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Finding Fernet: Fernet-Branca Is Bitter, Herbaceous, a Hit in Argentina—and Making Its Way Into Many Craft Cocktails

Finding Fernet: Fernet-Branca Is Bitter, Herbaceous, a Hit in Argentina—and Making Its Way Into Many Craft Cocktails

Last week, a co-worker flabbergasted me with a thank-you gift for doing something that I considered a routine part of my job. It was a truly unexpected, generous gesture—and what s...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 29, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 29, 2020!

On this week's Dodger-blue weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen ponders Donald Trump's election power plays; The K Chronicles admires lower Canadian drug prices; This Modern ...

A World Series With a Side of COVID; Tenet Workers Prepare to Strike—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 28, 2020

A World Series With a Side of COVID; Tenet Workers Prepare to Strike—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 28, 2020

In this space back on April 2, I was feeling sad , in part due to the fact that—other than bad ’80s music—most of my normal coping mechanisms were gone due to the lockdown:

On days li...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Terre York, a Chiropractor Who Does All She Can to Help Her Patients Heal

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Terre York, a Chiropractor Who Does All She Can to Help Her Patients Heal

I first met Terre York in 1996 when she drove her van, fully outfitted as a mobile chiropractic “office,” into my driveway.

“There was an idea floating around at that time for mobil...

Unsung Heroes: Olive Crest Volunteer Marcia Flagler Uses Her Food and Teaching Experience to Help At-Risk Children and Their Families

Unsung Heroes: Olive Crest Volunteer Marcia Flagler Uses Her Food and Teaching Experience to Help At-Risk Children and Their Families

After growing up in Washington State, Marcia Flagler lived in numerous interesting locales, including Bangkok, Thailand, before settling in Northern California, where she enjoyed a...

Keeping the Water Flowing: Two of the Valley's Largest Water Agencies Say a Statewide Moratorium on Shutoffs Has Not Caused Financial Problems—Yet

Keeping the Water Flowing: Two of the Valley's Largest Water Agencies Say a Statewide Moratorium on Shutoffs Has Not Caused Financial Problems—Yet

On April 2, with COVID-19 establishing itself as both a financial and fatal threat, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order prohibiting water shutoffs by local water agencies.

T...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Bill Murray and Rashida Jones Are a Perfect Father-Daughter Pair in Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks'

Home Video Review: Bill Murray and Rashida Jones Are a Perfect Father-Daughter Pair in Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks'

Oct 27, 2020 14:35  |  Bob Grimm

Yes, the pandemic has been awful for cinema. A lot of big movies have been pushed off into Whatever Land as far as their release dates—and here in Riverside County, indoor theaters are closed again due to increasing COVID-19 cases, after being open for just a few weeks.

But even before this all start...

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Home Video Review: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Takes a Fascinating Historical Event and Makes It Boring

Home Video Review: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Takes a Fascinating Historical Event and Makes It Boring

Oct 20, 2020 13:05  |  Bob Grimm

After a long period that once included Steven Spielberg announced as its director, The Trial of the Chicago 7 has finally seen the light of day, with writer Aaron Sorkin also directing, and a decent cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance. Unfortunately, the cast can’t overco...

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Home Video Review: 'Hubie Halloween' Is an Adam Sandler Film That's Stupid—but Actually Amusing

Home Video Review: 'Hubie Halloween' Is an Adam Sandler Film That's Stupid—but Actually Amusing

Oct 12, 2020 13:30  |  Bob Grimm

Good news, Sandler fans! You can file his latest “stupid” movie in the file “Stupid Sandler Films That Are Fun and Not Torturous!” It’ll go in that file with the likes of Happy Gilmore , Billy Madison and, my personal fave, Little Nicky. (Nothing in Sandler comedies beats Henry Winkler covered in bees … n...

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News

November Astronomy: The Bright Outer Planets Are on Display During the Evening, While the Inner Planets Appear in the Morning Twilight

November Astronomy: The Bright Outer Planets Are on Display During the Evening, While the Inner Planets Appear in the Morning Twilight

Oct 30, 2020 12:00  |  Robert Victor

All three bright outer planets are in fine display during evenings in November 2020. Bright Jupiter is in the southwestern sky at dusk, with Saturn nearby, and the pair drawing ever more attention as the gap between them narrows; and bright, pumpkin-colored Mars , climbing high in the east-southeast, whil...

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A World Series With a Side of COVID; Tenet Workers Prepare to Strike—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 28, 2020

A World Series With a Side of COVID; Tenet Workers Prepare to Strike—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 28, 2020

Oct 28, 2020 17:55  |  Jimmy Boegle

In this space back on April 2, I was feeling sad , in part due to the fact that—other than bad ’80s music—most of my normal coping mechanisms were gone due to the lockdown:

On days like this during “normal” times, there are a handful of things I know I can do to get my head into a happier, more-product...

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Unsung Heroes: Olive Crest Volunteer Marcia Flagler Uses Her Food and Teaching Experience to Help At-Risk Children and Their Families

Unsung Heroes: Olive Crest Volunteer Marcia Flagler Uses Her Food and Teaching Experience to Help At-Risk Children and Their Families

Oct 28, 2020 11:45  |  Madeline Zuckerman

After growing up in Washington State, Marcia Flagler lived in numerous interesting locales, including Bangkok, Thailand, before settling in Northern California, where she enjoyed a career as a high school home economics and foods teacher.

When Marcia and her husband decided to retire about eight year...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: It's Time for Pride—and We Miss Being Able to Celebrate Together

A Note From the Editor: It's Time for Pride—and We Miss Being Able to Celebrate Together

Oct 29, 2020 11:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Palm Springs Pride has played an important role in the Independent ’s history.

The 18th story published at CVIndependent.com, eight years ago now, was a brief photo piece about the 2012 festival —published when the website was still in beta, and we were more concerned about having content to build the s...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 29, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 29, 2020!

Oct 29, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's Dodger-blue weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen ponders Donald Trump's election power plays; The K Chronicles admires lower Canadian drug prices; This Modern World shudders at the Trump Tower of Terror; Apoca Clips learns why Mike Pence doesn't need to worry about COVID-19; and...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Terre York, a Chiropractor Who Does All She Can to Help Her Patients Heal

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Terre York, a Chiropractor Who Does All She Can to Help Her Patients Heal

Oct 28, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

I first met Terre York in 1996 when she drove her van, fully outfitted as a mobile chiropractic “office,” into my driveway.

“There was an idea floating around at that time for mobile chiropractic services,” York says. “One of my patients had become a truck driver, and I realized we had truck stops al...

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Arts and Culture

Frontier Kitties: An Excerpt From the New Book 'A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History'

Frontier Kitties: An Excerpt From the New Book 'A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History'

Oct 30, 2020 08:00  |  Paul Koudounaris and Baba the Cat

America was still a more callous world than not for cats. But our status was in the process of being forever changed by some of history’s bravest and most determined felines.

The United States offered itself as a land of opportunity, but the overcrowded cities and squalid slums of the East Coast fulf...

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Setting the Stage: The Shows Go On, Virtually, at CVRep's Theatre Thursdays—and the Company Hopes to Soon Bring In-Person Shows to the Cathedral City Amphitheater

Setting the Stage: The Shows Go On, Virtually, at CVRep's Theatre Thursdays—and the Company Hopes to Soon Bring In-Person Shows to the Cathedral City Amphitheater

Oct 21, 2020 13:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

There has been almost no programming from the Coachella Valley’s theater companies since the pandemic arrived and ruined everything in March—with one notable exception: CVRep, and its Theatre Thursday virtual shows.

And if the California Department of Public Health gives the OK, CVRep—in conjunction ...

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A Virtual Laugh Riot: The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Returns—Virtually, of Course—in October

A Virtual Laugh Riot: The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Returns—Virtually, of Course—in October

Sep 25, 2020 09:00  |  Stuart Cohn

Anyone need a good laugh? A chuckle? A giggle?

If you answered “no,” we want whatever mind-altering substances you’ve been taking. But if you’re like the rest of us, subsisting on a daily diet of COVID-19-induced gloom, you’ll be relieved to know that the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival is...

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Music

Third Time's the Charm: Palm Springs' Bob Gentry Revives His Music Career With a New EP, 'Back on the Horse'

Third Time's the Charm: Palm Springs' Bob Gentry Revives His Music Career With a New EP, 'Back on the Horse'

Oct 22, 2020 12:15  |  Matt King

The title of “successful musician” is often elusive. Many bands and musicians try and try, yet they never reach a level they’d consider “successful.”

Then there’s Bob Gentry, who has had not one, nor two, but three periods in his career that most would consider “successful.” The Palm Springs resident...

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The Lucky 13: Stevie Jane Lee, Frontwoman of Grins and Lies

The Lucky 13: Stevie Jane Lee, Frontwoman of Grins and Lies

Oct 22, 2020 12:00  |  Matt King

Stevie Jane Lee may very well be one of the desert music scene’s secret weapons. While some may know her from a few shows with Nick Hales, she recently started a new band, Grins and Lies, which only played a few shows before the shutdown. In that handful of shows, the band proved that its brand of d...

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The Lucky 13: Emanuel Cazares, Guitarist for Slipping Into Darkness, Which Just Released New Album 'Second Wind for Our Love'

The Lucky 13: Emanuel Cazares, Guitarist for Slipping Into Darkness, Which Just Released New Album 'Second Wind for Our Love'

Oct 19, 2020 14:00  |  Matt King

Slipping Into Darkness is one of the longest-running bands in the Coachella Valley—and while some members have come and gone, that signature sound remains the same. The band recently acquired guitarist Emanuel Cazares and used him to complete the follow-up to 2014’s Shurpadelic . For more information,...

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Food and Drink

Finding Fernet: Fernet-Branca Is Bitter, Herbaceous, a Hit in Argentina—and Making Its Way Into Many Craft Cocktails

Finding Fernet: Fernet-Branca Is Bitter, Herbaceous, a Hit in Argentina—and Making Its Way Into Many Craft Cocktails

Oct 29, 2020 15:30  |  Andria Lisle

Last week, a co-worker flabbergasted me with a thank-you gift for doing something that I considered a routine part of my job. It was a truly unexpected, generous gesture—and what she gave me was a surprise, too.

At first glance, I sized up the tall, sparkly gift bag and assumed it contained a bottle ...

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Vine Social: A Philosophical Question—Is It Better to Only Drink What You Know You Like, or Is It Better to Try New and Unknown Things?

Vine Social: A Philosophical Question—Is It Better to Only Drink What You Know You Like, or Is It Better to Try New and Unknown Things?

Oct 18, 2020 16:45  |  Katie Finn

A lot of interesting conversations happen in a wine shop when customers aren’t around. Sometimes we sit with wine-sales representatives and have a friendly game of one-upmanship regarding who had the better meal with the better bottle of wine on Saturday. Sometimes the conversation is a bit more, ahe...

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Caesar Cervisia: More Than Seven Months Into the Pandemic, the Jobs of Service-Industry Employees Aren't Getting Any Easier

Caesar Cervisia: More Than Seven Months Into the Pandemic, the Jobs of Service-Industry Employees Aren't Getting Any Easier

Oct 14, 2020 10:45  |  Brett Newton

We are more than seven months into lockdown—and my job in the taproom has changed considerably.

My asthmatic taproom manager wisely self-quarantined immediately—what a strange twist of fate that I can say "self-quarantined" and have it be an unremarkable phrase—while all taproom events and parties ce...

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