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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

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 ...

Offering Refuge: Desert Support for Asylum Seekers Delivers Critical Aid to Undocumented LGBTQ Immigrants

Offering Refuge: Desert Support for Asylum Seekers Delivers Critical Aid to Undocumented LGBTQ Immigrants

In 2013, there were approximately 267,000 undocumented LGBT immigrants in the United States, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

We were unable to find mo...

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'

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 recent...

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?

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 re...

Is Flying During COVID-19 Safe?; Biden Beats Trump in the Ratings—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 16, 2020

Is Flying During COVID-19 Safe?; Biden Beats Trump in the Ratings—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 16, 2020

Regular readers of the Daily Digest know that we often link to stories about scientific studies in this space. And regular readers also know that we always suggest that these stori...

Candidate Q&A: Meet the Two Candidates Running for the Cathedral City District 1 City Council Seat

Candidate Q&A: Meet the Two Candidates Running for the Cathedral City District 1 City Council Seat

Cathedral City will soon to become the site of the valley’s third Agua Caliente casino—giving a centerpiece to the “downtown” area city leaders have long been attempting to bolster...

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Movies & TV

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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Home Video Review: Millie Bobby Brown Excels as the Sister of the Famous Detective in Netflix's 'Enola Holmes'

Home Video Review: Millie Bobby Brown Excels as the Sister of the Famous Detective in Netflix's 'Enola Holmes'

Oct 05, 2020 14:10  |  Bob Grimm

Millie Bobby Brown shines as the title character in Enola Holmes , a bubbly, fun detective yarn that gives the little sister of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) her own vehicle. Let’s hope it’s the first of many such mysteries.

Brown, who has been gloomy in most of her biggest roles thus far ( Stranger Th...

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News

Readers Respond to County Closures; an Example of Local Journalism's Power—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 21, 2020

Readers Respond to County Closures; an Example of Local Journalism's Power—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 21, 2020

Oct 21, 2020 17:55  |  Jimmy Boegle

I received some interesting reader responses to yesterday’s news that Riverside County was being demoted from the red, “Substantial” COVID-19 tier to the purple, “Widespread” tier. Here are three of those responses, slightly edited for style:


Gyms don’t make people sick; shitty food does, though. The...

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Businesses Prepare to Close Again as Riverside County Falls Down a Tier—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 20, 2020

Businesses Prepare to Close Again as Riverside County Falls Down a Tier—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Oct. 20, 2020

Oct 20, 2020 16:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

Some thoughts on Riverside County’s descent into the purple, “Widespread” coronavirus tier :

• This will have a devastating impact on some local businesses. It means that within 72 hours, gyms and movie theaters must close all indoor operations. Places of worship can’t have indoor services. Restaurants...

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Offering Refuge: Desert Support for Asylum Seekers Delivers Critical Aid to Undocumented LGBTQ Immigrants

Offering Refuge: Desert Support for Asylum Seekers Delivers Critical Aid to Undocumented LGBTQ Immigrants

Oct 20, 2020 13:15  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

In 2013, there were approximately 267,000 undocumented LGBT immigrants in the United States, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

We were unable to find more-recent data on this community—and were also unable to determine the number of LGBTQ detainees held currently in the 2...

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Opinion

Savage Love: I've Given Up on Finding a Good Relationship, and I'm Considering Ending My Life; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I've Given Up on Finding a Good Relationship, and I'm Considering Ending My Life; What Should I Do?

Oct 21, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

Borrowing Gen Z’s love for labelling everything: I’m a 46-year-old homoromantic asexual Canadian faggot. For me, that means I’d like to love and be loved by another man, but I’d hate having sex with him. To add a vexing complication, I also need some sort of power imbalance. Ideally, I would fall so...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 15, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 15, 2020!

Oct 15, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's town-hall-style weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World brings us a special virus-themed episode of Donald J. Trump, Detective-in-Chief; Jen Sorensen wonders why Democrats want to "pack the courts"; The K Chronicles makes a pitch for Trump fans to vote for someone else; Red Me...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Rupert Macnee, a Filmmaker, Artist and Son of a Famous Father

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Rupert Macnee, a Filmmaker, Artist and Son of a Famous Father

Oct 14, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Rancho Mirage’s Rupert Macnee  has a story that could easily be the subject of one of his documentary films.

Macnee, 73, was born and raised in London. He went off to boarding school at 13, thanks to a generous godmother, and found his way to Princeton University, where he earned a degree in public and...

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Arts and Culture

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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Drive-In Musical: The Brand-New North Star Theatre Company Plans to Launch in October With an Outdoor Performance of 'West Side Story'

Drive-In Musical: The Brand-New North Star Theatre Company Plans to Launch in October With an Outdoor Performance of 'West Side Story'

Aug 27, 2020 15:30  |  Matt King

Thespians everywhere have been aching for the day they can re-enter the world of theater, which was shut down suddenly—along with almost everything else—in March.

The brand-new North Star Theatre Company has an outside-of-the-box plan—and if all goes according to that plan, the company will debut wit...

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Music

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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Blazing Their Trail: The Members of L.A. Witch Discuss Their Coachella Valley Ties, the Pandemic Lockdown and Their New Album, 'Play With Fire'

Blazing Their Trail: The Members of L.A. Witch Discuss Their Coachella Valley Ties, the Pandemic Lockdown and Their New Album, 'Play With Fire'

Oct 12, 2020 14:00  |  Matt King

While many bands struggle to develop a sound that is both unique and comfortingly familiar, L.A. Witch seems to do it with ease.

L.A. Witch is a power trio from Los Angeles whose music hits you like a 90-mph slap to the face. The band includes Ellie English on drums, Irita Pai on bass and Sade Sanche...

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The Lucky 13: David Morales, Guitarist for Black Water Gospel and Eevaan Tré

The Lucky 13: David Morales, Guitarist for Black Water Gospel and Eevaan Tré

Sep 22, 2020 14:00  |  Matt King

Some of the valley’s most prominent rock and R&B groups sound a whole lot sweeter thanks to David Morales. His guitar-work skill level is matched only by his work ethic, as you couldn’t go far without seeing Morales on a bill (pre-pandemic, of course). He is the latest to take the Lucky 13; and ...

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Food and Drink

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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On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

Sep 23, 2020 12:15  |  Kevin Carlow

Midcentury-modern cocktails. “Palm Springs golden era” cocktails.

Is there such a category? I get asked this all the time.

Tiki first comes to mind. It began as a mix of escapism and cultural appropriation—that’s not a dig, as I grew up eating at “Polynesian lounges” and love Tiki—but it became a subc...

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