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Caesar Cervisia: These Five Holiday Beers Will Please Your Palate—and Make Whatever You're Doing Just a Little More Festive

Caesar Cervisia: These Five Holiday Beers Will Please Your Palate—and Make Whatever You're Doing Just a Little More Festive

It’s that time of year again: Saturnalia.

Sorry, I mean: Christmas. (I think this column’s new Latin name is getting to me. Although, seriously, Saturnalia—the wild ancient Roman wi...

The Indy Endorsement: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal at The Desert Queen

The Indy Endorsement: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal at The Desert Queen

What: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal

Where: The Desert Queen. 35400 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $10.99

Contact: 442-615-0344; thedesertqueen1.com

Why: It mended my broken heart.

Whe...

Importing Opera: Movie-Theater Broadcasts of Shows From The Met Fill a Genre Void in the Coachella Valley

Importing Opera: Movie-Theater Broadcasts of Shows From The Met Fill a Genre Void in the Coachella Valley

In a world where Coachella Valley residents must drive an hour or more to see a full-scale opera, several local movie theaters dare to screen wanton warblers and bronzed barihunks ...

Rockin' Teachers: The Members of No Small Children Are Leaving the Elementary School Behind for a Night to Make Their Desert Debut

Rockin' Teachers: The Members of No Small Children Are Leaving the Elementary School Behind for a Night to Make Their Desert Debut

When you watch all-female band No Small Children perform, you’d never guess that by day, all three members are schoolteachers in Los Angeles.

Mark your calendars: They’ll be playing...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 13, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 13, 2018!

On this week's peppermint-scented weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World talks to the conservative on all those Sunday morning news shows; Jen Sorensen tries to get into t...

A Powerful Remembrance: 'Roma,' Alfonso Cuarón's Tribute to His Family's Servant During His Childhood, Packs a Wallop

A Powerful Remembrance: 'Roma,' Alfonso Cuarón's Tribute to His Family's Servant During His Childhood, Packs a Wallop

Five years after his Oscar-winning Gravity , director Alfonso Cuarón returns with a decidedly different film in Roma . On a smaller—but no less effective—scale, Roma is a moving tribute ...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Gina Bikales, the Woman Running the Show

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Gina Bikales, the Woman Running the Show

At 69, Gina Bikales is the embodiment of the word “indefatigable”: She’s seemingly incapable of being tired out.

Gina leads Script2Stage2Screen (S2S2S), the theater company which pr...

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Movies & TV

A Powerful Remembrance: 'Roma,' Alfonso Cuarón's Tribute to His Family's Servant During His Childhood, Packs a Wallop

A Powerful Remembrance: 'Roma,' Alfonso Cuarón's Tribute to His Family's Servant During His Childhood, Packs a Wallop

Dec 12, 2018 18:00  |  Bob Grimm

Five years after his Oscar-winning Gravity , director Alfonso Cuarón returns with a decidedly different film in Roma . On a smaller—but no less effective—scale, Roma is a moving tribute to the female servant Cuarón grew up with during the early 1970s in the Mexico City suburb of Roma.

Cuarón, who claims 90...

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Home Video Review: Ben Stiller Shows Off His Serious Side by Directing Showtime's Series 'Escape at Dannemora'

Home Video Review: Ben Stiller Shows Off His Serious Side by Directing Showtime's Series 'Escape at Dannemora'

Dec 12, 2018 10:20  |  Bob Grimm

Director Ben Stiller gets serious with Escape at Dannemora , a Showtime series based upon the real 2015 escape of two dangerous convicts from prison in upstate New York.

Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano are perfect as Richard Matt and David Sweat, two nutballs who get prison employee Tilly Mitchell (a te...

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The South in the 1960s: Two Fantastic Stars Redeem a Screenplay That Plays It Too Safe in 'Green Book'

The South in the 1960s: Two Fantastic Stars Redeem a Screenplay That Plays It Too Safe in 'Green Book'

Dec 06, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

One of the directors of Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary goes solo for Green Book , his first “serious” feature effort.

Director Peter Farrelly, sans little brother Bobby, gives us a film that’s essentially a remake of Driving Miss Daisy with the roles reversed, starring Aragorn (Viggo Morten...

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News

Snapshot: The Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019 Awards Show and Party, Dec. 12, Copa Nightclub

Snapshot: The Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019 Awards Show and Party, Dec. 12, Copa Nightclub

Dec 13, 2018 17:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

More than 80 people came to the Copa Nightclub on Wednesday, Dec. 12, with one goal: to celebrate the people, businesses and organizations that make the Coachella Valley a fantastic place to call home.

The Coachella Valley Independent and Copa Nightclub sponsored the fifth annual Best of Coachella Vall...

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Schools in Trouble: A New Report Card Shows That a Third of the State's School Districts Need Help

Schools in Trouble: A New Report Card Shows That a Third of the State's School Districts Need Help

Dec 10, 2018 08:00  |  Ricardo Cano, CALmatters

So many school districts are struggling to deliver the basics of an equal opportunity for education that one in three statewide has been targeted for special assistance, according to a comprehensive state report card released by the California Department of Education last week.

The state identified 3...

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After the Shaking: Last Week's Alaska Earthquake Shows the Importance of Preparation and Monitoring

After the Shaking: Last Week's Alaska Earthquake Shows the Importance of Preparation and Monitoring

Dec 04, 2018 17:15  |  Emily Benson, High Country News

At 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30, part of the rock slab underneath the water 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, shifted, causing a magnitude 7 earthquake . As Anchorage was preparing for the day, the quake ripped apart roads , shattered windows and ruptured water and gas lines in and around the city. While official...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 13, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 13, 2018!

Dec 13, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's peppermint-scented weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World talks to the conservative on all those Sunday morning news shows; Jen Sorensen tries to get into the festive holiday spirit; The K Chronicles rejoices in the innocence of kids; Red Meat deals with illnesses from the ki...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Gina Bikales, the Woman Running the Show

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Gina Bikales, the Woman Running the Show

Dec 12, 2018 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

At 69, Gina Bikales is the embodiment of the word “indefatigable”: She’s seemingly incapable of being tired out.

Gina leads Script2Stage2Screen (S2S2S), the theater company which presents staged readings of new works at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rancho Mirage. (Disclosure: I have acted wit...

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Savage Love: My Conservative Brother Told Our Family About the NSFW Tumblr Blog My Wife and I Have; Any Advice on Handling Christmas?

Savage Love: My Conservative Brother Told Our Family About the NSFW Tumblr Blog My Wife and I Have; Any Advice on Handling Christmas?

Dec 12, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m straight and married but not boring, and I am heading to my parents’ house for our first family Christmas since my asshole MAGA brother “stumbled over” the Tumblr blog where the wife and I posted about our sexual adventures. (Pics of MMF threesomes and cross-dressing/pegging sessions, plus some ...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: A New Collection of Stories Focuses on the Quest for Love in the West

Western Lit: A New Collection of Stories Focuses on the Quest for Love in the West

Dec 13, 2018 16:20  |  Jenny Shank, High Country News

It’s hard to hide from the news these days, even in the pages of a book. Buffalo Cactus , a collection of 21 recent stories with Western settings, delves into hot-button issues such as immigration, addiction and, inadvertently, the #MeToo movement: It features one story by disgraced author Ron Carlson...

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Importing Opera: Movie-Theater Broadcasts of Shows From The Met Fill a Genre Void in the Coachella Valley

Importing Opera: Movie-Theater Broadcasts of Shows From The Met Fill a Genre Void in the Coachella Valley

Dec 13, 2018 14:00  |  James Reel

In a world where Coachella Valley residents must drive an hour or more to see a full-scale opera, several local movie theaters dare to screen wanton warblers and bronzed barihunks performing live at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

This season, the Mary Pickford 14 and a handful of local chain-owned mu...

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A Campy Christmas Indeed: Desert Rose's 'Crawfords' Is a Silly and Hilarious Drag-Infused Holiday Musical

A Campy Christmas Indeed: Desert Rose's 'Crawfords' Is a Silly and Hilarious Drag-Infused Holiday Musical

Dec 01, 2018 12:10  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Ah, yes, Christmas With the Crawfords … could the title sound any more Norman Rockwell-idyllic? But the very fact that Desert Rose Playhouse has chosen this play as its annual Christmas show should immediately arouse deep suspicion, because this theater has become known for twisting one’s head.

This of...

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Music

Rockin' Teachers: The Members of No Small Children Are Leaving the Elementary School Behind for a Night to Make Their Desert Debut

Rockin' Teachers: The Members of No Small Children Are Leaving the Elementary School Behind for a Night to Make Their Desert Debut

Dec 13, 2018 13:15  |  Brian Blueskye

When you watch all-female band No Small Children perform, you’d never guess that by day, all three members are schoolteachers in Los Angeles.

Mark your calendars: They’ll be playing in the Coachella Valley for the first time at The Hood Bar and Pizza at the CV Independent Presents show on Saturday, Jan...

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The Lucky 13: Jeremy Parsons, Lead Vocalist of Mega Sun

The Lucky 13: Jeremy Parsons, Lead Vocalist of Mega Sun

Dec 12, 2018 10:45  |  Brian Blueskye

Jeremy Parsons is the lead vocalist of Mega Sun—even though his girlfriend tells me that he hates being in the spotlight. Thanks in part to his low-chugging bass tone and unique vocal style, Mega Sun has become one of the best bands to arrive on the music scene in recent years. For more information ...

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Twenty Years, One Album, Countless Amazing Shows: The Hellions Are This Year's Best of Coachella Valley Legacy Award Honoree

Twenty Years, One Album, Countless Amazing Shows: The Hellions Are This Year's Best of Coachella Valley Legacy Award Honoree

Dec 05, 2018 12:30  |  Brian Blueskye

Two decades ago, a group of friends who grew up together started a band called The Hellions—and they’re still rocking the local music scene today.

Although the Hellions have endured lineup changes at various points, the current group—Angel Lua (vocals/guitar), Bob Llamas (drums), Jamie Hargate (guita...

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Food and Drink

Caesar Cervisia: These Five Holiday Beers Will Please Your Palate—and Make Whatever You're Doing Just a Little More Festive

Caesar Cervisia: These Five Holiday Beers Will Please Your Palate—and Make Whatever You're Doing Just a Little More Festive

Dec 13, 2018 16:00  |  Brett Newton

It’s that time of year again: Saturnalia.

Sorry, I mean: Christmas. (I think this column’s new Latin name is getting to me. Although, seriously, Saturnalia—the wild ancient Roman winter festival—seems way more fun than Christmas. However, I digress.)

I won’t be covering Hanukkah or Kwanzaa beers, alth...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal at The Desert Queen

The Indy Endorsement: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal at The Desert Queen

Dec 13, 2018 15:33  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal

Where: The Desert Queen. 35400 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $10.99

Contact: 442-615-0344; thedesertqueen1.com

Why: It mended my broken heart.

When the server came to take my order, she broke my heart.

My heart was set on having biscuits and gravy. I’d seen a couple ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Cinnamon Brown Sugar Breakfast Tart at Wilma and Frieda

The Indy Endorsement: The Cinnamon Brown Sugar Breakfast Tart at Wilma and Frieda

Dec 05, 2018 15:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The cinnamon brown sugar breakfast tart

Where: Wilma and Frieda, 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at 73575 El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert

How much: $4.95

Contact: 760-992-5080 (Palm Springs); 760-773-2807 (Palm Desert); wilmafrieda.com

Why: They’re delicious—and very affordable.

When I heard tha...

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