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The Future of Voting: The Pandemic Forced the State to Update the Ways It Conducts Elections

The Future of Voting: The Pandemic Forced the State to Update the Ways It Conducts Elections

Mono County tried its hand at new election technology during the March 2020 primary—but then the internet cut out. For the general election, it reverted to old-fashioned paper vote...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 3, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 3, 2020!

On this week's vaccine-ready weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World talks about the ongoing coup attempt; Jen Sorensen wonders the death wish of some churches; (Th)ink pay...

Speculation About the Imminent Lockdown; May Congress Actually Do Something? Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Dec. 2, 2020

Speculation About the Imminent Lockdown; May Congress Actually Do Something? Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Dec. 2, 2020

Folks, another statewide stay-at-home order is coming. If I were a betting man (and I am not, even though I was born in Nevada), I’d go all-in on an announcement being made tomorro...

After Oswit Canyon: Jane Garrison and Her Organization Are Working to Preserve Other Spaces—Starting With Three Palm Springs Golf-Course Properties

After Oswit Canyon: Jane Garrison and Her Organization Are Working to Preserve Other Spaces—Starting With Three Palm Springs Golf-Course Properties

Almost five years ago, environmental activist and Palm Springs resident Jane Garrison learned that Oswit Canyon was under imminent threat—because developers were looking to build a...

December Astronnomy: Jupiter Overtakes Saturn Less Than a Handful of Times in a Lifespan—and That's Happening This Month

December Astronnomy: Jupiter Overtakes Saturn Less Than a Handful of Times in a Lifespan—and That's Happening This Month

In December, Jupiter and Saturn appear strikingly close to each other, low in the southwestern sky at dusk. Jupiter’s crawl past Saturn, occurring at intervals of about 20 years, is th...

Movies & TV

Content Shifter: Eleven Adult Swim Xmas Cartoons

Content Shifter: Eleven Adult Swim Xmas Cartoons

Dec 01, 2020 18:45  |  Bill Frost

As this tattooed-anarchist-commie-progressive-liberal publication continues to wage the War on Christmas (which I will refer to as Xmas from here on out, for Christ’s sake), Content Shifter is all in on the holidays.

Why? Because spending time with TV is far more rewarding than wasting it with family...

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Home Video Review: 'Zappa' Is the Best Documentary Made About Frank Zappa Thus Far

Home Video Review: 'Zappa' Is the Best Documentary Made About Frank Zappa Thus Far

Nov 30, 2020 15:30  |  Bob Grimm

Zappa is certainly not the first posthumous documentary on one of the 20th century’s greatest composers and personalities—but it’s certainly the best yet.

Crowdfunded and years in the making, Zappa is bolstered by access to Frank Zappa’s immense vault, which is full of previously unreleased audio and vi...

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Home Video Review: 'Dreamland' Is a Bit Slow, but the Gorgeous Look and Fantastic Performances Make It a Decent Watch

Home Video Review: 'Dreamland' Is a Bit Slow, but the Gorgeous Look and Fantastic Performances Make It a Decent Watch

Nov 23, 2020 15:35  |  Bob Grimm

Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte tells a sort-of reverse Bonnie and Clyde story with Dreamland , a great-looking, well-acted and ultimately decent watch featuring the great Margot Robbie.

If you haven’t been paying attention, you should know that Robbie has evolved into one of the finest actresses in th...

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News

The Future of Voting: The Pandemic Forced the State to Update the Ways It Conducts Elections

The Future of Voting: The Pandemic Forced the State to Update the Ways It Conducts Elections

Dec 04, 2020 16:20  |  Michael Lozano, CalMatters

Mono County tried its hand at new election technology during the March 2020 primary—but then the internet cut out. For the general election, it reverted to old-fashioned paper voter rolls.

Los Angeles County, too, suffered technology snafus during the primary election. But it doubled down on vote cen...

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A Lockdown Is Coming, So Please Support Local Businesses—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Dec. 3, 2020

A Lockdown Is Coming, So Please Support Local Businesses—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: Dec. 3, 2020

Dec 03, 2020 18:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

The lockdown is coming—and it could go into effect as soon as the conclusion of the weekend.

As expected, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced a new “Regional Stay at Home Order.” For the purposes of the order, the state is being broken up into five regions, and the order will go into effect within 48 hou...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 3, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 3, 2020!

Dec 03, 2020 09:00  |  Staff

On this week's vaccine-ready weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World talks about the ongoing coup attempt; Jen Sorensen wonders the death wish of some churches; (Th)ink pays tribute to the stock market's record highs; Apoca Clips watches as Li'l Trumpy ponders pardons; and in Red Meat, Earl ...

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Savage Love: My Girlfriend Wants to Open Our Relationship—but I Am Afraid She'll Develop Feelings for Someone Else

Savage Love: My Girlfriend Wants to Open Our Relationship—but I Am Afraid She'll Develop Feelings for Someone Else

Dec 02, 2020 13:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a lesbian, and my girlfriend is bi. I’ve read your column and listened to your podcast for a long time, Dan, and I always thought I’d be fine with having a partner ask me about being monogamish. Then my girlfriend of about a year and a half told me she wants to see what other women are like. She...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 26, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 26, 2020!

Nov 26, 2020 09:00  |  Staff

Happy Thanksgiving! On this week's thankful weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink checks in on a Washington, D.C., moving sale; This Modern World turns Life in the Stupidverse up to 11; Jen Sorensen shakes her head at disenfranchisement efforts; Apoca Clips brings us Rudy's latest bit of evidence; a...

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Arts and Culture

Connection Through Craft: The MAEX Academy, an Arts-Focused Nonprofit, Commissions a Painting With a Message of Unity

Connection Through Craft: The MAEX Academy, an Arts-Focused Nonprofit, Commissions a Painting With a Message of Unity

Nov 19, 2020 15:40  |  Matt King

Art adds color to our life. Imagine how dark and gloomy the world would be without music, movies, paintings, books and other forms of artistic expression.

The MAEX Academy is doing its part to ensure that our world doesn’t turn gray. The nonprofit organization—whose mission “is to advocate for the ar...

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Discovering the Drains: An Excerpt From Matthew O'Brien's 'Dark Days, Bright Nights'

Discovering the Drains: An Excerpt From Matthew O'Brien's 'Dark Days, Bright Nights'

Nov 13, 2020 15:15  |  Matthew O'Brien

The hundreds of people living in the flood channels of Las Vegas have provided one of the more fascinating and enduring international stories of the past two decades. This underground community has received plenty of news coverage and dramatic portrayals by the entertainment industry, including CSI: ...

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Frontier Kitties: An Excerpt From the New Book 'A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History'

Frontier Kitties: An Excerpt From the New Book 'A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History'

Oct 30, 2020 08:00  |  Paul Koudounaris and Baba the Cat

America was still a more callous world than not for cats. But our status was in the process of being forever changed by some of history’s bravest and most determined felines.

The United States offered itself as a land of opportunity, but the overcrowded cities and squalid slums of the East Coast fulf...

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Music

Multimedia Mavens: The Band Allies—Formerly Known as Sunday Funeral—Releases a Music Video for New Single 'Swing, Swing, Bata-bing'

Multimedia Mavens: The Band Allies—Formerly Known as Sunday Funeral—Releases a Music Video for New Single 'Swing, Swing, Bata-bing'

Nov 26, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

Fans of the band Allies—formerly known as Sunday Funeral—know two things. One: Allies’ brand of music adds a rocking, sharp edge to themes teleported from the 1920s. (Hmm. Which pandemic are they in?) Two: The band’s productivity is unparalleled, as the members have managed to create numerous music ...

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The Lucky 13: Jasyn Smith, Drummer of The CMFs, Which Just Released New Single 'Birds'

The Lucky 13: Jasyn Smith, Drummer of The CMFs, Which Just Released New Single 'Birds'

Nov 20, 2020 13:00  |  Matt King

The CMFs—one of the bands that I am in—is one of the hardest rock bands in the valley. I may be biased, but I felt that way as a fan of the group before I joined. The band’s hard-hitting, classic-rock-inspired songs have been stuck in my head since the first time I saw the group perform. Our debut s...

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New Rock, Old Vibes: Pescaterritory Melds Music From Various Decades on the Band's Self-Titled Debut Album

New Rock, Old Vibes: Pescaterritory Melds Music From Various Decades on the Band's Self-Titled Debut Album

Nov 18, 2020 15:55  |  Matt King

Folks lucky enough to have enjoyed a live Pescaterritory show understand how tenacious the band’s sound is—and folks who haven’t been as lucky are now able to experience all that the young band has to offer via a brand-new self-titled LP.

Pescaterritory includes vocalist Aiden Schaeffer, drummer Nick...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Here's Our Snarky Scribe's List of Possible Presents for the Drink-Lover in Your Life

On Cocktails: Here's Our Snarky Scribe's List of Possible Presents for the Drink-Lover in Your Life

Nov 27, 2020 13:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Not leaving the house much? I can’t say I blame you.

We have tourists flooding the Coachella Valley from the most plague-ridden regions. People are still wearing chin diapers instead of masks—and throwing them off the second they sit at a restaurant table, like mortarboards at graduation. Despite the...

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Culture and Cuisine: Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar Reopens With a New Pizza Oven and a Renewed Focus on Freshness

Culture and Cuisine: Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar Reopens With a New Pizza Oven and a Renewed Focus on Freshness

Nov 18, 2020 17:00  |  Andrew Smith

“Have a cup of coffee. Relax, and enjoy the sculpture garden,” suggests Art Vasquez as he opens his arms toward the spacious patio.

It’s the beautiful home of Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar, located on the lower level of the Palm Springs Art Museum. For most restaurants, outdoor dining has become nece...

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Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World's Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria?

Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World's Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria?

Nov 17, 2020 12:30  |  Katie Finn

Death. Famine. War. Pestilence. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are a macabre thought indeed, but the stories from our history that tell of grim times are some of the most captivating.

Wine is no different. One of my favorite aspects of wine education involves the untold stories about the grapes,...

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