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www.coachellavalleyweekly.com • September 27 to October 3, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 27

Perez Road Fall Festival

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Contents The Arrangements....................3 Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge...5 Blonde and Autism Speaks......5 Perez Road Fall Festival............6 Club Crawler Review.................6 Art Scene...................................7 Dont Be Clueless.......................8 Haddon Libby: It’s All Local......9 Desert DJ’s.................................9 Consider This...........................10 Valley Rhythms.......................11 Pet Place..................................12 The Vino Voice.........................13 Club Crawler Nightlife............14 The Pampered Palette............16 Local Music Spotlight.............17 Screeners.................................18 Golf Column............................19 Restaurant Guide....................20 Classifieds...............................21 Musicians Corner....................21 Health Fitness & Beauty.........21 Safety Tips...............................22 Dale ribow on the Law............23 ShareKitchen...........................23 Free Will Astrology.................24 Mind, Body & Spirit................25

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September 27 to October 3, 2012

THE ARRANGEMENTS

by Lisa Morgan

Headline CV Weekly’s Fall Mixer at Westin Mission Hills, Thursday, September 27 @ 6-10pm

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y the time you read this, you may already be late to the party! “What party, where?” you ask? Wherever THE ARRANGEMENTS are playing is where. It just so happens that this talented collection of musicians will be entertaining the proverbial and perhaps literal socks off of all those attending Coachella Valley Weekly’s Fall Mixer at the Westin Mission Hills Resort, this Thursday, September 27th from 6 to 10 pm. It has always amazed me how much talent we have living here in the Coachella Valley. There’s no need to import talent from LA or elsewhere, especially with a band like The Arrangements to choose from. A nightclub owners dream, these guys deliver an arsenal of popular classic rock music with the kind of energy and drive that translates into entertained and dancing audiences everywhere they go. It’s obvious that they love what they’re doing and they do it extremely well and with the utmost in professionalism. As a matter of fact, they cut their interview with me short because break time was over. By the time I arrived at their gig at Palm Desert Country Club, the band had already been playing for an hour. Within my first 30 minutes they held my attention with perfect reproductions of classics like Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin, Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses, Hot Blooded by Foreigner and Already Gone by the Eagles. There was little interruption between songs as they played them with energy and skill the way I remember and love hearing them. There was no official dance floor but the band had them up on their feet and dancing never the less. It was obvious these were all seasoned musicians complete with a very nice blend

of vocal harmonies beautifully fattening up and filling out the background to whoever happened to be singing lead. This brings me to a very important detail about this band that puts them over the top when it comes to cover bands in my opinion. Carrie Lennon: Yes the last name is what you think it is. Carrie, who sings lead for The Arrangements, is also kin to the very famous Lennon Sisters. While there is no question that Carrie comes from historically fabulous musical lineage, don’t for a minute assume that she sounds anything like them. While capable of singing as sweet as she wants to, this little lady carries a big voice, the kind they don’t teach or “develop” at Julliard or even your high school glee club. This kind of voice is born, not learned ~ a voice the likes of precious and unique artists such as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. In no way does Carrie try to copy them; her voice is

just naturally gritty, powerful and very much her own and strong enough to front a band with a strong repertoire of male and female classic rock. Bottom line, the girls got skills. I think one of the coolest things about this band is none of them are trying to be or do anything they’re not. They just love to play and do so with natural skill. It’s not about them, it’s about the music and entertaining their audience. The sound is mixed perfectly so even though they do play loud (after all, this is rock and roll we’re talking about, not easy listening) they sound great and that’s all about a good audio mix and equipment. The Arrangements are: Carrie Lennon on vocals, Mike Gustin on drums and vocals, Pat Mahon on guitar and vocals and Phil Franklin on bass and vocals. They have only been playing together for a couple of years, but you’d never know it by their cohesiveness and their rather large following. They’re easy to like, fun to watch and deliver an evening of music that will send you back to the time and place you first heard that song. Here is my suggestion to you. Gather your friends and get down to the Westin Mission Hills Resort this Thursday, September 27 at 6 pm and hear them for yourself. You may want to RSVP at www.facebook.com/ pages/Coachella-Valley-Weekly. Plan on a designated drive because not only will we be enjoying the music of The Arrangements, but for a measly $10 cover, we’ll be having hosted wine and beer, Crater Lake Vodka Cocktails, appetizers and door prizes until 10 pm. You can also check out The Arrangements at www.thearrangements. net or follow them on Facebook www. facebook.com/thearrangements and watch CV Weekly’s Club Crawler listings to see where they are taking the party next.

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Chef’s Challenge Santucci vs Riccio I

have seen many talented chefs at Fixtures Living this month in Rancho Mirage, and last week was no exception. It was an Italian battle between returning Chef, Anthony Santucci of Capri Restaurant at Miracle Springs Resort and Spa in Desert Hot Springs, and Chef and owner, Tony Riccio of La Bella Cucina in Palm Desert. This event has drawn quite a number of people from all over the valley and each week welcomes more than the previous. There are great raffle prizes and of course, delicious food, but Crater Lake Vodka also provides tastings of their spirits and wine as well. The competition began immediately and both chefs were prepared with their assistants. Anthony Santucci had decided to perfect his pork tenderloin that he had prepared during his first challenge weeks prior. I thought the pork was great when I tried it the first time but having tried this pork tenderloin with a sweet and spicy rub again, I realized how much it had improved, not only in flavor but tenderness and temperature as well. It was a hit! Tony Riccio stayed closer to his Italian roots, offering a Salmon Piccata with a ratatouille of vegetables in a crispy parmesan shell. The sauce was intense with fresh

lemon flavor and the salmon easily flaked apart. I knew this was going to be a difficult competition. It was amazing to see how these chefs were able to incorporate Crater Lake spirits into their recipes and allow the flavors to come through so strongly. For the second course, Chef Santucci prepared a surf and turf plate that featured

a very tender Beef Tenderloin (seriously, I could cut it with a fork) and Cajun Jumbo Shrimp with fresh green beans and mushrooms. It was comfort food taken to the next level. The meal was rich with flavor and he was all smiles while he worked effortlessly to prepare his incredible dishes. Chef Riccio opted for a classic dessert to appeal to the sweet tooth in all of us. His assistant, and also wife and business partner, Elena Riccio, made a light and airy Tiramisu with Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka. It was sweet and creamy, one of my favorite desserts when made right. Served with infused strawberries, this dish was a crowd favorite! Now all that was left to do was pick a winner. It was easier said than done! After much deliberation and

consideration, our victor was Anthony Santucci of Capri Restaurant. It was clear that this was a friendly competition as it was noticeable in the chefs’ interaction with each other. As true professionals and culinary masters, the two shook hands while Anthony was congratulated. With their recipes fresh on my palette, I am eager to visit both restaurants soon. There are still a few weeks left for everyone to come down and have a chance to enjoy the incredible food and drinks, all sponsored by Crater Lake Vodka, and have the chance to win many prizes with MIX 100.5 and KDES 98.5. Come say “Hi” to me and the other judges next week and don’t forget to tell your friends before the final competition late next month.

Blonde and Autism Speaks

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Fashion for a Cause

ashion, cupcakes, prizes and gifts, all for a good cause? Count us at Coachella Valley Weekly in! We are marking our calendars for September 29th and you should join us. This particular Saturday night, from 5 – 10pm, the very popular clothing store, Blonde by The River, is hosting a fantastic event to raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. They have created an amazing shopping event where all participants will enjoy event discounts, free gifts with purchase, gourmet cupcakes and treats, raffle prizes, limited edition event t-shirts and more. Coordinating this event is store manager Jennifer Tan. Not only does Jennifer manage one of the most popular fashion stores in the desert, but she has long been one to give back to her community. “I have been doing community awareness events for about 3 years now, helping the Regional Access Project (RAP), Toys for Tots, and Susan Koman, For the Cure.” When the owner of Blonde by the River gave her an opportunity to use the event experience she has been cultivating since she was young,

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Jennifer jumped at the opportunity to work with Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.* Jennifer states, “I want this event to be a success, not for sales or profit but for autism Speaks, and to show the community that Blonde gives back to the community.” Raffle tickets are on sale now at $5 each and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Autism Speaks Foundation. You can purchase the tickets by phone or in person at Blonde or at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Per Jennifer, “The store will be open to

the general public, but only those who RSVP will get the good stuff!” They will also be giving away raffle prizes every 15 minutes, from the amazing sponsors of the event. Even if you cannot make it to the event you can still participate and they will notify all the winners not present by phone and even

ship the winnings the following day if they are out of town. To RSVP go to www.facebook. c o m / B LO N D E AT T H E R I V E R # ! / events/317157878376901/ or call Jennifer at Blonde by the River (760) 836-3366 *www.autismspeaks.org/about-us

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Perez Road Fall Festival

by Lisa Morgan

Art scene

Perez Road Businesses Coming Together With and For the Community

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verybody loves a block party and YOU’RE INVITED! Saturday, November 10, from 10 am to 4 pm, the Perez Business District Community will be holding their annual Perez Road Fall Festival benefiting and supporting fundraising for Boys and Girls Club, Shelter from the Storm, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, FIND, VFW, The Community Blood Bank, Animal Samaritans and SaveA-Pet. In this tough economy, businesses have to be creative and work hard to earn business. The festival, expecting to build on last year’s success, will again aim to

stimulate community spirit and economic activity by coming together providing a fun family event while benefiting some very worthy causes. The event is spearheaded by Astonish Events who, with over 13 years of event planning, projects that as many as 2500-5000 people will be coming out to enjoy this year’s festivities. The Master of Ceremonies will be the charismatic and effervescent Brian Wanzet, also known as Bella da Ball. CV Weekly’s own DJ Craig Michaels and Musical Affair Entertainment will be supplying interactive FUN, with music, dancing and Game Show Mania in the Family Fun Zone. The whole

The day will also include youth karate, hula and Zumba demonstrations. The event will be held on Perez Road, between Plaza and Summit roads in Cathedral City. Parties interested in vending, exhibition, and/or demonstration opportunities at the festival are invited to apply by October 30. For registration information and sponsorship opportunities go to perezroadfestival. astonishevents.com or call Astonish Events at (760) 406-1414. family will be encouraged to participate in dances such as the Cha Cha Slide, Conga, Twist contest, and many others. Kids and adults will experience the buzzers, lights and the excitement of seeing the crowd go wild as a row of four contestants square off in Game Show Mania. With a combination of general knowledge trivia and audio sound clips, the Game Show will appeal to everyone! Live music will be playing all throughout the event along with over 30 collector, specialty and “roading” vehicles on display, more than 150 vendor booths, artisans and crafters and a beer garden.

Club Clubb Crawler Cl C l Review Revi R i

by Lisa Morgan

From Dive to Destination

Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails celebrates its first year

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lan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails is throwing a one-year “survival” anniversary party— and everyone is invited. The festivities will take place at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be live music from “Over the Wall,” as well as amazing drink specials—something owner Jeannette Krehbiel has been providing since she opened Plan B one year ago. Krehbiel accomplished what many men before her were unable to do: She turned a venue—in this case, the former Oasis bar, located on the corner of Ramon Road and Monterey Avenue in Thousand Palms— into a popular live-music cornerstone and local hangout.

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As she talks about the one-year anniversary, her eyes are bright, strong and determined. She is, as she says, “all in” after overcoming huge obstacles, including a brutal economy and banks that did not want to help; she fronted the money on her own. Thankfully, her efforts are beginning to pay off. In the year she’s owned Plan B, she has taken the place—previously licensed for beer and wine only—and turned it into a full-service bar. She even added some good bar food, with items costing between $4 and $8. Plan B is now home to a new patio, where patrons can take their drinks outside and enjoy a smoke. Plan B showcases live bands every

weekend, featuring practically every genre of music, from rap to metal. The building has been given a total face lift with a jumbo-screen TV, new furniture, pool tables that play host to leagues and open tournaments, Friday-night karaoke, and football events (on Mondays, Thursdays and all weekend). And Krehbiel says she’s only getting started. It’s not just the expanded liquor license, the new entertainment and the cosmetic changes that turned this bar from a dive into a first-rate entertainment club: Also important is the warm and friendly relationship-building that takes place inside. Many patrons who have given this bar a chance have quickly made it

their home away from home—a place where they are greeted by name and are treated like honorary family members. You can see the genuine love Krehbiel has for her patrons and her employees. Plan B is still something of a hidden gem, undiscovered by many. It’s just a matter of time until the rest of the valley finds this treasure. Celebrate the success of one amazing woman’s dream while enjoying live music, great drink specials and terrific people at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., in Thousand Palms. But consider yourself warned: Plan B just might become your “Plan A.”

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September 27 to October 3, 2012

by Selma Grows

Bluming Imagination

t’s a pleasure to introduce another self-supporting artist in the Coachella Valley. Mr. Keith Blum lives in Palm Springs and has been practicing his art professionally for over 30 years. Blum specializes in “Trompe L’oeil”, an art technique involving realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Blum paints to add depth to an environment without taking attention away from it. He does well, considering you have to look twice to recognize the separation from art and reality where his paintings reside. He is originally from LA and takes pride in his involvement with supporting the local charities like Meals on Wheels and the UCLA Intervention Program by donating large murals and canvases to their cause. Blum has a style that challenges the mind and stretches the eyes horizons. “I like to entertain the eyes as well as fool them,” Blum states, with a sense of magic in his tone. Inspired by Post Impressionism and the Italian Renaissance, names like Van Gough, Monet and Rafael come to mind as you enter Blum’s highly dimensional acrylic wall and ceiling murals in custom homes, hotels, coffee shops and business offices across America. He has work in Las Vegas NV, Dallas TX, and Minnesota as well as murals all over California. With over 90% of his self-sustained income coming from commissioned pieces it’s exciting to imagine all the different worlds to where Blum has transported his lucky clients. “I paint anywhere the client wants me to paint,” Blum comments. Walls, ceilings, doors and sides of buildings have all been graced with Blum’s impeccable passion for detail. Blum also enjoys creating dog and cat portraits and has completed an incredible 4’x5’ canvas “Peita” (Vision of

Christ post cross in mays lap) available to view upon request. Each commissioned piece of art Blum creates is estimated regarding the intended scale and detail of the piece. “I am selftaught, reliable, and professional with reasonable pricing,” Blum states. To sample his art you can either visit Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs, where he has a few live canvases for your viewing pleasure or go to www.keithblum.com for instant gallery access. Not only has Mr. Blum agreed to create a workshop for adult SELMA Members, but he has also graciously committed to participate in the upcoming auction to benefit SELMA by donating a commissioned mural to the highest bidder. Look for further details in future issues! To contact Mr. Blum email him at KBLUM@dc.rr.com or call him directly at (818)437-5617 Support and Education for Local music and Arts, Coachella Valley Chapter 1 www. selmagrows.org

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ith every dizzying spin of the planet Earth, where happily it has been decreed that happy is not limited to an hour, where a day without sunshine is ridiculous, where whatever your pleasure, we have it all from sun-up to sun-dip behind the Santa Rosas, San Jacintos and whatever other photogenic peaks surround our home on the range, it has been discovered that the Coachella Valley has it all. Pick a pleasure, sportive or spa-tive, starry-night or starryeyed, putting on the green or putting the greens in a good cause, we welcome visitors, strangers, family and friends of all ages, creeds and screeds to enjoy the bounty of our particular land---the fun, food, and fundraising, which is a serious business hereabouts! And of course, the flora and the fauna of our desert creatures that may draw applause or a pause, depending on what or when. That’s extra. Read all about it.

benefit “Autism Speaks,” founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of an autistic child. Today Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. When you RSVP, you will receive an email with exclusive deals, coupons and a voucher for gourmet cupcakes and treats. Open to the public, Blonde will have a raffle every 15 minutes for gifts from generous sponsors ---20 at the last count, including theatres, restaurants, specialty stores, jewelry designers, gift baskets, and other who’ve stepped forward, eager to help the important cause. How ‘bout a pair of custom UGG boots? A deluxe, mouth-watering basket from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory? All $5 raffle ticket sales go directly to the Autism Speaks Foundation here in the desert. Raffle prizes are valued from $10 to $200. Go to www. facebook.com/events/317157878376901/. Blonde at the River, 71800 HWY 111, Rancho Mirage. Or call 760-574-0589.

Thursday, September 27, 6 – 8 pm. Tonight, savvy spa-sters! Get your gal posse together, and head for the poolside launch (how apropos) at The Spa at Desert Springs, JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. You don’t want to be left behind dry-docked when the second annual Greater Palm Springs Spa & Salon Month featuring “health, wellness and beauty” is making waves all of October at the best spa-ts in the Coachella Valley: Ace Hotel & Swim Club “Feel Good Spa,” Hilton Palm Springs “Elements Spa,” Hyatt Regency Indian Wells “Agua Serena Spa,” Miramonte Resort & spa “The Well “ Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa “Spa Las Palmas,” Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa “Spa Esmeralda,” and the Synergy Wellness Clinic and Rejuvenation Spa. Every spa will be represented to give you special previews of the month’s packages. Plus, the party-hearty will enjoy a silent auction, “lollipop raffle,” complimentary Little Black Dress wine and appetizers. (They had me at “lollipop!”) Best news: As you unwind and re-wind for the brutally busy desert “Season” just ahead, you’ll be helping women who benefit from the Girlfriend Factor’s GO GIRL! GRANTS. Ticket $15. Location: The Spa Desert Springs at JW Marriott, 74855 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert. RSVP 760-772-9594, or online www.spa.salon.month@gmail.com

Saturday, September 29, 7 – 10 pm. Just give me an earful of the bluesy song Stormy Weather and I think of Lena Horne, whose star will rise in the West---Palm Springs actually, if the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and La Quinta’s La Brasserie Bistro & Bar have their way. Partnering for an evening of entertainment, a special menu and fundraising the two partners will make sure her star is born and installed in the desert city she called home with her husband Lennie Hayton. Born in 1917, Ms Horne at sixteen was performing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when Hollywood beckoned for the 1942 film Panama Hattie that gave the songstress her signature song. However she was more than an American singer, actress and dancer; she broke the color barrier in the movies and was a civil rights activist, talking the talk and walking the walk by marching in Washington in August, 1963. After retiring in 1980, she starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: the Lady and Her Music which ran for more than 300 performances on Broadway to many awards and accolades. She died in 2010 at 93 years of age. The dynamic singer/pianist Yve Evans headlines the evening with E&J Movement featuring Angie Whitney. Tickets, $20 per person. La Brasserie Bistro & Bar , 79-477

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September 29, 5 – 10 pm. Autism Speaks: Teaming up The trendy fashion boutique The River (Rancho Mirage) a unique shopping event to

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Haddon Libby: It’s all local

by Diane Marlin-Dirkx

IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY HWY 111, La Quinta. Call 760-771-4400. For more info contact Eddie Gilreath by email: EGilr41507@aol.com, or 760-409-6629. Saturday, September 29, 2 pm. One performance only! The award-winning original drama Vincent Van Gogh, based on the life of troubled Dutch painter (Starry Night), was written by Dolores Becker-Trost, an artist who has always admired his work. The resulting play after extensive research of seven years, including the reading of Van Gogh’s journals and letters to his brother Theo, brings new revelations and meaning to the artist’s life, art, and relationship with God, his quest for a woman’s love, and ultimately, the loss of his sanity and will to live. “I have always been touched by his sadness and his continual attempts to follow his preacher father into the clergy,” says Becker-Trost, who also directed the production. Dean Apple reprises his awardwinning performance as Van Gogh, along with the capable cast and stage settings that include several copies of Van Gpgh’s Impressionist paintings done by BeckerTrost. Tickets, $10 per person. The Arthur Newman Theater in the Joslyn Center, 73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert. For more info, call 760-671-5584. Sunday, September 30, 9-4 pm. Ever since Mrs. Rattler slithered into our garage and I snapped a shot eyeball-to-eyeball to send to a friend for ID, to which she responded, “That’s a rattlesnake, you doorknob,” I’ve been fascinated and frightened of the first inhabitant of the Garden of Eden. In a program called Desert Snakes: Fang, Rattle, and More, William Hayes, Ph.D. and Professor of Biology at Loma Linda University will give an all-day field class on the variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit our deserts. He will explain the desert ecosystem of morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits that allow the many essential adaptations that are essential for snakes’ survival. He’ll discuss venom delivery and its beneficial aspects. The class will explore reptile habitat and hopefully see some snakes, says the Press Release! Yeah, right. Sponsored by the

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this field class will meet at the Black Rock Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley. Offered for 0.5 unit of credit through the University of California Riverside Extension for $85, or non-credit for $60. $10 less for JTNPS/PINE members. For more info and registration call 760-3675535. Or visit www.joshuatree.org. Monday, October 8, 9 am shotgun start. Register now for the 12th Annual Spotlight 29 Casino Charity Golf Tournament benefitting the Native American Land Conservancy (NALC) which is on October 8 at the Classic Club, Palm Desert. The non-profit NALC was formed in 1998 and since has created cooperative agreements with tribes, public agencies and conservation groups, acquired threatened landscapes, and organized conferences to promote the preservation of Native American sacred lands. Entry fee for the tournament is $300 per golfer and includes lunch, goody bags, and a preregistration party on Sunday, October 7th at Groove at the Spotlight 29 Casino with food, refreshments, silent auction. Awards will be at the Classic Club after the tournament. Sponsorships are available from $1400 to $8000. Classic Club, 75-200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella. For more information, call Lucas Reyes, 760-7752346, or email lreyes@spotlight29.com “Don’t Be Clueless” wants to remind you that press releases for inclusion should be in to the Coachella Valley Weekly at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled event! Thanks!

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Look Deeper into Voter Propositions

alifornia has a number of Propositions on the ballot this year.  Some are fairly straight forward and easy to understand while others are intentionally misleading.  Let’s look at a few below:  Proposition 32 is the Paycheck Protection Initiative.  It was written to deceive voters into believing that it will eliminate special interest money.  As this bill was written by “special interests”, Trudy Schafer of the California League of Women Voters has it right when she says that the proposition “promises reform but it’s really designed by its special interest backers to help themselves and harm their opponents.”   Business and the Republican Party want the initiative to pass while most unions, citizen groups and the Democratic Party are opposed to it.  Before you go and vote Party allegiances, let’s take a look at why such lines are drawn. The initiative will essentially remove the ability of unions to raise funds for political activities.  The initiative does

nothing to stop Super PACs, business and the affluent from contributing to political campaigns.   The core question you and I have to ask ourselves is why we would prohibit one side from political fundraising instead of both.  This ballot initiative is essentially the same thing that happened at the federal level when corporations and Super PACs went to the Supreme Court to argue that ‘corporations are people too’ and can give as much money as they wanted to in an election (yet they can’t go to jail).  This corrupted Washington DC to the point that the common man no longer has a voice with many in Congress and the Senate with the electorate having their lowest confidence in their elected leaders in recorded history. If we are going to prohibit big money from elections, shouldn’t it be done in a fair and equitable manner for all?  If you agree with that statement, you have to vote ‘no’.  Now if you feel that it is okay for business to have more power over their workers in a high unemployment economy, you should vote ‘yes’.  I personally find that workers

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life sentences for using, transporting or possessing drugs.  Those arguing for Prop. 36 point out that it would ease prison crowding and save the State money. Those against the proposition cite that people possessing “date rape” drugs with prior rape convictions or a child molestation charge in their past would be released as they would be deemed non-violent.  The Democratic Party is for Proposition 36 while law enforcement and the Republican Party are against it. I hope you see that voting straight down the Party lines may not agree with your positions on these issues.  

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here is so much information that I find interesting about Michael Wright, that I could almost write a sequel to this column but here goes with the Reader’s Digest version. I have known Michael personally for over 20 years and never knew his father was the Lead Singer in a doo whop group. The Los Angeles based quartet was called the Metalicas. If you are under 50 years old (thank goodness I qualify) chances are you haven’t heard of the group since they had 4 hits back in the early 60’s. Other famous artists in Michael’s family tree include his first cousin Al Wilson, who was an American Soul singer best known for the million-selling number one hit, (Show & Tell.) “Al Wilson was always at our house while we were growing up,” remembers Michael. The last time Michael saw his famous cousin was March of 1998 when Al sang at his father’s funeral. Michael along with his six brothers and sister were exposed to the recording business while growing up in San Bernardino, so it’s easy to see why he

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fell in love with music as a young child. Michael’s family moved to Palm Springs in 1975 after a doctor suggested the drier weather conditions would be favorable for asthma conditions which had plagued half his family. You could say Michael got his first DJ gig in middle school. “Lunch time at Raymond Cree in Palm Springs needed some excitement so, I brought my 45’s from home and put a record player on the stage of the lunch patio area, I played my 45’s every day and my class mates loved it!” explains Michael. It was in high school where Michael got his inspiration to become a DJ. Tim Holland was a DJ who came to the Palm Springs Pavilion to DJ a dance for Palm Springs High School after a football game, “that was the first mobile DJ set up that I had ever seen and I was blown away,” recalls Michael, “I gotta get one of these!” he remembers with excitement. Later Michael found his way into an all ages night club in Palm Springs, Called the Crome Parrott. The young budding DJ would hang out all night

the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree in the DJ booth and jump at the chance to fill in for the house DJ when they went on break. Carrying a boom box around campus drew the attention of many students as well as James Jessie of Desert Highland Community Center and Mr. Bill Castle, both who would later nominate Michael to work on the campus radio station, KPSH FM 88. After high school Michael brought his “Traffic Jam” radio show to KPSI Power 101, (currently Mix 100.5). The show featured unique songs and mixes that had not been played before on the desert air waves and quickly became a hit with listeners. It was eventually called the “Saturday Night Traffic Jam” and became a launching board for much of the stations new music. Radio opened up doors for Michael who was able to launch a promoting business and begin booking radio artists onto the Palm Springs Pavilion to sellout crowds. Working in the radio and records business, Michael was inspired to open his own record store in Indio appropriately called, Traffic Jam Records and Tapes. Michael

would eventually leave KPSI and got to work for its competitor KKUU 92.7 in Palm Springs where he would put his skills to work as the events coordinator. During his radio and promoting days, Michael still found time to work a few mobile DJ gigs and would occasionally find himself behind the turntables at night clubs such as Costa’s inside the Marriot Desert Springs Hotel and Red 74 (which is no longer around.) Doing mobile DJ gigs was a lot of hard work before digital music came along. There were the 12 creates of records in addition to lifting heavy amplifiers and DJ coffins. Michael confesses to embracing the new digital technology, “Thank God that this software came out, because I was going to retire from DJing in 2007, but Serato came out and I was reborn.” Michael’s plans for the future are to keep the music going or as he put it “rock it until the wheels fall off!” Written By: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 619-3276

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n 2011 Rival Sons released their sophomore effort, Pressure & Time and it felt like a Rock n’ Roll revelation. The music seemed new and familiar at the same time. It was an invigorating slap of thunderous rock! Hot on the heels of Pressure & Time, (less than 14 months), and despite nonstop touring, Rival Sons has just released their third effort, Head Down. In the midst of a never ending European tour, vocalist Jay Buchanan, guitarist Scott Holiday, drummer Michael Miley and bass player Robin Everhart managed to book studio time in Nashville, Tennessee. Following the formula they perfected on Pressure & Time, the band hunkered down with producer Dave Cobb. They wrote and recorded Head Down in a couple of weeks! The album kicks off with a bang. “Keep On Swinging” is a combustible mix of sludge-y, primordial percussion, blistering guitar riffs and stentorian vocals. The lyrics are almost a mantra, promoting personal perseverance. A philosophy that has served the band well. It’s no exaggeration to say Rival Sons is the most exciting band in pop music today. Three songs here exemplify the audacity of that boast. “You Want To” cloaks a tale of domestic discord in a kinetic psychedelic mash up. Jay Buchanan’s vocal gymnastics are positively thrilling, pivoting from a whisper to a scream. Drummer Michael Miley pounds out a tribal tattoo in triple time as Buchanan Cajoles “I’m so sorry, this time I mean it/ Let me in, I know you want to.” Suddenly the whole enterprise turns on a dime, powering down to a jazzy and extemporaneous call and response between Buchanan’s soulful pleas and

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Scott Holiday’s fleet fret work. “Jordan” is the complete antithesis to the controlled chaos of “You Want To.” An aching meditation on loss, the lyrics offer a tender farewell to a loved one. ”Now the rest of my life without you, right now it’s hard to conceive/ You said don’t cry for me now you’ve got to remember, there’s no death for those who believe.” The mood is spiritual and contemplative, with hushed instrumentation highlighted by Holiday’s mournful bottle neck solo. “All The Way” shifts gears yet again. Everhart and Miley anchor the bottom with funky bass lines and a pummeling back beat. Buchanan’s demeanor is playful and swaggering as he reels out a frisky, albeit apocryphal account of his youthful indiscretions. Best of all, Scott Holiday unspools a series of riffs fat with sustain and reverb. Two songs serve as the centerpiece to Head Down. “Manifest Destiny Pt. 1” and “Manifest Destiny Pt. 2.” Both songs detail an epic battle. “Pt 1” clocks in at over eight minutes, allowing the band to stretch out. A bludgeoning beat propels the dirge-like melody. Here Buchanan’s shivery falsetto crests over Holiday’s spiraling fills. “Pt 2” is a stomping war cry. Holiday’s riffs detonate like cluster bombs over a walloping beat. Buchanan does his best to navigate through the wreckage. Both “Wild Animal” and “Until The Sun Comes” are impossibly catchy, the former prowls with the agility of a Panther. The latter weds slashing power chords to a crackling beat. Buchanan’s licentious talk of dancing is a handy euphemism for some horizontal exercise! Other stand out tracks on Head Down include the Delta blues of “Run From Revelation” and the sly psychedelia of “Three Fingers.” Buchanan’s vocals on “The Heist” are a pure homage to British

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blues belter Eric Burdon. The melody feels like a sand-blasted Bolero! The album closes with “True,” an ethereal Pas de Deux between vocals and acoustic guitar. Buchanan’s voice trills and soars over the melody. It’s a performance reminiscent of the late great Tim Buckley. This album has definitely upped the ante

for Rival Sons. While Pressure & Time was sharp and concise, Head Down is sprawling and ambitious. It’s hard to believe that it has been less than three years since the band released their self-titled debut. Rival Sons is poised to take over the world! Beg, borrow or steal to get Head Down. And when you play it, crank it to 11!

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arlene Adams loves to sing and just returned home from a week of competition as part of the 12th Annual Talent Quest National Karaoke Singing Contest held at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. “I have been part of Talent Quest for four years now. I love it,” said Adams. “Singers from all over the United States and Canada participate. Many of the same people go every year, it’s like visiting and having fun with family.” www. TalentQuest.org. Karaoke was introduced to her by a close friend, Cathy, over 7 years ago. “I really didn’t want to sing Karaoke because I was used to singing with bands. However, it keeps me singing regularly.” Along with many other Karaoke fans, Adams sings a few songs every Thursday with T-Bone from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Tack Room Tavern, 81-800 Avenue 50, Indio. (760) 347-9985; Every Friday with T-Bone from 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. at the 19th Hole, 42-305 Washington Street, Palm Desert. (760) 772-6696; Every Sunday with Karaokie Jo from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. in The Lounge at the Agua Caliente Casino, 32-350 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. (888) 9991995; and every Wednesday for “Golden Era Karaoke” with Becky from 4 until 7 p.m. at Neil’s Lounge, 80-956 Highway 111, Indio. (760) 347-1522. Born Marlene Kleinman in Los Angeles, California, she remembers singing when she was three years old. She had an older brother and sister, but neither of them were musically inclined, nor were her parents or any other relative. The family later moved to Ocean Park, a suburb of Santa Monica, where she attended Washington Elementary School and sang in the chorus. “I was always one of two people who didn’t have to audition to be part of the choral groups.” She continued singing in the chorus

She kept busy by working in the grocery business and as a waitress. “Bob called me a week later, I auditioned for the band and my first professional singing gig was opening the season at the Lake Arrowhead Country Club in 1966. While we were on a break, I remember Woody Woodward asking me, ‘how does your husband feel about you being out of town with 5 strange men?’ I told him that he was fine with it, he trusts me. Then Woody said to me, ‘do yourself a favor, don’t get pregnant and don’t make your husband mad.’ Two months later, I was pregnant and had my daughter Linda. The guys called me to work, but I had to wait a few months to get back into shape.” Adams would go to all the jam sessions in town and knew all the musicians. She would also sing in the vocal contests that Bobby Milano would have in the late 70s. “Whenever I needed to put a band together, I called Dale Garber and Terry Thomas. I sang at La Paon and alternated with vocalist Vicki Knight on her off nights.” She started

at the John Adams Junior High School and later at the Santa Monica High School. After graduation, she studied voice with renown vocal coach Harriet Lee, from Hollywood, for four years. “She worked for the studios and later branched out on her own. Her most famous student was Margaret Whiting.” In 1963, she met her husband and together they moved to Palm Springs in 1965. “I met pianist Bob Stevenson who was performing at the Firecliff Inn on El Paseo. I told him I was a singer and I sang a few songs with him. He asked me if I would be interested in working with some local bands.”

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working as a waitress in 1986 at the Marquis Hotel in Palm Springs. In 1987, she was part of the staff that opened the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells for three years and in 1989, she finally landed her most favorite waitressing job at the Indian Wells Country Club, where she worked until 2010. “I had only been working there for one week, when entertainer John McCormick performed for the ladies golf tournament. I went up to say hello, and he asked me to sing ‘Crazy’. After my performance, I received a standing ovation and from that point on, it became a tradition and I was asked to sing a song with the bands who performed there.” Adams was very well liked by the members and referred to as “Our Little Songbird.” As a result, she would meet more musicians and worked with many of them on other gigs. Adams celebrated her 75th birthday on August 15 with her Karaoke friends. On a personal note: May God continue to bless you Marlene, as you touch the hearts of those who hear your beautiful voice!

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his desert gem located in a Palm Desert neighborhood was created and designed as a haven for animals and the humans who love them. The home of Lindi and Gino Biggi, the renovated property was inspired by the tropical rainforests of Africa. Thatched huts housing some of the feathered residents surround cascading water features and spacious lawns. A focal point is the flamingo lagoon, the statue of a black panther perched on the above rocks observing the elegant birds. Lindi Biggi describes her fascination with these feathered creatures, “I love all animals, but especially birds. I definitely qualify as a practicing bird-aholic with no hope of finding a cure. Birds are fun, loyal, smart, funny, and relatively easy to live with,” Lindi first became involved with

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The resident suspected he was someone’s treasured pet and notified the police who received a bulletin about the missing bird. Lindi traveled to Kansas to claim Major only to have her ownership questioned. It finally required Major’s emotional reaction at seeing Lindi to convince the authorities. Lindi’s experience and subsequent research led her be an early champion for the cause of pet microchipping. New Flamingo Baby - This summer an amazing new addition to the flock of seven Chilean flamingos caused excitement at the Bird Gardens. The birth of a baby flamingo is a rare occurrence in captivity in small flocks, and it usually takes a group of 40 or more birds before flamingos reproduce. In their natural habitat, flamingos fly in flocks of thousands. Look carefully to see the tiny baby bird in the attached photo. The male and female parents take turns incubating the egg, sitting astride the nest with their legs folded flat on either side. The Biggi’s watched the egg by their Flamingo lagoon for 29 days, and it was another few days

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birds when she took in 17 exotic birds from a friend who lost her home. Today over fifty exotic feathered creatures call the Bird Gardens home. They include conures, macaws, turacos, and toucans. One regal resident is Elvira, an endangered Black Palm cockatoo. Many of the birds came to the Gardens from people who no longer wanted them, some are disabled lacking eyes, wings or feet. Pictured is Lindi with Joshua, a Hyacinth macaw, and Casey, an Umbrella cockatoo. Birds as pets bring a certain life and vibrancy to a home. Highly intelligent and sociable, a well- trained bird can be as bonded to their owner as a dog or cat. The life span of certain bird species can be as long as 100 years, so humans need to plan for their future. Birds offer affection, loyal companionship, and the ability to do tricks. And some of them can do what no other pet can.....carry on a conversation. Major’s Microchip Mission - The abduction, search and recovery of Lindi’s prized Leadbeater Cockatoo named Major led her on a mission for microchipping. Major, a bird valued at $8,000, was stolen from her in Oregon in the mid 1980’s. A frantic search ensued with nation- wide media coverage. Miraculously, six weeks later a phone call from Kansas solved the mystery. The drivers of a stolen truck were arrested for speeding in the small town of Colby, Kansas. Inside the truck was a menagerie of animals, all presumably stolen. The tiny town of Colby had no animal shelter, so the colorful Cockatoo was placed in a cardboard box and given to the care of a local resident.

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until the bird finished breaking through the shell. Birds have a saw on their beak that breaks off after they saw their way out. Both flamingo parents fed the chick. The father flamingo was particularly protective. Over a period of two to three years, the fledgling bird’s gray plumage will gradually change to pink. Faithful flamingos usually mate for life. The adults’ coloring ranges from light pink to bright red due to the species and the aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained from their food supply. When the proper food supply is scarce, the birds coloring fades. The word flamingo means flame, named by the Egyptians for their fire red coloring. A healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored and more desirable as a mate. Why do flamingos stand on one leg? One theory is that they have the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and then they swap legs to rest the other half. Standing on one leg allows them to conserve more body heat. You’re Invited! Spay-Ghetti & No Balls Dinner - Loving All Animals will showcase the new baby flamingo at their upcoming annual party at the Bird Gardens. A contest will be held to name the new little bird. This event is a chance for all Coachella Valley animal lovers to socialize and learn how we can all help animals in need. Lindi Biggi is founder and president of Loving All Animals. To RSVP to the dinner, call (760) 776-9397 or contact info@lovingallanimals.org. Advance donation is $10, and $15 at the door. Come and experience this magical place that inspires people to preserve and give back to our animal kingdom. jmcafee7@verizon.net

ne of our favorite summertime destinations is San Francisco. It’s a fairly quick jaunt, close to wine country, great restaurants big and small, beautiful surroundings with refreshing weather. Love being up there! One of the largest, prestigious, and most influential wine competitions in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition considered 4,556 wines entered from more than 1,300 wineries, representing 26 states and 29 countries. Now for the bunch of us vino traders who didn’t quite make it to SF in June for the competition, well, the contest came down to us in the form of results: Gold, Double Gold, and Best in Show categories. Wines were judged in several categories, including best white, red, sparkling and dessert.

Of course the interesting and valuable info coming out of this competition is that you’ll see these wines showing upon the shelves of your market or favorite wine shop; your hunt for a great tasting wine for the price is fortunately assisted by a panel of nationally recognized wine experts. In this competition a panel of three judges, in a blind tasting, must all agree for Double Gold and then on the last day, the best-ofthe-best merit the Best in Show title. For those who recognize the name of the former Wine & Spirits Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine, Anthony Dias Blue is the founder and executive director of the Competition, and, owner and Editor-inChief of The Tasting Panel Magazine— considered one of the elite in wine & spirits industry. He is recognized world-wide as a

leading food, wine, travel, and spirits authority. His work in all media, that include television and radio, is circulated to millions. The Tasting Panel Tour 2012 is where these SF top prize winning wines are being toured, and, tasted by the media. That’s where I came in— and literally, I walked into a beautiful and chic setting, known as the Duplex in L.A., where the three hour tasting was being held. Mr. Anthony Dias Blue was present and it was my first time to meet him. We chatted with a nice glass of Nicolas Feuillatte 2004 Brut Champagne in our hand. It was chosen the “Best in Show” for Sparkling Wine. (This is always a great buy for French Champagne at around $40.) Usually, a consumer wine tasting event is considered a “good one” if there is a plethora of wineries and wines being offered for tasting. Quite often though, the tastings can become unmanageable, attempting to make the rounds to get to the wines you like. Here at the Tasting Panel Tour, around 45 wines were on display. It’s what I called a “very manageable tasting”. So what do you do with all these world class wines staring you in the face. Even with your best desires aside, no one is drinking even 10 glasses of wine in the afternoon, which means you have to have a strategy to enjoy the best of the best. So we pour just an ounce or two of wine in a glass: swirl and sniff, then take and swish it around in the mouth, spit it out in the spit bucket and then relax, take in a little air and savor. You’ll remember the both the flavor profile and the qualities of your favorite and you’ll understand why the judges chose that wine. Of course what you’ve found to be your “best” will be those glasses you experience at length. I personally will begin the tasting event by enjoying a nice glass of my favorite sparkling or white wine on hand. It gets

you into the festivities—after all, it is a wine tasting, not a science seminar. For you enthusiasts, go to www. sfwinecompetition.com. for all the results. “Blind” judging never considers the price of the wine. The “Best” Chardonnay was the $11 bottle of the 2010 Five Rivers. “With aromas of lemon-lime and lemon-drop, joined by the tropical flavors of papaya, guava and melon, followed by passion fruit, some floral notes and a touch of jasmine. Creamy mouth-feel and good acid, crisp with a hint of vanilla and spice.” While the “Best” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Parallel Estate Napa Valley, sells at $120. “Powerful style like a great Saint Estephe from Bordeaux. Rich and complex with black cherries, black currant, licorice, truffles, and mocha flavors with classic vanilla from extraordinary 2008 Napa vintage.” And to show that we’re all human, I preferred the 2008 Stoller Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Oregon (Double Gold Winner), “a bouquet of spicy red fruits, floral notes of lilac and violet, barrel spices of cinnamon and clove, and herbes de Provence. Bramble berry flavors, bright acidity, medium tannins, and excellent length.”, as compared to the Panel’s “Best” Pinot Noir, 2009 Lawson Dry Hills, Marlborough, New Zealand. “Cherry, strawberry and coffee notes, with hints of smoke and roasted meat.” The 2008 Stoller was stellar! At $40 a bottle, it will be the treat at the holiday table for you and your guests Cheers! Rick continues to host business & private wine events and tastings. Contact winespectrum@aol.com

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CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Cool Grooves w/ Timber Woolfe DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-325-2600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-7777773 Alternating groups 8-11pm (RR) THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 DJ Guy Worden 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760345-2450 LA Blue 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 3 Digit IQ 9pm (VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 6:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760328-9004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-345-0222 JB & Rob Martinez 7-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 Solid Ray Woods 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Karaoke w/ Amber Stream 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Walt Young & The Muddy Sparks Trio 7pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 90 Proof 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Rebecca Connelly duo

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Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 Plan B’s 1 Year Anniversary w/ OTW 8:30pm 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 Tall As Man 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Lyndsey Harper duo Sidebar 9-cl, DJ Jalil Jagers Starlite Lounge 10-cl ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 Long Duk Dong 9pm ROCKYARD@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 Playground 7:30 & 11pm Atomic Punks (Van Halen Tribute) 9:30pm 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) SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-2008787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (BL) (RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760347-9985 What The Funk 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Darci Daniels & The Gang 7:30pm TKB BAKERY; IND; 760-775-8330 VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760345-9770 Pat Rizzo & All That Jazz Band 6:30-10pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Fixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760328-5955 Michael Keeth 7pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Karaoke Show 9-2am THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760-564-2201 Mark Linford 7-10pm (AC) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Bill Casale 7-11pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ& DJ Bigster (VD)

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rack of St. Louis style pork ribs. To justify this large meal, I began with a Caesar salad tossed with croutons made from their famous cornbread. The dinner was huge and the ribs had a smoky pink center. Dinner entrees come with two sides and I could not pass up the mashed potatoes and baked beans. My friends ordered Baby Back Ribs and Salmon, both of which were prepared with perfection. The Hickory Smoked Salmon was a huge hit! While I was definitely in the mood for beer, I could not help but notice the extensive wine list. Not only are there many affordable wines that we all enjoy, you can also find some special, high-end wines like Opus One, in case you are out to impress. Whatever the occasion may be, Babe’s BarB-Que & Brewhouse has it covered. When seasonal beers are no longer available on tap, they are available by the bottle. I tried their “Bin 412” beer with my meal and wished I had begun with it as well. One thing people may not be aware of is that all of their amazing beers can be

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s it has come to be expected of The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, a mood and playlist altering band will be blowing your mind song by song this Saturday. Rippsville City Hall will become a must have as you find yourself begging these guys to toss you a CD. With a signature off beat, Reggae sound and chilled rock edge vocals, Rippsville City Hall is sure to become a local favorite. The name, Rippsville City Hall was a slang term of endearment coined as it related to drummer Steve Hall and friends going out and getting “ripped.” Like the name implies, Rippsville City Hall definitely provides music to party by. The “dub rock reggae trio” developed as Steven Hall, formerly with Skunk Records, met guitarist Will Philip. The two sat in a studio the day after they met and immediately began creating. Bass player Trevino Martin joined them shortly after. Sometimes guys get together and “make” music. With Rippsville City Hall, music just happens. The trio carry on the deeply loved

tradition of grooving rock like Sublime, lyrically strong with haunting laid back vocals reminiscent of the group Everlast, only edgier, cooler and younger. Though

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id you know that we have a brewhouse here in our valley that has been producing award-winning beers since 2003? Open for a decade now, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse is known for delicious barbeque food, fresh homemade cornbread and my favorite, a variety of micro-brews on tap. Whether it’s for a family dinner or a night out on the town with friends, Babe’s is great for all ages. As the summer is winding down and we continue to face triple digit temperatures, I can’t think of a better way to end the day than with a tasting of beers, followed by a barbeque feast at Babe’s. While I enjoy wine tasting at our local wine shops, sometimes I just want to roll up my sleeves and have a cold beer! With a couple of colleagues by my side, I decided to try a flight of beers at the bar before we took a table for dinner. Six generously poured “tastings” of beer were placed in front of us along with a list of descriptions. If you prefer a light beer with a touch of sweetness, try the Honey Blonde Ale,

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music you will want at every party; on the river, at the beach and anywhere else you want their sexy reggae rock sound to create a party mood. Although you don’t have to hear the words to love their music, there’s something about their rhythmic cadence and delivery that make you want to know everything their lyrics are saying. This band comes together for one purpose and one purpose only ~ for the music and to have fun. Ok, well maybe that’s two, but they are all one and the same to this trio and I expect that attitude to be translated to the audience at The Hood this Saturday. You will NOT want to miss them. Rippsville City Hall will be giving out free CDs of their originals that will become a permanent fixture on your playlist. They are THAT cool. Check out Rippsville City Hall on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_ tnmn#!/Rippsvillemusic/info The Hood Bar and Pizza is located at 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert (760) 6365220

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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

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THE COMPULSION TO CREATE

THE ARTISTIC OBSESSIONS OF WAYNE WHITE AND DIANA VREELAND

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wo terrific movies are making the rounds that focus on singular artists that surrendered to the creative muse as a way of life.

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

In a terrific Q&Q at Cinemas Palme d’Or in Palm Desert, artist Wayne White said he was always an “outsider.” That is probably true, but his quirky vision has been seen and enjoyed by millions of adults and children in numerous TV shows, but it was especially prominent in Paul Reuben’s PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE in the late 1980s. On the other hand, many art aficionados and collectors know him only with deserved for his “word art.” For the uninformed, that’s art White paints on already printed, often inexpensive reproductions of obscure but classic-looking paintings. The words he paints are integrated with the light and landscape and often shout a rude or cynical phrase. The “F bomb” is routinely

employed. White, raised in Tennessee, started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. Neil Berkely’s biographical film chronicles the ups and downs of a compulsive artist who never lets go of the urge to create. In fact, White is a kind of slave to the mad muse that dominates his colorful, crazy, whimsical life. Although the film is loosely structures and filled with random riffs and a kaleidoscope of images –- some them crudely transferred from old VHS tapes -- there’s no question this ragged documentary is as inspired and inspiring as the insanely creative White.

big hit at Palm Springs International Film Festival -- is coming soon to home theater. Using a multitude of striking media formats that animate graphics and text with voices (including Vreeland’s) and music clips, this exuberant film takes us on an exaggerated journey of Vreeland’s life and passions in a style that reflects the subject herself!

It’s hard to get a handle on her personal aesthetic, but there’s no doubting the power of her ability to actualize her private, singular vision. As a fashion editor, Vreeland reigned with an absolute authority that hypnotized those around her. To say nothing of the legions of fans that cheered her bold, badass, brashness. But in the end, Vreeland’s greatest creation was herself. Even though it’s been nearly 25 years since her passing, she remains a unique influence on the fashion industry and all those who create theatrical costumes and production design, whether they know it or not. For those who are interested, coffee table books about Wayne White and Diana Vreeland, with the same titles as their biographical films, are available -- even though neither are direct movie tie-ins. Comments? RobinESimmons@aol.com

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know I get a little short and jabby over a $20.00 putt with the boys on a Saturday at one of our great local courses here in town……I can only imagine what Brandt Snedeker felt like on the 18th hole at Eastlake Country Club on Sunday having to two-putt for the win at the Tour Championship. You see it wasn’t just the win at an (almost) major which brought with it a check of $1.4 mill……but it would also win him the season-ending FedEx Cup which comes with an additional $10 muhmuh-muh- million dollar bonus making the two-putt worth a cool $11.4 mill….and cool he was, Ryder Cupper, Captain’s pick validating the choice of Captain Davis Love III by ramming the second short putt in and fist pumping to the biggest win of his career. Snedeker overtook Jim Furyk over the weekend who had started so phenomenally with rounds of 64, 64 early in the week only to fade on the weekend. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were in there until the very end but it was Snedeker on the biggest

stage of his young career closing the door and sharing it with the family. $11.4 spends well in this economy but Snedeker was all smiles and talk of this coming week at Medinah and The Ryder Cup. The big news locally continues to be the advent of the new “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show which took to the airwaves last weekend on KNEWS 94.3 FM from 6 – 8 a.m. Guests o‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Heads Up! Mike Livingston is the Host of The Clubhouse 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.

If there’s a message embedded in White’s art, it may be this: Art need not be meaningful as long as it’s fun. Does it make you stop and look? Does it make you laugh? Does it delight the eye? Does it mock pretense? Does it jolt the senses? Is it silly? Well, White’s art does all the above, but, oddly enough, at no time did I feel “Beauty is Embarrassing” but just the opposite – whatever that is. If you’re an artist or have even a smidgen of a creative urge, see this beautiful film about a kindred spirit. Now playing at Cinema’s Palme d’Or.

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Farmer Boys 81951 California 111 Indio, CA 92201

PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Longest Running Jam Session in the valley. Hosted by JB, Sign up 6pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 The Sunday Band 7pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Tijuana Jones 3-6pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-327-4080 8311 Art of Sax Trio 5-9pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (RR) (LR) THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Reggie Vision 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760345-9770 Linda Peterson 6:3010pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Sunday Skool 9pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Line Dancing w/ Tina 5:30-9pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Barry Baughn Blues Band 7-11pm

MON OCTOBER 1 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Bonnie Scott 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Sissy Bingo w/ Linda Gerard 7-9pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Music Mondays 9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6-10pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8-1:15am

American

(760) 863-5050 www.farmerboys.com

Wine Bar

78015 Main Street #109 La Quinta, CA

Roc’s Firehouse 36891 Cook St # 10 Palm Desert, CA 92211

American

American

(760) 340-3222 www.rocsfirehouse.com

Tack Room 81800 Avenue 51 Indio, CA 92201

American

(760) 347-9985

www.tackroomtavern.com

Casey’s

42455 Washington Street Palm Desert, CA 92211

(760) 345-6503

www.caseysrestaurant.com

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Sullivan’s 73505 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA

THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 7pm (PB) NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Night 7pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Ron James 7pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Randy Seymon 6pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 3sum 9pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Karaokie Jo 6-10pm

TUE OCTOBER 2 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Hafler Duo 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Ace Karaoke with Kiesha 9pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Bella da Ball Dinner Revue w/ guest performers 7:30pm (CB) BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Andrew, Matt & Mike 8:30pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760-992-0002 John Stanley King 5-9pm (JZ)(BL) FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6-10pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-3271700 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Reality Show Jam 8pm (VD) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS;

American

(760) 341-3560

(760) 564-2201

www.thewinebaratoldtown.com

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American

760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Tim Burleson 7:45 (PB) PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Eclectic Tuesdays. Singer/songwriter night. All acts welcome. Hosted by JB, Sign up 7pm NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Ron James 7pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Karaoke SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Dr. Paul 6pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (RR)(JZ) TAQUERIA GUERRERO’S; TP; 760343-5971 DJ Keith 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Reggie Vision 6:30pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 The King’s Town Trio 9pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Michael Bolivar Jazz Sax 6-10pm

WED OCTOBER 3 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Bobby And Randy (BL) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Howie Pyro 10pm (VD) AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB) BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB)

Restaurant guide List your Restaurant AD here. Call Philip at 760-501-6228 For Details.

sullivanssteakhouse.com

Babes Bar-B-Que American & Brewhouse

Charli Marrones

(760) 346-8738

(760) 625-1500

AJ’s on the Green American

Dickie O’Neals

(760) 202-1111

(760) 325-2600

71800 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage

42250 Jackson Street #101 Indio, CA

www.babesbbque.com

www.charlimarrones.com

36-200 Date Palm Dr Cathedral City

ajsonthegreen@gmail.com

Western Grill

2155 North Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.dickieoneal.com

American

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

McGowan’s

73340 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260

Irish

(760) 564-5353

(760) 342-2333

43-430 Monroe St. Indio, CA

www.elmexicalicafe2.com

Mexican

San Miguel

35 320 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 328-9402 TAQUERIA SAN MIGUEL 72 450 Ramon Rd Mexican Restaurant Mariscos & Cantina 1000 Palms (760) 343-7340

35 320 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City

Lamppost

78772 California 111 La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 328-9402 Pizza

72 450 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms

(760) 343-7340

(760) 564-4568 Irish

www.lamppostpizza.com

Crab Pot

70030 California 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Seafood

(760) 321-7635

www.mcgowansirishinn.com

El Mexicali II

www.lavenderbistro.com

Italian

(760) 346-6032

Lavender Bistro Continental 78073 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253

DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760-992-0002 Rose Mallet 5-9pm (JZ)(BL) FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-7777773 Demetrius Houser 7-10pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL; LQ; 760-698-8303 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 8:30-12:30am THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Open Mic Night 8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Live Music (RR) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Michael Healy 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Karaokie Jo 7pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Dr.Paul 6pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Straight Ahead Jazz (JZ) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760345-9770 Pat Rizzo & All That Jazz Band 6:30-10pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Karaoke WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Mara Getz Jazz 6-10pm

Mexican

www.crabpotranchomirage.com

Pacifica

73505 El Paseo # 2500 Palm Desert

(760) 674-8666

www.pacificaseafoodrestaurant.com

Seafood

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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. Facebook.com/SoulOpusMusic Soundcloud.com/Soul 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.facebook.com/pages/TheArrangements/279810762084 www. thearrangements.net 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 www.facebook.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. youtube.com/JEKKELvideos | 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.

September 27 to October 3, 2012

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 desertcoverstory@gmail.com |www. facebook.com/coverstory 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@ aol.com 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: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=xxxUqgf002E Band Page: https://www.facebook.com/ Exordium760

by Cara Pellegrino

Lovely Lashes

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t’s not uncommon for women to be envious of a man’s lashes. We wish we had them, or even a fraction of their lushness and length. Even though males are genetically predisposed to have longer lashes to keep debris from entering the eyes of the hunter-gatherers, there are several treatments on the market today to help women overcome their genetic shortcomings. Long lashes have been an ancient beauty trend dating back thousands of years. But a revived lust for the lash has evolved and women are seeking out more than mascara to get the desired look. While mascara is still the most widely used tool to enhance the lash, we now have an army of options to impress any ocular onlookers. Fake eyelashes are no longer reserved for theater performers and exotic dancers. Women of all ages and professions are adhering falsies to the lids on a daily basis. This is certainly the least expensive way to extend and enhance, but often looks tacky and cheap. Beware of the self-applied stickies unless you have the steady hand and artful approach needed to apply them like a pro. Eyelash lust is so popular salons are cropping up that cater specifically to the beautification of the lash. Extensions à la Kim Kardashian can be attained by visiting salons such as the Lash Lounge located inside the Trio salon on El Paseo. While eyelash extensions are a little costly, the long lasting look may be well worth the price. The procedure is fairly simple, much like hair extensions. Be sure to look for a trained expert, sine the delicate hairs must be meticulously placed so they don’t end up resembling a rat’s nest on your eyelids. There are also doctors who will provide a lash transplant surgery where hairs are taken from another area on your body and surgically transplanted into your upper eyelid where lashes grow. This delicate and surgery comes with significant risks and benefits and is only suitable for a handful of patients. The most common lash solution is not fake lashes at all. Latisse is a prescription liquid that is simply brushed onto your upper eyelid, right where you would apply eyeliner. It was actually derived from a

glaucoma medication, where doctors were noticing patients experiencing the side effect of darker, thicker lash growth. Pharmaceutical company Allergan isolated the chemical causing the growth and birthed Latisse. Of course, like any drug, it also has risks and possible side effects. Persons with light colored eyes may experience an irreversible darkening of the iris (yikes) and additional hair growth on places other than the intended lashes (double yikes). The good thing is the excessive hair growth that may occur on lids and cheeks will go away once the product is discontinued. The bad news is, your luxurious lashes will shrink back to normal as well. So go ahead and lash out. Play with the trends and your options. Since eyes are the window to the soul, why not dress them up a bit. Whether they are natural or enhanced, love your lashes.

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by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Hiking Safety Tips

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he cooler weather is beginning to slowly settle in as we are now into Fall.  This is a great time for many of us to start those outdoor activities that we avoided during the summer heat. We have plenty of great spots to hike and enjoy the scenery here in the Coachella Valley (and surrounding area). Hiking isn’t typically dangerous says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Much more often it’s a great pleasure, even an adventure. But you’re outside, sometimes far from ‘civilization’ and you can get injured or worse. It pays to heed some common sense hiking safety tips.

Don’t travel alone

Like any rule, there are exceptions. If you’re just going for a stroll in a nearby, well-traveled area you’re as safe there as anywhere. But if you travel through isolated areas, with steep canyons and winding trails, you can easily get lost. And, of course, there are lots of gradations in between. Use your judgment. Traveling with a Hiking partner will help you in many ways, especially if he or she is an experienced hiker. People in pairs are much less likely to panic. They can assist one another up steep grades and apply first-aid when needed. He or she can travel back to the trail head if you’re injured. And, if needed, body heat can be much better conserved when there are two traveling together. Hypothermia has killed more than one lost hiker before they could be rescued.

Know where you’re going

Stay on clearly marked or well-traveled trails until or unless you are experienced enough to take the uncommon route. Yes, they’re sometimes not as interesting. But getting lost is interesting in a very unpleasant kind of way.

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Take some basic gear

You can go overboard on gear. But for anything more than a simple, two-hour hike over easy terrain, a large chunk of peace of mind can be bought very cheaply. Take a lighter or matches. Matches can get wet, but a lighter can run out of fuel. No plan is perfect. A knife, especially one with lots of genuinely useful (as opposed to merely impressive) gadgets can be a literal lifesaver. A simple first aid kit can also be a lifesaver. Gauze and bandages, anti-bacterial cream and other standard items are essential. Anti-itch and sunburn pain reliever can be greatly appreciated sometimes. Aspirin is one of pharmacology’s most underappreciated drugs. All these things are small and lightweight. No need to take a miniature doctor’s office, just the basics. Of course, you have to have some firstaid knowledge. There are times when aspirin can be harmful. Gauze and bandages don’t do you any good if you don’t know the difference between venous and arterial bleeding. A flashlight is a must. Toilet paper can be really handy, too.

Take basic provisions

Water or other fluids like sports drinks are an obvious essential. You can lose a lot of fluid even over a two-hour period on a hot day. Heat stroke can kill, but is easily preventable. Even dehydration can radically reduce physical performance. Just remember water weighs about 8 lbs per gallon. Take what you need, not much more.

Exercise common sense

Among other things that means don’t get carried away with your enthusiasm -

Dale Gribow On The Law

September 27 to October 3, 2012

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

What To Do When You Learn That You Are Not In “Good Hands” And That Your “Friendly Neighbor” Did Not Sell You A “Piece of the Rock” or, How to Find A Good Attorney When You Have Been In An Accident”

A map, a compass and/or a GPS unit is a must for any kind of serious hike. Naturally it has to be usable in the area you hike. Not all units will continue to function in every area. Get the details of where you plan to go and ask someone who knows.

Except in emergencies, avoid drinking out of streams. Forget TV commercials. Natural water sources, not always but often, are loaded with bacteria. Just remember, animals bathe and eliminate in them. Take enough food to last you the anticipated hike time. About 1 lb per day (depending on what you bring) is average for a medium-sized male. You can last longer without food than water, so trade off when you have to.

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and a belief in your invincibility - and tempt fate. Despite what you may have read in and about some places, Mother Nature is quite indifferent to hurting you when you do dumb things.

Notification

It is always good practice to let a loved one or a friend know where you are going Says DiGiovanna. Let them know exactly what time you hit the trail and how long you plan on being gone. If something happens and you get lost, this will expedite and search and rescue operations.

e all prepare for emergencies in different ways. Most of us purchase insurance so that if there is a fire in our home or an automobile accident, we will be protected. We are often lauded into a sense of security thinking that we are in “good hands”, or that we have purchased a “piece of the rock” but later we find out that our “good neighbor” is not so good and not so neighborly after we have been in an accident. It is when we most need insurance companies and the protection they provide that we are sadly disappointed. Insurance companies have recently tightened their purse strings and have made it very difficult for the average citizen to collect fair, adequate and just compensation for their injuries. Many insurance companies have received big “hits” recently. There have been many disasters like hurricanes, riots, rainstorms and earthquakes over the last few years. In addition to all of this the recession has hit the insurance companies very hard. Many of them made poor investments that have severely curtailed their financial position. In addition to all of this there have been more fraudulent claims uncovered by insurance companies. Of course they also drive up insurance rates and deplete their funds. In all fairness to insurance companies, they have a job to do but it is not necessarily consistent with a victim’s best interest. The adjusters and attorneys for insurance companies naturally try to save the insurance companies money. That is their job. Thus, you are forced to utilize the tort laws and play their legal game in their arena. The practice of law is an information gathering game. Both the plaintiff’s attorney and the insurance companies attorney and/or adjuster begin immediately to gather information on how the accident happened by taking pictures and witness statements and maybe even hiring an accident reconstructionist. Often the first person off the starting line in this foot race is the winner. This is why it is so very, very important to hire an attorney right away to best protect your interest and to prepare from day one. After over 30 years in private practice, I have found that one of the biggest problems accident victims face is being unprepared. There is an old adage I often repeat to my clients and that I used in my radio show entitled “Accidentally Yours” and that is that “people don’t plan to fail – they fail to plan”. The odds are that many of you will have some contact with a family member or friend who will be involved in an accident

of some kind within the next 12 months. We all plan for other types of emergencies. We keep the name of a doctor by our telephone. We buy Band-Aids and other medical supplies. Many of us even have the telephone number of a plumber and an electrician that we would call in case of an emergency. Life jackets are kept onboard boats to protect passengers. But how many of you reading this have the name and number of an attorney to help, defend and protect the rights of an accident victim? Wouldn’t it be better to think about who you would call before the need arises and before you go into shock? Before you are put under a lot of stress, you should find a competent personal injury trial attorney in the desert and write his or her name and telephone number on the back of your driver’s license on a post it note. Here are a number of things to consider when looking for a competent attorney: The attorney should have at least 15 years of experience. The outcome of your case could depend on your attorney’s familiarity with the court and insurance company personnel as well as defense attorneys, etc. With 15 or more years of experience, the odds are much greater that your attorney will know these people, and more importantly, they’ll know him or her. Look for a firm with several attorneys. A sole practitioner usually cannot afford to go to trial and insurance companies know that. If a sole practitioner goes to trial, there are no attorneys in the office to consult with the new clients, not to mention that he or she is unavailable for existing clients. It’s just not financially prudent for sole practitioners to be out of their offices, so they are often forced to settle a case for less than true value. Is the attorney rated by AVVO a company that rates lawyers with a 10.0 being a perfect rating ? (Gribow has a 9.7 rating which in part led to Palm Springs Life selecting him a TOP LAWYER for 2011 & 2012) Is the attorney’s office computerized with high quality laser printers? It’s important to know what kind of product they put out as that influences the opinion of the of the adjuster and defense law firm. What is the trial experience of the firm? Do they try their cases or ship them out? (Gribow’s office has received referrals from other law firms and handled their litigation. Gribow’s office has handled plaintiff & defense of matters.) Ask what percentage of the practice is accident related? Who negotiates settlements: an attorney or a legal assistant/case manager?

Is the attorney active in the Consumer Attorneys of California? How do they stay familiar with fellow attorneys and their practices? (For years, Gribow has been honored to be on the Executive Committee of the Consumer Attorney’s of the Inland Empire. CAOIE presents the annual Personal Injury Legal Seminar every spring in Indian Wells.) What awards has the attorney received and how active is the attorney in the community? (Gribow has been Man of the Year 7 times including The City of Palm Desert and The City of Hope & Dale Gribow Day has been declared 4 times. Gribow has also been prominently listed in Palm Springs Life’s TOP LAWYER edition for the last 3 years.) Is the attorney listed in “Who’s Who in American Law?” If you are not sure look the attorney up and or Google him. (Gribow has received biographical recognition in over 50 Who’s Who and related listings.) Has the attorney had the experience sitting as a Judge Pro Tem or as an arbitrator/

mediator? (Gribow shares that some of the greatest insights into the law come from sitting as a Judge Pro Tem or as an arbitrator/ mediator and hearing two advocates arguing a case and then evaluating the facts and seeing what is missing.) Does the firm subscribe to “Jury Verdict’s Weekly”? If not, they don’t try cases. I am happy to say that the Law Offices of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. measures up to the scrutiny as set forth in the checklist above. However, ours is not the only good office in the desert. There are lots of good attorneys, but they are difficult for the lay person to find. This is why you should start looking before the need arises…and not in the yellow pages. You should not be the victim of a bad attorney after you have been the victim of an accident. You should get fair, adequate and just compensation for your pain and suffering. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” dale@gribowlaw.com 760-341-4411

ShareKitchen

When running your business, how much do online reviews help?

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wo University of California Berkeley professors tried tackling this question by analyzing nearly 150,000 Yelp reviews of 328 restaurants in the San Francisco area. The study was meant to assess what affect Yelp’s 27 million new reviews each month and 70 million unique visitors might mean to the restaurants as reviews can make or break this type of business. Their conclusion was that a half star increase in a restaurant’s rating resulted in a 19% increase in seats filled during peak dining hours. This applied so long as the rating was at least 3 stars to start. They also found that for restaurants rated in guidebooks or newspapers, Yelp rating changes made little to no difference in patronage. With people looking more and more toward online sites in deciding what business to use, there are a few things you can do to insure that social media

is helping your business. First, fill in business profiles on the sites that may drive business. Include business hours, telephone number as well as attractive photographs. The goal is to make your business as inviting as is possible. If a client is willing to give their email, send them a ‘thank you’ for their patronage. While you are at it, try and get them to complete an online review by directing them to Yelp, Citysearch, Bing or another site. When you get a negative review, there is no need to get defensive. Criticism is part of business. Seriously consider the critique, assess whether their is some truth to it and make corrections. If you can contact the customer, be authentic and do what you can to improve that customer’s experience. Where it is an unfair criticism, realize that this happens from time to time, ignore it and move on.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The German poet and philosopher Friedrich von Schiller liked to have rotting apples in his desk drawer as he worked; the scent inspired him. Agatha Christie testified that many of her best ideas came to her while she was washing dishes. As for Beethoven, he sometimes stimulated his creativity by pouring cold water over his head. What about you, Libra? Are there odd inclinations and idiosyncratic behaviors that in the past have roused your original thinking? I encourage you to try them all this week, and then see if you can dream up at least two new ones. You have officially entered the brainstorming season. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s expensive for the U.S. to hold prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba: $800,000 per year for each detainee. That’s 30 times more than it costs to incarcerate a convict on the American mainland. According to the Miami Herald, Guantanamo is the most expensive prison on the planet. How much do you spend on locking stuff up, Scorpio? What does it cost, not just financially but emotionally and spiritually, for you to keep your secrets hidden and your fears tamped down and your unruly passions bottled up and your naughty urges suppressed? The coming weeks would be a good time to make sure the price you pay for all that is reasonable -not even close to being like Guantanamo. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What time is it, boys and girls? It’s Floods of Fantastic Gratitude Week: a perfect opportunity to express your passionate appreciation for everything you’ve been given. So get out there and tell people how much you’ve benefited from what they’ve done for you. For best results, be playful and have fun as you express your thanks. By the way, there’ll be a fringe benefit to this outpouring: By celebrating the blessings you already enjoy, you will generate future blessings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Telling the whole deep truth and nothing but the whole deep truth isn’t necessarily a recipe for being popular. It may on occasion provoke chaos and be disruptive. In an institutional setting, displays of candor may even diminish your clout and undermine your ambitions. But now take everything I just said and disregard it for a while. This is one of those rare times when being profoundly authentic will work to your supreme advantage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Show me the money” is a meme that first appeared in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. It has been uttered approximately a hundred trillion times since then. Have you ever said it in earnest? If so, you were probably demanding to get what you had been promised. You were telling people you wanted to see tangible proof that they valued your efforts. In light of your current astrological omens, I propose that you use a variation on this theme. What you need right now is less materialistic and more marvelous. Try making this your mantra: “Show me the magic.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): My acquaintance Jacob fell for a woman who also professed her ardor for him. But in the midst of their courtship, as the mystery was still ripening, she suddenly left the country. “I’ve got to go to Indonesia,” she texted him one night, and she was gone the next day. Jacob was confused, forlorn, dazed. He barely ate for days. On the sixth day, a FedEx package arrived from her. It contained a green silk scarf and a note: “I wore this as I walked to the top of the volcano and said a five-hour prayer to elevate our love.” Jacob wasn’t sure how to interpret it, although it seemed to be a good omen. What happened next? I haven’t heard yet. I predict that you will soon receive a sign that has resemblances to this one. Don’t jump to conclusions about what it means, but assume the best. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here’s the curious message I derived from the current astrological configurations: It’s one of those rare times when a wall may actually help bring people together. How? Why? The omens don’t reveal that specific information. They only tell me that what seems like a barrier might end up serving as a connector. An influence that in other situations would tend to cause separation will in this case be likely to promote unity. Capitalize on this anomaly, Aries! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In my first dream last night, I gave you a holy book that you left out in the rain. In my second dream, I cooked you some chicken soup that you didn’t eat. My third dream was equally disturbing. I assigned you some homework that would have helped you discover important clues about tending to your emotional health. Alas, you didn’t do the homework. In the morning, I woke up from my dreams feeling exasperated and worried. But later I began to theorize that maybe they weren’t prophecies, but rather helpful warnings. Now that you’ve heard them, I’m hoping you will become alert to the gifts you’ve been ignoring and take advantage of the healing opportunities you’ve been neglecting. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There’s a good chance that your rhythm in the coming days will resemble a gentle, continuous orgasm. It won’t be stupendously ecstatic, mind you. I’m not predicting massive eruptions of honeyed bliss that keep blowing your mind. Rather, the experience will be more like a persistent flow of warm contentment. You’ll be constantly tuning in to a secret sweetness that thrills you subliminally. Again and again you will slip into a delicious feeling that everything is unfolding exactly as it should be. Warning! There are two factors that could possibly undermine this blessing: 1. if you scare it away with blasts of cynicism; 2. if you get greedy and try to force it to become bigger and stronger. So please don’t do those things! CANCER (June 21-July 22): Philosopher Jonathan Zap (zaporacle.com) provides the seed for this week’s meditation: “Conscious reflection on the past can deepen the soul and provide revelations of great value for the present and future. On the other hand, returning to the past obsessively out of emotional addiction can be a massive draining of vitality needed for full engagement with the present.” So which will it be, Cancerian? One way or another, you are likely to be pulled back toward the old days and the old ways. I’ll prefer it if you re-examine your history and extract useful lessons from the past instead of wallowing in dark nostalgia and getting lost in fruitless longing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Picture a TV satellite dish on the roof of a peasant’s shack in rural Honduras. Imagine a gripping rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata played on the mandolin. Visualize the Dalai Lama quoting Chris Rock a bit out of context but with humorous and dramatic effect. Got all that? Next, imagine that these three scenes are metaphors for your metaphysical assignment in the coming week. Need another hint? OK. Think about how you can make sure that nothing gets lost in the dicey translations you’ll be responsible for making. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here are some ways to get more respect: 1. Do your best in every single thing you do -- whether it’s communicating precisely or upholding the highest possible standards at your job or taking excellent care of yourself. 2. Maintain impeccable levels of integrity in everything you do -- whether it’s being scrupulously honest or thoroughly fair-minded or fiercely kind. 3. On the other hand, don’t try so compulsively hard to do your best and cultivate integrity that you get self-conscious and obstruct the flow of your natural intelligence. 4. Make it your goal that no later than four years from now you will be doing what you love to do at least 51 percent of the time. 5. Give other people as much respect as you sincerely believe they deserve. 6. Give yourself more respect.

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