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Community Events • October 20 to October 26, 2016 Vol. 5 No. 31

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Coachella Valley Weekly


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 BB's Halloweekend Bash .........................3 Desert Trip.................................................5 Paul McCartney.........................................6 Tim McNary...............................................8 Vortex Music & Arts Festival....................9 CV Open Mic Competition .....................10 Backstage Jazz - Andrew Ford...............10 The Mighty Delta Tones..........................11 Moe Cheez...............................................11 Consider This - Big Star..........................12 Lisa Fischer..............................................13 Pet Place..................................................14 The Vino Voice ........................................15 Club Crawler Nightlife............................16 CV Fresh ..................................................18 Screeners.................................................20 Film - DBOX at Mary Pickford................21 Safety Tips...............................................21 Socail Security........................................22 Haddon Libby.........................................23 Dale Gribow............................................23 Book Review............................................24 Aerial Tramway Road Challenge............24 Village Pub 21st Anniversary................25 3rd Annual Taste Of The East Valley......25 Sports Scene ...........................................26 Free Will Astrology.................................27 Mind, Body & Spirit ................................27 Health & Fitness......................................28 Life & Career Coach ................................28

October 20 to October 26, 2016



t’s that special creepy time of year when thoughts of witches, vampires and ghosts fill the imagination and ghouls come out to play. And if you live in the Coachella Valley, it’s also when the most anticipated party of the year takes place, BB Ingle’s Annual Halloween Bash! BB’s parties are legendary, and have been entertaining desert party goers for decades. His Halloween parties in particular are enormously popular, giving attendees the chance to shed their everyday persona and dress up as whatever they want to for a night of decadent freaky fun. His parties are epic, and bring people from not only the desert area, but all over southern California to attend. Last year’s event, held at the Hard Rock hotel was enormous, bringing out well over 3,000 people to play. The costumes ranged from the demur, to over the top, with even a full-fledged Genie cruising around on his very own magic carpet willing to take pictures with anyone that would ask. You can probably find just about any costume at BB’s party; it is a coveted event that people look forward to, an event that stimulates all the senses. BB must have been born to bring people together, starting his career as a leader in social gatherings back in the 80’s when he and a few others founded BB O’Briens. The night spot was a constant in desert nightlife, and after its closure, BB began throwing special holiday/event parties earning him the Master of Events and Godfather of parties title that he has today. BB is also the 3 time winner of the CV Music Awards “Promoter of the Year” and was recently chosen as one of the CV Weekly’s twelve most Interesting and Influential Men in the Coachella Valley. This year BB’s 32nd Annual Halloween bash, will take place on two nights; Friday October 28th and Saturday, October 29th and will be held again at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs boasts all

of the flash and glamour affiliated with the famous chain. Amenities at the venue include swanky lounges (lobby & poolside), incredible dining, spa services and hip luxury accommodations all dripping with the cool vibe that is part of the Hard Rock brand. The Hard Rock Hotel, which started back in 1971, sets its goals on bringing people together to party up a storm, it’s a shared goal that BB has been an advocate of all along, “I’m excited to have my big bash at the Hard Rock again this year!” said BB. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs and BB’s 32nd Annual Halloween Bash is a perfect match! The mega party, which is being produced by Ray Phillips and RSP Productions, will be

spread out around the hotel, incorporating the elaborate underground ballroom, and poolside area. Three floors and seven stages of entertainment include heart pumping music from DJ’s: Ray Phillips, Alf Alpha, Anwaar, Aaron C, Cre-8, JF// Discord, DJ Shasta, MC Esjay, Paparazzi, Tiptoe Stallone’s Corner, plus others. The party will also feature the classic rock band Dude Jones performing poolside. *Special performance by new singing sensation Kate London!* Latin room with band Nova and DJLF. For those of you who like to entertain, “Spookyokee” with T-Bone. Food will be available through hotel outlets and there will be plenty of bars to accommodate thirsty hell raisers. Halloween has long been a holiday for kids to dress up, knock on stranger’s doors and extort candy (give me a treat or else). But the holiday has evolved into a much needed adult break from reality as well. It’s a night of fantasy, scares, dares, tricks and treats. And for us living in the desert, we have been lucky to have the “Pied Piper” of parties in our midst to throw exciting, edgy Halloween events every year. With BB’s 32nd Annual Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, it is certain that there will be plenty of treats for us all….and maybe a scary trick or two. Happy Halloween! The party goes from 8:30 to 2am and guests must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets are priced at $30 per person in advance for general admission online at PartywithBB. com. Tickets are also available at: Skitzo Kitty, Sensuality, and PSA Organica. For tickets visit or call 760-880-1059.


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t’s been such a “Trip” the last 2 weekends, both attending Weekend 1, and hearing all my friends share their experiences and even more, watching everyone’s’ video posts from Weekend 2. I love the way that some of the bands made sure to hold some hits for Weekend 2, like The Rolling Stones doing “Angie”

Photo Courtesy of Desert Trip/ Goldenvoice

and “Paint It Black” only on Weekend 2, and Neil Young doing “Old Man” and Paul McCartney bringing out Rihanna for “FourFive Seconds.” I don’t think any festival will ever come close to the whole “Desert Trip Experience” for many folks. So many families attending together (Cathcarts) that have shared



o many of my friends and fellow writers at CV Weekly have added such great posts and reviews from Desert Trip that I am encouraged to add some of my own experiences that may have been overlooked so far. First day observations: Traffic and parking... What traffic and parking issues? We arrived early and left just after the final bows... no traffic. I should add that our car was parked within 100 yards of our seats in the grandstands though. And speaking of seats... comfy, cushioned with a back, for when we did use them (for all of Dylan and once or twice to rest from jumping and dancing to the Stones). Within 10 minutes of sitting down I had 20 new friends from all across America and British Columbia... all from my own generation and so excited to be here. Once the topic of who would you want to see here next year was brought up the friend circle just kept getting bigger and bigger, although I must admit some suggestions were less than stellar... but then everyone had their favorites! I had to break the news to a few that David Bowie, Glenn Frey, and Freddie Mercury were all dead, but for that small detail Bowie, The Eagles and Queen were all really good suggestions. The bathrooms were unbelievable! Air conditioned trailers with “flush” porcelain urinals and toilets, granite counter tops, glass bowls, real wood privacy stalls. The food was hit and miss the first night. I really liked the lobster tacos and bacon wrapped hot dogs... definitely a cut above what this “fair food” junkie would have been happy to eat... but the mac and cheese, monster fries, and portions of the “Korean BBQ Take-out platters” did not really measure up. I’m not a drinker, but I was told that the margaritas, mules, and beer all were worth the price... water at $2 for the first bottle and free refill stations worked for me. I spent an hour in the air conditioned photo gallery and only saw about a third of it. I love museums and art galleries and take my time to enjoy each photo and reading the entire caption... then our

family either makes jokes, shares history, points out interesting details orjust oohs and aahs in harmony before moving on. We are a little weird that way, but it works for us. Like I said, there have been some great reviews of the music, but for me, I will say I thought it was all great. Sure Dylan croaked like a toad impersonating Louie Armstrong and never addressed the audience, but the guy got a noble prize for his poetry. With that in mind I am sure that the one song that sealed the deal was the lyrics from “Everybody Must Get Stoned.” The band I really went to see was the Stones and for me it was epic! Transcending to times long forgotten and the epitome of what a true rock and roll band means to me. Mick did engage the audience with his two most memorable lines, “If you remember last week’s show you weren’t really here” and his labeling of this as the “Catch’em before they Croak Festival”... different than the Dylan version of croaking of course. Tonight, (Saturday) we have a full harvest moon for Neil Young (who I last saw back in the early 1970’s with CSN&Y) followed by Paul McCartney (who I last saw in 2013 at Bonaroo in Tennessee). I’ll eat more, explore more and share if anything seems worthy. (For space we’re only able to print day 1 and 3) Weekend 2 Day 3 at Desert Trip. It’s Tuesday evening and I am still enjoying my “Music High” from the Desert Trip Weekend. The word “EPIC” gets tossed around pretty freely these days but for me this was an EPIC weekend. (Even the title of last week’s CV Weekly article about

BY TRACY DIETLIN generations of music with their children. Kudos Goldenvoice! For everything you did to make this a lasting memory and indelible mark on all who attended. And now for my picks for Desert Trip 2017: So many people have shared their picks for what might be a Desert Trip 2017. I shared mine with friends, Phil, and time dated it a few weeks before the show. Looks like I was in good company. Weekend 1: John Mellencamp, Bob Seger or Pearl Jam Bruce Springsteen Weekend 2: Eric Clapton U2 Weekend 3: Fleetwood Mac (or Aerosmith) Led Zeppelin I’ve seen everyone on this list at least once and several of these bands I’ve seen many times, with the exception of U2. There are several others that could also fill a slot or two (Tom Petty, The Police, Billy Joel, but putting the right 2 bands together

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Bridget & Chris Miller

is most important. But, hey, Goldenvoice already knows this. They just handed us the best festival weekend ever! And now for a peak into the Cathcart’s Weekend 2: (Bruce Cathcart is a Real Estate agent at LQ Palms Realty and RE columnist for CV Weekly, his wife Lora is a tenured Teacher, daughter KT Zapcart is also a teacher and the drummer for the CV Music Award winning band Bridger, and son Jim Cathcart is an Account Executive at APM Music in LA and Frontman for the punk band Bridger.)

BY BRUCE CATHCART Desert Trip was: EPIC) Of course the music was amazing. I related to each artist and their music differently as their songs evoked within me memories of different emotions, times and places. So as I sat in my bleacher seat awaiting the start of the Who I looked over at what was once a vast teenage wasteland, now made up of mostly 50, 60 and 70 year olds with gray hair (if any) and flagging muscles, united in spirit... yeah, I’m talking about my generation! You gotta love a band that announces that “We are all friends up here and no one is out to blow anyone off the stage,” and then proceeds to do just that! I found myself closing my eyes several times over the weekend just trying to absorb the music and the spirit of the festival. But as I have said in my last two posts, there are plenty of posts from writers far more eloquent than I about the music so let me get to “the other stuff”. By Day three at any festival the Cathcarts pretty much know where all the good stuff is hiding so we hit Jack-A-Lope Ranch grass fed beef cheese burgers and beer battered fries right off the get go. Special thanks to Marshal Karlquist for helping out with the burgers! Beverages included craft beers, margaritas and mules for the crew and strawberry lemonade for me (I think I paid extra because they were “hand squeezed... or so the sign said). We upgraded from popsicles to full blown double scoop ice cream cones. But the walk back to our seats was so long that I needed to stop by the Vietnamese stand for a few more spring rolls and fried shrimp. We hit the merch store again, took photos in front of the big album covers, tried to sneak into the Photo Gallery... but got caught (twice) and made a pit stop in the luxurious bathrooms that I described in my previous post. By now we knew all of our neighbors by their first names and we acted like we were long lost friends reuniting after a long absence, which in this case was about 15 hours! It’s funny how the first night folks tend to be a little tentative, but having the same seats and the

same friends around you each night really added to the bonding experience. By the third night everybody was talking about hip replacements and knee surgery, kids, grandkids, you name it. The familiarity, shared generation of experiences and the music seemed to tie us together in the same way a corporate retreat is intended to do. I must admit, at the end of the night we all shared a very emotional good-bye. Traffic and parking were never an issue for us and Goldenvoice and the City of Indio did an incredible job pulling this festival off seemingly without incidents. So Monday morning I drag myself out of bed and try to catch up on my chores that I neglected over the weekend. I laugh at myself for putting on a dust mask before mowing my lawn... especially after snorting a pound or so of grass and dust at the Polo Grounds! But it was worth it! We’ll definitely be back next year!!!


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An Intimate Night with Paul McCartney and Me (and 300 Lucky Others) By Lisa Morgan It was October 12, Wednesday night. My phone started buzzing with texts and voicemails. Not an unusual occurrence for me; I keep myself a little busy with a full time Job at a busy Palm Desert marketing company, my coverage of local music as CV Weekly’s Head Music Writer, and my own small business (booking and promoting bands, including my own). I am also one of the fortunate people who get to guest host Pappy and Harriet’s Open Mic on occasional Mondays. I say all this to make a point - in spite of my involvement with Pappy’s and the local music scene, when I started getting panicked messages like, “Call me!” “Have you heard about anything going on up at Pappy’s?” “Is somebody from Desert Trip going to play at Pappy and Harriet’s?”… I had heard nothing. I snooped. I prodded. I checked all my inside resources. If anyone knew anything, they weren’t letting it slip. Something was up. If there were loose lips, I would have hunted them down and made them talk! I found out along with everyone else the following morning, when Pappy and Harriet’s nearly broke the internet announcing that Paul McCartney would be doing a pop up performance at the venue whose stage had already bore the presence of greats like Robert Plant, who showed up unexpected for Teddy Quinn’s Open Mic one night. Vampire Weekend, Leon Russell, Sean Lennon and Arctic Monkeys have shown up at the place. The walls at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace are marinated in music and good old fashioned community love. But this…THIS was beyond anything that had happened there before. Sir Paul McCartney had chosen this town, this community, this magical place to do an intimate and up-close show. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” he walked into ours. There were thousands lined up hoping to get in. It was all hands on deck for those who have regularly worked at Pappy’s, parking, loading, setting up and working security. The big trucks that obviously carried Paul’s gear from Indio to Pioneertown were backed in, and his bus was there. Everyone had been on site working for hours already. As the good men who regularly work security approached the place in the line that would be cut off, sending thousands home, my heart sank. The gift and opportunity I had been granted by my publisher who had


chosen me to represent CV Weekly, one of only five members of the media, weighed heavily on me. Entering Pappy and Harriet’s after checking in on the guest list, I found prime real estate at the very front of the stage, just left of center. It was 5:00 and he wouldn’t be performing until 8:00. I stayed put. Fortunately I was surrounded by equally grateful and cheerful people, and the camaraderie we shared was instantaneous. The time flew as we waited like excited school children. Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age was there with his mom. Brandt Bjork, Victoria Williams and other desert legends were in attendance. Even Miss Harriet, the original owner was there. “When Paul arrived on the property, you felt a presence,” shared Pappy’s long time security man, Dave Johnson (aka Big Dave). “His staff was top notch and fun to work for. Paul warmed up in the liquor barn that Pappy’s renovated recently, then he came to the little house for a while and changed. On his way to the stage he had a huddle with the band. They broke the huddle with a yell like a football team.” There was no drum roll preceding his entry, but it felt like there was. Those of us waiting stage side could feel the energy build as McCartney drew close; we could see commotion behind the door to the left of the stage. With no big announcement, fanfare or formal introduction, Paul McCartney stepped onto the stage followed by his band mates. With big exaggerated steps and arms wide open, he was greeted by the loudest crowd I believe to ever roar under that old roof. Before us, on that simple, beautiful little stage, was a man, knighted by the Queen of England, who had written more history making music than anyone. But here, he was that kid from Liverpool, taking great joy in making noise for an adoring crowd. “Good evening everybody. Welcome to Pappy and Harriet’s,” he shouted after he was suited up with his guitar. “This is the

biggest gig we’ve ever played.” The crowd laughed and cheered as he proceeded to tear into a set list that would be engrained, now even more deeply than ever before, into the soundtrack of our lives. Save Us, Junior’s Farm, Can’t Buy Me Love, Let Me Roll It, I’ve Got a Feeling, My Valentine (dedicated to his wife who was in attendance for their anniversary), 1985, We Can Work it Out, I’ve Just Seen a Face, Love me Do, Queenie Eye, Lady Madonna, Day Tripper, Obla Di Obla Da, Band On the Run, Back in the USSR and Hey Jude. Consummately aware of his surroundings, realizing he would be even harder to see as he moved to his keys, he asked the crowd in front if they’d sit down for a song so those in back could get a better view. As awkward as it was, packed like sardines, we did our best to oblige. Hell, we’d have broken our necks smiling if he had asked us to do a back flip. I studied every expression and gesture of Paul McCartney and his a-MAZING band (Brian Ray, Rusty Anderson,  Paul “Wix” Wickens  and  Abe Laboriel, Jr.) who have played with McCartney since 2002 (longer than the Beatles or Wings). It appeared that the “boys” were having an entirely new level of fun together. McCartney is a man more comfortable in his own skin than any I have ever witnessed. Warm and down to earth, he was very much in charge, not because he’s famous, but because he is a leader and a master of the craft that he loves. He absolutely loves playing with this band. Every minute of this show reflected that, and it is mutually reciprocated. You might say to yourself, “Well, of course they love playing with him, he’s Paul-freaking-McCartney!” It appeared to be much more than that. The same could be said about his security and stage staff. The show went off without incident for the most part. There were a couple of minor issues in the crowd, but it was handled with stealth and without escalation (an art within itself). As someone towards the middle of the audience held up their phone recording with the flash on, continuously pointed at McCartney’s face, I saw McCartney’s personal security man, Swallows, gesture at the guy to turn it off. With Swallows stuck on the stage side of the barriers, the guy chose to ignore him. I saw Paul look at Swallows. Oh, that look! That one look - not angry, not annoyed, but a focused look that spoke

volumes. Even I felt like I should respond somehow. In a fairly graceful flash, Swallows, from Scotland, was leaning over the top of the barrier, pointing out the annoying fellow with his flashlight. Like a superhero, big Dave Johnson, our gentle Desert Yeti and Desert Storm Veteran, swooped in and grabbed the phone away from the guy and controlled the situation. Big Dave had come to the rescue of some girls, moments before by removing a guy from the area who had pushed them. Other than that, the show went off without incident thanks to the stellar staff and organized leadership on both sides of the stage. Later, Big Dave shared that McCartney gave him a hug and he got big kudos from McCartney’s staff. McCartney engaged with the crowd by having them sing along, sometimes just the guys, then the girls, then back of the room, then the front of the room. It was a sing along throughout, proving that, in the words of local staff member, Chris Unck, “Beatle Mania is alive and well.” At one point, McCartney asked the audience, “How many of you live here in Pioneertown?” The crowd responded accordingly. “How many of you are not from Pioneertown, but from around the desert?” The crowd responded much more loudly. “How many of you are from a long way away?” The crowd response was light. “Ok,” said McCartney. From behind the drum kit, Abe laughed and said, “It worked!” McCartney‘s intentions were clear; he wanted very much for this show to be a gift to the local community. In that respect, it most definitely was. The depth of that gift is still being felt to this day and will live on forever in those precious walls. And for all the hard work and sacrifice over the years that those two crazy girls from New York poured into the place to keep the magic of Pappy and Harriet’s alive on the heels of 9/11, there may not be a greater pay off, or a more deserving one.

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he Hood Bar and Pizza is offering plenty of selections this season, and I’m not just talking about their killer bar menu. They are using both indoor and outdoor staging areas to provide a wide (and I mean W I D E) variety of offerings to appease all music appetites. CHICANO BATMAN returns! They’ll be playing an early show on the outside stage, including opening acts Slipping Into Darkness and SadGirl, from 6pm – 10pm. The Alt-Latino band that was featured at Coachella Music and Arts Festival and supported Jack White’s Lazaretto Tour in 2015, will be displaying their tropical Brazilian flavored psychedelic, slow-jamsoul. Tickets are $15. INSIDE THE HOOD WITH TIM MCNARY: Inside, a free, more acoustic show will be launched after 9 pm with touring Nashville recording artist, Tim McNary, debuting songs from his third album, Above the Trees. McNary’s story is as unique as his music, and not what most people would expect coming out of Nashville. His music is more accurately defined as “World Music” than the typical “Country” that many folks assume is Nashville’s sole music commodity. McNary’s journey to find his voice was hard won, and finds its way into a compilation of songs that you will feel in your bones as much as you will hear with your ears. His story makes a lot of sense when you become familiar with his music, but at first listen, his story is a lot to grasp. A brief conversation would sound something like several sequels to a great series of books, leaving you anxious for the next publication. Brought up in an ultraconservative Evangelical home that was, in his own words, “cult-like,” McNary was sheltered from the music of the world home schooled, and forbidden to listen to the radio or watch TV. The only music he had was from the church he and his family attended three days a week. “It was a pretty toxic environment actually, and breaking away from it has been a lifelong process. At 13 I stopped going to church, and by 20, I completely abandoned Christianity.” Blooming late in his exposure to the giant world of music, McNary developed some very diverse and eclectic tastes. At


first it was classical music. Then in college, he found The Cure. “I started listening to all kinds of stuff; some of it’s embarrassing. I wouldn’t even want to admit to it…like (he hesitates) Air Supply. My first album was Whitney Houston’s Body Guard. That was an amazing album. I still standby that one actually.” A charismatic guy with his eyes set on politics, McNary moved to South America to broaden his world view and life experience. There, while teaching English to the poor, he discovered Brazilian Jazz, MPB (post-bossa nova urban popular music), and “cheesy Latin pop,” which he admits he still has a predilection for. Returning from South America, McNary took a job with a bank, and joined a rock band. It was only eight years ago, McNary launched out on his own, falling on the sword of the full time troubadour, dedicating himself to doing what he, in many professional opinions, was born to do. Suffering from heartache, internal conflict, and debilitating depression, he turned to the thing that always made it better – his music. “I’ve always been singing, making up songs in my head. Like a lot of artists, I don’t remember a time I didn’t sing. I think everybody has it in them; just some people are more drawn to it. It was something I’d


do to calm myself and make myself feel better. It continues to this day.” His music began with simply processing his emotions. Eastern philosophy, reading, poetry were the things that influenced his sensibilities. “Above The Trees, was written during a roller-coaster five year period that included periods of homelessness, two band break ups, the theft of my van and musical equipment, bouts with depression, the discovery of meditation and it’s lifechanging impact, and moving to Nashville, Tennessee in the Summer of 2013 . The album’s overarching themes are a longing for personal connection, and the journey towards courage, and hope for transcendence.” The EP was recorded with Producer, Paul Warner in a mountain cabin in North Georgia. “Instrumentation spans from a 1930 lard barrel we found on the cabin’s front porch, to my Casio CT638 electric keyboard, to the beautiful cello playing of Bryan Gibson, upright bass playing of Rob Henson, and Drumming of Darren Stanley, among others.” As someone who listens to a lot of music from a broad spectrum, I have to say, there is something very special about this album, McNary’s voice and his music in general. I’m not even sure he is aware of just how special it is. Already a fan of his sophomore album, While We Are Waking, Above the Trees reached another level of depth lyrically and musically. It has become a soundtrack I turn to when I need to get my crazy life calm and centered. Perhaps it’s the Eastern philosophy that bleeds through emitting a sense of Zen, but don’t get me wrong – this EP is in no way sleepy or something you’ll be able to meditate to. You will want to roll down the windows of your car and play it loud. The storylines take you on a journey while the melodies and instrumentation lifts you like a magic carpet as you travel somewhere deep into South America, and bribe a boat captain to give you transport. A few tracks in, you’ll be on the treasure hunt for a soulful connection, or as McNary pens it, a “Missus.” In “The Heist” you join forces with the oppressed on the precipice of rising up against tyranny to a hypnotic tribal beat as McNary gently raises a fist of warning to the facilitators of injustice. The themes of his youth are not discarded but ironically redeemed as he gives breath to the longing in all of us to be held and passionately connected, “like the morning holds the sun,” “like secret lovers gripping in the dark,” or, “Like new believers holding on to God.” Brilliantly, delicately and deliciously produced by Paul Warner, this album will lift you above the trees any time you choose to let it, and so will McNary’s live performance.


Photo By Dino Archon

THE ADOBE COLLECTIVE will be joining Tim McNary on stage. The Joshua Tree Music Festival veterans and high desert favorites, bring new music from their album Take Heart, Take Care, an edgier compilation of their signature psychedelic folk rock. Their vocal harmonies, as always, blend like warm butter.

HOW WE BECAME GIANTS will close out the night. Hailing from Old Town Yucca Valley, and debuting for the first time here in the low lands, How We Became Giants is a band fronted by Wade Crawford and backed by Terrence Dunn (drums) and Rudy Raya (bass). Crawford and Dunn were more recently known as Wade Crawford and the Country Trash (one of my favorite roots rebel original country bands). In this configuration, Crawford trades out his acoustic guitar for an electric. Their genre is, quite refreshingly simple - “Rock”. There are no hyphens, no fancy word combos to describe this power trio; this band will simply bring you good old fashioned, straight forward, original rock and roll that will make you throw your fist in the air and shout to the sky, “Rock and roll is alive and well.” If you want to hear fresh, new inspiring live music that will allow you to escape the political pollution weighing down on all of us, plan on making a night of it at The Hood. That’s where I’ll be. There will be no cover for this inside show. It will start at approximately 9 and go until Crawford feels like setting down his axe.




he city of Desert Hot Springs is an artistic mecca comprising of brilliant visual artists and a number of cultivated musical and performance artists to boot. While the city has held a certain stigma for being less than its neighboring communities, Desert Hot Springs boasts the coolest weather in all of Coachella Valley and inescapably beautiful 360 degree views. Recently, Desert Hot Springs has moved for a shift in this stunning city to more of an art centric mindset and create an Art Zone in the downtown area, hoping to attract artists to reside within the city and ultimately influence it’s creative, cultural district. In June of this year, the Desert Hot Springs Arts District Committee unanimously voted to place David Ross and his production company, David Ross Productions, in charge of The Vortex Music & Art Festival, which will take place this Saturday, October 22nd from 12 to 8pm all free of charge to visitors. The festival will boast an incredible amount of local talent as well as world renowned musicians and artists coming together to celebrate the city and the strong spirit within it. Brown Miller is the Media and Technology Director of the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs and focuses his efforts on helping Desert Hot Springs artists promote their work in a professional manner, thereby benefitting the community as a whole. “It’s a good start for our new ‘ART Zone’ cultural district,” Miller explains, “but the Art Foundation DHS and our wonderful partners David, Calista, and Bernard, have much work ahead for the ART Zone to make a real, lasting impact on our community.” Bernard Hoyes, Art Curator for the festival, illustrates the city’s sentiments as he states; “The Vortex Music and Art Festival faces the challenge of Change. As the Curator of the Art segment of this Festival the challenges are easily met, because DHS has a wealth of Creative Souls that makes this Vortex their home and inspiration. These Artists intend to make this city into an art zone.”

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“I put together some of the best bands and musicians in the desert,” exclaims David Ross who aside from producing the festival, will also be acting as MC. “My goal is to boost the image of Desert Hot Springs and lift up the underdog creatives such as new unknown artists or great musicians who have been forgotten and thrown by the wayside.” Ross, producer of The Coachella Valley Music Show, has rallied for recognition of talented artists throughout his career back to when he managed Jr Walker and Ike Turner. “I line up well-known musicians alongside the locals to get those locals seen in the public view and gain the recognition they deserve. This has always been my passion,” Ross states proudly. The Visitor Center in Desert Hot Springs will open its doors for the day as the “V” to visitors and guests. Visual art exhibitions displayed in the gallery and throughout the Vortex Music & Art Festival will include Jorge Sicre, a neo-symbolist visual artist born in Havana, Cuba and now residing in Desert Hot Springs. Sicre’s art has been included in numerous galleries and exhibitions in North America and in Europe and featured at an event at the Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni in Trento, Italy. Also featured on two high-end fashion accessory lines: Jenellen, Inc and Icon Shoes, Inc, you can view this distinct artist up close and personal at the festival. Artist Landon Johnson, a local resident and receiver of an art scholarship this year from the Marks Art Center at College of the Desert, will have works on display. World renowned ceramic artist Martha Daniels, a Desert Hot Springs resident as well, will have her work featured on Saturday’s festivities. Daniels pieces are all made of hand built clay and are delicately formed, fired, and decorated by the artist herself. Bijan Masoumpanah’s work will also be a prominent feature, noted for his “Old Indio” mural and Carl May Community Center mural. The stage will be set for musical performances that will alternate between local musicians and an all-star legendary

band, enveloping the flow of the crowd with a delightful feel as they move from indoors to out, viewing carefully chosen and displayed visual art pieces. Headlining the Vortex Music & Art Festival at 6pm will be Calista Carradine, daughter of legendary actor David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill), and special guests including her acclaimed uncle, actor and musician, Robert Carradine. “I grew up listening to my father and my uncle play the blues and tasty guitar, so blues music was definitely ingrained in me,” notes Calista. “However this will be my first time performing with my uncle Robert so I am thrilled about it. When I heard that the Arts District Committee is looking to support artists in creation and sales of their work I knew this festival would be a great way to promote that culture and activity here, in really the nicest part of the desert. I live here in Desert Hot Springs and it has cooler weather than the rest of the valley as well as the special water from the miracle spas. The Vortex Festival will be a great way to showcase our visual artists coupled alongside of music and performance artists that are all very incredible.” Other musicians guest appearing with Calista Carradine will be Deanna Bogart, Solomon King, Buddy Greco Jr, Jim Moraco, and Aaron Todd. At 3pm there will be a special performance by renowned singer, pianist and saxophone player Deanna Bogart, including a multitude of guest stars as well. The illustrious Mona McKinney will grace the stage while Amber Allen will bring her explosive energy, and celebrated performer Paul MacKey will ‘Light it Up.’ Festival goers will also be able to enjoy and dance along to the upbeat tunes of The BrosQuitos who are the first Desert Hot Springs band to be recently signed to a record deal. Also award winning bands The CMF’s, The Hive Minds and Hollace will keep the groove going with the Beatabums, and Lucky Tongue also performing until Bri Cherry & The Boys pump up the crowd with enigmatic violin music creating a barrage to delight the ears.

David Ross, festival producer would like to thank Janice Gough, President of the Art Foundation of DHS, who has been “phenomenal in making things happen for our festival from securing sponsors to funding. Without her the Vortex Music & Arts Festival would not happen.” Ross would also like to thank the immense support of Tracy Dietlin and Phil Lacombe, not just through Coachella Valley Weekly, but as “longtime neighbors and whose friendship is immeasurable and will always be treasured.” “Beautiful silent auction items and goodies will be offered on the festival grounds on Saturday for interested parties, not to disappoint, and contributions to the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs are tax deductible. From the Art Committee organizers and all of those involved in this festival and in the betterment and recognition of the city of Desert Hot Springs, we thank you, the public, for your attendance in advance and look forward to a radiant experience,” shared Ross.

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hat a crowd! What talent! Each week boasts a slew of patrons fired up and ready to join in on the action of the CV Open Mic Competition 2016 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City. Each performer pushes to outstanding lengths to engage the audience in energetic, heartfelt performances. Live streams buzz through social media adding to the crowd as the night rolls on as each new fan is made, clamoring to meet face to face with the inspiring artist they just watched. Giveaways in the form of t-shirts and fanny packs added to the fun. This week’s guest judges from 87.9 KCOD Coachella FM, station manager Toni Bakal, plus Windy Marie Chisem and Caleb Walker, had the tough job of scoring each amazing band and artist. Once all of our talented musicians graced the stage and the votes were tallied, it was Porsia Camille and Josiah Gonzalez who were awarded 1st place. The stand out performers decided to take home movie tickets to the Mary Pickford Theatre and will now move on to the Semi Finals January 4th. If they win there, the pair will compete in the Grand Finals on January 11th for an MTV Quality Music Video Production from Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films and award winning Director Chip Miller, plus a $500 trip to Las Vegas from Crater Lake Spirits, as well as an Artist Development Session from Grammy nominated Producer Ronnie King, a Promotional Photo Shoot from Rav Holly, and a Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal from Guitar Center Palm Desert. 2nd place was awarded to System aka Marco Thoma who’s impromptu beats wowed and who chose to take home a $25 gift certificate to The Block Sports Bar & Grill. 3rd place went to Nuclear Cowboys who’s acoustic trio got the crowd pumped and who chose a $25


gift certificate to The Block Sports Bar & Grill as well. THANK YOU to ALL our performers at the CV Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND making the environment so supportive for all of the artists involved: Mike Sick-boy, David Strauss, Marco Thoma aka System, Johnny Maravilla, Paul Vasquez of Unity Frenzy, Warrior Spirit Falcon that Sings, L-Boogie The Mann, Porsia Camille, Josiah Gonzalez, Jim Holiday, Ethan Vega, Erik Mouness, Jonathon Sweetnam, Juan Espino aka Razor J, Tomas Granillo, Oscar Villagrana, and Jacob Cantu. Also a big thanks to Johnny Carmona, our amazing sound technician. I hope to see you all next WEDNESDAY at THE BLOCK SPORTS BAR & GRILL in Cathedral City! Look for coverage of this week’s event and the announcement of winners in the next issue of Coachella Valley Weekly! SPECIAL THANKS to all of our sponsors: Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films & Chip Miller, Ronnie King Music, Crater Lake Spirits, Rav Holly, Guitar Center, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, and The Block Sports Bar & Grill. Be sure to “LIKE” CVOpenMicCompetition for updates! ALL AGES ALLOWED and YOU may compete EVERY week! PLEASE NOTE: Due to our overwhelming number of interested performers, sign in starts at 7pm and will be closed at 7:45pm. BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY and FANS and note that the competition usually ends around 10:30pm so be sure your friends and family know to stay until the end to voice their vote!!! For questions or information about sign-up, please see or contact creator and host, Morgan Alise James at or (714) 6511911

ho’s that chill bass player? That’s Andrew Ford who plays with some of the top acts in the world! He toured with Chaka Khan including a performance at the White House. He toured with Gladys Knight. He toured with David Crosby and Graham Nash. These are just a few of the top artists he performed with: Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Robben Ford, George Duke, James Ingram, Israel Houghton, Dianne Reeves, Peabo Bryson, Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont, Christopher Cross, Jerry Butler, Michael McDonald, David Pack, The Emotions, Phil Perry, The Stylistics, Brenda Russell, Larry Carlton, Oleta Adams, Jeffrey Osborne, Melissa Manchester, Jeff Lorber, Deniece Williams, Johnny Hammond, Greg Adams, Randy Crawford, Norman Brown, Boney James, Paul Brown, Kirk Whalum, Michael Paulo and many others. I asked him at the beginning of our interview to give me his most memorable moment in the business and he shared several with me, but before we get to that here’s a little history. Andrew was born in Gardena, California and planned to become a professional athlete. He picked up the bass guitar at age 14 and had a garage jam band, but nothing serious. It wasn’t until he became a freshman in college and realized his sports dreams would not manifest that he decided to pick it up professionally. Just to make sure, he got a degree in business and education but he never got to use them as a career. He was lucky enough to work with a new teacher who also happened to be a jazz musician. Reed Gratz used him for his bass playing even though he wasn’t proficient, and that’s how it began. He pushed Andrew to learn and get better. Andrew always loved music and used to listen in his room to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to BB King. He loved different styles of music and so his career took off after the teacher took him under his wing. Also, there was a local Inland Empire group named Japer, led by percussionist Dio Saucedo that he played in. This is where he met many who went on to be stars in smooth jazz including Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, and so many more. He shared several of his favorite moments in his musical career. His first thought was the moment when he performed with Al Jarreau who was one of his very favorites. He said it was such an unbelievable experience to not only be working with one of his favorites but a host of other top musicians in the industry including drummer Steve Gadd, who is the drummer for Eric Clapton and Paul Simon. Before he could complete that story he interjected with his absolute fairy tale experience. He performed with Whitney

Houston live on HBO. He said he was so nervous that he could barely hold it together. The audience was filled with celebrities. He said that is the pinnacle of his career to date. Another memorable serendipity moment for him was when he was on the tour bus with Davie Crosby and his band CPR. David was a friend of Robin Williams and decided to give him a call as they were passing through the area. He invited them over so the tour bus pulled up to Robin’s home. His wife and kids were there and Robin was (of course) warm, gracious and funny. Ford mused about how he went into an entire comedy routine just for them. He said it was like he couldn’t help himself. Normally, he doesn’t ask to have a picture taken with artists but he did have one taken with Robin. Andrew is currently working on his first CD called Musik 4 the Soul, which will include original music influenced by his favorites like Stevie Wonder, Jobim, Tito Puente and George Benson. He hopes to broaden the jazz genre by creating something new. He’s creating a mixture of smooth jazz and R&B. Watch for it. He’s also been working with Lynne Fiddmont on her CD and played all the parts on her last one, a nice stretch for him. He loves production and writing so coming out with his first CD is something he’s really looking forward to doing. When I asked him what his goals are he told me that he has surpassed every goal he could ever think of and is very happy to be doing a CD of his own. It brings a new level to his career as a bass player, producer, arranger and educator. He has 5 bass instructional DVD’s covering blues, R&B, reggae, jazz and more, available through his website at www. We’ve been lucky enough to bring Andrew to the desert for 2 Celebrity Jams and are planning to bring him back in the future. “This is the challenge: not to rearrange the intentions of the composers, but to stay within the parameters of what the composers have in mind and be creative and imaginative and meaningful.” ~Joe Henderson





his week I caught up with Scott E Stone, lead vocalist and harmonica player for the esteemed blues band The Mighty Delta-Tones. Those familiar with blues music understand that one of the essential elements is the ability to convey raw emotion sincerely to its audience. The genre may lack the complexity of jazz or the prepense of classical; but good blues music connects the audience. The Mighty DeltaTones have been doing that since their inception in 2005. Stone has held a variety of jobs in his music career and has not only adapted to the changing times and technology but continues to innovate within them. Friend and local musician Jim Holiday describes Stone simply as “One of the good guys in music,” and I couldn’t help but feel the same way after our interview. MJ: Please share about yourself, as you have led an interesting life. SS: “My life has always been driven by an inner need to create, build, and invent. Even now, I try to never end a day without testing a new idea or

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bridging an imagined gap. My grandfather had a little woodshop in his basement that fascinated me as a kid. It was a kind of a dream world for me that inspired me to build and create. My grandmother was an exceptional artist, and she saw some promise in me. She hired an art teacher for me in 4th grade for private lessons. It went well at first but I had an exceptionally hard time concentrating. I was either wired to the gills, (which was later attributed to Attention Deficit Disorder) or about to fall asleep due to the medication I took for my Hay Fever. My life has always been a parallel path of woodworking and music; but ultimately it was my desire to play music that gave me the ability to focus on an idea or song and get it done.” MJ: What sparked your interest in music as a kid? SS: “When I was 12 years old, I heard a band on the radio called The Rolling Stones and it was all over for me. With a dynamic harmonica, great committed vocals, sweet guitars and a




ith the ambition of an entrepreneur and the passion of an artist, Moe Cheez has succeeded in carving out a piece of the music industry to call his own. Cheez often tells the artists he develops, “The industry is 10 percent music and 90 percent business.” While running the Brutal Bee Music Group and Grind Hard Clothing, in addition to directing at Moe Cheez Films, this brilliant business mind has succeeded at having his music placed onto the major cable network, Showtime. Moe has also been featured as an up and coming artist on BET’s 106 and Park where his connections to that network landed him as a featured artist on a major label song. I spoke with the inspiring Moe Cheez to learn more about how he has turned his passion for music and savvy mind for business into a lasting career. MJ: Your business performs several functions for artists. Can you describe the different aspects? Have you always been set on this path? MC: “Our business was initially designed for artist development and music licensing. However, my background in graphic design and screen printing expanded my vision for the business and we began to also include branding and merchandise. From there we added videography and marketing to our reputation and evolved

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into a running record label that specializes in discovering new talent and preparing them for major labels. I have been doing music since I was 15 years old and always had a love for creating fashion and not following trends. Coming from Chicago, you had to stand out in some way. I have always been creative and was truly blessed with a leading spirit and overpowering ambition.” MJ: How have your life experiences influenced your music and your business? MC: “To me real music is a reflection of what the artist has seen or been through. Real music! That’s the music that when you hear it, the hair stands up on your body. I push my message through my music and try to be direct and straightforward and apply those same principles in business.” MJ: How did being featured on B.E.T.’s show for up and coming hip hop artists, 106 and Park, affect your career? MC: “106 and Park was one of my career highlights. It opened a lot of doors for me and my team. We helped shape the music scene in Fort Wayne, Indiana along with a couple other artists that were responsible for bringing major networks to the city. I was booked on a couple tours with Gorilla Zoe, as well as radio promotion and attention from the likes of Lil Wayne and Birdman. I had also begun negotiations to join their sub label Young Money, but ultimately decided it would be best if I stayed independent.

driving bass and drums, I rushed to get there first album and wore it out. It wasn’t until later that I realized almost all of that album had been written by or inspired by black American artists. At that point, I made it my quest to try and track down and listen to all of the great music that had been put out by the artists that had inspired that album.” MJ: Who has influenced your style of harmonica and singing? SS: “Some of my main harp influences are Mick Jagger, Paul Butterfield, Kim Wison and Little Walter. I consider Greg Allman to be my first real vocal teacher as I learned to sing the new blues from their first albums. Other influences include a local Kansas City guy named Mike Finnegen with a throaty growly blues voice and Paul Butterfield.” MJ: What are some of the ways you managed to combine your passion for music and woodworking to make a living? SS: “By the late 70’s I had established a small construction company called Rollin’ Stone Construction. With an education in interior design, I helped a friend design and build a successful night club. When we finished it, he told me he needed a jock to spin records and since I had a very large collection of records, I took the job. God it was fun; no real boss, free drinks and food. I was in heaven. I ended up getting another request to build the same kind of dance club again and ultimately built 8 of them. Over the years I learned how to run, maintain and service all of the sound, lighting and power equipment while also Disc Jockeying and performing with the house band. It was a good 15 year run and my last night club was designed for Buddy Greco locally.”

MJ: How did you ultimately end up in The Mighty Delta-Tones? SS: “I was performing in various bands after my construction career. We formed The Mighty Delta-Tones in 2005 when my band mates and I had hit the wall playing classic rock covers. It just was not giving back anymore. So we broke it down to a basic 3 piece ensemble: blues guitar, bass and harp to get back to the root of music that had inspired me as a kid. We performed hard blues from Son House, Bukka White and others of that period, as simple as we could. Slowly, the love was coming back to playing! We eventually added another guitar player and drummer and became a 5 piece blues band.” MJ: I’ve heard there are some new additions to the band. Who are they and what are their backgrounds? SS: “The New Mighty Delta-Tones line-up is as follows; Paul Moser on guitar and vocals, Mike Pedersen on slide guitar, Pat Ellett on bass guitar, Brian Jeffers on drums and percussion, and myself on lead vocals and harp.” MJ: Where can readers see your shows? SS: “We are currently booked at The Tack Room Tavern Nov. 12 and Nov. 25 and will be playing at the Date Festival on the main stage in February 2017.” MJ: Any advice for newer musicians that you would like to pass on? SS: “To the young guys and gals getting started, be what you are. Dig in and be true to what you believe. Be influenced by all around you, but forge your own path.”


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I have made tons of friends at the B.E.T. network due to appearing on the show and even landed a song featuring Terrence J, Rocsi Diaz, and Juelz Santana. The show had more than 9.7 million viewers. A big shout out to Jray, Terrence Clayton and Pat Charles for all the help.” MJ: What are some recent projects of Brutal Bee Music Group? MC: “BBMG just signed the B’ZNEZ BOYZ to a development deal and is currently working on their debut album. I have met many artists in my time and this group has some of the most talented writers and producers I have ever worked with- total all in one package. I had the pleasure of sitting in a studio with them and by the second song, I knew I wanted to sign them and help them grow. We just completed their music video for “We Own the Block,” which was shot in Desert Hot Springs. Right now the label is also working on releasing my debut album CHEEZUS.” MJ: After having your song “Do Me” placed in

Showtime’s Shameless, Season 6 Episode 6, do you have any advice for artists who are trying to get their music placed into Film and television? MC: “The best thing I can tell artists trying to get their songs onto TV is to make sure you own the controlling rights of your song. From there, try to get your song to an independent label like ours. Labels shop artist’s songs with all the major synclicense firms. It’s a great way to collect revenue without the major labels taking 75 to 80% of the profit.” MJ: What is on the horizon for you in the next couple of months? MC: “Brutal Bee Music Group is continuing to sign and develop artists. We also have a couple big movie soundtracks planned and the label’s first debut album CHEEZUS will be in major distribution in 2017. We are also expanding our clothing line distribution by doing pop-up shops from Coachella Valley to L.A and launching our website This will serve as a one stop shop for aspiring artists who need branding, consulting, videography, clothing, photography, and marketing.” MJ: What is the best way for artists to reach you who may like to work with you? MC: “We would be more than willing to help consult and develop dedicated artists who are looking to breakthrough to the next level. We can be reached by phone at (760) 818-3066 and”


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ne of the biggest mysteries of Rock N’ Roll is: why wasn’t Alex Chilton a bigger star? A preternaturally gifted musician, he had a #1 hit song at age 16, as lead singer for the Box Tops. A few years later he and Chris Bell fronted the seminal ‘70s Power Pop band, Big Star. But ultimately, Rock stardom proved elusive. William Alexander Chilton was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a musical family on December 28th 1950. His father, Sidney had worked as a Jazz musician. Alex picked up music pretty quickly and by high school he had cycled through a series of local groups alternating on bass and rhythm guitar and occasionally singing. In 1966 he hooked up with the Devilles, who promptly changed their name to the Box Tops. They caught the attention of songwriters/ producers Chips Moman and Dan Penn and were signed to Bell Records. Their sound was a potent combo-platter of Blue-Eyed Soul and Bubble Gum Pop, centered on Chilton’s deep and soulful growl. Their first single, “The Letter,” shot to #1 on the Billboard charts and remained there for four weeks. Although they scored two other Top 10 hits, “Cry Like A Baby” in 1968 and “Soul Deep” in 1969, myriad personnel changes left only Chilton and guitarist Gary Talley as original members. By 1970, they called it quits. Alex Chilton moved to New York City, hoping to jump-start a solo career, but by 1971 he was back in Memphis, reconnecting with Chris Bell, an old friend from High School. Bell had already formed Ice Water, (sometimes known as Rock City), with bassist Andy Hummel and drummer Jody Stephens. Chilton joined the line-up and the four-piece were signed Ardent Records, a small, homegrown label that recently signed a distribution deal with Stax Records. Home to Sam & Dave, Booker T. & The MGs, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers, Stax’s partnership with Ardent would be their first foray with Rock N’ Roll. The band hunkered down at Ardent, writing and recording their debut. They soon became Big Star, a backhanded homage to the Southern grocery stores that provided sustenance during the long, late nights of recording. Their debut, flippantly entitled #1 Record was released in late 1972. It was a brilliant first effort, full of the same melodicism and sharp instrumentation that recalled seminal music from the Beatles, Beach Boys and Byrds. Although the Rock cognoscenti fully embraced #1 Record, the album suffered from shoddy distribution. Everyone that heard it loved it, but not that many people heard it. Alex Chilton had

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already experienced the highs and lows of the record business with the Box Tops. So he was more familiar with the fickle nature of the industry. For Chris Bell, their lack of immediate success was a huge disappointment. Even though work had already begun on their sophomore album, Bell quit the band. Hummel and Stephens followed suit and Alex Chilton recruited two other musicians to demo new tracks in the studio. Then the trio of Chilton, Hummel and Stephens were persuaded to reunite for a Rock Writers Convention held in Memphis. It was so successful they both joined Alex in the studio. Chris also briefly returned adding invaluable contributions before quitting for good. Radio City arrived in early 1974, as brilliant as their debut. It was equal parts wistful, evocative and rocking. Again critics were rapturous. Despite the fact that Ardent was now distributed by Stax and gigantic record corporation Columbia, the record still slipped through the cracks. Radio City never reached the masses and received minimal radio airplay. At this point Andy Hummel jumped ship, returning to college. This is where the story gets murky. Alex and Jody began working on music that would either be an Alex Chilton solo record or another Big Star effort. Meanwhile, both Alex and Jody had each begun dating twin sisters, Lesa and Holliday Aldridge. Alex and Lesa holed up at Ardent, writing and recording demos and consuming copious amounts of drugs. To produce, they enlisted Jim Dickinson. The Memphis session musician had made his bones playing on iconic records by Aretha Franklin, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Rolling Stones and Ry Cooder. Sessions were chaotic, Alex’s compositions were fiercely personal, centering on Lesa, who acted as muse, lover, combatant and co-conspirator. Jody Stephens played drums and brought in a string section. To Ardent, that constituted a Big Star album and that is how it was marketed. A few titles were bandied about, “Beale Street Green,” “Sister/Lovers” and “Third,” (sometimes “3rd”). In the ensuing years it’s been known by the latter two. It was mastered in early 1975 and Ardent’s owner, John Fry personally shopped it around to major labels for distribution. At Warner Brothers the legendary Lenny Waronker listened through once and asked “Do I have to listen again?” At Atlantic, Jerry Wexler, (Vice President of the label and sonic architect behind Aretha, Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett), commented “Baby, that is very disturbing.” So the record was shelved. The tiny label PVC released it in 1978 and reactions were mixed. Dark, slightly decadent and dissolute, even Big Star’s biggest fans were initially confounded. Over the years it’s been in and out of print, re-released in various permutations and has found a niche. In the 41 years since it was recorded it has attained a loyal following among Big Star devotees. It was also a huge influence on artists like R.E.M., the Replacements, the db’s, Game Theory, the Posies, Teenage Fanclub, Matthew Sweet, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley and Wilco. The last re-issue of Third was released in 1992 and has been out of print for several years. Thankfully, the fine folks at Omnivore Records have scoured the Big Star vaults, coming up with the definitive three disc version of Third. Not only does Complete Third feature the same track-listing originally devised by Alex and Jim Dickinson, it also includes one disc of “demos to sessions to roughs,” and a second disc of “roughs to mixes.” The album opens with a snippet of backwards guitar before folding into lush acoustic guitar

notes and a feathery string section. The first track, “Stroke It Noel,” is named for Alex’s ad-libbed exhortation as he encourages Memphis Symphony violinist Noel Gilbert to saw away. His improvised line inspired him to completely re-write the lyrics as an enthusiastic invitation to dance. (The original version of the song, known as “Lovely Day,” pops up toward the end of the record) Third is an album filled with dazzling highs and devastating lows. The melodic schizophrenia seemed to mirror Alex’s skewed frame of mind at the time. The lyrics on “Thank You Friends,” straddle the line between sarcasm and sincerity. Blending jangly guitar riffs, propulsive rhythms, swooping strings and joyous call-and-response backing vocals, he extends this appreciative testimonial; “Without my friends I got chaos, I’m often a bead of light/ Without my friends I’d be swept up high by the wind.” Over the instrumental break Alex executes a rippling guitar solo that gives the song a sunshiny patina. “Jesus Christ” opens with a vaudevillian piano vamp before locking into a mid-tempo Countryflavored rocker. Anchored by roiling tympani, fuzzy stop-start guitar and honking sax, the lyrics offer a beatific paean to the King Of Kings, “Lo, they did rejoice, fine and pure of voice/And the wrong shall fail and the right prevail.” All that’s missing is Linus wrapping his security blanket around a scrawny Christmas tree. “For You,” the only track written by Jody Stephens, is equally open-hearted. Originally entitled “Fireplace,” it’s accented by sweet acoustic arpeggios and swelling strings that see-saw, pluck and soar. The lyrics paint an idyllic tableau: “When I come home so cold at night, you’ll have the fireplace warm and bright/Thoughts of how it’s going to be, and how I’ll spend those cold, cold nights warmed by you.” Weirdly, it exudes the same tender optimism as Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Our House.” On both “You Can’t Have Me” and “O, Dana,” buoyant melodies and instrumentation nearly camouflage Alex’s casual vitriol and misogyny. On the former crisp guitar riffs collide with clangorous saxophone and off-kilter percussion. Here, he seems to be excoriating his muse with cryptic and specific invective; “Sidewinder, you klepto, you do steal things…the drummer said you were not very clean.” As if to punctuate the point, a walloping drum solo closes out the track offering the kind of controlled chaos pioneered by the Who’s Keith Moon. The latter is a ramshackle shuffle powered by twinkly piano, wheezy keys, ricochet bass and serpentine guitar. But it’s whimsical charm is neatly undercut by the opening line; “I’d rather shoot a woman than a man.” Three tracks plumb the depths of despair. “Holocaust” offers a harrowing indictment of drug addiction. Over plaintive piano notes and sawing cello Alex recites a litany of symptoms; “Your eyes are almost dead, can’t get out of bed, and you can’t

sleep.” Stark and somber, it echoes John Lennon’s early, anguished solo songs. “Kanga Roo” is a bittersweet dirge that seems to chart his initial attraction to Lesa Aldridge. Splintered guitar riffs butt up against dissonant strings and random cowbell accents. It’s raw and intimate and wildly uncomfortable. Finally, “Big Black Car” is tentative and soporific. Even as he insists “driving in my big black car, nothing can go wrong…nothing can hurt me,” the listener immediately detects this is bullshit. Gossamer guitar weaves concentric circles around elegiac piano fills designed to break your heart. Certain songs are best described as sadly beautiful. Baroque and wistful, “Blue Moon” is clearly inspired by the Velvet Underground’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror.” The nocturnal anxiety of “Nightime” is tempered by pedal steel and plush strings. There’s an Elizabethan elegance to “Take Care.” It recalls the pastoral grace of British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. The shivery “Dream Lover” is buoyed by a soulful and meandering guitar break. Originally, Third included a Southern-Gothic take on the Velvet Underground classic “Femme Fatale.” The Omnivore re-issue also includes a shambolic version of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” plus a spot-on rendering of the Kinks’ “Till The End Of The Day.” The biggest surprise is the clear-eyed rendition of “Nature Boy,” which closes out the album. A hit for Nat King Cole in 1948, it was written by eden ahbez (ne’ George Alexander Aberle); a protohippie who lived in the vegetation surrounding the Hollywood sign. Alex’s achingly pure vocals are accompanied on piano by photographer, Bill Eggleston. For Big Star fanatics, the real treasure trove is the first two discs, filled surfeit of essential Alex Chilton ephemera. Each disc offer sketches and blueprints of Third tracks, built from the ground up. Alex (and sometimes Lesa), also puts his individual stamp on a clutch of iconic tracks like Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby,” the Beatles’ “I’m So Tired,” plus “Baby Strange” from British Glam superstar, T-Rex and a duet with Lesa on George Jones’ classic Country weeper, “That’s All It Took.” Once Alex Chilton completed the record, he embarked on an erratic solo career. Tragically, Chris Bell finished a solo record in 1978, and a few days later he was killed in a car crash. In 1992, Alex began sporadically reuniting with Jody Stephens, resuscitating the Big Star brand augmented by Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies. They even wrote and recorded a fourth Big Star effort, In Space released in 2005. Commercially, the band received their biggest boost when Cheap Trick recorded a version of their “In The Street” song as the theme for the TV series “That ‘70s Show.” Suddenly, Big Star music was featured on national television on a weekly basis. Sadly, on the eve of performing a showcase at SXSW in 2010, Alex suffered a fatal heart attack. Andy Hummel succumbed to cancer a few months later. Jody Stephens remains the last man standing. The Big Star story is presented in more elegant and poignant terms in the 2012 documentary, “Nothing Can Hurt Me.” In just under 60 years, Alex Chilton began his career as precocious wunderkind and ended up a bit of a mercurial misanthrope. He and Chris Bell were most definitely Memphis’ answer to Lennon & McCartney. On Third he took pain and transformed it into beauty. Finally, Omnivore presents it completely, in all its ragged glory.


October 20 to October 26, 2016




he Desert Trip shows seemed like bookends to an amazing Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton show at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa last Thursday. Coachella Valley Weekly was invited by the desert’s premiere promoter Jimi FITZ Fitzgerald of CV 104.3 to witness the amazing voice of Fischer who had sung as back-up vocalist for The Rolling Stones for 27 years. Sitting near Rolling Stones members Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Daryl Jones (bass), Sasha Allen (background vocalist) and Tim Ries (sax) only solidified the importance of Fischer and her place in music history. Also in the audience were local luminaries Wendy Jayne, Barry Minniefield, Michael Anthony Gagliardi, Ted Walker, John & Gina Carey. FITZ had this to say about the evening: “Lisa Fischer, and her replacement in The Rolling Stones, Sasha Allen, had never met before this historical musical moment. What a way to end the show with Lisa passing the GRAND BATON to Sasha! I’m still just catching my breath. In all my years in the music business that night is #1 and I’ve been blessed to have had many magical moments. I don’t know what else to say. If you’re interested please check out the history of tonight. I was so thrilled to be able to have set the stage for Lisa and Sasha to meet and perform for the first time ever with no rehearsal, a totally impromptu version of “Wild Horses” that brought the house down and brought me to tears. So grateful and so full from that night in so many ways...MUSIC IS THE POWER...!”

The Wednesday prior the Renaissance screened “20 Feet from Stardom” the 2013 documentary featuring Fischer in their new RTheatre. They also hosted a Q & A with Fischer. Fischer has worked with Tina Turner, Sting and Luther Vandross. Her voice is her instrument. She effortlessly sang what she felt and rendered songs like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with passion and sensitivity. When she returns to the desert, because she will per FITZ, please make a valiant effort to see her and the versatile Grand Baton do their thing. (Photos by Marc Glassman)


October 20 to October 26, 2016





our heart aches when a beloved pet goes missing. You feel the angst of not knowing their fate, wondering if they are hungry or sick, and worst of all worrying if they are still alive. One local woman, Amy Hope, turned her worry into action, and is taking extraordinary means to find her beautiful missing Tuxedo cat named Midnight. Midnight’s photo appears almost daily in the lost pet section of the Desert Sun newspaper. Amy posted flyers in her Indian Wells neighborhood, went door to door for 2 blocks, contacted Home Again Microchip twice to send out an email blast, and faxed flyers to local veterinary practices. She registered her cat with Pet Harbor, Paw Boost, Lost My Doggie, and Tabby Tracker. She posted her beloved pet on “Lost and Found Pets in the Coachella Valley” Facebook page. A thousand post cards about Midnight were mailed to neighboring homes. Amy retained the services of pet psychic, Cherie Vergini, whose reading on Midnight indicates she is still alive. Midnight disappeared on April 10, 2016. Time has passed, and the trail may have grown cold. Amy Hope is keeping

“hope” alive and believes her cat is out there somewhere. The friendly feline may have picked up by someone who did not know to check for a microchip. Resourceful creatures, cats can survive outside for extended periods of time. In a recent sighting, a La Quinta cove resident spotted a Tuxedo cat resembling Midnight on the wall behind her home. It was love at first sight when Amy first met Midnight and her sister Barnie. She recalls, “Midnight and her twin, both domestic young kittens, were brought to a Pennsylvania horse farm to live in the barn to hunt mice and vermin. My husband and I were renting a cottage on the farm during that summer of 2015. I fell in love with the kittens, fed them, named them. We offered them shelter in our cottage when the evenings turned cool in the fall. I couldn’t bear the thought of them living in a barn during the freezing Pennsylvania winters, so my husband arranged with the farm’s caretaker for us to keep them.” The kittens were spayed and vaccinated before boarding the flight to California. Back in Indian Wells for the season, Midnight and Barnie thrived in their new home. Amy



took them for vet checks and microchipping at The Cat Clinic to protect them should they ever go missing. That microchip would identify Midnight had she ended up at a shelter because animals are scanned upon intake. Our county shelter also notifies pet owners if their microchipped animal is found deceased. Any vet clinic will scan a found pet at no cost for anyone who brings in a stray.

MEET IVY Ivy dreams of a “home for the holidays”. Look at the love in those brown eyes! Ivy adores humans and other pups. Senior dogs are special, their wisdom and love are magnified. Meet this German Shepherd at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Petland Place, Thousand Palms. Dog ID#A1309059. (760) 343-3644.

MEET PRINCETON Princeton says, “Adopt me because (1) I’m brilliant, (2) I’ll purr up a storm, (3) I’d love to play at your house!” This 4-mo old Tabby boy was rescued by Come visit Princeton at Petco in Palm Desert or call (760) 335-6767.


Midnight and Barnie were primarily indoor cats, but allowed outside. Amy states, “We left the kitchen window open during the day so they could come and go. They were not allowed to stay out at night. I would go out in the early evening to locate them and bring them in. Midnight went out around 6:00 pm on April 10, 2016…. she’s been lost ever since. I’ve combed the neighborhood looking for her each and every day.” Eventually, Amy and her husband returned to Pennsylvania for the summer, but continued the search for their beloved Midnight. A GENEROUS REWARD IS OFFERED FOR HER SAFE RETURN. Someone reading this article may have innocently picked up Midnight assuming she was a stray. You may know someone who has this gorgeous Tuxedo cat. She went missing near Camino del Ray and Fairway Streets in Indian Wells, but could have been transported to another area. Midnight has a distinctive black marking on one of her front paws. Amy’s plea will touch your heart, “We miss Midnight dearly, and so does her sister Barnie!” Contact Amy at (610) 496-5942.


October 20 to October 26, 2016




t’s sure been the craze this past decade; flavored vodkas continue to mount the shelves with new and fancy essences from, seemingly, any organic substance and from the rarest outposts around. But, let’s remember what was, probably, the first flavored vodka: Gin. Several hundred years ago, someone, most likely in Holland or Belgium, began to infuse alcohol with juniper berries and a variety of other botanicals. Gin is still made this way today, and each brand has its own recipe and techniques for infusion. While all gin has some juniper flavor, the other botanicals can include a wide array of herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruits, spices and even tea. And gin—totally embraced by England— became ever-popular back then because any decent Brit would have his portion accompany him to the ever-expanding colonies around the globe, toting also some quinine, limes & lemons for good health. This combo engendered two of the most important cocktails on earth: the Gin & tonic and the Martini. What do you think?—there’s nothing sexier than a martini. Its sleek appearance in a chilled glass reeks of class and allure. And you can’t contemplate Palm Springs without imagining the cocktail. And by the way, that “three martini lunch” was a real thing back in the 60s and 70s, before there was a cop at every corner. In my legal practice days, and especially when I’d go out and lunch with judges in the Los Angeles area, they were all taking down three martinis—you’d see a lot of them sleeping on the bench in the late afternoon. For “old school” people, it’s a traditional mix of gin, dry vermouth, and is dressed with a choice of olives, onions, or a lemon twist as garnish. Turn the lights down low and just take a sip. I’ve never appreciated a vodka martini. Simply the super charging & fueling effects of the gin’s juniper essence is in a class of its own. Now I’m a big James Bond fan, but unlike so many Americans, I’ve never followed the 007 version, made with crystal-clean vodka. The popularized ‘tinis’ cocktails, such as appletinis and flirtinis sound great when the girls are having fun at the bar, but the classic martini is a different subject. Vermouth is a wine; it’s a fortified and aromatized wine, meaning it’s spiked with brandy and infused with herbs & spices, and sometimes sweetened, and, originally marketed for medicinal purposes before it became a celebrated aperitif. There are two main varieties: red (sweet) vermouth, which originally hails from Italy, and white (dry) vermouth, which first appeared in France. Wormwood, of absinthe fame, is dry vermouth’s hallmark ingredient New on the scene is a French vermouth

producer, La Quintinye Vermouth Royal, with their collection of three vermouths. This new vermouth takes its name from Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinye, botanist to King Louis XIV—the Sun King. La Quintinye, born in 1623 in France’s south-west region of Charente, went on to create the famous kitchen gardens at the Palace of Versailles. La Quintinye, pronounced “Lah-kanteen-ee,” comes from EuroWineGate, the same folks behind G’Vine gin and Ciroc vodka. Master distiller Sebastien Robicquet’s family has history in the Cognac region dating back hundreds of years. La Quint also hails from the same terroir of Charentes, better known today as the home of cognac, and this is the first vermouth to be made with a base of Pineau des Charentes i.e., a pre-distilled cognac. This regional aperitif was born during the 16 century from an accidental mix of grape must and Cognac La Quint is offering Rouge (Italian style), Bianco, and Extra Dry (French style). All share a base of 12 carefully selected plants and spices including artemisia (i.e. wormwood), vine flowers , angelica, iris roots, cardamom, cinnamon, cinchona (or quinine bark), bitter orange, ginger, licorice, nutmeg and quassia amara. Each variant is then completed with its own specific selection of botanicals: in total, 28 plants and spices compose Vermouth Royal Rouge, 18 make the Blanc variety and 27 are used in Vermouth Royal Extra Dry. A very French concoction! Rouge –It has a nice spiciness, with cinnamon, clove, lavender, with a hint of ginger and “perfume-y,” in a pleasant way. The Rouge is a sweet vermouth, but far more complex than the usual Italian vermouth. Surprisingly this wine, chilled up, went wonderfully with Chinese cuisine, particularly Schezuan-Hunan style as the wine balances out the spicy chili pepper and cuts some of the salty soy flavors in dishes like fried rice and Kung-Pao Chicken while

the same saltiness cuts the sweetness of the vermouth: a perfect pairing. Bianco – This was the least pungent and complex of the three. The botanical flavors are more subtle–think melon with a hint of herbs. It’s sweet, but less so than non-dry versions. My favorite cocktail so far with the Bianco is a drink my son Paolo put together—he’s still working on the name. An absolutely tasty and refreshing libation of two parts Bianco, one part sparkling water, a generous squeeze of fresh lemon served on ice. Extra Dry – This is a very pronounced wine in botanical circles; dry, but not too dry. The finish ends with a moderate, pleasing note of pine. When fashioning the “dry” classic martini, pour just a bit of the vermouth into the chilled martini glass, swirl, and then pour it all out, leaving the interior of the glass just lightly affected. Cheers!


October 20 to October 26, 2016



29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bobby Furgo & Co. 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Discoteca w/ DJ Victor Rodriguez 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Jazz Trio w/ Francesca Amari, Bill Marx and Doug MacDonald 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Piano Bar 6pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Dancing 9pm THE BLOCK; CC; 760-832-7767 Reggae Thursdays 9pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CHILL BAR; PS; 760-327-1079 Symara Stone and Calvin Williams 8pm THE CONGO ROOM; PS; 760-322-7353 CORKTREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Michael Keeth 6-9pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Barry Baughn and Bob Gross 6:30pm GADI’S RESTAURANT AND BAR; YV; 760-3656633 Open Mic Night 7pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 T.B.A. 7:30pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Chris Lomeli 7pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Open Mic 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-3456466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Punk Rock Night 9pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 7pm LA RUE BISTRO; LQ; 760-296-3420 Slim Man 6pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 Country Night w/ Rye Brothers 8pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Quinto Menguante 8-1am MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Mystic Avalanche Presents: Hannah Mills, Derek Jordan Gregg, Bri Cherry & The Boys and Upper Class Poverty 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Birdcloud 9:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 TBA 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Rockolics 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; PS; 760-322-9293 The Smooth Brothers 7pm STUFT PIZZA; PD; 760-777-9989 Acoustic Live 6pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Dude Jones 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 T-Bone Karaoke 8pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Anthony DiGerlando Show 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTE FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Robert Salisbury 5-6pm, Carolyn Martinez Trio 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 DJ Khodi Rayne 4:30-9pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am WANG’S; PS; 760-325-9264 Derek Jordan Gregg 6pm

WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Yve Evans 6pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 8pm


19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Dude Jones 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bob Garcia 6:30pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Keep a Breast Pajama Party Benefit 9pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 The Gilmore & Bryan Show 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Fleet Easton 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 The Ghoulash w/ Ivy L, The Bermuda, $erg and more 9pm BISTRO 60 @TRILOGY; LQ; 760-501-0620 The Carmens 6pm THE BLOCK; C.C.; 760-832-7767 Karaoke 9pm BLUE BAR, SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-7755566 DJ Double A 8pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CLUB 5 BAR; IND; 760-625-1719 TBA 8pm THE CONGO ROOM; PS; 760-322-7353 ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Gina Carey 7pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 House Band 8:45pm THE HARD ROCK; PS; 760-325-9676 Esjay & Friends w/ Courtney Chambers, Rick Shelley and Caxton Hosted by Courtney Chambers 8pm Lobby, Flashback Fridays in Bardot w/ DJ Paparazzi and Alf Alpha 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Chicano Batman w/ Sad Girl and Slipping Into Darkness 6pm, Tim McNary, The Adobe Collective and How We Became Giants 9pm HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; PS; 760-322-9000 Bill Ramirez 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-3456466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Live DJ 8:30pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Blue 62 8pm LA RUE BISTRO; LQ; 760-296-3420 Slim Man 6pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794

Palm Springs Sound Company in the afternoon, Hot Rox in the night LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 Circle of Fifths 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-9991995 DJ Jerry 9pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760325-2323 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; 760-3450222 Radio 60 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Johnzo West & The Wayward Souls 8pm PEABODY’S CAFÉ; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 A Very Sordid Evening 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 California Celts 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; 760-341-3560 Demetrious and Co. 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 212 Band 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; 951-755-5391 The Rick Whitfield Band 10pm VICKY’S OF SANTE FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Meet the Corwins 5:30pm, The John Stanley King Show 8pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 T.B.A. 1:304:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 5:30pm

WANG’S IN THE DESERT; PS; 760-325-9264 Karaoke 8:30pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-328-5955 Michael Keeth 6-10pm THE WINE EMPORIUM; LQ; 760-565-5512 Rob Martinez and Todd Ashley ft. Lisa LaFaro Weselis 5-8:30pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Rose Mallett 6:30pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 9pm


29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bev & Bill 6:30pm 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 TBA 9pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Mamabear DJ Set 11am poolside, DJ Stefan Seay 10pm AGAVE LOUNGE@THE HYATT REGENCY; IW; 760-674-4080 Art of Sax 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Cabaret On The Green Open Mic 7:30pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Denise Carter 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Jesse James and DJ Sets by Rollin 90’s and Danomite 9pm BEATNIK LOUNGE; JT; TBA 9pm THE BLOCK; C.C.; 760-832-7767 Pocket Yellow 9pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-775-5566 DJ 9pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Gina Carey 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CHILL BAR; PS; 760-327-1079 8pm CLUB 5 BAR; IND; 760-625-1719 TBA 9pm THE CONGO ROOM; PS; 760-322-7353 DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DILLON’S BURGERS & BEER; DHS; 760-7747131 TBA 8pm ELECTRIC SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-2281199 DJ Ceddy Cedd 9pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Jack Ruvio 6:30pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 TBA 8:30pm THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 8pm THE HARD ROCK; PS; 760-325-9676 Pool Party w/ DJ Paparrazi and TBA 10am, DJ Paparazzi and TBA at Bardot 9pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Coachella Valley Shurpfest w/ The Adicts, The Tiki Creeps, Herbert, Venus & The Traps, Cakes and Brains and more 3pm

October 20 to October 26, 2016

SMOKIN’ BURGERS; PS; 760-883-5999 Ron James 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 TBA 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 TBA 9pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 HOODOO COCKTAIL GARDEN @ THE HYATT; Dennis Michael 6:30pm PS; 760-322-9000 Bill Ramirez 6:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm 328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345- TRYST; PS; 760-832-6046 Gutter Candy 10pm 6466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 5391 DJ Hektik 10pm Daytime Moon’s New Album “Valleys and VICKY’S OF SANTE FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Rose Springs” CD Release Party 7pm Mallett & Barney McClure 5pm, Kal David, Lauri KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 7pm Bono & The Real Deal 7:30pm LA RUE BISTRO; LQ; 760-296-3420 Slim Man VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Rob & JB 6pm 1:30-4:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3259-2am 2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the THE WINE EMPORIUM; LQ; 760-565-5512 afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night Abie Perkins 7pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-328-5955 Circle of Fifths 9pm Michael Keeth 1-5pm, Andy Cahan 7-11pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Stanley 1995 Cover Boy 9pm Butler Trio 6:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ 9pm 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 Dude Jones 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-3450222 Marko Russell 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Shadow Mountain Band 5pm, Zachariah & The Los Riders and Chris Laterzo 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 PLAYOFF’S SPORTS BAR; DHS; 760-251-2644 8pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Lori Donato 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Tattooed Nanny 9pm RIVIERA; PS; 760-327-8311 Michael Keeth 7-10pm ROCKYARD@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND ; 800827-2946 Steel Rod and Bonfire (AC/DC Tribute) 7:30pm 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 SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm


29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 Bob Garcia 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Babes Ride Out After Party 11am poolside, TBA 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Jazz Brunch 11am AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 The Judy Show 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Dancing 9pm continue to page 22


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or many caterers, bakers, and food vendors, the cost of opening a restaurant or catering business can be daunting, if not wholly prohibitive. But Veronica Burgen, the owner of justMe Sweets in Indio, operates a shared commercial kitchen that puts a small business within reach for many would-be entrepreneurs. Burgen opened the kitchen last April after closing her original business, justMe Sweets Bakery and Café. She sought guidance from Angela Janus, founder of the ShareKitchen business incubator in Cathedral City, and was inspired to transform her restaurant space into a facility for all to share and grow. “I am happy to share the kitchen with others because it is nice to see them grow and pick up business and accounts,” Burgen beams, happy to help people get started and eventually create jobs. “It is important that people know that the idea of opening a business is fantastic, but it is a big package to take on. It requires a business plan and a lot of knowledge on what you want to do.” Located at 83214 Requa Ave., the 2,200-square-foot facility has a dining area and is fully equipped as a commercial kitchen. It offers a six-burner stovetop, a dual oven, three sink basins, and three prep areas.


The cost to rent space and use the equipment ranges from $800 to $1,500 per month based on a business’ needs. Once approved, the business will be assigned hours to use the facility during the week. For additional time, the cost is $25 an hour. The kitchen currently hosts three businesses, including include Burgen’s justMe Sweets, CV BBQ, and the artisan Gringa Gourmet. The facility has the capacity to accommodate a total of six businesses. For inquiries about renting time and space at the kitchen, contact Veronica Burgen at 760-347-3060 or visit www. For more information on the Coachella Valley’s local food movement visit www.

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This is a very difficult thing for me to say, but here goes‌.

For several years Randy and I had been holding on to keep Musicians Outlet, a landmark, alive for the community. Between the unfortunate events, internet, big box store, and the up and down of the economy, it has finally come to fruition where Musicians Outlet can no longer hold on. We plan to close only the retail store. Installations, band rentals and repairs will remain open. Musicians Outlet is going to celebrate 30 years of supporting the Coachella Valley, with a FARE-THEE-WELL Sale Oct 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. With deepest heartfelt sincerity, Musicians Outlet wants to thank everyone who has stood behind us in a time of need! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.........Cindy Hewitson


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ilm buffs and collectors everywhere are grateful for the handful of boutique home video distributors (besides Criterion) that have licensed, transferred -- and in some cases restored -- vintage films for the highest quality home theater experience. To find titles that might be of interest, check websites for Kino Lorber, Warner bros archives, Olive Films, TCM Shop, Twilight Time Movies, Film Chest and others. Here are a random sampling of a few titles I like and recommend: CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932)

Horror legend Bela Lugosi stars in this diabolical tale of magic, myth and mystery. Lugosi plays an evil lunatic set on destroying mankind with a gigantic deathdealing device. Mankind’s only hope is Frank Chandler (Edmund Lowe, Dinner at Eight), a.k.a. “Chandu The Magician” who


calls upon his mystical abilities to fight the megalomaniac fiend. Adapted from the popular radio serial, this decidedly creepy classic conjures action and excitement at every turn. Co-starring Irene Ware (The Raven) and directed by William Cameron Menzies (The Maze, Thing to Come) and Marcel Varnel (Convict 99). Cool extras include: audio Commentary by Bela Lugosi Biographer Gregory William Mank, “Masters of Magic.” Also “The World of Chandu” featurette, and restoration comparison, For its time, this was a lavish, big budget feature with high production values. Bela Lugosi. stars as the villain Roxor – no, he’s not Chandu). The movie’s packed with what was then state-of-the-art special effects. The most glaring weakness is that Edmund Lowe as Chandu has nowhere near the charisma of Bela Lugosi as the bad guy. Bringing a popular radio show to the big screen required special care. The big challenge here was trying to match the mental images from the radio broadcasts with spectacular big screen visuals. The solid plot has megalomaniac and would-be world dominator Roxor kidnaping Robert Regent, along with his death ray invention, in hopes of using it to degenerate humanity into mindless brutes, leaving himself as Earth’s supreme intelligence. Faced with revealing the machine’s secrets or allowing his family to die a horrible death at the hands of Roxor, Regent’s only hope lies with the intervention of his brotherin-law, the be-turbaned yogi and magician Chandu, who has the power to make men see what is not there! “Chandu: The Magician” isn’t short on weirdness and the special effects remain quite effective even today. Although Edmund Lowe is Chandu, Bela steals the show as the villain of the piece. I was surprised at how great this 85-yearold film looks on a big hi-def video screen. Another plus is the excellent, informative commentary. There is also a featurette on

the character Chandu, focusing on how he was created and his influence on future magician oriented films up to the present day. My old and much-missed friend Ray Bradbury said this film inspired him to write. And you can see the beginnings of Indiana Jones and other explorer/adventurer movies. Later Bela Lugosi made the 12 part serial, The Return of Chandu, where he gets to play the mystical yogi Chandu. Kino Lorber. Blu-ray. EYE OF THE NEEDLE (1981)

From Ken Follet’s best seller comes this moody and unrelentingly suspenseful thriller set during the waning days of WW II. Donald Sutherland is a ruthless, fugitive Nazi agent and Kate Nelligan is the resilient woman standing in the way of his mission. Sutherland’s spy, operating covertly in England, discovers vital information about the upcoming D-Day invasion. Stranded on an isolated island off the coast of Scotland, he plots to return to Germany, but finds himself in an unexpected relationship with a woman living in a remote place with her bitter, crippled husband (Christopher Cazenove). Adding immensely to the unrelenting tension is Miklós Rózsa’s fabulous score (available on an isolated track). Twilight Time Movies (limited edition). Blu-ray.

REMO WILLIAMS THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (1985) Fred Ward is Remo Williams, a cop turned secret agent in this hard-hitting action adventure. Joel Gray is Remo’s martial arts master and mentor. Together the duo fight global industrial fat cats hell bent on bringing America to its knees. I love this intermittently hilarious movie because it’s full of welcome surprises and snappy dialogue. Based on “The Destroyer” series of Novels. Ward is perfect as the New York City cop shanghaied and given a new face and identity as an international secret agent. A nearly unrecognizable Joel Gray as a meticulous martial arts expert steals the show in this above average thriller. Charles Cioffi is an evil (is there any other kind?) arms manufacturer in this clever downmarket spoof of the James Bond movies. Director Guy Hamilton (a Bond veteran, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever)) hits all the right notes in this visually satisfying and fun diversion. The memorable score by Craig Safan is available as an isolated track. The generous extras include a great commentary. Twilight Time Movies limited edition (only 3,000 units). Blu-ray.



his week I had an opportunity to check out the new “D-Box” motion activated seats at the newly remodeled Mary Pickford Theater operated by D’Place Entertainment. For me, this added technology is more than a mere gimmick. But a legitimate addition to the ritual pleasure of going to the movies! Each D-Box seat is motorized to create the effect of movement, which is precisely timed with the images and the sound track (not the music score). The chair will vibrate, jolt, shake and give added physical sensation to the movie experience. Moviegoers can personally adjust the intensity of the motion. The new D-Box chairs are also power recliners providing a laid back contour. Mary Pickford’s D-Box theater is the only venue of its kind in the entire Coachella Valley and wider Inland Empire. The remodeled D-Box theater feels like a private screening room with its wide aisles and ultra comfortable seating. More and more film companies and studios are producing films that incorporate D-Box technology that enhances the moviegoing experience. Now, explosions, gun battles, car chases, fights and more put the viewer in the action with a potent visceral assist that adds another layer to the movie fun.

D’Place Entertainment changes D-Box configured titles weekly. So, if you want the enhanced motion effect, be sure to catch each new release its first week out. Opening Friday is the highly anticipated Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which is a perfect fit for the D-Box motion technology. Now you can go on the run with Reacher (Tom Cruise) as he stages a prison break and uncovers the truth behind a major government conspiracy. This franchise is exactly the kind of movie that’s specifically designed to take full advantage of the D-Box technology. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a big Hollywood action film that lets you literally feel the unfolding action on screen. D-Box reservations can be made online at D’Place Entertainment’s website or at the box office. In addition to the base ticket price, there’s an upcharge for the D-Box experience. When a D-Box ticket is purchased, the seat is reserved and the theater activates the chair. If you love movies, go to the Mary Pickford Theater and see for yourself how serious they are about delivering the best movie viewing experience in the Coachella Valley. D’Place Entertainment is in the process of completing a $2 million floor-to-ceiling renovation. All 14 auditoriums will have highend seating. Also, I love the café and bar. It serves a wide variety of beer and wine and has an

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actual menu featuring freshly made food. As the CV Weekly movie reviewer, it’s a pleasure to go to such a comfortable theater with so many thoughtful amenities. Take a friend or date, see a D-Box movie, have a “George Clooney” Panini, sip a Modelo, snack on home made ice cream and kettle corn. Going to the movies has to be one of the great American pleasures. Now it’s even better. Take a break from the endless dismal political news and enjoy some real quality entertainment.






“ can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I remember it

like it was yesterday. I was home in Orange County leaving for work in Los Angeles. I could see the large plumb of smoke to the east. In a matter of moments it intensified. The plumb expanded and rose quickly into the atmosphere. I knew something went bad. I didn’t think it was this bad…" - Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna October 26th 2006, 1:11 a.m., Santa Ana winds stirred across the southland. A Red Flag warning had been identified and was in effect. A high probability for large fire growth was in effect as conditions were high temperatures, low humidity, and Santa Ana winds. At 1:11 a.m. resources were promptly dispatched from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to a reported brush fire at the base of the hill in the town of Cabazon. The first in engine, Engine 24, arrived on scene at 1:18 a.m. Initially, the fire was approximately two acres in size and located on the base of the hillside. At 1:24 a.m., the first arriving Battalion Chief from CAL FIRE reported the fire had grown to approximately ten acres with a rapid rate of spread, and had crossed the road east of the main drainage at a location called “Hallis Grade”. At 1:43 a.m. Forest Service Engines 51, 52, 54, 56, and 57 were dispatched to the fire. Humidity had dropped to 5% and the heavy chaparral and manzanita were perilously dry. Engine Co. 57 (stationed in San Jacinto/Idyllwild) along with four other engines were directed to the mountain area of Gorgonio View Road and Wonderview Road to “triage houses.”

The four engines encountered people fleeing in vehicles down the highway which added to the chaos. Engine personnel reported the road was obstructed with numerous civilian vehicles, motor homes, horses, and livestock. Due to the traffic congestion, the four fire engines became separated and Engines 52 and 57 arrived at the staging area first. Engines 52 and 57 followed orders and set up for structure protection. Fire, heat and smoke conditions continued to worsen. With increasing wind, tender dry fuel, the fire began to intensify below quickly advancing up the canyon walls. Enveloped in the heat and smoke, the fire front advances quickly and with intensity. After it passes, attempts to contact Engine 57 went unanswered. At approximately 7:57 a.m., the heat and smoke somewhat diminishes enough for Engine 51 and 52 Captains to work their way into Engine 57’s location to discover the burn-over. Sadly the 5 members of Engine 57 perished doing what firefighters do, “protecting lives and property.” Like all firefighters who have sacrificed  their lives for others, you are not forgotten…  After several days, the Esperanza Fire ultimately consumed approximately 41,173 acres and destroyed 34 residences and 20 outbuildings. The fire also forced the closure of Highway 243. Remember:  We’re not out of the woods.  It’s just begun as the Santa Winds are now with us. It’s going to be a bad season. Very bad! Stay together, stay heads up at all times and “prepare and train as if your life depends upon it, because it does…” Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna


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CLUB CRAWLER NIGHTLIFE continued from page 17 BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Robert SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341O’Conner 6-10pm 3560 The Myx 6pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 The 999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 9pm Chris Gore Group Pro Jam 7pm THE CONGO ROOM; PS; 760-322-7353 Mikole VICKY’S OF SANTE FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Kaar Pro Jazz Jam 1-4pm John Stanley King Trio 6:30pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Radio VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 60 & Friends 3-6pm 5pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 WANG’S IN THE DESERT; PS; 760-325-9264 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm TBA 6pm THE HARD ROCK; PS; 760-325-9676 Pool Party THE WINE EMPORIUM; LQ; 760-565-5512 w/ DJ Paparazzi 10am Rob Martinez and Scott Carter 6-8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 An Acoustic WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 The Showcase w/ John Robbins, Courtney Chambers, Smooth Brothers 6pm Josh Heinz and Rob Lawrence 9:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-3456466 Ted Herman’s Big Band 6pm 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 The JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Luminators 6pm Open Jam 6pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Bill LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Marx 6:30pm Palm Springs Sound Company, in the afternoon, BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 Mood Hot Rox, in the night Deep House Lounge 6pm-2am MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760- THE CONGO ROOM; PS; 760-322-7353 325-2323 Sunday Jam 4-8pm Open Mic Comedy 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Golden INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760Era Karaoke 4-7pm, Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 345-6466 Larry Capeloto 6pm 8pm-1:15am LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 2794 Hot Rox 7:30pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 The 8pm-1:15am Sunday Band 7:30pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry PETE’S HIDEAWAY;PS; 760-322-6500 The 7pm Evaro Brothers 7pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND Open Mic 7pm COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Halloween PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND Costume Party w/ The Rocketz and Comedy by COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Industry Night Cricket 8pm w/ DJ Tone 2pm-close PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 The Judy SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341Show 7pm 3560 T.B.A. 6pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 DJ Dracer 9pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 DJ Khodi SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Eddie Gee 7pm Rayne 4:30-2am, Michael James & 3sum 9-2am



VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 6:30pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Trish Hatley and Barney McClure Jazz 6pm

TUE OCTOBER 25 29 PALMS INN; 29 Palms; 760-367-3505 The Bill & Bob Show 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Ace Karaoke with Kiesha 9pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 TBA AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Bella da Ball Dinner Revue w/ guest performers 7:30pm BART LOUNGE; C.C.; 760-799-8800 DJ and Dancing 9pm-2am THE BLOCK; C.C.; 760-832-7767 Karaoke en Espanol 9pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm THE CONGO ROOM; PS; 760-322-7353 Latin Night w/ DJ Lisp 9pm CORKTREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Michael Keeth 6-9pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-327-1700 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Chuck Alvarez 6:30pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Karaoke hosted by Phillip Moore 9pm INDIAN CANYONS GOLF RESORT; PS; 760833-8700 DJ Randy Johnson 6pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Michael D’Angelo 6:15pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Reality Show Jam 8pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-

2794 Palm Springs Sound Company NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Tim Burleson 7:45pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Jethro BoDidley 7pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Ladies Night 7pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Rose Mallett 6:30pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Douglas McDonald Duo 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Tequila Tuesdays 9pm VUE GRILLE & BAR; IW; 760-834-3800 TBA 6pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 John Boliver Jazz 6pm

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ocial Security is committed to treating all Americans fairly. This commitment extends to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people covered by Social Security’s many programs. October is also National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. It’s a month-long annual observance of the history of the gay rights movement. First observed in 1994 to coincide with National Coming Out Day, the month has evolved to include a more diverse range of people identifying as LGBT. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states and have their marriages recognized in all states. This decision made it possible for more samesex couples and their families to benefit from Social Security. We now recognize same-sex couples’ marriages in all states, and some nonmarital legal relationships, for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We also recognize samesex marriages and some non-marital legal relationships established in foreign jurisdictions for purposes of determining entitlement to


Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and SSI eligibility. We encourage anyone who is unsure whether they are entitled or eligible for Social Security to apply right away for benefits. Applying now will protect against the loss of any potential benefits. If you have any questions about how to apply for benefits, call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday. We treat all calls confidentially. Visit to apply for benefits and learn more about our policies for same-sex couples. Social Security articles provided by Jeff Whan Social Security Technical Expert Palm Springs, CA 877-873-9114 Ext 22112

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1199 Karaoke 7:30pm FISHERMAN’S GROTTO; PD; 760-776-6533 Gina Carey 6pm HUNTER’S; PS; 760-323-0700 Live VJ 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Open Mic w/ Rich Bono & Poupee Boccaccio 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Live Music KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Open Mic hosted by Amy Angel 6:30pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Rox MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 “Sing Jam” w/ Mikael Healey 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Golden Era Karaoke 4-7pm, Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-3274080 Roger Lemieux 5pm PJ’S SPORTS LOUNGE; YV; 760-288-1199 Karaoke w/ KJ Ginger 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM; PS; 760-322-4422 Michael Holmes Jazz Trio 6:30pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 TBA 6:30pm THREE SIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Mike Costley Band 6:30pm TJ’S; PD; 760-345-6744 Derek Jordan Gregg 9pm VICKY’S OF SANTE FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Barry Minniefield 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 DJ Khodi Rayne 4:30-2am, Nite Fixx 9-2am WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Deanna Bogart 6:30pm




our vote matters. While it may not make a difference in the Presidential race, down ballot votes are of critical importance to all of us in our everyday lives. To understand this, we need look no further than the race for 2nd district of the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) which represents Palm Desert, Thousand Palms, Bermuda Dunes, Indio Hills and Sky Valley. The candidates for this seat are Anthony (Capo)Bianco, Sergio Nunez, Jim Schmid and incumbent Edwin Pack. One of the greatest concerns as it relates to water policies in the Coachella Valley is the substantial drawing down of groundwater supplies. Historically, farmers and golf courses have been the largest users of this water supply. While there has been a significant effort to replenish the aquifer, should those setting policy also be the largest users of water? Clearly, they need a voice but should they control pricing and decision making? That is the case today. While we can listen to the stated positions and policies of each candidate, it is often a better indicator as to how a

candidate will vote if we follow where they work and who they get their campaign funding from. Of the four people are running for the 2nd district seat, all are to some degree tied to the largest water users. The best financed candidate is Anthony (Capo)Bianco, 72, who is also the successful farmer running Anthony Vineyards. Sergio Nunez, 45, who is making a third attempt at the seat, has received money from Anthony Vineyards in the past and is a field technician for a groundwater testing company. Jim Schmid, 37, is the Director of Operations for Lake Country Club and has received donations from a number of local golf courses. Last but not least is incumbent Edwin Pack, 75, who is a retired fireman and former councilman from Hesperia with most of his donations coming from golf courses. Whoever the second district elects will join a board that is essentially controlled by the Valley’s agricultural complex: District 1 covers most of Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage and is represented by Board member, G. Patrick O’Dowd. This former Wells Fargo banker is an executive at the Salton Sea Authority and has been an executive at golf courses. When O’Dowd ran for the position his biggest donations came

from farmers such as Anthony Vineyards and Ocean Mist. District 3 covers La Quinta, Indian Wells and southern Indio and is represented by Board member, John Powell, Jr. who also runs Peter Rabbit Farms. The 4th district is most of Indio and is represented by farmer Peter Nelson. District 5 covers Coachella, Thermal, Oasis, Mecca and parts of the North Shore is represented by Castulo Estrada, an engineer for the City of Coachella. His biggest donors were past and present members of the city council of Coachella such as Messrs. Perez, Hernandez and Garcia. As each member of the board gets $223 per meeting, up to $450 per month in healthcare coverage and becomes eligible for Medicare Medigap coverage after twelve years of services, it is safe to say that no one running is doing it for the financial benefits. If you feel that farmers should be setting water policy and pricing for the desert, Anthony Bianco is clearly the best person to vote for with Sergio Nunez a distant second. If you think the golf courses need a stronger voice, Jim Schmid is probably your candidate. Edwin Pack has the most experience at water issues as he was involved in similar matters in Hesperia

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before moving to the desert in 2009 and is pushing for consistent rates amongst all water users. If you are uncomfortable voting for any of these candidates, place a write-in vote for Arthur Curry, the fictional character who is better known as Aquaman. Haddon Libby is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director at Winslow Drake and can be reached at 760.449.6349 or HLibby@




here are more DUI FATALITIES in the Coachella Valley, per capita, than anywhere else in California. Thus it is logical that DUI arrests and fatalities spike during CV concerts. Naturally our law enforcement agencies become more vigilant on concert weekends. Concerts bring out DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints are legal, as long as the police follow certain protocols. Everyone questions if you can turn around at a DUI Checkpoint? Though you are not required to drive through a checkpoint and thus can turn at a side street, you must follow all traffic laws. Illegal U-turns or erratic driving can get you pulled over, even if avoiding the checkpoint can’t. Drunk Drivers hit the road at night before and after concerts. Many drivers have been drinking all day and then driving at night. The odds favor the police that a good percentage of the drivers will have had a drink. Once the officer has probable cause or a reason to stop the driver, then if they smell alcohol they can investigate further. If they see a bag of drugs or a gun on the seat, they can likewise look into the propriety of an arrest for those charges. When stopped, the impaired driver usually makes many mistakes. They are not aware, unless they read my weekly legal column, that the field sobriety and breath test at the scene are optional. Thus you do

not have to take the walk the line, finger to nose, reciting the alphabet backwards and other so called field sobriety tests. Likewise the breath test at the scene (unless you are on probation) is optional. A driver stopped and offered DUI tests should be cooperative and politely say that their attorney is Dale Gribow and he advised them not to talk without calling him for permission. Explain “they have been advised Field Sobriety Tests and the Breath Test, at the scene, are optional. If that is correct Officer, then I elect not to take them). State you are “happy to cooperate with law enforcement and take a blood test.” Remember - Silence is Golden and Handcuffs are Silver so DON’T TALK to POLICE without your lawyer’s permission Drivers want to know if Drug Swabs are legal. Not only is it illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, it is also illegal to drive under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs or drugs alone. This is true even if the drugs are prescribed by doctors. A Blood test allows the police to run the driver for drugs, unlike a breath test. With an increase in arrests, drivers will spend more time in holding cells before release. Normally a driver is held for 4 or more hours; the higher the DUI reading, the longer one’s time in custody. However during a concert weekend the increase in arrests congests the system and slows

down the process. If arrested on a Friday you might not go before the judge until Monday or Tuesday ... if not released OR posted bail. “Though I am sometimes referred to as a DUI criminal defense lawyer, I choose to not view my clients as ‘criminals.’ I prefer to view them and more importantly to treat them as good, honest people that have found themselves in a scary and unfortunate situation.” DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, CALL A TAXI OR UBER.........IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN HAVING AN ARREST OR ACCIDENT AND CALLING ME .........SO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER If you have any questions regarding this column or ideas for future columns please contact Dale Gribow 760-837-7500 or

DALE GRIBOW - TOP LAWYER - Palm Springs Life (DUI/ACCIDENT)2011-2017 AVVO Perfect 10.0 Peer Rating TOP LAWYER Inland Empire Magazine Nov 2016 Legal Eagle “Best and Brightest Legal Minds” by Palm Springs Life- June 2016 “Top 100 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorneys” in Southern California, (The National Advocacy for DUI attorneys in Southern California-Oct 2016). “Preeminent” Rating- Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory “Best Attorneys of America” Rue, (Limited to Top 100 Attorneys/State) 10 BEST ATTORNEYS for California for Client Satisfaction -DUI Law- Selected 2015.


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----------------------------------------------------eath is often difficult to talk about and it feels especially strange to consider one’s own passing. Yet, death is a reality we all face. In Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air (Random House, 238 pages) a neurologist shares his life -- and death. Author Kalanithi had his life all planned, but as the saying goes, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Kalanithi was 10 years old when his father moved the family from New York City to Kingman, Arizona. There, his father became a beloved cardiologist. But his mother, a physiologist, feared her three sons’ education would lack in the small town and created a challenging literary curriculum. Young Kalanithi read everything his mother put forth. He enjoyed his new desert home and the freedom to roam. With his great love of reading, Kalanithi developed a deep appreciation for human behavior and what it meant to be human. He was fascinated by story that dealt with the meaning of life. Kalanithi graduated from Stanford


BY HEIDI SIMMONS University with a BA and an MA in English Literature. His love of literature was matched by his love of science. He struggled whether to be a scientist or an English professor. An advisor said that English professors reacted to science “like apes to fire with sure terror.” Continuing his education, Kalanithi earned a BA in human biology at Stanford and then applied to medical school. While waiting to be accepted, he earned an MPhil in history and philosophy of science and medicine from the University of Cambridge. Kalanithi was accepted to Yale’s medical school where he pursued neuroscience. He also met his wife, Lucy. Back at Stanford, Kalanithi was a medical resident working 100 hours a week. He learned first hand the significance and effect of death on humans and the ones they loved. He realized that patients needed a narrative to understand their dire medical situation. As a surgeon, he too needed to understand the patient’s story to better serve their medical dilemma. Every day was about life and death. While a resident, Kalanithi became a top neurosurgeon and scientist. He was to be the next professor in Stanford’s neurology department that promised prestige and big money. With all his hard work, he ignored the persistent pain in his back and chest and other symptoms he feared might be serious. He said nothing to his wife. But when his wife


threatened to leave him, he shared that he may be very ill. Indeed he was. At 34, Kalanithi had stage four lung cancer -- a prognosis he knew was grim. Depending on the treatment, and his body’s response, he had maybe two or three years of life remaining. Kalanithi wrote about his life and experiences as he processed his approaching death. He and his wife decided to have a baby and he was committed to finishing his residency -- if he could. All the future plans he worked so hard to achieve, a life that would soon be everything he ever wanted, was now off the table. When Breath Becomes Air is a moving story about how precious life is and how our relationships with our fellow humans, friends and family make life meaningful. Kalanithi’s baby girl was nine months old when he died.

Kalanithi writes beautifully and expresses himself with grace, clarity and dignity. As a doctor, he gives the reader insight into the medical decisions involved with saving lives. He shares just how difficult it is to achieve perfection as a surgeon, but it is a doctor’s duty to strive for it. Kalanithi exemplifies how necessary it is for medical professionals to connect with patients and their personal stories. This is a powerful book about life and death. Kalanithi’s wife, Lucy, finishes the book and describes her husband’s final days. I found myself caught up like a friend in his hospital room saddened and tearful when Kalanithi passed away. I felt the loss to his family, the world he loved and wanted to change for the better. A great mind and talented doctor gone. It’s painful. But, I appreciated Kalanithi’s effort to help readers better understand death juxtaposed with life. He uses literary references and quotes throughout the book revealing how, over centuries, writers have tried to better define and grasp what it means to exist. There are no simple answers. Death cannot be separated from life. Like Kafka said, “The meaning of life is that it ends.”


PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAM ROAD CHALLENGE OCTOBER 22 by Rubin Garcia of Mexico – 26 minutes, 5 seconds – in 1987. Lubov Kremleva of Russia set the fastest women’s time – 28 minutes, 56 seconds in 1998.   With a  start time of 7:00 am, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60’s to low 70’s with clear skies. While the is only a 6K, it is not the distance which makes this run/walk so difficult, it’s the elevation gain which earned this race the title of the “Toughest 6k in the World.”


or some, a trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway means riding up the mountain to the top Tram station for some amazing views. While others, venture there to test their endurance by running, jogging, or walking up the Tramway road. The 31st Annual Tram Road Challenge takes place this Saturday October 22nd. This 6K run/walk begins at the bottom of Tram Road and ends at the Tram’s Valley Station, an elevation gain of 2,643 feet in just 3.7 miles.  


Special finishers’ medals will be presented to all participants along with a Cool Tech race shirt. Awards will be given three deep in each age category for both male and female finishers during a breakfast  ceremony at Desert Regional Medical Center immediately following the race.   The first Tram Road Challenge was held in 1983 and was won by Rob Slick in 27 minutes, 35 seconds and Nancy Baird in 35 minutes, 25 seconds. The fastest men’s time was set

Proceeds from this event  benefit  United Way of the Desert.   The Tramway’s road will be closed from 6:00 a.m.  until 9:30  a.m. on race day  with the first tram scheduled for 10:00 a.m.  For more information or to register for the race, please call (760) 324-7069 or visit    Written By: Craig Michaels (760) 880-3848

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illage Pub is celebrating 21 years in downtown Palm Springs with a special celebration event, commencing with Mayor Robert Moon and Palm Springs Area Chamber of Commerce conducting the official ribbon cutting ceremony promptly at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. It is open to the public and the festivities will include new menu food samples featuring international cuisine, along with live entertainment and prizes. After the ribbon cutting guests will have the opportunity to sample select cuisine from the new menus, while enjoying live entertainment by Ron James, an original performer at Village Pub since its opening! Later in the evening at 9 p.m., live entertainment with another original is Dude Jones. There will also be three raffle prizes during the evening of $50 Village Pub Gift Certificates. Family owned and operated, owners Tareef Talala and his sister Roula Berg opened Village Pub in 1995 with the vision of offering a welcoming tavern that embraced

a diversity of cultures and cuisine, based on their travels throughout the world. Due to this vision the menus not only present traditional cuisine and savory pub and comfort food such as amazing burgers, pizzas, flatbreads, and fresh salads, but also feature popular tasty dishes from abroad. Executive Chef George Gonzalez has crafted a variety of selections for this new menu embracing fresh, quality ingredients. For this event a buffet of food samplings from his creations of popular dishes include those from Mexico, Argentina, Ireland, Italy, England and Jordan, served along with traditional fare. The full new menus can be viewed at Village Pub is located at 266 S. Palm Canyon Dr. and can be reached at (760) 323-3265. Hours are from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday – Sunday. For more info about Village Pub, please visit palmspringsvillagepub. com. Follow Village Pub at villagepubpalmsprings and on Twitter at @ TheVillagePub.



he City of Indio, in partnership with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Indio Visitors Bureau, will present the Third Annual Taste of East Valley on Thursday, October 27 at Shields Date Garden. The event, taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. on the sprawling grounds of the 17-acre working date farm, will showcase many of the best restaurants and eateries in the eastern Coachella Valley, including: · The Café at Shields Date Garden · The Bistro at Fantasy Springs · Dunkin’ Donuts · El Ranchito Restaurant · Ciros Italian Restaurant · RosAmarillo’s Restaurant · Y Porque No! Oyters Bar and Grill “In just a few years, this has become an ideal fall experience in a really unique outdoor setting,” said Josh Bonner, Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO. “Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or just looking to explore

the culinary highlights of the region, you’ll find it at Taste of the East Valley.” The 2015 edition of Taste of the East Valley featured 18 local restaurants serving signature dishes for a sold-out crowd of 400 attendees. The cost of this year’s event is $20 per person and includes sample plates from every participating restaurant. “Taste of the East Valley is great way to become better acquainted with the many diverse dining options we’re lucky to have right here in Indio,” said Mayor Glenn Miller. “For both locals and visitors, it’s become one of the signature kick-off events of the season.” The event will also include live musical performances, art installations and cooking demonstrations. Prospective attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets online, as last year’s event sold out quickly. Shields Date Garden is located at 80-225 Hwy 111 in Indio. For more info about the event or to reserve your ticket, visit www. or call (760) 347-0676.


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an you believe it’s week 7 already? Almost the halfway point of the NFL season includes a great AFC clash that looked like it would feature two of the best quarterbacks of this era. But that won’t happen now. I reached out to my buddy Chester Vargas, professional sports better and employee at the Mandalay Bay Sports Book and touched on this week’s upcoming contest. New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (no line) - Pittsburgh has looked Super Bowl-contender great in its four wins, but equally as awful in its two losses – a blowout at Philadelphia in Week 3, and Sunday’s setback at Miami. The Steelers (4-2 SU and ATS) had only eight points until late in the fourth quarter and lost to the Dolphins 30-15 laying 7.5 points. But the bigger news came postgame. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee in the second quarter, but returned in the third quarter, though he didn’t play well. Afterward, he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee and ruled out for this week’s game. He will have surgery this week, which will determine how much longer he’s out. Meanwhile, Tom Brady’s return to action has been everything New England expected, and perhaps more. After throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns in a rout at Cleveland, Brady was back at it Sunday, with 376 yards and three TD passes in a 35-17 dusting of Cincinnati as a 7.5-point home favorite. The Patriots are now 5-1 SU and ATS. “Big Ben was initially listed as questionable, but is now out indefinitely,” Chet said. “The Steelers will be forced to start perennial journeyman Landry Jones, and I’m not sure we can open this line high enough. I really haven’t given the game much thought because of the Steelers’ quarterback situation, but the line will be well over a touchdown.” New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams (+3) Sunday morning will come a few hours earlier for NFL fans – 9:30 a.m. on the East Coast, and a wicked 6:30 a.m. here in Vegas. That’s when the Giants and Rams will square off for their game in London. New York (3-3 SU, 2-3-1 ATS) got back to .500 on Sunday, thanks to the sometimes flighty Odell Beckham. The flashy wideout had eight catches for a whopping 222 yards and two TDs, including a 66yard score that gave the Giants a 27-23 win over Baltimore as a 3.5-point home favorite. Los Angeles (3-3 SU and ATS) has followed its


three-game SU and ATS upswing by going 0-2 SU and ATS the past two weekends. On Sunday at Detroit, the Rams lost 31-28 as a 2.5-point pup. “The Rams are going to be on the road for 10 days, having played in Detroit on Sunday, now going to travel straight to London,” Chester said. “While I believe that will help them get acclimated to the time and weather in London, that’s a long time to be away from home and family. “This is truly a neutral-field game, and we have the Giants the higher power-rated team, so we opened them a solid 3-point favorite.” Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5) - Through six weeks, there’s only one unbeaten team left in the NFL, and it’s Minnesota. The Vikings are a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS and are coming off their bye week, following a 31-13 victory over Houston as a 6-point chalk on Oct. 9. Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and Philadelphia have cooled off from their 3-0 SU and ATS start, losing SU and ATS each of the past two weeks. The Eagles were a 3-point favorite Sunday at Washington, but lost outright 27-20. “Man, how the mighty have fallen,” Chet said. “The Eagles were the people’s champ two weeks ago, but now after back-to-back losses, I have a feeling bettors are going to be very shy about backing this team. The Vikings are coming off a bye, playing some great, great football. “I had this game in the pick-’em range before the Eagles took the field against the Redskins, but after that below-average performance, we decided to open Vikings -2.5, and all the early money is on them. It didn’t take us long to get to Vikings -3, our current number.” Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (-1.5) NFC West rivals and playoff teams from last year collide in the Week 7 Sunday night game. Seattle (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) edged Atlanta 26-24 Sunday as a 7-point fave for its third consecutive SU win. Arizona (2-3 SU and ATS) still has some Week 6 work to do, hosting the New York Jets in the Monday nighter. “A huge game and pretty much a must-win for the Cardinals if they want any chance to win their division,” said Chet. “The Cardinals play on Monday night, but we opened them a small 1.5-point home favorite, and a lot will depend how they look in their game against the Jets. The Seahawks are playing some really good football and are coming off a nice win over one of the hotter teams in the NFL. “I have a feeling the public is going to back the Seahawks, but we’ll see.”


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 1980s, two performance artists did a project entitled A Year Tied Together at the Waist. For 12 months, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh were never farther than eight feet away from each other, bound by a rope. Hsieh said he tried this experiment because he felt very comfortable doing solo work, but wanted to upgrade his abilities as a collaborator. Montano testified that the piece “dislodged a deep hiddenness” in her. It sharpened her intuition and gave her a “heightened passion for living and relating.” If you were ever going to engage in a comparable effort to deepen your intimacy skills, Aries, the coming weeks would be a favorable time to attempt it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming weeks would you prefer that we refer to you as “voracious”? Or do you like the word “ravenous” better? I have a feeling, based on the astrological omens, that you will be extra super eager to consume vast quantities of just about everything: food, information, beauty, sensory stimulation, novelty, pleasure, and who knows what else. But please keep this in mind: Your hunger could be a torment or it could be a gift. Which way it goes may depend on your determination to actually enjoy what you devour. In other words, don’t get so enchanted by the hypnotic power of your longing that you neglect to exult in the gratification when your longing is satisfied. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When the wind blows at ten miles per hour, a windmill generates eight times more power than when the breeze is five miles per hour. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect there will be a similar principle at work in your life during the coming weeks. A modest increase in effort and intensity will make a huge difference in the results you produce. Are you willing to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort level in order to harvest a wave of abundance? CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810) had a distinguished career as an admiral in the British navy, leading the sailors under his command to numerous wartime victories. He was also a good-natured softie whose men regarded him as generous and kind. Between battles, while enjoying his downtime, he hiked through the English countryside carrying acorns, which he planted here and there so the “Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.” (Quoted in Life in Nelson’s Navy, by Dudley Pope.) I propose that we make him your role model for the coming weeks. May his example inspire you to be both an effective warrior and a tender soul who takes practical actions to plan for the future. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Eighteenth-century musician Giuseppe Tartini has been called “the godfather of modern violin playing.” He was also an innovative composer who specialized in poignant and poetic melodies. One of his most famous works is the Sonata in G Minor, also known as the Devil’s Trill. Tartini said it was inspired by a dream in which he made a pact with the Devil to provide him with new material. The Infernal One picked up a violin and played the amazing piece that Tartini transcribed when he woke up. Here’s the lesson for you: He didn’t actually sell his soul to the Devil. Simply engaging in this rebellious, taboo act in the realm of fantasy had the alchemical effect of unleashing a burst of creative energy. Try it! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planets have aligned in a curious pattern. I interpret it as meaning that you have cosmic permission to indulge in more self-interest and self-seeking than usual. So it won’t be taboo for you to unabashedly say, “What exactly is in it for me?” or “Prove your love, my dear” or “Gimmeee gimmeee gimmee what I want.” If someone makes a big promise, you shouldn’t be shy about saying, “Will you put that in writing?” If you get a sudden urge to snag the biggest piece of the pie, obey that urge. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the course of her long career, Libran actress Helen Hayes won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. Years before all that

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glory poured down on her, she met playwright Charles MacArthur at a party in a posh Manhattan salon. Hayes was sitting shyly in a dark corner. MacArthur glided over to her and slipped a few salted peanuts into her hand. “I wish they were emeralds,” he told her. It was love at first sight. A few years after they got married, MacArthur bought Hayes an emerald necklace. I foresee a metaphorically comparable event in your near future, Libra: peanuts serving as a promise of emeralds. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Welcome to the Painkiller Phase of your cycle. It’s time to relieve your twinges, dissolve your troubles, and banish your torments. You can’t sweep away the whole mess in one quick heroic purge, of course. But I bet you can pare it down by at least 33 percent. (More is quite possible.) To get started, make the following declaration five times a day for the next three days: “I am grateful for all the fascinating revelations and indispensable lessons that my pain has taught me.” On each of the three days after that, affirm this truth five times: “I have learned all I can from my pain, and therefore no longer need its reminders. Goodbye, pain.” On the three days after that, say these words, even if you can’t bring yourself to mean them with complete sincerity: “I forgive everybody of everything.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the foreseeable future, you possess the following powers: to make sensible that which has been unintelligible . . . to find amusement in situations that had been tedious . . . to create fertile meaning where before there had been sterile chaos. Congratulations, Sagittarius! You are a first-class transformer. But that’s not all. I suspect you will also have the ability to distract people from concerns that aren’t important . . . to deepen any quest that has been too superficial or careless to succeed . . . and to ask the good questions that will render the bad questions irrelevant. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the past eleven months, did you ever withhold your love on purpose? Have there been times when you “punished” those you cared about by acting cold and aloof? Can you remember a few occasions when you could have been more generous or compassionate, but chose not to be? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the next three weeks will be an excellent time to atone. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can reap maximum benefit from correcting stingy mistakes. I suggest that you make gleeful efforts to express your most charitable impulses. Be a tower of bountiful power. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1415, a smaller English army defeated French forces at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. Essential to England’s victory were its 7,000 longbowmen -- archers who shot big arrows using bows that were six feet long. So fast and skilled were these warriors that they typically had three arrows flying through the air at any one time. That’s the kind of high-powered proficiency I recommend that you summon during your upcoming campaign. If you need more training to reach that level of effectiveness, get it immediately. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let’s imagine your life as a novel. The most recent chapter, which you’ll soon be drawing to a close, might be called “The Redemption of Loneliness.” Other apt titles: “Intimacy with the Holy Darkness” or “The Superpower of Surrender” or “The End Is Secretly the Beginning.” Soon you will start a new chapter, which I’ve tentatively dubbed “Escape from Escapism,” or perhaps “Liberation from False Concepts of Freedom” or “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the expansive adventures of this next phase will have been made possible by the sweet-and-sour enigmas of the past four weeks. Homework: Describe what you’d be like if you were the opposite of yourself. ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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n life we are challenged with tests and passing them is a part of never giving up. Without trials and tribulations we would not prosper. I am certain you have had circumstances you didn’t believe you could surmount. Yet, as time passed you were able to see the light at the end of tunnel. Just when you think you cannot tolerate much more, a ray of sunshine peeks through. We are allocated tests in our life so we may be mentally and physically stronger in our daily lives. We’ve all seen and experienced some dark moments in our lives. Reflecting on my trials there isn’t one experience I would alter. In fact, I am grateful for my hardships. I’ve been able to recognize what I could endure. Plus, I never capitulated. I always keep in mind there is an end to every beginning. If you were exposed to something you are meant to go through it. Most of us have goals. While trying to achieve your aspirations you will have a few bumps along the way. Keep in mind anything worthwhile will require you to work. Without the hurdles you may not appreciate the end result as well. Admit you have looked at one or more people in your life and wish you had what they possessed. As an entrepreneur and having a network of other like-minded people in my life each of us share our thoughts with one another. Each person

with any kind of success, at one time or another has felt as though they couldn’t keep going if something didn’t give a little. Entrepreneurs are tested constantly. With each tests we are able to progress. Once we learn a lesson the next tasks doesn’t seem as daunting. During moments of stress we revert to form. Here are few suggestions to keep in mind while you work through difficult moments. *This to shall pass. Nothing lasts forever. There is always an ending. *You are meant to experience your hardship so you may be prepared for the chapter. *Do not throw a pity party for yourself. *Be excited about what you will learn and how you can prosper from your experience. *Don’t be shy about talking to others or asking for their help. *Take time for yourself. *Ask yourself how your tribulations can positively affect you in the future. *Be of assistance to someone else if you see him/her in a similar situation. Just as one challenge ends another may commence. Be prepared to dive in and conquer. Your previous life accounts have already prepared you for what is on the horizon. You can surmount all difficulties. Trust there is a special plan for your life. Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA


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o you know that your ears never 1 in 5 American teens experience some stop hearing, even when you degree of hearing loss, and 80% of teens sleep? Your brain just ignores with hearing loss report that it is due to loud incoming sounds. And that your sense of noise. Even a mild hearing loss can cause a hearing is dependent on tiny hairs deep child to miss as much as 50% of classroom inside your ear, and if you lose those hairs discussion. you lose your hearing? And that you don’t Locally, there’s a wonderful nonprofit have to clean wax out of your ears unless that founder Fred McClory named “Ears 4 you have an abnormal condition – ears push Me” that provides simple hearing screenings excess wax out as needed. But ears can be and inexpensive hearing amplifiers if they troublesome. will be helpful to the client. Find Ears4Me. According to the Hearing Loss org for details. The devices are inexpensive Association of America, more than 360 or free, depending on the needs of the million people in the world have disabling client and product availability. While these hearing loss. Hearing loss may result inexpensive amplifiers are not true hearing from genetic causes, complications at aids, in many cases they are enough to birth, chronic ear infections, some drugs, return the client to a more normal life. Fred excessive noise, and of course, aging. But McClory visits Coachella Valley Visitors in people with hearing loss can be helped with Medicine (CVVIM) in Indio once a month hearing aids, cochlear implants and devices, and you can contact him at (760) 776-4849 sign language and other forms of support. to discuss your needs and, if possible, help Interestingly, half of all hearing loss can be you hear. prevented by immunizing children against diseases like measles, meningitis, rubella and mumps. About 20 percent of Americans (48 million) report some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss and some 15% of schoolage children (ages 6-19) have a degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, today’s average hearing aids can cost $3,000 – $6,000. Most cases of hearing loss in adults stem from damage to the inner ear where tiny hair cells turn sound vibrations into impulses that nerve cells then carry to the brain. The most common causes of that damage are aging and chronic exposure to loud noises. A family history of severe hearing loss could signal that you’re at increased risk. In age-related hearing loss, changes in Dr. Rebecca Diaz the inner ear that happen as you get older causes a slow but steady hearing loss. Other causes include earwax buildup, an object in the ear, injury to the ear or head, ear infection, and a ruptured eardrum. An estimated 50 million Americans experience tinnitus (ringingDiaz in the and 90% of Dr. Rebecca is aears) cat-loving veterinary professional, dedicated to keeping them also have hearing loss. An estimated your cats and kittens happy and healthy with top-quality care in a stress-free environment.





n a serious mission to purge unwanted files, I filtered through the masses of paper in my office and unearthed an old “Warm and Fuzzy” file. The red folder contained cards and letters from family, friends and employees. Sifting through the contents a small thank you card with a bear dancing in the sunshine caught my eye. Inside the author penned, “Thanks for noticing my hard work. Glad you are the head of our team.” I smiled at the memory. Danielle, a member of my staff at the time was indeed a dedicated employee. Years ago, during my tenure as a new manager, I was influenced by multiple management gurus. Perhaps it was in Ken Blanchard’s book, “The One Minute Manger,” where I first learned the value of “catching people doing something right.” Apparently I caught Danielle doing something right which inspired a nod to me as her manager. Although this management concept comes from an old book, I believe the wisdom is timeless. In a recent online article Blanchard advises, “The best way to start this habit is to take an hour out of your week to just walk around and observe what goes on in your organization.” I agree with Ken. It’s that easy. Survey the workplace and you will find employees adding

value and driving business. The next logical step is acknowledgment. A word of warning here, a mumbled good job and robotic pat on the back won’t cut it. There is an art to offering up effective praise. It must be sincere, meaningful, timely and specific. Whether you are trying to motivate employees and build a winning culture, or get your seven year old son to toss his dirty socks in the laundry hamper, place daily focus on catching “the right.” If your daughter cleans up her room, or your son takes out the garbage without your prodding and prompting, a gracious “thank you for being so considerate” and a lively high five will elicit pride and encourage continued positive behavior. Think about making the concept universal. Catch people doing something right wherever you go. Enjoyed the impeccable dining service at your last girl’s night out? Go one step beyond a generous tip and leave a complimentary review on Yelp mentioning the server’s first name. Or ask to speak with the restaurant management and complement him or her on a great hire. A final thought: Your words in a card or heartfelt email will go a long way and may even make it into someone’s “Warm and Fuzzy” file. Sunny Simon is the owner of Raise the Bar High Life and Career Coaching and the author of the blog,

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