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www.coachellavalleyweekly.com • October 10 to October 16, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 29

Sunday Funeral/ The Caesareans

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Parkland

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La Vallauris

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October 11th-13th

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World Championship Chili Cookoff..... 3 Hard Rock Hotel Bash....................4 Community-CV History Museum ... 5 LMS -Sunday Funeral&Caesareans.6 SELMA at The Learning Tree.........7 Movies - Parkland..........................8 Public Pers. - Manny Movie Guy...9 Interfusion Music Summit.............9 Sports Scene................................10 Golf...............................................11 Consider This ...............................12 Valley Rhythms.............................13 Pet Place.......................................14 The Vino Voice..............................15 Club Crawler Nightlife.................16 The Pampered Palate..................18 Screeners......................................20 Book Review.................................21 Haddon Libby: It’s All Local.........23 JPV: It’s Your Nickel......................23 Real Estate....................................24 Safety Tips....................................25 Gamer Girl....................................25 ShareKitchen................................25 Health, Fitness & Beauty.............26 Free Will Astrology......................27 Mind, Body, & Spirit.....................27 Life & Career Coach......................28 Ask The Doctor.............................28 Comics - Weiss Cracks..................30

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he aromas of slow cooking meat embraced in a blanket of passionate Chili’s and earthy spices float through the air, as your taste buds start to come alive. It conjures up flavors so rich, that you can begin to taste it before it even enters your mouth. The cause of such edible pleasure is one of America’s culinary staples, Chili. And on the weekend of October 11th, Chili mania will converge upon Palm Springs as the 47th Annual International Chili Society Worlds Championship Chili Cook-off (that’s a mouth full) comes to town. It’s a dish that has deep roots in America’s food culture. Since its inception, Chili has been transformed and debated but always loved. Every state of the union has its own take on the versatile creation with every citizen swearing that their recipe is the best. It all started when Don Juan de Onate, brought the Green Chili over from Mexico into New Mexico over 4 centuries ago. The coveted chili flourished in the state and has become part of its heritage. The origin of the meal itself is a bit muddled, but it’s said that it came to pass in the 1800’s in Texas, when Texans needed a simple meal to cook on long trail rides, and cooking Chili seemed to do the trick. The spicy chili seasoning would aid in masking the sometimes strong flavor of the meat used, add a little tomato sauce, and there you go, Chili Con Carne. It was a perfect traveling stew of sorts, western style. From there arose the “Chili Queens”. They were women of Mexican descent that would sell their Chili Stew from carts in the military plaza in San Antonio, similar to modern day food stands. They would peddle their goods in the evenings which would satiate the appetites of 19th century party people. The Queens held strong until the 1930’s, when the time honored tradition of selling Chili in that fashion was shut-down by the health department. Chili continued to grow in popularity throughout the Southwest, bringing inexpensive “Chili Joints” to the surface during the depression. Chili was perfect, as it brought inexpensive food to the masses. During this time competitions started to rise up. It was a natural progression, as everybody had (and still has) their own take on Chili. The Chili tug of war has been going on ever since the powder hit the pot so many years ago. Texans seem to hold the most claims to fame as they take their chili very seriously. Their “Bowl of Red” is famous in the state, and the true Texan would snub anyone who tries to say that beans have any business in a bowl of Chili. Ah, “To bean or not to bean”, that is the question. Well, it’s more like a preference than anything else, although hard core Chili fans would argue differently.

Maybe it’s all that spice that gets them heated up, but that’s what makes Chili so much fun…. it is spicy in more ways than one. This year’s International Chili Society World Championship Chili Cook-off will take place in downtown Palm Springs at the Spa Casino on October 11th, 12th and 13th from 11am-6pm. This will be the first time the competition will be held in the Coachella Valley, and the Executive Producer of the event, Jeff Hocker is in negotiations to make Palm Springs its permanent home. The ICS is a non-profit organization that sanctions chili cook-offs and works with the WCCC to put on what is the largest organized food competition in the world. The ICS benefits different charities and has raised over 90 million dollars over the years. The organization provides rules and regulations for the contest and has been doing so since 1967, which produced the most famous contest conclusion between Texas newspaper reporter Homer “Wick” Fowler and New York humorist H. Allen Smith. The competition ended in a tie after the judge spat out each competitor’s Chili claiming that it had ruined his taste buds. The comment made in jest, gave fuel to the following years contest and the competition has been going strong ever since. Members of the ICS, or Chiliheads, number up to the thousands and raise money for charities as well as cook and judge competitions. The three day food festival will have over 400 competitors cooking for $55,000 in cash prizes with $25,000 going to the first place winner of the Traditional Red Chili. Chili will be judged on a variety of criteria including taste, consistency, aroma, color and bite. The range in Chili will extend to the Traditional Red Chili and Chili Verde, which are not allowed to include beans. However, bean lovers take heart, for the Home-style and People’s Choice Chili’s will be able to incorporate the beloved carb. The event will also incorporate 50 vendors, food trucks, a Kid Zone and live music

October 10 to October 16, 2013

By Denise Ortuno Neil

presented on two stages. The Big 106.1 FM Country Stage will feature The Brewer Boys, Brent Payne, Savannah and the Doo Wah Riders, while the Oasis 95.9 FM Classis Rock Stage will entertain with Brimstone, Cougrrz Rock (Pat-Benatar/Heart Tribute Band), Drive (Cars Tribute Band) and the deserts own Caxton! Celebrity Chefs Sharone Hakman and Andre Carthen will be on hand as well as celebrity judges, Ruta Lee, Fred Williamson, Trini Lopez, CBS Local 2 newsman Patrick Evans, Joey English and Chef Johannes Bacher of Johannes restaurant. The cook-off will benefit three local charities, Mizell Senior Center, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy and USO Palm Springs. Ticket prices are $50 for VIP which includes a one day pass, 25 tasting tickets, WCCC apron, and Spa Casino $10 Free Play. Regular tickets are priced at $15 and include 2 tasting tickets and Spa Casino $10 Free Play. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. There is no question that we are a Chili loving country and the Coachella Valley is fortunate to have the ICS WCCC competition in our backyard. So no matter who came up with the Chili concept, or who has the best recipe with or without beans, it makes no difference…let’s just grab a spoon and dig in to this all American comfort food and have a rootin-tootin goodtime! For more info go to www.chilicookoff.com.

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HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS CELEBRATES WITH PRE-OPENING BASH

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esort Now Open to the Public as of October 4th at 8:00am The new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs celebrated its arrival in Southern California with a private ceremony and reception held last Thursday evening, Oct. 3, at the new resort. Hard Rock’s signature purple and white lights flashed as hundreds of invited guests toured the property, mingled over food and drinks and enjoyed a surprise performance by The Bicycle Thief with lead vocalist Bob Forrest formerly of Tholonious Monster, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer from Red Hot Chili Peppers. To kick-off the night, Owner Andy Carpiac of Kittridge Hotels & Resorts, flipped a switch to launch a chain-reaction lighting ceremony that culminated with the illumination of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs logo and signage atop the newly remodeled 163-room luxury hotel. The ceremony included remarks by Michael Shindler, Executive Vice President Hotels & Casinos for Hard Rock International, as well as a warm welcome from Palm Springs Mayor Steven Pougnet. Guests included a who’s-who of music and hotel industry movers and shakers including Paul Tollett

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and Skip Paige of Goldenvoice. “This is an exciting time for us,” said Carpiac. “We’re thankful to the City of Palm Springs and to all the people who worked hard to make the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs a reality. We’re officially open for business and we’re looking forward to becoming a distinctive and vibrant hotel and entertainment destination on the West Coast.” The opening ceremony was followed by a private reception inside the hotel, where guests toured guest rooms, viewed the star-studded memorabilia gallery, and experienced the new pool area which will undoubtedly become the epicenter of sizzling desert entertainment in coming months. The resort’s recent partnership with Goldenvoice, owners of the worldfamous Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, will help the Hard Rock Hotel become the premier pool and music scene in the desert. Guests also sampled entrees from Sessions, the resort’s edgy, yet sophisticated restaurant which opened to guests last Friday, October 4, along with the rest of the resort.

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October 10 to October 16, 2013

By Denise Ortuno Neil

Coachella Valley History Museums Newest Exhibit

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ithin each community there is a story to tell and a history to preserve for future generations. The quest of the Coachella Valley History Museum in Indio is to do just that, and with the opening of their newest exhibit ready for the 2013/2014 season, the museum holds true to their mission. The Coachella Valley History Museum came together back in 1965 by a group of civic minded residents who desired to preserve their communities’ history for those to come. The museum opened in 1984, and has slowly grown with different exhibits and additions including the first and only Date Museum in the world which chronicles the date’s origin and how it came to the Coachella Valley. The sprawling campus also encompasses the 1926 SmileyTyler House, the 1909 Schoolhouse, a Blacksmith Shop and four serene gardens including the “Liberty Tree”, which is the oldest Cork Tree in the Coachella Valley. The museum is proud to feature their

new exhibit, Journey of a People: A History of the Cahuilla and Chemehuevi Tribes in the Coachella Valley. The exhibit is the vision of the museum’s curator, Erica Ward. She, along with the other museum members have worked hard to put the informative and detailed exhibit together, “I thought that it would benefit the museum and the general public,” said Ward. The exhibit focuses on the five tribes from the valley area, the Agua Caliente, Cabazon, Augustine, Torres Martinez and 29 Palms. The tribes are broken up into Cahuilla and Chemehuevi Tribes. It is unique in the fact that it strays away from focusing on the gaming aspect of the tribes and more on their individual diverse histories. Highlighting important events and long standing traditions such as the Bird Singing of the Torres Martinez Tribe which almost became a lost art over the years. The exhibit accomplishes educating the public about the tribes through a series of artifacts, displays and photographs. The exhibit will discuss the lives of the tribes before and during European occupation and what they endured including the small pox

epidemic that killed a great portion of the Indian population in 1863. Visitors to the exhibit can take self-guided tours in order to absorb all of the information at their own pace, and the exhibit will be on display until May 31st, 2014. The museum has other events coming up this season as well. The Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead Fundraiser will take place in the evening on Friday November 1st. The fundraiser will include deliciously prepared food, live music, special Day of the Dead exhibits and even tequila tastings. The event is $75 per person. The museum will also be starting their Speaker Series, with the first speaker taking the podium on Friday October 11th from 5:30-7:30pm. The October speaker will be Michael Morales of the Torres Martinez Tribe and will discuss Bird Singing and the Cahuilla Culture. In December the museum hosts their Old Fashion Christmas in the 1909 Schoolhouse

and in March they gear up for Heritage Day. The favorite museum event is held at the end of the month and is an all-day fun filled family style occasion for the whole community. If you want more than just a day at the museum, you can actually put a little Coachella Valley history in your special event. The property is available to be rented out for weddings, parties, corporate events and other occasions. The Coachella Valley History Museum is full of pertinent information about our bountiful desert area and it is a treat to step back in time when visiting it. It gives us all a glimpse of Coachella Valley history, and an appreciation for those who found it important enough to preserve it. The Coachella Valley History Museum is opened Thurs-Sat from 10-4pm and Sundays from 1-4pm. For more information visit www.cvhm.org.

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Local Music Spotlight

by lisa morgan

Sunday Funeral and The Caesareans

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an ideal line-up. The Caesareans are: Kanima Ledesma (lead vocals and percussion), Jason Obando (keyboards) and Justin Ledesma (drums and vocals). This band is known to consistently deliver a high-energy, visual stage show. The band came together almost accidentally. In 2008, Justin placed an ad for a backup female vocalist to assist in Sunday Funeral. Kanima Beck, soon to be Ledesma, responded to the ad and it was a match made in music heaven. The album was recorded and Justin even filmed a mockumentary of his band’s development. Obando was singing vocals in his own band, Croccodile Rock, until the idea of a hard-rocking keyboard band with Kanima on vocals came into play. Much like the Dresden Dolls, this project refused to be neatly placed into a music genre. The set list grew and in 2012, The Caesareans were “born”. Originally starting out as a Dresden Doll tribute band, they do a wide range of covers and originals and guarantee entertainment and energy. Enjoy both of these bands live and in person while you can – before the road

calls them away again. The show will start around 9pm, this Friday, October 11th at Schmidy’s Tavern located at Fred Waring and Hwy 111 in Palm Desert. You can check out their music and Justin Ledesma’s “mockumentary” at the following links: www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=a nnotation_284637&feature=iv&src_=wg2E BtSNiT0&v=zTXnUPJfqbw  Wanderer Music Video www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFNgbR1wLnw  This is Sunday Funeral (2010 Mockumentary) www.facebook.com/CaesareanPunk www.youtube.com/TheCaesareans

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upport and Education for Local Music and Arts (www.selmagrows. org) is delighted to announce the implementation of the SELMA program into a local private school. The Learning Tree Center on Washington Street in Palm Desert now has two new after school art programs, one for first grade and one for second to fifth, donated by Mr. Leo Fuchs of DesertArtClasses.com, who is also the Arts Program Director for the Support and Education of Local Music and Arts organization. Mr. Leo also teaches art classes and private lessons at All Desert Wellness Centers (alldesertwellness.org). The Learning Tree Center also has accepted the plans for a culturally educational mural created by Mr. Keith Blum of KeithBlum.com. Mr. Blum creates murals with life like dimensions and has generously reduced his charges by the thousands to be able to accommodate this mural being applied to the school grounds. The scenes range from: a map of the Coachella Valley with a “You are here” insignia acknowledging the Learning Tree Center in correlation to the Coachella Valley, all the way to the Great Wall Of China, the Easter Islands, the Hollywood sign, and Australia’s Opera House to name a few. As an organization we will be raising $1500 per “vignette”, or scene, to be applied by Mr. Blum along with guided help from the students, through a guide workshop, as a contribution to the growth of the SELMA organization in the Coachella Valley. Incredibly, a classroom has been designated for this program on the Learning Tree campus. It is exciting to announce that the means to acquire this classroom space was provided to S.E.L.M.A by the following; Mr. Fuchs, Mr. Keith Blum, the Coachella Valley Weekly publication, and All Desert Wellness Centers of Palm Desert and of course the Learning Tree Center of Palm Desert (www.thelearningtreecenter.com). The main purpose of the S.E.L.M.A. organization is to create careers that support

and preserve cultural integrity by providing a localized showcase system of music and arts education opportunities. Without the support of these local organizations and businesses we would not be able to accomplish these great feats that will enrich our children’s live for years to come. If you are interested in supporting the implementation of the SELMA program into The Learning Tree Palm Desert or any other school in the Coachella Valley please contact us: info@selmagrows.org or (760)799-8196. This is a great opportunity to advertise for your business or project and it is exciting to invite you along. Support and Education for Local Music and Arts, Coachella Valley: Chapter 1

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The band has been around since around 2007, but the latest configuration that launched the dual lead vocals and guitars has been dialing it in for the last two years. Just coming off their last tour, this band is tight and has an ample arsenal of original tunes to fire at the audience, along with some well-chosen, familiar and not so familiar covers thrown in the mix. They are launching their second tour which will take them all over the western states, so now is the time to see them local and live. They are already working on a slew of songs for a new recording that will include more than 10 songs, a sign of a truly prolific and actively creative band. Joining Sunday Funeral on the Schmidy’s Tavern stage will be The Caesareans lead by Ledesma’s fiance, Kanima. Along with a varied range of covers and original tunes, The Caesareans pay tribute to the unique works of The Dresden Dolls, a “Brechtian  punkcabaret” who are part of an underground dark cabaret movement that started gaining momentum in the early 2000s. With Kanima Ledesma on lead vocals and percussion, Jason Obando on keyboards and Justin Ledesma on drums and vocals, the two bands, like their two founders, are

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ustin Ledesma is a long way from his Milwaukee roots but we sure are glad to have him. As the founder of Sunday Funeral, Justin has transformed his Southern Rock roots into a contemporary, edgy, rock sound-garden of original tunes that remind me of all that was good about the grittier alt rock music of the 90s (Nirvana, Wallflowers, Alice in Chains etc.) Award winning Brad Mercer, featured Sunday Funeral on his show, Bands and Fans, calling them“hard hitting, bluesy rockers with high energy, head pounding rhythmic riffs, with dual vocals and dual lead guitars that add depth to their already solid rock sound.” He added, “Sunday Funeral is one of those young upcoming bands that caught my ears for air play on my radio show. I would very much like to see them play live.” Thanks to Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert, a venue that is quickly becoming the live music and entertainment hub of the valley, we will all be able to. Sunday Funeral is: Justin Ledesma (lead guitar/lead vocals), Brian Frang (rhythm guitar/lead vocals) Jeff Mazur (bass/vocals), Jason Obando (keyboards) and Johnny Elsewhere (drums/ keys & also known for his ukulele skills).

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PARADIGM SHIFT AT PARKLAND

On November 22, 1963, John Hugh was a first year medical student at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital. Disappointed at not having time see the Presidential parade as it passed through Dallas, he had lunch in the doctors’ cafeteria. Still wearing his lab coat, and not yet knowing the President had been shot, he took a short cut back to class when he was mistaken for a doctor and commandeered by a gun-toting man in a suit who said, “The President’s been shot! We need to get him inside!” John was the first to reach the President’s bloody limo. Told here for the first time, is the story of how that fateful day at Parkland impacted one person. ’m a student at University of Texas  I leave Barbara at the Blood Bank and run Southwestern Medical School, located toward the disturbance. A suit steps up to adjacent to Dallas’ Parkland Memorial me, grabs my elbow and says, “The President Hospital. has been shot! We need to get him inside.” Although we are only first year students, The incomprehensible words hardly on the weekends we go to Parkland and register. There is no thinking, just doing. I “play” doctor -- do grunt work or hang out step through the doors. in the Emergency Room and watch them The suit pulls me toward a long, dark blue sew up patients. For some reason, the sight convertible that is parked just outside the of blood in that setting makes me queasy. ambulance entrance. I had always assumed Occasionally, doctors allow us to observe the President’s limo would be black. The top surgical procedures. I pass out more than is down. once.   I enter the vehicle from the back right The academic material is not a problem. passenger side. I see a limp, apparently I’m considered an excellent student. But the lifeless man sprawled across the back seat. hands-on work -- well, that’s not my thing. There is a coat over his head and torso. In my heart, I already know I don’t want to Quickly, other hands are on his body. We be a doctor and I’m looking for a way out, carefully lift him out and onto a gurney that although I dare not talk to anyone about it. I immediately appears. During this process, am very good at keeping things inside. the coat falls away. I see clearly it is the Friday, November 22, I have a lunch date President John Kennedy. with pretty Barbara Mashman, a nursing Strange or not, I am teary as I recall this. student -- one of the best parts of being a The right parietal region of the skull is gaping med student. We plan to go to the nearest open with brain tissue exposed. His eyes are site where we can see the President’s open and rolled back. Bloody, greyish brain motorcade pass. I am equally eager to matter is about his head and stuck to the top see Texas Governor John Connally, who is of the car’s trunk. accompanying the visiting President. The I grip him under his armpits. We set him route has been widely publicized in the two on the gurney, face up. He’s not as heavy as local newspapers and on the radio. I expect. Someone readjusts the coat over Kip’s Big Boy is the closest place to grab his head. a bite. But when we realize an hour is not I find myself at the head end of the enough time to drive, park, eat, walk to a gurney and Mrs. Kennedy is at my shoulder, place to watch the motorcade and then to my immediate right. I remember thinking return to classes, we know it just isn’t she’s a pretty little lady, smaller than I had possible. imagined. She’s very pale. Her skin looks Disappointed, we decide to dine in the almost translucent. I notice she has tiny doctors’ cafeteria in the hospital. The dress freckles across her nose and under her eyes, code for med students is slacks, shirt and tie, just like my sister. Mrs. Kennedy’s skin is so but most of us wear our lab jackets at lunch colorless, it’s as if her freckles hang in the hoping everybody thinks we are doctors. We space in front of her face. She wears a bright talk about President Kennedy’s charisma. pink, textured suit. I realized it’s splattered And the divided feelings he generates. I feel with blood -- and some of what appears as bad not getting to see him. textured cloth is brain tissue. Following lunch, we take a shortcut back I am overwhelmed by how fragile Mrs. to the medical school that goes passed the Kennedy appears. Never before or since Blood Bank, through the Emergency Room. I have I seen anyone more frightened. see a sudden commotion down the corridor. We push the gurney feet first into and Suits appear. Some have guns drawn. They through the Emergency Room. One of the are shouting: “Clear this room, we need wheels is out of whack. It thump thump some doctors.” thumps. Swiftly, we glide into Operating Room One, I think, now crowded with suits and hyper alert medical personnel. There is shouting. They look at me. “Is he dead? Is he dead?” I don’t answer. I don’t see any press. There is an efficient scurry of trauma care and more “Is he dead?” shouts. We place the President on the operating table. Again, I see his awful head wound. Doctors go to work seeking -- or trying to sustain -- signs of life. I turn to leave. A suit says, “You can’t

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leave, you’re a doctor. We have to get Mrs. Kennedy out of here.” Still standing next to me, she hears this and says in a surprisingly firm voice, “You can’t make me leave. I won’t look, but I’m not leaving.” All I can say is “Oh.” She keeps repeating, “You can’t make me leave”. Mrs. Kennedy is tearfully wideeyed, but she is not sobbing. After a moment, I slip away. I feel a total and utter helplessness. In a corridor, I recognize an intern. He stares at me and says, “What happened to you?” I ask where can I wash-up? I am concerned because my new, green, pinstripped Oxford cloth shirt from Jas K. Wilson has blood all over both sleeves. I cleanup and get Barbara from the Blood Bank. We hardly talk. In the fewest words possible, I tell her what she couldn’t see. She is speechless. Like good students, Barbara and I return to our respective classes. Back in Anatomy Lab, other students seem to know where I had been. I don’t remember telling anyone but Barbara. How did they know? I think that’s odd.   I am called into Miss Rucker’s office. The secretary to the Dean of Students warns me, “If anyone from the news media calls, do not talk to them about where you were or what you did.” I don’t know how she knows. Or why she says this. School closes for the rest of the day. I go home in a stupor where I sit spellbound in front of the TV and constantly find myself crying. The Sunday following the assassination, my lab partner and I plan to meet at the Anatomy Lab and study our cadaver. On the radio, the shocking news that Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy’s alleged assassin, has been shot is reported. By the time I get to Parkland, Oswald is on his way to the city morgue. A surreal surfeit of bodies occupies my mind. As I look back on that time, it’s as though a part of me remains forever observing the horror from above. Perhaps it’s my method of coping. I don’t know why I didn’t faint while helping remove the President’s body from the limousine. In my mind are a stack of vivid moments like vintage postcards but with sound: the long blue limo, the limp body on the back

seat, Mrs. Kennedy’s freckles, the President’s head wound, the thumping gurney wheel, the blood on my hands, the echoing shouts “Is he dead?” and Mrs. Kennedy’s firm “You can’t make me leave, you can’t make me leave.” After the JFK assassination, I explore ways to get out of med school -- which I now hate. I don’t want to just quit, but I can’t think of a logical way to exit gracefully. My God, what will my parents think? Since getting into medical school is such a hard-earned achievement, I don’t dare talk to my peers about leaving. I seek advice from the head of Psychiatry, Dr. Stubblefield. He says a good doc should love what he does and to think it over. I go before the Psychiatric Committee and formally request a withdrawal, which I am eventually awarded. It is effective for five years, during which time I can return. They want me back. It’s a nice feeling but a circumstance I cannot imagine.   When I tell my folks of my decision to quit the study of medicine; my mother starts crying. My dad says, “Don’t tell your Uncle”. (I have a cousin of the same age with whom I always compete.) I have disappointed my parents. But I keep it all inside. Later, I go out, run a red light, and total my new 1963 Barracuda. I know now something big changed the weekend JFK died. And not just for me. After I abandon plans to become a doctor, I dabble in little theater, do a few commercials and catch the acting bug. I still cannot easily speak of that terrible, beautiful, sunny day in Dallas. For me, it’s an ever-present, unexpected, singular, intimate, horrific thing that released me from a life I didn’t want. Conspiracy theories don’t interest me. Nor do questions about the why of it all. Fifty years later, I realize it’s something I can never fully process. Life is fragile and it is now. That’s all I know. What I still see most clearly from that day is Jackie Kennedy’s paleness, her fear, her strength and how her freckles look like my sister’s. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

s a young boy growing up in Pasig City, a suburb of Manila in the Philippines, Manuel dela Rosa always knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. He was born May 5, 1968, and considers the day “Cinco de Manny,” he said with his typical enthusiasm. “My mother was in labor from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I was born on Five-five. It’s my day!” As a child, he started exhibiting his own star qualities. “I started to act and dance when I was very little,” he said. “Maybe three or four. I always knew that I was special!” By the time he was a teen, dela Rosa was a famous television dancer in Manila who danced to promote new music for record companies. “We’d dance to one song a month on television and all around the city,” dela Rosa, now the on-air film critic for KMIR 6, along with being the station’s Promotions, Marketing, and Creative Services Director, recalled recently. Today his star shines with his critiques of upcoming films, interviews with filmmakers and coverage of film events here in the Coachella Valley that appear on KMIR Today and KMIR news at 5 p.m. Fridays. KMIR sister stations in Las Vegas (KTNV-ABC) and Omaha, Neb. (KMTV-CBS), the Filipino Channel on Balitang America on Fridays. Locally, he’s also heard on MIX 100.5 with Bradley Ryan in the Morning at 8 a.m. Friday. Not bad considering that dela Rosa had no idea he’d find himself back on television when he left the Philippines in 1988. At 20, dela Rosa abandoned his career to head for the U.S., “begrudgingly,” he said, to be with his mother, Anastasia Gresser, who had struggled to send him to private schools and taught him the value of education. “My mother was here and at 20 I was still a dependent so I could come without a visa,” he said. “If I waited until I was 21 I would have had to apply to come here.” Always a film lover, when he came to the U.S., dela Rosa fell under the spell of film critics like Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. “Ebert was really the first superstar film critic,” he recalled. And in a way, dela Rosa’s mentor. He read Ebert’s film column in the Chicago Sun-Times and watched him work fellow critic Gene Siskel in their “At the Movies” syndicated show. “Until then I didn’t know that there was such a thing as film critics. To me, with my interest in academia, it was the perfect job,” he said. While pursuing a degree in film and television, dela Rosa was encouraged by one his instructors, “Prof. Carlisle,” who became his personal Netflix, loaning the budding critic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood to watch and study, also to begin writing critiques for the Purdue Chronicle. He followed that up with starting his master’s program in film at the Schools of the Arts Institute of Chicago, but an internship in the promotions WLS in Chicago got him into working in television promotions. By the late 1990s, dela Rosa was finishing up his master’s program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and working at KTNV. With his master’s degree completed, he went looking for a better position.

“California was always the goal,” he said. Rather than move to a larger station where he wouldn’t be boss, “My boss (at KTNV) asked me if I’d consider being the promotions manager at a smaller station,” dela Rosa said. The move into management was a step he was ready to take once he and his partner Kevin landed in the Coachella Valley in 2003. While he was working on a partnership with the MIX 100.5, the station manager offered dela Rosa the chance to do film reviews on the station, and dubbed him, “Manny the Movie Guy.” “I told KMIR what they wanted me to do and lucky for me, they were OK with it,” he said. “It was cross promotion!” With Manny the Movie Guy on radio, KMIR kicked his career up a notch by offering him a spot Fridays on the station’s early news show. He did his first on-air review in May 2004. One thing dela Rosa didn’t want was to review films that had been open for a week. He began making contacts with Hollywood studios to attend press screenings, and to get on press junkets to talk to filmmakers and actors. The one thing he wasn’t anticipating, “how long two minutes is on the air,” he said with a laugh. “But I wanted to be smart with my reviews. I wanted my personality to come through and I wanted my reviews to be interesting. I think that’s where my background in academia comes through.” His reviews are taken seriously in the industry. He is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and is a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) yearly Critics Choice Awards. His review work earned him an Emmy in 2010 for Best On-Air Talent/Host category. Living and working in the Coachella Valley was only supposed to be a two or three year stop for dela Rosa and Kevin, but they’ve settled in for the long run by becoming involved with local charities and organizations. In fact, dela Rosa is looking for help for the upcoming Palm Springs Pride Parade on Nov. 3. “I need people to help carry the 300-foot long Pride flag in the parade,” he said. “Anyone who wants to help, please contact me (manny@ mannythemovieguy.com)!” “I am so blessed,” he said of his where his life has taken him. “I love wearing both hats at the station because my work challenges me every day and I get to help people who need it. This place has become our home.”

Events

October 10 to October 16, 2013

LOCAL TALENT HEADLINES IMS 2013

The third annual Interfusion Music Summit will happen October 10th through 13th in Cathedral City, Ca.

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he Interfusion Music Summit is presented by the host city of Cathedral City, CA. IMS is intended for music industry professionals to revive their careers, learn marketing and promotion techniques, boost business and to discuss the future of the music industry. During this 4-day event; artists, bands and DJs come together, learn from each other, perform with each other creating an ‘interfusion’. The weekend consists of a live downtown concert where the public is welcome to come and watch all genres of music performances. This year’s “Concert In The Square” will broadcast all performances on Livestream.com and on Roku’s Netflix box. PNN Media Group, producers of the Interfusion Music Summit, announces the headliners for ‘Concert In The Square’. The third annual Interfusion Music Summit brings something new to the desert... local talent. The past two years, IMS has focused on bringing DJs, artists and bands to the desert. This year is no different. Musicians will be descending upon the desert for workshops, roundtables, seminars and live performances. All this talent is coming from all over the world. This year there is more local talent involvement. There’s so much that IMS is making the headliners all local bands. “Cathedral City wanted more locals involved”, said promoter Corey White. “We’re happy to say that we found some amazing talent”. This year’s IMS will feature the Coachella band WAXY. Straight out of the Desert of Southern California, WAXY (Without Any eXplanation whY)is a retro-infused musical throwback that mixes up the amped-up raw

styling of garage rock with a healthy dose of classic psychedelia. IMS producers also found Y2BD (Yet To Be Determined). They are a rock and roll band made of 9 and 10 year olds out of the Coachella Valley. Don’t let their ages fool you. These young guns are loud and proud! Other local bands include Whisky & Knives, Braun Fraulein, In Viridian, Crocodile Rock plus all the local talent participating in “Battle of the LOCAL Bands”. For more information about IMS’ Battle of the Local Bands call (760) 896-4238 About PNN Media Group: PNN Media Group has been in the music and entertainment business for nearly 20 years. This award winning company owns PNN Radio and Proud Television and has worked with several cities and companies to promote, sponsor and create events, including SpinBALL, Desert Romp, PrideNation Weekends and more. Clients include The City of Cathedral City, The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism (Directors Choice Award, Spring Break Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Visitors Guide & Map), Billboard®, Bravo TV, The Travel Channel, CNN and More.

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

by Julie Buehler

Knowing How To Fight Is the Key to Victories For Bradley

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imothy Bradley Jr. works harder than most people play. He sculpts his body within millimeters of body fat, shredding any semblance of doubt that opposition has exerted more effort while he shreds his physique. And while he works hard to get physically faster, stronger and more dominant that his opponent, he still recognizes that boxing is a subjectively judged sport and that 3 judges hold the power to decide who wins or loses, baring a knockout, and in preparation of his fight on Oct. 12 against Juan Manuel Marquez, he’s carefully studied the ways to beat Marquez and the ways to win over the judges. In an interview with Buehler’s Day Off, I asked Bradley about his strategy against Marquez going into this fight. Marquez has the power to knock formerly-fan-favorite Manny Pacquiao on his face- literally - and embarrassed the former champ, so what could Bradley learn from that fight? “Pacquiao, got a head of himself, got over confident and when you do that to a guy like Marquez, he’ll hurt you,” stated Bradley during his interview on Buehler’s Day Off. “He (Pacquiao) was tired of going to the score cards and trying for the knockout and in the process he ended up getting knocked out… can’t knock Pac for going for the KO.” Bradley knows why Pacquio may want to avoid a fight going to the score cards as Bradley beat Pacquio in a decision last year. The controversy over the decision has been well documented, but WHY Bradley won the fight has not. In a sport where big names get an automatic nod of approval from the public, a challenger not only has to beat the champ in the ring, but also the preconceived notions of the judges sitting ringside.

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And according to Bradley, the fact that judges see each fight differently is a part of the sport he embraces and accounts for in his fight prep. “It’s part of the sport. There’s nothing wrong with that,” Bradley said. “At the end of the day, it all boils down to a few judges sitting there and what they like. Some judges like boxers, some like the visitor guy, some like the guy that throws the harder shots. It depends on what they’re looking for and we as fighters, don’t know.” In 28 bouts, Bradley has only 12 knockouts, with more than half of his victories coming by decision. When a guy is the undefeated, WBO Welterweight Champion, that doesn’t just happen by chance. “I just try to mix it up. I’m pleasing all the judges. I know how to win fights and that’s what got me to this position,” Bradley said. After the Mayweather-Canelo fight sent the majority of boxing fans back to the drawing board, looking for a fighter who can beat the fast-talking, big-living Mayweather, it’s becoming clear the answer might not be IN the ring, but a better understanding of the judges sitting outside. For Bradley, his next bout on Oct 12th could be the one that finally offers him the recognition and respect among those inside and outside the boxing community. For the entire Bradley interview, including his favorite type of Dorito, visit www.team1010.com/podcasts. Julie Buehler hosts the Coachella Valley’s most popular sports talk radio show, “Buehler’s Day Off” every day from 3-6 on 1010 KXPS, the valley’s all sports station. She’s an avid gym rat, slightly sarcastic and more likely to recite Steve Young’s career passing stats than American Idol winners. Tune in M-F 3-6 pst at www.team1010.com or watch the show on Ustream.

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President’s Cup

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f the US wins the President’s Cup and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? It looked to me like the U.S. fixed a fight.  Remember in the 80’s and 90’s when the boxing world was at its peak?  Coming out of the Muhammed Ali years into the Mike Tyson decade, eyes were glued to the screen.  Shoveling $29.95 into Pay per view for what seemed like an eternity of hype and hoopla for what inevitably became a Mike Tyson knockout 22 seconds into the first round versus an opponent who may or may not even remember signing up for the fight.   This is exactly how I saw this year’s President’s Cup. Nice to see Uncle Sam celebrating a little golf tournament while some soldiers wait to come home until our chosen representatives (smirk) open the appropriate funding for transportation home from abroad. Our government’s priorities and decision making makes me crazy the more I pay attention.   It seems to be a system of electing individuals who then work their butts off (pause) at staying elected and making sure they don’t lose their cush job.   Sometimes our government has more than their head in the sand. However, if you read last week’s article, thank goodness we have the world of sports to alleviate the thought of what unfortunately has become a frustrating reality that is our government.  This year’s Presidents Cup featured a Mike Tyson like showing and was by all accounts over early.  The U.S. beat the International Squad 18.5-15.5. So while my prayers and heart go to our government employees and soldiers who need answers quickly about pay and job security, here is a quick break down of some winners and losers from this year’s event. Loser: Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel; At one point, it looked like this pair of majors winners (Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters and Oosthuizen won the 2010 British Open) would be the lone bright spot for the Internationals.   Oosthuizen, who was coming off of four months without playing, looked like a good partner for the usually stalwart Schwartzel.   But then, in a foursome match against Snedeker and Webb Simpson, they blew a three-up lead with six holes to play with three bogeys and a double bogey. Winning would have given the International team a nice momentum

shift, but it was not meant to be. Winner: Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar; The pairing of Woods and Kuchar seemed to be a pretty good idea. Then the two congratulated each other with a handshake straight out of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and it started to look like a stroke of genius. The affable straight-shooting Kuchar struck a nice balance with the fiercely competitive Woods, and they went on to win three of their matches together. When you consider that Kuchar won the Accenture Match Play event earlier this year and Woods has won it three times and owned a record 23 President Cup wins going into Muirfield, there was hardly a duo on the International team that could match up against them.  Oh yeah, and Tiger capped with USA win by finishing off rookie Richard Sterne in individual play for a 4-1 overall record. Winner: Freddie Couples; Couples now holds the record for consecutive President Cup wins as a captain with three. Couples debuted as captain in 2009 and led the United States team to victories that year and also in 2011. Couples’ has appeared four times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2005) as a player. He didn’t need to show a ton of guile or strategy this time around, but Couples surely leads by example with his calm and assured demeanor. Loser: The Presidents Cup; As big-time international sporting events go, this one may be one of the least exciting and least competitive. Is it time to change the makeup of this biennial lopsided matchup? Or do we just take it for what it is, a nice little gathering among some good golfers with lots of fanfare but little competition? With seven rookies and a couple of questionable vets on their team, the International squad just never had a chance. This couldn’t have been a lot of fun for the venerable Nick Price, who deserves much better. The USA now leads the International team 8-1-1, winning for the fifth straight time. And of course the honorable mention winner; The finishing hole naked girl looked to be running around seemingly without a message, sponsor, purpose or seemingly any idea where she was going; just a girl running naked around the 18th green at a major sporting event. I took her action as “I guess things can’t be all that bad”. Golf needs more naked girls running around during events. That never hurts anything.

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by Eleni P. Austin

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ROOTS

“Wise Up Ghost” (Blue Note Records)

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lvis Costello is the most adventurous man in pop music today. Costello was born Declan Patrick McManus and grew up around music. His father, Ross, was a featured vocalist with the Joe Loss Orchestra, (Great Britain’s answer to Glenn Miller). His mother, Lillian, ran a record shop. An obsessive Beatles fan, Elvis began collecting records as a child. By his early teens Elvis began composing his own songs. Influenced by such disparate artists as Frank Sinatra, the Grateful Dead and Randy Newman, he played in a band, Flip City. It wasn’t long before he struck out on his own as D.P. Costello. By 1977, Costello was straddling the musical styles of Punk and Pub Rock. He had acquired a bulldog of a manager, Jake Riviera, (who rechristened him Elvis Costello, several months before the King of Rock & Roll met his ignominious end.) Riviera had also co-founded the burgeoning punk label, STIFF Records, releasing the first official British Punk record, the debut from the Damned. Costello used up his sick days as a data programmer to record his debut in just 24 hours He was accompanied by an American band called Clover, which later became the News, backing Huey Lewis. (Clover also included future Doobie Brother John McFee.) The result was My Aim Is True, produced by Nick Lowe. When CBS Records (ne’ Sony) held a conference in London, Costello, armed with only an acoustic guitar, set up in front of their headquarters and began busking. The stunt paid off, and he was signed to the giant record conglomerate. Costello quickly assembled a proper backing band, The Attractions, and set about conquering America. In quick succession, they released a series of concise and articulate albums, highlighted by Costello’s sophisticated wordplay and succinct song craft. Riding the crest of the New Wave movement, (the softer side of Punk), Costello’s first three albums were characterized as his “angry young man” phase. By his fourth effort, the Soulinfused Get Happy, Costello was writing songs that channeled the hard-charging R&B of Stax and Motown. It became clear that he wouldn’t be pigeon-holed by the narrow confines of New Wave. By 1981, Costello upped the ante considerably

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by heading to Nashville and recording Almost Blue. Produced by Country stalwart Billy Sherrill, Elvis and the Attractions recorded a flat out Country Western album, featuring songs made famous By Hank Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline. It was an explicit challenge to his fans to embrace other styles of his music. It was just the beginning. In 1982 he delivered the sparkling Imperial Bedroom, a baroque delight equally inspired by the Beatles and Cole Porter. That was followed with Punch The Clock, a pure pop effort featuring a horn section and back up vocalists. Costello’s passion for different musical genres was limitless. He delved deeper into Country and Folk with King Of America. Spike, released in 1989, featured collaborations with The Dirty Brass Band, Allen Toussaint and the Chieftans. Mighty Like A Rose embraced the ornate pop stylings of 60s bands like the Left Banke. By 1993 Costello had hooked up with a String Section, the Brodsky Quartet and together they created a song cycle based on imaginary letters sent to Juliet Capulet. Celebrated collaborations with giants like Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach followed. Costello produced the Specials’ debut, the Pogues’ sophomore effort and a pop album for classical vocalist Sofie von Otter. He composed the score for the BBC series “G.B.H.” Just before his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Costello went back to his roots with his new backing band the Imposters, recording the crackling When I Was Cruel. Of course his next effort, North, charted an opposite course of Torch and Jazz songs. After two divorces, Costello finally found his soulmate in Jazz chanteuse Diana Krall. During the first decade of the 21st century Costello recorded an Americana album in Mississippi, created the orchestral classical work, “Il Sogno,” collaborated with Allen Toussaint on an album inspired by Hurricane Katrina and made a flat out Rock record, Momofuku, in Los Angeles. Reconnecting with best mate and production pal T-Bone Burnett, Costello made a Bluegrass record in 2009. Even his leftover songs, released in 2010 as National Ransom, were eclectic and impressive. Costello has excelled in confounding expectations. His die-hard fans have stuck with him every step of the way. And what a long strange trip it has been. Now Costello has embarked on another ambitious journey, hooking up with the Roots to record his 27th studio album, Wise Up Ghost. The

eight-piece group is best known as the house band for the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” and the TV show is where Costello initially collaborated with the band. The Hip Hop collective, led by Amir “?uestlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter has been around for 20 years. Rather than relying on beats, their music is a tight amalgam of Jazz, Funk and Soul. ?uestlove especially, is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of music. The first three songs on the album, “Walk Us Uptown,” “Sugar Won’t Work” and “Refuse To Be Saved” set the tone for this musical pilgrimage. “Walk..” matches electro-static rhythms to pulsating organ fills and sweet, soulful guitar licks. The lyrics mine the collective malaise and uncertainty that grips society…. “Some hearts are sinking and some hearts are a-flutter, Some scoop gold from the dirt in the gutter/Or swallow the earth pouring into your mouth, as they bury us upright, saying ‘everything’s alright.” “Walk” folds into the string-laden “Sugar Won’t Work.” Here a rippling rhythm and trip hammer guitars segue into Costello’s layered vocals which feel creamy and Soul-tastic. “Refuse…” is powered by funked-up bass lines and stuttery organ fills. Staccato horn blasts pinball through a treacly string section, allowing Costello to channel his inner Superfly. The lyrics insist “incidentally the revolution WILL be televised.” On several cuts Costello harvest parts from his older songs like a mad scientist creating a funky Frankenstein. Astute Costello-philes will immediately realize EC has completely repurposed the lyrics from his 2004 song, “Bedlam” for “Wake Me Up.” The Roots provide a cool strut musical foundation for lyrics that feel like a fever dream of biblical proportions… “I’ve got this phosphorescent portrait of gentle Jesus meek and mild/ I’ve got this harlot that I’m stuck with carrying another man’s child.” Salted in the mix, Roots guitarist Kirk Douglas unspools a scabrous and skittery solo. “Tripwire” is somber and sweet, blending tinkling sleigh bells that originally appeared in Costello’s 1989 song “Satellite.” Darting between rattling percussion and a Second Line style horn section, Costello offers cryptic examples of history repeating. The lyrics for “Stick Out Your Tongue” are lifted whole from “Pills And Soap,” a “Punch The Clock” track that offered a trenchant critique of Thatcherism and the Falklands conflict in 1983. The melody is new, adding serpentine bass,

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Late Bloomer vocalist Tony Shone performs during Happy Hour at Central Park

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menacing wah-wah guitar and sultry, layered vocals. The lyrics remain labyrinthine and seamless…”With a hardline in hypocrisy there are tears of mediocrity for the fag ends {British slang for cigarette butts} of the aristocracy.” Finally on “(She Might Be A) Grenade,” descending organ fills and fluttery strings lock in with a guitar figure that was lifted from Costello’s 1991 song “Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over).” Other interesting tracks include “Come The Meantimes” which incorporates a fractious meter, buzz saw guitar and call & response vocals. A dinging bell repeatedly punctuates each refrain. (For any “Breaking Bad” fan, the bell might echo Hector Salamanca’s deadly apparatus and Gus Fring’s sudden demise). The lyrics question the narcotic power of religion…“Blossoms fragrant opening, poppies full of opium/ Phony prophets offer hope, that’s a different kind of dope.” Both “Viceroy’s Row” and the title track address this country’s current financial struggles. “Viceroy” blends sharp, syncopated horn runs, and a stutter- step cadence with Costello’s lush, multi-tracked vocals. The lyrics point up the dichotomy between the 1% “haves” and the 99% “have-nots.” The opening notes on Wise Up Ghost quote Costello’s torchy 2003 ballad, “Can You Be True.” This End-Times tone poem is anchored by ramshackle percussion and strafing guitar chords. The only misstep here is “Cinco Minutos Con Vos.” It isn’t a bad song, but the addition of female vocalist La Marisol singing in Spanish feels intrusive and distracting. The album closes with “If I Could Believe.” The only composition here credited solely to Elvis Costello. It’s a stripped down affair, just vocals piano and bass. The lyrics generally question blind faith-in God, love and country. Costello summons his most soulful and yearning vocals. A string section offers an elegiac coda. The deluxe version of Wise Up Ghost adds three bonus songs that act as a wistful postscript. “My New Haunt” is a brittle symphony wherein rattle-trap percussion, tinkly piano, distorted guitars and swirly strings collide. “Can You Hear Me” is an intriguing mash up of two Costello classics, “Radio Silence” and “Complicated Shadows,” wed to a soporific rhythm. Lastly, “The Puppet Has Cut His Strings” reaffirms Costello’s majestic vocal powers. Elvis Costello teaming with the Roots seemed like a sketchy proposition. But longtime Roots producer Steven Mandel really took the reins here. The disparate elements blend perfectly, the result is one of the best albums of 2013. Back in 1982, Columbia Records famously proclaimed Elvis Costello a genius. (Much to his dismay) For once, it’s okay to believe the hype.

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ocalist Tony Shone performs a variety of his favorite songs every Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Central Park Restaurant at the Adriatic Resort, 2330 North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. (760) 866-9166. He is gracious to allow a few of his friends to sit-in with him while performing and I had an opportunity to do just that. The first time I heard him sing “Unforgettable”, I walked toward the stage and he invited me to sing the female part of the song, it was a lot of fun. Later that night, I stayed and listened to reggae band Irie Junctions at 8 p.m. They had the crowd grooving to their music. I would personally like to thank all our friends and fans who came to hear us perform at Central Park last week for the first Thursday of the Month birthday celebration. Yes, it is true they named part of the venue, Lola’s Lounge, and they are in the process of preparing the room for the quickly approaching season. I will keep you posted. Needless to say, I really appreciated the hundreds of FaceBook messages and telephone calls for my birthday. Later that evening the Divas of Illusion

featuring Ashley Sparks and Anime BrightEyes performed from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. That was the first time I heard Keisha D perform. She was a guest vocalist that evening and is absolutely fabulous, what more can I say? I finally found the right person to sing one of my favorite duets, “Enough Is Enough” by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand. Pianist and vocalist Denise Motto also performs every Saturday and Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. Make your dinner reservations for a romantic evening to hear vocalist, Jerome Robinson, one of the vocalists from the second generation of the Platters who performed with the late Zola Taylor. He will perform every Friday in October, from 5 until 8 p.m. DJ Dance Entertainment is presented every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Every Sunday is a fun night with Karaokie Jo from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Charlie Chaplin impersonator Audrey Rutter is the hostess every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, with three sisters and one brother, vocalist Anthony Shone, is the only member of his family with a musical interest. When he was twelve, he attempted to take voice lessons, however, the teachers wanted him to sing classical music but he was interested in

singing pop. “I really enjoyed listening to the Top Ten Songs of the Week radio program,” said Shone. “Singing always impressed me and something I always wanted to do.” He had an opportunity to record a record where he recorded eight songs, and still has the 78 RPM record. After serving in the Armed Forces, he attended Texas Christian University where he met his wife Mary. “I met her while she was performing in a stage play, and it was love at first sight.” They became engaged one year later and at the same time, he was requested to cut a demo, however, his fiance wasn’t too interested in being married to a musician and living that lifestyle. He worked as a salesman for IBM for fifteen years, in New York City, where they raised their three sons. Later he

started his own company selling computer accessories and then became a financial advisor. He lost his wife to cancer and he, too had cancer, but survived. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee for three years and in 2004 moved to Fontana, California. He started taking music classes, vocal training and performance classes at Chaffui Community College to pursue his dream of being a singer. He met his wife Lauren during a dance class in 2006 and married her on 7/7/07 and moved to Banning. He enjoys singing at various venues in Southern California, and is a very happy man. “I am so blessed to be doing what I love at my age.” I guess it just goes to show, it is never too late to pursue your heart’s desire. He is currently working on a few CD projects.

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The breeze sweeps through this enchanted place, soothing the fur and the souls of the animals who dwell therein. Twenty three years ago, Galiena and Gary Jacobs were horseback riding when they discovered a house for sale in a canyon. A former rodeo queen, Galiena has an extensive background with horses. Galiena and Gary are a creative team, and their imagination has spawned additional features to enhance the property. A haunted saloon is currently under construction. During a recent visit, we were greeted by three of the five resident dogs. A large tree along the driveway is adorned with a collection of dangling cowboy boots. We toured the main house filled with Western artifacts, several bird aviaries, a general store, the tack house, a pig habitat, and the arena for a miniature horse and burro. The fully equipped Wild West Saloon has bars stools made from a collection of Western saddles. We stopped in for a quick nip. The highlight was meeting the Draft Percheron horses. Two black horses, Turk and Tess, were in their stalls in the beautifully adorned barn. Tara and Titan, a stunning white pair, frolicked in an outdoor corral. The horses have been featured in many local parades and events, pulling their Roman chariot or lovely carriage. Draft Percheron horses are intelligent, noble creatures. These strong muscular animals originated in France, bred to

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perform heavy tasks such as towing. Galiena explains, “I have a passion for the Draft horses. These sweet gentle giants are part of our lives, and that’s what makes their personalities come out. They are like large dogs, and happily greet us when we arrive home.” The Ranch and Wild West saloon are available to rent for private functions. The site has been a setting for weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, holiday events, and corporate meetings. Planning a honeymoon or a romantic evening? The “Love Nest” suite, an A-frame room secluded atop the barn, provides relaxing romance amidst the desert serenity. You and your guests are transported to the charm of a bygone era. This special place is truly a labor of love. Join Loving All Animals for the Wild West Yappy Hour on October 17. The Ghostlight Trio, a “Genuine” honky tonk Rock-A-Billy band, will perform. The music will set the mood as you meet the ranch critters, enjoy Western style grub, and drink a beer at the saloon. The cost is $20 if you drive yourself,

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or $30 to ride the party bus. The bus leaves Palm Desert at 5:15 pm or meet us at the Ranch at 6:00 pm. Proceeds from the evening benefit homeless Coachella Valley animals. Costumes are optional. For reservations to Yappy Hour go to www.lovingallanimals.org or call (760) 8347003. Advanced reservations are required for the bus. For more information about the Ranch view their website at www. genuinedrafthorseranch.com or call (760) 363-1912.

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ast year we had the real privilege of hanging out and following the mind set and maneuvers of Miramonte Resort’s Executive Chef Robert Nyerick as he shared with us his technique and approach in the preparation and service of the resort’s fabulous wine dinner series. Well, I guess we’ve all been good boys & girls this year because—just like that! we’re all blessed with a whole new season of extraordinary wine pairing dinners and events with Chef Robert again at the helm. As you’ll remember last year, Miramonte held nothing back when procuring the likes of the most notable winemaking dynasties around like Antinori, Justin, Terlato, and the like. And Chef Robert came to play with his A-game matching tit for tat and pairing magnificently with all the red, white, rosé, gold, and sparkling flavors, savors, and culinary mélanges. Actually I just got the news from the lovely public relations gal, Chris Martello at Cord Media. She alerted me about Miramonte’s new 2013-2014 wine dinner series affectionately titled: “Le Serate di Vino” which we’ve come to know means, “the Evenings of Wine”. Chris assured that, again, “Guests will have their palates immersed in some of the world’s finest wines, complemented by the culinary specialties of Executive Chef Robert Nyerick.  Then she added that, “Each “evening of wine” event has its own theme and personality - no two are alike.  All will offer the opportunity to indulge in incredible food

and wine pairings in an alluring environment of the resort’s charming Mediterranean architecture and décor.” The series begins this October 25th with what is titled an “Oyster Bay Progressive Wine Dinner”.  Again, I’m just getting this off the wire but we are told that, “A crescendo of five New Zealand wines and delectable seafood-inspired cuisine begins with hors d’oeuvres, progressing through three courses and divine dessert.”   You know—one can learn almost everything about a chef by the way he or she prepares fish and seafood. Last year’s dinner series, Chef Robert served up quite an array of courses of fresh Pacific Ocean fare, and every time it was spot-on as to doneness, tenderness and flavor. And not to disparage his fine cookery at the resort’s Grove Artisan Kitchen with its farm to table organic culinary focus that includes a scrumptious Slow Braised Pork Osso Bucco, but when dining there, I simply love to fill up on his Ahi Tuna Tartare, Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Panko-Crusted Pacific Sea Bass, and the famed Frutta Del Mare that seems to cart the seaside in it. So learning that a seafood-inspired cuisine is stirring about—well that should be making everyone happy. And throwing in my two cents, whether the wine world admits it or not, it is just amazing that only recently such a small isolated country (it’s more than three hours’ flight from its nearest neighbor Australia) can produce so many captivating wines with piercing pungent flavors and acidity for which the world has fallen madly in love with. All in all, it sounds like another great wine pairing dinner that’s priced at $75 per person. The next wine affair comes on the 22nd of November when the entire planet frolics French and celebrates the bottling— and simultaneously, the uncorking of the youngest wine on earth! The 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration is one of the wine world’s most fun times and I’m really happy to see the celebration held here at the Miramonte. There will be nothing serious going on except serious partying with fruity six week old red wine from the Gamay grape that has been whooshed in from France in just days flat! I tell ya—someone’s got to make a movie on the humerous side of how a million cases of new wine race around the world in motorcycles, balloons, trucks, helicopters, jets, elephants, runners and rickshaws to get it to its final destination on time. In a couple of weeks or so we’ll do a fun Vino Voice column where perhaps we

can add to the hoopla in getting ourselves prepped for this purple-y occasion. The 2009 Beaujolais vintage was stellar and the Nouveau-style was pretty good too— tasty and exciting! Let’s see what this year brings—it was a late harvest which can mean some great fruit showing. And we will expect no less than Chef Robert to take full license in creating some wildly inventive Hors d’Oeuvres to match the festivities of the celebration. The event is just $30 per person so I’d get reservations

asap! To close out 2013, let’s all take notice that only a few weeks later on December 13, a one-of-a-kind Franciscan Estate Winery “Blending” Reception and Dinner features custom blended wines from Napa Valley’s premier winery. Whenever a winery comes and “custom blends” for a wine pairing dinner, it’s something to be in on. At $75 per person, it’s a must for wine lovers. Cheers! & Bon Appétit! Rick is your sommelier-about-town conducting and entertaining at various wine tastings and events. Contact winespectrum@aol.com

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Brunch at Le Vallauris COCKTAILS & DANCING

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inally! It’s my favorite time of year! The weather is perfect and all of our seasonal restaurants have reopened. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the beginning of the season than a Sunday Brunch. While some prefer a buffet style meal, I prefer a coursed meal with plenty of refreshing champagne. There are many venues for such an occasion but recently, I heard that Le Vallauris in Palm Springs is celebrating their 40th season. Although I

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have never been before, I had heard from many that I would not be disappointed. Located at the west end of Tahquitz Canyon, Le Vallauris is tucked away, sheltered by lush, well-maintained trees. My date and I were seated outside in the fresh open air with plenty of shade from the surrounding trees. The maître d’ was welcoming and professional in attire and demeanor. Our server was genuine and engaging. It is the kind of atmosphere that puts a smile on your face. We were greeted with fresh baked bread and butter and almost immediately, we were offered champagne. The menu was presented on a sandwich board, placed near us for viewing. I wondered if the food would surpass the exquisite ambiance. The brunch menu is a three course meal, including dessert. I was impressed with the variety in selections and decided to order something outside the box. I began with a wild boar pate with pistachio, served with crisp endives and pickled vegetables. The flavors all came together intensely. It was not only incredibly delicious, but presented artistically. My date would begin with a beet and apple salad. The beets were fresh, diced and prepared in a cylindrical manner on the plate. It was both delicious and

visually appealing. For my main course, fresh Halibut with a nicoise salsa including diced olives and capers, accompanied by roasted eggplant. It was truly impressive. The fish was flaky and light, pairing well with the savory topping. Across from me, my date was raving about her more traditional brunch selection, eggs benedict with thinly sliced prosciutto and asparagus. I could not resist her offer to taste her dish. While happy with my selection, I will need to return for the eggs benedict! Simply amazing. The champagne continued to flow and our day felt like a vacation from home. When desserts arrived, I was convinced there was some serious culinary talent in the kitchen and was honored when I had the opportunity to meet the chef and thank him personally. We enjoyed a duo of chocolate mousse as well as their “Floating Island,” a light cloud of meringue atop delicious

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Don’t miss this incredible film now showing in 3D on the big Desert Imax screen with its awesome 15,000 watt surround sound system. Here finally is a movie that does justice to 3D. (An exploitive format I usually hate.) This cutting edge thrill ride of a movie is terrifying, majestic and transcendent. It’s the next leap in the craft of filmmaking. Written by director Alfonso Cuarón (with his son Jonás) and exquisitely photographed by Emmanuel Lubezki, most of the action takes place 400 miles above the earth. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber helped design proprietary technology and software that makes it all hyper real. Warner Bros, to their great credit, patiently funded the research and development and waited until everything was in place and working seamlessly. And if there were any lingering doubts, you know you are in good hands with the sweeping, jaw-dropping opening sequence that unfolds --without a cut! -- in about 15 minutes of weightless wonder and terror. And mention should be made here of Stephen Price’s terrific score that envelops us and further evokes

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At its best, GRAVITY is a dreamlike (sometimes nightmarish) experience of wonder, fear and awe. It’s everything a movie is supposed to be but rarely is. We have finally reached a point where anything imaginable can be photo realistically realized on the big screen. GRAVITY can be enjoyed as an action filled suspense thriller and nothing more. But I think there’s a deeper level of awareness as we experience first-hand the terror of being alone and adrift in the cosmos. After all, isn’t that our true existential condition? Sandra Bullock perfectly captures her character’s dilemma and emotion. She is vulnerable, heroic and fully human. Often her face is barely visible inside her astronaut headgear, but there is no doubt about how she feels. This is her best performance by far and I would not be surprised to see her nominated for a Best Actor Oscar©. George Clooney is just right as the comforting partner when a horrific accident kills the rest of their team and they are left utterly alone.

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As Clooney’s character says: “What’s the point of life? Relax. Sit back and enjoy the ride.” Let go of fear and live your life. The bar has been raised in the art and craft of filmmaking. Now playing in 2D and 3D. But see it in 3D. PARKLAND

Adapted from Vincent Bugliosi’s “Four Days in November,” PARKLAND attempts to recreate the chaos and impact on the lives of those who were peripheral to the murder of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Parkland Memorial Hospital is where Kennedy was taken in the minutes immediately after he was shot. There’s no reason this movie should exist. If you want to know what it was like to be at Parkland that fateful day and the impact of that unexpected, horrible event on just one life, see “PARADIGM SHIFT AT PARKLAND” in this issue of CVW. PARKLAND, with its multitude of evershifting perspectives and widely uneven, it’s not really a very good movie for a lot of reasons, the biggest of which is that it follows the blueprint of the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone nut shooter. Bugliosi’s book endorses that notion (even though many critics have shredded it’s credibility in this matter). There are no new revelations about that day in this movie that seems to have a political objective. However, one performance stands out, and that is Billy Bob Thornton’s remarkable disappearance into the conflicted skin of troubled FBI Agent Forrest Sorrels. Now playing. THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI

He is an icon, a champion and an American hero who was vilified for his race, his religion and his political stance against the war in Vietnam. He won a gold medal for boxing in the Olympics, but when he took a stand for what he believed, he was stripped of his professional boxing status, fined thousands of dollars and faced a five year prison sentence and a felony conviction. Cassius Marcellus Clay disappeared when Muhammad Ali emerged as an articulate spokesperson for another kind of Islam than we discuss today, one that forbids doing harm to strangers and women. THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI is just that: a film that explores  how the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience and the legal firestorm that ensued. Director Bill Siegel has put together a fascinating and provocative assemblage of vintage clips and talking heads that remind us there’s not only a price to pay for taking a moral stand and not wavering, but sometimes a reward. Muhammad Ali received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005 at a ceremony in the White House. This is not a movie about the boxer, but the man. Now playing at Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs. MORNING

Leland Orser’s film about a couple coping with the loss of their young son might seem like a grim notion for an evening’s “entertainment.” But this beautiful gem of a film is about hope and healing. It is a therapeutic detox for the kind of unfathomable pain pain the kills the soul. The words are minimal. The images and action dominate. There’s much silence. For some reason, I was reminded of the short stories of Flannery O’Connor. Orser plays the distraught husband and Jeanne Tripplhorn, his real life wife, plays the numb wife. Intimate and gut wrenching, Orser and Tripplehorn take parallel paths to assuage their guilt and grief. Pain and suffering is the one thing we all have in common. That, and the desire for love. I liked this exploration of the resilience of the human spirit to be brave enough to let go and love again. NOTE: Filmmaker Orser will participate in a Q&A following the Friday, October 11, 6:30 performance of MORNING at Cinemas Palme d’Or. Comments? RobinESimmons@aol.com

Book Review

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ight feet tall and crudely stitched together with human parts, a Creature so repulsive it is impossible to love. This is Victor Frankenstein’s pathetic creation. A nameless monster born a benevolent soul, rejected by his maker and the community of humans in which he yearns to exist. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a masterpiece of horror that reflects human nature and the terror we inspire. The story begins and ends with Robert Walton, an explorer who desires to make his mark on the world by discovering the North Pole. A self-learned man, his boat and crew are stranded in ice when a desperate Dr. Frankenstein appears and conscripts Walton’s help to hunt down a vile Creature. Feverish, Frankenstein tells Walton the story of his life and that of his creation. It begins with the young Frankenstein, an ambitious erudite who leaves his home in Geneva to study philosophy and chemistry in Ingolstadt. He soon masters the subjects and is determined to find the “secret of life.” Abandoned by his professors, he relentlessly pursues reanimating lifeless human matter. When Frankenstein is

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successful, he is appalled at the Creature he sees and what he has done! Ashamed and horrified, he rejects the very life he was possessed to create. Quickly becoming self-aware, the Creature runs off but is tormented by the villagers. He has super human strength, but is intuitive and sensitive. Confused and frightened, the Creature takes refuge in a forest where he is able to stealthily observe a loving, considerate family in their small cabin. He secretly aids in their survival and learns to speak and read by studying their behavior. Certain the family would accept him for what he is on the inside and not judge him by his grotesque form, he attempts contact but is sadly misunderstood and beaten. He escapes. His sorrow turns to anger against his maker and the confusing human race. Now a monster, he hunts down Frankenstein and becomes his tormentor. He kills those close to Frankenstein and demands that the Doctor make him a mate. Frankenstein cannot bring himself to do it again and the Creature unleashes his wrath on what Frankenstein most loves -- his beloved bride Elizabeth. Frankenstein, determined to destroy is own creation, follows -- or is lead by -- the Monster to the ends of the earth. When the two come face to face, Frankenstein is dead and the Creature cannot bare the sadness of being rejected and unloved by his creator. Articulate and wise, the Monster confesses his crimes of murder to Walton. The Creature is repelled by his horrific actions but his vengeance on Frankenstein is complete. The Monster bolts from the ship and is free to face his doom. As the ice breaks up, Walton decides to give up his quest for the Pole and return home. It is better to preserve life than to destroy it for personal gain. A lesson he has learned from his brief encounter with Frankenstein and the Creature.

This book is so rich in themes and meaning about life it can provoke hours of conversation. To name a few: The relationship between the creator and the created, nature verses nurture, science and the pursuit of knowledge, beauty, benevolence, technology, immortality, obsession, secrecy, forgiveness, acceptance, happiness, ethical practices, the right to life, free will, love and so on. It’s clear why Frankenstein continues to be an educational staple in the classroom. There is something for everyone in its pages. Don’t be expecting the iconic “Frankenstein” you may have seen in movies. The Doctor never shouts “He’s alive!” and there is no skewed laboratory harnessing lightening. This is a book about ideas, relationships and metaphysics. Mary Shelley was only 18 years old when she wrote Frankenstein. She was a daughter of intellectuals and was expected to be a writer. Frankenstein was born out of a competition with her friends that included Lord Byron. Shelly’s narrative is influenced by the Iliad, Shakespeare and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Frankenstein is approaching two hundred years old, and it’s fair to say that Shelley’s material, just as those authors who inspired her, is timeless and will be around for many more years of relevant discussion. For me, I wonder if perhaps it was not Frankenstein who created the monster, but those who could not see the real beauty of the Creature. As human beings, sometimes we are the Monster and sometimes we are the Maker. The horror is not knowing which we are -- and when.

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are “Kafkaesque”.  In a press conference announcing the lawsuit, Schneidermann gave example after example of obstructive practices by the bank meant to delay and frustrate homeowners seeking relief. Tim and Lindey Craft are a classic example of the problem that has caused the lawsuit. The couple was hit with financial problems due to health problems and unemployment.  They began negotiating with Bank of America for a loan modification which the bank delayed repeatedly because of lost paperwork.  In the middle of the process, Bank of America sold the loan to another bank.  At this point, the Craft’s got in touch with CHES, a nonprofit group that helps couples like the Craft’s .  The loan is finally being modified albeit without the help of Bank of America. Then there is the case of Warren and Mary Houghland who declared bankruptcy.  A judge dismissed home loan debt of $227,000 to Bank of America as part of a loan modification arrangement.  The bank did not like the ruling and subsequently sent the Houghland’s a barrage of payment notices that included notices with false payment amounts, inflated and inaccurate interest rates and “holdover” payments from before the bankruptcy.  Judge Jennemann eventually fined the bank $220,000 for not

obeying court orders.   The same happened to Edwin and Michelle Ramos.  Bank of America harassed this couple for payments despite a bankruptcy court dismissing the debt. The ruling did not dissuade the bank from making constant phone calls and letters for repayment.  Judge Drain decided to send the bank “a message” and fined the bank $10,000 a month plus the Ramos’ attorney fees until the bank ceases its harassment of the couple.  In his ruling, Judge Drain added, “This is not just a stupid mistake. This is a policy.” These situations point out a core problem with the landmark settlement - there is no enforcement mechanism to insure that the banks are honoring the settlement.  To enforce the settlement, people have to get attorneys and fight the banks in court.  Given

the limited financial means of most of these people, this is an unlikely occurrence which allows the banks to continue behaving badly.   Michael Schwartz, the attorney for the Ramos family says, “This is a national problem” that is “happening all over the place.”  “Why is BofA doing this?  Because they can.” If you are having problems with a loan modification, call or email the California’s Attorney General’s office at 916.322.3360 or oag.ca.gov, visit NationalMortgageSettlement.com or MortgageOversight.com. If you have a complaint on any financial product or service, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at  ConsumerFinance.gov or by calling 855.411.2372.

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Government Impasse Hits Joshua Tree Hard

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inety two people have been furloughed and ten more concession stand workers along with them, but the biggest loss is to the hundreds of visitors who are just beginning to book their winter vacations that would have included Joshua Tree National Park to the tune of a good part of $30 million a day. That is the figure that is placed by those that count the amount all the national parks make in the continental US combined during this part of the high season, and Joshua Tree

is among the top three with Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Big Bear is another closer park setting, but not as big of a draw as the others mentioned. Still, the shutdown causes a ripple all the way through the winter because airplane tickets and hotels are booked now, and uncertainty in prices on tickets later is not conducive to family vacation planning in a necessarily new pocketbook friendly environment. This means the hotels and the sales that

result from purchases by those visiting the area are all lost too. On the revenue side of government these result in TOT taxes collected from the hotels (one of local government’s principal sources of revenue) and lost sales taxes on top of that. This comes at a time when cities like Desert Hot Springs have forecast huge increases in hotel stays to keep afloat through the next fiscal year, numbers which were already challenged as optimistic. Their current budgetary shortfall is in the millions and optimistic estimates were needed to

show some financial stability. Persons seeking a mineral springs or Joshua Tree stay are more likely to pick a DHS hotel over a PS hotel which would be further and likely more expensive. DHS will likely lose several hundred thousand of estimated revenues just on this news alone. That is how critical this government shutdown is right here in the valley. People often see a government shut down as something far away, or something that doesn’t touch them. For the high desert, this is a crippling blow, and every day that the government remains closed is a bat to the knees of local shop keepers who just want the visitors to have fond memories of their stay in this special area of the world. Regardless of your political stripes, the impasse means a direct pocketbook loss for everyone in this area and the impasse is from Federal all the way down to local government where decisions are often fought out with gavels and cameras and profanity on TV. This writer can only hope for better.

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have received so many questions emailed me from our readers that I will try to clarify some of them in this column over the next few weeks. Question: Mr. Gribow I have read your articles on Wills and Estate Planning. Do I understand you correctly that a handwritten will is valid? DG: Yes, but it may not do everything you think it will do and that is why you need to consult an attorney. If there is anything else on the paper on which the will is written, it becomes invalid. For instance if you are at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells and use a piece of Hyatt’s stationary to write your will, then if anything is written on the stationary, it is no longer valid.

Question: I had a friend who was in his dad’s will, as was his sister, for the same amount of money. The father left $1,000,000

to each but the money going to the son was in the form of a Ferrari that was worth a million dollars whereas the daughter was given a million outright. Before the father died he sold the Ferrari and used the money to buy a piece of property. Does my friend have a right to the property or getting a million dollars from the Estate? DG: If you leave $1,000,000 to one kid and a $1,000,000 Ferrari to the other, and the car is sold before Dad passes on, then the kids that was left the Ferrari gets nothing. If it is no longer in existence (i.e. a specific bequest) it is gone. The $1,000,000 to the daughter is a General Bequest so the beneficiary gets the Million dollars. However the Ferrari is a Specific Bequest and if it has been sold the beneficiary gets nothing. That is true even if the parent purchased another Ferrari. Question: I read your business card that has information on what you have to do if

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ast week I wrote about escrow and how escrow companies were neutral third parties that coordinated all of the paperwork and participants in a real estate transaction as well as performed the final accounting. One of the most important aspects of every escrow is how buyers will hold title to their property. When you take title to a car you put your name on the pink slip and it is recorded with the DMV. When you take title to a home or other piece of real estate you put your name on a deed and it is recorded with the county recorder’s office. Just as how you put your name on the pink slip when

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by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law stopped for a DUI. It says I can refuse the Field Sobriety Test and Breath test at the scene. Won’t my license be taken away from me if I refuse? DG: Yes, if you refuse all tests that is considered a Refusal and DMV will take your license away for 1 year… automatically. There will be no temporary or restricted license for the driver. My business card explains that that you should courteously advise the officer you are willing to do anything that is mandatory and that you understand both of these are optional and thus you OPT not to take those tests at the scene. You then can ask for a Breath test or Blood test at the Station. If you request a Blood test it often takes some time to find someone to draw the Blood. Please feel free to contact me if

By Bruce cathcart purchasing a car (John “AND” Jane Doe vs. John “OR” Jane Doe) can have serious ramifications, it is even more significant and complex as to how you put your name on the deed when you are purchasing a home. As a real estate broker I will describe the various ways in which individuals can hold title, but advising on which way is best for individuals to hold title is specific to each individual and is advice best sought from one’s legal and tax advisors. For “sole ownership” single individuals fall into two categories, single and unmarried. If you have never been married you are single, if you have been married and legally divorced you are unmarried. John Doe a single man or John Doe an unmarried man would be examples of the two options here. Married individuals can also take title as sole owners such as John Doe, a married man, as his sole and separate property; however, John’s spouse must consent and relinquish all right, title and interest in the property by deed or other written instrument. This is usually accomplished by recording a “Quit Claim Deed” at the time of the purchase. Co-ownership involves more than one owner on title and has many more options available. Only married individuals can take title as “Community Property” (John Doe and Jane Doe, husband and wife, as community property). In California a home purchased by a husband and wife is

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presumed to be community property with ownership interests being equal; however, many married individuals prefer to hold title as “Joint Tenants” (John Doe and Jane Doe, husband and wife, as joint tenants). Interests are equal but the main difference is known as the “right of survivorship”. Simply put, if one spouse dies ownership of the property automatically goes to the surviving spouse without the need for a will or other instrument or devise. Individuals do not need to be married to hold title as joint tenants to take advantage of this benefit as long as interests are equal. Oftentimes we see family members or unmarried couples hold title as joint tenants. Another common method of married couples is to hold title in the name of their “Trust” (The John and Jane Doe Family Trust created 10/10/2013). In California any property can be held in a trust and individuals do not need to be married to create one. The Trustee holds title subject to the terms of the trust for the benefit of the Trustor/beneficiary. “Tenancy in Common” refers to when two or more individuals own a property with undivided interests in equal or unequal percentages of ownership (John Doe, a single man, with an undivided ½ interest and Jim Jones, a single man, with an undivided ¼ interest, and Bill Smith, a single man, with an undivided ¼ interest). There is no right of survivorship and each tenant owns an interest which upon their death

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goes to their heirs or devisee. These are some of the common ways that title may be held. There are several variations and combinations in which title may be held in each type of ownership. For more information and a really great chart that compares the different ways to hold title go to www.fntic.com/commontitle.aspx. This week’s real estate tip: Your real estate agent can provide you information about how title may be held but your attorney and tax advisor are the ones to advise you specifically as to the legal and tax ramifications of each type of ownership. Do not hesitate to seek their advice prior to submitting to escrow the way in which you want your name to appear on your deed. Bruce Cathcart is the Broker/Co-Owner of La Quinta Palms Realty, “Your Friendly Professionals” and can be reached by email at laquintapalms@dc.rr.com or visit his website at www.laquintapalmsrealty.com.

NFPA National Fire Prevention Week Theme is and this year’s focus is on Kitchen Fires!  he National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2013 Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12 and will focus on preventing kitchen fires sys Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Cooking is the top cause of home fires and home fire injuries, so the NFPA will use this year’s fire prevention week to promote safe kitchen habits says Chief DiGiovanna. When you fry, grill, or broil food, stay in the kitchen.  Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least 3 feet away from the stove.  Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.  Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire.  If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan.  Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.   If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.  Practice your home fire escape drill!  If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.  Call the fire department from outside the home using a cell or neighbor’s phone.

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you want a copy of that card. Dale Gribow has been “Rated” TOP LAWYER by Palm Springs Life Magazine from 2011-2013 and has a Superb Avvo Legal Rating. Dale Gribow has been Man of the Year 7 times including the City of Palm Desert and the City of Hope and Dale Gribow Day has been declared 4 times. If you have any questions regarding this column or ideas for future columns please contact Dale Gribow Attorney at Law at his NEW number 760 837 7500 and or his new email: dale@dalegribowlaw.com

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eekdome is only really defined by the unique apparel we wear to represent our side of the force. From graphic tee’s, Black Milk’s AMAZING leggings, and cosplay, the bar is pretty high when it comes to pop culture apparel quality. When I came across Paul Michael’s one-of-a-kind R2D2 engagement ring, I knew I had to talk to the man behind these gorgeous jewelry designs! How did Paul Michael Design Begin? “Since I was born, I have always been making art and things. In the late 80s I entered college seeking a degree in graphic design. That being said, my college was not an early adopter. I saved and bought a new Mac and the appropriate software and opened my first company. I needed more; I was still in college and needed that tangible connection to my work. 3D was it. However the technology for computer generated 3D will not be fully developed for another 10 years (dagnamit) so I dove into a hands-on tactile 3D jewelry program at my college. I began creating innovative and interesting jewelry for the mass consumer and bespoke clients. In 1999 I purchased my first seat of Rhino3D and began self-teaching myself how to use it. From there as the computing power increased so did the capabilities of 3d modeling. Today, Paul Michael design is still a small quirky design studio that focuses on crediting niche items and custom works for clients around the world. I am so blessed to have interesting customers who want me to do

out of the box things. Innovation in creativity drives product ideas in my studio. We are always asking well, that’s cool, how can we do it better, make it cooler, more unique? By doing things this way we always seek different.” What is your FAVORITE piece? “My favorite piece is my wife’s engagement ring. Always Will Be. It was the gateway piece for lifelong love. It will never be recreated and never matched.” What is the future of Paul Michael Design? “Well that’s up to a lot of things. I will continue to do cool things, invest every dime I make into being better (and kids’ braces). Our plans are to expand our retail studio in Pittsburgh and massively increase our presence online. We just launched our etsy store (real small) and will continue to dominate the online custom jewelry market www.custommade.com.” “Later this month I will be launching an Indegogo campaign to try to raise capital for expansion. I need new tech, people and more space. The future is so bright and exciting, thanks to people who like my stuff.” Where can I get a Hunter Ring of my Own? “Right now everything is available on etsy at www.pmjewelry.com or one may call my studio and go bespoke on any item. We hope to continue creating different and interesting stuff for years to come. I am so grateful for the support my work has seen and the passion in my clients and future clients.”

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id you know that Riverside County is the only county in the state of California to ban food trucks?  Unless a food truck operator from another county gets a special permit to work for the day in Riverside County, all of us are excluded from the fun and exciting gourmet creations experienced throughout the rest of the state and across the country. That means no Lobsta Truck and their amazing lobster rolls. We also do not get to experience The Urban Oven and their woodfired oven pizzas; Jogasaki and their delectable spicy tuna burritos; the hip Coolhaus with its beer and pretzel ice cream; Kogi and their Korean short rib tacos or the ever popular Grilled Cheese Truck. The Grilled Cheese Truck is an example of how someone without enough money to start a restaurant and a product that probably would not be sustainable as a restaurant can still create a vibrant business.  Starting out in a food truck commissary in Los Angeles, they

have grown to having their own brick and mortar location in Pasadena as well as trucks throughout southern California, Phoenix and Texas. Our community is also excluded from all of the new businesses and jobs created by food trucks.  On average, each food truck directly employees nine people.   If you want food trucks in the Coachella Valley, you must get involved NOW as the Board of Supervisors will be hosting a meeting on October 11th to considered allowing food trucks to operate in Riverside.   Get involved by sending an email to Share@ShareKitchen.org with your words of support for delivery to Board of Supervisors. Act now, there’s time and your voice will be heard! Today’s food truck is not the roach coach of yesteryear it is a gourmet experience that creates good jobs and strengthens our local economy.  Send that email now!

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spa suites as well as entered into a pajama contest. Saturday, breast cancer supporters and survivors watched as breast cancer survivors and local celebrities, KMIR news anchors and Manny the Movie Guy strutted down the runway in fashions inspired from “Grease,” courtesy of Resale Therapy.

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treatments offer options to satisfy your every desire. Revive your skin with a spa facial or treat your body to a relaxing massage. Body wraps and polishes will leave you glowing while our full salon allows for the perfect cut, color and style. Top it all off with a spa manicure and pedicure. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is an oasis of relaxation for fall and winter stay-cations with great rates on rooms and golf packages. For rates and reservations, please visit their website or call (877) 253-0041. For additional information about the resort, please contact Denise Harnett, Marketing Manager at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa at 760.770.2105, or Denise.Harnett@Westin.com. About The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a 512 room, AAA four-diamond resort nestled in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. Spread out over 365-acres, the resort offers renovated guest rooms and suites, over 65,000 square feet of meeting space, 2 championship golf courses, an intimate spa, 7 lighted tennis courts, 3 pools, a 60 foot water slide and multiple dining options to include the signature Italian restaurant Pinzimini. For more information, please visit www.westinmissionhills.com

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of October 10

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The advice I’m about to dispense may have never before been given to Libras in the history of horoscopes. It might also be at odds with the elegance and decorum you like to express. Nevertheless, I am convinced that it is the proper counsel. I believe it will help you make the most out of the highly original impulses that are erupting and flowing through you right now. It will inspire you to generate a mess of fertile chaos that will lead to invigorating long-term innovations. Ready? The message comes from *Do the Work,*, a book by Steven Pressfield: “Stay primitive. The creative act is primitive. Its principles are of birth and genesis.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Two years ago a British man named Sean Murphy decided he had suffered enough from the painful wart on his middle finger. So he drank a few beers to steel his nerves, and tried to blast the offending blemish off with a gun. The operation was a success in the sense that he got rid of the wart. It was less than a total victory, though, because he also annihilated most of his finger. May I suggest that you not follow Murphy’s lead, Scorpio? Now is a good time to part ways with a hurtful burden, but I’m sure you can do it without causing a lot of collateral damage. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Grace has been trickling into your life lately, but I suspect that it may soon start to flood. A spate of interesting coincidences seems imminent. There’s a good chance that an abundance of tricky luck will provide you with the leverage and audacity you need to pull off minor miracles. How much slack is available to you? Probably as much as you want. So ask for it! Given all these blessings, you are in an excellent position to expunge any cynical attitudes or jaded theories you may have been harboring. For now at least, it’s realistic to be optimistic. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn innovator Jeff Bezos built Amazon.com from the ground up. He now owns *The Washington Post,* one of America’s leading newspapers. It’s safe to say he might have something to teach us about translating big dreams into practical realities. “We are stubborn on vision,” he says about his team. “We are flexible in details.” In other words, he knows exactly what he wants to create, but is willing to change his mind and be adaptable as he carries out the specific work that fulfills his goals. That’s excellent advice for you, Capricorn, as you enter the next phase of implementing your master plan. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s the horoscope I would like to be able to write for you by the first week of December: “Congratulations, Aquarius! Your quest for freedom has begun to bear tangible results. You have escaped a habit that had subtly undermined you for a long time. You are less enslaved to the limiting expectations that people push on you. Even your monkey mind has eased up on its chatter and your inner critic has at least partially stopped berating you. And the result of all this good work? You are as close as you have ever come to living your own life -- as opposed to the life that other people think you should live.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “It’s an unbearable thought that roses were not invented by me,” wrote Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. You’re not as egotistical as Mayakovsky, Pisces, so I doubt you’ve ever had a similar “unbearable thought.” And it is due in part to your lack of rampaging egotism that I predict you will invent something almost as good as roses in the coming weeks. It may also be almost as good as salt and amber and mist and moss; almost as good as kisses and dusk and honey and singing. Your ability to conjure up long-lasting beauty will be at a peak. Your creative powers will synergize with your aptitude for love to bring a new marvel into the world. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes you quit games too early, Aries. You run away and

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dive into a new amusement before you have gotten all the benefits you can out of the old amusement. But I don’t think that will be your problem in the coming days. You seem more committed than usual to the ongoing process. You’re not going to bolt. That’s a good thing. This process is worth your devotion. But I also believe that right now you may need to say no to a small part of it. You’ve got to be clear that there’s something about it you don’t like and want to change. If you fail to deal with this doubt now, you might suddenly quit and run away somewhere down the line. Be proactive now and you won’t be rash later. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): *Jugaad* is a Hindi-Urdu word that can be translated as “frugal innovation.” People in India and Pakistan use it a lot. It’s the art of coming up with a creative workaround to a problem despite having to deal with logistical and financial barriers. Masters of *jugaad* call on ingenuity and improvisation to make up for sparse resources. I see this as your specialty right now, Taurus. Although you may not have abundant access to VIPs and filthy riches, you’ve nevertheless got the resourcefulness necessary to come up with novel solutions. What you produce may even turn out better than if you’d had more assets to draw on. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In accordance with your current astrological omens, I authorize you to be like a bird in the coming week -- specifically, like a bird as described by the zoologist Norman J. Berrill: “To be a bird is to be more intensely alive than any other living creature. Birds have hotter blood, brighter colors, stronger emotions. They live in a world that is always present, mostly full of joy.” Take total advantage of the soaring grace period ahead of you, Gemini. Sing, chirp, hop around, swoop, glide, love the wind, see great vistas, travel everywhere, be attracted to hundreds of beautiful things, and do everything. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired,” wrote Nikos Kazantzakis in his book *Report to Greco.* I’m hoping that when you read that statement, Cancerian, you will feel a jolt of melancholy. I’m hoping you will get a vision of an exciting experience that you have always wanted but have not yet managed to bring into your life. Maybe this provocation will goad you into finally conjuring up the more intense desire you would need to actually make your dream come true. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself,” wrote the prominent 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. “I am now 62 years old, yet just one moment ago I realized that I love lightly toasted bread and loath bread when it is heavily toasted. For over 60 years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing inner joy or total despair at my relationship with grilled bread.” Your assignment, Leo, is to engage in an intense phase of self-discovery like Wittgenstein’s. It’s time for you to become fully conscious of all the small likes and dislikes that together shape your identity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God than in church thinking about the mountains,” said the naturalist John Muir. Let that serve as your inspiration, Virgo. These days, you need to be at the heart of the hot action, not floating in a cloud of abstract thoughts. The dream has to be fully embodied and vividly unfolding all around you, not exiled to wistful fantasies that flit through your mind’s eye when you’re lonely or tired or trying too hard. The only version of God that’s meaningful to you right now is the one that feeds your lust for life in the here and now. Homework: What good old thing could you give up in order to attract a great new thing into your life? Testify at Freewillastrology.com. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology. freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com

October 10 to October 16, 2013

Mind, body & Spirit

by Bronwyn Ison

PARTNER YOGA P artner yoga is demonstrated as a class or workshop in yoga studios across the country. Partner yoga unites two people or a group of individuals to explore the mind, body and soulful connection to one another. Specific sessions are designated for people who are interested in delving into a more in depth practice with a partner. A partner may prove helpful as a conduit to greater self-awareness in a yoga practice. The ancient roots of partner yoga have Tantric lineages. Partner yoga classes and workshops continue to emerge but are not all about sex or designated for lovers. Tantra means to weave. As humans we intertwine our lives with each other daily. As humans we need and desire the touch of other individuals. Partner yoga allows for physical interaction. This practice is about supporting and being supported by another person. It is a true awakening of self and how you interact with others. One is given an opportunity to heighten self-awareness. Drawing toward yourself will awaken your senses. This may prove exhilarating or you may lean toward this practice with trepidation. Getting in touch will enable you to have deeper and more meaningful relationships. When we are strained personally our personal relationships may suffer too. This can lead to emotions that are painful or possibly difficult to manage. When we partner with another there is

generally an understanding of trust. Partner yoga explores several emotional and physical avenues. We are able to establish trust, compassion, and intimacy (not necessarily sexual). Partnering with a friend to simply explore the riches of this practice may enrich your personal friendship. Working intimately with another may allow one to approach different life circumstances more acutely. One can avoid placing barriers or walls and/or not trusting others. Practicing yoga alone or in a class setting is not as intimidating as partnering with another person. Rest assured the beauty of this practice will open your heart and allow you to unite with others. You can separate yourself from loneliness and self/ ego. We can learn that we do need others for support. Relinquishing a bit of your independence to rely on someone else is truly a frightening thought for many. Partner yoga can be practiced with your spouse, a lover, a friend, a sibling, or as a family. There are no limitations, only exploration. Open your heart and mind to deepening your practice or sharing this experience with someone special. Evolve Yoga, Partner Workshop: October 26, 2013. 12pm-2pm. Our partner yoga workshop will enlighten, engage, and encourage you to delve deeper into self. We look forward to relaxing, renewing but also having a lot of fun. For more information, visit www.e-volveyoga.com or (760)564YOGA (9642)

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the choking hold of anger you will free your mind and release stress. Is it time to stop withholding your voice? That means you must face situations by taking your power back. Stand up and be heard. Do not allow fear to block possibilities. Be ready to win respect by acting on your convictions. Remember, it is not your job to keep everyone happy. Your mission is to be true to yourself. Have you been playing it safe for fear of being hurt? Reflect on your strengths, and then pick up where you left off before you caved and relinquished your power. My final word on lightening your load is to stop starting projects on a whim. Do you really need to hand knit your son a sweater, or will store-bought do? How about that do-it-yourself outdoor lounge chair you think would make an interesting project. Packing those unnecessary jobs into an already overloaded day only adds to your stress level. Here is my suggestion. Make a pitcher of lemonade, spread a blanket out in your backyard, stretch out with a good book then breathe a sigh of contentment. Congratulations, you are on the right path to lightening your load! Sunny Simon is the owner of Raise the Bar High Life and Career Coaching. More about Sunny at www.raisethebarhigh.com

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Dr. Peter M. Kadile is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has an integrative, osteopathic medical practice and is also known as the local, house call doctor; Desert House Call Physician. He is on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center and medical director for Serenity Hospice. His office is located in beautiful Old Town La Quinta, 78-100 Main Street, Suite 207, La Quinta, CA 92253. (760) 777-7439. DesertHouseCalls@aol.com. www.deserthousecalldoc.com. Dr. Kadile will be writing a regular column for CV Weekly. Please send any medical questions you have to editor@coachellavalleyweekly.com for him to answer.

Dr. Peter, I noticed you have an “osteopathic medical practice”, what is “osteopathic”? -Elaine, Indio

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laine, Osteopathic Medicine was developed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still M.D, D.O., in Missouri, more than 130 years ago. It was developed out of his frustration that traditional medicine at the time was relying too much on drugs and just treating symptoms. Osteopathic medicine focuses on the whole person, the interconnection of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs, and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. I am an osteopathic physician who holds a “D.O.” degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) instead of the more traditional “M.D.” degree. I frequently get asked, “What is a D.O.?” Both DOs and MDs are fully qualified physicians licensed to practice medicine, prescribe medication and perform surgery in all fifty states. DOs and MDs are Alike in Many Ways   Students entering both DO and MD medical colleges typically have already four-year bachelor’s completed  degrees  with an emphasis on scientific courses. Both DOs and MDs complete four years of basic medical education. After medical school, both DOs and MDs obtain graduate medical education through  internships, residencies and fellowships.  This training  lasts three to eight years and prepares DOs and MDs to practice a specialty. Both DOs and MDs can  choose to practice in any specialty of medicine—such as pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics or ophthalmology. DOs and MDs must pass comparable  examinations  to obtain state licenses. DOs and MDs both practice in accredited

and licensed health care facilities. The DO Difference Although DOs can choose to practice in any specialty, osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students in primary care. DOs practice a “whole person” approach to medicine and focus on preventive health care. DOs receive extra training on the musculoskeletal system and may practice some form of osteopathic manipulative medicine (manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, similar but different to chiropractic manipulation). If you would like more information, check out the American Osteopathic Association’s website at www.osteopathic.org. I would also be happy to answer more questions about my particular osteopathic medical practice if you contact my office. Most people are unaware that the physician they are seeing may have a DO degree instead of an MD degree. There are a large number of osteopathic physicians practicing in the Coachella Valley.

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