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04 May 2017
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Last year, the McCallum Theatre celebrated its two-year Crisalida Community Arts Project with a showcase called East Valley Voices Out Loud. The goal of the project was to foster a relationship between the McCallum Theatre and artists in the underserved eastern Coachella Valley—and East Valley Voices Out Loud was a triumphant showcase of the fruits of that project. While the Crisalida Community Arts Project’s James Irvine Foundation grant ended a year ago, the McCallum is bringing back East Valley Voices Out Loud for a second year, on Saturday, May 13. Poet, playwright and musician David Gonzalez worked with the McCallum Theatre on the Crisalida Community Arts Project and put together the showcases both years. He explained what will be different about this year’s showcase. “We have a bunch of new artists, and we have expanded the role of other artists who have mentored a couple of new people,” Gonzalez said.…
16 Jan 2017
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The word “bingo” usually invokes images of a church hall, a smoke-filled room and old ladies. Then there’s The Hood Bar and Pizza’s weekly bingo event—which has none of these things. Instead, every Tuesday night, this punk-rock pizza bar is the site of Drag Queen Bingo. The host of Drag Queen Bingo is Sham Ibrahim, a pop artist and television personality. Some may be surprised that The Hood’s regular clientele of punk-rockers, rock ’n’ rollers and lovable misfits has heartily embraced the event—but once you see Ibrahim in action, you’ll understand the popularity. As a host, Ibrahim doesn’t just call numbers; he also tells jokes that are flat-out raunchy, and he’s even known to sing songs between games. Originally from Peoria, Ill., Ibrahim was born to immigrant parents. He left home for San Francisco at the age of 17. He attended the Academy of Art College and then moved to…
04 Nov 2016
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A large and, by all accounts, successful comic con came to Palm Springs over the summer. One problem: That comic con was improperly billed as the first and only Coachella Valley comic con. Turns out a group called the Palm Springs Comic Con has been around since 2014—and this scrappy group of locals is putting on the Palm Springs Comic Con on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs. (Full disclosure: The Independent is a sponsor of the event.) Locally, there is no one more passionate about comic and nerd-culture than Alex Callego. “My love for it started 20 years ago,” Callego said during a recent interview. “My love for conventions began before that. I’d always heard about San Diego Comic-Con, even before it was this huge and gigantic thing. I always wanted to go to it because I had friends who…
02 Nov 2016
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Palm Springs has long been the home of an active, visible, engaged and fairly organized gay male community. As for lesbians … not so much. Enter the Dyke March. Now in its second year, the Palm Springs Dyke March will begin with speakers and entertainment at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Frances Stevens Park, located at 555 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in downtown Palm Springs. Around 5:30, the crowd will be led by a drum line down Palm Canyon Drive, through the Pride Festival and to the Arenas Road stage, where Kate Kendell, the leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will speak. She’ll be followed onstage by amazing lesbian rocker Jennifer Corday. Shann Carr, a local comedian and newish real-estate agent, is a member of the Dyke March’s steering community. “The dyke march has a long, big, fat fucking history. It was started originally as a protest…

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