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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

On this week's excessive Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the militarization of police forces; Jen Sorenson similarly ponders excessive force; The K Chronicles bemoans the fact that t...

Desert Rock Chronicles: Robbie Waldman's WAXY May Just Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of the Desert

Desert Rock Chronicles: Robbie Waldman's WAXY May Just Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of the Desert

Robbie Waldman’s WAXY may be the next great American rock band to come out of our California desert.

Waldman has a lengthy local history, but he has used this project to truly hone his skills as a writ...

True TV: The 12th 'Doctor' Debuts; 'True Blood' Fades Out

True TV: The 12th 'Doctor' Debuts; 'True Blood' Fades Out

Doctor Who (Saturday, Aug. 23, BBC America), season premiere: The Only TV Column That Matters™ is glad to be rid of Matt Smith and his stupid hair—bring on the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Season … OK, s...

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Dear Readers: The Mexican just got married to a chica caliente , so he’s taken her on a honeymoon to the motherland so she can learn the proper art of tortilla-making. In the meanwhile, I offer this “be...

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Co...

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News

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, as well as Bono's wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono—is running for the U.S. House ...

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Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Wednesday, August 06, 2014  |  Robert Victor

The full moon occurs on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 11:09 a.m. The moon passes perigee—221,765 miles from Earth, the closest approach of the year—at the same hour.

But this “supermoon,” visible at dawn and dusk on that date, is not the brightest moon of 2014, because of the phase effect, which makes the moon’s bri...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

Thursday, August 21, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's excessive Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the militarization of police forces; Jen Sorenson similarly ponders excessive force; The K Chronicles bemoans the fact that the comic is again focusing on police brutality; and Red Meat eschews issues of force by taking some ...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Readers: The Mexican just got married to a chica caliente , so he’s taken her on a honeymoon to the motherland so she can learn the proper art of tortilla-making. In the meanwhile, I offer this “best of” edition, because I plan to do all of my work this week en la cama —ZING!

Dear Mexican: The last ...

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Arts and Culture

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Victor Barocas

Coachella Valley artist Cynthia King keeps things simple.

Her website puts it succinctly: She “currently works in the simplest of mediums, black ink on a white ground, to create intricately detailed representational works of art. She creates fine lines and weaves them into an often familiar yet compl...

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Western Lit: A Filmmaker Chronicles a Small Western Town—Poorly—in the Compelling Novel 'Calamity Jane'

Western Lit: A Filmmaker Chronicles a Small Western Town—Poorly—in the Compelling Novel 'Calamity Jane'

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  Phyllis Barber

After nearly two decades of literary silence, former mystery writer Bernard Schopen is back with Calamity Jane , a new novel that asks serious questions about the West.

His protagonist, independent filmmaker Jane Harmon, returns triumphantly from Hollywood to Blue Lake, Nev., to showcase The Last Roundu...

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Movies & TV

Let's Not and Say We Did: This 'Cops' Comedy Is Stale—and a Little Dangerous

Let's Not and Say We Did: This 'Cops' Comedy Is Stale—and a Little Dangerous

Thursday, August 21, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

A couple of 30-something buddies (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.), bored with their humdrum lives, dress up as cops for a masquerade party—and discover that things are pretty cool when people think you are the law. Thus, they take the masquerade beyond the party—and start chasing criminals and busti...

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We Want the Old Guys: 'Expendables 3' Focuses Too Much on a New Batch of Alleged Stars

We Want the Old Guys: 'Expendables 3' Focuses Too Much on a New Batch of Alleged Stars

Thursday, August 21, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Sylvester Stallone and his awesome band of old crows take some major missteps in The Expendables 3 —an unfortunate leap backward for the aging-action-star franchise.

Stallone and company jettisoned the smarmy Bruce Willis in favor of the growly Harrison Ford, and this is a great change. They also added...

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Music

Desert Rock Chronicles: Robbie Waldman's WAXY May Just Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of the Desert

Desert Rock Chronicles: Robbie Waldman's WAXY May Just Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of the Desert

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  |  Robin Linn

Robbie Waldman’s WAXY may be the next great American rock band to come out of our California desert.

Waldman has a lengthy local history, but he has used this project to truly hone his skills as a writer and performer. In its earliest incarnation, the ever-evolving band had a different feel and vibe:...

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Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Monday, August 18, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

The members of Burning Bettie have distinctly individual personalities and different musical backgrounds—and all of those differences have served the band well, as it’s become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular bands.

The group is holding is third “Burning Bday Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 23, wit...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Blistered Shishito Peppers at Appetito

The Indy Endorsement: The Blistered Shishito Peppers at Appetito

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Blistered Shishito Peppers

Where: Appetito Cal-Italian Deli, 1700 S. Camino Real, No. 2, Palm Springs

How much: $4.95

Contact: 760-327-1929; appetitodeli.com

Why: They’re an example of delicious simplicity—with a side of adventure.

Appetito opened earlier this year in the long-vacant space in the Kof...

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Sniff the Cap: Wine, Lennon and Song at Rose and Buster's in Yucca Valley

Sniff the Cap: Wine, Lennon and Song at Rose and Buster's in Yucca Valley

Monday, August 11, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

Desert dwellers crave wine.

Rose Baker and her husband, Buster, suspected as much when they envisioned a wine bar in Yucca Valley.

The venue is no slick wine-country rip-off.

Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room  sports an eclectic vibe the couple calls “cowboy feng shui”—with Buddhas, cactus, dream catc...

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