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By Crystal Harrell Long were the days that theatres remained empty as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented large scale audiences from attending any shows. With more cases declining and California aiming to fully reopen by June, the McCallum Theatre announced its new lineup for the 2021-2022 season, which will bring audiences and artists back together to the Palm Desert venue beginning...

ROCK FOR RYDER

By Esther Sanchez This coming Saturday, May 15th, Coachella Valley Brewing Company will be hosting an event to benefit a local family who’s 5 year-old is battling brain cancer. This all age event will include 2 stages of some of the best live music the Coachella Valley has to offer. In addition, there will be a food truck and a...
By Eleni P. Austin It’s hard to believe that Cheap Trick has been rocking America for nearly 50 years. It seems like just yesterday that the singles “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender” were climbing the charts. Maybe that’s because those songs sound as fresh, innovative and exciting today as they did in the late ‘70s. Guitarist Rick Nielsen...
The community tournament tees off May 20 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa On May 20, the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation will hold a fundraiser golf tournament at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa to continue its mission to provide scholarship opportunities for local students and other programming in the hospitality, convention and tourism...
RETURNS TO FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th Grammy, ACM, CMA, and AMA Award-winning group Little Big Town is returning to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Friday, September 17th at 8 p.m. Tickets ($79, $89, $109 and $129) are NOW on sale at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at...
By Robin E. Simmons THE MARKSMAN Oscar® nominee Liam Neeson is Jim Henson an ex marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone -- isn’t that how it almost always starts? – as he tries to eek out a living and save is ranch on an isolated stretch of barren borderland. Everything changes when he witnesses 11-year-old migrant...
By Rick Riozza I love the radio ads for Kitchen-86 on El Paseo where the announcer speaks in a wise guy Brooklyn tone and is quite quippy with his phases. One thing he mentions in the script is that “the restaurant has a friendly wine list.” I thought about that little line and found it amusing. What indeed is a “friendly...
By Janet McAfee It may be only May, but the Coachella Valley weather already feels like summer.  Our remaining snow birds are heading home, and our locals planning overdue trips for summer 2021.  Dogs love to travel, and it adds to your experience when you see Fido’s joy at sharing a trip with his favorite humans.  Most dogs get excited...

HACKED!

By Haddon Libby The East Coast is suffered a gas shortage this week as Russian hackers disabled the Colonial Pipeline.  Government-sponsored hackers from around the world continue to wreak havoc on businesses of all sizes whether it is a gas pipeline or a local online weekly…as in CV Weekly. We were hacked just last week. According to IdentityForce, these are some...
Everyone has heard of the Mc Donalds Spilled Coffee case, with what seemed like a stupid  verdict. However, few know all the facts which support the underlying verdict …which led to the Stella Awards for crazy litigation. Likewise we don’t know all the facts in these cases, which on their face are ridiculous. Thus there is still hope for...
(Part 2 in a 2-part series) BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK In a recent article I shared about how to maintain a long-term Keto lifestyle. There’s so much controversy and confusing information that says Keto isn’t sustainable. I’ve been Keto for 3 ½ years now…and you can do it as well.  Here is a recap of the previous tips I shared in Part...
© Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In one of her poems, Emily Dickinson tells us, "The pedigree of honey / Does not concern the bee; / A clover, any time, to him / Is aristocracy." I suggest you be like Dickinson's bee in the coming weeks, my dear Aries. Take pleasure and power where they are offered....
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna As I write this 85% of our state is experiencing a drought. We are only in the springtime and summer is quickly approaching.  Every year for the past five years has been the worst fire season in history. This looks like it will shape up as being our sixth worst...
Palm Desert CA ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY A LYNNE TUCKER A beautiful flower arrangement or a striking garden plant can make an enduring impression. It is their mission to bring a unique and dramatic perspective to all they do for their clients. They want to be your trusted floral and gardenscape designer and purveyor every time you are looking to dress...

RAS 1

By Noe Gutierrez The Four Twenty Bank & Swear Jar Presents RAS-1 with Special Guests Mozaiq / Crucial Culture / Higher Heights / Rufus Jr. Friday, May 7, 2021 Doors open @ 5pm/Show starts @ 6pm 21 & over  $10.00 Cover charge Live music continues its steadfast return to the Coachella Valley with a reverberant Reggae show for the ages at The Four Twenty...
By Tricia Witkower Sly and the Family Stone, a band with Top 10 hits such as “Everyday People”, “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, and “Dance to the Music”, started in 1966 and was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Consisting of a core lineup of singer-songwriter/record producer/multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and included Stone's brother...
By Crystal Harrell Summer is quickly approaching and as children find themselves with more free time on their hands away from school, what better way to learn a new skill than going to art camp? Old Town Artisan Studios in La Quinta will be offering weekly sessions, from June 7 through August 13, for ages 7 to 10 years and...
Est. 1985 Rancho Mirage CA ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER Come Taste the Difference! Delectable desserts designed for you from elegant to whimsical, their wedding and specialty cakes will make your event truly memorable. With cakes that taste even better than they look, you’ll get the perfect hand-made dessert designed just for you. The Pastry Swan Bakery specializes in wedding cakes, but...
By Raymond Bill Lifetime valley resident, Jennifer Loza, knows a great deal about tragedy and grief. It was late January of 2012 that Jennifer suddenly lost her husband, Ronnie, due to a blood clot after a massage. He was only 44 years old. Their two sons were 9 and 18 years old at the time. After 25 years in the...
COYOTE AND PREDATOR AWARENESS By DeAnn Lubell It took a preventable tragedy to begin an organization designed to help pet owners realize the dangers of predators – animals, birds, and human alike – found in rural areas, suburban neighborhoods, gated communities, small towns, and major cities.  Amy’s Purpose is a newly formed nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about predator awareness,...
“Enormous Highs” b/w “Silver Girl” (Hypnotic Bridge Records) By Eleni P. Austin In 2018, aficionados of the Los Angeles music scene rejoiced when Omnivore Recordings released “Hallucinations,” the definitive collection from L.A. favorites, The Permanent Green Light. Michael Quercio, best known as the impish front-man for The Three O’ Clock, along with guitarist Matt Devine and drummer Chris Bruckner formed their protean...
“Add Some Music” (Omnivore Recordings) By Eleni P. Austin Growing up in Southern California in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Beach Boys music was ubiquitous. Hometown (Hawthrone) heroes essentially created the California sound, writing songs to capitalize on the emerging Surfing scene as well as the Hot Rod culture. The Wilson brothers, Brian, Dennis and Carl, their cousin Mike Love, school...

SHREK TURNS 20!

By Robin E. Simmons SHREK 4K UHD Experience  SHREK like never before. The first ever Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Feature celebrates its 20th anniversary this spring.  The hilarious adventure comedy stars the adroit voice talents of Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow. The incredibly original and singular blockbuster movie that launched three sequels, a spin-off, TV series, holiday...
By Rick Riozza All right wine fans, not only are you in for a treat, but you are one of the first enthusiasts in Coachella to hear all about the new vibrant sparkler from Spain’s oldest producer of wines and Cavas with a history dating back to 1551.  Raventós Codorníu has just announced the launch of Incandesa Brut, their newest...
BY BREWMASTER ED HEETHUIS Our scheduled series highlighting the local tasting rooms will take a very short hiatus due to the tragic and unforeseen passing of Josh Kunkle last Saturday morning. Josh was the outgoing President of the Coachella Valley Homebrew Club, a position he had held since 2014. Sudden losses such as this can hurt the most and seeing...
By Janet McAfee It was a brazen robbery by gun wielding men of two French bulldogs in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood. The news traveled around the world when it was revealed the valuable canines belonged to Lady Gaga.  The thieves shot Ryan Fisher, Lady Gaga’s brave dog walker, who valiantly tried to fight them off.  When neighbors rushed to...
By Haddon Libby Since the stock market experienced a flash crash last year in response to the pandemic, stocks have been on a historic ascent.  Is this increase due to an improvement in performance, extraordinary actions taken by the Central Banks of the world or some other reasons? Prices generally go up for one of three reasons: expectation of greater earnings,...
Yes, that’s true. Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day…It is September 16. But it matters not, during the Age of Covid. The issue during this holiday is drinking and driving resulting in Accidents or DUI’s. No-one wants to be arrested for a DUI at any time of the year and dealing with jail, costs, stress, time...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. A fitting theme for Nurses Week in 2021 is “Frontline Warrior ” to honor the challenges the CCP (Wuhan virus) brought to our country. This article will mention a few of the leaders in nursing who continue to advocate for safe, equal, access to health care. Florence Nightingale pioneered the groundbreaking practice instituted by Ignaz Semmelweis, a...
© Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Created by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century, the Mona Lisa is one of the world's most famous paintings. It's hanging in the Louvre museum in Paris. In that same museum is a less renowned version of the Mona Lisa. It depicts the same woman, but she's unclothed. Made by...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna A Mother’s Day Tribute…. I lost my Mom over three years ago. That was a tough time. Our career exposes us to so many tragic calls, what an honor to help those in need. Nothing hurts more and left with a feeling of helplessness than when tragedy hits home. Mother’s Day is approaching. When I think of...
By Crystal Harrell The local music scene drives the heart of the Coachella Valley’s arts and culture. Melrose Music is a music production studio owned by David Williams, where several desert-based artists have recorded their songs. The studio recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, marking it as a staple of the Valley, and an important part of the musical process of...
By Crystal Harrell Many Coachella Valley history buffs would be surprised to know that tucked away next to the Big Lots of Cathedral City is a museum that houses treasures from the past. Nestled between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, the location at Cathedral Gateway Plaza on the corner of HWY 111 and Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City’s Arts...
By Rickie Lee Jones (Grove Press) By Eleni P. Austin Back in 2009, Rock journalist Barney Hoskyns wrote “Low Side Of The Road,” fairly complete (but unauthorized) biography of Tom Waits. When he requested an interview with Rickie Lee Jones, she demurred, saying she was saving her stories for her own autobiography. I thought that is the book I want to...
PLANS UNDERWAY FOR MAMA’S HOUSE SECOND RESIDENTIAL HOME  By Madeline Zuckerman After over a year of cancelled in person events, 150 guests, all wearing face masks and social distancing, showed up to lend their unwavering support to Mama’s House.  Due to covid-19 restrictions the attendance was much lower this year, as compared to last year’s luncheon with 1,200 guests, weeks before...

Peppers Thai

By Daniel Paris Peppers Thai is one of the original Thai restaurants to open in the Coachella Valley. For twenty years, they have been serving genuine Thai food at their Palm Springs location. I recall dining in my first Thai restaurant over thirty years ago. I thought, “Wow, this food tastes so fresh and has the spice level I crave. The...
Indio CA Care & Rehabilitation of Wild Birds That Have Been Orphaned, Injured, or Sick ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center is a non-profit corporation created for the care and rehabilitation of orphaned injured or sick native wild birds, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their habitats; to provide community education in the ways...
By Robin E. Simmons DEATH HAS BLUE EYES (1976) In his directing debut, maverick Greek filmmaker Nico Mastoraskis delivers a generous dollop of non-stop car bike and helicopter chases, a bevy of beautiful girls with guns, striking soft-core eroticism, psychic thrills and Cold War politics set against photogenic landscapes of 70s Greece, all presented for the first time in a new...
By Rick Riozza So what wine did you celebrate with for last week’s Earth Day? Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. I don’t know if we’ve had this particular discussion before, but among wine, beer, cocktails or hard seltzer it seems as though the most natural adult...
BY BREWMASTER ED HEETHUIS One of the very best ways to explore the vast myriad of styles and flavors of beer is to get out and visit the local brewers at one of the many Tasting Rooms which dot the Coachella Valley. They are scattered like seeds in the desert wind, so no matter where you reside, the odds are...
By Janet McAfee They were inseparable partners on the job, on patrol to keep their Cleveland Ohio community safe.  It was a sad day on April 14, 2021, when retired Sheriff Dan McClelland and his little k-9 partner Midge passed away a few hours apart.  However, it somehow seemed fitting considering how the man and dog were inseparable and their...
By Haddon Libby Housing prices are going crazy.  So is the price of a gallon of gas or a bag of groceries.  Despite these apparent signs of inflation, the Federal Reserve Bank says that these price increases are ‘transitory’ in nature and will go away.  The last time I was told something would go away almost magically was when COVID...
Don’t be stupid and have a 1/5th on the 1/5th of May, and thereafter get arrested for a DUI over the Cinco de Mayo weekend. Remember, there will be Checkpoints everywhere. Furthermore, note that you must appear in court on the date on the yellow citation you were given when arrested. In addition, you must request a hearing with...
BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK Many women find as they age their abdomens thicken and their weight increases no matter what they try. I’m here to give you hope. Many women try adopting the low-carb or keto way of eating but get frustrated because they aren’t achieving the results they want. If you are eating keto and want better results, I’ve come up with...
By Aimee Mosco “Before we choose to incarnate in a physical body, we lay out an intricate plan of what we intend to accomplish and experience during the lifetime. We specify with whom we will connect and engage, and we form agreements with other souls who will claim a thread in the human tapestry during the same or overlapping...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Poet Allen Ginsberg despairingly noted that many people want MORE MORE MORE LIFE, but they go awry because they allow their desire for MORE MORE MORE LIFE to fixate on material things—machines, possessions, gizmos, and status symbols. Ginsberg revered different kinds of longings: for good feelings, meaningful experiences, soulful breakthroughs, deep...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought many changes to how you live your life, and with-it uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures, and social isolation. You may worry about getting sick, how long this will last and what the future will bring. May Is Mental Health Awareness Month. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make your...
By Crystal Harrell To create is to manifest something outside yourself, fulfilling its own destiny and purpose besides your own. Many struggle with the notion that art serves its own purpose, existing not for the whim of the artist’s message, but interpreted through the eyes of the audience for which it was meant. Christopher James is a metal sculptor famously...
By Noe Gutierrez Gisello Woo has done almost ‘everything’ you could possibly imagine within our desert music community not to mention in the music world. This amazing human was scheduled to perform at Coachella 2020 with her band The Night Owls before that notch was botched by a nasty virus. Did that derail her and the band? No! Along with...
By Noe Gutierrez There are two things a pandemic will do to you, it will break you or it will embolden you. The Rock band Hover chose the latter and went from EP to LP in just a few short months. On April 23, 2021, their full self-titled album will drop worldwide and the band has included CDs and tons...

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