Ready or not … here come the events!

The production cycle for our October print edition, which is being distributed this week, was one of the busier cycles in recent memory—and one of the reasons is that things in this valley are happening.

This is the time of year when we valley residents start going out more, as the weather gets, well, nice, or at least non-broiling. It’s a perfect time of year to be outside; that’s why we decided to feature Theresa Sama’s wonderful hiking column, on Joshua Tree National Park, on this month’s cover.

As for events: October is packed to the figurative gills with plays, concerts, walks, art tours and all sorts of goings-on. This means more stories to write and edit (even though, alas, we only have coverage of a fraction of the Coachella Valley’s numerous worthy cultural events).

I decided to compare what’s in this October 2021 print edition to what was in the October 2020 issue, in terms of events coverage. This year, in the arts section, we have pieces on the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, the Coachella Valley Improv and Comedy Festival, the Halloween Hullabaloo at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and Desert Ensemble Theatre’s season-opening fundraising concert. In the music section, we preview the Middle Kids and Black Midi shows at Pappy and Harriet’s, and have Matt King’s Venue Report, with news on dozens of shows taking place around these parts.

As for events-based pieces in the October 2020 print edition. In the arts section, we had a preview piece on the virtual Palm Springs International Comedy Festival. In the music section, we had a piece on a concert at Pappy and Harriet’s … that was filmed, sans audience.

And that was it.

Yeah, the pandemic is far from over—and progress in the pandemic still needs to be made here in the Coachella Valley. But we’re in a far better, more-normalish place today than we were one year ago—and that fact makes me very, very happy. Thank you, vaccine science!

Thanks, as always, for reading. Contact me at if you have any questions or comments you’d like to share—and be sure to pick up our October print edition, hitting newsstands across the valley this week.

Portions of this Editor’s Note, from the October print edition—edited slightly here for the web—first appeared in the Sept. 23 Indy Digest.

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...

One reply on “A Note From the Editor: The Coachella Valley Is Fully Back to Life in October—Whether We’re Ready or Not”

  1. I hope we continue to do well regarding Covid. I fear the return unvaccinated residents from less enlightened states might undo some of our remarkable progress. Let’s see where we are come Spring.

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