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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

On this week's special Easter edition of the Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the rise of groupthink; The K Chronicles ponders the develop...

Sniff the Cap: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Sourdough Bread and 'Mad Men'

Sniff the Cap: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Sourdough Bread and 'Mad Men'

Some day in the not-too-distant future, I want to make wine. But I don’t want to ruin perfectly good grapes.

So I’m training myself on bread. Sourdough...

True TV: 'Community' Has a Finale; 'The Boondocks' Ain't What It Used to Be

True TV: 'Community' Has a Finale; 'The Boondocks' Ain't What It Used to Be

Community (Thursday, April 17, NBC), season finale: One of the best and definitely most out-there seasons of Community has also been its least-watched—it...

From Cleveland to L.A.: Gossip Culture, All Night Shoes Perform at Birba's 'Catching Shade' Party

From Cleveland to L.A.: Gossip Culture, All Night Shoes Perform at Birba's 'Catching Shade' Party

Ryan Sheridan, a DJ known by music fans as Gossip Culture, has created some great dance cuts—which you can catch for yourself at Birba on Friday, Apri...

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Sponsor Wanted: The Kraft Nabisco Championship's Future Is Unclear—but the Tourney Is Unlikely to Move

Sponsor Wanted: The Kraft Nabisco Championship's Future Is Unclear—but the Tourney Is Unlikely to Move

Saturday, April 05, 2014  |  Brane Jevric

Promotion is everything when it comes to sports events. Dinah Shore knew that; that’s why, back in 1972, she attached her name, and fame, to a brand-new women’s golf event at the Mission Hills Country Club.

To this day, many still call the LPGA’s first major of the year simply Dinah . Soon, that might be...

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Snapshot: Palm Desert's Nicole Castrale Gives Locals Someone to Root for at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Snapshot: Palm Desert's Nicole Castrale Gives Locals Someone to Root for at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Friday, April 04, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

As she teed off Thursday morning, April 3, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Nicole Castrale had a lot to prove.

The 11-year LPGA veteran and onetime Palm Desert High School golfer needed to show that any physical concerns caused by her September 2013 hip-replacement surgery were behind her. She has...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's special Easter edition of the Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the rise of groupthink; The K Chronicles ponders the development of the self-shooting gun; The City looks at the aftermath of the Heartbleed debacle; and Red Meat has some problems while decorating Easter eggs....

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do People Use 'Latino' as a Synonym for 'Hispanic'?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do People Use 'Latino' as a Synonym for 'Hispanic'?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles—they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times.

One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term “Latino” as a synonym for “Hispanic”; certainly yours is not the only forum in which these ...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'In the Light of Justice' Shows the Wounds That Remain in Native American Communities

Western Lit: 'In the Light of Justice' Shows the Wounds That Remain in Native American Communities

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  |  Kevin Taylor

It’s unthinkable that kids in America would ever be allowed to play “slaves and masters,” writes Walter Echo-Hawk, but we don’t see anything wrong with Junior strapping on the trusty ol’ cap-shooters for a game of “cowboys and Indians.”

Echo-Hawk, a Pawnee tribal member and lawyer who has toiled for ...

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Pick a Winner: Audiences Choose One of Dezart Performs' Upcoming Shows During the Play Reading Series

Pick a Winner: Audiences Choose One of Dezart Performs' Upcoming Shows During the Play Reading Series

Thursday, April 10, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

In a valley full of theater, Dezart Performs sets itself apart by focusing on the new.

“We’re bringing new and original material to the desert—stuff that’s never been seen at least in the Coachella Valley, if not Los Angeles,” says Michael Shaw, the artistic director of the nonprofit company which is...

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Movies & TV

Mirror Mess: 'Oculus' Fails Thanks to a Flawed Plot, Poor Performances

Mirror Mess: 'Oculus' Fails Thanks to a Flawed Plot, Poor Performances

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

A crazy, killer mirror causes problems for a family portrayed by a mix of mediocre actors in Oculus , a horror film that offers a couple of creepy moments—that are surrounded by an incoherent mess.

Kaylie and Tim Russell (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) lost their mother, father, family dog and a bu...

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A Worthy Pick: 'Draft Day' Is Entertaining, but It Feels Incomplete

A Worthy Pick: 'Draft Day' Is Entertaining, but It Feels Incomplete

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

In a film that feels more like a TV series than a theatrical release, Kevin Costner plays Sonny, general manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns. It’s draft day, and Sonny has some big decisions to make after he trades for the No. 1 pick, much to the dismay of his head coach (Denis Leary). This is all...

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Music

From Cleveland to L.A.: Gossip Culture, All Night Shoes Perform at Birba's 'Catching Shade' Party

From Cleveland to L.A.: Gossip Culture, All Night Shoes Perform at Birba's 'Catching Shade' Party

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Ryan Sheridan, a DJ known by music fans as Gossip Culture, has created some great dance cuts—which you can catch for yourself at Birba on Friday, April 18, at the Catching Shade party, produced by Cream and Eventseeker.

The event’s sponsors include the Coachella Valley Independent , and other performer...

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Stagecoach: JD McPherson Says His '50s-Style Rock Will Fit in Just Fine at the Country Music Fest

Stagecoach: JD McPherson Says His '50s-Style Rock Will Fit in Just Fine at the Country Music Fest

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Stagecoach lineups have been known to stretch the definition of country music a bit—and that explains JD McPherson’s inclusion in the 2014 lineup.

JD McPherson—who will perform on Friday, April 25—plays music that is a throwback to ’50s rock ’n’ roll. Yes, his music includes some classic country elem...

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Food and Drink

Sniff the Cap: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Sourdough Bread and 'Mad Men'

Sniff the Cap: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Sourdough Bread and 'Mad Men'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

Some day in the not-too-distant future, I want to make wine. But I don’t want to ruin perfectly good grapes.

So I’m training myself on bread. Sourdough bread, specifically. This spring, I’ve been nurturing a sourdough culture: lactic-acid bacteria and yeast, feeding and reproducing on wheat flour and...

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The Beer Goddess: Not Even a Year Old, Coachella Valley Brewing Makes Waves With Expanded Distribution, Special Offerings

The Beer Goddess: Not Even a Year Old, Coachella Valley Brewing Makes Waves With Expanded Distribution, Special Offerings

Friday, March 28, 2014  |  Erin Peters

A region formerly best known for old-school martinis continues to expand its craft-beer prowess—and a brewery that’s not even a year old is, in many ways, leading the way by offering small-batch offerings, tap-room special releases and seasonal farm-to-glass brews.

Coachella Valley Brewing Co. may be...

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