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True TV: 'Vinyl' Cranks the '70s; 'The Walking Dead' and 'Better Call Saul' Return

True TV: 'Vinyl' Cranks the '70s; 'The Walking Dead' and 'Better Call Saul' Return

Vinyl (Sunday, Feb. 14, HBO), series debut: “What? You thought records got played because they’re good ?” sniffs American Century Records president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), ...

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans Hypocrites Regarding Cultural Assimilation?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans Hypocrites Regarding Cultural Assimilation?

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans applaud first-generation Mexicans who assimilate completely, but criticize (and apply the term vendidos ) to first-generation Mexican Americans for doin...

Brushing Off Bernie: The SEIU 'Fights for $15' in New Hampshire—While Its Candidate Fights for $12

Brushing Off Bernie: The SEIU 'Fights for $15' in New Hampshire—While Its Candidate Fights for $12

The “protest pit” outside of the Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, N.H., on Saturday evening was a fenced-in area in a field about a quarter mile d...

The Indy Endorsement: The German Pancake at Elmer's

The Indy Endorsement: The German Pancake at Elmer's

What: The German Pancake

Where: Elmer’s, 1030 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $10.29; $12.29 as a combo

Contact: 760-327-8419; eatatelmers.com

Why: It’s a fantastic sweet breakf...

Podium Pandemonium: A Look at a 'Daily Show' Debate About Debates in New Hampshire

Podium Pandemonium: A Look at a 'Daily Show' Debate About Debates in New Hampshire

There has been a relentless stream of town halls, meet-and-greets, panel discussions and rallies in New Hampshire in advance of the Jan. 9 primary—but we were probably at the only ...

Thinking Man's Musician: Charlie Overbey Goes Honky-Tonk With the Broken Arrows, Performing at Pappy and Harriet's

Thinking Man's Musician: Charlie Overbey Goes Honky-Tonk With the Broken Arrows, Performing at Pappy and Harriet's

Charlie Overbey has had a lot of musical irons in the figurative fire.

He was the frontman of the cowpunk band Custom Made Scare before he set out on his own with The Valentine Kill...

The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

Monreaux frontman Giorg Tierez told the Independent late last year that the band was still a work in progress, in large part because the band lacked a permanent guitarist. However, t...

News

Debunking the Sagebrush Rebellion: No, Federal Land Transfers Are Not in the Constitution

Debunking the Sagebrush Rebellion: No, Federal Land Transfers Are Not in the Constitution

Tuesday, February 09, 2016  |  Bryce Gray

At the heart of age-old  disagreements about who should own and manage public lands in Western states—the federal government, states, or local communities—is one key document: the U.S. Constitution.

Supporters of transferring federal lands to state or local control, including the armed occupiers of the...

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Brushing Off Bernie: The SEIU 'Fights for $15' in New Hampshire—While Its Candidate Fights for $12

Brushing Off Bernie: The SEIU 'Fights for $15' in New Hampshire—While Its Candidate Fights for $12

Tuesday, February 09, 2016  |  Jason Pramas

The “protest pit” outside of the Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, N.H., on Saturday evening was a fenced-in area in a field about a quarter mile down the road from the main entrance to the campus.

Bumper to bumper traffic ran in front of the pit—odd, given that NH St...

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Podium Pandemonium: A Look at a 'Daily Show' Debate About Debates in New Hampshire

Podium Pandemonium: A Look at a 'Daily Show' Debate About Debates in New Hampshire

Monday, February 08, 2016  |  Emily Cassel

There has been a relentless stream of town halls, meet-and-greets, panel discussions and rallies in New Hampshire in advance of the Jan. 9 primary—but we were probably at the only event where “Party in the USA” blared from the speakers as the crowd filed into their seats.

We were definitely at the only...

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Opinion

Know Your Neighbors: Mary Jo Ginther and Her Staff Work to Spread the Good Word About Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Know Your Neighbors: Mary Jo Ginther and Her Staff Work to Spread the Good Word About Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

When I moved to Palm Springs full-time in 1985, vacationers strolled downtown during “the season.” I shopped in the chic shops at the mall—at least until stores closed down each summer. Spring Break was our biggest attraction (although local residents generally stayed home that week), but that did n...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans Hypocrites Regarding Cultural Assimilation?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans Hypocrites Regarding Cultural Assimilation?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans applaud first-generation Mexicans who assimilate completely, but criticize (and apply the term vendidos ) to first-generation Mexican Americans for doing it? (And why is it that there is no real name for U.S. citizens in English, forcing us to use the name of the continen...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's highly desirable Independent comics page: This Modern World talks to some political commentators; Jen Sorenson chats with a union member who supports Trump; The K Chronicles discusses some stuff he didn't get at first; and Red Meat finds Milkman Dan being a bully.

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'Toward a Natural Forest' Examines How the U.S. Forest Service Is an Agency Adrift

Western Lit: 'Toward a Natural Forest' Examines How the U.S. Forest Service Is an Agency Adrift

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  Matt Rasmussen

Whither the U.S. Forest Service?

Jim Furnish, whose 34-year career with the agency culminated in one of the most important public-lands protection measures in the nation’s history, has grappled with this question throughout much of his life.

In his engaging new memoir, Toward a Natural Forest , Furnish ...

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Western Lit: In 'Gold Fame Citrus,' the Nascent Genre of Cli-Fi Looks to California

Western Lit: In 'Gold Fame Citrus,' the Nascent Genre of Cli-Fi Looks to California

Wednesday, February 03, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

Though the super El Niño bearing down on California may help alleviate the state’s crippling drought, even a good drenching won’t wash away four dry years.

For nearly a half-decade, the watery foundation that underpins so many California institutions—almonds and salmon, weed and dairy, the Salton Sea...

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Retro Reinterpretations: Modernism Week Artist Nat Reed Takes the Colors and Styles of the '50s and '60s and Makes Them His Own

Retro Reinterpretations: Modernism Week Artist Nat Reed Takes the Colors and Styles of the '50s and '60s and Makes Them His Own

Monday, February 01, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

You may have never heard of Nat Reed—but you’ve almost certainly seen his work before. The midcentury modern artist did the poster/cover for last year’s Palm Springs Pride, and he’s been written about in various publications.

At the Palm Springs International Airport, Reed is collaborating with Virgi...

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Movies & TV

True TV: 'Vinyl' Cranks the '70s; 'The Walking Dead' and 'Better Call Saul' Return

True TV: 'Vinyl' Cranks the '70s; 'The Walking Dead' and 'Better Call Saul' Return

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Vinyl (Sunday, Feb. 14, HBO), series debut: “What? You thought records got played because they’re good ?” sniffs American Century Records president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), explaining away the radio-payola tactics of his marketing right-hand man (Ray Romano), who secures the label’s bands air...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'Goosebumps' Is a Largely Enjoyable Bit of Young-Adult Horror Fluff

Blu-Ray Review: 'Goosebumps' Is a Largely Enjoyable Bit of Young-Adult Horror Fluff

Monday, February 08, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I never got around to seeing Goosebumps while it was in theaters. That’s probably a good thing; while I found the fantasy flick to be mostly enjoyable, it is not a film that needed my presence in a theater.

In this fairly clever adaptation of the young-adult horror of R.L. Stine, Jack Black plays the a...

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Decent 'Fu': Despite an Unoriginal Story, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Is a Success

Decent 'Fu': Despite an Unoriginal Story, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Is a Success

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jack Black returns as the voice of Po in this decent second sequel in the saga of the Panda warrior and his warrior cronies.

This time out, Po encounters his long-lost dad, Li (the warm growl of Bryan Cranston), who takes him to the land of pandas so that he can learn the powers of his chi. An advanc...

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Music

Thinking Man's Musician: Charlie Overbey Goes Honky-Tonk With the Broken Arrows, Performing at Pappy and Harriet's

Thinking Man's Musician: Charlie Overbey Goes Honky-Tonk With the Broken Arrows, Performing at Pappy and Harriet's

Friday, February 05, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Charlie Overbey has had a lot of musical irons in the figurative fire.

He was the frontman of the cowpunk band Custom Made Scare before he set out on his own with The Valentine Killers. He’s since reinvented himself with his new band the Broken Arrows—which he’ll be bringing to Pappy and Harriet’s on...

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The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

Friday, February 05, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Monreaux frontman Giorg Tierez told the Independent late last year that the band was still a work in progress, in large part because the band lacked a permanent guitarist. However, the band’s rhythm section is rock-solid: Tierez struck gold when he put bassist Chris Dub and drummer Ryan Diaz together....

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Live: Heart at Fantasy Springs, Jan. 29

Live: Heart at Fantasy Springs, Jan. 29

Sunday, January 31, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Heart is one of the most successful rock bands ever. One trivia tidbit: The band has now had a Billboard Top 100 album in five straight decades—with a Top 10 album in four of those five.

With such an amazing résumé, the band is expected to deliver—and Heart certainly delivered on Friday night, Jan. 29,...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The German Pancake at Elmer's

The Indy Endorsement: The German Pancake at Elmer's

Monday, February 08, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The German Pancake

Where: Elmer’s, 1030 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $10.29; $12.29 as a combo

Contact: 760-327-8419; eatatelmers.com

Why: It’s a fantastic sweet breakfast.

Not too long ago, I ordered the German pancake at Elmer’s Restaurant. One of my dining companions was, well, actuall...

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The Beer Goddess: These Five Apps Will Help You Find, Learn About and Appreciate Craft Brews

The Beer Goddess: These Five Apps Will Help You Find, Learn About and Appreciate Craft Brews

Tuesday, January 26, 2016  |  Erin Peters

The craft-beer industry has long been on top of the latest trends and technology when it comes to helping people create, find and enjoy the best beer possible.

In other words … when it comes to craft beer, yes, there’s an app for that. In fact, here are five applications I recommend for beer-lovers b...

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Restaurant News Bites: Dead or Alive Brings Fine Beer, Wine to South PS; Creamistry Brings Ice Cream to PD; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dead or Alive Brings Fine Beer, Wine to South PS; Creamistry Brings Ice Cream to PD; and Tons More!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Dead or Alive Brings Fine Wine, Fine Beer and Fine Design to ‘The Curve’ Area

Christine Soto and Anthony Cioffi attended to Palm Springs High School together. After graduation, they went their separate ways, but in 2012, at their 10-year reunion, they reconnected—and started dating.

Today, they’re not...

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