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Celebrating the Fourth of July, Pandemic-Style—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 3, 2020

Celebrating the Fourth of July, Pandemic-Style—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 3, 2020

Happy Fourth of July weekend, y’all.

Those of us here at Independent World Headquarters are planning on basically staying at home this weekend. We’ll support some of our fave restau...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 4, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 4, 2020!

On this week's slightly less open weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink explains Trump's confusion over "bounties"; This Modern World looks yet again at Life in the Stupidverse; Je...

Indoor Dining, Movies and More Are 'Paused'; the Pandemic Is Angering Otters—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 1, 2020

Indoor Dining, Movies and More Are 'Paused'; the Pandemic Is Angering Otters—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 1, 2020

Happy (?) July, all. The news of the day:

The reopening process is moving further backward : Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced that restaurants, movie theaters, family-entertainment ...

July Astronomy: It's a Great Month for Sky-Watching, as Venus, Jupiter and Saturn Reach Peak Brilliance

July Astronomy: It's a Great Month for Sky-Watching, as Venus, Jupiter and Saturn Reach Peak Brilliance

Good news for evening viewers! Jupiter and closely following Saturn are rising about a half-hour earlier per week, so by the dates of their respective oppositions, on the nights of Jul...

A Note From the Editor: June Giveth, and June Taketh Away—and We All Need to Do Our Part to Make July Better

A Note From the Editor: June Giveth, and June Taketh Away—and We All Need to Do Our Part to Make July Better

As we move deeper into the toasty Coachella Valley summer during this ongoing pandemic, I ask all of you: Please, be careful, and take precautions.

On one hand, June was an exciting ...

Political Persuasions: Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy Use a Variety of Media to Entertain, Provoke and Inspire

Political Persuasions: Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy Use a Variety of Media to Entertain, Provoke and Inspire

A name like Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy conjures up thoughts of fun and perhaps controversy—and the collective certainly delivers, combining vivid and political stage shows w...

Movies & TV

Content Shifter: Nine Series to Stream on HBO Max

Content Shifter: Nine Series to Stream on HBO Max

Jul 01, 2020 16:00  |  Bill Frost

If you were an HBO Now subscriber prior to last month, you may have noticed that it somehow became HBO Max overnight. Or maybe it didn’t—i t’s sheer confusion in the land of HBO streaming. Maybe you still have HBO Now, which is just HBO. Meanwhile, as of the end of the July, HBO Go will be HBO gone .

A...

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Home Video Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Hijacked-Plane Film '7500' Starts Strong, but Fizzles in Its Second Half

Home Video Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Hijacked-Plane Film '7500' Starts Strong, but Fizzles in Its Second Half

Jun 29, 2020 16:30  |  Bob Grimm

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, after taking several years off from starring roles to become a new daddy, returns with the standard but sometimes tense airplane thriller 7500 .

Levitt does competent work as Tobias, a nebbish co-pilot on a night flight that includes his girlfriend (Aylin Tezel) on the crew. After...

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Home Video Review: Spike Lee's Vietnam-Veteran Film 'Da 5 Bloods' Is His Second Great Film in a Row

Home Video Review: Spike Lee's Vietnam-Veteran Film 'Da 5 Bloods' Is His Second Great Film in a Row

Jun 23, 2020 15:30  |  Bob Grimm

Spike Lee follows up BlacKkKlansman , one of his best movies, with another great one, Da 5 Bloods , now out on Netflix. Delroy Lindo and Chadwick Boseman lead a strong cast as Lee examines the lives of five Black veterans before and after Vietnam.

Lee and his co-writers send the five characters back to V...

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News

Testing Delays Are a Problem; Info on Larger PPP Recipients Gets Released—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 6, 2020

Testing Delays Are a Problem; Info on Larger PPP Recipients Gets Released—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 6, 2020

Jul 06, 2020 17:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

If we’re going to beat this pandemic, we need to do a better job at testing.

A friend decided over the weekend to get a COVID-19 test. He’s developed sinus issues, as well as an annoying cough. He’s confident he doesn’t have COVID-19—he is fairly susceptible to these types of coughs, especially durin...

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Celebrating the Fourth of July, Pandemic-Style—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 3, 2020

Celebrating the Fourth of July, Pandemic-Style—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 3, 2020

Jul 03, 2020 16:25  |  Jimmy Boegle

Happy Fourth of July weekend, y’all.

Those of us here at Independent World Headquarters are planning on basically staying at home this weekend. We’ll support some of our fave restaurants by getting takeout and cocktails; have a Zoom happy hour or two with friends; and catch up on some much-needed res...

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Indoor Dining, Movies and More Are 'Paused'; the Pandemic Is Angering Otters—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 1, 2020

Indoor Dining, Movies and More Are 'Paused'; the Pandemic Is Angering Otters—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: July 1, 2020

Jul 01, 2020 18:10  |  Jimmy Boegle

Happy (?) July, all. The news of the day:

The reopening process is moving further backward : Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced that restaurants, movie theaters, family-entertainment centers and other businesses in much of the state—including Riverside County—must shutter all indoor operations for at le...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 4, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 4, 2020!

Jul 02, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's slightly less open weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink explains Trump's confusion over "bounties"; This Modern World looks yet again at Life in the Stupidverse; Jen Sorensen carefully considers anti-mask arguments; Apoca Clips is horrified as Li'l Trumpy finally agrees to wear a mas...

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Savage Love: My Boyfriend Said I Could Explore My Kinks With Other Guys, but I'm Afraid He's Bluffing; Any Advice?

Savage Love: My Boyfriend Said I Could Explore My Kinks With Other Guys, but I'm Afraid He's Bluffing; Any Advice?

Jul 01, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I have a question. I’m a gay man in a relationship, and we’re both really happy since we met a year ago. We’re “open” in the sense that he wants the option to be intimate with someone else if a connection happens, and in turn, he said he would be supportive of me being involved in my kinks. But I ha...

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A Note From the Editor: June Giveth, and June Taketh Away—and We All Need to Do Our Part to Make July Better

A Note From the Editor: June Giveth, and June Taketh Away—and We All Need to Do Our Part to Make July Better

Jun 30, 2020 17:05  |  Jimmy Boegle

As we move deeper into the toasty Coachella Valley summer during this ongoing pandemic, I ask all of you: Please, be careful, and take precautions.

On one hand, June was an exciting month: In many ways, our valley came back to life. Stores, restaurants and bars reopened. Traffic returned to the street...

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Arts and Culture

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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The Goals of the Desert AIDS Project’s Star-Studded 'Voices of Hope': Entertain, Raise Money, and Serve as a Test Run for Other Virtual Events

The Goals of the Desert AIDS Project’s Star-Studded 'Voices of Hope': Entertain, Raise Money, and Serve as a Test Run for Other Virtual Events

Jun 14, 2020 16:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Many local nonprofits depend on large signature events to raise a significant portion of the money they need.

However, large events are currently not safe—and won’t be until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, likely many months or even several years from now.

So what can nonprofits do in the meantime? The...

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Pandemic Stories: How One Desert Tattoo Shop Owner Is Coping With the Shutdown—and How She Plans to Safely Reopen

Pandemic Stories: How One Desert Tattoo Shop Owner Is Coping With the Shutdown—and How She Plans to Safely Reopen

May 26, 2020 16:05  |  Kevin Allman

Perhaps you’ve thought about getting some work on your arm, or maybe adding some colorful scales to the massive dragon inked on your back. Maybe you have a yen for a nipple-piercing … or something more south of the border.

If so, until Stage 3 of the reopening process begins in earnest, you’re out of...

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Music

Music by the Masters: After a One-Year Hiatus, Idyllwild Arts' Jazz in the Pines Is Back—With an Expanded, Mostly Online Format

Music by the Masters: After a One-Year Hiatus, Idyllwild Arts' Jazz in the Pines Is Back—With an Expanded, Mostly Online Format

Jul 06, 2020 13:45  |  Jimmy Boegle and Stuart Cohn

True connoisseurs of great jazz know where to seek it out. They’ll haunt late night bars (at least when bars are a thing) and flip through bins of vinyl at ever-diminishing record stores. They create playlists on Spotify; Alexa already knows what they want to hear without having to be asked.

Through ...

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Political Persuasions: Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy Use a Variety of Media to Entertain, Provoke and Inspire

Political Persuasions: Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy Use a Variety of Media to Entertain, Provoke and Inspire

Jun 29, 2020 17:00  |  Matt King

A name like Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy conjures up thoughts of fun and perhaps controversy—and the collective certainly delivers, combining vivid and political stage shows with genre-melding music into a riveting, media-blending experience.

The group’s music is opinionated, and live shows add ...

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The Lucky 13: Aleks Romo, Guitarist for FrankEatsTheFloor

The Lucky 13: Aleks Romo, Guitarist for FrankEatsTheFloor

Jun 19, 2020 12:00  |  Matt King

When FrankEatsTheFloor—my band, I should disclose—came onto the local scene a few years ago, the valley was introduced to Aleks Romo. His guitar-playing expertise has been a huge asset, as his styles range from intricate indie-rock lines to hard-hitting punk chords. I should also disclose one more t...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: A Properly Made Mai Tai Can Serve as an Old-School Escape From These Troubled Times

On Cocktails: A Properly Made Mai Tai Can Serve as an Old-School Escape From These Troubled Times

Jun 18, 2020 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Anyone else feel like an escape right now?

I have written about Tiki here and there in this column. Cocktails from Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs have been featured occasionally, and my colleague Patrick did a profile on The Reef—all well-deserved, but Tiki hasn’t come up substantially in two years ...

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Vine Social: Lodi Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves as One of the World's Most-Significant Wine Regions—Yes, Really

Vine Social: Lodi Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves as One of the World's Most-Significant Wine Regions—Yes, Really

Jun 15, 2020 17:30  |  Katie Finn

July is the month when we celebrate our independence—the time of year when we come together in sweltering heat to grill up hot dogs and wait patiently for the sky to illuminate with a dazzling display of color.

But not this year. Not this July.

Instead, most of us will be celebrating our freedom by st...

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Caesar Cervisia: Our Beer Writer Has Spent the Pandemic Dreaming of Travels to Experience the World’s Best Beer

Caesar Cervisia: Our Beer Writer Has Spent the Pandemic Dreaming of Travels to Experience the World’s Best Beer

Jun 11, 2020 16:10  |  Brett Newton

All right, that’s it. I’ve had enough. I have to break free.

No, you’ll still find me wearing a mask when I’m out; I am merely talking about finding things to write about related to the lockdown. I need to talk about something else—while simultaneously looking forward to the future. What better way t...

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