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Electric Chemistry: CV Rep's 'Romance/Romance' Offers Two Phenomenal Musical Journeys

Electric Chemistry: CV Rep's 'Romance/Romance' Offers Two Phenomenal Musical Journeys

Coachella Valley Repertory and artistic director Ron Celona have a well-deserved reputation for offering first-rate theatrical productions—and the latest effort, Romance/Romance , do...

Snapshot: The 2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Championship's First Day of Play Is All About the Local Kid

Snapshot: The 2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Championship's First Day of Play Is All About the Local Kid

Jon Rahm, the current No. 3 player in the world, carved up the La Quinta Country Club course on his way to a 62—and the lead of the 2018 PGA CareerBuilder Championship after the fi...

Sprinkled Hits: Gary Allan Brings More Than Two Decades of Country Favorites to Fantasy Springs

Sprinkled Hits: Gary Allan Brings More Than Two Decades of Country Favorites to Fantasy Springs

Gary Allan’s songs about heartbreak and dark places have made him one of country music’s biggest stars since the 1990s—and continues to draw large crowds.

He’ll be coming to Fantasy...

Quite a Scoop: Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Is an Important Film With a Stellar Cast

Quite a Scoop: Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Is an Important Film With a Stellar Cast

Perhaps the most important journalistic battle in American history gets the Spielberg treatment in The Post , featuring a stellar cast that includes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

The fi...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 18, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 18, 2018!

On this week's carb-free weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World ponders that new book about Trump; Jen Sorenson looks back at the film Idiocracy ; The K Chronicles comes dow...

The Queen Is Coming: Jesika von Rabbit's New Album Is Almost Here—and She's Celebrating With a Show at Pappy's

The Queen Is Coming: Jesika von Rabbit's New Album Is Almost Here—and She's Celebrating With a Show at Pappy's

Anticipation is building for the long-awaited new album by Jesika von Rabbit—and the former Gram Rabbit frontwoman promises it’s coming soon.

The Queen of the High Desert will be pe...

Cannabis in the CV: Joints? Vape Pens? Edibles? Tinctures? Each Marijuana-Consumption Method Comes With Pros and Cons

Cannabis in the CV: Joints? Vape Pens? Edibles? Tinctures? Each Marijuana-Consumption Method Comes With Pros and Cons

With the repeal of marijuana prohibition—at least as far as the state of California is concerned—comes lots of choices for those of us who have not been part of the medical-marijua...

Movies & TV

Quite a Scoop: Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Is an Important Film With a Stellar Cast

Quite a Scoop: Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Is an Important Film With a Stellar Cast

Jan 18, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Perhaps the most important journalistic battle in American history gets the Spielberg treatment in The Post , featuring a stellar cast that includes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

The film explores The Washington Post ’s decision to print the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam in 1971, a move that raised the ire of...

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Skate Spectacle: Allison Janney and Margot Robbie Are Splendid in the Nasty, Funny 'I, Tonya'

Skate Spectacle: Allison Janney and Margot Robbie Are Splendid in the Nasty, Funny 'I, Tonya'

Jan 18, 2018 09:15  |  Bob Grimm

Admit it: When Nancy Kerrigan got kneecapped by folks connected to Tonya Harding all those years ago, you just knew there would be a big Hollywood movie about it someday. Well, here it is, starring Margot Robbie as Harding—and it’s funny, nasty stuff.

Allison Janney is a sinister hoot as Tonya’s nasty ...

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Home Video Review: David Letterman Returns and Reminds Us How Great He Is as an Interviewer With Netflix's 'My Next Guest'

Home Video Review: David Letterman Returns and Reminds Us How Great He Is as an Interviewer With Netflix's 'My Next Guest'

Jan 15, 2018 15:00  |  Bob Grimm

Even if you are a David Letterman fan, let’s face it: You probably decreased your viewing of his Late Show in the final years of its run. As with most late-night shows, you caught some glimpses of it the next day in video snippets—but without a concentrated viewing of Letterman doing his thing.

Letterm...

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News

Snapshot: The 2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Championship's First Day of Play Is All About the Local Kid

Snapshot: The 2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Championship's First Day of Play Is All About the Local Kid

Jan 19, 2018 15:10  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Jon Rahm, the current No. 3 player in the world, carved up the La Quinta Country Club course on his way to a 62—and the lead of the 2018 PGA CareerBuilder Championship after the first day of play.

Familiar names in the PGA golfing world like Patrick Reed, Canadian fan favorite Mike Weir (back after m...

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Cannabis in the CV: Joints? Vape Pens? Edibles? Tinctures? Each Marijuana-Consumption Method Comes With Pros and Cons

Cannabis in the CV: Joints? Vape Pens? Edibles? Tinctures? Each Marijuana-Consumption Method Comes With Pros and Cons

Jan 17, 2018 14:30  |  Charles Drabkin

With the repeal of marijuana prohibition—at least as far as the state of California is concerned—comes lots of choices for those of us who have not been part of the medical-marijuana community.

Yeah, Attorney Jeff Sessions is still speaking out against marijuana. Luckily, the state is fighting the cu...

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Progressives on the March: A New Indio-Based Political Group's First Act—Supporting a Candidate Running Against Indio's Controversial Mayor

Progressives on the March: A New Indio-Based Political Group's First Act—Supporting a Candidate Running Against Indio's Controversial Mayor

Jan 16, 2018 17:05  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

A new grassroots community organization wants this to be the “Year of Indio”—and the first step the group is taking to make that happen is supporting a candidate running against controversial Indio Mayor Michael Wilson.

The group, calling itself Year of Indio, announced its formation and the candidac...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 18, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 18, 2018!

Jan 18, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's carb-free weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World ponders that new book about Trump; Jen Sorenson looks back at the film Idiocracy ; The K Chronicles comes down with pneumonia; Apoca Clips watches as Trumpy plays a game; and Red Meat remains seated.

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Savage Love: Everything You Wanted to Know About Hematospermia, but Were Afraid to Ask

Savage Love: Everything You Wanted to Know About Hematospermia, but Were Afraid to Ask

Jan 17, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a professional dominatrix, and I thought I’d seen everything in the last five years. But this situation completely baffled the entire dungeon.

This middle-aged guy, seemingly in fine health, booked an appointment with me and my colleague for one hour of some very light play and a golden shower to...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 11, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 11, 2018!

Jan 11, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's stable, genius weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson ponders the meaning of the word "complicit"; The K Chronicles has a disconcerting experience at a sports bar; This Modern World dismisses poverty; Apoca Clips listens in as O.J. threatens to sue; and Red Meat finds something in...

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Arts and Culture

An Arts Incubator: Palm Desert's CREATE Center Celebrates Its First Anniversary With a New Home

An Arts Incubator: Palm Desert's CREATE Center Celebrates Its First Anniversary With a New Home

Jan 22, 2018 10:20  |  Stephen Berger

Times are tough for community-oriented arts programs.

Despite record-setting prices for art at auctions, funding for public art and education is evaporating—or has already dried up. School districts have decreased course offerings in art, music and the humanities. As a result, to some art-lovers, the...

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Electric Chemistry: CV Rep's 'Romance/Romance' Offers Two Phenomenal Musical Journeys

Electric Chemistry: CV Rep's 'Romance/Romance' Offers Two Phenomenal Musical Journeys

Jan 20, 2018 11:55  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Coachella Valley Repertory and artistic director Ron Celona have a well-deserved reputation for offering first-rate theatrical productions—and the latest effort, Romance/Romance , does not disappoint.

To put it simply … the show is phenomenal.

With book and lyrics by Barry Harman and music by Keith Herr...

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Emotional Power: Dezart Performs' Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Rabbit Hole' Packs a Punch

Emotional Power: Dezart Performs' Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Rabbit Hole' Packs a Punch

Jan 14, 2018 11:35  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

A ghastly, unimaginable tragedy can strike without warning—shocking you and changing your life in a moment, forever, beyond anything you ever envisioned for yourself.

But … why? Fate? Kharmic payback? Written on the wind from the day you were born? Are you destiny’s plaything? Or was there some rando...

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Music

Live: The Reverend Horton Heat, and the Voodoo Glow Skulls, Pappy and Harriet's, Jan. 11

Live: The Reverend Horton Heat, and the Voodoo Glow Skulls, Pappy and Harriet's, Jan. 11

Jan 20, 2018 12:35  |  Guillermo Prieto

The Reverend Horton Heat returned to Pappy and Harriet’s for the third time on Thursday, Jan. 11—and the band was welcomed by a sold-out crowd.

But first, Riverside’s Voodoo Glow Skulls brought their ska punk—with a heavy emphasis on punk—stirring up the crowd, especially three corn-feed bro-punks wh...

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Sprinkled Hits: Gary Allan Brings More Than Two Decades of Country Favorites to Fantasy Springs

Sprinkled Hits: Gary Allan Brings More Than Two Decades of Country Favorites to Fantasy Springs

Jan 18, 2018 12:50  |  Brian Blueskye

Gary Allan’s songs about heartbreak and dark places have made him one of country music’s biggest stars since the 1990s—and continues to draw large crowds.

He’ll be coming to Fantasy Springs this Saturday, Jan. 20.

During a recent phone interview, Allan he has a new album in the making. His most recent...

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The Queen Is Coming: Jesika von Rabbit's New Album Is Almost Here—and She's Celebrating With a Show at Pappy's

The Queen Is Coming: Jesika von Rabbit's New Album Is Almost Here—and She's Celebrating With a Show at Pappy's

Jan 17, 2018 17:30  |  Brian Blueskye

Anticipation is building for the long-awaited new album by Jesika von Rabbit—and the former Gram Rabbit frontwoman promises it’s coming soon.

The Queen of the High Desert will be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s with the psychedelic Western music outfit Spindrift on Friday, Feb. 9.

During a recent ph...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Before You Break Out the Bubbly … Learn Exactly What It Is You're Breaking Out

Vine Social: Before You Break Out the Bubbly … Learn Exactly What It Is You're Breaking Out

Jan 16, 2018 08:00  |  Katie Finn

Nothing says “let’s have a party and make some bad decisions” like a bottle of bubbly. There is a reason it’s the No. 1 beverage of choice when you want to celebrate a victory, christen your new yacht or get laid. Simply put: Bubbles are fun and can instantly turn an average Tuesday night into somet...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry Banana Crepes at Sloan's Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry Banana Crepes at Sloan's Restaurant

Jan 11, 2018 13:20  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Strawberry Banana Crepes

Where: Sloan’s Restaurant, 81539 Highway 111, Indio

How much: $13.29

Contact: 760-347-3923; www.sloansrestaurant.com

Why: The high-quality ingredients make all of the sweetness work.

While have quite a healthy sweet tooth when it comes to desserts, I usually prefer savory bre...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Buttermilk Pie at Billy Reed's Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Buttermilk Pie at Billy Reed's Restaurant

Jan 09, 2018 10:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Buttermilk Pie

Where: Billy Reed’s, 1800 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $5.25

Contact: 760-325-1946; www.billyreedspalmsprings.com

Why: It’s the epitome of a perfectly rich dessert.

During my first four years of residence in the Coachella Valley, I somehow never dined at Billy Reed’s, t...

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