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Multimedia Mavens: The Band Allies—Formerly Known as Sunday Funeral—Releases a Music Video for New Single 'Swing, Swing, Bata-bing'

Multimedia Mavens: The Band Allies—Formerly Known as Sunday Funeral—Releases a Music Video for New Single 'Swing, Swing, Bata-bing'

Fans of the band Allies—formerly known as Sunday Funeral—know two things. One: Allies’ brand of music adds a rocking, sharp edge to themes teleported from the 1920s. (Hmm. Which pa...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 26, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 26, 2020!

Happy Thanksgiving! On this week's thankful weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink checks in on a Washington, D.C., moving sale; This Modern World turns Life in the Stupidverse up t...

Where Are People Catching COVID?; the Unemployment System's a Huge Mess—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Nov. 25, 2020

Where Are People Catching COVID?; the Unemployment System's a Huge Mess—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Nov. 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Whatever you decide to do for the holiday, please do it as safely as possible.

The pandemic is getting scary out there—and I really don’t want to be wr...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Karina Quintanilla: a New Palm Desert City Council Member Who Has Spent Much of Her Life Making a Difference

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Karina Quintanilla: a New Palm Desert City Council Member Who Has Spent Much of Her Life Making a Difference

At a time when many people have become cynical about the motives of those in the political world, people like Karina Quintanilla prove that there are still candidates for office wh...

Pandemic Stories: Hi. My Name Is Matt. I'm 19—and COVID Is Kicking My Ass

Pandemic Stories: Hi. My Name Is Matt. I'm 19—and COVID Is Kicking My Ass

Hello there. My name is Matt King. I’m 19 years old, and I have COVID-19.

I’ve been writing about music and the arts for the Independent for a year and a half now, but this piece is n...

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Readers' Picks

We here at the Independent debated postponing our annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll this year.

Why? Well, COVID-19 has rocked the Coachella Valley—and a fair number of the...

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Staff Picks

Best Bang for Your Yen

Misaki Sushi and Grill

Tucked away in the back of the large strip mall at the southeast corner of Washington Street and Highway 111 in La Quinta sits Misaki Su...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Dreamland' Is a Bit Slow, but the Gorgeous Look and Fantastic Performances Make It a Decent Watch

Home Video Review: 'Dreamland' Is a Bit Slow, but the Gorgeous Look and Fantastic Performances Make It a Decent Watch

Nov 23, 2020 15:35  |  Bob Grimm

Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte tells a sort-of reverse Bonnie and Clyde story with Dreamland , a great-looking, well-acted and ultimately decent watch featuring the great Margot Robbie.

If you haven’t been paying attention, you should know that Robbie has evolved into one of the finest actresses in th...

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Home Video Review: Anya Taylor-Joy Makes Chess Cool in Netflix's Amazing Miniseries 'The Queen’s Gambit'

Home Video Review: Anya Taylor-Joy Makes Chess Cool in Netflix's Amazing Miniseries 'The Queen’s Gambit'

Nov 16, 2020 11:00  |  Bob Grimm

Anya Taylor-Joy is as powerful as rocket fuel in The Queen’s Gambit , an incredibly good Netflix miniseries—essentially a 400-minute movie that makes chess the coolest thing on the planet.

Joy plays Beth Harmon, a young orphan in the 1950s and ’60s (well-played by Isla Johnston before Beth grows up) wh...

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Home Video Review: 'The Wolf of Snow Hollow' Is a Rare Werewolf Movie That Has Depth and Heart

Home Video Review: 'The Wolf of Snow Hollow' Is a Rare Werewolf Movie That Has Depth and Heart

Nov 10, 2020 14:30  |  Bob Grimm

A couple of years ago, an actor/writer/director named Jim Cummings blew me away with his Thunder Road , one of the best films of 2018. In it, Cummings played a troubled cop whose life goes to shit after the death of his mother.

Now comes The Wolf of Snow Hollow , a solid follow-up that doesn’t quite rise...

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News

Where Are People Catching COVID?; the Unemployment System's a Huge Mess—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Nov. 25, 2020

Where Are People Catching COVID?; the Unemployment System's a Huge Mess—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Nov. 25, 2020

Nov 25, 2020 18:05  |  Jimmy Boegle

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Whatever you decide to do for the holiday, please do it as safely as possible.

The pandemic is getting scary out there—and I really don’t want to be writing three weeks from now about how holiday lapses made it even worse.

OK? OK!

Let’s get right into the news, because the...

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California Under Curfew; Birds, Vaccine Makers Battle Over Horseshoe Crabs—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Nov. 20, 2020

California Under Curfew; Birds, Vaccine Makers Battle Over Horseshoe Crabs—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Nov. 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020 19:25  |  Jimmy Boegle

Happy Friday, all.

It’s been a busy day here at the Independent; we’ve been working hard on the December/Best of Coachella Valley print edition.

By the way, we’ll reveal all of those Best of Coachella Valley winners next Monday at 8 a.m. at CVIndependent.com—and in that aforementioned print edition, w...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 26, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 26, 2020!

Nov 26, 2020 09:00  |  Staff

Happy Thanksgiving! On this week's thankful weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink checks in on a Washington, D.C., moving sale; This Modern World turns Life in the Stupidverse up to 11; Jen Sorensen shakes her head at disenfranchisement efforts; Apoca Clips brings us Rudy's latest bit of evidence; a...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Karina Quintanilla: a New Palm Desert City Council Member Who Has Spent Much of Her Life Making a Difference

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Karina Quintanilla: a New Palm Desert City Council Member Who Has Spent Much of Her Life Making a Difference

Nov 25, 2020 16:30  |  Anita Rufus

At a time when many people have become cynical about the motives of those in the political world, people like Karina Quintanilla prove that there are still candidates for office who have the best interests of their community at heart.

Quintanilla, 41, just won a seat on the Palm Desert City Council, ...

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Savage Love: The Fact That My Boyfriend Is Not Interested in Sex Has Made Him Unattractive to Me; How Do I End Things Without Hurting Him?

Savage Love: The Fact That My Boyfriend Is Not Interested in Sex Has Made Him Unattractive to Me; How Do I End Things Without Hurting Him?

Nov 25, 2020 13:00  |  Dan Savage

My boyfriend and I were friends for a couple of years (we’re both 30-year-old gay men); then I stopped traveling around the world and pursued him. We’ve been boyfriends for a year and a half now. We were both happy, and we had sex on a regular basis during the first year. I’m more into anal (as a to...

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Arts and Culture

Connection Through Craft: The MAEX Academy, an Arts-Focused Nonprofit, Commissions a Painting With a Message of Unity

Connection Through Craft: The MAEX Academy, an Arts-Focused Nonprofit, Commissions a Painting With a Message of Unity

Nov 19, 2020 15:40  |  Matt King

Art adds color to our life. Imagine how dark and gloomy the world would be without music, movies, paintings, books and other forms of artistic expression.

The MAEX Academy is doing its part to ensure that our world doesn’t turn gray. The nonprofit organization—whose mission “is to advocate for the ar...

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Discovering the Drains: An Excerpt From Matthew O'Brien's 'Dark Days, Bright Nights'

Discovering the Drains: An Excerpt From Matthew O'Brien's 'Dark Days, Bright Nights'

Nov 13, 2020 15:15  |  Matthew O'Brien

The hundreds of people living in the flood channels of Las Vegas have provided one of the more fascinating and enduring international stories of the past two decades. This underground community has received plenty of news coverage and dramatic portrayals by the entertainment industry, including CSI: ...

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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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Music

Multimedia Mavens: The Band Allies—Formerly Known as Sunday Funeral—Releases a Music Video for New Single 'Swing, Swing, Bata-bing'

Multimedia Mavens: The Band Allies—Formerly Known as Sunday Funeral—Releases a Music Video for New Single 'Swing, Swing, Bata-bing'

Nov 26, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

Fans of the band Allies—formerly known as Sunday Funeral—know two things. One: Allies’ brand of music adds a rocking, sharp edge to themes teleported from the 1920s. (Hmm. Which pandemic are they in?) Two: The band’s productivity is unparalleled, as the members have managed to create numerous music ...

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The Lucky 13: Jasyn Smith, Drummer of The CMFs, Which Just Released New Single 'Birds'

The Lucky 13: Jasyn Smith, Drummer of The CMFs, Which Just Released New Single 'Birds'

Nov 20, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

The CMFs—one of the bands that I am in—is one of the hardest rock bands in the valley. I may be biased, but I felt that way as a fan of the group before I joined. The band’s hard-hitting, classic-rock-inspired songs have been stuck in my head since the first time I saw the group perform. Our debut s...

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New Rock, Old Vibes: Pescaterritory Melds Music From Various Decades on the Band's Self-Titled Debut Album

New Rock, Old Vibes: Pescaterritory Melds Music From Various Decades on the Band's Self-Titled Debut Album

Nov 18, 2020 15:55  |  Matt King

Folks lucky enough to have enjoyed a live Pescaterritory show understand how tenacious the band’s sound is—and folks who haven’t been as lucky are now able to experience all that the young band has to offer via a brand-new self-titled LP.

Pescaterritory includes vocalist Aiden Schaeffer, drummer Nick...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Here's Our Snarky Scribe's List of Possible Presents for the Drink-Lover in Your Life

On Cocktails: Here's Our Snarky Scribe's List of Possible Presents for the Drink-Lover in Your Life

Nov 27, 2020 13:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Not leaving the house much? I can’t say I blame you.

We have tourists flooding the Coachella Valley from the most plague-ridden regions. People are still wearing chin diapers instead of masks—and throwing them off the second they sit at a restaurant table, like mortarboards at graduation. Despite the...

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Culture and Cuisine: Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar Reopens With a New Pizza Oven and a Renewed Focus on Freshness

Culture and Cuisine: Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar Reopens With a New Pizza Oven and a Renewed Focus on Freshness

Nov 18, 2020 17:00  |  Andrew Smith

“Have a cup of coffee. Relax, and enjoy the sculpture garden,” suggests Art Vasquez as he opens his arms toward the spacious patio.

It’s the beautiful home of Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar, located on the lower level of the Palm Springs Art Museum. For most restaurants, outdoor dining has become nece...

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Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World's Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria?

Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World's Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria?

Nov 17, 2020 12:30  |  Katie Finn

Death. Famine. War. Pestilence. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are a macabre thought indeed, but the stories from our history that tell of grim times are some of the most captivating.

Wine is no different. One of my favorite aspects of wine education involves the untold stories about the grapes,...

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