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t was an evening dubbed by attendees as, “a night from the playbook of Palm Springs’ past,” as Hollywood’s elite stepped out of stretch limos to walk the red carpet last Thursday evening for the premiere of the romantic and action packed comedy “Hit and Run,” produced by Palm Springs residents Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey of Kim & Jim Productions. Reminiscent of the days when Hollywood’s big hitters used to escape to the Desert hide-a-way for lavish parties and premieres, Hit & Run’s invite-only screening hosted more than 300 attendants at Regal Cinema Theatre in Palm Springs to watch the film’s stars Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell in their best comedy yet. Casey and Waltrip were joined on the red carpet by the film’s co-director David Palmer and Producer Nate Tuck. Following the premiere, party-goers joined the cast and crew for an exclusive after-party at the Stadium Club in Rancho Mirage. Palm Springs welcomed and celebrated the producers by naming Aug. 23 “Kim & Jim Day,” in their honor, and handing a proclamation to both during the evening’s red carpet. “Hit & Run” is the story of a former getaway driver who risks his life and his witness protection program identity to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. On their way, Charlie Bronson, played by Shepard, finds himself chased by the feds and members of his former gang. “If you like action- great! If you like romantic comedy- great! If you like car chases-great! Then you will like this movie,” said Casey from the red carpet. The film is not the first A-list event for the producers. “We’ve produced seven projects in three years,” said Waltrip. Adds

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Casey, “And we don’t even bicker.” Asked how they got involved with “Hit and Run,” Waltrip explained, “It was a friend of a friend of a friend who told us about it. Then we went back to the first friend and told them we wanted it.” Casey goes on to say, “We liked it so much that we sealed the deal within 48 hours. We wanted it and knew we had to move fast on it. And we go after what we want.” Casey said that they want to continue to produce solid movies and that’s exactly what their future holds. Kim & Jim Productions is in postproduction for the movie “Old Days.” Written and Directed by Hit & Run actor

Michael Rosenbaum who stars with Danielle Bisutti, who joined the producers on the “Hit & Run” red carpet. “We are currently filming “‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby His & Hers” starring James McAvoy, Viola Davis, William Hurt and Jessica Chastain,” said Waltrip. “It wraps on August 31 in New York. Then we hope to start work on the movie “Dream Country” in February, which is based on the novel by Luanne Rice.” Waltrip and Casey both look forward to more Palm Springs premieres. “Hit and Run” is currently playing at theatres throughout the Coachella Valley.

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Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge I

by Lisa Morgan

Round 2: Sullivan’s Steak House vs IW Club

t’s good work if you can get it, judging fabulous dishes from our desert’s best chefs. But it’s a lot tougher than you would think, as week after week, challengers come within mere points of each other. The most recent competition at Crater Lakes Chef Challenge at Fixtures Living in Rancho Mirage was between Sullivan’s Steak House Chef Kevin Favinger and Chef Chris Olson of IW Club. The two chefs, sharing a kitchen, each presented an appetizer, a main course and a dessert for three judges within a one hour time


limit, and were judged in equal parts on presentation, technique, fusion, creativity and of course taste. Judging the contest alongside me were radio and television personality Chef Vincent Guccione and Janet Newcomb, president of Newcomb Media. Presented first was Chef Chris’ “Iced Canadian Fanny Bay Oysters with Crater Lake Pepper Infused Vodka Slushy” with minced shallots, natural minced ginger, pickled ginger juice, seasoned rice wine vinegar salt and pepper. These ingredients were used ever so delicately allowing the flavor of the perfectly shucked, fresh oysters to come through. Served cold, as all oysters on the half shell should be, the vodka slushy on top gave it an extra delicious chill. Chef Kevin countered this with his offering: large, sautéed, butterflied shrimp served on a creamy, bed of jalapeno cheddar polenta with Crater Lake pepper vodka braised onions, a gorgeous, flavorful meal in itself. Both chefs working splendidly in the small, limited work space showed such poise and


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it sounds. It was a full blend of flavors and textures complimenting and not competing with the beautiful fresh salmon served on an alder wood plank emphasizing the fusion between the Crater Lake gin cure of the salmon and the gin soaked organic golden raisins in the red quinoa, lump crab taboullie. I thought to myself, how anyone could compete with this fabulous dish. Chef Kevin answered me with a plate of perfectly seared scallops served over jicama salad with vodka vinaigrette. His technique proved flawless as the scallops were cooked to perfection melting in my mouth like butter with an even richer flavor. Is there a word for perfect perfection? I ask, because this judge is running out of adjectives to describe how consummately ideal the pairing was of these scallops with the fresh salad of julienned jicama, diced red onion, red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper, cucumber and chopped cilantro lightly dressed with Crater Lake vodka, white balsamic vinegar and fresh lime juice. As judges, we were in trouble. There would be no easy decision in this competition unless one dessert could weigh the balance in favor of one chef. As Chef Chris set his “Crater Lake Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Bean Sauce and Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka Ganache” before me, I thought this was it. The heavens opened up to shine down on my plate and angels watched with envy as I savored every beautiful bite. Delicately crisp on the outside, soft, deep and flowing with chocolaty goodness on the inside, absolute contentment washed over me. It was absolutely (forgive me, but it’s the only word I have for it) sensuous. Yet, the competition was not over. How do you compete with an absolutely sexy dessert like this? With a cupcake! Yes! You compete

with a Gin and Tonic cupcake topped with a delicious mascarpone icing in a bright fun green, sided by a matching icing shooter. What our first dessert had going for it in sex appeal, this dessert matched with fun, frivolity, originality and personality. The cupcake, had its own angelic appeal made with egg whites, sea salt, cream of tartar, powdered sugar and tonic water and was topped with a light green mascarpone cheese icing blended with Crater Lake Gin, corn syrup and powdered sugar. That same delicious topping floated in the “Green Rocket” shooter (a combination of Amaretto, Crater Lake Gin and seltzer) making it dangerously easy to consume. Truly, there was no way to know who would come out the winner. As my neighboring judge, Janet Newcomb, eloquently put it, these chefs presented the judges with “more than just a pretty plate”. Not being much of a “flesh eater” herself, Janet complimented each chef in their vegetable contributions as each “were different in flavor, color and texture and individually creative”. And I have to ad this note about our two competitors; both showed so much class and composure during the entire competition with fluid, non-pulsed, focused attention to their craft while exhibiting lovely tableside manner. They were both a pleasure to watch and get to know as they amazed us with their art. Ultimately a winner had to be named. While I still claim that the judges are hands down the winners in this event, once the scores were tallied, the winner by only a couple of points was Chef Kevin Favinger of Sullivan’s Steak House in Palm Desert. Chef Kevin will now compete in the semifinals against future contestants that may include representatives from Solano’s in La Quinta, Westin Mission Hills, Europa, Stuft Pizza, Cliff House, Escena, Rockwood of J.W. Marriott and Riviera’s Circa 59.

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by Rio Azul. The Chef Challenge will take place at 4 pm at Fixtures Living in Rancho Mirage, every Wednesday until the finals November 7. If you would like a copy of these exquisite recipes, email me at lisa@ coachellavalleyweekly and I’ll be happy to smuggle them to you! Fixtures Living is located at 71905 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage (760) 646-8220.



ecent reports in the news are touting chocolate as the next super food capable of improving your brain function, fending off cancers, removing plaque from your arteries, extending your longevity and a litany of other healthful benefits. Hold on.   As per most things we read and hear, that is not exactly true.  Let’s look a little deeper. The ingredient in chocolate with positive health effects is the cacoa bean. The component of the cacoa bean that produces most of the health benefits are the high levels of flavanols that can be found in the bean.  Flavanols protect the cacoa plant from environmental toxins and help repair cell damage caused by the toxins.   By eating the cacoa bean, you transfer these positive effects to your body. The problem with most chocolate is that the cacoa bean has to be heavily processed to remove its naturally strong and pungent flavor.  The more the cacoa bean is processed, the fewer flavanols

remain. Roasting the bean produces cocoa which is lower in flavanols.  “Dutch processing” is the treatment of the bean with alkali in order to neutralize the natural acidity.Alkalis are things like lye and baking soda. In this part of the bean’s processing, many more flavanols are removed.   Other processing techniques like fermentation further remove the healthful benefits.  The “Broma process” is a better technique for preserving flavanols although this method produces a bitter chocolate. The Cleveland Clinic suggests that you eat one ounce of unsweetened organic dark or baker’s chocolate a day.   As this might not be the tastiest way to get your flavanols, other foods such as apples, strawberries, blueberries, peanuts, cranberries, onions, tea and red wines have similar healthful affects on your body.   Be happy on the inside; eat your way to health with modest amounts of unsweetened organic dark chocolate, cups of tea or glasses of red wine.


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abor Day, by law a national holiday, is celebrated on the first Monday of September. Hallelujah! Get ready for a day off on Monday, September 3rd, as this is the day we celebrate the American worker. And if you’re lucky enough to have a job, that’s you! Signed into law on June 28, 1894, the federal holiday was the idea of Peter J. McGuire, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. This day also unofficially marks the end of summer vacation for future laborites: the kids of our great country who have been eagerly counting the days until---bursting with promise and resolve, they eagerly parade into the hallowed halls of our public schools (or charter, or private, whatever), gripping lunch bags filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hoping their teacher will call in sick and they can torture the sub. Students arise! Teachers, may the force be with you! Don’t you just love this country? Friday, August 31, 7-9pm. Once in a Blue Moon! Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Drum Circle honors the second moon of the month traditionally called the Blue Moon and you don’t want to be seen “standing alone without a dream in my heart,” so join the Institute of Mentalphysics as they host another of their monthly Drum Circles. Fair warning: The next Blue Moon won’t be until July 2015, according to facilitator Sam Sloneker, so bring your family, friends, drums, shakers, tambourines and any other percussive instrument and join the party! Get wise moon children, because the full moon’s polarity effect created by the Sun and the Moon pulling in opposing directions with Earth in the middle brings on a period of intense energy and precarious balance (oops!). Playing together in a circle helps to ground and center the group according to legend, along with other benefits of creative togetherness, including community connection, relief of stress and strengthening of the immune system. Location: 59700 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree. More information, call the Center at 760-365-8371, or visit www.jtrcc. org Sunday, September 9, 6:30 – 9pm. “Party Hearty!” That’s the request on the invitation to a benefit for The Well in the Desert and it couldn’t be more fitting as an honor to the organization’s late friend Chuck Hodges. The charity provides daily hot meals, emergency food assistance, weekly supplemental food distribution, and access to community services to the working poor, the homeless, seniors, handicapped and others in need throughout the west end of


the Coachella Valley---and have for 15 years. Join the party in The Purple Room at Club Trinidad for music, dancing, dinner buffet. Entertainment will be provided by notable locals vocalist Lola Rossi, Reggie “Vision” Alexander and pianist Denise Motto. $35 per person, no-host bar. Call 760-323-8353 for reservations. Credit cards accepted, or pay at the door. Location: Club Trinidad, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Donate to Well in the Desert, PO Box 5312, Palm Springs, CA 92263.

Tuesday, September 11, 7:30pm. Filling “the skies with music every September 11th,” the September Concert is the Coachella Valley’s longest running annual 9/11 remembrance event of the country’s horrific attacks in 2001. The free concert takes place at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park presented by the Palm Desert Sister Cities Foundation. It gives our community an occasion to come together to celebrate universal humanity through music, to honor the courage of those who gave their all on that tragic day, as well to salute the dedication of all those who have served, suffered and sacrificed since that day. As elsewhere around the United States and around the world, this anniversary will remember with patriotic music and a tribute-themed program. Organizers expect hundreds to attend and encourage everyone to bring chairs, blankets, water and a candle. Location: Civic Center Park, Fred Waring Dr., and San Pablo Ave. For more information, visit, or call 760-333-4629. Sunday, September 16, 4-6pm. It’s a first! A Disco Tea Dance premiers a poolside party benefitting the Aids Assistance Program at the Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel known by its joie de vivre in festive colors and ever-so-savvy sharp style! The evening puts up on stage San Francisco’s favorite DJ Jerry Bonham (SF’s “Remember the Party”) with a special performance by legendary Disco Diva Martha Wash. Get ready to get down, get out by the pool to the hottest sounds around. Speaking of get-up, is there a dress code for pool-side partying? For tickets ($45 per person), and more info, call 760-321-8481, or visit www.aidsassistance. org. For discounted rooms at the Saguaro, call 760-323-1711 and use rate code AApdisco. Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel, 1800 E Palm Canyon Way (at S Sunrise Wy.). Wednesday, September 19, 1pm. Hear the real skinny on U.S. Diplomacy from Foreign Correspondent Nicholas Kralev, author of the non-fiction book, America’s Other Army. Journalist, author and lecturer, Kralev will speak on his ten years of

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travel with four U.S. Secretaries of State as diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times and Washington Times, traveled to 80 countries, visiting 50 U.S. embassies and interviewing 600 career diplomats. Read what Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeline Albright were really thinking as they dealt out and made deals in foreign policy. A correspondent with highest level access, Kralev shares “behind the scenes secrets, how it affects our daily lives, contributes to U.S. security and prosperity,” plus the challenges ahead

for the 21st century. Held at the non-profit Palm Springs Air Museum, the program is included with regular museum admission, ranging from $8 to $15. Book signing follows. Seating limited. Call 760-778-6262, or visit Location: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. “Don’t Be Clueless” wants to remind you that your press releases for inclusion should be in to the Coachella Weekly at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled event! Thanks!


Human Trafficking In Riverside County

n the November ballot, proposition 35 increases prison sentences and fines for human trafficking while requiring convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders, a categorization that is not mandatory at present. Human trafficking is emerging as one of the fastest growing crimes in America. California ranks among the top three states for these activities with Riverside County among the top locations for the use or recruitment of children for prostitution or adults for work says the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. The US Department of Justice estimates that as many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. It is estimated that of nearly 1.6 million runaway teenagers in the United States, 600,000 are engaged in prostitution. Just this month, eight gang members from the Rolling 60s Crips were arrested for recruiting under aged girls, some as young as 15, from the Inland Empire to work in prostitution. The ring leader, Paul Bell, 27, of Lynwood aka J-Roc or “Rich Rollin”, would keep the girls locked upstairs in his apartment and threaten them with violence if they did not perform as instructed. His accomplices included Kimberly Alberti, 19, who would recruit the girls from school

campuses and Chinese National, Su Yan, 30. They recruited the girls into the trade with promises of glamorous lifestyles of money, clothing, fine dining and fancy homes. What they delivered were drug use, fear and beatings, one so bad that the girl was rushed to the hospital. Recent FBI sweeps of truck stops, motels and casinos have recovered several children being trafficked. In addition to school campuses, these predators use Facebook, chat rooms and cell phones to find children. Riverside County authorities believe that the average age that children are recruited into the trade is twelve or thirteen years old. Children are recruited with easy money schemes that escalate into prostitution. The allure to these gangs and criminals is obvious - money. Where you can sell a gun or drug only once, you can sell a person over and over again. In some cases, the girl or boy meets the recruiter or pimp and believes that there is a love interest. The child is either rebellious or becomes so following the connection at which point, the predator begins pitting the child against their parents. In other cases, the child is invited to a party where they are separated from their cell phones, gang

Dale Gribow On The Law

raped and abducted. You personally have seen some of this criminal activity in action. Have you ever been approached outside of a store by a child selling candy who had no adult supervision? What is often happening is that the child was dropped off at the store early in the

morning with the money raised going to their trafficer. Next time that you run across a child selling candy un-supervised, ask them specifics about the cause that they are raising money for. If they seem to be unable to give a detailed explanation, there is a fair chance that these children may already be part of a human trafficking ring as selling the candy is a grooming technique for more sordid illegal activities that their trafficker has in mind in the near future. This is not limited to children by any means says Opal Singleton of MillionKids. org. Other businesses where you will regularly find people enslaved are restaurants such as ethnic food buffets. A telltale sign that enslavement is involved is a white van with tinted windows in the back. Nail salons and massage parlors are other businesses with high levels of human enslavement. Agriculture, day laborers, garment workers, escort services, child care and live-in household help are other businesses prone to human enslavement. If you want to learn more and/or arrange for a seminar at your local school or civic group, email or contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Also, remember to vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 35 in November.

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

People Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan W

hen I had a radio show I started every show with “People Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan.” So plan ahead NOW for what you would do… and need… if there was an emergency like a Home Fire…Power Outage…Terrorist Attack… Earthquake or Flood. Prepare an emergency pack that you could easily grab that could include a DISC with the following info: Emergency money in small denominations. In an emergency you may not be able to get change and do not want

to spend $100 for a bottle of water that you could purchase for $10 Titles to Property Copies of Social Security cards & Passports for every household member Pink Slip for all vehicles Photo Copies of all Credit Cards carried in your wallet Reporting Info for consumer reporting agencies: A.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 B.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888397 3742

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Consider This

by Lola Rossi-Meza

BRENDAN BENSON “What Kind Of World” too hard, what kind of world takes me apart before I can start?” Self- doubt is a theme that courses through this record. “Happy Most Of The Time,” marries whip-crack guitar riffs and a pummeling backbeat with lyrics that catalog a litany of personal deficits. Angsty lyrics couple with jittery instrumentation on “Thru The Ceiling.” Sci-fi synths collide with a radioactive guitar solo. Cloaked in a prickly melody, the lyrics of “Keep Me” have a quirky, film-noir feel. Furtive and nocturnal, but mired in uncertainty: “All of my life, all of the time, I’ve been cast outleft out/Kicked to the curb only to hear a discouraging word.” For the most part, “What Kind Of World” sticks to the Power Pop sound that Benson has honed throughout his solo career. But he manages to broaden his horizons on three songs: “Bad For Me” is a piano driven ballad that echoes the wallowing excess of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” and Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.” The melodrama teeters on the precipice of self- pity, but Benson reigns in the emotion on the soaring chorus. “Met Your Match” is a kinetic workout connecting a relentless backbeat and skittering guitars. This song has an 80s vibe that wouldn’t seem out of place on an Oingo

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Boingo record. Finally, “No One Else But You” pivots between Bacharach-y sweetness and a crunchy, horn-powered chorus. The lyrics detail a romance gone awry. The best tracks on “What Kind Of World” are “Here In The Deadlights” and “Come On.” A tale of romantic betrayal, the former opens with chicken-scratch guitar and other-worldly organ fills. The instrumentation snakes through a sweet-sour melody accelerating to a chaotic conclusion. The latter is a crackling rocker that revs up like a souped-up Muscle Car. Strafing guitar riffs ping pong between circuitous bass lines and pounding percussion. Other stand out tracks include “Light Of Day,” a chunky stop-go tribute to the Cars’ “Candy O” era and the spectral “Pretty Baby.” The album closes with “On The Fence.” Strumming acoustic guitars and an old time Player Piano buoy this playful ode to indecision: “Never been a fighter or a lover, never thought that either made much sense/ Can’t decide on this side or another, so I just live my life sitting on the fence.” Seems like an apt anthem in this election year! Benson tackles most of the instrumentation here, but the sound is filled out by Ken

Stringfellow on keys and bass and Jon Auer on guitar and bass. (Both were in the early 90s Seattle band the Posies). Brad Pemberton, formerly of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, handles drums, and Ashley Monroe chimes in on backup vocals. “What Kind Of World” is Benson’s most assured effort to date, blending sharp concise and catchy melodies with introspective lyrics. The best of both worlds.

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“The Voice of the Valley”

very busy Cabaret vocalist, Francesca Amari will perform at the unveiling celebration party for graphic artist James Cesena on Saturday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Azul Restaurant located at 369 North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Cesena’s series of portraits of area entertainers will be on permanent display there. Amari will also appear on Tuesday, September 18, as part of the Bella da Ball Cabaret Revue. (760) 325-5533. Amari is one of the eight finalists performing on Tuesday, September 4, from 7:30 until 9 p.m. in “The Voice of the Valley” Cabaret Open Mic Competition presented by The Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts. It is being held in The Lounge at the Agua Caliente Casino located at 32-350 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. On Tuesday, September 11, from 7:30 until 8:45 p.m., she will be part of the Patriotic Musical Memorial with Brian Scott,

produced by Bob Reinhagen. This Annual 9/11 Remembrance Tribute, a free event , will take place at The Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, chair, water and a candle. On Friday, September 14, from 7 until 9 p.m., Amari will perform at Studio One 11 located at 67-555 East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City. Guests include Terry Larson, Jerome Elliott, Charles Herrera, Alan Jon and Lenny Laboissonniere. Born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, her family members know when she started singing. “Well it has been told to me by my family that I started singing when I was two years old,” Amari remembers, “I was being held by my uncle and singing with everyone in a bar called The Salty Dogs. I was one of six girls and when I was a little older, five of us sang together around town, we were known as The Amari Girls. My Mother would teach us the harmonies and

we would sing songs by The Lennon Sisters.” In elementary school, her first role on stage was being a Sugar Plum Fairy in the second grade and she sang in school concerts. In the fourth grade, she sang with The Master Singers, comprised of students from several elementary schools in her home town. “We would all meet once a week, learn songs and travel around to Senior Centers to perform. That was my first real exposure to music, learning how to read notes and harmonize. I never really had any formal training.” She did Community Theatre during high school and then attended college, where she earned her Bachelors of Applied Arts in Broadcasting and Journalism. She later moved to Grand

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Aaron C. Goes from Vinyl to Video A

t first glance Aaron Cortes (otherwise known as Aaron C) doesn’t look old enough to remember when they actually played music videos on MTV. Raised and schooled in Riverside, California, Aaron, (who now lives in Rialto), has been commuting to the desert each weekend for the past two years to spin at one of the biggest pool parties in the Valley : “Caliente Pool Party.” On any given Friday or Saturday night during the summer it wasn’t uncommon to see a thousand or more bikinis and board shorts bobbing up and down to Aaron’s music videos, poolside at the Agua Caliente Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. If you have been living in a box this summer or haven’t had a chance to get out there, this Friday you can catch the bikini finals! Like many teenagers, Aaron’s obsession with music found its launch in high school. After attending many of the high school dances, Aaron finally convinced his mother to let him buy a few of his favorite cassettes


- RUN DMC, “Raising Hell” and the Beastie Boys, “License to Ill.” “I was intrigued by the sounds the DJs were making and the fact that they never spoke but were still just as in-yourface in the song as the vocalists were,” Aaron recalls. “Back then it was very different than what is on the radio now, to hear that kind of mixing you had to go to the clubs,” Aaron added. The curious young DJ eventually got to see first-hand the tricks, scratches, mixes and remixes these DJs were making and was motivated to purchase his first DJ system. Cutting his DJ teeth on a pair of Technic

Turntables like many before him, it didn’t take long for Aaron to master a variety of music from Hip Hop, Rap, New Wave, Funk, Disco, and eventually segueing into Electronic music as he grew older. As the technology became more and more a part of the culture and lifestyle, Aaron evolved and grew as it grew. Starting with about 35 crates of real vinyl, Aaron eventually progressed into the digital age with vinyl emulation thru MP3’s. As an original member of the MTV generation and a self- proclaimed computer geek, the next step was naturally to incorporate music videos. Aaron emphasizes, “It added more flare to my performances by including a visual element on top of the audio element, and it was another way to differentiate myself from the thousands of DJs popping up around me.” Over the past 20 years, Aaron has honed the ability to read the crowd and play to the people in attendance instead of just playing the same set list each and every

weekend. “Although I support progression and innovation, the digital age has sort of watered down the reality of what a DJ is and what a DJs purpose is,” remarks Aaron. “Simply playing the latest songs back to back to back is not the purpose of a DJ. Creating a memorable experience that your clients and patrons will take with them is what it’s all about,” he continues. Aaron currently owns and operates his own production company called Crowd Control Pro DJ which produces weddings, corporate and special events. Aaron still enjoys maintaining a presence in the club scene all over Southern California and would love to develop some new venues here in the Coachella Valley. Big on social networking, you can usually keep track of where Aaron will be next by liking his “Aaron Cortes” Face Book page. Written by: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 6193276

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rendan Benson has been a working musician since the mid 1990s. By 2005 he had recorded three solo albums to critical acclaim and minimal sales. His career got a huge shot in the arm when Jack White enlisted Benson as co-pilot for his super-group/side project The Raconteurs. Along with sharing lead vocal duties, Benson and White co-wrote all the songs on The Raconteurs two releases, “Broken Toy Soldiers” (2006) and “Consolers Of The Lonely,” (2008). In fact The Raconteurs popularity threatened to eclipse the success of White’s original band, White Stripes. Benson’s solo sound hues closer to the Power Pop of the Raspberries and Pure Pop of Todd Rundgren. With The Raconteurs on hiatus, Benson returned to his solo career, releasing “My Old Familiar Friend” in 2009. Taking a page from Rundgren’s D.I.Y. playbook, Benson’s newest effort, “What Kind Of World” is self-produced. It is also the first release on his own label, Readymade Records. The album opens with the title track. Anchored by a steady beat, tart guitar licks and laser-beam synths ricochet in and out of the melody. The world-weary lyrics feel a commentary on the vagaries of the record industry: “So looked over, So underrated, every move proves to be ill-fated…. I take it

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Rapids, Michigan to pursue her career in public relations, marketing and fund-raising for non-profit organizations. After a hiatus from singing for almost seven years, she decided to start singing again. She was offered a role in a dinner theatre original production of “Midlife! The Crisis Musical” written by brothers Bob and Jim Walton. This 12 week dinner theatre venture lasted for 3 years and took her to Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. Ironically, in Arizona, she re-connected with and old friend from high school, Dan Sajtar, who was living in San Diego. They started a longdistance romance, but she finally made the move to California in January of 2010. They later married in July of 2010. If you visit her web-site, you will see lots of video, photos, reviews and a list of performances she has been part of and starred in. “All through high school I was told I looked like Gilda Radner. They called me Roseanna, Roseanna Danna. Even after moving here, people still commented about the likeness. In the fall of 2010, I started seriously thinking about putting a show together about her. Then, one day I received a request to do a tribute to Gilda Radner to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids. They asked me to have a show ready to perform in March of 2011, so I did.” She researched Radner’s life and created her latest show, “You Make Me Laugh A Tribute to Gilda Radner” She recently performed this show with pianist Joel Baker at Azul. “I really encourage anyone who wants to sing, just try it. Music is an outlet for everyone.” See or call her directly at (616) 364-8589.

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he small tan dog scurried through the Indio neighborhood, panting from the desert heat, desperate for shelter. Larger dogs, coyotes, and the scorching sun were enemies to be avoided.  Her stomach ached from hunger, but she had to keep going.  She sought a secure hiding place to have her babies, and instinctively  knew the time was drawing close.  She spotted some dense shrubbery against the side of a stucco home.   The greenery  created a snug enclosure, and it might be a source for water that would sooth her parched tongue.  The little dog, pictured here with 2 of her 3 pups, gave birth behind the bushes, and nursed them the best she could with her thin hungry body.  The homeowner called animal control and they picked up the mom and the 2 puppies.  The



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homeowner was amazed when shortly thereafter her own dog appeared with a third puppy in her mouth, carefully presenting it in a life saving act.  Did the tan dog have a loving home where someone once cared for  her?  She can’t tell us, and  the owner did not care enough to search the shelters to claim her.    All four dogs ended up at  Indio Animal Control, one of two city operated shelters in the Coachella Valley.  Several other groups of nursing mother dogs and puppies were already there.   Two litters of  already weaned older puppies are also at the Indio shelter,  a set of boxer mixes and a set of Akita mix dogs.  While they gain some comfort from their siblings, the little animals stare longingly from behind the bars of their kennels, just like you see in the heart wrenching ASPCA  television commercial.  It is sad to see any animal at a public shelter where it faces an unknown fate.  But it is particularly heartbreaking to see so many homeless puppies without the comfort of a loving home.  The shelter cannot release a puppy or kitten for adoption until it is at least  eight weeks of age.  Can you guess why?   All animals adopted from shelters must be  spayed and neutered first in order to get the pet overpopulation problem under control.  Animals must be at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds in order to undergo this surgery.   Puppies and kittens under eight weeks brought in to a public shelter without a nursing mother require around the clock bottle feeding that public shelters cannot accommodate.....

unless a foster home is located, kittens and puppies under eight weeks are tragically euthanized.  One unaltered dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in a six year period!  If you are still not convinced to spay and neuter, consider how it will improve your pet’s health.  Early neutering reduces aggression and indoor “spraying” in male dogs.  About 90% of all dog bites to humans are from intact males.  It is a myth that a female dog should have at least one litter before spaying.  The longer a female dog goes unspayed, there is an increased likelihood of mammary tumors, breast cancer, and uterine infections.  Altered animals  make calmer, more affectionate pets.  For low cost spay and neuter, call Save A Pet at (760) 251-1400 or Animal Samaritans at (760) 343-3477. Looking for a family pet? No time like the present with so many adorable ones waiting in shelters. Think carefully when deciding whether to get a puppy or adult dog.  A lively tiny puppy is enchanting, entertaining and adorable. However, puppies also require additional potty training and require more time. But whether you chose a puppy or an adult dog, at least one obedience class is highly recommended. A well trained dog makes for a happier household and ultimately a happier animal. If you cannot afford a private trainer, both PetCo and PetSmart offer reasonably priced group classes.  Both PetCo and PetSmart

Shawna & Johnny Still Need A Home! Meet Shawna (black & white female) and Johnny (beige male), two playful Terriers rescued by The Pet Hotel at Barkingham Palace (in Palm Desert) from the Thousand Palms county shelter. They love to play with the other dogs at Barkingham, but yearn for a loving home of their own. They are 2 to 3 years old, and weigh 12 pounds. Johnny and Shawna are not related and do not have to be adopted together. Call (760) 537-1172.

have classes to address the special needs of puppies.  Did you know that at least 30% of the animals in shelters are purebreds?  With so many beautiful pure breed and mixed breed animals in shelters and rescue groups, folks are encouraged to get a pet from them rather than purchasing from a breeder or pet store.  I recently located a gorgeous young pure breed Golden Retriever at the Indio shelter, and the new owner was  thrilled.  If you seek a particular breed, you can do your own internet search and find one in a shelter or rescue group on  www.petfinder. com  or   Loving All Animals at (760) 776-9397 can help you find the right match.      Indio Animal Control is located in an industrial section of this East Valley City.  They need more volunteers and foster homes. To get there from the Palm Springs area, take the 10 freeway heading East, take Golf Center exit and turn right, turn left at the first light which is Avenue 45.  Avenue 45 winds around and turns into Van Buren, and the shelter is  on the right hand side at 45-355 Van Buren Street, Indio, (760) 391-4135.   They are open 10am to 4pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, closed for lunch from 12:30p to 1:45am, and closed on Monday and Tuesday.   There are some gorgeous dogs  wagging their tails at the Indio shelter and hoping to become part of your family!

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August 30 to September 5, 2012


Zeal for the Best Zin Value

laying the game of wine, we are always on the look-out for a great deal these days, even in a down economy, the stats are in that we are drinking more and more wine—but, as someone put it, we want it both ways: the best wine for the lowest price. And we want it now! Speaking of “now,” it’s already harvest time over at the remaining vineyards in the Rancho Cucamonga Valley and “crush time” is going on at the Historical Landmark Galleano Winery in Mira Loma Ca., which is a little over an hour’s drive west of Palm Springs. And the predominant grape variety that’s being picked is Zinfandel. I know it’s still hot out and many of us aren’t talking much about red wine yet, but the Galleano Zinfandel is a medium-bodied

wine (not the heavy stuff that many believe all Zin to be) that can handle a good chilling for lunch and is a great match for summer dinner fare that will keep things lively and won’t put the party to sleep. Not too many local wine lovers really know that just before the Prohibition era (1920-33) the Cucamonga Valley had more vineyard acreage than the combined Sonoma/Napa Valley has currently. Sadly, less than 1,000 acres survive. That’s what makes this Zin so special. Southern California old-vine Zinfandel is unique, history in a glass, and sells for less than $5 a 750ml bottle when purchased in its 4 liter bottle size! So it’s a no-brainer that I would get around to describing and recommending the best Zin value in the land: Galleano

Cucamonga Valley Zinfandel , a nonvintage from Galleano Winery sold in 4-liter bottles. And the price: $12. or by the case (4 bottles) around $40. This engaging Zin is delicious and my favorite house wine around meal time. And most red wine drinkers that I’ve shared this with agree that you cannot find a better tasting Zin at that price range or close to it. I say “most” because I’ve found that those who enjoy “easy” wines—soft tastes with a very round feel, aren’t partial to this Zin, (if they drink Zinfandel at all), because this stuff grabs you! It would almost be an insult to call this a “jug wine”, but for the fact that the bottle it comes in is traditionally called—well, a “jug”! But don’t confuse this with the cheap stuff. There’s plenty of red and black fruit flavors all over the place. Now some have described it as “rustic”. That could be true, but I would use the word “robust”. This wine has complexity. Last night with carne asada tacos and pico de gallo salsa, we chilled the wine a bit and it bloomed mint and lavender notes around a blackberry finish. The night before with Italian sausage and sautéd mushroom parmigiana penne pasta, the wine cradled the meal with aged cherry flavors and anise. As it is enjoyed with Italian fare, grilled foods, barbecues, sandwiches, and cheeses, one surely appreciates the talent behind the process. Don Galleano is the third generation owner and winemaker whom I’ve known for over 25 years. Full disclosure: My family and I represent the winery at various

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tastings and wine events. But if you think that I may be a bit biased in declaring his Zin the best, well just check out the April 2010 Inland Empire Magazine, where this Zin was declared one of the best in the red wine category that’s produced in the area. (may I add that it was the least priced in a field of twenty and thirty dollar wines! ) And we’re still talking about a four-liter bottle at fourteen dollars!! So for this column, that makes it indeed, the best Zin value in the land. When we pour at tastings, I let those who are used to fruit-bombs and fullbodied sweet-like Zins know (playing off that Oldsmobile marketing line) that “this IS your grandfather’s Zinfandel: old style with a classic aged fruit & pepper backdrop”. This wine is aged and softened in very large old redwood vats, and that’s why it scores in competitions: there’s great wood backbone here as with the higher priced Zins. The Galleano Winery is located in Mira Loma, right at the Interstate 15, and California Hwy 60, the one that veers off Interstate 10 at Beaumont and goes on to Moreno Valley and Riverside. It’s a perfect week-end destination when you’re out for a drive and wish to picnic at a winery. Or, when driving to or from Orange County or LA on business or pleasure, it behooves us to stop by to pick-up a case for that dinner party or simply to stock our happy wine bin. Life is good. A la salute! The Historic Landmark Galleano Winery: 4231 Wineville Rd., Mira Loma, Ca. 91752 951.685.5376 Tours, Wine Tasting Room, Picnics, & Gifts MondaySaturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10:30am-5pm. Rick continues to host corporate & private wine tastings and events. Contact him at


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Tribal Seeds, Ballyhoo and Tribe-O 8pm DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Cool Grooves w/ Timber Woolfe DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-325-2600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-7777773 Alternating groups 8-11pm (RR) THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Spankshaft and Sic Waiting 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760345-2450 Reel Band 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Tyghtship 9pm (VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 6:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-328-9004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-345-0222 The Arrangements 7-10pm PALM SPRINGS TAVERN; PS; 760832-8920 DJ Ritchie Rich 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 The Evangenitals 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Karaoke w/ Amber Stream 9-1am PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Walt Young & The Muddy Sparks Trio 7pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Reaction 10pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Rebecca Connelly duo, sidebar 7-10pm, Lyndsey Harper duo, Sidebar 10pm, DJ Jalil Jagers ,

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Club Clubb Crawler Cl C l Review Revi R i

Casey’s - Prime Rib Perfection


y husband and I have enjoyed many a meal at Casey’s Restaurant and Lounge. If I think back to the first time we had dinner there, I would tell you things like; we were seated right away, the service was fantastic and the food was amazing. If I tell you how our dining experience is a few years later, I would have to say that all of that is still true, but now we feel like regulars…almost like family and we have our favorite daytime and evening servers that we look forward to almost as much as the food. Owner Stan Anderson and his wife Beth, make everyone feel comfortable and make their rounds to the tables every night checking on their customers. This is a nice touch that never gets old and that more restaurant owners should practice. With that said let’s talk about the food. Whenever we’re in the mood for prime rib…we go to Casey’s. As much as I love it, I don’t order it very many places, because it’s never prepared to my picky perfection, but Casey’s gets it right every time. The same

can be said for their filet mignon. Absolutely amazing! For the longest time I never tried anything other than those two selections, because of my ‘if it’s that good then why try something else’ mentality. Over time

we have dared to break away and order the fish and pasta dishes which are delicious for sure, but we always go back to the prime rib and filet. These meals are served with the freshest vegetables and your choice of

potato (I suggest the mashed served with their special gravy) and of course, a salad. All for one affordable price, which makes me wonder why go to a steak house and order all of that a la carte when you can go to Casey’s. Another great thing about Casey’s; they pour their cocktails with a heavy hand. And who doesn’t appreciate that. You don’t have to order a double jack & coke just to get a good jack & coke. They also offer several wine choices including one of my favorites, La Crema chardonnay. Casey’s is also a great place to stop in for lunch. They offer home- made soups daily and several burger and sandwich choices. I recently enjoyed the turkey club, while my husband raved about the juicy burger. Casey’s also has entertainment every Friday & Saturday from 7-10pm, with Michael D’Angelo singing Songs of an Era. Casey’s is open for lunch Tues-Sat. 11am2:30pm and dinner from 5-8:30pm. Happy Hour is 11am-6pm. They are closed on Sunday and Monday for summer.

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ooking for something fun to do this weekend but tired of the same old thing? Then head on over to Charli Marrone’s Italian Bar & Grill in Indio, for a fun-filled weekend. Friday night’s festivities will include the much anticipated return of the “Foam Party.” Owner Charli Brown’s husband Gary, said that their last “Foam Party” brought in over 600 people. That’s one foamy crowd. While 18-21 year olds are allowed there is a special charge for their admittance: They are free from 9-10pm but after 10pm there will be a $5 cover. For 21 and over it is free all night. They will also be

offering drink specials including Sour Apple Blast Shooters that will be priced on a sliding scale starting at $1 at 9pm, $2 at 10pm, 3 at 11pm, $4 at 12am and $5 at 1am. Saturday night also promises to be a winner with the “Jello Wrestling Party,” which is a 21 and over event. The same drink specials will be available but in addition there will be $2 jello shooters from 11pm to 1am. Both nights will have a DJ. “We clear the bar area and turn it into a dance floor,” said Brown. “We usually have 2 different DJs, one outside, which is where the 18-21 year olds get to hang out and the other inside for the 21 and over crowd.” Brown says that it’s not easy having the 18-21 crowd as they have to stay out on the patio and be escorted to the restroom so they aren’t around the alcohol. The city has strict rules, codes and guidelines for having 18-21 year olds in a bar and they are adhering to them. “Because we are a restaurant we keep the kitchen open and serve food all night,” said Brown. “We’re not a nightclub but it has that feel to it after dark. We wanted somewhere for the under 21 crowd to be able to come and dance and enjoy music.” After this weekend, Brown said they will continue having a DJ and dance vibe on Fridays, and Saturdays will be open mic and/


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or live bands. Every 4 weeks will be a HipHop show with a $5 cover. About a month down the road is Thursday night Karaoke. Charli Marrone’s has an Italian restaurant meets upscale sports bar feel to it. The owners and staff are friendly and accommodating and the food is delicious. I suggest you try their lasagna, cioppino, salmon, eggplant parmesan or filet mignon. They also have the best cucumber martini in town. And in honor of Charli Marrone’s 2 year anniversary they will be offering free dessert with every meal this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Why not enjoy a nice meal and dessert on Charli before you hit the foam.

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The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life.” ~ Tony

can understand his legacy better: There’s a life force, even a kind of immortality perhaps, in capturing moments that thrill.

forever.” Scott intuitively tapped into a mythos decades before it became trendy. And if you missed his last film, the vastly under-appreciated UNSTOPPABLE with Denzel Washington, by all means check it out. That’s the one about two guys trying to stop a runaway train. Yes, Tony Scott used a real train running at high speeds.

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When Ridley’s little brother took a spectacular leap from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro -- it’s a 185 foot drop to the water and a film location he knew well -there’s no doubt in my mind that Tony Scott knew it would be a topic of international conversation. And just like his best movies, Scott, an avid thrill seeker, went out with a visceral, adrenaline rush. His death is a mystery to those who knew him, including his legions of fans. And with all the private ways one can commit suicide, Scott chose a very public stage for his final fade out. Somewhere, perhaps there’s meaning in this sad event, but it may remain forever illusive. Scott once said: “The scariest thing in my life … is the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through.” It’s troubling when someone who has what the rest of us spend our lives working to achieve, steps away from life. Scott will be missed as perhaps the best of all action directors: He understood the power of pure cinema to thrill the senses. . Experience again Scott’s best works, and you

Anthony David Scott. 1944 – 2012. RIP. In tribute, I suggest a fresh look at Scott’s first feature film, the super stylistic, erotic, lesbian vampire story THE HUNGER (1983) with David Bowie, Catherine Deneauve and Susan Serandon. The now sadly ironic original tag line: “Nothing human loves

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in a terrific life or death chase movie that picks up speed when Wilee’s last delivery of the day is anything but ordinary. It may be mindless entertainment, but this one’s also intelligent. Great cinematography catches the breathless action and harrowing stunts. Michael Shannon is unforgettable as Bobby Monday, the dirty cop who pursues Levitt’s Wilee. Wonder if anyone remembers QUICKSILVER, the 1986 bike messenger movie starring Kevin “Six Degrees” Bacon? Big recommend.


Local producers Jim Cayce and Kim Waltrip finally strike gold with this fun, low budget, B-movie that hits the three Rs: Randy, Rowdy and Rude. Screenwriter and co-director Dax Shepherd and his real life girlfriend Kristen Bell share top billing. Dax, a get-away driver in a bank robbery now in a witness protection program (under the name Charlie Bronson) decides to drive his new girlfriend to her dream job at a university. Unfortunately, it’s the same town where the robbery took place. And worse, the vintage souped-up (700 hp) ‘67 Lincoln is the easily identifiable car used in the bank job. Lots of twists and comically complicating revelations along the way – especially between Dax’s Charlie and Kristen’s Annie. Even Facebook causes personal problems. A Rasta haired Bradley Cooper and a bumbling Tom Arnold step out of their comfort zones. Other familiarfaced cameos add to the energy. But make no mistake, it’s the terrific, sweet chemistry between Bell and Shepherd that saves the day and makes this offbeat, sometimes weird, movie worth a look. It’s meaningless fun in the retro Roger Corman mold. Even down to the cool poster.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Wilee, a NYC bike messenger who rides a one speed, fixed gear (“fixie”), brakeless bike across Manhattan

August 30 to September 5, 2012

“The Voice of the Valley” “

The Voice of the Valley” Cabaret Open Mic Competition presented by The Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts, will hold their Final Competition on Tuesday, September 4, from 7:30 until 9 p.m. in The Lounge at the Agua Caliente Casino located at 32-350 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. No Charge. The finalists are Lola Rossi, Francesca Amari, Vicki Knight, Michael Scott Brooks, Terry Larson and Jeff Stewart. The last two finalists were chosen this past Tuesday, August 28, after the deadline for this issue. Their names will be available on the evening of the Final Competition. They will all perform two songs with pianist Joel Baker. The Judges for this event are; Radio Personality and the “Voice of the Desert”, Joey English; Patrick Evans of KPSP-TV Local 2 and Eye on the Desert; Executive Director of the Foundation and producer of this event, David Green who is cohost with Les Michaels throughout the competition; and the fourth celebrity

judge from Broadway, Hollywood or the Cabaret Scene, will be announced before the event on September 4. The judges will vote, as they have during the audition performances, however, the attending audience, will receive one ballot to vote for their favorite entertainer. Your votes will count for half of their scores. Your attendance is crucial to each and every one of these talented entertainers, so, please mark your calendars and plan to attend. The winner will be called “The Voice of the Valley” and will be a featured singer in “A Magical Night On Broadway” starring Jo Anne Worley at 8 p.m., on Saturday, September 8, at The Show in the Agua Caliente Casino. Additional performers include Rex Smith, Barbara Van Orden, Terron Brooks, Jonelle Allen and Carol Channing’s American Glee Club from Southern California. The proceeds from this fund-raising effort benefit the Foundation. Tickets range from $15 to $35 each. (888) 999-1995.




With all the headlines regarding the turmoil in Lebanon from the swelling population of Sunni immigrants fleeing Assyrian president Assad’s assault on his people, there’s new friction between the resident Lebanese Christians and the influx of angry Sunnis. This relevant movie, now available for home viewing, takes place in a remote Lebanese village where a mosque and a church stand side-by -side and where the friction can be deadly until a group of Christian and Muslim women find ways to share grief and hope and keep their blowhard husbands from starting a religious war. In a way, it kind of reminded me of Lysistrata, the anti-war comedy written by that fifth century B.C. Greek funnyman Aristophanes.

alling all heavy metal enthusiasts. The CD release party for Remnants of Man’s first official disc, The Premonition, will take place on Tuesday, September 4, at The Hood Bar in Palm Desert. The band will take the stage at 9pm and perform songs from the 10 track disc. Band

members Rudy Mendez (guitar), Rueben Torres (guitar), Daniel Wheat (bass), Alex Milward (drums) and Joe Lynn (vocals) recorded the CD at Mid City Sound Studios in LA. Premonition was produced by Mikey Doling and Remnants of Man. You can pick up a copy at the show for $5.


August 30 to September 5, 2012 continue from page 13

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Babes Bar-B-Que American & Brewhouse

Charli Marrones

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42250 Jackson Street #101 Indio, CA

AJ’s on the Green 36-200 Date Palm Dr Cathedral City

Western Grill


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73340 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260

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San Miguel

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35 320 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City


78772 California 111 La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 328-9402 Pizza

72 450 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms

(760) 343-7340

(760) 564-4568 Irish

Crab Pot

70030 California 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


(760) 321-7635

El Mexicali II


(760) 346-6032

Lavender Bistro Continental 78073 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253


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Western (760) 347-1522 Grill Restaurant & Lounge 80956 Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92201

(JZ)(BL) FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-7777773 Demetrius Houser 7-10pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL; LQ; 760-698-8303 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 8:30-12:30am THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Open Mic Night 8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Live Music (RR) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Michael Healy 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN; PS; 760832-8920 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm THE PAVILION; PS; 760-323-8272 Ballroom Dancing 7-9:30pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Karaokie Jo 7pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Dr.Paul 6pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Straight Ahead Jazz (JZ) VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Karaoke

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Golf Column

August 30 to September 5, 2012

by Mike Livingston

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ith the PGA season winding down, the Playoffs have kicked in! The first stop on that train was this past weekend at the Barclay’s Challenge played on the famed Bethpage State Park Black Course which, as you know has hosted US Opens and is known as one of the most quality (and challenging) courses in the country. It seemed like a perfect venue for all of the horses to lineup and get the race for the FedEx Cup started………..but was it? All in all it wasn’t as much as you might think. It seemed a familiar sight, actually……Tiger plays lights-out early in the week and becomes incredibly average over the weekend – he finished in a tie for 38th with Phil who continues to look for something…..anything! In fact, Phil was seen using “the claw” putting grip on Sunday….Oh my! Sergio Garcia, having re-introduced himself to the winner’s circle last week was solid from tee to green for the first three

days and started Sunday with a two-shot lead but as it seemed everyone did on Sunday, he faded – badly. The attrition of the day, which felt to me allot like Sunday at this year’s US Open, more like who can hold on rather than who will actually “win”, saw Fresno State Bulldog Alum (and Dibble fav) Nick Watney pull out the victory and jump the FedEx Cup standings all the way to number one……and good place to be heading into week#2 of the playoffs this weekend. There was landmark news on the LPGA this weekend showing again that there are no real boundaries as far as who is who and how young is too young? Apparently that list gets younger and younger each year? It was just last year the a smiling 16-year old Lexi Thompson took a week off from her junior year of high school to win on Tour. This past week it was 15-year old Lydia Ko doing her one better and showing her that the sophomores have spirit too!! Wow, what were YOU doing at 15 years old?



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ARIES (March 21-April 19): I’m afraid your vibes are slightly out of tune. Can you do something about that, please? Meanwhile, your invisible friend could really use a Tarot reading, and your houseplants would benefit from a dose of Mozart. Plus -- and I hope I’m not being too forward here -- your charmingly cluttered spots are spiraling into chaotic sprawl, and your slight tendency to overreact is threatening to devolve into a major proclivity. As for that rather shabby emotional baggage of yours: Would you consider hauling it to the dump? In conclusion, my dear Ram, you’re due for a few adjustments. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Is happiness mostly just an absence of pain? If so, I bet you’ve been pretty content lately. But what if a more enchanting and exciting kind of bliss were available? Would you have the courage to go after it? Could you summon the chutzpah and the zeal and the visionary confidence to head out in the direction of a new frontier of joy? I completely understand if you feel shy about asking for more. You might worry that to do so would be greedy, or put you at risk of losing what you have already scored. But I feel it’s my duty to cheer you on. The potential rewards looming just over the hump are magnificent. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’ve got some medicine for you to try, Gemini. It’s advice from the writer Thomas Merton. “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns,” he wrote, “to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.” It’s always a good idea to heed that warning, of course. But it’s especially crucial for you right now. The best healing work you can do is to shield your attention from the din of the outside world and tune in reverently to the glimmers of the inside world. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I dreamed you were a magnanimous taskmaster nudging the people you care about to treat themselves with more conscientious tenderness. You were pestering them to raise their expectations and hew to higher standards of excellence. Your persistence was admirable! You coaxed them to waste less time and make long-range educational plans and express themselves with more confidence and precision. You encouraged them to give themselves a gift now and then and take regular walks by bodies of water. They were suspicious of your efforts to make them feel good, at least in the early going. But eventually they gave in and let you help them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the spirit of Sesame Street, I’m happy to announce that this week is brought to you by the letter T, the number 2, and the color blue. Here are some of the “T” words you should put extra emphasis on: togetherness, trade-offs, tact, timeliness, tapestry, testability, thoroughness, teamwork, and Themis (goddess of order and justice). To bolster your mastery of the number 2, meditate on interdependence, balance, and collaboration. As for blue, remember that its presence tends to bring stability and depth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the creation myths of Easter Island’s native inhabitants, the god who made humanity was named Makemake. He was also their fertility deity. Today the name Makemake also belongs to a dwarf planet that was discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune in 2005. It’s currently traveling through the sign of Virgo. I regard it as being the heavenly body that best symbolizes your own destiny in the coming months. In the spirit of the original Makemake, you will have the potential to be a powerful maker. In a sense you could even be the architect and founder of your own new world. Here’s a suggestion: Look up the word “creator” in a thesaurus, write the words you find there on the back of your business card, and keep the card in a special place until May 2013. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When novelist James Joyce began to suspect that his adult daughter Lucia was mentally ill, he sought advice from psychologist


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f you haven’t heard the latest craze about the health benefits of coconut, let me enlighten you. If you’re already in the know about the coconut craze, let’s explore some more about the seed from the tropical “tree of life”. Coconut oil: Despite being comprised of mostly saturated fat, coconut oil is one of the few healthy fats. Shown to aid in raising good cholesterol and lowering the bad, coconut oil contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) as opposed to almost all other fatty acids which are classified as Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA). The difference is huge. LCFA contribute to high cholesterol, whereas MCFA do not. Coconut oil is essentially labeled the healthiest of the oils because of the body’s ability to metabolize the healthy fat so that it aids in healing rather than opposing it. Don’t be surprised to find coconut oil in a solid state. It has a higher melting point than more traditional oils. Be sure to check the label to make sure the oil you purchase is not hydrogenated. Coconut meat: Coconut meat contains health promoting lauric acid, which helps fight bacteria and ward off infections. Studies claim eating the meat of the coconut helps fight gas, constipation, ulcers, and other digestive and stomach ailments. Coconut meat is also stated to increase the metabolism despite being high in saturated fat. Coconut is a healthy fat, so don’t judge it based on past media claims to avoid all saturated fats. Coconut milk and cream: Pressed from the meat of the seed, coconut cream makes for excellent beauty treatments. It is said to produce a protective barrier and include tons of antioxidants. Many cultures claim moisturizing coconut cream is the key to a youthful appearance. Coconut water: Found in the liquid center of the nut, the water provides electrolytes and twice as much potassium as a banana. However, the push for athletes to switch from sports drinks like Gatorade to coconut milk may not be the best. Although athletes need to replace lost electrolytes, they also need to replace sodium. Coconut water is high

in electrolytes but low in sodium, which is great for us normal folk, but not so much for training athletes. Coconut water also contains zero fat. Young coconuts contain more health benefits and nutrients than the older coconuts that are imported to the US for consumption. These older coconuts are degrading in nutrients and coming toward the end of their life cycle. The younger and greener the coconut, the better. As far as claims that coconut can fight infections due to it’s antibacterial properties, smooth skin, aid in digestion, reduce diabetes, alleviate Alzheimer’s, cure diaper rash, improve dandruff and limit heart disease (the list goes on and on)... the jury is still out. Research is increasing, but still contradicting. Some independent studies have found a couple of the leading coconut water manufacturers have actually misrepresented the content claims on their packaging, inflating the sodium content to appeal to more athletes. Don’t worry if you can’t afford coconut products or you simply don’t enjoy the flavor. You can still get all the health benefits of coconut by consuming other healthy foods. However, coconut has been a major staple in tropical cultures for centuries and consuming a natural product will surely benefit your health more so than processed foods and supplements. It’s okay to go a crazy for coconut. Worst case scenario, it may have you day dreaming of a vacation to the tropics. Best case scenario, it could save your life or dramatically improve your health.

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by Bronwyn Ison


ugar? Would you like one lump, two, three, four or more? Alarming statistics tells us, America is addicted to sugar. Most of us have a sweet tooth. I will admit I enjoy a sweet treat on occasion. Research tells us, America consumes an astronomical amount of sugar every year. The overwhelming amounts of sugar consumption are contributing to major health problems. You may be surprised to find where sugar is hiding. Once you become cognizant you may decide to change the way you eat. You might be saying to yourself, “ I don’t eat much sugar at all.” Guess what? Nearly everything contains sugar. Why? The simple truth, it is more cost effective for food manufacturers. With a fast moving society grabbing a meal on-the-go is normal. Most of these quick and convenient meals are loaded with fat and sugar. We are living in an age where we need to eat quickly and get back to our daily tasks. According to research, in 1822, the average American consumed approximately 45 grams of sugar every five days. One 12-ounce can of soda is equivalent or more than 45 grams. Startling, yet factual. Americans consume nearly 130 pounds of sugar in one year and averaging 3,550 pounds in an entire lifetime. Soft drinks are the biggest culprits. Sugars, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, milk and grains all contribute to America’s sugar addiction. We literally have a burgeoning population of people with major health problems. Our bodies need to process whatever we

consume. A paramount problem is how our body metabolizes sugar. When we eat too much of one type of sugar (ie. Sodas), our liver transitions into high gear to process it and converts most of the sugar into fat. This can explain our out of control obesity problem in America. You see they are interwoven. This very problematic sugar addiction is leading to insulin resistance, as well as obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease. Studies conducted by Dr. Robert Lustig, a California-based endocrinologist revealed through brain scans, sugar is as addictive as cocaine. He says, “It causes a euphoric effect that triggers dopamine, the chemical that controls pleasure in the brain.” The more sugar we eat the more our body craves. Interestingly, food manufactures have been told since the 1970’s that our foods contain too much fat. Food manufactures responded by eliminating the fat. The result was foods without fat tastes like cardboard. The fat is now replaced with sugar. By thinking they have solved one problem they have created another. So now what? The best suggestion I profess is to slowly eliminate your sugar intake. If you drink soda(s), gradually wean yourself. Think before your eat. Ask yourself, will my body like this sugar. Your brain tells you yes, but your organs are saying no. Once you configure your diet plan you could experience headaches, fatigue or depression. Be resolute and know you can overcome your cravings slowly but surely. Stay focused and vigilant. Your goal: Quit the sugar and avoid becoming a statistic.

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