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Community Events • August 22 to August 28, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 22

Wyte Gye

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Jason Altieri

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Joey English

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Blue Coyote

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August 22 to August 28, 2013

Date Shed Presents Queensrÿche, Starring August 23 Doors Geoff Tate “The Original Voice” Friday, open @ 8pm $20 Ages 18+ By lisa morgan rd

Coachella Valley Weekly


Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Jenna Demarco, Rich Henrich Public Relations and Promotions Manager Lisa Morgan Classified Manager & Nightlife Editor Philip Lacombe Features Writer Lisa Morgan, Marissa Willman, Judith Sulkin Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Lola Rossi-Meza, Craig Michaels, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Mike Livingston, Rachel Montoya, Angela Janus, Janet McAfee, Heidi Simmons, Dale Gribow, Raymond Bill, Jack St. Clair, Rob Brezny, Amanda Dorta, Eleni P. Austin, Curtis Hendricks, Noe Gutierrez, Jill Coleman, Jennifer Tan, Sunny Simon, Richard Weiss, Dr. Peter Kadile, Dr. Maria Lombardo, Bruce Cathcart, Patte Purcell, Julie Buehler Distribution Jim Fox Distribution/ William Westley, Rudy Mendez


Geoff Tate’s Queensryche................ 3 LMS - Wyte Gye..............................6 In Memory Of Jason Altieri...........7 News - HRC Garden Party..............8 Art Passport @ Backstreet A.D......8 Public Pers. - Joey English.............9 Desert DJs - DJ Terri O’ Brien.......11 Consider This - Big Star...............12 Valley Rhythms- Joey Covington..13 Pet Place.......................................14 The Vino Voice..............................15 Club Crawler Nightlife.................16 Happy Hour Hotspot ..................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......................26 Free Will Astrology......................27 Mind, Body, & Spirit.....................27 Health...........................................28 Beauty..........................................28 Comics - Weiss Cracks..................30




nce again, the Date Shed has managed to procure a headliner that has created a vociferous buzz throughout the valley. Friday, August 23rd, the infamous progressive rock band, Queensryche, fronted by original founding member, Geoff Tate, will be performing songs cherry picked from their catalog of over 200 songs. Grammy nominated, singer/songwriter, Geoff Tate, is widely revered as one of the most skilled vocalists in the rock genre, inspiring fans of the fourtime Grammy nominated Queensryche to purchase over 25 million albums worldwide since its inception in 1982. Tate will be joined by longtime friend, guitarist and producer Kelly Gray. Gray originally worked with Tate in the band Myth in the late 1970s, and has produced records for a number of artists, including Queensryche, Candlebox and Dokken, to name a few. Keyboardist, Randy Gane, noted for his deep Hammond B3 sound (awarded a Gold Album on Candlebox’s debut CD) and rich orchestrations will be combining his skills with Tate and Gray, with whom he also previously worked with as cofounder of the band Myth. Guitarist, Robert Sarzo who is widely known for his work with the band Hurricane will be adding to the power of the strings alongside brother and


bassist Rudy Sarzo. Rudy has been part of rock and roll history with his contributions to Ozzy Osbourne’s band, Quiet Riot and Whitesnake. His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies. He was also a proud member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO until the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Since 1982, Queensrÿche has been successful in the progressive rock scene, having received worldwide acclaim for their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime, considered by many to be one of the greatest concept albums of all time. Their follow-up release, Empire, brought Queensrÿche to the height of their commercial popularity. It peaked at No. 7 and sold more than three million copies in the United States, more than their previous four releases combined (it was also certified silver in the UK). The power ballad from that album, “Silent Lucidity”, became the band’s first Top 10 single. After 3 decades of success, the band came to a crossroads in 2012. Following a highly publicized backstage altercation before a show in São Paulo, Brazil in April, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.

On June 12, Tate and his wife Susan (who served as the band’s manager from 20052012) filed a lawsuit in a Seattle court against his former bandmates, claiming that he was illegally fired from the band. They also sought a preliminary injunction to prevent both the plaintiffs and the defendants from using the Queensrÿche name. On July 13, 2012, the Washington state superior court defeated this motion, as well as a motion for a preliminary summary judgment filed by the defendants. The ruling in the preliminary injunction was that until the court date in November 2013, both parties are allowed to use the name Queensrÿche. Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate has released the album Frequency Unknown in April, while the version of Queensrÿche with Todd


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La Torre released their Eponymous album in June. Both bands have toured in 2013. Geoff Tate, with whom most fans agree is “The Voice of Queensryche”, graciously gave me an hour of his time to talk about the past, the present and his hopes for the future. The band will be coming to the Date Shed on the heels of their “Operation: Mindcrime Anniversary Tour”, in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary. I asked Tate what we can expect when they perform for us. “We are actually putting together a new set list right now... kind of a trip around all of our records along with a couple of songs from the new album. We’ll be doing a lot of the favorites along with a couple of songs we’ve never played live before. With somewhere around 200 songs in our catalog, sometimes you just don’t get around to playing all of them. I’m looking forward to giving the audience new music to listen to.” I asked him if we can look forward to a performance of the song “Silent Lucidity”. “I can’t walk off that stage without playing it,” he laughed. “People get pretty upset.” I approached the topic of the band split as gently as I could only to find Tate to be extremely open and at ease in talking about it. “We’re actually getting pretty close to settling the whole thing. It will be really nice to put it to rest and move on. It’s kind of a downer. There’s so much negative energy surrounding it. I don’t like to live my life like that. So it’s going to be nice to be done with it, and get on with doing what I do, you know. For an artistic person, you thrive off the energy that surrounds you. If it’s negative, it saps your ideas your strength, you’re momentum.” Referring to his interview with Rolling Stone Magazine that took place immediately following the announced split, wherein Tate described feeling dazed and confused by the events, I asked if time had helped him find some clarity. He shared, “Ya, well... for me it was really about getting over the betrayal. Once I got over that, which took a while, I could start leaning my mind in other areas. Lucky for me, I put myself into my work and was able to complete two records. I also put together a band that was really positive, which really helped. And then taking it on the road and getting such a wonderful response from the fans every night has been rally therapeutic. I feel really good moving on and moving ahead and putting that last chapter of my life to bed, so to speak.”


Tate had also shared in the Rolling Stones interview that he had no intentions of moving forward on his own under the Queensryche name. I asked him how that change came about. “Well, my initial idea was Hey, let’s both sides not use the name. Let’s retire it with some dignity. But they didn’t want to do that, or they couldn’t do it that way because they couldn’t sell tickets without the name. So the judge gave both parties the right to use the name until the court date in November. I was put in the position that I have to use it now. They’re using it now. We both had to continue to use it, because this wasn’t going to be settled for a year.” Sharing how the whole story seemed to play out like a movie or a book, I asked if he’d ever thought about writing one. “I write all the time and keep track of my life through a diary. I have done that since I was about age 4. I have chapters and chapters of stuff that need to be put into a readable form. Once things come to a close (with November’s court date), that would be the best time to put something out there and put a period on the chapter.” I asked him, “If you could write the ending now, how in your heart of hearts would you like for it to end?” He said genuinely, “I’d like to see everybody walk away shaking hands, and ultimately being civil to each other.” Ten minutes into a show in St. Charles, Illinois, it was reported that Tate grabbed an audience member’s smartphone, turned around, and threw it over his shoulder into the crowd. I shared with Tate how both Duff McKagan (Guns and Roses) and Nikki Sixx

(Mötley Crüe) had both talked about their frustrations with fans lost in their phones at concerts, and if I should warn my audience not to brandish theirs at this show. After a pretty good laugh, he answered, “It is really irritating from a performer’s standpoint; you want people to be at least willing to engage. That’s what makes live concerts so special when everybody’s on the same page, on the same wavelength, experiencing the music together. Otherwise, you might as well watch at home on TV if you’re not going to participate. I’ve gotten to the point where I figure, well... you can’t really fight it. Some people are going to be there in the moment, other people refuse to be there. They want to be separate and are there for a different reason obviously. You can’t get too upset about it. You just have to the best you can and try your best not let it distract you.” Moving on to what was obviously a subject he much preferred to talk about, I asked him how he felt about the new album, “Frequency Unknown” that had gotten such mixed reviews. This, the first album by Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, received sparked controversy based on the fact that the acronym reads “F. U.”. Members of the other version of Queensryche claim it was a “below the belt” subliminal insult. A press release stated that “F.U. might be perceived as a fitting tribute and salutation... Coincidental abbreviation? Unlikely.” Meanwhile, Tate is on record saying this about the title: “There’s this certain frequency of equalization that brings all the notes and the whole mix together; it becomes incredibly focused at that point. It’s this unknown frequency that you’re always looking for, and nobody knows what it is. You just start fiddling with the dials until it sounds good to everybody.” Tate shared about his experience making the album. “That was a really fun record. I’m always looking for different ways of making records. I love collaborating with people. I love the teamwork aspect of making a record. After completing the songs, we thought it would be fun to have different people contribute on it. At first we were just going to have different guitar players come in and play solos on each song. But that idea got expanded to having some

August 22 to August 28, 2013 different drummers and bass players. We thought, ‘Let’s see how far we can take this.’ So I started making calls to different people that I know, whom I admire, and everybody came on board. As a writer, you envision a song and you take it as far as you can with your vision. Then give it to somebody else, they approach it differently and they add their perspective... it kind of helps expand the idea. It was very satisfying to work with these great players and experience the camaraderie between all of us.” With more than 3 decades of experience, I asked him about his views on the drastic changes in the music industry today. “It doesn’t even resemble the same industry. It’s really an industry that’s trying to find itself again, and I hope it does. But it’s in a time of transition where everything is in flux now. We’re all looking for new models to take the place of the old model that is workable and makes sense. The internet is changing the face of the world’s economics, and of course, the music industry is caught up in that. I think guys like me who started out with the industry a certain way, have a tendency to look at everything and remember the good old days when everybody was making money. Now that’s completely unraveled. There’s just no money in it. Bands are incredibly lucky if they get a leg up and get something going and make a career of it. It has changed how we merchandise and market for sure. It used to be that you didn’t have to tour that much- maybe 100 shows a year because your income was augmented by what you made in record sales. Now record sales are so dismal, you have to tour more to keep your level of income the same. And by touring more you have to make more merchandise and fine tune it to your audience. We spend a lot of time thinking and focusing on our line and what’s going to sell. There’s a lot of debate about it. I’m horrible at it (he laughs) – I always pick the loosing t-shirt design... I pick based on what I like, and often times I find that my audience is in a completely different place than me.” Known for delivering somewhat theatrical performances with the old band, I asked Tate what kind of show we can look forward to Friday night. “This show gets its theatrics from the fact that it’s a cool band to watch. This band performs... they’re not just standing there playing their instruments. They’re all over the place, interacting with each other and the audience. It’s a different kind of presentation than I ever been a part of. I spent 30 years with the same guys performing, and that was one thing. This is completely different.” You can check out the music of Queensryche at but I highly recommend being at the Date Shed for this once in a lifetime performance (and use your smartphones at a minimum). Local favorite Wyte Guy will be warming up the stage for them adding to the night of high energy music. The Date Shed is located at 50725 Monroe Street, Indio, CA. Tickets can be purchased on their website, or at the door if it doesn’t sell out.


August 22 to August 28, 2013

Local Music Spotlight

by lisa morgan

Bringing the Music to the Party and the Party to the Gig



of them transforms into a monster rocker when they get behind their instruments. But let this be a warning: the fun they have while doing it is highly contagious. I got to spend some time with the band this week, and enjoyed probably one of the most entertaining and surprising interviews I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in. The camaraderie and sense of family was thick with these guys, who slipped in and out of brief moments of deep gratitude and respect toward their bandmates, while spending the bulk of the interview laughing and making fun of each other. It seemed they were much more comfortable laughing at themselves rather than boasting. With Wyte Gye, what you see is what you get... to a point. As individuals, there are no egos to get around nor is there any posing; they can take a joke, make fun of themselves as well as dish with the best of them. They are however, extremely deceptive in one regard: this is probably the most genuinely understated group of insanely talented musicians I have ever come across. Following the interview where these guys played themselves off as “just in it for fun”, I was practically slapped in the face with their level of musicianship, as I was treated to a short private concert. I have a little bit of a music background and have had the blessing of playing with some very talented musicians in my 20 year music career. What I witnessed blew my mind. Mike on guitar (who I could tell was a pure perfectionist) played with understated ease and finesse. Bassist, Alfredo, the newest addition to the band, played right in the pocket with a tasty depth and feel that lead me to believe he could lay down the funk just as easily as he was putting down the bottom end of this progressive metal rock. Then there was Dom, whose feet were just as smooth and accurate as his hands. I have rarely witnessed a double kick being worked with such polish. The three musicians provided an extremely

August 22 to August 28, 2013

by Judith Salkin

Jason Altieri remembered for love of life, humor and his hair

Wyte Guy

hese “Gyes”, more like brothers than friends or mere band mates, bring a whole new respectability to the term “cover band”. Self-described as a band that “rocks all your favorite hard rock/heavy metal/classic rock tunes, as well as the obscure songs you forgot about,” Wyte Gye has truly raised the standard as they don’t simply play their insanely large arsenal of cover tunes, they entertain while doing it. Currently, the Wyte Gye front line is made up of Eric Willman on lead guitar, Dominic Jimenez on drums, Alfredo Campos on bass and Noe Gutierrez at lead vocals. But former players Michael Jimenez, Robert Pickett, August Arrowsmith and Armando Flores are still endeared and highly respected as part of the Wyte Gye team. From all looks and appearances, the name of the band can only be attributed to their lead guitarist, Eric, who is the only perceivably “token white guy” in the mix. Deeply bonded over time and through the music they make together, I predict we will all still be lining up to party with this band for decades to come. All are graduates from Indio High School (within a year or so of each other); all grew up on MTV and share the same musical interests. Each has a full time, grown up job, and every single one

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tight and trick backdrop to the vocals I never saw coming. To talk to Noe is to love him. But to hear him soar vocally over this solid musical backdrop is surreal. You take all this talent put together, with their sense of humor and fun, real-deal demeanor, and you have a sure thing when it comes to a band bringing all the goods to a party. With around 300 songs, mostly in the classic to metal rock format but not excluding the ability to pull off Michael Jackson or Santana, they can cater their set list to any crowd. After all, their first gig was a Beatles Tribute way back in 2005. There were a couple of important turning points for this band, as they matured into the entertainers they are today. Lead vocalist and front man, Noe Gutierrez shared one of those. “We were playing a back yard party in North Indio from the back of a tractor trailer. It was like we were playing for the crickets,” he joked as the rest of the guys made chirping noises in the background. “I stepped up to the mic and said, ‘Judging by your silence, you all are in shock and awe at what you’ve just witnessed.’” In true rock and roll fashion, Noe stated, “I just decided not to give a shit and just have fun.” They also began to realize they had something very special going when they opened for The Pedestrians at the Tack Room. After performing to a packed house, the reports from coworkers and friends afterward, proved that their band had the ability to bring and keep a crowd as well as keep them true party form (the Budweiser rep reported record sales that night). Pulling out songs from the Cult, to Village People (and even some Katie Perry when necessary) the love these guys have for music and their passion for entertaining is phenomenal. Getting paid is a perk for these guys, although a very much appreciated one, they unanimously agree, they’d do this for free. That joy and love is what is translated from the stage through their music. It’s a proven fact that

in the event they are paid, they’ll most likely use the money to have a barbeque that will turn into a jam with the rest of their extended family. This week, Wyte Gye prepares to open for the infamous, Geoff Tate led, Queensryche at The Date Shed this Friday night. Having played the Shed previously with the “Rock the Funk” show and with the band Long Duck Dong, they are ready, although you can bet that they are preparing to perfection. No one is more excited than Noe to be opening for Queensryche, who in his younger years literally hocked his saxophone for Queensryche tickets. (I laugh as I write this, remembering how, as Noe shared how important this concert was to him for him to sacrifice his instrument, Eric shouted out, “Why didn’t you just get a ____ job dude,” as laughter once again erupted around the interview table). Noe also shared, “Gigs like this make us practice a lot more.” With nothing but confidence, he added, “We’ll bring the party and set the tone.” With their renditions of Iron Maiden, Motley Crue and Ozzy tunes, along with the rest of their high energy, hair moving rock and roll set list, Wyte Gye is sure to get the crowd raising their glasses to the stage even before the Grammy nominated Geoff Tate and Queensryche make their appearance. Make sure to catch Wyte Gye and Queensryche at the Date Shed this Friday night, August 23rd. Tickets are $20 each and the show is open to ages 18 and over. Purchase tickets on the Date Shed website: or at the door the night of the show (that is if the concert is not sold out first). Other opportunities to catch Wyte Gye are as follows: 8/31 Red Barn - Metal Nyte w/ Perishment, Redivider & DJ Alltruizm 9/21 Tack Room - Wyte Gye Nyte w/ Desert DJ 10/26 Terror at the Tack Room Halloween Show w/ Long Duk Dong & Desert DJ Follow the band at


ore than 300 friends gathered on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs for a celebration of life memorial for artist Jason Altieri, who died Aug. 10. Altieri’s life partner, Jim Casey, orchestrated an event that brought friends and performers to the museum to remember the man whom Casey called “the best corporate wife anyone ever had.” Mourners included members of Palm Springs arts and entertainment communities such as Kim Waltrip (Casey’s partner in Kim and Jim Productions), Joey English, Larry and Laurie Weitz; philanthropists David Peet and Barbara and Jerry Keller; and friends from Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City. The memorial was planned like a charity event that Casey and Altieri would have hosted starting with a cocktail reception, the memorial performance and remembrances, and finally, a party where guests joined sharing stories of Altieri’s sense of humor. Many were still in shock that Altieri had taken his own life while in a residential treatment center in Palm Springs where he was being treated for depression and anxiety at the time of his death. Long-time friend Vincent Cappa, of New York, called Altieri a “bon vivant with a great sense of humor.” “I saw him earlier this year and you would never know that he was in such pain,” he said. “Jim protected him and did everything he could for him. I just wish I could have done more.” Robert Yates and Skip Bue, of Palm Springs, were early friends of the couple in Palm Springs. “At first, they were coming down just on weekends,” Yates said. “But we loved them immediately.” Altieri, who was an artist, will also be remembered by Cappa for his sense of style. “He had such an individual way of looking at things,” Yates said.

Casey and Barbara Keller both spoke during the memorial, held in the museum’s Annenberg Theater. Keller recalled meeting Altieri. “There is a misconception that I know every good looking gay man in the valley,” she said. “But seven years ago I was going to events and wondering ‘who is that handsome blond man?’” After being teamed with Casey on a project, she found out at a meeting at Casey and Altieri’s home. “Jason strode into the room and I was staring at him,” she said, sighing with emotion. She also called Altieri, who was known for his love of dancing, a dancer in spirit. “If you ever saw him dance, you know he could have been the inspiration for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.” And his hair. “You never touched the hair!” she said, which received a knowing laugh from the crowd. Ending, Keller noted, “If you put Jason in the spotlight, he was the quintessential artist and wit who will live on in our hearts forever.” Casey’s emotional tribute to his lover of 26 year brought laughter and tears to the mourners, noting that he loved having the best seat in the house attending the charity events Casey was so involved with, “But he hated to wear a tux.” Casey referred to Altieri’s favorite quote from the film “Steel Magnolias,” “I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special,” many times in his tribute to his partner. From their first meeting at a gay bar on their native Long Island, N.Y., where Casey felt “He was majestic and way above my pay grade,” to the simple act of coming home each night, “he always took my breath away,” he added. “He gave me many moments of wonderful in our years together.” Rather than a string of speakers, Casey enlisted producer Trini Garza of Live It Productions and Troupe Productions, to bring together a group of performers to

present a love note in the form of a concert dedicated to Altieri who Casey noted “hated long speeches.” The songs included Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” a smash-up of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” and “What I Did for Love” from the musical, “A Chorus Line.” Garza said the songs were chosen by Casey. “All the lyrics are the things that Jim wanted to tell Jason,” he said. Following the performances, Casey asked everyone to return to the museum’s upper level to the party and to raise a toast and share stories about Altieri. Aside from his wicked sense of humor,

Waltrip noted that although Altieri was not a part of Kim and Jim Productions, he was an important advisor for both Waltrip and Casey. “He was the supportive spouse we all wish we had,” she said. “I could send him clips and he would always give me his honest opinion. He was a sounding board we could count on and I will miss him.” In lieu of other memorials, Casey requested that Altieri be remembered with a donation to Desert AIDS Project in his name at jason.


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Owners of Historic Johnny Mercer Estate to Host Event


he 14th Annual Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs Garden Party will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 2-5 pm at the historic Johnny Mercer Estate, home of hosts and HRC Major Donors Jim Burba and Bob Hayes. The event is co-chaired by HRC Board Directors Andy Linsky and Brad White, and Federal Club member Jackie Thomas. Ms. Thomas, who resides in Palm Springs with her wife DeeAnn McCoy, recently retired from Nike, a major HRC national corporate sponsor, where she held senior executive positions in Brand Marketing, most recently as head of Global Basketball. “This will be an unforgettable afternoon in support of our fundraising efforts, filled with exciting surprises celebrating the repeal of DOMA and California’s Proposition 8,” says co-chair White. “The Johnny Mercer Estate, graciously offered by Jim Burba and Bob Hayes, is a gorgeous venue with expansive grounds that should help us surpass previous attendance records. Jim and Bob hosted our area steering committee’s very first Garden Party at their Laguna Beach home in 1999, and we are so thrilled to have them host this year’s Palm Springs Garden Party.” Tickets are $50 for Federal Club members, and $75 for non-members, which includes hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar. The

afternoon will also feature a silent auction and remarks from local and celebrity honorees, and tickets include an annual HRC general membership. To purchase tickets, visit A co-host package is also available for $275 (includes two tickets) and additional sponsorships are available. To date, sponsors include Windermere Real Estate, City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs Life, Desert Outlook, The Standard, and Belvedere Vodka. The Johnny Mercer Estate, considered a state-of-the-art modern hacienda when it was built in 1945, is where songwriter Mercer lived when he won his four Oscar Awards. Located in the Mesa neighborhood of Palm Springs, the estate is situated on more than an acre and is in good company with the famed Ship of the Desert house nearby. Burba and Hayes, who have owned the property since 2008, say the lighted tennis court, blue mosaic tiled pool and citrus orchard are what sold them on the home. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. For more information about HRC or the Garden Party, please visit or contact Brad White at 760-333-7845 or via email at

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August 22 to August 28, 2013

By judith salkin

Joey English is the Coachella Valley’s ‘Lady in Red’




f you’ve ever seen Joey English in her favorite Halloween costume, as a fiery red witch, you know there is nothing subtle about her. And she’s proud of it. English, whose show biz education was with America’s comic greats, spends Saturday afternoons on the air on K-NEWS 94.3 FM from 2 to 6 p.m. with spokespeople and celebrity guests who keep us on top of the latest in community events, medicine, giveaways and contacts for all the guests on her show. But English wasn’t always “the voice of the valley,” as she calls herself. “They stole that line for the radio station!” she says from her historic Palm Springs home. She actually got her start singing in church in Greenville, Missouri. “I was three years old and I was singing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’,” she says. “I realized that everyone clapped when the other performers finished their song, so when it was my turn I encouraged them to clap after the first verse.” While she still lights up when the applause starts, “I’ve learned to wait until I finish the


song,” she says with a gleeful laugh. Her family moved from Missouri to California’s Central Valley and English continued to perform throughout her high school and college years, “in every show,” she says. And in an unusual turn, she earned an academic scholarship in French horn, voice and academics. After college, she embarked on her singing career mostly in clubs. At 67 (“I’ll be 68 November 17,” she adds) she credits at least part of her outgoing personality to her triple Scorpio birthdate, along with her ability to structure and organize her life. After college, English started doing club dates as a singer. “I was more well-known in the entertainment industry,” she says. “And not as well-known outside the industry as I would have liked.” Still she managed to build a career and work with the like of her mentor of 27 years, George Burns, “I learned everything about timing from George,” she says. She also worked with Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Rodney Dangerfield and Dinah Shore, along with appearances on Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore’s talk shows and a summer replacement for the Smothers Brothers show in the 1970s. She calls herself a renegade. English has three children that she adores. “There are a lot of things I’ve done wrong in my life, but

not them,” she says. “I kept the kids and got rid of the sperm donor,” she says of her older son, Trevor who lives in Montana and daughter Tammera, who with her children lives with English in the old Earl Neel house in Palm Springs. Her younger son Tyler is the best part of her marriage. She’d visited the valley over the years, but “I got my banishment to the desert in my divorce!” she says. The banishment, which began in 1991 while she was still married (they separated in the late ‘90s and finalized the dissolution of the marriage in 2005) has been good to English, and the desert. English started her radio show in 1995. “There was a person at KPSI (RR Broadcasting) who asked if I wanted to be on radio,” she says, although she can’t recall his name. “I was a good talker, and I’d been taught by the best, I thought it could work.” Offered a once-a-week spot on the weekend, she took to the local airwaves with the Joey English Show. She created the concept of bringing in local charities, events and personalities, along with the giveaways. In one more unusual step, English owns the show, and has always done the bookings herself each week. She is so trusted in the valley, “Now I have people calling to be on the show,” she says. The original show was a hit and after a year on air the station offered her a fiveday-a-week spot. In November 2007, English switched to K-NEWS and took the show back to Saturdays only. For someone as flamboyant as English, it seems odd that she chose radio over television as her medium. “Radio is how you think and feel; television is how you look,” she says. “Radio is the theater of the mind, which I prefer.” Even a car crash last year and a craniotomy last October hasn’t slowed her down. Take a look at English’s date book and it’s almost impossible to find a day when she attending or hosting some event (sometimes two or three in one day) or performing

somewhere. “That’s the beauty of being a singer!” she says. Her distinctive voice can be heard on commercials on local television and radio, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Steve Chase Awards Gala every year. She hasn’t given up on show business either. English has performed in musicals at the Palm Canyon Theatre and other valley theaters, including “Senior Class,” “Sordid Lives,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and the upcoming “Nightclub Confidential,” which opens Jan 10. And yet, with all that on her plate, her dearest time is spent at home with her children and grandchildren, Dalton, Shelbey Mae (cq), Alea Leilani and Trent. “My favorite place to be is in my pajamas in my bed with my laptop working with the family around me,” she says. “I’ve made every mistake you can make, but my family is my best work.”



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by Craig Michaels

DJ Terri O’ Brien has Showbiz Roots


Southern California native, Terri O’Brien was born and raised in Los Angeles. You could say showbiz is in her genes. Her mother was a singer/ comedienne and her father was a Broadway dancer. Terri also had an uncle who was a musician/character actor. With the entertainment business running through her family veins, it’s no surprise she gravitated toward music at a young age. “My earliest memories are of me running around the house with records in my hand, asking someone to play them for me,” Terri recalls. It would not be until a few years out of high school that Terri would eventually be struck by the entertainment bug. After going to see the Beatles in concert, she decided she wanted to be in a band. Terri would begin as a drummer in an all-girl band but was told they needed a bass player so she switched instruments. In her early 20’s, she would go on tour which later lead to Las Vegas where she played in a variety of different show bands. After many years of working as a paid musician it was almost a natural progression for Terri to discover her DJ skills. She took a break from touring with bands and managed to get work in clubs as a DJ during the Disco era. Before moving back to Los Angeles, Terri would hit the road one more time with another group that included a few tours in Canada. In 1989, Terri decided to move to the Palm Springs area. After a break in entertaining, fast forward to the late 90’s


where she decided to get back into the DJ game. Terri began working in a club called Heaven in Palm Springs (now Zelda’s) playing music for the shows. In addition to mobile gigs in the desert, Terri would drive to New Port Beach to DJ on the harbor cruises which kept her busy. With her show business background, she finds it easy to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Terri prides herself on her costumer relations and taking the time she needs to make sure her gigs are successful. As a seasoned DJ/entertainer, Terri finds herself working all types of events these days but leans towards the corporate and country clubs gigs. If you would like to book Terri for your next event you can email her at: tobofps@ or by phone at: 760 325-4366. Written by Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment


August 22 to August 28, 2013

by Eleni P. Austin


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success was a huge disappointment. Although they had already begun work on their sophomore effort, Bell quit the band. Big Star released Radio City in 1973. Chris Bell’s presence was felt throughout the record, but the group continued as a three-piece. Radio City was just as brilliant as their debut. Again, critics were enthusiastic. Despite the fact that Ardent was now distributed by Stax and behemoth record corporation Columbia, the record slipped through the cracks. The album never reached the masses, and received minimal airplay on the radio. This time Andy Hummel jumped ship. Chilton and Stephens entered the studio with veteran producer, Jim Dickinson. Work on Big Star’s third album was completed in 1974, but no label would release it. Finally four years later, tiny record label PVC released it under the utilitarian title 3rd. This time the music felt dark and desolate which was a huge departure from the sunny and soulful Power Pop of their first two recordings. Predictably, 3rd went nowhere. Alex Chilton embarked on an erratic solo career. Chris Bell moved to England, hoping to begin his solo career there. He returned to Memphis and began recording an album. Sadly, he was killed in a car crash a few days after Christmas, 1978. His solo work wouldn’t surface until 1992. In the ensuing years, a funny thing started to happen. Big Star was a band revered mostly by rock critics and record store clerks. Because there was a scarcity of Big Star music available, their albums became a rite of passage for the discerning few. A bit of mythos grew up around the band. Scraps of information, (pre-internet era) passed around, along with taped copies of #1 Record and Radio City. Here was this brilliant American band that the music industry just threw away. Quite organically, a Big Star renaissance was in the works. The Bangles got the ball rolling in 1986 by including their version of “September Gurls” on their multiplatinum album, A Different Light. In 1987, the

Replacements proclaimed their man-crush on a track called “Alex Chilton, and in 1988, R.E.M. recorded their sixth album, Green, using the same mellotron Alex Chilton used on 3rd. By 1992, Chilton and Jody Stephens agreed to a one-off concert, with Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (from the Seattle band, the Posies) filling in for Chris Bell and Andy Hummel. Commercially, Big Star got its biggest boost when Cheap Trick recorded a version of “In The Street,” as the theme for “That 70s Show.” Suddenly, Big Star music was featured on national television on a weekly basis. Chilton and Stephens, augmented by Auer and Stringfellow, continued to play live sporadically. They even recorded an album of new Big Star material, In Space in 2005. Sadly, on the eve of performing a showcase at SXSW in 2010, Alex Chilton suffered a fatal heart attack. Andy Hummel succumbed to cancer a few months later. Only Jody Stephens remains. All these facts are presented in more elegant and poignant terms in the documentary, “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.” The movie, currently in theatres, and the accompanying soundtrack are attempting, once again, to introduce this band to the world. Alex Chilton and Chris Bell really were Memphis’ answer to Lennon & McCartney. Eight songs from #1 Record display their astonishing level of songcraft. Two songs brilliantly encapsulate the jumbled emotions of teenage rebellion, In The Street and 13. The former blends jangly tilt-a-whirl guitar riffs and tick tock percussion. It’s the typical tale of adolescent ennui… “Hangin’ out down the street, same old thing we did last week/ Wish we had a joint so bad...” A country-rock guitar break rides roughshod over a stuttery cowbell beat. The latter is a more nuanced portrait of growing pains. Hushed sha-la-la harmonies cushion the ache of raging hormones… “Won’t you tell your dad get off my back, tell him what we said about ‘Paint It Black’/

Rock & Roll is here to stay…” Delicate fingerpicked arpeggios accent this tentative assertion of independence. Three tracks navigate the murky waters of romance. “Give Me Another Chance” wraps a brittle tale of angst and doomed reconciliation in shimmering guitars and quavery vocals. “When My Baby’s Beside Me” offers up love as the ultimate panacea. Chilton has no need for a doctor or a shrink when his true love is close at hand. Underscoring this lyrical sangfroid, guitars spiral clockwise and counter-clockwise, just ahead of a chugging rhythm. Finally, the whimsically entitled “Ballad Of El Goodo” is a shy and tentative plea for emotional rescue. The track is cloaked in sinuous acoustic guitar and gorgeous harmonies. Other songs from #1 Record include the strident, piano-driven “My Life Is Right. The fractious “Feel,” which is piloted by a jaunty handclap rhythm, and the bluesy, bar band swagger of “Don’t Lie To Me.” Radio City is represented by on three tracks. “O My Soul” is suitably shambolic. Chunky power chords and funkified bass lines anchor this agitated quest for sexual gratification. “Way Out West” is a heartfelt entreaty for romantic reconciliation, while “You Get What You Deserve” is a withering post-mortem powered by falsetto vocals, tumbling drums and a serpentine guitar solo. The 3rd songs, “Holocaust,” “Kanga Roo,“ and “Big Black Car” are equal parts brutal and beautiful. The soporific melody of “Big Black Car” is leavened by angular piano accents. It also contains the solitary lyric the documentary takes it’s ironic title from...” nothing can hurt me.” Other highlights include two tracks from Chris Bell’s solo record, “Better Save Yourself” and “I am The Cosmos,” as well as Chilton’s solo effort, “All We Ever Got From Them Is Pain.” The album closes with “September Gurls,” the perfect combination of jangle guitar and effortless harmonies. The lyrics yearn for something just beyond reach. Big Star’s music was almost too good to be true. Melodies that felt classic and timeless, coupled with fragile, melancholy lyrics. Here is yet another introduction to this band. C’mon, what are you waiting for?

how Producer and musician Alvin Taylor & The Joey Covington All Star Band take the stage on Saturday, August 31, at 8 p.m. to celebrate the life of Joey Covington at The Hood Bar and Pizza located at 73-850 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. (760) 636-5220. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling Promoter and Spokesperson David Ross at (760) 766-6733 or stop by Musicians Outlet or The Hood. Only 300 tickets are available. The good news, Live Streaming Video is being provided by Michaelz Media and QV Live Streaming for $6 done special for his fans all over the world. Log onto www.CovingtonTribute. More information regarding the entertainment line-up will be in the next issue of the CV Weekly. Born and raised with two brothers and three sisters in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Joseph Michno legally changed his name to Joey Covington in the late 1970s because “he felt that having ‘no’ at the end of his name was negative,” said his wife Lauren Taines. “His mother was an aspiring country western singer and his father was signed to the New York Yankees as a pitcher before World War II. However, he was injured

during the D-Day Invasion and was unable to continue with his baseball career.” Covington became a professional drummer at ten years old, playing in polka bands at VFW Lodges while his parents chaperoned. At fourteen, he played in strip clubs in the area. He was part of the East Conemaugh High School Marching Band and played in a hot rod band that won a few Battle of the Bands and later started singing

August 22 to August 28, 2013

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ook up the definition of “cult band” in the dictionary and you will probably see a picture of Big Star. During the 80s, groups like R.E.M. and the Bangles name-checked Big Star as a huge influence. In fact, one of the Replacements’ best songs was “Alex Chilton,” an exuberant homage to the lead singer of Big Star. Sadly, during their prime, the band toiled in obscurity. The members of Big Star, Alex Chilton, (guitar & vocals), Chris Bell (guitar, vocals), Andy Hummel (bass), and Jody Stephens (drums), formed in late 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee. At age 21, Alex Chilton was the seasoned veteran of the group, having spent his early teens fronting the Box Tops. A potent combination of Blue-Eyed Soul and Bubble Gum Pop, the Box Tops shot up the charts with hits like “The Letter,” “Cry Like A Baby” and “Soul Deep.” Chilton briefly relocated to New York City, hoping to jump start a solo career, but he quickly returned to Memphis and reconnected with Chris Bell, an old friend from school days. Bell had already formed Icewater, (sometimes known as Rock City) with Hummel and Stephens. Once they joined forces with Chilton, the band hunkered down at Ardent recording studio. The name change to Big Star was a sideways tribute to the small Southern grocery stores that provided sustenance during their long nights of practice. Ardent had recently signed a distribution deal with Stax Records. Big Star became the first Rock & Roll group connected to the R&B record label. Their debut, cheekily entitled #1 Record was released in late 1972. It was immediately embraced by critics, but the album was hampered by shoddy distribution. Alex Chilton had already experienced fortune and failure with the Box Tops, so he was familiar with the vagaries of the music industry. For Chris Bell, their lack of immediate

while playing the drums. At eighteen, he enlisted in the Navy because he was told he could be a tympani drummer in the Navy Band. Before he shipped out, he was in a car accident with the band and that changed the course of his life. He believed in his God given talent, and followed his dream. The web-site link “So You Wanna Be A Drummer” has Joey Covington telling about how he first got started in New York City on his road to fame and fortune. It is a great story and adds another dimension to this great self-taught drummer, percussionist, singer, award winning songwriter, record producer and friend. In the early to mid-1960s, he was playing with bands that opened shows for the Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, Shangri’ La’s,

Lee Dorsey, Lou Christie, Chad and Jeremy, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliner’s, and a stint playing drums backing up Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars featuring acts such as The Supremes. Covington headed to Los Angeles in late 1966. He was quickly discovered and produced by famed producer/songwriter Kim Fowley as a singing drummer. The single released was a cover of the Who’s “Boris The Spider“ with “I’ll Do Better Next Time” on the B side - the first song Covington ever wrote. He co-formed several bands in Los Angeles during that time. He was brought to San Francisco in mid1968 by Airplane founder Marty Balin. A member of Jefferson Airplane, Covington at first co-formed Hot Tuna with Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady in late 1968 with Hot Tuna opening shows for the Airplane. In early 1969 Joey was playing in both Hot Tuna and augmenting, then ultimately replacing Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden. His first recording with the Airplane was the classic 1969 album Volunteers, appeared on the group’s final albums, writing and singing “Pretty As You Feel” the last hit song for Jefferson Airplane before the band splintered into separate groups, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. He also appeared on the other band members solo album projects. Covington recorded his solo album Fat Fandango for Jefferson Airplane’s record label Grunt Records. The single “Your Heart Is My Heart” and the album was released worldwide resulting in high album sales and critical acclaim. Never quite leaving the Airplane family, he co-wrote the award winning and multi-platinum hit in 1976 for Jefferson Starship, “With Your Love” and Papa John Creach’s only top 40 hit “Janitor Drivers A Cadillac”. He remained musically active throughout his life. For the most up to date information see or Lauren Taines was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in North Miami, Florida. She and Covington met in Los Angeles in 1989 at Nan and Max Gail, Jr.’s house during an Indian Sweat Lodge and Baby Shower. “It was love at first sight,” said Taines. “Joey didn’t give me a chance to say ‘no’ and we’ve been together ever since.” Covington performed on June 1, 2013 during the Marilyn Monroe Birthday Celebration for his friend Keith McCormick. According to Taines, her husband wasn’t feeling good one week prior to the fatal accident, because he thought he had a mild stroke. June 4, 2013 was a very sad day. She believes he had another mild stroke and blacked out before impact. He was wearing his seat belt. “Joey wore his heart on his sleeve. He never said ‘no’ to anyone needing help. He made himself very accessible to people and never had an attitude. He will be sorely missed by those who loved him, his friends and his fans.”


August 22 to August 28, 2013


by Janet McAfee

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car! A ugust has arrived, bringing with it the hottest weather so far this year in the Coachella Valley.  This is a good time to remind folks that their parked car can quickly turn into a death trap for their dog.  When the outside weather is only 72 degrees, your car parked in direct sunlight can heat up to 116 degrees inside.  Cracking the window open has almost no effect.   You may remember the news story last year about a Palm Desert veterinarian who left his German Shepherd in his car outside

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his office. Apparently  he got sidetracked and forgot about the animal, and his dog suffered a horrible death.  If it can happen to a trained animal care professional, it could happen to a lot of people whose  “quick” errand turns into an extended stop.     Dogs love to be travel and they love to be with their humans.   While this time of the year might be the best time to leave your dog at home, here are some alternatives to leaving your dog in the car when you travel with him.  1. PATRONIZE DRIVE THROUGH RESTAURANTS Dogs are usually welcome at outdoor patio restaurants, but drive through are always an easy option when you have canine passengers.  Almost all Starbucks have drive throughs now.  And you can pick up a burger patty for Buddy!  Please don’t  tie a dog outside a business  when you dash in for your coffee, as your dog could be stolen or get loose.  Pharmacies and banks have drive throughs now for your convenience. 

2.  ENJOY OUTDOOR CAFES More and more restaurants have outdoor patios that welcome your pet dog, and some will even bring a doggie bone along with a water dish.  My favorite dog friendly restaurant is Molly’s Super  in Upland as they have a special menu for your dog to order his own dish!  A lot of the outdoor cafes have misters which make you and your pet more comfortable on summer days in the desert. 3.  TAKE HIM IN WITH YOU! More and more businesses will welcome your bringing your dog in with you when you shop.  I’ve taken my dog in clothing stores, drug stores, Home Depot, hardware stores, etc.  However, I was once in Target selecting a

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Halloween costume for my dog Scarlett, and we were asked to leave  because  the store contained a Starbucks where they served food items.  Banks and grocery stores also don’t allow pets, unless they are service animals.  Make sure your dog goes potty before entering that elegant boutique.  During your restroom stops, take the dog in with you. 4.  BRING ALONG A FRIEND TO WATCH THE DOG If you are out running a lot of errands, bring along a friend or neighbor.  They can stay with the animal in a running car with the air conditioning on, or take him for a walk while you are busy. 5.  HAVE AN EXTRA CAR KEY If you absolutely must leave pets in the car while you go elsewhere, leave the car locked with the AC running.  Have a spare key to unlock the car upon your return.  Keep your trip brief.  Thieves have been known to break car windows and steal animals inside. 6.  LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME Your dog will be safe and sound if you leave him at home on these hot summer days.  Just like the veterinarian, you might get distracted or delayed for some reason and your animal might pay with his life.  One humane officer commented, “They all say the same thing....I was only going to be gone for two minutes”. Dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies like humans.  Their main way to cool off is through panting, which is not very efficient.  When a dog’s body temperature reaches 106 degrees (their normal temperature is 100 degrees), they experience nerve problems, liver damage, and systemic organ failure all within a matter of minutes.  Be safe, not sorry, and don’t gamble with your precious pet’s life.

August 22 to August 28, 2013

by Rick Riozza

Escena Grill’s “A Voyage Down Under” comes up Delish!


he 2013 Around the World Summer Wine Dinner Series is brought to you by the beautiful Palm Springs Escena Grill & Lounge who maintain their promise to cover some of the world’s most famous vineyards and wineries. Executive Chef Anthony Mejia takes the cue for culinary inspiration preparing indigenous fare to whisk us instantly to the featured destination and vineyard backdrops. As mentioned in my review of the first wine dinner, “A French Soirée”, held here last month, Escena is known for its spectacular mountain-scenic surroundings, great array of nightlife entertainment and the fact that it sits in the middle of the famed Nicklaus Designed Golf Course and Club. The second leg of the four dinner epicurean excursions, aptly titled “A Voyage Down Under”, was purely stylish gustatory choreography provided by food & beverage manager Jeremiah Heffernan. He and Chef Mejia designed and pulled together some great Australian and New Zealand fare that included Green Tipped Mussels, slow-roasted Emu Stew, and Australian Burramundi. Fair Dinkum ’Mate! In enjoying Escena’s second summer wine-pairing dinner—besides the fantastic quality of the meals and wine, again I am struck how the entire evening comes off like an intimate dinner party. With such a limited gathering, the conversation becomes electric and the merriment of the evening is continually fueled by wonderful cuisine. In the last two decades the Australian and New Zealand wine trade burst upon the world with breath-taking ambition and most of us have tried out a fair share of bottles. Because so much wine did come over, cheaper wines somewhat diluted the quality brand of the wines down-under, but with the vino back on course, good Australian/NZ wine is happily pouring in our surroundings. And then there are the great Australian wines such as Penfolds and d’Arenberg; what a treat it was to taste and experience world class Aussie & Kiwi vintages! Our first course was a plate of large Green Lipped or Tipped Mussels prepared and served in a shallot and garlic Pinot Gris wine reduction. This set the atmosphere for the

entire evening: Perfectly prepared mussels in a reduction made from the wine poured for this first course. The 2011 Greywacke Pinot Gris, from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, carries tasty ripe pear and stone fruit flavors along with notes of green apples, lime, and peach blossoms cradled around a pleasing cleansing acidity. Greywacke [pron. Greywacky] is a fun name for sure and it refers to the variety of sandstone that the vineyards sit upon. Kevin Judd, at the helm here, was the longtime winemaker for Cloudy Bay and its famous Sauvignon Blanc. One could easily prepare and pair a Sauvignon Blanc from the same region with the mussels—and it’s a good match, but teaming Chardonnay’s cousin, the Pinot Gris, was a bit more inventive bringing a rounder less sharper flavor to well complement the brine of the shellfish plate. The reduction sauce was absolutely tasty with the panoply of the Pinot aromas exhibiting from the plate and the glass. We know Oregon is producing very good Pinot Gris, and Italy does as well with its Pinot Grigio, but this new player Greywacke in from Marlborough perfectly fits the gap between a Chard and the Sauv Blanc. Great pairing Jeremiah! The next course was the very trendy Australian Barramundi atop dill crème fraiche and corn relish. And the perfect wine accompaniment was D’Arenberg’s 2011“hermit crab” Vionier-Marsanne [veeoh-NYAY—mahr-SAHN], a blend of the two grapes from the McLaren Vale. Those of you familiar with the French and California versions of this wine duo may think that this choice would be a bit heavy for the fine white fish. However, remember we’re down under and this exquisitely fashioned wine came from a very cool vintage which produced wines of grace and finesse. The palate displays light stone fruit with an exotic pistachio and green almond flavor leading to a long savory and mineral finish. Nothing flabby here. Keep this wine in mind if you wish to impress your friends when serving fish, shellfish, and all types of sea food. The next wine absolutely shot it out of the park! Penley Estate’s 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. And it’s no wonder since winemaker Kym Tolley is directly related to two of Australia’s pioneer wine families – the Penfold’s and the Tolley’s. The wine owns a beautiful bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry and oak that continues on the palate along with black cherry. It’s a full-bodied wine with a great balance of acidity and a dry prolonged finish. Every Cabernet enthusiast should experience the complexities of this unique

wine which is produced in Coonawarra on the famed terra rosa terrain. Shiraz fans will also love this wine. Of course matching this memorable reserve Cabernet to a dish just as memorable, we enjoyed a slow-roasted emu stew of mirepoix and the Penley Estate wine reduction along with puff pastry. Anytime one cooks with a reserve Coonawarra Cab in the mix—well, you know you’re in the right place at the right time! Dessert was the light and delicate meringue cake created and named for Russian ballerina Pavlova after her tour

down under in the 1920s. A pirouette of white chocolate, strawberries, and kiwi toppings danced around the Chambers’ Muscadelle dessert wine’s flavor contours of candied tangerines, orange liqueur, and honey. Everyone enjoyed the sweet finale! Bon Voyage! As we continue on the next culinary pleasure trip this September 4th, to South America, where the locally inspired meals will pair with wonderful Chilean and Argentinian wines. Bon Appétit & Cheers! Escena Lounge & Grill, 1100 Clubhouse View Dr. Palm Springs, Ca. 760.992.0002


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Monday Aug. 25, 6PM Slim Man Cooks!

Enjoy a private cooking lesson and dinner party with the Slim Man himself. Slim cooks 'Healthy Italian', his recipes are deliciso! He will entertain you with his cooking skills and his funny sense of humor and maybe he'll throw in a song or two. FILMING for Kitchen Kitchen TV show. Be a part of the show! You'll be seated around the counter of the kitchen at the fabulous Kitchen Kitchen in Indian Wells located on the corner of Cook and Hwy 111. Tickets are $100 (very limited seating) call (760) 861-6342 Kitchen Kitchen will also be offering 10% off on all kitchen gadgets and products sold that evening to all the guests.


Dinner with Slim Man (perfect for small groups of 10), One Man shows, Slim Man with full band for all types of events. Call Patte Purcell, Muze Muzic 1-702-219-6777 for Booking or more information


August 22 to August 28, 2013

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Karaoke 8pm-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke 9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 (((FolkYeah))) and Club Mercy presents The Black Angels and The Black Ryder 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Open Mic 8-11pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161ext.230 Lola Rossi & Denise Motto 6:30-10:30pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Hot as Hell Pool Party w/ T.B.A. 7pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-3297929 Spaghetti Western Night 5pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 Dude Jones 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-3479985 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 8-12am VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 DJ Khodi Rayne 4:30-9pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 6-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Bill Saitta Jazz 6pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 Lingerie Beach Party 9pm


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BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 DJ Angelique 10pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 Live Music 6-10pm BLUE BAR, SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760775-5566 DJ PWee 8pm (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Bullet Bob 9-1am CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 Queensryche and Wyte Gye 8pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760325-2600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-3422333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 Dude Jones 9pm HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 T.B.A. THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Tribe-O 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-3662250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 T.B.A. 6pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Hot Sauce 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 80’s All Starz 9pm (VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Live Music 6pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 T.B.A. 9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 T.B.A. 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 The Paul Chesne Band 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Karaoke w/ DJ Dynamic Dave 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161ext.230 Bill Baker 7-11pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Over The Wall 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 J Dean, Starlite Lounge 6pm, Lindsey Harper, Sidebar Patio 7pm,

Mercedes Moore, Sidebar Lounge 10pm, DJ J Dean, Starlite Lounge 10pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Kal David 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-7771601 Barry Baughn Blues 8-11pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-3297929 Country Night 5:30pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-3479985 The Refills 9pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951755-5391 The Rick Whitfield Band 10pm (VD) VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Scott Carter 1:30-4:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 TV Commercial Shoot Karaoke/DJ Wanna be on TV 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 David & Olivia: An American Duo 7-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Rose Mallett 6:30pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 Sweet Louie & The Men of the Hollywood Strip 9pm


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by Patte purcell Publisher’s note: I would like to let our readers know that the King of the Pampered Palate column, Raymond Bill, is on vacation until September. During the next 6 weeks, myself, along with other CV Weekly writers David Wayne, Judith Sulkin, Marissa Willman and Rachel Montoya will do our best to fill his culinary shoes and bring you restaurant reviews during his absence. If there is a particular restaurant that you the reader would like to read about email me at




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o you love Mexican food? It’s my favorite, so naturally I hunt for good ones when I’m out and about. I recently discovered the Blue Coyote located at 445 N Palm Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs. This colorful indoor and outdoor restaurant is always a hub of activity. Their patios have expansive seating with umbrellas and misters and you can sit under the stars and

revel in people watching. They also have numerous “casitas” for indoor seating as well. They have been in business since 1992 and have a reputation for authentic Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. One of the things they are best known for (and why I chose them) is their “WILD COYOTE MARGARITA”. This is a margarita you will NOT forget. There are no mixes used

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in this one. It’s all fresh ingredients including lime juice. It’s made with gold tequila and orange curaçao. Make sure you allow for a ‘designated driver’ these margaritas pack a whallop! They range from $7.25 for a glass to $8.25 for a mug or a pitcher for $35.95, Ole! Their Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm and includes drink specials including their ‘regular’ margarita at $4.95. Imported beers are $3.50, domestic beer for $2.50 and wine for $4.95. Their bar menu is available as well with mini nachos, mini quesadilla or 3 sliders for $4.95. Two ground beef or potato tacos are only $3.95. During the summer they have all day happy hour on Mon-Wed. On Friday and Saturday they have a strolling guitar player to add to the ambiance from 6-9. I usually judge a Mexican restaurant by their chips and salsa. I find if those are good, then the food usually is too. Blue Coyote serves warm homemade taco chips and a


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zingy pico de gallo salsa. A + in my book. The food is great too. I usually get their 3 enchilada special served with black beans. It’s always enough for 2 meals. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with a great selection of traditional dishes and a few interesting dishes thrown in to the mix like Blue crab cakes. A selection of salads and a heart healthy menu including a delicious ceviche are also available for the calorie conscious. Entrees are reasonably priced from $10.95 to $14.95. Go get happy at the Blue Coyote.




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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons


Screeners No. 74




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Fourteen year-old Duncan (Liam James) is trapped. His absent dad doesn’t want him around and he’s forced to spend his summer vacation with his divorced mom (Toni Colette) and Trent (Steve Carell), her arrogant, overbearing new boy friend and his daughter snotty teen daughter. In the car, on the way to Trent’s summer family gathering place, the first thing Trent says to Duncan is: “Tell me Duncan, on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate yourself? Duncan, in the back seat, considers this for a moment, finally squeaks out, “Six.” Trent says, “Six? I’d say you’re a three.” Pretty painful stuff. And when they reach their destination, the family humiliation just piles up, until Duncan sneaks a job at Water Wizz Park and finds an unexpected friendship with Owen (Sam Rockwell), one of the managers. This wonderful coming of age fable is devoid of sex but rich with the human foibles of discovering yourself and finding a place in the wider world. In finding himself, Duncan gets his first kiss and rescues his mom from Trent. In a terrific conversation last Saturday after a screening of THE WAY, WAY BACK at Cinemas Palme d’Or, our favorite local theater, Steve Mason, one of the owners, held a lively, extended discussion with co-writer and co-director Jim Rash. (It’s a shame these terrific open discussions are not recorded and preserved for all to access and enjoy on Palme d’Or’s website). Rash

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recounted that the actual conversation that opens the movie was what his stepfather said to him on a family vacation to Michigan. Rash didn’t offer if his stepfather is still alive or if he’s seen the film or knows of Rash’s success. Talk about having the last laugh. (He’s an Academy Award winning screenwriter for THE DESECENDANTS and of course is known for his character on TV’s “Community.” The film has received terrific reviews and great word of mouth. It was shot in 20 days for under $5 million. It’s nice to see Carell playing a decidedly darker character than his sometimes-tiresome comic personae and of course Sam Rockwell is always a delight to watch in any of his chameleon roles. Clearly, for all concerned in front of and behind the camera, above and below the line, thus was a labor of love where the material and not the budget was the attraction for the talent. And the proof, as if we need it, is on the screen. It doesn’t take $250 million and tons of computer effects to entertain. All that’s required is a solid, well-told story that everyone, young or old, can relate to. Now playing at Cinemas Palme d’Or. Recommended. For those interested, here are more filmmaker or actor conversations coming up at Palme d’Or. Saturday, August 24- Meet the Filmmaker: Dan Mirvish. Following the 7:00pm screening of BETWEEN US. Friday, August 30- Meet the Filmmaker: Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Following the 6:30pm screening of BLACKFISH. Saturday, August 31- Meet the Star: Richmond Arquette. Following the 6:45pm screening of THIS IS MARTIN BONNER. Sunday, September 1- Meet the Filmmaker: Ron Frank.Following the 4:30pm screening of WHEN COMEDY WENT TO SCHOOL.

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Guillermo del Toro’s creepy and politicized 2001 ghost story gets a hi-def 2K digital restoration. Set during the last week of the Spanish Civil War, the emotionally layered story is about a twelve year-old boy who, when his freedom-fighter father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of shocking and horrendous secrets. Del Toro always reminds us that the most terrifying monsters are always human. This masterpiece that blends a murder mystery, gothic horror and historical drama is loaded with generous extras and deleted scenes. The audio commentary featuring Del Toro is astute and fascinating. Recommended. In Spanish with English subtitles. Criterion. Blu-ray. ISHTAR

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Three years ago, I loved the first KICK ASS. Matthew Vaughn’s movie was over the top, shocking and violent, but true to its sardonic comic source and sensibility. And of course it was fascinating to see the precocious Chloë Grace Moretz, a big star in the making, do her exuberant, unfiltered thing. She totally got her character. The Jeff Wadlow follow-up film is not necessary. KA2 is an unpleasant mix of silly and brutality. It wishes to be both a condemnation and celebration of bloody violence and fails on both counts. Kick Ass himself is again played by Aaron TaylorJohnson, a young actor totally devoid of charisma. It worked in the first movie, but not so much in this painful sequel that mainly gives Jim Carrey an opportunity to put on yet another face. Now playing. New for the home theater: THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE

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The name is synonymous with epic, costly failure. And that is unfortunate because Elaine May’s mostly unseen film is a brilliant comic gem about the blinding madness of two misbegotten souls Chuck Rogers and Lyle Rogers (Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty) who are riding a crazed creative wave of song-writing ineptitude. The story of Rogers and Clark is as much

about the innate need to share a creative vision as it is about the lengths we go to find some kind of validation to dispel the loneliness and angst of existence. I am surprised that considering all the previous false announcements of a home theater digital release, and after this very long delay, there is till no commentary from May, Hoffman and Beatty. Oh what a treasure that would be. Even so, this notorious film that was originally and unfairly dissed in the press before its release (because of indulgent spending), is not to be missed. The not so sly references to militarism and our presence in the mid-East are weirdly relevant in unintentional ways. But by any standard, Folie à deux has never been funnier. Recommended. Sony. Blu-ray. KON TIKI

Based on the incredible adventure of Thor Heyerdahl portrayed by Pal Hagen), KON TIKI is the tale of a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects his theory (was it Mormon based pseudo history?) that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl is more determined than ever to prove its validity – and save his reputation – by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just as bold – or crazy – to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original preColumbian specifications (balsa wood!) and sets off on a truly epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous open sea to meet his fate while the world watches and holds it collective baited breath. This beautiful film captures the magnificence and danger of Heyerdahl’s journey and the poignant, personal price he paid. Recommended. The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay. Blu-ray. MARKETA LAZAROVA Director Vlacil does not try to romanticize medieval knighthood but creates an atmosphere of mysticism and superstition from Vladislav Vancura’s epic novel of pillaging, raping, feudal lords who prefer to think of themselves as noble knight, but are in fact slaves to superstitions. This dazzling, stark, bold and long (165 minutes) historic tapestry is a feast for the eye. Newly restored (4K) with lavish extras, this mostly unseen in the U.S. 1967 film has been hailed as the “greatest Czech film of all time.” I see it as an experimental art film disguised as an action epic. Recommended. Widescreen (2.35:1). In Czech with English and German subtitles. Criterion. Blu-ray. Have something to say?

Book Review

By Heidi Simmons Heart of dankness:

Dank Goodness


tility, sexuality, medicine, love, poetry, vision and spirit -- all good things, all very desirable. These are the seven powers of cannabis. Each is represented by a prong on the cannabis leaf. In Mark Haskell Smith’s non-fiction Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup, he shares his quest to understand marijuana and the quality known as “dank.” Last week, in a one-hour cable special called Weed, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta apologized for misleading the public about the harmful use of marijuana, and decided to show the world the incredible potential and benefits of this plant. Now, hopefully those who were not sure or afraid will take another look at the qualities contained in marijuana’s bright green leaves and oily buds. Heart of Dankness can help you acclimate on that journey. Author Smith begins his adventure in Holland, specifically Amsterdam, where smoking pot is legal. The coffeeshops there are not like Starbucks here. There you can choose designer strains of marijuana and smoke it on the premises. It is also the home of the Cannabis Cup, an international tasting competition sponsored by High Times Magazine. It is the most important

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competition for botanists, growers and seed distributors. Here is where Smith hopes to find his answer to dankness: connoisseurquality cannabis. This is a terrific travelogue if you plan to go to Amsterdam or if you want to explore the captivating world of marijuana. In order for Smith to begin his journey, he must have a doctor’s prescription, a medical marijuana card to use the legal medical marijuana dispensaries here in California. Smith is very entertaining. He’s just a regular guy trying to get high -- a quality high that is. His search leads him around Los Angeles dispensaries, Northern California forests, and finally back to Amsterdam where

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ultimately he does experiences dankness. Along the way, he entertains the reader with chuckle-out-loud humorous observations. Smith gives us some political history, shares the complicated state and federal laws, introduces us to brilliant growers and amazing advocates and provides glimpses of the huge money it makes as a business all in context to his adventure. For instance, the Netherland coffeeshops paid $400 million in cannabis taxes on gross sales of more than $2 billion! The one thing missing for me was an understanding of how collectives here in California share the wealth as non-profit organizations. They seem to be doing well. The dispensary Berkeley Patients Group has 1,000 customers a day. It offers its “members” free yoga classes, legal advise, craft classes and more. In his search for the ultimate dank weed, Smith gets to know popular indica and sativa hybrids -- the two basic strains. He tries major varieties and gives descriptions of the flavor and high. Carefully cultivated, they have names like Super Lemon Haze, Jamaican-Me-Crazy, Jillybean, Chocolope, Casey Jones, Tangerine Dream, OG Kush, to name a few. The best, most dank, marijuana Smith smoked was a Cambodian sativa that sells for $9,000 a pound. However, it took Smith more than an hour to come on to an impressive high. At the start of the book, Smith gives us a list of the cannabis personae, but sadly there is no index, which would be helpful. I suggest you read with a pen or pencil and make note of favorite varieties in the back with page numbers for reference and descriptions. “He Blinded Me With Science” is a fascinating and fun chapter with a curator who runs a very low profile business in Los Angeles. The dispensary is called Cornerstone Research Collective and you can only get in with an appointment and recommendations from another member. The owner, Michael Backes, says that with the 430 ingredients and 60 different chemicals in marijuana, THC is the least interesting. He says that anything that impairs the user is a side effect. Backes believes the marijuana plant is so smart and

adaptable genetically, there are countless and exciting possibilities for pharmaceuticalquality weed. Backes points out that one of the problems with growing marijuana today is that its cultivation is driven by prohibition. Plants are therefore mostly grown indoors which restricts size -- indicas are small and sativas are big -- and generates higher levels of THC from artificial light. The best part of the book is when Backes discusses with Smith how plants eat light and convert it into energy making the plant sensitive and amenable to different light frequencies. No, they are not high during this little têteà-tête. Of course, Smith asks him about dankness and Backes says the best pot is artisanal -- in other words, carefully grown like grapes for wine. During his final trip to Amsterdam, Smith realizes that dankness is not only the quality of the weed but the company you enjoy while smoking it. It is the alignment of everything good and desirable while sharing it with friends. It’s great to have some insight on how weed is developed and cultivated. Getting to know the varieties and their developers makes the world more familiar and natural. If you are new to the industry, Heart of Dankness is a fun and interesting way to jump in. Like a good travel adventure, we learn as we go along and are entertained in the process. Marijuana is a miracle plant with amazing qualities and huge potential. Thank goodness Gupta came around, now it’s time for us to find our personal dank.


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chool season is back upon us. I personally believe that school should not start in the Coachella Valley until the risk of 117 degree days are behind us but what do I know. While Thomas Jefferson proposed a national educational system following our independence from the British, it was only 95

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years ago that elementary school was required of all children. The first state to require basic education was Massachusetts in 1852. Fast forward 160 years to Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts who nearly banned bake sales from all schools in his state. His reasoning was that the cupcakes and brownies are not nutritious. Parents and school administrators took issue with his opinion given that schools had the bake sales to make up for shortfalls in state funding. Under pressure, Patrick quickly retreated from his Mayor Bloomberg moment. One of the most absurd protections takes place in the United Kingdom where some schools ban students from having best friends. Their reasoning is that they are trying to protect the students from the pain associated with the end of friendships. While they are at it, they should teach kids to avoid having pets, getting married or having kids. Pets die, more than half of all marriages end in divorce and children leave home. Seems to me that they might want to protect the children from all of these life experiences. (Note: Of all high school romances that lead to marriage, 98% end in divorce). Principal Mark Johnson of Oakdale School in Montville, Connecticut has banned all sports and games from recess where someone can

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“win”. You see, he doesn’t want the feelings of children hurt if they lose. He encourages them to skip rope, walk around, pick up trash, sing or play chess. As many parents found the restrictions absurd and complained, Johnson now allows kickball so long as no one keeps score (I never realized that chess isn’t a game...or that walking around and picking up trash is fun). In Pottstown Middle School in Pennsylvania, Principal Gail Cooper has banned the wearing of Ugg Boots because students could hide “contraband” like cell phones in those loosefitting boots. Her rule is that students must leave cell phones and boots in their lockers. One mother commented that she keeps her cell phone in her bra while another said that she uses the waistband of her underwear. Principal Cooper has not banned those

garments from campus. The New York City Department of Education bans students from saying the following words: birthday, dancing, dinosaur, disease, divorce, Halloween, poverty, slavery and terrorism. I’m guessing more colorful words like soda, eight-ball, blow, pregnant, a-hole and douche bag are all acceptable. Most of us have horror stories about school lunches (although nothing as bad as the children who died in India earlier this year). When I was growing up, I wondered what was in a Salisbury steak and if there was any chicken in the breaded chicken. I remember taking my lunch back to the lunch lady once dissecting the breaded chicken with her in search of even a granule of chicken. Along those lines, Susan Levin of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a complaint with the Department of Agriculture to ban milk from schools. While the American Heart Association recommends milk to growing children, Levin and her Physicians group believe that children should get their calcium from green vegetables, soy milk and fruit juice. Me thinks Levin is a closet vegan. When a student you know complains about school this year, show them this article and remind them that the Coachella Valley has some of the best public schools in the state. Also remind them that education is the best way to a better tomorrow.

by Jennifer Tan aka mrs. fett

IDKWYAS (I Don’t Know What You Are Saying)


ecently my father and 14 year old sister came down from Big Bear to visit. As with all of our visits, I go through my sisters clothing, and replace her destroyed tees and hoodies with my good ones. I found a tee shirt, with a turtle on its back, with “FML” in bold letters above it. When I asked my dad WHY he bought her that shirt, he said, it meant female, and he thought it was funny. I told him “ummm, no dad. FML means EFF MY LIFE” (I didn’t say EFF). “If it WAS female, then WHY would you buy her a shirt with a slutty turtle on it?! “This opened my eyes to the fact that there is a huge communication barrier between gamers, and their peers, their parents, and the real world. A fact that, if addressed, will either create stronger bonds or, in the worst case scenario, attain hilarious misuse of the terms by your grandma. Let’s start with some basic terms: AFKAway From Keyboard. If you leave a battle for a hot pocket, you are AFK, and will most likely get yelled at for it. OP- Over Powered. If you were to smash an entire village with a gnomes fist…. you’re OP. BBL or BBOL means be back later, or be back ON later, which is self-explanatory. Now, let’s talk trash talk! These are terms used to “troll” (another gaming term

meaning to intentionally aggravate) an opposing team/player. To the foreign eye, these terms mean nothing, and yet the can spark a broken controller or worse in a heated game. BIO, or Bring It On, is subtle, but will get the point across. GOML, means, “GET. ON.MY.LEVEL” and usually ends in someone rage quitting. And of course, one of my personal favorites, “Come At Me BRO!” Just another way of saying “You’re a jerk, and I could care less what your KDR (Kill/Death Ratio) is, BIO!” This is literally the tip of the gaming terminology iceberg, but I hope it at least sparks an interest in what the gamers in your life are really saying. So when your kid comes home with an A, don’t say “Good job.” NO! Call them a “Boss!” and then give em’ taters! (fist bumping...) And when your spouse starts playing Blops, and throws a fit because he went negative, tell him to STOP camping, and start wall banging. (It’s not dirty, I swear)


August 22 to August 28, 2013

Dale Gribow On The Law

How SCAMS: to avoid Scams Never sign anything on


the spot without reviewing it or sleeping on it. Be wary of internet and phone offers that sound too good to be true. SENIORS are often targeted and are the easiest people to SCAM. This is because they are often financially stable as a group and don’t realize they have been scammed. When they report it to the police they often do not remember enough to prosecute the criminals. When I was a trial lawyer for the county of Los Angeles many years ago, I saw many cases where seniors who were victims did not remember the facts. Many of these cases would be dismissed because the DA could not prove the case. Some of the cases involved con games where someone comes up to you and tells you about money they have in their account but they need to borrow X dollars from you to retrieve it. More sophisticated cons have come from the internet where con artists pretend to be your relative or HACK INTO YOUR account explaining to your friends and family they have just been robbed in Europe or just been in an accident and they want you to wire money to them. Today many of the scams allegedly come from Nigeria where the thief says he has millions of (illegal) dollars that he has to get out of the country. He promises to send you a cashier’s check

for that amount which you are to deposit in your account. Then you keep a set upon amount, like 20%, and send your check back for the difference. You will receive a check that looks like a Cashiers check but is called an OFFICIAL CHECK or something like that. Their check never clears and you are out the money you sent. Always check with the bank before you deposit someone’s check for what looks “too good to be true.” If this happens to you contact the FBI: Internet Crime Complaint Center: 2. CHECKS: When writing checks to pay your bills NEVER put the complete account number on your check as your credit card company knows the account number. Always use the last four numbers ie …4567. 3. CREDIT CARDS: Never sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘ASK FOR PHOTO ID.’ 4. CONFIDENTIAL INFO: Never put your home phone number or address on your checks. Instead use your office information. A PO Box or work address is preferable. You should never have to reveal your SS Number. If you print your SS # on your checks you make it easy for thieves to steal it. 5. PHOTOCOPY OR TAKE CELL PHONE PIX: Empty your wallet and photocopy both sides of your driver’s license and credit cards etc. and keep the copy in a safe place. That way you will know what was in it and where to report a theft if your wallet is lost

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

or stolen. You can also use your cell phone to take a picture of the contents of your wallet and luggage before departing. Once our luggage was lost in the Paris airport and when they asked me to describe it I gave them a Polaroid picture that I had taken a few hours earlier. This can protect you from ID Theft and aid in the quick recovery of your lost or stolen luggage etc. 6. PASSPORT: When travelling always photocopy or take a cell phone picture of your passport and give a copy to each family member. Also keep a copy of your trip itinerary inside on top of your luggage. Include on your itinerary your contact information (but not your home address) including your cell phone and email address. 7. LUGGAGE: Remove all old airline tags from your bags so airline employees do not send your luggage to the wrong destination. Never use expensive leather or designer luggage that will attract the attention of thieves. Also carry your medications with you and do not check them in. 8. PROTECT HOME ADDRESS: Do not put your home address on your luggage tags as it makes it too easy for someone to know you are out of the country and burglarize your home. Instead use your office address. 9. CREDIT CARD THEFT: Thieves can get a credit card approved and order expensive items if they steal your ID. They can also contact DMV and change your driving record information online, and more.

HOAs: What You Need to Know About Them


his week we are going to take a look at Home Owners Associations (HOAs) and what you need to know about them. I couldn’t find one simple definition of HOAs that I liked so I created the following: Home owners associations are formal legal entities (usually corporations) that are created by developers to maintain the common areas and interests in planned unit developments of single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and cooperative apartments, with the authority to enforce deed restrictions known as Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) that are usually established by the developer when the development is built, to ensure that they are adhered to in order to maintain the integrity, quality, and value of the properties involved in the development. According to the Community Association Institute, in 1970 there were approximately 10,000 communities with HOAs in which approximately 2.1 million people lived. In 2012 there were 323,600 communities with HOAs in which approximately 63.4 million lived. It is the fastest growing form of housing in the United States today. Here in the Coachella Valley you cannot


10. ID THEFT: If you think you are the victim of an ID Theft then canceling your credit cards asap will be easier because you have copies of the front and back of all your cards with the toll free numbers. File a police report right away so you can prove to the card company that your card was stolen and thus limit your liability to $100 or so. 11. FRAUD ALERT: ASAP you need to place a fraud alert on your cards by calling the 3 national credit reporting organizations and the Social Security fraud line at the numbers listed below. This will alert credit companies that your ID was stolen and stop the ID Thieves from applying for credit over the internet. 12. REPORT IMMEDIATELY: If your wallet has been lost or stolen call: 1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397 3742 3.) Trans Union: 1-800-680 7289 4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271 Please note our NEW address, phone, and email: 74-923 Highway 111 # 206 Indian Wells, CA 92210 PH: 760-837-7500

Real estate

By Bruce cathcart

go more than a mile in most residential areas without running into a gated community of some sort. And each of these communities has its own little government known as an HOA (or in some cases called a community association) that is responsible for collecting dues from its property owners and managing the common areas and interests. These common areas and interests can include landscape maintenance, guards and security gates, pools and spas, tennis courts, lighting, roadways (maintenance and reserves), clubhouse and fitness centers, exterior home maintenance, insurance (fire, earthquake, flood, and liability), and just about anything else you can think of that is shared by all of the property owners in a specific development. You should know that participation in the HOA is not an option! If you purchase a property where there is an HOA you are obligated to join the HOA and must agree to abide by the rules and regulations and you must pay the monthly fees. If you do not abide by the rules and regulations you can be cited and fined by the HOA until you comply. If you do not pay your monthly dues your HOA can take private legal action under civil law against you and many HOAs even have the ability to foreclose on your property! So who runs these HOAs? You do! Or more accurately you vote on a board of

directors comprised of yourself and/or other property owners who act as the governing board to make decisions on behalf of the HOA. The board usually hires a professional management company that manages the majority of the day to day activities of the HOA. The HOA has formal rules and bylaws that the board must adhere to and oftentimes major decisions and changes in HOA policy are put to a vote of all of the property owners before they are made. Is living in a community with an HOA right for you? Some HOAs are much stricter and provide many more services than others. Rules can sometimes appear petty like no parking on the street or driveway after 10 PM or what color you can or cannot paint your front door, or even whether or not you can fly an American Flag on days other than holidays! So if you are a bit of a maverick and don’t like being told what to do I’m guessing you won’t like living in an HOA. But for those who appreciate the rules for the integrity and peace of mind

that they provide, as well as the carefree lifestyle afforded by someone else providing security, amenities and maintenance, a gated community with a well-run HOA may be just the right place to own a home. This week’s real estate tip: If you are planning on buying a home that is subject to an HOA you should make sure that you are familiar with the CC&Rs and all of the rules and regulations of that community BEFORE you close escrow. You should also obtain a copy of the HOA’s financial statement to make sure that the HOA is in good shape with ample reserves, no special assessments, and is not the subject of any litigation. Your real estate agent can help you with all of these items. Bruce Cathcart is the Broker/Co-Owner of La Quinta Palms Realty, “Your Friendly Professionals” and can be reached by email at or visit his website at

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

The Super Scooper’s Are Back! What Does That Mean?


ounds like something for an oversized pet! But it’s not...  It means we are stepping into our most critical time for brush fire season.  With all the recent fires one would think we are in the middle of it says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “Not so. As we head into September and possibly into December we get our Santa Ana Winds.”   Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry down-slope winds that

August 22 to August 28, 2013

Safety Tips

originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California. The winds are known especially for the hot dry weather (often the hottest of the year) that they bring in the fall, and are infamous for fanning regional wildfires.   The two fixed-wing Super Scoopers, which can scoop up 1,600 gallons of water in seconds. They do multiple drops with one load of water and can also drop retardant,

says Chief DiGiovanna. To refill, the pilot skims the surface of a lake, reservoir or the ocean, and the plane’s refilling system sucks up a full tank in about 30 seconds. The big yellow planes can be airborne within five minutes and can stay in the sky for three hours before needing to refuel. Though Los Angeles County leases the aircraft annually from Quebec, where the wildfire season is ending, the planes can be sent to surrounding counties if needed. This is another great resource in the arsenal for fighting wildfires this season says Chief DiGiovanna.  For Fire Safe tips and information on wildfires visit: Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

ShareKitchen Sharekitchen seeking Mentors for Small Business Development and Support services


re you a local business person, retired restaurant or small food business owner looking to share your knowledge with others? Do you have experience in running or managing a successful business? ShareKitchen is seeking mentors to assist its Client Members in developing their businesses. ShareKitchen is built on the philosophy of sharing, and more than just the kitchen. The non-profit organization offers Small Business Development and Support services which provide assistance to start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs with the goal of improving their chances of growing into a healthy, sustainable small food business. As part of this program, ShareKitchen offers a variety of services including business development, marketing plans, concept to consumer food product development, education and training. Currently more than 20 Client Members, in a variety of stages of development, are working to perfect their product, promote their brand, gain exposure, and navigate the marketplace. ShareKitchen is looking

for local professionals who are interested in volunteering a few hours a month to work with these clients to help them build and grow their businesses. The mentoring program includes meeting in person with the client to understand their product, goals, and areas for development; mapping out a plan and course to follow; and encouraging the client to meet their set goals including weekly check-ins to monitor progress and offer assistance. Interested volunteers are invited to contact Angela to set up a tour of the facility, learn about the various opportunities that ShareKitchen offers and how the mentor program works. ShareKitchen is located at 68805 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City. Call 760459-4259 to arrange a meeting or email For more information about ShareKitchen visit Stay up to date with ShareKitchen and its Client Members by signing up to receive a monthly newsletter and “like” us on Facebook at


August 22 to August 28, 2013

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Stanley Cup Champs Lead Hockey Heaven For Local Youth


t’s funny to see one toothless grin. But a row of sizeable men smiling for a picture as their dentists collectively cringe? It’s unforgettable. As was the experience for 35 kids, ages 8-15, which participated in the Los Angeles Kings’ first-ever “Hockey In The Desert” Camp, Aug 14-16. When the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Kings entered the Stanley Cup tournament in the NHL, they were seeded dead last among Western Conference teams. Then, all they did was rattle off 4 straight 7-game series wins, losing only 2 games in the first three series as they made their way through the top 3 seeds in the NHL’s Western Conference. The dominance of their championship run as improbable as it was impressive and it captured the nation’s attention. Captured L.A.’s attention. In a city built on plastic smiles, the iron jaw of the LA Kings was clinched until the Stanley Cup belonged to them. So when a contingent of Kings alumni, coaches, and front office staff visited Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City, local hockey enthusiasts and sports fans alike were ecstatic to catch a peek at the legends of the game. Kids that participated were treated to on ice instruction, agility training, strength and conditioning drills, plenty of laughter and fun and chance to learn from the world’s best. They also scored a camp jersey and tickets to upcoming regular season Kings


games in the lower bowl. (We ALL know hockey is even more fun to watch LIVE.) It was the first of such a camp, and according to the Kings brass in attendance, it won’t be the last. Steve Lee, vice president of the Desert Blaze Hockey Club began contacting the Kings a few years ago. His initial overtures were met with optimism, but logistics had to be worked out. As those logistics were being nailed down, the Kings were becoming world champions. Meanwhile, Lee and his staff have maintained their steady drumbeat to create a local hockey presence for fans from all over the world. And so it stands. The Kings came, they saw, they concurred the imagination of 35 kids in way only heroes of sport can and revived a sport build on cold in the heat of the summer. If you need a cool place to hang out, check out Desert Ice Castle on Perez Road in Cathedral City. The website is 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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Be Smart Before You Unplug!


ver coffee the other morning my friend David lamented that he hated his smart phone. Not sure where he was going with this, I asked him why the mobile technology troubled him. It appeared that ever since he purchased the android device his boss developed increased expectations of a never ending work day. Apparently his manager emailed him one evening at 8:30pm expecting a reply prior to the following work day. By that time David had shut off his phone and was enjoying some quality family time. The next morning he experienced an unpleasant encounter with his boss over his apparent lack of availability. Certainly David’s phone was not to blame. His inability to draw boundaries and set realistic expectations with his superior at work was the crux of the issue. As we discussed the problem, it became very clear to my friend that he needed to take action and establish a time when he could successfully “unplug” from technology without the fear of facing an irate boss. Many of us struggle with work-life balance issues. Gone unchecked, coping with continuous communication can become a juggling act that eventually leads to burn-out. Where does being the good corporate citizen end and enjoying time free from work pressures begin? The answer is

you can leave work at the office only when you have established specific boundaries. Both employers and employees need to be jointly respectful of agreements regarding when it is appropriate to communicate after formal working hours. Prior to having the boundary discussion with your boss or your team members, first review your work habits. If you work efficiently while at the office, meet deadlines and avoid long lunch hours, you have every right to leave the office behind when you head out for the night. Should your work day be less than productive due to excessive socializing with coworkers and your habit of strolling in late because you hit the snooze button one too many times, I would advise that you get serious about productivity. Analyze your work habits and implement improvement strategies. Should wait for your boss to set the ground rules about work life boundaries? No, it is your job to take the initiative and converse with those who intrude on your personal time. Once you’ve reached an amicable agreement, unplug at the designated hour and enjoy your leisure. Most importantly, stay present in the moment. If you’re at your son’s little league game, give it your full attention. If not, you just may miss the little sluggers three bagger.


Week of August 22

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Novelist James Joyce once articulated an extreme wish that other writers have probably felt but never actually said. “The demand that I make of my reader,” said Joyce, “is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.” Was he being mischievous? Maybe. But he never apologized or issued a retraction. Your assignment, Virgo, is to conjure up your own version of that wild desire: a clear statement of exactly what you really, really want in all of its extravagant glory. I think it’ll be healthy for you to identify this pure and naked longing. (P.S. I’m not implying that you should immediately try to get it fulfilled, though. For now, the important thing is knowing what it is.) LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Now and then a British Libra named Lloyd Scott dresses up in funny costumes while competing in long-distance races. He does it to raise money for charity. In the 2011 London Marathon, he wore a nine-foot snail outfit for the duration of the course. It took him 27 days to finish. I suggest you draw inspiration from his heroic effort. From a cosmic perspective, it would make sense for you to take your time as you engage in amusing activities that benefit your fellow humans. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What will you do now that you have acquired more clout and visibility? Will you mostly just pump up your self-love and bask in the increased attention? There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But if those are the only ways you cash in on your added power, the power won’t last. I suggest you take advantage of your enhanced influence by engaging in radical acts of magnanimity. Perform good deeds and spread big ideas. The more blessings you bestow on your fellow humans, the more enduring your new perks will be. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ve been pretty wild and uncontained lately, and that’s OK. I’ve loved seeing how much permission you’ve given yourself to ramble free, experiment with the improbable, and risk being a fool. I suspect that history will judge a majority of your recent explorations as tonic. But now, Sagittarius, the tenor of the time is shifting. To continue being in alignment with your highest good, I believe you will have to rein in your wanderlust and start attending to the care and cultivation of your power spot. Can you find a way to enjoy taking on more responsibility? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The person who can’t visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot,” said the founder of Surrealism, writer André Breton. I wouldn’t go so far as to call such an imagination-deprived soul an “idiot,” but I do agree with the gist of his declaration. One of the essential facets of intelligence is the ability to conjure up vivid and creative images in one’s mind. When daily life has grown a bit staid or stuck or overly serious, this skill becomes even more crucial. Now is one of those times for you, Capricorn. If you have any trouble visualizing a horse galloping on a tomato, take measures to boost the fertility of your imagination. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I want to be with those who know the secret things, or else alone,” wrote the eccentric ecstatic poet Rainer Maria Rilke. That wouldn’t be a good rule for you Aquarians to live by all the time. To thrive, you need a variety of cohorts and allies, including those who know and care little about secret things. But I suspect that for the next few weeks, an affinity for those who know secret things might suit you well. More than that, they may be exactly the accomplices who will help you attend to your number one assignment: exploratory holy work in the depths. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): To launch your horoscope, I’ll steal a line from a Thomas Pynchon novel: A revelation trembles just beyond the threshold of your understanding. To continue your oracle, I’ll borrow a message I heard in my dream last night: A breakthrough shivers just beyond the edge of your courage. Next, I’ll use words I think

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I heard while eavesdropping on a conversation at Whole Foods: If you want to cook up the ultimate love feast, you’re still missing one ingredient. And to finish this oracle, Pisces, I’ll say that if you want to precipitate the trembling revelation, activate the shivering breakthrough, and acquire the missing ingredient, imitate what I’ve done in creating this horoscope. Assume the whole world is offering you useful clues, and listen closely. ARIES (March 21-April 19): An Indian student named Sankalp Sinha has invented the “Good Morning Sing N Shock.” It’s an alarm clock that plays you a song and gives you a small electrical jolt when you hit the snooze button. The voltage applied is far less intense than, say, a taser, and is designed to energize you rather than disable you. I encourage you to seek out wake-up calls like the kind this device administers, Aries: fairly gentle, yet sufficiently dramatic to get your attention. The alternative would be to wait around for blind fate to provide the wake-up calls. They might be a bit more strenuous. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you google the statement “I can change overnight,” most of the results that come up are negative, like “It’s not something I can change overnight” or “I don’t think I can change overnight.” But there’s one google link to “I can change overnight.” It’s a declaration made by Taurus painter Willem de Kooning. He was referring to how unattached he was to defining his work and how easy it was for him to mutate his artistic style. I wouldn’t normally advise you Tauruses to use “I can change overnight” as your battle cry. But for the foreseeable future you do have the power to make some rather rapid and thorough transformations. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The artist is by necessity a collector,” said graphic designer Paul Rand. “He accumulates things with the same ardor and curiosity with which a boy stuffs his pockets. He borrows from the sea and from the scrap heap; he takes snapshots, makes mental notes, and records impressions on tablecloths and newspapers. He has a taste for children’s wall scrawling as appreciative as that for prehistoric cave painting.” Whether or not you’re an artist, Gemini, this would be an excellent approach for you in the coming days. You’re in a phase when you can thrive by being a gatherer of everything that attracts and fascinates you. You don’t need to know yet why you’re assembling all these clues. That will be revealed in good time. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Can you remember the last time you bumped up against a limitation caused by your lack of knowledge? What did it feel like? I expect that sometime soon you will have that experience again. You may shiver with worry as you contemplate the potential consequences of your continued ignorance. But you may also feel the thrill of hungry curiosity rising up in you. If all goes well, the fear and curiosity will motivate you to get further educated. You will set to work on a practical plan to make it happen. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “My story isn’t sweet and harmonious like invented stories,” wrote novelist Herman Hesse. “It tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” As interesting as Hesse’s declaration is, let’s not take it as gospel. Let’s instead envision the possibility that when people reduce the number of lies they tell themselves, their lives may become sweeter and more harmonious as a result. I propose that exact scenario for you right now, Leo. There might be a rough adjustment period as you cut back on your self-deceptions, but eventually your folly and bewilderment will diminish as the sweet harmony grows. Homework: Do you have a liability that could be turned into an asset with a little (or a lot of) work? Testify at Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

August 22 to August 28, 2013

Mind, body & Spirit by Bronwyn Ison

Yoga & Back to School


s our summer concludes and our children return to school some of you may find this to be a bittersweet moment. We shift into our routines and it is time to accept reality. We are early to rise and early to bed. It is back to making lunches, doing homework and participating in extra curricular activities. Have you considered yoga for your child or children? The plethora of benefits for children will prove to be impactful for your child. A 2003 study by California State University, Los Angeles found that Yoga improved students’ behavior, physical health and academic performance. Plus, boosting self-esteem. Thousands of schools across the country have implemented Yoga into the school curriculum. Yoga has also made its way into hospitals and studios. Implementing yoga programs for children is also a benefit for the parent. Eventually, yoga will prove to be an additional activity you can enjoy with your child. Your child is learning techniques that he or she will utilize the rest of their life. Not only do adults have stressful lives, children experience their own stresses. Though we may think their lives are stress less they have their own battles to fight in the classroom and on the playground. Children can be very harsh to one another. For example name calling, bullying, and/ or teasing. Some may be challenged with Autism, ADD, ADHD, behavioral problems or difficulty with motor skills. These young students are benefitting from Yoga.

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