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A Killer Wedding Night: 'Ready or Not' Is an Amusing Thriller With a Star Turn by Samara Weaving

A Killer Wedding Night: 'Ready or Not' Is an Amusing Thriller With a Star Turn by Samara Weaving

After some strong but smaller roles in Ash vs Evil Dead and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri , Samara Weaving gets a lead role in Ready or Not —and totally kills it.

As Grace, a newlywed who has one of the worst wedding days in cinematic history—right up there with Uma Thurman’s in Kill Bill —Samara...

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Movies With Messages: Cinema Diverse, the Valley's LGBTQ Film Festival, Highlights Trans Issues and Films by Women in Its 12th Year

Cinema Diverse, Palm Springs’ LGBTQ film festival, is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year as it returns over two September weekends, featuring dramas, documentaries, themed sets of sorts and even web series.

The festival, a production of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, is being presented a l...

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Home Video Review: Netflix's Second Season of 'Mindhunter' Is More Compelling Than the First

The first season of Netflix’s Mindhunter —released back in October 2017—failed to grab me. But the just-released second season, with its first three episodes directed by executive producer David Fincher, kept me watching.

The show plays as sort of a “greatest hits” for serial killers, as an FBI divisio...

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Park Protection: The Mojave Desert Land Trust Purchases 40 'Stunning' Acres to Add to Joshua Tree National Park

Park Protection: The Mojave Desert Land Trust Purchases 40 'Stunning' Acres to Add to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park received some good news in August thanks to an announcement by the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) that it had “purchased 40 acres of pristine desert within Joshua Tree National Park. The acquisition lies in an area where MDLT is helping preserve the border of the National ...

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Informed Dissent: David Koch Wasn't All Bad—but His Legacy Is One of Terrible Climate Destruction

The maxim that we’re not to speak ill of the dead is generally good advice, though it’s complicated by the death of men like David Koch, the oilman and right-wing financier who died on Aug. 23 at the age of 79.

There’s a ghoulish quality to gloating about the demise of one’s ideological adversaries b...

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A Lesson From Santa Monica: California Watches as the City Increases Rent Subsidies for Seniors in Need

A Lesson From Santa Monica: California Watches as the City Increases Rent Subsidies for Seniors in Need

The city of Santa Monica plans to give money to hundreds of additional seniors to help them with the rent—expanding a pilot program that offered between $200 and $660 a month to nearly two-dozen seniors. 

“We’d like to expand this program tenfold,” said Andy Agle, Santa Monica’s housing and economic ...

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Community Voices: From El Paso to Germany, Violent Extremists Are Using Indigenous Imagery to Justify Their Racism

Just minutes before a massacre at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Aug. 3 left 22 people dead, a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto appeared online. In it, the author, whom authorities believe to be the alleged shooter, claims to be defending his country from white American “replacement” and an “inv...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 29, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 29, 2019!

On this week's bedbug-free weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen looks at the motivations of various activists; The K Chronicles goes to Germany and wants to become a vice mayor; This Modern World talks to three supporters of different Democratic presidential candidates; Apoca Clips watches Li'...

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A Note From the Editor: Vote in the Best of Coachella Valley Readers' Poll; Ralph's Gives the Independent and Other Newspapers the Boot

A Note From the Editor: Vote in the Best of Coachella Valley Readers' Poll; Ralph's Gives the Independent and Other Newspapers the Boot

Here’s some information on two important goings-on this month:

• Best of Coachella Valley voting is now under way!

First-round (nomination) voting in our annual readers’ poll is taking place through Friday, Sept. 13. Click on the link above, and you'll be sent to the open ballot—you fill in the blank ...

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High-Flying Show: The Palm Canyon Theatre Kicks Off Its New Season With 'Peter Pan'

“It’s a super-big challenge to fly.”

That the reason it’s taken more than 20 years for the Palm Canyon Theatre to put on the popular musical Peter Pan —but the venerable downtown Palm Springs theater will launch its new season with a production of the classic musical, on Friday, Sept. 20.

Paul Grant, wh...

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Comedy as Healing: Felipe Esparza Brings His Bilingual, Personal Comedy to Morongo

Comedy as Healing: Felipe Esparza Brings His Bilingual, Personal Comedy to Morongo

Felipe Esparza is a funny guy—something he proved by winning NBC’s Last Comic Standing back in 2010.

Almost a decade later, the Los Angeles-based comedian has since been featured on comedy specials on HBO and Showtime, and is working with Fox to develop a sitcom. See him for yourself when he returns to...

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For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

After five successful years, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival took a hiatus in 2018.

“We got off to a very good start and picked up a nice audience,” said Gail Christian, one of the producers. “Then after a couple of years, our audience wasn’t growing.

“The problem is that jazz is really only 2 ...

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The Venue Report, September 2019: Rob Thomas, 98 Degrees, Ariel Pink—and a Whole Lot More!

Summer is finally beginning to wind down—and that means some venues are waking up after summer hibernations. Here are some of the most noteworthy events happening in our warm and sandy home.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is hosting a lot of fantastic events in September. At 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1 , th...

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An Avenue for Artists: Avenida Music Gets Set to Open a Center for All Things Music in Downtown Indio

An Avenue for Artists: Avenida Music Gets Set to Open a Center for All Things Music in Downtown Indio

Avenida Music is the reigning Best Local Band per the Independent ’s Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll—and with good reason.

Not only is Avenida Music one of the top cover bands in the valley, known for putting exciting new twists on tunes we all know and love, with hundreds of songs ready to go a...

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The Universal Language: Jason Nutter Uses Music to Help Special-Needs Students Communicate and Connect

The Universal Language: Jason Nutter Uses Music to Help Special-Needs Students Communicate and Connect

Jason Nutter wouldn’t tell me his age; all he’d say is that he’s been doing music for a long time.

He’s played music since his childhood—and now his love of music spills out to the community. Not only is he a musician who plays regularly at venues including Tonga Hut in Palm Springs; he’s an educator...

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Restaurant News Bites: 533's Chad Gardner to Open a 'China Fusion' Restaurant; the Ace Holds Wine-Tastings; and a Whole Lot More!

Owner of 533 Viet Fusion to Open Roly China Fusion in Former Alebrije Space

One of downtown Palm Springs’ best restaurants is no more—but a veteran restaurateur is going to take over that restaurant’s space and hopefully fill a culinary need.

Here’s how it all went down: Alebrije Bistro Mexico, at 110...

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Vine Social: A Trip to Vindemia Winery Shows Temecula's Amazing Wine Potential

Vine Social: A Trip to Vindemia Winery Shows Temecula's Amazing Wine Potential

Every now and then, wonderful things come out of not-so-wonderful experiences. This fact has never been truer for me than the outcome that resulted from a snarky but well-intentioned article I wrote regarding my brief encounters in Temecula wine country

The purpose of the original piece was not to l...

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On Cocktails: Syrups—Both Simple and More Complex—Are Easy to Make and Wonderful to Enjoy

On Cocktails: Syrups—Both Simple and More Complex—Are Easy to Make and Wonderful to Enjoy

If you want something done right, do it yourself.

Yes, there are things best left to professionals, like distilling grappa, dentistry and putting in a new electrical subpanel. However, when I think about all the years I was forced to use mixers that came in shiny bags or bottles—full of food additive...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019: Readers' Picks

This whole process started back in August, when voting began in the first round of the fifth annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll.

Now, after three months, two rounds of voting and ballots from more than 1,300 people, we’ve come to the glorious end of the process: Here are the results of the...

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Cam Stone’s Automotive

Cam Stone’s Automotive in Palm Desert is the kind of auto-service shop every woman dreams of—at least women (and men) like me who know little to nothing about car repairs.

The people at Cam’s do good work, are honest, and never seem to recomme...

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Building Kids Now: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley Make The Lives of 6,000 Children in La Quinta, Indio, Coachella and Mecca Better Every Year

On a recent sunny but cool weekday afternoon, more than 200 children and teens, ages 7 to 18, were busy inside the President Gerald R. Ford Clubhouse at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley in La Quinta.

Just as they do every weekday afternoon during the school year, the kids happily immersed...

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