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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 18, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 18, 2014!

On this week's heartwarming Independent comics page: Milkman Dan discusses his new screenplay with Karen; Jen Sorenson engages in a torturous thought experiment; The K Chronicles suffers upon hearing Ge...

Know Your Neighbors: In Honor of Neighbors Who Were Tortured, We Must Never Again Use 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Know Your Neighbors: In Honor of Neighbors Who Were Tortured, We Must Never Again Use 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

In the wake of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “Torture Report” on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the wake of Sept. 11, I was rem...

True TV: 100 and Done—A Celebration (Kinda) of 'Anger Management'

True TV: 100 and Done—A Celebration (Kinda) of 'Anger Management'

In 2011, Charlie Sheen was fired from CBS’ Two and a Half Men for being, well, more Charlie Sheen than he had been during production of the sitcom’s previous seven seasons. He then went on a public-meltdo...

Ask a Mexican: It's the Mexican's Annual Gift Guide!

Ask a Mexican: It's the Mexican's Annual Gift Guide!

Gentle cabrones : Behold, it’s my annual Mexican Christmas guide, where I recommend the best Mexi-themed libros for you to give to your loved ones this Navidad instead of yet another tamale to unwrap.

Lowrit...

Remembering Robert Stearns: The Local Arts Community Has Lost One of Its Biggest Advocates With the Passing of ArtsOasis' Executive Director

Remembering Robert Stearns: The Local Arts Community Has Lost One of Its Biggest Advocates With the Passing of ArtsOasis' Executive Director

Robert Stearns, the executive director of ArtsOasis , passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, after a brief illness.

There is so much to say about my dear friend and colleague. Robert (pictured to the right, in a...

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News

Fatal Encounters: Journalist D. Brian Burghart Tries to Determine How Often People Are Killed By Law Enforcement

Fatal Encounters: Journalist D. Brian Burghart Tries to Determine How Often People Are Killed By Law Enforcement

Monday, December 15, 2014  |  Nick Miller

Samantha Bee of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is in a hurry. She rushes down a New York City sidewalk but then bumps into Nate Silver, the data journalist—formerly of The New York Times and now of ESPN—known for predicting the last presidential elections’ outcomes.

She stops, and while you might say th...

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House of Misrepresentatives: What Will Happen to the West's Environment if the House Gets Its Way

House of Misrepresentatives: What Will Happen to the West's Environment if the House Gets Its Way

Monday, December 08, 2014  |  Krista Langlois

The current House of Representatives may be one of the most environmentally unfriendly legislatures in U.S. history, but at least its lawmakers know how to make a bill sound good.

As a farewell gesture to the 113th House, we’ve rounded up some of its most egregious measures and translated them to rev...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 18, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 18, 2014!

Thursday, December 18, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's heartwarming Independent comics page: Milkman Dan discusses his new screenplay with Karen; Jen Sorenson engages in a torturous thought experiment; The K Chronicles suffers upon hearing George W. Bush speak; and This Modern World examines the unpleasantness of that torture report.

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Know Your Neighbors: In Honor of Neighbors Who Were Tortured, We Must Never Again Use 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Know Your Neighbors: In Honor of Neighbors Who Were Tortured, We Must Never Again Use 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

In the wake of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “Torture Report” on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the wake of Sept. 11, I was reminded that I once had the privilege of meeting one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”  at an event in San Die...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: So Cal Author Michelle Huneven Examines Lost Years and Life in the Mountains With 'Off Course'

Western Lit: So Cal Author Michelle Huneven Examines Lost Years and Life in the Mountains With 'Off Course'

Friday, December 12, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

Something about Michelle Huneven’s novel, Off Course , makes people want to talk about themselves. Women, especially.

I sit down at her wide, rough-hewn kitchen table, vowing not to be one of them. Her 14-year-old terrier mix, Piper, cuddles unabashedly at my feet; a black cat nuzzles my elbow. My reso...

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Western Lit: Rafael de Grenade on Tough Landscapes, Writing as Inquiry and Climate Change

Western Lit: Rafael de Grenade on Tough Landscapes, Writing as Inquiry and Climate Change

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  |  Kati Standefer

Growing up on a farm outside Prescott, Arizona, writer and researcher Rafael de Grenade learned how to survive in rough country. At age 12, she dropped out of school to work on a nearby ranch; at 14, she began attending college classes at night.

Since then, de Grenade has traveled to more than 30 cou...

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Movies & TV

Rock Solid: 'Top Five' Features Solid Laughs Thanks to Its Star and the Supporting Cast

Rock Solid: 'Top Five' Features Solid Laughs Thanks to Its Star and the Supporting Cast

Thursday, December 18, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Chris Rock writes, directs and stars in Top Five , a semi-autobiographical look at a stand-up comedian turned film star looking for industry respect.

After a string of movies about a bear cop and a bout with substance abuse, Andre Allen (Rock) is taking a break from stand-up and slapstick to do “seriou...

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A 'Wild' Journey: Reese Witherspoon Is an Oscar Lock Thanks to Her Raw, Gritty Performance as Cheryl Strayed

A 'Wild' Journey: Reese Witherspoon Is an Oscar Lock Thanks to Her Raw, Gritty Performance as Cheryl Strayed

Thursday, December 18, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

In her best role since she scored an Oscar for Walk the Line , Reese Witherspoon astonishes in Wild , director Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to last year’s Dallas Buyers Club .

The film is based on a memoir of Cheryl Strayed, and Witherspoon plays the author, who took it upon herself to make a solo trek on ...

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Music

Songs of the Season: The Coachella Valley Symphony Adds Big-Name Guests to Create 'Holiday Magic'

Songs of the Season: The Coachella Valley Symphony Adds Big-Name Guests to Create 'Holiday Magic'

Monday, December 15, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

There have been a bunch of great holiday-themed concerts around the valley—and just five days before Christmas, the Coachella Valley Symphony will performing Holiday Magic at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.

The Coachella Valley Symphon...

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Violin Superstar: Itzhak Perlman's Classical Sound Sells Out the McCallum

Violin Superstar: Itzhak Perlman's Classical Sound Sells Out the McCallum

Friday, December 12, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Itzhak Perlman has captivated classical-music audiences as a violinist, conductor and teacher for more than five decades. He’s easily one of the world’s most-recognizable classical musicians, and easily sells out venues around the world. In fact, he did just that here in the Coachella Valley: He’ll ...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Chili Dog at Teriyaki Yogi

The Indy Endorsement: The Chili Dog at Teriyaki Yogi

Friday, December 12, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Chili Dog

Where: Teriyaki Yogi, 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, No. 210

How much: $5.19

Contact: 760-323-1162

Why: Simply put, it’s a damn good chili dog.

A friend recently mentioned that he’d just eaten one of the best chili dogs he’d ever had.

“Where did you get this amazing chili dog?” I asked.

His repl...

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The Beer Goddess: Temecula Is Known for Its Wine—but a Number of Great Breweries Now Call the Area Home

The Beer Goddess: Temecula Is Known for Its Wine—but a Number of Great Breweries Now Call the Area Home

Monday, December 01, 2014  |  Erin Peters

Located just 70 miles or so from the Coachella Valley, Temecula is known as Southern California’s wine country; the charming California town and surrounding area produce more than 50 different varietals of wine.

This is a great thing for the craft-beer industry. Brewers for years have been using wine...

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