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The Lucky 13: Samuel Gonzalez, Multi-Instrumentalist and Frontman of Avenida Music, Performing Regularly at Spotlight 29

The Lucky 13: Samuel Gonzalez, Multi-Instrumentalist and Frontman of Avenida Music, Performing Regularly at Spotlight 29

Avenida Music is one of the hardest-working music groups around. The band has multiple residencies; our readers selected Avenida as the Best Local Band in 2018 in our Best of Coach...

Help or Else: A Governor's Task Force Suggests Forcing Cities to Take Action Regarding Homelessness—or Get Sued

Help or Else: A Governor's Task Force Suggests Forcing Cities to Take Action Regarding Homelessness—or Get Sued

Declaring that moral persuasion and economic incentives aren’t working to bring in people from the sidewalks, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s task force on homelessness earlier this week calle...

Neighbors Onscreen: The Palm Springs International Film Fest's Local Spotlight Was Admirable, Even If the Films Were a Mixed Bag

Neighbors Onscreen: The Palm Springs International Film Fest's Local Spotlight Was Admirable, Even If the Films Were a Mixed Bag

Love for the Coachella Valley was a running theme during the Local Spotlight series at the Palm Springs International Film Festival—whether it was expressed by filmmakers who live ...

On Cocktails: Chartreuse, Made by Monks for Centuries, May or May Not Work as Medicine—but It Definitely Works in Delicious Drinks

On Cocktails: Chartreuse, Made by Monks for Centuries, May or May Not Work as Medicine—but It Definitely Works in Delicious Drinks

It’s the good ol’ plague time of year: If you haven’t been sick this month, you almost certainly knew somebody who was.

Seriously, people: If you would all stop “giving up” drinking...

A Surprising Success: Despite Production Problems and Delays, 'Underwater' Entertains, Thanks to Kristen Stewart

A Surprising Success: Despite Production Problems and Delays, 'Underwater' Entertains, Thanks to Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart proves she’s a badass movie star in Underwater , a long-delayed and surprisingly decent deep-sea horror/thriller from director William Eubank. While it stands to be t...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 16, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 16, 2020!

On this week's completely woke weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips talks to Li'l Trumpy about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's move to Canada; Red Meat watches as Milkman Da...

Uneven Improvement: The Desert Healthcare District's Expansion Is Leading to Good Things—but a Serious Funding Disparity Needs to Be Addressed

Uneven Improvement: The Desert Healthcare District's Expansion Is Leading to Good Things—but a Serious Funding Disparity Needs to Be Addressed

Back in October, a mulch fire ignited at the Sun Valley Recycling Center near Thermal, on land owned by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The smoke plagued schools and n...

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Movies & TV

Neighbors Onscreen: The Palm Springs International Film Fest's Local Spotlight Was Admirable, Even If the Films Were a Mixed Bag

Neighbors Onscreen: The Palm Springs International Film Fest's Local Spotlight Was Admirable, Even If the Films Were a Mixed Bag

Jan 16, 2020 13:00  |  Josh Bell

Love for the Coachella Valley was a running theme during the Local Spotlight series at the Palm Springs International Film Festival—whether it was expressed by filmmakers who live in the area, or by the onscreen showcases of local landmarks and institutions.

The three Local Spotlight films come from ...

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A Surprising Success: Despite Production Problems and Delays, 'Underwater' Entertains, Thanks to Kristen Stewart

A Surprising Success: Despite Production Problems and Delays, 'Underwater' Entertains, Thanks to Kristen Stewart

Jan 16, 2020 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Kristen Stewart proves she’s a badass movie star in Underwater , a long-delayed and surprisingly decent deep-sea horror/thriller from director William Eubank. While it stands to be the second big-budget box-office disaster in a row for Stewart after Charlie’s Angels , it deserves a better fate: The movi...

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Fighting for Their Lives: Michael B. Jordan Is Splendid in 'Just Mercy' as a Lawyer Who Works With Wrongly Convicted Inmates

Fighting for Their Lives: Michael B. Jordan Is Splendid in 'Just Mercy' as a Lawyer Who Works With Wrongly Convicted Inmates

Jan 16, 2020 09:15  |  Bob Grimm

Michael B. Jordan stars in Just Mercy as civil-rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, a real attorney who has dedicated his life to freeing wrongly convicted death-row inmates.

Destin Daniel Cretton’s film focuses primarily on the case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a man sentenced to death for the murder...

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News

Help or Else: A Governor's Task Force Suggests Forcing Cities to Take Action Regarding Homelessness—or Get Sued

Help or Else: A Governor's Task Force Suggests Forcing Cities to Take Action Regarding Homelessness—or Get Sued

Jan 16, 2020 14:00  |  Matt Levin and Jackie Botts, CalMatters

Declaring that moral persuasion and economic incentives aren’t working to bring in people from the sidewalks, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s task force on homelessness earlier this week called for a “legally enforceable mandate” that would force municipalities and the state to house the growing number of homel...

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Uneven Improvement: The Desert Healthcare District's Expansion Is Leading to Good Things—but a Serious Funding Disparity Needs to Be Addressed

Uneven Improvement: The Desert Healthcare District's Expansion Is Leading to Good Things—but a Serious Funding Disparity Needs to Be Addressed

Jan 15, 2020 18:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Back in October, a mulch fire ignited at the Sun Valley Recycling Center near Thermal, on land owned by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The smoke plagued schools and neighborhoods for several weeks, creating health concerns for thousands of residents in the eastern Coachella Valley.

Comm...

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Speaking With the Speaker: Anthony Rendon Talks About 2020 Priorities, Chad Mayes—and Parenting

Speaking With the Speaker: Anthony Rendon Talks About 2020 Priorities, Chad Mayes—and Parenting

Jan 09, 2020 13:30  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CalMatters

Anthony Rendon arrived feeling a little punchy. At 51, the speaker of the California Assembly is adjusting to life as a new dad—and his 3-month-old baby hadn’t slept well the night before.

“She was up at 1:30, 3, 4:30. And then once she woke up at 4:30, she didn’t fall asleep until 6,” Rendon said. “...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 16, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 16, 2020!

Jan 16, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's completely woke weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips talks to Li'l Trumpy about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's move to Canada; Red Meat watches as Milkman Dan tries to give Karen a gift; This Modern World returns to the Stupidverse for commentary on the Iran mess; Jen Sorensen...

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Savage Love: I'm 26, Suffer From Crippling Social Anxiety … and Want to Have Sex; How Do I Get Rid of My Desire?

Savage Love: I'm 26, Suffer From Crippling Social Anxiety … and Want to Have Sex; How Do I Get Rid of My Desire?

Jan 15, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a 26-year-old bisexual woman with a history of self-harm. It hasn’t been much of an issue for the last few years, but my sex life has improved a lot in that time. I realized that I am quite submissive and masochistic, and I have found a wonderful Dominant partner who I’ve gotten to explore that ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 9, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 9, 2020!

Jan 09, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's gluten-laden weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World checks in with the pundits regarding Iran; Jen Sorensen examines the Big Dumb War Cycle; (Th)ink looks in on a chat between Trump and Baby Yoda; Red Meat features another round between Karen and Milkman Dan; and Apoca Clips ...

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Arts and Culture

Love and Marriage: Dezart Performs' 'Daniel's Husband' Is Heart-Wrenching and Flawless

Love and Marriage: Dezart Performs' 'Daniel's Husband' Is Heart-Wrenching and Flawless

Jan 11, 2020 13:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Any professional critic worth his or her salt strives to be fair, tactful, entertaining and, most of all, honest. To regularly gush or fawn over productions would cause us to lose our credibility. But every now and then, a play comes along that leaves us no choice but to gush.

Such is the case with D...

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Western Lit: 'The Dreamt Land' Looks at California's History to Understand the Current Water Crisis

Western Lit: 'The Dreamt Land' Looks at California's History to Understand the Current Water Crisis

Jan 08, 2020 17:35  |  Sean McCoy, High Country News

My mother grew up on a tiny farm on the outskirts of Bakersfield in the 1960s. When I was little, she told me stories about the Basques who sheared their sheep, and a childhood spent wandering among the family’s fruit and nut trees.

It was a bucolic picture of California’s Central Valley—the type of ...

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Western Lit: National Book Awards Fiction Finalist 'The Other Americans' Centers on a Racism-Tinted Incident in the High Desert

Western Lit: National Book Awards Fiction Finalist 'The Other Americans' Centers on a Racism-Tinted Incident in the High Desert

Jan 02, 2020 16:20  |  Alex Trimble Young, High Country News

In her brilliant fourth novel, The Other Americans , Moroccan-American writer Laila Lalami paints an unsparing portrait of the American West, deliberately rejecting the familiar frontier stories of redemptive violence or restorative wilderness.

Instead, Lalami’s West is a place where outcasts and immig...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Samuel Gonzalez, Multi-Instrumentalist and Frontman of Avenida Music, Performing Regularly at Spotlight 29

The Lucky 13: Samuel Gonzalez, Multi-Instrumentalist and Frontman of Avenida Music, Performing Regularly at Spotlight 29

Jan 17, 2020 16:45  |  Matt King

Avenida Music is one of the hardest-working music groups around. The band has multiple residencies; our readers selected Avenida as the Best Local Band in 2018 in our Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll; and we recently covered the group’s brand-new Little Street Studio performance/teaching space ...

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The Lucky 13: Hannah Mills: Frontwoman and Guitarist of Milhan, Playing at Little Street Studio on Thursday, Feb. 20

The Lucky 13: Hannah Mills: Frontwoman and Guitarist of Milhan, Playing at Little Street Studio on Thursday, Feb. 20

Jan 14, 2020 10:00  |  Matt King

It’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the new acts emerging onto the music scene—but in the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing shows with and attending performances by new band called Milhan. Milhan, pronounced Milan, has performed at frequent backyard shows, bringing a unique brand of d...

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Adding Adventure to the Tunes: 4xFar Is Bringing More Than Just Music to the Coachella Valley's Newest Big Festival

Adding Adventure to the Tunes: 4xFar Is Bringing More Than Just Music to the Coachella Valley's Newest Big Festival

Jan 10, 2020 18:15  |  Matt King

We truly do live in the land of music festivals.

As the 2000s have progressed, the Coachella Valley has become a hotspot for music festivals, with up to 125,000 attendees flooding the streets from Palm Springs all the way to Indio and beyond for one weekend event alone. Whether it be for the extremel...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: The Second Palm Springs Wine Fest Proved the Meaning of 'California Wines' Is Shifting—in a Most Welcome Way

Vine Social: The Second Palm Springs Wine Fest Proved the Meaning of 'California Wines' Is Shifting—in a Most Welcome Way

Jan 17, 2020 17:30  |  Katie Finn

I love California wine—but perhaps not in the way that you think.

California wines are often described with adjectives like powerful, jammy, oaky, buttery, ripe, intense and concentrated—but it’s descriptors like these that make my stomach turn and have me reaching for the nearest can of Modelo. Yes,...

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On Cocktails: Chartreuse, Made by Monks for Centuries, May or May Not Work as Medicine—but It Definitely Works in Delicious Drinks

On Cocktails: Chartreuse, Made by Monks for Centuries, May or May Not Work as Medicine—but It Definitely Works in Delicious Drinks

Jan 16, 2020 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

It’s the good ol’ plague time of year: If you haven’t been sick this month, you almost certainly knew somebody who was.

Seriously, people: If you would all stop “giving up” drinking after New Year’s Eve (or New Year’s Day brunch), I think we could all avoid this. Skeptical, are we? Well, allow me to ...

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Caesar Cervisia: A Look at the Local Craft-Beer Scene Reveals Improvements, Disappointments and a Little Bit of Weirdness

Caesar Cervisia: A Look at the Local Craft-Beer Scene Reveals Improvements, Disappointments and a Little Bit of Weirdness

Jan 14, 2020 15:00  |  Brett Newton

Ladies and gentlemen, the state of the local craft-beer scene is … puzzling.

I've racked my brain for ways that I can approach this topic, and I’ve decided to just write what comes to mind. I wonder if it will get me in as much trouble as last year's version of this column did. ( Caring if it gets me i...

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