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Community Events • November 29 to December 5, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 36

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SoCal Coyotes AAA Professional Football

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Your Southern California Football Team


o, you say you love football? You call yourself a fan of the game? Well, I dare tell you -- no highly paid NFL team is likely to hold a candle to the passion, drive, dedication and pure heart displayed by the surprisingly strong band of brothers known as the SoCal Coyotes. This AAA professional football team, located right here in the Coachella Valley, is football in its purest form: Highly skilled and developed athletes, blowing up national statistics, playing purely for the love of the game, whole-heartedly appreciative for the chance to play and earn the loyalty and support of their fans. The SoCal Coyotes are Southern California’s team -- a team that contributes in big ways to their community and an organization we can all stand behind and be proud of. As a first-year franchise, behind great leadership and discipline, the Coyotes rose from relative obscurity to win the hearts of fans throughout the valley last season. As a direct result of an exceptional 9-1 winning season, the team’s fan base now spans 22 countries with a total Facebook reach of nearly 1.2 million. On December 8th, the SoCal Coyotes and Arizona Flying Dutchman will make history when they become the first professional football game to ever play in Avalon on historic Catalina Island at 7 p.m. Fans and players of both teams are invited to take the Catalina Flyer together to participate in this lifetime event where the SoCal Coyotes will also be ceremoniously receiving their hard-

earned Pac West Trophy for 2012. The hungry Coyotes broke every firstyear record for any expansion franchise in history before losing the FWFA national title 23-20 to the proud New Mexico Titans in Las Vegas, NV. The Coyotes were the first PWFL expansion team to win a championship, outscoring opponents 25190. In 2012, the team beat the defending national champions, the defending league champions and a conference champion. Currently, the Coyotes hold every offensive record in the PWFL, and finished the year with a whopping 5,212 yards in total offense. Leading the team is J. David Miller, Western Football News Coach of the Year. Miller, who is also President and General Manager, has coached at every level. He is the former Senior Vice President with the five-time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League under Tim Marcum, the league’s all-time winningest coach. Miller’s coaching record is 61-13, giving

him a stunning .833 winning percentage. Miller played briefly under Western PA Hall of Famer Joe Haering with the Pittsburgh Gladiators in the Arena Football League during the 1987-89 seasons. Miller is also an award-winning, best-selling author, with 13 books to his credit, and has worked with such notable NFL coaches such as Hall-ofFamer Hank Stram and Jerry Glanville, as well as Southern Methodist University’s June Jones. Earlier this year he released Pressure Makes Diamonds, with co-author Ron Kule and two-time NCAA Coach of the Year Ray Tanner of the South Carolina Gamecocks, who won back-to-back national championships. Tanner is now the Gamecocks athletic director. In January, Skyhorse Publishing will release his next book, SUPERAGENT: The One Book the NCAA and NFL Doesn’t Want You to Read, with renowned agent and maverick millionaire Dr. Jerry Argovitz. Miller’s extensive business background includes television documentaries and award-winning marketing campaigns, where he directed projects with Super Bowl champion Mike Ditka and Dr. Robert Voy, former chief medical officer of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently, he is producing two sports film documentaries, including The Mouse that Roars (www. Coach Miller is clearly the inspiration and driving force behind the Coyotes’ meteoric rise to success. “If people are paying even $1 to watch us play,” Miller preaches, “then we owe them a major-league product. Our website, our playbook, our locker room is full of references to ‘the fastest expansion team to win a championship, to lead the nation in passing, rushing, and to make the playoffs.’ We put it out there for our players and coaches to realize we’re running a race against history, every day. We want to be the very best football team in America. Not soon, but right now. And I give all the credit for our success to our hard-working assistant coaches and the players who make up this great team.” The Coyotes assistant coaches include Wayne Anderson Jr., who has been a professional coach in five different countries; veteran defensive coordinator and longcontinue to page 5


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time desert resident Bill Meyers; “Big” Kyle Moore, a seven-time All-American; former Coyote star defensive tackle Tolo Ofisa; veteran assistants Zach Botich and Rich Botich; and Scott Boucher, a USFL and NFL veteran who protected the ‘blind side’ for NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. At the offensive forefront of the Coyotes record -breaking team is National Player of the Year and quarterback Nate Lewis, who orchestrates the Coyotes’ high-scoring and entertaining Run ‘n’ Shoot juggernaut, which was created 50 years ago by Miller mentor, coaching legend and Coyote consultant Darrel “Mouse” Davis. The 6-5, 235-pound Lewis had considered hanging up his cleats before he found his desire and skills rejuvenated with the Coyotes and their wide-open, no-huddle attack this past season, in which they scored 50 points twice and 40 points four times. In one game alone against Las Vegas, Lewis directed scoring drives on every possession and finished with 624 yards and seven touchdowns. “We’ve got a guy in Nate Lewis that is absolutely phenomenal,” smiles Coach Miller. “Pulling the trigger on the ‘Run ‘n’ Shoot’ requires a guy who is intelligent, as well as incredibly accurate with the football. We throw the ball 60 times a game. Nate could throw a donut down a chimney from 70 yards away. We don’t spend too much time in Nate’s helmet anymore. He knows this offense backwards and forwards. Coach Anderson and I coach him Monday through Friday, but come Saturday (game day) we trust him with the keys to the car.” Among 800 AAA professional minorleague teams, Lewis set national records with 228 completions and led the nation in every category, including an astonishing 15.2 average yards per completion, 466 yards per game and 35 touchdowns. “More than just being a great player, he’s a tremendous leader,” said Miller. “You can’t say enough about him. He shows up at every function, whether it’s signing autographs, helping kids, or delivering Christmas trees. He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever coached, he is the face of this organization, and he never,

ever complains.” While it’s common knowledge that great quarterbacks sell tickets, Nate Lewis is fully aware that his achievements are a direct consequence to the team around him, both on offense and defense. “I know Coach always gives people my stats and all that kind of good stuff, but without the guys around me, I’m just another guy,” Lewis says. “Those guys definitely have helped me become the player that I am. It starts with my line and my receivers, but also our defense that gets the ball back to me, giving me these opportunities.” On the flip side of this humble and gracious overachiever, Lewis has also been heard saying, “I am a fighter. I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.” Lewis and Miller led the West All-Stars in The Gridiron International All-Star Game to a stunning 26-6 upset victory in Las Vegas in early November, where Lewis earned Player of the Game honors behind a captivating 351-yard, three-touchdown performance – two to the Coyotes Rashad Roberts, who was Offensive Player of the Game. Also blowing up statistics is Coyote running back David “The Diesel” Cathcart, who finished the season with a 5.9 yards per carry average and set the Coyotes single-game rushing record in the playoffs with 209 yards, which also broke a Run ‘n’ Shoot record set 27 years ago by Todd Fowler. “This team is inspired by sacrifice, and courage,” says the legendary Coyotes veteran and All-American running back. “If you’re not a fighter, don’t step foot in our huddle. We never mistake activity for achievement.” Wide receiver, Rashad Roberts also set a league record with 19 touchdowns, and led the nation in average yards per catch. “Rashad is the fastest receiver in the country,” Miller says of the 4.2 (in the 40) receiver. “His blinding speed enables Nate to stretch defenses vertically, which unlocks our entire offense.” On defense the Coyotes have who they affectionately call their “Samoans.” This key group is led by linebacker Pika Ofisa, an “absolute beast” according to Miller,

Nate Lewis and Darrel “Mouse” Davis who points out that Ofisa led the nation in sacks. The Coyotes also have the best defensive back in America, Bo “Night Train” Bovain, who “never gets beat,” says his coach. “Every game, Bo, Dashawn Carr and Montrell Brown teach our opponents that they can’t legislate contact.” “Besides my family, football is what I live for,” states Ofisa. “It’s a dream that is now my passion. I love playing ball. I love the brotherhood of the team. We are all working together towards one goal, no matter what we are going through in our personal lives! Once we step foot on that field, we go to work! My dad taught us as kids that if your gonna play the game, you give everything you’ve got ... you give 100 % ... and if you can’t do that, then get off the field! To this day I always give 110%! There is no other way! This is football! This is life! Time to go to work!” “We’ve got weapons everywhere you look,” Coach Miller points out. “We won the Pac West last year, and we’re already

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always the first to raise their hands when there is work to be done.” Catalina Island is bristling with excitement as December 8th draws closer. reports, “The Avalon VFW will host a beer garden at this event, and the stands are sure to be packed as it’s been some time that our island has seen athletes of this caliber.” To ensure that you don’t literally miss the boat, make your reservations as soon as possible. In order to reserve your seats with the special rate given for the Pac West Catalina Kickoff Classic, you must call the Catalina Flyer directly at (800) 830-7744 and reference code name “Coyote.” As per their mission statement, the Coyotes offer “affordable family entertainment to fans across the nation, deliver high impact visibility for corporate sponsors, reach our local youth through mentoring and football programs; mentor and help advance our players, coaches and staff both here and abroad; instill a sense of community pride using local talent; and honor God in all we do.” This gracious team is extremely fanfriendly and interacts like no other with fans and the community. The public is invited to watch practices on Tuesdays at Big League Dreams at 6:30 pm or at Freedom Park on Saturdays at 7 a.m. On Thursdays, after watching game film at The Stadium Club and Bistro in Rancho Mirage, the players stay to meet and greet fans with a golden opportunity to truly get to know these exceptional athletes. Behind the tireless efforts of Senior Vice President Laurie Beth Miller, the team frequently volunteers with numerous local charities. The Coyotes most recently participated in Mobility Madness, where they raced in wheelchairs with physically challenged children and taught them how to play baseball, football and golf. When the Coyotes return from Catalina, they will assist Baseball Buddies, a program for physically and emotionally challenged kids where each player has a ‘buddy’ who assists them in playing the game. The kids will wear replica Coyote jerseys matching the number of the player who supports him or her. The Coyotes also host a Men’s Prayer Breakfast every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Sunshine Café at 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive. Fans can join the Coyotes on December 1st at Las Casas Apartments in Coachella, where the team will be working with 250 volunteers to build a playground for local youth. That week, players will also fan out through the Coachella community to give away 50 decorated Christmas trees to those less fortunate. Next year, the team will be out in force for the American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life,’ and all of the players will ‘walk’ on behalf of the sister of Coyote defensive back Rob Smith, who died recently from cancer.

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On February 17th, the Coyotes will host the First Annual Coyote Golf Classic at the Palm Desert Country Club. Following the Kickoff Classic, the Coyotes will break for the holidays, then return to begin their official regular season on January 12, 2013. For a full schedule of games and community events, follow them on Facebook at or contact Coyotes Senior Vice President

Laurie Beth Miller at 727.348.6060. “The best thing about the SoCal Coyotes,” concluded Miller. “Is that nobody here is a hostage. They are here because they love the game, they love this community, and they love playing for our fans. If you come see the Coyotes play one time, we guarantee you’ll be hooked.” CV Weekly is proud to be the official media sponsor of the SoCal Coyotes.

Popular Desert Hot Springs “Spa Tour” Returns for its 4th Year February 7th, 2013 • Tickets go on sale December 1st


pa enthusiasts will want to visit Desert Hot Springs for its 4th Annual “Spa Tour” on Thursday February 7th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Visitors will have a chance to view the beautiful “Hidden Boutique” Spas and Hotels of Desert Hot Springs, enjoy the wonderful views of the valley and “Feel the Power of Nature” which is unique to this city. Built on a large underwater mineral spring aquifer, Desert Hot Springs has more than 20 boutique resorts, most of which offer spas, pools and Jacuzzi’s filled with the therapeutic, relaxing water from hot mineral springs deep beneath the ground. Themed resorts ranging from just 4 rooms to 110 will ensure you find a style and size that’s perfect as your own healing hideaway. All tickets can be purchased through the


Chamber of Commerce office Monday thru Friday by calling 760-329-6403, in person at 11-999 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs or email VIP tickets are $125 if purchased before January 1, 2013 or $150 starting January 1. VIP tour includes a reception at Two Bunch Palms Resort prior to the tour, a gift bag which will include a luxury bathrobe, an assigned bus with tour docent, and an after party at the Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa. Seating for the VIP tours is limited. Coach tickets are $40 if purchased before January 1, 2013, and $50 starting January 1. Tour includes an assigned bus with tour docent, one raffle entry and will start out at the new Desert Hot Springs Health & Wellness Center. Seating for Coach Tour is limited. VIP and Coach Ticket holders check in

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time is 4:00 pm. Self Guided tickets are $20 if purchased before January 1, 2013 or $30 starting January 1. Tour includes a map of the participating spas to visit at their leisure, starting at 5:00pm, and one raffle entry. Coach and Self Guided are invited to stop at Miracle Springs for an after party and raffle drawing for some wonderful overnight stays or world-class spa services from the participating Spas. Additional raffle tickets benefiting Desert Hot Springs youth sports groups may be purchased at the after party prior to the announced drawing. You need not be present to win. As in past years, proceeds from the “Spa Tour 2013” will be used to support our youth sports groups as well as the Junior ROTC who once again will be greeters along the tour welcoming guests to the participating hotels.

Jointly produced by the Hoteliers Association, the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the City of Desert Hot Springs, this event has grown to become one of the popular events in the Coachella Valley bringing spa enthusiasts from far and wide into Desert Hot Springs, “The Healing Mineral Springs Capital of California”.

first heard about Jackson Cook when he and his rock band, The Regulators won the “Desert Rising Star” award produced by Marker Broadcasting, in conjunction with Golden Voice Promotions and Average Joe Entertainment. I personally didn’t hear any more about him until his name came up again this month following his performance at Stadium Club in Ranch Mirage. Cook performed as a solo artist for the benefit supporting victims of Hurricane Sandy. Word flooded in about this “kid” who amazed and entertained the audience as a stand out amongst a venue full of some of the best talent I know in this valley and elsewhere. “He was amazing!” said my friend Nada Ball. “It was a surprise to hear this rich deep voice coming out of such a young guy and be an incredible guitarist too!” With raves like this, I had to take a closer look at this artist myself. Much can be learned about this young artist on his website, www.jacksoncook. com : Patrick James Cook was born March 15, 1994 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. He began playing guitar and singing at the age of 12 and credits Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Eagles, Led Zepplin, and The Rolling Stones for influencing his music style. After performing at a school talent competition the appreciation from the audience inspired him to start writing his own songs. After completing a compilation of 10 songs his talent was recognized and he recorded his self-titled album. His debut song, “First Kiss” was nominated for “Best Young Songwriter” in the Toronto Independent Music Awards and was a finalist in the “Teen Category” for

the International Songwriter’s Competition. The following year Jackson’s song “Street Soldier” was also picked as a finalist in the International Songwriter’s Competition. That summer he was commissioned to write the anthem, “Follow Your Dreams” for the BC Summer Games in Canada. Jackson and his family, new residents of the Coachella Valley, spent some time in Los Angeles working with some of the music industry’s top producers and musicians. Here, Jackson was able to develop his vocal and guitar-playing skills. Attending the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood and performing with his band on the LA Strip, introduced Cook to the business of music. He was picked by Music Connection as one of the “Top 25 Music Reviews” in their 32nd Anniversary issue. Music Connection again recognized his talent by picking him as one of the “Top 100 Hot Unsigned Artists and

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A Young Local Star on the Horizon

Bands in the US”. Jackson now has new songs that he not only wrote and recorded but also co-produced. “I have idols I aspire from and try to learn from but as far as formal lessons, I’m selftaught. I play guitar and harmonica. I’m even trying to teach myself piano and beat at the drums.” Already having been extremely productive while being homeschooled, Cook looks forward to being able to focus more intently on his craft after graduating soon, with honors. “I was fortunate to know at a very young age that this is what I want to do, and I hope to grow to be among the best of them. Music isn’t a choice; it’s a way of life. Not only that, it is my life.” “All of my songs come from personal experiences or things I’ve seen” he shared. “Street Soldier is about a street in Vancouver, Canada named East Hastings Street and it’s the equivalent to Skid Row in Los Angeles. The first time I saw it I was absolutely shocked not just at seeing people living that lifestyle, but people my age living that way. It was like a whole other world. When I finished my tour in Canada, I made some extra shirts and bandanas and gave them away to the homeless there. It was the coolest thing to see these people wearing Jackson Cook and The Regulators clothes. It was a really cool experience. ‘Pusher Boy’ is about a friend of mine that went down the wrong path with drugs. My favorite song right now, because I really love some good rock and roll, is Dead Man Walking. I’m pretty proud of that one vocally as well as the guitar solo I laid down for that.” Having given his songs a listen to, I thought to myself, “Pretty good for a 35 year old seasoned musician... Outstanding for an 18 year old who’s natural talent is only going to keep growing.” You’re So

Pretty was an instant standout to me as he, in my interpretation, sang to an adolescent girl who lacked traditional beauty, and encouraged her to be her beautiful unique self; a message that cannot be delivered enough to the young girls of this generation. He did this artfully, genuinely and without gimmick. He, with extremely good musicianship and written prowess (not to mention above par natural good looks and a endearing charm) delivers positive messages to a target market that could propel this young prodigy into full blown stardom more likely sooner than later. Jackson Cook is beyond his years on many levels while still owning his youth and the messages that his peers need and want to hear. He is an artist whose music is worth hearing and whose career should be a lot of fun to watch. When I asked him if there was anything else he wanted people to know about him, he responded, “I’m pretty new here to the Coachella Valley area. I’ve been here for a year and a half now, but it really is a lot of fun to be here because it’s different than a lot of places. I find they support their local talent and their art a lot more than other cities. I have to give a shout out to Coachella Valley for all the support and help I’ve received here.” As a result of his performance at Stadium Club, Jackson Cook will be performing at Lulu’s in Palm Springs Wednesday, November 28 as a solo artist. Jackson Cook and The Regulators, his full rock band, will be performing at the Charleston in Los Angeles, December 2nd. Keep an eye out for future dates and opportunities to see this talented musician for yourself by following him on Facebook or visit his website


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If ever the words “living legend” were more than just public relations bluster, the application would be to Willie Hugh Nelson. The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” His career has spanned six decades. His catalog boasts more than 200 albums and on Friday, March 1st Nelson will take the stage once again, at Fantasy Springs. Nelson has earned every conceivable award and honor to be bestowed a person in his profession. He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. In many ways, however, the weighty distinction “living legend” does Nelson a disservice, for it discounts the extent to which he is a thriving, relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new releases, two of which received Grammy nominations, and a careerspanning box set, released his debut novel and again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, all the while continuing to lobby against horse slaughter and produce his own blend of biodiesel fuel. As ever, Nelson tours tirelessly, climbing aboard Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans on a seemingly endless journey to places that were well worth the ride. Just this year, Nelson entered into a historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. The deal marks a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from

1975-1993, cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and album for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975’s seminal smash Red Headed Stranger. To kick off the new agreement, fans can look forward to five brand-new albums, the first, Heroes, was released May 2012. The albums will showcase new songs and deep country classics with guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. Just this month, Nelson released his book, Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I die. Tickets for the 8PM Willie Nelson performance are on sale for $99, $79, $69, $39 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at

STEVIE NICKS March 2, 2013

The legendary Stevie Nicks has an instantly recognizable voice that rises above all others, that stops you in your tracks, that has inspired and influenced artists for generations. On Saturday, March 2nd, Nicks will fill the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center with that haunting, romantic and completely unforgettable sound. Added to the voice, are her extraordinary songwriting talents which have brought joy to her millions of fans for generations. Collectively they add up to one of the most successful female artists in rock history. From the start of her career as a solo artist with the release of her five million seller “Bella Donna” up to her current critically acclaimed “In Your Dreams”, Nicks has never failed to deliver unforgettable performances on record and on the stage.

“In Your Dreams” is Nicks’ first album of new material in a decade. “Dreams” was co-produced by former Eurhythmic Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Nicks has been touring the last year and a half for her “In Your Dreams” Tour and has also appeared with Rod Stewart on the “Heart & Soul” Tour. The Gold Dust Woman is also completing work on a documentary on the making of the “In Your Dreams” album which will be released at the end of this year. It will also be screened at the upcoming Hamptons Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival. As a member of the legendary Fleetwood Mac whose “Rumours” CD was one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Nicks’ four decade career includes multiple Grammy awards, numerous gold and platinum records, induction into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and unforgettable performances across the stages of the world for decades. Nicks who has penned Fleetwood Mac classics including the timeless “Landslide,” “Dreams,” ”Gold Dust Woman” and “Rhiannon” has had equal success as a solo artist beginning with her five times platinum debut “Bella Donna.” With unforgettable songs such as “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stand Back,” Stevie Nicks is unique among the pantheon of rock icons. Tickets for the 8PM Stevie Nicks performance are on sale for $109, $99, $89, $69 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at

MATCHBOX TWENTY March 30th, 2013


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will make his return to the Special Events Center stage at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. This is the same stage where he performed solo in front of a sold-out crowd just two years ago. This time, however, Thomas will return with his band mates from his four-time Grammy-nominated band, Matchbox Twenty. After being together on and off for more than fifteen years, Matchbox Twenty has four commercially successful poprock albums to their name. The band’s most recent album, North, was released in September of 2012 and debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 list. Their newest album has spawned instant buzz among critics with radio hit singles “She’s So Mean” and “Overjoyed.” North comes ten years after the group’s last studio album, the smash hit, More Than You Think You Are. This album tied up radio airwaves for more than a year with singles including Grammy-nominated hit “Unwell,” “Bright Lights,” and “Disease” which was co-written with Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger. Powered by Thomas’ distinct voice and songwriting ability, the band has been a hit machine, churning out a number of Top 40 hits such as “Push,” “Real World,” “Back 2 Good,” “Mad Season,” “Disease,” and “How Far We’ve Come.” The band has also produced four # 1 singles, including “3 a.m.,” “Bent,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Unwell.” Tickets for the 8PM Matchbox Twenty performance go on sale Friday, December 14th for $109, $89, $69, $49 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at www.

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Tis the Season to Be Careful

ith all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, criminals are out in full force looking to have a happy holiday at your expense. A basic holiday scam is asking for ‘charitable’ contributions whether that is in front of stores, over the phone, by mail, email or any other means that the crook can conjure up. Simply put, if you don’t know the charity, don’t give unless you are willing to do a little legwork to confirm their legitimacy. The same goes for people looking to offer financially-strapped people work-fromhome jobs or too-good-to-be-true credit cards. If someone wants a processing fee in advance of giving you that easy money job or credit card, do not take it. When using public wireless networks, be careful that the access point is not that of a hacker looking for information off of your computer. In general, never use your credit card online when utilizing a public wifi network.

Another growing area for scams are fake gift cards offered via Facebook or emails. A telltale sign on this scam is that the person offering the gift card wants personal information such as your social security number or a credit card number. A variation on this scam is where the gift card is offered to people signing up for their website or fan page. In reality, they are looking for ways to steal your personal information. Along these lines, never open the anonymous “e-card” as it is often malware meant to infect your computer and steal information. While away from home, be extra careful when locking your house. Thieves prefer an open door or window to an actual break-in. A simple theft deterrent idea that gives the impression that you are at home is leaving a radio or television on. If you are leaving home for more than a few hours, light timers are another inexpensive and effective security measure. Also, make sure to stop your newspaper and mail as build-ups of either tell a criminal that

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you are away. If you can, have a trustworthy neighbor keep an eye on your house. Also, think twice before leaving a message on your answering machine that tells people that you are away. Your Facebook posts are another giveaway. Do you really want to advertise that you are not home? A lot of people leave keys under a door mat, flower pot or in a fake rock. Criminals look for this when trying to enter your home. If you have to leave a key out, put it in a password secured key lock. Another simple security measure is to keep your Christmas tree away from the front window as the presents surrounding the tree tell passing opportunistic hoods whether your house is worth burgling. While out and about shopping, if you plan on carrying a number of packages, think about leaving the purse at home. Men should also be careful and put their wallet in a front pocket or the interior jacket pocket as the back pocket is easy to pick in a crowded store.

In general, do not carry cash - use a check or credit card as both are safer ways to shop. Once you have made the purchase, do not leave unattended packages in your back seat - put them in the trunk. If shopping at night, park in a well- lit location and have your keys in hand when approaching your car in the parking lot. Lastly, you can prevent what is often the deadliest of holiday crimes - drinking and driving. It may be a cliche but friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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Austin Del Rio Going Solo as DJ Nudgie B

orn and raised in the Coachella Valley, Austin Del Rio realized his appetite for music at the age of six with a little help from his parents. “My mother and father have always been very supportive of my music endeavors. From a young age I was put in piano lessons and dabbled in guitar and drums,” recalls

Austin. The young musician favored the piano as he entered his teenage years but would realize he didn’t need an instrument to make music when he attended his first rave at 14 years old. Austin was inspired by the sounds of electronic music and began dreaming about one day being on stage creating his own sounds with turntables and digital software. As luck would have it, Austin’s dad owned a night club with an amazing sound system where he would come in and get tips from the DJs after the club would close. With perseverance and some selfteaching, Austin began developing his DJ skills and expanding his music knowledge. “I can mix several genres from Nu Disco, House, Drum and Bass, Dubstep and Hip Hop Instrumentals,” explains Austin. While attending Palm Desert High School, Austin began playing at house parties, school dances and some birthday

parties. As he continued to develop his DJ persona, Austin also began purchasing more and more DJ and sound equipment which he began renting out for parties and special events. Eventually Austin found himself working with Extinct Entertainment performing in a duo known as the Gentlemen @stronauts, playing Dubstep and Drum and Bass. Austin’s first experience working with an entertainment company did not turn out as fruitful as he planned so the teenage DJ decided he would perform solo for now using the name, DJ Nudgie, a childhood nickname given to him by his brother. Austin is very passionate about his music and emphasizes, “I strongly believe in the culture and mindset that EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has brought to the world and I hope my music brings happiness and provides the P.L.U.R (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect—it is the ravers’ code) lifestyle to those who listen. Dreaming to

create his own electronic sound at bigger venues such as concerts and festivals in the future, Austin knows his path is filled with top 40 and dance hits for the time being until he can find his niche in the music scene. For now the desert is his haven for creativity and provides him with a quiet and inspirational place to work on music and explore and further his vision. At 17, Austin is currently attending Oasis College Prep school while working on his first EP which is a fusion of electronic and NU Disco. With the continued support of his parents he hopes to move to Los Angeles after graduating high school and attend the Musicians Institute to get a degree in Audio Engineering. If you would like to contact Austin (AKA – DJ Nudgie) his e-mail is: Written by: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 880-3848


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DALI’S LLAMA “Autumn Woods”

hen people talk about Desert Rock (or the less appealing Stoner Rock, a term most locals abhor), inevitably the same couple of bands are referenced: Queens Of Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal. Maybe if they dig a little deeper it’s Kyuss and the generator parties of the late 80s. But there are plenty of Desert Rock pioneers that rarely receive the amount of ink afforded Josh Homme or Jesse Hughes. Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Herb Lineau (Half Astro), Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) and Zach Huskey are the unsung heroes of the nascent Desert scene. Practically the minute puberty hit, Zach Huskey began making music. The Sciotics, Blue Sunday and Next are just a few of the bands he fronted back in high school. At the same time he began dating Erica Faber. After graduation the couple moved to Los Angeles to pursue higher education and rock & roll stardom. Zach fronted a couple of moderately successful bands, Long Dead & Gone and My Pain. By the early 90s, inter-band conflicts and the untenable “pay to play” policies of the Sunset Strip rock clubs sucked the fun out of the music. To quote Gladys Knight, “L.A. proved too much for the man.” So Zach and Erica returned to the desert with a mission. Erica learned to play Bass guitar, they found a drummer (the first of many), and Dali’s Llama was born. Their 1993 debut, Pre-Post Now was a concise slice of pop-punk. Nearly two decades in, Zach and Erica have balanced family life, (raising their own punk rockers, Sage and Zane) with making music. Influences as disparate as the Who, Albert Ayler, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and Dinosaur Jr. cropped up on successive Dali’s

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Llama CDs. Zach also found time for side projects like his Primordial Blues band and three folky solo records. On their 2010 effort, Howl Do You Do, Dali’s Llama managed to pay homage to the psychobilly of the Cramps and the proto-garage rock of the Sonics. 2012 finds the band back with their 10th release, Autumn Woods. Whipcrack power chords open the album on “Bad Dreams.” The song moves with cyclonic speed until it suddenly shudders to a halt idling in a grinding groove. Snaking through this aural maelstrom is Zach’s corrosive solo. Three songs tackle topical themes here. On “Goatface” roiling guitars collide with a pummeling backbeat. Huskey’s strafing guitar riffs hit like a physical assault, which feels apt, since the lyrics decry child abuse. Anchored by a see-saw rhythm, and Huskey’s searing guitar fills, “The Gods” is a thoughtful denunciation of organized religion: “Man made gods, Gods kill man…Believe our ways or go to war.” The instrumental coda starts slow with Huskey’s filigreed finger-picking then the tempo increases, head-banging full tilt and concluding with his buzz saw solo. Finally, “Blow Holes & Fur” is a stinging commentary on macro-evolution. Drummer Craig Brown beats out a stuttery tattoo, matched by Erica’s supple bass lines and Rhythm Guitarist Joe Wangler’s downstroke riffs. The skeleton of Zach’s solo recalls Deep Purple’s “My Woman From Tokyo.” The title track is the album’s centerpiece, clocking in at close to 10 minutes. The song opens with dour chords and Huskey’s sepulchral vocals. The repetitious arrangement becomes hypnotic leavened

The nucleus of Dali’s Llama has always been Zach and Erica, but the addition of drummer Craig Brown and Rhythm Guitarist Joe Wangler is a good fit. Autumn Woods is a worthy addition to the Dali’s Llama canon. It’s safe to say that 20 years from now Zach will still be yowling, growling and shredding and Erica will be providing solid ballast to some new Dali’s Llama music. Keeping the Desert Rock legacy alive one album at a time.

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ianist and vocalist Gil Quesada performs as part of the Johnny Meza and Company (also known as the Bada Bing Band) with Al Lopez on saxophone and Sal Frisaura on drums, with guest vocalist Lola Rossi, every Wednesday from 6 until 10 p.m. at Wally’s Desert Turtle located at 71-775 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. (760) 568-9321. Quesada also performs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Le Vallauris at 385 West Tahquitz in Palm Springs. (760) 325-5059. Born and raised in East LA, Gil Quesada started playing songs on the piano when he was three years old. “I grew up in a family filled with music,” said Quesada. “My Mother played the piano and accordion and my Father played the guitar and bass. There

by Huskey’s sweetly spiraling fills. This song, a testament to the power of nature, is thick, viscous and magnificent. As the song concludes time signatures shift and he lets loose a gritty cascade of notes that detonate like smart bombs. Autumn Woods is a thrilling tour de force. The best tracks here are “Nostalgia” and “O.K. Freak Out.” The former is a playful recollection of teenage Punk Rock rebellion… “Riots rock when you’re young!” The melody rumbles and swaggers. Huskey’s oscillating solo suddenly switches gears double-tracking with a Rush-like precision. The latter lives up to it’s title, “O.K. Freak Out” serves as a showcase for Huskey’s virtuoso riff-age. Riding roughshod over a dense churning melody, the lyrics (about being trapped at work when nice weather beckons), take a back seat. Huskey executes one face-melting solo after the next, shredding with sharp-shooter accuracy. Exhaling like a post-coital cigarette, the album closes with “Resolve.” Slow and contemplative, the tune is powered by intertwining acoustic and electric guitars. The lyrics celebrate the catharsis that performing live music provides.

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wasn’t any television back then, so music was all I knew.” He remembers listening to the big band music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Harry James and a lot of Latin and Mariachi Music. He remembers being told about musician Don Tosti, who attended school with his relative and raved about Tosti being “a genius” at such a young age. “I remember my parents would wake me up to play, when family or friends would stop by.” He learned how to play the accordion and later the trumpet in elementary school. After high school, he continued to play in his own band, The Crescendos, who won the first “Battle of the Bands” in East LA. He met up with the legendary “King of the Cha, Cha, Cha” Manny Lopez when he was 19

and played bass in Lake Tahoe for a while, moved to San Diego for a couple of years, and finally landed in Palm Springs, we here he called home. Carla Kelly Marie Ryan was born in Fargo, North Dakota and raised in West St. Paul, Minnesota. She started singing when she was named Miss West St. Paul in the Winter Royalty Court. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a teaching degree, she taught for several years. In 1966 she returned to the Twin Cities where she played the ukulele and sang with her longtime friend, Patty Sachs, who also sang and played “the case” at local clubs and restaurants. After moving to the Desert, she worked with “Gloria Becker, the best Booking Agent in the Desert” according to Quesada, and Ryan would pass by him at the office. Quesada worked at so many venues throughout the years, there are too many to mention. Becker would send him to perform at private parties with various musicians. It is through Becker’s agency, he met and worked with vocalist Kelly Ryan. They lived separate lives, with others at the time, but after a few years as circumstances changed in their personal lives, they became not only inseparable, but one of the most favorite duos in the Desert billed as “Sound Investment” performing a large variety of music. Band leader Don Tosti, who Quesada had heard about as a child, was involved with

the Princess Cruise Lines. He booked them to perform on the ship and gave them the opportunity to tour the world. “We loved being on the cruise ship for 6 months at a time. Then we would come home to Palm Springs and perform with our friends and then return to the ship for another 6 month contract. We worked on the cruise ships for 15 years, and enjoyed meeting people from all over the world, who are still friends to this day.” While in Australia, Ryan became ill and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. They returned to the Desert and her friends, fans and fellow musicians, gathered together in November of 2003, to raise funds for their personal needs. Quesada continued performing, however, his best friend was unable to perform. She was fighting a battle for 9 years, but kept her smile and her very close friends laughing. On Thursday, November 8, 2012, with Gil by her side, Kelly left us to join that big band in the sky. God has a reason for everything, although we often don’t understand, but memories of our loved ones, never leave our hearts. We will miss her now, knowing she is no longer suffering, and look forward to the day when we will reunite with our loved ones in Heaven. In memory of Kelly Ryan, donations for ovarian cancer may be sent to the Desert Cancer Foundation, 74091 Larrea Street, Palm Desert, CA 92260. (760) 773-6554. Thank you for being her friend.


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Welsh Corgis, Royal Dogs

hese enchanting little dogs are the favorite of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth since she was a young child.   The Queen has always had a group of these marvelous animals by her side since her father, King George VI, brought home Dookie in 1933.  Three Welsh Corgis entertained the crowd at the London 2012 Olympics in an opening ceremony video skit that also featured movie hunk Daniel Craig.  The trio of charming dogs became the talk of the town, managing to temporarily upstage even James Bond.  How did these  little dogs  capture the heart of the English monarch and the fancy of dog lovers throughout the world? One of the first features one notices about the Corgis is their famous smile.  The

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breed standard calls for them to have black lips, so when they pull back the corners of their mouths, their faces are like happy little clowns. Behind those smiles is a happy spirit, and they have an exceptional ability to bond with humans.  They look like they are about to tell a joke or pull a prank, and then are ready to scamper away as fast as their little legs take them.  The Corgis approach all activities with glee.  This attitude made them valuable on the Welsh farms where both types of Corgis - - the Pembroke and the Cardigan - - earned their keep for centuries.  Corgis were bred to be herding dogs in the agricultural areas of Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire in Walks.  Farms in the region were situated on rocky hills, and a sturdy breed of cattle grazed there under rather harsh conditions.  The cattle had a propensity or kicking the larger dogs that tried to herd them.  A shorter, tough dog was needed to handle the job.  The Corgis had an amazing ability to herd, and a willingness to do the bidding of their humans.    The name “Corgi” is derived from the Welsh word “cor” which means dwarf and “ci” which means dog.  The Cardigans trace their roots as far back as 1200 B.C when they were brought to Europe by Celtic invaders.  Their ancestry may be traced to the Tekel dogs, the group of low, long-back dogs that include Dachshunds and Basset Hounds.  By the 19th century, these dogs were plentiful in Wales, nipping at the heels of livestock and guarding flocks of geese on their way to

market. With less demand for their skills in the agricultural market, Corgis mastered the ability for the next big growth industry for canines and became pampered house pets.  In early British settlements, these prized family members hunted game and guarded children.  Described as handsome,

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powerful, capable of speed and endurance, and intelligent, these dogs became popular in both the English and American Kennel Clubs. Incredibly cute, their bright and intelligent eyes connect with humans.  Their handsome fox-like faces containing that famous smile ensure that many first meetings are love at first sight.  Eager to engage, the dogs are ready for anything whether it be dog paddling in a pond or exercising on an agility course.  The Queen’s current group of Corgis include Linnet, Monty, Holly, and Willow.  While they have access to the royal apartments, they have their own Corgi room at the palace where they sleep in wicker beds.  Each room has a supply of blotting paper, as even royal dogs are not immune from an occasional accident.  A daily menu is posted for them, with meals such as chuck steak, poached chicken, or liver.  The meat is chopped up and mixed with boiled cabbage and white rice.  While not every dog can reside in Buckingham Palace, the Corgis’ cheerful spirit will make them little princes and princesses in your home.


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The Allure of Pinot Noir

ews around town is that there is more and “more better” Pinot Noir on the market shelves than ever before. It’s the current craze! It’s really taken over as the predominant red wine request—at autumn and winter lunches & dinners—that Merlot used to own. Everybody wants the “Pinot” and it’s very food friendly. As is clear, the Pinot Noir grape is French, thus, typically when vocalized, consonnants are not sounded. That’s why we say “Pino(t)” without the “t” and “Noi(r)” without the “r”. The French pronounce this grape as PEE-noh NWAh. The “oir” in French is spoken “Wah”. Like in the first syllable in the word “wa-ter”. If you were to say “pino water”—say it again without the “ter”; but of course, first add the “N” sound: “NWah”—there you go! Like it or not, Americans tend to pronounce it as “PEE-noh NWAHRR”—with a pronounced “r” sound. Funny—huh? They’re not pronouncing the “t” but it’s heavy on the “r”! The wonderful predominant flavor description of Pinot Noir is berry (raspberry/ strawberry), black cherry, cinnamon, and mint. Then, depending on the terroir or micro-climate, add the very aromatic flavors of: cranberries, cedar, earth, flowers, game, meat, minerals, mushrooms, plums, smoke, spices, tea (especially Moroccan Green), toast, truffles, vanilla, and violets. Yes! it’s a natural for the holiday table. Red wine from Burgundy France is Pinot Noir and the wines are legendary in the wine world. So many experienced wine lovers will confidently declare that no other red wine in the world can beat the complexity, fullness, and style of a great Pinot Noir from the Cote de Nuits— known as part of the “golden slope” in La Bourgogne. Once you’ve been there, everyone speaks of something magical in their vineyards. Yes—this is where the most expensive Romanée-Conti, La Tache, Richebourg, La Vivant etc., exist, thrive, and are shockingly good. It seems, in a fun way, that where a red Bordeaux attracts the intellectual, Pinot Noir Burgundy attracts the romantic and the artist; and just like them, the Pinot Noir grape is very sensitive—it’s a very delicate grape varietal that needs careful attention both in the vineyard and in the winery. Aldo Sohm, world- renowned sommelier at Le

Bernardin, says, “Burgundy Pinot Noirs are like divas; they all want to be understood, yet they don’t care what other people think because they are so eccentric.” This Burgundian profile caused the whole world to try to emulate it. Be it California, Oregon, Argentina, or New Zealand, wine makers continually strive for that French benchmark on their own turf. A good Pinot Noir from anywhere in the world, however, must carry that “aromatic” complexity: After decanting for at least an hour, the aroma should draw you in and the palate should be that ethereal balance of acidity, alcohol, fruitiness, and a mild touch of those puckering tannins. CAVEAT!—“Burgundy” on any American wine label is a generic term, meaning it is a soft red wine and not necessarily made from Pinot Noir—like the boxed wines called “Burgundy”. Remember Gallo’s Hearty Burgundy back in the day? That was a good value-priced and good tasting wine—but it was mostly Zinfandel mixed with other red wine grapes. We are especially fortunate to have some of the best Pinot Noir in the U.S. produced here in California and Oregon— which means we have great access to so much of it—and a lot of really good stuff at the $15--$25 range. In California, where we have the blessings of the Pacific, look for Pinot Noir from the Carneros District, the Russian River Valley, Anderson & Monterey Counties, and Santa Ynes Valley . They tend to be some of the best. Brewer Clifton at the “wine ghetto” in Santa Barbara is a seriously delicious Pinot; The Russian River Rochioli Winery has consistently made great Pinot. Pinot Noir has become a prominent specialty of Oregon. The clayey red earth of Dundee Hills in the Willamette [WillLAM-et] Valley is regarded as one of the best terriors for this grape. And there’s no

question that Oregonian more resembles the French red of Burgundy. Andy Myers, sommelier at Cityzen, says, “I tend to lean more towards Oregon than California. Cal Pinot is a bigger, richer, and more forward style with juicy red fruit. Oregon Pinot is a little dirtier in a nice way, with more earthiness and mushroom. They’re leaner with more black fruit than red; a little lower in alcohol and more elegant.” For some of the Oregon’s tastiest Pinot Noirs, look for Andelsheim, Argyle, Domaine Drouhin, and Stoller who produce wines of great character. In about 5 years or so, we’ll be discussing the Pinots from Argentina and New Zealand with the same fervor. Look for them now— they are great buys.

At a “progressive Pinot Noir” wine tasting party, we’d start with the $5 Barefoot Pinot Noir. It’s the perfect pinot starter—tasty with all of the basic flavors. Castle Rock Central Coast at around $9 is next with a step-up in notes and a much better wine. At the next level, let’s try the zesty Argentine 2009 Manos Negras Pinot Noir at around $15 at BevMo; or, the lightstyle but good complexity of $15 Garnet Monterey County. At $25 and higher, look for the brands I’ve mentioned above: Guaranteed delicious! Enjoy! CHEERS! Rick continues to host & entertain at wine events & tastings. Contact winespectrum@

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After enjoying our first course and a cocktail, it was time for the entrees! Taking the recommendation of a friend, I ordered the braised beef short ribs. The beef was very tender and easily flaked apart. The sauce was a chipotle barbeque sauce that was more of a glaze than a sauce and was strong in barbeque flavor. The beef was served with mashed potatoes, carrots and peas; all were inedible. The carrots were difficult to cut, even with a steak knife, and the peas were clearly not fresh as they were small and shriveled, offering little flavor. The potatoes were dry and literally crumbled apart on the plate. I was disappointed with my meal but my guest was rather pleased with her Macadamia Chicken Schnitzel, served with fingerling potatoes and a cucumber salad. Had the server asked about my meal, I would have

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and slightly stale, as if it had been toasted days earlier, but fortunately, fresh bread had already been delivered to our table. The salmon was fresh and a perfect start to the evening. My guest enjoyed her caprese salad which was made with small bite-sized portions of tomato and mozzarella cheese. We were off to a decent start.

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aving enjoyed my fill of holiday comfort food with friends and family, I opted to pass on leftovers and went downtown to Palm Springs for dinner with a good friend this past weekend. We ended up at a popular restaurant on the strip that always seems to be busy when I walk by but I have never had the opportunity to dine. Zin American Bistro is in the heart of Palm Springs with a beautiful patio that faces Palm Canyon and the many tourists and locals that visit the strip. I was excited to finally dine where many were raving about but my experience was lackluster. We were seated on the spacious patio and while it was cool outside, the patio was at a perfect temperature. The wine list is impressive, offering many selections from around the world. We received good service from start to finish; however, the food was not comparable. I enjoyed my first course, a salmon tartar served with crisp crostinis. The bread was very brittle

his year, Howard’s Back Door Gallery has devoted his gallery and framing studio to showcasing the best of professional artists residing right here in our beautiful Coachella Valley. December 7th – 30th, this gracious host will be exhibiting a group of several professional, local artists and members of the Artist Council at Palm Springs Art Museum coined collectively as Artists One Eleven. The exhibition opens with two consecutive evenings of receptions to which the public is invited: December 7th from 6-8 pm and December 8th from 4-6 pm at Howard’s Back Door Gallery located at 71418 Highway 111, in Rancho Mirage. Artist One Eleven members featured in the “Wax, Pixels and Paint” exhibition is a phenomenal collection of tenured expressionists. Charlene Helfend Lane chooses oil or acrylic paint to help her create the expressive, individual appearance of her figurative and abstract subjects. Pat Kodet works with pixels and paint, using collage from her digital images in her acrylic

painting, blending abstract with a hint of portraiture. Sylvia Torres works in encaustic where the pigment is in a wax/resin base and mixed media, adds paper fragments, emotional mark-making and painted layers, revealing and concealing abstract visions. Meg Walling works in acrylic paint and incorporates hand-printed papers in her figurative paintings that are rich in narrative content. These talented members of Artists One Eleven have been exhibited widely through solo shows as well as group exhibitions. Most currently, their works have been displayed at the Palm Spring Art Museum’s annual Artist Council Exhibition which will continue to be shown through December 9th. These artists and art educators have received notable awards of excellence, with their works in permanent collections of

museums, as well as on the sets of numerous television studios. Their collective work varies from the classical to the abstract, from figures revealing relationships and personality, to photography of nonrepresentational beauty. Their work pushes the limits of their respective mediums, both in content and in methodology This exhibition of select pieces, range in size and price, with many being small and

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By far, David O. Russell’s quirky dramedy is among the more engaging and entertaining films I’ve seen in a long, long time. Maybe even the best picture of the year. I was surprised by the unfolding of the very human story of a Phillie family working out ways to cope and readjust to the shifting reality they have been dealt. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are fantastic in this crazy, funny, and finally upbeat love story that dabbles in the diverse issues of mental health, grief and gambling.

Word of mouth will make this a huge hit for the holidays and beyond. What a delight to find this terrific film in a season that’s rife with contrived, insipid family fare. Here’s one that’s not sentimental or smarmy but energized with the wild, dark humor and scary

twists just like real life -- and also infused with the kind of compassion and understanding that changes the perception of things. Don’t miss this one. The less you know of the story, the more you will enjoy experiencing it. Trust me. I felt good walking out of the theater and appreciated the interesting insights producer Bruce Cohen shared with the preview audience at our best-run desert theater -- the fabulous Cinemas Palme d’Or where it will run through Christmas.


wonderfully choreographed action sequences and a powerfully pulsing score make this a fine contender for Best Picture and a worthy title for the home library. A slew of extras elaborate the production process. (For those who desire a deeper examination of Nolan’s Batman movies, check out the “Complete Screenplays with Selected Storyboards” (Opus, $34.95) and “The Art and Making of THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY” (Abrams, $40). The former is a 553-page trade paperback and the latter is a lavish 304-page coffee table book loaded with 300 color photos and literate copy that explores some of the myth, meaning, concepts and production challenge of the three films.) Available December 4. Warner Bros. Blu-ray.


Christopher Nolan’s dramatic finale to his brilliant Batman trilogy is a terrific tale tailored for our times. The Imax cameras capture the scale of the struggle that sets up a dissonance with the audience regarding just who is the hero and who is the villain. Tom Hardy’s Bane represents the unnumbered throngs of those enslaved -- literally or figuratively -- by the system. Batman’s sole is Bruce Wayne, a psychologically damaged and justice obsessed billionaire crime fighter who clearly aligns with the elite capitalists, power brokers and those who probably trade with the military industrial elite. A literate story, superb direction, intelligent acting,


Michael Cimino’s much-maligned, lengthy, indulgent 1980 western epic inspired by the obscure, bloody “Johnson County war” was butchered by critics, radically cut by the studio and avoided by audiences. The story has Harvard grad Kris Kristofferson relocating to Wyoming as a federal marshal where he discovers a government-sanctioned plot by cattle barons to kill European immigrants for their land. Now, after more than three decades since its original release, and stories of a coke-fueled production not with

standing, perhaps the vitriol and venomous passions have subsided enough so that Cimino’s original 216 minute cut can be seen anew for what it is: an artistic -- and scathing -- tone poem about much more than the American class warfare rule of profit over people. With our recently concluded Presidential elections, and the shaky truce between Israel and Gaza, this difficult and unorthodox film tears into something very raw in the heart of the human family that struggles to survive on an increasing fragile and beautiful planet. Yes, make no mistake; Cimino’s transcendent natural landscape is a core element that surrounds the Manichean view of evil done under the law. Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography is consistently eye-popping and the production design is richly and minutely detailed. This magnificently visualized film has been restored (under Cimino’s supervision) by Criterion in a truly breathtaking hi-def transfer that must be seen to be believed. Cimino recently said he couldn’t recreate this film today even with a budget of $300 million. Perhaps unwieldy in its non-traditional structure, the ultimate power of the film is the hypnotic seduction of the images that recreate a specific time and place. This tragic and prescient story deserves to be seen and appreciated at the very least for the magnificent canvas it recreates. Kris Kristofferson stars with Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterson, Brad Dourif, Isabelle Hupert, Joseph Cotton and Jeff Bridges. Solid extras and interviews add insights. Two discs. Criterion. Blu-ray Comments?

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of Southern California. She interprets Monroe in her historical context and in terms of her interactions with men and women in her life, what Banner calls the “geography of gender.” This gives the reader a fresh perspective of the events that impacted, influenced and ultimately shaped the woman and the persona Marilyn Monroe. At times, Banner interjects her own opinion. What she refers to as “entr’acte,” where Banner briefly delves into Monroe’s psyche and Monroe’s “historical resonance.” Banner’s strong narrative voice still allows room for the reader’s personal impression and interpretation. According to Banner, Monroe was an “illegitimate” child and lived in eleven foster homes before her guardian secretly arranged Monroe’s first marriage at 16 years-old just to avoid a twelfth foster family. Banner has names and the locations where Norma Jeane lived beginning at the age of eight. Banner documents each family and describes the treatment Monroe received. It is at the age of eight when Norma Jeane is sexually molested the first time. Banner does all she can to verify the facts and the culprits of Norma Jeane’s abuse, naming names since Monroe herself was never specific. One of Banner’s revelations is that Monroe’s mother, Gladys Baker, was not just crazy as is commonly believed but an interesting and complicated woman. Banner does a great job shedding light on all the women in Monroe’s life. Most are dealing

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with the challenges and the circumstances of being single, working women and coping in an era that lacked equality and held a double-standard towards women. Monroe’s sexuality is a constant issue. Most surprising is Banner’s revelation that Monroe had lesbian affairs and that may have been her sexual preference. Banner addresses the issue of homosexuality in mid-century America. She says: “The end of the war produced a backlash against homosexuality as strong as that against communism.” She continues: “The fear was that individuals might not give up their homosexual inclinations. Thus heterosexuality needed reinforcement. Federal and state governments passed laws identifying homosexuals and lesbians as dangerous perverts.” Of the many Monroe paradoxes described by Banner, the “blond bombshell” that was Monroe was ironically one of the cultural tools used to reinforce heterosexuality of the post WW II era.

Marilyn: The Passion and The Paradox is a respectful and sympathetic depiction of Monroe. It reveals a gifted, multifaceted and passionate woman riddled with selfdoubt. Although she was perceived as a “dumb blonde,” Monroe was a progressive thinker. She had a spiritual curiosity, held anti-racist attitudes and had an interest in radical politics. There is nothing overlooked in Banner’s Monroe biography. The Kennedy’s, the mob and the circumstances around her death are all carefully considered. While most biographers have credited others for crafting Monroe’s success, Banner proves that she did it mostly on her own. According to Banner, Monroe was a brilliant intellect with a willingness to take risks to create her lasting and beguiling iconic image. Monroe may have battled the Hollywood establishment and her demons, but she ultimately impacted our culture and history. DESERT WELCOME INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A NETWORKING NIGHT AT









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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; 760-5643660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-3296787 Karaoke 9pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-3422333 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; 760-347-1522 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

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PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760365-5956 Sara Watkins w/ Aoife O’Donovan 7pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 JB Jam 8pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-4080 8311 Art of Sax Trio 5-9pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 Smooth Brothers (RR)(LR) THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Reggie Vision 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-3459770 Linda Peterson 6:30-10pm 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 DECEMBER 3 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; 760325-2794 Hot Rox LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 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; 760-365-


(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


Sullivan’s 73505 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA

5956 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Night 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

TUE DECEMBER 4 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Rojer & 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; 760-5643660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Andrew, Matt & Mike 8:30pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760992-0002 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; 760-3662250 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


(760) 341-3560

(760) 564-2201

American Michaels 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 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 PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Brad Mercer & Mark Guerrero 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Open Mic 8pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Dr. Paul 6pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 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 Boliver 6:30-9pm

WED DECEMBER 5 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; 760-5643660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760992-0002 Rose Mallet 5-9pm (JZ)(BL) FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny

Restaurant guide

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

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

Lavender Bistro Continental 78073 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 564-5353

2155 North Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262


El Mexicali II 43-430 Monroe St. Indio, CA


78772 California 111 La Quinta, CA 92253

Crab Pot

70030 California 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


(760) 321-7635


(760) 342-2333


73505 El Paseo # 2500 Palm Desert


(760) 674-8666

San Miguel



(760) 564-4568


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 JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-3662250 Live Music (RR) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760325-2794 Hot Rox LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-5645353 Mark Gregg 5:30pm LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 “Sing Jam” w/ Michael Healy 8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8-1:15am THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 Walking Papers featuring Duff McKagan 8pm 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; 760341-3560 Straight Ahead Jazz (JZ) THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Shaken Not Stirred 7pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-3459770 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


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35 320 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City

(760) 328-9402

72 450 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms

(760) 343-7340

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by Curtis Hendricks

November 29 to December 5, 2012


Few Valley High Schools Meet API State Goal I

n last week’s article, I discussed the Academic Performance Index (API) of the schools in Indio, CA. The information that I found shocked me. The fact that only six out of nineteen schools in the city of Indio met or passed California’s API goal of 800. As a disclaimer, many educators (including myself) believe that judging a school, district, or students by their test scores is absurd and wrong. Unfortunately, regardless of how we feel about test scores, many colleges and universities focus largely on them. The state of California also focuses on test performance with state mandated testing and high school exit exams. The SAT, ACT, GED, and high school exit exams are just a few tests that colleges and universities evaluate during a student’s application process. Test based evaluations may be considered uncouth, but we live in a world where tests scores rule supreme. So, why does this API score matter to you? The API measures the academic performance and progress of individual

students in California. The academic performance that the API is referencing just happens to be based on test scores, which are the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) to be specific. Our public school students are required to test consistently through their academic lives, which can result in failure for students with learning disabilities, English language learners, and students who simply do not test well. After researching the California Department of Education’s Data Quest, found at, I have found that only two high schools in our valley meet and pass California’s API goal. I believe that it is important to note that our valley has three school districts that total fifteen high schools, including continuation high schools. Out of those fifteen high schools only La Quinta High School (LQHS) and Palm Desert High School (PDHS) are

the only API winners. According to the California Department of Education, LQHS ended 2011 with a base score of 873, and PDHS ended 2011 with a base score of 817. Both of the high schools pass the API goal of California. These scores are school wide averages. Individual scoring may vary, but the average of every student is considered, calculated together, and averaged to create the school wide score.

The school grades below high school are important to look at, but I focused on the high school scores for two reasons: The first reason is that these students have passed through the lower grades and are still evaluated, and secondly, these are the tests most likely to be considered by colleges and universities. Remember, my focus will always be on education up to and including higher education. On a side note, excluding the few continuation high schools that were very low, most of the high schools that did not meet the California API goal were within fifty to sixty points. Both schools have wonderful educational programs that make them successful. In a previous Coachella Valley Weekly article (Blackhawk High, week of 11-12-2012), I wrote about LQHS and their many programs. I encourage you to visit and read the Blackhawk High article found in the archive tab. I plan on spotlighting PDHS in the future, so please keep reading for this and more educational info in our valley.

DETC Mixes Up The Holidays With “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” T


ake equal parts “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s A Wonderful Life!”, and “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” sprinkle in a pinch of “The Grinch” and “Frosty The Snowman,” add a dash of irreverence and throw the whole thing in a blender set to high! The result: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!), by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez, a high-energy big-laugh tribute to the holidays, presented by Desert Ensemble Theatre Company at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum, December 21-23. Rather than perform the traditional Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” three actors (Shawn Abramowitz, Oscar Martinez and Eric Olson) decide to create an evening of Holiday traditions borrowing from classic stories, BHC’s (Beloved Holiday Classics),

world cultures and even a dating game with fruitcake. “This show is really a fun way to celebrate the holidays,” said director Tony Padilla. “It takes all the things that people love about the holidays and really sets them on their ears. It’s a loving tribute, but with a tongue firmly planted in cheek.” Keeping with the giving spirit of the season, tickets for EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) will be offered at a special rate: $24.00 for aduilts, $22 for groups of 6 or more and $20 for students with valid I.D. Tickets are on sale now at the Annenberg Theater website ( or by calling (760) 322-4800. EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) plays at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum: Friday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,

December 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. For more information on this or the rest of DETC’s 2012-13, please visit DETC’s

website at or contact the Annenberg Theater Box Office at (760) 322-4800 or online at www.psmuseum. org.


November 29 to December 5, 2012


Dale Gribow On The Law


can remember in years……and years! USC began the year as a pre-season #1, with a Heisman favorite Quarterback in Matt Barkley who forwent the riches of the NFL (for at least twelve more months) to come back to SC and lead the to another illustrious national championship. They now end the season unranked and are just hoping to be invited to a Bowl game of any kind so that Barkley’s last game is

Golf Column


by Mike Livingston

(held by Sergio Garcia) en route to a final round 62 and a solo second place finish and $700,00+ check to close his year, as well. The win caps off a year in which McIlroy won the PGA Championship and won both the PGA Tour and European PGA Tour money titles. He dates world ranked tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and just bought a house in Florida with her in September, and, oh yeah…..he signed that 10-year, $250M endorsement deal with Nike last month. Yes sir, it’s been a good 2012 for Mr. McIlroy…..and all before the age of 25. Ah, to be young again……... Locally, the big news in local sports talk radio continues to be “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3 FM, Saturdays mornings 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


we would have an even greater debate! Seems like this would have been the perfect season for that six team playoff, doesn’t it? To catch-up on everything in the world of college and pro football you need, the big news in local sports talk radio continues to be “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3 FM, Saturdays mornings from 6 – 8 a.m. Tune in and get your fix each week! Join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! The Clubhouse, Saturday mornings from on KNEWS 94.3 FM…… 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.


o say Rory McIlroy has had a good year would be a bit of an understatement. He added to that magnificent year by closing it out in style at the very lucrative Dubai World Championships on Sunday and taking home another huge check…..this one, although not an officially sanctioned event on either the PGA or European PGA Tours, still pays well….about $1M. Sunday was to be a shoot-out between McIlroy and Luke Donald who were tied after 54-holes. However, Sunday changed quickly and dramatically and turned into a phenomenal final round of golf for any tournament, sanctioned event or not. There were world class players all over the Board as this was an Invitational and the scores being shot reflected the talent. Charles Schwartzel shot a 68 to tie Donald for third and Louis Oosthuizen had a 69 to finish in solo fourth, but the round of the day was turned-in by Englishman Justin Rose who broke the previous course record


not remembered as having stood on the sidelines of the Coliseum in street clothes, watching his understudy lose to current #1 Notre Dame as he was injured the week previous. Who’d have thunk it?....and who would have thought that SC would actually end the year ranked below UCLA, Stanford and even little San Diego State? Meantime, conference championship games could have an impact on the national championship game in that Alabama takes on Georgia with the winner seemingly perched to take on Notre Dame in the BCS final game. That leaves the loser of that game on the outside looking in with both Florida and Oregon as to “what could have been”. Oh, and what about Ohio State? They’re undefeated and although they are currently on a one-year probation and not Bowl eligible this season, in any other year

a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

You Got a DUI Now Don’t Forget About DMV

by Mike Livingston

his has been one wild and wacky year in college football and with that said, perhaps that’s exactly what the powers that be behind the BCS were looking for…..parody, upsets and constant change has been the only seeming constant this season as every week creates another shake-up in the polls and another realignment of the power rankings. Along the way we have also learned of and been promised now (a few years away still, however) of a true, playoff scenario for the national championship rather than the current BCS system that we have griped about now for the last many years so that, hopefully, all of these terrible miscarriages of justice can be handled on the field and eliminate some of the grey areas and talking points that have been left because of it. That said, this season has been like any other I

November 29 to December 5, 2012


o save your California Driver’s License or driving privileges, you must request a DMV hearing within TEN (10) DAYS. You should also REQUEST A DMV IDENTIFICATION CARD NOW! If the court orders you into a Drinking driving program, you will have to show them your California DMV Identification Card. Do not rely on a telephone call to DMV alone. It is well-known that when the DMV employee tells you, “You’ll be contacted later”, that something will go wrong. While you are at DMV ask for a printout of your DMV driving record. You will need to show this to the Riverside County Drinking Driving Program if you are ordered to attend a DUI class. Remember to take down your social media site until the case is over. The latest trick is for the opposition to Google you and get the info you posted on Facebook to get the names of friends, etc. that can be interviewed, if necessary. The 10 day time limit begins running from the issuance/arrest date on the Pink Order of Suspension/Temporary Driver’s License Endorsement: i.e. the Administrative Per Se form. This is true whether you have a California Driver’s License or an out of state driver’s license. The Administrative Per Se/ Order of Suspension/Temporary Driver’s License Endorsement is the 8 x 10 PINK DMV form PS360 (sometimes white) that the officer gave you when he/she took your license. It gives you the right to drive for 30 days before your right to drive in California is suspended for 4-5 months.

to attend a drinking driving program, that will trigger a letter from DMV in Sacramento called an Order of Suspension. The Order of Suspension is for 6 months. If you already completed the classes for DMV and months later plead in Court, you would then go to DMV and pay a fee and they should reissue your license suspended by Sacramento because of your plea. The Court, unlike a DMV suspension from the DMV in San Bernardino, should allow you to apply for a restricted license right away by paying $55.00 to reissue a license and $15.00 for the restricted license for a total of $70.00. You would show proof of enrollment in a drinking driving program and provide them with an SR-22 which you would get from your insurance agent

Even if the officer did not snatch your license under the Stop and Snatch Law and did not give you this PINK SUSPENSION form, DMV will probably still automatically take action against your driver’s license. If you are from another state, the officer should NOT take your license, but that state may also take action against your driver’s license. You still have to request a DMV hearing if you are ever going to drive on California roads again. This Pink Temporary Driver’s License Endorsement is good for only 30 days from the issue date. If the DMV hearing is requested within 10 days, your driving privileges can be extended by requesting a STAY. This creates a delay of any suspension until the outcome of your DMV hearing in about 60 days. After requesting a stay, you receive a white piece of paper which is a Temporary Driver’s License via mail. It is only valid for the time listed on the paper. Please note that a DUI creates 2 SEPARATE PROCEEDINGS that you must address. Do not confuse the two. One is the Court and the other is the DMV hearing. The outcome of one does not necessarily affect the other. When DMV suspends your license, it is for a four month period. If you ask for a restricted license, it is for 5 months. Sometimes, we have clients who enter a plea in Court BEFORE the DMV hearing. Even though the court does not suspend your license as part of the plea, whenever the court notifies DMV that the defendant pled to a DUI, and is sentenced


showing your vehicle is insured. This action by the DMV in Sacramento is triggered by the court plea and is taken under the authority of Section 13352(a)(1) of the Vehicle Code, because of the DUI conviction. Thus, there can be two 6 month suspension/restricted license periods ... one from DMV in San Bernardino and the other generated by the court plea which results in a Court Notice to DMV in Sacramento. The Sacramento DMV then sends you their Notice of Suspension. If that happens notify us ASAP. This is Part 1 of a 2 Part Series. Stay tuned next week. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411


lease share this article with any food professionals that you know who either manage, own or want to start a food business. All workers handling food must have a food handler card that is issued by the County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health (DOEH). Additionally, all food businesses must have a minimum of one employee who has a ServSafe® Manager’s Certification. This certification is required by the DOEH and it is advisable that multiple employees have this certification. In California, certifications are good for three years. On Thursday, December 13th from 10am to 4pm and again on Wednesday, January 16th from 10am to 4pm, ShareKitchen will host its first ServSafe® Manager Certification Class and Testing. For those unfamiliar with the program, ServSafe® is a food safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection. The course consists of five sections on Basic

Food Safety; Personal Hygiene; Crosscontamination and Food borne Allergens; Time and Temperature; and Cleaning and Sanitation. Participants will receive a certificate of completion after successfully passing certification. Continuing education credit is available for dietitians, diet technicians, and dietary managers as well. Interested foodies are encouraged to attend as well. ServSafe® Programs keep food safety as an essential ingredient in every meal by providing basic food safety information needed prevent food borne illness. Training and certification begins at 10am with the exam at 2pm for a cost of $139.00. Lunch at ShareKitchen is included in the full day program and will feature foods prepared by ShareKitchen Client Members. Taking the exam only costs $109.00 and begins at 2pm. If you prefer to train and test online onsite, add another $20.00. Register online at: http://www. Questions? Please contact Angela at 760.459.4259 or angela@sharekitchen. org.


November 29 to December 5, 2012

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of November 29

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “They are trying to make me into a fixed star,” complained religious leader Martin Luther a few centuries ago. “I am an irregular planet.” I invite you to use that declaration as your own in the coming weeks. You have every right to avoid being pinned down, pigeonholed, and forced to be consistent. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need abundant freedom to mutate your identity. You deserve a poetic license that allows you to play a variety of different roles and explore the pleasures of unpredictable self-expression. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The Star-Spangled Banner” is America’s national anthem. It features the lyrics of a patriotic poem written by Francis Scott Key. But the melody itself is entirely lifted from a bawdy old song that celebrates Bacchus, the ancient god of wine and ecstatic dancing. I love it when things are repurposed as dramatically as that. Do you? The coming weeks will be prime time to repurpose stuff with creative abandon. Make the past useful for the future, Taurus. Turn good old ideas into fantastic new ones. Don’t just recycle; transform. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m guessing that in the coming weeks you will be receiving a multitude of inquiries, invitations, and temptations -- probably more than you feel capable of responding to, and certainly more than you should respond to. A few of these opportunities might be appealing and lead to interesting adventures. But some will be useless, diversionary, or trivial. Will you be able to tell the difference? That’s your big challenge. If you’d like help dodging unwanted solicitations, give out this phone number as your own: 212.479.7990. It’s a free service provide by “The Rejection Line” at People calling that number will be politely told you aren’t available. CANCER (June 21-July 22): For millennia, the plant known as the yellow avalanche lily has thrived on mountain slopes and meadows throughout western North America. It blooms early in the spring, just in time for broad-tailed hummingbirds that migrate from Central America to sip the flower’s nectar. But now there’s a problem with that ancient arrangement. Due to global warming, the lily now blossoms 17 days earlier than it used to. But the hummingbirds haven’t made an adjustment in their schedule, so they’re barely showing up in time to get their full allotment of nectar. I suspect this is a metaphor for a shift you may be facing in your own life rhythm. Fortunately, you’ve been forewarned, and you can adjust better than the hummingbirds. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In our calendar, there is no special holiday devoted to honoring the joy and power of rebellion. This oversight confounds me. All my experience tells me that the urge to revolt is a fundamental human need. Every one of us has a sacred duty to regularly rise up and overthrow a stale status quo that is oppressing us -- whether that’s an organized group effort we’re part of or our own deadening routine. I’m telling you this, Leo, because it’s an excellent time to celebrate your own Rebellion Jubilee. Your vitality will soar as you shed numbing habits and decaying traditions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Recently you’ve had resemblances to an eight-year-old kid wearing the pajamas you loved when you were five. Your bare arms are jutting out beyond where the sleeves end, and there’s a similar thing going on with your legs. The fabric is ripped here and there because it can’t accommodate how much you’ve grown. You’re feeling discomfort in places where the overly tight fit is squeezing your flesh. All of this is somewhat cute but mostly alarming. I wish you would wean yourself of the past and update your approach. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A lot of leopard frogs live on Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs. Most of them make a sound that resembles a long snore or a rapid chuckle. But over the years, biologists have also detected a third type


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of frogly expression: a clipped, repetitive croak. Just this year, they finally figured out that this belonged to an entirely distinct species of leopard frog that they had never before identified. It’s still so new it doesn’t have a name yet. I expect a metaphorically similar development in your life, Libra. You will become aware of a secret that has been hiding in plain sight. You will “find” something that actually revealed itself to you some time ago. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Tom Tolbert is a sports talk show host on San Francisco radio station KNBR. I am amazingly neutral about him. Nothing he says fascinates me or mirrors my own thoughts. On the other hand, he never makes me mad and he’s not boring. I neither like him nor dislike him. I simply see him for who he is, without any regard for what he can do for me. He has become a symbol of the possibility that I’m able to look at a human being with complete impartiality, having no wish for him to be different from what he is. In the coming week, I suggest you try to achieve this enlightened state of mind on a regular basis. It’s prime time, astrologically speaking, to ripen your mastery of the art of objectivity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you say “rabbit rabbit rabbit” as soon as you wake up on the first day of the month, you will have good luck for the next 30 to 31 days. At least that’s how reality works according to a British superstition. But judging from your astrological omens, I don’t think you will have to resort to magic tricks like that to stimulate your good fortune. In the next four weeks, I suspect you will be the beneficiary of a flood of cosmic mojo, as well as a surge of divine woowoo, a shower of astral juju, and an upwelling of universal googoo gaga. If it would give you even more confidence to invoke your favorite superstitions, though, go right ahead. Even scientists say that kind of thing works: tinyurl. com/SuperstitiousBoost. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): According to Greek myth, Perseus cut off the head of Medusa. She was the creature whose hair was composed of snakes and whose gaze could turn a person into stone. The immortal winged horse Pegasus was instantaneously born from Medusa’s blood. He ultimately became an ally to the nine Muses, and Zeus relied on him to carry thunder and lightning. I predict that while you’re sleeping, Capricorn, you will have a dream that contains elements of this myth. Here’s a preliminary interpretation of that dream: You are undergoing a transition that could in a sense give you the power of flight and a more abundant access to a muse. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s time for you to be leader of the pack, Aquarius; to take your gang to the next level; to make sure the group mind isn’t suppressing innovation and enforcing peer pressure but is rather inspiring every member of the tribe to be as creative as they dare to be. And if it’s not realistic for you to wield that much power, then do whatever you can to synergize the alliances that hold your posse together. Build team morale. Gossip constructively. Conspire to animate an influx of fresh magic. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you’re a food company that wants to sell chicken in the shape of a chicken wing, it must have actual chicken wing meat in it. Otherwise, the law says you’ve got to call your product “wyngz.” I’ve always thought that there’s a lot of information the media presents as “news” that is really as fake as wyngz. That’s why I advocate calling the bogus stuff “newzak” (rhymes with “muzak”). Your assignment in the coming weeks, Pisces, is to make sure you’re not putting out any wyngz- or newzak-like stuff in your own chosen field. The fates will help you rather dramatically if you put a high premium on authenticity. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology


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