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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2020!

On this week's Twitter-fact-checked weekly Independent comics page: The pandemic and our political reality seem to be affecting the author of This Modern World; Jen Sorensen talks to...

So Long, Ice Castle: Skaters and Hockey-Lovers Mourn the Closure of the Ice Rink—Which Was Financially Troubled Well Before the Pandemic

So Long, Ice Castle: Skaters and Hockey-Lovers Mourn the Closure of the Ice Rink—Which Was Financially Troubled Well Before the Pandemic

On May 8, the Desert Ice Castle announced it was closing for good, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.

“It is with great sadness and regret that—due to the economic impact o...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Jimmy Boegle, the 'Coachella Valley Independent' Founder and Editor Whose Love of Baseball Led Him to Journalism

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Jimmy Boegle, the 'Coachella Valley Independent' Founder and Editor Whose Love of Baseball Led Him to Journalism

Jimmy Boegle didn’t start out wanting to be a newspaper editor. What he really wanted to do, since the third-grade, was be around baseball.

“I got into journalism while I was in col...

NBC Palm Springs Fails Journalism 101; Barbers and Salons Can Open—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 26, 2020

NBC Palm Springs Fails Journalism 101; Barbers and Salons Can Open—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 26, 2020

Viewers of the local news on NBC Palm Springs may have recently caught a short segment on all of the wonderful things Amazon is doing during the pandemic.

“Millions of Americans sta...

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

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-piercin...

Pandemic Stories: The Children's Discovery Museum, the CV History Museum and the PS Art Museum Cope With the Closure—and Develop Reopening Plans

Pandemic Stories: The Children's Discovery Museum, the CV History Museum and the PS Art Museum Cope With the Closure—and Develop Reopening Plans

The coronavirus has made a lot of people realize they’ve been living life with a gross underappreciation for human connection—including the ability to go to a museum and learn with...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'The Lovebirds' Takes a Typical Rom-Com Plot and Makes It Shine, With Sparkling Dialogue and the Stars' Chemistry

Home Video Review: 'The Lovebirds' Takes a Typical Rom-Com Plot and Makes It Shine, With Sparkling Dialogue and the Stars' Chemistry

May 25, 2020 15:35  |  Bob Grimm

The Lovebirds —the latest Michael Showalter effort—caught my eye before it was originally scheduled to be released in theaters in April. The Wet Hot American Summer co-architect had made his best film as a director a couple years back, The Big Sick , and The Lovebirds has him re-teaming with that film’s st...

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Home Video Review: 'The Wrong Missy,' Starring a Lot of Adam Sandler's Friends, Is Depressingly Unfunny

Home Video Review: 'The Wrong Missy,' Starring a Lot of Adam Sandler's Friends, Is Depressingly Unfunny

May 18, 2020 16:40  |  Bob Grimm

If you are looking for some good, empty-headed, Adam Sandler-branded fun while coping with the nuttiness in the world right now, please don’t watch The Wrong Missy: It will just depress you.

Sandler produced this one on his Netflix deal for buddies David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. Alas, Sp...

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Home Video Review: An Excellent Cast, Led by Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, Makes HBO Film '‘Bad Education' Enjoyable

Home Video Review: An Excellent Cast, Led by Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, Makes HBO Film '‘Bad Education' Enjoyable

May 12, 2020 17:00  |  Bob Grimm

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are terrific in Bad Education , a dark comedy based on the true story of Frank Tassone and the Long Island school-district embezzlement scheme that brought him down.

Jackman plays Tassone, a vain superintendent who gnashes his teeth when Pam Gluckin (Janney), one of his ...

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News

The County OK's Short-Term Rentals; Splash House Is Cancelled—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 29, 2020

The County OK's Short-Term Rentals; Splash House Is Cancelled—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020 18:25  |  Jimmy Boegle

Back on May 1, we wrote: “Welcome to May 2020—which should be one of the most fascinating months in American history.”

Well, May sure lived up to that statement, didn’t it?

It’s now May 29. Here in the Coachella Valley, retail stores, restaurants, some casinos and—as of this afternoon—some vacation re...

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Police-Related Killings on the Rise; Some Counties See a Spike in COVID-19—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 28, 2020

Police-Related Killings on the Rise; Some Counties See a Spike in COVID-19—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020 19:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

While this Daily Digest is (for now, at least) dedicated to news about COVID-19 and the resulting societal and economic mess, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what’s going on in Minnesota .

Unfortunately, murders like that of George Floyd, at the hands of police officers, are nothing new—and until rec...

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June Astronomy: As Summer Arrives, Shift Your Sky Viewings to the Mornings—When Naked-Eye Planets Shine

June Astronomy: As Summer Arrives, Shift Your Sky Viewings to the Mornings—When Naked-Eye Planets Shine

May 28, 2020 16:15  |  Robert Victor

Midday on June 20 (12:48 p.m. in Palm Springs), the sun passes only 10 degrees south of overhead in the Coachella Valley. Summer officially begins at 2:44 p.m., when the sun is exactly over the Tropic of Cancer, east-northeast of Hawaii.

My advice: Avoid the intense light and heat of midday! Get out ...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor, From the June 2020 Print Edition

A Note From the Editor, From the June 2020 Print Edition

May 28, 2020 16:05  |  Jimmy Boegle

(Note: We normally edit the monthly editor's note into two slightly different versions—one for the print edition, and one for the website. However, because this month's note was so print-specific, and most of what's mentioned here has been covered elsewhere at CVIndependent.com, we're publishing the...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2020!

May 28, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's Twitter-fact-checked weekly Independent comics page: The pandemic and our political reality seem to be affecting the author of This Modern World; Jen Sorensen talks to an "expert" about which deaths matter; The K Chronicles lets itself go during quarantine; Apoca Clips watches as the re...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Jimmy Boegle, the 'Coachella Valley Independent' Founder and Editor Whose Love of Baseball Led Him to Journalism

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Jimmy Boegle, the 'Coachella Valley Independent' Founder and Editor Whose Love of Baseball Led Him to Journalism

May 27, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Jimmy Boegle didn’t start out wanting to be a newspaper editor. What he really wanted to do, since the third-grade, was be around baseball.

“I got into journalism while I was in college,” he says, “because I had the athletic ability of a turnip.”

When you first meet Boegle, you get self-deprecating hu...

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Arts and Culture

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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Pandemic Stories: The Children's Discovery Museum, the CV History Museum and the PS Art Museum Cope With the Closure—and Develop Reopening Plans

Pandemic Stories: The Children's Discovery Museum, the CV History Museum and the PS Art Museum Cope With the Closure—and Develop Reopening Plans

May 25, 2020 12:55  |  Matt King

The coronavirus has made a lot of people realize they’ve been living life with a gross underappreciation for human connection—including the ability to go to a museum and learn with others.

So … how do museums serve the public when people can’t physically connect?

We recently spoke to representatives o...

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Divas, Tony Winners and a Sad Clown Who Sings: The McCallum Theatre—With Fingers Crossed—Announces a Packed 2020-2021 Season

Divas, Tony Winners and a Sad Clown Who Sings: The McCallum Theatre—With Fingers Crossed—Announces a Packed 2020-2021 Season

Apr 22, 2020 11:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

Mitch Gershenfeld has been booking shows at the McCallum Theatre for more than two decades now—and it’s a vast understatement to say he’s never experienced a season like this.

The longtime McCallum president and CEO retired—while keeping his booking duties—late last summer to make way for a new presi...

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Music

Concert From Your Car: A Joshua Tree Couple Launches a Weekly Series of Drive-In Shows

Concert From Your Car: A Joshua Tree Couple Launches a Weekly Series of Drive-In Shows

May 21, 2020 11:45  |  Matt King

Concert withdrawals have been hitting me hard. I can’t wait for the day when I can again enjoy music in a crowded venue—but for now, a couple in Joshua Tree has come up with a great idea: drive-in concerts.

Jacqueline and Jeremie Levi Samson are spearheading the Drive-In Concert on the Mesa series. E...

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Getting Bright Again Will Sturgeon's Brightener Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus With New EP 'Stay Open'

Getting Bright Again Will Sturgeon's Brightener Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus With New EP 'Stay Open'

May 19, 2020 16:44  |  Matt King

While you may not always see his work firsthand, Will Sturgeon is one of the most influential people in the Coachella Valley music world.

Sturgeon was first known for his solo-project/band hybrid Brightener, but recent years have seen him take on more behind-the-scenes roles—working with other artist...

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The Lucky 13: Nicolas Lara, Singer/Songwriter of Marni, Which Just Released New Single 'Boozer'

The Lucky 13: Nicolas Lara, Singer/Songwriter of Marni, Which Just Released New Single 'Boozer'

May 17, 2020 16:40  |  Matt King

I have attended a lot of backyard shows in the Coachella Valley—and I have often seen (and shared) bills with Marni’s name on it. Nicolas Lara is the brainchild behind Marni, and has released many songs over the years—check out his stacked BandCamp page,  alaraa.bandcamp.com/music . He just released a...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

May 22, 2020 08:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Remember that episode of Cheers —the one where Norm, Cliff and Frasier all sit at tables six feet apart?

They order from tablets that have been carefully sanitized after each guest. A single empty seat is also at each table, which could be occupied by a member of the same household, but the men are all...

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Vine Social: Zoom Wine Parties Have Been a Stay-at-Home Life-Saver—but They Can't Replace Real Togetherness

Vine Social: Zoom Wine Parties Have Been a Stay-at-Home Life-Saver—but They Can't Replace Real Togetherness

May 17, 2020 17:00  |  Katie Finn

I have kids, so I therefore watch a lot of Disney movies. In the movie WALL-E , the Earth has been destroyed by pollution, so all the humans have been put on a spaceship and blasted out to a far-away galaxy. They all sit in their own private floating chairs, watching their personal little TVs, eating ...

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Caesar Cervisia: The Pandemic Has Made It Easier for Beer-Lovers to Get the State's Best Brews

Caesar Cervisia: The Pandemic Has Made It Easier for Beer-Lovers to Get the State's Best Brews

May 15, 2020 17:15  |  Brett Newton

In these strange times, the last thing you might be pondering is: "How do I get my craft beer, though?"

However, there are options for California craft-beer aficionados. In fact, the pandemic has made it easier than ever to get one’s hands on the best beer across the state—without having to go to a sin...

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