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Community Events • October 4 to October 10, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 28

George Thorogood

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Piero’s Pizza Vino

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October 4 to October 10, 2012

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Blazin’ Dueling Pianos..............3 George Thorogood...................5 Making Small Food Business...6 Crater Lake Chef Challenge.....6 Adelitas Way..............................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 Adam Carolla...........................19 Restaurant Guide....................20 Classifieds...............................21 Musicians Corner....................21 PS Writers................................21 Safety Tips...............................22 Dale ribow on the Law............23 ShareKitchen...........................23 Free Will Astrology.................24 Health Fitness & Beauty ........25 Mind, Body & Spirit................25

October 4 to October 10, 2012

Blazin’ Dueling Pianos

by Lisa Morgan

Vegas Quality Entertainment Brought to Rancho Mirage by Stadium Club Sports Bistro


ome of the best entertainment in the desert is coming your way Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, from 8pm -11pm, thanks to Stadium Club Sports Bistro as they bring you “Blazin’ Dueling Pianos”. Stadium Club will set their stage with Two Grand Pianos and two outrageously talented dueling piano entertainers. This high energy, all requests show will be a combination of sing-a-long, comedy bits, dedications, dancing and most importantly, audience participation. You can request your favorite songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s, 90’s to present. You will have thousands of songs to choose from that, sometimes performed with a bit of naughty humor, are always fun. Request a special dedication and the dueling piano entertainers will call your friends up to the stage to celebrate the special occasion. The show is entirely interactive and thoroughly enchanting, witty, delightful and memorable. If Stadium Club keeps this up, they will quickly become THE “Go-To” entertainment destination spot in the desert. This caliber of entertainment is something we would normally have to drive hundreds of miles to see. Stadium Club co-owner, Billy Mieldazis exclaims, “I am so excited about this! This form of entertainment is so diverse; couples, singles and groups of all ages sitting side by side each other will all ‘get it’ and enjoy it.” Having stumbled onto this form of entertainment while in Vegas, Billy says, “I saw lines of people waiting to get into this small night club at New York, New York. I looked around and saw how much fun everyone was having. Then I saw how quickly the venue spread to Harrah’s and other casinos in Vegas. It was one of the first things I thought of when I saw the layout of this building (Stadium Club). It’s the perfect set up for a show like this.” You’ll want to come early to get your favorite seat for the show, but there won’t be a bad seat in the house as Billy is setting up high definition cameras that will transmit the show on all 30 television screens throughout the club. Your entertainers for the evening are no run of the mill performers either. Michael Mastromatteo, owner

of 2grand Entertainment has performed at Harrah’s, Las Vegas as part of a dueling piano act. Phyllis Tilley has performed at New York, New York, Las Vegas. Each of these performers will bring with them a huge repertoire of songs to perform for you. Stadium will follow up this week’s shows every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8pm – 11pm with new performers every week, indefinitely. The crazy part of all this is that they are providing this entertainment for only a $5 cover charge at the door and even that is waived if you enjoy dinner from their fabulous bistro menu! So mark your calendars and bring your friends for a great night of food, music and fun ~ the stuff some of the best memories are made of. You’ll also want to keep an eye on all of the other entertainment and special listings Stadium Club will be offering: The “Vampires Ball” October 31st, Monday night football with K-JAZZ and prizes, Ladies Day and Night on Thursdays with 25% off of all food and drinks, DJ Dynamic Dave on Friday night, a dance band on Saturday night, a daily two for one lunch special, their “Main Event” two for one dinner special between 4:30pm – 6pm every night and their “double happy hour”. Don’t forget, with 30

television screens, Stadium Club is one of the best places to catch your sports events this fall. Stadium Club Sports Bistro is located at 69640 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Check them out at or call (760) 424-8190 for more information.


October 4 to October 10, 2012

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here has always been much talk throughout the decades of the ever illusive “It” that music and movie industry moguls are constantly looking for. This “It” is such a small word that encompasses the qualities in one person that has the propensity to make the general public look, watch and listen. Add raw musical talent to this “it factor” and you have a “Legend”. This is the only way I can describe George Thorogood after my interview with him regarding his upcoming show with fellow legend-in-the-making, Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Fantasy Springs, October 5. George Thorogood has “IT”! There has always been something magnetic about George Thorogood, who in his electric rock and roll career with his Destroyers, has released sixteen studio albums, two of which were certified platinum, six certified gold, and sold fifteen million albums worldwide. George Thorogood possessed that legendary “It” factor when he released his debut album in 1977 and has “It” to this day. Having

developed a reputation early in his career for the grueling “50/50 Tour” (50 states in 50 days) it doesn’t appear he, now 62, has slowed down much at all. When I asked him how he does it he says, “I’ve never underestimated the value of a good night’s sleep.” Not exactly the answer I was expecting from the tunesmith of “Bad to the Bone” and “House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” who also answered my question regarding which brand of which bourbon, which scotch, and which beer with, “Does it matter?”. I asked George what his take on the current music industry was and how it has changed. He said, “Well, you know, wherever something’s lost something’s gained. There’s a ton of music out there now. Back in my day, nobody’s parents wanted their kid to grow up and be rock star. Now, those kids are parents and grandparents and they all want their kids in the industry. It’s a lot tougher to get noticed now. You have your acts like Lady Gaga and the like who have to add shock value to their package just to be seen. Back in my day, if you had a good song and a decent voice, you were half way home.” When asked who he has heard in the current music industry that he likes he answered, “There’s a guy Jack Johnson ~ I like him a lot, and David Gray… and you know, just the other day I heard this girl Amy Winehouse and I was thinking, ‘Man, what a great voice and great song and then someone told me she died. Damn.” Who does the hit maker of Bo Diddley’s

by Lisa Morgan

“Who Do You Love” love? The “Band Stand” and that means playing his music for you and me, the audience. There are no signs of burnout or retirement when he says, “There is nothing like the energy of being on stage and playing for the people.” When I asked about the key to his longevity on tour he responded, “People don’t pay to see mediocre. It’s tough these days. You HAVE to deliver. You see there’s this thing on computers called the ‘internet’. One bad show and everybody will hear about it.” He went on to explain his understanding that going to see a show is an investment: “Between paying for two tickets, dinner, drinks and a baby sitter, a show can cost a few hundred bucks.” That’s the reason he’s still bringing in the audiences; he gives them their money’s worth. Friday, October 5th will be no different. He plans on putting it all on stage. Considering the energy in which he conveyed this to me, I have absolutely no doubt. I asked him if there was something he wanted me to tell those who would be coming to see him Friday. He laughed and said, “Wear your safety belts… to, during and from the show.” This show with opener Kenny Wayne Shephard, a self-taught, hit maker, and blues rocker, promises to be a guitar driven event full of epic instrumental and performance moments that no music lover of any age should miss. To purchase tickets go to or call the Fantasy Springs Box Office at (800) 827-2946.


October 4 to October 10, 2012

Making Small Food Business Dreams a Reality I

t’s finally here! The Ribbon Cutting and official opening of ShareKitchen in Cathedral City is taking place this Thursday, October 4th at 5pm with reception to follow. This nonprofit, entrepreneurial dream vehicle has already begun booking kitchen rentals and guest chefs for the debut. If you haven’t been privy to the loudest buzz around town, especially in culinary circles, let me fill you in. ShareKitchen is designed to help those with a culinary dream fulfill their destiny. Do you have a product such as jams, salsa, or even cupcakes that you know would sell if you only knew where to start? Do you want to cook for catering events but don’t have a large enough kitchen facility? Have you thought and dreamt about starting your own restaurant but don’t know how to get started or how to test out your ideas and recipes? Well ShareKitchen is designed to help you find your way to making your ideas

by Lisa Morgan

ShareKitchen, Cathedral City, Ribbon Cutting & Open House Thursday, October 4th

and dreams a reality. A non-profit community center with a licensed and insured commercial kitchen for rent and small business development program offers street fair vendors, market participants, caterers, aspiring restaurateurs and product developers a place to call home. Share kitchen has an industry specific board of advisors to help guide client members through the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of opening and sustaining successful food related businesses. ShareKitchen will be launching a series of workshops in collaboration with the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center beginning with “How to get Money for Your Small Food Business”. Special guest chef appearances, client member showcases and community workshops such as “How to Grow a Small Container Garden”, will also be scheduled throughout the year. More than anything, the developers of ShareKitchen

want to give people an opportunity with just a little help and guidance to make their culinary ventures a success. Take a tour of the valley’s exclusive culinary community center at ShareKitchen, Cathedral City during their ribbon cutting reception on Thursday, October 4th at 5:00 pm followed by a reception where you can sample products prepared by Dash and A

Handful Catering, The Cookie Boutique, No Ka ’Oi Ginger Sauce and this season’s freshest farmer’s market produce. ShareKitchen is located at 68-805 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City next door to Angel View Thrift Store. For more information on how to grow your own small food business or to volunteer, visit or call (760) 459-4259.

Crater Lake Chef Challenge


f you were not at last week’s Crater Lake Chef Challenge, you were one of few. This was our largest turn out yet and with each week bringing more spectators and “foodies”, we are certain to see more people next


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week. Raffle prizes included spa treatments from J.W. Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort and Spa and the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa. I can’t think of a better reason to show up. Oh wait, then there’s the food! With complimentary appetizers provided by Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill in Palm Springs, Giuseppe’s Pizza and Pasta in Palm Springs and Cathedral City, and samples of gourmet food from some of the top chefs in our valley, I know this is the best way to start my Wednesday night! Week seven was intense! Chef Oliver from one of my favorite restaurants, Rockwood Grill, took on Chef Joel of the Westin Mission Hills Resort. I knew immediately that this was not only going to be a close competition, but likely the best food that I have tasted. First

course was a unique one for Chef Joel of the Westin; when I think of ice cream, mozzarella cheese is not a flavor that comes to mind, but this deconstructed Caprese-style starter had all the Italian flavors. A cool mozzarella ice cream was plated beside heirloom tomatoes of all sorts; this was not only delicious, but a beautiful presentation! Chef Oliver got right to the point with his surf and turf combination of rib-eye steak and lobster tail, poached in Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso vodka. The lobster was subtly sweet and very tender. This dish was nearly perfect! For a second course, homemade ice cream with strawberry compote, garnished with a crisp tuile/ cookie. The food was rich and intense with flavors!

Chef Joel finished strong with his ribeye steak as well, seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic, cooked to a perfect medium rare. The air was filled with the aromas of garlic and seared beef. The rules require these chefs to complete their courses within an hour’s time and although Chef Joel’s second course took much longer, it was up to three judges to decide how to score. Were his selections strong enough to take on this amazing chef from Rockwood Grill? As it turns out, yes! Westin Mission Hills Resort’s Joel Delmond was victorious over Chef Oliver in our 7th week of competition. Part of the judging criteria includes the use of fusion in how the Crater Lake brand of spirits is incorporated into the recipes. Along with taste, presentation and other important considerations, these two chefs have shown the most talent thus far, in my opinion. The competition is not over so come by Fixtures Living in Rancho Mirage on Wednesdays, between 4pm and 6pm, and say hello to these great chefs.

Adelitas Way “

Invincible,” the edgy, rock song that kicks off the self-titled debut album from Adelitas Way is an excellent description for lead singer Rick DeJesus. Positive, tenacious and undaunted in his focus and determination, DeJesus fronts Adelitas Way with passion and true skill. Born and raised in a rough Philly neighborhood, he grew up watching family members on drugs and going to jail. He witnessed a friend get shot in the head and killed by drug dealers. DeJesus acknowledges, “My friends were carrying guns, selling drugs, doing drugs, leading reckless lives. I knew I was going to pay the consequences.” No wonder he loves Las Vegas, where through a series of events spawned by sheer will and determination, he found musical success for himself and fellow band mates. “This all started out as me not really knowing what this could become… honestly,” says DeJesus. “I just loved to sing. I’ve been singing since I was a kid but I never knew I could do this. The first time I found out was… you know, my brother is addicted to heroin and literally I was sitting by myself and I wrote a song, by myself… and it was almost like singing the blues. I was 17 and I wrote a song, and it was the first song I ever wrote ~ this song called “Brother,” which is on our first album.” The song “Brother” is a rock ballad to his mother who keeps hoping that his brother will change. Your heart breaks as the hardness from constant disappointment is conveyed in the lyrics as well as the music with the ultimate message of determination not to follow in the same footsteps, rings loud and clear.

October 4 to October 10, 2012

Proving to be “The Real Deal” at Mix 100.5’s Acoustic Lounge by Lisa Morgan

How Adelitas Way came to be, is best told in DeJesus’ own words. “I was just playing small coffee shops and doing acoustic shows. I met our drummer Trevor in 2005. I was already kind of ‘going’ a little bit but I was just by myself… I was just singing and really enjoying it, but I met Trevor… man… and he was just so hard working and dedicated and we started jamming together. Then one by one we came together. My friend and best man at my wedding, Tyler, introduced me to Keith (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) and Derek (bass guitar)…and then Rob (lead guitar) lives right down the street from me.” I asked him, when he first started getting record label attention. He quickly responded, “Immediately. They started looking at us immediately.” Somewhat surprised, I asked how that happened. “First of all, I sold my car and I made a demo. I had no job… I didn’t have anything, man. I literally bet all my eggs in this basket. Then I sat in my room for hours with a CD burner for a week and that’s all I did. I burned about 8,000 to 10,000 copies. And then I went out and handed them to every person that was walking around Vegas ~ anybody and everybody in Vegas. Then the first show we ever played, 700 kids showed up and in that crowd was the manager for The Killers. He heard about us because I’d handed a CD to one of his friends.” That manager is now Rick’s entertainment attorney and the band is now signed by Virgin Records. When asked what was ahead for the band, DeJesus replied, “We’re looking

forward to doing more songs off of Home School Valedictorian (there second album), but we’re also looking forward to going out and doing a headlining run on our own in the new year, just us playing for our fans, hitting every city, showing everyone that’s been supporting us that we’re excited to play for them. And then, we’re going to make a new record. This record is not over. I think we have another year on this thing…”

The first single off their second album, Home School Valedictorian, was the band’s first No. 1 hit at Active Rock Radio. “Sick” was followed up by “The Collapse,” which hit No. 3 at active rock radio. On February 16, “Criticize” was announced as the 3rd single off Home School Valedictorian, and reached #1 on the active rock chart, becoming the bands second #1 single from Home School Valedictorian. “Alive” was announced as the 4th single from the disc. Then DeJesus said something that sums up who Rick is and why this band of brothers is going to go far: “You don’t write songs when someone tells you to, you write songs when you’re passionate and I’ve never stopped writing songs.” DeJesus doesn’t have to do this all by himself anymore, a theme that seemed to repeat itself as he told his story prior to meeting his fellow band members. Tre Stafford, Keith Wallen, Robert Zakaryan, and Derek Johnston are his new band of brothers. The acoustic set I heard is solid proof that out from behind production and technical enhancements, these guys are the real deal; a raw talent that was an absolute treasure to discover. I can’t imagine a better forum than Mix 100.5’s Listening Lounge to really get to know and hear an artist or band. If you have any opportunity to get to one, DO NOT let it pass you by. The fantastic story of how the band came about its name is the stuff that rock legend is made of. You can find it and more on their website


October 4 to October 10, 2012

Don’t Be



ike a disaster flick, Carmageddon II was all the rage, as in road-, last weekend when transportation head-honchos shut down a 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway for the second time in 14 months! We can’t help but feel sorry for LaLa Land’s fight to uphold their rights to own a car, drive free of gridlock and travel at will. Aren’t we lucky in the Coachella Valley? Where a jam is a sweet fruit condiment? Where HWY 111 zips along and you set the speed? Where the valley’s visitors stay in the slow-lane and don’t rile the residents? Where face-paint is applied at home, not in a mirrored visor? Where the only drive-bys are shot-gun starts at golf courses---for a good cause? Where we treat homeless pets to a, a limo ride, warm lap and a forever home away from peril and prey? Where we talk about and respect our differences? Go for a healthy hike? Enjoy our revolutionary history in song? Show our shorts to Hollywood? Huh? You’ve got to read on!

Saturday, October 6, 7am. Yeah, we know, we don’t need another garage. But this is a Garage Sale you won’t want to miss. La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST® will present its annual sale for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), getting up mighty early to fill the resort’s Flores Ballroom with household goods, clothing, sporting goods, furniture, artwork, toys and electronics. With Christmas just around the nearest fir tree, think of the holiday gifts you’ll need for everyone on your list, Santa and Santessa! And on November 10, 7:30am, the Resort & Club and PGA West are partnering again to host the annual 5K Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes. The 3.1 mile check-in, warmup and 9 am walk starts from the resort’s main tennis court with a walk on the awardwinning Mountain Golf Course, ending with a mini-health fair and a post-race pancake breakfast for a $5 donation. The 4-step program: Give, Walk, Eat! Love it! La Quinta Resort & Club, go to www.laquintaresort. com, or call 760-564-4111.


Sunday, October 7, 2pm - 5pm. Loving all Animals invites pet lovers to its 4th annual wait for it---SPAY-GHETTI & NO BALLS DINNER. (So much for subtlety!) This Coachella Valley organization is making big cuts, as it were, in the mission of finding “forever” homes for neglected and homeless dogs and cats---in 2011 alone, filling the arms of eager adoptees with 300 grateful pets at the Super Pet Adoption Fair. An innovative new program ferries adoptees via limousine to tour shelters on “go see” and adopt missions---probably the only program of its kind in the country. Menu: Live entertainment, a contest to name the new baby flamingo, and with a worth-therepeat dinner featuring a delicious “SpayGhetti & No-Balls buffet. Location: The BG Bird Gardens, 73-179 Joshua Tree, Palm Desert. Ticket, in advance, $10; or $15 at the door. For reservations, go to info@, or call 760-776-9397. 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) at the Classic Club, Palm Desert. The non-profit NALC, formed in 1998, 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: $300 per golfer and includes lunch, goody bags, and a pre-registration 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

October 4 to October 10, 2012

Haddon Libby: It’s all local

The Prezzies

by Diane Marlin-Dirkx

IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY will lead an “easy” 4 to 5 mile hike called “Back of the Cove Walkabout,” meeting at the Cove parking lot on Calle Tecate. More caveats: No stiletto heels, wear comfortable walking shoes and socks. Bring a filled water bottle holster and a healthy snack. Ferranti’s philosophy hails a hike as a “prayer in motion.” Ready, set, go! No charge. For more info, call 760-345-6234.

available. 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 Friday, October 12, 6pm – 7:30pm. CSUSB Palm Desert Campus hosts Conversations on Diversity with a special presentation by PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) entitled “Moving Equality Forward.” A panel of heterosexual and gay couples will share their personal histories and experiences with topics that range from bullying and abuse to social pressures. John Durkin, coordinator for the PFLAG Speakers Bureau, will moderate this lively, informative discussion with David Irwin, Mike and Carol Valasa and Ron Oden, former mayor of Palm Springs. Founded in the 1970s with a global reach of 350 affiliates, PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of the PFLAG community, provides education to the general public and an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, identity and diversity. Free attendance and parking. Campus location: 37-500 Cook St., Palm Desert. For more info, call Mike Singer, 760341-2883, ext. 78107, or msinger@csusb. edu. Saturday, October 14, 8:30am. Go take a hike! It’s great for calorie-burning, stressslashing, buddy-building, and so much more. But consider caveats! Choose a professional guide such as author Philip Ferranti (“Hiking! The Ultimate Natural Prescription for Health and Wellness” and “140 Hikes In and Near Palm Springs”), who

Saturdays, October 15, all season, 11pm. Show Your Shorts to Hollywood! That’s the invitation for budding and experienced filmmakers in the Coachella Valley whose submissions to the ShortsShowcase on air reaches 18 million viewers, plus www. that fills the Ethernet with a global audience. Unreeling on October 15, a new film is featured every Saturday night on KVCR. The film that gathers the most votes each month wins a prize. Students award, $100. General award, $250. The top films of the year will be screened at the Shorts Showcase Awards Ceremony in April, 2013. If you want to submit a short film, go to shortsshowcase. com. General submission $50; student submission, $25. Parting shot? “Send us your shorts.” And they aren’t kidding! Bring on the popcorn. Thursday, October 18, 8pm. Giving you the longed-for opportunity to channel your inner rebel, the McCallum Theatre brings the revolutionary decade alive with This is the 60s, for one night only. It’s a multimedia mix of live music, historical film clips, TV commercials, dance (Twisting the Night Away, the Frug), fashion (Jackie’s pill box hat, Go-go boots), the hysteria of Beatlemania, the horror of the Vietnam War and the hopefulness of Woodstock. Producer/director Jim Duffy (Discovery Network) says, “This is the 60s takes the audience on a journey…to entertain, educate, and stimulate.” Seven seasoned performers recreate the songs that united an entire generation: The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, The Fifth Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. Tickets are $25 to $55 at the McCallum Theatre Box office 760-340-2787, or online at www. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert. “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!

People called last week’s Emmy’s a “snoozefest.” Many consider this month’s run-up to the Presidential election a rival to the Emmy’s in its excitement as very few people seem to be undecided. At this stage in the Presidential Race, let’s take a look at a few of the more outrageous statements to date. To keep this fun, let’s call it the Prezzies:

Nominees in the Category, Best Lie:

Joe Biden for his statement that the Romney corporate tax plan that would create 800,000 jobs overseas. A fact check shows that Romney’s plan to lower the US corporate tax rate would most likely attract foreign investment and import jobs to the United States. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro for saying that Romney would raise taxes on the middle class. A fact check shows no evidence supporting this claim. Mitt Romney for his statement that he had truly wished for President Obama to

succeed because Obama’s success would have been good for the country. Given that Romney chose to run and attempt to beat Obama before he was sworn in, this statement seems unlikely. And the winner is...Julian Castro. Looking at the other two choices, Biden stated a half- truth as Romney’s job creation plan could help the US and that could result in more jobs overseas. Romney could have also wanted Obama to succeed to some degree to lessen the suffering of all Americans...and their investment portfolios.

American audience. Romney was actually saying that he likes living in a society where he can fire his insurance company if they are doing a bad job while Obama said, “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allows you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, that — you didn’t build that.” Obama is talking about the roads, not your business.

Nominees in the Category, Biggest Gaffe:

Obama for saying that he will pay down the $16 trillion national debt. “I will use the money we’re no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work,” In truth, there are no credible plans that show debt decreasing at any point in a second Obama term. Romney for the statement, “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno. We will stop borrowing unfathomable sums of money we can’t even imagine, from foreign

Biden for the statement, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” Obama for the quote, “If you’ve got a small business — you didn’t build that!” Romney for the quote, “I like to be able to fire people.” And the winner is...chains down...Joe Biden. He made his inflammatory and untrue statement to a heavily African-

Desert DJ’s

Nominees in the Category, Biggest Lie About the US Debt:


he encountered here in the Desert (this was before Sony Bono killed it.) Geoff started to make new friends at Palm Springs High School who got him interested in dance. He began to choreograph some routines that he performed during fashion shows at local clubs. Geoff’s dancing would eventually make it easier for him to count the beats when DJing but more importantly it would open the door into radio. Geoff got a big break when he performed on stage as one of the acts at POWER JAM 1, (sponsored by KPSI,) at what was then Angel’s Stadium in Sunrise Park. The relationships Jeff

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We will have to give this to Obama as the government currently spends 40% more than it takes in and the money saved by the end of the wars was never in the budget. How can you use money that you never expected to spend to reduce a massive budget gap that actually exists? I feel like I’m in the Abbott and Costello skit, “Who’s On First?” If he is relying on that savings to pay down the debt and create jobs then we can expect four more years of 17% true (U6) unemployment. Only in government can people make such outrageous statements and receive the enthusiastic support of millions of people. I wonder what would happen if you made such statements in your job?

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From Surf to Sand

rowing up in Newport Beach, CA., Geoff Allan spent his free time like most young kids who grow up near the beach: surfing for hours and long boarding down the pier. While in junior high school, Geoff became intrigued with the sounds some of the DJs like Jam Master Jay were making and began practicing on his mother’s record player at home. Geoff continued to practice his DJ skills into high school but was not able to produce the same sounds he heard on the radio. “I just didn’t have the right equipment,” Geoff recalls. During his sophomore year in high school, Geoff’s mother and stepfather decided to move to the Coachella Valley for a job opportunity. Little did Geoff know, his scenery was about to change dramatically. He struggled with the heat and lack of things to do at first but quickly learned the swimming pool would have to be his new best friend. Geoff also realized that the spring break he remembered at the beach was not quite as crazy as the spring break

countries we’ll never even visit. I will bring us together to put out the fire.” Unless his tax cuts on business and the affluent result in explosive economic growth that few economists expect, his budget is about as truthful as Obama.

Geoff Allan’s Expansion of His DJ Business in the Desert

developed with employees of the station later paid off when he was offered a parttime position. Now that he was involved in the radio industry, Geoff knew he had to come up with a stage name. After some thought, Geoff, whose real last name is Sandberg, changed his last name to Allan—in honor of one of his brothers who passed away in 1983. After hard work and dedication at the station, Geoff’s talents landed him the night shift (6pm to 10pm) weekdays on Power 101 (now mix 100.5.) Unfortunately, after realizing his radio paychecks were the size of this market, small, Geoff started to pick up work doing something he fell in love with as a kid: playing records. “I discovered there was actually a way to make a living playing music for people and having fun— now that’s my kind of life,” exclaims Geoff with a smile. After working for other DJ companies and with encouragement from friends, Geoff started his own Mobile DJ business

called Digital Party Sounds. Playing music on the radio and playing music at a party may appear the same but in actuality, they are entirely different. Geoff learned very quickly what several radio DJs learn when they attempt to do mobile gigs: “You can have the latest remix of the hottest new track, but if you play it at the wrong time, it’s going sound like crap. You have to be able to read a room or crowd.” Currently Geoff’s business clientele includes a nice handful of country clubs and resorts that he works with regularly throughout the year. Geoff has continued to grow his company along with the market demands and has recently added karaoke to his list of services, which thankfully helped keep him busy through the dreadful desert summer. If you would like to contact Geoff to inquire about his company for your event, you can call him at: (760) 219-1111. Written By: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 619-3276


October 4 to October 10, 2012

by Eleni P. Austin

Consider This

by Lola Rossi-Meza

BOB DYLAN “Tempest”

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Bob Dylan has been a recording artist for over 50 years. He began as an acolyte of Woody Guthrie’s. After exploring and absorbing historic Blues and Folk music, he invented a style all his own. Bob Dylan (ne’ Zimmerman) re-wrote the rules of Rock & Roll. His singing was idiosyncratic at best, but he was the first artist to incorporate topical and political lyrics into his own songs. The results were classics like “Blowin In The Wind,” “Masters Of War” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Music that acted as a clarion call for the disaffected youth of the early 60s. At the height of his Folk popularity Dylan switched gears and went Electric. Although this angered Folk purists, Dylan gained a larger Rock n’ Roll following. In less than 2 years he recorded Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde. In the process he created an enduring rock n’ roll triptych. By 1966, the song, “Like A Rolling Stone,” became an anthem for a generation. Following a life-changing motorcycle accident Dylan spent the late 60s and early 70s raising his family in seclusion. He sporadically recorded albums that ran the gamut from the sublime (John Wesley Harding), to the ridiculous, (Self Portrait). His divorce produced two iconic 70s recordings, Blood On The Tracks and Desire. His spiritual wanderings led to a Born Again Christian phase that resulted in the Gospel rock of Slow Train Coming and Saved. Dylan began his never-ending tour in the 80s. Although he was able to stretch out creatively on the road, his recordings during this period reached a nadir. Luckily he bounced back with the Super group the Traveling Wilburys. Here Dylan reveled in

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being one of the band. Of course it was a band of superstars, featuring Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Re-invigorated, Dylan recorded his best effort of the 80s, Oh Mercy. In 1997, Dylan released the undisputed classic Time Out Of Mind. The effort was as potent as Blonde On Blonde and as sly and heartfelt as Blood On The Tracks. In the last decade, Dylan’s output has been consistent, but merely workman-like. Love & Theft from 2001, Modern Times from 2006 and Together Through Life from 2009, had their moments, but felt more obligatory than revelatory. Tempest marks Bob Dylan’s 48th recording. Unfortunately it feels like his least inspired effort to date. The album begins with promise: “Duquesne Whistle” is a jaunty train travelogue cowritten with Robert Hunter, former lyricist with the Grateful Dead. The melody and instrumentation is a heady brew of Western Swing and Gypsy Jazz, summoning the ghosts of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt.

Dylan’s destination is carnal on both “Soon After Midnight” and “Narrow Way.” The former opens with sprightly Hawaiian guitars but settles into a turgid groove. The weird lyrical imagery points toward a late night assignation, but the melody needs a shot of musical Viagra. The latter weds a repetitive cluster of notes to a long winded narrative thread. Here Dylan half-heartedly pursues a “”Heavy Stacked Woman.” Most of the songs on Tempest are bogged down by repetition. “Tin Angel” wants to be an epic outlaw tale but it’s really just a catalogue of gestures slowly nudging the action along at a snail’s pace. “Long And Wasted Years” is a soporific stream-ofconscious ramble. Meanwhile, “Pay In Blood” is a laundry


figures, bounty hunters or Sinatra’s Rat Pack, (it’s hard to tell). But Dylan offers up this nugget of septuagenarian sophistication: “I aint afraid to make love to a bitch or a hag.” Uh, thanks Bob, duly noted. There are only 10 songs on Tempest, but the album clocks in at 68 minutes! At nearly 14 minutes the title track hits rock bottom. It’s a countrified lament concerning the Titanic. Not the passenger ship that hit an iceberg and sank in 1912, but the 1997 movie!! Not only does Dylan name check Leonardo Di Caprio, but the song actually feels longer than the 2 and a half hour film. Ironically, the closing track on Tempest is the beautiful “Roll On John.” It’s simple and poignant. A not so cryptic elegy for John Lennon. Here Dylan truly summons the majesty of his songwriting skills. Too bad this sweet song can’t erase the crap-tastic 60 minutes that precedes it. Tempest is a dispirited tangled mess. It tarnishes his legacy . Dylan seems worn out. By the end of this record, we are too.

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ancing is a great way to stay in shape, and every Wednesday, the Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department sponsor the dances at the Pavilion, 401 South Pavilion Way. Dance coordinators, Steve and Barb Hansmeyer host the weekly event and are the disc jockeys through October 17, from 7 until 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and includes a complimentary dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. with them and Phyllis Bloom. Starting on Wednesday, October 24, they will alternate with the band, Sophisticated Swing. The cost for Band Night will be $7 through December and $8 starting again on January 9 with Touch of Class. You can get a schedule at the Pavilion or visit their web-

list of trenchant Dylan-isms like “The more I take, the more I give/The more I die, the more I live.” Or “Man can’t live by bread alone/ I pay in blood, but not my own.” Despite the upbeat melody the result is a banquet of non sequiturs. Bob Dylan will never be seen as a proponent for Equal Rights, but the casual misogyny on Tempest is off the charts. The songs here are populated with a “scarlet harlot,” a “greasy-lipped wench” and a “flat-chested junkie whore.” Even within the context of the songs, this sort of cheap imagery is beneath him. “Early Morning Kings” offers up the best melody on the album. That’s because it’s a blatant rip-off that steals equally from Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man,” and Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy.” Is it some form of subliminal plagiarism? How did the executives at his record company miss this? Or is it a case of the Emperor having no clothes? The lyrics on “Early Morning Kings” are a mess. The kings here are either Biblical

October 4 to October 10, 2012

site: The couple will perform an exhibition dance on Wednesday, October 10, during an event called “To Love Again” being held at the Agua Caliente Casino from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. sponsored by Inter Valley Health Plan, a supplement to Medicare. “We are working with them because they are into preventative medicine,” said Barb. “Dancing can help the elderly with dementia, it helps them physically because they are exercising without knowing it. We are doing this exhibition, but we will be talking about doing a monthly dance. It helps people stay healthy, while having lots of fun.” You must RSVP to attend. (760) 9925581.

Born in Indiana and raised in Arizona and California, Steve started dance classes at Arthur Murray Dance Studios while attending Junior High School. He was the disc jockey at all the High School Dances. “Back in the day when we played 45s,” said Steve. He took some classes at several different colleges and studied engineering. He worked in the oil industry for over 25 years building oil refineries, but still danced at several dance clubs in the San Fernando Valley. Born Barbara Fontain in Syracuse, New York, Barb started dancing when she was six years old. “I was raised in an orphanage and my maternal grandmother would come pick me up and take me to study ballet.” said Barb. “It was because of her and all the organizations she belonged to like Eastern Star, they would have dances once a month and she would take me there. I just fell in love with dancing.” She took ballet for six years and left the orphanage to see her mother in Chicago. There she met her first husband when she was 17 years old. “He was a great Latin dancer and I just fell in love.” They were married for 15 years and had three sons together, all dancers. “We never had a TV, our family always danced.” She divorced and left Chicago when she was 32 years old and headed to Hollywood, California. There she worked in the banking business by day and was a dancer by night. “There were several older ladies who were customers of the bank, and needed someone to drive them to the Star Dust Ballroom at night.” So every week she was the acting chauffeur and would sit and watch all the dancing for over a year. Finally, this “wall flower” was approached by a gentleman named Eddie, who taught her how to dance the Fox Trot, Waltz, Samba, American Tango, Cha Cha, and the East Coast Swing.

Steve and Barb met in 1997 at the Granda Hills Pavilion in the San Fernando Valley. They married on October 2, 1998. “When we thought about it, we realized that the first performance we did together was on October 2, and we purchased our first home together in Sky Valley on October 2, 2002. They have hosted dances at several different venues in the Valley, and DJ, teach and dance at private parties. I personally met this dynamic dancing duo when they did an exhibition performance at the Dance Bash benefitting the Stroke Recovery Center. “Jerry Pollack, who was in charge of the event, saw us dance at the Pavilion and invited us to perform the Argentine Tango.” They did a great job and were well received by the audience. I know, because I was there. To contact them, call (760) 2519367.


October 4 to October 10, 2012


by Janet McAfee

The Pet Ministry D

o Dogs go to heaven? Will Rogers once said, “If there aren’t any dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went!” While we cannot answer that question here, one thing we do know......dogs now go to church! Many churches conduct pet blessing services, but one Palm Desert church has a program to adopt rescue dogs and cats. The next time you exit your church sanctuary, you may be greeted by a paw rather than a human handshake. Furry creatures greet you with wagging tails on the patio outside the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Desert. The mission of the Pet Ministry is to find forever homes for “angels in fur coats”. This innovative rescue program matches up pets with parishioners. The roots of the desert’s Pet Ministry go

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back 20 years to Chicago. Ginny Weissman was a member of Chicago’s Unity Church. Unity was relocating and a homeless mother cat and her kittens were discovered inside their newly renovated building. The minister was an animal lover and decided to bring the little feline family in front of his congregation. The cats were soon placed in loving homes, but the response at Unity was so positive they decided to bring in more pets needing homes. The Pet Ministry was hatched. Ginny began volunteering for the program. With a background in publishing, journalism, and television documentaries, Ginny applied her promotional skills to publicize the program to a wider audience. She added a Sunday bake sale that raised revenue for the pets’ spay and neuter and medical needs. In 2008, Ginny left Chicago for the Coachella Valley and began attending the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Desert. One Sunday the minister showed off his two labradoodles and an associate minister mentioned her new canine had been a stray. That was it....a sign the timing was right for Ginny to propose a pet ministry program to her new church home. Ginny Weissman launched The Pet Ministry here with a group of puppy mill rescues in February, 2009. Countless homeless dogs and cats have found their way to great homes. Ginny points out that the key to that success is getting the animals exposed to a large captive audience. Ginny coordinates with local rescue organizations to bring the animals and handle the adoptions. This vivacious animal lover overseas and directs

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the monthly program like a theatrical performance, sometimes admonishing the little guests to quell their barking during the service. Here’s how it works. Volunteers showcase the animals outside to the congregants as they arrive for the early service. The animals are brought in to the sanctuary during the announcement time and introduced. The “ooh’s and ahh’s” never fail to come from the admiring audience. The volunteers then escort the animals to the outside patio where the coffee is brewing and the smell of home baked cinnamon rolls and coffee cake permeates the air. The people stream out and many of them stop to meet the pets. That’s when the magic happens and the matches are made. Ginny points out, “We just don’t pick our dogs. Our dogs pick us, too.” She tells the story of a church newcomer named Jim, who begged off getting any more pets explaining, “I already have two dogs.” He picked up a dog from the Devore animal shelter, and the sweet animal cuddled up to him. It was Christmas time, and Ginny convinced Jim to foster the dog. When Jim drove home with the dog on his lap, he thought to himself,

“How did this happen?” Plotting her way to a new home, the little Chihuahua mix became best buds with Jim’s other dogs. When the dog became ill and Jim drove him to the emergency vet clinic, that sealed the deal, and Jake was added to the family. Ginny is pictured here with her own dog Poppi, a rescue from an animal abuse case in Anza. Poppi was scheduled to go to the Pet Ministry for adoption, but after 2 days at Ginny’s house, the pet psychic noticed their closeness and said, “Poppi is asking me if you’re going to be her new Mommy!” The large CSL congregation joins in the networking. The church members forward photos of the animals to friends who may want to adopt. Ginny says, “Bringing pets to a church is a win-win, not only for the animal who gets a great home, but also for the church that might attract new members as a result of people coming there to adopt.” Historically churches have operated programs to help the needy. Rescue animals teach us human’s lessons of trust, friendship, loyalty, optimism and second chances. The Pet Ministry is starting its exciting fourth season! The Pet Ministry happens the second Sunday of each month, and the first one for this year is Sunday, October 14, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at CSL, 45630 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert. Animals from ForgetMe-Not Peke Rescue and Loving All Animals will be featured at the next adoption event. Are you interested in starting a Pet Ministry at your church or synagogue? Can we create a network of Pet Ministries throughout the desert? Rescue groups would be happy to bring animals to your church. To learn more, check <> . Contact Ginny for further information at Ginny@ One way God touches us is through the love we share with his creatures, and the Pet Ministry embodies that love.


by Rick Riozza


October 4 to October 10, 2012

Wine & Food About Town

t’s a good time to catch up on a couple wine outings that we’ve enjoyed about town. The Gala at the Miramonte Resort & Spa’s JUSTIN’s wine pairing dinner was both elegant and fun. A fabulous Four-Course & Five-Wine Dinner with winemaker, Justin Baldwin, who spoke between courses. Chef Robert’s Pan Seared Sea Bass on Wilted Arugula and Truffled Tiny Greens along with the Vegetable Linguini paired with the JUSTIN 2010 Estate Chardonnay was the media table’s match-up of the evening. Although the Winery listed this 2010 Chardonnay as a “Paso Robles meets Chablis” style, I would say it was more on par with a Southern Burgundy—plump, not lean. Delicious though, with aromas of apple and peach and flavors of white peach,

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toasted almonds and a finish of tart lemon alongside great minerality. Meeting Justin Baldwin, owner and winemaker, was cool. He’s now moved down to our valley and anticipates hosting more local wine pairing dinners. I remember when famed winemaker Mike Grgich moved to La Quinta and made the restaurant rounds. With all the Chef vs. Chef “Challenges” going on in our valley, one can imagine a “JUSTIN vs. GRGICH Wine-Pairing-10 Course-Dinner Throw Down!” at one of our famed restaurants. Bring a BIG appetite to that one! As I’ve written previously in these pages, the Wine Vault of the Desert is a premier 10,000 sq. ft. custodial wine cellar — available to wine lovers, collectors, restaurants, wine clubs, country clubs and

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wine stores alike. Just the other night, the Wine Vault Team of Ralph Iannuzzi and Jack Dixon hosted a wine tasting and food sampling for their members and the Friends of the Pendleton Foundation. The major goal of the Pendleton Foundation is to assist families who are dealing with cancers of all kinds. Since each cancer is as unique as each individual, the aim is to support families in their decisions regarding treatment through financial assistance to ease the financial impact upon their households. If this charitable objective strikes your heart, please look into becoming a Friend of the Foundation. You can reach their Palm Desert office at 760.770.0880 or visit their website at www. Chef Herve Glin of the Corktree Restaurant, a longtime supporter of the Pendleton Foundation, invited Executive Chefs Hector Ramirez from Ruth Chris Steak House and Gerald Brunett from Bellatrix Restaurant to join him in acknowledging this fantastic charity organization for its inspiring community support for Coachella Valley families in need. These gustatory heavy-hitters prepared samplings of Herve’s Chicken Taco with Chipotle Jam, Ramirez’s mini Filet Mignon with a red wine reduction, Brunett’s Scampi Shrimp and Ahi Tuna, and the Miramonte Resort Kitchen Chef’s goat cheese and assorted appetizers. These samplings are great to pair with the wines offered for tasting. A little food, a little wine and one can experience a quick matrix of similar pitch & tone flavor links. One of our valley’s favorite wine reps, Dennis Ayde, provided a smart & fun array of French and California wine. You wine enthusiasts should reach him at for his list of great wine deals. We found the Thomas Barton Graves [grahv] to be the complete amuse-bouche with Chef Brunett’s stellar Scampi Shrimp & Ahi Tuna. This Bordeaux is a white wine made up of Sémillion [say-mee-YOHN] and Sauvignon Blanc, with fresh fruit aromas of pears, vanilla, and white flowers with flavors of citrus and beeswax. Always a great match with sea food. An excellent California Cab produced by Roberts & Roger’s, their 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, of course paired wonderfully Chef Ramirez’s steak.

Napa Valley Howell Mountain Cabs are renowned for their complexity, earthiness, and elegant robustness. A 93 pointer from Wine Spectator, this is a serious inky-dark delicious quaff. Sauternes [soh-TAYRN] is known as a Bordeaux dessert wine. This Thomas Barton wine is a light-bodied version and has aromas of citrus, peaches, apricot jam and acacia flowers. Although a “dessert” wine, it famously pairs with interesting food such as foie gras (whether legal or illegal!), Blue/ Roquefort cheese, crab, Indian and Thai food. Let’s add Chef Herve’s Chipotle Jam Taco to the mix with that jam connection. As one could tell, we all had a fun time in the cool atmosphere of the Wine Vault. Just a reminder: As a member of the Wine Vault, one of the many benefits is the Corkage Fee waiver at over 30 of the most desired restaurants in our valley. Go to for much more info. And please join the Pendleton Foundation at the Miramonte Resort & Spa on Thursday evening, November 8th for the 8th Annual Chef’s Charity Auction. Chef Robert Nyerick is preparing dinner that evening and the hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by over a dozen famous valley chefs during the reception. Winning bids will have one of the spectacular chefs cook a private meal for 8, at either patron’s home or the chef’s restaurant. Food & wine is included. Tickets are just $95 per person. Bon Appétit! Cheers! Rick is the desert’s sommelier-abouttown hosting and entertaining at private and business wine events & tastings. Contact him at


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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 Ming Bob Productions presents: Guttermouth, The Queers, The Hellions and Dune Rats 9pm 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 Sunday Funeral, Accidental Kings and Johnny Elsewhere 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 Tease 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Inafect 9pm (VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero & Dennis Alvarez 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 Meltdown 7-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 Laura Marling w/ The Far West 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 Over The Wall 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Rebecca Connelly duo Sidebar 6-9:30pm, Lyndsey Harper duo Sidebar 10-cl, DJ Jalil Jagers Starlite Lounge 10-cl ROCK GARDEN BAR & EATERY; PS; Smash Fridays 10pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Mark Guerrero 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 DJ Music 9pm 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 Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760347-9985 Alyce Bowie 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760327-1773 Steve Madaio and Band 7:30pm VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755-5391 Funky Fridays 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 Live entertainment 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760-564-2201 Guinevere King & Mark Linford 7-10pm (CR) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Gand Band 7-11pm (CR) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 Sweet Louie & The Men of the Hollywood Strip DJ PJ and DJ Bigster

SAT OCTOBER 6 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760202-1111 Karaokie Jo 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Del Shores 7pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-775-5566 DJ PWee (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madeo 6pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB)

CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Lisa Coleman 8pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-3296787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-325-2600 Karaoke Madness 8pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 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 Rob Martinez and JB 8-11pm (LR) HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Kal David 7-10pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Over The Wall 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-5645353 Mark Gregg 5:30pm LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760345-2450 Tease 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Inafect 9pm (VD) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero & Dennis Alvarez 6:30pm MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 888-MORONGO; Bobby & The Allstars 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 Live DJ O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Live Entertainment 9pm (RR) PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-345-0222 Agave Blues Masters 7-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 The Hives w/ Fidlar 8pm PEABODY’S; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm

PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-3432115 One for the Road 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Meltdown 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 212 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 The Refills 9pm ROCKYARD@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-345-2450 Ricky Lewis 7:30 & 11pm Southbound (Allman Brothers Tribute) 9:30pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 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 The Arrangements 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 Sergio Villegas 7-10pm (AC) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760230-0188 Carolyn Martinez Jazz 7-11pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ& DJ Bigster (VD)

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Piero’s Pizza Vino

have been hearing much buzz around town about a little pizza place in Palm Desert that is drawing large crowds with their authentic Napolitan pizzas and extensive wine list. This little El Paseo gem is known as Piero’s Pizza Vino. I have tried pizza at other pizza restaurants that boast the best in the valley and I have learned to stay away from their “Italian village” themed establishment because of their poor food quality and even poorer management. I was optimistic and the payoff was huge! In the heart of downtown Palm Desert, Piero’s Pizza Vino is fun from the moment you walk in. With a large open kitchen and an energetic staff, I knew I was going to have fun no matter how the food turned out. My date and I were greeted like family as soon as we entered the double doors. The place was packed but we managed to find an intimate table for two on the patio where we could “people watch” while enjoying our evening. The menu is intimidating at first because there are just so many selections,

but the servers are eager to make a genuine recommendation or two if you cannot decide. We began with a few appetizers and a bottle of Chianti. Our first dish was a lightly battered and fried ricotta cheese stuffed zucchini blossom with a touch of honey for a unique sweetness. We also enjoyed fried artichoke hearts (clearly fresh and not canned) paired with fried goat cheese, served with a tomato dipping sauce. These paired quite well with the Nipozzano Chianti Classico Riserva. I noticed the wine list offers selections from all around the world and the general manager,

Melissa, has labeled her favorites. She knows her stuff, but we’ll get back to that. Entrees arrived as we were engaged in conversation with the table next to us, a pleasant French couple bursting with energy and personality. It is always a treat to make new friends here in our community. Inspired by a wonderful meal at Trattoria Tiramisu, my date ordered a pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, imported prosciutto and fresh figs. I received the Capricciosa pizza, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, mushrooms, artichokes and black olives. The pizzas are generously portioned and the dough is incredible! We definitely had leftovers but they were just as good for lunch the next day! Before dessert, Melissa offered us a couple tasting of wine from her top picks and all I can say is, “Wow”. I was impressed at not only the large selection of affordable wines, but she has managed to find some wines that will please even the most discerning palettes. But this is not the best kept secret at Piero’s. This title goes to their most decadent, creamy

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Cheesecake. Don’t waste your time visiting a factory when you can find the best right here. I was warned that it is better than… well, you get the idea. Research is pending. I think I will start with dessert next time! With other successful restaurants like Lulu’s in Palm Springs and of course, Acqua Pazza California Bistro at The River in Rancho Mirage, the owner has struck gold again with this little piece of Italian heaven. Located at 73722 El Paseo, they are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Check out their menu online at or call 760-568-2525.

uttermouth is coming to the Date Shed and unless you are allergic to rebellion, you are NOT going to want to miss it! The Huntington Beach born American skate punk band that formed in 1988 and currently recording for Volcom Entertainment, promise to continue the legacy of hard core punk rock, sarcasm and rebellion, that they have been infamous for since the 80’s. The reputation that the band, more accurately, lead singer Mark Adkins, developed coinciding with their deliberately explicit, outrageous lyrics, has sometimes resulted in high-profile problems for the band. In 2004, Atkins single handedly provoked the entire Vans Warped tour to turn against him. In keeping with their reputation for offensive behavior, Adkins would often openly insult other acts from onstage, declaring that bands such as Yellowcard and My Chemical Romance cared more about their fashionable clothing and popularity than about the quality of their

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Continuing the Legacy @ Date Shed, October 5

music. The band members also mocked what they saw as an uninformed political display of many bands on the tour by selling t-shirts and displaying banners that jokingly proclaimed support for President George W. Bush in stark contrast to the anti-Republican music movement leading up to the 2004 presidential election. After several weeks on the tour, Guttermouth was “politely” asked to leave, fueling rumors that other performers had petitioned to have them ejected. Eventually, however, Adkins issued a statement apologizing to Warped Tour manager Kevin Lyman and admitted that the band had left the tour voluntarily, due in part, to his distaste for the political atmosphere surrounding it. Prior to that Adkins was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for using a microphone of all things, to incite the crowd into near riot. Then there was an incident regarding indecent exposure that caused him to be banned from Canada for a few years. But all in all, this was in keeping with the spirit

of the original Punk Rock movement of the 1980’s until “punk broke” according to Adkins, in the 90’s. The band will be the first to tell you, you either love them or you hate them. They and their last album, Shave the Planet, “continue to piss off the PC police” as they “recall the glory days when LA punkers weren’t singing about heart-wrenching adolescent breakups, but cynically cracking on Oki Dogs, TV Parties and Group Sex.” The title track from the album and other songs “ooze Mark Adkins’ skewed social commentary” while others like Primate

Camp and My Chemical Imbalance are “closer to a committed patient’s unmedicated delusional rants.” Guttermouth consists of Mark Adkins, vocals; Clint “Cliff” Weinrich on bass guitar; Dave Luckett and Matt Wills on guitar; Justin Van Westbroek on bass; Alex Flamsteed on drums. “Don’t lump us in with all those watered down 90’s bands, we’re a product of the 80’s. That’s where we get our inspiration,” says Adkins. Then and now, Guttermouth will “continue to cross the line that should not be crossed and remind us jaded assholes why we fell in love with punk in the first place.” Guttermouth will be performing along with The Queers, The Hellions and Dune Rats at the Date Shed in Indio, Friday, October 5, brought to you by Ming Bob Productions. The concert is 18 and over and $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The Date Shed is located at 50725 Monroe Street in Indio near the Coachella Fest concert grounds and Empire Polo fields.

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Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller turns the paradox of the enigmatic time trope on its head and then inside out with an extremely clever, mind-bending story that delights the eye and provokes the mind. It’s a very rare treat when a movie dazzles both hemispheres and is also immensely satisfying emotionally. This one plays with the notion of encountering one’s self as an assassin and victim but delivers in ways that are always surprising and hugely engaging. Here’s an instant classic -- and not just of the sci-fi time-travel sub genre, but as pure story telling. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis play young and older -- or is it past and future? -- versions of the same person. And they are both splendid. Too much info can spoil the initial experience, but this richly layered, complex and riveting thriller demands to be enjoyed more than once. A must see. Now playing at Cinemas Palme d’Or.

craft to make the extra dimension a part of the seductive movie experience and not just an add-on gimmick to lure the Eisenhower generation away from their new TVs (even though that was part of the motivation). The terrific murder mystery/ love story stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings at the top of their game in deliciously deadly love triangle. The restored print is stunning. But what’s especially rewarding, thanks to Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), a division of Warner Home Video, is the excellent merging of the original optical “left eye/right eye” dual projection process intended for polarized glasses into a crisp, meticulously restored, hi-def 3D disc that not only dazzles but literally jumps off the screen on the latest players and TVs. There’s also a nice bonus documentary “Hitchcock and Dial M.” Bluray. Universal.



Good news for Alfred Hitchcock fans: We can finally see a restored, hi-def version of his 1953 thriller in 3D, the way it was originally shot and meant to be seen. Hitch knew what he was doing when composing his films. And he used all his considerable


There are two versions on this terrific looking BD transfer of one of Hitchcock’s better films. There’s a relatively unseen preview version and the slightly tighter theatrical release. I like the preview print better. This iconic “double criss-cross” murder tale with a screenplay by Raymond Chandler (!) still thrills. If you’ve seen Danny DeVito’s THROW MAMA FROM A TRAIN, take a fresh look at the source material. See again, or for the first time, tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) half-jokingly discuss killing his wife with an unhinged stranger, Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), whom he meets on a train. This beautiful print of Hitchcock’s classic 1951 hit is one for the library. Extras include three featurettes and a nice making-of documentary. Blu-ray. Universal.


Producer David Geffen has finally

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approved the release of the long-rumored Director’s Cut of the big 1980s hit starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vince Gardenia, Steve Martin and an unforgettable bit with masochistic dental patient Bill Murray. Look for splendid cameos from Christopher Guest and James Balushi. Of course, the real star is the man-eating, singing, alien plant that literally dominates everything. Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops) is the supremely hip and menacing voice of the plant, Audrey II. Superb and complicated puppet work animates the plant into a real screen presence that’s very much alive – and hungry! Even after 26 years, the practical effects still astonishing. Director Frank Oz perfectly understood the delicate and dark comedic tone of this film that was originally inspired by John Collier’s 1932 novel “Green Thoughts.” It was adapted in 1960 by screenwriter Howard Ashman for a Roger Corman ultra-low budget quickie that was shot in two days on leftover sets with a memorable bit by Jack Nicholson in one of his first film roles. Corman’s film became a piece of genuine cult cinema, which in turn gave birth to an off-Broadway musical that ran for hundreds of performances. David Geffen saw the movie potential of the off-Broadway musical and it became blockbuster hit when it was released in 1986. But what makes this much-anticipated BD release worth finding is the extended ending that was cut from the original preview when the heretofore enthusiastic audience went suddenly cold after the voracious, bloodthirsty plant ate the two stars. So here’s the big, dark, finale that has the plant not only eating the two darling lovers for whom we have rooted (no pun intended), but also taking over the world in a spectacularly cataclysmic ending. Now the legendary miniature work and great

special effects of Richard Conway can finally be seen -- and they are a marvel (remember, this was before digital effects). Generous extras include vintage and new features and a commentary by director Oz including his observations on the 20-minute, previously cut, alternate ending. Blu-ray. Warner Bros.


hat can one say about what we witnessed this past weekend at Medinah CC in Chicago? It rang eerily of the Miracle at Brookline in 1998 and when I say eerie, do you remember whose turn it was to putt when Justin Leonard dropped that 40’ bomb sending the place into Woodstock, complete with the player’s wives storming the green?...... yeah, Jose’ Maria Olazabal, the 2012 Captain of the European squad…..eerie. I hate to say I felt a twinge on Saturday


For the true cinephile, the opportunity to see Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film is a real treat. Pretty much unseen since its 1953 premier, this short (60 minute) existential story is about a squad of enemy soldiers who, after crash-landing behind enemy lines, struggle to rejoin their unit. Along the way, they encounter a peasant girl and tie her to a tree where she is tormented by a nutso soldier (future director Paul Mazursky). The plot finds the soldiers locating an enemy base and planning the assassination of the commander before attempting an escape. The black and white photography is sometimes striking and the dialogue is often heavy handed and pretentious. But one can see faint hints here and there of some of the ideas and images that float through much of Kubrick’s relatively small cinematic oeuvre. It’s obvious this was just an exercise to see if he could make a finished, coherent film. Even though amateurish touches abound (the dialogue is clearly dubbed at times), there’s a mysterious journey on display here that can be seen in everything from PATHS OF GLORY to EYES WIDE SHUT. Also new for the home theater are excellent Blu-ray titles of two Bette Davis classics: WHATEVR HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (with Joan Crawford) and DEAD RINGER, that’s the one about good and evil twins). Comments?

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night but as the morning matches went so well for the Americans and the afternoon continued along so swimmingly we looked invincible, right? You started hearing all of the quotes and the stats on the different media outlets (always the kiss of death) saying that this would be the second biggest comeback ever but you try not to listen…..just in case. Just in case of the last two matches on Saturday, which were seeming to go the Americans way most of the day until the end. We ended up losing

the last two matches where one would have guessed, while standing on the 16th tee, that we’d have halved those matches, at a minimum. Instead, to close Saturday, a lead of 10-4 quickly became 10-6 to be slept on, overnight. The twelve singles matches on Sunday, mano-y-mano still looked to be an uphill battle for the Euros, especially if you listen to those pundits but that’s why they play the game….or something like that, right? The Euro strategy was clear from the start and that was: get the horses out early and see if we can pick up some early wins and build some momentum…..and that’s kind of what happened. Even those Americans that had been hot earlier in the week and we may have “counted on” for wins were down early…..Bradley, Mickelson……and in the end where we might have gone into Sunday looking for match 8,9 or 10 to be the one to be the clincher for the Americans, it was not to be. It was the Euros with the unbelievable upset from

the most unusual place, Martin Kaymer….. dropping a putt in match 11, nullifying the meaning of the final match – that of Tiger Woods and Francisco Molinari and keeping the Cup across the Pond…… and so goes another Ryder Cup and U.S. underachievement. Locally your sports can be had weekly with “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show 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.

Adam Carolla’s #1 Podcast Returns to Coachella Valley on Thursday October 25th at 8 PM


he Adam Carolla Podcast is returning to the Coachella Valley to perform a live show featuring special guest and music legend Graham Parker. The Adam Carolla Podcast recently claimed the Guinness World Record for “Most Downloaded Podcast” and has over 60 million downloads to date. Adam Carolla being the former #1 morning radio personality in Palm Springs has been selling out podcast shows all over the nation and will be performing at the Indio Performing Arts Center on Thursday October 25th at 8pm. Come see the most talked about show featuring host Adam Carolla, co-host Alison Rosen and a cast of in-show characters including Bald Bryan on sound effects, producer Mike Lynch and an interview and acoustic performance with music writer, singer and composer Graham Parker that you don’t want to miss! Buy your tickets now before they sell out. Advance Tickets are available at the live events page or at the door for $30. Adam Carolla is one of the most versatile men in Hollywood, where he hosts The Adam Carolla Podcast, is author of Not Taco Bell Material and is well known for his co-hosting of Loveline. Adam also

co-created and co-starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, The Man Show (1999-2003) and Crank Yankers (2002-2007). A native of Southern California, Carolla currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lynette, and their two twins.


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Show 7:30pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888-999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 9pm (LR) CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-3296787 Karaoke 9pm 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 Hal Sweasey 6-10pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE; PS; 760-3271700 Michael Keeth INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 The Ted Herman 18 Pc. Big Band 6-8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Open Jam 6pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Robin Miller 6pm (PB) THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Karaoke Joe 7pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Sunday Jam 4-8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8-1am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 7pm (PB) PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Longest Running Jam Session in the valley. Hosted by JB, Sign up 6pm

Farmer Boys 81951 California 111 Indio, CA 92201

PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 KCRW presents: Dr. Dog w/ Cotton Jones and Paperplanes 7pm 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 8 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 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


(760) 863-5050

Wine Bar

78015 Main Street #109 La Quinta, CA

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



(760) 340-3222

Tack Room 81800 Avenue 51 Indio, CA 92201


(760) 347-9985


42455 Washington Street Palm Desert, CA 92211

(760) 345-6503


73505 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA

TUE OCTOBER 9 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Roger and Bobby 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; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB)


(760) 341-3560

(760) 564-2201


7pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Brad Mercer & Mark Guerrero 8pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Randy Seymon 6pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 3sum 9pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760328-5955 Art of Sax 8-11pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Karaokie Jo 6-10pm


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 Brad Mercer & Mark Guerrero 8pm 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 10 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) DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760-992-0002 Rose Mallet 5-9pm

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

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

36-200 Date Palm Dr Cathedral City

Western Grill

2155 North Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262


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


73340 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260


(760) 564-5353

(760) 342-2333

43-430 Monroe St. Indio, CA


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


78772 California 111 La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 328-9402 Pizza

72 450 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms

(760) 343-7340

(760) 564-4568 Irish

Crab Pot

70030 California 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


(760) 321-7635

El Mexicali II


(760) 346-6032

Lavender Bistro Continental 78073 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253

(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 WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760328-5955 Art of Sax 7-10pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Karaoke WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-2300188 Mara Getz Jazz 6-10pm



73505 El Paseo # 2500 Palm Desert

(760) 674-8666




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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. Opus Follow us on Twitter “The Arrangements Playing the Very Best Music from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Today” For Bookings and info please go to www. 760-851-5432 Deadend Paradox is from palm desert est 2008 and has an origional desert rock feel that draws you in theirs something for every1. Check them out on facebook.

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

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October 4 to October 10, 2012

Palm Springs Writers Guild Kicks-Off Season

With Nationally Noted Literary Agent, Ken Sherman on Saturday, October 6th from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Rancho Mirage Library. This Event is Free and the Public is Invited


he Palm Springs Writers Guild’s new season begins its monthly meetings with, “An Afternoon with Literary Agent Ken Sherman” on Saturday, October 6th from 2:00pm -4:00pm at the Rancho Mirage Library. The event is free and open to the public. The Palm Springs Writers Guild with almost 300 members welcomes, Ken Sherman, an in-demand speaker at Writer’s Conferences nationwide. Sherman is a long-time leader in the literary (book, film, television, books to film and television) agent arena. Sherman will discuss the rapidly changing publishing world, including the major reality of e-books and the changing faces of the hard and soft cover book industries. Topics covered include; what an agent is looking for when seeking a new client, and what to look for when you’re searching for the right agent for your material. In addition, Sherman will discuss how to potentially move a book project to film and television, before or after it’s published. Sherman is President of Ken Sherman and Associates, a well-known and highly respected Los Angeles-based literary agency. With more than twenty years agency experience, Sherman represents screen, television and book writers, and also handles lucrative film and television rights to books as well as life rights. In addition he has taught “The Business of Writing for Screen, Television and The Publishing

Worlds “, at both USC and UCLA, and is about to co-teach a screenwriting class at the Eugene International Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon for the fourth year. Sherman’s clients include: David Guterson, author of “Snow Falling on Cedars”, Tawni O’Dell, whose first novel, “Back Roads”, became an international best seller and Oprah Book Club selection, and which is about to be produced as a feature, Starhawk, considered the best-known witch in the world, Anne Perry, the world’s bestknown Victorian murder mystery writer and author of over 60 books, Robyn Carr, and the estates of Luis Buñuel, John Hersey, and Simon Wiesenthal. For additional information on Ken Sherman please visit: About The Palm Springs Writer’s Guild In 1977 a small group of area residents, all with an interest in writing, founded the Palm Springs Writers Guild to promote the art of writing among both aspiring and professional writers. The Guild has grown to almost 300 members. It is one of Southern California’s best resources and networking group for writers at all levels and interests. The PSWG hosts lively and informative monthly meetings with featured speakers and educational workshops. In addition there are critique groups and a variety of other activities for those who write and those who aspire to write. For additional information visit:


October 4 to October 10, 2012

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Safety Tips

Dale Gribow On The Law

October 4 to October 10, 2012

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

Red Flag Warnings & What to Do Driving while Talking or Texting (DWT)


Before, During and After a Wildfire!

hat are Red Flag Warnings? The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert fire departments and land management agencies about the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. This could be due to low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, or any combination thereof. A Red Flag warning is issued when the above conditions are expected to be met within the next 24 hours. A fire weather watch is issued when the above conditions are expected to be met during the next 24 to 48 hours. Typically, these watches and warnings are issued at the same time the routine fire weather forecasts are issued, 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM Local Time. In the next few days, weeks and months we’ll certainly be hearing more about ‘Red Flag’ Warnings and Alerts! Homeowners and residents can take a proactive approach to dealing with Wildfires by practicing some simple guidelines. • Roofs should be made of noncombustible material, use a “Class A” fireresistive material • Trees need to be trimmed away from the roof and 10 feet away from the chimney • Plants should be low growing and less combustible • Combustible materials should be stored away from the home • Make sure the yard is well trimmed and free of debris • Roof and gutters should be cleaned of leaves and pine needles


• Make sure there is a 100-foot noncombustible fire break surrounding your home of hazardous vegetation • Make sure an adequate water supply is available to fight fire • Be sure good access is provided for emergency vehicles • Make sure your home can be well identified • Clear all combustible materials from within 10 feet of driveway and access roads • Plant vegetation should be kept away from windows and inside corners • Water and maintain vegetation, remove dead materials • Install double-pane tempered glass windows • Install a spark arrestor • Remove combustible furniture, stacked firewood, papers away from home and ensure propane and butane tanks are a minimum of 10 feet from structure • Obtain additional Fire safety information from your local fire department Before a wildfire strikes: • Know where your gas, electric and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them. • Become familiar with your community’s disaster-preparedness plans and create a family plan. • Plan several escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place. • Put together an emergency kit. • Ensure you follow your local fire code and adhere to its brush compliance program During a wildfire: • Listen to your portable radio for reports and evacuation information. • Back your car into the garage or park

it in an open space facing the direction of escape. • Close garage windows and doors, but leave them unlocked. • Confine pets to one room. • Arrange temporary housing. • When advised to evacuate, do so immediately. • Wear protective clothing. • Take your emergency kit. • Lock your home. • Follow the evacuation route that your local officials have identified. After the Fire Considerations Replacing Valuable Documents and Records Fire Department Below is a checklist of documents that are commonly lost in a fire. Under the type of document is the institution or agency to contact for a replacement. Financial Records Contact: • Bank books Your bank, as soon as possible • Credit cards The issuing companies, as soon as possible • Income tax records The Internal Revenue Service Center where you filed or notify your accountant • Stocks and bonds Issuing company or your broker Identification and Licenses:

• Driver’s license Local office of the Dept. Motor Vehicles • Passports Local passport office Legal Documents: • Birth, death, marriage certificates State bureau of records in the state of birth, death or marriage • Citizenship papers The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service • Divorce papersCircuit court where decree was issued • Military discharge papersLocal office of the Veterans Administration • Social Security or Medicare cards Local Social Security Office • Wills Your lawyer Property • Auto registration title Department of Motor Vehicles • Titles to deeds Records department of city or county in which the property is located • Prepaid burial contracts Issuing company Other Papers • Animal registration papers Society of registry • Insurance policies Your insurance agent • Medical records Your doctor • Warranties Issuing company


n 1979 the California Supreme Court ruled that a defendant’s “conscious disregard of the risk” of Driving under the Influence was enough evidence of the malice required by the law to justify the awarding of “punitive damages” against the person who caused the accident. One who voluntarily commenced and continued to consume alcoholic beverages to the point of intoxication, knowing from the beginning that he/she thereafter had to operate a motor vehicle, demonstrated “such a conscious and deliberate disregard for the interests of others that his/her conduct might be called willful or wanton” so as to justify the imposition of “punitive damages”. Numerous studies have suggested that using a cell phone, either hands-free or otherwise, is even more dangerous and more likely to lead to an accident than a person operating a motor vehicle (Driving while Intoxicated - DWI) above the legal limit of the .08 blood alcohol level. So maybe the same logic should apply to DWT - Driving While Talking (or Texting)? If a person insists on talking on a cell phone or texting on a cell phone they should arguably be forced to pay punitive damages as is the case with someone who causes injury while driving under the influence. A Virginia Tech study by the Transportation Institute found truckers who talk on cell phones to be 23 times more likely to have an accident than someone who is not distracted by texting or talking. Psychologists from the University of Utah

said “We found that people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit” of .08 percent. The University of Utah psychologists, like the others who have published similar studies, state that, “If legislators really want to address driver distraction, then they should consider outlawing cell phone use while driving.” The legislators in California have already passed a weak version of this idea which bans the use of hand-held devices in California. We have all been on the street or driving and seen driver after driver talking or texting on their hand-held cell phones. Many drivers are not getting the message, or worse, ignoring it. Something else is necessary if this practice is going to be, if not curtailed, at least significantly reduced. Would you believe a woman recently suffered multiple injuries after taking a 60foot fall off of a cliff? She was texting while walking when she fell. We all should know that Texting while driving claims far too many lives – but did you ever consider the potential danger of texting while walking? If people realized they were putting their own assets at risk every time they drove and spoke on a cell phone or text on a cell phone, then they might think twice about doing so. Remember, insurance cannot cover punitive damages, and, punitive damages are not dischargeable in Bankruptcy. In other words, your own assets would be at risk if you DWT (or T). It seems logical that sooner or later,

some court will let a jury award punitive damages based on the same logic as that which allows punitive damages for driving under the influence of alcohol. The issue

would then become: Is it worth the risk? Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411


Your smartphone has some amazing apps that can help you when preparing a meal. Kitchen Math helps you determine the time it takes to cook different foods of different sizes in the kitchen while telling you the perfect serving temperature.  It converts every measurement unit into any other measurement unit that you might need to complete any recipe.   To find recipes,  Epicurious is an app that helps you determine what to make and how to make it.  It is ideal for the working person on the go who wants to make something special for dinner as the portability makes it easy to buy all of the ingredients needed at the grocery store. Now if your other half is doing the shopping, you might want to get the  Shopping List app for each of your smartphones.  It is a quick way to remind your partner what to buy while at the store.  What makes this app particularly useful is that you can take pictures of the

items you have at home so that there is no confusion as to which brand of any product you need.


October 4 to October 10, 2012


ARIES (March 21-April 19): “In a full heart there is room for everything,” said poet Antonio Porchia, “and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.” That’s an important idea for you to meditate on right now, Aries. The universe is conspiring for you to be visited by a tide of revelations about intimacy. And yet you won’t be available to get the full benefit of that tide unless your heart is as full as possible. Wouldn’t you love to be taught more about love and togetherness and collaboration? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As I turn inward and call forth psychic impressions of what’s ahead for you, I’m seeing mythic symbols like whoopie cushions, rubber chickens, and pools of fake plastic vomit. I’m seeing popcorn shells that are stuck in your teeth and a dog that’s eating your homework and an alarm clock that doesn’t go off when it’s supposed to. But as I push further into the nottoo-distant future, exploring the deeper archetypal levels, I’m also tuning into a vision of fireflies in an underground cavern. They’re lighting your way and leading you to a stash of treasure in a dusty corner. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That’s the opening sentence of Charles Dickens’ bestselling novel A Tale of Two Cities. The author was describing the period of the French Revolution in the late 18th century, but he could just as well have been talking about our time -- or any other time, for that matter. Of course many modern cynics reject the idea that our era is the best of times. They obsess on the idea that ours is the worst of all the worst times that have ever been. When your worried mind is in control of you, you may even think that thought yourself, Gemini. But in accordance with the current astrological omens, I challenge you to be a fiery rebel: Come up with at least five reasons why this is the best of times for you personally. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” said Pablo Picasso. That’s certainly true for me. I can purify my system either by creating art myself or being in the presence of great art. How about you, Cancerian? What kinds of experiences cleanse you of the congested emotions that just naturally build up in all of us? What influences can you draw on to purge the repetitive thoughts that sometimes torment you? How do you go about making your imagination as fresh and free as a warm breeze on a sunny day? I urge you to make a study of all the things that work for you, and then use them to the max in the coming week. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.” So said literary critic Lionel Trilling. Now I’m passing his idea on to you, Leo, just in time for the No-Blaming Season. Would you like to conjure up a surge of good karma for yourself? Then for the next ten days or so, refrain from the urge to find fault. And do your best to politely neutralize that reflex in other people who are sharing your space, even if they love to hate the same political party or idiot fringe that you do. P.S.: For extra credit, engage in speech and activity that are antidotes to the blaming epidemic. (Hint: praise, exaltation, thanks.) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of the reasons platinum is regarded as a precious metal is that it is so infrequently found in the Earth’s crust. A second reason is that there are difficulties in extracting it from the other metals it’s embedded in. You typically need ten tons of ore to obtain one ounce of platinum. That’s a good metaphor for the work you have ahead of you, Virgo. The valuable resource you’re dreaming of is definitely worth your hard work, persistence, and attention to detail. But to procure it, you’ll probably need the equivalent of several tons of those fine qualities. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): While doing research in South America four decades ago, anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss found an indigenous tribe


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whose people claimed they could see the planet Venus in the daytime. This seemed impossible to him. But he later consulted astronomers who told him that in fact Venus does emit enough light to be visible by day to a highly trained human eye. My prediction for you, Libra, is that in the coming months you will make a metaphorically equivalent leap: You will become aware of and develop a relationship with some major presence that has been virtually undetectable. And I bet the first glimpse will come this week. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Whether or not anyone has ever called you an “old soul” before, that term will suit you well in the coming months. A whole lot of wisdom will be ripening in you all at once. Past events that never quite made sense before will more clearly reveal the role they have played in your life’s master plan. Relatively unimportant desires you’ve harbored for a long time will fade away, while others that have been in the background -- and more crucial to your ultimate happiness -- will rise to prominence. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In most of my horoscopes I tell you what you can do to make yourself feel good. I advise you on how can act with the highest integrity and get in touch with what you need to learn about. Now and then, though, I like to focus on how you can help other people feel good. I direct your attention to how you can inspire them to align with their highest integrity and get in touch with what they need to learn about. This is one of those times, Sagittarius. I’m hoping you have your own ideas about how to perform these services. Here are a few of my suggestions: Listen with compassionate receptivity to the people you care for. Describe to them what they’re like when they are at their best. Give them gifts they can use to activate their dormant potential. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you’ve ever watched tennis matches, you know that some players grunt when they smack the ball. Does that help them summon greater power? Maybe. But the more important issue is that it can mask the sound of the ball striking the racket, thereby making it harder for their opponents to guess the force and spin of the ball that will be headed toward them. The coming week would be an excellent time for you to hunt down a competitive advantage that’s comparable to this in your own field of endeavor. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Many people seem to believe that all of America’s Christians are and have always been fundamentalists. But the truth is that at most 35 percent of the total are fundies, and their movement has only gotten cultural traction in the last 30 years. So then why do their bizarre interpretations of the nature of reality get so much play? One reason is that they shout so loud and act so mean. Your upcoming assignment, Aquarius, is to do what you can to shift the focus from small-minded bullies to big-hearted visionaries, whether that applies to the Christians in your sphere or any other influences. It’s time to shrink any tendency you might have to get involved with energy vampires. Instead, give your full attention and lend your vigorous clout to lifeaffirming intelligence. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): [WARNING: The following horoscope contains more than the usual dose of poetry.] Mirthful agitation! Surprising deliverance! I predict you will expose the effects of the smoke and mirrors, then find your way out of the labyrinth. Lucid irrationality! Deathless visions! I predict you will discover a secret you’d been hiding from yourself, then escape a dilemma you no longer need to struggle with. Mysterious blessings arriving from the frontiers! Refreshed fertility roused by a reborn dream! I predict you will begin to prepare a new power spot for your future use. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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Curing the Crease R

ub it. Poke it. Freeze it. Peel it. No matter what the means, we want to stick it to our wrinkles. By any method feasible, we want to make them go away much faster than they came. It’s hard to age gracefully. And with a wrinkle (or two) trying to battle the grand canyon on your facial real estate (perhaps I’m being dramatic), it gets harder to look in the mirror without making more wrinkles smile (or frown) back. Wrinkle creams and serums are a musthave in every woman and man’s night time routine, but they never seem to be enough. And often times they take as much time to work as it took to birth the wrinkle. No matter how hard I try I find nothing beats Botox; except for Dysport. Botox is simply a brand that is so popular the new and improved competitor can hardly get any attention. But it should. Dysport is quite possibly a superior wrinkle reducer and here’s why: The purified proteins both work the same way, being that they block neurotransmitters from sending the signal to move the facial muscles, therefor leaving them in a relaxed state. Dysport contains slightly less protein, therefore making it less likely for the human body to build up the antigen that breaks down the product. This means that Dysport is likely to last longer than Botox. The molecules are slightly smaller in Dysport, meaning it is able to penetrate faster and take effect sooner. Since Botox can take up to two weeks to take effect (although 5-7 days is average), being able to get results

a few days sooner can make a big difference. Injectors report their patients see results in as little as 1-2 days with Dysport. I’ve seen plenty of cases where Botox caused overcorrection, leaving patients with a droopy eyelid or two. This over-correction is said to happen a little less often in Dyport users, so that’s a sigh of relief. Of course, the skill and attention to detail the injector possesses could always have a bearing on the results as well. Dysport is slightly less expensive for physicians to purchase, so patients can only hope the savings will be passed onto them. Patients who are familiar with Botox treatments know that Botox is billed in units. Dysport is also billed in units, but the conversion factor is completely different and Dysport requires about three times as many units to be injected than Botox. But don’t fear. The Dysport units are less than a third of the cost, so it all works out to be just slightly less expensive when you choose Dysport. Dysport is made by a very reputable company who also produces Restylane and Perlane, two of the best facial fillers on the market. Most cosmetic surgeons will offer their patients a choice between Dyport and Botox products, and often Medicis, the maker of Dysport, will offer rewards and incentives for trying their product. So if you need to cure that crease and your wrinkle cream isn’t doing the trick, make an appointment to get a complementary consultation for Dysport. You might be able to look years younger before the weekend!

October 4 to October 10, 2012

by Bronwyn Ison

The Mighty Avocado A

vocados mollify your taste buds, are excellent for your skin, and provide multiple essential nutrients to your body. The avocado is delicious. It is creamy, rich in taste, smooth in texture and is known to be multi-dimensional. The most well known recipe that utilizes avocados is guacamole. If you love Mexican Cuisine and live in the Southwest there is a good chance you consume guacamole often. There are a myriad of recipes that use this magical fruit. Yes, the avocado is a part of the fruit family. The avocado grows on a tree, carries a seed, therefore it is technically and biologically a fruit. Because it typically shares the plate with other veggies, we assume it is a vegetable. This clearly indicates that the avocado is mighty and versatile. Avocados are used in fruit salads, hot and cold soups, and even as a sandwich spread. Aside from all the delectable recipes that include the avocado the health benefits are omnipresent. You may already know avocados are high in calories. Per avocado it has more than 300 calories. However, do not let this number detour your course of healthy eating. The health benefits outweigh this little number. This plentiful fruit contains, vitamin, A, C, E, K and B6. It also provides 54% of recommended daily fiber. Avocados have 975 mg of potassium. That is twice as much as a banana. The folic acid in avocados is mostly responsible for reducing the risk of

heart disease. The vitamin E content has been linked to a healthy heart, something needed to burn fat successfully. The vitamin E in the avocado helps protect you against other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. One of the main health benefits of avocados; add avocado to you your meal and you may improve your absorption of nutrients up to 400%. Incredible! Along with the above mentioned, avocados are also excellent for your skin, hair, regulating blood sugar and promoting eye health. My personal guacamole has pleased the palate of many houseguests. If you would like to reduce the calorie/fat content, substitute tortilla chips with sliced cucumber. Bronwyn’s Guacamole 4-6 Haas Avocados (mashed to your desire) 3-4 large segments of a clove of garlic (minced finely) Fage yogurt (substitute for sour cream) ½ white onion (grated) use a cheese grater 2-3 teaspoons of your favorite salsa (mild or hot) 1 wedge lemon/lime (try one or both) Finely chopped cilantro A dash of seasoned salt Fresh ground pepper Serrano chiles (optional) *Taste as you make. Chill and serve. Serves 4-6. Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin Mash the avocado in a bowl, stir in ½ avocado honey. Apply to skin and leave for ¼ honey 10 minutes. Rinse face with a cool washcloth.

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October 4 to October 10, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 28