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True TV: 'Dear White People' Aims to Expand Minds; 'American Gods' Arrives to Blow Minds

True TV: 'Dear White People' Aims to Expand Minds; 'American Gods' Arrives to Blow Minds

Dear White People (Friday, April 28, Netflix), series debut: A few white people were angry about the mere title of creator/director Justin Simien’s 2014 film Dear White People , and e...

Ask a Mexican: How This Columna Became an Issue in a Los Angeles City Council Contest

Ask a Mexican: How This Columna Became an Issue in a Los Angeles City Council Contest

Dear Mexican: In Jared Diamond’s DVD for Guns, Germs and Steel , he mentions the classical Spanish form of horsemanship, jimeta . I have not been able to find this word used anywhere e...

'We Are at a Crisis Point': Homelessness in the Coachella Valley Is Skyrocketing—and the Only West Valley Shelter Is Closing

'We Are at a Crisis Point': Homelessness in the Coachella Valley Is Skyrocketing—and the Only West Valley Shelter Is Closing

Despite a growing economy and decreasing unemployment, the homeless population in the Coachella Valley is expanding—at an alarming rate.

The annual Riverside County “point in time” ...

Coachella 2017: The Three Local Participants Reflect on the Experience—and the Career Boost the Festival Offers

Coachella 2017: The Three Local Participants Reflect on the Experience—and the Career Boost the Festival Offers

It’s become a fantastic tradition for local bands to perform at Coachella, and this year, three local groups got their moment in the spotlight—or, rather, moments in the Gobi Tent....

Master of the Mustang Tent: Renowned Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell Returns to Stagecoach—to Emcee, Not Perform

Master of the Mustang Tent: Renowned Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell Returns to Stagecoach—to Emcee, Not Perform

A poet at Stagecoach? Yes, indeed.

Renowned cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell will be returning to Stagecoach to serve as the Mustang Tent’s emcee for the entire weekend, April 28-30. Mit...

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 3: New Order Offers a Dance Vibe; T.S.O.L. Represents Punk Proudly

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 3: New Order Offers a Dance Vibe; T.S.O.L. Represents Punk Proudly

Since its inception in 1999, Coachella has continued to evolve—to the point where it’s now one of the most well-known festivals in the world.

This year, it went through a large evol...

Another Stagecoach Genre-Bender: Robert Ellis Returns to the Polo Grounds With His Unusual Mix of Music

Another Stagecoach Genre-Bender: Robert Ellis Returns to the Polo Grounds With His Unusual Mix of Music

Blending country music with jazz and pop is not easy—but for Robert Ellis, it seemingly comes naturally; just check out his latest (self-titled) album.

Ellis will be making his seco...

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News

'We Are at a Crisis Point': Homelessness in the Coachella Valley Is Skyrocketing—and the Only West Valley Shelter Is Closing

'We Are at a Crisis Point': Homelessness in the Coachella Valley Is Skyrocketing—and the Only West Valley Shelter Is Closing

Tuesday, April 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Despite a growing economy and decreasing unemployment, the homeless population in the Coachella Valley is expanding—at an alarming rate.

The annual Riverside County “point in time” count in January showed the homeless population had increased from 1,351 unsheltered and 814 sheltered individuals in 20...

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Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Friday, April 21, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Coachella finally caught on to the craft-beer revolution with the birth of the Craft Beer Barn in 2014. When it comes to weed, however, the festival seems to be further ahead of the game, thanks to this year’s introduction of a WeedMaps-sponsored cannabis lounge for VIP ticket holders—just a few mon...

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Release the Returns: Thousands Rally Across the Nation for Trump to Show His Taxes (With Photos)

Release the Returns: Thousands Rally Across the Nation for Trump to Show His Taxes (With Photos)

Saturday, April 15, 2017  |  Chris Francescani and Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of U.S. cities on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

Organizers of “Tax March” in more tha...

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Opinion

Ask a Mexican: How This Columna Became an Issue in a Los Angeles City Council Contest

Ask a Mexican: How This Columna Became an Issue in a Los Angeles City Council Contest

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: In Jared Diamond’s DVD for Guns, Germs and Steel , he mentions the classical Spanish form of horsemanship, jimeta . I have not been able to find this word used anywhere else. Can you help?

Bronco Babobos

Dear Gabacho: While Diamond’s book of the same name is a classic, he got his word wrong—...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 20, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 20, 2017!

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's high-as-a-kite weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles exolls the virtues of home schooling; This Modern World breaks down another public-outrage scandal; Jen Sorenson wishes times were changing a bit more; Red Meat dresses up as The Hulk; and Apoca Clips checks in at a press c...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Michael Graham, a Young Man Who Found His Voice With the California Desert Chorale

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Michael Graham, a Young Man Who Found His Voice With the California Desert Chorale

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

You never know whom you might meet at a dinner party.

I was surprised when my hosts invited their excellent “caterer” to join the table. I was even more surprised when the affable young man was asked if he would sing to us after dinner. Michael Graham stood by the table and blew the group away with h...

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Arts and Culture

Some Advice: Go See Gloria Loring as Ann Landers in Coyote StageWorks' 'Lady With All the Answers'

Some Advice: Go See Gloria Loring as Ann Landers in Coyote StageWorks' 'Lady With All the Answers'

Saturday, April 15, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Coyote StageWorks’ The Lady With All the Answers , a play by David Rambo, offers an inside look at the life of advice columnist Ann Landers.

Landers was part of American popular culture for decades, offering words of wisdom on everything from marital troubles to the proper method for hanging toilet pap...

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Western Lit: 'The Unsettlers' Tells the Stories of Characters Who Have Gone Far Beyond 'Good Enough'

Western Lit: 'The Unsettlers' Tells the Stories of Characters Who Have Gone Far Beyond 'Good Enough'

Thursday, April 13, 2017  |  Sarah Gilman

For Mark Sundeen, the search began with a guilty meat snack.

After two decades of bumming around the country—first as a outdoorsman stringing together jobs in the rural West, and later as a city-bound freelancer and “money-lung … whose sole purpose was to inhale dollars, transform them into pleasure,...

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Popular in Palm Desert: The McCallum Theatre Announces Its 30th Anniversary Season

Popular in Palm Desert: The McCallum Theatre Announces Its 30th Anniversary Season

Wednesday, April 05, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

Even though Mitch Gershenfeld has been booking shows at the McCallum Theatre for 18 years now, he admits he gets nervous whenever subscriptions for a new season go on sale—as they did on Tuesday, April 4, for the theater’s 30th anniversary 2017-2018 season.

“I get this pain in the pit of my stomach, ...

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Movies & TV

True TV: 'Dear White People' Aims to Expand Minds; 'American Gods' Arrives to Blow Minds

True TV: 'Dear White People' Aims to Expand Minds; 'American Gods' Arrives to Blow Minds

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  |  Bill Frost

Dear White People (Friday, April 28, Netflix), series debut: A few white people were angry about the mere title of creator/director Justin Simien’s 2014 film Dear White People , and even more got pissed when Netflix dropped a trailer for his new 10-episode series of the same name. They’ve never seen mo...

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Furiously Silly: Some Fun Moments Can't Salvage the Overlong, Too-Serious 'Fate of the Furious'

Furiously Silly: Some Fun Moments Can't Salvage the Overlong, Too-Serious 'Fate of the Furious'

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

In The Fate of the Furious —easily the dumbest title in the Furious franchise, even dumber than Tokyo Drift —you get to see the most disgusting, stomach-churning moment in cinema so far this year.

That would be Charlize Theron planting a big, sloppy kiss on Vin Diesel, the visual of which creates a “girl...

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True TV: 'Mary Kills People' Goes Dark; 'The Handmaid's Tale' Goes Darker

True TV: 'Mary Kills People' Goes Dark; 'The Handmaid's Tale' Goes Darker

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  Bill Frost

Mary Kills People (Sunday, April 23, Lifetime), series debut: Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas has starred in left-of-center American series like Wonderfalls and Hannibal , but Mary Kills People is probably the first to fully realize her oddly chilly-sexy potential. (It’s also a Canadian production, so ...

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Music

The Weird and the Wonderful: Our List of Stagecoach Acts You Won't Want to Miss

The Weird and the Wonderful: Our List of Stagecoach Acts You Won't Want to Miss

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The first Stagecoach Country Music Festival was back in 2007—meaning this is the 10th anniversary of the country companion to Coachella.

There are a lot of familiar names on the bill this year … and there are some serious oddities, too. To help attendees plan, I’ve come up with a list of acts I certa...

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Live: Car Seat Headrest at Pappy and Harriet's, April 20-21

Live: Car Seat Headrest at Pappy and Harriet's, April 20-21

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  |  Guillermo Prieto

Pappy and Harriet’s, per usual, was the place to be for people who wanted to catch Coachella 2017 acts without having to battle large crowds and traffic.

Last Thursday, Pappy’s hosted a Coachella act doubleheader, and staffers had their hands full ushering the outdoor Future Islands fans out of Pappy...

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Coachella 2017: The Three Local Participants Reflect on the Experience—and the Career Boost the Festival Offers

Coachella 2017: The Three Local Participants Reflect on the Experience—and the Career Boost the Festival Offers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s become a fantastic tradition for local bands to perform at Coachella, and this year, three local groups got their moment in the spotlight—or, rather, moments in the Gobi Tent.

Kayves, a Tachevah finalist, played on Friday. The Yip Yops, which played a set to a packed house at The Hood Bar and Pi...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: An Interview With Nic Adler, Coachella's Curator of Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: An Interview With Nic Adler, Coachella's Curator of Food and Drink

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Erin Peters

The diverse and impressive musical lineup makes the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival one of the most popular events in the world—but it’s the food and drink lineup that rounds out the experience for many festival-goers.

Nic Adler, who also puts on Eat Drink Vegan in Pasadena, has been curatin...

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On Cocktails: Our Intrepid Columnist Has Drinks and an Early Lunch at Eureka!, and Checks Out the Offerings at Truss and Twine

On Cocktails: Our Intrepid Columnist Has Drinks and an Early Lunch at Eureka!, and Checks Out the Offerings at Truss and Twine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

I, perhaps foolishly, put off buying a car after moving to the Coachella Valley—and, therefore, have been depriving myself of all that the Coachella Valley has to offer outside of Palm Springs proper.

However, I recently was able to get a taste of what I’ve been missing. It happened after an abortive...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Shredded Pork With Garlic Sauce at Cie Sichuan Cuisine

The Indy Endorsement: The Shredded Pork With Garlic Sauce at Cie Sichuan Cuisine

Monday, April 17, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The shredded pork with garlic sauce

Where: Cie Sichuan Cuisine, 45682 Towne St., Indio

How much: $8.50 as a lunch special; $9.50 as an entrée

Contact: 760-342-9888; ciesichuancuisine.com

Why: It was worth the wait.

I’ve been hearing raves about Cie Sichuan Cuisine for months now. Some friends have even g...

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