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Community Events • July 11 to July 17, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 16


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Derek Jordan Gregg

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Jeff Stahl

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July 11 to July 17, 2013

July 11 to July 17, 2013

by janet McAfee

Coachella Valley Weekly






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Operation Save Indio Animals......3 Spay & Nueter................................5 Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs......6 Marquee Academy of Perf. Arts....7 Derek Jordan Gregg & The Vibe....8 News - Eureka! Indian Wells..........9 Public Pers. - Jeff Stahl..................9 Shann Carr ...................................10 C.A.S.A..........................................11 Consider This................................12 Valley Rhythms............................13 Pet Place.......................................14 The Vino Voice..............................15 Club Crawler Nightlife.................16 The Pampered Palate..................18 Screeners......................................20 Book Review.................................21 Haddon Libby..............................23 Gamer Girl....................................23 Dale Gribow.................................24 Real Estate....................................24 Safety Tips....................................25 ShareKitchen................................25 Sports Scene................................26 Life & Career Coach......................27 Free Will Astrology......................27 Mind, Body, & Spirit.....................28 Beauty w/ Dr Maria Lombardo...28 Comics - Weiss Cracks..................30


Operation Save Indio Animals!


he countdown is on for the lives and well-being of the remaining 35 cats and 71 dogs at the Indio animal shelter. OUR HOPE IS FOR 160 EMPTY KENNELS AT THE INDIO ANIMAL SHELTER BY AUGUST 31. The animals hope to leave those kennels and get a second chance in a loving home where they will never be abandoned again. This August 31 deadline comes after the Indio City Council voted to discontinue city oversight of the Animal Care Center of Indio and turn over animal control and sheltering operations to Riverside County Department of Animal Services. On July 1, the shelter stopped intakes of stray and relinquished animals. The shelter will remain open during July and August for the purpose of adopting the remaining animals. The staff and volunteers are determined to get homes for every animal in their care. Stray Indio animals are now transported by animal control to the large county shelter in Thousand Palms

Local animal lovers and organizations are stepping up to help the remaining shelter dogs and cats. Bianca Rae, news reporter for KESQ news Channel 3 and CBS local 2, became involved with this shelter two years ago when she did a news story on the facility. Bianca became a volunteer, adopted one of their dogs, and recently teamed up with Loving All Animals to implement “Operation Indio Animals”. Bianca is pictured here with her beloved dog Jack, a Spaniel mix she adopted from the Indio shelter. Working with shelter staff, they developed a three pronged approach to get the animals out of the shelter before the deadline. Operation Indio Animals includes, (1) A series of off-site Saturday adoption events, beginning July 20 at the old Palm Desert Athletic Club, (2) Transport of animals to private no-kill shelters to areas that have a shortage, and (3) Transfer to local no-kill rescue groups.

Loving All Animals’ is providing the location, publicity and support for the Saturday adoption events. LAA President Lindi Biggi reports, “The volunteers at Loving All Animals are honored to be able to help the companion animals currently being housed at the Indio shelter find loving homes. We strongly believe that ‘if people knew better, they would do better’. Our overcrowded shelters are a community problem and the solution must come from the community. If people knew how many beautiful, healthy, adoptable animals are killed simply because they don’t have a home, people would make great efforts to spay or neuter more pets.

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People would adopt from shelters rather than purchase pets from puppy mills, and they would support the shelter and rescue organizations working so hard to become a ‘No Kill’ community.” The Saturday Palm Desert adoption events take place every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, beginning July 20, through the end of August. These events will showcase the Indio animals at the former Palm Desert Athletic Club which is located at 73-600 Alessandro Drive, Palm Desert, one block north of Highway 111. Cold Nose Warm Heart pet boutique offered to host Indio animals in their new location in the shopping center

at Washington & Country Club in Palm Desert. Those events take place on July 13, and again during the shop’s July 18 Grand Opening event from 10am to 2pm. PetCo at 42700 Jackson in Indio continues to showcase cats on Saturdays. The rescue effort has gone international. On Wednesday, July 10, fifteen lucky small dogs flew by plane to Little Mutts rescue organization in Calgary, Canada. Canada does not have the pet overpopulation problem that plagues much of the United States, and in particular they have a shortage of small breed rescue dogs. The renowned Helen Woodward Center in San Diego is coming this week for animals, and a group in Arizona is taking additional ones. More help is needed. We need

Coachella Valley residents to come to the shelter and adopt a pet. There is a lovely park next door where you can toss a ball and get to know the personality of the dogs. You can do a meet and greet with a feline friend in the shelter lobby. Summer is the perfect time to adopt a new pet. The kids are home from school and a new pet will teach them important life lessons, and run off their excess energy. If the kids are gone or you don’t have kids, get a ‘furkid’ who won’t answer back and will love you unconditionally. Bianca Rae gives us some fantastic reasons to get off the fence and adopt a pet NOW. “There may be a million reasons why you think you shouldn’t have a pet, but if you can think of just one reason why you should, I say ‘Go for it!’. There are so many people whose lives could be changed for the better if they adopt a rescue pet, myself included. I thought I shouldn’t get a dog until I was more settled with a marriage and children. Adopting a dog was a hard

July 11 to July 17, 2013 decision to make, but the best decision I’ve ever made. Jack brings me so much loving companionship. Every day when you come home, no matter how bad your day was, your pet is always there to give you love and happiness. The countdown is on, and you may be the last chance for these animals.” The Animal Care Center of Indio is open for adoptions Wednesday through Sunday, and located at 45-355 Van Buren, Indio. Call (760) 391-4135 for hours and directions. You can view their available pets online at by typing in “dog” or “cat” and then “Indio CA” for location. The total cost to adopt a rescue dog is $97 and the total cost to adopt a rescue cat is $60, and these fees include spay/neuter and vaccinations. Head out there now to get a wonderful new companion who promises to brighten your day.



WHAT: Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs. Sponsored by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 2013. 8:30am – 5pm *Must Arrive at 9am to Register. WHERE: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (in front of Special Events Center box office) 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio WHY: Fantasy Springs joins the fight to control the animal population by sponsoring a mobile spay and neuter clinic on the casino grounds. The mobile custom built trailer is run by the non-profit Animal Action League which has been in place since 1989 and provides spay and neuter services to underprivileged cats and dogs. It is a fully staffed, insured and licensed facility that operates in areas of the valley

with little local resources. The goal is to spay and neuter as many cats and dogs as possible to eventually eliminate homeless animals in the streets. Anyone wanting to take advantage of the free clinic should arrive by 9am on Wednesday, July 31st to register. Animals will be selected based on priority, with larger breed female dogs and cats first in line. Vets in the mobile clinic can spay and neuter between 25 and 40 animals a day. Rabies shots and other vaccinations will also be available for a small donation. Any questions, call or email Anndee Laskoe, Public Relations Manager, at (760) 397-7846 or


July 11 to July 17, 2013

Goodbye Zoso, Hello Hard Rock


he Palm Springs Hotel Zoso closed last weekend to begin its transformation into a Hard Rock Hotel that will open this Fall. Originally the Marquis, the hotel was built in 1985. Redesigned in 2007 to reflect the chic contemporary and modern culture of Palm Springs, it became the Hotel Zoso. Located on Indian Canyon in downtown Palm Springs, the property will once again go through a make-over to appeal to desert visitors who are hip and young at heart. “Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will serve as an iconic entertainment and leisure destination and, true to the Hard Rock brand, will be a hot spot for musicians, celebrities and our valued Hard Rock fans,” said Nelson Parker, head of development in the Americas for Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in a recent press release. “We are thrilled to bring the Hard Rock experience to this world-renowned city.” Hard Rock International has 179 venues in 57 countries with 141 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos. All with music memorabilia and a rock ‘n roll theme. In collaboration with Kittridge Hotel Management, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will be the


brand’s second lifestyle hotel in Southern California. It will offer a VIP rock star suite, Rock Spa, Body Rock workout facility, a Rock Shop featuring iconic merchandise, dining options, hotspot lobby bar, and a rock n’ roll oasis, where guests can enjoy poolside cocktails. After renovations, there will be 163 rooms with 20,500 square feet of ballroom and banquet facility space and a @Biz Business Center. Hoping to add to the CV music festival scene, and stay true to its musical roots, the Hard Rock Hotel PS wants to fire up the area with outstanding live entertainment. The property will have an on-site VIBE manager who will take a pulse on the hotel’s atmosphere and energy apparently to ensure guests are diggin’ the groove. The hotel will offer an interactive amenity called THE SOUND OF YOUR STAY where guests can create their own music experiences in the privacy of their own rooms. With TRACKS, a guest can download a personal play list put together by music professionals and celebrities. PICKS offers the guest a menu of 20 Fender guitars for an in-room jam session complete with amps -- and headphones, less you think the hotel

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wants to hear you play and doesn’t have respect for the comfort of others. MIX delivers a Traktor Kontrol S2 mixer, a laptop with digital mixing software, and of course, headphones so music fans can match beats and remix like a pro. Over the last several years, there has been talk about new construction of a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino coming to Palm Spring with a location on Tahquitz. It’s unclear if the Zoso conversion project has superseded that vision. The Indian Canyon Hard Rock property will not have a casino. The Hard Rock franchise is a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand that fits naturally into the Palm Springs culture. “Hollywood’s love affair with this city reaches back to the days of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, and now Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will help Palm Springs continue this storied tradition with celebrity visits and events,” said Hector Moreno the newly appointed Vice President and General Manager of the future Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. Moreno has served as Hotel Zoso’s VP and GM for less than a year. According to a press release, he has extensive hospitality experience that includes positions as GM

Marquee Academy of Performing Arts

July 11 to July 17, 2013

by lisa morgan

“A musical society where the joy of making music is an integral part of the soundtrack of life; a world in which future generations exercise their choice to passionately defend and promote the beauty and brilliance of the arts.”

“In every successful business… there is one budget line that never gets cut. It’s called ‘Product Development’ – and it’s the key to any company’s future growth. Music education is critical to the product development of this nation’s most important resource – our children.” - John Sykes — President, VH1 don’t think you’ll find many who A grand opening event is being scheduled will argue that the cuts to a school for the fall coinciding with a performance district’s music education programs of the award winning musical, Annie. are a sad affair. Some even recognize the Auditions are being held Thursdays, July 11th influential and beneficial role music plays and 18th from 12 noon-3pm and 4pm-6pm. on the education process as a whole. So It will be an open call casting policy with all many children in our diverse community roles open, none are precast, and everyone cannot afford educational opportunities 18 and under is encouraged to audition! outside of the public school environment Whether you are beginner, or have loads of and with cuts to such programs, will never experience, they want to see you. “All you experience their own musical potential and need is to have the desire and the interest influence. As regretful as it is, what can to perform and we will do the rest!” anyone DO about it? Marquee Academy The applications of students craving for of Performing Arts in Palm Springs has the opportunity to pursue education in music provided an answer. can be heartbreaking to read. Without this Blessed by the success of his 20 year organization, the dreams and aspirations of old pool design and construction company, so many children would never be met. This Architectural Blue, Mathew Naylor, President being a non-profit, donor funded program, of the non-profit organization is paying it donations of any size make a huge difference forward. Along with the help of Executive to these potential troubadours. Director of Music Programs, Dena Prestininzi Registration has begun and classes and a number of volunteers, he has founded begin next Tuesday, July 16th. Currently a school for the arts that will provide music there are 50 students enrolled, all of whom education and experience for children are on scholarship. “Tuition is based on a throughout the Coachella Valley despite sliding scale; if their parents can’t afford the financial hardships that may stand in the way. lessons the school provides the education Matthew is a born musician, starting with and the instrument,” shared Matthew. “I banging on the piano at the age of three and had a vision 20 years ago that I wanted to “letting my neighborhood know I was mad at have some kind of nonprofit school for kids my parents.” A graduate of the Grove in Los because when I moved out here 20 years Angeles (the Jazz equivalent of the classically ago, I did teach privately, and started the based Julliard) as a recording engineer, he Palm Springs children’s choir. I saw the went to school for music performance and need then. For the last year and a half we’ve recording. He has always been involved been strategically planning the best way in music throughout the years playing and method to make this happen. We knew anything he could get his hands on. With that with music education taken out of the his experience and passion, this fledgling school system, there was no alternative for organization promises to be an incredible life kids to learn. Part of the problems we see experience for our valley’s children. Marquee in society is that there is a lack of music will not only be providing education through education; it brings dedication, it brings their classes but also through experience ‘compadre’ (partnership) that you don’t get with student performances and a weekly in a school setting without music.” Thursday night youth jam. Students will also According to their mission statement, find inspiration through performances of Marquee Academy of Performing Arts aims well-known musicians. to provide an educational environment that fosters the artistic growth of its students, resourcing the support and involvement of local, regional and national artists and patrons of the arts. “Marquee will create an educational environment that fosters the artistic, intellectual, and personal growth of its students and prepares them to embark on successful careers and productive lives as artists and citizens. We will ensure all who wish to learn the art and skill of creating music have the opportunity to pursue their dream, and ensure that financial considerations or prior musical training are not a deterrent to their enrollment. We will uphold a commitment to the diversity of our community by fostering an environment that is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming to all. Marquee is committed to taking an active role in the community, by providing exemplary arts education programs and a


for Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotel and Resorts, and Morgan Hotel Group. When the Marquis was remodeled into the Zoso, some reports put the cost over $20 million. Media representatives are not disclosing what the renovation budget is to transform Zoso into the Hard Rock. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs hopes to open this October. As of June first, the Hard Rock Hotel is taking reservations for December. Approximately ninety people lost their jobs at Hotel Zoso last weekend. The new hotel will have positions for 135 employees. Those who worked at Zoso must reapply for new positions in the fall.

performance venue, encouraging students to serve as advocates for the arts in society.” In their company overview, they state, “Marquee Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) is here to enrich and change our community through music, affecting people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. We are on a mission to transform lives through music.” After talking to Matthew about this much needed program, I am convinced our entire valley will benefit from this organization. “MAPA is dedicated to bringing all aspects of the musical experience to our community. Students

will be surrounded by a supportive circle of artists, who have a love and knowledge of the arts and most importantly, a deep desire to teach their craft to the next generation.” Marquee Academy of the Performing Arts is located at 441 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. For more information on registration, auditions, and performances or how to make a donation, go to their web site or check out their Facebook page at You can also call them at (760) 778-8000.


July 11 to July 17, 2013

Local Music Spotlight

by Lisa Morgan

Derek Jordan Gregg & The Vibe I

was sitting at a CV Weekly sponsored event, waiting to watch a list of performers vie for cash and a free trip from Mix 100.5’s talent contest. Those who know me or have followed my articles in this paper at all, know that I have always been amazed at the amount of, as well as the level of, talent we have living right here in the Coachella Valley. I sat there with my soda pop, listening to some of the best up and coming musical artists I had ever seen locally. A young guy with a guitar was introduced. A wave of anxiety filled my heart for him, as I couldn’t imagine that he would be able to pull off a performance equal to the ones that preceded him. I could not have been more wrong. With all the poise of a seasoned professional, this baby faced troubadour began to sing an original song with a vocal and instrumental prowess that made my jaw literally drop. More impressive than his sheer musicality, was the passion in which he delivered his music. His audience was locked in. The room filled with total silence. When he finished, the pin-drop-silence remained momentarily as the audience had to come to their own senses. Once they did, the room thundered with excited appreciation.


I had just experienced Derek Jordan Gregg. I have seen him perform at other venues since with his band, The Vibe, with drummer, Sean Poe and bass player, Patrick Mitchem and as Derek Jordan Gregg with only his drummer in tow. This is a man who is never quite as at home as he is when he’s putting out the music that moves him to those in there to listen. There are YouTube recordings (go to and type in Derek Jordan Gregg), highlighting Derek’s incredible talent as a tune-smith, his finger picking guitar skills (he uses a unique style, never with a pick, using the guitar as percussion as he plays), and his emotional vocals that range from the top of the tenor scale to the warmest depths of baritone. But I promise you; NOTHING compares to witnessing him in a live forum. He also has a record in progress with Heil Studios that should be available winter of this year. “I hate recording,” he laughs. “When I can interact with an audience, it’s so much easier for me. I’m so much more at home, actually getting to connect with a person who, opposed to simply hearing and understanding the music and lyrics, can actually feel it.” Although Derek is the son of wellknown, local performer Mark Gregg, his musical influences and drives developed all on their own, when he grew up in Oregon. He’s always wanted to be a performer, and at the age of 15, (8 years ago) he started picking up the guitar. His inspirations came from Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Brandon Boyd from Incubus, and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Smashing Pumpkin’s, Billy Corgan, inspired his song writing. “Lyrically, his songs are dark and dripping with pain. Now my range of influences is huge, from Jack Johnson to Radiohead. A large part of the new stuff I’ve been writing is folk influenced, especially by Bob Dylan.” A dexterous guitar player and singer/ songwriter, Derek has also dabbled with

The Best of the Desert’s Troubadours @ Desert Fox Bar, Palm Springs Thursday, July 11th

his down time, as his songs are masterfully written and compelling. Even with it being the slow part of the season, you can still catch Derek at Sullivan’s Steakhouse with drummer, Sean Poe, dressed to the nines, every Monday from 6-10 pm. In downtown Palm Springs, the Desert Fox Bar is loving Derek’s full band, The Vibe. According to well-known local musician and the Desert Fox’s Bartender, James St James, “The Vibe is the next generation of up and coming acts in our desert.” It must be true, because they’re having them back, AGAIN, to play this Thursday, July 11th starting at 8 pm. This will be the perfect time to see and hear them for yourself. You will not be disappointed, and like me, you begin to look forward to seeing what lies in the future for this very talented artist.

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tenor saxophone and piano, is a decent drummer and a solid bass player. A true musician, he has fallen on the sword of dedicating his life and livelihood to music. In a world where it seems venues want to only pay musicians to cover what they feel their customers want to hear - popular music they are familiar with and already know the words to. Derek has had to make his bread and butter playing gigs adhering to this demand, but always tries to throw in some originals. “Original music is my life. I wish people would give it a couple of minutes and not just insist on hearing songs that they know the lyrics to.” Derek has been extremely busy performing with his band all year, but the summer months are slow for everyone. “It just gives me more time to write,” he says. I personally can’t think of a better use for

July 11 to July 17, 2013

ix-day hiring fair designed to find 75 new year-round employees at the new Eureka! restaurant including hosts, servers, bartenders and a full culinary and kitchen team. The Eureka! Restaurant Group, a California family of restaurants featuring all American handcrafted food and drink, announces its hiring fair dates for the new Indian Wells restaurant. Eureka! is expecting to hire 75 employees and the restaurant will hold six open interview events listed below. Tues. July 16th 9am-Noon, 4pm-7pm Wed. July 17th 9am-Noon, 4pm-7pm Thur. July 18th 9am-Noon, 4pm-7pm Tues. July 23rd 9am-Noon, 4pm-7pm Wed. July 24th 9am-Noon, 4pm-7pm Thur. July 25th 9am-Noon, 4pm-7pm Applicants should visit for an application. Eureka! is looking for those who share the same enthusiasm about all American handcrafted food and drink. Eureka! prides itself on being more than a restaurant,

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but part of the neighborhood. Providing a friendly and welcoming environment is a staple to the Eureka! mission. Eureka! is looking for outgoing, energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are ready to provide the desert community with a valuedriven dining experience. Eureka! will open in the heart of Indian Wells at Cook and Hwy 111, providing the desert community with all handmade food, local produce and fresh baked breads. Eureka! will feature chef-driven California cuisine, 30 craft beers and two wines on tap, as well as 21 small batch American whiskeys served late seven nights a week. Each Eureka! restaurant is unique in design but common in mission – to provide an unforgettable, value-driven dining experience defined as “Eatertainment” combining gourmet food, an innovative bar program, live sports, and live entertainment in a modern yet rustic setting. For more information on Eureka! visit

ne thing KESQ TV3 morning anchor Jeff Stahl is sure of is that early day viewers have their favorites when it comes to the news and entertainment shows they watch. Ever since Stahl, 43 (44 later this month) landed in the Coachella Valley in June 2000 he’s been recognized on the streets. “It started about two days after I got here,” he said. “I’d walk down the street and I had people coming up to tell me that they watched me on KESQ, which was really nice.” A pretty cool thing for a guy who dreamed of being a newscaster at an early age. “I was fascinated by the fact that people could be a miles away from where you were and you could all share the same news,” he said of childhood fascination with television and radio. He grew up in Camarillo, Calif., and by the time he was a teen he’d landed a job at a Santa Barbara adult contemporary radio station. “Mom said I needed to find a summer job between my junior and senior year in high school,” he said. She pushed him into broadcasting by asking what he wanted to do. “I said working in radio or television,” he added. “Then she handed me the phone book.” Following four years at the University of Southern California’s School of Broadcasting, Stahl went back to radio and tried to land an on-air gig somewhere in SoCal. After USC he spent time working in SoCal radio for a couple of years before he landed his first on-air gig in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho was a good spot for Stahl, who moved with his cat and ended up loving the area. “It was a different experience for me,” he said. “It was really beautiful and different from what I was used to.” While the job didn’t pay much, it gave him a chance to grow in the medium. “I really didn’t need too much at the time,” he said. With only his cat to support and no real bills, “I managed to live a pretty simple life.” From Idaho, Stahl accepted a job in Green Bay, Wisc., where he weathered three upper Midwest winters. The job was interesting, but the lack of family contact was what wore on Stahl. “Green Bay really isn’t on the way to anywhere,” he said. “My mom came to see me a couple of times, but that was it.” When the position at KESQ, which offered more resources for its news staff, came up in 2000 Stahl looked at as a way to get closer to home, he packed up the cat once again, but didn’t plan on staying quite this long. He hoped to use the valley gig as a possible stepping stone to a larger SoCal

market, but his life milestones keep getting in the way of moving on. He was offered an early renewal on his first contract, having a good time living and working in the Coachella Valley, and decided three more years wouldn’t be that bad; the next renewal was just before he was about to marry his wife Marian; the third, when Stahl and Marian were awaiting the birth of his son Joshua, now 4. “My life just keeps happening,” he said. “And this isn’t a bad place to live.” Stahl takes time on Saturday mornings to play a round of golf with friends and then spends the rest of the weekend with his family. “At this point, I’m basically just a dad,” he said. Stahl doesn’t mind the days that start with an alarm at 3 a.m. and being at work by 4. Between newscasts and cut-ins from 5 to 9 a.m., writing and editing copy, posting to the station’s website and other social media, and the noon newscast, it keeps Stahl busy. “But I’m usually off by 1 p.m. which leaves me time to pick Josh up and spend time with him,” he said. “My day is on East Coast time; I just live on the West Coast.”


July 11 to July 17, 2013


Desert Rose Productions to Present SHANN CARR Sweet Sweet Laughter! D

esert Rose Productions, Inc. will present nationally acclaimed comedian Shann Carr in her onewoman show Sweet Sweet Laughter! At 7 PM, on Saturday August 10, 2013, at The Desert Rose Playhouse at The Commissary in Rancho Mirage. A local favorite and a worldwide gay travel icon, Shann is just wrapping up a hiatus from touring that has allowed her to participate in Palm Springs Charity Events and to work for The LGBT Center as Volunteer Coordinator. Kicking off her return to comedy with Sweet Sweet Laughter!, Shann will perform an intimate show at the Desert Rose Playhouse and looks forward to taking her audience on a lovely ride filled with laughter, lies and debauchery. The Desert Rose Playhouse, located at The Commissary in Rancho Mirage, produces and presents quality plays, musicals, and

attractions. While their primary goal is to serve LGBT and gay-friendly audiences, their intelligent and literate programming is intended to appeal to a wide variety of sophisticated theatre goers. SHANN CARR – Sweet Sweet Laughter! Where: Desert Rose Playhouse @ The Commissary, 69620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 When: Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 7PM Tickets: $20.00; order online at or by phone 760-202-3000

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July 11 to July 17, 2013

by Lisa Morgan

Court Appointed Special Advocates: A Voice for our Voiceless Child Victims

o you want to hear some appalling numbers and facts? Probably not, but I’m going to give them to you

anyway: • There are 4000 children in the foster care system in Riverside County alone. • 100% of gay children in our foster care system have reported abuse in their foster homes. • 58% of human trafficking victims come from foster/group homes, IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY. • California is one of the top three states with the most human trafficking, with victims smuggled from around the world, as well as locally. If you are anything like me and get extremely angry and upset at these numbers and facts, you too will be relieved to know that there is a local non-profit organization fighting daily to make this change. Recently appointed to the Human Rights Commission for Palm Springs, Deborah Weiss has a long tenure standing up for the voiceless. She has done so for the last seven years through the non-profit organization, CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates. This program provides heavily trained volunteers who become the voice for children in a system that that it is admittedly, overwhelmed and broken – our foster care system. CASA is a program developed by a judge. “Through it, CASA can access necessary information to help these kids a lot easier, bypassing a lot of red tape. We are able to make some great choices to help these kids struggling in this system,” boasts Weiss. “The foster care system sucks. I used to think, ‘They’re safe’... but it’s not the best situation at all.” “Our foster care program is the only one of its kind that re-victimizes its victims,” shares the impassioned Weiss. “While there are a few good homes out there, and we sure don’t need to lose any of those, so many provide another bad situation for displaced children. Children are removed from a home for a reason, and put into another home that can be just as bad or worse. Meanwhile, the parents of the original home are given counseling and education, the foster homes receive money and support, and the kids get nothing. Often, what the court orders for these kids is never implemented by the assigned home’s caretaker. Things as important as a root canal are ignored. Kids are wearing used shoes when money is assigned for new ones,” explains Weiss. “An advocate becomes the most consistent person in a foster child’s life if they are fortunate enough to be assigned to one. The advocate makes sure that the judge’s orders for the child’s wellbeing are being implemented.” In a case where three girls in foster care were being kept in a garage, CASA of Riverside County made history when, for the first

time, an advocate was allowed to sit next to the victim on the stand when they testified against their abuser. CASA of Riverside County was also the first to implement a curriculum that included the first gay-paired advocate. “I was at this conference in Colorado. I’m not this over achiever or anything who gets up early to start the day. I just happened to be awake and downstairs looking for coffee and wandered into the meeting. I sat down, and the stories were unbelievable. When I heard the statistic that 100% of gay kids in the foster care system suffer some form of abuse, I didn’t believe it.” Weiss shared a heartbreaking story: “A girl was told by her foster care that she didn’t have a place on earth or in heaven because she was gay. She ended up committing suicide.” With this awareness, Weiss took action. “I took a year to learn everything about it, because I’m not gay, and I needed to be informed and understand fully to represent the issue. I partnered up with Equality in California and Pride Honor Award recipient, George Zander. We started the LGBT Advocacy Program for children in foster care. We worked with the department of social services and the courts. Palm Springs really rallied around it and helped us raise money. CASA of Riverside County was the first one to develop this curriculum. Three years ago, nobody wanted to touch this issue. Since then, I’ve presented our curriculum nationally.” “We had our first gay-paired advocate,

providing a voice for Angel.” Angel was a gay foster child whose placement in a religious home forced him to hide his sexual identity. He was being beat up and bullied at school in Banning. “When we first met Angel, he wouldn’t even look up,” shared Weiss. “Now he’s graduated from high school and is college bound. Most foster kids don’t graduate. Angel has even started his own LGBT support group among his peers. Gay kids in the system usually disappear into prostitution or worse. If I was a foster kid I would run away. We have to do a better job. When the whole system knows that it’s broke, we just have to start doing a better job.” CASA really needs more community support. With so many valuable charities in our valley, and severe cuts to government funding, raising funds is a challenge. “We have the volunteers,” says Weiss. We have people who go through a tremendous amount of screening and training to

become the voice for these voiceless kids - kids who are first made victims by their circumstance, and then victimized by the system designed to protect them. These volunteers are incredible individuals. They aren’t always greeted by kids who are grateful to see them. They have to earn their trust. There are 4000 kids in Riverside County foster care. We can only serve 300 now, and have a waiting list of 100. These kids have been to hell and back by the time they’re assigned an advocate.” The 11th Annual Leo Party will be helping to raise funds for CASA, Saturday, August 17th at the Skylark Hotel in Palm Springs. And their Second Annual Rainbow Fundraiser will be held at Bill’s Pizza July 17th from 11am to 9 pm. Bill’s Pizza will contribute all profits from the day’s events as well as match all customer donations up to $500. For more information on this extremely important program, follow CASA on FB at CASARiversideCounty or their website


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hen the song “A-Punk” started receiving massive radio airplay 5 years ago, first time listeners mistook it for a long lost track from Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album. The combination of joyful, Afro-Pop melodies and reedy tenor vocals recalled Simon’s improbably successful, mid-career classic. It came as a complete surprise to find that it was the work of Vampire Weekend. A four piece fronted by vocalist/lead guitarist, Ezra Koenig. Along with Koenig, drummer Chas Tomson, bassist Chris Baio and multiinstrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, the quartetwere barely out of diapers when “Graceland” was released in 1986. Vampire Weekend formed as students at Columbia University, taking their name from a film Koenig made as a freshman. On the strength of some buzz-worthy demos, the band embarked on an ambitious tour in 2007 that culminated in multiple appearances at that year’s CMJ Marathon, (a crucial rite of passage for unsigned bands). Vampire weekend was immediately signed to British indie, XL Recordings, (Adele, Badly Drawn Boy, M.I.A., Radiohead, Gil Scott Heron and Portishead). Their self-titled, 2008 debut blended sharp, Mbanquanga-style instrumentation with literate lyrics about college (“Campus”), grammar (“Oxford Comma”), and architecture (“Mansard Roof”).

Two years later, their sophomore effort, Contra, hewed closely to the same formula with slight variations. It shot to #1 on the Billboard charts and guaranteed the band prime spots at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. Vampire Weekend characterizes their third release, Modern Vampires Of The City, very much “the last of a trilogy.” Although their first two efforts were produced by Batmanglij, the new one is produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, best known for his work with Usher and (ick) the Plain White T’s. Kicking things off is “Obvious Bicycle.” Anchored by plinky-plunky percussion and shaded piano fills, Koenig’s sweet and layered harmonies undercut the derisive tone of the lyrics. The first single, “Diane Young,” starts off catchy, wedding surf guitar licks to a rockabilly beat. But Koenig’s auto-tuned vocals become so unpleasant that the tune quickly degenerates into a cloying, claustrophobic pastiche. From ironic to irritating in a matter of minutes. Missed opportunities sink both “Worship You” and “Ya Hey.” Couched in a locomotive rhythm and strumming guitars, the lyrics on the former seems like an oblique criticism of Barack Obama… “We worshipped you,

your red right hand. Won’t you see us once again?/ In foreign soil in foreign land, you will guide us through the end.” Unfortunately, Koenig’s attempt at political criticism is weakened by his vocal gymnastics. The song comes across as an unsubtle tribute to Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Loping along with a clip-clop gait, the melody on the latter is also ruined by Koenig’s insistent bleating and braying. In fact, the whole track is weirdly reminiscent of “The Lonely Goatherd” from “Sound Of Music.” It’s not all bad news for Modern Vampires… “Unbelievers” matches crisp guitar riffs with rubbery rhythms, while “Don’t Lie” is accented by funereal organ fills and thudding percussion. The lyrics on both seem preoccupied with mortality. The best tracks here are “Step,” “Everlasting Arms” and “Finger Back.” The harpsichord fills that open “Step” recall the breezy Sunshine Pop of the Partridge Family and the Association. The ethereal harmonies evoke comparisons to the Rolling Stones’ buttery ode to delayed gratification, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Salted in the lyrics’ mix of travelogue nonsequiturs Vampire Weekend manages to quote bohemian Bay Area rappers, Souls

Of Mischief. On “Everlasting Arms” an achingly sweet string section bleeds into tribal percussion and gangly guitar chords. At last, a song that references both Afro-Pop and Thomas Dolby-styled Electronica. Finally, “Finger Back” is frenetic fun. A kick-drum beat and percolating guitars lay a foundation for subtle lyrics that plead for peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Jews. Other interesting tracks include “Hannah Hunt,” a flickering piano-driven ballad that recalls the smart Synth-Pop of 80s stalwarts, Talk Talk and Tears For Fears. “Hudson” unfolds like a literate and deliberate dirge. The album closes with the wistful, mostly instrumental coda, “Young Lion.” Here Rostam Batmanglij handles the vocals, offering this brief, inscrutable mantra: “You take your time, Young Lion.” Modern Vampires… was recorded all over the place, L.A., Hollywood, Echo Park, New York and Martha’s Vineyard. This sense of dislocation bleeds through the album, nothing feels cohesive. Rather than expand their sonic palette, Vampire Weekend has diluted their sound. Gimmicky vocals, clever-clever lyrics and a vague feeling of hubris cloaks most songs. Ultimately, Modern Vampires In The City is a disappointment.

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Alan Diaz Celebrates 50 Years of Playing Drums

onceived in Cuba but born in New York City, Alan Diaz recalls, “Two days before Î was born, my mother saw her first American movie with Alan Ladd, so she named me Alan,” said Diaz with a chuckle, “Then my grandfather came and picked me up and brought me to Cuba where I lived until I was eight years old. I learned to speak Spanish first.” His parents did this to save his life, because the climate in New York wasn’t agreeing with him as a child and he was always sick. However, when he was eight, he re-united with his parents and his new sister. He also has four half brothers. Diaz was very musically inclined and played the valve trombone in the Marching Band at Power Memorial Academy, an all boys’ high school. He made many friends there including Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., better known today as Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Diaz thought he would never get a girlfriend playing the trombone, so on July 15, 1963, while hanging out with friends, he sat down at a drum set, for the very first time, picked up the sticks and played “Wipeout” to the amazement of everyone. Together with his friends, they quickly formed a band called “The Aces” and later, changed their name to “5 O’Clock News” and became popular among the local music scene. They even did a photo ad for Expandra Stretch Pants that was published in Life Magazine on May, 4 1969. Making money playing drums in several bands, Diaz was often seen going to his gigs

on bicycle with his drum set in tow with his mother’s metal shopping cart and always on time because by now, he was digging the music scene. Diaz finished four years at The City College of New York and was getting very popular. He was asked to join a neighborhood all Latin band called “SPX” which included Eddie Ojeda, Charlie Mercado, Frank Lopez and Andy Sanchez, who opened for the band “Mountain” where a Don Kirshner representative approached them with a record deal. However, Diaz had California dreams and with the support of his mother, he left for Los Angeles in 1970. Ironically, the group “Kansas” was signed instead. Being a very serious drummer, he listened to the music of famous drummers. “John Robinson is one of the best, most consistent time keepers. I learned a lot from Steve Gadd in New York, a master of simplicity. His playing was often difficult, yet came across as simple and tasty. I picked up some great shuffle techniques from Jeff Porcaro. Another great technician is Vinnie Colaiuta. He sounds like two or three drummers with his added percussion filling in microseconds of time.” His first break was with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, then came Jackie DeShannon, Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers, Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary and many others because of his impressionable personality and ability to draw a crowd with his playing. Diaz was hand picked by Sergio Mendes at an audition with over 150 drummers and

spent ten years touring with him. He also did a world tour with Sergio Mendes in 1994 and 1995. Diaz performed at The White House for President Ronald Reagan, Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall. He has been the drummer for Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, Donna Summers, Garth Brooks, Paula Abdul and countless other artists. He did extensive session work on albums such as “Opa! Com Deus” with Toshiyuki Honda, recorded in Japan; to “Voltando” with Sergio Mendes in Brazil and “Magic Lady” also with Mendes in Los Angeles, California. He met his wife Roxanne while playing a gig in Palm Desert in 1996. It was “Love at first sight” and the two married on May 1, 1996, only six weeks after they met. Their extended family includes Roxanne’s children; Daniel and Trevor and Alan’s children; Cho and Alana. He and his family moved to Palm Springs in 1999, however, he was still on the move playing gigs with “Hammerhead Blue” in Newport Beach and touring the East Coast on occasion. Diaz got his rhythm in Cuba and his funk

in Harlem. Knowing this, musician Bill Wolfer tapped Diaz as drummer for “Mamborama”, a local Desert band that produces an eclectic blend of Latin and Funk, which is the style of music he grew up with. Diaz endorses Kickport Accessories and Zildjian Cymbals. He recently found out he was mentioned in a book published by Zildjian called, “Cymbal Set-ups of Famous Drummers.” You can find Diaz as drummer, vocalist and leader of the “P.S. Sound Company” performing at Las Casuelas Terraza, 222 South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Band members include lead guitarist and vocalist Tony Dean; bassist and vocalist Paul Villalobos; and Joel Orona on keyboard and vocals. They do have a flexible schedule during the season, however, in July, August and September, they will perform every Saturday from 1 until 5:30 p.m.; every Sunday from 12 until 4:30 p.m.; and every Monday and Tuesday from 6:30 until 11 p.m. He also performs in the “Barry Baughn Blues Band” at Shanghai Reds in Palm Springs every Friday and Saturday from 8 until 11 p.m.

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chicken without the skin will entice some dogs to resume eating. Purchase a new type of training treat. Give your pet a light massage. If your pet continues to refuse food or shows other serious symptoms, a trip to the vet may be needed. This is a good time to undertake some positive obedience training with your dog if you have not already done so. Training creates a deeper bond between the two of you, creating a way for you to better communicate. Take the grieving dog on more outings to his favorite places that might include dog parks, outdoor cafes, and shopping in pet friendly stores. Any addition to his routine, even a joining you for a simple trip to the mailbox, will lighten your dog’s mood. Outings deepen the bond between dog and human. Dogs with separation anxiety will have a more difficult transition time upon the death of their human. If he loses his home as well, this obviously adds to his distress. However, after rehoming hundreds of shelter animals enter new homes, I have observed the vast majority joyfully form new bonds when they enter a loving environment. Writer Scott Latham wrote about the unceasing loyalty of dogs, “From man’s best friend’s unceasing loyalty, mankind should master.”

to have fallen out of favor—indeed! even the winners aren’t showing up to get their award. Now as I am one of the deciding award judges, I intend to stay impartial with all the nominees, however, I really would like you to consider for “New Wine Guy”, a wine aficionado friend of mine who resides right down the street: Bruce Jastremski has recently delved into the wine business, and is now representing the Canopy Wine Group. It’s a boutique wine brokerage specializing in small production artisan wineries in California and beyond. And he is delivering some tasty juice to our wine shops and restaurants. Check out Canopy’s stellar wine portfolio: Their Macleod Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley, is one of summer’s favorite with clean & fresh robust flavors of green apples, pear & pineapple balanced with bright & zesty grapefruit tones. And Leojami’s 2010 Vionier, Monterey County, with hints of papaya, lemon, and orange flower, is a dry fullbodied wine that owns all of those Viognier complexities—great with seafood! Bruce is one of those guys who have taken their walk-in closets and made it a controlled temperature wine cellar. And it looks like he removed some of his wall so from his living room, one can look into this wine cellar—fancy. And dare I say, he’s amassed a bunch of great wine that lie there ready to pluck and enjoy. Now if I were Bruce and I wanted that coveted “Best New Guy” award, I surely would be inviting local weekly wine columnists over for wine dinners just to seal that deal. Wouldn’t you? Actually these wine guys really do a great service in getting so much vino to all our food and wine establishments here in the valley. No doubt—if you enjoy any amount of wine, that bottle you’re uncorking has passed through their hands somewhere on the distribution chain. An admirable profession:



Adorable Ellen, kitten #002263, and many of her playmates are waiting for you at the Indio animal shelter, 45-355 Van Buren, Indio. Come out and adopt two! This shelter is closing, but the animals there need homes. Call (760) 391-4135 for hours and directions.

Recently, the photo of Hawkeye, a Labrador Retriever who refused to leave Navy Seal Jon Tumilson’s coffin, went viral on the internet. Mourner’s at Tumilson’s funeral were amazed when Hawkeye followed the funeral procession, and then dropped with a moaning sound in front of the flag draped coffin. Animals also exhibit symptoms of grief when their companion animals die. In 1996, the ASPCA released the Companion Animal Mourning Project. This project studied the grief response in dogs, whose pack mentality and social nature makes them vulnerable to mourning. Their study showed that upon the death of a companion dog, 36% of dogs ate significantly less, 11% stopped eating completely, 63% showed extreme changes in vocalization (some becoming more quiet, others becoming significantly more vocal), and over 50% became clingy with their humans. With the passing of one of their members, the remaining dogs may have lost their leader or follower. These pack animals need to readjust their position in the social order. How can you help your pet get over the mourning period? Helping the remaining animal adjust to the loss is helpful to ease your own mourning. Give the remaining animal extra time and attention. Take longer walks with a dog. Give your grieving cat more time playing games or grooming them. Lamb baby food spread thin over his food may encourage a reluctant cat to eat. Baked

kay!—alright then. So many of you vino readers have voiced your concern that with all of the award ceremonies and “Best of” winners going on in our valley, this particular column (the only weekly wine editorial in the desert) has been a bit shy and quiet as to “The Best…Red Wine, White Wine, Wine shop, Wine Label, Sexiest Wine Label, Wine Personality, etc…(well, you get the idea) in The Coachella Valley”. With all of this torturous heat going on, we can no longer hold that information back and we’re ready to spill the beans. But in the spirit of equality, I’ve told the wine business community—who voted secretly last month on all of the wine categories, that we should open up the voting to all you resident wine lovers. Now to help get those contemplating juices flowing, may I suggest a brut (dry— non sweet) Champagne or sparkling wine to imbibe while you fill out your wine ballot. A new study conducted at Reading University in England shows that three glasses of sparkling wine a day can improve your memory and theoretically hinder brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore in the category of “The Best Wine that makes me Smarter”, one may want to consider a snappy bubbly. For “The Best Wine that makes me Look Smarter”, I still think your dad’s Vintage Port is going to take it. I just wrote about the opening of Total Wines & More here in Palm Desert. It’s the odds on favorite to take the award for “the Largest, Biggest, and Heaviest Wine Store on Earth.” Another “new” wine category to be voted on this year is “The Best New Wine Guy on the Block”. Obviously dedicated to welcome and acknowledge a new wine salesman, agent, broker or whomever that is new to the business and making a splash all around town. It seems to have taken over last year’s category, “The Best Old Wine Guy on the Block”, which appears

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The verdict is still out with the wine jury as to what’s “The Best Cheap Wine in Town”. I know there’s the Two-Buck Chuck over at Trader Joe’s Markets, the $1.97 bottle of Pacific Peak at Total Wine, and there’s the Oak Leaf at Walmart for the same price. Lots and lots of people are voting in this category—because it’s a secret ballot and no one will know their names. The category of real interest however is “The Best Cheap-Tasting Wine in Town”. I absolutely loved this category because so many discount wine companies paid an extra non-participation fee to be excluded from this. Only a couple of weeks left to voice your opinion, I urge both the remaining wine trade and interested consumers to vote for your favorite wine & wine pastimes in the summer! Cheers! and Good Luck! Rick is the desert’s only sommelier-abouttown who is up for the award for the “Best Sommelier-About-Town”. So vote soon and vote often. Contact


Look at this sweet face! Bandita is a 2-yr-old Rottweiler mix, ID#A002195, waiting for you at the Indio animal shelter, 45-355 Van Buren, Indio, (760) 391-4135. Do a meet & greet with this great family dog at the dog park next door! Shelter is closing, and the animals there need homes.





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without her? Isis quit eating for awhile, and moped around the house in a listless state for about a month. You may have heard the story of the famous grieving dog, Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who traveled to his owner’s grave daily for 14 years until his own death in 1872. The loyal animal held a daily graveside vigil, and the entire town followed his tribute. A granite fountain with a replica of Bobby stands his memory in Edinburgh, Scotland.

by Rick Riozza



ave you noticed one of your pets appearing to grieve upon the death of another pet? Science confirms that you are not anthropomorphizing your cat or dog. Scientific studies confirm that animals have feelings, and in fact have a wide range of emotions including grief. Dogs may become lethargic and stop eating. Cats may retreat into hiding places and also refuse food. Many years ago, one of my two bonded cats became ill and stopped eating. Heather was put to sleep on a final visit to the vet when it was discovered she was ridden with incurable cancer. When I pulled up outside my house with the empty pet carrier, I heard blood curdling screams coming from somewhere in the neighborhood. Initially I thought it was a human in distress. However, I soon realized it was Isis, my lovely remaining cat. The screaming stopped as I approached. My grief was momentarily set aside by my amazement. How did Isis know that Heather was gone before I arrived home

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ecently a few friends and I decided to try Pueblo Viejo in Indio, a place we had never been. What a pleasant surprise it was. As we entered the restaurant we were not expecting it to be as big as it is. There is a lengthy row of booths against one wall with several tables down the middle and a bar that runs along the other wall and a couple larger family tables in the back. The décor is warm and inviting as are the owners, sisters Norma and Alba Cruz. We were seated at the only table left as they had a packed house at 5pm on a Sunday evening. Our waitress immediately

brought us waters, chips and salsa and our menus. I was shocked that as busy as they were we didn’t have to wait for our orders to be taken and the food arrived in perfect timing. We all ordered different types of margaritas and agreed that they were all quite tasty as were the chips which were freshly made along with the ‘just spicy enough’ salsa. One of my friends ordered the steak and shrimp fajitas which I had a couple of bites of and they were delicious. Another friend ordered the seafood enchiladas while two of us chose the shrimp enchiladas which were smothered in a yummy green sauce. They were absolutely amazing and I will be returning on a regular basis for them. All meals were served with a hefty portion of traditional rice, beans, guacamole and small salad for only 15.95. Their menu

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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons



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Bottom line: I was entertained and disappointed by the actual experience of the much-hyped “Lone Ranger” reboot. At this writing, Disney’s gigantic summer, tent-pole, four-quadrant (both sexes, young and old), $250 million popcorn extravaganza has just opened. The “Lone Ranger” franchise, not really a familiar entity, except perhaps in name, to any but late baby boomers. The heroic and highly moral exploits of the masked Ranger and his Indian pal once permeated radio and TV. Beginning in 1933, thousands of radio episodes garnered an avid following across America when families gathered around their radios in the avening. The white Stetsoned cowboy and his trusted Comanche sidekick easily merged into hundreds more TV episodes. The Lone Ranger and Tonto are part of our midcentury American pop culture and in many ways are an iconic reminder of who we most wished to be in the world: moral and just and kind but most of all brave defenders of the weak and bullied.

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Disney’s new iteration of once noble Ranger is a naïve, bumbling doofus devoid of irony or self-awareness. Armie Hammer does his best with what’s written. He’s a great casting choice. A big, sweet-faced, handsome guy. But it’s Tonto’s story that’s being told here. Depp’s chalk-faced Comanche with the dead crow headdress is a somewhat sympathetic, taciturn Buster Keaton-like character who is from “a band apart,” or just plain nuts. The two misfits are outcasts in the grand vistas of the American west. Sometimes I was reminded of Laurel and Hardy’s WAY OUT WEST. There are lots of homages (or outright steals) from other movies and directors: John Ford, Sergio Leone and even Alejandro Jodoowsky. There’s an uneven tone to the whole proceedings: at times serious, brutal, comic, period and contemporary. Same with the dialogue. Big action set pieces with real trains are enhanced with CGI to such a point that it almost numbs one’s eyeballs. However, the big replica steam engines, lovingly photographed, are a real pleasure to see screaming down the rails. As the film unspooled – or rather downloaded from a digital file – my mind wandered. That’s not good. At times I was acutely aware the blueprint for this Gore Verbinski oater was his “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Even down to the 149-minute running time and Depp in heavy make-up and Kabuki eye shadow as the understated but quirky lead. “Pirates” was a Disney ride cum movie. “Ranger” is a movie cum ride – or so it often seemed. Trying to be something for all audiences, the movie lost its identity. In my movie loving heart, I was hoping for a gritty, dark, reimagined Ranger that was more in the mode of Christopher Nolan’s terrific Batman trilogy. I thought of Bass Reeves, the unknown historical figure “The Lone Ranger” was likely based on. Bass was an original Badass (is “Bass” a contraction of “Badass”?). He was born a slave in 1838. He fought alongside his master in the Confederate Army. During

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a lull in the fighting, Reeves escaped after beating his master after being accused of cheating in a card game. He ended up in Oklahoma – then Indian Territory – and lived for a while among the Seminole and Creek tribes. He eventually married and had at least ten children. He was the first black man to work as a Deputy U.S. Marshall after U.S. Marshall James Fagan deputized him. Reeves knew the territory well and could speak several native dialects. Reeves was a master of disguises and may have arrested nearly 3,000 bad guys, killing more than a dozen. He had an Indian posse and tracker. Reeves also rode a white horse and gave out silver coins as a kind of calling card. (For more info on Reeves, look for Art Burton’s book “Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves.”) Many of the men captured by Reeves were imprisoned in Detroit, where word of his prowess spread among prisoners and the public. And in Detroit, in 1933 on station WXYZ, the “The Lone Ranger” was first broadcast. George Trendle created it and the main writer was his brother-in-law Fran Striker. I say all this because the possible source material is so rich, unexpected and dramatic. I kept thinking about Badass Bass Reeves as I watched the sometimes silly

exploits and banter between Hammer and Depp. Why is Disney so reluctant to adhere to the core of the pop-culture hero with an unwavering moral compass? Why be so cynical? Why not embed it with a realism we crave? What a missed opportunity. I did like the subversive and not so sly references to the corporate American greed that broke treaties and spilled blood in a blind rush to fulfill a misguided sense of Manifest Destiny. Nice touches, but not nearly enough. It will be interesting to see how other critics respond to Disney’s attempt to stamp out a western franchise in the mold of “Pirates of the Caribbean” (also from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Verbinski). There was an earlier (1981) attempt to put “The Lone Ranger” on the big screen, but it was buried in a series of public relations fiascos. Looking back, that movie starring Klinton Spilsbury (in his only movie role) and a fine Christopher Lloyd as the villain is not so bad. I am surprised it was not released in a Blu-ray version for the home theater. (Did Disney tie up the rights?) See if you can find it. Yes, I had fun watching this second attempt to resurrect the Masked Man and Tonto, but I felt manipulated and exploited with a constant longing for what could’ve been. Not a good feeling. The terrific cinematography and rousing Hans Zimmer score always remind you exactly how to feel. At least and at last the “William Tell Overture” was finally unleashed under the big climax. I kept waiting for that, and it worked. Nice supporting performances by Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, William Fichtner and Ruth Wilson. I didn’t understand why Helena Bonham Carter was in the movie or who her character was supposed to be. Mention should be made of the horse playing Silver who had some nice moments that connected with the audience. Terrio Rossio, Tedd Elliot and Justin Haythe are given final credit for the screenplay. But from the mixed results on screen, it appears many more uncredited hands were involved. Disney is said to have spent close to $250 million on production and another $100 million on advertising. No wonder Depp’s in disguise and Hammer wears a mask. Don’t agree? Let me know.

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h the joy of casual summer reading! What a pleasure it is to float on a pool or sit on the beach with a book that engages and entertains. It’s especially sweet when it doesn’t matter if the pages get a little wet or collect sand. Stephen King’s Joyland (Hard Case Crime, 284 pages) published as a pulp-fiction style paperback has all the fun elements that encompass cheap thrills, romance and mystery. Joyland is a straightforward comingof-age story. Devin Jones is a virgin and college freshman in love with his girlfriend hoping to end the school year by getting laid in a romantic setting. When his girlfriend leaves campus with her roommate, without a goodbye, Devin is heartbroken. Trying to get over her, he takes a summer job at a seaside midlevel amusement park in North Carolina. He is soon indoctrinated into the “carny” world. A good kid and hard worker, he becomes a beloved newb and the oldtimers take him under their wing and share the secrets about the park and a murder in the Horror House.

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was emotionally moved by the characters in Joyland. I especially appreciated the relationship between Devin and his father. Although there is not a lot of the father in the story, we get a strong sense of his love and influence in Devin’s life. Make no mistake, this is an adult novel with sex and violence and best of all a supernatural element that gives it a wonderful creepiness and edge that keeps us curious and guessing to the last page. Reminiscent of The Shawshank Redemption, for me, this is King at his storytelling best. What I most like, intentionally or not on King’s part, is how the novel works thematically. Metaphorically or literally, at some point we all come upon a fearful place we must enter that requires us to be brave. A place where we loose our innocence in order to become a mature adult. It is a new place where we can more fully appreciate life and the influence of the lives we know and have known. Maybe that’s joyland.

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Haddon Libby: It’s all local



hat is the national obsession of the broadcast media with trials? First it was Casey Anthony then Jodi Arias and now George Zimmerman. Aren’t there more important news items for the broadcast media to report on than wall-to-wall coverage of these trials? Looking at foreign news outlets, there seems to be quite a bit going on that you will hardly hear about via domestic news sources. As such, I thought I would share news from around the world this week. Sadly, you might learn more here than a full day watching CNN, MS/NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox combined.

Let’s start in Germany where they are highly focused on US spying of the European Union (EU) and Germany. They are drawing comparisons between their history under Hitler and the actions taken by the NSA and Obama Administration. If you aren’t up on history, that is not good. Der Spiegel was also looking at forty building collapses in Bangladesh where people made clothing for the US and other countries. These workers labored for slave-like wages in sub-human conditions. Der Spiegel concluded that globalization and greed allowed for the existence and continuation of these horrid conditions without repercussions. Think of this next time you buy something made in a third world country. Next door in France, they were focused on the situation in Egypt, the Tour de France and a previously unknown data collection program in their country that is similar to that done by the NSA here in the US. Additionally, many were abuzz over a rock festival in Paris next month that is similar to but smaller than our Coachella Music Festival. In Australia, they were discussing a national policy that turns back boat refugees from Indonesia as well as improving ski

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conditions. The Australian also did an expose on the global use of synthetic and illegal drugs. The article made no mention of the ‘Methamphetamine Capital of the World’ - which happens to be right here in the Coachella Valley. Moving over to Russian, Pravda was reporting on Costa Rica’s “mistaken” legalization of gay marriage and new taxes on luxury vehicles being imported to Russia. Pravda also questioned whether any country in the world was a threat to Russian sovereignty. In their determination, no single country was stronger than Russia. They also talked about how Obama is weak, America is going gay and America has so much debt that it will go bankrupt while Russia has natural resources with very little debt. The BBC News in China was discussing joint naval drills between China and Russia and lessons that Chinese leaders are learning from Egyptian strife which they believe was caused by Western-styled freedoms given to the people. Chinese news was also talking about drug price fixing and a probe they are undertaking against drug makers worldwide. There is no way that probe could ever happen in the US as we all know that the drug makers here

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C.O.D. Black Ops II: Vengeance T

he new map pack for Call Of Duty Black Ops II finally dropped, giving FPS fans all over the world some much needed even playing ground. Featuring 4 new maps, and a new Zombie map. This expansion did not come with any new skins or customizations which I personally thought was a bummer, but after the Comic weapon skin is out-voted by a dragon skin, I gave up hope on new skins anyway. Here is a breakdown of each map, some key spots to take advantage of, and corners to avoid!

COVE: The stage is set for all-out conflict on this small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, where players battle it out amongst the wreckage of a jet that crash-landed during a

control the politicians. Arab News reported on increasing death totals in Iraq and estimated that the Iraq is slipping back toward “all-out war”. They also reported on Presidentelect Hassan Rowhani of Iran who is urging his government and clergy to reduce their interference in the private lives of Iranian citizens. Rowhani feels that a government cannot be strong while repressing individual rights. In Brazil, people were protesting primarily due to corruption amongst government officials and the need for greater investments in education and healthcare. As FDR once said, “the real safeguard of democracy is education.” Buck the trend, get educated and become involved.

smuggling operation gone wrong. Stay on the outside of the map. Avoid the water (duh) and if you are good with a tube, you will LOVE this map! pretty much every rock will cause enough impact to take a few people out. Bouncing Bettys are extremely effective in the plane debris, and water!

DETOUR: Players fight amongst the scattered vehicles, exposed iron and collapsed pavement of a destroyed suspension bridge, high above this East Coast waterway where the action can play out on multiple levels. This is probably one of the more irritating maps of the game. TONS of camping, easy to quick scope, no real rythm, and its a tubers

paradise. Anchor your spawn, and utiliza Flack Jacket!

RUSH: Fast, close-quarter engagements are assured in this paintball course turned full- combat arena, giving players new opportunities and challenges to use the cover to their advantage. Almost as fast as NukeTown, stick to the top right, or the main door of the paintball arena. The bus LOOKS like a good camping spot, but its super easy to wall bang, and no one survives. UPLINK: In this re-imagined adaptation of the fan-favorite Call of Duty®: Black Ops multiplayer map Summit, players clash deep in the rain-soaked jungles of Myanmar, high atop a hi-tech mountain facility. You can still jump into the

suspended car, you can still climb the tower, and my FAVORITE!!! you can still camp the control room in the open RED crate.

There you have it! Four new maps, an awesome remake, and some new tactics to use while you’re breaking in these new maps!


July 11 to July 17, 2013

Dale Gribow On The Law

Knowing some of the tricks thieves use is the best way to protect yourself against theft.


thief starts off with a Booster bag which is a large bag with a false bottom. To use it you set it down over a slightly smaller bag or product. The Booster Bag is Hollow and has a spring loaded bottom. When it is placed over another item, the spring loaded bottom secures the item about to be stolen and the thief walks away without anyone seeing anything. This happens more often during the Holiday Season when stores are crowded and customers are placing their purse or other purchases on the ground while they are shopping and looking at something on the counter. It can also be used by placing the booster bag over a Gucci purse, for instance, and all of a sudden ….poof….. the purse disappears. It’s like magic. That is because it is the same principle that magicians use for some of their tricks. Now that you know there is such a device hopefully you will think twice about where you set your purse or bag down in an airport, hotel, coffee shop, department store or anywhere else a thief might be lurking.

Some thieves don’t need any equipment to steal. For instance a car can be stolen without obtaining the owner’s keys or hotwiring the car. The thief looks on the left front windshield for the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) number. They write the VIN number down and then go to the car dealership’s parts department and explain they own the car with that VIN number and they lost their keys. A new device to open the car will be provided to the thief… and then the rest is history. Cell Phones are another popular target for thieves because they have private emails, bank account records, personal codes and passwords. Obtaining these items makes it easy to steal your money or ID. Our credit card information can also be stolen without taking the credit card. The thieves have a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device which is half the size of a laptop. When they walk by you in a restaurant, airport or store the card reading device, which costs less than $100, automatically steals your personal info off the credit card. The Radio Frequency Identification is a tiny chip in our credit and

By Bruce cathcart

Buying in a Seller’s Market


e now know that the Coachella Valley real estate market is a seller’s market. That means that there are more buyers than sellers and that the excess demand is forcing home prices to go up. So is now a good time to even consider buying a home in the Coachella Valley? And if you are currently trying to buy a home, what can you do to increase your chances of being successful? In last week’s article we learned that the primary reason that we are in a seller’s market is the lack of homes currently available for sale on the market. The other side of the equation is the increased demand for houses by buyers. Home prices have recovered somewhat from their lows in 2008 to 2009, but they are still a long way off from their highs of 2005 to 2006. In addition, interest rates until very recently were at historic lows. This combination of low interest rates with the relatively low sale prices for homes still makes now a very good time to buy a home in the Coachella Valley... if you can. The challenge today is finding a suitable home and then submitting the “winning” offer. In certain price ranges the competition


is so fierce today that a home properly priced and listed for sale for under $200,000.00 will receive over 20 offers in the first four days that it is on the market! This is not an exaggeration as I personally have represented both buyers and sellers in this situation many times over the last six months. For buyers and their agents this can be both frustrating and disappointing. But there are certain things that you can do as a buyer to improve your chances of being successful, even in this seller’s market. The first thing you must do is “find” the home as soon as it is listed for sale. If you are working with a great agent, your agent will be searching for the right home for you every day and notify you as soon as one becomes available. As a buyer you can assist in the search by visiting the various real estate websites regularly. More importantly, you must be available to go see the listings with your agent right away. You must also be ready to write an offer and submit it as soon as the property becomes available. If you are an all cash buyer make sure you have your “proof of funds” ready to submit with your offer. If you are using financing make sure that you have your “preapproval” letter updated and available (get preapproved, not just prequalified). Make sure that you have

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by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

debit cards. If your card has the symbol of 4 waves )))) or says Pay Pass, Pay Wave or Blink it has RFID. At the same time the bad guys can transfer your personal information from the RFID onto a hotel credit card sized room key. That room key is now a “credit card” which can be used to swipe and charge things against your card. To avoid this you can put your credit cards into a protective sleeve that has an aluminum lining. They can steal the same information off your passport at an airport so you should buy protective sleeves for both. With respect to credit cards when you receive them in the mail write “ASK FOR PHOTO ID” instead of signing your name. That gives you one more level of insulation against the bad guys. Thieves also wait in the parking lot at movie theatres and when you leave your car they break in and steal your registration

and get the address of your home. They then burglarize it while you are watching the movie. Crooks also steal Library cards and check out and charge DVD’s from the Library onto the card and then sell them on the internet. If that happens you must contact the library to put a “hold” on your card. There are phony casting agents who charge up front fees for auditions they promise to obtain for you. A real agent will not charge for this. As they say “Forewarned is forearmed!!!!”

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reviewed and understand your Residential Purchase Agreement (offer/contract form) in advance and can sign and submit it the same day you see the property. If you cannot make arrangements to see a new listing right away you may wish to submit what is called a “blind” offer. It is an unfortunate fact that many sellers are now accepting blind offers, subject to the buyer’s inspection, just to end the negotiation/bid process. The key is to be diligent in your search, available to see homes at a moment’s notice, and be prepared to submit your offer right away. Submitting the “winning” bid is the hard part. Forget about using comparable homes that recently sold to determine the value of the home. In most negotiations today there is an auction mentality and the bidding starts at the list price and goes up from there! The highest price and the best terms usually wins the contract. As a buyer you can write the best terms by writing what we call a “clean” offer. Allow the seller to designate the different services, do not ask the seller to pay for all of the various costs associated with the transaction, and limit your contingencies to only the basics. As for what price to offer my advice is simple. If you are a cash buyer offer more than the house is worth today, but less than you think it will be worth tomorrow. If you are using financing offer the amount that you feel the house will appraise for, plus whatever amount of cash you have to make

up the difference between the anticipated appraised value and the offered price. If you are not the winning bid, at least you will have made your best offer possible. Do not give up! With a little luck and by following these suggestions you just might be able to purchase a home in this seller’s market. This week’s real estate tip: If you plan to purchase your home as your primary residence focus your shopping on the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or HUD foreclosure listings. These listings all have a 10 to 14 day period at the beginning of their listing where ONLY owner occupants can purchase them. This will eliminate the competition from the “all cash” investors. Bruce Cathcart is the Broker/Co-Owner of La Quinta Palms Realty, “The Friendly Professionals” and can be reached by email at or visit his website at




Dog Gone It!!! What Are You Thinking???

f you’re pets could talk, chances are they’d give you a good (or likely a bad) “lick - in” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Dogs can develop heat stroke and sunburn in the hot weather, but one danger to dogs that’s frequently overlooked is the potential for paw pad injuries and burns from walking a dog on hot pavement, the trail or sand.  Walk the dog in the early morning or evening to avoid paw pad burns.  Avoid walking the dog in the heat of the

day, when the sun beats down, heating the pavement and sand. Walk the dog on the grass.  It’s cooler for you and them.  Are you taking your Dog hiking?  Would you like to hike barefoot in the heat on rocky terrain/ sand/pavement?  Maybe your Dog wouldn’t either?  “Watch those Paws!” What about being a ‘Cool Cat’ says Chief DiGiovanna?  A cat outdoors can quickly become dehydrated and suffer heat stroke as well.  Make sure there is access to fresh, cool water at all times.  Place water bowls in shady areas to reduce rapid evaporation and to keep the water temperature more comfortable.  Don’t tether your cat on a deck or other area because she won’t be able to move to a shady spot as the sunlight shifts.  Just like Dogs, cat’s sensitive paw pads are very vulnerable to being burned when walking across hot pavement.   No matter what kind of pet you own, consideration to the weather and elements is important to keeping your pet healthy and happy! For additional Pet Safety information

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Safety Tips

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Host Your Event at ShareKitchen


hareKitchen is all about sharing and not just the kitchen. While the nonprofit organization is mostly known for offering a fully equipped, commercial kitchen for up-andcoming food entrepreneurs along with comprehensive support services including the development of business plans, it is also a versatile event venue available for rent. Centrally located on Highway 111 in Cathedral City, ShareKitchen features 3,300 square feet of private restaurant space which includes their commercial kitchen plus a 13 seat bar, ten tall cocktail tables and a flexible dining /event room that accommodates up to 60 guests depending on the configuration. From intimate dinner parties and team building cooking events, to classroom style seating and pop-up dinners, the space is turnkey ready for use. The dining and event room can also be set for workshops with a screen and projector. ShareKitchen has been the site of numerous networking mixers, professional client meetings, community

group meetings, and most recently a popup dinner restaurant. During the recently held Palm Springs Restaurant Week, ShareKitchen served sell-out crowds each night featuring a delicious collaborative menu created by ShareKitchen clients. Additionally, ShareKitchen has been known to host PS Underground events (, open to only those “in the know”. On the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the ShareKitchen event space was fully transformed into the dining room of the Titanic where PS Underground guests enjoyed the final menu served on board the ship. Not sure what to serve at your event? ShareKitchen has it covered, offering a variety of catering services. From healthy smoothies and tasty bite size snacks to the best barbeque in town and delectable desserts, ShareKitchen’s catering suits every taste. Located at 68805 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City, ShareKitchen is built on the simple philosophy of sharing. For more information and rental costs, visit or call 760-459-4259.


July 11 to July 17, 2013

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The Coolest Solution To What’s Ailing You


he conversation went something like this… Me: “Exactly how cold does it get in there?” Mike Butler, owner of Kinetix Health and Performance in Palm Desert: “Negative 156. But it can be adjusted if you can’t handle that.” Me, with the same response to all questions of if I can “handle it”: “Of course I can handle it…” as my voice trailed off, I looked at my phone to see the outdoor temperature was 118 on this afternoon, so those frigid temps were entirely tempting. I walked into the room where the only Cryotherapy chamber in the Coachella Valley resides at Kinetix, a multifaceted athletic training and wellness facility off Washington Street. So what is it and why was I doing this? Five months ago, I injured my knee throwing truck tires around in one of my workouts. It wasn’t healing well and slowing me down. Health and fitness expert and strength coach, Butler, told me Cryotherapy accelerated the healing process for joints and soft tissue injuries. Apparently, Cryotherapy cools the body very, very quickly to extreme temperatures, in my case, negative 156 degrees Fahrenheit. This causes the body’s blood supply to rush from the “extremities”- READ: arms and legs- and protect the core where it becomes nutrient rich. After a couple minutes walking in the subzero, artic chamber, once back in normal temperatures again, the rejuvenated blood can then flood back into the arms, legs and injuries where it repairs and heals. Cryotherapy is used by professional athletes from PGA players, NBA, MLB and NFL stars as well as teams like the Clippers, Lakers and Spurs. Some NFL teams own their own chambers to send injured players into for faster recovery. The science is that this nutrientrich blood reduces inflammation, the cause of pain, and heals damaged tissue. So I was game. I changed into a bathrobe, oversized wool socks, and gloves and climbed into the metal cylinder that would soon become full of pulsating liquid nitrogen. Once disrobed, the whirling of the machine began pumping the frozen mist across my skin. Susan Butler, co-owner of Kinetix and Mike’s wife, told me it’d feel like a thousand tiny needles, but it felt more like spilling soft serve all over myself. Each session lasts between 2-4 minutes


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depending on the temperatures, size of the individual and scope of injury or inflammation. My session lasted 2 minutes, 30 seconds and while it was cold, very cold, it never got uncomfortable. When I exited the chamber, my skin temperature was 30 degrees cooler than when I entered it and as my body restored its homeostasis, I felt surging energy. I immediately bounced on my knee to test it, see if any pain resisted my efforts to jump up and down. But rather than have discomfort, I felt like I could run a marathon. Cryotherapy not only works for injuries and inflammation, but also arthritis, chronic pain and many other ailments because it forces the body to heal itself. Developed and perfected in Europe, this is a popular therapy across the world, but there’s only one chamber in the desert. You can check out Kinetix and the list of clients at www. and see if Cryotherapy can help your ailments. My knee is cranking out squats and deadlifts once again and healing was the coolest thing I could have done this summer. Julie Buehler hosts the Coachella Valley’s most popular sports talk radio show, “Buehler’s Day Off” every day from 1-4 on 1010 KXPS, the valley’s all sports station. She’s an avid gym rat, slightly sarcastic and more likely to recite Steve Young’s career passing stats than American Idol winners. Tune in M-F 1-4 pst at or watch the show on Ustream.

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host the second largest amateur boxing tournament in the United States. The tournament will feature more than 1000 boxers and is open to the public. Four rings, with 160 fights per day, will showcase the top amateurs not only from the U.S., but from around the world. The single-elimination tournament is open to men, women, boys and girls of all ages, starting at 8-years old, through the Master Division, which is 35 to 65 years old. CONTACT: For more information contact Ralph Romero at (760) 702-0206

Life & career Coach by Sunny Simon

Power Up Your Patience Button


ecently my husband and I were dining at a local restaurant. I could not help but notice the scene created by the couple at the next table. The man was clearly intrigued with the iPad menu the waiter presented to him. After the couple ordered, he very patiently looked for the off button. The female diner, apparently well versed in the operation of this piece of technology, began rapidly issuing instructions and nearly leapt over the table to snatch it away and power it down. Our hero just smiled passively, ignored her and eventually found the off switch in his own sweet time. Two facts were evident. The first, he wanted to teach himself how to operate the iPad. Number two, she had zero patience for his learning curve. We’ve all been there… guilty of losing our patience over trivial matters, asserting our commands and vying for control. Patience is a skill. Conversely, impatience is an uncontrolled reaction that quickly leads to frustration. The female diner in my story was visibly irritated. She might have saved herself some aggravation if she just sat back, enjoyed her drink, the ambiance of the establishment and let the gentleman complete the task on his own. In her book, The Power of Patience, best-

selling author M.J. Ryan advises that Ms. Know-It-All has company. Many individuals believe they “corner the market on the right way to be, and the rest of the world is wrong for not marching to the tune.” Ryan goes on to say there is a time to wait, and a time to act. I could not agree with her more. In my career coaching practice, I advise clients that unless the wolf is at the door, it is wise to wait for the right job offer. Compromising to accept a position that does not align with your goals is futile. You end up dissatisfied and must eventually begin the rigors of a job search again. Adopting the philosophy that “it is going to take as long as it takes” and waiting patiently eliminates many Sunday nights spent dreading the Monday dawn. The same line of thinking applies to waiting to find your soul mate, or saving to purchase your dream home. Try practicing patience and take the time to savor the journey. Consciously calculate the appropriate moments to take action and when to just chill and power up your patience button. By doing so, you will experience more joy and so will the world around you.

July 11 to July 17, 2013


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Space Needle is a tourist attraction in Seattle. It’s taller than the Washington Monument but shorter than the Eiffel Tower. Near the top of the structure is a circular restaurant that rotates slowly, making one complete turn every 47 minutes. The motor that moves this 125-ton mass is small: only 1.5 horsepower. In the coming days, Aries, I foresee you having a metaphorically similar ability. You will be able to wield a great deal of force with a seemingly small and compact “engine.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “How many years can some people exist before they’re allowed to be free?” asked Bob Dylan in one of his most famous songs, written in 1962. “The answer is blowin’ in the wind,” he concluded. Many people hailed the tune as a civil rights anthem. Thirteen years later, a hippie cowboy named Jerry Jeff Walker released “Pissing in the Wind,” a rowdy song that included the line, “The answer is pissing in the wind.” It was decidedly less serious than the tune it paid homage to, with Walker suggesting that certain events in his life resembled the act described in the title. “Makin’ the same mistakes, we swore we’d never make again,” he crooned. All of this is my way of letting you know, Taurus, that you’re at a fork. In one direction is a profound, even noble, “blowin’ in the wind” experience. In the other, it would be like “pissing in the wind.” Which do you prefer? It’s up to you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Italian artist Duccio di Buoninsegna painted his Madonna and Child sometime around the year 1300. It’s a compact piece of art -- just eleven inches high and eight inches wide. Nevertheless, New York’s Metropolitan Museum paid $45 million for the pleasure of owning it. I propose that we choose this diminutive treasure as your lucky symbol for the next eight to ten months, Gemini. May it inspire you as you work hard to create a small thing of great value. CANCER (June 21-July 22): When the comic book hero Superman first appeared on the scene in 1938, he had the power to jump over tall buildings, but he couldn’t fly. By 1941, he was hovering in mid-air, and sometimes moving around while floating. Eventually, he attained the ability to soar long distances, even between stars. Your own destiny may have parallels to Superman’s in the coming months, Cancerian. It’s possible you will graduate, metaphorically speaking, from taking big leaps to hovering in mid-air. And if you work your butt off to increase your skill, you might progress to the next level -- the equivalent of full-out flight -- by March 2014. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “It’s never too late to become what you might have been,” said novelist George Eliot. I’d like you to keep that thought in mind throughout the rest of 2013 and beyond, Leo. I trust you will allow its sly encouragement to work its way down into your darkest depths, where it will revive your discouraged hopes and wake up your sleeping powers. Here are the potential facts as I see them: In the next ten months, you will be in prime time to reclaim the momentum you lost once upon a time . . . to dive back into a beloved project you gave up on . . . and maybe even resuscitate a dream that made your eyes shine when you were younger and more innocent. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When I first arrived in Santa Cruz some years back, I helped start a New Wave-punk band called Mystery Spot. Our first drummer was a guy named Lucky Lehrer. After a few months, our manager decided Lucky wasn’t good enough and kicked him out of the band. Lucky took it hard, but didn’t give up. He joined the seminal punk band the Circle Jerks, and went on to have a long and successful career. Flipside magazine even named him the best punk drummer of all time. I suspect, Virgo, that in the next ten to twelve months you will have a chance to achieve the beginning of some Lucky Lehrertype redemption. In what area of your life would you like to experience it? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to my

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reading of the astrological omens, the next 12 months will be a time when you will have more power than usual to turn your dreams into realities. You’ll have extra skill at translating your ideals into practical action. To help make sure you capitalize on this potential, I suggest you adopt this Latin phrase as your motto: a posse ad esse. It means “from being possible to being actual.” So why not simply make your motto “from being possible to being actual”? Why bother with the Latin version? Because I think your motto should be exotic and mysterious -- a kind of magical incantation. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 2010, two economics professors from Harvard wrote a paper that became a crucial piece of evidence for the global austerity movement. Politicians used it to justify their assertion that the best way to cure our long-running financial ills is for governments to spend less money. Oddly, no one actually studied the paper to see if it was based on accurate data until April 2013. Then Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, dived in and discovered fundamental mistakes that largely discredited the professors’ conclusions. I believe you have a similar mojo going for you, Scorpio. Through clear thinking and honest inquiry, you have the power to get at truths everyone else has missed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Breakthrough will probably not arrive wrapped in sweetness and a warm glow, nor is it likely to be catalyzed by a handsome prince or pretty princess. No, Sagittarius. When the breakthrough barges into your life, it may be a bit dingy and dank, and it may be triggered by questionable decisions or weird karma. So in other words, the breakthrough may have resemblances to a breakdown, at least in the beginning. This would actually be a good omen -- a sign that your deliverance is nothing like you imagined it would be, and probably much more interesting. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In a wheat field, a rose is a weed -- even if that rose is voluptuous and vibrant. I want you to promise me that you will work hard to avoid a fate like that in the coming months, Capricorn. Everything depends on you being in the right place at the right time. It’s your sacred duty to identify the contexts in which you can thrive and then put yourself in those contexts. Please note: The ambiance that’s most likely to bring out the best in you is not necessarily located in a high-status situation where everyone’s ambition is amped to the max. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Is your soul feeling parched? In your inner world, are you experiencing the equivalent of a drought? If so, maybe you will consider performing a magic ritual that could help get you on track for a cure. Try this: Go outside when it’s raining or misting. If your area is going through a dry spell, find a waterfall or high-spouting fountain and put yourself in close proximity. Then stand with your legs apart and spread your arms upwards in a gesture of welcome. Turn your face toward the heavens, open up your mouth, and drink in the wetness for as long as it takes for your soul to be hydrated again. (In an emergency, frolicking under a sprinkler might also work.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Igor Stravinsky was a 20th-century composer who experimented with many styles of music, including the avantgarde work “The Rite of Spring.” “My music is best understood by children and animals,” he said. In my vision of your ideal life, Pisces, that will also be true about you in the coming week: You will be best understood by children and animals. Why? Because I think you will achieve your highest potential if you’re as wild and free as you dare. You will be fueled by spontaneity and innocence, and care little about what people think of you. Play a lot, Pisces! Be amazingly, blazingly uninhibited. Homework: Talk about how your best and worst overlap. Testify at Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology


July 11 to July 17, 2013

Mind, body & Spirit by Bronwyn Ison

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entertaining? Have fun reconfiguring your approach. You may ask, how do I get started? Put on your big boy or big girl shoes and be prepared to dig deep emotionally. Most adaptation requires personal emotion. Go in with a big smile and go for it! Try this… Jettison your baggage. Each of us brings negative and positive things into our adulthood from childhood. Release the self-esteem issues, anger, and the need to be perfect. Most likely you will prove unproductive in achieving your goal if you are toting around unnecessary negativity. Our baggage can often exacerbate our poor habits. As these two work in tandem it can stimulate anxiety. Relax and keep your goal in mind. You can and will work through the obstacles. Commence conditioning your mind to think and react differently. A powerful deterrent in our lives are our emotions. Let go of fear. Anything worth fighting for can be daunting. We often revert to our old ways once we recognize that the fight may be fierce. Eliminate your complacency. Remember you can master your environment. You will enable yourself to manage your baggage, habits, and emotions with the proper environment. Surround yourself with positive people who will help support change in your life. Plus, engage in activities that strengthen and create certainty in your life. Be courageous, you can do it! Bronwyn Ison, Owner of Evolve Yoga in La Quinta. or (760) 564-YOGA (9642) for more information.

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uring the hottest time of the year in the desert, we can have lower energy, be less active and have a general summer malaise. How do you stay feeling, and looking, great this summer? Here are some great tips from Dr. Maria Lombardo to surviving the summer temperatures and staying on top of your game all year round! 1. A good night’s sleep is essential for healthy skin & well-being! No one can sleep for you so take care to get enough & have the right environment to do it! That means about 8 hours in a darkened room – light can disrupt sleep and make you feel unrested even after the correct number of hours. 2. When you sleep your skin repairs itself - get a good moisturizer so that your skin can do its job well. 3. No matter what moisturizer you use, staying hydrated from the inside is essential for healthy skin & it helps flush toxins out of your body! Don’t forget that we live in a desert… you need more water to stay hydrated than people who live elsewhere! This is especially true in the summer, high heat months. A good rule of thumb is your weight in pounds divided by 2 = the number of ounces of water you need per day!

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