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The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

Back in July, Subourbon Outlaw played a show at The Hood Bar and Pizza. The band sounded fantastic—the members’ hard work showed during the entire performance. Currently, the band ...

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Director Todd Phillips, a man responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School , takes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs . The results are mixed—but ultimately ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

On this week's exciting weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat bemoans all of the diapers; Jen Sorenson disapproves of pods; The K Chronicles takes questions from a curious youngst...

Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Some columns are more difficult to write than others. This one will attempt to transcend partisan politics while I examine my unexpectedly overwhelming emotional reaction to the no...

True TV: 'The Strain' Continues the Vampire Invasion; 'You’re the Worst' Remains the Best

True TV: 'The Strain' Continues the Vampire Invasion; 'You’re the Worst' Remains the Best

The Strain (Sunday, Aug. 28, FX), season premiere: The most disconcerting part of the Season 3 opener of The Strain , FX’s scariest series (sorry, American Horror Story )? Setrakian (Da...

Ask a Mexican: How Do You Properly Eat a Sope?

Ask a Mexican: How Do You Properly Eat a Sope?

Dear Mexican: I’m not bilingual, but I am fascinated with the differences and similarities between Spanish and English words and idioms. They often point to interesting differences...

A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

The eastern Coachella Valley is the home of some of the poorest areas of California. Many residents don’t even have access to safe drinking water—thanks largely to years of institu...

News

Finally Free: The California Innocence Project Gets Kimberly Long's Murder Conviction Overturned

Finally Free: The California Innocence Project Gets Kimberly Long's Murder Conviction Overturned

Friday, August 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Kimberly Long was the subject of the Independent ’s June 2015 cover story, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” ; she was in prison after being convicted of murdering her boyfriend.

Long insisted she was innocent—and her case caught the attention of the California Innocence Project.

“I know I’m going home,” Lon...

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A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The eastern Coachella Valley is the home of some of the poorest areas of California. Many residents don’t even have access to safe drinking water—thanks largely to years of institutional indifference.

This horrifying truth can be blamed in part on the fact that the Coachella Valley Water District (CV...

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Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

Many drivers loathe DUI checkpoints—especially drivers who have had a drink or two.

And that’s exactly the point: Drivers shouldn’t be behind the wheel when intoxicated. Arrests for driving under the influence can cost people more than $10,000 in fees and fines, plus jail time.

But that’s a small price ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

Thursday, August 25, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's exciting weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat bemoans all of the diapers; Jen Sorenson disapproves of pods; The K Chronicles takes questions from a curious youngster; and This Modern World looks at the latest election phenomena.

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Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Some columns are more difficult to write than others. This one will attempt to transcend partisan politics while I examine my unexpectedly overwhelming emotional reaction to the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

In June, I wrote about the reactions many local women had as they voted for a w...

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Ask a Mexican: How Do You Properly Eat a Sope?

Ask a Mexican: How Do You Properly Eat a Sope?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m not bilingual, but I am fascinated with the differences and similarities between Spanish and English words and idioms. They often point to interesting differences between the cultures. Some words, like vejigazo (to get smacked in the ass with an inflated cow bladder) are self-explana...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

On March 26, 2016, Jim Harrison died at his home in Patagonia, Ariz., a final poem left unfinished on his desk.

Some writers leave too soon; others, like Harrison, depart when they’re good and ready. He had lived hard, first in Michigan and later in Montana, where his prodigious appetites combined wi...

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Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

El Paseo’s CODA Gallery has always presented works with a colorful, positive energy—making visits to the gallery continuously exciting.

Today, CODA is on the move: It will be reopening in September in a new space two blocks east of its former home.

Sam Heaton has been the gallery director since Januar...

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The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

Friday, August 12, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley Art Scene (CVAS) has come a long way since founder and executive director Sarah Scheideman started the whole thing as a blog in 2008.

Since its humble beginnings, the organization has left a unique footprint on the Coachella Valley with its arts-related events. The 111 Music Fest...

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Movies & TV

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Thursday, August 25, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Todd Phillips, a man responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School , takes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs . The results are mixed—but ultimately entertaining.

The film is based on an article in Rolling Stone that described real-life gun-runners and the way they bilked...

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A Modern Western Masterpiece: 'Hell or High Water' Is a Film Without Flaws

A Modern Western Masterpiece: 'Hell or High Water' Is a Film Without Flaws

Thursday, August 25, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster are simply amazing in Hell or High Water , a terrific modern Western from director David Mackenzie.

Pine and Foster play two brothers who devise a bank-robbing scheme to save the family farm; Bridges is the soon-to-be-retired sheriff trying to stop them. Pine tak...

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True TV: 'The Strain' Continues the Vampire Invasion; 'You’re the Worst' Remains the Best

True TV: 'The Strain' Continues the Vampire Invasion; 'You’re the Worst' Remains the Best

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  |  Bill Frost

The Strain (Sunday, Aug. 28, FX), season premiere: The most disconcerting part of the Season 3 opener of The Strain , FX’s scariest series (sorry, American Horror Story )? Setrakian (David Bradley) reminding us that it’s only been 23— 23! —days since the Euro-vampires landed in New York City. Dr. Eph (Core...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

Friday, August 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Back in July, Subourbon Outlaw played a show at The Hood Bar and Pizza. The band sounded fantastic—the members’ hard work showed during the entire performance. Currently, the band is focused on writing new music and recording an album. For more information on Subourbon Outlaw, visit www.facebook.com/...

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The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Jared Huss is not a musician; instead, he’s arguably the most bad-ass skateboarder here in the Coachella Valley. Want proof? Check out this amazing shot here by photographer Orlando Welsh of Huss riding a rail atop a freeway overpass. Huss was recently kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.

What was the...

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That Burning Feeling: Giorg Tierez Plans to Kick Back and Enjoy His Fifth Annual Burning Bash

That Burning Feeling: Giorg Tierez Plans to Kick Back and Enjoy His Fifth Annual Burning Bash

Monday, August 15, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Giorg Tierez has thrown a “Burning Bash” to celebrate his birthday in each of the past for years.

This year, Tierez had big plans for the Burning Bash—but when those plans fell through, the party was nearly cancelled. But after a quick regrouping and some help from Bart Lounge, Burning Bash V is back...

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Food and Drink

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Christine Soto

Bruce Davis has a reputation around the valley for knowing his stuff when it comes to wine. After one conversation with him, I understand why the wine specialist at Palm Desert’s Bristol Farms has this sterling reputation.

Davis, like a lot of great wine people, loves to tell stories. He casually con...

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The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

Friday, August 19, 2016  |  Erin Peters

It’s no secret that the scorching-hot weather can extend well into September and October here in the Coachella Valley. However, locals don’t need to fret or sweat—because crafty beach cities with more moderate temperatures are less than a couple of hours away.

I recently spent some time in Orange Cou...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Queso Bonita Tacos at La Bonita's

The Indy Endorsement: The Queso Bonita Tacos at La Bonita's

Monday, August 15, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Queso Bonita Tacos

Where: La Bonita’s, 330 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $12.99

Contact: 760-318-8883; www.labonitas.com

Why: Crispy cheese is an amazing thing.

Ah, the taco. It’s the perfect food—delicious, potentially nutritious, easy to make and effortless to eat. Plus, it singlehan...

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