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Sittable Art: Artists Beautify Another Round of Benches Along Palm Canyon Drive

Sittable Art: Artists Beautify Another Round of Benches Along Palm Canyon Drive

If you’ve been in downtown Palm Springs recently, you may have seen—or even sat on—one of the 10 newly painted public benches now adorning the downtown sidewalks on Palm Canyon Dri...

California's Painful COVID-19 Mistakes; the High Human Cost of Herd Immunity—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 7, 2020

California's Painful COVID-19 Mistakes; the High Human Cost of Herd Immunity—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 7, 2020

The state of California’s response to the pandemic, as of late, has been a big mess.

First: The state’s COVID-19 data reporting is all messed up. According to the Los Angeles Times, ...

Measure Language: Lawsuits to Make Ballot-Proposition Wording Fairer Keep Getting Dismissed

Measure Language: Lawsuits to Make Ballot-Proposition Wording Fairer Keep Getting Dismissed

In California elections, it’s practically tradition: About 100 days before the election, the state attorney general writes up a label and succinct summary of each ballot propositio...

Socially Distanced Films: El Toro Flicks Brings an Upgraded Drive-In Movie Experience to the Westfield Mall

Socially Distanced Films: El Toro Flicks Brings an Upgraded Drive-In Movie Experience to the Westfield Mall

In some ways, the pandemic has driven us toward technology, like Zoom meetings, which allow us to meet when we can’t be physically together. In other ways, it’s driven us toward ol...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 6, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 6, 2020!

On this week's fresh and fruity weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen ponders the desires of Senate Republicans; The K Chronicles enjoys a quarantine dream about a frozen-food...

Informed Dissent: Our Election System Wasn't Designed for Someone as Power-Hungry as Donald Trump

Informed Dissent: Our Election System Wasn't Designed for Someone as Power-Hungry as Donald Trump

There are four plausible interpretations of Donald Trump’s suggestion that we delay the November election over the supposed threat of mail-in voting fraud.

1. He’s an idiot who impuls...

DREAMers' Dilemma: Immigrant-Rights Advocates Express Frustration as the Trump Administration Refuses DACA Applications Despite a Supreme Court Ruling

DREAMers' Dilemma: Immigrant-Rights Advocates Express Frustration as the Trump Administration Refuses DACA Applications Despite a Supreme Court Ruling

On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—seemingly giving a lifeline t...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Showtime Documentary 'The Go-Go's' Proves the All-Female Legends Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Home Video Review: Showtime Documentary 'The Go-Go's' Proves the All-Female Legends Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Aug 10, 2020 15:35  |  Bob Grimm

I’ve been bitching about the Go-Go’s not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. They should’ve been first-ballot inductees, but nope; Bon Jovi is in there instead.

Now that I’ve ranted, let me tell you about The Go-Go’s , a super-fine documentary from director Alison Ellwood that covers the...

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Socially Distanced Films: El Toro Flicks Brings an Upgraded Drive-In Movie Experience to the Westfield Mall

Socially Distanced Films: El Toro Flicks Brings an Upgraded Drive-In Movie Experience to the Westfield Mall

Aug 06, 2020 14:00  |  Matt King

In some ways, the pandemic has driven us toward technology, like Zoom meetings, which allow us to meet when we can’t be physically together. In other ways, it’s driven us toward old-school vibes, including the return of the drive-in movie theater.

And now, here comes El Toro Flicks—an old-school-styl...

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Content Shifter: Ten of the Worst Movies of the Summer of 2020

Content Shifter: Ten of the Worst Movies of the Summer of 2020

Aug 03, 2020 14:30  |  Bill Frost

Movie theaters are over . Sure, you might for a minute feel nostalgic for the privilege of driving to the Gigantaplex, buying tickets, forking over a lump sum for an XXXL BladderBuster Diet Coke and MegaButter popcorn, and then being marched to your Assigned Corporate Seat, amongst the other chumps—bu...

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News

A Moratorium That Misses: Thousands of Californians Have Been Evicted From Their Rented Homes During the Pandemic

A Moratorium That Misses: Thousands of Californians Have Been Evicted From Their Rented Homes During the Pandemic

Aug 11, 2020 17:00  |  Matt Levin, Nigel Duara and Erica Yee

Jamie Burson didn’t want her 11-year-old son to discover how frightened she really was about the novel coronavirus. But it’s hard to mask anxiety when you’re living and sleeping together in the same car.

After Burson was evicted from her two-bedroom apartment in Vacaville during the second week of Ap...

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COVID Dichotomies; the State Works Through Its Data Debacle—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 10, 2020

COVID Dichotomies; the State Works Through Its Data Debacle—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 10, 2020

Aug 10, 2020 18:40  |  Jimmy Boegle

If being on social media weren’t an important part of my job, I’d be taking a break from Facebook right now.

Why? Frankly … I could use a break from all of the hysterics.

Let me make one thing clear: Now is a time when hysterics are understandable. Many of us are hurting. We’re broke. Or we’re tired. ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 6, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 6, 2020!

Aug 06, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's fresh and fruity weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen ponders the desires of Senate Republicans; The K Chronicles enjoys a quarantine dream about a frozen-foods empire; This Modern World looks at election reassurances from the Trump administration; Red Meat visits a mobile derma...

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Savage Love: I'm Gay, and the Guy I'm Seeing Wants to Paint My Toenails as Part of a Foot Fetish

Savage Love: I'm Gay, and the Guy I'm Seeing Wants to Paint My Toenails as Part of a Foot Fetish

Aug 05, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a gay guy who’s involved with a guy I met a few months before COVID-19 took off. He’s a great guy—smart, funny, hot, healthy and easy to be around. It started as a hookup, but we have chemistry on several levels, and without either of us having to say it, we started seeing each other regularly. ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2020!

Jul 30, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's Emmy-nomination-snubbed weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to a civil rights great; This Modern World brings us the latest tales of The Unbelievable Trump; Jen Sorensen invites the world to come visit the United States; Red Meat gives a pet some treats; and Ap...

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Arts and Culture

Sittable Art: Artists Beautify Another Round of Benches Along Palm Canyon Drive

Sittable Art: Artists Beautify Another Round of Benches Along Palm Canyon Drive

Aug 10, 2020 16:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

If you’ve been in downtown Palm Springs recently, you may have seen—or even sat on—one of the 10 newly painted public benches now adorning the downtown sidewalks on Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Alejo roads.

This collection of formerly drab benches has just been re-imagined via the beautiful ar...

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Can the Show Go On? Theater Companies Don't Know When They'll Be Able to Take the Stage Again—but a New Alliance Is Helping Them Support Each Other Until That Time Comes

Can the Show Go On? Theater Companies Don't Know When They'll Be Able to Take the Stage Again—but a New Alliance Is Helping Them Support Each Other Until That Time Comes

Jul 22, 2020 09:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

Before everything went to hell, the Coachella Valley theater community was enjoying, by far, its most successful season ever.

CVRep was reveling in its first full season in its gorgeous new home, the CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City. Dezart Performs and the Desert Rose Playhouse were in the midst of...

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Moving Open Call From the Stage to the Screen: The McCallum Theatre's Annual Local-Talent Showcase Moves to Video and Will Air on KESQ

Moving Open Call From the Stage to the Screen: The McCallum Theatre's Annual Local-Talent Showcase Moves to Video and Will Air on KESQ

Jul 17, 2020 11:35  |  Matt King

Every year, the McCallum Theatre showcases local performers via its Open Call Talent Project—but the series of April shows, like so many other events, was a casualty of the coronavirus epidemic.

However, the show must go on—so Open Call 2020 has moved from the stage to the screen: At 6:30 p.m., Satur...

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Music

Young and Determined: The Virtual Coachella Valley Youth Music Fest Will Showcase Local Talent and Raise Money for Charities

Young and Determined: The Virtual Coachella Valley Youth Music Fest Will Showcase Local Talent and Raise Money for Charities

Jul 20, 2020 08:30  |  Matt King

Backyard shows—put on by teens, for teens—have been taking place for decades in the Coachella Valley. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions have silenced the backyard show scene for now—but that doesn’t mean local youth have let their creative voices be silenced.

Take, for example, the Coachella Valle...

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The Lucky 13: Paul Forrester, Bassist for Hammer of the Ozz, Celebrating New Album 'Hot as the Sun'

The Lucky 13: Paul Forrester, Bassist for Hammer of the Ozz, Celebrating New Album 'Hot as the Sun'

Jul 17, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

Hammer of the Ozz is one of the heaviest bands to come out of the Coachella Valley in recent years. What started as a Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath cover band has evolved into a four-piece hard-rock group with a blistering debut album, Hot as the Sun , available at hammeroftheozz.bandcamp.com , that wa...

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Playful Punk: Saints and Rebels' Exuberance and Punk Fusion Shine on the Band's Three-Song Debut EP

Playful Punk: Saints and Rebels' Exuberance and Punk Fusion Shine on the Band's Three-Song Debut EP

Jul 16, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

On the surface, Saints and Rebels may seem like a typical punk band—but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the group combines various subgenres under the punk umbrella, including comedy punk, hardcore and even ska.

The band is made up of Austin Lawrence on vocals and bass; Cristian Alvarez ...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World's Best

Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World's Best

Jul 16, 2020 15:00  |  Katie Finn

Hello? Australia, are you there? Can you hear me? I completely forgot about you and your wines!

And so did a whole lot of others.

In Australian wine’s heyday, stores couldn’t keep up with the demand we had for deep and inky Barossa Valley shirazes and Coonawarra cabernets. Inexpensive wines with full-...

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On Cocktails: Herbs and Spices Can Help You Make Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drinks, If You'd Like to Sober Up for a Bit

On Cocktails: Herbs and Spices Can Help You Make Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drinks, If You'd Like to Sober Up for a Bit

Jul 14, 2020 16:00  |  Kevin Carlow

You’re all cut off.

Look, when I wrote about bars being an important part of our society , I didn’t say you should all run right out to them the second they reopened—while forgetting all the things we’ve learned over the last several months. This is why we can’t have nice things!

I’ve heard a lot of peo...

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Great Plates Indeed: More Than 1,000 Local Seniors Are Receiving Three Meals Each Day, From 28 Restaurants, Thanks to the Great Plates Delivered Program

Great Plates Indeed: More Than 1,000 Local Seniors Are Receiving Three Meals Each Day, From 28 Restaurants, Thanks to the Great Plates Delivered Program

Jul 10, 2020 16:30  |  Charles Drabkin

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of the Great Plates Delivered program, which had two goals in the midst of the COVID-19 shut-down order: feeding local seniors in need, and keeping restaurant workers employed.

Since then, the program has done both of those things. According to River...

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