Coachella Valley Weekly - December 2 to December 8, 2021 Vol. 10 No. 38

Page 1 • December 2 to December 8, 2021 Vol.10 No.38

Toto at Fantasy Springs


The Rock Gallery


LULU & Acqua


Theresa Caputo


Kathy Garver


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December 2 to December 8, 2021

BY CRYSTAL HARRELL Coachella Valley Weekly (760) 501-6228 Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Kirby, Raymond Bill Club Crawler Nightlife Editor Phil Lacombe Head Music Writer Esther Sanchez Head Feature Writer Crystal Harrell Feature Writers Lisa Morgan, Rich Henrich, Heidi Simmons, Noe Gutierrez, Tricia Witkower Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Eleni P. Austin, Craig Michaels, Janet McAfee, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Sam DiGiovanna, Dale Gribow, Denise Ortuno Neil, Rob Brezny, Dr. Peter Kadile, Dee Jae Cox, Angela Romeo, Aaron Ramson, Lynne Tucker, Aimee Mosco, Michelle Anne Rizzio, Ruth Hill, Madeline Zuckerman Photographers Robert Chance, Laura Hunt Little, Chris Miller, Esther Sanchez Videographer Kurt Schawacker Website Editor Bobby Taffolla Distribution Phil Lacombe, William Westley


Lindi Biggi - Shadow Mountain Golf Club .. 3 Society Scene................................................. 4 Keg Whisperer ............................................... 5 Consider This - Robert Plant/Alison Krauss. 6 Toto at Fantasy Springs ................................ 8 Pet Place ................................................. 10-11 The Rock Gallery.......................................... 12 CLub Crawler Nightlife................................ 13 Travel Tips 4 U............................................... 13 The Vino Voice ............................................. 14 Pampered Palate - Lulu & Acqua ............... 15 Screeners ..................................................... 16 Safety Tips .................................................... 17 Cyber Corner ................................................ 17


ecognized as the first golf course in the City of Palm Desert, Shadow Mountain Golf Club is a landmark of the Coachella Valley with decades of history. It was incorporated in 1958, and by the end of the year 1960, the Club had over 270 members. In recent times, Shadow Mountain Golf Club has found itself in financial distress with endless looming deferred maintenance issues that caused it to be facing bankruptcy. The Club is now under new ownership, as Lindi Biggi has purchased the 63-acre course and has plans to make the necessary investment to bring it back to its original glory as the hot spot for golf and social activities that are a proud part of Palm Desert. She believes that Shadow Mountain has great historic value to the desert community and intends to build a new club house featuring mid-century design next year. “The thing that makes me the most excited about owning the golf course is seeing it resurrect from the unkept open space that is surrounded by beautiful mountains and only four blocks from El Paseo to a beautifully groomed piece of earth that sits beneath those same beautiful mountains and has beautiful people enjoying it,” said Biggi. Biggi’s work history includes 18 years of being a senior certified escrow officer and owning two escrow agencies in Oregon. After marrying her husband Geno Biggi in 1975, she worked with him at his food company, Beaverton Foods Inc., and managed various real estate investments. Since moving to Palm Desert in 1993, Biggi became involved with the animal welfare movement, first with Animal Samaritans and starting the non-profit known as Loving All Animals in 2008. Additionally, Biggi was on the National Board for Petsmart Charities. She is part of a legion of people who worked tirelessly to promote the use of micro-chips to enable lost pets to find their way home and to end

the brutal killing of adoptable pets at public shelters. To date, Biggi is most proud of the number of animals that would have been put to death, but instead, are in loving forever homes. Plus, the Coachella Valley has recently gone from a high-kill community to a no-kill one. Biggi also built the Venus building in Palm Desert, which started as Venus de Fido and morphed into Venus - Healing Arts Center, which failed when COVID hit and all the tenants were put out of business. The building is now a work of art serving a good purpose by housing the non-profit agency of The Create Center. “I get tears of joy when I see the residents that live in our community share my joy with the work that has been done. I have loved each and every day working on this project, which I might add is a 24/7 job,” revealed Biggi. The list of obstacles in acquiring Shadow Mountain Golf Club was extensive. Initially, no one wanted to buy the golf course, until there were three potential buyers. A bidding war started that ended up being settled by the shareholders' voting as to who would take over their Golf Club and not turn it into a subdivision. Biggi’s offer was for less money to the shareholders, but they still voted for her anyway. The irrigation pond was leaking at the Golf Club and the pumps were beyond the expected years of service, as the controllers were so old that replacement parts could not be added. The COVID-19 pandemic also made it nearly impossible to get items delivered. “I have absolutely no clue and no experience with running a golf course and I am a terrible golfer. It was recommended that I hire Touchstone Golf Management Company to run the business and I must say, that is the best advice that I have taken yet. They have been by my side through this whole ordeal and I don’t think I could have gotten this far without them,” stated Biggi.

The Shadow Mountain Golf Club timeline was to close the escrow on August 13, 2021, and do a maintenance list of hundreds of tasks to have the golf course open for play by November 21, 2021. This involved total re-landscaping, new walls, new fences, new pathways, emptying and refilling all the bunkers, rebuilding all the water features, redoing much of the irrigation, and reseeding the whole course. To date, 1.3 million dollars has been spent on repairs, replacements, and upgrades. The next project will be the building of a giant 18hole putting green which will delight golfers of all ages. It will start next week and with a goal of planning to open in March. After that, the desire is to build a new mid-century design club house that sits above the putting course and allows people to enjoy the live flamingos that will live there in a pond that connects the putting course to the club house. “I love the people of this community and I love that piece of ground. My desire is that my community shares my love for this place and that they help me pay the bills to keep it beautiful. If they golf—great. But I will need the support of non-golfers too,” said Biggi.

Draining the pond & saving the fish!

Theresa Caputo at Agua Caliente............... 18 Send Me A Trainer ....................................... 20 Art Scene ...................................................... 20 Kathy Garver ................................................ 20 Health - Keto ................................................ 21 Free Will Astrology ..................................... 21 Haddon Libby .............................................. 22 Dale Gribow ................................................. 22


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esert Arc’s sold-out 11th Annual Golf Classic, postponed three times due to the pandemic, proved to be was well worth the wait! With a record turnout of over 100 golfers and over 150 dinner guests, Desert Arc realized overwhelming community support for its mission of championing the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by enhancing their clients’ quality of life and creating opportunities for each person. Golfers attending looked forward with much anticipation to play on the renowned Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. The event featured a continental breakfast, Shotgun Scramble, Boxed Lunch, Cocktail Reception, and Golf Awards banquet dinner, prepared by Fantasy Springs’ infamous Chef Freddy, featuring insalada abbondanza, roasted sirloin of beef, pan roasted salmon, Baja style shrimp, torchio pasta pomodoro, mushroom-cheese ravioli, Chef Freddy’s meatballs and Italian sausage, followed by an assortment of mini desserts. “Desert Arc adeptly responded to the challenges of Covid-19 on behalf of the nearly 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by our mission,” stated Richard Balocco, President/ CEO of Desert Arc. “Our nonprofit, a human services organization, shifted its on-site programs into ongoing phone meetings with our case management staff and virtual gatherings via zoom to ensure the opportunity for clients to participate in learning and social activities. The unwavering commitment of our Board of Directors and staff to our cause and perseverance in providing person-centric programming to enable people to reach their highest potential is inspirational to all. Desert Arc’s future holds the promise of continued

BY MADELINE ZUCKERMAN service to adults with disabilities, 18 years and older, building on our strengths as a 62-yearold agency, in response to their needs.” Hot Purple Energy continued their support of Desert Arc by donating the Opportunity Prize Drawing of two RAD electric bikes, won by Stu Gallagher and Matt Mitmer. The brilliant collaboration of the “Dream Team,” comprised of Nancy Singer, Event Chair and Desert Arc Board Member, Mistress of Ceremonies Brooke Beare, Emmy-Awardwinning journalist, Board Member, and immediate Past Chair of the Desert Arc Board, and Jay Chesterton, Host and former Desert Arc Board member, made this event a resounding success. “We were finally able to hold our April 2020 Golf Classic after three postponements, and what a great day it was!” stated Nancy Singer, Event Chair. “Over 100 golfers played on the beautiful Eagle Falls Golf Course, and over 150 guests enjoyed Chef Freddy’s fabulous Awards dinner. And, thanks to Jay Chesterton and his entire staff at Fantasy Springs, who treated everyone like royalty. I look forward to welcoming the community to two upcoming Desert Arc fundraising events in 2022 – the 4th Annual “Champions of Change” Recognition Awards Luncheon on February 8, 2022 and the Desert Arc 12th Annual Golf Classic on April 7, 2022. It is so rewarding to chair these events, which raise funds to support the programs and services that Desert Arc offers.” The coveted Golf Awards went to: First Place Team: Seecon Properties – John Tate, Fabian Granados, Brandon Petelski, Jason Johnson Second Place Team: Rivco Mechanical

(left to right) Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Golf Foursome - Jim Schneider, Bill Banning, Jay Chesterton, and Chris Henry.

(left to right) Brooke Beare, Event Mistress of Ceremonies, who is also a Desert Arc Board Member and Immediate Past Chair of the Desert Arc Board, Lori Serfling, Desert Arc Board Member, Damian Jenkins, Chair of the Desert Arc Board, Nancy Singer, Event Chair and a Board Member of Desert Arc, and Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc.


Services – Matt Clark, Jordan Clark, Marvin Scott, Casey Scott Men’s Longest Drive: Jordan Clark Women’s Longest Drive: Nancy Houtz Men’s Closest to the Pin: Marc McClure Women’s Closest To The Pin: Nancy Houtz In a surprise announcement, Nancy Singer was joined by Desert Arc Board Chair Damian Jenkins, to present Chef Freddy with the Chef Extraordinaire Award, and Jay Chesterton, with the Friend to Desert Arc Extraordinaire Award, for his long-time friendship with Desert Arc, for his generosity in hosting the Golf Classic for many years, and for his unwavering support of many other Desert Arc events. This year’s Media Sponsors included Presenting Newspaper & Digital Media Sponsor THE DESERT SUN and LOCALiQ; Exclusive TV Media Sponsor KESQ TV’s News Channel 3; and Exclusive Radio Media Sponsor Alpha Media – Palm Springs. Seen in the crowd were Richard Balocco, Douglas Welmas, Lori & Steve Riegler, Rob Anzalone, David Peat, Mike Schrim, Michael Oehlbaum, Jerry Upham, Jeff Levine, David Fraschetti, Sergio Gutierrez, Mary Hendler, Damian Jenkins, Glenn Miller, Diane Fesler, Lori & Aubrey Serfling, Jeff Shields, Ty Peabody, Bobbi Farnham, Dana Reed, Buddy Ackerman, Marc & Carol McClure, George Englund, Ernie Rubin, Teddi Rozell, Karen


Steve Riegler, Director of Commercial Sales for Hot Purple Energy, with the Opportunity Prize Drawing, one of two RAD electric bikes graciously donated by Hot Purple Energy.

Miles, Suzy Houser, Colby & Kathy Scott, Carol Gross, Leonard Zuckerman, Diane Kalman, Brittany Rieger, Carissa Rieger, Diane Rieger, Norman White, David Scott, Steve Matthews, Paul Watson, Alex Gomez, Mike Lowe, and Billy Bartley. For information on Desert Arc please call 760-404-1368 or visit


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utumn is in full force and the thermometer has gone from 100 to eighty as if it just spotted a patrol car along the freeway. Such weather brings forth a myriad of seasonal beers for our tasty pleasure and 2021 is no exception. While all the cool kids are playing with milkshake stouts and lactose-infused everything, I’m going old school by highlighting two of my favorites. To me, the holiday season invokes memories of years gone by and if there is anything I like to cling to during the last two months of the year, it’s a brewer’s holiday ritual. Tradition is continuously cultivated and passed from generation to generation, and the brewhouses of the world have been making special beers for the Holidays longer than they’ve been using hops. Back in 1975, Anchor Brewing brewed what they called the first holiday beer released in America following Prohibition. They named this not-so-subtly spiced beer Our Special Ale as a holiday gift to their loyal followers. Typically released in mid-November, this Wassail-style of brewing leans heavily on fall spices such as Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Allspice, and (sometimes) a hint of ginger. Established in San Francisco in 1896, Anchor holds the distinction of America’s oldest craft brewery and is currently celebrating their 125th anniversary. Earlier this year Anchor rebranded their entire lineup, changing from their traditional old art labels of the past to labels which they deemed, “Cleaner and easier to read”. Although the name has been changed to Anchor Christmas Ale, the iconic label art remains the same. Each year features a festive red and green hand-drawn label with



mily Dickinson, wrote; “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches on the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.” The holidays are here! We all want to stuff our stockings with hope and gratitude. And who doesn’t love all of the festivities and hall-decking? Unfortunately, while many are putting up the decorations right after Halloween, there are those who don’t find the “most wonderful time of the year,” to be all it’s hyped-up to be. According to Psychology Today, the holiday blues are a real phenomenon, but they are likely to have different effects than you might think. Despite long-held beliefs and often erroneous media coverage—the suicide rate in the United States does not spike around the holidays. (According to the U.S. Center for Health Statistics, the suicide rate is highest between April and August.) The months of November, December, and January, actually have the lowest daily suicide rates. However, low suicide rates don’t necessarily mean that the holiday blues aren't a real phenomenon. There are findings from surveys that suggest people feel more stress, anxiety, and depression in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. I had Thanksgiving dinner with a couple of dear friends who are recent Palm Springs, transplants from Los Angeles. They have been


a different Christmas tree and year 47 is upon us and the tree selected this year is the iconic Joshua Tree…certain to be a collector’s item in the Coachella Valley for quite some time. This year, Brewmaster Tom Riley has created a real gem with notes of rich, decadent chocolate straddling notes of fresh raspberry. Add in spicing from cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and nutmeg and you have a recipe worthy of the Anchor name and tradition. This year’s version clocks in with a moderate 7.0% alcohol by volume which should allow for it to develop in the bottle for several years to come. The beer is available in six-pack bottles and 50.7-ounce Magnum bottles from midNovember thru January. While not quite as old as the Anchor holiday offering, Sierra Nevada Brewing has been producing its own holiday IPA since 1981 and its always nice to see their Celebration IPA hit the shelves in early November. This absolute seasonal classic is welcomed by beer aficionados all over the country as is evidenced by the thousands of pictures which clog my newsfeed and social media this time

living in the desert for about a year and have found it challenging. “Cliquey,” being the term they used and this has created obstacles for making new friends and getting involved in new activities. I know that both of them were very active women in Los Angeles, and would love to be equally engaged in their new hometown. I thought back to my first year in the desert after moving here from Los Angeles and I had to agree with them. Though we had owned a home in Palm Springs, for six years before making the permanent move, I’d experienced the same barriers and feelings of ‘cliqueyness,’ after settling full time in the desert. I had anticipated (and was grateful,) to be able to move at a slower pace than I had in L.A., but I wondered if I had made a mistake moving. I wasn’t sure where I fit in. It took at least a year, if not longer, to begin to feel the connection. Hosting a radio show which allowed me to meet more locals, joining up with the wonderful Coachella Valley Weekly, and getting engaged in the desert theatre community, all helped me to feel at home. I found a way to connect with the activities I enjoyed and was eventually invited into the circles I wanted to belong to. The past year and a half, the pandemic has isolated most people around the globe and made us afraid of personal contact. We have stayed behind walls and masks and lived in fear of venturing out too far. Even

of year. Re-branding is the buzzword in beer and Celebration IPA (its new name) replaces the Celebration Ale moniker after 39 years. This year, Sierra Nevada has treated us not only to the new name, but officially bills this version as a fresh hop IPA. Each year, the brewery visits the Pacific Northwest to hand-select the best Cascade and Centennial hops at harvest time…and then the clock is ticking. The newly picked hops are raced back to the Mother Ship in Chico to make Celebration IPA. Speed is of the essence and the brew is readied as the hops arrive in an effort to capture their citrus, floral, and pine notes at their absolute peak of flavor and freshness. Brewing with fresh hops is a luxury afforded to brewers once a year and Sierra Nevada certainly takes full advantage of the limited opportunity. This beer starts off with a beautiful, reddish body capped with a collar of light tan foam. Clarity is spectacular and the nose hints of sweet floral pine with a grapefruit background. Entry is charged with spritzy carbonation and an upfront sweetness that is both

agreeable and pleasurable. As the beer moves across the palate, the body is full but not thick and brings notes of toffee and caramel; much like any great holiday dessert might. But the finish stands out as the star of the show. Cascade hops flood my mind with memories of walking through a pine forest just after a fall rainstorm. This is quickly followed by the Centennial’s which bring a balanced flavor of raw grapefruit eaten within a floral shop. This year’s version arrives at 6.8% alcohol and drinks like its Sierra Nevada Celebration is available in six and 12-pack bottles and on draft. The brewer also surprised us this year by offering sixpacks of 12-ounce cans as well and these are my personal favorite! The beer is already on store shelves and should be around through the Christmas holiday. Both Celebration IPA and Anchor Christmas Ale should be available at fine craft beer retailers such as Total Wine & More and BevMo! Well into December, but don’t hesitate as they will both be gobbled up by those who know that these beers are just what the holiday tradition is all about. When Ed Heethuis isn’t brewing at Spotlight 29 Casino for 29 Brews, you will find the Certified Cicerone / Brewmaster out on his road bike, planning his Black Friday shopping plans, or talking beer with the patrons at Taproom 29. He may be reached at: heethuis. or wherever beer may be found in the wild.


without all of that, the ‘holiday blues,’ can bring on feelings of fatigue, anxiety, tension, isolation, melancholy, frustration, and finding that in general, the season of joy, just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Many families are reconnecting this holiday after feeling the sadness of separation last year. But a lot of people depend on friends and community contacts to reduce social isolation and help them engage in holiday happenings, as well as life in general. We all need to remember to reach out to friends we haven’t spoken to and include them in plans, invite that new neighbor to the potluck and introduce them around. Make the extra effort as we rejoin the world this holiday season and in the New Year, to include others and help them to feel welcomed and less isolated. Winston Porter, wrote the four things that you can’t recover, “The Stone after the throw, The Word after it’s said, The Occasion

after it’s missed, The Time after it’s gone.” Friends, new and old, are so vital. It’s easy to become complacent with the status quo, but reaching out can be a gift for you and the new friends in your life. I am eternally grateful for those I call friends. I’ve often said that it has become increasingly difficult for me to make new friends as I’ve gotten older and yet, I find myself constantly searching for that new face, perspective, laugh, that will bring a renewed light into corners that have grown dark. Happy Holidays. I hope that they are filled with love and joy and the laugher of new and old friends alike. Dee Jae Cox, is a playwright, director and producer. She is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project, And Co-Creator of the Palm Springs Theatre Go-To Guide, palmspringstheatre. com.


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t the start of 2008, Robert Plant forfeited a huge payday and broke a lot of hearts when he walked away from a proposed world tour with Led Zeppelin. He had recently reunited with the two surviving members, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, with Jason Bonham, stepping behind the drum kit in place of his late great dad, John. The four-piece played a couple of shows in late 2007, honoring a commitment made to their mentor and president of Atlantic Records, the late, Ahmet Ertegun. Both sold-out shows, performed at London’s 02 Arena, had been tremendous success, critically and commercially. The band proved they still possessed the prowess to command the world’s attention, and money raised from each concert went to worthy causes. Managers, agents, concert promoters, die-hard Zep fans and even Jimmy, John Paul and Jason were eager to capitalize on the renewed interest. But Robert had other plans. Three years earlier, he met Bluegrass superstar, Alison Krauss at a Leadbelly tribute. Tasked with duetting on Huddie Ledbetter’s “Black Girl,” they realized the song wasn’t the best fit, but their vocal blend was definitely intriguing. By early 2006, they were in the studio with T-Bone Burnett behind the boards. Their debut collaboration, Raising Sand arrived in late 2007, and rather surprisingly, shot up the charts. The curious combination of the Golden God of Rock and the doyenne of Country/ Blugrass, appealed to the latte-sipping, NPR crowd. It also didn’t hurt that T-Bone hand-picked a set of eclectic songs from disparate sources like Tom Waits, lateByrds vocalist Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt Mel Tillis, Doc Watson and Rowland Salley. But it was the undeniable and unexpected vocal chemistry between Robert and Alison that proved their pairing was more than stunt casting. On the surface, they were truly an odd couple. Robert, the self-proclaimed Black Country Boy from Worcestershire, England, was born in 1948 and became obsessed with the Blues and the primitive rumblings of Rock & Roll at a young age. In 1968 he partnered with ex-Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page, studio musician John Paul Jones, and boyhood pal, drummer John Bonham. As Led Zeppelin, the four-piece proved formidable. Robert was truly the archetypal bare-chested, Dionysian frontman. Originally dismissed by the critics, the band attained instant popularity. Over the course of seven studio albums, they rode out the ‘70s a commercial juggernaut. Burning the candle at both ends was de rigueur during that decadent decade and Led Zep were no strangers to excess. As the ‘80s dawned, John Bonham expired from pulmonary aspiration following a night of heavy drinking. Following his death, Led Zep chose to disband. Robert jumpstarted his solo career


in 1982. Although he never scaled the commercial heights of his former band, he achieved a bit of critical acclaim, carving out a comfortable niche. In between solo records, he reunited with Jimmy Page as part of the Honeydrippers, then for an unplugged project that morphed into a tour and a Page & Plant studio album. Born in 1971, Alison grew up in Champaign, Illinois. At her mother’s insistence, she began studying classical violin at age five, while her older brother, Viktor picked up piano and double bass. She was exposed to Folk and Country as a kid, along with Top 40 hits from the likes of Gary Numan, Foreigner, Bad Company and Electric Light Orchestra. Her mom bought her a Bluegrass Fiddle instruction book, and Alison was able to figure out complex riffs by ear. Signed to Rounder Records, she made her solo debut at age 16. By the early ‘90s, she was a mainstay on the Country and Bluegrass charts. In the ensuing years she has received 37 Grammy nominations, winning 22 times. She is ranked fourth behind Beyonce,’ Quincy Jones and Classical conductor Georg Solti for most Grammy wins overall. Rather than commit to a tour with Led Zeppelin, Robert chose to follow his muse and take his collaboration with Alison on the road. His gamble paid off, not only did “Raising Sand” debut on Billboard Top 200 chart at #2, it held the same position on the Country chart. It swept the 51st Grammy Awards, receiving five nominations and winning them all. In 2009, the pair reconvened with T-Bone to make a

second album, but the spark wasn’t there. So, they backed away from the project and each went on to other things. Recently, the stars aligned, Robert, Alison and T-Bone returned to the studio to record their longawaited follow-up, Raise The Roof. The album opens with a shimmery version of Calexico’s “Quattro (The World Drifts In).” Strummy Jarana Jarocha riffs partner with astral dolceola notes, thready bass, searing pedal steel, stacked guitars, percussive handclaps and a modal backbeat. Robert and Alison’s vocals intertwine, achieving a familiar, yet ethereal alchemy. The lyrics finesse what Janis Joplin referred to as dem ol’ kozmic blues; “In a light, ashamed and humiliated, in a time sacrificed for the sake of trade, the soul is bent, feels the weight of truth falling through/Left behind, no choice but to run to the mountains, where no poppies grow, you have to hit the ground running.” Guitars slash and burn on the outro, suggesting the spirit hasn’t been vanquished. This record, more or less, follows the same formula as Raising Sand. Each take the lead on an equal number of tracks. Alison is up first, acquitting herself beautifully on the Everly Brothers chestnut, “The Price Of Love” Originally, a defiant and slightly spiteful, fraternal stomp, here’s it’s stripped-down and lovelorn, slowed to a narcoleptic groove. Tinkling percussion and ambient noise is supplanted by clandestine guitar chords, sleepwalker bass, and a clackity beat that wraps around her plaintive croon. On verses like “You talk too much, you laugh too loud, you see her face in every crowd, kiss one girl, kiss

BY ELENI P. AUSTIN another, kiss ‘em all but you won’t recover/ You’re dancing slow, you’re dancing fast, you’re happy now but it won’t last,” unfurl like an inner monologue. Robert expertly shadows her on the chorus. Guitars skronk and skitter atop fluttery banjo and plangent mandolin on the break. She takes a deep dive into the abyss on”Last Kind Words Blues,” from seminal female Blues musician, Geeshie Wiley. A cracked Country Waltz, the tune is powered by thick Resonator riffs, courtly mandolin, stickity banjo, knotty cello, wiry bass and stealthy fiddle all in ¾ time. Alison evinces a world-weary ache as she imparts her Daddy’s final words; “If I get killed, if I get killed, please don’t bury my soul, I prefer you leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole.” Again, Robert steps in on the chorus adding some shaggy harmonies. Things are slightly less dire as she attempts to redirect heartache on Merle Haggard’s classic lament “Going Where The Lonely Go.” Wistful electric guitars, spidery bass and willowy pedal steel are bookended by a shuddery rhythm. The ache is palpable as she realizes these endless distractions can’t assuage heartbreak; “Making up things to do, not running in all directions to find you, I’m just rolling with the flow, going where the lonely go.” Once again Robert rides to her emotional rescue on the chorus. Finally, she displays her sultry side on the Betty Harris’ Big Easy Soul song, “Trouble With My Lover.” The song lands somewhere between Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and Aretha Franklin’s “Dr. Feelgood.” Frisky requinto notes are matched by prickly baritone guitar, thumping upright bass and a tip-toe beat. She’s got it bad, for a bit of a bounder; “When he puts his arms around me, way in the middle of the night, you know it fills me up with a kind of delight, ooh, that man’s alright.” Shivery requinto notes lattice over spiky baritone licks on the outro. Robert returns to his Ye Olde English roots on the Folk-flavored “Go Your Own Way.” Jangly acoustic guitars intertwine with spatial electric riffs over a kick-drum beat. Even at age 73, his voice still has the power to thrill on this bittersweet farewell. Just the way he bends notes on phrases like “woe is me” or “I want to die” is worth the price of admission. Muscular guitars and lilting pedal steel on the break manage to magnify the misery. Co-written with T-Bone, “High And Lonesome” is Zep-tastic in all the right ways, recalling the crosscut urgency that characterized his former band’s best songs. Shards of guitar, swoony Melloton and bowed bass connect with rat-a-tat handclaps and a propulsive beat. Even the lyrics reflect his days as carnal conquistador, he pursues um, love, sans restraint; “I shall not rest upon the highway, I will not tire or despair, I shall conspire I will be there, I’ll

make a deal, I’ll dance in hell, I’ll sing out loud and louder yell, I will open every, every door yeah.” Phased and dusted guitars crest over the break, before the entire enterprise shudders to a stop The best tracks stack back-to-back, smack in the middle of the record. They offer a rollicking take on “Can’t Let Go.” Written by Randy Weeks, the song was a huge hit for Lucinda Williams, off her watershed “Car Wheels On a Gravel Road.” Reverb-drenched electric guitar, stinging acoustic guitar and walking bass lines are tethered to a tom-tom heavy tribal tattoo. Robert and Alison’s honeyed harmonies nearly camouflage lyrics that can’t quit a cratered relationship; “I’m like a fish out of water, a cat in a tree, you don’t even want to talk to me, well, it’s over, I know it but I can’t let go. Their blithe and sunny vocal blend, fuses with the lithe and elastic ChaCha-Cha arrangement and the results are electric. Alison is positively dreamy on Bert Jansch’s “It Don’t Bother Me.” The spare and spectral Scottish Folk ballad is reconfigured, layering in brushed percussion, hollowedout bass, chunky electric guitar, haunting pedal steel, celestial marxophone and quavery dolceola. Alison’s vocals tightrope between feathery agility and tensile grace, as Robert darts in and out on the defiant chorus; “You twist my words like plaited reeds, to mark your gain and help your needs, but it don’t bother me, what you say.” The arrangement nearly levitates on the break as it builds to an insistent crescendo.

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On Ola Belle Reed’s “You Lead Me To The Wrong,” the Black Country boy slips into Country Darkness. Davening on the opening notes, Robert channels one of his biggest influences, Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum, over sawing fiddle and tremulous electric riffs. Croaky percussion, rippling acoustic guitar and burly bass lines add to the backwoods verisimilitude. Bewitched and betrayed, a crime of passion leads to the gallows; “You promised me that we would be wed, on this I laid my money down, you were seen a’courtin’ my best friend, you caused me to shoot him down, you caused me to shoot him down.” The record closes with the Gospel crunge of “Somebody Was Watching Over Me.” One of the final songs written by Gospel-Soul giant, Pops Staples, it’s accented by barbed guitars, menacing bass, Honky-Tonk piano and a martial kick. Spiritual lyrics speak to a higher power; “My strength was put to the test, my weakness was put to rest, looking now I see somebody was watching over me.” It’s a hypnotic end to a potent record. T-Bone assembled a wolfpack of pickers and players for this album, and received some superstar assists from Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, David Hidalgo, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Miller and Lucinda Williams. Raise The Roof exhibits the same ephemeral magic and crackling energy that characterized Raising Sand. 14 years between albums is a long time. But it was well worth the wait.


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OTO has announced the band’s return to the road in late-February, 2022. The band will bring the DOGZ OF OZ world tour to the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Tickets start at $39 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone 800-827-2946 and online at Toto’s “Africa” recently crossed the threshold of ONE BILLION streams on Spotify. This accomplishment speaks to the continual discovery of the band’s repertoire, alongside the multi-generational fan base enjoying a composition that is nearing forty years since the band’s album “IV” was released. Cumulative Spotify streams exceed 3.3 Billion plays. The band recently released “With A Little Help From My Friends” via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group. To screen the title


track, which presents the new line-up of Toto, click here: Steve Lukather shares, “We are keeping the music of Toto alive with a little help from our friends.” Joseph Williams offers, “In the midst of a global pandemic and an unprecedented lockdown we realized a few things. Musicians must play and people need to get together to watch them. It was then Luke, Dave and I decided to call upon our friends to create this performance. We welcomed new friends on to the stage and found an instant connection with them. Welcomed back old friends to do a little work! The fact is we couldn’t have pulled it off without the love and support of our friends and family. Never was a title or a song been more appropriate. I hope you enjoy ‘With a Little Help From My Friends!’” The global tour that will stretch several years is presented by Toto co-founder and musical

director David Paich. Joining Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams on the road are new band members bassist John Pierce (Huey Lewis and The News), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note), and keyboardist / background vocalist Steve Maggiora (Robert Jon & The Wreck). Keyboardist Dominique “Xavier” Taplin (Prince, Ghost-Note) and multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the fifteenth incarnation of the Toto line-up in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited. Steve Lukather offers, “When the music is performed by great musicians it honors Toto. The documentary featured on the DVD offers great insights in to our thoughts looking forward. David, who stands with us, alongside Joe and myself, desire to keep this music alive. And Paich could pop in any time for a show as a special surprise. We’ll be selecting a broader mix from the Toto catalog that includes deep cuts, the hits, and tunes from Joe and my recently released solo albums. Both of us could not be more thrilled with the global response to these records.” Luke and Joseph Williams are life-long friends since they were kids, and bandmates sharing a deep colorful history that has thrived professionally on a global basis over the past decades. Luke offers, “There is a refreshing, optimistic enthusiasm to step in to the future. At this moment, Joe and I are the only longtenured members of the band that want to be on the road continuing to bring music to our multi-generational fan base. I’ve spent almost four and a half decades of my life as the only original member who never missed a show or an album nurturing this legacy while enabling


the music to continually exist in the live concert setting. That is something I’ll never stop doing, and when we inevitably return to the road it presents a rare opportunity to reimagine our personal futures while simultaneously preserving the deep connection that exists with the audience while likewise yielding continual discovery.” Williams adds, “Luke and I have been through a lot with one another. He’s like a brother to me. Our creative partnership has always enriched our lives. As we look towards what’s to come in unison, there is nothing but anticipation to bring everything in our minds to life. I can’t think of anyone else on Earth I’d rather launch the next chapter with than with this lifelong, loyal and gifted friend and band mate. We’re the last men standing…The Dogz of Oz, “With A Little Help From My Friends” was Produced by Joseph Williams, who also edited the accompanying long-form video. The band’s long-time front of house engineer Ken Freeman mixed and captured the sound. On February 26, Luke and Joe presented solo albums via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group which charted in multiple territories across the globe. Both artists made significant contributions to the other’s recordings. Additionally, David Paich performed on select tracks on Luke’s “I Found The Sun Again” and Williams’ “Denizen Tenant.” The titles were released on LP, CD and a limited-edition deluxe edition is available with the two titles bundled together. Available here: and JosephWilliams. Tickets for TOTO start at $39. For more information, contact the Fantasy Springs Box Office via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at

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ou are invited to start the New Year 2022 at a celebration with fellow animal lovers from 11:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday, January 1. The exotic BG Bird Garden estate in Palm Desert, designed like a tropical Brazilian rain forest, is the venue for this first-of-its kind fundraiser. And yes, you can wear pajamas or other comfortable lounge wear! Lindi and Geno Biggi once again open their home for guests to enjoy. The beautiful rescued birds on the grounds will greet you upon arrival. Two thatched covered bars in the back yard will provide refreshment. Stroll past a lovely water lagoon housing live flamingos while sipping a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Guests will enjoy a fabulous buffet brunch. An amazing ice sculpture designed like a large Dachshund dog will dispense vodka at the Bloody Mary bar. Live entertainment by some of my favorite local musicians make the day even more special. You may recognize Tim

Burleson, Sharon Stills, and Patrick Swain, popular regulars who entertain at Coachella Valley venues. Football fans can watch televised games on a giant outdoor monitor shaded by a thatched roof. Mix and mingle with friendly animal lovers. New Year 2022 is a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Galiena Jacobs performs a tasteful strip fashion show, modeling some “must have” outfits from The Shops on San Pablo. If you are unsure about what to wear to the New Year’s Day party, the Shops on San Pablo Street in Palm Desert have some adorable dog and cat decorated pajamas. Lindi Biggi founded Loving All Animals in 2008 with the goal of helping stray homeless animals and those facing euthanasia in our overcrowded public shelters. Lindi’s creativity helped transform the image of “flea bitten mutts in shelters” to that of loving grateful creatures deserving of a second chance home. With boundless

enthusiasm, she organized a series of annual Wizard of Oz themed Super Pet Adoption Fairs bringing shelters throughout Southern California together for record setting adoptions. Making it fun resulted in thousands more animals getting loving homes. Owning a rescue dog, cat, bird or horse is now your badge of honor! Funds raised at the Pajama Party fund rescue efforts for homeless dogs and cats, veterinary work, spay and neuter, pet food, supplies, adoption and shelter services. Loving All Animals operates an animal shelter in Coachella in addition to a foster home network. Their work includes humane education, bottle feeding fostering for neonatal kittens and puppies, pet food for food banks, and funds for Trap/Neuter/ Return (TNR for community cat colonies), Kudos to event honorary chair Patty Newman. Thanks to committee co-chairs Lorie Loftis, Barbara Rogers, and CJ WestrickBomar for their planning and creative work. They obtained some exciting surprise raffle prizes. Make a New Year’s resolution not to miss this incredible event! Tickets are $100 per person. Call (760) 834-7000 for reservations as this will soon sell out. --------------------------------------------------



I HOPE FOR A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, SO PLEASE COME MEET ME AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE DESERT! The volunteers take me for walks, but I’m lonely without my own family. I’m a 3-yrold Doberman Pinscher, a calm boy who loves humans and other dogs. HSOD is at 17825 N. Indian Canyon, N. Palm Springs, (760) 329-0203,

I’m a beautiful sweet 60-lb girl dreaming of a home for the holidays! I love humans but prefer to be the only dog in your home. Come meet me between 10am4pm Mon through Sat at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms. I’m dog ID#A1645576,, (951) 358-7387.


BY JANET McAFEE Here is a partial list of Inland Empire shelters and rescue groups where you can adopt a wonderful dog or cat. COACHELLA VALLEY ANIMAL CAMPUS – This county shelter is now open for walk in visitors 10am-4pm Mon through Sat. You can view the animals at all four Riverside county shelters at, and get the ID number, 72050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, (760) 343-3644. (Public) PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER – This shelter is open every day except Tuesday. View their animals online at www., 4575 E. Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, (760) 416-5718. (Public) DESERT HOT SPRINGS ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL - Open daily 9:30-4:30. View their animals at, 65810 Hacienda Ave, Desert Hot Springs, (760) 329-6411 ext. 450. ANIMAL SAMARITANS – Call for an appointment to adopt. View their animals at Email to foster. Located at 72307 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms, (760) 601-3918. (Private) CALIFORNIA PAWS RESCUE - Call for an

appointment to adopt. Located at 73650 Dinah Shore, Palm Desert. View their animals at, (760) 656-8833. (Private) HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY – Call for an appointment to adopt a dog or cat. This shelter has lots of big dogs and some cats. View some of their animals at Located at 17825 N. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, (760) 3290203. (Private) KITTYLAND – The shelter is closed so call for an appointment to visit and adopt a cat. Located at 67600 18th Avenue, Desert Hot Springs,, (760) 251-2700. (Private) FOREVER MEOW – Foster based rescue for cats located in Rancho Mirage. Contact them at, (760) 3356767. (Private) PRETTY GOOD CAT – Foster based rescue for cats located in La Quinta. Contact them at, (760) 660-3414 (Private) BFF4pets – Foster based rescue for dogs and cats located in La Quinta. Email them at, (310) 431-7818 (Private) LOVING ALL ANIMALS – Call for

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appointment to visit and adopt dogs. Located at 83496 Avenue 51, Coachella,, (760) 834-7000. (Private) ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER OF CALIFORNIA (ARC), Foster based rescue for dogs and cats in Indio., (760) 877-7077 (Private) LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY – Large outdoor shelter for dogs and cats up Hwy 74, Mountain Center, view animals at, and call (951) 6594687. (Private) MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY – Located at 4646 Sun View Rd, Joshua Tree,, call between 11am-2pm (760) 366-3786 (Private) CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO ANIMAL SHELTER – The shelter is now open for Walk in visitors 12 – 3pm Tuesday through Saturday. Google “City of San Bernardino Animal Shelter” for website to view animals and get the ID number of the animal you want to meet. Located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, (909) 384-1304 or (909) 384-7272. (Public) SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER AT DEVORE – Shelter is now open for walk ins 7 days a week. Call (909) 3869280. View animals at acc and get the ID number of animal you are interested in adopting, 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino (Public). DREAM TEAM ANGELS RESCUE - Foster based rescue located in Grand Terrace/San Bernardino area. Contact them through website www.DreamTeamangelsrescue. com, (360) 688-8884. (Private)


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ocal artist, musician, businessman and entrepreneur, Abe Reisin has spent much of his life pursuing music as well as success as a business owner. As it has been for most of us, the last few years have been a time of major life changes, trials and forks in the road. Having worked with him in the past on a musical project, I know that Abe is a talented dude and what he is capable of. I also know that he is not one to make decisions half-heartedly. When he decides to make a change in his life, he dives in head-first with deep thought and gusto. That being said, I was intrigued to learn about Abe’s newest endeavor and the pathways that brought him to this point in his life’s journey. CVW: What would you say was your inspirational starting point into becoming a musician? Reisin: “My dad always played guitar. Some of my earliest memories were of him playing guitar in the living room. (Abe points over to a small, acoustic guitar hanging on the wall of the studio space)... He bought me that guitar when I was 5 years old and signed me up for lessons. I quit after a month. (Laughing)...I was 5 years old and I didn’t like it.” Reisin continues: “When I was eleven, we were attending a really small, Spanish church in El Centro where I grew up. The pastor of that church would play guitar and I would sit in the front row and watch him. I would watch that pastor play guitar and that inspired me to get my dad’s guitar and try my best to copy what that pastor did when he played. I would go home after church and try to copy what I watched him do. Then, eventually I just went ahead and asked him for lessons. I could have asked my dad for lessons, but, for whatever weird reason, I didn’t. I asked the pastor and he went ahead and started giving me guitar lessons at age 11. It kind of took off from there when I discovered a passion that I never knew I possessed.” CVW: When did you start doing music professionally? Reisin: “I guess I would say that my first band was around 2003. It was called, “Grounded,” and at 18 I was the baby of the band. The other members were 38 and 40 and we were together for around 3 years. It


was actually a Christian rock band and I was replacing a guitar player who had tragically passed away. I never knew the guy. I don’t even remember his name, but I remember they gave me recordings of him to listen to and when I was listening to him shred...I felt so small. I felt like he was so amazing and I would never be able to fill his shoes.” Reisin continues: “We were together for a few years and I have a lot of great memories of our time together. Eventually we had some issues as a band and we ended up breaking up. It was a weird pain that I went through. It was almost like a divorce and I was only around 20 years old. It was all I did for three years and it hurt. I felt like l lost all of these songs that I had worked so hard to master…. even though I didn’t write them, they became mine. I felt so close to them and couldn’t play them anymore. I knew I didn’t ever want that to happen again, so I started my own band, Above the Waters.” CVW: So you wanted to be in charge of everything at that point? Reisin: “Basically. At that point I didn’t have any idea whether or not I could vocally

hold a note. Then, I started singing. I never knew I could write a song. Then I wrote 50 songs for the first album. Throughout the time with, ‘Above the Waters,’ I think I wrote around 70 songs. A lot of them were junk for sure. But, you gotta get through those to get to the good stuff. That went on until around 2010.” CVW: You went solo for a while, right? Reisin: “Yes, I did. There were a lot of various projects that brought a lot of ups and downs but by the time 2015 came around I was basically done. It was too much heartache and too many letdowns. The last show I did was in 2016! The one we played with Alex Santana at Schmitdy's Tavern which was great but, after that I put away my guitar for a long time. I was done with music.” CVW: So, correct me if I’m wrong but, at that point you decided to go 100% adult and start a business, buy a house and during that time became a father, right? Reisin: “Yes, all of that. I worked hard to gain that sense of stability that I thought I was missing out on so much. But, I wasn’t happy; turns out that you can work really hard for a product and feel zero satisfaction sometimes, especially if what you are working on or for doesn’t really mean anything to you in your heart.” Reisin continues: “That’s why we’re here now. That’s why I dropped everything and sold much of my business and assets to create, “The Rock Gallery.” I wanted to make my life mean something instead of just constantly working. I don’t mind working at all, but I want to work towards something that means something to me and to others.” “So many of my happiest memories were from when I was 12 or 13 years old...learning to play new chords, learning to play Nirvana, etc....Feeling so excited when I started a new band. Leaving a band was always hurtful but every time I was able to join a new musical project it was like a new life again. For years I have always wanted to one a studio, produce songs and manage bands! From the age of 15, those were goals of mine!

ARTICLES & PHOTOS BY ESTHER SANCHEZ I feel like going on the road sidetracked me. I didn’t so much want to be in a band as I wanted to make a band, produce, manage and all of that. I hope to do a lot of those things and more through, The Rock Gallery.” CVW: I know the Rock Gallery, which is situated very conveniently in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs is going to be not only a recording and rehearsal studio where musicians can rent time, space and expertise to use in a professional environment...but you are also in the process of obtaining your non-profit status as a school for teaching music to children and teens. Reisin: “My life changed so much after my son was born. Before he was around, I honestly wasn’t much into kids and didn’t think very much about them at all. After the day he was born, that completely changed. Now everything I do, I think about him. I want to teach him guitar. I want him to learn about music. He’s just a little guy, but I bought him a harmonica and we are working on that.” My son and my desire to teach him music sparked a flame in me with the idea of teaching music to other kids. At this point I want to focus on kids between the ages of 8 and 17. If they don’t own a guitar, I have a couple they could borrow. I also have multiple amps, a drumset, a piano, etc. I don’t want to live in a world where children who want music lessons can't get them because they can’t afford them so that is why I am applying for non-profit status. Eventually I am looking to obtain dedicated piano, drum and vocal instructors. I love the idea of being able to put together bands with students as well. I want it to be a place where people can come and express themselves. The Rock Gallery's grand opening/open house will be on Dec 11th, 6-9 PM. 333 N. Palm Canyon Dr. St. 117 Palm Springs, Ca 92276 Abe Reisin - 760-235-9699 IG @The_rock_Gallery

Thursday, December 2

Chef George’s – Marc Antonelli – 6:30pm Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm Desert Beer Co. – Jeff Campbell – 6:30pm Jazzville @ Agua Caliente – Jason Fabus Trio w/ Natalie Mendoza – 7pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – JB and the Big Circle Riders – 7pm O’Caine’s – Midlife O’Crisis – 6pm Pivat @ Agua Caliente – Derek Jordan Gregg – 6-9pm Plan B Entertainment & Cocktails – Intimate Acoustics – 8pm

Friday, December 3

Bart Lounge – DJ Dxsko – 8pm Casuelas Café – Los Garzaz – 7pm Chef George’s – Lizann Warner – 6:30pm Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm Desert Beer Co. – Acoustic Night w/ Matt Davin, Josh Heinz and Lance Riebsomer – 6:30pm El Paseo Gardens – Derek Jordan Gregg – 3-6pm Four Twenty Bank – Hotwyre – 6pm La Quinta Brewery – TBA – 7pm

Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Steel Rod – 9pm O’Caine’s – Paddy’s Pig – 6pm Rockyard@Fantasy Springs – In the End (Linkin Park Tribute) and Playground – 7pm Tack Room Tavern – TBA – 8pm The Nest – Nikki Dickinson – 6pm The Slice – Marc Antonelli – 5:30-8:30pm The Village – Rob & JB – 5:30-8:30pm, Rapmarz – 10pm, DJ LF – 10pm, DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm Twelve @ Fantasy Springs – Mark Gregg and Co. – 7-10pm

Saturday, December 4

Ace Hotel – DJ – noon – poolside Bart Lounge – Goth Night w/ DJs Danza De Luna, Luna Divina, Dead Romeo and Ahsatan – 8pm Big Rock Pub – Texas Hill w/ Rick Shelly – 6:30pm Casuelas Café – Vinny Berry – noon, Laurie Morvan Band – 7pm Chef George’s – Michael D Angelo and Tim Burleson – 6:30pm Coachella Valley Brewery – B Movie in the Beer Garden “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” – 7pm

Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm Desert Fox Bar – TBA – 7pm Four Twenty Bank – Hotwyre – 6pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Steel Rod – 9pm O’Caine’s – California celts – 6pm Palm Canyon Roadhouse – Derek Jordan Gregg Band – 9pm Rockyard@Fantasy Springs – Fortunate Son (John Fogerty/CCR Tribute) and The Refills – 7pm The Hood - Comedy Night – 9pm The Nest – TBA – 6pm The Slice – Leanna Rogers – 5:30-8:30pm The Village – Rob & JB – 1-4pm, Rapmarz – 10pm, DJ LF – 10pm, DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm Twelve @ Fantasy Springs – Mark Gregg and Co. – 7-10pm

Sunday, December 5

Bart Lounge – Latina Night w/ DJ LF – 8pm Casuelas Café – Guadalajara Kings – noon, Barry Baughn Blues Review – 5:30pm Coachella Valley Brewery – Acoustic Afternoon w/ Nick Hales, Adam Gainey and The Sieve and the Saddle – 3pm Kitchen 86 – Jojo Malagar – 7pm

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Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm Palm Canyon Roadhouse – Mikole Kaar Jazz Show – 2pm, Sunday Night Jam w/ Derek Jordan Gregg – 6-11pm The Nest – Jojo Malagar – 7pm The Slice – Sergio Villegas – 5-8pm The Village – Rapmarz - 10pm

Monday, December 6

The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm

Tuesday, December 7

Casuelas Café – Desert Suite Band – 5:30pm Chef George’s – Lizann Warner – 6:30pm Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Brad’s Pad – 7-10pm The Slice – Sergio Villegas – 5-8pm The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm

Wednesday, December 8

Casuelas Café – Lisa Lynn and the Broken Hallelujahs – 6pm Chef George’s – Tim Burleson – 6:30pm Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm The Cantina – T- Bone Karaoke – 7pm The Slice – Marc Antonelli – 5-8pm The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm, Banda Revolucion – 10pm



his moderate, 0.9-mile loop trail — perfect for families and hikers with their four-legged friends — winds along the lower elevations of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Though it's considered an "in town" trail, the route seems a world away from the luxe ambiance of Rancho Mirage, not only immersing hikers in the peaceful and aweinspiring landscape but also treating them to scenic views. After parking in the upper lot behind Ranch Mirage City Hall, follow the Bighorn Overlook Trail, which climbs about 300 feet and features several switchbacks, until reaching a shaded picnic shelter, where many hikers stop and rest (or pose for a few photo-ops) before continuing back down on the Jack Rabbit Trail. After reaching the wash that parallels


Highway 111, you’ll pass through the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, a lush area landscaped with palm trees and desert willows and featuring a sculpture

garden, a pond, and beautifully tiled benches, before returning to your car at City Hall. Think Hiking Trails, Being Outdoors and Enjoying the Views!


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parkling wine continues its bubbly business boom throughout the world. Over a decade ago, I personally promised those that invested the sparkling wine market would see sparkles in their portfolio. From high-end Champagnes to affordable domestic brands, the market has risen over 30%; and you’re very welcome! You have my email, thanks for your generosity!! And a decade ago, a lot of the bubbly was generally opened for that birthday, anniversary, holiday, special event and romantic soirees. They still are in droves; but we are also drinking up the sparkles at breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and dessert. Joy to the world! Sparkling wines are now as common as any red, white, orange, or rosé quaffer on any given day, on any given dinner table. We are free to enjoy bubbles any time we wish! Cheers and here’s to you—you wine lover! We’ll be sprinkling our December columns with vino recommendations throughout. But if we need to cut to the chase with some fast picks for holiday cheers and your house—let’s show three immediate California bubblies that are available at every big market chain as we speak: First on the list of grab & go sparklers is the Domaine Chandon Brut Rosé ($18). This is the producer’s non-vintage bubbly with a new chic pink label. For years now, this wine and its main competitor, Mumm, trade back and forth as to which sparkling is the best for the year. This time it’s Domaine Chandon: It’s a festive bubbly to be sure: Vibrant is the word that most wine reviews shout out. You’ve got strawberry, ginger, spice flavors, stone fruits, fresh citrus. It all works very well and will be the hit of any party or meal. It’s the deal! Another quick bubbly to find & grab will be the Decoy NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling ($20). The world seems to love anything the Decoy/ Duckhorn brand is pouring. The same goes for its bubbly. Surely it’s a delicious work and everyone in the house is happy when the cork is popped. One enthusiast writes: “an enticing sparkling wine that offers alluring layers of baked apple, white peach and orange zest, as well as aromatic hints of honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, a delicate sweetness is perfectly balanced by bright acidity, which



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adds poise and energy to the lush, pure fruit flavors.” Wine Spectator writes: “Snappy and fresh, with layered and steely lemon and orange zest flavors accented by floral vanilla notes. Drink now.”—well okay then! Another California favorite is the Domaine Carneros Brut Estate 2016. If you wish to treat your household to a vintage bubbly, this is the ticket at around $34. “Creamy, crisp, and luscious with layered Asian pear, brioche and fresh ginger flavors that build vibrancy on the rich lingering finish”, is what Wine Spectator lauds on this wine. This always does a great job. And if you’re counting, it’s one of the highest scoring sparklers out right now at 93 points! And since we mentioned Domaine Chandon earlier, we’ll go ahead and recommend another wonderful non-vintage bubbly: Domaine Chandon Blanc de Blancs Carneros by the Bay Cuvée P15 Carneros Vineyard Reserve. For sure that’s a long name but at only around $30, its one of the best buys for a nice crisp bubbly from California. Wine Spectator writes: “Fresh and vibrant, with lively apple and lemon verbena flavors that take on fresh ginger and spice accents and finish on a refreshing note. Finally—the bubbly we all enjoyed over Thanksgiving was the Valdo Cuvée 1926 Valdobbiadene Prosecco ($22). We recommended this wine just a couple of weeks ago, quite honestly, it’s worth mentioning again—it’s that good and festive. Granted, one may not find this wine at the large market chains—things could change however, but you can easily order this wine up at your smaller wine shops and/or your favorite liquor store. This is an Italian sparkler that works with all the meal prepping and then on to the lunch or dinner table. I’ll go ahead and quote myself from my previous writeup: “Winemaker Gianfranco Zanon’s tasting notes state: “Ripe apple, pear, peach along with tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple are accented by floral notes. A well-balanced, pleasant, and harmonious palate with a medium-body and a long, persistent finish. Perfect pairing with risotto, white meat and after the meal with fresh peaches.” And don’t be nervous, Valdobbiadene is easily pronounced as VALdoe-bee-AHH-Deen-nay. Saluti!” We’re keeping things simple this week for your quick grab & go house wine. The reds are coming up next time. Stay tuned—cheers! Rick is your somm-about-town. And just in case you forgot his email address—here it is:


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elebrate the holidays at Lulu and Acqua California Bistros with festive dining options sure to please everyone on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. On Christmas Eve (December 24), Lulu and Acqua are serving a Christmas Eve menu of holiday specials with selections like oven roasted turkey, seafood linguine, turkey pot pie, and chicken cordon bleu in addition to their big, beautiful, 70+ choices of delicious California cuisine. Lulu is open from 11am to 9pm, and Acqua is open from 4 to 9pm. Lulu and Acqua’s 4-course Christmas Day (December 25) feast begins with your choice of 3 delicious homemade soups, followed by a selection of 3 festive salads and then your choice of 11 exquisite entrées including holiday favorites like oven roasted turkey, -more-holiday ham, filet mignon, fresh Atlantic salmon, osso bucco and much more, with gluten free and vegetarian options available. The 8 dessert choices are delightfully varied, from warm bread pudding and apple crisp to our wildly popular flourless triple chocolate cake. The 4-course Christmas menu is $54.99, with a special children’s menu available for $24.99 (under age 12, please). Lulu and Acqua are open from 1-9pm. Are you planning a family dinner at home this year? Lulu’s Christmas Day feast is packaged in servings for 2, 4 or more, and just right for intimate dinners or family gatherings. This holiday menu with traditional dining choices can be found on Lulu’s website ( in the menu tab under “Christmas to go”) and ordered by calling 760-327-5858. We look forward to welcoming you and your families into our restaurants. Lulu has plenty of room for everyone on Christmas Day from outdoor dining on its heated, covered street-side terrace to cozy booths in the main dining room. There are plenty of tables for large parties and groups in its festive mezzanine dining areas. Lulu California Bistro is located in the heart of

downtown Palm Springs on the corner of S. Palm Canyon Dr. and Arenas Road. Acqua at The River in Rancho Mirage offers scenic outdoor dining on its heated, covered patio with spectacular water and mountain views, a lively dining room with tables and booths, and The River Room featuring sliding glass doors that open and overlook The River’s signature water feature with plenty of seating options for large families and groups. On New Year’s Eve, ring in the New Year at Lulu’s famous New Year’s Eve blow out party with the talented Tony Grandberry and his Big Fun Orchestra! The 4-course dinner is always terrific and the dining room is decorated and festive. Begin with your choice of 3 savory soups, 5 excellent appetizers and salads, then select from one of 11 incredible entrée selections for New Year’s Eve, like New Zealand rack of lamb, slow roasted prime rib, or a delicious Chilean sea bass and more with gluten free and vegetarian options available. Finish your meal with a one of 8 festive desserts like fresh berries with Chambord, triple chocolate cake, or a delicious hazelnut panna cotta- a rich Italian chocolate pudding. This seating includes hats, party favors, and a Champagne toast at midnight for $129.99, with seating available from 7:30pm onward. Dine at Lulu on the early side between 4:30-6:30pm, and enjoy this festive menu for $69.99. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 760-327-5858. Or welcome the New Year with Acqua’s festive 4-course dinner served from 6:30pm with an “East Coast”/Times Square New Year’s celebration at 9pm with party -morehats and favors, for $69.99. Acqua’s lively River Room is sure to be full of New Year’s Eve merry-makers and everyone will be home in time for a good night’s sleep! Acqua will also be serving its big, beautiful dinner menu with 70+ California cuisine dishes in the main dining room and on the Pazza Terrace from 4pm. Reservations are strongly suggested for the New Year’s Eve

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party and can be made by calling 760-8629800. For holiday gift giving, Lulu and Acqua have the perfect solution: gift cards from your favorite California Bistros! Between

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n the spring of 1934, Hollywood faced what the LA Times called “the most serious crisis of its history.” The film capital was under siege by censorship advocates who launched a boycott, demanding that the film industry a boycott demanding that the film industry enforce the Production Code it had adopted in 1930. For about years, defiant producers had cited artistic freedom and flouted the Code which prohibited vulgarity, profanity, nudity, excessive violence, illegal drugs,


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adultery, sexual perversion, white slavery, racial mingling, lustful kissing and suggestive dancing. In July 1934, the controversial films were outlawed. They became known as “preCode.” Today a treasure trove of so-called films are available for the home theater. In the next few weeks, I hope to spotlight a few of these sometimes shocking but certainly entertaining movies.

FRISCO JENNY (1933) When her father and her boyfriend are killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, pregnant and unwed Jenny Sandoval (Ruth Chatterton) must find a way to survive. She takes up residence in the Chinese district and is able to make ends meet, but not necessarily through legal methods. Mixed up with gamblers and running a brothel, Jenny finds herself in a world of trouble when she witnesses a murder. Rather than ‘fessing up to what she saw, she hides the gun and gets charged with the crime herself. Jenny’s pal Steve (Louis Calhern), a local attorney, decides to help her out by placing her son with a wealthy family until the scandal dies down and she hopefully gets released. By the time she’s able to reunite with young Dan, however, he doesn’t recognize her. Years later, Jenny is as entrenched in the criminal underworld as ever, while nowgrown Dan (Donald Cook) is running for district attorney. Complications ensue.

Frisco Jenny was directed by William Wellman. The screenplay was by Wilson Mizner and Robert Lord from a story by Gerald Beaumont, Lillie Hayward, and John Francis Larkin. Ruth Chatterton gives a wonderful, heartbreaking performance in this tale of a mother willing to do anything to protect her child, and a woman willing to do anything to survive. Jenny has always done whatever necessary to make a living and has been successful at it, but she’ll put it all on the line to save Dan and his career. She’s a fascinating character, and the film is worth watching for her alone. Meanwhile, Dan is entirely unaware that his mother is a notorious figure in the local crime world. He has no idea of the sacrifices she’s made, in his youth or in following his rise

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS to the district attorney’s office. It all makes for a very compelling watch. The scenes in Jenny’s jail cell were my favorites. Chatterton is gut-wrenching to watch as she weighs her decision to either tell Dan the truth and save her own life, or protect him and accept the consequences. Frisco Jenny‘s premise promises plenty of secrets and complications for its leading lady, and it certainly delivers the drama. It’s crime drama with a familial twist, carried out very well, with Ruth Chatterton’s performance keeping a firm grip on the viewer’s heart. Recommended.



remember as a young firefighter responding on a structure fire in the south end of town. Upon arrival we had a singlestory, single-family dwelling with heavy smoke from the bravo side. My Captain told me to pull a pre-connect and make entry. RIT teams, two in, two out were not policy. I donned my breathing apparatus, pulled the pre-connect and made entry to the front door. I clicked in my air, ready for entry. A routine structure fire, we got this! Upon entry I was met with thick, dark, acidic smoke. I could not see two feet in front of me. I could feel the heat but could not see the fire; just dark thick smoke with no visibility. I pulled my flashlight out of my turnout coat. I clicked it on, and nothing happened. I swear I just checked it a couple of days ago. I am always good with my morning check of my equipment on the rig. However, I made a big mistake; one I will never forget. What seemed like a few days ago, was more like several weeks? I failed to check my flashlight and the batteries were dead. The routine structure fire became a big



challenge for me. No visibility and no hand light. Quickly the room grew darker, I became lost, going by feel only. Minutes seemed like hours. Stay calm I reminded myself. Jesus, I swear, if you give me the chance, I will never forget to check my flashlight and always ensure my batteries are working. Crawling blindly, bumping into things and who knows what falling on top of me. In a small

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residential structure, I’m lost! In the background I could hear the faint sounds of sirens of other resources arriving. Thank God the ladder truck arrived on scene quickly. The sound of chainsaws, sounding the roof and ceiling being punched above me was music to my ears. Before long, the smoke, heat and gases were venting up and out through the roof. Thank you, Jesus! That day, I failed not only myself, but one of my best tools, my flashlight. Friends are a lot like flashlights. When the flashlight goes weak or stops working do you just throw it away? Of course not. You change the batteries. The holidays are upon us. We have been through some rough patches over the past year and a half. This has brought division among families, friends, and co-workers. It’s time to set our differences aside and be a light for others. There are many who can use a friend. Like the above, everyone seems to be in their own survival mode trying to find their way. Where has kindness, compassionate and the willingness to reach out and help others gone?


re you one of those who keep a password book? Well, you aren’t alone. According to a Digital Guardian poll of 1,000 people, found 38.6% write their passwords down on a piece of paper. Or maybe you use the same password for multiple online accounts, just like 17.7% of users do, according to the same Digital Guardian report. Does any of this sound familiar? Well unfortunately statistics also show that passwords are responsible for 81 percent of all the reported data breaches with the average cost of a data breach to a company coming in at $7 million. Despite the alarming news cycle, users are failing to react to the challenge, as 61 percent IT executives solely dependent on employee education to respond to the threat. One of the most effective ways to protect your online security is to use a password manager. An effective password manager makes it simple to create unique, strong passwords and securely stores them so they're accessible whenever you need them; whether on your phone, laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. They basically perform 90% of the work for you when it comes to staying secure online, alongside two-factor authentication. Best Password Manager - In a recent Security Magazine Report, on average, a typical business user has 191 online passwords whereas a non-business internet user has 23 online passwords. This can range from email passwords to those used for online banking, Netflix, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook, Grubhub, or for your student accounts, office logins, medical portals, and so on. So, unless you are good at remembering the recommended a 15-character password, according to a CSO article, for each of your online accounts, we recommend using a password manager. But perhaps you're new to password managers and want to know what the is the best all-in-one password manager. Security, usability, price, and flexibility are different factors to consider when it comes

BY FIRE CHIEF SAM DIGIOVANNA When a person becomes weak, doesn’t respond or light up as you expect, or when they are in a dark place, do you cast them aside? Of course not! Like my flashlight - you help them change their batteries and recharge back to themselves! Some need AA… Attention and Affection; Some need AAA… Appreciation, Acknowledgement and Acceptance; Some need C… Compassion; Some need D… Direction or all of the above; Regardless of what they need, or if their light is dim or not shining, sit with them quietly and let your light shine. There is no darkness so dense, so menacing, or so difficult that it cannot be overcome by light. Stay with them and be their light. You can be their best friend during dark times!


to choosing the best one. We've listed some top picks for the best password managers available in the market. LastPass is simple to use, highly secure, and loaded with features. It comes in both free and premium versions, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. To keep data safe, it's encrypted with AES-256-bit encryption, PBKDF2 SHA-256, and salted hashes - and this isn't just for passwords. You can also store credit card information and shipping addresses so that they are automatically entered while you purchase online, as well as encrypted notes, insurance policy information, and many more. LastPass is good as a free version, but premium accounts are very fairly priced and have an incredibly valuable bonus feature: the option to log into applications on your phone. Just a few password managers provide this, but it may be very useful if you ever lose your phone, since it prevents others from accessing your emails and social media. Multi-factor authentication, which helps protect you against phishing attempts by requiring an additional form of authorization to log into your accounts, such as a code provided by a smartphone app

or a fingerprint scan, is one of the favorite LastPass features. While it's becoming popular, not all sites and services offer this feature, so getting all of your logins in a vault that's protected this way is extremely helpful. Dashlane is a capable single-device password manager that can store logins for up to 50 accounts in a secure vault with multi-factor authentication. It, like LastPass, can do a lot more than just fill in passwords; it can also store a lot of data and automatically fill out forms with delivery addresses and contact information. Dashlane's free service has been excellent, but the paid service is even better. It not only synchronizes all of your passwords across all of your devices (desktop and mobile), but it also tracks the dark web for data breaches and sends you customized alerts if any of your stored credentials appear in a batch of stolen information. There's also protected file storage (ideal for scanned ID records, insurance plans, and receipts), as well as a VPN for browsing the web conveniently over public Wi-Fi hotspots. All of this comes at a cost, and Dashlane's premium package is one of the most expensive plans available,

but the additional features (such as remote account control and priority support) rather make up for it. Keeper Password Manager does not have a free version, but you can use it for 30 days before subscribing to a plan. Keeper is one of the most advanced password managers around, as you'd expect from a completely premium app. It's available as a desktop app for Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as extensions for every major browser and web applications for iOS and Android. Biometric identification is also supported on mobile devices, and the data is synced through an unlimited range of devices. Keeper, like the premium version of Dashlane, will notify you if any of your passwords are compromised in a data breach. It will also notify you if any of your passwords are weak or have been reused, and will assist you in replacing them with stronger ones. There's also a good family package. This not only protects everyone in your household's login details, but it also allows you to securely exchange data with one another and provides an encrypted messaging service that's a good alternative to WhatsApp if you don't want to use Facebook products. 1Password, password manager aims to provide security not just for individuals or organizations, but also for families by providing a shared password protection system. One is for individuals and their families, allowing a single user or a family of up to five people to use the 1Password service for secure logins. A business service is also available, and provides protection for those who work from home, as well as teams and businesses. 1Password defends you from hacks and other attacks, such as keyloggers and phishing attempts, in addition to offering any of the above, and continue to page 18


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heresa Caputo will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. “The Experience” brings Theresa face-toface with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. A video display ensures everyone in the venue has an upclose-hands-on experience regardless of seat location. “The experience isn’t about believing in mediums. It’s about witnessing something life-changing” says Theresa Caputo. “It’s like Long Island Medium live, witnessing first-hand spirit communication.” Theresa’s latest book, “Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again”, was released in 2017 and debuted on the NY Times Best-Seller List at #3. With her energetic, positive, and encouraging tone, Theresa uses the lessons from Spirit to guide the reader through grief toward a place of solace and healing. Theresa’s second book titled “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” was released in September 2014 and debuted at #9 on the NY Times Best Seller List. Her first book titled “There’s More to Life Than This” was

released in the fall of 2013. Theresa has appeared on such programs as The Tonight Show with both Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly & Michael, Dr. Oz, and The Today Show.

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will only work in verified browsers. As a result, you'll have a highly stable and capable password manager that can be used for both personal and corporate purposes, like working from home, without compromising your security. NordPass is a versatile password manager that provides browser plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera, as well as web applications for Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as smartphone apps for iOS and Android. In addition to storing encrypted passwords, NordPass will also recommend clear passwords and store credit card and banking information conveniently and reliably for quicker checkouts on ecommerce websites. You can then sync this information through up to 6 devices per license for the premium version. Only one is allowed in the free version, but you can check out other paid features for a week. Another advantage is that, unlike some other services, there is no limit on the amount of passwords you can save. However, unlike some other password managers, NordPass does not autofill forms (automatically providing basic information such as your name, location, and email address). NordPass, on the other hand, is a capable password manager that does a bit more than you'd expect. In Conclusion - The majority of these password managers perform the same basic functions. When it comes to their extra features, things are a little different. Some of these password managers, such as Dashlane, 1Password, and Keeper,


charge extra fee to notify you of recent data breaches. Many companies offer to store your personal information, credit card numbers, and other commonly used information so they can fill out online forms easily for you. (It's better than keeping your credit card details on retail websites.) The Mac and iOS applications for 1Password have been kept more up to date than the Android and Windows apps. It may be the better option if you just use Apple devices, but the other password managers are just as effective on all platforms. The most important decision you'll have to make is whether you want your passwords saved locally on your computers and mobile devices or in the cloud on remote servers. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. If a password manager is doing its job correctly, it will encrypt all of your passwords and only store your master password as a "hash" created by an irreversible mathematical method. Unless you use various password managers, a password manager puts all the eggs in one basket, whether it's local or cloud-based. However, for the vast majority of people, the security benefits of using a password manager greatly outweigh the drawbacks. Still have questions regarding password managers or a suggestion for our next article? Please contact us by calling (760) 205-0105 or emailing us at tech@eggheadit. com and our Eggsperts are happy to help you with your questions or suggestions. IT | Networks | Security | Phones | A/V | Integration

Theresa has been a practicing medium for over 20 years. She helps individuals find closure by delivering healing messages. For Theresa, this is not just her job... this is her life. INSTAGRAM: @theresacaputo TWITTER: @Theresacaputo TheresaCaputoLongIslandMedium

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know eating healthy during holidays may seem overwhelming. There are a variety of easy ways to combat the problem of unhealthy eating during the holidays. Here are a few suggestions from me: Shift your focus. Though many celebrations are undeniably centered around food, remember how important it is to spend quality time with loved one Instead of focusing on the menu, try to make a point of focusing on the people and the experience you’re there to share. When you make it less about the food you’re less likely to overindulge. Think of your food allowance as a budget. If you’re not the one hosting and are at the mercy of whomever is serving you, think of your calories as nutritional ‘Budget’ a normal number of calories to eat during the event and if you want to indulge in a special dish or fancy dessert, make sure to allow for it by cutting out something else. Eat and drink mindfully. Don’t allow

yourself to snack through a stressful situation and when eating for pleasure, savor every bite and sip. When you’re consciously thinking about the tastes and textures of what you’re experiencing, you’ll enjoy it more, and chances are you won’t overeat. Host with options. If you have the pleasure of hosting a holiday gathering, be sure to provide healthy options for yourself and your guests. If creating a platter of snacks, don’t forget to include plenty of fruits and vegetables and always have nonalcoholic options (and plenty of water) available to drink. If cooking and baking, look for creative ways to use healthy ingredients as substitutes without sacrificing flavor. Add exercise to the calendar, just like you would schedule a holiday activity with your household, schedule time for exercise that you enjoy. Get outside for some fresh air, or stay warm inside. Put on your dancing (or walking) shoes. Dancing is a great way to work off some

holiday calories. If you are at a family gathering, suggest a walk before the feast or even between dinner and dessert. Make room for veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables. They make great snacks and even better side or main dishes — unless they’re slathered with creamy sauces or butter. Although food is an integral part of





ward winning artist, Alane Levinsohn, will have a showing of her figurative male nude etchings and painting at a reception held at Big Mike Art Gallery/Studio on December 4, 2021, from 3-7. Big Mike Art Gallery/Studio is located at 610 S. Belardo Road #200, Palm Springs, California. Trained at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, in Brussels, Belgium, Levinsohn has participated in many art exhibitions and has garnered art awards since 2014. “My figurative artwork starts as a feeling about the sitter I want to convey – strength, isolation, solitude, confidence,” said Levinsohn. “I paint from life on a white canvas background, wet into wet in the alla


the holidays, put the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. If balance and moderation are your usual guides, it’s okay to indulge or overeat once in a while. Best in Health, Fitness Coach/Owner “Send Me a Trainer” Nadia Popova



prima style, often with the underpainting showing though. By painting live models and leaving working lines, I try to capture the constant shifting of a living, breathing body and that moment in time. My work is white on white with white frames so that the figure itself floats on the wall, eliminating points of cultural reference and context.” The realism in Levinsohn’s work is astounding. You won’t want to miss this meet and greet. For more information, please call DeAnn Lubell at 760-831-3090.

athy will be signing her newly released “Family Affair Scrapbook” and “Holiday Recipes for a Family Affair” on Sunday, December 5 from 1-3. Just Fabulous is located at 515 North Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. “I am very excited about bringing out my new book Family Affair Scrapbook,” said Garver. “The colorful book is a pleasing pictorial pastiche of treasured memorabilia and text about my Emmy-nominated and award-winning classic sitcom. My show has meant so much to so many people. Many fans grew up on this warm-hearted dramedy and newer generations are discovering it for the first time on such channels as Decades or platforms like Amazon Prime and Roku.” Garver went on to say that Family Affair was one of the first series in color when it debuted in 1966. The stories, the humor, the

style all remain relevant today. She is proud that the cherished sixties show appeals today to a wide audience who can sit back, relax, and sip a taste of comfort and nostalgia. No stranger to the desert region, Garver owned a condominium in Palm Springs for 30 years; received a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Spring Walk of Stars; functioned as a consultant with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce; interviewed celebrities on her local show called Star Watch; and has many friends, including her brother, who all reside in the Palm Springs area. “I look forward to seeing fans and friends at Just Fabulous on December 5, reliving our fun past experiences, and creating new ones,” said Garver. “It is a fantastic way to kick off the 2021 Holiday season to buy autographed copies of my book for themselves or to give away as gifts.”




e are in the midst of the Holiday Season where the average person gains up to 10 pounds. Who can relate? It’s game on for all the sweet treats and extra indulgences. This time of year can be a tough time and stressful. Most of us don’t want to overeat but we do it and suffer from remorse and weight gain. Unless you live in a cave, you can’t avoid temptations at every turn. Does it sound difficult to stay Keto this time of year? Are you Keto and “planning ahead?” Are you going to have a cheat day? A cheat week? Are you going to even make an ATTEMPT to keep it Keto over the holidays or are you already making deals with yourself about a strong Restart in 2022? Can you Keto during holidays and do well? Yes, you can with creativity, discipline, preplanning, and the right mindset you can do it! You may be wondering how do you attend holiday parties where lots of food and drink are involved…this often is where the temptation is highest, and pressure is strongest? I’ve done it (I’ve been Keto for 3years and maintained my goal weight) and YOU can do it too. Here are a few proven tips I’ve put together for YOU: Choosing Foods – No matter what situation you find yourself in choose nutrient dense foods, fats and proteins that are satiating. (Example: Always eat as much turkey as you want with the skin. Then fill up on veggies with lots of butter, nuts, salads, and berries) Your Keto WHY – Imagine what it will be like to enjoy the holidays and not always end up in a “carb coma”? Take that in, hold on to it, and always remember your Keto WHY! Why did you start Keto to begin with? Do you really want to go back the way you were living? Embrace the Holidays – Don’t shy away from the holidays because you are Keto. It’s a special time of year for feasting and creating special memories with family, friends and business associates. Don’t miss out. Rather than thinking it may be difficult, work on your mindset and embrace the holidays this year. If you get tempted remember how great you will feel knowing that you won’t be gaining weight and over-indulging. How do we kindly say no to pressures by family and friends – Sometimes people expect us to eat certain foods with them. They might say “Oh, just have one bite it won’t hurt you” or some people might feel “offended” that you aren’t having something special they prepared. Here are some foolproof ways to say no where no explaining is necessary: “I feel so much better when I don’t eat gluten” “I feel so much better when I don’t eat sugar” “I’d love to, but I recently found out I have food allergies and it’s just not worth the risk”



Create your version of one of these. Keep it light and positive and it works like a charm. Events, Family and Friend gatherings – Offer to bring your own food such as a dessert or appetizer and a few other items so you know you have foods that you can eat. (They’ll be Keto of course and no one needs to know the difference unless you choose to tell them) The host is usually thrilled that you’ve brought something and you’ll be thrilled to have a healthy alternative among mostly unhealthy choices. What about Alcohol? This is a common question and especially applies during the holidays. Practice moderation (no more than a few drinks a week) and stay with the most “Keto” friendly drinks knowing that no matter what it will affect your ketosis level and turn off your body’s ability to burn fat. So, what are the best alcohols? Vodka, tequila or gin for clear alcohol or Whiskey and rum What about wines? Prosecco, Champagne (stay away for Chardonnay or Rose) or a Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir Stay away from heavy red wines like Malbec or Merlot Stay away from Beer (unless it’s a light beer) but definitely avoid IPA beers as they have from 13 – 20 carbs of carbs. Up your game with electrolytes when drinking alcohol and it must be included in your daily carb count! “Always be prepared.” Have your “emergency” bag with you at all times (Keto crackers, cookies, chocolates, nuts, bars, nut butters, etc.) and your fave go to foods and snacks. This strategy will save you on many, many occasions. My purse is now the Mary Poppins purse…you just never know what I’ll pull out of it. Do the same. It’s not about surviving the Holidays! It’s about thriving and enjoying yourself. Plan on waking up January 1 feeling better than ever and saying “Wow, this was the best holiday ever. I ate delicious foods and I feel fantastic, and I didn’t gain weight.” Now that is truly a miracle and a blessing worth every keto bite. If you REALLY WOULD like to faithfully stick to Keto — while still enjoying the holiday season, and need support or plan to start right after the holidays are over, please book a free 30-minute consult with me and I’ll help you make an action plan (very realistic). I can make it easy for you. Holiday Blessings and Keto On! P.S. I have an amazing and delicious compilation of Holiday recipes you can download for free on my website – cream of mushroom soup, egg nog, pecan and pumpkin pie bars with a shortbread crust, sugar cookies etc. About Michelle Borthwick: Michelle is a Keto customization expert and coach. Keto weight loss results can be greatly improved with Coaching, Customization, Accountability, and a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. Michelle offers private sessions, proven Keto diet hacks, goal setting, ongoing support and more. If you are interested in a Keto lifestyle designed to get you lasting results, book a free 30-minute complimentary private coaching session online at KetoIsEasyCoach. com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s a favorable time to get excited about your long-range future—and to entertain possibilities that have previously been on the edges of your awareness. I’d love to see you open your heart to the sweet dark feelings you’ve been sensing, and open your mind to the disruptive but nourishing ideas you need, and open your gut to the rumbling hunches that are available. Be brave, Aries! Strike up conversations with the unexpected, the unknown, and the undiscovered. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A Tumblr blogger named Evan ( addressed a potential love interest. “Do you like sleeping, because so do I,” he wrote. “We should do it together sometime.” You might want to extend a similar invitation, Taurus. Now is a ripe time for you to interweave your subconscious mind with the subconscious mind of an ally you trust. The two of you could generate extraordinary healing energy for each other as you lie together, dozing in the darkness. Other recommended activities: meditating together; fantasizing together; singing together; making spiritual love together. (PS: If you have no such human ally, sleep and meditate with a beloved animal or imaginary friend.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini author Chuck Klosterman writes, “It’s far easier to write why something is terrible than why it’s good.” That seems to be true for many writers. However, my life’s work is in part a rebellion against doing what’s easy. I don’t want to chronically focus on what’s bad and sick and desolate. Instead, I aspire to devote more of my energy to doing what Klosterman implies is hard, which is to write sincerely (but not naively) about the many things that are good and redemptive and uplifting. In light of your current astrological omens, Gemini, I urge you to adopt my perspective for your own use in the next three weeks. Keep in mind what philosopher Robert Anton Wilson said: “An optimistic mindset finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): An organization in Turkey decided to construct a new building to house its workers. The Saruhanbey Knowledge, Culture, and Education Foundation chose a plot in the city of Manisa. But there was a problem. A three-centuries-old pine tree stood on the land. Local authorities would not permit it to be cut down. So architects designed a building with spaces and holes that fully accommodated the tree. I recommend you regard this marvel as a source of personal inspiration in the coming weeks and months. How could you work gracefully with nature as you craft your future masterpiece or labor of love? How might you work around limitations to create useful, unusual beauty? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Author Melissa Broder wrote a preposterous essay in which she ruminated, “Is fake love better than real love? Real love is responsibility, compromise, selflessness, being present, and all that shit. Fake love is magic, excitement, false hope, infatuation, and getting high off the potential that another person is going to save you from yourself.” I will propose, Leo, that you bypass such ridiculous thinking about love in the coming weeks and months. Here’s why: There’s a strong chance that the real love at play in your life will feature magic and excitement, even as it requires responsibility, compromise, selflessness, and being present. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo author Andre Dubus III describes times when “I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable— like I’m about to cry any second—and wrong.” That sounds dreadful, right? But it’s not dreadful for him. Just the opposite. “I’ve found that when that happens,” he concludes, “it usually means I’m writing pretty well, pretty deeply, pretty rawly.” I trust you will entertain a comparable state sometime soon, Virgo. Even if you’re not a writer, the bounty and fertility that emerge from this immersion in vulnerability will invigorate you beyond what you can imagine. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The problem with

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putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get 22.” Author Dashiell Hammett said that, and now I’m passing it on to you—just in time for a phase of your cycle when putting two and two together will probably not bring four, but rather 22 or some other irregularity. I’m hoping that since I’ve given you a heads-up, it won’t be a problem. On the contrary. You will be prepared and will adjust faster than anyone else—thereby generating a dose of exotic good fortune. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In her poem “Is/ Not,” Scorpio poet Margaret Atwood tells a lover, “You are not my doctor, you are not my cure, nobody has that power, you are merely a fellow traveler.” I applaud her for stating an axiom I’m fond of, which is that no one, not even the person who loves you best, can ever be totally responsible for fixing everything wrong in your life. However, I do think Atwood goes too far. On some occasions, certain people can indeed provide us with a measure of healing. And we must be receptive to that possibility. We shouldn’t be so pathologically self-sufficient that we close ourselves off from tender help. One more thing: Just because that help may be imperfect doesn’t mean it’s useless and should be rejected. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path,” wrote Norwegian-Danish novelist Sigrid Undset. I think she succeeded in doing both. She won a Nobel Prize for Literature. Her trilogy about a 14thcentury Norwegian woman was translated into 80 languages. I conclude that for her—as well as for you in the coming weeks and months—traveling the right road and taking your own errant path will be the same thing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Susan Sontag unleashed a bizarre boast, writing, “One of the healthiest things about me—my capacity to survive, to bounce back, to prosper—is intimately connected with my biggest neurotic liability: my facility in disconnecting from my feelings.” Everything about her statement makes me scream NO! I mean, I believe this coping mechanism worked for her; I don’t begrudge her that. But as a student of psychology and spirituality, I know that disconnecting from feelings is, for most of us, the worst possible strategy if we want to be healthy and sane. And I will advise you to do the opposite of Sontag in the coming weeks. December is Stay Intimately Connected with Your Feelings Month. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In some small towns in the Philippines, people can be punished and fined for gossiping. Some locals have become reluctant to exchange tales about the sneaky, sexy, highly entertaining things their neighbors are doing. They complain that their freedom of speech has been curtailed. If you lived in one of those towns, I’d advise you to break the law in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, dynamic gossip should be one of your assets. Staying wellinformed about the human comedy will be key for your ability to thrive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Originality consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people,” wrote Piscean author James Fitzjames Stephen (1829–1894). Another way to say it: Being rebellious is not inherently creative. If you primarily define yourself by rejecting and reacting against someone’s ideas, you are being controlled by those ideas. Please keep this in mind, dear Pisces. I want you to take full advantage of your astrological potential during the next 12 months, which is to be absolutely original. Your perceptions and insights will be unusually lucid if you protect yourself from both groupthink and a compulsive repudiation of groupthink. Homework: I invite you to send me your holiday wish list. What do you want? What do you need? ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny - Free Will Astrology


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.S. News recently released its annual list of the best hospitals in the United States. At the top of this prestigious list is The Mayo Clinic in Rochester. With fifty-seven research centers, the hospital does research work on diseases like Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Sports medicine, diabetes and specialty surgeries are amongst the treatment areas where the Mayo Clinic ranks amongst the best. Due to its research efforts, the Mayo Clinic leads hundreds of clinical trials each year. Second on the list is the Cleveland Clinic. Amongst the outstanding achievements of this hospital system, there are 107 accredited residency training programs. This hospital sees more heart cases than any other in the United States. Prior to the pandemic, this hospital performed roughly 700 transplants each year. Larynx replacement surgery is one of the many innovations of this hospital. The UCLA Medical Center is third with one of the best trauma centers in the nation. This training hospital also has some of the best geriatric and children’s programs. John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore comes

in fourth. This hospital was the top-rated in the United States from 1991 to 2011. Currently, this hospital has the top-rated radiology and rheumatology programs along with the second-rated neurology program. Rheumatologists generally work on issues like arthritis, gout, lupus or auto-immune disorders. Fifth is the hospital that interrupted the John Hopkins twenty-year streak atop these hospital rankings. Located in Boston, it is Massachusetts General. Initially started as part of Harvard University in 1811, Mass General is best known for their work in cancer, fertility, geriatrics and digestive disorders. This hospital has one of the best funded research programs in the world. Cedar-Sinai Medical Center is sixth on the list this year, down from second. This hospital regularly ranks amongst the top research hospitals in the United States with work in stem cell biology, genetics and numerous





he holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas provide a perfect time to celebrate. With most of us confined to home for the last year, we are all eager to get out among people again. The holiday dinners will probably lead to many drinking more than they should and encountering men and women in Black and White rather than a Jolly Santa in a Red Slay. Psychologists tell us that the “Covid Stay Some Order” has caused mass depression, resulting in more drinking than normal. Couple that with football season, and I anticipate more callers asking me “Can you get me out of my DUI?” The honest answer to that is maybe....but the odds are against it. Any lawyer that tells you YES, they can dismiss your DUI without examining the facts is lying to you. The first question on every new client’s mind is what can you do for me? …and what will it cost? If I was a doctor and you had stomach pain, you would not ask me “what is wrong with me and what will it cost” when you first met me and before I examined you. You would understand a doctor would have to take a history, perform a physical exam, order blood tests, X-Rays, and MRI’s etc. Maybe the doctor would even perform exploratory surgery before telling you what was wrong. If it was Cancer the surgeon might stitch you up and explain there is very little he or she


other areas like Artificial Intelligence, Cardiac Arrest Prevention and Women’s Health issues. In addition to some of the best healthcare in the United States, Cedars-Sinai also has one of the best art collection of any hospital in America. Some of the works you may find on their walls include Andy Warhol, Picasso, Rauschenberg and Sam Francis. Rounding out the top ten are New YorkPresbyterian Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital in New York City. In ninth is UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago rounding out the top ten. Other west coast hospitals in the top twenty include Stanford Hospital up north and the Mayo Clinic – Phoenix in fifteenth. Locally, Eisenhower Medical Center ranks second in Riverside County and twenty-first in the state. Eisenhower is rated as a ‘high performer’ in areas including the heart, COPD, colon cancer, hip and knew replacements,

orthopedics and lung cancer. Loma Linda University Medical Center is the top-rated hospital in the county and 13th across the state. Best known for their proton therapy treatments for cancers including lung, brain and prostate. As a teaching hospital, students specialize in areas like behavioral health, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy. Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs is operated by Tenet Healthcare. Where Eisenhower is a level 1 trauma center, Desert Regional is a level 2 trauma center. JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio is also operated by Tenet Healthcare. Initially opened as a community hospital by Dr. Reynaldo Carreon. According to, the safest hospital in the Coachella Valley is Eisenhower with an A grade. Desert Regional gets an above average B while JFK gets a C score. High Desert Medical in Joshua Tree also gets a C score while San Gorgonio in Banning and Hemet Global get D scores. Haddon Libby is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Winslow Drake Investment Management. For more info, please visit

can do to cure you of Cancer. A DUI is usually not cancer, but with a (1) High Blood Alcohol Reading of .15+; (2) Drugs (Prescriptive or street drugs) or (3) a Traffic Accident, your case becomes more challenging. This means that the results your lawyer can achieve are problematic and the possible sentence will probably involve more jail time. Yes, they do ask for jail time. The Indio Court is much tougher on DUI’s than many other jurisdictions and our local DA’s ask for JAIL time on ALL DUI’s. This is probably because we have more DUI FATALITIES here in the CV than anywhere else in California...per capita. During this Covid 19 period there have been more trials in Riverside than ALL of the other 57 counties COMBINED. On any criminal case there are different degrees of success. I usually explain to clients on their first appointment, that many years ago I was in the office of famed criminal attorney Robert Shapiro, my best friend at the time, who later became O.J. Simpson’s lawyer. We were planning on going to dinner and discussing cases on which we were working together. Shapiro got a call from a prospective client and had to stay late to meet with him. He asked me to sit in the office with him, but of course I was to say nothing. When the client came in Shapiro said “I don’t want to know anything about your case.” He

merely asked “what are you looking for?” He then explained that there are different degrees of success. If I go into court and the DA wants a year in custody and I can get you 6 months, that is success. If they want 6 months of custody and I can get you 2 months, that is success. If they want 30 days and I can get you 10 days, that is success. If they want 10 days and I can get you a weekend and/or home arrest, that is success. It is impossible to guesstimate what the success will be on a case when you only hear the client’s side of the story. It is necessary to review the police report for probable cause for the stop, how well you did on the OPTIONAL field sobriety tests and the chemical test results for the Blood Alcohol Reading as well as your criminal record. Clients often think that because they have a clean driving record or have been a pillar of the community that will factor into their guilt or innocence. That is wrong. It may affect the sentence, but not GUILT or INNOCENCE. Sometimes a prior record will aggravate the sentence and philanthropic work in the community may mitigate the sentence. However, they have nothing to do with GUILT or INNOCENCE. Many clients get “Black & White Fever” because they were nervous about the police stopping them. The driver may have innocently said something that was wrong and that may negatively influence the case. Of course failing the attitude test also makes the case more difficult, as the DA is more likely to want to punish the driver.

The best advice I can give you is to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over…and not by Santa! So DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT AND GET A DUI OR ACCIDENT, CALL A TAXI, LYFT OR UBER... IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN CALLING ME. For ideas for future articles contact me at 760 837 7500 or DALE GRIBOW - Representing the Injured and Criminally Accused “TOP LAWYER” - California’s Prestige Magazine, Palm Springs Life (PI/DUI) 2011-22 “TOP LAWYER” - Inland Empire Magazine 2016- 2019 PERFECT 10.0 AVVO Peer Rating American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys- Founding Member 10 BEST ATTORNEYS for California for Client Satisfaction in the practice area of DUI LawSelected 2015. Only Attorney Appointed to CVAG Public Safety and CLINTON Foundation (DUI) committees “Though I am sometimes referred to as a criminal defense lawyer, I choose to not view my DUI 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.”

December 2 to December 8, 2021


December 2 to December 8, 2021


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