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Never Too Late: Josh Heinz's 'New' Album 'Made in Memphis 2003' Was Recorded 17 Years Ago

Never Too Late: Josh Heinz's 'New' Album 'Made in Memphis 2003' Was Recorded 17 Years Ago

Many Coachella Valley musicians pull double, triple or even quadruple duty—and a prime example of this is Josh Heinz. He plays for both Blasting Echo and 5th Town; he’s an in-deman...

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

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...

The Lucky 13: Israel Pinedo; Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist of Israel's Arcade, Which Just Released New Single 'Car Crash'

The Lucky 13: Israel Pinedo; Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist of Israel's Arcade, Which Just Released New Single 'Car Crash'

Israel’s Arcade is Israel Pinedo’s indie-punk brainchild , with every song written and recorded by him. He melds the basics of punk rock with the structure and dreamy effects of ind...

Dying-With-Dignity Dilemma: California’s End of Life Option Act Is Being Used More Than Ever—but Not By the State's Majority-Minority Communities

Dying-With-Dignity Dilemma: California’s End of Life Option Act Is Being Used More Than Ever—but Not By the State's Majority-Minority Communities

More critically ill Californians utilized the state’s End of Life Option Act in 2019 than in 2018—but almost all of those who did so were white.

That’s the big takeaway from the Cal...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 9, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 9, 2020!

On this week's extra-super-toasty weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World invites you to play an exciting game of Spot the Mistakes; Jen Sorenson ponders the cycle of gentr...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mary Borders, a Woman Who Spent Her Career Confronting Racism—and Is a Dancer Extraordinaire

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mary Borders, a Woman Who Spent Her Career Confronting Racism—and Is a Dancer Extraordinaire

I first met Mary Borders after I saw her dance.

It was at a gathering in Palm Springs in 1997 to honor the 84th birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. To the accompaniment of dru...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Will Farrell's Unfunny Streak Continues With Netflix's 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga'

Home Video Review: Will Farrell's Unfunny Streak Continues With Netflix's 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga'

Jul 13, 2020 15:00  |  Bob Grimm

Will Ferrell used to be a sure-fire comedy guarantee: There was a stretch when it seemed he could do no wrong.

Alas, that stretch is long behind him now, and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga continues his recent streak of lousy-to-mediocre films. This one falls somewhere in the realm of ...

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Home Video Review: 'Hamilton' on Disney+ Is the Gem It Was Rumored to Be

Home Video Review: 'Hamilton' on Disney+ Is the Gem It Was Rumored to Be

Jul 07, 2020 13:20  |  Bob Grimm

A confession: I didn’t like Hamilton the first time I watched it on Disney+. The music felt unoriginal; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s face and voice were annoying me; and I had problems following the plot.

But … I loved the ending, and really liked the women in the show, especially Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilto...

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Content Shifter: Nine Series to Stream on HBO Max

Content Shifter: Nine Series to Stream on HBO Max

Jul 01, 2020 16:00  |  Bill Frost

If you were an HBO Now subscriber prior to last month, you may have noticed that it somehow became HBO Max overnight. Or maybe it didn’t—i t’s sheer confusion in the land of HBO streaming. Maybe you still have HBO Now, which is just HBO. Meanwhile, as of the end of the July, HBO Go will be HBO gone .

A...

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News

California Closes More Indoor Biz; Meet the Expert, Mr. Chuck Woolery—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 13, 2020

California Closes More Indoor Biz; Meet the Expert, Mr. Chuck Woolery—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 13, 2020

Jul 13, 2020 18:05  |  Jimmy Boegle

It’s July 13. Let’s check and see how things are going!

COVID-19 is running amok .

The state is locking down more businesses again —with gyms, hair salons and churches pretty much ordered to close today in most of the state (including here in Riverside County).

The federal budget deficit last month alone...

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Alarming News About Testing Shortages; Encouraging News About Remdesivir—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 10, 2020

Alarming News About Testing Shortages; Encouraging News About Remdesivir—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 10, 2020

Jul 10, 2020 18:20  |  Jimmy Boegle

Testing shortages are getting worse , both in Southern California and across the country . San Bernardino County has had to decrease the number of appointments at county-run testing sites from from 400-500 to 170-180 per day, due to supply shortages , according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. This. I...

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Dying-With-Dignity Dilemma: California’s End of Life Option Act Is Being Used More Than Ever—but Not By the State's Majority-Minority Communities

Dying-With-Dignity Dilemma: California’s End of Life Option Act Is Being Used More Than Ever—but Not By the State's Majority-Minority Communities

Jul 09, 2020 16:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

More critically ill Californians utilized the state’s End of Life Option Act in 2019 than in 2018—but almost all of those who did so were white.

That’s the big takeaway from the California Department of Health’s yearly report, released on June 30, on what is sometimes called the death with dignity la...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 9, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 9, 2020!

Jul 09, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's extra-super-toasty weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World invites you to play an exciting game of Spot the Mistakes; Jen Sorenson ponders the cycle of gentrification; (Th)ink figures out why there are such few Black NASCAR drivers; Apoca Clips reveals Li'l Trumpy's plans to s...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mary Borders, a Woman Who Spent Her Career Confronting Racism—and Is a Dancer Extraordinaire

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mary Borders, a Woman Who Spent Her Career Confronting Racism—and Is a Dancer Extraordinaire

Jul 08, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

I first met Mary Borders after I saw her dance.

It was at a gathering in Palm Springs in 1997 to honor the 84th birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. To the accompaniment of drums, Borders danced a free-form combination of modern dance and African tribal movements. Her style was lyrical, fluid an...

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Savage Love: Is It Possible for a Lesbian Couple to Explore Cuckolding in a Monogamous Way?

Savage Love: Is It Possible for a Lesbian Couple to Explore Cuckolding in a Monogamous Way?

Jul 08, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a lesbian in a long-term relationship. After much conversation with my partner, we’ve decided to explore cuckolding role play together. I’m not comfortable bringing another person into the relationship—especially right now—but I am willing to explore this as a fantasy. The thing is, I’m having a...

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Arts and Culture

Free Yuks: Socially Distanced Comedy and Magic Is Coming Twice a Month to The River in Rancho Mirage

Free Yuks: Socially Distanced Comedy and Magic Is Coming Twice a Month to The River in Rancho Mirage

Jun 16, 2020 11:45  |  Staff

(Editor's note: After one show, this comedy series has been discontinued.)

It may seem like nothing’s funny anymore—but producer/comedian Max Mitchell would beg to disagree.

Max Mitchell’s Comedy and Magic Show will make its debut this Friday, June 19, at the amphitheater at The River in Rancho Mirage....

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The Goals of the Desert AIDS Project’s Star-Studded 'Voices of Hope': Entertain, Raise Money, and Serve as a Test Run for Other Virtual Events

The Goals of the Desert AIDS Project’s Star-Studded 'Voices of Hope': Entertain, Raise Money, and Serve as a Test Run for Other Virtual Events

Jun 14, 2020 16:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Many local nonprofits depend on large signature events to raise a significant portion of the money they need.

However, large events are currently not safe—and won’t be until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, likely many months or even several years from now.

So what can nonprofits do in the meantime? The...

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Pandemic Stories: How One Desert Tattoo Shop Owner Is Coping With the Shutdown—and How She Plans to Safely Reopen

Pandemic Stories: How One Desert Tattoo Shop Owner Is Coping With the Shutdown—and How She Plans to Safely Reopen

May 26, 2020 16:05  |  Kevin Allman

Perhaps you’ve thought about getting some work on your arm, or maybe adding some colorful scales to the massive dragon inked on your back. Maybe you have a yen for a nipple-piercing … or something more south of the border.

If so, until Stage 3 of the reopening process begins in earnest, you’re out of...

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Music

Never Too Late: Josh Heinz's 'New' Album 'Made in Memphis 2003' Was Recorded 17 Years Ago

Never Too Late: Josh Heinz's 'New' Album 'Made in Memphis 2003' Was Recorded 17 Years Ago

Jul 13, 2020 15:30  |  Matt King

Many Coachella Valley musicians pull double, triple or even quadruple duty—and a prime example of this is Josh Heinz. He plays for both Blasting Echo and 5th Town; he’s an in-demand solo performer; and he regularly plans shows, most notably his annual Concert for Autism, a two-day festival raising m...

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The Lucky 13: Israel Pinedo; Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist of Israel's Arcade, Which Just Released New Single 'Car Crash'

The Lucky 13: Israel Pinedo; Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist of Israel's Arcade, Which Just Released New Single 'Car Crash'

Jul 10, 2020 14:30  |  Matt King

Israel’s Arcade is Israel Pinedo’s indie-punk brainchild , with every song written and recorded by him. He melds the basics of punk rock with the structure and dreamy effects of indie bands, a style which has garnered him much success on streaming platforms. His latest release, “Car Crash,” brings a mo...

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Music by the Masters: After a One-Year Hiatus, Idyllwild Arts' Jazz in the Pines Is Back—With an Expanded, Mostly Online Format

Music by the Masters: After a One-Year Hiatus, Idyllwild Arts' Jazz in the Pines Is Back—With an Expanded, Mostly Online Format

Jul 06, 2020 13:45  |  Jimmy Boegle and Stuart Cohn

True connoisseurs of great jazz know where to seek it out. They’ll haunt late night bars (at least when bars are a thing) and flip through bins of vinyl at ever-diminishing record stores. They create playlists on Spotify; Alexa already knows what they want to hear without having to be asked.

Through ...

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Food and Drink

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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Caesar Cervisia: The View From Behind the Taproom Bar Through the Closing, the Reopening, and the Partial Reclosing

Caesar Cervisia: The View From Behind the Taproom Bar Through the Closing, the Reopening, and the Partial Reclosing

Jul 09, 2020 12:15  |  Brett Newton

Last year, I dedicated an entire column to information and etiquette for people visiting taprooms . Part of my motivation was selfish—I work at a taproom myself, specifically the Coachella Valley Brewing taproom in Thousand Palms—but I also wanted to help people who have little to no experience in the...

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On Cocktails: A Properly Made Mai Tai Can Serve as an Old-School Escape From These Troubled Times

On Cocktails: A Properly Made Mai Tai Can Serve as an Old-School Escape From These Troubled Times

Jun 18, 2020 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Anyone else feel like an escape right now?

I have written about Tiki here and there in this column. Cocktails from Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs have been featured occasionally, and my colleague Patrick did a profile on The Reef—all well-deserved, but Tiki hasn’t come up substantially in two years ...

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