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Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet DRUG, the High Desert's New Experimental Surf-Punk Band

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet DRUG, the High Desert's New Experimental Surf-Punk Band

In 2006, guitarist and songwriter Jamie Hafler left Ohio and headed to Los Angeles via Twentynine Palms to visit his brother Jeff, a singer/songwriter. Back then, Jeff had just hired a then-recent des...

Restaurant News Bites: When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure; and Much More!

When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure

I may have been one of Margaritas ’ final customers.

We decided to go the restaurant, located at Avenida Caballeros and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Spri...

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

After years of exploring places around the globe as a flight attendant, Charlie Ciali traded in his wings for a more earthy exploration: ceramics.

He was a ceramicist who produced collectable pieces be...

In Defense of DHS: An 'Analysis' Recently Declared That Desert Hot Springs Is the Worst Place to Live in California. Here's Why We Disagree.

In Defense of DHS: An 'Analysis' Recently Declared That Desert Hot Springs Is the Worst Place to Live in California. Here's Why We Disagree.

When I moved to Desert Hot Springs a decade ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I didn’t know a thing about the desert city when I moved here from Cleveland in 2005. However, I was soon ...

The Beer Goddess: Escape the Heat and Head to San Diego to Enjoy Some Amazing New Brews

The Beer Goddess: Escape the Heat and Head to San Diego to Enjoy Some Amazing New Brews

The San Diego area is renowned for its high-quality beer.

San Diego’s legacy breweries—Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company and AleSmith Brewing C...

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News

In Defense of DHS: An 'Analysis' Recently Declared That Desert Hot Springs Is the Worst Place to Live in California. Here's Why We Disagree.

In Defense of DHS: An 'Analysis' Recently Declared That Desert Hot Springs Is the Worst Place to Live in California. Here's Why We Disagree.

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

When I moved to Desert Hot Springs a decade ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I didn’t know a thing about the desert city when I moved here from Cleveland in 2005. However, I was soon filled in by others: DHS has a lot of crime. Meth houses. Trashy people. Corrupt government.

In the d...

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A Bill That's All Wet: House Effort Seeks to Build Dams to Alleviate Water Shortages

A Bill That's All Wet: House Effort Seeks to Build Dams to Alleviate Water Shortages

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  |  Elizabeth Shogren

If you tuned into the debate on a drought bill in the House earlier this month, you would have gotten a bleak picture of the agriculture industry in a state that fills the produce aisles in much of the rest of the country.

You also would have heard the water shortage blamed on radical environmentalis...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Lots of Great Things Are Happening Here

A Note From the Editor: Lots of Great Things Are Happening Here

Tuesday, July 28, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

There’s a lot of great stuff going on here at Independent World Headquarters (i.e., my apartment in downtown Palm Springs).

For one thing: We’ll be launching our Supporters of the Independent Program within weeks. We don’t charge a thing for our great content, whether it’s delivered online, via email o...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 23, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 23, 2015!

Thursday, July 23, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's exciting Independent comics page: This Modern World deals with an alien invasion (but not very well); Jen Sorenson has a proposal for defenders of fracking; The K Chronicles packs up and moves cross-country; and Red Meat seeks some medicine, of sorts.

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Arts and Culture

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

After years of exploring places around the globe as a flight attendant, Charlie Ciali traded in his wings for a more earthy exploration: ceramics.

He was a ceramicist who produced collectable pieces before becoming a Midwest gallery owner. Upon his arrival in the desert, Ciali reinvented himself as a...

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Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Kate Schimel

Snowblind , the first collection of short stories by veteran travel writer and alpinist Daniel Arnold, explores mountaineering and the power it holds over the people who pursue it.

Arnold’s characters are drawn irrevocably to the mountains they climb, and their obsession works strangely on their minds...

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Movies & TV

Blu-Ray Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows' Is a Hilarious Vampire Mockumentary

Blu-Ray Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows' Is a Hilarious Vampire Mockumentary

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

One night after nostalgia struck me and I watched This Is Spinal Tap on Netflix, I popped in this vampire “mockumentary” in for a spin.

As it turns out, What We Do in the Shadows is the hilarious vampire cousin of Spinal Tap .

Jemaine Clement ( Flight of the Conchords ), Taika Waititi, Jonny Brugh and Ben Fran...

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A Heroic Performance: Paul Rudd Single-Handedly Makes 'Ant-Man' a Worthy Marvel Flick

A Heroic Performance: Paul Rudd Single-Handedly Makes 'Ant-Man' a Worthy Marvel Flick

Thursday, July 23, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

After a shocking directorial exodus and a series of rewrites, Marvel’s Ant-Man has finally made it to the screen—and it’s a reasonably enjoyable piece of summer fare, thanks to the total charmer playing the title character.

Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, the professional, wisecracking thief who’s given a new...

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Music

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet DRUG, the High Desert's New Experimental Surf-Punk Band

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet DRUG, the High Desert's New Experimental Surf-Punk Band

Tuesday, July 28, 2015  |  Robin Linn

In 2006, guitarist and songwriter Jamie Hafler left Ohio and headed to Los Angeles via Twentynine Palms to visit his brother Jeff, a singer/songwriter. Back then, Jeff had just hired a then-recent desert transplant as a nanny for his son, Cash: artist and singer/songwriter Cristie Carter.

Cristie is ...

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House in the Hip-Hop House: Flo Rida Kicks Off August in Style at Fantasy Springs

House in the Hip-Hop House: Flo Rida Kicks Off August in Style at Fantasy Springs

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Flo Rida has taken the hip-hop world by storm thanks to his innovative work featuring elements of house music.

He’ll be stopping by Fantasy Springs on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The genesis of Flo Rida’s career occurred when he was in the ninth-grade. His brother-in-law was affiliated with the legendary Miami ...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure; and Much More!

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure

I may have been one of Margaritas ’ final customers.

We decided to go the restaurant, located at Avenida Caballeros and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs, for dinner on Sunday, June 28. We couldn’t decide what we wanted, and since Margaritas offered ...

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The Beer Goddess: Escape the Heat and Head to San Diego to Enjoy Some Amazing New Brews

The Beer Goddess: Escape the Heat and Head to San Diego to Enjoy Some Amazing New Brews

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Erin Peters

The San Diego area is renowned for its high-quality beer.

San Diego’s legacy breweries—Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company and AleSmith Brewing Company—have a stellar reputation for brewing consistently great craft beers.

These craft-beer pioneer...

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