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Snapshot: PGA CareerBuilder Challenge, Days 1 and 2

Snapshot: PGA CareerBuilder Challenge, Days 1 and 2

As I pulled on my rain boots before driving to PGA West at 6 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, a KMIR meteorologist on the TV screen was issuing a warning about the continuous and dangerous w...

Damaging Development: Residents Fight to Preserve Oswit Canyon

Damaging Development: Residents Fight to Preserve Oswit Canyon

On a cold January day, Jane Garrison stood in front of Ralph’s in the Smoke Tree Village Shopping Center. Her goal: to get shoppers in the busy plaza to sign the petition to save O...

The Indy Endorsement: The California Split Sandwich at The Lunch Box

The Indy Endorsement: The California Split Sandwich at The Lunch Box

What: The California Split Sandwich

Where: The Lunch Box, 74868 Joni Drive, No. 1a, Palm Desert

How much: $6.95 (plus $2.75 for a cup of soup)

Contact: 760-610-1136; thelunchboxpd.com

Why: T...

Sloppy Scorsese: The Great Director Makes a Rare Misstep With His Over-Long 'Silence'

Sloppy Scorsese: The Great Director Makes a Rare Misstep With His Over-Long 'Silence'

Martin Scorsese’s Silence , aka How to Torture a Jesuit Priest Until He Says “Ah, Screw It!” and Looks for Another Gig , is the auteur’s most inconsistent offering since his misguided ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 19, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 19, 2017!

On this week's frightened inauguration eve edition of the weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat goes to mail-order medical school; Jen Sorenson looks at a new beginning; The K Chr...

As the Goat Turns: The Pride of Idyllwild, Throw the Goat Has a New EP—and a New Drummer, Too

As the Goat Turns: The Pride of Idyllwild, Throw the Goat Has a New EP—and a New Drummer, Too

Throw the Goat is a local band that’s finally starting to get the recognition it deserves.

The band has two full albums to its credit— Black Mountain (2012) and Blood, Sweat and Beers (...

True TV: 'Baskets' Is Still Weird and Wonderful; Beaches … Why?

True TV: 'Baskets' Is Still Weird and Wonderful; Beaches … Why?

Baskets (Thursday, Jan. 19, FX), season premiere: When Baskets premiered last January, it appeared to be a loony lark, like someone dared Zach Galifianakis to create a comedy bizarre ...

News

Snapshot: PGA CareerBuilder Challenge, Days 1 and 2

Snapshot: PGA CareerBuilder Challenge, Days 1 and 2

Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

As I pulled on my rain boots before driving to PGA West at 6 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, a KMIR meteorologist on the TV screen was issuing a warning about the continuous and dangerous weather that would soon engulf the Coachella Valley.

However, the rain was late to arrive at the “U.S. politics-free zone”...

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Damaging Development: Residents Fight to Preserve Oswit Canyon

Damaging Development: Residents Fight to Preserve Oswit Canyon

Friday, January 20, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

On a cold January day, Jane Garrison stood in front of Ralph’s in the Smoke Tree Village Shopping Center. Her goal: to get shoppers in the busy plaza to sign the petition to save Oswit Canyon, a popular hiking area nearby in south Palm Springs.

The rain started drizzling—but Garrison didn’t give up. ...

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Joining Forces? Public Safety Costs Are Rising—and Coachella Valley's Nine Cities Are Looking for Ways to Keep Up

Joining Forces? Public Safety Costs Are Rising—and Coachella Valley's Nine Cities Are Looking for Ways to Keep Up

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

A recent review of the budgets of all nine Coachella Valley cities confirms what multiple sources have mentioned over the last several months: The costs of providing police and fire protection have been rising every year—and could soon become a worrisome financial burden.

“About 50 percent of our gen...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 19, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 19, 2017!

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's frightened inauguration eve edition of the weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat goes to mail-order medical school; Jen Sorenson looks at a new beginning; The K Chronicles has a coffee-shop confrontation; and This Modern World examines the Unbelievable Baby-Man!

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Ask a Mexican: Did Almost a Third of Hispanic Voters Really Pick Trump?

Ask a Mexican: Did Almost a Third of Hispanic Voters Really Pick Trump?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I was wondering if you could shed some light on the debate on whether 29 percent of Mexicans/Hispanic voters really voted for Trump, or whether it was much less, like other polls show.

The Poll y Voces

Dear Pocho: Exit polls are like the PRI: full of shit, full of money and incredibly pen...

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Steve Kelly on Sports: A Volunteer Gets Ready to Swing Into Work at the CareerBuilder Challenge

Steve Kelly on Sports: A Volunteer Gets Ready to Swing Into Work at the CareerBuilder Challenge

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  Steve Kelly

One of the keys to the success of the big sporting events here in the Coachella Valley is the ability to attract top-notch volunteers. It is a not-so-secret fact that without volunteers, these tournaments would grind to a halt. After all, volunteers are the people work in the trenches and help with ...

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Arts and Culture

Oh 'Baby'! Coachella Valley Repertory's Latest Musical Hits All the Right Notes

Oh 'Baby'! Coachella Valley Repertory's Latest Musical Hits All the Right Notes

Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Coachella Valley Repertory artistic director Ron Celona has put on some fabulous productions since the theater opened its doors in 2008—but he has truly outdone himself with his current offering, Baby—The Musical .

The show, with book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltb...

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The Intersection of Punk, Drag and Bingo: Artist, Actor and Reality Show Star Sham Ibrahim Hosts The Hood's Drag Queen Bingo

The Intersection of Punk, Drag and Bingo: Artist, Actor and Reality Show Star Sham Ibrahim Hosts The Hood's Drag Queen Bingo

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The word “bingo” usually invokes images of a church hall, a smoke-filled room and old ladies.

Then there’s The Hood Bar and Pizza’s weekly bingo event—which has none of these things. Instead, every Tuesday night, this punk-rock pizza bar is the site of Drag Queen Bingo.

The host of Drag Queen Bingo is...

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Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Frankly, I was uncomfortable going to see Clybourne Park , Dezart Performs’ latest production.

The setting for this “Black (and White) Comedy by Bruce Norris,” as the play’s poster says, is Chicago—in 1959 for Act 1, then fast-forwarding 50 years to the same house in 2009 for Act 2. The show won the Pu...

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Movies & TV

Gangster Rehash: Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night' Looks Good, but Doesn't Feel Right

Gangster Rehash: Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night' Looks Good, but Doesn't Feel Right

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Director Ben Affleck’s Live by Night is a period piece/costume drama that looks like a lot of work went into it, although it never feels like a cohesive picture.

Affleck stars as Joe Coughlin, one of those gangsters you just gotta love, fighting the gangster fight during Prohibition in sunny Florida. J...

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Sloppy Scorsese: The Great Director Makes a Rare Misstep With His Over-Long 'Silence'

Sloppy Scorsese: The Great Director Makes a Rare Misstep With His Over-Long 'Silence'

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Martin Scorsese’s Silence , aka How to Torture a Jesuit Priest Until He Says “Ah, Screw It!” and Looks for Another Gig , is the auteur’s most inconsistent offering since his misguided and sloppy Casino .

It’s clear that Scorsese poured his heart into this passion project, which makes it even more disappoin...

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Slice of Life: 'Paterson' Will Delight Jim Jarmusch Fans

Slice of Life: 'Paterson' Will Delight Jim Jarmusch Fans

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Adam Driver plays the title character, a bus driver with a penchant for poetry, in Paterson , writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s latest.

Not only is his name Paterson; he lives in Paterson, N.J., and he sets his folded clothes out every night so he’s good to go in the morning. His wife, Laura (Golshifteh F...

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Music

As the Goat Turns: The Pride of Idyllwild, Throw the Goat Has a New EP—and a New Drummer, Too

As the Goat Turns: The Pride of Idyllwild, Throw the Goat Has a New EP—and a New Drummer, Too

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Throw the Goat is a local band that’s finally starting to get the recognition it deserves.

The band has two full albums to its credit— Black Mountain (2012) and Blood, Sweat and Beers (2015). Last year, the band released a new EP, Vote Goat , and picked up a new drummer, The Sweat Act and 5th Town’s Troy W...

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The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2015, The Flusters were voted the Best Local Band by Coachella Valley Independent readers. In 2016, the band played higher-profile gigs—including Coachella—and released a well-received EP. What will 2017 bring? Stay tuned to find out—and visit www.theflusters.com for more information. Catch the band ...

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Talent Triumphs: Tony Orlando Brings His Tried-and-True Act to Spotlight 29

Talent Triumphs: Tony Orlando Brings His Tried-and-True Act to Spotlight 29

Thursday, January 05, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

He was a kid from New York, N.Y., with just an eighth-grade education—yet Tony Orlando has had an incredible music career, both as an executive and a recording artist.

While he hasn’t released any new material since 1979, he continues to perform across the country to sold-out audiences. He’ll bring h...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The California Split Sandwich at The Lunch Box

The Indy Endorsement: The California Split Sandwich at The Lunch Box

Friday, January 20, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The California Split Sandwich

Where: The Lunch Box, 74868 Joni Drive, No. 1a, Palm Desert

How much: $6.95 (plus $2.75 for a cup of soup)

Contact: 760-610-1136; thelunchboxpd.com

Why: This sandwich is satisfying.

Even though I knew I was in the right place, a small part of me wondered if I was being punked ...

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On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

Friday, January 13, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

Welcome to the bar lull, the time when thirsty, hard-working citizens’ insidious New Year’s resolutions interfere with my ability to ply them with high-quality wares.

Is your humble bar correspondent succumbing to such self-deception? No, no false resolutions for me. Instead, I am using the New Year ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter (Adobosilog)

Where: Meng’s Filipino Cuisine, 34091 Date Palm Drive, Suite B, Cathedral City

How much: $6.99

Contact: 760-321-2277

Why: It’s a delicious Filipino favorite.

Confession: I have a checkered history when it comes to Filipino restaurants.

A couple of decades ago, I ...

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