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DREAMers' Dilemma: Immigrant-Rights Advocates Express Frustration as the Trump Administration Refuses DACA Applications Despite a Supreme Court Ruling

DREAMers' Dilemma: Immigrant-Rights Advocates Express Frustration as the Trump Administration Refuses DACA Applications Despite a Supreme Court Ruling

On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—seemingly giving a lifeline t...

After a Trying Weekend, Signs of Curve-Flattening; Vaccine Dilemmas—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 3, 2020

After a Trying Weekend, Signs of Curve-Flattening; Vaccine Dilemmas—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 3, 2020

If your anxiety and/or depression levels were high this weekend, you were not alone.

More than a handful of people have told me were out of sorts this weekend—something that I, too,...

Content Shifter: Ten of the Worst Movies of the Summer of 2020

Content Shifter: Ten of the Worst Movies of the Summer of 2020

Movie theaters are over . Sure, you might for a minute feel nostalgic for the privilege of driving to the Gigantaplex, buying tickets, forking over a lump sum for an XXXL BladderBust...

Shenanigans With the Census and Postal Service; Get Out Your Goggles—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 31, 2020

Shenanigans With the Census and Postal Service; Get Out Your Goggles—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 31, 2020

Earlier this week, we asked you, our amazing readers, to answer a short, six-question survey about this Daily Digest—and more than 200 of you took the time to do so. We thank all o...

August Astronomy: The Month Offers Close Pairings of the Moon and the Brightest Planets—Plus Perseid Meteors

August Astronomy: The Month Offers Close Pairings of the Moon and the Brightest Planets—Plus Perseid Meteors

August’s planetary scene features giants in tandem in the evening—and four very close pairings of the moon with the three brightest planets. The Perseid meteor shower, somewhat dim...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2020!

On this week's Emmy-nomination-snubbed weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to a civil rights great; This Modern World brings us the latest tales of The Unbe...

California's Deadliest Day (Again); a $5 Million Prize for Better Testing—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 29, 2020

California's Deadliest Day (Again); a $5 Million Prize for Better Testing—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 29, 2020

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

If you’re one of the 130 readers who has taken the time to complete our short, six-question survey: Thank you! If you have not taken the survey yet, and yo...

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Movies & TV

Content Shifter: Ten of the Worst Movies of the Summer of 2020

Content Shifter: Ten of the Worst Movies of the Summer of 2020

Aug 03, 2020 14:30  |  Bill Frost

Movie theaters are over . Sure, you might for a minute feel nostalgic for the privilege of driving to the Gigantaplex, buying tickets, forking over a lump sum for an XXXL BladderBuster Diet Coke and MegaButter popcorn, and then being marched to your Assigned Corporate Seat, amongst the other chumps—bu...

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Home Video Review: Disney+'s 'Muppets Now' Features a Fun Energy That Will Appeal to Muppets Fans Both Old and New

Home Video Review: Disney+'s 'Muppets Now' Features a Fun Energy That Will Appeal to Muppets Fans Both Old and New

Aug 03, 2020 14:10  |  Bob Grimm

The new Disney+ series Muppets Now— the umpteenth incarnation of the Muppets on TV—proves to be a good one, with Kermit and pals assimilating into the world of Zoom and cooking-competition shows.

The premise is simple: Kermit presides over a different kind of show, one in which he remains the emcee, an...

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Home Video Review: 'The Rental' Isn't Original, but Fine Performances Make It Worth a Rental for Horror Fans

Home Video Review: 'The Rental' Isn't Original, but Fine Performances Make It Worth a Rental for Horror Fans

Jul 27, 2020 14:35  |  Bob Grimm

Dave Franco, brother of James, makes his directorial debut (and also co-wrote the screenplay) with The Rental , a serviceable slasher film that proves the newbie director can successfully create a creepy vibe.

The film isn’t all that original, and you won’t feel any major sense of surprise when the sto...

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News

Informed Dissent: Our Election System Wasn't Designed for Someone as Power-Hungry as Donald Trump

Informed Dissent: Our Election System Wasn't Designed for Someone as Power-Hungry as Donald Trump

Aug 05, 2020 15:20  |  Jeffrey C. Billman

There are four plausible interpretations of Donald Trump’s suggestion that we delay the November election over the supposed threat of mail-in voting fraud.

1. He’s an idiot who impulsively farts out whatever thought enters his brain.

2. He was trolling.

3. He was trying to distract from the abysmal econom...

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DREAMers' Dilemma: Immigrant-Rights Advocates Express Frustration as the Trump Administration Refuses DACA Applications Despite a Supreme Court Ruling

DREAMers' Dilemma: Immigrant-Rights Advocates Express Frustration as the Trump Administration Refuses DACA Applications Despite a Supreme Court Ruling

Aug 04, 2020 13:45  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—seemingly giving a lifeline to the program that allows some undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children to gain legal st...

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After a Trying Weekend, Signs of Curve-Flattening; Vaccine Dilemmas—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 3, 2020

After a Trying Weekend, Signs of Curve-Flattening; Vaccine Dilemmas—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Aug. 3, 2020

Aug 03, 2020 18:10  |  Jimmy Boegle

If your anxiety and/or depression levels were high this weekend, you were not alone.

More than a handful of people have told me were out of sorts this weekend—something that I, too, experienced. I suspect the extreme heat and at-times apocalyptic-looking skies due to the fires had something to do wit...

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Opinion

Savage Love: I'm Gay, and the Guy I'm Seeing Wants to Paint My Toenails as Part of a Foot Fetish

Savage Love: I'm Gay, and the Guy I'm Seeing Wants to Paint My Toenails as Part of a Foot Fetish

Aug 05, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a gay guy who’s involved with a guy I met a few months before COVID-19 took off. He’s a great guy—smart, funny, hot, healthy and easy to be around. It started as a hookup, but we have chemistry on several levels, and without either of us having to say it, we started seeing each other regularly. ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2020!

Jul 30, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's Emmy-nomination-snubbed weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to a civil rights great; This Modern World brings us the latest tales of The Unbelievable Trump; Jen Sorensen invites the world to come visit the United States; Red Meat gives a pet some treats; and Ap...

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A Note From the Editor: As July Turns to August, I Am Tired—but Hopeful, About All the Good in Our Community

A Note From the Editor: As July Turns to August, I Am Tired—but Hopeful, About All the Good in Our Community

Jul 29, 2020 14:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

As July comes to an end to make way for August … I am tired.

I am tired of this damned pandemic. Of not being able to hug my friends. Of seeing so many people struggle. Of not being able to play softball with my teammates. Of watching my business limp along financially. Of not being able to travel to...

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Arts and Culture

Can the Show Go On? Theater Companies Don't Know When They'll Be Able to Take the Stage Again—but a New Alliance Is Helping Them Support Each Other Until That Time Comes

Can the Show Go On? Theater Companies Don't Know When They'll Be Able to Take the Stage Again—but a New Alliance Is Helping Them Support Each Other Until That Time Comes

Jul 22, 2020 09:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

Before everything went to hell, the Coachella Valley theater community was enjoying, by far, its most successful season ever.

CVRep was reveling in its first full season in its gorgeous new home, the CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City. Dezart Performs and the Desert Rose Playhouse were in the midst of...

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Moving Open Call From the Stage to the Screen: The McCallum Theatre's Annual Local-Talent Showcase Moves to Video and Will Air on KESQ

Moving Open Call From the Stage to the Screen: The McCallum Theatre's Annual Local-Talent Showcase Moves to Video and Will Air on KESQ

Jul 17, 2020 11:35  |  Matt King

Every year, the McCallum Theatre showcases local performers via its Open Call Talent Project—but the series of April shows, like so many other events, was a casualty of the coronavirus epidemic.

However, the show must go on—so Open Call 2020 has moved from the stage to the screen: At 6:30 p.m., Satur...

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Free Yuks: Socially Distanced Comedy and Magic Is Coming Twice a Month to The River in Rancho Mirage

Free Yuks: Socially Distanced Comedy and Magic Is Coming Twice a Month to The River in Rancho Mirage

Jun 16, 2020 11:45  |  Staff

(Editor's note: After one show, this comedy series has been discontinued.)

It may seem like nothing’s funny anymore—but producer/comedian Max Mitchell would beg to disagree.

Max Mitchell’s Comedy and Magic Show will make its debut this Friday, June 19, at the amphitheater at The River in Rancho Mirage....

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Music

Young and Determined: The Virtual Coachella Valley Youth Music Fest Will Showcase Local Talent and Raise Money for Charities

Young and Determined: The Virtual Coachella Valley Youth Music Fest Will Showcase Local Talent and Raise Money for Charities

Jul 20, 2020 08:30  |  Matt King

Backyard shows—put on by teens, for teens—have been taking place for decades in the Coachella Valley. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions have silenced the backyard show scene for now—but that doesn’t mean local youth have let their creative voices be silenced.

Take, for example, the Coachella Valle...

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The Lucky 13: Paul Forrester, Bassist for Hammer of the Ozz, Celebrating New Album 'Hot as the Sun'

The Lucky 13: Paul Forrester, Bassist for Hammer of the Ozz, Celebrating New Album 'Hot as the Sun'

Jul 17, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

Hammer of the Ozz is one of the heaviest bands to come out of the Coachella Valley in recent years. What started as a Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath cover band has evolved into a four-piece hard-rock group with a blistering debut album, Hot as the Sun , available at hammeroftheozz.bandcamp.com , that wa...

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Playful Punk: Saints and Rebels' Exuberance and Punk Fusion Shine on the Band's Three-Song Debut EP

Playful Punk: Saints and Rebels' Exuberance and Punk Fusion Shine on the Band's Three-Song Debut EP

Jul 16, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

On the surface, Saints and Rebels may seem like a typical punk band—but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the group combines various subgenres under the punk umbrella, including comedy punk, hardcore and even ska.

The band is made up of Austin Lawrence on vocals and bass; Cristian Alvarez ...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World's Best

Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World's Best

Jul 16, 2020 15:00  |  Katie Finn

Hello? Australia, are you there? Can you hear me? I completely forgot about you and your wines!

And so did a whole lot of others.

In Australian wine’s heyday, stores couldn’t keep up with the demand we had for deep and inky Barossa Valley shirazes and Coonawarra cabernets. Inexpensive wines with full-...

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On Cocktails: Herbs and Spices Can Help You Make Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drinks, If You'd Like to Sober Up for a Bit

On Cocktails: Herbs and Spices Can Help You Make Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drinks, If You'd Like to Sober Up for a Bit

Jul 14, 2020 16:00  |  Kevin Carlow

You’re all cut off.

Look, when I wrote about bars being an important part of our society , I didn’t say you should all run right out to them the second they reopened—while forgetting all the things we’ve learned over the last several months. This is why we can’t have nice things!

I’ve heard a lot of peo...

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Great Plates Indeed: More Than 1,000 Local Seniors Are Receiving Three Meals Each Day, From 28 Restaurants, Thanks to the Great Plates Delivered Program

Great Plates Indeed: More Than 1,000 Local Seniors Are Receiving Three Meals Each Day, From 28 Restaurants, Thanks to the Great Plates Delivered Program

Jul 10, 2020 16:30  |  Charles Drabkin

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of the Great Plates Delivered program, which had two goals in the midst of the COVID-19 shut-down order: feeding local seniors in need, and keeping restaurant workers employed.

Since then, the program has done both of those things. According to River...

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