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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

On this week's straining-to-be-memorable Independent comics page: Red Meat has problems sleeping in a new bed; Jen Sorenson ponders the right's rights; The K Chronicles begs people to stop the hate; and...

Know Your Neighbors: What to Do About Aging Mom and Dad?

Know Your Neighbors: What to Do About Aging Mom and Dad?

You live across the country from your parents. You’re raising your children and are wondering how you’ll send three kids to college in a few years. You take pills for some chronic conditions and worry...

True TV: CBS Burns Off Sitcoms; IFC Drops 'The Spoils Before Dying'

True TV: CBS Burns Off Sitcoms; IFC Drops 'The Spoils Before Dying'

The Millers (Saturday, July 4, CBS), series burn-off: Talk about “unceremonious.” Dumped on Saturdays, on the Fourth of July? Damn. Canceled family sitcom The Millers (starring Will Arnett, Margo Martind...

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for Mexicans to Adopt Native Names?

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for Mexicans to Adopt Native Names?

Dear Mexican: I read your column of a couple of years ago about Chicanos loving the Aztecs, and it left me both cracking up and intellectually fortified. In the last portion of the column, you added: ...

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: July 2015

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: July 2015

This month, we welcome guest mixer SynthEtiX, aka Alvaro Sandoval (right). I asked him several questions about him and his music. Check out his DuneCast below!

How long have you lived in the Coachella ...

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News

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Galileo, more than four centuries ago, observed and described phenomena you can witness in the evening sky this summer, including the phases of Venus, the moons of Jupiter, the Milky Way, details on the surface of the moon, and more. The Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, a selection of the scientis...

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An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The nascent Sunny Dunes Antique District had a coming-out party, of sorts, on Saturday, June 20.

Various businesses in the district kept their doors open a little later than normal for the Pop Shop Hop, “an evening of shopping and discovery of all the shops on Sunny Dunes,” according to the event’s F...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Positive News in Abundance

A Note From the Editor: Positive News in Abundance

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

It’s a claim that drives journalists crazy: Why is the media so negative? Why don’t newspapers cover positive news ?

For argument’s sake, if we take the position that this claim is accurate (and it’s not ; media sources generally give a lot of pixels, airtime or ink to arts, music, food and culture news ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's straining-to-be-memorable Independent comics page: Red Meat has problems sleeping in a new bed; Jen Sorenson ponders the right's rights; The K Chronicles begs people to stop the hate; and This Modern World pays tribute to Jeb Bush.

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Jenny Shank

The classic Western frontier story is an archetype of the hero’s journey: A young man, off to seek his fortune in the West, enters the wilderness to prove himself—and emerges both stronger and wiser.

Into the Savage Country follows this pattern, but charismatic characters, good humor, lively language ...

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An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstracts Born From Figure

An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstracts Born From Figure

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

An imposing, highly polished, ebony concert grand piano confronts all visitors to Ruth Gonzales’ workshop. Consuming a third of the available space, the piano would make more sense in a music conservatory than an abstract painter’s studio space.

However, a quick look at the remaining space shouts: An ...

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Movies & TV

Dopey but Worthy: 'Max' Offers an Important Message—and a Really Cool Pooch

Dopey but Worthy: 'Max' Offers an Important Message—and a Really Cool Pooch

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In Max , Max the dog (an impressive Belgian Malinois with nice acting skills) comes back to the U.S. after serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. His handler’s family adopts him when they learn he’s suffering from PTSD and is due to be put down.

Max winds up bonding with his handler’s brother, and th...

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A Mixed Homage: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Takes Elements from Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

A Mixed Homage: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Takes Elements from Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

High school kid Greg (Thomas Mann) is forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has cancer, in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl .

Greg and pal Earl (RJ Cyler), who have been making spoof movies since they were little kids, decide to make one for Rachel.

Director Alfons...

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Music

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: July 2015

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: July 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Alex Harrington

This month, we welcome guest mixer SynthEtiX, aka Alvaro Sandoval (right). I asked him several questions about him and his music. Check out his DuneCast below!

How long have you lived in the Coachella Valley?

I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. Nothing beats the summer and winter seasons, a...

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Warped Tour: A Chat With Kosha Dillz

Warped Tour: A Chat With Kosha Dillz

Monday, June 22, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

One performer that received a lot of attention at the kickoff of the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona was Kosha Dillz.

The New Jersey Israeli-American rapper has been the talk of the rap world. During an interview after his performance on Friday, June 19, he discussed where his name came from.

“It came from...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

State Fair: Babe’s Is the California Brewery of the Year

Arthur Vasquez, the chief operating officer at Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage, humbly posits that Babe’s does not make the state’s best beer, as far as his palate is concerned.

“I’ll be the first person to tell you that there are ...

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The Beer Goddess: The Summer of Sours—These Brightly Flavored Beers Are Big Among Southern California Brew-Lovers

The Beer Goddess: The Summer of Sours—These Brightly Flavored Beers Are Big Among Southern California Brew-Lovers

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Erin Peters

With the help of nature’s unpredictability, experienced brewers are adapting traditional European techniques to bring bursts of tart and tangy flavors to beers.

Yep. We’re talking about sours.

In the mid-19th century, when beer was aged and shipped in wooden barrels before the advent of refrigeration,...

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