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contents: articles: The Go-Go’s............................... 3 Brew at the Zoo......................... 5 Kinslerscope.............................. 6

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Going Wild with the

Go-Go’s by Laura Anne Rowell

features: Living Longer............................. 8 Nite Life Listings...................... 12 Classifieds .............................. 16 Astrological Affects................. 20

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alm Springs, CA - Saturday, May 5th, the O’Donell Golf Club in Palm Springs will be holding Evening Under the Stars, the 19th annual gala event to benefit AIDS Assistance Program. This years main attraction are the eighties phenomenon The Go-Go’s. After more than three decades in the music business, these girls are still as awesome, energetic and beautiful as ever. The Go-Go’s were the first female ‘Girl Power’ group. They not only were an all girl band, they had an all female staff including

women roadies, a woman manager and women in every position needed. On the outside they seemed like a fun bunch of girl just out looking for a good time, but inside the group there was more going on than what the fans saw. I recently sat down with guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey to discuss The Go-Go’s long standing place in the rock-n -roll history books and we talked about some of the seedy underbelly that has been a lot of the focus over the past few years. Charlotte made it clear that she didn’t want to really focus on this subject, but

acknowledged in retrospect it probably was a little out of hand, but at that moment they were a group of young chicks who didn’t think it was all that that bad. “Rehab saved my life...I talked openly about it in a VH-1 Behind The Music. At that time I was 16 years sober and felt it could help a lot of people... I have a seventeen year old daughter now and am grateful I am able to talk openly with her about drugs. I know a lot of parents that can’t. So something good did come out of it all.” Surprisingly The Go-Go’s only put out four albums in their long career, which is a testament to their extraordinary singing and song writing abilities. “Everyone had a hand in the song writing... Music speaks to people... it’s powerful.” When asked if they had complete control over all their songs and video’s, Caffey said the one possible regret she had was the Vacation video. Laughing as she recalls,“I think it was Belinda and me who wanted to do a video as Roller Derby Girls in skates...that didn’t happen.” The band has shaped their tour this year around the AIDS Assistance Program and are proud to be making an impact in the process of finding a cure for AIDS.”It’s an important

When asked how Charlotte would like The Go-Go’s to be remembered she pauses for a moment and says, “As a focused determined group with great song writing ability.” project and we are proud to be a part of it. When asked how Charlotte would like The Go-Go’s to be remembered she pauses for a moment and says, “As a focused determined group with great song writing ability.” For more information on AIDS Assistance Program please visit their website: www. aidsassistance.org


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Silent titans peer down pompously, not ominously. They seem bored as they lay about in piles of skulls, limbs and fists. I crawl along in my old Honda and wonder what they did to deserve it. I approach a signpost, park, get out and read it: You are positioned midpoint overlooking San Andreas. It’s not my fault if Mother Nature gets hungry, licks her chops and opens wide and not my fault if she swallows, but me and my Honda will morph into oysters, slip off the half-shelf, slide down her gullet and settle into her stomach. My best desert summer was the one in which I wasn’t Mother Nature’s appetizer.

Unemployed with two Bassets to raise, both with sad eyes, big paws, and highly skilled at nailing the ceiling fan with slobber. The truth is they ‘raised’ me that summer, denying me the chance to wallow in self doubt by relentlessly ‘hounding’ me for exercise. In the past, I’d run them, but now they were running me, dancing their way through the sprinklers at Nellie Coffman Middle School, totally in the moment, with the past and future meaningless. And it made me realize, the present is where I also wanted to be. My two friends are gone now, but the memory that remains, is how much their joy became my joy.

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letters to editor Dear Editor, I am troubled by the number of people with whom I have spoken to regarding DHS Code Enforcement. Before I read the story below, I had just encountered a young man who told me that his 56 yr. old mother had been fined $5000. After reading the story below, and hearing this young man and others, I believe that we have a run away problem. How many homes are being taken away or lost, as a result of a code violation? The young man above stated that as a result of Code putting the fine on his tax bill, his mother’s monthly note rose to $200 more per month. In order to keep up with her house note, she was forced to borrow the $5000 to pay off the fine. I believe the city should be kept in an orderly fashion however, I do not believe that, in this economy, citizens are all able to immediately, correct some of the deficiencies in and around their homes. In addition, some complain about the “heavy handedness” applied to some while allowing others to continue with same infractions without being fined or forced to comply and , many are City

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employees. Something is wrong with this picture and the picture below, along with many more. Here is why I’m writing you. 1. Is there any way to ascertain the number and amount of fines levied on DHS citizen for Code Violations? 2. Is there a maximum allowable fine for Code violations? 3. Are Codes violations categorized as minor to serious or, are all fines levied based on the whims of the Code enforcer? I believe that the City has found a way to rob the citizen in order to prop up their budget and, the enforcement is selective targeting of certain citizens. An expose on this issue is needed-HELP... Full Story: Mike Egan’s Story(compliment of Ron’s Log DHS City Council Meeting Feb. 2012) Mike Egan said he needs some help. He works for Group Egan, Inc. a company hired by banks to manage, market and sell assets. [Properties, I think]. On January 5, 2012, Fannie Mae assigned to them 11263 Pomelo Drive. On January 23 the bank sent a copy of a $1,000 fine dated November 7, 2011. “Two months before the bank owned the home,” he said. Mr. Egan contacted code enforcement on January 23 and was told that Theresa, the ticketing officer, was out sick and to call back later. After several days he called back and left a voice mail. Theresa returned his call the same day and explained the violation. He asked her, “How can you hold the bank responsible for the condition of the property months before they legally owned it.” She cut him off to ask if they could have an intelligent conversation. Theresa told him the bank becomes responsible for the property as soon as the owner stops making payments. He asked her to email him any photos or documentation she had. After waiting a few hours without receiving anything, Mr. Egan called her again. Theresa passed his call on to Mr. Sengstock who told him to file an open records request. Mr. Egan asked him why he couldn’t just send it. Mr. Sengstock told him to request it via email. Mr. Egan did so. He received a response telling him to go to the bank for the information. Here Mr. Egan’s 3 minutes expired, so he just asked “What do I do?” Mayor Parks said Mr. Egan had sent her an email and she had forwarded it to Chief Williams. Mr. Egan said the fines went from $1,000 for “weeds and two dead palm fronds” to $10,500. Mr. Egan held up a photo of the property when the bank took possession. City Attorney Duran cut off the conversation at this point. Chief Williams said that Mr. Egan could leave the photo at the back table so all could see it, but it wasn’t there later when I looked. The Chief instructed Commander Singer to confer with Mr. Egan. -Sam (last name withheld upon request) Dear Editor, I have been gone from the desert for awhile now, but feel connected when I receive my weekly Desert Star! Thank you for hanging in there and continuing to turn out a great paper! Sincerely, Teri formerly of Desert Hot Springs


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alm Desert, CA - “Saving Wildlife One Beer at a Time.” That’s the theme behind the 3rd Annual Brew at the Zoo, one of SoCal’s most popular beer festivals. “Going into summer we really need the support of the community,” says Franchesa Forrer, the events manager for Brew at the Zoo. “The first year we sold out of the 400 tickets we had, this year we are selling 1,500!” The huge jump in tickets and money will go directly to help and support the animals. “The money not only helps our animals but we are part of a number of international and national projects to help endangered specie. It’s an honor to be able to help the animals. We are members of SSP (Species Survival Plan) and have several SSP animals here including a mexican wolf, Arabian oryx and amur leopard, which there are less than 200 left in the world.” The list of 35 vendors is not only impressive because of the food and drinks, but because everything is donated. The handcrafted beer, stone-oven pizza, wonder musical acts a re all giving their time and services for free. Including the VIP lounge hosted by Hot Purple Energy. In addition to the amazing beer, food and performances, there will be several raffles. The top raffle prize will be a seven day stay at Lake Tahoe. Of course there wouldn’t be an event without animals, and this year marks the debut of one of the most adorable creatures; Mr. Prickles with the cutest face you will ever see on a porcupine. As Franchesa Forrer says, “It’s a great way to rediscover the zoo. Come have fun, relax and discover our wildlife with a glass of wine or beer.” Note that this event is for adults ages 21 and up only. Tickets are $40 for members and $55 for non-members which includes ten 4oz premium beers. Some of the vendors at this year’s event are: A Taste of the Wild, Beach House Yogurt, Bellatrix, Ben and Jerry’s, Big Sky Brewing Co., Black Market Brewing Co.,

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Tommy Bahama, Trent Beverage, Tulip Hill Winery and Wild About Wine. Brew at the Zoo presented by IntegratedWealth Management is Saturday,

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Kinslerscope By Robert Kinsler

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nyone who caught some of the wide-ranging artists at Coachella last month might want to continue to chart a course into the far-flung corners of the musical universe thanks to a slew of notable new releases.

Tell Me More: Abandoning the typical rock arsenal featuring electric guitars and drums, Peter Gabriel’s latest album finds the visionary singer-songwriter-performer backed by the 46-piece New Blood Orchestra. PerformArtist: Peter Gabriel ing dramatic pieces (“Aprés Moi,” the chillTitle: Live Blood ing “San Jacinto”) or involving songs draped You might be interested in this if you like: Peter Gabriel’s previous albums, Kate Bush, in introspective quiet (“The Drop,” “Wallflower”), Gabriel and the orchestra reveal Florence + the Machine each of the songs in the manner an artist puts his brush to canvas to create his works one stroke at a time. Dramatic, beautiful and literate, even casual fans of Gabriel will love the reworkings of famed hits such as “In Your Eyes,” “Red Rain” and “Solsbury Hill.” Recorded live in London in March 2011 (and also available as a concert DVD released earlier this year), this two-disc CD provides the perfect way to rediscover one of modern music’s most groundbreaking artists.

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You might be interested in this if you like: Moby, Radiohead Tell Me More: This DVD+CD combo release is one of the most significant releases of early 2012. Anyone who has seen the Academy

Award-winning Martin Scorsese film “Hugo” knows the story behind “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” (A Trip to the Moon), a classic 16-minute silent movie made by Georges Méliés in 1902 and recognized as the first film to use science fiction as its theme. For most of the late 20th century it was thought lost but in 1993 a long-lost hand-painted color print was found in Spain and a long process was undertaken to restore the film and transfer it to a digital print. Paris, France-based duo AIR was asked to compose an original new score for the restored 2011 premiere of “Le Voyage Dans La Lune,” which has now been released as part of a limited edition CD+DVD featuring the Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel soundtrack on the CD and the

masterfully-restored film on the DVD. The blend of instrumental music and some vocalanchored selections, this is an involving and seminal musical recording that has helped renew interest in the 110-year-old film. To watch the classic film and or simply listen to AIR’s music is to be swept away. Artist: M. Ward Title: A Wasteland Companion

You might be interested in this if you like: Bright Eyes, Monsters Of Folk Tell Me More: Singer-songwriter-producer M. Ward was a featured performer at Coachella 2012 and for good reason. As member of She & Him, the supergroup Monsters Of Folk and as a solo artist, he has a growing legacy for crafting wonderful songs presented in thoughtful arrangements. On his latest solo album, “A Wasteland Companion,” Ward uses his distinctive sweetly-hoarse baritone to share more great songs amidst a lavish soundscape. Working with a number of great musicians (She & Him singer Zooey Deschanel, Bright Eyes keyboardist Mike

Mogis, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and many more), the material ranges from the upbeat retro sounds of “Primitive Girl” and the country-tinged “Sweetheart” to the sparse title track. For those who thought indie folk had slipped into a well-worn cliche, think again.

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ndio, CA - At three days, Stagecoach 2012 proved to join the ranks of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as a truly mammoth event. There was plenty to admire via the fest’s trio of stages positioned at the Empire Polo Club in Indio offering a wide range of choices for concertgoers. Stagecoach played out April 27-29, with many of the best Saturday and Sunday performances landing inside the relatively intimate Mustang and Palomino tents while the party-minded masses hung out in front of the Mane Stage to catch featured artists such as Jason Aldean, Alabama, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley. Friday’s schedule was limited to action on the Mane Stage, with Sara Evans and Alabama delivering the best sets of the day. A gifted singer and performer, there was a rhythm and power that found the growing crowd embracing Evans’ hits, personal stories and strong covers, notably a version of an old Rod Stewart gem, “My Heart Can’t Tell You No.” With her bassist brother Matt Evans leading the band, Evans was able to maintain her focus on the show itself, and she didn’t disappoint those who wanted nothing but hit singles. Later 1970s and ‘80s country music hit makers Alabama pleased the faithful with well-known songs such as “Feels So Right,” “Song of the South,” “She & I” and many others, with the band bringing those magical vocal harmonies to life in the desert night. Saturday provided no fewer than five great reasons to hang out at the Palomino all day long. While Sara Watkins impressed with her sweet soprano and tasty fiddle playing, heavy hitters Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, the Jayhawks, Chris Isaak, and the Mavericks all provided memorable turns for discerning listeners. Backed by a terrific band, the 56-year-old Alvin bust out of the gate with a fiery “Fourth of July” (originally recorded by X when Alvin was briefly a member) and proceeded to offer up a batch of hard-charging roots-rock that gained intensity by the minute. The Jayhawks’ mix of power-pop harmonies and authentic Americana song craft was a joy to hear. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Gary Louris (who quickly sound-checked his mic with a round of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe”) was greeted with welcoming shouts by die-hards likely drawn to Indio for the primary chance to see the Minneapolis band (reformed in 2009 after a five-year hiatus) and once more hear its unique sound, a wonderful mix akin to blending Big Star with Old 97’s.

Highlights came fast and frequently over the course of the band’s too-short 45-minute set. The classic “Wichita” with its sublime harmonies, the rollicking Neil Young-flavored “Waiting For The Sun,” the new melodic rocker “Closer to Your Side” and the ferocious country grind of “Black-Eyed Susan” the latter two off last year’s “Mockingbird Time” all succeeded big time. Clad in a sleek purple Nudie suit, Isaak hit the same artistic highs achieved by Alvin and the Jayhawks, but also nearly packed the spacious Palomino tent and delivered such an energetic show that he was able to please both discerning listeners and the party people who comprise the majority of the fest’s attendees. Featuring both his best-known hits (the haunting ballad “Wicked Game,” the swampy retro-rocker “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing”) and a wealth of early rock ‘n’ roll tunes featured on his 2011 double-disc salute “Beyond the Sun,” Isaak literally had the place going nuts when only three songs into his hour-long set he walked into the packed audience and greeted fans as he sang “Don’t Let Me Be on My Own,” reaching the rear of the long tent before running back to the stage. Isaak is a unique performer who has carved out a long career via his entertaining live shows. He’s also a gifted comedian with a perfect knack for knowing how to weave a

story into another song or turn on the cheeky charm between tunes: “I feel like I’m back in my hometown of Stockton, out at the 4H meeting,” the seemingly unchanged 55-yearold heartthrob said. Here he had fans dancing and singing along to many of his offerings, including covers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. He closed things out with his most dynamic and rousing remake, a spirited rendering of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” that likely would have made those giants of the past proud. I can’t believe more Stagecoach-goers

were not on hand to catch the Mavericks’ first public concert in nine years (the Indio show was also the first stop on the reunited group’s North American reunion tour). Singer Raul Malo, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Eddie Perez, drummer Paul Deakin and bassist Robert Reynolds performed many of the band’s best-known songs (the soaring “What a Crying Shame,” spirited “Dance the Night Away,” “There Goes My Heart”) as well as a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou” and several new songs from the band’s forthcoming fulllength return disc. Like the world at large, Stagecoach can be cruel. While the wonderful fivemember American bluegrass outfit Greensky Bluegrass unleashed breathtaking mix of progressive bluegrass and jam-band-infused Americana in the Mustang tent Sunday afternoon, they attracted only a fraction of the viewers that commercial players did on the Mane Stage throughout the final day at the fest. But there was a dramatic difference between the small crowd gathered to watch Greensky and some of the much more successful modern country acts holding court nearby. Unlike the persistently loud crowd chatter that seemed to accompany every note on the big stage, fans who were on hand to view Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Paul Hoffman (mandolin), Mike Devol (bass) and David Bruzza (guitar) were actually listening to their tunes. Watching Greensky Bluegrass perform the title song from its new album “Handguns,” with Hoffman’s voice carrying the song’s beautiful alt-country melody in spades and the rest of the band orchestrating the piece with articulate phrasing, I couldn’t believe

more listeners weren’t on hand. “Tied Down” benefited from a similarly rich approach to songcraft and dynamics. Later, The Band Perry took the Mane Stage to thunderous applause and genuine enthusiasm from country fans around me, but the trio’s set was only casually entertaining. Kimberly Perry is a high-energy performer who hits all the high notes, but the group’s songs were simply too saccharine for my taste. And in truth, the trio’s backing 4-man band did the heavy musical lifting. Roy Clark got me feeling real again. At 79, the former host of “Hee Haw” is slowing down a bit but left few fans disappointed during his 45-minute set. With his winning personality, gift for wisecracks and genuine gratitude, he led his strong band through a wealth of classic material that blended traditional country and bluegrass in a set that showcased both singalong and instrumentals. Before he hosted Hee Haw, Clark actually first gained fame for his musical chops on banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin. On Sunday afternoon, he shared his stillmighty picking skills on a sharp version of “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and later exhibited how his aged baritone could nevertheless touch hearts with a rich vocal performance of “Yesterday, When I Was Young.” He also performed his polka-tinged hit “Thank God and Greyhound,” much to the delight of the fans. While high-energy sets from Crow and Paisley closed out the event on Sunday night, the last performance that really struck me was the powerful one from Kenny Rogers, now 73. He packed the Palomino with fans young and old, most singing along with his endless stream of timeless hits including “Coward of the County,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and many more. The spirited connection between a legendary artist and an audience looking for meaning in the songs continues to be at the heart of country music.


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ristotle: Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Blaise Pascal: Everyone, without exception, is searching for happiness. Anton Chekhov: Men are made for happiness and anyone who is completely happy has a right to say to himself: ‘I am doing God’s will on earth.’ Socrates: Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing. Bertolt Brecht: What’s joy to one is a nightmare to the other. Anne Frank: We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. Benjamin Franklin: The U.S. Consti­tution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself. Abraham Lincoln: Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but, my friend,

these I reckon will give you a good life. Harrison Ford: Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying, ‘Wow, this is it. I guess I’m happy. I’ve got a home that I love. A career that I love. I’m even feeling more at peace with myself.’ If there’s something else to happiness, let me know. I’m ambitious for that, too. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Andre Gide: In order to be utterly happy, the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments of the future.” A Course In Miracles: Do you prefer that you be right or that you be happy. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Happiness is a but­terfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Confucius: The way of a superior person is threefold: Virtuous, he is free from anxiety; wise, he is free from perplexity; bold, he is

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free from fear. Mahatma Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you are all are in harmony. Aldous Huxley: Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else. William James: Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action. George Bernard Shaw: Give a man health

with happiness. Samuel Goldwyn: When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. Sigmund Freud: Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. Marcus Aurelius: The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Bertrand Russell: Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most people this comes chiefly through their work. Thomas Jefferson: It is neither wealth nor splendor but tranquility and occupation that give happiness. John Gunther: All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. Ken Keyes, Jr: People who postpone happiness are like children who try chasing rainbows in an effort to find the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end… Your ife will never be fulfilled until you are happy here and now. Carl Jung: The primary cause of unhappiness in the world today is … lack of faith. William Saroyan: The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. Ludwig Wittgenstein: The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not. Norman Vincent Peale: Part of the and a course to steer and he’ll never stop to happiness of life consists not in fighting battles trouble about whether he’s happy or not. Sir James M. Barrie: The secret of but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in happiness is not in doing what one likes but in itself a victory. liking what one has to do. Albert Schweitzer: The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who Art Kunkin is the 84-year young journalist will have sought and found how to serve. who founded the alternative weekly newspaper, Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The happiness The Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 and of life is made up of minute fractions – the later became president of the Philosophical little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or Research Society of Los Angeles. A free smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, download of a magazine cover story interview and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable with Art about his research into stopping and genial felling. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Happiness aging is now available at www.immortalitylies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of is-possible.com. Art’s eBook, “Life Extension Alchemy: The Secret of Immortality Finally creative effort. Catherine the Great: First health, then Revealed” is available at a reduced sale price wealth, then pleasure and do not owe anthing of $9 at his website www.alchemyrevealed. to anybody. com. He is in good health again and his “Tools Dick Gregory: One of the things I keep For Living Longer” class at the Joshua Tree learning is that the secret of being happy is Retreat Center will resume soon. His email doing things for other people. Lionel Barrymore: The older you get, the address is artkunkin@gmail.com. Copyright more you realize that kindness is synonymous 2012 by Art Kunkin. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Michal Alaniz.

Bertrand Russell: Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most people this comes chiefly through their work


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orango Valley – i was never a “dog-person.” I like freedom to travel, work late, go to happy hour, sleep in, spontaneously stay overnight at my boyfriend’s house, and all of the things that make dog walks and feeding schedules a hassle. Besides, dogs are smelly, hairy, noisy, and a host of many other annoyances; why would I want to add the responsibility of a canine roommate to my already over-booked life? A gut-wrenching, soul-smashing break-up with a relationshipphobic, pet-avoiding boyfriend did the trick. I must admit when my friend Felicia told me I should get a dog, I audibly scoffed (and probably cussed). It was the most ridiculous suggestion I had ever heard; but being freshly dumped, I agreed to go visit animal shelters with her. It was miserable; all 5 visits ended in more tears, loneliness, and a touch of nausea from the acrid smell of the kennels. Suddenly, it happened. In the middle of a busy intersection, he appeared. He was scared, skinny, tag-less, and far from neutered, but agile enough to dodge the tires of fast moving cars. I prompted Felicia to stop her Prius by screaming “There’s a perfectly good free dog right there!” I got out of the car, suddenly aware of my acute lack of “dog skills,” and leaned towards the skittish, 4-pound-puppy without

knowing what to say, or how to wrangle him out of traffic. He promptly jumped into my arms, wriggling and whining. I’m pretty sure the feeling I experienced is akin to the scene in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” where the angry, jaded, Grinch’s heart grows three sizes larger. I had re-discovered love. I didn’t take him to the pound right away; I was enjoying his company. I fantasized about cool, cryptic names for him like “Voldermort,” and “Captain Wiggles.” As a Southern woman, however, guilt took over, and I couldn’t help but wonder if somebody was missing him (albeit a “somebody” who hadn’t fixed him, given him a tag, or feed him enough). The staff at the pound deemed him a healthy chihuahuadachshund mix; I deemed his crossbreed “chiweenie.” After 5 days at the pound without any attempts from previous owners to retrieve him, the chiweenie puppy became officially mine. I gladly shelled out the cash for his vet bills, acquired supplies, and named him “Duende” (“small magical creature” in Spanish, and “dwarf” in Tagalog). Duende has stolen my heart. He rides with me on my bike, sits on my

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shoulder while I type, and sleeps close to me at night. He is athletic, affectionate, protective and mischievous. Recently, Duende became a big brother. I rescued another neglected, un-claimed toy-sized dog from a busy street. Daisy is a 5 pound Maltese mix who idolizes her brother, snores like a freight train, and is the “yin” to Duende’s “yang.” I have a happy little family now; my new boyfriend adores my dogs, and doesn’t mind looking for dog-friendly vacations. I should probably call Felicia and tell her she was right.

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The variety of festivals in our desert - of music and community events - is not over yet. A week from now the always impressive Joshua Tree Retreat Center plays host to the annual Shakti-Fest with the Celebration of the Divine Mother on what else day – Mother’s Day! The following week, just down the road, is the 10th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival, the wind-up music festival before the dog days of summer.

Shakti-Fest Spiritual Enjoyment May 11 to 13

If you are a health and wellness fan or simply interested in some spiritual fun then Shakti-Fest is the place to be. The spirit of Bhav will move you as the festival celebrates the devotional path that has its roots in yoga, kirtan, and meditation. It embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. The festival is a vehicle for evolution of human consciousness through a heart-centered revolution. The event builds a community of people drawn to follow the path of the heart – a devotional, prayerful, loving, healthful, respectful family. All the artists, presenters, and vendors embody, practice, and share the spirit of Celebration of the Divine Mother through a variety of ways, including: Continuous Kirtan (the joyous chant and response meditation) Yoga Classes, Meditations and Prayer. Camp out for one or two nights under the brilliant stars or just come for the day or evening. Bring your kids if you like - this is an all ages event with teachings and workshops, Fire Ceremonies (Pujas) Hanuman Chalisas as well as an ecofriendly, holistic market place. Hungry? There’s always great vegetarian, vegan, and raw vegan cuisine. Suffering aches and pains from hiking the

Stagecoach or or having your toes stomped on in mosh-pit at Coachella? Don’t miss the Wellness Sanctuary providing massage, bodywork, energy work, intuitive readings, and other unique wellness enhancing modalities. The price is a cool $100 a day or $275 for all three days. Camping extra. The grounds of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center are very trippy as the 400 acre facility features unique architectural elements designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. and Edward Dingle, also known as Ding Le Mei. Dingle, the first man to walk across China in the early 1900’s and one of the first to introduce Tibetan breathwork to the world. Shakti Fest is produced by Bhakti Fest and encourages the spirit of service by also offering a work exchange program. The festival donates monies to a variety of nonprofit organizations which provide housing, food, education, medical, and environmental

beautification programs around the world.

Joshua Tree Music Festival Fun at the Oasis May 18 to 20

This event is the annual wind up of season events as it functions kinda like a gypsy caravan stopping at an oasis in the middle of a sandy desert. The festivals are produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives. The organizers feel that the experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. This is intimate setting at the Joshua Tree

Lake Campground, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. To quench your thirst they provide unlimited FREE water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, and great food. The eclectic mix of sonic warriors this year includes musicians from around the world. Returning for an encore is the amazing Guadi who wowed the JTMF crowd last year with his performance. This world music festival is bringing talent to the desert from Lagos, UK, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Equador, DC, NYC, Canada, LA, Mali, Tunesia, Portland, Orange Co, Columbia, Argentina, India, and Chico. This year - More Shade: Find 3,000 sq. ft. more shade flying overhead in the music bowl this year for a total of 13,000 sq ft. right over the stage out above the audience. What other festivals have shade right up to the stage so you can dig your favorite band up close in comfort in the daytime? Joshua Tree Music Festival features: Lux Lounge: Rancho Relaxo Oasis Spaesque healing chill zone by day, toe tapping ambient laid back lounge by night. Home to a JavaGogo Organic Bevvie Bar and otherworldy fairies. Arte del Lago: Mind blowing Art installations will surround the lake

area. Interactive, 3D, lit and smoking. A phenomenal roster of artists cultivate their eccentricities and make us all richer for having witnessed their creations. Chill Station Zebra: A thousand square feet of space between the two stages in the music bowl; fully covered, swamp coolers and mister fans blowing, cool bevvies served up. Cool down after a sweaty dance session... Boogaloo Saloon: Cool refreshing organic microbrews & vino on tap in the music bowl. Festival Olympics: aka Random Technical Challenges. Decathlon no less. Rise up in the spirit of insane fun and absurdly wicked skill & knowledge taxing events. Prizes and hilarity guaranteed. Formore see... JoshuaTreeMusicFestival. com and BhaktiFest.com


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Eat Me Gourmet Morongo Valley, CA- The first thing I noticed about Willie Boys is the wonderful ambiance. The owners have created the look and feel of an old time saloon both inside and out, without all the bar brawls and unsavory characters hanging around. The hostess was friendly and the server was prompt with my cold beer. My mouth began watering in anticipation for the memories of my southern youth when I discovered fired pickles and fried okra on the long style menu. When the appetizers arrived the pickles

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where warm and juicy. Delicious!!! If you’ve never had one, trust me, you wont ever want a boring old simple dill pickle again. But unfortunately the fried okra was a bit on the bland side. Not bad, just not as good as the pickles. For the main event I chose something that is a bit different than their usual BBQ and meat based items; a portabella mushroom sandwich. It’s refreshing they offer an alternative menu so that even us vegetarians can enjoy a fun place like this.

By Paul Merrigan

Our Cars Coachella Valley, CA – Keeping our cars in dependable, drivable condition is a necessity. Here in the Coachella Valley we are somewhat isolated by the distance and the cost of fuel used to get us to the more metropolitan areas of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles which have a wider selection of maintenance shops and facilities available. We are, thus, dependent on local automotive service facilities. There are a full range of dealerships available for the purchase and maintenance of new or newer cars here in the valley. For a new car the usual best procedure is to follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule. Some new car prices include the maintenance costs for up to 50,000 or 100,000 miles as an.“incentive ,” for the buyer to feel secure and dependent on the dealer. Service agreements are generally honored by the equivalent dealer than the one who sold the car. This is important in a mobile society such as we have here in the valley where many are part time residents. Many of our part-time residents ship their cars here when they come in the fall and ship them home again when they leave in

the spring. Right now, at the end of April and beginning of May one can generally see the 18 wheel big rig transport trucks picking up cars for return near the country clubs, and in other areas of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and La Quinta. Most cars today are much more dependable than was the case a number of years ago. It is not unusual to see clean, well-running cars of 10 to 20 years of age with somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 miles providing dependable every day service. For those of us who own or prefer a dependable older car, or have a collector car, there are the issues of where to have the maintenance work done with dependability and reasonable cost? We are fortunate to have here in the Coachella Valley a number of independent service shops, which can provide what is needed. There are shops such as OMAG Automotive & Machine in Palm Springs, which can take care of a collector car or a modern car. Whether it is a 1955 Porsche, a 1950s or 1960s Rolls Royce, Bentley or Jaguar, a 1940s or 1950s Chevrolet, the people at OMAG will get it right and honor their work.

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The sandwich was hot, thick and flavorful. The side of sweet-potato fries where a perfect accompaniment to the sandwich. For dessert I decided on an old favorite and chose the apple crumble. It was everything a good desert should be; warm, gooey and oh so sweet. The mixture of sweet and tart apples in a spicy brown sugar sauce was perfect. The additional ‘crumble’ on top made my eyes water with glee. I never once had to wait for a beer or a refill of my water.

For the often seen 100,000, mile plus Lexus, Nissan, Cadillac, Mercedes, Audi, Ford, Honda or whatever, there are shops such as Kim’s Automotive on Joni Drive, in Palm Desert which do a great job of keeping these good higher mileage cars as “good as new.” The geography of the American West seems to be in conflict with the impact of the countries current leadership. The distance between desired destinations and the nature of our work and lives has made Americans into a flexible and mobile population. The de-facto method which developed over the last 100 plus years has been that government built roads with the tax money we provided and individuals purchased and maintained the flexible transportation vehicles which can go anywhere on the roads made available. We are now in the midst of the huge upswing in the cost of our personal transportation. Here in the golf oriented Coachella Valley we are over 100 miles from the population base of our largest audience. Certainly gas prices have had an impact on our tourism business. A weekend drive from the L.A. area

So, if you are in the Morongo Valley area I would recommended stopping by Willie Boys for the great food, wonderful service and friendly environment. Their prices are a bit high for the out of the way location, but you do get free entertainment or line-dance lessons depending on which night you go. Willie Boys Saloon and Dance Hall is located at 50048 29 Palms Hwy, Morongo Valley, CA, 92256 (760) 363-3343 www.willieboys.com

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Palm Springs, CA - On Wednesday, April 25, the 1st Tee of Coachella Valley was given a check for $21,000 from the Clinton Foundation for Humana Challenge. The total earned for the event was $2 million bring the grand total through out the years to $52 million. Formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, the 1st Tee by PGAT tour golf tournament began 53 years ago and helps out over 40 charities. Golfer Scott McCarron held a golf for 50 children and donated several personal items including his own golf clubs used in various tournaments over his career.. The executive director Glenn Miller was happy with the turnout and record earning money earned for charity this year.

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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 EL DESTINO,IN; 760-609-9611 Live Music 8pm ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL, PS; 760-9920002 Lola Rossi and Reggie Vision 5pm (JZ) FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Live Country Music, 7pm FIRECLIFF, PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm HANDLE BAR & GRILL, NPS; 760-2516474 Karaoke w/Millie G 6 pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm LE PAON,PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-3286834 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) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm

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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 VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770 Doug Montgomery 7pm (PB) 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; 760230-0188 Bill Saitta Jazz 7pm (JZ) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

FRI MAY 4

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 DJ Sodality w/Octavius 10pm ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Joan Jones & Keith 7pm (JZ,PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Michael Holmes & 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; 760-3460669 Linda Peterson 6-9pm (JZ) CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Joe Jaggi 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Voodoo Hustlers 8pm (VD) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB) DATE SHED, IND; 760-775-6699 To be determined at press time DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB, PS; 760325-2600 Karaoke w/Lassie Jo’s Damn 7pm DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-2511991 FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm FISHERMAN’S MARKET, LQ; 760 7771601 The PS Blues 8pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, LQ; 760-6988303 Agave Blues Band 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-3662250 Live DJ 7pm (VD) KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/Roberto, Atlantic Crossing (R. Stewart) 8pm LA QUINTA RESORT, LQ; 760-564-4111 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm (RB) LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS, RM; 760-3288844Nash & 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 7pm (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; 760327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Dust Bowl Revival 8pm (CR) PLAN B LIVE, TP; 760-343-2115 Sean Rose & Gilbere Forte 9pm RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Live 9pm (R) REILLY’S IRISH PUB, CC; 760-324-9600 Karaoke w/Lenny 7pm RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 Rebecca Caldwell, 9:30pm (POP) 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 DJ Music 9pm SPA RESORT & CASINO, PS; 888-9991995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9pm SPOTLIGHT 29, IND; 760-775-5566 DJ PeeWee 8pm (VD) STARLITE LOUNGE, PS; 760-327-8311 Rebecca Caldwell 9:30pm DJ Jalil Jagers STUDIO ONE11, PS; 760-328-2900 Angie Whitney 7:30pm (JZ) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 DJ 9pm STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900 Live Music 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(R) TACK ROOM TAVERN, IND; 760-3479985 To be determined at press time THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 To be determined at press time (R) THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE, RM; 888-999-1995 Hindsite 9pm (VD) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6pm; Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE OUTPOST TAVERN, C.C.; 760-3289004 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 Doug Montgomery 7pm (CAB) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx & DJ Chris 9pm (CR) WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 Live 7-10, DJ 10pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760230-0188 Bill Saitta Funk Jazz 7pm ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

SAT MAY 5

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 Always a party! ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 7:30pm (JZ, PB)


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DesertStarWeekly.com 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) DATE SHED, IND; 760-775-6699 DJ Ray 9pm DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm DICKIE O’NEALS IRISH PUB, PS; 760325-2600 Jann Browne Band 8pm (CR) DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-2511991 Live Music FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Tribute band, Journey 7:30pm, Whoopi 8pm FISHERMAN’S MARKET, LQ; 760 7771601 The PS Blues 8pm FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-3662250 Ghost Light Trio 7pm (CR) HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, IND; 760-6988303 Kal David & the Real Deal 8pm $10. (BL) HANDLE BAR & GRILL, NPS; 760-2516474 New York Cowboy, 7pm (CR) INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS, RM; 760-3288844 2 DJ’s, 10pm LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-3286834 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 7pm (LJ) MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, CAB; 888-6676646; Live Music 9pm (VD) NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973 DJ’s 9pm O’DONNELL GOLF CLUB, PS; The Go-Go’s, 6pm, Benefit for AAP $395-$500. 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; 760327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Shadow Mtn Band 5pm, The Country CoDependents 8pm PEABODY’S, PS; 760-322-1877 Karaoke 7:30pm PLAN B LIVE, TP; 760-343-2115 Cinco de Mayo w/ Scarub 9:30 (R) REILLY’S IRISH PUB, CC; 760-324-9600 George Momb Open Mic 7pm (PB) RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Live 10pm (M) Riviera Resort, PS; 760-327-8311 Joel Orona 5:30pm; The Edge 9:30pm; DJ 4play 9:30pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE, PD; 760-340-3222 The Refills 9pm (RR)

SPOTLIGHT 29, IND; 760-775-5566 DJ Pee Wee (VD) SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm (LJ) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 Live Music 9pm (RR) STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900 Bill Ramirez 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760341-3560 Smooth Brothers 7pm (BL)(RG) TACK ROOM TAVERN, IND; 760-3479985 To be determined THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Live Music 10pm THE LIVING DESERT, PD; 760-346-5694 Brew at the Zoo Benefit, $40-55. 6:30pm THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE, RM; 888-999-1995 Hindsite 9pm (VD) THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE, RM; 888-999-1995 Gabriel Iglesias, Comedy 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 Cinco de Mayo party 9:30pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760230-0188 The Bill Saitta Band 7pm (JZ) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

SUN MAY 6

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Bob & Allison Garcia 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 Full Moon party, 7pm, Comedy Night 9pm ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 The Carmens 6:30pm (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) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 The Bill Baker Show 7:30pm CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music 6pm (PB) DHS SPA LOUNGE, DHS; 760-329-6787 Karaoke w/DJ Scott 9pm DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-2511991 Live Desert Daze 4pm FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6pm HANDLE BAR & GRILL, NPS; 760-2516474 Karaoke w/Millie G 2-6 pm JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-3662250 Open Jam 6pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, IND; 760-698-8303 Scott Carter 3pm (POP) 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 Big Blue Tractor 7:30pm RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Reaction 4pm (M) RIVEIRA RESORT, PS; 760-327-4080 Art of Sax Trio 5pm (JZ) SPA RESORT/CASINO, PS; 888-999-1995 Comedy Show, 3pm, $20. SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760341-3560 Smooth Brothers (RR)(LR)

THE LOUNGE, AGUA CALIENTE,RM;

CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161

KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589

888-999-1995 Karaoke Joe, 7pm

Live Music 7:30pm (PB)

DJ Anwaar 8pm

THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314

CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123

LE PAON,PD; 760-610-5320

Kevin Henry; 7pm (PB)

Live Music 6pm (PB)

360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773

DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-251-

Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB)

The Carmen’s, 6:30pm

1991 Matt Jenkins 5pm (CR)

VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770

ESCENA LOUNGE, PS; 760-992-0002

Desert Cities Jazz 2pm, D. Montgomery 7pm

John Stanley King Band 5pm

VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265

FIRESIDE LOUNGE, PS; 760-327-1700

School Jam, 9pm

Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 8pm

WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343

HANDLEBAR & GRILL, PS; 760-251-6474

Line Dancing w/Tina, 5:30pm (CW)

Karaoke w/Millie G 6–10pm

WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-

JOSHUA TREE SALOON, JT; 760-366-

230-0188 Barry Baughn Blues Band 7pm (BL)

2250 Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Jam 8pm

MON MAY 7

LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-3286834 DJ LF 9pm NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522 Karaoke 8pm PALM SPRING PAVILION, PS; 760-3238272 Open air dancing 7pm PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-8328920 Eddie Karaoke 8pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE, PD; 760-340-3222

LE PAON;PD, 760-610-5320

Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm

Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB)

SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505

NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522

Doctor Paul 6pm (JZ)

Bonnie Scott, 6pm (AC)

Karaoke 8 pm

SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800

ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900

NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973

The D. Phillips Band w/M. Kaar, 8pm (BL/R)

Sissy Bingo, 7pm, Ace Trivia, 9pm

Live DJ 9pm

STARLITE LOUNGE, PS; 760-327-4080

ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653

OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100

D & Company 6:30pm (JZ,PB)

Lisa Coleman 8pm

John Stanley King 5pm (RR)

AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533

PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE, PS; 760-

Charity Bingo, 7pm

327-4080 Jam Session w/Bryan 7pm (VD)

BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946

PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-

Latin Dance Party 6:30pm

8920 Pro Jazz Jam w/ Mikole Caar 7:30pm (JZ)

BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581

SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041

Dana Larson Duo, 6pm (PR)

Doctor Paul 6pm (JZ)

CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365

SULLIVAN’S STKHS, PD; 760-341-3560

Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB)

Demetrious & Co (RR)(JZ)

CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161

STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900

Live Music 7:30pm (PB)

Karaoke 8pm

Reggie (Vision) Alexander 7pm

CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123

THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220

VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265

Live Music 6pm (PB)

Free Pool 6-10pm

Nite Sixx9pm (CR)

DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555

THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314

WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343

Musicians Open Mic 9pm

Tim Burleson 7:45pm (PB)

DJ Club Night 9pm

FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565

THE TROPICALE, PS; 760-866-1952 Derrik

WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-

Hal Sweasey 6pm

Lewis Duo featuring Jeff Stover 5:30pm (CAB)

LE PAON;PD, 760-610-5320

VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770

230-0188 Mara Getz 7pm (PB)

Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB)

Pat Rizzo 6:30pm (PB)

NEIL’S LOUNGE, IND; 760-347-1522

VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265

Karaoke 8pm

John Stanley King Band 9pm (CR)

NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973

WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343

Red’s Rockstar Karaoke 9pm

Swing Dancing 7pm (CW)

PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956

WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-

Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Night 7pm

230-0188 Michael Bolivar Jazz 6pm (JZ)

SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Randy Seymon 6pm (JZ)

341-3560 Straight Ahead Jazz (JZ) THE CLUB AT SHENANDOAH, TP; 760343-3497 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

Handlebar & Grill

WED MAY 9

SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505

Live DJ

Randy Godfrey & Bobby Furgo 6pm(BL)

THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314

ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900

Kevin Henry; 6pm (PB)

DJ Howie Pyro 10pm (VD)

VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770

ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653

Pat Rizzo 6:30pm (JZ)

Johnny Meza 6:30pm

VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Scott Carter

AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533

12 pm(AC), Michael James Band 9pm

Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB)

WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-

BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946

230-0188 Karaoke Jo 6pm

Line dancing lessonsw/ Ray Stanto 5:30pm

TUE MAY 8

SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-

BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee & Dreams 6pm (R/BL)

29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505

CAFE des BEAUX-ARTS, PD; 760-346-

Eva Stokes 6pm (PB)

0669 Brian Nova 6-9pm (JZ)

AMICI ITALIAN TRATTORIA, RM; 760-

CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161

341-0738 Holmes and Baker 5:30 pm (JZ)

Karaoke Jo 7:30pm

ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900

DATE SHED, IND; 760-775-6699

Karaoke w/Kiesha 9pm

Live Music 9pm

ARNOLD PALMER’S, LQ; 760-771-4653

DESERT SAGE, LQ; 760-564-8744 Chris

Johnny Meza 6:30pm (JZ)

Merrick & Brian Dennigan Sax 5:30pm (PB)

AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533

DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-251-

Bella da Ball Dinner Revue 7:30pm (CB)

1991 Matt Jenkins 5pm (CR)

BACKSTREET BISTRO,PD; 760-346-6393

ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL, PS; 760-992-

Live Jazz 7pm (JZ)

0002 Rose Mallet Jazz Trio 5pm (JZ)

BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946

FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565

Desert Swing Dance Club 6pm

Sonny Evaro 6pm

BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581

FRANKIES FRESH FISH, IND; 760-342-

Dana Larson Duo 6pm (PR)

2228 Eve Holmes 7pm (POP)

CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365

HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, LQ; 760-698-

Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB)

8303 Karaoki 8pm

Milly G

Karaoke Tues, 6-10pm Sun, 2-6pm

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calendar DRAGONETTE CELLARS on April 25 at 6pm. The cost for this four-course food and wine pairing dinner is $70 plus taxes and gratuity. Reservations are required. Please call 760.837.9600. Educating 3rd Corner diners on the fine points of enjoying wine is important to owner Ed Moore. One of the missions of 3rd Corner, besides offering great food and amazing wine prices, is wine education. Introducing diners to up and coming wineries and winemakers are a key part of this education. There are so many wines in this world and not even wine magazines such as the Wine Spectator can scratch the surface of tasting them all. The next six months at the 3rd Corner is going to be about new wines, new wineries and new regions. “It’s easy to do the same old stuff. Identifying different regions and what grows well there is exciting. Combining that with multiple producers gives us the desire to try something new. When I can use an entire country or an entire region, I can show people that there are so many great wines and how they in-turn pair with the local cuisine. Continually demystifying wine allows us to enjoy so many more wines,” explains Moore. The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro, In addition to tasting fine wines including honored as having one of the “Top 50 Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose Restaurant Wine Lists in America” from Dragonette Santa Ynez and Santa Rita By Open Table, the country’s leading Hills vineyards, Wine Maker, and co-owner restaurant reservation site, hosts its first, Brandon Sparks-Gillis will be at the dinner “Wine Education Wine Maker Dinner” with educating diners on his wines and owning and operating a winery. The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro is an innovative and unique retail wine shop within a true California bistro. It caters to wine lovers and to those who appreciate exciting, casual dining. The selections of over 800 international wines are offered at the 3rd Corner’s Wine Shop within a Bistro every day. The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro sells wine at competitive retail prices with additional discounts on cases and half-cases. Summer Hours Beginning on April 30, 3rd Corner will close on Mondays. Late night dining is still offered with the kitchen closing at midnight on weeknights and 1:00am on weekends. 3rd Corner opens at 11:30 for lunch and the wine shop opens at 10:00 am. The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro is a San Diego landmark with two locations. Owner Ed Moore opened the Palm Desert location in June 2010. The restaurant’s wine list, combined with the retail wine shop and great food, makes for a unique combination of dining, wine shopping and tasting experiences. With over 800 wines to choose from, including an extensive selection of international wines, there is a wide selection of wines for every budget. From hard to find collectibles to everyday quaffers, the staff takes the mystery out of buying wine. Half case and P.O. Box 2127, Palm Springs, CA 92263 full case mix and match discounts offer great 66580 Eight Street, Suite A, value and unbeatable pricing. Combined with an innovative menu, it’s a winning combination Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 Fax: that now desert diners can enjoy. The 3rd Corner 760.329.2507 CrowsonMgt@aol.com Wine Shop is located at 73-101 Highway 111 in CrowsonManagement.com Palm Desert. For more information call 760837-9600 or visit www.the3rdcorner.com Moxie Studios “Out For Laughs” Comedy Series Comedy series will feature Larry Blum in Blink And YOU Might Miss Me.You can catch this hilarious, one-man performance on Thursday, May 17th at 8 pm at Hunters Nightclub, located at 302 E. Arenas Road in Palm Springs. This award-winning show is a delightfully scripted, multi-media, oneman frolic that follows Larry from being on Broadway in A Chorus Line and the movie Xanadu to being a Solid Gold Dancer, one of the hardest working extras in Hollywood and the most recognized escort at The Golden Globes. He’s got the dish and he’s serving it up hot for the show’s debut in Palm Springs. Blum is actually an on-camera escort who has led countless actresses to the stage to accept an award, including Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Susan Lucci at her historic Emmy win. Writer Kevin Taft of FrontiersLA.com gave this one-hour show a glowing review: “Blum’s small show plays like a Kathy Griffin comedy special…his stories are consistently amusing and generate a fair amount of ‘oh my Gods’ as he offers up yarn after yarn of goodies.

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COD Things are getting a bit “sketchy” on the campus of College of the Desert as the C.O.D. Dramatic Arts Company prepares to close out the academic school year with a raucous night of original sketch comedy, music, and dance. The cast of C.O.D. LIVE returns for a second year to the Pollock Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY in what promises to be the rowdiest theatre going experience of the year! The show features original sketch comedy (written by directors Noemi Villela Dean and Tres Dean), comedic tributes to George Carlin and the cast of HEE-HAW, as well as special musical and dance performances featuring the students of College of the Desert. “Learning how to perform sketch comedy and captivate audiences while portraying outrageous characters in outrageous situations is a challenge for any actor,” says C.O.D. Instructor and Co-Director, Tres Dean. Co-Director and writer, Noemi Villela Dean, believes this style of show brings out the best in performers. “It is a fast-paced, fly by the seat of your pants, environment and process,” she says. “The cast members are forced to throw themselves into their characters and fully commit to their given circumstances.” The ensemble cast consists of current C.O.D. theatre students Jennifer Kiehl, Doug Newton, Elana Sanchez, Ivan Ortega, Anthony Gomez, Austin Schroeter, Megan Camacho, Ashton Loyo, Danika Valenzuela, Natasha Garcia, Liridona Leti, Miguel Zandejas, Luis Salazar, Paulette Bartlett, David Loperena, Eddie Rodriguez, Aundrea Noffsinger, Florentino Carrillo, Hannah Mills, Ramon Martinez, Zeus Ley, and Diana Valle. The show also features performances by local sketch comedy veterans Jennifer Bennett and Nicole Willared. It is directed by Noemi Villela Dean and Tres Dean. For ticket information and reservations, please call 760-776-7370. Tickets are $5.00 for C.O.D. students and $7.00 general admission. All proceeds benefit the C.O.D. Dramatic Arts Company. The performance is rated PG-13 for language.

in Restaurant Week (June 1-10). With an emphasis on local and seasonal produce, the interactive cooking demonstrations will give both resident foodies and visitors an opportunity to taste some of the Coachella Valley’s gourmet creations. As guests embark on this culinary experience, they will also learn about desert cuisine and the market’s purveyors and farmers—all of which are located within a 90 mile radius. Demos and tastings will take place at both 9 and 10 a.m., followed by a Q&A session with the featured chef. The Restaurant Week farmers’ market demo series schedule includes: Saturday, May 5: Executive Chef/CoOwner Mark Van Laanen, TRIO Saturday, May 12: Executive Chef Ernesto Gastelum, Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill Saturday, May 19: Executive Chef Dave Conn, Tinto at The Sauaro Hotel Saturday, May 26: Executive Chef Craig Mattox, King’s Highway at TehAce Hotel

Broadway Icon Stephen Schwartz Hits Palm Springs Broadway legend and three-time Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz will appear in Palm Springs May 19 in “When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz.” The man behind such worldwide hits as Wicked, Godspell and Pippin will be the first recipient of Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s Melpomai Award, to be given annually to honor excellence in the development of theater nationally. The event will take place at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum Tickets for “When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz” are available through the Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. Tickets cost $55, $65 and $75. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Proudly Presents the 17th Annual Elvis The Annenberg Theater box office can be Honeymoon Weekend reached at (760) 325-4490 or online at www. With The King, May 5-6 in Palm Springs. psumseum.org Featuring Jerry Schilling, Larry Geller, Darlene Tompkins and rockabilly hall of famer Gen genn and the Alan Clark Band. For tickets call (760) 322-1192 or visit Cabot’s Musum Needs Volunteers www.elvishoneymoon.com Did you know Cabot’s Publeo Museum is run by a non-profit orginiztaion? They rely on donations to keep the museum running, as On Saturday, May 5 at the Palm Springs well as volunteers to help with tours, grounds Certified Farmers’ Market, Palm Springs Desert Resort Resturant Week, will premiere maintenance and special events. If you want to help out you can visit the a month-long collaboration with theCoachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Market: a special museum on the corner of Palm and Peierson in edition of the popular, ongoing “CFM Desert Hot Springs Tuesday through Sunday Guest Chef” tasting and demo program, from 9 -4 p.m to pick up an application or which features a lineup of celebrated new email them at info@cabotsmuseum.org and recurring chefs who are participating


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Ham and Cheese on Wry… Coachella Valley, CA – Almost everyday I travel on Interstate 10 from one end of the valley to the other, and back. It’s a great conduit – the most direct route from point A to point B. No lights. No intersections. No people pulling out of driveways, running red lights, or otherwise encroaching on my right of way. For once I feel like the king of the road. The manifest destiny of “See the USA in a Chevrolet” has finally come true. For an L.A. transplant, I-10 seemed like a motorists dream. Wide open spaces, lots of lanes, hardly any traffic. You could move around, change lanes easily if things started to tighten up. There were nice off ramps and decent signage. In short, I-10 was more than just the main artery through the Valley, it was the means to a fast, trouble-free, ride across town. Over the last couple of years, I have noticed the traffic on I-10 seems to be increasing, and moreover, the size of the vehicles and their payloads seems to be increasing too. I’ve seen trucks carrying huge pieces of equipment, transformers, giant windmill blades, military equipment, and other unidentifiable objects. The common thread is they are all HUGE. And, add into the mix the ever increasing assortment of giant, oversized gazillion dollar RV’s, hauling everything from little runabout cars, to boats, trailers and SUV’s. I-10 is the major thoroughfare from west to east. It starts in Santa Monica, California, and runs across the country to Jacksonville, Florida, transversing Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and all the gulf states in the deep south. It is one of the major shipping routes for goods arriving at the port of Los Angeles on their way across the country. Through most of the Coachella Valley, I-10 consists of four lanes running in each direction. That is a total of eight lanes, not counting long on-ramps and off-ramps designed to permit motorists to get up to the speed of traffic or slow down when exiting – a good idea to prevent nasty pileups at the exits. Nowadays, there seems to be no shortage of traffic, especially truck traffic. I remember when large semi’s were relegated to the far right lane, only occasionally escaping to pass a slow poke truck in front of them. Now, it seems like the trucks are taking up most of the right two lanes, and even escaping into the third lane for passing when traffic slows below 70 in the right two lanes. It is a very uncomfortable feeling to be sandwiched between two big trucks, weaving around, pushing over the speed limit, their wheels spinning and whizzing at your side, with the realization that in one errant second you could become mere tire-goo to one of these giant mobile monsters. A blowout, a mechanical failure, a last second correction to avoid a collusion, a distraction in the cab, a ‘hey, good buddy’ call on the CB radio,

any little thing could result in a hellacious collision. It’s very spooky out there, and it’s getting worse. Add into the mix the usual assortment of impatient drivers, the giant SUV’s darting around, the increasing speed of the general flow of traffic, and the speed-demons who routinely push 100 mph. The daily commute has turned into a steeplechase, and it’s getting worse. So, what’s the solution. The first thing that hits me is simple to contemplate, although not so easy to implement. Why not just separate the cars from the trucks on I-10 going through the populated areas of the Coachella Valley. There are currently eight lanes total, four each way through the heart of the Valley. Why can’t I-10 be divided into two discrete 4-lane highways, one for trucks, the other for cars and passenger traffic. That way the battle of the road-warriors would at least be a fair fight. Truck vs. Truck Car vs. Car. No weight or size advantage for either combatant. Another possibility is to split off an I-10 truck route running parallel to I-10, but some distance away from the existing

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Sun In Taurus: Most Affected is Taurus and All Earth Signs. The month is in the sign of Taurus. For Taurus: All Venusian themes such as Love, beauty, the senses and food will rule supreme until May 20. A more heightened awareness of family, growth or stubbornness, possessiveness and the pleasures in Life. The best side of Taurus is seen in their home, hospitality, gracious generosity, culinary talents and, their ability to make things grow, whether it be a penny into a dollar or a seed into a flower. The key is to know when to not to remain steadfast, to move a little quicker and to leave justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Progress may continue at a slower pace. Stubbornness for the right or wrong reason(s) can test patience. Careful evaluation on how financial resources are spent can save money and buy more time.. Monthly Horoscope – For All Signs The Month of May, 2012 Aries: The first two weeks is prime time to ask for a raise or to seek other avenues of income. By the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 you’ll need to make a decision related to major financial dealings. The weekend of the 12th-13th will help romance shine, say yes to positive vibrations. The 16th could be a major power-play day. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th brings new opportunities; it may be the right time to take a relaxing trip. Taurus: You’re still feeling the good vibes from the recent April 21 New Moon in Taurus. Between the 9th and the 12th, plant the seeds of promise and they will certainly grow. At his time, there may be some good news related to real estate, home or family. New love or romance may be strengthened around the 5th. Put important romantic or financial plans on hold from the 15th until June 27th. The Solar Eclipse on May 20th can bring positive, fiscal opportunities. Gemini: By The Full Moon in Scorpio May 5-6, a project may conclude. At the same time, new energies surface to offer you something. Progression speeds forward in all areas. On May 12th, meditate on yourself, your overall health. Make the commitment and see yourself really change for the better. The Solar Eclipse on May 20 is in your sign and is a Super New Moon that will bring higher opportunities into your Life. Cancer: The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 sets the stage for romance evenings. The 12th brings another romantic interlude and it may bring good news related to your finances. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th represents change within yourself. It is time to break free from bad habits that are holding you down. Try a gentle Yoga class and you will feel emotionally better about yourself and Life. Leo: The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 will help you to make a decision about your domestic, home situation. You can manifest what you visualize. On the 12th, high marks, adoration and professional acknowledgements come your way. A good time to network or negotiate. Finish, complete important business matters before the 15th. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th represents new people that may bring new opportunities. Virgo: The earlier part of the month and near the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 may be a better time to travel, visit or explore. The 12th holds promise of excellence for you. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20 may

bring surprises, unexpected developments related to your profession, career or business. Watch the next day, the 21st when negotiations come to play. Lay low in romance and finance from the 15th to June 27th. Libra: You may be spending more meditative time with yourself the first week of the month. The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 may bring positive news related to your finances. By the 12th, something should appear that confirms it. Conclude important matters related to romance or finance before 15th, when Venus goes retrograde. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th may see you traveling for pleasure or discovery. Scorpio: The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 is in your sign and brings a pivotal point in your Life. Between then and the 12th, prepare or conclude a pet project as it is the right time to start new partnerships for you. You can gain professionally or socially. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th can release funds that find their way to you. Sagittarius: The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 may reveal something that you may or may not appreciate. The 12th of the month may be the best day ever. Your career could be moving forward at a nice pace now. Watch what you eat, or consume before and during the 15th to June 27th. The 16th may see you receiving a bonus or reward for your hard work. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th can be a time of commitment, partnerships, either in business or personal. It represents the end of one thing, a start of another. Capricorn: Travel and leisure may be in store for you. Single or otherwise, it can be a sweet time to plan something special. The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 can bring you thoughts about friendships or a special wish. The best time of the year for you can occur on the 12th. Meditate on the positive to enhance new relationships. Between the15th and June 27th, lay low in matters of romance and finance. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20 can bring new career, work and business opportunities. Aquarius: The first week is a good time to plan with family. The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 brings news related to your immediate profession. It may conclude a project or begin a new job for you. Your best day is the 12th, Moon in Aquarius. Make no firm decisions about a relationship between the 15th and June 27th. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20 will assist you to get back in touch with your emotions. Pisces: The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 5-6 may bring news related to overseas travel or involvement. The 12th is an excellent day for optimal communications. If someone has been too stern or rough with you, they may have a change of heart or attitude, for the better. The Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20 will define your domestic, home environment. The end of the month may be the best with positive news related to your financial sector. Ren Yogamaya is a Yoga teacher registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, a writer, a syndicated columnist, the published author of the book, EAT BY COLOR: Foods, Colors and The Chakras, 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.

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DRUM CIRCLE UNDER THE STARS

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he Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will host another of their successful Community Drum Circles on Sunday, May 20, from 7 – 9 p.m. The gathering, facilitated by well-known Morongo Basin percussionist Sam Sloneker, will celebrate the New Moon and will be held outdoors on the patio in front of the center’s Sanctuary (the building with the spire); in the event of rain, high winds, or cold, the circle will move indoors. “Ah, springtime!” says Sloneker. “I’m looking forward to our first circle this year to move outside under our beautiful HiDesert canopy of stars. Legend identifies the New Moon as a particularly auspicious time—a time of birth and beginnings, a time to plant seeds, to start new projects, to begin relationships—and it often brings us a burst of dynamic and creative energy. “All are welcome and can benefit from participating—from beginning beginners to seasoned professional musicians. Along with group drumming, with lots of room for self-expression, we will do some simple and fun exercises designed to enhance our playing and listening skills and to increase

our awareness of our vital life energies. It’s a wonderful time for a community drum circle, and drumming together is an experience that can take us all right back to our creative and expressive roots, so come play with us, and bring your family and friends to share in our merriment!” Participants are encouraged to bring drums, shakers, tambourines, etc.—a number of instruments will also be available at the event. There is no charge to attend, although a suggested donation of $5 per participant or $10 per family will be gratefully received and appreciated. Studies have shown participation in group drumming to offer a number of worthwhile benefits, including artistic self-expression, community connection and interaction, an expanded sense of self and heightened sense of belonging, increased rapport with others, relief of stress, emotional balancing, and strengthening of the immune system. Article and video from August 2010 circle: http://www.jtrcc.org/blog/2010/8/25/thedesert-night-is-filled-with-drumming.html. And a short video of our recent Chinese New Year/New Moon drumming can be found at:

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