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Living with Autism & Building New Dreams
May 9 to May 15, 2013
by lisa morgan
A Mother’s Perspective
here are those who live and walk among us, drawing daily from a deep well of courage that many of us will never have to tap. The demands, sacrifices and challenges they face on a moment by moment basis, go unrecognized by most. There are regular prejudices and judgments levied against them by others who pass by in ignorance and arrogance. Yet these people carry on, finding joy and purpose in aiding the progress of another who may or may not even have the capacity to thank them directly. These gentle giants are the mothers of children diagnosed with autism. Their numbers are many; much higher than you would venture to guess. And their numbers are rising quickly. Based on the latest statistics listed by the Autism Society, one in every 88 children is diagnosed with autism, a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life, and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, a disorder that is prevalent in almost 1 in every 54 boys in the United States. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country with a staggering 1,148% growth rate. I wanted to pay tribute to some of the most courageous mothers I know in honor of Mother’s Day. I wanted to write something beautiful, eloquent and moving. But I could not write anything as powerful as the simple testimony of each of these women loving their children deeply, in word and deed every day, on a level that is not demanded of other mothers. Their courageous, fighting spirits are brilliantly displayed, as they simply tell the truth of
their experience, each echoing the joy and pain of it, finding gratitude in hard places. Lisa Jimenez and Her J-Walkers: “It’s about 6 o’clock in the morning and Aidan comes jumping in my bed. He’s asking for breakfast and wants to know what’s happening for the day. Since Aidan needs medication to get through a normal day as most know it, I drag myself out of bed and get started on the routine. We have four young boys. Troy is 10 years old, Aidan & Evan are 8 years old, and Lukas is 6 years old. That in itself is a lot to take on. However, Troy and Aidan are on the autism spectrum. Troy was diagnosed at age 4½, right as he entered regular education kindergarten. Being an educator myself, and after sending him to a year of preschool with other kids, why wouldn’t he take the same route as others did? But Troy had issues. He knew things but had difficulty expressing them. Troy got anxious easily and, to soothe himself, would flap his hands quickly an inch in front of his eyes. He almost always played near other kids but never knew how to play with them. As a parent, it was painful to watch. Why couldn’t my first born be just like all the other kids? Why was I chosen to go through this? What was I supposed to do now? The twins were born six weeks early and in the NICU for almost a month after that. We were happy to add fraternal boys to our family. But our journey was far from over. 2½ years later, we found out that the oldest twin, Aidan, was autistic as well. Aidan seemed locked away in his own world and didn’t know how to get out. He was unable to communicate, except to repeat what we said to him. It was a guessing game to find out how to meet his basic needs. Aidan was happier playing alone or finding a wheel
of a car and watching it spin for hours. He started special education preschool when he turned 3 years old. As a parent, I began to blame myself. Why did my boys have to go through this kind of life? Are they always going to struggle? What did I do wrong? This is what God dealt me. And I chose to accept it and figure out how to raise my boys the best way possible. We have been blessed with wonderful supportive family and friends throughout this journey. Believe me, there are days that I want to give up or run away. But I would never be able to. The boys need me. With every year of school the issues change a bit. But Troy gets help outside the classroom at his school to help him catch up both academically and socially. Aidan works really hard in his Special Day Class and is making huge progress this year. I don’t expect it to ever get easy. But we celebrate our little victories and appreciate all that we have. Early detection is important, but having a strong support system in place is just as important. Every year in April, we (me, my husband, our boys and our extended family and friends) walk for Autism Speaks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Our team, the ‘Jay Walkers’, has about 30 members that help raise awareness and donations for autism research. Knowing that we aren’t alone helps. There are many therapies and various organizations that can help autistic kids. I have given advice to friends who
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by Lisa Morgan
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“Expecting Rain” and Other Musings
had the extreme pleasure to spend the better part of an hour on the phone with the notorious bad boy, Michael Madsen. This deep, analytical thinker, who applies his powers of observation to acting, photography and poetry, was probably one of the easiest people I’ve ever talked to. Far from the practiced and coached interview one might expect from a member of Hollywood’s hot list, Madsen spoke freely and honestly about his inspirations, experiences and perspectives. It seems his successes were a result of some kind of prepared, accidental providence; the result of simply knowing and being who he was, and by chance, finding ways in which to express his deep thinking nature. He’s a thoughtful, straight shooter with nothing to hide and a lot to share. Madsen the Poet: “I like him better than Kerouac: raunchier, more poignant. He’s got street language, images I can relate to, blows my mind with his drifts of gutwrenching riffs. This actor is a poet and he is cool, of course, he is Michael Madsen.” Dennis Hopper It was Dennis Hopper’s recognition and praise that inspired the actor best known for his performances in Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco and Kill Bill (among others) to continue in his writing endeavors as a poet and muse. His first book of poetry happened almost by accident as he was using the scraps of paper, napkins and matchbook covers that he was constantly writing on as kindling to build a fire on a frigid New Mexico night. He shared with me that his girlfriend at the time, stopped to look at the scraps that he was burning and said, “What are you doing? You should publish these!” Thus, Beer, Blood and Ashes and Eat the Worm were published. That was in 1995. Since then, he has released Burning in Paradise (1998), A Blessing of the Hounds (2002), 46 Down; A Book of Dreams and Other Ramblings (2004), and When Pets Kill (2005). In 2005, 13 Hands Publications compiled all of his poetry into one book,
and released The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol 1: 1995-2005. Another book of poetry, American Badass, was released on September 25, 2009. Madsen dedicated the book to the memory of his friend and Kill Bill co-star, David Carradine. “I was astounded to hear someone of his (Dennis Hopper’s) caliber to say that about my writing,” he said, as moved by the idea today as he must have been then. “It was overwhelming. At the time I wasn’t even considering trying to write anything again. But his commendation inspired me to keep going. James Cagney said, ‘Everyone wants to be admired.’ More than anything, I think you want to do something that makes a difference. The funny thing about books: with movies you hear about them all the time. They’re in your face; people are talking about them. With books, it kind of disappears into a different world...it leaves home like a grown child that you haven’t heard from, and shows up when you least expect it. I like that even better now than making pictures. I’ll tell you this, I’m very glad I did it. There were a lot of times I thought it was preposterous and a waste of time. Now I realize that it really gets out there and it gets around in a different kind of way than a movie; it’s more interesting.” “I just finished a new book, and I find it hard to believe that I’ll ever write another
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think they might have a child on the autism spectrum. By starting with a medical doctor for a diagnosis, you can then find others who can help you. Although I spend most of my waking hours doing something for the boys in one way or another, I wouldn’t change places with anyone else. These boys are my responsibility. They depend on me, and I need them just as much.” Jill Orr, Parent and Teacher: “As another Mother’s Day approaches, I am again envious of the toddlers dressed in starched matching outfits, waiting in the brunch line, completely calm. I tried that once. However, as it turns out, my child did not like starch or lines or brunch for that matter. My son has autism. I was never in denial of my son’s disability. And yes, I’m going to say “disability”. If that causes you to flinch and it’s not PC, then pop on over to my house during ANY transition time, and I bet you will be “ok” with the label. My son is now almost 12, and guess what? He is still autistic. After thousands of dollars in therapy and childhood memories that we cannot reclaim, I’m still baffled by why I got to have the child I can’t teach? You see, I am a teacher. I am a teacher for the neuro-typical child ranging in ages from 8 weeks to 18 years. I have a few degrees and certificates that support just that. I have taught all ages in this country and overseas. So when the doctor finally said, ‘Your son has autism’, I thought, ‘Great! Now I know how to get him the help he needs!’ ‘Not so fast’, said fate. Turns out, autism is very different for every child. Of course I went through the different stages of grief… NOT!!!! Nope. When you have a child you need to rescue, you just don’t have time for the nervous breakdown you deserve. I read about the people who have autism and are leading productive lives. I have amazing friends. I also have another child (my eldest) who has the patience of a saint. I go to yoga and I drink wine. I have an amazing man in my life who loves both of my children and the dog. So that helps with the anxiety, the strange looks from people, the calls from the principal’s office and the
constant comment, “Wow, he doesn’t look autistic.” What does autism look like? What does it look like to you? Does it look like one in every 88 kids? It just may be that toddler in a starched outfit, waiting patiently in line. I am at the end of teaching second grade for the 2012-2013 school year in Nevada. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, I gave up all of my prep periods to teach the student body about autism; yep, kids 4-14 this year. I received approval for the students to wear blue (the color for autism awareness) and to donate one dollar per student to Grant A Gift Autism Foundation. As I look out over that sea of blue, I accept that my purpose is far greater than to teach my son; it’s to teach you. Please become the society that accepts people for their differences. When I am gone, remember to be kind to each other. If you see someone lost or out of sorts or who ‘looks autistic’, ask if you can help. You will probably never meet me in a brunch line with well-behaved children, but I am here, waiting on the front lines. If you ever need an advocate, I can certainly point you in the right direction, as long as your mantra is… “People with disabilities are different… not less.” Linda and Christopher: “Christopher is now 11. On the autism spectrum, he is severely autistic. We were living in Texas when, at around 2 years old, he began losing all of his speech and language skills. He wouldn’t look at his image in the mirror and wouldn’t respond to his name anymore. I thought at first that maybe he had gone deaf. The doctor checked him out and said his hearing was fine, told me to be patient and that he’d come around. Everyone, including my own family, kept telling me I was overreacting. Even his pediatrician told me to calm down, and that it was ‘nothing’. I told them, ‘No, something’s wrong!’ I was on the computer all the time, reading things that scared me to death. Years ago, we had to fight family and doctors to get a diagnosis. The first diagnosis we were given was PDDNOS/Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. That was pretty much the medical term for ‘looks like autism but we don’t want to call it that yet.’ Christopher wasn’t diagnosed with autism until 2 years later, after all kinds of tests. Still, I didn’t know if he’d talk again or be able to do normal things. We couldn’t take him anywhere. Restaurants would cause him to melt down; between the people and the smells, it was too much stimulus. We didn’t go to the mall or the grocery store because he would have a serious fit, screaming and throwing himself on the ground, hitting his head... it was extremely severe. It was an uphill battle getting the diagnosis, and then to get help. Texas schools didn’t seem to want to give anything away so they wouldn’t tell you, ‘Hey, you can get this service for free.’ Luckily, California was different. When I moved out here to the desert, I found a lot of support through the Coachella Valley Autism Society and other special parents. There were so many
services available that were free or really discounted because of fundraisers like the Annual Concert for Autism (a benefit concert to raise awareness and funds for autism charities) and Lumpy’s Annual Scramble for Autism Golf Tournament. ABA therapy by B.E.S.T. Services, provided by the Inland Regional Center, was instrumental in Christopher’s development. Now, due to the services available, the great teachers and the right medication, Christopher can answer yes or no questions and has a very large vocabulary. He still can’t hold a conversation with you, but he can answer questions, which is huge! If I ask him if he’s sick, he can tell me yes. He’s reading now! I never thought he’d be able to read. I can take him pretty much everywhere - to The Living Desert where he has a blast, to the grocery store where he helps me shop, to a restaurant where he’ll sit and eat. I can even take him to a movie theater. There are so many things that he’s doing now at age 11 -things that I never thought we’d ever be able to do. It seems the medical field isn’t in denial anymore, patting moms and dads on the head and telling us we are overreacting. They see it now. They are diagnosing much earlier. The Desert Sands Unified School District has great teachers and programs in place. Still, you have to educate yourself and fight for the programs your child needs when you walk in to get your individualized education plan. One thing I’d want to tell other parents who are in the beginning stages of getting the diagnosis and dealing with the feelings that follow, is this: In the beginning you feel like, ‘I had these dreams for my kid and now they’re gone!’ As a parent of a
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child diagnosed with severe autism, I can tell you, they’re not gone. You just have to make a new dream. That’s all. Yeah, Christopher’s probably never going to play on the high school football team or get married. He will never be in a regular class in school and will probably always be in special education classes. I will probably be taking care of him until the day I die. There are so many things that he won’t be able to do, but he’s so much better than he was. I had to learn that all the dreams that I had for him are new now. So many things that people who don’t have a kid with special needs take for granted, like tying shoes, doing simple math or going to a store without screaming, are things that you become so grateful for. All the ‘little’ milestones are major accomplishments. I’m grateful for everything now, and I don’t sweat the small stuff like I used to. There are a lot of things that aren’t important any more, except for how lucky and blessed I am to have such great kids. Christopher amazes me all the time!” To find out more about autism visit the website http://www.cvasa.org/ or call 760-772-1000. They are located at 77564 Country Club Dr., Building B, Suite 363, Palm Desert, CA 92255.
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one. It’s kind of the same thing as American Badass, but a little more streamlined. I feel like I’ve said everything I had to say in it. I swear I haven’t written another thing since I wrote it.” That book, Expecting Rain, will debut mid-summer of this year. Madsen promised me that he was going to make an appearance at the upcoming AMFM Festival in Cathedral City to do a Q & A for the screening of The Getaway. He will also be reading excerpts from Expecting Rain. “I’m a thinker, sometimes to my own detriment, and I’ve been blessed with perception. I have more perception than the average person needs. I’ve never had to conjure up anything to write. I’m constantly writing things down on napkins and receipts.” He chuckled as he told me, “I even wrote on my leg at one time because I was stuck in a cab in New York City and didn’t have any paper.” He dove into detail about the background that formed his skills as an actor, writer and artist. “I was kind of a hoodlum as a kid; I was kind of a ‘roustabout’. My parents split up, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I ran off and did my own thing. I put on the ‘black hat’ at a very young age, and the guys in the white hats don’t like that. You get surrounded by an awful lot of people who will do you in. You tend to run with the wrong crowd, and it gets to be a lonely thing. I had somewhat of a lonesome experience as a young boy, and spent a lot of time watching people – what they say and what they did. I had to; it was selfpreservation at the time. Later on in life, it served me very well.” Madsen the Photographer: “I’ve always been drawn to black and white photography; maybe because I remember my mom watching TV in black and white. I remember very clearly, watching the Kennedy assassination in black and white. Like writing, I just did it for me, and didn’t think anything would come of it. If people said it was good, I didn’t know if they really liked it or if they were reacting
www.coachellavalleyweekly.com to the photographer/movie actor thing. Somehow, people think that the pictures would take on some enormous worth just because I was a movie actor. It was Dennis Hopper, once again, who saw one of my photo books and encouraged me to seriously pursue taking pictures. He told me that, and all the while, I had no idea that he himself was a photographer. He showed me some black and white photos, and I thought they were great. It wasn’t until a month later he finally told me they were pictures that he’d actually taken.” In 2006, Madsen released his first book of photography entitled: Signs of Life, published by 13 Hands Publications, which also contains some selections of his poetry. He dedicated this book to the memory of his good friend and fellow actor, Chris Penn, who starred with Madsen in Reservoir Dogs and Mulholland Falls. Madsen the Actor: As we spoke, it became very clear how his relationship with the late Dennis Hopper impacted Madsen . “Dennis said some tremendous things to me. He referred to acting as ‘a calling’. I don’t know if I can call it that, but Dennis did. One time I told Dennis that I wasn’t comfortable as a movie actor. He asked me, ‘Well, what else would you have done?’ I told him, I probably would have been a carpenter. Dennis said to me, (and here Madsen slips into a perfect impression of the icon) ‘Look what happened to him, man.’ I thought to myself, he’s right! I’ve got nothing to complain about.” He laughed as he reminisced thoughtfully about his old friend. Madsen is starring in the independent film, Serpent in the Bottle, which will also be screened at the AMFM Festival this summer. Here, he gets to slip into a good guy role as the sage bartender who offers up golden nuggets of wisdom to the struggling main character. He describes his role as “the Morgan Freeman/Hal Holbrook in the movie.” It’s notable that Madsen has been in a lot of independent films. I asked him if it was by chance or choice. “It’s a little bit of both,” he answered. “Someone told me early on not to do Reservoir Dogs. You never know what someone has or what they’re going to do. I try to give people a chance, and see if I find it interesting and can bring something to it. 7 times out of 10 it doesn’t work. I’ve been lucky, because I’ve done some good ones.” I made mention of the fact that many of the roles Madsen had played were bad guys. “I didn’t intentionally go for roles as bad guys. I worked at a gas station, had a dream, like everybody else in Hollywood, but little confidence it would happen. At my first reading, I was wearing my uniform; I worked at a gas station, so I was wearing my Union 76 shirt with name patch and work pants. I was on my motorcycle, on my way to work, and stopped in to read for this audition. I didn’t even consider what to wear. I just went in, read and went to work. I heard back the same day that I got the part. It was a two part episode of St Elsewhere with Denzel Washington. The agent trying to represent me said, ‘The
casting director thought it was genius coming in dressed as a blue color worker.’ I was stunned. At that moment, I realized the oblivious nature of Hollywood and the inane fragility and façade of Hollywood. I thought, ‘Is that all there is to it?’ They cast me as the mean brother who was lying to the hospital about who beat up my younger brother, stirring up racial tensions while protecting my father. From then on, I was cast to do the same thing. I was happy to do it; I didn’t have to pump gas and drive tow trucks anymore. I didn’t realize I was being steered in that direction. I was just happy to stay busy doing what I wanted to do.” “I wasn’t being force fed into the public either. I didn’t have a large studio and publicist behind me. These days, actors are fed to the public. The industry and their financing has the ability to get behind an actress or actor in such a way that you hear about them or see them every day of your life, whether you want to or not. That’s considered to be ‘Star Power’. God forbid you have an opinion about that or say what I just said. Then you’re perceived as the enemy- someone who figured out the game. The people who created the game don’t like that at all. You inevitably end up as a cowboy, and you better have a good horse.” Delving further into the nuances of
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Hollywood, he added, “Hollywood’s funny. You’re walking down the street one day with your ass in your hand. The next day you do something smart, and everybody wants to be your best friend. Even the people who walked right past you when you had your ass in your hands will tell you, “Oh I didn’t see you” or “I knew you’d be alright”, as if they’d never passed you by.” It is my opinion that Michael Madsen definitely has “a good horse” and with his multi-faceted abilities to express and portray thoughts, observations and ideas, he will be contributing and making a difference, in one form or another, for a long time to come. Perhaps I am biased. After all, when I asked him, out of all these things that you’re doing, what is your favorite part? He answered, “This part - this interview right now. It’s really true,” he reiterated. I scrambled for composure. The guy’s still got it. We will all have the incredible opportunity to meet this man of many talents and depths, ask questions and hear him read his poetry at the AMFM Festival, the three day celebration of art, music, film and more. The festival will be held in Cathedral City, June 13-16th. For tickets, go to amfmfest.com. To follow Michael Madsen go to michaelmadsen.com.
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Local Music Spotlight
by Noe Gutierrez
Psst.. it’s the Pssstols I
t’s 111° in Cathedral City, when the last member of the PSSSTOLS strolls into the basement where the rest of the band awaits. A quick hello to his fellow members, he straps on his guitar and drinks some wine. Joel counts it in and the music begins. This is a sample of a day in the life of ‘PSSSTOLS’ a Coachella Valley new wave rock group who dispense high energy and accelerated tempos. In listening to their tunes ‘Marizabelle’ and ‘Domino’ a conglomerate of early U2 and Modern English comes to mind. In no particular order, the band members are; Jesus Escarrega on guitar, Sal Guitierrez on guitar, Joel Guerrero on drums, Nick Hernandez on bass and Victor Aguirre on vocals. The origin of the band name was conceived by Gutierrez after having played with the words pssst and pistol. Aguirre
admits, “We needed something that would draw attention by simply reading it and from this came “Pssst…. Have you heard of the PSSSTOLS?” “The sounds and swirls of the desert’s psychedelic nature and the stamp of desert rock being influential in any desert kid’s musical upbringing is not something that can be denied in our guitar strumming or our drum and bass thumping. We’ve all been influenced by many things around the world including our culture. From the reggaeton drum beats incorporated into our song ‘Eyes Like Rain’ to the tricky time signature math rock influence in a song like ‘Hielo Hielo’ and our Columbian vice influenced ‘Burandanga,’” Aguirre shares. PSSSTOLS display a pride of the desert too often distanced by other people in their demographic. Accepting their lot they have
initiated a paving of a new road for Latinos who rock. Aguirre elaborates about his band members’ attitudes towards desert living, “As anyone that has lived here their entire life will tell you, as much as we love the desert, we’ve all at one point wished to be somewhere else, maybe not forever and maybe not actually there, just in our imaginations, but the members of the PSSSTOLS look out above these mountains that provide a cocoon to grow musically for inspiration.” PSSSTOLS music is not easily defined by the band members. Aguirre poetically states about PSSSTOLS music, “Our songs are a product of space wine, a lifetime of Sex Pistols, Joy Division, backwards peace signs and a powerful drive to wanna make people dance any which way they please; all being blown together by the Cat City breeze. We invite you to experience uninhibited well-dressed debauchery at any of our performances throughout the Coachella valley and abroad. With the hope of one
Local Music Spotlight
212 in 2013: Sounding Good & Looking to Finish Strong
day becoming a piece of desert folklore shared around the world.” PSSSTOLS were recently the featured performers on BandWidth Mondo, a brand new internet music talk show that broadcasts live on LA Talk Live. The show was created by LA Talk Live producer Lixe Hernandez. Lixe teamed up with best friend Mondo Cosio. Bandwidth Mondo is all about supporting new music in Southern California. I did all I could to withstand the puns on guns given the band name. So I’ll say this instead, “Their weapon of choice is music, but if that doesn’t get the job done, an AR15 will do.” You can find more information about PSSSTOLS on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, SoundCloud and YouTube. Future Shows: Friday May 10, 2013 – The Date Shed Saturday May 11, 2013 – The Hood Bar & Pizza-The 6th Annual Concert for Autism. Sunday June 2, 2013 – The Continental Room in Fullerton, CA PSSSTOLS are also scheduled to perform in June at the multi-faceted cultural extravaganza AMFM Fest as part of Coachella Valley Weekly’s Showcase. Find out more about AMFM Fest at www.amfmfest.com
here isn’t a band around that hasn’t had to face the drama of personnel changes. Bands are very much like families. They work together to create something really cool, and when it works, there’s nothing better. But like family members, people move or change jobs, temporarily upsetting the perfect balance they all created together. Some bands never come back from a major personnel change. But some bands, like 212, create a whole new dynamic that is absolutely a joy to see and hear. According to Mike Gustin, owner of MTG Studios, and Christine, his partner in crime, “212 is a good cover band fronted by a solid male vocalist. They are a group of talented musicians that play a good variety of songs that work real well with Mike the lead vocalist (i.e. Bad Company, Zeppelin etc.) They have good chemistry, good stage presence, a solid sound and a good rhythm section. They are probably my favorite, all guy cover band now! Not to mention, they are all real cool guys. The recent member changes are a definite improvement in my opinion.” For the first time, 212 are fronted by a male vocalist. Michael “The Voice” Labrecque hails from the northern parts of Vermont. He was raised on heavy doses of early rock n roll with the likes of Aerosmith and ZZ TOP, just to name a few. He sang right along with them, loud and clear until his mom screamed at him to “turn that racket down!” It’s quite obvious by his vocal strength, that little Michael was not exactly “an obedient child”. When he moved to California back in the summer of ’95, he dazzled karaoke audiences, but soon got tired of waiting in line to sing. So he joined The Bone Yard Dogs, playing throughout the Inland Empire and the Coachella Valley, thrilling huge crowds at biker weekend events at the famed Kickstand in Palm Springs. Michael then joined the LA band Without Warning from which he still maintains a loyal following. Today, he is the voice to the power trio 212! A power trio with power vocals – how does that not work! Michael truly fell into this spot by a pure stroke of luck. Chuck Baum, one of the original members of the band, still scratches his head wondering out loud, “How does one not read an email for 3 weeks and still get the gig?” Michael has an awesome wife and 3 kids that support his music addiction. The band is very grateful that they allow him to come out and play with the boys as often as they do! Leonard Colvin II has been playing drums and percussion for over 35 years. “I had my first set of drums at the age of 5. I
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learned to read drum music in elementary school. I continued playing all the way through high school where I was involved in concert band and jazz band. I was the first sophomore to be a snare section leader for the sweepstakes-winning, marching band at Pacific High School in San Bernardino.” Now let me stop here for a moment. If the term “band geek” is popping into your mind, let me point something out to you: How many football players in high school are still playing football and getting chicks? That’s right! NONE! But you can pretty
Thomas grew up in a family of musicians. Mom, Laura, was a pianist and dad, George, was a jazz vocalist. Jimmy got his own start in music in the third grade with brass wind instruments. He too continued to play through his high school years in band. He received his first bass guitar in the 6th grade, and from that point forward, it has been his main passion. Jimmy played in several garage bands. In high school, he co-founded the band Chaser, a classic rock cover band local to Sunnymead, CA. After graduating high school, Jimmy worked with a Riverside band, touring the Los Angeles and Orange County music scenes. They were the opening band on many big stages throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. As the story goes for many musicians, the treacherous “day job” eventually took over
I started with them right as I turned 15 (my freshman year in high school). We played a lot of school dances and private parties. The next band I started was called Back Pages. I played with these guys until the end of my sophomore year. Shortly after that, I met some local musicians and started a band called Emanon (which is “no name” backwards – weren’t we creative!) This was a much bigger and professional band than the others. We played a lot of bars and nightclubs in Chicago and Wisconsin. But once I went to college, my musical career pretty much ended. Between 1982 and 2010 I would just gig with different bands as the opportunities allowed. In March of 2010, I decided to pick up the guitar again and get back to some serious playing. Shortly after, I found myself as lead guitarist for the Suzanne
much guess that those “band geeks” are still rockin and gettin the girl. At the age of 18, this highly intelligent “band geek” moved out to Los Angeles to study with the private instructor, Doug Mathews. “Doug not only taught me to improve my playing ability, but more importantly, taught me how to have a professional attitude. After spending 5 years in Los Angeles, I decided to go out on the road to play country music in various states across the country. After 4 years of that, I decided to join a top 40 band. We played several casinos in Las Vegas, Laughlin and Reno, Nevada; it was a great experience that I will never regret.” For the past 15 years, Doug has played with a variety of different bands in Southern California. “Now that I am playing with 212, I’m being pushed even more to continue improving my drumming ability. I seriously look forward to playing with these guys for a long time.” A Southern California native, Jimmy
and Jimmy had to put music on the back burner. It’s common knowledge, that once you are bitten by the music bug, you can never stay away for long. After relocating back to the desert in 2000, Jimmy got bit by the music bug once again and by 2002, was scratching that itch with a vengeance. He was out in the local music scene playing in several bands, gigging at the Tack Room Tavern, O’Leary’s Pub, The Red Barn, Augustine Casino, Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Casino, and Palm Desert Country Club. When Jimmy and Chuck met in 2011, they set out to put together a hot-rockin’ band – the band we now know and love, called Two Twelve/212. Chuck Baum.... what to say about Chuck Baum. Well I can tell you this much from my own personal experience. EVERYBODY loves Chuck. He has to be one of the most likeable guys in the industry. Chuck started playing guitar at age 11. “The first real band I played in was called Orion Trooper.
Oliver Band. In December of 2011 I moved on from SOB to form a new band called Two Twelve/212 (which by the way is the boiling point of water). We have gone through quite a few incarnations with this group, but think we have actually landed on the perfect recipe. I’m hoping that this band will take us back into playing casinos and larger venues. In the past year I have had the privilege of playing with Jeff Beck, Paul Stanley, and Lita Ford. I am really enjoying getting back into my music! Jimmy and I are ecstatic to have our two new members on board. We are ready to kick ass and take names!” 212 will be doing just that at the following venues: May 25- Grubstakes Days in Yucca Valley June 1- The Tack Room Tavern June 7- The Red Barn Follow 212 on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwoTwelveBand
May 9 to May 15, 2013
SOS : Soldiers Organized Services
n January 2007, Erica Stone stumbled across a stranded Marine at Palm Springs airport. He had been shot in the leg and had fallen off a building in Iraq. He had nobody there. His whole unit was still in Iraq. His plane had been delayed and now he was going to have to wait there for 23 hours until the next bus came to take him to base. She insisted on taking him. He said, “Ma’m, I don’t want to put you out.” Erika insisted and they were off. She laughs at herself as she remembers how she had a really bad paper cut that she had been complaining about for three days. There she was, grabbing the steering wheel with her finger sticking up, complaining about her paper cut. Meanwhile, here was this Marine who didn’t complain once about his crushed leg. Meanwhile at home, Erica discovered that her father, a war veteran, would sit in his truck waiting for her to call him to take her somewhere, saying it was the highlight of his day. It was by these and other divine appointments all coming together, that Erica Stone was driven to start SOS, a transportation program, free to service men and women and their families. In its humble beginnings, the number of enlisted
volunteers was about 8 volunteers deep. Many of these, like her dad, were on a fixed income and were looking to fill their day with something meaningful. Once word got out about the program, that number grew from 8 to 64 in one day! In their first year, SOS transferred 500 Marines. Erica says, “I just could not believe it! I was so amazed. Now (she laughs) we’ve transferred over 39,000. In 7 weeks over the last holiday period, we transported 2,200 Marines. That’s more than we transported in our first two years put together. There is story after story of how not only the lives of the service members are touched by this organization, but how the volunteers themselves, have been forever changed by their contact with these amazing service men and women.” Erica goes on to say, “We really take certain things for granted. For instance, when I go on vacation, I make sure I have money for a rental car and other incidentals. Many of these guys and their families are on a really fixed income. Just taking leave can put a major dent in their budget.” Erica went on to explain, “People ask all the time, ‘Why don’t they just rent a car?’ Well, you have to be 25 to rent a car. Many of these men are between the ages of
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Changing the Lives of Our Heroes, One Ride at a Time
18 and 24! They’ve never been away from home in their lives. A Marine that comes in on orders is reimbursed by the Marine Corp for their travels. But for the Marine who steps off the base for pre-deployment leave, emergency leave or liberty, he/she is responsible for all their expenses.” There have been some incredible obstacles. Erica was actually harassed and even received death threats from anonymous taxi drivers and companies who complained that she was taking their income and disrupting the economy. “But I was just the girl for the job, because you don’t dare tell me what I can and cannot do.” Just when the obstacles seemed to be too much for her something happened that was the turning point for SOS and solidified Erica’s mission and purpose. Erica went to pick up a young, new Marine. He was wide eyed and scared, going to the base for the first time. They ended up getting lost and driving around quite a while before they found where he needed to go. Michael Patton was his name. A while later Erica got a call from him saying, “I don’t know if you remember me... we spent a lot of time driving around the base...” “Of course I remember you,” Erika replied. “Do you need transportation?” “No ma’m,” he said. “But I’ll be deploying in three days, and my wife is coming out to see me. I was wondering if you could give her a ride to the base.” Of course Erika was more than happy to do it. She picked up his young bride, Amy, and got her to the base by 10 o’clock at night. The unit didn’t actually deploy until around 3 am. Erica sat in her car and watched them kiss and say goodbye as she cried for them from her car. These were high school sweethearts saying goodbye and facing the unknown. “I think everybody should witness at least one deployment,” insists Erica. “The air was so eerie and the weight of what was happening was so intense. The amount of courage, sacrifice and strength that was required to get through this was overwhelming.” Amy got back in the car and they began the long drive back to the airport. “Ma’m,” said Amy. “I just want you to know how much it meant
to my husband that you were here for me when I came back to the car.” “It took me forever to get to the airport,” shared Erica. “We were crying and I was trying to offer her encouragement. I told her how when he came back, she could come and be part of SOS. I had never experienced anything on that level before.” “A couple months later, Amy called me. Again, she started with, ‘Mam, I don’t know if you remember me...’ Of course I remember you, Amy! When are you coming down? ‘I’m not’ she said. ‘Michael was killed in action.’ She called me on the day his body was shipped back,” shared Erica with emotion in her voice. “We flew her out so she could be part of his memorial service on base. I have to tell you, the courage and strength of that little girl just blew me away. I knew if this little girl could get through this, then I could get through anything to keep SOS going.” Later Amy wrote to Erica about how she and Michael met. Like the girl fresh out of high school that she was, she dotted the i’s with hearts. Then she shared about the morning she woke up and could hear her mama crying outside her bedroom door; how she didn’t want to get out of bed because she knew what she would be walking into. SOS was there for this young couple when they needed them most. And the stories don’t stop here. They go on and on! Service members send pictures of their newborns, saying “Thank you ma’m for the ride that got me here.” SOS has found a hole in our services to armed forces and they meet an extremely important need. During the season, SOS has 160 volunteers. With summer coming, they are down to 60. They carry liability insurance in the amount of 2 million dollars and reimburse their drivers for gas. They REFUSE to take any contributions from service members and their families. They are completely fueled by donations. SOS is a program that takes so little to do so much. They are currently campaigning to recruit drivers and funds. If you want to be part of this incredible story, go to SOSride. org. Take a good look at this organization. Read the notes from the service men and women who have been helped directly by this organization and see if you are not absolutely compelled to participate in some way to keep this incredible service going. I know I am.
May 9 to May 15, 2013
by Eleni P. Austin
ack at the turn of the last century, vocalist Thomas Mars, guitarists Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz and bassist Deck D’Arcy formed the band Phoenix in Paris, France. As a garage band, Phoenix cut their teeth covering songs by Hank Williams, Sr. and Prince. Soon they began composing their own music. By 2000, they released their debut, United. With their sophomore effort, 2004’s Alphabetical, the band began to achieve some critical acclaim. Songs like “Everything Is Everything” and “Run Run Run” went into heavy rotation on tastemaking L.A. radio station, KCRW. Phoenix quickly followed up with a live recording, LIVE! Thirty Days Ago, in 2005 and their third release, It’s Never Been Like That, in 2006. But it was their fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that completely upped the ante for Phoenix. Wolfgang.. was an immaculate distillation of Pure Pop
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sensation and sophisticated songcraft. Suddenly the band was topping the charts, playing festivals like Bonaroo and Coachella. The icing on their very popular cake was a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 2010. It has taken nearly four years to craft a follow-up to Wolfgang… The new album, Bankrupt! comes on the heels of Phoenix’s headlining Saturday sets at this
year’s Coachella. The album opens with the first single, “Entertainment.” A decidedly 80s effort, the tune is anchored by a galloping beat, translucent falsetto harmonies and “Turning Japanese” synth stylings. The lyrics offer a reductive take teenage romance. The critical and commercial success of Wolfgang.. raised the band’s profile and allowed them to travel in more rarefied circles. (Thomas Mars has partnered with Academy Award nominated director Sofia Coppola and they have a child together.) Three songs on Bankrupt! reflect their new, superficial environs. “S.O.S. In Bel Air” is a scathing commentary on the vapid Kardashian culture in Hollywood… “When idols are boredom to everyone.” The instrumentation combines belchy electronic percussion and rapid fire guitar riffs. The band’s contempt is displayed in a more subversive manner on “Trying To Be Cool.” The lyrics combine nonsequiturs like “Mint Julep testosterone” and “Two dozen pink and white Ranunculus.” The instrumentation layers plinky synth figures, skittery guitars and click track percussion that echoes 80s bands like ABC and Talk Talk.
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Finally, “Drakkar Noir” is pretty irresistible. Name checking the ubiquitous cologne as a symbol of mediocrity, the track is both spacious and playful. “Kick Out The Jams” guitar licks collide with Casio keyboards mimicking lush Harpsichord runs. A couple of songs, “The Real Thing” and “Bourgeois,´slow the proceedings a bit. The former is a melancholy tone poem, musing on the missed romantic connection between doomed lovers “Lancelot and Salome.” The latter is also a wistful meditation on amour gone sour. Cloaked in a sweeping melody (that could be played over the end credits of a mawkish John Hughes film), the tune is replete with shala-la sad choruses and corrosive guitar riffs. The best track here is “Chloroform.” Powered by stuttery “Fly Like An Eagle” synth lines, The subtle rhythm locks into a hypnotic groove. The lyrics depict a sideways seduction gone horribly awry. Mars insists …. “My love is cruel.” Suddenly the whole arrangement down shifts, introducing warm acoustic instruments for a sweet coda. Other stand out tracks include the jittery “Don’t” and the title cut. Bankrupt! plays out like an extended suite. The intro has synths burbling and gurgling for nearly four minutes before Mars weighs in on monogamy… “Forever is for everyone else.” The album closes with the frenetic Disco apocalypse of “Oblique City.” Bankrupt! was produced by longtime co-hort (and Cassius member,) Phillipe Zdar. Zdar is sometimes referred to as the “French Phil Spector” and the comparison is apropos, his attention to detail is evident. The band even purchased (on ebay, for $17,000) the same console Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones used on Thriller. The goal was to replicate the same warm and intimate vibe of that epochal album. While Wolfgang… was light and airy, Bankrupt! is more dense and experimental. The album benefits from repeated listening. Ultimately a worthy addition to the Phoenix discography.
Hart & Soul Do Rodgers & Hart at Lyons English Grille
yons English Grille in association with Chi-Chi Productions present Jennifer Hart and Llew Matthews in “Isn’t It Romantic” on Sunday, May 19. The Dinner Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with Showtime at 7 p.m. $44.95 for dinner and show and $20 for the show only with a two drink minimum. Reservations are required by calling (760) 327-1551. Lyons English Grille is located at 233 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Originally from Pella, Iowa, Jennifer Hart has 4 older sisters, all musically talented. Her mother played the piano and organ, and made sure her five daughters had a good education in music. Her father enjoyed singing. All the girls would sing and harmonize while washing dishes and doing chores around the house. They all took piano lessons. “Our teacher Queene Snow-Cox, had a recital,” said Jennifer, “I remember all three of us sitting at the piano and playing together. I started playing saxophone when I was in the sixth grade and I was the student conductor of the high school band.
I was very involved in the music programs at school and also sang in small groups and in the choir.” They never had a TV until she went to college, where she received a degree in Music and Education. In the early 1990s, she moved to California and performed as a pianist and vocalist in the lobby of the Hyatt Suites in Palm Springs followed by performing at Mamma Gina’s in Palm Desert. She is also an organist, songwriter, arranger and recording artist. Currently, her niece, Laurinda Nikkel, is the head of the vocal department at San Diego State University. Llew Matthews was born and raised in Harlem, New York City and later moved to the Bronx with his family when he was eight. The oldest of two brothers and two sisters, his father enjoyed singing and his mother played piano and violin. Matthews started playing the Ukulele at 4 years old. After moving to the Bronx, he was given a placement test in school and for passing this test, he and a group of students went to Carnegie Hall. “Our reward was being present at a rehearsal for the New York
Philharmonic conducted by a very young Leonard Bernstein,” said Matthews. “I remember they were rehearsing Eroica Symphony Number 3 by Beethoven. One of the instruments played, was one I never saw or heard before, it was the French Horn. I played that for over twenty years, through junior high and high school.” He received a music scholarship to the High School of Music and Art on French horn. He became very interested in composition and started playing piano when he was seventeen years old. “Even at my age, I am still learning. I think we are all life long students.” In 1969, he served in the US Air Force playing in a series of field bands and later was part of the Air Force Touring Band, where he was able to perform many of his interpretations of many popular songs. He moved to Long Beach, California in 1977 and through a series of net-working, met woodwind musician, composer and arranger Buddy Collette, who was his mentor. “He also put together a youth group called Jazz America, that is still running
today.” Matthews has been the musical director for Nancy Wilson since 1987 and has been in demand for the past twentyfive years as a versatile pianist, arranger and composer. After Hart moved to Orange County, she met Llew at a Jazz Party in a private home. They started working together in 2005. Individually, they have lists of accomplishments, however, as Hart & Soul, this dynamic duo, captures their audiences with their uplifting humor and repertoire of jazz, pop, Latin, R & B, Showtunes and duets. A performance you will truly enjoy. See you there! Visit HartandSoulMusic.com or call (714) 533-8833.
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ur weather cooled down this week, extending the time Coachella Valley residents can enjoy walks and hikes in our beautiful desert. All dog owners know how much their canine pals love being included in their activities, and exploring nature with “Benji” makes it more enjoyable for the humans. In the final days of Spring, the time is right to head out to Coachella Valley hiking trails with your “best buddy” tagging along. This is a great way for both of you to get exercise and spend some quality time together. The experience will relieve your dog’s boredom, and may even eliminate any negative behaviors. Assess your dog’s readiness for hiking -
Before heading out evaluate your dog’s level of fitness. If he is elderly or overweight, it’s best to stick with walks around your neighborhood and avoid overheating. Remember that dogs are “people pleasers” and will push beyond their level of endurance to please you and keep up. It may seem too obvious to state, but ensure that your pet is friendly to people and other canines before heading out to public trails. Make sure your dog knows the most important command of all, “Benji (his name), Come!” in case he gets loose. Plan Ahead - Purchase needed supplies and make sure your destination permits dogs on trails. Most United States national parks do not allow dogs on trails. The book “140 Great Hikes in and near Palm Springs” provides a list of local trails that permit dogs to accompany hikers. Supplies - Your dog can help carry some of the needed supplies in his own special backpack. A healthy dog can carry up to 25% of his own weight, however some breeds with long backs such as daschunds
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by Janet McAfee may not be able to carry much at all. You need to bring along enough water for both of you, with a collapsible bowl to serve it to your pup. Give him plenty of water during the excursion because dogs become dehydrated quickly. Water in streams and lakes may contain parasites and viruses. Bring high quality treats to keep up Benji’s energy level. Make sure your dog is always tagged with your phone number, and bring a photo of him just in case he gets lost. Putting a colorful bandana around his neck will protect your dog in case you run into hunters who may mistake him for a game animal. A hat will protect him from strong sunlight. Other items to include are a map, compass, cell phone, first aid kit, sunscreen, and snacks for yourself. If you venture out on a warmer day, a Ruff Wear Swamp Cooler vest will cool your dog down. You soak it with water to dissipate the heat as the water evaporates. If you’re walking on a rocky terrain, doggie boots offer good protection. Safety - Check your dog’s paws for any signs of blistering or rawness. Remember that walking on hot concrete can be painful for our four legged friends. Some of my friends enjoy taking their dogs out to remote
locations and letting them run off leash. However, I recommend keeping a dog on leash for safety and to keep control of him in case you run into unfriendly animals such as snakes. Most public dog trails require your pet be leashed. You may find it easier to use a waist belt leash system. Trail Etiquette - When you meet other hikers, the dog and owner must yield the right of way to allow other trail users to pass. Likewise when you meet a horse, the hiker with a dog must yield. Step clear of the trail, and ensure your dog refrains from barking and moving toward the horse. And of course, use those poop bags! Where to go - The Homme/Ralph Adams Park, located off Highway 74 at 72500 Thrush Avenue in Palm Desert, has dog friendly hiking trails. The Cove Oasis Trailhead in La Quinta, located just outside the National Monument, permits leashed dogs only between Calle Tecate and the flood control levee. Most California state parks limit dogs to campground and picnic areas, but some parks have trail areas where leashed dogs can join you for a hike. The Joshua Tree National Park allows pets, but they must stay within 100 feet from a road, and are not permitted on trails. Dog Beaches - Here’s another great idea for a healthy excursion with your dog. You can both escape the upcoming hot summer for a day at one of the dog beaches in San Diego County. Most popular is the dog beach in Ocean Beach, located at the foot of Voltaire Street. Tucked away near the Del Mar racetrack is Solana Beach, a lovely spot that allows dogs from September 15 through June 15. It’s almost surreal to see all of the dogs happily frolicking in the ocean while the people sit on the sand watching them. Head for the beaches or the hills and have fun with your “best buddy”!
La Vie en Rosé L
ast week we figuratively dove into a big fat vat of pink wine discussing how this wonderful Rosé brew is experiencing a re-birth with vino lovers. We wrote that the new “American palate” is now appreciating the Provençal style dry or non-sweet blush wine and that this type of Rosé is quite often the answer to wine-pairing woes: if you can’t decide between a white or a red for dinner, or, for that up-coming dinner party, well then the new drier-style Rosé is the choice whether you’re serving soup & salad, fish, poultry or meat. Although “New World” Rosés are jumping in on producing a “less sweet” rosy wine, the world famous Rosés from Provence in the south of France have set the bar. That area gets us thinking of Van Gogh’s city of lively light—Arles, or, Marseille and their superlative fish bouillabaisse soup, or Renoir’s St. Tropez. The blush wines yielded here are generally—and wonderfully—dry , no matter how colorfully they are dressed in the bottle. Recently we celebrated our family patriarch’s 85th birthday, John Ehrhardt—a retired minister who can still belt out a sermon. During the festivity we enjoyed a brief wine tasting where my son Paolo and I presented three French Provençal Rosés. Each bottle was robed in different shades of deep to light salmon, copper, and sunsettinged glows. I did my usual spiel of talking about the geography & wine making around the south of France, but I said nothing of the
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flavors they were to expect. Most everyone anticipated some sort of sweet flavors to match these “sweet” appearing hues. Not happening. These were somewhat dry to bone-dry. Generally at an afternoon party, the Rosés one thinks about serving do indeed have some or a little sweetness to them. And next week, I’ll recommend some of these tasty California Rosés. But for this gathering, I guess I kinda threw a curve ball. And I think everyone around the table got a glimpse and hopefully an appreciation that these rosy wines are capable of complexities to match the nuances of an assortment of meals and not simply a sweety-pie of a drink. In fact, the two wines that were pretty dry, did pretty well as to approval and admiration. Some in the group were able to pick up the light & intriguing notes of herb, strawberry and melon along with stone and chalk minerality. And truth be told, not everyone will enjoy a Provence Rose. The fruit flavors are mutted and huddled around an herby background. Those who regularly enjoy fruit-forward or touch- sweeter wines tend to find this blush as odd or even “off tasting”. However, those who find complexities in wine interesting, often catch these Rosés as very appealing—especially with appetizers or a meal on the table. Now it’s time to get physical & practical and seek out a few good bottles of this wondrous blush and rosy—but dry wine. And of course, we’re always looking for the good deal to enjoy the remaining springtime and to cushion our rush into summer. For those who wish to first experiment with a $6 Provence Rosé , checkout Trader Joe’s Côtes De Provence J.L. Quinson. Definitely an entry-level Rosé but for the price (after all, it is shipped in from France), when really chilled up, it is a fine example of how dry Rosés can taste. It’s refreshing with soft strawberry and melon savors through an herby background. It’s flavorsome up front, but it does turns a bit metallic and dull in the finish if you’re not having a meal. That can be remedied by serving Greek-style cured olives. For only around five dollars more you can jump into some really good Rosés that are excellently crafted and a great example of the Provençal style. The two wines we enjoyed can be found on sale
at Pavillons/Vons Markets in Rancho Mirage. The 2011 Chateau de Campuget is a Rosé made of Syrah and Grenache grapes. Both of these varietals can produce some full-bodied red wine, and most of you can name some of their predominant flavors of blackberries, game, smoke and spices. However here, these bold red grapes are soaked and steeped together for only four to ten hours—grabbing some quick color and essences, then immediately bottled. This swiftstyle production should be experienced as it is a fun taste and be sure to keep this wine chilled as well. The favorite Rosé of our tasting comes from the vineyards around
St. Tropez. The 2011 Saint Roch les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé is France’s quintessential quaffer which embodies that fresh herby soft spice taste. Bright red berries, slightly dry and crisp. Just the right amount of acidity to pair perfectly with summer foods and seafood dishes. This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for five months before bottling. This bumps up the quality of the wine which you’ll notice as the wine warms in the glass and still holds up with its delicious tang and finish. Probably one of best buys while on sale for $11. A tout a l’heure! Cheers! Rick is the desert’s sommelierabout-town entertaining at wine events. Contact winespectrum@ aol.com
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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 AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Lilli Rose AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB) 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 DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 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 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) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Country Night w/ Rob Staley 8pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 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; 760-3417200 “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.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956
Jerry Joseph & Walter Salas-Humara 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 T.B.A. RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Mikael Healey & Michael Bolivar, Starlight Lounge 5-7pm, Rebecca Connelly, Sidebar 6:30-9:30pm, “Re-Liv the-Riv” Starlight Lounge 8-12am 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 T Mills 9pm
FRI MAY 10
19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/ T Bone 9pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Dana Larson 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 The Bobby Nichols Band 8pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Karaoke w/ AJ The KJ 8-12am ARNOLD PALMER’S; LQ; 760-771-4653 Mark Gregg 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 Charles Herrera & Carol Kamenis 8pm BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 DJ Odysey 10pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 T.B.A. 6:30pm BLUE BAR, SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760775-5566 DJ PWee 8pm (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6pm CAFÉ PALETTE; PS; 760-322-9264 John Gallagher 7pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CHARLI MARRONE’S; IND; 760-625-1500 Club Night w/ DJ 9pm 18+ CLIFFHOUSE; LQ; 760-360-5991 Eddie Gee 7:30-10:30pm CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live
Entertainment 6pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 Penny Unniversity, Rizorkestra, and Pssstols 9pm DESERT SAGE; LQ; 760-564-8744 Danny Sands 5-9pm Johnny Meza 10pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760325-2600 Lassie Jo’s Best Damn Karaoke 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 Alternating groups 8-11pm (RR) HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Open Mic w/ Mikey Reyes 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 Adolescents, Accustomed to Nothing, The Coils and Las Feas 6pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-3662250 Live DJ 8:30pm (VD) LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Johnny Meza 6pm LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Phazze One 9pm THE LOUNGE; AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Basix 9pm (VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero & Dennis Alvarez 6:30pm MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 T.B.A. 9pm THE OUTPOST TAVERN; C.C.; 760-3289004 Karaoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Brad & Buddy Mercer 6-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 4th Annual Jimfest w/ Jim Lauderdale 9pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 The Gand Band 8pm RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 The Smooth Brothers 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 Mikael Healey & Michael Bolivar, Starlite Lounge 5-7pm, Jose Molino Serrano, Side Patio 6:30-9:30pm, Lindsey Harper, Starlite Lounge 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 DJ Music 9pm SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Country Night w/ Walt Young 5:30pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Rock 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(RR) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 T.B.A. 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 John McCormick 8pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE; MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951-7555391 Funky Fridays 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 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 WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 7pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Club Speak EZ 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 JB Burrell 7-10pm WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 T.B.A. 7-11pm (CR) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s 9pm
SAT MAY 11
19TH HOLE; PD; 760-772-6696 The Caddies 10pm 29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Stronghold w/ DJs Unite and Selecta Element and DJ Journee & Dash Eye 9:30pm AJ’S ON THE GREEN; C.C.; 760-202-1111 Cabaret on the Green w/ Les Michaels & Joel Baker 7pm ARNOLD PALMER’S; LQ; 760-771-4653 Mark Gregg 7pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 The Derrik Lewis Quartet 7:30pm BACKSTREET BISTRO; PD; 760-346-6393 Jazz on the Patio w/ Linda Peterson 12:303:30pm (JZ) BAR; PS; 760-537-7337 The Field Trip & Pilot Whales 10pm BLUE BAR; SPOTLIGHT 29; IND; 760775-5566 DJ PWee (VD) BLUEMBER; RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madeo 6pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT CASINO; PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9-1am CASTELLI’S; PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CHARLI MARRONE’S; IND; 760-625-1500 Live Bands 8pm
CORK TREE; PD; 760-779-0123 Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm CUNARD’S SANDBAR; LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DATE SHED; IND; 760-775-6699 DESERT SAGE; LQ; 760-564-8744 Danny Sands 5-9pm Johnny Meza 10pm DHS SPA LOUNGE; DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/ DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB; PS; 760325-2600 The Cali Celts 8pm DILLON ROADHOUSE; DHS; 760-2511991 EL MEXICALI CAFÉ 2; IND; 760-342-2333 Cesar Daniel Lopez on the harp 6-9pm FIRECLIFF; PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6-10pm THE GRILL ON MAIN; LQ; 760-777-7773 Rob Martinez and JB 8-11pm (LR) THE GROOVE LOUNGE; SPOTLIGHT 29; INDIO; 760-775-5566 DJ 7pm HAMILTON’S; LQ; 760-698-8303 Kal David 8pm THE HOOD; PD; 760-636-5220 6th Annual Concert for Autism 5pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL; IW; 760345-6466 Frank Di Salvo 6-9:30pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON; JT; 760-3662250 T.B.A. 7pm LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA; PS; 760-3252794 Palm Springs Sound Company,in the afternoon,Hot Rox,in the night LAVENDER BISTRO; LQ; 760-564-5353 Johnny Meza 6pm LE PAON; PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LIT@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 760-3452450 Phazze One 9pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE; RM; 888-999-1995 Basix 9pm (VD) MELVYN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE; PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB)(VD) MARGARITA’S; PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero & Dennis Alvarez 6:30pm MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 888-MORONGO; T.B.A. 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE; IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm THE NEST; PD; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6-8pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) NYPD; PS; 760-778-6973 Live DJ O’LEARY’S; PS; 760-325-4913 T.B.A. 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE; PS; 760327-4080 T.B.A. 9pm (RR) PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB; PD; 760345-0222 Steve DiTullio 6-10pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S; PT; 760-365-5956 Shadow Mountain Band 5pm, Paul Chesne 8pm PEABODY’S; PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND COCKTAILS; TP; 760-343-2115 Sunday Funeral & Blare the Surface 8pm PURPLE ROOM@CLUB TRINIDAD; PS; 760-327-1161 Live Music 8pm REILLY’S IRISH PUB; CC; 760-324-9600
George Momb 1pm RENAISSANCE PALM; PS; 760-322-6100 Art of Sax featuring Sax Man Will Donato & Eddie Reddick 7-10pm (JZ) RED BARN; PD; 760-346-0191 Voo Doo Hustlers 9pm RIVIERA RESORT & SPA; PS; 760-3278311 DJ Shasta, poolside noon, Mikael Healey & Michael Bolivar, Starlite Lounge 5-7pm, NovaMenco, Bikini Bar 7pm, Lindsey Hapre, Starlite Lounge 10pm ROCK GARDEN CAFE; PS; 760-327-8840 T.B.A. 8pm ROCKYARD@FANTASY SPRINGS; IND; 800-827-2946 Playground and Motley Inc. a Tribute to Motley Crue 7:30pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE; PD; 760-340-3222 Soul Opus 9pm SAMMY G’s; PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm SCHMIDY’S; PD; 760-837-3800 SHANGHAI RED’S @ THE FISHERMAN’S MARKET; LQ; 760-777-1601 The P.S. Blues w/ Gil Hansen and Tony Dean 8pm (BL) SIDEWINDER GRILL; DHS; 760-329-7929 Karaoke w/ Milly G 6pm SOUL OF MEXICO; IND; 760-200-8787 Latin Music 10pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE; PD; 760-3413560 Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN; IND; 760-347-9985 The Mighty Delta-Tones 9pm THREESIXTY NORTH; PS; 760-327-1773 Darci Daniels 7:30pm TRILUSSA ITALIAN RISTORANTE; PS; 760-328-2300 Julius & Sylvia Music Duo 6-10pm VIBE, MORONGO CASINO; CAB; 951755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTA FE; IW; 760-345-9770 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 WESTIN MISSION HILLS; RM; 760-3285955 Michael Keeth 7pm WILLIE BOYS; MV; 760-363-3343 Working Men 9pm THE WINE BAR AT OLD TOWN; LQ; 760564-2201 Sergio Villegas 7-10pm (AC) WOODY’S BURGER; PS; 760-230-0188 Stanley Butler 7-11pm (JZ) ZELDA’S; PS; 760-325-2375 DJs 9pm (VD)
SUN MAY 12
29 PALMS INN; 29P; 760-367-3505 Bob & Allison Garcia 6pm ACE HOTEL; PS; 760-325-9900 Intoxica Radio Live w/ Howie Pyro 10pm AZUL; PS; 760-325-5533 The Judy Show 7:30pm BILLY REED’S; PS; 760-325-1946 T.B.A. 6:30pm CASCADE LOUNGE, SPA RESORT; PS; 888-999-1995 Nash with Quinto
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Fri DJ Odysey.................................... 10pm Sat The Field Trip & Pilot Whales ............................ 10pm SUMMER HOURS Mon - Sun 4pm - 2am Dinner Served Late
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Now Serving 13 new menu items Including • Chicken Parmesan Sandwich • Chicken Caesar Salad • Meatball Sandwich Breakfast Served Every Day from 10am to Noon Wednesday Steak Night $18.50 Porterhouse $17.50 Ribeye & New York $13.75 Ribeye with Trimmings
$5 menu open to close (all day) Hours 10 - 2 am Everyday
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(760) 347-1522 17
ome of my favorite restaurants in the Coachella Valley are not found on the busy streets of downtown; rather, they are tucked away in some of the finest hotels our desert has to offer. With luxurious views of world-class golf courses and live entertainment, a night out for dinner can feel like a weekend getaway. One restaurant that boasts such amenities is bluEmber, located in the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa. As we passed through the lobby to the terrace, we were greeted with the familiar sounds of The John Stanley King Band and suddenly, we were not in Rancho Mirage anymore; we were on a mini vacation. Seated outside, my guest and I would enjoy the music as well as each other’s company. The tables were immaculate and the abundant yet attentive staff displayed genuine smiles! A happy staff makes for a happy dining experience. We were fortunate to receive Ashlee as our server. With a positive attitude, she shared some of
her favorite dishes while we toured through the menu. Our first course was an appetizer to share. The Shrimp and Lobster Cakes were crispy and rich, served with a red pepper coulis. Similar to a crab cake only in appearance, this dish was unique and full of large chunks of sweet lobster and shrimp. Following our appetizer, I enjoyed fresh burrata cheese served with heirloom tomatoes and greens, accented with crushed hazelnuts as my guest would rave about the chilled carrot soup, which was perfect for the unseasonable weather we have all been experiencing. Both dishes were perfection. Ashlee was there to pour wine whenever necessary and each approach to our table was welcoming and engaging. Taking our server’s suggestions, we ordered the Seared Scallops and the Sautéed Barramundi. The scallops were cooked just to my liking, slightly opaque with a golden brown sear and finished with a sweet port reduction. The fish was also
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bluember prepared skillfully, served with spinach and peas as well as homemade gnocchi. The sauce was buttery, complimenting the fish nicely. We were in heaven! A fantastic meal with great wine and music, presented to us with class and sophistication. One major benefit to dining at a resort restaurant is the service. It is clear that the company takes pride in finding and training the best candidates for employment and it shows in their performance. We asked our server to pick the two most popular desserts and surprise us with them. We would not be disappointed with the chocolate tart and vanilla bean ice cream, nor with the coconut layer cake that was so light and delicious. I was even able to get over the fact that I was eating coconut, one of my least favorite flavors. It was truly remarkable. Our great meal would be finished with a sip of grand marnier, always a perfect night cap! There is nothing worse than a server with an attitude or a sense of entitlement when all you want to do is have a great meal or celebrate a special occasion. From what I could see, this is not a problem at bluEmber, as everyone around us looked very content.
50949 Washington St, La Quinta CA 92253
Because of the great service, the perfect choice in entertainment and of course, the impressive menu, this is a new favorite place for me to recommend to friends. See for yourself at www.rancholaspalmas. com/bluember or stop into the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, located across from The River in Rancho Mirage.
BackStreet Bistro Where Friends Meet Friends
BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER
• New and exciting contemporary cuisine • Exceptional ingredients including the best available local and organic products • Not just dinner, it is an experience
Fresh Fish, Soups & Pasta Daily Happy Hour • Martini Bar • Superb Wine Jazz Night Tuesday 7:30-10pm Saturday Jazz on The Patio with Linda Peterson 12:30 - 3:30pm
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FRI - SAT
6:30am - 9:00pm 6:30am - 10:00pm Make reservations online at escenagrill.com
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• Seafood & Steaks • Private Room • Fresh Made Margaritas • Cocktails • Happy Hour
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Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30-2:30 Dinner: Monday to Sunday 4:30 - 9:30
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A destination restaurant featuring Chef Victoriano Rodriguez’s unique Artisan Latino Cuisine. Creating the fusion of heritage and modern ~ a fusion of flavors that speaks to the senses ~ and defines the flavor of our memories. With a modern twist.
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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons
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THIS IS THE END
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A handful of young Hollywood stars are partying at James Franco’s place when Armageddon or the Apocalypse or the End of Days happens. That’s the clever premise behind the directorial debut of actors and writers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. If the movie is as consistently witty as the trailer and the tone stays sharp and silly, this is a winner. Besides Franco, some of the actors playing exaggerated (?) versions of themselves include: Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Jason Segal, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansara, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rihanna. The reality outside Franco’s home is scary – massive fires, sink holes, monsters and much more. But it’s our good fortune that these “actors” are woefully ill equipped to with any of it when Emma Watson bursts in and beats them to a pulp. When The End comes, pick your party place and friends very carefully and, above all, avoid young Hollywood goofballs. June 12
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Roland Emmerich is a master of destruction. He’s set his sights once again on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Remember INDEPENDENCE DAY and 2012? In the former Emmerich’s aliens blew up the White House and in the latter he dropped an aircraft carrier on it! In this one Jamie Fox is a stand in for President Obama and Channing Tatum is a DC cop who seems to be the President’s last best hope of surviving during a terrorist takeover. June 28 THE LONE RANGER
Another gigantic $200 million plus adventure from the same team that made billions off the mild, safe Disney ride “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Armie Hammer is the 6’ 4” masked hero and Jonny Depp, in white face again and with a stiffed crow headdress, is Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s faithful Native American partner, er, companion. Big scale in every way–especially over-the-top action and unexpectedly droll humor. But is it overkill? The simple plot is about bring a notorious outlaw to justice. And yes, it gets complicated and personal. I hope the William Tell Overture is used somewhere. Factoid: Do you know what “kemosabe” means? I do. Email me for the answer. July 3 PACIFIC RIM
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Screeners No. 59
WORLD WAR Z
In spite of what a current Vanity Fair article implies in a not so thinly veiled hatchet job about script problems, budget issues, complicated reshoots and various hastily assembles edits, this massive and epic zombie war continues to have positive buzz from those closest to it. Starring Brad Pitt and produced by his Plan B company, WWZ was adapted from Max Brooks’ thoughtful, geo-political globe-spanning assemblage of first-person stories that vividly recount the zombie plague that threatens armies, governments and all of humanity. Pitt plays Gerry Lane a UN worker and stand-in for a generic everyman. He leaves his family to save the world and hopefully be able to return to a life with them. Rumors that the budget has ballooned to over $250 million persist. As do the whispers that Pitt and director Marc Forster are not speaking. Has Max Brooks totally disassociated from this project? He seems strangely silent. I say disregard the haters and rumormongers and see this with an open mind because I predict it is going to blow people away for its action, emotion and metaphor that we are vulnerable to not just disease but the viral infection of the media to which we are wired and addicted. Can we withstand bigger waves of revolution, jihad and madness that have already erupted? There’s much more going on here than state of the art, jaw-dropping imagery of mere zombies on the rampage. June 21
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Guillermo del Toro’s magnificent nightmare boasts the largest monsters and robots to ever appear on screen. Never has there been such detail of massive destruction, heavy weather and undersea effects rendered with such photo-realism. No, make that photo-surrealism. When a portal opens that allows gargantuan monsters to invade our realm and home planet, we build bigger than huge robots
piloted by humans to fight them and hopefully preserve ourselves a future. There’s never been a movie quite like this because it understands the Japanese cinematic mythos yet gives us the visceral thrills we expect (but rarely get). As Greg Hoey said: “Guillermo has made Michael Bay his bitch.” Yup. July 12. ELYSIUM
Neill Blomkamp popped out of the blue and surprised us with DISTRICT 9. Strong social themes, cool sci-fi action, and poignant emotion caught us off-guard. Writer director Blomkamp’s mastery of metaphor is taken to a new level in his latest sci-fi fable in which the majority of earth’s population suffer on a wasteland while the 1% elite live in luxury on Elysiumn -- a manmade, highly guarded, almost heavenly, orbiting space station. Matt Damon is an ex-con with only days left to live whose only hope of survival is getting on Elysium. Oh, there’s more. But no spoilers here. Great visuals, strong emotions and big ideas are the poster’s promise. August 9 KICK ASS 2
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A Mother’s Love
e all have mothers. Beyond bringing us into the world, good relationship or not, mothers can profoundly impact our lives and shape who we become. In Maya Angelou’s autobiography Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 224 pages), the famous author and poet focuses specifically on her mother and how her influence shaped Angelou’s own life. Vivian Baxter was married with two toddlers. She and her husband, Bailey Johnson, Sr. did not get along and raising small children seemed impossible. They lived in San Diego, California, and decided it would be best to send Maya, age three, and her brother Bailey, age five, to Stamp, Arkansas, to live with Johnson’s mother. They were put on a train without adult supervision, marked only with identification tags and their destination. Ten years later, in 1941, Maya’s grandmother realized it was too dangerous for Bailey, a black male, outgoing teenager, to live in the south with rising racism and an active Klu Klux Klan. She knew there would
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I loved the first KICK ASS in which a basic ordinary nerdish guy turns super-hero. But it was Hit Girl that really got me. We can only hope the stuff that worked so well in the first politically incorrect comic-to-screen adaptation is amped in this sequel of sorts. The extraordinary Chloe Grace Moretz is back as Mindy Macready/Hit Girl and Jim Carry, in need of serious dental work, is a gnarly ex-mobster now known as Colonel Stars and Stripes. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the lead villain with a name this family friendly paper can’t print -- all good omens for a great sophomore incarnation of a potential cult hit. August 16 Comments? RobinESimmons@aol.com
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who rejected her. Vivian immediately embraced her daughter and complimented her on her poise and beauty. Maya could not call Vivian “mother” and instead asked to call her Lady. When her mother asks why, Maya said it was because Vivian did not look like a mother. Her mother said, “Is Lady a person you might learn to like?” Maya said, “Yes.” It was the beginning of a relationship built with honest communication, mutual respect and unconditional love. There are many wonderful stories of a young woman struggling to find her place and a strong mother who has her daughter’s back. When Maya wanted a job in San Francisco as a ticket and change girl on a trolley car, her mother made her feel she could get the job with determination and tenacity alone. Maya, black and only 15, following her mother’s advice, got the job. Maya was given the worst possible shift, four to eleven in the morning. Vivian would take her daughter to work and follow the trolley until daylight making sure her daughter was safe. Unwed, Maya got pregnant at 17 and her mother was there to give her the support and help she needed without condemnation. Sometime later, when Maya was offered a job as an exotic dancer, Vivian made her costumes and encouraged her to dance so well that she need not remove her clothes. Maya was a big hit, which eventually lead to a successful career singing and dancing. At one point, Vivian asked her adult daughter for help. Maya was told to please speak to her stepfather about sex. Vivian had needs and her husband was not taking care of “business”. Maya carefully and respectfully spoke to her stepfather, applying the skill, dignity and grace taught to her by her mother. It worked and Vivian
and her husband were very happy. Vivian Baxter was a good businesswoman and a pillar in the community. Her strength and leadership was admired by her children, friends and neighbors. Maya and her mother remained close until Vivian died in 1991. She often turned to her mother for advice, guidance and insight. Even later in Maya’s career, her mother always knew what to do and was ready to help. Angelou reveals in the book that while she lived with her grandmother, Maya and her brother visited relatives in Saint Louis where Maya was raped. She was seven years old. Maya told her family and the rapist ended up dead. It was at this early age that Angelou realized the power of her voice and spoken words. This is Maya Angelou’s seventh autobiographical book. It is a specific and loving look at a mother -- her mother. It is about an intimate relationship between a mother and daughter and the surprisingly powerful influence it had on her life and the way it shaped her identity. If you have not read Angelou or consider her only a poet, Mom & Me & Mom gives the reader an inside look into the woman and her colorful and creative life. She herself is amazing. Her character is fascinating and now we understand why. The book is not over-written. In fact, it is under-written -simple and straightforward. I am a new fan of Maya Angelou. Now 85, she has had a most remarkable life. Mom & Me & Mom inspires me to be stronger for my kids and reminds me that a mother’s job is never done. Being a mother may not always be easy, but it is a tremendous opportunity to raise brave and beautiful people.
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May 9 to May 15, 2013
Haddon Libby: It’s all local
YOUR FUTURE JOB
re you or someone you know looking for a profession that will last you a lifetime? To start, it’s probably a good idea to know where not to look. As digital money becomes more pervasive, the need for cashiers will continue to dwindle. This will also reduce the need for lower skilled workers in the finance sector. Construction work as we know will soon change. Computers and 3D printers will soon make building materials that construct themselves. To understand this concept, think of an IKEA product and its relative ease of construction. New residential and commercial construction is expected to be just as simple. This will reduce the time, cost and labor associated with buildings. While there will always be a need for armed forces, the need for fighter pilots is being replaced by drones. Why fly a person into a war zone when they can operate from a remote location? With the advance of energy sources like solar, hydrogen and wind power, jobs in the oil industry will slowly decline. The same
fate may face many at power utility plants as buildings create and store their own power. Jobs that have always been and will always be include politicians and prostitutes (as Reagan once said, two professions that are strikingly similar), tax collectors, criminals, religious leaders, soldiers, artists, barbers and morticians. Other reliable career paths include basic services such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, plumbers, electricians and dental hygienists. Scientific researchers, computer engineers and veterinarians will also remain in demand. As for jobs of the future, healthcare will continue to flourish with new careers including gene screeners. Gene screeners are people who analyze your DNA for a host of useful and invasive purposes. While it will be useful to know your susceptibility to a host of physical maladies, employers may use this new information for less desirable purposes. As 3D printers change the face of construction, 3D printers will soon be able to create replacement organs in the lab
from the DNA of a patient. This will create whole new fields of study, research and employment. Assuming that the oceans continue to rise as a result of global warming, a new profession may emerge - Drowned City Specialists. These will be people who will be responsible for rebuilding cities that are now below sea level. A new type of mechanics job will emerge - that of the robotic engineer. Just as we have mechanics for our cars and appliances, we will have mechanics for a variety of robots in the home and workplace. As current technology is making your home into a theatrical experience, theatres will have to change. Many believe this will lead to the creation of holographical, three dimensional films. Virgin Galactic has given us an early glimpse into space tourism. Just think of a Carnival Cruise to the moon (I shudder).
by Curtis Hendricks
The Home Stretch F
or many in our valley, school will be out on June 7th, 2013. June is not far off from now. In fact, we have less than one month before summer vacation becomes a reality. For our top grades, such as 8th grade moving on to high school and 12th grade moving on to college, graduation and summer come sooner than we may have anticipated. My school is releasing the 8th grade students two weeks earlier on May 24th. The school year came and went very fast. On the Friday of May 24th, my eighth graders will be having their graduation and then off to Disneyland. I cannot believe that these students are leaving and moving on. The private school I work for allows me to know all of my students on a personal level because of our small student population. Watching these students graduate will be a bitter sweet event. The impending graduation of students is important to note early. Grades will need to be done sooner than the rest of the grades, preparations and invitations must be made and sent out, and the students should be prepared mentally to what their
futures may entail. For my eighth grade students, I tell them what high school may be like. I discuss what I encountered in high school and how times have changed from what high school was like. For example, when I was observing classes at my old high school I noticed the school security was wearing both mace and baton on their person. When I attended the high school, the security only wore keys on their belts. Times are tougher in schools, or so it would seem. Also, during the day I observed at my high school, two fights broke out during lunch. I remember thinking to myself, “What happened to my high school alma mater?” I let my 8th grade students about to move on know that a little common sense can go a long way in high school and keep them out of trouble. Our students and children are growing up and graduation is just another reminder of this fact. Talking to your children is the best and most direct way to help keep them out of trouble and focused on their work. Many students have already “checked out” of school because of the expected arrival of summer. Keep your kids focused. One of
Whereas gasoline and diesel is now a self service business, the emergence of hydrogen as a low cost and clean fuel alternative will mean the need for hydrogen station managers and fuel attendants. If the U.S. government put a little bit of money into infrastructure, this conversion could start almost immediately. Above all, the most important job of the future is that of the innovator and entrepreneur. Technological advancements will mean unlimited opportunities for those who can do things better or cheaper. Given the speed of technological advances, the one constant we can count on is change (along with taxes and death). As my grandmother once said, “If you aren’t growing, you are dying.” If you cannot adapt and change, you will bear the same fate as blacksmiths, elevator operators and switchboard operators. If you can adapt, the future looks very bright.
the hardest parts of my jobs as a teacher is keeping my students focused and on task during the last month of the school year. I still have testing and lessons going on up until the last week of school. I need your help in keeping the focus and drive going within these students. Please help my talking to your children about keeping their minds attached until summer begins. Also, help your children by talking to them about what may be to come in their scholastic lives. A student who receives knowledge of what they can expect is not only better prepared for their future, the student will become less stressed and perform better. Talk to your children and they will perform better.
May 9 to May 15, 2013
Dale Gribow On The Law
by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law
Know Your Homeowners Association Rules T
here is an old adage that People Don’t Plan to Fail but rather They Fail to Plan. Nowhere is that more true than with respect to our abundant Homeowners associations in the greater Palm Springs gated communities. Each community has their own Homeowners Association’s Governing Rules. It is important that we all read the HOA rules for our community. Ignorance is no excuse in the Indio courthouse. Do not accept someone saying all HOA rules are All Standard……. they are not. They may be similar but they are not identical. They are prepared exclusively for that community and are usually in “Legalese”. The often take an attorney to understand and explain them to you. Before you complete your purchase, take the documents to your attorney for review.
Remember it is what is on the paper in black and white that controls and NOT what you allege you were told. The lesson learned is that the communities governing HOA documents are vitally important The biggest problem I have seen with clients over the last 30 years or so, is that they skimp on consulting with a lawyer in the beginning and thus make a problem more serious and more costly later after issues arise. This happens with HOA issues and also with people who try to incorporate and or set up a business themselves. These HOA rules govern your community. They should be read and understood when you first move into the community and arguably should be read BEFORE you
Buy A Lot!
always liked the bumper sticker that read “Real Estate, buy a lot!” The play on words gives the double meaning of both buying a lot of real estate and buying a parcel of land referred to as a vacant “lot”. Both ideas are good ones and looking back I wish that I had taken better advantage of both opportunities.
Owning a home may not be for everyone and even fewer individuals are emotionally or financially prepared to own a rental house or apartment units. But just about anyone has the ability and skill set required to purchase and own a vacant lot. And right now it might be a pretty good time to acquire one! Lot prices go up and down the same way home prices do and right now lots are bargain priced across the Coachella Valley and in the majority of areas in the U.S. Over the past 6 years due to the high number of foreclosures and the major decline in home prices, building activity (especially new home starts) has been extremely limited. With no demand from builders to buy lots their prices have fallen dramatically. So what are some of the things you need to know when purchasing a vacant lot? If you are buying a vacant lot to eventually build your own home on or just to hold as a long term investment the advice here is the same… location, location, location. But you already knew that! Of course you want to make sure your lot is located in a good community and relatively close to all services including schools, hospitals, shopping etc. but once you have
can contact the association’s board to get another copy. Sometimes there is a minor fee to obtain same. You or your lawyer should update them as new HOA rules are implemented or the California Civil Code is amended. The HOA consults with an attorney when they want to amend the documents and the homeowner should do the same. The future will see many more CID’s (Common Interest Groups) that are governed by the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s). Rules can also be implemented by the association’s By Laws and the communities Rules and Regulations. Homeowners are not expected to memorize these documents but are expected to read and understand them or have an attorney explain them to the homeowner. Please note our new address, phone number and email below: Dale S. Gribow Dale Gribow Law Group, APC 385 San Remo Street Palm Desert, CA 92260 PH: 760-837-7500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Real estate decided on a community, you will want to begin your research on the lot itself. Are all of the utilities readily available to the property? Is the water through a district or a private well? Is there public sewer in the street or are septic tanks used. And what are the charges to connect to sewer, power and water? A “finished” lot is one that has all of the utilities in place and is ready to be built upon, but you still will want to know the answer to all of these questions about the utilities. What is the current zoning on the property? The zoning is the local ordinance that sets forth the type of use that is acceptable on the lot. This can be residential, commercial, industrial etc. Is the lot subject to a Home Owners Association with special rules and regulations? Are there any CC&R’s (Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions) on the lot? When purchasing a vacant lot it is very important to obtain a policy of Title Insurance that will, among other things, inform you of recorded HOA documents, CC&R’s, as well as any liens and easements. Is the lot in a flood zone or fire Hazard zone? Obtaining a Hazardous Zone Disclosure will answer these questions. Is a survey necessary to locate the exact boundaries of the lot? What are the annual real estate taxes? While this may seem like a lot of questions, your Realtor or the local listing Realtor will help guide you through
the process and have all of these answers for you, just make sure to ask them the questions! This week’s real estate tip: If you are considering purchasing a lot as a long term investment, do not limit yourself to shopping in your own back yard! Since your primary responsibility for lot ownership is paying the annual property taxes and making sure that the weeds don’t grow too tall you can own a lot just about anywhere. There are lot prices in rural California and especially out of state that can accommodate anyone’s budget and many sellers will even finance the sale! 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.
May 5th - 11th is Arson Awareness Week!
ast week fire stories filled our headlines across the nation as several large wildland and structure fires caused millions in damage, injuring both occupants and firefighters and destroyed thousands of acres. We are witnessing what will be one of our worst and longest fire season in history says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
Though determination of many of these fires are currently under investigation, this week kicks off “National Arson Awareness Week.” According to the USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008 - 2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. These fires result in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and $593 million in property loss each year. Common reasons for arson Include but not limited are: Curiosity - Curiosity fires are most often set by juveniles. Vandalism - Vandalism is most common at abandoned or vacant homes. Whether the buildings are abandoned or vacant, more than 70 percent of the fires occurring in them are incendiary or suspicious. Concealing Another Crime - Arson is sometimes used to mask or conceal crime and murder. Excitement - Most excitement fires are nuisance fires but may escalate to homes. Excitement-motivated arsonists desire the thrill associated with setting the fire and relish the attention it brings. They rarely
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You may have only a dim idea about how your smart phone and computer work, but that doesn’t prevent you from using their many wonderful features. While you’re swimming, you know almost nothing about the physiological processes that are active inside you, and yet you have no problem making all the necessary movements. In that spirit, I’m not worried about whether or not you will grasp the deep inner meaning of events that will be unfolding in the coming week. Complete understanding isn’t absolutely necessary. All you need to do is trust your intuition to lead you in the direction of what’s interesting and educational. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I need not sell my soul to buy bliss,” says a character in Charlotte Bronte’s 19th-century novel Jane Eye. “I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.” This would be a great speech for you to memorize and periodically recite in the next two weeks. Do it in front of your mirror at least once a day to remind yourself of how amazingly resourceful you are. It will also help you resist the temptation to seek gifts from people who can’t or won’t give them to you. CANCER (June 21-July 22): What is the big adventure you’ve been postponing forever because it hasn’t been convenient? How about an intriguing possibility you have always wanted to experiment with but have consistently denied yourself? Or what about that nagging mystery you’ve been wishing you had the time and energy to solve? Wouldn’t your life change for the better if you finally dived in and explored it? In the next two weeks, Cancerian, I urge you to consider giving yourself permission to pursue something that fits one of those descriptions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Right now, Leo, you are a majestic and mysterious mess of raw power. You are a fresh, flaming fountain of pure charisma. Irresistible! That’s you! Unstoppable! You! Impossible to fool and immune to the false charms of heartfelt mediocrity! You! You! You! In your current condition, no one can obstruct you from seeing the naked truth about the big picture. And that’s why I am so sure that victory will soon be yours. You will overcome the fuzziness of your allies, the bad vibes of your adversaries, and your own inertia. Not all conquests are important and meaningful, but you will soon achieve the one that is. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A character in Herman Hesse’s novel Demian says the following: “I live in my dreams. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own.” Whose dreams do you live in, Virgo? What is the source of the fantasies that dominate your imagination? Are they the authentic outpourings of your own soul? Or did they originate with your parents and teachers and lovers? Did they sneak into you from the movies and songs and books you love? Are they the skewed result of the emotional wounds you endured or the limitations you’ve gotten used to? Now is an excellent time to take inventory. Find out how close you are to living in your own dreams. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Charles Ives was a renowned American composer who lived from 1874 to 1954. Because his music was experimental and idiosyncratic, it took a long time for him to get the appreciation he deserved. When he was 73 years old, he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for a symphony he had written when he was 30. I expect that in the near future you might be the beneficiary of a similar kind of mojo, Libra. A good deed you did or a smart move you made in the past will finally get at least some of the recognition or response you’ve always wanted. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “There are no right answers to wrong questions,” says science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. And that’s why you must be so conscientious about coming up with the very best questions. Right, Scorpio? All your efforts to hunt down solutions will be for naught unless you frame
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your problems elegantly and accurately. Now here’s the very good news: Your skill at asking pertinent questions is at a peak. That’s why I suggest you make this Focused Inquiry Week. Crisply define three questions that will be important for you to address in the next seven months. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Charlie Parker was a great jazz musician. As a saxophonist and composer, he was an influential innovator. Unfortunately, he also had an expensive heroin addiction. It interfered with his ability to achieve financial stability. There’s a famous story about him showing a bystander two veins on his arm as he prepared to shoot up. “This one’s my Cadillac,” he confessed. “And this one’s my house.” I’m bringing this up, Sagittarius, in the hope that it will provide a healthy shock. Are you doing anything remotely like Charlie Parker? Are you pouring time and energy and money into an inferior form of pleasure or a trivial distraction that is undermining your ability to accomplish higher goals? If so, fix that glitch, please. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good,” said iconic songwriter Woody Guthrie. “I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world.” Amen, brother Woody! I have the same approach to writing horoscopes. And I’m happy to advise you, Capricorn, that you should have a similar attitude toward everything you put out and take in during the coming week. Just for now, reject all words, ideas, and actions that demoralize and destroy. Treat yourself to a phase of relentless positivity. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I know not what my past still has in store for me,” testified the Indian spiritual poet Tukaram. I believe most of us can say the same thing, and here’s why: The events that happened to us once upon a time keep transforming as we ripen. They come to have different meanings in light of the ever-new experiences we have. What seemed like a setback when it first occurred may eventually reveal itself to have been the seed of a blessing. A wish fulfilled at a certain point in our history might come back to haunt us later on. I bring up these ideas, Aquarius, because I think you’re primed to reinterpret your own past. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): According to legend, Jennifer Lopez’s butt is insured for $300 million. Bruce Springsteen has supposedly insured his voice for $31 million and wine expert Angela Mount is said to have insured her taste buds for $16 million. In that spirit, Pisces, I encourage you to consider insuring your imagination. To be clear, I don’t anticipate that you will have occasion to collect any settlement. Nothing bad will happen. But taking this step could be a fun ritual that might drive home to you just how important your imagination will be in the coming weeks. Your power to make pictures in your mind will either make you crazy with unfounded fantasies and fearful delusions, or else it will help you visualize in detail the precise nature of the situations you want to create for yourself in the future. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Tarahumara Indians of northwestern Mexico are renowned for their ability to run long distances. The best runners can cover 200 miles in two days. The paths they travel are not paved or smooth, either, but rather the rough canyon trails that stretch between their settlements. Let’s make them your inspirational role models in the coming week, Aries. I’m hoping that you will be as tough and tenacious as they are -- that you will pace yourself for the long haul, calling on your instinctual strength to guide you. Homework: In what circumstances do you tend to be smartest? When do you tend to be dumbest? Testify at Freewillastrology.com.
May 9 to May 15, 2013
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others around the world will be celebrated on Sunday the 12th day of May. According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day is a proclamation honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood. The influence of mothers on society is preeminent. In the United States, Mother’s Day commenced approximately 150 years ago. An Appalachian homemaker, Anna Jarvis originally proclaimed, “Mother’s Work Day.” This was a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions within her community. Anna Jarvis passed away in 1905 and this inspired her daughter, also named Anna, to carry on the tradition. Anna instigated a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Traditionally, Mother’s Day was celebrated by attending church, writing, and sending letters to mothers. As years past Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed this day of sentiment was being marginalized for greed and profit. Anna Jarvis filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival. Subsequently she was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother’s Day convention selling carnations for a wartime mother’s group. Prior to her death in 1948, Jarvis admitted she regretted starting the Mother’s Day tradition.
The Mother’s Day tradition has flourished in the United States. It has become the most popular day of the year to dine out. Telephone companies record this day as having the highest amount of calls than any other day of the year. What might you do to make your mother feel special on Mother’s Day? Here are few ideas. Plus, if you are on a budget you may seek alternatives. • Cook breakfast or treat your mother to a brunch. • Enjoy the day poolside or relax at the spa. • Go for a walk and/or hike together. • Pull out the photo albums and reminiscence together. • Plan to spend more time together and talk. • Begin an activity together: walking, hiking, yoga, scrapbooking, etc. Most importantly stimulate a memory on Mother’s Day. Express to your mother how you care and love her. This will signify more than any card. Wishing all of the mother’s and mother’s to-be a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. Evolve Yoga presents two special workshops Saturday, May 11. Mother and Child, 12pm-1:15pm, & Blissful Gentle and Restorative Yoga Workshop, 2pm-4pm, you both deserve time together, away from everyday stresses, away from parenting and grandmother duties. Plus, it is a great way to excite Mom to try Yoga. The workshop is available for all lovely women looking to decompress and rejuvenate. This gentle practice will allow us to prepare for complete relaxation as we transition into blissful, restful, calming, and rejuvenating restorative postures. Visit: www.e-volveyoga.com to register or call 760.564.YOGA
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SUGAR: NOT AS SWEET AS YOU MAY THINK
goes to the liver to be stored as glycogen. That way, if we need a quick energy boost we can use it. The rest is used for the other organs. When processed Fructose/sugar is ingested, 100% goes to the liver, which causes the production of uric acid, (high levels are found with gout). This also blocks nitrous oxide which is the blood pressure regulator of the body. In addition, (simply put), processed fructose also causes fat to be deposited in the tissues because of the insulin response! Since Insulin is the escort that takes glucose to feed the cells, the more sugar we eat, the more the pancreas has to produce insulin. At some point, the body’s insulin receptors sort of wear out from the copious amounts of insulin needed to get all the sugar out of the blood stream and into the cells. This is the beginning of diabetes. Another poignant bit of data is that sugar and vitamin C compete with each other to enter our cells. If there is too much sugar, less vitamin C is able to enter the cell. Thus, our immunity is compromised. This is particularly significant for the cells that fight infection, the White Blood Cells, (WBCs). One kind of WBC, the macrophage, needs whole foods vitamin C, (not just ascorbic acid), to move and devour viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders. When you consume even one tablespoon of sugar, it slows the movement of macrophages by as much as 75%! These effects can last up to 5 hours! The production of these vital cells is also decreased. Leaving less soldiers for the army of defense. Artificial chemical sweeteners are NOT a viable solution. Not only does Splenda, Sweet&Low and others contribute to health hazards, like brain tumors, obesity, and neurological disorders, (especially in children), the body thinks it is getting sugar and releases insulin. When it does not get an increase of blood sugar, our hunger is stimulated to keep the blood sugar from getting too low! In addition, a hormone called Ghrelin is also increased. This is the hunger hormone! Exercise and Glucose from whole foods, decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Ghrelin keeps us from feeling satisfied after a meal. Processed Fructose increases ghrelin! Consider that in addition to all this, most of us are deficient in valuable trace minerals and nutrients from real food, because of depleted soils. So it makes sense that illness is on the rise. Remember, the body is made to run on whole, unaltered food. That is the only way we get the genuine replacement parts needed to rebuild and repair. The FDA tells us to avoid saturated fats to minimize heart disease. But, the one study that lead to this conclusion did not separate out dietary sugar from fats, so they were not able to distinguish if sugar or fats contributed to cholesterol and heart disease! Aside from Partially hydrogenated oils, fats/ cholesterol in our food, affect less than 15% of our blood cholesterol. Processed sugar seems to be the real contributing factor to high cholesterol and disease. For example, when they came out with cholesterol medication, in the 1960’s, they wanted to try it out on rats, but they needed rats with high cholesterol. So they gave them a diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol. But the cholesterol in these rats did not increase. They then gave the same rats a low fat, high sugar
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ou just scored an interview with your employer of choice. Getting the job offer is dependent upon rising above the competition. It takes more than a good resume and firm handshake to pull off a successful initial meeting. The interview is your one shot at convincing the hiring manager you are the ideal candidate for the position. Increase the odds of getting on the short list by taking the time to thoroughly prepare. Start the process with research. Begin by learning everything you can about your potential employer. If you have contacts who work at the company, network with them to gain a perspective on the culture. Check out the employer’s website, read the press releases, study the financial data and learn about the product offerings. Become familiar with the company’s key competitors. Understanding the company’s mission will help you form thoughtful questions to ask during your interview. Next, consider the position. Obtain a job description and review the roles and responsibilities. Determine how each function on the list applies to your past experience. For example, if you are interviewing for a position as an accountant, you may be asked to create financial statements. Be prepared to talk diet. Sound familiar? The cholesterol went way up! Now they could test the medication! So what can we do? Instead of a candy bar, eat an apple, or any organic fruit! Instead of white rice, eat wild rice. Replace all breads/ cereals with ‘Ezekiel sprouted grain’ variety products in limited amounts. ‘Food for Life’ and ‘La Tortilla Factory’ also offer low carb, high fiber options, which have a low GI. Have a nice vegetable omelet for breakfast instead of cereal or oatmeal. Read labels and avoid high fructose of any kind. Look at the Carbohydrate content of packaged foods and try to keep it under 120 grams a day. Avoid all hydrogenated oils. (See my article on cholesterol). Substitute Stevia, Xylitol, or Lankanto for sugar. These are healthier, natural alternatives to sugar, and do not elicit an insulin response. Raw honey or molasses are OK but only in moderation. Once you stop eating processed
about your expertise in handling this task. If you are positioning yourself for a job in management, readily discuss your leadership style and team building skills. Anticipate interview questions. Many companies use situational or behavioral interviews to screen talent. That means you will be presented with specific questions to determine your problem solving abilities and behavioral patterns. For example, you may be asked to describe a time when you disagreed with your manager. Be prepared to explain how you successfully negotiated a compromise on the issue. Another common interviewing strategy involves giving the candidate a “what if” scenario. The hiring manager may present you with a realistic work situation regarding juggling duties to meet an important deadline given a minimal lead time. At this point, discuss your work ethic. Offer up a concrete example of how you go the extra mile when asked to perform under less than ideal conditions. Make a list of potential interview questions and practice your delivery. Ask a friend to quiz you in a mock interview situation. You cannot over prepare. When the big day arrives, arm yourself with the knowledge that you are ready to confidently enter the door to your future. Good luck!
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e are eating more sugar than ever today. Recent research shows Americans eat 2 pounds of processed sugar a week, on average! One hundred years ago, sugar was considered an occasional treat, and outside of raw organic fruit, many rarely ate desert. The trouble is, today most of the sweeteners are processed high fructose corn syrup. This fructose is made from Genetically Modified corn. We have only scratched the surface on the hazards of GMO’s. The body has to draw from its resources, like trace minerals, to process this over processed product. Just like those manmade, synthetic vitamins I covered in my vitamin article. Highly processed corn syrup, is hidden in many foods and is 100% refined. All refined foods that are over processed to last longer on the shelves, turn into sugar once they are consumed, because the fiber, nutrients, and minerals are destroyed in refining. The government also subsidizes the corn this syrup comes from, which makes it cheaper for companies to use. That is why junk food is so inexpensive! This is defiantly a case where you get what you pay for. Natural sugar found in fruits, and other whole foods, like whole grains and wild rice, contain minerals, enzymes, and fiber so they do not rush into your blood stream and cause an insulin response. They have a lower Glycemic Index, (GI). This means it takes longer for the sugar to reach the blood stream and the blood sugar is not raised significantly. Then the body does not need to produce so much insulin. Simple Carbohydrates, like pasta, bagels, bread, potatoes, sodas, rice, and corn, and all sugars, break down quickly during digestion and release sugar into the bloodstream. These have a high GI. When you eat them, the body is forced to produce insulin because of the rapid increase in blood sugar. This causes inflammation because the surplus sugar attaches to proteins, (the body’s building blocks) and causes cellular free-radical damage. Sort of like what happens when metal starts to rust. Once this happens, the free-radicals start a chain reaction, which causes more inflammation. When this occurs in the skin, it causes wrinkles. When it occurs in the joints, the inflammation can instigate arthritis and joint destruction. Eventually organs start to degrade and the body starts to break down. In an attempt to quell the inflammation, the body also produces more cholesterol. Details of that mechanism are in my cholesterol article. Glucose, (what the body makes from natural fructose), is the basic energy source of our cells, and 30-40% of it is used for brain function. 20%
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