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Community Events • March 17 to March 23, 2016 Vol. 4 No. 52

Contact In The Desert

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Michael Keeth

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Art Under The Umbrellas

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March 17 to March 23, 2016

Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show Debuts

Coachella Valley Weekly


Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Deborah Evans Classified Manager & Nightlife Editor Phil Lacombe Features Writer Lisa Morgan, Rich Henrich, Heidi Simmons, Denise Ortuno Neil, Judith Salkin Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Craig Michaels, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Janet McAfee, Rachel Montoya, Angela Janus, Dale Gribow, Raymond Bill, Jack St. Clair, Rob Brezny, Eleni P. Austin, Noe Gutierrez, Sunny Simon, Dr. Peter Kadile, Bruce Cathcart, Julie Buehler, Flint Wheeler, Laura Hunt Little, Lola Rossi, Dee Jae Cox, Patte Purcell, Esther Sanchez, Rebecca Pikus, Angela Valente Romeo, Janet Newcomb, Alex Updike, Jenny Wallis, Uncle Ben Photographers Laura Hunt Little, Scott Pam, Lani Garfield, Chris Miller, La Maniaca, Esther Sanchez Distribution Phil Lacombe, William Westley

by angela romeo

Brand new four-day art event with cutting-edge artwork, entertainment, and special performances. Coincides with BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament.


e live in an area of diversity. That is well reflected in our art. The Coachella Valley hosts many events – from Coachella Fest to Palm Springs Fine Art Fair to Modernism Week to Tachevah. We are home to internationally recognized galleries and museums. It should be no surprise that Eric Smith of Redwood Media Group would bring a new event, Spectrum Indian Wells, to us.

By Bill Sherwood

Eric Smith has been instrumental in producing art shows across the country. From New York to Miami, to Santa Fe to San Diego, Eric oversees all creative aspects and production of Redwood Media Group. RMG produces Artexpo New York, SOLO, among other shows. Previously, Eric served as Vice President of Summit Business Media, the leading worldwide producer of art shows and art-related trade publications including Artexpo Las Vegas, Art Miami, Art Business

News, DÉCOR, and Volume magazines. A true art insider, Smith’s expertise ranges from buying and selling art to framing and hanging, as well as navigating the auction world. With over 20 years of experience, Eric is a leading expert on the art market. “What makes Spectrum Indian Wells unique is combination of art, tennis and the people who love both! This is the perfect storm and we have the perfect venue to weather it.” continue to page 5


Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show............3 CONTACT In The Desert...........................6 Martha’s Vilage & Kitchen.......................7 Breaking the 4th Wall- I Am My Own Wife...8 Theatre - Agnes Of God...........................8 Ludacris at Fantasy Springs....................9 Tachevah Semi-Finalists..........................9 Creedence Clearwater Revisited ..........10 Backstage Jazz - Paul Elia......................10 Michael Keeth........................................11 Consider This - Eyelids...........................12 Art Scene - RM Tour of Artists...............13 Pet Place.................................................14 The Vino Voice .......................................15 Club Crawler Nightlife...........................16 Art Scene - Art Under The Umbrellas...18 Screeners................................................20 Book Review...........................................21 Art Scene - Student Art Show & Sale....21 Haddon Libby........................................23 Dale Gribow...........................................23 Safety Tips..............................................24 Desert Patio Showcase..........................25 Butterfly Release at CDMD...................25 Sports Scene..........................................25 Just For The Health Of It Wellness Fair...26 CV Derby Girls Season Opener.............26 Ask Jenny...............................................26 Free Will Astrology................................27 Mind, Body & Spirit ...............................27 Beauty with Dr. Maria Lombardo.........28 Life & Career Coach ...............................28

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By Francesca Saveri

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March 17 to March 23, 2016


SPECTRUM ART continued from page 3

By Agnieszka Pilat

Together with presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, Spectrum Indian Wells will bring 45 galleries and career artists to the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom. Spectrum Indian Wells will run from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20, 2016. This event coincides with the final weekend of the renowned BNP Paribas Open, which drew over 456,000 tennis fans from around the world last year. “Spectrum Indian Wells adds to the richness of that experience – tennis and the Coachella Valley,” noted Eric. The theme for Spectrum Indian Wells is [EXPANSE]: A vast landscape of artistic

By Souren Mousavi

March 17 to March 23, 2016

By Angela Gebhardt

imaginings. Against an expansive desert backdrop, world-class artists and galleries pursue the pinnacle of creative vision. “This is truly an event and positioned to become an iconic art happening. In addition to the artwork, there will be lectures, music and of courses large screen TVs so no one has to choose between tennis and art! I am an avid tennis player and great fan of the BNP Paribas Open. I would not ever wish to choose one over the other!” joked Eric. “These four days are an opportunity for collectors to take in the best the art world has to offer. We have galleries from Palm

Desert to the UK. We have career artists, who without traditional gallery representation have carved a space in the art world. This is not the venue to find hobbyists, this is true artwork from true artists.” “Gregg Albrachct and Jim Martin are two career artists joining Spectrum Indian Wells. Both men create beautiful haunting work – Gregg in photography and Jim in sculpture. Their work will be accessible to all who come through our doors. This is also an opportunity for collectors to meet the artists and discover more about their work.” “Spectrum Indian Wells is a boutique

By Michael Shewmaker

show, of that I have no doubt. I am no stranger to that art world. My team and I have brought together an eclectic interesting group of artists. I expect that those visiting Spectrum Indian Wells will not be disappointed. With mediums ranging from paintings and photography to sculpture, glassworks, and more, it will be difficult for anyone to find a better representation of art in the Coachella Valley. I live here and could not image bringing anything but the best to my back yard.” Spectrum Indian Wells will take place at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, a few miles from the Indian Wells Tennis. Presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services will also sponsor a lavish VIP lounge, providing tournament attendees and clients a place to relax and rest. Tickets for Spectrum Indian Wells Opening Night Preview are priced at $50 online and $60 at the door. General Admission tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door. Free General Admission will be granted to anyone with a ticket to the BNP Paribas Open. For more information on Spectrum Indian Wells, please visit SHOW HOURS: Opening Night Preview Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 5pm – 9pm Open Show Days: Friday, March 18, 2016 | 12pm – 7pm Saturday, March 19, 2016 | 12pm – 7pm Sunday, March 20, 2016 | 10am – 5pm VENUE: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa 44400 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA 92210 ADMISSION COST: Trade and Press: Free with pre-registration VIP Opening Night: $50 online | $60 at event VIP Opening Night plus 3 Day Pass: $75 online| $85 at event General Public: One-day pass $20 online | $30 at event Three-day pass $25 online | $35 at event Student/Senior: One-day pass $10 online | $15 at event Three-day pass $15 online | $20 at event Children (up to age 15): Free


March 17 to March 23, 2016


the Top UFO Conference Will Cover Recent CIA Information Releases and More June 3-6

ontact in the Desert descends on Joshua Tree, California, one of the most famous UFO sighting areas in America, attracting thousands of UFO enthusiasts from all over the globe. Heading into its fourth year, CONTACT in the DESERT, the largest UFO Conference in the US will bring together noted experts in the field at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center June 3-6, to discuss some of the “X-Files” recently released by the CIA, the UFO work of the late American astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who appeared at the event last year, and much more. Experts expected include CONTACT In the DESERT returnees Chariots of the Gods author Erich von Däniken, “Ancient Aliens” star Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, and George Noory host of “Coast to Coast AM,” along with

new live presenters including Fingerprints of the Gods author Graham Hancock, popular “Ancient Aliens” expert David Childress, and best-selling author of the Communion series, Whitley Strieber. On January 21 the CIA released numerous UFO files from the 1940s to the 1960s that were top secret until now. At CONTACT In the DESERT 2016 over 40 scientists, historians and researchers will discuss these files and other evidence in a serious, academic look at the UFO phenomenon, its impact on the human race and what it means going forward. CONTACT in the DESERT will explore alien technology, human origins, forbidden archeology, ancient aliens, and the “need to know” with the leading military experts, authors, and other theorists on the subject.

Erich von Däniken

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

George Noory

Graham Hancock

David Childress

Whitley Strieber


CONTACT in the DESERT has put together a powerful line up of the leading UFO and Ancient Aliens speakers, all in one weekend. This prestigious group will also feature Robert Bauval, David Jacobs, David Wilcock, Linda Moulton Howe, Walter Crittenden, Jim Marrs, Stanton Friedman, Richard Dolan, John Greenewald, Jason Martell, James Gilliland, Travis Walton, Laura Eisenhower, Daniel Sheehan, Mike Bara, Nick Redfern, Joel “Doc” Wallach, Jimmy Church and many more. With ongoing crop circles and mass sightings more commonplace than ever, the recent CIA information release, and the Clinton presidential campaign’s stated interest in opening up the government’s UFO files, interest in Alien encounters has come into the mainstream. In addition to the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Brazil, and several other countries have finally opened some of their UFO files in recognition of the right to know, resulting in accelerated public interest in these phenomena. Breaking off into several tracks, the conference will focus on Ancient Alien studies, Contact Experiences, Sightings, Crop Circles, Abduction, other proof of alien visitation, and Government Interactions with Aliens. Highlights of the Friday June 3 program include “The Next Step – Human Survival on Other Planets,” “Dark Star – The Binary Influence of Precession,” and “UFOs, Spirituality, and the Evolution of Consciousness.” Saturday’s exciting panels include “Science of UFOs and Derived Technology,” and “Planet X, Annunaki, & Their Impact Today.” And Sunday’s popular topics include the “Contact Experiences” and “They Walk Among Us: Government Secrecy and New Disclosures.” In addition to the panels, lectures, and natural beauty included with a weekend pass, attendees are also able to purchase tickets for


more than 20 workshops from the top UFO experts, including David Wilcock, Erich von Däniken, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, and a luncheon with George Noory. Night vision and fieldwork experiences will be available, and on Monday June 6, twelve of the presenters will each offer three-hour intensives. The Joshua Tree Retreat Center, located at 59700 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA is the perfect setting for CONTACT in the DESERT. An underappreciated modernist gem, the spectacular center, set on an ancient sacred site, is the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western US and boasts outstanding architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright. Lodging options include extensive and beautiful campsites at the retreat center with bathroom facilities and a sparkling pool (however no hook ups). There are also plenty of nearby hotels in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms, with special rates available for attendees. On-site rooms and suites are already sold out for the event, however there is dorm space available. The Center offers a variety of meal-plan options right on site. Early-bird tickets for the event are $210 (or $395 per couple) until April 3. After that, regular tickets are $225 (or $425 per couple) until May 2, $240 (or $450 per couple) until June 2, and in the unlikely instance that tickets are available onsite, these will be $275 (or $525 per couple). Tickets and workshop passes are available at www.contactinthedesert. com/tickets. For more information please go to For press info, please contact Susan von Seggern at 213-840-0077, or For Joshua Tree Retreat Center info, please contact Crystal Fonoti at 760-365-8371 or


March 17 to March 23, 2016

Martha’s Village and Kitchen to be the Designated Community Partner for Whole Foods Market 5% Day


artha’s Village and Kitchen will be the Community Partner for the upcoming Whole Foods 5% Day taking place on March 22, 2016 in Palm Desert. On this day, 5% of net sales will be donated to Martha’s Village and Kitchen in support of programs and services for persons experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Coachella Valley. According to the company’s website, individual Whole Foods locations have flexibility in deciding the best way to meet the needs of their local community and pride themselves in minimizing “corporate” directives. Several times a year, each store hosts community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. “We are honored to be selected as a Community Partner for the Whole Foods 5% Day,” said Elena Rosenthal, Special Events/ Volunteer Services Program Supervisor for Martha’s Village and Kitchen. “We are so thankful for our partnerships in the community and are excited to work with Whole Foods Market Palm Desert to help our local neighbors in need who experience hunger, poverty and homelessness.” Martha’s operates a full-service campus with educational and supportive programs offered free to the homeless and those in the community living at the poverty level. The proceeds from the Whole Foods 5% Day will be put to immediate use to support a variety of programs at Martha’s that seek to give clients the opportunity to reach their full potential and learn life-skills to live selfsufficient and productive lives. The goal of Martha’s Village and Kitchen is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and change the lives of individuals, families and generations to come. The event will take place from 7AM to 10PM on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Whole Foods Market – Palm Desert, located at 44-459 Town Center Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Five percent of net sales from the entire day will go benefit Martha’s Village

and Kitchen. For more information or to download the flyer, please visit www. About Martha’s Village and Kitchen Martha’s Village and Kitchen is in its 25th year of providing services in the Coachella Valley. It is the mission of Martha’s Village and Kitchen to respond to the needs of the homeless community with food, clothing, shelter and an opportunity to become selfsufficient and productive citizens. Martha’s Village and Kitchen offers unique lifechanging programs including Food Services, Transitional Housing, Children’s Services, Career and Education, Case Management, Emergency Assistance, Healthcare Services and more. Along with the assistance of volunteers and the Coachella Valley community, Martha’s Village and Kitchen strives to break the cycle of homelessness, therefore improving the lives of generations to come.


March 17 to March 23, 2016

A Stage Review of “I Am My Own Wife” By Dee Jae Cox Breaking the 4th Wall


Am My Own Wife.” Doug Wright’s Pulitzer prize winning play, currently in production at Coachella Valley Repertory, is a one man show that follows the intricate weavings of a life that has taken so many twists and turns through tragedy and triumphant survival, that one would need a road map to retrace the thousand steps and near death experiences of this incredible true story of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf. Born Lothar Berfelde, Mahlsdorf killed his abusive father when he was a teen and survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin. He was a transvestite and a celebrated antiques dealer who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past “

century-the Nazis and the Communists-while openly gay and defiantly in drag. Von Mahlsdorf was both hailed as a cultural hero and accused of colluding with the Stasi (East Germany’s secret police). It’s hard to imagine surviving the Nazi killing machine and the East German Communist regime without playing every angle and every option presented. Wright’s creativity in telling the biography of this man is masterful and there is no question about why this work was the winner of multiple Tony awards, a Pulitzer and a Lambda Literary Award. Vince Gatton, in his portrayal of Von

Mahlosdorf, along with a couple of dozen other characters, was absolutely brilliant. His ability to transition from the main character into a separate and very distinct different character and voice and then back again, was nothing short of astonishing. From German to Southern, his grasp of the accents and character was spot on. He was smooth and seamless and kept the story flowing with continuity and insight. It is rare, unless your name is Lily Tomlin, that a one-person show can manage to capture and captivate for its entirety without ones attention starting to wane at some point. But Gatton accomplishes this task with apparent ease. Though the work it took to master this script was undoubtedly a major task, the payoff was evident. Ron Celona, did not disappoint in his artful direction of this play. His skill in staging enhanced an already poignant script.

Jimmy Cuomo’s set design was captivating. Detailed and complex and mirrored the story perfectly. Aalsa Lee’s costume design, Moira Wilkie’s Lighting design and Randy Hansen’s sound all played supporting roles in the professional presentation of this production. This is a show for all ages, though probably not a story that would entertain young children. “I Am My Own Wife, is in production at the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre located at 69930 Hwy 111, Suite 116, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 through March 27th. For Reservations: call 760-296-2966, or visit Dee Jae Cox, is a playwright, director and producer. She is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project and the host of, “California Woman 411”.

theatre COYOTE STAGEWORKS PRESENTS “AGNES OF GOD” BY JOHN PIELMEIER Dramatic Tony Award-Winner Depicts Intriguing Battle Between Faith & Reason


oyote StageWorks, the awardwinning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, will present ten performances of the gripping drama Agnes of God by playwright John Pielmeier at the Annenberg Theater beginning April 20, 2016. A 1982 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a play, that has been packing in audiences worldwide ever since, Agnes of God raises questions about spiritual issues and morality. A Q&A session with cast members will follow the Thursday matinee on April 21. Called “Blindingly Theatrical” by the New York Post, this compelling mystery tells the story of an isolated convent during the dead of night, where an ethereal young nun, Sister Agnes, secretly gives birth to a baby after hiding her pregnancy for nine months. When the newborn is discovered dead soon after

Britt Adams


the delivery, Agnes becomes the object of a criminal investigation. A court appointed psychiatrist is assigned to look into the unusual case and determine whether or not Sister Agnes is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder. Directed by Don Amendolia, this theatrical event is certain to enthrall audiences with captivating performances by the lead performers. All three roles are considered to be extremely demanding for the actors playing them. Broadway veteran Marsha Waterbury plays Dr. Livingstone, the hard-nosed court psychiatrist and atheist. Valerie Armstrong takes on the role of Mother Superior, who must expound the possibilities of miracles while recognizing the realities of today’s world. Her character tells Dr. Livingston that Agnes is a pure soul and the child was a

Marsha Waterbury

Valerie Armstrong

miracle from God. However, the cynical Dr. Livingstone doesn’t buy it. Britt Adams will play the demanding title role of Agnes, a beautiful innocent whose abusive upbringing has affected her ability to think rationally. Did someone take advantage of Agnes, or was it another immaculate conception? Playwright John Pielmeier’s story is an intriguing three-cornered battle among a mother superior, a court psychiatrist, and Agnes, the woman whose soul or sanity they’re fighting for, and is surely to fuel discussions long after the curtain comes down. The play was also the basis of a critically acclaimed film of the same name that starred Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly and directed by Norman Jewison. Tickets for Coyote StageWorks’ production of Agnes of God are $45 and $55 for matinees and $50 and $60 for evening performances, and may be purchased at the Annenberg Theater box office located at the Palm Springs Art Museum or online at A Q&A session with cast members will follow the Thursday matinee. Voted ‘Best Live Theater’ in Desert Magazine’s “Best of the Valley” reader’s poll in 2013 and 2014, Coyote StageWorks also won an astonishing 20 Desert Star Awards from the Desert Theatre League in October 2014. Since the company’s first production in 2009 it has earned 62 Desert Star Awards. Coyote StageWorks is a nonprofit, 501(c)3

company dedicated to advancing theatre as a vital art form in the desert communities of the Coachella Valley. It is their mission to provide a forum for thought-provoking, entertaining, and culturally significant works in an environment that nurtures the creativity of the individual and the enrichment of the community. For more information about Coyote StageWorks and its 2016 season, please visit Group sales: 760318-0024. To purchase individual tickets or subscriptions, call 760-325-4490 or visit



he career of multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. With 17 Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy wins, and over 19 million records sold in the United States, Ludacris is a force to be reckoned with, and he’s bringing that force to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, May 14th. Much more than an entertainer, Ludacris is a positive example and a powerful icon who is able to create, reconstruct, and command anything to which he attaches his name. Many of his successful records were paired with ingenious videos that demonstrated his farreaching imagination and his willingness to stretch the boundaries of how hip-hop videos should look and feel. With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Ludacris has solidified himself as one of music’s premiere entertainers. His 8th studio album, Ludaversal, was released last year and stuck to the tradition of success that Ludacris has established. In addition to his heavily awarded music

career, Ludacris is also an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama Hustle & Flow, the smash hit Fast and the Furious sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7. He was also in the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture Winner Crash, which earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards. He has also had a recurring role as “Darius Parker” in the long-running hit television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Ludacris’ philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He partnered with Crash writer/director Paul Haggis and Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. He has also partnered with Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela through The Ludacris Foundation to continue to inspire youth through education. Tickets for the 8pm Ludacris performance on May 14th go on sale this Friday, March 18th for $79, $59, and $39 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone at (800) 827-2946 or online at

March 17 to March 23, 2016

Local MusicSpotlight

By Tracy Dietlin

Tachevah 2016 semi-finalists


oting has ended for the Tachevah Showcase 2016 and the 10 bands have been announced that will compete in 2 semi-final Showcases to be held Thursday, March 31 at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace and Wednesday, April 13 at The Hood Bar & Pizza in Palm Desert. Those bands are: Arms Akimbo of Los Angeles, Brightener from Palm Desert, The Brosquitos from Desert Hot Springs, Cakes of Palm Springs, Hollace from Palm Desert, IIIZ of Palm Desert, Jesse James from Cathedral City, Lorialla of Palm Desert, Moonbaby of Palm Springs and Wild Sons of Palm Springs. IIIZ , formerly The Yip Yops, received the most online votes in the music video contest sponsored by The Desert Sun and will return to the live competition after being a cowinner of the Tachevah Music Showcase in 2014. The Brosquitos, who advanced to last year’s semi-finals competition in Palm Springs, were the only other band out of the 10 that had previously made it to Tachevah. The top 10 contestants beat out some popular Coachella Valley bands, including CIVX, who won the 2014 competition with the Yip Yops (now IIIZ), and was selected to play in that year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Alex Harrington, who competed last year as All Night Shoes, also was selected

to perform in the Coachella Music Festival campgrounds last year, but didn’t make the Tachevah cut this year. He did however win the CV Music Award last year for “Best Club DJ”. Other bands that were surprisingly left out included several CV Music Award winners from the past 2 years such as: Thr3Strykes (winner of the “Best Hip-Hop/ Rap” award 2014 & 2015), R Buckle Road (winner of “Best Country Band” 2014) and Caxton (winner of “Best Band” 2014). Higher Heights and Ideation, also not making the cut, were nominated for CV Music Awards last year. The top 10 bands will be divided into groups of five to play the semi-finals at Pappy and Harriet’s and The Hood. According to The Desert Sun, the names of the bands playing each venue will be announced next week after the musicians can be notified and schedules can be checked. Two winners from each of the semi-finals competitions, judged by a panel of industry professionals and professional music artists including, singer-songwriter Victoria Williams, Queen music director Spike Edney, and British rocker Terry Reid, will advance to the finals competition May 18 at the Date Shed in Indio. The winner of that will receive a $3,000 cash prize. All concerts in the Tachevah 2016 showcase series are all ages and free.


March 17 to March 23, 2016

Local Music Spotlight



backstage jazz

Paul Elia



pa Resort Casino presents Concerts Under the Palms, a series of outdoor music concerts in a unique setting with bar garden at the corner of Indian Canyon and E. Andreas Road. The series kicked off on January 16 and continues through April 9, 2016. Surrounded by a grove of skirted palms under a starry night sky, a stage, lights, sound system and seating are placed in perfect harmony, creating a unique al fresco venue poised to present some of the most memorable music of the last half-century. “We’ve designed this series to appeal to the music lover in everyone,” Spa Resort Casino Assistant General Manager Kari Stout-Smith says, “and we’re excited to offer premium seating options in the venue along with a stellar line up of performers.” Reserved seating is available at some concerts with tiered pricing. Seating is firstcome, first-served for other concerts in the series at which the public is invited to attend for free. The venue will also feature a bar garden at each of the six concerts in the series. “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner” – a sampling of the chart-topping hits by Creedence Clearwater Revival that helped form the foundation of roots and blues rock – a Southern Rock sound formed amidst the San Francisco Bay Area origins of the bands’ members. Creedence Clearwater Revisited came together in 1995 with original Creedence Clearwater Revival band-mates Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and


continues to infuse these timeless sounds with impeccable precision. Experience Creedence Clearwater Revisited live under the palms on March 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40-50. Tesla, a rock powerhouse with roots also formed in California, helped set the metal tone for the 1980’s with their rock ballad, “Love Song.” Their “Five Man Accoustic Jam” album fired up the 90s with acoustic renditions of favorites like “Comin’ Atcha Live” and “Modern Day Cowboy.” After a late-nineties hiatus, Tesla roared into the new century with a string of Billboardcharting albums including “Into the Now” and “Forever More,” which was released on their own label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings. Tesla brings their rock power to downtown Palm Springs with a performance on March 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-45. Concerts Under the Palms wraps for the season on April 9 with the sonic sounds of Sugar Ray. With a meld of metal, punk and hip-hop and chart-topping songs like “Fly,” “Every Morning,” and “Someday” showcasing their chops, Sugar Ray, with popular front-man Mark McGrath (you might remember him as an Extra co-host or as the new host of Killer Karaoke), hits the outdoor stage at 7:30 p.m. This concert is free. Seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are on sale on the Spa Resort Casino website at, in person at the Paradise Rewards Club or call 800-585-3737. Parking: Parking is available at Spa Resort Casino and the surrounding area.

By patte purcell

nybody who thinks about the desert, almost invariably thinks about the iconic legends of Palm Springs nightlife, the Rat Pack. Many of the entertainers here add the standards to their shows reminding people of the history of this entertainment center. There is an entertainer, now based out of Palm Springs area that puts on an extremely realistic performance as the legendary Dean Martin. His name is Paul Elia. I first saw Paul’s show last year and he did a fun, fast paced Dean Martin segment complete with a little dancing, some jokes, the hat and a drink and cigarette in his hand. He interacts with the audience and brings a lot of laughter to the show. I was impressed. I spoke with Paul last week by phone as he was making yet another pot of coffee for his day. He calls himself ‘a coffee achiever’. We talked about how he got here. He spanned a 40 year career where he started playing drums at age 16 in bars. After he moved to Tucson, Arizona he was part of a swing renaissance movement in a band called, Kings of Pleasure. That’s where he moved from behind the drums on vocals to the lead singer because the crowd liked his vocals. Paul has a smokey voice reminiscent of Sinatra or Dean Martin so he formed his own

band with some great Sinatra arrangements. He tried out for the David Cassidy ‘Rat Pack Show’ where he performed as both Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra as second string for shows in Las Vegas and Connecticut. He moved to the desert 9 years ago and was performing regularly at Club Trinidad (now Purple Room), Chicago Freddys, and the Indian Wells Resort Hotel, until the recession hit. He then started doing private parties. He also did some acting including 2 movies and some commercials. Most recently he did a production show at C&C Studios in Santa Monica as Dean Martin called “A Night at the Sands.” He’s teamed up with Jim Brewster who performs as Frank Sinatra to his Dean Martin. He says ‘its’ a tight 1:15 minute show’ that they’ve been performing at venues including the Morongo Casino. He appears at Pete’s Hideaway on Mondays. Monday March 21 from 5-8, he will one of the featured performers at the Celebrity Jazz Jam “Standards Night” at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, along with 15 other national artists and local favorites. To contact Paul visit his website at To get tickets to the Celebrity Jazz Jam call 1-800-3168559 or for questions contact Patte Purcell, 701-219-6777.

Local Music Spotlight

Michael Keeth continues to Get Back Up


ichael Keeth is one of the hardest working musicians in the Coachella Valley. On any given week, Keeth performs regularly at several local hotspots from one end of the valley to the other. Along with out of town regular gigs and local upscale private parties and events, that consistently adds up to 6 shows a week minimum and sometimes as many as 9. Not many musicians can acquire a fan base that broad and dedicated to want to see them perform that often. Keeth has also garnered many accolades including, “Best Male Vocalist” at the 2015 CV Music Awards, as well as “Best Duo” with Martin Barrera. He also won “Best Male Vocalist” in 2014. And with his smooth, sultry, passionate, and impressive vocal range, he in my opinion has earned the title of the “the voice”. Keeth recently released his second CD titled, Get Back Up. There is a common thread that runs throughout the CD that has Keeth both reflective about past adventures and mistakes, as well as overcoming them, and being grateful for his current seat in the life that he seems to love. While there isn’t a bad song in the bunch, there are a several standout tracks, many of which are radio ready, top ten hitworthy songs. It starts out strong with the title track, which is the anthem for pulling yourself together after rough times with the lyrics: Upside down Cuz you lost your love/Inside out I’ll be the one to help you get back up/Don’t let it change you/Don’t let it win. “Don’t Even Have to Try” is a song for any couple that has weathered the storm and are still standing strong with lyrics like: And you’re beautiful can’t you see/ You’re the only one I want next to me/It’s been a long hard road/And you’re still worth the fight/And no matter what comes our way/

I’ll be standing by your side/Cuz baby we don’t even have to try/We can talk all night or we can laugh until we cry. This track is sure to make every woman’s heart melt. “People Change” is riveting with simple words that cut right through like: People change/But I still stay the same/Just a faceless man/Begging to buy a name/ People change/But I still stay the same/Just a folded card/Begging to stay in the game. Musically and vocally, “Midnight” is reminiscent of “Her Diamonds” by Rob Thomas. To compare Keeth to Thomas as a songwriter and vocalist is truly a compliment considering Thomas’ achievements in music, yet to pigeon-hole him as just that would be an injustice. He does, however, conjure up that raw passion that Thomas had on early songs as well as the refined vocal control he has shown more recently. But keep in mind that Keeth has transitioned from a man who used to front a very successful local hard rock band reminiscent of Tool back in the early 2000s, into the master singer-songwriter he is today. If you’re looking for heartfelt, melodic rock songs, written by a master lyricist, performed by “the voice” then I highly recommend you check out the CD, Get Back Up, and make sure to come out for Michael Keeth’s CD release party at The Riviera in Palm Springs this Saturday, March 19, from 7-10pm. Keeth was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for CV Weekly. CVW: This is your second full-length CD, with the last one being Shed the Skin? Michael Keeth: “Yes. Shed the Skin was all acoustic. This is a full band recording.” CVW: I know the title of Shed the Skin has a significant meaning. What is behind the title of Get Back Up? MK: “Shed the Skin was really coming out of a period of external strife, and trying to move past those experiences with open eyes. Get Back Up is an album made up of some older songs that I never recorded the way I had envisioned, and new songs about times of growth and change for me internally, and also of what I hold most important now. We all fall at times. That’s alright as long as you learn from it, and come back stronger.” CVW: How long did it take to record the album? MK: “This has been about 4 years of recording, re-recording, trying new techniques, trial and error to get the sound I really wanted.” CVW: I notice you recorded at Keeth Media Studios. It has great sound for being mixed, mastered and recorded by yourself. Is that a home studio? MK: “Thank you so much. Yes, it was done at home. I use protools. I have a v kit

March 17 to March 23, 2016

By Tracy Dietlin photos by Chris Miller/Imagine Imagery

for the drums, lots of mics, instruments, as well as really cool synths for layers. And an awesome wife and kids who like music in the house.” (smiling) CVW: There’s also a song on the CD cowritten with Eli Becken. Can you tell us a little about that? Was it done when he was out here? MK: “The song “Who Says” was written a long time ago about a friend expecting their first child; experiencing all the fear and excitement that goes with it. Eli gave me the first chords and I took them and ran.” CVW: How do you feel your songwriting has changed/evolved over the years? MK: “I feel like the main evolution has come in the form of just being more comfortable in my skin as a writer and performer. I’m heavily influenced and inspired by other musicians, but I’m content singing and playing my own way.” CVW: What are your main influences or inspirations when writing songs? MK: “Mainly personal experiences, but I also like writing from other people’s point of view. To see family or friends go through experiences and empathize with them. One of the greatest effects of music is how it allows us be part of the bigger picture. When you can relate to a lyric or feeling, you don’t feel alone.” CVW: What song are you the most proud of? MK: “I love them all. I’ve had some for a long time. And the new additions are close to my heart too.” CVW: You are one of a select group of musicians that actually makes a good living at being a “working musician” here in the valley. What are your thoughts on that? MK: “I’m very lucky and thankful for that. I just keep working to be better, show up and stay proactive. I believe that the road will rise up to meet you, but only if you’re working to progress. I’ll never be done learning or trying to improve what I do, and working to expand my audience.” CVW: What is your formula for keeping it fresh when you play 6-8 gigs a week, every week? Do you change things up?

MK: “I constantly change up my sets. I like writing on the fly. Sometimes I’ll just jam out ideas on the middle of the set. I love trying new songs, and using alternate tunings.” CVW: Is your lineup still Martin and Josh? Or does that change with different shows? MK: “I play solo quite a bit. But yes, Joshua Fimbres of Thr3 Strykes is an awesome percussionist/ drummer. And Martin Barrera plays lead guitar. And now Charlie Ellis of Mighty Jack is playing bass (very well, by the way).” CVW: What do you feel has been the most defining moment of your career? MK: “I don’t have a specific moment. I’m thankful every day that I get to do what I love for a living.” CVW: Who were your influences in the past? And who are they now? MK: “I’ve always been a huge U2 fan. But I love a lot of different kinds of music. Sometimes I’ll just buy random CDs and see if I like them.” CVW: Who do you most respect in the music business today and why? MK: “Anyone who plays because they love it.” CVW: Where do you want to be in 5 years? MK: “Spending time with my family, playing shows and writing music.” CVW: What do you like to do when you’re not performing? MK: “Hanging out with my wife and kids. I love taking car trips and seeing new places.” CVW: Tell us something nobody knows about Michael? MK: “I’m an open book.” (flashes that famous grin) CVW: What can fans expect at the CD release party? MK: “A lot of fun! We’re gonna do an open jam with our desert musicians friends for the first couple of hours, drink specials, and my full band will perform the album from 9-10pm. Then a DJ plays from 10 to close!” For more info including a complete schedule of live shows, music, lyrics and videos, please visit his website


March 17 to March 23, 2016

Consider This



by Eleni P. Austin

“854” (Jealous Butcher Records)

ortland, Oregon is famous for a lot of things. Artisan cuisine, microbreweries, beards, liberal politics, farm-to-table food and bicycles. But it’s home to a thriving music scene. Back in the ‘60s, the Kingsman (“Louie, Louie”), along with Paul Revere And The Raiders (“Kicks”), gave the city national exposure on the charts. In the ‘80s, the music veered from the ridiculous (Quarterflash), to the sublime (Wipers). Later in that decade Punk flourished. Even now, it’s home to Decemberists and Peter Buck, architect of R.E.M. Currently, Portland’s best kept secret is Eyelids. The five-piece is an Indie super-group of sorts, featuring three guitarists, Jonathan Drews, John Moen and Chris Slusarenko, Jim Talstra on bass and drummer Paulie Pulvirenti. Individually, these guys have been in the Dharma Bums, Guided By Voices, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Minus 5, Elliott Smith, Decemberists and Boston Spaceships.

John Moen and Chris Slusarenko have been friends for nearly 30 years. Having both completed a tour for Boston Spaceships’ Let It Beard album, they decided to revisit demos they had originally written and recorded in the early part of the 21st century. Pleased and inspired by their nascent efforts they corralled John Drews and headed into the studio, where they created another 13 songs on the spot. Recruiting Jim Talstra and Paulie Pulvirenti they added bass and drums and the result is Eyelids’ full-length debut, 854. The album opens with the one-two punch of “Seagulls In Submission” and “Psych #1.” “Seagulls...” shimmers like a summer day as guitars ring and jangle. The lyrics paint a vivid tale of aviary terror on the beach, as they implore the menacing birds to “please leave.” On “Psych…” cascading guitars collide with searing electric riffs and a stuttery beat. Here a romance on the rocks just needs a little emotional rescue…” a sliver of possibility.” Splitting the difference between madrigal

and mea culpa, the track gathers speed on the urgent chorus. These guys are master craftsmen, and the music on 854 is a sharp distillation of myriad influences. The lush acoustic filigrees and fey, falsetto vocals of “Frame We Filled” are supplanted by dissonant guitar. The track completely recalls the sun-kissed charms Paisley Underground heroes like Three O’Clock and Rain Parade. Meanwhile the high harmonies on “Forget About Tomorrow” wash over forboding bass lines and ascending guitar notes like sweet nectar. The start-stop rhythms evoke the angular pleasures of New Zealand’s Straitjacket Fits and the lyrics offer this quiet carpe diem; “Wrapped in an embrace, a cracked smile upon my face/Forget about tomorrow, this is now.” On “You Are Your Own,” “Say It’s Alright” and “854” the musical attack is more muscular. With “You Are...” a tough-minded pep talk is couched in a hook-laden melody. Guitar riffs transmit like pinging sonar as the propulsive percussion puts the pedal to the metal. On “Say...” the opening guitar licks feel like a sideways homage to the Hollies’ epochal “Bus Stop, Bus Stop.” Here, the tune is tethered to a galloping backbeat and tensile bass lines. Breathless lyrics recount a relationship teetering on the verge of collapse: “I’m drunk with you, but the screaming is what’s left of my mind.” Over the instrumental break guitars intertwine, see-sawing and careening, but nothing is resolved.

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The title track is powered by tilt-a-whirl guitars. Spinning clockwise then counterclockwise, they mirror the chaotic emotional ennui of the lyrics; “Broken our forgiveness, our solitary fate.” Clearly, Eyelids share a cosmic connection with slightly older brother bands like R.E.M., Let’s Active, the db’s and Dream Syndicate, but three songs on this record explore deeper antecedents from the ‘60s. “Mile To Wave” begins dreamily before downshifting into a sad-sack waltz. Here, flange-y guitars circle soaring harmonies in ¾ time. The sunny, Country-Rock melody of “Abby’s Friends” belies angst filled lyrics that chastise an old pal. “You’re completely out of reach, I’m no better, call me please.” The tune is anchored by a tick-tock beat and twangy guitars that fracture in the echo and sway. Finally, “Into The Sun” recalls the narcoleptic charms of “Loaded” era Velvet Underground. Twee harmonies circumnavigate liquid guitar licks and a somnambulant French Horn. The lyrics feel despondent, but not quite suicidal. Other interesting tracks include “Everybody,” which blends incandescent acoustic arpeggios with psychedelia-tinged electric clusters. The modal “Floating Underground” offers up a hypnotic chiaroscuro. The long-player closes with “From A Distance.” Don’t freak out, it’s not the syrupy Bette Midler schmaltz-fest. This quiet benediction is fueled by sweetly plangent guitars that ring and chime. The plaintive lyrics recall a moment of open affection; “We talked as friends might do, my jokes didn’t bother you and I wanted to sing/You made me feel unguarded, optimistic and openhearted and I’m rarely such things.” As nearly perfect as 854 is, their selftitled, four song EP is even better. From the ridiculously catchy and effervescent “Bound To Let You Down,” to the mid-tempo candycoated crunch of “Broken Continue” and the wistfully piano ballad “Only Time Will Tell.” The EP winds up and then down with a trenchant take on the Dream Syndicate’s Paisley paean to all hallows eve, “Halloween.” Without sounding warmed-over or derivative, Eyelids music recalls the halcyon days of College Rock. A purely ‘80s phenomenon, it began when campus stations played the music that mainstream radio ignored. In those days, listening to music by Siouxsie & The Banshees, Husker Du and Robyn Hitchcock (while peers waxed rhapsodic over Stacey Q and Timex Social Club), felt covert and clandestine; a perfect Pop secret. Then Nirvana blew the doors open and everything became “Alternative.” You don’t need a time machine to relive that golden era, just add some Eyelids to your day. It will all come rushing back.

art Scene

March 17 to March 23, 2016

By rachel montoya

3rd Annual Rancho Mirage Tour of Artists’ Homes and Studios


he City of Rancho Mirage will sponsor a Free Event to the interested public, art lovers and collectors -- the 3rd Annual Tour of Artists’ Homes and Studios. This exciting event will be held this Saturday, March 19, from 10am-5pm. Among the participating artists - Painters and Photographers - are: LOREN HARRIS-HELLER, JOHN HENEBRY, MANDY MAIN, ELAINE MATHEWS, JIM RICHE, RITA STEFFEN and EVELENE WECHSLER. MARIO PIKUS and GARY KOTT are the only 2 who Paint and Sculpt. The Rancho Mirage Tour of Artists’ Homes and Studios was founded by REBECCA PIKUS -- who conceived and created this amazing annual Event in the summer of 2013. She initially met with SCOTT HINES, Richard Kite, and members of the former Cultural Commission of the City of Rancho Mirage. She introduced her idea, together with fellow art advocates: Simeon Den, Janie Hughes, and Angela Valente Romeo. From summer 2013 until the first annual Rancho Mirage Artists Tour in Spring 2014, she worked tirelessly to launch this project. She attended countless meetings, presented numerous proposals, and once it was green-lighted, began the formidable task of finding artists who lived and worked in Rancho Mirage. She began locating, contacting, and recruiting the first pioneer artists of this annual Tour. Together with Alan Carvalho of CAMBRIDGE VIDEO, Rebecca and Alan created a documentary which videotaped each artist in their home and/or studio environment, as well as drone shots to show the artists working environment -- both inside and outside, and the surrounding beauty of

Rancho Mirage. This year’s documentary was videotaped by Jay Jenkins of PALM SPRINGS VIDEO. In addition to the 9 artists homes on Tour, there will be a Pop-Up Gallery at City Hall the day of the event, with among other artists Darlene Atteberry, Thomas Courbet, Raymond Hatfield, Shannon Hogan, Becky Jayne, Shirley Le Bert, and Anne Winchester. In addition, four of these renowned, Award-winning Artists participating in this one-day event have been featured -- and/or are on permanent Exhibit at REBECCA FINE ART GALLERY, 68895 Perez Rd, #7, Cathedral City, CA (760) 534-5888 and in the Online Gallery: - Thanks to MARIS KAZAKS, Director and Curator of RFA Gallery -- JOHN HENEBRY, MANDY MAIN, MARIO PIKUS, and JIM RICHE. 3rd Annual Rancho Mirage Tour of Artists’ Homes and Studios: Saturday March 19, 10am-5pm 10AM - Register at Rancho Mirage City Hall (Hwy 111 and Frank Sinatra Drive) Meet the Artists on video - Stroll the Pop-Up Gallery - Get your Maps and Lanyards 11AM-5PM - Artists Homes and Studios will be Open to the Public -- meet the artists in person, see their working and living environment, have conversations dialogues about their inspirations, their passions, their creative process, their viewpoints on art, the materials…a unique experience for attendees. Refreshments and bottled waters. More Info: (760) 341-7323 or librarian@


March 17 to March 23, 2016


The Gardens to the Rescue!


f you are out shopping at the Gardens in Palm Desert’s lovely El Paseo district on Friday, March 25, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm you may greeted by a sweet pup or a purring cat. The Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Village are teaming up with the Bianca Rae Foundation to host the first ever “The Gardens to the Rescue” adoption event. Over 15 retailers in the area will host adoptable dogs and cats from local animal shelters and rescues for patrons to meet and hopefully adopt. The live entertainment at this beautiful venue, ensure it will be a fun and festive event. Come out and shop, enjoy the festivities, and meet some fabulous animals. There will be raffle prizes from The Gardens stores and restaurants with 100% of the proceeds benefitting The Bianca Rae Foundation and the Humane Society of the Desert. The Humane Society of the Desert, one of the largest animal sanctuaries in California, also operates the state of the art Animal Hospital of Desert Hot Springs, which provides lower cost spay and neutering. The Bianca Rae Foundation implements programs to assist disadvantaged children and homeless animals. What are some of the reasons for

bringing shelter dogs and cats to off-site adoption events? 1. Less than 20% of people seeking a new pet will get one directly from an animal shelter. 2. These events allow adopters to see that approximately 30% of the animals in public shelters are pure breeds. 3. Showcasing adoptable animals in beautiful retail settings exhibits them as the wonderful animals they truly are. 4. Adoption counselors are on hand to share important information about each pet and offer helpful training advice. 5. People who are not seeking a second or third pet may “fall in love” after an unplanned but fabulous meeting with a rescue animal. Are adoptions at public off-site venues “impulse adoptions” that will result in returned animals? Not according to market research conducted by Bardsley & Neidhart reported in the Journal of Animal Science which discovered that the retention rate for animals adopted at off-site locations is the same as that of animals adopted from shelters. Bianca Rae, founder of the Bianca Rae Foundation and KESQ News anchor,

by Janet McAfee explains, “Our mission is to get homeless pets out of shelters and into loving homes. It is so important for people to get to see these animals in an environment that lets them be comfortable and show their purest self. That is why off-site adoption events are crucial to increasing the adoption rate for homeless animals.” Participating animal welfare groups are The Humane Society of the Desert, Animal Samaritans, Loving All Animals, Coachella Valley Animal Campus, Rescue Warrior, Living Free, and the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. The “Gardens to the Rescue” event helps these organizations share their dream and dedication of saving lives with our community. A complete list of participating stores will

here’s hallie “Happy” is this pup’s middle name! Hallie, an active 1 ½ year old Papillon mix, will be at the Gardens event. Or call Loving All Animals now to adopt this 7-lb love bug. (760) 834-7000.

Meet panda Seeking love, a lap, and a new life! This mellow Tuxedo girl was rescued by ForeverMeow. To adopt precious Panda, call (760) 335-6767.


be available at the main event table located near the fountain on El Paseo between Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Company. For additional information about the event, contact (760) 862-1990. Partnerships between local businesses and rescue animals are a win-win for everyone. They are good public relations for businesses in our “pet loving” community. The organizations raise needed funds and attract volunteers. The homeless animals are the biggest winners of all when this exposure gets them adopted. Let’s get these animals into wonderful homes!


March 17 to March 23, 2016

by Rick Riozza

Vive La France! Wine Dinner@Westin Mission Hills


he last time we did up France, we were covering the 2015 French Open Tennis Championships at Stade Rolland Garros. And if you remember, we visited three famous but different wine regions that were only a day’s trip away from the tournament in Paris. En France, we enjoyed Champagne, Chablis and Sancerre. Alors! This time, we can stay put, catch the BNP Paribas locally at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and can again delightfully enjoy Champagne, Chablis, Sancerre—along with fabulous red wine from Bordeaux and the Rhône, at the long-awaited Vive La France Wine Pairing Dinner, this Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Pinzimini Restaurant located in the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in beautiful Rancho Mirage. Readers of this column and the valley’s foodie residents are very well aware of the popular and continuing wine-dinner series “Le Serate di Vino” (Evenings of Wine) that show-case the immense talent of James Beard Honored Executive Chef Joel Delmond and his stellar crew of Chefs de Cuisine. These are elegant, lively, and fun evenings where the theme is to match world class wine to world class dining. It’s always one of the treats of the year. And, as your somm-confident, I am honored as well to bring you the news of this major wine-pairing event. So here’s the deal right up front: The cost of each dinner is incredibly $99 plus tax and gratuity! This Vive La France wine dinner includes a Reception, where Ahi Tuna and Foie Gras is served along with Lanson Black Label Brut Champagne, and Four Dinner Courses following that are paired with the French wines of your dreams. My son Paolo, resident foodie and neighborhood chef, recently caught up with the Chef to get his personal insight on this dinning event. And by the way—who other than our beloved Chef Joel, who began his culinary studies in his native France, do we wish to experience authentic French cuisine! At the Reception, the Fois Gras will be shaved over the Ahi Tuna with compressed pear and dehydrated black olive to give the appetizer a complexity of sweet, salty, and savory nuance. It’s the perfect match for the Brut Black Label Lanson Champagne. This is the consummate Champagne for Champagne lovers. It’s lively in the flute with its fine stream of persistent bubbles, with aromas of nectarine, pear, lemon curd and subtle ginger and floral accents. The bouquet

continues onto the palate with ripe orchard fruit and citrus, which create a sensation of opulence while maintaining a cleansing lightness. Honestly, we could continue quaffing this bubbly throughout the meal, and everyone would be happy—but, we’re here to consider a lot of great French wine. For the First Course, we’ll be treated to Frisée Lettuce with Smoked Lardon with warm crottin de Chavignol, with an apple cider vinaigrette on levain toast. This very-French goat cheese salad will meet its heavenly match with the fresh and bright 2014 Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis. This Drouhin Chablis is a light/medium bodied French Chardonnay with fresh scents of grapefruit, apricot, and apple, with crisp tastes of lemon, lychee, citrus, and hints of mango. Interestingly, last year, we had this same incredibly tasty salad and wine at the vineyard restaurant in Chablis! Chef Delmond definitely hit the Burgundy-mark on this course. Paolo can’t stop talking about the evening’s Second Course. He says, “just when you thought a puff pastry dish was so 1980’s, this Vol-au-Vent blew me away! The pastry was prepared perfectly—crispy, buttery, light but luscious with its savory mixture of precious morel mushrooms, firm and delicious veal sweetbreads, in a rich and blissful Armagnac sauce that was fit for a king!—a comfort dish to the nth power.” The wine chosen to match such a crowning dish will be the 2013 Robert Cantin Les Pierblancs Sancerre. This wine is the quintessential French Loire Sauvignon Blanc with its classic quenching and cleansing character that is light but flavorful, and brisk. This cuvee is known as the “poet’s wine” where generations of artists past enjoyed this famed Loire wine in the Paris bistros. The Third Course will feature a country French Roasted Rabbit Saddle in Dijon Mustard sauce with Cipollini onion atop broccoli leaves. Roasted rabbit is the traditional French entrée for the new spring season that outshines chicken as to flavor and textures. And of course, the culinary match made in heaven will be the pairing with the famed Domaine Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du Pape from the Avignon region in the south of France. For you wine enthusiasts—simply speaking, the producer and name of this wine is enough. For those who have not experienced this wine of the ages—saddle up!

And concluding with the Dessert Course, we will be treated to a Raspberry-Yuzu MilleFeuille. French artistic pastry, beautifully layered with fruit and dollops of the Yuzu pastry cream. Ooh là là! And, featuring a dry but fruity Cru Bourgois Bordeaux, the Château Saint Ahon Haut-Médoc. Pairing a classic red Bordeaux with dessert is très français by the local Bordelaise who find no need of a sweet wine for patisserie enjoyment. Bon Appétit and Cheers! À bientôt!—see you there! 7 pm in the resort’s Polo Room. The cost of each dinner is $99 plus tax and gratuity, with limited seating available. Reservations are required asap by calling (760) 770-2150 or via email to


March 17 to March 23, 2016

THUR MARCH 17 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bobby Furgo & Co. 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Reunion w/ DJ Day 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Piano Bar 6pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Dancing & DJ 9pm open 6pm-2am THE BLOCK; CC; 760-832-7767 Open Mic Hosted by Robert Poole 7pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Live Entertainment 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CORKTREE; PD; 760-770-0123 Michael Keeth 6-9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Barry Baughn and Bob Gross 6:30pm GADI’S RESTAURANT AND BAR; YV; 760365-6633 Open Mic Night 7pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 T.B.A. 7:30pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 St. Patrick’s Day Party w/ Aphrodisiac Jacket and DJ Ray 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Chris Lomeli 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Open Mic 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Punk Rock Night 9pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Rox

LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Country Night w/ Chad Freeman & Redline 8pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Quinto Menguante 8-1am 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 PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 9th Annual Shamrockin St. Patty’s Day Bash 11am PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Fred and Toody ( Of Dead Moon ) 9pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Game Night and Open DJ Table w/ The Deep Ones 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Jason Weber 4:30pm, Sharon Sills 7pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 DJ Dracer 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 St. Patty’s Day Bash w/ Bridger, The Sweat Act and Ideation 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 The Smooth Brothers 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Dude Jones 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 T-Bone Karaoke 8pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Anthony DiGerlando Show 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Flyer 4-6pm, Carolyn Martinez Trio 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 DJ Khodi Rayne 4:30-9pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Laurie Morvan Band 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 8pm

FRI MARCH 18 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Dude Jones 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bob Garcia Band 6:30pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Dream Machines w/ DJ Short Shorts 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 The Gilmore and Bryan Show 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Fleet Easton 7:30pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 TBA 9pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Dancing 9pm Open 6pm-2am BISTRO 60 @TRILOGY; LQ; 760-501-0620 The Carmens 6pm


BLUE BAR, SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-7755566 Lady Eris 8pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 Alien Ant Farm w/ Hollace and Lorialla 8pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Gina Carey 7pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 House Band 8:45pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 The Dwarves, The Queers, The Perverts, Venus & The Traps and Fight Like A Girl 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Bill Ramirez 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Live DJ 8:30pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company in the afternoon, Hot Rox in the night LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Six Hot Live 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 DJ 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Southbound & Co. 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Off Da Cuff 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 R Buckle Road 7:30pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Meet and Drink with Nolan Lowlife 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Jimmy James: Hearing is Believing 7pm, Lauri Bono’s Late Night Jazz 9pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 California Celts 9pm

SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Blues 8-11pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Carmens 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron James 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Lisa Lynn & The Country Gentlemen 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Pat Rizzo & Dennis Michaels 6:30pm TONGA HUT; PS; 760-322-4449 The Hive Minds Acoustic Duo 9pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 The Rick Whitfield Band 10pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Meet The Corwins 5:30-7:30pm, John Stanley King 8pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 T.B.A. 1:304:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 5:30pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-328-5955 Derek Jordan Gregg 6-10pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 TBA 9pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Rose Mallet 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 9pm

SAT MARCH 19 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bev & Bill 6:30pm 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 9pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Alex Pasternak noon poolside, Permanent Records Present: Doing it in the Desert DJ Sets 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Cabaret Open Mic 7:30pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Denise Carter 7:30pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 TBA 9pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Dancing 9pm open 6pm-2am BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-7755566 DJ 9pm

BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Gina Carey 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 8pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Jack Ruvio 6:30pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 TBA 8:30pm THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 You Know Who, Brain Vat and Wooden Nomad 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Bill Ramirez 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 TBA 9pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LESLIE JEAN PORTER GALLERY; CC KDHS 98.9 FM Presents: Sounds for the Soul Music Festival 11am LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Six Hot Live 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Shaken Not Stirred 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MITCH’S ON EL PASEO; PD; 760-779-9200 Michael Keeth 12-3pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Bohemio 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Hotwyre 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 Shadow Mountain Band 5pm, The Evangenitals 8pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Soul Priestess, Gojiro Island and Dana Larson 9pm

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PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Levi Kreis 7pm, Kal David, Lauri Bono & The Real Deal 9pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Latin Night 9pm RIVIERA; PS; 760-327-8311 Michael Keeth’s CD Release Party 7-10pm ROUTE 74 @ PUEBLO VIEJO; PD; 760-6742171 Live Band TBA SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Angry Samoans and Subourbon Outlaw 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Blues 8-11pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Carmens 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron James 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 TBA 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 TBA 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 The Carolyn Martinez Show 6:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm TRYST; PS; 760-832-6046 Gutter Candy 9pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 DJ Hektik 10pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 The Carmens 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Rob & JB 1:30-4:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am

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March 17 to March 23, 2016

Catch the Season Finale of Art Under the Umbrellas THIS Saturday, March 19th


pring is unofficially upon us, marking the imminent departure of our Coachella Valley Snowbird population as they head to cooler climates. But not to worry. There is still one last Art Under the Umbrellas Saturday to enjoy together that will wrap up La Quinta Arts Foundation’s 34th successful season of Promoting and Cultivating the Arts. This wildly popular series will conclude on March 19, 2016 at Old Town La Quinta, where the spirit and architecture of Old California is brought to life in a chic outdoor shopping and dining village. Event hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and there is plenty of complimentary parking available throughout the Village area. Almost half of the 80 exhibitors scheduled to participate will be direct from La Quinta Arts Festival which concluded earlier this month giving Coachella Valley art lovers one last opportunity to view and purchase artwork from these highly respected artists, along with a wealth of other talented Art Under the Umbrellas exhibitors, before they


all hit the road for the summer art festival circuit. Two of these marvelous Festival exhibitors are being spotlighted as Featured Artists for the March 19th Art Under the Umbrellas event. Marcus Thesing – Glass (Laguna Beach) Born and raised in Southern California, Thesing apprenticed with master glassblower John Barber in Laguna Beach for three years to explore the medium and assist him in making works of art. Marcus stayed on with Barber for six more years to develop his skills before going out on his own to design his own work in his own glassblowing studio. Marcus’s love for nature has very much influenced his artwork, and through developing his own line of work, nature played a big part in color patterns, and in shapes of the glass, together forming a very organic look. He states, “Keeping the fluidity of the glass in my forms has always been a focus. The layers of glass, color, and negative space invite the viewer to discover the lines created not only outside, but inside the form.”

by kathleen hughes Victor & Yaneth Yurivilca - Jewelry (Cathedral City) Master jewelry designer Victor  Yurivilca is of Peruvian Incan descent. He works with his wife Yaneth to create remarkable jewelry combining sterling silver with various stones and shells from around the world. Whether it is a pair of earrings, a ring, a pendant or a bracelet, he devotes himself completely to the challenge of working out each unique design. For him, knowing precisely when each piece is complete and ready to be let go, is the joy and the challenge of his expression. “I wait for the right time to create,” Victor explains, “the moment when I’m filled with good moods and full of energy. It is with this energy, the reason I feel a connection to every piece. The work truly comes from inside me.” Back in action will be the high energy Steve Madaio Band, featuring Bobby O’Connor on keyboards, and the super engaging Horace Miller, who always has his fans dancing in the street. Art Under the Umbrellas patrons will have the whole day to shop the artist booths and visit Old Town La Quinta’s sophisticated boutiques and popular restaurants, highlighted by Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill. Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant is another great dining option located a few blocks off site. SO … COME ON OUT … MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS … AND DO NOT MISS this last chance to spend a cultural and fun Saturday under the clear blue skies of Art Under the

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Umbrellas. Old Town La Quinta is located in the Village of La Quinta. Take Washington Street south, go west on Calle Tampico two blocks; Old Town La Quinta will be on the left. For more information visit or call 760-564-1244.

March 17 to March 23, 2016


March 17 to March 23, 2016



by Robin E. Simmons

No. 204



his is a time when fear–mongering politics and faith-based rhetoric dominates the media. The same is true if one analyzes the themes of popular movies. Clearly, movies with apocalyptic and or religious themes never run out of style or steam. NOW PLAYING: 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

First of all, this is not really a continuation of CLOVERFIELD. And No, you don’t have to see the former to understand this story that’s set in the same universe. When a young woman wakes up after a terrible accident only to discover she’s locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper who insists he just saved her life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. But the “prepper” may be an unreliable narrator and the young woman seems rightful to be uncertain as to what to believe except that if she is to survive, she must escape at any cost. I like the lesson here that there’s more to fear from within than without. I was absolutely satisfied with the ending. Though clearly not a sequel, it certainly could be. It might help to think of the “Cloverfield” title as more of a twilight zone-esque anthology. It may or may not exist in the same world as the other movie, but it’s irrelevant because it firmly stands on its own. Fun and original and worth a watch for sure

Roar Uthaug’s nicely crafted disaster film is to Norway what San Andreas (the film) is to Californians. Set in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is among the most spectacular tourist destinations on the planet. With the looming mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village - and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord - it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment – and has. After logging in several years at Geiranger›s warning center, our hero geologist Kristian is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he›s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn›t right. The There’s a shift in the mountain’s substrata. Naturally. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that Åkerneset begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has only ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path. Will our hero be able to save his family and others in time? Lots of clichés clutter the action but the ambience of the cataclysm’s impact in time and place are effective.

From Cyrus Nowrasteh the writer and director of the extraordinary “The Stoning of Soraya” this thoughtful story of sevenyear-old Jesus and His family as they seek to better understand His true nature and mission taps into the power of religion on it’s adherents as the struggle for a more satisfying understanding of how to make it work in the real world. I’d love to moderate a Q&A with local CV author Anne Rice about this film adaptation of her bestselling book “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.” The idea of a young human boy fully selfaware that he is indeed God the Creator of the Universe raises huge questions and offers enormous dramatic potential that’s hinted at but barely explored in this sincere film that does not dishonor a devout faithbased audience. Although it begs for more answers to the profound theological and philosophical questions the movie raises. I’d love to know how Rice approached creating a fictional young Jesus and how she sees him as a young man on a mission. Did Rice create a young Jesus that resented or embraced the “holy suicide” quest he found Himself surrendering to. And why did He think his death would “save” mankind? I’m sure Rice has many things to say yet I do not think her book and the resulting movie has a hidden agenda to make readers and movie-goers believers. Maybe Ms. Rice will read this and respond. NEW FOR THE HOME THEATER: MACBETH Justin Kurzel infuses Shakespeare’s Macbeth with grit and gore as he repaints the story of a brave warrior and inspiring

leader brought low by ambition and desire. Kurzel’s thrilling interpretation of the realities of mid 11th century life and times times unflinchingly mainlines what battle must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and fascinating characters, as he lived an an angst -ridden and allconsuming life of passion and ambition in war torn Scotland. The Weinstein Company. Blu-ray. THE BIG HEAT (1953)

Acclaimed German director Fritz Lang’s film noir masterpiece takes an unflinching look at the systemic corruption of smalltown America, pitting a tough cop (Glenn Ford) against the forces of evil represented by a syndicate boss (Alexander Scourby) and his subservient minions within the police force. Gloria Grahame co-stars, indelibly, as a gangster’s moll with a fundamentally decent soul, exploited by both good guys and bad. Lee Marvin makes a terrifying early appearance as a thug whose sharp clothes and fancy apartment do little to conceal his animalistic nature. Two very cool featurettes showcase Anthony Mann’s and Martin Scorsese’s insightful observation on the film and director Lang’s prowess. This special edition is limited to only 3,000 units. Twilight Time Movies. Blu-ray. Comments?


Book Review

March 17 to March 23, 2016

By Heidi Simmons

Magi, Mysteries & Meaning -----------------------------------------------------

“magicians of the gods” By graham honcock non-fiction -----------------------------------------------------


f you spend too much time thinking about it, you realize, life is just strange. We find ourselves here, on this beautiful planet, without absolutely knowing why. Certainly there are narratives that help us cope with the existential questions of existence, but what are the facts, and is there a specific truth of how humans came to inhabit such a perfect place in the universe? In Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization (Thomas Dunne Books, 528 pages) ancient history is unearthed to show that a sophisticated world existed before it was destroyed. The author begins at the end of the last ice age 12,800 years ago, when a mega comet entered our solar system and broke into pieces some of which hit the earth causing global cataclysm. (This catastrophe is not what destroyed the dinosaurs. That event was earlier.) Instantly melting the icecaps from the comet’s heat, the earth was flooded destroying an advanced civilization and killing the mega fauna and beasts like mammoths and giant sloths. This is the deluge that is remembered in over 2000 myths around the world. The most familiar story being Noah and the ark.

At about 11,600 years ago, there was again impact from comet fragments, furthering another cataclysmic event. Plato refers to this devastation with a date, writing that the event was responsible for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis. Author Hancock spends time showing where the physical destruction happened and what exists in those places today. Recounting recent archeological discoveries, Hancock travels around the world to newly uncovered sites and compares the findings with other known ancient sites. Pictures, maps and fascinating interviews with experts makes a case for not only the cataclysmic events during that time period, but that there were civilizations and survivors! These survivors traveled the earth to pass along information of the destroyed world in order to help rebuild humankind and civilization. They were called “Sages”, “Magicians,” “The Shining Ones,” and “Mystery Teachers of Heaven.” Hancock believes that these people traveled the earth by boat and settled in key locations around the globe that include: Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, Baalbek in Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Peru and Indonesia where pyramids have recently been uncovered. Hancock calls these people the “Magicians of the Gods.” They were the keepers of human history. They taught about architecture and agriculture. They also shared the memory of a

time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid the ultimate price. These “magicians of the gods” also warned the world’s people that they were at risk of further destruction. The comet fragments are still in orbit and once again will hit the earth. If all of this sounds crazy, I get it. But the author writes in a conversational and inquisitive voice that makes his theories – hypothesis -and observations easy to follow, completely intriguing and extremely entertaining! He talks with experts, looks at scientific data and delivers credible arguments. The book includes appendices, references and an index. This is Hancock’s fifth nonfiction book. He’s an international author. Hancock’s bestsellers The Sign and the Seal and Fingerprints of the Gods are very much companion pieces to Magicians of the Gods. The trifecta builds on a similar notion that there was an intelligent, possibly otherworldly presence on this planet and a consistent series of destructive forces. Somehow, today, we have lost ancient knowledge and forgotten our past.

Desert Art Academy & All Desert Wellness Centers Presents

Student Art Show & Sale Annual Fundraising Event Open to the Public on March 19


ll Desert Wellness Centers, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, in cooperation with Desert Art Academy, is hosting a Student Art Show & Sale to showcase artwork by students of the academy and to raise money for scholarships. The event takes place on Saturday, March 19 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at All Desert Wellness Centers located at 73726 Alessandro Dr in Palm Desert. With age ranges from 6 to 80 years old, the exhibition features works from about 50 art students with styles ranging from Impressionism to Photo Realism, Abstraction of all types, and Drawings and Designs. The exceptionally large exhibit space will house between one and six works by each student, with several individual showrooms for specific artists. There will also be special sections devoted to teen,

and also to children’s art. While all students are Desert Art Academy students, notably many attend East valley schools including those from Palm Desert Charter Middle, Palm Desert High, Washington Charter Elementary, Palm Valley, La Quinta High, and Ford Elementary. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and live music by the guitar duo of Johnny P. and Larry Gutierrez. Both are national recording musicians, and Gutierrez has notably played for and/or toured with many renown artists such as Jann Browne, Lois Frizzel, Rosie Flores, and Jim Lauderdale, to name a few. “This event provides the opportunity for our art students to be proud of their works and for our local community to enjoy an evening of art while supporting the future endeavors of these rising artists,” said Leo Fuchs, owner of Desert Art Academy and

Together these books show a wonderful and mysterious world that exists all around us. Without preaching, Hancock puts his ideas toward a bigger picture of our time recognizing we must pay attention, and be not only selfaware, but aware of the changing environment and universe. There are great pictures and illustrations throughout the book. If you love archeology, ancient cultures and grand mysteries of the universe, this book is a fun read. My favorite mystery, seen consistently in the ancient carved ruins, is that many of the “gods” look to be carrying a small handbag or purse. What it is or represents is open for interpretation. That weird detail blows my mind. Also, this book made me think if human beings were all wiped off the face of the earth, what would be left behind? And what would the next people or inhabitants think about who we were. We think of ourselves as being smarter than our ancestors and more highly evolved. But after reading The Magicians of the Gods I’m not so certain that’s not true. Like small children we are selfish, entitled, messy and greedy. However, I believe there is much hope in humans. If this amazing universe can inspire us, and we love our world and each other, life on this planet is magical. Author Graham Hancock will be one of the keynote speakers at the Joshua Tree “Contact in the Desert 2016” conference June 3-6.

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nationally recognized 21st century trans modern abstract painter. Donations and sales at the event will result in proceeds being designated to provide scholarships for the “Save Our Youth” program for teens, children, and special needs people; and will provide funding to support arts learning for children with autism and other challenges. For additional information about the Student Art Show & Sale call (760) 774-6838, or email to For more information about Desert Art Academy visit or call (760) 774-3622. Desert Art Academy is a year-round fully equipped art studio offering instruction on drawing, painting, design, sculpture, illustration, cartooning/anime, figure study, and architecture. Instruction is available

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for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Owner Leo Fuchs is a professional artist, art educator, and lecturer. Fuchs has been an influential force in the realm of culture and has published many articles on art education, creative development, and the importance of art, culture, and the artist in society. All Desert Wellness Centers empowers individuals, children, adolescents, and families in the Coachella Valley and outlying desert areas to build and maintain healthy lives that enable them to cultivate better relationships; pursue meaningful work, education and leisure activities; and foster a more satisfying sense of community that will contribute to well-being and healthy lifestyles now and throughout their lives.


March 17 to March 23, 2016

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MON MARCH 21 SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 T-Bone Karaoke 8:30pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 T.B.A. 6pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Heatwave Annual Benefit Concert and Auction 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 DJ Khodi Rayne 4:30-2am, Michael James & 3sum 9-2am VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 Tony Grandberry 6:30pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Trish Hatley & Barney McClure 6pm

TUE MARCH 22 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Dana Larson 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Ace Karaoke with Kiesha 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Linda Peterson 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Bella da Ball Dinner Revue w/ guest performers 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Open DJ Night text 760-799-8800 to sign up 6pm2am BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm CORKTREE; PD; 760-770-0123 Michael Keeth 6-9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-327-1700 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-7766533 Chuck Alvarez 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Karaoke hosted by Phillip Moore 9pm INDIAN CANYONS GOLF RESORT; PS; 760-833-8700 DJ Randy Johnson 6pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Michael D’Angelo 6:15pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Reality Show Jam 8pm

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Haddon Libby

March 17 to March 23, 2016

Failure Breeds Success


ne of the unique things about the Coachella Valley is that many of the world’s most successful people come to our community this time of year. There is a common thread amongst many of the most successful people - they have failed a lot. Ralph Heath, managing partner of Synergy Leadership Group says, “One of the biggest secrets to success is operating inside your strength zone but outside your comfort zone.” Whether you succeed or fail, Heath states that “you will learn more about your strengths, talents and resolve and you will strengthen your will for the next challenge.” Most experts say that you need to maintain a positive attitude no matter the outcome. Some listen to or read motivational materials in order to maintain their attitude. One of the more notable unlikely successes is that of Colonel Sanders of KFC. He did not

find success until he reached the common retirement age of 65 years old. He faced rejection literally 1,000 times yet persevered as he was absolutely confident in his secret spice recipes. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, was a door-to-door shake machine salesman until, at the age of 55, he convinced two guys with a hamburger stand in San Bernardino to let him franchise their fast food concept. Walt Disney was ridiculed by a newspaper editor for “lacking ideas”. Disney’s first cartoon production company which was started in his garage went bankrupt. Brian Acton was turned down for a job at Facebook in 2008, leading him to create Whatsapp, the billion user messaging network. Eight years later, Acton sold Whatsapp to Facebook for $19 billion…at which point he started working for Facebook.

Ratan Tata had a small car manufacturing business in India called Tata Motors. He attempted to sell his business to Ford in 1999. The executives of Ford ridiculed him. Nine years later, Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors. Engineer Soichiro Honda was turned down for a job at Toyota Motors and was unemployed for a long time. To make ends meet, he began making scooters in his garage. From this, Honda Motors was born. Before Bill Gates founded Microsoft, he dropped out of Harvard to launch the Traf-OData 8008 with Paul Allen. This was a device that could convert traffic tapes into useful data. In making their first pitch to sell this product, there was a small problem - it didn’t work. Gates states that it was this failure that prepared them for the launch of Microsoft a few years later. Larry Ellison, owner of the local tennis tournament and its facilities, is also CEO of Oracle. Early on in Oracle’s existence, the company nearly went bankrupt as Ellison’s sales team overstated revenues in order to

make larger commissions. Today, Ellison is one of the world’s wealthiest people. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as a reporter because she was “unfit for TV.” Looking at sports, Michael Jordon was cut from his high school basketball team. In addition to having a generally optimistic outlook on things, another behavior of the most successful is frugality. As examples, Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, still drives a $30,000 Acura despite being one of the wealthiest people in the world while Warren Buffett still lives in the house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. As these stories point out, the successful are a persistence bunch. Most are often very social as well as having a passion for whatever they do. Part of this includes having strong intuitive streaks. As Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple once said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” Haddon Libby is Managing Director at Winslow Drake, an investment advisory firm. He can be reached at 213.596.8399 or hlibby@

Dale Gribow On The Law



n Sunday March 13 while enjoying the #1 male and female tennis players the fans in front of me were talking about the DUI they got over the weekend. I asked what happened and they explained. It turns out they did almost everything wrong. 21 things to know if stopped for DUI. 1. Advise officer you would be happy to talk but your attorney has advised you not to talk without his permission. Request they contact attorney Dale Gribow (760 837-7500 or dale@dalegribowlaw. com<mailto:7500/dale@dalegribowlaw. com>) for an ok. They won’t call but it gives you an excuse for remaining silent. 2. The Field Sobriety Test at the scene is Optional. OPT not to take the FST (walk the line, finger to nose, alphabet etc). 3. The Breath test, at the scene, is optional (unless on probation) - Elect not to take it. 4. Cooperate and take a Blood Test. 5. Remain silent....(Silence is Golden and Handcuffs are Silver). 6. Remove social media sites as Police investigators obtain your information on Facebook. 7. Your attorney must call DMV within 10 days to save your 30 day license suspension.

8. STAY request freezes the suspension after 30 days thus saving your license until conclusion. The White Temporary Driver’s License is valid until date. 9. Request DMV ID card & record. 10. There are constitutional rights issues at many DMV hearings but refusals are used to argue guilt. 11. DMV hearing officers are both judge and prosecutor. 12. DA must meet burden of proof on all issues or you win. 13. DUI creates a Court/ DMV hearing & one does not affect the other. A DMV license suspension is 4 months & 5 months if restricted license is requested. 14. If court plea is entered before the DMV hearing, though no immediate license suspension, when the court notifies Sacramento DMV your license is suspended. Attend DUI classes, file SR22 and pay reissuance fee for license return. 15. DMV issues 6 month Order of Suspension after plea but unlike a San Bernardino DMV Hearing Suspension, you can request a restricted license by paying $55 to reissue a license and $15 for the restricted license and show proof of DUI class enrollment. This DMV action is triggered by the court plea.

16. DMV usually precedes court resulting in unfavorable suspended license ruling, but after 30 days request a restricted license. 17. Probable cause to stop or contact you and chemical test validity is primary of the 3 issues. 18. DMV is PER SE Hearing and if .08 you are per se guilty and Burden of Proof technically reverts to the driver. 19. Our clients don’t testify at DMV because hearings are arguments over evidence, not facts. If present, the hearing officer can call you to testify under oath, over our objection. The hearing is taped so the driver’s statements can be used against them in a court trial. Pleading to the hearing officer for your license because you have never been arrested before or because you are a wealthy philanthropist, who has never had a ticket, will do no good. The hearing officer may pity you but they will still take your license. Hearing officer have no authority to “plea bargain” or deviate from the statutory penalties. 20. DMV is an Administrative hearing and doesn’t follow the court rules thus allowing DMV to win over 90% of the hearings. 21. We can appear for you without your having to go to court.

DALE GRIBOW “TOP LAWYER” - Palm Springs Life 20112016 (DUI and PI) 10.0 AVVO Perfect Peer Rating “Preeminent” - Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory “Best Attorneys of America” Selected by “Rue” (Limited to Top 100/State) Selected Founding Member of American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys Selected for 10 BEST Attorneys for California for Client Satisfaction in the practice area of DUI Law. Selected for the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (comprised of America’s Top DUI ATTORNEYS) 2015 Client Appreciation Award & Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award Weekly Talk Show Host and Legal Columnist in LA & CV. “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT AND GET A DUI OR ACCIDENT, CALL A TAXI OR UBER...IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN CALLING ME”


March 17 to March 23, 2016

safety tips

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s Called Common Sense – Not Irish Luck!


t. Patrick’s Day is here and this is the day when everyone of every nationality turns Irish. You’ll need more than “Luck of the Irish” to have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll need your common sense! Whatever you do, ensure everyone in your group has a safe means of returning home if you plan to drink. Select a designated driver, arrange for a cab, Uber, Lyft or figure out a nearby place you can crash (safely) for the night. Drinking on an empty stomach is a good way to end your St. Paddy’s day earlier than planned. Make sure to get some nutrients in you to help absorb that alcohol. Stay hydrated. Getting enough water will decrease the likelihood you’ll have a March 18th hangover. If you feel impaired, don’t get behind the wheel. In the eyes of the law, impaired driving is drunk driving, and even if you feel fine, a breathalyzer might not concur. Just because you’re a safe and sober driver doesn’t mean other people are. Many accidents on St. Patrick’s Day are caused by people driving under the influence.


Whether you’re driving or just crossing the street on foot, keep your awareness levels high. Be Safe and most importantly, Be Smart! Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna


By craig michaels

Desert Patio’s “The Art of Outdoor Living” Showcase


n a location where the sun shines an average of 350 days a year, outdoor living is the place to be. Because the climate in the Coachella Valley is so favorable for outdoor living, many residents and builders are seamlessly blending the inside with the out. Outdoor living spaces can range from lavish kitchens and living areas to simple tropical themed cabanas. In addition to custom furniture, many outdoor living spaces are complimented with works of art. Incorporating art to complete the outdoor ambience has become a very popular trend with home owners and designers. The mandatory decline in water consumption is another reason people are opting out of grass for art and sculptor gardens. Choosing the right outdoor furniture and art work to reflect your vision can sometimes be over whelming. Desert Patio in Rancho Mirage, makes it easy with “The

Art of Outdoor Living.” This spectacular artist and outdoor furniture showcase will feature metal and canvas pieces from artists Jeff Boss, Larry Parks, Randy Mendre and Gary Mergellcamp. Besides a meet and greet with artist, you can browse at many contemporary outdoor furnishings from Kovington and Mamagreen. The event will graciously be catered by the New York style pizzeria, “The SLICE!” DJ Craig Michaels, owner of Craig Michaels Productions will also be playing your favorite music while you’re creating the perfect, desert dream backyard. The Art of Outdoor Living show case happens Friday, March 25 from 5pm to 7pm at 72771 Dinah Shore Dr. in Rancho Mirage. If you would like to RSVP for this event remember to call (760) 668 9784. Craig Michaels Productions (760) 880-3848



ith Spring fast approaching, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert will celebrate butterfly season with its first-ever Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. Participants will gather to release the butterflies they adopted and raised throughout the month. Adoption day takes place on Saturday, April 2 at 9 a.m. Participants will receive caterpillar larva and will sign adoption papers with an agreement to bring the butterfly back to the Museum for the Butterfly Release and Earth Day Celebration on April 23. The week after adoption, on Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m., participants will be invited back to the Museum to create a butterfly bungalow and learn about what’s happening inside their chrysalis. Finally, on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m., participants will gather to release the newly hatched butterflies. “There have been a lot of exciting changes

at the Museum lately and this event is a fun way to signify those, as well as educate children on a butterfly’s lifecycle,” said Carol Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. “We look forward to many more interactive and educational events in the future.” The day of the release will also serve as the Museum’s Earth Day Celebration with fun activities for all attendees. Additionally, through a partnership with The Living Desert, the first 200 participants who pre-adopt before April 2 through the Museum’s website will receive one ticket to the zoo’s butterfly exhibit. Adoptions are $1 per butterfly larva. All participants will also need to pay for admission on the days they attend. For more info, call (760) 321-0602 or to preadopt, visit

sports Scene

March 17 to March 23, 2016

by Flint Wheeler

March Madness Cinderella Hopefuls..


hile the college basketball regular season is always filled with crazy games and huge upsets, this year seems to be particularly full of parity and unexpected twists. This year’s NCAA Tournament is shaping up to be the most wide-open March Madness in recent history, with a long list of teams having a strong chance to reach the Final Four in Houston. If a double-digit seed or mid-major was ever going to win the whole thing, 2016 is the year to do it. Helping that parity is the fact that powerhouses like the Kentucky Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils have faltered somewhat, at least compared to their usual levels. Meanwhile, just about every power conference team has struggled to win on the road, leading to huge shifts in the top 25 rankings week-to-week. On Monday, the Villanova Wildcats became the sixth team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season. That’s just one team short of tying the all-time record, which seems likely to fall before Selection Sunday. A few teams like the Tar Heels, Jayhawks and Terrapins have lived up to their preseason ranking, and look like potential Final Four teams. They are joined by surprises like the Xavier and Kentucky as the title favorites with 1 week to go until the tournament. However, a number of teams currently flying under the radar have a solid chance at reaching the Final Four or even winning the whole thing. Filling out a bracket this season is going to be harder than ever, and these dark horse title contenders aren’t making things any easier. Notre Dame Fighting Irish The 2014-15 Fighting Irish squad was absolutely a title contender, although it may not be remembered as such given the powerhouse programs who reached the Final Four. Notre Dame won the ACC tournament and came oh-so-close to taking down undefeated Kentucky in the Elite Eight. Notre Dame has kind of been stuck in the low 20s in the AP rankings for much of the season, but that could change soon. The Fighting Irish are playing their best basketball of the season after coming from behind to beat North Carolina at home last weekend and picking up a road win over the Clemson Tigers (something other top ACC teams have failed to do) to start this week. According to TeamRankings, the Fighting Irish rank fourth in the nation in offensive efficiency with over 1.17 points per possession. Much like last season, Notre Dame is impossible to stop when firing on all cylinders offensively, making them a tough out in March.

Texas Longhorns Shaka Smart’s first season with the Longhorns has been full of ups-and-downs. Texas owns a win over North Carolina but dropped some other key nonconference games, and a loss to the TCU Horned Frogs near the start of Big 12 play raised plenty of concerns in regards to its NCAA Tournament hopes. Since then, the Longhorns have won six of eight conference games, plus an easy victory over Vanderbilt. That’s an impressive stretch in the Big 12 against anyone, and Texas’ hot streak includes road wins over the West Virginia Mountaineers and Baylor Bears, plus a home victory against the Iowa State Cyclones. Texas had a shot to really enter the national conversation with a road win over Oklahoma on Monday, but fell just short thanks to Buddy Hield’s heroics. Nevertheless, the Longhorns looks like a threat to go deep in March. While Smart can’t run his preferred “Havoc” system without his own recruits, he’s doing a great job of maximizing Texas’ existing talent. If highly-touted freshman Tevin Mack can start shooting to his full ability, watch out for the Longhorns. The interesting thing to watch for Texas will be when center Cameron Ridley returns from a foot injury that’s kept him out since late December. Ridley can be an absolute force down low at 285 pounds and is second on the team in scoring, but it’s fair to say the Longhorns have been playing pretty well without him. And Finally; The Oregon Ducks Oregon, arguably the most underrated team in the nation, is finally starting to get some national recognition. The Ducks rose to No. 11 in the most recent AP Poll and should keep climbing, as they have emerged as the clear class of the Pac-12. Still, few are taking the Ducks seriously as a potential National Championship squad, which they absolutely are. Oregon is a wellrounded team with top-tier talent and an excellent head coach in Dana Altman. Oregon is running away with the Pac-12 race, an impressive feat given how deep the conference is. The Ducks have a top RPI mark which should give them an excellent seed, and their road win over the Arizona Wildcats in late January is one of the most impressive wins of the season for any team. Sophomore Dillon Brooks has taken a major step forward from his solid freshman season, and should win the Pac-12 Player of the Year Award. The Ducks have four players who average double-digit scoring figures, as well as a number of contributors deeper on the roster.


March 17 to March 23, 2016

Desert CrossFit of Palm Desert eventS

will host the “Just for the Health of it!” Wellness Fair benefitting SafeHouse of the Desert on March 26th.

Everyone is welcome... including pets! Admission is Free!


heryl Cohen, Desert CrossFit Founder, Owner and Head Coach, is very proud to host the Wellness Fair for a second year, “The goal of this event is to connect with and serve our community, as well as provide awareness of local services that benefit daily living and support vibrant health. I want to help people live life to the fullest--in body, mind and spirit! This unique event not only focuses on wellness for people, but animals as well.” The Wellness Fair will feature excellent vendors from all over the Coachella Valley as well as a raffle with great prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to SafeHouse of the Desert, a 24-hour emergency shelter that serves local runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Kathy McAdara, Executive Director of SafeHouse greatly appreciates the support, “We are so thankful to Cheryl and Desert CrossFit for choosing SafeHouse of the Desert to be the charitable recipient for the wellness fair. Physical and mental health awareness is something we encourage our youth to work on every day. Our shelter depends on partners like Desert CrossFit for community donations and support to work and keep our valley youth healthy and safe.” The event, co-sponsored by Clark’s Nutrition

& Natural Foods Market in Rancho Mirage, brings over 20 local health and wellness oriented service providers together in one place. It is a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to have fun and learn how to build a great foundation for a healthy, vibrant life. For a complete list of participating partners and for more information please visit www. or call 760-779-8880. Desert CrossFit is located at: 73605 Dinah Shore #1400N, Palm Desert. From Dinah Shore Dr. (east of Monterey Ave.) turn onto Leilani Way and turn left in the cul de sac. Free parking.

Coachella Valley Derby Season Opener


March 26, 2016 at Empire Polo Grounds. Doors Open 5:00PM, Bout Starts 5:30PM ounded in 2012 by a small group cheer ‘em on, and contact them for media of determined local women, The appearances and other promotions. The Legend Coachella Valley Derby Girls (CVDG) This isn’t your everyday derby bout. Witness has grown into a strong, full- roster team of derby history as announcer Dick Holway comes certifiable derby girls. Roller derby is the fastest out of retirement. Now a desert resident, growing women’s sport in the world with the Holway broadcast “Roller Games” with the WFTDA championships broadcast on ESPN notorious Los Angeles T-Birds in the 1970’s and this year. Roller Derby might even become an 1980’s. Listen for his famous catchphrase, “Oh Olympic sport!And there will be women’s flat me, oh my,” to describe the action. track roller derby action right here in the desert The After-Party Join your derby girls with CVDG hosting their season opener at the immediately after the bout at The Tackroom iconic Empire Polo Grounds (EPG). EPG is home Tavern located adjacent to the derby track for to world-famous events such as Coachella, drinks, food, and celebration. Stagecoach, and now… your Coachella Valley Directions: Exit 10 Freeway at Monroe, and Derby Girls as they take on the Rough Diamond head south towards Highway 111. Entrance is Rebels. off of Monroe at Avenue 51 on the right hand The Event The bout (that’s derbyspeak for side. Look for the Tackroom Tavern sign, and ‘game’) starts at 5:30PM, doors open at 5PM. park near the tavern. Tickets are $10 at the door, $7 online at Brown Contact: Jeni “Von Doom” Matcham, CVDG Paper Tickets. Kids under 12 are free. This is Board President (760) 835-9618/ jenmatcham@ an historical event for your girls with it being or Nikki “Hitzcarraldo”Gordon, CVDG CVDG’s first time hosting a home bout. Please PR Coord. (310) 696-9860/ nicolehollygordon@ post to your community calendars, come



by Jenny Wallis

What is Feng Shui?


sk Jenny Now is not only a Relationship Advisor and a Life Coach, but also a company that provides consultations on Feng Shui. Here are some commonly asked questions and concerns that she comes across while working with clients. Perhaps, they can help you as well and answer some of your questions. What is Feng Shui? Isn’t it only a superstition? Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief that is over three thousand years old. It offers a variety or practical and simple ideas to improve your quality of life. It has been said, that it is can help in harmonizing both working and living environments. The actual definition is Feng=Wind Shui=Water Everything that happens in this universe is because of the behavior and interaction of energy. Feng Shui helps us to have better control of that energy, so that things around us can work together more positively. Good Feng Shui can mean good health, happiness and wealth, while bad Feng Shui can mean bad luck or misfortune. Jenny, what is Chi? Is it important? Spoken in the Chinese language Chi means living energy or universal energy, the Sanskrit word is Prana, but the meaning is the same. Feng Shui operates on the principle that harnessing the Chi of our surroundings improves the flow of Chi around us and in our bodies and that will enhance our health, wealth, and happiness. Chi flows through the veins of the earth, giving life to land, trees, and streams. It is often interpreted as electromagnetic energy, but magnetic fields only make up a part of this spiritual force that is present everywhere. What is the mouth of Chi? The front entryway to your home is called the Mouth of Chi because it is the place where nourishing energy enters your home. Even if you normally use a different door, you should make it a point to use your front door at least once a day. If you go in and out through the garage or another door

most of the time, the chi around the front door will get stale. And stale energy breeds more stale energy. Here are some ways to increase the energy around your Mouth of Chi: • Turn on the exterior light beside or over the front door for a few hours every evening, which will help to attract chi to your home and keep the energy strong. • Make sure that your doormat is clean, that your doorbell works, and that any metal features such as a brass knocker or house numbers are polished and shiny. • Increase the interior lighting in a dark entryway; make sure to turn it on for at least a couple of hours every day. • Potted plants beside the front door, especially blooming varieties, are a good way to enhance this area. • Anything that gets in the way of the front door is a Feng Shui no-no, so please don’t use the space behind or around it as a storage area no matter how convenient it may seem. (*A wind chime hung beside the front door or at the top of your porch steps will help to disperse any negative or overly strong chi before it hits your front door.) Don’t forget to follow Jenny at www., find her on facebook or contact her at 760-505-0952


Week of March 17

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Artist Steven Spasuk works exclusively with an unusual medium: soot from candles and torches. He spreads the stuff across a blank canvas, then uses various instruments to sculpt the accidental blobs into definitive forms. I’ve seen the results, and they’re both well-done and intriguing. What would be the metaphorical equivalent, in your world, of using soot to make beautiful and interesting things? I think you’re primed to turn waste into building blocks, rot into splendor, and lead into gold. (See Spazuk’s work at TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Carl Sagan said that science thrives on “two seemingly contradictory attitudes: an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.” Whether or not you are a scientist, Taurus, I recommend that you practice this approach in the coming weeks. It’s the tool that’s most likely to keep you centered and free of both rigidity and illusion. As Sagan concluded, this is “how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.” GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Excess on occasion is exhilarating,” said British author W. Somerset Maugham. “It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” Now would be an excellent time to take that advice to heart, Gemini. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you not only have a license to engage in rowdy fun and extravagant pleasures; it’s your sacred duty. So get out there and treat yourself to an orgy of naughty adventures -- or at least a celebration of meaningful thrills. You can return to the rigors of discipline and order once you have harvested the healthy benefits that will come from escaping them. CANCER (June 21-July 22): At one point in Friedrich Nietzsche’s book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the hero is having a conversation with himself. “You have wanted to pet every monster,” he says. “A whiff of warm breath, a little soft tuft on the paw -- and at once you were ready to love and to lure it.” If I were you, Cancerian, I would regard that type of behavior as forbidden in the coming weeks. In fact, I will ask you not to pet any monsters at all -- not even the cute ones; not even the beasties and rascals and imps that have slight resemblances to monsters. It’s time for maximum discernment and caution. (P.S.: One of the monsters may ultimately become a nonmonstrous ally if you are wary toward it now.) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): On a social media site, I posted the following quote from self-help teacher Byron Katie: “Our job is unconditional love. The job of everyone else in our life is to push our buttons.” One commenter took issue with this. “’Pushing buttons’ is a metaphor that’s long past its expiration date,” she wrote. “Can’t you come up with something fresher?” So I did. Here are a few potential substitutes for “push our buttons”: “tweak our manias” . . . “prank our obsessions” . . . “glitter-bomb our biases” . . . “squeeze our phobias” . . . “badger our compulsions” . . . “seduce our repressions” . . . “prick our dogmas.” Whichever expression you prefer, Leo, find a graceful way to embrace your fate: Your current job is unconditional love. The job of everyone else in your life is to tweak your manias and prick your dogmas. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the coming weeks, you will have maximum power to revise and reinvigorate your approach to cultivating intimate relationships. To aid your quest, I offer this paraphrased advice from Andrew Boyd: Almost every one of us seeks a special partner who is just right. But there is no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why? Because you yourself are “wrong” in some ways -- you have demons and flaws and problems. In fact, these “wrongs” are essential components of who you are. When you ripen into this understanding, you’re ready to find and be with your special counterpart. He or she has the precise set of problems you need -- is the person who is wrong for you in just the right ways. (See Boyd’s original quote:

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In her book The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels says, “We become ourselves when things are given to us or when things are taken away.” If she’s right, does it mean we should be grateful for those times when things are taken away? Should we regard moments of loss as therapeutic prods that compel us to understand ourselves better and to create ourselves with a fiercer determination? Meditate on these possibilities, Libra. In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce that the things-getting-taken-away period of your cycle is winding down. Soon you’ll begin a new phase, when you can become a deeper, stronger version of yourself because of the things that are given to you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I’ll make love when the lust subsides,” sings Denitia, one-half of the electro-pop band Denitia and Sene. That would be a good motto for you to play around with in the coming days, Scorpio -- in both literal and metaphorical ways. I’ll enjoy seeing how your emotional intelligence ripens as the white-hot passion of recent weeks evolves into a more manageable warmth. As fun as the intensity has been, it has blinded you to some of the possibilities for collaborative growth that have been emerging. You may now be ready to explore and appreciate sweeter, subtler pleasures. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The poems I have loved the most are those I have understood the least,” said T. S. Eliot. I’m going to steal and expand upon his idea for the purpose of giving you an accurate horoscope. In the coming days, Sagittarius, I suspect that the experiences you love most will be those that you understand the least. Indeed, the experiences you NEED the most will be those that surprise and mystify and intrigue you. Luckily, life will be ingenious in bypassing your analytical intelligence so as to provide you with rich emotional stimuli for your soul. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn painter Henri Matisse made the following testimony about his creative process: “At each stage I reach a balance, a conclusion. At the next sitting, if I find that there is a weakness in the whole, I make my way back into the picture by means of the weakness -- I re-enter through the breach -- and I reconceive the whole. Thus everything becomes fluid again.” I recommend this approach to you in the coming days, Capricorn. You’ve been making decent progress on your key project. To keep up the good work, you should now find where the cracks are, and let them teach you how to proceed from here. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “We all lead three lives,” said Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard, “an actual one, an imaginary one, and the one we are not aware of.” I suspect you’ll get big glimpses of your third life in the coming weeks, Aquarius: the one you’re normally not aware of. It might freak you out a bit, maybe unleash a few blasts of laughter and surges of tears. But if you approach these revelations with reverent curiosity, I bet they will be cleansing and catalytic. They are also likely to make you less entranced by your imaginary life and better grounded in your actual life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “The greatest illusion is not religion,” says aphorist Michael Lipsey. “It’s waking up in the morning imagining how much you’re going to get done today.” But even if that’s often true, Pisces, I suspect that you have the power to refute it in the coming weeks. Your ability to accomplish small wonders will be at a peak. Your knack for mastering details and acting with practical acumen may be unprecedented. For the immediate future, then, I predict that you’ll largely be able to get done what you imagine you can get done. Homework: Identify your fondest childhood memory, and recreate in the present time the feeling you had back then. Testify at ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

March 17 to March 23, 2016

Mind,body & Spirit



by Bronwyn Ison

n two separate occasions today I had cause to ponder the topic of waiting. The first contemplation about “waiting” was dissimilar than sitting in the lobby at a doctor’s office while helping a friend. In addition to my waiting, I was stopped by every red light on the way to my destination. Clearly, I was inspired to share with you my thoughts about the waiting game. None of us enjoy waiting for anything in life. We don’t care to wait in line at the grocery store, or in the doctor’s office or placed on hold with the electric company. Unfortunately, it is a part of life and often times out of our control. We live in an instant gratification society. Most anything we want or need is at our fingertips. One of the great lessons I have learned over the past decade is “patience is a virtue.” Plus good things come to those who wait. Often we are delayed simply by circumstance. Those circumstances can be a phone call at the last minute as you are running out the door. Perhaps you are stopped by every red light on the way to your destination. As of late, I adopted the attitude, I will arrive in due time. This does not provide the excuse to be late to an appointment or leave a little later on my way to a planned appointment. In fact, I perform my due diligence to depart when needed or a possibly earlier so I don’t run the risk of being late. However, if I am falling behind schedule, I choose to keep a good attitude and not allow myself to fret or

become stressed. If you consider what affect this has on your central nervous system, your psyche, and overall health; it can’t be good. Have you ever contemplated if you arrived late you truly were exactly on time? You may have avoided an accident or provided the other person you were meeting a few extra moments to prepare for your arrival. Did you know you posses the choice to make a mountain out of molehill? In other words, you can allow yourself to become so flustered that your train of thought is impaired and you could sabotage yourself in front of others. This could be embarrassing and appear unprofessional. Let’s take for example, you misplace your car keys and you need to get out the door. This is likely a five-minute problem. You miss your airplane, which can then turn into a 5-hour problem. Other circumstances in your life may arise and become a five-week or five-year problem. Be patient, at some point all will be resolved in time. Everything has its relevant season. Your mind and soul will be set to rest if you engage in patience. I am not implying or encouraging lackadaisical behavior. I’m simply encouraging you to understand you will be in the right place at the exact right time. If you are single, you may just be standing in a line, waiting, and strike up a conversation with your future mate. Just think waiting may not be so arduous after all. Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA


March 17 to March 23, 2016


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Chemical Peels: Skin care for EVERYONE! (even Cleopatra knew about it)


veryone should be doing a few basics to take care of their skin (and men, this means you too!): AM: wash, moisturize using a lotion with SPF for sun protection PM: wash, mechanically exfoliate and moisturize with a richer/heavier lotion. AND… every 6 months to a year…. Get a chemical peel! (some people more frequently) A TCA (trichloracetic acid) Chemical Peel is a powerful and effective tool for resurfacing your damaged skin to yield the skin you are looking for and deserve. This medium depth peel will improve many of the skin conditions that we all see (and wish we didn’t!) when we look in the mirror. After peeling, your skin will be softer, smoother, with improved texture and tone and greatly reduced hyper-pigmentation (sun damage). Those are the differences on the surface of your skin. But the real magic is going on under your skin where collagen is being stimulated. This is what plumps up the lines and scars, yielding a smoother, more refined and beautiful complexion. This light to medium peel helps with the following skin conditions: IMPROVES: Fine Lines, Acne, Sun damage, Blackheads, Improves skin Tone, Improves skin Texture, Rosacea, Milia, Age Spots, Shallow Acne Scaring, Enhanced penetration of topical skin care products (moisturizers, serums etc.) How it works: Chemical peels are versatile tools that are used to resurface the upper layers of your skin by loosening the bonds between the dead skin cells that dull your skin, while stimulating the collagen beneath the skin to form and align, which in turn plumps up the fine lines and scars from below the surface. They have been around since Cleopatra bathed in sour milk (containing lactic acid!) to make her skin


smooth. Fortunately, science has made a lot of progress since then and the chemical peels available now are sophisticated and effective. Peels vary in strength and provide different benefits. Light peels (15% TCA) provide substantial results by removing sun damage and over time will help smooth very superficial lines. These peels have light peeling and flaking, not usually enough to avoid social situations. Medium peels (TCA 20% - 30%) are where the results really start to show. These peels can have heavy peeling, crusting and take 7–10 days to completely finish the peeling process. These are our most popular peels because they make the most difference, helping to smooth lines, plump up skin, strip off sun damage and reveal smooth, even skin. Skin must be taken care of very gently and carefully, but these peels are fantastic for damaged skin. This is one of the most commonly performed chemical peel in medical offices because it is one of the most effective and has the most impressive results.

Life & career Coach by Sunny Simon

More Than a Hunch


everal years ago I was driving down the freeway and became fixated on the back end of a truck transporting a picnic table. Something told me to keep a careful eye on that table. Seconds later I watched the table lift up out of the truck bed. For a moment, it seemed suspended in mid air as the truck charged away. What happened next was scary. The picnic table was headed directly at my car. Quickly noting the lanes to the left and right of me were filled with traveling vehicles, I had no choice but to come to a complete halt while cars zoomed around me at 75 miles per hour. When my car stopped within inches of the picnic table, I whispered up a prayer of immense gratitude. I made it home safely that night thanks to the signals in my brain going off as a warning. It was not a coincidence that I remained engrossed on observing the truck’s cargo. Chalk it up to an intuitive feeling, I knew something was about to happen. The phrase, “trust your gut” is more than a cliché. Intuition is a process providing a way of knowing something without taking the time to analyze the data. In this example, I had no time to link my thoughts together about a table being in an open bed truck traveling at a

rapid speed down the freeway and wondering whether the table was securely tied down to prevent movement. I just looked at the vehicle and sensed danger. My inner voice alerted me to remain focused. Intuition is a useful tool. According to Kelly Turner, PhD we should trust our gut because it is operated by the right side of our brain dubbed as the limbic and reptilian region. In a recent article in Psychology Today, Dr. Turner states, we should listen to our inner voice because “our unconscious mind searches through the past, present, and future and connects with hunches and feelings in a nonlinear way.” It often knows the right answer before the left more analytical part of our brain does. Not only is the right side of our brain adept at sensing danger, as Steve Jobs pointed out, intuition can be “more powerful than intellect.” Challenge yourself this week to pay more attention to your intuitive voice. It can not only keep you out of a jam, it can help you make better decisions by connecting with your deepest inner wisdom. Sunny Simon is the owner of Raise the Bar High Life and Career Coaching. More about Sunny at

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