purposely flown by hijackers into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center Buildings. The Pentagon was severely damaged by the impact of an additional airliner and resulting fire. Hijackers also crashed a fourth plane into a field near...
By Haddon Libby Are you ready for some football?  As the National Football League starts its 88th campaign this week, ratings are expected to continue a decline begun in 2016.  While player protests during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner caused some of the viewership loss, bad teams like Da’Bears, De’Jets and the Giants in the nation’s largest television markets have...
Yes, the DUI consultation is free and if you follow my suggestions herein, you may never need me. The worst case scenario is that you will have set yourself up for a positive result with your DUI arrest. The back of my business card states: “Upon advice of my attorney, Dale Gribow, I exercise my Right to Remain Silent until you...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now is an excellent time to feel and explore and understand and even appreciate your sadness. To get you in the mood, here's a list of sadnesses from novelist Jonathan Safran Foer: sadness of the could-have-been; sadness of being misunderstood; sadness of having too many options; sadness of being smart; sadness...
By Sunny Simon      While sorting the mail I was immediately drawn to the four letter word spanning about a fourth of the magazine cover. One of my favorite words - GRIT. Along with Angela Duckworth, the nation’s self proclaimed  cheerleader of grit, my belief is that power-packed factor is a strong contender for the number one trait of successful...
By Elizabeth Scarcella I am sure that most of us have pondered the reason for our existence. There must be some other motive to life; other than being born, getting an education, working, having some fun…and then becoming sick and dying. Obviously, there is a deeper purpose than that. So, what IS the reason? I believe it is our Soul’s...
A CV Weekly Exclusive Interview with So Cal Coyotes’ Coach J. David Miller By Lisa Morgan It’s not unusual for a boss to tell a new hire or team member, “My door is always open.” We hear it all the time.  But when Coach J. David Miller told that to a new player who had come to the valley to play...
By Patte Purcell Bob DeSena winner of the 24th Annual Jazz Artist of the Year from the LA Music Awards is performing with his band at Oscars, the new jazz hotspot in Palm Springs, CA. Dubbed "Jazzville," Oscars hosts different jazz artists on Wednesdays monthly. He will be in full swing with his band on Wednesday, September 5 from 7:00...
By Jason Hall Jesika von Rabbit is set to release her highly anticipated second solo album on September 14. After Gram Rabbit started their indefinite hiatus, von Rabbit unleashed her first solo album, Journey Mitchell. While Journey Mitchell definitely had a Jesika von Rabbit feel, it went more in an electronic direction. Over the few years between albums, von Rabbit...
By Tracy Dietlin This past Saturday night something unique, amazing and epic happened at The Hood Bar & Pizza. Jeff Bowman’s brilliant idea to put together a bunch of musician’s in 5 different bands, and have them play 7 cover songs each, came to fruition and blew everyone away. All 5 bands were crazy good and the bar was packed...
By Eleni P. Austin                 John Brodeur has been kicking around the music business for several years now, but the New York-based singer-songwriter may have hit pay dirt in his current project, Bird Streets. Los Angeles denizens know that the Bird Streets is an exclusive neighborhood between the hills of Beverly and Hollywood, (George Harrison famously memorialized a street with...
By Denise Ortuno Casual, comfortable and delicious, Mario’s Italian Cafés have been bringing the best in traditional Italian dishes to the Coachella Valley for over 40 years, making us want to mangia, mangia! If you live in the Coachella Valley and love Italian food, chances are that you’ve dined at one of Mario’s Italian Cafes 7 locations. And if you haven’t,...
By Dee Jae Cox In 2017, two internationally known Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights, finally made it to Broadway.  Both writers had already won just about every conceivable award for their writing, their work had been staged around the world and they had even taught other dramatists at Ivy league schools.  But the bright lights of Broadway had eluded Paula Vogal...
By Aaron Ramson The first (and second) beer I ever brewed was on the Mr. Beer system. You ever started a series on Netflix only to get three episodes in then decide you’re good, you don’t need to watch this shit anymore? That’s what those first couple brewing experiences were like. Mr. Beer was the Iron Fist of home brewing...
By Flint Wheeler The college football season starts in September, but it's never too early to preview the Heisman Trophy race. Here’s a look at some names to watch for the 2018 Heisman, given annually to the most outstanding player in college football. It’s early enough in the betting season to grab some clear value on some of these sure...
By Angela Romeo Art can be a challenge – for those who create it and those who participate in the experience.  The upcoming GENDER BENDERS Exhibition opening September 8 at Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 Twenty-nine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA, is certain to challenge one’s perception of gender roles and social mores. GENDER BENDERS presents the work of Cat Celebrezze...
BY JANET McAFEE I moved quickly through the kennels at the San Bernardino City Shelter checking the availability dates on the dogs' kennel cards.  Many of the animals were still on hold for an owner to claim, though sadly the percentage of owner retrievals is small.  I spotted an interesting looking male poodle mix.  He was listed as part Maltese,...
By Rick Riozza Born and raised around the beaches of Southern California, heading out to the surf was part of life’s ritual for me. I even remember Tin Can Beach, the nickname for a 3½-mile stretch of sand just north of Huntington Beach. Definitely a wackiness memorial of littering, where rusting tin beer cans of yesteryear were strewn all along...

HATCHET JOB

By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: LIZZIE I can’t recall the number of films that have been inspired by the true crime that became a nursery rhyme.  You must know it and maybe even skipped rope while chanting it: Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. On August 4, 1892, Andrew...

A HIDDEN WORLD

By Heidi Simmons ----- The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum – Nonfiction ----- Being American most often means you have roots from somewhere else.  We are blessed to live in such a wonderfully diverse country where we are free to go home or visit ancestral lands.  Diana Marcum’s The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores (Little A, 240 pages)...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA Thanks to the Westin Resort in Rancho Mirage the California Firefighters Association will be hosting their annual CSFA Conference Sept 4th – 6th. “We appreciate what the staff and employees at the Westin have done and are doing to accommodate this year’s CSFA conference,” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “They host other fire service events throughout...

LAZY

By Haddon Libby As many of us enjoy a shortened work week due to the Labor Day holiday, I got to thinking about how lazy we have become as a society.  Sure, I know you work hard.  I do too.  Deep down though, we are lazy.  The remote control would not exist if we were not inherently lazy.  Most technological breakthroughs...
Well, "beat" may be too strong a word since a lawyer looks for the best result possible with the facts presented. However, following the advice herein, may allow your lawyer to get a drastic reduction or at least be able to deal with less evidence against you. Less evidence increases your chances of a successful result. So with Memorial...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, our heroine encounters a talking caterpillar as he smokes a hookah on top of a tall mushroom. "Who are you?" he asks her. Alice is honest: "I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several...
By Sunny Simon      I hung up the phone, breathed a sigh of relief and took stock of my emotions. The call I just completed carried me right out of my comfort zone. The action I took was uncharacteristic and yet I felt no remorse, or more importantly, no guilt.      Like many individuals, women in particular, I fall into the...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. The Desert Area Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society (DACONS) is inviting all doctors and nurses in the area to a lecture on Cannabis Therapeutics in Palliative Care in Oncology on November 20, 2018 at Venus de Fido. Yours truly will be giving the lecture and Dr. Delmar Aikens will also be speaking. DACONS as an affiliate of...
By Tracy Dietlin This Saturday night, August 25, at The Hood Bar and Pizza, a very unique musical experience will take place, called, A Mixed Up Music Party! This is the brainchild of, and spearheaded by, musician Jeff Bowman. Jeff Bowman is one of the most respected musicians in the Coachella Valley, and with good reason. Over the last 30 years...
FREE SHOW @ Joshua Tree Saloon (indoor stage), Saturday August 25 9-12 pm FREE SHOW @ Big Rock Pub, Indio, CA Sunday August 26, 6-8pm (Dancing from 8-10 pm) By Lisa Morgan Carolina Story is a love story: Ben and Emily - two star crossed lovers who discovered the magic in blending their voices (and their lives) during a camping trip ten...
Greater Palm Springs Pride announced today the recipients of its 2018 Pride Honors Awards. The prestigious Pride Honors are presented annually to individuals to recognize their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards ceremony is September 26, at the Hilton Palm Springs. Five of the seven awards...
By Eleni P. Austin             “This old world will chew you up and spit you out without ever asking how you’re doing or who you are, days go by and soon become days gone by/You never get to question time, it comes and goes, come back baby, come back let’s rewind, come back baby, let’s go back in time.”             That...
The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center will present its second large arts exhibition entitled DESERT ICONS, opening with a special gala and public reception Saturday evening, August 25th from 6-9 pm.  Following the unprecedented success of the new arts center’s inaugural exhibition, GROUND TO SKY, which focused on assemblage and astrophotography, this new...
By Denise Ortuno Nothing can compare to cozying up to our favorite comfort food when we’re in need a of a big food hug. One place that offers big Mexican themed food hugs is Taqueria Tlaquepaque in Palm Springs, ready to nourish your body and nurture your soul. I was leaving the doctor’s office the other day after having a small...
BY LYNNE TUCKER Located at the western gateway to Downtown Los Angeles, 10.5-acre Vista Hermosa Natural Park is an urban natural park developed by the MRCA that boldly returns the serenity and diversity of nature the Los Angeles urban core. Operated in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the City of Los Angeles, Vista Hermosa Natural Park...
By Aaron Ramson So, I’m scrolling through Groupon, and you know what I see? No, not the discount Thai massages (I kind of wanna order one. No, I don’t. Yes, I do. No, I don’t! But I kinda do). No, not the hot air balloon rides (which even when discounted from $147 to $63 per person, still seems kinda high....
By Flint Wheeler Duke Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski probably won’t spend much time talking about his surgically-replaced knee when reflecting on the 2017-18 season. He certainly won’t be using it as an excuse. However, when you consider the inexperience he had on his roster and the extra 10 days of practice they missed as a result of the surgery...

Pool Safety for Fido!

BY JANET McAFEE What could be more refreshing than lounging in the cool crisp water of your backyard pool during these warm “dog days” of summer.  Many Coachella Valley residents have backyard pools, and their dogs may join them for a refreshing swim.  Supervised dog swimming can be used to rehabilitate injuries, and it provides great exercise for dogs when...

A Summer of Sparklers

BY RICK RIOZZA Kids have their soda; beer lovers have their suds. Cocktailians have their seltzer and we vino enthusiasts have our sparklers. Who doesn’t crave a refreshing fizzy drink on a hot summer day? We could get a bit nerdy and offer a science explanation: Bubblies and sparklers—alcoholic or not—are refreshing because of the carbonation effect provides a cooling and...
By Robin E. Simmons NOW SHOWING: PAPILLON Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in Danish director Michael Noer’s update (?) or remake of the 1973 Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffmann prison epic, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. If you're planning on watching the reboot, a word of caution: try not to see the original first. Franklin Schaffner’s original was long, gritty and brutal....
By Heidi Simmons ----- Aquaman by Geoff Johns – Trade Paperback ----- Being an outsider is difficult.  When you are misunderstood, unappreciated and considered irrelevant, it’s hard to be a good citizen and make a difference in the community without feeling judged.  Written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, Aquaman: Volume 1, The Trench (DC Comics, 144 pages), is...

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