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Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

As the 2019 edition of the BNP Paribas Open shifted into high gear, the world’s best tennis players battled the weather, injuries, illness and each other for the trophies and the $...

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

I’ve been working at a wine shop in Palm Desert for about three months now—and I love it! It’s a tiny little space, with a limited number of wines—and because the store is so small...

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

It’s about math.

Oh no! Math was my worst subject in school, and here we are confronted with Proof , a play about real mathematical geniuses—the kind you see standing in front of an e...

Checkmate! CVRep Opens Its Stunning New Playhouse With a Fantastic Production of the Musical 'Chess'

Checkmate! CVRep Opens Its Stunning New Playhouse With a Fantastic Production of the Musical 'Chess'

There is only one word to express the feeling one gets when entering Coachella Valley Repertory’s new digs: awe.

Artistic director Ron Celona and his board of directors have complet...

The Making of a Gay Icon: Charles Busch Brings His Personal Cabaret Show to the Purple Room

The Making of a Gay Icon: Charles Busch Brings His Personal Cabaret Show to the Purple Room

How do you get the best roles written for you, both onstage and onscreen?

In the case of the great Charles Busch, you write the roles yourself.

The gay/drag icon—who also found mains...

Executions Halted: Gov. Gavin Newsom Places a Moratorium on Executions, Even Though Voters Recently Affirmed the Death Penalty

Executions Halted: Gov. Gavin Newsom Places a Moratorium on Executions, Even Though Voters Recently Affirmed the Death Penalty

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, March 13, putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California and shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin—a mo...

The Indy Endorsement: The Famous Truffle Tots at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

The Indy Endorsement: The Famous Truffle Tots at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

What: The famous truffle tots

Where: Heirloom Craft Kitchen, 49990 Jefferson St., No. 100, Indio

How much: $6; $4 when added to an entrée

Contact: 760-773-2233; heirloomcraftkitchen.com

Why...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Dark Western 'Never Grow Old' Is a Return to Form for Emile Hirsch, John Cusack

Home Video Review: Dark Western 'Never Grow Old' Is a Return to Form for Emile Hirsch, John Cusack

Mar 19, 2019 12:00  |  Bob Grimm

Emile Hirsch and John Cusack, two actors whose careers have seen better times, star in Never Grow Old , a dark Western about a religious town visited by the devil.

The devil would be Dutch Albert (Cusack), a sleazy gunslinger businessman who arrives in an old frontier town that has outlawed liquor; he ...

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Not Much of a 'Marvel': Brie Larson Seems Lethargic in the Decidedly Ho-Hum 'Captain Marvel'

Not Much of a 'Marvel': Brie Larson Seems Lethargic in the Decidedly Ho-Hum 'Captain Marvel'

Mar 14, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

It looks like somebody forgot to tell Brie Larson to have fun and let loose in Captain Marvel . Her turn as the title character, aka Carol Danvers, is laced with lethargy and bizarre line deliveries.

Samuel L. Jackson and an orange tabby fortunately seem to be enjoying themselves, but Larson is stiffer...

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Home Video Review: 'Instant Family' Is More Than Just a Run-of-the-Mill Family Comedy

Home Video Review: 'Instant Family' Is More Than Just a Run-of-the-Mill Family Comedy

Mar 12, 2019 10:00  |  Bob Grimm

While Instant Family might have the look of a routine family comedy, it is anything but: This movie is funny from start to finish, and it packs a couple of emotional punches, too.

Couple Pete and Ellie (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne), might, just might, want kids, so they decide to look into adoption. T...

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News

Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

Mar 19, 2019 11:25  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

As the 2019 edition of the BNP Paribas Open shifted into high gear, the world’s best tennis players battled the weather, injuries, illness and each other for the trophies and the $1.3 million men’s and women’s singles championship checks that were handed out in Stadium 1 on St. Patrick’s Day.

The fee...

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Executions Halted: Gov. Gavin Newsom Places a Moratorium on Executions, Even Though Voters Recently Affirmed the Death Penalty

Executions Halted: Gov. Gavin Newsom Places a Moratorium on Executions, Even Though Voters Recently Affirmed the Death Penalty

Mar 14, 2019 16:00  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, March 13, putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California and shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin—a move that overrides a decision the state’s voters made in 2016 to maintain capital punishment.

While campaigning for govern...

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Mental Health-Care Struggles: Families Across California Say Their Loved Ones Aren't Getting the Treatment They Need

Mental Health-Care Struggles: Families Across California Say Their Loved Ones Aren't Getting the Treatment They Need

Mar 14, 2019 11:05  |  Jocelyn Wiener, CALmatters

Elizabeth Brown’s bedroom holds a trove of evidence of her fight to save herself.

Preserved among Twilight novels, posters of Korean pop singers and cameras she used for her budding journalism career are clues about the Santa Rosa teenager’s agonizing struggle with the mental illness that claimed her...

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Opinion

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cruz Moore, a La Quinta Filmmaker Whose New Film Is Part of the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cruz Moore, a La Quinta Filmmaker Whose New Film Is Part of the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival

Mar 19, 2019 17:50  |  Anita Rufus

La Quinta native Cruz Moore is a young man with a plan.

The 25-year-old was raised with his younger sister by their grandparents, and he says he was taught about responsibility and the need to follow a path toward the future. Moore’s path has led him to become a filmmaker, and one of his films,  The Ris...

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A Tragedy, Not a Triumph: Coverage of an Encounter Between a Runner and a Small Mountain Lion Perpetuates Unwarranted Fear

A Tragedy, Not a Triumph: Coverage of an Encounter Between a Runner and a Small Mountain Lion Perpetuates Unwarranted Fear

Mar 14, 2019 11:45  |  Beth Pratt, High Country News

I split my time between living outside of Yosemite National Park and in Los Angeles. The fact that I have the chance to see mountain lions in both places provides me with unending awe, and with hope: If a mountain lion can live in the middle of Los Angeles, wildness and wild things just might have a...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 14, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 14, 2019!

Mar 14, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's college-rejected weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips watches as Li'l Trumpy signs Bibles; Red Meat tries to maintain the telepathic link with the fish; This Modern World ponders the "extreme" nature of the Green New Deal; Jen Sorenson offers a field guide to bad-faith social-jus...

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Arts and Culture

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

Mar 18, 2019 10:05  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

It’s about math.

Oh no! Math was my worst subject in school, and here we are confronted with Proof , a play about real mathematical geniuses—the kind you see standing in front of an entire blackboard filled with incomprehensible squiggles. The Desert Ensemble Theatre Company has brought Proof to the Pear...

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Checkmate! CVRep Opens Its Stunning New Playhouse With a Fantastic Production of the Musical 'Chess'

Checkmate! CVRep Opens Its Stunning New Playhouse With a Fantastic Production of the Musical 'Chess'

Mar 17, 2019 12:50  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

There is only one word to express the feeling one gets when entering Coachella Valley Repertory’s new digs: awe.

Artistic director Ron Celona and his board of directors have completely transformed the old IMAX theater in Cathedral City into a live playhouse worthy of Broadway. From the impressive “Wa...

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The Making of a Gay Icon: Charles Busch Brings His Personal Cabaret Show to the Purple Room

The Making of a Gay Icon: Charles Busch Brings His Personal Cabaret Show to the Purple Room

Mar 14, 2019 16:30  |  Dwight Hendricks

How do you get the best roles written for you, both onstage and onscreen?

In the case of the great Charles Busch, you write the roles yourself.

The gay/drag icon—who also found mainstream success with his Tony Award-nominated play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife —will bring his cabaret show Native New Y...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Benny Cancino Jr., Local Drumming Great

The Lucky 13: Benny Cancino Jr., Local Drumming Great

Mar 19, 2019 15:00  |  Brian Blueskye

The Cancino family is known for astounding drummers in several Coachella Valley bands. Benny Cancino Jr. has caught my attention on more than a few occasions due to his incredible technique. He currently plays with the Cult tribute band Aphrodisiac Jacket, as well as the Kyle Turney Band, Kelly Derr...

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All About Making Music: Longtime Local Hip-Hop Artist Willdabeast Is Finally Ready to Release Recordings of His Music

All About Making Music: Longtime Local Hip-Hop Artist Willdabeast Is Finally Ready to Release Recordings of His Music

Mar 14, 2019 14:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Willdabeast is one of the best-known hip-hop artists in the Coachella Valley—even though he has not released any music or done any interviews.

However, thanks to a nudge from friend and collaborator Provoked, Willdabeast (William Randal) is now working to put himself out there more—including an upcom...

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The Lucky 13: Josh Heinz, Open-Mic Host and Member of Blasting Echo, 5th Town

The Lucky 13: Josh Heinz, Open-Mic Host and Member of Blasting Echo, 5th Town

Mar 04, 2019 19:50  |  Brian Blueskye

Josh Heinz is originally from Tennessee, but he's now a pillar in the Coachella Valley local music scene. He is the frontman for Blasting Echo, the guitarist for 5th Town, the founder of the Concert for Autism, and the host of Open-Mic Night at The Hood Bar and Pizza every Wednesday. See Blasting Ec...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

Mar 19, 2019 07:00  |  Katie Finn

I’ve been working at a wine shop in Palm Desert for about three months now—and I love it! It’s a tiny little space, with a limited number of wines—and because the store is so small, each of the wines is thoughtfully curated. They each serve a purpose and are designed to be the best representation of...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Famous Truffle Tots at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

The Indy Endorsement: The Famous Truffle Tots at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

Mar 14, 2019 15:40  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The famous truffle tots

Where: Heirloom Craft Kitchen, 49990 Jefferson St., No. 100, Indio

How much: $6; $4 when added to an entrée

Contact: 760-773-2233; heirloomcraftkitchen.com

Why: The crispiness, the seasoning and the sauces.

Andie Hubka is one of the valley’s most talented restaurateurs. More than ...

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Caesar Cervisia: Due to the Craft Boom, Some Defunct Historic Beer Styles Have Made Comebacks

Caesar Cervisia: Due to the Craft Boom, Some Defunct Historic Beer Styles Have Made Comebacks

Mar 13, 2019 10:15  |  Brett Newton

For the casual craft-beer drinker, it’s difficult enough to simply keep up with all of the different IPAs that keep sprouting up. Is it a New England IPA or a milkshake IPA? What is a brut IPA? Or a Southwest IPA? What’s the difference between a hoppy sour ale and a sour IPA?

Thankfully, I’m here to ...

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