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By Denise Ortuno Indio’s premier sushi spot, Dragon Sushi, has now opened a new location in central Palm Desert. Halloween brought more than ghouls and trick-r-treaters this year, it brought the opening of Dragon Sushi Palm Desert. Their first location opened four years ago in Indio. Dragon Sushi gained rapid popularity in the Coachella Valley sushi scene, known for their delicious...
By Cara van Dijk The Palm Canyon Theatre has extended the run of Priscilla Queen of the Desert! Before the cult favorite even opened in Palm Springs, four shows were sold out, so additional dates were added – November 17, 18 and 19. The show is now running for four weeks: October 27-November 19. Based on the 1994 hit movie, The...
Jan. 10 - Jan. 31, 2018, 68895 Perez Rd # I-27, Cathedral City, CA All eyes will be on all-female art show ‘The New Feminist Gaze’ in January 2018 at Simeon Den Gallery, located at 68895 Perez Rd # I-27 in Cathedral City, CA.  Curated by Simeon Den and Nalani Hernandez-Melo, the show explores the complexities of being a woman...
By Lola Rossi Join vocalist, guitarist and pianist, Denny Pezzin, celebrate the release of his new CD entitled, “Your Requests” this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Picasso Lounge at Chef George’s Picasso Restaurant, 40-100 Washington Street, Suite 125 in Bermuda Dunes. (760) 200-1768. The owners of this establishment, George and Lana Ristich, are excited to introduce three...
By Dee Jae Cox A warm breeze on a fall night, a glass of sweet red wine, with the resonating sound of a saxophone filling your senses and you can easily find yourself in another era, pulsating rhythms that stir the memories and echoes of the greats like Billie Holliday; Them that's got shall have Them that's not shall lose So the Bible...
BY PATTE PURCELL Jazz/Art/420, was the theme that set a new bar for parties in the desert.  Guests enthused about everything. The vendors, the appetizers from New Leaf Catering, the cannabis sushi from Left Handed Infusions which flew off the platter before it landed and a bar stocked with wine, chilled beers and Buzz Box cocktails. Guests sipped and supped, viewed...
Eleni P. Austin There’s a sticker on the new Foo Fighters record that offers this bit of humble-brag “Foo Fighters CONCRETE AND GOLD Testing The Limits Of Speakers Everywhere.” That isn’t an idle boast, this album can get LOUD. But that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Nobody could have ever predicted that Dave Grohl’s career trajectory would have gone from gangly...
By Angela Romeo “If I had not been fortunate enough to go to a school that had a drama program, I would have been a failure in my life. I am dyslexic and drama gave me a career and a fulfilling life of joy. I wish every student the same opportunity that I had. That’s why I believe in Tools...
BY JANET McAFEE After more than 25 years of practice, Dr. Lillian Roberts DVM, still loves what she does for living - - keeping our Coachella Valley pets healthy and happy.  She operates Country Club Animal Clinic in Palm Desert.  Dr. Roberts explains why she loves being a veterinarian, “Whether it’s a wellness visit or a challenging medical or surgical...
BY RICK RIOZZA I’m certain I can grab a good portion of you foodies out there to agree with me that simply sitting indoors or out munching and sampling on just cheese, wine, and bread will make your day. And just like that, we desert dwellers are already enjoying our wonderful “wintertime”  resort weather where we can still enjoy the pool...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Star and director Kenneth Branagh’s epic remake of Sydney Lumet’s 1974 version of Agatha Christie’s beloved murder mystery is almost as epic and sweeping as the mustache he wears playing persnickety Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. This wonderfully crafted and satisfying film is old-school filmmaking at it’s best.  The great cast besides Branagh...

Body & Soul

by Heidi Simmons ----- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado – Stories ----- The harassment of women is currently a significant and relevant conversation.  Finally, the nation is exposing and discussing the prevalence, degradation and shame of sexual harassment.  I’m not an expert, but it seems to me, sexual harassment and assault is not about sex addiction like some predators would...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA It’s time for the 3rd Annual Desert Patriot Golf Tournament at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa. Last year was the Westin Rancho Mirage inaugural event and was an overwhelming success for Fire, Police and Military members. This year you can help make this even more successful by teaming up with military, fire and...
BY BRUCE CATHCART Here in the Coachella Valley we had near perfect weather for the entire month of October!  Summer broke early and right on cue we switched from wearing shorts to long pants on Halloween.  And since I am still in the Halloween spirit I thought I would write about things in Seller’s homes that buyers think are creepy...
By Haddon Libby The Republican Party proposed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) last week.  If approved, taxes will be reduced by $1.51 trillion over the next ten years.  While there are many pros and cons to the plan, let’s look at the bill as proposed: Reduces the number of tax brackets from seven to four with the top tax...
Superman would fly off to his homeland whereas I fly off to legal seminars to learn the latest information on DUI's and Accidents. Many years ago in Beverly Hills I over saw my 30 person law firm and was given the nickname "The Ace of Deuces". The Legal Term Deuced refers to the DUI CHARGE which has historically ENDED...
By Flint Wheeler The World Series started with a roar and went out with a whimper. It was a great series but it's time to move on. We’re heading into a busy season for sports bettors. The regular season in college football is coming to an end and bowl season is right around the corner. That brings games and football...
BY RUTH HILL R.N.                                                                             According to the US Centers for Disease Control, ninety-one people die from prescription opiate abuse in the US every...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Adriana Martinez and Octavio Guillen got engaged to be married when they were both 15 years old. But they kept delaying a more complete unification for 67 years. At last, when they were 82, they celebrated their wedding and pledged their vows to each other. Are there comparable situations in your...

HEY SUGAR!

By Bronwyn Ison May we agree the holiday season commences on October 31st, Halloween Day.  It’s the official kick-off to excessive sugar consumption, parties, more eating and more drinking.  For the next two months you’ll be inundated with home parties and work celebrations.  You’ll socialize more and work out less, your stress levels will peak,  you’ll feel sluggish and likely...
BY DR MARIA LOMBARDO There is a new and very exciting product available to treat the fullness under your chin.  It’s called Kybella® and it’s not surgery! It’s a medicine injected into the fat that sits under your chin (sub-mental fat) and actually dissolves it…. Permanently! The youthful face has a distinctly defined jawline and a sharp angle from the chin...
By Sunny Simon     Sometimes life hits us hard with a negative event throwing us off balance. In return, we react, we adjust, we recover. But what happens when an individual is clobbered by two major life issues in one year? What is the process for getting up, fighting back and returning to normalcy?  Recently, a client of mine learned to pick...
By Noe Gutierrez Jimmy Palmer has been a Coachella Valley constant for three decades. The studious luthier has been breathing new life into guitars as the general practitioner of ‘The Guitar E.R.” for years and now is widely known for manufacturing custom guitars out of his home studio, shop and small business, ‘111 Guitars’. Palmer has famously built guitars for...
Thursday, November 9, 2017 will mark the 10-year anniversary of DIGICOM Learning with a special event hosted by NBC affiliate KMIR’s Bryan Gallo entitled “An Evening at the Movies with DIGICOM.” Watch film trailer: http://digicomlearning.com/dig10/#trailer Located at the Camelot Theater at the Palm Springs Cultural Center at 2300 E Baristo Rd. in Palm Springs, the evening will feature some of...
A Fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund of Idyllwild Arts Academy.  November 11 at 7:30pm.  Tickets @25.00 GA $50.00 VIP.  www.associatesofiaf.org WHY I AM SUPPORTING THE IDYLLWILD ARTS ACADEMY: DAN LAURIA: “I'm supporting the Idyllwild School of the ARTS because I want to support the efforts of my Goddaughter.  Also, because I wish I could have gone to such a creative school, HELL, I'd...

CULTS

NYC-based band Cults to Perform at Pappy and Harriet's on November 4th by Jason Hall Cults is an indie pop band from NYC. The band was formed shortly after Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion were introduced in a tour van occupied by Madeline’s brother’s band. The two had an immediate chemistry, however it wasn’t obvious they were destined to make music...

High Fantasy

By Jason Hall Do you remember Mingtran, Breakdance Vietnam, The Jovian System, and Metroid? Some of the members of those bands are back with a new band, High Fantasy. Orlando Welsh was done with music, stating, “After Metroid went on hiatus, I was super depressed about music... I didn’t want to play anymore.” Thankfully, Fellow Metroid member, Ryan Jovian, convinced...
Celebrate the Release of their New Album, The EastWest Sessions BY LAURA HUNT LITTLE GRAMMY® nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair and Randy Jacobs, founder of The Boneshakers will be shaking hands with fans and signing copies of their first studio CD, The EastWest Sessions, at Westin Mission Hills on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Jimi Fitzgerald and CV 104.3 FM are presenting the...
By Dee Jae Cox Stella Adler said; “Actors need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don't be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you.”  There’s little doubt in the mind of anyone who sees Coachella Valley Repertory’s production of “Venus in Fur,” that actress Angela Sauer, has found the inner...
Annual Fundraiser for Meals on Wheels Program Will Also Feature Performance by Singer Taylor Dayne Mizell Senior Center is pleased to announce that its 13th annual ‘Stars Among Us’ Gala will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Palm Springs Air Museum in support of the Meals on Wheels program. Direct from Las Vegas, MJ LIVE! delivers the...
Pre-sale tickets on sale November 4 at 8 a.m. Ring in 2018 at an unrivaled blockbuster celebration. What better way to welcome the New Year than with an evening of fun for the whole family, plenty of food and drink, and a live performance with Plain White T’s at the premier outdoor concert theater at Spa Resort Casino. Plain White T’s,...
BY PATTE PURCELL Will Donato is truly my favorite artist. I first met him back in 2010 right after my husband passed. His sax serenades and his dance music lifted me out of my funk and set me on a path to my new career in music promotion. He was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks after I met him....
By Eleni P. Austin If you came of age in the latter half of the 20th century, chances are, you discovered most of the music you love on the radio. Whether it was Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the Stones, the Osmonds and the Jackson 5, Queen or Supertramp, all your favorite songs were readily available with just a flick...

FUSION ART

2nd Annual Best in Show Group Art Exhibition By Angela Romeo Opportunities to exhibit art are constantly growing. Palm Springs based Fusion Art is an on-line gallery and hosts monthly juried on-line group shows. During the month of November Fusion Art will host its 2nd Annual Best in Show Group Art Exhibition. In addition to its virtual presence Fusion Art’s hosts its...
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...

My Big Five

by Sunny Simon I don’t always get it right. That was pretty obvious yesterday when I opened a thank you email. Although I was happy to be the recipient of some gratitude, color me ashamed of myself. You see, I extended a stranger a profession courtesy, no charge, no strings attached, just to be helpful and practice kindness. Later I...
BY RICK RIOZZA So the language goes, “Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists.” Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by "transportation" began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a...
By Denise Ortuno The views of the mountains were striking from the Palm Springs Air Museum Halloween Classic Car Show and Chili Cook-off this past Saturday, October 28th. There were over 200 classic cars, and plenty of chili to taste, and of course, the awesome planes within the museum to be amazed by. I was fortunate enough to be invited by...

UNFIT TO SERVE

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1994) In lieu of reviewing a big screen theatrical feature, and since there are no significant new films screening in the CV, I thought I’d take another look at a terrific movie from the 90s that’s getting a lot of attention in the home video market. Based on the widely acclaimed stage play...

Bee Warned

By Heidi Simmons ----- The History of Bees by Maja Lunde  Fiction ----- In case you haven’t heard, biodiversity is the key to a healthy planet.  Genes, species and ecosystems are connected in symbiotic ways to keep life on earth sustainable.  In Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees (Touchstone, 340 pages), the fundamental nature of life is at risk. Author Lunde tells her story in...
Before we head into November, it’s important to remind everyone National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the month of October and we want you to join us in the fight and raise awareness about the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer.   It is estimated that about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will...

DISRUPTORS

By Haddon Libby Disruptors are those who use innovation to create revolutionary new ways of serving you and me by disrupting the status quo.  A simple example can be found in the way you hire a car to drive you somewhere.  Once upon a time, we only had expensive taxis and even more expensive limo services if we needed a...
Thanksgiving and the holidays are clearly upon us... and that means more tourists and traffic. This increase in people results in more Accidents and DUI's. It is hard for an Accident/DUI lawyer (and victim) to find a good doctor (or lawyer) that has time to treat (represent) the client...let alone answer the phone during this time period. Many are...
By Flint Wheeler It was easy to get excited about the Cavaliers this season. They brought in a band of big-name players to replace Kyrie Irving, including Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green, and Isaiah Thomas. But the Cavs dropped their third straight game Sunday, losing 114-95 to the Knicks. They’re 3-4 on the season, with the NBA’s...
Everyday Heroes Honors Local Community Members In Action On World AIDS Day – December 1, 2017, Desert AIDS Project will honor four community members who’ve made it their mission to get into action by supporting its mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.   This year marks the fourth year that D.A.P. will celebrate World AIDS...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2017  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): America's Civil War ended in 1865. A veteran from that conflict later produced a daughter, Irene Triplett, who is still alive today and collecting his pension. In the coming months, I foresee you being able to take advantage of a comparable phenomenon, although it may be more metaphorical. Blessings from bygone...
By Bronwyn Ison What is confidence? I believe confidence is stepping out of your comfort zone and attacking your fear before you allow it to attack you first. It doesn’t matter if you get it right the first time, or if ever, but the mere fact that you tried implies you believed in yourself no matter the outcome. I believe...
BY DR PETER KADILE It’s finally starting to cool off and cold and flu season is just around the corner. As I’ve always stressed, it’s important to drink plenty of water, obtain adequate sleep, supplement with vitamin D and most importantly wash your hands to prevent you from getting sick. What is the difference between a cold and flu? Terry, Indio The flu...
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. - The Deck at Westfield Palm Desert BY NOE GUTIERREZ In its 3rd year, and in conjunction with the premiere of ‘Palm Desert First Weekend,’ STREET is back on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5 to 11 p.m. at Westfield Palm Desert located at 72-840 Highway 111 on ‘The Deck’ the third level...
By Dee Jae Cox “Doubtless, in such a place as this, with its eerie marshes, sudden fogs, moaning winds… any poor old woman might be looked at askance; once upon a time, after all, she would have been branded as a witch and local legends and tales were still abroad and some extravagant folklore still half-believed in.” - Woman In...

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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?...