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Readers' Picks

28 Sep 2020
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Ladies and gentlemen: Here are the finalists in the Coachella Valley Independent’s seventh annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll! The Final Round of voting will take place through Monday, Oct. 26; find the ballot here. The winners and other results will be announced at on Monday, Nov. 23, and in the special Best of Coachella Valley section in the Independent’s December 2020 print edition. Congratulations to all of the finalists! Arts Best Art Gallery AutoErotica/Michael Weems Collection CODA Gallery Heather James Fine Art Melissa Morgan Gallery Shag Best Indoor Venue The Hood Bar and Pizza McCallum Theatre Palm Springs Art Museum Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Purple Room The Show at Agua Caliente Best Outdoor Venue Empire Polo Club Fantasy Springs Rock Yard The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Rancho Mirage Amphitheatre Best Local Arts Group/Organization CREATE Center for the Arts McCallum Theatre…
25 Nov 2019
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Every year, when late August rolls around, and we start the first round of Best of Coachella Valley voting, the results announcement seems so far away. Yet … the next three months fly by—and while the time is flying, a lot of work is being done. Primary, that work is being done by you, the amazing readers of the Independent. To start, you tackle that first-round ballot—including almost 130 categories and NO pre-selected finalists, just a blank field to fill in next to each category. After that goes on for several weeks, we here at the Independent get to work, and we tabulate all those first-round ballots to determine who you picked as our finalists. Then, in late September comes the announcement of each category’s three to six finalists (five in most cases)—and the start of the final round of voting. After four weeks of that, we here at the…
26 Nov 2018
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This whole process started back in August, when voting began in the first round of the fifth annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll. Now, after three months, two rounds of voting and ballots from more than 1,300 people, we’ve come to the glorious end of the process: Here are the results of the Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019! From all of us here at the Independent: A huge, sincere thank you to all of the readers who voted. We realize that this is not an easy ballot to fill out—almost 130 categories is indeed a lot— but because you took the time to do so thoughtfully, the slate of winners and finalists presented here is truly impressive. It’s diverse; it’s valley-wide (even including representation of the high desert); and it shows how truly great the people, places, organizations and businesses are that call the Coachella Valley home. Now, it’s…

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