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Food & Wine festival & Fashion week on el paseo
By Judith Salkin
March 21 to March 27, 2013
ith the many festivals, art fairs, golf and tennis tournaments that already fill the desert’s calendar, finding room on the schedule for one or two more major events could be a bit of a tight fit. Never mind trying to attract the crowds needed to make them successful. Unless, of course, we’re talking about Fashion Week Palm Desert and Food + Wine Palm Desert, two separate events that have combined to take advantage of El Paseo’s many fashion houses and dining opportunities. The parallel events are bringing in destination vacationers from around the world to catch the latest in fashion and give foodies a chance to taste their way through some of the best food the desert has to offer and learn a little (or a lot) about great food and wine. Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert “Four years ago, combining forces with Fashion Week for the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert seemed like a natural pairing,” said Executive Producer Jeff Hocker. “Food and fashion seemed like they should go together.” With the Aspen Food and Wine Festival as his inspiration, Hocker is well on his way to making the desert’s food affair another destination event. “Food and fashion are
Sharone Hakman Finalist on “Master Chef”, Founder of “Hak’s BBQ Sauce”.
both big trends,” Hocker said. “It’s great to join the two events together because both often appeal to the same audience. And now we have people who are returning year after year and who plan their time in the desert around our events.” While most food and wine festivals offer a wide variety of flavors to appeal to every taste profile, Hocker is going one step further with what seems to be a no-brainer idea: pairing participating restaurants with wineries to create the perfect tasting at every station. “A lot of thought goes into the pairings,” he said, which has helped to attract a number of national and international sponsors such as Stella Artois and Kerrygold cheeses. Over the course of the three day event, which kicks off with a three-hour gourmet luncheon on Friday that includes chef
Sean Kanan Author and Lead Character on ABC’s “General Hospital”.
demonstrations by chef Sara Moulton, Luciano Pellegrini and Bradley Ogden, guests will sample the work of dozens of local and celebrity chefs, wines from nearly 80 wineries, chef demonstrations and six wine seminars spread out over Saturday and Sunday. “It’s a lot to pack in over three days,” Hocker said. A woman in the kitchen: Chef Profile: Joane Garcia-Colson, Owner / Chef at Dish Creative Working with Les Dames d’Escoffier, Culinary Institute of America and the James Beard Foundation, one of the goals of the event is to feature not only local chefs but women in the kitchens of restaurants across America, like Joane Garcia Colson, who ditched a law career for the heat of the kitchen. Garcia Colson grew up cooking, at first to help out her working mom and later, “as a retreat from the acrimony and in-fighting you find in the law,” she said. After a career as an attorney, Garcia Colson decided to give up the big paycheck and risk it all by going to culinary school at the Arizona
Fashion Week Palm Desert Runway Model, Story on Page 5. Photo by Dane Andrew
Culinary Institute in Scottsdale. At 52, she says, “It was the best choice I could have made. Food is my passion and I am so much happier.” Garcia Colson creates her labors of love at Dish Creative Cuisine in Cathedral City. Knowing that food can nurture both the soul and the body, “I get my greatest pleasure when someone gets what I do and why I do it,” she says. “When I see someone’s face light up, that’s my goal.” On Sunday Garcia Colson takes the next step in culinary career when she participates in the first wine seminar of the day that pairs her food with sparkling wines from Iron Horse Winery. “I’m nervous,” she says. “It’s the first time I’ve done something like this. I’ve been to food and wine festivals before, but not as a presenter. My perspective is going to be very different. Before I was there to taste; on Sunday, I’ll be there as a professional, watching everyone’s reaction.” continue to page 5
Joane Garcia-Colson Founder of “Dish Creative”.
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Tanya Holland Host of FOOD Network’s “Melting Pot”, Owner of “Brown Surgar Kitchen”.
Food and Wine From the opening gourmet luncheon with celebrity chefs Sara Moulton, Luciano Pellegrini and Bradley Ogden on Friday at the Big White Tent on Larkspur Lane to the final wine seminar on Sunday, the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert offers three days to taste the best of the desert. And learn about the food and wines to take home to your own kitchen. Tickets can be purchased at the box office for available events or through the website at palmdesertfoodandwine.com. Because beer, wine and other spirits will be available, all attendees must be at least 21 to be admitted to the festival. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday (March 22)
Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Gourmet Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $125, reservations required. Along with demonstrations by chefs Sara Moulton, Luciano Pellegrini and Bradley Ogden, the four course luncheon includes paired wines from the champagne from Caposaldo and premium wines from Fuedo Maccari, Tenuta de Salviano and Michele Chiario. Emcees are Jeff Hocker and Patrick Evans, with catering by Scott Robertson of New Leaf Catering.
Saturday (March 23)
Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Saturday Grand Tasting 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets: $75
www.coachellavalleyweekly.com Ticket includes grand tasting with participating restaurants and paired wines, chef demonstrations, book signings, wine seminars (each requires a separate ticket for Saturday seminars). Demonstrations 11:45 a.m. Deborah Scott, San Diego food trucks and Vintana restaurant, Stage 1 Green Room 12:15 p.m. Jan Boydston, Kitchen Kitchen, Stage 2 Garden East 12:45 p.m. Sara Moulton, Gourmet Magazine/Food Network, Stage 1 Green Room 12:45 p.m. Adam Gertler, The Next Food Network Star and Gertler‘s Deli, Stage 4 Main Tent 1:15 p.m. TBA, Stage 2 Garden East 1:15 p.m. Sean Kanan, actor and cookbook author, Stage 3 Garden West 1:45 p.m. Luciano Pellegrini, Valentino Restaurant Group, Las Vegas, Stage 1 Green Room 1:45 p.m. Alejandra Schrader, Master Chef season 2 finalist, Stage 4 Main Tent 2:15 p.m. Chris Mitchum, Executive Chef Hyatt Grand Resort, Stage 3 Garden West 2:45 p.m. Mark Peel, Campanile, Los Angeles, Stage 2 Garden East 2:45 p.m. Martin Yan, Yan Can Cook, Stage 4 Main Tent 3:15 p.m. Maria Sinskey, Culinary Director, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Stage 3 Garden West Wine Seminars Grapes and Regions You Probably Don’t Know, But Should 12 p.m., $25 Wine expert Michael Green on the world of wines that explores the under-appreciated grapes and regions. Features Alsatian and Hungarian whites and little known Italian reds. A Day in the Life of a Winemaker 1:30 p.m., $25 Looking to kick your day job? From choosing barrels to tasting the product, Jeff LeBard talks about the day-to-day life of a winemaker. Hot! Hot! Hot! Cool Wines From South America 3 p.m., $25 Marcos Mizzau, CWS, Import Wine Specialist for Young’s Market-Estates Group Hess Collection (Bodega Colome) takes participants on a tour of Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernet from Argentina and Chile. Includes tastings of these outstanding wines.
12:45 p.m. Drew Davis, Catalan, Stage 2 Garden East 1:15 p.m. Tanya Holland, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland, Stage 1 Green Room 1:15 p.m. Warren Cordoba, Noble House Hotels and Resorts, Stage 3 Garden West 1:45 p.m. Maria Schmidt, Chef de Cuisine Distrito, Philadelphia, Stage 2 Garden East 1:45 p.m. Daniel Joly, Mirabelle, Beaver Creek, Colo., Stage 4 Main Tent 2:15 p.m. Sharone Hakman, Master Chef, Season 1, Stage 1 Green Room 2:15 p.m. Mark Van Laanen, Trio, Stage 3 Garden West 2:45 p.m. Julie Pech, chocolate therapist, Stage 2 Garden East 2:45 p.m. Andre Carthen, The Fit Chef, Stage 4 Main Tent 3:15 p.m. Jesse Souza, Executive Chef, La Playa Resort, Stage 3 Garden West 3:15 p.m. Jamie Gwen, chef and food correspondent, Stage 1 Green Room 3:45 p.m. Martin Yan, Stage 4 Main Tent Wine Seminars Sparkling Wine, The Most Food Friendly Wine on the Planet -- An Afternoon with Iron Horse 1 p.m., $25 Iron Horse Winery owner Barry Sterling, DISH Creative Cuisine executive chef/ owner Joane Garcia Colson and moderator Michael Green present sparkling pairings from the Sonoma County winery and Garcia Colson’s inventive cuisine. The Four Noble Grape Varietals 2:30 p.m., $25 Richard Sowolsky, Director of Winemaking at Clos Pegase, on the backbone varietals of the world’s best wines. The Beauty of Terroir: Discovering Important A.V.A.s in California 4 p.m., $25 Winemaker Jesse Katz of Roth and Lancaster Estates on the microclimates and the distinct flavor profiles that elusive term “terroir” is all about. Katz is the tour guide through wine country and classic viticulture of California.
Fashion Week Palm Desert Go to New York, London, Paris or Milan for Fashion Week to see top designer runway shows, and you won’t see those designs in stores until the following fashion season. “Go to a runway show during Fashion Week Palm Desert, and the designer’s trunk show the following day and you can wear what you see next week,” said Susan Stein, Producer and Creative Director of the yearly El Paseo event.
Lindi Biggi President of “Loving all Animals” Organization. Photo by Dane Andrew
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Sunday (March 24)
Deborah Scott Executive Chef and Partner at the Cohn Restaurant Group.
Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Saturday Grand Tasting Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets: $75 Ticket includes grand tasting with participating restaurants and paired wines, chef demonstrations, book signings, wine seminars (each requires a separate ticket for Sunday seminars). Demonstrations 12:15 a.m. Andrew Copley, Copley‘s on Palm Canyon, Stage 1 Green Room
March 21 to March 27, 2013
Runway Models Participating in Fashion Week Palm Desert 2013. Photo by Dane Andrew
“Most fashion weeks are designed for the trade, so that the buyers can see what they want for their stores next spring or fall,” Stein said recently. “With Fashion Week Palm Desert, we designed an event to work with the local stores and with the consumer who doesn’t want to wait to see the designs in stores six months later.” In its eighth year, Fashion Week has become a must-see event for desert fashionistas, and a draw for fashion mavens from across the Southland, with at least 40 percent return customers each year. That means doubling attendance and drawing more attention from the industry every year. Part of that is the week’s attention to up and coming designers and the careful choice of the Designer of the Week. Not just the “flavor of the season” designer, but someone who draws inspiration from classic designs for their fashion-forward statements. “We look for emerging designers to showcase their work at El Paseo and try to feature as many West Coast designers as we can,” Stein said. This year’s cadre of talents include Sue Wong whose work draws on classic design techniques combined with inspiration from some of fashion’s most elegant eras; Michael Costello, the young home-grown designer who has appeared on Season 8 of Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars, who hosted a Project Runway show with eight of his fellow show designers; Katharine Polk of Houghton who debuted her ready-towear collection during Fashion Week 2012 at Lincoln Center; Parisian couturier Lloyd Klein; and Fe Zendi of El Paseo.
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www.coachellavalleyweekly.com April Johnston, Gordana Gelhausen, Bert Keeter, Joshua McKinley, Korto Momolu, Anthony Ryan and Elena Slivnyak Sue Wong Cocktail reception, 7 p.m. Runway show, 8 p.m. Wong always astonishes by combining ageold couture techniques of the finest fashion houses of Europe to evoke the allure and glamour of fashion ages such of Weimar Berlin, 1930s Shanghai, the Golden Age of Hollywood and Manhattan’s Jazz age.
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Some of Many Designers. Photo by Dane Andrew
This year’s Designer of the Week is Gilbert Chagoury, who will close out Fashion Week with his runway show on Sunday night. Chagoury, Stein said, grew up in Paris, attended the Parsons School of Design and trained at Dior in Paris. Having the opportunity to see designers Polk, who combines the independence of Katharine Hepburn’s eye for fashion with the fierceness of Patti Smith rock’n’roll attitude and Chagoury, whose designs have a timeless elegance drawn from the textiles he uses, is why the event has grown so quickly. “This really is a consumer’s event,” Stein said.
Dane Andrew holding his pet Rascal, the “World’s Ugliest Dog”, along with Sculptor Karen Barone. Photo by Dane Andrew
Friday (March 22)
Sue Wong Trunk Show 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Houghton Designer Katharine Polk Cocktail reception, 7 p.m. Runway Show 8 p.m. Polk debuted her ready-to-wear line in 2012 at the Fall/Winter Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City. She designs for the independent woman who wants a wardrobe that is effortlessly chic, with a strong, sexy look.
Saturday (March 23)
Fashion Week Palm Desert Runway Model Photo by Dane Andrew
Designer of the Week: Gilbert Chagoury Cocktail reception, 7 p.m. Show, 8 p.m. The Dior-trained, independent Beverly Hills couture designer was born in Lebanon and raised in Paris. He debuts his red carpet worthy 2013 collection. His designs have been worn by celebrities and socialites such as Milla Jovovich, Hayden Panettiere, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Edie Falco, Niki Taylor and Laura Vandervoort.
The Last Fashionable Weekend of Fashion Week Available tickets for events can be purchased at the Great White Tent on Larkspur Lane, across from the Gardens on El Paseo. Information: fashionweekelpaseo.com. FASHION WEEK SCHEDULE
Today (March 21)
Michael Costello and Project Runway Designers Trunk show 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designers includes Costello, Victor Luna, Fabio Costa, Seth Aaron, Mondo Guerra,
Victor Tung shaking hands with Dick Stein. Photo by Dane Andrew
he ever popular Improv Comedy Club at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is quickly heading towards the season finale. There are just 4 weeks left to come see some of the best comedians in the country. During the next four weeks, they will showcase hilarious veteran comedians, including Heath Hyche, Rocky LaPorte, John Henton and Max Alexander. Heath Hyche will headline on March 22 and 23. Hyche was bitten by the acting bug when he wore a giant orange costume as his high school’s mascot. After college he headed to Hollywood where he was discovered by an agent while performing at the Comedy Store. The next week he was cast in Roseanne Barr’s Saturday Night Special show and he has been working in TV, film and comedy ever since. Rocky LaPorte headlines March 29 and 30. With his unmistakable accent and hilarious yet endearing delivery, LaPorte is becoming more well known by the day. His performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno brought him a standing ovation. He’s been featured on his own Comedy Central Presents special which is currently running on comedy central.
Improv Comedy shows at Fantasy Springs run through April 13th March 22 & 23 Heath Hyche/Chipper Lowell/Chris Mancini March 29 & 30 Rocky LaPorte/Ron Morey/ Taylor Williamson April 4 & 5 John Henton/Shayla Rivera/ Tracey MacDonald April 12 & 13 Max Alexander/ Avi Liberman/Frances Dilorinzo Catch a show Friday at 9pm or Saturday at 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $20 and are available via telephone at 800.827.2946, online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com, in person at the Fantasy Springs Box Office or at the door.
by NOE Gutierrez
In the Name Of The Dead
HEADS INTO FINAL STRETCH OF THE SEASON John Henton will headline on April 5 and 6. When Henton appeared on the Tonight Show in 1991, Johnny Carson took notice of him, and the attention jump-started his career. He went on to have notable roles in two long-running sitcoms: On Living Single he played Overton “Obie” Wakefield Jones and on The Hughleys he starred as Milsap “Sap” Morris. Max Alexander headlines on April 12 and 13. Alexander is a comedian and actor who has appeared several times on The Tonight Show. His film credits include supporting roles with stars such as Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Jim Carrey Jason Segel, in such films as Roxanne (1987) and Punchline (1988) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. His most recent film is Five Year Engagement. Alexander’s stand-up routine focuses primarily on his size, constantly poking fun at his weight. He is known for pulling his pants up to his chest during his routines.
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ormed in early 2010, In The Name Of the Dead are; Robert Wood on left handed bass, John Camacho on drums, Michael Mondragon on vocals, Chris Reyes on guitar and Luis Diaz on lead and rhythm guitar. With the introductions out of the way, we can now talk about what has led them here and how they plan to create a metal music scene where there is little to choose from. Wood jokingly describes ITNOTD’s music as “Albanian Hip Hop with an Italian Rap flare”. After observing them in rehearsal and being a spectator at several of their shows, it is obvious that thrash and death metal are the end to the means. Their sound is melodic with a groove, very heavy and fast with a classical twist. The two newest members are Camacho and Mondragon. Camacho has been in the band since late August 2012 after their former drummer/vocalist Devin Jay, also of the band Perishment, relocated to Portland, Oregon. Diaz had known Camacho since they were kids and it came as a shock to Diaz that he would consider performing this
style of music. Mondragon has performed with the band since October 2012 after admitting that he was their biggest fan. Diaz played guitar and drums in a late 90’s death metal band called Obscuridad. Diaz talks about his sound, “I like classical too. I’ve been told my playing style is classically based. I’ve never taken any type of classical music lessons in my life. Some of my favorite guitarists have been classically trained so I guess it shows.” The Road Traveled All members of ITNOTD have a significant history with metal music. Diaz concedes the visual allure to metal. “What got me into metal was the artwork. The first album that I saw was Iron Maiden’s Killers. I think it was in 7th grade. I happened to be in class with a bunch of metal heads. I was watching all these tapes being traded. I asked one guy if I could check it out. I took it home and listened to it. It just blew my mind. I went back the next day. I asked if he had any more. He gave me Slayer, Possessed, Megadeth and Metallica.” After the early 90’s grunge scene was in place Diaz became disinterested with metal in the 90’s. He then found death metal. It was more aggressive and to his liking, thereafter he was hooked. He makes no bones about passing his love for metal to his children. “I have two kids. Hopefully the cycle will continue.” Reyes shares the same gratitude towards metal, “I’m just glad my kid doesn’t like Justin Bieber!” Reyes shares, “I’ve always liked metal, but I’ve mostly been in punk rock bands. I was never good enough to play metal. I’ve always stuck with punk rock. Just kinda had the urge to try and better my playing. Metal was where I wanted to go with it, so here I am with these guys, and we’re holding it down pretty good.” Mondragan was raised on classical music. “I always listened to Bach and Beethoven.
Our metal is angry and brutal, aggressive and melodic. It’s everything I always wanted from classical but couldn’t get.” Camacho has a more traditional path to metal. “My dad got me into KISS. Ever since then I’ve been into rock.” Wood professes, “Headbanger’s Ball is what really got me into metal early on. Pantera, Slayer and Sepultura were my favorites. The Alice In Chains album Dirt is my favorite album. As I started playing in my late teens and into my twenties I wasn’t very good so of course punk rock was the way to go. I wanted to play faster and louder. ITNOTD had an ad on Craig’s List that said that they were looking for a bass player.” Metal Outlook ITNOTD recently participated in the Perpetual Productions & Promotions show Metal Nyte, which was held at the Red Barn. Metal Nyte will continue as a series of shows that features local metal music and all its genres. After the huge success of the first show, Metal Nyte will be held at different venues featuring a variety of metal artists. Wood contends, “There’s not a lot of venues around here who are willing to have metal bands play cause they think that we’re gonna cause riots and sacrifice goats. You have to have at least 400 people before a goat gets sacrificed. So we’re not pulling that in the valley yet.” Metal Nyte and
local venue general managers are trying to change that. “Mostly it’s us trying to build a scene here. There are no ‘all ages’ venues so the kids who are into metal have nowhere to go.” Imminence ITNOTD are currently working on recording, mixing and producing new music in order to release an EP or demo in the next two months. Wood, a teacher by trade, is optimistic about the band’s future, “We make between three and seven new fans every show so we figure in about 20-30 years, we’ll be bigger than the Beatles, who were bigger than Jesus.” Wood’s alter ego, the infamous booking agent for ITNOTD, Muhammad Goldstein, is consistently looking to secure gigs. By Wood’s account, Goldstein is “Jewish and Palestinian and raised Mormon”. Diaz leaves CV Weekly readers with this so eloquently put cautionary statement, “When you hear ITNOTD just get ready to have your faces melted and your ear holes fucked!” Upcoming shows 3/30 Wheelhouse in Hemet, 4/13 Plan B Entertainment & Cocktails, 7/6 California Metal Fest in Norwalk. Gain more knowledge about ITNOTD at: Facebook and Reverbnation.
March 21 to March 27, 2013
By Lisa Morgan
The Legendary Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace T
he legendary Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is a national treasure that has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine as well as named in Billboard Magazine’s Top Ten “Hidden Gems of the Country”. Hailed by visitors from all over the world, this unique and famous rendezvous in the high desert is prized by fans, musicians and agents alike and is nationally known as a place where new music shines. Pioneertown was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood investors with dreams of creating a living movie set. It was built as an 1870’s frontier town with facades for filming whose interiors were open to the public. On the outside, you saw stables, saloons, and jails. On the inside you enjoyed ice cream parlors, bowling alleys, and motels. The Sons of the Pioneers, for whom the town was named, along with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Russell Hayden were some of the original investors and personalities who helped build and invent Pioneertown. More than 50 films and several television shows were filmed there between the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1972, Harriet’s mother, Francis Aleba, and her husband, John, purchased the building that had stood as a cantina façade for numerous movies. They opened “The Cantina” as an outlaw, biker, and burrito bar and it thrived as such for a good decade. When it closed, Francis and John made sure the building stayed in the family. In
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she came into this amazing venture. “Me and two partners came out from New York City in 2003 and bought Pappy & Harriet’s from a man named Jay Hawk. I was in the restaurant business and Linda was in the film business. Change was the inspiration. I had lived in the same studio apartment in the West Village in Manhattan for a long while, and the time was right. It was a total whim.” Apparently it was not an easy “whim” as one of the partners left after only 6 months. Still, the ladies forged on with one mission: “We want to make all of our customers leave with a smile on their face. When it comes to the music, we just want the artists to be treated well by the crowd and the crowd to enjoy the artists. The biggest hurdle is to try to keep all different kinds of folks satisfied. We are very fortunate that the local community has supported us very well, since day one.” There is some extraordinary entertainment coming to the Pappy & Harriet’s musically drenched stage. Along with “The Sunday Band” and their surprise special guests and Ted Quinn’s World Famous Open Mic every Monday, the venue has live music scheduled every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. March brings the high caliber entertainment of Leftover Cutties, Dash Rip Rock, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, The Pedestrians, Dave Gleason and more. Granville Automatic and Ted Russell Camp will open up a full April schedule, that
in conjunction with Golden Voice, will play host to The Shouting Matches featuring Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, the band Spirtualized, and one of alternative rock’s favorite sons, Franz Ferndinand, just to name a few. They have also just announced that Jim Lauderlae as well as Devendra Barnhart will be performing in May. I asked Robyn what the favorite part of owning Pappy & Harriet’s was as well as what the toughest part. She replied, “I guess the answer is the same for both questions ~ the people. It’s been the greatest thing in the world to meet such amazing people over the years. We are so lucky! The toughest is not being able to please all of those people sometimes.” According to the reviews and returning customers, they are accomplishing their goal most of the time. As a music enthusiast, I am hugely grateful that this venue attracts such a wonderfully varied cornucopia of human beings and music all of which we, as residents of this unique desert landscape have within our reach. A day at Pappy & Harriet’s is truly an escape and an adventure; the stuff photo albums and memories are made of. The legendary bar continues the tradition of live music, great barbeque, and good times in memory of Pappy and all those who came before him.
By Lisa Morgan
Granville Automatic history in the making
A Legend and an Experience
1982, Harriet and her husband, Claude “Pappy” Allen, opened “Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace”. While the bikers still hung around, Pappy & Harriet’s presence created more of a family atmosphere with their family style Tex-Mex cuisine, outdoor barbeque and live music that featured Pappy, Harriet and their granddaughter Kristina. Pappy & Harriet’s quickly became a local favorite with all walks of life, who on this common ground, found a way to get along all under one roof! Friends and fans flew from all over the world to be at Pappy & Harriet’s for a celebration of Pappy’s life when he died in 1994. Victoria Williams, a good friend of Pappy and touring partner, wrote the song “Happy to Have Known Pappy” that was recorded on her critically acclaimed album Loose. Harriet sold the bar to a family friend who gave it up after a few years. Here is where current owners, Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz came on the scene. The two New Yorkers and huge fans of Pappy & Harriet’s wanted to see it returned to its glory days. The ladies bought the club in 2003 and have truly helped the venue do that and more. Musicians from Robert Plant and Vampire Weekend to Leon Russell and Sean Lennon have graced the historic stage. The incredible lineup of talent isn’t about to stop there either, as the venue has quickly become a highly sought out stage amongst the countries rising stars and top musicians. Co-owner, Robyn Celia, explained how
March 21 to March 27, 2013
ou may have first seen Vanessa Olivarez on the second season of American Idol. Her vocal skills and personality got her into the televised finals only to be controversially eliminated, much to the disappointment of many Idol viewers. However, MY first introduction to Vanessa and her kickass, guitar picking, songwriting band mate Elizabeth Elkins was on a Stageit concert, streamed live from a living room in Nashville. She and Elizabeth were a surprise, added musical element introduced to a concert hosted by one of my all-time favorite Nashville singer/ songwriters, Travis Meadows. Sitting in a living room before a simple, laptop camera, Elizabeth skillfully strummed the original melodies on guitar. Vanessa opened her mouth. Out poured a voice like warm honey, that effortlessly and immediately inspired those “Holy crap, that’s gorgeous” kind of chills in all of us as she delivered story after heart gripping story surrounding the American Civil War. While I’m generally critical of female voices, hers absolutely owned me as she and Elizabeth painted beautiful, nostalgic pictures and stories, some of which can only be found within the generations of families who have protected their family histories, honoring the blood sacrifices that were foundational
in making our country what it is today. A Stageit concert is a fantastic venue for musicians to promote their music, as they build new and grow existing relationships with their fan base. For the enthusiast, it is a very cool, “unplugged”, personal forum in which to experience an artist’s music. But if an artist is not truly personable, likeable or talented, a Stageit concert has the capacity to exploit all that an artist may be lacking as there is no smoke and mirrors to hide behind. I have to say that the only thing exploited in this performance was Granville Automatic’s natural fluid ability to make beautiful, meaningful music and their down to earth sense of humor and absolute likable nature. Now, thanks to the musically renowned venue, Pappy and Harriett’s, these ladies who spend much of their time between Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee will be performing their collection of story-songs with a full band. This will be a show that promises to leave a delightful impression on all in attendance. This will be their second booking at Pappy and Harriett’s. Last time out, the ladies made the decision to drive cross country to the show and found themselves in love with the high desert area. “There’s just something about the land out west; it’s just different,” shared Vanessa. “Last time, after playing at Pappy and Harriett’s, I insisted on seeing Joshua Tree National Park. We took the two hour detour inspite of a lack of sleep and having to make the long drive back at 5 am the next morning. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. There’s just a certain magic. You can feel it in the dirt. You can feel all of this creative energy. We’re very excited to play Pappy and Harriett’s again. The people there are such big, live music supporters. It’s amazing to play for a community of people who are so supportive of live, local and independent music. Everybody there just makes you feel so welcome.”
Elizabeth and Vanessa took the time between shows at the recent South x Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas to give me a phone interview. As Elizabeth drove, Vanessa shared their story and ambitions for their music. “We’ve always been around town doing our thing as musicians; She (Elizabeth) did rock projects, I did country ~ mostly mainstream, commercial radio country. But I’ve always been drawn to the old beautiful sounds from the Bakersfield days, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. Both of us have always had a certain romance with that time period and that era of country music. We finally got together and wrote a song. It ended up NOT sucking,” she laughed. “Sometimes you get together with people to write and it ends up like a bad blind date. It either works or it doesn’t. So we continued writing every week. The project didn’t start out as being solely based in history and stories from times past. It was more about writing story songs, like Willie’s ‘Poncho and Lefty’. Then the first history song happened – ‘Blood and Gold’, a song about the history of the Mustang in the west. It became sort of an addiction to find these little hidden gems in history and write songs about them. We always try to find things buried under other things. We don’t want to write a general song about the war of 1812. That’s not what we do. We’ll try and pick out a specific event, like a tornado that helped end the war. We’ve both been writing the same bad relationship song for years and years and years and it’s so nice to do something so unique and different.” These talented ladies are constantly working because they make a great team. Elizabeth is the force of nature behind the business aspect of Granville Automatic. “I’m not the best with booking shows and not very good on the management side of things,” admitts Vanessa. “Elizabeth is an incredibly professional person with a marketing degree and knows how to do all that stuff. I’m very fortunate to be in a band with someone who is so skilled with all of that. I’d be like, ‘Uh, I booked us a show! I don’t remember when it was!’ We try to be really good about social media. That’s really important. That’s what a lot of legals and management look at ~ how on top of it you are, how many friends and ‘likes’ you have, what you’re doing, what shows you have, who you are playing with; all of that has to be taken into consideration. We just do the best job we can. We work our asses off, I’ll say that! You have to do music because you love it and if you don’t, then you’re in the wrong business because chances are you’re probably not going to make any money.”
Of course, these talented artists hope to make money in the future with their music. They are constantly going to Nashville and do a lot of cowriting with other people in hopes of having their music cut by a major act. Their first, self tited CD is a fantastic historical collection of stories that really tattoo themselves to your heart. These include “Comanche”, a song written from the perspective of a horse that survived the Battle of Little Big Horn. “The Grounds Keeper”captures the tale of a Civil War ghost seen at the Camton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. Other songs capture the timeless spirit and character of the south like “Never on a Sunday” and “Don’t Come to Tennessee”. This album was produced
by Ted Russell Camp, a long time musical partner in crime with Shooter Jennings who will be joining Granville Automatic at Pappy and Harriett’s. Currently, Granville Automatic is working to record their second album; a double disc project. One disc will have music and video recorded at the actual battlefields where their story-songs come from; the other will be the studio version of the songs. Meanwhile the ladies have their other musical adventures. Both Elizabeth and Vanessa are part of a group called Mama’s Blue Dress, something of a female version of the Zack Brown Band. Elizabeth gets to express her alter ego and kick ass rocker self as the front to The Swear. Wherever these ladies are performing, whether recognized by a world stage or a high desert one, they guaranteed to leave their musical mark in history and in your hearts. To follow Granville Automatic and learn more about their award winning members, visit the following web links: www.granvilleautomatic.com www.youtube.com/granvilleautomatic www.twitter.com/gvilleautomatic www.myspace.com/granvilleautomatic
March 21 to March 27, 2013
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sk DJ Noe Hilario how he likes owning his entertainment company and he will tell you, “Djing is more than just my job, it’s my passion. I am not a hobbyist; this is what I was meant to do. Whether it is a small gathering or a huge event at a large venue, I give them the best of me.” At the age of 14, Noe began Djing with his brother as a hobby. Over time, his brother would fade out of the picture while Noe would continue to practice his DJ skills and would start using the Name DJ Mirage. Noe would later move to Lancaster where he met his current wife, Michelle, who is now his business partner. The two agreed to make their entertainment company official by using Noe’s DJ name and formed Mirage events. “I am the musician and the technician of the duo and my wife is the one that makes sure it all looks good.
She has the woman’s perspective which is so vital for important events,” explains Noe. The husband wife team not only grew their business but expanded their family by four (three girls and one boy.) Mirage Events prides themselves on creating awesome atmospheres for parties and putting on great shows. Noe Explains what sets them apart from other companies, “every event we cover is unique and important to us and that is why we take the time to understand what each and every client needs. We will meet with the client as many times as it takes (within reason) to assure that their event is the best it can be and we do not charge for that.” Besides their attention to detail, Mirage Events knows image is important too. They painstakingly make sure all the speakers and cables are covered which is something their clients appreciate. “I have done many events that have taken six hours or more for me to set up but it is always worth it to see the clients face when they walk in,” emphasizes Noe. After visiting family who live in the Coachella Valley over the years, Noe and
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n March 23rd, the Grooves on the Green series at Indian Wells Golf Resort will culminate with a performance by trumpeter extraordinaire, Rick Braun and special guests, Greg Karukas and Michael Paulo. Rick Braun’s been playing trumpet since he was a kid. No news there for the legions of fans his richly melodic playing style has attracted since the release of his first album, Intimate Secrets in 1993. Less known is the fact that he’s been a singer, and a good one (backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet) for most of his life, as well. Guests at Grooves on the Green in Indian Wells on Saturday night, are expected to be treated to both. Rick Braun’s recent recording, Rick Braun Sings With Strings brings both those skills front and center. And it does so in a way that dips back into the music he’s been captivated by since he first picked up a horn. “This album,” says Rick, “feels a lot like coming home. I grew up hearing this music all around the house. Singing it, playing it, listening to my mom, who was a singer and piano player. She was one of those people who knew every part of a song – the verse, the chorus, the refrain, all the lyrics.” The album will no doubt produce similar comfort feelings for anyone with a love for song. And not just Great American Song, because what Braun and producer/arranger Philippe Saisse have put together in this eminently listenable recording is a gathering of tunes unlimited by boundaries of origin or style. Some are familiar. Songs such as “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “I Thought About You” and “The Things We Did Last Summer” have been memorable
themes from the soundtrack of American love life for decades. Rick also especially recalls, “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” and “Time After Time” as “tunes I’ve known since I was a kid.” Others are less familiar, but no less memorable. “Once Upon A Summertime” is an English version of Michel Legrand’s gorgeous French song, “La Valse des Lilas”; “It’s Love” is from the musical Wonderful Town by the brilliant songwriting team of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein; and “Say It (Over and Over Again)” was written by Loesser and Jimmy McHugh for a 1940 Jack Benny film titled Buck Benny Rides Again. French song “Plus Je T’embrasse,” sung as a duet by Rick and French singer Jasmine Roy, may have unfamiliar lyrics for American listeners, but the melody immediately recalls its origins in the old pop song, “Heart Of My Heart.” “Lucky To Be Me,” which was given strong consideration as a title for the album, was one of three tunes – along with “It’s Love” and “Plus Je T’embrasse” – that were inspired by hearing a Blossom Dearie album. And Philippe Saisse, in addition to his lush orchestrations, encouraged the inclusion of “The Good Life,” based on Sasha Distel’s French song “La Belle Vie.” But what links the soaring melodies of all these songs is their embracing lyricism and deep emotional intimacy. Delivered via the jaunty, expressive story telling qualities of Rick’s singing and the warm sound of his flugelhorn (he does not play trumpet on this album), the results are prime examples of the way a gifted jazz artist can find the inner heart of a song. “I’ve always wanted to play lyrically,” says Rick. “For me, that’s where I live.” And it’s where his singing lives, as well. Rick’s not the first trumpet player to match instrumental prowess with engaging vocals. He’s preceded by –
among others – Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Jack Sheldon. Their range extends from Armstrong’s innovative vocal style to Baker’s extraordinary balladry to Terry’s unique scat singing. “I’m a big fan of Chet’s,” says Rick, “for both his singing and his playing. I’m much more of an inside player, and my inspirations are minimalist players, like Chet and Miles Davis.” Which isn’t surprising, listening to the airy flugelhorn solos that surround Rick’s vocals on every track. Miles once said that the notes one doesn’t play are as important – maybe even more so – than the notes one does play. And that principal applies as well to singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr. – whom
Rick also lists as inspirations. Like those high visibility vocal stars, Rick sings with a respect for the vital balance between words and music, for the many-layered connections between the inner story of a song and the beauty of its melody. He does so with the same respect for phrasing that one finds in a Sinatra or a Bennett performance. But what Rick does with that phrasing, with his use of the “minimalist” approach that he cites as an important element in his music, is his own creative craftwork. And that, as much as anything, is what makes this album so fascinating. At a time when the male jazz vocal field has been far too sparsely populated, Rick Braun Sings With Strings makes a convincing case for the arrival of a potential new star of the jazz vocal art. Go to www.rickbraun.com.
March 21 to March 27, 2013
by Eleni P. Austin
JAMES HUNTER SIX
ut on a James Hunter record and you are instantly transported to a different era. Instead of tattoo sleeves, men wore sharkskin suits and Cuban heels. Women had bouffant hairdos rather than tramp stamps. Cadillacs had fins and Lincoln Continentals had suicide doors. Tight Rhythm & Blues combos packed sweaty clubs and louche lounges. Born in 1962, James Hunter grew up in Colchester Essex, England. Glam and Grunge and Punk seemed to pass him by, especially after his Grandmother gave him a collection of vintage 78s. Hunter took his inspiration from Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Bobby “Blue” Bland. From Ska and Blue Beat and Northern Soul. His first band, (whimsically named) Howlin’ Wilf And The Veejays got their start in 1986. They originally concentrated on covering Soul and R & B nuggets from the late 50s and early 60s. Their energetic shows packed the clubs and the band came to the attention of Van Morrison. Van The Man labeled Hunter “One of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R & B and Soul.” The band split up and Hunter actually spent a few years playing and touring in Van Morrison’s band. In fact, he is featured on the albums A Night In San Francisco and Days Like These. Hunter released a couple of solo albums in England, Believe What I Say in 1996 and Kick It Around in 1999. Both were a mixture of originals and cover songs. Neither were very successful. Hunter began to find his footing with the release of his American debut, People Gonna Talk, in 2006. Comprised completely of originals, it garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional
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Blues Recording. His sophomore effort, The Hard Way, stuck to the same formula, winning an even broader audience in America. Hunter toured as an opening act for Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Etta James and his mentor, Van Morrison. Sadly, during the recording of The Hard Way in 2008, Hunter’s wife Jackie was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 2011. Hunter’s new release, Minute By Minute, is dedicated to Jackie. The album is credited to the James Hunter Six, an acknowledgement of his longtime backing band: Damian Hand on tenor Saxophone and Flute, Lee Badau on baritone sax, Jonathan Lee on Drums, Jason Wilson on double Bass, Kyle Koehler on Organ and Andrew Kingslow on Piano, Vibraphone and Percussion. Minute By Minute also marks Hunter’s first release for venerable Bay Area record label, Fantasy, home to artists like Vince Guaraldi and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The album opens with “Chicken Switch,” a track that blends what-thecluck chicken scratch guitar riffs and a percolating Cha-Cha rhythm. The lyrics offer a panacea for life in the fast lane… ”Remember what you want, isn’t always what you need.” Hunter wears his influences of his sleeve. Four tracks here act as nuanced homages to his R&B forefathers, without feeling contrived or derivative. “Drop On Me” is a swivel-hipped soul-shouter that harnesses the sweat and grit of James Brown & His Famous Flames and the testifying finesse of Ray Charles. The lyrics admonish a duplicitous ex for her reliance on crocodile tears… “Anything to keep you from turning on the tap/ But I ain’t got another cheek you ain’t already slapped.” On the instrumental break, Hunter unspools a sharp guitar solo that stings, swings and twangs. The title track blends fluttery guitar riffs with prickly percussion. The skeleton of the melody and Hunter’s precise vocals recall Brenton Wood’s classic “Oogum Boogum Song.” Tinkling piano fills and scorched earth horn parts lock into a solid groove on “Goldmine.” Hunter’s honeyed vocal gymnastics trill and pirouette evoking comparisons to silky innovator Sam Cooke. Finally “Gypsy” is a stylish mash up of The Champs’ “Tequila” and Allen Toussaint’s “Fortune Teller.” Powered by
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rippling acoustic guitar triplets, handclap percussion and a honking baritone saxophone. Less than thrilled with the Gypsy’s dire prophecies, Hunter exacts his revenge… “Now cross my hand with silver, the wise old gypsy said/All I had was a length of pipe so I crossed his head with lead.” Along with his pantheon of Soul icons, a couple of songs here are clearly
influenced by early Rolling Stones records. Mick Jagger and Keith Richard’s have been accepted as the Stones’ co-pilots for more than 40 years. Sadly, people forget the architect of the band’s nascent sound was original lead guitarist, Brian Jones. Hunter hasn’t forgotten and both “Nothing I Would Do” and “One Way Love” feature pithy guitar solos that rotate with crisp precision. Each evoke seminal Stones records like “12 X 5” and “Now.” Other stand out tracks on Minute By Minute, include “Let The Monkey Ride, wherein a loose-limbed melody links up with a treacly string section and a slithery Surf guitar break. “Heartbreak” is a supple rhumba accented by a caffeinated saxophone
solo that jitters and smokes, winding down to a wistful coda. The album closes with “If I Only Knew,” a languid charmer that easily recalls Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.” Rueful and disconsolate, the tune is enveloped by slippery Spanish guitar notes and Hunter’s understated vocals. Handling production chores for Minute By Minute is Gabriel Roth (a.k.a.
Bosco Mann), co-founder of Brooklynbased Dap-Tone Records. Specializing in Funk and Soul, Dap-Tone is home to transcendent soul-revival bands like Sharon Jones And The Dap-Tones, Antibalas , the Budos Band and Charles Bradley. Roth has sharpened Hunter’s sound without sacrificing his warmth. Minute By Minute is an unmitigated success. A breath of fresh air in a Pop landscape overpopulated by dense mission statements that masquerade as music. Like Chris Isaak, James Hunter has found his niche. His music celebrates an bygone era, but remains vital and contemporary. The perfect balance. Jackie would be proud.
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March 21 to March 27, 2013
Slim Man is back in town
is last performance in the Coachella Valley was in October of 2012. Now, National Recording Artist, vocalist, composer, TV personality and columnist, Slim Man returns as part of the concert series presented by promoter Patte Purcell, MUZIC TASTINGS TM. This performance will be on Sunday, March 24, from 6 until 9 p.m. in the Ballroom at Outdoor Resort Indio, 80-394 Avenue 48 in Indio. For tickets call (800 892-2992. Advance tickets are $12 and available at the door for $15. No Host Bar. Crater Lake Vodka and Gin is one of the sponsors with martinis and specialty drinks. At 6 p.m., vocalist Lola Rossi will open the pre-show along with performances by keyboardist Joey Navarro and saxophonist Rodney Taylor with drummer and percussionist Patrick Ready. Slim Man will take the stage at 7 p.m. performing a highenergy 90-minute concert. Born and raised with the name Timoteo Camponeschi in Baltimore, Maryland along with two siblings, the nickname Slim Man came later in his career. With no musical
background to speak of, Slim remembers the first time he was exposed to music. “My father took me to see a movie when I was five years old. I heard Louis Armstrong perform in this movie and I was hooked on jazz. I started playing the trumpet soon after that.” His mother was very supportive of his musical interest, however, he feels, “If my Dad knew I was going to make music my lifetime career, I don’t think he would have taken me to see the movie,” Slim says while laughing. He attended the local public elementary schools and at ten years old, they asked him to be part of the Junior High School Band, however, being a big jazz fan, he declined so he could play the music he enjoyed. “When Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass came out, I just loved them. I made my trumpet teacher help me play all of his songs.” He and his trumpet teacher played the different parts together. “I was so crazy about the Whipped Cream and Other Delights album, I took a magnifying glass to figure out how they did the cover. It is a white blanket with some whipped cream on it.” He was a straight A student, president of his Junior High School
Class, studied six years of French and was in an excellerated academic program. He attended Northern High School. He sang and performed in bands during his high school days and discovered the music of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. “I remember going to see Jimi Hendrix in concert and I went back stage and stood right next to him while the opening act was performing. He was talking to me and I just stood there frozen. After hearing him perform, I decided to take up the bass, it only has four strings.” After high school, he attended the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. At this conservatory he studied music theory, classical piano, composition and harmony. Slim would constantly study and write songs and have them critiqued by his teachers. His first real paying job was for Motown Records, who then had an office across from Carnegie Hall. Stevie Wonder, Tina Marie and Rick James were some of the musicians who were being released during that time. “One of the first songs I wrote was for jazz vocalist Angela Bofill called ‘Summer Days’ and was one of the first jazz CDs on GRP.”
Motown offered him a recording contract and his musical career exploded from there. He started a rock band called “Bootcamp” that had two of the first one hundred videos ever aired on MTV. The songs were “Hold Onto The Night” and “I’m A Victim” that are still on occasion used in special MTV programs. This band opened for many of the famous acts of the day. The first Slim Man CD was released in 1995 that featured one of his top ten hits, “Faith In Us” which is also featured on his Slim Man Live CD. He was nominated for International Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Jazz Festival. His CDs include guest performances by Marc Antoine, Peter White, Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, and others. J.D. Considine of Rolling Stone Magazine describes Slim Man as “a near perfect example of how jazz and soul can be combined as pop”. Gavin Magazine dubbed him “The Male Sade”. Slim Man’s music exudes romanticism. Slim Man’s talents don’t stop in the music arena. He is also a consummate cook and writer. He is a regular contributor to Entree Nashville, a food magazine. Slim Man is also in negotiations with several networks to do a half-hour TV show. He would love to have a smash hit television show, that is a combination of cooking and music, start his own restaurant, write a cookbook and then have a line of Slim Man Sauces for everyone to enjoy. “The most rewarding thing to me is bringing joy to people through my music.” For more information on Slim Man visit www.slimman.com, his CDs are also available on I-Tunes.
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March 21 to March 27, 2013
Zoe almost went to europe Z
oe, a lovely Maltese dog, was looking forward to accompanying her owner, local resident Vicki Berg, on a 25 day trip to New York, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. This dog and owner are almost inseparable. They formed a special bond from the time Vicki fostered the small animal after she was rescued from the Riverside County Shelter. Vicki and Zoe are a fixture volunteering at the Loving All Animals office, grateful to the organization that rescued Zoe. Zoe watched as her food was carefully packaged and put in the suitcase, along with poop bags and health certificate. She listened in on the phone calls while Vicki booked her travel with the various airlines and pet friendly hotels. Then three days before the trip Vicki spoke to an agent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-APHIS who explained that, for a dog to travel to those
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not be needed. Vicki and Zoe’s experience may benefit others who are planning overseas trips with their animals. Vicki advises others, “If you’re going to only one country, I would recommend taking your dog. But think twice if you plan to visit multiple countries that involve multiple forms of travel and multiple sets of regulations. The forms for pet overseas travel are complicated and time sensitive, so plan ahead.” Looking back on it, this four country vacation with a five day stop in New York City could have been complicated by a canine passenger. Trains, taxis, and multiple airline flights in foreign countries are difficult enough for humans to maneuver. Vicki had to make a 30 minute frenzied dash though the London airport to catch a connecting flight, a more challenging feat if she was carrying Zoe. If you plan to take your dog to Europe, your vet can assist you get the required pet EU “passport” and health certificate. All dogs and cats traveling to Europe must also be fitted with an electronic microchip
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hen in Rome, drink wine as the Romans do. With all of the goings-on of the election and arrival of Pope Francis and all of the international news coverage surrounding Vatican City and Rome—and add to the fact that the heat’s on here in the desert, man!—I have had such an insatiable big-time thirst for some delicious Roman wine. I’m like a dog in August! Geez! What are you all up to? And one would think that with all of the stereotyped images of the joyful, relaxing, and delightful atmosphere of the Roman afternoon—la bella vita di far niente (the good life of doing nothing) and the bella figura lounge and promenade peoplewatch, that there would be a plethora of famous Roman wine flowing from out of the City of Seven Hills like the famous water fountains continuously do. Well—where is all this Roman wine! The fact is, the huge metropolis of Rome has for millenniums enjoyed great wine from everywhere else in Italia—remember all roads lead to Rome—so why spend any appreciable time and effort producing wine when you have barrels of great Barolo and other strains of Nebbiolo from the foothills of the French-Italian Alps—Piemonte; wine from the great vineyard areas of Verona and the Amarone produced there; and the blood of Jupiter grapes—Sangiovese. gushing from the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. And from the south, gorgeous dark bold wine from Puglia—the heel of the boot; the Godfatheresque era red wines from Calabrese and Sicily that you “shove” in the pot when preparing spaghetti sauce; and the whole spectrum of wine from all of the ports around the Mediterranean Sea. Well—I guess that explains the fact that Rome itself never had to produce a great wine when the entire wine world came beckoning to their door. But c’mon! there’s got to be some famous or good indigenous wine—I mean this is the capital of Italy! The entire Italian peninsula is one long vineyard. Actually, people in Latium began
cultivating vine thanks to the previous inhabitants, the Latins that (as confirmed by Pliny the Elder) learned refined agricultural techniques from Etruscan populations who themselves learned from the Ancient Greeks Few people know that the large area of the Eternal City (Lazio) is given over to vineyards. More than 85% of Lazio wines are white: Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia. And no wine is more identified with the City of Rome than Frascati. A beautiful limpid golden wine tasting of whole grapes. It can be dry or sweet. It’s the most often mentioned wine in Italian literature and Pope Gregori XVI drank it all day long. Like bad rhyme, there’s a lot of disappointing Fracasti around, so look for Conte Zandotti or Santa Theresa from Fontana Candida. The best place to drink it is from the jug in a tratorria in Trastevere, Roma. Locally, you can find a really nice glass of Frascati at the new Figue Mediterranean restaurant in La Quinta. www.EatFigue.com 760.698.9040. The “other” most famous white wine in town is Est!Est!!Est!!! A real fun name for sure—that serious wine critics pan as being so unextraordinary. But I tell you—If I’m sitting drinking Est!Est!!Est!!! in Rome, I’m finding everything extraordinary! From Montefiascone this wine is also made from Trebianno & Malvasia grapes. It’s a pretty low key semi-sweet wine with a small amount of effervescence and mild fruity flavors. As to the name, the story goes that Emperor Henry V, King of Germany was heading to Rome to do politics and enjoy a Roman vacation. His Bishop Defuk and the cup-bearor Martino were in the king’s wake heading out to all of the taverns to determine who had the best wine for the king to drink. Martino would write “est” (loosely translated: “this is it”) on the tavern wall when discovering good wine. When
he came to Montefiascone, he was blown away and wrote (and no doubt drank) in the superlative. Funny—Bishop Defuk was also smitten with the bar life and decided to stay in town forever. There’s a yearly custom of pouring an entire barrel wine on his granite grave— gets a big turn-out! But wait a minute! These are all white
wines! I’m not thinking about white wine. This is Rome: I want red wine! Gladiators! Red stuff! Blood colors! Redness!—the Cardinals in the Vatican all wore red outfits with red shoes! Let’s go people—Andiamo! Is there a house red in town! Well, I guess the last true Roman area grape sta nding is the Casanese. The local standard red, at best, it’s a nice table wine. Giovanni Terenzi‘s Vajoscuro is probably the one to look for. It’s got a little berry, tobacco, and leather action going on. It isn’t a Chianti, it’s not a Cab, Merlot, or Syrah, but at least it’s Roman. And, again, if we’re sitting eating in an osteria in Rome and drinking this red table wine—life is good! Grazie Roma! Ciao! Rick is your Italian wine-guide; you should really take him along when you go to Italy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Leftover Cuties 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 8pm 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 SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Spaghetti Western Night w/ Walt Young 5pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 The Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 8-12am THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Mike Costley 7:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Carolyn Martinez & The Trio 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 WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Bill Saitta Jazz 7-11pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s 9pm
FRI MARCH 22
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 Golden Animals w/ DJ Dennis Wolffang 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Karaoke w/ AJ The KJ 8-12am ARNOLD PALMER’S; LQ; 760-771-4653 Mark Gregg 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Charles Herrera 8pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 DJ ODC 10pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 T.B.A. 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; 760-625-1500 Club Night w/ DJ 9pm 18+ CLIFFHOUSE; LQ; 760-360-5991 Eddie Gee 7:30-10:30pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm
CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 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; 760-342-2333 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) THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 The Butchery Boys CD Release Party w/ The Hellions and Vini Contreas 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-3662250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) LA BRASSERIE BISTRO; LQ; 760-7714400 Angie Whitney 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 Damiene 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Pop Vinyl 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 9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Kal David 6-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Dash Rip Rock w/ Speedbuggy 9:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Karaoke w/ Amber Stream 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 The Gand Band 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Crankshaft 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 T.B.A. Chiki Bar 5:30-9:30,Rebecca Connelly Sidebar 6:30-10pm, Lindsey Harper, Sidebar 10pm, The Clueless Remix Starlite Lounge 10pm ROCK GARDEN BAR & EATERY; PS; 760327-8840 T.B.A. 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) SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Country Night w/ Walt Young 5:30pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 T.B.A. 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; 760-345-9770 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 Mark Linford & Sergio Villegas 7-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 T.B.A. 7-11pm (CR) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s 9pm
SAT MARCH 23
19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 The Caddies 10pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Aubrey Henderson noon poolside, Jermaine Jagger 10pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Karaokie Jo 7pm ARNOLD PALMER’S; LQ; 760-771-4653 Mark Gregg 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Comedy Night 7:30pm BACKSTREET BISTRO; PD; 760-346-6393 Jazz on the Patio w/ Linda Peterson 12:303:30pm (JZ) BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 DJ Majestic 10pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760775-5566 DJ PWee (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madeo 6pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CHARLI MARRONE’S; IND; 760-625-1500 Live Bands 8pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live
Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 9pm DESERT SAGE; LQ; 760-564-8744 Danny Sands 5-9pm Johnny Meza 10pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760325-2600 T.B.A. 8pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 Battle of the Bands EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 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 Rob Martinez and JB 8-11pm (LR) THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 7pm HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Julian’s Lunchbox 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Soul Opus, Michael Theophilis and Rising Sol 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm LA BRASSERIE BISTRO; LQ; 760-7714400 “Heart2Heart” 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 Damiene 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Pop Vinyl 9pm (VD) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero & Dennis Alvarez 6:30pm MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 888-MORONGO; T.B.A. 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 Live DJ O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 T.B.A. 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 T.B.A. 9pm (RR) PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Ghostlight Trio 6-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 The Shadow Mountain Band 5pm Club Mercy presents: Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang 7pm Pedestrians VS. 11pm PEABODY’S; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Elektric Lucie, Machin, and Puerto Aereo 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Live Music 8pm REILLY’S IRISH PUB; CC; 760-324-9600
George Momb 1pm RENAISSANCE PALM; PS; 760-322-6100 Art of Sax featuring Sax Man Will Donato & Eddie Reddick 7-10pm (JZ) RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Over the Wall 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Lindsey Harper duo, Sidebar 6:30-10pm, Michael Keeth Duo, Sidebar 10:30pm The Clueless Remix Starlite Lounge 10-cl ROCK GARDEN BAR & EATERY; PS; 760327-8840 T.B.A. 6-9pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-340-3222 Marty Lloyd 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Mighty Delta-Tones 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; 760-345-9770 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 David Rosales 7-10pm (AC) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Damon Von Baun Jazz 7-11pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJs 9pm (VD)
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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 T.B.A. 6:30pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888-999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 9pm (LR)
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great dining experience includes many factors. Quality of food, ambiance and professional service all contribute to the guests’ overall experience. Should any of these fall short of pleasing the guest, the restaurant risks losing future business. Quite simply, there is too much competition in our valley for any restaurant to compromise in these areas. With that said, there is one place in Palm Springs that stands tall above the competition. Europa Restaurant at the Villa Royale Inn boasts an impeccable, Europeaninfluenced menu, stellar service and one of the most beautiful dining rooms in our valley. Chef Alen Badzak has been getting much well-deserved attention lately with his fourstar, Zagat rated cuisine. Having studied the culinary arts in Europe, Chef Alen’s passion is present in each bite. After reviewing the menu, I was certain I would enjoy anything that was placed in front of me, so I asked the chef to make his own recommendations. We were impressed with each course’s presentation and intense flavor. We would begin with a few appetizers. First, Seared Wild Scallops with a touch of lemon, finished with a White Truffle Aioli. I can be quite critical when it comes to preparing seafood. Scallops over-cooked even slightly, are ruined for me. This dish
was just perfect and the light, savory drizzle of aioli complimented the sweetness of the fresh scallops. Next, we enjoyed Steak Tartare and Octopus Carpaccio. The Tartare was seasoned perfectly and prepared with classic accompaniments. The Carpaccio was unique, standing out as a favorite of mine. While we were continually impressed with each arriving course, we were equally impressed with our server, Erin. She was not only knowledgeable, she was engaging, making our evening enjoyable on many levels. I was excited to try their Caesar salad before the entrée as it is a favorite of mine when prepared well. A fresh, crisp stalk of romaine lettuce, dressed with a creamy Caesar dressing, fresh white anchovies and shaved parmesan cheese was just what I needed to satisfy my umami cravings. Then came the entrées. A softball-sized Pork Osso Bucco was presented in front of me. This has got to be one of the most delicious meals I have had in quite some time! The meat fell effortlessly off the bone. Served over saffron risotto and topped with a reduction from the braising juices with carrots and mushrooms, this meal was incredible! I wasn’t sure if this could be outdone until I tried the other entrée on our table. A bowl of large, squid ink farfalle pasta with lobster and shrimp in
a light butter sauce with artichoke hearts, a nightly special, was placed in front of my guest. Anyone who dines with me, knows I will be tasting their meal as well. Yes, I’m “That Guy”. What could top such an impressive meal? How about a rich and creamy, homemade cheesecake by Mother Sarah? A recipe known only to the owner’s mother, Sarah, this dessert is worth the visit alone! But of course I had to try the salted caramel ice cream with chocolate shavings. Both desserts were delicious, needless to say. A little espresso and a little grappa, upon the Chef’s recommendation, and we were more than satisfied. Europa Restaurant is truly one of the finest dining experiences in Palm Springs. Like many fine restaurants in our valley, Europa Restaurant is closed Mondays, open the rest of the week for dinner service. With indoor and outdoor seating available, it is recommended that reservations be made
as it is an intimate dining atmosphere. I assure you that after taking a brief tour of the restaurant, every seat is a great seat! Though the menu changes based on seasonal availability and freshness, one can get an idea of what’s available by visiting villaroyale.com/dining.
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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons
Screeners No. 50
BURT’S NOT INCREDIBLE ENOUGH
Big screen magic needs a rabbit in the hat wonderment. This is not a bad movie, it’s just not incredible enough. I did appreciate the quick disappearance of David Copperfield in a cameo, however. New for home theater: A ROYAL AFFAIR This true story is a lavish-looking but modestly budgeted film about a doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) who seduces a queen (Alicia Vikander) and starts a revolution. The drama is built around a love triangle between the insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a student of the enlightened age and the young Queen Caroline Mathilda. I was caught up in this sumptuous costume drama of single-minded idealists who risk
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THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Not nearly incredible enough, this stylish but timid film promised a farcical rivalry between bickering and fading Vegas superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) and an edgy upstart street magician named Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). Of course one automatically thinks of former Vegas kings Siegfried & Roy and the current Criss Angel. But what held such high promise in the posters and trailers for a crazy, over-the-top illusionist smack-down switches gears before
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midpoint and becomes a treacley sweet redemption story that tracks Steve Carrell’s Wonderstone through his humiliating fall from favor to the restoration of his cold heart and dead soul. Jim Carrey is the only one who seems to get the proper tone of the film with his insane portrayal of a masochistic trickster whose gimmick is that he has none. He really does burn and cut himself for the sake of the “illusion.” Olivia Wilde is a comely assistant who has little to do and Alan Akin steals the few scenes he’s in as a curmudgeonly TV magician in a retirement home. The outrageous stunt that precedes the final credits is what should have happened at midpoint. Then we’d have something to talk about and a trigger that would escalate the story to a climax deserving of the great premise of crazed, battling Vegas magicians. I was very disappointed at the relatively few “tricks” that were performed. Whether practical or CGI, we want to be dazzled and amazed by cinematic magic when we fork over our hard-earned cold cash to be taken away in a story that promises big laughs and
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WILLOW After the gargantuan success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the billion-dollar box office take of only part one of The Hobbit movie, it’s fun to look again at Ron Howard’s hobbit-like adventure from the land of Lucas. When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked
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ex-wife Joanne Whalley. Keep an eye out for ideas from the Bible and fairy tales like Snow White. Producer George Lucas has even added bits of his own Star Wars saga! Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox. Blu-ray. DAY OF THE FALCON
their lives and their love not merely in the pursuit of happiness for themselves but for the freedom for their people. Nikolaj Arcel co-wrote and directed. Magnolia. Blu-ray
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Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and – big surprise -- overcome the forces of darkness in an ultimate battle of good and evil. This new transfer, with never-before-seen exclusive bonus material, deserves fresh consideration. Digital effects were in their infancy. Look for a morphing sequence that was, for its time, state of the art. This was the movie where Val Kilmer met his future
From Jean-Jacques Annaud, the awardwinning director of Seven Years in Tibet and Enemy at the Gates, comes this “soaring epic of honor, greed, betrayal and love” that’s set in the Middle East during the early part of the 20th Century. After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms reluctantly agree to end their fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is reignited. Now it is up to their children – young lovers who have married in hopes of bringing their families together – to find a way to end the violence and bring peace to the land. Starring Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim. The excellent score is by James Horner. RLJ Entertainment. Blu-ray.
by Heidi Simmons
March 21 to March 27, 2013
A Celebration of Love and Loss D
eath is the one thing we all have in common. And someone you love will die. Grief is personal, visceral and intense. As common as death and grief is, we don’t like to talk about it. It is awkward and uncomfortable. Death and grief force us to grapple with unanswerable questions about life itself. In The Still Point of the Turning World, (Penguin Press, 260 pages) author Emily Rapp struggles to comprehend reality with the pending death of her young son Ronan. In 2011, at nine months old, Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, a rare and fatal degenerative disease. Rapp and her husband were told their son would never walk or talk. His lifespan would not exceed three years. Rapp is a former Fulbright scholar and a graduate of Harvard University with a Masters degree in Divinity. She grew up in a Mid-West Protestant family, her father, a Pastor. The subject of God was always apart of her life and religious issues a regular topic of conversation. In the book she writes about religion. It did not comfort or help
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her. Instead, faith is scrutinized and hope disappears as she intellectualizes Ronan’s imminent death and her overwhelming grief. The Still Point of the Turning World was released this month. Ronan died last month. Speaking at UCR Palm Desert’s Arts and Letters Series, Rapp read from her book and engaged in a conversation with program director Tod Goldberg. Rapp is a professor in the UCR Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program. Goldberg and Rapp are friends as well as colleagues. In their lively conversation with flippant asides, personal references and humorous quips, there was a profound
and mounting sadness. This bright and beautiful woman lost her child just thirty days ago. Her voice never got tight, her eyes never watered. She never mentioned Ronan’s father -- divorced before their son’s death. The mostly older audience, no doubt experienced with death and grief, was curious but cautious with their questions, possibly not wanting to pry or be too intrusive. Or perhaps they were simply uncomfortable with the subject. Rapp, although animated, stoically stared into the audience and unemotionally answered questions. Who can judge the way one grieves? No one! “People are always shocked that I can talk about Ronan without freaking out, but he was sick for two years. By the time he died, he was ready to go. Anyone who’s ever lost someone knows that you’d rather have them not suffer than to live on. His body had nothing left for this world,” said Rapp. She bravely talks and writes about grief, but it seemed she only scratched the surface of her own sorrow -- at any moment she might come undone, her intellect and paradigm only taking her so far. With a degree in “God,” Rapp had a lot of resources. She knew Calvin, Luther, Hegel and other theologians and philosophers already contemplated the issues of meaning and loss. “In some ways, I was the best mother for Ronan because I was equipped with the belief that shit happens,” she said. Rapp also turned to classic literature and contemporary authors for how others contemplated and coped with the subject of death and grief. “I realized that chaos is just the reality in life. If we can just honor that, understand that any one of us could drop dead at any moment, which we know, but don’t want to know, then we would live life differently. We wouldn’t get annoyed that they (children) didn’t get into a fancy preschool, or become lawyers or doctors.” She talked about kids as people. “They are not projects,” she said. “Ronan never talked or walked. He was so beautiful and sweet, and had the best
energy and presence. He was my kid. That is what he did, that was the span of his life. Does it suck? Sure. But it wouldn’t have sucked any less if he killed himself at 35 because he was depressed. No one knows what’s going to happen. And I find that really comforting,” expressed Rapp. At the time of Ronan’s diagnosis, Rapp thought she would die. The thought of her son dying was too much to bear. Writing helped Rapp. She realized that to honor Ronan, to show her love for him, she had to go on. She came to realize her experience of grief was an expression of her deep and everlasting love for her son. Rapp has been writing her whole life. Her first book, Poster Child: A Memoir (2007) is about her growing-up a March of Dimes poster child. Due to a congenital defect, by age six, Rapp’s leg was amputated above the knee. She learned to talk publicly about her disability. Even with her handicap, she strived to have a perfect body and life. The Still Point of the Turning World is a continuing memoir. It reflects Rapp’s experience as a mother and the change in her life by loving her son with all her heart. The book is poetic, philosophical and beautiful. Her writing is personal, intellectual and profound. It is an important view on the subject of death, grief and most importantly life. In time, Rapp may have more to say on the subject -- her journey clearly is not over. Rapp writes, “It is a unique and terrible privilege to witness the entire arc of a life, to see it through from its inception to its end. But it is also an opportunity to love without a net, without the past, but right now.” Loss is a part of life. The lesson of The Still Point of the Turning World is to live and love fearlessly every moment.
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UNDERSTANDING THE DEBT CRISIS
ast week I debunked the unemployment rate which is not the headline 7.7% touted in the news but 17%. Those in government over the decades have redefined the meaning of unemployment to exclude most of the unemployed. To understand why many are so worried about government spending levels and the related debt burden, we have to understand the revenues of our country or its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As I get into this, you will be surprised by just how ‘gross’ the number has become. Until 1991, our country used Gross National Product or GNP. Why the change? GNP is everything created by Americans or Corporate Americans (companies are people too) whether domestically or overseas. GDP measures everything created within our borders without consideration as to the nationality of the person or company owning the revenues created. When you look inside of our $15.85 trillion annual GDP, some surprising things are included. The closing of a business has
‘value’ to the country. This is not the cost of the moving van or wages paid to the repo man but the implied value that can be attributed to the end of a business. Closing businesses actually creates GDP! The value of living in your own home creates $1.5 trillion of GDP every year. This is not the actual value of your home or apartment but the value of the concept of just living in it. I’m getting a fictitious rise in my personal net worth just thinking about it. GDP also includes things like the value of a free checking account. If you are one of the fortunately employed who gets healthcare, the value of buying the healthcare through your company at a price better than you could get on your own adds to GDP. This is not any corporate subsidy you may receive but the difference between the business rate and the individual rate. One of my ‘favorites’ is that decreases in computer prices are added to GDP. Think about that for a minute. GDP went up because the price of something sold went
down. I would personally think that this is not increased GDP or revenues but the lowering of operating costs. Only in government can you lower costs and include the savings as revenue. Given this blatant disregard for basic accounting standards, I’m surprised that they have not factored in the illegal drug trade or prostitution. Wasn’t it Ronald Reagan who said, “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
Before the final official GDP number is cooked, a ‘deflator’ must be added in order to remove inflation. Stated differently, they need to eliminate the official inflation rate (2.1% which is not the real inflation rate that is closer to 10%) in order to get to a ‘true’ assessment of GDP. After all of these numerical gymnastics, is GDP $15.8 trillion, a more accurate $12.5 trillion or some other number? The answer to this question becomes of critical importance when we think about our ability to service our national debt which is nearly $17 trillion. For comparison, a wellrun and healthy economy would have no more than $9.5 trillion of debt if revenues were $15.85 trillion. If revenues are closer to $12.5 trillion, debt should not exceed $7.5 trillion. As you may know from your own personal finances, the burden of too much debt affects your choices in life. For a country, it means that it is more difficult to invest in its people, infrastructure and the future which translates into a lower standard of living over time.
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The Other School Safety Issues
any schools in our country have been subjected to the most horrible and terrifying attacks that parents, including me, wish not to think about. There are many other types of safety issues in our schools that constantly fly under our parental and teacher radars of protection. This week in my school, I found a child with a wrist band with “YOLO” inscribed. YOLO is an acronym for “You Only Live Once.” Last year, YOLO was a craze that students, middle school to high school, would use to try idiotic challenges that were potentially dangerous. Some of the challenges left students seriously hurt or dead. I talked to the student’s homeroom teacher and other teachers to collect their opinions on the matter of the student wearing the YOLO bracelet. None of the teachers liked the idea of YOLO or students representing YOLO at school.
YOLO is a type of group behavioral safety issue that every generation of students posses, and also go dismissed as a type of “dumb kid thing” or “kids being kids.” Unfortunately, “kids being kids” behavior can go so unnoticed that it can take death to finally bring to light the issue at hand. I will admit that working in the news industry at the peak of the YOLO fad has made me more paranoid about it than most people, but is it wrong of me to be paranoid? My parental perspective tells me that I want all of my kids’ teachers to be paranoid about such issues. The approach I used on the student with the bracelet was taking three minutes to talk to the students about YOLO. The student explained that he/she had no interests in the challenges, and that “YOLO was more of a reason to do the right thing rather than the wrong thing because we only live once.” I was content with
the student’s explanation and only asked that he/she removed the bracelet and put it away. My more recent research on the YOLO fad is that students are more into making YOLO a positive ideal rather than an excuse to do something harmful. I was proud of my student for taking something that was once a negative issue and intellectually making it a mature and positive issue. My advice as an educator and a parent is to simply take five minutes and talk to your students and children. If you have an issue about something that you find potentially dangerous, talking can be all you need to make sure the student is not in harm, and all students needs to be deterred from something harmful. Talk to the kids, it is easy and it is our job.
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Dale Gribow On The Law
The Dirty Dozen of ID theft & scams I
t is March in the greater Palm Springs community and we are in the middle of our season. With that comes an influx of visitors and some of them are not people you want to know. They are here to Steal IDs and Pull Scams. I have listed below some of the situations for which you want to be aware. The DIRTY DOZEN ID THEFT and SCAMS 1. Hotel: You would normally arrive at your hotel/ motel and check in at the front desk. You usually give the front desk your credit card for incidental room charges during your stay. When you get to your room you settle in. The SCAM is when someone calls the front desk and asks for (example) Room 620 which happens to be your room. When the phone rings in your room you answer it and the person on the other end says ‘This is the front desk. We came across a problem with your credit card information when you checked into the hotel/motel. Would you please provide me with your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers on the reverse side of your card.’ Thinking this is the front desk, you might give the caller your information. But actually, this is a scam where someone calls from outside the hotel/motel and asks for a random room number. They then ask you for your credit card and home address information. You provide the requested information because it sounds so professional and you think you are talking to the front desk. If this happens to you, please tell the caller that you will be right down to the front desk to clear up any problems. When you get to the front desk ask if there was a problem. If there was none, advise the hotel manager that someone called to Scam you out of your credit card information by acting as a front desk employee. ANYONE traveling should be aware of this SCAM! OR if you are a CROOK, you could make a bundle of money by doing this ~ your choice 2. JURY DUTY: Here is another scam...Someone calls pretending to be a court official who says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn’t show up for jury duty. Sometimes they even ask you for a credit
card number so they can process the cancellation. If you give out any information …your identity has just been stolen! 3. PHONE OFFERS: If it sounds too good to be true……it is a scam. Don’t fall for the alleged relative/ friend who emails you saying he/she has just their wallet stolen in Europe and is contacting you for money to get back to the US. Anyone can set up a phony email account to contact you and pretend to be a friend or relative IN NEED. 4. CHECKS: Never put your complete credit card account number on your check when paying a bill. You are better off using your work address and work number on your checks. 5. CREDIT CARDS: I Always write on the back of my credit card “ASK FOR ID”. Always make copies of the front and back of all your credit cards so you will have that information if they are lost or stolen. 6. LUGGAGE: Remove old airline tags from your bags and never list your home address on your luggage. That info makes it too easy for someone to know you are not home and then can burglarize your home. 7. ID THEFT: If you think you are the victim of an ID Theft then cancel your credit cards ASAP. You should place a fraud alert on the cards and call the police to make a report. In addition Report Lost or stolen checks asap so your bank can block any payment on them 8. REPORT POTENTIAL ID THEFT to: Equifax 1-800 525 6285; fraud alert 888 766 0008; order credit report 800 685 1111 Experian (formerly TRW) 1-888 397 3742 to place fraud alert; order credit rpt 888 397 3742 Trans Union 1-800 680 7289 for Fraud
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alert: order credit report 800 888 4213 Social Security Administration (fraud line) 1-800 269 0271. You can obtain a free credit report by going to: www.annualcreditreport.com: 877 322 8228 9. Credit reporting agencies must stop reporting allegedly fraudulent account info when a consumer establishes that he or she has been the Victim of an ID theft. Creditors or businesses must provide copies of business records or fraudulent accounts or transactions related to them. This info can assist the victims in proving that they are in fact victims. Consumers will be allowed to report accounts affected by ID theft directly to
creditors in addition to credit reporting agencies to prevent the spread of erroneous info 10. Notify your banker of any suspicious phones inquiries such as asking for account info to verify a statement or award a prize, and closely guard your Bank ATM; PIN and ATM receipts 11. Shred any financial solicitations and bank statements before disposing of them 12. Put outgoing mail into a secure and official postal service collection box. If regular bills fail to reach you call the company to find out why. If you have any questions contact me at 760 341 4411 or email@example.com.
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alk outside, you can just smell it! Everything is in bloom and coming out. “And so are the Bee’s says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.” Bees must be taken seriously. Stings can be life threatening. Parents, take some time to tell your children what to do if there are bees in the area. Normally, people and bees coexist, however, Bee attacks generally occur when bees are swarming or if they are protecting their hive. If a person attempts to remove the bees or hive or by swatting at them, startling them with power equipment such as lawn mowers or blowers, a stinging emergency can happen. A swarm is a small colony looking to establish a new colony. If you notice a swarm that is not attacking, walk slowly and quietly away from it and find shelter in a building or vehicle. Be cautious when dealing with bees says Chief DiGiovanna. Leave bees alone, but if you are attacked:
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Bee Prepared, Bee Safe, or Bee Stung! Contact a bee removal expert for swarm and hive removal. Do not try to remove the bees yourself, call 9-1-1 if the bees are attacking and someone is in a lifethreatening situation. Now is a good time to inspect your home and yard for signs of bees. Swarms look for cavities in trees, eaves and walls as potential nesting sites. Openings should be filled or covered with a solid cover or fine mesh screening. Bees are also attracted to debris piles or overturned flower pots. When removing any debris, always look before you place your hand under or into something. Use the same caution when working around air conditioners, coolers, electrical boxes or water meters. Contact your local fire department for additional information and Bee Careful! Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings,” says poet Muriel Rukeyser in her poem “Elegy in Joy.” “Not all things are blest,” she continues, “but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.” I urge you to adopt this perspective in the coming weeks, Aries. Be extra sweet and tender and reverent toward anything that is just sprouting, toward anything that is awakening, toward anything that invokes the sacredness of *right now.* “This moment,” sings Rukeyser, “this seed, this wave of the sea, this look, this instant of love.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As you seek more insight on your current situation, consider the possibility that the bad guys may not be as bad as they seem. They might simply be so deeply under the spell of their own pain that they can’t see straight. And as for the good guys: I wonder if they are as purely good as they would like you to imagine. It might be the case that they are at least partially serving their own self-interest, while pretending to be utterly altruistic. If there’s any truth to these speculations, Taurus, you’d be wise to stay uncommitted and undecided for now. Don’t get emotionally riled up, don’t get embroiled in conflict, and don’t burn any bridges. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s your mantra: “I get fresher under pressure.” Say it ten times right now, and then repeat it in 10-repetition bursts whenever you need a tune-up. What it means is that you stay cool when the contradictions mount and the ambiguities multiply. And more than that: You actually thrive on the commotion. You get smarter amidst the agitation. You become more perceptive and more creative as the shifts swirl faster and harder. Tattoo these words of power on your imagination: “I get fresher under pressure.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Stories happen to those who tell them,” said the ancient Greek historian Thucydides. Modern radio journalist Ira Glass goes even further. “Great stories happen to those who can tell them,” he has said. Let’s make this strategy a centerpiece of your life plan in the weeks ahead, Cancerian. I have a suspicion that you will need first-hand experience of novel, interesting stories. They will provide the precise nourishment necessary to inspire the blooming of your most soulful ambitions. One way to help ensure that the best stories will flow your way is to regale receptive people with transformative tales from your past. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Dear Rob: I’m spreading the word about Beer Week in your town, and I’d love to see you and your beer-loving readers at some of the events. Any chance you can include some coverage of Beer Week celebrations in your upcoming column? Cheers, Patricia.” Dear Patricia: I don’t do product placement or other forms of secret advertising in my horoscopes. To allow it would violate the sacred trust I have with my readers, who rely on me to translate the meaning of the cosmic signs without injecting any hidden agendas. It is true that Leos might be prone to imbibing great quantities of beer in the coming week, simply because they’d benefit from lowering their inhibitions, getting in touch with their buried feelings, and expanding their consciousness. But to be frank, I’d rather see them do that without the aid of drugs and alcohol. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Hoping to stir up some fun trouble, I posted the following message on my Facebook page: “Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.” A torrent of readers left comments in response. My favorite was from Sue Sims, who said, “Yeah, they might be better at your kind of sin and you might learn something!” That advice is just the kind of healing mischief you need right now, Virgo. It’s a bit ironic, true, but still: Take it and run with it. Study the people who have mad skills at pulling off the rousing adventures and daring pleasures and interesting “sins” that you’d like to call your own.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The French verb *renverser* can be translated as “to turn upsidedown” or “to reverse the flow.” The adjectival form is *renversant,* which means “stunning” or “astonishing.” I think you may soon have experiences that could be described by those words. There’s a good chance that a dry, impoverished part of your life will get a juicy, fertile infusion. A deficiency you have worried about might get at least half-filled. An inadequacy that makes you feel sad may be bolstered by reinforcements. Alas, there could also be a slight reversal that’s not so gratifying. One of your assets may temporarily become irrelevant. But the tradeoff is worth it, Libra. Your gains will outstrip your loss. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Professor Martyn Poliakoff creates short Youtube videos to help teach the public about chemistry. In one video, he explains why an explanation he gave in a previous video was completely mistaken. “It’s always good for a scientist to be proved wrong,” he confesses cheerfully. Then he moves on to speculate about what the right answer might be. I love humility like that! It’s admirable. It’s also the best way to find out the truth about reality. I hope you will summon a similar attitude in the coming weeks, Scorpio: a generous curiosity that makes you eager to learn something new about stuff you thought you had all figured out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): On the one hand, menopausal women are no longer able to bear children. On the other hand, they often overflow with fresh possibilities and creative ideas. More time is available to them because their children have moved out of the house or don’t require as much care. They can begin new careers, focus on their own development, and devote more attention to their personal needs. So in one way their fertility dries up; in another way it may awaken and expand. I suspect that whether or not you are menopausal, you are on the cusp of a comparable shift in your fecundity: one door closing, another door swinging open. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The TV reality show *Freaky Eaters* profiled a woman named Kelly who had eaten nothing but cheesy potatoes for 30 years. Her average intake: eight pounds of potatoes and four cups of cheese per day. “I love cheesy potatoes,” she testified. “They’re stewy, gooey, and just yum-yum-yummy. They’re like crack to me.” I’m a bit concerned that you’re flirting with behavior comparable to hers. Not in regards to cheesy potatoes, of course, but to some other fetish. I will ask you to make sure that you’re not starting to over-specialize. It would be wise to avoid obsessing on a single type of *anything.* AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the 17th century, polite people referred to mountains as “warts” and “boils on the earth’s complexion.” So says Robert Macfarlane in his book *Mountains of the Mind.* Annie Dillard describes the peculiar behavior of educated European tourists in the 18th century. When they visited the Alps, she writes in *Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,* “they deliberately blindfolded their eyes to shield themselves from the evidence of the earth’s horrid irregularity.” Don’t be anything like those dumb sophisticates, Aquarius. When you spy irregularities in the coming weeks, consider the possibility that they are natural and healthy. This will allow you to perceive their useful beauty. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You are not for sale. Remember? Your scruples and ideals and talents cannot be bought off for any amount of money. You will not be cheated out of your birthright and you will not allow your dreams to be stolen. Although it’s true that you may have to temporarily rent your soul from time to time, you will never auction it off for good. I’m sure you know these things, Pisces, but I suspect it’s time to renew your fiery commitment to them. Homework: Describe what you’d be like if you were the opposite of yourself. Write Freewillastrology.com. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology email@example.com
March 21 to March 27, 2013
Mind, body & Spirit by Bronwyn Ison
YOGA AND YOUR CHILD H
ave you seen a child in downward facing dog or in tree pose? Yoga for children is gaining momentum. Why? Research boasts the myriad benefits of Yoga for children and adolescents. Generally, we think of Yoga as an activity or practice for adults. Yoga is excellent for children and their minds. A 2003 study by California State University, Los Angeles found that Yoga improved students’ behavior, physical health and academic performance. Plus, boosting self-esteem. Thousands of schools across the country have implemented Yoga into the school curriculum. Yoga has also made its way into hospitals and studios. Implementing yoga programs for children is also a benefit for the parent. Eventually, yoga will prove to be an additional activity you can enjoy with your child. Your child is learning techniques that he or she will utilize the rest of their life. Not only do adults have stressful lives, children experience their own stresses. Though we may think their lives are stress less they have their own battles to fight in the classroom and on the playground. Children can be very harsh to one another. For example name calling, bullying, and/ or teasing. Some may be challenged with Autism, ADD, ADHD, behavioral problems or difficulty with motor skills. These young students are benefitting from Yoga. Just think your child can maintain their flexibility while growing into their bodies. If your child is an aspiring athlete, yoga is an excellent compliment to their sport. A child’s concentration and self-esteem can be taken to new levels by teaching them they can achieve greatness on their mat. Learning to be in the present rather than compressing everything. This will help your child stay
engaged and focused while cultivating peacefulness. We have often had our child take a nap to get this awareness yet yoga has been known to have similar effects. Practicing yoga is a healthy alternative and outlet for stress management, encouraging creativity and piquing the imagination. The peer social interaction teaches children that we are all the same inside despite what we look like on the outside. We are living beings that feel and love. Yoga can inspire children to be patient, kind, accepting and respectful of others and self. As a child grows they can learn more about their personal body awareness. A child will recognize their strengths and how the body moves. The practice also encourages discipline and responsibility. Evolve Yoga in La Quinta is pleased to announce a children’s yoga program, Yogability with SueAnn Etebar. Classes begin Wednesday, April 3 ~ 4:00pm-4:50. Ages 5-11. The program is offered by monthly enrollment or and/or drop-in’s. Children’s mat space is LIMITED. Reserve your space today! Check out our High School and College Student discounts. www.e-volveyoga.com or 760-564-YOGA (9642).
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footnotes Who’s making moves toes, and arches. Weaving helps relieve symptoms of bunions. Weave your fingers of one hand between each of the toes of your opposite foot. With a firm grip, stretch and massage your toes and the ball of your foot. This will encourage mobility and help create openness between the toes. Towel scrunches strengthens the arches and eases plantar fasciitis. Sit with your feet flat on the ground, knees bent at 90 degrees, with a towel spread under your feet. Scrunch your toes to grab a small amount of the towel and pull it toward you. Repeat 10 to 15 times. Palm Tree strengthens ankles and calves. Stand in Mountain Pose (standing straight) and lightly touch a wall for balance. Inhaling, lift your heels as high as possible: exhaling, bring your heels back to the floor. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Squeeze and flex is good for restoring flexibility, relieving bunions and hammertoes. Sit in a chair with your heels on the floor. Inhale and flex your toes so there is space between all of them. Exhaling, squeeze your toes in to form a toe fist. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Our feet take a lot of abuse and often crammed into shoes, high heels, or shoes without much support. When our foundation is compromised our entire body feels the outcome. Having stability (from toe to head) will improve your posture and overall health. Go ahead and give your feet a break today!
arch is normally a busy sports month but one normally dominated by college basketball. The boys of summer are just getting started with spring training and golf has normally just hit the “Florida Swing”. Little League is kicking in around the country and of course, there will be a NASCAR event somewhere……but the NFL? Yes, well now leave it to the behemoth that is the NFL to remind everyone at the most remote time for their sport that they are the biggest sport on the sports landscape – even in March…by marketing themselves against all of those others and staying in our conscious….. Free Agency kicked-off this week on what seemed like just another ordinary, nondescript mid-week March day last week to a flurry of moves, transactions and news that completely overwhelmed the “tickers”, and immediately took our minds back (or ahead, I guess) to thoughts of football. And what a flurry it was! It seems like only a few minutes ago that the Super Bowl wrapped and Joe Flacco went on the Disney Tour, et al. Then there was his HUGE contract and then, life returned to normalcy for awhile. This last week saw a tremendous shift in power or the seeming depletion or significant balance of certain teams, none more so than the champion Ravens! And the mass exodus from Baltimore may not be over yet – oh no……The retirement of Ray Lewis was followed by the departure of both big time free agents Paul Krueger and Donnelle Ellerbee, at least one of whom the Raven expected to sign. Then there is Super Bowl hero, Wide receiver Anquon Bolden who left town, too. Additionally, several of the league’s top teams are wining and dining
(and flying private jets around for) safety and future Hall of Famer and Safety Ed Reed. With free agency really just beginning and the draft still a few months away, the Miami Dolphins seem to have gotten better, fast. So have the Cleveland Brown and the Seattle Seahawks who were already an exciting playoff team last year that no one really wanted to play, the farther the season went. Is something brewing in Cleveland? It’s about time………….. Locally, the big news in local sports talk radio is “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3FM & 970AM, every Saturday morning, now from 7 – 10 a.m. Guests o‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 7-10 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3FM & 970AM…Heads Up!
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March 21 to March 27, 2013
Best of the CV 2013 Awards Show & 1 Year Anniversary Party Saturday, April 6th • 2:30-10:00pm 2:30-3:00 Lunch Appetizers by Sullivan’s Steakhouse 3:00-5:30 Awards Ceremony Featuring performances by: Josh Heinz • Michael Keeth • Giselle Woo • Egoflow 5:30-7:00 Dinner Buffet by Guiseppe’s Music & Dancing with John Stanley King 7:00 Anniversary Party with Dali’s Llama 8:00 Half Astro 9:00 Yawning Man (Mario Lalli, Alfredo Hernandez, Gary Arce)
25 at the door includes: appetizer lunch, dinner buffet and hosted bar with Crater Lake Vodka & Gin Cocktails, Tulip Hill Winery and Beer from Babe’s Brewhouse $
Reserved Tables of 8 available for $200. Contact Tracy Dietlin for reserved seating at 760-501-6228
DON’T MISS THE EVENT OF THE YEAR HUGE RAFFLE & DOOR PRIZES Voting for Best of the Year, ends March 22 Go to www.CoachellaValleyWeekly.com
Emerald RV Resort - 76000 Frank Sinatra, Palm Desert