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Dorm Time? Many of California's Community Colleges Consider Building Student Housing

Dorm Time? Many of California's Community Colleges Consider Building Student Housing

Matthew Polamalu was spending 90 minutes each day commuting back and forth to community college along Southern California’s congested freeways when he decided he’d had enough.

He sa...

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Reading Between the Lines of California's New $215 Billion Budget

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Reading Between the Lines of California's New $215 Billion Budget

Despite speculation about bold moves—in a far-left direction, even for this blue state—Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative Democrats actually landed a budget Thursday that’s surgical...

Unreconstructed '50s Man: Folk-Rock Songwriting Legend Don McLean Comes to Fantasy Springs

Unreconstructed '50s Man: Folk-Rock Songwriting Legend Don McLean Comes to Fantasy Springs

What do you get when you take ’50s-style rock ’n’ roll and meld it with folk-music songwriting?

The answer: You get Don McLean.

The man—best known, of course, for his wildly successf...

Slow Zombie Laughs: If You Can Handle Jim Jarmusch's Slow Filmmaking, You'll Enjoy 'The Dead Don't Die'

Slow Zombie Laughs: If You Can Handle Jim Jarmusch's Slow Filmmaking, You'll Enjoy 'The Dead Don't Die'

The zombie genre gets the Jim Jarmusch treatment with mild levels of success in The Dead Don’t Die , an often funny, sometimes scary and always amusing horror-comedy effort from the ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 13, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 13, 2019!

On this week's convection oven-like weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World eavesdrops on some purveyors of "fake news"; Jen Sorenson ponders the Democratic Party's 2020 el...

Head Down and Work: The YIP YOPS, Now a Duo, Continue to Reach for the Stars

Head Down and Work: The YIP YOPS, Now a Duo, Continue to Reach for the Stars

It’s been a long and winding road for the YIP YOPS, a band many touted as the Next Big Thing to come out of the Coachella Valley.

It all started when the members of the band were st...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Phil Drucker, a Healthy-Living Lawyer Who Won a Battle With Cancer

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Phil Drucker, a Healthy-Living Lawyer Who Won a Battle With Cancer

“When I first went to the radiologist,” says Phil Drucker, “he told me, ‘Other than the cancer, you’re a really healthy guy.’ I’ve been a vegetarian, haven’t smoked since I was 22,...

Movies & TV

Slow Zombie Laughs: If You Can Handle Jim Jarmusch's Slow Filmmaking, You'll Enjoy 'The Dead Don't Die'

Slow Zombie Laughs: If You Can Handle Jim Jarmusch's Slow Filmmaking, You'll Enjoy 'The Dead Don't Die'

Jun 13, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

The zombie genre gets the Jim Jarmusch treatment with mild levels of success in The Dead Don’t Die , an often funny, sometimes scary and always amusing horror-comedy effort from the famed director.

Jarmusch has done horror before, most notably with his atmospheric vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive and...

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Feeling the Love: 'Rocketman' Is a Bold, Interesting Look at Elton John's Life

Feeling the Love: 'Rocketman' Is a Bold, Interesting Look at Elton John's Life

Jun 10, 2019 14:30  |  Bob Grimm

Dexter Fletcher, the director who helped take a shit on Freddie Mercury’s legacy with the dumpster fire that was last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody (he finished the job after Bryan Singer was fired), fares much better with Rocketman , this celebration of Elton John.

The movie tells Elton John’s story through ...

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Monster Mash: The Action and Special Effects in This 'Godzilla' Are Great—but the Humans Are Terrible

Monster Mash: The Action and Special Effects in This 'Godzilla' Are Great—but the Humans Are Terrible

Jun 06, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Filmmakers somehow found a way to totally muck up the greatest Godzilla premise ever with Godzilla: King of the Monsters , a movie that is all things great and terrible at the same time.

The movie has some terrific monster battles, and the special effects are mind-bogglingly good. Godzilla squares off ...

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News

Dorm Time? Many of California's Community Colleges Consider Building Student Housing

Dorm Time? Many of California's Community Colleges Consider Building Student Housing

Jun 13, 2019 16:00  |  Felicia Mello, CALmatters

Matthew Polamalu was spending 90 minutes each day commuting back and forth to community college along Southern California’s congested freeways when he decided he’d had enough.

He sat down at his computer and Googled “community colleges with dorms.”

“I was just looking for the full college experience,”...

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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Reading Between the Lines of California's New $215 Billion Budget

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Reading Between the Lines of California's New $215 Billion Budget

Jun 13, 2019 15:00  |  Judy Lin, CALmatters

Despite speculation about bold moves—in a far-left direction, even for this blue state—Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative Democrats actually landed a budget Thursday that’s surgical about new taxing and spending while still keeping promises to help poor Californians and working families.

Under the $21...

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'Woke' Democrats? Some Presidential Candidates Say What California's Democratic Activists Want to Hear—While Others Do Not

'Woke' Democrats? Some Presidential Candidates Say What California's Democratic Activists Want to Hear—While Others Do Not

Jun 06, 2019 14:45  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

Anyone who spent the weekend at the California Democratic Party’s convention—watching 14 White House contenders try to impress what one congresswoman called “the wokest Democrats in the country”—observed the following: Saturday’s most rapturous cheers went to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 13, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 13, 2019!

Jun 13, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's convection oven-like weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World eavesdrops on some purveyors of "fake news"; Jen Sorenson ponders the Democratic Party's 2020 election strategy; The K Chronicles offers a tribute to Dr. John, who passed away earlier this month; Red Meat chats with ...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Phil Drucker, a Healthy-Living Lawyer Who Won a Battle With Cancer

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Phil Drucker, a Healthy-Living Lawyer Who Won a Battle With Cancer

Jun 12, 2019 14:45  |  Anita Rufus

“When I first went to the radiologist,” says Phil Drucker, “he told me, ‘Other than the cancer, you’re a really healthy guy.’ I’ve been a vegetarian, haven’t smoked since I was 22, and hardly ever drink. I kept thinking, ‘This just isn’t possible.’”

Drucker, 60 and a La Quinta resident for the past e...

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Savage Love: I Am a Single Mom Who Wants Sex With a Man Who Knows What He's Doing; Is a Sex Worker an Option?

Savage Love: I Am a Single Mom Who Wants Sex With a Man Who Knows What He's Doing; Is a Sex Worker an Option?

Jun 12, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a straight cis woman in my early 40s and a single mother. I have not dated or hooked up with anyone in years. While I miss dating, the biggest issue right now is that my sex drive is off the charts. While watching porn and masturbating once my child goes to sleep helps, I really want to get well...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Jun 13, 2019 14:50  |  Michael Berry, High Country News

When your homestead in the Colorado Rockies is threatened by wildfire, it’s easy to believe you have a front-row seat at the Apocalypse. In her recent memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country , novelist and essayist Pam Houston sees the disaster of climate change already unfolding at her r...

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Shows for the Community: Encore Wants to Present Affordable Theater With a Message

Shows for the Community: Encore Wants to Present Affordable Theater With a Message

Jun 06, 2019 14:15  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

There’s a new entry in the Coachella Valley theater scene: Meet the Encore Theatre District.

Encore began in February 2017, when artistic director Tiffanie Patscheck and her son, Jeremiah Rhoads, took the first steps toward making their dream—presenting financially accessible theater with a message—i...

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High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

May 23, 2019 11:00  |  Stephen Berger

Summer looms large on the horizon. Months of triple-digit temperatures take their toll, and we all look for ways to escape the heat—even if only for a brief period.

The high desert cities of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley offer some relief, with temperatures averaging about 10 degrees cooler than those...

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Music

Live: Splash House, Various Venues, June 7-9

Live: Splash House, Various Venues, June 7-9

Jun 14, 2019 14:00  |  Guillermo Prieto

I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the twice-per-summer Splash House festival for at least five years. While the venues have changed over the years, it’s almost always hot as hell—and a great time for all.

The June festivities kicked off at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Thousands attended the almost...

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Unreconstructed '50s Man: Folk-Rock Songwriting Legend Don McLean Comes to Fantasy Springs

Unreconstructed '50s Man: Folk-Rock Songwriting Legend Don McLean Comes to Fantasy Springs

Jun 13, 2019 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

What do you get when you take ’50s-style rock ’n’ roll and meld it with folk-music songwriting?

The answer: You get Don McLean.

The man—best known, of course, for his wildly successful 1971 single “American Pie”—last year released his first new studio album in nine years, Botanical Gardens. McLean will ...

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Head Down and Work: The YIP YOPS, Now a Duo, Continue to Reach for the Stars

Head Down and Work: The YIP YOPS, Now a Duo, Continue to Reach for the Stars

Jun 12, 2019 16:30  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s been a long and winding road for the YIP YOPS, a band many touted as the Next Big Thing to come out of the Coachella Valley.

It all started when the members of the band were still in high school, and the band won a spot to play at the 2014 Tachevah Block Party in Palm Springs. The band then sign...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The French Dip With Tater Tots at Revel Public House

The Indy Endorsement: The French Dip With Tater Tots at Revel Public House

Jun 13, 2019 16:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The French dip with tots

Where: Revel Public House, 140 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $15.50 at lunch

Contact: 760-325-9464; revelps.com

Why: It’s a perfectly put-together sandwich.

The French dip sandwich, despite the name, is not at all French—it was actually born right here in Southern ...

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Caesar Cervisia: A Tour of Firestone Walker Proves Why It Continues to Be One of the Country's Best Craft Breweries

Caesar Cervisia: A Tour of Firestone Walker Proves Why It Continues to Be One of the Country's Best Craft Breweries

Jun 11, 2019 08:00  |  Brett Newton

Gather ’round, kids, and I will regale you with a tale of a lion and a bear who came together many years ago for one purpose: making beer.

It all began around 1995. The big microbrewers at the time were Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams, while long-gone up-and-comers like Pete’s Wicked Ale were also mak...

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Restaurant News Bites: The Alibi Is Finally Open; Fire Shutters Aspen Mills; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: The Alibi Is Finally Open; Fire Shutters Aspen Mills; and a Whole Lot More!

May 28, 2019 07:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

Now Open (At Least a Little): The Alibi Palm Springs

You’ve probably heard this one before: Owners announce a new restaurant is going to open on a tentative date. That date comes … and goes. A new date is announced; it passes, too. Cycle repeats a time or three.

Such has been the case with The Alibi P...

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