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Another Stagecoach Genre-Bender: Robert Ellis Returns to the Polo Grounds With His Unusual Mix of Music

Another Stagecoach Genre-Bender: Robert Ellis Returns to the Polo Grounds With His Unusual Mix of Music

Blending country music with jazz and pop is not easy—but for Robert Ellis, it seemingly comes naturally; just check out his latest (self-titled) album.

Ellis will be making his seco...

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 2: Gaga Makes Fans Wait; Death Rocks the Heineken Tent

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 2: Gaga Makes Fans Wait; Death Rocks the Heineken Tent

Coachella attendees who braved Saturday’s hot temperatures got some great music to enjoy, including the day’s headliner, Lady Gaga.

I must admit that I am not a big fan of pop divas...

Coachella 2017: Shabbat Tent Is a Place for Jewish Attendees to Congregate—and for Everyone to Just Chill or Find Aid

Coachella 2017: Shabbat Tent Is a Place for Jewish Attendees to Congregate—and for Everyone to Just Chill or Find Aid

Camping accommodations at Coachella are pretty sweet—if you like to party.

But what if you aren’t into partying, are Jewish, and are attending Coachella? Shabbat Tent has you covere...

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 1: Radiohead Recovers; The Interrupters Welcome a Special Guest

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 1: Radiohead Recovers; The Interrupters Welcome a Special Guest

Radiohead’s Weekend 1 Coachella performance was, by all accounts, a disaster.

That was on everybody’s mind as the Friday headliner prepared to take the stage for Weekend 2.

I wasn’t ...

Coachella 2017: A Chat With the Front Man of Klangstof, the First Dutch Band to Ever Play at the Festival

Coachella 2017: A Chat With the Front Man of Klangstof, the First Dutch Band to Ever Play at the Festival

You’ve probably never heard of Klangstof. If that’s indeed the case … you really need to change that.

From Amsterdam, the group has been performing together since 2015, and is now s...

Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Coachella finally caught on to the craft-beer revolution with the birth of the Craft Beer Barn in 2014. When it comes to weed, however, the festival seems to be further ahead of th...

The Son's All Grown Up: Justin Townes Earle Returns to Stagecoach in Advance of a New Album

The Son's All Grown Up: Justin Townes Earle Returns to Stagecoach in Advance of a New Album

The name Justin Townes Earle tells several stories. The middle name pays homage to Townes Van Zandt, and his last name … well, yes, he’s Steve Earle’s son.

But Justin Townes Earle h...

News

Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Friday, April 21, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Coachella finally caught on to the craft-beer revolution with the birth of the Craft Beer Barn in 2014. When it comes to weed, however, the festival seems to be further ahead of the game, thanks to this year’s introduction of a WeedMaps-sponsored cannabis lounge for VIP ticket holders—just a few mon...

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Release the Returns: Thousands Rally Across the Nation for Trump to Show His Taxes (With Photos)

Release the Returns: Thousands Rally Across the Nation for Trump to Show His Taxes (With Photos)

Saturday, April 15, 2017  |  Chris Francescani and Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of U.S. cities on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

Organizers of “Tax March” in more tha...

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Democracy in Crisis: Syria, Propaganda, Contemporary Art and Our Reality Show President

Democracy in Crisis: Syria, Propaganda, Contemporary Art and Our Reality Show President

Friday, April 07, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Not far from the White House, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Yayoi Kusama’s blockbuster retrospective show Infinity Mirrors has been attracting insanely large crowds of people who stand in line, eager for the 20-second stretches of disorientation inside Kusama’s infi...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 20, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 20, 2017!

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's high-as-a-kite weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles exolls the virtues of home schooling; This Modern World breaks down another public-outrage scandal; Jen Sorenson wishes times were changing a bit more; Red Meat dresses up as The Hulk; and Apoca Clips checks in at a press c...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Michael Graham, a Young Man Who Found His Voice With the California Desert Chorale

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Michael Graham, a Young Man Who Found His Voice With the California Desert Chorale

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

You never know whom you might meet at a dinner party.

I was surprised when my hosts invited their excellent “caterer” to join the table. I was even more surprised when the affable young man was asked if he would sing to us after dinner. Michael Graham stood by the table and blew the group away with h...

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Ask a Mexican: How Can You Talk About the Mistreatment of Mexican, Asian Immigrants, but Not Irish, Jewish Immigrants?

Ask a Mexican: How Can You Talk About the Mistreatment of Mexican, Asian Immigrants, but Not Irish, Jewish Immigrants?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: You are a racist, my friend. How can you bring up Japanese and Chinese mistreatment, and not Irish or Jewish mistreatment? It’s because it doesn’t fit into your narrative of whitey being the vilest creature on Earth.

Worrying about language, culture and assimilation doesn’t make you a r...

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Arts and Culture

Some Advice: Go See Gloria Loring as Ann Landers in Coyote StageWorks' 'Lady With All the Answers'

Some Advice: Go See Gloria Loring as Ann Landers in Coyote StageWorks' 'Lady With All the Answers'

Saturday, April 15, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Coyote StageWorks’ The Lady With All the Answers , a play by David Rambo, offers an inside look at the life of advice columnist Ann Landers.

Landers was part of American popular culture for decades, offering words of wisdom on everything from marital troubles to the proper method for hanging toilet pap...

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Western Lit: 'The Unsettlers' Tells the Stories of Characters Who Have Gone Far Beyond 'Good Enough'

Western Lit: 'The Unsettlers' Tells the Stories of Characters Who Have Gone Far Beyond 'Good Enough'

Thursday, April 13, 2017  |  Sarah Gilman

For Mark Sundeen, the search began with a guilty meat snack.

After two decades of bumming around the country—first as a outdoorsman stringing together jobs in the rural West, and later as a city-bound freelancer and “money-lung … whose sole purpose was to inhale dollars, transform them into pleasure,...

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Popular in Palm Desert: The McCallum Theatre Announces Its 30th Anniversary Season

Popular in Palm Desert: The McCallum Theatre Announces Its 30th Anniversary Season

Wednesday, April 05, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

Even though Mitch Gershenfeld has been booking shows at the McCallum Theatre for 18 years now, he admits he gets nervous whenever subscriptions for a new season go on sale—as they did on Tuesday, April 4, for the theater’s 30th anniversary 2017-2018 season.

“I get this pain in the pit of my stomach, ...

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Movies & TV

Furiously Silly: Some Fun Moments Can't Salvage the Overlong, Too-Serious 'Fate of the Furious'

Furiously Silly: Some Fun Moments Can't Salvage the Overlong, Too-Serious 'Fate of the Furious'

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

In The Fate of the Furious —easily the dumbest title in the Furious franchise, even dumber than Tokyo Drift —you get to see the most disgusting, stomach-churning moment in cinema so far this year.

That would be Charlize Theron planting a big, sloppy kiss on Vin Diesel, the visual of which creates a “girl...

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True TV: 'Mary Kills People' Goes Dark; 'The Handmaid's Tale' Goes Darker

True TV: 'Mary Kills People' Goes Dark; 'The Handmaid's Tale' Goes Darker

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  Bill Frost

Mary Kills People (Sunday, April 23, Lifetime), series debut: Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas has starred in left-of-center American series like Wonderfalls and Hannibal , but Mary Kills People is probably the first to fully realize her oddly chilly-sexy potential. (It’s also a Canadian production, so ...

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Home Video Review: While Adam Sandler's Latest Netflix Film Has Potential, It Badly Needs an Editor

Home Video Review: While Adam Sandler's Latest Netflix Film Has Potential, It Badly Needs an Editor

Monday, April 17, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Adam Sandler’s third movie with Netflix is the very definition of overindulgence. There’s a decent movie in here from director Steven Brill, who worked with Sandler previously on Little Nicky , Mr. Deeds and The Do-Over —but Sandy Wexler  is a mess obscured by too many subplots.

Sandler stars as the title ch...

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Music

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 3: New Order Offers a Dance Vibe; T.S.O.L. Represents Punk Proudly

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 3: New Order Offers a Dance Vibe; T.S.O.L. Represents Punk Proudly

Monday, April 24, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Since its inception in 1999, Coachella has continued to evolve—to the point where it’s now one of the most well-known festivals in the world.

This year, it went through a large evolutionary step: The capacity went from 99,000 people to 125,000. The site was also reorganized, with the Outdoor Stage an...

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Another Stagecoach Genre-Bender: Robert Ellis Returns to the Polo Grounds With His Unusual Mix of Music

Another Stagecoach Genre-Bender: Robert Ellis Returns to the Polo Grounds With His Unusual Mix of Music

Monday, April 24, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Blending country music with jazz and pop is not easy—but for Robert Ellis, it seemingly comes naturally; just check out his latest (self-titled) album.

Ellis will be making his second appearance at Stagecoach on Saturday, April 29.

During a recent phone interview, Ellis said he did not use a specific ...

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Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 2: Gaga Makes Fans Wait; Death Rocks the Heineken Tent

Coachella 2017, Weekend 2, Day 2: Gaga Makes Fans Wait; Death Rocks the Heineken Tent

Sunday, April 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Coachella attendees who braved Saturday’s hot temperatures got some great music to enjoy, including the day’s headliner, Lady Gaga.

I must admit that I am not a big fan of pop divas, but I promised myself I would keep an open mind as I took in Gaga’s performance, rather than doing my usual full embra...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: An Interview With Nic Adler, Coachella's Curator of Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: An Interview With Nic Adler, Coachella's Curator of Food and Drink

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Erin Peters

The diverse and impressive musical lineup makes the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival one of the most popular events in the world—but it’s the food and drink lineup that rounds out the experience for many festival-goers.

Nic Adler, who also puts on Eat Drink Vegan in Pasadena, has been curatin...

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On Cocktails: Our Intrepid Columnist Has Drinks and an Early Lunch at Eureka!, and Checks Out the Offerings at Truss and Twine

On Cocktails: Our Intrepid Columnist Has Drinks and an Early Lunch at Eureka!, and Checks Out the Offerings at Truss and Twine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

I, perhaps foolishly, put off buying a car after moving to the Coachella Valley—and, therefore, have been depriving myself of all that the Coachella Valley has to offer outside of Palm Springs proper.

However, I recently was able to get a taste of what I’ve been missing. It happened after an abortive...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Shredded Pork With Garlic Sauce at Cie Sichuan Cuisine

The Indy Endorsement: The Shredded Pork With Garlic Sauce at Cie Sichuan Cuisine

Monday, April 17, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The shredded pork with garlic sauce

Where: Cie Sichuan Cuisine, 45682 Towne St., Indio

How much: $8.50 as a lunch special; $9.50 as an entrée

Contact: 760-342-9888; ciesichuancuisine.com

Why: It was worth the wait.

I’ve been hearing raves about Cie Sichuan Cuisine for months now. Some friends have even g...

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