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Pandemic Stories: Our High Desert Correspondent Brings News of a Go-Home Vibe, Busy Auto-Parts Stores and a Helpful Rainbow Reminder

Pandemic Stories: Our High Desert Correspondent Brings News of a Go-Home Vibe, Busy Auto-Parts Stores and a Helpful Rainbow Reminder

It’s hard to believe that about two weeks ago, I was at a Joshua Tree art opening, socializing and having a good time. Today, that night feels like it was months ago.

Like many of y...

Creating Shelter on the Fly: An Update on California's Efforts to House the Homeless as COVID-19 Spreads

Creating Shelter on the Fly: An Update on California's Efforts to House the Homeless as COVID-19 Spreads

Chris wants a motel room. So do his neighbors.

Their homes are the dozen or so tents that straddle North B Street in an industrial part of Sacramento. They’re aware that the novel c...

The Foilies 2020: Recognizing the Year's Worst in Government Transparency

The Foilies 2020: Recognizing the Year's Worst in Government Transparency

“The Ringer,” the first track on Eminem’s 2018 album, Kamikaze , includes a line that piqued Buzzfeed reporter Jason Leopold’s curiosity: The rapper claimed the Secret Service visite...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 25, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 25, 2020!

On this week's takeout-ordering, working-from home weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen ponders what the GOP is doing while you manage your anxiety; (Th)ink looks at a way in...

Candidate Q&A: We Talked to Three of the Four Candidates for Two Rancho Mirage City Council Seats

Candidate Q&A: We Talked to Three of the Four Candidates for Two Rancho Mirage City Council Seats

It’s been a turbulent year for Rancho Mirage’s city government. In October 2019, the city received a letter accusing the city of violating the California Voting Rights Act with its...

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

“You guys must be so busy during Coachella!”

That drove me crazy my first couple of years here in the desert—almost as crazy as when people ask for “something with vodka, but not to...

Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

We’re under an emergency shelter-at-home order in California, with a lot of businesses closed down—meaning many people are now without a steady income, including the Coachella Vall...

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Movies & TV

Political Horror … in a Time of Horror: 'The Hunt' Is Worth Paying for to Stream at Home

Political Horror … in a Time of Horror: 'The Hunt' Is Worth Paying for to Stream at Home

Mar 19, 2020 10:00  |  Bob Grimm

The Hunt , the little B movie that can’t seem to catch a break, finally got released to theaters … in the midst of a national emergency.

The results: Not surprisingly, very few people risked COVID-19 in an effort to see it sitting next to people!

Originally set for release last year, the film was postp...

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Home Video Review: Strong Leads Make 'I Am Not Okay With This' on Netflix Worth a Watch

Home Video Review: Strong Leads Make 'I Am Not Okay With This' on Netflix Worth a Watch

Mar 16, 2020 14:15  |  Bob Grimm

Sophia Lillis stars as Sydney Novak, a character who comes off as a distant cousin of Stephen King’s Carrie in I Am Not Okay With This , a seven-episode series on Netflix.

Sydney is going through some growing pains at her high school—most notably the newly discovered ability to physically wreck things wi...

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A Compelling-Enough Quest: 'Onward' Isn't a Great Pixar Film—but It's Still a Lot of Fun

A Compelling-Enough Quest: 'Onward' Isn't a Great Pixar Film—but It's Still a Lot of Fun

Mar 12, 2020 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Onward is one of the weirder Pixar releases—a goofy ode to fatherhood, brotherhood and the geek glory of Dungeons and Dragons-type role-playing fantasy games. While it’s not an offering that can be counted among Pixar’s best ( Up , Toy Story 3 , The Incredibles , WALL-E ), it’s still a good time for kids and...

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News

Good News on Ventilators, Masks and Even Patrick Stewart—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: March 27, 2020

Good News on Ventilators, Masks and Even Patrick Stewart—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: March 27, 2020

Mar 27, 2020 17:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

I spent most of my day wildly oscillating between despair and inspiration.

The despair came from, y’know, the news: The increasing numbers of reported infections and deaths. And the fact that we’re only two weeks into what’s going to be a rather lengthy shelter in place order.

The inspiration came fro...

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Science Stopped: California's Researchers Deal With the New Reality of Sheltering in Place

Science Stopped: California's Researchers Deal With the New Reality of Sheltering in Place

Mar 27, 2020 16:30  |  Rachel Becker, CalMatters

As California officials desperately try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chris Miller is coaxing a sample of the virus to grow in a secure laboratory at UC Davis.

Working in a laboratory nestled inside containment rooms and cut off from the world by filters, scientists dressed in space-suit...

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Pandemic Stories: Our High Desert Correspondent Brings News of a Go-Home Vibe, Busy Auto-Parts Stores and a Helpful Rainbow Reminder

Pandemic Stories: Our High Desert Correspondent Brings News of a Go-Home Vibe, Busy Auto-Parts Stores and a Helpful Rainbow Reminder

Mar 27, 2020 15:55  |  Beth Allen

It’s hard to believe that about two weeks ago, I was at a Joshua Tree art opening, socializing and having a good time. Today, that night feels like it was months ago.

Like many of you, I have been isolating at home—here in Morongo Valley, in my case—and I have only ventured out to the mailbox and gro...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 25, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 25, 2020!

Mar 26, 2020 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's takeout-ordering, working-from home weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen ponders what the GOP is doing while you manage your anxiety; (Th)ink looks at a way in which the United States is, rather unfortunately, approaching No. 1 in the world; This Modern World takes a look at Lif...

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Savage Love: Is It OK to Keep Seeing My Emergency-Room-Doctor FWB During the Pandemic?

Savage Love: Is It OK to Keep Seeing My Emergency-Room-Doctor FWB During the Pandemic?

Mar 25, 2020 12:45  |  Dan Savage

My question is on managing “gray area” intimacies during the pandemic. I have a lover/friend I’ve been hanging out with—fucking, drinking tea, going on hikes, eating ice cream, watching movies and other activities—for about nine months. He’s 36 and was married for 10 years, and due to that experienc...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page: March 19, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page: March 19, 2020!

Mar 19, 2020 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's laid-off, shut-in, sad, but determined-to-get-through-this weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World gets pandemic advice from the Invisible Hand of the Free Market; Jen Sorensen looks in on the Coronavirus Spring Break; (Th)ink ponders Fox News' five stages of the coronavirus; ...

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Arts and Culture

Pandemic Stories: As the COVID-19 News Intensified, Local Theaters Struggled With the Decision on Whether or Not to Remain Open. Then the Decision Was Made for Them.

Pandemic Stories: As the COVID-19 News Intensified, Local Theaters Struggled With the Decision on Whether or Not to Remain Open. Then the Decision Was Made for Them.

Mar 16, 2020 14:20  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume and Jimmy Boegle

Ron Celona looked weary as patrons entered the CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City for the Saturday, March 14, matinee performance of The City of Conversation.

This was supposed to be a bustling, packed weekend of theater in the Coachella Valley. At least four theaters were opening new productions, whil...

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Let's Hear it for the 'Boys': Palm Canyon Theatre Gets Set to Stage a Classic 1968 Gay-Themed Play

Let's Hear it for the 'Boys': Palm Canyon Theatre Gets Set to Stage a Classic 1968 Gay-Themed Play

Mar 12, 2020 15:45  |  Kevin Allman

To the characters in The Boys in the Band , someone like Pete Buttigieg would have been inconceivable—a happily out (and married) man who was a serious candidate for the U.S. presidency.

When Boys premiered in 1968—one year before the Stonewall riots—a same-sex couple still could be arrested for dancing ...

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Raw, Real and Relevant: Desert Rose Playhouse's Beautiful Thing' Tells a Story of Young, Forbidden Love

Raw, Real and Relevant: Desert Rose Playhouse's Beautiful Thing' Tells a Story of Young, Forbidden Love

Mar 08, 2020 12:05  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing was first performed in London back in 1993, when revealing one’s homosexuality was much scarier, but the play’s themes of forbidden love and the struggle for self-acceptance seem just as germane today—and Desert Rose Playhouse’s current production of the play is thoug...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Rapper Kurlzzz aka Justin Roos

The Lucky 13: Rapper Kurlzzz aka Justin Roos

Mar 27, 2020 07:00  |  Matt King

Local rapper Kurlzzz is a part of the huge hip hop scene in the Coachella Valley. I recently saw him perform at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, and was amazed at how he was able to combine tight beats with a flow that was both funny and serious flow. Check out his song “Ice Cream” on all stre...

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The Lucky 13: Meet Edith Aldaz, Frontwoman of Local Band Koka

The Lucky 13: Meet Edith Aldaz, Frontwoman of Local Band Koka

Mar 25, 2020 13:30  |  Matt King

If you’ve been to one of the backyard shows that take place behind the scenes in our valley, you may have come across Koka. In the likely event that you have not … the band’s unique brand of indie music has garnered the group tens of thousands of streams on SoundCloud , and Koka has made every show a ...

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Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Coachella Valley Quarantine: Get to Know Your Local Musicians Better—and Support Them—by Putting Your Mind At Ease With Their Music

Mar 22, 2020 14:45  |  Matt King

We’re under an emergency shelter-at-home order in California, with a lot of businesses closed down—meaning many people are now without a steady income, including the Coachella Valley’s hard-working, talented musicians.

Many of us also now have a lot of time on our hands … so why not use that time to ...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

On Cocktails: It Makes Sense to Permanently Move Coachella and Stagecoach to October

Mar 24, 2020 13:40  |  Kevin Carlow

“You guys must be so busy during Coachella!”

That drove me crazy my first couple of years here in the desert—almost as crazy as when people ask for “something with vodka, but not too sweet.” Bacchus, save the doe-eyed innocents who say things like that in my presence.

I am not trying to be a jerk. I sw...

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Vine Social: Try to Fill This Turbulent Time With Joy—Including, Perhaps, Some Amazing Rosé Wine

Vine Social: Try to Fill This Turbulent Time With Joy—Including, Perhaps, Some Amazing Rosé Wine

Mar 19, 2020 10:15  |  Katie Finn

The sun is shining. The weather is getting warm. The patio furniture has been brought out of hibernation. For wine lovers, this means one thing … rosé season has arrived.

As I began to write this piece, I was all set to recommend my favorite pink beauties and perhaps touch on the strange new mindset ...

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On Cocktails: A View From the Frontlines as Palm Springs’ Bar and Restaurant Scene Came to a (Temporary?) End

On Cocktails: A View From the Frontlines as Palm Springs’ Bar and Restaurant Scene Came to a (Temporary?) End

Mar 18, 2020 18:30  |  Kevin Carlow

It’s not very often a cocktail columnist for a desert newspaper gets to pretend to be an “in the trenches” correspondent. It’s pretty chill here, and I write about drinks.

Now here we are.

It’s Sunday, March 15. I am sitting in an empty hotel bar with my computer, practicing social distancing, convers...

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