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COMMENTARY FASHION ….IT STARTS WITH A THOUGHT Since I started to gravitate toward and inside the fashion circus, one question has obsessed my thoughts,” What is the mental process that involves the creation?” I found that the answers to this question are countless. Social status, childhood, drug addiction and art addiction but; mostly, being born a genius. The 20th century has left us pages and pages on the argument. And I don’t think this scenario is reserved to the mere figurative arts. How is art created? It starts from a necessity. The necessity of self-expression that some individuals feel the need to fulfill. A will for affirmation and recognition. Fashion wasn’t born a muse. It rose to the rank only during the 20th century. Fashion will never be art, according to Gabrielle Chanel “Fashion has to die to leave space to trade. “ We are used to observe art and not wear it, we don’t cry in front of a dress or listen to its symphony, we don’t drop jaw as if it was Nijinsky and its unnatural jumps on stage, so we won’t perceive a Balenciaga precious gown as a masterpiece…but we should, because, indeed, it is a masterpiece! Think about architecture; to make a dress it’s not as different than building a home. The couturier has to keep in mind measurements, proportions, angles and corners. He cannot use a heavy wool overcoat to make a shirt, or fur to make pair of pants (although for a mere sense of provocation it has been done). So that means the weight and aplomb of the fabric has to be considered before the couturier engages in the making of a the garment. Clothes are like structures, and if one takes a look at a 17th century dress, architecture comes to mind for the amount of details that puts together the garment. The choice of the color pallet is extremely important too; I’m referring here not to the mass production of clothes but to the single orders placed by the privileged. A couturier had to keep in mind the skin tone of its rich customers, along with the form of her body for the fitting, always kept in the atelier and constantly updated to the “swing of weight” of the customer. So a “dress maker” must be some kind of an artist to be able to deliver such a superficial product and it has to be considered that, most of the couturiers, had studied architecture. To be able to stitch together two pieces of fabric was not an easy task. Hours and hours of silent and relentless work on a dress. Chanel used to go around with her scissors hanging from her neck and make the adjustments herself. Herds of premieres (the women who make the dress possible) around a gown. To bring to life the drawing the couturier has thought . Fashion feeds on art, at least so it was when it started. It fed on romanticism and depression, on love and beautiful paintings, on music and ballets. Fashion teams up with the other sister muses to deliver its contribution to art. Chanel designed the costumes and sponsored the Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes”, along with taking care of Igor Stravinsky’s monetary situation. Gianni Versace, less than a century after, did the same thing with Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart and Twyla Tharp, Giorgio Armani with Bob Wilson. It’s hard to believe that this superficial world, started off on the right foot. Not so superficial after all.

The Standard Magazine 1111 Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs CA 92262 760-831-4869 Nino Eilets Publisher Luciano McNulty Editor Maya Kalabic Art Director Contributors Andre Carthen, Mark Dawson, Wesley Cole, Jeff Dorta, James Duffy, Dennis Mason, Juan Rodriguez, Vinnie Sikka, Matthew Tomasulo, Sandhya Valecha & Gerolamo Viola, Editorial Credits : LGBTQ Nation, Brandpoint & Project Publicity The Standard Magazine is published monthly. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the Standard or its staff, advertisers or readers with exception of editorials. Publication of the name or photograph of any person, business or organization in articles or advertising in the Standard is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of such person, business or organization. The Standard disclaims any responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Advertising rates are subject to change without notice. The Standard reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject any advertisement for any reason including, but not limited to poor taste. It is the policy of The Standard that we only publish letters to the editor that are signed by the author and verifiable by phone number. We can reserve the right of anonymity upon request. The letters need to be original, in good taste and free of libel as well as edited for clarity and grammar. Letters are subject to editing by The Standard that also reserves the right to decline print. Please forward your letters to: The views expressed is not necessarily those of The Standard. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. No portion of the publication may

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10 Fundamentals of a Man’s Wardrobe Building a wardrobe that won’t go out of style is a long-term investment, helping to keep your clothing budget in line while looking your best. The first step, however, is understanding the basics, the fundamentals in which to build from. You need to rely on a few stock items that can be used for any situation. Following are the 10 must have, absolute, fundamental items that every man should keep on hand — and on the rest of his body.

1. DARK GRAY SUIT — Every man needs at least one suit, so make it gray, though, navy is a good second choice. Gray works in the office, an interview or an emergency when you need to look your best. If you can afford one suit, make sure it’s quality and conservative. Two or three button, single-breasted suits look good on nearly every body type. Avoid pleats and go for flat front pants. Before making your purchase, know your measurements. Make sure everything fits comfortably because you will own it for a long time.


2. WHITE DRESS SHIRT - Like a good sports coat or blazer, a white dress shirt, matches well with anything but also gives you a dressed up appearance, even if you forgot to shave or comb your hair. Don’t skim on the quality because this shirt will get a lot of miles and needs to last. Make sure the fabric is strong, such as 100% cotton Oxford with a two-ply, 80-thread count finish. Avoid buttoned collars because this will limit its versatility, looking too casual. 3. NAVY BLUE SPORT COAT OR BLAZER — Nothing is more versatile and good looking than a well-cut, well-made sports coat or blazer. It can be worn in a variety of situations, such as work, hanging out with your friends at a bar or a formal get together. Navy blue

COVER works well with anything, easily going with jeans, a polo or button down. There are many styles to choose from, but avoid a blazer with gold or brass buttons. Look for something made of medium weight, worsted wool so you can wear it all year. As for the cut, keep it simple: no double-breasted or four button styles. Select a classic two button with a single vent in back and medium width lapels. 4. DARK JEANS — Ten years ago, this wouldn’t have made anyone’s list but times have changed. Dark jeans are now a staple for a man’s wardrobe. They can be worn at a nice restaurant, most work places that don’t day trade and that nightclub. Go for something with comfort, quality and no rips. Avoid baggy and skinny, but just right. Stay away from designer labels that visibly proclaim their status on your bum. It might be cool now, but it won’t be in a few years. 5. BLACK DRESS SHOES — A good pair will match most suits (except brown) and you can’t go wrong with a lace up look. They’ll be used a lot, such as work or any occasion that calls for some formality. Therefore, take the plunge for quality with fine leather and stitching from a reputable brand. Avoid square toe and look for something rounded. If you’re on your feet most of the day, I’d recommend purchasing Ecco’s with their generous shoe sole design. To maintain your pricey pair, make sure to get a quality set of cedar shoes and shoe polish. 6. KHAKI/CHINO PANTS — These do well in the summer, running errands any day of the week or beating that deadline at work. You can even sleep in them. There are always debates as to the differences and origins of these types of pants, but that’s for another day. Point is, you need to own at least one or the other. Typically, khakis are the more casual style of the two, fuller in the seat and thighs. Chino’s are usually a lighter shade and with a straight through fit. Therefore, it depends on what you’re looking for. Both should be 100% cotton twill and a flat front. If they’re long, you can roll them up or get them hemmed. 7. SNEAKERS — It’s nice to relax in a classic pair of sneakers after work, hanging out with friends at a bar or walking around town with the lady. It’s important to get a subtle color that can match well with jeans,

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or floppy in appearance. The V needs to be large enough to fit over a collared shirt but also small enough to fit over a T-shirt. If you plan to have one or two, select darker colors so it matches with everything, such as gray, navy blue or chocolate brown. 9. WATCH — This is the only accessory that made our list because it’s the most important. These days, guys use their cell phones to tell time, but when you have a classic rock on your wrist, nothing better reflects your personality along with a personal statement on your style. It’s a worthy investment, something that should last, but tread carefully because there are many options. The watch should be quality, masculine, but most importantly, something you feel comfortable wearing. Metal and leather bands are classic, but grosgrain is great for a casual look. Keep your sports watch in the gym.

chinos or any type of casual pants. They’re not expensive so you can get a pair of white for the summer and something darker for spring and fall. Avoid anything with loud colors or flashy labels, as these will become useless after the fad fades. Personally, I stick with Converse Chuck Taylor’s or their higher end John Varvatos Jack Purcell’s. 8. V-NECK SWEATER — The V neck’s shape gives space for your collar, letting it open up naturally. This looks great over any dress shirt but also works well with a polo or T-shirt. Choose a sweater with ribbed cuffs, collar and bottom, fitting your build, so it’s not loose


10. POLO SHIRT — Another item that works well in many situations. Polo’s are a great summer shirt but also suitable for work, happy hour and wherever else your night may lead you. They come in a variety of colors but for a basic collection, start with navy blue, gray and dark green. Again, this is going to last a long time, so look for quality and comfort. Ralph Lauren is somewhat cliché, so look around for something unique. I’d recommend a slimmer fit polo with a soft finish, but ultimately, there are so many options it’s up to you. As tempting as it maybe, don’t pop your collar or button the top button.

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Perhaps you are being nagged by your partner for not being stylish enough, or maybe you are getting on to a new job and you want to create the right impression. Whatever the reason that prompted you to look at men’s fashion trends 2013 seriously, it is a good thing because the right fashion choices definitely add to the overall persona and greatly enhance your confidence too. Without further ado, let us get right into the heart of the matter. Gentlemen, sit up and pay attention for we are about to unveil a few 2013 fashion trends for men. SHINE ON BOYS...FOR STYLE IS IN THE SHINE One of the most interesting men’s fashions trends 2013 is the incorporation of the metallic theme into the fabrics. This trend was observed particularly in the Milan Fashion week exhibited by big names such as Canali, Alexander Mcqueen, Burberry and others. Metallic fabric was represented in varying shades from brown to blue and even pinks. Shine on boys and raise the temperature several notches with this really hot trend. LEATHER TRENDS Leather is an important trend for men’s fashion 2013. Of course, given the nature of the material it is a trend right now when winter is upon us. In addition, this trend will come again in the fall of 2013. While black leather has remained the mainstay of men’s fashion collections for so far, in 2013, leather goes colorful for men. Available in darker tones of browns, blues greens and greys, this leather trend is sophisticated and classy. BURST OF COLORS IN 2013 Are you disappointed by the toned down colors in the leather trends


for 2013? Don’t be, because in other areas of fashion trends 2013 for men, there is a riot of colors, as you have never seen before. Bright blues, yellows, reds and even pinks are part of men’s fashion 2013. DO NOT MISS THE COLORFUL SHOES. Spring 2013 shoe trends are bursting out in colors for you too. Runways in the Spring 2013 fashion shows saw a preponderance of colors as never seen before. Laced up shoes are big trends for summer 2013. Designed from the finest leather and in the subtlest of tones or bright printed variants or adorned with embellishments, the choices are endless this summer for all you fashionable men out there. CAMOUFLAGE PRINTS The romance with prints is serious in men’s fashions trends in 2013 and camouflage prints are hot. Most men I know will be more than happy to sport this trend because somehow camouflage has very masculine/macho connotations. Perhaps due to the association with military uniforms? Go ahead guys, and flaunt it. Therefore, boys, these clothes are what you should be wearing in 2013 to be stylish, sophisticated men about the world. The trends are many and you have various options to choose from. Choose wisely from amongst the 2013 fashion trends for men those that you are most comfortable with. For fashion that is forced looks silly and fashion that is favored looks stylish. For more info on style and trends, visit Sandhya Valecha at


They saw it coming a mile away. That white sock peeking out from beneath the cuff of the black trousers that were too short on you. Alright, I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your style missteps are less obvious than that. Maybe your necktie is missing a dimple. Still with me? It’s scientifically proven that others assess their impression of you subliminally and in a matter of seconds. Once you’ve been sized up, it will take a lot longer to repair any unfavorable opinions that have already formed. Even if you feel you’re versed in the dos and don’ts of men’s style and incapable of committing the sins of our fathers, read on - you might just pick up a tip or two that will take your game to the next level. Famed architect Mies Van Der Rhoe once said, “God is in the details”, and boy was he right! It’s the subtleties that matter most and even a minor adjustment can make all the difference between a great impression, or one that will have you banished to the corner, a fashion dunce in a belt and suspenders, resting your baggy bottom on a high stool. 1. Wear clothes that fit! You like your clothes roomy, don’t you? You like to be comfortable. Formless, unstructured clothes will make you look sloppy. Your ultimate objective is to appear put together. 2. Avoid the other extreme as well; you do not want to wear anything that is too tight on you. You goal is a fit that will highlight your attributes and flatter you every place else. 3. Everyone notices your shoes. This is such an understatement that investing more in your footwear than any other aspect of your wardrobe would be one savvy move.

that compliment you. Vertical stripes create the illusion of height and horizontal do the opposite, which is the perfect choice for guys who are on the lanky side. 7. Avoid clashing lines; for instance, opt for a solid shirt to wear with those plaid shorts or that pinstriped suit. 8. Your wardrobe is not complete without at least two suits; a navy and a gray pinstripe are de rigeur. A perfect fit is mandatory and your unique form dictates all the positioning of the buttons, width of the lapels, and placement of the vents on the jacket. Never button the bottom button of your suit jacket, ever. On a two-button jacket, only fasten the top button. On a three-button jacket, you may fasten the top and middle. 9. Never weigh down your pockets; this will ruin the line of your suit. Cellphones, keys, and coins, will also wear down the lining of your pockets.

4. Color coordinate your belt and your shoes. Don’t bungle this one, or you’ll never be forgiven. If you’re wearing brown shoes, loop on a brown belt. Black shoes require a black belt.

10. Lastly, we come to the enigmatic tie-dimple. A properly knotted tie has a dimple beneath the knot. Simply press your index finger just beneath the knot as it forms. While you cinch the knot, pinch the necktie between your thumb and middle finger and pull downward. Keep in mind the knot must hide the collar button, and it is essential for the tie to reach your beltline.

5. Do you telegraph designer labels? Unless you’re collecting residual checks from Ed Hardy or Tommy Hilfiger, ditch their name splashed across your chest, back or sleeve.

After all, it’s the subtlest details that get noticed, and convey the fact you possess the grace and knowledge to dress appropriately for any situation life throws your way. In short, you’re ahead of the pack.

6. Know your body type it’s key. Aside from actual fit, one of the best ways to enhance your appearance is to choose patterns

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Models: Trevor Van Uden, Jason Boyce, Michael Head & Garrett Baxter | Shot exclusively for: DT Model Management LA At 37, David Todd is one of the youngest and most experienced modeling agents in the business. His firm, David Todd Management, boasts the strongest men’s board in Los Angeles today, including male model superstars Nick Youngquest and Chad White. “I started working as an agent when I was 18, fresh out of high school. I know this business inside and out,” he says. According to Todd, the biggest misperception about modeling is that it’s easy. “It’s not easy to get in front a camera and shoot a thousand great images for a client,” he argues. “The pressure to produce that one perfect picture is enormous”. Personality and charm must shine through. Also vital for male models is taking care of their skin, working out, eating the right foods and maintaining relationships. These are tips every man can take to heart this summer – those who want to be models and those who just want to look like one.

How is it different from what you look for in a fashion model? A swim model can be a bit more muscular with bigger shoulders. A fashion model needs to be lean and defined. Fitting into designer clothes is key.

What do you look for in a male swim model? We look for a guy who has the perfect body. He needs to look great in any swimsuit he puts on, including speedos, box cuts, and board shorts. He has to have a great upper body, nice legs - no chicken legs! - and, of course, a great butt.

How often do you find someone who has the potential for a good career? It doesn’t come as often as I like. The model has to have determination and be willing to take direction in order to be successful. A pretty face is easy to find. The rest is hard work.


Why is height always important? There is a misconception out there that print models can be short. It’s simply untrue. A successful fashion model should be at least 6’1 so he can do all jobs including runway, catalog, advertising and commercials. Do you find that men from certain countries are more likely to have model potential? Great models come from all over the world. However, most of the beauties we represent are American. Although, we do have some gorgeous Australians, Brits and Canadians.


Q&A What attracted you to the modeling business? I loved that I could be creative and work with photographers, designers and interesting people. Also, traveling all around the world since I was nineteen has been a blessing. Was the goal always to launch your own agency?

How competitive is the industry for models? It is super competitive here in LA. It’s important to pull out all the stops if you want to stand out. Models must bring their A-game to castings. What is the hardest thing about modeling?

Photography by: Scott Hoover | Swimwear by: Parke & Ronen | David Todd Photo credit: by Nate Jensen I have always wanted to open my own agency. It just had to be at the absolute right time. I feel like huge corporations have ruined our industry. Our models are not just a number on the wall here. They really like the personal attention we offer them.

The hardest thing is staying focused. Models should never allow other people to get in their heads and distract them from reaching their goals. They should always take direction from their agent. The second a model starts taking outside advice, that’s the end.

How competitive does it get between agencies to sign top talent? Often the larger chain agencies steal models from other agencies or scout them once all the work has been done from someone else. We don’t do that at my agency. We find models have more respect for their agents when they know that they did all the work to get them to the top.

What are your guys doing to keep in shape? They are doing yoga, pilates, P90-X, hiking Runyon Canyon, swimming and, of course, walking runways around the globe.

Most agencies will take on 100 guys and girls a year, just to see who rises to the top. Why have you chosen not to do that? It never works. Quality, not quantity, is our business approach. We would rather work hard on a few models so that each of them can get the attention they deserve. Less is more, trust me. Clients would rather a get a package of thirty great models rather than have to sort through 100 mediocre models.

What advice would you give to guys who simply want to look like models this summer? Get in the gym and get that summer body. Make sure those teeth are nice and white, and get a good tan.


What advice would you give to guys who want to be models? Make sure you fit all the criteria first. Take some photos on your iPhone and submit them into the agencies.


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Matinée is asking fans to “feel the revolution” this Memorial Day – the party revolution, that is. The festival that has become world famous for re-imagining the elaborate party experience with blazing pyrotechnics and production by Cirque du Soleil and Matinée Ibiza, returns to Las Vegas with the biggest dance festival of the summer. Taking place Friday, May 24th thru Monday, May 27th, MATINÉE Las Vegas Festival will play host to over 8,000 clubbers dancing to twenty of the world’s leading DJs at eight high-energy party events. “In todays over technologized world, people want a real interactive experience,” explains Paul Nicholls, part of the production team behind Matinée North America. “We combine fantasy elements from concerts, theatrical stage shows, Hollywood films and even video games into one giant offline spectacle.” “A Matinée party is all about awe and extravagance,” continues Matinée North America’s Patrick Crough. “We partner with the hottest and most cutting-edge acts from around the world. For this year’s MATINÉE Las Vegas Festival, we’ve teamed up with the Las Vegas production, Absinthe. We are integrating several of their amazing


Cirque acts into our main events. It will be breathtaking.” Matinée launched over fifteen years ago in Ibiza. Since then, it has evolved internationally with lavish events including CircuitFestival Barcelona. When party founders decided to expand the brand into North America, they asked Crough and Jake Resnicow to oversee and produce all parties in the USA and Canada. Their first Matinée event was Pride in New York where they transformed Manhattan’s Governor’s Island into an extravagant dance arena, with explosive music and thrilling light shows. At sunset, a surprise fireworks display ignited the skyline. “Matinée raises the bar on nightlife,” says Jake Resnicow. “Whether in the heart of Manhattan or on the beaches of Miami, a Matinée event is meant to take revelers out of body and beyond the confines of their imagination.” They plan to pull out even more stops this Memorial Day. They have upgraded the main event to one of Vegas’ hottest and most exclusive clubs, Vanity at Hard Rock. The dance floor is a massive 14,000 square-feet with an outdoor terrace and fire pits. The weekend will feature eight events over four days and nights, including main events and after-hour parties at the city’s hottest clubs, as well as pool parties at the weekend’s host hotel, Rumor. Each party will feature original themes designed to take revelers on a weekendlong journey. The DJ line-up includes some of the world’s most innovative icons in dance music, including Matinée Spain all-star DJs Taito Tikaro, Javier Medina and Flavio Zarza. Billboard #1 remixers/ producers Hector Fonseca, Alyson Calagna, DJ Theresa, Ed Baily, Brazil’s Rodolfo Bravat, and red-hot rising stars Nina Flowers, Justin Dawson, Ryan Kenney, Luis Perez, Derek Monteiro and Billy Lace will also headline. Las Vegas is the perfect city to launch the party revolution, says Resnicow. “In Vegas, partiers can do what they want, when they want. There are very few restrictions and absolutely no last calls. Now, that’s a revolution.” For more information on MATINÉE LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL, visit


Juan Rodriguez had the opportunity to sit and chat with three of the amazing DJs who are set to spin at Matinée. Following are excerpts from those interviews.

FLAVIO ZARZA What inspired you to become a DJ? The idea of being a DJ grew inside me from when I was a teenager going to the discotheque in Buenos Aires. It was the nineties and people were very excited with the new electronics sounds of the time.

TAITO TIKARO Do you remember your first time behind the decks? My first official set was back in 1994, near Barcelona. Eurobeat and technopop were all the rage at the time. It was an amazing experience.

What was the biggest challenge you faced as a DJ? Probably when Matinée asked me to spin a room where the style of music was very different from my own. I had to change the way I spun but it helped me to mature as a professional.

What has been your most memorable experience? The first time I played the terrace at Space Ibiza. It was a clear, beautiful morning and I was playing for an international music-loving crowd. Our connection was unbelievable.

What has been your most memorable experience? The Matinée float for Gay Pride in Madrid was definitely something I will never forget. There were thousands of people dancing and partying!

How did you join Matinée? I joined Matinée in Spring 2007. I had produced some tracks for them and it became obvious that our music philosophies were a perfect match.

Are you excited to spin Matinée Las Vegas Festival? Believe me when I say that for me it is a great privilege. This is definitely one the most important events for me this year. I’m very excited! What can we expect? People can be sure that I’m gonna do the best I can to make them have the most amazing experience of their lives.

What can we expect from you in Vegas? Expect fresh and energetic beats that will transport Vegas to Matinée Amnesia. It will be a preview of this summer’s Ibiza vibe. Is there anything you’d like to share with fans? It might sound cliché but I would like to get the message out there that you should never give up. Follow your dreams and don’t be afraid to learn from your failures. Anything is possible when you fight for it.

JAVIER MEDINA What inspired you to become a DJ? My father was a club and radio DJ. He started years before I was born, so there was always plenty of music at home. When I was a teenager, I was seduced by electronic music from American DJs that I call my friends today. How is it to man the decks in front of a large crowd like Matinée Las Vegas Festival? It’s an unexplainable experience. It’s sort of like being on ecstasy or having sex. When your passion becomes your profession, you never want to stop. I can go on spinning forever. It’s like a lover that never fails; someone that’s always there for you. Is there a difference between European and American crowds? Americans are educated musically. They are more willing to embrace new sounds. I come from Spain where there is not much of a club culture so for me spinning in America is paradise. What is something essential that you need in the booth when spinning? A good PA system and my drinks. What can we expect from your Vegas show? A huge crowd! It’s going to be a four to five hour set so I expect to have a lot of fun!

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PSP FOCUS Air Hostess PAM ANN Returns to USA in All New Hilarious One-Woman Show, “PAM ANN - COCKPIT” at The McCallum Theatre

Buckle up, bitches! Airhostess Pam Ann – who has toured with Cher and crewed private jets for Elton John – returns to the USA in her raunchiest comedy show yet! In Pam Ann: Cockpit, the gutsy and glamorous, sixties-­-inspired Pam Ann takes aim at the numerous airline calamities making news today. From the grounding of Boeing 787’s Dreamliner to Emirates Airlines’ door blowing open at 37,000 ft., all the deliciously alarming incidents that are plaguing the world’s

airline industry are discussed. Pam Ann’s first stateside tour in four years comes directly after sellout Australian and European tours that took her to France, Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom. This spring, Pam Ann: Cockpit kicks off in Palm Springs on Friday May 10 at the McCallum Theatre with more lay-overs in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, and Miami, with final performances at Joe’s Pub in New York City, June 12-16.

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PSP FOCUS “I am excited to show off all my new costumes by Garo Sparro,” says Pam Ann from London. “They are super sexy! Also, my wigs by Hollywood Wigs are phenomenal. Let’s just say I give those bitches in Dallas a run for their money. Big hair is back!” In her performances, Pam Ann pokes fun at air travel, identifying the individual quirks of some of the biggest international airlines (and their stereotypes) and mixing in a generous dose of camp, humor and glamour. Passengers embark on a journey from security check-­-in to boarding to landing. In Pam Ann: Cockpit, the comedian will premiere her spoof appearance on the ABC-­- TV series, PAN AM. She will also present neverbefore-seen-in-the-USA footage from her latest airline news channel. Pam Ann is the alter ego of Australian comic Caroline Reid. Reid’s portrayal of the outrageous airhostess has been featured in advertising campaigns for British Airways and Sky Team. In fact, as the celebrity spokesperson of Sky Team Terminal 4 at Heathrow, Pam Ann is featured on all in-­-flight video programming and has been

featured on CNN and CNBC. Pam Ann has appeared in promotions for KLM/Air France, JetBlue, Lufthansa, British Airways, Qantas, SAS and low cost British carrier EasyJet uses her videos in their training. In Australia, Pam Ann starred in her own television talk show, “The Pam Ann Show” on the national Foxtel channel. She also hosted Australia’s live broadcast of Mardi Gras that aired in over two million households. Even Madonna is a fan, describing Pam as “cruelly funny”. Pam Ann’s concert DVDs, “Come Fly With Me” and “Pam Ann Nonstop: Live from New York City” are available now on Amazon. com. Pam Ann’s travel app is available on iTunes. She is currently working on the feature film, Pam Ann The Movie. Advance tickets for PAM ANN: COCKPIT available now at For more info on her US tour go to;;;


The Auen Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) in support of the organization’s food voucher program. The Auen Foundation began its support of AAP in 1999, as one of the first Coachella Valley organizations the Foundation ever funded. The much needed funds will support critical client services “We’re approaching summer, which is typically our most challenging time because it’s the end of the season, so this generous donation could not have come at a better time,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director of AAP. “Our main priority is to provide nutritional support to our clients and we couldn’t do it without our ongoing partnership with the Auen Foundation.” Established in 1992, The Auen Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the overall quality of life of the aging population and


raising awareness of the precious-end-of-life stage. The Foundation supports charitable programs and services aimed at meeting the social needs of mature adults and their families. “We love the service that AIDS Assistance Program provides people in our community,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Program Officer for the Auen Foundation. “For people living with HIV and AIDS, having access to healthy food, means one less thing for them to worry about. We applaud the efforts of AAP and the many other partners involved in this important program.” For more information about AIDS Assistance Program or to volunteer or donate, please contact Executive Director Mark Anton at 760/325-8481 or visit




The White House last week joined the chorus of praise by commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. White House spokesperson Jay Carney


called his decision courageous and said the White House supports Collins. He said he hopes the 34-year-old center’s team will also offer support. Carney says the White House views Collins’ decision as another example of progress and evolution in the U.S. as Americans grow more accepting of gay rights and same-sex marriage. Collins disclosed he was gay Last week in a first-person account posted on Sports Illustrated’s website. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” he wrote. “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start

the conversation.” Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the Washington Wizards. “We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, in a statement on behalf of the team. “He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career. Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation.” Adding his praise was former President Bill Clinton, whose daughter, Chelsea, attended Stanford University with Collins.



FORMER EXODUS CHAIRMAN APOLOGIZES & RENOUNCES ‘REPARATIVE THERAPY’ John Paulk, the former chairman of Exodus International, a Christian ministry devoted to performing controversial gay-to-straight “reparative therapy” has formally renounced his past and says he is “truly, truly sorry” for the pain he’s caused by advocating that gays could change their sexual orientation through prayer and therapy. John Paulk, the former poster child of the “ex-gay movement,” issued this formal apology following a recent interview with PQ Monthly in which he renounced his anti-gay past, and said he no longer considers himself an “ex-gay.” “For the better part of 10 years, I was an advocate and spokesman for what’s known as the ‘ex-gay movement,’ where we declared that sexual orientation could be changed through a close-knit relationship with God, intensive therapy and strong determination.

“At the time, I truly believed that it would happen. And while many things in my life did change as a Christian, my sexual orientation did not.” “Today, I see LGBT people for who they are–beloved, cherished children of God. I offer my most sincere and heartfelt apology to men, women, and especially children and teens who felt unlovable, unworthy, shamed or thrown away by God or the church.” Paulk’s formal apology comes just one week following a report in PQ Monthly, which revealed that Paulk was frequenting Portland, Ore. area gay bars. In 2011, John Smid, the former Executive Director of Exodus International’s oldest ministry “Love in Action,” also publicly admitted that he is gay, and disavowed the message he preached for years that promised gays they could change.


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that agreements with other countries on the matter of adoption of Russian children might be changed to ban such adoptions if those countries legalize same-sex marriage. Putin’s remarks came in response to a question regarding a proposal by Marina Orgievoy, head of the regional parliament of Kaliningrad, who, referring to the recent change in France legalizing same-sex marriages, had publicly criticized French lawmakers. Orgievoy, noting the Russian-French agreement, said the agreement must be modified, “so that our children do not fall into the same-sex families.” Currently, Russia’s Family Code does not allow adoption by same-sex couples. “She is right. We have to react to what is going on around us. We treat our partners with respect, but we ask that they treat with respect the cultural traditions, the ethic, legal and moral norms of Russia,” said Putin, speaking to reporters Friday at his presidential estate, just west of the Russian capital city. “I believe I have the right to introduce changes into such documents. This is a topical question; we need to think about this,” he said. Putin’s statement would imply that a legal ban could be adopted

soon as policy by the Russian government. As same-sex marriage legislation moves through the Parliament of the UK, the Russian foreign ministry’s human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov warned this week, “The British and French parliaments have legalized same sex marriages. This narrows the chances of citizens of these countries adopting Russian children.” France became the 14th country worldwide and the 9th in Europe to approve gay marriage last week. In 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, parents in France adopted 283 Russian children, while British parents took in 48. The adoption of Russian children has already become a highly emotionally charged political issue in the Russian Federation after Putin signed a ban on adoption of Russian children by U.S. parents in December. That prohibition was a response to numerous highly publicized incidents of abuse, and in a couple of cases deaths, of Russian children adopted by American parents. There continues to be anti-gay sentiment expressed in Russia as gay pride events have been routinely vetoed by city authorities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Novosibirsk and several regions of Russia have adopted a ban on “homosexual propaganda” among minors.

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The selection on men’s cologne available in the market today is just overwhelming. Men are getting more and more conscious about themselves that they attribute colognes and perfumes as their basic must-haves. Aside from wearing their signature scent, men nowadays are also much concerned about their hair, their skin, and every manly aspect that will draw the attention that some crave. True enough, nothing can match a man’s personality or getup than a perfume or cologne. Putting on your favorite scent, you can set yourself a notch higher than the rest. It completes your personality and the character you are conveying. It spells the entire YOU.

that there are countless varieties out there that differs from brands, scent, and price. Depending on your taste and personality, you should be able to pick the matching cologne for you. When buying colognes, it is important to consider the confidence factor it can bring to you. A well-blended fragrance that matches your total persona will further boost your total charisma. Choosing a specific scent is a very personal issue and it is hard to just stop by a store and pick whatever it is that seems fine to you. If you want to get the perfect one, follow these tips.

A man’s scent is the most sensual accessory he can wear. However, finding the right cologne can be a challenge. This is because of the fact

If you want to buy the right cologne, take someone with you whom you consider as someone with good taste. Cologne is more than





just a thing to make you smell good. It is also a way to convey your persona to the world and to lure someone closer. CHOOSE A SCENT THAT MAKES YOU COMFORTABLE. Even if someone says that a specific fragrance is good for you, but you are uncomfortable with it, do not pick it. With countless choices, there is bound to be one that you both will choose. TO PICK THE BEST COLOGNE, SPRAY DIFFERENT FRAGRANCES ON PAPER. Usually, people spray it to their wrists. The problem here is when you are trying out different scents, everything mixes up, and you will not be able to identify one from the other. By spraying each fragrance on a paper strip, you can easily distinguish one from the other. This will help you easily identify the perfect cologne for you. CONSIDER WHAT YOU WANT IN COLOGNE. There are three types of scents - the spicy fragrance, the energetic citrus scents, and the classy and sophisticatedly strong scents. THE PRICE MATTERS. More often than not, your budget is the determining factor for the cologne that you will buy. Many times even the most expensive cologne does not work or smells the best to you. However, if it does, and you can afford it, go for it. Colognes for men are growing in number and this makes choosing a lot harder. Follow these tips and be sure to settle with the one that suits your personality, your needs, your budget, and your lifestyle. Discover unlimited cologne choices that range from brand, scent, and price. Find premiere fragrances at

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TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR CREDIT WHILE TRAVELING money toward that goal. Some banks have revived the tradition of a vacation club savings account, but you can set aside money in any interest-bearing account to fund your travel plans.

When it comes to the excesses and indulgences of vacation, you might like to think, “What happens in Vegas (or wherever you travel) stays in Vegas.” Unfortunately, poor spending and credit choices made on vacation definitely come home with you, so it is important to take steps to protect your credit - both before and while you travel. If your spring and summer plans include vacation, keep these financial considerations in mind: PREPPING FOR YOUR TRIP Planning is one of the best ways to save money on travel. Book air tickets, lodging reservations and rental cars well in advance; prices rarely go down as your travel date approaches. Booking in advance also allows you extra time to shop around for the best possible deals. Comparison price everything - from airfare to attraction tickets - online. Remember to include Web coupon sites in


your search, not just popular travel sites. Online review sites can also help you learn more about lodging and attraction options in far-away destinations. Shopping around can also help you decide if you’re traveling at the best time for you, or if you have some flexibility to travel when prices are lower. While using a credit card to book online is a smart move - credit cards offer consumer protections that cash and debit cards don’t - be sure to pay off the purchases right away. If you know you won’t be able to pay off the travel costs immediately, review your credit standing. Consider how credit purchases for travel might affect your credit score. Websites like can help you understand the impact certain credit decisions may have on your overall finances. has a patented Score Planner that lets you see how financial behaviors can affect your credit score. Prepare for your travel plans by saving

WHILE TRAVELING If you planned ahead, booked in advance and did your homework to find the best deals on airfare and lodging, you’ve made a good start. It’s important to continue making good financial choices while on the road. Take steps to protect your cash, credit and identity while traveling. Some cash will likely be required on your trip. Never carry all your cash in one place; instead, split it up between multiple bags, or have a traveling companion carry some of your cash. When you arrive at your destination, store cash in the hotel safe and only take out what you think you will need for the day’s activities. When using your credit card on the road, never let it out of your sight. Be aware of “shoulder surfers” who may stand behind you in a ticket line and use a smartphone to snap a picture of your card. Carry just one card for use and store a backup in the hotel safe in case of emergencies. Leave unnecessary cards and identification - such as your Social Security card or wholesale club card - at home. Never use a public Wi-Fi connection such as the ones found in airports or hotels - to access your online financial accounts. Enterprising crooks use special devices to hack account information from unsuspecting travelers. Once you’re back home, take another look at your credit and keep a close eye on financial statements and credit accounts for a few months. Catching fraud early may help mitigate its financial impact.


The preference on clothes and dressing up has been changing season after season. Fashion has earned an increasing influence in the modern society that clothing and dress up largely depends on what is trendy and stylish as dictated by designers. However, along with the changes in the modern fashion, men’s suits have gone out of favor as an outfit of daily wear but rather, only reserved for special occasions. Yet, as dressing up becomes more experimental and creative, you can try out fashionable means of wearing suits. After all, suit coats are the most flexible in a man’s closet. Learn which suits you can fashionably wear and find which are the most comfortable for you. 100% WOOL CHARCOAL SELF STRIPE SUIT. This is a very fine charcoal self-stripe suit, which feature a stylish 2-button jacket. Being two-toned, this makes a very stylish lining and being made of wool, the suit is soft and durable. Another detail of this wool charcoal suit is having two side vents, which helps one to move freely. SUMMER SUIT. The best color for summer suits are delightful shades like creams and olive. Since they can get dirt fast, find the kind of suit that is fully washable. One characteristic that you may find with it is being lightweight. Most often, it is made of a mixture of polyester, wool and linen. Interior pockets, side vents, and threebutton cuff are some of the added features that you may prefer. SHAWL COLLAR SINGLE BREASTED DINNER SUIT. Almost allimportant occasions are celebrated over dinner. It is therefore important that you have a dinner suit in your closet. A one-button single-breasted dinner jacket can be the classic option that you can have. A fashionable type can have shawl collar, satin lapels, foursatin covered button on cuffs. CLASSIC WHITE TUXEDO. The savoy style tuxedo is another option that you may prefer over dinner jackets. This flexible wardrobe is not only for cruises but also for special occasions. When choosing a white tuxedo, look for the natural white for a classy look than the brilliant white. Most often, the tuxedo are wool and polyester in fabric and have Teflon Fabric Protector. Avalino Suit. This suit is a two-button semi fitted jacket with side vents and slant pockets. This single-breasted jacket has a sophisticated style being semi fitted. Being made of wool and polyester, this suit has the crease recovery feature. There are other suits of stylish designs that you can choose from, they can also be used for casual dressing up other than formal use. Aside from its functionality, you should consider comfort and affordability in choosing the suit that you want. Neil Smith is the Author and Webmaster of a top quality men’s Suits from the UK.

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At 4 years old, your child is probably adorable. But your 4-yearold PC - not so much. More than 300 million computers around the world are more than 4 years old, including one-third of American PCs, according to research by Intel. Sixty-five percent of those are bulky desktops that are so far behind in terms of technology, they might as well be wooden abacuses. In just four short years, PCs have evolved to be faster, more powerful and lightweight, easier to use and more versatile. If you find you have plenty of time to brew coffee, prepare your cup, drink it down and start on the next while still waiting for your PC to boot up in the morning, it may be time for a new computer. Not convinced you need to buy a new PC? Consider these warning signs:


You spend minutes staring at the spinning hourglass while your PC struggles to download a movie.

You lug your heavy charger brick everywhere because your PC’s battery won’t hold a charge for more than an hour

The wires and weight of your bulky PC tie you down to using it in one place.

Your PC freezes when running too many applications - a problem cited by 36 percent of people who owned older PCs in the Intel study.



Your PC takes too long to boot up. Thirty-three percent complained of this problem, according to Intel.

Technology is no longer just a tool; for many Americans it’s become an integral part of their lifestyle. Mobile technology makes computing on the go easier than ever, but how do you know what device is right for you? Technology advancements over the last four years have driven the development of thin, light and powerful PCs. New PCs have powerful processors that make them fast and responsive so things such as photo editing, HD video streaming, and gaming, run best on PCs.

In addition to new PCs, the latest generation of Ultrabook convertibles easily switches from laptop to tablet mode by flipping, folding or twisting the screen, and also have touch capabilities. If you’re still suffering with an older, slower PC, here are some more reasons to upgrade: •

Today’s Intel-powered PCs are, on average, three times faster than PCs built just four years ago.

An Intel-powered Ultrabook boots up in less than seven seconds. A 4-year-old PC can take more than a minute.

Newer PCs weigh an average of about three pounds. Older ones? More than seven pounds.

Many modern PCs are less than an inch thick.

Battery life of newer PCs is double that of older models - up to eight hours on a single charge.

The advent of touch-screen technology and sharper, clearer screen resolution make newer PCs more enjoyable to use.

Still not sure it’s time to buy a new PC? Consider costs. It may seem like everything these days, from gas to milk to cars, costs more. However, today’s PCs cost, on average, $200 less than that 4-yearold dinosaur still sitting on your desk. For more advice on how to buy a computer that’s right for your needs, visit for a buyer’s guide.

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A FASHIONABLE BRUNCH …as if there was any other kind? BY CHEF ANDRE CARTHEN

From the runway to the table, your brunch should be fabulous, flavorful and just a little fierce. Whether you’re entertaining 4 or 40 remember my golden entertaining rule - “Entertaining is all about making guest feel at home in your home! “ Your table should reflect your style, whether it’s all white with a pop of color or an array of color and patterns don’t be afraid to mix things up. Making food fashionable doesn’t mean you should wear a banana skirt… unless you have the legs for it. It’s all about presentation! This brunch menu is uncomplicated, colorful, stylish and of course delicious. *Veggie Baked Eggs Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto *California Citrus Salad Mini Cheesecakes with Fresh Fruit Coulis Citrus Sparkle * Chef Andre’s recipes are featured in Janet Jackson’s NY Times #1 best seller list True You, get this book > and on YOU’RE NEVER QUITE SURE WHAT WINE TO SERVE HERE ARE OUR PAIRING PICKS: *Villa Sandi “Il Fresco” Brut Prosecco, Veneto, Italy $12.99 Also-served by the glass at The Parker Palm Springs


Chateau Saint Florin White Bordeaux, France (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes) $11.99 Also-Served by the glass at Cuistot Louis Jadot “Steel” Chardonnay, (Unoaked) Burgundy, France $16.99 Also-served at Johannes by the glass Artuzuri Garnacha Rosado, (Light Rose) Navarra,Spain $12.99 Also-served by the glass at Spencer’s VEGGIE BAKED EGGS 2 tbsp sweet onion, thinly sliced 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 tbsp chopped red bell pepper 1 tsp thyme ¼ tsp paprika ¼ tsp garlic powder 4 tbsp parmesan cheese or a low-fat cheese of choice 4 eggs Salt Pepper Italian parsley, chopped Cooking spray – butter flavor Preheat oven to 325ºF

EPICUREAN Spray 4 muffin tins or small oven-proof dishes with cooking spray. Combine veggies and season with thyme, paprika and garlic powder. Place equal amounts of vegetables in each tin, top each one with 1 tbsp of the cheese. Break egg into each dish. Sprinkle lightly with salt, and pepper. Bake, uncovered, until eggs are set to your liking (15 – 18 minutes). Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Serves 4 ROASTED ASPARAGUS 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed drizzle with olive oil salt & pepper to taste place in a 350ºF oven, roast for 12 – 15 minutes CRISPY PROSCIUTTO Place in oven along with asparagus, until crispy. Remove and set aside. Place Asparagus on serving platter and crumble Prosciutto on top. Serves 4 – 6 CALIFORNIA CITRUS SALAD It’s all about juicy, ripe citrus; We invite you to give this salad a try the next time you’re serving up a Sunday Brunch, breakfast in bed, or even an afternoon refresher. 3 medium Oranges 2 medium Pink Grapefruit 1 medium white Grapefruit 1 cup sliced strawberries 2 tbsp. Honey 2 tbsp. Raspberry Vinegar 6 sprigs Fresh mint for garnish Zest the rind of the two oranges. Set aside. Peel, section, and seed the oranges and grapefruits, removing white membrane. Set section aside. In a large bowl mix honey and raspberry vinegar. Toss with orange, grapefruit sections and sliced strawberry. Top with sprigs of fresh mint for garnish. Serves: 6 MINI CHEESECAKES WITH FRESH FRUIT COULIS bite-size confections of creamy delights ½ cup finely crushed ginger cookies 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/4 cup ricotta cheese 2 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup sugar

TRENDS 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg Butter, for greasing Special equipment: mini muffin tin Preheat the oven to 350º F. Combine the crushed ginger cookies and the melted butter. Place a tightly packed teaspoon of the cookie mixture into each mini-muffin cup and press down firmly. In a food processor combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and the egg. Blend until smooth. Lightly grease the sides of the mini muffin tin with butter. Fill the cups with about 1 tbsp of the cheesecake mixture. Place the mini muffin tin in a baking dish and pour enough hot water in the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the mini muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes. Transfer the mini muffin tin to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Use a small knife to gently pop the cheesecakes out of the cups. Just before serving, top each individual with fresh fruit coulis and serve. Serves 12 FRESH FRUIT COULIS 2-3 tbsp powder sugar 1-2 cups very ripe fresh fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches... Option: for added flavor, mix in 1-2 tsp orange juice, or fruit flavored liqueur. Place the fruit in a mixer or food processor/blender. Pulse to break up fruit. Add powder sugar and mix to form a puree. Add liqueur, mix. Remove to a container & chill until required. If the fruit contains seeds, push the fruit through a sieve to remove them before chilling. CITRUS SPARKLE Mimosas are great but this version is sure to give an extra zing to your brunch 1 tsp lime juice 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 oz. Cointreau or other orange liqueur Sparkling wine, chilled Lemon twist, to garnish In a Champagne flute, gently stir together the lime juice, lemon juice and orange liqueur. Top with sparkling wine, then garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy Responsibly! The best parties should awaken all of your senses…don’t forget you have 5 of them! Aromas (scented candles, florals), Visuals (color baby, whether it’s a hint or themed throughout ), Touch (soft napkins, cushions), Sound (fabulous music) and most important of all….TASTE (great foods)! Chef Andre

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Fashion…and fashion critics go back to the beginning of time. Even in the book of Genesis, Adam uses fig leaves and creates the first unisex fashion for him and for Eve. Sure enough, God sees what he created and says “Nope, don’t like it” and instead creates his own clothing line for them from skins… Well, so much for eco-friendly clothing. Fast forward to today, figs are back in fashion in the form of food fashion. Figs are hip, and delicious and just fabulous. These fabulous figs are available in Palm Springs and online from ‘fab figs’. Each ‘fab fig’ is hand-made in Palm Springs, California, using only the finest ingredients: dried Calimyrna figs from California, chocolate, cream, and port. The ganache recipe is also taking on two new flavors: dark chocolate espresso and white chocolate amaretto. ‘fab figs’ come individually wrap in gift boxes of 8, 16, or 32. Heidi Epling is the creator of fab figs and in just over a year, she has garnered press and accolades all over Palm Springs. She has even been able to leave her job in event management at the Palm


Springs Convention Center. Every fig has her personal attention as she makes them all by hand in a commercial approved kitchen in Palm Springs. Business has her setting records each day for hand injecting each fig with assorted goodies…her record so far is 300 figs in one day. Heidi says having her own business makes her happier than any job. Her face lights up when she sees a new customer bite into one and exclaim your figs ARE fabulous. See all the assorted flavors and combinations and purchase ‘fab figs’ online at They are also available at Palm Springs Village Fest on Thursday nights or at the Palm Springs Visitors Center which is located at Hwy 111 and Tramview Road.

Wesley Cole owns Check out fab fig and other Palm Springs businesses on his video directory site.



The new fashions of today seem to embellish and flatter the body more than ever before. Perhaps one reason is all the attention given to the sexy and in shape bodies around. It’s not uncommon to see advertisements in print, on television and on the fashion runways focusing on the lean and ripped bodies of both male and female models. As a fitness trainer, I’m delighted to see this occurring. It means that there are increasing numbers of people who are devoting a sizable amount of their time to fitness and generally making the effort to ‘look good.’ ‘Body Sculpting’ is the term I use when working with my clients. See, your body is like a piece of clay and your sculpting tools are the different forms of exercise. But, before you can select which form your exercise routine will take, you must first decide what look you want your body to have. For example, if you want to attain an all-around state of health and fitness that is ‘ready for anything’, your ‘tools’ might include high intensity circuit training and aerobic activity. In my opinion, the best all-around exercise to work the entire body, burn the most calories, tone all the muscles and be easy on the joints is water based exercise in a swimming pool. I train a lot of my clients in the pool with what I call ‘Aquacise’. It’s more than just water aerobics. It’s a combination of many forms of exercise, ranging from Pilates and Tai Chi to Yoga and Dance movements; all performed in about four feet of water in the pool. For those who want to add a significant amount of muscle to their physique, there are a number of other modalities one could use to reach that goal. Heavy weight training or strength-building body weight exercises would do nicely. Free weight training at a gym or in a ‘boot camp’ environment would be good places to work out. The key here would be to increase your daily calorie intake so that you will maintain a positive caloric mode. This in turn, would allow your body to gain the muscular weight you desire. Of course, other exercises and movements may be mixed together to give a variety of results. Here is where focusing on your goal(s) will pay off. Whether to use free weights or machines, water work outs or cycling, boot camp or Pilates or any other combination of movements, totally depends upon the goals and objectives you have set for yourself. Amateur and/or Professional athletes generally use a combination of many movements that provide core stabilization, flexibility and strength. If you’re just starting to work out practice mastering the basic

movements for each of the three major muscle groups; chest, back and legs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. If you are re-starting a training program due to time off for injury recovery or surgery, make sure you check with your doctor before you begin. Finally, if you are getting back into a fitness program now that you are retired, consider the fact that the body reacts differently with age than it did in the past. “Clothes make the person”… or so it’s said. But, maybe it’s really the other way around. If you need help with your physique training, post injury retraining or nutritional guidance, please contact me by email at the address below, or just visit my web site at: Dennis Mason, C.P.T.

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Charlie Maffei, better known as CharlieTheMatchmaker, blames technology for ruining gay dating, especially the dating aps. “Manhunt Mobile and Grindr were created so that men could find the closest sex partner,” he explains. “99% of the guys on the aps are looking to get laid and nothing more. He advises against using the aps as a way to meet guys. “The analogy I use in my private practice is ‘If you are looking for a designer sweater (aka a loving, long term relationship), shop in a department store (aka a legitimate dating website or matchmaker), not a 99 cent store (aka Grindr, Manhunt).” Sex is important in a relationship, he notes, but it’s not the endall be-all that many make it out to be. “People should realize the strapping sex god they fall in love with today is not going to be that way twenty years from now. Looks fade, muscles sag. In a long term relationship, it’s what is inside that has got to turn you on.” That’s what CharlieTheMatchmaker helps find for his clients: long term love. In his new book, Love Made Easy with CharlieTheMatchmaker, he breaks the code on finding lasting love with simple steps anyone can follow: start with hello, stay positive, and leave the games on the playground. The book also includes many of the catch phrases he has become known for, like “lose the luggage” and “step off the treadmill”. “So many people come to me broken hearted and insecure. More often than not, it’s from past relationships that ended badly. To them I say, ‘Lose the Luggage! No one wants to date an emotional cripple.” He also advises guys to ‘toss the list’.” “Many clients come to me with a laundry list of must-haves. It’s ok to have a few guidelines and an idea of what you’re looking for in a mate but if your list has more than five essentials on it, throw it out.”


According to CharlieTheMatchmaker you will know you have found the right person when you look at your partner the same way whether they are dressed to the nines or lying around the house in baggie shorts. “Don’t get me wrong, relationships will always require work,” he points out. “But when you get to a point where you realize you don’t have to work so hard, and when love doesn’t have to be so complicated, you will know that you have found Mr Right.” For more information on CharlieTheMatchmaker and his new book, Love Made Easy with CharlieTheMatchmaker, visit Photo Credit: Andrew Werner


Just like a visitor who comes to Palm Springs for the warm weather, sunshine and friendly residents and doesn’t want to return home, the Forever Marilyn sculpture will be extending its stay throughout the summer. The new departure date is now scheduled for early September. “We are thrilled to have Forever Marilyn with us all summer long,” said Aftab Dada, chairman of P.S. Resorts. “The sculpture has attracted thousands of visitors from around the world to Palm Springs and has generated global publicity. We will be creating additional events in the Forever Marilyn park this summer to bring even more people and attention to downtown.” The Forever Marilyn sculpture was scheduled to remain in Palm Springs through June, or for one year, but an arrangement made with the sculpture’s owner is allowing it to stay here for an additional 90 days. “This is great news for the City of Palm Springs,” said Mayor Steve Pougnet. “Forever Marilyn is adored by our residents and visitors, alike. We’re happy to have her for another three months while the demolition of Desert Fashion Plaza finishes and construction begins.”

A special event to commemorate Marilyn Monroe’s 86th Birthday: SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 6 PM “Shaken, not Stirred” with “Richard & Mary” perform… and more! 7:30 PM Jeffrey Allen as “Elton John” Las Vegas entertainer Jeffrey Allen, best known for his performances as Sir Elton John in the review “Legends in Concert”, headlines this free show, reprising his 2012 concert at Forever Marilyn which marked the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s passing. With special guest Joey Covington - drummer with Jefferson Starship who has played with the real Elton John! 9:30 PM Birthday Cake: Celebrate Marilyn’s birthday with free birthday cake provided by another Palm Springs landmark, Sherman’s Deli.

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MAY 9 – JUNE 2 The Palm Springs Art Museum and the Artists Council proudly hosts the opening reception for WorkshopWORKs, the annual, juried exhibition of artwork created by participants of the in the museum's adult workshop program. This annual exhibition features the "best of the best" in paintings, drawing and mixed media. The jurors selected work from a variety of classes and more than 100 entries were received for this exhibition. The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 9, with an artist reception at 6 p.m. in Zone 101 in the Hoover Gallery, and runs until Sunday, June 2. The reception is free and open to the public. For more info visit

MAY 17, & JUNE 7 Outdoor Movie Series- The popular Forever Marilyn Outdoor Movie Series returns in May. Last summer’s events drew hundreds of people to downtown Palm Springs to catch a classic Monroe movie under the stars. This spring, PS Resorts supports the Palm Springs International ShortFest with a short film screening before each Marilyn Monroe movie. Then on June 7, join us for ShortFest at Forever Marilyn with a presentation of short films in celebration of ShortFest, June 18-24.

MAY 16 - 19 The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival returns to the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs to celebrate its 14th year on May 16-19, 2013. Writer and Film Noir Foundation director Alan K. Rode, who is producing and hosting the festival for the sixth consecutive year, promises another fun-filled weekend of classic noir enlivened by special guest star appearances and introductions by noted film historians. Each year, the festival highlights the best of film noir accentuated by a scintillating array of movie stars who appear on stage for post screening Q&A discussions, autographs and book signings.


Now thru May 25 “Yin | Yang” currently thru May 25, featuring the works of nine different artists at Gallery 446 on South Indian Canyon Drive. This will be the Palm Springs premier of first-time works by Shari Belafonte, actress and daughter of legendary singer Harry Belafonte, that have been shown in the Carnegie Hall Museum in New York City. Curated by Laurie Weitz, the show will also feature the works of Amadea Bailey, Shaktima Brien, Dimitri Halkidis, Joe Oppedisano, Ken Rambo, Angela Romeo, Susanna Schulten, and Audry Tommassini. Twenty-five percent of all sales from the two-month show will benefit the 100 Women program at Desert AIDS Project. For information, call 760-459-3142 or

MAY 17 THRU JUNE 16 The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present its final production of our 2012/13 Season, popular stage and film actor David Pevsner starring in his new solo musical show “Musical Comedy Whore” at The Commissary in Rancho Mirage. The show will open on May 17, 2013, for a five-week run closing on June 16, 2013. Sex, Secrets, and Show Tunes – “Musical Comedy Whore” is a wild, funny and thoughtful journey with a gifted and versatile performer and playwright. Jim Strait, DRP Artistic Director says, “You’ll have a ball!” To order go online at or call 760-202-3000.

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MAY 18 Comedy Night at Azul Starring LA's Hottest Comics announces its Saturday, May 18, show featuring comic stars Jerry Rocha of NBC’s Last Comic Standing; The Hollywood Improv and Laugh Factory, Julie Goldman of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show, The Hollywood Improv and writer for Joan Rivers on Fashion Police and Steve Young of The World Famous Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv and Laugh Factory. The pre-show starts at 6:30PM and the show begins at 7:30PM. With 40 sold-out monthly shows in a row, reservations are highly encouraged. Please call 760.325.5533. Cover for this great show is only $15. For more information about the show, become a Facebook fan of “Comedy Night at Azul” and follow them on Twitter at “Comedy Night at Azul.”

MAY 23 The Second Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. The breakfast will be held at the Hilton Palm Springs, 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, to honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and to strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that work toward equality in the Coachella Valley. Retired 9th Circuit Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker will be the keynote speaker at the event on Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 9:30am-11 am. During the breakfast, The Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley will be awarded to Mattie Leyden, former Marine and transgender activist. For tickets or further information visit

MAY 27 Memorial Day Flower Drop. A Memorial service dedicated to all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom highlighted by a B-25 Mitchell bomber fly-by that drops 3,000 red and white carnations on our tarmac. Family and air activities is scheduled all day long; Memorial Program and Flower Drop scheduled for 1:00 PM. Complete schedule of events visit

JUNE 6 THRU SEPTEMBER 19 The Palm Springs Art Museum will offer free films in its Annenberg Theater every Thursday at 6 p.m. from June 6 through Sept. 19 (there is no film on July 4). The first ten films will be the 2013 Global Lens series of films, organized by the Global Film Initiative. This series highlights films from countries not typically associated with filmmaking, and features young and upcoming directors. Visit for further info.

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JUN 5 - 9

MAY 18 & 19

LONG BEACH CA - LONG BEACH PRIDE Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade has become the 3rd largest in the nation, now attracting over 75,000 participants over the two-day celebration. More than 200 marching groups and floats comprise the parade entries since 1995, representing various religious, human service, governmental and social organizations. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance areas including a main stage, this year featuring Fantasia, Diana King on Saturday and The Voice & American Idol finalist on Sunday. For a complete schedule of performers and events go to

MAY 29 - JUN 9

WASHINGTON DC - CAPITAL PRIDE 2013 Capital Pride is May 29 through June 9. The festivities will include an opening dance party, a 5K run, the annual Pride Parade, and, of course, the Pride Festival, which is happening on Pennsylvania Avenue beneath the inspiring U.S. Capitol building. Show your pride, make a statement, and meet some new friends along the way -- and perhaps a Republican senator or two! For info visit www.

KEY WEST FLORIDA - KEY WEST PRIDE Show your Key West Pride on June 5-9! Street Fair, Pride Parade, Pool Parties, Dance Parties, Sunset Sails, Comedy, Film, and so much more! All set on a tropical island that is legendary for its laidback style and its open and accepting atmosphere. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to party with friends, travel with family, or get lost in the magic of our tropical island, Key West Pride has something for everyone.


MAY 28 - JUN 3

ORLANDO FLORIDA - DISNEY GAY DAYS Since 1991, gay men and lesbians from around the world have converged in and around Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the Disney Gay Days, an entire weekend of exciting events centered around area theme parks and attractions. Gay Day Orlando attendance has grown considerably, attracting more than 100,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, family and friends since 1998.Full Info



HONOLULU HAWAII - HONOLULU PRIDE Are you looking for a low-key alternative to the huge pride celebrations on the Mainland in June? Check out Honolulu Pride, happening this June 1 on the island of Oahu, Honolulu Pride is truly an event for everyone. With parades, parties and the uniquely Hawaiian luau planned for the celebrations, there will be no place on Earth radiating more pride than these lovely islands.

HOLLYWOOD CA - OUT AT UNIVERSAL This LA Pride, Masterbeat and Tom Whitman present the first ever OUT at Universal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a spectacular gay day and night at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Taking place Saturday, June 8th, Universal Studios Hollywood theme park will close for the general public at 9pm and remain open exclusively for OUT at Universal guests until 1am. Guests may arrive to the park any time after 3pm and enjoy all of the additional shows and attractions at the park before the private OUT at Universal celebration begins at 9 pm. General admission presale tickets for OUT at Universal are $65.00 (a dramatic savings over a regular park day pass) and are available online now at

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GRAN CANARIAS - MASPALOMAS GAY PRIDE Maspalomas Gay Pride has become the second largest gay event of Spain (after the one in Madrid). For a week, different cultural and political activities and drag shows are held on the island. One of the highlight is the main parade on Saturday, which will take thousands of gay men and women through the streets of Playa del Ingles to the Yumbo Center. At the main square you will find, the big stage, with great performers, acts and a huge outside dance party. The party then continues in the many gay bars and clubs in the Yumbo Center. Visit www.gaypridemaspalomas for details.

JUN 13 - 17 MAY 17 - 20

PARIS FRANCE - PARIS INTL TOURNAMENT The 10th Paris International Tournament (Tournoi International de Paris or "TIP") organized by the French Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (FSFL) will take place from May 17th to May 20th, 2013. Once again, this year's TIP will feature 20 sports in competitions and workshops, along with social events, such as the famous TIP Party on Sunday night! So come be part of the Tournament and join the 1,500 athletes from all over the world who are coming for this great event! Presales for the closing party will be available at the Sports Village the May 17th.

SITGES, SPAIN - GAY PRIDE SITGES In 2012, more than 70,000 people attended Sitges third pride. Gay Pride Sitges 2013's centerpiece will be the Pride by the Promenade, where every day the Gay Pride Village will keep you entertained by the Mediterranean... not to mention our other key events, concerts and more. This year the festival will be held over 5 days from June 13 through June 17. The line-up includes, a live concert tributes to Tina Turner, Brittney Spears, The Bee Gees, Take That and featuring the sons and daughters of The Gypsy Kings - "The New Gypsies". The White Night (Where the entire Village is in White), the return of Lady Diamond's Jungle Night, a Black Night and of course the return of the Pride Parade on Saturday the 15th of June.

MAY 6 - 19

DUBLIN, IRELAND - INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN GAY THEATRE FESTIVAL Dublin is going ‘wilde’ in May to celebrate ten years of international gay theatre. Musicals, drama, dance, Opera, drag, cabaret and comedy from five continents will be presented in over 200 performances in city center venues, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde during May 6th to 19th 2013. The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the world. Works presented are mainly by gay authors or have gay characters, theme or relevance such as feminism, masculinity or gender identity. For more info visit

MAY 30 - JUN 3

SAO PAOLO BRAZIL - GAY PRIDE SAO PAOLO The Parada do Orgulho GLBT de Sao Paulo, in Portuguese, has grown from 2,000 participants in 1997 to 2.5 million in 2006, when they made to the Guinness Book, for the world’s biggest Gay Pride celebration. 4 million people are expected for 2010.The Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo usually happens on the Sunday right after the Corpus Christis holiday. Traditionally there is always a Gay Day at Hopi Hari Amusement Park, as well as a Lesbian Parade on the Saturday before and a Big Event on Thursday at the Anhangabaú Valley (DOWNTOWN) with many shows, food stands and gay business stands all day long. Many movies, theaters and other gay events throughout the week, like a gay marathon (Corrida pela Diversidade).

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