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No Homeless Housing Here: The Desert Hot Springs City Council Votes Down a Proposal to Open a Shelter in the City

No Homeless Housing Here: The Desert Hot Springs City Council Votes Down a Proposal to Open a Shelter in the City

The closing of Roy’s Resource Center in North Palm Springs—what was the western Coachella Valley’s only shelter for the homeless—has thrown many people onto the streets, and Coache...

A Refurbished Franchise: 'Cars 3' Is a Decent Film—Making It the Best of the 'Cars' Films So Far

A Refurbished Franchise: 'Cars 3' Is a Decent Film—Making It the Best of the 'Cars' Films So Far

The Cars franchise gets a nice boost with Cars 3 , a much, much better movie than Cars 2 , and a slightly better movie than the first Cars .

If you are keeping score—and, really, you should...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 22, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 22, 2017!

On this week's shocking weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles looks at how lynchings have changed over the years; This Modern World ponders what would happen if Trump's ca...

Repeat 'Party'! The Desert Rose Playhouse Brings Back Last Summer's Hit Feel-Good Comedy for a Six-Week Run

Repeat 'Party'! The Desert Rose Playhouse Brings Back Last Summer's Hit Feel-Good Comedy for a Six-Week Run

When Desert Rose Playhouse opened David Dillon’s Party last year on June 24 for a six-week run, the circumstances surrounding Desert Rose—the valley’s only LGBT theater company—and t...

The Indy Endorsement: The Don Veto Sandwich at Larry's Gourmet Market

The Indy Endorsement: The Don Veto Sandwich at Larry's Gourmet Market

What: The Don Veto sandwich

Where: Larry’s Gourmet Market, 2781 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $7.99 (8 inches); $12.99 (12 inches).

Contact: 760-832-7188; larrysgourmetmarke...

True TV: 'GLOW' Glorifies the Ladies of '80s Wrestling; 'Preacher' Is Back and Ballistic

True TV: 'GLOW' Glorifies the Ladies of '80s Wrestling; 'Preacher' Is Back and Ballistic

If you think adapting Stephen King’s The Mist (series debut Thursday, June 22, Spike) for TV is bad idea, know that ABC is launching a reboot of The Gong Show and a boy-band reality-co...

Ask a Mexican: Will Mexicans Want to Use a Carpooling App?

Ask a Mexican: Will Mexicans Want to Use a Carpooling App?

Dear Mexican: Waze is launching Waze Carpool throughout California. I think it’s gonna be a hit, especially with tight Latino enclaves throughout the state. But … is there a histor...

News

No Homeless Housing Here: The Desert Hot Springs City Council Votes Down a Proposal to Open a Shelter in the City

No Homeless Housing Here: The Desert Hot Springs City Council Votes Down a Proposal to Open a Shelter in the City

Friday, June 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The closing of Roy’s Resource Center in North Palm Springs—what was the western Coachella Valley’s only shelter for the homeless—has thrown many people onto the streets, and Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) is trying to act.

However, on June 20, the Desert Hot Springs City Council v...

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Cannabis in the CV: California Could Become a Sanctuary State for Marijuana; Cathedral City Restricts New Dispensaries

Cannabis in the CV: California Could Become a Sanctuary State for Marijuana; Cathedral City Restricts New Dispensaries

Monday, June 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

No, Jefferson. Let it go …

Our evil elf of a U.S attorney general is whining about pot again, this time in a letter asking Congress not to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which became law in December of 2014, prohibits the Department of Justice from spending any f...

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Democracy in Crisis: The Indictment of Journalist Aaron Cantú Portends a Grim Future for the First Amendment

Democracy in Crisis: The Indictment of Journalist Aaron Cantú Portends a Grim Future for the First Amendment

Friday, June 16, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Dozens of defendants, each sitting with their own lawyer, fill a Washington, D.C., courtroom, looking like college students wearing their nicest clothes for a job interview.

However, the situation here is far more serious: They are all facing charges of felony rioting, conspiracy to riot and destruct...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 22, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 22, 2017!

Thursday, June 22, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's shocking weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles looks at how lynchings have changed over the years; This Modern World ponders what would happen if Trump's cabinet were completely honest; Jen Sorenson considers shamings over free school lunches; Apoca Clips announces the appear...

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Ask a Mexican: Will Mexicans Want to Use a Carpooling App?

Ask a Mexican: Will Mexicans Want to Use a Carpooling App?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Waze is launching Waze Carpool throughout California. I think it’s gonna be a hit, especially with tight Latino enclaves throughout the state. But … is there a history of raites within the Mex community?

Uber Wazer

Dear Gabacho: Everything that tech bros and their hipster acolytes think th...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 15, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 15, 2017!

Thursday, June 15, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's obstructionist weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at some right-wing hypocrisy; The K Chronicles pens an ode to home ownership; This Modern World looks at what will happen when incontrovertible evidence of Trump's wrong-doing is finally exposed; Red Meat can't stand the ...

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Arts and Culture

Repeat 'Party'! The Desert Rose Playhouse Brings Back Last Summer's Hit Feel-Good Comedy for a Six-Week Run

Repeat 'Party'! The Desert Rose Playhouse Brings Back Last Summer's Hit Feel-Good Comedy for a Six-Week Run

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

When Desert Rose Playhouse opened David Dillon’s Party last year on June 24 for a six-week run, the circumstances surrounding Desert Rose—the valley’s only LGBT theater company—and the LGBT community as a whole were rather bleak.

Desert Rose’s future was up in the air, thanks to a substantial financial...

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Live: Chris Rock at Fantasy Springs, June 9

Live: Chris Rock at Fantasy Springs, June 9

Tuesday, June 13, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

On Friday night, June 9, Chris Rock’s “Total Blackout Tour” made a sold-out stop at Fantasy Springs—and his no-holds-barred, raunchy humor on various subjects was a hit.

First, one important detail: The tour is called the “Total Blackout Tour” for a reason—and that blackout includes cell phones. The ...

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Western Lit: Polarizing Neighbor—a New Book Tries to Make Sense of the Hated Coyote's History

Western Lit: Polarizing Neighbor—a New Book Tries to Make Sense of the Hated Coyote's History

Tuesday, June 06, 2017  |  Lawrence Lenhart, High Country News

First things first: Coyote. When you read the word, how many syllables do you hear? Your answer, according to Dan Flores, author of Coyote America , may be “immediately diagnostic of a whole range of belief systems and values.”

The ki-YOH-tee versus ki-yote divide is one of the best indicators of a person’...

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Movies & TV

A Refurbished Franchise: 'Cars 3' Is a Decent Film—Making It the Best of the 'Cars' Films So Far

A Refurbished Franchise: 'Cars 3' Is a Decent Film—Making It the Best of the 'Cars' Films So Far

Thursday, June 22, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The Cars franchise gets a nice boost with Cars 3 , a much, much better movie than Cars 2 , and a slightly better movie than the first Cars .

If you are keeping score—and, really, you shouldn’t be, for there are far more pressing matters in your life— Cars 3 is still one of the more mediocre offerings from Pixa...

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True TV: 'GLOW' Glorifies the Ladies of '80s Wrestling; 'Preacher' Is Back and Ballistic

True TV: 'GLOW' Glorifies the Ladies of '80s Wrestling; 'Preacher' Is Back and Ballistic

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  |  Bill Frost

If you think adapting Stephen King’s The Mist (series debut Thursday, June 22, Spike) for TV is bad idea, know that ABC is launching a reboot of The Gong Show and a boy-band reality-competition show on the same night as the premiere of The Mist to compete with the summer filler stinking up Fox and NBC—the...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' Is a Worthy Sequel to One of the Best Films of the '90s

Blu-Ray Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' Is a Worthy Sequel to One of the Best Films of the '90s

Tuesday, June 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

One of the better films of the 1990s finally gets a sequel as Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and the boys swing back into action.

After being gone two decades following the heist after which he skipped town with all of the money, screwing over his gang mates, Mark finally returns home—and the circumstan...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Jeff Bowman, Drummer for Unsound, Mondo Generator and Others

The Lucky 13: Jeff Bowman, Drummer for Unsound, Mondo Generator and Others

Thursday, June 22, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Jeff Bowman is downright intense behind a drum set. He’s played in various groups, including legendary desert-rock band Unsound, Mondo Generator, The Agents, Waxy, and Mighty Jack. He was kind enough to recently answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

It was...

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Writing to the Vibe: Kelley Ryan Records Beautifully Layered Music While Splitting Time Between Palm Springs and Ireland

Writing to the Vibe: Kelley Ryan Records Beautifully Layered Music While Splitting Time Between Palm Springs and Ireland

Tuesday, June 20, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When I played local artist Kelley Ryan’s new album, Telescope , I was blown away. Although the songs seem simple, there is a lot going on: They are layered with instruments and sounds.

For more than 20 years, Kelley Ryan has been working as a singer/songwriter, and she’s built a career as an independen...

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The Flusters Go Full-Time: The Popular Local Band Is Raising Funds to Go on Tour, Finish a Second EP

The Flusters Go Full-Time: The Popular Local Band Is Raising Funds to Go on Tour, Finish a Second EP

Monday, June 19, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The Flusters have achieved big things locally. Now, the band is working to achieve big things beyond the Coachella Valley.

On June 1, The Flusters began an all-or-nothing, 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 in “seed money” by June 30. The goal is to boost the band as the members leave their ...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Let the Summer Specials Begin!; a Taste of Summer in Rancho Mirage Returns; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Let the Summer Specials Begin!; a Taste of Summer in Rancho Mirage Returns; and Tons More!

Monday, June 26, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

Local Restaurants Offer Splendid Summer Specials

The summer giveth to Coachella Valley foodies … and the summer taketh away.

As for the “taketh away” part: This is your annual reminder to call ahead before heading off to your favorite local bar or restaurant … because it may very well be closed. Some ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Don Veto Sandwich at Larry's Gourmet Market

The Indy Endorsement: The Don Veto Sandwich at Larry's Gourmet Market

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Don Veto sandwich

Where: Larry’s Gourmet Market, 2781 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $7.99 (8 inches); $12.99 (12 inches).

Contact: 760-832-7188; larrysgourmetmarket.com

Why: It’s a damn good sandwich.

From North Palm Canyon Drive, Larry’s Gourmet Market does not look like much.

I’ve zoo...

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On Cocktails: While Craft Bartenders Usually Feel Disdain for the Spirit, Even Vodka Has Its Time and Place

On Cocktails: While Craft Bartenders Usually Feel Disdain for the Spirit, Even Vodka Has Its Time and Place

Tuesday, June 20, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

Last month, I admitted experimenting with vodka. Well, I think it’s time for a talk.

Due to the timing of my lease ending, rent going up by $100 a month (seriously?), looming air conditioning bills and summer break at Seymour’s approaching; I decided to spend some time back in the ancestral homeland ...

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