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Community Events • May 24 to 30, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 9

Forever Marilyn

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The Beach Boys

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Palm Desert Theater Academy

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May 24 to 30, 2012

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May 24 to 30, 2012

Forever Marilyn

by Heidi Simmons

Marilyn Monroe is Back in Town and She’s Bigger Than Ever! Monroe stood 5 feet 51/2 inches, weighed 125 pounds. Her measurements were 36″, 23″, 37″. She was constructed of sugar and spice and everything nice. That was in 1962. Today you can find her in Palm Springs standing at the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Drive at 25 feet tall and weighing nearly 35,000 pounds. Her measurements are 163″, 104″, 168″ and she’s constructed of stainless steel and aluminum. This stunning, realistic, pop art sculpture, appropriately titled “Forever Marilyn” is by installation artist Seward Johnson. The moment is from Billy Wilder’s film Seven Year Itch, where Monroe’s character stood over a subway grate, to feel the cool breeze. When the underground train passes, the wind blows her dress in a swirl around her hips as she tries to hold the garment down. Her look of ecstasy captured in the iconic image by photographer Bernard of Hollywood is beautifully realized in the towering figure. What makes the scene especially provocative is, before that moment in the film, Monroe’s character has innocently told her married neighbor, “When it’s hot like this, do you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!” So, was she wearing panties? Here is your chance to satisfy any lingering curiosity. For the next year Forever Marilyn will be

on display in the public park that was once the Bank of America building and you will be able to discreetly (or not) look for yourself. It is wonderfully appropriate that she arrived here when she did. June 1 would be Monroe’s 86th birthday. August 5 is the 50th anniversary of her death. Monroe’s escapades in Palm Springs are legendary. It is said that Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe was discovered by talent agent William Morris himself at Charlie Farrell’s Palm Springs Racquet Club. Eric Meeks, author of the upcoming book Best Guide to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes Ever, said Monroe had two Palm Springs’ addresses. “The home she supposedly owned was on Via Alta Mira in the Movie Colony and she rented a house in 1961 on North Rose Avenue in Las Palmas.” The Terra Cotta Inn, located on East Racquet Club, a clothing optional resort today, was formerly called the Monkey Tree. Tom Mulhall, the hotel’s owner since 1994, claims that room 34, the only room with a private rear entrance on to a back alley, was used by President Kennedy to have his affair with Monroe. “When we bought the hotel, Albert Frey (Architect of the Terra Cotta Inn) came by and told us about how JFK and his brother, with the help of the secret service, were able to come and go through the private entrance. That’s how Kennedy was

able to have the affair with Marilyn.” It is easy to imagine that if Monroe were alive today, she would have possibly made Palm Springs her retirement home like so many other celebrities. The traveling installation breaks down into three parts -- legs, skirt and torso -- for transportation. But the coming together of Forever Marilyn in Palm Springs was more than flatbeds, cranes and Bondo. The initial idea of bringing Forever Marilyn to Palm Springs started in January of this year. Jerry Sanfilippo, a part time resident of Palm Springs and Chicago, told his friends Brian Vatcher and Mark Jones, Palm Springs businessmen, that the Chicago sculpture should visit Palm Springs. Vatcher and Jones then brought Paula Stoeke on board. Stoeke is the Director of The Sculpture Foundation, a nonprofit organization that owns Forever Marilyn. They then went to Councilman Paul Lewin who immediately saw the vision and shared their enthusiasm. Tim Ellis of P.S. Resorts got involved and the project came together. It happened in less than five months and for under $100,000 dollars -- all from private funds. Forever Marilyn’s presence in Palm Springs has already generated millions of dollars in global media attention and in turn, will bring welcome revenue to the city as a 24/7 visitor point of interest. What a serendipitous confluence of opportunities and timing that has brought the larger than life Monroe back to Palm Springs. I think Marilyn would be proud. “Forever Marilyn” by Seward Johnson, © 1996, 2011 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Based upon the photo by Bernard of Hollywood.” Pictures were taken by David Rothmiller.


May 24 to 30, 2012

Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs T

he Beach Boys are bringing their good vibrations to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Saturday as part of their global 50th Anniversary Tour that will reunite the iconic musicians for the first time in more than 15 years. The legendary American rock group and their soothing vocal harmonies became an overnight sensation in the ‘60s for their feelgood hits such as “Surfin’ USA” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” Their music embodied the surf and car culture of Southern California and became the quintessential endless summer soundtrack. Five decades later, The Beach Boys are still harmonizing, songwriting and performing around the world. The group has seen several incarnations over the years, and this year’s tour marks the first time in 16 years that the remaining band members are coming together on the

stage rather than in court, where a number of Beach Boys-related lawsuits were fought over the years. The line-up includes founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine, as well as vocalist Bruce Johnston and guitarist David Marks. But perhaps most exciting is the return of founding member and songwriter Brian Wilson, who has not performed with The Beach Boys since 1996. The Beach Boys played a sold-out show in Chicago earlier this week and an upcoming show in Los Angeles has already sold out. Their recent performances in New York and Atlantic City were well-received by critics and the tour will take the Beach Boys across the U.S. and as far as Tokyo and Germany. The tour is part of the group’s 50th anniversary campaign that will also see the release of an all-new Beach Boys album, “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” on June

5th and several commemorative sets this year. Tickets: $69-$129, available at the continue from page 4

by Marissa Willman

Fantasy Springs Box Office, by telephone at (800) 827-2946 or at FantasySpringsResort. com.

Summer Program to Begin at Palm Desert Theatre Academy

by Marissa Willman


oachella Valley youth will have an opportunity to study theatre with experienced instructors during Palm Desert Theatre Academy’s five-week summer program that begins on June 11th. The Palm Desert Theatre Academy was founded in 2010 by expert theatre educator David Catanzarite and National Board Certified teacher Karen Lin. The two met in Los Angeles where Lin was a 3rd grade teacher and Catanzarite was a traveling theatre instructor. “We met teaching theatre to kids together,” Lin said. Today, the husbandand-wife team continues their work as coowners of Palm Desert Theatre Academy, where students in grades 3-12 can enjoy extensive acting and stage training in a small group setting. The academy employs trained teachers and hosts its workshops at the California State University San


Bernardino, Palm Desert campus. The program is open to any student who is open to learning about theatre, regardless of experience. The program is divided into two groups: grades 3-6 and grades 7-12. “There are a lot of different levels and we want to welcome all of them,” Lin said. The academy takes a multipronged approach that teaches all aspects of theatre, from acting and stage voice to stagecraft and theory. Palm Desert Theatre Academy strives to create an environment that produces top-quality talent. “We try to keep it rigorous,” Lin said. “I don’t just say we’re going to do a play. We try to teach different standards in theater. We want the kids to come out learning different aspects of theatre such as history continue to page 5

or aesthetics. We want them to appreciate theater for what it is.” Lin noted that some children are apt to try anything the instructors throw at them while others are very shy, but the program is designed to give every student an opportunity to act. “We try to give everybody their spotlight on stage so that everyone has their time to shine,” Lin said. “We want to make sure everyone comes out with some acting experience.” To ensure students are getting quality training, the academy tries to keep its teacher-to-student ratio at 1:8. Lin said the ratio is crucial for students to get proper feedback and instruction. “With acting, there are so many things that you have to watch in a scene,” Lin said. “Especially with little ones, you can’t really tell them to go in a corner and do their thing. You have to watch every line they say.” Indio High School senior Stephanie Jauregui, a Palm Desert Theatre Academy alumnus, will return to the academy this summer as a teaching intern thanks to a scholarship provided jointly by the Palm Desert Theatre Academy and Palm Springs Women in Television and Film. Jauregui, who is in the top five of her graduating class, has been actively involved in the

theater arts since middle school and will study theater and English this fall at UCLA. “I learned a lot about technique, tricks and warm-ups at the academy,” Jauregui said. “One of the things they taught me was about professional auditions. In school, we’re usually so busy with projects that we don’t have time to get into that.” When she joined the academy, Jauregui was amazed by the professionalism of the younger children at the camp. Although Jauregui did not start acting at such a young age, she was motivated by their talent. “I thought, I want to be just as good as if I had that training when I was younger,” Jauregui said. This summer, she will help teach younger children what she learned at the academy over the years. As her former instructors, Lin and Catanzarite could not be happier for her. “She already knows the format of the class,” Lin said. “She knows a lot of the inner workings of how we teach the trust and the respect that is so important for actors to have. This experience just seems perfect for her.” Jauregui will work alongside a credentialed teacher as the academy’s policy is for each class to have at least one credentialed instructor. The fiveweek program will culminate in a public showcase on July 12th, where students will demonstrate what they learned through

their performance. Lin said the academy is slowly growing because they are focused on quality rather than quantity. “We’re growing and expanding at a very slow rate because we’re watching the

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quality of the people that we hire,” Lin said. “But it’s our dream to have our own space and do professional children’s shows.” For more information on Palm Desert Theatre Academy, visit

S.E.L.M.A. gets COOKING with P.D.H.S.

by Selma Grows


s Support and Education for Local Music and Arts enters its second year as an organized Public Benefit Corporation we celebrate together with our local students and educators. Thursday May 31, 2012, S.E.L.M.A. is introducing international Rock Star, Jackson Cook ( to our Palm Desert High School students for an exclusive lunchtime concert. Jackson credits Tom Petty, The Eagles, Led Zepplin, and the Rolling Stones for influencing his musical style. On the stage at his own school talent show in Canada some six years ago, Jackson, now 18, became inspired to create his own music after experiencing an encouraging response from his peers. Upon his coming of age Jackson has already acquired more impressive accomplishments than we can record.Some of which include being a finalist twice at the International Songwriter’s Competition. Once for his debut song, “First Kiss” and also for a more recent song “Street Soldier”. He was also nominated as a finalist for “Best Young Songwriter” in the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Not only does

addition to our cherished local businesses is owned and operated by the Cook family. They have charged themselves to reward every S.E.L.M.A. associated school with $100 and a brand new acoustic guitar when

he write all of his songs, but since coming to Palm Desert with his family this last year he has also co-produced and laid all of the vocal and guitar tracks for his new album “Deadman Walking”. Jackson Cook, accompanied by The Regulators, has even managed to WIN the recent “Desert Rising Star” competition. S.E.L.M.A. first welcomed Jackson Cook into our community at the Palm Desert Charter Middle School in February 2012. Since then S.E.L.M.A and Cook have been planning a special concert tour for all the schools in the Coachella Valley. This tour includes support from Americana Vintage Guitars, El Paseo Palm Desert. This new

S.E.L.M.A. provides a concert showcasing Jackson. (see insert: Sallie Frasier , Principal at PDCMS accepting guitar and check from Americana in January) These concerts are exclusively appreciating students and faculty of the

Coachella Valley schools. SELMA will be accepting FREE new member applications from all students, while inviting all graduating seniors to SELMA Summertime activities through United Coachella Valley, a new summer bridge program for youth 18-30 at S.E.L.M.A. Headquarters located inside All Desert Wellness Centers (www. 74-200 Hwy 111 Palm Desert (760)797-5151 Keep checking us out each week in CV WEEKLY and see how Support and Education for Local Music and Arts continues to grow in the Coachella Valley. Next Week: we introduce S.E.L.M.A. Art Program Director Mr. Leo Fuchs.


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Don’t Be



kay. So summer is here with a vengeance. And no, we can’t do anything about the heat. Just try to repair the damage. For women, it may be mascara rivulets sliding into the décolletage. (Stash wet wipes.) For guys, the sweat is on---here’s a wilting problem even Viagra can’t solve---stiffen your resolve and toss the talking, torn tee. (Just because you’re wearing clean underwear doesn’t mean we want to see it.) Hey, how about an attitudeadjustment? Get out and about, stop clinging to the dark shadows and shed light on your skill set: Learn, Laugh, Listen and Love your freedom starting right here with the calendar of events and entertainment in the Coachella Valley where the heat is on and the beat is cool! Thursday, May 24. Summer School! Inside! The registry for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is underway for students 50 years of age or older. The summer quarter of classes, which begin on June 12, will include courses specifically chosen for seniors and their interests and enjoyments: Famous mutinies, new thoughts and modern religions, Mexican art, culture and personalities, significant political films, and today’s must-take class focused on the history of computers. This is learning for the fun of it! There are no credits, no grades, no tests or homework. The institute offers quarterly memberships for $150, and courses typically cover arts and humanities, natural and social sciences. The learning institute is at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus, 37-500 Cook St., Palm Desert. For more information, or for a free spring/summer course catalog, call 760-3412883, ext. 14428, email mdadamss@csusb. edu, or visit CSUSB College of Extended Learning at Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26. Personal appearance and delicious testimony from Theo Stephan, accomplished artist, owner of a major graphic design firm, who gave it all up and went back to the kitchen! Before you start a women’s lib revolution, listen to the story. Stirred to action by her Greek heritage that assured olive oil was the main ingredient on the dinner table, Stephan’s impetus came from a visit to the Santa Barbara wine country where she planted thousands of olive trees and today, 14 years and many awards later, her company Global Gardens offers several varieties of extra virgin olive oil and flavored vinegars that she makes by


hand in her own commercial kitchen. Meet her and nibble on tastings on Friday as she signs book “Olive Oil and Vinegar for Life: Delicious Recipes for Healthy Caliterranean Living,” at KitchenKitchen, 2 to 4 pm, 74945 HWY 111, Indian Wells, 760-773-9464. Tastings Fee $5. Online pre-registration go to If you can’t make it on Friday, come Saturday, May 26, when Stephan will teach a special session at Cooking with Class, 47875 Caleo Bay Dr., Ste. #A107, La Quinta, 760-777-1161. She’ll delve with delight into the history, production, manufacturing, and nutritional aspects, as well as flavor profiles of olive oil and vinegar that are gaining plaudits for sustained healthy living. And she will stir up several recipes from her cookbook “Olive Oil & Vinegar For Life” including Kalamata Feta Pistachio Rolls and Orange Fantasia Cake, among others. We’re drooling already. Class fee, $75. Online reservations, www. Saturday, May 26, 10 am. What the world needs now, is right in Rancho Mirage. World Laughter Day with Yogi Ramesh Pandey will lead a session of Hatha Yoga, mastering body, mind and soul toward the art of laughter, which he says is good medicine for what ails you, whether anxiety, stress or trying to lose pounds without losing your mind. Yogi Ramesh produces the TV program Universal Yogi and has appeared on Oprah and the Roseanne Barr shows. He has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times (“Ramesh Pandey, Better Body by Breathing”) and the U.S. News and World Report (“Ramesh Pandey: Universal Yoga Guru”). There’ll be prizes, music, singing, snacks at this free event at Whitewater Park, 71-560 San Jacinto Dr., Rancho Mirage. For more information, call 562-716-9367. Saturday, May 26, 11 am to 4 pm. The Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM) in Palm Desert hosts Its first “Art Party Palm Desert” with free admission for the public to mingle and make art, take docent tours of the 8,400 square foot building known as The Galen and watch plein air demonstrations in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. The kids will love getting their hands on real potters’ tools to make clay sculptures or make their own accordion style sketchbook. A community installation inspired by a message in a bottle will be held in the education wing. The marvel of story-telling in the garden begins at noon, and at 3 pm guests will be amazed at the sounds and rhythms of repurposed

percussion instruments by Street Beat. Take advantage of Docent tours who will highlight the museum’s first exhibition, “Rodin to Now: Modern Sculpture” featuring works by great masters including Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Robert Therrien, Ken Price and Joel Shapiro. The whole day of enjoyment is free. (Monday, Memorial Day the museum will be closed.) PSAM Palm Desert, 72-567 Highway 111. For information, call 760-346-5600. Saturday, May 26. 8 pm. Talk about “Good Vibrations!” Surf’s up in the desert and The Beach Boys are catchin’a wave on their 50th Anniversary Tour to perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” It sure will! In fact, it’ll be the first time in twenty years that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will tour together. Celebratory concerts in Chicago, New York City and the Hollywood Bowl have already sold out! The first American pop band to bring attention to the sounds of summer of the 60s in southern California, The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1988, and received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award. They are indeed an American institution. Hum that tune, “I Get Around,” “Surfin’ U.S.A., “Surfer Girl,” “Catch a Wave” and get your ticket now: $129, $99, $79, $69. Go to the Fantasy Springs Box Office, or call 800-827-2946, or online at www. Exclusive VIP ticket packages will be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, meet & greets, sound check access, exclusive merchandise, and more. For more info, visit Monday, May 28, 10 am. The Palm Springs Air Museum will present the 14th Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop of 3000 carnations from a vintage B-25 bomber airplane flown in from the Planes of Fame in Chino, California. After the T-34 Missing Man Formation exhibition, PSAM Chief pilot Jim Dale will pilot the vintage aircraft that opens its doors to release the flowers as it wings over the museum’s tarmac to honor and memorialize all veterans who lost their lives defending the United States and our freedoms. White carnations will honor those who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Red carnations will honor those who died in more recent conflicts including the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Iraq and

by Diane Marlin-Dirkx Afghanistan. This is a good time to thank the families of those in our military who have paid the ultimate price for our country. Coachella Valley Ford (including Palm Springs Motors and Fiesta Ford in Indio) is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Desert Radio Group. There will be freshly made sandwiches, hot dogs, Polish dogs, cold refreshments and the summer favorite ice cream. Revving up the entertainment: The Heat Wave Jazz Band. PSAM is at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. All events are included with regular admission to the museum,$8 to $15. Active Military and children under 6 are complimentary. No discounts on holidays. Call 760-778-6262. Tuesday, May 29, 6 – 10 pm. It’s the third annual Shorts Showcase Awards Ceremony at the Camelot Theatre. The next generation of filmmakers may have started with a Super 8 as a kid, but look at them now! Better yet, come meet and watch as future movie moguls receive awards for excellence in the growing field of short films that tackle every emotion and experience of humankind and draw audiences in to a whole new world of immediacy. At the 7 pm screening you pick the top prize by voting for your favorite films via a remote text set up live at the event. Participate in the Q & A at 8:45. Awards and Scholarship presentations at 9 pm to Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs Women in Film & Television educational fund and Palm Springs Student Short Film Festival. You win, too: Raffle prizes will benefit three local charities. Admission, $10; VIP reception and pass with after-party at Lulu’s, $25. Shorts Showcase PBS programs on KVCR Tuesdays and 10:30 pm and Saturdays at 12:30 am. For more information, email info@shortsshowcase. com. Or go to Saturday, June 2, 2 - 4 pm. The Palm Springs Writers Guild gets together every month at the Rancho Mirage Library to listen to a speaker or to enjoy a panel discussion. Audience participation is encouraged. This month the guild presents Denise Welch, Media Consultant whose topic is “10 Social Media Tools to Set Your Work on Fire!” It’s going to be a “feel the burn” workout for both experienced and novice writers. Even if the only writing you do is to sign your kids’ permission slips, there’s a story in you

just scratching to get out, to get read, to be heard, and this is a group that will support your efforts. Scratch that itch! The programs are open to everyone who feels the need to pick up paper and pen, or aim digits at the keyboard. Trust me. For information, go to or www. RM Library, 71-100 HWY 111, Rancho Mirage, CA, telephone 760-341-7323. Saturday, June 2, 5:30 pm Cocktails, 7:00 pm Dinner/Awards. For the 6th annual “Evening at the Pueblo,” Cabot’s Museum Foundation Board and philanthropists/ restaurateurs Barbara and Jerry Keller, Honorary Co-chairs, invite you to a special celebration for the Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, just named to the National Register of Historic Places! The Hopi-inspired pueblo is a unique treasure, part of Coachella Valley’s rich history, filled to the rafters (literally!)with the story of the journey through the life of Cabot Yerxa and his family dating back over 100 years as they traveled from the Dakota Territory to California and the southwest, including the founding of Desert Hot Springs. Handconstructed from reclaimed and found objects, the Pueblo is 4 stories, 5,000 square feet with 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors collected and reassembled from abandoned homesteads, old telephone poles, wagon buck-boards, etc. Repurposed craftsmanship at its best! The

Saturday, June 2, 6:30pm Pre-show, 8:30pm Show. Funny business: Judy Tenuta is the most famous person who has ever lived. And if you don’t believe it, just ask the selfproclaimed “Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite of the Accordion” who’s been on TV’s The View, Late Night with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Comics Unleashed. Okay, okay, we get it! Renowned comedienne, stage, film and television actress, and Grammy nominee, Judy Tenuta will appear in An Evening with… at Azul Restaurant in Palm Springs with her outrageous, mind-blowing comedy and after recently becoming an ordained minister, she converts her sold-out audiences to her signature religion. Ready? Yup, “Judyism.” Tenuta shares the bill with stand-up comic Scott Silverman. Not a second banana, Scott has opened shows for Margaret Cho, and appeared on TV’s Comedy Central and Evening at the Improv and performed in all 50 states, Canada and Australia. Meet the comedians after the show! A Blackwell – Black production. For more information, go to Azul, 369 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Advance tickets required, $25. To purchase, call 760325-5533.


JUNE 19–26 Every night throughout Palm Springs International Shortfest

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evening honors Donna and the late Cargill MacMillan, Representative Mary Bono Mack and historian Barbara Maron. Live auction. Individual tickets, $150. Sponsorship levels from $1000 to $5000. For more information, call 760-329-7610, or go to





May 24 to 30, 2012

Desert DJ’s with Craig Michaels

“I Do What I Love and People Enjoy a Great Show!”


rowing up, Ming Bob Tan had a variety of jobs from being a dishwasher and cook to repairing video games and working security at local bars. Even today Ming Bob performs many jobs as a talent buyer / tour manager / marketing and promotions person. Ming Bob’s love of music began when he and his best friends Orlando, Homer, and Steve, formed the Mingtran Band. “We played all around locally from house generator parties, garages, warehouses, record stores, bars and venues,” recalls Ming Bob, “then we got a van where we went anywhere and everywhere we could that would let us play.” The band has not played together since 2000 but Ming Bob now spends his time here in the desert on the other side of the business promoting and booking talent under Ming Bob Productions. The many years of touring with his band and playing numerous shows with some of the biggest bands today paid off. Ming Bob and his band mates became friends with many big celebrities when they were just starting out. He kept in contact with most of them. Ming Bob now taps into those contacts to put on shows with “great vibes and great people.” Over the past sixteen years, Ming Bob Productions has produced a little over two-

thousand shows. The highlight was playing tour manager for two years covering every major city in the USA with Invitro and then Snot from 2007 to 2008. It’s hard for Ming Bob to say what the most memorable moment has been over the years of booking and promoting bands, but playing black jack in Vegas with Vinney Paul (formally the drummer for Pantera now the Hellyeah’s) and Mikey Doling (The band Snot) is towards the top of the list, along with hanging out with John Dolmayan (drummer System Of A Down) at his comic book warehouse that had 2 million comic books. Here are a few Ming Bob productions to put on your calendar: June 22nd LIVE AT THE DATE SHED: VOODOO GLOW SKULLS, KNOCK OUT, YOU KNOW WHO? & BUDDHA BOMB (18+ With I.D.) $10 Pre-Sale at August 3, 2012 HR BAD BRAINS (Lead singer HR of Bad Brains, Rocky Jorge and Luichi Mayorga of Suicidal Tendencies, Norwood Of Fishbone) an all star famous cast. (more details to come) for more information on these or other Ming Bob productions you can e-mail him at Written By: Craig Michaels


May 24 to 30, 2012

CVRM Cares for the Valley’s Needy by Marissa Willman


ounded in 1971 as a soup kitchen, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and its life-changing programs have grown into much more than a place for the homeless to find a hot meal. As the only emergency shelter in the area, CVRM provides beds, clothes and lifechanging programs for the valley’s homeless and at-risk population. On June 1st, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will launch its “90 Days of Summer Relief” campaign to assist the valley’s homeless through the hottest months of the year. The summer program delivers water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and lip balm to the Coachella Valley’s homeless. The program also works to provide awareness that the Rescue Mission offers a cool place to sleep, showers, drinking water, clean clothing and meals at no charge at its Indio location. Through its overnight program, CVRM provides 75 beds, showers, fresh clothes and meals to those in need. And while CVRM provides daily provisions at no cost, the group also offers two long-term programs they hope to see utilized by their

demographic. These two programs, New Life and Gateway, offer long-term solutions to people facing homelessness. The New Life program is a faith-based, 12-month residential program that readies participants to become gainfully employed and secure a stable future. Through the program, participants can learn job skills, work toward a GED, attend life skill classes and ready themselves for stable, selfsufficient living. For those who may have had a stable lifestyle but suddenly fell on hard times, CVRM offers its Gateway program. Gateway is a short-term program intended to help people get through sudden times of difficulty. “If someone just lost their job and they’re down on their luck, they could stay [at CVRM for] up to five months,” said Greg Fisher, director of development at CVRM. In exchange for a bed and hot meals, the Rescue Mission asks Gateway participants to donate 15 hours of their time each week to the organization. New mother Brenda Benitez, who moved with her husband to the Coachella

Valley from Calexico last month, didn’t expect to live at a shelter when they made their move. “We didn’t realize it would take so long to find an apartment,” Benitez said. By the time Benitez and her husband arrived at the shelter, the couple was expecting the birth of their first daughter at any time. Through Gateway, Benitez and her husband were able to buy time to locate an apartment and for her husband to find work while Benitez prepared for the arrival of her daughter. “The only things I had for her when I got here were a few clothes,” Benitez said, “but when I got back from the hospital, everything was here.”

Club Clubb Crawler Cl C l Review Revi R i F

or 35 years, Zelda’s nightclub in Palm Springs has been the hottest local destination for those looking to seriously party or dance the night away. Two years into its new location on South Palm Canyon, Zelda’s shows no signs of slowing down. Owner Mike McCormick says Zelda’s might be a Palm Springs club but it “feels like a Las Vegas- or Miami-style club.” Zelda’s opened its doors during disco’s heyday in 1977. For years, the club used Donna Summer’s hit “Last Dance” as its last call song. Because of this, McCormick said the passing of the disco legend was especially heartbreaking for the nightclub. Today, the club continues to play the hottest hits. Zelda’s two resident DJs, DJPJ and The Bigster, have been with the club since its move to its larger location two years ago. From an elevated DJ booth, they spin dance hits that pump through Zelda’s state-of-the-art sound system all night long. “We’re a high-tech club,” McCormick


with Haddon Libby

by Marissa Willman

When Benitez returned to her room at CVRM after the birth of her daughter, she was shocked to find a new crib, swing, diapers, food and dressers filled with clothes. To give back, Benitez plans to stay involved with CVRM by volunteering, something the organization is always in need of. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of CVRM, from its administrative services to food prep to working at CVRM’s thrift store. CVRM is also seeking donations to continue its permanent programs, such as the overnight shelter, and its seasonal programs, such as the “90 Days of Summer Relief” campaign and its upcoming backpack drive for desert youth heading back to school. In August, CVRM will distribute thousands of donated backpacks and school supplies to local children with the help of local contributions. Fisher said it costs about $200,000 a month for CVRM to provide its services and the organization relies heavily on donations to continue its work. To learn more about the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission or how you can help, call (760) 347-3512 or visit


dance party. Zelda’s boasts the valley’s biggest dance party on Saturday, and for the holiday weekend, Zelda’s will be open Sunday night. Beach wear will get you in free all night and the winner of Sunday’s “Sexy Bikini Contest” will walk away $200 richer. Bottle service is a popular option for guests who want a more intimate said. “Zelda’s has an incredible sound and lighting system. I’ve been in business for 35 years and I’ve never heard a system like this.” For Memorial Day weekend, Zelda’s will host four nights of music, dancing and contests. Kicking off the event is Thursday night’s short skirt contest, where ladies donning short skirts get in free and have a shot at winning cash and prizes. On Friday, Zelda’s has a treat for bachelorette parties as Sweet Louie and the Men of the Hollywood Strip put on their male revue show for the ladies, followed by an all-out

experience at a table, VIP booth or the club’s sky box. Perfect for bachelor or bachelorette parties or for a private

getaway, a table reservation with bottle service will net your party private seating and unlimited mixers. Contests, bottle service, and world-class sound systems aside, McCormick believes the club’s friendly staff is what really sets Zelda’s apart. “We’ve got the friendliest bar staff in the desert,” McCormick said. “We want our customers walking out of our doors happy.” Zelda’s is open Thurs.-Sat. from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit


May 24 to 30, 2012


PacWest Goes Hostile

n a rare move in banking, Pacific Western (PACW) launched a hostile bid for rival First California Bank (FCAL) of Westlake Village earlier this month with a stock offer valued at $212 million or a 32% premium to to the value of FCAL at the close of business on May 3rd. Both bank stocks took a beating over the last five years as a result of the Great Recession.  When analyzed comparatively over the last two years, PACW stock is flat while FCAL stock was up nearly 100%.  It is no wonder that FCAL shareholders rejected the unsolicited offer last week.   Year-end 2011 bank rankings are finally in.  In general, the majority of banks are reasonably healthy, increasing capital while reducing problem loan levels.  Low interest rates paid to depositors and relatively strong loan pricing levels have strengthened most.  The greatest improvement yearover-year goes to California Bank and Trust having risen from a C- mark to A+ with Bank of Southern California and Pacific Western exiting the “problematic” designation.  The oddity among top performers is Ally Bank as only this week their mortgage unit declared bankruptcy.   While the bank is held as a separate entity, it is a rarity to have a very strong bank alongside deeply troubled sister companies.  The improvement at Chase was more related to a technical issue on how they capitalize California operations.   The deposits of failed banks Palm Desert National and Canyon National were both acquired by Pacific Premier Bank which continues to increase their presence in the Coachella Valley. Megabanks Wells Fargo and Bank of America continue to struggle under the weight of mortgage loan problems.  Of the banks with the designation of “problematic” or worse, Spanish banking giant, BBVA/ Compass, continues to underperform.  New concerns related to the Spanish banking system are rising as unemployment in their country is over 20% with a growing crisis of confidence toward the government and banks.   Insurance giant MetLife appears to be in the process of exiting the banking business as they recently sold their reverse mortgage servicing portfolio while shedding banking assets with the hope of ending their bank holding company status and reducing regulations currently imposed on them.  Local bank Desert Commercial waits for the consummation of their acquisition by First Foundation in a transaction announced last June and approved by shareholders

earlier this year. Last in the rankings is the last of the locally managed banks, El Paseo

Bank. At March 31st, the bank had capital levels that caused them to be designated as

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MAY GETS Community BETTER Pools to Open FOR J-DUFF for Summer

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ith temperatures already soaring into the triple digits, not much sounds better than a refreshing dip in a cool pool. Luckily, Desert Recreation District’s three community pools—Pawley Pool in Indio, Bagdouma Pool in Coachella and Mecca Pool—will be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend. The three pools will officially open for summer on June 16th and Desert Recreation District will offer a multitude of aquatic programs at each pool for various age groups and ability levels. Parents can take their infants and toddlers for swim lessons with the hands-on “Parent & Me” program while 3- to 6-year-olds can learn everything from basic water safety and how to blow bubbles to techniques such as butterfly kick and backstroke. Children ages 6 ½ to 13 can also participate in swim lessons based on their levels. Sessions last for 10 days and five separate sessions will be held over the summer, with the first session beginning on June 18th. In addition to offering swim lessons, each pool will also be available daily for open swim. The pool facilities can also be rented out for private swim sessions or birthday parties. Thanks to a grant provided by Kaiser Permanente, the Desert Recreation District



will offer free swim lessons, summer swim passes and lifeguard training programs to qualified applicants through Operation Splash. The program is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) program that works to combat the obesity epidemic through physical activity. Qualified children can receive a free session of swim lessons and the family receives open swim passes for the summer. The kickoff event for Operation Splash will be held on June 2nd at Pawley Pool. Youth ages 11 to 14 who can swim 50 yards can participate in the American Red Cross’ junior lifeguard program at Pawley and Bagdouma Pools. Students learn the essentials of lifeguarding: prevention, fitness, response, leadership and professionalism. Children looking for a summer sport can join the 7-week junior water polo program at Pawley Pool that starts June 22. Designed for 8- to 14-year-olds with at least intermediate swimming skills, this program teaches water polo techniques and strategy. For more information on schedules, pricing and reservations, call Desert Recreation District at (760) 347-3484 or visit

ason Dufner would be thrilled if the calendar never changed from May. He WANTS it to be like that movie Groundhog Day……He’s won twice (his first two wins on Tour), had a top-10 finish at The Players Championship last week. He’s very quickly moved from a respectable Top-50 all the way up to #14 in the World Golf Rankings, oh, and he managed to fit getting married in the middle of all of that. I think the guy is due for a honeymoon…….or is he living that? Dufner’s simplistic swing and mellow demeanor have very quickly gained him a ton of fans and a huge respect from his fellow players. He outlasted another world-class field this past weekend by winning the HP Byron Nelson in dramatic fashion with a 25-foot bomb on the eighteenth hole to avoid what would have been a playoff with longtime tour veteran Dicky Pride who himself made a bomb on 18 to get himself to -10 for the tournament. Finishing in a logjam for third and playing some great golf on the always challenging TPC Four Seasons resort were Joe Durant, Mark Leishman, Jonas Blixt and J.J. Henry who had an ace during the round to get him in contention. Dufner picks-up another fat check for his effort and with the way he is playing, has to consider keeping the hot streak alive, keeping the honeymoon at bay and playing again this coming week at historic Colonial. The gals got together in New Jersey for the Sybase Match Play Championships

which proved to provide as much drama as any Sopranos episode. However it was in the semi-finals that all of the hub-bub took place that substantially changed the road to and ultimate outcome of the finals, themselves. American Morgan Pressel lead Argentine Azahara Munoz by 3 holes after parring the 12th and seemed like she was in cruise control. However, she was informed by an LPGA rules official that she was being penalized for slow play and in match play the results are much more costly than the standard one shot. In this instance it resulted in the loss of the previous hole and that brought Munoz right back into the match which she ultimately, of course, won. Munoz would go on to beat Candie Kung 2 & 1 in the final. Ironic that any golfer is actually penalized for slow play but in this instance, Munoz is known on Tour as the slower player…... The Champions Tour fires up again this week with its next major on the docket, The Senior PGA Championship. This will be the inaugural event to be held and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Golf Club at Harbor Shores, in Brenton Harbor, Michigan. All the horses will be in the field as the stars you grew-up with take on Jack’s latest jewel. Hey Desert listeners……..tune-in to The CaddyShack every Saturday morning to talk golf with Roger, Earl, myself and some of the valley’s coolest celebs….. you never know who is going to pop in!!! Keep yourself in the “loop” with what’s happening locally and on all of the different tours………we’re waiting to hear from YOU so listen in, won’t you? Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.

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May 24 to 30, 2012


yons English Grille located at 233 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, along with Chi-Chi Productions, proudly presents the legendary show business icon Rose Marie in a personal retrospective of her illustrious career in “An Evening With Rose Marie” on Sunday, May 27. The show, along with Mr. Lyons’ famous prime rib dinner, is $64.95 with seating at 5 p.m. and show time at 7 p.m. Please call (760) 327-1551 to make your reservations. With re-runs of the Dick Van Dyke Show still airing on TV, most people may remember Rose Marie for her comedic role as Sally Rogers. However, in 1926, she was already performing in Vaudeville at the age of three under the name of “Baby Rose Marie” and became a radio singing star on NBC when she was five. Born in New York City, New York, to Italian-American Frank Mazetta and PolishAmerican Stella Gluszcak, she was a child singer and at the height of fame with her

own radio show until she was 11, also appearing in a series of films and shorts. Her first recording session was in 1932 accompanied by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Billed as “The Darling of the Airwaves” during her teenage years, she was a night club singer with assistance from several members of organized crime, years before becoming a radio comedian. “Many people might not know this, but, Rose Marie was known as the First Lady of Las Vegas.” said promoter David Christopher, “She was the first act to open the Flamingo Hotel and Casino for mobster Bugsy Siegel.” On December 26, 1946, now 23 years old, she was one of the entertainers performing at the splashy opening along with Xavier Cugat, George Jessel, George Raft and Jimmy Durante. She married trumpeter Bobby Guy that year. Another memorable appearance was on The Hollywood Squares as a regular panelist from 1966 through 1981. Google

her and read about all the various roles she portrayed. In February of 1996, she guest-starred with her old friend, Morey Amsterdam, from the Dick Van Dyke Show on the sitcom Caroline in the City. The Coachella Valley welcomes one

of the few remaining stars who can recall nearly a century of show business history. After her presentation show, attendees will have the opportunity to ask Miss Marie questions followed by a “Meet and Greet.” See you there!

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Lucy’s Law, A Labor Of Love A

recent column about Animal Law posed the question, “What happens if a groomer injures your pet?” This week’s column examines a proposed law inspired by a little dog named Lucy relating to pet groomers. Most of the good folks who groom your dogs are professional, skilled and enter this field of work because of their love of animals. But you might be surprised to learn that there are currently no minimum standards to become a groomer in California, there is no required training and no required exam such as the one required for barbers  and hair stylists.  All anyone has to do to be a groomer is purchase some clippers and shears, obtain a business license and declare themselves to be a groomer.  Some of our Coachella Valley residents set out to change that.   Lucy’s Law, California Senate Bill 969, is currently making its way through the  complex California legislative process. Last week it was heard in the Appropriations Committee chaired by Senator Kehoe. During the dramatic testimony, Teresa Gilland told about her dog Sadie. Sadie died from a massive heat stroke when she was left in an intense heat blowing dryer cage at a grooming salon. Teresa and her family hope to make a difference for others in her memory by closing the loopholes that allow others to handle your pet claiming to be a groomer without the skills and triaining. Local animal rescuer and advocate, Jacque Mercier Berman, is the driving force behind Lucy’s Law. Jacque is pictured here with her husband, attorney  Martin M. Berman, during one of their trips to our State Capitol to lobby for Lucy’s law. It all began in 2009 with an email Jacque received from David Martin who was on her  networking list of “Pet Pals”. Martin wrote of a horrific experience with a groomer who worked on his little Yorkshire Terrier mix dog named Lucy. Martin was shocked when he went to pick up Lucy and found her seriously injured, five of her eight nipples shaved off, one eye injured, and a torn ligament in her hind leg. Lucy sustained significant vision loss and has a permanent limp as a result. At the time, the groomer and salon manager denied causing the injuries, but Martin called the police and their stories quickly changed and the business paid for Lucy’s emergency veterinary treatment. David Martin was surprised when he learned that there were


no requirements for someone to work as a dog groomer. He did not want to file a lawsuit but he wanted to make sure that what happened to Lucy didn’t happen to other dogs. Jacque Mercier Berman carried the banner for Lucy. For the next 2 years she researched the laws in every state concerning grooming and learned there was no law anywhere protecting pets from incompetent and untrained groomers. Her husband helped collect and organize all the documentation. Berman discovered that in California  over 1200 cases of groomer inflicted injury and death to pets were reported to various agencies during 2011.  She contacted  State Senator Juan Vargas, set up a meeting where she provided her research, and he agreed to author the Pet Grooming Bill.  An animal lover, Senator Vargas explains why he wanted to get involved, “We need basic safety for our pets.  These animals can’t protect themselves”.  The media and internet attention to the Pet Grooming Bill resulted in the reporting of

more pet injuries and deaths by groomers to the Bermans by attorneys, veterinarians, and pet owners.  They learned about Rita, a small Bulldog puppy who went to a groomer for her first bath, and ended up strangled to death according the autopsy, most likely by a leash when left unattended at the table..... the dog didn’t die immediately, and yet the salon failed to take her to a vet located right next door.  Even more shocking, the groomer was still combing Rita on the table  seemingly  “pretending” that nothing was wrong when her owner arrived.    The publicity also caught the attention of some pet groomers who were opposed to regulating their field.  Some of them showed up the Business and Professions hearing in Sacramento where Berman testified in support of the bill.  It was standing room only during the hearing when over 200 groomers showed up.  A confrontation occurred in the Capitol hallway between Berman and six irate groomers holding dogs.  Berman explained to them that as credentialed groomers they were not part

of the problem. She told them that if the bill passes, the untrained and uneducated groomers who stole their title will be out of business as they will not be able to pass the exam.  The exam will be developed by a Council consisting of master certified groomers, the Dog Groomers Assocation, the SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, and an attorney.  Amazingly, four of the six groomers are now on board supporting the bill and assisting Senator Vargas.  Ray Johnson, owner of The Grooming Shop in Rancho Mirage, is pictured grooming a rescue dog named Charlie.  Johnson, a state certified post-secondary grooming instructor believes that the passage of Lucy’s Law will be good for the industry.  Those who are deligent and are skilled in their field want to be a part of an effort to improve that occupation.  Berman tells the story of Lucy’s Law,  “We’ve made many friends because of Lucy’s Law...and whom are now all related!   SB969 our Pet Grooming Bill was heard last week in the Appropriations Committee, Chaired by Senator Kehoe who was in favor along with Senators Lieu, Alquist, Kehoe,  and Price  ... this is called a landslide! If it wasn’t for Teresa Gilland, agreeing to sit in and appear for me today in Sacramento and testify about her dog Sadie who died at the hands of negligence, ...I am not so sure this Bill would have made it through with such a majority. Teresa and her children and husband grieve for their pet, and grieve more for the loopholes that allow anyone to handle your pet, and claim they are a pet groomer.  Next...we go to the Senate floor, so I am back to work with Senator Juan Vargas and his staff, amending and revising to get this Bill finally passed into Law.  Owners have the right to ask their groomer or grooming salon for proof of training and how many years of experience they have.  Pet owners have  the right to watch their animal being bathed and brushed.  If a salon won’t let you watch, take your pet somewhere else”.  You can track the progress of SB969 on the website  The Pet Grooming Bill needs to make it out of the Senate floor and then to the Governor’s desk for signing in order to become law.  This column will also provide a status update on Lucy’s Law.

May 24 to 30, 2012

THE VINO VOICE Italian Wine Bathing in the Desert by Rick Riozza


ow! With a title like that, count me in immediately! And literally—I was! In a wine bath! YES!!.... Of course I’m writing about The Well Luxury Spa at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells, where for the price of a really nice bottle of vintage wine, you can enjoy the vino through a whole different perspective. I was here at the Miramonte Resort & Spa awhile back covering an art and wine evening event (a wine & art pairing—as I called it) where the Richard Danskin Galleries, of Palm Desert, teamed up with ZD Wines to feature reknown artist Thomas Arvid along with his twenty-five or so original art pieces of which wine was the subject. Lucky me— the resort management team, that evening, immediately felt I would be the right person

to write about their “wine baths”. I showed up in the early afternoon and made my way to the Italianesque Resort’s Spa area known as The Well. The story goes that many moons ago, ground wells with rejuvenating waters were discovered and Indian Wells became a welcome place for weary travelers. Modernly, this place still welcomes travelers, but now takes on all vacationers and hedonists alike. Check out their beautiful website at www., where you can take a virtual reality tour of the Resort. I was graciously welcomed by the Director of Spa Operations, Michelle Stewart, who guided me around the elegant Tuscan-like pools, baths and surroundings. I immediately felt sorry for the girl, having

to work here and all; she’ll probably never want to travel back to Italy again. It would be like going to work! Knowing I was in for a soothing and rejuvenating wine bath and massage, like a kid in a candy store, I followed her about as we looked at the villa-type rooms where mud and clay body painting parties, “Pittura Festa”, take place; explored the massage rooms designed and adapted for each type of massage; and, followed the trails to the stellar salt water pools fed by small waterfalls . We’re on Mediterranean time here with a great view of the Santa Rosa mountains, so it’s relaxed, calm, beautiful, and, did I mention, hedonistic. From an assortment of massages, body therapies & wraps, facials,

and baths, you’ll have fun just planning your personalized activities. Do consider the cozy massage bath for couples. It’s on an outdoor balcony overlooking the spa area and mountains. A well-deserved togetherness moment: Very romantic and what a great gift to partake in. I was supplied with a robe, sandals and private locker. By the locker area, a steamy steam room awaited me; vapors of eucalyptus cleared my head. After 20 minutes or so, I was as limp as pasta. All I needed now was the vino. Upon hopping into the “Lamborghini of hydrotherapy tubs,” the waterjets were adjusted to my liking as I smelled, tasted, and soaked in the warm water mixed with olive oil and rosemary. My attendant poured me a large

glass of Italian red wine and then poured the rest of the bottle into my bath. Funny, I had just roasted a chicken in the same ingredients the night before. I guess what goes around comes around. The red wine and the olive oil are both high in beneficial antioxidants and were slowly absorbed through my body’s largest organ: my skin, with the rosemary promoting my circulation as a solo guitar and flute aria played in the background. My 45 minute Bagno di Vino truly turned into a little bit of Italy in the desert. The decadence continued as I received a lavender oil hydrating massage and then played out the remainder of the afternoon at the salt water pools which are warmer in the winter and cooler in summer. A selection of any of the Spa services will get you free run of the place. The Well Spa can be reached at 1-866-THE-WELL As the sun set, I reflected on the number of times I take off to pamper myself and relax. The answer is not enough and I make a resolution to do it more often. This place shall always remain on my radar. Further, the Miramonte Resort is again starting up their celebrated winemaker dinners so stay tuned for my alerts on these events. I don’t know if it was Cicero, Benjamin Franklin, or Joe the Bartender who said, “sitting in wine is as good as drinking it”, but I may know something about that now. Alla salute! Cheers! When Rick gets out of the wine bath, he can be reached at

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DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-325-2600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-251-1991 Muddy Sparks 7:3010:30pm (CW) FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ;760-7777773 Alternating groups 8-11pm (RR) HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL; LQ; 760-698-8303 Agave Blues Masters Band 9pm (BL) THE HOMESTEAD; LQ;760-7713331 (PB) THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 23 Shades 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760366-2250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LE PAON; PD;760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Bump Town 9pm (VD) LYONS ENGLISH GRILLE; PS; 760327-1551 Michael Healey & Anna Rose 7:30-10:30pm (JZ) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD;760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760328-9004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM SPRINGS TAVERN; PS; 760832-8920 Karaoke 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760365-5956 Terry Hansen & The Westerners 8pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Zee Gudda Release Party & Danny Boy 10pm $10 cover, Ladies FREE Before 10pm Guys $5 before 10pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 T.B.A. 10pm (RR) RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 Lyndsey Harper ,sidebar 9:30pm Joel orona , Starlite Lounge 6-9pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 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;760777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil

Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760347-9985 Long Duk Dong 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Darci Daniels 7:30-11:30pm (JZ) VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755-5391 Funky Fridays 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW;760345-9770 Doug Montgomery 7-11pm (PB) VILLAGE PUB; PS ; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ;760-564-2201 Todd Ashley 7-10pm (BL) ZELDAZ; PS; 760-325-2375 Sweet Louie & The Men of the Hollywood Strip DJ PJ and DJ Bigster

SAT MAY 26 19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 ARNOLD PALMER’S; LQ; 760-7714653 Reggie “Vision” Alexander 7-11pm (JZ)(PB) AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Comedy Night 7:30pm BACKSTREET BISTRO; PD;760346-6393 Linda Peterson & Friends 12:30-3:30pm (JZ) BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760-775-5566 DJ Pee Wee (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee and Dreams 6-10pm (PR) CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Nightly Entertainment CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ;760-5643660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 T.B.A. DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Lisa Coleman & Roderick “Rootbeer” Brown 7pm DESERT SAGE; LQ;760-564-8744 Pat Tuzzolino 5:30pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-3296787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-325-2600 DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760251-1991 T.B.A.

FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ;760-7777773 Rob Martinez and JB 8-11pm (LR) HAMILTON’S; LQ;760-698-8303 Kal David & The Real Deal featuring Miss Lauri Bono 8pm THE HOMESTEAD; LQ;760-7713331 (PB) THE HOOD; PD; 760-6365220 Hard Fall Hearts and Whiskey & Knives 9pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760-345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-325-2794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LE PAON; PD;760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Bump Town 9pm (VD) LYONS ENGLISH GRILLE; PS; 760327-1551 Michael Healey & Anna Rose 6-10pm (JZ) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 888-MORONGO; Billy & The Bandits 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-3471522 Karaoke THE NEST; PD;760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 Live DJ O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke OVER THE TOP;PS; 760-325-5100 PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760-327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN; PS; 760832-8920 DJ Richie Rich 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-3655956 The Shadow Mountain Band 5pm Rose’s Pawn Shop 8:30pm PEABODY’S; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 “Don’t You Know I’m Loco 2” w/ DJ B Eazy.$5 before 10pm,$10 after. Ladies FREE before 10pm RENAISSANCE PALM; PS; 760-3226100 Art of Sax featuring Sax Man Will Donato & Eddie Reddick 7-10pm (JZ) RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 T.B.A. 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760327-8311 DJ Jalil Jagers ,Main pool & Bikini Bar 12-4pm,Sounds of the Caribbean , Deep end pool , Lyndsey Harper, Sidebar 9:30pm , DJ Jalil Jagers , Starlite Lounge 9:30pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-3403222 Soul Opus 9pm

SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Live Music 9pm (RR) SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ;760777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (BL) (RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760347-9985 The Mighty Delta-Tones 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-3271773 Darci Daniels w/ Pat Rizzo 7:30-11:30pm (JZ) VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW;760345-9770 Doug Montgomery 7-11pm (PB) VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ;760-564-2201 Sergio & Shirley 6:30-9:30pm (CR) ZELDAZ; PS; 760-325-2375 Biggest Dance Party in the Desert w/DJ PJ& DJ Bigster (VD)

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May 24 to 30, 2012

the Pampered palette

by Raymond Bill

Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

3 Corner Wine Shop and Bistro rd


any people have asked me why my reviews are so complimentary and if I have had poor service yet. After all, one cannot receive perfection at every meal. While I do my best to focus on the very best that a restaurant has to offer, it is inevitable that I will have an unpleasant experience from time to time. This week, I attempted to dine at a new Italian restaurant in Palm Desert. It is a small, privately owned eatery focusing on fresh ingredients and authenticity. I wish I could tell you about the food, but unfortunately, after waiting, seated with menus, for 35 minutes with not so much as a drink order or a, “We’ll be right with you…” we decided to leave. Looking over my shoulder as we walked to the car, I noticed the owner clearing our table, removing the menus that had laid there for half an hour, and I wondered why he would eagerly reset our table and not follow us out

to ask why we had left dissatisfied. Perhaps this second attempt to run a restaurant will find more success than his previous. The night was not a loss, and even though it was now later than we had planned for our evening, there are a few places that serve late and still provide a warm welcome. 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro saved the date and we had an amazing meal, paralleled with exceptional service! We sat on the bar side of the restaurant where we were able to choose from the comfortable couches, the high-top tables or the regular dining tables. We chose a corner table and quickly forgot about our recent experience at the, “new place”. The walls were lined with decorative wine corks and beautiful granite flows through the entire restaurant. We selected a bottle of wine from the retail section and our server Alyssa quickly opened the bottle while sharing the nightly

specials. We were at ease. We began with a featured appetizer, squash blossoms stuffed with warm goat cheese, lightly battered and fried, served with a red pepper sauce. It was a perfect combination of textures and flavors that reminded me of a dish I enjoyed at Ristorante Tuscany years ago. We shared a few favorites after that, including the Duck Confit Flatbread and the ever-addictive, “3rd Corner Fries”. The menu offers impressive

An advertising call turns in to a delicious night at

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harli Marrone’s Italian Bar and Grill has quickly become a favorite of Indio residents—and is well worth the drive for those who dwell in other desert cities. Charli and her husband, Gary Brown, are two of the nicest restaurant owners in town; they made us feel comfortable, like they were inviting us into their home. Full disclosure: I originally stopped in to talk to them about advertising, and while there, we decided to have dinner. Therefore, this can’t be read as a typical restaurant review. We were immediately seated in a cozy booth in the back, where we were able to observe the rest of the tables, yet have an intimate dinner. The décor features cherry wood and black leather, which gives the restaurant an upscale feel. A large window area shows off the cooks working in the kitchen. While we were seated in the restaurant section, right around the corner was a large sports-bar area with a full bar and big-screen TVs. Our attentive waiter, Adam Rodriguez, took our drink orders and returned quickly with my glass of Aquinas cabernet, which


was lovely, and my husband’s Jack-andCoke. I was surprised that we weren’t given menus—and was wowed when an array of food began arriving at our table. First came a plate of breads and butter, along with the best bruschetta I’ve ever had. My husband, who’s Italian, is quite picky when it comes to certain Italian fare, and this won him over. Thin slices of bread—lightly toasted with fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic— sat on a bed of baby greens drizzled with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette. Next to arrive was a filet Mignon, accompanied by mashed potatoes and asparagus; all of it was perfectly prepared. I don’t expect to have steaks this amazing without being at an actual steakhouse, but when I say this meat melted in my mouth, I mean it.

meat and seafood selections that rival some of the finest restaurants in our valley. We finished our meal with a traditional mascarpone Panna Cotta, made with local honey. Translating to “cooked cream”, Panna Cotta is an Italian vanilla bean custard, that, when made properly, is rich and as smooth as silk! Perhaps the most notable part of the evening was our server, Alyssa. A restaurant that serves the finest delicacies will fail if it lacks the principles of over all good service and guest satisfaction. There are many choices for fine food and entertainment in this valley. Without the guest in mind, there is no hope for success. A personal favorite, 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, serving dinner to 1:00 am. Although lunch begins at 11:30 am, the wine shop opens daily at 10:00 am. Visit them at:

by Tracy Dietlin

Excellent Italian in Indio

Arriving at the same time was Charli’s famous cioppino, with mussels, clams, grilled shrimp and salmon on linguini in a mildly spiced red sauce; it was delicious. We enjoyed sharing both of these dishes— and before we had finished, lasagna and vegetarian pizza were placed in front of us. We made room for both, and I was quite pleased, even though I am also not easily impressed when it comes to Italian fare. The lasagna had just the right blend of meat, cheese and sauce. The next day, I found myself thinking about the pizza; it was that good. You would think that we couldn’t eat any more food, but I saw an iceberg wedge delivered to the table next to us, and it looked amazing—so I had to try it. Of course, our server was most accommodating, and it was served right away. This wedge was large enough for two to share, boasting tomatoes, real bacon and the best homemade bleucheese dressing I’ve had. It was so tasty that I finished the whole salad (while wondering if I would be able to walk to the car afterward). Just as we were getting our second wind, we were surprised to see dessert—tiramisu

for me, and a caramel chocolate-fudge brownie with ice cream for my husband— delivered to our table. The tiramisu was one of the two best I’ve had in this town. (The other was at Palomino’s, which is now closed.) Delicious! I decided that Charli Marrone’s Italian Bar and Grill would be the perfect place to have our first CV Weekly Mixer. After all, the restaurant features excellent food, awesome service, hospitality and a fantastic ambience. Charli Marrone’s also has live entertainment on most weekends, and Frankie Orlando performs solo on Friday nights. I recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner, an everyday meal, or a great place to watch a game. Charli Marrone’s Italian Bar and Grill is located at 42250 B. Jackson St., Suite 101, in Indio. For more information, call (760) 625-1500, or visit www.


May 24 to 30, 2012

Screeners No. 9



igantic effects can’t trump simple stories that are well-crafted or even retro comedy that’s pure, anarchic and weirdly healing of all the ills that vex the soul.

board game’s name, that’s no guarantee that there’s a good movie buried within. I love action, effects and aliens. A part of me is still a 12-year-old boy. But this extravaganza is an insult to movie fans that may still to desire a core story that’s fresh and engaging. Peter Berg helmed this mutation and I await with trepidation the next board game that’s waiting in the wings to reincarnate on the big screen. Are you ready for MONOPOLY the movie? Didn’t we already have that in WALL STREET and its sequel? What’s next – “Candy Land” or “Chutes & Ladders”? Universal.

But when they arrive at the Marigold Hotel, they find it is not as advertised. However, their shared adventure not only transforms their new residence but also themselves and reminds that life and love are always available to those who choose surrender the past in order to discover life in the moment. This comedy-drama-romance may be predictable, but with its exotic locale, witty script, fine direction and extraordinary cast it feels fresh. Fox Searchlight.

Scout leader. Best of all are Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as the missing girl’s parents. Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman co star and the run-away lovebirds are wonderfully played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Don’t miss this quirky and tremendously entertaining film from a master of droll visuals and dubious but authentic human behavior. Focus Features.


Big, loud, repetitive, derivative and finally kind of boring. We’ve seen all this before. It’s TRANSFORMERS at sea. Aliens from a distant planet attempt a take-over of earth. Even though they can travel vast distances -- apparently beyond the speed of light -- their weapons are not so advanced that we earthlings can’t fight back. And yes, that’s relatively unknown Taylor Kitsch (TV’s FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) up there on the giant screen in his second tent-pole fail of the summer. (Who can forget the embarrassment of Disney’s misguided epic fail JOHN CARTER?) But it’s not just the unfortunately named Kitsch, it’s the entire Hasbro mind-set that assumes there’s a movie in a game nearly everyone recalls or has played as a kid. But just because investors bank on the familiarity of the



A powerhouse Brit cast that includes Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith infuse this delayed coming-of-age story with a vibrancy that is almost palpable. Tag along with a group of retirees who seek a discount retirement in India where the weather and everyday expenses are an enticement to the high cost and dreary dampness of England.

Another coming-of-age drama, but this time it’s about two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away. Wes Anderson’s whimsical, poignant, at times surreal drama takes place in 1965 and is set on a New England island as a storm approaches. The search for the kids turns the otherwise peaceful island upside down in unexpected ways. The local sheriff is Bruce Willis. Ed Norton is a khaki clad



It’s been said that every second of every day, all over the world, someone is laughing aloud at a Laurel & Hardy movie. That’s not a bad legacy. Here’s a wonderful 10disc collection – that’s more than 50 films -- of their better sound era comedies. The collection has been transferred from the very best nitrate elements from the old Hal Roach Studio vaults and digitally restored in high definition (not Blu-ray) for surprisingly sharp prints. Here are over 32 hours of silly delight, anarchy, mayhem and love that defines our collective human condition. There are too many titles to mention here -- some of the best: BERTH MARKS, ANOTHER FINE MESS, COUNTY HOSPITAL, THE MUSIC BOX, SONS OF THE DESERT and BLOCKHEADS. But for shear audacity and daring, the Spanish version of POLITIQUEROS must be seen to be believed if only for the astonishing performance of the dignified vaudevillian Hadji Ali – a professional “regurgitator.” RHI. DVD.


May 24 to 30, 2012

Local Music Spotlight

by Heidi Simmons

by Lucinda Perez

The Purple Gang

Desert’s jazz music program, the four members found themselves without any additional symphonious stimuli to occupy their musical minds. That is when they decided to get together and form The Purple Gang. The band does not rely solely on their jazz background to drive their music however, though you get a taste of it in their raw, funky sound. “[…] like an F-16 engine in a Prius,” the band describes themselves - a perfect means of escape for the gang’s musical creativity.


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ike the song suggests, the town is getting painted… and all that jazz. The Coachella Valley isn’t getting painted any old color though, the desert rock scene is being painted purple. The bandits responsible? None other than The Purple Gang. Nick Cheney provides the vocals for the group, to the sounds of Shawn Growell’s electric guitar riffs, Louis Rabago’s bass playing and Daniel Perry’s steady drum beat. In 2011, as a part of College of the


“We’re a fun, energetic and quirky band,” they elaborate. You need only look at the subject matter of some of their songs to understand their quirkiness: friendships, bullies, women and dancing, and the occasional tall-tale of zombies, pillaging and outlaws, of course. The Purple Gang may not be quite as eccentric as they may sound; the music they play and perform is all very important to them. Growell, Rabago, and Perry are all music majors at COD, who are looking to further enhance their musical undertakings in any way possible. Currently, the band is working on an EP, which will feature 8 songs from The Purple Gang; they hope to have the EP in the hands of the masses by the end of May. The gang is also working on a tour, that they’ll start in July. While they may boast about their epic quests in slaying dragons, The Purple Gang also plays the part of a modern-day, raw, funk rock Robin Hood. They, along with

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he Message: A Guide to Being Human by LD Thompson For most of us walking this planet, we desire to be good and decent human beings. We want to live in peace, have success and find love. But knowing one’s self well and making the right choices each day has its challenges. It is difficult to live without fear, anxiety or self-doubt in what appears to be an increasingly chaotic world. Finding answers to help us cope and aid us on our journey to a healthier, higher functioning person is not always easy. At the very least, it is a deeply personal commitment. The Message: A Guide to Being Human (Divine Arts, 236 pages) by LD Thompson is a look into the “Soul” and how it affects your reality. “Soul” and “reality” in one sentence, did I loose you? I admit when someone starts talking about the soul -- I’m skeptical. How can you talk about the soul with

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any authority when there’s no scientific evidence that human beings even posses such a thing? It’s an enigma, a paradox and the idea is completely, intellectually, nebulous. So discussing the soul can easily become a gimmick, a ruse or manipulation. It can be a scapegoat for contemplating difficult questions and allow for weak answers. And perhaps even a deception. But please wait and give it a chance. I promise it gets even more interesting. The definition of soul according to The Message is: “The immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life.” This definition is not out of line with other reference material. Some literary sources consider the soul “a complex human attribute that manifests consciousness, serves our emotional, moral and spiritual nature.” The Message is a well-written and thoughtful book. Thompson’s volume has insights for those willing and interested in spiritual wisdom, mind-body relationship and meaningful connections with others and the greater universe. It is written for those who are ready for change and compelled to honestly look inward. The voice is humble, it is not demanding. It is compassionate, understanding, respectful and hopeful. The voice is not foolish or condescending, nor is it ridiculous or silly. It is sincere wisdom filled with grace and love. They are not the words of Jesus, the Dali

Lama or Gandhi. When I mentioned the “voice” I was not referring to the author’s voice. Thompson spent seven years writing The Message and it is a labor of love, dedication and sacrifice. This is where it gets really interesting. The voice is “Solano” and Thompson channels “Solano.” Solano shares information with Thompson. Solano is not of this earth. Go ahead and have your knee-jerk

reaction. I understand your Judeo-Christian American sensibilities are aghast. So, you want to find peace and harmony, live fully without fear, feel confident about your life and existence on this planet but the channeling aspect makes you stop and say, “ No way! I’m not listening to some alien guy named Solano.” For many of us, channeling seems way too far out to comprehend. That’s completely understandable. Metaphysics can be confusing and frustrating. For me, I can only be sure of two things: life is a mystery and this is a book review. I found this book helpful and was able to glean information and fit it into my own paradigm. Solano or Thompson, the material is useful and makes sense. I can comfortably incorporate some ideas and felt a genuine sense of peace and freedom as I read sections of the book. The Message is published as a trade paperback. Its page layout, font and art are clean and Zen-like. It can be read cover to cover or in bits and pieces. There is some unique language and terminology, but it is mostly common sense and practical. There are tools and examples that Thompson himself interjects, making it personal and real. Thompson is careful to separate his voice from Solano’s. There is no Solano idolatry or worship and Solano’s words stand on their own. LD Thompson is a full-time resident of Palm Springs. He grew up in the Midwest and was raised a Baptist. He knows many have a negative reaction to channeling. He has done what he can to distill the material and make it non-threatening, accessible and inspirational. He does not consider himself possessed or a prophet. It is not a burden but a choice. Thompson believes the information can help people and that is his purpose. Asked if he is able to incorporate Solano’s teachings into his own life Thompson says, “I try my best. I am a student. When I generate emotions that bring up feelings from the past or concerns about the future, I consider what ‘is’ in this moment and I realize, the past or the future has no real bearing on the present, they are illusionary.” Being present in the moment, being fully actualized and being part of something greater is being human. Sometimes we need a guide. It may be in the form of a book or it may be in the form of a voice. But the meaning of the message is: Love yourself, love others and then we can change the world. Solano is certainly not the first to say that and I hope he is not the last.


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Dale Gribow On The Law

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

The Need for Communication important to tell your lawyer about all your injuries. Sometimes those additional problems might suggest to us, and your doctor, the need for treatment with other medical providers. In that case, I can call your doctor and determine whether it would be appropriate for the doctor to refer you to a specialist which could be an orthopedist, neurologist, TMJ or eye specialist or even a psychologist. In order to help you communicate to your doctor and my office, I have found it helpful to have my clients keep a diary. You should go to a drug store and buy a spiral notebook that is to be used as a diary. You should take the first couple of pages and write down all the facts surrounding the accident. This should include information regarding the day the accident occurred, the time, the day of the week, road conditions, what direction you were traveling, the nearest intersection and all identifying information on the defendant, witnesses, insurance, etc. In your diary, use the first couple of pages to summarize all the facts of the accident and who said what to whom, etc. You should write


down all of the pain you have encountered from the date of the accident to the date you started keeping the diary. Then keep this up on a daily basis until the doctor discharges you. You should become very introspective. By that I mean you should start with the top of your head and work down to the bottom of your toes trying to describe what portions of your body are hurting. It may be that as you are sitting with your arms on your desk that your arm isn’t hurting you. However, you may notice as you hold one arm over your head while blow drying your hair in the morning, that your arm may start to fall asleep or you may develop a tingling sensation in your arm, hands and or fingertips. In other words, your body may react differently in different positions. As you lean over to pick up a pencil, you may have a pain in your head or side that wasn’t there when you were sitting straight up. Sometimes one pain is so severe that it masks other pain. That means you would not be aware of some of these medical conditions until the mail problem starts to resolve.

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ummertime in the desert means sunshine and swimming pools. Prepare yourself for celebrations in the sun by indulging in summer fruits like watermelon, tomatoes – which are technically fruit because they are ‘the fruit of the plant’, pink grapefruit and pomegranates. These fruits are high in Vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants and carotenoids like lycopene and have been proven to boost your body’s own natural ability to produce an internal sunscreen which naturally protects your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Watermelon and tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene which can only be found in a few plants and can also help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers including skin and prostate cancers. Cooking tomatoes is the best way for your body to absorb the lycopene and is particularly effective in the form of tomato paste. Diets rich in tomato


based meals will help you reach optimum daily levels of lycopene and natural SPF protection and can be accomplished by eating 4 fresh tomatoes, ½ cup of pasta sauce or 4 teaspoons of tomato paste a day. A watermelon smoothie made with two cups of watermelon, a splash of lemon juice, a bit of ginger and a dash of mint is delicious and produces a higher level of internal SPF than tomatoes. Two pink grapefruit a day will also the trick but consuming pomegranates is one of the best ways to protect your skin and can increase your natural, internal SPF by 25%. A comprehensive approach to sun protection is the best idea to protect your skin this summer including hats and sunglasses, choosing the shade when possible and applying a sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection. Be happy on the inside – eat watermelon, tomatoes, pink grapefruit

After an accident, your concern is to heal your body (by seeing medical providers) and also to fix your car. If there is a difficult part in the handling of an accident case, it is with respect to the handling of the property damage. When you are in an accident and have to deal with the at fault parties insurance company you will realize that YOU ARE NOT IN GOOD HANDS AND YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR will NOT GIVE YOU A PIECE OF THE ROCK. That is why you should keep the number of a lawyer by the phone so that a decision on who to call after an accident can be made when you are not distressed. By doing so the old adage of People Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail To Plan, will not apply to you. This was the saying I used at the start of every Accidentally Yours radio show I hosted. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411. Part 2 of a 4 part series to be continued next week.

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community. This summer, Palm Springs Safe Access will finish construction of its 900-square foot yoga and dance studio. In addition to yoga and dance classes, the facility hopes to offer kung fu or kickboxing classes, as well. Henderson hopes to begin offering classes by mid-June. And since dispensaries operate as nonprofits, Palm Springs Safe Access will offer their classes free of charge. “Everything will be free,” Henderson said. “After payroll and overhead, [the dispensary’s] money should be going back into the community.” In addition to the yoga studio, Palm Springs Safe Access also converted part of their facility into an art gallery. It seemed

to be a perfect fit for Henderson, a painter, and Van Roo, a photographer. The gallery will feature work by local artists and rely heavily on patient recommendations for its galleries. “It’s for the patients, by the patients,” Henderson said, adding that the show is currently being curated. Henderson hopes that the Palm Springs Safe Access approach toward benefiting the community will influence other dispensaries in the Coachella Valley to explore new ways to give back. “Every single one of these places boasts about helping their patients,” Henderson said, “but we believe there’s a bigger impact that can be made here.” Palm Springs Safe Access is one of

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “My soul is a fire that suffers if it doesn’t burn,” said Jean Prevost, a writer and hero of the French Resistance during World War II. “I need three or four cubic feet of new ideas every day, as a steamboat needs coal.” Your soul may not be quite as blazing as his, Aries, and you may normally be able to get along fine with just a few cubic inches of new ideas per day. But I expect that in the next three to four weeks, you will both need and yearn to generate Prevost-type levels of heat and light. Please make sure you’re getting a steady supply of the necessary fuel. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s a great question to pose on a regular basis during the next three weeks: “What’s the best use of my time right now?” Whenever you ask, be sure to answer with an open mind. Don’t assume that the correct response is always, “working with white-hot intensity on churning out the masterpiece that will fulfill my dreams and cement my legacy.” On some occasions, the best use of your time may be doing the laundry or sitting quietly and doing nothing more than watching the world go by. Here’s a reminder from philosopher Jonathan Zap: “Meaning and purpose are not merely to be found in the glamorous, dramatic moments of life.” GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Sometimes I think and other times I am,” said French poet Paul Valery. Most of us could say the same thing. From what I can tell, Gemini, you are now entering an intensely “I am” phase of your long-term cycle -- a time when it will be more important for you to exclaim “woohoo!” than to mutter “hmmm;” a time to tune in extra strong to the nonverbal wisdom of your body and to the sudden flashes of your intuition; a time when you’ll generate more good fortune by getting gleefully lost in the curious mystery of the moment than by sitting back and trying to figure out what it all means. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t pretend you can’t see the darkness. Admit to its presence. Accept its reality. And then, dear Cancerian, walk nonchalantly away from it, refusing to fight it or be afraid of it. In other words, face up to the difficulty without becoming all tangled up in it. Gaze into the abyss so as to educate yourself about its nature, but don’t get stuck there or become entranced by its supposedly hypnotic power. I think you’ll be amazed at how much safety and security you can generate for yourself simply by being an objective, poised observer free of melodramatic reactions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s OK with me if you want to keep the lion as your symbolic animal, Leo. But I’d like to tell you why I’m proposing that you switch over to the tiger, at least for now. People who work with big cats say that lions tend to be obnoxious and grouchy, whereas tigers are more affable and easy to get along with. And I think that in the coming weeks it’ll be important for you to be like the tiger. During this time, you will have an enhanced power to cultivate friendships and influence people. Networking opportunities will be excellent. Your web of connections should expand. By the way, even though lions are called kings of the jungle, tigers are generally bigger, more muscular, and better fighters. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1977, the first Apple computers were built in a garage that Steve Jobs’ father provided for his son and Steve Wozniak to work in. (You can see a photo of the holy shrine here: I suggest you think about setting up your own version of that magic place sometime soon: a basement, kitchen, garage, warehouse, or corner of your bedroom that will be the spot where you fine-tune your master plan for the coming years -- and maybe even where you begin working in earnest on a labor of love that will change everything for the better. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I have a head’s up for you, Libra. Do your best to avoid getting enmeshed in any sort of “he said/she said” controversy. (Of


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t’s already time to strip down to our swimsuits and soak up the sun, wearing sunscreen of course, but no amount of SPF 30 can cover up the excess weight most of us struggle to lose. For argument’s sake I’m going to assume you’ve been eating healthy and participate in some form of exercise, or at least you’ve tried and had the best intentions. Either way, fat is stubborn and you’re fed up with it. It’s taking up extra space and not even paying rent. It could even be costing you money by having to buy new clothes to accommodate it, not to mention the implications on your overall health and well being. While a healthy diet and exercise are imperative, a little liposuction might be just what you need to help reach your ideal shape, or even put you on the right path to wellness. Liposuction, or liposculpture, is a fairly simple procedure that is often misunderstood. It is intended to remove excess fatty tissue and help contour your shape into a more slender you. Liposuction does not cause significant weight loss. A large amount of fat actually weighs very little. Liposuction sucks and shapes. The procedure can be performed on just about any area of the body where fat can be pinched: legs, hips, thighs, abdomen, back, chest, arms and chin are all common target areas. Depending on the physician you choose, which is the most important step in the process, you may be placed under general or local anesthesia. Due to the unnecessary risks associated with general

anesthesia, I highly suggest finding a doctor who utilizes the tumescent technique and local anesthesia. Yes, you will be awake for the process, but comforted with tranquilizers and able to communicate if you are uncomfortable. With tumescent liposuction, many patients are able to return to work after a couple days and perform regular household duties as long as they don’t involve heavy lifting and too much bending and stretching. A compression garment is worn under regular clothing for up to 30 days to help aid in contouring while holding everything in place to allow for proper healing. Bruising is typically visible for a couple of weeks. Liposuction is not for everyone. The ideal candidate still has a good amount of elasticity in their skin, no serious health or heart problems, and reasonable expectations. If you didn’t look like a Barbie or Ken doll in your younger years, no amount of liposuction will create that appearance for you now. This procedure should be used as one of many tools to help achieve greater overall health and improved self confidence. It is not a substitute for healthy eating and regular exercise, but it might be just what you need to compliment the two. Many physicians offer special pricing on liposuction this time of year, as well as financing. Always schedule a complementary consultation with several different doctors to make sure all of your questions and concerns are discussed prior to making the commitment. After all, it’s your body!

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May 24 to 30, 2012

Mind, body & Spirit

by Cara Pellegrino

© Copyright 2012 Rob Brezsny

course it could be a “he said/he said” or “she said/ she said” or “trans said/intersex said” brouhaha, too -- you get the idea.) Gossip is not your friend in the week ahead. Trying to serve as a mediator is not your strong suit. Becoming embroiled in personal disputes is not your destiny. In my opinion, you should soar free of all the chatter and clatter. It’s time for you to seek out big pictures and vast perspectives. Where you belong is meditating on a mountaintop, flying in your dreams, and charging up your psychic batteries in a sanctuary that’s both soothing and thrilling. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In some Australian aborigine cultures, a newborn infant gets two names from the tribal elders. The first is the name everybody knows. The second is sacred, and is kept secret. Even the child isn’t told. Only when he or she comes of age and is initiated into adulthood is it revealed. I wish we had a tradition similar to this. It might be quite meaningful for you, because you’re currently navigating your way through a rite of passage that would make you eligible to receive your sacred, secret name. I suggest we begin a new custom: When you’ve completed your transformation, pick a new name for yourself, and use it only when you’re conversing with your ancestors, your teachers, or yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Please raise your hand if you have ever sought out a romantic connection with someone mostly because of the way he or she looked. You shouldn’t feel bad if you have; it’s pretty common. But I hope you won’t indulge in this behavior any time soon. In the coming weeks, it’s crucial for you to base your decisions on deeper understandings -- not just in regards to potential partners and lovers, but for everything. As you evaluate your options, don’t allow physical appearance and superficial attractiveness to be the dominant factors. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The 21st flight of the 4.5-billion-pound Space Shuttle Discovery was supposed to happen on June 8, 1995. But about a week before its scheduled departure, workers discovered an unforeseen problem. Northern Flicker Woodpeckers had made a mess of the insulation on the outer fuel tank; they’d pecked a couple of hundred holes, some quite deep. To allow for necessary repairs, launch was postponed for over a month. I’m choosing this scenario to serve as a useful metaphor for you, Capricorn. Regard it as your notice not to ignore a seemingly tiny adversary or trivial obstacle. Take that almost-insignificant pest seriously. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s official: Dancing increases your intelligence. So says a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Unfortunately, research found that swimming, bicycling, and playing golf are not at all effective in rewiring the brain’s neural pathways. Doing crossword puzzles is somewhat helpful, though, and so is reading books. But one of the single best things you can do to enhance your cognitive functioning is to move your body around in creative and coordinated rhythm with music. Lucky you: This is a phase of your astrological cycle when you’re likely to have more impulses and opportunities to dance. Take advantage! Get smarter. (More info: PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your animal totem for the next phase of your astrological cycle is a creature called a hero shrew. Of all the mammals in the world, it has the strongest and heaviest spine proportionate to its size. This exceptional attribute makes the tiny animal so robust that a person could stand on it without causing serious harm. You will need to have a backbone like that in the coming weeks, Pisces. Luckily, the universe will be conspiring to help you. I expect to see you stand up to the full weight of the pressures coming to bear on you -- and do it with exceptional charisma. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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hhhh, the aroma of peppermint, lavender, chamomile, sage, and rose are just a few scents topping the list of essential oil favorites. Essential oils are made from plants the carry a scent and are the essence of the plant. For thousands of years essential oils have been used medicinally and cosmetically. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese found essentials oils to be as valuable as gold. Many essential oils have been credited to assist or treat problems to include, acne, digestion issues, killing germs and enhancing concentration. The ancients discovered by placing the oils on specific areas of the body one could find relief. Many spas and retreat centers around the world use essential oils on their guests to assist in enhancing relaxation and positive energy. Aside from the fragrance essential oils produce they also occur naturally and are chemical-free. In most circumstances and upon the directions on the bottle you’ll likely dilute many essential oils. Peppermint is powerful and is a bright scent. Depending on how you plan to use peppermint oil it’s one that is often diluted. It has been known to relieve nausea, stomach issues, relieve overworked muscles and alleviate itching. It’s also been known to cool sore throats, fight congestion, and ease headaches. Yet, it’s also helpful as a quick pick-me-up and improving concentration. Lavender is considered the one go-to oil for nearly anything. This oil is gentle enough to use undiluted. Lavender has antibacterial properties allowing it to kill germs. It can be applied for the home and body alike. Much like peppermint, it aids digestion and helps with headaches. It’s soft and soothing scent may calm the central nervous system, improve sleep quality, combat joint pain as well as fight urinary tract disorders and upper respiratory problems. Last but not least it could aid with high blood pressure as well. The health benefits of sesame oil go beyond beauty. Sesame is best known for its moisturizing qualities and is excellent for hair and skin treatments. The oil also contains a slight hint of SPF factor. It’s believed the fatty acids in the oil help lower stress and blood pressure, and has shown

to slow the growth process of cancer cells. Rose oil. The name says it all and is considered “the ultimate woman’s oil.” Its aroma is very sweet and can often be found on the shelves labeled as Rose Otto, rose oil, or rose essential oil. The oil is best known to balance hormones, treat PMS and menopause, as well as improve the look and health of your skin. Spicy clove oil is popular for aiding many conditions. Holistic health practitioners use clove for dental issues, including gum and tooth pain, and is recommended for bad breath. It’s also an antiseptic, helps clear earaches, digestion issues, nasal congestion, stomachaches, and headaches. But, also helps treat a hangover and an added bonus, it is considered an aphrodisiac – hence a popular form of stress relief. Among the other favorites black pepper makes the list. Pepper has been known to be one of the world’s most valuable spices. Its healing properties are attractive and aid digestion, warming muscles, moderating cramps and convulsions, curing bacterial infections and eases joint and arthritic pains. Prior to using essential oils it’s “essential” to read all labels and instructions before application or brewing your own concoction. Essential oils have thriving benefits but should be used in moderation and handled with care. Most oils can be found at your local health food stores or online.


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