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Unnecessary but OK: The Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Is Passable Entertainment, and Nothing More

Unnecessary but OK: The Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Is Passable Entertainment, and Nothing More

Beauty and the Beast , Disney’s wonderful animated musical from 1991, is the latest feature to get placed on the Disney Live Redo of a Beloved Animated Movie Assembly Line, with a b...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 23, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 23, 2017!

On this week's under-FBI-investigation weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat enjoys some liquid nitrogen; Jen Sorenson examines Trump's budget; The K Chronicles shares an opinion ...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Carlos Castro, a Man Who Understands the Meaning of 'Service'

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Carlos Castro, a Man Who Understands the Meaning of 'Service'

The service people you encounter every day, to most, are basically invisible: the clerk at the cleaners, the waitress at the café where you get your morning coffee, the plumber who...

True TV: 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Returns to Make America Great Again; 'Harlots' Hooks Historically

True TV: 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Returns to Make America Great Again; 'Harlots' Hooks Historically

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Friday, March 24, VH1), season premiere: For Season 9, RuPaul’s Drag Race moves from niche network Logo to the slightly more mainstream VH1—what does this mean? Th...

Ask a Mexican: Is It Easier for Americans to Learn Spanish, or Mexicans to Learn English?

Ask a Mexican: Is It Easier for Americans to Learn Spanish, or Mexicans to Learn English?

Dear Mexican: The other day, I witnessed a young gordita retrieve a bag of Fritos, open it, then walk over to the chili station and pump two steaming piles of 7-Eleven chili into the...

New House: DJ Alex Harrington Produces His Own Music in Between Gigs at the Saguaro, Avalon

New House: DJ Alex Harrington Produces His Own Music in Between Gigs at the Saguaro, Avalon

Local DJ Alex Harrington has made a name for himself as one of the Coachella Valley’s most in-demand DJs—but he’s also been spending a lot of time on the production side, creating ...

Cannabis in the CV: As Jeff Sessions Equates Marijuana to Heroin, Support Organizations That Fight for Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: As Jeff Sessions Equates Marijuana to Heroin, Support Organizations That Fight for Cannabis Legalization

On March 15, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while addressing a law enforcement conference in Richmond, Va., said: “I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growi...

News

Cannabis in the CV: As Jeff Sessions Equates Marijuana to Heroin, Support Organizations That Fight for Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: As Jeff Sessions Equates Marijuana to Heroin, Support Organizations That Fight for Cannabis Legalization

Monday, March 20, 2017  |  Sean Planck

On March 15, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while addressing a law enforcement conference in Richmond, Va., said: “I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use, but too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that Ameri...

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Democracy in Crisis: Out of Standing Rock, the Birth of a New Environmental Movement

Democracy in Crisis: Out of Standing Rock, the Birth of a New Environmental Movement

Friday, March 17, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

It is snowing in Washington, D.C.—strange in early March after an insanely warm winter, but nothing compared to the cold many of the activists and tribal members gathered here endured in North Dakota while fighting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Kristen Tuske, a 39-year-old w...

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Snapshot: Thanks to Heavy Rains, the Biggest Wildflower Bloom in Years Is Under Way

Snapshot: Thanks to Heavy Rains, the Biggest Wildflower Bloom in Years Is Under Way

Wednesday, March 15, 2017  |  Reuters

LAKE ELSINORE (Reuters)—As Coachella Valley residents know, Southern California’s deserts and hillsides are ablaze with color after a wet winter spurred what scientists say is the biggest wildflower bloom in years.

Golden California poppies, the state’s flower, blanket hillsides along busy high deser...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 23, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 23, 2017!

Thursday, March 23, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's under-FBI-investigation weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat enjoys some liquid nitrogen; Jen Sorenson examines Trump's budget; The K Chronicles shares an opinion about San Francisco; and This Modern World goes 'round and 'round with Trump news.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Carlos Castro, a Man Who Understands the Meaning of 'Service'

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Carlos Castro, a Man Who Understands the Meaning of 'Service'

Wednesday, March 22, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

The service people you encounter every day, to most, are basically invisible: the clerk at the cleaners, the waitress at the café where you get your morning coffee, the plumber who comes to fix a clogged drain, the salesman at the pro shop, the person who checks you in for your doctor’s appointment....

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Ask a Mexican: Is It Easier for Americans to Learn Spanish, or Mexicans to Learn English?

Ask a Mexican: Is It Easier for Americans to Learn Spanish, or Mexicans to Learn English?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: The other day, I witnessed a young gordita retrieve a bag of Fritos, open it, then walk over to the chili station and pump two steaming piles of 7-Eleven chili into the bag. At that point, the Frita Bandita then shook the bag and started comer those nasty, now-hot, chili-soaked Fritos. Nee...

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Arts and Culture

Splendid 'Sissies': Desert Rose's Take on Del Shores' Baptist Boys Is a Pure Delight

Splendid 'Sissies': Desert Rose's Take on Del Shores' Baptist Boys Is a Pure Delight

Saturday, March 18, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Given the hatred and divisiveness our country’s current socio-political climate has stirred up, Desert Rose Playhouse’s current production, Southern Baptist Sissies , seems timelier than ever.

Del Shores’ play, which won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding L.A. Theatre Production during its original ...

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A Dark Comedy, Indeed: The Actors in 'Lovesport,' an Original Play by Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Can't Shake Off Stiffness

A Dark Comedy, Indeed: The Actors in 'Lovesport,' an Original Play by Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Can't Shake Off Stiffness

Saturday, March 18, 2017  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Remember those many old adages about walking a mile in another person’s shoes, or being a fly on the wall in someone else’s house—all sayings that basically mean you never know what goes on behind closed doors? Well, Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s Lovesport , now playing at the Pearl McManus Theatr...

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Culture, Religion and Identity: CV Rep's Splendid Production of 'Disgraced' Couldn’t Be More Timely

Culture, Religion and Identity: CV Rep's Splendid Production of 'Disgraced' Couldn’t Be More Timely

Saturday, March 11, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

If you’re not a Muslim, imagine being a Muslim living in America today.

Would you be brave enough to wear traditional garb? Would you discuss your heritage openly? Or would fear cause you to change your name and hide who you are? These are some of the questions CV Rep’s fantastic production Disgraced a...

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Movies & TV

Unnecessary but OK: The Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Is Passable Entertainment, and Nothing More

Unnecessary but OK: The Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Is Passable Entertainment, and Nothing More

Thursday, March 23, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Beauty and the Beast , Disney’s wonderful animated musical from 1991, is the latest feature to get placed on the Disney Live Redo of a Beloved Animated Movie Assembly Line, with a big-budget effort starring Emma Watson as the iconic Belle, and Ewan McGregor as a CGI candelabra.

You may be asking yours...

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Disgusting, Not Deep: 'The Belko Experiment' Is an OK Horror Film That Is Not as Clever as It Thinks It Is

Disgusting, Not Deep: 'The Belko Experiment' Is an OK Horror Film That Is Not as Clever as It Thinks It Is

Thursday, March 23, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The Belko Experiment is a decent-enough yet schlocky horror offering that thinks it is deeper and cleverer than it actually is.

Penned by James Gunn, this silly movie pits a bunch of office workers against one another after a voice comes over their intercom telling them to start killing each other off...

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True TV: 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Returns to Make America Great Again; 'Harlots' Hooks Historically

True TV: 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Returns to Make America Great Again; 'Harlots' Hooks Historically

Wednesday, March 22, 2017  |  Bill Frost

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Friday, March 24, VH1), season premiere: For Season 9, RuPaul’s Drag Race moves from niche network Logo to the slightly more mainstream VH1—what does this mean? That drag queens are now ready for ’Merican primetime? That our divided country needs fabulousness now more than ever? Tha...

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Music

Kool as Ever: Disco Hit-Makers Kool and the Gang Have a New Single—and a Gig at Spotlight 29 This Weekend

Kool as Ever: Disco Hit-Makers Kool and the Gang Have a New Single—and a Gig at Spotlight 29 This Weekend

Thursday, March 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Earth, Wind and Fire. Rick James. The Commodores. These were all big names back in the ’70s and ’80s—people who created music that made people want to dance .

However, no act made people want to celebrate more than Kool and the Gang. The R&B and funk band made numerous songs that became disco stapl...

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The Lucky 13: Kate London, Award-Winning Singer

The Lucky 13: Kate London, Award-Winning Singer

Tuesday, March 21, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Kate London is a local artist on the rise. After performances at The Date Shed, The Hood Bar and Pizza and Bart Lounge, and winning second place at the CV Open Mic Competition, she just released a new single, “Love Me Right.” For more information on Kate London, visit her Facebook page at www.faceboo...

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New House: DJ Alex Harrington Produces His Own Music in Between Gigs at the Saguaro, Avalon

New House: DJ Alex Harrington Produces His Own Music in Between Gigs at the Saguaro, Avalon

Tuesday, March 21, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Local DJ Alex Harrington has made a name for himself as one of the Coachella Valley’s most in-demand DJs—but he’s also been spending a lot of time on the production side, creating his own house music.

It appears that hard work is starting to pay off. He recently released a new EP, and has yet more ne...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Tips and Tricks on How to Make the Most of Your Bar Experience, No Matter Where You Are

On Cocktails: Tips and Tricks on How to Make the Most of Your Bar Experience, No Matter Where You Are

Friday, March 17, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

It’s time to take a break from walking around town, grabbing drinks at local establishments and pontificating. Instead, let’s talk cocktails and cocktail culture for a bit!

Tipplers of all types can enhance nights on the town by being savvy about what to expect from an establishment. How do you know ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Philadelphia-Style Cheesesteak at Apong's Philly Steak

The Indy Endorsement: The Philadelphia-Style Cheesesteak at Apong's Philly Steak

Wednesday, March 15, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Philadelphia-style cheesesteak

Where: Apong’s Philly Steak, 68444 Perez Road, Cathedral City

How much: $8.49

Contact: 760-770-0229; www.apongsphillysteak.com

Why: It’s delicious simplicity.

I walked up to the counter at Apong’s Philly Steak, and I was greeted by a smiling employee. I told him I wante...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Ahi Nachos at Moxie Palm Springs

The Indy Endorsement: The Ahi Nachos at Moxie Palm Springs

Wednesday, March 08, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The ahi nachos

Where: Moxie Palm Springs, 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $15

Contact: 760-318-9900; www.moxiepalmsprings.com

Why: It’s a big plate of yumminess.

It was Saturday, and we’d had a late and rather massive lunch. When dinnertime came around, we weren’t all that hungry; we wan...

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