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By Eleni P. Austin “I’ve reached out, I’ve been well received just as much as I’ve been rejected/And in the scheme of things I’ve got more than I need but sometimes I feel neglected.” That’s Jeffrey Gaines kinda-sorta accepting his relatively low profile in the music business on “Thick And Thin” a song from his excellent new record, Alright. Jeffrey was born...
By Angela Romeo The art world never sits still. The upcoming weeks are no exception to the valley. CREATE Center for the Arts has a new home.  CREATE is now located73733 Fred Waring Drive #106, in Palm Desert. Its first show in the new location is an exhibition of the works of Meridy Volz. - FULL SPECTRUM. Opening reception is February...
BY JANET McAFEE “Finch” is a loose term to describe one of many small passerine birds, sometimes referred to as “perching birds”.  They make an ideal pet for folks seeking a small pet bird.  They don’t emit the ear-splitting sounds of parrots, and their sweet “peep” sounds make them a good choice for bird lovers with close neighbors.  Their chirping...
BY RICK RIOZZA A couple of weeks ago or so, Dan Sullivan invited me to lunch and we met over at Piero’s PizzaVino on El Paseo in Palm Desert.  You wine loving valley residents of course remember Dan as one of the city’s venerable wine purveyors who’s sold wine for almost 30 years, and, owned and ran Dan’s Wine Shop...

IT’S ALL RELATIVE

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS In lieu of covering a new release – there were no press previews this week -- I thought I’d feature several older titles new for home viewing on Blu-ray.  Twilight Time movies is a godsend to movie lovers who prefer owning and playing favorite films restored in stunning hi-def transfers. All these dark comedies or gothic dramas...
By Heidi Simmons ------ Catalina by Liska Jacobs – Fiction ----- Are our friends from college really our “friends?”   How well did we really know them, and what was actually the connection besides classes, partying or hanging out?  Catalina by Liska Jacobs (FSG Original, 231 pages) explores how tenuous our college relationships are and how difficult it is to be or have a true...
Whether you’re calling the shots at your home field or at a party somewhere else make sure to be a good sport and keep your “Safety” front and center at all times. Your “Running Back” is in the kitchen. Help avoid a “False Start” with unhealthy foods. Everyone wants to keep their “Tight End” looking tight, so add healthy snacks...

The Historic Run

By Haddon Libby The stock market finished January with its best monthly results in nearly sixty years, up nearly 7%! Many of those in the know as it relates to the U.S. stock markets have described recent increases as a parabolic shift in stock prices. A parabolic shift as it relates to the stock market is where one set of expectations are...
The back of my business card informs: Upon advice of my attorney, Dale Gribow, I exercise my Right to Remain Silent until you contact him at 760-837-7500 or dale@dalegribowlaw.com. My attorney has advised me the VOLUNTARY Field Sobriety & Breath Tests, at the scene, are OPTIONAL (unless one is on probation). Thus I elect not to take them. I want to cooperate...
By Deogracio Secretario    The 8th Annual Cathedral City Cove Home Tour of Artists’ and Historic Homes sponsored by the Agnes Pelton Society and the City of Cathedral City will be held on Sunday, February 11, 11a-3p. Six historic and artists’ homes in the lower Cathedral City Cove will be open to the public and a block party will be...
By Jennifer Jank Social Security retirement benefits are an important component of income for older Americans, and it’s helpful to know at a higher level how the program works. Divorce may or may not affect benefits, but it may be something you’ll want to take into account during the process. Ten years of employment (technically 40 quarters of work with a...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Chris Walsh from MJBizCon states the booming cannabis industry offers a bullish market to invest. The CA recreational market share has the potential to reach $4.5-$5 Billion. This will equal the industry of the whole country. Twenty-nine states have legalized medicinal marijuana, seven states have legalized recreational use. Since 1990, when the human endocannabinoid system was discovered...
By Flint Wheeler By current count, at least three wagers of $500,000 or more have already been placed in Las Vegas for next Sunday’s Super Bowl LII showdown between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Those wagers will be discussed in more detail below, but for now, all you need to know is that each bet was placed on Nick...
By Denise Ortuno Are you ready for some epic Super Bowl LII fun? Well, if you don’t already have a pre-arranged party to go to, not to worry. There are plenty of places around the Coachella Valley that will help you root for your favorite team, with drinks, food and sporty comradery. The 19th Hole- This Palm Desert original will give...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In all of history, humans have mined about 182,000 tons of gold. Best estimates suggest there are still 35 billion tons of gold buried in the earth, but the remaining riches will be more difficult to find and collect than what we've already gotten. We need better technology. If I had...
By Bronwyn Ison I used to feel guilty for taking care of myself until I learned a few things. Giving to others comes naturally to me and I love helping others feel good about themselves.  It wasn’t until some deep soul diving, I realized, I wasn’t truly taking the best care of me.  Do you feel guilty when you do...
How did I get all these lines on my face? As a Cosmetic Surgeon, I hear it all the time… “It just happened overnight!” or “I saw pictures from an event I went to…. I don’t look like that!” “I don’t recognize the face I see in the mirror every morning!” The facial aging process really begins around the age of...
by Sunny Simon      Jamie arrived at my office looking like she’d forgotten to sleep the night before. Observing the dark circles beneath her soft brown eyes signaled me she was dealing with a stressful situation. Jamie shared her dilemma. She had arrived at a crossroad and was struggling with which path to take.      My client had a decision to...
JANUARY 25 – 28 AT EMPIRE POLO CLUB The Southwest Arts Festival® Indio 2018 will be held on January 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Now in its 32nd year, the Southwest Arts Festival® will once again be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Empire Polo Club is an...
Friday, January 26 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino By Tracy Dietlin Rob Schneider is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of Saturday Night Live, he went on to a successful career in feature films, including starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, The Benchwarmers, and Grown Ups. This Friday, January 26,...
By Michael Felci He’ll be joined on stage by fellow Saturday Night Live alums David Spade and Rob Schneider, plus former Reno 911 scene-stealer Nick Swardson. (Visit fantasyspringsresort.com for tickets.) While reviews of Sandler’s recent cinematic output (“The Ridiculous 6,” “The Do-Over,” “Sandy Wexler,”) range from “mixed” to “WTF” there’s no doubting the 51-year-old funnyman’s ability to connect with live audiences. Here...
His Eyes Have Fangs will perform at The El Gato Classic Saturday night at 8pm at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs By Jason Hall The El Gato classic is coming up this weekend.  Along with artist, Robert Vargas, photographer, KC Armstrong’s book release for Back In The Day, and obviously all the legends of bowl and vert skating, there will be...
By Jason Hall Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath recently spent some time in Palm Springs. We were fortunate enough to catch up with them in their suite at Hard Rock Hotel and witness an exclusive acoustic performance. They also were nice enough to open up to us about some topics they’ve never discussed, including the bad times in...
By Avery Wood Up and coming singer Roxie Jane Barnett is performing at Costas Nightclub on Saturday, January 27 at 10 p.m. to announce the release of her new album, Burning Bright. Though an established singer, Barnett is new to the desert music scene and this will be her second time playing here. “I’ve performed at The Roadhouse. That was...
By Tracy Dietlin I recently watched a video of Will Randal and Mikey Reyes on FB of them performing the song “Hip hop is Ridiculous,” and I was blown away by the talent coming out of these two men. I didn’t know at the time that they had originally recorded the song back in 200? The track still seemed fresh...
By Denise Ortuno Dedication to serving free range chicken and simple fresh locally sourced ingredients, makes the Chicken Ranch in Palm Springs the go to place for chicken done right. It just feels like you’re doing something fresh and healthy for yourself when entering the Chicken Ranch on Palm Canyon in Palm Springs. The hip restaurant neighbors other cool spots in...
By Heidi Simmons The Fifth Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival (RMWF) begins Wednesday, January 24, and runs through Friday, January 26 at the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory.   This year celebrates 45 authors with 21 special guest moderators.  This “intimate” gathering of readers and book lovers is sold out.  Only one thousand passes were available. While the festival covers all literary...
By Aaron Ramson Back in my day as bassist for LA deathcore band Crematorium, we’d tour the country for months at a time, living and commuting in an old 15-passenger van and trailer (Can you imagine that? Five dudes, one van, all the farts). We’d signed a three-album recording contract, but the touring life is rough for all but the...

ABOLETH

By Noe Gutierrez Aboleth decimated The Hood Bar & Pizza the first weekend of 2018 providing support for House of Broken Promises and Brain Vat and their respective new releases.  Aboleth is Brigitte Roka (Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Marco Minnemann) on vocals, Collyn McCoy (Trash Titan, Ultra Electric Mega Galactic) on baguitar, and Boll3t (Hecatombe) on drums. In Dungeons & Dragons...
February 3rd at the Riviera Palm Springs Hotel According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, more than 600 women every day are raped or sexually assaulted in the United States. More than 1 in 4 women have experienced some type of public sexual harassment. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that 75% of workplace sexual harassment complaints go unreported all together...
Palm Springs “Camelot Theatres” to host Red Carpet movie Premier party and Screening of Gina Carey Films, “The One Year Pact” on February 12, 2018 Gina Carey Films in association with Gico Music is set to premier “The One Year Pact” at the prestigious “The Camelot Theatres”, 2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262, on Monday, February 12, 2018...
Grammy Award-winning Singer Returns to Spotlight Showroom on Saturday, February 24th Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to welcome back Grammy Award-winner Peter Cetera to the Spotlight Showroom on Saturday, February 24th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65, $55 and $45 at Spotlight29.com. Spotlight 29 Casino’s Spotlight Showroom offers the premier entertainment experience in the Coachella Valley. Cetera began his career in...
By Eleni P. Austin                 The power and the beauty of music is that sometimes it just allows us to feel our feelings; almost giving us permission to run the emotional gauntlet from elation to sorrow.  There are certain songs, like the Roches’ “Hammond Song,” Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” and Dar Williams’ “When I Was A Boy” that evoke such personal...

SON OF THE VELVET RAT

Acclaimed Joshua Tree band, Son Of The Velvet Rat, have recently embarked on a brief California tour before they hit the road in Europe. They will continue to support their most recent album, Dorado, released in early 2017. The husband and wife duo of Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder-Altziebler met in their native Austria. Georg had already started SOtVR, when...
THE EXHIBITION, “HERB ALPERT: A VISUAL MELODY,” WILL BE ON VIEW FEBRUARY 17 – MAY 31 AT THE HJFA, PALM DESERT Heather James Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by artist and musician Herb Alpert. The exhibition, “Herb Alpert: A Visual Melody”, consists of abstract mixed-media paintings and large and small-scale bronze sculptures. Alpert’s...
BY JANET McAFEE Many years ago, a friend and I were traveling through the Coachella Valley to one of the private no-kill shelters.  My friend fostered a small chocolate brown Chihuahua, who sat happily in the back seat of our car.  My friend suddenly announced she’d decided not to adopt the pup, “I decided not to keep him.  I’m going...
BY RICK RIOZZA A couple of years ago, we did an enlightening story on the wine making McBride sisters.  The story was especially interesting because although both Robin and Andréa were born in Los Angeles—nine years apart, they were raised by different mothers and without the knowledge of each other.  The kicker in the story is that both girls individually shared...

2017’S BEST MOVIES?

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS Just because some members of the Motion Picture Academy voted to nominate specific movies to be voted on as “best picture” doesn’t mean that picture is actually better than all the others releases during the year in question.  If movies are works or art, and I can make that argument, can one really be “better” than...
by Heidi Simmons ----- Eisenhower by Louis Galambos – Biography ----- Divisive politics saturates our culture.  The Federal government shut down!  While history is being made, it seems it’s also being forgotten.  Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World by Louis Galambos (John Hopkins, 280 pages) reminds readers of the qualities it takes to become a respected world leader.  In celebration of the 65th...
By Haddon Libby There are approximately 60 million married couples in the United States.  Over the course of a year, 2.2 million couples marry while 850,000 divorce. Most of us think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday of couples.  That said, many married couples consider Valentine’s Day to be a celebration for rookies.  Why pay extra money to recognize the one...
We all make NY's resolutions...but most we can't keep. You can't resolve to never be in an accident. The odds are you or a friend will have an accident this year. BUT IF YOU HAD A RECENT HOLIDAY ACCIDENT ...DO NOT HIRE A LAWYER UNTIL YOU READ THIS. Now what do you do and what does the insurance company do when...

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK!

BY ALEXANDRA MIKLOSOVA My name is Alexandra Miklosova, and I have been in real estate here in Coachella Valley over 10 year now. Currently I’m a Realtor and Creative Marketing Strategist for Lux Box Agency and I absolutely love what I do. I love our valley! I love real estate and I love social media! Out of the love for...
By Patte Purcell Being in the legal medical marijuana industry and writing this column I get to speak with many individuals in the business. Growers, small manufacturers and of course dispensaries, are people I speak with on a daily basis. In addition, I get multiple marijuana newsletters everyday letting me know the state of the industry. I've noticed a very...
By Steve Brown If you're looking for a fun day trip to explore somewhere new, and meet plenty of enjoyable people in the process, consider Reach Out Morongo Basin's 14th annual Parade of Homes.  It's a relaxed afternoon of a self-guided tour to half a dozen hi-desert homes.  You'll not only have a great day exploring the hi-desert, but you'll also...
With darkness rapidly encircling the Coachella Valley, Rahm managed to shake off Andrew Landry and capture his second career PGA Tour victory. Rahm's 20-foot birdie on the fourth playoff hole proved the difference in Palm Springs, where he entered as the highest-ranked player in the field and supported that status with his stout play. Rahm barely took his foot off the...
By Elizabeth Scarcella I get asked all the time why I always look so happy. Do I ever have down days? Of course I do…I am human too. The difference between me and some others, maybe even you, is that I have learned that my emotional state is very temporary and I can quickly change it. I did not always...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Anders Haugen competed for the U.S. as a ski jumper in the 1924 Winter Olympics. Although he was an accomplished athlete who had previously set a world record for distance, he won no medals at the games. But wait! Fifty years later, a sports historian discovered that there had a been...

BE YOURSELF

By Bronwyn Ison If there’s one thing I’ve learned, BE YOURSELF!  Sing it loud and proud.  I’m grateful there isn’t another me on the planet.  Guess what? There isn’t another you in this world either.  All the more reason to celebrate your beautiful self. Let’s talk self-love. Being yourself is also about loving who you are in your own skin.  More...

Gallstones

BY DR PETER KADILE A patient of mine had developed severe indigestion and bloating last week. I initially thought he may have had a mild case of food poisoning but the symptoms persisted for a week until he had sudden, sharp and very painful abdominal pain. I got him a CT scan and it turns out he had gallstones. He...
by Sunny Simon      The other day I had lunch with my friend Sonia. She told me a fascinating story that caused me to fist pump a big YES! It all started a few months ago when we discussed her son Dale’s job search. Immediately I went into coaching mode and offered up some suggestions relative to interview follow-ups.      My...

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