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Desert Rhythm Project

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VIAA

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CV Music Showcase

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Vol.8 No.48

Living Free Animal Sanctuary

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WEST COAST CANNABIS CLUB: SET YOUR STANDARDS HIGH

BY HEIDI SIMMONS

Coachella Valley Weekly (760) 501-6228

publisher@coachellavalleyweekly.com coachellavalleyweekly.com facebook.com/cvweekly twitter.com/cvweekly1 Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Kirby, Samantha Wright Club Crawler Nightlife Editor Phil Lacombe Head Music Writer Noe Gutierrez Head Feature Writer Crystal Harrell Feature Writers Lisa Morgan, Rich Henrich, Heidi Simmons, Tricia Witkower, Jason Hall, Esther Sanchez Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Eleni P. Austin, Craig Michaels, Janet McAfee, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Sam DiGiovanna, Dale Gribow, Denise Ortuno Neil, Rob Brezny, Dr. Peter Kadile, Dee Jae Cox, Angela Romeo, Aaron Ramson, Lynne Tucker, Aimee Mosco, Michelle Anne Rizzio, Ruth Hill, Madeline Zuckerman Photographers Robert Chance, Laura Hunt Little, Chris Miller, Iris Hall, Esther Sanchez Videographer Kurt Schawacker Website Editor Bobby Taffolla Distribution Phil Lacombe, William Westley

CONTENTS

West Coast Cannabis Club ........................... 3 Breaking the 4th Wall - Stage Review of 'A Doll's House 2' ....................................... 5 Blimes ............................................................ 6 Desert Rhythm Project ................................ 7 VIAA ............................................................... 7 CV Music Showcase - Round 3..................... 8 The Ghost Notes............................................ 8 Charlie Wilson at Fantasy Springs............... 9 Wildflower Festival....................................... 9 Consider This - Tami Neilson ..................... 10 Sunny Thompson - Hollywood Blondes... 11 Art Scene - Rachel Druten.......................... 11 Pet Place ..................................................... 12 The Vino Voice ........................................... 13 Club Crawler Nightlife ......................... 14-15 Pampered Palate - La Fe Wine Bar ........... 16 Brewtality ................................................... 17 Screeners ................................................... 18 Book Review .............................................. 19 Safety Tips .................................................. 19 Haddon Libby ..............................................21 Dale Gribow ................................................ 21 Don't Be Clueless in the CV....................... 22 Cannabis Corner........................................ 23 Health - Keto .............................................. 23 Mind, Body & Spirit ................................... 24 Free Will Astrology.................................... 24 Paul Rodgers visits Living Free................. 26 Letizia's Exquisite Arrangements............. 26

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rom seed to sale, the business of marijuana has been welcomed into the Coachella Valley and embraced by a majority of the nine cities. While many California ganjapreneurs have been weeded out of the cannabis industry due to legal restrictions, expensive licensing or cost ineffectiveness, there are those who are steadfast in their commitment to make a mark in the world of cannabis commerce. “We have an exciting business model that allows us to grow and sell our own products under one roof,” said Kenneth Churchill, CEO and Co-Founder of West Coast Cannabis Club. “The microbusiness license gives us the ability to manage quality, lower our prices, keep the tax revenue local, and serve the community.” NOW OPEN Friday, February 14, 2020, the West Coast Cannabis Club opens its 31,428 square feet main office and headquarters, which also encompasses a dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, event space, and distribution center. Set on 1.51 acres on Melanie Place in Palm Desert, the rambling two-story building once housed the KESQ television station studios. Now, the old building and grounds have been completely remodeled into a welcoming, modern space that not only serves as a professional and accessible business, but also a hip and sexy destination. West Coast Cannabis Club (WCCC) already has two successful dispensaries: one in Cathedral City on Ramon Road, west of Date Palm, and the other in Palm Desert off Highway 111 at Deep Canyon Road. The Cathedral City location originally opened as medicinal only in 2016. The Palm Desert store has been in operation just over a year.

All three dispensaries offer medicinal and “recreational” cannabis. “We started with retail and this next step makes sense for us. It’s just easier,” said Churchill, about the microbusiness license. “If we cultivate and manufacture our own cannabis, we already have three stores to sell our products.” WCCC’s Melanie location is already functioning as the company’s main distribution center. Vans bring in products from different cannabis companies, which are checked for proper licensing, testing and matching codes then divided between WCCC’s three retail stores. They run a home delivery service from the new location as well. Besides staff offices and boardrooms, the company’s new home base also incudes a large kitchen to produce edibles, wax, oil and hash. Room-size walk-in coolers provide for cold storage. There is designated space for trimming, rolling and packaging. On the cultivation side there are cloning, vegetating and flower rooms that add up to 5,000 square feet. The in-house dispensary is 2,000 square feet of clean welllighted retail space. The waiting/check-in room has a fun photo booth for visitors. MICROBUSINESS

“The microbusiness license allows distribution, level one manufacturing, retail and indoor cultivation less than 10,000 square feet all in one building,” said Churchill. “It’s all non-volatile extraction. This is a business strategy that really works for us and will move us into a more dynamic future.” California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control issues microbusiness licenses as determined by local governance. Licensees are required to comply with all rules and regulations adopted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health. A third party company is required to test the WCCC cannabis off the premises to insure product integrity. “I can walk customers over to the plant, show them where it was turned into concentrate and take them to the retail store where they can buy it and take it home,” said Churchill. “What makes this facility unique is this beautiful building and its manicured grounds. It’s not tucked back in a dark, nondescript industrial complex. This is a place where people can come to our retail store and feel comfortable and safe.” Churchill estimates that 60 percent of continue to page 5

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WCCC’s business is medical use cannabis and the majority of their clientele are 55 years and older. Churchill has always used marijuana recreationally and has seen first-hand the amazing benefits of medicinal use cannabis. Churchill welcomes everyone into the West Coast Cannabis “Club.” EVENT DESTINATION The WCCC property promises to be more than just a business for business sake. The second story event space is approximately 2,000 square feet and has south facing, large, picture windows with gorgeous mountain and city views. It overlooks the main entrance and spacious parking lot. The property has ample parking behind gates as well as on the street. The steps to the front of the building lead to a raised patio that is a perfect venue for outdoor entertainment and concerts. The main parking lot, which is partially

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covered, can be closed off and converted to temporary cabanas for private events or large parties. Colorful lighting accentuates the grounds and building creating a cool and relaxed vibe at night. So far, the City of Palm Desert has offered only one microbusiness license, three cultivation and six dispensary opportunities. WCCC has a twenty-year lease on the property. It has taken two years to get the facility up and running. The microbusiness has been funded by the Cathedral City and Palm Desert WCCC dispensaries, friends and family. “We put in six applications with the city,” said Churchill. “We won two. The micro license and the license for our dispensary on Highway 111. The city has been great. They treat us the same as any other business making sure everything is done right.” WORK ENVIRONMENT When all is up and running, WCCC will have

A STAGE REVIEW OF ‘A DOLL’S HOUSE 2’

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hen Playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote his classic drama, “A Doll’s House” in 1879 he adamantly denied that it was his intent to write a Feminist play. In fact he outlines his perception of the play as a ‘Modern Tragedy.’ It was the story of a married woman, Nora, who leaves her husband and children to strike out on her own. A radical notion during a time when the rights of women were fairly nonexistent. Ibsen wrote, “A woman cannot be herself in modern society,” he argues, since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint!” When Nora exits through the door to pursue her own independence, at the end of “A Doll’s House”, it is as stunning a move as any that could be perceived in 1879. One hundred and thirty-eight years after the creation of the original “A Doll’s House”, Playwright Lucas Hnath reveals in wonderful detail, the life Nora ended up creating for herself after leaving her husband and children, in his Tony Award winning sequel, “A Doll’s House 2.” With the presentation of Hnath’s creative and revealing drama, A Doll House 2, which picks up fifteen years after Nora’s departure from her family in the original story, Coyote Stage Works, kicked off their eleventh season in their new home at the Palm Springs Cultural Arts Center. Beginning with a knock on the same door that she had exited fifteen years earlier, Nora (Robin Mcalpine,) enters the stage with confidence and a presence that leaves little doubt that she is a woman of independent means. She is well dressed and carries an air of success. Nora is greeted by her

former nanny, Ann Marie (Barbara Gruen) and the witty repartee between the two is like firecrackers going off. Both women are absolutely mesmerizing to watch as they trade witty exchanges and we learn what has transpired in the last decade and a half in the life of Nora and the serious dilemma that has forced her return. Soon Torvald, (Don Amendolia,) the abandoned husband, unexpectedly arrives home early from his job at the bank and once more the wit and talent of Hnath’s diaglogue is showcased in wonderful splendor as we begin to gain insight to each character’s perspective on their marital roles and the mistakes they made. The successes and failures that plague most marriages are exacerbated ten-fold by the restrictions and expectations of the times. Eventually Emmy, (Lizzie Schmelling,) Nora’s now adult daughter, is brought in to help resolve the critical problem that is weighing on the family. Schmelling is a true pleasure to watch as she embodies the emotionally controlled daughter facing the mother who abandoned her. The emotional

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125 to 175 employees including the 60 who staff the other two dispensaries. Alona Wilde works at WCCC’s Palm Desert dispensary. After a customer checks in, she guides them through the store asking how she can help, while showing the different products neatly organized and clearly displayed. She has a bright and friendly smile, her hair is the color of flames and other employees refer to her as “Yoda” because of her wisdom. “This is one of the most aboveboard places that I’ve ever worked,” said Wilde. “They advocate for employees. They promote from within. They provide well-rounded training. It’s a diverse group of people with all kinds of backgrounds and expertise. All of us work together and consult to make sure questions get answered.” Wilde is excited about the new building and its possibilities. “They have worked hard and have figured out the procedures and policies. It’s a great

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step and a natural progression,” Wilde said. EXPANDING COMMUNITY With the microbusiness in place, Churchill and his partners plan to start off with in-house products, and then slowly expand to other locations throughout California. WCCC will continue to carry all the popular brands at their dispensaries to best serve their clientele who enjoy a wide variety of products. “This new space has allowed us to come in here and really build WCCC into something,” said Churchill. “Being at this location helps us focus locally. Growing, manufacturing, distributing and selling here lets us control the entire supply chain. By doing this under one roof, we can get product to our customers for a far better price. The purpose of this building is to make our bestsellers and make them cheaper. We want to further create a more cohesive community and contribute any way we can to enhancing the good things that are happening here in the Coachella Valley.” West Coast Cannabis Club is located at 42650 Melanie Place, Palm Desert. The location’s dispensary soft opening is Friday, February 14, 2020. The grand opening will be held in March. For more information regarding WCCC, check their website westcoastcannabis. club or call (760) 656-0865.

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exchanges between Nora and Emmy showcases the fractured mother/daughter relationship in all of it’s conflicting glory. Each holding very different views on the roles of women and what they want in their lives. I was absolutely mesmerized throughout this entire show. There was no intermission and I didn’t even notice. All four members of this cast are stellar. Mcalpine as Nora, beautifully excelled at carring the weight of the lead actor who never gets to leave the stage. Amendolia, Guren and Schmelling each brought captivating performances to their individual roles. Chuck Yates, masterfully directs this single scene production. Each movement across the stage enhances the dialogue and perfectly portrays the character’s emotional expressions. Thomas L. Valach’s set design was simple, yet elegant. And Frank Cazares’ costumes were stunning. I especially enjoyed Jason Smith’s lighting design and the overhead displaying of names as each character came into the story. The only distraction I found was the introduction of contemporary music

into this show. Aretha Franklin songs felt a bit out of sorts for the time period of this play. Coyote Stagework’s production of “The Doll House 2” is a wonderful example of the true magic of theatre. The blending of a very well written script, talented actors, skilled direction and overall exceptional production values all coming together in perfect sync. “The Doll House 2” is highly recommended and is running through February 16th at The Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA For tickets and information visit coyotestageworks.org. Dee Jae Cox is a playwright, director and producer. She is the Cofounder and Artistic Director for The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project. losangeleswomenstheatreproject.org palmspringstheatre.com

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adi’s Bar and Grill in Yucca Valley, California has become THE stop for significant desert and touring rock artists en route to Los Angeles or Phoenix. This Saturday the High Desert is in for some heavy Hip-Hop and soulful satisfaction. BLIMES, R&B pop L.A. artist VIAA and uber-adored and talented Joshua Tree locals DESERT RHYTHM PROJECT will be performing LIVE! Tickets are available at eventbrite.com or at Gadi’s the night of the event. General admission is $25 and VIP is $50 which includes a ‘meet and greet’ and signed flyer. The show is 21+ and music starts at 7:30 p.m. with DRP! Gadi’s is located at 56193 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley. Originally From San Francisco and now residing in the heart of L.A.’s, McArthur Park, BLIMES will be bringing her fresh HipHop to Gadi’s Showroom on Valentine’s Day weekend for an epic evening of fresh beats, impeccable flow, and witnessing the epic BLIMES in one of the most magical places, the California High Desert. From the heart of San Francisco, Blimes Brixton is an MC and vocalist armed with an unmatched passion for artistry. Her musical background extends two generations to a Blues musician father and Jazz musician grandfather which could justify her keen attention to musicality. Her distinctive voice is globally appreciated; early on in her career, the lyricist joined the likes of Too Short, Adam Vida and France’s Scratch Bandits Crew on various releases and co-headlined a 25-city European tour with L.A. rapper Gavlyn. Most recently, BLIMES’ undeniable talent and unique history as a battle rapper sparked collaborative efforts from Hip-Hop icon Method Man on their release of Hot Damn. BLIMES’ latest videos have gained viral attention. Come Correct the collaboration with Seattle’s Gifted Gab has gained 10 million views across platforms and counting. In 2016, BLIMES established her own imprint label, Peach House Records, which is focused on highlighting talented women in the industry. BLIMES is now one of the hottest forces in Hip-Hop and continues to release

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heavily played solo works and collaborations. Coachella Valley Weekly spoke with BLIMES in the midst of one of her typical bustling days. CVW: This isn’t your first time coming out to the High Desert. What’s your fascination with the area? BLIMES: “I’m super-excited! I love the desert! Any time I’m out there, it’s always good vibes. I come out there to get away from the city, to unwind a little bit and get in touch with nature. I go hiking and I see the sights. I was out there over New Year’s Eve kinda doing a ‘reset’ and it felt really good.” CVW: What are some of the projects you’re working on now? BLIMES: “I’m working on an album release with Gifted Gab. We’re in a group called BLIMES and GAB and we have an album coming out in the next couple of months so we’re working on the rollout for that. My latest solo release is a single called “Under My Skin.” CVW: You’re performing with VIAA and Desert Rhythm Project. What can you share about each artist? BLIMES: “I’m excited to get familiar with DRP. The folks at Gadi’s were raving about them. I really love the diversity of the bill, it’s gonna be so sick. VIAA is a really good friend of mine. We started taking our careers in music seriously around the same time. She’s really come up significantly. She’s Alternative R&B and Pop. She plays with an amazing band of other women. They’re just really dope!” CVW: What has it been like for you as a female artist in a genre that has traditionally been dictated by males? BLIMES: “Growing up it was super apparent to me. I’ve been rapping since I was 12. I started battle rapping on the school yard when I was a lot younger. Early in my career, the way that the mainstream framed it, was that there was only room for one or two girls to be in the limelight at a time. That there wasn’t enough room for all of us and so that gave me a sense of competitiveness, it’s obviously helped me to achieve. I don’t really look back on that fondly because I just wanted there to be space for all of us and I want that now. The door is kicked wide open right now, especially because rappers that identify as women are trending and are so hot. A lot of television and movies are featuring music and Hip-Hop made by women. It’s really catching fire and

it’s great. It doesn’t really seem to be as big of a conversation about it being male dominated anymore because in the last three or four years so many amazing female rappers have come up and been able to be successful. It’s pretty cool to be a part of that. It’s also a long time coming. I’m happy that we’re here now.” CVW: Where does your music fall in the perpetual spectrum? BLIMES: “For me, it’s hard because I like to make such variant stuff. It’s a little bit outside of what’s accepted by mainstream. I feel like a lot of mainstream artists pick a sound and stick with it and I like to genre-bend between Alternative R&B and Rap. You can hear some Trap drums in some of my tracks but then you can hear some Golden Era influences as well. What I love is Jazz, Blues and Soul but because it’s hard to sample and do it properly now and get the right clearances, I don’t get the freedom to do as much of that but I would say it falls somewhere between Alternative R&B and Contemporary Rap.” CVW: This is a diverse show that will gratify an extensive range of music fans. How do you feel about the show overall? BLIMES: “I’m super-looking forward to that. I know that a lot people are making the trek out from Los Angeles for it too. And I know that it’s because people are excited to see music live in Yucca Valley. Shout-out to you guys for being a desirable destination. I actually have fans on Twitter and Instagram who are driving out from Arizona and driving down from Northern California. I know that people are excited for the show because of the destination. I definitely don’t want to take all the credit, but I’m definitely feeling honored and excited that people want to travel far to come see the show. It’s also in relation to how dope the area is that we’re going to be playing. I’m excited for you guys to host us.” CVW: How much are you aware of the High Desert’s regenerative and restorative qualities? BLIMES: “I don’t know too much about it. When I get there I spend a lot of time walking and looking. I also spend a lot of time thinking and breathing and it feels really good out there; I’d like to know more. It’s so rad. I definitely need to do my research on some of those natural resources and their regenerative properties that are native to the area.” CVW: You last toured Europe in 2018. As

an American artist, what did you learn by performing overseas? BLIMES: “Honestly the Europeans are really welcoming. They are curious about music. And they’re really big fans of live concerts. The turnouts were great. The reception was energetic and lovely. The hospitality that the Europeans showed was unmatched. We go to a venue and all the artists, crew, owners and staff have a home-cooked dinner together. We spend time together. That was a wonderful aspect of being out there. I got to play at the Moulin Rouge in Paris for a women’s music festival and it was phenomenal. It was a huge crowd, really diverse and really queer; what a beautiful thing to be a part of. For an American to come over and be so warmly received; it felt really special. I just really felt that the French, German or Swiss people don’t necessarily need to know who it is they’re going to see or be familiar with their work but they’re willing to go out and have a good time and that’s unmatched. It gave me a different perspective coming back to the states about how I digest music and about how I am showing up to an event and what kind of expectations I have. What do I leave at an event? What kind of energy do I bring there to add to the vibe of the night? I learned a lot by being out there on tour.” CVW: What does BLIMES have on deck for 2020? BLIMES: “BLIMES and GAB will be the main focus. We have an album rollout and definitely touring around the album. We’re in talks about some European dates as well. We’ve got some exciting placements in film and television I can’t quite talk about yet. It seems this year is very promising in terms of other opportunities and how far our music can reach, which would in turn bring us to new places in the world. To be in more stereos is the goal.” houseofblimes.com


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VIAA

IAA’s honey-like vocals and powerful stage presence have landed her on the musical teams of artists such as Anderson .Paak, Willow Smith + Doja Cat. While some would consider singing back-up for artists of this caliber as a major accomplishment, VIAA is just getting started. VIAA, a Los Angeles transplant from Ohio, has been soaring since branching off as a solo artist, earning a place as one of only 12 independent artists chosen by Spotify to be included in their new Spotify Direct program in 2018. Since releasing her debut self-titled EP in late 2018, she has been featured in such publications as Nastygal, Complex, Vibe and Bloomberg. Her song Run Around has exceeded 1 million streams on Spotify and her music has been selected for official Spotify playlists like Feminist Friday, Sin Estrés and NY Pop, accumulating over 1.4 million listeners. She has also received placements in various projects including BET’s Being Mary Jane, and a Toyota x Uproxx commercial which featured VIAA herself. VIAA’s music balances energetic, danceable beats with earnest female empowering lyricism. Layered with sparkling vocal harmonies, sticky hooks and nostalgia, she keeps you coming back for more, to a familiar place you may have never been to, but love nonetheless. CV Weekly communicated with VIAA as she prepared for the Gadi’s show. CVW: How are you feeling about performing at Gadi’s in Yucca Valley along

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esert Rhythm Project is a NeoRoots, Reggae, Funk, Soul band from California’s Mojave Desert. They are as deviated from the norm as an artist can get. Michael Reyes’ dynamic presence on lead vocals and guitar is reminiscent of the soulful and energetic James Brown combined with the ethereal appreciative consciousness of Reggae legend Bob Marley. Bryanna Evaro’s timeless velvety Folk-Roots presence on bass guitar and vocals lends herself as the crowning essential counterpart of this celebrated divine duo. These desert natives have created their own unique style comprised of soulful harmonies, effortless melodic guitar techniques and smooth elemental bass rhythms. They have built a movement from the ground up and they have done it over an extended period of time and at their own velocity. In doing so, the band can virtually play any show, venue or festival they desire. The 2018 complete and flawless album Mojave Roots is a sublime segue to new music coming in 2020. The band will be performing, along with BLIMES and VIAA at Gadi’s Bar and Grill in Yucca Valley, California on Saturday, February 15, 2020. They will also be debuting their highly anticipated new single and video for the song “Stay” on February 21st at Furstworld under the desert stars in Joshua Tree, CA.

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with BLIMES and Desert Rhythm Project? VIAA: “I’ve never been to Yucca Valley before, so I’m all around excited to meet new people and explore my surroundings. Gadi’s interior looks rad + performing with BLIMES and DRP is going to be a blast without a doubt.” CVW: You and BLIMES have paralleled each other in your growth in the music industry. What have you learned from her and what do you think she has learned from you? VIAA: “BLIMES was actually one of my first mentors in music. I’ve learned the level of drive you need to have to excel, patience in the journey, and the importance of supporting your friends in the business

because it takes a village. As far as what she’s learned from me, I have no idea lol.” CVW: You’re originally from Ohio and are now based in Los Angeles. What are some of the similarities between the two regions? VIAA: “There aren’t many similarities in my opinion. I appreciate both for what they are though. People tend to be more openminded and eccentric in L.A. than in Ohio. However, I’m grateful for the slower pace and childhood innocence I maintained while growing up there. The spaciousness and true seasonal weather in Ohio is something I miss sometimes but you can’t beat the proximity to the beach in L.A. or not having to scrape snow off the windshield of your car every morning in winter.”

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Evaro shared, “Before we release the song and video on all major platforms, we’d love to share in the excitement with all our loyal supporters, friends, and family by inviting you to pre-screen the video, before everyone else!” The song will be officially released on February 22, 2020 and is the first single from the duo’s upcoming EP which primarily focuses on the feminine mystique of bassist Evaro. The duo released the four-disc album Seasons in 2019 as a solo project under lead vocalist Reyes, but this is the first single the band has released since Mojave Roots. “The last few months, we have been tirelessly working on this highly anticipated new single and are overthe-moon ecstatic to finally be able to share it with you! Evaro shared excitingly. Along with the new single coming out in February our new EP will be out in the months to follow. We are looking forward to getting on the road this summer and hittin’ the ground running!” Evaro shared. “Stay” is an exciting release for many reasons and predominantly because it focuses on the creative direction and vocal stylings of Evaro. Sonically layered with lush harmonies and haunting melodies “Stay” will take listeners and viewers alike on a journey through disturbed vulnerability.

Backed by the talented, world-class trombone player Scott Kisinger, this highenergy Reggae, Funk band is a force to be reckoned with. DRP has performed at such reputable music festivals such as Joshua Tree Music Festival, Wanderlust Music Festival, Dabolition Derby, Mt. Baldy’s Elevated Summer Solstice and the 1st Annual Mammoth Root Jam. Along With opening the stage for national touring acts such as E.N Young, Fortunate Youth, The Expanders, Mike Love, The Expendables, Iyaterra, Tribal Theory and Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad. Reyes and Evaro have

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CVW: You’re basically Spotify’s poster child for success with all the streams and features. What have you learned from the way music is shared and purchased and where are we going? VIAA: “Oh man, that’s high praise, I don’t know if I’m deserving, but I have learned a fair amount from releasing music in the digital music era. I’ve learned that a lot of what goes on behind the scenes is still very orchestrated by record labels, so being an independent artist can be tough. The silver lining is that Indie artists have total control over their music. Artists can post song/videos at any time that go viral through social media like TikTok or streaming platforms like YouYube. Artists can also build a solid following all on their own, which is empowering. As far as where we’re going, I think artists want to incorporate charitable giving with their music because of the political (and physical) climate we’re living in today. Apps like Single Serv donate money per song stream to a charity of the artists choosing. Artists desire to use their voice and influence for good more and more.” CVW: How would you describe your music to a layperson? VIAA: “It’s Indie Pop and R&B with a nostalgic vibe.” CVW: What’s next for VIAA in 2020? CVW: “I’m releasing an EP in the summer and performing at SXSW 3/19/20 for the She Shreds Showcase. Continuing to make music and travel the country/world performing it are my plans for 2020.” viaamusic.com

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had the honor of receiving several prestigious Coachella Valley Music Awards for Best Duo and Best Reggae Band for the past several years. Upcoming Shows: 2/15 - Gadi’s Restaurant & Bar - Yucca Valley, CA 2/21 - Furstworld - Joshua Tree, CA 2/26 - Winston’s Beach Club - San Diego, CA 3/21 – Kushstock Festival 9 - Adelanto, CA 3/29 – My Yard Live – San Marcos, CA 5/16 - Joshua Tree Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA desertrhythmproject.com

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he third round of competition for the 5th Annual CV Music Showcase took place on February 9 at the Hood Bar & Pizza in Palm Desert. Three different music acts ranging from hip-hop, freestyle, and metal, gave it their all in a battle-of-the-band contest to impress a panel of industry professional judges and the chance to move forward to the final round of the showcase. The musical line-up of the night consisted of local desert acts Razor J, versastyle, and Call Upon Your Gods. The panel of judges for this round of the competition included 5th Town vocalist Chelsea Sugarbritches, 93.7 KCLB Content and Music Director Todd Killiam, and Melrose Music owner David Williams. The first performer of the night was Juan Espino, better known by his stage name Razor J, accompanied on drums by Shawn McCune. With a high-energy performance of rapid fire verses and funky guitar rhythms, Razor J opened the showcase with genre-bending flare. The judges were overall impressed with his set,

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THE GHOST NOTES BRING OUT THE DEAD

n an ancient sanskrit ruin, the words etched by a shaman in a scroll declares that in song and celebration, voices bear messages to the threshold of Heaven, and sliding or flatted notes are blue highways between this world and the other. The universe that set Jerry Garcia up as a medicine man in an age thirsting for mystery, still flashes those of us who combed the landscapes, following our favorite band near and far, so long ago. Combining gorgeous suites of partially improvised music and classic songs of folklore in some ‘odd Americana’ past, we soon became enthralled with the catalogue that is the Grateful Dead. Since his deadhead youth of 1986, multiinstrumentalist Mike Hammons’ passion project sat quietly brewing in his studio for many moons, and this past January 24th, marked their one year anniversary. The Ghost Notes is a band that has brought an energy so engaging and uplifting to our valley, that when this foursome take the stage, the Big Rock Pub lifts off the ground and heads directly for the stratosphere. Under the swirl of the lights, the beautiful ghost of a tune emerges from their hands into the air, not just any air: but the American air, of boxcars passing and mere mention of towns like Wichita and Las Cruces. The bass player flashes a warm smile to the audience as the tune then easily sways in variation to another tale on Eyes of the World, one of finding solace beneath a rippling moon that sparkles in the corner of the fiddler’s eye. Onward to the next tune where the lead guitarist, with a slight grin of whimsy, soulfully tells the sweet ballad of an unshakeable bond between two beloved misfits. The band steers us to Franklin’s Tower, the foursome bring us to another corner of Americana, to a downtrodden

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praising his instrumentation skills and stage presence. David Williams complimented the last song of his set, “Need to Know,” dubbing it his favorite of Razor J’s performance. “It had a hook that I really liked and the structure of the song was on point. Some of the other songs you played got a little lost with the format, but this one was consistent,” said Williams. He also praised McCune’s drum accompaniment and his unique guitar style. The next act to follow was hip-hop enthusiast and recording artist versastyle, who incorporated audience participation with his freestyle verses by having them suggest words and making lines about them during his set. The crowd responded well to versastyle’s innovative verses, creating an echo of lighthearted laughter throughout the noisy bar. The judges were thoroughly entertained by the hip-hop artist’s humorous approach to his performance, and felt that he connected with his audience throughout the performance. Chelsea Sugarbritches, however, felt that

fable where the words might reminisce that our teacher’s voice is in the wash of muddy river water over the ancient stones. Onward to a Dark Star, where you are catapulted to whimsical embrace among the tribal sky in a restless exploratory jam. Damian Lautiero, on lead guitar, whose virtuosic stylings add dragon sized instrumentation to the unfolding tales. Mr. Lautiero brings an inexhaustible wellspring of vocals, with the furrow of mystery and deliberation, we witness in that space where notes are waiting to be born as he sends a fiery cascade into his audience. It is through his notes, you become the sand in a fluid sculpture that beautifully takes no particular form yet remains cohesive. Mike Hammons, the heartbeat of the bass and lead vocals, steers the mighty ancient tunes, where in these notes you float like a cell in a bath of nutrient. Hammons walks the base like thunder through the audience that oft feel like marches of Titan’s whose variant footsteps echo through the swirl of the songs. Rob Peterson’s percussions breathing elastic time into the tapestry, tidal size proportioned resonances, rippling through the building. Peterson’s musicianship harks tribal callings that guides you in sweet taps and often intense rhythmic climbing. The legendary Bobby Furgo sitting in on piano, violin resting upon his lap, notes cascading down upon the audience, ascending varied pitches, be it rag time or sweltering blues, he then takes to the fiddle, whose sweet sound slices the air. The song selection is ever unpredictable and unexpected, the crescendos and monsoons of progressions take hold and gently bring you back just as majestically as they build you up. We are transported musically to another time and place. No pomp and circumstance for us Yankees or

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PHOTOS BY CHANCE

CV MUSIC SHOWCASE

CALL UPON YOUR GODS versastyle should have his own DJ during his set so that he is sitting at the computer monitor less and has a chance to more readily engage with the crowd without long interruptions. “I never want to hear your backing track more than you. Always be prepared. You are amazing and I think you can go very far, but I just think you need to be more ready,” stated Sugarbritches. The final act of the night was the band Call Upon Our Gods, made up of Ex-Remnants of Man members Rc Torres (Guitar) and Joe Lynn (Vocals), with In The Name Of The Dead’s Justin Cira (Drums) and Woody (Bass). The band described their sound as melodic death metal, punctuated by Joe’s expert vocal stylings and powerful growls. The band rocked the set with a unified presence and elevated sound that engaged the audience with an overwhelming effect.

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desert folk, but with hard luck and a little grace our own raw melodies are sent up with the drafts of a lyrical campfire. As you find yourself amidst these songs that span a journey from bluegrass to psychedelic rock, one would find the audience enraptured unlike any other concert attendees in the valley. Some would listen with their eyes shut, swaying; many would gaze toward the men onstage as you would toward your oldest friend - who was about to attempt something marvelous and difficult with a blessing look. A crowd so dense, we seemed to float and dance in air, embracing and hanging onto every note and lyrical poem sung. The men of the Ghost Notes pour forth celestial architectures of sounds and stories and tales of quicksilver glistening with might-be’s, cities of light at the edge of a sea of chaos, monumental forms that could be partially recollected in tranquility and in celebration of love and life. “My love for this music is something that I’ve studied closely over the years, since my youth of venturing out to Grateful Dead shows, and performing locally, I noticed there was a need to bring that energy to the desert, and so this band had been in the works since early on”, says Hammons. As fellow Deadheads, we explore the

Soaring electric guitar solos and intense percussion beats left a lasting statement with the judges, and ultimately turned the tide of the competition. Sugarbritches even dubbed that Joe Lynn has “the best growl in the entire Coachella Valley.” When the time came to announce the winner of the third round of competition, the final results were decided based upon various scoring criteria such as audience engagement, stage presence, and overall song quality. It was announced that the winner of the third round of the showcase was Call Upon Your Gods by a leading margin. The metal band will now continue on to the next stage of the competition with a chance to win the entire CV Music Showcase, in addition to a $2,500 cash prize, studio recording time with David Williams of Melrose Music, a video by Circulation Media and photo shoot.

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connection between musician and audience, be it self-transcendence or communal tribal instincts. Both Hammons and Lautiero understand the road back to the collective experience of music is one of synergy and the joy of the audience is paramount. “The catalogue of the Grateful Dead is so vast and varied, we just love bringing that joy and experience to our audience,” says Lautiero. The Ghost Notes offers up those nostalgic notions of songs that hark a life once ventured, yet presenting the beauty of the Now in present moment with one of the most memorable concert experiences ever to set fire to this side of the mountains. A diverse catalogue of songs so dense yet these gentlemen craft every song as if it’s their own. It is in this space when the Ghost Notes humbly command the stage, like bodhisattvas glowing in the lights, they unconditionally embrace their audience, where any and all can wander in and partake on the journey. A successful slew of concert dates dot a twelve month journey, and on those nights, much like this one, the hair on the back of your neck would stand on end as a presence came into the room, given a body by the magnificent sounds pouring from the stage, where spirit, tribe and love commune. As we spilled into the parking lot of the Rock, fanning back into consciousness, many of us discussed how mere words often escape to recapture the beautiful welter and anomaly of the Ghost Notes experience. I encourage you to buy the ticket, take the ride, and join us, and when Mike Hammons looks upon his audience and gives that knowing nod, he is inviting you to join in, welcoming you to a place we once left long ago, and forever needed to find again. The Ghost Notes appear at the Big Rock Pub Feb. 15th.


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February 13 to February 19, 2020

BY MIKE FELCI R&B ICON CHARLIE WILSON TALKS ‘FOREVER VALENTINE’ AHEAD OF FANTASY SPRINGS SHOW ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

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rammy Award-nominated vocalist Charlie Wilson has been dropping bombs in the form of R&B hits for more than four decades, including his latest smash “Forever Valentine.” Now the Gap Band founder is bringing his soulful show to Fantasy Springs Resort this Valentine’s weekend. It’s been a long and winding road for the R&B icon, but at 67 he’s says he’s in a great place — both personally and professionally. In It to Win It, his most recent solo album, earned a Grammy nod for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Made For Love” (featuring Lalah Hathaway). The set also included a pair of chart-toppers in “Chills” (No. 1 Adult R&B) and “I’m Blessed” (No. 1 Gospel), marking the first time an artist charted two No. 1s at the same time. “‘I’m Blessed’ says exactly where I am in my life, blessed to still be making music that people want to hear,” Wilson says. “I’m proud to release a song to remind us that we can all find some blessings in our lives.” Wilson touched on the blessings in his life, his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, his star-studded collaborations and more in a recent interview ahead of his show at Fantasy Springs on Saturday, February 15th. FELCI: First off, congratulations on your recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance. Tell us about the response to your new single, “Forever Valentine.” WILSON: “Thank you. I always enjoy performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! I just love Jimmy and the entire show. The song has been well received by both my fans and those of the producer and songwriter extraordinaire, Bruno Mars. I think the song is right on time and it just feels good. We hope to have it become a classic song that’s played all year ’round and makes you celebrate like its Valentine’s Day every time you hear it.” FELCI: Speaking of Bruno Mars, he’s become a frequent collaborator. Tell us about that relationship and how it feels to

be embraced by a younger generation of artists. WILSON: “Bruno and I have been friends for a while now and we just click musically. When he asked me to join his 24K Magic World Tour I was ecstatic. I had shared the stage with him once before at British Summertime at Hyde Park in London and that was the first time, I saw him perform. We have a similar spirit when we’re on stage, we are both giving 100 percent and working the crowd. We’ve been discussing doing a collaboration for a minute, but our schedules never allowed it until now. I would describe Bruno as a musical genius, he really knows what he wants to accomplish out the gate. I’ve been blessed to be embraced by younger artists of different music genres and hope to continue sharing my gift with generations to come. FELCI: Let’s backtrack a bit. How did your gospel upbringing influence you as a singer and an artist? WILSON: “My father was a preacher at Church of God in Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I used to sing in his church as a child accompanied by my mother on piano. She was also the State Minister of Music Oklahoma North West. We weren’t allowed to listen to R&B or the blues in our home when we were kids. It was the passion I saw when my father preached and the choirs my mother worked with that taught me about feeling your music as well as singing it.” FELCI: Is it true you were part of the backing band for fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell in the mid-’70s? How did that come about and what was he like to work with? WILSON: “My brothers and I were playing in a club in Tulsa when Leon and his crew came in. We played until early the next morning and he and his crew stayed the entire time. The next weekend we played again, and Leon and his crew came back, this time they were much more sober than the week before. That led to him inviting us to come to the studio and we did. He was an awesome talent and shared it with us. I really grew musically working with him and he gave me confidence to know that I had something special.” FELCI: Your career really took off in 1980 with hits like “Early in the Morning” and “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” How did life change with success? WILSON: “We were on tour all the time. We opened for the Rolling Stones in Europe and began to be exposed to the temptations of success. We weren’t businessmen so we didn’t know what I know today about how to handle money, publishing, etc. We were taken advantage of for several years, but that time is behind me now.” FELCI: You’ve been very open about your struggles with substance abuse — there was even a period in which you were homeless. How did you achieve and maintain sobriety? WILSON: “I guess you could say I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Yes, I was homeless for a time living on the streets of Hollywood. During my last time in rehab,

I met the program director, Mahin. She changed my life. And I’ve been blessed to be married to her for the last 25 years. I have been clean and sober for 25 years because of her and I surround myself with people who support my sobriety. I have performed at the Hollywood Bowl a number of times over the last few years and standing there with the audience appreciating what I do brings a tear to my eye, because 25 years ago I was sleeping under a trash can six blocks from there. I have been truly blessed.” FELCI: How did you come to be known as “Uncle Charlie”? Was it Snoop Dogg who bestowed you with that moniker? What’s the story behind it? WILSON: “Yes, it’s the nickname Snoop gave to me. Our relationship has always been very personal, and my wife and I have been mentors to him and his family, so we have that close-knit family relationship. In the

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music business, a lot of people will say they are your ‘friend,’ but I can honestly say that Snoop is as real as they come and gave me my first chance at a comeback to the music game.” FELCI: Finally, with Valentine’s Day coming up, what makes a great love song? WILSON: “For me a great love song starts with a man showing love to his woman. It’s how he speaks to her, about her and how she makes him feel. The world needs more love and I’m happy to be able to continue that theme in my music today.” Tickets for Charlie Wilson are ($39, $59, and $79) are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at FantasySpringsResort.com.

EVENTS SAVE THE DATE FOR FRIENDS OF THE DESERT MOUNTAINS 13TH ANNUAL COACHELLA VALLEY WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL AT PALM DESERT CIVIC CENTER PARK

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riends of the Desert Mountains (FODM) 13th Annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will take place at the City of Palm Desert Civic Center Park, located at the corner of Fred Waring and San Pablo. The festival celebrates wellness, recreation and the outdoors where visitors can learn more about the Coachella Valley’s desert flora. There will be a variety of fun and educational activities taking place at the festival. As a City of Palm Desert First Weekend featured activity for March, this event is free to attend and features local artists and their beautiful work, vendors, exhibitors, and live music. There will be a 5K Walk/Run to kick off the festival, an interactive kids’ zone including a climbing wall, as well as a PD Safety Fair, and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be a beer and wine garden for adults to enjoy. With raffles and silent auction items, funds raised will help to support FODM’s work in protecting and preserving the area’s land resources. FODM connects people to the land. With volunteer and donor support, FODM provides opportunities for valley residents and visitors alike to enjoy and sustain the rugged, natural beauty of the National Monument and

Coachella Valley. Programs include guided hikes, adult and youth education, citizen science, trail maintenance, weed removal, and conservation. The week prior to the Wildflower Festival there will be a 5K Trail Run at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument on Saturday, February 29. Registration for the run begins at 7:30 a.m., with the run starting at 8:00 a.m. Donations are requested and with a $30 donation runners receive a commemorative T-shirt. RSVP to desertmountains.org/ calendar/2020wf-trail5k. To learn more about the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival visit DesertMountains. org. For sponsorship opportunities and vendor participation call 760-568-9918. Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the area’s conservation land resources. The Friends’ mission is to preserve land, support education, conservation and research in the Coachella Valley, and to act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The organization has protected over 60,000 acres of conservation land. For more information, call (760) 5689918.

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February 13 to February 19, 2020

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ately it feels like things are getting horribler (what, it’s a word). Politics are a shit show, there’s a pandemic streaking across China and the rest of the world, Lisa Vanderpump won’t be on this year’s “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills,” weather patterns are schizophrenic, the Country seems more polarized than ever and The Monkees still haven’t been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. 2020 has barely begun and the world of Rock N’ Roll has already lost D.R.I. bassist Josh Pappe, Reed Mullin from Corrosion Of Conformity, Andrew Brough from Straitjacket Fits, Funkadelic guitarist Harold Beane, Buddy Cage from New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Punk progenitors Andy Gill from Gang Of Four and Blondie/Patti Smith compadre, Ivan Kral. Kobe….. If you’re looking for an antidote to the Winter blahs, slap the new Tami Neilson record on the turntable. The Canadian Country-Rockabilly Soul-shouter has just released her seventh album, CHICKABOOM! Born and raised in Canada, music was Tami’s first language. Along with her parents, Ron and Betty, plus her younger brothers, Joshua (“Jay”) and Todd, they toured Canada and United States as The Neilsons. Crisscrossing North America in their 34-foot motor-home, they performed their own brand of Gospel-flavored Country. They brushed up against legends like Roy Orbison and shared stages with heroes like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. When the family was strapped for cash they busked in the streets, scraping by on tips and spare change. By the ‘90s, The Neilson Family played state fairs, prisons and music festivals, they consistently appeared on local radio and television shows. They had a Top 20 hit on Canadian Country radio in 1996 with “Windows To The Past.” The follow-up, “We’ll Hold On,” hit the Top 40. Both can be found on their self-titled debut. As she was trying to get her solo career off the ground, Tami visited New Zealand and fell in love. The long distance romance lasted three years until she emigrated there and got married. Auckland wasn’t exactly a bastion of Country music, but her husband Grant had already established a career in law enforcement there. She worked hard to make a name for herself and by 2008 she had released her solo debut, Red Dirt Angel. It won a Tui (New Zealand’s equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Country Album. That began a winning streak that included her next two albums, The Kitchen Table Sessions, Vol. 1 and The Kitchen Table Sessions Vol. II, which arrived in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Not only did her 2014 effort, Dynamite hit the top of the Kiwi charts and win her another Tui, but garnered it a distribution deal that gave her a bigger presence in North America. Marriage and motherhood kept her off the road for a bit, but she and her brother Jay created the score for the popular NZ series, “The Brokenwood Mysteries.” Her fourth album, Don’t Be Afraid, debuted at #3 on the

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charts in New Zealand and earned her fourth Tui. In the decade since her debut, Tami has created a striking look, channeling ‘50s PinUp Girl meets Cowboy Sweetheart (envision homespun Loretta Lynn with a soupcon of Bettie Page glamor, it’s all Bangs, Beehives and fringed and spangled Nudie Rodeo attire). But her stylish looks would mean nothing without a big voice to back it up. Her music conjure progenitors like Staple Singers, Etta James, Sun Records and the holy trinity; Dolly, Loretta and Patsy. Her 2018 album, Sassafrass! managed to distill those inspirations as well, allowing her to color outside the lines. Less than two years since that album’s release and she’s returned with her sixth album, CHICKABOOM!; the title as much a testimony to her fiery style as a sly homage to Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Three. The record crackles to life on the opening cut “Call Your Mama.” Rumbling bass lines connect with reverb-drenched guitars and chunky percussion, but it’s Tami’s vocal delivery, equal parts sassafrass-y and seductive, that kicks it into overdrive. She’s been patient, but she’s done, so she kicks an entitled man-baby to the curb; “Changed the locks, threw your box of things out on the street, but sure as hell kept your ring/You wanna lie and cheat, well whose food you gonna eat now, whose bell you gonna ring-a-ding-ding, playing around like a cat with a string? Why don’t you call your mama?” Not only do both “Queenie, Queenie” and “Hey Bus Driver” offer piquant snapshots of life on the road, and the precarious balance of music and motherhood, they also illustrate the depth and breadth of her stylistic range. The former, is anchored by a strutting, shuffle rhythm that’s powered by rattle-trap percussion and little else. Tami chants the lyrics like a mantra; “Chickens need feeding, dog needs a bone, bills need paying and the bank’s on the phone/Dishes need washing, the kids do too, man come home and he want to woo-hoo…Mama’s gotta hustle, do another show cause they won’t play a lady-o on Country radio.” The arrangement is a clear homage to the Dixie Cups’ Big Easy classic, “Iko Iko,” but that doesn’t make it any less fun. The latter wraps twangy guitars, growling bass lines and a handclap beat around a spitfire melody. The brash instrumentation and arrangement nearly camouflage the melancholy ache that accompanies touring sans family. The strange sensation of being alone in a crowd, feeding on the passion to perform sometimes at the expense of family life; “Got no honey in the morning, got no sugar in my bowl, I’m just bringing home the bacon, raking it in making that dough…Hey Bus Driver put your foot down, cause I’m on fire/21 shows out on the road, it’s only 3 more days, only 2 more days, only 1 more day and I’m coming home.” Much like Chris Isaak, k.d. lang and James Hunter, Tami mines music from the ‘50s and ‘60s without ever cannibalizing bygone styles or sounding derivative. The best tracks here showcase her powerhouse vocals and sharp

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songcraft. “Ten Tonne Truck” opens with an insistent Tom-Tom kick, sugar-rush acoustic guitars and loose-limbed bass runs. The lyrics share a slightly apocryphal version of her origin story; “Well the bank took the house when Daddy lost his job, put a hitch on the back of Mama’s little silver Dodge/Drove with nothing but our clothes and guitars, right down to Nashville gonna be big stars.” She punctuates each verse with her brassy whipcrack “HaHa-Ha-Ha.” The melody and instrumentation feel like a caffeinated take on Tennessee Ernie Ford’s epochal “Sixteen Tons.” Conversely, “You Were Mine” is slow and sultry. Guitars alternate between lithe licks, stinging riffs and sputtery ostinatos, bookended by prowling bass and a walloping backbeat. Tami’s vocal gymnastics summon antecedents like Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone and Sharon Jones. A true torch song, there’s no wasted motions and her words cut to the quick; “Take my heart, it used to be so supple and sweet, now it’s withered on the vine/There’s before and then there’s after, you were mine.” Then there’s the rip-snortin’ Rockabilly of “Tell Me That You Love Me.” Pyrotechnic guitars match slapping bass lines and a ricocheting rhythm for that boom-chickaboom verisimilitude. Here, Tami’s full-throated vocals align with Kiwi singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson. Accelerating through the melody’s hairpin turns, the lyrics are suitably feverish, “Please please, pretty please, pretty pretty-please me/Tease-tease don’t you tease, baby don’t you tease me, I’m here, you’re here,

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both of us are waiting here, I could give a kiss to mister, won’t you be my baby please?” On the break chicken-scratch rhythm riffs collide with scorching lead guitars. The song echoes frenetic classics like Lonnie Donegan’s “Rock Island Line” and “Hank Williams Sr.’s “Why Don’t You Love Me.” Finally, “Sister Mavis” is a thrilling ode to the Soul Survivor Mavis Staples. Much like “Miss Jones,” her fiery encomium to the late Soul-shouter, Sharon Jones, this cut is the album’s centerpiece. A sanctified rave-up it blends throbbing, vibrato guitars, thundering bass and a shuffling, handclap beat. Tami truly takes us to church; “Some people dig Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, them old boys could preach it, Son, don’t get me wrong/ But when I need someone make me sing and shout, throw my hands up and drive the devil out, make me moan, make me cry, stand up and testify, send for Sister Mavis.” Blustery guitars shang-a-lang and shimmy on the break rendering the song irresistible. Other interesting tracks include the Folky Bolero of “Any Fool With A Heart” and the hammer and tong banshee wail of “16 Miles Of Chain.” The album closes with the Tropically-tinged lullaby “Sleep.” It’s a tender finish to a rollicking good record. Tami co-wrote most of the record with her brother Jay or Delaney Davidson. The siblings also co-produced the album. Along with singing, Tami played rhythm guitar. Jay also added vocals, rhythm guitar and bass. Delaney Davidson and Brett Adams split lead guitar duties and Joe McCallum handled drums and percussion. A true family affair, backing vocals on “Queenie, Queenie” were provided by her sons, six-year old Charlie and four-year old Sam. Listening to the album might not make your troubles melt away, but it certainly allows you to forget them for a bit. Brash, infectious and insouciant, CHICKABOOM! is most definitely the first great album of 2020.


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odernism Week 2020 is quickly approaching, and the Coachella Valley art scene is bursting with special events and spectacles to mark the occasion. One such performance is the showing of Hollywood Blondes, which will be the featured performance during Modernism Week at 7 p.m. on February 16 at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs. The headlining star of the show is Sunny Thompson, who will pay homage to several prominent blonde leading ladies and music stars in show business—with most having lived or visited Palm Springs in the past—such as Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Carol Channing, and Dinah Shore. Sunny Thompson began her career touring in Broadway Revues, even touring Europe as a featured singer, and starred in the hit show Showgirls in Las Vegas and on HBO. “I was about seven years-old when I realized that I wanted to pursue show business. I remember watching The Tonight Show with my grandpa at that age and seeing the performers on the television. He would tell me, ‘Sonny, that’s going to be you one day!’ And from that moment on, I thought, ‘that’s what I’m going to be,’” recalled Thompson. Thompson has made a successful career out of portraying one of her main idols and

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inspirations, Marilyn Monroe, as she starred in the award-winning one-woman play with music, Marilyn Forever Blonde: The Marilyn Monroe Story in Her Own Words and Music, which played all over the world including the West End in London and even in Palm Springs at the Annenberg Theater.   Over the past two years, Thompson was featured in the award-winning documentary film, Becoming Marilyn Monroe, which had its world premiere at the 2018 American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs and was brought back in 2019 for two more sold-out performances once again at the Palm Springs Festival. “I love performing live. I have been lucky to

do film and radio, and that’s gratifying, but the live audiences is where I live. The actresses I’m portraying also made it a priority to live on the stage. There was a point two years ago where I spent more time on the stage than in my own living room,” shared Thompson. Last winter, Thompson was awarded her very own star on Palm Canyon Drive as part of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars right next to the star belonging to Marilyn Monroe. Thompson cites the serendipitous placement of her star next to Monroe’s as an important accomplishment in her career, and she is also proud of winning the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament 20 years ago at the Desert Willow Golf and Country Club in the Coachella

DRUTEN & HAZEL FINK TAKE ON THE WORLD HUTZPAH IN A CAFTAN RACHEL

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rt has a way of crossing over medium – it is not uncommon to find the poet in the sculptor or the painter in the musician or even the writer in the gallery owner. Rachel Druten’s cross overs are a win for all. A gifted artist and writer, Rachel is an inspiration of what can be done. Educated at UCLA, she studied at Otis Art Institute, receiving her B.A. from Occidental College. During the 1980s and ‘90s she was the Owner/ Director of the Four Oaks Gallery in San Marino California, exhibiting such diverse artists as California landscape artist Roger Kuntz, abstract expressionist ceramic sculptor Peter Voulkos and provocative political visual artist Arnold Meches. Rachel was not done making her mark in the art world. She would go on to join the Board of Directors of the Idyllwild School For Music and the Arts, now known as the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She was a member of the San Marino League, a nonprofit organization of women committed to philanthropic work in the community while furthering their own knowledge of fine arts. She is member of the Pasadena Art Alliance, another nonprofit dedicated to exploring and funding visionary ideas and concepts in contemporary art. In 1995, Rachel moved to Palm Desert and became an art docent with the La Quinta Arts Foundation. Rachel is active in the Palm Springs Artists Council and the Palm Springs Art Museum Western Arts Council. Still not done making her mark in the Coachella Valley art scene, in 1998 Rachel founded Tools For Tomorrow This nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 is an arts literacy enrichment program integrating art, music, drama, writing and performance that is provided free to children grades 3 through 5 in elementary schools throughout the Coachella Valley. All the while Rachel continued to gather accolades for her own artwork. Widely recognized for her commissioned portraits,

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contemporary paintings, and mixed-media prints, etchings and works in clay, her work has exhibited in the Los Angeles Art Association, the Palm Springs Art Museum and in shows throughout Southern California. Her work is in collections throughout the United States. Still not content to rest on her past accomplishments Rachel moved to the written word. In her late fifties she bought a computer, discovered spell check, as she has said, and wrote nine historical romance novels published by Barbour Publishing for the inspirational market. Her work has been published for book clubs, translated into foreign languages, collected in anthologies and for the seeing impaired. She has been honored as a Woman of Distinction in the Arts by the National Pen Women in 2007. In 2015 was initiated into the Palm Desert Rotary Education Hall of Fame In Recognition of her Lifelong Dedication, Leadership and Commitment in Education. In 2019 she received the DAR Community Service Award. “While continuing my art, some years ago I stopped writing, except for the Tools For Tomorrow Newsletter, and Letters to the Editor of the Desert Sun. I continued my membership in Pen Women and the Palm Springs Writers Guild,” said Rachel. “And then, two years ago I was challenged to enter the monthly PSWG short story contest. I did and Hazel Flick was born. After 10 months I had as many short stories. I decided to illustrate them, hence my first in the Hazel Flick and Fanny Series: PARADISE FOUND, published by Tilton Bass Publishing.” Who is the caftan wearing spunky senior, Hazel Flick and her pesky pup, Fanny? ”Hazel is the embodiment of all that one can do if one believes,” said Rachel. “When one first encounters Hazel and her pup, Fanny, they are hightailing it down the I-10 to escape her deadbeat family. They run out of gas in Palm Springs and discover she has pulled the wrong

Valley. Thompson emphasized that the costuming in Hollywood Blondes is elaborate and works to help her fully embody the persona of the icon that she is portraying in the moment. This is especially important, as her costume changes are done very quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes—from changes in wig, makeup, and accessories as well. “I love the costumes that I wear in the show. My favorite is the Mae West costume, even though it is uncomfortable to wear. It’s a long black dress with a fur collar that stands up behind my head and ends in a long white train. Very luxurious and classic,” said Thompson. Those who attend Hollywood Blondes must be 16 and older. Tickets are priced at $55 and $75, which can be purchased online at mordernismweek.com. “I really think people will enjoy Hollywood Blondes. It is definitely one of my favorite things that I’ve ever done. Being able to perform has always been a gift for me, and I hope I can continue to do that,” shared Thompson.

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purse. No credit cards, cell phone or license. Not about to grovel back, Hazel and Fanny find a way, which includes living out of her van being arrested for vagrancy, a drug bust and becoming an undercover operative for the DEA........ And that’s just for starters!” “Hazel and Fanny were so much fun that I wrote and illustrated a second in the series, I’M BACK. All Hazel’s adventures take place in familiar spots in the Coachella Valley, The Purple Room, the airport, the Coachella Valley Musical Festival, for instance. I’M BACK has won the READER’S FAVORITE FIVE STARS award.” “I have a mission. Being an active octogenarian plus six, my mission is to encourage, enable and inspire ‘women of a certain age,’ through my writing and speaking. To my surprise, although Hazel is considerably younger than I, she has become somewhat of an icon in the desert. Folks who have read my books are continually sharing experiences they think would make a good Hazel story. Indeed, Hazel proves that no matter your age, if you believe in yourself, have hutzpah, imagination tenacity, humor and above all, courage, you can create your own paradise. Hazel proves that no matter your age, if you believe in yourself, have git-up, grit, ingenuity and humor you can create

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your own paradise. I anticipate that Hazel will continue her adventures until they carry me out feet first!!” Rachel will be at DESERT WRITERS EXPO: Meet the Authors, on February 15, 2020 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Rancho Mirage Library Community Room. This event is presented by the Palm Springs Writers Guild in collaboration with the Rancho Mirage Library. This yearly event features authors discussing the business of writing and other topics related to writing, publishing and marketing. The participating authors will sell and sign their books. Rachel is prepared to give the straight skinny on Hazel Flick and her pesky pup, Fanny; spill the beans about the process of how, when and where they came to be, where Hazel and Fanny are now, and where they are heading and how Hazel became an icon for women of a certain age. And Rachel is donating 10% of profits from the series TOOLS FOR TOMORROW. For more information of Rachel visit racheldruten.com. For more information of Tools for Tomorrow visit toolsfortomorrow.org. For more information on the DESERT WRITERS EXPO: Meet the Authors, on February 15, 2020, visit palmspringswritersguild.org.

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ill and Silver Martin celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, their love enhanced by their mutual love for animals. When they first met 48 years ago, their conversation quickly led to a discovery of how they both loved horses. On their first date the following day, Silver sold Bill a horse and ended up giving riding lessons to her new beau. At the time of their wedding the following year, they owned two black lab dogs and five horses. Horses and dogs continued to be a part of their life together. Bill and Silver rode horses with the Long Beach mounted police in ten Rose Parades and many other events. Their horses always included at least one rescue horse, as they were keenly aware of how the majestic horses are sometimes abused and discarded. Silver fondly recalls her special rescue horse, Galiano, who slowly came out of his shell to show love and gratitude after being horribly mistreated. In 2007, the Martins moved from Rolling Hills and became full time Coachella Valley residents. Silver became active in Animal Samaritans where she met and befriended Lindi Biggi. In 2008, Silver became a founding member and Board Member for Loving All Animals, a new charity Lindi founded to help homeless animals. In 2010, the story of Duroville went viral in the local news. This dilapidated migrant

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worker trailer park in Thermal went into federal receivership due to the unsanitary living conditions for the people there. Soon the media, looking for a new angle, reported on the hundreds of stray dogs in and near the community. New housing plans were underway for the human residents. However, pet restrictions at the new complex would only increase the number of stray animals. Loving All Animals decided to help the dogs in and near Duroville. Seven wonderful local veterinarians eagerly signed up for the 3-day shifts in the Duroville church, now converted into a temporary vet clinic. The dogs poured in, their humans grateful for the

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free services that included snacks and toys for the children. Some residents helped round up the strays that needed vaccinations, spaying, and other vet services. Coachella Valley animal welfare groups coordinated the rescue of the unclaimed stray pups. Just as the Duroville event ended, a resident suddenly placed a matted white dog in Silver’s arms. He explained that the homeless animal lived underneath one of the trailers. The pup was soaking wet, covered in mud from the rain, and had no less than 68 ticks imbedded in his fur. The dog’s condition tugged at Silver’s heartstrings. Thom Daves, director of the old Save a Pet shelter, took

the dog to his clinic for grooming and vetting. Three days later, the Martins picked up Rolex, now neutered, vaccinated, and looking gorgeous. It was an amazing transformation with Rolex resembling a handsome Bichon. The couple had three other dogs at the time, but Rolex fit perfectly into their pack. Silver explains, “Bill is always there to walk our dogs, take them to the dog park, or do whatever they might need. One more dog just meant more love in our lives. They teach us so much about unconditional love. Rolex is the best dog we’ve ever had. He’s always by our side, loyal and loving. Rolex is amazing with the other dogs that arrive for my pet sitting business. He knows which ones need comforting, and which ones are ready for play. He patiently welcomes each new dog, helping them adjust to the surroundings.” Now a senior, 12-year-old Rolex is a poster dog for rescue. Rolex is an important member of Bill and Silver’s family, an integral part of all the events in their lives. Their love for dogs keeps this couple’s love even more special as they approach their fifth decade together. Bill and Silver’s motto is “Love Me, Love My Animals”. Janetmcafee8@gmail.com


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his season, everybody in town is excited about all of the restaurants and eateries we have to choose from. New places such as Eddie V’s and Wildest Restaurant +Bar, and, the established venues such as Johannes and Copley’s on Palm Canyon. But when it comes to dining during the Valentine’s Weekend, one of the most romantic restaurants with ambiance, food, and drink is Johnny Costa’s Restaurant in Palm Springs. We’ve always enjoyed just stopping by their bar during Happy Hour; but it’s a real treat when we have reservations to sit, relax and dine while taking in all the elegance and cool vibes at the candlelit tables with classical Italian music in the background. (And for those folks who weren’t made aware of the sad news, Johnny Costa past away this past September at the age of 87. Most everyone around knew the chef’s personal connection and friendship to Frank Sinatra through the years. One can find a great historical homage at johnnycostaspalmsprings. com/in-memory-of-founder-johnny-costas/) I knew Johnny Costa. Some years ago, when his son Vince took over the executive chef reigns, Johnny kept a fine presence at the restaurant as somewhat of a Maestro Host. Seeing him every-so-often, I remember chatting with Johnny in Italian. He was born in Napoli and my grandfather was raised there so we had

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a fun connection as he comfortably quipped about the ins and outs of the business. During some Restaurant Week event at the bar, I remember asking Johnny what his favorite wine was. Of course I expected to hear perhaps some Brunello or Barolo mentioned, but he shook his head and slightly smiling said he really loved California Chardonnay! Va Bene! When my wife and I arrived in Napoli last spring, immediately coming to mind was the esteemed Johnny Costa. Indeed, sitting at a trattoria just off the bay, while enjoying a fresh octopus salad and a Margherita Pizza, we said a toast to Johnny—not with a Chardonnay, but with a tasty Falangina white wine. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind that a bit. Saluté Of course my favorite dishes at Johnny Costa’s are the Steak Sinatra—New York steak strips, pan-seared, and sautéed with garlic, mushrooms, and bell peppers in a red wine sauce, the Cioppino, and the Veal Saltimbocca. However, for a Valentine’s theme dish, you may wish to order the Lobster Heart Shaped Ravioli with pink vodka sauce. Other special Valentine’s dishes are available. Call ahead at 760.325.4556 or check the website. And don’t forget for opening cocktails, check out the Chocolate Martini, Strawberry Bellini and Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini. Cheers & Buon Appetito! Of course to cover all the bases, some really good Valentine’s wine options to consider for your parties and soirees include the following that we’ve covered and written about this past year. Bonterra 2018 Rose ($16) celebrates the fresh, lively spirit of the organic viticulture practices that Bonterra adheres to and reflects their unwavering commitment to sustainability and the environment; refreshing on its own, but also the perfect accoutrement to a bouquet of roses or a light Valentine’s Day dinner. 2016 Two Creeks Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($44.99) Pinot is perfect for the cooler months, and this gorgeous raspberry-crimson color leads to sweet black cherry, raspberry, dried rose petal and violet blossom aromas. Fresh raspberry and bright strawberry flavors are concentrated, yet balanced, in this pretty, floral wine. The finish is smooth, with silky tannins,

mineral notes and lingering fresh fruit. 2016 BV Tapestry Reserved Red Blend Napa Valley ($65) A Bordeaux-style blend, Cabernet Sauvignon imparts a generous core of brambly blackberry, cassis, and macerated blueberry, while Merlot brings a vibrant, riper dark cherry fruit character. Malbec contributes dark plum and briary blackberry notes, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot complete the blend with delicate floral nuances of violet and wild sage. 2018 Stags’ Leap Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley ($32) Opening aromas of fragrant citrus, white peach and floral honeysuckle paired with subtle hints of Tarte Tatin and brioche toast make this a lively Chardonnay. Nuances of lemon meringue, green apple, guava and Asian pear alongside notes of vanilla and caramel oak showcase the balance of freshness and complexity of this wine ($32.00) 2018 SLW Chardonnay Napa Valley ($32) This wine has racing acidity and a steely minerality which adds to its crispness and complexity. Layers of white peach, hints of lemon grass and raw almond are plentiful on the palate, leading to a long, elegant, delicately floral spiced finish. 2016 Oakville Cabernet Franc ($65) This special bottle stands in the company of the world’s finest, with fine-grained tannins, notes of juicy black berries and velvety richness. This wine is ideal for uncorking with company –

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partners, parents, best friends – and alongside dishes like mushroom ravioli or herb roasted chicken. 2017 Napa Valley Pinot Noir ($28) One of Robert Mondavi Winery’s most expressive varietals, the heady aromatics and refined silkiness of pinot noir show themselves, with a swirl of wild dark cherry and red plum aromas. Hints of dusty cocoa and dried herb complexity round out the lush fruit notes, making this ideal for a pre-dinner toast to your special someone. Eternally Silenced (SRP $54.99), the brand’s first pinot noir, is rich and elegant, yet soft and well-balanced. Lovely aromas of pine needles, cranberries, dark cherry, clove and brown spice make this bottle a seamless choice for an evening in. Each bottle is hand-dipped in wax, a tantalizing tease to the eyes and sparking the imagination for more adventurous Valentine’s Day activities. Saldo 2017 ($32 SRP), deliciously smooth, this dark ruby red Zinfandel is filled with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry and baking spice. Its distinct quality and rich palate make it perfect for cold weather sipping and paired alongside Valentine’s Day menus of flavorful red meat and chocolate covered desserts. Here’s to Love—Cheers!

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29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Daniel Horn 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Home Spun Fun 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Live Music 6:30pm ALIBI; PS; 760-656-1525 TBA 8:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ Hymn 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Horace Miller, Brian Dennigan and Leon Bisquera 6:30-10pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King 6-10pm THE CASCADE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Ladies Night w/ Bianca from 92.7 9pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Michael D’Angelo and Jimmy Street 6:30-9:30pm COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 MOD Squad Variety Show w/ Francesca Amari, Jeff Stewart and Wayne Abravanel 5:30-7:30pm, Lipstick hosted by Bella Da Ball 8pm, DJs Banks and Ax 10pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6534 Barry Baughn Blues Band 5:30-8:30pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760656-3444 DJ 10pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 DJ Alf Alpha 6:309pm

HOTEL PASEO; PD; TBA 4-7pm INDIAN WELLS C.C.; IW; Michael Keeth 6-9pm LA QUINTA RESORT; LQ; 760-564-4111 Steppin Out 6-9pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Roxx 6:30pm LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Mark Guerrero Fireside Lounge, Scott Carter Patio 5:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 Country Night w/ Christian Simmons 7pm MASTRO’S; PD; 760-776-6777 Live Music 6:30-10:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Davey & the Midnights w/ Jet Dread Stone 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Intimate Acoustics w/ Morgan Alise James 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Keisha D 6:30-9:30pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 7:30pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 VooDoo Hustlers 7pm STACY’S; PS; 760-620-5003 Matt Coleman 7pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Karaoke 8pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Lisa and the Broken Hallelujahs 6:30-10pm WILDEST; PD; 760-636-0441 Live Music 6:3011pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-230-0188 Yve Evans and Rick E. Taylor 6:30pm

COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 Viva Friday’s w/ DJ Banks 9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DESERT BEER CO.; 760-360-5320 TBA 7-9pm DESERT FOX; PD; Giorg Tierez and Michael Anthony 10pm DRINGK; RM; 760-888-0111 DJ 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6534 Gina Carey 5:30-8:30pm GADI’S BAR & GRILL; YV; 760-820-1213 TBA 8pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760656-3444 Karaoke w/ KJ Marjovi 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Drag Queen Bingo 7pm, La Familia Presents: Will You be our Valentine 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 J Bird and D Rock 6:30-9pm HOTEL PASEO; PD; Michael Keeth 6-9pm HOT SPOT@SPOTLIGHT 29; Coachella; 760775-5566 Adrian Crush 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Bob Allen 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Karaoke w/ Troy Michaels 7pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LA FE WINE BAR; PD; 760-565-1430 Michael Keeth 9:30-12 LANDMARK LOUNGE; LQ; 760-289-6736 Barflys 8:30-11pm LA QUINTA BREWERY; PD; 760-200-2597 Derek Jordan Gregg 7pm LA QUINTA RESORT; LQ; 760-564-4111 Steppin Out 6-9pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Roxx 7:30pm LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Mark Guerrero Fireside Lounge, Scott Carter Patio 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Live Music 8pm 5:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 The Champagne Band 9pm Micha Schellhaas 6:30pm MASTRO’S; PD; 760-776-6777 TBA 6:30ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Frosty 11pm (Dublab) 3pm, Jet Set w/ Nina Anderson 8pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm 760-674-4080 Avenida 7-11pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Eevaan Tre 6-9pm, AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 DJ Pedro Le Bass 9:30pm Shelley Yoelin Jazz Band 6:30pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke ALIBI; PS; 760-656-1525 TBA 8:30pm 8-1:15am BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Tomas THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry DeLa Noche, Femme A and more 7pm 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Patrice Morris, Brian Dennigan and Leon Bisquera 6:30-10pm O’CAINES; RM; 760-202-3311 DJ Tone 10pm BIG ROCK PUB; IND; 706-200-8988 The Gand PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Grady James 9pm Band 8:30pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; pd; 760BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley 345-0222 Off Da Cuff 6:30pm Butler Trio 6-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 THE CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Chase Martinez Lauren Ruth Ward, Sie Sie Bennhoff and Emma Cole 8pm 9pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Karaoke 7:30pm Tuzzolino 5:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND CASUELAS CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0011 The COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Myx 7pm Karaoke 9pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Jasmine Christian 6-9pm Tomasso 8pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Live Music 760-200-1768 Michael D’Angelo and Jimmy Street 6:30-9:30pm 9pm

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RENAISSANCE; PS; 760-322-6000 Live Music 6-9pm RIVIERA; PS; 760-327-8311 Michael Keeth 8-11pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Derek Jordan Gregg 12-4pm, Evaro Brothers 8:30pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Blues Band 8-11pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Smooth Brothers 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SONOMA GRILLE@EMBASSY SUITES; PD; 760-340-6600 Denny Pezzin 6-9pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm STACY’S; PS; 760-620-5003 Krystofer Do 4:307pm, Mark Lee 8pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Delgado Blues 9pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm TWELVE ACOUSTIC UNPLUGGED; IND; 760345-2450 Mark Gregg and Misty Howell 7pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Meet the Corwins 5:30-7:30pm, John Stanley King Show 8pm THE VINE WINE BAR; PD; 760-341-9463 Vinny Berry 7-10pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 DJ Galaxy 5pm WILDEST; PD; 760-636-0441 Live Music 6:3011pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-230-0188 Cynthia Thomas 6:30pm

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19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Live Music 8pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bev and Bill 6:30pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Dublab DJs noon poolside, and 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Steppin’ Out 7-11pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Open Mic w/ Les Michaels and Joel Baker 7:30pm ALIBI; PS; 760-656-1525 Jesika von Rabbit and Black Crystal Wolf Kids 8:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Giselle Woo and the Night Owls, Gallo Negro, Typical Organ, Ian Townley and Garb 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Horace Miller, Brian Denigan and Leon Basquera 6:30-10pm BIG ROCK PUB; IND; 706-200-8988 The Ghotenotes 8:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Gina Carey 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CASUELAS CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0011 The Myx 7pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Michael D’Angelo and Jimmy Street 6:30-9:30pm COACHELLA VALLEY BREWING CO; TP; 760343-5973 “Fizzy Drinks and Funky Jazz” w/ La Troika and Alien DNA 7-9pm

COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 DJ Banks and Mr. Miami 9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DRINGK; RM; 760-888-0111 DJ 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm EN VIVO@SPOTLIGHT 29; Coachella; 760775-5566 Banda Reyna Del Valle 9:30pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6534 Jack Ruvio and Tony Bolivar 5:30-8:30pm GADI’S BAR & GRILL; YV; 760-820-1213 Blimes, VIAA and Desert Rhythm Project 8pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760656-3444 DJ Ray 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Los Nauticals 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Retroblast 6:309pm HOT SPOT@SPOTLIGHT 29; Coachella; 760775-5566 Adrian Crush 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Bob Allen 6pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LANDMARK LOUNGE; LQ; 760-289-6736 Live Music 8:30-11pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 PS Sound Company 1pm, Hot Roxx 8pm LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Abie Perkins Fireside Lounge, Mark Guerrero Patio 5:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 The Champagne Band 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Derek Jordan Gregg 6-9pm, DJ Pedro Le Bass 9:30pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm O’CAINES; RM; 760-202-3311 DJ Tone 10pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Whitesnake’d (Whitesnake Tribute) 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 On the Rocks 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Son Little and Balto 8:30pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Chadwick Johnson 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Live Music 9pm ROWAN; PS; Michael Keeth 6-9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Derek Jordan Gregg 12-4pm, Evaro Brothers 8:30pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Blues Band 8-11pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Smooth Brothers 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SONOMA GRILLE@EMBASSY SUITES; PD; 760-340-6600 Denny Pezzin 6-9pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm

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his was my third visit to La Fe. They offer attentive service for experienced and novice wine drinkers alike. Ordering wine can be an intimidating experience with the infinite number of choices that change with each vintage. Owners German and Richard make these choices approachable. They achieve this by helping you narrow down choices to

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suit your palate based on wines you have tried before. La Fe has an excellent wine list representing vintages from around the world and specials are offered nightly listed on their chalkboard. The evening we attended featured a wine tasting flight from Coquerel Family Wine Estates, a Calistoga, California winery. Four different tastes of signature varietals were

offered for a $20 fee. Each taste was poured by Stacey, a rep from the winery. Stacey described aspects of the wine including the grape variety, time of harvest, type and process of fermentation, and storage and length of aging. This progression allows you to appreciate the characteristic nuances of the wine in the glass in front of you. These tastings are offered frequently and

BY DAN PARIS are posted on La Fe’s Facebook page. They should have their liquor license soon, so look for craft cocktails any day. La Fe offers a variety of tapas and small plates to pair with your wine selections. Short rib sliders, flatbreads, salads, charcuterie/ cheese combinations, and other small plates are on the menu. I keep ordering the salads and flatbreads, especially the mushroom truffle. Happy hour prices are from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. nightly. The ambience is a modern hip vibe conducive to quiet conversation with your date or the new friends you make at the bar. Outdoor seating is available for the presently perfect desert evenings. Need a chill night out and some good conversation? La Fe is a great choice. 73900 El Paseo, #2 Palm Desert, CA 92260 Open 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday Closed Sunday


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ou don’t have to roll your R’s when you say arroz con pollo borracho, just like you don’t have to brush your teeth twice a day, or wear a seatbelt when your drive. I’m not here to be the boss of you and tell you that you can’t wear your underwear two days in row simply by turning it inside out (but that is a pro-tip for those times you missed laundry day). All you have to do to make authentic arroz con pollo is to use whatever ingredients you have on hand. If you have no ingredients on hand yet still feel like you need this recipe in your life, fret not because that’s what Post Mates is for. Chicken and rice is a humble dish that has been around for centuries, crosses cultural divides, and doesn’t look to be going anywhere, anytime soon. Some sources claim that this dish originated in the 16th century East Indies at a time when the Spanish Empire had conquered Maritime Southeast Asia. Other scholarly sources refute this claim, stating that the origin of arroz con pollo goes back to the 8th century when the Moors (medieval name for Arabs, North Africans, and Muslim Europeans) occupied Spain and influenced many aspects of early Spanish culture, cooking included. Many spices unique to Africa were introduced to Spanish cuisine, including saffron, cumin and coriander; all ingredients used in different iterations of arroz con pollo. The Spanish then brought their culture to Southeast Asia 800 years later, where dishes like Chicken Biryani, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Claypot Chicken Rice all stemmed from Spain’s arroz con pollo.

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This wouldn’t be a Brewtality recipe if it didn’t include beer, and the beer used in this dish is none other than a Vienna lager; more specifically, the north-American twist on the Vienna lager, the Mexican lager. With light hopping, clean flavors and a crisp finish, this is a beer that will not add substantial bitterness when cooked, but rather notes of malt and corn that marry nicely to cooked rice and vegetables. A craft version is always recommended, as they contain less fillers and are generally better than their mass-marketed counterparts. 21st Amendment’s El Sully, or Saint Archer’s Mexican Lager are both available at select grocery stores in your area (I used the

Mexican lager that I created for Brewcaipa, Mesa Grande). Modelo or Tecate will substitute in a pinch. ARROZ CON POLLO BORRACHO Chicken: 2 lbs. chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, bone in, seasoned with salt and black pepper. Rice: 1 cups of short grain Calrose, Arborio, or Pearl rice Mandatory Vegetables: 1 medium onion, chopped, 3-4 cloves garlic, minced. Choose Three: 1 red bell pepper, chopped, 1 green bell pepper, chopped, 2 medium carrots, sliced thin, ¾ cup frozen peas, thawed, 4 ribs celery, chopped, 2 jalapenos, chopped. Parsley or cilantro for garnish. Spices: 1 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp cayenne, 1 bay leaf. EDIT: Saffron is traditionally used in arroz con pollo but I didn’t feel like mortgaging my house to buy some. If you do use saffron, ¼ tsp will do for this recipe, use instead of cumin and turmeric.

BY AARON RAMSON Liquids: ¼ cup vegetable oil, a 10.5 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup, 1.5 cup (12 oz) of Mexican lager. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large, deep, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil. Right when the oil begins to smoke, add the seasoned chicken pieces and cook until browned, flipping to cook all sides, about 10-12minutes cooking time. Remove the chicken and set aside, reduce heat to medium-low and add vegetables to the pan. Sautee for 3 minutes, then add the rice. We want to toast the rice until it’s a light gold color. Now, add all of your spices to the pan. We want to wake up the flavors by dry cooking them with the vegetables (omit peas if you choose to use them, they will be added before serving) and rice for 2-3 minutes before adding your liquids. Add the cream of chicken soup and beer to the pan, stirring to blend all ingredients. Add your chicken back to the skillet, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and place in the oven, bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven (stir peas in rice now if using them), top with parsley or cilantro, and serve.

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t this time of Academy Awards, when the whole world takes note of Hollywood’s most lauded achievements in all aspects cinematic design, and craftsmanship, we are reminded that this extraordinary art form has a global audience of gargantuan proportions. Movie matter. At their best, they can enlighten, inform, inspire, delight and divert. But even more than that, they can trigger awe and wonder, and arouse our passions. Movies reflect our human condition and allow us to face our fears in a safe place. Movies are our one great shared human experience, but they serve no worthy purpose when they denigrate or degrade our humanity. I remember the late Roger Ebert said something like the following: A lot of people go to the movies to feed into their pre-existing and

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not so noble needs, fears and desires… If you go to good films, you will become a better person because you will understand human nature better. Open yourself up to new things, ideas and stories. A wise professor once told me “next to sustenance, humans crave story above all else.” It’s through narrative that we define ourselves and out place in the cosmos.” Movies matter. NEW FOR THE HOME THEATER: MANON (1949) This masterful adaptation of Abbe Prevost’s 1731 novel “Manon Lescaut” marks quite a departure for Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French director widely praised for his popular thrillers The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques.

The novel’s classic tragic romance is transposed to a World War II setting. Clouzot’s film follows the travails of Manon (Cecile Aubry) a village girl accused of collaborating with the Nazis who is rescued from imminent execution by a former French Resistance fighter (Michel Auclair). The lovers move to Paris, but their relationship turns stormy as they struggle to survive, resorting to profiteering, prostitution and even murder! Eventually escaping to Palestine, the pair attempts a treacherous desert crossing in search of the happiness that seems to forever elude them. Clouzot’s astute portrayal of doomed young lovers caught in the disarray of post-war France wowed the jury of the 1949 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion award. Unjustly overshadowed ever since by the director’s highly regarded suspense films, Manon now returns to home screens in glorious black and white HD with a selection of informed and fascinating extras (including a 1970 filmed conversation with Clouzot) and a reversible sleeve box art featuring two options. Arrow Studios/MVD visual. Blu-ray. SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of the National Inquirer From filmmaker Mark Landsman comes the previously untold story of how one small Florida newspaper transformed into a tabloid that dominated the nation’s pop culture scene. With beginnings possibly tied to the mob to frontpage stories that featured the likes of Oprah, Elvis and Donald Trump, the documentary explores how The National Inquirer flew out of every checkout aisle in America. Featuring terrific archival footage and revealing interviews from former employees, the film chronicles every tantalizing detail of the paper’s history as it became both a paper of merit as well as a shocking gossip rag. Over the course of its legacy, the tabloid rose to the summit of American print media with its bizarre and genuinely shocking photos, including pictures from Elvis’ funeral and O.J. Simpson’s murder trial and crime scene. The startling documentary forces the audience to elevate the modern 24-hour news cycle and the nation’s obsession with celebrities and scandals, while showcasing how the tabloid, above all else, became synonymous with American pop culture. Once you begin watching this engaging upto-date film, it will be difficult to look away – until it’s over. Magnolia. DVD. THE POINT Directed and animated by Academy Award® Winner Fred Wolf with story and songs written by Grammy® Winner Harry Nilsson and narration by Sir Ringo Starr. THE POINT is

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS a timeless and enchanting fable for the whole family. Years ago, there was a place called The Land of the Point, because everything in The Land of the Point literally had one – the barns, the houses, the cars, everything – even the people. Everyone that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio – along with his trusty dog Arrow – was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on an amazing song-filled journey of discovery. Generous bonus material including a four-part making of featurette (“Who is Harry Nilsson,” “Pitching The Point” and “Legacy of The Point.”) MVD Rewind Collection. Blu-ray. A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Slip into your comfiest cardigan and spend some quality time with Tom Hanks as he takes on the role of a lifetime as childhood icon and broadcast legend Fred Rogers in this hugely praised and timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. Marielle Heller’s heartwarming and inspiring film is based on the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned to profile Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, compassion and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. This genuinely uplifting film is a perfect fit for our troubled, mean-spirited times and a perfect example of why movies matter. Generous extras include a fascinating filmmaker’s commentary. Sony. 4K UHD. FORD V FERRARI James Mangold’s thrilling true account of Ford Motor Company’s attempt to create the world’s fasted production car with the help of auto designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and ace British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who together battle corporate interference and the immutable laws of physics to take on Enzo Ferrari and his iconic race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 France. This immensely satisfying and surprisingly poignant film is among the best of the years. Don’t miss it. Over an hour of extras include an 8-Part Making-Of Documentary and a look at the remarkable true story. Recommended. 4K UHD. 20th Century Fox. robin@coachellavalleyweekly.com


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"OLIVE, AGAIN" BY ELIZABETH STROUT FICTION

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ging is not easy. It’s hard to accept that the body degenerates and the mind slows. We mostly live in denial of aging, but that will inevitably fade as well. In Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again (Random House, 304 pages), an eightythree-old year old woman finally comes to terms with her life and actions. This is a sequel to the 2008 bestselling novel Olive Kitteridge about a narcissistic, unfiltered, know-it-all woman who is critical and judgmental about her community and the people who live there. She can see everyone’s faults but her own. From what I remember, at the end of the first novel, Olive had retired from teaching, her husband had died and her son had moved away. You don’t need to read the first novel to appreciate the second book. The story picks up with the Olive we already know blithely criticizing members of the community. She is jealous of another widow who seems to be showing interest in Jack, a man who has shown interested in her. She marries Jack, who helps her

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reconnect with her son. Jack and Olive grow old together until he passes away. Olive fears she may have to one day move “across the bridge” to an old folks home. For years, Olive visited friends and neighbors there never really thinking she might end up living there herself. When she finally accepts her new living situation in the “retirement home,” she finds it’s hard to make friends. She has a reputation and people no longer bother being polite to her. Olive ages the best she can and runs into her former students who are now parents or professionals. Through their eyes Olive gets a picture of herself and what her life has meant to others. I always appreciated the character of Olive. She is a smart woman. Her honesty, unencumbered directness and her impatience for bullshit made me like her and sympathize with her as well. I saw her as assertive. However, her pride and arrogance got in her way to love fully and be loved completely. It is for those reasons that I enjoyed Olive, Again. In this story, we get to see Olive age from her 60s into her 80s. Through the fast moving decades, Olive learns to love others and accept herself warts and all. At times, the chapters felt like short stories and seemed disconnected from Olive’s life. I wasn’t quite sure if I was supposed to know or remember the characters that were suddenly introduced.

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Some didn’t seem to fit into Olive’s world. There were a few outstanding and memorable characters who interacted with Olive that moved me. The pregnant girl, the Poet Laureate and the Somali nursing assistant each connect with Olive in meaningful ways. They appreciate Olive for her directness and the wisdom she passes on to them. Olive reconnects with her son, accepts being widowed twice, and discovers

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friendships she didn’t realize she had. Spending time with Olive, we get a better understanding of the aging process and what is ahead for us if we are lucky to grow old. If we have the good fortune to live long enough, we will need help and won’t be allowed to live alone or drive our cars. Some of us will outlive our spouses. Some of us will die suddenly, or in our sleep, of disease, or in an accident. However it comes, death is coming one day. It is hard to accept that we are going to die, but seeing Olive age and her fearlessness is encouraging and insightful. I especially appreciated that finally, Olive appreciates life in a new way and realizes she understands nothing.

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER

BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA

HAVE A HEART AND GO RED FOR WOMEN AT THE WESTIN RANCHO MIRAGE!

FEBRUARY IS HEART AWARENESS MONTH!

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he 2020 Coachella Valley Go Red for Women Luncheon will be Fri, Feb 21, 2020 @ 10:30 AM The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage CA. The Go Red for Women luncheon continues to serve as the cornerstone event of the Go Red for Women movement in local communities. This empowering event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically-needed funds to support research and education initiatives. Cardiovascular diseases, which include stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. We hope you will join us on our mission because about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. Arrive early 10:30am - 12:00pm to bid on exclusive auction items and enjoy activities in the Red Expo. Visit our sponsor booths featuring interactive activities and educational information, health screenings,

CPR training and more. 12:00pm - 1:30pm Luncheon & Program. Back by popular demand, Bryan Gallo and Thalia Hayden of NBC Palm Springs will be hosting the program once again. We are also thrilled to welcome local author, Maggie Downs, as our 2020 Keynote Speaker. Learn to know the warning signs. Tightness or discomfort in the chest, neck, arm, or stomach that comes on when you exert yourself but goes away with rest may be the first sign of angina, which can lead to a heart attack if left untreated. For more information, contact your physician and visit: lnkd.in/gfQtGXC Westin Rancho Mirage is located at 71333 Dinah Shore Dr Rancho Mirage CA 92270, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 For additional information please contact: Danielle Grout, Regional Director danielle. grout@heart.org 951.384.7776 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 Karaoke 7:30pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Open Mic 8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Karaoke 7:30pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Open Mic 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Roxx 6:30pm LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Mark Guerrero Fireside Lounge, Scott Carter Patio 5:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Latin Night 7pm MASTRO’S; PD; 760-776-6777 Finesse 6:3010:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Mikael Healey 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Roger & Friends 7pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Michael Holmes and Keisha D 6:30-9:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Slim Man Band 6:30-10pm THE VINE WINE BAR; PD; 760-341-9463 DJ Guy Worden 8pm WILDEST; PD; 760-636-0441 Derek Jordan Gregg 6:30-11pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-230-0188 Demetrius Trio 6:30pm

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HADDON LIBBY

WHO PAYS THE LOWEST TAX RATES?

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ost of us choose California as our home because of the wonderful lifestyle that the region affords us. We all know that California is not the lowest taxed state, but it is far from the highest taxed state unless you earn more than $553,200 a year. If you believe that the rich should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than the poor, California is the place to live as we have the most equitable taxing approach in the United States. According to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, the top 1% in California pay 12.4% of their income in taxes while the poorest pay 10.5%. Looking at these numbers in a different way, California has the highest tax rate in the United States for those in the top 1%. For those in the middle, the tax rate is slightly below average at 8.9%. While the cost of everything may be higher in California, the tax burden on the middle-class is lower and helps ever so slightly in offsetting additional costs. For the poorest amongst us, California is an average place to struggle in 24th with a tax burden of 10.5%. Most of the taxes paid are sales taxes. To better understand how all of this impacts you, let’s figure out which economic group are you in. If you earn more than $553,200 annually, you are in the top 1% of income earners. The

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top 5% earn at least $226,800 per year. To be included in the top 20%, you need to earn at least $103,600. The upper middle-class earn incomes of $59,900 to $103,600 per year. The middleclass earn $36,800 to $59,900 while the lower middle-class can earn as little as $20,800. To be considered poor and in the bottom 20%, income is less than $20,800. These numbers exclude the elderly, dependents and those with negative incomes. The least fair state is Washington. This state taxes the poor at an astoundingly high 17.8%. Hawaii is the second roughest at 15% followed by Illinois (14.4%) and Pennsylvania

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(13.8%). Other notable states include Arizona (13%), Texas (13%), New York (11.4%) and Florida (12.7%). Which states tax the poor at the lowest rate? Delaware at 5.5% followed by Alaska (7%) and Utah (7.5%). Delaware also serves as one of the most tax-friendly states for corporations. California sticks it to the rich at 12.4% with New York coming in as the 2nd at 11.3% followed by Vermont at 10.4%. Other notably more expensive places include Minnesota at 10.2%, New Jersey (9.8%) and Hawaii (8.9%). Tax-obsessed, location-fluid, onepercenters are advised to move to Nevada for its razor-thin 1.9% tax rate. Florida comes in 2nd at 2.3% followed by Alaska and South Dakota at 2.5%. Other notables include Texas (3.1%), Arizona (5.9%) and Illinois (7.4%). Which states stick it to the poor? Hands down, Washington is the harshest state on the poor as this group of Americans pay 17.8% of every dollar earned in taxes versus 3% for the one-percenters for a gap of 14.8. Florida comes in second with a 10.4% gap followed by Texas (9.9%), South Dakota (8.7%) and Nevada (8.3%). California has negative 1.9% rate meaning that the affluent pay more on every dollar than the poor. For those in the middle (income between $20,800 and $103,599), New York is the costliest state at 12.5% followed closely by

Illinois at 12.2%. The middle-class pay the lowest percentage of income in taxes in Alaska at 4.3%. Delaware comes in second at 5.8% followed by Montana (6.7%) and Wyoming (6.9%). Looked at another way, the middle-class in California pay 4.6% more in taxes on every dollar earned than the lowest cost state of Alaska. Meanwhile, our middle-class neighbors to the east in Arizona pay 0.4% more. When all things are considered, most Californians pay a fair tax rate in comparison with most other states. While our cost of living may be higher, so is the quality of life for most of us who call California home. Haddon Libby is the Managing Partner of Winslow Drake Investment Management. Winslow Drake operates to the Fiduciary Standard of Care in everything that we do, a level of care that less than 1 in 20 investment advisory firms’ follow. To understand how this level of care can benefit you, email Haddon at Hlibby@WinslowDrake. com or call 760.449.6349. For more info, please visit WinslowDrake.com.

LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF THE INJURED & CRIMINALLY ACCUSED

DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO SUE???

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feel terrible when potential client’s call wanting a legal answer over the phone and ask me to represent them... and I can NOT accept their cases. I know they would not expect a doctor or contractor to diagnose or give a bid without meeting the patient or customer in person but somehow a lawyer is often thought of differently. It makes me sick when I can’t accept a civil case of someone in need, and it is often hard for most callers to understand why. At The Law Office of Dale Gribow our focus is on successfully resolving our client’s civil and criminal problems. On all civil litigation we are concerned with our client being able to “stay in the game” because of their inferior financial situation, compared to the other party. Other than with a contingency accident case, most civil cases are handled... only on an hourly. That can be very expensive and I do not want to accept a case where we win but the costs of litigation are so great that the client does not receive a happy result. I would rather reject those cases then bill the client thousands of dollars and then not have a happy client. Therefore I ask each potential hourly client, “Who has more money... you or the other party?” The last thing we want is to start litigating a good case and then have our client tell us they have to fold their cards and drop the case because they can no longer afford the litigation. If one party has more money, and

knows it, they often “paper” the other side with motions and appeals etc. Unfortunately the less affluent client cannot “stay in the game”. Another consideration is whether our client has a prior Felony record, as the judge will issue a jury instruction that the jury can decide how much credence to give to the testimony of a convicted felon. With all civil litigation cases it is also important whether the client has a history of suing people or being sued. Of course with any accident case I need to know if the prospective client has preexisting injuries to the same area via an auto accident, slip and fall or sports injury etc. In addition, with all civil cases, we must consider whether the client contacted us in a timely manner and whether they had been talking to the lawyer or adjuster for the other side. If so, we will never know what the client said OR WHAT THE OTHER PARTY THOUGHT s/ he heard my client say. That is how a lawyer gets blindsided at trial. A large amount of my practice is collecting compensation for accident victims, contract disputes and real estate issues. Accident victim’s compensation is more difficult today because of new insurance company policies of denying and delaying. Today it is not uncommon for an insurance company to offer $6,000 when the victim has a medical bill of $9,000 and clear liability. If a lawyer accepts that amount and pays most of

the accrued bills there would be no money left for the victim or the lawyer. We do not want to accept a case when we know our client will not be happy and could be a victim twice. Thus we reject many small soft tissue cases! If we decide to go to trial, the costs dramatically increase. It can take between $15,000 to $50,000 to pay for court costs, investigation and expert witness testimony on a soft tissue case. The lawyer, client and witnesses all increase the time spent preparing for trial. Unfortunately the client often has to wait several years for the case to get to trial because of California’s court cutbacks. I hope this missive helps you to understand why it is not always in the client’s best interest to take a case to trial. This is another reason to not accept a case.

DALE GRIBOW - REPRESENTING THE INJURED AND CRIMINALLY ACCUSED “TOP LAWYER” - California’s Prestige Magazine, Palm Springs Life (PI/DUI) 2011-20 “TOP LAWYER” - Inland Empire Magazine 2016- 2019 PERFECT 10.0 AVVO Peer Rating “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT AND GET A DUI OR ACCIDENT. CALL A TAXI, LYFT OR UBER. THEY ARE A LOT CHEAPER THAN CALLING ME”. SO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER. Ideas for future columns contact Dale Gribow at 760-837-7500 or dale@dalegribowlaw.com.

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CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 13 – 19, 2020

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CASINOS Agua Caliente Casino Valentine’s Super Love Jam Peaches & Herb, Heatwave, Blue Magic, The Moments , Sly Slick & Wicked, The Temprees Thursday, February 13, 8:00 PM Tickets: $45, $55, $65 888-999-1995 – hotwatercasino.com/entertainment Agua Caliente Casino Keith Sweat, 112 & Next, Make it Last Forever Valentine’s Day February 14, 8:00 PM Tickets: $85, $95, $115 888-999-1995 – hotwatercasino.com/entertainment Agua Caliente Casino Air Supply February 15, 8:00 PM Tickets: $40, $50, $60 888-999-1995 – hotwatercasino.com/entertainment Spotlight 29 Casino Aretha, Queen of Soul Tribute February 14, 8:00 PM Tickets: $10 760-775-5566 – spotlight29.com/entertainment Spotlight 29 Casino Magic Mike XXL Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present the Magic Mike XXL “Tribute Show” male revue February 15, 8:00 PM Tickets: $20, $25, $30 MUST BE 21 Years of age 760-775-5566 – spotlight29.com/entertainment Fantasy Springs Casino Charlie Wilson R&B Legend and Gap Band Founder is Live! February 15, 8:00 PM Tickets: $49, $69, $89 760-342-5000 – fantasyspringsresort.com -----------------------------------------------------

FESTIVALS Riverside County Fairgrounds Riverside County Fair/National Date Festival Fri, Feb 14 – 23, 10am - 10pm Tickets: $6 - $25 800.811.FAIR – datefest.org

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VillageFest Palm Canyon Drive Every Thursday 6pm – 10pm Tickets FREE Glamorous Palm Canyon Drive becomes a festive international street fair featuring vendors showcasing arts, crafts and delicious food, plus live entertainment venues and a certified farmer’s market. 760-320-3781 – villagefest.org -----------------------------------------------------

COMMUNITY Palm Springs Convention Center 20TH ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM SHOW & SALE AND MODERN DESIGN EXPO Fri Feb 14 - Feb 17th, 10am - 4pm Tickets: $20 in advance ($25 at the door) palmspringsmodernism.com The Street Fair College of the Desert Sat Feb 15th, 7am – 2pm Tickets FREE Featuring vendors, entertainment, food and fun! Discover a thousand items for sale including vintage cars. Sponsored by the College of the Desert Alumni Association. 760-636-7957 – codaastreetfair.com Certified Farmers’ Market – 29 Palms 29 Palms Visitor Center Sat Feb 15th, 8am – 1pm Tickets FREE Local farmers selling fresh produce. 760-401-0028 – 29chamber.org Certified Farmers’ Market – Joshua Tree Turtle Island Sat Feb 15th, 8am – 1pm Tickets FREE Local farmers selling fresh produce. 760-420-7529 – joshuatreefarmersmarket.com Certified Farmers’ Market – Palm Springs Palm Springs Cultural Center (Formerly Camelot Theatre) Parking Lot Sat Feb 15th, 8am – 12:30pm Tickets FREE Local farmers selling fresh produce. 844-7FARMCV – certifiedfarmersmarket.org -----------------------------------------------------

FOOD/WINE/BEER Persimmon Bistro at the Palm Springs Art Museum Thirsty Thursday Wine Tasting Thurs FEB 13th, 3pm – 7pm Tickets MENU-PRICING Taste 4 wines for $14. 760-322-4895 – persimmonbistro.com Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Pines Cafe Ride ‘n’ Dine Mon-Fri 10am – 9:45pm Sat & Sun 8am – 9:45pm Tickets 23.50, 36.00. Tax, gratuity and Tram admission are not included. Spectacular views and fine dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Coachella Valley! 888-515-8726 – pstramway.com -----------------------------------------------------

CHARITY EVENTS Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Champion Honors Luncheon Thurs FEB 13th, 11am – 1:30pm Tickets: $150 Individual Seats (760) 773-1636 – barbarasinatrachildrenscenter.org Omni Rancho Las Palmas Desert Cancer Foundation, Fashions for the Fight Sat, FEB 15th, 11am – 2pm Tickets: $75, $125 (760) 773-6554 – desertcancerfoundation.org Thunderbird Country Club Animal Samaritans Old Bag Luncheon Sun, FEB 16th, 11am – 1:30pm Tickets at animalsamaritans.org -----------------------------------------------------

THEATRE Desert TheatreWorks Neil Simon’s Rumors - “He said, she said…….but he’s dead.” Feb 7th - Mar 1st, 2pm or 7:30pm Tickets: $25, $30, $32

760-980-1455 – dtworks.org OSCAR’S Cabaret Theater Electricity the Play Every Tuesday - Sept. 7pm Tickets: $45, $55, $79.95, $89.95 ELECTRICITY plays in an intimate stage setting, as it has been performed in it’s award winning cross-country tour. Oscar’s has the advantages of reserved comfortable table seating, plus the option to purchase dinner before the show and enjoy cocktails during the performance. 760-459-4311 – electricitytheplay.com -----------------------------------------------------

COMEDY Oscars Palm Springs Bitchiest Brunch Sun Feb 16th, 11am Tickets 15.00 Just when you thought it was safe to Brunch, the Bitchiest Brunch has arrived. Meet some of the most outrageous drag queens in town. 760-325-1188 – oscarspalmsprings.com Purple Room Supper Club The Judy Show! Sun Feb 16th, 5pm Tickets 25.00, 35.00 What do you get when you mix an internationally acclaimed impersonator, outrageous comedy, great standards and a bevy of icons? The hysterical parody of Judy Garland and her guests found in Michael Holmes’ riotous, “The Judy Show!” 760-322-4422 – purpleroompalmsprings.com -----------------------------------------------------

HEALTH/FITNESS Annenberg Center for Health Services Awareness Hour A complimentary lecture series to educate our community about the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, as well as addiction treatment and recovery. Sat, Feb 15th, 8:15am - 10am 626-372-4550 Email: jSchlund@hazeldenbettyford.org


CANNABIS CORNER

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BY RUTH HILL R.N.

HOW DOES CANNABIS AFFECT THE HEART?

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his month we celebrate National Heart Disease Awareness Month. According to the CDC’s report on National Statistics, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a person experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. When these events happen, symptoms for a heart attack may include chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness and shortness of breath. A protocol taught is taking an aspirin immediately when calling 911. Arrhythmias (irregular heart rate) present with a fluttering feeling in the chest (palpitations). Heart failure (when the heart is enlarged cannot pump efficiently and blood backs up in the lungs) presents with shortness of breath, fatigue or swelling of the feet ankles legs abdomen or neck veins. A smart preventive measure to protect you from heart disease is to stop smoking. Afford yourself of the many free clinics that scan abdomens for aneurism (a bulging of an artery) and neck arteries for blockage. According to Science Digest mortality rates for cardiac disease has been declining until 2000 globally but are starting to increase due the incidence of obesity in developed counties not the increasing use of cannabis. In 2019 Mortality in Australia, UK and New Zealand has declined 30-50-% from what it was in 2000. While cannabis has been shown to be prothrombotic, little is known on the mechanism of THC-induced platelet aggregation. In 2004, Deusch et al. demonstrated the presence of CB1 and CB2 receptors on platelet cell membranes. So how does cannabis affect the cardiovascular system? First let’s look at the 2003 U.S. 6.630.507 B1 patent on cannabidiol (CBD) which

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BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK

HELP, I WANT TO TRY KETO BUT WHAT DO I EAT?

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states that “Cannabinoids are useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic age-related inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Also, particular application as neuroprotectants …… following ischemic insults such as stroke and trauma.” The expiration of this patent in 2019 does not negate its findings. Now let’s look at other research on cannabis and heart disease. We can unequivocally state that there is a blatant bias when throughout the papers published, they state “marijuana is the most used illicit drug in America,” or that Cannabis ingestion has reached epidemic proportions worldwide.” Most studies are conducted with users who smoke cannabis, or use highly potent and unregulated synthetic cannabinoids at intechopen.com. None of the research discusses the doses ingested/24hr. or ratios thus they do not lend themselves to reality. Cardiovascular adverse events do occur with synthetics but most users in the U.S. are not taking synthetics and recommended doses of full spectrum flower products are too low to precipitate a cardiovascular adverse event. According to intechopen.com, an open access website that reprints book chapters showed anandamide (our THC that we produce) and 2-AG (our CBD that we produce) receptors are present on the heart muscle and on blood cells. These receptors are cardioprotective against ischemia injury, myocardial ischemia, heart failure, and cardiomyopathies. Updated evidence shows that the CB2 receptor activation is cardioprotective. It is important for health professionals to know that you are using cannabis long term as it can lower blood pressure and increase bleeding. Both of these side effects reduce the dosage of hypertensives and anticoagulants. It is important to consult a health professional who is expert in cannabis therapeutics. There are many reliable resources on the internet for professional advice. For information on medical cannabis refer to Ruth Hill at hilruth@gmail.com

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re you unsure what to eat on Keto? Remember Keto is a healthy high fat diet with moderate protein and low carbs. I tend to customize macros (fat, protein and carbs) depending on the person’s lifestyle, age, activity level, health issues etc. and long-term weight loss goals. However, the “typical” Keto diet is approximately 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. By now, Keto has become a common household word yet there is still a lot of misunderstanding of exactly what to eat. There is a wide variety of delicious Keto friendly foods and recipes. However, many processed, packaged foods are off-limits, and even certain whole foods are too starchy (sorry, sweet potatoes). You need to fill your plate with low-carb, high-fat foods such as meat, seafood, non-starchy produce, and healthy fats. What I’ve listed here is just the tip of the iceberg and the “basic” approved foods. Meat – Unprocessed meats are low carb and keto-friendly, and organic and grass-fed meat might be even healthier. Keto is a highfat diet, not high protein, so you don’t need huge amounts of meat. But when eating meat think steak, chicken, lamb hamburger and the heartier dense meats. Factoid -- Did you know that processed meats, like sausages, bacon, deli meats, etc. often contain carbs in the form of sugar as dextrose --Be sure to read your labels carefully. Fish and seafood – These are all good. Think scallops, halibut, cod, shrimp, and especially fatty fish like salmon. Eggs – Nutritious and delicious no matter how you make them. They can be egg bites, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets, deviled eggs, egg salad. Eggs are a great way to get a small amount of protein. Natural fat, high-fat sauces and oils – Most of the calories on a Keto diet come from heathy fat. There is a difference and not all fat is equal. You’ll likely get much of your fat from natural sources like meat, fish, eggs, etc. But also use fat in cooking with butter, avocado oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Add olive oil to salads and delicious high-fat sauces to main dishes. Eating the right kind of Fat is important for optimum health. Just remember Fat is your friend! Preferably in the form of saturated and mono-unsaturated fats. Avoid polyunsaturated fat at all costs (vegetable and seed oils)! Vegetables growing above ground. Choose vegetables growing above ground

especially leafy and green items. How about cauliflower, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, asparagus, or zucchini. Vegetables replace carbs like rice, pasta and potatoes. Think Zuccchini noodles, cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash). High-fat dairy – Butter, high fat cheeses, sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese and heavy whipping cream. Often this is enough to convince many to give Keto a try. They have eliminated these foods from their diet for so long and are excited to add them back in. On Keto, we don’t use any low-fat dairy products or drink or use any form of milk. Nuts – We love our nuts on Keto in moderation. Nuts can be consumed raw or as a nut butter except Cashews which are high in carbs. But that leaves Hazelnuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts and Macadamia nuts. Avoid peanuts. Factoid--- peanuts are actually a legume. We don’t eat beans or legumes on Keto. Berries – A moderate amount is OK on keto and make a delicious dessert with strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries and whipping cream. What Foods to Definitely Avoid • Beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts • Grains, such as rice, pasta, and oatmeal • Low-fat dairy products • Added sugars and sweeteners • Sugary beverages, juice and soda • Traditional snack foods, such as potato chips, pretzels, and crackers • Starchy vegetables, including corn, potatoes, beets, carrots and peas • Alcohol can be consumed in moderation but most beers and certain wines or sweetened cocktails are a no-go One of the hardest parts of starting the Keto diet is knowing what are the best foods to help you hit your macros and get not ketosis faster for weight loss. This is a good food list to help you with the basics. If you just started Keto and aren’t sure what to do next or need more help, please get in touch. Michelle Borthwick: Michelle is a Keto Lifestyle coach, a Seasoned expert on Customized Keto. Keto weight loss results can be improved with Coaching, Customization, Accountability and a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. Michelle offers private sessions, proven Keto diet hacks, meal plans, goal setting and more. If you are interested in how Keto can work for you and your lifestyle, book a complimentary private coaching session online at www. KetoIsEasyCoach.com.

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BY BRONWYN ISON

REASONS YOU NEED TO BE YOU

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f there’s one thing I’ve learned, BE YOURSELF! Sing it loud and proud. I’m grateful there isn’t another me on the planet. Guess what? There isn’t another you in this world either. All the more reason to celebrate your beautiful self. Let’s talk self-love. Being yourself is also about loving who you are in your own skin. More so than not, we’re diligently trying, to be the best we can be in this lifetime. When we visit improving ourselves, often times we can get caught up in thinking something is wrong with us. Or, we think we need to change. Rather, we may need to modify our behaviors or change our thought process. Self-love and being yourself requires practice. It’s empowering and necessary. There’s so much that goes along with taking care of yourself. While this a big topic and we hear it all the time, I don’t grow weary of how important it is to make sure you’re healthy. Remaining healthy in mind and spirit is essential. I’ve also learned being yourself is liberating. You don’t need to measure up or exhaust yourself while putting on a show. It’s also not fair to others when you’re not who you say or portray yourself to another. In other words… it’s deceitful.

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Imagine (if you’re not already) how good it would feel to live for you? It’s not your job to please others, measure up to other people’s standards, or play by another’s rules. Once others opinions of you don’t matter anymore… WOW… now your LIVING! Go about and be your wonderful self! Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga and evolveyogaonline.com, Online Yoga Classes ON DEMAND. 760-564-YOGA (9642)

FREEWILL ASTROLOGY

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now that she’s in her late forties, Aries comedian and actress Tig Notaro is wiser about love. Her increased capacity for romantic happiness has developed in part because she’s been willing to change her attitudes. She says, “Instead of being someone who expects people to have all the strengths I think I need them to have, I resolved to try to become someone who focuses on the strengths they do have.” In accordance with this Valentine’s season’s astrological omens, Aries, I invite you to meditate on how you might cultivate more of that aptitude yourself. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus artist Joan Miró loved to daub colored paint on canvases. He said he approached his work in the same way he made love: “a total embrace, without caution, prudence thrown to the winds, nothing held back.” In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to invoke a similar attitude with all the important things you do in the coming weeks. Summon the ardor and artistry of a creative lover for all-purpose use. Happy Valentine Daze, Taurus! GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1910, Gemini businessman Irving Seery was 20 years old. One evening he traveled to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to see an opera starring the gorgeous and electrifying soprano singer Maria Jeritza. He fell in love instantly. For the next thirty-eight years he remained a bachelor as he nursed his desire to marry her. His devotion finally paid off. Jeritza married Seery in 1948. Dear Gemini, in 2020, I think you will be capable of a heroic feat of love that resembles Seery’s. Which of your yearnings might evoke such intensely passionate dedication? Happy Valentine Daze! CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’ve been married twice, both times to the same woman. Our first time around, we were less than perfectly wise in the arts of relationship. After our divorce and during the few years we weren’t together, we each ripened into more graceful versions of ourselves; we developed greater intimacy skills. Our second marriage has been far more successful. Is there a comparable possibility in your life, Cancerian? A chance to enhance your ability to build satisfying togetherness? An opening to learn practical lessons from past romantic mistakes? Now is a favorable time to capitalize. Happy Valentine Daze! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1911, the famous Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and the famous Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani were in love with each other. Both were quite poor, though. They didn’t have much to spend on luxuries. In her memoir, Akhmatova recalled the time they went on a date in the rain at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Barely protected under a rickety umbrella, they amused each other by reciting the verse of Paul Verlaine, a poet they both loved. Isn’t that romantic? In the coming weeks, I recommend you experiment with comparable approaches to cultivating love. Get back to raw basics. Happy Valentine Daze! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): [Warning: Poetry alert! If you prefer your horoscopes to be exclusively composed of practical, hyper-rational advice, stop reading now!] Happy Valentine Daze, Virgo! I hope there’s someone in your life to whom you can give a note like the one I’ll offer at the end of this oracle. If there’s not, I trust you will locate that person in the next six months. Feel free to alter the note as you see fit. Here it is. “When you and I are together, it’s as if we have been reborn into luckier lives; as if we can breathe deeper breaths that fill our bodies with richer sunlight; as if we see all of the world’s beauty that alone we were blind to; as if the secrets of our souls’ codes are no longer secret.” LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the course of your life, how many people and animals have truly loved you? Three? Seven? More? I invite you to try this Valentine experiment: Write down their names on a piece of paper. Spend a few minutes visualizing the specific qualities in you that they cherished, and how they expressed their love, and how you felt as you received their caring attention. Then send out a beam of gratitude to each of them. Honor them

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with sublime appreciation for having treasured your unique beauty. Amazingly enough, Libra, doing this exercise will magnetize you to further outpourings of love in the coming weeks. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): [Warning: Poetry alert! If you prefer your horoscopes to be exclusively composed of practical, hyper-rational advice, stop reading now!] Happy Valentine Daze, Scorpio! I invite you to copy the following passage and offer it to a person who is receptive to deepening their connection with you. “Your healing eyes bless the winter jasmine flowers that the breeze blew into the misty creek. Your welcoming prayers celebrate the rhythmic light of the mud-loving cypress trees. Your fresh dreams replenish the eternal salt that nourishes our beloved song of songs. With your melodic breath, you pour all these notyet-remembered joys into my body.” (This lyrical message is a blend of my words with those of Scorpio poet Odysseus Elytis.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The poet Virgil, a renowned author in ancient Rome, wrote three epic poems that are still in print today. His second was a masterpiece called the Georgics. It took him seven years to write, even though it was only 2,740 lines long. So on average he wrote a little over one line per day. I hope you’ll use him as inspiration as you toil over your own labors of love in the coming weeks and months. There’ll be no need to rush. In fact, the final outcomes will be better if you do them slowly. Be especially diligent and deliberate in all matters involving intimacy and collaboration and togetherness. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): [Warning: Poetry alert! If you prefer your horoscopes to be exclusively composed of practical, hyper-rational advice, stop reading now!] Happy Valentine Daze, Capricorn! I invite you to copy the following passage and offer it to a person who is ready to explore a more deeply lyrical connection with you. “I yearn to earn the right to your whispered laugh, your confident caress, your inscrutable dance. Amused and curious, I wander where moon meets dawn, inhaling the sweet mist in quest of your questions. I study the joy that my imagination of you has awakened. All the maps are useless, and I like them that way. I’m guided by my nervous excitement to know you deeper. Onward toward the ever-fresh truth of your mysterious rhythms!” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian author Derek Walcott had a perspective on love that I suspect might come in handy for you during this Valentine season. “Break a vase,” he wrote, “and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.” I urge you to meditate on how you could apply his counsel to your own love story, Aquarius. How might you remake your closest alliances into even better and brighter versions of themselves? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Piscean poet Saul Williams wrote a meditation I hope you’ll consider experimenting with this Valentine season. It involves transforming mere kisses into SUBLIME KISSES. If you choose to be inspired by his thoughts, you’ll explore new sensations and meanings available through the act of joining your mouth to another’s. Ready? Here’s Saul: “Have you ever lost yourself in a kiss? I mean pure psychedelic inebriation. Not just lustful petting but transcendental metamorphosis, when you became aware that the greatness of this other being is breathing into you. Licking your mouth, like sealing a thousand fleshy envelopes filled with the essence of your passionate being, and then opened by the same mouth and delivered back to you, over and over again—the first kiss of the rest of your life.” Homework: Want to get married to yourself? The ritual’s here: tinyurl.com/ YouCanMarryYourself ---------------------------------------` Rob Brezsny - Free Will Astrology freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com


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