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True TV: Ali Wong delivers a 'Baby Cobra'; 'Grace and Frankie' and 'Chelsea' Are Back

True TV: Ali Wong delivers a 'Baby Cobra'; 'Grace and Frankie' and 'Chelsea' Are Back

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (Friday, May 6, Netflix), standup special: Ali Wong is one of the funniest comedians you’ve probably never heard of—and she’s definitely the most pregnant one y...

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for a Gabacho to Use the Word 'Gabacho'?

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for a Gabacho to Use the Word 'Gabacho'?

Dear Mexican: I believe I heard from you in an interview that “gringo” is either out-of-date or inappropriate, and that gabacho is the better choice. I’ve checked online, and most so...

The Beer Goddess: Join Fellow Coachella Valley Craft-Beer Aficionados on a Trip to the Stone Belgian Fest

The Beer Goddess: Join Fellow Coachella Valley Craft-Beer Aficionados on a Trip to the Stone Belgian Fest

Belgium is reportedly home to 195 breweries, 93 beer firms and five gueuzeries.

But you don’t need to visit Belgium to enjoy the country’s amazing beers.

The season of beer festivals...

The Potted Desert Garden: Evict Boring Walls With the Help of Pots and Plants

The Potted Desert Garden: Evict Boring Walls With the Help of Pots and Plants

Do you hate it when you look through your yard and see a fence or block wall?

A majority of our desert homes are cordoned off by walls. These walls can seem restrictive—but they cer...

Stagecoach 2016: After a Decade of Stagecoach, It's Time to Ponder What the Next Decade Should Bring

Stagecoach 2016: After a Decade of Stagecoach, It's Time to Ponder What the Next Decade Should Bring

Stagecoach celebrated its 10th year in 2016. Since its 2007 debut, it’s become one of the most successful country-music festivals in the world, popular with locals and visitors ali...

Coachella/Stagecoach 2016: As the Festivals Grow, So Does the Job of Austin Whitney and the Americans With Disabilities Act Team

Coachella/Stagecoach 2016: As the Festivals Grow, So Does the Job of Austin Whitney and the Americans With Disabilities Act Team

In 2013, I covered Coachella and Stagecoach for the first time for the Coachella Valley Independent —but I had concerns about doing so. In the fall of 2011, I suffered a serious back...

Stagecoach 2016: Pokey LaFarge's Old-School Coolness Is a Day 2 Highlight

Stagecoach 2016: Pokey LaFarge's Old-School Coolness Is a Day 2 Highlight

There are a lot of cool things to see at Stagecoach—and Pokey LaFarge was the coolest thing to see on Saturday afternoon in the Mustang Tent.

The St. Louis-born and -raised performe...

News

May Astronomy: This Month Offers a Blue Moon, Epic Pairings and a Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

May Astronomy: This Month Offers a Blue Moon, Epic Pairings and a Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Make necessary preparations to safely observe the transit of Mercury across the sun on May 9.

Jupiter is brightest “star” in evening sky this spring until Mars offers serious competition in late May, as the red planet presents its brightest and closest approach since 2005. The moon and Jupiter will pair u...

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Good Game! After a Disaster That Would Have Crippled Other Startups, Escape Room Palm Springs Is Giving Gamers a Workout

Good Game! After a Disaster That Would Have Crippled Other Startups, Escape Room Palm Springs Is Giving Gamers a Workout

Friday, April 22, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Mark Fruchtman is, in the most glorious sense of the word, a nerd.

He’s a gamer. He was an application developer before he opened a computer-repair business with his wife, Dominique. And now he and Dominique are the masterminds behind Escape Room Palm Springs.

For the uninitiated who don’t know what a...

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Targets for the Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe and Other Leaders Offer Hints About the Agua Caliente Tribe's Future

Targets for the Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe and Other Leaders Offer Hints About the Agua Caliente Tribe's Future

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is at a crossroads.

The tribe, which has some 32,000 acres of land across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and outlying areas, is making big plans for its prime downtown Palm Springs real estate. Meanwhile, the tribe is involved in a controversial...

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Opinion

Know Your Neighbors: The Peace Train Comes Through the Desert, With the Help of Palm Springs Women in Film and Television

Know Your Neighbors: The Peace Train Comes Through the Desert, With the Help of Palm Springs Women in Film and Television

Wednesday, May 04, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Let me bring you into the world of Sharon Kat z, a South African by birth, a music therapist by profession—and, in the words of musician Pete Seeger, “one of the people who is saving the world.”

She was born in Port Elizabeth (now called Nelson Mandela Bay) under apartheid—the rigid racial/social ideol...

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Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for a Gabacho to Use the Word 'Gabacho'?

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for a Gabacho to Use the Word 'Gabacho'?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I believe I heard from you in an interview that “gringo” is either out-of-date or inappropriate, and that gabacho is the better choice. I’ve checked online, and most sources say that gabacho is a pejorative and/or generally refers to Europeans. Is this the case, or is gabacho just a better w...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Evict Boring Walls With the Help of Pots and Plants

The Potted Desert Garden: Evict Boring Walls With the Help of Pots and Plants

Tuesday, May 03, 2016  |  Marylee Pangman

Do you hate it when you look through your yard and see a fence or block wall?

A majority of our desert homes are cordoned off by walls. These walls can seem restrictive—but they certainly do not have to be prison-like. Walls are linear—that is, they go on in a line. Even when the wall is curved or tu...

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Arts and Culture

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Friday, April 29, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The McCallum Theatre, the venue, is well-known for top-notch Broadway musicals, concerts by world-class musicians, and a wide variety of other arts programming.

However, the McCallum Theatre, the institution, does much more than host shows. The McCallum has an education wing, the McCallum Theatre Ins...

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There's No Happy Ending: Coyote StageWorks' Powerful 'Agnes of God' Is a Near-Perfect Production

There's No Happy Ending: Coyote StageWorks' Powerful 'Agnes of God' Is a Near-Perfect Production

Sunday, April 24, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

As a lovely female voice sings in the background, a professionally dressed woman walks to the front of the stage and begins a monologue.

She likes to believe that every story has a happy ending, she tells us. She wants to believe in “alternate reals.” As a child, she saw Greta Garbo’s film Camille seve...

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Coachella 2016: Looking at the 'Art' Part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella 2016: Looking at the 'Art' Part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Saturday, April 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Every year at Coachella, the art installations cause a variety of reactions.

“Wow.”

“Interesting.”

“WTF?”

“Tower of Twelve Stories” by Jimenez Lai of Taiwan/Canada really lights up the Coachella night sky this year. It sort of resembles a piece of modern furniture, with compartments put together to form...

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Movies & TV

True TV: Ali Wong delivers a 'Baby Cobra'; 'Grace and Frankie' and 'Chelsea' Are Back

True TV: Ali Wong delivers a 'Baby Cobra'; 'Grace and Frankie' and 'Chelsea' Are Back

Wednesday, May 04, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (Friday, May 6, Netflix), standup special: Ali Wong is one of the funniest comedians you’ve probably never heard of—and she’s definitely the most pregnant one you’ve ever seen in her own standup special. (Wong was seven months along when Baby Cobra was filmed in Seattle.) You may h...

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Home Video Review: 'Tale of Tales' Melds Three Fairy Tales in an Effective Way

Home Video Review: 'Tale of Tales' Melds Three Fairy Tales in an Effective Way

Tuesday, May 03, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Tale of Tales is one oddball movie. Imagine if David Lynch had made The Princess Bride instead of Rob Reiner.

Italian director Matteo Garrone ( Gomorrah , Reality ) adapts three fairy tales and sort of mixes them together, creating one semi-consistent and relatively cohesive narrative.

In one of the stories,...

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Fairy-Tale Fail: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Proves Chris Hemsworth Should Solely Stick to Playing Thor

Fairy-Tale Fail: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Proves Chris Hemsworth Should Solely Stick to Playing Thor

Thursday, April 28, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Four years ago, when Snow White and the Huntsman came out, Kristen Stewart was all the rage. The film made lotsa money, and it looked like the former Bella had a new franchise on her hands.

Not so fast. Kristen, in a moment of shameful and delicious wickedness, made out in public (well, in front of som...

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Music

Stagecoach 2016: After a Decade of Stagecoach, It's Time to Ponder What the Next Decade Should Bring

Stagecoach 2016: After a Decade of Stagecoach, It's Time to Ponder What the Next Decade Should Bring

Monday, May 02, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Stagecoach celebrated its 10th year in 2016. Since its 2007 debut, it’s become one of the most successful country-music festivals in the world, popular with locals and visitors alike.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t have room to improve.

Stagecoach has had some truly epic moments. I first attended St...

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Stagecoach 2016: Meet A. Rae and the Rescue Dogs, Featuring Two Orange County Girls on a Mission

Stagecoach 2016: Meet A. Rae and the Rescue Dogs, Featuring Two Orange County Girls on a Mission

Monday, May 02, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Alexa and Avery Roemer are two kids from Orange County with a passion: rescue dogs. They shared that passion with Stagecoach attendees through their band, A. Rae and the Rescue Dogs.

Alexa, 10, and Avery, 9, were born into a musical family. Their mother, Kelly Rae, leads the Kelly Rae Band, which als...

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Coachella/Stagecoach 2016: As the Festivals Grow, So Does the Job of Austin Whitney and the Americans With Disabilities Act Team

Coachella/Stagecoach 2016: As the Festivals Grow, So Does the Job of Austin Whitney and the Americans With Disabilities Act Team

Monday, May 02, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2013, I covered Coachella and Stagecoach for the first time for the Coachella Valley Independent —but I had concerns about doing so. In the fall of 2011, I suffered a serious back injury. As a result, I am unable to stand or sit for long periods of time.

Thankfully, while on site during Coachella in ...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: Join Fellow Coachella Valley Craft-Beer Aficionados on a Trip to the Stone Belgian Fest

The Beer Goddess: Join Fellow Coachella Valley Craft-Beer Aficionados on a Trip to the Stone Belgian Fest

Tuesday, May 03, 2016  |  Erin Peters

Belgium is reportedly home to 195 breweries, 93 beer firms and five gueuzeries.

But you don’t need to visit Belgium to enjoy the country’s amazing beers.

The season of beer festivals is upon us in full force; the Coachella Valley may not be the home of as many festivals as our neighbors in Los Angeles...

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Well Red: Meet Andre de Carteret, the Man Behind Spencer's Award-Winning Wine List

Well Red: Meet Andre de Carteret, the Man Behind Spencer's Award-Winning Wine List

Wednesday, April 27, 2016  |  Christine Soto

Andre de Carteret is the wine and spirits manager at Spencer’s Restaurant, home to one of the most expansive wine lists in the desert.

With 1,052 wines on the list, the Palm Springs restaurant is a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner. While the list has an emphasis on California cabernet ...

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Restaurant News Bites: Elixir at the V Is Here; Martinis for the United Way; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Elixir at the V Is Here; Martinis for the United Way; and Tons More!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

New: Elixir at the V Palm Springs Hotel

Could Palm Springs be entering an era when hotel-pool restaurants are all the rage with locals?

Given the wild success of Reservoir at the Arrive Hotel, at 1551 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, it’s possible—especially if the new restaurants at the V Palm S...

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