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coachellavalleyweekly.com • August 11 to August 17, 2016 Vol. 5 No. 21

Joe Garcia

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Yve Evans

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Lisa Lynn Morgan

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Wild Sons

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Basson

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Gene Jr. “Too Good to Believe” Album Release Party @ Pappy and Harriet’s, Saturday August 13 by Lisa Morgan

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

Contents Gene Evaro Jr. Album Release Party.......3 2016 Pride Honors Awards......................4 Art Scene - Cathedral City Art Walk.........4 Joe Garcia's Urban Desert Cabaret .........5 Slim Man ...................................................6 Backstage Jazz - Yve Evans......................6 Lisa Lynn Morgan.....................................7 Wild Sons...................................................8 Brew in LQ.................................................8 Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald ............9 Basson.......................................................9 Consider This - The Coal Men.................10 Art Scene - Alanna Marcelletti...............11 Pet Place..................................................12 The Vino Voice ........................................13 Club Crawler Nightlife............................14 Screeners.................................................18 Book Review............................................19 Safety Tips...............................................19 CV History Museum Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos..............................20 Social Security........................................20 Haddon Libby.........................................21 Dale Gribow............................................21 Health & Fitness......................................22 Sports Scene...........................................22 Free Will Astrology.................................23 Mind, Body & Spirit ................................23 Beauty with Dr. Maria Lombardo..........24 Life & Career Coach ................................24

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he music industry may have no choice but to sit up, pay attention, and show a little faith in Gene Evaro Jr., his road proven ensemble of talented troubadours, and their aptly named, stellar new album, Too Good to Believe. This twelve song compilation is a milestone for an artist who has been tweaking sound, writing songs and recording since preadolescence. Coming off of a momentous wave of inspiration spurred by Grammy nominated artist Elle King and her invitation to join her on tour, Gene Evaro Jr. the song crafter, and his band are hungry, motivated and well equipped to make their mark with this new album. If the healthy response to the fully independent release of their first single and video are any indicator, we just might be watching this band launch to the next level very soon. The album represents the strength and beauty of DIY independent music. Completely self-managed, Evaro Jr. and his beautiful accomplice, Piper Robison, have accomplished everything organically, combining sheer determination, intelligence, hard work and a whole lot of love. From rallying their own financial support, booking and promoting tours, writing and arranging the music, to filming and editing video for their single, “One,” they’ve done it all on their own with the help of a few choice friends, and have done it extraordinarily well. Even the pristine recording and tasteful production were done by Evaro Jr. at home (with the exception of track 7, “Life is a Journey,” recorded at Robbie Waldman’s Unit-A Studios in Palm Springs). Short of the financial support, distribution, and product placement that a solid management company and/or label deal might provide, it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing it better. Should they never get that industry nod, it would not stop them, nor would it hinder their large and ever growing fan base. Their music and their live performances are just too good to be ignored, and Evaro Jr. is too savvy to not find his own way. The recently released single, “One,” as

reflected in its accompanying video, is perhaps as much a sweetly produced tribute to the enchanting relationship between Piper Robison and Gene Evaro Jr., as it is to their relationship with their fans and their band mates. Both the single and the video release are a distinctive calling card with the potential to set them apart in a saturated industry. Surprisingly, it was not their first choice. “The video was a collage of footage I’ve shot over the past years. I do video editing too, so I’m always carrying the camera around,” Evaro Jr. shared. “It also contains footage from our show at the Joshua Tree Music Festival that was shot by my buddy, Rob Schoeborn, an amazingly talented videographer. We spent a lot of time trying to raise a bunch of money for a really professional video by a videographer in London, Georgia Hudson, and were really stoked about the idea of working with her. It costs about 20k just to talk to her, and in spite of some hopeful promises of support, we just couldn’t make it happen. We wanted a video that was competitive and represented my vision. After shooting for the top and then finding ourselves in a time crunch, I have to say, I am super proud of how it turned out. I think it’s gorgeous, and it represents us well. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t have released it.” Special credit must be given to three young

volunteers who offered valuable insight as Evaro Jr. was editing. “I was hanging out with my little sister, Jalynah Evaro (13), when I was editing. Piper’s little sisters, Blaze (11) and Starlin Shrader (13), were here hanging out for some of the editing as well. They deserve some serious editing credit right alongside Piper, Rob and myself. When you’re editing anything, you start getting in your head too much, and you don’t even know what looks good anymore. I would ask for their input, and they would give it to me. They spent some serious time on it. They are the bomb and very good at video editing it seems,” shared Evaro Jr. Too Good to be Believe is woven in positive good feels, is honestly relatable, dangerously addictive and absolutely radio ready. While the whole of the album reflects Evaro’s pop sensibility and wide range of influences, at no time do the themes, melodies and rhythms sacrifice an ounce of integrity or authenticity, nor are they predictable. Refreshingly, the sometimes jazzy jams, and often fun, funky but always soulful songs are reflective of the intense focus this songwriter/producer has poured into his craft. The depth of his skill set is impressive. Evaro Jr. has recorded seven albums prior to this release. His first was recorded at age 17 (2007), a compilation he originally produced and shopped to John Mayer’s management. When asked what separated this new album from the others, Evaro Jr. explained, “Before this album, I was in a lot of different bands and was spread a little thin. The first album, Soul, I recorded before I even had a band. This is a more focused project focusing on what I personally felt I needed and wanted to do. This music has been played with this band all over the country. I’d like to think this is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m super proud of it, and feel like the songwriting, our playing, my voice and the production is getting better and sounding better. I wanted it to be competitive - something that can be on radio and TV - all the things that are required if you want to make a living out of music. It’s more main stream than anything I’ve ever done which I’m also proud of. I have no shame in that, because it also has a lot of heart. It’s a good balance, and I’m super stoked on it.” The impactful opportunity to join Elle King on tour can be blamed, in part, on Barnett English, founder of the Joshua Tree Music Festival. He had the exceptional taste of booking Elle King as well as Gene Jr. at the Joshua Tree Music continue to page 5

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Palm Springs Pride Announces eventS 2016 Pride Honors Awards

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reater Palm Springs Pride announced today the recipients of its 2016 Pride Honors Awards. The prestigious Pride Honors are presented annually to individuals in order to recognize their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on October 7, 2016, at the Hyatt Palm Springs. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to an advocate for women’s studies in higher education and champion of gender equality Dr. Diane Ross, community leader and LGBT rights advocate Randy Lowe, and actor, designer and female impersonator William Perez also known as Bijou. Acknowledged for supporting lesbians in crisis, the 2016 Advocate of the Year is The L Fund and founders Barbara Carpenter, Ruth Debra, Sharon Siegel, and Kate Ullman. Recognizing that positive accomplishments of young LGBT leaders are vital to the success of the LGBT community as a whole, the Emerging Leaders Award is presented to transgender activist Paulina Angel. Kate Kendall, who has served as leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights for twenty years and is committed to principles that promote human rights and social justice is the inaugural recipient of The George Zander Social Justice Award. The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will be honored as the Organization of the Year, and on the 30th Anniversary of Pride in the Coachella Valley, the former presidents of Palm Springs Pride will be recognized with the Spirit of Pride Award for advancing equality, promoting diversity and celebrating the strength and talent of the LGBT community. Those recognized posthumously include Bob Hoven, president 1986-1987, Dr. Barry Woods, chairman 1988, and Dr. Herb Lazenby, chairman 1989. Recipients include Greg Pettis, chairman 1990-91, Richard Black, president 1993-1996, C.J. Peno, president 1997-1998, James J. Suguitan, president 1999, and Jack Schloeder, president 20002010. The 2016 Friend of Pride Award will be presented to business and community leaders who have stalwartly supported the LGBT community Barbara and Jerry Keller, and community leader and volunteer Jeff Hocker will be recognized with the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award. Author

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of Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son Lori Duron will be the 2016 Spirit of Stonewall Special Guest. Grand Marshals for the 2016 Pride Parade will be announced in the weeks ahead. PRIDE HONORS AWARDS October 7, 2016 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) The prestigious Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards are presented annually to individuals to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards reception will take place October 7, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Hyatt Palm Springs located at 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Tickets are available online at bit.ly/pshonors15. Proceeds from the reception will support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities. ABOUT GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE Greater Palm Springs Pride (www.pspride. org) is a nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community. Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event was held in 1986. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization brings together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through its programs which include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, OUT PSP a food and drink event, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, the unique Pet Pride Parade, and the downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party. For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit pspride.org. Follow us on at www.facebook.com/palmsprings. pride. The 2016 Palm Springs Pride Week is scheduled for November 1-6, 2016.

Cathedral City Art Walk!

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athedral City Art Walk! Artists Receptions have always been exciting and glamorous events -- the gallery-going public loves an opportunity to meet the artist in person. They can engage in discourse, learn of the artist’s methods, motivations, muses, inspirations, techniques. And now with the advent of cellphones, they can also have a chance for Photo Ops with the Artists! This Sat., Aug. 12, from 5-8PM, five very diverse Galleries in the new Perez Rd. Art District will be Open for Artists Receptions at the Art Walk: Rebecca Fine Art Gallery will host an Artists Reception for painter Donald Spencer. Art lovers who enjoy fine contemporary abstract art have an opportunity to visit with Spencer, a transplanted Ohio and NYC artist now living in Rancho Mirage, Ca. His art career began in NYC during the 1960s, the SOHO start-up years. In New York he painted under the sponsorship of the Whitney Museum. Spencer indeed was part of the NY School of Artists. He is part of the current exhibit “Visually Speaking: Color & Light” curated by Joe Novak, which runs through Dec. 31.

Colliding Worlds Fine Art Gallery will host an Artists Reception for photographer Terry Hastings - “Dirty Laundry” -- Nude

Photos with the disclaimer - “leave the kids at home”. Hastings photographs events, real estate, weddings, fashion & fine art & celebrities. He specialized in theatre and performing arts, as well as fashion design. Simeon Den Gallery/Fine & Temple Arts will host an Artists Reception for iconic celebrity photographer Peter Palladino and activist/artist Rob LeBow. Palladino is a fine art, celebrity portrait & fashion photographer -- and also master printer of B&W silver gelatin prints. He specializes in digital illustration and photoshop post-production. The gallery will also host photographer Rob LeBow - artist, activist. He is the creator and photographer for the book “Gorgeous” -- which promotes progressive gender concepts and supports the LGBT community. The book came out of the “Gender Project” created by LeBow which explores beauty and gender. Trenz Gallery will also be open for this special Art Walk. They feature high-end Interior Designs as well as Fine Art. Desert House will also be open for this special Art Walk. Their huge 5,000 sq. ft. gallery houses very fine Interior designs, art and artifacts. -----------------------------------------------REBECCA FINE ART GALLERY, 68895 Perez Rd, #7, Cathedral City, Ca. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 11am-4pm, or by Appt. (760) 5345888 Fineartvortex.com - Open Bar, Music, Great Art COLLIDING WORLDS FINE ART GALLERY, 68895 Perez Rd, #13, Cathedral City, CA SIMEON DEN GALLERY/FINE & TEMPLE ARTS, 68895 Perez Rd, #27, Cathedral City, CA DESERT HOUSE, 68895 Perez Rd, Cathedral City, CA TRENZ GALLERY, 68845 Perez Rd., #15, Cathedral City, CA Four of the Galleries are located in Bldg. “I” at 68895 Perez Road. Cathedral City; Trenz Gallery is located in Bldg. “H” at 68845 Perez Rd. / All 5 Galleries will be Open for the Art Walk this Friday, August 12, 5:00-8:00PM


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Festival long before her recent commercial success. “Elle King jammed with us in our ‘Jam in the Van’ at the Joshua Tree Music Festival a couple of years ago,” shared Evaro Jr. “We really connected with her, as did many people in the community... she was just a homie. We stayed in touch after that. She was eventually signed to a development deal, and before we knew it, she had a single, was playing on late night TV, and kicking ass, nominated for and playing at the Grammy’s. She had seen us play a few times, and loved the band and our music. She told us that the first chance she got, she’d help us out. She did what she said she was going to do and invited us to join her on her very first national headlining tour. We drove from Joshua Tree straight to Ohio and followed her tour bus around for a month and a half.” With only one week to raise the $5000 they needed just to go out on the road, Evaro Jr. and the band members who were able to drop everything and tour, succeeded in their efforts and joined King for 17 shows in 17 cities. “She treated us like family, took care of us, and made sure her staff took care of us. We left with a really great taste in our mouth - it was a lot of work, but we sold a ton of merchandise, connected with tons of new fans and paid off all our debt.” On the heels of that experience, Evaro Jr. found himself “itching to go back out:” “We landed at home and started writing the next album,” he shared. “I wanted to go back out, but I was broke and it was August. On tour we played the same six songs every night. We’d get off the stage after performing to sell merch, and then had to get on the road to the next stop. That was the routine, and I didn’t

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have time to write anything. When I got home, it all just poured out. Some of the songs are fueled by the experiences from that tour, the desire to continue playing at that level, and the affirmation I felt that told me I was doing exactly what I need to do. Piper and I still manage our own tours, but that experience was so nice. We didn’t have to do any of the booking, or make sure the promoters and venues were doing their job promoting; I didn’t have to set up microphones and equipment, provide the PA or make sure it worked. Once you enjoy that, you want to stay at that level. When Piper and I booked Portland two years ago, we played for 7 people. This time we were playing to 700, thanks to Elle. It wasn’t just a great opportunity, but a morale booster. It cleared everybody’s intentions and commitment; we all came off the tour feeling really good about it, and that this was what we wanted to do. We’re hungry, driven and have our sights on some pretty far places. It’s just a matter of keeping the momentum going on a daily basis, staying healthy so we don’t kill each other, and always pushing ourselves.” The video has received strong response and sales of the single have been solid. “People have been sharing the hell out of the video,”

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said Evaro Jr. “It’s been the best response we’ve experienced so far with 9000 views in a month. If we had more financial resources, we could promote it and advertise it to people and test it that way, but it’s doing really good for an indie artist without management. This was our attempt at being as professional and organized as possible, and it’s paid off. Now, it’s just a matter of keeping it out there.” The celebration of the new album release is staged to be a special night, held at the world renowned Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, Saturday, August 13th. Doors open at 7pm. The full seven piece band, just coming off a month long tour, is expected to sell out, as it has before at this venue. Joining Gene Evaro Jr. who will be on guitar, keys and lead vocals, is Piper Robison on bass, Ben Kennedy on drums, Mitchell Arganda on percussion, Amanda Davis on vocals, Clint Stoker on sax and Scott Kisinger on trombone. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12, first come first serve, while they last, or in advance at www.ticketfly.com/ purchase/payment. Seating is only guaranteed with second seating dinner reservations booked for 7pm or later. The album, Too Good to Believe, will be available the same night of the show. Visit www.

Joe “City” Garcia’s Urban Desert Cabaret Brings the Music Scene’s Best to Pappy & Harriet’s

by Lisa Morgan

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Thursday, August 18th, 8 pm. No Cover.

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ou wouldn’t know it to look at him, even if his style and stature do subtly set him apart from the average high desert transplant. Joe Garcia’s quiet demeanor would never lend you to believe that this sought after singer/songwriter and creator of folk rock Urban Desert Cabaret is, at his early foundations, a punk rocker. The New Mexico native may have taken his time over many miles to find his true voice, but the early influences of the 70’s punk era, along with The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Bob Dylan are all part of Garcia’s incredible ability to write outside, inside, under and all around the proverbial “box.”  This singer/ songwriter innately delivers melodic stories that pack an unforgettable punch.  Less than a month after returning from a whirlwind tour of Europe (19 shows in 24 days through Austria, Slovakia, Poland and Germany, some of which were double headers), Joe Garcia will find his way to Pappy and Harriet’s.  With members of an all-star band, Garcia will perform songs from his freshly released album, Shadow of a Ghost and more. Garcia left LA after putting many bands together, recording a vinyl EP in the 80s, and ventured to the high desert with friend (and now, hi-desert icon) Ted Quinn in the early 90s.  He spent a lot of time at the famed Rancho De Luna with Quinn and founder, Fred Drake, working on various projects but didn’t begin to record his first full album until 2014.   In 2014 the album, Sometimes the Angels,

was recorded in Joshua Tree on analogue with Tony Mason and released the following year. The record opened the floodgates to Garcia’s deep well of songs and he never stopped writing. “My journey to the high desert has been quite a revolutionary process. I organically began to develop important relationships here, both personally and musically, and it was those relationships that led me to the first international tour and this new record. Georg Altziebler and his wife, Heike Binder, from the band Son of the Velvet Rat became good friends.  Kip and Lisa Mednick Powell of the band Arroyo Rogers were a profound influence on me musically; they had lived for a spell in my small town of Española, New Mexico only to meet me for the first time at Pappy’s.  Georg was the one who sent my Angels album to a promoter in Vienna as well as to some other people in Austria.  People responded to my music and house and club gigs began opening up. My wife, Joanna Fodczuk who is Polish, got involved and some opportunities opened up in Poland as well. Suddenly I found myself with a European tour booked.” “This album (Shadow of a Ghost) is amazing to me,” shared Garcia with CV Weekly.  “I was desperate to do it. I wanted to capture the songs that I never stopped writing since the recording of Sometimes the Angels. The fire and passion inside of me weren’t extinguished. I know and feel the preciousness of life at this age.  There’s more life behind me than ahead of me and I want

geneevarojr.com for purchase information. You can also follow Gene on Facebook @ Gene Evaro Jr. Album credits: Too Good To Believe All songs Written, Produced, Recorded by Gene Evaro Jr in Joshua Tree, CA Release date August 13th, 2016 Copyright 2016 One - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments) Too Good To Believe - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments), Drums Tyler Saraca, Vocals Amanda Davis I Remember - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments), Vocals Amanda Davis, Trombone Scott Kisinger Smile - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments) Give It To A Friend - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments), Vocals Amanda Davis, Trombone Scott Kisinger Man - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments), Vocals Amanda Davis, Trombone Scott Kisinger California Is Burning - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments) Life Is A Journey - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments), Drums Tyler Saraca, Bass Piper Robison, Percussion Mitchell Arganda. Recorded at Robbie Waldman’s Unit-A Studios Palm Springs Right Place - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments) House That We’re Building - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments), Vocals Amanda Davis Heaven Is A Lonely Place - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments) Deeper - Drums Tyler Saraca, Bass Piper Robison, Vocals Amanda Davis, Trombone Scott Kisinger, Percussion Mitchell Arganda With Love - Gene Evaro Jr (all instruments)

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to live fully. It’s all about the process.” “Building on the previous year, we booked a 2nd tour of Europe. I was a month away from leaving and needed a new record. I wasn’t sure how to get it done but I reached out to a few people, and Gar Robertson who owns Red Barn Recorders had the time and was willing to work with me on my budget. We had ten days and it turned out to be a magical experience.” “I had the songs already. I went in and in one day we recorded all of my acoustic guitars and vocals.  I had figured we only had time to lay down a basic folk singer record.  But Gar, with years of experience, and the skills to show

for it, added bass to the tracks. We asked Bobby Furgo (Leonard Cohen) to come in and do violin and a couple of days later he added piano and keyboards. Then we got Danny Frankel (k.d. lang, Lou Reed), whom I had recorded with years before at Rancho De La Luna, to come in and add drums and percussion. Kirsty McGee from Manchester England happened to be in the desert to do some recording at Red Barn and lent perfect vocals to a couple of tracks. Everything just came together and I had a beautiful record in my hand in time for an exceptional tour.” “More and more, I become aware that ‘the process’ is a fire burning; the more you pay attention to it, the more it burns. The gigs and recording are a result of tending that fire. If I had spent the last ten years intentionally trying to build something, I’d have bailed because nothing would have happened according to my plans. I have loved the process of leaving it open and allowing talented, intuitive and trustworthy people to bring their part.”   Joe “City” Garcia and his Urban Desert Cabaret will be performing at the world renowned Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, Thursday, August 18th at 8 pm.  The phenomenal players who joined him in the studio for the recording of Shadow of a Ghost, will be joining him on stage, with guest appearances by Son of the Velvet Rat and Tim and Faith Chinnock of Adobe Collective.  Seating is reserved for second seating diners only.  Reservations are recommended.     Follow Garcia and learn more about his music and story at urbandesertcabaret.com.

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“A Capitol Idea” I ’ve got to tell you about my addiction. It’s been taking up most of my time. And almost all of my money. I have a confession to make, Slim People. I can’t stop making CDs. I’ve tried 12 step programs. I’ve gone to group therapy. Hypnosis. Shock treatments. I’ve even tried anti-music therapy…I listened to Milli Vanilli non-stop for 3 days straight. Nothing has worked. Why, you may be asking yourselves, would any musician want to stop making CDs? Nobody buys them anymore. When I went back east recently to visit the nieces, I asked them, “When was the last time you bought a CD?” You would have thought I’d just asked them if they’d ever bought a pager. CDs used to be all the rage. They’re shiny, circular discs that hold lots of music, up to 74 minutes. About 20 years ago, CDs were very popular. How popular? Michael Jackson sold more than 30 million CDs of just one album, Thriller. There were stores all around the US and the world that sold nothing but CDs. People used to collect them; they had racks full of thousands of CDs that they would show off to their friends. CDs were a huge industry. And then people were able to download CDs on the Internet for free. And soon after, they were able to stream music without even having to download CDs. Nobody owned music anymore; they rented it. CDs became a thing of the past. People started using them as coasters. Artists still release CDs, but they’re seen more as a promotional tool than a source of income. But if you’re a musician, you need to release new music. A lot of musicians these days release singles, one song at a time, the way they used to do in the 1950s. But for me, I like coming up with a sound and a concept for a full album. It’s nice to be able to write a bunch of songs that sound like they belong together, and record them in a way that makes them sound like a cohesive unit. I was sitting around the Slim Shack the other day, and came up with this crazy idea to record the new Slim Man CD in a real studio, with real musicians, all playing in the same room at the same time. But, to do it that way, you’d have to go into a genuine, bona fide recording studio.

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You can’t do it in your cousin’s home studio at the trailer park. So…How much does it cost to record at one of the best studios in the world? Some of my favorite all-time recordings are Frank Sinatra’s Swinging CDs, and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s duets. They both have one thing in common: they were recorded at Capitol Studios, home of Capitol Records. Nat King Cole was one of Capitol’s biggest artists, until a band called The Beatles came along. Capitol Studios is in the Capitol Building, an iconic structure in downtown L.A. It’s a tall, circular building, which looks like a stack of vinyl records. The architect designed the building around the recording studios, with 10-inch thick cement walls, silent airconditioning, and the whole building floats on a concrete slab covered in rubber tile and cork. My favorite Slim Man CD is Bella Mia. We recorded it a while back in a studio outside of Washington, DC. We set the band up in the main room, they played and I sang…all at the same time! We did 12 songs in two days. So how much would it cost to block off a few days at Capitol Studios? I called them yesterday. They were very nice. I asked them about the main studio, where Frank and Nat King Cole recorded. They told me you get to use the same Steinway that Nat King Cole used. You can use the same mic that Frank used. The price? $2,400 a day for 12 hours. And Westlake Studios in L.A., where Michael Jackson recorded Thriller? It’s $2900 a day. I might need to check into rehab, SlimNation... This is one bad habit I need to shake! Who loves ya? Uncle Slimmy Slim Man is a music addict and also has a cookbook, Slim Man Cooks, available on his website, slimman.com

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Yve Evans, a Self-Made Success

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ome jazz artists in the desert are legendary and Yve Evans is one of them. She took a triumphant path when life threw her lemons and turned them into lemonade. She began our interview with a statement “I was born a poor black child,” with laughter....so begins the saga that is Yve. The daughter of an army military family, her first foray into music came from her mother, a gospel singer and minister. At the tender age of 3 years old, Yve made her first recording of “The Lord’s Prayer” acapella. In addition to the church music, she began singing and memorizing songs from the radio including all the cartoon favorites like the Mickey Mouse Club. The family followed her dad to Germany at age 12 and she began taking lessons from piano virtuoso Frau Anna Benkel, who introduced her to her love of classical piano. At lessons, she charmed her mentor into playing each piece that she was to study, so that she could imitate her as she practiced, having no idea that forty years later, these images would continually resurface during performances. “She was such an exquisite player she would bring tears to my eye,” shared Yve. In 1964 Yve was hit by a truck and told she would never walk again or have children. Yve proved them wrong on both counts. She was in the hospital for a month and then sent home where she was bedridden except for 15 minutes a day when she could sit up. She would drag herself to the piano and practice and continued her lessons. She also used this time to take a correspondence course in behavioral psychology plus her regular homework. When, to everyone’s astonishment, she was able to walk again she decided “I would do whatever pleased me and music pleased me.” She loves to produce along with performing. She enjoys creating sets and making costumes and seeing them become part of a finished product. She pursued the art of storytelling with music and took it to orphanages in Germany. She said it was “good for her to help other children who felt alone and isolated.” She spent her summers from age13- 16 playing in a big band, light opera productions and touring Germany with choral groups. At the age of 16, she moved back to America where she was told by a teacher not to rely on a career in music because “you can never be a soloist and should think about doing something else.” Again Yve proved the naysayers wrong. She continued in the high school and University choral, mentored and encouraged by Carmen Dragon and Jester Harriston. In 1969, she was the California State speech champion in original oratory and a student conductor of the California Youth Choral. Participation in these art forms only stoked her passion for music, theater and performance. She attended UC Irvine having decided to pursue a major in speech pathology while working with children with visual and audial disabilities. What an incredible lady! Yve’s attitude is “if it interests me I dive in.” She also has a Doctorate in Theology. Reverend

Dr. is her title. As a minister she conducts weddings and funerals. Her studies in psychology and the healing arts and theology show her passion for learning. Returning to the music side of her career, she toured on the Dixieland jazz circuit for 19 years with Chicago Six, a swinging Dixie band. She has had the same rhythm section for over twenty years. She’s done 7 live recordings albums under her own label. Her very first CD, 4JAZCME was Grammy nominated. That’s quite a feat for a new artist! She chooses her songs for her CDs based on most requested selection by her audiences and insists on ‘broadcast quality’ production, not unlike live performances, which are delivered as if they are being recorded. In addition to all of these accomplishments Yve was a news caster, DJ, and program director during 16 years in radio. She says she’s given away thousands of her own CDs over to University and public broadcasting stations over the last 30 years....to keep the hope alive... Yve has been a fixture at the Idyllwild Jazz Festival for over 15 years. She packs the room at Woody’s (now Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs) with her trio. She’s added a little comedy and her show includes stories and music. During season she plays at the Palm House twice monthly on Thursdays. Off season it’s every Thursday she is available. Evans is a self-declared “Private Party in a Public Place,” and to that end, she is co-chairing the Arts Alliance Conference in September Building Community through the Arts. Yve was nominated for “Best Jazz Vocalist” for the Coachella Valley Music Awards 2016. To contact Yve visit her website at www. yveevans.com, msyveevans@yahoo.com. Visit Yve Evans and Company at: Sat. Aug. 20- Jazz in the Pines, Idyllwild, CA Fench Quarter 4-5:30p, Yve Evans Trio Idyllwild Arts Academy 52500 Temecula Rd, Idyllwild, Ca 92549 951-468-7210 / jazzinfo@idyllwildarts.org Sun. Aug. 21- Jazz in the Pines, Idyllwild, CA Main Stage 11-12:15p Voices in Praise Idyllwild Arts Academy 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, Ca 92549 951-468-7210 / jazzinfo@idyllwildarts.org Thu. Aug. 25- Woody’s Palm House 6:30-10p 450 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, Ca 92264 palmhousepalmsprings.com


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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll: the Dichotomy of Lisa Lynn Morgan

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rawing inspiration from a plethora of music legends, Lisa Lynn Morgan is a well-versed local musician whose twang and sweet smile puts a twinkle in any country gentleman’s eye. In a stroke of pure luck, she was one of the first people I met after moving to the desert from Mississippi. Her warm and gracious nature made the transition welcoming and enjoyable. As a musician, she is a powerhouse and a staple in this valley, lending lead or backup vocals to two well-respected local bands. As a friend, she is an inspiration. Lisa is always on the move - making connections, growing venues, helping to promote young unknown local talent all the while expanding her own talent. Recently she has taught herself to play the piano, and at the rate she’s going, Lisa may be her own 8-piece band before we know it. Goodness knows she has the drive! Lisa has no shortage of devoted fans that support her at her shows, but don’t take a layman’s word for it. She’s also loved and respected by many influential names in the music biz. In their own words, here is a snapshot of the impact she’s made on music in our strange and magical desert community and beyond. “We were putting a group together (Minstrels 95) to entertain the tourists and I couldn’t get this hot blonde with the big hair and the big country honey voice who sang every Friday night at The Jade Gazebo out of my mind. She knew every country song and never ever sang a wrong note. She made the beer go down smoother and was a feast for the eyes. We all knew she had to be in our group. We never looked back after that. She rocked all the way.” Art Podell One of the forefathers of the early folk scene in the 1950’s (Art and Paul), and an original member of Grammy Award Winning The New Christy Minstrels (an ensemble that launched the careers of artist such as Kenny Rogers, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes, and Barry McGuire). Podell currently hosts “Roots Radio” on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles. “Lisa is one of the finest singers I’ve heard in quite a while. Many girls try to emulate singers such as Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, and many others, but never get to the heart of the matter. With a powerful voice, Lisa is developing her own style through great influences!” Terry Reid,

award winning “Super Lungs” singer/songwriter who toured with the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cream and Jethro Tull, and has worked with Graham Nash, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown, to name a few. Reid most recently recorded with Joe Perry and joined “Hollywood Vampires” (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry) on stage. “Lisa is something beautiful and rare; an artist who is also in the business of music and is still passionate about both. She’s a fire, a contagious fire. A true artist and an inspiration to everything the fire touches. Keep burning, the world is cold,” said Travis Meadows, award winning Nashville singer/songwriter who’s list of chart toppers include “The Hearts I Leave Behind,” (Wynonna), “Riser,” Dierks Bentley, “Dark Side,” Eric Church, “What We Ain’t Got,” Jake Owen, “God and Guns,” Hank Williams, Jr., and more. “To say I enjoyed Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen would be an understatement. Not typically a fan of country music, it has quickly become one of my favorites as a result of experiencing many performances of Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen. Lisa Lynn lights up the stage! The connection she has with the audience is nothing short of fantastic. This is not your basic concert performance; Lisa is so connected and interactive with the audience you would think her show is being put on just for you! The connection is personal! Not only does she connect with the audience members, but there is a heartfelt connection between her and all of the band members.” “Her voice is golden - whether she is singing country, rock, or an old time classic - she does tremendous justice to all of it. While the band plays and she sings, one can’t help but snap their finger, clap, and even dance a bit. As the owner of an entertainment venue, I look forward to each performance.  And by the way, EACH performance gets better and better. Don’t know how that is possible, but Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen make that happen. There is nothing but LOVE invested in each and every song and in the overall performance. If you have a chance to see them live, jump on it! You too will become a big fan...and quickly!”  Brad Guth, Owner of The Hood Bar and Pizza “Lisa Lynn Morgan is without question the most exciting addition to the desert music scene (upper and lower) in my 20 years of covering said scene. She warms up with Janice Joplin. She covers some of the great classic country singers remaining faithful to the spirit behind the original rendering but adding her breathtakingly soulful vocals. Though surrounded by quality musicians, there is no doubt, when the curtain goes, up who is in charge. Her work with The Country Gentleman (runaway winners of ‘Best Country Band’ at the 2016 CV Music Awards) has been well documented, but her fans have become very excited by her several performances as a solo act playing her own songs and accompanying herself on the 88s (piano). These deeply personal songs written from her own life experience have

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touched the hearts and souls of all who have been graced to see them performed live,” Rich “Da Coach” Gilgallon, long time Coachella Valley radio personality currently hosting Hot Talk on KNews 94.3 FM. “Lisa has been part of my CV Weekly team since I started the paper over 4 years ago in several different capacities. I will never forget the first time I heard her sing, she gave me chills. I had no idea she had that good of a voice. Every time I heard her perform after that she just kept getting better. While she has performed with several bands and as a part of a few duos, I have never been as proud of her as I was when she performed her song, ‘Taste Like Sin’ at the 2016 CV Music Awards. It was my first time of really seeing her front her own band and take charge and she totally kicked some country ass! And that’s where she belongs- out front.” “But her talent doesn’t stop with her voice. She is an amazing song crafter as well with songs like ‘519 Days’ and ‘We All Fall Down,’ which brought me to tears the first time I heard both of them. Often Lisa will send me a rough demo recording of a song to see what I think. One of them was the track ‘Forgive Me Please.’ I texted her back and asked her who originally did that song, knowing in my mind that it had to have already been a hit. She responded, ‘I wrote it.’ I was blown away. Every song she writes comes from deep personal experiences and is heartfelt. She is quite the storyteller.” “Lisa is also a great example of not letting anyone tell you you’re too old to still have a successful singing career as she relaunched hers in her late 40s and turning 50 only made this songbird better. There’s no stopping Lisa Lynn Morgan when she makes up her mind to do something!” Tracy Dietlin, owner & Publisher CV Weekly. These heartfelt accolades only represent Morgan’s recent work over the past four years, but she has been at this for a while. Born and raised in the Southern California desert, Lisa Lynn Morgan began as a preteen singing in church and local theater groups. One of her earliest inspirational moments came from none other than Ol’ Blue Eyes himself: “One Midnight Mass, I sang a solo – ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ I had no idea at the time that Frank Sinatra was in attendance. It’s probably a good thing too. On his way out, after mass, Mr. Sinatra stopped and turned to me on his way out. He shook my hand and patted me on the cheek and said, ‘Keep singing from the heart kid.’ Those words have

stayed with me ever since.” Morgan attended Azusa Pacific University on a partial music scholarship, but didn’t sing in her first band until she was 27. She has opened for the Bellamy Brothers, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Gary Alan, Tower of Power, and was a guest singer with the world-renowned folk group, The New Christy Minstrels. Post-college, Lisa made the move to Vegas and performed on stages at Harrah’s, The Monte Carlo, The Flamingo, The Stardust, Gilly’s, The Riviera and more. After taking some time off to raise kids and get a taste of a “normal” life and a steady paycheck, Morgan re-launched her career after moving back home to the Coachella Valley to take care of her dad, who was diagnosed with cancer. She now performs regularly with local award-winning, original country band, R Buckle Road and in her own band, Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen. Nominated in several categories over the past three years (Best Female Vocalist, Best New Band, Best Front Woman), Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen were awarded Best Country Band at the 2016 CV Music Awards. Aside from a cowboy hat, Lisa wears many others. Not only is she Head Music Writer for Coachella Valley Weekly, Morgan is also CEO of Diva Left Vegas Productions, founder of Southern California Desert Musician Alliance and works full time as Production Manager at FG Creative, a reputable marketing and branding firm in Palm Desert. She has been an active participant in local charities, such as: Street Life Project, working with the desert’s homeless, House of Hope recovery home for women, and in 2011, was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ by the Riverside County American Red Cross while serving on the emergency Disaster Action Team. Her heart, as big as her voice, comes through in her music - on stage and in life. If you want to feel something, see Lisa live. She will move your soul. You can follow Lisa Lynn Morgan on the following links: www.reverbnation.com/lisalynnmorgan facebook.com/lisalynnandthecountrygentlemen Upcoming events:  Monday, Aug 15 Guest Hosting Open Mic at Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneer Town 7-11pm Friday, Aug 19 Esjay and Friends Acoustic Sessions @ Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs 8-11pm   Friday, Aug 26 Bella Terra Amphitheater, Huntington Beach (with R Buckle Road) Friday, Sept 2 Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen @ The Hood Bar & Pizza 9-12pm Saturday, Sept 3 Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen Headlining the La Quinta Block Party Saturday, Sept 10 Lisa Lynn and the Country Gentlemen Tack Room Tavern, Indio 9-12

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hat a treat! I was fortunate enough to catch a local show in Palm Desert where Wild Sons were performing. My intention was to stick around for only a song or two, yet catchy melodies and enthusiastic beats kept my feet gripping tightly to the floor, guarding my advantageous spot beside the stage and eagerly awaiting more. In the last few years I have completely surrounded myself with live music, indulging several nights a week, and there have only been a few times when I have heard a band for the first time and been completely blown away. This was one of those times. Wild Sons gave an impressive performance, boasting a fresh, hip, radio friendly sound unlike almost any other local band I have heard. A music label’s dream, these guys have “it” down from their wellorchestrated stage show to their completely passionate and accurate musicianship, engaging their crowd who excitedly sing and dance along. If I could describe Wild Sons in one word it would be Infectious. I spoke with all four band members- Michael Arcaro, Kevin Arcaro, John David Perone, and Paul Stark- to find out more about one of my new favorite bands. MJ: Tell me about how Wild Sons formed? KA: “Wild Sons officially formed in April of 2015, but we have all been playing together in various projects for years now. We grew up together in Palm Springs, but now have a unique situation. I (bass) live in San Diego, Michael (guitar/vocals) lives in Riverside, JD (drums) lives in Rancho Cucamonga and Paul (singer) lives in Palm Springs. We all meet up in Palm Springs on a weekly basis to write and record original music as well as create covers and upload them to YouTube and SoundCloud for our fans to enjoy. I know that commute sounds crazy, but we are all super close friends and really enjoy making music with each other. We don’t have a label or management, but we are working with Connect over at ReverbNation for publishing of our music.” MJ: Each of your members is a very dedicated musician and it shows in your live playing. What sort of musical experience does each player contribute to your band? MA: “We have all played and listen to a variety of different music which allows us to each contribute unique ideas when we are writing. JD has grown up playing drums, Kevin has played drums for most of his previous musical projects and took up bass when we started Wild Sons, Michael has played both guitar and bass in previous projects and Paul has always been a singer. One main reason we work so well together is because we have all been involved in music since a young age and we are able to offer up ideas outside of the instruments we play live. For example, JD plays drums but has a heavy influence with vocals when we write, and Kevin plays bass, but he also contributes to drum and

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production ideas. By knowing more than one instrument, we are able to fill in the gaps and help each other push through the writing process.” MJ: How does the inspiration and song writing process begin and then come together for Wild Sons? Would you describe your music in a particular genre? KA: “Defining our music has always been difficult. We all collectively listen to so many different genres for influence that our sound always has something unique in it. I would say that we are an indie alternative pop band that doesn’t restrict ourselves to a specific style. There isn’t anything that inspires us more than playing live and having fresh content to share with our fans. Our songs typically start with Michael putting together a scratch track of a simple drum beat and a hooky guitar riff. He will email this out and we will all sort of build our parts around it and when we meet up, start piecing the song together for preproduction before we record. We all have recording capabilities at our homes, which allows us to contribute to the writing process when we are on our own and then piece everything together when we meet up.” MJ: Tell me about the recording process and music that you are recording right now? Are you working with any particular producer? JDP: “We are currently writing a few new songs right now with our talented friend Steven Darling. He is a wiz with production and really helps elevate our music. We do not have an album at this time, but once we finish this writing process and record the tracks, we will have enough original material for an EP. In the past, we have worked with producers: Colby Wedgeworth (The Maine, Lincoln Brewster, Jordan Feliz, Hawk Nelson) and Sean and Alex Silverman (This Century). The writing process with a producer is AMAZING. A lot of the time we find ourselves second guessing a certain melody or part and it’s so nice to have someone with a fresh perspective to provide extra guidance and support. It’s like having a coach on a sports team. We typically work on pre-production on our own, which is where we structure the song with a direction of where we want it to end up musically and vocally. Then we collaboratively clean up the song and take it to the next level in the studio with a producer.” MJ: Where can our readers see your band playing live? JDP: “Because we all have full time jobs,

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we probably won’t be touring anytime soon, but we do play all over Southern California. We have played as far north as Sacramento, and have played the Pomona dates of Warped Tour the past two years. Locally, we have played at The Hood, Hard Rock Hotel, Costas, and are scheduled to play at the Date Shed in December. Fans can keep up to date on shows we have by following our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (@wearewildsons), and by visiting our website (www.wearewildsons. com) and our ReverbNation page (www. reverbnation.com/wearewildsons).” MJ: Where can our readers find Wild Sons music online now? PS: “Our original songs are available for streaming on Spotify, AppleMusic and YouTube and available for purchase on iTunes and a few other platforms. Our originals and cover songs can be found on our YouTube channel as well as on our Soundcloud page

(www.soundcloud.com/wearewildsons), and some of our tracks can be downloaded for free at Soundcloud. We also have music videos for each of our singles, all filmed by our good friend, Jordan Pulmano, on YouTube.” MJ: Tell our readers what to expect from a Wild Sons live performances? KA: “We love playing live and it’s by far the best part about being in a band. We plan our live shows out in advance and try to make each one unique and different. We have auxiliary drums that we utilize for a drum break in our song “Supernova,” fog machines that shoot out in the air, and a ton of energy to keep people moving and locked in while we perform. Each song has its own mood and energy, so we try to structure our set to carefully take you through those highs and lows.” MJ: What does the future look like for your band and what are your next goals? MA: “Our next goal is to finish recording the three songs we are working on and release those throughout the remainder of the year. We will probably work with Jordan again to put together new videos to represent each song. In between, we will be playing more local shows and hopefully have the opportunity to jump on some festivals when the season rolls back around.”

"BREW IN LQ" EVENT BRINGS CRAFT BEER, MUSIC, AND FOOD TO SILVERROCK

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he City of La Quinta is excited to announce Brew In LQ on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at SilverRock Resort. The event is the first for La Quinta which will bring local and regional breweries, food vendors such as Stuft Pizza and Dickey’s BBQ, as well as music by local acts that include Alf Alpha, who has performed at Coachella. Festival goers are encouraged to visit the Cobra Golf interactive area, try their hand at giant Jenga and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as they enjoy craft beer. Brew in LQ will be strictly for 21 and over guests with General Admission tickets selling for $30 and a Designated Driver

ticket for $10. The event will run from 12p.m. to 5p.m. with last call at 4:45p.m. “Brew in LQ offers adults of all ages to share their passion for craft beers, food, and music in a spectacular setting at SilverRock. Our city is about arts and culture, and this event cranks up the vibe for all to enjoy.” – said, Mayor Linda Evans. Tickets for Brew in LQ go on sale Monday, August 8th at 10a.m. and can be purchased by visiting www.PlayInLaQuinta. com/BrewTickets. For more info about this event please contact Marcie Graham, Marketing & Events Supervisor at mgraham@la-quinta. org or visit PlayInLaQuinta.com/Brew.


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BOZ SCAGGS AND MICHAEL MCDONALD SET TO JOIN FORCES

AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO IN OCTOBER

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wo of the most distinctive artists in music for the last four decades, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, are teaming up to deliver one night of incredible showmanship at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, October 28, 2016. Boz Scaggs’ career dates back to the late ‘60’s with the Steve Miller Band, then continued with successful solo albums such as 1976’s Silk Degrees (featuring the smash hit singles “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle”) and Middle Man (1980). His late-period high points like Some Change (1994) and

Dig (2001) continue to showcase Scaggs’ deft touch as a singer. He brings a sly drawl to a funky workout like Li’l Millet and the Creoles’ “Rich Woman,” an intimacy to Bobby Charles’s “Small Town Talk,” and

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an elegance to the Impressions’ “I’m So Proud.” His soul is effortless and deeply felt but never showy, and is evident in every lyric he delivers. Michael McDonald has one of the most

Tom started gigging in 1989 in Palm Desert, CA with the band Jane Doe. He then joined the hard rock band Boetto and played throughout the Southwestern US. With Boetto he completed the album Desert Thunder. Tom performed with the band The Mighty Delta Tones for 7 years. Tom then created the band Feisty Joe and received a C.V. Music Award for Best Country Rock Band in 2005. His musical influences are SRV, Dire Straits, and Rush. Patrick Ellett: (Bass guitar) Patrick recently arrived from North Carolina. He started his musical career on drums in local bands and transitioned to bass guitar in a project that had difficulty filling the position. The bass stuck and Pat played in numerous cover projects in NC and around SC as well. Rock, country, beach music, and originals have formed his playing style. The

distinctive and soulful voices of our time. Add to that his formidable songwriting and keyboard skills and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the fivetime Grammy Award winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving. Recently, Scaggs and McDonald teamed up to release a DVD of their performance as part of an 11-piece soul supergroup called The Dukes of September. Tickets for the 8pm Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald show on Friday, October 28th go on sale Friday, August 12th for $69, $49 and $29 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone at 800-827-2946 or online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.

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love rock music. A mellow, bluesy rock vibe just gets down deep and soothes my mind into oblivion with each passion filled note. If you have an ear for the sweet, heartfelt sounds of a bluesy rock vibe, you may already be a fan of the incredible Coachella Valley rock band, Basson, or you most definitely will be. Over the last few months I have heard of the band in passing numerous times, so I am happy to have finally been introduced to them and share about their music. This skilled foursome’s all original tunes please crowds with Victor Basson’s smooth voice in the lead, Tom Edwards’ guitar rocking intricate solos, Brian Jeffers’ incredibly rhythmic beats, and the strong bass backbone of Patrick Ellett. I spoke with lead singer and band founder, Victor Basson, about their accomplished members and what they are currently working on. The band Basson is: Victor Basson: (Lead vocals and rhythm guitar) Born in South Africa and started performing originals and covers at a young age. Victor’s first recording was at the age of 16. Victor came to America and started Basson Sound Equipment. This company successfully supplied musical equipment to many bands globally including Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. Nikki used Basson gear for 7 years. Victor’s biggest contribution to Basson is primary lyricist. His musical influences include John Mayall, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Tom Edwards: (Lead guitarist and vocals)

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Basson sound is a natural extension of that style and a great fit. Pat’s musical influences are many from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s and beyond. His favorite band is John Fogarty w/ Creedence Clearwater Revival. He is grateful to be affiliated with the other fine musicians in Basson. Brian Jeffers: (Drums) Brian started playing jazz at a young age and recorded a jazz album at 15 years of age. Brian also played drumline in high school. He transformed from jazz to a hard rock cover drummer, then moved on to punk rock and performed throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Brian’s influences are Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, and Keith Moon. MJ: Tell me how Basson was formed and some of your goals for the band. VB: “Basson was created with the intent

to write, arrange, and record original music that appeals to a diverse audience. Also, to create music for publishing, licensing and performing at select venues.” MJ: I recently heard “The Heart You’ve Broken” at Esjay Jones’ studio. Tell me what the process was like recording with Esjay. How did this experience compare to other studio recording experiences you’ve had in the past? VB: “Our recent experience with Esjay Jones on recording “The Heart You’ve Broken” was most delightful. Esjay is a brilliant engineer and her dedication shows in her work. She has a knack for creating a very comfortable, relaxed recording environment. Her positivity and energy is infectious. We have all had tense and stressful recording sessions before, but not with Esjay. We look forward to our future endeavors with her.” MJ: What is next for Basson? VB: “Basson is currently arranging additional songs to work on with Esjay Jones in the hopes of publishing and licensing this material for television and film and to share with the public.” MJ: Where can our readers find your music online and where will you perform live next? VB: “You can find music by Basson on Sound Cloud, iTunes, and CD Baby and make sure to catch us performing live next at The Hard Rock Hotel with Esjay and Friends in Palm Springs this Friday, August 12 from 8:00 – 11:00pm.”

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hen you think about Nashville, chances are you think about women in rhinestones and spangles, men in cowboy hats, boots and spurs, inevitably those bro-tastic backwards baseball caps. 40 years ago the charts were populated by Willie, Waylon, Merle, George, some Johnnys’ (Cash and Paycheck), and some Charlies’ (Rich and Pride). These days names like Blake, Jake, Luke, Brantley, Brad, Tucker and Kip, (seriously, Kip) rule the airwaves. Luckily, anyone yearning for music a little less genetically modified and a little more home grown will be relieved to find that kind of authenticity is still readily available in Music City. You just know where to look. Artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton have flipped the script, concentrating more on song craft than showmanship. By dispensing with the artifice they’ve each gotten down to the grit and grain of Country music, opening the door for other like-minded artists. Dave Coleman is one of Nashville’s best kept secrets. He grew up near the Big Fork National River, in rural east Tennessee. He considered becoming a park ranger like his mother, but those plans changed once began playing music in his first band. Rock & Roll was his first love but he soon became inspired by Country outliers like Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and Billy Joe Shaver. Just as he was finishing his studies at Nashville’s Belmont University, Dave signed a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose. The venerable publishing house began in 1942 and was responsible for hits from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. It was around this time he hooked up with drummer Dave Ray. The duo began gigging around Nashville at the end of the 20th century as the Coal Men. They also made ends meet playing on sessions and touring with

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by Eleni P. Austin

“Pushed To The Side” (Vaskaleedez Records)

artists like Matthew Ryan, Jessi Alexander and Taylor Swift. Mentored by the likes of John Prine, Todd Snider, Buddy Miller, members of the Mavericks and the Delevantes, slowly but surely they built a solid following. Between 2001 and 2013 they recorded an EP, and four full-length records. Nowhere’s Too Far arrived in 2004, Kids With Songs popped up in 2006. A year later they released Beauty Is A Moment. Bassist Paul Slivka, who made his bones with Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, Tony Joe White and Tommy Womack, joined the fold in 2011. Two years later the trio recorded Escalator. Since then, their music has been featured in hit television series like “Nashville,” “The Deadliest Catch” and “Sons Of Anarchy.” Several times a year they spend week-long residencies at the infamous Key West venue, Hog’s Breath Saloon. Now the band has returned with their latest long-player, Pushed To The Side. The album glides into gear with “Depreciate.” Over a teardrop rhythm, languid Spanish guitars and roiling basslines comes Coleman’s slow-as-molasses vocals. The lyrics offer a crisp metaphor for aging: the decrepitude of the touring van, from the van’s point of view. “I’m ready for the junkyard, counting down the miles/I can’t remember all my travels, but boy I road’em out in style.” Three tracks, “Willy Jett,” “Lilly Hurst” and “Travis” co-written with Jeff Wickland, offer the kind of rich and evocative storytelling woefully absent from today’s “I got drunk in my truck and put my toes in the sand” Country music. Downcast baritone guitar notes and a kick-drum beat open “Willy...” The lyrics weave a vivid yarn of a lonely coal miner. After a brutal week in the mines he seeks solace in alcohol and paid companionship; “Willy came down from the coal camp, dreaming of a woman on his arm/And he found one down on the corner, Lily took him with all of her charms.” Of course, hard living has taken a toll...”He lived by a quicker minute, and drifts further away each night/Bound by the weight of hunger, the burden of an appetite.” Sun-dappled guitar, a wash of keys and tick-tock percussion anchor “Lily Hurst.” The lilting melody and instrumentation belies what is essentially a traditional murder ballad. Lily is the same working girl that hooks up with Willy, but this time she runs afoul of a jealous customer “needin’ comfort and rest,” but finding Lily already “doin’ what she did best.” The end isn’t pretty; “Which man she was with, I guess I never did hear/ He drew a

line left Lily bleeding ear to ear.” “Travis,” is the saddest saga of all. Honeyed guitar licks brush up against a supple shuffle-rhythm and roiling bass. With an economy of language the song sketches a portrait of teenage ennui at the tipping point; “Travis lived ‘cross town by the railroad track, just his dad and four walls of a dying shotgun shack/His mind was restless, it ached and it groaned/He walked this town, head hung down, most days he stayed stoned.” His suicide is swift, but Coleman reserves his righteous indignation for the indifferent town that never saw it coming. Three tracks take a break from (to paraphrase Mr. Mojo-Risen) from wallowing in the mire. “The Payoff” is a hard-charging tune powered by a bludgeoning back-beat, driving guitars and Coleman’s rough-hewn vocals. The message here is the end rarely justifies the means. “Fast Driver” is a sly charmer. Snapback bass, rattle-trap rhythms and wicked guitar licks take a backseat to Coleman’s lascivious drawl. He almost has the listener convinced that he’s the first guy ever to use driving = sex metaphor.

Meanwhile, “Speeding Like A Demon” hooks a shaggy dog, ‘speeding to reach the gig’ yarn to an infectious melody that’s equal parts Bakersfield Buckaroo and Cash-tastic boom-chicka-boom. The action slows for two songs, “Faithless Eyes” and “A Name.” The former is a twangy two-step that is a kissin’ cousin to the Eagles’ “Lyin Eyes.” The latter is a High Lonesome haiku that notes no matter how we try to out run our legacies, DNA doesn’t lie. The Coal Men completely color outside the lines on the tribal “Stones River” and on the gutbucket blues of the title track. “The Singer (In Louisville)” closes out the album. A clangorous note of feedback provides a through-line that crackles and sparks for the entire song. With a few deft strokes Coleman presents a not-soglamorous portrait of life as a working musician. It’s a rollicking end to a great album. Pushed To The Side is keen and uncluttered. The music of the Coal Men may not be famous, but it’s authentic.


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By angela romeo art Scene Art of the Human Condition Alanna Marcelletti The

August 11 to August 17, 2016

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ometimes art is pleasing. Sometime art is disturbing. Sometimes art is a little of both. Alanna Marcelletti is an artist capable of all three scenarios. Alanna creates work that exposes the human condition. Blending painting and sculpture Alanna’s work brings the viewer into a conversation using elements of “domestic architecture, psychological atmosphere and theatricality in which characters are permitted to act out their inner fears and desires associated with home, work and motherhood,”noted Alanna. “My work is a reflection of my experiences and, in a very real sense, a common shared experience. Even today women are constantly bombarded with images that reinforce the societal expectations – gender roles, marriage, biological clocks. Simultaneously we are told career is the path to fulfillment. In fact none of that is true –my work unites the fantasy and the reality.” “I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I am truly the American melting pot. My father’s family is from Italy but my mom’s is all mixed up! My maternal grandmother is Chinese but born in Mexico. My maternal grandfather is black and Native American. My upbringing was unusual to say the least. This unique mix of cultures is me and that mix effects how I see my conditions and myself. But I am not blind the totality of the shared human condition.” “My parents both worked in education. My dad always liked working with jewelry making settings for cabochons. It is from him that my metalsmithing skills derive. My mom loved crafts, sewing, knitting, and making gifts. I guess that’s why I tend to straddle the border of sculpture and painting. She and my grandmother taught me everything I know about sewing. It is the source for my love of fabric.” “My work often includes fabric pieces. Many of the fabrics, knitted and crocheted remnants I use are left over scraps or old clothing from my mother, grandmothers and great grandmother. The remnants are integral to my work. They are also important to me - these scraps bridge the generational span. That connection is also part of the human condition. As a new mother I continue the chain with my daughter.” “My parents have been very supportive of my art. They often tell me they don’t understand the work but they love it!” laughed Alanna. “I’ll take that as acceptance!” “My art is, at times, very raw. In this cotemporary world we seem to live more and more of our life in the public eye. Social media is instantaneous. I have gone through very public personal experiences. I could have

chosen to hide away and hope all would pass. I did not. I live out loud, messy as it may be. But, in life as in my art, I embrace both the positive and negative results of outside influences. Because of this my work rings true. I am not sugarcoating. I am not glamorizing. I am not complaining. I am speaking the truth, my truth.” What is most striking about Alanna’s work is her identification of being a woman. The mixed media work tends to be a narrative of feminism within a domestic view. Alanna accomplishes this by a studied use of light color and the introduction of familiar object, such as the fabric pieces. The relative juxtaposition of materials creates a subtle tension that belies the deeper conflict – the pull of the inner voice seeking its path against the push of what society deems ‘appropriate.’ To view Alanna’s work is a step into a dialogue of self-awareness. Alanna is a part of the current BLAM show, On the Distant Horizon. The exhibition explores notions of chimera—something that is simultaneously there and not there or impossible to achieve. Paintings, photos and an interactive installation will interpret fantasy, delusions and dreams. The gallery is located at 1950 S. Santa Fe Ave. #207, Los Angeles, CA 90021 BLAM photographer Joe Wolek curated the art exhibition and a series of evening events entitled Hot August Nights. The opening reception is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., August 7. The exhibition will be open on weekends 12 to 4 p.m. through August 28. The opening date is significant, because August 7 is the anniversary of the 1959 launch of Explorer 6, the satellite that sent back the first digitally transmitted images of Earth. For more about Alanna Marcelletti visit www.alannam.pixpasites.com For more about BLAM visit www. blamprojects.com.

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PET PLACE

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by Janet McAfee

Meet Bud, Your New best Buddy!

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he German Shepherds are the most intelligent and confident of breeds, loyal to a fault. They are working dogs, dogs who seek a purpose and a task, which might simply be protecting and loving their humans. They guide the disabled, protect our troops in battle, and will lay down their lives for their families. In return, they need lots of attention and mental stimulation to keep happy. Sadly, some of these magnificent Shepherds end up in public shelters, and sometimes the confinement of a kennel proves too much for their active nature. They end up being euthanized for lack of space. A 4-year-old German Shepherd named Bud narrowly escaped that fate. Now he needs your help to get him to a new home. It was a brutally hot summer day in June, 2016, when a San Bernardino man discovered the German Shepherd huddled in the bushes in his yard. He was desperately seeking shelter from the blistering heat. The man opened the gate to his back yard, and the dog gratefully entered, drinking over a gallon of water and eagerly downing some food. The man noted a rope deeply embedded in the dog’s neck, evidence of

mistreatment and confinement. After two days of trying to find the dog’s owner, the man took him to the San Bernardino City Shelter, checking in frequently to see if an owner or adopter would surface. However, this public shelter is located in a low income neighborhood on a dead end street, and no one came for Bud. Eventually the shelter staff advised Bud’s finder that Bud was on the euthanasia list through no fault of his own. Bud almost became another sad statistic among the millions of animals killed in our public shelters, beautiful creatures whose only crime is not having a home. The man contacted Colton City Councilman and animal advocate, David Toro, and pleaded with him to rescue Bud. The David Toro Foundation sponsored Bud, took him to the vet to be neutered and treated for the horrid wounds on his neck. A foster home was located, but the foster dad is now awaiting surgery, and Bud’s situation is once again tenuous. He needs a “forever” home as soon as possible. The world has not been kind to Bud thus far, but he will be forever grateful if given a second chance. He is in Colton, about 45 minutes

down the 10 freeway from Palm Springs. BUD PREFERS MEN! During his assessment in foster care, it was learned that he prefers men. I suspect Bud was mistreated by a woman or several women. Dogs can’t speak to tell us their stories, but they reveal themselves in other ways. Bud is a very high energy, large size dog at 80 pounds, and needs a home with indoor/ outdoor access. David Toro took him to a trainer who determined Bud is extremely intelligent and quickly learned basic commands. With additional training, he will make a fabulous best “furfriend”. Bud deserves a home where he can be part of the family. He deserves a home where he will never be tied up on a chain or rope

meet goldie This young female tabby will charm her way into your heart. Meet Golden and the other lovely cats at Kittyland, 67600 18th Ave, Desert Hot Springs, www.kittylandrescue.org (760) 251-2700.

meet Brogan Brogan is 14 pounds of doggie action! Loving All Animals rescued this sweet, active Terrier boy from a shelter. Contact www.lovingallanimals.org or (760) 834-7000.

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in a back yard. Dogs are social creatures and crave love and attention from their humans. In return, Bud promises to be your new best buddy, your loving companion, your comforter when you are sad, and celebrate with you when you are joyful. Contact (909) 996-7807 to schedule a meet and greet with Bud. He will do best in a home with men. He is a high energy animal, and needs a home with a fenced in yard. Equally important, he needs a home with humans who will let him live inside and share their lives. For information about the David Toro Foundation or to make a donation towards the care of homeless animals go to www.davidtoro.com. Jmcafee7@verizon.net


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THE VINO VOICE

August 11 to August 17, 2016

by Rick Riozza

The More the Marriott: A Marquis Wine Venue

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f there is any place that we desert dwellers love to jaunt out to, it’s beautiful San Diego. Within two or three hours, we can be luxuriating at the San Diego/Coronado Bay and San Diego Marina. And while we’re taking in the generous but temperate sunrays and the refreshing sea breezes—no doubt, we are enjoying an enlivening beverage of our choice. Most vino enthusiasts that I know simply love the suds. And the San Diego area clearly rivals Portland Oregon as a Mecca for breweries and pubs. But even though there are a good scattering of wineries down south, wine bars and wine venues have not been the first thing that comes to mind for the traveler, visitor and local. It’s a brave new wine world out there and I am so pleased to bestow some of the best wine news about: The MARRIOTT MARQUIS—SAN DIEGO MARINA, in what seems as in one-fell-swoop, has become the most impressive “wine lover’s destination” in the south county, establishing itself with a ton of wine and the largest professional wine staff to seize the moment, or staycation, or simply any convenient stop-over, so that you may experience the many fun and inter-active wine events and tastings. This isn’t hype; it’s my recent experience there that I’m reporting on. You see—it was just a couple of months ago that I heard the already beautiful Marriott Marquis with its existing two high-rise towers right on the San Diego Marina was doing a 100+ million dollar makeover on their resort property. “Resort property” you ask? Is this not a big city hotel? Yeah—but its location on the waterfront, the marina, the close proximity to Seacoast Village, Downtown, and Petco Park Stadium, believe me—it’s a resort, especially when I look down from my room and see the expansive pool and bar area ensconced in lush greenery similar to a resort in the Caribbean or around Hawaii. Check it all out at: www.SanDiegoMarquis. com. Michael Miller is the General Manager of the hotel’s acclaimed culinary Marina Kitchen Restaurant, Lounge & Bar. He’s got that continuous cheerful personality with an ever-present smile. And why not— in charge of this stellar venue, he surrounds himself with a bevy of beverage pros who are certified in either beer, wine and/or spirits. You name it, they’re pouring it. Michael agrees he’s in a great place, both professionally and locale-wise. “I work in what I call an ‘urban oasis’.” How true is that: Big city lights amidst a lounging laid-back coastal scenic atmosphere where one can enjoy at the epicenter of every type of tasty entrée, dish, snack, salad and drink. Did I already mention all of the wine around this town that is now gravitating at and around the Marina Kitchen Wine

Cellar & Bar? The overall vino program here is way too vast for me to summarize adequately. I’ll surely mention some of the fun stuff going on; but, I think we’d rather hear from one of the many certified wine sommeliers here at the resort describe to us how the show really works. It’ll be a perfect fit for my up-coming columns on “Wine Wise Gals”. We’ve done enough on “Wine Wise Guys” through the years; it’s time we let the wine women speak. So let’s look forward to hearing from Megan, the Marquis Somm, in next month’s column, where we can continue to be informed on this dynamic wine venue. A continued Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner, the Marina Kitchen Wine program includes events and tastings that include: a Tasting Bar Session (inside and outside of the Wine Cellar), Premium Wine Flight Tastings, “Flights & Bites”, “Wine Wednesdays”, Guest Winemaker Dinners, “Wine Hangouts”, Wines of the Month, and “Wines on Tap”—a new take on Barrel Sampling. I know we’ll get more of the skinny on all of these tasting extravaganzas from Sommelier Megan. But a few things to mention: The hotel, has two towers, each with 25 floors, featuring 1,360 guest rooms, a fitness center, The Hideaway Spa, two outdoor free-form pools, a whirlpool, 446-slip marina besides the lively eateries that make up the total Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Lounge experience.

There is no time like the present to get out and enjoy a wine-themed destination. Whether it’s a once in a lifetime experience or something to look forward to periodically—treat yourself! And whether your stay is long or short, or, even if you’re just passing through the area, do yourself a favor and quaff a glass or two and simply enjoy the view. For instance, how often have you desired to taste and consider some of the historically famous world class wines out there but have never had the opportunity? With the “Premium Wine Flight Tastings”, mentioned above, we wine enthusiasts have the delight to try a top French, Californian, or Italian wine without having to spend a week’s pay. Above, I mentioned General Manager Michael Miller for a reason. When I spoke with him last week, I expressed a concern for those vino lovers who come over to the very large and spacious Marriott resort, only to get lost with all the goings-on and fanfare. One thing wine travelers enjoy is a personal touch. Michael assured me that he and his beverage staff are especially attuned to the needs of their guests and absolutely look forward to the opportunity to escort and introduce them to the various tastings. Cheers to all that!! Stay tuned! Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101 USA (619) 234-1500

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THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 DJ Jerry 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Southbound & Co. 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 TBA 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Supersuckers, Throw Rag and The Hangmen 8pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 The Deep Ones 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 Barry Baughn Blues 8-11pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The Carmens 8-11pm SHELLY’S LOUNGE@TORTOISE ROCK CASINO; 29 Palms; Rojer Arnold & Bobby Furgo 9pm SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron James 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Barflys 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 VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 The Rick Whitfield Band 10pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 T.B.A. 1:304:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 5:30pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-328-5955 Michael Keeth 6-10pm


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by Robin E. Simmons

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GOOD BAD GUYS?

NEW BLU-RAY FOR THE HOME THEATER: MAGGIE’S PLAN

NOW PLAYING: SUICIDE SQUAD

I was hoping that the colorful, fluorescent font used in the opening credits heralded a more cartoony, comic book look for the movie to come. But being true to its source material, and the writer-director David Ayer’s penchant for a gritty and visceral emphasis to the world of the meta-humans and the intense action. The talented cast works hard to deliver what little humor can be found in the interaction and the spare dialogue. Perhaps this is more a result of competing with the successful tone of Disney’s Marvel movies. Ayer knows how to write and direct action – he’s guided “Fury”

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and “End of Watch,” two movies I greatly admire. I was a little disappointed with what seemed to me an unnecessarily murky plot and a vaguely defined evil the squad was fighting. The carefully selected ensemble cast is a nice fit. Especially noteworthy is Jared Leto’s truly disturbing Joker and Margot Robbie’s sassy trashy Harley Quinn. Both actors steal the scenes they are in. I love the premise of hiring bad guys to do good. But the bigger question of whether or not they can work together or will succumb to the temptation of only working for their own individual good is a point of tension throughout their mission. Will the motley Squad resolve to collectively die trying, or decide it’s every man/woman for him or her self? I was entertained by this rowdy and witty action adventure that was immensely helped by a terrific sound track. Now playing at the refurbished Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral city operated by D’Place Entertainment.

In writer-director Rebecca Miller’s modern romantic comedy is a sweet sophisticated and witty exploration of modern romance, Greta Gerwig (“No Strings Attached”) Ethan Hawke “Boyhood”), Bill Hader (“Trainwreck”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”) and Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) star in this story about Maggie (Gerwig) whose plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with a married man (Hawke), destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette (Moore). “Maggie’s Plan” was a selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film festival. I am a fan of Gerwig. It was fun meeting and talking with her at a screening of “Francis Ha” at the late and lamented Cinemas Palme d’Or. Her onscreen characters seems (to me anyway), to be an extension of her quirky and beguiling real-life self. Bonus materials on the Blu-ray include outtakes, commentary, a behind-thescenes featurette “Controling Fate: The Making of Maggie’s Plan,” and a Q & A at the Sundance Film Festival where Greta Gerwig introduces Writer/Director Miller for a lively discussion of the provocative and heartfelt film. Sony. Blu-ray. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis – The Joker – as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie. Based on one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, the R-rated, feature length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. The movie follows closely the acclaimed eponymous graphic novel. Take a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince

of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that radically changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham’s City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, the movie stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the iconic punch line that will leave you speechless. The intense and disturbing story follows the evolution of The Joker from normalcy to full-blown criminal insanity. A welcome featurette “Many Shades of Joker: The Tale of The Killing Joke” showcases Brian Holland’s signature artwork. This mini-documentary shows how artists and writers excelled at conveying story and human emotion one panel at a time, mesmerizing readers with unforgettable tales and humanized descriptions of heroes and villains. It’s why after nearly thirty years this particular story is more thought provoking than ever with socio-economic themes as relevant as ever from generation to generation. Warner Bros. Blu-ray.


Book Review

Learning to Fly

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“H is for Hawk”

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aving a close relationship with an animal can be tremendously satisfying. When we love and know a creature, we can be rewarded, changed and inspired in ways our human relationships cannot deliver. In Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (Grove, 288 pages) there are lessons about life, death and freedom. As young girl of six, author Macdonald had a fascination with falconry. Growing up in England, her parents let her explore the sport mainly through outings and books. Macdonald read everything she could on the subject and hungout with gentlemen’s falconry clubs learning, observing and training hawks of all kinds. One book in particular captivated her. Written by T. H. White in 1951 called The Goshawk, Macdonald didn’t understand his hatred and disdain toward the goshawk he raised and trained. (White is also the author of The Sword in the Stone - 1938, The Ill-Made Knight – 1940, The Once and Future King – 1958, The Book of Merlyn – 1977.) After the unexpected death of her father in London, grieving and alone, Macdonald chooses

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By Heidi Simmons to adopt a young female goshawk. There is an immediate connection to the bird known to be high-spirited, crazy-wild and exceedingly proud. She names the bird Mable, meaning loveable. Most falconers use names that connote a killer. Macdonald starts to reconsider what White had said and H is for Hawk becomes an analysis of White’s work. She considers his psychology, his childhood and the influence of England’s cultural history on his writing and thinking. As Macdonald trains her bird to sit, fly and hunt, she is also forced to take a closer look at death and the grieving process. She begins to understand White differently. He is not a monster but a broken man, damaged by abuse and forced to hide his homosexuality. White, according to Macdonald, finds love and peace in the natural world and with wild animals. So does Macdonald. By the time Mable is fully grown and ready to molt into a mature bird, Macdonald has moved past her sorrow and has come to have a deep compassion for White and the amazing and difficult bird, Mable the goshawk. Author Macdonald was a literature major and a Cambridge graduate. She lives with Mable in the vast field area where the university has given her permission to fly her bird. More and more she becomes like White and like a hawk. She is easily agitated, aggressive and recoils from people. Isolated and alone with her grief she finds insight and finally inspiration from her bird.

I particularly appreciated Mable. Through Macdonald the reader sees a magnificent creature mighty and strong. The bird is resilient, independent and deadly. Macdonald is dedicated and desperate to connect with this beast. She learns that being in control is to not be in control. The language of falconry is fascinating and the constant references to White were interesting. But I wanted more of Mable and less of White. However, I imagine if you are English and love Arthurian lore, this might be more thought-provoking as Macdonald unpacks his imagery and obsession with King Arthur, Merlyn and early British history and mythology. I liked that as a falconer, White, included his experience into his story telling. The book is powerful as Macdonald comes to literal grips with death when she must kill Mable’s catch -- her prey she has returned with. Macdonald tells how she must “harden her heart” to strangle a pheasant or rabbit with her

bare hands. Her description is hard to take as she yanks on the bones and twists necks. Macdonald recognizes that Mable is everything she wants to be: “solitary, selfpossessed, free from grief and numb to the hurts of human life.” At one point, Macdonald sees a group of concerned people gathered around a wild animal. She hides in the bushes and observes. After they leave she finds the creature – a rabbit sick with disease – and kills it. White lived in a cottage surrounded by nature but at one point he didn’t want any more animals. The creatures took too much out of him and yet he couldn’t stand to be separated from them either – it was too painful. He loved animals more than people. Animals could be trusted. This revelation is the necessary separation from White’s experience for Macdonald. She did not suffer like he had as a child. She had a loving family and good friends. She could move on with her life and still have a relationship with Mable and nature. Mable gave Macdonald her life back and taught her to live without the fear of loss. She could return to her kind and be part of the world again and live a full and meaningful life. Macdonald moved through her grief and Mable taught her to fly. Creatures can teach us so much if we love and respect them.

safety tips

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Let’s All Have A Little Class!

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hen I was younger I hated all the “back to school commercials and ads.” It was the dreaded reminder summer was over and it was back to school time! One class we all need is, It’s important to use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses and may not be paying attention while traveling to and from school. Let’s take our first lesson with some safety reminders: · It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. · School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. · The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. · Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to

take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. · Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. ·Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. · Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds, and parks. · Don't honk your horn, rev your engine, or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way. Now that's just the first lesson says Chief DiGiovanna. We have a lot more schooling on Safety. For additional information contact your local Police Department or visit: nsc.org/ Safety_Home/SafetyObservances/Pages/ BackToSchoolSafety.aspx Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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By MARIA M. MIRANDA

COACHELLA VALLEY HISTORY MUSEUM TO HOST DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EVENT hit a home run with social security

Public Invited to Attend 4th Annual Celebration Featuring Dinner, Entertainment

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he Coachella Valley History Museum (CVHM) will host its fourth annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 5 in Downtown Indio, it was announced today. The community is invited to attend this unique cultural tradition, featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, tequila tastings, a silent auction, live entertainment and community altars honoring deceased loved ones. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. “We’re excited to once again be hosting this fun community event, which has grown steadily each year in size and scope,” said CVHM Board Trustee Gloria Franz. “We encourage the public to come enjoy the festivities and bring a special photo or token of a family member or lost loved one to place on the community altar.” Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday observed through Latin America and most strongly associated with Mexico, where it originated. The tradition recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are awakened and become part of the community, sharing in celebrations with

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loved ones. Tickets for the Dia de Los Muertos event are $90 for general admission and $85 for CVHM members. A table for 10 can be purchased for $800. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Coachella Valley History Museum, which opened its doors in 1984 with a dual mission of educating the public and preserving the region’s rich history. The museum is located at 82-616 Miles Avenue with ample parking directly across the street and throughout the surrounding Old Town area. For more information, visit www.cvhm.org or call (760) 342-6651.

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home run is a highlight of any baseball game. The fans cheer with excitement to see a player rocket the ball into the stands. So, what are you doing to prepare for your retirement home run? Your goal should be to get past 1st, 2nd & 3rd base and make it home with a hefty plate of savings. Social Security has many tools to help you achieve financial security. Take the first step and visit www. socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. The benefit of having a my Social Security account is that it gives you access to your personal Social Security Statement, verification of correct earnings, and an estimate of your early retirement benefits at age 62, full retirement age of 66, and delayed age at 70. We protect your information by using security features and strict identity verification to detect fraud. In several states including the newly added Idaho, Mississippi, and North Dakota, you can request a replacement Social Security card online. Find out if your state offers the service at www.socialsecurity.gov/ ssnumber. In addition to using your personal my Social Security account to prepare for a comfortable retirement, you can visit www.myra.gov. At myRA, you can access new retirement savings options from the Department of the Treasury.

This service is designed for the millions of Americans who struggle with saving for retirement — it’s an easy and safe way to help you take control of your future. myRA is designed for people who don’t have a retirement savings plan through their employer, or are limited from other savings options. If your employer provides a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k), learn more about that plan’s potential for matching contributions or other benefits. Since myRA isn’t connected to any employer, it allows workers to hold on to it when they move to different jobs. myRA makes your money grow faster than a traditional savings account. Having both my Social Security and myRA accounts in place, you’re guaranteed to hit a home run in successfully planning for your future. Learn more about all of your choices at www.socialsecurity.gov. Maria Miranda is Social Security District Manager in Palm Springs CA


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hich state do you think is the best place to live? If you run a business, which state might be the best for doing business? If you combine the needs of business as well as workers, one can make a strong case that Maryland and Utah do the best jobs at balancing these often conflicting needs. In coming to this conclusion, I started by looking at a recent report issued by The Tax Foundation. They analyzed what $100 is worth in each state. Their study found that $100 was worth the most in Mississippi ($115.34), Arkansas ($114.29), and Alabama ($113.90), followed by South Dakota and West Virginia. Suffice it to say that the places where most of us do not want to live were the friendliest toward our pocket books. Where did you spend your $100 the fastest? It is almost comical but the answer is Washington DC at $84.67. Second on the list made more sense with Hawaii at $85.62. Population centers took the next three spots with New York ($86.43), New Jersey ($87.34) and our very own home state of California at $88.97. For comparison, Texas was $103.52, Massachusetts at $93.37, Maryland ($90.66) and Utah (103.09).

Next, I looked at a report by the Council for Community and Economic Research that analyzed this data differently and came up with their Cost of Living Index. This used the same information as the Tax Foundation and used this to adjust the median income of a person in a state up or down in order to see which person had the most (or least) purchasing power. Their study found that Washington DC’s neighbor, Maryland, had the highest median income at $76,165 as well as the highest purchasing power at $67,100. Meanwhile, New Yorkers had a median income of $54,310 and the worst purchasing power at $35,600. Remember Mississippi where $100 gets you $115.34 of stuff? Their median income is the lowest in the nation at $35,521 but buys $37,900 of stuff which is $2,300 higher than those living in New York. Here in California, we were 41st with purchasing power of $44,900 and ahead of Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Maine, Louisiana, West Virginia, Mississippi and New York. Behind Maryland at the top of the list was Minnesota at $64,900, a full $20,000 higher than California followed by Utah ($61,300), Virginia ($60,700), North Dakota

($58,900), New Hampshire ($58,500) and Iowa ($57,700). Lastly, I looked at a recent CNBC/Global CFO Council to see which states were the best (and worst) for businesses. Utah ranked #1 for business followed by Texas, Colorado, Minnesota and North Carolina. The least business friendly state was Rhode Island followed by Hawaii, West Virginia, Mississippi and Maine. Where did California rank? We were 32nd due in large part to Silicon Valley and their access to capital as well as a relatively robust economy. California was the least friendly state toward business while New Hampshire was

the friendliest. We were also the second most costly state for businesses behind only Hawaii while Indiana was the least expensive. Colorado has the best workforce while Maine has the worst with California 21st. Education was best in Massachusetts and worst in Nevada with California 38th. When it came to high school education, California ranked third with Maryland first and South Dakota last. When putting all of this information into context, I came to the conclusion that California may be a great place to live but it is expensive as well as being a tough place for businesses that are not in the technology arena. Over time, a poor business climate will cause many businesses to relocate to friendlier, less costly places thus harming the quality of life for the people of a state. Utah and Maryland did the best jobs at balancing the needs of their residents and businesses alike. Haddon Libby is an Investment Advisor and Managing Partner for Winslow Drake and came be reached at 760.449.6349 or HLibby@WinslowDrake.com

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

DALE GRIBOW TOP LAWYER - Palm Springs Life 20112017 AVVO Perfect 10.0 Peer Rating “Preeminent” Rating by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory “Best Attorneys of America” Rue, (Limited to Top 100 Attorneys/State) Legal Eagle “Best and Brightest Legal Minds” by Palm Springs Life- June 2016 Client Appreciation DUI Award/ Martindale Hubbell Client DUI Distinction Award- 2015 10 BEST ATTORNEYS for California for Client Satisfaction -DUI Law- Selected 2015. Weekly Legal Talk Show and Legal Columnist: Major LA and PS / Society Columnist Desert Sun DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, CALL A TAXI OR UBER………IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN 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@ dalegribowlaw.com.

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DRIVING WHILE DISTRACTED AND BUZZED?

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n August 6, 2016, CNN’S Special “DRIVING WHILE DISTRACTED” showed how it results in injuries as bad as from Driving Under the Influence. Major injuries or fatalities change lives forever. CNN showed drivers distracted by: texting, emails, photos, paying a bill, twitter, Facebook and the latest Pokémon craze. Distraction or Buzzed means you are playing Russian roulette. Distraction and drinking creates serious challenges. If stopped after drinking, you must know: 1. Advise officer you would be happy to talk but your attorney has advised you not to talk without his permission. Request they contact attorney Dale Gribow: 760-837-7500 or dale@dalegribowlaw.com for an ok. They won’t call me but it gives you an excuse for remaining silent. 2. Field Sobriety & Breath Test at the scene are Optional. OPT not to take the FST (walk the line, finger to nose, alphabet etc) and Breath Test. 3. Cooperate and take a Blood Test. 4. Remain SILENT (Silence is Golden, Handcuffs are Silver). 5. Remove social media as Police now obtain your Facebook information.

6. Call DMV within 10 days to save your license. 7. A STAY request freezes the suspension after 30 days. 8. The White Temporary Driver’s License is valid until suspension notice. 9. Request ID card & driving record at DMV. 10. “Constitutional Rights” issues occur at many DMV hearings, but refusals are used to argue guilt. 11. DMV hearing officers are judge and prosecutor. 12. DA must meet burden of proof on all issues or you win. 13. DUI creates a Court & DMV hearing. One does not affect the other. A DMV license suspension is 4 months or 5 months if a restricted license is requested. 14. If court plea is entered before the DMV hearing, though no immediate license suspension, when the court notifies Sacramento DMV your license is suspended. Attend DUI classes, file SR22 and pay reissuance fee for license return. 15. DMV issues 6 month Order of Suspension after plea but unlike a San Bernardino DMV Hearing Suspension, you can request a restricted license by paying $55 to reissue a license and $15 for the

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Health&Fitness

MOVE IT AND LOSE IT

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By Doug Morin

Executive DirectorCV Volunteers in Medicine Indio, CA

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Early Rio 2016 Olympic Betting “

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ost people know that sitting around all day is not good for your health, whether you’re in a car, at a desk, or watching television on the couch. You know you should be moving around and stretching your legs occasionally, but you’re probably either too busy or not in the mood to work out in the summer heat. Do you know that physical inactivity is linked to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer? The World Health Organization guidelines urge people to work out at least 150 physically active minutes each week (about 21 minutes a day), but in the U.S. only 21% of our population meets the minimum. The latest statistics in a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics released on August 3 are alarming. The average weight of men in the U.S. has grown from 181 pounds to 196 since 1988, but their height remained the same at about 5’9”, and the average woman expanded from 152 pounds to 169 while keeping a height just under 5’4”in the same time span. When looked at by race, African Americans gained the most on average. African American women added 22 pounds despite staying the same average height. African American men grew about one-fifth of an inch, but added 18 pounds, the study found. Anthony Comuzzie, an obesity researcher and

scientist with the department of genetics at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, has commented that a 15 to 16-pound weight gain is fairly significant, and the U.S population is still gaining weight at a rapid rate. This doesn’t bode well for the overall health of the nation. How can we fix us? It’s basic physics: if energy consumed is greater than energy expended, you’ll gain weight. If you’re going to eat a lot of calories, you should do enough exercise to burn the calories off or else they’ll turn into fat globules under your skin. There are lots of calorie counters online – just Google “calories.” Dietitians say you can safely lose 3 or more pounds a week at home with a healthy diet and lots of exercise. If you burn 500 more calories than you eat every day for a week, you should lose about 1-2 pounds. If you want to lose weight faster, you’ll need to eat less and exercise more. For instance, if you take in 1,050 to 1,200 calories a day, and exercise for one hour per day, you could lose 3-5 pounds in the first week. It’s very important not to cut calories any further -- that’s dangerous. In this August heat you might want to invest in an inexpensive gym membership so you can work out in their air conditioning without breaking the bank. Or get up early and walk, run or jog before the sun gets brutal.

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hey’re mostly betting as expected, on basketball, soccer and tennis,” said Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management for CG Technology and betting insider with Fox Sports West. This early into the Olympics, the wagering trend can simply be stated as: Bettors really want to bet on games and matches. That’s where most of the action is according to my friends at Pregame.com. “They’re mostly betting as expected, on basketball, soccer and tennis,” said Pete Fox, host of the local “Fox and Da’ Coach” Radio Show on ESPN which regularly peers into the Las Vegas books at The Cosmopolitan, Venetian, the Palms and more. “They’re betting all the games.” Not surprisingly, that includes contests involving the U.S. men’s basketball team, including last Monday evening’s tilt against Venezuela. And despite the Americans laying a huge number, most books had public and sharps backing Team USA. “We need Venezuela,” Director of Gaming at the South Point in Las Vegas said during an interview before the game, in which the U.S. was a 50.5-point favorite. For the record, the books got what they wanted, as Venezuela kept the margin to 44 in a 113-69 loss. The Mirage was also seeing primarily basketball and soccer wagers, but has several interesting proposition offerings, as well. One of the more popular options was on Jamaican sprinting sensation Usain Bolt’s performance in the 100-meter dash next weekend. Bolt was a -170 favorite to win gold, 3/2 to take silver, 6/1 for bronze and 12/1 to not medal. Recent news of Bolt being injured stirred many bettors to jump on the “no medal” choice, and they were aided initially by the prop not having the caveat that Bolt must at least compete. “We’re stuck big on no medal,” shift manager at the Mirage sportsbook Scott Shelton said during an interview on the daily gambling show ”Sportline” in Las Vegas, noting the book ultimately took the prop down and re-worded it to require that Bolt

race for action to be valid. “We got hit pretty good by the ones who got it early. They liked the payback and the fact he was hurt at the time. We’re looking fine now, because it looks like he’s definitely going to run.” Shelton noted there’s a learning curve with Olympics betting, which just went back on the board for the 2016 Games after not being allowed since the 1990s. “We’re learning, just like the people who are betting it,” he said. “It’s all new to us.” Offshore at TheGreek.com, basketball and soccer are taking action, but tennis is the real attraction. “We probably have more written on tennis than any other event,” said Scott Kaminsky, general manager of The Greek. “We’ve got all the matches up, and we’ve got live betting for probably 75 to 80 percent of the matches.” Regardless of sport, Kaminsky has picked up on trends among The Greek’s clients. “The two things I’ve noticed is that they either bet the favorite or a huge longshot,” he said. “Nothing in the middle.” Still, relatively speaking, some value can be had with favorites. American swimmer Katie Ledecky wiped out the field in worldrecord fashion to win the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle Sunday night. Prior to that race, Ledecky was a -1200 favorite to win the 800-meter freestyle later this week – meaning one would have to bet $1,200 to make $100. “After setting that record, she’s a huge price in the 800,” Kaminsky said, noting the odds moved to -8000. “We had a smart guy lay (-1200).” Kaminsky’s sportsbook operates out of Jamaica, where Bolt is all the rage, and he’s the 2/5 chalk to win the 100-meter dash, with American Justin Gatlin the +180 second choice. Kaminsky is prepared to comfort his staff in the event Bolt falters. “If he loses, everybody in here gets ice cream,” he said. “They’ll all be sad. I’ll give them ice cream to help ease the pain.” Wagering on sports as long as I have, I’m not feeling sorry for any of them.


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free will astrology

Week of August 11

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Using scissors, snip off a strand of your hair. As you do, sing a beloved song with uplifting lyrics. Seal the hair in an envelope on which you have written the following: “I am attracting divine prods and unpredictable nudges that will enlighten me about a personal puzzle that I am ready to solve.” On each of the next five nights, kiss this package five times and place it beneath your pillow as you sing a beloved song with uplifting lyrics. Then observe your dreams closely. Keep a pen and notebook or audio recorder near your bed to capture any clues that might arrive. On the morning after the fifth night, go to your kitchen sink and burn the envelope and hair in the flame of a white candle. Chant the words of power: “Catalytic revelations and insights are arriving.” The magic you need will appear within 15 days. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This would be a good time to have a master craftsperson decorate your headquarters with stained glass windows that depict the creation stories of your favorite indigenous culture. You might also benefit from hiring a feng shui consultant to help you design a more harmonious home environment. Here are some cheaper but equally effective ways to promote domestic bliss: Put images of your heroes on your walls. Throw out stuff that makes you feel cramped. Add new potted plants to calm your eyes and nurture your lungs. If you’re feeling especially experimental, build a shrine devoted to the Goddess of Ecstatic Nesting. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You Geminis are as full of longings as any other sign, but you have a tendency to downplay their intensity. How often do you use your charm and wit to cloak your burning, churning yearnings? Please don’t misunderstand me: I appreciate your refined expressions of deep feelings -- as long as that’s not a way to hide your deep feelings from yourself. This will be an especially fun and useful issue for you to meditate on in the coming weeks. I advise you to be in very close touch with your primal urges. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Be vulnerable and sensitive as well as insatiable and irreverent. Cultivate your rigorous skepticism, but expect the arrival of at least two freaking miracles. Be extra nurturing to allies who help you and sustain you, but also be alert for those moments when they may benefit from your rebellious provocations. Don’t take anything too personally or literally or seriously, even as you treat the world as a bountiful source of gifts and blessings. Be sure to regard love as your highest law, and laugh at fear at least three times every day. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Let’s assume, for the sake of fun argument, that you do indeed have a guardian angel. Even if you have steadfastly ignored this divine helper in the past, I’m asking you to strike up a close alliance in the coming weeks. If you need to engage in an elaborate game of imaginative pretending to make it happen, so be it. Now let me offer a few tips about your guardian angel’s potential purposes in your life: providing sly guidance about how to take good care of yourself; quietly reminding you where your next liberation may lie; keeping you on track to consistently shed the past and head toward the future; and kicking your ass so as to steer you away from questionable influences. OK? Now go claim your sublime assistance! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Although you may not yet be fully aware of your good fortune, your “rescue” is already underway. Furthermore, the so-called hardship you’ve been lamenting will soon lead you to a trick you can use to overcome one of your limitations. Maybe best of all, Virgo, a painful memory you have coddled for a long time has so thoroughly decayed that there’s almost nothing left to cling to. Time to release it! So what comes next? Here’s what I recommend: Throw a going-away party for everything you no longer need. Give thanks to the secret intelligence within you that has guided you to this turning point.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Here comes a special occasion -- a radical exemption that is so rare as to be almost impossible. Are you ready to explore a blessing you have perhaps never experienced? For a brief grace period, you can be free from your pressing obsessions. Your habitual attachments and unquenchable desires will leave you in peace. You will be relieved of the drive to acquire more possessions or gather further proof of your attractiveness. You may even arrive at the relaxing realization that you don’t require as many props and accessories as you imagined you needed to be happy and whole. Is enlightenment nigh? At the very least, you will learn how to derive more joy out of what you already have. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming weeks, I suspect that Life will attempt to move you away from any influences that interfere with your ability to discern and express your soul’s code. You know what I’m talking about when I use that term “soul’s code,” right? It’s your sacred calling; the blueprint of your destiny; the mission you came to earth to fulfill. So what does it mean if higher powers and mysterious forces are clearing away obstacles that have been preventing you from a more complete embodiment of your soul’s code? Expect a breakthrough that initially resembles a breakdown. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Maybe you know people who flee from the kind of Big Bold Blankness that’s visiting you, but I hope you won’t be tempted to do that. Here’s my counsel: Welcome your temporary engagement with emptiness Celebrate this opening into the unknown. Ease into the absence. Commune with the vacuum. Ask the nothingness to be your teacher. What’s the payoff? This is an opportunity to access valuable secrets about the meaning of your life that aren’t available when you’re feeling full. Be gratefully receptive to what you don’t understand and can’t control. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I placed a wager down at the astrology pool. I bet that sometime in the next three weeks, you Capricorns will shed at least some of the heavy emotional baggage that you’ve been lugging around; you will transition from ponderous plodding to curious-hearted sauntering. Why am I so sure this will occur? Because I have detected a shift in attitude by one of the most talkative little voices in your head. It seems ready to stop tormenting you with cranky reminders of all the chores you should be doing but aren’t -- and start motivating you with sunny prompts about all the fun adventures you could be pursuing. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): What you are most afraid of right now could become what fuels you this fall. Please note that I used the word “could.” In the style of astrology I employ, there is no such thing as predestination. So if you prefer, you may refuse to access the rich fuel that’s available. You can keep your scary feelings tucked inside your secret hiding place, where they will continue to fester. You are not obligated to deal with them squarely, let alone find a way to use them as motivation. But if you are intrigued by the possibility that those murky worries might become a source of inspiration, dive in and investigate. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you ready for your mid-term exam? Luckily I’m here to help get you into the proper frame of mind to do well. Now study the following incitements with an air of amused rebelliousness. 1. You may have to act a bit wild or unruly in order to do the right thing. 2. Loving your enemies could motivate your allies to give you more of what you need. 3. Are you sufficiently audacious to explore the quirky happiness that can come from cultivating intriguing problems? 4. If you want people to change, try this: Change yourself in the precise way you want them to change. Homework: What do you foresee happening in your life during the rest of 2016? Make three brave, positive predictions. Truthrooster@gmail.com. ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com

August 11 to August 17, 2016

Mind,body & Spirit

by Bronwyn Ison

SEE IT THROUGH

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ow many times have you commenced a project and neglected to see it through? Too often we miss the opportunity to reach our full potential. We either get sidetracked or it’s likely we fail to believe in ourselves. Perhaps, we believe we can achieve the goal initially but give up in the middle because the going gets tough. The words, “I can’t” have entered our lexicon occasionally. Why? It could be that each of us tote around our own “excuse bag.” How often have you made excuses for yourself for not accomplishing your dreams or goals? It is also more than likely you have blamed someone or something for certain goals not coming to fruition. Chances are you would not claim the title of a quitter. When we capitulate isn’t that equivalent to quitting? I know this one can be tough to swallow. Might I encourage you to compose a list of your dreams, goals, and aspirations? Outline a realistic timeline as to when you can achieve each of them. Make adjustments if necessary but don’t abolish a goal out of fear. This is an excellent time to look fear on the face and rid your self numerous excuses. Perhaps these excuses sound familiar… “There is no way I could ever do that…” “I never have enough time.”

“This was not a part of my plan today.” “I’m overwhelmed and just can’t see myself able to get it all done.” “My personal problems are inundating and my life is hectic.” “I’ve never done this. I don’t even know anyone who’s achieved this goal.” “I don’t have anyone to help me.” Do some of the excuses mirror you? It is easy to get entangled in the day-to-day rituals of life. Mapping out a schedule is a good starting place. Commencing your day with a plan with may assist in setting you up for success. If you don’t already have a routine, it may take time to establish a healthy regimen. Each evening or early morning, list what you plan to accomplish. Composing a checklist and marking off what you finished will render you a sense of accomplishment. Life happens and there will be unexpected events. Go with what comes your way. If a few things carry onto the next day, there is always tomorrow. Yet, if one or two tasks continue onto your list day after day, you may be manufacturing excuses. Be candid with yourself to avoid disappointment. You can do all things if you are motivated to achieve and conquer. Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. e-volveyoga.com 760.564.YOGA

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Dr. Maria Lombardo, Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery is located in Rancho Mirage. She specializes in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures including (but not limited to) facial, body and breast surgery, Botox, Latisse, and hCG diet program. For a consultation or more information, visit lombardocosmeticsurgery.com or call 760-610-8990. Dr. Lombardo will be writing a bi-weekly column for CV Weekly.

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hrough the normal aging process we all lose volume or fullness in our faces. Usually the first noticeable sign is a deepening of the naso-labial folds that start at the corner of the nose and end at the corners of the mouth. Replacing the fullness with a “filler” can soften the look of those lines and restore a more youthful appearance. There are several filler options available. Hyaluronic Acid is one that is very routinely used. Hyaluronic acid is compatible with the human body because it is a substance that is found in every single organic living thing. Its main purpose in the human body is to act as a network that transfers essential nutrients from the bloodstream to skin cells. It is most present in the human body in fluids around the eye area and in the joints. In fact, aside from its applications to cosmetic surgery, it is also often injected into joints to relieve rheumatism and other kinds of joint pain. The names of some of the products that are associated with use for cosmetic surgery are Restylane, Juvederm, and Voluma. These are the most popular injectibles that are used to fill lines and wrinkles. In its purest essence, HA is a gel like substance that sits between the skin and connective tissues supporting the skin. When injected, it acts like

an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume and elasticity due to aging and other causes. It is also hydrates the skin by bringing water to the surface which helps give it a refreshed and more youthful appearance. The procedure itself is very non invasive and does not require anything but a topical anesthetic administered to the site of injection (to help with any pain caused by the insertion of the needle). The needles used for this procedure are very fine and tiny and depending on how many areas are being treated the treatment takes between fifteen to 30 minutes. It is considered to be an outpatient procedure and many people return to their normal activities the same day. The results usually last between 3-9 months depending on your life style, body chemistry and the rate at which you are naturally aging. It is important to realize that this is a temporary solution and not a permanent cure for facial problems. To maintain their youthful appearance most people have new injections 1-2 times a year. Call today to make an appointment with Dr. Maria Lombardo (760)610-8990 and discuss if fillers are the right choice for you!

Life & career Coach by Sunny Simon

Time to Ignite Your Passion

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hile driving me to the airport the enthusiastic cabbie entertained me by explaining his passion for soccer. Over the course of a twenty minute ride, I learned a good deal about the sport most countries, with the exception the USA, refer to as football. Martin, my driver, who originally hails from Kenya, offered up at least seventeen reasons why soccer is the world’s most popular sport. When I inquired how often he plays the game, he looked at me sheepishly. Meeting my puzzled expression young Martin wistfully replied maybe someday he’ll get on the field again to boot the ball into the net. While my plane departed from the gate I pondered the reasons people fail to pursue their passions. During each 24-hour period we are given an opportunity to push ourselves beyond the norm. Moving forward toward goals brings us joy and immense personal satisfaction. So what stops us? Sure, we can feed ourselves the line that we are beyond busy, but we know that is just a lame excuse. Growing up, whenever I complained I was too busy to tackle a job, my mother stopped me in my tracks by reminding me that if I wanted something badly enough I could make the time to do it. Yes, dismissing my excuses with a little tough love worked wonders.

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