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The Venue Report, March 2020: Pink Martini, Hall and Oates, Flogging Molly—and a Whole Lot More!

The Venue Report, March 2020: Pink Martini, Hall and Oates, Flogging Molly—and a Whole Lot More!

It’s March in the Coachella Valley—but the weather isn’t the only thing getting hotter. Check out some of the fiery entertainment coming to us this month.

The McCallum Theatre’s Mar...

March Astronomy: The Three Bright Outer Planets Converge This Month for a Once-in-20-Years Rendezvous

March Astronomy: The Three Bright Outer Planets Converge This Month for a Once-in-20-Years Rendezvous

In the western sky after sunset, Venus in late March attains its highest position at dusk and its longest duration of visibility in a dark sky for 2020.

All three bright outer planets...

A Kid-Safe 'Call': Harrison Ford Is Great, but He Doesn't Mesh Well With the CGI Dog in 'Call of the Wild'

A Kid-Safe 'Call': Harrison Ford Is Great, but He Doesn't Mesh Well With the CGI Dog in 'Call of the Wild'

A grumpy Harrison Ford sporting a David Letterman beard stars alongside a CGI dog in this latest cinematic take on the Jack London classic The Call of the Wild .

The filmmakers went f...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 27, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 27, 2020!

On this week's pandemic-free weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World makes a failed attempt to go back in time; Jen Sorensen ponders politics and safety; The K Chronicles m...

Candidate Q&A: We Talked to the Five People Running to Replace Jeff Stone in State Senate District 28

Candidate Q&A: We Talked to the Five People Running to Replace Jeff Stone in State Senate District 28

On Nov. 1, 2019, District 28 State Sen. Jeff Stone, a Republican, resigned to become the western regional director of President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor. On March 3—the d...

Restaurant News Bites: Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs; a New Food Boss at The Rowan; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs; a New Food Boss at The Rowan; and a Whole Lot More!

Three Pieces of Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs

There’s surprisingly little restaurant news to report at this point during the busy season ... because, well, most everyone is s...

Movies & TV

A Kid-Safe 'Call': Harrison Ford Is Great, but He Doesn't Mesh Well With the CGI Dog in 'Call of the Wild'

A Kid-Safe 'Call': Harrison Ford Is Great, but He Doesn't Mesh Well With the CGI Dog in 'Call of the Wild'

Feb 27, 2020 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

A grumpy Harrison Ford sporting a David Letterman beard stars alongside a CGI dog in this latest cinematic take on the Jack London classic The Call of the Wild .

The filmmakers went for a kid-friendly PG rating, so much of the novel’s violence, against humans and dogs alike, has been removed in favor o...

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Home Video Review: What Are Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe and Ben Affleck Doing in Such a God-Awful Movie?

Home Video Review: What Are Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe and Ben Affleck Doing in Such a God-Awful Movie?

Feb 25, 2020 12:45  |  Bob Grimm

Holy hell, The Last Thing He Wanted is a bad movie. I mean, it’s bad. Like, really, really, really, really, really bad.

Anne Hathaway trudges through this adaptation of Joan Didion’s novel, a movie that casts her as an ’80s reporter who MUST KNOW THE TRUTH. Fed up with boring stories involving Reagan’s r...

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Feeling Blue: Jim Carrey Almost Salvages 'Sonic the Hedgehog' and Its Unoriginal Script

Feeling Blue: Jim Carrey Almost Salvages 'Sonic the Hedgehog' and Its Unoriginal Script

Feb 20, 2020 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Out of the gate, Sonic the Hedgehog looks like it could be one of the year’s worst films. It’s irritating; it’s unoriginal; and it features multiple jokes about cops eating donuts, as if we haven’t heard those before.

Then Jim Carrey shows up as the villain—and almost saves the whole damn thing. Almost....

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News

March Astronomy: The Three Bright Outer Planets Converge This Month for a Once-in-20-Years Rendezvous

March Astronomy: The Three Bright Outer Planets Converge This Month for a Once-in-20-Years Rendezvous

Feb 27, 2020 11:00  |  Robert Victor

In the western sky after sunset, Venus in late March attains its highest position at dusk and its longest duration of visibility in a dark sky for 2020.

All three bright outer planets— Mars , Jupiter and Saturn —cluster in the southeast before dawn. Don’t miss their rare, once-in-20-years compact gathering f...

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Candidate Q&A: We Talked to the Five People Running to Replace Jeff Stone in State Senate District 28

Candidate Q&A: We Talked to the Five People Running to Replace Jeff Stone in State Senate District 28

Feb 26, 2020 14:15  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Nov. 1, 2019, District 28 State Sen. Jeff Stone, a Republican, resigned to become the western regional director of President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor. On March 3—the day of California’s primary election, as well as Super Tuesday nationally—voters will start the process of choosing Stone...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 27, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 27, 2020!

Feb 27, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's pandemic-free weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World makes a failed attempt to go back in time; Jen Sorensen ponders politics and safety; The K Chronicles meditates to Mr. Chopra; Red Meat introduces spanking into the bedroom; and Apoca Clips preps Li'l Trumpy for his India t...

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Savage Love: I'm Working on Overcoming a Dislike of Oral Sex; What Can I Do to Finish the Job, So to Speak?

Savage Love: I'm Working on Overcoming a Dislike of Oral Sex; What Can I Do to Finish the Job, So to Speak?

Feb 26, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a 31-year-old cis bisexual woman. I’m hetero-romantic and in a monogamish relationship with a man. We play with other people together. I’ve never liked giving blowjobs, because I was taught that girls who give blowjobs are “sluts.” Phrases that are meant to be insulting, like, “You suck,” “Suck ...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: In 'Billionaire Wilderness,' Sociologist Justin Farrell Explores the Ways Wealth Shapes Wyoming and the Rest of the Western U.S.

Western Lit: In 'Billionaire Wilderness,' Sociologist Justin Farrell Explores the Ways Wealth Shapes Wyoming and the Rest of the Western U.S.

Feb 27, 2020 14:25  |  Carl Segerstrom, High Country News

Jutting more than 7,000 feet from the valley floor, the Teton Range offers some of the United States’ most dramatic vistas. But the jagged peaks are mirrored by equally sharp economic divides in the communities below: Lured by both natural beauty and favorable tax codes, the ultra-wealthy have flock...

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Building Dance in the Desert: The Palm Springs Dance Project Shows Off Its Efforts With a Series of March Performances and Events

Building Dance in the Desert: The Palm Springs Dance Project Shows Off Its Efforts With a Series of March Performances and Events

Feb 20, 2020 14:00  |  Andrea Gomez

The Palm Springs Dance Project has burst onto the scene as a new and exciting dance program that merges professionals with local students—and the public will get to see the fruits of the program during a series of events taking place Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7.

Darcy Carozza, the founder an...

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Western Lit: A New Book Examines Andy Warhol's Western Art—and How It Failed to Address Racism

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Andy Warhol's Western Art—and How It Failed to Address Racism

Feb 13, 2020 10:35  |  Jeremy Lybarger, High Country News

In 1986, the year before he died, Andy Warhol produced Cowboys and Indians, a portfolio of prints commemorating the American West. Featuring almost-psychedelic silkscreens of Theodore Roosevelt, George Custer, Geronimo and others, the series puts a historical spin on Warhol’s trademark celebrity fixat...

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Music

The Venue Report, March 2020: Pink Martini, Hall and Oates, Flogging Molly—and a Whole Lot More!

The Venue Report, March 2020: Pink Martini, Hall and Oates, Flogging Molly—and a Whole Lot More!

Feb 27, 2020 12:00  |  Matt King

It’s March in the Coachella Valley—but the weather isn’t the only thing getting hotter. Check out some of the fiery entertainment coming to us this month.

The McCallum Theatre’s March schedule is packed. From Wednesday, March 4, through Sunday, March 8 , you can catch Pink Martini , featuring singers Chi...

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Soothing Sounds: The Adobe Collective, From Joshua Tree, Seeks a Wider Audience for Its Brand-New Album

Soothing Sounds: The Adobe Collective, From Joshua Tree, Seeks a Wider Audience for Its Brand-New Album

Feb 20, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

Embedded in the air of Joshua Tree, one can find the soothing psychedelic folk sounds of the Adobe Collective. Every song from the group sets a listener in a state of extreme calm, and they create a perfect soundtrack for a lazy day. My favorite tracks include “Carousel” and “Home (Sins)”

The band re...

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From Grit to Glam: Fever Dog Embarks on a Journey Toward New Sounds—and a New Record

From Grit to Glam: Fever Dog Embarks on a Journey Toward New Sounds—and a New Record

Feb 19, 2020 08:00  |  Matt King

The first show I ever went to in the Coachella Valley was a Fever Dog show—and the fusion of blues and psychedelic rock introduced me to the local music scene with a bang.

That performance cemented Fever Dog’s place in my mind’s Hall of Fame, and the band has received a fair amount of attention beyon...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs; a New Food Boss at The Rowan; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs; a New Food Boss at The Rowan; and a Whole Lot More!

Feb 25, 2020 13:40  |  Jimmy Boegle

Three Pieces of Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs

There’s surprisingly little restaurant news to report at this point during the busy season ... because, well, most everyone is so gosh-darned busy.

Therefore, I’m going to take advantage of this relative news lull to offer up a few pieces of advice ...

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On Cocktails: As St. Patrick's Day Approaches, Irish Whiskey Is on the Mind

On Cocktails: As St. Patrick's Day Approaches, Irish Whiskey Is on the Mind

Feb 21, 2020 10:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Spring is nearly upon us here in the desert—and it’s a great time for me and other transplants to remember how fortunate we are to have traded gray 40-degree days for 82 degrees and sunshine.

Granted, we now have to dodge double-decker buses packed with house-peepers, as well as land yachts piloted b...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Omakase at Taka Shin

The Indy Endorsement: The Omakase at Taka Shin

Feb 18, 2020 18:55  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The omakase

Where: Taka Shin, 641 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $75 to $100; $85 as described

Contact: 760-600-5806; takashin-ps.com

Why: It’s the ultimate splurge/treat.

When Miho Suma tells me something about Japanese food, I listen.

Miho is the owner of Shabu Shabu Zen, the amazing Ranch...

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