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Volume 63 | Number 29


Sister act a divine musical comedy at Palm Canyon Theatre

By Alison Elsner Thanks to Whoopie Goldberg, “Sister Act” has created such a following that the live stage version sells out everywhere, as I’m sure it will for the March 15-25 run at Palm Canyon Theatre.

Nicole Tillman plays disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, on the run from her gangster boyfriend and his thugs. She finds safety witness protection in a convent, where she turns life upside down – in a good and tuneful way. Co-starring are Robbie Wayne

(who also directs and choreographs), Anthony Nannini, Ben Reece, Morgana Corelli, Elizabeth Schmelling, Jasmine Shaffer and Amanda Burr. “Sister Act,” performances are 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2

p.m. Sunday. The musical is on stage from now through March 25 at the Palm Canyon Theatre, located at 538 Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Tickets are $32-$36, student tickets are $15 with valid ID. For tickets or more information, call 760-3235123 or visit

Fashion week El Paseo sashays into the desert By Alison Elsner Every year, this is the place to see and be seen — pure fun and excitement, no matter what one’s station in life. But it’s much more than strutting down the catwalk and air kissing with friends. The celebration takes place once again under the Runway Tent on the

top deck of The Gardens on El Paseo and showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging talents. The Palm Springs Life event is sponsored by El Paseo Jewelers and presented by Franklin Loan Center, and it is the largest fashion week on the west coast. In addition to the cocktail parties and runway

shows, there is a myriad of in-store events up and down El Paseo. Evening events include a pre-reception and after-party for the daily and nightly themed events such as Le Chien: Le Dogue en Vogue, Meet and Greet with local boymade-it-big Michael Costello and Finale Night featuring Ralph Rucci, among many others.

Trunk shows are free, and tickets and packages start at $80. Let the coiffing begin. El Paseo Fashion Week runs from March 17-24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Events take place at The Gardens on El Paseo, 73545 El Paseo in Palm Desert. For more information, visit




Check out this week’s calendar listings to get your weekend started.

Homemade microwave meals are a time-saver: Quick stuffed bell peppers.

The Spats, Just like Cats & Dogs, They’ll do it every time.

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Calendar of Events MARCH 15 The Texas Tenors: With their Emmy Award winning PBS special now airing across the country and Billboard chart topping albums, it’s easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America’s favorite new tenors. Returning to perform with The Desert Symphony in a brand new show, welcome Marcus, John and JC back to the stage. 8 p.m. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787, MARCH 16 Chris Botti: His lush sound combines impeccable technique with thoughtful improvisations. 8 p.m. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787, MARCH 16-18 “The Thespian Radio Hour”: In 1940s, the production team and cast of a Chicago radio soap opera will go to any lengths to procure a new sponsorship from The Heavenly Body Brassiere Company. Presented by Desert Ensemble Theatre. The Pearl McManus Theatre, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs. MARCH 17 Bill Mays Duo: Come out and enjoy world-class jazz music at the Jazz for Jazz lovers concert series. 7 p.m. Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis, 73741 Highway 111, Palm Desert. 760-5683263, Desert Mountains Art Faire: Media may include photography, paintings, ceramics, hand painted silks and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of our desert mountains. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

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Visitors Center, 51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert. 760-862-9984, Bria Skonberg: Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter wields a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg creates music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling. 8 p.m. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787, Paulo Szot: One of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world, who has garnered international acclaim as an opera singer, an actor, a Broadway performer and for his intimate cabaret performances. Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. 760-325-4490, The Gardens Concert Series: This week Will Donato takes the stage. A $15 ticket purchase helps benefit local charities and includes two glasses of wine and lite bites. Tickets go on sale at 4:30 p.m. the day of the concert. 6 to 7 p.m. The Gardens on El Paseo, 73545 El Paseo. 760-862-1990, Art on Main Street: Enjoy original artwork from more than 80 artists, live entertainment, shopping, dining and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Town La Quinta, 78100 Main Street, La Quinta. MARCH 17-18 Desert Art Festival: Presented by West Coast Artists’ and is distinguished by the scope of diversity and the wide variety of fine art. Presented are innovative works in differing styles of contemporary, traditional, modern and Southwest art for the discriminating individual or corporate collector. Hundreds of talented artists are proud to present their unique work in acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed media, oils, pencil, watercol-

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vocal group The Modernaires and vocalist Gina Eckstine, daughter of Billy Eckstine. 3 p.m. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787,

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Music in the Park Concert Series: This week features Thompson Square. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760342-4511,

Fashion Week El Paseo: You won’t want to miss the glitz and glamour of the largest fashion show on the West Coast. The premier fashion event presents runway shows featuring a star-studded line-up of top designers from across the country, including trunk shows and more. The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. 760-325-2333, MARCH 18 Cabaret Sunday Series: Earl Mitchell and Emily Mitchell-Lindbeck perform “The Music That Moves Us.” There’s reflections of love, music and family, when a Broadway singer joins her talented father to croon, swing, laugh and maybe cry with Joel Baker on piano. 2 p.m. Arthur Newman Theatre, 73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert. 760-32502731, Tribute to Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke featuring The Tex Beneke Orchestra: Back by popular demand, an all new version you won’t believe...this annually sold out show will once again feature a new star studded lineup of performers including a special segment from the hit album: “Four Freshmen and Five Trombones,” plus original Glenn Miller/Tex Beneke

“Opera to Broadway”: An eclectic opera event intertwined with other musical genres and favorites. Presented by The Coachella Valley Symphony. Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. 760-325-4490, MARCH 20 Rancho Mirage Speaker Series: Actor, singer, best-selling author and award-winning producer Tab Hunter. 7 p.m. Helen Galen Auditorium, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. MARCH 20-21 Maestro-The Art of Leonard Bernstein: Combining first person narrative and his own music as well as music that inspired him, Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein is a tale spanning the entire 20th century. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787,


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Now Here’s a Tip Senior News Line By JoAnn Derson

By Matilda Charles

• “To make sure I’m drinking water throughout the day, I use a permanent marker to designate levels on my large reusable water cup. I labeled them 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. That’s for a big one that sits on my desk at work. I have another at home.” — A.L. in Oklahoma

Losing Friends and Making New Ones If we live long enough, we’ll eventually get to the age where we start losing people around us. We end up going to more and more funerals. Our social networks get smaller and smaller, and that leaves us ... where? Alone ... unless we see the writing on the wall and plan ahead for our own futures. That’s not to say we should turn our backs on friends of a certain age or level of health. But protecting our own health needs to be uppermost in our minds. Extended loneliness and grief can take its toll, if we let it, and lead to depression, elder abuse, cognitive decline and more. The phrase “safety in numbers” might be one to consider. We can join groups where there are people of all ages, or at least be around people who share our interests. Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to try? Or a college class you’ve wanted to audit? Does the senior center host short travel expeditions? Do they have a weekly writing group? How about volunteering somewhere, on a regular schedule? Can you read to a morning group of toddlers? Socialize cats and dogs at the shelter? Interested in a daily walking group? The point is to be out among people. Somewhere in the mix you’re likely to find new friends. The key to maintaining health is the number of interactions we have with others. But often we have to take the first step.

• Three ways to save money on waterheater bills: 1) Set your temperature gauge to a lower setting. 2) Install a timer so that it’s not heating water when you aren’t using it. 3) Add an insulating cover to keep heat from escaping. • Game changer: “When dunking a sandwich cookie (e.g. Oreos), jab a fork into the filling. Then you can dunk the whole thing or part of it without getting your fingers all milky” — A.J. in Florida • When you microwave leftovers on a flat plate, be sure to spread them out for even heating. Leave the center of the plate empty. Slice already-cooked potatoes, and cover with a moistened paper towel. • Need to light a pillar candle inside a hurricane glass? Use a stick of spaghetti! The pasta stick lights easily, and it’s long enough to give you the reach you need. It burns evenly, too. • “If you like to save money by buying large packs of meat, here’s a great tip for storing them: Fill quart-size freezer bags, making sure to get out as much air as possible. Then stack flat on top of a pizza box in the freezer.” —T.L. in Missouri Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Wicked winds Wicked winds pummeled the east coast over the past weekend causing distress for residents. But the passengers aboard a United Airlines flight heading for Washington DC were downright sick, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The pilot landed Flight 3833 from Charlottesville, VA safely at

Dulles International airport and then reported that “pretty much everyone on the plane threw up,” much to the consternation of the cleaning crew. Association of Mature American Citizens ( provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.


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Recipe of the Week


Kitchen Diva By Angela Shelf Medearis


I’ve found that using my microwave oven saves hours of time and keeps my kitchen clean and cool. The history of the microwave oven goes back to 1946, when Dr. Percy Spencer, an electronics genius and war hero, was touring one of the labs at the Raytheon Company. It was testing a vacuum tube called a magnetron, the power tube that drives a radar set. As Dr. Percy stood in front of the “radar box,” a candy bar in his pocket melted. Dr. Percy tried other experiments with food, including using popcorn kernels. He designed a metal box around the magnetron with microwave power. Engineers developed and refined the idea, and the first commercial microwave oven hit the market in 1947. However, original response was negative, and it wasn’t until 1975 that a microwave oven was created for home kitchens. I encourage you to read the instruction book that came with your microwave oven. It’s the easiest way to discover all its features and how to use them. My microwave has all of the usual funchtion, but I especially love the warming oven feature. It cycles on and off so that I can hold dinner for my husband when he’s running late, or keep a casserole dish warm during the holidays. You can use your microwave to prepare everything from appetizers to desserts. It’s also energy efficient, so it won’t heat up your kitchen. And it helps to retain more nutrients in your foods during cooking. In some cases, a microwave is the best way to cook a dish, especially ones with vegetables, because they’ll have better taste and texture. When cooking on any power level other than HIGH, the oven cooks by cycling power on and off, so the energy has a chance to move through the food without overcooking it. HIGH is usually reserved for cooking, while MEDIUM and LOW power are generally used to soften, melt and defrost foods. Carefully follow the recipe when using your microwave, and you’ll have beautifully cooked meals every time. This recipe for Quick Stuffed Bell Peppers is easy to assemble and cooks in minutes. It freezes well, so

double the recipe, and when you’re pressed for time you’ll have a homemade meal in just minutes! Quick Stuffed Bell Peppers • 8 bell peppers, tops removed, cut into a small dice, white membrane and seeds removed and discarded • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey • 5 crackers, crushed into fine crumbs • 1 egg, slightly beaten • 1 (3 ounce) package dehydrated onion soup mix • 1 tablespoon steak sauce • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon black pepper Tomato Sauce Topping: • 8 ounces tomato sauce • 2 tablespoons salsa • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon black pepper • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1. Using a large bowl, gently mix together the diced pepper tops, 1/2 cup of cheese, ground meat, crackers, egg, soup mix, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper. 2. Stuff the prepared peppers with the ground meat mixture, and stand them upright in a lightly greased 12-by-8-by-2-inch baking dish. 3. Combine the tomato sauce, salsa, salt, pepper and brown sugar. Mix well and pour over peppers. 4. Cover tightly with microwavesafe plastic wrap; fold back small edge for steam to escape. Microwave on HIGH 12 to 15 minutes, until the filling is hot and pepper is almost tender. Let stand 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle peppers with the remaining cheese. Serve with a side of rice and a salad. Angela Shelf Medearis is an awardwinning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis



SALOME’S STARS WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2018 BORN THIS WEEK: Everyone appreciates your gift for finding beauty, even where it seems least likely to exist.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You could have some problems with doubters who don’t share your enthusiasm for that new project you’re supporting. But use the facts to win them over to your side.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) A family situation takes an unwelcome turn. While others might be looking around for answers, you’ll soon sort it all out logically, and the matter will be resolved.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Someone is impressed by how you managed to get your case to the right people, despite attempts to keep you on the outside looking in. Expect to hear more about this.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Someone might try to create doubt about your reliability for his or her own agenda. But your reputation and your colleagues’ long-standing faith in you saves the day.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Good for you -- your gift for seeing both sides of a dispute helps cool down a potentially explosive workplace situation. Some family-related tensions also begin to ease. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your determination to prove yourself is put to the test by midweek. Counting all the positive factors you have going for you will help you get over your self-doubt. Good luck. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Several co-workers are still determined to resist coming over to your side. But don’t let that stop you from presenting your proposal to the people who count. Stay the course. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) You might prefer to be taken on faith and not have to prove yourself. But the truth is, you need to offer more facts if you hope to persuade people to accept what you say.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) An unexpected change of plans forces you to come up with an alternative by the end of the week. Look for colleagues to offer valuable suggestions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Nothing upsets the Goat as much as broken promises. But before you vent your anger, consider that this could ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) An old workplace problem you thought you had solved for good resurfaces. But this time, co-workers will take a more active role in helping you deal with it. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Be careful not to be misled by a negative reaction to one of your more important projects. If you believe in it, then it has worth and is, therefore, worth staying with. © 2018 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

Elvis lives! There’s been yet another Elvis sighting, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. This time it can be confirmed that it is, indeed, Elvis – Elvis D. Presley, not Elvis A. Presley – and he is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Libertarian from Arkansas. Elvis, the politician, is also an on-again,

off-again impersonator of Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll. In fact, he had his name legally changed some time ago. Association of Mature American Citizens ( provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.


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Goat Coordinator Wanted If you are looking for a new job and are good at setting up “meet and bleat events,” you may want to head north to Edmonton, Alberta, suggests the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The Canadian town is looking for a Goat Coordinator at a pay rate of $43 an hour. The position was established when the city of Edmonton created its GoatWorks program last year. Your job would be to herd some 170 goats assigned to the task of chewing up weeds in Rundle Park, a principal recreational area with trails, a man-made lake and lots of grass. The “meet and bleat” get-togethers are for the benefit of the citizens. Association of Mature American Citizens (www. provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.

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I am not alive but I can grow. I do not have lungs but I need air to survive. What am I? SEE ANSWER ON PAGE 11



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