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Restaurant News Bites: Dining Out for Safety Is Approaching; Pho 533 Is Getting a New Owner; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dining Out for Safety Is Approaching; Pho 533 Is Getting a New Owner; and Much More!

Mark Your Calendars: Dining Out for Life Is on Thursday, April 30

Every year, dozens of area restaurants agree to give a chunk of one special day’s proceeds to the Desert AIDS Project, and that sacrifi...

Live: The Monkees at Fantasy Springs, March 27

Live: The Monkees at Fantasy Springs, March 27

Despite the absence of Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork managed to put on an outstanding two-hour performance as The Monkees at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday night...

We'll Buy! Coyote Stageworks Is Back, With Help From the Amazing Emerson Collins, in the Wonderful 'Buyer and Cellar'

We'll Buy! Coyote Stageworks Is Back, With Help From the Amazing Emerson Collins, in the Wonderful 'Buyer and Cellar'

Chuck Yates and his Coyote Stageworks are back!

They have a great new show, Buyer and Cellar , with a spectacular new script, in a gorgeous new venue—the theater at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Cente...

A Great $5 Investment: Martha's Village Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Valley's Homeless

A Great $5 Investment: Martha's Village Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Valley's Homeless

Taking care of the Coachella Valley’s homeless is no easy task—but it’s something the people at Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio have now been doing, and doing well, for 25 years.

Martha’s Village...

Rags to Riches: Woodman/Shimko Gallery Shows Off the Japanese Art Form of Tenugui

Rags to Riches: Woodman/Shimko Gallery Shows Off the Japanese Art Form of Tenugui

Who would endeavor to elevate the lowly, utilitarian dish rag into a highly collectible art form? The Japanese would—and the reasons why can be discovered at Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs.

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News

A Great $5 Investment: Martha's Village Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Valley's Homeless

A Great $5 Investment: Martha's Village Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Valley's Homeless

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Taking care of the Coachella Valley’s homeless is no easy task—but it’s something the people at Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio have now been doing, and doing well, for 25 years.

Martha’s Village, as the story goes, began with a $5 donation to feed the homeless 25 years ago. The organization wi...

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Snapshot: The BNP Paribas Open's Second and Final Week

Snapshot: The BNP Paribas Open's Second and Final Week

Monday, March 23, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Wednesday evening, March 18, halfway through the final week of play at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, storm clouds and gusty desert winds swept across the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

They came and went with minimal impact—much like the highly publicized return of No. 1-ranked Serena Williams to Indian...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 26, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 26, 2015!

Thursday, March 26, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's sexy Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wonders what Starbucks will talk about after race; The K Chronicles deals with a verbose 2-year-old; This Modern World preps for the next couple of years in politics; and Red Meat makes a statement at a steakhouse.

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Know Your Neighbors: John Wisor and Nila Hagood Turned Their Passions for Writing and Art Into a Fantastic Children's Book

Know Your Neighbors: John Wisor and Nila Hagood Turned Their Passions for Writing and Art Into a Fantastic Children's Book

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

It’s the advice we’re always given by people who seem to have found a way to make their lives about following their passion: “Do what you love, and you’ll never feel like you’re ‘working.’”

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that luxury: We have mortgages, children to raise, car payments, spouses w...

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Arts and Culture

We'll Buy! Coyote Stageworks Is Back, With Help From the Amazing Emerson Collins, in the Wonderful 'Buyer and Cellar'

We'll Buy! Coyote Stageworks Is Back, With Help From the Amazing Emerson Collins, in the Wonderful 'Buyer and Cellar'

Saturday, March 28, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Chuck Yates and his Coyote Stageworks are back!

They have a great new show, Buyer and Cellar , with a spectacular new script, in a gorgeous new venue—the theater at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center. Coyote Stageworks completely dominated the win list in last season’s Desert Theatre League awards...

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Rags to Riches: Woodman/Shimko Gallery Shows Off the Japanese Art Form of Tenugui

Rags to Riches: Woodman/Shimko Gallery Shows Off the Japanese Art Form of Tenugui

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

Who would endeavor to elevate the lowly, utilitarian dish rag into a highly collectible art form? The Japanese would—and the reasons why can be discovered at Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs.

Dating back to 800 AD, tenugui, first made in woven silk, were used use in religious rituals. By the ea...

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Movies & TV

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending March 29, 2015

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending March 29, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015  |  Staff

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings* (20th Century Fox)

3. Unbroken* (Universal)

4. Into the Woods (Disney)

5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb* (20th Century Fox)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. Penguins of Madagascar* (20th Century Fox)

8. Annie (Sony)

9. Horrible Bosses...

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Oh, the Agony: The Divergent Series Continues to Bore and Waste Star Power With 'Insurgent'

Oh, the Agony: The Divergent Series Continues to Bore and Waste Star Power With 'Insurgent'

Thursday, March 26, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

The Divergent series, aka “Adventures in Hardcore Lethargy,” continues with Insurgent , a film as boring and pointless as its predecessor.

Director Robert Schwentke chooses a lot of gray tones to go with dull dialogue and muddled, straining performances. Shailene Woodley, an actress who is impressive m...

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Music

A Founding Father: Kyuss Veteran and Desert-Rock Pioneer Brant Bjork Gets Set to Play at Coachella

A Founding Father: Kyuss Veteran and Desert-Rock Pioneer Brant Bjork Gets Set to Play at Coachella

Monday, March 30, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley today is home to a healthy, growing music scene—but it wasn’t always that way. In the 1980s, young local musicians were forced to basically create their own music scene.

These kids had no idea they would one day be considered pioneers.

One of these pioneers is Brant Bjork, the dru...

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Live: The Monkees at Fantasy Springs, March 27

Live: The Monkees at Fantasy Springs, March 27

Saturday, March 28, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Despite the absence of Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork managed to put on an outstanding two-hour performance as The Monkees at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday night, March 27.

Some of the fans in attendance were in their teens during The Monkees’ rise to fame in th...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Dining Out for Safety Is Approaching; Pho 533 Is Getting a New Owner; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dining Out for Safety Is Approaching; Pho 533 Is Getting a New Owner; and Much More!

Monday, March 30, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

Mark Your Calendars: Dining Out for Life Is on Thursday, April 30

Every year, dozens of area restaurants agree to give a chunk of one special day’s proceeds to the Desert AIDS Project, and that sacrifice makes a big financial difference: Last year, more than $175,000 was raised for DAP’s client servi...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Drunken Noodles at Blue Orchid

The Indy Endorsement: The Drunken Noodles at Blue Orchid

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  Tommy Hamilton and Jimmy Boegle

What: The Drunken Noodles

Where: Blue Orchid, 73030 El Paseo, No. 102, Palm Desert

How much: $11.95

Contact: 760-776-6610; blueorchidpd.com

Why: The soft noodles and the fresh flavors.

On the west end of El Paseo in Palm Desert, near the semi-convergence of El Paseo, Highway 111 and Highway 74, good Thai food ...

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