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Home Video Review: Netflix's 'Triple Frontier' Is Not Original as an Action-Thriller, but It's a Lot of Fun

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'Triple Frontier' Is Not Original as an Action-Thriller, but It's a Lot of Fun

If you are looking for a good, standard action-thriller to put into your Netflix queue, Triple Frontier is a safe bet. Maybe it’s too safe, in fact, but regardless, after a one-week ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 21, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 21, 2019!

On this week's low-carb, keto-friendly weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World again looks at Life in the Stupidverse; Jen Sorensen solemnly compares New Zealand's leader w...

Subatomic: Alex Harrington Has Played at More Than a Few Pool Parties; Here Are His Local Picks—and Some Thoughts Post-Sunset

Subatomic: Alex Harrington Has Played at More Than a Few Pool Parties; Here Are His Local Picks—and Some Thoughts Post-Sunset

They say April showers bring May flowers—but here in the desert, April’s warmer weather brings pool-party season!

We’re in the land of heat and pools, and it can be hard to decide w...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cruz Moore, a La Quinta Filmmaker Whose New Film Is Part of the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cruz Moore, a La Quinta Filmmaker Whose New Film Is Part of the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival

La Quinta native Cruz Moore is a young man with a plan.

The 25-year-old was raised with his younger sister by their grandparents, and he says he was taught about responsibility and th...

Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

As the 2019 edition of the BNP Paribas Open shifted into high gear, the world’s best tennis players battled the weather, injuries, illness and each other for the trophies and the $...

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

I’ve been working at a wine shop in Palm Desert for about three months now—and I love it! It’s a tiny little space, with a limited number of wines—and because the store is so small...

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

It’s about math.

Oh no! Math was my worst subject in school, and here we are confronted with Proof , a play about real mathematical geniuses—the kind you see standing in front of an e...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'Triple Frontier' Is Not Original as an Action-Thriller, but It's a Lot of Fun

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'Triple Frontier' Is Not Original as an Action-Thriller, but It's a Lot of Fun

Mar 21, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

If you are looking for a good, standard action-thriller to put into your Netflix queue, Triple Frontier is a safe bet. Maybe it’s too safe, in fact, but regardless, after a one-week theatrical release, the movie is now available for streaming.

The latest from the streaming giant sends the likes of Ben ...

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Home Video Review: Dark Western 'Never Grow Old' Is a Return to Form for Emile Hirsch, John Cusack

Home Video Review: Dark Western 'Never Grow Old' Is a Return to Form for Emile Hirsch, John Cusack

Mar 19, 2019 12:00  |  Bob Grimm

Emile Hirsch and John Cusack, two actors whose careers have seen better times, star in Never Grow Old , a dark Western about a religious town visited by the devil.

The devil would be Dutch Albert (Cusack), a sleazy gunslinger businessman who arrives in an old frontier town that has outlawed liquor; he ...

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Not Much of a 'Marvel': Brie Larson Seems Lethargic in the Decidedly Ho-Hum 'Captain Marvel'

Not Much of a 'Marvel': Brie Larson Seems Lethargic in the Decidedly Ho-Hum 'Captain Marvel'

Mar 14, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

It looks like somebody forgot to tell Brie Larson to have fun and let loose in Captain Marvel . Her turn as the title character, aka Carol Danvers, is laced with lethargy and bizarre line deliveries.

Samuel L. Jackson and an orange tabby fortunately seem to be enjoying themselves, but Larson is stiffer...

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News

Flood Follow-Up: What Are Local Governments Doing to Shore Up Infrastructure Affected by the Valentine’s Day flood?

Flood Follow-Up: What Are Local Governments Doing to Shore Up Infrastructure Affected by the Valentine’s Day flood?

Mar 21, 2019 11:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The flood the Coachella Valley experienced on Valentine’s Day will not soon be forgotten—and the scars it left will be visible for a long time.

The severity of the event was framed for us by the facts presented by Marcus Fuller, the assistant city manager and city engineer for the Palm Springs, in an...

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Cannabis in the CV: Marijuana Businesses Need to Make Sure Their Advertising Is Reaching the Right People

Cannabis in the CV: Marijuana Businesses Need to Make Sure Their Advertising Is Reaching the Right People

Mar 21, 2019 08:15  |  Robin Goins

Cannabis, while legal, is heavily regulated in the state of California—as is cannabis advertising.

According to the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control code, any advertising done for cannabis must be to an audience that is at least 71.6 percent 21 or older—and this presents several problems.

First, man...

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Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

Snapshot: A Wild-Card Player Becomes the Talk of the BNP Paribas Open as She Marches Toward the Championship

Mar 19, 2019 11:25  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

As the 2019 edition of the BNP Paribas Open shifted into high gear, the world’s best tennis players battled the weather, injuries, illness and each other for the trophies and the $1.3 million men’s and women’s singles championship checks that were handed out in Stadium 1 on St. Patrick’s Day.

The fee...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 21, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 21, 2019!

Mar 21, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's low-carb, keto-friendly weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World again looks at Life in the Stupidverse; Jen Sorensen solemnly compares New Zealand's leader with Donald Trump; (Th)ink solves the puzzle of domestic terrorism; Red Meat reflects upon time in the "Navy"; and Apoca ...

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Savage Love: Savage Love: I Am a White Woman in My 30s Who Suddenly Developed a Strong Preference for Asian Guys; Is This Normal?

Savage Love: Savage Love: I Am a White Woman in My 30s Who Suddenly Developed a Strong Preference for Asian Guys; Is This Normal?

Mar 20, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a straight white woman in my early 30s. In theory, I’ve always been into men of all races—but in practice, most of my exes are Latino and white.

In September, I met this really handsome Chinese-American guy, and I feel like he rewired me. I’ve been exclusively attracted to Asian guys since. I’m n...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cruz Moore, a La Quinta Filmmaker Whose New Film Is Part of the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Cruz Moore, a La Quinta Filmmaker Whose New Film Is Part of the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival

Mar 19, 2019 17:50  |  Anita Rufus

La Quinta native Cruz Moore is a young man with a plan.

The 25-year-old was raised with his younger sister by their grandparents, and he says he was taught about responsibility and the need to follow a path toward the future. Moore’s path has led him to become a filmmaker, and one of his films,  The Ris...

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Arts and Culture

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

It All Adds Up: Desert Ensemble's 'Proof' Is a Well-Acted Play—and You Don't Need to Like Math to Enjoy It

Mar 18, 2019 10:05  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

It’s about math.

Oh no! Math was my worst subject in school, and here we are confronted with Proof , a play about real mathematical geniuses—the kind you see standing in front of an entire blackboard filled with incomprehensible squiggles. The Desert Ensemble Theatre Company has brought Proof to the Pear...

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Checkmate! CVRep Opens Its Stunning New Playhouse With a Fantastic Production of the Musical 'Chess'

Checkmate! CVRep Opens Its Stunning New Playhouse With a Fantastic Production of the Musical 'Chess'

Mar 17, 2019 12:50  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

There is only one word to express the feeling one gets when entering Coachella Valley Repertory’s new digs: awe.

Artistic director Ron Celona and his board of directors have completely transformed the old IMAX theater in Cathedral City into a live playhouse worthy of Broadway. From the impressive “Wa...

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The Making of a Gay Icon: Charles Busch Brings His Personal Cabaret Show to the Purple Room

The Making of a Gay Icon: Charles Busch Brings His Personal Cabaret Show to the Purple Room

Mar 14, 2019 16:30  |  Dwight Hendricks

How do you get the best roles written for you, both onstage and onscreen?

In the case of the great Charles Busch, you write the roles yourself.

The gay/drag icon—who also found mainstream success with his Tony Award-nominated play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife —will bring his cabaret show Native New Y...

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Music

Subatomic: Alex Harrington Has Played at More Than a Few Pool Parties; Here Are His Local Picks—and Some Thoughts Post-Sunset

Subatomic: Alex Harrington Has Played at More Than a Few Pool Parties; Here Are His Local Picks—and Some Thoughts Post-Sunset

Mar 20, 2019 20:00  |  Alex Harrington

They say April showers bring May flowers—but here in the desert, April’s warmer weather brings pool-party season!

We’re in the land of heat and pools, and it can be hard to decide where to take a dip—in part, because poolside affairs in the Coachella Valley usually bring more than just swimming. Depe...

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The Lucky 13: Benny Cancino Jr., Local Drumming Great

The Lucky 13: Benny Cancino Jr., Local Drumming Great

Mar 19, 2019 15:00  |  Brian Blueskye

The Cancino family is known for astounding drummers in several Coachella Valley bands. Benny Cancino Jr. has caught my attention on more than a few occasions due to his incredible technique. He currently plays with the Cult tribute band Aphrodisiac Jacket, as well as the Kyle Turney Band, Kelly Derr...

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All About Making Music: Longtime Local Hip-Hop Artist Willdabeast Is Finally Ready to Release Recordings of His Music

All About Making Music: Longtime Local Hip-Hop Artist Willdabeast Is Finally Ready to Release Recordings of His Music

Mar 14, 2019 14:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Willdabeast is one of the best-known hip-hop artists in the Coachella Valley—even though he has not released any music or done any interviews.

However, thanks to a nudge from friend and collaborator Provoked, Willdabeast (William Randal) is now working to put himself out there more—including an upcom...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

Vine Social: Shopping for Wine Can Be Intimidating—or It Can Be a Lot of Fun, if the Shopper and Retailer Are on the Same Page

Mar 19, 2019 07:00  |  Katie Finn

I’ve been working at a wine shop in Palm Desert for about three months now—and I love it! It’s a tiny little space, with a limited number of wines—and because the store is so small, each of the wines is thoughtfully curated. They each serve a purpose and are designed to be the best representation of...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Famous Truffle Tots at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

The Indy Endorsement: The Famous Truffle Tots at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

Mar 14, 2019 15:40  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The famous truffle tots

Where: Heirloom Craft Kitchen, 49990 Jefferson St., No. 100, Indio

How much: $6; $4 when added to an entrée

Contact: 760-773-2233; heirloomcraftkitchen.com

Why: The crispiness, the seasoning and the sauces.

Andie Hubka is one of the valley’s most talented restaurateurs. More than ...

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Caesar Cervisia: Due to the Craft Boom, Some Defunct Historic Beer Styles Have Made Comebacks

Caesar Cervisia: Due to the Craft Boom, Some Defunct Historic Beer Styles Have Made Comebacks

Mar 13, 2019 10:15  |  Brett Newton

For the casual craft-beer drinker, it’s difficult enough to simply keep up with all of the different IPAs that keep sprouting up. Is it a New England IPA or a milkshake IPA? What is a brut IPA? Or a Southwest IPA? What’s the difference between a hoppy sour ale and a sour IPA?

Thankfully, I’m here to ...

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