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Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Over the past year and a half, it has been my privilege to visit, learn about and write about a number of nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley dedicated to the arts.

Some...

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

On the northern edge of downtown Palm Springs, a new music venue is on the verge of rekindling the music and nightlife scene that seems to have disappeared after the closure of Bar...

The Candidate, the Publication and the Lack of Disclosure: A 'CV Weekly' Cover Story on Palm Springs City Council Candidate Alfie Pettit May Run Afoul of State and Federal Guidelines

The Candidate, the Publication and the Lack of Disclosure: A 'CV Weekly' Cover Story on Palm Springs City Council Candidate Alfie Pettit May Run Afoul of State and Federal Guidelines

The 2019 Palm Springs City Council election slate is not even set yet—that won’t happen until the candidate-nomination period closes Aug. 9—but one candidate, Alan “Alfie” Pettit, ...

Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

I am always amazed by “I never/I only” wine-drinkers. I encounter them all too frequently when they come into the shop looking for a specific wine. I quickly discover that my sugge...

Caesar Cervisia: Some Not-at-All-Lazy Thoughts on Eureka!, Rice Lagers, Multi-Packs and That Amazing New Lounge in Beaumont

Caesar Cervisia: Some Not-at-All-Lazy Thoughts on Eureka!, Rice Lagers, Multi-Packs and That Amazing New Lounge in Beaumont

I occasionally have so much on my mind when it comes to craft beer that I just have to write about it all in one column. I did this last year in what I describe as a less-lazy equi...

Politics and Musical Power: Captain Ghost Celebrates a New Music Video—and Gets Set to Release Its First Full Album

Politics and Musical Power: Captain Ghost Celebrates a New Music Video—and Gets Set to Release Its First Full Album

Captain Ghost, a four-piece alternative-rock band, is a growing presence in the Coachella Valley music scene thanks to the group’s powerful anthems and ballads—plus its political a...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Despite a Hackneyed Feel, 'Teen Spirit' Is Worth Watching for Elle Fanning's Performance

Home Video Review: Despite a Hackneyed Feel, 'Teen Spirit' Is Worth Watching for Elle Fanning's Performance

Jul 16, 2019 11:30  |  Bob Grimm

Teen Spirit is Max Minghella’s directorial debut—he also wrote the script—and the film is a bit on the hackneyed side as it tells the story of a young girl’s rise to fame as a singer via a televised talent show.

What makes it all rather watchable is Elle Fanning as that girl, giving the talented actre...

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Shocking Swedes: 'Midsommar' Proves Director Ari Aster Is a Master of Horror—and That Florence Pugh Is a Star on the Rise

Shocking Swedes: 'Midsommar' Proves Director Ari Aster Is a Master of Horror—and That Florence Pugh Is a Star on the Rise

Jul 11, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

After two feature-directing credits, it’s safe to declare writer-director Ari Aster a master of horror. Midsommar , the sophomore effort after his masterpiece Hereditary , is 2 1/2 hours of nerve-fraying terror, staged mostly in broad daylight—and it’s a thing of demented beauty.

Dani (Florence Pugh, who...

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Breezy Spidey: 'Far From Home' Is a Goofy, Fun Return to the Marvel Universe After 'Endgame'

Breezy Spidey: 'Far From Home' Is a Goofy, Fun Return to the Marvel Universe After 'Endgame'

Jul 11, 2019 08:15  |  Bob Grimm

Tom Holland cements his status as the best-ever Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Far From Home , the goofiest—but still quite fun—Spider-Man movie yet.

Jon Watts once again directs as Peter Parker tries to vacation with his friends in Europe after the events of Endgame . When a strange breed of elemental monste...

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News

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Jul 17, 2019 16:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The Grub Plug food truck was parked by the Oasis Street curb in front of the College of the Desert’s Indio campus late in the day on a Tuesday.

The city of Indio’s Community Development Department (ICD) was offering the first 120 visitors to their Indio Specific Plan open house—taking place in the co...

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The Candidate, the Publication and the Lack of Disclosure: A 'CV Weekly' Cover Story on Palm Springs City Council Candidate Alfie Pettit May Run Afoul of State and Federal Guidelines

The Candidate, the Publication and the Lack of Disclosure: A 'CV Weekly' Cover Story on Palm Springs City Council Candidate Alfie Pettit May Run Afoul of State and Federal Guidelines

Jul 16, 2019 17:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The 2019 Palm Springs City Council election slate is not even set yet—that won’t happen until the candidate-nomination period closes Aug. 9—but one candidate, Alan “Alfie” Pettit, got an early start on his advertising by promoting his campaign via the cover story of the June 27-July 3 edition of the...

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Cannabis in the CV: Each Coachella Valley City Has Approached the Cannabis Industry Differently—and This Is a Very Good Thing

Cannabis in the CV: Each Coachella Valley City Has Approached the Cannabis Industry Differently—and This Is a Very Good Thing

Jul 11, 2019 10:00  |  Robin Goins

Last month, I examined the economic boom expected in the city of Desert Hot Springs as a result of its decision to embrace the cannabis industry . It was the first Southern California city to allow legal cultivation—and economic opportunities from the cannabis industry are helping turning the city aro...

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Opinion

Savage Love: I Am Curious: Why Am I Turned on by Cuckolding?

Savage Love: I Am Curious: Why Am I Turned on by Cuckolding?

Jul 17, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I am a bi, white, married man—35 years old and living in a big Midwestern city. I’d like to know what’s going on in my psyche—from a sex-research perspective.

I’ve been hung up on cuckold fantasies with my female partner for years now. I’m a creative person, and I’m especially fond of creative fantas...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 11, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 11, 2019!

Jul 11, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's fun, festive and frank weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips examines Li'l Trumpy's Fourth of July speech; Red Meat gets creative; (Th)ink celebrates the U.S. Women's World Cup win; This Modern World looks at what pundits are saying about our country's border concentration camps; ...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cardriner Bowden, a Fierce 'Diva/Goddess' and Retired Educator Who Loves to Serve Her Community

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cardriner Bowden, a Fierce 'Diva/Goddess' and Retired Educator Who Loves to Serve Her Community

Jul 10, 2019 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

How do you tell the story of someone who describes herself as a “diva/goddess”—especially when one of the first things she says is, “I can’t imagine anybody would be interested in my life,” in an apparent contradiction?

Let’s start the story of Cardriner (Car- dree -ner) Bowden in 1963, three years aft...

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Arts and Culture

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Jul 17, 2019 14:00  |  Stephen Berger

Over the past year and a half, it has been my privilege to visit, learn about and write about a number of nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley dedicated to the arts.

Someone once said that life without art is like food without salt. From Palm Springs to Coachella to the high desert towns o...

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Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Jul 03, 2019 14:15  |  Claire Thompson, High Country News

When she discovered that she was pregnant, Stephanie Land ripped up her application for the University of Montana’s creative-writing program. Yet her dream of being a writer in Missoula endured, shining like a beacon above the daily grind of poverty she now found herself trapped in as a single mothe...

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Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Jun 24, 2019 11:10  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Loren Freeman is one of the best actors in our valley—and now he’s making his directorial debut with the Desert Rose Playhouse’s summer production of Ruthless! The Musical .

So here’s what is wrong with the show: Absolutely nothing! This is a not-to-be-missed romp, with a high energy level that will le...

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Music

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

Jul 17, 2019 12:00  |  Andy Lara

On the northern edge of downtown Palm Springs, a new music venue is on the verge of rekindling the music and nightlife scene that seems to have disappeared after the closure of Bar two years ago.

There’s one small problem: The venue isn’t fully open quite yet.

Until the venue finalizes its aesthetic i...

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Politics and Musical Power: Captain Ghost Celebrates a New Music Video—and Gets Set to Release Its First Full Album

Politics and Musical Power: Captain Ghost Celebrates a New Music Video—and Gets Set to Release Its First Full Album

Jul 11, 2019 10:30  |  Matt King

Captain Ghost, a four-piece alternative-rock band, is a growing presence in the Coachella Valley music scene thanks to the group’s powerful anthems and ballads—plus its political and perhaps even conspiratorial lyrics.

And then there’s that intriguing name. I sat down to talk with Bradley Burton (son...

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The Lucky 13: Cynna Luchia, Frontwoman of Sticky Doll

The Lucky 13: Cynna Luchia, Frontwoman of Sticky Doll

Jul 08, 2019 07:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Sticky Doll is planning on putting on its all-ages Sticky Fest again this October at The Palms in Wonder Valley—but you don’t have to wait until then to see this high-desert punk group in action: You can catch Sticky Doll at the three-day Idyllwild Strong Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. For more on t...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Jul 16, 2019 11:00  |  Katie Finn

I am always amazed by “I never/I only” wine-drinkers. I encounter them all too frequently when they come into the shop looking for a specific wine. I quickly discover that my suggestions for an alternative selection are futile when the customer informs me they will only drink this one wine.

Oh, how terri...

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Caesar Cervisia: Some Not-at-All-Lazy Thoughts on Eureka!, Rice Lagers, Multi-Packs and That Amazing New Lounge in Beaumont

Caesar Cervisia: Some Not-at-All-Lazy Thoughts on Eureka!, Rice Lagers, Multi-Packs and That Amazing New Lounge in Beaumont

Jul 11, 2019 11:30  |  Brett Newton

I occasionally have so much on my mind when it comes to craft beer that I just have to write about it all in one column. I did this last year in what I describe as a less-lazy equivalent of Larry King’s defunct USA Today column.

Rice lagers are all the rage right now for some reason. … What is the deal...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Enchiladas de Mole at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Enchiladas de Mole at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant

Jul 08, 2019 15:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The enchiladas de mole

Where: Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, 68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $10.95

Contact: 760-992-5133; www.facebook.com/LosArcosMex/

Why: It’s a sublime mix of sweet and savory.

Los Arcos Mexican Food opened back in 2015, on the side of the former IMAX theater at P...

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