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Vote By Mail? You Should Make Sure Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted

Vote By Mail? You Should Make Sure Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted

Millions of Californians dropped off their ballots on Tuesday or mailed them in, but they might want to double-check online—because a missing or a mismatched signature could void t...

Terrifyingly Timely: After the Election and Another Shooting, Dezart Performs' 'Church and State' Is a Powerful, Near-Flawless Production

Terrifyingly Timely: After the Election and Another Shooting, Dezart Performs' 'Church and State' Is a Powerful, Near-Flawless Production

After a decade of Dezart Performs producing excellent, thought-provoking plays, one would expect artistic director Michael Shaw to open the company’s 11th season with something spe...

Snapshot: The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships Sets Up Shop at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Snapshot: The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships Sets Up Shop at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

According to lore, pickleball was invented in 1965. Three friends who lived on Bainbridge Island, off the Seattle coastline, needed a new summer diversion for their children. The g...

The Pain Returns: I'd Left Behind the Trauma of Being Raped 30 Years Ago—Until Recent Events Brought It Back

The Pain Returns: I'd Left Behind the Trauma of Being Raped 30 Years Ago—Until Recent Events Brought It Back

The last two years have been like a horror movie playing out in super-slow motion. Even though progressives made some fantastic gains on Election Day, I find myself exhausted and s...

The Indy Endorsement: Lunch at Emperor Buffet

The Indy Endorsement: Lunch at Emperor Buffet

What: The weekday lunch buffet

Where: Emperor Buffet, 69600 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage

How much: $9.99

Contact: 760-328-9200

Why: It’s cheap with a lot of delicious stuff.

I know that some o...

Insulting a Legend: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Embarrassing, Milquetoast Movie That Resorts to Fakery Regarding the Life of Freddie Mercury

Insulting a Legend: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Embarrassing, Milquetoast Movie That Resorts to Fakery Regarding the Life of Freddie Mercury

Rami Malek gives it his all as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, in Bohemian Rhapsody . Oh, and there’s a competent re-creation of Queen’s Live Aid domination.

Unfortuna...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 8, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 8, 2018!

On this week's post-Election Day weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World ponders the truth and Donald Trump; Jen Sorenson looks at the future of voter disenfranchisement; T...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Blindspotting' Is a Daring Dark Comedy Featuring a Compelling Writing/Acting Duo

Home Video Review: 'Blindspotting' Is a Daring Dark Comedy Featuring a Compelling Writing/Acting Duo

Nov 13, 2018 15:15  |  Bob Grimm

Collin (Daveed Diggs), a man on his last few days of probation, faces a challenge when he not only witnesses a cop shooting a suspect in the back; he also winds up being in the presence of another person shooting off a firearm, multiple acts of violence, and more things that would get him thrown bac...

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Insulting a Legend: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Embarrassing, Milquetoast Movie That Resorts to Fakery Regarding the Life of Freddie Mercury

Insulting a Legend: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Embarrassing, Milquetoast Movie That Resorts to Fakery Regarding the Life of Freddie Mercury

Nov 08, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Rami Malek gives it his all as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, in Bohemian Rhapsody . Oh, and there’s a competent re-creation of Queen’s Live Aid domination.

Unfortunately, those are the only good things one can say about this embarrassing effort to memorialize an incredible person and ...

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Home Video Review: Ethan Hawke Is Perfectly Cast as an Indie-Rock Star in 'Juliet, Naked'

Home Video Review: Ethan Hawke Is Perfectly Cast as an Indie-Rock Star in 'Juliet, Naked'

Nov 05, 2018 17:00  |  Bob Grimm

The title of this film, Juliet, Naked , is a nod to The Beatles’ release of Let It Be … Naked , a stripped-down version of that album. In this movie, Juliet, Naked is a demo version of an album recorded by a fictional indie-rock star, Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke).

I can’t think of a more appropriate role for...

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News

Vote By Mail? You Should Make Sure Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted

Vote By Mail? You Should Make Sure Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted

Nov 13, 2018 14:45  |  By Elizabeth Castillo, CALmatters

Millions of Californians dropped off their ballots on Tuesday or mailed them in, but they might want to double-check online—because a missing or a mismatched signature could void their vote.

Counties are contacting voters because they’re now required by law to do outreach. Still, voters should confirm o...

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Snapshot: The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships Sets Up Shop at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Snapshot: The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships Sets Up Shop at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Nov 09, 2018 14:45  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

According to lore, pickleball was invented in 1965. Three friends who lived on Bainbridge Island, off the Seattle coastline, needed a new summer diversion for their children. The game, it’s said, got its name one of the friends’ family dogs, Pickles.

Once you get past the strange-sounding moniker, yo...

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'A Failing Franchise'? The California Republican Party Reaches a New Lowpoint in This Year's Election

'A Failing Franchise'? The California Republican Party Reaches a New Lowpoint in This Year's Election

Nov 07, 2018 11:20  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

Sporting starred and striped jackets and Make America Great Again hats, the California Republicans who gathered on election night in the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego were in a remarkably chipper mood.

They cheered when the results came in from Florida, showing the GOP candidate apparently w...

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Opinion

Savage Love: How Can I Meet Women Who Will Let Me Tie Them Up?

Savage Love: How Can I Meet Women Who Will Let Me Tie Them Up?

Nov 14, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’ve always wanted to tie girls up, but I can never convince a woman to let me. Lately, I’ve been exploring “bondage singles” sites online, but I’m totally new to this.

How do I know which ones I can trust? There are hundreds of profiles, but it’s hard for me to believe I can really just answer an ad...

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The Pain Returns: I'd Left Behind the Trauma of Being Raped 30 Years Ago—Until Recent Events Brought It Back

The Pain Returns: I'd Left Behind the Trauma of Being Raped 30 Years Ago—Until Recent Events Brought It Back

Nov 08, 2018 14:30  |  Colette Fontainne

The last two years have been like a horror movie playing out in super-slow motion. Even though progressives made some fantastic gains on Election Day, I find myself exhausted and sad. And ever since Brett Kavanaugh, it’s gotten worse.

I've stopped watching the news—any news. However, I still scroll t...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 8, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 8, 2018!

Nov 08, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's post-Election Day weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World ponders the truth and Donald Trump; Jen Sorenson looks at the future of voter disenfranchisement; The K Chronicles reveals the author is the subject of a TV pilot; Red Meat goes camping; and Apoca Clips begins the Trump...

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Arts and Culture

Terrifyingly Timely: After the Election and Another Shooting, Dezart Performs' 'Church and State' Is a Powerful, Near-Flawless Production

Terrifyingly Timely: After the Election and Another Shooting, Dezart Performs' 'Church and State' Is a Powerful, Near-Flawless Production

Nov 10, 2018 10:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

After a decade of Dezart Performs producing excellent, thought-provoking plays, one would expect artistic director Michael Shaw to open the company’s 11th season with something special—but the production of Jason Odell Williams’ Church and State goes beyond special; it’s spectacular.

Shaw once again de...

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Western Lit: A New Novel Follows Two Wanderers on a Westward Journey to Find Mythic Beasts

Western Lit: A New Novel Follows Two Wanderers on a Westward Journey to Find Mythic Beasts

Nov 07, 2018 16:30  |  Jamison Pfeifer, High Country News

About two-thirds of the way into Carys Davies’ folkloric novel West , the widowed farmer John Cyrus Bellman recalls a riverboat encounter with a Dutch land agent and the agent’s wife. The unpolished farmer offered them a pithy description of his westward journey: “I am seeking a creature entirely unkn...

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A Clinic on Acting as Actors: Coyote StageWorks Kicks Off Its 10th Season in Fantastic Fashion With 'The Understudy'

A Clinic on Acting as Actors: Coyote StageWorks Kicks Off Its 10th Season in Fantastic Fashion With 'The Understudy'

Nov 03, 2018 15:25  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Until now, I was always haunted by the line about “first-nighting” in that song “Autumn in New York.” But after seeing Coyote StageWorks’ newest show at the lovely Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, The Understudy , I think we’ve got New York beat: Mix a gorgeous mellow fall evening, a packed house of...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Joel Daniel, Trombonist for Spankshaft

The Lucky 13: Joel Daniel, Trombonist for Spankshaft

Nov 13, 2018 14:51  |  Brian Blueskye

High-desert ska band Spankshaft put out the long-awaited album Beasts and Goddesses earlier this year—and it was well worth the wait. Despite a series of recent lineup changes, including the departure of drummer Russel Waldron and bassist Brent Simpson, Spankshaft is soldiering on, including shows at ...

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The Lucky 13: T-Lick, of Hip-Hop Duo Off Kilter

The Lucky 13: T-Lick, of Hip-Hop Duo Off Kilter

Nov 08, 2018 16:42  |  Brian Blueskye

Off Kilter performed at the September CV Independent Presents show at The Hood Bar and Pizza with The Bermuda and Kosha Dillz. It was the duo’s first full live set (after some open-mic appearances at The Hood and the Big Rock Pub)—and they were fantastic. They recently arrived in the Coachella Valley ...

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The Blueskye Report, November 2018: Travis Tritt, Paula Abdul, Johnny Mathis, Starcrawler—and a Whole Bunch More!

The Blueskye Report, November 2018: Travis Tritt, Paula Abdul, Johnny Mathis, Starcrawler—and a Whole Bunch More!

Oct 30, 2018 16:15  |  Brian Blueskye

November is here, which means the weather has been cooling off, and the holiday season is about to arrive. It also means the Coachella Valley and high desert are full of great events.

Speaking of great events: The McCallum Theatre has a busy November, including shows by Lea DeLaria and Jake Shimabuku...

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Food and Drink

Caesar Cervisia: A Quest to Learn More About the (Now Defunct) Granddaddy of Local Brewers—the Palm Springs Brewing Company

Caesar Cervisia: A Quest to Learn More About the (Now Defunct) Granddaddy of Local Brewers—the Palm Springs Brewing Company

Nov 14, 2018 08:00  |  Brett Newton

The year is 1994. Nelson Mandela has been elected president of South Africa; Amazon.com is founded by Jeff Bezos; the Chunnel between France and the United Kingdom is newly opened; famed athlete and actor O.J. Simpson is in a white Ford Bronco going somewhere with his friend Al Cowlings; I am a juni...

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The Indy Endorsement: Lunch at Emperor Buffet

The Indy Endorsement: Lunch at Emperor Buffet

Nov 08, 2018 13:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The weekday lunch buffet

Where: Emperor Buffet, 69600 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage

How much: $9.99

Contact: 760-328-9200

Why: It’s cheap with a lot of delicious stuff.

I know that some of you have read the headline and instantly determined that I must have lost my damn mind.

Is he really giving the high ho...

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Restaurant News Bites: Cartel Coffee Lab Arrives at Arrive; Ace Gets Set to Host the PS Wine Fest; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: Cartel Coffee Lab Arrives at Arrive; Ace Gets Set to Host the PS Wine Fest; and a Whole Lot More!

Oct 23, 2018 16:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

At Arrive: Cartel Coffee Is Coming, and Wexler’s Deli Is Open

Cartel Coffee Lab—an Arizona-born coffee shop that prides itself on the quality of its coffee beans sourced worldwide—will open its first location outside of the Grand Canyon State on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Arrive Palm Springs, located at ...

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