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August Astronomy: It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower—but the Moon Will Put a Damper on the Show

August Astronomy: It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower—but the Moon Will Put a Damper on the Show

This month, Mars and Saturn draw attention in the southwest evening sky, as they appear within 10 degrees of each other from Aug. 8 on—and within 5 degrees Aug. 19-31.

Viewed through a telescope this m...

Sensationally Silly: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Fantastic, Inspired Filmmaking

Sensationally Silly: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Fantastic, Inspired Filmmaking

Guardians of the Galaxy is a goofy, dazzling and often hilarious convergence of inspired nuttiness.

You’ll probably hear comparisons to the original Star Wars , The Fifth Element and The Adventures of Buckar...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

On this week's dangerous Independent comics page: The K Chronicles ponders the difference between cartoonists and gays; Jen Sorenson examines a fracking ruling in the context of the Hobby Lobby case; Th...

Know Your Neighbors: Rules for Mature Relationships

Know Your Neighbors: Rules for Mature Relationships

Being in love is a state of temporary insanity during which everything you find cute will eventually turn into the things that drive you crazy.

I should know: I’ve been married four times. My first thr...

A Note From the Editor: Big Things Are Happening at the Independent, CVIndependent.com

A Note From the Editor: Big Things Are Happening at the Independent, CVIndependent.com

As we distribute the new print issue of the Independent this week, I can’t help but think: Wait. Isn’t August supposed to be the slow season around these parts? Geez. Things sure aren’t slow here at the Indepe...

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News

August Astronomy: It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower—but the Moon Will Put a Damper on the Show

August Astronomy: It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower—but the Moon Will Put a Damper on the Show

Friday, August 01, 2014  |  Robert Victor

This month, Mars and Saturn draw attention in the southwest evening sky, as they appear within 10 degrees of each other from Aug. 8 on—and within 5 degrees Aug. 19-31.

Viewed through a telescope this month, Saturn—with its shadow cast upon its rings—has a striking three-dimensional appearance.

August ...

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Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs has been in a fiscal emergency ever since last year’s surprising November revelation that the city was facing a budget deficit upward of $6 million.

In an effort to bridge that gap, the city put Measure F on the June 3 ballot, proposing to drastically raise taxes on vacant parcels ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

Thursday, July 31, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's dangerous Independent comics page: The K Chronicles ponders the difference between cartoonists and gays; Jen Sorenson examines a fracking ruling in the context of the Hobby Lobby case; This Modern World has a chat with a drone; and Red Meat visits a new type of petting zoo.

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Know Your Neighbors: Rules for Mature Relationships

Know Your Neighbors: Rules for Mature Relationships

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

Being in love is a state of temporary insanity during which everything you find cute will eventually turn into the things that drive you crazy.

I should know: I’ve been married four times. My first three marriages don’t add up collectively to five years (a fact I’m not particularly proud of—but I am fr...

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Arts and Culture

August Arts Listings From ArtsOasis!

August Arts Listings From ArtsOasis!

Friday, August 01, 2014  |  Staff

Film

Dive-in Movie at Wet ’N’ Wild: Grown-Ups 2

The Dive-in Movie is included with park admission. Play during the day, and stay late to enjoy the film poolside. Grown-Ups 2 will start after dusk on Friday, Aug. 1, and the park will be open until 10 p.m., weather permitting. Admission prices vary. Wet ’...

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August Theater: '2 Boys in a Bed,' '39 Steps,' and Much, Much More!

August Theater: '2 Boys in a Bed,' '39 Steps,' and Much, Much More!

Friday, August 01, 2014  |  Staff

2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night—From Desert Rose Playhouse

Set in New York City in 1987, 2 Boys explores the sexual etiquette of one-night stands and is peppered with poignant, humorous and sly observations. The play contains nudity and sexual situations; at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 ...

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Movies & TV

Myth and Muscles: Dwayne Johnson and Company Make the New 'Hercules' Enjoyable

Myth and Muscles: Dwayne Johnson and Company Make the New 'Hercules' Enjoyable

Thursday, July 31, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Dwayne Johnson follows Steve Reeves, Kevin Sorbo and Arnold Schwarzenegger into the role of the Son of Zeus in Hercules .

Actually, this film suggests that the title character might not be immortal, and is part of a scam. That’s one of the many sly touches that make this movie enjoyable.

Johnson is good...

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Sensationally Silly: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Fantastic, Inspired Filmmaking

Sensationally Silly: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Fantastic, Inspired Filmmaking

Thursday, July 31, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Guardians of the Galaxy is a goofy, dazzling and often hilarious convergence of inspired nuttiness.

You’ll probably hear comparisons to the original Star Wars , The Fifth Element and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension ; all of those comparisons are plausible. Guardians marks a bless...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, August 2014: Jello Biafra, Boston, Daughtry and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, August 2014: Jello Biafra, Boston, Daughtry and Much More!

Friday, August 01, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

As we head into August, there’s cause for celebration: Fall, and more reasonable temperatures, are approaching! There’s another reason to celebrate: What’s traditionally been the slowest month in the Coachella Valley is actually packed with great things to do.

The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is t...

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The Lucky 13: Chris Long, of Boycott Radio

The Lucky 13: Chris Long, of Boycott Radio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Chris Long, the frontman of Boycott Radio, has music in his blood. On top of fronting rock band Boycott Radio ( www.facebook.com/boycottradio )—which has performed at The Hood Bar and Pizza, Schmidy’s Tavern and other venues—Long hosts Beer Pong every Wednesday night at The Hood. Here are his answers ...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Dish Wants Your Help With a Move; Johannes Turns 15; and Much, Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dish Wants Your Help With a Move; Johannes Turns 15; and Much, Much More!

Monday, July 28, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

Dish Creative Cuisine Using Kickstarter to Help With Move

Dish Creative Cuisine, the Cathedral City restaurant that made waves with its upscale modern food and tasty amuse-bouche offerings over the last two years, is moving to downtown Palm Springs—and the restaurant’s owner is asking for the public’...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Slider Sampler at Woody's Burgers

The Indy Endorsement: The Slider Sampler at Woody's Burgers

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Slider Sampler

Where: Woody’s Burgers, 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $10.50

Contact: 760-230-0188; woodysburgersps.com

Why: Variety is the spice of life.

Sometimes, you don’t want to make a choice—and when it comes to burgers, Woody’s makes life a little easier on indecisive diners...

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