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By Eleni P. Austin                 If you aren’t familiar with Lisa Mednick Powell, you have been missing out on decades of great music. The Washington D.C. native has been a part of so many seminal scenes that her sound isn’t easily categorized. That’s a good thing.                 Like most musicians of a certain age, Lisa’s first flash of inspiration came via...
By Angela Romeo Joshua Tree Art Gallery kicks off the summer with the opening of its Pop UP on Saturday June 23. The opening reception is 6-8 pm. The Gallery will host 116 works from impressive list of local artists.  The extensive roster of participating artists includes Delos Van Earl, Nexus, a patina on steel; Fredrick Fulmer, Ghost Cabin, acrylic...
BY JANET McAFEE It was a sunny morning at the Rancho Mirage Community Park. Wilma Sullivan was walking her dog when she arrived at a clearing.  Another dog walker had just called animal control, and Wilma peered through the bushes to see a small, badly matted, terrified dog that was infested with ticks.  The exhausted, emaciated animal could barely issue...
By Rick Riozza Last issue we took a moment to address the wine newbies in our readership. We know of nothing better than to welcome into the wine game some new folks who are showing an interest into the wide wonderful world of wine. One of most fun and immediate ways for wine newbies to quickly come up to speed with...

A BIGGER BITE!

NOW SHOWING: JURRASIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM It’s been three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park. Now, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a growing volcanic threat. Soon, they encounter horrifying new breeds of the gigantic prehistoric reptiles, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens...

Short Stories

By Heidi Simmons Short stories abound this week with the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.  With 338 films between one and 20 minutes in length, there is a plethora of stories and storytellers.  As many of you know, I love a good short story -- in film and especially in books. Keeping with the international and culturally diverse themes of the...
Do you know about the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer? No, I’m not referring to the danger of heat exhaustion or increased gun violence during the summer months—although those are very real risks in many places. The 100 Deadliest Days are the days between the end of May and the beginning of September—the days when our teenage children hit...
By Haddon Libby This time of year, the Coachella Valley becomes one of the hottest places on Earth. High temperatures like these have most of us running our air conditioners 24/7.  Given our high usage, it might not surprise you but the International Energy Agency reports that 10% of all energy used globally goes toward air conditioning; this same agency projects...
They say "Forewarned is Forearmed!!!!" and "People Don't Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan." So, Plan Ahead and be aware of these current scams calls. IRS: "You owe back taxes and will be arrested, fined and jailed, if you do not settle this NOW!" Police: "We are raising money for officers injured in the line of duty. How much will...
BY FLINT WHEELER The NBA season is over and there’s still another three months before the NFL campaign kicks off again. If baseball isn’t enough to hold you over until then, let me suggest pro football’s northern cousin – the Canadian Football League. The CFL season began last Thursday and there are plenty of reasons to get on board. First one is...
Elder Love USA is not your typical in-home caregiving service for older adults.  Elder Love USA, is a nonprofit corporation that helps older adults remain safely in their homes by providing low-cost in-home care.   As a nonprofit, they are able to provide care at a reduced rate.  Elder Love is a new, innovative and creative solution to helping older...
© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have cosmic permission to enjoy extra helpings of waffles, crepes, pancakes, and blintzes. Eating additional pastries and doughnuts is also encouraged. Why? Because it's high time for you to acquire more ballast. You need more gravitas and greater stability. You can't afford...
BY DR PETER KADILE Dr. Kadile, I noticed you have the initials D.O. behind your name, Are you a chiropractor? Jen, Bermuda Dunes Jen, osteopaths (D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and chiropractors (D.C. or Doctor of Chiropractic) have similarities but are very different.  Osteopathic medicine was developed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, in 1874, at a time when conventional medical practices...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Patrick Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy’s son, and Kevin Sabet wrote a commentary in the Wall Street Journal June 14th titled: “This is no time to go to Pot”. Kevin Sabet is the President and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), Preventing Another big Tobacco. Both are opposed to the bill sponsored by Corey Booker and...
By Sunny Simon      When I want to convey an important message, I prefer doing it writing. Why? Because before I press that non-forgiving send button, I can edit away, again and again until the blank screen is filled with the perfect tone and concise statements. Reviewing each word, phrase and punctuation mark helps me get my point across exactly...
Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 333 films including 42 World Premieres, 32 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 13 U.S. Premieres with films coming from 62 countries around the world.  There are 55 curated programs, which will screen June 19-25, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in Palm Springs.  More than 5,300 of the 5,400 festival submissions...
By Tracy Dietlin Black Water Gospel burst onto the CV Music Scene back in November of 2016. They released their first 5 song self-titled EP on February 18, 2018 with much appreciation from their fans, garnering the band 13 CV Music Awards nominations. On June 3, 2018 they walked away with Best Rock Band, Best Alternative Band and the coveted...
By Tracy Dietlin Chelsea Sugarbritches is the Frontwoman for the Cover band Long Duk Dong and one of the Frontwomen for the band 5th Town, along with Linda Lemke Heinz. She also performs as a duo with Perishment’s Bobby Taffolla. Both of her bands were nominated for a bunch of CV Music Awards this year and Chelsea was awarded Best...

Will Donato

BY PATTE PURCELL I realized this morning that I've known Will Donato for over 8 years. Will is one of the most beloved musicians in the music industry.  Will Donato got me started in the music industry.  Now, I'm proud and happy to have such a great artist and a great friend in the smooth jazz industry. So thank you...
By Denise Ortuno It was always a welcomed sound coming from the TV, something that I would look forward to with great anticipation as part of my television watching repertoire. The sound of Anthony Bourdain’s voice, then the sound of him sliding on the ice, finished by a couple guitar twangs, I knew it was time to travel and eat...
By Dee Jae Cox The Coachella Valley is an oasis of exciting history and rich talent and there’s no better example of where history and talent blend to create the perfect experience than sitting in Frank’s Lounge at the Indian Wells Resort and listening to the beautiful voice of Rebecca Clark. The Indian Wells Resort Hotel was founded in 1957 by...
By Aaron Ramson Last week’s article touched on the history of Mexican lagers, and how many of them came to be. Every commercial beer you can think of from Tecate, Sol, Victoria, Pacifico, Modelo, and Bohemia, all belong to either Grupo Modelo or Heineken México. Arguably the most popular of the brands is Grupo Modelo’s Corona brand. First brewed in 1925...
June 14-17, 2018 - Cherry Valley, CA At The Largest Organic Lavender Farm In Southern California Each summer, 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. Visitors of all ages are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, participate in guided tours in...
By Eleni P. Austin                 In the food world, there are certain pairings that go together naturally: Jack & Coke, pickles and ice cream (what, if it’s good enough for pregnant Lucy Ricardo, it’s good enough for you), champagne and caviar, lox and bagels. In the Record business that kind of symbiosis is few and far between. Obviously on the...
By Angela Romeo The temperature is rising and road construction is on the uptick. Sustainability is on the lips of many and the Coachella Valley Art Community is integral to that conversation. Cultural tourism is not seasonal and is as important to the local year-round community as it is to visitors. The local art scene continues to thrive – all...
BY JANET McAFEE The key to creating a nation of “No More Homeless Pets” is availability of low cost spay and neutering for dogs and cats.  While we have made great strides at saving more homeless shelter animals, there continues to be a shortage of available homes for the continual influx of abandoned and relinquished animals.  Have you failed to...
BY RICK RIOZZA Everyone and anyone who finds themselves playing into the game of wine started out as a wine newbie. And the first tactic that we had to deal with is that after all we knew, there is always more to learn.  And a couple of the most beguiling aspects that keeps us in the game is not only...
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: OCEAN’S 8 In real time, it’s been 58 years since director Lewis Milestone’s Rat Pack edition of Ocean’s Eleven (an uncredited Billy Wilder contributed to the writing) was on the big screen.  In 2001, Steven Soderbergh directed the first of his Ocean’s trilogy. Two more followed in 2004 and 2007.    In movie time, it’s been five...

Books For Dad

Book Review By Heidi Simmons Dear old dad loves an interesting book.  It’s marvelous how our father’s know things.  We count on them to give us good advice and share their wisdom about the world.  They are informed, probably opinionated and always loveable.  Here are some fascinating books that will engage a father’s curiosity, provoke his mind, and perhaps even enlighten...
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Plan your sun protection using these tips: Seek shade, especially during late morning through mid-afternoon. Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. Wear a hat with a...
By Haddon Libby On Monday, June 11th the Federal Communications Commission rescinded net neutrality legislation passed toward the end of the Obama Administration. Since its passage in late 2015, net neutrality has been rejoiced by Democrats and scorned by Republicans.  Originally it was thought that the legislation would keep Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with...
Most lawyers practice to make money resolving client's issues. Why accept a case when you initially see problems....such as your client lying? My practice collects money for Accident victims. Today we deal with the new deny & delay insurance company claims strategy. Thus many CV lawyers are reluctant to accept soft tissue/whiplash claims. When I started practicing, accident medical bills were...
By Flint Wheeler The FIFA World Cup gets underway in just over a week’s time and odds are being placed over who will win the golden trophy in Russia. The second largest sporting event in the world behind the Summer Olympics kicks start on June 14 as host nation Russia is up against Saudi Arabia. But who have the bookies predicted...
Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC) continues its Dive-In Movies program on Friday, July 6, featuring Disney’s popular animated hit, “Moana.”  The gates open at 7 p.m. with Slides and the Splash Playground open 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The movie will be playing on a giant screen at sundown. Tickets are $4 per person (no charge for children under...
© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): My Aries acquaintance Tatiana decided to eliminate sugar from her diet. She drew up a plan to avoid it completely for 30 days, hoping to permanently break its hold over her. I was surprised to learn that she began the project by making a Dessert Altar in her bedroom, where she...

MEMORIES

BY BRONWYN ISON All I can hear in my head is Barbara Streisand’s song, “memory all alone in the moonlight.” It was then I began to think about all the songs that have to do with a past memory.  Or, how a certain song can remind us of a certain time in our lives. Yet, what I would like to...
Talie Rosa On Friday, June 8, The Lighthouse Dispensary reopened its doors as the only dispensary to be State licensed with regulatory approval in the East end of the valley. I have been to many cannabis events and grand openings before, so I thought I knew what to expect. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The majority of the drive...
By Sunny Simon      When I asked my new client what his goals were for our coaching sessions, without missing a beat he told me he wanted his life to be a complete do-over. Thinking it was a bit drastic, I smiled and suggested he pretend using a large Wite-Out Correction Pen to ink out the mistakes, but only after...
By Michelle Roe If PSComicXpo CEO, Meachele Campbell were to have her own superpower, she says it would be to possess the ability to wield Wonder Woman’s famed lasso of truth- the lariat that compels its captives to tell the truth. “Because,” she says, “the lasso’s ‘moment of truth’ would be a gift for people to be authentic...to be comfortable...
The CV Music Awards held Thursday, May 31 at Big Rock Pub and Sunday, June 3 at Hotel Zoso were both a big success! Below are the winners in the 41 categories. We would like to thank our Sponsors: Julie Montante owner of PSA Organica, Meachele Campbell owner of PS ComicXpo, Ken Hanna owner of Big Rock Pub, Vincent...
By Tricia Witkower Lifelong friends and former bandmates, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 as a way to reunite and continue to play the songs they loved. Unsure of how this new iteration of Creedence Clearwater Revival would go over and never intending to go fully public, the duo eventually put together a full band...
By Steven Roche Where can you sip a cocktail and have your picture taken with a Tony Award-winning actor AND an Academy Award-winning producer at the SAME TIME?  ANSWER:  This coming Saturday, June 9th at the Palm Springs Cultural Center's Camelot Theaters! Come and meet and mingle with Tony Award-winner Gary Beach, and Academy Award-winner Jonathan Sanger - Along with filmmaker/moderator...
By Denise Ortuno One of the best ways to get some tasty relief from the desert summertime heat, is with a refreshingly cold sweet treat from Lappert’s Ice Cream & Dole Whip. The last thing that I need to do is to tell you that it’s hot outside. Anyone who lives in, or has visited the Coachella Valley in the summer...
By Patte Purcell Congratulations to John Carey (guitarist) and Theo Coakley (keyboards), the Smooth Brothers for winning the 2018 CV Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary. They dazzled the audience when they opened the awards show with some heart pumping Latin music and some soulful blues. When they were announced as the winners, John quipped "After 23 years it's great...
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is proud to announce Brad’s Pad, a brand new night of live classic rock music at LIT Lounge. Beginning Tuesday, June 5th, Coachella Valley radio personality and music legend Brad Mercer and two of his friends will form a 3-piece power trio to play your favorite classic songs and have a whole lot of fun. “It’s...
By Aaron Ramson When Maximillian I accepted an offer to leave Austria to become the first Emperor of Mexico in April of 1864, he scarcely could predict that he was gonna end up executed on a firing line three years later. Accepting that offer was a risky move on his part to begin with. Anyone who knows their Mexican history knows...
BY LYNNE TUCKER CABOT THE MAN ADVENTURER • ARCHITECT • ARTIST • BUILDER • COLLECTOR • ENTREPRENEUR • EXPLORER • IDEALIST • VISIONARY • WRITER BUILDING THE PUEBLO Cabot’s Pueblo is marvel of engineering and design. The home was built beginning in 1941 and was always intended to be a museum in addition to the residence for Cabot and Portia Yerxa. The Hopi-inspired...
By Eleni P. Austin                  Does it feel like the entire weight of the world is on your shoulders these days? If you’re looking for a little musical respite to sooth your jagged nerves, perhaps some Ray Lamontagne will assuage your psychic pain, music soothing the savage beast, (breast?) and all that. Any of his albums will do, but his...
Childrens Art Party & “Prescience” Photo Exhibit By Deogracio Secretario     The Second Saturdays Art Walk at the Perez Road Art + Design District in Cathedral City continues through the summer at Simeon Den Gallery with two art “happenings.”  The Gallery will host it’s monthly Children’s Art Party in the afternoon from 1-3pm and the opening of  “Prescience,” a photo exhibit...
BY JANET McAFEE Molly is an absolutely beautiful, brilliant, well behaved, trained, intuitive, and loving dog.  How is it possible that this marvelous 2-year-old animal was given up by least three human homes in her short life?  We ardent dog lovers would live in our cars rather than give up our pups.  We consider them family, and hope to be...

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