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Community Events • December 27 to January 2, 2013 Vol. 1 No. 40

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ot off of the success of his Halloween Bash and last week’s End of the World Party, BB Ingle, the Master of Events and the Godfather of Parties, will be throwing his 29th Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party on December 31. This will be the 5th year that the event is being held at The Renaissance Esmeralda FREE ADMISSION • FREE PARKING • FREE ENTERTAINMENT Resort in Indian Wells. This year there will be three ballrooms of entertainment which will include the AllStar Party Band along with seven DJ’s; DJ Ray Phillips, DJ Dirty Ish DJ Jeff Ferguson, DJ JF//Discord, DJ Ceasare and others to be Great Food! Great Entertainment! Great Shopping! Fun For Everyone! announced. The party will start at 9:00pm Vendors of Prepared and Packager Gourmet Food, Apparel, Home, Personal and go until 2:00am. You can purchase tickets in advance for 20.00 at www. Accessories, Hand Crafted Art and Jewelry and much more! or pay 25.00 at the door. After 29 years, BB’s events have become legendary, because nobody throws a party like BB. It all started back in the 80’s when he and a few others founded the famous BB O’Brien’s Sports Bar. After the establishment was sold, BB continued on with the tradition of throwing holiday parties and special events in the Coachella Valley. “I try to throw a party once a month,” COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE stated Ingle in his smooth, laid-back Alabama twang, which is where he originally Mary Pickford Cathedral City Mary Pickford Theatre,Theatre, Cathedral City hails from. “The End of the World Party was Sunday, January 13th at 5:00pm BB’s New Years’ Party. ..................3 Sunday, January 13th at 5:00pmjust a fun excuse to throw an extra party New Year’s Eve at Fantasy...........5 around the holidays and everyone seemed really enjoy it.” Ingle says he’s had a Letters$7.00 from the Publisher..........5 Screening andtoQ&A $7.00 Screening and Q&A passion for gathering people together since Dick Dale......................................6 he was a young boy. And even though he includes VIP Dinner From $55.00 the Front Lines...................7 also owns The Water Store in Palm Desert $55.00 includes VIP&Dinner Desert DJ’s. ...................................7 After-Party Swag on Bag* Highway 111, he says that throwing Forget Me Not Show....................8 After-Party & Swag Bag* parties is still his main career. He also has ShareKitchen................................8 Buy Tickets At:a passion for animals and a portion of the Haddon Libby: It’s All Local.........9 proceeds from all of his parties goes to the Buy Tickets At: Pet Rescue Center. Dale Gribow.................................9 BB says that he plans on re-inventing Consider This..............................10 68-805 E. Palm Canyon Dr. himself a bit in 2013. He has several new Valley Rhythms..........................11 endeavors including opening a new dance Cathedral City, CA 92234 Pet Place.....................................12 68-805 E. Palm Canyon Dr. club. “So many people keep asking me when The Vino Voice............................13 Cathedral City, CA 92234 I’m going to open another club so I think Club Crawler Nightlife...............14 2013 might be the time to do it,” shared Pampered Palate.......................16 Ingle, excited to be taking on another new project. “We are also going to be hosting Screeners....................................18 You May Not Kiss the Bride is an action-packed romantic comedy that thrusts an some smaller, private, invitation only parties Book Review...............................19 unassuming pet photographer (Dave Annable) into a world of high speed chases at smaller venues.” when he is forced to marry the daughter (Katherine McPhee) of a Croation crime lord Restaurant Guide.......................20 (Ken Davitian) so she can get a green card. Just as the pair getthat to know You May Not Kiss the Bride is an action-packed romantic comedy thrustsand an like Education...................................21 each other pet during their honeymoon in Hawaii, mobster’s gets unassuming photographer (Dave Annable) into the a world of high daughter speed chases Safety Tips..................................21 kidnapped sending everyone into a tailspin to rescue her. Rob Schneider, Kathy when he is forced to marry the daughter (Katherine McPhee) of a Croation crime lord Sport Scene................................22 Bates, Mena Suvari, Tia Carerre and Vinnie Jones co-star. (Ken shefilled can get a green card. made Just as pair get to know and like Free Will Astrology....................23 d Davitian) * Swag so Bag with products bythe ShareKitchen Client Members. each other during their honeymoon in Hawaii, the mobster’s daughter gets Classifieds..................................23 kidnapped sending everyone into a tailspin to rescue her. Rob Schneider, Kathy Mind, Body & Spirit...................24 Bates, Mena Suvari, Tia Carerre and Vinnie Jones co-star. Health Fitness & Beauty............24

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And of course BB is in high demand as a party promoter for other corporation’s big events. He has been invited to host parties at The Humana Golf Challenge on January 19 & 20 at Hope Square at PGA West during both days. Then he will also be doing his 29th Annual Classy Party in the evening of January 19, at a location to be announced. For all of the loyal party goers that attend

BB’s events it doesn’t really matter where it is or what it’s for, they will be there. If you haven’t had the experience of attending one of these memorable bashes then maybe you should start with his New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mask one will be provided for you at the door. A good time will be had by all.




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his New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the acclaimed chefs at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will be preparing a feast to remember for guests of every age to enjoy. The Fresh Grill Buffet, Bistro and POM will all offer dining specials on December 31st. The Bistro presents a fine dining prix fix experience sure to impress that special someone, and your taste buds, on New Year’s Eve. For $50 per person, enjoy bacon roasted filet mignon and stuffed Maine lobster thermidor, gruyere glazed potatoes and sautéed vegetable bouquetiere with port wine demi glace. The Bistro opens for dinner at 5:00p.m. on New Year’s Eve and also serves its nightly menu. Opt for a night at POM at Fantasy Springs on New Year’s Eve and you’ll enjoy the surf & turf special. This includes pan seared medallions of beef tenderloin, battered Brazilian lobster tail, sautéed baby vegetables and herb roasted potatoes. This is served with peppercorn pan gravy and garlic-lemon butter sauce with white

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Ring in the New Year at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells’ contemporary bar and lounge, Agave Sunset. Festivities include live entertainment by John Stanley King from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., party favors and the ball drop with a complimentary champagne toast. Price per person is $20 and complimentary to hotel guests and locals dining at Lantana. Additionally, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., children can “glow” into the New Year with Camp Hyatt. Children can participate in a “glow” scavenger hunt, make “glow” lemonade and play games. Price per child is $80; a 24-hour reservation is required. For holiday dining reservations at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, please call 760.674.4165.

truffle essence. This prix fix selection is $48. POM’s nightly menu will also be available with dinner seating starting at 5:00p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are recommended for The Bistro and POM and may be made via telephone at (800) 827-2946 or online at Come into the Fresh Grill Buffet on New Year’s Eve and get the party started with delectable fare from around the world. Dinner seating begins at 4:00p.m. Adults are $27.99 and children ages 3 to 11 are $14.99. Children under 3 are free. While guests may start at any of the interactive food stations they wish at the all-you-can-eat buffet, many begin with the extensive soup and salad bar. This features Chef Freddy’s signature grilled shrimp and chicken Caesar salad, Adriatic seafood salad with shrimp, scallops and crab and either lobster bisque or Cantonese wonton soup. Delicacies such as smoked Norwegian salmon, Canadian mussels and Alaskan snow crab legs await Fresh Grill Buffet diners. Succulent meats


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December 27 to January 2, 2013

s Owner & Publisher of CV Weekly, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I would also like to thank our readers for picking us up every week and reading us online. When I started this paper 9 months ago I wanted the Coachella Valley to have a publication that has something for everyone and that is what we have tried to achieve each week. Going into 2013, we have many new additions in store for you. In January we will be increasing from 28 to 32 pages. This will allow us to grow different sections of the paper including our restaurant reviews, which will feature two articles per week instead of one; Pampered Palate and Good Grub. We will also be expanding our Health, Fitness & Beauty

and Mind, Body & Spirit sections to include more in depth articles about cutting edge and current medical procedures. We will also have an “Ask the Doctor” column. Also growing is our Sports Section that recently added a second column by Mike Livingston in addition to his golf column. We will also be providing coverage of the local So Cal Coyotes Football team, Power Baseball, Polo and other local Sporting events. All of our regular columns will return (some have been on vacation throughout the holidays) and we will be introducing a new Calendar of Events and giving a stronger focus on our Art column. The Classified ad section will also be revamped with the hiring of Amy Putnam. We will be doing more business and personal profiles

such as roast prime rib of beef and maple roasted whole turkey are hand carved by Fantasy Springs’ expert chefs. Guests may also enjoy grilled-to-order New York sirloin steak, roast pork loin with honey dijon glaze, panko crusted chicken breast picatta along with a mouthwatering array of Italian, Asian and south-of-the border specialties. Make sure you leave room for dessert. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Fantasy Springs signature chocolate fountain, warm bread pudding, Bananas Foster, freshly baked cookies and cakes, plus many sugar-free selections. On New Year’s Day, the Fresh Grill Buffet serves brunch from 10:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. and dinner from 3:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. Savor a vast array of breakfast specialties served until 3:00pm including made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, apple crepes, hazelnut French toast, fresh fruit, Danish pastries, croissants and more. Classic menudo & seafood jambalaya will be served along with fresh carvery meats and main dish specialties such as grilled New

York steaks with herb butter, Russian style beef stroganoff with Yukon Gold potatoes and seared breast of chicken with Canadian bacon and Gruyere Cheese gratinee. Leave room for a trip, or three, to the specialty dessert bar. Adults are $22.99 for brunch and dinner. Children are $11.99 for brunch and dinner. Children under 3 are free. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino provides an oasis in the desert, featuring 30 “Best of Gaming” awards from Casino Player magazine. Offering 2,000 of the hottest slots, world-class table games, entertainment, hotel, dining and golf at Eagle Falls, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino stands to meet and exceed the needs of its guests and the community. Fantasy Springs is conveniently located right off Interstate 10, only minutes from Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport. Fantasy Springs is a privately operated business of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. For more information, call toll free (800) 8272946 or visit www.FantasySpringsResort. com.

by Tracy Dietlin to inform our readers about new local businesses as well as high profile people in our community. One of the things I am most excited about is a new feature we will be launching next week which is an in depth profile of every city in the Coachella Valley beginning with Cathedral City. This will allow our readers to know what is going on in their community. These profiles will be written by Heidi Simmons, our Book Review columnist, who will also be taking on more controversial news worthy stories. I am very excited to have Heidi in this expanded role along with the return of Features Writer Marissa Willman. Also joining Lisa Morgan on the Features Writing team is Judith Sulkin, who comes to us from the Desert Sun. CV Weekly has an awesome team of columnist who I would like to thank for all of their hard work and dedication. This truly has been a team effort over the last 9 months and I am honored to have each and every one of you. I would also like to thank Oscar Arbulu, our amazing Art Director, who week after week comes up with amazing covers. A big thank you goes to Ray Bill, Sales Manager, for his loyalty and professionalism. Hugs and thank you to Lisa Morgan, who not only is our feature

writer but also is out at every event doing PR and Publicity for us. Thank you Joe Sampson for keeping our website going and getting everything posted early every week. Look for some cool changes and updates coming to the website. And, of course, thank you to our great distribution team; Ivan Urias, Billy Westley and Jim Fox. We will also be welcoming Rudy Mendez to the distribution team in January as we increase our delivery locations and install more paper boxes for our readers’ convenience. A huge thank you goes to Philip Lacombe, our Nightlife Editor, FB promotions manager and Classified Sales Manager for being my partner and my voice of reason when I wonder what was I thinking??? I would like to express my appreciation to all of our advertisers who have been with us from the beginning as well as the many new ones who have just come on board. You can have a great product but it takes serious revenue to keep this train a rollin’. And thank you to Russell Sacks of Valley Printers for all of your support and for providing us with a quality print product every week. Thank you all for making my CV Weekly dream a reality. Cheers!


December 27 to January 2, 2013

Dick Dale, The American Legend Lives On Live at The Hood Bar: Saturday, December 29th @ 8pm. by Lisa Morgan


was given the rare and wonderful opportunity to interview one of the most fascinating people I have ever met: The innovator of surf music, the “King of Surf Guitar”, “The Godfather of Heavy Metal”, “The Father of Loud”, the infamous, dynamic, spiritual and highly intelligent, Dick Dale. Here, handicapped by the limits of print space, I will do my best to articulate to you all that is Dick Dale yesterday and today based on a conversation that has left me forever changed. Dick Dale’s 50 year career, in which he fused the worlds of surfing and rock and roll, has influenced practically every area of music and live performance. At 75 years old, he shows no desire to slow down even in the face of colon cancer. “I’m in renal failure as we speak,” shared Dale. “We just finished 33 concerts in 5 weeks. I’m not going to listen to what THEY (the doctors) say. I’m not supposed to be on stage. They want to go in and take what’s left of my bladder that’s already down to the size of a pear. I said NO! I’ll drink less water and I keep the company of Depends in business,” he laughs. Born Richard Anthony Monsour in1937, it was the California surfers with whom he surfed from sun up to sun down who crowned Dick Dale “King of the Surf Guitar”. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique and showmanship with the guitar influenced artists the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. Paul Johnson, guitarist for The Bel-Airs said, “I remember making the trek to the Rendezvous in the summer of ’61 to see what all the fuss was about over Dick Dale. It was a powerful experience; his music was incredibly dynamic, louder and more sophisticated than The Bel-Airs. The tone of Dale’s guitar was bigger than any I had ever heard, and his blazing technique was something to behold.” Dick Dale met Leo Fender, the guitar and amplifier guru, who asked Dale to play his new creation, the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Dale picked up the guitar as Leo watched in laughter and disbelief. Left handed Dale played the right handed guitar upside down and backwards, transposing the chords in his head to create a sound never heard before. Their partnership and efforts were responsible for the evolution of performance volume growing from a mere 15 watts to over 180 watts, as well as the signature “wet” sound of the Fender Tank Reverb. “Let’s Go Trippin” is considered by many as the first surf rock song and launched the surf music craze in the early 1960s. In 1962, Dale released his first full-length


album “Surfer’s Choice”, eventually picked up by Capitol Records. The album sold over 88,000 albums, which in today’s industry is the equivalent of about 4 million. Dale performed the song “Miserlou” from that album on the Ed Sullivan Show. “I still remember the first night we played it. I changed the tempo, and just started cranking on that mother. And it was eerie. The people came rising up off the floor, and they were chanting and stomping,” recalls Dale. Today, “Miserlou” is the title song for Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. Dale continued to play in the mid-60s despite rectal cancer. When Jimi Hendrix heard of Dale’s diagnosis he responded with “Then you’ll never hear surf music again” and encouraged his friend to survive. Upon remission, Dale, in gratitude, covered Third Stone from the Sun as a tribute to Hendrix. In 1987, he performed his single Pipeline with Stevie Ray Vaughn and was nominated for a Grammy. You can hear Dale’s music today in Disney’s Space Mountain, as well as on several video games and in many other movies and arenas. He has been inducted into the White House Congressional Hall of Records, The Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach (Surf Culture category) and the Musician’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville. This is a short list of his many honors and accolades. Dick Dale has NEVER put any illegal drugs or alcohol in his body. “In a nutshell, your body powers your mind. Don’t allow your mind to be so weak that it punishes your body so that it will kill you in the end.” Even now as he battles cancer he says, “I’m riding the pain train.” A student of martial arts for 30 years, part of Dale’s philosophy is based on the mantra, “Be careful. Good or bad, your thoughts become words, your words become actions, and your actions become habits. Habits become character. Your character becomes your destiny.” A self-taught musician, Dale is a master at the acoustic, electronic, bass and Spanish guitars as well as the ukulele, banjo, drums, piano, organ, electronic keyboard, harpsichord, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, harmonica, xylophone and even the accordion. The list of Dale’s projects, albums, singles and compilations is long and accomplished. More on Dick Dale’s music and accolades can be found on The Official Dick Dale Website, I asked him, “Out of everything, out of all you have done, what has been your favorite part?” He responded with one of the most magical and heartwarming true love stories I have ever personally been told; a love story that is a movie in the making. “My favorite part in my whole career is when my wife, Lana, came into my life and saved it three

times. Her part in my career in the last ten years is an incredible story.” Lana had proven to those around her from the very beginning of her life that she was gifted with special insights and intuitions. When she was two years old, Lana was given an album on which was a picture of Dick Dale with his rescued pet tiger. She looked into the eyes of the tiger and of Dale and told her mother she was going to be with that man for the rest of her life. Lana, a trained dancer as well as a nurse, never contacted Dale until much later in life as he had married another. When Dick was “on the way out the door” as he puts it, due to his cancer, Lana’s prayers to her angel, Bernadette, revealed to her that he was on his death bed and prompted her to contact the recently divorced Dale. “She kept me going,” he recalls. Lana, on three different occasions was able to see what doctors had missed in his lab work, ultimately saving his life. Lana, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, deals with her own pain while assisting her husband. They both do so without the use of narcotics. “Lana is with me and helps me.” As his voice reveals his emotion he says, “She’s the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me, and she says I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to her. We’re two sickies taking care of each other. We’re a pair that was always supposed to find each other. We look at each other and say, ‘I wish we’d found each other when we were younger.’” “Music to me is a door opener to people who love what I play. That’s why I play all types of music. I never play the same thing the same way twice. I don’t follow a music list. I make it up every single night. I’ll play a song within a song, within a song, within a song. Half of the time I do it because I

forgot how to play the old song! Then when I am done, I sit at the table with Lana and we hang and talk with everyone until they all leave.” We help people and children who have these diseases. They see me in concert, and they see me doing it without drugs. We talk to them, we laugh about it and we look at it in a different light. Then they don’t lie around and feel sorry for themselves. We just keep going and take natural things and this is how we’re able to keep doing what we’re doing.” “People ask, ‘What is love?’ You’ll know when love comes; love is when someone does something for you undemanding every day and they dedicate themselves to you unsolicited. Lana and I give back and forth. Lana tells people, ‘He is the breath of my life’ and she is mine. We do things together. Both of you should love the same things together. Lana loves boxing so we watch boxing together. She’s an artist, she sings, we love the same things. We could listen to Patsy Cline all day together. We love Vince Gill because of the harmony and the softness in his voice. We’re romantics. As we drove home together from Florida back to Wonder Valley, (he chuckles with a smile in his voice) we played the same song over and over and over together and we’d sing together. If someone was riding with us they’d have gone insane. That’s what it’s all about.” Dick Dale looks forward to his show at The Hood in Palm Desert, Saturday December 29th. “I’ve never played there before, I don’t even know what to expect. I have people asking me why I’d play there after they just saw me play for thousands. But the guy who called me (Brandon Henderson, The Hood’s Live Entertainment Manager) was so humble and so nice. And I do that. I play just as hard for an audience of one as I do for thousands.” He left me with this: “When you walk, walk your own path. Do not be a follower. You be the leader of your own beliefs. Get rid of your ego. The only use for an ego is so you’ll care enough about yourself to take a bath and not stink. People like to say, ‘I’ve gotta take care of myself first.’ What you’ve got to do is empty yourself out and help others like the elderly and the children who are ill. When you reach out to them you’re not thinking of your own misgivings.” The life experiences and words of wisdom that poured out from this man cannot be contained in one article. I strongly urge you to make it to this epic event at The Hood Bar on December 29th at 8pm. Hear and meet this man and his bride in person. Dick Dale is an experience, a gift and an American treasure; one which should not be taken for granted.


December 27 to January 2, 2013

by Lisa Mozrgan

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alking into the chow hall at this Forward Operating Base a stone’s throw from the Khyber Pass, I asked if I could join him for breakfast. “Sure Sir!” he answered. In a few moments we were laughing as I plied him with questions about his life. Where he was from? How long had he been in the Army? Had he come in straight out of high school? How much longer in his deployment? “Just a couple of weeks.” “What are you looking forward to most?” I asked. “Well we are expecting a baby. She’s just a couple of months along.” Then he looked at me and grinned, “It happened while I was on R&R.” I laughed, “That is just great! And years from now, that will be a great story to share with your kid!” I asked if he had any other children. “No. We were expecting another baby but we lost her at 7 months. Now this is a high risk pregnancy and I gotta get home.” “Well get out of here!” I said, “Is it just you heading home or is everyone going back from your command.” The face got

serious, “Not all of us. My best friend and my roommate were both KIA.” My heart sank as I asked, “Any others.” The answer came back, “Yes, no deaths, but four more causalities including one who had lost both feet.” “Were you there for any of them?” I asked. “I was there for all of them” he replied. “I was their squad leader.” Remembering the size of an Army squad, I said, “Wait a minute, that’s 30% of your whole squad.” He just nodded. Across from me sat this great, normal looking young father to be. As I looked at him, I thought to myself, “Here is a man, thinking about home for the holidays, unalterably changed by battle and is not even fully aware of it yet.” Speaking more, he talked of anger and emotion, and together we spoke of Combat Operational Stress. As we spoke, I told him, “When you get home, don’t even wait to see a counselor, make that one of your first stops.” So soon comes home a man with no outward scars, but inwardly only God

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himself knows what has changed and the stresses about to confront him on the home front. As we ended our time together I asked if I could pray for him, and as we both bowed our heads I asked God to protect that little baby being formed in the womb back home, to give peace to his heart and soul, and to bring healing to every hurt experienced in this place. Oh God, this Christmas truly, so many will need a peace that passes understanding, for many of us cannot even begin to understand what we have experienced. United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander, Frank Riley was deployed to Afghanistan August 2012. He left his home, family and a church that calls him “Pastor Frank” to serve on the front lines in Afghanistan as an unarmed chaplain to America’s finest. Frank, a very dear friend of mine since our college days, has given me permission to share his stories. They are a stark reminder of everyday life for these men and women. Please remember them and their families as we enjoy with

gratitude, our everyday freedoms in this beautiful country of ours. It is the only way to truly say thank you every day. Shared experiences and support for veterans is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Or find them online at maketheconnection. net. They offer free, confidential support.

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rom the Coachella Valley to Tahiti and back, music has always been a constant in DJ Tommy O’ Conner’s spontaneous life. A native of the desert, Desert Hot Springs is where he calls “home.” Tommy recalls that growing up he listened to mostly Hip Hop and Rap music, but was also intrigued by Jazz and Classical. While playing roadie for his father who was a pianist, Tommy knew he was different from the crowd; he was never into the mainstream music or fads. However, it wasn’t until college he discovered his true passion for DJing. After graduating from Desert Hot Springs high school, Tommy left the valley to attend UC Davis and study Philosophy and Psychology—not the typical background for a DJ. Later that year, he was offered an internship in Papeete, Tahiti, cultivating Black Pearls out in the French Polynesian Sea. In the summer months prior to his experience in Tahiti, Tommy was living in West Hollywood with his friend Adam whose father owns a rather

famous hotel in Los Angeles. “It was a place a lot of DJ’s would come stay and play,” Tommy reminisces, “throughout the years I developed some pretty good friendships with people in the scene, going out with them overnight, until one day it clicked to me: hey, I can do this!” He practiced spinning non-stop on Virtual DJ so that once he got to Tahiti, he would be ready to tackle the real thing. Once arriving on the island, it wasn’t hard for Tommy to find a place to get into

the DJing scene. Coincidentally, the third floor of his four story complex was actually a local night club after hours. Tommy quickly became comfortable behind a pair of CDJ players and let his personality do the rest. “I treat my music, my sets, and my performances more like Operas than spinning random top 40 techno that everyone already knows. I like to put subconscious messages in my music and have my first song and my last song be the beginning and the end of a story I am creating,” remarks Tommy about his unique style. After his internship in Tahiti, it was back to college where Tommy tried a couple of alias DJ names such as DJ PROV1 and MR. Pickles. This complex, young DJ eventually settled on quite the oxymoron for a DJ name: “Typical Tommy.” With his official DJ name set, and the confidence from his internship experience in Tahiti, Typical Tommy was ready to dive into the music scene full force, eventually working with some of the biggest DJ’s in

the world. “I helped bring Tiesto and Porter Robinson to my college invasion tour,” brags Tommy, “I also booked Benny Benassi (who is God of Electronic Music) for several gigs up north.” Eventually Tommy found his way back to the Coachella Valley and started working with a friend of the family Michael Capatanelli from California DJ. He began doing private events and weddings which were a total flip from playing house music at college gigs. Tommy learned there was more to being a mobile DJ then showing up with a hard drive full of music. Tommy says his biggest influence has been meeting the EC Twins, “These guys bring the most absurd amount of energy I had ever seen. They are model citizens, not into drinking, smoking, straight west coasting like I am. They have helped me become a more noticed DJ and are proof that you can be sober and rock the house.” If you would like to contact Typical Tommy you can e-mail him: tcoconnor@


December 27 to January 2, 2013

Forget Me Not Fashion Show & Luncheon Benefits Alzheimer’s Association F

ighting Alzheimer’s with fashion may not sound powerful, but Janet Harris, chairwoman for the first ever Forget Me Not Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, means to help stop this “unfashionable” disease in its tracks. “I honor my father, Sherman Harris, who died from Alzheimer’s disease, by creating an exciting Forget Me Not fashion show and

Fighting It With Fashion on Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai

luncheon,” said Janet Harris, whose family owns Sherman’s Deli, Bakery and Catering in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. “Alzheimer’s disease eventually affects us all.” she said. “It leaves only the facade of the person you love - a devastating reality for those of us providing support and caregiving.” The event, to be held at Temple Sinai, 73251 Hovley Lane, Palm Desert, begins

at 11:30 a.m. with a fashion show by El Paseo Boutique, Kim Bradley Designs. The luncheon will be catered by Sherman’s Catering. Proceeds go to the 14th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s that takes place on Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. Fashion show sponsorships are available with business packages from $250 to $1,000. Sponsor name and logo will be printed on the Forget Me Not program and on a display panel at the fashion show. “You can make a difference to those suffering from Alzheimer’s or related

dementias and their care givers by becoming an individual or business sponsor,” said Harris. “Or buy a table and invite your friends to attend with you.” Tickets are $75 per person or $750 per table. Tickets are available at Sherman’s Deli, 73161 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert; at El Paseo Boutique, Kim Bradley Designs, 73350 El Paseo, Palm Desert; and The Bungalow Salon, 71935 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. Net proceeds also benefit Temple Sinai. For more event details, visit www.


As We Look Back on 2012


s we look back on 2012, we are proud to share with you that in less than 90 days, seven new businesses have launched from ShareKitchen with many more in the queue. As a kitchen incubator, ShareKitchen helps people test and develop their foodrelated concepts. One example of a ShareKitchen Client Member who we are currently working with is Laurence Grenet and her one-of-a-kind protein-rich, fat-free and sugar-free bread pudding tortes. Part of being a shared kitchen is to serve as a test kitchen where anyone can test their idea for a restaurant, operate a catering business or turn their food concept into a business. What makes ShareKitchen so special to these emerging entrepreneurs is that they can develop these ideas and businesses without the financial risk typically associated with such ventures. We are also an educational hub for the restaurant and food industry in the Coachella Valley by providing training such as the ServSafe Manager Certificate,


workshops with the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center on business building and free one-on-one consulting services with our team of top professionals in the food business. As we enter 2013, we will be working increasingly at the distribution of the products created by local entrepreneurs. This includes Dan Webster and Big Dan’s BBQ Sauce and his unique and flavorful barbecue sauce that is currently in limited release at Albertson’s and Kitchen Kitchen as well as James Rosen and his addictive, bite-sized Biscotti that will soon be sold at select stores throughout the Coachella Valley. As our name suggests, ShareKitchen is a shared kitchen facility that serves as a legal home for businesses to prepare food such as top caterer Chad Gardner of Dash and a Handful Catering and Lisa Provenza-Bebar of The Cookie Boutique. To learn more about our programs or if you are interested in volunteer positions, visit or call us at 760.459.4259.

December 27 to January 2, 2013

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Resolutions Past and Future

he New Year is a time for remembrance, resolutions and plans for the future. As we gear up for 2013 and make personal resolutions unlikely to survive the first month of the year, let’s look at failed predictions of the past as well as future predictions that may or may not come to fruition: The first failed prediction goes to the Rolling Stones’ first talent agent, Eric Easton, who said this of his band, “The singer will have to go; the BBC won’t like him.” Fifty years later, the Rolling Stones and their lead singer, Mick Jagger, are still performing and expected to join us at the Coachella Music Festival this year. I am not sure what ever happened to Mr. Easton. Dr. Peter Duesberg, a molecular biologist at U.C. Berkeley said this of the HIV/AIDS virus in 1988, “That virus is a pussycat.” Tens of millions of deaths later, we are nearing a cure but do not have one

as yet. As for Duesberg, he continues to deny that HIV causes AIDS while working at U.C. Berkeley. Tom Watson, the Chairman of IBM and not the golfer, said this of computers in 1943, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” While a ten year timeline proved this statement accurate, looking out a few generations makes the statement look silly. Margaret Thatcher who Sean Hannity reported as having died on August 12th despite the complication of still breathing made this prediction in 1969, “It will be years...not in my time...before a woman will become Prime Minister”. She became prime minister of the United Kingdom ten years later. Continuing with the ten year timeline, the New York Times said this of space flight in 1936, “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” Ten years later, the first rocket left our atmosphere.

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One of the most absurd statements goes to W.C. Hueper, MD of the National Cancer Institute who said this of smoking in 1954, “If excessive smoking actually plays a role in lung cancer, it seems to be a small one.” I think his ‘MD’ stands for ‘major dumba**.’ The Futurist magazine has reported the following predictions on our near future: Robert Moran of the Brunswick Group predicts that the United States will enter a ‘Rateocratic Era.’ Moran defines this ‘Rateocracy’ as a society where people rate everything - their employers, the products they purchase, the stores they attend, their teachers, etc. As a result of this, corporations, schools and people will become hyper-aware of their reputations. He made no mention of government though. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences believe that researchers will begin using ‘virtual’ rats instead of live

rats in lab testing. I believe this may lead to the elimination of the virtual cold and virtual cancer. How this affects live versions of these illnesses is anyone’s guess. A seemingly likely futuristic item is rollout of solar ivy that ‘grows’ on walls. The University of Utah is working on a fake ivy similar to the fake trees that serve as cell phone towers. This fake ivy will host photovoltaic panels that will create solar power. Lastly, the University of Haifa in Israel is working at keeping mosquitoes away from us by having us spray on the smell of their natural predators. I am looking forward to outdoorsmen doused in Eau de Dragonfly or Parfum á Damselfly. On that note, I want to wish you a New Year filled with happiness, health and prosperity where all of your predictions come true.

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

It is Better to Be SAFE Than Sorry


he “SEASON” is here for all of us that live in the greater Palm Springs Desert Communities. With additional tourists and traffic come distractions. IF we do not pay attention to our own safety no one else will. We are all responsible for our family’s security but we tend to put it on the back burner. The increased “seasonal” population makes for increased criminal activity in the valley. Thus it is important that we all be proactive and do our due diligence in aiding in our own safety. As an attorney I have written numerous articles for the CV Weekly on Scams/Theft and related topics. I am writing here to supplement those TIPS with the following suggestions for “all homeowners” to help prevent the bad guys from “shopping” in our home. Think of what you would do to break into your own home if you were a thief. By doing so you will find weaknesses in your home security that you would normally not consider if you didn’t look for them.

• Always close and lock your windows even when you are home. • Locking your exterior doors and setting your alarm should be common sense, even if you will only be away for a short time. • Be sure your security alarm is working properly. If not, don’t wait to address that issue when it is too late. • You should consider using dead bolt locks since spring latch locks can easily be bypassed. • Leaving a key anywhere outside your home, even in a fake rock or under a mat, is not safe. It is the first place the crooks will look. Always make arrangements to leave an extra key with a relative, neighbor, friend, etc. You might lose your key while you are in town or are on vacation and need to be able to get into your own home yourself or have someone gain access for you. • NEVER leave notes on your front door or anywhere outside your home for any service people or guests. That is a

“welcome invitation” for the bad guys. • Use a crow bar or rod and place it in any tracked door or window to see if you can gain access. You can often lift the sliding door by both ends and get it off the track to gain entrance. • Your garage doors should always be kept closed unless you are in the garage. The security code from the factory-setting of all garage door openers should be changed. • Never leave a recorded voice mail message that alerts the bad guys that no one is home. Consider saying that “you cannot come to the phone now and to leave a message”. • If the bad guys think that someone is home they are less likely to try to break in. Thus consider making it sound like someone is in the house. Set your TV to a 24 hour news station like CNN or FOX. That will give the illusion that your home is occupied and the different TV scenes cast different lights in the home. You can also consider a timer that turns interior lights

on and off … whether you are away for an hour or a month. • Consider parking your car in your garage. However if that is not possible, always lock your vehicle and never leave a spare key in the vehicle. • Never leave anything of value in your car when parked in public. Here in the desert that includes golf carts too. • Remember to cancel your newspaper deliveries and ask the Post Office to hold your mail until the date you are to return. Nothing says “come in and help yourself to my property” like old piled up newspapers in the driveway! • Alert your neighbors that you will be away and if you or they ever see anything suspicious call Riverside Sheriff immediately! If you ever witness a crime or feel threatened you should call 911 first and then call security if you live in a gated community. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411


December 27 to January 2, 2013

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Consider This

BEN TAYLOR “Listening” I

t must be difficult to be an aspiring musician if your parent is already a famous one. Does your pedigree help or hurt you? Sure, you might skip the torment of breaking into the music business. Grinding away for little pay in crap venues, but name recognition means you are held to a higher standard. Jakob Dylan gained success as part of a band, the Wallfowers. Roseanne Cash went outside the Nashville establishment to deflect accusations of nepotism. Perhaps reluctant to compete with the towering legacy of the Beatles, Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey maintain low profiles in the music industry. Julian Lennon had a modicum of success in the early 80s, but now he makes his living as a photographer. Some famous offspring, like WilsonPhillips or Nelson, start off making original music. But when the novelty wears off they end up succumbing to the pressure to reinterpret or copy their parents’ catalog of hits. Ben Taylor very nearly became a Gardener. But music was too deeply encoded in his DNA. He also has the double curse of two famous parents. James Taylor and Carly Simon practically invented the genre of sensitive Singer-Songwriter back in the early ‘70s. 35 year old Ben Taylor released his debut, Famous Among The Barns, nearly 10 years ago. Luckily , he has managed to carve out a comfortable niche for himself. A lanky, Ichabod Crane version of James, Ben shares the same warm Yankee drawl, but Ben’s vocals add a smoky, soulful tang to the mix. Following his debut, Taylor released

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t is not too late to make reservations to attend a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party at the Oasis Country Club, which is open to the general public, on Monday, December 31, at 8 p.m. Steve Alaniz plays his saxophones and flute as part of the Johnny Meza Band featuring Lola Rossi with guest percussionist Jack Pina. The event starts with the cocktail hour at 8 p.m. followed by dinner starting at 9 p.m. along with ringing in the New York New Year and guests dancing throughout the evening. For reservations call Mike at (760) 345-5432. The following day, on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. Alaniz performs with the Jackson Garrett Band and Friends Annual New Year’s Day Veterans Benefit Concert at The American Legion Hall #519 located at 400 North Belardo Road in Palm Springs.

song itself serves as a parting gift…”Here’s a song that you can whistle..” Kind of like musical alimony. Other stand out tracks on “Listening” include the philosophical “Worlds Are Made Of Fire,” (which incorporates a shout-out to his favorite Beatles song, “Yesterday”). And the steady “Burning Bridges.” Here a martial cadence blends with chirpy keyboards and spiraling guitar riffs. The album closes with “Next Time Round.” Flavored by sweet acoustic and steel guitars, as well as a barroom piano, it’s tempting to compare this to his Dad’s epochal, “Sweet Baby James.” However, this song serves as a compendium of lessons

learned… “I’ve counted my blessings and earned my mistakes.” It’s a tender but temporary farewell until his next album. Ben Taylor is ably backed on Listening by an adroit trio. Drummer Larry Ciancia has been with Taylor since his debut. Guitarist David Saw has been along for the ride since Another Run Around The Sun. Ben Thomas is a welcome addition on bass. Listening is self-assured and worth the four year wait. Taylor has added a few colors to his sonic palette. He may have made a great gardener, but luckily for us he has chosen to honor his parents’ rich legacy by following in their footsteps.

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Another Run Around The Sun in 2005 and The Legend Of Kung Folk in 2008. He has spent nearly four years crafting and creating his new effort, Listening. The gentle title track opens the album. Plucky strings and languid percussion slide under the melody. The lyrics are a tentative exploration of life… “I test the waters and I feed the fire.” Things get gritty on a couple of tracks, “ Oh Brother” and “Vespa’s Song.” The former fuses a funky bass line to vintage Hammond B-3 organ fills and squiggly guitar riffs. The lyrics take a page from the “You’ve Got A Friend” playbook, offering encouragement and spiritual comfort to a pal. On the latter tune, Taylor gets his seductive Barry White groovy groove on. The slinky melody is powered by slithery guitar fills and in-the-pocket percussion. An unabashed paean to love, this number puts Ben Taylor’s lazy charm on full display. A trio of songs take Taylor out of his comfort zone. “America” matches a Dub Reggae riddim with a cautious mash note to the United States…”America How can we believe after all we’ve been through/ America we can keep dreaming, but there’s something to prove.” “Dirty” blends an earthy Jamaican vibe with Electronic Dance Music synth bleats and bloops. It’s an unlikely hybrid, but it works. Finally, “You Could Be Mine,” is an easy skanking love song that wouldn’t seem out of place on the new Jimmy Cliff record. With “Not Alone” and “Giulia,” Taylor explores the beginnings and endings of romance. Anchored by a percolating beat tart guitar riffs and swooping strings, “Not Alone” charts the course of long distance romance. Although the relationship has gone awry on “Giulia,” the jaunty melody underscores that this break-up is acrimony free. The

December 27 to January 2, 2013

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Proceeds benefit “Operation Comfort Warrior” helping wounded Veterans from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, to Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington State. Band members include Alaniz, Chris Gore, Jeff Stover, John Pagels and David Ring with guest appearances by Darci Daniels, Mark Guerrero, Johnny Meza, Lola Rossi, Mikole Kaar and The Gand Band. A donation of $5 or more is appreciated. There will be a buffet available for purchase, for only $8. (760) 325-6229. Born in Southern California, Steve Alaniz started playing the accordion and guitar when he was seven years old and the saxophone when he was nine. “My Father, Frank Alaniz played the saxophone. He introduced me to the 1965 Grammy Award winning album of all Jobim music performed by Stan Getz

and Joao Gilberto. I would go to his band rehearsals and watch him play in different bands,” said Alaniz. “I come from a very musical family. My two uncles, Michael and Richard Alaniz, play the trumpet and another uncle plays the guitar. On my Mother, Olivia’s side of the family, several of my aunts and uncles sing.” His sister Monique plays the piano and flute. Her son Paul plays the flute and her other son, Christian, plays a little piano. His brother Mark is also a saxophone player. Realizing Alaniz’s natural talent, after only a few lessons, his teacher, Craig Olson, gave him several recordings of great players like David Sanborn, Sonny Rollins, Cannon Ball Adderly and Spyro Gyra to inspire him. He performed in the orchestra and jazz bands throughout his high school years followed by Majoring in Music at Fullerton College. Like Alaniz, many of his high school and college classmates went on to become professional musicians. “At one of my first professional gigs, I was playing a stage show with several wellseasoned union musicians. The singer was really very good and received a round of applause after he sang each of his songs. I thought to myself he was pretty good and it turned out the singer was Andy Williams.” Alaniz has worked with many top-notch musicians, was an “in demand” studio musician for a while and performed on many T.V. commercials and movie soundtracks. He worked on the Michael Jordan IMAX movie and on the Geena Davis movie, “Long Kiss Goodnight”, one of my personal favorites. He married Trisha from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 12, 2003. As a matter of fact, we were born on the same day, October 3, the same year, however, she was born in the morning and I was born in the evening. Together they raise their Pot Belly Pig Sylvia and Steve loves to cook, especially his favorite dish from Thai Smile in Palm Springs, Chicken with Hot Basil. He performs many private parties with us, Mike Costley, Daymor Moses and Bob O’Connor, to name a few. He also performs with Bill Strout’s Big Band 2000 in Orange County and the Hix Big Band in Los Angeles. Alaniz teaches part time at the University of La Verne; flute, clarinet and saxophone. He also teaches for a non-profit organization called the Fullerton Friends of Jazz. “They send teachers out to public schools who have lost their funding. I go out to four different elementary schools in

Fullerton for 10 weeks; Acacia Elementary, Woodcrest Elementary, Golden Hill Elementary and Raymond Elementary.” The Friends of Jazz send out a questionnaire to see who is interested, and the teachers decide who will participate, because this is a class that occurs during the school day. It is not an after school program, and currently, there are over 1,500 students taught by several different teachers at various schools. The requirement is that the students have to be able to perform a concert for their school after the 10 weeks of lessons. “I have been doing this for six years and now it is really showing. Some of the kids who started learning in elementary school are more knowledgeable, and now they are older and joining the high school bands, you can really hear the difference.” He brings his own instruments to show them and performs for the students; however, the students are given a flute-like instrument called a “recorder” along with an instructional book, because they are more affordable. “We use the wind instruments to train them so they have a better idea about music in general. They learn a little bit about the brass instruments and the rhythms sections, but by the time they reach the high school band, they basically choose what they would like to play.” When asked his opinion about the removal of music from most elementary schools across the United States, he had this to say. “I don’t think people really understand how important music is to the overall well being of the children. Learning how to play an instrument and learning how to read music involves a lot of special reasoning, it helps with memory and mathematical skills, it all ties in.” You may contact him at SteveAlanizSax@


December 27 to January 2, 2013


D.E.L.T.A Rescue I

recently took a tour of Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals, known as D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the largest “No Kill, Care-for-Life Sanctuary” of its kind in the world. It is an awe-inspiring place that shows what can be accomplished in animal rescue because one man followed his heart and asked the right question, which in this case was, “What’s right for the animals?” Leo Grillo, founder and president of D.E.L.T.A., kept asking that question as he designed and built his massive state-of-theart animal sanctuary located in the high desert area of Los Angeles Grillo is an actor and a passionate conservationist and animal advocate who is considered an expert in the field of animal rescue. In 1977, Grillo moved to Los Angeles to launch his film career. Then in March of

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1979, Leo began to have strange dreams about a dog that was about to change his life. While driving through the Angeles National Forest, he spotted a black Doberman, just like the one in his dreams, wandering slowing down the road.  Leo picked up the very tired, thin dog and wondered how someone could have abandoned this sensitive, loving dog in the forest far away from food or water.  Leo named the dog “Delta,” which means, “change” in Greek. The rescue of Delta truly changed Leo’s life and, “was just the beginning of many more wilderness rescues to come,” explains Grillo. In 1979, with the financial help of some of his friends in the acting community and other generous donors, Grillo was able to begin building D.E.L.T.A. Rescue. It has continued to expand and grow over the

past three decades as it attempts to keep up with the increasing abandoned animal population in the wilderness. Today, The D.E.L.T.A. Rescue SuperSanctuary is home to more than 1500 animals that live on a beautifully landscaped and maintained 115-acre mountain top ranch surrounded by rolling hills. It is truly a haven for the animals lucky enough to have crossed paths with its founder. Over the years, Leo personally rescued thousands of abandoned, sick and slowly starving dogs and cats that were days away from certain death. At the SuperSanctuary, the rescued animals are introduced to a happy new life. Their days are filled with good food, playtime and the knowledge that they are not only safe but also greatly loved, and have a home for the rest of their lives.

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More than 800 dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes live in huge yards that feature straw bale houses that are insulated to keep the dogs cozy warm in the winter and cool when it is hot with the addition of a wading pool in the summer months. Specially trained attendants feed them the finest quality dog foods and provide them with fresh water, treats, toys and affection. Since the dogs are spayed and neutered when they are rescued, males and females are “married,” sharing their happy new lives in their own house and yard enjoying frolic and play without fear of hunger, thirst or abandonment. The cats at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue live in actual houses with indoor/outdoor play areas. There are two hospitals and a full-time veterinary staff on the premises providing the finest care for the animal residents and developing cutting-edge technology that has changed animal medicine. “Animals are people to me,” says Grillo, “we will not condone the disposing of pets any more than the disposing of children.” D.E.L.T.A. Rescue absolutely refuses to accept animals given up by the public. They also do not adopt out animals because Leo feels, “that will steal homes away from pets in the pound – wonderful animals who will be killed only because they can’t find new homes.” D.E.L.T.A. Rescue is a 501c3 that receives no help from the government and relies solely on donor contributions. If you would like to become a donor, please visit their website at or call 661269-4010.

December 27 to January 2, 2013


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guess because it starts off with a mighty pop! and jolting effervescence to match our hopes, promises, and dreams for the new year, there is no doubt that Champagne is the invigorating and erotic bubbly, the legendary drink of the elite, and the undisputed quality sparkling wine. Hey! it’s the New Year, so gather around as we celebrate that midnight moment—if we haven’t done so already, with a great bottle of bubbly! Yeah—there’s Champagne which (“internationally decreed” ) can only be produced in the Champagne region of France. The rest of the world calls it Sparkling Wine and the nickname of “Sparklers!”. Whether white, red, rosé, sweet, very sweet, dry, extra dry, brut (the driest possible) who doesn’t like the warm giddy feel at the prospect of a glass of it to toast and celebrate. So hows about that enticing build-up: Some wish to get into the action and grab the bottle with vigor—some shy a bit away and just want to watch; then there’s the ritual of peeling back the golden or silver foil—can you rip it off like ribbon? Or do you claw? One needs to be a bit attentive when untwisting the wire cage as the cork can already be unsettled—you don’t want a premature shock before the stroke of the New Year! Or how about those who like playing Errol Flynn or Casanova by using a saber to lope off the cork! It’s the latest craze and I’m certain you’ll see some crazy footage on YouTube. Finally the sight and sound of popping the cork at the New Year! lets everyone know that something wonderful has just happened - or is about to. May the Lord continue to bless us! Practical Tips: Never open a bottle until it’s already chilled—around 42 degrees. Opening a room-temperature bubbly and then chilling it robs the wine of some of the precious bubbles. Best to place a towel over the cork, loosen the wire while keeping pressure on the cork, and then with the bottle pointed away from people and breakables, slowly turn the bottle to loosen the cork. It’s a cheap bottle of bubbly to use when you want that celebratory loud pop and that excess froth and foam. With fine bubbly, a loud pop is bad form. One wants to slowly slide the cork out of the bottle with a subtle hiss. Easier said than done sometimes! Flutes are nice with their sleek sexy shape

for: • 1997 Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil: Drink this wine, see Naples and die; • 1998 Krug Champagne Brut: Ask any true Champagne aficionado and they will tell you Krug is always one of the best in the world; • 1995 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill: Made from same vineyards & style that Sir Winston loved— you may love it as well—prepared to be spoiled. • 1999 Bollinger Grande Année: “Vibrant complexity drives this wine, one of the best from the ’99 vintage.” Wine Spectator (this one’s only $125) The beautiful 2000 Dom Pérignon Rosé is one the best rosé Champagnes in the land.

providing views of ascending bubbles that are fun, festive and mesmerizing, but many experts prefer a standard size tulip glass since it allows for the fruit aroma to be accessed more easily. If you’re having an expensive sparkler, you may wish to consider using a regular wine glass so to capture properly all those complex flavors which a skinny flute will not deliver. So the problem—if there is a problem— with Champagne is that you’re going to pay at least $30 a pop for anything that comes close to true “French” taste. In this case—and it’s great news—you’ll want to pick up the NV (non-vintage) Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut. It was “best in show” in the Champagne/sparkling wine category this year at the San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition. I agree: it’s the best French bubbly for the price. Found at most supermarkets, I saw it over at Pavilions in Rancho Mirage. There is some great Champagne out in the world right now—which have a combination of freshness, richness, delicacy, seductiveness, and raciness, and a gently stimulating strength that no sparkling wine from anywhere else has yet achieved. But— it’ll be a major treat i.e., major coin! You can pick up that very tasty & “so chic” Crystal from Louis Roederer for around $200, but if you’re desiring a fabulous French Champagne for around the same price look

For a Rosé drinker, this one is on their “bucket list”. But it’s around $400 bucks. For around $28, the California NV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley really strives to match its French parent company’s “French Terroir” style; probably the best California rosé sparkler for the price. CIAO! TUTTI! Hey everyone! It’s New Year’s Eve, Italian style, over at Johnny Costa’s Ristorante, 440 Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, where Chef Vince Costa, son of the patriarch, Johnny Costa (who was Frank Sinatra’s private chef) will be serving up a four-course pre-fixe menu at $42 or $59. They’ll have a bottle of Prosecco for only $20. And there’ll be New Year’s Eve favors if you stay for the countdown. Call for details and reservations (760) 325-4556. Santé and Cheers to all!

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COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Jam Session w/ Terry Williams 6:30-9:30pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Monte Oliver 7pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Rebecca Connelly, Sidebar 6:3010pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-340-3222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Karaoke 9pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 The Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-3479985 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 8-12am THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Mike Costley 7:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-3459770 Carolyn Martinez & The Trio 6:3010pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Fixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WALLY’S DESERT TURTLE; RM; 760-5689321 Bob Yetter 6-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Bill Saitta Jazz 7-11pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 End of the World Party 9pm

FRI DECEMBER 28 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Dana Larson 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Friends of the Smell 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Karaoke w/ AJ The KJ 8-12am AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Men at Work 2 8pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm BLUE BAR, SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760775-5566 DJ PWee 8pm (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6pm CAFÉ PALETTE; PS; 760-322-9264 John Gallagher 7pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CHARLI MARRONE’S; IND; 760-6251500 Club Night w/ DJ 9pm 18+ CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-5643660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 The Whammy w/ Los Mublers, Wade Crawford and The Country Trash 8:30pm DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Cool Grooves w/ Timber Woolfe DESERT SAGE; LQ; 760-564-8744 Danny Sands 5-9pm Johnny Meza 10pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760325-2600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke

7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-3422333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 Alternating groups 8-11pm (RR) HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Over the Wall 8-11pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 The Pedestrians and Machin 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-3662250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) LA BRASSERIE BISTRO; LQ; 760-7714400 Todd Ashley 6pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Johnny Meza 6pm LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 New Breed 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Venus Rising 9pm (VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero & Dennis Alvarez 6:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 Dali’s Llama w/ Hot Beat Pussy Fiend 9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760-345-0222 Meltdown 6-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Three Chord Justice 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Acoustic Night w/ Drunklando, Shawn Growell, Nick Cheney, Eric Taylor, Rob Lawrence and Jake Fimbres 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 The Gand Band 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Live Music 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Rebecca Connelly Sidebar 6:30-10pm, Michael Keeth Duo Sidebar 10pm-cl ROCK GARDEN BAR & EATERY; PS; Smash Fridays 10pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-340-3222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 DJ Music 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The P.S. Blues

w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-3479985 The Might Delta-Tones 9pm THREESIXTY NOR­­TH; PS; 760-327-1773 John McCormick 8pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 Funky Fridays 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-3459770 Pat Rizzo & All That Jazz Band 6:30-10pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Fixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WALLY’S DESERT TURTLE; RM; 760-5689321 Bob Yetter 6-10pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 7pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Live entertainment 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 David & Olivia: An American Duo 7-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 T.B.A. 7-11pm (CR) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 Red & White Christmas Party 9pm

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SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 6-10pm (RR) SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760341-3560 Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-3479985 T.B.A. 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Darci Daniels 7:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-3459770 Pat Rizzo & All That Jazz Band 6:30-10pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Fixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WALLY’S DESERT TURTLE; RM; 760-5689321 Bob Yetter 6-10pm WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 7pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Karaoke Show 9-2am THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 Mark Linford 7-10pm (AC) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Damon Von Baun Jazz 7-11pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ& DJ Bigster (VD)

SUN DECEMBER 30 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Bob & Allison Garcia 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Intoxica Radio Live w/ Howie Pyro 10pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 The Judy Show 7:30pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888-999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 9pm (LR) CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-5643660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke 9pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 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; 760-327-1700 Michael Keeth INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 The Ted Herman 18 Pc. Big Band 6-8pm

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by Raymond Bill


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ne of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the desert is now serving breakfast and while I usually review my dinner dining experiences, this incredible meal was worth sharing. Don Diego’s has been a favorite here in the Coachella Valley for over 30 years and when I heard they would be serving breakfast, I was excited to find out what their chef has put together. Known for their delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine, lively atmosphere and tasty margaritas, Don Diego’s is great for any occasion. I have been fortunate to try a few of their breakfast menu items over the past week and while I cannot decide on a favorite, I can state with certainty that I cannot wait to return! The restaurant boasts an impressive fountain and outdoor dog-friendly patio that will make you feel as if you are traveling abroad, having escaped our familiar desert scenery. The interior is decorated with classic Latin flare; large colorful sombreros and colors of the Mexican flag accent the walls. The staff and owners are all smiling and seem very happy to be a part of this establishment. The lump crab meat eggs benedict was simply amazing. The hollandaise sauce was rich and creamy and the crab was fresh, with a slightly sweet flavor that complimented the savory sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes, this dish was beautifully plated. I also tried one of their breakfast burritos filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, jalapenos, peppers and onions. This is perhaps the best breakfast burrito you will ever have the opportunity to try. I think the best breakfast item I have tried is their Pasilla pepper stuffed with scrambled eggs, jalapenos and onions… it is spicy and full of flavor! The menu offers traditional favorites like Huevos Rancheros as well as classic breakfast

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selections so that there is something for everyone! This is also true for their lunch menu, offering sandwiches as well as great authentic combination plates. I have always enjoyed this place for lunch but now that there is a breakfast menu, I can’t think of a better way to start my day. Don Diego’s also provides live entertainment with Johnny Gi-Tar that engages the restaurant’s patrons with sing along favorites or mild background music, depending on the crowd. One thing that is certain is that the atmosphere is always lively and welcoming. The plates are unique and the margarita glasses are pieces of art unto themselves! They even offer a margarita tower that will serve the whole table, and then some! I cannot say enough about this great place so just be sure to check it out yourself! Don Diego’s is now open for breakfast from 8am to 11am Monday through Saturday and serving until 1pm Sundays. Lunch is available daily from 11am to 3pm and dinner is served until 9pm. Stop in for “Fiesta Hour” for great specials between 3pm and 6pm each day! Don Diego’s is located at the corner of Cook Street and Highway 111 in Indian Wells. Visit them at

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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

Screeners No. 40




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Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s movie has already generated a lot of attention not only for its racial elements but for its on-screen violence. Putting those elements aside, there’s no doubt about the entertainment value embedded deep in this outrageous homage to spaghetti westerns with the added elements of dark humor and the quirky dialogue Tarantino so loves. But it would be a mistake to ignore the core truths of America’s rancid racist history as the central conceit of this inflammatory, gore-soaked, sadistic, goofy, visually rich, waking dream of a movie. Tarantino has rebooted the title and main character of Sergio Carbucci’s brutal 1966 film starring Franco Nero that spawned over 50 unofficial sequels. In the original, Nero is “the lone stranger who roams the west dragging a coffin filled with chaos towards a destiny ruled by vengeance.” Yikes! Tarantino’s story takes place in the South two years before the Civil War. Jamie Foxx is Django, a slave who connects with a bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on the trail of the bloody Brittle brothers. Only Django can lead Schultz to his prey. But Django’s true goal is rescuing his beloved wife lost in the mire of the slave trade. The quest leads to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his trusted house slave Stephen (Samuel L.

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let loose with a character she could have so well inhabited to our great delight. Once again, the idea hinted at in the film’s title is far funnier than the actual film. Amazingly, the entire movie was shot within 45 minutes of Malibu, per Streisand’s wishes. This one’s an amiable, but lesser diversion. And if you are a Streisand fan, she can do no wrong.

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen seem like the perfect team for a wicked road trip trope that extolls the love, terror and wisdom of the fabled, smothering “Jewish mother.” But, what could have been, is nowhere to be seen in this watered down bonding film with barely a laugh in sight. And neither is it exactly a heartfelt or poignant trip, although both Streisand and Rogen are affable enough. He’s an inventor who has meetings across the country to sell a poorly named, organic cleaner (you can drink it) and he invites his mother along for the ride with a secret agenda in mind. The original title was “A Mother’s Curse” which is actually more accurate. Too bad they didn’t just scrap that and make the movie better fit the new, inspired and perfect title! Streisand at 70 seems to be especially relaxed and enjoying herself. Her charisma oozes off the screen. Too bad she didn’t have a chance to pull out all the stops and


This incredibly creative and clever faux documentary purports to tell the real events of the 1900 war between Earth and Mars. Yes, H.G. Wells wrote about it, but here we see the actuality in vintage interviews and amazing combat footage. It appears that a 1965 film crew captured the memories of the last survivor of the war and his attempt to find his wife during the chaos. The interviews were lost until 2006 when they were re-discovered in a vault of a condemned house. Also in the vault were reels of previously unknown – and astonishing -- footage of the actual Martian invasion. This remarkable film makes it all real again.

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not killed. What I most appreciate about this great film, besides the superb film craft, is that it is devoid of a political agenda. A lot of controversy has already been raised about the so-called “torture” scenes that may or may not have rendered valuable information. But that too is part of the legacy.


Director Kathryn Bigelow has crafted a gripping and unexpected retelling of the sequence of events that lead to the final killing of Osama bin Laden. From a screenplay by producer Mark Boal, Bigelow lets the story unfold almost like a documentary as one lone, lowly, female (Jessica Chastain), a member of a secret, elite team becomes obsessed with locating her prey and eliminating him. I was caught up in the increasing tension and the realism of this vivid recreation of “history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man.” What still surprises me is that with all of America’s technology we were not able to pinpoint Osama bin Laden’s actual location and when we did during the Clinton and Bush administrations, he was


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Book Review

Deceit and Deception

ow much do you think you know about the events surrounding September 11, 2001? Do you have lingering question about how the attacks were handled and how the United States government made decisions? Are you satisfied with what you think you know? 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars (Touchstone, 611 pages) by Kurt Eichenwald may be the most enlightening history book of our time. This book is not for those who are content with the present narrative. It’s a horror story -- a suspense thriller you’ll wish was fiction. 500 Days begins twelve months before the attacks on September 11, 2001 and follows the decision-making processes of the Bush Administration to “fight terror” over the next eighteen months. Eichenwald did not set out to write an exposé of the political nightmare and madness of the Bush Administration. He neither condemns nor supports a particular position but leaves it up to the reader. Eichenwald is not pressing a private view. However, the research and information is so intense and scathing, and written with such passionate prose, the reader definitely gets a new perspective. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a New York Times bestselling author of three books, Eichenwald is an experienced, award-winning journalist. With six hundred hours of interviews and thousands of documents, he has uncovered never before reported details about detainees, warrantless wiretapping, conflicts between Washington and London, to name a few. Eichenwald aptly drops the reader into the room and lets us witness those who got the big picture and those who didn’t. Like a Shakespearean tragedy, Eichenwald begins his book with a cast of characters. A list of names from the White House, the CIA, The Pentagon, The Department of Justice, State Department, Britain, Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, etc. and many, many more. It’s great to get all the familiar players in line and finally understand the detrimental role each played. Sure, perhaps we understand the kneejerk reaction when we are unprepared and ill equipped to act against something so out-of-the-blue, but that was not the case. There were opportunities and there were good people on top of their game. This is not retrospective opinion. This is an uncovering and detailing of the facts and they are not what you’ve been told in the past. At the time, who didn’t hate the French for not being, at the very least, supportive

500 Days:

Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt

Eichenwald Nonfiction

a secular Catholic, didn’t know what Bush was talking about ‘Gog and Magog?’ but thought Bush sounded like a religious fanatic.

--remember Freedom Fries, Garden Doors? But here’s one reason why. When Bush called French President Jacques Chirac to get him to support the first UN resolution (which would authorize military action) Bush went Biblical. He said to Chirac: “We are both Christians committed to the teachings of the Bible. We share a common Lord. Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East. Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase His people’s enemies before a new age begins.” Chirac,

There are bad people but not all of them are al-Qaeda. For example, the Bush Administration lied to Colin Powell causing the Secretary of State to unknowingly pass false information to key allies. There are many revelations in this book that are disturbing and frightening. Familiar named players deliberately manipulated and lied and disregarded or ignored US laws, US policy and the US Constitution. Sometimes it appears for personal gain, other times perhaps out of ignorance and stupidity. 500 Days is an important book. It is our history. There is much to learn from its very turnable pages. Maybe the best approach to reading this book is to look at it as if it were a crime novel. Eichenwald vividly writes as if he were in the room, but of course he wasn’t. So, to avoid your blood pressure from rising at the horror of the unnecessary bloodshed, try to see the juggernaut of human weaknesses, failures and ignorance as fiction. But sadly it is not.

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Palm Springs High School Needs Our Help to be a Part of History

e have many great school bands performing in our valley, but few have the honor of being chosen for something remarkable. Our valley is honored by the accomplishment of one local band. The Palm Springs “Spirit of the Sands” Marching Band and Visual Corps have been selected to march in the upcoming Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. I spoke with a very excited band director, Beverly Ingelson, and her husband, who is helping the band boosters with the fundraising for the event. Beverly told me that this event will be a historical event for the band and visual corps, Palm Springs High School (PSHS), and the Coachella Valley. Beverly also told me how hard the students worked. Needless to say, this band deserved being selected, but there may be a small hiccup in their journey. Although the band was chosen to

participate in the inaugural parade, the trip is not an all expenses paid trip. Actually, it is a “pay your own way” type of trip. The band must pay for all the expenses, but can’t afford the price. If you visit the band’s website at www., you will notice a large red square with the statement “As a result of the Presidential Inaugural Committee acceptance notification, the band has less than one month to raise thousands of dollars. Please help the Spirit of the Sands to become part of history.” The band needs our help! To participate in the parade in Washington D.C., the band needs to send approximately 160 students, chaperones, and equipment. This trip will not be cheap. The band may not be able to return home the same day, which means they will have hotel and food expenses. The boosters report that the funds could run at approximately

$1,000 or more per student. Beverly states that she wants as many students to attend as possible but that depends on the funding they receive. Many parents cannot afford that price. I understand that Christmas is here, and many may be short on funds, but there are people that can help, even if the donation is small. How about donating to help these young musicians represent us in the Presidential Inaugural Parade? The experience will be life changing for these students, and will make them and our community apart of history. I am a former high school marching band student, and I understand the work and dedication it takes to make a marching band successful. These students have been selected out of thousands of bands that applied to be a part of one of the most important events in our nation, the Presidential Inauguration.


You can be a Blackhawk, an Arab, a Ram, a Rajah, an Aztec, a Knight, a Lion, or a Golden Eagle, you can still help. Let’s come together as a community and help these students be a part

of history. If you’re interested in helping, Pacific Premier Bank (formerly Canyon National Bank) has set up an account entitled “PSHS Inauguration Band Fund.” Any donations to this account will go directly to the band. You can also send donations by mail to: PSHS Band Boosters, P.O. Box 4983, Palm Springs, CA 92263. All Donations will be tax deductable.

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New Years Safety Tips!

ew Year’s Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities. Whether you’re staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you’re traveling to a party or city bash, following a few safety tips will ensure that you’re safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the New Year! • Designate a Driver: If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel. You might even be on the water this New Years Eve. The person in charge of navigating the boat needs to be cautious, and this still applies to them! It is important to be safe on the water as well, so drink sensibly. • Be Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting.

Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. Taking preventive measures is key. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It’s important to keep an eye out for each other. • Don’t Drive: If you don’t have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seatbelt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend’s place nearby is a convenient solution. • Stick Together: This way we can look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fastpaced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in

this environment is imperative. • Monitor your Alcohol Intake: A majority of people will be drinking on New Year’s Eve, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have lethal affects. Be responsible. • Don’t forget about your pets! They are just as much a part of the family as everyone else. If you are using fireworks, anything with loud noises, or fire, be sure that pets are kept at a distance as well as children. None of these are a good mix. • Be careful with open flames: If you’re burning candles, incense or oil burners, remember to extinguish them before you turn in or before you leave the room they are burning in. Pay extra attention to pets and children around open flames. • Plain and simple, No Fireworks! Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night (in a good way!). By

simply using some common sense, we can keep it that way. Ring in the New Year safely! Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna


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U.S.A. to Defend Their Title Against England in High-Goal Arena Polo Match

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or the second time in the history of polo in the desert, there will be a high-goal Arena Polo Game right here at Empire Polo Club. The United States Polo Association (USPA) has awarded the 23-Goal USPA Townsend International Challenge Cup to Empire Polo Club. The game will be played on Saturday, January 12th, 2013. This game represents the highest level of polo currently played on the west coast. If you were to compare polo to golf, the Townsend Cup would be PGA Tour level polo. Empire Polo Club and the local polo community are very excited to host such an historic event. The USPA Townsend Cup is an arena challenge game traditionally played between teams from the U.S. and England. The game will be handicapped at 23-goals, which means that all of the player’s handicaps on one team, when combined, equal 23 goals. The higher the polo handicap is, the higher the skill level of the players and their team. A 23-Goal arena game is a rare opportunity and one that you won’t want to miss. Professional polo players are flying in from England and various parts of the U.S. to compete in this 1-day event. The highest-rated arena polo player in the world is Tommy Biddle, rated 10-Goals. He will be representing the United States in this tournament and he is the U.S.A. Team Captain. U.S.A. Team Tommy Biddle (10) Kris Kampsen (7) Rob Yackley (6) Billy Sheldon (7) Coach/alternate England Team Chris Hyde (9) Oliver Hipwood (7) Max Charlton (7) Sebastian Dawnay (8) Alternate Event: USPA Townsend International Challenge Cup 23-Goal Arena Tournament Date: Saturday, January 12th at 5:00 PM General Admission: FREE Location: Empire Polo Club Arena, 81800 Ave. 51, Indio, CA 92201 Schedule:


About The USPA Townsend Cup Arena Challenge

5:00 PM: USA vs. England In The International Collegiate Challenge Cup 6:00 PM: USA vs. England 23-Goal Townsend International Challenge Cup Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase on site during the game. The Empire Polo Arena offers bleacher seating for spectators. All seats are General Admission, which is free and open to the public. There is no VIP seating at this event.

About Arena Polo

In arena polo there are only three players on a team and in grass polo there are four. The game is played in an arena, approximately 300 feet long by 150 feet wide, with walls all around. The playing surface is dirt. The chukkers (periods of play) are 7.5 minutes long and there are

four periods in an arena game. The teams switch directions after each period of play. Each player has a handicap between 0 and 10. The higher a players handicap, the better the player, which is the opposite of a golf handicap. The total handicap of the three players on each team is the handicap of the team. The term “handicap” is also referred to as goals. A 20-Goal Tournament means that the total handicap of each team cannot exceed 20. What to wear? This is one of the most asked questions by spectators. Polo is a casual affair at Empire Polo Club, so please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You will see spectators wearing everything from shorts, jeans and flip-flops to sundresses, khakis and button down shirts. The Townsend Cup will be held at night, so we suggest you dress warm and bring a jacket.

The Townsend Cup has been referred to as “The World Series” of arena polo and it represents the highest-level of international arena polo in a competitive format. The Hurlingham Polo Association is bringing the English Team to Indio, CA to compete against the United States Polo Association’s U.S. Team. The Townsend Cup was first played in Manhattan in 1923 and featured two teams, one from England and one from the U.S. It was this historic match that spurred the growth and development of arena polo here in the United States. The Townsend Cup wasn’t played again until 2004 and then again in 2008 and 2011. The Townsend Cup is named in honor of John R. Townsend, a New York City social figure who was an active advocate for arena polo in the early years of its development. Empire Polo Club is honored to host the USPA Townsend Cup on January 12th, 2013 and to be part of such an historic event. To continue the promotion and growth of arena polo here in the desert and in the United States, Empire Polo Club invites the public to join us in welcoming England to our county and to show support both teams as they compete for the title.

About Empire Polo Club

Established in 1987, Empire Polo Club is one of the largest polo clubs on the west coast with 12 polo fields and an indoor arena and a polo school. Polo is played Wednesday through Sunday, November through March 31st, 2013 with featured matches on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. For more information about the USPA Townsend Cup or for information about our season schedule, spectators can visit our website at or visit our facebook page EmpirePolo.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the sci-fi film trilogy The Matrix, the heroes are able to instantaneously acquire certain complex skills via software that’s downloaded directly into their brains. In this way, the female hacker named Trinity masters the art of piloting a military M-109 helicopter in just a few minutes. If you could choose a few downloads like that, Aries, what would they be? This isn’t just a rhetorical question meant for your amusement. In 2013, I expect that your educational capacity will be exceptional. While you may not be able to add new skills as easily as Trinity, you’ll be pretty fast and efficient. So what do you want to learn? Choose wisely. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you familiar with the fable of the golden goose? The farmer who owned it became impatient because it laid only one gold egg per day. So he killed it, thinking he would thereby get the big chunk of gold that must be inside its body. Alas, his theory was mistaken. There was no chunk. From then on, of course, he no longer got his modest daily treasure. I nominate this fable to be one of your top teaching stories of 2013. As long as you’re content with a slow, steady rate of enrichment, you’ll be successful. Pushing extra hard to expedite the flow might lead to problems. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here are some of the experiences I hope to help you harvest in the coming year: growing pains that are interesting and invigorating rather than stressful; future shock that feels like a fun joyride rather than a bumpy rumble; two totally new and original ways to get excited; a good reason to have faith in a dream that has previously been improbable; a fresh supply of Innocent Crazy-Wise Love Truth; and access to all the borogoves, mome raths, and slithy toves you could ever want. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In her gallery show “Actuality, Reminiscence, and Fabrication,” artist Deborah Sullivan includes a piece called “Penance 1962.” It consists of a series of handwritten statements that repeats a central theme: “I must not look at boys during prayer.” I’m assuming it’s based on her memory of being in church or Catholic school when she was a teenager. You probably have an analogous rule lodged somewhere in the depths of your unconscious mind -- an outmoded prohibition or taboo that may still be subtly corroding your life energy. The coming year will be an excellent time to banish that ancient nonsense for good. If you were Deborah Sullivan, I’d advise you to fill a whole notebook page with the corrected assertion: “It’s OK to look a boys during prayer.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): For years, the gravestone of Irish dramatist Oscar Wilde was covered with kiss-shaped lipstick marks that were left by his admirers. Unfortunately, Wilde’s descendants decided to scour away all those blessings and erect a glass wall around the tomb to prevent further displays of affection. In my astrological opinion, Leo, you should favor the former style of behavior over the latter in 2013. In other words, don’t focus on keeping things neat and clean and well-ordered. On the contrary: Be extravagant and uninhibited in expressing your love for the influences that inspire you -- even at the risk of being a bit unruly or messy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 2013, I hope to conspire with you to raise your levels of righteous success. If you’re a struggling songwriter, I’ll be pushing for you to get your music out to more people -- without sacrificing your artistic integrity. If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I’ll prompt you to fine-tune and deepen the benevolent influence you have on your students. If you’re a business owner, I’ll urge you to ensure that the product or service you offer is a well-honed gift to those who use it. As I trust you can see, Virgo, I’m implying that impeccable ethics will be crucial to your ascent in the coming year. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): After Libran poet Wallace Stevens won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955, Harvard University offered him a job as a

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full professor. But he turned it down. He couldn’t bear leaving his day job as the vice-president of an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. I suspect that in the first half of 2013, you will come to a fork in the road that may feel something like Stevens’ quandary. Should you stick with what you know or else head off in the direction of more intense and unpredictable stimulation? I’m not here to tell you which is the better choice; I simply want to make sure you clearly identify the nature of the decision. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 2013, I will try to help you retool, reinvent, and reinvigorate yourself in every way that’s important to you. I will encourage you to reawaken one of your sleeping aptitudes, recapture a lost treasure, and reanimate a dream you’ve neglected. If you’re smart, Scorpio, you will reallocate resources that got misdirected or wasted. And I hope you will reapply for a privilege or position you were previously denied, because I bet you’ll win it this time around. Here are your words of power for the year ahead: resurrection and redemption. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Based on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a team of physicists in France and Switzerland announced last July that they had tentatively discovered the Higgs Boson, which is colloquially known as the “God particle.” What’s all the fuss? In her San Francisco Chronicle column, Leah Garchik quoted an expert who sought to explain: “The Higgs boson is the WD40 and duct tape of the universe, all rolled into one.” Is there a metaphorical equivalent of such a glorious and fundamental thing in your life, Sagittarius? If not, I predict you will find it in 2013. If there already is, I expect you will locate and start using its 2.0 version. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 2013, I pledge to help you bring only the highest-quality influences and self-responsible people into your life. Together we will work to dispel any unconscious attraction you might have to demoralizing chaos or pathological melodrama. We will furthermore strive to ensure that as you deepen and fine-tune your self-discipline, it will not be motivated by self-denial or obsessive control-freak tendencies. Rather, it will be an act of love that you engage in so as to intensify your ability to express yourself freely and beautifully. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience,” said French painter Paul Cezanne. What do you think he meant by that? Here’s one interpretation: Many of us replay the same old emotions over and over again -- even in response to experiences that are nothing like the past events when we felt those exact feelings. So a genius might be someone who generates a fresh emotion for each new adventure. Here’s another possible interpretation of Cezanne’s remark: It can be hard to get excited about continually repeating the basic tasks of our regular routines day after day. But a genius might be someone who is good at doing just that. I think that by both of these definitions, 2013 could be a genius year for you Aquarians. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Home is not just the building where you live. It’s more than the community that gives you support and the patch of earth that comforts you with its familiarity. Home is any place where you’re free to be your authentic self; it’s any power spot where you can think your own thoughts and see with your own eyes. I hope and trust that in 2013 you will put yourself in position to experience this state of mind as often as possible. Do you have any ideas about how to do that? Brainstorm about it on a regular basis for the next six months. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology


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he ancient Hebrew proverb “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” has been adapted by people of varying faiths across the globe. Some imply it has to do with personal care, others with an orderly home. Regardless of faith or tradition, there is great value in this saying no matter what area of your life you choose to apply the age old adage. You don’t even have to believe in God to see the clear benefits of cleanliness. I have found great comfort in striving to live up to this aphorism in as many areas of my life as I can manage and I’m happy to share with you how you can apply it to yours for a healthier, more beautiful way of life. Adding one or more of any of these steps to your life will help protect your health and well-being. Keep in mind, the more areas one is able to apply the saying, the better one will feel. You need not spend more than just five minutes a day cleansing a chosen area of your life. And even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you can’t afford to not devote time to your most valuable asset; yourself.


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