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A Rallying Cry: Mikayla Fazzone’s Single ‘Stronger Than Me,’ Which Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking, Gets a Nov. 28 Release Date

A Rallying Cry: Mikayla Fazzone’s Single ‘Stronger Than Me,’ Which Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking, Gets a Nov. 28 Release Date

When the Big Rock Pub organized a songwriting competition to benefit Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services, many local musicians went all out to create and showcase a song that ...

The Seriousness of Smoke: As California Burns, Scientists Study Threats to Firefighter Health

The Seriousness of Smoke: As California Burns, Scientists Study Threats to Firefighter Health

Matt Rahn was about 200 feet away when flames started climbing up the side of the garage and creeping toward the car inside.

A wildfire researcher with California State University at...

Kubrick vs. King: 'Doctor Sleep' Has Some Harrowing Moments—but It Spends Too Much Time Messing With a Classic

Kubrick vs. King: 'Doctor Sleep' Has Some Harrowing Moments—but It Spends Too Much Time Messing With a Classic

Stephen King fans know he hated Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining for trivializing Jack Torrance’s alcoholism, and improvising on the evil powers of The Overlook Hotel. Doctor Sleep , King...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 14, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 14, 2019!

On this week's pumpkin-pie-infused weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat deals with a bad cough; Apoca Clips checks in with Donny Junior on his book tour; Jen Sorensen ponders "wo...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Julie Hirsh, a Role-Model Parent, Animal-Lover and Nonprofit-Outreach Expert

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Julie Hirsh, a Role-Model Parent, Animal-Lover and Nonprofit-Outreach Expert

Julie Hirsh says she doesn’t understand why people would want to know her life story—but she’s underselling herself: From a career as a fitness trainer to her current work for Jewi...

Receptive to Feeling: The Midnight Hour Brings Beautiful Jazz Fusion to The Alibi Palm Springs

Receptive to Feeling: The Midnight Hour Brings Beautiful Jazz Fusion to The Alibi Palm Springs

Fans of A Tribe Called Quest are familiar with the group’s genre-melding sound—including creating rap beats using jazz music.

The Midnight Hour, the latest project from Ali Shaheed ...

The Lucky 13: Herb Lienau, Frontman of Decon, and Creator of Herbert, Performing at The Hood on Nov. 23

The Lucky 13: Herb Lienau, Frontman of Decon, and Creator of Herbert, Performing at The Hood on Nov. 23

Herb Lienau is one of the desert’s greats. His punk band Decon, with members of Kyuss and Unsound, only lived for a year in its initial incarnation, but is still noted as one of th...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'The Mandalorian' on Disney+ Is Pure Heaven for Star Wars Geeks

Nov 18, 2019 12:00  |  Bob Grimm

While Disney is cooling off on big-screen Star Wars plans after the upcoming Rise of Skywalker , the mega-company’s new streaming service is bringing the Star Wars goodness with a promised multitude of TV shows—the first of which is The Mandalorian.

Ewan McGregor will reprise his Obi-Wan role for an upc...

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Home Video Review: 'Villains' Is a Strange but Enjoyable Showcase for Bill Skarsgård

Home Video Review: 'Villains' Is a Strange but Enjoyable Showcase for Bill Skarsgård

Nov 14, 2019 13:45  |  Bob Grimm

Bill Skarsgård gets perhaps his best showcase yet—outside of his Pennywise makeup, that is—in Villains as Mickey, a small-time crook who robs grocery stores with Jules (Maika Monroe).

When his car runs out of gas minutes after a heist, they wind up in the house of George and Gloria (Jeffrey Donovan and...

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Kubrick vs. King: 'Doctor Sleep' Has Some Harrowing Moments—but It Spends Too Much Time Messing With a Classic

Kubrick vs. King: 'Doctor Sleep' Has Some Harrowing Moments—but It Spends Too Much Time Messing With a Classic

Nov 14, 2019 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Stephen King fans know he hated Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining for trivializing Jack Torrance’s alcoholism, and improvising on the evil powers of The Overlook Hotel. Doctor Sleep , King’s sequel to The Shining , seems to exist, in part, to right some of the wrongs King saw in Kubrick’s movie.

Unfortunately,...

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News

The Seriousness of Smoke: As California Burns, Scientists Study Threats to Firefighter Health

The Seriousness of Smoke: As California Burns, Scientists Study Threats to Firefighter Health

Nov 14, 2019 14:20  |  Rachel Becker, CalMatters

Matt Rahn was about 200 feet away when flames started climbing up the side of the garage and creeping toward the car inside.

A wildfire researcher with California State University at San Marcos, Rahn was at the edge of a fire that would go on to burn 4,240 acres across California’s Amador and El Dorado ...

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Reducing Recidivism: Riverside County Is Making New Efforts to Keep People Convicted of Felonies From Returning to Prison

Reducing Recidivism: Riverside County Is Making New Efforts to Keep People Convicted of Felonies From Returning to Prison

Nov 12, 2019 11:15  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The auditorium at the UC Riverside’s Palm Desert Center was filled with more than 150 attendees when Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez spoke at the Adult Justice System Symposium on Oct. 30.

Perez talked about the innovative programs and services now utilized by the Riverside County Probati...

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Fire Fight: Between Blazes and Power Outages, California Is a Mess; What Can Be Done?

Fire Fight: Between Blazes and Power Outages, California Is a Mess; What Can Be Done?

Nov 07, 2019 13:45  |  Julie Cart and Judy Lin, CalMatters

The easy calls have been made in dealing with California’s wildfire crisis. We’re clearing brush, spending on firefighters and hastening insurance claims. We’ve tied the pay of utility executives to their companies’ safety records. To save lives—and liability costs—during red-flag conditions, we’ve ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 14, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 14, 2019!

Nov 14, 2019 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's pumpkin-pie-infused weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat deals with a bad cough; Apoca Clips checks in with Donny Junior on his book tour; Jen Sorensen ponders "woke culture"; The K Chronicles offers a soundtrack for the upcoming race war; and This Modern World looks at the aftermat...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Julie Hirsh, a Role-Model Parent, Animal-Lover and Nonprofit-Outreach Expert

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Julie Hirsh, a Role-Model Parent, Animal-Lover and Nonprofit-Outreach Expert

Nov 13, 2019 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Julie Hirsh says she doesn’t understand why people would want to know her life story—but she’s underselling herself: From a career as a fitness trainer to her current work for Jewish Family Services of the Desert, the Indio resident has taken a fascinating route to where she is now.

“I was born in Be...

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Savage Love: My Boyfriend Gets Down on Himself When I Get More Attention at Kink Parties Than He Does; What Can I Do?

Savage Love: My Boyfriend Gets Down on Himself When I Get More Attention at Kink Parties Than He Does; What Can I Do?

Nov 13, 2019 12:00  |  Dan Savage

My boyfriend and I met online to explore our kinks. We’d both been in relationships with kink-shaming people who screwed with our heads. Since we weren’t thinking it was more than a hookup, we put all our baggage on the table early and wound up becoming friends. Eventually, we realized we had a real...

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Arts and Culture

A Fly on the Wall: CVRep's 'Dinner With Friends' Is a Well-Acted, Quiet Exploration of the Nature of Relationships

A Fly on the Wall: CVRep's 'Dinner With Friends' Is a Well-Acted, Quiet Exploration of the Nature of Relationships

Nov 10, 2019 12:40  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre has begun its first full season in the company’s wonderful new playhouse in Cathedral City—and, rather appropriately, this season’s theme is “New Beginnings.”

The opening show is Dinner With Friends , by playwright Donald Margulies. It won the Pulitzer Prize for d...

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Demonic Possession, Passion and Puppet Sex: Dezart Performs' 'Hand to God' Is a Perfectly Cast, Hilarious Dark Comedy Tour de Force

Demonic Possession, Passion and Puppet Sex: Dezart Performs' 'Hand to God' Is a Perfectly Cast, Hilarious Dark Comedy Tour de Force

Nov 09, 2019 10:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Great theater should do more than just entertain us. Ideally, it challenges us, uplifts us—or stuns and outrages us, and perhaps forces us to re-examine some of our core beliefs. Dezart Performs’ production of Robert Askins’ Broadway hit Hand to God does all that—and more.

The story is set in a church ...

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Elevated Enjoyment: The Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival Offers a Lot of Fun—Both in the Sky and on the Ground

Elevated Enjoyment: The Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival Offers a Lot of Fun—Both in the Sky and on the Ground

Nov 04, 2019 14:30  |  L.A. Rowell

Look … up in the sky! It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s a hot-air balloon—and you could be in it!

The Sixth Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon and Food Truck Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24—and each year, event producer Fantasy Balloon Flights offers balloon rides for pe...

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Music

A Rallying Cry: Mikayla Fazzone’s Single ‘Stronger Than Me,’ Which Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking, Gets a Nov. 28 Release Date

A Rallying Cry: Mikayla Fazzone’s Single ‘Stronger Than Me,’ Which Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking, Gets a Nov. 28 Release Date

Nov 15, 2019 18:00  |  Matt King

When the Big Rock Pub organized a songwriting competition to benefit Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services, many local musicians went all out to create and showcase a song that would raise awareness about the terrors of sexual assault and human trafficking.

There were some beautiful and heartwrenc...

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The Lucky 13: Mark Wadlund, Frontman and Lead Guitarist of Instigator

The Lucky 13: Mark Wadlund, Frontman and Lead Guitarist of Instigator

Nov 14, 2019 14:30  |  Matt King

Few bands in the Coachella Valley can match the power and intensity of Instigator. The band’s hard-hitting thrash sound and eccentric stage presence often lead to epic music performances that may just rob you of your hearing for a few hours. At the helm of Instigator is Mark Wadlund, whose electrify...

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Receptive to Feeling: The Midnight Hour Brings Beautiful Jazz Fusion to The Alibi Palm Springs

Receptive to Feeling: The Midnight Hour Brings Beautiful Jazz Fusion to The Alibi Palm Springs

Nov 13, 2019 12:15  |  Matt King

Fans of A Tribe Called Quest are familiar with the group’s genre-melding sound—including creating rap beats using jazz music.

The Midnight Hour, the latest project from Ali Shaheed Muhammad, a founding member of ATQC, offers a similar sound—just without the rapping.

Muhammad has joined composer Adrian...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: If You Think You're Allergic to Sulfites in Wine ... Well, You're Probably Not

Vine Social: If You Think You're Allergic to Sulfites in Wine ... Well, You're Probably Not

Nov 18, 2019 11:30  |  Katie Finn

I have a love-hate relationship with pouring at wine-tasting events.

On one hand, there is nothing in the world that I love more than having a platform and a captive audience with whom I get to share my passion and enthusiasm for wine. I get a thrill seeing the expression on a person’s face when they...

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Caesar Cervisia: Going to a Brewery Taproom? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind

Caesar Cervisia: Going to a Brewery Taproom? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind

Nov 06, 2019 16:15  |  Brett Newton

The influx of clueless drivers with Washington-state license plates indicates we are nearing the tourist season here in the desert. (Side note to those drivers: If you miss a turn, that's your problem and no one else's. Take the loss, and find a safe place to turn around.)

Seeing as I work at a brewe...

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Restaurant News Bites: Wally's Future 'To Be Determined' After Owners' Retirement; Spencer's to Host the Sanctuary Holiday Spectacular; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Wally's Future 'To Be Determined' After Owners' Retirement; Spencer's to Host the Sanctuary Holiday Spectacular; and Much More!

Oct 27, 2019 15:05  |  Jimmy Boegle

Owners of Wally’s Desert Turtle to Retire at the End of the Season; Restaurant’s Future ‘To Be Determined

At the very least, management change is coming to Wally’s Desert Turtle, one of the desert’s pre-eminent fine-dining restaurants, located at 71775 Highway 111, in Rancho Mirage: Owners Michael an...

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