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The Palm Springs International ShortFest unveiled its 2024 poster ahead of the upcoming event taking place June 18-24, 2024. Collaborating once again with renowned American artist and Palm Springs resident, Shag, this year's distinctive and varied perspective design celebrates the ShortFest’s 30th-anniversary and the singular beauty of the Coachella Valley. ShortFest passes for the 2024 event are currently available at www.psfilmfest.org/shortfest-2024. Shag, known for...
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2h 25m – PG-13) Action, Sci-Fi Starring Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, and William H. Macy. Set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds...
By Rick Riozza According to the recent Brooks Wine Website: “Wine has a universal appeal. It transcends gender boundaries. However, it has been suggested that some women may find certain wine characteristics particularly delightful. There are a few options that stand out as excellent wines for women! For the better sex, whether you are new to the world of wine or...
By Janet McAfee This week I had the pleasure of meeting Denzel, this Siberian Husky mix dog with handsome movie star looks. Denzel is a long-term resident at our local Riverside County Shelter at a time when fewer Coachella Valley residents adopt large dogs. He joined everyone at the shelter’s Animal Commission meeting and wagged his tail happily greeting the...
By Haddon Libby US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at a 1.6% rate during the first quarter – a level that is half the rate of just one quarter ago.  Where inflation was 2.7% at year-end, it was running 1% higher at quarter-end.  This occurred while energy prices increased on geopolitical tensions, and interest rates remained flat with a 5.5%...
If you had 1/5th on the 4th, and got a DUI on THE FIFTH OF MAY, (Cinco de Mayo), then you got a Deuce. A DUI has always been called a DEUCE because the Vehicle Code violation has always ended in a 2. Thus, Drunk Drivers are referred to as “deuced”. A DUI was initially called a 502 requiring a .15 reading....
BY STAN POPOVICH Do you ever get stuck in the vicious cycle of worry and fear in your life? As a published author of a managing fear book, I struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years. Here is a brief summary of what I did to overcome the cycle of fear and anxiety in my life. I got advice...
By Aimee Mosco Each of us comes into this world with the memories and wisdom of our ancestors encoded into our DNA. We also came into these bodies with memories from our past lives. Our souls curated collections of important information and deposited it within us so we could have easy access to this energy as we embarked on the...
© Copyright 2024  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): When my friend Jessalyn first visited Disneyland as a child, she was smitten by its glimmering, unblemished mystery. "It was far more real than real," she said. “A dream come true.” But after a few hours, her infatuation unraveled. She began to see through the luster. Waiting in long lines to...
BY COACH NADIA POPOVA Cardiovascular or simply cardio workouts are an amazing way to stay active and have a healthy heart. The more conditioned the heart gets, the less it beats. The less it beats, the longer it lasts. That's the ultimate goal: keep our heart conditioned so it will last longer. But if you have never done cardio, it's best...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. The Department of Justice on April 30, 2024, affirmed that the DEA has concurred with an HHS recommendation to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. The agency must first accept public comments, during which time interested parties can formally request administrative hearings to further debate the issue. Only following public comments and a possible judicial review...
By Crystal Harrell The Aquabats are a rock band that can be easily identified by their masks and matching costumes—leaning into comedic personas as crime-fighting superheroes. Lead singer and lyricist under the stage name of The MC Bat Commander, Christian Jacobs, spoke with Coachella Valley Weekly during Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival—highlighting The Aquabats’ evolution...
By Crystal Harrell late night drive home brought their roots of growing up in a small town outside of El Paso, Texas, to Weekend Two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Starting in 2019, singer Andre Portillo and guitarist Juan “Ockz” Vargas learned how to play their instruments while simultaneously learning how to produce music. When 2020 hit,...
By Madeline Zuckerman Mama’s House has announced exciting plans for its 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic on Friday, May 10, 2024, and its 3rd Annual Dinner Show on Saturday, May 11, 2024, featuring direct from Las Vegas “Supreme Reflections,” A Loving Tribute To Diana Ross & The Supremes. Both of these fundraising events are scheduled to take place at the...
By Crystal Harrell / Photos By Cora Rafe On April 20, Grammy-nominated songwriter and world-famous DJ Will Clarke spoke with Coachella Valley Weekly during Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, ahead of his performance at the Yuma Tent—where he revealed the artistic process behind his new track and what he hopes for the future of his...
By Craig Michaels If you've been longing for the powerful ballads and electrifying arena rock of the '70s and '80s, your wait is over. John Waite, the British rock singer, and musician whose voice has defined a generation, is bringing his timeless music to the stage at Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City on Saturday, May 11. Best known as the...
Produced By Tiar’a Literary & Illustration Things are really starting to heat up in Southern California, and no doubt aided by this past weekend’s 37th Annual Avocado Festival in beautiful Fallbrook, CA. It was an avocado-packed, star-studded day lined with local growers, and vendors from in and out of town. Between 70,000-100,000 people drove, walked, hiked, biked, crawled, scratched, did...
Cinco de Mayo weekend at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino promises to be a festive celebration with live music including Grammy- nominated group Los Rieleros del Norte and exceptional dining options with Latin flair curated by the award-winning culinary team led by Chef Freddy Rieger. The electric atmosphere of world-class entertainment, dining, and gaming will make for an unforgettable Cinco...
Desert Shakespeare Festival is thrilled to announce its inaugural production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, a female-driven production which promises to captivate audiences with its engaging story, strong acting, and diverse cast. This compelling production is set to take the stage at the Stardust Amphitheater on the campus of Palm Valley School from May 3, May 4, and May 5. A...
By Crystal Harrell / Photos By Kurt Schawacker On April 25, the Palm Canyon Roadhouse in Palm Springs served as the venue for Rolling Stone Magazine’s installment of ‘Rolling Stone Writers’ Room’ ahead of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. The event was moderated by Rolling Stone’s Senior Music Editor Joseph Hudak, and featured an intimate storytelling setting with country crooners Charley Crockett,...
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA Look no further! We have it right here for your Mom, Wife, Mother, Girlfriend, Family and Friends Live at the Omni Resort Carlsbad Calif with Terry Steel Tribute to Luther Vandross https://terrysteelemusic.com/ Terry was featured at our Jam for Maui benefit last year and he was so amazing we had to book him for his own concert...
By Eleni P. Austin 20 years after the Libertines self-titled sophomore album debuted at #1 on the British charts, they’ve repeated that same feat with their fourth long-player, All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade. Quite frankly, it’s amazing that they’ve managed to reach this milestone. Even more so, since no one expected lead vocalist and erstwhile enfant terrible, Pete Doherty...
Sure, Coachella 2024 is in the books. But if you’re looking to extend your live music buzz, the high desert is hosting an event with three groovy bands on Cinco de Mayo. The best part: none of those exorbitant ticket prices or mysterious charges. Yep! It’s free. Local Desert faves Starlight Cleaning Co. has joined forces with Yasawa Group (which...
The Fall Guy (1h 54m – Rated PG-13) Action, Comedy, Drama Starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track...
By Janet McAfee The precious dog pictured here named Cesar was adopted as a young puppy then Nico and then returned 7 years later to our local Riverside County shelter, the Coachella Valley Animal Campus.  We do not know the reason why this lovely Lab mix was relinquished, but we know his heart must have broken when he was brought...

The Hidden Tax

By Haddon Libby The FBI reports that a violent crime happens in the United States every 25 seconds.  Property crimes happen every 4 seconds with a burglary every 23 seconds and a car stolen every 41 seconds.  A rape happens every 4 minutes with a murder every 30 minutes. According to Crimegrade.org, a crime occurs every 10 seconds in California.  Force...
HOLDUP is defined as Postpone, Delay, Detain, Frustrate, A Situation That Causes Delay, Trouble, Traffic Jam, Bottleneck, Gridlock, Congestion and Waiting Period. If you attended Stagecoach or Coachella in 2024 you probably experienced all of these, from the congested 10 Freeway gridlock, to the parking frustration and dealing with the wind, blowing sand and Bands that were late getting...
BY STAN POPOVICH There are many reasons why some people are reluctant to get help for their mental health or addiction issues. In addition, many people are not sure what to do when encouraging someone to get the help they need for their mental health. As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to convince a person struggling to get some...
BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK Ever wonder why carbs are so addictive? It has to do with chemicals that travel from the stomach to the part of the brain where you produce dopamine, a hormone and neurotransmitter that affects the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Once these areas of the brain are stimulated, you’ll keep wanting more of the addictive substance, whether...
© Copyright 2024  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): The world’s record for jumping rope in six inches of mud is held by an Aries. Are you surprised? I’m not. So is the world’s record for consecutive wallops administered to a plastic inflatable punching doll. Other top accomplishments performed by Aries people: longest distance walking on one’s hands; number of...
By Billee Sharp Cannabis has been a prescribed treatment for migraines, digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, and more for thousands of years. In China, the very first mention of cannabis for pain relief dates back to 2500 BC, when it was combined with Datura a strong narcotic plant, for chronic pain, during surgery and surgical recovery. Today medical cannabis follows in...
BY COACH NADIA POPOVA When trying to start eating healthy to get healthier and more fit, lose fat, or build muscle, it’s easy to fall into the trap of all-or-nothing thinking. Such a mindset inevitably leads to disappointments, feelings of guilt, and frustration when you veer off the course. To succeed in your wellness and fitness journey, you should accept that there...
By Tracy Dietlin To all the locals and out of towners that are attending Stagecoach Festival this weekend, consider yourself lucky that you got tickets as they sold out early this year. For those that need to know what you can take in and not take in and any other general info go to: https://www.stagecoachfestival.com/ for all you need to know...
Introduces Daily Meet & Greets, Giveaways, And Exclusive Stagecoach x Yellowstone Merchandise After a successful debut at 2023’s Stagecoach Festival, the iconic Dutton Ranch from MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios and Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” TV’s #1 show, returns to the desert this year. Stagecoach attendees will be transported to the Montana ranch to kick back and relax in the shade Dutton-style all weekend...
This is an exciting chance to witness this award winning established singer-songwriter in action. Townes is returning with a major sonic shift with recent single: "As You Are" – taking her in a whole new indie-rock influenced direction. Producer/engineer Ryan Hadlock worked with Tenille on this explosive new song – check out the video HERE. The reception has been...
By Crystal Harrell As scorching hot as the Mojave tent was Sunday afternoon during weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the crowd emanated a cool anticipation as alternative rock band Taking Back Sunday took to the stage to dish out a bevy of genre-defining tunes that encapsulated two decades-worth of MTV listeners. “It’s interesting because I feel...
By Crystal Harrell Shay’s Warriors Life After Cancer is thrilled to unveil its highly anticipated third annual “I AM HOPE Survivors Reset Retreat,” poised to be an extraordinary journey of rejuvenation and wellness. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Rancho Mirage, this immersive four-day, three-night retreat is meticulously crafted to empower cancer survivors as they embark on their path to...
By Tracy Dietlin We just had the most amazing meal at Oceana in Palm Desert. It was our first-time dining there and it did not disappoint. As we walked in, we commented on how the restaurant was decorated. The colors were gray and black, and the aesthetic was clean and crisp and inviting. There was not only one, but several octopus...
By Crystal Harrell Hailing from El Monte, California, The Red Pears are no strangers to Coachella—having performed at the festival in 2019. For this year’s Weekend 2 festival coverage, Coachella Valley Weekly spoke with the band about their musical growth and how their sound reflects a cultural identity with nostalgic indie rock sensibilities. CV: Thanks for speaking with CV Weekly today....
Produced by Tiar’a Literary & Illustration History was made on March 24th, 2024, at the Banning Community Center as a riotous sell-out crowd cheered the heroes and villains of the EWF . It was a monumental night of epic action as rivalries were forged, challenges were announced, and a new world heavyweight champion was crowned. On Sunday, April 28th, 2024, at...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna  Watch Your Step, They Are Coming Out Early April and May mark the beginning of rattlesnake season which continues through the summer months reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. At one point or another, while hiking, biking, golfing, or depending upon where you live, you’ve probably encountered them at least one time. Unless you’re one of those...
By Marissa Willman Coachella’s “unofficial” stage might not be listed on the official schedule, but Do LaB remains a diehard festival favorite for a reason. Known for their immersive, art-forward and intimate experiences, Do LaB creates its own festival-within-a-festival vibe with top EDM and underground artists, larger-than-life art installations, and a space that is all its own. It’s a draw on...
By Eleni P. Austin Somewhere between Dolly Parton and Patty Griffin stands Sierra Ferrell. In the last few years, her sui generis sound, which blurs the lines between Country, Bluegrass, Hot Jazz and Western Swing, has landed her on plenty of Critics’ year-end lists. Although it feels like she just burst on the scene, the 35-year-old West Virginia native began...
By Madeline Zuckerman Desert Arc’s 14th Annual Golf Classic broke all records and was the most successful golf tournament fundraiser for Desert Arc in the event’s 14 year history! “Since we started hosting this special event 14 years ago, we had by far the most players ever with a field of 33 foursomes,” said Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc.  “The...
Challengers (2h 11m – Rated R) Drama, Romance, Sport Starring Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist. Tashi Duncan is a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak, Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when...

All in on Aglianico!

By Rick Riozza When it comes to one’s favorite red Italian wine, we of course hear about Tuscany’s great Sangiovese based wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano.  Or, the other fan favorite is of course Nebbiolo with its stately and bold Barolo and Barbaresco.  Certainly, for me, these wines have been on the top...
By Janet McAfee It certainly is true that our companion animals provide us with needed love and companionship.  They improve out physical and mental health, and studies show that dog owners tend to get more exercise through dog walking.  They are also more likely to engage socially and meet their neighbors at dog parks and in their neighborhood. Your dog provides...

Counting Chedda

By Haddon Libby The Stagecoach Music Festival has become one of the most successful festivals in the United States and the world.  Events like Stagecoach and its sister festival Coachella have contributed to the music industry earning touring revenues of more than $10 billion in 2023.  The top 100 tours brought in $9.2 billion with Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour grossing...
DUI | POSSESSION OF DRUGS| FALSE ID| MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL| DRUNK IN PUBLIC? COACHELLA is a breeding ground for Arrests and Thefts! It is also an Accident waiting to happen. Whenever thousands of people are crammed together, there is always a potential for needing the police and a lawyer. During the first week of Coachella ’24, 50-100 cell phones...
BY STAN POPOVICH I dealt with fear and anxiety for over twenty years and there are 21 facts that I discovered during my mental health struggles that can help anyone who struggles with fear and anxiety. Knowing these important mental health facts can save someone you know a lot of time and money in the long run. Getting help for your...

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