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Community Events • August 2 to 8, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 19

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Contents Miramonte Resort & Spa..........3 Westin Mission Hills..................4 Don’t Be Clueless......................6 Haddon Libby: It’s All Local......7 Golf Column..............................7 Consider This.............................8 Desert DJs.................................8 Valley Rhythms.........................9 Pet Place..................................10 The Vino Voice.........................11 Club Crawler Nightlife............12 The Pampered Palette............14 Craft Beer Weekend................15 Beat The Heat..........................15 Screeners.................................16 Book Review............................17 Desert Ice Castle.....................18 ShareKitchen...........................19 Dale Gribow on the Law.........19 Musicians Corner....................19 Free Will Astrology.................20 Health Fitness & Beauty.........21 Mind, Body & Spirit................21


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Resort & Spa Review: Miramonte I

f you’re ready for a relaxing getaway, there’s no need to look beyond your backyard: The Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells is the ultimate destination to melt your stress away. The resort’s high expectations for customer service are palpable from the moment you arrive on the property. Whether you’re checking in, sitting down for a meal at the onsite restaurant or getting a treatment at the spa, the staff goes above and beyond to not only meet but also anticipate your needs. The lush grounds transform the walk to your room into a leisurely garden stroll. Rose gardens, pristine landscaping and friendly desert critters are just a few of the sights that will greet you. Each patio or balcony offers views of the vast green courtyards, reinforcing a sense of serenity from your room. The property is divided into a number of villas, each surrounded by gardens and bougainvillea, and this generous layout offers plenty of views with little in the way of crowds. The desert serves as inspiration for the spacious, orange-accented guestrooms, and each room comes with a full-range of amenities. The pristine pool areas have plenty of day beds, which are perfect for soaking up the sun. Poolside service also allows guests to order food and drinks delivered without leaving the area. Families are welcome at the property’s main pool, and those looking for a more serene environment can enjoy the adult’s only pool and Jacuzzi. Guests can also enjoy a family movie while taking an evening swim on Saturday nights through Labor Day, as movies will be projected onto

a giant screen above the main pool. Not to be missed is the Grove Artisan Kitchen, where Executive Chef Robert Nyerick creates exquisite dishes with a farmto-table theme. Whether you go for brunch, lunch or dinner, the onsite restaurant has something on the menu to please everyone. Without a doubt, Miramonte’s onsite spa, The Well Spa, is the highlight of any stay at this relaxing property. With its attention to detail and dedication to service, The Well Spa certainly earned its title of Top Resort Spa by Conde Nast Traveler. Upon checking into the spa, guests are taken to an actual wishing well and given a coin to make a wish, a charming touch. After being shown around the vast spa facilities, which include a private outdoor patio, a salt water pool, showers with full amenities and a eucalyptus-infused steam room, I wished I’d booked my treatments for earlier in the day to have more time to lounge around the relaxing spa area. The Well Spa has an impressive list of treatments, including massages, body therapies, facials, nail services and wraps. Couples can enjoy a private barrel soak before a couples massage or the painting party for two, where therapeutic and colorful muds allow couples to playfully reconnect. Expectant moms shouldn’t miss the Mother-To-Be massage, which relieves swelling and tension, and dads-to-be can join in for the Bella Body treatment, where warm plaster is used to create a sculpture of the mother’s belly. I opted for the Aqua Well massage, one of The Well Spa’s signature treatments. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a massage given in an outdoor salt-water pool, but as I lay under the sun and my masseuse began

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using the waves to knead my muscles, I soon found my stress was literally floating away. The Aqua Well massage is able to offer deep treatment in the hip flexors and sciatic region by allowing the water to take pressure off these areas while adding flexibility. The best part? Complete relaxation and muscle release without the day-after soreness that often follows a table massage. After a quick lounge in the waiting area with a glass of lemon- and cucumberinfused water, I was whisked upstairs for a Water Source facial. Every part of the experience is customized for the guest, from the music that plays in the background to the specific treatments used for each skin type. Guests also choose from a bag of engraved stones to pick a word, such as “patience,” “friendship,” or “love,” that becomes their focus for the treatment. My stone read “relax,” and relax I did. To top it off, spa guests receive a generous portion of custom-blended aromatherapy oil infused with scents tailored to each guest’s specific needs. A few drops of my clary sage and bergamot blend is all I need to retrieve a moment of relaxation. Wellness plays a large role in the Miramonte experience, and the resort offers daily wellness classes such as yoga, tai chi and a wellness walk for guests. A 24hour onsite fitness studio is also available.

The Takeaway:

Retreat to the Miramonte for a relaxing staycation with your significant other, the family, the girls or even solo. Indulge in a signature spa treatment such as a wine bath rich in antioxidants or let the stress float away with an Aqua Well massage. Really want to treat yourself? Opt for one of The Well Spa’s day rituals that combine several treatments for hours of pampering. After a long day of extravagance, relax poolside under the stars with a refreshing cocktail from the Vineyard Lounge. The Miramonte Resort & Spa 45000 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 341-2200


August 2 to 8, 2012

The Westin Mission Hills offers locals a perfect getaway—without leaving the Coachella Valley


by Tracy Dietlin

Our Superb Staycation

pon arriving at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, it is immediately obvious that this is a five-star resort. There’s a beautiful entryway that you walk through before the lobby doors, which open to an elegant lobby with employees willing to cater to your every whim. From our arrival to check out, every Westin staff member was professional and friendly, and made us feel like royalty. My husband and I checked in about 4:30 p.m., and we decided to check out our room before seeing what the rest of the hotel had to offer. Our suite, which had a living room/ dining room separate from the bedroom, was pure elegance, from the furniture and artwork on the walls, to the plush linens. The bathroom was spacious with an oversized tub for that relaxing hot bath I was looking forward to later. We decided to sit on the patio and take in the gorgeous view while enjoying a glass of wine. Our next stop was at the Fireside Lounge, located right off the lobby. (Please see a complete review of this fabulous restaurant on Page 14.) The restaurant opens daily at

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mind and are looking at things with a fresh perspective.” Scoles continued, “Denise has done a great job with “Sangria Sunsets.” She wanted to do an evening pool party that had an intimate sunset feel, where the whole family could come and hang out. We didn’t want to make it an adults-only nightclub feel, because that’s not who we are. We really are a family destination. But at the same time, we’re also the kind of place where couples like to come and maybe leave the kids home with Grandma and get away for the weekend. So it’s nice that we have the adult pool, so we can cater to both. We really have something for everyone here, and we love to cater to locals.” Summary: If you are a local, and you’re looking for an overnight or weekend getaway and don’t want to spend the time or gas to drive out of town, check in at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage. It’s a one-stop destination where you can enjoy a round of golf on the Gary Player course, top-notch spa treatments at The Spa, an amazing meal at the Fireside Lounge, live entertainment, a state-of-the-art gym, “Sangria Sunsets” at the family pool, private time at the adult pool, beautiful rooms and lush grounds. I can’t think of a better way to spend the hot summer days and nights of August. To book a reservation or receive more information, call 760-328-5955, or visit

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card toward my next spa service. The Spa also offers hair and nail services provided by J. Russell the Salon. Of course, you must peruse the spa shop, which offers many upscale spa products, clothing and more. To book an appointment, call 760-770-2180, or go to After my spa day, my husband and I met with Dominic Scoles, the director of food and beverage, to talk about changes happening on the property. He told us that as of Aug. 1, the other restaurant on the property, Bella Vista, was closed, and that after remodeling, it would re-open as Pinzimini, sometime in October. During renovation, the Westin will be serving breakfast and lunch in the Oasis Den. “Pinzimini will have an Italian concept, yet with a California feel,” stated Scoles. “We will have Italian cocktails, antipasto salads, flatbread pizzas and an interactive openair kitchen. Our breakfasts and lunches will pretty much stay the same, and you will really see the Pinzimini concept come to life more starting with lunch and going into happy hour and dinner. We’re also going to be a little more fashion-forward and have more modern, trendy music and some classic Italian bossa-style music.” Scoles, whose background is working at high-end resorts, and who most recently was in the Caribbean, has been with the Westin Mission Hills for about four months and is excited to be part of the team. “We have some young fresh energy and ideas coming from the Westin. They have an open


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was that they sell half-bottles of fine wine, along with a huge selection of single bottles of beer—perfect to take back to your room. The prices are surprisingly affordable. Next door to The Marketplace is the gym. This is a spacious state-of-the-art workout facility with everything you need to stay in shape. Outside of the Fireside Lounge is a large patio where you can enjoy your meal or a drink—or even play a game of pool while admiring the view. Around the corner is a snack bar located close to the family pool, and the Kids Club, which is a great place for the kids to hang out while the parents take in a massage or relax at the adult pool. The Westin offers daily activities for the kids to keep them happy. There is also a kids’ Game Room, off of the Oasis Den, which features many of the newest video games, along with a few old-school classics. The Oasis Den is a large room with a pool table, a foosball table, several large flat-screen TVs and a separate

bar for you to relax with friends. This is also a great location to host a private party. Aside from having some of the best food in the valley, the Fireside Lounge also serves up entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m., with local favorite Michael Keeth performing acoustic. The Westin Mission Hills has a worldclass spa that offers several types of massages, facials and body treatments. You are guaranteed to be pampered from the moment you check in there. The Spa includes a steam room, a whirlpool, a relaxation aromatherapy room, showers and every amenity you could want following your treatments. I decided to partake in the “Soothing Senses” treatment, which included a 60-minute relaxing massage, scalp treatment, paraffin treatment, warmstone enhancement, glass of champagne and aromatherapy, all for only $119. This is a summer special running through the end of August, and is normally a $245 value. The treatment began with my therapist asking me to choose an aromatherapy scent for my massage; I decided on orange blossom. I knew I was in for some serious relaxation when my therapist held a small ‘burden basket’ in her hands and asked me to put all of my worries and concerns in there and forget about them during my massage; she then took the basket out of the room. What a wonderful experience it was from beginning to end. I also received a lovely gift that included body butter, oil, lotion and a body scrub, along with a $25 gift

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drinks and listen to music hosted by a DJ. We were pleased that our favorite radio DJ, Mix 100.5’s Bradley Ryan, was hosting that night. There’s a large bar at the pool with several bartenders happy to serve up a tasty blend of sangria or your favorite cocktails at very reasonable prices. I urge all locals to go and experience “Sangria Sunsets” while

you still can; they only run until the end of August. As we enjoyed a romantic late-night stroll back to our room, we realized it was easy to pretend that we were on vacation far from the desert. As beautiful as the grounds are at night, with all of the twinkling lights, they are even more breathtaking during the day, with lush lawns, cascading waterfalls, bridges and rolling green hills; you can get caught up in the awe of the property and imagine yourself at the tropical destination of your choice. (After all, we do have the palm trees to pull it off.) If you forgot to bring anything with you, not to worry; you can buy it at The Marketplace, a gift shop/general store/ Starbucks/café. It offers everything from beautiful jewelry, artwork, candles, clothes and gifts, to essentials like sunscreen, sundries, personal items, books, magazines and more. If you’re hungry but don’t have time to eat at one of the restaurants, you can grab a quick sandwich or salad, as well as a cup of coffee. What really impressed me

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Don’t Be



f you’re a manic multi-tasker (go on, brag a little), if you are someone who likes to dress as if you have something to do (down to the last sweep of mascara), if you consider “artisanal” too-snobbish in a fresh-fromthe-fields summer of Farmers’ Markets, if you can stand seeing your guy in a baseball cap turned backwards without hitting him up-side the head, you’re “game on” for summer and its maniacal multi-cultural pleasures soup-to-nuts. (Try to avoid the nut-cases that get in the way, they’re just hysterical over the happiest season on earth.) Hie thee to the McCallum for next season tickets ahead of the crowd— let them go SRO. Audition for a play, why not? What has Meryl got that you haven’t? (Don’t ask.) Visit the library and tell them what you really think.Take a meteor shower and a “sound bath.” Give a lonesome Fifi or Fido a new home---yours. Experience “beauty” that’s beyond “skindeep.” It rates a crown. Read on. Today, Thursday, August 2, 8am. Okay. So you were busy yesterday and missed this event at the McCallum. I mean: Manicure at 8am. Luncheon at Noon, followed by a nap at 3pm to be party-hearty for the evening. Can you help it if there aren’t enough hours in a day? No. But listen up. I don’t want to hear any more. Get to the McCallum Theatre now to snap up advance tickets for the following seven shows for individual performances that are on sale right now! Family Fun Day features Open Call finalists, plus other musical performances and “front-of-the-theatre” activities, on Saturday, October 13, event begins at 12pm, performance at 2pm. This is the ‘60s, a multi-media experience that immerses audience in the mayhem and musical revolution of the decade, Thursday, October 18, 8pm. Howie Mandel, Mainstay of the American comedy scene from TV’s St. Elsewhere to the children’s series Bobby’s World, Saturday, October 20, 8pm. Smokey Robinson, “King of Motown,” with hits “Just to See Her,” “Shop Around,” “Cruising,” Friday, October 26, 8pm. Charlie Zaa, multi-platinum and BMI award-winning songwriter/artist performs his classic Latin American ballads, Saturday, October 27, 8pm. Shelby Lynne, Grammy Award-winner stands out in the crowd in the mainstream music world, Saturday, November 3, 8pm. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, or call 760-340-ARTS, or go to Saturday, August 4, 10am-2pm. For those who spend time channeling their inner Hepburn, Streep, Hanks, or Pacino,


and driving their families crazy, the theater company “Dezart Performs” will hold open casting auditions for three one-act comedies to open the 2012-13 season. Performances will be Friday through Sunday, November 23 to December 9, 2012. Auditioning actors will be reading from the scripts. Sides will be available. Here’s the line-up of plays: Blind Date by Tanis Galik, directed by Don Cilluffo. Ever been on a blind date? The audience eavesdrops on Dr. Stanley and Alice Adler as they prepare for the scary experience. Cast: Alice, female, 40s-70s; Stanley, male, 40s-70s. Feeding Time at the Human House by David Wiener, directed by Lenny Ripps. Fran and Bernie Baboon explain what it’s like to live on the wrong side of the cage and will tell you all about it. Cast: Fran, female, 30s-50s; Bernie, male, 30s-50s. Mourning Glory by Richard Orloff, directed by Michael Shaw. A widow and a male friend are desperate to balance propriety and lust at the wake of the widow’s deceased husband. Cast: Aggie, female, 50s-70s; Milt, male, 50s-70s; Beverly, female, 30s-50s. For more information, email Michael Shaw at, or call 760322-0179. Casting call is at Palm Springs Woman’s Club, 314 S.Cahuilla Rd, Palm Springs. Friday, August 10, 10am-Noon. Forget about your librarian and library from childhood. Old Mrs. Grumpy with her iron grip on the book you want to check out, is no more. And a library, especially one as savvy as the Rancho Mirage Public Library, is no longer just a warehouse for books. (Hello!) It’s a lively place presenting music, art, discussion and learning for the whole community. To wit: Next Friday, The regular Book Discussion Group gathers at the library to discuss That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner for her second novel The Shipping News (1993). The quintessential American author’s short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Glove Awardwinning major motion picture release in 2005. “Ace” (2002) book is described as “an exhilarating story brimming with language,

August 2 to 8, 2012

Haddon Libby: It’s all local

by Diane Marlin-Dirkx

IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY history, landscape, music, and love.” It tells the story of a young man, just out of college who is scouting for his life on a road trip. Intrigued? Meet with other readers of the book and yay or nay, give your take on the tantalizing tome. Presented by the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation. Location: 71-100 HWY 111, Rancho Mirage. For more information, call 760-341-7323. Saturday, August 11, 7pm – Midnight. Hot? Here’s a cool shower you won’t want to miss. The 6th Annual Perseid Meteor Shower will be hosted by the Mojave Desert Land Trust who endeavors to preserve desert wilderness including our beautiful night skies under the stars. Romantic, yes? Here’s the sigh-worthy scoop. The Perseids are considered by many to be the best meteor shower of the year, sometimes peaking at 50 per hour. Expect a great night for meteor-watching, but wait: The star show will not be confined to the sky. The Southern California Desert Video Astronomers will donate their time and equipment to project spectacular live images from deep space onto the side of the Integratron building using powerful telescopes and a state-of-the-art projection system. Built in the 50s by aerospace engineer George Van Tassel who claimed that extraterrestrials gave him the allwood design, it has an acoustically perfect sound chamber where you can experience a “sound bath.” A scientist from Joshua Tree National Park will give a presentation to ambient live music during the event. There will be a raffle, Aspen Mill desserts, and a coffee bar. Tickets are $40 per person for Land Trust members; $55 for non-members which includes membership. Kids 12 and under are free. Overnight camping is an additional $30 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Bring comfortable chairs or blankets, water bottles (refills available on site), flashlight, camping gear. Location: The Integratron, 2477 Belfield Blvd., Landers, CA 92285. More info: www. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Purchase tickets at Or call 760-366-5440.

Saturday, August 18, 1pm-3pm. Produced by Westfield Mall and Animal Samaritans, the 5th Annual “Rock the Runway” Fashion Show will feature the newest trends for fall in a fashion show for men, women, boys and girls, from over 20 Westfield retailers including The Gap, Gymboree, Macy’s and JC Penney. Just name your favorite store and they’re sure to be there struttin’ their stuff from the racks to the runway. All seated guests will receive a VIP bag filled with special offers, samples, gifts, and a VIP drawing for gift cards and VIP experiences. Plus the fashion show will star the animal-loving staff and volunteers raising the “woof” and purr-fectly modeling on the runway with adorable shelter and therapy dogs---every dog and cat is up for adoption to a loving home. Following the free event make sure to stop at retailer Charming Charlie’s who will host a VIP afterparty with exclusive discounts, refreshments and an opportunity to meet and greet the master of ceremonies. Westfield Shopping Town, 72-840 HWY 111, Palm Desert. For more information, call 760-346-2121. Saturday, August 18. Evening. “Where the Power of Beauty Changes the World!” The 16th Annual Mrs. Globe Pageant takes place in the beautiful setting of Rancho Mirage. Known for its international beauty and empowerment competition, this pageant is more than a beauty contest. Take note that the non-profit W.I.N. Foundation ( hosts women from 40 countries in a 10 day event to raise awareness of worldwide abuse and to spread self-esteem. From August 9 through the 18th, contestants will participate in rehearsals, theme dinners and parties, press events and panel discussions. Rene Dell’Acqua, local cosmetic dentist and spokeswoman for the organization will M.C. the finals gala event on August 18 when the 2013 Mrs. Globe will be crowned and spend the year traveling internationally as spokeswoman for Mrs. Globe and promoting the W.I.N. Foundation.. Dr. Tracy Kemble, Founder of the W.I.N. Foundation says, “We are thrilled to be back in Rancho Mirage with our 10 day event that offers both enjoyment of competition and personal growth for our participants. Through our crown, we help others remember the beauty and power of a dream.” Beautifully said. Tickets to all events will be available for public purchase online at


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them,” said Albert Einstein.  Applying this statement to the current state of the local and national economies, I got to thinking about the paths toward a sustainable and robust recovery.   The solutions seem obvious to me.  Lower fuel costs by transitioning to natural gas for transportation as that will reduce fuel costs by more than half.  Encourage a faster transition to solar power for homes as that would reduce monies currently siphoned off by the energy utilities.  Eliminate waste in the healthcare and government sectors.  If we did all of these things, the amount of extra cash that most individuals and businesses would have would be sufficient to fuel a robust recovery.  The task of transitioning to natural gas and solar would create a boom in employment that should more than offset the loss of jobs in sectors fraught with bureaucratic waste.  If these fixes seem so obvious to me, why aren’t there more local, regional or national figures espousing the virtues of an united effort to better things for all while resolving excesses that hamper a true recovery?   Going back to the Einstein observation, the problem appears to be that those in leadership positions are not actually leaders.  While partisanship and self interests are an apparent outcome of a

void in leadership, the root of much of what hampers improvement goes back to the manner through which most leaders in government and business are being created. Generally speaking, mediocrity rises to the top in most bureaucracies.  You seldom see visionary leadership rise through the ranks - that type of person typically gets stifled in the middle management ranks.  One need look no further than this year’s Presidential race - can anyone argue that both candidates are the absolute best that America has to offer?

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The lack of leadership and bold new ideas are part of what our Valley and the country is lacking. To get to a true sustainable recovery, we need to look at current problems differently. Author William Deresiewicz of A Jane Austen Education has written on the system that develops our leaders in business and government. He questions if “getting straight A’s make you a leader?”  Deresiewicz then surmises that it finds “excellent sheep (who can) jump through hoops.”   As most large business and governmental agencies are

bureaucratic in nature, he continues stating that “the great mystery about bureaucracies (is that) excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering, pleasing your superiors, picking a powerful mentor and riding his coattails until it’s time to stab him in the back. Jumping through hoops. Getting along by going along. Being whatever other people want you to be, so that it finally comes to seem have nothing inside you at all. Not taking stupid risks like trying to change how things are done or question why they’re done. Just keeping the routine going. This is a national problem. We have a crisis of leadership in this country, in every institution. Not just in government. Look at what happened to Wall Street in just the last couple of years.”  Look around and ask yourself a question - who do you view as true leaders?  For the moment, focus strictly on our elected ‘leaders’.  Using any elected ‘leader’ that comes to mind, can you name three things attributable to that person that led to the betterment of things?  Have they ‘earned’ the right to continue representing you due to specific accomplishments?  If not, think back to Einstein and another of his quotes, “Insanity (is) doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

by Mike Livingston


hether it’s on U.S. soil as is normally the case or on those occasions when he hops the pond, Freddie Couples transcends…..he’s loved everywhere! Even coming down the stretch at this week’s Senior Open Championship (British Open), you heard as many cheers of “Freddie, Freddie) as you did for any of the home-towners. In a Championship that had as many ups and downs as the greens on which they played, the end came down to a battle against the putters and the elements, two things that might not normally spell

good things for Couples. Longtime PGA journeymen Gary Hallberg and Dick Mast and Englishmen Carl Mason and Barry Lane gave chase and all had solid final rounds. Down the stretch however, Couples was rock-solid birdies at 16 and a bomb on 18 to close it. There was some tremendous golf played on the LPGA last week at the Evian masters where the winner gets bottled water for life, as well as a hefty first place check. This is a major after all. When the dust settled, it was Inbee Park carding a final round -6, 66 for a total of -17,

winning her first major. She edged a topnotch field including a pair that nipped at her heels all weekend, veterans and major winners Karrie Webb & Stacy Lewis, each finishing two shots back at -15. The redhot Shen Shen Feng shot a final round 66 as well, getting her to -14 to share fourth place with Natalie Gulbis who had her best finish in a major, also finishing at -14. Around here in the Shack, we take our local golf seriously. It’s summer and if you’re out there playing, remember the two most important Caddyshack rules while you’re out there enjoying a round

in the desert heat……..hydrate and “don’t burn, re-apply at the turn”. We’re serious about our golf and hope you are too! We’ll be looking for you on The Caddy Shack Radio Show every Saturday morning from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Fore! Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.


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Father John Misty” is the musical moniker of Josh Tilman. Until recently he was the drummer for beardy folkrevivalists the Fleet Foxes. Throughout his tenure with the Seattle band, Tilman released seven full-length CDs and three EPs, but they were sparse solo affairs. “Fun Fear” marks not only Tilman’s relocation to Los Angeles, but also his first collaboration with other musicians. Co-produced by Laurel Canyon wunderkind, Jonathan Wilson, “Fun Fear” has expanded Tilman’s sonic palette. Los Angeles is the obvious muse here, beginning with the opening track, “Fun Times In Babylon.” Tilman’s vocals pivot between angelic and mournful, floating over the dense instrumentation of upright bass, piano, guitar and fluttery mandolins. “Look out Hollywood, here I come!” Both “I’m Writing A Novel” and “Misty Nightmares 1 & 2” echo the stream-ofconscious rambles that Bob Dylan perfected at the start of his “electric” period. (Think “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”). Powered by Farfisa organ and boogiewoogie piano, “I’m Writing A Novel” is part shaggy dog story and part sly commentary. In

the midst of a string of non-sequiters, Tilman name-checks everyone from Heideger and Satre to Neil Young! On “Misty Nightmares 1 & 2,” Tilman’s high-lonesome vocals are cushioned by a chugging rhythm and smoky guitar riffs. Tilman is at his Fleet Foxy-est on “Oh I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me.” Here he drops the veil of ironic distance, cloaking his plea for intimacy in hushed “Pet Sounds” harmonies. Tilman’s love/hate honeymoon with Los Angeles is exemplified on two songs, “Nancy From Now On” and “Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings.” On the former, sweet synths, galloping beat and lush vocals owe a debt to late 70s Fleetwood Mac. J.T. seems besotted: “How was I to know that milk and honey flowed/ Just a couple states below.” On the latter, we find a somewhat jaded Tilman frolicking romantically in the infamous L.A. landmark. Distorted, almost grungy guitar chords compete with layered vocals and Tilman’s deadpan lyrics…. “You kiss on me, but we should let this dead guy sleep.” Tilman mines a vartiety of musical genres on “Fear Fun.” “Only Son Of A Ladies Man” recalls the California Cowboy sound of the

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Flying Burrito Brothers. The arrangement on “This Is Sally Hatchet” shifts on the swirling maelstrom of strings and harpsichord. Obviously the Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” was a huge influence. The most ambitious track here is the plaintive “Now I Am Learning To Love The War.” Over spare instrumentation, Tilman tries to reconcile his need for artistic expression with the reality that manufacturing music is hurtful to the environment: “Try not to think so much about the truly staggering amount of oil That it takes to make a record/ All the shipping the vinyl the cellophane lining/The high gloss the tape and the gear.” How does a musician make an artistic imprint without leaving a carbon footprint? There’s no easy answer. The final two tracks of “Fear Fun” offer even more diversity. Propelled by sweet, pedal steel guitar licks and a barn dance fiddle, “Tee Pees 1-12” weds an an apocryphal tale of an exhibitionist girlfriend to a rollicking hoedown melody. On the shambolic closer, “Everyman Needs A Companion,” Tilman pulls out all the stops. The ramshackle rhythm feels like a faint homage to Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” The lyrics are an honest plea for



genre of music his father would play often, he had no idea what it was but he knew he liked it. Elementia found himself asking older family members if they knew what that music was called and they all told him the same thing, “It’s called Techno” or “It’s called dance music!” In 1998, at the age of seven, Elementia became hooked when someone gave him a mix compilation of various artists mixed by well-known producer DJ Tiesto. It was at that point Elementia began to search out and discover new artists, and dig deeper into the genre of electronic dance music. After nearly eight years of listening to EDM, the idea of music production and Djing became a reality. Elementia began researching the art of Djing, watching tutorials, and eventually taught himself how to beat match. Shortly after he started reading about music production and although it was extremely hard and confusing at first, he didn’t want to quit

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companionship but, Tilman can’t resist this smarty-pants declaration: “Joseph Campbell and the Rolling Stones couldn’t give me a myth/So I had to write my own.” On his initial solo efforts, Josh Tilman plumbed quiet intimacies and dark corners like a Film Noir detective. As Father John Misty , “Fear Fun” feels like a burst of Technicolor in a black and white world.

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because he had already invested so much time into it. Eventually Elementia found himself playing clubs and large shows like the one in 2008 where he played the main stage at the Hudson Theatre in San Bernardino in front of more than 500 people. One of his more memorable shows in recent years was out of the country in Mexico for 2,500 people where he played a couple of his newest tracks that he had finished exclusively for that event. “It was really exciting and intimidating but once I took to the stage and started performing, I saw them react to what I was playing and knew they were enjoying it and having a great time,” recalls Elementia. Taking new tracks out for a “test drive” to see how the dance floor reacts is something Elementia admits is his favorite part of the job, as well as staying away from worn out songs in an effort to keep his shows fresh. Elementia points out, “I don’t

just play bangers all night or play the hits, I also try to play new and undiscovered tracks because people may get annoyed of hearing the same track four or five times in one night.” On October 25th EML Recordings will be releasing his original track “She’ll Miss Me” along with 10 other remixes from some incredibly talented producers! A UK Dubstep producer that goes by the name of Friday Fox will also be releasing his remix of “She’ll Miss Me” on his new label called Digital Slave! Elementia is looking forward to performing this month at the Date Shed along with his good friend and local DJ, JF//Discord, both will be opening for LA Riots. You can find more info about Elementia at: Written By: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 619-3276

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Mark Gregg is “Living the dream”

ark Gregg and his band, Dude Jones, have been performing in the Coachella Valley since 1994. “We were developing a following playing around the Valley, performing at ‘B.B. O’Brien’s’ and ‘Cecil’s on Palm Canyon’, but when we started playing at the old ‘Hair of the Dog’, that’s when we started to really get our sound,” said Gregg. Their sound and solid fan base led to a very long engagement at The Village Pub. An accomplished guitarist, singer, songwriter and inventor Gregg performs with Dude Jones, every Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m. at The Grill on Main located at 78-065 Main Street, Suite 104 in La Quinta. He is also there every Friday from 8 until 11 p.m. as a solo performer, singing and playing acoustic guitar. (760) 777-7773. In addition to private parties, usually on Saturday evening, the band performs every Sunday from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at The Palm Springs Tavern located at the corner of Gene Autry and Vista Chino in Palm Springs. (760) 832-


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J’s have come a long way since the phrase was coined by American commentator Walter Winchell in 1934. Elementia does more than just play music, he is constantly in his studio producing new sounds and remixing old ones. Considered more of an artist and producer, Elementia has had a few of his songs show up on the dance music charts. Many people know him as Elementia but his real name is Hector Galindo. Growing up, his favorite movie was (and still is today) The Fifth Element. The word Element stuck out in his head and Galindo knew his stage name had to include that word “element” and eventually came up with Elementia. Elementia’s interest in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) goes back to his childhood when he would spend time with his dad who would listen to loud music everywhere they went. Nothing caught Elementia’s attention more than a specific

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Gregg recalls, “I got my first guitar on my fourteenth birthday. My younger brother, Scott, played drums. We started jamming together along with a friend who also played guitar. We were called Terra Nova and tried to play music like Jethro Tull.” He listened to Elton John early on but it was the early British blues rockers like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Humble Pie, the Beatles and Peter Frampton that really got his attention. Then later, groups like Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen along with progressive rock groups like Genesis, Yes and Peter Gabriel. His extensive repertoire includes many of the songs made famous by these bands. “My roots have always been acoustic guitar but I finally started playing electric when I was seventeen or eighteen. Once I started playing electric guitar things really got going. We were playing at parties and nightclubs and getting a little scene going on in Hemet, where I was living at the time.” A few years ago, he released an original album entitled “Dude Jones Face” with coproducer and drummer Mike Lewis. Bassist Francesco Di Cosmo performed on most of the tracks, however, they did include one song from the original demo track with bassist Kurt Rapp, a very talented musician who passed away several years ago. After performing for years with many different musicians, his latest version of Dude Jones includes “Brother Bill” Hamilton, who sings and plays guitar, bass and guitar synthesizer, created by using a special pick-up on the guitar; violinist and singer Bri Cherry; and his son Derek Jordan Gregg. “My son grew up in Oregon and moved to the Desert about a year ago. He is a talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and the main bass player in the band. He plays bass in a very

musical manner. He is the best part of all the changes that have happened in my life. I am enjoying performing with younger musicians and being a mentor to them.” The band is very versatile and can play everything from the prior rock versions of the band. They have expanded and are now doing more of an acoustic show along with performing more original compositions. To this group of four, additional musicians are added depending on the event or venue. Gregg is also a successful up and coming entrepreneur who has co-developed a device called the Ultimate Attenuator that allows guitarists to get the best sound possible from their amplifiers. He is very involved in the marketing aspects of his company, Magus Innovations, LLC. Peter Stroud of the Sheryl Crow Band, Doyle Bramhall II, of the Eric Clapton Band and Peter Buck of REM are a few of the growing numbers of professional guitarists who are currently using his product. “We weren’t the first to invent this product, but we are the best. I used the others and because they fell short of what my expectations were, I invented the Ultimate Attenuator.” For more information, go to www. He is now busy marketing a guitar pickup, Silverbucker, a PAF Gibson style pick-up. Gregg and co-inventor Jimmy Heil, have a custom shop in Palm Springs and are also working on an amplifier and switching product. See You can e-mail him at: and his facebook address is http://www. This is the best way to contact him because he is “on it everyday.” “My focus is playing music and making high quality products that solve problems for guitar players. I’m living the dream.”

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re you able to resist those puppy dog eyes begging for food scraps at the kitchen table? Obesity is a serious condition that can shorten the life of your dog or cat. Many pet owners fail to make the connection between their pet’s weight and a myriad of medical conditions. Veterinary nutritionists estimate about 25 percent of all domestic pets in the United States are obese. One study indicated as many as 40% of our pets are overweight. Some people create overweight pets for their own psychological reasons, or because they themselves are overweight. Pictured is Pepper, a 5 year old Schnauzer. His owners took him to a veterinarian requesting Pepper be euthanized for the sole reason that the dog was OVERWEIGHT. Instead the vet got the owners to give up


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custody and contacted Loving All Animals, a local animal welfare group, to save Pepper from this fate. Pepper proved to be sweet boy who loves to socialize with humans and dogs, but his “chubby” appearance is an obstacle to adoption. Pepper is on a diet, has lost 10 pounds so far, and becoming more active every day. He is in a foster home, but would love to find a permanent home where he can continue with “Doggie Weight Watchers”. Anyone interested in adopting Pepper can call (760) 776-9397. Here are some of the key medical ailments that result from pet obesity. HORMONAL ABNORMALITIES such as diabetes, underactive thyroid, and Cushing’s disease can develop. ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS are common and often involve ligament damage and a variety of knee and back problems. Dogs with short legs

such as Dachshunds and Basset Hounds are particularly prone to back conditions. ARTHRITIS, INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART DISEASE, CONSTIPATION, RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTY are the same list of ailments that affect overweight people. Inactivity and a bad disposition from the discomfort make for an unhappy animal. Obese pets accumulate excessive medical bills and have a substantially shorter life span. How do you tell for sure if your pet is overweight? Fifteen to 20 percent body fat is considered ideal. Your veterinarian is your best expert to consult, particularly to rule out any medical issues. You can also do a spot check at home by viewing your dog from overhead and an hourglass shape is ideal. In overweight dogs the abdomen plumps out from the side. He may waddle

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when he walks. You can also feel for his ribs placing your thumbs on the spike half way down the back and sliding your hands gently, and if you can’t feel his ribs underneath a thin layer of fat it’s time to take action. The solution is a simple one that dieting humans have always heard: cut back on food and high calorie treats, and increase exercise! Eliminate free feeding where the pet has access to food at all times. If you have multiple pets, feed them separately and pick up pet bowls. Your veterinarian may prescribe a weight loss food for pets 15 percent or more over the ideal body weight. To avoid gastrointestinal woes when you switch to a low-calorie diet food, mix the old food with the new and gradually reduce the proportion of the original food. Everyone in the household needs to be committed to the new plan and not sneak treats on the side. AVOID CRASH DIETS AND CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR SEVERE CASES. As a general rule, you should avoid feeding your pet human food. But there some healthy snacks you can have on hand for your dog....Carrots, apple slices without the seeds, cottage cheese, grilled or boiled chicken (boneless), hard- boiled egg slices, pumpkin (cooked or from a can), broccoli, and green beans. For cats, often the problem is a lowquality cat food with an overabundance of unbalanced cheaper proteins which the body converts and stores as fat. Switch to a higher quality cat food, and supplement canned cat food with grated carrots and zucchini. Consult with your vet or a specialty pet food shops for better brands. Redirect your begging animal to other activities. Take your dog to the dog park where he can romp with others. Early risers are at Coachella Valley dog parks at 5:00 am avoiding the heat. Take him for a walk on a leash. Dogs (and cats) love to get a massage. Practice an obedience command. Look up training techniques online, or arrange for a professional trainer to come in and do obedience training. Brush his coat. Play a game. Fetch is a favorite game for dogs but can be taught to cats as well. Get moving! For additional assistance check these websites and www. Overweight animals is a behavioral problem of people, not a medical problem of pets. Your dog or cat is not the one opening the refrigerator door! Contact

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August 2 to 8, 2012


Seeking Sommeliers’ Sparkling Rosés I

ncreasingly, wine seems to get its fair share of TV coverage with all the morning and afternoon talk shows. And as the viewing public becomes more vino educated, most of the talk show hosts are deferring to wine professionals and sommeliers to conduct and handle the wine segments. There is usually a display of 5 or 6 wines on hand (all for sale—please!) and there’s a brief discussion of each as both the wine guy or gal quickly moves on—and, they quite often run out of time! Only once in a while do the talk show hosts ask the better unrehearsed and most personal question: What wine are you opening up at home tonight? And when posed the question— interestingly, a great majority of the time,

they admit to a Rielsing or Rosé as the wine they have in the fridge ready to go. I hope you gave a German Rielsing Kabinett some thought and even enjoyed a bottle after reading this column a couple of weeks ago. Because of the desert heat, we’ve been covering a variety of summertime wines to cool down with; last week, we discussed the need to have a chilled sparkling wine close by. Rosé and Rosé sparkling wines may well be the most versatile wine in town. The “still” Rosés are just as delicious & versatile and we will continue to discuss them throughout the year. But a summertime “bubbly” is always a winner. The wine’s crispness and acidity pair well with all the lighter fare such as salads and appetizers, but it’s made from red grapes, so it can stand up to heartier dishes

like poultry, fish and pork. Plus, who doesn’t like bubbles! This all translates to the great economy of simply enjoying one wine for an entire multicourse meal. In these parts, even when we enjoy picnics in autumn, a rosé sparkler is a natural choice for an outdoor, transportable meal and of course a BBQ. Amanda Gold of the S.F. Chronicle, when discussing barbecued chicken leftovers pairing with sparkling rosé, writes, “Barbecued chicken salad sandwiches turn last night’s leftovers into the perfect picnic fare, and the wine’s sweetness plays beautifully against the barbecue sauce’s sugar and smoky notes. The chicken salad can be piled on sweet French or soft potato rolls, or for a low-carb version, wrapped in crisp leaves of butter lettuce.” Sommeliers are wine experts that generally manage the wine at restaurants. (My hard earned title of “sommelier-abouttown” means that I manage somehow to get to as many wine venues as possible!) Let’s take a break from my lingo and check out the country’s notable sommelier’s comments on Sparkling Rosés: Justin Leone of Chicago’s famous Benny’s Chop House: “In general, nothing makes me salivate more than a flute of sparkling rosé on the table in the sun. It’s a no-brainer—you’ve got red berry qualities that can accompany any meat. Acidity, freshness, and dried fruit crunch.” Inez Ribustello in North Carolina’s On the Square: “If Social Services saw the inside of our refrigerator, they would probably take our children away—because it’s a million

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bottles of sparkling wine and one bottle of organic milk! We love sparkling wine. We especially love pink sparklers, like pink cava. Anime Pink [from Italy] is also very fun.” We even have Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée [from California]. Todd Thraser in Virginia’s Restaurant Eye: “Under-$15 tip: Just for sipping on a hot summer afternoon, I turn to Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from South Africa, which tastes like Bing cherries and strawberries in a glass.” Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria from Aspen’s famous The Little Nell: “. . .What do you think of first? Bubbles. When people are in the mood to celebrate, if you throw pink into the mix it is just that much more festive because people are not expecting it. There are multiple ways to go about this.” He continues, “When I was in Italy, what I loved was the Aperol Spritz, which many people don’t know much about, but it is a little brother to Campari. It’s bitter with rhubarb and orange characteristics. The classic cocktail they make in Italy is a wine glass with a little Aperol in the bottom, filled with rocks, with Prosecco over that, topped with soda water and garnished with an orange slice. It is light, refreshing, and a colorful aperitif.” What Sabato describes above with the Aperol Spritz hints at what we are always able to do with a sparkling wine: Color it Up! and design your own Rosé. I’ll often have fun at wine tastings when both red and white wines are served. If I leave just a touch of red in the glass—and like a wine magician—I’ll call out “Presto!” or “Voila!” as I pour a white sparkling wine into the glass and to everyone’s amazement the result is a coral/copper/salmon colored sparkling wine. (I know, most of the crowd just humors me.) A really inexpensive but tasty wine experiment is to get a bottle of Spanish Cava, like a Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut, which is a great sparkling wine at the great price of around $6. Just drop a dollop or less of a decent California Syrah or Merlot into a flute of Cava. You can view and taste the result and adjust the color and flavor of your own home-made sparkling Rosé—you little winemaker you. La vie en rosé! Cheers! Rick is the desert’s sommelier-abouttown and continues to host private & corporate wine tastings and events. Contact


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SAT AUGUST 4 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 ARNOLD PALMER’S; LQ; 760-7714653 Johnny Meza 6-10pm (JZ) (PB) AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Comedy Night 7pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-775-5566 DJ Pee Wee (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee and Dreams 6pm (PR) CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555

Lisa Coleman 8pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-3296787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-325-2600 Karaoke Madness 8pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 Muddy Sparks Trio (CW) EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm FRANKIES FRESH FISH; IND; 760342-2228 Frankie B. Good 7-9pm (CR) THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-7777773 Rob Martinez and JB 8-11pm (LR) HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Kal David 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Mondo Generator w/ The Chuck Dukowski Sextet & Half Astro 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm 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) THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Venus Rising 9pm (VD) LYONS ENGLISH GRILLE; PS; 760327-1551 Michael Healey & Anna Rose 6-10pm (JZ) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Dennis Alvarez 7:30pm MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 888-MORONGO; The Rick Whitfield Band 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 Live DJ O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke OVER THE TOP; PS; 760-325-5100 PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Live Entertainment 9pm (RR) PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-345-0222 Radio 60 7-10pm PALM SPRINGS TAVERN; PS; 760832-8920 DJ Richie Rich 8pm

PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760365-5956 The Shadow Mountain Band 5pm The Cooling Time, John Wayne Bro, Daniel Ahearn & The Jones 8pm PEABODY’S; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Devin’s going away Party w/ Deadend Paradox, Josh Heinz & Linda Lemke, Johnny Elsewhere and Soljah Rob 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Bill Baker 8pm RENAISSANCE PALM; PS; 760322-6100 Art of Sax featuring Sax Man Will Donato & Eddie Reddick 7-10pm (JZ) RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 OTW 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 DJ Jalil Jagers , Bikini Bar 12-5pm,Sounds of the Caribbean , Deep end pool 12-4pm, Clueless Remix , Sidebar 7-9pm , Clueless Remix , Starlite Lounge 10pm,DJ Jalil Jagers,sidebar,10pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 2X12 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Mark Guerrero 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Live Music 9pm (RR) SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (BL) (RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760347-9985 Wyte Gye 9pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Fixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Karaoke Show 9-2am THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760-564-2201 Todd Ashley 7-10pm (AC) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ& DJ Bigster (VD)

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emember when domestic beer was the punchline to many a joke around the office mini-keg? Those were times we’d rather not recall if not for the instructional value. Cheers to a generation of American microbrewers, hop heads, cask masters and maltsters for making the long slog back to craft-brewed respectability. Our first ever Beer Culture: Craft Beer Weekend, August 3 & 4, is for you and your loyal supporters. Tastings are offered by over twenty craft breweries including Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Black Market and more. Friday night kicks off with a five-course Beer Pairing Dinner hosted by Stone Brewing Master Cicerone “Dr.” Bill Sysak, followed by a craft beer party with DJ Day. Saturday afternoon, join us for a pool party and brew-ha-ha with craft beer tastings, BrewBQ on the grill, live music by surf rock band The Woodies and DJ Habanero on the decks.

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riple digit weather might be here to stay but you don’t need to look beyond the Coachella Valley for ways to beat the heat. CV Weekly has rounded up the best local options to stay cool in the desert this summer.

Desert Ice Castle

Grab your skates and head to the rink to cool off this summer. Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City offers the coolest fun in the desert with public skating, ice hockey clinics and figure skating sessions. Through Aug. 3, Desert Ice Castle also offers a “Learn to Skate Camp” for children ages 6 and up. For $75/day or $250/week, kids can learn to skate with instructors, play games like broomball on the ice and participate in arts and crafts. Visit or call (760) 324-0400 for more information.

Palm Desert Aquatics Center

Make a splash this summer with wave pools, water slides and recreational swimming at the Palm Desert Aquatics Center. The state-of-the-art facility also offers classes such as water aerobics and all ages swim instruction. Lap swimming, water polo and competitive swimming are also offered. For more information, call (760) 565-7467.

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Head to The Living Desert in Palm Desert to enjoy “90 Wild Days of Summer.” Visitors can enjoy the zoo daily from 8 a.m. to1:30 pm. Kids can enjoy special behindthe-scenes peeks of the zoo through The Living Desert’s ZooCamp 2012. For more information, visit or call (760) 346-5694.

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which was delicious. Tal told us that the secret is the creamy pepper dressing that accompanies the shaved red onions, grape tomatoes, Applewood smoked bacon and gorgonzola cheese crumbles. While the menu is not extensive it has something for everyone. There are several soup, sandwich, burger and salad choices and four entrees to choose from; Ricotta-Spinach Ravioli, Rotisserie Roasted Chicken, Grilled 12 oz. New York Steak and Plancha Seared Shetland Salmon. My husband’s steak was perfectly prepared and was accompanied by a Red Onion Sherry Marmalade, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables. I selected the salmon which was served with Lemon Risotto Crimini Mushrooms and an array of Spring Vegetables in butter sauce. Phrases like; little piece of heaven, melt in your mouth goodness and to die for, all come to mind when describing this meal. I must say it’s the best salmon I’ve had in years and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it again. Even though we were quite satisfied, Tal told us about Margo’s Chocolate Mousse Rum Pie made with silky Dutch chocolate, Puerto Rican Rum and whipped cream with an Oreo crust. It was deliciously decadent and was plenty for us both to share. I highly recommend this restaurant to locals. Fireside Lounge has an upscale décor with a comfortable vibe. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. On Friday & Saturday nights from 8-11pm Michael Keeth performs. For more info or to make a reservation call 760-328-5955.



estled inside of The Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage is the lovely Fireside Lounge. The restaurant is decorated in rich plum and cream tones which gives it a very warm and inviting feel. It is the perfect spot to have lunch or an intimate dinner, inside or out on the patio, where you can enjoy the lush views of the resort. My husband and I recently had dinner there and I must say it was one of my favorite dining experiences here in the desert. Our fabulous waiter, Tal, insisted we start off with the Bacon & Shrimp Brochetta, which was accompanied by a savory spinach risotto, mango coulis, cilantro salad, and was quite the culinary treat. Tal also suggested we try one of their special summer cocktails - the cucumber martini – which was a refreshing delight. From there we split an iceberg wedge,

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The Clubhouse is converted to a Beer Museum, showcasing the history of craft beer in America, with a talk by Bill Sysak. Saturday night, Dogfish Head throws a taco party to debut their brand new brew, Positive Contact, a collaboration with Dan the Automator. Our team in Palm Springs designed a new cocktail menu that includes seasonal summer drinks. We have sourced some of the best seasonal produce to create fresh juices in-house and have developed new drink recipes with the cocktail connoisseur in mind. We now also have pitchers for those lounging poolside or on the patio because well, cocktails just taste better in good company. Book with the code BEER and get two nights in a Standard Room, two passes to the Beer Pairing Dinner, Pool Party and Taco Party, plus a bucket of craft beers at check-in. That’s a deal as cool as the San Jacintos. Call to book at 760.325.9900.

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Learn to handle a bow and arrow this summer at Robin Hood Archery’s fully airconditioned facility in Indio. New to the sport? Try a Saturday Special Shoot, held

for beginners at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. If you’re a pro, try your luck Thursday nights at RBA’s Hot Shot Night, where a $5 buy-in gives you a shot to take home half the pot. To learn more, visit or call (760) 347-8828.

Westfield Palm Desert

Head to the desert’s premiere indoor shopping mall in Palm Desert to cool off with plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options. For more information, visit or Facebook. com/WestfieldPalmDesert.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Take an aerial escape to cooler temperatures with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Summer passes are $70/adult and $35/child, and offer unlimited rides through Aug. 31. Volunteers offer guided nature walks each weekend through Labor Day, and 54 miles of hiking trails offer plenty to see. For more information, visit PSTramway. com or call (760) 325-1391.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Cool off with modern and contemporary art at PSaM. Current exhibitions include “Pop Goes the Humor” and “Between Abstract and Figurative.” Visitors can enjoy a free foreign film during the Global Film Series every Thursday night at the Annenberg Theater this summer. Admission is free Thursday evenings during Villagefest and on the second Sundays of each month. For more information, visit or call (760) 322-4800.

Knott’s Soak City

The desert’s waterpark offers plenty of wet ways to beat the heat this summer. Knott’s Soak City in Palm Springs is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and season passes are still available. Celebrate Christmas in July this weekend as Soak City teams up with the US Marine Corps to offer discounted admission with toy donations. Families, bring the kids for a poolside movie screening on Aug. 3 and 17. For more information, visit

Forever Marilyn Outdoor Movie Screenings

Pack the popcorn and lawn chairs to enjoy some of Marilyn Monroe’s big screen hits next to the Forever Marilyn statue in Palm Springs this summer. “How to Marry a Millionaire” will be screened on July 27 and “The Seven Year Itch” on Aug. 3. Screenings start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (760) 275-0963.


August 2 to 8, 2012

Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

Screeners No. 19

Songs Of Life & Murder In The Night


Remember Paul Williams -- the diminutive actor, songwriter and all-around raconteur? He was everywhere in the 70s and then slowly evaporated and -- poof! -he completely disappeared. Williams was the guy who wrote number one songs (The Capenter’s “We’ve Only Just Begun,” Barbara Streisand’s “Evergreen” among others), was a popular (and crazy funny) guest on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson at least 50 times, starred in numerous TV shows as well as several feature films (including Brian DePalma’s misguided bomb PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE). Remember the dark comedy THE LOVED ONE? He was the kid rocket scientist that Jonathan Winters’ funeral director hired to blast cremated remains into orbit to make space for more burials. (Winters’ memorable line: “I gotta get these stiffs off my property.”) Filmmaker Stephen Kessler’s quirky fanboy documentary searches for and finds

Williams still alive. But Kessler doesn’t stop there; no, he ingratiates himself into Williams’ life and proceeds to dissect and examine it – on film. The focus of the lively documentary finally centers on how Williams managed to recover from a serious -- near deadly -- addiction to fame (among other things). When Kessler was a pudgy, lonely kid growing up in Queens, Williams was a super star and Kessler was obsessed with him. The interaction between Kessler and Williams was at first annoying, but then it only served to reveal Williams’ wit, intelligence and dignity as he spoke honestly about his remarkable life to a questioning, constantly filming, fan. I recall a story (not in the film) Williams told about being at the lowest depth of his depression and calling his friend and co-star Jonathan Williams for advice. Winters had famous bouts of madness and depression and Williams assumed he’d be a sympathetic, helpful ear. Williams told Winters he was considering suicide. Without missing a beat, Winters seriously urged Williams to “wait till Friday night when Sunset Blvd’s crowded, rent a chicken suit and jump off the roof of the Hyatt. That way, they’ll talk about you again and you’ll make the front pages of the paper.” Winter’s crazed advice made Williams laugh and helped change his brain chemistry for the better. I choose to believe this story is true Decades ago, I met Williams once on the corner of Ventura and Van Nuys in Sherman Oaks near where I lived. He was heading back to his car -- an Excalibur, that monstrously pretentious, chrome exhausted, replica of a 1920s Mercedes-Benz convertible -- parked illegally at the curb. I said “Wow! Some ride!” He said, “Yes it is and I know I look like a self-aggrandizing asshole cruising

down the street, but I like it and don’t give a damn.” I love this quirky film because it shows that the end of fame for Williams was not the end of life, but in many ways, a better beginning. For a time, Williams was larger than life, but the demons were even bigger. Miraculously, faced them, fought them and survived. There’s new meaning hearing again his lyrics of loneliness, longing and desire in his best songs.

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continue to speak to a restless world. Even if you dislike Reggae, this absorbing biography -- made with the full support of the Marley family – will hold your attention and engage your emotions in unexpected ways. Kevin Macdonald’s exquisitely composed and edited film is packed with rare footage, incredible performances and revealing interviews, Marley the human being emerges. The lavish use of fabulous concert foot only adds to power of this life story that’s worth telling. Marley was the real deal and so is this great film.


There are a lot of things to like in this Cannes’ Grand Prize winner that was also a big hit at our last Palm Springs International Film Festival. The set up is simple: In the dead of night, a group of men -- a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect drive through Turkey’s Anatolian countryside. Moving along the dark winding roads in the rolling hills -the headlights of the search party’s cars are daggers in the night – the men are searching for the victim of a brutal murder, but the sullen, nearly mute suspect can’t recall where he buried the body. As day dawns and the landscape is illuminated, few details about the murder come to light – not so regarding the hidden secrets of the investigative team. In the Turkish foothills, things are not what they seemed in the dark. And when a body is found, yet another reality must be faced. Directorwriter Nuri Ceylan’s long, noirish tale is beautifully photographed, tightly crafted and eminently satisfying. Listen for my weekly movie updates on Michael Knight’s KNWZ 94.3 Friday am show. Comments? RobinESimmons@aol. com

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August 2 to 8, 2012

Book Review

Getting to Know Your Subconscious

s it possible to know what motivates us? To know why we do the things we do? Say the crazy things we say? In Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (Pantheon, 260 pages), author Leonard Mlodinow looks at the scientific evidence that says our subconscious is king. Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist who teaches at Cal Tech in Pasadena. He has cowritten books with the highly uber-conscious authors Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra. This is his fourth book as sole author, and he has written for television’s MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He writes with humor and includes many personal experiences and stories. As with most scientists, you can expect his hypothesis to be backed-up with data. Mlodinow is very good at breaking down and describing the experiments in simple terms. His work is sprinkled with significant thinkers like Carl Jung and Immanuel Kant. Most of the information and experimentation comes from clinical psychology. A new field of study has emerged called social neuroscience, established officially in 2001. Some

experiments look directly at brain response using fMRI -- functional magnetic resonance imaging. In modern science there are two distinct trains of mental action -- conscious and unconscious. Our unconscious mind is able to possess and sort through tons of surrounding information to influence our conscious experience. In fact, the human sensory system sends the brain about eleven million bits of information each second! The actual information we are able to handle is between sixteen and fifty bits per second. According to Mlodinow, “to ensure our smooth functioning in both the physical and the social world, nature has dictated that many processes of perception, memory, attention, learning, and judgment are delegated to brain structures outside conscious awareness.” The standout experiment in the book is about a man called TN. When he suffered a stroke, TN became a perfect subject to study the unconscious workings of the brain. The damage in TN’s brain affected the optical lobe -- the area that processes sight. He was rendered blind with no residual perception of color or light. However, TN’s visual system was

still fully functional. His eyes could still gather and process all the information his retinas were sending. His optical system was in tact though his visual cortex was destroyed. The researchers wanted to know if blind TN could determine a person’s mood by staring at a picture of a face. He could. Two out of three times he was able to identify happy or angry faces correctly. The part of his brain that receives information, specifically his fusiform face area, was influencing his conscious choice. TN had no conscious sensation of seeing, but could somehow respond to what his eyes registered. Further subjecting TN to experimentation, scientists put him through an obstacle course without his cane and guidance. TN navigated through the field never hitting or falling over any object. His unconscious mind could navigate although TN could “see” no images. There is a chapter called “Remembering and Forgetting” in which Mlodinow shows

that our human memory system is a mess. Memory distortions occur in everyone’s life. We humans are terrible witnesses. According to Mlodinow: “Memory mistakes have a common origin: They are all artifacts of the techniques our minds employ to fill in the inevitable gaps. Those techniques include relying on our expectations and, more generally on our belief systems and our prior knowledge. As a result, when our expectations, beliefs and prior knowledge are at odds with the actual events, our brains can be fooled.” Mlodinow might say it is not a flaw, but a survival instinct. In “Judging People by Their Covers,” Mlodinow points out the many unconscious signals we humans register. He says: “While our conscious minds are busy thinking about the meaning of the words people utter, our unconscious is busy judging the speaker by other criteria, and the human voice connects with a receiver deep within the human brain.” Humans, it turns out, are very judgmental -consciously and unconsciously. The chapter “In-Groups and Out-Groups,” is about how we become part of “in-groups.” It’s not just about being a part of the cool kids, but rather a way of identifying with those around us. For instance, “in-groups” can include: mothers, teachers, neighbors, church members, Apple users, etc. Whatever is relevant to our lives and we consider important, we join -- consciously or not. Mlodinow suggests: “Switching the in-group affiliation we’re adopting for the moment is a trick we all use.” It is how we prefer to see ourselves and how we are most comfortable viewing others. Any group that excludes us is an “out-group.” Advertisers are very aware of the” in-group” phenomenon and do everything they can to influence our unconscious and conscious thinking. Most startling is what psychologists call “above-average effect” in the chapter called “Self.” Apparently, all humans possess the tendency for inflated self-assessment. We create versions of ourselves which we portray to the world around us. We structure a narrative of our lives, enhancing the positive and minimizing, if not all together eliminating, the negative. Mlodinow reports: “If we probed-- or, in many cases, simply bothered to pay attention -- most of us would notice that our self-image and the more objective image that others have of us are not quite in sync.” He adds: “People with the most accurate selfperceptions tend to be moderately depressed, suffer from low self-esteem, or both.” As with most scientists, Mlodinow’s answer to our odd and amazing behaviors, conscious or unconscious, is reduced to evolutionary survival. It is an interesting read, but ultimately reveals very little about what actually motivates us and makes us say and do the things we do.


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AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 The Judy Show 7:30pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madaio 6pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888-999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 9pm (LR) CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-3296787 Karaoke 9pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 Open Mic Pro Jam 4-8pm EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6-10pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 The Ted Herman 18 Pc. Big Band 6-8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Open Jam 6pm 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 Robin Miller 6pm (PB) THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Karaoke Joe 7pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Sunday Jam 4-8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8-1am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 7pm (PB) PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Jam Session hosted by Zack All musicians welcome 6-1am PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 The Sunday Band 7:30pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Reggie “Vision” Alexander 7pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-4080 Art of Sax,sidebar 5-9pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (RR) (LR) VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Sunday Skool 9pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Line Dancing w/ Tina 5:30-9pm

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n temperatures that threatened to melt my eyelashes together, I parked my vehicle that had only just begun to control its inner 130 degree climate. I walked my lethargic posterior across the parking lot, enduring sporadic blasts of heat from the asphalt that made my hair move (an amazing fact if you know how much hair spray I tend to use). My mission: To investigate an ice skating rink in the middle of the desert located in Cathedral City, California. Opening the doors to my destination, a feeling of euphoria overwhelmed me as I stepped into the very cool arena of Desert Ice Castle (insert heavenly theme music here). Here in this 50ish degree building sustaining a near National Hockey League sized ice rink, I came to learn that children and adults alike are kept much fresher on ice. No child sat sedentary in front of a television or game station. No adult looked miserably at their watch as they


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WED AUGUST 8 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Bobby And Randy (BL) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Howie Pyro 10pm (VD) ARNOLD PALMERS; LQ; 760-7714653 Johnny Meza 6-10pm (JZ) AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB) BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee and Dreams 6-10pm (PR) CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS;

Desert Ice Castle

got their cardio workout. Smiles were big and movements, for the most part, graceful and full of joy. Pictures of the phenomenally decorated coaching staff lined the walls. With long lists of Olympic, National and/ or International skating and coaching experience, it was clear that they were all capable of equipping any one to skate to whatever level they desired. Observing their long list of activities, it was obvious that any age could enjoy this icy escape for about the cost of popcorn and a movie. And yes, do not fear my fellow munchies addicted friends, there is a snack bar. I have to say, the visit warmed my heart and gave me a new hope in our future generations. As I left, mission complete, I witnessed a pack of teenagers (and forgive me for profiling) that one such as I, might assume would be parked on a sofa complaining about how bored they were because “there’s nothing to do.” Instead,

they were excited and willing to wait a half hour for the next free skate to open up. I met a small band of exhausted 9 year old boys sitting ever so gingerly in the entryway. Yes, you read that right ~ EXHAUSTED 9 YEAR OLD BOYS SITTING GINGERLY on parts that had cushioned many a fall, as they compared sore and tired muscles, laughing and planning for “next time.” I saw an older adult couple holding hands on what appeared to be their 50th first date. As I drew closer to the doors that kept out the heat of the desert sun, I suddenly envisioned myself coming back, lacing up some skates and getting on the ice. When I was done laughing, I vowed that, even if only for the comic relief, I would return as a participant to the wonderful world that our beautiful desert knows as Desert Ice Castle.

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Desert Ice Castle is open for public skating amidst offerings of Skating School, Hockey and Hockey clinics as well as private lessons. They are even available for birthday parties. A complete listing of offerings, schedules and fees are available online at index.html. Desert Ice Castle is located at 68-600 Perez Road, Cathedral City and can be contacted at (760) 324-0400.



s a charitable culinary community center operating out of a full restaurant, ShareKitchen participants have access to a shared kitchen facility that serves as a test kitchen where aspiring restaurateurs can develop their menus and recipes in addition to providing space for product development and small batch production for local distribution. The operation of ShareKitchen from a full service restaurant allows a unique opportunity for participants to showcase their talents by way of “pop-up dinners” where new restaurant concepts can be tested and refined before moving out into the marketplace. This is an invaluable research tool which allows for the entrepreneur to interact with the community and receive feedback. A key component of the program is the comprehensive business development program which provides assistance to start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs with the goal being to improve their chances of growing into healthy, sustainable food related businesses. An industry specific board of advisors will

oversee the development and growth of these businesses as they move out into the community insuring a successful launch and continued sustainability. Additional community offerings include educational sessions, hospitality training and special events. Guest chefs will also be a regular feature at ShareKitchen with their kitchen support coming from ShareKitchen participants and students of local valley culinary programs. This provides a wide range of culinary experiences in a real life setting. The ShareKitchen program fills a need in our community that is not currently being addressed anywhere in Riverside County. Chef’s Center of Pasadena is a long standing example of how shared kitchen and business development support programs can benefit a community and create jobs. They showcase their participants through their Friday Food Truck Festival and regular Food Fairs. We hope to make a difference in our community as they have done in theirs. Opening Fall 2012 www.

Musicians corner The Valley’s only original jazz-esque/ fusion/rock Instrumental group. True to their name , Penny Unniversity gives you great music with true stories and knowledge of people ,places and things. Soul Opus members include Michael Reyes of Indio, Juan De Lara Jr of Coachella, and Peter Cancino of Coachella, CA. As a band Soul Opus is dedicated in promoting unity and love across the Coachella Valley, from which they are very proud to say they come from. Opus Follow us on Twitter “The Arrangements Playing the Very Best Music from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Today” For Bookings and info please go to www. 760-851-5432 Deadend Paradox is from palm desert est 2008 and has an origional desert rock feel that draws you in theirs something for every1. Check them out on facebook.

DIE HARD TILL DEATH (DHTD) Pedal to the Metal, Balls out, metal band that delivers the goods!! More bang for your buck! Heavy music with a groove! Slammin drums, pounding bass, loud,screamin guitars, melodic yet powerful intense vocals with visual layden lyrics! www.diehardtilldeath. com DieHardTillDeath www.reverbnation. com/DieHardTillDeath www.twitter. com/DHTDtheband JEKKEL – Hot & fast 4-piece rock outfit from the desert. “One Way Road” music video out now! New EP & shows expected Summer 2012 | www. | Twitter: @JEKKELtheband and www.JEKKEL. com WYTE GYE is the desert’s premier hard & heavy, classic rock tribute band! To put it plainly, Wyte Gye rocks! Comprised of four dudes from the Coachella Valley, Wyte Gye is the epitome of a “party band”. Eric “Wyte Gye” Willman - guitar Armando Flores - bass guitar Dominic Jimenez – drums Noe Gutierrez – vocals.Check us out on Facebook.

Cover Story is an incredibly energetic band. Their sound covers a wide spectrum of interest with each member’s expressive style calling to their expanding fan-base. Check their demos of Classic Rock with Soul On their website:www.reverbnation. com/coverstorymusic Email |www. ATTENTION ALL UNSIGNED ROCK BANDS/MUSICIANS! If you would like to have your song heard on the RADIO Just send your MP3 of the original SONG and BIO to: Ross Management & Productions Drossmanagement@ Exordium is a four piece metal outfit from the Coachella Valley composed of guitarists Angel Ocejo & Ryan Smith, bassist Xan Abyss and drummer Julian Andrews, with all members sharing a variety of vocal duties. With a fresh new EP (Winter’s Eve) and a promotional video (Dark Reaction) to support it, Exordium are on a path to spread the new faith of heavy metal to those in need. Dark Reaction Music Video: com/watch?v=xxxUqgf002E Band Page: Exordium760

August 2 to 8, 2012

Dale Gribow On The Law by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

The Aid & Attendance Benefit



f you are a VET or Know a VET you MUST READ THIS. This may be the most important article you have ever read and it is retroactive too. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers a little known benefit to war era Veterans, who are at least 65 years old, along with their surviving Spouses. It is called Aid and Attendance. It is available to anyone who served in the military while the US was involved in a WAR… anywhere in the world. You merely have to have been in the service. You need not have participated in the war. Aid and Attendance is a tax-free benefit designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of long term care in the home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home. If you are a Surviving Spouse you can get $1,094/month…TAX FREE. If you are a VET the amount is $1,703/month and if you are a Married VET you can get $2,019/ month…and you do not have to pay it back. This Benefit is for those veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living. These are transportation, dressing, undressing, bathing, cooking, eating, grooming, personal hygiene needs, homemaking and maintenance. There are over 100,000 VETS and or their spouses receiving this benefit today, but there should be many times that amount. The problem is that AID and ATTENDANCE is not promoted by the USA. Is that because the financial condition of our country is shaky and we do not want to pay out more money? Most lawyers do not know about Aid and Attendance. Is this because a lawyer cannot charge a VET for assisting them with this benefit? When you think about it lawyers are the ones protecting society

at every turn. They are the one’s keeping corporations under control and forcing auto manufacturers to make cars safer and not explode on impact……..and remember this is a lawyer educating you on this wonderful benefit. I honestly do not think it is because lawyers cannot charge for assisting with this benefit but rather that they, like the majority of the population, do not know this benefit exists. I would not have known about Aid and Attendance but for my having sat in on the taping of the “Patti Gribow TV Show”. In this show my wife was interviewing a financial planner from the EAST COAST. He talked about this seldom talked about benefit. I was intrigued and sat in on a dozen more financial planners being interviewed on her show. They all spoke about this little known benefit that is a secret here in the Coachella Valley. Quite honestly I have never met anyone in the greater Palm Springs area that has heard of Aid and Attendance let alone assisted someone with it other than one insurance gentleman. Please let me know if you have heard of anyone sharing this info or want the number of the insurance fellow that helps Vets recover this benefit. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The astrological omens suggest that you now have a lot in common with the legendary Most Interesting Man in the World -- adventurous, unpredictable, interesting, lucky, one-of-a-kind. To create your horoscope, I have therefore borrowed a few selected details from his ad campaign’s descriptions of him. Here we go: In the coming weeks, you will be the life of parties you don’t even attend. Astronauts will be able to see your charisma from outer space. Up to one-third of your body weight will be gravitas. Your cell phone will always have good reception, even in a subway 100 feet underground. Panhandlers will give you money. You could challenge your reflection to a staring contest -- and win. You’ll be able to keep one eye on the past while looking into the future. When you sneeze, God will say “God bless you.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim said the dreams we have at night are “the result of inner pressures which have found no relief, of problems which beset a person to which he knows no solution and to which the dream finds none.” That sounds bleak, doesn’t it? If it’s true, why even bother to remember our dreams? Well, because we are often not consciously aware of the feelings they reveal to us. By portraying our buried psychic material in story form, dreams give us insight into what we’ve been missing. So even though they may not provide a solution, they educate us. Take heed, Taurus! Your upcoming dreams will provide useful information you can use to fix one of your longstanding dilemmas. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When French composer Georges Auric scored the soundtrack for Jean Cocteau’s movie Blood of a Poet, he produced “love music for love scenes, game music for game scenes, and funeral music for funeral scenes.” But Cocteau himself had a different idea about how to use Auric’s work. For the love scenes he decided to use the funeral music, for the game scenes the love music, and for the funeral scenes the game music. In accordance with the current astrological omens, Gemini, I recommend that you experiment with that style of mixing and matching. Have fun! (Source: A Ned Rorem Reader, by Ned Rorem.) CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Piglet was so excited at the idea of being useful that he forgot to be frightened any more,” wrote A. A. Milne in his kids’ story Winnie-the-Pooh. That’s my prescription for how to evade the worrisome fantasies that are nipping at you, Cancerian. If no one has invited you to do some engaging and important labor of love, invite yourself. You need to be needed -- even more than usual. P.S. Here’s what Rumi advises: “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’ve been making pretty good progress in the School of Life. By my estimates, you’re now the equivalent of a sophomore. You’ve mastered enough lessons so that you can no longer be considered a freshman, and yet you’ve got a lot more to learn. Are you familiar with the etymology of the word “sophomore”? It comes from two Greek words meaning “wise” and “fool.” That’ll be a healthy way to think about yourself in the coming weeks. Be smart enough to know what you don’t know. Cultivate the voracious curiosity necessary to lead you to the next rich teachings. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A few years ago, a Malaysian man named Lim Boon Hwa arranged to have himself “cooked.” For 30 minutes, he sat on a board covering a pan full of simmering dumplings and corn. The fact that no harm came to him was proof, he said, that Taoist devotees like him are protected by their religion’s deities. I advise you not to try a stunt like that, Virgo -including metaphorical versions. This is no time to stew in your own juices. Or boil in your tormented fantasies. Or broil in your nagging doubts. Or be grilled in your self-accusations. You need to be free from the parts of your mind that try to cook you.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): On a spring day in 1973, an engineer named Martin Cooper debuted the world’s first cell phone. He placed a call as he walked along a New York City street. The phone weighed two and half pounds and resembled a brick. Later he joked that no one would be able to talk very long on his invention, since it took a lot of strength to hold it against one’s ear. Think of how far that amazing device has come since then, Libra. Now imagine some important aspect of your own life that is in a rather primitive state at this moment but could one day be as natural and fully developed as cell phones have become. Are you willing to work hard to make that happen? Now’s a good time to intensify your commitment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming week, you will lose some clout and self-command if you’re too hungry for power. Likewise, if you act too brazenly intelligent, you may alienate potential helpers who are not as mentally well-endowed as you. One other warning, Scorpio: Don’t be so fiercely reasonable that you miss the emotional richness that’s available. In saying these things, I don’t mean to sound as if I’m advising you to dumb yourself down and downplay your strengths. Not at all. Rather, I’m trying to let you know that the best way to get what you really need is to tailor your self-expression to the unique circumstances you find yourself in. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For a while, French writer Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was very poor. He lived in a place that had no heat and almost no furniture. To enhance his environment, he resorted to the use of fantasy. On one of his bare walls, he wrote the words, “rosewood paneling with ornamental cabinet.” On another, he wrote “Gobelin tapestry with Venetian mirror.” Over the empty fireplace he declared, “Picture by Raphael.” That’s the level of imaginative power I encourage you to summon in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. So much of what you’ll need will come from that simple magic. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s an excellent time to overthrow false gods and topple smallminded authorities and expose fraudulent claims. Anyone and anything in your environment that do not fully deserve the power they claim should get the brunt of your exuberant skepticism. When you’re done cleaning up those messes, turn your attention to your own inner realms. There might be some good work to be done there. Can you think of any hypocrisy that needs fixing? Any excessive selfimportance that could use some tamping down? Any pretending that would benefit from a counter dose of authenticity? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In old China, people used to cool themselves by sipping hot drinks. After taking a bath, they buffed the excess water from their skin by using a wet towel. When greeting a friend, they shook their own hand instead of the friend’s. To erect a new house, they built the roof first. You’re currently in a phase of your astrological cycle when this kind of behavior makes sense. In fact, I suspect you’re most likely to have a successful week if you’re ready to reverse your usual way of doing things on a regular basis. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m really tired of you not getting all of the appreciation and acknowledgment and rewards you deserve. Is there even a small possibility that you might be harboring some resistance to that good stuff? Could you be giving off a vibe that subtly influences people to withhold the full blessings they might otherwise confer upon you? According to my analysis of the astrological omens, the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to work on correcting this problem. Do everything you can to make it easy for people to offer you their love and gifts. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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Striving Salon Spotlight: for Excellence Brien O’Brien Salon by Cara Pellegrino



estled in the The Corridor in uptown Palm Springs, locals and visitors find an eclectic mix of shopping and services from the ever popular Koffi and Just Fabulous to the hip and modern Brien O’Brien Salon. Curious as to what this up and coming salon has to offer, I ventured inside with my cup of joe to meet with owner Brien to learn more. I was greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from the staff, including two adorable pups named Tommy Pickles (the terrier mix) and Oliver (a French Bulldog I wanted to sneak out in my purse). My coffee was soon replaced by a glass of red wine since it was well after 12 noon, and I quickly fell in love with the vibe of the place. Modern and sheik decor coupled with an open and industrial design lets clients know the salon is hip to the latest fashion trends. Clients chatted with stylists who were clearly happy to be there doing what they loved: making people look good and feel good about themselves. When I asked Brien what his inspiration for the salon was he explained how he lived in Palm Springs for five years, and when he asked people where he could find the best salon in Palm Springs, people would scratch their heads. He wanted to put an end to the head scratching, so he opened the doors to Brien O’Brien Salon. So far he is reaching his goal by offering technically superior work from experienced senior stylists, excellent customer service, and urban sensibility. The salon incorporates a sense of community by featuring works from local artists, a friendly atmosphere, staff that is eager to share their knowledge and furry four-legged friends to play with while you process. As far as services are concerned, everything hair is possible here. With an equal mix of male and female clientele including local movers and shakers to visiting celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Kathy Griffin, any cut and color you can imagine is available. Quality color treatments from Schwartzcopf and Essensity are all the rage. The new Blonde

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Me is also offered, as it is rated the best blonding product available; giving lighter, cooler results while conditioning the cuticles. Need to add color without touching your natural tresses? Extensions services are available by consultation where a stylist can custom blend a color scheme especially for you, or add length to your locks and give you a whole new look in no time flat. All extensions are custom ordered from Beverly Hills and received in 24-48 hours. Wedding stylists and special event services are offered, as well as the ever popular Brazilian blow out for only $200 for first time clients. The Style Points program ensures existing clients are generously rewarded with incentives and discounts on services. The entire line of Bumble and Bumble products are offered at Brien O’Brien for your hair care needs. And Archipelago natural soy candles, gender bending scents, and body care products sooth the senses for anyone looking for some personal pampering. Brien is almost finished building a treatment room where a full time esthetician will reside, offering aesthetic treatments such as facials and waxing. This stylish salon is creating a worthwhile buzz. Located at 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A, stop by to see what the talk is all about, or phone 760-7780333 to find out more about the specific services you seek. You can also visit Many good hair days await for you here.

e are living in incredible times. I was reminded of this on Friday evening. I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. The ceremonies in London, England captivated me. Aside from being excited to watch the greatest athletes’ in the world, I was in awe of the incredible performances and production of the opening ceremonies. We are reminded of humanity, courage, humility, passion, and possibly for some an overall purpose for life. The athletes selected and qualified for the Olympics train virtually their entire lives. These athletes have dedicated themselves and will share with us, merely in minutes, their greatness. They strive for excellence EVERYDAY! How can you not be inspired? Many of us will watch the world’s greatest athletes’ compete in their respective sports. All of the athletes will be aspiring for a medal. Some will medal: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Although not everyone will walk with a medal, ALL of these competitive athletes are winners. The founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, developed the Olympic Creed following a sermon he heard by the Bishop of Pennsylvania during the 1908 London games: The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is to have not conquered but to have fought well. Our daily walk is full of challenges, adversity, and setbacks. Yet, when we train, focus, and perform well we generally have

successes. Might I encourage you to be an Olympian in your own life. You can have passion, seek your purpose, and experience great pleasure everyday. Remember anything worthwhile takes effort, diligence, dedication, and endurance. The Olympic Flag, Flame and Motto are significant. The Olympic Flag made its debut at the 1920 Games in Antwerp. The Olympic Flag was designed by Barron de Coubertin. The five rings – blue, yellow, black, green, and red represent the five continents. Imagine the rings as a distinct part of your physical, psychological, spiritual and make-up. The white flag acts as your emotional center. Tie all of these ingredients together and the flag should represent you. The Flame symbolizes peace among the continents and athletes. It also represents inner peace. To achieve peace with others you must have peace within. The Olympic Motto is powerful – Citius, Altius, Fortius is Latin for “swifter – higher – stronger.” This is an incredible suggestion for a push for excellence, competition, goal-setting, personal growth, exponential energy, and breaking down barriers. Three weeks from now the Olympic flame will be extinguished. The world’s greatest athletes’ flame will continue to burn. Allow the fire within you to burn. Let it burn with pride, joy, excitement, and courage. You can move more SWIFTLY, STRIVE HIGHER, AND BE STRONGER! My friend, Larry Indiviglia, shared with me an affirmation; “I am an Olympian in the Olympiad of life. I will stay engaged, I will not give up, I will continue my journey and live a good life: I am a winner!”

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August 2 to 8, 2012

August 2 to 8, 2012


GREENSIGHT MEDICAL - Rancho Mirage 72-780 Country Club Drive, Suite #304, NW corner- Country Club at Monterey Avenue RANCHO MIRAGE WALK-INS HOURS WED 9:30 – 6 pm • SUN 1:30 – 6 pm


GREENSIGHT MEDICAL - Thousand Palms 73-092 Ramon Rd. Suite #3, Ramon Rd. 1 block east of Monterey Ave. THOUSAND PALMS WALK-INS HOURS MON, TUES , THURS, FRI & SAT 12- 6PM

Do you have a chronic medical condition that may benefit from Cannabis? Migraines, Chronic Pains, Inflammatory Bowel Syndromes, Cancer, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Arthritis, Severe Nausea, Muscle Spasms, Autoimmune Conditions and Others.

PHOTO IDs available



20% OFF

your order with this coupon


grand opening - 15% off ALL GLASS



Glass Boutique

574 S. WILLIAMS RD. PALM SPRINGS, CA. 92264 (760) 440-8222



August 2 to 8, 2012

Summer Mixer Series Thursday, August 9 @ 6:30pm Karaoke Contest (6:30 sign-up) Starts 6:45 Prizes for Best Male and Female

- Live Entertainment -

Door Prizes and Raffles Guitar from Music Proz $50.00 Dinner @ Charli Marrones • Spa Treatments • Tattoo Work • Hair Care Package • Gift Baskets • Body Wraps • Spray Tanning • Much More

Come Meet The CV Weekly Writers and Staff

Great Drink and Food Specials

Where: Neil’s Lounge



80956 Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92201

August 2 to 8, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 19  

August 2 to 8, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 19

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