www.coachellavalleyweekly.com • April 18 to April 24, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 4
Spirit Of Elvis
April 18 to April 24, 2013
“SOMETHING NEW. SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SOMETHING WITH A “WOW”! PICANHA IS A CULINARY DELIGHT.”
April 18 to April 24, 2013
by Rachel Montoya
Coachella Valley Weekly www.coachellavalleyweekly.com email@example.com
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Contents Palm Springs 75th Anniversary.. 3 Coachella Fest Week One............5 Perishment...................................8 Salsa Blast!...................................9 Spirit Of Elvis..............................10 Consider This..............................12 Valley Rhythms..........................13 Pet Place.....................................14 The Vino Voice............................15 Club Crawler Nightlife...............16 The Pampered Palate................18 Screeners....................................20 Book Review...............................21 Restaurant Guide.......................22 Haddon Libby............................23 Education...................................23 Dale Gribow on the Law............24 Real Estate..................................24 Safety Tips..................................25 ShareKitchen..............................25 Classifieds..................................26 Free Will Astrology....................27 Mind, Body & Spirit...................27 Sports Scene..............................28 Life Coach...................................28
75th Anniversary Celebration & Fireworks Spectacular Slated for Saturday, April 20 at Historic O’Donnell Golf Course!
alm Springs is turning 75-years-old on April 20, 2013 and the entire Coachella Valley and beyond is invited to celebrate the city’s legendary past and bright future at a FREE to the community fun-filled 75th anniversary party and fireworks spectacular at historic O’Donnell Golf Course called “Thanks for the Memories! Palm Springs through the Decades” – and the city of Palm Springs is looking for a few good volunteers! “This is going to be a historic event to remember and we need all the help we can get,” according to event producer Larry Abel, who notes that as many as 10,000 residents and visitors are expected to descend on O’Donnell Golf Course April 20 for this important milestone. The 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. event, presented by the City of Palm Springs, P.S. Resorts, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and community leaders Harold Matzner and Jim Houston, will feature a magnificent showcase exhibition highlighting the legendary history and diverse culture of Palm Springs through the decades from 1938 to the city’s current renaissance. The City also wishes to thank “75th Anniversary Angels” Jackie Autry, Helene Galen and Donna MacMillan, for their support. In addition, the party will include delicious food and beverages from well- known local restaurants, musical performances from every decade brought to you by the McCallum and Palm Canyon theatres along with entertainers from all over the Coachella Valley. There will be fun
photo booths, a Kids Zone, carnival games and much more! “This party will go down in history as one to remember!” according to Abel, a parttime Palm Springs resident and nationally acclaimed event planner, who has created a host of fun and clever concepts for Oprah Winfrey, the Golden Globes, the Emmy Awards and many more! Abel, who has generously donated his time and creative vision to curate this important milestone, owns Raymond/Lawrence, a successful retail incubator in uptown Palm Springs and Socialize Palm Springs, a local party planning company. The celebration, a World’s Fair-style exhibition uniquely highlighting the legendary history of Palm Springs, will include just about every special event, iconic tourism destination and community organization that has made the city like no place else over the past 75 years.
Participants include the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, the Tramway, the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, the Festival of Lights Parade, the Palm Springs Historical Society and many, many more! “Over the past 75 years, Palm Springs has become world famous as the premiere resort destination in Southern California where celebrities and people from all over the world come to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy year-round sunshine,” said Mayor Steve Pougnet, who with Councilmember Paul Lewin is leading the city’s 75th Anniversary subcommittee. “I invite everyone in the Coachella Valley and beyond to join us on April 20 as we celebrate 75 years of Palm Springs, California… like no place else!” For more information about Palm Springs history and the city’s 75th anniversary celebration, visit www.PalmSprings75.com.
April 18 to April 24, 2013
CARRILLO RANCH ELEMENTARY MAGNET ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS’
Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2013
by Lisa Morgan
Week One: Favs and Fails
4th Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 @ 7:30AM The Golf Club at Terra Lago
•Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, 18 Holes (Scramble) of Golf and Prizes all for only $85! •All proceeds from the day will help fund our Visual and Performing Arts program—the only one of its kind in the Valley! Don’t miss out on this fun way to support a great cause! Can’t join us for golf that day? You can still help the kids by donating a prize for our raffle and silent auction or sponsoring a hole! For information contact Grant Coordinator, Andrea Guaydacan at (760) 238-9700
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truly believe I may be a finalist in the “Cool Mom of the Year” award as I have been given the extreme, giddy pleasure of attending the second weekend of Coachella Fest with my 21 year old son as members of the press (insert unbridled worship of my publisher here). As ecstatic and grateful as I am, I did feel a tad bit left out this past weekend as reports and pictures poured in of friends enjoying the festival during its first weekend. I feared that the element of surprise would be lost on me as I had already been shown pictures of the giant snail underlining the art aspect of the music festival. “The R Kelly hologram was GREAT!” comment from my friend Robert had me going for a second. That is, until I read in the Rolling Stones review that he actually sat in with the band PHOENIX in person. The reviews between Rolling Stone @ Coachella, the message board on the festival website, Coachella.com and those whom I hold in utmost musicalintellect regard, were mixed. One anthem
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rang loud and clear; though it wasn’t without issues, Coachella was an event that left attendees without any regrets, even if at the end, some were almost literally blown away (insert rim shot here). Allow me to share with you my research of this past weekend’s festival in preparation for my own adventure this weekend. I gathered experiences from people whose opinions have garnered much of my respect due to their active participation in music, as well as their passion for it. For those of my readers, who much like me, may be on a bit of a learning curve when it comes to rock and roll vernacular, allow me to preface the following quotes with this important information: When a band “kills”, “crushes” or “destroys” something, is a very good thing. “Stinking up the house”, as one can imagine, is never a very good thing. Robert Wolfgang Laster, a local desert fixture at live music venues with his trademark bandanna, glasses and magic camera (I’m not kidding - this guy’s photos are amazing) had this to say: “Coachella was definitely different this year. It was the coolest (temperature) Coachella ever, and the lineup was not as cutting edge as years past. A lot of the bands had already played Coachella, and I found no new bands to discover like I had in the past. But I did get to see bands like LOCAL NATIVES. I had become a fan of theirs at previous Coachella. Friday had the most ‘up and comers’ such as ALT-J, STARS, and JAPANDROIDS. But the head liners Blur and Stone Roses definitely stunk the house up. Luckily next week, I will be able to watch the full FOULS set and not fear that I’m missing anything. The main stage Saturday was amazing. VIOLENT FEMMES, HOT CHIP and POSTAL SERVICE proved deserving of the main stage. The XX, a band I love, was hard to not fall asleep to, proving that they might not be a big festival band. PHOENIX surprisingly destroyed it. Although there was slight disappointment with the rumors of DAFT PUNK featuring David Bowie, the ridiculously mismatched
combination of PHOENIX and R KELLY made up for it (at least for me). The wind could’ve ruined everything on Sunday, but it didn’t. I didn’t venture out from VIP to see WUTANG because I like breathing air without sand in it, and I knew I could see them next week. I heard they were great, but I didn’t want to feel like I missed anything. The LUMINEERS and SOCIAL D killed it. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. I thought to myself, when I first saw them in the lineup, ‘Eh’. I thought that I would be bored and bothered by their set because I had burned out on them a decade ago. Surprisingly, they inspired a 45 minute nostalgic dance-athon that sent me home with a smile.” Franz De Klotz is a well-respected businessman in the Coachella Valley, who unbeknownst to some, has a constant
musical encyclopedia playing in his head at all times, even at board meetings. Franz represented the 40 and over crowd who took advantage of sharing this adventure with his young sons. “It was great! So many great acts, Lisa! Friday, we saw JELLO BIAFRIA (only 3 numbers) and then went over to see DOG BLOOD/SKRILLEX (my 13 year-old’s favorite). Then we caught the main stage acts, the YEAH YEAH YEAHS, BLUR and STONE ROSES. All in all, it was a fantastic first night! Saturday we saw VINTAGE TROUBLE (who currently are opening for The Who). They were really good! We watched a few tunes of VIOLENT FEMMES that turned out to be not too exciting, so we went to check out all the really cool art installations. At the request of my boys, we went to see BEN BENASSI when John Legend sat in and sang a song. I really got hooked on the energy of
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that techno stuff! The younger kids really gravitate to the Sahara tent. If you go there, you’ll see what I mean! Sunday, NICK CAVE was good. I liked all of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ tunes. They have a new guitar player that did a great job in spite of the fierce sandstorm. Downloading the app for Coachella was a big help in staying “in the know” regarding all the bands/start times!” Gregory Little, a local event coordinator for a global audio visual company, gave his review as a music enthusiast, as well as an industry professional: “I was looking forward to hearing BASS NECTOR and MOBY in a large environment. This year’s tent was decked out with more tech than most stadium concerts. The sound in the center at mix position was PERFECT! The low end was well controlled and the DJ’s knew it. You could not help but be overcome by the energy of the tent and all the people in it. Now, when you combine the visual impact of the LED panel walls from stage to ceiling, LED boxes suspended above you, and a ridiculous amount of movers, haze and lasers, all you can say is ‘WOW!!!!’ We walked past the tent earlier Friday and saw a band called MOD STEP. What a great surprise. PHOENIX was unknown to me, but two of my friends insisted that I had to see them. Another WOW! I love synthesized stuff, as well as progressive rock, so I was immediately sucked in. The mix was great and the visuals worked for the performance. It was more
www.coachellavalleyweekly.com like a soundtrack! Then, combined with the R Kelly performance, it just worked. You felt great positive energy from the crowd! SOCIAL D speaks for themselves. They are solid, seasoned performers. I am exhausted but so satisfied with the weekend. It was tough putting my business suit back on. I wanted more music!” The chatter on the Coachella.com message boards in response to the question, “Which bands did their worst” (“worst”, as in not good) seemed to ring in
one accord about various sound issues that were not exactly the fault of any one band. “I didn’t see any bad sets, but there were quite a few that were f***ed up by sound issues and sound bleed. GRIMES, JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, JAMES BLAKE, TNGHT, RODRIGUEZ and JAPANDROIDS were all ruined by sound problems. THE SHOUTING MATCHES also had mic problems; they started late but finished later. BEARDYMAN sounded really good”, reported one source. “I love both JAPANROIDS albums, but they really have not figured out the whole live performance thing yet. They have great energetic songs that could craft a huge set, but they talk too much between every song. They kill their own momentum”, shared another. Apparently, during their performance, the JAPANDROIDS kept complaining about mic levels, and after the drummer got up and went over to the sound guy to complain right in front of everyone, their vocals went down for the next song.” “I love JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD”, shared another in attendance. “Their set wasn’t completely ruined by the bad sound, but it was very distracting.” RODRIGUEZ got generally mixed reviews. Unanimously, he and his band were plagued with apparent sound issues, and he spent some of the time communicating with his
band in between songs. This seemed to be viewed by the younger audience as a reason to disengage, while the older generation of music fanatics saw his performance as humble, gracious, and at times, incredibly powerful. I will be taking it upon myself to determine which side is accurate; although I have a feeling I will be inclined toward perceiving greatness. The other “must-sees” on my list, based on my research are TAME IMPALA, LUMINEERS and PUSCIFER who “crushed it” according to Brandon Ray Henderson of CV Weekly’s Best Performance Band, The Pedestirans. Unanimously, The Red Hot Chili Peppers did not disappoint. That is unless you’re Rolling Stones writers Matt Diehl and Monica Herrer. I can’t help but wonder if the weather above performance had more to do with their review: “The first weekend of Coachella 2013 ended with an anticlimactic super bummer when the weather deteriorated into a blinding sandstorm by the time the Red Hot Chili Peppers started their headline set to close the festival yesterday. ‘California, show your teeth’ singer, Anthony Kiedis, sang during the band’s second song ‘Dani California.’ By then, the elements had indeed revealed their fangs, with brutal, freezing winds. ‘I feel like I’m in Lawrence of Arabia,’ Kiedis cracked. ‘I feel like I’m in the Dust Bowl with Woody Guthrie’, bass guru Flea retorted. They were the capper on a Sunday lineup that provided an ideal microcosm of the
ongoing allure of Coachella, even as the weather made clear the potential challenges of the festival’s desert location: By the end of the day, it was hard to enjoy anything with a mouthful of sand, burning eyes and numb extremities.” Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA was quoted, “We didn’t expect a mother****in’ sandstorm!” Welcome to the desert kids! Kudos for playing through it, when others might not have! According to the Rolling Stone writers, “The Chili Peppers and Wu-Tang Clan helped reaffirm Coachella’s
status as a sort of deli tray for the current state of popular music, where nostalgia and futurism battle for dominance.” I find this to be an eloquent description of the unanimous theme summing up this year’s grotesque (as in huge and diverse) musical buffet; a lineup deep in the most compelling new sounds in rock, pop, dance and more. This weekend I will, if local weather predictions are accurate, trade haboob-like wind conditions for the 100 degree heat typical to this desert and festival. But it’s a dry heat as they say, and armed with an obnoxious hat, zinc oxide, my 1980’s fanny pack with water bottle attachments and my “comfy” shoes, I should successfully embarrass the hell out of my 21 year old son who is most likely hoping to be a chick magnet with his press pass and camera. I am also hoping any sound glitches will have been corrected. Perhaps too, the sighting of a truly cool “hologram” or two will be more than jest. I can’t help but believe there are some surprises in store that I will be more than happy to share with you all. Resources: Robert Wolfgang Laster Photography Coachella.com Rolling Stone Music/RS @ Coachella
Local Music Spotlight
ocal heavy metal band Perishment admittedly derives their name from the Slayer song “Postmortem”. The lyrics sung are, “seeking life beyond your perishment”. Lead guitarist Bobby Taffolla concedes, “No meaning really, just Slayer worship!” Current Perishment members are Ruben Gutierrez (ex-Menzrea) on vocals, lyrics and cowbell, Bobby D. Taffolla (ex-Ritual Hatred/ Sangre) on guitars, backing vocals, visual artistry and management, Aaron Ramson (ex-Crematorium) on bass guitar, vocals and smut peddling and Tommy Winters on drums and lap dances. The genesis of Perishment began with Taffolla considering the need for self maturation as an artist. “Perishment was a result of me in 2006, needing to expand my skills as a songwriter. Most of us come from extreme metal backgrounds and I had envisioned a band that not only could deliver technicality, but musically as well and develop good songs. And as you can
Seeking Metal Beyond
imagine, in the desert, to combine all those elements in a metal band was not easy. I needed each member to bring a top-notch, next level ability to their craft and I believe with our current lineup, we are at the top of our game.” In detailing their sound, Gutierrez points out the complexity of their arrangements, “Perishment is diverse, progressive and we have the ability to grow as musicians and artists. With each release, you can hear the maturity and growth in our sound.” Taffolla elaborates, “The goal with Perishment’s sound is to create something timeless. Something you can pop in ten years from now and dig it, like …And Justice For All or Far Beyond Driven. Ramson considers their musical expedition a “constant evolution”. The heavy metal/hard rock scene in the Coachella Valley has fluctuated throughout the years. Taffolla has been witness to this ebb and flow. “It’s there, just in small numbers. I feel it comes and goes in waves. There will be an influx of bands, then the same two bands playing repeat shows over and over. I think the lack of places to play also plays a part in it, especially the lack of all age’s venues. Then we think about when we did the Big 4 show 2011 at Plan B, the heavy metal/hard rock scene was doing great. It’s like herpes; it comes and goes, appears and disappears.”
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by NOE Gutierrez Perishment will be releasing two new CDs on 4/20/13 for Metal Nyte II at Plan B Entertainment & Cocktails to commemorate Record Store Day. The first release is FREE but limited to the first 25 guests. It is titled Vol. 4/20 (a tribute to Black Sabbath’s 1972 album Vol. 4). It will contain two newly recorded and never performed cover songs and two live Perishment songs. The second, which is an expanded version of the 2011 EP Peripheral Veil contains the five original EP tracks as well as two newly recorded covers and one live song for $5.00. Both are hand numbered and limited to 25 copies each. Taffola is enthused at the chance to share music on Record Store Day. “I’m a huge music fan and collector. And special releases that pertain to supporting the physical release of music call to me. Perishment is all about the physical release of music as well as the concepts and artwork.” Perishment has begun to to track songs for their 3rd album, which is due out this summer. Their debut release, Cult of Disaster, was issued on September 30th, 2008. Their sophomore release, the EP Peripheral Veil, was released in 2011. Band members make it well known that all releases are available at Perishment shows. Perishment has performed at local venues that feature metal music since 2007 except for The Date Shed, which they hope to cross off their list this year. Perishment shares their band influences, in no particular order; Dry Kill Logic, Nothingface, Spineshank, Bermuda, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Type O Negative, Pantera, Mastodon, Opeth, The Misfits, The Beatles., Deftones, Hypocrisy, In Flames and Soilwork. Individual artist influences are; Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Anselmo, Pete Sandoval, John Lennon, Lemmy Kilmister and Peter Steele. I asked Gutierrez how heavy metal fans can help improve and maintain the metal scene in the desert. He shared, “Keep an open mind; support all bands of all genres. Segregation can kill a scene. Of course try to get out to shows when you can, buy merchandise and such.” Perishment shared with me what is currently the most played artist in their
music devices. Gutierrez: Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage. Taffolla: Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska. Ramson: Deftones – Koi No Yokan. Winters: Hypocrisy – Taste of Extreme Divinity Winters provides his input as the newest member, “We of course are working on our new record out this summer and are looking to book shows. Also a special rerelease, stay tuned Heshers!” Joining Perishment on 4/20/13 Metal Nyte II at Plan B Entertainment & Cocktails in Thousand Palms are In The Name Of The Dead, Wyte Gye and heavy metal/hard rock spinster DJ Alltruizm. This show is FREE! To find out more about Perishment, look them up. www.facebook.com/perishment www.youtube.com/perishmentmusic
April 18 to April 24, 2013
by heather coldonato
Salsa Blast! i s turni n g up the heat! S picy food, hot music and cool beverages are on the menu for the 1st Annual “Salsa Blast!”. The Desert Hot Springs Salsa Festival, Salsa Blast! will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 11am to 4pm on Pierson Boulevard, west of Palm Drive. Salsa Blast! is presented by the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and is a free community event designed to celebrate everything salsa – savory spices, tempting rhythms, and mesmerizing moves. Do you prepare the best salsa around? Prove it at Salsa Blast! With over 5,000 expected attendees, gather your fans to vote you as one of their 2013 divisional champions! Salsa Blast! will feature The Great Salsa Taste Challenge, with participation open to restaurants, chefs, aspiring chefs, home cooks, groups and non-profit organizations from all over the Coachella Valley. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the following divisions: Best Hot Salsa, Best Medium Salsa, Best Mild Salsa, Best Red Salsa, Best Green Salsa, Best Specialty/ Fruit Salsa, and People’s Choice Salsa. There is a $1 charge per vote to cast your ballot for your favorite salsas, with proceeds
benefiting the Chamber’s community events and programs. There will be food, music, vendors, Kid Blast Family Fun Zone, Custom Car Show and DJ Latin Kweenz bumping in the Caliente Club. There’s sure to be something spicy at Salsa Blast!for everyone! All participant and vendor applications are now being accepted. Registration still open, but space is limited. For more information, please refer to the website: www.SalsaBlast.com
by lisa morgan
AMFM is thrilled to announce Los Angeles based rockers The Record Company set to play AMFM FEST JUNE 13-16TH in Cathedral City. Download their free EP at www.therecordcompany.net and go to www.amfmfest.com for more info on art, music, lm and more at www.amfmfest.com ww
The “Spirit of the King” is Alive and Well at the spa resort and casino
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ow does a guy with a business restoring art and painting church ceilings become one of the most electrifying entertainers in Las Vegas? And how did a guy, steeped in the musical style of Led Zeppelin, who actually fronted one of the most successful east coast heavy metal bands, go on to write and perform country/rockabilly music that captures all of the melodic integrity of the Americana movement? And how does this guy use his skills as a painter and musician to become perhaps the most sought after Elvis stylist in the country? These questions all get answered when you see Steve Connolly
perform live in the spirit of Elvis at the Spa Resort and Casino in down town Palm Springs. Coming off the huge successes of his Elvis shows in Bally’s Jubilee Theatre, the Blue Note Cabaret as well as Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino in Vegas, Steve brings his insanely broad range of talents to uniquely celebrate one of the greatest artists and performers of all time. “Elvis Presley was a performer whose music can still top the charts today in country and pop, here in America and Europe”, touts Steve. “Elvis has more number one hits than the Beatles do in England. If my mission is to entertain audiences as completely as possible, why not recreate a complete expression of Elvis Presley’s performance so that audiences experience not just the music of Elvis Presley, but grasp the real ‘Spirit of the King’. I have studied hard in order to deliver a show that would be just as if he were performing today, right here, right now!” To accomplish this, Steve distinguishes himself from all other Elvis impersonators and stylists. Steve not only masters all of the physical nuances, moves, and conversational tones of the man from Memphis, he also studied the entire body of Elvis’s music: the novelty of some of his arrangements, and even his sense of humor and abilities as a band leader in live performances. Finally, Steve took his considerable skills as a composer, guitar and bass player and vocalist, and set about to fully “perform” rather than slavishly mimic Elvis’s signature performances. Without ignoring music from any of Elvis’s periods, Steve delivers them with all the athleticism and sexual confrontation of Elvis during his most vital years (think in terms of Elvis’ 1968 comeback special in black leather). The
response to this style of Elvis entertainment in Las Vegas has been exceptional. Over 4000 public performances, including shows at the MGM Grand, along with corporate engagements throughout Las Vegas, has seasoned Steve into a finely tuned performer. Steve was awarded “Best Elvis in Las Vegas” two years in a row by the Las Vegas Review Journal. His show has met with rave reviews from Las Vegas papers as well as the L.A. Times. These reviewers praised Steve’s ingenuity for including performances wherein Steve portrays Elvis performing today’s music. “Steve Connolly is a born showman”, wrote longtime Las Vegas entertainment writer Mike Weatherford. Las Vegas entertainment writer, Joe Delaney, not only recognized Steve’s ability to fully entertain an audience as a humorist, but also identified Steve as “perhaps the best of all the Elvis depicters”. Steve’s fan base includes well known musicians, Steven Tyler, Kenny Logins, Dennis Miller, Donald Trump and even President Clinton. Bobby Morris, Elvis’ conductor at The International, calls Steve, “The number one Elvis on the planet”. Today, Steve is creating a new tribute to Elvis interpreting “The King” in the visual medium of fine art painting. When you see Steve perform at the Spa Resort and Casino, you will witness the amazing marriage of Steve’s two incredible tribute forms. His show, “Spirit of the King” is a mind blowing performance of Elvis’ music and singing
while literally creating an original “Portrait of a King” (paintings that sell after the show for hundreds of dollars). Steve Connelly delivers all of his talents at a spectacular level. You truly have to see it to believe it and to grasp this display of exceptional talent. Sadly, Elvis Presley is no longer available, but thanks to Steve Connolly, “the hardest working king in show business”, Elvis is still alive and kicking in spirit. Tickets for “Spirit of the King” are available at startickets.com. The show will be running in the Cascade Lounge at the Spa Resort Casino through June 30th. You can also follow Steve Connolly on Facebook.
April 18 to April 24, 2013
April 18 to April 24, 2013
Daisy & Poppy
Daisy just like his brother Poppy (an orange tabby) is one beautiful boy. They both have a raspy, smoky voice and just love to give and receive love. Two and a half years old, these two boys match their incredible good looks with a lot of personality. Prefer to adopt as a pair. Good with dogs. Come neutered, vaccinated and FIV/FeLV tested. Contact ForEverMeow at 760-335-6767.
pretty kitty Third time’s a charm! Still waiting for a home... Fluffly 4-yr-old beauty, ID#A1001872, at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, (760) 343-3644. She came to the shelter when her owner died. CVAC special adoption rate $15 for cats, includes spaying & vaccines!
Meet Foxy Brown! I’m a gorgeous 6-yr-old female Queensland Heeler/Australian Cattle mix weighing about 40 pounds. My foster dad says I’m “a sweet girl, well behaved and a total joy”, but I need a forever home. Call the Palm Springs Animal shelter to set up a meet & greet at (760) 416-5718.
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by Eleni P. Austin
JOSE JAMES J
ose James’ music defies easy categorization. Growing up in Minneapolis, the 35 year old was inspired by a variety of influences. His Irish mother, a dyed-in-the-wool hippie, introduced him to ‘60s Rock & Roll and Folk. His Panamanian father was a multiinstrumentalist, who focused on Jazz. Jose sang in school choirs and later received formal training at the New School in New York. Before striking out on his own, James enjoyed rich apprenticeships with Jazz giants McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton and Junior Mance. In 2008, James recorded his solo debut, The Dreamer and quickly followed up in 2010 with Black Magic, both on the tiny Brownswood label. He also released an album of Jazz standards, For All We Know, on the Verve label. As impressive as these efforts were, they basically serve as a preamble for James’ new album, No Beginning No End, released through Blue Note Records. Blue Note is the perfect home for James. The storied Jazz label was established in 1937 and introduced the world to a variety
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of Jazz idioms: Boogie Woogie, Modern Jazz, Hard Bop and Be Bop, to name a few. Everyone from Art Blakey to Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock recorded for Blue Note. Most recently vocalists like Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones have guided the label into the 21st century. The album opens with the extended, insistent seduction of “It’s All Over Your Body.” Lush to the point of fecundity, the track is cloaked pulsating percussion, slinky, syncopated horns and a bubbling electric piano. James’ vocals are ripe and hypnotic. On both “Sword + Gun” and “Heaven On The Ground,” James is accompanied by female vocalists. “Sword..” is a biting antiwar message featuring French Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra. The song’s percolating rhythm is provided by Gnawa percussion, which is sacred in Moroccan music. Zahra’s vocals weave throughout the bright tapestry of synchronized horns. Echoing African musicians like Hugh Masakela and Fela Kuti, the track’s sweetly infectious melody belies the socially conscious subject. “Heaven…” is a slow-burning duet between James and acclaimed Singer/ Songwriter Emily King. Accented by mellow Spanish guitar, the tune locks into a sensual ‘70s groove. The lyrics are a joyful ode to domestic bliss.
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“No Beginning No End” (Blue Note Records)
The best tracks here are “Trouble,” “Come To My Door” and “Do You Feel” effortlessly blend a surfeit of influences. “Trouble” is a seamless homage to the Jazz/Funk style pioneered by the C.T.I. label. “All my life has been a struggle,” James insists, but the song’s soaring melody makes it difficult to focus on his catalog of woes. Hammond B3 fills and fluttery horns dance around a tick-tock beat, throbbing bass lines and James’ dulcet tones. It’s a potent combination. “Come To My Door” is built on an urgent kick drum beat (that recalls Bill Withers’ “Use Me”) and layered with honeyed guitar
licks. Here James offers reassurance to a former flame… “I know you’re out there doing fine, if you need a place to go you can come to my door.” Finally, “Do You Feel” is a tour de force. James’ lyrics extol the pleasures of love both sanctified and carnal. Robert Glasper’s churchy, spiritual piano chords intertwine with shimmery Hammond B3 trills . Cresting over the top is James’ powerful call & response vocals that walk the line between piety and eroticism. Other stand out tracks include “Bird Of Space,” a conflagration of obsession and desire that is positively incendiary. The title cut is a spatial and soulful meditation on mutual attraction. “Vanguard” builds on a foundation of electric piano and odd time signatures. Here the lyrics sketch out a quixotic quest for spiritual fulfillment. The album closes with the one-two punch of “Tomorrow,” and “Come To My Door (Reprise).” The former is a piano driven tone poem that shifts from mournful to courageous. The latter is a languid and playful reworking of the James/King duet. The production chores on No Beginning No End are handled by Pino Palladino. The versatile Welsh bass player has played with everyone from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and John Mayer. In fact he was the only choice to replace John Entwistle when the indefatigable WHO bass player died suddenly in the midst of a tour. His prowess is well matched by Grammy winning Jazz pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Chris Dave. Jose James has managed to distill a plethora of influneces here. Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Shuggie Otis, Me’ Shell N’degeocello , Stax-Volt, Sade, Motown, Hip Hop and D’Angelo. Yet nothing feels contrived or derivative. No Beginning No End feels both ambitious and effortless. No doubt Jose James has a rich and rewarding future ahead of him.
April 18 to April 24, 2013
Vocalist Lee Hartley performs in The Purple Room This Saturday
n a rare and unique engagement, vocalist and songwriter Lee Hartley will perform with pianist Yarek Urant and guitarist Hal Braine this Saturday, April 20, from 8 p.m. until midnight in the Purple Room at Club Trinidad, 1900 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. (760) 327-1161 ext. 230. She has invited special guest musicians from Los Angeles and here in the Desert to perform with her in this new venue in Palm Springs that deserves attention. Hartley is the female vocalist for the Ted Herman Big Band. They perform every Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Indian Wells Resort Hotel. (760) 3456466. Instructor Carl Davis teaches a dance class at 5:15 p.m. She is performing and touring with Les McCann of the famed “Cold Duck” and “Compared To What” from the album Swiss Movement. Her first solo CD entitled “Whole Lotta Somethin’”, an original composition, is also the title track featuring Les McCann. The CD also includes songs with the Ted Herman Big Band and the Pat Rizzo All-Star Band.
On Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m., she will perform with vocalist Cat Conner at Vitello’s Jazz Club, 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City. (818) 769-0905.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised on the road touring with her musical family, Lee Hartley started singing at the age of three and was singing lead with “The Hartley Sisters” for her Father’s Gospel Ministry. Her mother and Father would sing together, two of her brothers played guitar and one played the trumpet. Still touring while in High School, she played saxophone, sang in various choirs and studied voice. She attended the University of South Carolina and soon found herself touring with a Rhythm and Blues Band in Florida. After that summer, she headed to Greenwich Village in New York and lived across the street from the renowned Village Vanguard, where the most influential Jazz Musicians would perform nightly. “I went there every night,” said Hartley, “It was my first introduction to real Jazz. It was food for my soul, I was hooked.” She studied voice with Claude Garvey, who was Nipsy Russell’s musical conductor. Soon, she started touring the United States with David Blaylock. She moved to Palm Springs in 1976 and started singing in the Valley with various musicians including saxophonist Pat
Rizzo, before moving to Los Angeles in 1978. After moving to Los Angeles, she prepared a show and began touring in Japan for the Playboy Clubs. She has appeared in various Jazz festivals in the United States, Japan and Hawaii. Hartley has performed with numerous jazz groups in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and locally here in the Coachella Valley. In addition to her performance skills, Hartley started booking acts for two jazz clubs in Los Angeles. This experience gave her the opportunity to meet some of the best jazz musicians as well as understanding the net working of the business. Two years ago, she put together a Dusty Springfield Tribute Show with the Gand Band, performing to sold out rooms. This Saturday, she plans to include her Dusty material, along with many of her originals, her favorite R & B tunes all the way to Bebop. Come to dance and enjoy this opportunity to see and hear this incredible vocalist. Visit her web-site: LeeHartley.us and enjoy a video of her singing one of her original songs, “It’s Your Birthday”.
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Grey Parrots, Smarter Than Toddlers! O
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then given the chance to choose one or the other, and inevitably selected the canister containing food. Critics complained the birds were merely avoiding the empty can. In the current study, the researchers did not open the empty can. Rather they shook the cans so the birds could hear which one contained the food. To prove the birds were actually making inferences, they added an additional variation. Instead of using the canisters to make noise, they wore small speakers attached to their wrists that played shaking noises. Sometimes they shook the box in their right hand but emitted the sound from their left wrist. In some cases, they played the sounds from the correct side. The birds only made the right selection on a consistent basis when the sound lined up with the shaking. They made an inference not based on visual or sound cues along, but from noting the connection between them. No other non-primate species is known to have this abstract inferential thinking. Irene Pepperberg’s research demonstrated these birds have the ability to associate words with meaning, and can intelligently apply concepts of shape,
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colors, and numbers. They are capable of performing cognitive tasks at the same level of chimps, dolphins, and human toddlers. One remarkable Grey named N’kisi had a vocabulary of over 950 words and was known for his creative language. One day during a visit from Jane Goodall, he greeted her with “Got a chimp?” based only on pictures he had seen of her with chimps in Africa. Another study demonstrated they can collaborate and plan with each other. One bird stood on a perch to release a foodladen tray, while the other pulled the tray out from the test apparatus. They would wait for their partner to perform the necessary action and synchronize their steps. Both would then feed together. With discriminating taste, they would also show a preference for the test birds they wanted to work with. Grey Parrots, also known as African Grey Parrots, are medium sized birds found in the African rainforests. They reach a size of 12 to 13 inches from beak to tail, and require a large size cage and lots of exercise when kept as pets. They should be provided a variety of bird safe chew toys to help exercise their powerful mandibles. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits and leafy matter Properly cared for, Grey Parrots can live 50 to 60 years. Some were documented to live for 75 years. A caring owner will plan ahead in case the birds outlive them and arrange for rehoming. As with all your pets, don’t assume your children will step up to take of them. One of the most intelligent bird species, their high IQ means they require more time and attention from owners. They thrive when put on a daily schedule. They form
April 18 to April 24, 2013
THE VINO VOICE
A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a winebar . . .
close bonds with their owners and are affectionate and captivating pets. Those same qualities require a special commitment by the owners to provide frequent oneon-one interaction and significant time out of their cages to exercise. If not kept busy, they can quickly develop unfortunate behaviors including feather plucking which can be difficult to remedy. More rare than previously believed, the African Greys are now listed as “near threatened” by wildlife organizations. With 350,000 specimens exported between 1994 and 2003, the Grey Parrot population in natural habitats has severely declined. Under the US Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992, importation of wild-caught grey parrots is now prohibited. We need to ensure the preservation of these beautiful, sensitive, and intelligent creatures.
t had been ages since these religious leaders got together, and, in unrehearsed unison they all looked at each other and exclaimed, “You look like I need a drink!” And then each one proceeded to order their own bottle of wine. The rabbi spoke first, “You know, wine improves with age—the older I get, the better I like it.” “You’re right!” said the priest, “Wine does improve with age and I surely improve with wine.” The minister sat and lovingly gazed at his un-corked bottle of wine and then said, “The secret of enjoying a good wine is to first open the bottle to allow it to breathe, and then, if it doesn’t look like it’s breathing, give it mouth to mouth.” Agreeing with the logic, each one then practiced on their own bottle to the consternation of the irritable bartender who told them, “Hey—knock that off! This is a respectable winebar!”
“My sister-in-law was so happy that my brother stopped drinking wine, now the whole bottle is hers.” The priest kept going, “You know last night, I tried to login on my IPad. Turns out it was an Etch-a-Sketch and I don’t own an IPad. Also I ran out of wine.” The rabbi then chimed in about his sore back. “Oy Vey—I’ve been sleeping on the couch. The other day, my wife had the nerve to say, ‘Men are like fine wine, they all start out like grapes and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you’d like to have dinner with.’ “And after a couple of bottles of wine in my stomach, I offered, ‘Women are also like fine wine. They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind and then turn fullbodied with age until they go all sour and give you a headache.” The minister wouldn’t be topped. “My sister-in-law walked into the kitchen to find my brother drinking wine and stalking
“If it’s so respectable, why are you selling wines with names like, Fat Bastard, Bitch, Frog’s Piss, Cat Pee on a Gooseberry Bush, and finally Vin de Merde, or Wine of Shite as they say in Ireland.” The bartender, with a sheepish grin, reluctantly responds, “These are wines from France, New Zealand, Australia and Canada—my winebar is going international!” The priest then talked about his family, “My sister-in-law and my brother were sitting drinking wine on the patio. She says, “I love you so much—I dunno how I could ever live without you.” My brother says to her, “is that you or the wine talking?” She replies, “It’s me . . . talking to the wine.”
around with a flyswatter. ‘What are you doing?” she asked. “Hunting flies!” he responded. “Oh—killing any?” she asks sarcastically. “Yep, 3 males and 2 females” he replied. Intrigued, she asked, ‘How in hell can you tell them apart!’ He responded, ‘3 were on the beer can, 2 were on the phone.’ ” “And guys—I’ve a confession to make,” continues the minister. “I was driving home from a wine tasting late last night when I was stopped for speeding. The Highway Patrolman then smelled alcohol on my breath and then he saw an empty wine bottle on the floor. He says, ‘Sir, have you been drinking?’ And I said, ‘Just water’. The patrolman says, ‘Then why do I smell wine?’
I then looked down at the bottle and say, ‘Good Lord! He’s done it again!’ When the cop found out I was a minister, he gave me the benefit of the doubt and just issued me a warning.” The priest smiled and said, “My day consisted of sampling wine to my heart’s content, followed by drinking wine to my heart’s content, what did you do today rabbi?” “Oh—I spent a lot of time with my congregants. I have a good open door policy with them. I tell them, ‘Show up with wine and I’ll open the door.’ The priest acknowledges, “You know I’d stop drinking so much wine, but I’m no quitter!” The minister, too, admits, “I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt
well. Then I have consumed two bottles.” He then went off point, stating, “Appreciating old wine is like making love to a very old lady. It is possible. It can even be enjoyable. But it requires a bit of imagination. By the end of the night, guys found the new wine they were drinking to be quite good. “Hey bartender, what region is this wine from?” The smart-aleck bartender replied, It’s from the southernmost tip of my wine cooler. The men admitted to differing religious views but all agreed wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized. When asked the rhetorical question, “And what is a meal without wine?” “Well—we’d all call that breakfast.” Rick conducts wine tastings and admits that this week’s Vino Voice was kinda corny. But after a few glasses of wine, it’s less so. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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29 PALMS INN; 29 PALMS ; 760-367-3505 Bev and Bill 6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Reunion w/ DJ Day in the Amigo Room 10pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB) BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 Golden Animals and The Rebel Noise 9pm BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King Band 6pm CAFÉ PALETTE; PS; 760-322-9264 Jersey Shore & Friends 7pm CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CHARLI MARRONE’S; IND; 760-625-1500 Karaoke CLIFFHOUSE; LQ; 760-360-5991 Eddie Gee 7:30-10:30pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX; PS; 760-325-9555 Special Guest 7:30pm DESERT SAGE; LQ; 760-564-8744 Danny Sands 5-9pm Johnny Meza 10pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760-3252600 Bingo DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-251-1991 Karaoke ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL; PS; 760-9920002 Lola Rossi, Rob Carter and Denise Motto 5-9pm (JZ) FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 Mark Gregg 7:30pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 House of Broken Promises and Waxy 9:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Hot Rox LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 T.B.A. 5:30pm LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & NIGHTCLUB; C.C.; 760328-6834 California Sangria Dream Fest featuring Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Yawning Man, Hot Beat Pussy Fiend, Blaak Heat Shujaa, The Freeks and DJ Habanero 7pm LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Country Night w/ Gold Rush Country 8pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888999-1995 Nash with Quinto Menguante 8-1am (LR) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 T.B.A. 6-10pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MIRAMONTE RESORT; IW; 760-341-7200 “Sassy & Sultry” featuring Gina Carey
5-8pm NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke 9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-328-9004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 FYF Presents: Franz Ferdinand and Palma Violets 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760327-1161 T.B.A. RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-327-8311 Rebecca Connelly, Sidebar 6:30-10pm ROCK GARDEN CAFE; PS; 760-327-8840 T.B.A. 6pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-340-3222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 Karaoke 9pm SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Spaghetti Western Night w/ Walt Young 5pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 The Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 Karaoke w/ T-Bone 8-12am THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Mike Costley 7:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 Doug Montgomery 7-11pm VILLAGE PUB; PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Fixx 9pm DJ upstairs 9:30pm WALLY’S DESERT TURTLE; RM; 760-5689321 Bob Yetter 6-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Bill Saitta Jazz 7-11pm ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 The Sexiest Pole Dance Contest w/ DJPJ and DJ INYA 9pm
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wolfgang puck pizza bar opposed to just dinner. We would share a “Build Your Own Sundae” that would be made table side from their Sundae cart. We could choose from four ice cream flavors and several toppings including fresh berries, buts and sauces. It was quite a presentation that captured the attention of diners and those passing by. The management was attentive, checking on our dining experience throughout the
evening and our server was always smiling, something I always appreciate when dining out. Overall, I would say this was a great meal, paired with great company! A full menu is available at www.wolfgangpuck. com and they do not take reservations for small parties. Wolfgang’s Pizza Bar is located at 73-130 El Paseo in Palm Desert and is closed Monday and Tuesday each week.
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of this entrée, I kept thinking, “I don’t care what other pizzas are on this menu because I will order this again.” My friend would try a pasta dish, Cavatappi tossed with chicken, mushrooms and peas in a creamy goat cheese alfredo sauce. Having tried the pasta, I would say it was okay but lacked the “wow” factor I had expected. It was simple, with no definitive layers of flavor. I ordered a pizza to go, so that I could try another item and after later trying the Roasted Wild Mushroom pizza, I am convinced that they have found their niche. It was rich with mushrooms, cheese and a hint of truffle oil, accented with spinach. The dessert selections included typical favorites like chocolate cake, cobbler and panna cotta but there was one that was unique, adding to an experience as
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ach week, I try to find a new restaurant in which to dine, and while I enjoy a fine dining atmosphere, my close friends will tell you my weakness is pizza! Combining this casual cuisine with the amenities of good service and fine wine can be a challenge, but there seems to be some competition in Palm Desert. With the success of Piero’s Pizza Vino and California Pizza Kitchen, Wolfgang Puck has opened Wolfgang’s Pizza Bar, offering a full bar, decent wines and great food. When I first happened upon this restaurant, I was impressed with the ambiance and genuine greetings from the smiling host staff. While waiting for my guest, I would enjoy a cocktail from their bar, which is a focal point in the main dining area. The bartenders are welcoming and engaging. I could have enjoyed my meal right there at the bar but opted for a seat on the patio as the weather was perfect. We were promptly greeted by our busser and then server. The menu is large, offering not only great pizza selections, but also fresh fish, chicken and pasta. We would begin with Crispy Calamari, which was fried but very tender with a delicious aioli. We would also enjoy the Hummus appetizer with crisp flatbread. Both starters were light and prepared well. After more deliberation on the menu and some great conversation with a friend, we would share their hearty Beet Salad with arugula and goat cheese. Everything was delicious and well-presented.
Normally, I would order a pizza full of savory meats and cheeses but I was intrigued by their signature pizza, Wolfgang’s Classic Smoked Salmon. This entrée is not served piping hot like other pizza selections on the menu; rather, it is cool, topped with a dill cream cheese and thinly sliced smoked salmon, topped with chives and salmon roe. It was as colorful as it was delicious. While I was enjoying each and every bite
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TO THE WONDER I’m still thinking about Terrance Malick’s striking film that’s set to open at Cinemas Palme d’Or on April 26. Early reviews have been mixed and will not help generate a big box office. But that said, if you are already familiar with Malick’s philosophical, spiritually themed films then you will not be disappointed by this extended mediation that resembles nothing more than a Psalm of longing, loss and finally love in all it’s aspects. I was buoyed by the ideas, images and sounds (including the music) that convey an inexorable desire for connecting with a spiritual reality that surrounds the mundane ordinariness of our imperfect world. Let go and bathe in the images of light generated by Malick’s beautiful movie that affirms we are merely spiritual being having a human experience of love. Raw and real, it’s not a sequel but certainly a companion piece to “TREE OF LIFE.” The story is simple. Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil (Ben Affleck), meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. All this is more than metaphor. When Marina befriends a priest (Javier Bardem) and fellow exile struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (Rachel McAdams). Enigmatically bold and lyrical, the film allows for emotion, disappointment and grace. Intimate voice-overs covey a parallel reality that
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is timeless and deeply human. In its simple, gorgeous beauty, hard questions are not answered. But if there’s a lesson learned, it might be found in the mindful moments during which we realize heaven is pressing down on us in all directions. And finally, that the universe is a love story. For me, this is Malick’s tightest film since “BADLANDS.” His movie is already divisive; ignorant, cynical critics may deride, but there’s solace, comfort, beauty and truth here that’s rare to nonexistent in mainstream American cinema. Recommended.
OBLIVION If you haven’t seen sci-fi in a while, this derivative film may enthrall with its eye-candy visuals. Predictable but engaging in the first half, it takes a left turn and finally ends making no sense. I felt like I was on a theme park ride that was hastily finished when the money ran out. But my biggest question as the story unfolded and planet saving Tom Cruise went through his paces: Have I just paid for some goofy Scientology propaganda? This film, devoid of originality or wit, was directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also guided the massively disappointing, but highly hyped “TRON: LEGACY.”
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EARTH FROM SPACE Awestruck is the only word to describe the most common reaction to this beautiful two-hour documentary. Everyone on earth should see this visualized tone poem that looks at our home planet as a living cell. Certainly among the most compelling of all NOVA productions, I was humbled, exhilarated, enthralled and inspired to see clearly for the first time the incredible connectedness and integration of the various natural, near miraculous, systems that maintain our planet. Satellite technology and highresolution imagery make reality far more fantastic than any sci-fi fantasy. This is not a now familiar ecological warning video, but rather a celebration of the powerful engines that generate the raw stuff of life itself. I was especially transfixed to see time-lapse images of the entire Antarctic continent and the dance of storms and clouds and seas that drive so many linking sub-systems necessary to our collective survival. I could not help but think of the most common portrayals of the Dance of Shiva. Highest recommendation. PBS. Blu-ray.
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GANGSTER SQUAD Against my better judgment, I was entertained by this highly stylized, violent, cartoonish, period parody of hard-boiled noir that’s somewhat based on actual events. Set in Los Angeles during the late 1940s, the movie recreates elements of the battle between Brooklyn born thug, gang-boss and wanna-be celeb Mickey Cohen with a secret gang of LAPD loners and outsiders who are hell bent on shredding Cohen’s grip on the vice profits of drugs, guns and hookers. Weak
writing and cardboard characters do not help, but the production design and cinematography make up for a multitude of weaknesses. A fine cast delivers beyond the shallow screenplay. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Sean Penn (as Cohen) share star billing. Warner Bros. Blu-ray. KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Andrew Dominik did a great directing Brad Pitt in the little seen, but beautifully rendered pseudo western “THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.” Here, the Australian director misfires with a brutal, extremely talky, atmospheric, sometimes darkly comic, low life gangster drama that is meant as a metaphor for the politics of capitalism and American business practices. A wonderful cast (Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard) is wasted on a movie hardly anyone will see. Slowmotion bullets through the head do not enhance the already ice-cold, cynical theme – however well-crafted the imagery. The story slowly unfolds as three stupid guys rob a mob protected card game that causes a temporary collapse of the local underworld economy. Pitt is a mob enforcer who tracks down the pathetic dumb thieves and kills them to restore order to the illicit gambling trade. Anchor Bay. Blu-ray. Comments? RobinESimmons@aol.com
or my last column, I reviewed the work of fiction Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. In this current best seller, Flynn uses diary entries from the “gone girl” to help shape the narrative. It made me consider the effectiveness of the writing technique. Which brought to mind the creepy representation of this literary device as used by Chuck Palahniuk in his 2003 tale, actually entitled, Diary (Anchor Books, 262 pages). In Diary, Misty Wilmot discovers her husband Peter after a failed suicide attempt. Hospitalized, Peter is now a contorted, comatose vegetable and Misty is encouraged to keep a dairy in the event he should wake up and want to know all that he missed, albeit highly unlikely. For Misty, it is the beginning of a self-reflective and strange journey of discovery -- and not in a healthy way. Misty slowly realizes she is a part of something she cannot control. She is the key player in a bizarre plot for which she was “selected” in order to save the small island of Waytansea from ruin. With the whole
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community in on it, Misty starts to believe there may be a supernatural element to her existence. Even her daughter is involved in the desperate conspiracy to use her mother’s talents in order to take back the town. Palahniuk did not exactly nail the story, but his use of the format works on many levels making Diary a compelling, layered and sinister read. If you are a follower of Palahniuk, you are aware that he loves obscure details and information. He colors his books with facts and philosophy that pertain to the nature of his character’s wants and needs. In Diary, Misty is an artist. She met her husband in art school. And it is her painting that will restore the island. From Misty’s entries we get an understanding of her fear and selfdoubt. It is a look into an angry, frustrated and aching lost-soul of an artist, who is cast into a dilemma she is ill equipped to handle. Within her pages, Misty speaks directly to her nearly dead husband. The narrative is told mostly in the rare second person voice. “All that unfulfilled promise. Here’s what you’ve done with your life. All you need to understand is you turned out to be one sorry sack of shit.” This perspective of
her husband also reflects her feelings about herself. The reader, through the character’s forth-coming, sincere, regular journaling, gets an intense sense of the protagonist’s point of view. The diary narrative allows the reader a first-hand struggle with the conflict. What is happening to our hero is happening to us. What can we do about it? Nothing but experience it and that can be uncomfortable and scary. The Palahniuk style of short sentences and repetitive lines accentuates and punctuates the thematic elements that give the story meaning. As an artist, Misty studied anatomy and she regularly notes the changes in body language. Palahniuk, through Misty, uses these terms throughout the book to describe muscles that involuntary contort a body or face, alive or dead. My favorite reoccurring line is “What you don’t understand, you can make mean anything.” Again, the diary works to tell us about her inner world, the world she’s caught up in and it speaks directly to the reader in our world. Misty’s personal record of events, her thoughts and observations dig just deep enough to question the nature of suffering and inspiration pertaining to artists and their work. Where does inspiration come from? Must an artist suffer to produce meaningful art? According to Misty, “Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary.” Ten years ago, Diary was not a big success compared to Fight Club, but it deserves recognition for its idiosyncratic execution. Sure, the story could be stronger, but it’s narrative style and themes are robust, provocative and darkly entertaining.
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Pickup Trucks The Toyota Tacoma led the pack by a wide margin at $8,500. Turbodiesels like the GMC Sierra and Silverado cost $14,250 annually. Stepping back and looking at all of the cars, trucks and SUVs, the survey shows that a Ford Flex and a Land Rover LR2 cost the same amount annually. Would you rather drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee or the less expensive Range Rover Evoque? Why would you drive a Kia Sedona when the Prius V costs 40% less per year? As the Smart Car and Mini Cooper cost essentially the same amount, which would you prefer? The full report can be found at consumerreports.org.
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by the Honda CR-Z and Fiat 500. While a far different drive than the Mini Cooper, the Jaguar XK was the most expensive in this class at $19,000. Upscale and Luxury Cars The Lexus CT 200h and Buick Verano led this car class with annual costs of approximately $7,750. The Audi A3, Buick Regal and Acura TSX were top performers as well. The most expensive were the BMW 750Li, Mercedes Benz S550 and Audi A8 - all having annual costs of over $20,000. SUVs In the upscale or luxury SUV class, the BMW X3 at $10,250 was the most cost effective followed closely by the Land Rover LR2 and Infiniti EX. The Cadillac Escalade at $17,250 was the costliest followed by the Mercedes Benz GL450, Range Rover Sport and Toyota Land Cruiser. Amongst small SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 cost the least at $7,000 with the Honda CR-V and Nissan Juke close also rans. The Volkswagon Tiguan at $9,750 was the
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he Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) is sending another high school band to our county’s capital. Through invitation, the Cathedral City High School (CCHS) Symphony Band will be leaving for Washington DC on Thursday, April 18, for their six day tour to perform in the International Music Festival. The CCHS Symphony Band held a performance Thursday, April 11, with an “American” theme in honor of their accomplishment. According to the PDUSD website, the performance included music by many famous American writers, such as William Schuman’s Chester Overture For Winds, Steven Bryant’s Dusk, and a trio of American Marches: Minuteman March by
Pearson, National Emblem by Bagley, and Washington Post by Sousa. According to the PSUSD website, “The concert officially sends the CCHS Band off to Washington D.C. for a six day tour highlighted by a concert at the Lincoln Memorial and an evening concert at the Kennedy Center.” The Washington DC performances will be held on Monday, April 22. My pride is once again renewed in the music programs
here in our valley. I firmly believe that art and the performing arts must go hand-inhand with education for student success. The CCHS is the only high school band performing at the music festival. Great job CCHS Band! You can keep track of the CCHS Band at their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cchsbands, and on their Facebook page by searching for “Cathedral City High School Bands.”
In other educational news going around the valley, many schools are conducting their Standardized Testing and Reporting (STARS) testing. Students will be taking tests for hours a day. Please make sure that your child is getting plenty of sleep, eating a health breakfast, and goes to school with a positive attitude. Tests can be very strenuous on many students. Parents, please be understanding with our children during this time. On April 20th, Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) is holding California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The CHSPE awards the student with the equivalent of a high school diploma. Students may use this option if they prefer to move on to college or enter in to the work force early. The CHSPE is held every third Saturday of the month starting at 7am and running all day. If interested, please call DSUSD at (760) 777-4200 for further information.
April 18 to April 24, 2013
Dale Gribow On The Law
cHRONOLOGY OF A DUI
he next six weeks will see a lot of DRUNK DRIVINGS in the greater Palm Spring area because of all the concert weekends and Memorial Day parties. The best advice is DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! However if you do not follow this advice, please remember that the Field Sobriety Tests and Breath Test at the scene are optional. Be courteous and tell the officer you elect not to take them and then ask for a Blood test at the station or hospital. The average DUI client is someone who has never been arrested before and they then call me after they have been in custody for 4-6 hours and are scared to death. They all ask the same thing “what is going to happen now?” I have tried to address that in the chronology that follows. In most driving under the influence cases our office is able to arrive at a disposition.
A disposition means that you will plead either to a lesser charge or you will receive the most minimal sentence that is possible under the unique facts of your case. In the Indio court the DA’s will always ask for a minimum of 10 days in jail if your reading is .08 to .10. If the reading is .14 it is 14 days in custody and a .19 is 19 days in custody. Of course we will work with you to trade the jail time for home arrest with an ankle bracelet. You are usually allowed to go to work for 12 hours and be home 12 hours. In any event all your rights will be protected by an experienced lawyer who will ensure that you will not suffer any undue penalties or disabilities as a result of your charge or arrest. The chronology is: Arrest Blood or breath test Booking Release on bail or OR citation Retain Attorney Dale Gribow who will call DMV within 10 days to request a DMV hearing. Arraignment. We will appear for you pursuant to 977 PC and enter a plea of not guilty and obtain the police report from the DA. Pre Trial. We will appear on your behalf
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and begin discussions with the DA. 2nd Pre Trial (which is optional). We appear for you and obtain additional discovery such as maintenance records of the breath machine or a copy of the video in the patrol car or other information the DA has in their file. Attorney client meeting again. You would come into the office or talk on the phone to discuss the case and agree upon a final resolution. At this time if an agreement is reached we will assist you in filling out court forms so that we can appear for you to resolve the case in court. In some instances we may want you in court but not in the courtroom itself so that administrative matters can be concluded. Sometimes we try to talk to the judge to get the court to undercut the demands of the DA. After the case is resolved in the court, the following events will occur. We will obtain a court order for you to enroll in an alcohol awareness program for either a first or second time offender. The court will provide us with a document with phone numbers and a map directing you to the locations which are convenient to the court house. In the Indio court the are really only two choices.
We will provide this information to you by email or in person. We will provide you with a phone number and address for payments and assist you with arrangements on statutory fines which are required on all criminal cases. As your case is going through the system, we will advise you as to the status of your driving privilege. In most cases if there is a plea or loss of the DMV hearing, your privilege is suspended for at least 30 days and restricted for at least an additional 90 days. When we request a stay on your license within the 10 day period, the 30 day suspension is TOLLED until the DMV hearing is over. As part of your representation by our office, we will represent you at the DMV hearing. This hearing can be in person or telephonically. We will discuss this in detail with you so that the best result can be obtained. This is only a summary of a large amount of the procedure and law that is part of your DUI case. We will advise you fully as we meet with you to prepare your individual case for court. If you have any questions on DUI or ideas for future columns, please call Dale Gribow 760 837 7500.
The Short Sale Option - Part 1
ith literally millions of home owners currently owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth and with an estimated half of them in default (behind) on their payments what can they do if they either do not qualify for a loan modification or simply can no longer stay in their current home? They can do a short sale. Make no mistake about it; these are dire circumstances for these homeowners as they are most likely going to lose their home to foreclosure if they do not pursue the short sale option. A short sale is when the homeowner sells their home for the current market value which falls “short” of being able to pay off the mortgage owed on the home… and the bank agrees to accept that amount as payment in full. It has taken several years for the banking industry to realize that working with these homeowners to help them eliminate their debt via a short sale is in their own best interest both financially and in terms of improving their public
image. After all, anything is better than the image of the evil, villainous banksters evicting women and children from their homes after foreclosing upon them! Short sales are now considered the preferred default solution by both homeowners and the banking industry. To obtain a short sale in California you must first exhaust all possibility or waive your option to a loan modification. You must use a licensed real estate broker or an agent working for a broker. We will learn how to pick the right broker/agent in future articles here at CV Weekly. Together with your broker you will provide your lender with the necessary documentation to move forward with your short sale. Included in this documentation you must provide a hardship letter demonstrating your circumstances that led you to the short sale option (loss of job, divorce, etc.), but most lenders are much more lenient these days regarding this requirement. The home is then listed at the “fair market value” as determined
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by your broker and in some cases with the cooperation of your lender. When the lender cooperates in the valuation process this is considered a “pre-approved” short sale and allows for a quicker sale process. You remain in your home as the property is marketed and you, as the seller, accept an offer and contract with a buyer. Your sale is subject to the bank’s approval. How long does it take to get the bank’s approval? We have all heard horror stories of this process taking 6 months to a year and then not getting the bank’s approval and losing the deal and then the house to foreclosure. I assure you, many of those stories are true! But while every short sale is different, most short sales are now accomplished within 90-120 days. You can accomplish a short sale even if you have a second loan or Home Equity Line of Credit on your home. It just takes a little more work and two bank approvals instead of one. Next week we will learn more about short sales, incentive programs, deficiency
judgments, and possible tax consequences. Bruce Cathcart is the Broker/Co-Owner of La Quinta Palms Realty, “The Friendly Professionals” and can be reached by email at email@example.com or visit his website at www.laquintapalmsrealty.com.
April 18 to April 24, 2013
Help! I’m Stuck at Work and I Can’t Get Out!
ikes, what a thought! Last week we covered Earthquake Safety at Home. April has been designated “Earthquake Preparedness Month”, during which the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) urges all Californians to empower themselves by learning about the earthquake risk in their communities and taking steps to prepare and protect themselves for when - not if the next quake strikes says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. What happens when you’re at work? There are several ways to make the office a safer place during an earthquake says Chief DiGiovanna. · Make sure all shelves are secured to the walls and floors to prevent them from falling on to people in an earthquake. · Have an earthquake safety kit ready for emergencies. This should include a first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, a portable radio and water. Don’t forget tennis shoes! · Make sure the building is routinely inspected to be sure it is up to current earthquake safety standards.
· Have an evacuation plan ready and practice it so everyone knows what it is. Find a safe place to meet after the earthquake is over. Take a roll call to make sure everyone is present at the time. · During the earthquake you should get under your desk to prevent anything from falling on you of you. If there is no desk around find a door way and stand in it until the quake is over. Earthquake Safety In The office Hazards Here is a list of potentially hazardous items during an earthquake. The best way to promote earthquake safety in the office is to have a team of employees that are designated safety monitors check for all
hazardous items. § Bookshelves § Wall Mounted Shelves § Heavy objects hang on walls such as paintings and fire extinguishers. § Hanging light fixtures such as ceiling fans § Potted plants hanging from the ceiling § Filing cabinets § Water coolers § Computers, printers, faxes and all other office equipment All of these items should be reinforced to make sure they are properly secured and will not fall during the earthquake. All Electrical office equipment can be held to the desk safely by placing double sided
Velcro stripes on them and the table they are placed on says Chief DiGiovanna. This will help to keep them from flying off the desk and causing injury. If you work in an area that has high natural disaster potential than it is very important that all employees are properly trained in www.fema.gov/earthquake/ earthquake-safety-work. Teaching people how to prepare for an earthquake and how to react when one is occurring is the best way to prevent injuries and save lives. Earthquake safety training will help keep everyone calm during an earthquake DiGiovanna adds. Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
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
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The writer Oliver Burkeman has some advice that would be helpful for you Aries folks to hear right now: “When you assume your current preferences won’t alter, you’ll make bad decisions: embarking on a career or marriage, say, not with a view to its durability, but solely based on how it makes you feel now.” I am most definitely not predicting that you are about to make the kind of bad decision Burkeman refers to. I’m sure my warning here in this horoscope will derail any temptation you might have to make short-sighted moves. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’m happy to report that help from the invisible world is available to you right now. Of course you won’t be able to use it, let alone tune in to it, if you don’t believe there is any such thing as help from the invisible world. So if you are the type of person who is very sure that reality consists of nothing more than what your senses reveal, I suggest that you temporarily suspend that belief. And if you are someone who has had direct experiences with blessings that come from the unseen realm, be aware that the imminent delivery is quite different from those you have known in the past. GEMINi (May 21-June 20): In her book A Monster’s Notes, Laurie Sheck describes the nuances of the term “ghost” in the German language. A mediocre wine may be called unghostly, she says. A witty, lively person is “Rich in Ghostliness,” whereas a dull, blank type “has no ghost in him.” In this spirit, Gemini, I suspect you will have some pretty fine ghostliness working for you in the coming weeks. And there’s a good chance that part of your extra-special mojo will arise from your creative engagement with energies that resemble the more traditional definition of “ghost.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): A one-minute video commercial for The Cosmopolitan luxury resort in Las Vegas shows an elegant woman at a sumptuous feast. She’s eagerly holding her dinner plate up to her face so she can lick it clean of its last delicious taste. The scene shifts to a well-dressed man who’s down on all fours serving as a chair for a chic woman. She applies her make-up while gazing into the shiny mirror-like surface of a highheeled shoe. New scene: An 80-year-old woman pats the butt of a handsome young stud with whom she’s slow-dancing. At the end of the ad, a catchphrase appears: “Just the right amount of wrong.” I say, let that be your mantra in the coming week, Cancerian. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity in 1916. It had radical implications for the field of theoretical physics, but remained an unproven concept until 1919. Then a British physicist verified its accuracy with evidence gathered during a solar eclipse. The Times newspaper in London announced the event with the headline “Revolution in Science: New Theory of the Universe, Newtonian Theories Overthrown.” Not wanting to be left behind, The New York Times assigned one of its own journalists to cover the revolution. Unfortunately, the person they sent was a sports reporter whose specialty was golf. His article was less than illuminating. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned, Leo: When big developments are underway, show up at full strength, with all your powers engaged. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Never to get lost is not to live,” writes Rebecca Solnit in her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost. In fact, she says that not knowing how to get lost is unhealthy. These are useful ideas to consider right now, Virgo. It will probably do you good to get at least semi-lost. As you wander around without a map or compass, I bet you will stumble upon important teachings. At the same time, I hope you will put some thought into how you’re going to get lost. Don’t just leave it to chance. Make sure there’s a method in your madness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the English language, “low man on the totem pole” is an idiom that refers to a person who has the worst job or the least
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status. He or she is considered to be at the low end of the hierarchy. But it’s an incorrect metaphor. The creators of the original totem poles were indigenous Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest, and for them the figure at the bottom of the pole was the most important one. I foresee the possibility of a similar situation arising in your sphere, Libra. Be alert for a misapprehension that needs to be righted. It may be the case that what’s last should actually be first. Something that has been beneath or behind “more important” matters should perhaps get higher priority. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his book Karmic Traces, Eliot Weinberger describes the life story of naked mole rats. They’re animals that never leave their underground tunnels. Normally you Scorpios have nothing in common with them. But in the coming days, I’m hoping there will be one resemblance. According to Weinberger, the naked mole rats “change direction by somersaulting.” Metaphorically speaking, I think this would be an excellent strategy for you. There’s no need to mope cautiously as you alter your course. No need to be lackadaisical and fitful and full of doubts. Just spring into action with a cheery bounce, and move on with a renewed sense of purpose. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The famous philosopher John Searle unleashed a witty dig about the famous philosopher Jacques Derrida, saying he is “the sort of philosopher who gives bullshit a bad name.” One of your fun assignments in the coming week, Sagittarius, is to do the opposite of what Derrida’s work does. In other words, give bullshit a good name. How? Well, you could engage in creative verbal expressions that boost morale and propagate delight and lubricate worthwhile connections. Make up noble fictions that are more accurate and useful that the literal truth. Spread uplifting gossip that heals and invigorates. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The ideal piano player is the one who wants to be the piano,” says a character in Thomas Bernhard’s novel The Loser. He continues: “I say to myself every day when I wake up, I want to be the Steinway, I want to be the Steinway itself.” Your assignment, Capricorn, is to apply this attitude to your own personal situation. In other words, merge with the tool you want to master. Immerse yourself in the skill you’re working to perfect -- disappear into it. In your imagination, become completely united with the thing or person or experience you desire. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination,” said writer Louis Kronenberger. I’m concerned that you may have fallen under the sway of this kind of myopia, Aquarius. A steady stream of useful tips and clues has been appearing, but you’re missing some of them. Your long-range goals aren’t sufficiently clear, so you don’t always recognize the significance of new revelations. Here’s the cure: In your imagination, create a vivid picture of your next big destination. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A group of bicyclists in Southern California challenged a blogger to a race. They said they could cover the 38.4 miles from North Hollywood to Long Beach faster on their bikes than the blogger could get there by plane. As it turned out, they were right. Their trip took an hour and 34 minutes. As for the blogger, he had to drive to the airport, wait for the plane to depart, fly to a different airport, then catch a cab to the designated destination. He arrived about an hour after the cyclists. Can you guess which of those two modes of travel is the preferred metaphor for you this week, Pisces? The earthy, simple, strippeddown approach will get you where you need to go better than the big, elaborate, expensive method. Homework: It’s easy to see fanaticism, rigidity, and intolerance in other people, but harder to acknowledge them in yourself. Do you dare? Testify at Freewillastrology.com. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology firstname.lastname@example.org
April 18 to April 24, 2013
by Bronwyn Ison
Is It Just a Feeling? H
ow do you arrive at your decisions? Do you listen to your mind or heart? Maybe a gut feeling motivates you. Also known as your intuition. What is intuition? Intuition is often described as a primal feeling, sixth sense, inner sense, inner voice, instinct, or a voice of a higher being. Possibly you initiate knee jerk reactions and need to slow your decision process. Becoming more in tune with one self is possible. Each day we are making decisions. What to wear, where to eat, evaluation of your job, large purchases, choosing whom to have or not have in your life. The list continues. Intuitive decision-making is said to require more than common sense. When making an intuitive choice we are receiving the information and ideas from an unknown source. Difficult to pinpoint, we have all experienced some type of message whether to do or not do something. There is also an uncertainty whether intuitive decision-making is beneficial. Are you feeling you could think through things a bit better? Here are a few recommendations on how to connect with your inner self. Taking time to do the following may allow you to see, experience, and perceive decision-making in a positive fashion. Therefore, you may feel better about your overall choices.
Find Quiet Time Taking an adult time-out is helpful and healthy. Sit quietly, jog, do yoga, hike, or bike. Isolate your mind and body. Silence is key. You will be able to think and analyze in peace. Be Accepting Open your mind and heart to what you receive. Abolish the ego and stop thinking you have it figured out. None of us do. Be open to creating a new path for yourself. You may recognize you have endless possibilities. Be Innovative Get into a groove. Taking up a new hobby can allow you to become creative. Our mind is alert when we are creative. Creativity inspires us to look deeper into our souls. This may allow incredible intuitive guidance. Question Yourself Be bold and ask yourself honest questions. Be truthful with yourself. You will gain insight and clarity. Each of us has the skill set and it is about utilizing them to affect changes. You can trust yourself. Journal Your Thoughts Writing your thoughts, ideas, and feelings allows us to physically see what we need to do in our lives. When we write there is truth. Incredible insight can flourish when you see your thoughts in black and white. Any and all things worthwhile require work and patience. Intuition cannot be forced. Feed your brain with information and then allow the rest to happen. Out of the blue you may experience an “Aha” moment. However, if your intuition prompts you to act quickly… go for it! Soften, settle, and relax. The rest will take its course.
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Stepping Stones from Day Job to Dream Job I
f you feel like a day at work is a daily grind, it’s time to think about a career transition. Leaving your day job to pursue your dream job need not be a journey down the long and winding road if you have the right attitude and plan correctly. Securing a new career may take some time, study and research. Meanwhile, before you make the leap avoid the urge to turn in your resignation, or lesson your contribution to your current employer. A successful transition begins with a step-bystep action plan. If you don’t know what your dream job looks like, spend time researching various options. Consider what you like and what you do best. Tools such as the Myers Briggs Test or other personality assessments aid in the self discovery process. Understanding your personality type proves very useful in determining a career path that ignites your passions and plays on your strengths. Another factor to consider is your value system. Are you driven to earn the big bucks? If you seek a position with an uncapped annual salary, sales is a logical choice. Conversely, if you decide a fat paycheck is not as important
as the satisfaction of improving the lives of others, think about social work or a career in the health care field. Create a set of goals that bridges the gap between your current day job and your dream job. If you desire to further your education for the right opportunity and still need to pay the rent, enroll in school part-time while continuing to work in your present position. For example, you might envision a career involving international travel or working abroad. Which foreign language classes are necessary to make that dream a viable reality? Factor in time to become proficient in any necessary new skills. Gifted with the entrepreneurial spirit? Do your homework. Prepare a business and marketing plan. Study the industry and your potential competition. Bankroll some cash to get you through the startup period. When the big day arrives and you are ready to move forward, do so gracefully. It is unwise to burn any bridges. Extend an appropriate notice to your employer and willingly pitch in to complete any project work and help train your replacement. Then set your sails for your dream job. You earned it!
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ith the world watching-on, Adam Scott stepped-up and drained THE putt that every kid grows up dreaming of, hoping for, practicing 100,00 times….and he did it with the weight of the world and with the hopes of a country on his back. Having had the Open Championship’s Clarrett Jug seemingly in his grasp last July only to see it slip away with three bogeys in the last four holes, people wondered if Adam Scott may have been as close as he might ever get again. Whether Adam Scott was merely a guy who was blessed with mad-potential but perhaps not the intestinal fortitude to get it done when it mattered – when “the big one” was on the line. Eerily reminiscent of Phil Mickelson’s major breakout in 2008 when he too made a ten footer for his first green jacket, until that moment people had wondered whether “potential” was ever going to surface or become a punch-line. Be looked-back on like a punchline or a negative because of the fanfare that was there for so long, hailed by so many as “the next one”, all without ever achieving fruition………and then he drained it. And everything was validated, almost instantly. So what about Adam Scott? Who is he? What’s next?......all of the sudden he jumped to #3 in the world – that didn’t take long! Actually, the collapse in last year’s British Open wasn’t the “beginning”, at all. He won last year before the Open…… everyone knows of his seemingly celebrity caddie, Stevie Williams, famous for shlepping Tiger’s bag around for most of those major victories. His carried Greg Norman’s sack for awhile too. Probably gets
too much attention for a guy who never hits a shot but let’s say he helps Adam from a mental or technical standpoint out there, somehow…..ok. Quietly, Adam Scott slipped on a Gold jacket somewhat recently as he won the Australian Masters which, although not as prestigious as THE Masters, may have been a premonition? Obviously it was…… but what a great finish for it. A long putt for birdie on 18 to get to -9 and get into a playoff and then a long putt for birdie to win. To be clear, as can be the case in some years of pressure-packed finishes, no one lost the Master this year, Adam Scott went out and won it. Angel Cabrera played well in defeat but Adam Scott went out and won it and was acknowledged immediately and during play, by his competitor for just that. In a true show of sportsmanship by two men both trying to achieve the ultimate goal in the game of golf, how nice was is it to see such sportsmanship demonstrated at such a crucial, competitive moment? Refreshing…………..Good on ya, mate! Locally, the big news in local sports talk radio is “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3 FM, Saturdays mornings from 6 – 8 a.m. Guests o‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 7-10 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM…… Heads Up!
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