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Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

People have been trying to get outdoors during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t blame them. Without fresh air to breathe, clear sunlight or mist on our eyelids, I don’t think we...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

On this week's face-mask-wearing weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles has a wish for mega-churches; This Modern World offers up the latest edition of Life in the Coronave...

April Astronomy: In These Isolated, Scary Times, Take Solace by Going Outside and Looking at the Wonders of the Universe

April Astronomy: In These Isolated, Scary Times, Take Solace by Going Outside and Looking at the Wonders of the Universe

In the western sky at dusk, Venus in April attains its greatest brilliance of this year. Before dawn, the three bright outer planets— Mars , Jupiter and Saturn —are visible in the southeas...

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

You’re out of a job. You’ve been stuck inside for weeks. You’ve re-watched Tiger King so many times that you’re starting to ask, “What was the crime here? Loving big cats and the Set...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Dr. Dana Ratnayake, a Local Physician Who Understands It Takes More Than Opioids to Properly Manage Pain

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Dr. Dana Ratnayake, a Local Physician Who Understands It Takes More Than Opioids to Properly Manage Pain

Dr. Dilangani (Dana) Ratnayake, 35, has been a Cathedral City resident since 2016.

“It’s emotionally draining to deal with patients who are in pain,” she says. However, she’s decide...

Pandemic Stories: Agencies That Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Adapt to the New, Stay-at-Home Reality

Pandemic Stories: Agencies That Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Adapt to the New, Stay-at-Home Reality

Even in the best of times, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the Natio...

Pandemic Stories: A Chat With Nine Local Members of Alcoholics Anonymous About How They're Dealing With the Shelter-in-Place Order

Pandemic Stories: A Chat With Nine Local Members of Alcoholics Anonymous About How They're Dealing With the Shelter-in-Place Order

Getting sober is one thing—and staying sober is another.

Since 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have been there to help members stay sober—offering a safe place for people to air...

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Movies & TV

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

Apr 01, 2020 16:30  |  Bill Frost

You’re out of a job. You’ve been stuck inside for weeks. You’ve re-watched Tiger King so many times that you’re starting to ask, “What was the crime here? Loving big cats and the Seth Wadley Auto Group too much? Free Joe Exotic!”

Shut-in delirium can only countered with new streams of entertainment—pre...

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Political Horror … in a Time of Horror: 'The Hunt' Is Worth Paying for to Stream at Home

Political Horror … in a Time of Horror: 'The Hunt' Is Worth Paying for to Stream at Home

Mar 19, 2020 11:00  |  Bob Grimm

The Hunt , the little B movie that can’t seem to catch a break, finally got released to theaters … in the midst of a national emergency.

The results: Not surprisingly, very few people risked COVID-19 in an effort to see it sitting next to people!

Originally set for release last year, the film was postp...

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Home Video Review: Strong Leads Make 'I Am Not Okay With This' on Netflix Worth a Watch

Home Video Review: Strong Leads Make 'I Am Not Okay With This' on Netflix Worth a Watch

Mar 16, 2020 15:15  |  Bob Grimm

Sophia Lillis stars as Sydney Novak, a character who comes off as a distant cousin of Stephen King’s Carrie in I Am Not Okay With This , a seven-episode series on Netflix.

Sydney is going through some growing pains at her high school—most notably the newly discovered ability to physically wreck things wi...

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News

Artists: Do a Page of Our Coloring Book! Plus Weekend Home Entertainment Options: Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 3, 2020

Artists: Do a Page of Our Coloring Book! Plus Weekend Home Entertainment Options: Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 3, 2020

Apr 03, 2020 18:25  |  Jimmy Boegle

Debra Ann Mumm is one of my favorite people in the entire Coachella Valley.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Debra in a variety of ways over the years. Way back when we launched our monthly print edition in 2013, her then-store Venus Studio Art Supply sponsored our launch party, with Ryan Camp...

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Small Biz Loans Are a Mess; Coronavirus-Test Reliability Concerns—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 2, 2020

Small Biz Loans Are a Mess; Coronavirus-Test Reliability Concerns—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 2, 2020

Apr 02, 2020 18:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

Motoring

What’s your price for flight?

In finding mister right

You’ll be all right tonight …

Some days, you just don’t have it—and for me, today was one of those days. I had a long list of things to do, and … well, most of them didn’t happen.

On days like this during “normal” times, there are a handful o...

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The Longest Month Ever Is Over; Don't Become a Zoom Meeting Potato—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 1, 2020

The Longest Month Ever Is Over; Don't Become a Zoom Meeting Potato—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 1, 2020

Apr 01, 2020 18:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

It’s April 1, no’ foolin. That means one of the most insanely awful months in American history is finally behind us.

How long was March? The obvious, mathematical answer is 31 days. But, man, were those a looooong 31 days.

Here’s how long March was: Remember Pete Buttigieg? When March started, he was st...

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Opinion

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

Apr 02, 2020 15:00  |  Craig Childs, High Country News

People have been trying to get outdoors during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t blame them. Without fresh air to breathe, clear sunlight or mist on our eyelids, I don’t think we can remain sane.

And we need a sane population. Especially now.

All over the country, beaches and parks are closed; and w...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

Apr 02, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's face-mask-wearing weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles has a wish for mega-churches; This Modern World offers up the latest edition of Life in the Coronaverse; Jen Sorensen provides a primer on Plague Insurance options; Apoca Clips rolls its eyes as Li'l Trumpy prattles on; ...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Dr. Dana Ratnayake, a Local Physician Who Understands It Takes More Than Opioids to Properly Manage Pain

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Dr. Dana Ratnayake, a Local Physician Who Understands It Takes More Than Opioids to Properly Manage Pain

Apr 01, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Dr. Dilangani (Dana) Ratnayake, 35, has been a Cathedral City resident since 2016.

“It’s emotionally draining to deal with patients who are in pain,” she says. However, she’s decided that emotional drain is worth it.

I first met Ratnayake because I have chronic pain. About three years ago, I had a hea...

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Arts and Culture

Pandemic Stories: As the COVID-19 News Intensified, Local Theaters Struggled With the Decision on Whether or Not to Remain Open. Then the Decision Was Made for Them.

Pandemic Stories: As the COVID-19 News Intensified, Local Theaters Struggled With the Decision on Whether or Not to Remain Open. Then the Decision Was Made for Them.

Mar 16, 2020 15:20  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume and Jimmy Boegle

Ron Celona looked weary as patrons entered the CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City for the Saturday, March 14, matinee performance of The City of Conversation.

This was supposed to be a bustling, packed weekend of theater in the Coachella Valley. At least four theaters were opening new productions, whil...

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Let's Hear it for the 'Boys': Palm Canyon Theatre Gets Set to Stage a Classic 1968 Gay-Themed Play

Let's Hear it for the 'Boys': Palm Canyon Theatre Gets Set to Stage a Classic 1968 Gay-Themed Play

Mar 12, 2020 16:45  |  Kevin Allman

To the characters in The Boys in the Band , someone like Pete Buttigieg would have been inconceivable—a happily out (and married) man who was a serious candidate for the U.S. presidency.

When Boys premiered in 1968—one year before the Stonewall riots—a same-sex couple still could be arrested for dancing ...

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Raw, Real and Relevant: Desert Rose Playhouse's Beautiful Thing' Tells a Story of Young, Forbidden Love

Raw, Real and Relevant: Desert Rose Playhouse's Beautiful Thing' Tells a Story of Young, Forbidden Love

Mar 08, 2020 13:05  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing was first performed in London back in 1993, when revealing one’s homosexuality was much scarier, but the play’s themes of forbidden love and the struggle for self-acceptance seem just as germane today—and Desert Rose Playhouse’s current production of the play is thoug...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Rapper Kurlzzz aka Justin Roos

The Lucky 13: Rapper Kurlzzz aka Justin Roos

Mar 27, 2020 08:00  |  Matt King

Local rapper Kurlzzz is a part of the huge hip hop scene in the Coachella Valley. I recently saw him perform at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, and was amazed at how he was able to combine tight beats with a flow that was both funny and serious flow. Check out his song “Ice Cream” on all stre...

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The Lucky 13: Meet Edith Aldaz, Frontwoman of Local Band Koka

The Lucky 13: Meet Edith Aldaz, Frontwoman of Local Band Koka

Mar 25, 2020 14:30  |  Matt King

If you’ve been to one of the backyard shows that take place behind the scenes in our valley, you may have come across Koka. In the likely event that you have not … the band’s unique brand of indie music has garnered the group tens of thousands of streams on SoundCloud , and Koka has made every show a ...

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Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Mar 22, 2020 15:45  |  Matt King

We’re under an emergency shelter-at-home order in California, with a lot of businesses closed down—meaning many people are now without a steady income, including the Coachella Valley’s hard-working, talented musicians.

Many of us also now have a lot of time on our hands … so why not use that time to ...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

Mar 24, 2020 14:40  |  Kevin Carlow

“You guys must be so busy during Coachella!”

That drove me crazy my first couple of years here in the desert—almost as crazy as when people ask for “something with vodka, but not too sweet.” Bacchus, save the doe-eyed innocents who say things like that in my presence.

I am not trying to be a jerk. I sw...

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Vine Social: Try to Fill This Turbulent Time With Joy—Including, Perhaps, Some Amazing Rosé Wine

Vine Social: Try to Fill This Turbulent Time With Joy—Including, Perhaps, Some Amazing Rosé Wine

Mar 19, 2020 11:15  |  Katie Finn

The sun is shining. The weather is getting warm. The patio furniture has been brought out of hibernation. For wine lovers, this means one thing … rosé season has arrived.

As I began to write this piece, I was all set to recommend my favorite pink beauties and perhaps touch on the strange new mindset ...

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On Cocktails: A View From the Frontlines as Palm Springs’ Bar and Restaurant Scene Came to a (Temporary?) End

On Cocktails: A View From the Frontlines as Palm Springs’ Bar and Restaurant Scene Came to a (Temporary?) End

Mar 18, 2020 19:30  |  Kevin Carlow

It’s not very often a cocktail columnist for a desert newspaper gets to pretend to be an “in the trenches” correspondent. It’s pretty chill here, and I write about drinks.

Now here we are.

It’s Sunday, March 15. I am sitting in an empty hotel bar with my computer, practicing social distancing, convers...

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