Last updateWed, 27 Aug 2014 10am
Welcome to the Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015!
Here’s how these results came to be: Between Aug. 29 and Oct. 3, Coachella Valley Independent readers voted at CVIndependent.com in an open ballot in the categories listed below.
No finalists were selected in advance; readers had to write in their selections.
We then took the top three to five finishers in each category and put them on a final-round ballot, which ran at CVInde...
The 2014 holiday season has officially arrived, and while many of us are busily planning schedules around parties and shopping, more and more of our neighbors are facing formidable food and resource shortages.
“Over the last 24 months, we’ve seen the monthly average number of people served meals in o...
Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond that 67 percent of California voters approved last week, will provide millions of dollars for projects everyone likes.
It sets aside funds to strip pollutants from valuable urban aquifers ; it will bring in money to repair aging pipes that leach pollutants int...
On this week's classist Independent comics page: Red Meat prepares for a festive school carnival; Jen Sorenson examines complaints about hyperinflation on luxury items; The K Chronicles pays homage to pro wrestling; and This Modern World ponders sexual harassment.
One is a banker; another is a Nobel Prize-winner, a third a teacher, yet another a writer. Many are happily retired. Some are well-informed on the news of the day; others are interested in exploring new ways to approach old problems; all are willing to engage with their neighbors for some good old-f...
On Oct. 8, 2008, several elite leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—also known as the LDS or Mormon Church— went on the air and urged members in California to boost their involvement in defeating the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage.
The LDS Church was one of the last to...
Locals often tell visitors to the Coachella Valley that they must sample the high-end shopping and dining experience that is El Paseo, in Palm Desert.
The pristine boulevard is the valley's answer to renowned destinations like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Fifth Avenue in New York City. However, th...
1. 22 Jump Street (Sony)
2. Tammy * (Warner Bros.)
3. Into the Storm * (Warner Bros.)
4. Let's Be Cops * (20th Century Fox)
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 * (20th Century Fox)
6. Maleficent (Disney)
7. Hercules (Paramount)
8. If I Stay * (MGM)
9. The Purge: Anarchy (Universal)
10. Sex Tape (Sony)
* Available for rental before Red...
After numerous stops and starts, the Dumb and Dumber sequel has finally made it to the screen, 20 years after the original.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as Lloyd and Harry, movie history’s two biggest dumbasses. While Carrey slides right back into the role of the mischievous goofball, Daniels see...
Cain Motter has been living off the grid here and there since childhood, when his mother and father escaped a religious cult that didn’t allow members to leave.
The family was advised to head for California—which they did. Motter’s father, a blind Vaudeville performer, earned a living by performing a...
The Los Angeles-based Paul Chesne Band is a regular at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. After playing there at the Campout with Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker in September, the Paul Chesne Band will return to Pappy’s for New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/paulchesne...
What: Barbacoa (pork and beef stew)
Where: La Perlita Mexican Food, 901 Crossley Road, Palm Springs
How much: $11.95
Why: It’s some of the best Mexican food in the valley.
You really have to be looking for La Perlita Mexican Food to find it.
The joint is stuck at the end of a strip mall o...
The dog wanders through the Illuminare tasting room in Camino, Calif.
Like his owner who’s pouring our wine, the pooch is chill. I try to attract the dog’s attention, to give him a scratch. He ignores me. Uber-chill. Do people still say uber? Do they use the umlaut to spell it? Über?
When I drink, I ov...