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Community Events • December 5 to December 11, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 37

Keith Blum

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Diana Marlo

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Kristen Kelly

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Eddie Spaghetti

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December 5 to December 11, 2013

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PS Festival Of Lights Parade........... 3 Art - Keith Blum.............................4 Palm Springs Holiday Events........5 LMS - Joel Baker.............................5 Don’t Be Clueless in the CV...........6 Personal Profile - Diana Marlo......7 Sports Scene..................................8 Sports.............................................9 Public Pers. - Kristen Kelly...........10 Desert DJs - Rebecca Luna..........10 Tat Talk - Adam Normand............11 Valley Rhythms - Linda Gerard...12 LMS- DJ Banshee Boyd...............13 LMS- Eddie Spaghetti.................13 Consider This-Paul McCartney....14 Pet Place.......................................16 The Vino Voice..............................17 Club Crawler Nightlife.................18 Pampered Palate - VUE.................. 20 Screeners......................................22 Book Review.................................23 Tamale Festival .............................25 Comedy........................................26 Haddon Libby: It’s All Local.........27 ShareKitchen................................27 Dale Gribow.................................28 Real Estate....................................28 Safety Tips....................................29 Gaemer Girl - XBOX One .............29 Find Food Bank............................30 Free Will Astrology......................31 Mind, Body, & Spirit.....................31 Life & Career Coach......................32 Ask The Doctor.............................32 Comics - Weiss Cracks..................34

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By Amy Blaisdell

Suzanne Somers Named Celebrity Grand Marshal of 22nd Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade. Local Restaurateur Patty Delgado Named “Guardian Angel,” and Barbara & Jerry Keller are Community Grand Marshals.


ctress, health and wellness entrepreneur and part-time resident Suzanne Somers has been named Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 22d annual Palm Springs Festival Lights Parade, Mayor Steve Pougnet announced today. The parade, the City’s signature holiday event, is slated for 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 along Palm Canyon Drive – and features magnificent marching bands, huge Macy’sstyle balloons, a plethora of festive floats adorned in thousands of twinkling holiday lights and Santa on the spectacular “Jackie Lee Houston Santa Claus Express.” More than 100,000 residents and visitors are expected to attend. The Presenting Sponsor is P.S. Resorts. In addition, local community leader Patty Delgado, owner of the world famous Las Casuelas Terraza Mexican restaurant in downtown Palm Springs has been designated the parade’s Guardian Angel” and Barbara and Jerry Keller, owners of the popular eatery LULU California Bistro have been named Community Grand Marshals. Somers, who played Chrissy Snow on the popular television sitcom “Three’s Company” and also starred in the sitcom “Step by Step,” is a long-time supporter of the City of Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Police Department and local nonprofits including the Desert AIDS Project and Safe House. In addition, she and her good friend Barry Manilow have performed together numerous times in support of many local Coachella Valley charities.

A 36-year resident of Palm Springs, successful businesswoman and lecturer, Somers is the author of 24 books on health and wellness, many which have made the New York Times Bestseller List. Somers, 67, has been married to her husband Alan Hamel for 46 years. They have three married children and six grandchildren. “Palm Springs is a paradise and when I return from work trips, my mood shifts to dreamy the moment I get home,” said Somers. “We are privileged to live in this beautiful city and I am incredibly excited to lead the way down Palm Canyon Drive in one of my favorite parades. I am so excited to be Celebrity Grand Marshal this year.” Joining Somers in the parade as this year’s “Guardian Angel” will be local restaurateur Patty Delgado, the owner of Las Casuelas Terraza, one of the most successful restaurants in downtown for the past 35 years. Delgado was raised in Palm Springs, attended Palm Springs High School and is a huge supporter of the city and local nonprofits like Desert Regional Medical Center, United Way of the Desert and Shelter from the Storm. Her parents Florencio and Maria Delgado started the famed Las Casuelas

chain of restaurants in the Coachella Valley in 1958. Over the past several years, Delgado has received numerous prestigious awards, including “Businessperson of the Year” from the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce and “Small Business Person of the Year” for the 80th Assembly District. She was also recognized by the City of Palm Springs as a business/civic leader during Latino Heritage Month and was honored with the coveted Palm Springs ATHENA Award in 2010. “The City of Palm Springs is absolutely thrilled that the fabulous Suzanne Somers, Patty Delgado and Barbara & Jerry Keller will lead the march down Palm Canyon Drive as we kick off the 22nd annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade, the biggest and best parade in Southern California and beyond,” said Mayor Steve Pougnet. “I invite everyone in the Coachella Valley to bring the whole family to downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7 and celebrate the holidays in Palm Springs, like no place else.” For more information about this year’s parade and sponsorship opportunities. please contact Jasmine Waits at (760) 323-8276. continue to page 5


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Keith Blum: A creative spirit


intage cars are parked in open garages, Dracula spreads his cape and King Kong climbs the building to get a glimpse of San Jacinto, while a camera crew sets up the next shot and the starlet heads to the dressing room. From the street you can see a colorful variety of characters and the busy film crew at work. This is the Palm Springs Film Factory. And the 1930’s cast and crew are so life-like you may have the urge to run up and get an autograph between takes. But these fullblown characters are only two-dimensional. They are the work of artist Keith Blum. “I like to tell a story,” said Blum. “Each character has to be doing something and they all have a part in the bigger picture.” Blum points to his painted characters that surround the Film Factory building. He identifies the director, producer, cameraman and actors. “The owner loves the look of the 1930s so we used those characters and cars.” The Palm Springs Film Factory is a 7500 square foot television and film production facility with studio space, large green screen, editing bays and a mobile production unit. The owner is Gloria Manelis. Her daughter, attorney Marie Manelis, runs the studio. Concerned about copyright infringement, Manelis had Blum change the faces of the popular 30s characters like Tarzan and Scarlet O’Hara. If you look closely at Faye Rey, she has Gloria’s face! So here, on the corner of Manufacturing and Plantation in the Thousand Palms’ industrial complex, surrounded by boxy buildings on wide streets, among party


planners and plumbers, Blum’s mural distinguishes the Film Factory with amazing color, shadow and perspective. A technique called trompe l’oeil – French for “deceive the eye,” Blum creates realistic imagery with optical illusion and forced perspective. “Trompe l’oeil is a mixture of everything,” said Blum. “It’s perspective, shadows, shape and color. It’s making things life-size so it feels real.” Using water based latex and acrylic paint, Blum says it’s more practical for murals. “It dries much quicker, it is easy to correct and it’s cheaper than oils,” said Blum. “Oil outside in sunlight will yellow and discolor in time.” For this project Blum is using 40 to 50 colors. His pallet, thick with colorful paint, is perched neatly on a two-tiered, compact gray cart with wheels. The cart is full of paint tubes, brushes and gallon containers of plain white and flat black for blending and

priming. It is an exciting array of organized creativity. Blum first draws with chalk, then uses white primer as a base. Appling colors like red ochre, burnt umber, emerald green, ultramarine blue, dioxazine purple to name a few, bring the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz to life on the otherwise plain wall. For more than 25 years, Blum has been painting murals. Born and raised in Southern California, he has lived in the CV for eight years. He first knew he could draw when he was just seven years old. While at the hospital to get his tonsils removed, a nurse gave him paper and a crayon, pointed to a toy racecar and told him to draw it. She was so amazed at his ability, she bragged to his folks. From then on he knew he was an artist. But he never pursued art seriously. His parents said art could only be considered a hobby. Then when he was 29, Blum discovered his gift again when he painted the tiny kitchen of his first home. “I knew I could do it,” said Blum. “I had a black and white tile floor and I continued it into the wall. I just saw it. It looked great!” At the time Blum hadn’t even heard of trompe l’oeil. From the walls of his own home, he did friend’s and relative’s walls and garages. Blum shortly realized he could do it for a living. “I painted a ceiling and got a check

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for $200,” said Blum. “On the memo line it said, ‘for mural painting.’ I carried that check for three weeks.” He has been painting ever since; doing work in mostly the homes of the affluent as far away as Minnesota. “When you find your passion there is nothing in the world more satisfying than doing it,” Blum said. “The curse is that’s all you want to do. I get so absorbed in it I forget to do anything else.” Besides murals, Blum does portraits in charcoal or pencil. He does mosaics and works with clay. He writes poetry and short stories. He is in the process of putting together a video to teach trompe l’oeil in three easy steps. Blum loves to share his work and painting public murals is a great way to do it. His web site is

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Please join us for an abundance of fun and festive events this holiday season in Palm Springs! 27th annual City of Palm Springs ATHENA Awards Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:30AM Renaissance Palm Springs, 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. Honoring local Philanthropist Helene Galen, Entertainer Carol Channing and Mariah Hanson, founder of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend. For ticket information, visit Palm Springs Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:00PM Frances Stevens Park, 555 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Uptown featuring free hot cocoa, cookies, caroling and Santa Claus of course! Tree Lighting is 5:15PM sharp! Please bring canned food to help feed the hungry this holiday season & join us as we light the City’s spectacular 22-foot “green” holiday tree. 22nd annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, December 7 at 5:45PM along Palm Canyon Drive Featuring twinkling lights, magnificent marching bands huge Macy’s-style holiday balloons and Santa

on the Jackie Lee Houston Santa Claus Express! This year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal is Suzanne Somers, community

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grand marshals Barbara and Jerry Keller, Patty Delgado Service is the 2013 “Guardian Angel.” For more information visit: Walking Tour of the Inns Thursday, December 12 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM in the historic Palm Springs Tennis District. A free self-guided walking tour of Palm Springs’ unique collection of boutique hotels and historic inns. The city’s historic and mid-century modern gems are opening their doors for public tours as part of its annual ‘Walking Touring of the Inns.” Maps can be picked up at the Palm Springs Art Museum or downloaded at Holiday Concerts at Forever Marilyn December 21 and December 22 -  Free holiday concerts will be held at the Forever Marilyn sculpture by artist Seward Johnson at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. Holiday music will fill the park with performances by “Celine Dion” tribute performer Brigitte Valdez, local band, “New Sensations”, and the group, “Just Like THAT!” Special guest performances by the PS High School Madrigal Singers will be on Saturday and by the Xavier High School Choir on Sunday. The show on December 21st will begin at 7:30PM. The show on December 22nd will begin at 6:30PM. For more holiday events, go to www.

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The Talented Joel Baker


his week, Support and Education for Local Music and Arts gets tuned into local pianist, Joel Baker. This charming man epitomizes class through accompaniment. His ability to encourage and support performers truly creates a safe atmosphere for both the performer and the observer. Born in Bellevue, Washington and raised east of Seattle, Joel began playing the piano by ear when he was about two years old, and can’t remember not being able to play. This

led to several years of lessons and a degree in Music from the University of Washington in 1989. While in Seattle, Joel was a pianist for Nordstrom for fifteen years. After moving to the Coachella Valley in 2003, Joel began to perform for local venues. He currently plays at Streetbar in Palm Springs on Mondays, as well as for “The Judy Show” at Palm Springs’ Purple Room on Sunday evenings with performer Michael Holmes. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Joel plays for Open Mic nights at Blame It On Midnight and AJ’s On The Green, respectively, with local producer Les Michaels as emcee. Singers are invited to sign up at 7:00 and encouraged to bring sheet music for the 7:30 show. Blame It On Midnight is located at 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs, and AJ’s is in the Date Palm Country Club in Cathedral City. Joel is also a vocalist who sings in the male quartet, Desert Blend, the winners of two Desert Theater League awards. One of the highlights of Joel’s career was in 2012 as the music director for an event honoring Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz. It was produced by the Desert Ensemble Theater Company, and directed by Scott

Logsdon. Joel also had the opportunity to accompany Andrea McArdle, the original “Annie” from Broadway, as well as television’s Hunter Parrish (“Weeds”) and Kate Flannery (“The Office”), as well as various local talented performers. Joel currently works at College Of The Desert as an accompanist for the schools choirs, and voice classes under the leadership of Tim Bruneau. His gratitude toward this opportunity is refreshing. Joel is thankful to utilize his Classical training and serve the students of College of the Desert in this way. As he continues to excel as a member of the Coachella Valley community Joel raises

eyebrows and generates genuine humor due to his fetching personality. He offers a sense of serenity and peace to those who are lucky enough to join him as his or her accompanist and appreciates all the styles of music that he is given the chance to play. Mr. Joel Baker has even taken the time to transfer first grade students written musical note arrangements into legitimate recording that the students may review and interpret through the Support and Education for Local Music and Arts program at the Learning Tree Palm Desert. We celebrate Joel Baker and thank him for his hard work to fill our air with the sound of music. Please check out Joel’s web site at!


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SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO HOSTS A WEEKEND OF TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN SONG AND DANCE AT THE WINTER GATHERING POW WOW Winter Gathering POW WOW Set For December 6-8, 2013 Native American culture will come alive with Native American song and dance at the festive Winter Gathering POW WOW presented by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians from Friday through Sunday, December 6-8, 2013, at the Spotlight 29 Casino Spotlight Showroom. Admission is free. Native Americans from across the United States and Canada attend the gathering for a breathtaking display of traditional handmade dresses, dancing, songs, arts, crafts and food. For those who haven’t attended a POW WOW, this is an opportunity for people young and old to participate in a memorable cultural event steeped in Native American tradition and heritage. The Winter Gathering POW WOW brings tribes together to compete in various dances and drum contests. In previous years, more than 300 people of all ages competed. Guests will see dancers in the “tiny tots” group (6 years and under), up to the “golden age” group, which will feature both men and women age 65 and older. Prizes are awarded for the top performers in every category. Be sure to join the fun on Saturday for the Spectacular Iron Man Fancy Special and on Sunday for our Men and Women’s Team Dance Special. A highlight of the Winter Gathering POW WOW is the Grand Entry, where all of the tribal dancers enter the Showroom in a procession. Grand Entry times are Friday at 7:00PM, Saturday at 1:00PM and 7:00PM, and Sunday at 1:00PM Enjoy food, including authentic recipes like Native American Fry Bread and Indian Tacos. A variety of vendors will be on hand selling items such as Native American jewelry including, bracelets, earrings, turquoise jewelry, silver jewelry and beaded jewelry. There will also be Kachina Dolls, Native American Art Work as well as clothing and apparel, Navajo Pottery and traditional Dream Catchers. Winter Gathering POW WOW hours: Friday, Dec 6, 7:00PM – 11:00PM Saturday, Dec 7, 1:00PM – 11:00PM Sunday, Dec 8, 1:00PM – 7:00PM (Winter Gathering POW WOW will close from approximately 5-7pm Saturday December 7th for a dinner break). For more information, call 866-377-6829 or visit www.



INDIAN WELLS ARTIST GESSO COCTEAU FEATURED IN GROUP SHOW “FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING”AT UCR PALM DESERT The Public is Invited to an Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 11th Indian Wells Artist Gesso Cocteau, creator of the tallest standing cast bronze sculpture in the United States, will be one of the featured artists in an exciting exhibit, titled “Figuratively Speaking,” at the University of California Riverside in Palm Desert. Cocteau and other artists featured in the exhibit will be present at an opening reception on Wednesday, December 11th, 5:30PM to 7:30PM Gesso Cocteau has been showing in galleries since the late seventies, with her work evolving from drawings in pen and ink, to painting to fabricated steel sculptures. In 1990 she began focusing on casting in bronze, evolving toward a celebration of the human form. One of her monumental works is a 51-ft. cast bronze, Endless Celebration, the tallest standing cast bronze sculpture in the

America, installed in Bellevue, Washington. Some of her many commissions include sculptures for Eisenhower Medical Center, The Greg and Stacy Renker Pavillion, and Hard Rock Cafes in Rome, Berlin, Niagara Falls, Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando. The human form, Cocteau’s concentrated focus, is the subject of the UCR Palm Desert exhibit “Figuratively Speaking,” which will examine “the story of each artist in drawing, painting and sculpture.” The show will feature primarily Coachella Valley artists. In addition to Cocteau, other artists in the exhibit include Ryan Motel Campbell, Ming C. Lowe, Luiz Castro, Meridy Volz, Robert Yancy, Adam Rodriguez, Andres Orlowski, Temo Aldrete, Gary Patterson, and Laurel Goddard. The opening reception is an exciting opportunity to meet and mingle with Cocteau and the other artists. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP at The University of California Riverside Palm Desert campus is located at 75080 Frank Sinatra, Palm Desert. COMEDY NIGHT AT AZUL STARRING LA’S HOTTEST COMICS DECEMBER 14, 2013 - Comedy Night at Azul Starring LA’s Hottest Comics announces its Saturday, December 14, show featuring comic stars CARLEASE BURKE of Showtime’s Shameless, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Fox’s The Mindy Project, CINDY BURNS, recently selected by Joan Rivers as the “Next Breakout Star”, and of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show and MATT MARR of the Hollywood Improv, The World Famous Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. The pre-show starts at 6:30PM and the show begins at 7:30PM. With 44 sold-out monthly shows in a row, reservations are highly encouraged. Please call 760.325.5533. Cover, with advance reservations, for this great show is only $15 and $20 at the door. Azul is located at 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive in vibrant Downtown Palm Springs. HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS TO HOST OPEN CASTING CALL FOR THE CW’S HIT SHOW “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” Casting Call set for December 15th from 11am – 2pm The new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will host The CW Network’s “America’s Next Top Model” open casting call on Sunday, December 15th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Casting directors for the hit show led by supermodel Tyra Banks are looking for females and males, ages 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a minimum height requirement of 5’6” tall for women and 5’10” tall for men. Candidates are asked to visit for casting information and applications. In this latest series, male models will once again be added to the group of contestants

competing for the title of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Viewers will also continue to have a direct impact on the competition by voting for their favorite models though social media, helping decide who gets eliminated and who stays in the running to becoming AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. The contestants will vie for a prize package that will launch their modeling careers. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs offers 163 luxury guest rooms, a buzzing pool scene with DJs spinning every weekend, plus excellent dining and a laid back vibe. The resort also offers a groundbreaking, interactive amenity “The Sound Of Your Stay®,” where guests can rock out with handson music experiences. Other music-inspired amenities include a VIP Rock Star Suite, Rock Spa® set to open in late December, a Body Rock® workout facility, and the world-famous Rock Shop® featuring Hard Rock’s iconic, collectible merchandise. 2nd Annual SANTA PAWS 5K RUN/ WALK TO BENEFIT GUIDE DOGS OF THE DESERT Spread the cheer-Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us for the 2nd Annual SANTA PAWS 5K, Saturday, December 21st in Palm Springs-BENEFITTING GUIDE DOGS OF THE DESERT. Awesome fun event -Santa suit, event shirt, Santa photo, goodie bag and milk and cookies at the finish line. Run solo or as a team-medals 3 deep in 5 year age categories, team trophies, dog prizes and more. Pet adoption on-site by Bandit’s Pet Rescue. Runner, walker, stroller and doggie friendly event. Elf Dash for kids! Make this your family’s new holiday tradition. Register today at or com. Race capped at 1,000. Sign up today! For more info call Molly Thorpe 760-4136508. Saturday December 21st, 2013 9AM at Mizell Senior Center, 480 Sunrise Way, Palms Springs (Corner of Sunrise and Ramon Rd). Entry Fee: $35.00. $40.00 on race day, as available. “Litters”-Teams of 6 or more run tethered for $30.00 per runner. Awards to the top three teams. Special Trophy for the Most Tethered Runners. Elf Dash $5.00 10yrs and under. Includes Elf hat, holiday button and special treat! Dash is after Santa Run at approx. 10:30. Early Packet Pick-Up Friday Dec 20th at Running Wild 611 S. Palm Canyon 11AM-6PM Race Day Registration begins at 7:30AM. Plenty of free parking is available. Last year over 400 Santas took off from the Mizell Center in Palm Springs for a 5K Run/Walk/Stroll. A great time was had by all including the team from Running Wild who tied themselves together with a long strand of tinsel garland. They called themselves a Santapede. This year more Santas, a Team category and an Elf Dash. Don’t be shy, come on out, it’s great holiday fun!

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iana Marlo, marketing and public relations extraordinaire, recently pulled off another successful event- The Desert Woman’s Show. As the creator of the event she has brought together women and businesses for dynamic days of shopping, entertainment, information and empowerment. And in the week prior to that event she pulled double duty by putting together the fabulous “Back to the Desert” party for Desert European Motorcars, Indigo Auto Group. This year was the largest yet, entertaining over 1800 guests with an exciting live production throughout the ten acre campus. Diana Marlo is no stranger to the Coachella Valley. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Marlo was a snowbird before making the desert her permanent home 10 years ago. She was going through a period of transition in her life when she moved to the desert, and after taking some time to reflect, she took her expansive experience in marketing and public relations over to BMW of Palm Springs and started to work in that capacity for them. Marlo has had a successful career in marketing and public relations for decades, working for IBM as a corporate trainer across Canada. She currently is the Marketing Director at Desert European Motorcars in Rancho Mirage. She started doing Women’s Shows back in Canada 25 years ago. She was living in a small town and noticed that there wasn’t an event just geared towards women where they could socialize, expand their knowledge and have fun all under one roof. So she decided to do something about it and started one. The shows became successful, bringing together women and businesses for a time of shopping, learning and inspiration. Marlo brought her Woman’s Show concept to the desert 6 years ago. This year

Marlo Productions held the 6th annual Desert Woman’s Show and Business Conference on November 17th and 18th at the Aqua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. The event had over 75 vendors, Fashion Shows and an exciting array of exhibits, seminars, food and wine, shopping and speakers including healthy living and age defying celebrity Suzanne Somers and Nutrition and Fitness Expert Author, JJ Virgin among others. The event also had entertainment, the Eagles Tribute Band, Desperado, which benefitted Loving All Animals, a local animal rescue charity. Marlo’s production is quite a feat to put together and takes many talented individuals to do so, including her daughter Carissa who started assisting her mother in producing the show as an intern while she was attending Arizona State University and continues to manage the show today. “She

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By Denise Ortuno Neil still works the show while having a full time job, we all do,” says Marlo. Marlo has three children; her daughter Carissa, 25, and her two sons, Nigel, 33, and Marek, 28, who both live in Vancouver. During her down time, when she finds some, she enjoys spending time with her pets which include horses and dogs, but mainly revels in helping the community and working with charities, “It’s a passion of mine, I’m not a TV watcher or a sit around,” she said. “I see this sort of contribution as my hobby.” Marlo’s future goals include watching her Desert Woman Show expand. “If I could I would just do the show fulltime, that’s how much I love doing it.” she said. For Marlo it’s about getting to know her community and the outstanding women in it. “My most treasured female relationships have come out of participating in this event,” she said. She learns about her shows by the feedback that she gets back from the community, delighting in the fact that so many women enjoy it and how they are able to cultivate new and existing relationships with likeminded women. “The show is really about the valley,” states Marlo. With her dedication to promoting the Coachella Valley with a focus on inspiring women, Marlo is a true benefit to our desert. She sees the desert as an all-encompassing

area, providing all of us, men and women alike with a plethora of services ranging from business networking to entertainment and education. As Marlo said, “The message is really that everything you need is available in this valley, it’s all here!” For more information about the Desert Woman’s Show visit www.


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Auburn Steals Iron Bowl at Last Second


Trophy is doing things the right way by taking character into account. Peterson said, “The Lott Trophy is definitely a big trophy you can get as far as not just athleticism, but also off the field… That says a lot about the athlete, being recognized for his character and the things he’s doing off the field, academics, spending time in the community, spending time in hospitals with the kids, things like that… You want an all-around athlete representing your trophy and your name, because at the end of the day he’s the guy whose name is on that trophy for that year.” Mathieu said, “We all need someone to look up to and playing with great players, and great guys makes this game come easier.” As to whether more trophies, like the Heisman, should include qualities such as integrity, maturity, community and academics, as well as performance, both players agreed more recognition should be given to off-the-field life in assessing who wins these vaunted awards. So while cynics question the state of athletics and wonder how much is smoke and mirrors and how much character is required for professional athletics, they’ll have to take a day off on Dec 8th when the 10th Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded in Newport Beach, Ca and the ceremony broadcasted on Fox Sports. It’s one of my great honors to vote for this trophy and watch the young man receive his hard-earned hardware. From Luke Kuechly, JJ Watt, James Laurenaitis and more, they are not only exceptional college players, but translate well to the NFL. The four finalists, USC defensive end Devon Kennard, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Iowa linebacker James Morris will be in attendance as a testimony that character matters and Lott will present the trophy to prove it. Julie Buehler hosts the Coachella Valley’s most popular sports talk radio show, “Buehler’s Day Off” every day from 3-6 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 3-6 pst at or watch the show on Ustream.

December 5 to December 11, 2013 Financial Advisor representing New York Life. Owner - Indian Wells Insurance & Wealth Management. Host of Tilted Sports Radio on Team 1010, KXPS. Former PGA Class A Professional. U.S.P.T.A. Tennis Professional. Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Trainer

Ronnie Lott Lends His Hall-of-Fame Name To Trophy That Has IMPACT

lorida State quarterback Jameis Winston leads the national conversation for Heisman hopefuls, after his 7th 300+ passing yard performance in 12 games, it’s assumed he’s locked up college football’s most prestigious trophy. He also may be locked up in the slammer soon. Winston could face serious charges in the coming weeks, as a young woman in Tallahassee is alleging sexual assault AND a cover-up by authorities to protect Winston, his football career and Florida State’s undefeated season. The Heisman Trophy is awarded to college football’s best player. Not college football’s best character. Cynics would have you believe that talent trumps character in sports. They want you to think the football ranks rank bone-jarring force before intestinal fortitude. Winston is just the latest example, and certainly question marks surround the circumstances of his life, but cynics point to the likes of Adam “Pacman” Jones, whose NFL resume is bested in length only by his rap sheet. They’d bring up Michael Vick, who served hard time for running a dog-fighting ring before signing a 6-year, $100 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. They’d mention Ben Roethlisberger who was suspended for bad behavior after winning Super Bowls, and of course, bring up Ray Lewis or Aaron Hernandez, who were both involved in murder cases (Lewis pleaded out, Hernandez is still awaiting trial). If cynics wanted to run down a list of professional and collegiate athletes that have used their fame and position in society to further their eye’s burning lusts, there’s plenty of fodder for that conversation. BUT, while that conversation titillates the baser interests of sports fans, there is a growing sentiment among NFL circles that character guys are more productive with less talent than bad character guys with all the talent God can offer. Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall-of-Fame safety, knew that was how his former coach, 49ers architect, Bill Walsh, felt. He told me, “Walsh would rather have 10 hard-working guys coming off the bench than 10 divas pushing for playing time.” And Lott’s name boasts the only nationally recognized trophy in college sports that weighs character AS MUCH as on-the-field performance. It’s the Lott IMPACT Trophy, and it’s awarded to college football’s most impressive defensive talent that also displays Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. I was recently at the Colts/Cardinals game in Phoenix and caught up with both Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Both incredibly gifted football players but Peterson was a Lott Trophy finalist, Mathieu had to take a year off of football to end his addiction to marijuana. I asked them both if the Lott IMPACT



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he 2013 Iron Bowl was hyped to be an epic battle between college football’s greatest rivalry. Many will say the game lived up to the hype as Auburn made a win in the final second of the game. Alabama looked like they were going to come out strong on the opening drive. The first play of the game saw T.J. Yeldon rush through the Auburn defense for 31 yards. The following play added another 11 yards with an A.J. McCarron pass to Kevin Norwood. At this point, the Auburn defense stepped up and was able to force Alabama into a 4th and 3 at the Auburn 27. A 44yard field goal attempt was made by Cade Foster, but it swung too far left. Auburn’s first shot at offense looked like it was going to move the ball. The Tigers started with a 14-yard rush by Corey Grant. Two plays later, Nick Marshall threw a long pass to wideopen Ricardo Louis, but the receiver was not able to hold on to the ball. Auburn was forced to punt away on 4th and 4 at their own 48. The Tigers were the first team to make it to the end zone. While facing 3rd and 18 on the 4th play of their second possession, QB Nick Marshall connected with Sammie Coates for 21 yards and the first down. Nick Marshall broke past the Tide defense for 45 yards and the Auburn touchdown. Parkey’s extra point was good. Alabama made their first score in the second quarter of the game. The steady, 11-play drive covered 67 yards. O.J. Howard helped gain much of the yardage with a pair of back-to-back pass receptions for 12 and 11 yards. Jalson Fowler got the honor of the score with a 3-yard pass reception. Foster’s kick was good. A fumble by the Tigers gave Alabama another opportunity to score and the Tide quickly capitalized on it. Tre Mason was forced to fumble by Landon Collins. Collins was able to recover the ball at the Auburn 38. T.J. Yeldon helped move the ball 18 yards over the next 3 plays for the Alabama offense. Kevin Norwood took care of the last 20 yards with a pass reception. Cade Foster’s kick brought the score to 14-7. Auburn’s following possession didn’t have much gusto and they were forced to punt after 3 plays. Alabama took 5 plays and got to the end zone, starting at their own 40 yard line. Yeldon started off the offense with a 13-yard rush, Norwood gained 14 yards on the third play of the drive and Amari Cooper added 28 yards while rushing. Yeldon capped off the drive with a 1-yard rush, leaving 3:48 in the half. The Tiger offense found their stride and quickly made their second score of the night. Tre Mason hammered away through the Tide defense for five plays and pushed the team down the field. The second play saw Mason grab 40 yards while causing multiple missed tackles by Alabama. The sixth play in the drive was a rush by Nick Marshall that gained 15 yards and was initially ruled a touchdown. A review brought the ball to the 1 yard line. Mason gained the last yard on the following play. Parkey’s extra point

brought the score to 21-14. Coming back from halftime, Auburn was ready to play. The opening drive of the second half saw the Tigers cover 69 yards in 9 plays. Besides a 2-yard rush by Nick Marshall, the smallest gain by the offense during the drive was 6-yards. C.J. Uzomah gained the score by receiving a Marshall pass for 13 yards into the end zone. Cody Parkey’s kick tied the game up at 21. Alabama looked like they were going to turn nothing into something halfway through the 3rd quarter. An Auburn punt gave the Tide the worst possible field position at the 1 yard line. Yeldon was able to gain two yards on the first play, but lost it on the following play. Facing 3rd and 9, McCarron connected with Amari Cooper for 54 yards. The team was able to get down to the Auburn 11 and were planning to kick on a 4th and 10. A false start penalty on the kick pushed the ball back to the 16 yard line. Cade Foster’s kick went too far left and was no good. The Tide made up for the missed field goal on their next possession. Another Auburn punt put the Alabama offense right back at the one yard line where they had just escaped. In one play, A.J. McCarron threw way down field to connect with Amari Cooper for a 99-yard touchdown. Cade Foster’s extra point was good. Alabama made it into the red zone twice in the 4th quarter, but failed to score both times. At the end of one drive, a missed assignment led Alabama to down on 4th and 1 at the Auburn 13. The second drive made it to the Auburn 27, but the field goal attempt by Cade Foster was blocked. Auburn used the momentum to tie the game again with only 32 seconds remaining in the game. A 7-play drive carried the Tigers 65 yards for the score. Tre Mason pushed for about five yards on most of the plays, but Sammie Coates made the big score after taking a Marshall pass 39 yards for the score. Parkey’s kick was good and tied the game up. Alabama took the ball to the Auburn 38 and called for a 57 yard field goal. The kick fell short and was returned by Tiger Chris Davis for 100 yards and the last second win. Next week, Auburn moves on to the SEC Championship in Atlanta.


December 5 to December 11, 2013

public personalities By judith salkin

desert dj’s

By craig michaels

Kristen Kelly understands the psychology of working in radio Rebecca Luna of KCOD -


oogle Kristen Kelly and what you mostly find are links to a country singer whose songs make her sounds like a borderline alcoholic. Or a psychologist who works with kids in L.A. Neither of which are the right Kristen Kelly. The Kristen Kelly we’re talking about is the chick who helps to wake up the Coachella Valley as the sidekick of her on- and off-air partner, Casey Dolan on 93.7 KCLB’s “Casey in the Mornings.” “He’s amazing,” she says of Dolan. “I love being on the air with him; we understand each other; he challenges me to be better and, hopefully, I challenge him, too.” According to the station’s bio on Kelly, she was hired to “keep (Dolan) in line,” but it can sound more like a feeding-frenzy when the two jocks glom onto a news story and rip it to funny shreds. The best of the morning’s bits can be heard as sound bites throughout the day, they are so laughable. The station’s propaganda machine also states “(Kelly’s) a huge fan of reality TV, music, and amazing sushi.  On nights when there’s a UFC fight, you can find her at her favorite bar with a cold beer yelling at the TV for someone to finally beat Anderson Silva.  Football is a must and she’d rather watch a hockey or basketball game live.  It should also be noted that candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach mean nothing if you can’t make her laugh!” While others may dream of being on the small screen, Kelly has always been driven toward radio. At least since she was a senior in high school back in Stroudsburg, Penn., a small town in the Pocono Mountains. At the time, Kelly only had two classes she had to take to complete her HS requirements, and a lot of time for electives. “I got an internship at one of the local radio stations working on the A.M. drive-time show,” she says of her “Intro to Airwaves” practical class. “It was great! I’d go in early and do two hours at the station, go to my classes and go back to the station because I just loved being there.” For the Staten Island-born and Pennsylvaniaraised Kelly, she’d found her life’s calling. In college in Williamsport, another small Pennsylvania town, Kelly found herself at a fivestation cluster where she worked as talk jock, on a country station, voice work and wherever they needed her. While she’d started out as a communications major, a station manager changed her educational point of view. “He asked me why I was a communications major,” she recalled. “I told him it was because I wanted to work in radio.” Since she was already communicating on air, he suggested that she switch majors, which led Kelly to switch to a psychology major. “After radio, that was what interested me,” she says of the switch. “It’s helped me in my career and I always figured that if I got bored with radio, I wanted to do something with psychology.” In college, Kelly moved from the old mountains of Pennsylvania down the coast to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., one of the East Coast’s ultimate party towns. “I loved it down there,” she says of the move. “I visited and just fell in love with the area.” She found a job at local radio station, eventually ending up as the station’s traffic reporter. “Who wouldn’t love a job like mine?” she says. “Somebody was paying me to talk and I have a lot to say! Why would I want to change?” But several years in Florida reporting accidents and slowdowns and Kelly was looking for new


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adventures. “I’ve always been someone who loves challenging myself,” she says. “So I started looking at jobs and saw the one for KCLB.” That was in 2010, and within 10 days of her interview at the station, Kelly had made the westward move to live and work in the Coachella Valley. Settling in as Dolan’s on-air partner was relatively easy, she says. “We’re both pretty sarcastic and we both have the same basic sense of humor.” The hardest part of becoming a team was syncing up together. “We had to learn when the other was done speaking so that we didn’t overlap,” she recalls. “We used hand signals, but within a couple of weeks, we were in sync.” It took a bit longer for romance to blossom, but that too was organic. “I don’t really know when it started to change,” she says. “But Casey is really fun to be friends with and to hang out with. One day I realized that I was thinking about him a lot after work; it just sort of evolved.” As for that degree in psychology, while Kelly has no intentions of giving up her day job, it has come in handy. Up until a couple of months ago, she worked a second job as Gino LaMont’s afternoon nanny for his son Hudson and recently started working with SafeHouse of the Desert, where she works as the donations officer to raise money for the organization that helps homeless and runaway kids to transition from the streets back into society. “One of the things I love about being here in this community is the way so many people come together to help others,” she says. “When I decided that I wanted to find a place where I could really help, I asked my listeners and SafeHouse kept coming up. It worked with kids and that was something I wanted to do.” Kelly can relate to what these kids have been through to potential donors. “I think it helps because I can be empathetic to the cause,” she says. For Kelly, the move to the valley has been a good one. Having grown up in the Northern Appalachian Mountains, she finds the jagged peaks of our surrounding mountains inspiring. She marries her love of hiking and photography by exploring the local trails and taking sunset shots. “Sunrises in Florida are amazing, but the mountains here are so different,” she says. “And no two sunsets are ever the same; the colors are amazing. I did a sunset hike up to the cross (in Palm Desert) and got some incredible shots tonight.” As for her future, Kelly can see herself settling down and raising a family here in the desert. “You know, I’ve been thinking about that recently,” she says. “It’s not such a bad idea. It’s a great place for a family.”

s a minority of people who were born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Rebecca Luna savors her roots as a lifelong resident of Cathedral City. Currently attending College of the Desert and working at the school run radio station KCOD, Luna was influenced at an early age by her parents. She was exposed to different genres of music by both her mother and father, “My mother collected multiple compilation albums and movie soundtracks from past decades that I listened to as frequently as possible for hours at home. My father was a party DJ and radio intern who owned a collection of 1000+ records and also had a passion for the creative arts,” explains Luna. One of her biggest memories as a child was MTV which would spark and ultimately fuel her passion for music and broadcasting. Luna explains why the music television channel continues to be an inspiration,” Being an MTV VJ, was one of my first important dreams that influenced dozens more dreams alike as a child and still currently does!” After taking a 12 year hiatus, Luna decided to go back to College of the Desert and enroll in a broadcasting class. Her passion for the Oregon Ducks originally sent her down the path of becoming a sports broadcaster. That would all change once she began to immerse herself in the college run radio station, KCOD. Luna was one of the original students present for the inauguration of the school run station. Two and a half years after beginning her job at KCOD she is still growing and exploring her options in the broadcasting and communication world. As the head staff member, Luna’s official title is event coordinator and promotions person. Her job duties include but are not limited to, securing media credentials for

live broadcasts, coordinating fun contests for listeners and helping to promote the station in an effort to create awareness to students and Valley residents. Luna also gives some credit to one of her mentors and former KESQ news anchor, Laurilie Jackson who currently teaches a radio and television class at COD, “With her broadcasting knowledge and her faith in us students, she gives me inspiration to keep going,” confesses Luna. Recently, KCOD has added the station tag line “The Pulse” to its name. You can hear the eclectic variety of music hosted by local personalities Monday through Friday from 8am to 10pm only during school semesters. Their frequency of 100.1 FM can be heard on campus but the lack of a proper tower prevents it from going any further. You can hear the station worldwide on the internet at Luna continues to relish her position at the station for now and is still fascinated with the “behind the scenes” action of how events are put together and ran. Her ultimate dream is to host a music countdown show or an entertainment show on a major cable network. Being blessed with an outgoing and ambitious personality the transition from jumping in front of the camera rather than staying behind the scenes should be an easy one for her. If you would like to contact Rebecca Luna you can email her at: Written by: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment

tat talk

December 5 to December 11, 2013

by phil lacombe

Adam Normand from Killuminati

Name: Adam Normand Where you tat: I tattoo for Killuminati, private tattoo studio. Why you started tattooing: I started making relay machines, homemade, when I was about 17 and have been drawing since I can remember. When I was 18 my best friend’s uncle took me from my home town of Houston to Ft. Worth, TX to work at his shop. He told me I was a natural and I felt like I excelled so I stuck with it! Fast forward to now I’ve worked tattoo conventions around the U.S. and had the opportunity to tattoo overseas. I’ve won a few awards and I’m published in several national tattoo magazines. I just recently opened my own appointment shop and feel like I’m just getting started. What style of tattooing do you enjoy the most: I enjoy tattooing in all styles but specialize in full color horror images, anything with realistic elements and portrait work. Who inspires you to tattoo: I’m inspired on a daily basis, lately music and fine art have been helping shape my tattooing. If you could tattoo anywhere in the world where would you go: I’ve been blessed with the opportunities to tattoo in the UK and South Europe but if I had to

name a place I haven’t been I would say Dubai. Tell me your favorite tattoo story about one of your clients: My appointment comes in and we place the stencil on her back and start tattooing. Shortly after starting she blacks out!!! So I have my machine in one hand and I’m holding her up so she doesn’t fall and bust her lip wide open. She comes too and I roll back in my chair! At this point she is covering her face with her hands telling me how embarrassed she is. I look down at her feet and there is a puddle of piss running down the floor! I look straight in her eyes and say “YOU PISSED YOUR PANTS DIDNT YOU?” We got past the awkward moment & finished the tattoo. How to view Adams work & contact him. instagram:@adamnormand Facebook: adam.normand1 E-mail:

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‘Talking to women who lead and inspire’ Saturday’s from 10 – 11 a.m. KPTR 1450 AM Palm Springs, CA California


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December 5 to December 11, 2013

by Lola Rossi-Meza


Former Broadway Star Linda Gerard Performs at Lyons English Grille

n celebration of Mr. David Lyons’ 100th year birthday, this Sunday, December 8, Lyons English Grille in association with Chi Chi Productions proudly presents Linda Gerard and Friends with Music Director David Ring in “Linda Remembers: Fanny Brice, Judy Garland and Al Jolson” with many of her favorite stories and songs from Broadway. Dinner and the Show is $44.95 with the dinner seating at 6 p.m. and show time at 7 p.m. There is limited seating for the show only for $20 with a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call (760) 327-1551. Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey with her brother Jeffrey, Linda Gerard was always involved in music while in the Junior Three Elementary School and later in Trenton High School. “ My Mother was very supportive of me while I was growing up,” said Gerard. “She wanted to be a performer, however, my Father forbid it.” She started entertaining professionally in New York City in 1956 while attending Finch College. “I sang in the Village, Uptown and Downtown along with performing in many Open Mic nights and was spotted by an agent from the William Morris Agency, who insisted I sign a contract with them. So, I did and my career began.” She worked with an accompanist named Peter Daniels, who also played for Barbara Streisand at the Bon Soir. They put together several shows and went from club to club and the following year, she was accepted in to the American Theater Wing, musical department, where she honed her skills in sight reading, conducting, musical theater, acting, dancing and performing.


“It was fabulous and soon I was performing all over the country with bands. I finally grew tired of the schlepping and told William Morris I’d prefer working in the city.” Summer stock and out of town reviews became a part of her life. She performed the leading role in South Pacific (Nellie Forebush); Oliver (Nancy); Kiss Me Kate (Bianca); Annie Get Your Gun (Annie) and many other shows. Gerard married in 1958 and gave birth to Identical Mirror Twins on February 27, 1962. “Their names are Cindy (Cynthia) and Ginny (Regina). Mirror Twins are very rare; one is left handed, the other is right handed; it is like looking at yourself in a mirror. They still look very much alike, but I can tell them apart.” In 1965, she was asked to audition for the standby role of Fannie Brice in Funny Girl. A standby is the person who only performs for the star and sits back stage for the entire performance. “It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea and it was obvious that Barbra Streisand would never get sick or purposefully miss a performance, however, I got the job after many callbacks and auditions and started on Labor Day Weekend that year.” She had many offers to travel, but decided to stay in the city with the New York Company, and continued to perform as Fanny Brice along with Mimi Hines, who followed Streisand. In 1967, she traveled for 10 years as Fanny Brice and performed in Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas. “I was pooped and decided to take a trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, where I worked for the summer in various clubs there. I was also recording for Spiral Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, and did TV, radio, interviews, commercials, industrials, soap operas, off Broadway shows and modeling.” As fate would have it, she fell in love, moved there and ended up owning 50% of a very famous club called the Pied Piper. “Ten years later, I sold my shares, moved to California and bought a club in West Hollywood called The Rose Tattoo. I envisioned it as a New York Night Club and hired the best talent I could find. I loved it and even performed there. It was very successful.” She sold it in 1993 and moved to Palm Springs where she was offered a job as Entertainment Director at the Gene Autry Hotel followed by working for two years at Fantasy Springs Casino as the Entertainment Director and later performed in the Palm Springs Follies. She was the Restaurant Manager for the Spa Hotel for ten years followed by her current position as a Hostess at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. “When they found out about my

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show biz background, they took many of my old recordings, re-mastered them and produced an album which they sell on-line called ‘Fabulous Selections, Linda Gerard’ and now you can google it and see lots of articles and pictures of me.” Every Monday, she performs “Musical Bingo” from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Ace Hotel with no musical accompaniment. From what I hear, she performs to a packed house. She has her 75th birthday coming up on Tuesday, December 24, and is winning her battle against Stage Four Lung Cancer. She recently performed as the Headliner for the Fifth Annual Loving All Animals Super Pet Adoption Fair. Peter Marin was unable to perform, and like the pro she is, at the last minute, she delighted the audience with her performance. Thank you, Linda and may God continue to bless you. See you at the show!

December 5 to December 11, 2013

Local Music Spotlight

Local Music Spotlight

Adding Darkness to Dubstep


by Eric the red (eric robertson)


he average Dubstep song tends to evoke images of large groups of people dancing rhythmically, with bright lights flashing everywhere the eye can see. EDM DJ Banshee Boyd is out to change that perception. With a dark, almost menacing sound, Banshee is remixing and creating music that is a meld of Dubstep, classic 16-bit video games and a near horror ambiance that no other local DJ can hold a stick to. When asked to describe his music, Banshee Boyd stated, “Dark, nasty, & fun.” You can feel this right off the bat when listening to his track “Chemical Plant Zone,” which is a remix of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 level theme. Banshee took the classic 16-bit theme from the early 90’s, and made it sound like a modern, dark Dubstep original. “I kind of draw inspiration from all different genres of music. I listen to a little bit of everything and sometimes get ideas out of nowhere, like ‘Hey! I could remix that!’” is what he had to say on where he draws most of his inspiration. Being a fan of multiple genres of music, it makes sense that Boyd would be able to take a dark twist from his background in metal, and add it to a primarily positive genre such as EDM. To get some background on him, I asked where he got his stage name. “My stage name was actually given to me back when I was in a metal band. I was asked to try doing vocals. I did a scream/growl. An old band mate said, ‘Damn you scream like a Banshee.’ It just kind of stuck.” With creativity drawn from the world around him, Banshee Boyd can access just about any style and interweave his dark accent to accelerate his career to astronomical levels. Being an electronic artist, you would think that creating and rehearsing music would be an easy feat. This is not entirely the case, as Boyd explained, “Well, my rehearsals are a bit different. As far as song

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writing goes, it’s me sitting in front of a computer for hours, figuring out where to put notes, creating a good beat or synth, and getting it to just make people dance. As far as getting ready to play a show, I DJ digitally so it’s me finding a bunch of songs including my own that I think people wanna hear.” With music writing taking up multiple hours to get just the basic beats, you’d think the process of writing new music would be the biggest challenge for Banshee Boyd. When asked what the biggest challenge he’s overcome to date was, Boyd said, “I would just say [getting] exposure would be the hardest one. It’s been difficult to get my name out there, but it’s been getting a bit easier lately, with Dubstep becoming more popular it has definitely helped me reach out to more people.” With exposure being the most difficult part of his music career, I asked Banshee what kind of advice he had for anyone looking to get into making music. On this subject, he stated, “Never give up! Whatever kind of music you’re writing, always try to do what you can to improve. If it’s with practicing, research, or whatever can help you, focus on your craft. Music is a beautiful thing and you should never, ever stop… Never give up on your dreams. Whether it’s music, writing, art or whatever keeps you going. Always try harder to achieve what it is you want from the world.” Banshee Boyd will be appearing Tuesday, December 10th at the Clinic Bar and Lounge in Palm Springs. This will be his first headlining performance, with many other guest DJ’s to be announced. Be sure to catch him on Tuesday, and check out all his tracks on Soundcloud at soundcloud. com/banshee-boyd and on Facebook at

e crawled out of the dust and heat of Tucson, Arizona with one thing in mind to play loud music. Eddie Spaghetti was desperately trying to ignore the country music that floated all around him. So he packed up his bags, his band mates and the self-proclaimed greatest rock-n-roll band in the world and headed to Seattle, Washington. “We just wanted to move somewhere where it wasn’t so hot. We had a friend that moved up there and he said you could wear your leather jacket well into June. He said there is like 3 or 4 clubs to play at as opposed to the 1 or 2 in Tucson. We thought we would go to Seattle and be the best band they had ever seen, we moved up there at a really good time,” shared Eddie Spaghetti. The late 80’s was a good time for music in Seattle but The Supersuckers wanted more, their aim was to add a whole new show to the punk scene and strip away some of the pretense of late ‘80’s Heavy Metal. “I started The Supersuckers at the end of the 80’s, so we’ve been around for like 25 years now and we’re still going strong. We just finished a new record and its due out in January and it’s quite possibly the best record we have ever made.” Now 25 years later, Eddie Spaghetti is branching out a bit and doing a solo project or two and has just released his second full-length solo album titled The Value of Nothing released by Bloodshot Records. “It’s really good, I’m super proud of it. I really think it’s a special record that will stand the test of time. That’s the idea you know to make songs that stand the test of time, that you can listen to years later and they still sound good. That’s what the job has turned in to for me, is to be able to make up good songs.” Spaghetti shared. Eddie Spaghetti might have taken the road north to Seattle but it didn’t take too long, however, for the country music that

he tried so hard to avoid in his youth to start surfacing in his music. Spaghetti’s blend of country, punk and rock-n-roll instantly became a fan favorite with other side projects including The Junkyard Dogs. The music and style led Eddie to work with Jesse Dayton who was known for his production work with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash. “The idea of getting him involved was to make this to be like a true country record. He’s a real country guy, but he looked at it as an opportunity to get his rock on. The record is actually a lot tougher than I anticipated it would be, but that said I am very happy with the way it came out.” Eddie Spaghetti is currently touring promoting his new album, The Value of Nothing and is bringing his “tell it like it is” stage show and music to the Coachella Valley. Eddie performs this Thursday December 5th with special guests Charlie Overbey and also The Hellions. Admission is free, show time is 9:00pm, 21 and over. “I am kinda like a human jukebox up there. As long as it’s a Supersucker or Eddie Spaghetti song you bet I’ll play it, it’s more fun that way.” For More information on Eddie Spaghetti or the new album, The Value of Nothing, visit, Eddie-Spaghetti/141205945901709 or for The Supersuckers visit www.supersuckers. com and look for their new album out in January.


December 5 to December 11, 2013

by Eleni P. Austin


Consider This

December 5 to December 11, 2013

“New” (Concord Records)


ne thing that’s always been a major difference between the performing arts and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting and that’s it. He’s had the joy of creating it, and it hangs on some wall. Somebody buys it, somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a “Starry Night” again, man.’ He painted it, and that was it.” Joni Mitchell said that about 40 years ago, rather extemporaneously, in the middle of one of her concerts. Someone who might agree with this wry observation is Paul McCartney. Imagine how it must feel to have created a body of work the first ten years of your career that defines what you do for the rest of your life. McCartney has been making post-Beatle music for over 40 years now, but the Fab Four cast a long shadow. Throughout the ‘70s, John Lennon was lionized and Paul McCartney, (solo and with his band Wings), was marginalized. It was an unfair comparison. Sure, Lennon was seen as a profound visionary, but he was also the guy walking around the Troubadour with a Kotex plastered to his forehead. Paul McCartney was head down, writing and recording. The “Cute One” wrote some baddass rockers back then… “Helen Wheels,” “Jet,” “Live And Let Die.” He also wrote thoughtful ballads like “Bluebird” and “Maybe I’m Amazed.” He could also be

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pretty crap-tastic, (“No More Lonely Nights” was pretty abysmal.) Without too much fanfare, McCartney has enjoyed a creative renaissance the last few years. There were glimmers back in the late ‘80s when McCartney teamed with Elvis Costello to write songs. The caustic Costello was the perfect choice to reign in McCartney’s penchant for sugary love songs. Their collaborations were the best things on Flowers InThe Dirt, (1989) and Off Of The Ground (1993). Since the turn of the century, McCartney served up some stellar albums. Driving Rain, released in 2001 was layered and ambitious. Chaos And Creation In the Backyard arrived in 2005. Produced by Nigel Goodrich, (Beck, Radiohead), the music was moody, meditative and melancholy. Two years later McCartney returned with Memory Almost Full a collection of melodic rockers. He briefly veered off course last year, recording an album of gooey Pop standards. (What is it with old Hippies revisiting the Great American songbook? Is there a petition circulating to make it stop?) But Sir Paul regained some Rocker cred by collaborating with Youth (ex-Killing Joke) and the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Now, at age 71, McCartney has released his 24th album, New. The first six tracks offer a master class in song craft. “Save Us” opens the album with a shot of musical Viagra. An urgent rocker powered by grungy guitars and a whipcrack beat, the lyrics are an insistent plea for unconditional love. “Alligator” offers up irresistible hooks and a jumbled collision of guitars and synths with hints of glockenspiel and celeste, cushioned by a see-saw rhythm. The lyrics are a playful paean to domestic bliss… “I

want someone who can save me, when I come home from the zoo/ I need somebody who’s a sweet communicator that I can give my alligator too.” “On My Way To Work” is a wistful slice of life rich in detail. McCartney inhabits the skin of a regular bloke waxing philosophical en route to work. “Queenie Eye” is a piano-driven rocker that recalls “Lady Madonna.” McCartney reveals some cynicism in these biting couplets… “Life’s a game, rags from riches dogs and bitches hunt for game/ Difficult to know which way to turn, lay the blame on the snitches wicked witches fan the flame.” The action slows on “Early Days” a poignant recollection of Lennon & McCartney’s Quarrymen days. The instrumentation is pastoral, chiming acoustic guitars, dulcimer and harmonium.

The mood is warm and familiar, as though McCartney is sharing a treasured memory… “Dressed in black from head to toe, two guitars across our backs.” Finally, the title track weds English Music Hall whimsy to the tight vocal harmonics of “SMiLE –era Beach Boys. Aside from his vocals, McCartney provides bass, harpsichord, piano, mellotron, Wurlitzer, conga drums, maracas and bouzouki! Four songs pay homage to McCartney’s wife, Nancy. “Hosanna” is earthy and Folk-flavored. “Looking At Her” blends serpentine guitars and a robotic beat. The tune pivots from gentle verses to a fractious chorus. Anchored by chunky guitar riffs and supple Hammond organ, “I Can Bet” is a frisky ode to horizontal activity. On the flipside, McCartney summons heartfelt emotions on “Turned Out.” Examining the failure of a past relationship and congratulating himself for taking the leap again… “I took a walk into the fire when I heard you calling me/I took a chance and what a good thing it turned out to be.” Other interesting tracks include the spooky Samba, “Road” and “Everybody Out There.” The latter is a jaunty rocker that echoes Venus And Mars era Wings. The album closes with “Get Me Out Of Here.” A bluesy, back porch ramble, it wouldn’t seem out of place on a Led Zeppelin record. McCartney is loose and playful, displaying some of that droll MopTop humor that endeared him to us 50 years ago. (There’s also a final hidden track, the subdued and reflective piano ballad, “Scared.”) In an unusual step, McCartney enlisted four producers to bring New to fruition. Paul Epworth (Adele, Maximo Park), Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Kings Of Leon), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Black Lips, Bruno Mars) and Giles Martin. Martin has produced artists like Kate Bush and Kim Richey, but he is probably best known as the son of famed Beatle producer George Martin. He has collaborated with his dad on Beatles projects like Anthology and Love. The result is a remarkably cohesive record. Most of all “New” is a fun listen. It reminds us why we fell under the spell of John, Paul, George and Ringo all those years ago.


December 5 to December 11, 2013


by Janet McAfee

Holiday Safety for Pets


id you know that there is a dramatic increase in emergency trips to the vet during the holidays? Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas and Hanukkah are heading our way in a flurry. Christmas trees are going up, homemade goodies are baked, and holiday lights brighten the desert scene as neighborhoods become festive. The parties are planned, and friends gather to share fun, food, and friendships. In the frenzy of activity, we may overlook some of the dangers the season poses to our four-legged family members. Certain holiday plants, foods, and decorations can pose a serious hazard to cats and dogs. Curious kittens and puppies can tip over a lighted candle, and not only burn themselves but cause a fire hazard in your home. If you must display lighted candles, keep them far out of reach. Dogs in particular love table scraps, but it is not advisable to supplement their diet with human holiday treats. Sugar, chocolate, turkey bones and gravy may land your pet in the hospital. Onions, raisins, and grapes are other foods that are toxic for dogs. Onions

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and garlic contain sulfides which are toxic and can lead to anemia. Nuts, particularly walnuts and macadamia nuts are very dangerous when consumed by dogs. If you are hosting a large party where food is being served, be on the safe side and keep the little critters in a back room so guests won’t be tempted to pass them a treat. Keep that bowl of candy off the coffee table where pets can reach it. Chocolate in particular is very dangerous for Fluffy and Scruffy. Candies containing the artificial

sweetener xylitol can be hazardous, so take care that your pet doesn’t grab that pack of sugarless gum out of your purse. Holiday plants such as Poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe, and holly provide festive greenery. Poinsettias with their bright red flowers are the most festive holiday plant, and while they are not as toxic as we were led to believe in the past, sampling a leaf from one can make your dog mildly ill or cause swelling and itching to the skin. Much worse than Poinsettias are holly, lilies, and mistletoe. Mistletoe is a favorite for romantics, but ingesting this can cause erratic behavior in your pet and even cardiovascular collapse. Even the berries drop to the floor, you might just want to nix this plant from your holiday list. If you kiss under the mistletoe, keep the plant out of Fido’s reach! If you put your pet in a holiday costume such a cute Santa suit, make sure the outfit isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. A festive red bandana might be a good alternative to a tight fitting costume. Lillian Roberts DVM, of Country Club Animal Clinic sees a dramatic influx of 4-legged patients during the season. She advises, “Avoid ornaments or decorations that are small and easy to swallow, as these

can quickly lead to intestinal blockage and emergency surgery! This especially includes tinsel, ribbon, and small loose bells which cats find irresistible. I once x-rayed a dog to discover an entire glass ornament, unbroken, just sitting there in the stomach. Surgery was required to get it back out, as it would be for tinsel in cats.” Dr. Roberts offers more tips to keep your animals safe and healthy this time of year: 1. Unplug the Christmas lights and other electrical decorations when not in attendance. Cords are attractive chew toys for kittens and puppies, and if plugged in can be very dangerous. 2. If you must add something to the water under your tree, make sure it’s not poisonous. Pets WILL drink from this bowl! Likewise, flocked trees are a bad idea in a house with pets. 3. Make time for your pets every day, keeping their routine as normal as possible. Travel can be distressing, whether guests visit you or you take your pet elsewhere. Taking precautions with your pets during the holidays can help ensure that our “furfriends” enjoy a happy season! Keep you vet’s contact information close at hand at all times of the year. You can reach Country Club Animal Clinic in Palm Desert at (760) 776-7555. Pet emergencies often happen after hours, and there is only one 24-hr animal clinic in the Coachella Valley, VCA on Jefferson Street in Indio, at (760) 3424711.

December 5 to December 11, 2013

by Rick Riozza

Wine Around the Holidays


inding down the year, we find that wine remains wickedly wonderful; the beer boom is back, and the cocktail culture rocks! It’s a thirsty world my friend—dive in! And here in the desert we are especially thirsty—so vino venues, burgeoning breweries, and merry mixologists have sway with us and light up the holiday festivities. On the wine side of things, tout le monde— we all had a beau-jolicious time enjoying the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau at Clementine Market Place & Café, Miramonte Resort & Spa, and The Viceroy Palm Springs enjoying the first wine of this season’s French harvest. At Clementine’s, Chef Gräbe prepared a few unique and traditional small Lyonaisse dishes to pair with the 2013 Nouveau and owners Christophe and Jennifer brought out Cru Beaujolais as well (the more serious stuff that can age): a tasty 2011 Regnie, a sturdy and excellent 2010 Morgon, and the star of the show—the fleshy and spicy Juliénas from the stellar 2009 vintage. My favorite bite was the La Quenelle de Brochet Sauce Nantua—Fresh Pike Dumpling with Crawfish Sauce and Basmati Rice. Fabuleux! Miramonte’s celebration party—well, was a party for sure, with crooner Steve Di Tullio and others belting out Sinatra and Dean Martin tunes for a lively group enjoying all the Nouveau one desired, scrumptious substantial hors d’oeuvres of meats, cheeses, fruit and bread, along with raffle prizes from wine to spa treatments! Partie Copieux! Laissez le bon temps rouler! And at The Viceroy, things really appeared French. Under the purple-gray skies above, the light-falling rain drizzled upon a black stallion drawing a carriage containing a large wooden cask of the Nouveau that came down Belardo Road and up to the hotel’s entrance. Quel Voyant! A bit later the cask wine was poured into the glasses of the happy crowd at the Citron Restaurant Lounge

already munching on Chef’s inventive gastronomic appetizers. Magnifique! France’s Beaujolais region is filled with the Gamay grape and not the usual Pinot Noir that a red Burgundy is known for. It was traditionally what vineyard workers and winemakers drank as both a celebration of the end of the backbreaking harvest and as way to gauge the quality of the vintage. This easy drinking youthful bright grapey purple-colored wine turns out to be a really versatile red for the holiday table: It’s fun to drink—fruity with light complexities to stay out of the way of the meal, and it’s lower in alcohol content. This 2013 Nouveau is richer and fuller than most years with big strawberry and blackberry aromas. I think it’s a great gift wine for the holiday meals and parties as well. Wine newbies will appreciate your enlightening, and, wine enthusiasts—some who consider nouveau a little passé and/or a diminutive wine, will be impressed that you knew this 2013 vintage was delightful—“How’d you know that?!” Cut to Miramonte Resort & Spa where on Friday, December 13th, patrons will enjoy the intricate balance of flavors of a delectable five-course dinner prepared by the innovative Executive Chef Adam Votaw to be paired with wines from Napa’s Franciscan Estate. At this one-of-a-kind event, representatives from the vineyard will guide you through blending your own custom wine!--A must for the wine lover! $75 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. Guests can RSVP for Franciscan Wine Dinner directly to 760-837-2327 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday - Friday Now onto festive Italian cuisine which seems to be the vogue these days on all the cooking shows and with all you foodies scurrying about to get the freshest ingredients from our local organic produce places—and that’s a good thing! So if you wish to play Italian this holiday season, you’ll want to continue to literally experience the land and fruit of Italia by enjoying its vino. If you’re doing the traditional Feast of Seven Fishes—Mario Batali’s version is on-line, then look to the Umbrian Scacciadiavoli’s Grechetto [greh-KET-toh] dell’Umbria This dry white wine is the current rage in Italy with a range of vivacious scents of fruit and floral in aroma and taste with cleansing acidity. Chill it well and as it warms in the glass—it explodes! Umbria—half way between Toscana and

Roma, has an ancient wine tradition which is now producing first-class wine. And the traditional Christmas fare includes cappelletti—little hats, which are small meat-filled tortellini, along with fresh pastas, mortadella, cheeses, walnuts and porchetta—that delicious roasted pig. A great recommendation here is the Tenuta Castelbuono Rosso di Montefalco, a blend of Sangiovese— with its cherry, earth, herbs, plums and leather notes, and the Sagrantino—black cherries, smoke, nutmeg, chocolate and tobacco. What think? And for you Italian wine enthusiasts who enjoy full flavor reds with tannins and grit, the unique Umbrian red wine from Montefalco is Sagrantino. It has unique characteristics that bear no similarities with any other grape variety in Italy. The skins of the grapes are extremely thick and the wine produced has a very strong structure and an extremely high concentration of polyphenols—

very suitable for long aging. I’ll be writing more about this wine because it’s perfect for winter meals. Full-bodied yet elegant and balanced. Currently, the 2007 Collepiano Sagrantino di Montefalco from Arnaldo Caprai is available; Caprai was named “2012 European Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This wine can pair with aged cheeses, beef, duck, lamb, pasta, pizza, sausages, stews, black truffles, and wild boar. Buon Appetito!! Call Costa Nichols at Desert Wine & Spirits (760) 327-7701 in Palm Springs, or 3rd Corner Wine Shop (760) 837-9600 in Palm Desert to request these wines. Rick is our sommelier-about-town looking out for vino venues. Contact winespectrum@aol. com.

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29 PALMS INN; 29 PALMS; 760-367-3505 Bev and Bill 6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Reunion w/ DJ Day in the Amigo Room 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Lilli Rose 7-10pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Paula Prince 7pm (PB) BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King 6-10pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CLINIC BAR & LOUNGE; PS; 760-864-4119 Open Mic 8pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Thirsty Thursdays 8pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 Karaoke ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760-9920002 Lola Rossi, Rob Carter and Denise Motto 5-9pm (JZ) EUREKA; IW; 760-834-7700 The Hive Minds 8pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Eddie Spaghetti w/ Charlie Overbey & The Hellions 10pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Rox LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Bob Allen in the lounge and Tom on the patio 6pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Country Night w/ Brian Jones 8pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 8-1am (LR) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Live Music 6pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS;


760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MIRAMONTE RESORT; IW; 760-3417200 “Sassy & Sultry” featuring Gina Carey 5-8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 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 PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 John Wesley & The Lost Souls 7:30pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161ext.230 Machin’ 7pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Martin Ross 6pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Spaghetti Western Night 5pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Dude Jones 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 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 Singles Night 9pm


19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Dana Larson 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 L.A. Witch w/ DJ Aubrey Henderson 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Karaoke w/ AJ The KJ 8-12am AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Boys Club 8pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 Guest DJ 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 Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-3252600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 Dude Jones 9pm HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 T.B.A. 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Robotic Humans & Rick Thorne 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 T.B.A. 7:30pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Bob Allen 6pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Common Ground 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Echo Valley Road 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 PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 The Hive Minds 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Brad & Buddy Mercer 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Brawley 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161ext.230 The Gand Band 9pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 T.B.A. 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Martin Ross Starlite Lounge 8pm, T.B.A. Sidebar Lounge 10pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Long Duk Dong 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 Barry Baughn

Blues 8-11pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Country Night w/ Walt Young 5:30pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 The Mighty Delta-Tones 9pm TILTED KILT; PD; 760-773-5458 Tilted @ Night 10pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 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 T.B.A. 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 Rob & jb 7-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Rose Mallet 6:30pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 Girl’s Night out w/ The Men on the Hollywood Strip 9pm


19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Victoria poolside noon, DJ Brian J Waters 10pm amigo room AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Cabaret on the Green w/ Les Michaels & Joel Baker 7-10pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Jerry Halliday 8pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 Guest DJ 10pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 Live Music 6-10pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-7755566 DJ PWee (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madeo 6-10pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Michael Wright 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 5:30pm CLINIC BAR & LOUNGE; PS; 760-864-4119 All Night Shoes 9pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-3252600 Long Duk Dong 8pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm EUREKA; IW; 760-834-7700 The Vibe 3-7pm

FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-327-1700 T.B.A. 9pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 T.B.A. 8-11pm THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 8pm HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Generous Thieves 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Rockabilly Night w/ The Deadbeat Daddies 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-366-2250 T.B.A. 8pm KOKOPELLI’S; YV; 760-228-2589 T.B.A. 6pm, Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Bob Allen 6pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Common Ground 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Echo Valley Road 9pm (VD) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Live Music 6pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am Oktoberfest all day THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 T.B.A. 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 The Hive Minds 9pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Meltdown 6:30pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Dengue Fever w/ JVR 9pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161ext.230 The Gand Band 9pm RENAISSANCE PALM; PS; 760-322-6100 Art of Sax featuring Sax Man Will Donato & Eddie Reddick 7-10pm (JZ) RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Riz Orkestra 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Martin Ross, Starlite Lounge 8pm, T.B.A., Sidebar Lounge 10pm, DJ Shasta, Starlite Lounge 10pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 War Drum w/ Waxy and Blasting Echo 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 Barry Baughn Blues 8-11pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Dude Jones 6pm TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985

Alyce Bowie 9pm TILTED KILT; PD; 760-773-5458 Tilted@ Night 9pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Rob & JB 1:30-4:30pm, Nite Fixx 9-2am, DJ Anwaar Hines 9-2am WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 Rob & jb 7-10pm (LR)(PR) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Stanley Butler 6:30pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJs 9pm (VD)


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December 5 to December 11, 2013

The Pampered Palate

December 5 to December 11, 2013

By Raymond Bill

VUE at Indian Wells Golf Resort


ost desert residents are familiar with Indian Wells Golf Resort and the IW Club but many are unaware that this is a golf and dining venue open to the public. While the name may seem to imply exclusivity, this is an attraction we are all fortunate enough to enjoy. Recently, there have been some exciting changes to the IW Club, starting with their name. Now known as Vue Grille & Bar, this Vue with a View offers plates as artistic as the surrounding scenery. With a new Executive Chef focusing on local,

farm to table ingredients with a hint of molecular gastronomy, Vue is sure to be the hot spot this season. Recently, I was treated to a chef’s tasting luncheon where I sampled some new items from their seasonal menu. All I can say is, “Wow!” So, what kind of food can you expect to enjoy at this restaurant? From Prime cuts of beef from Brandt Farms to fresh seafood and sashimi, Vue Grille & Bar has a variety of items with many cultural and geographic influences. We began with a sashimi plate

of the freshest fish I have had in this desert. Salmon that melts in your mouth, yellowtail and ahi that still have that fresh salty sea taste, and tender octopus, calamari and even flounder, were all plated together with traditional accompaniment. It reminds me of a time when I went sport fishing in Mexico and tasted fresh yellowtail on the boat just after I reeled it in. Truly impressive quality. After savoring the fresh sashimi, we continued with small plates that boasted bold flavors. Local Medjool dates filled with gorgonzola and served over thinly sliced apple were placed before me, to be followed by a beet salad that is unparalleled in this valley. The dates were delicious and rich, the sweet date and touch of honey balanced the savory cheese while the crisp apple and endive provided texture and complexity. The beet salad would showcase ruby and golden beets as well as a candied beet chip accented with honey “pearls” and beet “soil,” made from dehydrated beets and pistachio powder. I’m sure there’s much more to it than that but a good chef keeps a few secrets of his or her own. The next two plates would prove to be my favorites. A large seared diver scallop with bok choy and confit fennel finished with a sea urchin emulsion and puffed black rice. The flavors and textures were simply perfection. This was to be followed by what could be described as a, “deconstructed chowder” of fresh pan seared local seabass and Manila

clams with heirloom carrots, cipollini onion and chunks of pork belly in a chowder sauce. This dish was delicate, sophisticated and almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. When the Filet Mignon arrived over creamed spinach and roasted garlic with fingerling potatoes and grilled lemon, I knew there was no dessert in my near future. I managed to savor every bite of the most tender, perfectly cooked and presented cut of beef I have laid a fork on. A perfect sear to the meat and a red center that was present through the entire cut left me speechless. I’m used to steakhouses justifying their improperly cooked entrees by suggesting that I cut through the very center of the steak to find the desired temperature, but Chef Cale has mastered the art of preparing a quality steak. What a treat indeed! Throughout our meal, a very talented mixologist, well versed in the history of cocktails, presented to us samples of creative alcoholic beverages that were well paired with our courses. It was a fun experience and I look forward to revisiting these beverages when I visit their large bar, perhaps during happy hour which is offered 7 days each week. Vue Grille & Bar (formerly the IW Club) is located in Indian Wells, east of Cook Street on Highway 111. Don’t miss out on this hot new spot in the Coachella Valley.

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or your consideration: a wry character study, two exceptional period pieces, a classic crime story and a slapstick comedy. THE MAID

Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) has been a devoted maid for 23 years, working for an upper class Chilean household. But she has become embittered. She is ailing and can no longer care for the family alone. Matriarch Pilar (Claudia Celedon), trapped by guilt, refuses to let Raquel go, even though it’s clear the long-time maid is, shall we say, coming unglued. Instead, Pilar hires more help, further aggravating Raquel’s delicate state of mind and throwing her into a jealous rage. The once seemingly happy home quickly becomes a stage for Raquel’s dirty tricks as she attempts to drive away anyone who threatens to take her place. The darkly comedic results are weirdly endearing. THE MAID (LA NANA) was a 2009 Golden Globe© nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. (Spanish with English Subtitles.) Oscilloscope.


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VATEL Gerard Depardieu is Vatel, the Martha Stewart to the Prince de Conde when the Sun King, Louis XIV, drops by for a banquet. This lavish period drama, a French production directed by Roland Joffe, from an original

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Giusppe Tornatore, who gave us the award winning CINEMA PARADISO, delivers another mindful political manifesto also set in a sleepy Sicilian village during WWII, but this time disguised as a coming-of-age story. Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) is a bike-riding adolescent still in short pants who is obsessed with the voluptuous and mysterious Melena (Monica Bellucci), who becomes a widow and prostitute all the while under the envious eyes of the village women and the lustful gaze of the men. When Melena is tried for adultery and later cruelly punished by the townspeople, only Renato knows her true story. Melena is of course a symbol of Italy. Her travails are watched over and guarded by the seemingly helpless and insignificant Renato (he daily lights candles for her in the church). The metaphors of this 2000 movie may be obvious and the story sometimes rambling, but they are more then compensated by the beautiful location of the timeless village on the coast of Sicily. Ennio Morricone’s score and the exquisite cinematography by Lajo Koltai must share star billing with the two leads in this heart-wrenching story of prejudice, jealousy, hate, sexual awakening and war. Italian with English subtitles. Miramax. UN FLIC

“Un flic” translatevs as “the cop.” This stylish, noirish 1975 crime film is the final work of Jean-Pierre Melville, one of the great French directors of the 50s and 60s. Melville has been called the creator of the modern gangster film and a major influence on such directors as Martin Scorsese, John Woo and Quentin Tarantino. The great-looking widescreen transfer is especially fine-tuned to the muted shades of night and fog – always a great setting for action and suspense. Richard Crenna is a nightclub owner and the fearless, brilliant head of a gang of bank robbers. When they knock over a small bank, one of them is wounded. It’s not long until burned-out detective Alain Delon, Crenna’s old friend, takes an interest in the case and begins piecing the puzzle together. Meanwhile,

Crenna, using the stolen loot, plans an even bigger heist. This time it’s a trainload of mob money. But, as fate would have it, both men continue a serious, secretive, relationship with the same woman, Catherine Deneuve. Get the picture? The almost unbearable tension builds as the vectors of friendship, love and betrayal inexorably converge in a memorable and hardboiled finale. Released in America as “Dirty Money,” this is the director’s original cut. French with English subtitles. Anchor Bay. THE ICE RINK

Jean-Phillipe Toussainte is a Belgian novelist with a cult following. His feather-light, carefree touch as writer and director makes THE ICE RINK/LA PATINOIR from 1999 a very cool and refreshing diversion. It’s hard not to be reminded of Francois Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT, or a carefully choreographed Jacque Tati comedy of manners and errors -- and eventual chaos. Bruce Campbell stars as a hunky American hockey player who arrives on the ice arena set of a French “hockey romance” film with a cast made up of the entire Lithuanian National Hockey Team. There are serious problems: the team speaks no French and the crew cannot skate. Tom Novembre, the director of the film-within-thefilm, is under tremendous pressure to meet an impossible deadline for the Venice Film Festival. The eye-catching Doloras Chaplin, Charlie’s granddaughter, plays an amorous international ice-show star in love with the square-jawed Campbell. I enjoyed this funny, slapstick look at the art of love and filmmaking. A great soundtrack includes Placebo and David Bowie. (English, French, Italian, Lithuanian with English Subtitles.) Kino. NOW PLAYING & WORTH SEEING ON THE BIG SCREEN: NEBRASKA, PHILOMENA, FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, GRAVITY 3D, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, BLUE JASMINE OPENING DECEMBER 6: BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL NEW FOR THE HOME THEATER: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (EXTENDED EDITION) Comments?

Book Review

December 5 to December 11, 2013

By Heidi Simmons

Being J.D. Salinger Salinger By David Shields & Shane Salerno



irst published in 1951, Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger continues to be a best seller. It is required reading in high schools across this country and many others. Yet, the author has remained an enigma never producing another book of similar quality, impact and stature. In Salinger, by David Shields and Shane Salerno (Simon & Schuster, 720 pages) the authors attempt to uncover the real Salinger and his work. The biographical narrative is constructed from individual interviews and correspondence. Salinger’s daughter, war buddies, publishers, editors and girl friends make up most of the contributors. Salinger himself is quoted. Authors Shields and Salerno offer their observations and

begin most chapters. Solerno is mainly a filmmaker, but adds his own experience as he attempted to film and interview Salinger. The book is essentially the transcript of the documentary film of the same name. The documentary was released at the same time as the book. When it comes to book

versus movie – this is a tie. The documentary includes most of the information and all the amazing pictures of Salinger from the book. Most of the film’s interviews are the actual people talking about Salinger to the camera. But, as is often the case, the book has more. It has the complete interviews, which give more perspective and more detail. However, more detail does not necessarily make the book better. The book cost $39.95. The DVD is probably much less. But what makes this book interesting is finally we do get a picture of Salinger. It has been thought that Salinger was a recluse and had retired from writing. It turns out he had friends and frequently went out and about. But he’s also been writing every day of his life up until he died in 2010. Salinger enlisted in WWII and he took the first chapters of Cater in the Rye with him. He survived D-Day and had an interesting stint in the military even after the war. He married a German woman -- thought to be a Nazi sympathizer -- and brought her back to the states. The marriage did not last. Salinger clearly suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but at the time it was not a known or defined condition. A child of affluence, in and out of private schools as a young man, Salinger may be very much like Holden Caulfield, his character in Cather in the Rye. Salinger was intelligent, cynical and sensitive with distaste for

hypocrisy (just like Caulfield). Salinger had a thing for younger women and pursued them by writing letters. The most fascinating read was about the assassins. Three men said they were influenced by Catcher in the Rye to attempt and kill others. And there are more. Mentioned are: Robert John Bardo, who murdered Rebecca Schaeffer, John Hinckley who attempted to kill Ronald Reagan and Mark David Chapman who killed John Lennon. Amazingly, there is no comment from Salinger on the subject! The book includes some speculation and comments on why these men did what they did. There is no question that Salinger himself and his book clearly played a major part in these murders. The authors divide the book into four sections: Brahmacharya (Apprenticeship,) Garhasthya (Householder Duties,) Vanaprasthya (Withdrawal From Society) and Sannyasa (Renunciation of the World.) These are the steps to enlightenment in Advaita Vedanta Hinduism. Salinger became a Hindu in the 50s. The authors speculate that his religion, along with his PTSD, destroyed him and his art. Organizing the book by these steps, the authors make a good point and a compelling argument for Salinger’s odd, reclusive behavior and his failure to continue producing notable work. In fact, they say: “The war killed him the first time; Vedanta the second time.” I was never a big fan of Catcher in the Rye. But I, like many others, have been intrigued to know more about the enigmatic author Jerome David Salinger. No doubt Shields and Solerno have satisfied the mystery with this intense and well-researched book. It is comprehensive and much of the material stands on its own. Their insightful comments and the clever arrangement of the text make Salinger a very credible biography that sheds light on a sad and disturbed literary figure.


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he countdown is on for the 22nd Annual Indio International Tamale Festival coming up this weekend on Friday, December 6, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Carnival only this day); Saturday, December 7, 10:00am – 6:00pm (Carnival open until 10:00pm); and Sunday, December 8, 10:00am – 6:00pm (Carnival open until 10:00pm). The Festival will take place Old Town Indio between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard, occupying the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr and Requa. The Festival is produced by KevaWorks, Inc., in partnership with host sponsor, the City of Indio. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will serve as the official presenting sponsor, as they have since 1999. Other key sponsors include: Budweiser, Union Pacific, Riverside County Fair, IEHP (Inland Empire Health Plan), Forest Lawn, Southern California Ford, Blue Shield of California, Metro PCS, and Desert Resort Security Services, Inc. Media sponsors include: -KMIR6 and KPSE My 13 -KESQ News Channel 3, CBS Local 2, Telemundo KUNA 15, and La Poderosa KUNA 96.7 FM -Univision KVER Channel 4, UniMás KEVCCA Channel 5, and José 94.7 KLOB FM -The Eagle 106.9 FM -The Oasis 95.9 FM KAJR -EZ 103.1 FM KEZN -Jammin’ 99.5 FM KMRJ -U-92.7 FM KKUU and 93.7 FM KCLB Admission into the Festival is FREE, and family-friendly activities, arts and crafts booths, and live entertainment are geared for all ages and community interests. The Festival has been ranked as one of the top ten “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation by Food Network-TV. The traditional competition for best tamale recipe will be held, and there will also be a tamale eating contest. At least 125,000 people are expected to attend the two day celebration which begins with a parade on Saturday morning. Performances will be featured on four stages. Free parking is available at Riverside County’s Administration Building at the Larson Justice Center on the corner of Highway 111 and Oasis Street. Public parking is also available on various streets around downtown Indio. Free shuttle services are provided by Lin Lines to all festival visitors from the Larson Justice Center. SunLine Transit bus routes include stops close to the Festival grounds. Complete information on the Tamale Festival can be found at: http://www. DETAILED TAMALE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: PARADE The annual City of Indio parade will begin at 10:00am on Saturday, December 7th, at Miles Avenue. This year’s Parade Grand Marshal will be Timothy Bradley, Jr., the current WBO welterweight champion and former WBO and two-time WBC junior welterweight champion. Bands will compete for first and second place in both high school and middle school categories as well a high performance and high music. Mayor Mike Wilson (who will be sworn in as Indio’s new Mayor this week), members of the Indio City Council, youth cheer groups, Healing Horses, Indio Police Department, Car Show participants will all ride in the parade, with Santa Claus riding a 100 foot ladder fire truck to finish the parade. Awards will be presented following the parade at the Fiesta Stage by Grand Marshal Timothy Bradley, Jr. and Mayor Wilson. Those wishing to participate in the parade must complete a parade entry form in advance; please contact KevaWorks at 760832-8620-ext. 46 or lhartley@kevaworks. com as soon as possible. BEST TAMALE AND EATING CONTEST Vendors will compete in the Best Tamale Contest at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 7th on the Fiesta Stage. Well known tamale makers including Grandma Lupe will participate again. A panel of ten judges, including boxing champ Timothy Bradley, Jr., KUNA TV Telemundo 15 anchor Hernan Quintas, KMIR6’s Manny de la Rosa (Manny the Movie Guy), and local “great-great grandmother” tamale maker Lala Escobedo, will select first and second place winners for nonprofit and commercial vendors in “gourmet” and “traditional” categories. Vendors will each receive a trophy and a cash prize. Both adults and children may compete in the Tamale Eating Contest, where the hungry person to consume the most tamales in a certain time period will win. Tamales will be supplied by Rincon Norteño Restaurant in Indio. KIDDIELAND This special zone for children will feature pony rides provided by the non-profit organization Healing Horses (http://www. Children will also be able to pet and feed the horses. Rides and games will include rock climbing, PGA golf, bounce houses, a slide, an obstacle course, Sphere Runner, Simulator Flying, and The

Living Desert W.O.W. (Wildlife on Wheels) animal program. CARNIVAL RIDES Butler Amusements is bringing an array of family and adult rides to the festival, including Zipper, Gravitron, Tilt-a-Whirl, Cyclone, and Giant Slide. They will also have games and a food trailer with popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and candy apples. The Carnival will be open Friday, December 6th from 5:00pm – 10:00pm and will end Sunday, December 8th at 10:00pm. A Pay One Price pass (POP) is available for $20 and is good for one day. Ride prices are $1 per ticket; 25 tickets for $23; 80 tickets for $70 (all rides require between 3-5 coupons each). Butler Amusements, Inc. was started 42 years ago and is the largest carnival company in the Western United States, providing carnivals for over 125 different events each year. ( SHOPPING AND VENDOR BOOTHS There will be at least 200 booths representing over 150 vendors offering and/ or selling foods such as ethnic specialties, hot dogs, roasted corn, and desserts; clothing and accessories including the return of the Moncayo Family displaying Hawaiian shirts and dresses; arts and crafts including wood works, jewelry, music, toys, and the return of Mike Zapata, known for creating art on grains of rice. A new feature this year will be “Pains All Gone”, a therapeutic massage station using natural and aromatic oils. “Support Our Troops Ranch” will be selling patriotic goods with all proceeds benefitting wounded soldiers. Nuovaterra will be on hand with six varieties of vinaigrette produced and bottled in southern California. Corium 21 will display their popular aloe vera based skin cream. INAUGURAL CAR SHOW – New this year! Showcase cars will take part in the opening parade and will then be displayed along Requa Street for spectator viewing and judging. The public will vote on the

best in seven categories, to include: Pre-War Restored, Post-War Restored, Street Rod (up to 1959), Muscle Car, Sport, Truck and LowRider. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm on the Fiesta Stage. ART AND WINE GARDEN – New this year! Original art work, including painting, photography, sculpture, and textiles from at least 25 artists will be on display and for sale. Guests can enjoy wine tasting in the wine lounge, and beer from Coachella Valley Brewery will also be available. Those wishing to display and sell their art must complete an application form in advance; please contact KevaWorks at 760-832-8620-ext. 46 or as soon as possible. FOOD TRUCK ALLEY – New this year! Approximately a dozen food trucks will offer a wide variety of cuisine, including California Grill Truck, Kogi Korean BBQ, Tornado Potato, Always Cookin’ BBQ, The Sweet Stop, Steamy Bun Truck, Bakery Truck, and Chunk and Chip (Ice cream with cookie outside). Mariachi music and local high school drum lines will provide entertainment for guests, and seating will be available. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Live music, dancing, singing, and other diverse performances will be held on the Fiesta, Amigo, Sunset, and Community stages. There will also be a karaoke contest. Entertainers will include: Fito Olivares Y Su Grupo (headliner), The L.A. Rhythm Kings, Steve Justice “Rat Pack,” St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico, Olive Crest Academy, Battle of the DJ’s, and many others. “IEHP Rad Rider” bicycle stunt show “superheroes” will demonstrate fancy twists, turns and airborne flips off of a ramp (sponsored by Inland Empire Health Plan). In their shows, stunt cyclists reenact the Motor City comic book scenes in a musical skit and demonstrate safety tips to kids. The shows also feature BMX bike stunts and jumps to thrill the crowd and promote the ‘coolness’ of wearing helmets. ( meet-rad/safetyprog). Sponsorships and volunteers are welcome and appreciated. For more information, please contact KevaWorks, Inc. at 760-8328620-ext. 46 or Complete Festival details, schedules, and event history may be found online at:


December 5 to December 11, 2013

Night of the Radishes


ired of the excess commercialism associated with Christmas this year? Fear not, many groups have made every other day in December a celebration of something else.   For example, you can celebrate the end of Prohibition on Repeal Day which occurs on December 5th.  For those of you rusty on your history, at one point people thought that alcohol was the root of all problems and passed the 18th Amendment to our Constitution banning alcohol.  Fourteen years later, the 21st Amendment was passed repealing the ban.  In recognition of Repeal Day, go out and celebrate responsibly.  If you prefer to stay in, have a stiff one and celebrate Bathtub Party Day which also lands on the 5th.

December 5 to December 11, 2013

Haddon Libby:It’s all local

Saturday the 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the day in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor killing 2,400 servicemen and 68 civilians. In remembrance, you should fly your American flag at half-mast on this day.  The 7th is also International Civil Aviation Day, a day to recognize importance of aviation to the world.  This remembrance was passed by the United Nations in 1996.  The timing of Aviation Day seems a bit odd given that it is also Pearl Harbor Day.  Three days later on the 10th is another United Nations creation, Human Rights Day, a day recognizing the importance of human rights around the world.  There are an abundance of food holidays in December.  Did you celebrate Eat a Red Apple Day on the 1st or Fritters Day on the 2nd?  Coming up is Brownies Day on the 8th, Pastry Day on the 9th and Noodle Ring Day on the 11th.  So you know, the noodle ring was a staple food dish in the 19th century.  It is made by combining noodles, eggs, cheese, ketchup and Worcestershire Sauce in a molding ring.  After baked, you fill the center with creamed chicken or vegetables.  The 15th is Lemon Cupcake Day, the 16th is Chocolate Covered Anything Day, the 17th Maple Syrup Day, 18th Roasted Pig Day and 19th being Oatmeal Muffin Day.   The 21st of December is Forefather’s

Day where we remember the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock in 1620. Two days later is Roots Day when people of all nationalities pay tribute to their family origins.   In Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23rd is Noche de Rabanos, the Night of the Radishes.  On this night, Mexican craftsmen and artists carve radishes into an assortment of forms.  The radish was first introduced to Mexico in the 16th century by the Spanish.  The celebration has been an annual tradition since 1897. While Christmas (Christ’s Mass) falls on the 25th and is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Santa Claus is essentially the spirit of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas’ life is celebrated on December 6th, the day of his death 1,770 years ago.  Worth noting, St. Nicholas came from a wealthy Greek family and used his inheritance to help the poor and

children. The modern image of Santa Claus was the creation of Washington Irving and Thomas Nast around 1810.  Sanct Claus, as he was known, was meant to recognize Dutch roots of New York City.  By the 1880’s, Santa Claus evolved into the image that we know today. Boxing Day which is the 26th finds its roots in a tradition where those of means help the needy.  This might be an employer giving a gift to a work or a donation to the Alms Box at a church. As the year comes to an and, New Year’s Eve is also Unlucky Day, a day where one is to acknowledge the bad things that happened over the last year and leave them behind.


Start your Holiday Shopping this weekend at ShareKitchen while supporting “Well in the Desert”


id you know that there are many Artisan Natural Products created or distributed in the Coachella Valley? On Sunday, December 8th from 3pm-5pm you will have the opportunity to sample local and unique artisan food and wine that will be a perfect addition to your holiday dinners and hostess gifts. These items are also great to have around when you need a quick gift for teachers, tutors, nanny’s, housekeepers, bookkeepers, pool men, dog walkers, emergency plumbers, and more. Your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and bosses will appreciate your thoughtful gesture as you buy them  scrumptious  delicacies that are not available in the commercial marketplace. At Artisan Made Gatherings you will be introduced to local consumable products ranging from raw superfood bars, honeycomb, oils, nuts, marinades, rubs, sauces, herbs, mixes, cheese, and even wine!   By attending Artisan Made at ShareKitchen you are supporting the local economy and a very local bunch of the artisan entrepreneurs. In addition, you will also be supporting “Well in the Desert”, a non-profit providing food to our desert


friends in need! When you clean out your pantry and shelves to make room for these new delicious treats, please bring any food that you would like to share with members of our community in need.  And there’s a bonus!  Anyone who attends this event and invites 10 people will receive a free hand selected product from one of the artisans.  All you have to do is email us your 10+ person guest list and make sure they all show up and check in! To send your guest list, or if you know of a local artisan that would love to join our group for future events, please contact Ann: or 949-945-7083


December 5 to December 11, 2013

Dale Gribow On The Law Secrets Do’s and Don’ts BEFORE Getting to the Indio Court


he first thing you have to remember is that jurors are normal people like you and me. In that regard, first impressions are important. Try to remember back to when you were dating. The first impression of the girl or guy you just met often controlled what would happen in your relationship….or if there would be one. If the other party was well dressed or was well groomed on that day, it may have made a difference. Were the guys shoes polished or scuffed? Was his belt old and falling apart? Were his fingernails clean (or was polish coming off her nails or did it look like he or she had biting them down to the nubs?) In other words dress the way you would for church and to IMPRESS. I tell my clients (and attorneys) that on trials involving Accidents, DUI’s and transactional matters like corporate business matters, real estate etc. that when they get within a few miles of the courthouse they should become the most courteous driver around as that person next to you may become your juror. Since most people will drive down Hwy 111 you never know if the person on your side or behind you in Rancho Mirage will also be turning Right on Oasis too when they get to the Larson Justice Center. If you cut them off in Indian Wells or flipped them off in La Quinta they may remember you… though you may not remember them. It could be that the person driving next to you observed you talking on your phone or being a discourteous driver. I also suggest to my clients and attorneys that when they get to the courthouse they should say good morning to everyone, as you do not know if THEY will be your

jurors. I also advise my clients that they not drive an expensive car. You do not want to stand out as someone wealthy who does not need the money you are asking for in an accident case. Nor do you want to come across as the wealthy defendant who has lots of money to pay the other side. This admonition includes not having you or your wife and family attending the trial arriving in expensive suits, dresses and jewelry. The last trial I had in LA before I moved here almost 20 years ago was someone who was wealthy and was hit and injured by someone who worked for Disney in Burbank. Unfortunately the trial was in Burbank and it is hard, as they say, to win against the “Mouse that Roared”. My client had gone to an expert Ortho in Century City with a National reputation. The defense had a well-manicured orthopedist who had been retired for 15 years with beautiful, well groomed white hair who looked like Dr. Marcus Welby (for those of you old enough to remember that TV show.) Our doctor testified to a surgical procedure he utilized that was so new the defense doctor had never heard of it. People in the court room were laughing at the defense doctor and court personnel were also smirking during his testimony that was obviously out dated. This trial was shortly after the 1994 earthquake in LA and the Van Nuys court was using trailers as the courtrooms were not safe. If you happened to have stomach problems and were using the bathroom it was on the other side of the thin wall to the jury room and you could hear snippets of what they were saying.


s paying off your home mortgage a good idea? I think so. But if you want to start a small riot enter a room full of investment advisors and tell them that you think the best investment is to pay off your mortgage and watch the argument break out! Gold bugs will insist that you invest in precious metals to protect against the coming crash of the almighty dollar, the Wall Street boys will argue that the stock market is the only way to go (although none will agree on the same investment strategy), and the most conservative advisors will recommend investing in bonds and annuities. Even your own accountant may advise against paying off your mortgage stating that you need the interest deduction when it comes time to pay your taxes. I disagree! While this may be good advice for those folks with a lot of extra money to invest it doesn’t make sense for the majority of us whose main investment in our lifetime will be our home and each month we struggle just to make ends meet. You know us, the new “middle class”. If we want any chance of retiring someday with any degree of security, then I believe that it should be your primary goal to eventually own your home “free and clear” (with no mortgage). To accomplish that goal you will need a plan. Here are a few ideas to consider that can help you to pay off


your mortgage in time for your retirement. First of all your plan must be realistic. Counting on rich uncle Harry dying and leaving you enough money to pay off your mortgage in most cases is highly unlikely (especially if you do not have a rich uncle Harry). As is winning the lottery or hitting the jackpot at a local casino. The odds be never in your favor. Assuming you currently own your home with a 30 year mortgage on it there are several realistic (and practical) things that you can do to make sure your home is paid off in time for your retirement. If you are in your early thirties or less you can simply make your monthly payments for the next 30 years. While this sounds simple, it requires dedication, discipline, and restraint on your part. Your home is not an ATM! Many people learned this difficult lesson over the last few years by borrowing money against their homes and taking out additional loans as their equity grew. The temptation to

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by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

We were shocked when we heard about comments from the jurors who came to the defense of the doctor who looked so professional. They also talked about my client’s wife and daughters wearing very expensive dresses and jewelry. They commented, did you see the “designer “dress and jewelry the girls were wearing? The jurors commented my client did not need the extra money. In other words they came to the defense of the doctor who was so well groomed. We still got a great verdict but it could have been bigger. I tell all my clients on accidents and DUI’s to take down their social media while the case is going on. The newest thing is for the insurance defense lawyer, in an accident case, or the DA in a DUI, to Facebook the party and witnesses. If arrested for a DUI with a traffic accident then posts on Facebook bragging that you had 12 beers at the Nest and were drunk and drag racing down Frank Sinatra last night, will not help your DUI case. Obviously, on a DUI’s arrest any Facebook pictures of you with drinks at numerous parties will probably hinder your chances of success. It goes without saying that any comments about your drinking habits and how

have an extra $100,000.00 or more was just too great for these folks and, as a result, many lost their homes to foreclosure or ended up “upside down” on their mortgages and buried under a mountain of new debt. To pay your home off over 30 years can be challenging, but it can be done. If you do not have 30 years or do not want to wait 30 years to pay off your mortgage there are other options available to you. You can start by making additional principle payments on your loan. This is an especially good idea in the first few years that you have your loan as you can reduce the term of your loan by several years just by making one extra monthly payment each year for the first 5 years. Want to go faster? You can refinance your mortgage with a 15 year or even a 10 year loan. Your payment will go up, but your interest rate will go down so, not only will you pay your loan off quicker; you will save thousands of dollars in interest payments. Many people have taken advantage of the current, historically low interest rates to do just this. As your family grows and your income grows you may wish to sell your first home and buy a larger home with a higher mortgage. This is a good idea as long as you stay either dedicated to paying this new mortgage off or plan to eventually sell this home and take your equity and purchase your “retirement home” with the cash from the sale. This can be a smaller home in the same area (called down sizing) or it can even be a home in a completely different area where home prices are much less. Either way the goal

drunk you got the night of your arrest will make it more challenging for your lawyer to present you in a positive light. With an accident case any Facebook pictures or posts of the injured Plaintiff playing tennis, golf or touch football at the beach is not consistent with their complaint that they were so sore they could not do anything. Posting about your game at Big League Dreams Ball Park is inconsistent with your injury complaints. Though jurors are not supposed to use computers or read the papers about the case on which they are sitting we learn that some do. Statistics show that many jurors will look you up on Facebook and other social media and that can only hurt your legal matter. In the past the defense would utilize sub rosa investigations by a private investigator who would take pictures of the defendant carrying the garbage out or running and playing football with their kids. These could only hurt their case. In this age of computers it is more important than ever before to not say you are hurt and cannot do something and then be caught doing so on line. That could sink your case. Dale S. Gribow - Attorney at Law 74-923 Highway 111, #206 Indian Wells, California 92210 760-837-7500

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is to not have a mortgage on the new home. Whether you stay in the same home for 30 years or trade up, or trade up and then down again, the key is to stay true to the goal of paying off your mortgage. Create a plan, think ahead and end up with your home paid for to insure a secure retirement. Real Estate Tip of the week: If you are thinking that you would like to retire in the next 10 years now is a very good time to consider refinancing with a 10 year loan. If possible, look at any assets that you can liquidate (like a life insurance policy, rental investment, etc.) that you can use to make a principle reduction on your loan at the same time as you refinance your home. This will lower your monthly payments and help you to meet your 10 year goal of retiring without a mortgage on your home. 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


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outside. Watch for overhead wires when using a ladder. When climbing a ladder, use caution at all times, preferably having someone secure the ladder for you. Do not place ladder in muddy areas! For additional Safety Tips visit: http:// Happy Holidays! Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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Outdoor Christmas Safety Tips!

t’s the Holiday season and many of us will begin hanging decorations. “This week, we’ll start from the outside and work our way in says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.” One of the most common causes of holiday-time house fires results from these bulbs being too close to gutters filled with dried out leaves. Make sure that the strings of lights you are using outside have built-in fuses on the lines. Check the actual plug. Make sure you are using lights designated for outdoor use only. Use Christmas lights and electric equipment that has been tested and verified by a reliable testing laboratory. If you have a string of lights with a blown bulb, be sure to replace it with a bulb of the exact same wattage. Never tap into your home’s feeder line to power your outdoor Christmas lights or hang decorations on the line. Avoid using nails, tacks or metal staples to secure your outdoor Christmas lights. Use insulated hooks. Be sure your lights are strung tightly to avoid damage from the wind. Use only outdoor rated extension cords. Connect no more than three strings of lights to a single extension cord. All plugs should be plugged into a GFCI protected outlet when used

December 5 to December 11, 2013

by Jennifer Tan aka mrs. fett

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

By Bruce cathcart

Paying Off Your Home Mortgage


t’s the dream every real gamer chases. An all-access, VIP pass to an extravagant gaming release party. Not only was I able to live this dream, but it happened to be the release party of the next generation of gaming. The Xbox One, midnight launch at Milk Studios in Los Angeles CA. As I drove up, I was overwhelmed with anticipation and excitement. Spot lights, demo units, featuring Forza, Fatal Instinct, and Ryse to name a few, and a glowing green carpet, where every A-List star, showed their love for Xbox. And yes, I walked the green carpet as well! I had my very own GAEMS Vanguard in hand of course. The music was loud, the games were crystal clear, and the bar was open! The perfect atmosphere to socialize, and meet everyone I could possibly come in contact with. Seth Green, Jimmy Wong, and Harley Morenstein, made it to my list of highlights for the night. But this was not an invite exclusive event. Those loyal to their Xbox, lined up hours before sales started at 10am for pre-orders. The first 500 who bought their console, or an Xbox One title that morning, scored their very own ticket to the midnight launch, and an exclusive concert featuring the Canadian electronica sensation, Deadmau5. And he did not disappoint. I never understood the significance of, “drop the bass” mostly because I do not party. That night, I realized exactly, what that meant, as the room vibrated with every move of the music. His custom mouse head glowed Xbox green, with the signature “x” from the power button in his eyes. Perfectly themed, and exactly what was needed to raise the energy

of the party. The main stage was host to the lucky 500 invited, while VIP saw the show on a projected screen above a few very expensive cars from Forza. Of course there was swag; including leather bound Forza notebooks, t-shirts and hoodies, 6 months of Xbox Live, free games, and light up boom sticks. I only went home one of the boom sticks, since I happily gave the other to Ryan Cartwright, star of Alphas, and an all-around sweetheart. As Best Buy rang up pre-sales, and prepared to release the console at midnight, Ming and I took our leave. Beating traffic, and getting a good night’s sleep to prepare for the 5th anniversary of Long Beach Comic Con. More on that next week!


December 5 to December 11, 2013


By Denise Ortuno Neil

Lisa Houston Helping the Hungry with FIND Food Bank


isa Houston is putting her efforts into fighting hunger with FIND Food Bank, bringing this important issue to the forefront of community interests. Lisa Houston came to the desert from Vancouver, Canada back in 2001. Her husband Jim Houston is the son of the famous philanthropist Jackie Lee Houston. The two moved out to the desert after they got married to be close to his family. Houston had a background as a financial advisor when she lived in Canada, working with companies helping them make decisions to expand, downsize or maintain their business. Upon coming to the desert, she re-entered her previous trade of real estate, mostly in land development. She started working with FIND Food Bank in 2009 on a volunteer basis, when she was asked to take a look at the business to see how they could turn it around as it was financially upside down. The organization was just moving into a new facility and needed to obtain a better approach to making it work. She volunteered with them for 6 months. “I fell in love with what the whole entity was in the first 30 days. It’s a fabulous environment to be in a situation where you are reminded on a daily basis of how fortunate you really are,” said Houston. What made the difference for Houston in working with the organization was that unlike her for profit companies that she used to financially advise, FIND was something that had to succeed because so many people depended on it. At the time Houston started with them they were helping 63,000 people a month, now that number has grown to 84,000. “This has to work, it has to happen,” exclaimed Houston. And work it did. FIND (Food In Need of Distribution) Food Bank was established in 1983 and services Eastern Riverside and Southern San Bernardino Counties. It is the desert’s only food bank. Houston now serves as CEO and President of FIND. For Houston balancing work and family can be a challenge at times. She has an 11 year old son that she is extremely proud of, “He has been a superstar in so many ways,” she said. She explains that her son sometimes doesn’t get as much “Mom Time” as she would like for him to, due to her hectic schedule. But the family works together with the understanding of the importance of the work that she is doing and they see the big picture. Houston states that when they are out, her son is the first one to notice someone in need and is quick to assist them. “This has really been a team effort,” she said. When Houston has some time to herself, she enjoys the art of riding horses Dressage. It is basically the upper echelon of


horseback riding, horse ballet. She had put it to the side for several years, but last year made a commitment to herself to put riding back on her radar and has just recently entered competitions again. Houston is quick to point out that FIND is not a food pantry. It is a hub for the food that goes out to all of the agencies that then distribute it to those in need. They have over 100 partners and they insure that they have enough food to give to the organizations. Places that benefit from FIND include, The Well in the Desert, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Mizell Senior Center, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and many more. “We are their shopping center, like their Costco,” explains Houston. They work with major food companies such as Kraft, grocery stores and agricultural growers to obtain their food. Houston clearly says that they are always in need of public support. Not only financially but through volunteering and community dialog. FIND currently has a program with Ralph’s grocery store that will donate a small cash amount every time you use your Ralphs Rewards Card, to implement this with your card you just need to register at . FIND emphasizes that every dollar donated equals 7 meals…each dollar certainly goes a long way. They also appreciate volunteers who are willing to donate their time. The food bank receives an outstanding amount of food (about 10 million pounds per year) that needs to be inspected by human hands to insure the safety and wellbeing of the people that they serve. So they are always looking for volunteers to assist them in this task. Lastly, Houston highlights the importance of the community to start talking about food insecurities. The fact that people don’t realize that there are so many hungry people out there, many of them children and seniors, lends to the problem. She states that if people become more open about the fact that they are in need and are no longer embarrassed to talk about it with their neighbors and community, eventually that will win some of the battles in the war against hunger. For more information on how to donate go to


Week of December 5

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes I think too fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself, and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or five times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. Often, by the time I’m finished, my mind feels unified. I recommend you find your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the mid19th century, French art was dominated by the government-sponsored Salon, whose conservative policies thwarted upcoming new trends like Impressionism. One anti-authoritarian painter who rebelled was Camille Pissarro. “What is the best way to further the evolution of French art?” he was asked. “Burn down the Louvre,” he replied. The Louvre, as you may know, was and still is a major art museum in Paris. Judging from your current astrological omens, I surmise that you might want to make a symbolic statement equivalent to Pissarro’s. It’s time for you to graduate from traditions that no longer feed you so you can freely seek out new teachers and influences. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil,” is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lord’s Prayer. If we define “temptation” as an attraction to things that feel good even though they’re bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if “temptation” is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative definition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks,” said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But you don’t have to worry about that outcome, Cancerian. The storm might howl and surge, but it will ultimately pass. And although your tree may bend pretty far, it will not break. Two weeks from now, you won’t be mourning your losses, but rather celebrating your flexibility and resilience. Congratulations in advance! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s a perfect time to start reclaiming some of the superpowers you had when you were a child. What’s that you say? You didn’t have any superpowers? That’s not true. Before you entered adolescence, you could see things and know things and feel things that were off-limits, even unknown, to most adults. You possessed a capacity to love the world with wild purity. Your innocence allowed you to be in close touch with the intelligence of animals and the spirits of the ancestors. Nature was so vividly alive to you that you could hear its songs. Smells were more intense. The dreams you had at night were exciting and consoling. Your ability to read people’s real energy -- and not be fooled by their social masks -- was strong. Remember? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Not all darkness is bad. You know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then you’ve got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the movie *Clueless,* the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a “full-on Monet.” What she means is that the person

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in question is like a painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. “From far away, it’s OK,” says Silverstone. “But up close, it’s a big old mess.” You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may find problems. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can fix the mess so it’s as engaging up-close as it is from far away. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your power animal for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers about 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, I’d love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favorably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very specific as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The standard dictionary says that “righteous” is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that “righteous” describes someone or something that’s absolutely genuine and wonderful. suggests that “righteous” refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially “sins of pleasure” like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three definitions will predominate? It’s possible you will embody and attract all three types. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the dreams you’re having at night, Capricorn, I bet you’re traveling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe you’re recreating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of Pacific Ocean to find Hawaii 1,500 years ago. Or maybe you’re hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberia’s vast forests. It’s possible you’re visiting places where your ancestors lived or you’re migrating to the first human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like this mean? I think you’re trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to flood you with new ways of seeing reality. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It wouldn’t be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldn’t be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever, or compose love letters to them, or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquarius -- a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion, and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to fish in. He’d own two houses, one for his wife and children and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. There’d be a church where he could regularly confess his sins, and he’d have great seats at an arena where bull fights took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. It’s an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes. Homework: Everyone fudges the truth and hides the whole story now and then. What are your top three deceptions? Confess at Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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Mind, body & Spirit

by Bronwyn Ison



s we approach the end of the year 2013, you may be reflecting on this past year life events. The holidays are approaching and this is a joyous time for many yet for others it may be a trying time. This time of year may encourage you or depress you. Might I suggest you reflect on positivity. If you are struggling ask yourself the following questions. Are you immersed in a funk? Are you experiencing a lack of motivation? Do you possess a lack of motivation? Hence, what are you going to do about getting back into the groove? Time is passing and we continue to do nothing about addressing our problems. Time to investigate the issue and commence solving the problem(s). May I challenge you to hit the rewind button on your life and revert to your childhood? You had dreams and you were filled with passion about what the future may hold. Do you feel the same today? It is likely we do not hold the same dreams and certainly not the exact passion. As a child you may recall being asked, what do you want to be when you grow up? You may have had bountiful dreams, goals, and aspirations. What happened to those dreams? Life happened along the way. As we grew into adulthood we experienced or witnessed dreams not fulfilled and possibly crushed. Who says you cannot live out your dreams now? We hold the key. It is our prerogative and responsibility to act or not. You may have dreams and be excited in a childlike way. As humans we dare to dream. If dreaming is all you need to do to be fulfilled then this tactic works for you.

Yet, if you want to act out your dreams, go for it! You are the only person who says you can’t. Erase the words. “I can’t.” Replace them with, “I can or I will try.” At this juncture in our lives it is about attitude. Each of us has had something preclude us from pursuing something beautiful. I also understand timing can be everything. Take the tragedies, hiccups, and distractions and utilize these experiences positively. Lose the frame of mind of self-pity. You will gain confidence once you get up and dust yourself off. How do I ignite my personal flame? Identify what you want, need, and desire. Be realistic (you can never dream to big) and be patient. Be realistic about time frames. Nothing spectacular and outrageous is going to happen instantaneously. Expect to work. The work is part of the journey and should be looked at positively. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow personally. Each of us has the power to dream and live out our passions. Be prepared, be diligent, stay focused and surround yourself with people who love and support you. Finding your inner child is not hard because you truly have never lost the little boy or girl in you. Working towards positive changes and outcomes can also materialize through exercise. To learn more about evolving into a new you, visit: 50991 Washington Street, La Quinta CA 92253 (760) 564-YOGA (9642)


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Life & career Coach

by Sunny Simon

The Key to Finding Time


uring this busy month sometimes referred to as the “holidaze,” I find myself wondering how to fit everything in over the next few weeks. Here I sit trying to decide where to pencil in holiday events around my already busy coaching practice and family obligations. You can relate, right? No doubt trying to juggle activities during this busy, joyous season is perplexing to us all. Adding to the scheduling confusion, last week Hanukkah blended into Thanksgiving and some retailers launched Black Friday events on Thursday. After a few minutes spent trying to sort out the logistical whirlwind, I took a deep breath, smiled and recalled my mother’s voice. The one excuse she never tolerated from me involved accomplishments versus time. Whenever I complained of not having the time to do something, she looked at me quizzically. Her wise retort was if I really wanted to accomplish something, I could find the time. As I reflected once more on my mother’s litany, I realized the key words involved “doing something I really want to do.” Acknowledging her wisdom I mumbled a little “thanks mom” and directed it up through the stars. The thing I most want to do involves penning a silent night into the December calendar. If invited to an event that conflicts with that date, I will politely decline. My

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Dr. Peter M. Kadile is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has an integrative, osteopathic medical practice and is also known as the local, house call doctor; Desert House Call Physician. He is on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center and medical director for Serenity Hospice. His office is located in beautiful Old Town La Quinta, 78-100 Main Street, Suite 207, La Quinta, CA 92253. (760) 777-7439. Dr. Kadile will be writing a regular column for CV Weekly. Please send any medical questions you have to for him to answer.

Dr. Kadile, I’ve been told I should take fish oil capsules for my heart, but I recently heard that fish oil may cause prostate cancer. What should I do? -Robert, Palm Springs.

quiet night involves a concerted effort to slow down. I unplug and unwind. The only sound in the house may be the soft background music heralding angels on high. My tradition is to claim one date of solitude in the 12th month to celebrate and reflect on the beauty of this wondrous season. Soft light from glowing candles will be the backdrop when I take some time to work on my spiritual wellness and whisper up a little prayer. Next I will embark on a stroll down holiday lane acknowledging the lovely past memories. At this time of year we are all missing loved ones. What works for me is dedicating time to honor and acknowledge the sweet moments we spent together. After firmly inking my silent night date on the calendar, I schedule in the cookie swaps, holiday parties, Christmas cantatas and gift exchanges with special friends. Having made room for peace in my heart, I find the time to join in the celebration. Sunny Simon is the owner of Raise the Bar High Life and Career Coaching. More about Sunny at

Robert, first of all, you should have regular check ups with your physician to determine your risk for heart disease and prostate cancer, and of course maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise and proper diet. The Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in fish oil have repeatedly and consistently been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk in multiple types of scientific studies. If you do not regularly eat 2-3 servings of fish a week, daily supplementation of omega-3 fish oil capsules is a good way to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. The media recently reported that “Omega-3 fish oil may cause prostate

cancer”. Well this was news media hype that was alluding to a study, published in Journal of National Cancer Institute in July 2013. An interesting fact about the study was that none of the study subjects were apparently taking fish oil supplements, nor were they eating meaningful amounts of cold water fish. There appears to be several flaws to the study, but the media ran with it. There are several studies overlooked by the headline hungry media that show a reduction in prostate cancer in response to higher omega-3 status. I believe the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for fish oil supplementation.

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Dr. Kadile, my doctor advised me to start taking fish oil, but I am confused on how much I should take. What is a good dose? -Michael, Cathedral City Michael, most of the over the counter available omega-3 fish oil will state “1,000mg” or “1,200mg” on the label, but you have to turn the bottle around to look at the rest of the label to determine how much EPA and DHA are in the capsule. Fish oil is rich source of two essential omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA is good for the heart and DHA is good for the brain, so the more EPA and DHA contained per fish oil capsule, the better. Not all fish oil brands

are the same so it is very important to look at the label and make sure you pay attention to the serving size. What may seem like a good dose of EPA/DHA could be a serving size of 6 capsules! I generally recommend taking a product that provides at least 7001,000mg of EPA and 200-500mg DHA daily in the smallest amount of pills. Higher dosages are available in liquid form. Molecularly distilled fish oils are naturally high in EPA and DHA and low in contaminants.

Dr. Kadile, what are the side effects if I take fish oil? -Kathy, Rancho Mirage Kathy, common adverse side effects are varying degrees of stomach upset, gas or burping fish breath. I have found that higher quality fish oil supplements have less side effects. Fish oil supplements may


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