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Friday, July 10, 2020
One Fighting to Save Lives, the other Working to Save Valley Businesses By Crystal Harrell The bond of family is a force to be reckoned with, and two sisters have put forth their strengths and efforts to support the desert community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Betty Slimko is a critical care nurse in the ICU at Desert Regional Medical Center and...
PALM SPRINGS, CA ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER Palm Canyon Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of the areas of great beauty in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna, which the Cahuilla people so expertly used, and its abundant Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) are breathtaking contrasts to the stark rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. A...
By Noe Gutierrez When asked about noteworthy bass players from the Coachella Valley, I think about musicians like Nick Oliveri, Scott Reeder and Armando Flores. Or I may consider Dan Dillinger, Serene Noell or Jeremy Parsons. There really is a plethora of pickers and pluckers to choose from. However, the utmost unsung bass player is Derek Wade Timmons or DWT. Who...
“Orange Crate Art"  (Omnivore Recordings) By Eleni P. Austin                 Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks were a couple of wunderkinds when they first began collaborating back in 1966. Brian, of course, had already earned a reputation as the leader and chief songwriter for the Beach Boys. Barely out of high school, Brian had figured out a way to fuse complex,...
By Daniel Paris Established in 2012, Catalan features the unique cuisine of Catalonia, found in northern Spain and Andorra, south to Barcelona. Seafood, lamb paella, and suckling pig are featured mains and a wide variety of tapas or small plate appetizers. The origin of the word tapas (meaning cover or lid in Spanish) is from a small plate balanced by...
By Janet McAfee The tiny Chihuahua miraculously survived as a stray dog in our desert, found by a Good Samaritan who brought her to Loving All Animals. The dog weighed only 2.8 pounds, her skin was red and inflamed, she had no teeth, but her eyes were clear, and she was a sweet heart who gratefully wagged her tail. She...
By Dee Jae Cox It is a trick of the eye when we look around and nothing appears to have changed.  Because in a blink, everything is different.  This desert we call home, this golden state of California, looks the same to the naked eye, but traveling with each breath is the potential of assault by an invisible enemy.  It...
By Rick Riozza That it has been a tough year thus far is surely an understatement. I know many in the wine world had expected to experience a new slate of fresh vintages to kick off the new decade; instead, a much more sobering experience has affected us all. Last year in one of our November articles titled, “20/20 Vision Food...
By Aaron Ramson July, 2016 seems like a very different time than right now, some would say a better time. If you were a venture capitalist looking to make a profit through the Foxboro Brewing Co in 2016, the world was looking especially bright. The Foxboro Brewing System was just released to a market that had hit peak craft beer...

OLD IS NEW

By Robin E. Simmons If you haven’t seen it, then it’s new to you.  Right? The good people at DEG compile the ‘Watched at Home Top 20’ list with the most widely consumed titles on disc and digital during the previous week (except for outside subscription-based streaming platforms). Assembled with the newest studio and retailer data every seven days, it confirms current...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna The Dog days of Summer have arrived. And the bad news it, it looks like more is in store this week with a long hot summer ahead. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more...
By Haddon Libby While we have been dealing with the impact of pandemic (along with the occasional earthquake, riot and oppressive heat), the world experienced its strongest solar flare in nearly three years late on Thursday night, May 28th.   While the flare did not cause damage, it did disrupt radio signals for hours. As the solar flare came at the same...
After you have been arrested on criminal charges, the arresting officer takes the police report to one of the sergeants at the station. The Sgt. will then send it to the filing deputy in the district attorney's office. The reports are sometimes delayed in filling because paperwork has been misplaced or more info is needed. When the filing Deputy...
By Aimee Mosco “Allow your inner self to guide you and awaken remembrance in you that brings you back to the soul nature of living in happiness and harmony on purpose.” Gratitude + Forgiveness x(Love) = Happiness, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, Foreword viii We all know what it means to “follow your heart”. It is a phrase that...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. I cannot seem to get away from talking or getting angry about coronavirus. It invades every activity. It is on every TV commercial, “wash hands, wear a mask and keep your distance to save lives.” Am I that powerful that I can save lives? I do not think so. Can you imagine all the guilt children...
By Bronwyn Ison Eating a Mediterranean style diet may help improve your overall health long term. I’ve always been an advocate of this diet. Plus, I love all the yummy and healthy options I have. You may want to consider a Mediterranean diet leading up to the holidays. Here’s what you can enjoy! Olive Oil tops the list of fats you can...
© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration," said singer Laura Nyro. This is practical advice for you to heed in the coming weeks. According to my analysis, you're scheduled to enjoy an extended engagement with rich, fertile complexity. The best teachings...
By Crystal Harrell In a pre-pandemic world, July 4th celebrations would often entail large gatherings with family and friends, barbecues, and several fireworks going off in the sky. This year will not hold the same kind of celebrations as previous Independence Days, as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge throughout Riverside County in record numbers. Many desert cities have cancelled their...
Golden Boy Boxing returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, July 24th with WBA Gold Welterweight Champion Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) defending his title against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) in the 12-round main event. The fight, which was initially planned in March, will be closed to the public as part of Fantasy Springs’ ongoing COVD-19...

INTEL$ – 92260

By Noe Gutierrez Much like budding bands Pescaterritory and Silver Sky are doing for the Rock scene in the Coachella Valley in 2020, Intel$ is accomplishing the same for the desert’s Hip-Hop and Rap scene. The powerful pair of Yungbc (Bannon) and King D-Roc (Derrick) are 18 and 17 years old respectively and are the new generation of musicians using Hip-Hop...
It's finally here!! For the first time in AMP's history, you can purchase an album of music recorded by AMP musicians. AMP Album: Volume I is a compilation of music from our AMP Spring 2020 session bands, along with music from many of our fantastic AMPlumni, past and present. By becoming an AMP Angel and making a small monthly donation,...
Famed Annual Festival Set to Deliver Inspiring Jazz Performances and Programming from July 5 - 17 Idyllwild Arts Academy announces the return of its popular annual fundraiser, Jazz In The Pines. While the Idyllwild Arts campus remains closed until August, Idyllwild Arts is forging ahead with a reimagined and predominantly virtual format for Jazz In The Pines, which includes several...
By Daniel Paris Owners Rigo and Cecilia Garcia know the restaurant business. As teenager, they worked in local Mexican restaurants performing every essential job from cleaning, serving, cooking, and hosting. They are related to many of the staff which helps create an enthusiastic family atmosphere. They cater to both the spice-challenged and hard-core picante crowd. Let the server know the...
Coachella Valley Repertory inaugurates their first Luminary Match-up with Millicent Martin and Teri Ralston on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Pacific). In the style of Actors on Actors, Millicent Martin and Teri Ralston will interview each other. Get an insider’s glimpse into their lives, friendship and careers. This dynamic duo has had long and storied careers. Millicent Martin...
By Dee Jae Cox In the immortal words of Hamlet, “The Play’s the thing.” As America celebrates another year of independence in the midst of great economic and cultural change, it’s always interesting to take stock of where we come from. I love history and etymology.  How did this thing called theatre make its way to the British Colonies and...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Musical trends come and go, but the sounds of Power Pop and Punk seem to never go out of style. The newest practitioners of that classic genre blend are The Reflectors.                 The guys in the band, James Carman (vocals, guitar), Johnny Reyes (drums), Nick Faciane (guitar, vocals) and Ryan Miranda (bass) grew up together in...
By Rick Riozza Last week we reminisced on a trio of European wines that would likely be on the bucket list of any vino enthusiast. On the other side of vino ventures, there are so many fun and interesting wines around the world, it’s simply a thrill to get to taste and enjoy as many as we casually can. It’s the...
By Aaron Ramson Of all the beer styles to have undergone radical evolution over the past decade, none have experienced a bigger, more dramatic progression than the India Pale Ale. Conceived in the 18th century as an export beer, the first ales sent to the British colonies (including the ones in India) were actually October ale, described as strong, heavily...
By Janet McAfee COULD A SEVERELY INJURED LEG STOP OBI WAN FROM RUNNING TOWARD A NEW LIFE?  THANKS TO YOU THE ANSWER IS “NO”.  Was he hit by a car?  Was he abused and then discarded?  Did someone drop him off by the roadside because they could not afford vet care?  We will never know his past, but the “FORCE”...

THREE TO STREAM

By Robin E. Simmons Local CV theater managers have predicted their venues will be open for business by the end of the month.   Check this page for updates. Exactly what this means to the film fan remains unclear.   Theater managers have yet to respond to my calls and emails.  What feature films are scheduled to b shown and what precautions will...
By Haddon Libby It is hard to believe but 2020 is half over.   Where the first quarter of 2020 was the worst for stocks in history, the second quarter was equally breathtaking in its recovery.   While Main Street struggles with historic unemployment levels only months after some of the best employment numbers on record, the stock market is also a mix...
If you had 1/5th on the 4th, and got arrested for a DUI over the July 4th weekend, then remember you do not just have to appear in court on the date on the yellow citation you were given when arrested. You also have to deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles. An arrest for a DUI kicks in...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna “Wash your hands. Don’t risk losing them.” That’s a key message behind a new fireworks video from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA), which reinforces the dangers of consumer fireworks. According to NFPA’s latest fireworks report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 19,500 fires caused by fireworks in 2018, while U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated...
Your Attitude is Inspirational Are you a woman of a certain age?   With some life behind you giving up on how you look isn’t an option and you know age is just a number. You may also have these inspirational attributes: YOU are unashamed about going all out for yourself and having the body YOU want It’s important for YOU...

REST AND PLAN

By Bronwyn Ison You’ve heard the saying, “No rest for the weary.” In other words, keep working although you’re tired. Rather, I’m advocating the antithesis. I believe a well organized plan requires you to be rested. If you find you’re running on empty, it’s likely you’re  burning the candle at both ends.  Fulfilling your purpose may be a daunting task...
© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries author Marge Piercy writes, "The people I love the best, jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows." The Aries people I love best will do just that in the coming days. Now is not the right time to wait around passively, lazily hoping that something better will...
Thursday, July 2 Warsaw Poland Bros – Facebook – 11:30am Chase Huna – Facebook – 6pm Eric Frankson – Facebook – 6pm Cody White and the Easy Ride – Facebook – 7:30pm   Friday, July 3 Slim Man – Facebook – 5pm Coval DJs – Facebook – 5-10pm Bonnie Gilgallon and Eric Frankson – Facebook – 5pm Rose Mallett – Facebook – 5pm Michael Keeth – Facebook – 7pm   Saturday, July...
By Madeline Zuckerman There are innumerable approaches to the art of Charitable Giving, and countless ways of giving back to one's community. Any one of a thousand profiles of people selflessly giving back to others is bound to impress, yet the story of Mario Del Guidice and his relationship with his community, as well as his unwavering devotion to supporting...
By Crystal Harrell For nearly three months, many local restaurants and bars were limited to only take-out service or closed altogether under a statewide shutdown to curve the spread of the coronavirus. With many restrictions easing across the country, businesses are able to reopen under new health guidelines to promote social distancing requirements. The Hood Bar and Pizza is one of...
By Noe Gutierrez Adroit drummer Nick Willman was born and raised in “The City of Festivals” Indio, California. The 17-year-old musician is currently the drummer for three of the desert’s most promising and talented original Rock bands Pescaterritory, Silver Sky and Instigator. Recently graduating from La Quinta High School, Willman is primed to take his skills to the next level...
By Noe Gutierrez ROWLAND R. GOMEZ aka DIALECT – The Sandz of Time Volumes I & II Rowland R. Gomez, also known as Dialect, is a music producer, lyricist, songwriter, DJ, audio engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and performer. Born and raised in Indio, CA on February 23, 1988, the same year Rolling Stone magazine declared it the ‘Best Year in Hip-Hop’ thus...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Everyone knows firefighters love their food. We are food critics and take pride in our firehouse meals. If you have not been to Solano’s in Palm Desert you are missing out. I went there early in March and loved it. I keep going back because of the food, wine, and service. Paco Solano is both the...
By Dee Jae Cox The Great Depression of the 1930’s was a devastating time.  While Al Capone made a name for himself as the FBI’s most wanted, Broadway was producing shows such as “Porgy and Bess.”  Set in an African American community and featuring an all-black cast, the show was written and scored by the all-white team of DuBose Heyward...
By Eleni P. Austin                 “Some things I earn, some things I steal there’s an angel on my shoulder, but the devil’s got the wheel/I toe the line, but then I fall, cuz heaven knows I like the taste of danger most of all.”                 That’s Jonatha Brooke charting the temptations, pitfalls and rewards of following your muse on her song...
Thursday, June 25 Warsaw Poland Bros – Facebook – 11:30am Chase Huna – Facebook – 6pm Cody White and the Easy Ride – Facebook – 7:30pm Nicholas J. Sosa – Facebook – 10pm   Friday, June 26 Slim Man – Facebook – 5pm Bonnie Gilgallon and Eric Frankson – Facebook – 5pm Rose Mallett – Facebook – 5pm Nicholas J. Sosa – Facebook – 10pm   Saturday, June 27 Chase Huna –...
By Rick Riozza Pretty much every year—or every other year, we wine columnists actually get off the couch and get out to wine country to verily experience the wines, vineyards, terroir, winemakers and general geography in real place and real time. Of course, due to the pandemic, this year’s wine ventures have been stalled, but, at least we get to zoom...
By Aaron Ramson I had a pet guinea pig when I was little, and his name was Iceman because he had these spikey, blonde frosted tips, and I’m pretty sure he’d get into locker room rivalries with guinea pigs named Maverick and Goose if he were ever given the chance. Iceman had this big, clear, plastic exercise ball that I’d...
By Janet McAfee In past years, we humans cheerfully celebrated our nation’s July 4th Independence Day with fun, food, family and fireworks.  But in 2020 with COVID-19, things are different in so many ways including the cancellation of public fireworks events.  In past years, July 4th is the worst day of the year for our canine and feline friends. This...
By Robin E. Simmons Most theaters are closed temporarily or limiting the number of viewers per showing. Contact the theater for more information.  More info as it becomes available will appear on this page. TENET (Tentatively set for July 17) Cloaked in secrecy, like all his films prior to release, Christopher Nolan’s enigmatic and confusing TENET trailer, available online, doesn’t really offer...
By Haddon Libby To most of us, low interest rates are a great thing.  We can afford to buy a bigger house, better car or more promising tomorrow with a student or business loan.  For those who took on debt due to the pandemic lockdown, lower interest payments may mean the difference between survival and bankruptcy. While most of us never...

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