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Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021 Finalists!

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021 Finalists!

Ladies and gentlemen: Here are the finalists in the Coachella Valley Independent ’s seventh annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll!

The Final Round of voting will take place th...

Trump's Supreme Court Pick; Get Ready for Fat Bear Week—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 25, 2020

Trump's Supreme Court Pick; Get Ready for Fat Bear Week—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 25, 2020

Happy Friday, all. There’s a lot of news today, so let’s get right to it:

• The New York Times is reporting that President Trump will indeed nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Su...

A Virtual Laugh Riot: The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Returns—Virtually, of Course—in October

A Virtual Laugh Riot: The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Returns—Virtually, of Course—in October

Anyone need a good laugh? A chuckle? A giggle?

If you answered “no,” we want whatever mind-altering substances you’ve been taking. But if you’re like the rest of us, subsisting on a...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 24, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 24, 2020!

On this week's filibuster-proof weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips listens in as two soul-sellers ponder a grave; Red Meat enjoys a liberating break from hygiene; This Moder...

On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

Midcentury-modern cocktails. “Palm Springs golden era” cocktails.

Is there such a category? I get asked this all the time.

Tiki first comes to mind. It began as a mix of escapism and...

Gyms, Nail Salons, Movie Theaters and Indoor Dining Can Reopen in Riverside County—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 22, 2020

Gyms, Nail Salons, Movie Theaters and Indoor Dining Can Reopen in Riverside County—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 22, 2020

Gyms, movie theaters, churches, nail salons and indoor dining at restaurants may now open—with limits, of course—in Riverside County.

The state of California earlier today announced...

A Big Decision Day on the Reopening Front; the CDC Is Deeply Confused—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 21, 2020

A Big Decision Day on the Reopening Front; the CDC Is Deeply Confused—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 21, 2020

Tomorrow’s going to be a fascinating day on the COVID-19 reopening front. Why? Well …

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is slated to vote tomorrow on a proposal that would ...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'The Devil All the Time' Is a Truly Miserable Film—On Purpose

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'The Devil All the Time' Is a Truly Miserable Film—On Purpose

Sep 22, 2020 13:15  |  Bob Grimm

Some movies are made to make viewers miserable. It’s what they set out to do, and if done well, cinema geeks such as myself will tip our hats to them.

The Devil All the Time is one of those movies. It’s an ugly film—and it’s supposed to be. I understand that a lot of people do not need this sort of movi...

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Home Video Review: Charlie Kaufman's 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' Is a Convoluted, Crazy Delight

Home Video Review: Charlie Kaufman's 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' Is a Convoluted, Crazy Delight

Sep 16, 2020 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

5 out of 5 stars

Charlie Kaufman (writer of Being John Malkovich ) directs and writes the adapted screenplay for I’m Thinking of Ending Things , a nice puzzler of a movie that will have you debating its plotline with friends for days.

On the heels of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet —which is not yet out in the Co...

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The Return of In-Theater Blockbusters: 'Tenet' Is Gorgeous and Confusing—but You'll Need to Drive to San Diego to See It Without a Wait

The Return of In-Theater Blockbusters: 'Tenet' Is Gorgeous and Confusing—but You'll Need to Drive to San Diego to See It Without a Wait

Sep 09, 2020 15:30  |  Bob Grimm

(4 1/2 of 5 stars)

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is the sort of movie you need to just take in the first time you see it. Don’t try to figure stuff out; if your brain picks up on shit, fine. If not, relax, because it all does make sense in that Christopher Nolan-puzzler sort of way. You’ll figure it out la...

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News

Congrats to the Best of Coachella Valley Finalists; the NYT's Trump Tax Bombshell—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 28, 2020

Congrats to the Best of Coachella Valley Finalists; the NYT's Trump Tax Bombshell—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 28, 2020

Sep 28, 2020 18:20  |  Jimmy Boegle

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope everyone out there had a fantastic weekend, despite the troubling nature of these times.

While my weekend had some lovely moments—a socially distanced patio dinner with friends being the highlight—I also spent a fair amount of time counting all of your votes in the firs...

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Trump's Supreme Court Pick; Get Ready for Fat Bear Week—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 25, 2020

Trump's Supreme Court Pick; Get Ready for Fat Bear Week—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 25, 2020

Sep 25, 2020 17:25  |  Jimmy Boegle

Happy Friday, all. There’s a lot of news today, so let’s get right to it:

• The New York Times is reporting that President Trump will indeed nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court . The announcement should come tomorrow. According to reporter Peter Baker: “ The president met with Judge Bar...

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No Justice for Breonna Taylor; Newsom Says No to Gas-Powered Vehicles (Eventually)—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 23, 2020

No Justice for Breonna Taylor; Newsom Says No to Gas-Powered Vehicles (Eventually)—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Sept. 23, 2020

Sep 23, 2020 17:50  |  Jimmy Boegle

Here are two passages from The New York Times’ summary story on the Breonna Taylor case .

A grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer on Wednesday for wanton endangerment for his actions during the raid. No charges were announced against the other two officers who fired shots, and no one w...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Our Efforts to Cover Local Elections in 2020

A Note From the Editor: Our Efforts to Cover Local Elections in 2020

Sep 24, 2020 12:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Covering elections in the Coachella Valley is not easy.

Why, you may ask, is it such a challenge? Because there are so many darned layers of government here. There are water boards and school districts and water districts and other districts and etc. … plus there are nine city councils—and all nine of ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 24, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 24, 2020!

Sep 24, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's filibuster-proof weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips listens in as two soul-sellers ponder a grave; Red Meat enjoys a liberating break from hygiene; This Modern World examines the Thing That Ate America's Brain; Jen Sorensen spins the Wheel of Dystopia regarding climate change; ...

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Savage Love: My Wife and I Had a Disappointing Experience With a Sex Worker; Is This Normal?

Savage Love: My Wife and I Had a Disappointing Experience With a Sex Worker; Is This Normal?

Sep 23, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

Married guy here. I’m 33; the wife is 31. Our fifth anniversary is next month, but we’ve been together for almost eight years. We’ve recently both come out to each other as bi. She tried to tell me a long time ago, whereas I came to the realization only recently. We’re both interested in new sexual ...

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Arts and Culture

A Virtual Laugh Riot: The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Returns—Virtually, of Course—in October

A Virtual Laugh Riot: The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Returns—Virtually, of Course—in October

Sep 25, 2020 09:00  |  Stuart Cohn

Anyone need a good laugh? A chuckle? A giggle?

If you answered “no,” we want whatever mind-altering substances you’ve been taking. But if you’re like the rest of us, subsisting on a daily diet of COVID-19-induced gloom, you’ll be relieved to know that the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival is...

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Drive-In Musical: The Brand-New North Star Theatre Company Plans to Launch in October With an Outdoor Performance of 'West Side Story'

Drive-In Musical: The Brand-New North Star Theatre Company Plans to Launch in October With an Outdoor Performance of 'West Side Story'

Aug 27, 2020 15:30  |  Matt King

Thespians everywhere have been aching for the day they can re-enter the world of theater, which was shut down suddenly—along with almost everything else—in March.

The brand-new North Star Theatre Company has an outside-of-the-box plan—and if all goes according to that plan, the company will debut wit...

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Culture Outdoors: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Has Big Plans for the Fall—Starting With the Return of LGBTQ Film Fest Cinema Diverse

Culture Outdoors: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Has Big Plans for the Fall—Starting With the Return of LGBTQ Film Fest Cinema Diverse

Aug 26, 2020 13:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

In September, the Palm Springs Cultural Center will reach the six-month anniversary of being shut down—along with all other venues across the state—by COVID-19.

While the doors of the Cultural Center building will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future, management will still have far ...

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Music

The Lucky 13: David Morales, Guitarist for Black Water Gospel and Eevaan Tré

The Lucky 13: David Morales, Guitarist for Black Water Gospel and Eevaan Tré

Sep 22, 2020 14:00  |  Matt King

Some of the valley’s most prominent rock and R&B groups sound a whole lot sweeter thanks to David Morales. His guitar-work skill level is matched only by his work ethic, as you couldn’t go far without seeing Morales on a bill (pre-pandemic, of course). He is the latest to take the Lucky 13; and ...

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Constant Creation: The Osees Bring Live Music Back to the Desert, Sort Of, With a Filmed Set at Pappy and Harriet's

Constant Creation: The Osees Bring Live Music Back to the Desert, Sort Of, With a Filmed Set at Pappy and Harriet's

Sep 21, 2020 15:00  |  Matt King

One of the most exciting shows I’ve ever seen was the Oh Sees concert in August of last year at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace . The hour and a half spent in the mosh pit was one of the most frantic, fun and sweaty experiences of my life.

A little more than a year later, the band returned to Pa...

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A Constant Challenge: The Alibi Palm Springs Looks for Ways to Keep the Music Playing During the Pandemic

A Constant Challenge: The Alibi Palm Springs Looks for Ways to Keep the Music Playing During the Pandemic

Sep 18, 2020 09:00  |  Matt King

Before COVID-19 arrived, the valley’s music scene was celebrating the relatively recent introduction of a space for music that combined local talent with bigger bands on tour—right in the heart of Palm Springs.

The Alibi Palm Springs is one of the newest and best music venues in the desert. It has ho...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

Sep 23, 2020 12:15  |  Kevin Carlow

Midcentury-modern cocktails. “Palm Springs golden era” cocktails.

Is there such a category? I get asked this all the time.

Tiki first comes to mind. It began as a mix of escapism and cultural appropriation—that’s not a dig, as I grew up eating at “Polynesian lounges” and love Tiki—but it became a subc...

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End of an Era: Remembering the Legendary Lord Fletcher's—a Favorite of Frank Sinatra, and a Classic Prime Rib Destination

End of an Era: Remembering the Legendary Lord Fletcher's—a Favorite of Frank Sinatra, and a Classic Prime Rib Destination

Sep 17, 2020 15:15  |  Andrew Smith

For more than a half-century, Lord Fletcher’s has stood as a landmark on Highway 111—so it was with great sadness that we learned in August that the restaurant would not reopen.

It was especially sad for me—because I worked there, and I had grown rather fond of the place.

Lord Fletcher’s had always cl...

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Vine Social: Fall Is Arriving in the Desert—So That Means It's the Perfect Time to Enjoy Delightful, Robust Reds

Vine Social: Fall Is Arriving in the Desert—So That Means It's the Perfect Time to Enjoy Delightful, Robust Reds

Sep 15, 2020 18:00  |  Katie Finn

It’s fall in the desert. Businesses are gearing up for season. Restaurants are training their staff and hiring new faces. Golf courses are being reseeded to unveil new, lush green fairways. Retail shops are stocking up in anticipation of the snowbirds’ arrivals. The airport will soon be packed full ...

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