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Caesar Cervisia: Has There Ever Been a Better Time to Take Up Homebrewing? No. No There Has Not.

Caesar Cervisia: Has There Ever Been a Better Time to Take Up Homebrewing? No. No There Has Not.

As this Horseman of the Apocalypse continues his world tour, some of us are handling isolation poorly. Well, I'm here with a helpful suggestion if you have some time on your hands ...

Our Frustratingly Unknowable Future; If You Go Out, a Mask Is Mandatory—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 5, 2020

Our Frustratingly Unknowable Future; If You Go Out, a Mask Is Mandatory—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 5, 2020

I think I speak for all of us when I ask the question: How long is all of this going to going on?!

The only correct answer, of course, is that nobody knows. Nobody . We’ve never dealt ...

Artists: Do a Page of Our Coloring Book! Plus Weekend Home Entertainment Options: Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 3, 2020

Artists: Do a Page of Our Coloring Book! Plus Weekend Home Entertainment Options: Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 3, 2020

Debra Ann Mumm is one of my favorite people in the entire Coachella Valley.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Debra in a variety of ways over the years. Way back when we launc...

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

People have been trying to get outdoors during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t blame them. Without fresh air to breathe, clear sunlight or mist on our eyelids, I don’t think we...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

On this week's face-mask-wearing weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles has a wish for mega-churches; This Modern World offers up the latest edition of Life in the Coronave...

April Astronomy: In These Isolated, Scary Times, Take Solace by Going Outside and Looking at the Wonders of the Universe

April Astronomy: In These Isolated, Scary Times, Take Solace by Going Outside and Looking at the Wonders of the Universe

In the western sky at dusk, Venus in April attains its greatest brilliance of this year. Before dawn, the three bright outer planets— Mars , Jupiter and Saturn —are visible in the southeas...

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

You’re out of a job. You’ve been stuck inside for weeks. You’ve re-watched Tiger King so many times that you’re starting to ask, “What was the crime here? Loving big cats and the Set...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: If You Need Laughs, and Aren't Easily Offended, You Should Know That Louis C.K.'s New Special Is Very Funny

Home Video Review: If You Need Laughs, and Aren't Easily Offended, You Should Know That Louis C.K.'s New Special Is Very Funny

Apr 06, 2020 17:15  |  Bob Grimm

So I was sitting at home on Sunday night. I had been talking to Independent editor Jimmy Boegle the last couple of weeks about whether or not I was going to keep writing stupid movie reviews after all this shit went down. My reviews ran in two other newspapers; one ceased publication, and the other sa...

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Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

Content Shifter: 12 Totally Free TV Streaming Services!

Apr 01, 2020 16:30  |  Bill Frost

You’re out of a job. You’ve been stuck inside for weeks. You’ve re-watched Tiger King so many times that you’re starting to ask, “What was the crime here? Loving big cats and the Seth Wadley Auto Group too much? Free Joe Exotic!”

Shut-in delirium can only countered with new streams of entertainment—pre...

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Political Horror … in a Time of Horror: 'The Hunt' Is Worth Paying for to Stream at Home

Political Horror … in a Time of Horror: 'The Hunt' Is Worth Paying for to Stream at Home

Mar 19, 2020 11:00  |  Bob Grimm

The Hunt , the little B movie that can’t seem to catch a break, finally got released to theaters … in the midst of a national emergency.

The results: Not surprisingly, very few people risked COVID-19 in an effort to see it sitting next to people!

Originally set for release last year, the film was postp...

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News

Progress in Flattening the Coachella Valley Curve; Gerbil Art Museum! Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 7, 2020

Progress in Flattening the Coachella Valley Curve; Gerbil Art Museum! Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 7, 2020

Apr 07, 2020 18:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

It’s been a crazy-busy day here at Independent World Headquarters in rainy downtown Palm Springs—for some very exciting reasons.

Because the day has been so busy, and because there’s so much news to get to—much, but alas, not all of it, good—I am going to keep this intro brief. And tomorrow, I’ll sha...

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Antibodies Are Key? A Test Could Help Get California Back to Normal—but a Lot of Questions Remain

Antibodies Are Key? A Test Could Help Get California Back to Normal—but a Lot of Questions Remain

Apr 07, 2020 15:00  |  Rachel Becker, CalMatters

Blood tests for antibodies to the novel coronavirus will be “foundational, fundamental,” to sending Californians back to work, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday —but medical experts caution that there’s still a lot we don’t know about whether the tests are reliable enough to ensure people’s ...

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OK Days, Not-So-OK Days; More on the State Eviction Moratorium—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 6, 2020

OK Days, Not-So-OK Days; More on the State Eviction Moratorium—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: April 6, 2020

Apr 06, 2020 18:50  |  Jimmy Boegle

Some days are OK. Other days, not so much.

That seems to be the experience most of us are going through as we approach the three-week mark of California’s stay-at-home order. (Yeah, the statewide order hasn’t even been in place for three weeks yet; it came down Thursday, March 19 .)

Yesterday was an OK ...

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Opinion

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

Community Voices: Sheltering Responsibly Doesn't Mean You Have to Stay Inside—but You Must Be Careful and Respectful While Outdoors

Apr 02, 2020 15:00  |  Craig Childs, High Country News

People have been trying to get outdoors during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t blame them. Without fresh air to breathe, clear sunlight or mist on our eyelids, I don’t think we can remain sane.

And we need a sane population. Especially now.

All over the country, beaches and parks are closed; and w...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 2, 2020!

Apr 02, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's face-mask-wearing weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles has a wish for mega-churches; This Modern World offers up the latest edition of Life in the Coronaverse; Jen Sorensen provides a primer on Plague Insurance options; Apoca Clips rolls its eyes as Li'l Trumpy prattles on; ...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Dr. Dana Ratnayake, a Local Physician Who Understands It Takes More Than Opioids to Properly Manage Pain

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Dr. Dana Ratnayake, a Local Physician Who Understands It Takes More Than Opioids to Properly Manage Pain

Apr 01, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Dr. Dilangani (Dana) Ratnayake, 35, has been a Cathedral City resident since 2016.

“It’s emotionally draining to deal with patients who are in pain,” she says. However, she’s decided that emotional drain is worth it.

I first met Ratnayake because I have chronic pain. About three years ago, I had a hea...

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Arts and Culture

Pandemic Stories: As the COVID-19 News Intensified, Local Theaters Struggled With the Decision on Whether or Not to Remain Open. Then the Decision Was Made for Them.

Pandemic Stories: As the COVID-19 News Intensified, Local Theaters Struggled With the Decision on Whether or Not to Remain Open. Then the Decision Was Made for Them.

Mar 16, 2020 15:20  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume and Jimmy Boegle

Ron Celona looked weary as patrons entered the CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City for the Saturday, March 14, matinee performance of The City of Conversation.

This was supposed to be a bustling, packed weekend of theater in the Coachella Valley. At least four theaters were opening new productions, whil...

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Let's Hear it for the 'Boys': Palm Canyon Theatre Gets Set to Stage a Classic 1968 Gay-Themed Play

Let's Hear it for the 'Boys': Palm Canyon Theatre Gets Set to Stage a Classic 1968 Gay-Themed Play

Mar 12, 2020 16:45  |  Kevin Allman

To the characters in The Boys in the Band , someone like Pete Buttigieg would have been inconceivable—a happily out (and married) man who was a serious candidate for the U.S. presidency.

When Boys premiered in 1968—one year before the Stonewall riots—a same-sex couple still could be arrested for dancing ...

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Raw, Real and Relevant: Desert Rose Playhouse's Beautiful Thing' Tells a Story of Young, Forbidden Love

Raw, Real and Relevant: Desert Rose Playhouse's Beautiful Thing' Tells a Story of Young, Forbidden Love

Mar 08, 2020 13:05  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing was first performed in London back in 1993, when revealing one’s homosexuality was much scarier, but the play’s themes of forbidden love and the struggle for self-acceptance seem just as germane today—and Desert Rose Playhouse’s current production of the play is thoug...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Rapper Kurlzzz aka Justin Roos

The Lucky 13: Rapper Kurlzzz aka Justin Roos

Mar 27, 2020 08:00  |  Matt King

Local rapper Kurlzzz is a part of the huge hip hop scene in the Coachella Valley. I recently saw him perform at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, and was amazed at how he was able to combine tight beats with a flow that was both funny and serious flow. Check out his song “Ice Cream” on all stre...

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The Lucky 13: Meet Edith Aldaz, Frontwoman of Local Band Koka

The Lucky 13: Meet Edith Aldaz, Frontwoman of Local Band Koka

Mar 25, 2020 14:30  |  Matt King

If you’ve been to one of the backyard shows that take place behind the scenes in our valley, you may have come across Koka. In the likely event that you have not … the band’s unique brand of indie music has garnered the group tens of thousands of streams on SoundCloud , and Koka has made every show a ...

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Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Mar 22, 2020 15:45  |  Matt King

We’re under an emergency shelter-at-home order in California, with a lot of businesses closed down—meaning many people are now without a steady income, including the Coachella Valley’s hard-working, talented musicians.

Many of us also now have a lot of time on our hands … so why not use that time to ...

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Food and Drink

Caesar Cervisia: Has There Ever Been a Better Time to Take Up Homebrewing? No. No There Has Not.

Caesar Cervisia: Has There Ever Been a Better Time to Take Up Homebrewing? No. No There Has Not.

Apr 06, 2020 17:00  |  Brett Newton

As this Horseman of the Apocalypse continues his world tour, some of us are handling isolation poorly. Well, I'm here with a helpful suggestion if you have some time on your hands and have a little extra money lying around: Make your own beer.

If your first reaction to this suggestion is to scoff, pl...

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On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

Mar 24, 2020 14:40  |  Kevin Carlow

“You guys must be so busy during Coachella!”

That drove me crazy my first couple of years here in the desert—almost as crazy as when people ask for “something with vodka, but not too sweet.” Bacchus, save the doe-eyed innocents who say things like that in my presence.

I am not trying to be a jerk. I sw...

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Vine Social: Try to Fill This Turbulent Time With Joy—Including, Perhaps, Some Amazing Rosé Wine

Vine Social: Try to Fill This Turbulent Time With Joy—Including, Perhaps, Some Amazing Rosé Wine

Mar 19, 2020 11:15  |  Katie Finn

The sun is shining. The weather is getting warm. The patio furniture has been brought out of hibernation. For wine lovers, this means one thing … rosé season has arrived.

As I began to write this piece, I was all set to recommend my favorite pink beauties and perhaps touch on the strange new mindset ...

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