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Restaurant News Bites: A Shorter Restaurant Week Returns on May 31; Introducing Tac/Quila; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: A Shorter Restaurant Week Returns on May 31; Introducing Tac/Quila; and a Whole Lot More!

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Returns May 31, With More Than 115 Participants

The bad news: Summer is almost here, meaning 100-degree temperatures will soon be a daily thing....

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 3: Ariana Grande Has a Last Supper; Ocho Ojos Makes Locals Proud

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 3: Ariana Grande Has a Last Supper; Ocho Ojos Makes Locals Proud

The final day of Coachella 2019 started off with a slower pace—no surprise, considering Saturday is the longest day of the festival, and Kanye West performed his Easter “church” se...

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 2: Weezer and J Balvin Kick Ass; Tame Impala Pelts With Confetti

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 2: Weezer and J Balvin Kick Ass; Tame Impala Pelts With Confetti

Day 2 of Coachella’s second weekend started off on the breezy side—but it still felt fairly comfortable. As the day went on, however, the wind picked up, and the nighttime actually...

Fanatical Fandom: The Spirit of Elvis Is Alive in Desert Ensemble Theatre's 'Graceland' and 'Asleep on the Wind'

Fanatical Fandom: The Spirit of Elvis Is Alive in Desert Ensemble Theatre's 'Graceland' and 'Asleep on the Wind'

The final offering of Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 season is an unusual show, composed of two one-act plays.

Written by the same author, Ellen Byron, they’re connecte...

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 1: Calypso Rose Is the Queen of Coachella; U.S. Girls Gets Weird

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 1: Calypso Rose Is the Queen of Coachella; U.S. Girls Gets Weird

I’ll admit it: I was skeptical as I walked into the Empire Polo Club for the start of Coachella Weekend 2—but a relaxed vibe and above-expectations performances led to a wonderful ...

On Cocktails: It's Time to Give the Long Island Iced Tea (a Little) Credit for Being the Influential Cocktail That It Is

On Cocktails: It's Time to Give the Long Island Iced Tea (a Little) Credit for Being the Influential Cocktail That It Is

The idea for this column came to me as I was getting my head smashed in by a large man in a ninja outfit.

Don’t worry; this didn’t happen in real life, but during a video-game tourn...

Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

When Senate Bill 239 took effect last year, it made knowingly spreading the HIV virus a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Opponents of the bill, which was signed into law by former ...

Movies & TV

Sad Jesus: 'Mary Magdalene' Is Not a Good Movie—and Its Portrayal of Jesus Is Downright Weird

Sad Jesus: 'Mary Magdalene' Is Not a Good Movie—and Its Portrayal of Jesus Is Downright Weird

Apr 22, 2019 10:00  |  Bob Grimm

Mary Magdalene , the latest take on the title character—who has had widely ranging portrayals in cinema over the years—suggests that Mary (Rooney Mara) was Jesus’ closest disciple, and was by no means a prostitute, effectively declaring Barbara Hershey’s depiction of Mary in Scorsese’s The Last Tempta...

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A Regrettable Reboot: This Cheap, Muddled Version of 'Hellboy' Should Never Have Been Made

A Regrettable Reboot: This Cheap, Muddled Version of 'Hellboy' Should Never Have Been Made

Apr 18, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

A Hellboy movie without Guillermo del Toro proves to be a very unfortunate thing.

The new Hellboy —the third movie to be based upon the classic Dark Horse comic—isn’t a sequel; it’s a reboot … a cheap, sloppy reboot. David Harbour steps in for Ron Perlman to play the title role, while Neil Marshall ( Th...

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Home Video Review: 'Holmes and Watson' Manages to Accomplish Something Seemingly Impossible: It Made Will Ferrell Not Funny

Home Video Review: 'Holmes and Watson' Manages to Accomplish Something Seemingly Impossible: It Made Will Ferrell Not Funny

Apr 16, 2019 11:00  |  Bob Grimm

A film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly used to be an event . Alas, things have changed … and I found myself—like much of the rest of the world—waiting to see Holmes and Watson on home video, because I wanted to put off what looked like a supreme letdown.

Well, it’s out on home video now … and it...

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News

Wanted—Clean From the Tap: The Coachella Valley Water District Needs $75 million to Assure All Local Residents Have Safe Drinking Water

Wanted—Clean From the Tap: The Coachella Valley Water District Needs $75 million to Assure All Local Residents Have Safe Drinking Water

Apr 23, 2019 07:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On March 29, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia set out to tour multiple mobile home parks and schools in the eastern Coachella Valley—places where there is no reliable access to clean drinking water.

Garcia—the current chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife—was not alone: He was joined...

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Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

Apr 18, 2019 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

When Senate Bill 239 took effect last year, it made knowingly spreading the HIV virus a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Opponents of the bill, which was signed into law by former Gov. Jerry Brown, were furious, speculating it could lead to an increase in HIV transmissions. However, people on the fr...

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Avoiding Fatal Encounters: A Nationally Watched Police-Shooting Bill Moves Forward—but Many Legislators Think It Goes Too Far

Avoiding Fatal Encounters: A Nationally Watched Police-Shooting Bill Moves Forward—but Many Legislators Think It Goes Too Far

Apr 11, 2019 13:55  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Even as a landmark California bill meant to prevent police shootings passed through its first committee on Tuesday, April 9, fault lines among Democrats began to emerge—suggesting the measure will likely change as it moves through the Legislature.

How much it will change, though, was not yet clear.

Af...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 18, 2019!

Apr 18, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's Game of Thrones -free weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen bemoans the New York Post 's crappy brand of journalism; (Th)ink mourns the terrible Notre Dame fire; This Modern World ponders the Trump administration's pretzel logic; Apoca Clips watches Li'l Trumpy applaud Stephen Miller...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tod Goldberg, a Writer and Teacher Who Focuses on Helping His Students Sell Their Work

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tod Goldberg, a Writer and Teacher Who Focuses on Helping His Students Sell Their Work

Apr 17, 2019 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

Indio resident Tod Goldberg, 48, talks very fast—which makes sense, because he has a lot to say.

The author of hundreds of books and articles, he is also the founder and director of the 10-year-old low-residency master’s program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the Universit...

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Savage Love: I Got Angry With My Girlfriend When I Snooped and Discovered She Once Dated a Married Man; Was I Justified?

Savage Love: I Got Angry With My Girlfriend When I Snooped and Discovered She Once Dated a Married Man; Was I Justified?

Apr 17, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

When I first started dating my girlfriend, I asked her about past boyfriends, and she said she hadn’t met the right guy yet. After dating for nine years, I found out about a past boyfriend and looked through her e-mails. I found out she dated her married boss for three years. She broke up with me fo...

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Arts and Culture

Fanatical Fandom: The Spirit of Elvis Is Alive in Desert Ensemble Theatre's 'Graceland' and 'Asleep on the Wind'

Fanatical Fandom: The Spirit of Elvis Is Alive in Desert Ensemble Theatre's 'Graceland' and 'Asleep on the Wind'

Apr 20, 2019 13:00  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The final offering of Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 season is an unusual show, composed of two one-act plays.

Written by the same author, Ellen Byron, they’re connected by a character who appears in both. The first is called Graceland , and the second one—which actually takes place a deca...

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Art Is Healing: La Quinta's Old Town Artisan Studios Helps Spread the Healing Power of Art to Anybody and Everybody

Art Is Healing: La Quinta's Old Town Artisan Studios Helps Spread the Healing Power of Art to Anybody and Everybody

Apr 17, 2019 17:00  |  Stephen Berger

Tucked off a small side street in La Quinta Cove is a sparkling oasis of serenity and inclusiveness—dedicated to the healing power of art.

Founders Richard and Victory Grund created Old Town Artisan Studios 10 years ago as a gift to the community, and as a vehicle for them to share their passionate b...

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From Melissa to Margaritaville: The McCallum Theatre Announces a Packed 2019-2020 Schedule

From Melissa to Margaritaville: The McCallum Theatre Announces a Packed 2019-2020 Schedule

Apr 11, 2019 14:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

If you’re a data geek like I am, you can have a lot of fun with Pollstar magazine’s annual list of the Top 200 theater venues in the world .

For example: The Coachella Valley’s McCallum Theatre—considered a small- to medium-sized venue—in 2018 came in at No. 70 in the entire world, with well more than 1...

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Music

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 3: Ariana Grande Has a Last Supper; Ocho Ojos Makes Locals Proud

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 3: Ariana Grande Has a Last Supper; Ocho Ojos Makes Locals Proud

Apr 22, 2019 09:50  |  Brian Blueskye

The final day of Coachella 2019 started off with a slower pace—no surprise, considering Saturday is the longest day of the festival, and Kanye West performed his Easter “church” service at 9 a.m.

Though I didn’t attend Kanye’s Easter service, I nonetheless trickled in late myself. Some people were sp...

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Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 2: Weezer and J Balvin Kick Ass; Tame Impala Pelts With Confetti

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 2: Weezer and J Balvin Kick Ass; Tame Impala Pelts With Confetti

Apr 21, 2019 09:10  |  Brian Blueskye

Day 2 of Coachella’s second weekend started off on the breezy side—but it still felt fairly comfortable. As the day went on, however, the wind picked up, and the nighttime actually felt … chilly.

The weather aside, Saturday offered a fantastic variety of music. Here are some highlights:

• Christine an...

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Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 1: Calypso Rose Is the Queen of Coachella; U.S. Girls Gets Weird

Coachella 2019, Weekend 2, Day 1: Calypso Rose Is the Queen of Coachella; U.S. Girls Gets Weird

Apr 20, 2019 12:40  |  Brian Blueskye

I’ll admit it: I was skeptical as I walked into the Empire Polo Club for the start of Coachella Weekend 2—but a relaxed vibe and above-expectations performances led to a wonderful Friday of music.

Here are some of the things I took in:

• Just after 3 p.m., I found myself at the Coachella Stage watching...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: A Shorter Restaurant Week Returns on May 31; Introducing Tac/Quila; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: A Shorter Restaurant Week Returns on May 31; Introducing Tac/Quila; and a Whole Lot More!

Apr 22, 2019 14:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Returns May 31, With More Than 115 Participants

The bad news: Summer is almost here, meaning 100-degree temperatures will soon be a daily thing.

The good news: This also means Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is almost here.

The annual event will return for 10 d...

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On Cocktails: It's Time to Give the Long Island Iced Tea (a Little) Credit for Being the Influential Cocktail That It Is

On Cocktails: It's Time to Give the Long Island Iced Tea (a Little) Credit for Being the Influential Cocktail That It Is

Apr 19, 2019 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

The idea for this column came to me as I was getting my head smashed in by a large man in a ninja outfit.

Don’t worry; this didn’t happen in real life, but during a video-game tournament at The Hood Bar and Pizza—a suggestion from our Uber driver who said he would also be competing. I noticed several...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Southwest Benedict at Louise's Pantry

The Indy Endorsement: The Southwest Benedict at Louise's Pantry

Apr 17, 2019 07:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Southwest Benedict

Where: Louise’s Pantry, 73155 Highway 111, Palm Desert; also at 47150 Washington St., La Quinta

How much: $14.99

Contact: 760-837-3900 (Palm Desert); 760-771-3330 (La Quinta); louisespantry.com

Why: If you like chorizo, you’ll love this dish.

I love a good breakfast … but let’s fac...

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