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Cat Cora Heads Culinary Program at Coachella Valley’s Festival of the Desert

Cat Cora Heads Culinary Program at Coachella Valley’s Festival of the Desert

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The Festival of the Desert, the inaugural music and arts festival in Coachella Valley (no, not that Coachella music festival), celebrates the fine arts, including opera, classical music, dance, theater, and the culinary arts, with guests like Renée Fleming and the Paris Opera’s music director Phillippe Jordan. Iron Chef Cat Cora was added as the festival’s culinary director, and she will prepare the feast for the evening gala on March 18. The Daily Meal interviewed chef Cora about her upcoming menu at Festival of the Desert, as well as her charitable contributions through Chefs for Humanity.

What type of food are you planning on serving at the festival?

I am feeling the desert, so I really want to go Latin-inspired for one of the events and more Mediterranean for the other. Like musicians, you feel food in your soul, so I go with what I feel.

Are you planning on creating the menu in coordination with the music for the evening?

I am coordinating the food according to my heart and soul. The sensuality of food is organic, and if you feel it authentically the music will be beautifully connected, and vice versa.

For you, how do the fine arts relate to cooking?

The arts are cooking, music, and creating. It is all connected because it comes from our soul and our artistic creativity. Is there anything more soulful and organic than that? Nothing. It is all of the senses in one symphony.

What can you tell me about Chefs for Humanity?

I founded CFH when the tsunami hit Asia 10 years ago. Since then, CFH has worked to be a part of nutrition education in America, to eradicate hunger in all parts of the world, and to provide emergency hunger relief in crises around the globe. We have worked closely with Michelle Obama in her Let’s Move and Chefs Move to Schools programs. And our partners, such as the International American Red Cross, World Food Program, and others, have given us the opportunity to give back.

Will there be a Chefs for Humanity fundraiser at the festival?

We are hoping we will grow my charity into the festival. I very much hope that. We need all of you out there to cheer us on and support us in our efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the world.

News & Press Releases

CASTROVILLE, Calif. (June 1, 2021) – Ocean Mist Farms , the leading grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., recently concluded its two annual promotions: Peace, Love & Artichoke winter promotion (February 15 - March 15, 2021) and the annual Gold Standard spring promotion (April 19 - May 19, 2021). Since 2019 these annual promotions have grown engagement with Ocean Mist Farms consumer audience - proving there is an audience ready for information about fresh artichokes. As a result, Ocean Mist Farms has realized a 5% increase YOY in artichoke cases sold over the duration of the two promotions.

Consumer response to the 3 rd annual Gold Standard promotion proved shoppers were receptive to and eager to engage with helpful and entertaining content. With the third year of the promotion complete, Ocean Mist Farms earned a total of:

  • 273,832,480 total brand impressions since 2019
  • 25,997 total growth in shopper database since 2019
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The response to the Coachella Peace, Love & Artichoke also saw dramatic response and engagement from shoppers. With the third year of the promotion complete, Ocean Mist Farms earned a total of:

  • 525,201,102 total brand impressions since 2019
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Nineth annual pebble beach food & wine, MAR 31 – APR 3, 2016, Pebble Beach, CA

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Enjoy 4 days of the decadent in food and wine with an epic epicurean
event, Pebble Beach Food and Wine. One of the country’s premier destinations, bringing together the world’s most revered culinary
talent for 3 nights and 4 days of epicurean excellence. Attendees are invited to explore the three world-class resorts including The Inn at Spanish Bay, Lodge at Pebble Beach, and Casa Palmero, where more than 100 renowned chefs and 250 distinguished wineries come together to showcase a dynamic weekend of exceptional lunches, dinners, cooking demos, chef collaborations, and experience the amazing Grand Tastings, featuring the industry’s leading experts and most coveted restaurants in the world. Participants include
nationally and internationally acclaimed chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Gavin Kaysen, Stephanie Prida, Bryce Shuman, Philip Tessier, Dave Beran, Jérôme Bocuse, Mathew Peters and Joshua Skenes,will showcase the skills that place them among the world’s very best.

Highlights from the ninth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine:

Lunches & Dinners:

    : Chef Christopher Kostow‘s three Michelin stars at the Restaurant at Meadowood require a discipline of technique and talent. This year at Pebble Beach, Kostow and business partner Nathaniel Dorn will relax a bit as they début the family-style cuisine that epitomizes the “New Napa Experience.” Kostow and Dorn’s event will offer guests a sneak peek taste of their upcoming new restaurant in St. Helena, offering guests another “only at Pebble Beach” dining experience

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 6:30p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

    Welcome to South Australia: our sunburnt land of wide blue skies and ochre desert sands, of vineyard-laden hills and clear ocean waters. Take a culinary adventure where the produce is real and the wines are robust and unique. Join Tasting Australia Creative Director Chef Simon Bryant and Barossa Chef Lachlan Colwill on an epicurean journey through some of Australia’s most iconic food and wine regions. Travel through South Australia via Kangaroo Island’s pristine beauty, stunning coastline, and world-renowned vineyards. U.S. chefs Michel Nischan and Bruce Kalman will join Simon and Lachlan to guide you through the flavors of South Australia.

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

    Pebble Beach Food & Wine is very proud to host San Francisco’s most amazing culinary couple for the annual lunch at Restaurant 1833. Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinsky of State Bird Provisions and The Progress have re-invigorated the Bay Area dining scene with what many consider to be the two of San Francisco’s best restaurant additions in decades. They’ll join Restaurant 1833 Executive Chef Jason Franey to create an extraordinary lunch, available “only at Pebble Beach.”

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wine Seminars:

    : In the words of acclaimed singer James Brown, “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl.” Historically speaking, the wine industry has been heavily dominated by males, but at the end of the day, are women intuitively and biologically better tasters of wine? This unique seminar allows guests to explore the world of wine through a female’s perspective with moderator Christie Dufault, Culinary Institute of America’s Associate Professor and all female Master Sommeliers Gillian Balance, June Rodil and Emily Wines. Taste through a flight of wines together while discussing the intersection of physiology, psychology and gender.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

    : Ever wonder why certain wines are bottled in larger formats than the traditional 750 mL? Did you know that the average glassblower’s lung capacity was between 700 – 800 mL of air, such that the volume gradually standardized? Many winemakers and sommeliers nevertheless feel that the 1.5 L size bottle is preferable for ageing. Can you tell the difference in the glass? Join the fun exploration of comparative tasting while addressing the the age old question, “Does size matter?”

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

    : Drunk by James Bond and beloved by connoisseurs the world around, Champagne Bollinger is synonymous with luxury. It is also the only Champagne house to receive the prestigious “Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant” award, the French government’s highest award given to businesses. Bollinger is France, a living heritage, and Pebble Beach Food & Wine is thrilled to host an unparalleled retrospective tasting of their top cuvée, “Grande Année.”

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m – 11:15 a.m.

Cooking Demonstrations:

    It’s no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world renowned chef. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appétit Magazine bestowed her with their “Teacher of the Year Award,” an honor she calls, “the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef.” That same month, she was also bestowed with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of Bon Appétit. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft, becoming an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, philanthropist, and television host.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

    : Dubbed the “Culinary Olympics,” the Bocuse d’Or is the culinary arts’ most respected international cooking competition, one in which the world’s best converge on Lyon, France for a marathon five and a half hour chef extravaganza in front of thousands of cheering fans. At this year’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the United States representatives from Chef Bocuse’s premier culinary event, including Daniel Boulud, Gavin Kaysen, Stephanie Prida, Bryce Shuman, Philip Tessier, Dave Beran, Jérôme Bocuse, Mathew Peters and Joshua Skenes, will showcase the skills that place them among the world’s very best.

The 9th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine kicks off on Thursday MAR 31 at 6 PM at the famous Inn at Spanish Bay for a night of unbridled indulgence. The Opening Night Reception features delicious bites from from 23 top chefs and tasting of over 200 domestic and international wines
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With 22 dedicated wine seminars over the course of the weekend, Pebble Beach Food and Wine is the perfect place for the true wine connoisseur. Whether you prefer to compare a broad spectrum of wines within a certain varietal, discover the diverse range of wines that one winery can produce, or taste how different the same wine from the same vineyard can be depending on the vintage, Pebble Beach Food and Wine offers the experience you’re looking for. Whatever tasting you visit, you’re assured to be trying the finest wines the world has to offer. A few events with tickets are still available: Get your ticket here!

At Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the partying continues for our select group of celebrity chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and industry influencers who dance quite literally until dawn.

Three total weekend packages are available. Tickets can be purchased at: Pebble Beach Food and Wine website.

I’m so looking forward to support this great cause epicurean event, as well as meeting these chefs, and industry influencers. There’s so much to learn, to explore, and to be inspired.

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Pebble Beach Food & Wine Hotels

Many of the motels and hotels at Pebble Beach are within walking distance or just 10, 15 minutes drive to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine events. Nearby options, search in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove and Monterey also provide easy access to the event with shuttles daily by half an hour or an hour, please check website for details. To check for hotels availability here

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Andrej was probably the envy of many ladies at the event on the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, California, displaying a soft flat tummy and delicate toned legs.

The plump lipped star enjoyed festivities which began on including the Diesel + Edun Studio Africa event at Indio Valley With Rolling Stone Rock Room.

Feminine form: He wore a flower in his blond tresses and sported a black cropped top with ripped denim shorts

Stylish friends: He posed with model Blanda Eggenschwiler, photographer Jacob Dekat and designer Prince Chenoa at the Diesel + Edun Studio Africa event in La Quinta, California on Frdiay

Freebies: He teamed up with model Sophie Sumner at the Forever 21 Desert Disco at Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, California on Friday

He posed with model Blanda Eggenschwiler, photographer Jacob Dekat and designer Prince Chenoa at Tally Horse Ranch in La Quinta, California, wearing a black frock and leather jacket.

That day he also joined model Sophie Sumner at the Forever 21 Desert Disco at Saguaro Hotel, wearing a denim playsuit for the fashion sponsored party.

Laden with a white bag filled with gifts from the brand, the Bosnian-Australian posted on Twitter: ‘Mama is loving all the freebies! #coachella.’

Flashing flesh: He donned a denim playsuit to the sponsored gathering

Best of both: The catwalk star does runway work for moth male and female clothing

According to Vangardist Magazine, Andrej - who was a guest judge on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model last summer - is currently 'in a relationship with ADEEN designer Duran Rembrandt, who explicitly refers to Andrej as "she".'

When asked by the UK's Hiffington Post about an earlier comment where he stated he would have a sex change to become a Victoria's Secret Angel he confirmed it is true.

The blond said: 'Yes I do. Definitely.' Adding about a possible gender operation, 'I like to keep all options open, but I like to think that is a personal thing. I don’t talk about that very much.'

Clint Eastwood’s daughter Morgan had a rival in the pins department as she flaunted her limbs on the grass.

The 16-year-old sat on the lawn with a friend, also wearing black boots and teaming it with a paisley dress.

She arrived at the event with her 82-year-old famous father plus her half-sister Francesca Eastwood, 19.

Lawn lounging: Clint's daughter Morgan Eastwood also opted to display her legs

Paisley prints: She enjoyed the music event with her friend and arrived with her relatives

Double the fun: Coachella will feature the same line-up both weekends, ensuring fans will be able to catch all the best bands

5 Private Tours of Palm Springs and the Desert

The upscale resort city of Palm Springs sits 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The surrounding desert communities—stretching across the Coachella Valley from the towering San Jacinto Mountains to Joshua Tree National Park —offer travellers an antidote to urban life. For decades, visitors have come to this stylish destination to relax and get away from it all, hike, play golf, indulge in spa treatments, and appreciate the desert landscape. Recently, the area has drawn a new generation of creative residents, many of whom are opening new businesses and helping to set the stage for the region’s future. To get a better sense of place and indulge in a unique desert experience, book one of these customizable private tours designed with the discerning traveller in mind.

For the Luxury Off-Roader

Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours brings travellers to Indian Canyons, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Mecca Hills, where knowledgeable guides offer an introduction to the area’s unique geological formations. On a sunset tour to the San Andreas Fault you may spot some of the desert’s wildlife, including coyotes and owls, emerging after the heat of the day has passed. You’ll also see a colourful display as the setting sun paints the sky in vivid purples and oranges.

For the Bird’s-Eye View

Relive the golden age of ballooning by taking flight near Palm Springs, where the climate is perfectly suited for hot-air balloon tours. Book a private sunrise tour with Balloons Above . While the cooler temperatures have their advantages when it comes to piloting the balloons, they also have a plus for passengers: You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of a new day dawning on the desert. Book a morning flight that includes breakfast and a champagne toast, to celebrate your adventure in the air.

For the Traveller Who’s Always Learning

Whatever your particular passion —bird-watching, photography, geology, cultural history—the Desert Institute of the Joshua Tree National Park Association offers a field class, tour, or lecture on the subject. Spend the day with a naturalist, learn tips from a photographer, or head out on a desert hike with a guide who knows how to access the most stunning vistas, and then assure you get back safely, too. Contact the Institute in advance to reserve a custom tour based on your interests.

For the Architecture Aficionado

Mid-century modern architects left their mark in Palm Springs and the desert. The Modern Tour offers exclusive access to a number of private homes by pioneering architects Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, and others. The architects aren’t the only bold-faced names on this tour guests will also visit the former residences of celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and William Holden. All tours are semi-private, with a maximum of six guests, or you can book a private tour for an additional $300.

For the Shopper

El Paseo in Palm Desert is best known as the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert.” Don’t miss the distinctive shops, restaurants, and art galleries that line the mile-long strip. At Elizabeth & Prince , a women’s clothing boutique, owners Analisa and Shawn Holoubek showcase pieces by emerging designers. If you’re looking for a delicious brunch option in town, go to Wilma & Frieda’s Café , where comfort food is served with a twist. Two standouts on the menu include a churro waffle and blackberry custard French toast. For dinner, try the classic steak and seafood menu at Mitch’s on El Paseo . And if you want to stay on the strip, book a suite at Hotel Paseo , an Autograph Collection property that pays homage to mid-century modern design with a 1950 Airstream onsite.



All in Time, USA
Directed by Chris Fetchko, Marina Donahue
Cast: Seam Modica, Vanessa Ray, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Lynn Cohen, Joshua Burrow, Rob Bartlett Charlie quits his job in New York to move home to Pennsylvania to manage his favorite hometown rock band, firmly believing the band’s glory days are ahead of them. His supportive girlfriend shares his love for the band, but the band’s guitarist, who has experienced the harsh reality of the music business, doesn’t share Charlie’s wide-eyed optimism. His attitude derails Charlie’s best efforts to bring the band success and sends Charlie spiraling into an emotional, financial and romantic tailspin.
Charlie hits rock bottom when he loses both the band and his girlfriend, but gets some unexpected help from his elderly neighbor who sets him back on his path.

Always Worthy, USA
Directed by Marianna Palka
Cast: Amberlee Colson, Eric Edelstein, Ian Gomez, Lukas Haas A quirky aspiring actress is determined to make her dreams come true in Hollywood, but first she’s got to overcome her biggest obstacle – herself

Booger Red, USA
Directed by Brendt Mader
Cast: Deborah Abbott, Tim Ajro, Dakota Carrasco, Rebecca Chulew A veteran reporter searches for the truth behind the largest child-sex ring in Texas history. On his journey through the bowels of East Texas, he’s forced to confront his own history with abuse while he discovers that the allegations at the root of his investigation might never had happened.

Coming Through the Rye, USA
Directed by James Sadwith
Cast: Chris Cooper, Stefania LaVie Owen, Adrian Pasdar, Alex Wolf, Eric Nelson Jamie Schwartz is stumbling through disastrous relationships at a boy’s boarding school. He runs away with a local girl to the mountains of New Hampshire in search of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Fire in the Sky, USA
Directed by Robert Lieberman
Cast: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg, James Garner, Henry Thomas An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

First Girl I Loved, USA
Directed by Kerem Sanga
Cast: Briana Hildebrand, Pamela Adlon, Dylan Gelula, Cameron Esposito Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton, who has always harbored a secret crush, he does his best to get in the way.

Her Composition, USA
Directed by Stephan Littger
Cast: Joslyn Jensen, Heather Matarazzo, Christian Campbell, Margot Bingham A talented, artistically stuck composition student starts seeing escort clients after failing to secure her scholarship. Struck with unexpected sounds during her sexual encounters, she turns them into music and the clients into her muse.

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, Canada
Directed by Jeremy LaLonde
Cast: Jewel Staite, Katharine Isabelle, Lauren Lee Smith, Lauren Holly When a famous sex columnist attempts to host an orgy with old high school acquaintances in her conservative hometown, keeping secrets becomes the least of her problems.

Ithaca, USA
Directed by Meg Ryan
Cast: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain𠉪nd death…to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, Ithaca is a comingof-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.

Jack of the Red Hearts, USA
Directed by Janet Grillo
Cast: Famke Janssen, Scott Cohen, Israel Broussard, John D’Leo A streetwise teenage runaway scams her way into a job as a live-in caregiver of a severely autistic child. Her name is Jacquelyn but don’t call her anything but Jack. Their lives are forever changed when Jack has a positive impact on the child, and the family has one on her.

Lost and Found, USA
Directed by Joseph Itaya
Cast: Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham, Cary Elwes, Jason Patric Sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island, young brothers Andy and Mark learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace taking with him the secret to a vast fortune.

Louder Than Bombs, Norway – OPENING NIGHT
Directed by Joachim Trier
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, Rachel Brosnahan A few years after a war photographer’s death in a car crash, her husband Gene (Byrne) and two sons, Jonah (Eisenberg) and Conrad, have to reopen old wounds when a retrospective of her work is being held at an art gallery. Just like how a photograph’s meaning can be altered by framing and depth of field, so too can these three men’s memories and feelings offer a unique perspective on their wife or mother. Louder Than Bombs is a familiar story told with surprising complexity and thoughtfulness, restraint and respect.

Papa, Cuba
Directed by Bob Yari
Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Mariel Hemingway, Minka Kelly, Joely Richardson A young Miami Herald journalist is befriended by Ernest and Mary Hemingway and witnesses Hemingway’s decline into depression and alcoholism with the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution.

Showing Roots, USA
Directed by Michael Wilson
Cast: Uzo Aduba, Maggie Grace, Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody, Cicely Tyson Set in a small southern town during the premiere of the miniseries Roots, Showing Roots is about two young women – one white and one black – who forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence, self-discovery and ultimately results in the perfect hairdo.

The Colossal Failure of a Modern Relationship, Canada
Directed by Sergio Navarretta
Cast: Krista Bridges, Enrico Colantoni, David Cubitt, Brooke Palsson Cat has been cheating on her long-term partner with his boss, Richard. She is understandably guiltridden and breaks it off. She decides to join Freddy on a work-related trip, but things quickly go awry when she learns Freddy’s boss has decided to join them.

The Great and the Small, USA
Directed by Dusty Bias
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Ritchie Coster, Ann Dowd, Louisa Krause Scott is living on the streets and trying to find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes. He attempts to navigate his complex relationships with his two-bit criminal of a boss, an enigmatic detective and his ex-girlfriend.


10 Billion What’s on Your Plate, Germany
Directed by Valentin Thurn
By 2050, the world population will grow to ten billion people. In the middle of the heated debate about food security comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution – from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation.

A Line Across the Sky, USA
Directed by Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
The Fitz Roy Traverse is one of the most sought-after achievements in modern alpinism: a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing. Who knew it could be so much fun? Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring – and at times hilarious – quest that earned the Piolet D’or.

André Villers: A Lifetime in Images
Directed by Marketa Tomanova
An intimate portrait of French photographer and visual artist Andre Villers, who as a young man met and befriended Pablo Picasso in the South of France. Through Picasso, Andre photographed some of the most famous European artists of the 20th century.

Big Voice, USA
Directed by Varda Bar-Kar
A high school’s choir director’s passion for choir fuels his desire to exceed all expectations. Following a series of competitive auditions, Mr. Huls convenes his dream choir ensemble only to discover that these 32 teenagers are the most unwieldy group he has ever taught.

Chasing the Win, USA
Directed by Chris Ghelfi, Laura Sheehy
After a surprising victory at the Dubai World Cup, a rookie trainer and small-time owner are invited to compete around the world with their imperfect racehorse as they try to find their place in the sport of kings.

Colin Hay - Waiting for my Real Life, USA
Directed by Nate Gowtham, Aaron Faulls
This tells the story of Colin Hay’s personal and artistic journey from the heights of superstardom with Men At Work, to the depths of obscurity, to finding salvation through song as a solo artist.

Cooking up a Tribute, USA
Directed by Ben Knight
In their quest to innovate, the Roca brothers, co-owners of El Celler De Can Roca, closed the restaurant for five weeks to tour the world with the entire staff and design 57 new dishes paying tribute to local food traditions and ingredients and the power of global food culture.

Gordon Getty: There Will Be Music, USA
Directed by Peter Rosen
About composer Gordon Getty, the son of J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the world. He was the head of a family dynasty known for scandal: suicides, drug overdoses and kidnapping. All suffered from the curse that comes with great wealth.

Harold and Lillian, USA
Directed by Daniel Raim
Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry’s secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told – until now.

Havana Motor Club, Cuba
Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
As a fifty-year ban on racing is lifted, Cuba’s top underground drag racers prepare their American classics to compete. The vast changes sweeping Cuba are evident in these drivers’ hopes and struggles, as they gear up for the first official race since the Revolution.

In Search of Balance, USA
Directed by Adam Pfleghaar
Exploring a vision of health, science and nature that recognizes the importance of the interconnections between us, the food we consume, how we produce that food and the natural world at large including the mysterious, invisible world of the human microbiome.

Jack London, USA
Directed by Chris Million
By turning his globe-trotting adventures into classics like The Call of the Wild, Jack London became the nation’s highest-paid author and first mass-media celebrity, in the process of documenting the vast cultural and societal changes sweeping early Twentieth Century America.

Kampai, For the Love of Sake, Japan
Directed by Mirai Konishi
A British sake brewer, an American journalist and a young president of a century-old sake brewery in Japan join together to explore the mysterious world of sake, or Japanese rice wine. The film illustrates how these unique individuals who have been fascinated with this extraordinary beverage of Japanese origin meet the challenges of the current sake industry, investigating the rich, complex and spectacular world of sake.

Pumped Dry, USA
Directed by Ian James, Steve Elfers
Around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifiers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are forced to confront a growing crisis. USA Today and The (Palm Springs) Desert Sun investigate the consequences of groundwater depletion.

The C Word, USA
Directed by Meghan O’Hara
A personal, important, surprising and funny documentary about the industries of death that give us cancer, and the unheralded science of prevention.

The Last Man on the Moon, USA
Directed by Mark Craig
When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss.

The Messenger, Canada
Directed by Su Rynard
An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.

The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect, USA
Directed by Jake Gorst
In the desert of Palm Springs, Frank Sinatra looked to build a Georgian-style house but was convinced to explore the benefits of modernism by E. Stewart Williams. The two had no idea how far-reaching and influential that decision would prove to be. The house was the first in a string of mid-century modernist gems that still define the look and feel of the Coachella Valley today.

Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton, USA
Directed by Jennifer W. Stein
In November of 1975, seven Arizona loggers encounter a UFO and one goes missing, igniting a firestorm of controversy aimed at the logging crew. This film provides an accurate in-depth coverage of how this event changed their lives forever.

Women He’s Undressed, Australia
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Orry-Kelly was a Hollywood legend, his costume designed adored by cinema’s greatest leading ladies – but in his native country of Australia, his achievements remained unknown. Now acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong is bringing the legend home and celebrating the life of this extraordinary Aussie.

Yard Dog Road Shows, USA
Directed by Flecher Fleudujon and Zebu Recchia Three friends accidentally formed a jug band while trying to make a short movie and that jug band transformed into a fifteen-piece theatrical show traveling the world.


Between Sea and Land, Columbia
Directed by Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo
Cast: Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernandez, Viviana Sema, Jorge Cao, Mile Vegara
Alberto lives on a swampy marsh adjacent to the Caribbean Sea. Afflicted with a neurological disorder that confines him to his bed, his mother Rosa lovingly protects and takes care of him. But the life he imagines with his would-be sweetheart feels just as close-yet-out-of-reach as the sea he looks upon.

Dias Santana, South Africa
Directed by Chris Roland, Maradona Dias Dos Santos
Cast: Paulo Americano, David O’Hara, Hakeem Kae-Kaxim, Neide Van-Dunem Vieira
When Dias and Matias discover the man who murdered their parents 35 years ago, one seeks justice, the other revenge. The only thing standing in their way is each other

Happy 140, Spain
Directed by Gracia Querejeta
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, Eduard Fernández, Nora Navas
On her 40th birthday, Elia gathers together a few select relatives and friends at a luxury country house to tell them some extraordinary news: she has won a jackpot of 140 million Euros! Watch how happiness turns to greed.

La vanité, Switzerland
Directed by Lionel Baier
Cast: Patrick Lapp, Carmen Maura, Ivan Georgiev
David Miller is sick and has decided to end it all. But despite choosing the place, the date and the method, nothing goes according to plan. Does death lie at the end of this night which is supposed to be his last? Based on a true story, vanity isn’t simply just a deadly sin.

Last Cab to Darwin, Australia
Directed by Jeremy Sims
Cast: Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton, Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford
Rex is a loner, and when he’s told he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you’ve got to share it.

Les Mauvaises Herbes (Bad Seeds), Canada
Directed by Louis Bélanger
Cast: Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, Luc Picard
Jacquest Thériault, an actor with big gambling debts, takes refuge in the country where he is found by Simon, a sly, uncouth farmer. Simon forces a “reasonable association” between the two. The men end up becoming friends and begin to grow cannabis. They meet Francesca, a young Hydro-Qu󩯬 employee who embraces their project. During the winter harvest, they learn to live together with a degree of happiness. Yet a threat from the outside comes to disturb this delicate balance.

My Big Night, Spain
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia
Cast: Mario Casas, Blanca Suárez, Raphael, Hugo Silva, Carolina Bang
Chaos ensues during a TV network’s New Year’s Eve special. The hosts are bickering, a crane wipes out an extra, a pop star is duped by a semen-thief, and a legendary diva is stalked by an armed and angry failed songwriter.

Oddball, Australia Directed by Stuart McDonald
Cast: Shane Jacobson, Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Deborah Mailman, Frank Woodley
With persistent fox attacks threatening to close down the main tourist attraction of a small town in southern Australia, an eccentric chicken farmer teams up with his granddaughter to save the penguins using a very odd method: his rambunctious, troublemaking sheep dog.

Standing Tall (Le Tête Haute), France
Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier,
Diane Rouxel Malony has been in conflict with the school and with the law since he was six. Some are convinced that they can save him from the spiral of revolt and violence in which he seems to be caught for the rest of his days.

Sunset Song, UK
Directed by Terrence Davies
Cast: Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Ian Pirie, Niall Greg Fulton
The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s. Family trauma merges into global catastrophe as the First World War devastates her village. Based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbons

Taj Mahal, France
Directed by Nicolas Saada
Cast: Stacy Martin, Gina McKee, Alba Rohrwacher, Louis-Do de Lencques, Frຝéric Epaud
One evening, 18-year-old Louise, alone in her hotel room at Taj Mahal Mumbai, hears strange noises out in the corridor. Within minutes, she realizes that a terrorist attack is underway. Louise must spend a long night alone. She will never be the same again.

The Parisian Bitch Princess of Hearts, France
Directed by Eloïse Lang, Noémie Saglio
Cast: Camille Cottin
A young woman, unsatisfied with her social class, decides to marry someone rich and powerful to be able to stop working and have whatever she wants for the rest of her days. This movie is entirely shot with hidden cameras.

The Sense of Wonder, Norway – CLOSING NIGHT
Directed by Éric Besnard
Cast: Virginie Efira, Benjamin Lavernhe
At the heart of the Drôme Proven๺le, Louise raises her two children while trying to preserve the family farm. One evening she almost crushes a stranger with her car. She takes care of him, even though he’s not really wounded. It turns out that he has mental disorders and that they can help each other much more than they thought.

The Violin Teacher, Brazil
Directed by Sérgio Machado
Cast: Lazaro Ramos, Elzio Vieria, Kaique Jesus, Sandra Corveloni
The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the Osesp orchestra, is forced to give music class to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students opens the doors into a new world.

The Wave, Norway
Directed by Roar Uthaug
Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Thomas Bo Larsen, Fridtjov Såheim, Arthur Berning
Based on the fact that mountain pass Åkneset, located in the Geiranger fjord in Norway, one day will fall out and create a violent tsunami of over 80 meters that will crush everything in its path before it hits land in Geiranger. A geologist gets caught in the middle of it and a race against time begins.

Viva, Cuba
Directed by Paddy Breathnach
Cast: Jorge Perugorr, Luis Alberto Garcia, Mark O’Halloran, Hຜtor Medina. Luis Manuel Alvarez
When everything is for sale, what’s the value of love? Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.


142 Miles From Monday, USA, directed by Alex Witkowicz

A Child For Sale, USA, directed by Fiona Bock, Eric Paul Fournier

A Man Wakes Up, USA, directed by Voki Kalfayan

An Apprentice, USA, directed by Shane Harper

Avaatara, Lebanon, directed by David Lama

Bernie & Rebecca, USA, directed by Melissa Kent

Bottomless, USA, directed by Veronique Vanblaere

Chapa (The Grill Man), Brazil, directed by Golts

Come Away With Me, USA, directed by Ellen Gerstein

Cooking Up a Storm, USA, directed by Tim Wilson

Dear Governor Brown, USA, directed by Jon Bowermaster

Denali, USA, directed by Ben Knight

Eye for an Eye, USA, directed by Antoneta Kusijanovic

Hand Over Hand, USA, directed by Padraic Lillis

Lobster Fra Diavolo, USA, directed by Oriana Oppice

Lower Piddle, USA, directed by Keith English

LunaFest, USA – A collection of six short films by, for and about women.

Mermaids on Mars, USA, directed by Jon V. Peters

Merry Xmas, USA, directed by Boman Modine

Mindful Vineyards, USA, directed by Chris Jordan-Bloch

Mothers for Justice, USA, directed by Erik Ljung

Nature Rx (Parts 1,2,3), USA, directed by Justin Bogardus

Opt Out, USA, directed by Steve Utaski

Parent Teacher – The Musical, USA, directed by Austin Klinger

Passing Orion, Canada, directed by Sean Thonson

Phone Life, USA, directed by Ivan Cash

Pulp Free, USA, directed by William Papadin

rated, USA, directed by John Fortson

Reservations for Three?, USA, directed by Steven Bennett

Reset, Canada, directed by Jeremy Lutter

Rosa, USA, directed by Sean Kusanagi, Hanah Gregg

Sanjay’s Super Team, USA, directed by Sanjay Patel

Shift, USA, directed by Rachel Lincoln, Amelia Rudolph

Sonoma, USA, directed by Timothy Wetzel

Stalker Breakup, USA, directed by Thomas Michael

Stealth, USA, directed by Bennett Lasseter

The Art of Flying, Netherlands, directed by Jan van Ijken

The Burden, USA, directed by Roger Sorkin

The Cannoli, USA, directed by Stephen Donnelly

The Denver Bread Company, USA, directed by Gareth Burghes

The Firefly Girls, USA, directed by Katie Micay

The Lake, Canada, directed by Michael Buie

The Loneliest Stoplight, USA, directed by Bill Plympton

The Man Who Shot Hollywood, Canada, directed by Barry Avrich

The Mountain King, USA, directed by Peter Brambl

The Offer, Canada, directed by Winnifred Jong

The Story of Percival Pilts, Australia, directed by Janette Goodey and John Lewis

Monday, September 3, 2018

Save the Date for Taste of WGBH (Oct 11-14, 2018)

It's almost that time of year again, time for The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival. The proceeds from the festival go to support the public radio program. There are multiple events over the course of the four days - last year I wrote about the Food Fight event.

One of the best events to attend is the Chefs' Gala, which will take place on Thursday, October 11 inside the WGBH studios. The gala event showcases 21 of the top chefs around the city along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

Here are some of my favorite bites from last year's event:
Savory egg flan with sherry, maple, and ham from Puritan & Co. This was so good we got seconds.


Users can deploy it to see themselves in more detail as they are taking a snap, or to make it easier to include themselves in large groups pictures.

The head comprises an adjustable rubber clamp that the company claims can hold all sizes of tablets and smartphones securely.

‘The durable selfie stick is built strong, so your tablet or phone will be safe and secured in the air when you are taking a selfie,’ the website says.

The head comprises an adjustable rubber clamp that the company selling it claims can hold all sizes of tablets and smartphones securely (pictured)

For $23 (£16), budding photographers get an attachment head for their tablet, a selfie stick and a remote control. As well as taking close-ups, users could make use of the stick to include impressive views or large groups of people in their shots (some examples are shown above)

On the end of a strap is a standard quarter-inch (0.5cm) mount into which the stick itself can be attached.

It extends up to 3ft (1m) to 'give your device the best photo taking coverage.'

However, the tablet may appear heavier when it's held away from the body and could be difficult to keep still, so not to take blurry photos.

The company says of its bundle: 'No matter where you may be, you are sure to get everyone and neighbouring surroundings in the picture'.

In order to help users hold the stick still, there's a Bluetooth remote control that comes with the bundle to make taking pictures slightly easier, without the need of setting timers.

It’s compatible with iPhone and Android handsets.

Customers can also buy the strap on its own for $10 (£7), but run the risk of using it with an insufficiently strengthened stick, which could end in an expensive accident.


Selfie sticks divide opinion - some people love them and others hate them.

This week organisers of two major US festivals have made clear what they think of selfie sticks.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Lollapalooza are the latest in a string of concert venues and historic landmarks to ban the use of the controversial tech gadgets on their grounds.

While the latter has named 'GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods' on its list of prohibited items, Coachella has banned festivalgoers from bringing 'Selfie sticks/Narsisstics (sic)'.

Banned: The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Lollapalooza, in Illinois and California, are the latest in a string of concert venues and historic landmarks to ban selfie sticks on their grounds (file picture)

However, it remains unclear how organizers intend to identify and weed out 'narsisstics' at the gates of the festival, which begins in Indio, California on April 10 - more than three months before Lollapalooza.

And selfie sticks are not the only unusual items to be banned at the two festivals. Coachella also prohibits blankets, chairs, flags, hula hoops, marker pens, stuffed animals and umbrellas on its list .

The ban, first reported by Brooklyn Vegan , will prevent selfie sticks from obstructing festivalgoers' views of the stage - and could limit the illegal recording of performances, according to Rolling Stone .

Bizarre: And the gadgets are not the only unusual items to be banned at the two festivals. Coachella also prohibits blankets, chairs, flags, hula hoops, markers, stuffed animals and umbrellas on its list (left and right)

It will likely mean attendees will have to resort to the old-fashioned method of using their arms to take selfies.

Selfie sticks, which allow users to position their smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of their arm, have already been banned from an array of venues and historical sites across the world.

According to NME , London's O2 Arena and Wembley Arena have prohibited them, while CBC reports that France's Palace of Versailles and Rome's Colosseum also do not permit the use of the gadgets.

Ashley Ellen Martin

Ashley is a certified sommelier and entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada where she specializes in wine tasting workshops. She is fond of saying, wine, beer, and spirit is more than just what’s in the glass – it can be the stuff of legend and folklore, it’s language and geography, history, and science – and, it is with great pleasure that she has made telling these stories of provenance and production the focus of her career. You can follow her on Instagram or learn more about her workshops by clicking here.


Ashlie Head

Ashlie Head is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a degree in English: Editing, Writing, and Media. She recently moved to New York City to begin her career. Ashlie is interested in music, lifestyle, fashion, and travel. Follow her on instagram: @ashliehead.


Ashtin Berry

Ashtin Berry is what you would call a Champagne fiend with a scotch habit and a knack for ridiculous, but tasty pairings. Fried chicken and rosé Champagne will change your life! Trust her! She is working towards her WSET (Wine Spirit Education Trust) Diploma with the hopes of continuing on to become a Master of Wine. Follow her on Instagram @thecollectress as she collects experiences across the world and in your city!


Becca Yeamans-Irwin

Becca Yeamans has a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She has extensive research experience as well as experience working in the wine industry. She is a freelance writer with a focus on wine science and research, and is the author/creator of the technical wine blog, The Academic Wino ( You may also follower her on twitter @TheAcademicWino.


Ben Heskett

Ben is a technology marketing executive, award-winning former journalist, lifelong music fan, and wine adventurer, always willing to try something new. Inspired by the wine industry around him in California, he started, a wine and music blog, in 2010. His Twitter handle is @corkzillasf.


Bernard Kenner

Bernard Kenner is a freelance wine educator and writer. His interests are eclectic, becoming adept in wines from all over the globe, including Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Soviet Georgia, Mexico, Canada, Croatia, Lebanon, Israel, France, Germany, as well as many of the wine growing regions within the United States. When he finds something interesting to share with the world, his occasional writings can be found on, and other outlets. In addition to writing, he happily hosts wine themed events such as bridal showers, birthday parties, industry and private tasting events, wine dinners and corporate team building sessions.


Bill McMahon

Bill McMahon is a freelance writer, copywriter and content producer. He is the author of several published secondary level textbooks and teaching guides, as well as email copy, promotional materials, online content, blogs, and business communications. He is also a published and produced playwright, as well as a screenwriter. His sitcom pilot is in development with Kierstead Productions, and you can find more of his writing on his website


Bozkurt Karasu

Bozkurt "Bozzy" Karasu (@bozkurtkarasu) moved to NYC in 2003 to join The Wooster Group as their Production Manager after working as a freelance performing arts production manager and designer in Istanbul, Turkey for 13 years. In 2012 he moved to Cambridge, MA this time to join Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Technical Instructor. He regularly tastes whisk(e)y and blogs about it at tire-bouchon.


Brian Petro

Brian Petro, a native of the great state of Ohio, found himself in the town of Dayton after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His path has wound through the design, education, and restaurant industries, all of them adding a little something to the overall flavor of his creative endeavors. The first time he stepped behind a bar, it felt like home. Ever since, he has absorbed all of the liquor knowledge he can find, from culture to history to recipes, and done his best to share what he knows with the world. Or, at least the readers of Dayton Most Metro, where he is the writer about all things cocktail. He also likes the word 'Brilliant'.


Cat Cora Heads Culinary Program at Coachella Valley’s Festival of the Desert - Recipes

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:41:51 +0000

Artemis first experienced the desert as a five year old visiting her godparents home in the desert. And again, a few years later on a visit to see her stepbrother in Nevada. Artemis remembers staring out the car window, admiring the stars and the quiet open spaciousness.

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 23:04:50 +0000

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Karen Harper came west at the urging of a friend. Looking down at the landscape of the Reno, Nevada desert from a hot air balloon, Karen loved it.

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:28:31 +0000

Originally from New Jersey, Melissa Grisi was living in San Francisco and working at Ameoba Records when she got into listening to alt-country.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 20:28:56 +0000

Twenty years ago, Jennifer Jungwirth was just wrapping up her college education when she got a call to interview for a teaching position in Baker, CA. Then, the Morongo Valley Unified School District called. Jennifer came out to Yucca Valley and after 45 minutes of what Jennifer assumed was just friendly, casual conversation, the folks at YYHS offered her the job - and she accepted. This was Jennifer's first experience with desert.

]]> 29:43 clean desert,Cooking,women,educator,humanesociety Of Service to Students and the Community 133 full Dawn Davis DLD| Janis Commentz | Ep 132 Janis Commentz

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 01:27:25 +0000

Janis Commentz is a southern California native who grew up near the coast and began drawing and painting early in life. As the daughter of an artist, she was surrounded by art materials and enjoyed trips to galleries and museums, as well as seasonal trips to Laguna Beach and Carmel.

Commentz moved to the Mojave Desert in 1977 to teach art and English at Sky High School, now Black Rock High School . At the University of Redlands, she earned a B.A. in art and English and studied printmaking with John Nava, well-known for his tapestries at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in Education from California State University at San Bernardino, facilitated life drawing in Joshua Tree sessions in Joshua Tree for nearly a decade and teaches art classes at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, field classes for the Joshua Tree National Park Desert Institute, and painting retreats at the Campbell House in 29 Palms.

She has exhibited at Gallery 62, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, the Purple Agave, Rainbow Stew, and the 29 Palms Art Gallery in the Morongo Basin, T.E. Studios in Riverside, and the Redlands Art Association, Redlands.

Commentz participated in the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours (ten seasons), Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exposition (six years), Joshua Tree National Park Spring Art Festival, Art Faire at California State University at San Bernardo and Art For Heaven's Sake, Redlands. In 2013, she helped create the “Pop Up” Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, Six Chicks, which evolved into Gallery 62. Commentz served as Gallery Director for Gallery 62 during 2016. She has been the featured artist at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery and the 29 Palms Art Gallery.

Janis Commentz blogs on her website at

]]> 34:03 clean desert,women,artist,teacher,educator,joshuatree A career of teaching Art and English in the desert 132 full Dawn Davis DLD| Bobbi Fabian |Ep 131 Bobbi Fabian

Tue, 07 Jul 2020 04:11:09 +0000

Bobbi Fabian's first experience with desert was with the Warner Brothers Roadrunner cartoon. Growing up in Melbourne Australia, Bobbi made her way to America looking for more opportunities as a photographer, finding she felt more at home in the U.S. than in her home country. Bobbi moved to the U.S. in 2003, settling in Los Angeles. With an MA in Photography Bobbi was a freelance photographer and educator for most of her working life – commissioned by brands like Timex, Penguin Books, Audi and other household names.

]]> 30:58 clean desert,women,photogapher,deathvalley,amargosa Preserving a dancer's desert dream 131 full Dawn Davis DLD| Marylee McIntyre |Ep 130 Marylee McIntyre

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 22:44:23 +0000

Born and raised in the Tri-Cities area of Detroit, Michigan, Marylee 'Boo' McIntyre grew up gathering bushels of berries, apples, apricots and what ever other fruits were in season with her siblings to be used in the creations her grandmother and mother would bake from the day after Thanksgiving through the December holidays. Over the years, baking became a way to relieve stress and get grounded.

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:16:38 +0000

After 20 years in Los Angeles and a career in the film industry, Jody Curtis was guided to the Mojave desert in 2008.

]]> 24:12 clean desert,women,spiritual,meditation,breath,mentalphysics Out of the city to return to nature 129 full Dawn Davis DLD| Rosa Ficara |Ep 128 Rosa Ficara | Ep 128

Tue, 19 May 2020 00:36:32 +0000

At the age of six, Rosa Ficara had her first experience with desert - her family had just moved to the desert from Waterbury, CT. Rosa doesn’t recall much about the move other than the fact that the desert was much warmer than those Connecticut winters.

Tue, 05 May 2020 03:09:51 +0000

Born and raised in San Diego, Shaney Jo Darden's first experience with the desert was traveling to visit her grandparents who lived in Palm Desert. About ten years ago, Shaney Jo started coming to the hi-desert to visit a friend, who owned Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown. Rimrock became a place for Shaney Jo to bring her staff for annual employee retreats: learning about new programs, receiving training and enjoying some off-site downtime hiking, taking in a sound bath at the Integratron or having a social night out together at Pappy & Harriet’s .

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Forty years ago, stifled by life in a small Michigan town, Jacqueline Guevara's vibrant, fun-loving mother loaded her 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and hit the road with her teen-aged daughter for a new start in Palm Springs. Driving into this desert oasis was Jacque's first experience with desert.

]]> 28:00 clean desert,women,nonprofit,conservation,waitress From Palm Springs hospitality to the non-profit sector 126 full Dawn Davis DLD | Cathy Snodgrass | Ep 125 Cathy Snodgrass

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 01:15:33 +0000

Cathy Snodgrass was born and raised near Galveston, Texas. Her first experience with desert was watching western movies.

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 01:04:42 +0000

Artist and founder of Earth House Studios , Sharon Davis creates colorful art and installations at her home in Morongo Valley.

]]> 36:34 clean desert,women,artist,cherokee From NJ to CA and back. again, and again and again 124 full Dawn Davis DLD | Robin Kobaly | Ep 123 Robin Kobaly

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 04:39:08 +0000

Like the roots of the honey mesquite and creosote, Robin Kobaly's desert roots go deep. Her immediate family moved to Morongo Valley when she was 2 years old. At six, Robin had an extraordinary experience with desert wildflowers - an experience she was hesitant to share, being part of a scientific community, fearing her work would not be taken seriously.

]]> 31:42 clean desert,Science,women,solar,carbon,plants,botanist What the flowers said 123 full Dawn Davis DLD | Carol 'Dusty' Seddon |Ep 122 Carol 'Dusty' Seddon

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:26:14 +0000

Carol 'Dusty' Seddon's first desert experience was in and around the Mojave near Apple Valley in the mid-90’s accompanying a group of friends from an Orange County college, who were coming out to perform archeological digs. Dusty immediately fell in love with the feel of the desert – the dry air, the quiet and so much different than what she’d know in the suburbs. On these digs they mostly found tools, stones used in cooking, and maybe bits of pottery.

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 02:29:36 +0000

Mary Addison first experience with desert was on family vacation – three of them – from her hometown of Nashville to the Grand Canyon, Tucson, Mexico and other natural desert wonders along the way. Even then, Mary Addison had a camera and to document her trips.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 02:53:38 +0000

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York's Hudson Valley, Cynthia Marie loves to drive cross-country - she's done it six times. On one of those trips, she found herself nearly out of gas and calling Roy's in Amboy, CA, asking them to keep the pumps open for just a bit longer so she could gas up and make it to Joshua Tree for the night. As is the desert way, the obliged.

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 02:48:04 +0000

Here we are at the start of another new year where, as with life, change is the only constant.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:07:16 +0000

For this episode of the podcast, listeners were invited to send in one question they wanted me to answer.

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 02:24:03 +0000

On being in retirement bliss

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 02:00:50 +0000

Cheryl's first experience with desert was in the early 80’s, driving to Palm Springs for Spring Break with a friend - and her friend’s grandmother drove them around Palm Springs to see the sights.

]]> 29:10 clean desert,creative,women,illustrator,artistic,embroidery,stitchart Crafty childhood to creative entrepreneur 116 full Dawn Davis DLD| Kathleen Lowndes |EP 115 Kathleen Lowndes

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 04:54:46 +0000

Kathleen Lowndes is proof that attitude is everything.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:16:03 +0000

Imagine driving into the desert, a place of wide open spaces where you can see for miles, and not being able to breathe. This was Mary Sojourner's first experience with desert, somewhere between Parker, AZ and 29 Palms.

]]> 41:12 clean desert,women,writer,author,enviornmentalist The desert as medicine 114 full Dawn Davis DLD| Dawn Rowe |Ep 113 Dawn Rowe

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 03:07:26 +0000

Dawn Rowe's first experience with desert was driving to Las Vegas for a Marine Corps Ball. Alan, her late husband, needed something for his uniform and decided they would drive the back way to Vegas, passing the Marine Base in 29Palms where he would pick it up at the PX. Driving up the Morongo grade and then down into the valley, Dawn remembers her first thought was "Who lives out here?” And now she does – falling in love with a community where she's become a very involved and active citizen, all the way to her current position as San Bernardino Third District Supervisor.

Dawn talks about getting through the loss of her husband with the assistance of the Marine Corps. While the Corps itself assisted with the logistics of her new life, she never imagined her own experience as a volunteer shepherding young military wives through losses would apply to her.

]]> 38:22 clean desert,women,military,marines,government,civic Get involved - be the change. 113 full Dawn Davis DLD| Janelle Pietrzak |Ep 112 Janelle Pietrzak

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:19:52 +0000

Janelle Pietrzak's first experience with desert came while driving cross country from Philadelphia, to a new job in LA. Traveling with her partner, Robert, it was July and they made a stop in Marfa, TX, then on to Joshua Tree for two nights – most of which was spent at an aquatic center in Palm Desert (40 miles away from Joshua Tree) to escape the heat.

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:30:38 +0000

Patti Brown wisited Yucca Valley for the first time in 1989 to meet, who would become her future mother-in-law and real estate mentor.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:53:57 +0000

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 01:36:46 +0000

Patty Domany exemplifies the term 'entrepreneurial spirit'.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 02:18:29 +0000

At eight months old, after being born in Hollywood, Susan was brought to her mother’s burnt homestead cabin in Pipes Canyon. The family first lived under the stars and later in an Army tent.

]]> 29:27 clean desert,women,writer,author Growing up in Pipes Canyon in the 50's 108 full Dawn Davis DLD| Karmolette O'Gilvie |Ep 107 Karmolette O'Gilvie

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 02:10:25 +0000

Karmolette O’Gilvie, born and raised in Houston, Texas, has lived in 29 palms for 27 years. She and her husband of 38 years moved to 29 as part of his military career.

]]> 30:49 clean desert,women,government,nurse,civics Be the change you want to see 107 full Dawn Davis DLD| Shana Rhodes |Ep 106 Shana Rhodes

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:39:39 +0000

A native of Wisconsin, Shana Rhodes says she didn’t feel the connection she was hoping for in Portland when she decided to move there.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 03:29:24 +0000

Heather recalls her first experience with desert was on a road trip with her grandmother and says that wasn't the one that put the desert in her heart. At 14, on a Nile river cruise to Egypt with her mother and grandmother, the desert set her soul alight.

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 06:57:11 +0000

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Janet became enamored with the desert while traveling through New Mexico on a family vacation to visit her dad’s one and only uncle in San Diego. Driving through the desert she thought, “I have to come back to this place.”

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 01:18:56 +0000

Born in France, Marie Bobin's first experience with desert was a trip with friends to Death Valley. It was a last minute, 'let’s get out of LA for the weekend' kind of trip – in August. Marie says they drove a lot, got out of the car to snap a few photos, then jumped back into the air conditioned car.

With a background in cultural programming and consulting, Marie became involved with local non-profits Harrison House, Joshua Tree Retreat Center and Mil-Tree, of which she in now holds a board position. She also met Jenny Kane, Executive Director of Arts Connection, where the idea for applying for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant happened.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:14:32 +0000

Teaching brought Gay Smith (left in photo above) to California, as after college graduation there was a glut of teachers on the east coast. She’d read about a fellow student who came to Corona, CA to interview, she followed suite and got the job on the spot. Having been in teaching for over 40 years, Gay talks about the changes she's witnessed in the students over the years.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:59:13 +0000

In part two of the 100 episode milestone celebration, I read the remaining excepts chosen from 'The Desert Was Home', by Elizabeth Crozer Campbell.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 01:26:26 +0000

In this special celebration episode, I'm reading excerpts from 'The Desert Was Home', a book by an original Desert Lady, Elizabeth Crozer Campbell.

If you’re unfamiliar, Elizabeth, or Betts, as her husband called her, she was born in Beach Haven, NJ – so of course I felt an immediate kinship with her.

Elizabeth Warder Crozer, was born the youngest of four daughters, in 1893 and died in 1971. She was raised in Upland, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a wealthy family and her education through her post graduate studies were in private schools. She met Bill, an orphan from Los Angeles, at a west coast wedding, where they were both in the bridal party. As the story goes, it was love at first sight and they themselves married in 1920, even with the disapproval of Elizabeth's family.

]]> 39:17 clean desert,women,homesteader,archeologist An original Desert Lady 100 full Dawn Davis, Narrator Kim Fulleman | Ep 99 Kim Fulleman | Ep 99

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Kim Fulleman's first experience with the desert were as a Girl Scout, visiting Joshua Tree National Park to camp and hike. Kim and her friends would find the biggest rock formation they could – and climb it.

]]> 31:35 clean desert,music,women,bass,vocals,hollywood,musician,journey From 400 sq. ft. in Hollywood to desert expanses 99 full Dawn Davis Christine Anthony | Ep 98 Christine Anthony

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Christine Anthony’s first experience with the desert was on a commercial shoot at the Glamis sand dunes in southern California. She’d picked up this commercial production job after arriving in LA on a greyhound bus from Cleveland, OH with $7 in her pocket, having followed her rock-n-roll boyfriend to the West Coast.

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:06:31 +0000

A lifetime of careers with Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, as well as being a Jazzercise instructor, radio ad executive, secondary social studies teacher and director of a youth drug prevention program, Carmen Mendoza is finding her soul back in the Mojave desert, returning here after spending over half her life in Colorado.

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