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Water District Tightens Belt 2013 Budget Back to Black Desert Hot Springs, CA - Its a relief coming as no surprise to many; one local water district is now operating in the black. For the first time in three years, the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors has adopted a budget projecting positive net income. “The balanced $12 million (2013) budget says better times are ahead,” said John Soulliere, Administrative Officer for the District. The budget was adopted at the June 18 meeting. Significant structural changes combined with greater efficiency, as well as an increase in revenue stemming from a rate action in 2010, are credited for moving the district forward.

Staffing Cut Some costs, including staffing, were related to demands placed on the district when the economy was much healthier than in recent years, according to Arden Wallum, general manager. “We had to ease our way out of that and adjust to new amounts of revenue is generated from customer accounts, property taxes and such.”

Private Sector In Additionally, the district credits the positive move to greater utilization of the private sector for some of its operations to save on the cost of full time employees where there is not enough demand for those services, such as engineering.

“The severity of the economic downturn really provided an opportunity to take a fresh look at the way local government works,” said Wallum. “Out of that review, some drastic actions were implemented to ensure the district could survive in new economic times.”

Well Not Dry In August 2011, the district fulfilled a promise made to the community and launched its MSWD 2.0 program including a rate study as well as a financial master plan generating significant public stakeholder interaction. The project is intended to move the district into what Wallum refers to as “the new normal” and

the re-creation of the organization from top to bottom. “We are leaving no stone unturned to find ways to reduce costs and operate at greater efficiency than ever before,” Wallum said.

Saving $4.3 Million The last water board agenda announced an early retirement option costing the district $401,928 over 20 years and generating a $4.358,322 savings over the first five years - or nearly ten times the amount. Seven water district employees are eligible who are at least age 55 with a minimum five years work experience. “We’re working to provide a high level of transparency and accountability. The more our public understands, the better we all are.”

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor; Thank you for your update on the Flamingo Hotel fire in your last issue. There is information in your story, however, that needs to be corrected. The city council has received considerable criticism over the city’s investment in this property. Your story unfortunately adds to that mistaken criticism. In 2008, Mayor Parks, Council members Matas, Schmidt and I voted to authorize $500,000 in economic assistance for the Flamingo with $250,000 for TOT forgiveness and $250,000 as a direct cash infusion. Your story states that the council advanced the $250,000 cash to the applicant. That is not correct.

When the council voted to approve assistance for this property, it placed conditions on distribution of the funds: The applicant was to secure $1.5 million in funding from Wilshire State Bank, he was to deposit $100,000 of his money into the project and the city was to be a secured creditor. Those conditions placed by the council on distribution of funds were never met. Inexplicably, the $250,000 was advanced anyhow.

It is appreciated that you note the hard work by the council to fix the Flamingo Deal. Given the criticism unfairly cast on the council, though, it’s important the transaction details be correctly reported. Best Regards, Russell Betts, Councilman, Desert Hot Springs

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It should also be noted the applicant did not run into the same trouble as other property owners during the real estate implosion of 2008 as you write. Without the $1.5 million to be provided by Wilshire State Bank the applicant never had enough money to complete what he started.

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SW Arts Festival Application Deadline July 4th

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Indio, CA – The Indio Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications to the Southwest Arts Festival held on January 25, 26 and 27, 2013. The early application deadline is July 4th. Celebrating their 27th anniversary, the Southwest Arts Festival will be held at the world-renowned Empire Polo Club in Indio, a Coachella Valley landmark, featuring the desert’s natural landscape and sweeping mountain ranges. “We are excited to host the Southwest Arts Festival at the picturesque grounds of the Empire Polo Club again this year. The world renowned venue is the perfect background to

showcase the exemplary artwork of our fine artists from around the country,” said Joyce Donaldson, President/CEO of the Indio Chamber Commerce. Featuring over 250 acclaimed artists showing traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts, the Festival is a major internationally recognized cultural event. The Festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the finest in the country. As the Indio Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser, they are exceptionally fortunate to have over 200 community leaders and volunteers who

contribute numerous hours to make certain that the Festival is successful.

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All artists, regardless of weather, must be present every day of the Festival. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day. Spaces (12’ x 12.’) are $250 each. Up to four spaces may be purchased.

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Early Bird application fees are $45 must be received by Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Applications fees increase to $55 after July 4, 2012. The final application date for artists is Friday, August 31, 2012. Got to www. southwestartsfest.com or call 760-347-0676.

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Women Around Town

Sports Radio Jock Musters Up With Marines Extreme Summer Camp Not For Children by Jackie Devereaux Palm Desert, Ca – A local, female, sports talk radio host is mustering up each morning to take part in a grueling Marine Corps Summer Camp Experience this week at Camp Pendleton near Oceanside, California.

Julie Buehler, 31, a popular personality on radio station 1010 AM’s, “Buehler’s Day Off Show,” is spending this hot summer week at the Marine Corps base enduring parts of an authentic basic training boot camp experience. This unique Summer Camp Experience was sponsored by Palm Springs Nissan, and the company sponsored Buehler because she has a history with the Marines. She is the supporter of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, and competed in two Marine Corps Challenges, where she participated in events such as tire flipping and dragging; push ups; box jumps; squats and Olympic weight lifting. “Working in the world of sports, there are so many parallels to the armed forces,” Buehler said in a telephone interview. “We (in sports) often use terms like ‘warrior’ and ‘battle’ to describe athletes and games. I can’t wait to discover how

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often our troops use sports jargon to inspire their ranks.” Buehler said she is excited about the opportunity to learn more about the Marine Corps, and share it with her listeners throughout the Coachella Valley. During her week-long experience, she will spend a day as a Marine recruit going through boot camp and experiencing what life on Miramar (Marine Air Station) is like for the average soldier stationed there. She will follow a fully-engaged Marine infantry unit out of Camp Pendleton and play with their weaponry, shooting live ammo at the gun range. She will essentially experience a Marine’s life from boot camp to the fleet throughout the week. “I’m very excited to interview the base commander,” she said, adding that she wants to discuss the link associated between concussions with depression and suicide. “There’s been a 100 percent rise in suicides over the past five years in the military, and the big talk in sports is the consequences of traumatic brain and head injuries.” The recent suicide of San Diego Charger football player Junior Seau brought the issue to the forefront in the sports world.

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Seau played the position of Inside Linebacker, a position widely-known for taking tough hits causing multiple concussions during a football player’s career. As the week progresses, check out Team1010.com for blogs and video updates of her time at Camp Pendleton, and listen for daily updates during “On the Air with Fox and Marc Lecair” who will be filling in from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. that week leading up to the east coast Los Angeles Angels baseball games. The New Team 1010 KXPS Radio, recently under new ownership of CRC Media West, LLC, is reintroducing local sports radio in the Coachella Valley. Along with your favorite national hosts like Dan Patrick, Jim Rome, and Fox Sports Radio, local hosts Buehler and Pete Fox anchor an afternoon of live, local programming. Team 1010 also continues to dominate in play-by-play coverage with NFL regular season and playoffs; NCAA key basketball match ups; March Madness, USC Football; Oakland Raiders Football; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baseball and Los Angeles Clippers Basketball.

Julie Buehler of KXPS Radio 1010 AM

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Women in Wealth Money Is Important Palm Springs, CA – America’s Wealth Mentor Linda P. Jones is sharing helpful tips with women who may be blocking their way to wealth.

money and may feel they may have to do something unethical to get it, it will change them, or spiritual beliefs around money may create the idea that’s it’s not a good thing,” she said.

The Palm Springs resident’s fascination with how money grows led her to make her first million dollars at age 38.

“Many women don’t feel deserving of wealth. They can feel overwhelmed with money very easily because they have a lot of responsibilities with the home and child rearing, so they want to take dealing with money off their plate.”

Drawing from her 25 successful years in the financial industry, Jones will be sharing her expert tips at the Wealthy and Smart Intensive: Secrets to Make Money and Become Wealthy on Purpose that is taking place in San Diego at the end of June. She also has many clients in the Coachella Valley and hosts client retreats here. “Many women, even high earners, block their own wealth in many ways,” Jones said. Many women say “it’s not about the money” when talking about the motivation for their business or their purpose, which can lead them to make poor decisions when managing their businesses. “Some women have a lot of fear around

“You must make money important,” Jones said. “If you don’t believe it’s important, you won’t have any money. Jones can offer more tips and deeper information on this and many other topics.

Many men don’t know how to get their wives or partners more interested in talking about money, she added.

In June, Linda will host The Be Wealthy and Smart Intensive event, during which she will help entrepreneurs and professionals learn how to move their wealth for ward through their own businesses and investments.

“Women talk about helping other people or making the world a better place so when teaching women about money, bringing this into your teaching would interest them more.”

Topics covered include “Create Your World of Wealth,” “Wealth Building Secrets of Billionaires” and “Life Purpose: Use Your Passion and Purpose to Build Wealth,” among others.

Visualize your future together (where you want to go-homes, vacations, college tuition, etc.) 10 or 20 years down the road; “Look at opportunity costs of everything you spend, look at how much you’re

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Music Worth Buying

Macy Gray, Legendary Little Feat And Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Return with noteworthy new albums by Robert Kinsler

Who knew that soul and neo soul singer Macy Gray would tackle a variety of rock classics and make them her own? Other bold new releases have arrived courtesy of Little Feat and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Radiohead’s seminal 1992 breakthrough cut “Creep.” Across the 16-track collection, the sixth full-length album from the Grammy Awardwinning Ohio native offers up a variety of welcome surprises. The range of material covered on the collection ranges from the aforementioned Radiohead cut and Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” to a soulful cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.”

Artist: Macy Gray Album: Covered (429 Records)

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Artist: Little Feat Album: Rooster Rag (Rounder Records) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Tab Benoit, Los Lobos, the Grateful Dead Tell me more: From the textured Americana layers of “A Church Falling Down” and Southern-fried blues of “Salome” to the hardedged electric Delta blues of “One Breath at a Time” and rollicking bluegrass-styled title cut, few artists can paint with the endless number of sonic colors displayed by Little Feat on the band’s 16th studio effort. As if the wellchronicled virtuoso skills of the six members of the group were not impressive enough, Little Feat is joined by the legendary likes of Fabulous Thunderbirds harmonica great Kim Wilson, fiddler Larry Campbell, trumpet great

Tell me more: If you didn’t get a chance to catch Grace Potter & the Nocturnals when they performed at Coachella this year, there is a good chance the troupe will be back. In fact, with the release of the group’s most recent album “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” it’s clear this powerful outfit headed by singersongwriter/multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter is bound for even greater fame in the years ahead, including a future spot on the main stage in Indio?. “The Lion The Beast The Beat” finds Potter fully confident in her role leading a band of players who blend rock, blues, jam and other styles into an amalgam that is equal parts classic and contemporary. Whether locked into a soulful groove “Never Go Back” or flat out rocking “The Divide,” “Runaway” it’s clear Potter and company are one of the most exciting outfits around.

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Kanvaz Red Carpet Music Video Release Appeared at the famous Club Vertigos and Ultra Lounge Palm Springs, CA - Kanvaz is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and promising indie bands emerging from the Coachella Valley, combining both Spanish and English lyrics. Combining powerful and transcending music with the themes of Love, Hate and Hope is what defines the Kanvaz sound. Their songs are catchy with simple,and soulful vocals that are both energetic and emotional in their performances making this band a real stand out from the rest. With a fast growing fan base Kanvaz is starting to catch the attention of music industry executives within the major and Indie label

world, this has fueled Kanvaz to take things to the next level with the release of their debut music video filmed and produced by Finding Productions with the director Thene Mucino for the soon to be chart topping single “Dame Otra Oportunidad” produced by industry veteran 16 Grammy award winning Paul McKenna.

industry. The band is extending an invitation to any business that would like to participate as a sponsor on Star Night Television which airs on Latv Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

To celebrate this great achievement Kanvaz experienced their first red carpet event in the city of Los Angeles at one the hottest clubs in the city Club Vertigos; it was a night full of music, media, special guest and lots of surprises.

Some other great guests attending were Jackeline Cacho, Pigzradio, Vida Tinta, Militza Rockera, and J.A.U brought everyone to their feet and dancing.

This is the start of a great career in the music

They were there to host the night, with her charismatic personality host Lissete Gomez who helped bring sizzle to the night.

Go to www.kanvazmusic.com for more information about the band.

The Strings Conservatory Presents Courses The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Summer Strings Classes Joshua Tree, CA - The Conservatory will again offer the very popular Summer program with two courses -- Beginning Strings and Intermediate Strings. These 8-week summer courses run every Tuesday evening from June 19 through Aug. 7 and are designed for ages eight through adult and younger participants may be admitted with the instructor’s approval. Beginning Strings classes begin at 5:30 p.m., and the Intermediate Strings classes begin at 6:45 p.m., The beginner-level class offers a tremendous opportunity to “test drive” a wonderful stringed instrument without having to initially invest in its cost. A free violin loaner program is available for a minimal $50 refundable deposit, enabling first-time students the chance to “experiment” with the violin while learning music theory as well. Individuals interested in participating need to register early to obtain loaner instruments. Students with their own string instrument are also encouraged to join the courses. The course fee is $60 for eight lessons payable in advance. The Conservatory has grown and expanded

since its inception almost two years ago. After receiving a most generous donation of 20 new violins from a local patron of the arts in the fall of 2010, the Cultural Center began the string school as a pilot program – initially offering a beginner strings class for ages eight and up. The program also offered participants the use, at no charge, of one of the newly-donated violins. With Strings Conservatory Director Jason Powell, who holds a Master’s Degree in music education and is completing his doctorate this year, at its helm, the classes and program were a tremendous success, and the school expanded its offerings to include advanced beginner and intermediate-level courses. All classes will take place at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater in the Palmer Performance Hall. For more information or to register for upcoming classes, contact Desert Music Foundation Chair Kathleen Radnich at 760.218.2822, or call the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Box Office at 760.366.3777 or send an email to info@hidesertculturalcenter.com. You may also directly enroll online.

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Man’s Best Friend

Special Needs Child Receives A New Four-Legged Companion Guide Dogs of the Desert Palm Springs, CA - A change of career for a friends. When the two of them met, Charity had a guide dog will mean a new life experience for a gleam in her eye like she just knew she was going special‐needs child in Desert Hot Springs. to take care of him, and she does,” said Evan’s Mom Monique Potter. Six‐year old Evan Potter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age three, met Charity his new “Often times, kids can be cruel, but now he has service dog and life companion at Guide Dogs of a best friend who just wants to be loved. Evan is the Desert’s Whitewater training center. very loving, and he doesn’t mind sharing that with Charity. I can’t wait to see the things these two will Charity, a female Standard Poodle‐Labrador do together,” Potter said. Retriever mix, couldn’t continue her training to become a guide dog for a blind person due to Charity was raised by Lorie Crabtree of San Tan health concerns that would make her ongoing Valley, Arizona, who has served as a puppy‐raiser medical care a distraction for her blind companion, for Guide Dogs of the Desert for six years. Charity but she’s healthy enough to provide services and was the eighth puppy she raised. companionship for Evan, who is delighted to have her in his life. “Charity is a very sweet dog. She has always been very willing to do what you ask of her; she is very Charity will provide Evan with loving loyal, not shy about anything, and she really enjoys companionship, and help with some social anxiety being around people, especially kids. Like a mother issues Evan faces. “Charity is going to provide Evan who is so very proud of her child, I was so glad to with more independence. The special bond they hear she would be placed as a working dog and that already have is wonderful ‐‐ they will be life‐long her medical issue would not limit her for Evan’s

needs. I cannot describe the feeling that I have in knowing that she is going to be loved and helping someone in need,” Crabtree said. Guide Dogs of the Desert will offer regular grooming and yearly health monitoring services to Charity at their state‐of‐the‐art Canine Wellness Center, which opened on the Whitewater campus in March 2012. Since 1972 Guide Dogs of the Desert, an award‐ winning 501(c)(3) non‐profit public benefit organization has offered increased freedom, companionship and safety to the blind through the use of a guide dog. Guide Dogs of the Desert breeds, raises and trains guide dogs for the blind and trains their blind clients to work with their dogs—all at no cost to the people they serve. For more information, Evan Potter with his guide dog Charity, his please visit www.gddca.org. This year marks the mom, brother and Kim Laidlaw of Guide schools’ 40th anniversary of service to individuals Dogs of the Desert. who are blind.

Fundraiser For Friends Of The Palm Springs Animal Shelter NestEggg to Pay Fees for All Pets Adopted Palm Springs, CA - The NestEggg Group, LLC, a Palm Springs-based firm providing a variety of bookkeeping, financial, and insurance services, is hosting a ‘Scramble’ Mixer at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter on Monday, July 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Palm Springs Animal Shelter is located at 4575 E. Mesquite Avenue in Palm Springs. The Shelter is the full-service Animal Control facility serving the City of Palm Springs, and cares for lost pets looking for their owners, as well as animals for adoption.

The Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter is a private, community-based nonprofit organization committed to improving the health and well-being of the animals in the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

Wolter, owner of NestEggg Group, LLC. “For everyone who adopts a pet that day, there will also be a drawing, and one lucky pet adopter will win free pet food for one year.”

They support the shelter through events, fund raising campaigns, and other donation programs. As an organization, they are dedicated to preserving the dignity, life, health and well-being of all animals.

NestEggg bookkeeping services including payroll, tax preparation, financial planning and new business development are designed for small to medium-sized businesses located in cities throughout the Coachella Valley.

“NestEggg will pay the fees for all adoptions that day from open to close,” says Jeff With offices in Palm Springs and Palm

Puppy Mills Best Friends Animal Society is leading the way toward no more homeless pets. They are asking for the public's help to crack down on puppy mills. Let's put an end to unlicensed puppy mills today! Take Action! Urge the USDA to close the loophole for Internet puppy sellers Under the current requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, commercial dog breeders only have to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they sell

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wholesale to pet shops or brokers. If they sell puppies directly to the public via the Internet, or by phone or mail, they can operate virtually under the radar and don't have to provide even minimum standards of care for their dogs. The USDA has recently proposed a rule to close this loophole by requiring that commercial breeders and dealers who sell to members of the public sight unseen, including those who sell over the phone or via the Internet, be licensed and inspected, and provide the same basic standards of care as those who sell wholesale to pet stores.

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This is a big step forward for dogs in puppy mills, and will crack down on the worst offenders who hide behind websites, classified ads and mail order catalogues. The USDA is seeking public feedback on the proposed rule until July 16. We urgently need as many concerned citizens as possible to speak out in support of this critical reform. Please contact the USDA before July 16 to convey your support for this long overdue reform.

Desert, the company also offers insurance services through EgggNest Insurance Services, which include health,auto, home, business, and life insurance coverage. For more information, call 760-322-4622 or visit www.nesteggg.com. The event will be catered by Just Fabulous Food, and hosted by NestEggg Group and the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.


Living Long

Fill Your Coffee Mug UP, Watch Your Stroke Risk Go DOWN By Art Kunkin I received permission from noted health researcher Alice Wessendorf to reprint here the following surprising information that she researched from The Journal of The American Heart Association. Alice Wessendorf is the editor of Healthier Talk (http://www.healthiertalk.com) where her article first appeared on March 29, 2011. I highly recommend that readers sign up to receive the weekly articles from Alice and others at this valuable Internet source for health information. Fill your coffee cup up and enjoy a slow drink of that dark brew while reading on. If you’re a coffee drinker, the news just keeps getting better and better.

In fact, according to a Swedish study published online this March in Stroke: The Journal of the American Heart Association, drinking more than one cup of coffee per day is associated with a 22% to 25% lower risk! And it looks as if this is a case where “more” doesn’t hurt. The positive effect that coffee had on stroke risk was there regardless of whether participants drank one or two cups, three to four cups, or even five or more cups per day.

Also exciting was the finding that the lower-risk factor remained even after the researchers looked at smoking status, body-mass index, a history of diabetes, alcohol consumption, and hypertension among the volunteers. In other words, regardless of whether or not you have any of those known heart risks, you may be able to reap the benefits First we learned that the java juice is associated of coffee. with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Then we found out that it appears to The Swedish researchers offered several possible lower your risk for Type II diabetes. Heck, the explanations for how coffee could have this much-maligned beverage has even been indicated powerful effect. It may help reduce subclinical as a possible cancer-fighter. inflammation—the same type of inflammation associated with prediabetes and hypertension. It Now it looks as if we can add “lowers your risk could be working its magic by helping to reverse of stroke” to the list of good things this so-called oxidative stress. (Makes sense, since we already bad habit can do for you. know that coffee is packed with antioxidant

polyphenols.) And it looks as if coffee may also “Effects of coffee consumption on subclinical improve insulin sensitivity, which has been inflammation and other risk factors for type 2 associated with stroke. diabetes: a clinical trial,” Am J Clin Nutr, April 2010 vol. 91 no. 4 950-957 Oh, and for those of you who like to drink your coffee with a dollop of milk…I have good news. “Chronic Subclinical Inflammation as Part of A study published last year in the Journal of the Insulin Resistance Syndrome,” Circulation, Nutrition found that the addition of whole milk 2000;102:42 to your favorite morning drink does not affect the bioavailability of the antioxidants in the coffee. “Methylglyoxal and Subclinical Inflammation in the Hypertensive Patients,” Journal of Just be sure you are using an organic brand. Better Hypertension, June 2010 - Volume 28 - Issue - p yet, if you can get your hands on it, try some raw e188 milk instead. Art Kunkin is the journalist who founded the So, as I sit here at my desk finishing my second alternative weekly newspaper, The Los Angeles cup of coffee this morning, I encourage you Free Press in 1964. Art’s ebook, “Life Extension to quietly forward this article to your family Alchemy: The Secret Of Immortality Finally members or friends who may have been nagging Revealed,” is available at a reduced price of $9 you to give up your coffee habit. Who knows? through his web site, www.alchemyrevealed.com. It could mark the last time you have to hear it. Art teaches classes on healing, longevity, alchemy and meditation at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. References: Contact him by emailing artkunkin@gmail.com or by addressing 58080 Twentynine Palms Hwy, “Coffee Consumption and Risk of Stroke Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Copyright 2011 by Art in Women,” Stroke, 2011, Published online Kunkin. All Rights Reserved. Photo of Art by before print, March 10, 2011, doi: 10.1161/ Michal Alaniz. Thanks for the more than 700 STROKEAHA.110.603787 birthday greetings I received on Facebook for my 83rd birthday. My coffee cup overfloweth.

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Local Artists

Local Sightings At The PS ShortFest Local Films By Local Filmmakers find a talent who’s hungry and to push them. “Collaborate with them and build on what Palm Springs, CA – This city has long it means to be a working Writer/Director,” been known as Hollywood’s playground she said. attracting celebrities, producers, directors, cinematographers and screenwriters to the “I loved his (Cardone’s) writing and the way comforts only a desert oasis holds. Some of he developed characters. His plots resonate those dignitaries have decided to make the and make for very good Indie film-making.” Coachella Valley their part-time home while other young, aspiring talents split their time To reach Cardone, call Goldstein at 213-321between the desert sun and the big city traffic. 7321 or go to www.avalanchefilms.net. by Jackie Devereaux

In this year’s selection of short films we found Stephen Soucy, 43, a South Palm Springs a number of local filmmakers moving their resident divides his time between Thousand careers forward in a big way. Oaks and the desert. Soucy earned a master’s degree in screenwriting from USC and has Daniel Cardone, a 39-year-old Palm Springs- been in 13 film festivals, adding that he based filmmaker is originally from Melbourne, finds the festival experience to be “very Australia but has been living between San Francisco and the desert since 2008. Cardone’s short film “Incident,” ironically was not included in the Local Sightings section of the Palm Springs Short Fest program. Didn’t matter, we found him at the Renaissance, Palm Springs Hotel along with his Producer Johanna Goldstein, also the CEO of Avalanche Films.

“When I went to high school, everyone was better than me in just about everything, except making movies. There I excelled and I was the best,” he said. When asked what his goals are for the next five to 10 years Kontaxis said, “I can’t think in long term. That’s more of a fantasy instead of reality. I can think of reality in one or two years,” which means to finish college. Kontaxis is lucky. He’s already working as a Film Editor on a political documentary in Oklahoma assisting in post production. He landed that job through a friend and is now honing his skills and preparing for a future career in television and films. INCIDENT by Daniel Cardone (12 minutes) With James’ over soon returning home from his military service, James has ended his brief fling with Steve and is preparing to greet his lover with the perfect home and the perfect partner. There’s just one problem: Steve, who shows up on James’ doorstep hoping to rekindle their relationship.

“Incident” by Daniel Cardone Mirage talent who submitted last year’s “Smartie Pants.” OTHER LOCALLY SHOT SHORT FILMS CHILDREN OF THE DEPLOYED by Brad Pulliam, (5 minutes)

Children from the Morongo Valley Elementary School located near the 29 Palms Marine Base provide rarely heard and emotionally moving Set in Palm Springs and inspired by an Emily perspectives on what it is like to be the child Dickinson poem, Slant tells the story of a gay of someone who is currently deployed to the man looking for a romantic connection long Middle East. after the loss of his partner to AIDS. Initially setting his sights on a much younger gardener, FUHGEDDABOUDDIT by Sonya Curiel and he ultimately finds a more meaningful Ricardo LeBron (9 minutes) connection with an acquaintance who shares a similar history. A deliciously amusing tale of a garbage can, a banana peel and a styrofoam cup. Winner ARMS RACE by Michael Kontaxis, (5 of the top prize at the Palm Springs Student minutes) Film Festival. SLANT by Stephen Soucy (14 minutes)

“Daniel has a good ability to capture the moment in silence and let the story play out with nuances on the big screen,” Goldstein said. Cardone quietly explained that he doesn’t like hysterics in cinema but instead tried to capture the story with close ups and subtext. Cardone advices young, upcoming filmmakers to “team up with an aspiring producer who is Film maker Stephen Soucy, “Slant” open to your work and who is at your level.” Look for people with mutual interests and attitudes to help move projects forward. empowering.”

Somewhere the most entertaining parts of Goldstein said it’s important for a producer to “The first scene I shot (in Palm Springs) was going to the movies is watching the audience. obviously scary and crazy. After the camera An amusing reprise from the local Rancho rolled and I finished the first shot, I got into LEVI PETREE a zone. I realized that everything over the past 10 years was working up to this point,” MATT WOOL Soucy said. “It doesn’t matter what your age, just tell your story.” Soucy produced the short film “Slant.” “This is what I am passionate about,” he said. To reach Soucy, go to www.modernistfilm. com

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“No one ever knows their path in life, but I realized mine at a young age,” Kontaxis said. He is a sophomore in college studying film at Loyola Marymount. A still image from “Incident” by Daniel Cardone

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Dining Out

A Mexican Oasis in the Desert Food Fit for a Matador by Jackie Devereaux

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Desert Hot Springs, CA – Ole! Ole! is the sound heard roaring from the grandstands when a matador successfully guides a charging bull under his cape. The owner of South of the Border restaurant, Fernando Guerrero, is a real life matador from Mexico, and can be found most days at this local desert hot spot answering questions about past accomplishments in the bull fighting ring. As an animal advocate, I oppose both bull fighting and cock fighting, however, I confess that when I lived in Mexico, I attended a few of these “cultural events.” In saying that, I still love Mexico and pretty much everything Mexican, especially their cuisine. I have a pretty good grasp of what authentic Mexican food should look, smell and taste like, and I’ve eaten a just about every Mexican place in the valley. South of the Border is by far the best authentic Mexican food restaurant in the valley with the exception of El Mexicali Cafe which is twice as expensive and located 40 miles south in Indio. South of the Border daily lunch specials range from $4.95 to $8.95, are beautiful to look very flavorful for such reasonable prices. Anywhere else in the desert you’ll pay $6.95 to $12.95 for the same one, two or three item entree. Combination dinner plates range from $7.95 to $8.95 and their Especialideades De La Casa is $12.95 for an 8 oz. New York Steak Carne Asada entree served with grilled chilies, onions, Pico de Gallo, guacamole, beans, rice and flour or corn tortillas. The portions are hearty enough to split if you like to share with your partner. My husband and I always order something different so we can share in the flavors and take some home. If you’re hankering for a nice cold margarita, try their Cadillac Margaritas but be prepared to pay $6.95 per drink. I cringe when I get the bill and my drink is more expensive than my entree. However, I still highly recommend this restaurant to any traveler visiting the desert because it’s one of my favorite and most genuine Mexican restaurants to be found in the entire Coachella Valley. If you’re enjoying one of the famous natural hot mineral springs spas in town, you’ll want to check out this local restaurant because occasionally, they get a celebrity, artist or musician stopping by.

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During a recent chat, he said he may be opening another restaurant in Rosarito Beach, Baja California Norte, just south of Tijuana soon. If you’re traveling south of the border, please do keep your eyes open for it, and make sure you tell him that Jackie sent you and and say “Ole!” South of the Border is located at 11719 Palm Drive on the corner of First Street. Call 760-251-400 for more information. Reservations are not required and dress attire is desert casual.

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2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest Festival Winners Announced Palm Springs, CA – The 2012 Palm Springs contest, Paulie refuses to let it go. International ShortFest, the largest short film festival in North America, announced its FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD – Winner Festival award winners. received a $2,000 cash prize and a post production package courtesy of Greenhouse The 324 short films screened throughout the Studios. Festival along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market. A “Khaana” (UK), by Rajinder Sawhney total of $118,800 in prizes, including $16,000 in cash awards, were awarded in 20 categories. A pregnant, orthodox Muslim woman living Held from June 19-25, 2012, the Festival had in London has an appetite for life as well as for another record-breaking year in attendance food, in this delightful exploration of the ways for ticket buyers, filmmakers and film industry in which her homeland’s culture intersects with delegates. her still novel foreign surroundings. The 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest award winners are:

JURY AWARDS BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD – Winner received $2,000 cash prize, Software Package courtesy of The Showbiz Café & Store, Post Production award courtesy of Greenhouse Studios and Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple. The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration.

“Mr. Christmas” (USA), by Nick Palmer

Bruce Mertz is the kind of guy who lights up BEST AnimatIion short the lives of those around him -- quite literally -- when every holiday season he transforms his First Place ($2,000) – Nuru (Belgium), Michael house into a beacon with 50,000 colorful lights Palmaers and himself into Mr. Christmas. In this dazzling, CG-enhanced story about an Runner-up – “The Little Team” (L’Equip Petit) abandoned zoo and its lone animal inhabitant, (Spain), by Robert Gomez a zookeeper looks after a giant gorilla who is being subjected to a dark experiment run by AUDIENCE FAVORITE ANIMATION an opportunistic director. SHORT Second Place ($500) – Amen! (Germany), “The Boy in the Bubble” (Ireland), by Kealan Moritz Mayerhofer O’Rourke Young Rupert Shelley utilizes magic to win the heart of his true love at school and save his own heart from breaking. The magic works, but not in quite the way that Rupert had expected. Runner-up – The Gruffalo’s Child (UK), Uwe Heidschötter, Johannes Weiland

Returning for a second year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest continued the ShortFest Online Film Festival. Ten films were chosen AUDIENCE AWARDS to represent the Festival online. The ShortFest Online Audience Award went to Lost & Found “Behind the Mirrors” (Detras del Espejo) (Peru/ AUDIENCE FAVORITE LIVE ACTION (UK), directed by Sam Washington. The film USA), by Julio O. Ramos SHORT will be available to view online for the next three months. A young husband, and soon-to-be father, “A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences” manages a local brothel with his wife. When (Netherlands), by Joost Reijmers JURY CATEGORY AWARDS one of the night’s customers leaves behind an unexpected mess, the husband’s keen eye for An absurdist journey through time with an Awards in the non-student and student opportunity and quick thinking may change explosive ending in the heart of Amsterdam, categories were selected by ShortFest jury their fortunes forever. this Dutch treat won the Best Comedy Award members Richard Abramowitz (President at the recent Aspen ShortsFest, and rightly so: of Abramorama, distribution and marketing PANAVISION GRAND JURY AWARD – its inventive tale links up three hapless heroes company), Lael Loewenstein, (President of Winner received a Panavision Camera Package living in different centuries whose worlds the Los Angeles Film Critics Association valued at $60,000. collide unexpectedly in the present day. and a critic for Variety) and Jane Schoettle (International Programmer for the Toronto “Paulie” (USA), by Andrew Nackman Runner-up – “Talking Dog For Sale,” “10 International Film Festival). Euros” (Se Vende PerroQue Habla, 10 Euros) “Paulie” is a nine year old in the seventh grade. (France/Spain), by Lewis-Martin Soucy All first place winners in the non-student Used to being the smartest kid in the room categories received a cash award of $2,000. First Paulie aces every test, wins every spelling bee AUDIENCE FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY place winners in the non-student Animation and science fair, and does not lose. So when SHORT and Live Action categories may be eligible for bully Tony beats him one day at an essay Academy Awards consideration. Second place

2012 attendees at the Agents/Managers/Actors Forum at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

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recipients received a $500 cash prize.

Kathleen McInnis, Curator/Director BEST Live Action short over 15 minutes First Place ($2,000) – Dura Lex (Belgium), Anke Blondé When two detectives show up at Kristi’s house asking lots of questions about her Albanian maid, she has little time to decide what to think, say, and do – and her answers will have major consequences for all concerned. Second Place ($500) – Light Years (Lichtjahre)


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(Germany), Florian Knittel BEST Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER First Place ($2,000) – The Devil’s Ballroom (Mannen fra isødet) (Norway/Greenland), Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken After burying his last remaining companion, a fearless explorer has to find his way to the North Pole alone, fighting snow-blindness and physical strain. An unexpected encounter forces him to decide between honor and fame in the history books or keeping the moral high ground—a choice which will haunt the rest of his life. Second Place ($500) – The Moment (Australia), Troy Bellchambers BEST Documentary short First Place ($2,000) – The Record Breaker (Denmark), Brian McGinn Climbing Machu Picchu on stilts is not for everybody, but it suits Ashrita Furman just fine. Furman holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual, and he has set his sights on one more for the books. Second Place ($500) – The Globe Collector (Australia), Summer DeRoche

STUDENT CATEGORIES All first place winners in these categories received a software package courtesy of The Showbiz Café & Store along with a one-year download membership to videoblocks.com or stock footage DVD set courtesy of Video Block and Footage Firm. BEST STUDENT ANIMATION First Place – Bear Me (Germany), Katarzyna Wilk A young woman’s object of love, and other desires, is a surprisingly strange choice in her seemingly otherwise quite normal world. Second Place – Flamingo Pride (Germany), Tomer Eshed BEST STUDENT Live Action short over 15 minutes First Place – Hatch (Austria/USA), Christoph Kushnig On a wintry Vienna night, a young couple makes the decision to give up their child, knowing they cannot raise it and realize their own youthful dreams. Across town, another couple is desperate for a child of their own,

with no way to conceive one. When the paths of these two couples briefly cross, fate holds an unexpected lesson for each of them. Second Place – Good Night (UK), Muriel d’Ansembourg BEST STUDENT Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER First Place – Behind the Mirrors (Detras del Espejo) (Peru/USA), Julio O. Ramos A young husband, and soon-to-be father, manages a local brothel with his wife. When one of the night’s customers leaves behind an unexpected mess, the husband’s keen eye for opportunity and quick thinking may change their fortunes forever. Second Place – Paulie (USA), Andrew Nackman BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY short

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In an unprecedented decision, the ShortFest jury has decided to award first place jointly to two documentaries: The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist and Julian. The jury issued the following statement: “With strikingly different techniques, each paints a remarkable portrait of family ties.

confession, and the boy is feeling awfully guilty about something that he doesn’t want to confess to the priest.

of them.

S econd Place – Anand Kishore (cinematographer), Mong (China)

The Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker went to Kiss Me (USA), directed by Jules Nurrish. The recipient received Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple. The Alexis Award is selected by the Festival’s programming team and was created in honor of Alexis Echavarria, a young filmmaker, whose talent as a budding filmmaker and gift for inspiring excellence among his fellow students were cut short suddenly in 2005 at age 16.

Although we didn’t set out to define the category thematically, we noted that both films raised questions of parental legacy, filial responsibility, and the indelible cost of personal ambition. Each left an unmistakable impression on us. And so, after sustained and impassioned deliberations, we decided that the only real option was to recognize both films.” First Place (tie) – The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist (USA), Mark Columbus Filmmaker Mark Columbus takes an inventive, probing and amusing look at his relationship with his dad, a once famous jazz guitarist from the Fiji Islands, whose career stalled when he moved to the U.S.

BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD (FROM A US FILM SCHOOL) - $2,000 cash prize courtesy of KQED, San Francisco. First Place – Hatch (Austria/USA), Christoph Kuschnig On a wintry Vienna night, a young couple makes the decision to give up their child, knowing they cannot raise it and realize their own youthful dreams. Across town, another couple is desperate for a child of their own, with no way to conceive one. When the paths of these two couples briefly cross, fate holds an unexpected lesson for each

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Bridging the Borders Award presented by Cinema Without Borders went to Road to Peshawar (USA), directed by Hammad Rizvi. The winner received a certificate for an upcoming Method Acting Intensive with a value of $2000 from Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. The runner-up was Dura Lex (Belgium), directed by Anke Blondé.

First Place (tie) – Julian (USA), Bao Nguyen When a young man named Julian looks straight into the camera and talks about the lure of joining the Marines and the possibility of not returning home, so begins this riveting portrait of a young soldier and his family. BEST STUDENT CINEMATOGRAPHY Software package courtesy of The Showbiz Café & Store. Saro Varjabedian (cinematographer), Jesus Loves Youssef (Lebanon) Young Youssef is praying for a bike for a first communion gift, but communion involves

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CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music nightly 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR LQ; 760-564-3660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Diva Keisha D’ 7pm (VD) DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm Dillon RoadHouse, DHS; 760-251-1991 Karaoke 7pm ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL, PS; 760-992-0002 Lola Rossi and Reggie Vision Alexander 5pm (JZ) FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Dawson’s Gang 9pm (C) FIRECLIFF, PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm (PB) HANDLE BAR & GRILL, NPS; 760-251-6474 Karaoke w/Millie G 6 pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm (JZ) JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250 Free Pool 6pm KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm LAS CASUELAS TERREZA, PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox 8pm LE PAON,PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-328-6834 Karaoke w/ Dynamic Dave 8pm MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Single Mingle Night, 4pm on patio MELVYN’S LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm O’LEARY’S PUB, PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke 9pm OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100 Karaoke 8pm PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 Hip Hop Night 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Ghostlight Trio 8pm (CR) PLAN B LIVE, TP; 760-343-2115 Karaoke w/ Amber Stream 8pm RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Live music 9pm RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 The Edge Duo, 5pm sidebar patio (VD) ROC’S FIREHOUSE, PD; 760-340-3222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm (LR) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 Karaoke 9pm STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900 Karaoke 8pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 The Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN, IND; 760-347-9985 Karaoke w/Warren the Spin Doctor 7:30pm THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Slipping Into Darkness 8:30pm THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE OUTPOST TAVERN, CC; 760-328-9004 Karaoke w/DJ Stuart 8pm THE TROPICALE, PS; 760-866-1952 Derrik Lewis Duo w/Jeff Stover 5:30pm (CAB) 360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773 Mike Costley & Friends 7:30pm

June 28-July 4, 2012

VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm; DJ Chris Lancaster 9pm (RR) WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 Line Dance 5pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Bill Saitta & Friends 7pm (JZ) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

FRIday JUNE 29

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 Moon Pearl and Religious Girls 10pm AGUA CALIENTE CASINO, RM; 888-999-1995 Pool Party 8pm,Static 9pm (VD) ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6pm (JZ,PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Michael Holmes & The Derrik Lewis Trio 8pm (JZ) BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946 Dance Party 7pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6pm (Isl. Rhythms) CAFE des BEAUX-ARTS, PD; 760-346-0669 Linda Peterson 6-9pm (JZ) CAFE PALETTE, PS; 760-322-9264 John Gallagher 7pm CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm (PB) CENTRAL PARK REST.,PS; 760-866-9166 Rebecca Clark 4pm CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Voodoo Hustlers 8pm (VD) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Lit Lounge, Kool Breeze 9pm (VD) FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm FISHERMAN’S MARKET, LQ; 760 777-1601 The PS Blues 8pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, LQ; 760-698-8303 Agave Blues Band 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250 Karaoke 7pm (VD) KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/Roberto, Reaction 8pm LA QUINTA RESORT, LQ; 760-564-4111 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm (RB) LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS, RM; 760-328-8844 Nash & Quinto Menguante, 10pm (LR) LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) MELVYN’S LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 5pm (LJ) O’LEARY’S PUB, PS; 760-325-4913 DJ Nakai 9pm OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100 Live Music 9pm

PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE, PS; 760-327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB, PD; 77-200 California Dr. “World-on-Fire” 7pm PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 DJ Richie Rich 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 Debora Iyall (of Romeo Void) 9pm $10. RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Live music 9pm REILLY’S IRISH PUB, CC; 760-324-9600 Karaoke w/Lenny 7pm RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 Lyndsey Harper, sidebar patio, 7pm (POP, BL) DJ Jalil Jagers, 10pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE, PD; 760-340-3222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm (JR) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 Karaoke 9pm SPA RESORT & CASINO, PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9pm SPOTLIGHT 29, IND; 866-377-6829 Def Leppard Tribute 8pm STUDIO ONE11, PS; 760-328-2900 Angie Whitney 7:30pm (JZ) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(R) TACK ROOM TAVERN, IND; 760-347-9985 Live Music 9pm THE DATE SHED, IND; 760-775-6699 THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Live 8pm THE GRILL ON MAIN, LQ; 760-771-4653 Mark Gregg 8pm (CR) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6pm; Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE OUTPOST TAVERN, C.C.; 760-328-9004 Karaoke w/DJ Stuart 8pm THE WINE BAR, LQ; 760-564-2201 Shaken Not Stirred 7pm (LR) 360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773 Darci Daniels & Friends 7:30pm VIBE, CAB; 951-755-5391 Funky Fridays 10pm (VD) VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770 Pat Rizzo & All that Jazz 6:30pm(CAB) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx & DJ Chris 9pm (CR) WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 Karoke w/ Kj Kar-el 9pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 RPM 7pm (CR) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

SATurday JUNE 30

19TH HOLE, PD; 760-772-6696 Karaoke w/T Bone 9pm 29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 Reggae Sol w/ DJ Journee AGUA CALIENTE CASINO, RM; 888-999-1995 Static 9pm(VD) ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6pm (JZ, PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Comedy night 7:30pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee and Dreams 6pm (CR) CASCADE LOUNGE, PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9pm (VD)

CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 The Bill Baker Show 7:30pm (CB) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR, LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Lisa Coleman & “Rootbeer” Brown & Alex 8pm (VD) DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-251-1991 Muddy Sparks Trio, Walt Young 9pm (CR) FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Tribute band, AC/DC 7:30pm Kool Breeze 9pm (VD) FISHERMAN’S MARKET, LQ; 760 777-1601 The PS Blues 8pm FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250 Ghostlight Trio 7pm (CR) HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, IND; 760-698-8303 Kal David & the Real Deal 8pm (BL) INDIAN CANYONS GOLF RESORT, PS; 760-833-8700 Keisha D’ 6pm (VD) INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm & Jamba w/ Jimmy King LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS, RM; 760-328-8844 2 DJ’s, 10pm LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-328-6834 DJ Boost 10pm MELVYN’S LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) MANGO LOUNGE, PS; 760-327-7676 Guest DJ’s 10:30pm MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 5pm (LJ) MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, CAB; 888-667-6646; Live Music 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973 DJ’s 9pm O’LEARY’S PUB, PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke/Live Entertainment OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100 Live Music 9pm (VD) PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE, PS; 760-327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 DJ Richie Rich PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Shadow Mtn. Band 5pm, 3 Chord Justice 8pm (CR) PEABODY’S, PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE, TP; 760-343-2115 Live music RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Live music 9pm REILLY’S IRISH PUB, CC; 760-324-9600 George Momb Open Mic 7pm (PB) RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 Lyndsey Harper 7pm, DJ Jalil Jagers 10pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE, PD; 760-340-3222 Long Duk Dong 9pm (RR) SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041


Evaro Brothers 8pm (LJ) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 Live Music 9pm (RR) SPOTLIGHT 29, IND; 866-377-6829 Casino Lng. Live 9pm STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900 Bill Ramirez 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers 7pm (BL)(RG) THE DATE SHED, IND; 760-775-6699 DJ Ray 9pm THE GRILL ON MAIN, LQ; 760-771-4653 Rob and JB 8pm (CR) THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 The Brew Fish & F-13 9pm (RR) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry; 6pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) 360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773 Darci Daniels & Friends 7:30pm SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 DJ Jeff Ferguson VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770 Doug Montgomery 7pm (CAB) VIBE, CAB; 951-755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx & DJ Chris 9pm (CR) WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 Live 9pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Damon Von Buren 7pm (R,BL) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

SUNDAY JULY 1

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Bob & Allison Garcia 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Residency 9pm AGUA CALIENTE CASINO, RM; 888-999-1995 Karaoke Jo 7pm ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6pm(JZ,PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 The Judy Show 7:30pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madaio 6pm (JZ) CASCADE LOUNGE, PS; 888-999-1995 Nash & Quinto Menguante 9pm (LR) CENTRAL PARK REST.,PS; 760-866-9166 Rebecca Clark 12 pm CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 The Bill Baker Show 7:30pm CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Mark Engel 4pm DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, LQ; 760-698-8303 Karaoke 8pm HANDLE BAR & GRILL, NPS; 760-251-6474 Karaoke w/Millie G 2-6 pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250 Free Pool and Sports LE PAON;PD, 760-610-5320 Robin Miller 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Watson Twins & Jesse Sykes 8pm (CR) FREE RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-4080 Art of Sax Trio 5pm (JZ) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (RR)(LR) THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Live Music 9pm (RR) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314

Kevin Henry; 7pm (PB) 360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773 The Carmen’s, 6:30pm VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770 Desert Cities Jazz Band 2pm, Doug Montgomery 7pm VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 School Jam, 9pm WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 Line Dancing w/Tina, 5:30pm (CW) WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Barry Baughn Blues Band 7pm (BL)

MONDAY JULY 2

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Bonnie Scott, 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 Sissy Bingo, 7pm, Ace Trivia, 9pm ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 D & Company 6:30pm (JZ,PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Charity Bingo, 7pm BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946 Latin Dance Party 6:30pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Dana Larson Duo, 6pm (PR) CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 The Jackson Garrett Band 7:30pm (PB) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Open Mic Live and Local 8pm FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250 All Day Wimbledon LE PAON;PD, 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Night 7pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Randy Seymon 6pm (JZ) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 Live DJ THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry; 6pm (PB) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Scott Carter 12 pm(AC), Michael James Band 9pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Karaoke Jo 6pm

TUESDAY JULY 3

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Eva Stokes 6pm (PB) AMICI ITALIAN TRATTORIA, RM; 760-341-0738 Live Music 5:30 pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 Karaoke w/Kiesha 9pm Full Moon Party 7pm ARNOLD PALMER’S, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6:30pm (JZ) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Bella da Ball Dinner Revue 7:30pm (CB) BACKSTREET BISTRO,PD; 760-346-6393 Live Jazz 7pm (JZ) BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946 Desert Swing Dance Club 6pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Dana Larson Duo 6pm (PR) CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Rebecca Clark 7:30pm (PB) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB)

DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-251-1991 Matt Jenkins 5pm (CR) ESCENA LOUNGE, PS; 760-992-0002 John Stanley King Band 5pm FIRESIDE LOUNGE, PS; 760-327-1700 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 8pm HANDLEBAR & GRILL, PS; 760-251-6474 Karaoke w/Millie G 6–10pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic & Jam 7pm LE PAON;PD, 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8 pm NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973 Live DJ 9pm OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100 Lisa Coleman 8pm PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE, PS; 760-327-4080 Jam Session w/Bryan 7pm (VD) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 Pro Jazz Jam w/ Mikole Caar 7:30pm (JZ) RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Doctor Paul 6pm (JZ) SULLIVAN’S STKHS, PD; 760-341-3560 Demetrious & Co (RR)(JZ) STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900 Karaoke 8pm THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Open Mic 8pm THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Tim Burleson 7:45pm (PB) THE TROPICALE, PS; 760-866-1952 Derrik Lewis Duo featuring Jeff Stover 5:30pm (CAB) VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770

Pat Rizzo 6:30pm (PB) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 John Stanley King Band 9pm (CR) WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Michael Bolivar Jazz 6pm (JZ)

WEDNESDAY JULY 4

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Randy Godfrey & Bobby Furgo 6pm(BL) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Howie Pyro 10pm (VD) ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6:30pm AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB) BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946 Line dancing lessons w/ Ray Stanto 5:30pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee & Dreams 6pm (R/BL) CAFE des BEAUX-ARTS, PD; 760-346-0669 Brian Nova 6-9pm (JZ) CENTRAL PARK REST.,PS; 760-866-9166 Cabaret open mic w/ Joel Baker & Les Michaels 7pm CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Karaoke Jo 7:30pm DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Chris Merrick & Brian Dennigan Sax 5:30pm (PB) ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL, PS; 760-992-0002 Rose Mallet Jazz Trio 5pm (JZ) FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm FRANKIES FRESH FISH, IND; 760-342-2228 Eve Holmes 7pm (POP) HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, LQ; 760-698-8303 Karaoke 8pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-2250

Karaoke w/ Troy Michaels 7pm KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 DJ Anwaar 8pm LE PAON,PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-328-6834 DJ LF 9pm NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm PALM SPRINGS PAVILION, PS; 760-323-8272 Open air dancing 7pm (VD) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 Karoke w/ DJ Stuart 8pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE, PD; 760-340-3222 Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Doctor Paul 6pm (JZ) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 The D. Phillips Band w/M. Kaar, 8pm (BL/R) STARLITE LOUNGE, PS; 760-327-4080 John Stanley King 5pm (RR) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Straight Ahead Jazz (JZ) THE CLUB AT SHENANDOAH, TP; 760-343-3497 The Terry Williams Band 6-9pm (RR) THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Open Mic night THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6pm,Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) 360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773 Reggie (Vision) Alexander 7pm VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm (CR) WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 DJ Club Night 9pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Mara Getz 6pm (PB)

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June 28-July 4, 2012

Desert Star Weekly

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Calendar SUMMER FENCING

gives you the flexibility to stay youthful.

Desert Fencing Academy (DFA) will offer its Summer Fencing Program to beginning fencers ages eight to 80 through Aug. 4. “It’s never too late to take up fencing,” said DFA’s founder and head coach Leslie Taft.

Beginners will be taught basic breathing techniques combined with the asanas (poses). Advanced students will enjoy the flow of connecting spirit and body. Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located on 59700 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, 760 365-8371 Fax 760 228-0626

“It’s fun, it improves coordination, and it’s great exercise.” The beginning fencing lessons cost $25 for 30 minutes. All fencing gear is provided. Taft is a national fencing champion and has competed in three World Cup competitions. She has been teaching fencing for 25 years and is the Fencing Coach at College of the Desert. She also has worked with fencers on the U.S. Pentathlon team.

THE AQUATICS The Palm Springs Aquatic Center is open seven days a week all year round. The cost is $4 for adult residents and $5 for nonresidents, children ages four - 12 are $3, and all kids three and under are free.

Desert Fencing Academy is located at 73-760 Dinah Shore Drive, Ste. 103, Palm Desert in the My Gym Children’s Fitness building. For more information, contact Coach Taft at 760-218-1343 or visit www.desertfencingacademy.com

There is recreational swimming from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Lap swimming is held Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The Palm Springs Aquatic Center is located on 405 S. Pavillion Way in the Sunrise Plaza Complex.

STREGTHEN THE BODY - YOGA

PALM DESERT SWIM

Join Eleanor Price for Yoga Tuesdays and Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Classes will be held in Harmony Hall at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Eleanor Price believes yoga combined with breathing, stretches your mind as it strengthens your body and

Palm Desert Aquatic Center your destination for refreshing fun with a host of features, classes and programs designed to please water lovers of every age and fitness level. The Aquatic Center includes three pools, diving boards, slides and play features.

All or part of the nearly eight-acre facility can be rented for birthday parties, corporate events,swimming competitions and other special events. Admission is $4 for Palm Desert adults and $6 for adult non-residents. Admission for seniors over 60 and children ages 6 to 12 is $3 for residents and $4.50 for non-residents. Fees for children ages two to five are $2.50 for residents and $3.75 for non-residents. Annual and three month passes are also available. For more information, call 760-565-7467 or visit pdpool.com. The PS Aquatic Center is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive on the northeast corner of Civic Center Park.

DESERT RENDEVOUS ARTIST Local artist/photographer, Carlos Reyes, of Yucca Valley, along with internationally known, musical recording artists, Incendio, and LA-based Salsa dancer/choreographer, Sergio Leal, have recently launched a Kickstarter project for a one evening, arts happening called “Desert Rendezvous” that will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 in Pioneertown. Desert Rendezvous will feature projected images of desert photography by Carlos Reyes along with his live creation of “fractal” computer art while the Latin influenced band, Incendio performs their live original music. On top of that, dancer, Sergio Leal and company will be adding the element of dance to the sounds of Incendio. Tickets - www. DesertRendezvous.com or info@DesertRendezvous.com or 760-671-6092

TRIVIA AT THE ACE HOTEL Every Monday night join the Ace Hotel for trivia with Bella da Ball at 9:00 p.m. There is no cover charge and prizes will be awarded. Individuals and teams are welcome, the trivia games will be held in the Amigo room located at 701 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

MISS BROADWAY IN DRAG Palm Canyon Theatre is presenting the second annual Broadway In Drag pageant, an official Palm Springs Pride Event. The contestants will be judged on Evening Gown, Talent and Swimsuit competitions. Hosted for the second year by Palm Springs’ reigning drag diva Bella da Ball, the evening will feature a special tribute to Philip “Sebastian” Petrie aka Morgana Le Fay, Miss Broadway in Drag 2011. Entertainment provided by the Palm Canyon Theatre players. Celebrity judges to be announced at a later date. The event will be held on Nov. 2 at 8:00 p.m. in the Palm Canyon Theatre on 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Tickets are $50 VIP seats and $35 general admission.

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SETH HAMPTON – GOTTA MOVE Following it’s sold-out Los Angeles premier, singer and dancer Seth Hampton will bring his one-man show “Gotta Move” to the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert as part of the Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series presented by Les Michaels and Life Is A Cabaret Entertainment. The one performance only show will take place on Sunday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m. “Gotta Move” is directed by Broadway and cabaret star Jason Graae who helped Seth put together the perfect combination of songs and stories that bring out both his strong voice and his extensive dance back ground, especially tap dancing. Seth’s dance ability along with his good looks recently landed him the role of Don Lockwood in a revival of the hit musical “Singing In The Rain”. The role required him to tap his way through number after number, including the iconic solo made famous by Gene Kelly for which the movie version was named and from which the stage adaption was written. Joining Seth will be acclaimed musical director John Randall who will accompany him on piano. “Gotta Move” starring Seth Hampton, Sunday, July 1 at The Arthur Newman Theatre at 2:00 p.m., with John Randall as musical director. The box office opens at 1:00 p.m., with tickets at $10 cash only. For more information call 760-325-2731.

FREE Designated Drivers July 4 Rancho Mirage, CA - Rancho Mirage-based attorney Walter Clark will again offer free taxi rides for restaurant and bar patrons who drink too much during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Safe Ride Home Taxi Program will be offered over two nights:from 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, through 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4; and from 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, through 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 5. “We want to help keep impaired drivers off the road and hope to help those whose celebration may put them at risk, so they don’t put anyone else at risk,’’ Clark said. “The focus of the 4th should be our independence and pride in our country.” Requests for the taxi rides must be placed by staff from a restaurant, bar, or hotel. Three local taxi companies will provide partiers with free cab rides home, which have a one-way, 15-mile limit to final lodging or residential destinations only. The passenger will be responsible for tipping the driver. No pre-arranged rides are allowed, and rides will not be provided from one business or bar to another. Participating companies include: Airport Taxi (760) 328-2227 ~ American Cab (760) 322-4444 ~ Yellow Cab of the Desert (760) 340-TAXI (8294)


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- By Guru Ren Yogamaya, M.A. E-RYT 500

Sun In Cancer: Most Affected are Cancer and all Water Signs. The month is in the sign of Cancer. For Cancer: All Moon themes such as sensitivity, moods, nurturing and stability will rule supreme until July 22. A more heightened awareness of emotions, sensitivity to heat, fondness of food and harmony. The best side of Cancer is seen in their caring demeanor, their display of compassion, dealing with family issues easily, their cozy home and their culinary talents. The key is to know when to let go, to balance your moods, to silence overt emotions at the appropriate time and to leave justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: The Moon shines brighter this month. The divine feminine and the divine masculine energies in all people, nature, in Life, is found in the 2nd Chakra, the sacrum, abdomen, that also represents the element of Water, the sign of Cancer. We may feel more for others and for ourselves, cautious and protective. By using your awareness from divine guidance, the virtues of patience and observances will assist to bring solution to problems and healing. When in doubt stay positive, don’t whine or complain as it will only wear you out, and bring wrinkles and exhaustion. Celebrate this month by having more consideration of family members at home, enjoy water; the pool, the spa, the beach or trying Aquatic Pool Yoga. Best Sacred Geometry:  Icosahedron (Water) Best Yantra: The colors Orange or Coral. Monthly Horoscope – July, 2012 Aries: By the Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3rd, you may reach the plateau for compromise or sharing the differences with a partner. A professional matter may come to closure now. Wait until the 16th to calmly discuss points. Lay low on the 18th. The New Moon in Cancer on July 1819 may see a residential or family situation progress, take action on this beginning the end of the month. If single, the last week can bring new love. If you’re attached, this will be a great time for fun with friends. Taurus: The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3rd may bring news related to your financial affairs; you fiscal luck may soar. The first week is a good time to take a break. Consider contracts, agreements, don’t sign until after August 8th. With your relationships, lay low on the New Moon in Cancer on the 18-19. Meditate on the positive attributes of that special someone, share the sunshine with them at the end of the month. Best time for business matters is between the 25th and the 30th. Gemini: Finances will be front and center by the Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3rd. Have

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no expectations from business associates until the check clears. With Venus and Jupiter both in your sign, you are poised to get your way, so be charming. Mercury turns Retrograde on the 14th, lay low on the18- 19th, with the Full Moon in Cancer. Passion may take over your emotions; romance is bliss on the 3rd, 4th and the 16th. Focus on the positive and stay out of potential wars or chaos. Cancer: A special relationship will need your attention on the Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3rd. Meditate, and let go of any power issues; it’s time for you to change. Your work or career should be more interesting near the 16th. Make plans, sign deals before the 14th when Mercury turns Retrograde The New Moon is in your sign on July 18-19 with a solution to a home or family situation that may appear. New opportunities will begin to come your way, prepare for them by creating a list or pictures of what you wish to happen. Make sure you wish for what you need and not for what you want. Leo: You’ll have the strength and stamina to complete a project by the Full Moon on the 3rd. Finances and expenses should ease up a bit after this date. Try not to travel between the 14th and August 8th. The 16th may bring someone new and exciting into your Life. The New Moon on the 18-19th is best for you to lay low, relax, recharge and prepare for what is next. If you’re attached, it may become positively serious by the month’s end. Virgo: The first week of the month is great. The Full Moon on July 3rd in Capricorn will bring a romantic relationship front and center. If you have something to say, say it now. If single, you now have the confidence to start again and look for someone new. Lay low in matters relating to communications, travel and contracts between the 14th and August 8th. Your earning power will be the primary subject between the 16th and the 18th. By the New Moon in Cancer on the 18th-19th you’ll be back on track and ready for anything. Libra: The first two weeks are special and invite travel and leisure. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 3rd may affect your home or domestic environment; it will be transformational due to your convictions. Between the 14th and August 8th all may seem to move slowly, it’s still good to take action. The New Moon in Cancer on the 1819th may tune-up your business or career with new opportunities coming your way. Romance is best on the 21st and the 28th. Scorpio: Several planetary affects will allow you to slow down and decompress. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 3rd may see you on holiday; a good time to stop the social merry-go-round. With Mercury turning Retrograde from the 14th – August 8th, you could return to re-do business agreements,

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change of plans. Enjoy the obsession of your desires; if single, be sure that you’re both available and compatible. You may be traveling near the New Moon in Cancer on the 18-19th, try to go with the flow. Sagittarius: The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3rd brings news about your finances. Also with this date, a social run may begin so that it brightens your days or evenings. Be careful with your most precious, personal relationships on the 18th. The New Moon in Cancer on the 18-19th may have money matters improve. The end of the month will bring better news about your career or business. The weekend of the 21st is best for love, romance and unique fun. Capricorn: The Full Moon is in your sign on July 3rd and may bring an important personal issues into focus. Also, on that date begins an improved climate surrounding your business goals. With Mercury in Retrograde from the 14th –August 8th practice patience and watch your health. If you’re in a relationship, the New Moon in Cancer on the 18-19th brings discussion to take it to the next step. Best time for money matters is the 24th and the 30th. Aquarius: The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 3rd reveals something that was hidden. The first week is a good time for relaxation and new romance, possibly with a true Love. During the start of Mercury in Retrograde (14th-August 8th) someone from your past may return. If it’s not real, don’t go there. Your ruling planet, Uranus will turn Retrograde on the 13th, stick with your priorities that are already in motion, don’t start anything new. The New Moon in Cancer on the 18-19th will begin a busier work spell, be ready for it. Pisces: The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 3rd may bring an important, social or business event were you could meet love or a new career path. Mercury will be in Retrograde from the 14th – August 8th, not a time to make purchases related to communications, travel or gadgetry. The 25thand the 30th are good news days that may bring luck or money. A new project may appear. The New Moon in Cancer on the 18-19 may be the most romantic or creative time that continues for a few weeks. If single, go out, shine and be open. Ren Yogamaya is a Yoga teacher registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, a writer, the published author of the book, EAT BY COLOR: Foods, Colors and The Chakras, a syndicated columnist and she is a natural channel for Universal Light. She supports your community and teaches at Yoga Blue in Pasadena, at Dancing Shiva Yoga in L.A. and can be reached at www.renyogamaya. com on Facebook: Ren Rasa Yogamaya

“The Intouchables” By Theda Kleinhans Reichman “The  Intouchables” is an inspirational film about Philippe, an unbelievably wealthy Frenchman (Francois Cluzet) who is a quadriplegic, and his totally unqualified caregiver Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese excon who hangs around on the streets of Paris with his unsavory pals. To stay on the dole he also goes out applying for jobs he has no chance of getting since he is not qualified for much. As the story begins we find him sitting in the waiting room of Philippe’s mansion with many applicants who are trained to care for people like Philippe. Suddenly Driss bursts into Philippe’s office with his job application papers in hand, telling the startled secretary that he just wants them to sign his papers and he will be off. Philippe likes his brash, uncaring attitude and tells Driss to come back the next day—and to Driss’ total surprise, he is hired. What appealed to Philippe was the fact that he would not be handled with kid gloves by Driss, and indeed he is not. What seems like the ultimate odd couple turns into a surprisingly touching story about men from two different worlds who become very unlikely buddies as Driss learns about high art, classical music and social graces and Philippe gets to go out into the world again with his reckless, truly unsentimental helper. Philippe even discovers that he enjoys music by “Earth, Wind and Fire. “Yes, these two mismatched guys are actually good for each other. Everyone on the household staff is horrified by this big, unsavory man who reluctantly learns how to care for his patient, but what bonds them is the way Driss never pities his wealthy patron. Soon Philippe is able to get out and race around in one of his expensive cars again with his brash caretaker, bodyguard and eventual friend at the wheel. Driss is complicated, gruff and brutally honest. He also has a wild sense of humor and fun that lifts Philippe out of his life of despair. Rated R for language and some drug use. In French with English subtitles.              


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Fairytales Do Come True ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ By Theda Kleinhans Reichman Fairytales have become a 21st century phenomenon.  On TV there are two fairytale hit series, “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm,” and now “Snow White and the Huntsman” has arrived on the big screen in time for summertime viewing.

This new version of the Snow White tale is far more Grimm than Disney, but many of the plot elements remain the same.  There is a poisoned apple, a really wicked queen, played by a gorgeous but ice cold Charlize Theron, plus eight, not seven, dwarfs.  And, as in the Disney version, true love’s kiss can still awaken the beautiful princess Snow White

who possesses a kind heart that is desired by the evil Queen, Ravenna. The look of the film is medieval with lofty stone castles, serfs, and huntsmen along with royals and warrior knights.  Most characters dress in rough hewn peasant garb, but the Queen is decked out in gowns to die for, and if you get too close to this black-hearted woman, die you will. Director Rupert Sanders and screenwriters give this classic tale a new spin. Their Snow White still loves little birds and has a pure and loving heart, but when it comes time to fight to regain her father’s kingdom she becomes a fierce Joan of Arc warrior dressed in armor, who can ride with her kingdom’s best  soldiers. The film, while retaining its medieval look and fairytale character, has a larger than life super-hero feel as well.  Kristen Stewart portrays the brave, pure, feisty princess who is aided by the Huntsman, handsome, hunky Chris Hemsworth of “Thor.” There are numerous battle scenes as castle walls are stormed and fireballs are hurled from

the parapets.  There are also creepy, scary scenes that take place in the dark, foreboding forest filled with ghostly shadow creatures and trolls.  In contrast there are also beautiful moments filled with fairies and magical, majestic woodland creatures as well. Young adults will thrill to the action packed sequences and girls will be fascinated by the queen’s amazing wardrobe.  She is gorgeous in a white satin and gold wedding dress, but truly sinister in a black gown  with a bodice covered in “hundreds of iridescent black beetle wings, the leftovers from Thai diners” where such insects are a taste treat. According to the costume designer, each wing had to be drilled through to be attached to the sinisterlooking gown. While there is plenty of action, what is the most amazing about the film is the look.  There are magnificent castles, fairy filled meadows and hideous creepy dark forest locations.. From Universal, rated PG-13.  The film is too frightening for very young children.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Happiness Depends… By Theda Kleinhans Reichman Happiness depends, for most people, on their outlook of life. Such is the case for a group of British retirees who decide to make their pensions expand by moving to India. Each of them has been inspired by an online advertisement for a retirement hotel called the Marigold that sounds too marvelous to be true. Judi Dench has recently lost her husband. Soon she learns he had mishandled their money. Against her son’s wishes, she decides to do the best she can on what is left of their savings. Her son wants to care for her, but she is determined to be on her own in a new and exotic place. Bill Nighy and his wife also have discovered that his retirement funds don’t go far, while Maggie Smith has come to Mumbai for hip replacement surgery since in England she would have to wait for nearly a year under its health care system. Each arrives with dreams for a new, different life, only to discover that this “exotic” hotel has fallen into disrepair and is undergoing all kinds of renovation.

There is also extreme culture shock for some, like Nighy’s wife who refuses to leave the hotel because she finds everything unpleasant. But life, it turns out, is what you make of it. Since they are stuck, most of the new arrivals ‘have a go’ at exploring their new environs. Tom Wilkinson, who has come back to India to find a long lost friend from his youth, embraces each day as does Nighy who loves exploring, even if he has to do it without his wife. Soon their lives become intertwined with the young proprietor of the Marigold  (Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”) who has a dream of making his father’s rundown hotel into a haven for older people. But will he succeed and will these transplanted Brits stay in a place that is far below their English standard for posh or even comfortable? What makes this story, based on the book of the same name, so delightful is the character development and the transformations that each one of these guests experiences. When they become open to change they discover that life and love can begin again at any age, if you are willing to live in the moment and let go of the past.

Judi Dench is, as always, a joy to watch as is Maggie Smith, a frustrated women who reluctantly learns she can actually get along with people who aren’t English. Her story is particularly touching and involving. It is also a treat to experience India, along with

each of these new arrivals as they go outside of the Marigold to explore new places and meet new people. This is an absolutely charming film that merits consideration for best picture when Oscar nominations are handed out. Fox Searchlight, rated PG-13 for some sexual content and language. June 21-27, 2012

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Norml Challenges Appellate Ruling Disallowing Sales By Collectives by D. Gieringer, CA NORML Statewide, CA - A very bad court opinion that disallows MMJ sales by collectives has been published by the Second Appellate District, Division Two in Los Angeles: Trutanich v Joseph #B232248. The decision plays havoc with established law recognizing the legality of sales by medical cannabis collectives.

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The court ruled that Jeffrey Joseph, owner of the Organica collective, could not legally sell MMJ because he was not a primary caregiver. Hardly ever can collectives legally qualify as primary caregivers for their members according to the state Supreme Court’s Mentch decision.

Mixed Election Results for Medical Marijuana Victory in Butte, Losses in Kern & Lake Statewide, CA - June’s election brought mixed results for medical marijuana proponents in California. Patient advocates won an important victory in Butte Co, where voters rejected Measure A, which would have sharply restricted patients’ right to cultivate on their own property, by 55 percent to 45 percent. Medical cannabis supporters had sponsored a referendum to repeal the measure, which had been approved by the Board of Supervisors last year. In Kern County, the opposite result obtained, as 69 percent of voters approved Measure G, an ordinance sharply limiting the location of dispensaries in the county. Medical marijuana proponents had backed a ballot referendum to repeal the measure. In Lake County, voters trounced a growersponsored measure to regulate medical marijuana like an agricultural crop, by 66 percent to 33

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MMJ Update by CA NORML Statewide, CA - The California Assembly approved the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Control Act, AB 2312 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, by a vote of 41-30. The bill would clarify the legality of dispensaries and other medical cannabis business by establishing clear, statewide rules for the industry under a new state Board of Medical Cannabis Enforcement and individual rights of patients and caregivers under Prop. 215 would not be affected. Medical cannabis advocates, including California NORML, support the bill on the grounds that it would provide the kind of clear, legal framework necessary to protect patient access against federal raids. “It is now sixteen years since Prop. 215 called on lawmakers to implement a ‘safe and affordable’ access to all patients in medical need,” said Cal NORML Director Dale Gieringer, “Tom Ammiano deserves credit for finally addressing this need.” AB 2312 is based on a proposal originally drafted by Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana, a coalition that includes California NORML. Supporters are urged to tell their State Senators to support AB 2312.

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