coachellavalleyweekly.com â€˘ January 14 to January 20, 2016 Vol. 4 No. 43
In Memory of Lemmy & Bowie
The Four Tops
January 14 to January 20, 2016
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Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Deborah Evans Classified Manager & Nightlife Editor Phil Lacombe Features Writer Lisa Morgan, Rich Henrich, Heidi Simmons, Denise Ortuno Neil, Judith Salkin Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Craig Michaels, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Janet McAfee, Rachel Montoya, Angela Janus, Dale Gribow, Raymond Bill, Jack St. Clair, Rob Brezny, Eleni P. Austin, Noe Gutierrez, Sunny Simon, Dr. Peter Kadile, Bruce Cathcart, Julie Buehler, Flint Wheeler, Laura Hunt Little, Lola Rossi, Dee Jae Cox, Patte Purcell, Esther Sanchez, Rebecca Pikus, Angela Valente Romeo, Janet Newcomb, Alex Updike, Jenny Wallis, Uncle Ben Photographers Laura Hunt Little, Scott Pam, Lani Garfield, Chris Miller, La Maniaca, Esther Sanchez Distribution Phil Lacombe, William Westley
January 14 to January 20, 2016
SHOPPING, SHOPPING, SHOPPING… SOMETHING FOR EVERY WOMAN AT THE 8TH ANNUAL DESERT WOMAN’S SHOW
rab your tote and join us for the 8th annual Desert Woman’s Show Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17 from 10am – 4pm daily at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. With over 60 displays, daily fashion presentations, interesting guest speakers plus food & wine tasting, this Show has something for everyone! Make a day of it and enjoy shopping in the fashion boutique, enjoy a natural makeover, visit displays on wellness, home products, massage, fitness and much more. Experience A Taste of the Valley featuring 12 local restaurants including delicious sampling from Balisage Bistro, Castelli’s Ristorante, bb’s at THE RIVER, Fisherman’s Market, Backstreet Bistro, Shanghai Reds, Woody’s, The Palm House, TRIO, The Purple Room, paired with Quintessential Wines, Crater Lake Vodka and Coachella Valley Brewing Company. Tasting wristbands are available for $15 per person per day and guests must be 21 years of age for this area where wine and spirits are served. Join the conversation on the Palm Stage with host Patti Gribow at 11 am Saturday
and her cast of Cutting Edge Experts including Dr. Phillip Bretz, MD from Onco Gen Breast Scan and Dr. Elliot Lander, MD, from Cell Surgical Network. At 1:30 pm Saturday Patti’s guest panel will include Dr. Laura Lee and Dr. Marla Lander from the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center with a discussion on “Top Tests That Can Save A Woman’s Life”. Be sure to catch the daily fashion presentations on the Fashion Runway with an assortment of distinguished apparel and unique accessories, all perfect for desert living. Additional presentations throughout the weekend include Golf Secrets (Just for Women), Myths of Organic Foods, Get Inspired! with serial entrepreneur, Sharon Whiteley and join author and international speaker, Scott Kiloby of the Kiloby Center in Mindful Meditation. If you have always wanted to try your hand at pottery join Old Town Artisan Studios on the Event Lawn. Committed to providing positive art experiences for all people despite age, disability or financial
disadvantage, this 501©(3) nonprofit organization provides an inviting place where individuals can reveal their creativity through clay. This year the Desert Woman’s Show is also supporting DESERT BEST FRIEND’S CLOSET a California non-profit organization providing Coachella Valley low-income adults with education and professional attire so they may achieve economic independence. Guests are asked to bring a new or gently used clothing item (men’s or women’s) to support this worthy cause. Desert Best Friends Closet has helped over 2000 individuals since 2010. For more information on the 8th annual Desert Woman’s Show, contact Diana Marlo - (760)285-3903 or email Diana@ MarloProductions.com.
2016 Desert Women’s Show............... 3 PSIFF Favorites & Winners.................. 5 PSIFF: The Thin Yellow Line................ 5 PSIFF Volunteers................................. 6 In Memory of Lemmy & Bowie........... 7 Dead Cross and Whiskey & Knives..... 8 Frank Caliendo at Fantasy Springs.... 9 “O Canada” Tribute Concert.............10 Backstage Jazz ..................................10 Valley Rhythms - The Four Tops........11 Consider This - Chris Isaak................12 Art Scene - Tony Rizzo......................13 Pet Place............................................14 The Vino Voice ..................................15 Club Crawler Nightlife......................16 Pampered Palate- Eureka................18 Screeners ..........................................20 Book Review......................................21 Theatre- Laughter on the 23rd Floor...21 Beamer Awards ................................23 McCormick’s 30 Anniversary ...........23 Haddon Libby...................................24 Dale Gribow......................................24 La Quinta Block Party at 19th Hole....25 Safety Tips.........................................26 Sports Scene.....................................26 Free Will Astrology...........................27 Mind, Body & Spirit ..........................27 Ask The Doctor .................................28 Life & Career Coach ..........................28
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January 14 to January 20, 2016
ART UNDER THE UMBRELLAS
SLATED SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 AT OLD TOWN LA QUINTA
lanning on staying in town for the first big three-day weekend of the year coming up in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Start it off right by meeting up with friends and family for a casual, sunfilled day of Art Under the Umbrellas at Old Town La Quinta on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s fun, fabulous and free! Plus complimentary parking is available throughout the downtown Village area. Presented by La Quinta Arts Foundation, Art Under the Umbrellas will assemble over 80 of its most popular artists to set-up their booths within the borders of the idyllic Old Town La Quinta venue to exhibit their original art works in a broad spectrum of media categories. The ever engaging Steve Madaio Band featuring Horace Miller and Brigitte Valdez, with Bobby O’Connor on keyboards, will provide captivating musical entertainment for shoppers as they explore the artist booths and visit Old Town’s mix of boutique shops and excellent restaurants. Exhibitors featured on January 16th are both innovative contemporary artists based in the rural high desert who employ complex selfcreated techniques and methods enhanced with various elements and materials. Mixed Media Artist Richard Daniel – A California native, Daniel was once involved in
the early days of the flourishing art scenes of Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara in the 1970s. He defines the style of his large-scale mixed media works as “Abstract Expressionism,” incorporating many different styles – with the goal to make art that while abstract, is also
expressive or emotional in its effect. He uses air brush, dry brush and air hose to apply metallic paints, acrylics and solvents, capturing rich copper tones. Photographer Mark Stephenson describes his mixed-media photographic artistry as “visual Haiku, created with a Zen esthetic.” He related that his favorite subjects to shoot are grasses, trees and water, “because my artwork points to, and celebrates the transcendent value of life itself as manifested in common natural forms.” What makes his art special is its
elegant simplicity, amazing luminosity, texture, depth and clarity. He uses a self-developed, multi-step, highly technical process: original photography with inkjet printed over hand applied metallic leaf on hand textured, cradled wood panels flooded with resin. Old Town La Quinta, known for its Early California inspired architecture, is located in the Village of La Quinta. Take Washington Street south, go west on Calle Tampico two blocks; Old Town is on the left. Visit LQAF.com or call 760-564-1244 for more information.
January 14 to January 20, 2016
PSIFF AUDIENCE FAVORITES & FESTIVAL WINNERS BEST IN THE FEST The Assassin Parched Viva Women He’s Undressed Baba Joon The Carer Umrika The Witness The Fencer Last Cab to Darwin Rams The Birth of Saké Miss Sharon Jones! Home Care My Internship in Canada Mustang Everything is Copy Labyrinth of Lies Thithi 1944 A Heavy Heart Ixcanul The Brand New Testament A War Searchdog Made in Bangkok Liz in September Death by Death
Labyrinth of Lies
Everything is Copy
FESTIVAL WINNERS Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Labyrinth of Lies (Germany), directed by Giulio Ricciarelli. The runner-up narrative films included: 1944 (Estonia) The Brand New Testament (Belgium) The Carer (Hungary) Eye in the Sky (UK) The Fencer (Finland) Liz in September (Venezuela) Mustang (France) My Internship in Canada (Canada)
Viva (Ireland) A War (Denmark) Everything is Copy (USA) Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Everything is Copy (USA) directed by Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker. The runner-up documentary films included: A Good American (Austria) Made in Bangkok (Mexico) Miss Sharon Jones! (USA) Sherpa (Australia) Where to Invade Next (USA).
CELSO GARCÍA MEXICO’S EMERGING FILMMAKER PSIFF SPOTLIGHT: THE THIN YELLOW LINE
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: The Assassin (Taiwan), directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film: Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson from Rams (Iceland) FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film: Alena Mihulová from Home Care (Czech Republic) New Voices/New Visions Award: Winner: Death By Death (Belgium/ France), directed by Xavier Seron Special Mention: Thithi (India/US), directed by Raam Reddy The John Schlesinger Award: The Birth of Saké (Japan), directed by Erik Shirai HP Bridging the Borders Award: Umrika (India), directed by Prashant Nair
BY HEIDI SIMMONS
(LA DELGADA LÍNEA AMARILLA) MEXICO, 95 MINUTES
ilmmaker Celso García studied communication at Iteso University in Guadalajara, Mexico. That’s where García discovered how to convey visceral information through sound and images. García made his first short film Up Without Wings (Arriba Sin Alas) in 1998 based on a Charles Bukowski story, which got the attention of filmmaker and fellow Guadalajaran, Guillermo del Toro. “It was a short film contest and Guillermo was on the jury,” says García. “After he saw my film and read my profile, he told me how much he liked my work and asked I keep in touch.” The opportunity to work with del Toro simmered with García. Time passed, and in 2004, García was invited to attend the Los Angeles premiere of del Toro’s Hellboy. There, del Toro approached García again and told García he wanted to produce his first feature film! With that possibility fresh in mind, García wanted to make sure he had something good. “I felt a responsibility,” says García. “But I knew before I could do a feature film, I needed to make another very good short film.” Which García did. His short film The Milk and the Water (La Leche y el Agua) premiered in 2006. It showed in 46 festivals winning 26
awards. “It was very helpful to me,” says García. “In the time I took to make the film, it gave me confidence and more maturity.” In 2008, ten years after his first film, García finally sent his new feature script The Thin Yellow Line (La Delgada Línea Amarilla) to del Toro. “He liked it,” says García. García takes his time writing his scripts with detail so there are no surprises and nothing is lost during filming. “It took me a while, but each story has its own time.” The story is about five men and a dog who are forced to work together painting yellow traffic lines on a 200 kilometer stretch of rural Mexican highway. On their journey, they find the road of life is not so bad when you have trusted friends. Filmed in the beautiful Mexican countryside of San Luis Potosi, the movie gradually and gently unfolds as the men learn to respect each other and themselves. It stars Damián Alcázar and Américo Hollander.
”This is a small, but honest film,” said García. “It was born with that in mind. It is about the intimacy between the men. It’s more important to know what’s happening to the characters on the inside than the outside.” The Thin Yellow Line was shown to packed audiences at the PSIFF. “I love to sit and watch the film with the audience,” says García. “Each audience gives it a different energy.” He is hoping the film will find American theatrical distribution. “It’s made to be seen on a big screen.” García’s film so far has earned five festival awards and three nominations including Best Latin American Film from Montreal’s World Film Festival. The film cost $2.5 million – a medium sized budget for Mexican films. The government of Mexico provides filmmakers with 80 percent of the budget. The remaining 20 percent must be raised independently. García gave 30 percent of
his pay toward post-production costs. He wanted to make sure the film was exactly as he envisioned. Mexico is currently making 140 films a year, doubling the number from the previous year. But only 50 percent are distributed and make it to the big screen. “It is important to show the world this real Mexico,” says García. “I scouted locations for four months covering six Mexican states. I met incredible people. Mexico needs to see itself in a positive way.” Director García and producer del Toro have a trusted and creative relationship and intend to continue to work together. García has already begun his next screenplay. It tells the story of Mexican born Julia Pastrana, known as the “Bear Woman.” She was famous for being covered in hair, a condition called hypertrichosis. “I like to make films that reflect who we really are,” says García. “I want to tell stories about our common humanity.”
January 14 to January 20, 2016
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PSIFF VOLUNTEERS
BY HEIDI SIMMONS
hen David Gray, PSIFF Volunteer Coordinator, says he dislikes drama, he is not referring to a film genre. He is referring to how he manages over 800 film festival volunteers. One of the many great attributes of the PSIFF is the high-quality, good-natured and easy-going volunteers. You have seen them all around the festival. They are the busy people with red lanyards wearing white shirts and black pants. These men and women are interesting and competent people who love being a part of the festival. Whether organizing a movie line, collecting ballots, answering phones in an office or driving a shuttle, the volunteers contribute to the festival’s success by making it a fun and positive experience for attendees. “I’ve been here long enough to know how to make it run as smoothly as possible,” says Gray. “I don’t want people stressed out. We don’t want the job to be a burden.” Gray started as Assistant Volunteer Coordinator in 2008. Relaxed and competent, Gray looks ready for anything. He makes sure he listens to his volunteers, does his very best to accommodate their requests and won’t give them work that should be done by staff. “The PSIFF is a big event and very enticing,” says Gray. “People want to be a part of it. It’s not like volunteering at a hospital, which requires training. We keep their responsibilities and requirements minimal. And the short term commitment of the festival is very appealing.” To organize and schedule all the volunteers, the PSIFF uses an easy to navigate software system called Shiftboard®. “We make it simple,” says Gray. “We communicate mostly through email, but if people don’t like to use the Internet they just call.” Over the 12 days of the festival, Gray makes sure he gets out of the office to visit the volunteers. He knows them by face – although he admits he doesn’t know all their names. It’s been suggested that the volunteers’ average age is 75 years old. But Gray is not so sure of that demographic. “I haven’t really made a study of it. We have lots of high school kids. You just don’t see them because they’re in school during the day.” Gray thinks the PSIFF volunteers are a good representation of the valley’s population. They range from 16 to 90 years old. To volunteer you have to be at least 16. Local high schools students earn community service hours, and after their service, receive a letter of acknowledgement from the PSIFF. Gray also believes that the majority of the volunteers live in the CV year round. “We used to be able to tell where the volunteers lived by their area code. But with cell phones that’s changed,” says Gray. He estimates that one third of the volunteers live out of state. The PSIFF always needs people. Every
year over 100 new volunteers sign up. “The majority are movie buffs,” says Gray. “But for many, it’s just a great way to meet new people.” Gray recognizes that some of the volunteers have limitations. “There are volunteers who can’t stand for long hours or drive at night,” says Gray. “So we try to accommodate them as best we can.” Signing up to be a volunteer requires filling out a simple online application. It asks your birth date and only an age range. There is a “General Skills” section that allows you to check boxes or add your skills. A list of languages is included for volunteers who can help with interpretation and translation. You check the departments you want serve. Finally, you must agree to the “Commitment to Excellence” statement. Gray or someone in his office gets back to the applicants by phone. PSIFF positions are basically assigned by first-come firstserved. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of three shifts. Each shift is four or five hours. The volunteers get a voucher for a movie ticket after the shift is completed. At the end of the festival, the volunteers are celebrated by the PSIFF with a banquet. Unused vouchers can be entered into a raffle for prizes. Diane and Rolland “Rich” Richenberg have been volunteering for 19 years. They started after they retired from their interior design business in Palos Verdes and moved to Palm Springs. “It runs so smoothly,” says Diane. “David Gray is very good. The entire staff does a wonderful job. Every day we get an email. I just got a notice they needed two people at the Camelot Theater. They keep right on top of it.” Over the years, the Richenbergs have volunteered in most of the departments. As a couple, they try to work together when they can. They have worked the Gala, loaded screenings, taken and counted ballots, concierge service –- monitoring the premium seating -- and sold festival merchandise. For the last several years they have been working at the Regal Theater. They had four shifts over the duration of this festival. Both Rich and Diane like the energy of working at the Regal. “Seven out of the nine theaters are showing films. There is so much going on,” says Rich. Diane enthusiastically breaks down how
teams of four and five serve each theater. “The Lead Volunteer starts the day at 8:30 am and coordinates all the screenings. Every 30 minutes we load a theater,” says Diane. “We have to place queue cards, take tickets, check passes, distribute and gather ballots. It’s so busy. The day goes by fast.” Diane and Rich are especially appreciative and amazed at the marvelous job the Lead Volunteers do. With so much PSIFF experience, they often train the new volunteers at the Regal. A movie buff, Diane likes to see the movies. This year they saw eight films. What they don’t earn in ticket vouchers they buy. Normally they see up to 15. But they admit they are slowing down. Diane is 78 and Rich is 79. “I like my sleep more these days,” says Rich.
“We like volunteering. It feels like we’ve accomplished something,” says Diane. It makes the Richenbergs feel good when someone attending the festival acknowledges their efforts and thanks them. James Forneri, 77, has been a PSIFF volunteer for ten years and is a member of the Film Society. He works two festival shifts every day. He is so busy he does not have time to use his movie vouchers and gifts them to his friends. You can find Forneri in the mornings at the Camelot Theater doing the concierge service. In the evenings, Forneri serves festival sponsor Stella Atois and Chateau St. Jean to the happy hour crowd in the PSIFF Hospitality Suite at the Renaissance. “Volunteering is a good way to give back,” says Forneri. “It enriches your life and the people you serve.” When a volunteer enters the office, Gray excuses himself and goes to assist. The two have a friendly exchange. Gray listens intently. He is patient and cheerful. Before the volunteer leaves, Gray shakes his hand and pats him on the back. Gray returns and says, “My volunteers always come first.” A BIG thanks to all the volunteers who greatly enhance the festival experience. To become a PSIFF volunteer go to www. psfilmfest.org
INTO THE VOID - REMEMBERING MOTORHEAD’S LEMMY
’ve been asked to contribute a few quick words on Lemmy, just as the music world is also being blindsided by the passing of another icon, David Bowie. It’s difficult to put the feelings I have into words… When I was playing in bands in our desert’s punk scene in the early 80’s, Motörhead’s infamy was already rapidly spreading, and I remember being amazed that their appeal was embraced by the punks in our scene, as well as by the rocker kids. There was this guy on my school bus, Vince, that somehow made it to EVERY concert nearby! On Monday mornings, he usually had some great stories, like seeing AC/DC at the Swing Auditorium with a crowd that was so packed upon entering the venue that he was squished between people and was lifted off his feet for awhile going in. His tale of Motörhead in ’82 was simple - it was the loudest band he’d ever seen, and his ears were still ringing! The legend was growing! Years later, one of my bands had already opened for Motörhead, and yet I hadn’t met Lemmy. It wasn’t until I attended the release party for Dave Grohl’s Probot record, and I went to the bar to grab a couple of drinks for me and my wife, Renee, that I realized that Lemmy was sitting right next to me! I froze. His persona was just so fucking huge to me! I just had nothing on top of nothing to say that he hadn’t already heard a million times. I respectfully just walked away, as I didn’t want to disturb him. It took me years to realize how dumb that was. Lemmy was actually the most easy going, down-to-earth guy you could ever meet. Fast forward 10 years: I’d recorded a song with Fireball Ministry, after working with their
singer, Jim Rota. He was a producer of the Sound City film, on which I’d recorded some bass for the soundtrack album. After not being on the road for 14 years, Jim called and said that Fireball Ministry was invited by Motörhead to play on their upcoming rock cruise, called Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise and the bass position was mine if I could do it. F**K YES! Thanks to Lemmy for having us, my ass got dragged out of semiretirement, and I had the time of my life! We’ve been playing, writing, and recording ever since! A few months later, we had the HUGE honor of opening for Lemmy’s other band, The Head Cat, who was making a rare appearance at a small gig at The Roxy in Hollywood. They’re more a rockabilly thing, featuring Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats, and Danny B. Harvey of The Rockats. After their sound check, we started rolling our gear onto the stage in front of The Head Cat’s backline. Lemmy was still checking a few things on my side of the stage, and he walked over to me and asked me about my gear. Immediately, my self-built, towering and paralyzing wall of awe between us had completely crumbled down, and we were just two guys sharing the stage on a little gig for a few mutual friends. It was fucking awesome. We talked about the first Motörboat cruise and how much fun it was, and how we looked forward to doing the second one. We both made it to that cruise the end of September, 2015. Great times! Lifelong friendships forged! Motörhead celebrated their 40th anniversary on that boat, and we partied like pirates! This was the most un-inhibited group of lovely people that I’ve ever been around! Our Captain Lemmy was mingling amongst the sailors
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY SCOTT REEDER
quite a bit, and never soured when anyone and everyone wanted a quick photo with him. One month later, in November, I was there when Bass Player Magazine honored Lemmy with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He got in, and got out very quickly. He didn’t look well at all. He was just on the other side of a backstage curtain afterwards, but I didn’t want to hog any of his time, which was fine; I’d already got to say my thanks to him. I’d sensed that his time was near, but it was still a big shock when I heard that he’d actually passed. That English gentleman was the most bad-ass, yet humble, straight up, uncompromising, endearingly sarcastic, notgiving-a-fuck, bass ripping, soul baring, honest
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSICIANS SAY GOODBYE TO DAVID BOWIE
avid Bowie was “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. Since 1969, he was unlike anyone we’d ever known in music or otherwise. While others played safely in the confines of success that had been forged and defined by their predecessors, Bowie nonchalantly and unabashedly opened ominous closed doors and danced right through them. He had omnipresence even when he wasn’t “trending”. His music would pierce through every season of radio droll and leave his unique signature on every decade, until finally he made his graceful and eloquent exit in this one. A video for the song “Lazarus” was released along with what we all expected to be his latest, not his last and final, album. It would soon dawn on us all (and would be confirmed by producer, Tony Visonti) that this was his carefullyorchestrated farewell to his fans following an 18 month battle with cancer. “His death was no different from his life - a work of Art,” explained Visconti to NME.com. “He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it.” And neither were we. Local music makers in the Coachella Valley of all ages and genres, jumped at an opportunity to express their appreciation for an artist that left an indelible mark on them: “The video he just released was so Bowie; always transparent to his true art and feelings. This has impacted me deeply.” -Ronnie King (Multi-Platinum, Diamond aritst, Oscar and Grammy nominated producer) “David Bowie, ‘an innovator’ is a small term; he was so unique, so musically compelling... he
captured your attention whenever his music was playing, even if it was on a car radio station. The interpretations he was throwing at you were so broad and wide that you felt like he was talking to you. He was a true artist, I guess, in human terms. Blackstar, his last release, is so beautiful - him saying goodbye in his unique way.” -Gary Arce (Yawning Man) “David Bowie had the magic power of drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of music history, art and style. The result: an indescribable body of work that inspired countless other indescribable bodies. A Wonderful Weirdo Wzard.” -Mario “Boomer” Lalli, (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man)
“It’s our gift, a gift to humanity what he shared and left with us. We all had the rare opportunity to experience such a genuine, life altering, soul shifting experience in our lifetime. Comet men like Bowie only come around this galaxy every 10 thousand years or so. Echo forever star child.” -Chris Unck (Musician/Song Writer/Producer , Lucky Bones, owner of High Lonesome Recording Studio in Joshua Tree) “From Stardust to Black Star, and from Ashes to Ashes, the human-form-alien, David Bowie, obliterated boundaries in art and in personal identification, giving everyone permission to reinvent as needed. His impact on me is beyond measure and his legacy reverberates across the universe. This gentle, genderless, grinning soul who rocked the earth will be sadly missed and never replaced.” -Ted Quinn (American singer/ songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Co-founder of renowned recording studio Casa de la Luna in Joshua Tree) “We grew up waking up to music every day in our home. I feel that a lot of who I am comes from the music that has been a part of my life. My mother made a Bowie mix that she’d play in our family van and I remember asking her to play it over and over again. Bowie’s impression on the world of music and its performance is awe inspiring. It is something that pushes me in my own. I don’t think of his passing as a loss, but rather his life as an eternal gift to so many. He will be a hero forever and ever.” -Katie Cathcart (Drummer/Vocalist in Bridger and CV Music Awards Best Drummer) “When I left home and went to live in LA, Bowie went with me. As an actor, Ziggy & Hunky
IN MEMORY OF
man. THAT’s the thing… he was HONEST. No airs, whatsoever. What you saw, was what you got, which is sadly so fucking rare these days. We won’t see the likes of Lemmy ever again. I’m so thankful, that at age 50, I got to learn a few big lessons from my brief time around him. He will be sorely missed, and never forgotten. And as brother, Mike Inez said at Lemmy’s memorial the other day, we also mourn the loss of Motörhead, the band. It’s so hard to comprehend, as they’ve been at the heart of rock and roll for so many years. Regardless, generations to come will inevitably embrace them. I don’t think it gets any sweeter than that! Long live Lemmy and Motörhead! Scott Reeder is a musician, recording engineer and producer who has played bass with wellknown bands such as The Obsessed and Kyuss. Reeder co-wrote “From Can To Can’t” on the Grammy winning, Sound City album with Grohl, Corey Taylor, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilson. He produced the British hard rock band, Orange Goblin’s album, Coup De Grace, with John Garcia on guest vocals. Reeder was among eight bassists, including Robert Trujillo and Pepper Keenan, to audition for Metallica in 2002. Short excerpts from Reeder’s meeting with Metallica can be seen in the documentary Some Kind of Monster. Reeder handled production and bass duties for Bütcher and appeared on their album Auricle in 2005. Reeder recently produced the album Wyllt for LA band, Black Math Horseman. In 2006, Reeder released his first solo album TunnelVision Brilliance on which he wrote and performed all tracks by himself. In summer 2011 he was featured in select shows of Kyuss Lives!
BY LISA MORGAN Dory shaped my early years into manhood. I’ll always remember countless spins in my first loft apartment, where every play was as if I was taking advice from an insightful friend. The greatest thing about Bowie to me was his ability to use his evolving brand of art in life to move through it. A truly remarkable artist and in my opinion, the epitome of cool.” -Jim Cathcart (Actor and Songwriter/Vocals/Guitarist for CV Award winning band, Bridger) “To me, David Bowie is one of the most enigmatic, diverse, and influential artists ever to live. He and his music have touched me personally and changed my life forever. With his ever changing style, and boundary pushing ideas, it almost feels too human that he died from cancer. I always thought he would get picked up by an alien spaceship and return home.” -Ison Van Winkle (Songwriter/Vocals/ Guitar/Keyes for IIIZ) “He was a very nice fellow. Always very nice to me. I bumped into him from time to time over the years. I remember one time, we were doing the first Glastonbury festival, and we had a chance to talk for quite a bit. He was telling me how he’d cut out words from newspapers, like a jigsaw puzzle then spread them all out onto a table. He’d mix them all up, then randomly pick one and turn it into a song. That was how he’d write his lyrics! I asked him, ‘What happens if the windows open and the wind blows them all over?’ He says to me, ‘Well, then you’re fucked.’” -Terry Reid (English rocker, vocalist and guitarist who toured with the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, and collaborated with Graham Nash among many others.)
January 14 to January 20, 2016
LOCAL MUSIC SPOTLIGHT
BY NOE GUTIERREZ
HONORING PHIL “PHILTHY ANIMAL” TAYLOR
Dead Cross Distinguished drummer Dave Lombardo has performed at Coachella twice; once with The Locust and again with Fantomas and Mike Patton. He performed at the Empire Polo Grounds with Slayer as part of The Big Four show with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax in 2011. His former band PHILM performed at Schmidy’s Tavern in early 2014. If you ask Lombardo, he will tell you he has few ties to the Coachella Valley. We believe otherwise. Lombardo has had a huge influence on desert musicians and metal heads throughout his career. Coachella Valley Weekly spoke with Lombardo via telephone from his home in North Hollywood to discuss his new band Dead Cross and their show on Saturday 1/16/16 at Schmidy’s Tavern 72286 Highway 111 in Palm Desert, CA. Entry fee is $15. The show will honor the late drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor of Motorhead. With the recent loss of rock icon Lemmy Kilmister, this show has taken on an extra special meaning for all the musicians involved. As Lombardo puts it, “I’ve been
greatly influenced by Motorhead.” Dead Cross will be supported by Whiskey and Knives and Harter Attack. Dead Cross is Lombardo on drums, Justin Pearson (THE LOCUST, RETOX) on bass, Gabe Serbian (THE LOCUST, RETOX, ex-CATTLE DECAPITATION) on vocals, one of Lombardo’s favorite drummers, and Michael Crain (RETOX) on guitar. In describing the music, Lombardo is direct and makes it clear cut. “It’s brutal music. It’s hardcore, it’s a mixture of thrash punk and there’s a little bit of grind core in there. It’s very fast and very much in the original Dave Lombardo style. Thrash was born from punk. Anybody that knows thrash knows that it came from that style.” In listening to some live footage, the band is enraged with the status quo and their music spells it out clearly. The Music “Oh fuck yeah, we’re pissed. When shit went down with Paris it hit home. That could have been any of my friends. Although I didn’t know the guys in Eagles of Death Metal, it pisses me off the way shit is in the world. There’s no better way to express my anger than to put together a punk band.” “I went ahead full-force and I started a new band with the help of producer Ross Robinson (KORN, DEFTONES, SEPULTURA). It all came together at the perfect time. It wasn’t planned and it wasn’t calculated. It was something that happened out of urgency. PHILM requested a hiatus. It (PHILM) was a lot of fun and I was happy and proud to have produced two albums with the title of producer. I had shows booked with PHILM and when we weren’t able to commit these guys (DEAD CROSS) stepped up. We wrote music and kicked ass. I’m very happy and looking forward to releasing this album…and yes it’s angry.” The band continues to record and will release a single as soon as possible, likely in the next couple of weeks. The album should follow with a possible mid-May 2016 release. Family History Lombardo is of Cuban descent and pays homage to his upbringing. “I came to this country when I was two years old. I
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consider myself full American. In the home I was raised it was full-on Cuban. The culture inside the home was Cuban; the lifestyle, the food and the drink. I have a Cuban mother and father. I was able to listen to music influenced by Cuban drumming and percussion. One brother enjoyed rock music the other rhythm and blues. It influenced me greatly. I believe all of that shaped my drumming style and my approach to music.” NAMM 2016/Endorsements Lombardo plans to be fully entrenched in the National Association of Music Merchants (N.A.M.M.) weekend 1/21 to 1/24 and is performing at Bonzo Bash Jamm, a tribute to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, at M3 LIVE on 1/22. The NAMM Show is a trade-only event that draws more than 95,000 members of the music products industry. Lombardo is endorsed by some of
the most prominent drum gear companies. “I’ve been with Paiste cymbals since the beginning of my professional career. I released a signature ride cymbal developed from the cymbal used to record “Reign in Blood.” I use Promark drum sticks and Evans drum heads. I recently celebrated my one year anniversary of my return to Tama drums. Prior to the last year they supported me for many years before I defected for one year. Lastly, I also endorse coffee.” Dead Cross has a free show at The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen in Fullerton, CA on Thursday 1/21/16. Whiskey and Knives The desert rock band Whiskey and Knives is a warning. The band shared that a former guitarist came up with the name during a camping trip where the question was posed, “What if a bear tries to attack
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www.coachellavalleyweekly.com us? We have nothing to protect ourselves except for this bottle of whiskey and some knives.” From that day in 2007 the band was conceived. Its line-up consists of Jon Arnold on guitar and background vocals, Jason Baseley on lead vocals, Mike Smith on bass and Alfredo Hernandez on drums. Coachella Valley Weekly recently visited the band in their rehearsal space in Thousand Palms to talk about their unique music release plans and to listen to their new music. This is their third time performing alongside a Dave Lombardo-led project. Hernandez reveals, “To me, Dave is one of the baddest drummers around!” Hernandez also praises the impact Motorhead has had on musicians. “Motorhead was another level where people got influenced. For me, growing up, it was The Ramones, Devo and Motorhead.” Whiskey and Knives will be performing the Motorhead classic “Tear You Down” as a tribute to Philthy Phil and Lemmy. Narrative Each member of Whiskey and Knives pointed to Baseley when asked about the bands origin and its nucleus. Baseley initially began writing songs for the band during its inception. If any older songs are performed they are strictly ones penned by Baseley. Enter Smith. Smith reached out to Baseley through an advertisement posted at Musicians Outlet in Palm Desert. Smith shared about his preparation, “I learned from Uncle Paul in Desert Hot Springs. I was the kid (Mowgli) from the Jungle Book in how I learned how to play the bass. I also learned a lot when I was in a band called Traces.” Before Arnold joined there were two guitarists in the mix. Once Arnold merged, it was quickly realized that only he would be needed by virtue of his guitar skills and prowess. Arnold and his band members joked about “taming the tiger” given his credentials in speed and thrash metal. After watching their rehearsal it is evident that Arnold has a grasp on when and where to infuse his background. Arnold and Hernandez were band mates in Family Butcher for 15 years. According to Arnold, he and Hernandez were born on the same day. Hernandez would not confirm or deny this. They hold each other in high regard. Arnold stated about Hernandez, “He’s better than a drum machine!” When the band was looking for a drummer, Arnold called Hernandez, who had this to say, “I saw them at J. Dees Landing one night. I really liked Jason’s singing. It reminded me of the early punk bands. I liked Mike’s bass playing. When Jon joined, it was easy. I’m gonna go where I’m familiar. We played in Butcher for so many years. If he’s in, I’m gonna check it out.” Volumes IV-I Whiskey and Knives plan to release the first of four EPs entitled Volume IV in the spring of 2016. They will release a total of four EPs in the next two years. Recorded at Scott Reeder’s The Sanctuary recording studio, the four EPs include the unequivocal punk metal, mixed with hard, melodic,
slow, heavy, fast and progressive sound that is Whiskey and Knives. Each EP will include five songs. Artwork for the album is in the works as well as a video for the song “Sancha Mirage” that will be shot at the private bowl “The Yard” in Palm Springs courtesy of Jeremiah Risk. Progress During rehearsal it is visible that the band is cohesive and has developed a tight musical unit. Hernandez proclaims, “The chemistry is finally there and all four volumes have been written.” They continue to write songs organically during rehearsal. Baseley has a knack for riffs, although he acknowledges that he is better off focusing on his vocals. Even Smith has written his first song. “I wish we recorded the last one we came up with. Every time I say, hey man, that’s the baddest song I’ve ever heard. And then we come up with another one and I didn’t think we could top the previous one.” The Reeder Connection Reeder and Hernandez’ collaborations in Across the River and Kyuss are well documented. Hernandez is cognizant that he had not played with Reeder in 20 years. He admitted that he didn’t think too much about it but was aware of their history. “I’m happy to have recorded again with my friend.” Reeder graciously performed on three songs. Recently Arnold, Hernandez and Reeder participated in a 45 minute improvisational psychedelic blues jam for a documentary to be featured on the History Channel. Plans Hernandez is looking forward to touring with Whiskey and Knives. “Once the EP comes out we’ll do a west coast tour from San Diego to Seattle. In the summer we’ll mix and master the 2nd EP at Reeder’s to release before the end of 2016.” Arnold jokingly states, “By the time we’re done with all four EPs we can do a greatest hits album and then a ‘Best Of” ha ha!” If you haven’t met Arnold, we implore you to have a conversation with him to see how much fun he is having with this band. We’ll leave you with a gem from the accomplished axe man. “If you give ‘em all you got and then everyone knows everything you got, you don’t got nothing else to give, so just give a little bit and let ‘em want more, more and more and you can stretch that shit out. That’s my plan.” Harter Attack Originally from New Jersey, Rich Harter is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Harter Attack. He has been in California for eight years and has collaborated with members of Anthrax and Megadeth. Joining him in Harter Attack are Sharlene Ayestaran on lead/rhythm guitar, lead/backgound vocals, Alfredo Hernandez on drums and Brenden Boeger on bass. Harter describes their sound as modern metal with a splash of thrash. “I have a unique way of playing guitar that is extreme, fast, and accurate. Visualize a Flamenco guitarist on electric going nuts playing thrash.” Their newest album will be released in the next two months.
January 14 to January 20, 2016
MULTI-TALENTED COMEDIAN AND IMPRESSIONIST FRANK CALIENDO BRINGING THE LAUGHS TO FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO IN FEBRUARY
omedian, actor, and impressionist Frank Caliendo has been making people laugh his entire life, and he’s set to make audiences laugh at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th. Frank Caliendo is well known for his impressions of famous actors Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro; politicians George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama; and talk show hosts Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, and David Letterman. On stage, Caliendo’s high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Appropriately described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey,” Caliendo is one comedian that should not be missed. After completing an impressive 10-year
run on the “FOX NFL Sunday Pregame” show, Frank recently found a new home over at ESPN, where he joined the cast of the “Sunday NFL Countdown”. Realizing that ESPN has a plethora of strong personalities, Frank has added to his already vast arsenal of impressions, a new set of highly entertaining sports persona, including analysts like Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Jr., Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, Coach Mike Ditka, Adam Schefter, and Chris “Boomer” Berman. Though Frank can be highly known for his variety of sports-related impressions, he makes his clean and family-friendly live shows appealing for everyone in the audience by continually including a little bit of every major genre - sports, political figures, and celebrities. Tickets for the Sunday, February 14th, 2016 Frank Caliendo show are on sale now for $59, $39, and $29 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone at (800) 827-2946 or online at FantasySpringsResort.com.
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January 14 to January 20, 2016
‘O CANADA’ CELEBRITY TRIBUTE EVENTS BACKSTAGE JAZZ BY PATTE PURCELL CONCERT TO FEATURE FOUR CANADIAN LEGENDS SEASON JAZZ OFFERINGS IN THE DESERT AT THE INDIAN WELLS THEATER AT CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO’S PALM DESERT CAMPUS
hania Twain, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion and Paul Anka tribute artists will perform in “O Canada” at the Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Indian Wells Theater box office at (760) 341-6909. Parking is included in the ticket price. Donna Huber (Shania Twain) is a small town Canadian girl who has been on the road for the past 18 years, performing all over the world, singing all of Shania Twain’s hits. Twain endorsed Huber and said on live television that she is the best tribute to her anywhere. Adam Lucas (Michael Bublé) grew up in Sydney, Australia, and started singing at the young age of just 2 years old. He started writing songs and playing piano by ear at the age of 12 and began voice and piano lessons at age 14. Lucas went to Vancouver, Canada, at age 19 to pursue his dream of becoming a successful actor, singer and songwriter. He has been doing a tribute to Michael Bublé for the last 3 years. Brigitte Valdez (Celine Dion) is a mix of Greek, Spanish, Italian and French ancestry, and was born in Hollywood. Raised in Palm Springs, she is now fulfilling her lifetime dream of entertaining audiences. Beginning when she was old enough to stand on a wooden bench in her living room, Valdez has been belting out songs from Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Sandi Patti, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Celine
Dion. Singing professionally, she has toured the United States and abroad, performing in more than 30 arenas, for various major conventions, and as a stellar opening act. Performing live, however, is not Valdez’s only forte. She has recorded several solo releases at Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers, and is featured in many radio and television commercials. Buster Maxwell (Paul Anka) says that he remembers being alone in his aunt’s garage one summer, singing along to Paul Anka on a small AM radio. He was about 13, and says that’s one of his first memories of falling in love with making music. Maxwell’s appreciation of the legendary performer grew deeper as he began singing Anka’s songs in public. With a decade’s experience as a singing impressionist recreating multiple voices, he soon developed his “Tribute to Paul Anka.” This is one of the few impressions Maxwell has ever performed where all the songs have been written by the singer – a tribute to Anka’s deep songwriting talent. The Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus is located at 37-500 Cook St. For more information about upcoming events taking place at the Indian Wells Theater, visit www.IWTheater.com. For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at email@example.com or 760-341-2883, ext. 78107 or visit the campus website at www. pdc.csusb.edu.
azz is coming back in a big way out here in the desert! A number of concert series are taking place building on earlier successes along with the best places to hear it. Here’s a run-down on some of the best Jazz Happenings this season. The new Celebrity Jazz Jam Series (monthly begins Monday Jan. 18, 5-8 pm under the stars at the prestigious Desert Willow Golf Resort. There are 18 national artists and local favorites participating in a 3 hour super jam that highlights some of the top names in jazz. The first one is headlined by guitarist Blake Aaron, who’s described by LA Times as a ‘genius on the guitar’. Aaron has already scored top 5 Billboard hits and is currently #3 on the charts with his iconic version of ”Europa.” He is joined by Greg Manning on keys who had the #1 hit of the year in 2013, vocalist Aysha who has a current top 10 hit with “Take me Higher,” Slim Man with his #1 hit “Faith in Us,” Rick Parma who is currently rising on the charts with his song. Darryl Williams, Joe Baldino and local favorites including John Carey and Rose Mallet. The jam incorporates jazz, blues, funk, and groove with national artists and local favorites. The Feb. 22 show will focus on Latin Jazz with artists including Gretje Anjell and Dori Amarillo, Bob DeSena, and a dozen more to be announced. Tickets are only $25 and schedule can be found at www.purplepass. com/celebrityjazzjam. Monthly dates year around are March 21, April 18, May 16, June 5, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Call 1-702-219-6777 for more information. The Grooves at the Westin Series (an Apaulo Production) starts their spring series on Feb. 6 with R&B and Jazz Allstars including Lou Price, Jonathan Butler (guitarist/singer), saxman Everette Harp, vocalist Lynne Fidmont and an all-star band including Brian Simpson on keys, Freddie Washington on bass, Land Richard on drums and Michael Paulo. It continues on Feb. 20 with Russ
Freeman and the Rippingtons; March 5th with the iconic Peter White; and March 26 with legendary guitarist Craig Chaquico of Jefferson Starship. Tickets are $85 VIP Reception (reserved table seats closest to the stage). Meet your favorite artist with gourmet appetizers, wine and beverages, $60 reserved table seats, $45 gold reserved seats and $35 general open seating. Tickets are available at Tix.com. Call 951-696-0184 for more information. Fitz’s Jazz Cafe has 3 more concerts. Call the box office for pricing and ordering 760340-ARTS (2787). Lisa Fischer - February 13, 8:00 pm/ Steve Tyrell - March 19, 8:00 pm/ Chris Botti - April 2, 8:00 pm. The “Jazz for Jazz Lovers” held at Pete Carlson Golf and Tennis features weekly artists in straight ahead jazz and some Latin jazz offerings. Jan. 15, the Frank Capp Quintet; Jan. 22, The Tom Scott Quintet; Feb. 5, The Banda Brothers Sextet; Feb. 12, The Jon Mayer Quartet featuring Ernie Watts; Feb. 19, Graham Decter featuring The Larry Fuller Trio; March 12, The Joe La Barbara Quintet; March 14, The Gerry Mulligan Song Book led by Mark Masters; and April 16, Blues by Mingus led by Mark Masters. Ticket prices vary call 1-760-568-3263 for details. Melvyns’ in Palm Springs Jazz Jam is on Sunday afternoons from 3 until 7 and is hosted by Michael Healey. Call Melvyn’s for reservations 1-760-325-2323. Vicki’s of Santa Fe has jazz nightly. This is straight ahead jazz and a soft jazz pop mix. John Stanley King LIVE! and “A Band of Four”- every Friday 8pm-12Mid/Pat Rizzo & Trio- every Saturday 6:30-10pm/JazzTime Band- every Sunday afternoon 2-5pm/John Stanley King & Trio- every Sunday evening 6-9pm/Carolyn Martinez & Trio- every Tuesday 6-9:30pm/Lizann Warner- every Wednesday 6:30-10pm/Rodeo Drive- every Thursday 4-6:00pm/Stan Watkins Latinevery Thursday evening 6:30-10pm. Call Vicki’s for pricing and reservations 760-345-9770. Patte Purcell - Muze Muzic firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOUR TOPS & THE TEMPTATIONS
et ready Motown Fans, this Friday, January 15, 2016, The Four Tops and The Temptations take the stage in The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. “The thing about and The Temptations and The Four Tops, is that it’s the perfect contrast of groups. The type of material we sing, they don’t sing and vice versa,” said Lawrence Payton, Jr., a second generation member of The Four Tops. “Their whole approach to the stage and the songs they’ve recorded in the past and the present, are totally different then the songs we would record. But the level of talent in both groups is apparent. It makes for an exciting show.” Abdul “Duke” Fakir is the sole surviving member of the original Four Tops. They were together for over 40 years, without a personnel change. They were notable for having Levi Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer, while other groups were fronted by a tenor. The Band Members include: Fakir, who has been a Four Top for over 60 years; Payton, Jr., Ronnie McNeir and Harold “Spike De-Leon” Bonhart, replacing Theo Peoples who was part of the Four Tops after Lawrence Payton died in 1997. “We’re gonna do all of your favorite songs. Sometimes we do a Tribute to the original three guys, who aren’t here anymore.” (His father, Lawrence Payton; Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Stubbs) “When we don’t do a tribute, Duke sings a solo, and he never does a solo, so it’s quite exciting when he does that in a show.” In addition to performing some of their chart topping hits like “I Can’t Help Myself” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There”, according to Payton Jr., included in the show will be some Broadway favorites; “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin; and a beautiful arrangement of “In The Still Of The Night”. As a child growing up in a house filled with great musical talent, Payton, Jr. recalls, “My Father was a very creative guy. He did most of the vocal arrangements for the group and a lot of the groups for Motown. There was a constant flow of Entertainers, I just knew them as Dad’s friends, it was normal to me.” However, when he went to school, he realized who his Father was to the world. “On my fifth birthday, my Dad says, ‘Come on we’re gonna have a party’ and I was like, okay Dad. He gets me and we go to
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY LOLA ROSSI
RETURN TO FANTASY SPRINGS
the place where we were having the party. It was like a camp with small town houses, filled with a bunch of Entertainers who all came to our town house for the party.” Laughing as he remembered the day, “It was me and Duke’s daughter; we were the only two children at the party with all the grown ups. It was fun, we had food, cake, and they all sang, it was really, really, really nice.” One of eleven children, three of his sisters sing. “They all sing like nightingales and are very, very talented. They have tremendous ears for music, they arrange their harmonies, and are creative. If they were all boys, we would have a group.” Other members of the family are also involved in the music business, including his children, who are prolific songwriters. His Father’s cousin, Billy Roquel Davis, who wrote under the name of Terran DeCarlo, and Berry Gordy were song writing partners and wrote a lot of songs for Jackie Wilson, who was a cousin of Levi Stubbs. Wilson was also related to Payton, Jr. through his Great Uncle who married Wilson’s Mother. Payton, Jr. would travel with his Father and the band during the summer and worked behind the scenes as he got older. Following in his Father’s footsteps, Payton, Jr. made his name as a songwriter, musician, arranger and producer for The Four Tops and other performers. In late 2004 and 2005, they recorded an album of American Jazz and Pop Classics with the Original Four Tops, less his Father. During the recording of the 14th song “If I Had You,” Benson became ill and passed away on July 1, 2005. They haven’t released the CD yet, because they are replacing some of the lead vocals with Spike and other Entertainers singing lead and also duets, but it’s too soon to mention their names. Two of the songs; “Shakey” and “The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” were written by Payton, Jr. and Simone Vitale, who are also producing the project. From February through May, they are headed to the recording studio and will simultaneously work on the 2005 CD, titled Round Midnight, and an all Original CD with music that will define the Four Tops today. “Someone Just Passed This Way” is one of the original songs being recorded by Payton, Jr. in tribute to his Father. “I call the Temptations ‘Athletic Singers.’ They
sing, they dance, they jump around and spin. I can’t wait to see the show with the new lineup.” said Payton, Jr. With more than 55 years, performing to sold-out Concerts throughout the world, The Temptations are still going strong. Their hits, “My Girl”, “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and “Get Ready” are only a few of their Top-40 hits. The Original Founding Members were: Otis Williams, who is the only surviving original member of the Temptations performing; Elbridge “Al” Bryant; Melvin Franklin; Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, all who are no longer with us. The new line-up is Williams; Ron Tyson, the longest performing member of the Temptations since the original group; Terry Weeks; Willie Green, one of the new members from Las Vegas and Larry Braggs, who performed as lead vocalist with Tower of Power for 15 years,
left and started his own band called The Ol’ Sole Club, and now is the newest Temptation member. I highly recommend going on YouTube and watching Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. During the show, The Temptations are announced to perform and then The Four Tops come on the stage to sing. Then what is referred to “The Battle” was born. Both groups had so much fun, switching up with each other’s songs. It was great and they have done that several times, but not for this concert. People talk about Rap, the lyrics are questionable, but the music is mostly sampled from other music and turned into Hip-Hop. “It all comes back to Music In Schools. When I grew up, we took music classes with any instrument we wanted to play. Do you know how much that helped? We need to start doing things for ourselves. I was taking my nine year old Son to school one day, and when we got into the car, he turned on the Rap station. After about 5 minutes, I changed the channel to an easy listening station. When he was getting out of the car, he said to me, ‘You know what Dad? When you had that Rap on, it was making me all nervous and hyper. When you changed the channel, the music you had on, made me mellow and feel calm and relaxed’. That was very profound, and I realized how powerful and healing music is to the world. It’s very Spiritual when used the right way.”
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY ELENI P. AUSTIN
“FIRST COMES THE NIGHT” (WICKED GAME RECORDS/VANGUARD RECORDS)
hances are your first encounter with Chris was in 1991 on MTV. There he was, in an arty black & white video; bravely, holding back the tears on a beach, clinging tightly to a topless supermodel, lamenting her wicked ways. Why is this oh-so-handsome man so sad, you thought? And...wait a minute, is he yodeling? Isaak seemed to burst on the scene that year, but he had already been making records for six years. Chris Isaak arrived in the world in 1956, the year after Elvis Presley was anointed the King Of Rock & Roll, the same year Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis each signed their first contracts with Sun Records, and the year before Rick Nelson released his first hit single. Born and raised in Stockton, California, he was a bit of an over-achiever. Borrowing his brother’s guitar, he taught himself to play and started writing songs. Class president every year of high school, he was also the valedictorian. Isaak attended a nearby community college before transferring to University Of The Pacific. Spending a year abroad studying in Japan only cemented his interest in Asian culture. He even trained as a boxer, fighting in the Heavyweight division. Growing up, he had always gravitated to his parents’ record collection, quietly eschewing the Metal, Disco, Punk and Funk his peers were delving into. He received equal inspiration from ‘50s Rockabilly, Dean Martin, Frankie Laine, Hawaiian music, and even Robert Mitchum’s Calypso records. He haunted pawn shops and second-hand stores searching for the classic vinyl. After graduating from college (with a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications Arts), he decided to form a band. He recruited exAvengers guitarist, James Calvin Wilsey, bassist Rowland Salley and powerhouse drummer Kenny Dale Johnson. The band was christened Silvertone and began making a name for themselves playing clubs in the Bay area that brought them to the attention of producer Erik Jacobson. Erik Jacobson began his music career in a band with one of the most extravagant monikers in Psychedelic Rock: Knob Lick Upper 10,000, (please re-unite and tour!) Once they broke up, he ended up behind the boards, producing hit albums for the Lovin’ Spoonful, Tim Hardin, Sopwith Camel and Norman Greenbaum. Jacobson was an industry veteran when he began managing Chris Isaak, and that opened a lot of doors. By 1984 the band was signed to Warner Brothers. Isaak’s debut was named for his backing
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band, Silvertone. When it was released in January, 1985, it was the complete antithesis of the music being played on the radio and MTV. Pop Music was entering a crap-tastic phase that guaranteed the popularity of Wham!, Miami Sound Machine, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon. Isaak’s music was dark and brooding, featuring Wilsey’s reverb-drenched guitar along with Johnson and Salley’s deft time-keeping. Isaak’s voice was something else, hitting the sweet spot between Orbison’s velvet-y croon and Rick Nelson’s Rockabilly sneer. His looks didn’t hurt either, Isaak redefined the term “rugged” with his $8 pompadour, busted boxer’s nose and surfer’s physique. The album received rave reviews from critics and praise from heroes like John Fogerty. Two singles, “Dancin’” and “Gone Ridin’” received modest airplay on MTV and his fan base slowly grew. Two years later Isaak recorded his self-titled, sophomore effort. It included lonely laments like “Blue Hotel” and “You Owe Me Some Kind Of Lovin’” along with a trenchant cover of the Yardbirds’ “Heart Full Of Soul.” Again he was cheered by critics and virtually ignored by consumers. Ironically, the movie industry was giving him his biggest exposure. Director David Lynch featured two Isaak songs in his cracked cult phenomenon, “Blue Velvet.” Director Jonathan Demme took it one step further, giving Isaak a cameo, (as a hitman disguised as a clown) in his film “Married To The Mob.” Even as movie-stardom beckoned, Isaak returned to the studio to record his third album. All of Isaak’s influences coalesced on Heart Shaped World. Shimmery and atmospheric, it was equal parts torch and twang. Moody ballads like “Wicked Game” and “Blue Spanish Sky” were offset by rollicking rave-ups like “I’m Not Waiting” and “Forever Young.” Once again, critics rejoiced and the general public remained blissfully ignorant. Although his label was frustrated, Isaak was delighted with his small, but loyal, fan base. His live shows during this period were incredibly high energy and funny. Along with his many gifts, Chris Isaak has a wicked sense of humor. Playing clubs like the Coach House, the Roxy and the Palomino, Isaak would invariably invite dancing girls on stage toward the end of his set. (In fact the old Bitch Goddess that writes this column spent many nights on stage with Chris Isaak in her young and nubile Bitch Goddess days. So much so, that he would alternately introduce her as his “talented assistant Margo” or “Dance Machine”). In late 1990 David Lynch included the song “Wicked Game” in a pivotal scene of his movie “Wild At Heart.” A disc jockey in Atlanta was so enamored with the track he played it constantly. Suddenly it was moving up the charts. The aforementioned video, shot by photographer Herb Ritts went into heavy rotation on MTV and the album rocketed into the Top 10. Six years into his career Chris Isaak was being touted as the “next big thing.” Isaak spent the next few years on the road, his label insisted he capitalize on his newly raised profile. So it was four years before his fourth album, San Francisco Days, was released. That album found him expanding his horizons adding keyboards and sax to the mix. Throughout the ‘90s, more albums and tours followed. Forever Blue, released in 1995 was the ne plus ultra of heartbreak. 1996’s Baja Sessions was a casual acoustic hang that re-worked older
Isaak originals and gave him free reign to interpret favorite songs from Marty Robbins, Dean Martin and Gene Autry. (It also introduced new guitarist, Hershel Yatovitz, who replaced the departed James Calvin Wilsey). The sly Speak Of The Devil album arrived in 1998. From 2001 to 2004, Isaak and his band-mates starred in the Showtime comedy series “The Chris Isaak Show.” A hysterically funny fictionalized version of Isaak’s life, it featured musical performances from Isaak and Silvertone, as well as collaborations with musicians like Stevie Nicks and Shawn Colvin. It was the perfect showcase for his offbeat humor and magnetic charm. His Always Got Tonight album served as a companion piece, of sorts, to the series. A Christmas album arrived in 2004, but it was another five years before he went into the studio for the less than stellar Mr. Lucky album. Finally in 2011 he retreated to the infamous Sun Studio in Memphis to pay homage to lifelong idols like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. He reasoned it was late enough in his career to re-interpret these classics without looking as though he was riding on their coat-tails. Now Isaak is back with his 12th studio album, and it opens with the title track, “First Comes The Night.” Strummy guitar and a Hammond B3 wash accent this high lonesome heartache. Over a loping rhythm he tries to talk himself through the pain…“it ain’t always going to be this way.” Of course Chris Isaak has written the book on moody, broody break up records, (what, you were expecting some auto-tuned EDM?) Obviously this album continues that tradition; it is steeped in heart break. But Isaak gives the listener several shades and permutations of these emotions. “Please Don’t Call” is an up-tempo rocker that blends Isaak’s sultry vocals with slap-back bass, plus a scorching guitar solo that careens through the mix. Following a divisive break-up his tone shifts from genial good guy, becoming dismissive and defiant. “I don’t want your sympathy, I don’t care what’s wrong with me/I don’t need you to believe, so I’m leaving.” Two tracks expand Isaak’s sonic palette. On “Perfect Lover” the arrangement is expansive. Breezy guitar licks connect with cascading mandolin notes, an insistent rhythm and peppery Tijuana brass, it almost camouflages the, um, heartbreak. But happily, it’s just a bad dream this time, phew! Meanwhile, “Kiss Me Like A Stranger” is a Surf/ Spy Tango combo platter. Isaak’s stentorian vocals are underscored by reverb-drenched riffs, languid strings and brushed percussion. If Ricky Ricardo and Dick Dale ever collaborated on a song this might be the result. The best tracks here spotlight the crisp musicianship of Silvertone. Isaak’s economical songwriting consistently plays to their strengths.
“Dry Your Eyes” is powered by Salley’s walking bass lines, Johnson’s whipcrack rhythms and Yatovitz’s guitar hero pyrotechnics. His first solo is tensile and compact, but the second one positively shreds. “Running Down The Road” is anchored by barrelhouse piano runs from Scott Plunkett and a duck-walking solo from Yatovitz. The melody is classic roadhouse boogie-woogie, the lyrics paint Isaak as an emotional fugitive, running from his wicked ways. “Don’t Break My Heart” fuses a walloping backbeat to “everybody skate backwards” organ fills and roiling bass lines. Isaak’s mien is sly and playful as he convinces an ex to give him one more shot. Here Yatovitz guitar engages in a tart call-and response over Isaak’s flirty seduction. Isaak amps up the “kitsch” factor on both on “Reverie” and “Baby What You Want Me To Do.” For “Reverie” his vocals are croon-y and urgent over plinking piano, swooping strings and shadowy guitar. The “reverie” in question seems to be a euphemism for a lover’s post-coital distance. (Wait, who needs to fake that for Chris Isaak?) Although the latter shares a title with Jimmy Reed’s classic, it’s the complete antithesis of that swampy Blues shuffle. The track is a smorgasbord of Isaak touchstones; the intro recalls Frankie Laine and the Italianate corn of “Volare,” tethered to a clip-clop Gene Autry rhythm. Harpsichord, strings and Surf Guitar are layered into the mix. Just as it seems to be collapsing into itself, Isaak’s sardonic humor shines through. That drollery is front and center on “Down In Flames” and “Insects” The former is a propulsive rave-up that sports a pounding backbeat, doowop-y Greek chorus and scorching guitar licks. Here he ponders his own mortality, offering acerbic accounts of more famous deaths. “James Dean bought it on the highway, Marilyn found it in a pill/Elvis died-or did he-they’re looking for him still/Some go out soft and quiet, some go with a big bang, Well, it’s way too late for the pearly gates, I’m going down in flames.” The latter offers a withering put down of an exlover. Over a tick-tock rhythm and crackling guitar Isaak regrets their recent assignation. He offers up this pithy observation: “Bad ideas are like insects on the windshield of my mind.” The album closes with “The Way Things Really Are.” A true tears-in-my-beer-cryin’-over-you lament, it recalls Dean Martin’s “Return To Me” and Marty Robbin’s Spanish-tinged gunfighter ballads. But, you could pony up the dough for the extended edition. This is highly recommended as it adds five tracks that are definitely all killer, no filler. “Some Days Are Better Than The Rest” sounds like James Bond-meets-Ennio Morricone-meets-Roy Orbison, replete with an “our love is like this dead garden” metaphor and thundering timpani. “Keep Hangin’ On” is a click-clack Rockabilly rave-up, “Every Night I Miss You More” strikes the right balance between twangy Country Western and a swoony slack-key Hula. “The Girl That Broke My Heart” is the biggest surprise, mining the Baroque Pop sounds pioneered by Love and the Left Banke. Finally, this mini-set concludes with the jaunty boom-chicka boom of “Love The Way You Kiss Me.” “First Comes The Night” was mostly recorded in Nashville, splitting production chores between Music City stalwart, Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and wunderkind, Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton). Thirty years in, Chris Isaak continues to ignore prevailing musical trends, his music may not be in vogue, but it will always be in style.
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY REBECCA PIKUS
ICONIC CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER
rom the age of 11, Tony Rizzo started shooting his first stars in the streets of New York, and began selling his photos to movie magazines at the age of 14. In 1968, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in photography, covering the Hollywood night scene as one of the first 10 “Hollywood Paparazzi” that film and TV networks would utilize to get their stars into major publications of the day. His photos have appeared in publications from People, Time, and Newsweek to The London Sunday Mirror, as well as most foreign publications. He was Sr. Contributing Editor and West Coast Rep. for Soap Opera Digest for 10 years before creating his own soap magazine, The Soap Set. As an actor he appeared in the classic Sci/fi series “The Night Stalker” and in films such as “Day of the Locust” (by Oscar winning Dir. John Schlesinger); “Pushing up Daisies” and “The Rebel Jesus” as well as commercials for Del Monte and Alka-Seltzer. Tony will be exhibiting a collection of neverbefore-seen classic photos of stars, music legends, and politicians of the Golden era at Rebecca Fine Art Gallery. He is currently preparing an autobiographical book which will focus on “The Last Movie Stars” and contain unseen photos of the greatest stars of the silver screen. Tony believes there are only two “Living Legends” from the days of the old Studio system and who have won Academy Awards: Sophia Loren & Jane Fonda! On exhibit at the gallery is a never-before printed or publicly-shown Photographic Portrait of a young Elvis Presley valued and priced at $50,000! Other celebrity portraits – framed, matted and signed are more affordably-priced starting at $1500. Celebrity photos include Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Barbara Stanwyck, Cher, Elton John, Ginger Rogers, John Travolta, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Gene Kelly, Gene Autry, George Burns, Jayne Mansfield, Mick Jagger, Bob Hope, Gavin McCloud, Greer Garson, Jack Benny, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Kirk Douglas, Marlena Dietrich, Michael Jackson, and a luscious Marilyn Monroe! Tony Rizzo – Photography Art Exhibit – through January 30, 2016 – Rebecca Fine Art Gallery – 68895 Perez Rd, Suite 7, Cathedral City, Ca (760) 534-5888 – Pikuspeople2@aol. com, Fineartvortex.com – Gallery Hours: Thurs.Sun. 11am-6pm.
January 14 to January 20, 2016
WHO IS THE LUCKY ONE?
recently met up with Wayne Karson and the handsome rescue dog he named “Lucky”. Lucky was gorgeously groomed, and happily bonded to his human. He scarcely resembles the thin bedraggled dog I rescued four years ago in the parking lot of the Devore San Bernardino County shelter. Wayne gratefully told me, “You know how much you do for these dogs when you save them, but you don’t know what you do for the people who adopt them. He is my first rescue dog, but the best dog I’ve ever had. Lucky brings joy to my life every day, and I am the ‘lucky’ one for having him in my life.” It was heartwarming to hear how cherished Lucky is today. I recalled the January day four years past when I rescued Lucky, and thought about the contrast between his first home and his “luck” in finding an incredible second home with Wayne. I was at the Devore shelter rescuing a dog for my “Mobile Mutts” program with Loving All Animals. A staff person pleadingly asked, “Will you take another dog?” There was a man at the counter trying to turn in a dog he had in his car, and there seemed to be an argument ensuing. I took him aside and said, “Let’s go outside to the parking lot.” He was relieved by my offer to take his dog after
discovering that this public shelter charged relinquishing owners a $90 turn-in fee. I peered through the tinted car window and saw a small thin bedraggled white poodle who looked to be about 14 pounds. When he was lifted out of the automobile, I spotted horrid black marks on his face and prayed they were only tear stains. In broken English the man explained this happens “when he sleeps at night.” I asked the dog’s owner, “Why are you giving him up?” His story stunned me. “We’ve had him one year and he grew too big. My daughter now has a little puppy her grandmother bought for her and she doesn’t want this one anymore. He makes too many messes. He grew too big.” Anticipating a negative answer, I asked if the dog was neutered only to hear the reply, “What is neutered?” Did he know this was a high kill shelter and his dog might not come out alive? He shrugged, not knowing and not caring to know. I grasped the sweet animal, biting my tongue not to say what I thought so as to not jeopardize the transaction. The dog named Chato began to cry desperately scratching at my car window. I rolled down the window and yelled, “This dog is crying for you. I want you to see how he misses you!” I pondered the reality that this small dog had more capacity for love in
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his heart than the human who discarded him like an old coat. Dogs tend to live in the moment, and I could soon feel the love from the grateful dog beside me in the car. He relaxed, gave me kisses, and enjoyed the view from the car window as we headed down the 10 freeway to the Coachella Valley. That night the dog clung to me with incessant hugs, proving to be a sweet animal whose devotion to humans seemed intact in spite of his past. He soon moved on to another foster home. When I visited him, he bounded towards me with immeasurable joy from the
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connection between savior and the saved. I hugged my precious boy, and cried a few tears when I heard he was adopted shortly thereafter. I hoped he got the fabulous home he so deserved after the family who had no regard for him. I was gratified to meet Wayne Kantor of Culver City soon afterwards at one of our Yappy Hour parties. The transformed dog he renamed “Lucky” ran joyfully into my arms for a reunion hug. I was happy to hear the wonderful report from Lucky’s adopter. Wayne reports he and Lucky became best friends that first day. He recalls Lucky slept at the bottom of his bed that night, and he awoke at 7:00am to the sweet pup giving him happy kisses. Lucky gets to go to work with Wayne to his office some days and is an integral part of his life. When he goes out for an evening, the first thing Wayne sees in the window of his home is the head of his loyal dog waiting. Wayne says, “I love this dog with all my heart. I hope more people understand how giving a rescue dog a second chance is one of the best things you can ever do.” Visit Loving All Animals’ adoptable dogs and cats at www.lovingallanimals.org or call (760) 834-7000. You can get lucky and create your own happy ending. Jmcafee7@verizon.net
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY RICK RIOZZA
STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE WINE CLONES!
ith the ever great and growing popularity of Pinot Noir, it seems that almost every pinot producer, not only in the Pacific states but around the world, is a “star” to be reckoned with, and, the competition to sell it all is on! In Burgundy, the indigenous ancestral home of pinot noir (pinot is Red Burgundy) they’ve been producing great wine for over 1000 years! And over 2000 years ago, even the Roman’s realized, on their campaigns into Gaul (France), they had no need to tote their own delicious wine from the homeland: the pinot growing about was so good. Wine enthusiasts continue to wax poetic when it comes to Pinot Noir. “It’s like dancing with a beautiful and elegant woman.” “The Pinot has a pretty robe, glistening and shimmering like a cat’s eye, sparkling like a diamond.” “The most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, it makes the blood run hot.” “It’s sensuous, often erotic, above rational discourse, and beyond measured criticism.” “it’s sex in a glass, so seductive, it’s hard to say no…” Geez!—no wonder everyone is attempting to cultivate this stuff! But take caution too! As wine-geek Miles, in the 2004 wine-tasting-movie of all time, Sideways, voices, “It’s a hard grape to grow…thin skinned, temperamental, ripens early…it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention…it can grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who takes time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression.” Okay! okay!—by now we should all be quaffing down my favorite, your favorite, and your neighbor’s favorite pinot just to get through this article. Plus we might get a little “geeky” ourselves, so a little or a lot of wine may help us traipse through the galaxy of the Pinot Noir vineyards. To a savvy wine crowd, or to the energetic new wine-loving millennials in the group, one can already deduce that all of the pinot noir in California and Oregon is one way or another from France. For those still waxing poetic (and still under the influence of your pinot) you can probably go on with this tale as “romancing the clones” should you not like the more aggressive title I gave this piece. Like many agricultural fruits, grape vines are grown from cuttings of other vines, not from seeds. A grape clone is just a family of genetically related plants grown up from a single vine — actually a single bud. Clones are genetically identical cuttings of
mother vines (or if you prefer: Pinot—I am your father), selected for their particular idiosyncrasies. Thus, clones matter to how pinot noir becomes a wine. We’ve heard how difficult pinot is to grow on its own, let alone attempting to re-locate it to another continent! Bonne Chance! And—of course!—pinot noir notoriously mutates. One vine in a patch of pinot noir may resist diseases that affect the vine next to it; another vine may produce looser-bunched berries than its neighbors’ typical tight bunches of pinot noir. These differences matter to vineyard owners and winemakers for many reasons, including; climate worries, wine style preferences, soil type to desired ripening time. As a result, for many years pinot noir has been selected for planting and winemaking according to its clone. Keeping it simple, Pacific coastal areas were found to be the best place to nurture a pinot vine because of the combination sun, soil and the night cooling soft winds. California and Oregon therefor had to “romance” particular pinot clones in
Burgundy that would simply love and adore our terroir. For the wine tasting clique, modestly knowing of the Dijon and Pommard names, for some popular clones, more than suffices understanding the more serious names and numbers given to the myriads of clones in our vineyards. What can be of real interest to you enthusiasts, is that some tried and true pinot clones—which provide the flavor profile you particularly like, are often times listed on the back label of the bottle. And this little knowledge can perhaps assist your pinot choices when faced with a hundred labels at the market. Below is a quick general description of what aromas, textures or flavors different pinot clones sport. When you see the “Pommard” clone on the label or ad description, think of earth, dried mushroom, and cherry pie aromas and flavors. The wine is medium-bodied soft tannins. A lot of Oregon Pinot Noir utilizes this one, thus a more French/Burgundian flair than the California styles. Clone 5 has
a meaty/gamey edge to it. 2A, also known as Wadenswil clone, will show a cherry, raspberry, and/or a rose petal nose and palate; medium body and medium to firm tannins. The Dijon clones include: 113: Look for plum, cherry, raspberry, and cedar; with lighter medium weight and firm tannins. This maybe the most elegant with perfumed aromatics. 114: pomegranate, blueberry, mineral, cola, spice; with medium to full body, moderate tannins. The most widely planted clone. 115: rose petal, red cherry, black raspberry, sometimes leather or anise and a touch of earth; medium to full body, soft tannins. This one is becoming very popular. 667: dark cherry, strawberry, black tea, warm earth, Christmas spice; medium body, soft tannins. 777: black cherry, cassis, blackberry, licorice, sometimes leather or tobacco; full body, medium tannins. Another one that’s surging for its very rich and dark profile. Some “fear’ this one as being “un-pinotlike” Sounds like pinot envy! Cheers!
January 14 to January 20, 2016
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SAT JANUARY 16 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bev & Bill 6:30pm 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 9pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 How Many Virgins Present: Desert Sacrafice DJ Sets noon poolside and 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Cabaret Open Mic 7:30pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Denise Carter 7:30pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 TBA 9pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Dancing 9pm open 6pm-2am BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-775-5566 DJ 9pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Gina Carey 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm
CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 Polo Party w/ Cruz N Kenga 9pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 TBA 8:30pm THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 CIVX, Moving Units and Venus & the Traps 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Bill Ramirez 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-3456466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 T.B.A. 8pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 Circle of Fifths 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-9991995 TBA 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 TBA 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-3450222 Avalon Blonde 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Shadow Mountain Band 5pm, Sara Petite 8pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PJ’S SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-228-1199 TBA 9pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Sally Kellerman 7pm, Kal David, Lauri Bono & The Real Deal 9pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Tattooed Nanny 9pm ROUTE 74 @ PUEBLO VIEJO; PD; 760-674-2171 Live Band TBA SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Dead Cross, Whiskey & Knives and Harter Attack 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Blues 8-11pm
January 14 to January 20, 2016
SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Carmens 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron James 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 TBA 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Desert Music Presents: A Benefit for Brianna Izabel Chavez w/ Machin’, Giselle Woo & The Night Owls, TJ Nasty, Alchemy and more 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Darci Daniels 6:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-3282300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm TRYST; PS; 760-832-6046 Derek Jordan Gregg 10pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 The Carmens 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Rob & JB 1:304:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 Chris Lomeli 8pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-328-5955 Courtney Chambers 6pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 8pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Stanley Butler Trio 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJs 9pm continue to page 22
January 14 to January 20, 2016
THE PAMPERED PALATE
FIRESTONE WALKER MILK AND COOKIES AT EUREKA!
ake a trip back in time and enjoy an adult version of milk and cookies at the all-American restaurant with Firestone’s Nitro Merlin Milk Stout and cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Company. Guests are invited to take a trip down memory lane on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by joining Eureka! for Steal The Glass. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. the all-American restaurant features a specific beer from a local microbrewery and when guests buy this beer, they take home the branded glass it comes in! This exclusive Steal The Glass is featuring an adult version of a childhood favorite, milk and cookies. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind event featuring Firestone Walker’s 2015 Nitro Merlin, a milk stout, and mouthwatering cookies from the Brown
Butter Cookie Company, a California favorite. The recently released 2015 edition of Nitro Merlin is a barrel aged oatmeal milk stout on nitro, rich with robust chocolate and coffee flavors. This milk stout is brewed with lactose sugar, giving the beer a creamy texture similar to milk. Also, the beer is being poured on nitro to enhance the mouthfeel of the beer. Guests will feel nostalgic, almost back at Grandma’s, with their favorite snack, milk and cookies. Experience this
exclusive pairing on January 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. as a perfect dessert after enjoying one of Eureka!’s signature burgers, and it’s even encouraged to enjoy this delectable combination as a pre-dinner snack. Cost is $12.00. Eureka! Is located at 74985 Hwy 111, Indian Wells, CA 92210 760) 834-7700.
January 14 to January 20, 2016
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS
FINDING THE SIMPLE JOYS OF LIFE YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
From Columbia Pictures archives, Frank Capra’s classic screwball comedy finally makes its much-wanted Blu-ray debut thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Mastered in a stunning new 4K restoration,
the disc package includes a nice 24-page “digibook” collectible that showcases rare photos along with an insightful new essay from film historian Jeremy Arnold. Among the most lauded films from 1938, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU was nominated for seven Academy Awards©. It won Best Picture and Best Director. The film adaptation from the phenomenally successful George Kaufman-Moss Hart play follows a down-to-earth man (Jimmy Stewart) from a wealthy family of snobs who becomes engaged to a woman (Jean Arthur) from a wildly eccentric clan. Out of the chaos, confusion and craziness, the two families eventually discover the simple joys of life. The movie co-stars Lionel Barrymore, Tom Arnold, Spring Byington and Ann Miller. Sony. Blu-ray. EVEREST 3D Not to be confused with the similarly titled Imax documentary from MacGillivrayFreeman, this new feature film, inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, recounts the harrowing journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their abilities by one
of the most ferocious snowstorms ever encountered on Everest – or elsewhere! The teams’ mettle is tested by the severe elements that turn their insane life-long obsessions into a breathtaking struggle for survival. This white-knuckle adventure brings to a climax unbridled ambition versus the limits of human endurance at the top of the world. Nice extras reveal onlocation moments of the making of this film and also the real-life 1966 summit attempt that inspired it. Ironically, the Imax team was on the mountain at the same time and participated in the rescue of the stranded climbers who survived. The exceptional cast includes: Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiera Knightly, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington and Emily Watson. The gungho direction by Baltasar Kormákur keeps the greed, foolhardy arrogance, danger and tragedy center stage. THE INTERN Based on the poster, box art and trailers, I expected a romantic comedy about a wise older guy and somewhat arrogant but naïve younger woman. But the movie experience was not about romance but a
restrained friendship. I’m not sure who the target audience is for this very lightweight story from writer-director Nancy Meyers, but I was entertained mainly by the glossy look of this fairy tale about a friendship without “benefits” that suggests there is residual wisdom even in those we may tend to disregard because of age. Slick and professionally crafted, the film is great looking, but like cotton candy -- light and fluffy without much substance. Robert De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who quickly realizes that retirement is not all that it’s cracked up to be. He apparently has no hobbies or interests. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the “game,” he becomes a senior intern at a successful online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Ann Hathaway). The film’s multi-generational cast features: Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rennells, Adam DeVine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolf, Linda Lavin and Zack Pearlman. Nancy Meyers also produced. The Blu-ray has the following features: “Learning From Experience,” “Designs on Life,” and “The Three Interns.” Comments? email@example.com
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY HEIDI SIMMONS
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNERS
t’s award season! We all assume that means awards for movies. The most exciting award shows are aired on television. A few award shows are celebrated privately by industry guilds with the results quickly shared before the next award event. Whether movies are significant or not, every year we look forward to the glamour of the runway and the fun of a live show. We love to share our opinions about the movies we’ve seen and enjoy speculating about who will win best actor, actress, director and film. But what about books? Many of the movies produced today come from literary sources. Of course, there is one award that acknowledges the original published work -- Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay. But where are the broadcast award programs celebrating Best Written Character in a fiction story? Or Best Written Setting? Best Foreign Translated Book. Best Short Story. Best Short Story Collection by a single author. Best Editor. Best YA. And let’s not forget Best Poetry. How fun would it be to see the 2015 “Best Writer” climb the steps toward a podium in a tux or a gown to receive a heavy, strangely sculpted metallic statue?
I suppose the publisher would accept the award for Best Book. It would be a wonderful event with fiction and non-fiction writers all in one room. Graphic novel authors and illustrators would be a fun category. Perhaps the awards could have separate categories for men and women. Think what a televised awards program celebrating literature, authors and publishers would do for reading. Until there is a singular literary organization with selected nominating and voting members that are made of industry professionals and published authors, we shall just have to wait. There are indeed many literary awards given each year. They are just not hyped or publicized like movies. The categories generally stay with fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. For now, the closest event that celebrates and honors literature in the form of an award show is the National Book Awards. If you are so inclined, The 66th National Book Awards Ceremony, presented by the National Book Foundation, is available to stream online. It may not be as glamorous or slick a production as the Oscars® but it is literary. Just so you know, they wear tuxedos and gowns, it has live music and the winners give speeches while they clutch
a chunky, tall, bronze-like award. Here is a list of the 2015 National Book Award winners and finalists: FICTION - WINNER Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson (Random House) FINALISTS Refund: Stories by Karen Bender (Counterpoint Press) The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday/Penguin Random House) Fiction judges included: Daniel Alarcón, Jeffery Renard Allen, Sarah Bagby, Laura Lippman and David Ulin. NONFICTION -WINNER Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel& Gru/Penguin Random House)
DESERT THEATREWORKS PRESENTS RDNEIL SIMON’S HYSTERICAL 50’S COMEDY, “LAUGHTER ON THE 23 FLOOR”
AT THE ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATRE BEGINNING JANUARY 29, 2016.
laywright Neil Simon got his first big break in the early 1950s as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s fabled television series Your Show of Shows, and this comedy takes a fictionalized look at the backstage chaos that went into producing one of the landmarks of television’s golden age. Max Prince is the star of The Max Prince Show, a popular comedy-variety series that is a major hit on the East Coast, but network executive insists that it’s too sophisticated for the Midwest, and urges Prince to dumb down his act. Between the tensions of producing an hour of top-quality comedy each week and being pestered about his ratings, Prince is beginning to unravel. His last line of defense against both the network and the ratings are his writing staff, which spends its days coming up with business for the show while hurling humorous invective at each other and anyone else within earshot. Keeping up a running commentary on the writing, fighting and wacky antics is Simon’s alter ego Lucas Brickman. Lance Phillips-Martinez directs the talents of: Stephee Bonifacio (Helen), Arnie Kleban (Max), Ed Lefkowitz (Milt), Jason Lewis (Val), Tanner Lieser (Kenny), Tiffani LoBue (Carol), Mason McIntosh (Lucas),
Stephen McMillen (Brian) and Mike Olton (Ira) The Production crew includes: Ron Phillips-Martinez (CEO/Sets), Janelle Kauffman (Stage Manager), Michele Dobson (Costumes), Stephen Blackwell (Assistant Director), Peter Nicholson (Acting Coach), Angus Feath (Sound Board) and Kay Kudukis (Light Board). Laughter on the 23rd Floor opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 22, 1993 and closed on August 27, 1994 after 320 performances and 24 previews. Directed by Jerry Zaks the cast featured Nathan Lane (Max), Ron
Orbach (Ira), Randy Graff (Carol), Mark Linn-Baker (Val), Bitty Schram (Helen), J. K. Simmons (Brian), and Lewis J. Stadlen (Milt). The play was first performed at Duke University. Stephen Mailer played Simon’s young stand-in Lucas. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “Simon has identified the sources for his characters -- Mel Tolkin for the Russian emigre Val, Mel Brooks for Ira, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner for Kenny.” ”Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a nonstop laugh-a-thon” says Artistic Director/Director Lance Phillips-Martinez, “The script is masterfully written and will keep audiences laughing from beginning to end.”
FINALISTS Hold Still by Sally Mann (Little, Brown/ Hachette Book Group) The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (Atria/Simon & Schuster) If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power (Henry Holt and Co) Ordinary Light by Tracy Smith (Alfred A. Knopf) Nonfiction judges included: Diane Ackerman, Patricia Hill Collins, John D’Agata, Paul Holdengräber and Adrienne Mayor. POETRY - WINNER Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (Alfred A Knopf) FINALISTS Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press) How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Random House) Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón (Milkweed Editions) Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips (Alfred A. Knopf) Poetry judges included: Sherman Alexie, Willie Perdomo, Katha Pollitt, Tim Seibles and Jan Weissmiller.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor contains some mature language and is recommended for ages 15 and up. Performance dates and times: January 29, 30 & February 5, 6 2016 at 7pm/ January 30, 31 & February 6, 7 2016 at 7pm. The Arthur Newman Theatre is located at 73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert CA, 92260. Ticket prices: General admission $26/Senior $24/Student (with ID) $16/Groups of 8 or more call box office 760-980-1455. Tickets can be purchased online www.dtworks.org, in person at the Arthur Newman Theatre, and by phone 760-980-1455. Desert Theatreworks 2015-16 Season continues with: “Clue the Musical” March 11-20, 2016 Based on the popular board game with over 200 possible endings. “Other Desert Cities” April 8-17, 2016 The thrilling Broadway family drama set in Palm Springs, CA.
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PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 The Hot Fudge Sunday Band 7pm PETE’S HIDEAWAY;PS; 760-322-6500 The Evaro Brothers 7pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Sally Kellerman 1pm, The Judy Show 7pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Eddie Gee 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 The Myx 6pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 7pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 John Stanley King 6-9pm VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 6pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 The Smooth Brothers 5:30pm
MON JANUARY 18 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 The Luminators 6pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Bill Marx 6:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Mood Deep House Lounge 6pm-2am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-3456466 Ron Kalina’s Jazz 6pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 7pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Singer Song Writer Open Mic hosted by Robert Poole 7pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 T-Bone Karaoke 8:30pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 T.B.A. 6pm
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TUE JANUARY 19 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bobby Nichols 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Ace Karaoke with Kiesha 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Linda Peterson 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Bella da Ball Dinner Revue w/ guest performers 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Open DJ Night text 760-799-8800 to sign up 6pm-2am BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm CORKTREE; PD; 760-770-0123 Michael Keeth 6-9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-327-1700 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Karaoke hosted by Phillip Moore 9pm INDIAN CANYONS GOLF RESORT; PS; 760833-8700 DJ Randy Johnson 6pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-3456466 Michael D’Angelo 6:15pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Reality Show Jam 8pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794
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SUSAN FORD BALES TO BE HONORED AT THE 2016 BEAMER AWARDS
undraiser Benefiting Betty Ford Center Children’s Program to Recognize the Late First Lady’s Daughter and Feature Entertainment by Howie Mandel The Betty Ford Center is pleased to welcome the return of Susan Ford Bales to the desert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 for a very special honor at the fourth annual ‘Beamer Awards.’ The event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage, benefits the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center and will feature entertainment by comedian and show business veteran, Howie Mandel. Susan Ford Bales, the daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, worked side by side with her mother on projects at the Center since its inception in 1982. Susan was at the forefront of the development of several programs at the Center, including its unique Children’s Program. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Betty Ford Center in
1992, and succeeded her mother as Chairman of the Board from 2005-2010. “I’m thrilled to be returning to the Coachella Valley to be part of the Beamer Awards,” said Susan Ford Bales. “This special event is vital to the future of the Children’s Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Mother would be especially pleased to see the Betty Ford Center thriving again through its alliance with the Hazelden Foundation.” Attendees of the fundraiser will also have the opportunity to meet ‘Beamer’ himself – the animated ‘bulb boy’ who opens up discussions with children coping with addiction in their family. Beamer teaches children various ways to manage their feelings by finding positive people who can help. “The distinctive ‘Beamer Awards’ was created to recognize individuals who have made a lasting impact on the children, their families and the community,” said Jim Steinhagen, vice president Southwest Region
and administrator of the Betty Ford Center. “We have an incredibly generous group of philanthropists and local leaders who get behind this event and make it one of the most magical nights of the year for the Center and its life-changing Children’s Program.” This evening of awareness and entertainment will also treat guests to a show by Howie Mandel, whose versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of television, film and stage. He currently serves as one of the judges on NBC’s hit competition series, America’s Got Talent. Previously, Howie received an Emmy nomination for his role as host of the show, Deal or No Deal. The Beamer Awards Committee is chaired by Madeline Redstone and Jan Salta, joined by committee members Sally and Miles Berger, Annette Bloch, Kathy Valentine and Kelly Dougherty, Georgia and Jerry Fogelson, Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler, Angie Gerber, Wendy and Bob Goodfriend, Gary Hall and Jerry
MCCORMICK’S TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CAR AUCTION IN NEW PALM SPRINGS LOCATION
fter 30 years, Keith McCormick is celebrating three decades in the car auction business with a new and larger location for the Palm Springs Collector Car Auction. Starting with the February 26-28, 2016 auction, the new location will be a six-acre site at the Palm Springs Convention Center near downtown, about four blocks from McCormick’s showroom located on Indian Canyon and Amado Road. The auction has been held at the Spa Resort Casino parking lot the past 15 years, which is scheduled for the construction of a new parking garage by the casino. “We will have a larger, redesigned auction tent,” McCormick said, and parking space for 580 auction cars. There will also be free parking for attendees at the threeday weekend auction. A free shuttle will operate between McCormick’s showroom and the Convention Center. A free round of champagne will begin each day of the auction. And a classic 1967 VW Bug will be auctioned for charity with no reserve, lot #1. The first auction, held in October 1985 at the Marquis Hotel (now called Hard Rock hotel), featured a total of 211 cars and trucks. With 109 vehicles sold, a 53 per cent sales rate, the auction generated $1.2
million in gross sales. It was an impressive event, with drivers in tuxedo shirts and pink bowties. Some top cars then included two Rolls Royce, a 1937 selling for $49,500 and a 1981 for $45,000. A 1985 Porsche brought in $32,300. Compare those figures with auction last November when 372 vehicles out of 535 generated nearly $7 million in sales, a 70 per cent sales rate. A sales leader included a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in pristine condition, which sold for $136,000. The 30th anniversary auction will feature nearly 600 vehicles ranging from late model Ferraris and European classics to American hot rods, muscle and antique cars. The auction is free and open to the public on Friday, Nov. 26. On Saturday and Sunday, a one-day pass is $15 per day or $25 for both days. The Friday auction has been expanded to 180 cars to accommodate more sellers. The high attendance brings in highend cars, some worth well into six figures, McCormick said, as well as “a mix of vehicles in all price ranges, some as low as a few thousand dollars. I don’t want to lose touch with the average car collector.” The auction will stream live via the Internet for three days and people who register in advance may bid for via proxy bidding. At the previous auction, people
tuned in from across the United States, Europe and New Zealand to bid on cars. Video cameras will be set up to show different views of each car as it passes through the auction tent. To connect to the live broadcast, receive registration or more information, go to classic-caraution.com. McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction- November 26-28, 2016 Palm Springs Convention Center - 277 N. Avenida Caballeros Gates open at 8 a.m. for preview - Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Free
January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY ANDREA HANSON CARTER Green, Anne Holland, Terri and Dr. Bart Ketover, Marjorie and Stephen Kulp, Stacie Mathewson, JoAnn McGrath, Donna MacMillan, Dianne and Bill Moss, Jody Parker, Kevin Parker, Catharine Reed, Stacey and Greg Renker, Marion and Bob Rosenthal, Phyllis and Gary Schahet, Lori and Aubrey Serfling, Elizabeth and Johan Sorensen, Sally St. John, Sue and Ambassador William Timken, Marguerite and David Wilson, and In Memoriam: Lois Horvitz. At the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program, kids talk openly in a safe, supportive environment and are encouraged to express their feelings about this cunning, baffling disease. The Children’s Program is open to the public, and parents do not have to be patients at the Betty Ford Center in order for their children to participate. “The continued success and growth of the Children’s Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is essential to helping families who are struggling with addiction,” added Susan Ford Bales. “The Betty Ford Center offers a unique safe haven for kids to share their feelings and receive vital counseling in their life journeys toward the families’ healing.” To get involved with a sponsorship or to purchase tickets for the 2016 Beamer Awards, go to thebeamerawards.com or call (760) 773-4105. To learn more about the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, go to www. HazeldenBettyFord.org.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. One day pass, $15; two days $25 Visit the wesite classic-carauction.com or Call (760) 320-3290 for more info.
January 14 to January 20, 2016
IN TOPSY-TURVY WORLD…
ast week, initial jobless claims fell to the lowest levels since 1973 and the unemployment rate dropped to 5% a level that used to mean full employment. While this was going on, the stock market got off to a resounding thud by declining 7%. What does this all mean? Let’s start with jobless claims. Given that so many of the new jobs created in recent years were low wage retail jobs, it was unlikely that those employers would be laying people off during their busiest time of the year. Still, the average number of new jobless claims is at the lowest levels in seventeen years which seems like a good thing. The official unemployment rate was 5.0% with the economy adding 292,000 non-farm jobs in December. When Art Cashin of CNBC looked at the jobs number more closely, he found that all but 16,000 of those jobs were for part-time workers who were under 19 or over 55 years of age. That is not a strong indicative of economic health. It is fair to say that the official unemployment rate is a bad gauge as to the number of unemployed people that we have in the United States. Washington DC in its infinite lack of wisdom has tinkered with
the unemployment rate over the years so as to exclude a large chunk of those who are unemployed from unemployment statistics. As an example, the government changes the percentage of people ‘participating’ in the economy every month. Back in 2006, 66% of all working age Americans were included in employment statistics. As for the other 34%, they did not work ‘by choice’, said government economists. Today, 62.5% of working age Americans are considered in the employment statistics with 37.5% not working ‘by choice’. For a moment, let’s assume that the same percentage of Americans want to work today as was the case in 2006. Using this approach, the official unemployment
DALE GRIBOW ON THE LAW
YOUR 2016 ACCIDENT QUESTIONS ANSWERED
SHARON from Palm Springs asks: In 2015 you stated that law is an information gathering game. Why is that true for an auto accident? In my radio show “Accidentally Yours” I informed my listeners to memorialize all the facts as to how the accident happened and what was hurting them from the top of their head to the bottom of their toes. Your lawyer will need this and your memory is better after the accident than it is 6 months later. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to cars, your injuries and the scene. In addition provide the date/time/ location of the accident and the name, address, phone number and emails of all witnesses and give it to your lawyer and the police when they arrive. Go to the ER or Urgent Care for a checkup. Travel by ambulance is better than driving to the hospital, as it validates the seriousness of the injury and provides the information your lawyer will later need to get you a fair settlement. Many victims do not want to spend money on the hospital, ER or an ambulance. They do not realize they will get it back in the settlement. The victim who talks to the defense
lawyer or adjuster, puts his lawyer at a disadvantage as it provides INFORMATION to the defense. A client does not always remember what they told the adjuster and it is not just what they said but what the adjuster/attorney THOUGHT he heard them say. ANTONIO from Indio asks: Why take down Social Media? Social Media is here to stay and is the latest trick used by the defense in both accident and DUI cases. The defense attorney will Google you and go to your Facebook to gather information on the victim. They may contact your Facebook friends to get negative information about you. For instance IF you post you were just in an accident and thus were 1 hour late for golf or tennis it arguably suggests you were not hurt that badly. If you blog/post about going dancing, to the beach or on a ski vacation while you are still seeing a doctor this might suggest you were ok and thus faking your injuries…..or so the defense would argue. We all know one can be injured and still play tennis or golf, but with some pain. DAVE from La Quinta asks: I waited a week to see my family doctor
rate would be 8.4% and not the 5.0% number being touted. If we include all of the unemployed people who are definitionally excluded from unemployment statistics then that 8.4% unemployment number rises to 13.3%. Clearly, we are nowhere near full employment was one in eight Americans are out of work. If all of that is not bad enough, when we look at the wages attached to jobs in 2016 versus ten years ago, a large percentage of Americans are making significantly less money today than they were ten years ago once wages are adjusted for inflation. Lastly, the stock market had an awful start to the year. Oddly, a large part of this was due to technical issues on the Chinese stock markets and the devaluation of the Chinese Yuan. As the price of the Chinese Yuan is tied to the US Dollar, cheap Chinese stuff became more expensive when as the
who said “go home and soak in a hot bath and come back in a month or two.” The next month the doctor said the same thing and I returned 2 months thereafter. After 3 visits over 6 months I was discharged with a bill of $600 and the insurance company is only offering me $1000. Isn’t my case worth a lot more since I was in pain for 6 months and am still hurting? If you don’t see a doctor within a very short period of time, the value of any future treatment is lowered substantially and the case may not be financially worthwhile for an attorney. In other words, the insurance company might argue that if you were really injured you would have found a way to get medical care. You should see a doctor you have never seen before so there are no skeletons in your closet when this doctor prepares a medical report. In addition you need to treat with a doctor that knows how to write a medical/legal reports. I have lectured on that subject at medical conferences and it is very important you see a doctor who can write a medical/legal report. If you delay treatment, the insurance company will argue the treatment may not have been from this accident. For instance, how does the adjuster, judge or jury know if the problems for which you were treating, were from the accident.
Dollar increased in value. To fix this, China devalued its currency so that their export prices were closer to those that existed before the US Dollar got stronger. Why would this impact our stock market? The devaluation means that you and I can continue to benefit from cheap Chinese stuff which also means that prices on nonChinese stuff cannot increase as easily meaning that company profit margins cannot expand as easily. Additionally, a somewhat stronger labor market also means that company profit margins might not be growing as quickly as in recent years. Also pressuring some companies is the gradual elimination of historically cheap borrowing rates by the Federal Reserve. As the American consumer represents two-thirds of all spending in the United States, a less reactionary look at all of this suggests that the US economy is poised for a good year in 2016 as you and I benefit from lower oil and gas prices, cheap Chinese stuff and mortgage rates that remain at relatively low levels. Haddon Libby is Managing Director of Winslow Drake, an investment management firm, and can be reached at hlibby@ winslowdrake.com.
The insurance company thinks are claims are false. They ponder whether you slipped and fell while running around the pool or fell in your shower and said I will say it is from the recent accident. If the insurance company has a 10% to 30% chance of convincing a jury of this argument, then the value of your case is diminished by 10% to 30%. The longer you wait to treat, the more your case is damaged by these possible defense arguments. With questions for future articles contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-837-7500 DALE GRIBOW TOP LAWYER - Palm Springs Life(ACCIDENTS)-2011-16 PERFECT 10.0 AVVO Peer Rating “PREEMINENT” Rating - Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory “BEST Attorneys of America” Selected by “Rue” (Limited to Top 100 Attorneys per state)
January 14 to January 20, 2016
CITY OF LA QUINTA TO HOST 19TH HOLE EVENTS BLOCK PARTY IN OLD TOWN LA QUINTA PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO DESERT CLASSIC CHARITIES
he City of La Quinta in partnership with CareerBuilder Challenge, and Old Town La Quinta is hosting the 19th Hole Block Party on Friday, January 22nd from 4pm to 11pm. This will be a free event and open to the public. The party will take over Main Street in Old Town La Quinta and feature 3 stages with live music, dancing, drinks, great food, and CareerBuilder Challenge activities and giveaways. A portion of the proceeds from food and drinks will benefit Desert Classic Charities. Talent has been confirmed as: Alf Alpha (a regular performer at Coachella), Two Twelve Band, DJ Galactic Ray, Waxy, DJ T-Roc, R Buckle Road, DJ Miguel Silvestre and The Martini Kings. Music will be an eclectic mix of Rock N Roll, Country, Jazz/Swing and EDM/House. Desert Classic Charities organizes the CareerBuilder Challenge and has contributed over $56 Million dollars to the Eisenhower Medical Center and surrounding Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations. It is dedicated to continuing its mission to serve human needs in the Coachella Valley and beyond by generating funds and opportunities through the CareerBuilder Challenge. For more information about the 19th Hole Block Party visit PlayinLaQuinta.com or OldTownLaQuinta.com or call (760) 771-1770. For more information about Desert Classic Charities visit CareerBuilderChallenge.com or call (760) 346-8184.
About City of La Quinta The City of La Quinta’s breathtaking setting tucked in the cove of the Santa Rosa Mountains presents the premier playground for active living; with patio dining, boutique shops, resort escapes, world-class golf, top national retailers and the historic charm of the La Quinta Village. La Quinta is known for its pristine surroundings showcasing picture perfect views. The community inspires art and culture, health, wellness and serenity among its visitors and residents. For more information please call (760) 777-7000 or visit www.PlayInLaQuinta.com. About Old Town La Quinta Old Town La Quinta is a complete experience where the spirit and architecture of Old California is brought to life in a chic outdoor shopping and dining village. Surrounded by sunny mountain vistas, this picturesque village beckons residents and tourists alike. Sophisticated boutiques, curated fashion, delicious dining, wine tastings, art shows, and live weekend music all live at Old Town La Quinta. For more information please call (760) 600-0758 or visit www. oldtownlaquinta.com or email Kevin Dolan at email@example.com.
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January 14 to January 20, 2016
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA
A WORLD OF A GYM FOR YOUR HEALTH!
ire-Fitness Fact: Did you know that 80 percent of the calls Firefighters and Paramedics respond to are Emergency Medical Service (EMS) related? It’s true and across the country, millions of these calls could have been avoided if individuals engaged in some type of a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise. I go to a lot of gyms living between Orange County, the Coachella Valley and working in Los Angeles. My favorite place is World Gym. There are several World Gyms located throughout the Coachella Valley and they offer a variety of accommodations to meet the needs of any workout which will provide health benefits to you. Whether you’re a hard core fitness guru, or the casual gym - goer, World Gym offers amenities to promote better health such
as free weights, group fitness classes, yoga, cardio equipment, boot camp, nutrition, personal training, child care and more. I have found the certified staff and instructors to be friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. The best part for me is the socialization and the friends I’ve made that live both locally and across the country. Many have become like family! If you want to keep those paramedics at bay and looking for a great way to start off the New Year or getting something for that special person (or yourself) for Valentine’s Day, I’d say get on a healthy track with World Gym. Remember; never begin a rigorous health program without consulting with your physician. Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
BY JULIE BUEHLER
THE PERFECT TEAM IS ALWAYS FLAWED
he Cincinnati Bengals had the lead and the keys to their first playoff win since 1990 until a running back coughed the ball up. The Steelers 2nd year linebacker Ryan Shazier levied the hit and Jeremy Hill lost the football. Bengals fans and football fans in general shook their head in amazement at what transpired. The Bengals had scored 16 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to finally take the lead with 1:50 remaining in the game. Their hot-headed linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, snagged an interception to get the ball back and seal the deal. But extra effort from Shazier, who’s team had lost it’s starting quarterback and top receiver, proved to be the one thing the talented Bengals team didn’t see coming. Steelers 18, Bengals 16. The Minnesota Vikings built a 9-0 lead over the visiting Seattle Seahawks in subzero temperatures with sure tackling and a quick-strike offense. It seemed the Seahawks offense couldn’t muster it’s big-play ability against the Vikings big-hitting defense. And then Russell Wilson fumbled the snap. The ball bounced 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage with defenders pursuing Wilson, most quarterbacks would have fallen on the ball and taken the loss. But Wilson, picked up the ball, evaded defenders and threw a gem to Ricardo Lockett who ran the ball around within the 5-yard line. Sure Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal, but more importantly, the Seahawks capitalized on their limited opportunities. Seahawks 10, Vikings 9 The Chiefs blew out the Texans by 30 points and the Packers notched 35 against the Redskins. And while all 4 road teams won their games in the wildcard round of NFL playoffs, the real winners were good coaching staffs. Football is a fascinating chess match that
requires leadership at every level. While the head coach receives most of the blame and little praise, his ability to delegate leadership responsibility to team members, other coaches, or contributors can be the difference between a successful playoff game and a woefully disappointing one. Make no mistake, the Bengals are a more talented team. Beyond the head-tohead matchup at the quarterback position, there’s a case to be made that the Bengals were better at nearly every position group. But the Steelers’ ability to withstand their more talented opposition with and have one player exert that extra effort made a 60-minute contest condense into a 2-minute test battle of wills. The Bengals weren’t prepared for that, the Steelers were. The Vikings had their game locked up. But credit the Seahawks ability to see the homerun through the strikeout and pursue victory rather than accept defeat. The teams that hoist the Lombardi at the end of the season are not usually the most talented, the “hardest working” or the “hardest hitting” as we hear so often. They’re actually the team that dealt most effectively with bad news. The team who’s linebacker makes an extra sweep at a ball, just in case the running back isn’t holding on tight enough or the team who’s quarterback refusing to drop on the ball for a loss, finds a shifty receiver for a huge gain. Those are the teams that play through their faults, manage their mistakes and keep going that end up successful. Julie Buehler hosted the Coachella Valley’s most popular sports talk radio show, “Buehler’s Day Off” every day for 3 years, but now she can be exclusively seen on KMIR sharing the coolest stories in sports and heard on 103.9 FM ESPN from 6-7PM nightly. 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 to KMIR’s nightly news or KMIR.com for her sports reports.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of January 14
ARIES (March 21-April 19): You love autonomy. You specialize in getting the freedom and sovereignty you require. You are naturally skilled at securing your independence from influences that might constrain your imagination and limit your self-expression. But here’s a sticking point: If you want the power to help shape group processes, you must give up some of your autonomy. In order to motivate allies to work toward shared goals, you need to practice the art of interdependence. The next test of your ability to do this is coming right up. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Nothing is really work unless you’d rather be doing something else.” So said Taurus writer James M. Barrie (1860-1937), who created the Peter Pan stories. Your challenge and invitation in the coming months is to increase the amount of time you spend that does not qualify as work. In fact, why don’t you see how much and how often you can indulge in outright play? There’ll be no better way to attract grace and generate good fortune. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s my proposal: Get in touch with your madness. And don’t tell me you have no madness. We all do. But listen: When I use the word “madness,” I don’t mean howling rage, hurtful lunacy, or out-of-control misbehavior. I’m calling on the experimental part of you that isn’t always polite and reasonable; the exuberant rebel who is attracted to wild truths rather than calming lies; the imaginative seeker who pines for adventures on the frontiers of your understanding. Now is an excellent time to tap into your inner maverick. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here’s an excerpt from Dorianne Laux’s poem “Antilamentation”: “Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read to the end just to find out who killed the cook. Not the insipid movies that made you cry in the dark. Not the lover you left quivering in a hotel parking lot. Not the nights you called god names and cursed your mother, sunk like a dog in the living room couch, chewing your nails.” I’m giving you a good dose of Laux’s purifying rant in the hope that it will incite you to unleash your own. The time is favorable to summon an expanded appreciation for the twists and tweaks of your past, even those that seemed torturous in the moment. Laux doesn’t regret the TV set she threw out the upstairs window or the stuck onion rings she had to sweep off the dirty restaurant floor, and I hope you will be that inclusive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Modesty is the art of drawing attention to whatever it is you’re being humble about,” said Alfred E. Neuman, the fictitious absurdist whose likeness often appears on the cover of Mad magazine. I’m here to tell you, Leo, that now is an excellent time to embody this aphorism. You are in a perfect position to launch a charm offensive by being outrageously unassuming. The less you brag about yourself and the more you praise other people, the better able you will be to get exactly what you want. Being unegotistical and non-narcissistic is an excellent strategy for serving your selfish needs. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s,” says a character in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment. I don’t agree with that idea 100 percent of the time. Sometimes our wrong ideas are so delusional that we’re better off getting interrupted and redirected by the wiser insights of others. But for the near future, Virgo, I recommend Dostoyevsky’s prescription for your use. One of your key principles will be to brandish your unique perspectives. Even if they’re not entirely right and reasonable, they will lead you to what you need to learn next. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I love kissing,” testifies singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. “If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the
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body. You can kiss yourself to sleep.” I invite you to temporarily adopt this expansive obsession, Libra. The astrological omens suggest that you need more sweet slippery sensual tender interaction than usual. Why? Because it will unleash sweet slippery sensual tender emotions and sweet slippery sensual tender thoughts, all of which will awaken a surge of dormant creativity. Which you also need very much. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Everything has been said before,” said French author André Gide, “but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.” I am happy to inform you that you’re about to be temporarily exempt from this cynical formulation. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will be able to drive home certain points that you have been trying to make over and over again for quite a while. The people who most need to hear them will finally be able to register your meaning. (P.S. This breakthrough will generate optimal results if you don’t gloat. Be grateful and understated.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do you want more money, Sagittarius? Are there treasures you wish you could have, but you can’t afford them? Do any exciting experiences and life-enhancing adventures remain off-limits because of limited resources? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, now would be an excellent time to formulate plans and take action to gather increased wealth. I don’t guarantee total success if you do, but I promise that your chance to make progress will be higher than usual. Cosmic tendencies are leaning in the direction of you getting richer quicker, and if you collaborate with those tendencies, financial magic could materialize. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “It’s a terrible thing to wait until you’re ready,” proclaims actor Hugh Laurie. He goes even further: “No one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready.” His counsel is too extreme for my tastes. I believe that proper preparation is often essential. We’ve got to get educated about the challenges we want to take on. We need to develop at least some skills to help us master our beloved goals. On the other hand, it’s impossible to ever be perfectly prepared and educated and skilled. If you postpone your quantum leaps of faith until every contingency has been accounted for, you’ll never leap. Right now, Capricorn, Laurie’s view is good advice. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Fate has transformed a part of your life that you didn’t feel ready to have transformed. I won’t offer my condolences, though, because I’ve guessed a secret that you don’t know about yet. The mythic fact, as I see it, is that whatever you imagine you have had to let go of will ultimately come back to you in a revised and revivified form -- maybe sooner than you think. Endings and beginnings are weaving their mysteries together in unforeseen ways. Be receptive to enigmatic surprises. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Good news: Your eagerness to think big is one of your superpowers. Bad news: It’s also one of your liabilities. Although it enables you to see how everything fits together, it may cause you to overlook details about what’s undermining you. Good news: Your capacity for intense empathy is a healing balm for both others and yourself. At least potentially, it means you can be a genius of intimacy. Bad news: Your intense empathy can make you fall prey to the emotional manipulation of people with whom you empathize. Good news: Your willingness to explore darkness is what makes your intelligence so profound. Bad news: But that’s also why you have to wrestle so fiercely with fear. Good news: In the next four weeks, the positive aspects of all the above qualities will be ascendant. Homework: Find, create, or arrange to be in the path of an experience that makes you cry for joy. Report results to FreeWillAstrology.com. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology firstname.lastname@example.org
January 14 to January 20, 2016
MIND,BODY & SPIRIT
BY BRONWYN ISON
ix-pack abs appears to be a fascination with Americans. Possessing rock-hard washboard abs is the goal amongst many. Truly one should be thinking, how do I maintain the muscles “springy and elastic,” in a well honed state?” A healthy muscle has this consistency. Many people get caught up in how many crunches or abdominal exercises they can do in one day. This is a misconception. You don’t need to have a sixpack to have healthy abs. Fortunately our abdominals are a group of muscles that can be exercised everyday. Let’s take a look at the anatomy of our abdominals. The rectus abdominis is actually the 10-pack that runs from the pubic bone to the breastbone. This muscle helps us rise out of bed in the morning. This muscle is also the most superficial and visible of the four abdominal muscle groups. The internal and external obliques are on the sides of the torso and helps us bend and twist. Our oblique muscles are used in virtually every activity. Finally, the deepest layer of abdominal muscles is the transverse abdominus. The center of all of our movement stems from the transverse. The transverse abdominus is located horizontally underneath the rectus abdominis and the obliques. The transverse also function with the autonomic nervous system. I am a yoga instructor and those who attend my classes know I focus heavily on strengthening the abs. Yoga is excellent for training and building strength and healthy abs. Too many people think ab training is doing hundreds of crunches, which does nothing for flexibilty. The reality is, you should train for strength. You can actually shorten your
muscles by only doing crunches or training for a six-pack. If you train in only one direction, you’re limiting your range of motion. Some would say our abdominals speak volumes to our mental health as well. You know when you get a gut feeling about something. Research tells us we hold a lot of anxiety in the abdominal region. Working the abdominals may help relieve some of this tension. As we know physical activity can relieve stress, tension, and anxiety. Connecting with your center may assist with understanding and listening to your gut feelings. Utilizing proper breathing while performing abdominal exercises will be essential for how you strengthen and tone this region. In my experience as a yoga instructor, I have learned many students are troubled when trying to identify their lower belly. The area from the pubic bone to the navel is challenging to identify because it’s an area not verbally expressed by many teachers or coaches. This area can also be referred to as the “sleepy area” of the abdominals. This area can be awakened with specific exercises and breathing techniques. Understanding and developing your core strength is one thing. Most importantly, maintaining the strength by being consistent in your exercises is paramount. Mix up your exercises so you don’t lose interest. I generally refer to our abdominal region as a corset. It supports your organs and your spine. Think healthy abs, healthy spine, healthy body and mind. Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. e-volveyoga.com 760.564.YOGA
January 14 to January 20, 2016
ASK THE DOCTOR
BY DR PETER KADILE
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. deserthousecalldoc.com.
FACTS LESS KNOWN ABOUT TESTOSTERONE Dr. Peter, I exercise regularly, eat right and feel I get enough sleep, but in the past few years I’ve noticed increasing fatigue, loss of sex drive and sometimes feeling depressed. I’m only 42, is there such a thing as “male menopause”? -Terry, Indio Terry, by definition, no, men do not go through menopause. But as men get older, their testosterone levels start to decrease and may start to become symptomatic even in their late 30’s or early 40’s. Symptom severity can vary and the onset can become gradual. Testosterone deficiency is sometimes called “andropause”. Symptoms may vary from person to person, along with the age of onset. Common symptoms of men going through andropause include: • low sex drive • erectile dysfunction • lack of energy • depression • irritability and mood swings • loss of strength or muscle mass • increased body fat If you are a male and think you are going through andropause, consult with your primary care physician or a urologist. A proper history and physical exam with lab testing will help with the diagnosis. There is treatment available for these conditions and may involve the use of hormone therapies.
Dr. Kadile, I was considering looking into testosterone therapy, but I heard it was bad for a person’s heart. Is that true? -Joe, Rancho Mirage Joe, contrary to what you have heard, testosterone is actually beneficial for your heart. Media attention toward two articles published in late 2013 and early 2014 raised concerns that testosterone may actually increase a person’s cardiovascular risk (stroke or heart attack). Since that time, these articles ( Vigen et al, JAMA 2013 and Finkle et al, PLoS
One 2014) have been thoroughly criticized by the medical community. Due to problems with the way the studies were constructed and how data was collected and interpreted, they were found to be poor studies and did not provide convincing evidence of cardiovascular risk with testosterone. There are actually a multitude of medical studies that show that testosterone is beneficial for a person’s heart. Testosterone is a muscle building hormone and the human heart has more cellular sites for receiving testosterone than in any other muscle in the human body. The heart is the major muscular target for testosterone. So if you are low in testosterone or deficient, then your heart is not getting enough and thus not functioning as well. Low testosterone = weak heart. A majority of medical studies report an association between normal or optimal levels of testosterone and low cardiovascular disease in men. Low testosterone actually contributes to high cholesterol, increased blood pressure and increased body fat. Unfortunately the media drew attention to medical articles that were actually poorly done and showed increased cardiovascular risk with testosterone. The media has failed to report on the abundance of studies that show heart benefit with testosterone. A great article came out in the medical journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings in February 2015, titled “Testosterone Therapy and Cardiovascular Risk: Advances and Controversies”, which reviewed the medical literature and found “no scientific basis for the suggestion that T (testosterone) therapy increases CV risk” and “on the contrary, the weight of evidence accumulated by the researchers around the world over several decades clearly indicates that higher levels of T are associated with amelioration of CV risk factors and reduced mortality.” It is important to know what the medical research shows so that you are informed when you discuss possible testosterone therapy with your doctor.
LIFE & CAREER COACH
LEARN TO PIVOT
BY SUNNY SIMON
ou know the idiom, getting the rug pulled out from under you, right? It means you’ve suddenly been knocked off balance by an event you did not see coming. You lose your job, your boyfriend called it quits or your business partner wants to go off on his own. How do you rebound from something that was never suppose to happen? My answer: learn to pivot. Accurate footwork is the foundation of the game of basketball. In that sport, a player keeps one foot anchored to the ground and makes a move without being penalized. Applying this skill to life will help you regroup. The key premise begins with being anchored and grounded. Let’s examine the first calamity. Your employer’s sales are plummeting, consequently heads are rolling. Due to no fault of your own, your job is eliminated. You loved working for XYZ Company and now it’s over. We can define this as a heartbreaking misfortune; however it need not be a major catastrophe if you accept this change and hold your ground. Will this new development take you out of your comfort zone? Most probably it will, but it’s time to pivot. Remain grounded by seeking the moral and emotional support of close friends, ask trusted colleagues for advice. Remind yourself that you are an asset with a variety of
marketable skills and then pivot by beginning to move in a new direction. Pivot right by revising your resume, pivot left by networking with your contacts, and pivot 180 degrees by brushing up on some rusty skills. Get the picture? Perhaps your boyfriend delivers the “time to call it a day” speech. Of course this an emotional blow, but there must be some upside to the breakup. Were you spending so much time with Mr. Wrong you ignored some important relationships? Pivot right by regrouping with friends who care, pivot left by rejoining that Zumba class you loved. While you are dealing with change and creating survival action items, it helps to fast forward. Visualize the end goal. You have so much to offer and eventually you will find Mr. Right. Spend some time defining the important characteristics you look for in a partner. When you re-enter the dating scene, don’t settle for less. A finally note about pivoting, a successful game is established by keeping one foot firmly on the ground while exploring your options. When you are properly positioned, you can move in the right direction and score the win. 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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