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The Return of 'Desert X': The Second Edition of the Coachella Valley's Biennial Features an Amazing Array of Site-Specific Installations

The Return of 'Desert X': The Second Edition of the Coachella Valley's Biennial Features an Amazing Array of Site-Specific Installations

The second Desert X biennial exhibition, on display through April 21, consists of 19 site-specific works of art, created by an international group of acclaimed artists, spanning the ...

'Alita' Needed Attention: This Long-Delayed James Cameron Project Gets Handed Off to Another Director—and Fails to Impress

'Alita' Needed Attention: This Long-Delayed James Cameron Project Gets Handed Off to Another Director—and Fails to Impress

Alita: Battle Angel is a project that’s been on James Cameron’s plate for almost two decades.

Then the whole Avatar thing happened, and Cameron, the director, got lost in Pandora speak...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 21, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 21, 2019!

On this week's wetter-than-Portland weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen examines how everything is pretend with Donald Trump; (Th)ink begs Democrats not to be jackasses; Thi...

A True Renaissance Man: Michael Childers Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of 'Midnight Cowboy' While Preparing for His Star-Studded 'One Night Only'

A True Renaissance Man: Michael Childers Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of 'Midnight Cowboy' While Preparing for His Star-Studded 'One Night Only'

Michael Childers is truly a renaissance man; Merriam-Webster ’s definition—“a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas”—describes him perfectly.

The Coachella Vall...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Brayan Mendoza, a Radio Host and Child of Immigrants Who Says Movies Helped Save His Life

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Brayan Mendoza, a Radio Host and Child of Immigrants Who Says Movies Helped Save His Life

Brayan Mendoza is only 24, but he has already experienced the American dream in some ways—through his immigrant parents and his own efforts to turn his love of movies into a career...

From Starship to Smooth Jazz: Craig Chaquico Brings His Guitar-Driven Music to the Westin Mission Hills

From Starship to Smooth Jazz: Craig Chaquico Brings His Guitar-Driven Music to the Westin Mission Hills

In 1974, a young guitarist named Craig Chaquico joined the newly formed Jefferson Starship, and remained with band through the transition to Starship. He left the band in 1991 and ...

'It Just Doesn't Add Up': The California Innocence Project Is Working to Free Rodney Patrick McNeal, Who Was Convicted of Killing His Wife Despite Evidence to the Contrary

'It Just Doesn't Add Up': The California Innocence Project Is Working to Free Rodney Patrick McNeal, Who Was Convicted of Killing His Wife Despite Evidence to the Contrary

On March 10, 1997, Rodney Patrick McNeal went home during his lunch break, around 12:30 p.m., to take his wife, Debra, to a doctor’s appointment.

Instead, the San Bernardino County ...

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Movies & TV

'Alita' Needed Attention: This Long-Delayed James Cameron Project Gets Handed Off to Another Director—and Fails to Impress

'Alita' Needed Attention: This Long-Delayed James Cameron Project Gets Handed Off to Another Director—and Fails to Impress

Feb 21, 2019 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Alita: Battle Angel is a project that’s been on James Cameron’s plate for almost two decades.

Then the whole Avatar thing happened, and Cameron, the director, got lost in Pandora speaking Navi and doing strange things with horse-like creatures. He went from directing Alita to producing and screenplay cont...

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Clever, Then Copout: 'Happy Death Day 2U' Starts Off Well—and Then Abandons the Compelling Elements for Mediocrity

Clever, Then Copout: 'Happy Death Day 2U' Starts Off Well—and Then Abandons the Compelling Elements for Mediocrity

Feb 21, 2019 09:15  |  Bob Grimm

Christopher Landon follows up his somewhat creative original Happy Death Day with Happy Death Day 2U , an overly ambitious sequel that starts off great, but gets lost in its second half.

Jessica Rothe returns as Tree, the college student who got stuck in the Groundhog Day murder loop in the original. The s...

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A Crazy Climb: This Documentary About the Man Who Went Up El Capitan Without a Rope Is Simply Amazing

A Crazy Climb: This Documentary About the Man Who Went Up El Capitan Without a Rope Is Simply Amazing

Feb 19, 2019 13:00  |  Bob Grimm

Alex Honnold had a dream: to climb the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan without a rope. That’s a strange, crazy, psycho kind of dream, but he achieved it—and directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin captured it on film.

The movie Free Solo spends much of its time on the pre-climbing ritual of tr...

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News

Health-Care Cost Confusion: Hospitals Are Now Required to Post Their Prices Online—but the Info They're Posting Is Worthless

Health-Care Cost Confusion: Hospitals Are Now Required to Post Their Prices Online—but the Info They're Posting Is Worthless

Feb 22, 2019 12:20  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The federal government now requires hospitals to publish online its “charge description master”—a list of what the hospital charges for various services and items.

When this new policy, which took effect Jan. 1, was announced last year, it was heralded as an overdue move to promote fairness and trans...

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'It Just Doesn't Add Up': The California Innocence Project Is Working to Free Rodney Patrick McNeal, Who Was Convicted of Killing His Wife Despite Evidence to the Contrary

'It Just Doesn't Add Up': The California Innocence Project Is Working to Free Rodney Patrick McNeal, Who Was Convicted of Killing His Wife Despite Evidence to the Contrary

Feb 19, 2019 17:00  |  Brian Blueskye

On March 10, 1997, Rodney Patrick McNeal went home during his lunch break, around 12:30 p.m., to take his wife, Debra, to a doctor’s appointment.

Instead, the San Bernardino County probation officer found Debra, who was six months pregnant, dead in their bathtub. Submerged in water, she’d been beaten...

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Cannabis in the CV: Want to Invest in Marijuana? Here Are Some Important Things to Consider

Cannabis in the CV: Want to Invest in Marijuana? Here Are Some Important Things to Consider

Feb 19, 2019 11:45  |  Robin Goins

With the rise of the cannabis industry in the Coachella Valley, many would-be investors are wondering whether to jump into the industry—and how/when to do so, if the answer is yes.

If you are entertaining the idea of investing in cannabis—specifically, the growth and cultivation of marijuana—there ar...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 21, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 21, 2019!

Feb 21, 2019 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's wetter-than-Portland weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen examines how everything is pretend with Donald Trump; (Th)ink begs Democrats not to be jackasses; This Modern World looks at the scary future set in motion by Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez; Red Meat apologizes for an unfortunat...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Brayan Mendoza, a Radio Host and Child of Immigrants Who Says Movies Helped Save His Life

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Brayan Mendoza, a Radio Host and Child of Immigrants Who Says Movies Helped Save His Life

Feb 20, 2019 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Brayan Mendoza is only 24, but he has already experienced the American dream in some ways—through his immigrant parents and his own efforts to turn his love of movies into a career.

A resident of Desert Hot Springs for eight years, Mendoza was born in Palm Springs. He graduated from Desert Hot Spring...

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Savage Love: Readers Write In With Their Thoughts on 'With Extra Lobster'

Savage Love: Readers Write In With Their Thoughts on 'With Extra Lobster'

Feb 20, 2019 12:00  |  Dan Savage

Two weeks ago, a longtime reader challenged me to create a new sexual neologism. (Quickly for the pedants: You’re right! It is redundant to describe a neologism as “new,” since neologisms are by definition new: “ ne·ol·o·gism noun a newly coined word or expression.” You got me!)

“Neo-Neologisms, Please!” ...

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Arts and Culture

The Return of 'Desert X': The Second Edition of the Coachella Valley's Biennial Features an Amazing Array of Site-Specific Installations

The Return of 'Desert X': The Second Edition of the Coachella Valley's Biennial Features an Amazing Array of Site-Specific Installations

Feb 21, 2019 12:00  |  Stephen Berger

The second Desert X biennial exhibition, on display through April 21, consists of 19 site-specific works of art, created by an international group of acclaimed artists, spanning the Coachella Valley—including eight of the nine valley cities.

The sites, all open to the public for free, stretch from the ...

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A True Renaissance Man: Michael Childers Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of 'Midnight Cowboy' While Preparing for His Star-Studded 'One Night Only'

A True Renaissance Man: Michael Childers Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of 'Midnight Cowboy' While Preparing for His Star-Studded 'One Night Only'

Feb 20, 2019 18:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Michael Childers is truly a renaissance man; Merriam-Webster ’s definition—“a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas”—describes him perfectly.

The Coachella Valley resident is an award-winning photographer, producer, writer and documentary filmmaker—and his talents are being showc...

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A Master of Language: Desert Ensemble Probes the Meaning of Relationships With Tony Padilla's 'For a Reason'

A Master of Language: Desert Ensemble Probes the Meaning of Relationships With Tony Padilla's 'For a Reason'

Feb 11, 2019 10:45  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The script is the star.

Desert Ensemble Theatre Company has produced eight plays written by Tony Padilla during its eight seasons. And get this: English is his second language!

There are precious few authors who can achieve this kind of success, let alone in a second language. Joseph Conrad, who wrote Hear...

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Music

From Starship to Smooth Jazz: Craig Chaquico Brings His Guitar-Driven Music to the Westin Mission Hills

From Starship to Smooth Jazz: Craig Chaquico Brings His Guitar-Driven Music to the Westin Mission Hills

Feb 20, 2019 13:45  |  Brian Blueskye

In 1974, a young guitarist named Craig Chaquico joined the newly formed Jefferson Starship, and remained with band through the transition to Starship. He left the band in 1991 and has been performing as a contemporary jazz guitarist ever since.

Craig Chaquico will be playing at the Westin Mission Hil...

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The Lucky 13: Meagan Van Dyke, Actress, Singer and Member of Trio NV

The Lucky 13: Meagan Van Dyke, Actress, Singer and Member of Trio NV

Feb 14, 2019 15:30  |  Brian Blueskye

Meagan Van Dyke is a multi-talented performer. She’s been in College of the Desert musicals In the Heights and Little Shop of Horrors ; she was an on-air Disney Channel host; and she performs in Trio NV with Nick Sosa and Doug Van Sant of the Flusters. Catch Trio NV every Saturday night at the Miramonte...

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Celtic Cruisers: Flogging Molly Arrives at Morongo Just in Time for St. Patrick's Day

Celtic Cruisers: Flogging Molly Arrives at Morongo Just in Time for St. Patrick's Day

Feb 13, 2019 19:00  |  Brian Blueskye

On Saint Patrick’s Day, you can always expect to hear Celtic music in some form—including, most likely, some music by renowned Celtic punk band Flogging Molly.

Flogging Molly is currently on tour and will be stopping by Morongo Casino Resort on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day—Saturday, March 16.

When for...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Our Resident Bartender's Handy Guide to Maximizing Adventure for Coachella Valley Visitors

On Cocktails: Our Resident Bartender's Handy Guide to Maximizing Adventure for Coachella Valley Visitors

Feb 19, 2019 15:00  |  Kevin Carlow

This month, in an attempt to defeat sleeping in, I’ve been exploring all sorts of interesting spots in the desert with my intrepid companion. Among other things, we learned that visiting Giant Rock, near Landers, in a two-wheel-drive vehicle is not easy.

We’ve recently been checking out the Desert X ex...

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Vine Social: When Bringing Wine to Dinner as a Guest, Put Some Thought Into It

Vine Social: When Bringing Wine to Dinner as a Guest, Put Some Thought Into It

Feb 16, 2019 13:05  |  Katie Finn

My dad is here visiting from Canada, along with 50,000 other people from Canada, and has been enjoying our balmy winter.

I, on the other hand, am freezing to death, constantly bundled up in a parka, scarf, wool socks and boots. There is no question: I should have all my Canadian rights revoked for be...

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The Indy Endorsement: The French Onion Soup at Bongo Johnny's Patio Bar and Grill

The Indy Endorsement: The French Onion Soup at Bongo Johnny's Patio Bar and Grill

Feb 14, 2019 12:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The French onion soup

Where: Bongo Johnny’s Patio Bar and Grill, 301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 200, Palm Springs

How much: $3.95 for a cup; $6.95 for a bowl

Contact: 760-318-3960; www.bongojohnnys.com

Why: It’s delicious, pure and simple.

Before I begin extolling the deliciousness of the French onion s...

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