Page 1 • May 17 to May 23, 2018 Vol. 7 No. 9

Gene Evaro Jr.


Desert Rhythm Project


The Shook Twin


Grady James


George Christie


May 17 to May 23, 2018


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Joshua Tree Music Fest Barnett English .................................... 3 CV Music Showcase Finals..................... 4 Joshua Tree Music Fest Schedule...... 5-6 Gene Evaro Jr.......................................... 7 Desert Rhythm Project.......................... 7 Shook Twins............................................ 8 Good Grub - Legends & Icons................ 9 Breaking The 4th Wall - Gypsy.............. 9 Grady James........................................ 10 Fantasy Springs Memorial Day ......... 10 George Christie's "Outlaw".................. 11 Consider This - Well Wishers ................ 12 Art Scene- Idyllwild Arts...................... 13 Pet Place............................................... 14 The Vino Voice ...................................... 15 Club Crawler Nightlife ................... 16-17 Pampered Palate - Acqua CA Bistro ... 18 Screeners ............................................. 20 Book Review ........................................ 21 Safety Tips .............................................21 Haddon Libby....................................... 23 Dale Gribow.......................................... 23 Splash House....................................... 24 Pickford Summer Movie Series.......... 24 PD Aquatic Center - Dive-In Movie..... 25 Awaken - Natalie Corona..................... 25 Sports Scene........................................ 26 Brewtality............................................ 26 Free Will Astrology............................... 27 Mind, Body & Spirit.............................. 27 Ask The Doctor.................................... 28 Life & Career Coach............................. 28

May 17 to May 23, 2018



he 16th Annual Spring version of the Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF) will be held May 17-30 at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground at 2601 Sunfair Road in Joshua Tree, California. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that would say a negative word about Joshua Tree Music Fest’s Founder & Promoter, Barnett English. One of the things that has made this festival so successful and continue to grow is the man behind the festival itself. Those that have performed at JTMF in the past will testify that it is the feeling of family and love that is present at these festivals separating them from others. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Barnett earned his degree in business from Indiana University, then moved straight to CA after his last final exam. Since 2002, he has been living in Joshua Tree and loving life with his sweetheart, Lynne, and daughter Lola. During a recent interview I asked Barnett what made him decide to start JTMF? “I have a mobile espresso cafe business, JavaGogo - been serving fresh beverages at Music Festivals for 25 years (next month). I’ve worked at over 750 music festivals. In October of 2002, I came to Joshua Tree to sell coffee at a Didgeridoo festival, immediately loved the place, and told the campground owners that they should have a music festival here. They dared me to do it, and with a great deal of naiveté and enthusiasm, I said I would; within 6 months I’d moved here, and had our first Joshua Tree Music Festival (April 11-13, 2003). In 2006, we started a second festival at the same locale (Joshua Tree RV Lake Campground) - so this weekend will be the 28th Joshua Tree Music Festival overall, and the 16th annual spring JTMF.” I was curious if he had another career aside from doing the festivals. “I have a few. Proud papa is the best job I have, producing the two JTMFs, producing Guitarfish Music Festival (in July, near Truckee,

CA), JavaGogo (coffee bizz), and a Cozy Camper Trailer rental operation (we’ve converted 32 old trailers into cozy camper trailers, and rent them at our festivals, as well as to other events). And people wonder what we do out here in the high desert with all our time,” Barnett shared with a smile. When asked what he feels sets JTMF apart from the other local festivals his response was: “We create an intimate, family friendly environment with phenomenal performers from around the globe, which is VERY rare in the festival world.” Barnett said that he chooses the bands himself. “That’s me, myself and I. It’s one of the main reasons I started the festivals. I’ve been a severe music enthusiast since my early teens, having collected thousands of LPs, created 800+ mixed tapes, and I’m always listening and seeking out the next great song or group or artist. So the festival is really just a LIVE mixed tape.” I asked him which artists he’s really wanted to get to play there but hasn’t been able to. “There are hundreds that I’d love to have here, but never will, because their performance fee far surpasses our total festival budget (U2, Massive Attack, Radiohead, etc). But I keep a master list of faves (the short list is 400+ artists), and I just keep trying, sending offers year after year. This October, at our 13th annual fall festival, we will have an artist who I’ve been trying to book for years - Fatoumata Diawara - she’s a global superstar from Mali – I can’t wait!” His favorite performers over the years have been: “The ones that really blow people’s minds (in a good way). They are so far outside the box, dripping with charisma, and blazing new paths - Dakhabrakha, Jambinai, Moon Hooch, Wunmi, Trombone Shorty, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Kraak & Smaak and the Last Internationale all come to

mind,” shared Barnett. He has said that he doesn’t have big sponsors financing his events. “Ticket sales, a handful of product sponsors, and some vendor fees is how I do it. If I come up short, I gladly pay out of pocket to keep the show rolling.” I asked him what is the most rewarding part of doing these festivals. “It’s the very real and powerfully strong friendships and connections that are made with other attendees. When you camp together for 4 nights, out under the stars, with inspired music, surrounded by family, you have far more meaningful conversations. More in one weekend than you might in months back at home, doing your daily routine that is life,” shared Barnett. He said the most challenging part of the festivals is, “Lots of details.” But he continues to make them bigger and better every year. “We are constantly upgrading thousands of micro-things.........and they all add up to a more festive experience for all.” And finally I asked him what could people who have never attended one of these festivals expect this year? “We have LOTS of regular attendees who simply don’t go to other music festivals, but they find that ours is just the right size, exudes warmth and friendliness, and is a replenishing (not depleting) experience. We hope to see you on the desert (dance) floor this weekend!” Joshua Tree Music Festival won the CV Music Award in 2017 for Best Live Music Event and is nominated again this year. Barnett English is also nominated for Best Event Promoter. On-line sales are over for JTMF but you can still purchase tickets at the box office. BOX OFFICE HOURS: WED: Noon – 10pm (early entry). THU / FRI / SAT: 8am – 12am. SUN: 8am - 8pm.


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he time has finally come! Twenty musical acts...Five rounds of competition and elimination at The Hood Bar and Pizza and a winner has finally been crowned! After months of work and emotional build up, the victory goes to the extraordinary hip hop artist Willdabeast and the audibly talented DJ ODC! ! Over the past


five months, acts ranging from full bands, to solo vocalists, to rappers and more have gone above and beyond what audiences and judges expected both musically and artistically and left their hearts on the stage for all to behold. They put themselves out there for many reasons, including valuable prize packages... the Grand Prize being $2000.00 provided by



Brad Guth (owner of The Hood Bar & Pizza), and Julie Montante (owner of PSA Organica), plus a photoshoot by Laura Hunt Little and a one track recording by Arthur Seay at his Bitter Sands Studios. The panel of judges varied from month to month throughout the competition. The panel for the finals included: Arthur Seay- Musician

(HOBP, UNIDA, Death in Pretty Wrapping), guitar tech, recording engineer, producer, recipient of the 2017 CVMA for Best Metal Band; Chelsea Sugarbritches- Frontwoman for Long Duk Dong and 5th Town and recipient of multiple CVMA awards and nominations; Christian Sesma- Writer, Director, Producer of movies like The Vigilante Diaries; Whitney Hay sound person at The Troubadour, assistant tour manager for the group Above & Beyond; Todd “TK” Killiam – Program Director for 93.7 KCLB and champion supporter for the local music scene. I am going to warn you all that this article is going to get pretty cliche from time to time and that is frankly, unavoidable. I have watched this competition over the past few years and the undeniable quality of the music performed, regardless of genre, has steadily and continuously risen to a degree that commands recognition and praise. To be perfectly honest, I am beaming with pride. I have said it before and I will say it again... The Coachella Valley is home to one of the coolest little music scenes in existence and this competition was just a taste of the quality and diversity of music that our beloved desert has to offer. Kill The Radio Although they technically did not win their round of competition via points (producers noted there were only a couple of points separating them from the winners), Kill The Radio so impressed the powers that be that they were the one and only competitors brought in to the finals via, “Wild Card.” This youthful, high energy trio hails from the VERY low-desert town of Mecca and describes themselves on social media as, “...experimental metal/whatever the f*** we want to play,” and I think that is a fair description. They are a predominantly instrumental band with dynamic interaction and chemistry between members, peppered with powerful vocals. In fact, judges noted that one thing they would like from KTR is to hear MORE of said vocals. That said, these guys are eclectic and take

you on a surprising musical journey every performance. Manuel The Band The first runners up in the finals who made this a truly, nail-biting round were the only out-of towners in the running. Hailing from San Diego, Manuel the Band has performed frequently in the valley in recent months, gaining a bit of a word of mouth reputation from locals who just happened to catch one of their sets. I had heard through the grapevine that they rock. That said, there was little that could have prepared me for their set. Without exaggeration they pretty much wowed everyone. As I sat next to my bro, Johnny Sugarbritches during the first couple of songs we bantered that they were so radio-friendly (in the best way possible), that it’s ridiculous that they aren’t already famous. As their set continued and became more surprisingly eclectic, Sugarbritches keenly noted, “That set was so sexy I’m pretty sure we all just got pregnant.” Sleazy Cortez Yikes. Here is one of those moments as a local musical journalist where it gets very difficult for me to stay bias because frankly, I love this band. Along with Kill the Radio, this is a trio that hails from the very low-desert via the Salton Sea area and in recent months, I have come to a theory that there must be something hovering in the air over there beyond the stench of massive fish die-offs that is breeding fantastic music. These guys consistently take their audiences on a journey full of funk, soul, and occasional psychedelic twists that cause them to, more than most

bands... truly embody the sound and spirit of the, “desert/stoner rock” genre. And they do it all with a heavy peppering of humor from three of the nicest guys you could ever have the chance to know. Seriously...test my theory! Go to one of their shows and approach any of them afterwards and you will walk away saying, “Wow! Not only do those guys rock... They are some of the nicest guys I ever met!” Find SLEAZY CORTEZ on CMFs (Classy Motherfuckers) This is a band that, when discussed amongst some of us more, ummm...”seasoned” members of the local music scene is discussed with a combination of admiration and jealousy; admiration because they truly kick ass and jealousy because of the fact that they are so young that only 2 of the 3 in the band are technically old enough to drink, yet they manifest a level of heart and soul in their sound that seems as though it comes from guys who have been at it for decades. Not to mention the fact that one of the members popped multiple strings on his instrument during the set and went on to perform his solos as if nothing happened. It’s hard to imagine the determination it takes to get that good at such a young age. It’s even harder to imagine how high the limits are for these talented young people. ORMUS The unofficial wildcards in the competition would definitely have to be ORMUS. The reason being is that, their first round of competition happened to be only the 3rd time they ever performed on a stage in front of an audience of any kind. They came into the competition as a bit of a fluke. Someone else

May 17 to May 23, 2018 had dropped out at the last minute and they decided to fill the spot thinking to themselves, “Well, it will be a good to get some needed experience and constructive criticism.” Little did they imagine that they would actually win their round. But what the judges saw was truly top-notch musicianship from every member of the band that was dynamic and synchronized. In addition, they had been searching for some months for a lead-singer without success and finally found what they were looking for with their newest member, Martin, who is aggressively charismatic and has no direction to go but up. Willdabeast & DJ ODC The well-deserved winner of the 2018 CV Showcase is a truly gifted artist. It almost sounds cheesy to say that William Randal AKA Willdabeast, captivated the crowd and judges alike, but it would be no exaggeration. Willdabeast’s potent and sensuous tracks only amplify the fact that, not only is he a dope MC, but a truly gifted poet with substance. Willdabeast brings a modern and compelling take on an old-school ideal of hiphop that is brought to true fruition with his accompaniment. A collaboration with high desert faves, Desert Rhythm Project, brought to life the combustible beats created by DJ ODC. This ultimately put the final nail in the competitive coffin and very few took issue with them as the winners. To quote my bro & peanut gallery officiant, Johnny Sugarbritches, “He came out there and commanded the crowd like a swat team.” Find WILLDABEAST HIP HOP 760 on


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he 16th Annual Spring version of the Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF) will be held May 17-30 at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground at 2601 Sunfair Road in Joshua Tree, California. If there is any artist who personifies the JTMF and High Desert region, it’s Gene Evaro, Jr. and band. Gene (guitar and vocals), Piper Robison (bass), Victor Singer (drums) and Clint Stoker (saxophone) will be performing on Thursday 5/17/18. On-line sales are over but you can still purchase tickets at the box office. BOX OFFICE HOURS​​​– WED: Noon – 10pm (early entry) THU/FRI/SAT: 8am - 12am. SUN: 8am - 8pm. Coachella Valley Weekly recently checked-in with Gene to talk about the festival, family and the funk. CVW: How are you feeling about your upcoming Joshua Tree Music Festival performance? GENE: “We can’t wait. It will better than our last. That’s the least we could do as a band; just make better music every time. The world is filled with millions of other amazing bands. We refine what is worth refining and toss out what doesn’t work.” CVW: You’ve performed at the JTMF many a time. What has it come to mean to you? GENE: “JT fest has become our laboratory as a band to test new material; a place for us to expand on previous boundaries and a place to have FUN above everything else. Once we get on stage here at home, we like to have as much fun as possible, because, like most things in life, it doesn’t always feel as good anywhere else as it does here at home.” CVW: You have made music that crosses genres and traditional boundaries. What are you feeling at this moment with regard to your direction? GENE: “I don’t musically know what the word “direction” means anymore. What I mean is, once I think I’ve figured out who I am musically, I


change! I guess I should focus one of these days, but when I am musically ‘free’ I’m most happy. And not only that, but I grow the most. It’s like the difference between organic and fake, people know fake but more than that, they KNOW and FEEL organic (real art). I’m constantly being reminded; I’m an eternal spirit, packed into a tiny human body. So making any art always feels like just the tip of the iceberg creatively. See, that’s where my dreams come from, my “illusions of grandeur”, my personal definitions of success say that my spirit belongs with the stars. When the time is right, I will be that star, ‘cause I always have been. Real talk!” CVW: Tell me about the current members of your band and what they mean to your sound. GENE: “Well, right now I am in L.A., and since yesterday we’ve added two incredible singers Aankha and Tamina, which I couldn’t be more excited about. On bass Piper Robison, drums Victor Singer and saxophone is Clint Stoker. This band (minus new singers) has been all over the country (a few times) we’re tight, precise, and bad-ass yet still learning. Our band is a toddler in the scheme of things (and a groovy one at that if I might say so myself). To be honest, and this isn’t just some humble facade, I feel we aren’t that good. We are awesome, and maybe it sounds weird to say this about your own band publicly, but screw that, I feel like we are JUST now onto something. Will that feeling ever go away? I hope so! Ha ha ha! It’s not about just being a ‘perfectionist’ ‘cause that’s not my JOB. My JOB is to bring people closer to spirit, God, unity, ecstasy, infinite love whatever you like to call it. That’s my real job. And that takes REAL work. Being a perfectionist? That’s a hobby I picked up along the way.” CVW: Is there anything we can share about things in the works or confirmed shows? GENE: “BIG show for us on Saturday night May 19th in L.A. at the Teragram Ballroom opening up for one of the greatest musicians to ever play


album, Mojave Roots, at the Joshua Tree Music Festival on Friday, May 18th at 8:15 p.m. We sat down with Mikey to talk about the JTMF, Mojave Roots and the DRP game plan for the remainder of 2018. CVW: You have performed at Joshua


music on this big/small planet, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. If you don’t know, YouTube Cory Henry when he was 5 years old playing in church. You’ll know why he is a prodigy. (Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles are also scheduled to perform on Friday, 5/18/18 at 10 p.m. at the JTMF). CVW: After listening to samples of your new album it’s apparent you have not lost the funk. Where does your affinity for funk come from? GENE: “Funk is water from the spirit. Just like making love or kicking it with your family and friends. Funk is the best reminder from God that everything is gonna be all FUNKIN’ RIGHT! Just think about your money and how you ain’t EVER had enough of it, and then sit down and play something like “Keep Your Head to the Sky” by Earth Wind & Fire. OR, how about whenever you feel like no one in your close circle gives a shit about you, just listen to the song “Cream” by Prince, or whenever you wake up and you’re sick of waking up to the same ceiling but there ain’t NOTHING you can do about it, listen to “World Is A Ghetto” by War. These are just songs I grew up listening to, I can’t take credit for any of this, but they’ve saved my life so I gotta spread the word! I think we should make ‘Funk’ the name of this planet, so when someone tries to mess up what we got


ikey Reyes, Bryanna Evaro, David Yuter and Tyler Saraca are the Reggae, Funk, Roots and Soul that comprise the multifarious Desert Rhythm Project. DRP will be performing songs from their recently released debut

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Tree Music Festival multiple times. How are you feeling about DRP’s upcoming Spring JTMF performance? MIKEY: “We are extremely excited and looking forward to our upcoming performance at this year’s JTMF. We have a great time slot, Friday night opening up for one of our favorite artists, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. We are also super stoked to showcase lots of new material, some of which has been requested, by popular demand, from my ‘Wordplay Wednesday 760’ series. We are also super stoked because we will be playing JTMF’s first-ever ‘Beats, Rhymes and Spoken Word’. We are hosting a late night Hip-Hop set backed by DRP and DJ ODC which will showcase six emcees; WilldaBeast, Provoked, Mikey Reyes, Michael Shawn Cuevas, Rollin, Xavier and Juju.” CVW: What has the JTMF come to mean to you? MIKEY: “The JTMF is family; it’s a feeling, it’s love, it’s life, it’s a catalyst for our creativity. It has served us and continues to

going on that’s good, we can say collectively “Get the Funk outta my face!” I don’t know what I’m saying anymore. Funk is sex. I like it.” CVW: I know the love that flows through your family is extraordinary. Can you give us some insight into your family bonds and connections? GENE: “I don’t think I can. Just when I think I couldn’t love someone anymore, I get emotional thinking about my family. I don’t know how to show my family the love I have for them, and a lot of times that creates conflict, like a stream that’s been stopped by a dam. It overflows and damages shit. I’m not that great at being a normal brother or son yet all too good at being an overly protective and loving one. And I think everyone in my family could say the same about themselves? We love. And sometimes to a fault (and that’s why it’s hard being human). I’m beyond proud of my 7 sisters for making it this far. I’m beyond grateful for my mother’s strength. I’m proud yet constantly worried about my 3 younger brothers and I miss having my dad. He’s alive, just not around. To sum up my family, we’ve been through a lot, and so has every other family. I just can’t help but feel like I hope every family gets the chance at a point in their lives to feel as much love as I do for mine. I’m not sure why we love so much. It could be because we’re sort of Hispanic or it could be because we’re kings and queens who feel trapped outside the kingdom. Is this a normal description of a family? Not sure. We’ve never been ‘normal’. My family is bad-ass!” Gene Evaro, Jr. and band will also be performing at Enchanted Forest June 8-10, 2018 at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California along with Ozomatli, Beats Antique and a collection of others.

BY NOE GUTIERREZ serve us with not only love and fellowship but also opportunity. Not only have we gained new fans and followers but a space to showcase new music and ideas. We love you Barney!” CVW: DMP’s music surpasses the outer limits of rock, reggae and funk. Where do you feel you are headed musically? MIKEY: “Our music is a reflection of our experience and existence. We love all styles and genres of music, so our writing process is really an extension of what and how we are feeling. We have been writing a lot more Funk and Hip-Hop as of late. We love all styles of music and we really try to be open to the movement and let the creative process flow through us instead of controlling the direction of our sound. This music is a journey. It’s our journey and we are blessed to be along for the ride.” CVW: The current line-up of DRP is cosmic. Tell us about each member and how you feel about them. MIKEY: “DRP’s current lineup is me on lead guitar and vocals, Bryanna Evaro on continue to page 8


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bass and vocals, Tyler Saraca on drums and David Yuter on keyboards. As band leader, I am super stoked and so impressed with all of our players. Everyone has their own style and brings so much to the table. Tyler is a beast! He’s got grooves for days and is constantly raising the bar, not only for himself, but for the band as well. David is a shredder. He’s got such a wide range of musical capabilities which makes working with him such a breeze. And Bry, well, I mean what can I say that you don’t already know? Bry is magic! She’s the Yin to my Yang, my best friend, biggest supporter, my harshest and most honest critic. Not to mention, she slays it on bass and vocals, I mean really… need I say more?” CVW: What is coming down the DRP pipeline? MIKEY: “We are working on a summer tour to be announced very soon, but we can share that we will be playing June 16th

with MarchFourth in Carson City, NV and at Wanderlust Music Festival this July in Squaw Valley, CA. There are some really amazing hard hitters playing this festival and we feel honored to be a part of the lineup.” CVW: Mojave Roots is a breakthrough album and a long time coming. What’s it like to have your art out there for the masses? MIKEY: “It feels amazing to know that something that was so close to our hearts for so long is now out there in the world, out in the world for people to share, to heal, to dance, to cry, to love. It’s such a great sense of personal accomplishment to finish a project that is so personal, sensitive and venerable and now thanks to digital media and online streaming, we can share it with the world. Wow! What an honor!” CVW: As a member of this community, we are proud of how you have carried yourself and the love you share through

your music and lyrics. Describe to me the feelings you get when you represent the desert when you perform outside of our area. MIKEY: “I have a tremendous sense of pride of where I come from. I feel honored to be from Indio and am so proud to be a

part of the next generation of music coming out of our desert home. I love traveling to new places near and far and telling people where I’m from. I carry the desert with me everywhere I go. The energy and love that resonates here between the low and high desert feeds my soul and creative flow. I’m looking forward to traveling the world playing my music but my roots will always be firmly planted here in the desert.” On-line sales are over for JTMF but you can still purchase tickets at the box office. BOX OFFICE HOURS: WED: Noon – 10pm (early entry) THU/FRI/SAT: 8am - 12am. SUN: 8am - 8pm. Don’t miss Bryanna in Songwriter Sessions on Sunday at 12:30 pm on the Boogaloo Stage.



mong the many talented musicians performing at the 16th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival this weekend, is The Shook Twins, a folk music group centered around twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook. The group is currently located in Portland, Oregon and is known for their ethereal and eclectic sound. Check them out on Sunday at the festival! CV Weekly: How did your interest in music develop? Shook Twins: “We always loved singing. We used to make up our own songs and sing and dance along to music in the car since we were about 2. I guess we just never stopped exploring music as we grew. We started choir in 5th grade and learned the power of harmony and eventually we picked up guitars at age 17 and just kept plucking away.” CVW: Who are your musical influences? ST: “We have tons. At first it was the classics; The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Ani Difranco. Then when we moved to Portland we were exposed to so much more music in so many genres. Every year it seems we draw from another pool. We started integrated more eerie, ambient vibes after listening to Bonobo and Bjork. Right now we’re influenced by more of a groove. We love Nathaniel Ratliff, Tame Impala, Fruition and Rayland Baxter.” CVW: What inspires your music? ST: “Everything! Love, loss, nature, social/political outlooks, mental stability, science, culture, friendship, rain, super powers, chickens you name it.” CVW: Is there a particular message you’re trying to send or themes that keep cropping up? ST: “We like to send the message of joy. That after listening to us we hope to inspire people to just be themselves and just be good humans to each other.” CVW: I saw you caught the attention of Neil Gaiman. How did that come about? ST:” We have a wonderful mutual friend,


Jason Webley. We were hanging out on his gigantic tiny house boat and Neil and Amanda Palmer were there and we wrote a song about “layers on a shit cake” haha. They were so kind and Amanda offered her advice on Kickstarter campaigns because we were currently doing one. They both ended up donating and Neil tweeted about it to his million followers. We were so thankful. Great people for sure.” CVW: Your new album 2 has some songs you’ve redone in the more raw style. Why is that? And why those songs? ST: “We have been playing those song a lot since the release of the album What We Do. Sometimes songs evolve in groove and feeling. We felt like Shake, Toll Free, and Shine On had all evolved in some way and could also stand as a stripped down duo version. We wanted to capture that.” CVW: Why did you decide to make an

album with the more stripped down style? ST: “We had never recorded anything just the two of us. We were in the middle of recording our full length full band album, and listening to the mixes and trying to harness all its intricate parts. We wanted to make music in a much simpler way, to record it live, just the 2 of us singing and playing guitar and banjo in Mike Coykendall’s living room (blue rooms studio in Portland) to tape. We didn’t have to think too much about it. It just was, was it was, a recording of a time that we played those songs. It was refreshing to be so simple about it.” CVW: “Mad Scientist” was mentioned in your bio and was the first single on 2. Is there something special about that song? ST: “Mad Scientist” was written by our friend Vance Bergeson from our home town in North Idaho. We first heard him play this song at the open mic that was a huge


part of the reason why we fell in love with writing songs and performing them. It was a beautiful time in our lives. We were 20 years old and just starting to write songs. There was a big group of our friends that were doing the same. It was a time that shaped us. Vance was a part of all that. He is an amazing luthier and makes beautiful guitars and writes heart wrenching songs on them. We fell in love with this song at once and have been playing it for years. We asked him if we could record it, and he was down.” CVW: It seems like you never take a break from touring. Why is that and how do you balance life and songwriting along with it? ST: “We actually got to take a break this winter. It was so nice to all get to do our separate things and have a consistent life for a second. It is hard to balance when we’re on the road so much. We have to set aside time to isolate ourselves in a cabin or a friend’s house to lock ourselves in for a few days to write songs. We need to avoid all distractions!” CVW: What are you working on now? ST: “We’ve just finished a full length record with the band and we can’t wait to get it out to the world. The release process is time consuming and we want to make sure we do it right!” CVW: Is there a reason that you perform at so many festivals? Do they differ from smaller venues? ST: “We have grown to become and festival type band which is great! Festivals get us in front of more people and allow bands to share fans with each other, and we love the camaraderie that comes with them. To get to see all of our buddy bands backstage and sometimes get to jam or sit in with each other makes it so fun and reminds us of why we do this thing!” CVW: Is there anything else you think readers will want to know about your music? ST: “We’re full of surprises and we can’t wait to show them to all of you!”



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or fun Happy Hour times, Legends & Icons in North Palm Desert provides great food and drinks, at very happy

prices! It’s sort of off the beaten path, located in the Stater Brothers shopping center near Sun City, Legends & Icons is a hidden treasure. With its pub like feel, the place exudes thoughts of a cozy neighborhood bar, and that’s exactly what it is. Dark wood accents lay the décor groundwork for Legends. Guest have seating options that include the bar, high top tables and the dining room, as well as a walled in patio open for those wanting to smoke. The vibe at Legends is a mixture of the Sun City crowd, people passing by, and everyone else. But the Sun City crowd does

Curtain up! Light the lights! You got nothing to hit but the heights! ypsy! The 1959 Broadway musical, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents, was loosely based on the autobiography of famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee. The story defined the comedy and the tragedy of a stage mother who was born too early and started too late to achieve success in her own right and so she set about living out her dreams through the lives of her daughters. This multi-award winning show has been performed from Broadway to London, but there’s no doubt that the Palm Canyon Theatre’s production, currently on stage through May 20th, can compete with the best of them. Gypsy, has been described as one of the best musicals ever written and in my opinion it’s definitely true. It’s not often that I want to hit the rewind on a stage play and immediately watch it all over again, but such was the case with Palm Canyon Theatre’s opening night of Gypsy. In the midst of a standing ovation by a sold out audience, I was mesmerized. The classic music of the show is still spinning in my head and the rush of emotions brought on by top tier performances, had me wanting to watch the whole show over again, just in case I had missed any of the magic the first time. Gypsy, tells the story of the relationship between famed burlesque stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee (Louise) and her mother Rose Havoc. Starting out in Vaudeville of the

BBQ sauce. Delish!! To make them even better, for HH, they are 20% off, as are all of Legends appetizers served at the bar. Drinks are discounted as well, with well drinks at $4.00, and discounted huge glasses of house wines, as well as beers. Other appetizer highlights include their humongous portion of 1lb. Hot Wings (special hot sauce, with celery and Ranch dressing), or Iconic Nacho’s (Chicken or ground beef, layered nacho cheese, topped with sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeno’s), Pulled Pork Potato Skins (cheddar cheese and jack cheese, bacon, topped with green onions and sour cream) and a variety of Flatbread Pizza’s, plus so much more. There are many places to pop into for HH fun here in the Coachella Valley. Legends & Icons is certainly a must on the HH train, for fabulous food and drinks at gleeful prices. Cheers! Legends and Icons is located at 78-152 Varner Road, Suite A & B, Palm Desert Ca, 92211.

dominate. It makes total sense that it does as the expansive country club is just a golf cart ride away. Distinctive draws to come to Legends is their fabulous Happy Hour from 2pm to 6pm daily, and efficiently friendly service (staff member’s such as Robert Nava keep us coming back). It’s not necessarily because it is chalk full of $5 items, but the quality and portions that are offered during the HH time frame which are really the attraction. It’s funny, for my boyfriend Todd and I, as I may have mentioned before, we like to frequent different places for different things. At Legends, we go there for their Rib Ends. These things are fall off the bone fantastic. The smoky flavor of the ribs linger on the lips, sweetly accompanied by their






1920’s, Rose had big plans for her youngest daughter, June, (Allegra Angelo.) But life doesn’t always follow a plan. When June, runs off to marry one of the dancers in the show, Rose turns her attentions to Louise, she is determined to make one of her daughters a star by any means necessary. Most relationships between mothers and daughters are complicated, but Rose and Louise raise the bar on the struggles of a daughter trying to get out from beneath an over bearing mother. Jaci Davis is an absolute powerhouse as Mama Rose. This role has been performed by some of the greats, Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russell, Tyne Daly and Patti Lupone, but Davis easily holds her own among them. Her voice resonates with the depth of emotion that makes this character’s performances a showstopper.


Elizabeth Schmelling, is Louise. She changes from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly during the course of the show. The bold, beautiful and sexy Gypsy, becomes the antithesis of the easy going, ‘no talent’ Louise. Schmelling’s character transition is so flawless, that she will make you check the program to ensure it’s the same actress performing both. This cast is bursting at the seams with talent. From the young ensemble News Boys to the Hollywood Blondes, there’s not a minute that you will want to miss in this show. The strippers, Electra (Denise Cary,) Tessie Tura, (Elissa Landi) and Mazeppa (Morgana Corelli) were hysterically funny in their rendition of ‘”You gotta get a gimmick.” (Try getting that tune out of your head.) I have always been a fan of Derik

Shopinski’s costume designs, but his direction and choreography for Gypsy proved that he is a theatre artist with talent to spare. From curtain up to the final bow, this show moved and danced and took on a life of its own. Steven Smith’s musical direction was the cherry on the top for this musical. “Gypsy,” is showing May 11 - 20, 2018. But run to the phone right now and get your tickets if there are still any seats available. I would not be surprised if this cast is getting sold out houses and standing ovations for every performance. The Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. For Reservations: Box Office: (760) 3235123 - Dee Jae Cox is a playwright, director and producer. She is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project.


May 17 to May 23, 2018




couple months ago I stumbled upon a talented young man performing at the Miramonte resort. I was immediately impressed with 27 year old Grady James as he performed country and rock covers with vocals that have just enough honey and gravel to remind me of Chris Stapleton as well as Ed Sheeran. I have seen Grady perform twice since then and have become a huge fan. Not only can he sing covers flawlessly, but he has originals that are solid and catchy that will make you want to request them over your favorite covers. Grady was born and raised in Joshua Tree and started playing acoustic guitar and singing at age 10. He would sing old country songs with his dad who played drums and bass guitar. He played in bands at church from Junior High throughout High school and also had a rock band with friends in High school. He started writing and singing by himself after he graduated. Grady will be performing his last two shows here in the desert this Wednesday at CV Winery at The River in Rancho Mirage and then on Saturday at Big Rock Pub in Indio, before he leaves to travel back to Nashville. During a recent interview he shared about traveling back and forth. “I lived in Nashville solid for 3 years and then I started coming back home during the winter season but now I have been living here in the desert more than in Nashville. I will probably only be in Nashville 4 or 5 months this year. I mainly work as a record producer in Nashville and play lead guitar for country

artists Chris Bandi. I don’t play in Nashville much anymore that’s just kind of where the business and meetings are and where the studio is. I actually got to play on the country festival circuit this summer playing most of the biggest country festivals from Florida all the way to Calgary, Canada. I had a blast doing it, but there is nothing like playing here in the desert. Getting to play out here and meet people and talk to everyone and get to know the country fans out here is just a better way to build a fan base than moving from state to state every day. Plus this place is home and my friends and family are often in the crowds out here.” While he has been producing other artists he’s getting ready to release his own material soon. “I finished a ‘Chelsie Love’ and a ‘Gyth Rigdon’ record out in Nashville, two really talented artists and their records will be out

this year. My first single ‘Going Home’ will be released in the next few weeks, but I do not have an actual release date as I am waiting on a few things for that,” shared Grady during a recent interview. Grady says that he grew up on country music only and that he gets made fun of for not knowing more 90s grunge rock. “It is supposed to be my generation’s music but I grew up on Hank Jr., Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, and Vince Gill to name a few of my favorites. I also went through a big Ray Charles and SRV phase. I listen to anything I can get ahold of now. Pop, jazz, blues, rock, fusion, I like it all. I’m really enjoying Brothers Osborne and the Steele Drivers right now.” As for artists he would like to see live but hasn’t? “I haven’t gotten to see Brad Paisley yet and he is one of my favorite artists and guitar players! I would love to open up for Keith Urban. I feel like he and I are similar and I could learn a lot from him.” I asked him who in the music business he



antasy Springs celebrates the beginning of summer with three huge shows in the Special Events Center, plus sensational entertainment all over the resort to make Fantasy Springs Resort Casino your place to keep rocking all Memorial Day weekend long. Tom Jones brings his legendary stage persona and songs like “What’s New Pussycat” and “It’s Not Unusual” to The Special Events Center on Friday, May 25th. Tickets start at $49. Café Tacvba will bring their Latin-flavored alternative rock on Saturday, May 26th and


tickets start at just $39. And finally, punk/pop icon Billy Idol will perform hits like “White Wedding” and “Cradle Of Love” at The Special Events Center on Sunday, May 27th, with tickets starting at $59. Each performance is on sale now at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at www. . If an exciting and free outdoor concert is more your style, The Rock Yard will be featuring Pyromania, the world’s greatest Def Leppard tribute band on Friday, May 25th, with the cover band Weekend Warriors opening the

show at 7:30pm. The Rock Yard comes alive again on Saturday, May 26th with Escape (a Journey tribute band). Anthem Road opens for Escape at 7:30pm. The Rock Yard outdoor concert stage is an amphitheater-style area at the resort featuring two stages side by side. Rock Yard outdoor concert shows are always free and open to anyone ages 18 and older. If a relaxing Sunday afternoon of jazz is your thing, Jazz at the 12th Floor Lounge will feature legendary jazz drummer Joe LaBarbera on Sunday, May 27th. Jazz at the 12th Floor Lounge takes place atop Fantasy Springs Resort

BY TRACY DIETLIN most respects and what producer he would like to work with. “I respect the players! I respect anyone who is responsible for making musical art. I’ve seen a lot of behind the scenes stuff in the last few years and witnessed a lot of the art not being made by the so called artists so when I see writers, producers and performers creating their own art, immediate respect from me. Mose Allison maybe, I really love him, most don’t really know his music. I also really like Kesha. Her new record is great! As far as producers go I would really love to make a record with Jay Joyce!” I asked Grady who he would pick for next year’s Coachella or Stagecoach headliners. “Well I saw 3 amazing headliners this year at Stagecoach, but I guess if I could pick I would say Chris Stapleton, Brad Paisley, and Grady James!” Grady shared that one thing people would be surprised to know about him is: “I guess people are surprised to find out that I have type 1 diabetes and have since I was a kid. It has created a lot of struggles for me but nothing that has kept me from making music so I guess I’m doing ok.” I highly recommend you make it to one of these two shows before he leaves again for Nashville. Grady will win you over too! Grady James at CV Winery on Wednesday, May 16 from 6pm-9pm Grady James and his band at Big Rock Pub on Saturday, May 19 from 8:30pm-11:30pm You can follow him on Facebook at Grady James or gradyjames_official on Instagram.

EVENTS Casino in the beautiful 12th Floor Lounge with sweeping views of the entire Coachella Valley. Doors open at 1pm and live entertainment is featured from 2pm until 5pm. No reservations are necessary and Jazz at the 12th Floor Lounge events are always free. Take the party inside on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th to try your luck at the $100,000 Derby Dash Giveaway. Fantasy Rewards members can swipe their card for free entry into the giveaway. Players can receive additional entries for every 20 points earned on that day with no limit! Four names will be drawn every hour from 6pm until 10pm each day to race their horse in the digital derby and cross the finish line to win cash and free slot play. To celebrate Memorial Day, Fantasy Springs’ brand new on-site Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will be featuring a delicious holiday special! If you buy two of our famous, decadent chocolate or caramel covered apples, you’ll get one free! This offer is valid Saturday, May 26th through Monday, May 28th. Make Fantasy Springs Resort Casino your destination for a fun-filled and exciting Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer season in style.


May 17 to May 23, 2018



or more than three decades, George Christie was among the most prominent leaders of the Hells Angels biker organization. He was prosecuted and persecuted; hunted and hated, but always respected, even by his enemies, of which there were many. Now, Christie shares his journey from accused (though not convicted) murderer and arsonist to legitimate business owner and family man in the new, solo stage production “Outlaw.” Written and directed by Richard La Plante, “Outlaw” is coming to the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert for one performance only, on Saturday, May 19. Based on his memoir “Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel and Beyond,” the show explores how the son of poor Greek immigrants became one of the most influential leaders of the world’s most infamous motorcycle club. “This show has taken me deeper into realizing why I became who I am,” Christie said. “I am not making excuses, nor am I condemning my old lifestyle. It’s helping me find peace with myself. I don’t think you can grow if you don’t explore the good with the bad.” During his years with the Hells Angels, Christie survived gang wars, multiple prosecutions and attempts on his life. In 1979, he was among a group of Hells Angels members targeted by then-U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller, who is now spearheading the investigation into alleged Russian influences on the 2016 presidential election. Through it all, Christie considered himself a peacemaker, by the standards of outlaw biker clubs. “The crime rate in Ventura was lower when I ran the Hells Angels,” he said. “We didn’t allow drive-by shootings. I told our members they could deal with problems, but not in ways that endangered the community. I kept innocent people from getting hurt.” Christie left the Hells Angels in 2011 and began writing, speaking, promoting concerts and consulting for defense attorneys. In 2015, The History Channel produced a documentary series about him, titled “Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels.” While the documentary focused on the Hells Angels, playwright and co-producer Richard La Plante said the new stage production will offer a more personal

portrait of Christie. “I find George’s story compelling because I believe if he was not an outlaw and had not chosen that path in life, he could have been the president of a large corporation or a state senator,” La Plante said. “He has the brains and charisma to do anything and be anyone. It was those brains and charisma that took him to the top of the outlaw biker world. It was his choice, guided by circumstance, and one that he has never regretted or whined about.” “Outlaw” will be performed at the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center, 73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260, on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by calling 213-7139149 or online at www.georgechristieoutlaw. com. “Outlaw” is produced by DTLA Entertainment Group. Info about the show is available at www.GeorgeChristieOutlaw. com. Info about George Christie is available at George Christie took time recently to do a phone interview with Publisher Tracy Dietlin. CVW: How did the TV show The Outlaw Chronicles come about? George Christie: “I was in prison when the History Channel reached out to me. My daughter is a criminal lawyer. I never called home much this last stint but I emailed a lot. And she told me ‘Dad I think these guys are serious.’ The next thing I know I’m back home filming that show.” CVW: So myth has it that it’s just not that easy to walk away from the Hells Angels or any outlaw motorcycle club. How were you able to do that and why did you decide to? GC: “I started having these thoughts as a leader and a vision and I believe that if you’re a leader and you don’t have a vision then you’re not much of a leader. I had this vision of uniting all the bike clubs, not as all one club, but that people with like minds would be able to get on the same page and put our differences aside and share the highway, if you will, philosophically speaking. I was making progress and then the club and the whole culture seemed to go through a transition. I was losing footing. We had moratoriums with the clubs we were having issues with and things started to flare up and before I knew it we have 5 conflicts going on. I went and had a heart to heart with the club and said that this wasn’t the vision I had for the club and that I thought we were doing ourselves a disservice as a club as well as the culture. It took me a couple years to make up my mind and I walked into the meeting and I resigned. And shortly after that the club changed my status, and usually when you leave they have different statuses, first of all they really don’t like you leaving, but I felt like I had given them 40 years being loyal and true and I thought it would be something they would accept. A couple weeks later they called me and said they had reconsidered my status and that they were going to ban any Hells Angels in good standing from talking to me or having

any association with me and from there it snowballed and people started saying I was a coward and a quitter and an informant. Shortly after that I got indicted by the Feds and they wanted me to make a deal with them, which I wouldn’t so I ended up going to prison in Texas. I was on house arrest for 2 years and then they sent me to Texas for a year. So my departure from the club was nothing what I envisioned. I mean I planned on stepping away and relaxing. No plans on writing the book or doing the TV show and certainly no plans on going to prison. Only in America do you go to prison and come home to a TV show.” CVW: So do you have any contact with your brothers at all now? GC: “They’re not allowed to talk to me and I had a clause in my plea bargain where everyone across the board agreed that I wasn’t able to wear any kind of colors, or correspond in any way with anyone from the club. So not only did the Hells Angels put me on restriction but the government did too. CVW: You said it felt like a divorce. GC: “You interact with somebody for 40 years, whether consciously or subconsciously you become co-dependent. A lot of guys in the club come from broken homes and I feel like when I left there may have been some abandonment issues. It got really bitter.” CVW: How did they react to you doing the TV show? GC: “There are members that have left the club and those that are still in the club that have done interviews and TV shows so I don’t think I’m breaching protocol any more than anyone else. I’m independent now and I feel if people are going to try to say things about me or rewrite history I feel I have the right to tell it the way I saw it.” CVW: Have you ever regretted your decision to walk away? GC: “I have no regrets. It was time for me to move on. The vision I had worked so hard for got lost. We’d gotten so bureaucratic that we’d gotten away from our original mission.


We’d become the people we rebelled against. I was speaking from my heart to my brothers and was thinking that maybe someone who had devoted that much time and heart, that they could see that I was disillusioned. I could’ve stayed in the club and kept my mouth shut but that wouldn’t have been in the true vain of being an outlaw. I got to the point that I felt I had too many restrictions and I wanted my freedom. “When I walked into this culture in 1966 it was a very Live and Let Live society. If you had a transgression with another club the loser probably bought breakfast. You didn’t go home and get a gun and hunt the guy down and kill him. In the early days it was all about riding motorcycles and building motorcycles. You couldn’t walk in to a Harley shop and just buy a custom bike you had to build your bike. And if you didn’t have the ability to do that you weren’t accepted. My first bike was a 57 pan head. I took it apart and built it again. It was about riding and brotherhood. Each area had a particular style of bike back then. If someone pulled up next to you on a bike and they were from San Francisco you knew that was where they were from by their bike; the pegs, the tank, the position of the bars. Now people walk in to a Harley shop and spend $20,000 on a custom bike and no nothing about it.” CVW: What type of bike are you riding now? GC: “I’m riding an Ultra Classic Harley all blacked out.” CVW: What do you feel is the biggest misconception about the Hells Angels? GC: “Law enforcement had painted a bad picture of all outlaw bike clubs, the 1% type bike clubs, as criminals. Outlaw bike clubs are not criminal organizations, but the clubs do attract a lot of people with criminal backgrounds. But I could say the same thing about politicians, doctors, but being an outlaw club member brings you a lot of weight and if you misuse that weight and use it to only benefit yourself it can impact the bike club in a negative way. I think they should start being more careful about who they let in and what the procedures are to get in the club. It all started changing back in 1979 in LA where I was and we were in the midst of a bike war with The Mongols. It had just flared up and everything seemed to spin out of control from there. There are some members who join for their own agenda and not for the brotherhood or to ride motorcycles.” CVW: Have you ever watched the TV show Sons of Anarchy? GC: “I never have watched it. I want to. I’ve talked to a lot of outlaw bike people who love the show, traditional mainstream people who love it, police officers who love it. I think Kurt Sutter tapped into the mystic of it. Bravo to him. His show impacted the whole culture on many different levels. Back when we were selecting a jury for my trial my oldest daughter was my attorney. You can impose questions on the potential jury continue to page 12


May 17 to May 23, 2018




“There’s nothing in the way of a broken heart and a shitty day, but the sun will always rise” hat’s some hard-won perspective found on the song “Never Let You Down” from the new Well Wishers record, “A View From Above.” Jeff Shelton, sonic architect for the Well Wishers, didn’t pick up the guitar until he was 18, but his playing is so dexterous and adroit, you’d swear He was one of those prepubescent wunderkinds. He grew up a typical kid in Laguna Beach and headed to another beach town, San Luis Obispo, for college. It was there he began his extracurricular musical education. His nascent skills earned him spots in a couple of up and coming bands. He soon he began writing his own songs, and mastered a plethora of instruments along the way. After graduation, he gravitated to the Bay Area and connected with like-minded players, bassist Doug Free and drummer Dave Friel. By 1993, the trio was known as the Spinning Jennies, working their way through the San Francisco club scene, they slowly built a loyal following. The band recorded two albums with the original line-up before Dave moved on and Nick Loquintano stepped behind the kit. Hometown favorites, the three-piece lasted nearly a decade, releasing five albums before amicably parting ways in 2002. Rather quickly, Jeff formed the Well Wishers, which allowed him to be autonomous and anonymous at the same time. See, the Well Wishers was a band in name only. Jeff played, sang, wrote and produced everything on the “band’s” 2004 debut, Twenty-Four Seven. Ridiculously perfect, the album straddled the line between punchy, Power Pop perfection and the kind of sharp songcraft that echoed British Invasion stalwarts like Lennon & McCartney and Ray Davies, as well as Punk/New Wave classicists like XTC and the Jam. Critics and Power-Pop enthusiasts took notice and the Well Wishers ended up on a lot of Top 10 lists. Protean and prolific, Jeff has managed to produce a new album every couple of years. They include Under The


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Arrows (2005), How I Won The War (2007), Jigsaw Days (2008), Post Modern Romantic (2010), Dreaming Of The West Coast (2012) the Dunwoody EP (2013), A Shattering Sky (2014) and Comes And Goes (2016). Now the Well Wishers return with their ninth effort, A View From Above. The opening two tracks reaffirm the Well Wishers’ continued affinity for both Power Pop and New Wave. “Gravity Waits” springs to life with a walloping backbeat, sturdy acoustic rhythm riffs, keening lead guitar and winsome vocals. Concise lyrics parse the elusive and unpredictable lure of attraction; “Gravity waits and pulls you to some, gravity waits and falls, gravity waits and pulls you somewhere else.” “In Another Life” blends pastoral acoustic arpeggios with sidewinding electric power chords and a jump-cut rhythm. The opening verses feel like a subtle commentary on the tense and divisive atmosphere that currently grips the country; “Under the eyes of watchful wondering, how did it get this way/Nobody sings and nobody dances, when everything goes astray.” By the chorus the song espouses a carpe diem philosophy. Or, to paraphrase the Byrds, Pete Seeger and the Book Of Ecclesiastes, It recognizes there’s a time weep and a time to laugh, “I believe it’s a miracle, I believe it’s a fortunate device, I believe in the wisdom of never thinking twice.” Jangly guitars on the break underscore the song’s covert optimism. In an album packed with stellar songcraft, the stand-out tracks arrive one after the next. “I Like You Better” is propelled by stripped down guitar and a chunky, ‘beat-on-thebrat’ backbeat. As the arrangement gathers steam on the chorus, thundering drums and marauding guitar ride roughshod over this self-satisfied declaration of, um, love; “I like you better, I like you better than the rest.” “April Is Only A Lie” echoes ‘80s antecedents like Hoodoo Gurus, the Ocean Blue and Guadalcanal Diary. Airy and autumnal, it blends chiming acoustic riffs with a thwock-y kick drum rhythm. Veiled lyrics like “There was a time there was a place, in matters of disgrace/There was a lock there was a key, to distract you from The war we can’t see,” hints at the breakdown of civil discourse in this country. As time signatures shift a stinging electric guitar solo crests over the instrumental break. Muscular power chords collide with a locomotive rhythm on “There Goes My Gun.” The introspective lyrics take a trip down memory lane, recalling early career missteps; “Old enough to understand, but young enough to fake it, there goes my gun shooting off the hip.” Growing as an artist requires sacrifice and hurt feelings: “Breaking up the band wasn’t hard to understand, I can finally reconcile for the first time.” Echo-y guitar notes Offer a form of musical repentance. Finally, on “I’m Not The Enemy” ricochet guitar riffs connect with prowling bass lines and a boomerang beat. The tension ratchets

as Jeff declares “I’m tired of being lonely…I’m tired of being lazy” and a blitzkrieg guitar attack strafes over a triple time tattoo. The softer side of the Well Wishers is displayed on two songs, “Ways And Means” and “Arrogance Is Gone.” The former fuses rippling acoustic guitar to a tick-tock beat. Taking an emotional inventory, Jeff’s plaintive vocals echo the honest approach of lyrics like “You were running away with the crowd and I was left to figure out the space between how and why.” A wash of sweet keys and ringing guitar riffs accentuate this tender mea culpa.

On the latter, sun-dappled acoustic runs lattice over electric filigreed fretwork and a laid-back rhythm. contemplative and melancholy, the lyrics limn late-life frustrations and the creeping suspicion that we never quite measure up to our loved ones’ expectations; “I would like to be the son whose father brags to everyone about the fortune and the fame we made this year.” Other interesting tracks include the aforementioned “Never Let You Down,” the Punk-tastic throb of “Is it Me? Is It You?” along with the brittle call to arms, “Come Out And Play.” The album closes with the cosmic exhale of “The New Fade Out.” A View From Above recalls the classic crunch of Todd Rundgren, 20/20 and Dwight Twilley. It also manages to hold its own alongside new(er) standard bearers like the Posies, Fountains Of Wayne, the Soft Pack and the Empty Hearts. The Well Wishers’ music is full of brilliant colors and subtle textures. It almost sounds too good for this dirty world.

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and I came up with this idea and I asked them ‘Have you ever watched SOA?’ And did they believe that bike clubs are all under a criminal element. And the judges loved it. Just about everybody raised their hand saying they watched it and raised their hand that they thought there was a criminal fringe to all bike clubs and that the President had knowledge of everything going on with every member. The judge was dismissing jurors left and right because they believed that was all true from watching this show. Judge Woo looked at the jury and said ‘You have to keep in mind that this is a TV show for dramatic purposes and it’s not reality.’ We had a rough time and we dismissed so many jurors and that’s when the DA got so frustrated because he knew that we could possibly have a good case for a mistrial or retrial because of the way it was impacting the case, so they made that plea deal with me. So I think that indirectly Kurt Sutter helped me get this marvelous plea deal because his show impacted them so much and they were so enamored by his show they couldn’t get past that. So hats off to you Kurt Sutter!” CVW: (Christie vows that he’s going to watch SOA.) GC: “I’m making a commitment to you Tracy that I’m going to binge watch that show very soon. Just when I think I’m going to take some time off to relax, I start writing another book or start another project.” CVW: What moment are you the most proud of? GC: “Carrying the torch at the Olympics.” CVW: Is there anything you wish you could go back and change? GC: “Yes! I wish that the war that broke out with Mongols would have been handled differently. It was useless, it was senseless. I

wish I would’ve been a better leader, a better negotiator. A lot of people got killed it was an all-out assault between clubs. That was not what I wanted for the club.” CVW: Can you tell us about your stint working at the Defense Department? GC: “I came out of the Marines and started working for the Defense Department and I had top security clearance. I became a Hells Angel and President while I was at the Defense Department. Keep in mind I had access to secret missle testing sites and I did all the communication trouble shooting for them and they’d fly me in and out of Washington DC and when the suits found out they called me into the office and told me I had to choose and I chose being a Hell’s Angel and that was in 1978.” CVW: You’ve been friends with a lot of celebrities over the years. Can you share who you’ve been closest to? GC: “David Carradine and I were very close. He has a special place in my heart. Jerry Garcia... Dennis Hopper... Mickey Rourke... Michael Madsen.” CVW: What is your daily life like now? GC: “I’ve been with my wife for 20 years. People said it wouldn’t last because she’s much younger than I am but here we are 20 years later. I spend my time writing, I exercise a lot, I spend time with my rescue dogs Mr. Scruffy and Lulu. I’ve written 2 books and working on a third that might get turned into a screenplay.” CVW: How is the ‘Outlaw’ show going so far? GC: “I’m really pleased with it and starting to get comfortable on stage. We’ve gotten really good reviews. I’m looking forward to bringing it to the desert.”


May 17 to May 23, 2018


he Art Alliance of Idyllwild is dedicated to the Arts and Art Education. One of its most ambitious projects is to install public art in Idyllwild and Pine Cove. The project started in 2013, when twenty-three artists painted deer in themes connected to Idyllwild’s rich culture. In June 2018 the Art Alliance will be expanding the herd. The Gathering of the Herd will happen on June 16 at Idyllwild Park. The deer will be dispersed throughout the town, including in front of businesses, restaurants and in Idyllwild Park. A map will be available to show the locations of each piece of art. The ‘herd’ is purchased with donations from individual sponsors. The participating artists commit to adhere to an assigned theme. The project highlights all that makes Idyllwild a quirky, beautiful and powerful art center. Donna Elliot is the President of the Art Alliance. “The original herd in 2013 had a great impact in the area. We knew that many missed out on the first project and were keen to sponsor deer to expand the current herd. We ordered only 13 deer but immediately had to add to the order four times to accommodate all those who wanted to be part of it. We now have 28 deer and 1 coyote that will grace the town of Idyllwild. For a town of our size, it may be one of the largest public art projects in the country,” said Donna. What draws an artist to this project? “I’m a long-time fan of the magical Idyllwild art world,” said participating artist Ulrike. “Being part of a group project, that wasn’t just temporary, but actually will become a part of the environment was really enticing to me.” Ulrike’s deer, Opal, has her origins in a real life story. “My deer was especially painted for a little girl name Opal. She lost her Dad last year unexpectedly and the Donor wanted a fawn painted in her honor. That’s why I picked a princess theme and wrote a children story to go with it, which will be published before the Big Event in October.” “The Gathering of the Deer is a community gathering that brings people together. It gives artists the chance to be creative and make their mark in Idyllwild. Art and tourism – benefit for all!” continued Ulrike. “I hope that my Opal will make Opal and her family happy, and that the viewers see it for what it is: Fawn Opal, Princess of the Magical Idyllwild Forrest.”

Donna and her spouse, Neil Jenkins created one of the original 2013 herd deer. “Given that we are hikers and rock climbers, it seemed only fitting that we had the theme hiking and climbing. Idyllwild is renowned for both. Unfortunately, our deer, Rocky was stolen,” said Neil. “We painted Rocky II which is in front of La Casita Mexican Restaurant.” For this gathering Neil is painting a deer that features the Mayors of Idyllwild. These very special animals are dogs that bring great joy to the area. “It is the only deer in town that will feature four golden retrievers. I had never painted a dog portrait in my life, this is a bonus!” continued Neil. “This deer will feature our current Mayor Max, Deputy Mayor Mitzi and Deputy Mayor Mikey. It will have the late Mayor Max, the First, on the other side, together with Pookie, a rescue dog that was dear to sponsors Phyllis Mueller and Glenn Warren. It seemed a great way to honor all that the Mayors do for Idyllwild. This buck will be placed at the Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) premises in Idyllwild.” The public is invited to see the new herd at the Herd Gathering on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from Noon until 3pm at the Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive. It is the only time this herd will be together before being placed at their new homes. For more information visit artinidyllwild.


May 17 to May 23, 2018




he small badly matted dog huddled at the back of her kennel. Her kennel card at the San Bernardino City Shelter listed the 3-year-old dog as “fearful”. She was so scared that the kennel staff was unable to bring her out when someone requested a visit with her. Finally, they wrapped a towel around the struggling, frightened animal and brought her to the visiting area. Who would adopt this forlorn, terrified little creature? Kyla Paradise took the small canine into her arms, and the dog melted with relief becoming instantly calm. The rescuer and the rescued sensed that everything was going to be okay. Kyla Paradise is a volunteer extraordinaire with Loving All Animals in Palm Desert, helping them rescue and adopt dogs for the past 5 years. She was on a shelter run that day rescuing several dogs for the organization’s adoption program. Andrea Neyses, a shelter volunteer, provided more information about the pup’s background. The city was contacted by concerned residents who spotted the dog alone in a backyard fending for herself. A check of the home revealed there was no resident. In an often repeated tragic story, another heartless human had moved

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away leaving their faithful pet behind. A San Bernardino police officer scaled the fence and took the abandoned pup to the city shelter. There were signs of neglect in addition to the horrid matting on her coat. She was missing hair on her tail and rear body, she was very thin and needed treatment for worms. Kyla recalls, “I just knew right away this dog was staying with me. The way she looked at me that first day, I knew she was mine. Of course I offered to foster her. I thought this pup needed a strong name, so I named her Albe after my grandmother Albertine who was one of the toughest women I’ve ever met.” This little dog had better be tough. Despite surviving two crises, in the backyard and at the shelter, Albe was about to experience yet another life threatening ordeal. No one could have anticipated what would happen next. Loving All Animals received a somber phone call from the veterinary office that Albe passed away during her spay surgery (normally an extremely safe procedure). However, during the phone call there was a sudden commotion in the background, and the vet quickly returned to administer to the pup. After they pulled her breathing tube out, the lifeless dog suddenly regained


consciousness, sat up on the table, and began breathing on her own. It was a miracle. The following day, the dog happily ran and played in Kyla’s back yard as though nothing had happened. Today she is in great health with no residual effects from this ordeal. While some hesitate to go to public shelters fearing they will be too sad or too overwhelmed, Kyla Paradise reports her experience doing so to be a journey of love and triumph. “I love going to shelters to get the dogs out! I look forward to saving a life, or two, or three on every shelter run. We try to see beyond the matting and the fear to see the gem of a dog inside waiting to

emerge.” When you rescue a dog, your heart will soar with joy during the “freedom ride” home as the grateful dog wags its tail and you might even get a grateful kiss. Today, Albe is part of Kyla’s happy 3-pack of dogs, all of them rescues. She loves to bring various objects to her doggie bed in her den……lemons, candy wrappers, assorted twigs, and jewelry (including Kyla’s missing ring). Kyla laughingly recalls, “My grandmother Albertine liked to collect all sorts of things. In a funny way, this pup continues to remind me of her”. For more information about fostering, volunteering, or adopting contact Loving All Animals at (760) 834-7000, www. Visit the wonderful adoptable animals at the San Bernardino City Shelter at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, (909) 384-1304, or view them on and type in “San Bernardino”. Albe is truly a miracle dog, a poster dog for rescue. When you can adopt a pup as adorable and happy as Albe at a shelter, why would anyone go to a breeder or pet store? Enjoy the tremendous love and gratitude only a rescue dog can bring.


May 17 to May 23, 2018




ongrats Coachella Valley for yet another solid season of eats and greets. I particularly found the desert’s culinary scene to be enlightening with many various venues to wine & dine. And for this wine beat, we’ve found more happy hour and comprehensive wine bar menus than ever before in our realm. This column has recently reviewed Palm Desert’s AC3 and is looking forward to covering the scene over at The Springs—that beautiful Country Club restaurant in Rancho Mirage that is now open to the public. I can’t wait to get over to the Coachella Winery at The River to uncover their wide range of wine activities. And what’s going on at the Draughtsman in Palm Springs? But casually speaking, there are a couple of wine haunts I’d like to highlight, where grabbing a nice glass of wine and some fun eats is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Although Acqua California Bistro has just accomplished their first year of operations, it kind of feels that the venue has been around for a good while. And for good reason, we all remember the Acqua Pazza for so many years at The River, and this past season the restaurant re-emerged itself with its new name: quit the “craziness” (“pazza” in Italian) and replace with “California Bistro”. Most foodies in town already know the restrateur family, Jerry and Barbara Keller are the owners of LULU California Bistro and Acqua (past and present). LULU is as popular as it comes in Palm Springs. We’ve enjoyed some excellent meals at great prices there and have absolutely enjoyed their stellar winemaker dinners. So as one would expect, the “new” venue

brings the food and flair of LULU and revitalizes the past menu of old Acqua Pazza. A win-win situation, especially for those enthusiasts who’ve been hankering for Acqua’s return to The River. But what I remember at the “old” Pazza”, and now, enjoying as well at the new Acqua, is the Happy Hour at the Bar. The fun and the action are back again, but this time with a full wine list to choose from. Actually, their entire beverage list of cocktails, beer and wine is as sizeable as their food menu. It goes on and on, but we’re here to recommend some refreshing wines by the glass: A brut Cava from Spain—a nice bubbly to start things out, Opera Prima, at only $4.99 a glass or just $18 for the bottle, is one of the best deals in town; Echo Bay Marlborough New Zealand Sauv Blanc, tasty and brisk at $8.99 a glass; Hess Chardonnay, Monterey County, $7.99 a glass; Gerard Bertrand, Rosé Lanquedoc France, $8.99 a glass, and the Bex, Riesling Germany at only $6.99 a glass. Acqua is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM, with later hours on weekends. Reservations—760-862-9800, or visit Acqua’s website: As you foodies could imagine, I truly enjoyed some phenomenal cuisine in my recent travels to Italy. So coming home with that Italian glint still in my eyes and Italian appetite still in my gut, where else would I wish to rest my culinary desires but at Palm Spring’s most famous Italian eatery: Johnny Costa’s Ristorante. “Family owned and operated”—we know the story: Founder, Johnny Costa, born in Naples Italy, has been a chef and restaurant owner in the Palm Springs area since 1976. Frank Sinatra himself was a regular at this Italian restaurant,

where the chairman’s two favorite dishes, the Steak Sinatra and Linguine Clams—are still on the menu. For as fancy as the place is, their dishes and entrées are some of the most reasonably priced for such high-end cuisine. Johnny’s son, Head Chef Vince Costa continues the family tradition, perfectly executing the family recipes as his brothers and cousins assist him in running the restaurant. And, the restaurant design, ambiance, and romantic setting itself is the epitome of Palm Springs Cool. Even though the Rat Pack has dearly departed, I would think the local diners would neither skip a beat—nor a swallow, if they saw an apparition of Ol’ Blue Eyes or Dino himself walk by their table offering a casual salute.

And what so many of the locals know—and what visitors should be aware of—is the charming and inviting wine bar just to the left when entering the restaurant. I remember a few years back when Johnny himself was regularly at the restaurant, practicing my Italian with him, I ask what was his favorite white wine. Expecting to hear an esoteric Italian from Umbria or some place like that, he simply said, “I like a California Chardonnay!” Fun stuff! Perhaps that’s why we can find two tasty California Chards by the glass: Round Hill Vineyards Napa Chardonnay at only $8, and Raymond Vineyards Napa Chardonnay at only $9. Of course for those jonesing for some Italian delights will find a Caposaldo Pinot Grigio or Chianti for $8; and, probably the best deal in town for an Italian super Tuscan red wine, Costello di Volpaia “Citto” at only $9. a glass!!Andiamo! See you there! Cheers! And note to self: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week® is a 17-day dining event taking place at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. The event showcases a wide variety of culinary experiences, and participating restaurants offer special menus at set prices with lunches available for $15, $20 or $25 and dinners for $29, $39 or $49. Check out on-line:


May 17 to May 23, 2018


29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bobby Furgo & Co 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 TBA 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Francesca Amari, Bill Marx and Doug MacDonald 6:30pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Piano Bar 6pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Rewind w/ DJ Richie Rich 9pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Barry Minniefield 7pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; BD; 760-200-1768 Kristy King 7-10pm CORKTREE; PD; 760-779-0123 TBA 6-9pm 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; 760-7766533 Barry, Bob and Riz 6:30pm GADI’S RESTAURANT AND BAR; YV; 760365-6633 Open Mic Night 7pm 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 HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Open Mic 9pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 TBA 9pm LA QUINTA OLDTOWN TAPROOM; LQ; Lance Riebsomer 8-11pm

LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Rox LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Country Night w/ Rob Staley 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Quinto Menguante 8-1am MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Rick the Piano Man 6pm 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 Steven John Taylor 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Desert Noise Presents: A Night of Comedy 8pm 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 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Karaoke 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Wayne Boyer 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Robert Salisbury 5-7pm, Steve Oliver 7:3011pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Alex Santana 5-8pm THE WINE EMPORIUM; LQ; 760-565-5512 DJ 7pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 Linda Peterson 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 8pm



29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bob Garcia Band 6:30pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 TBA 8pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Shelley Yoelin Group 6:30pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Friday Night Sour Hour w/ Pink Lemonade Drag Show 9pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 The Seven/Six Presents: Jay Worthy, Stevie Crooks, Lootenant, Rufio Spenz, Noa James, KVLUF, Grizz, Mike Lavish, Cam Gnarly and DJs Addemup and Jakkz 9pm BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Barry Minniefield 7pm BIG ROCK PUB; IND; 706-200-8988 Long Duk Dong 8:30pm BLUE BAR, SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-7755566 DJ Double A 8pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Christian 6-9pm CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; BD; 760-200-1768 Denny Pezzin 7-10pm CLUB 5; IND; 760-625-1719 DJ 9pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Bill Baker 6pm

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; 760-7766533 Gina Carey 6pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 The Myx 8:30pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Captain Ghost, Cody White and the Easy Ride and Hide Your Guns 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Keisha D 7pm HOTEL ZOSO; PS; 760-325-9676 Esjay Jones Presents: Acoustic Sessions w/ Minor Emergency 8pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Bob Allen 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Karaoke 7:30pm KILO’S CANTINA; TP; 760-835-1363 Panik’s Bday Show w/ D’Rok the Menace, B the Wizard, Space Sky Ether, Cosmo-Phonon, 2ro, Osmoses, The God Awful and Million 7pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LA QUINTA BREWERY; PD; Derek Jordan Gregg 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company in the afternoon, Hot Rox in the night LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Champagne Band 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 DJ Jerry 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Eevaan Tre 6:30pm, 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; 760327-4080 Dude Jones 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Lisa and the Gents 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 All the Colours and Starlight Cleaning Co. 8pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Rebel Sound Presents: Reggae Night w/ Iya Rootz 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Musical Theatre University 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Chalice 9pm RIVIERA; PS; 760-327-8311 Michael Keeth 7pm 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 SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron James 6pm SOLANO’S BISTRO; LQ; 760-771-6655 Michael Madden 6-9pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm

SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 The Refills 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Pat Rizzo & Dennis Michaels 6:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VENUE@VENUS; PD; 760-834-7070 Open Mic Night 6-9pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Meet the Corwins 5:30-7:30pm, John Stanley King Show 8pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Boys Night Out w/ DJ House Whores 7pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 5-7pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-932-4300 The Refills 7:30pm THE WINE EMPORIUM; LQ; 760-565-5512 Lisa LaFaro Weselis, jb and Gene 6:30-10pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 Rose Mallett 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 9pm

HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 The Carmens 7pm HOTEL PASEO; PD; Michael Keeth 4-10pm HOTEL ZOSO; PS; 760-325-9676 Esjay Jones Presents: Global Sessions w/ Mozaiq 8pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Bob Allen 6pm KILO’S CANTINA; TP; 760-835-1363 Los Capos De Mexico 9pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Champagne Band 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Radio Rave 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm MOXIE; PS; 760-318-9900 Derek Jordan Gregg 6pm, 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 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm Bev & Bill 6:30pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 DJ 11am 327-4080 Southbound and Co. 9pm poolside, Highlife w/ DJ Day 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 DysFunction 6:30pm IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Shadow Mountain Band 5pm, The Kenneth Cabaret on the Green Open Mic 7:30pm Brian Band 8pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Denise Carter PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND Dancing 9pm COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 T-Bone BERNIE’S; RM; 760-202 4499 Barry Karaoke 9pm Minniefield 7pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Kate BIG ROCK PUB; IND; 706-200-8988 Grady Campbell and the Martini Kings 8pm James 8:30pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-775- RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 The Refills 9pm 5566 DJ 9pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Gina Carey RIVIERA; PS; 760-327-8311 TBA 6pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro 6-10pm Brothers 8pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Wright 9-1am Blues 8-11pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S Tuzzolino 5:30pm MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Smooth CATALAN; RM; 760-770-9508 George Brothers 8-11pm Christian 6-9pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CHEF GEORGE’S PICASSO LOUNGE; BD; CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby 760-200-1768 Denny Pezzin 7-10pm Furgo 9pm COACHELLA BAR: Coachella; In the Name SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 of the Dead, Departer, Kill the Radio and Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm Scarlet Lady 8pm SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 James 6pm Bill Baker 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Latin Music 10pm Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-228- SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 TBA 6pm 1199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 TBA 8:30pm Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776Dennis Michael 6:30pm 6533 Jack Ruvio 6pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm TBA 8:30pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; 5391 DJ 10pm INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 8pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 93.7 KCLB Rose Mallett & Co. 5-7pm, Kal David, Lauri Rocks Presents: Support Locals Night w/ Kill the Radio, The CMF’s, Sleazy Cortez and Brain Bono & The Real Deal 7:30-11pm Vat 7pm WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Live Music 6pm


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WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 6pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-932-4300 Dude Jones 7:30pm THE WINE EMPORIUM; LQ; 760-565-5512 Abie Perkins 7pm WOODY’S PALMHOUSE; PS; 760-2300188 The Stanley Butler Band 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJs 9pm


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he River in Rancho Mirage is ever evolving, offering many cuisines from which to choose. One of its recent additions, Acqua California Bistro, offers a modern California cuisine, as the name suggests. I recently discovered that Acqua serves the same menu that has garnered tremendous success as Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs. Though I had never been to Lulu, I finally had the chance to experience their culinary delights with my recent visit to Acqua in Rancho Mirage. The restaurant has been remodeled and playfully decorated to catch your eye with every detail. The bold bright colors offer a whimsical, yet sophisticated ambiance that I could not ignore. The staff was quick to greet us as we arrived for our reservation and we were promptly seated in a very cozy booth. The menu boasts many fine dining selections at prices that are far below other comparable restaurants in the area and we quickly selected their four course menu priced at $39.99. We were not disappointed. We began with soup for our first course, my selection being the Wild Mushroom Soup with a touch of truffle oil. It was smooth and full of earthy mushroom flavor, one of their many gluten free options. Our server, Jacob, was very efficient and attentive, allowing time between each course while ensuring we were dining at our desired pace. For my second course, a favorite of mine, Escargot. Many are turned off by the



thought of eating snails but once you take the image of a garden snail out of your mind and realize this delicacy is just another seafood option, you will appreciate this savory, buttery dish and want it again and again! With fresh, warm bread to dip in the herbed butter, I was in heaven. For my main course, Chilean Sea Bass. My date would order the Lobster Ravioli and while I did enjoy a taste of her dish, my fresh flaky Sea Bass was the star of the show. Served on a bed of rice pilaf aside steamed carrots and asparagus, the fresh Sea Bass was lightly coated with herbs and bread crumbs, finished with a delicate beurre blanc. For the value, this meal was a home run! The fish was perfectly seasoned and cooked, rivaling any fine dining restaurant in the area. This meal would not be complete without a sweet treat. With dessert included but space limited, we shared some sorbet. To go with our sorbet medley of Lemon, Raspberry, and Coconut flavors, we also finished with Jacob’s fantastic suggestion of Espresso Martinis. It was the perfect finish to a perfect evening. I will most certainly return.

With three and four course meals priced at $19.99 to $39.99, and Happy Hour deals on food and drinks every day from 11AM, Acqua California Bistro is the place to be for any occasion. Offering arguably the best Happy Hour in town, one can order delicious snacks like their sweet potato fries or (our favorite) housemade crispy potato chips and other dishes like burgers, paninis, pizzas and much more, not to mention the many drink specials available.

BY RAYMOND BILL Come see for yourself why people from all across the valley are talking about Acqua and Lulu California Bistros. Located at The River in Rancho Mirage at 71800 CA-111 and open daily from 8AM or visit online at

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Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after a 40-year marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still processing her divorce from years ago. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) decades old marriage has hit a slump. The lives of four life-long friends — aged 65 and above — are hilariously upended when their book club tackles E.L. James’ infamous “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Stimulated by the steamy novel and their frank, revealing revelations, the women inspire each other to embrace new romances or rekindle old ones so as to make the next chapter of their lives the best yet. The objects of their affections include Richard Dreyfuss, Don Johnson, Andy Garcia, and Craig T. Nelson. The film is rated PG-13.


NEW BLU FOR THE HOME THEATER: MODEL SHOP (1969) In the great French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s take on America – and specifically Los Angeles – of the era, he brings his celebrated character Lola (the exquisite Anouk Aimée) reprising her eponymous role from Demy’s iconic 1960 film, to the ragtag, sprawling City of Angels. Demy introduces an American, George (Gary Lockwood, giving a sensitive performance): unemployed, broke and about to be drafted to fight in Vietnam, George suddenly finding himself madly in love with Lola, a woman he has only briefly glimpsed as a model for hire by the hour.

As George searches for his potential amour, Demy gives us a portrait of the city that captured his heart in the same, lightningbolt way. The slow moving film’s best features are the meandering drives around a smog-bound LA – mainly Hollywood, and Santa Monica. Ahh, the memories. Twilight Time Movies. Blu-ray

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NO DOWN PAYMENT (1957) An all-star cast – including Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchel, Barbara Rush and Pat Hingle bring to vivid life Martin Ritt’s socially aware “problem” film about the residents of Sunrise Hills, including electrical engineer David Martin and wife Jean who are welcomed by their neighbors: appliance store manager Herman Kreitzer, auto mechanic Troy Boone and car salesman Jerry Flagg, plus their wives. The denizens of the California subdivision struggle to make ends meet as they deal with racism, alcoholism and promiscuity. I was reminded a little of the movie CRASH in the way both films were structured and how shared events and friendships impacted each couple. Appropriately enough, the incisive, sometimes scathing, screenplay, adapted from the novel of the same name by John McParland, was written by blacklisted Ben Maddow and fronted by the prolific and gifted (but uncredited) Philip Yordan. The New York Times said: “A sharp scalpel has been used in this tough, unrelenting film.” Twilight Time Movies (edition limited to 3,000 units). Blu-ray.



“THE GOSPEL OF TREES" BY APRICOT IRVING MEMOIR -----------------------------------------------------


hildhood is a strange reality. Those who raise children determine choices and make decision that prominently shape and form them. The Gospel of Trees by Apricot Irving (Simons & Schuster, 369 pages) is about an adult daughter coming to terms with her young life as a child of missionaries. Irving begins her story here in the Coachella Valley. Her father, Jon Anderson was raised on an eighty-acre date farm in Thermal. While attending Cal Poly Pomona he fell in love with a free-spirited girl from Oregon named Flip Devine. The two had crossed paths before college when Anderson was a forest ranger in the San Bernardino Mountains. Both studying agriculture, they seemed destined to be together. After marrying, the couple lived in Thermal on the family farm. Irving was born and two siblings followed. The family lived in a small trailer on the date ranch. For Irving’s mother, the summer heat was unbearable, her husband was always working, her small children were demanding and the chores were overwhelming. Ready to walk away from it all and return to Oregon, she opened a book to relax and by

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS chance it was a woman’s devotional with the words of Jesus. It spoke to her circumstances in a meaningful way. She decided to attend church to find out more about Jesus Christ. Irving’s mother chose Coachella Valley Christian Church on Jackson Street in Indio. The family started attending regularly. As family farmers it was difficult to save enough money to build a home in the CV. So when an opportunity arose for a paid agronomist position at a missionary outpost in Haiti, the family saw a way to earn money while serving God and their love of tending the earth. Moving to Haiti was a culture shock, but for little Irving, it was magical. She did not see much difference in how the Haitian’s lived compared to her own life on the farm where as a child she ran around barefoot, and had very little amenities. So, for her, Haiti was hardly an adjustment. It was an adventure. But big differences became apparent with how they were told to treat the Haitians. The Haitians were there to serve them – clean, cook and work. If Irving wanted to ride a bike that belonged to a Haitian boy, the child was told to get off and let her ride it. This disturbed Irving, even as a child. She saw the injustice and unfairness. Serving several terms as missionaries in Haiti, the family witnessed political chaos and turmoil. At times they feared for their lives. They saw a country coming apart and

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destroying its own natural resources. But under it all, Irving saw a resiliency in the people and in the land that made it a powerful place for her. Within author Irving’s memoir she gives the history of the island and how it came about starting with Columbus. It was an island of freed slaves. She brings to life the political upheaval during the 70s and 80s. And as an adult, she returned to the island after the devastating earthquake as an adult. At times, Irving is overly descriptive, yet she can also be poetic. Her narrative is poignant in that she and her family were poor when they got to Haiti and were treated as if they were privileged. However, she recognized that her family’s poverty was nothing like that of the Haitian’s. This juxtaposition is what makes the book


powerful and beautiful. Especially coming from a child’s perspective of innocence and joy. The Gospel of Trees also reveals a difficult relationship between father and daughter. I really liked Irving’s father. I wanted to know more about him and his belief system. It is especially heartbreaking when he gives so much of himself to reforestation – the necessary start to restoring the islands natural recourses, preventing floods and decontaminating water–only to discover the necessary trees have been cut down or sold. The demands of their “mission” nearly destroyed the family and their spirit. Coming of age in Haiti was a challenge Irving had no control over. She deals with the experiences of her life with honesty, and with the hindsight as an adult married with children of her own. She uses letters and journals written by family members to get that big picture view of a child of missionaries and the impact it had on who she is today. Childhood can feel like a strange dream. Taking a look back to see what shaped the person you are today can be a meaningful awakening.




e know all about those snakes at work that slither around trying to work their way into promotions, office social circles and politics, or even belly up to the boss. They’ll do anything (even bite you in the back) as long as it benefits them. But the snake I’m talking about is actually more fearful of you, however just as dangerous and you need to exercise caution around them, Rattle Snakes! Recent rains have provided snakes the opportunity to mate a little longer. Generally, rattlesnakes emerge from hibernation in March or April, or when the average daytime temperatures reach and remain about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. “Rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. They have been found in urban areas, in lakesides, parks, and at golf courses. There are several safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake: · Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots.

· When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. · Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day. · Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. · Rattlesnakes can swim. Use caution in rivers, lakes and flood basins. · Be careful when stepping over the doorstep as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side. · Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency. · Do not handle a freshly killed snake, it can still inject venom. · Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. “Some people are like snakes. When they move their mouth, you can’t tell for sure whether they are trying to smile at you or getting ready to bite you. Use caution!” For additional Rattlesnake Safety visit: www.


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hen you hear government statistics touting the lowest unemployment rate in history at 3.9%, it should be remembered that this number includes only 63% of all working age adults. The other 37% are deemed to be not looking for work whether they are in fact looking or not if they have been out of work for more than 15 weeks (an arbitrary number used to make unemployment numbers look better). Termed the Labor Participation Rate, the United States is currently near its lowest levels of workforce participation in history. When you add back people who have been looking for work for over 15 weeks or those working part-time who want full-time work, approximately 8% of the 63% of Americans deemed to be in the labor pool are looking for work. Stated differently, only 11 in every 20 working aged Americans actually work. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the loss of middle class jobs over the last decade is a large part of the reason why more than 8% of all Americans suffer from major depressive disorders. Meanwhile, another 3.5% suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders. This means that fully one in eight Americans need psychiatric help yet only about 35% receive treatment of any kind. Statistics


are even worse globally where only one in four people who are suffering from a mental disorder are receiving treatment of any kind. A new report from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) will do little to settle the nerves of these anxious or depressed Americans. The OECD estimates that 14% of all jobs worldwide are likely to be replaced by automation over the next fifteen years. Another 32% of all jobs have at least a 50% chance of being eliminated over the next twenty years meaning that nearly half of all jobs globally are at a significant risk of going away in the not too distant future. Automation will put 65% of all jobs in Slovakia and Lithuania at risk of elimination while Turkey and Greece may lose 6 in 10 jobs. The countries most immune to job losses are New Zealand, Finland, Norway and Sweden at less than 35% of all jobs followed by the United States at 37%. This makes sense as the countries with the lowest risk of job losses have higher proportions of jobs that require a degree or job specific skills. When we look at the United States, trade policies over the last few decades have systemically moved many of those middle and lower income low-skilled and unskilled jobs out of the country. While the future looks scary to many




he back of my business card says: Upon advice of my attorney, Dale Gribow, I exercise my Right to Remain Silent until you contact him at 760837-7500 or My attorney has advised me the VOLUNTARY Field Sobriety & Breath Tests, at the scene, are OPTIONAL (unless one is on probation). Thus I elect not to take them. I want to cooperate and am happy to take a BLOOD TEST. You are probably the reason you lost or will lose your DUI case by not following this advice and knowing the following 10 ways to lose your DUI. 1. Silence is Golden and Handcuffs are Silver. No matter what you say the police are not going to let you go. Unfortunately it is not only what you say BUT what the officer THOUGHT HE HEARD YOU SAY. Remember the officer does not prepare the report until he goes back to the station and thus they often forget things. 2. Don’t hire a DUI lawyer from out of town. Though competent, they will not know the local Judges, DA’s and court personnel (clerks and bailiffs) and procedures. Most cases do not go to trial so it is important to know and be respected by the local court. 3. Take down your Social Media/ Facebook until the case is over. Social media is the biggest advance for DA’s, who no longer have to leave the office to investigate a driver. 4. Have your LOCAL CV ATTORNEY call DMV within 10 days and request a STAY, which freezes the suspension until

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a DMV hearing determination. Thus will save your license, which would otherwise be suspended 30 days after your arrest, for 4-5 months, as stated on the Pink slip (Temporary License) you received. 5. If you completed a chemical test the issues are of constitutional rights at most hearings. A Refusal will be used to prove guilt. You must explain refusals to win. Do not try this alone as hearing officers are both judge and prosecutor and are trained to cross examine you. 6. Remember the DA has the burden of proof to prevail on all issues or refusal matters. If the DA meets the burden of proof on only part of the issues, you win as set forth by the law. 7. A DUI creates 2 separate proceedings - the court and the DMV hearing. The outcome of one does not necessarily affect the other. 8. At a DMV hearing there are only 3 issues after you completed a Blood or Breath test. They are set forth on the back of the DMV paper you received. The main issue is whether the officer had probable cause to stop or contact you and whether the chemical test is beatable. 9. The DMV hearing is an Administrative PER SE Hearing and if you have a .08 or higher you are per se guilty in their eyes. The burden of proof then, in essence, reverts to the driver to prove they were not guilty. They don’t follow the same rules as the court and DMV wins 90%. 10. We don’t want our clients at DMV hearings because most are arguments over

unskilled or low skilled workers, the optimistic hope is that the new jobs created by the advance of technology will pay better while bringing greater personal fulfillment. Looking at employment trends at present as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California currently has 16.7 million people employed earning an average wage of $57,190 per year or $27.50 per hour. The top paying profession in California is an Anesthesiologist. Approximately 3,000 anesthesiologists in California earn an average salary of $284,000. Other top paying jobs

evidence, not facts. If the driver is present the hearing officer can call them to testify under oath, over our objection. The hearing is taped so the driver’s statements can be used against them in a court trial. Pleading to the hearing officer for your license because you have never been arrested before or because you are a wealthy philanthropist, who has never had a ticket, will do no good. The hearing officer may pity you but they will still take your license. Hearing officer have no authority to “plea bargain” or deviate from the statutory penalties. Though I am sometimes referred to as a DUI criminal defense lawyer, I choose to not view my clients as “criminals”. I prefer to view them and more importantly to treat them as good, honest people that have found themselves in a scary and unfortunate situation. I look upon my job as protecting the Constitutional Rights of every American who drinks and drives and gets arrested for a DUI.

include oral surgeons at $262,000, psychiatrists at $260,000, surgeons at $229,000 and Chief Executive Officers at $223,000. Other jobs paying over $200,000 include physicians, dentists and pilots. When looking at the lowest earning professions, there are really no surprises. Average wages of between $11.50 and $12.00 per hour are paid to farmworkers, fast food cooks and dishwashers. Workers earning between $12.00 and $13.00 per hour include manicurists, waiters/waitresses, cashiers and food packagers. All of this points to the need of all working people to continually upgrade their skills and education in order to avoid being left behind as jobs change with the evolving needs of society. Haddon Libby is the Founder and Managing Partner of Winslow Drake Investment Management, which was recently nominated by the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year. Find out why by calling 760.449.6349 or visiting

I do however “Change Hats” when I SUE Drunk Drivers for damages to my Injured or Deceased (Wrongful Death) clients. PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT, CALL A TAXI, UBER OR LYFT.........IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN HAVING AN ARREST OR ACCIDENT AND CALLING ME.........SO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER If you have any questions regarding this column or ideas for future columns please contact Dale Gribow 760-837-7500 or DALE GRIBOW “TOP LAWYER” - Palm Springs Life(DUI)-2011-18 “TOP LAWYER”- Inland Empire Magazine Nov 2016 PERFECT 10.0 AVVO Peer Rating


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eaturing Bonobo (DJ Set), Kaytranada, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Thomas Jack, Big Gigantic, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Jackmaster, Lane 8, Tensnake, Anna Lunoe, Tokimonsta, SuperDuperKyle, Poolside, and More. After Hours at the Air Museum with James Murphy (Extended Set), Bob Moses, Malaa, Classixx (Live), Lee Foss, SOFI TUKKER, J.Phlip, Oliver, Elderbrook, and Fritz Carlton. Splash House returns June 9-11 and August 11-13 for its fifth anniversary in Palm Springs, bringing its 2017 double weekend edition to the Riviera, Saguaro, and the newly initiated Renaissance. This intimate music experience has become a staple on the boutique festival circuit with ahead of its

time bookings and an idyllic desert setting. The fifth anniversary embodies the forward thinking musical programming that has set Splash House apart with electronic giants Bonobo (DJ Set), Hot Chip (DJ Set), Thomas Jack, Big Gigantic, Kaytranada, and Tokimonsta, the underground tones of Jackmaster, Lane 8, Tensnake, Redlight, Catz n’ Dogz, and the Desert Hearts crew, modern hip-hop forerunners SuperDuperKyle and GoldLink, House maestros Sam Gellaitry, Chris Malinchak, Poolside, Manila Killa and many more soundtracking the oasis soirée. Once again the party will shift into night at the Palm Springs Air Museum where festival-goers will find themselves dancing outside beneath the desert sky surrounded by vintage museum aircrafts. Soundtracking

what will surely be a highlight of the weekend will be none other than electronic titans like Classixx, Malaa, and SOFI TUKKER along with house veterans like James



ary Pickford is D’Place will be providing summer movie fun for kids and family with its 8 week series of kids films that starts June 11th and play through August 2nd. Each week, Monday through Thursday, a different G or PG film will screen for kids starting at 9:30 am. The series starts on Monday 6/11 with the hit film Boss Baby staring the voice talent of Alex Baldwin and Tobe Maguire. Other films in the series include last year’s hit Trolls, Lego Batman Movie and this year’s holiday seasons films, Paddington 2 and Ferdinand. A full schedule of films and dates is available online at www. Admission is open to the public with $1.00 tickets for individual films. Guests can also purchase the series ticket for $4.00 which allows access to all 8 films. Series tickets allow parents flexibility and can be redeemed for any kids showing Monday – Thursday. “I know a lot of parents and children


appreciate having a fun and affordable movie option to enjoy over the long summer break.” said Ted Hane, General Manager, of the Mary Pickford Theater “Providing this series of films has become a happy tradition with our theater” Series tickets are now available at the Mary Pickford box office and single day tickets for specific films can be purchased online. A full listing of films and a flyer that provides all the info about the series can be found at kids-summer shows Partial support for the discounted summer series was provided by the City of Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission, including Councilmember John Aguilar who donated a generous portion of his City discretionary funds to help underwrite the program. Mary Pickford is D’Place is located in downtown Cathedral City across from city hall, at 36-850 Pickfair St. Cathedral City, CA 92234. Movie line (760) 327 7100.

Murphy (Extended Set), Lee Foss and J.Phlip. Priding itself as a landing place for what’s next in electronic music, Splash House has played host to acts like Flume, Kaytranda, Thomas Jack, and Kygo before they took the world’s stage. While also tagging in global superstars like Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Guy Gerber, Gorgon City, Tokimonsta, Shiba San, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Claptone, and many more industry leading acts. Tickets are on-sale now. Guests must be 21+. General Admission tickets are $135; After Hours tickets start at $40. Travel Packages available starting at $220 per person; all packages include weekend tickets and 3-night hotel accommodations. More information is available at: www.




alm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC) continues its Dive-In Movies program at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, with Sony Picture’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Tickets are $4 per person (no charge for children under 2) and can now be pre-purchased at the front desk window at PDAC, or at the time of event until sold out. Entry to PDAC for the movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will be snacks available at the concessions stand for purchase, and the slides and splash playground will be open from 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring towels to lie out on the grass areas; no outside furniture, food or beverages are allowed (except bottled water in plastic containers). The Dive-In Movies began on May 4, with a sold-out show for “Coco.” The featured film on June 1, “Jumanji 2” is the story of four high school kids who discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they choose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji, you have to survive it. The third movie will be on Friday, July 6, with Disney’s animated hit, “Moana.” For additional information about

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the movies being played at the Dive-In Movies, visit The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive in Palm Desert, behind Civic Center Park and can be reached at (760) 565-7467. Palm Desert Aquatic Center offers 365 days of fun with three year-round heated pools, multiple slides, diving boards, and a variety of play features designed to delight water lovers of all ages. All or part of the 8-acre facility can be rented for private parties, corporate events, swimming competitions, and other special occasions. Located in Palm Desert Civic Center Park, the Aquatic Center is owned by the City of Palm Desert and operated by Family YMCA of the Desert.

LIFE IS IMPROV! IMPROV IS LIFE! I Heart Myself Comedy Improv Workshop is all about YOU! We focus on self-awareness through improv games, exercises, journaling, comedy and much more.

Silence your inner critic, Let go of control, Build trust, Listen well, See possibilities, Adapt to change more easily, Stay present, Be comfortable thinking on your feet.

atalie Corona calls herself an awakened soul. And when you hear her story you will agree, she has certainly chosen to turn adversity into achievement. A very successful You Tuber, personal trainer, mother and wife; Natalie came from very humble beginnings. While that can be traumatic on its own, the worse is the intense abuse that she endured. Being passed from family member to family member after her mom’s death at an early age, continually being sexually abused by family members, abandoned and afraid, Natalie still managed to excel in life despite her extreme circumstances. However, that’s not what she believed. When I asked Natalie to share her story of Awakening, I was awed by her transparency and authenticity. She and I became close friends from the moment we met and we often share our thoughts and feelings very openly with each other, however, I was touched by her selflessness and her willingness to share her Awakening story with you! Like me, she holds the intention that you also will feel pulled to Awaken to your best self yet. I asked Natalie what life was like for her before she realized that she can create a life of her dreams. She explains that she was perpetually worried about what other’s thought of her, she judged and doubted herself constantly, and she did not feel like a success at all. She wondered how other people were able to achieve their goals and she was not. What she did not understand is that she was ALREADY a success! She was raising two well behaved healthy children, had a happy relationship and was a known You Tube sensation. Because of her shattered self-worth, she could not see herself from an accurate perception. While treating with a mental health counselor, Natalie bravely addressed the atrocious memories that were unknowingly holding her hostage. Once she could see from her adult point of view what her terrorized younger self had experienced, she almost

instantly began to perceive every aspect of her life from a new and healthy outlook. She began to love herself for the first time ever. From this newly awakened angle, Natalie has continued to blossom, yet, at an accelerated pace. She believed in herself strongly enough to study and pass the exam to become a certified personal trainer, she courageously stepped deeper into her relationship and now married the love of her life, and fearlessly altered the message on her You Tube channel from beauty and fashion to fitness and empowerment. Her You Tube channel went from 24K subscribers (wow!!) to over 42K subscribers (super duper wow!!!!) in six months time!! Natalie took a stand for herself. She knew deep down that she was worth more than what she was allowing. She found the fortitude to dig deep into her soul and neutralize all the pain she had been experiencing. Furthermore, Natalie has made it her personal mission to assist others who are choosing to become Awakened as well. Natalie Corona, mother to 3, is a weight loss and wellness coach. She enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge about food and fitness. Find her at To view an expanded video of my inspirational interview with Natalie, head over to my You Tube channel at GoGetYoungTv. And while you’re there…please subscribe to my Channel so you don’t miss out on more Awakening videos. Finally, if you have chosen to Awaken and have a story to share…please email me at I would love to hear from you! Until then…I hope you choose to Awaken to Your Best Self Yet! Elizabeth Scarcella, author, actor and activist, is dedicated to helping others find health in all aspects of life. A lifestyle counselor and wellness expert, Elizabeth can help you awaken to your best self yet. For more information, find her at


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hat LeBron James has been doing for the past six weeks or so is breathtaking. It’s not just the near triple-double nightly numbers; it’s the complete command and mastery of the game that puts him in a rare niche of superior all-around players. He has even spiced things up with a couple of game-winners, one of which — the casual transition buzzer-beating banked wrongfoot runner that KO’d Toronto in Game 3 — already has earned a spot on the short list of truly iconic NBA moments, and not just Cleveland Cavalier moments. All this has led to a renewed discussion as to just where LeBron fits in the all-time pantheon. The more time passes and the more LeBron keeps adding to his résumé in Year 15, it’s pretty clear that the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) crown belongs to one of two people: LeBron or, of course, Michael Jordan. In this discussion, it is necessary to establish the ground rules. This argument is highly aesthetic. The old-fashioned centers were a different breed, with different job descriptions. What we are talking about when the topic turns to GOAT is about identifying the greatest practitioner of the art, the most complete player, the one who has more ways to beat you, the one who



udweiser released its second edition of the Freedom Reserve series, and given my current fascination with reviewing Budweiser products, I had to know what it’s all about. One of the reasons craft beer purists hate AB Inbev (the shortened name of Anheuser Busch InBev SA/NV, the global conglomerate beverage and brewing company) is because of the practices the corporation has used in the past to try and keep independent brewers from having shelf space in retail outlets like grocery stores. Once those methods didn’t work out as successfully as they’d have liked, AB InBev then invested millions in buying out successful small craft breweries like Goose island, Golden Road, and Elysian. Craft beer saw themselves as the rebellion, and AB Inbev was doing nothing in its power to stop itself from looking like the evil empire. But AB Inbev is no different than any other ruling house that is trying to maintain control of its once large dynasty, and for all the shady corporate practices that they’ve been guilty of, there’s also some very cool practices as well. A press release on Anheuser Busch’s press site states, “Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager was brewed by the veterans who brew for Budweiser, with a portion of proceeds sold this summer benefitting Folds of Honor—a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to military families.” Budweiser’s also playing up the fact that this beer is based on George Washington’s historic homebrew recipe, found in his 1757


imposes his will on not just his teammates and the opposition but the game itself. Who is the greatest non-center ever? Some say it has to be Michael. He has the rings. Yes, he does. He has six. LeBron has three. It’s also undeniably true that LeBron moved from Cleveland to Miami to team up with a pair of established stars to enhance his chances to win, something someone in Michael’s day couldn’t have done even if he wished to do so. If the argument is to be decided strictly on the basis of ring total, Michael will more than likely remain in front. Then toss in the fact that in one aspect he was the antiRussell. In none of his six championship seasons did he even need to play a seventh game in the Finals. One interesting argument is, which one

has done more with less? Here they are remarkably similar. You may be surprised to learn that Jordan played with just five Hall of Famers in his 15 years, and one of them was a 43-year-old wrapping up his career in a 43-game auxiliary role, Robert Parish. The other four were Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, George Gervin, and Artis Gilmore. Now, Toni Kukoc might get in the Hall as an International Committee selection someday. LeBron has played with two Hall of Famers, one of whom was a 37-year-old in his penultimate season. Give up? It was Shaquille O’Neal. The other, of course, was Dwyane Wade, who is a mortal lock Hall of Famer-to-be. He has also played with three conceivable future Hall of Famers in Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving. It’s interesting to contrast these careers with some previous all-time greats. Russell played with 11 Hall of Fame players, some of whom would most likely not be in the Hall had they not played alongside Russell. His great rival Wilt played with 10, not including Pat Riley, a coaching enshrinee. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar likewise played with 10. Larry Bird played with eight. His great rival Magic Johnson played with five. (Bet you thought that number would

BY FLINT WHEELER be higher.) Finally, Oscar Robertson, the consensus GOAT before Michael came along, played with four, not counting the regrettable seven games in which coach Bob Cousy activated himself in 1969-70. Let’s get back to LeBron. What he did in lugging the 2007 Cavs to the Finals was astounding. His mates included Drew Gooden, Sasha Pavlovic, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Larry Hughes, Anderson Varejao, Donyell Marshall, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, Damon Jones, and Eric Snow. That’s some heavyduty lugging. And now he could be going to his eighth straight Finals? You must give the man his due. We all know the game has changed and that it is always difficult to compare eras in any sport. But I have no doubt Michael would thrive in this game (no handchecking? wow!) and LeBron would excel in the game of 30 years ago (Karl Malone’s body and Michael’s agility? wow!). Anyway, LeBron is here and he has never been better. The Celtics’ kids have done very well so far. Whether they know it or not, they’re about to enter grad school.


notebook, which is public domain in the New York Public Library house. His original recipe simply calls for molasses, hops, and yeast, and several small breweries from New York have already attempted their take on the brew. Budweiser is the first massive production brewery to take on the historic beer, and I got my hands on a six-pack to find out how they did. APPEARANCE:Packaged in an attractive, vintage-style stubby bottle, the beer already appeals as a throwback to older designs. It pours into a glass a deep-orange color that just hints at amber, with a full cap of foam that dissipates quickly. It’s a little unsatisfying, it leaves me wanting more color from this beer. If you’ve ever had Alesmith’s Evil Dead Red Ale, then you’d know how sexy looking a

deep red beer can look. 3/5. SMELL: A balance of cooked, malted cereal and woody, herbal hop character. Assertive, with a nose of cedar and a slight, burnt-sugar sweetness that makes you think of molasses. Nowhere to be found is the cooked-rice nose that you get from standard Budweiser; this beer is serious about making a statement to beer drinkers. 4/5. TASTE 4/5: Taste follows the nose, with a deep, caramel sweetness tempered and balanced by a mild bitterness. The taste is a little subdued; but to me it speaks of skill and craftsmanship to create a beer that puts balance and nuance before big, bold flavor and attitude. Gone is the taste of adjuncts, along with the vegetal taste you get at the end of a Budweiser lager as it warms. No wait...there it is. Just a little vegetal at the end of the palate, but still not a strong flaw that detracts from the flavors. Critics will call it bland or boring, but craft beer acolytes must also think the same of a well-made British bitter. The flavor is enough to appeal to entry-level craft drinkers, and for that I give it 4/5. MOUTHFEEL: Another area where this beer gets good marks is its mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied, but with a slightly silkier mouthfeel than you’d expect from a mass marketed lager. The carbonation seems less sharp as well, allowing me to taste the lightlycaramel flavors going on in this beer. 4/5 OVERALL: In 2013, MillerCoors put out a red lager called Third Shift, and it was designed to blur the lines and definitions of

BY AARON RAMSON what craft beer is. Here we are five years later with AB Inbev’s take on the style, and not only is it a better beer than Third Shift, but it further blurs the lines of what a craft vs mass marketed beer is supposed to be. While craft beer is busy furthering the boundaries and definitions of what a beer can be, larger breweries are getting better at crafting the basic styles that put craft beer on the map in the first place. Freedom Reserve is an unexpectedly good brew from a company usually vilified by the craft beer industry, and it earns a solid ranking of 3.8/5.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “A two-year-old kid is like using a blender, but you don’t have a top for it,” said comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Would you like to avoid a scenario like that, Aries? Would you prefer not to see what happens if your life has resemblances to turning on a topless blender that’s full of ingredients? Yes? Then please find the top and put it on! And if you can’t locate the proper top, use a dinner plate or newspaper or pizza box. OK? It’s not too late. Even if the blender is already spewing almond milk and banana fragments and protein powder all over the ceiling. Better late than never! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): My pregnant friend Myrna is determined to avoid giving birth via Caesarean section. She believes that the best way for her son to enter the world is by him doing the hard work of squeezing through the narrow birth canal. That struggle will fortify his willpower and mobilize him to summon equally strenuous efforts in response to future challenges. It’s an interesting theory. I suggest you consider it as you contemplate how you’re going to get yourself reborn. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I invite you to try the following meditation: Picture yourself filling garbage bags with stuff that reminds you of what you used to be and don’t want to be any more. Add anything that feels like decrepit emotional baggage or that serves as a worn-out psychological crutch. When you’ve gathered up all the props and accessories that demoralize you, imagine yourself going to a beach where you build a big bonfire and hurl your mess into the flames. As you dance around the conflagration, exorcise the voices in your head that tell you boring stories about yourself. Sing songs that have as much power to relieve and release you as a spectacular orgasm. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In normal times, your guardian animal ally might be the turtle, crab, seahorse, or manta ray. But in the next three weeks, it’s the cockroach. This unfairly maligned creature is legendary for its power to thrive in virtually any environment, and I think you will have a similar resourcefulness. Like the cockroach, you will do more than merely cope with awkward adventures and complicated transitions; you will flourish. One caution: It’s possible that your adaptability may bother people who are less flexible and enterprising than you. To keep that from being a problem, be empathetic as you help them adapt. (P.S. Your temporary animal ally is exceptionally well-groomed. Cockroaches clean themselves as much as cats do.) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Lady Jane Grey was crowned Queen of England in July 1553, but she ruled for just nine days before being deposed. I invite you to think back to a time in your own past when victory was short-lived. Maybe you accomplished a gratifying feat after an arduous struggle, only to have it quickly eclipsed by a twist of fate. Perhaps you finally made it into the limelight but then lost your audience to a distracting brouhaha. But here’s the good news: Whatever it was -- a temporary triumph? incomplete success? nullified conquest? -- you will soon have a chance to find redemption for it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): While shopping at a funky yard sale, I found the torn-off cover of a book titled You’re a Genius and I Can Prove It. Sadly, the rest of the book was not available. Later I searched for it in online bookstores, and found it was out ofprint. That’s unfortunate, because now would be an excellent time for you to peruse a text like this. Why? Because you need specific, detailed evidence of how unique and compelling you are -- concrete data that will provide an antidote to your habitual self-doubts and consecrate your growing sense of self-worth. Here’s what I suggest you do: Write an essay entitled “I’m an Interesting Character and Here’s the Proof.” LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Leonardo da Vinci wrote a bestiary, an odd little book in which he drew moral conclusions from the behavior of animals. One of his descriptions will be useful for you to contemplate in the near future. It was centered on what he called the “wild ass,” which we might refer

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to as an undomesticated donkey. Leonardo said that this beast, “going to the fountain to drink and finding the water muddy, is never too thirsty to wait until it becomes clear before satisfying himself.” That’s a useful fable to contemplate, Libra. Be patient as you go in search of what’s pure and clean and good for you. (The translation from the Italian is by Oliver Evans.) SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): My friend Allie works as a matchmaker. She has an instinctive skill at reading the potential chemistry between people. One of her key strategies is to urge her clients to write mission statements. “What would your ideal marriage look like?” she asks them. Once they have clarified what they want, the process of finding a mate seems to become easier and more fun. In accordance with the astrological omens, Scorpio, I suggest you try this exercise -- even if you are already in a committed relationship. It’s an excellent time to get very specific about the inspired togetherness you’re willing to work hard to create. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In ancient Greek myth, Tiresias was a prophet who could draw useful revelations by interpreting the singing of birds. Spirits of the dead helped him devise his prognostications, too. He was in constant demand for revelations about the future. But his greatest claim to fame was the fact that a goddess magically transformed him into a woman for seven years. After that, he could speak with authority about how both genders experienced the world. This enhanced his wisdom immeasurably, adding to his oracular power. Are you interested in a less drastic but highly educational lesson, Sagittarius? Would you like to see life from a very different perspective from the one you’re accustomed to? It’s available to you if you want it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “You remind me of the parts of myself that I will never have a chance to meet,” writes poet Mariah Gordon-Dyke, addressing a lover. Have you ever felt like saying that to a beloved ally, Capricorn? If so, I have good news: You now have an opportunity to meet and greet parts of yourself that have previously been hidden from you -- aspects of your deep soul that up until now you may only have caught glimpses of. Celebrate this homecoming! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I predict that you won’t be bitten by a dog or embarrassed by a stain or pounced on by a lawyer. Nor will you lose your keys or get yelled at by a friend or oversleep for a big appointment. On the contrary! I think you’ll be wise to expect the best. The following events are quite possible: You may be complimented by a person who’s in a position to help you. You could be invited into a place that had previously been off-limits. While eavesdropping, you might pick up a useful clue, and while daydreaming you could recover an important memory you’d lost. Good luck like this is even more likely to sweep into your life if you work on ripening the most immature part of your personality. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Time out. It’s intermission. Give yourself permission to be spacious and slow. Then, when you’re sweetly empty -- this may take a few days -- seek out experiences that appeal primarily to your wild and tender heart as opposed to your wild and jumpy mind. Just forget about the theories you believe in and the ideas you regard as central to your philosophy of life. Instead, work on developing brisk new approaches to your relationship with your feelings. Like what? Become more conscious of them, for example. Express gratitude for what they teach you. Boost your trust for their power to reveal what your mind sometimes hides from you. Homework: Imagine what your life would be like if you even partially licked your worst fear. Describe this new world. ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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ently, I was reminded in the past week the importance of taking time for self. More than likely you’re in the category of doing more for others than you ever do for yourself. If others depend on you I can confidently presume you’re doing to much and not enough for you. Would you be willing to take a time out for you? Or, will making a date with self make you feel guilty? Also, when do you rest? If it’s only when you go to bed I have a few suggestions. I’m a productive, single mother with two daughters and I own and operate two businesses. I’m on-the-go and it’s typically non-stop. I absolutely love being a mom and my profession excites me. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t need a little R & R every so often. Here’s how I relax and renew. It may be how you relax as well or you could certainly give them a try. For years, I wake up before anyone in the house and every morning I read a devotional. I relish in this quiet time alone. The devotional allows me to mediate about my day as well as find peace and joy in the morning. It gives me that perfect encouraging boost that helps me remain motivated throughout my day. Yoga, hikes, walks and bike rides are also a goto for relaxation. Each exercise are calming. Plus, all can be enjoyed outside. Reading a book or magazine may be something you don’t do often. Choosing what you would like to read rather than something you have to… can feel great.


A great way to wrap up your day… A warm Epsom Salt bath with a few candles and some relaxing music. (This isn’t an every day occurrence) This may be a once in a while choice of relaxation. An uninterrupted shower may be what’s in order for you to relax and renew. Showers or baths can assist in bringing relaxation as well as clarity to your overall health. Whatever you choose… be mindful to ask others to respect your space and privacy for the short amount of time you would like to relax. Notice how all my modes of relaxation do not involve any electronics (except for the calming music). Dismiss your devices as they are not a means to relaxation. Enjoy your journey to relaxing and renewing. Make it a priority. It will change your life. Bronwyn Ison is the Owner of Evolve Yoga and 760-564-YOGA.


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Dr. Peter M. Kadile is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has an integrative, osteopathic medical practice and is also known as the local, house call doctor; Desert House Call Physician. He is on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center and medical director for Serenity Hospice. His office is located in beautiful Old Town La Quinta, 78-100 Main Street, Suite 207, La Quinta, CA 92253. (760) 777-7439.



have discussed and educated about the importance of regular hand washing in the prevention of getting sick or spreading disease. Hey Doc, my wife is insistent that we take the bedspread or comforter off the bed when we stay at a hotel because it is dirty and rarely washed. Even when we stay at a five star hotel? - James, Rancho Mirage James, it may be easy to forget about preventive hygiene when staying at a hotel, especially a more expensive five star hotel, but a recent study conducted by the online trip calculator service, Travelmath, found that three star hotels were cleaner than five star hotels. The dirtiest surfaces in the hotels were found to be on the bathroom counter, remote control, desk and phone. It’s unclear why the five star hotels harbored more bacteria on the surfaces studied, but just because you pay more for a more luxurious hotel doesn’t necessarily mean it is cleaner. As far as the bedspread is concerned, it rarely gets thrown in the daily wash with the bedsheets. A good routine to perform everytime you stay at a hotel would be to immediately remove the bedspread and put it in the closet. Wipe down the bathroom counter, desk, phone and remote control with antibacterial wipes or spray. Since the remote is the most commonly handled item in the hotel room, consider placing it in a clear plastic bag before you use it. Dear Dr. Kadile, I work in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. I frequently work at several different gyms with different clients in one day. Is using hand sanitizer between gyms and clients as good as washing my hands? - Lyn, La Quinta Lyn, gyms and fitness equipment are notoriously full of nasty germs, since not everybody uses a towel or wipes down the equipment after using it. Hand sanitizers are generally made up of alcohol, glycerin, water and maybe some fragrance added. The alcohol is the main germ fighter. A good hand sanitizer should have an alcohol concentration of at least 60 percent. Hand sanitizer is beneficial if hand washing is unavailable, but it is not as good. Using a hand sanitizer is good in addition to hand washing. Really, the best way to clean your hands is with soap and water. Washing gets rid of most germs and breaks up oils and removes dirt, which can hide bacteria and germs. Hand sanitizer simply works on the surface of the skin, whereas hand washing will get the water and soap into the small cracks and crevices of the skin. You’ve got the right idea in cleansing your hands between clients, but hand washing is better than hand sanitizer. A common carrier of germs that we rarely think about is our cell phone. Have you ever used your cell phone in the restroom? Have you ever seen somebody using their cell phone in the restroom? Have you heard a person talking on the cell phone while they used the bathroom, then set their cell phone on the bath room counter, wash their hands,


then pick it up again? Disgusting when you think about it. Whatever our hands touch, our cell phones touch. Cell phones have been found to have 18 times more harmful bacteria than a public restroom. Our phones get warm from the battery and we also tend to store them in warm, dark places such as purses and pockets. The warmth or heat can make them good breeding grounds for bacteria. So if you are diligent about washing your hands, don’t forget about your cell phone! Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs can be used to clean your phone and there are also cleaning products specifically available for use on cell phones.




pening the text on my phone, I found a picture of a beautiful woman in a red dress accompanied by an interesting vehicle. Smiling I realized my friend Carol, forever and inspiration to me, was not going to let a broken foot keep her down. Here was a perfect example of one of my mother’s favorite expressions, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Studying the picture, I realized Carol was using this cool four wheel vehicle to follow doctor’s orders to keep off her broken foot. Her knee rested on a plank allowing her good leg to push her around scooter-like. Again I was reminded of something a friend’s mother once said: “Everything is figure-out-able.” I remembered laughing at the made up word, but loved it nonetheless. Carol’s actions and the mother-isms I love are life lessons. Often situations in everyday life trigger road blocks dotting our life landscape like immense mountains or menacing walls. Don’t let those barriers stop you. Need a suggestion to help design a way to tunnel under or scale your wall like Superman leaping tall buildings? Begin by labeling your wall. It could be limited thinking. For example, if Carol believed the only way to heal was to stay in bed with her foot propped on a pillow accompanied by a bell used to summon family

members to wait on her, well you get it, she wouldn’t be wearing that red dress looking like she’s ready to conquer the world. Perhaps your label is fear of the unknown. I once wanted to accept a teaching position in Australia. What stopped me? Anxiety over being halfway around the world removed from friends and family. Regretfully, I allowed fear to squash my adventure. Once you uncover the cause of your frustration, get over it! Sounds harsh, but don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself. You lost the sale, got laid off, had to cancel a much needed vacation because your car broke down and fixing it sucked up precious leisure funds. Stop the pity party. Want the vacation? Get a second job. Got laid off? Write a dynamite resume and begin your search. Lost the sale? Figure out why and take another run at it. I once saw a bumper sticker bringing me to my bottom line and it goes like this: When life hands you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate! Get the picture? Scale your wall, move your mountain, get the job done I know you can because as wise women once said, everything is figure-out-able. Sunny Simon is the owner of Raise the Bar High Life and Career Coaching. More about Sunny at

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