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A Dazzling, Confusing Future: 'Tomorrowland' Is a Fun, if Convoluted, Film

A Dazzling, Confusing Future: 'Tomorrowland' Is a Fun, if Convoluted, Film

The future is confusing and convoluted—but kind of cool anyway—in Tomorrowland , the latest Disney attraction to get its own movie, in this case courtesy of director-writer Brad Bird ( The Iron Giant , The...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2015!

On this week's captivating Independent comics page: This Modern World looks back at the peace-loving days of the George W. Bush administration; Jen Sorenson exposes the evils of the Helms Act of 1973; T...

Meet Vanilla Ace: This Londoner Hopes to Make a Splash at Splash House

Meet Vanilla Ace: This Londoner Hopes to Make a Splash at Splash House

Vanilla Ace was once a model and presenter on a show called The Mag . However, it appears he’s now found his true calling: The London-based producer and DJ is coming to the United States for a summer to...

True TV: 'Aquarius' Does the '60s; 'Halt and Catch Fire' (Re)does the '80s

True TV: 'Aquarius' Does the '60s; 'Halt and Catch Fire' (Re)does the '80s

Aquarius (Thursday, May 28, NBC), two-hour series debut: In a semi-factual drama about one of America’s most notorious killers, the cop (David Duchovny) probably shouldn’t be more charming and charisma...

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Take Better Care of Their Kids?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Take Better Care of Their Kids?

Dear Mexican: From what I’ve seen and heard, Mexicans are very family-oriented. They take the names of both their mothers and fathers, live with extended family, take carpooling to the nth degree and ...

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News

Water, Water, Not Everywhere: The East Side's Coachella Valley Water District Largely Issues Recommendations Rather Than Restrictions

Water, Water, Not Everywhere: The East Side's Coachella Valley Water District Largely Issues Recommendations Rather Than Restrictions

Friday, May 22, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The board of directors of the Coachella Valley Water District—the agency that provides water to much of the east end of the Coachella Valley—met on Tuesday, May 12, to issue a final set of emergency water usage restrictions.

When it was all over, CVWD customers were facing a much less onerous set of ...

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A Wanderer's Guide to Public Lands: Cow Patties, Extraterrestrials and Binoculars Can Help You Figure Out Where You Are

A Wanderer's Guide to Public Lands: Cow Patties, Extraterrestrials and Binoculars Can Help You Figure Out Where You Are

Monday, May 18, 2015  |  Kindra McQuillan

There are around 760 million acres of public land scattered across the 11 Western states and Alaska, managed by several different entities, each with its own set of rules and regulations. This can be a bit confusing, even for experienced wanderers, so we've put together these (general, playful, by n...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 28, 2015!

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's captivating Independent comics page: This Modern World looks back at the peace-loving days of the George W. Bush administration; Jen Sorenson exposes the evils of the Helms Act of 1973; The K Chronicles introduces the world to the concept of the shitless baby; and Red Meat deals the bes...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Take Better Care of Their Kids?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Take Better Care of Their Kids?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: From what I’ve seen and heard, Mexicans are very family-oriented. They take the names of both their mothers and fathers, live with extended family, take carpooling to the nth degree and tattoo the names of their children across their bodies. We recently had a party and invited one of o...

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Arts and Culture

Before the Tribe Found Its Power: The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Documents the Life of Poor Palm Springs Residents in 'Section 14'

Before the Tribe Found Its Power: The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Documents the Life of Poor Palm Springs Residents in 'Section 14'

Monday, May 25, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

“The minority residents of Section 14 … homes were destroyed by a city-engineered holocaust,” wrote Loren Miller Jr. in a 1968 report to the state attorney general.

Bordered by Alejo and Ramon roads, Indian Canyon Drive and Sunrise Way, Section 14 is one square mile. Today, it’s one of the most valua...

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Western Lit: Christopher Norment Writes a Compelling Love Letter to Desert Aquatic Species in Jeopardy

Western Lit: Christopher Norment Writes a Compelling Love Letter to Desert Aquatic Species in Jeopardy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  |  Ceal Klingler

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea is a wide-ranging, obsessively detailed and oddly inspiring book—an intriguing tapestry of scientific exploration and natural history that also takes turns as a eulogy, a love letter, a poem and ultimately a plea.

In Relicts , Christopher Norment—a professor of environmental s...

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Movies & TV

A Dazzling, Confusing Future: 'Tomorrowland' Is a Fun, if Convoluted, Film

A Dazzling, Confusing Future: 'Tomorrowland' Is a Fun, if Convoluted, Film

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

The future is confusing and convoluted—but kind of cool anyway—in Tomorrowland , the latest Disney attraction to get its own movie, in this case courtesy of director-writer Brad Bird ( The Iron Giant , The Incredibles ).

Boy-genius Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) and his jetpack attend the 1964 World’s Fair...

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Remake Wreck: This 'Poltergeist' Is an Embarrassment Compared to the Classic Original

Remake Wreck: This 'Poltergeist' Is an Embarrassment Compared to the Classic Original

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In the original Poltergeist , a dude eating a drumstick tore off his face while looking in a mirror, and threw chunks of his bloody flesh in a sink. Somehow, that movie managed to get a PG rating.

In this remake, Sam Rockwell cries, and that somehow leads to a PG-13 rating. I love Sam Rockwell, but it’...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, June 2015: The Doobie Brothers, Gregg Allman, Tim Allen, The Kinsey Sicks and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, June 2015: The Doobie Brothers, Gregg Allman, Tim Allen, The Kinsey Sicks and Much More!

Friday, May 29, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Summer is upon us as of this month—but fantastic acts continue to come through our toasty little valley, and there is some entertainment you definitely won’t want to miss in June.

Splash House is returning for two 2015 weekends, and the June version of the festival will be held on Saturday, June 13 , an...

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Meet Vanilla Ace: This Londoner Hopes to Make a Splash at Splash House

Meet Vanilla Ace: This Londoner Hopes to Make a Splash at Splash House

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Vanilla Ace was once a model and presenter on a show called The Mag . However, it appears he’s now found his true calling: The London-based producer and DJ is coming to the United States for a summer tour for the second year in a row—and just like last year, he’ll be making a stop at Splash House.

Duri...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: In Its Second Year, La Quinta Brewing Is Growing and Becoming a Bigger Part of the Community

The Beer Goddess: In Its Second Year, La Quinta Brewing Is Growing and Becoming a Bigger Part of the Community

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  |  Erin Peters

La Quinta Brewing Co. has been busy making beer for Coachella Valley locals and visitors since late 2013. Last year, the brewery delivered 1,000 barrels from its Wildcat Drive location in Palm Desert. This year, the brewery is on pace to brew 2,000 barrels.

Owner Scott Stokes said La Quinta may be ex...

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Restaurant News Bites: Top Chef Comes to Town; Johannes Forgoes the Tap in Favor of Bottles; Babe's Joins Forces With The Venue; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Top Chef Comes to Town; Johannes Forgoes the Tap in Favor of Bottles; Babe's Joins Forces With The Venue; and Much More!

Monday, May 25, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

Top Chef Comes to Palm Springs

During its 12 seasons, Bravo’s Top Chef has spent time in great food cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas and, most recently, Boston.

Now we can add Palm Springs to the list … sort of.

For the show’s 13th season, producers decided to mix things up...

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