coachellavalleyweekly.com â€¢ May 16 to May 22, 2019 Vol. 8 No. 9
Myshkin Warbler Joshua Tree Music Fest Picks Beats & Rhymes Melvins pg5
May 16 to May 22, 2019
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Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery.................. 3 JTMF - Myshkin Warbler......................... 5 JTMF - Behind The Scenes w/ Cassie..... 5 JTMF - Haddon's Picks............................ 6 JTMF - Beats & Rhymes........................... 7 Melvins at Stoned & Dusted ................. 8 Rob Thomas at Fantasy Springs ........... 9 Breaking the 4th Wall - Review of "Real Women Have Curves"............... 9 Consider This - Southern Avenue........ 10 Travel Tips 4 U - PS Art Museum........... 11 Pet Place ............................................... 12 The Vino Voice ...................................... 13 Club Crawler Nightlife .................... 14-15 Good Gub - Ramen Musashi................. 16 Brewtality.............................................. 17 Screeners .............................................. 18 Book Review......................................... 19 Safety Tips ............................................. 19 Haddon Libby ....................................... 21 Dale Gribow........................................... 21 Ask The Doctor..................................... 22 Free Will Astrology............................... 23 Mind, Body & Spirit ............................. 23 Sports Scene......................................... 24 Cannabis Corner................................... 24 Cannabis Corner................................... 26
May 16 to May 22, 2019
BABE’S CELEBRATES THE START OF SUMMER IN MAY
NEW LATIN FUSION BBQ MENU, FIRST-EVER MEXICAN LAGER, BY JOE ENOS AND A 50% OFF EARLY BIRD DINING SPECIAL DEBUTS
ummertime started early in Rancho Mirage when Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery launched a new Latin fusion BBQ fusion menu and a Mexican lager on May 1. These delicious dishes and first-ever Mexican lager are a terrific complement to the menus and beers which have made Babe’s famous. In addition, Babe’s is offering a real summertime special: 50% off dinner menu prices in its dining room from 4:30pm-6:00pm, weekdays. “We’re excited to add the new flavors from our Latin fusion BBQ menu at Babe’s which include a selection of street tacos with homemade tortillas, tasty tri-tip and queso Oaxacano quesadillas, tamales, short rib chile negro, and chef specialties that include my favorite dish, honey habanero glazed baby back ribs,” said Donald “Lucky” Callender, the owner of Babe’s and one of its brewers. “The perfect pairing to this menu is our new Mexican lager which is available on tap at Babe’s and in cans and bottles very soon at select locations.” Babe’s complete summertime Latin BBQ fusion menu includes: Tacos with fresh tortillas from hominy house-made masa • Smoked Brisket • BBQ Pulled Pork • Pork Belly - slow smoked and crisped pork belly with piloncillo glaze, grilled peaches, pickled onions, micro cilantro • Arrachera - Hanger steak, roasted peppers, queso Oaxacano, creamy avocado salsa • Smoked Mole de Pollo - Jidori chicken, mole negro, queso fresco & pickled onions • Fried Cod Quesadillas • Queso Oaxacano • Tri-Tip & Cheddar Cheese Tamales • Goat Cheese • Pulled Chicken Chef Specialties • Short Rib Chile Negro • Honey Habanero BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Dessert/Postre • Homemade Churros with warm chocolate dipping sauce Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery is the oldest microbrewery in the Coachella Valley and the only brewery in Rancho Mirage. It was a vision come true for Don Callender who had an earlier career making Marie Callender (his mother) a household name. A legend and innovator in the restaurant business, he never slowed down in his quest for the best and Babe’s is a true reflection that. Over the years, Don’s beers have become famous with Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale, Blackfin Lager, and Honey Blonde Ale winning state, national and international awards. Now, under the stewardship of Don’s son Lucky, the legacy continues and so does the growing selection of seasonal beers like Peach Scotch Ale, Chocolate Cherry Stout and the new Mexican Lager. Beginning at the end of May, and for the first-time ever, all of Babe’s beers will be available in cans which are perfect for poolside, summertime drinking. The menus at Babe’s are equally impressive offering bar-b-que favorites like pulled pork, tri tip, brisket and pulled chicken BBQ sandwiches, smoked baby back
ribs, and smoked chicken, brisket, tri tip and short rib meats, an array of fresh salads, and made-from-scratch Callender family recipes for skillet cornbread, homemade tamales and their famous pies. We’d love to have you dining early and often at Babe’s this summer, but if you’re dining in or having a poolside party at home, everything on Babe’s menu is available for take-out or Babe’s Catering can bring it all to you. We have a dedicated catering team standing by to make the delicious food served at Babe’s ready for you at home. Call Carol Davis at Babe’s Catering today for the details at 760-424-9641.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
e sat down with Cassie Morrow, founder Barnett English’s right-hand person to better understand what goes into creating the Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF) as well as things to keep an eye out for. The 17th annual spring festival runs from Thursday, May 16th through Sunday, May 19th with camping through Monday, May 20th. “We have had a crew working since midFebruary and full-time since about midMarch,” shares Morrow. When walking around the festival grounds, attendees will “see a lot of structures and fences made from repurposed materials,” offers Morrow. Showing people how to reuse and recycle common items that we routinely dispose of is part of the JTMF experience. One impressive example of this is the Sound Cave, a musical sculpture that houses thousands of strings placed so that every note sounds good when played. A team of over 100 work exchangers volunteer their time before, during and after the festival in return for free admission during the four-day festival. This is part of the festival’s community focused ethos. While most of the volunteers are local, “they also come from all over the United States along with some from other parts of the world.” Founder Barnett English is adamant that the festival focus on community and a shared experience. To date, he has avoided festival sponsorships that might commercialize the festival and erode its family/community focus in pursuit of greater revenues. Cassie Morrow met English while living and working in Tahoe. “I was looking
May 16 to May 22, 2019
for something to do for the summer,” reminisces Morrow. “My housemate at the time was a good friend of Barnett’s and suggested I go help out at his mobile coffee vending booth and check out some music festivals. I naturally started coming down to Joshua Tree Music Festival, and the rest, as they say is history.” Morrow subsequently relocated to Joshua Tree to become English’s right hand person on virtually all festival matters. As one familiar with English might expect, Morrow’s position did not have a title, “I was encouraged to come up with a fun title…I’m still trying to come up with mine. If someone can come up with a snappy title that encompasses marketing, sales, PR, event production and volunteer coordination among many other things, I’d love to hear it!” Regardless of title (we will call her the Chief Everything Officer), Morrow has a
very cool job, interacting with the artists and people that make JTMF what it is. “A typical day during the event could involve coordinating press interviews for artists, announcing bands on stages and restocking the toilet paper in the port-o-lets by headlamp at 11pm at night.” “I have discovered so many new acts I love just by being involved with the festival, and also broadened my musical tastes a lot. At the festival, if something makes me want to dance, that’s what draws me in. That could be anything from funk or hip-hop to afro-beat or a rocking DJ set at the Boogaloo. I don’t get to enjoy the festival in the way an attendee would, but luckily I love my job and the people I work with so I’m generally having a pretty good time. And the perks of the festival being the size it is and the stages being only 50 feet from the Production Trailer means that I can sneak away to check
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out most acts at least for a song or two.” When asked for recommendations on things to be sure and do during the festival, Morrow is quick to suggest that “people check out the Playshop schedules as well as the Songwriter Sessions. There are typically appearances by at least a few of the artists you’ll see on the main stages and this is an amazing opportunity to get to interact with them on a more intimate level that you would never get at a larger festival.” To those unfamiliar with the festival and attending for the first time, Morrow suggests that they “Approach with an open heart and mind. Don’t check your phone until Monday.” Whether you are a new or returning attendee of the festival, a good time is sure to be had by all. For more information on the 17th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival, visit JoshuaTreeMusicFestival.com.
MYSHKIN WARBLER TO PERFORM AT JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
ritically hailed Myshkin Warbler is the Opening Act on Sunday, May 19th at 10am at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. The Washington Post had this to say about her, “Both lyrical and politically pointed. A rich blend topped with her broad-ranging, keening voice.” BBC Radio said that Myshkin, “… commands your attention, frees your gypsy heart and soul, and lets you see the world from her own unique perspective. Myshkin is not to be missed.” Germany’s Utne Reader, “Dreamy beauty that conjures up rainy nights in a Budapest or Berlin café.” While Joshua Tree should be quite a bit drier than one of those imaginary foreign cafés, this “gypsy heart and soul” as described by BBC Radio should connect with other kindred spirits on Sunday morning. While all the cum laudes are certainly appreciated and well-deserved, they mean nothing when contrasted to a life changing event that happened upon a visit to our very own Joshua Tree Music Festival many years ago. While here, Myshkin met the love of her life - the talented cellist, herbalist and loving mother, Jenny Qaqundah (Jenny Q). Locals may know Jenny from the Grateful Desert,
an herb shoppe and eco-market (www. GratefulDesert.com). Not long after Myshkin relocated to be with Jenny and her daughter Yazzi, Jenny contracted a sepsis. While in the Intensive Care Unit, Jenny fell into a six day coma that nearly claimed her life. Doctors told Myshkin at one point that Jenny had no more than a 10% chance at survival. The infection was so insidious that it resulted in the loss of both of Jenny’s legs below the knee as well as numerous other physical frailties that will plague Jenny for the rest of her life. Despite all odds, Jenny slowly came back from death’s
doorstep. Myshkin, Jenny and at least one of the doctors treating Jenny believe that it took more than medicine for Jenny to survive. Given the love, generosity and caring that Jenny had shared with others for years, she received back that same love with all of its mystical Joshua Tree properties when it was needed most. Jenny’s story is captured in book form with “Held Together: A True Story of Love’s Victory” as written by Jenny Q and Friends. The book weaves together a story that is unique to Joshua Tree, its people and the mystical element that has drawn musicians and artists here for decades. The book tells the true story of a community coming together to help Jenny during her most desperate days. In 2018, the book was released along with an album from Myshkin titled, Trust and the High Wire, a full-length album that tells Jenny’s story from Myshkin’s perspective. Myshkin and Jenny have subsequently taken these companion pieces and combined them to create, Trust.Together, a performance piece with readings. While this will not be part of Sunday’s show, it may ultimately end up being rewritten to become a theatrical performance for the stage.
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Festivalgoers can expect a mellow set Sunday morning, offers Myshkin. She will be including a guest set or two from some of her desert friends. For those unfamiliar with Myshkin’s work, Janet Goodman of the Nashville Music News says it best, “Her warm sultry tones and loose phrasing of poetic lyrics are influenced by nearly a decade of living in New Orleans, but she peppers her jazz style with experimental, alternative and folk music to make one heck of a 21st Century beatnik bohemian gumbo.” Be sure to rise early (it really isn’t that early) and see Myshkin Warbler at 10am at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. In addition to her latest album, listen to the criticallylauded Rosebud Bullets recorded in 2002 as Myshkin’s Ruby Warbler.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
PICKS OF THE JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
ttending this year’s Joshua Tree Music Festival? Below are a few of the performers who you do not want to miss. THURSDAY - Opening Night Diggin’ Dirt is a seven-piece band from Humboldt County that will be featuring tracks from Funkacillus Groovidophius, which was released last month. With a powerful horn section and the dynamic vocals of Zach Alder, see Diggin’ Dirt at 7:15pm at the Boogaloo Stage. When Gene Evaro, Jr. hits the stage at 9:30pm, it is as if the de facto Mayor of Joshua Tree is welcoming you to this semiannual festival of music, art and spirituality. If you haven’t seen one of Evaro’s JTMF shows, try to get here for Thursday night as Evaro shows always seem to evolve into a group celebration. Fans will also get to hear his latest track that was released two weeks ago, “I’m Sorry I Ain’t Rich Yet.” FRIDAY Want to see one of the best Persian sitar performers in the world? The four-time winner of the best Persian sitar award at the Iranian Music Festival, Sahba Motallebi, takes to the Indian Cove stage at 11:45am. People believe that listening to these instruments help in relieving headaches and other nervous system disorders.
Whether before or after Motallebi’s performance, be sure to visit the Vibration Station or participate in one of the hourly yoga classes. Jesus Gonzalez aka Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame performs at 1:15pm at Copper Mountain. Festivalgoers can expect an experimental folk set infused with samples and loops to create a magical experience for all.
GENE EVARO JR.
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Closing out Friday night at 11:30pm is the internationally acclaimed German DJ/ Producer, Oliver Koletzki. His debut album, Der Muckenschwarm was the best-selling techno album of 2005 according to Groove Magazine. Expect an energetic set that incorporates hip-hop, house and electronic dance. SATURDAY At 11:35am, Grammy-nominated Youssoupha Sidibe of Senegal plays the kora for us (a West Africa lute/harp). Trained at the National Music Conservatory of Senegal, Sidibe will be fusing traditional West Africa sounds with Sufi chanting. Sidibe’s music is ideal for meditation. At 6:30pm, you get what is probably your only chance to see Dachambo in the United States this year. Best described as a rock band, this Japanese group incorporates a digeridoo into their music which can move from rock to electronic to folk with ease. At 8:15pm, MY BABY of Amsterdam makes a rare U.S. appearance. Guitarist
Daniel Johnson describes their music as “a high energy, psychedelic, rock and roll show.” Nominated as best live act in their home country of The Netherlands, Cato van Dijck will be channeling the “mystic muse” of their band while sharing her “theatrical” stylings to a rich music quilt that “fuses hypnotic, trance and EDM sounds with older musical influences like John Lee Hooker, jazz, Moroccan and Indian influences. At 10pm, Los Angeles-based Vintage Trouble takes the stage with contemporary variations on classic blues, soul and rock. Ty Taylor on vocals brings an energy to the stage reminiscent of classic R&B singers from the 1960s and 1970s albeit with a contemporary, new and fresh sound. Expect Vintage Trouble to feature songs from their latest EP, Chapter II, Ep. II which was released just last week. SUNDAY Opening the last day of the festival at 10am, is Joshua Tree transplant, Myshin Warbler on the Café stage. Please see this week’s feature article on her for more info. At 6:20pm on the Indian Cove is Thumpasaurus from Los Angeles. This band should be the funnest show of the festival (yes, I know funnest isn’t a real word). With a sound that combines equal parts Eagles of Death Metal, Frank Zappa and Devo, expect the unexpected as they get the dancefloor jumping. From Canada, Moontricks closes out this year’s festival on the Boogaloo stage at 9:30pm. This duo weave folk, blues and electronic music together to create a haunting and infinitely listenable sound that is the perfect ending to the Spring Festival. It is energized but mellow at the same time. “Wood For the Trees” from their recently released Backwood Bass recording is an instant classic that shows why Moontricks is destine for great things. For more information, visit the site JoshuaTreeMusicFestival.com.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
BEATS & RHYMES FEATURING MIKEY REYES, BRYANNA EVARO, WILLDABEAST, PROVOKED, NIGEL ROMAN, NOLAN LOWLIFE & L. HUNDO AT THE 17TH ANNUAL SPRING JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
BY NOE GUTIERREZ
eats & Rhymes is a late-night set of the Mojave’s best Emcees and Poets as they perform original pieces of music and literature, backed by 2019 Coachella Valley Music Award nominees for Best Band, Best Reggae, Best Duo, Best Live Performance Band, Best Male Vocalist, Best Frontman, Best Bass, Best Album and Best Song, Desert Rhythm Project. Beats & Rhymes is reminiscent of an Old School, Funky, Raw and Underground Hip-Hop Dance Party. Desert natives Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro form the nucleus of DRP. They have brought into existence a farout style that encompasses the soulful harmonies of the duo, Reyes’ heavy heart guitar, and Evaro’s fluent rise and fall bass rhythms. Beats & Rhymes is the instinctive step forward for DRP. Beats & Rhymes has become a popular staple at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. For the Spring version of JTMF, Beats & Rhymes will take place on Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and will include DRP, 2019 CVMA ‘Best Rap/Hip-Hop’ nominees PROVOKED, WILLDABEAST and Nolan LowLife, the multi-proficient Nigel Roman, and ‘turntablist’ L. Hundo. DRP is also performing on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and DRP vocalist/bassist Evaro is performing solo on Saturday at 12 p.m. Although online sales ended on Monday, you can still purchase tickets at the JTMF Box Office (2601 Sunfair Road Joshua Tree, CA) Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8a.m. – Midnight and Sunday 8a.m. – 8p.m. You can choose options for Festival Passes, Single Day Passes, Vehicle Passes, RV Site & Trailer Rentals, and use the Local Resident & Active Military Discount. Coachella Valley Weekly connected with Evaro and the other artists performing with DRP for Beats & Rhymes. CVW: Without giving much away, what should JTMF fans expect from Beats & Rhymes and your DRP set? Evaro: “We are super excited for both sets. Beats & Rhymes is featuring a few new faces bringing a new feel, fresh energy, and a wide spectrum of Hip-Hop and spoken word. We’ve streamlined the lineup and are excited to share what we’ve been cookin’ up with everyone. Our DRP set has a lot of new music in it! We are bringing back a couple of favorites that we haven’t played in a few years, so our O.G. fans are gonna be stoked! We will also have a couple of new faces with us on the stage, that’s all we’ll say for now. But be sure and be there on Sunday night because it’s gonna be a high energy funky Reggae party. It’s goin down!” CVW: What brings you back to JTMF each year as a performer and attendee? Evaro: “Community. The love, support and overflowing inspiration keeps us coming back.” CVW: What has the response been from the Wordplay Wednesday collaborative release Seasons?
Evaro: “Seasons we just released back at the end of March 2019 and we have been getting a lot of amazing feedback. We released this album as a passion project and were a little unsure of how a 4-disc album would be received in a digital world, but the overwhelming love and support from fans new and old means the world to us. The album has everything, Hip-Hop, Funk, Reggae and Soul. We have created an entire new catalog of music that we are excited to share with the world at-large!” CVW: Are there any plans for new music from DRP? Evaro: “Yes! We are taking some time away from the road in June and July to record. We have a lot of new material that we’ve been waiting to complete. So we are going to use that time to go in the studio and write some new DRP songs. So keep an eye out and your ears open for new musica!” CVW: Gene and Gabriella are both performing at JTMF as well. What would you like to share about your sibling’s music? Evaro: “Well they are, in a word, AMAZING! So their sets are not to be missed! I couldn’t be more blessed to have such beautiful, loving siblings. They are incredible humans that just also happen to be bad-ass musicians. I’m ridiculously proud and so in love with the way their beauty and heart translates through their music. So yes, of course I’m proud and excited that they are both kickin’ ass and takin names but more than anything I feel extremely blessed to call them family.” CVW: What do you think the JTMF has done for the High Desert music scene? Evaro: “JTMF has helped put Joshua
Tree on the map as a musical destination. There is a seemingly unlimited supply of musical creativity in this High Desert, and the festival delivers a platform to showcase our local culture. The festival offers music from all over the world! Bands and musicians from near and far come out to the middle of the desert and throw it down! We have been introduced to so many new artists that are now some of our favorite bands to listen to!” WILLDABEAST “I started attending JTMF with PROVOKED and Mikey back in 2005. Now within the past few years I have been blessed to jump on stage with Mike’s band to add some Hip-Hop flavor to the event. Recently JTMF handed us a Saturday night Hip-Hop jam session from 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.! Nolan, Nigel, Mikey, Bry, L. Hundo, PROVOKED, and myself throwing funky-fresh vibes ‘Live and Direct’! Just be prepared to vibe because the vibe is High!” PROVOKED “Expect awesome energy at my favorite festival! We’re performing late-night HipHop for the third time and it is by far the most fun I’ve had on a stage. We have seven amazing artists representing the Low and High Desert. I am super grateful for the experience. I went to JTMF for the first time back in ‘04 or ‘05 with Will and some friends. Over the next couple years I attended with Mikey and other friends. On one occasion, I had one of the most impactful nights of my life. Immediately after my life took a turn and I introduced PROVOKED as my artist name. It’s such an honor and privilege to be involved in any way. Huge thanks to Barnett English (2019 CVMA nominee for ‘Best Event Promoter’),
all staff, and DRP for the opportunity. Some of the best performances I’ve seen have been at JTMF. The sense of community is beautiful. I always look forward it.” NIGEL ROMAN “JTMF is kind of like recess at school. Living in such a tight-knit community, yes, we see our neighbors, friend and families often, but we are working; we are living our lives, unable to really experience each other. JTMF is a chance to experience each other again along with amazing entertainment. And the people coming for the first time get to join in on that same experience with us. I couldn’t be more excited. HipHop has always been a part of my life and I’m honored that Mikey has invited me to perform. I have a lot planned for the event that will be sure to excite!” L. HUNDO “As far as Beats & Rhymes, JTMF should expect a great performance. The artists are very talented and have a well-put together set of songs that don’t sound the same. I think the JTMF brings light to the High Desert. I feel like it’s a great way to bring in out-of-towners and show them that ‘we can have fun out here too’. This will be my first time going to and performing at JTMF and I can’t wait to be able to perform on stage for the first time as a ‘Turntablist’. As far as performing with Mikey and Bry, I am very honored to be invited to share the stage with them and the rest of the artists I rehearsed with. They are all extremely talented and down-to-earth human beings and our set will be far from boring.” desertrhythmproject.com joshuatreemusicfestival.com
May 16 to May 22, 2019
MELVINS WILL BE PERFORMING AT STONED AND DUSTED
A COACHELLA VALLEY WEEKLY CONVERSATION WITH BUZZ OSBORNE
BY NOE GUTIERREZ
he SOLD OUT Stoned and Dusted is presented by the California Desert Wizards Association. On Saturday May 25th at the desert’s premiere roadhouse and one of the world’s favorite music venues, Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, the outside event of the year will feature Melvins, Fu Manchu, Brant Bjork, REZN, Jesika Von Rabbit and (Big) Pig with lights by the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show. Melvins core members are Roger “Buzz” Osborne AKA King Buzzo (guitar/vocals) and Dale Crover (drums). Their most recent album, Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac Recordings), features both ongoing Melvins’ bass player Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Butthole Surfers’, and occasional Melvins’, bottom ender Jeff Pinkus on bass. Melvins recently announced their Fall 2019 Tour of the U.S. with Redd Kross and ShitKid. Coachella Valley Weekly recently spoke with King Buzzo and we covered a variety of topics occasionally hitting on the music. Buzz on New Melvins Music “We always have records. We’re recording all kinds of things. We have a split-EP with the Flipper guys coming out. We have an EP with a band from Sweden called ShitKid coming out soon. We have a Melvins project with me, Dale and the original drummer that we’re working on. I also have a solo acoustic album I’m finishing. We have another album that I can’t really let the cat out of the bag on that one yet that we’re working on It’s a ton of stuff. I think in the last two months we’ve recorded 35 songs.” Buzz on the Melvins Legacy “Legacy is not anything I’ve ever really kind of worried about. There’s not really much I can do about that. You just do what you’re doing. You get out of the way of it. Let people decide what they think. Once you make the records, if you’re satisfied with them, you just walk away from it. Then it becomes somebody else’s.” Buzz on Melvins Music “Our attitude really hasn’t changed, that’s kind of the thing. I consider us a contemporary band. I don’t think we’re an oldie type of band. We can’t go out and play the hits because we really don’t have any hits. We’re a band that’s worried about whatever new thing we’re working on more so than the stuff we’ve done in the past. I don’t think that we really need to make records but I like making records. We’ve recorded north of 400 songs. I don’t think it’s a problem us having material. I’m a songwriter, that’s what I do. To ‘not’ do that is not something that is part of my nature. I guess it’s kept me young. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan are still doing it.”
Buzz on His Stomping Grounds & the Desert “I feel a connection to Southern California in general. I’ve lived in Southern California now for 26 years. In California for 33 years. Well over half of my life. 99% of the work that I’ve done has been in California. I feel like we’re a California band. I appreciate bands everywhere but Southern California is definitely my home. No question. It’s where I feel at home. I miss Southern California when I’m gone. To be able to go and play a show anywhere is nice. To go out and play in the desert, we’ve always had a good reception out there. I know lots and lots of people from that area. But I wouldn’t say that it’s more so than when I go play a show in San Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles, I feel appreciative of all of it. I think it’s all part of the same deal. We have often joked we want to do a tour of just California. I think we could do probably 20 shows. The desert would be a big part of that for sure.” Buzz on Alcohol “I haven’t had a drink since the 80’s. It’s by choice. It’s better for everybody if I don’t drink, including me. When I drank, I never drank in bars. I didn’t see the point. Alcohol made me want to go on adventures, running wild. Sitting in a fucking bar listening to clever talk, it’s the last thing I wanted to do. I wanted to run wild.” Buzz on Drugs & Liberty “I’m a true believer when it comes to liberty. I believe you should be able to be the master of your own destiny. If that’s what yanks your crank fine with me. I’m in. I think it’s a good thing. I think you should be allowed to do what you want. I’m very very liberal when it comes to that sort of thing. I am for the legalization of all drugs. Every drug. If you want to do those drugs I don’t see why some politician should tell you, you can’t. It’s bullshit. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I think it should be left between you and your doctor. If you want to buy anabolic steroids and do as much as you want, who am I to tell you no? It’s none of my fucking business. If you want to do Oxys it’s your business. I would advise you not to. But if that’s what you want to do, why should that be a criminal offense. It’s nobody’s business what I’m doing. And nobody said that better than The Rolling Stones. It’s nobody’s business what they were doing. It’s like, I didn’t even know I wanted to do that until you told me I couldn’t. It’s also I didn’t even know I didn’t want to do that until you told me I had to. I’m a firm believer in that. I believe in personal responsibility. You want to destroy your life with drugs, fine with me. Good. Do it. Don’t expect me to pick
up the pieces. I’ll give you all the freedom in the world. I think you should have freedom to do that stuff that you want to in the entire world and you should be able to do it safely and cleanly from a pharmacy and a place you know you’re getting quality whatever it is. You shouldn’t have to worry about that. That’s what I really believe. It’s funny a few of these people that will say, ‘I’m pro-marijuana’ and then you ask them about the rest of the stuff and they say, ‘well, we can’t do that’, I’m like, ‘oh really?’ so you’re the prude in the room, not me. If you had told me 20 years ago that in 2019 that you would be able to legally smoke pot at a gay wedding I would have told you you’re crazy. Here we are. Things change for the better. Nothing bad is going to happen as a result of that. If you legalize those kinds of drugs in the U.S., Mexican drug cartels are out of business tomorrow. If I want to drink tequila until I die who are you to tell me I can’t? I don’t want some fucking asshole in Sacramento or Washington telling me what I can or can’t do. Fuck you guys! It’s none of your goddamn business what I’m doing. It’s also none of your goddamn business what I do for a living. Nobody’s business equals nobody’s business. And the people who are into minding their own business rarely want to be in charge. That’s the truth. I’m the true liberty person. Not these people who think they are. I don’t want to tell you what to do at all. If you’re not hurting somebody else I don’t give a shit what you do. I don’t care. It’s none of my business. That seems like the natural progression of things. It’s the way it should be. In a civilized society, you’re allowed to do what you want as long as you’re not hurting somebody else. I don’t open my mouth about something unless I’ve already thought it through. I’m not wrong about this. I’m willing to debate anyone about it. You’ll lose. I’m right, you’re wrong.” Buzz on Politics “We’re not that kind of a band, a political stance type of a band. I believe in personal freedom. Real freedom. As far as using my music as a vehicle for that, nah, I prefer for the wildness to come out from my work as opposed to wasting that energy on senseless partying. I’m only speaking from myself of course. I’m not speaking for the band when I say that. It’s my opinion and my opinion only. I rarely ever talk at shows. I prefer to let the music do the talking.” Buzz on His Wife, Blackie and Buster “The other band members both have kids, which is nice. I don’t have kids. It’s just me my wife and the dogs. My wife and I work together all the time. It’s a great team. It’s an honor and a privilege to have her in my life. We’ve been married 25 years. We celebrated January 1st.
We went on a dog-oriented vacation about three hours from the house. It’s a big deal to us. It’s kind of nice. The dogs are brats. We have brats for dogs. We have Jack Russels. One’s a Jack Russel ones an American Hunt Terrier and kinda looks like a Jack Russel. All black. They are high-energy dogs. They kill rats. Impressive.” “Dogs are a very important part of our lives. I believe dogs have a symbiotic relationship with us. Without them I think things would have been a lot different for humans. As soon as they domesticated dogs, they immediately had an alarm system against Grizzly bears and whatever else. Also as hunting partners, how much have we benefited as a result of that? People spend all kind of money on alarm systems and all that shit. Just buy a Doberman. Nobody is going to go in your house. They’ll go to another house without a dog, they don’t give a fuck about an alarm system. Dogs! Dogs! Dogs! If you were a burglar would you want to deal with a fuckin’ dog no matter what size it was? You cannot negotiate with them. They are going to go berserk. They’ll go to the house that doesn’t have them. Done and done. I love dogs. Dogs are a huge part of my life. My life is made better by having them there. You come home no matter what mood you’re in they’re always happy to see you. It’s probably the closest that human beings will ever get to massive unconditional love. They are in the moment. My wife says theyre ‘spiritual giants’. They know how to live in the moment. That’s a big deal. I don’t know how to do that, not the way they do.” Buzz on Loss “It’s devastating when we’ve lost an animal. They give you so much it’s your job to see them through to the end. The day has come where their level of dignity of being alive is severely compromised and you have to set the date and prepare for it. It’s not easy. Its one of the worst things I’ve ever been through but you have to be strong for them. My wife did this thing that I thought was amazing with the first dog we ever had. It became obvious we were going to have to put him down. She refused to be upset in front of him. She didn’t want him to see her upset. So she waited. That’s right. That’s real love. She remained strong until he was gone. That’s what you do. Love them to death. To think about it in those terms was very advanced. I admired it. It was a wonderful thing. I learned a lot just from that one action. I wouldn’t have thought of it exactly like that. We had another Jack Russel that was 21 years old and we finally had to put her down. It was really tough. We’ve had four dogs we’ve had to put down. I have a way harder time with relatives. I have a much closer relationship to these dogs than with my relatives. And that’s OK. They’re our family. Everything we do is somehow associated with them. I can’t imagine life without them. They help get me centered and feel like an adult.” melvins.com stonedanddusted.com pappyandharriets.com
May 16 to May 22, 2019
EVENTS BREAKING THE4TH WALL GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER ROB THOMAS BRINGS ‘REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES’ ‘SMOOTH’ SOUNDS TO FANTASY SPRINGS
BY DEE JAE COX
PHOTO BY PAUL HAYASHI
ob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era — a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and acclaimed songwriter. The charismatic performer returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Saturday, September 21st at 8 p.m. as part of the Chip Tooth Tour supporting his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile. Tickets are $59, $79, and $89, on sale this Friday, May 17th at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at www. FantasySpringsResort.com. Best known as the lead singer and primary composer of Matchbox Twenty, as well as for his multi-platinum solo work and charttopping collaborations, Thomas’ numerous hits include “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” “Streetcorner Symphony,” “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent.” Then there’s “Smooth,” his 1999 smash with Santana, which earned three Grammy Awards, topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks, and has been recognized as the No. 2 Hot 100 song of all time. In 2004, Thomas was the first artist to be honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, created to recognize a composer in the early years of their career. He stepped into the solo spotlight with 2005’s platinum certified …Something To Be, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Thomas’ sophomore solo album, 2009’s Cradlesong, produced the No. 1 singles “Her Diamonds” and “Someday.” In 2012, Matchbox Twenty returned with their first new album in a decade, North. Fueled by the hit singles “She’s So Mean,” “Overjoyed,” and “Our Song,” North proved a landmark for the band: their first to debut at No. 1. Thomas’ third solo album, 2015’s The Great Unknown, debuted in the top 10 and featured the hits “Hold On Forever” and “Pieces.” Chip Tooth Smile debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and has received critical praise from Variety (“Rob
Thomas is an expert at his craft”) and Forbes (“Chip Tooth Smile is vintage Thomas”), among others. The 12-track collection features production from Butch Walker (Panic! At The Disco, P!nk) and Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran), perfectly complimenting Thomas’ songwriting talent. The album features the standout tracks “Timeless,” inspired by classic songs of the ’80s, and “I Love It,”which is currently being used for the NBA Playoffs. “There’s a sensibility to the way I write that’s been informed by ’80s songwriters, especially,” Thomas says. “Nothing’s overly produced. It has everything from Cutting Crew to Cyndi Lauper, INXS, and Depeche Mode.” Chip Tooth Smile was heralded by lead single “One Less Day (Dying Young),” which Rolling Stone described as “thunderous, life-affirming” and “an impassioned vocal performance,” while Billboard declared it “one of the boldest singles released so far this year.” Backed by a propulsive riff, steady beat, sparse keys, and subtle Celtic flavor, it sets the tone for the 11 tracks to follow. “To me, it encapsulates everything you’re about to hear on the rest of this record,” Thomas says. “I write a lot of songs about the human condition, how people interact with each other, and how we deal with our environments. I want people to take them and attach them to their lives. I hope they possibly speak to what they’re going through, and I’m always thankful they’re still listening.” Outside of music, Thomas is a dedicated philanthropist, establishing Sidewalk Angels Foundation (www.sidewalkangelsfoundation. org) with his wife Marisol Thomas in 2003. The organization is dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to over 20 no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, across the country, that help to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. Tickets for Rob Thomas’ Chip Tooth Tour are $59, $79 and $99, on sale this Friday, May 17 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 and online at www. FantasySpringsResort.com.
t is often said that theatre is a reflection of (and on) society, culture and ideas. It promotes critical thinking and raises awareness of topics we may know little about. It inspires and exemplifies the best and worst of who we are. Regardless of origin, it should give insight to the human condition. The unfortunate quandary that American theatre faces even in 2019, is that eighty percent of the stage plays that get produced are written by men and showcase the world from a male perspective. Modern theatre needs stories that praise the uniqueness of a woman’s body without the expectations of perfection. Stories that give insight to the everyday lives of real women, with real fears, hopes and real relationships spilling out and across the stage in big, bold and beautiful ways. Josefina Lopez’s 1990 hit show, “Real Women Have Curves,” has recently been updated to include current immigration realities and is being presented by Desert Theatreworks at the Indio Performing Arts Center. This play about a group of Latina women is honest storytelling at its best. Real Women Have Curves, tells the story of Ana Garcia, (Kaylyn Bernal) a seventeenyear-old Latina working in her sister’s small sewing factory in East Los Angeles, while dreaming of college and a life free of the stereotypes that surround her. Ana, her mother Carmen, (Ramona Larson) her sister Estela, (Selene Canchola,) their co-workers Rosalie, (Arissa Avila) and Pancha (Adriana Reyes) all work to meet impossible deadlines in a literal sweat factory, sewing beautiful dresses for other women to wear. All but Estela have green cards, but they live in fear of ICE agents and arrests. In the midst of this all too real story, we meet a group of women who laugh and cry, talk about body images and women’s roles. Old ideas versus new desires. And in the process give insights to a segment of the population that is too often ignored in American story telling. Lopez’s script is raw and naked and one of the most human experiences to be revealed on a stage. Bernal is so likeable and relatable in her role as Ana, a young girl who yearns
to break free of fear and oppressive gender roles. Her performance perfectly conveys this character’s struggles and frustrations while showcasing her youth and dreams. Larson gives an outstanding portrayal of Carmen, a mother who wants to protect her children while inadvertently allowing generations of oppression to bind them. Canchola is touching and heartbreaking in her performance of Estela, a woman who lives in fear of deportation and yet dares to fly in the face of a hostile culture and start her own business. Avila, (Rosalie) and Reyes, (Pancha) portray the beauty of common women in their struggle to keep a low profile and work hard. I loved Rebecca Havely’s direction. She breathed beautiful life into a script that is filled with every human emotion. Her staging allowed the love, fear, laughter, dreams and hopes to be conveyed in every movement these characters took. And Ron PhillipsMartinez’s set design perfectly conveyed the hot, claustrophobic environment of the sweat shop. Michelle Mendoza’s costumes beautifully depicted the mood and the emotions of this story. From simple work clothes, to the more elegant dresses, showcasing the progression of the characters fulfillment. Theatre should be about education, entertainment, enlightenment, tears and laughter, dreams deferred and dreams fulfilled. This play has it all. Allow yourself the treat of seeing a different kind of story from a new perspective with awe inspiring insights. See Desert Theatreworks production of Josefina Lopez’s, “Real Women Have Curves.” Real Women Have Curves, can be seen through May 19th, at The Indio Performing Arts Center, located at 45175 Fargo Street, Indio, CA. For show and ticket info: dtworks.org Dee Jae Cox is a playwright, director and producer. She is the Cofounder and Artistic Director for The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project. losangeleswomenstheatreproject.org palmspringstheatre.com
May 16 to May 22, 2019
emphis, Tennessee is known for many things, barbeque (obviously), the center of the Civil Rights movement and as a musical melting pot. Blues, Jazz, Country, Gospel, Rock N’ Roll, R&B and Soul, have co-existed and coalesced for more than a century there. By 1900, Beale Street became the city’s recreational and cultural center. Record labels like Sun, Stax, Hi and Ardent flourished from the ‘50s through the ‘70s. Everyone from W.C. Handy, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley Booker T. & The MG’s, Al Green, Big Star and Justin Timberlake got their start there. Carrying that musical torch into the 21st century is the band Southern Avenue. The electrifying five-piece has just released their second album, Keep On. Gifted guitarist Ori Naftaly grew up in Israel, nurturing a deep and abiding love for American Soul, Funk and Blues. In 2011, he recorded his debut, A True Friend Is Hard To Find, with The Ori Nataly band. A year later, at age 25, he won the Israeli Blues Competition and was voted Best Israeli Blues Band in 2013. That led to an invitation to compete in The 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He released a couple more albums and relocated to the United States. Around that time he met protean singer Tierinii Jackson. Tierinii and her younger sister Tikyra are Memphis natives and grew up in a strict, religious household. Both parents were ministers and the sisters and their siblings displayed musical talent early on in church. Secular music was strictly forbidden, and it wasn’t until late adolescence that the girls discovered seminal artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey, which led to Marvin Gaye, Prince, James Brown and Beyonce. Tikyra, (who goes by TK) began playing drums at age nine and counts Nikki Glaspie of Nth Power as a critical influence. By the time Ori connected with Tierinii, she had cycled through countless cover bands and was itching to write her own music. The pair connected professionally and personally. When TK came on board they had the nucleus of the band. Their line-up was complete when they added Jeremy Powell on keys. Original material came together pretty quickly, and they began playing around town. As fate would have it, a record executive from the Concord Group (Telarc, Hear Music, Fantasy, Stax), caught their last set at a club and offered them a record deal. The band’s self-titled debut was released in 2017, hitting the top of the Blues, Americana and iTunes Blues charts. They have since toured the world and the U.S., playing clubs and festivals, winning new fans with their incendiary live set. They’ve shared stages with like-minded artists like Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, JJ Grey & Mofo, Umphrey’s McGhee, North Mississippi Allstars and Karl Denson. When it came time to return to the studio, the band added guest bassist Gage Markey. They also hunkered down at Sam
Phillips Recording (the facility Sam built to supplant his original Sun Studios, these days overseen by his son, Knox) and enlisted producer Johnny Black (Daughtry, Estelle, Jesse J). The result is their new album Keep On. The first two songs set the tone for the whole record. The title track jumps out of the speakers quickly locking into a gutbucket groove. Flirty keys, stinging keys and brassy accents pulsate over a rhythm that pivots from stompy to handclap. Tierinii’s sultry vocals rise above the fray and empowering lyrics act as a mantra of personal perseverance; “You’ve got strength but it don’t matter ‘cause every war’s got a million battles/And you gotta want the fight as much as you want the win, you gotta find the reach and grip through the pain.” “Whisky Love” is a sharp treatise on the powerful grip of addiction, whether it be emotional or chemical, sometimes the ebb of one feeds the flow of the other. Wahwah guitar rides roughshod over swampy keys, roiling bass and a snap-back beat. Despite the authority in her voice, Tierinii is clearly feeling the consequences; “Love of my life, he killed my spirit, now a shot of brown for a broken heart to heal it…robbed me of my youth, strike me if I move, so I fill up my cup until I find my courage.” Although most songs here attempt to parse the tricky rituals of romance, for Southern Avenue, the personal is political on both “We Are Not So Different” and “We’ve Got The Music.” The former is something of a 21st century “We Shall Overcome,” anchored by a stop-start beat, slinky guitar, shaded organ, mellotron and Wurlitzer notes. The lyrics acknowledge that the schism along racial lines continues to widen. Even in today’s wildly divisive climate, our similarities outweigh differences. Tierinii’s vocals become more plaintive as she pleads her case; “We are not so different you and I, regardless of who’s privileged, we’ve all got our rights, they provoke division and then we fight, giving them the power, they shade our sight.” The latter weds chicken-scratch guitar, punchy horns to a kick-drum beat. It also features a vocal assist from Soul legend William Bell. A stalwart on the Stax label, he wrote and performed classic cuts Like “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” I Forgot To Be Your Lover” (a massive hit for Billy Idol in 1986 as “To Be A Lover”) and “Born Under A Bad Sign.” His silky tenor wraps around Tierinii’s tart harmonies before the pair trade verses that seek common ground through the universal appeal of music; “If you don’t look like me, if you don’t talk like me that’s alright, we’ve got the music/If you don’t know my face but you’re feeling the sound, that’s alright, we got the music.” Clocking in at just under two minutes, it’s short and sweet, but succinct and to the point. The best tracks here easily illustrate this band’s musical dexterity. Take “Savior,” which pulsates with slow-cooked seduction.
“KEEP ON” (CONCORD RECORDS) BY ELENI P. AUSTIN
A thwoking beat connects with lush keys and languid guitar riffs; Tierinii’s vocals shapeshift conveying wanton lubricity and sanctified Salvation with each turn of phrase. Meanwhile, “Too Good For You” is a bitter kiss-off camouflaged by a Countrified arrangement that feels as easy-going as a Sunday morning at Lionel Richie’s house. It’s powered by a stutter-step beat, jangly guitars and frisky interplay from keys, mellotron and Fender Rhodes. The Harmonies stack sweetly as the lyrics cut to the quick; “You ain’t even half, half the man I need, proved yourself real dumb with your insecurities/Your idea of love don’t measure up to me, you ain’t capable of fulfilling my needs, you’re lacking in ambition, got no passion, you ain’t Shit without me.” Don’t sugarcoat it, Tierinii, say what you think. Southern Avenue collectively gets on the Good Foot with “Switchup.” Funkified bass lines collide with a whip-crack beat, sinewy guitar and fluttery horns. Here Tierinii cautions a prospective suitor, “I bend, but baby I don’t break, I move, but baby I don’t change.” Everything gets thick and greazy on the break, and the band cedes the spotlight, shining it on the taut timekeeping of Tikyra. Finally, “The Tea I Sip” gets down to the nitty gritty. Tierinii’s mien pivots from playful to steely. Mirroring her mood,
the beat shapeshifts from lowdown to hopscotch, from start-stop to fingerpoppin’. Sidewinder bass and synchronized horns punctuate each hairpin turn until Ori unleashes a cross-cut solo. Other interesting cuts include the backto-back juxtaposition of “Lucky,” a sharp fusion of beatific Soul and crunchy AOR with the frenetic Uptown Funk of “Jive.” The lyrics of the latter include this potent and thought-provoking couplet; “The power of knowing is knowing your power, knowledge without wisdom is a fail.” The electrified stomp of “She Gets Me High” is a crackling ode to sexual fluidity. The album closes with “We’re Gonna Make It.” The song shares the same grit, grace and gravitas as Sam Cooke’s epochal “A Change Is Gonna Come.” 45 years on, sometimes it feels like Equal rights in America is back to square one. But Southern Avenue asks that we stay patient and positive; “I told my people don’t be worried so, for every high I know we get low, just don’t let go/We’re gonna make it, we’re gonna make it, anyhow, anyhow.” Equal parts spiritual, solemn and sanguine, it’s a strong finish to A great album. Southern Avenue’s sound was augmented by a horn section featuring Art Edmalston on tenor and baritone saxophones and Marc Franklin on trumpet and flugelhorn. Ava Jackson added backing vocals and producer Johnny Black provided extra keys. In this era of disposable music, autotune and K-Pop, Southern Avenue feels like a breath of fresh air. It almost takes the sting out of monumental losses like Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. Keep On honors the traditions, but adds a 21st century twist. Amen to that.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
BY LYNNE TUCKER
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN CENTER PALM SPRINGS, CA
s one of the best destinations in the world for midcentury modern architecture, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect home for the countryâ€™s first free-standing architecture and design museum. Opened in 2014, the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is a must-see for architecture lovers and tourists alike. Housed in the historic 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building (designed by E. Stewart Williams) in downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center showcases classic midcentury international style. Not only is the building a Class I Historic Site, but its ground-level glass pavilion space also features architecture and design exhibitions. Whether youâ€™re coming to Greater Palm Springs for Modernism Week or want to add midcentury vibes to your next visit, this modernism museum is the perfect stop. TOURS: Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture Exhibition - The one-hour tour of the current exhibition is included with admission. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour. Now through June 17, 2019. 11am: Tue, Fri, Sat and Sun. 2pm: Tue, Fri, Sat and Sun. ADMISSION: Adults $5. Free admission every Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm. (sponsored by the City of Palm Springs) Always free for children under 18, active duty military and their family, and NARM and ROAM participants. HOURS: Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm Monday 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday 10:00am-5:00pm Wednesday Closed Thursday Noon-8:00pm Friday 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm Think Travel and Enjoy the Journey! For more information contact: www.psmuseum.org Lynne Tucker is a travel writer and photojournalist based in Palm Desert CA
May 16 to May 22, 2019
ogs love to travel! Most dogs get excited when you grab the car keys, hoping to join you on the trip. Dogs are natural nomads, traveling in packs in the wild. They are curious creatures who love seeing new places and meeting new friends. Traveling with pets has become easier now that more hotels and restaurants with outdoor seating happily accommodate them. Many Coachella Valley residents are now traveling to cooler locations, and their dogs often accompany them. Wise planning and safety precautions make the experience more enjoyable. It is good business sense to cater to pet owners. Some restaurants even have “doggie” menus with special cooked items for canines. Your well behaved leashed dog is welcome at many local retailers including Home Depot, Lowes, Apple, The Pottery Barn, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Many major hotel chains including Marriott’s Residence Inn, Motel 6 and Best Western allow pets. Campgrounds are full of family pets. Doggie day care programs abound One pet focused resort, Canine Camp Getaway in New York, offers scent-detection workshops for the dogs, decorating homemade dog biscuit classes for the humans, and sharing celebratory beverages at “Yappy Hour”. Hotel pools pose a possible risk to dogs. While many dogs swim and know
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ON THE ROAD WITH LILLY
how to get themselves out, other breeds with heavy coats are not able to sustain themselves in pool water. Life preservers for dogs are an extra precaution. CAR TRAVEL A host of new products ensure the comfort and safety of your dog during car trips. Cool pads inside his carrier cool down the temperature during hot weather. Socks or little shoes keep his feet from burning on the hot pavement. Tiny sunglasses with UV protection guard against sun damage to the eyes and block dust & debris. “Cool down” harnesses, vests containing cooling crystals, help on hot days. Car harnesses protect your dog if you have to stop suddenly. A collar with your phone number and a recent photograph of your dog are essential in case he gets lost.
Pictured here is Lilly, an adorable rescue Bichon mix, who recently traveled by car from her home in Alameda, California, to her vacation home in La Quinta. Lilly enjoyed a lunch stop at the Harris Ranch outdoor snack shop and a trip to Nordstrom, another dog friendly business. Of course, unlike Lilly in this fun photograph, dogs should not be left alone in cars. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CLOSED VEHICLE ON A HOT OR SUNNY DAY, even with the windows cracked. The temperature inside can soar in a matter of minutes. Unattended animals inside cars are also at risk of being stolen. It takes less than a minute for someone to break a window and steal your pet. If you are traveling alone with your dog and can’t find a responsible person to watch him, no one will object if you take him into a public restroom. Drive through restaurants or a picnic under a tree can replace indoor restaurant meal stops. AIRLINE TRAVEL A health certificate from your veterinarian is required for airline travel. Bring copies of shot records including rabies. Check in advance with your airline as pet requirements can differ. If you have a small dog under your airline’s weight limit, it is recommended you take them in a carrier in the passenger cabin where they travel under your seat. Some groups advise against shipping your pet in
BY JANET McAFEE
the cargo area due to instances of loss, injury and even death. If you must ship an animal below cabin, book a direct flight. Your trusted veterinarian can decide if sedation will make the flight easier. TRAIN TRAVEL Amtrak does not allow pets other than service animals. Smaller regional rail companies are more hospitable, but call first to find out about crating and other restrictions. Some transit companies don’t allow animals during crowded rush hours. Short leashes are recommended. A wonderful resource, “U.S and Canada Dog Travel Guide,” can be obtained by going online to www.dogfriendly.com. Grab the car keys, hit the road, and double your fun with Fido onboard. Janetmcafee8@gmail.com
THE VINO VOICE
LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU!
¡¡AYE-YA-YIE!! BABE’S IS AT IT AGAIN!!
he last time we wrote about the culinary antics of our favorite barb-que & brewery establishment— known lovingly as Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery, we had just filled our bellies with some of the best bar-b-que grub in town at Babe’s first Brewmaster Dinner. This last week, Babe’s thought they would adjust the solstice for everyone and begin the summer in May with the overture and presentation of their new Latin Fusion BBQ Menu. We understand. Summer
quickly arrives here in our desert, so why not just declare the thing done and allow us to toast to the new season and get on with our favorite summer past times—such as eating and drinking and... well, you know. So not only did our Latin dinner launch include inventive tacos, tamales, plates such as honey habanero BBQ baby back ribs and more of some south of the border delights, one of the stars of the show was the fresh and new Mexican Lager that quenched the thirst of the Rancho Mirage crowd.
As we are all aware, this particular CV Weekly issue not only has Babe’s Bar-BQue & Brewery on the cover, but we have a wonderfully written article on the whole shebang, bringing us up to speed on the popular eatery itself. And how much fun is the story around the Brewery’s new Mexican lager on the scene and the exciting canning process in the works. So, in this column of drinks, eats & events, we have the liberality of getting into the meat & potatoes of things—or in this case, meat and tamales—and speak our minds about the quality and tastiness
May 16 to May 22, 2019
BY RICK RIOZZA of the new Latin Fusion dishes served at last week’s event. And by the way—we loved their eco-friendly appetizers served on edible spoons! As everyone is discovering, Babe’s restaurant venue is a great place to congregate. It’s spacious, it has outdoor settings, and, an inviting bar to the right as you enter, that is easy to sit at. The restaurant is well designed with very continue to page 22
May 16 to May 22, 2019
THUR MAY 16
29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bobby Furgo & Co 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Donny Benet 9pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Tyler Simmons 7-11pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Bill and Doug Duo 6:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ Dxsko 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Chris Lomeli Trio w/ Brian Dennigan and Leon Bisquera 7:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CASUELAS CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0011 Johnny Meza and Co. 6-10pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Michael D’Angelo 6:309:30pm, DJ 9:30pm COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 MOD Squad Variety Show w/ Francesca Amari, Jeff Stewart and Wayne Abravanel 5:30-7:30pm, Lipstick hosted by Bella Da Ball 8pm, DJs Banks and Ax 10pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm EUREKA; IW; 760-834-7700 TBA 8-10pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6534 Barry Baughn Blues Band 5:30-8:30pm FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Patricia Welsh 6-9pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760-656-3444 DJ 10pm
THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Chris Lomeli 7pm HOTEL PASEO; PD; Michael Keeth 4-7pm LANDMARK LOUNGE; LQ; 760-289-6736 Lisa LaFaro 7pm LA QUINTA RESORT; LQ; 760-564-4111 Steppin Out 6-9pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Roxx 6:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Country Night w/ Country Nation 9pm 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 PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Mating Ritual and Goldenuns 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Dacoda Miracle Presents: Comedy Night 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Sharon Sills 6:30pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 The Smooth Brothers 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Dude Jones 6:30pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Karaoke 8pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Mike Cosley 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Robert Salisbury 4:30-6pm, Steve Oliver Band 6:30-10pm THE VINE WINE BAR; PD; 760-341-9463 Aaron Alexander 6-9pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Trio Envy 5-8pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-230-0188 An Evening of Jazz 6:30pm
FRI MAY 17
19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 TBA 8pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Fast Heart Mart 6:30pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Light in the Attic DJ Sets 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Avenida 7-11pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Live Music 6:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Extra Spooky, James V, Host Family and Facekiss 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Bill Gulino 4-7:15pm, Horice Miller, Brian Dennigan and Leon Bisquera 7:30-11pm BIG ROCK PUB; IND; 706-200-8988 Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Benefit Concert w/ Jake and Brayden, Pescaterritory, Off Da Cuff and The Cole Withers Band 8pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Chase Martinez 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CASUELAS CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0011 The Myx 6:30-10pm
CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Michael D’Angelo 6:309:30pm, DJ 9:30pm COACHELLA VALLEY BREWING; TP; 760343-5973 Josh Jam: Josh Heinz’ Bday Bash w/ Blasting Echo and 5th Town 7pm COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 Viva Friday’s w/ DJ Banks 9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DESERT FOX; PD; Courtney Chambers 9:30pm DRINGK; RM; 760-888-0111 DJ Journee 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6534 Gina Carey 5:30-8:30pm FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Frankie DiSalvo 6-9pm GADI’S BAR & GRILL; YV; 760-820-1213 TBA 8pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760-656-3444 Karaoke w/ KJ Marjovi 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Cumbia Night w/ Bohemio 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Keisha D 7pm HOTEL PASEO; PD; Michael Keeth 4-7pm HOT SPOT@SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760775-5566 Nacho Bustillos 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Bob Allen 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Karaoke w/ Troy Michaels 7pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LANDMARK LOUNGE; LQ; 760-289-6736 Various Artists 7pm LA QUINTA BREWERY; PD; 760-200-2597 Seasonal Beer Release w/ Music by Tim Styles 7pm LA QUINTA RESORT; LQ; 760-564-4111 Steppin Out 6-9pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Roxx 7:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Jamestown 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 DJ Jerry 9pm MASTRO’S; PD; 760-776-6777 TBA 6:3011pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Eevaan Tre 6-9pm, DJ Pedro Le Bass 9:30pm 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 That 80’s band 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Gennine Francis 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Rob Leines 8pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Nutty in Palm Springs 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Rockaholics 9pm
RENAISSANCE; PS; 760-322-6000 Matt Claborn 6-9pm RIVIERA; PS; 760-327-8311 Michael Keeth 8-11pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm 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 Smooth Brothers 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SOLANO’S BISTRO; LQ; 760-771-6655 Michael Madden 6-9pm SONOMA GRILL; PD; 760-340-6600 Denny Pezzin 6-9pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. 6:30pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 212 Band 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Dennis Michaels 6:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 “Meet the Corwins” 5:30-7:30pm, The John Stanley King Show 8pm THE VINE WINE BAR; PD; 760-341-9463 Derek Jordan Gregg 7-10pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 DJ Galaxy and the House Whores 5pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-230-0188 Rose Mallett 6:30pm
SAT MAY 18
29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bev and Bill 6:30pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Light in the Attic DJ Sets, noon, poolside, and 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Steppin’ Out 7-11pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Cabaret on the Green Open Mic 7:30pm BACKSTREET BISTRO; PD; 760-346-6393 Linda Peterson 12:30-3:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Gems w/ Noa James, Dxsko, Cam Gnarly and Nappy 2K 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Chris Lomeli, Brian Denigan and Leon Basquera 7:30-11pm BIG ROCK PUB; IND; 706-200-8988 Laurie Morvan 8:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Gennine Francis 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 CASUELAS CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0011 The Myx 6:30-10pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Abie and Natasha 6:309:30pm, DJ 9:30pm COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 DJ Banks and Mr. Miami 9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DESERT FOX; PD; Krystofer Do 9:30pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm
DRINGK; RM; 760-888-0111 DJ Journee 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6534 Jack Ruvio 5:30-8:30pm FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Frankie DiSalvo 6-9pm GADI’S BAR & GRILL; YV; 760-820-1213 TBA 8pm THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 8pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760-656-3444 DJ Ray 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 The Hellions and Special Guests 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 The Carmens 7pm HOTEL PASEO; PD; Michael Keeth 4-10pm HOT SPOT@SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760775-5566 Nacho Bustillos 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Bob Allen 6pm JC’S CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0733 Vinny Berry 3-7pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LANDMARK LOUNGE; LQ; 760-289-6736 Eevaan Tre 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 PS Sound Company 1pm, Hot Roxx 8pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Jamestown 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 TBA 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Derek Jordan Gregg 6-9pm, DJ Pedro Le Bass 9:30pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Braun Fraulein 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Steve Williams Experience 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Lucius and Pure Bathing Culture 8pm SOLD OUT PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Amanda McBroom 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Guttercandy 9pm ROWAN; PS; 760-904-5015 Lance Riebsomer 6-9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm 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 Smooth Brothers 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SONOMA GRILL; PD; 760-340-6600 Denny Pezzin 6-9pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm
May 16 to May 22, 2019
SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. 6:30pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Barflys 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Reggie “Vision” Alexander 6:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Rose Mallett and Co. 5-7pm, Kal David, Lauri Bono and the Real Deal 7:30pm THE VINE WINE BAR; PD; 760-341-9463 Aaron Alexander 7-10pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Live Music 6:30pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-230-0188 The Stanley Butler Band 6:30pm
SUN MAY 19
29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bob Garcia 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Heatwave DJ Sets noon poolside, and 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Sunday Brunch w/ Live Music 11am BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Deep House Sundays w/ DJ Femme A 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Bill Gulino 12:30-3:30pm, Patrice Morris 6:30-10pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Michael Keeth 5-9pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 9pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Paul Douglas 6-9pm COACHELLA VALLEY BREWING; TP; 760343-5973 Cullah and Black Water Gospel 3-6pm continue to page 20
May 16 to May 22, 2019
RAMEN MUSASHI RICH RAMEN BROTH AND JAPANESE DELIGHTS SATISFIES AT RAMEN MUSASHI IN PALM DESERT.
BY DENISE ORTUNO
t was about a year ago that I got the Ramen bug. No, I’m not talking about some Asian insect, or the “Top” version, but rather the over the top delicious noodley, brothy Japanese favorite. It was in a small restaurant in San Diego where my appreciation for it began, and I thought to myself as I was slurping the decadent hot liquid “It be wonderful if we could have a great Ramen restaurant here in the Coachella Valley.” Well, now we do. Ramen Musashi opened very recently in Palm Desert, right off of Town Center Way across from the Westfield Shopping Mall. The restaurant is the creation of the owners from long time sushi restaurant, Musashi, in the Palms to Pines Plaza. The menu at Ramen Musashi has a comfortable balance of Ramen dishes, as well as other unique menu selections. The crisp clean dining area rings out a modern, minimalistic tone, with wood trimmed chairs for a level of depth. There is also a rather large outdoor seating area, which will no doubt be packed when comfortable weather cooperates. On my initial visit, my boyfriend and I were very excited to try our new local Ramen spot, hoping that it would transport us back to those incredible “eyeball rolling back” flavors that we had a year prior in San Diego. Our server Olivia was very kind, and helped guide us through the menu, patiently answering any questions that we had. I wanted some Sake, and ordered a small bottle of some cold style, which came served in the cutest little glass ever! They also
offer other sakes including hot, and of course a selections of beers to go along with them. We started off with a couple of small plates to try out the menu before diving into the Ramen itself. An order of Gyoza (fried pork & chicken dumplings) and their Steamed Buns (steamed buns with braised pork belly chashu) arrived. The Gyoza had a light bronze skin, harboring the savory filing inside, and the Steamed Buns were soft with luscious sweet pork off set by the crispness of carrot and cabbage slivers with cool cucumber, teriyaki soy and wasabi mayo. Needless to say, those Steamed Buns were so good, we had a second order, and, I’m craving them right now. It was time for the Ramen, the core of reason for visiting the restaurant in the first place, and to disarm suspense, the Ramen was fantastic! There are many different selections
to choose from. There is the pork bone broth, a mixed version with pork and chicken bone broth, chicken bone broth only, and vegetable broth for all of you vegans out there. We chose the Musashi Tonkotsu Ramen (creamy pork broth, noodles, braised pork belly, marinated egg, red onion, bamboo, kombu seaweed, shitake mushrooms and garlic chips). The first sip of the broth told us all that we needed to know, it was rich and creamy, and clean. You’d almost expect a waxy aftertaste because of its texture, but it never materializes, excellent! No doubt a result of Musashi’s dedication in using fresh ingredients, with no preservatives or MSG. The pork in the Ramen was fall apart tender, and all of the players in the bowl complimented each other. Ramen Musashi is opened for lunch and dinner, and their prices are very reasonable
which a bonus is always! Thank you Ramen Musashi for bringing this wonderful dish to the Coachella Valley in a delicious way. My boyfriend and I are delighted to have found a Ramen haven in the desert. Ramen Musashi is located at 44-491 Town Center Way, Suite G, Palm Desert, Ca 92260 For more information visit www. ramenpalmdesert.com
nce a proud independent lager that enjoyed immense popularity and almost-craft beer status, the unfortunate decline of Rolling Rock lager echoes the decline of the city it hails from, Latrobe, PA. When a large corporation buys a successful small brewery, the fear is that its beer will be stripped of the character and integrity that helped make it so successful in the first place, as megalithic brands generally aim to please shareholders and not beer lovers. Rolling Rock has unfortunately become the greatest example of a beer removed from its spirit and roots, and AB Inbev is the megalithic brewing corporation who did it. Rolling Rock was born in the same small Pennsylvania town as golf legend Arnold Palmer, and TV icon Fred Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. The first banana split was created in Latrobe in 1904 by David Strickler, and 35 years later, the Latrobe Brewing Company launched its flagship lager, Rolling Rock, named after the smooth pebbled streams from which the beer was made. Latrobe’s beer quickly grew into a source of local pride in a time when many small, independent breweries suffered from infected beer and poor brewing practices, the consistently clean and light flavor of Rolling Rock made it a regional favorite. The Latrobe Brewing Company used fermenting vessels that had an enamel coated interior, which was commonly referred to as “glass lining”. The enamel coat helps to protect the steel underneath it from corrosion and damage, cleans easier, and doesn’t transfer flavor to food or drink. Rolling Rock wisely marketed their beer’s flavor as
May 16 to May 22, 2019
LET’S STUDY CHEAP BEER: ROLLING ROCK
coming from being fermented in those enamel coated tanks, and every bottle still states, “From the glass lined tanks of Old Latrobe” (even though the beer itself hasn’t been brewed in Latrobe in over a decade; more on that later). Green Bottles in both 7 and 12 oz sizes became Rolling Rock’s marketing strategy, helping the company to stand out amidst the clear or brown bottles used by their competitors. The little 7 oz bottles were known as “pony bottles” for their small size, and when Rolling Rock began using the horse as part of their branding logo, many people attributed the name “pony” to Rolling Rock’s horse theme. The beer itself was said to have a refreshing and slightly tart quality, which many brewers over the years have pointed out as being DMS
(dimethyl sulfate), a flaw that comes from not boiling your wort long or hard enough to drive those volatile compounds out of the liquid. It’s a flavor reminiscent of green apples yet Rolling Rock’s appeal to its fans didn’t diminish. Rather, that tart quality became its signature flavor, and Rolling Rock became known as the beer that tasted like DMS that people loved anyway. The Latrobe Brewing Co spent the 70’s and 80’s seeing significant growth, even introducing a light beer in 1985. The company peaked in 1994 and was ranked as the eighth largest brewery in the United States, brewing more than 80,000 barrels annually, and having brewed a million barrels of beer since its first batch in 1939. Despite these peaks, events were already in place that would see the brand decline. Canada’s Labatt Brewing Co purchased the Latrobe Brewing Co in 1987, with plans to shape and market Rolling Rock for the emerging micro-beer market. While the green bottles did become synonymous with bluecollar work ethic, the micro-beer market was about pale ales, hefeweizens and IPA’s, and did not embrace Rolling Rock as a micro-brewed beer. With its peak in the early 90’s as the eighth largest brewery, this was not enough commercial gain to satisfy Labatt, and they sold the Latrobe Brewing Co to Belgian brewing conglomerate corporation Interbrew (which merged later into inBev) in 1995. Interbrew/ InBev milked the brand for all they could before selling it to Anheuser- Busch in 2006. And that’s where things started to go very wrong. AB uprooted production of Rolling Rock
BY AARON RAMSON from Latrobe, PA, and moved it to Budweiser’s brewing facility in Newark, NJ, brewing it alongside all of the other brands it had acquired. Without the local water source, glass lined tanks, and original brewing process that gave the Pennsylvania based American lager its subtle character, Rolling Rock became indistinguishable from every other beer in AB’s portfolio. The people of Latrobe protested and boycotted, and craft beer fans who never quite embraced Rolling Rock the way they did Dogfish Head and Victory Brewing Co, now openly despised the product for being a corporate shill. Rolling Rock’s popularity has suffered since the acquisition, and a google search for 2018’s top cheap beers turned up almost every ubiquitous brand except Rolling Rock. That is a damn shame, because despite its unfortunate reputation as a sellout, Rolling Rock Pale Lager is not a bad tasting beer. I regularly purchase 12-packs to bring to band rehearsal, where it’s blandly inoffensive flavor is a welcome draught between sweaty music sets. Grainy and lightly sweet, I pick up notes of rice and corn in the flavor, but none of the DMS that was infamously part of its taste. Rolling Rock can be usually found on sale and is a much milder flavored beer than others in its price range. Many former fans love to rag on this product, with some industry experts predicting a sad end for this once esteemed beer.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
slew of watchable, fun female centric films are fighting for attention on the big screen and on demand for the home theater. Here are a few current titles for consideration that offer a diversion if not full satisfaction. NOW SHOWING: WINE COUNTRY In honor of Rebecca (Rachel Dratch)’s 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a wine country getaway with their best, longtime friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paula Pell), homebody Jenny (Emily Spivey), and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are all sold on the opportunity to have fun and reconnect. But as the alcohol flows, real world uncertainties intrude on the gossip, and the women question their relationships and futures. If you’re a woman of a certain age, you will appreciate and likely relate to these friends who head to the Napa Valley for what they hope will be a relaxing getaway. Who wouldn’t love to have friends who are as accepting as they are unfiltered? The bond these friends have may be perfect, but it’s not easy to cram everything you want to say into an hour and half movie, although the 80’s references shine. When the itinerary gets busier and busier and the outing becomes a nightmare, the women struggle to keep up with their
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frantic host (Poehler), while at the same time sorting out issues of work, health and love. The performances are what elevate this otherwise rather disappointing movie to something tolerable if not memorable. The title is a labored pun (whine country?) that pretty much says all you need to know. POMS Can aging and mortality be better endured if you gather enough friends and surrender enough dignity? That’s the big question posed here that underscores all
the drinking, bonding and bickering Martha (Diane Keaton) is an introvert who joins a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl, a fun-loving neighbor. After coming out of her shell, Martha and her new friend decide to create a cheerleading squad with fellow residents. The two women hold auditions and press on with their cheerleading dreams even though the odds are stacked against them. Not sure what the takeaway is, but as someone said, the best way to live your dreams is to wake up. The great cast, besides Keaton, includes Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier and Rhea Perlman. The charm of the cast almost makes up for the disappointingly predictable and preposterous screenplay. DEAD TO ME Dark humor prevails but never gets dark enough in this story of an unlikely friendship between two women (Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) with diametrically opposite personalities who meet in a grief support group. Jen (Applegate) is a Cynical Laguna Beach real estate agent and widow trying to solve her husband’s hit-and-run murder. Judy (Cardellini) is an optimistic free spirit who’s recently suffered her own tragic loss -- a break up with her man. As the two women bond over bottles of wine, Entenmann’s cookies and a shared affinity for the old TV show “The Facts of Life,” Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it. Streaming now on NETFIX.
THE HUSTLE This gender twist remake (1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) of a remake (1964’s “Bedtime Story”) stars Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as a pair of rival con artists with different styles who team up in Beaumont-sur-Mer, a picturesque seaside villa in the south of France. Director Chris Addison’s calculated caper has Hathaway’s Josephine Chesterfield, a glamorous Brit with a breathy voice, and Wilson’s Penny Rust as a free spirited Aussie as masters of their deceptive crafts defrauding gullible and shockingly naïve men. The con artists justify their work by specifically fleecing men who have wronged women. Wilson’s Rust relies more on the physical while Hathaway’s Chesterfield uses her wits and feminine wiles. The two actors have a winning chemistry despite the derivative narrative. The movie shifted into high gear when they join forces to swindle Alex Sharp’s tech billionaire. Fun but lightweight.
"THE ILIAD" BY HOMER ADAPTED BY GARETH HINDS GRAPHIC NOVEL -----------------------------------------------------
&B singer Edwin Starr asks the question “War. What is it good for?,” then belts out “Absolutely nothing” along with other reasons why war is bad. In the graphic novel adapted by Gareth Hinds, The Iliad (Candlewick Press, 272 pages), justification for a pointless war continues to resonate 3,000 years later through dialogue and watercolor illustrations. For many, Homer’s epic poem is a confusing mash-up of mythology, history, gods and men, who fight over the possession of beautiful women. In this modern iteration, artist and author Hinds breaks down the story into comic book panels creating a lively and gruesome retelling of the events that unfolded during the Trojan War. The story begins almost a decade into the war between the Achaeans (Greeks) and the Trojans. The conflict centers around a feud between super warrior Achilles and King Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek forces after Helen (wife of Menelaus) is spirited away by Paris, prince of Troy (who was manipulated by the gods.) Thousands
WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR
of men fight and die until a final one-onone battle is fought between Trojan super warrior, Hector and Achilles. The Iliad is considered one of the most significant works of Western literature. Hinds does a beautiful job retelling the story in both words and pictures. He reduces Homer’s 22 books, originally over 700 pages, to a manageable and coherent narrative. His illustrations make it easy to follow the myriad characters. The gods are depicted in soft singular colors, while the humans are painted in bolder detail. At face value, The Iliad glorifies war and makes heroes of men who willingly fight to the death for honor and glory. But, Hinds allows the debate about war to enter the text and drawings revealing the horrors and tragedies that war brings to human kind. All sides ask the most important question: What are we fighting for? However, the answer is unfortunately diluted by egomaniacal, jealous and arrogant men who can only see their selfish needs met at the expense of thousands of lives. The final book (or chapter) is the most potent where after Achilles defeats Hector, and degrades and humiliates his mightiest enemy in front of everybody, Achillies looks like more of an asshole than a hero. So, when Hector’s father, King Priam, sneaks into Achillies tent to humbly request his son’s body, Achilles is moved by the humanity of
a father’s sorrow and loss. Achillies redeems himself and returns Hector with the honor a heroic warrior deserves. Another intriguing debate in The Iliad is between the gods about mortality. They question whether they should intervene directly and save their favorite humans from death. They grieve for mortals who are born to die. Hinds includes an index of characters (which makes it easy to identify the important players in the story) as well as extensive notes and a map all illustrated in
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BY HEIDI SIMMONS the same watercolor pallet. It is amazing that after 3,000 years we are still telling this story. The Trojan War was fought in the late Bronze Age -twelfth century B.C.E. Homer’s poem was memorized and recited. The Iliad was like a bible for the time. Makes me wonder. How has this literature shaped our Western culture over the millennia? The women are seen as property only cherished for their beauty. All sides worship the same gods asking for the same favors on their behalf. The few in power use false pride, facts and patriotism to recruit the many who willingly fight their battles. Reading The Iliad today, it is easy to see our own war-like culture and the spins created to justify our fights. The arrogance, hubris and misogyny of those in power remain the same.
BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA
SHOW SOME CLASS WITH SAFETY!
rom and graduation season is here again – You want to make sure you graduate ‘with’ your class! “Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking which can result in tragedy,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “It is therefore critical that parents keep the lines of communication open when it comes to talking to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving.” Follow these safety tips: • Know who’s driving all evening: Are your kids or a friend driving, is there a designated driver, or will they be renting a limo? • Make sure your teen has a way of contacting you and you can contact your teen; warn them of the dangers of talking or texting while driving. • Get the evening’s itinerary as well as a list of names and phone numbers of each
person with your teen. • Make sure your teen knows how to handle difficult situations; avoiding accepting a ride from a drunk driver, rejecting offers of alcohol or legal and illegal drugs, or not succumbing to pressure to engage in sexual activity. • Insist that no changes be made to the evening itinerary unless you grant permission. Know who is supervising all events in which your teen is participating. • Make sure your teen has money to cover alternative transportation costs (cab), if necessary. And parents, the same lesson here goes for you. Set an example of responsibility and accountability to your children! For additional prom and graduation safety, talk to school administrators. Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
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CLUB CRAWLER NIGHTLIFE continued from page 15 DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Radio 60 3-6pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 The Luminators 6pm Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Ted Bill Marx 6:30pm Herman 6-8pm BACKSTREET BISTRO; PD; 760-346-6393 THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Comedy Johnny Morris 5:30-9pm Night 8pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Music LANDMARK LOUNGE; LQ; 760-289-6736 by Touchtunes 7pm Scott Carter 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Bill Gulino & LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325Brian Dennigan 6:30-10pm 2794 PS Sound Company noon, Hot Roxx 6:30pm CASUELAS CAFÉ; PD; 760-568-0011 The Mighty Sweet Nothings 5:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick 760-325-2323 Sunday Jam 3:30-7:30pm, Tuzzolino 5:30pm Mikael Healy 8pm COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 DJ NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Banks and Mr. Miami 8pm Karaoke 8pm DRINGK; RM; 760-888-0111 DJ Journee THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Sunday Jam 9pm Session 2-5pm, Kevin Henry 7:30pm FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Larry PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760Capeloto 6-9pm 327-4080 Sunday Jam Session 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 2794 PS Sound Company 6:30pm The Sunday Band 7:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND 760-325-2323 Mikael Healey 8pm COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Game of Thrones 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm-1:15am SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 Jack Ruvio 7:30pm 6-9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341Open Mic 7pm 3560 The Myx 6:30pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Keisha THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 D 6:30pm Darci Daniels and Reggie Vision 7pm ROWAN; PS; 760-904-5015 Michael Keeth VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 6-9pm The John Stanley King Trio 6-9:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Live Music Deanna Bogart 6:30pm 5pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Nick Sosa 7pm WILDEST GREENS; PD; 760-636-0441 Lance Riebsomer 11-2:30pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 Motown Mondays 7pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 John Carey and Friends 6:30pm
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29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Jasmine Tomasso 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Ace Karaoke 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Shelley Yoelin Group 9:30pm BACKSTREET BISTRO; PD; 760-346-6393 Live Jazz 6:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 TBA 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Horice Miller, Leon Basquera and Brian Denigan 6:3010pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Lizann Warner 6:30-9:30pm, DJ 9:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-327-1700 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Terri Olsen and the Perfect Blend 6-9pm HENRY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL; CC; 760-656-3444 Karaoke w/ KJ Danny 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Drag Queen Bingo 9pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Karaoke 9pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic 7pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 PS Sound Company 6:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Brad’s Pad 7pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Mikael Healey 8pm
NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Tim Burleson 7:45pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 Acoustic Music Lounge 7pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Game Night w/ Luke O 8pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Rose Mallett 6:30pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Country Night 6pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 John McCormick and The Shelly Scott Band 6:30-10pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Alex Santana 5-8pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 Yve Evans and John Bolivar 6pm
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29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Daniel Horn 6pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Azhia 7-11pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Jazz Jam w/ Doug MacDonald & Friends 7pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Whiskey Wednesdays w/ Guest DJ 7pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Horice Miller, Leon Basquera and Brian Denigan 6:3010pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Michael Keeth 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; PD; 760-200-1768 Barry Minniefield 6:309:30pm, DJ 9:30pm COACHELLA VALLEY BREWING CO; TP; 760-343-5973 Uncle Ben’s Open Mic 6-8pm
COPA NIGHTCLUB; PS; 760-866-0021 Issa Wednesday Humpday w/ DJ Ax 9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm DRINGK; RM; 760-888-0111 S.I.N. w/ DJ Mirage 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 Karaoke 7:30pm FRANK’S PLACE; IW; 760-797-8700 Terri Olsen and Patricia Welsh 6:30pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Open Mic Hosted by Josh Heinz 8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Karaoke 7:30pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Open Mic 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Roxx 6:30pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Latin Night 7pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Mikael Healey 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 Roger & Friends 7pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Michael Holmes Trio 6:30pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Katheryn White 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 The Slim Man Band 6:30-10pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Jeff Bonds 5-8pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 Tony Patler and David Ring – Dueling Pianos 6:30pm
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Septic Tank & Grease Trap Pumping Sewer & Drain Cleaning Odor Control
he people who work at corporations increasingly use verbal gymnastics in order to soften negative events or impressions caused by poor management decisions. One of the better examples of verbal gymnastics in action was done by Target about two years ago. Sales at Target were down as their prices were noticeably higher than rivals Walmart and Amazon. Rather than saying that prices were being reduced in order to stay competitive, management chose the phrase the necessary price adjustment as investing in margin compression. When Party City announced the closure of 45 of their 870 stores due to a shortage of helium, I felt reasonably certain that this was another case of verbal gymnastics. Could helium shortages really be that bad? At first blush, the reasoning made sense. Much of the helium that we use comes from mining efforts. Somehow during the creation of Earth, pockets of helium got trapped under the Earth’s surface. The helium in your balloons could well come from a gas that was created billions of years ago as it takes millions of years for uranium to degrade naturally and create helium. Looking at world helium supplies, 75% comes from the United States with Kansas being the epicenter of natural helium production with Texas being the repository. The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates as of last
HELIUM & VERBAL GYMNASTICS
September were that the United States has 3.1 billion cubic feet of helium stored in reserve. At present, the United States uses about 1.4 billion cubic feet of helium a year while creating new helium of only 120 million cubic feet. Helium use is divided as follows: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) 30%, natural gas production 17%, laboratories 14%, welding 9%, engineering 6%, leak detection or semiconductor production (5% each) and 14% split amongst all other uses (including balloons). While helium is a by-product of natural gas production, the U.S. government is the primary seller due to large helium reserves gathered following World War II due to its strategic importance. As the U.S. government undercuts private industry pricing by 60%, it should come as no surprise that private production is low. According to the BLM, private helium
DALE GRIBOW ON THE LAW
sources cost $210 for 1,000 cubic feet vs. the U.S. government which is selling off its helium reserves at $86 for 1,000 cubic feet or a 60% discount from the private market. By the U.S. government controlling helium prices for decades, a shortage has been created due to their anti-competitive practices. Bringing this all back to Party City, their CFO announced 45 store closures on Thursday of last week during a quarterly earnings call causing their already beleaguered stock to fall further. By Sunday, a new source of helium had been procured settling investor fears (and hopefully their withering stock price) that the Party City business model was doomed like so many other big box retailers. Did Party City use Helium shortages to cover for the fact that earnings were down badly and making their $2 billion debt load look that much heavier? I will leave it to you and their investors
to differentiate truth from word gymnastics. Given that 1,000 cubic feet of helium can inflate approximately 2,500 balloons and non-inflated balloons cost virtually nothing, Party City’s material costs should have been between 5 and 10 cents each last year. Even if Party City had to pay a 50% premium to get private market helium versus the cheaper government helium, the extra 5 cents is hardly a reason to close stores. If balloons drive in sales and you can’t get helium, pay more for precious resource if your business model demands it. The real problem at Party City probably relates to store footprints that are too large if viewed on a sales -per-square-foot basis as well as too much debt. Party City should follow the leads of other once-troubled retailers like Best Buy who shrank their footprints as they adapted to changing consumer preferences. All of this helium talk makes management sound silly. Focus on fixes, not excuses. Haddon Libby is the Founder and Managing Partner of Winslow Drake Investment Management, a fiduciary-only investment management firm. For more information, visit www.WinslowDrake.com or email Hlibby@ WinslowDrake.com.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF THE INJURED & CRIMINALLY ACCUSED
LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT DUI AND PI MATTERS
ersonal Injury/DUI cases have a lot in common with respect to what clients should or shouldn’t do. In both instances Silence is Golden. As a rule the less you share the better off you are. Don’t admit fault in an accident or admit guilt with a DUI. It is not always what you say but what the other side THOUGHT YOU SAID. With both, take down social media. Investigators for the DA or Insurance Company can save a lot of money just checking Facebook sites. Some accident victims post that they are going skiing or entering a marathon right after an accident. This is after they complained to the doctor how much they hurt and all the things they cannot do. Arguably, if they can play a sport, then they were not that injured. A client shouldn’t post that they were lucky not to have been stopped the day before when they were even more drunk or any other post about their drinking or having an accident etc. It is a good idea to also hire a local attorney who will know the judges and court employees and that should be done ASAP. Once one has a lawyer they can no longer be contacted by anyone on either type of case. Preserving evidence by writing things down right away helps. Smart cell-phones can be used to take picture of parties, cars, streets and to obtain statements from drivers and wits. The law arguably wins every time, no matter what kind of case one discusses. Whether you are found guilty or not guilty of a DUI you still
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lose. All parties lose time and money from: the arrest/accident; court trips; bail; finding a doc and lawyer; loss of earnings and dealing with the stress of an arrest or accident. When an accident victim files suit, they can be served written questions called interrogatories or have their depo taken. With both you may have to appear in court. Though a case is called for 8 am it may not be heard until the afternoon calendar or it may be trailed until the next day or week. There is no way you can truly win when you are in civil or criminal litigation. Your stress is often taken out on your significant other. This leads to subsequent domestic violence arrests as well as divorces and disharmony with the family......not to mention the interruption of business and the financial losses incurred therein. A party wins or loses a case for many reasons other than the facts. Sometimes, they can’t afford the best lawyer or the experts necessary to prevail. Often a client is unlikeable because of his/her appearance ... such as tattoos. When going to court I advise my clients: 1. When around the courthouse, become the most courteous driver on the road. You don’t know if the driver you cut off or flipped off will be your judge, clerk or juror. You may not recognize that driver but they will remember you. 2. Park your car between the lines, do not take 2 spaces.
3. Do NOT smoke or spit. 4. Follow Don’t Walk on the Grass signs. 5. Hold the elevator door open for whoever is behind you. 6. Be courteous to everyone in the courthouse. 7. Dress professionally and cover tattoos with clothes if possible. 8. Shine Shoes. 9. Clean Nails. 10. A belt should not be old and worn out. 11. Ties should not be dirty. 12. Clothes must be pressed & cleaned. 13. Don’t eat beans the night before. Most parties agree The Law Wins Every Time and it is often not worth fighting “the law”...BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT SWAYS A JUROR.
DALE GRIBOW “TOP LAWYER” - California’s Prestige Magazine, Palm Springs Life (PI/DUI) 2011-20 “TOP LAWYER” - Inland Empire Magazine 2016- 2019 PERFECT 10.0 AVVO Peer Rating “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT AND GET A DUI OR ACCIDENT... CALL A TAXI, LYFT OR UBER....THEY ARE A LOT CHEAPER THAN CALLING ME” SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ARTICLES? CONTACT DALE GRIBOW 760-837-7500/ dale@ dalegribowlaw.com.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
VINO VOICE - BABE’S continued from page 13
comfortable booths and easy arranging tables to accommodate lovers, groups and parties. Last week’s dinner event started out with a Mexican bang to the palate. We were served both Babe’s classic Margarita which was fresh, limey and not too sweet, and we had the privilege of enjoying the Brewery’s new Mexican lager that everyone is talking about. Indeed, after getting through this current CV Weekly issue, you folks will probably be dreaming about the beer! I’ve got one better: why not get over to Babe’s Brewery and partake the new Mexican suds on the scene. We like this beer a lot: The brown lager was light and not filling, tasty with lime notes and perhaps tequila notes, if you will, and works well at the bar with munchies and, as one would expect, pairs wonderfully with Mexican delights. The entire Mexican lager story will undoubtedly enlarge as our new summer hours expand. The Brewery has won many awards in the past for its inventive and quality brews and we will rightfully assume that many more accolades are on the way! Cheers to that! For the record, my wife and I were joined at the table by no other than owner and publisher of our cherished CV Weekly, Tracy Dietlin and her husband, Phil Lacombe. They say four stomachs are better than one—at least the cows do when they come home.
So, at our table, we not only enjoyed the fun of the evening but our appetites kept us especially keen on the quality of the cuisine as we properly and journalistically shared our plates. And now—some Babelicious food! The Latin Fusion BBQ menu has 6 creations of tacos with the choice of corn, flour or green nopal tortillas. I’m a big fish taco aficionado, so I immediately ordered up the Batter-fried Icelandic Cod served on summer slaw topped with creamy guacamole and orange slices. I’m already calling it the Babelicious Batter-fried Bomb as this may well be the best fish taco in town. And isn’t everything better with guacamole! Some of our other favorites were the Pork Belly taco with its crispy pork belly topped with piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar), guacamole, mango salsa and cilantro. Definately a bacon-lover’s taco! For you foodie-types who love sampling the real thing, the Smoked Chicken Mole taco hit the mark. A delicious dish of pulled chicken, chocolate mole, queso fresco, almond slices, cilantro & escabeche sauce. Another favorite is the time-tested Tamale. They serve a Pulled Chicken or Goat Cheese Tamale. We ate the chicken and believe me there was no squawking heard here. The tamale was tender and full of meat and flavors of chile, garlic and cumino. It was served with rice, turkey chili, tomatillo sauce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and micro cilantro. Now that’s flavor. Perhaps the cuisine coup of the evening was the Short Ribs and Mexican Gravy. The tender boneless short ribs were topped with an exquisite gravy of blended mild chilis accompanied with Mexican rice and pico de gallo. And to top it all off, dessert consisted of fresh churros and warm chocolate dipping sauce. Good job Chef Brian! Since summer has arrived, so have the savings. “¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! Already happening on the weekdays from 4:306:00pm, take 50% off all items served on Babe’s dinner menu. Why not be rewarded for spending your summer close to home? Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery. Monday – Sunday 11am to 2:30pm, 4:30pm to 9pm 71800 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 - (760) 346-8738
ASK THE DOCTOR
BY DR PETER KADILE
r. Kadile, my brother was recently diagnosed with Prediabetes. His doctor did not start him on any medication. Since he is diabetic, shouldn’t he be on insulin? - Lloyd, Rancho Mirage Lloyd, prediabetes is the condition when someone has high levels of blood sugar above normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetic. Many people are asymptomatic and the diagnosis is based on a blood test. Approximately 84 million Americans have prediabetes and more than 90% don’t know they have it. If you are diagnosed with Prediabetes, it is a warning sign that if you do not change your lifestyle, alter your diet and pursue regular exercise, you may develop actual diabetes. Prediabetics usually do not need medication to be treated. If insulin needs to be taken they have already progressed to Diabetes Type 2. While most patients do not have symptoms, some people may experience fatigue, excessive thirst, excessive urination, and excessive hunger. Dr. Peter, I have been trying to lose weight since the new year. I’ve started exercising, changed my diet and even switched my soda intake to diet soda. My friend told me diet soda is bad, so then what can I drink? -Joseph, Coachella Joseph, a big myth is that diet soda is good for you and will help you lose weight. Diet soda will actually CAUSE weight gain. A study at Purdue University found that rats that were fed yogurt artificially sweetened gained more weight compared to rats that were fed yogurt sweetened with sugar. Another study from the University of Texas, found that there was a 41% higher risk for obesity for each can of diet soda consumed each day. There are numerous other studies that confirm the health risks associated with diet soda intake. There is increased risk for diabetes type 2 and even osteoporosis. Now just because diet soda is bad for you, doesn’t mean you should go back to regular soft drinks. A typical 20oz soda can contain as much as 15-18 teaspoons of sugar in it. Imagine relaxing and watching a sporting event and just spooning sugar into your mouth 15-18 times! Bottom line, soft drinks offer no nutritional value and can actually cause harm with regular
intake. I recommend don’t drink this liquid candy. Drink water. Doctor, I am trying to avoid sugar in my diet. Can I substitute with artificial sweeteners? - Krystal, Thousand Palms Krystal, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose may be linked to increased obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that artificial sweeteners did not consistently cause weight loss. There was a connection between artificial sweeteners and high risk for weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other health issues. Beware of artificial sweeteners. Dr. K, I have diabetes in my family history. I am concerned about developing diabetes, so besides watching my weight, avoiding sweets and decreasing my bread, rice and pasta intake. Are there any nutritional supplements I can take? - George, Cathedral City George, a good nutritional supplement that helps with control of blood sugars is actually a spice, cinnamon. According to a study published in Diabetics Care, consuming up to 6 grams of cinnamon per day “reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes”. Add cinnamon to your diet.
Week of May 16
ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to humorist Dave Barry, “The method of learning Japanese recommended by experts is to be born as a Japanese baby and raised by a Japanese family, in Japan.” As you enter an intensely educational phase of your astrological cycle, I suggest you adopt a similar strategy toward learning new skills and mastering unfamiliar knowledge and absorbing fresh information. Immerse yourself in environments that will efficiently and effectively fill you with the teachings you need. A more casual, slapdash approach just won’t enable you to take thorough advantage of your current opportunities to expand your repertoire. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I think it’s time for a sacred celebration: a blow-out extravaganza filled with reverence and revelry, singing and dancing, sensual delights and spiritual blessings. What is the occasion? After all these eons, your lost love has finally returned. And who exactly is your lost love? You! You are your own lost love! Having weaved and wobbled through countless adventures full of rich lessons, the missing part of you has finally wandered back. So give yourself a flurry of hugs and kisses. Start planning the jubilant hoopla. And exchange ardent vows, swearing that you’ll never be parted again. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Louvre in Paris is the world’s biggest art museum. Over 35,000 works are on display, packed into 15 acres. If you wanted to see every piece, devoting just a minute to each, you would have to spend eight hours a day there for many weeks. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that now would be a good time for you to treat yourself to a marathon gaze-fest of art in the Louvre—or any other museum. For that matter, it’s a favorable phase to gorge yourself on any beauty anywhere that will make your soul freer and smarter and happier. You will thrive to the degree that you absorb a profusion of grace, elegance, and loveliness. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In my astrological opinion, you now have a mandate to exercise your rights to free speech with acute vigor. It’s time to articulate all the important insights you’ve been waiting for the right moment to call to everyone’s attention. It’s time to unearth the buried truths and veiled agendas and ripening mysteries. It’s time to be the catalyst that helps your allies to realize what’s real and important, what’s fake and irrelevant. I’m not saying you should be rude, but I do encourage you to be as candid as is necessary to nudge people in the direction of authenticity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): During summers in the far northern land of Alaska, many days have twenty hours of sunlight. Farmers take advantage of the extra photosynthesis by growing vegetables and fruits that are bigger and sweeter than crops grown further south. During the Alaska State Fair every August, you can find prodigies like 130-pound cabbages and 65-pound cantaloupes. I suspect you’ll express a comparable fertility and productiveness during the coming weeks, Leo. You’re primed to grow and create with extra verve. So let me ask you a key question: to which part of your life do you want to dedicate that bonus power? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s time for you to reach higher and dig deeper. So don’t be a mere tinkerer nursing a lukewarm interest in mediocre stories and trivial games. Be a strategic adventurer in the service of exalted stories and meaningful games. In fact, I feel strongly that if you’re not prepared to go all the way, you shouldn’t go at all. Either give everything you’ve got or else keep it contained for now. Can you handle one further piece of strenuous advice, my dear? I think you will thrive as long as you don’t settle for business as usual or pleasure as usual. To claim the maximum vitality that’s available, you’ll need to make exceptions to at least some of your rules. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful,” wrote author Flannery
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O’Connor. I think that’s an observation worth considering. But I’ve also seen numerous exceptions to her rule. I know people who have eagerly welcomed grace into their lives even though they know that its arrival will change them forever. And amazingly, many of those people have experienced the resulting change as tonic and interesting, not primarily painful. In fact, I’ve come to believe that the act of eagerly welcoming change-inducing grace makes it more likely that the changes will be tonic and interesting. Everything I’ve just said will especially apply to you in the coming weeks. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There’s a certain problem that has in my opinion occupied too much of your attention. It’s really rather trivial in the big picture of your life, and doesn’t deserve to suck up so much of your attention. I suspect you will soon see things my way, and take measures to move on from this energy sink. Then you’ll be free to focus on a more interesting and potentially productive dilemma—a twisty riddle that truly warrants your loving attention. As you work to solve it, you will reap rewards that will be useful and enduring. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Author Hélène Cixous articulated a poetically rigorous approach to love. I’ll tell you about it, since in my astrological opinion you’re entering a phase when you’ll be wise to upgrade and refine your definitions of love, even as you upgrade and refine your practice of love. Here’s Cixous: “I want to love a person freely, including all her secrets. I want to love in this person someone she doesn’t know. I want to love outside the law: without judgment. Without imposed preference. Does that mean outside morality? No. Only this: without fault. Without false, without true. I want to meet her between the words, beneath language.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Henry Miller wrote that his master plan was “to remain what I am and to become more and more only what I am—that is, to become more miraculous.” This is an excellent strategy for your use. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to renounce any tendency you might have to compare yourself to anyone else. You’ll attract blessings as you wean yourself from imagining that you should live up to the expectations of others or follow a path that resembles theirs. So here’s my challenge: I dare you to become more and more only what you are— that is, to become more miraculous. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): London’s British Museum holds a compendium of artifacts from the civilizations of many different eras and locations. Author Jonathan Stroud writes that it’s “home to a million antiquities, several dozen of which were legitimately come by.” Why does he say that? Because so many of the museum’s antiquities were pilfered from other cultures. In accordance with current astrological omens, I invite you to fantasize about a scenario in which the British Museum’s administrators return these treasures to their original owners. When you’re done with that imaginative exercise, move on to the next one, which is to envision scenarios in which you recover the personal treasures and goodies and powers that you have been separated from over the years. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I hate it when people tell me that I should ‘get out of my comfort zone,’” writes Piscean blogger Rosespell. “I don’t even have a comfort zone. My discomfort zone is pretty much everywhere.” I have good news for Rosespell and all of you Pisceans who might be inclined to utter similar testimony. The coming weeks will feature conditions that make it far more likely than usual that you will locate or create a real comfort zone you can rely on. For best results, cultivate a vivid expectation that such a sweet development is indeed possible. Homework: Describe what you’d be like if you were already the person you’ll be five years from now. Write Freewillastrology.com. ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology firstname.lastname@example.org
MIND,BODY & SPIRIT
May 16 to May 22, 2019
BY BRONWYN ISON
HOW TO LIVE FLEXIBLE & BALANCED
ne of the most common statements I hear as a yoga instructor is, “I am not flexible and my physical balance isn’t very good.” Two objections to this statement — You do not have to be flexible or have great balance to partake in yoga and the word “CAN’T,” should be removed from your vocabulary. Yoga is not about flexibility or having perfect balance. It is about showing up on your mat. Breathing. Doing your best with your breath and setting clear intentions. It isn’t really all that germane whether or not you can touch your toes or stand on one foot. In fact having to be flexible to engage in yoga is a myth. Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. You can be or become mentally, emotionally and spiritually flexible and more balanced. This is paramount in enhancing your personal growth and yoga practice. Going with the flow of life can be adventurous. This of course is if you are willing. How would you identify yourself? Do you find it hard to laugh at things that challenge your opinions or routine? Do people in your life describe you as inflexible or unbalanced? Or, perhaps you are open-minded, flexible and have the ability to be light-hearted and silly. Our own flexibility, mental and spiritual balance can be a teaching moment to others such as our family, children, friends and our co-workers. Consider the next time something new is proposed to your emotional flexibility? This is the perfect time to be honest with your self. When a different plan, idea or concept is brought to your attention are you reactive or open? If you go with the proposed plan are you angry and resentful? Do you find yourself desiring to cling to the original plan? Do you feel stressed or aggravated? Possibly you have never pondered these questions. Recognize next time you are approached with a new idea or concept – can you be flexible in your thinking? Think of coloring outside the lines. Doing something that renders you uncomfortable (of course with
out being dangerous). This will likely be an adventure because it is something different. You will recognize that you will bring greater awareness to accepting change with out judgment of self. Consider waking up earlier to begin your day with a short yoga practice. Moving through a few yoga postures can be exactly what you need to gain a jumpstart to your day. Simply follow these steps towards cultivating openness and emotional flexibility and balance: 1. Try something new every day ~ Take a different route to work or try a new food. 2. Slow Down ~ Take a few moments to catch your breath. Be fully present! 3. Listen ~ Most of us do not listen. If you are good listener you can be emotionally available. 4. Meditate ~ Try doing this before you leave the house. Visualize your day. 5. Think before you speak ~ Pause and be sure you understand what the person is conveying to you. Hence, think of your response before you react. 6. Gravitate to your yoga mat ~ Just get on your yoga mat!!! Conquer the myth that you have to be flexible physically to begin a yoga practice. This is generally the number one reason people do not show up to practice. Once you cultivate a regular practice you will gain greater flexibility/ balance physically and mentally.
May 16 to May 22, 2019
aseball’s attendance is off to another slow start, and while those numbers will creep up during the summer months, the early drop is still indicative of a continuing and startling trend. By the numbers: Between 2008 and 2018, the league’s average attendance decreased by 14%. This season, March– April attendance was roughly the same as last year, but seven teams saw double-digit dips, led by the Blue Jays (25% drop-off), Twins (18%) and Giants (17%). In response to this trend, many teams are putting together ticket subscription packages and discounts to incentivize fans to come back to the ballpark, while others are simply shrinking their stadiums. The bottom line: The decline isn’t shocking. The league is filled with rebuilding and non-contending teams as a result of how this offseason played out, and the experience of watching from the couch is great — and only getting better. In fact, this attendance dip is merely highlighting the point: baseball isn’t vital, urgent and aside from the occasional stat nerd who argues in mid-May how viable the Angels or Dodgers are (Ugh), rarely, even as a huge sports guy, do I find myself in a conversation of passion about these boys of summer.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HAS A PROBLEM…
The games are too long and built around strikeouts and home runs. They don’t just lack action -- sorry, romantics -- they lack ... spark. Sizzle. Tension. You know - stuff kids will want to see again and again from their phones on YouTube. The free-agent market reflects that, too. Aside from the less than a handful of rocket ship contracts, all the stats say that players are actually on average making less than prior years. Owners are figuring out the math. Not to win, but to do what they do best - Make Money.
It knows it, too. MLB and the players union have proposed changes designed to modernize the game. Haven’t noticed you say? You’re not alone (see above). A 20-second pitching clock when the bases are empty. A three-batter minimum for relief pitchers. A height reduction of the pitching mound. Further reducing the number of mound visits -- last year that number was reduced to six combined visits
ou ingest a marijuana tincture which fails to respond to your pain. You go back to the dispensary and purchase an alternate tincture. This time the new tincture results in you sleeping for 24hrs. What happened? From your perspective everyone is telling you marijuana works quickly within 30-60 minutes. What’s wrong? Like any other medication marijuana/cannabis sometimes doesn’t work. When pharmaceuticals do not work the medical term used is refractory pain refractory nausea or marijuana failure. This article will describe some of the reasons cannabis fails to work. The most common is that marijuana is not a precise medication like a 500mg tablet of Tylenol or 5mg tablet of coumadin. Marijuana extracts were legally marketed by Merck, BurroughsWelcome, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, ParkeDavis, and Eli Lilly in America at the turn of the 1900’s. Around 1920 prescriptions waned
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for players and coaches. A universal designated hitter. Which means pitchers will no longer hit in the National League. That last proposal isn’t designed to speed up the game as much as it’s designed to find more jobs for aging sluggers and improve offense. The rest of the proposals are meant to either speed up the game or give it more juice -- no pun intended, of course.
DOES MARIJUANA ALWAYS WORK?
due to the ease with which pharmaceuticals came on the market to treat all the aliments that cannabis treated. There are over 4000 strains of the plant with various ratios of 9deltatetrahydrocanabinoid (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), www.cannabis. net/strains. Extraction methods give rise to various formulations. CO2 extraction removes the terpenes which are then added similar to adding vitamins to milk after pasteurization. Terpenes relieve inflammation, (black pepper, carrots, cloves, rosemary), fight bacteria, viruses, (pine), relax the GI tract (citrus, lemon), relieves stress, antidepressant, (linalool), acts as an anticonvulsant (lavender), and finally relieves pain and insomnia (mango, hops, lemongrass). Soil conditions, climate, temperature all affect the composition in the plant and it’s effectiveness. The medium used to ingest cannabis can determine the effectiveness. Is it in olive oil
coconut oil or alcohol? Cannabis is lipophilic meaning it needs a fat substance like avocado cheese ice cream or chocolate to activate. An alcohol base tincture will absorb more readily under the tongue than an oil base tincture. Most nonresponses to a tincture may be from too little a dose or not using the cannabis on a regular basis throughout the day. A common practice of novice users is taking a dose, not feeling a response, then taking a second dose within thirty minutes. The cannabinoids build up in the liver and by the time they are activated a double or triple dose is felt. Generally, a repeat dose is not taken before two hours. The best way to take medicinal cannabis is without the high. Not experiencing a high creates a false impression the medication is not working. Users who vaporize are surprised to find one toke is enough. The art of taking cannabis is to experience sleep or relief of pain without the high. Building up a tolerance after long term use is another reason for cannabis failure. Experienced cannabis physicians recommend a fast of 48 hrs. after six months of use to desensitize the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Dr. Sulak has a detailed protocol for desensitization. His protocol can successfully decrease daily dosage by up to sixty percent. healer.com/programs/sensitization-protocol Cannabis is biphasic meaning it can relieve symptoms but too high a dose can create the opposite. Too much of the product can cause pain nausea insomnia or anxiety. If
BY RUTH HILL R.N. increasing the dose fails to produce relief try the desensitization protocol. After taking cannabis consistently for three or six months the tincture no longer works. This may be an indication that the ECS response effected healing and it’s time to lower the dose. A different method of administration may be needed. Using a vaporizer or patch instead of a tincture. Topicals do not penetrate the circulatory system. When the effect of topicals fades try adding a tincture as often getting the cannabinoids into the blood stream may be required. Another failure may be caused by a hemp product which only has 0.3% THC. Some hemp products have no THC. THC is a very effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antianxiety and antiemetic medication. Switching from a hemp product to a full flower product will bring a more entourage effect by combining THC with CBD. If you or a family member has tried marijuana/cannabis without relief make an appointment with an experienced cannabis health professional at holisticcaring.com who can mentor your journey to holistic healing. Ruth Hill consults clients on safe use of medicinal cannabis at email@example.com
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ou’ve heard of edibles, but have you ever made your own? As Cannabis trends grow, so does infusing Cannabis and its’ oils into meals, treats and even drinks. The process to extract the beneficial flavors and components of the plant may seem overwhelming upon first glance, but let’s break down the basics for any Cannabis cooking beginner. First Comes First - While eating raw leaves as a source of the natural anti-inflammatory THCA, is becoming popular on health scenes, most Cannabis recipes require you to extract or infuse the flower into the oil, butter, honey or base you’ll be cooking with. That’s why, the decarboxylation process comes first. Decarboxylation or decarb, is a big word for ‘heating up’ (or baking) the bud to release the same components you would feel while ‘lighting up’ your weed in a bowl, bong, dab rig, etc. THCA and other compounds found in the trichomes of the plant must be heated to activate the THC allowing the effects to be felt. Choose a strain that you like the flavor, or effects of, to cater your cannabis culinary experience. There is a variety of ways to decarb, but baking in your oven is the simplest form. You’ll spread your cannabis trim or nugs on a baking sheet and set oven to 220 degrees. Bake for 2035 minutes depending on your oven settings. You’ll know your weed is decarbed when it’s gone from green to a toasted brown (but not too done!). While some Cannabis cookers say to grind your bud before baking, beware as you may lose the kief, or ‘ice’ that contains the trichomes you’re activating with heat. Also, be aware that this process will be quite fragrant. Infuse This - After your weed is decarbed, you can infuse it into practically any cooking oil, butter, syrup, honey, etc. The most commonly used would be butter or coconut oil, but there’s certainly no limit. The methods for infusing into your cooking substance may vary but here are a few of the most common for oils and butters – (1:1 cup ratio of material to oil). Slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours, stir occasionally (or longer on warm – up to 24 hours). Double-boiler on low for at least 6 hours, stir occasionally. A simple saucepan on low for at least three hours, stir frequently (a saucepan is most susceptible to scorching). In all cases, add a small amount of water to
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the mixture to help avoid burning. Once your oil/butter and bud are infused, strain through a cheesecloth into a jar or container and voila, you’re ready to cook with cannabis. Dosage & Tips - Cooking with new flavors is fun… but remember your new canna-oil is packed with a punch! One tip to avoid overdoing your meal, or treats, is to reduce the amount of canna-oil/butter you’re using and use a regular version of the same oil to fill the necessary recipe amount (i.e if the recipe requires 1 cup of coconut oil, use ½ cup canna oil ½ regular coco oil). Also, make sure you mix thoroughly so the infused oil incorporates evenly into your recipe. To better identify dosages in your edibles, or meals, you’ll need an estimate of the THC amount in your weed. Some labels may identify this % on the packaging, or you can google the standard strain’s amount and use that as an estimate. The equation and example below is how to easily approximate dosage per treats or meals, but you can always use a dosage calculator found on many websites as well. Below 10% THC is used as an example: 1 gram of weed = 1000 mg THC 10% THC x 1000 = 100 mg of THC in 1 gram used # of grams in 1 cup oil/butter x 100 mg = X mg in 1 cup of oil/butter (ex. 30 grams x 100 mg = 3000 mg in final oil/ butter). Divide total mg per batch or serving. Eat Your Weed - Cannabis food and drinks were just recognized as the hottest dining trend in 2019 by chefs, themselves. While marijuana is hitting the food scene, it’s just as easy to become a Cannabis chef at home! Save your shake, re-use trim, and start baking your way into a new high.
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