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Hi-Desert Music News By Judy Wishart

11/09/2012 ● By Denise Brown

The 8th annual Cracker/ Camper Van Beethoven Campout at Pappy and Harriet’s was a tremendous success this year. The Cracker fans (Crumbs) once again came from all over the world to spend three days of fun and music with their favorite bands.

Film Talk By Jack Lyons

11/09/2012 ● By Steve

The 13th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF) presented some of the best feature length, short films, documentaries, and student films in a film festival that MovieMaker magazine said was one of the “Top 25 Festivals worth the entry fee.”

Desert Theatre By Jack Lyons Sun Runner Theatre Editor

11/09/2012 ● By Steve


I caught up with a busy Gary Daigneault (via telephone), longtime past president of Theatre 29’s board of directors and the driving creative force behind the success of the Twentynine Palms community theatre from its inception in 1999. Original founders John (deceased) and Carol Calveri (now living in Colorado) have handed over the reins of operation to Brian and Patti Tabeling, and Daigneault, all of whom are still very much connected with the theatre.


Desert Writers Gather At Oasis Beneath The Full Moon By Steve Brown

11/09/2012 ● By Steve

Our Desert Writers Celebration, held under a full moon at the 29 Palms Inn on the Oasis of Mara, was a great evening of writers, poets, books, food (including our favorite Joshua Treets Ice Cream), music, and fire dancing.

Ramblings From Randsburg: ON THE TRAIL OF… The Feet Which Made The Floors Creak For Over A Hundred Years … By Lorraine Blair

11/09/2012 ● By Denise Brown

Is it possible to ‘live in this moment’ when you know the floor creaking under your feet has felt everything from bare feet to boots moving over it for more than a hundred years? Sometimes that knowledge can even make the room feel rather crowded...but then this IS a Living Ghost Town....

The Way of Things – Petroglyphs of the Coso Mountains By Carlos Gallinger

11/09/2012 ● By Denise Brown

The Coso Mountain petroglyphs are the last remnant of a society that started thousands of years ago and lived almost to our present time. Through the artistry and symbolism of these petroglyphs we know that it was a hunter- gatherer society based on hunting desert bighorn sheep, and so the desert bighorn sheep loom large in its everyday culture and mythology just as the buffalo hunting societies that once lived on the Great Plains centered their culture and mythology on the buffalo.

Gold Prospecting: Right Place, Right Time, Right Equipment, Bad Technique By Philip Bonafede

11/09/2012 ● By Denise Brown

The old adage of,” if gold were easy to find then everyone would be doing it,” rings so true! You can arrive at the best place at the best time with the best equipment and yet failure to have a solid foundation of good recovery and hunting techniques can leave you high and dry

Real Desert Gift Ideas By Steve Brown

11/09/2012 ● By Steve

It’s that time of year again, the time when humanity overruns shopping malls and ships full of Chinese merchandise are unloaded upon our shores. But we have one tip for your consideration this holiday season..... Shop independent and local. Support shopping that supports our communities.

Desert Destination: The Palms at Indian Head By Steve Brown

11/09/2012 ● By Steve

Imagine relaxing on a lounge chair of a classic desert resort, Marilyn Monroe to your left, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift on your right. Bing Crosby and Lon Chaney Jr. are dangling their legs in the cool waters of the pool as a breeze rustles the palms and the sun warms the mountains behind you.

Finding the Wild: The Coachella Valley Preserve By Steve Brown

11/09/2012 ● By Denise Brown

I remember a Thursday night some years back, when I met a couple visiting the Coachella Valley at Palm Springs’ VillageFest. I was providing information on the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities as part of a visitor outreach program conducted by the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.