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Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

When Senate Bill 239 took effect last year, it made knowingly spreading the HIV virus a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Opponents of the bill, which was signed into law by former ...

Live: Chella, Riverside County Fairgrounds, April 17

Live: Chella, Riverside County Fairgrounds, April 17

The second-annual Goldenvoice event known as Chella took place at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio on Wednesday night, and local Latin-music lovers packed into the Fullenw...

A Regrettable Reboot: This Cheap, Muddled Version of 'Hellboy' Should Never Have Been Made

A Regrettable Reboot: This Cheap, Muddled Version of 'Hellboy' Should Never Have Been Made

A Hellboy movie without Guillermo del Toro proves to be a very unfortunate thing.

The new Hellboy —the third movie to be based upon the classic Dark Horse comic—isn’t a sequel; it’s a...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 18, 2019!

On this week's Game of Thrones -free weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen bemoans the New York Post 's crappy brand of journalism; (Th)ink mourns the terrible Notre Dame fire; Th...

Art Is Healing: La Quinta's Old Town Artisan Studios Helps Spread the Healing Power of Art to Anybody and Everybody

Art Is Healing: La Quinta's Old Town Artisan Studios Helps Spread the Healing Power of Art to Anybody and Everybody

Tucked off a small side street in La Quinta Cove is a sparkling oasis of serenity and inclusiveness—dedicated to the healing power of art.

Founders Richard and Victory Grund created...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tod Goldberg, a Writer and Teacher Who Focuses on Helping His Students Sell Their Work

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tod Goldberg, a Writer and Teacher Who Focuses on Helping His Students Sell Their Work

Indio resident Tod Goldberg, 48, talks very fast—which makes sense, because he has a lot to say.

The author of hundreds of books and articles, he is also the founder and director of...

The Indy Endorsement: The Southwest Benedict at Louise's Pantry

The Indy Endorsement: The Southwest Benedict at Louise's Pantry

What: The Southwest Benedict

Where: Louise’s Pantry, 73155 Highway 111, Palm Desert; also at 47150 Washington St., La Quinta

How much: $14.99

Contact: 760-837-3900 (Palm Desert); 760-771-...

Movies & TV

A Regrettable Reboot: This Cheap, Muddled Version of 'Hellboy' Should Never Have Been Made

A Regrettable Reboot: This Cheap, Muddled Version of 'Hellboy' Should Never Have Been Made

Apr 18, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

A Hellboy movie without Guillermo del Toro proves to be a very unfortunate thing.

The new Hellboy —the third movie to be based upon the classic Dark Horse comic—isn’t a sequel; it’s a reboot … a cheap, sloppy reboot. David Harbour steps in for Ron Perlman to play the title role, while Neil Marshall ( Th...

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Home Video Review: 'Holmes and Watson' Manages to Accomplish Something Seemingly Impossible: It Made Will Ferrell Not Funny

Home Video Review: 'Holmes and Watson' Manages to Accomplish Something Seemingly Impossible: It Made Will Ferrell Not Funny

Apr 16, 2019 11:00  |  Bob Grimm

A film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly used to be an event . Alas, things have changed … and I found myself—like much of the rest of the world—waiting to see Holmes and Watson on home video, because I wanted to put off what looked like a supreme letdown.

Well, it’s out on home video now … and it...

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Fun Comes to the DC Universe: Shazam! Works Thanks to Star Zachary Levi and a Heart-Warming Story

Fun Comes to the DC Universe: Shazam! Works Thanks to Star Zachary Levi and a Heart-Warming Story

Apr 11, 2019 09:30  |  Brian Blueskye

The DC Comics universe gets its best movie since Wonder Woman with Shazam! , a fun—and surprisingly dark—blast of superhero fantasy. While a little sloppy at times, the movie works thanks to its central performances and warm-hearted core.

Zachary Levi is an excellent choice to play the title character; t...

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News

Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

Decriminalize = Destigmatize: Local Public-Health Groups Say Testing, Not Prosecution, Is Key to Preventing the Spread of HIV

Apr 18, 2019 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

When Senate Bill 239 took effect last year, it made knowingly spreading the HIV virus a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Opponents of the bill, which was signed into law by former Gov. Jerry Brown, were furious, speculating it could lead to an increase in HIV transmissions. However, people on the fr...

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Avoiding Fatal Encounters: A Nationally Watched Police-Shooting Bill Moves Forward—but Many Legislators Think It Goes Too Far

Avoiding Fatal Encounters: A Nationally Watched Police-Shooting Bill Moves Forward—but Many Legislators Think It Goes Too Far

Apr 11, 2019 13:55  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Even as a landmark California bill meant to prevent police shootings passed through its first committee on Tuesday, April 9, fault lines among Democrats began to emerge—suggesting the measure will likely change as it moves through the Legislature.

How much it will change, though, was not yet clear.

Af...

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Snapshot: South Koreans Make Their Mark at the 2019 ANA Inspiration Golf Tourney

Snapshot: South Koreans Make Their Mark at the 2019 ANA Inspiration Golf Tourney

Apr 09, 2019 09:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Last year’s ANA Inspiration featured a playoff that forced eventual winner Pernilla Lindberg and Inbee Park to play into Monday.

This year’s edition featured no such edge-of-your-seat drama—but it did feature another surprising winner.

The LPGA’s top players battled brief displays of Coachella Valley ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 18, 2019!

Apr 18, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's Game of Thrones -free weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen bemoans the New York Post 's crappy brand of journalism; (Th)ink mourns the terrible Notre Dame fire; This Modern World ponders the Trump administration's pretzel logic; Apoca Clips watches Li'l Trumpy applaud Stephen Miller...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tod Goldberg, a Writer and Teacher Who Focuses on Helping His Students Sell Their Work

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tod Goldberg, a Writer and Teacher Who Focuses on Helping His Students Sell Their Work

Apr 17, 2019 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

Indio resident Tod Goldberg, 48, talks very fast—which makes sense, because he has a lot to say.

The author of hundreds of books and articles, he is also the founder and director of the 10-year-old low-residency master’s program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the Universit...

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Savage Love: I Got Angry With My Girlfriend When I Snooped and Discovered She Once Dated a Married Man; Was I Justified?

Savage Love: I Got Angry With My Girlfriend When I Snooped and Discovered She Once Dated a Married Man; Was I Justified?

Apr 17, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

When I first started dating my girlfriend, I asked her about past boyfriends, and she said she hadn’t met the right guy yet. After dating for nine years, I found out about a past boyfriend and looked through her e-mails. I found out she dated her married boss for three years. She broke up with me fo...

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Arts and Culture

Art Is Healing: La Quinta's Old Town Artisan Studios Helps Spread the Healing Power of Art to Anybody and Everybody

Art Is Healing: La Quinta's Old Town Artisan Studios Helps Spread the Healing Power of Art to Anybody and Everybody

Apr 17, 2019 17:00  |  Stephen Berger

Tucked off a small side street in La Quinta Cove is a sparkling oasis of serenity and inclusiveness—dedicated to the healing power of art.

Founders Richard and Victory Grund created Old Town Artisan Studios 10 years ago as a gift to the community, and as a vehicle for them to share their passionate b...

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From Melissa to Margaritaville: The McCallum Theatre Announces a Packed 2019-2020 Schedule

From Melissa to Margaritaville: The McCallum Theatre Announces a Packed 2019-2020 Schedule

Apr 11, 2019 14:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

If you’re a data geek like I am, you can have a lot of fun with Pollstar magazine’s annual list of the Top 200 theater venues in the world .

For example: The Coachella Valley’s McCallum Theatre—considered a small- to medium-sized venue—in 2018 came in at No. 70 in the entire world, with well more than 1...

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Love, Loss, Laundry: Dezart Performs' 'Maytag Virgin' Is a Literally a Perfect Time at the Theater

Love, Loss, Laundry: Dezart Performs' 'Maytag Virgin' Is a Literally a Perfect Time at the Theater

Apr 06, 2019 10:50  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Dezart Performs Artistic Director Michael Shaw is ending the company’s 11th season on a perfect note with Audrey Cefaly’s Maytag Virgin .

Set in rural Alabama, this charming story follows the burgeoning romance between new neighbors Lizzy Nash (Kay Capasso) and Jack Key (Joel Bryant). Lizzy has taken a...

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Music

Live: Chella, Riverside County Fairgrounds, April 17

Live: Chella, Riverside County Fairgrounds, April 17

Apr 18, 2019 10:15  |  Brian Blueskye

The second-annual Goldenvoice event known as Chella took place at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio on Wednesday night, and local Latin-music lovers packed into the Fullenwider Auditorium to catch performances by Giselle Woo and the Night Owls, Cola Boyy, Mon Laferte and Los Tucanes de Tijua...

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Colombia to the Coachella Valley: J. Patron Loves to Meld Hip Hop With All Sorts of Latin Music

Colombia to the Coachella Valley: J. Patron Loves to Meld Hip Hop With All Sorts of Latin Music

Apr 16, 2019 15:00  |  Brian Blueskye

J. Patron often wears clothing with the slogan “Puro Oro.” This translates to “Pure Gold”—and that’s exactly what J. Patron is in the local hip-hop scene, as an artist who has opened doors for many others.

J. Patron (Camilo Gomez) came to the United States from Colombia when he was 4 years old and gr...

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The Lucky 13: Robert Bowman, New Bassist for Waxy

The Lucky 13: Robert Bowman, New Bassist for Waxy

Apr 16, 2019 14:30  |  Brian Blueskye

Robert Bowman is best known in the local-music world as the guitarist for WiseMan. However, WiseMan is not currently a thing—but Bowman was recently announced as the new bassist for local desert-rock outfit Waxy, and he made his live debut with Waxy earlier this month. For more information on Waxy, ...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: It's Time to Give the Long Island Iced Tea (a Little) Credit for Being the Influential Cocktail That It Is

On Cocktails: It's Time to Give the Long Island Iced Tea (a Little) Credit for Being the Influential Cocktail That It Is

Apr 19, 2019 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

The idea for this column came to me as I was getting my head smashed in by a large man in a ninja outfit.

Don’t worry; this didn’t happen in real life, but during a video-game tournament at The Hood Bar and Pizza—a suggestion from our Uber driver who said he would also be competing. I noticed several...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Southwest Benedict at Louise's Pantry

The Indy Endorsement: The Southwest Benedict at Louise's Pantry

Apr 17, 2019 07:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Southwest Benedict

Where: Louise’s Pantry, 73155 Highway 111, Palm Desert; also at 47150 Washington St., La Quinta

How much: $14.99

Contact: 760-837-3900 (Palm Desert); 760-771-3330 (La Quinta); louisespantry.com

Why: If you like chorizo, you’ll love this dish.

I love a good breakfast … but let’s fac...

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Caesar Cervisia: There's Nothing Wrong With Mass-Produced Mexican Beer—but There Are Often Better Brews to Pair With Mexican Food

Caesar Cervisia: There's Nothing Wrong With Mass-Produced Mexican Beer—but There Are Often Better Brews to Pair With Mexican Food

Apr 16, 2019 09:45  |  Brett Newton

Prime barbecue season is upon us—and barbecuing lends itself to Mexican food.

I’ll never look down my nose at Mexican mass-produced beer—it’s better overall than American mass-produced beer, in my opinion—but an even better sensory experience can be had with Mexican cuisine if you step up the beer ga...

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