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Restaurants and Stores Can Reopen; Mixed Messages on Memorial Day Weekend—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 22, 2020

Restaurants and Stores Can Reopen; Mixed Messages on Memorial Day Weekend—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 22, 2020

Coachella Valley retail stores may now let customers in, and restaurants can reopen for dine-in service.

Earlier this afternoon, Riverside County became the 45th of California’s 58 ...

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

Remember that episode of Cheers —the one where Norm, Cliff and Frasier all sit at tables six feet apart?

They order from tablets that have been carefully sanitized after each guest. A...

Concert From Your Car: A Joshua Tree Couple Launches a Weekly Series of Drive-In Shows

Concert From Your Car: A Joshua Tree Couple Launches a Weekly Series of Drive-In Shows

Concert withdrawals have been hitting me hard. I can’t wait for the day when I can again enjoy music in a crowded venue—but for now, a couple in Joshua Tree has come up with a grea...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 21, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 21, 2020!

On this week's hydroxychloroquine-free weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles peers into the future from 2016; This Modern World gets some crisis-management tips from Donal...

Infrastructure on the Way: The State Funds Projects to Bring Safe Water and Fire Protection to Two East Valley Communities and a Thermal Elementary School

Infrastructure on the Way: The State Funds Projects to Bring Safe Water and Fire Protection to Two East Valley Communities and a Thermal Elementary School

Water infrastructure is finally coming to three underserved portions of the eastern Coachella Valley—if state budget cuts don’t get in the way.

After nearly six years of work by Cas...

Getting Bright Again Will Sturgeon's Brightener Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus With New EP 'Stay Open'

Getting Bright Again Will Sturgeon's Brightener Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus With New EP 'Stay Open'

While you may not always see his work firsthand, Will Sturgeon is one of the most influential people in the Coachella Valley music world.

Sturgeon was first known for his solo-proje...

Pandemic Stories: The Current Reality for Restaurant-App Delivery Drivers—Less Bathroom Access; Better Business; More Racism

Pandemic Stories: The Current Reality for Restaurant-App Delivery Drivers—Less Bathroom Access; Better Business; More Racism

For one Uber Eats and Grubhub driver, the pandemic has led to more work—but she worries about health and cleanliness, because she can’t access many restaurant bathrooms.

Another Gru...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'The Lovebirds' Takes a Typical Rom-Com Plot and Makes It Shine, With Sparkling Dialogue and the Stars' Chemistry

Home Video Review: 'The Lovebirds' Takes a Typical Rom-Com Plot and Makes It Shine, With Sparkling Dialogue and the Stars' Chemistry

May 25, 2020 15:35  |  Bob Grimm

The Lovebirds —the latest Michael Showalter effort—caught my eye before it was originally scheduled to be released in theaters in April. The Wet Hot American Summer co-architect had made his best film as a director a couple years back, The Big Sick , and The Lovebirds has him re-teaming with that film’s st...

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Home Video Review: 'The Wrong Missy,' Starring a Lot of Adam Sandler's Friends, Is Depressingly Unfunny

Home Video Review: 'The Wrong Missy,' Starring a Lot of Adam Sandler's Friends, Is Depressingly Unfunny

May 18, 2020 16:40  |  Bob Grimm

If you are looking for some good, empty-headed, Adam Sandler-branded fun while coping with the nuttiness in the world right now, please don’t watch The Wrong Missy: It will just depress you.

Sandler produced this one on his Netflix deal for buddies David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. Alas, Sp...

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Home Video Review: An Excellent Cast, Led by Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, Makes HBO Film '‘Bad Education' Enjoyable

Home Video Review: An Excellent Cast, Led by Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, Makes HBO Film '‘Bad Education' Enjoyable

May 12, 2020 17:00  |  Bob Grimm

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are terrific in Bad Education , a dark comedy based on the true story of Frank Tassone and the Long Island school-district embezzlement scheme that brought him down.

Jackman plays Tassone, a vain superintendent who gnashes his teeth when Pam Gluckin (Janney), one of his ...

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News

When We Fight, the Enemies Win; Churches Can Reopen With Restrictions—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 25, 2020

When We Fight, the Enemies Win; Churches Can Reopen With Restrictions—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020 18:20  |  Jimmy Boegle

Hey, everybody. How was your long weekend?

I slept in. I made some pork chops with some amazing fruit I picked up Saturday at the Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market. I took a lovely, mask-on walk through downtown Palm Springs. I had drinks—socially distanced—with friends in a backyard. So, all in...

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Restaurants and Stores Can Reopen; Mixed Messages on Memorial Day Weekend—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 22, 2020

Restaurants and Stores Can Reopen; Mixed Messages on Memorial Day Weekend—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020 19:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

Coachella Valley retail stores may now let customers in, and restaurants can reopen for dine-in service.

Earlier this afternoon, Riverside County became the 45th of California’s 58 counties to get the state go-ahead to move further into Stage 2. When that fact is combined with today’s reopening of Mo...

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Riverside County Waits While San Diego Opens; Introducing Drive-In Concerts—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 21, 2020

Riverside County Waits While San Diego Opens; Introducing Drive-In Concerts—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 19:10  |  Jimmy Boegle

I have spent most of the last two days basically doing two things:

1. Getting everything ready to send the Independent ’s June print edition to press.

2. Checking the state’s “Resilience Roadmap” page every 15 minutes for updates on the counties allowed to move further into Stage 2 of the reopening proc...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 21, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 21, 2020!

May 21, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's hydroxychloroquine-free weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles peers into the future from 2016; This Modern World gets some crisis-management tips from Donald Trump; Jen Sorensen wonders who's afraid of a little pandemic?; Apoca Clips heaps praise on Eric Trump; and Red Meat, ...

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Savage Love: Porn With Nazis Turns Me On; Is This Problematic?

Savage Love: Porn With Nazis Turns Me On; Is This Problematic?

May 20, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

Here’s a non-COVID question for you: I’m a queer white female in a monogamish marriage. I vote left; I abhor hatred and oppression; and I engage in activism when I can. I’m also turned on by power differentials: authority figures, uniforms, hot guys doing each other. Much to my horror, this thing fo...

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Summer Stresses: Make Sure Heat and Dangerous Animals Aren't Threats to Your Pets

Summer Stresses: Make Sure Heat and Dangerous Animals Aren't Threats to Your Pets

May 18, 2020 17:15  |  Carlynne McDonnell

The heat sure rolled in quickly this year!

OK, a confession: I feel this way every year. If we didn’t have the weather to complain about, we would be miserable! I dread the heat—but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

However, the hot weather poses unique challenges to our pets in the Coachella Val...

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Arts and Culture

Pandemic Stories: The Children's Discovery Museum, the CV History Museum and the PS Art Museum Cope With the Closure—and Develop Reopening Plans

Pandemic Stories: The Children's Discovery Museum, the CV History Museum and the PS Art Museum Cope With the Closure—and Develop Reopening Plans

May 25, 2020 12:55  |  Matt King

The coronavirus has made a lot of people realize they’ve been living life with a gross underappreciation for human connection—including the ability to go to a museum and learn with others.

So … how do museums serve the public when people can’t physically connect?

We recently spoke to representatives o...

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Divas, Tony Winners and a Sad Clown Who Sings: The McCallum Theatre—With Fingers Crossed—Announces a Packed 2020-2021 Season

Divas, Tony Winners and a Sad Clown Who Sings: The McCallum Theatre—With Fingers Crossed—Announces a Packed 2020-2021 Season

Apr 22, 2020 11:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

Mitch Gershenfeld has been booking shows at the McCallum Theatre for more than two decades now—and it’s a vast understatement to say he’s never experienced a season like this.

The longtime McCallum president and CEO retired—while keeping his booking duties—late last summer to make way for a new presi...

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Pandemic Stories: The Only Person I Can Interview In-Person Is My Husband—So He Told Me the Story About How His Clarinet Saved His Life

Pandemic Stories: The Only Person I Can Interview In-Person Is My Husband—So He Told Me the Story About How His Clarinet Saved His Life

Apr 09, 2020 17:15  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Ted Pethes is a lifelong musician who is about to turn 92.

In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are pausing to reflect on the twists and turns of their lives—and looking back at his long and lucky life, Ted readily admits that most of it might never have happened without his clarinet...

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Music

Concert From Your Car: A Joshua Tree Couple Launches a Weekly Series of Drive-In Shows

Concert From Your Car: A Joshua Tree Couple Launches a Weekly Series of Drive-In Shows

May 21, 2020 11:45  |  Matt King

Concert withdrawals have been hitting me hard. I can’t wait for the day when I can again enjoy music in a crowded venue—but for now, a couple in Joshua Tree has come up with a great idea: drive-in concerts.

Jacqueline and Jeremie Levi Samson are spearheading the Drive-In Concert on the Mesa series. E...

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Getting Bright Again Will Sturgeon's Brightener Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus With New EP 'Stay Open'

Getting Bright Again Will Sturgeon's Brightener Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus With New EP 'Stay Open'

May 19, 2020 16:44  |  Matt King

While you may not always see his work firsthand, Will Sturgeon is one of the most influential people in the Coachella Valley music world.

Sturgeon was first known for his solo-project/band hybrid Brightener, but recent years have seen him take on more behind-the-scenes roles—working with other artist...

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The Lucky 13: Nicolas Lara, Singer/Songwriter of Marni, Which Just Released New Single 'Boozer'

The Lucky 13: Nicolas Lara, Singer/Songwriter of Marni, Which Just Released New Single 'Boozer'

May 17, 2020 16:40  |  Matt King

I have attended a lot of backyard shows in the Coachella Valley—and I have often seen (and shared) bills with Marni’s name on it. Nicolas Lara is the brainchild behind Marni, and has released many songs over the years—check out his stacked BandCamp page,  alaraa.bandcamp.com/music . He just released a...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

May 22, 2020 08:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Remember that episode of Cheers —the one where Norm, Cliff and Frasier all sit at tables six feet apart?

They order from tablets that have been carefully sanitized after each guest. A single empty seat is also at each table, which could be occupied by a member of the same household, but the men are all...

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Vine Social: Zoom Wine Parties Have Been a Stay-at-Home Life-Saver—but They Can't Replace Real Togetherness

Vine Social: Zoom Wine Parties Have Been a Stay-at-Home Life-Saver—but They Can't Replace Real Togetherness

May 17, 2020 17:00  |  Katie Finn

I have kids, so I therefore watch a lot of Disney movies. In the movie WALL-E , the Earth has been destroyed by pollution, so all the humans have been put on a spaceship and blasted out to a far-away galaxy. They all sit in their own private floating chairs, watching their personal little TVs, eating ...

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Caesar Cervisia: The Pandemic Has Made It Easier for Beer-Lovers to Get the State's Best Brews

Caesar Cervisia: The Pandemic Has Made It Easier for Beer-Lovers to Get the State's Best Brews

May 15, 2020 17:15  |  Brett Newton

In these strange times, the last thing you might be pondering is: "How do I get my craft beer, though?"

However, there are options for California craft-beer aficionados. In fact, the pandemic has made it easier than ever to get one’s hands on the best beer across the state—without having to go to a sin...

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