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Thursday, December 3, 2020
By Crystal Harrell As COVID cases continue to surge and are expected to increase through the holiday season, the City of Rancho Mirage has just opened its first drive-through COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday, December 1. The drive-through testing site is located at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory’s west parking lot. Scheduling an appointment ahead of time is still recommended, and online...
By Noe Gutierrez Released on Halloween 2020, the self-titled Pescaterritory album put a mind-blowing scare into Rock fans around the world as it was played in its entirety on US10 Radio. Since then, their music has been played in countries like England, Scotland and Spain to name a few. Out of the gates, the album screams Rock and Roll! Recorded...
By Eleni P. Austin Dave Alvin is the kind of guy who has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Rock & Roll, Country, Folk, Blues (especially the Blues), you name it, and he could probably teach a master class. A musician’s musician, and an under-sung guitar god, he doesn’t just play a guitar, he plays a 1934 National Steel Duolian guitar...
By Dan Paris As soon as I approached the counter to order, I could tell something was different. I knew from the joy and excitement in his eyes, there was a big smile hidden behind Jonathan Moreno’s mask. Here is someone who could work twelve hours a day and wake up the next day eager to start again. Jonathan and his...
Tickets for The Living Desert Zoo and Garden’s WildLights are now on sale to members and guests! WildLights will be held select evenings Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, December 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec 4 & 5 Dec 11 & 12 Dec 18- 24 Dec 26 & 27 6pm - 9pm Now celebrating its 28th year, WildLights will amaze guests with over a...
By Craig Michaels While COVID-19 has devastated many businesses and individuals, real estate in the Coachella Valley has been the silver lining in the pandemic cloud. Many professionals have realized they can work remotely from beautiful cites like Palm Springs instead of making the daily commute to the office. The pandemic has accelerated the influx of transplants from big cities...
By Crystal Harrell Mark’s Place is a local sitcom that remains a love letter to the desert while infusing some Chicago-based sensibilities to the script. Now in production of the sixth episode in the series, the cast of Mark’s Place consists of local talent and a dedicated production team. The show is directed, produced, and written by Sonny Vellozzi—a veteran of...
November 27, 28, 29 – 9 am to 4 pm Daily Fashion Street Fair: The Shops On San Pablo, anchored by Venus Fashion Boutique, had anticipated opening with the ribbon cutting celebration of the beautiful, “San Pablo Corridor Improvements,” part of the City’s, “Vision San Pablo.” Unfortunately, following the year-long road demolition and construction that decreased store front traffic by...

Desert Wine Shop on 111

Palm Desert CA Desert Wine Shop has been working hard to react to the ever-changing situation with regards to COVID-19 and can proudly offer you a number of different options to keep your fridges and cellars stocked during these strange times. In an ongoing effort to protect your health, they are cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting the shop and all touchable...
A “Thanksgiving Play,” and finding new perspectives on past and present By Dee Jae Cox We have all heard the traditional Thanksgiving story.  In 1621 the Pilgrams arrived at Plymouth Rock aboard the Mayflower.  Sick and starving they managed to settle a colony and when their crops came in, they celebrated their joy and gratitude by hosting a great feast with...
This Thanksgiving, Dine in with Popcorn Falls Anthony Nannini, in partnership with Palm Canyon Theatre, present a One-Day Only Streaming Production Just like you, we’re anxiously awaiting live theatre. And, until that happens, two talented actors have come together to present more than 15 characters in a zany musical about two guys who believe theatre can save their town. That sounds...
By Eleni P. Austin “It’s true, sometimes all our plans fall through, sometimes we play out of tune, nursing our drinks and our wounds” That’s The Bye Bye Blackbirds waxing philosophical on “You Were All Light,” the opening track from their newest album, “Boxer At Rest.” The Bay Area six-piece, fronted by Bradley Skaught, has been around since the early aughts,...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna The next best thing than Thanksgiving is the day after when we start preparing for Christmas. This week, we’ll start from the outside and work our way in. ***I do want to note that this will be a dangerous season. With Covid-19 blues, many people have purchased live trees and are decorating for Christmas early. With...

Pinot Noir and the Like

By Rick Riozza Continuing with the theme of last week’s column, it’s holiday wine for the 2020 holiday table; and there’s no way to exclude talking about the season’s traditional wine: Pinot Noir. But why would we even wish to “exclude” discussion on our favorite pinot!? Well—believe it or not, there is a “strange” movement afoot to discount Pinot Noir as...
By Janet McAfee A Good Samaritan brought the little puppy to the Loving All Animals shelter after finding her running loose in the streets, but no one came to claim her.  Had Loving All Animals posted the photo of this adorable 3-month old Spanish mix, the calls would have poured in for Tootsie.  More people seek dogs and puppies during...
By Robin E. Simmons IRON MASK For the first time ever, screen legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan face off against each other in battle in this epic fantasy-adventure in order to save his homeland from certain doom, a kung fu master (Chan, of course) must escape from the maniacal James Hook (Schwarzeneger) in order to send his daughter a secret...
By Haddon Libby “Turn Black Friday into Buick Friday”, “A December to Remember”, “Season of Adventure”, “Built for the Holidays”, “Season of Audi” and “Unwrap a Jaguar” are just a few of the slogans urging us to go out a buy a new car as a gift to a love interest, child or ourselves. Is this in fact the best time...
We all love to hear the word Touchdown! It means it is football season. However, terms we don’t want to hear in sports… “There is no crying in baseball” and the friggin USC football game starts at 9am! Yes 9 am was the start time of the first USC game on Nov 7. We all love to watch football...
By Aimee Mosco Excerpt from Gratitude + Forgiveness x (LOVE) = Happiness, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, page 57 “Forgiveness has the power to rewire your energy field, remove obstacles and inspire you to live from a place of love. Allowing yourself to have gratitude for all of your experiences opens you up to the possibilities of forgiveness. Gratitude...

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© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "A little too much is just enough for me," joked poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. I suspect that when he said that, he was in a phase similar to the one you're in now. I bet he was experiencing a flood of creative ideas, pleasurable self-expressions, and loving breakthroughs. He was...
By Crystal Harrell Thanksgiving is set to look very different from previous years. What is usually a time for family and friends to get together in turkey day camaraderie is made much more difficult because of COVID-19, as the number of cases continue to increase throughout the country. Even amid the pandemic, there are resources for those in need during...
A New Type of Fundraising Event!  Honorees are Patty Newman and the Board of Directors of The Coachella Valley Wellness Foundation Local non-profit Palm Desert based charity, ACT for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in partnership with Coachella Valley Repertory (CVRep) and CBS Local 2 is holding a new kind of fundraising event, December 12, 2020 at 7 PM.  The theme and...
ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER Their mission is simple: To create and deliver an exceptional product and the experience that goes along with it. {IW} Coffee has amazing coffee, tea, latte, chai, yummy eats and more! Outside tables available with lots of parking, too. Think Coffee, Latte, Chai, Tea and Great Food.  Enjoy!

THE DTEASE

By Noe Gutierrez There are bands that are political and there are political bands. THE DTEASE are neither. I connected with vocalist Wilson to learn more about the pentamerous band that includes Wilson (Lead Singer), Sammy (Guitar), Josh (Guitar), Bill (Drums) and Tommy (Bass). In 2018, they were scheduled to perform along with SE7EN4, DEATH IN PRETTY WRAPPING and MEGA SUN...
By Eleni P. Austin Marvin Etzioni has been a fixture on the L.A. music scene for over 40 years. Born in Brooklyn, he grew up in Los Angeles and took to music early on. Even before he began attending Kindergarten, he was already collecting ‘45s. Around the same time, his beloved Zayde (that’s Yiddish for grandfather), introduced him to Country...

Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the Holiday Season and many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing for the Holidays. But we do have to limit gatherings due to Covid-19 There are more in-home fires during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, according to data from the...
By Janet McAfee The 2020 holiday season has arrived!  Thanksgiving is next week, followed by Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Year’s Eve.  Christmas trees are going up, holiday lights brighten our desert, and parties (though smaller) are planned. There may be fewer than usual friends and family members at your holiday table this year due to COVID-19 concerns.  However, you...
By Rick Riozza For a California wine column coming out of the West Coast, we surely have covered and reviewed a lot of European vino these past eight years or so.  We’ve done our fair share of French, special vintages from Spain, proper dessert wines from Portugal, and especially some ideal Italian wines from the motherland of all vineyards. In the...
By Robin E. Simmons One of the most successful live-action video game film franchises of all time gets an upgrade in this week’s first time release of the of the six film collection.  The set includes hours of special features with rare archival featurettes and an extended cut of RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE. The UHD set includes, RESIDENT EVIL, RESIDENT EVILAPOCALYPSE (both...

HEADED EAST

By Haddon Libby While the United States battled COVID-19 and each other as part of the 2020 Presidential elections, one-third of the world’s population came together and signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).  This trade agreement represents 2.1 billion of the world’s population and 30% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  RCEP is larger than the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement...
We all know the story of OJ "The Juice" Simpson. But I bet none of you know about Juice Jacking. It happens when someone has tampered with a public charging station and installed malware. Once malware is installed and you then charge your phone, all the info contained therein is now available to the "bad guys". ...everything in your...
BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK Surviving and thriving with Keto during the holidays is possible.  Just remember that the average person gains 10 pounds during the holidays but you aren’t going to be one of them. Feast and thrive (not just survive) and enjoy the holidays while eating delicious Keto food.  Follow these tips and you won't miss a keto beat: 1) Choosing Foods...

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© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Back in 1974, poet Allen Ginsberg and his "spirit wife," Aries poet Anne Waldman, were roommates at the newly established Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The school's founder asked these two luminaries to create a poetics program, and thus was born the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Waldman described its...
By Lisa Morgan “When my sister found me, I was still coherent.” Daryn LaVoie, US Army veteran who served in Desert Storm from 1993-1997 had not coped well with the loss of his father that year. The anguish combined with the grips of PTSD were often more than he wanted to bear, but this night would be darker than all...
By Crystal Harrell 2020 has been a year of historical proportions. Between politics and a pandemic, millions of eyes have been glued to screens and articles to see what new developments come to pass. Recent news content has also paved the path for how journalism is taught in schools for future generations of historians. Jennifer Cortez is an English instructor...
By Eleni Austin In 1965 Los Angeles, the epicenter of musical cool was the Byrds. The epicenter of the Byrds was bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Chris Hillman. Now, 55 years later, Chris has written a memoir, “Time Between,” which covers that heady Swinging ‘60s era, as well as his musical adventures during his time in The Flying Burrito Brothers to the...
BY NOE GUTIERREZ John Carey may not currently be a resident of the Coachella Valley but the man has left an indelible mark on our collective hearts forever. He is the first to volunteer his talent and time as well as encourage younger generations to pick up an instrument. He has donated multiple guitars to numerous students throughout the desert. The...
By Eleni P. Austin I’ve got no religion, I’ve got no philosophy, I’ve got a head full of ideas and words that don’t seem to belong to me... I’ve got no illusions, I’ve had no epiphany, why should anyone listen to me?” That’s Elvis Costello kicking against the pricks on “No Flag,” a song off his newest record, Hey Clockface....

Pappy and Harriet’s

By Daniel Paris Pappy and Harriet’s is located in Pioneertown in the Yucca Valley.  Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors in 1946.  Gene Autry, Russell Hayden, Roy Rogers needed an authentic 1870’s frontier town as a location to film their movies and television series.  Pappy and Harriet’s was the centerpiece and served as a saloon and cantina. ...
ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER DURING THE PANDEMIC Access to the Gardens: Sunnylands is gradually reopening for the 2020-2021 season, starting with public access to the gardens. Admission to the gardens is free from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Guests are welcome to stroll the gardens, relax on benches, or take a self-guided audio tour of the...

National Diabetes Month!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on taking care of youth who have diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States, affecting about 193,000 youth under 20 years old. Regardless...
By Janet McAfee On the day before his 19th birthday in 2013, Clark Cavalier lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan during the Gulf War. He spent the next 4 ½ years recovering at Walter Reed National  Military Medical Center.  His injuries were so extensive that he could not be fitted with prosthetic “artificial” legs. His life was just starting,...

Cognac Cocktail Time!

By Rick Riozza Okay—alright. For so long, I’ve played the old-school wine curmudgeon where I did not want to hear about mixing wine with other stuff; and I especially did not want to even think about using my beloved Cognac for mixed drink purposes. I mean if there was anything sacrosanct in the booze category—we knew we could count on the...

NEW FOR THE HOME THEATER

By Robin E. Simmons Theater starved movie lovers are transitioning to the pleasures of watching movies on their ever larger and more efficient ultra hi-def, smart televisions that almost recreate the theatrical experience without the risk of mingling with masked (?) and socially distant strangers in an indoor venue. Along with the glut of streaming titles on numerous platforms, there are...
By Haddon Libby Many are excited about Stage 3 test results for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination that proved effective in 90% of patients.  Between Pfizer and other drug makers looking to roll-out vaccines and treatments over the next few months, many experts believe that it will take until the end of 2022 for a sufficient percentage of the population to...

NEW CREDIT CARD SCAM

This is a very, very clever credit card scam! I would probably fall for it if not warned. THUS, Beware of STRANGERS bearing gifts, per Shakespeare's missive. The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim: The victim received a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers" (The name could...
By Aimee Mosco “As our world changes around us on this threshold of a new era, we begin to awaken to the remembrance of our divinity.” Gratitude + Forgiveness x (LOVE) = Happiness, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson page 12 Memories serve as the keystone for all of our creations. They hold the structure in place that forms the...

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© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Love can’t always do work," wrote novelist Iris Murdoch. "Sometimes it just has to look into the darkness." From what I can tell, you've been doing that recently: looking into the darkness for love's sake. That's a good thing! You have been the beneficiary of the blessings that come through the...
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at slimman.com By Noe Gutierrez Slim Man and his band of big guns will be performing a livestream concert on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. (PST) from a fully equipped soundstage in Anaheim, California. You can purchase access for $15 at slimman.veeps.com. The Palm Springs-based singer, songwriter, podcast host and chef released the double CD Slim...
BY CRYSTAL HARRELL The age of COVID-19 has currently changed the way mass gatherings and parties are held. With a limited amount of people only allowed, that doesn’t mean it should put a damper on the festive spirit. Nifty Kreations is a local Coachella Valley small business that provides personalized party decorations and treats with a customized theme of choice. Adriana...

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