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Ain't It Funky Now: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Brings Chart-Topping Instrumental Jazz to Pappy and Harriet's

Ain't It Funky Now: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Brings Chart-Topping Instrumental Jazz to Pappy and Harriet's

When was the last time you listened to a song by Booker T. and the M.G.’s? Thanks to infectious piano grooves, flowing bass lines and plucky guitar riffs that just make you want to...

Curbing Rent Gouging: Here's What You Need to Know About California's New Rent Increase Cap

Curbing Rent Gouging: Here's What You Need to Know About California's New Rent Increase Cap

Millions of California renters are about to receive some of the nation’s strongest protections against rent hikes and evictions—and the primary advocacy group for California landlo...

A Workforce Earthquake: AB 5 Passes the Legislature, Transforming the Status of Independent Contractors Across the State

A Workforce Earthquake: AB 5 Passes the Legislature, Transforming the Status of Independent Contractors Across the State

Doctors, real estate agents and hairdressers can keep their independent contractor status—but not truckers, commercial janitors, nail-salon workers, physical therapists and, signif...

Community Rocks: The First Idyllfest's Goal—Help the Town Heal Via the Power of Music

Community Rocks: The First Idyllfest's Goal—Help the Town Heal Via the Power of Music

In July 2018, the Cranston Fire devastated the town of Idyllwild, burning more than 13,000 acres—and those fires were followed by downpours and that destroyed roads and created sin...

A Worthwhile Disappointment: 'It Chapter Two' Is a Mess, but It Gives the Saga a Needed Conclusion

A Worthwhile Disappointment: 'It Chapter Two' Is a Mess, but It Gives the Saga a Needed Conclusion

It Chapter Two gives moviegoers a needed, yet mediocre, conclusion to a saga started by the previous, far-superior film.

Translation: If you saw and liked the first movie, you need t...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 12, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 12, 2019!

On this week's Sharpie-ink-stained weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles finds a way to make female presidential candidates more palatable to sexists; This Modern World po...

Caesar Cervisia: A Look Back at the Late, Lamented Schmidy's Tavern and Its Beer School

Caesar Cervisia: A Look Back at the Late, Lamented Schmidy's Tavern and Its Beer School

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came

In 2008, I was in the midst of a major life transition. I was a musician who had retreate...

Movies & TV

A Worthwhile Disappointment: 'It Chapter Two' Is a Mess, but It Gives the Saga a Needed Conclusion

A Worthwhile Disappointment: 'It Chapter Two' Is a Mess, but It Gives the Saga a Needed Conclusion

Sep 12, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

It Chapter Two gives moviegoers a needed, yet mediocre, conclusion to a saga started by the previous, far-superior film.

Translation: If you saw and liked the first movie, you need to watch this one to get the full story. You’ll also be witnessing a decline in quality.

In a strange way, I’m happy It Cha...

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Learn About This Legend: Linda Ronstadt Gets a Much-Deserved Tribute in This New Documentary

Learn About This Legend: Linda Ronstadt Gets a Much-Deserved Tribute in This New Documentary

Sep 11, 2019 13:00  |  Bob Grimm

Linda Ronstadt is one of the most versatile musicians to have ever walked the planet. Country music, pop, rock, opera, Mexican folk music—her resume is crazily full of wide-ranging, bold leaps into all corners of the musical landscape.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice , with her full participatio...

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Home Video Review: Hulu's 'Untouchable' Gives Some of Harvey Weinstein's Victims a Chance to Speak Out

Home Video Review: Hulu's 'Untouchable' Gives Some of Harvey Weinstein's Victims a Chance to Speak Out

Sep 09, 2019 12:30  |  Bob Grimm

Harvey Weinstein is, and always was, a disgusting pig of a human being. Untouchable is a documentary about his despicable ways, specifically his abuse of power and women—and filmmakers don’t need to work hard to illustrate that the guy is a menace.

Victims of his abuse, including actresses such as Rosa...

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News

Candidate Q&A: Palm Springs City Council District 1 Candidates Les Young, Scott Myer and Grace Young

Candidate Q&A: Palm Springs City Council District 1 Candidates Les Young, Scott Myer and Grace Young

Sep 16, 2019 07:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Palm Springs residents living in the newly drawn Districts 1, 2 and 3 will head to the polls to elect three City Council members.

These elections are the first step in the city’s transition from at-large to district-based representation, in response to changes required to comply w...

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Curbing Rent Gouging: Here's What You Need to Know About California's New Rent Increase Cap

Curbing Rent Gouging: Here's What You Need to Know About California's New Rent Increase Cap

Sep 12, 2019 14:15  |  Matt Levin, CalMatters

Millions of California renters are about to receive some of the nation’s strongest protections against rent hikes and evictions—and the primary advocacy group for California landlords is OK with that.

State legislators this week passed AB 1482 , a bill from Assemblyman David Chiu, a Democrat from San F...

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A Workforce Earthquake: AB 5 Passes the Legislature, Transforming the Status of Independent Contractors Across the State

A Workforce Earthquake: AB 5 Passes the Legislature, Transforming the Status of Independent Contractors Across the State

Sep 12, 2019 13:15  |  Judy Lin, CalMatters

Doctors, real estate agents and hairdressers can keep their independent contractor status—but not truckers, commercial janitors, nail-salon workers, physical therapists and, significantly, gig economy workers, who will gain the rights and benefits of employees in California under sweeping workplace ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 12, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 12, 2019!

Sep 12, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's Sharpie-ink-stained weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles finds a way to make female presidential candidates more palatable to sexists; This Modern World ponders what would happen today if an asteroid came sorta-close-but-not-really to Earth; Jen Sorensen looks at the threat ...

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Savage Love: Should I Be Worried About My Roommate's Extreme Daily Sexual Encounters at Our Home?

Savage Love: Should I Be Worried About My Roommate's Extreme Daily Sexual Encounters at Our Home?

Sep 11, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

My roommate is a gay man who is into getting fisted. A lot.

We were FWBs until he moved into my place, at which point we agreed it would be better for us to not have sex anymore. It’s worked out fine, and he’s been here for a year. Here’s the problem: About two years ago, he got into fisting, and he ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 5, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 5, 2019!

Sep 05, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's sold-out, standing-room-only weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World features thoughts from a bedbug; Jen Sorensen looks at generational entitlement; (Th)ink pays tribute to Toni Morrison; Apoca Clips listens to Li'l Trumpy's hurricane musings; and Red Meat talks to Earl about...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Joe Wilkins' Debut Novel Tackles Male Relationships, Public Lands and Political Divisions

Western Lit: Joe Wilkins' Debut Novel Tackles Male Relationships, Public Lands and Political Divisions

Sep 05, 2019 10:30  |  Sarah Gilman, High Country News

Rowdy Burns doesn’t look like much when he first meets ranch hand Wendell Newman.

He’s a silent slip of a boy, 7 years old, hollow-cheeked and hollowed-out by trauma—a mother struggling with drugs, and days spent alone in an empty apartment. He’s “the tiniest little thing for miles,” Wendell thinks. ...

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High-Flying Show: The Palm Canyon Theatre Kicks Off Its New Season With 'Peter Pan'

High-Flying Show: The Palm Canyon Theatre Kicks Off Its New Season With 'Peter Pan'

Aug 27, 2019 17:00  |  David Kenniston

“It’s a super-big challenge to fly.”

That the reason it’s taken more than 20 years for the Palm Canyon Theatre to put on the popular musical Peter Pan —but the venerable downtown Palm Springs theater will launch its new season with a production of the classic musical, on Friday, Sept. 20.

Paul Grant, wh...

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Comedy as Healing: Felipe Esparza Brings His Bilingual, Personal Comedy to Morongo

Comedy as Healing: Felipe Esparza Brings His Bilingual, Personal Comedy to Morongo

Aug 21, 2019 17:00  |  Andy Lara

Felipe Esparza is a funny guy—something he proved by winning NBC’s Last Comic Standing back in 2010.

Almost a decade later, the Los Angeles-based comedian has since been featured on comedy specials on HBO and Showtime, and is working with Fox to develop a sitcom. See him for yourself when he returns to...

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Music

Ain't It Funky Now: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Brings Chart-Topping Instrumental Jazz to Pappy and Harriet's

Ain't It Funky Now: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Brings Chart-Topping Instrumental Jazz to Pappy and Harriet's

Sep 15, 2019 11:00  |  Matt King

When was the last time you listened to a song by Booker T. and the M.G.’s? Thanks to infectious piano grooves, flowing bass lines and plucky guitar riffs that just make you want to boogie, Booker T. dominated the ’60s with his group’s instrumental soul jazz.

Now 50 years later, it’s worth getting to ...

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The Lucky 13: Brian Blueskye, Entertainment and Culture Reporter for The Desert Sun

The Lucky 13: Brian Blueskye, Entertainment and Culture Reporter for The Desert Sun

Sep 13, 2019 10:30  |  Matt King

Readers of the Coachella Valley Independent know the work of Brian Blueskye well; he shared his unique view on the arts in the valley and gave local music a voice in these pages for six years. Blueskye’s coverage of smaller bands brought them more notoriety, and his entertaining conversations with big...

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Community Rocks: The First Idyllfest's Goal—Help the Town Heal Via the Power of Music

Community Rocks: The First Idyllfest's Goal—Help the Town Heal Via the Power of Music

Sep 12, 2019 11:00  |  Matt King

In July 2018, the Cranston Fire devastated the town of Idyllwild, burning more than 13,000 acres—and those fires were followed by downpours and that destroyed roads and created sinkholes.

Despite the chaos, Idyllwild is still standing.

“They went through a really rough time—the fires, the floods—and t...

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Food and Drink

Caesar Cervisia: A Look Back at the Late, Lamented Schmidy's Tavern and Its Beer School

Caesar Cervisia: A Look Back at the Late, Lamented Schmidy's Tavern and Its Beer School

Sep 11, 2019 16:00  |  Brett Newton

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came

In 2008, I was in the midst of a major life transition. I was a musician who had retreated from the wasteland that was the Los Angeles music scene a year previous, and was I wondering what my next move would b...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Original Musashi Tonkotsu at Ramen Musashi

The Indy Endorsement: The Original Musashi Tonkotsu at Ramen Musashi

Sep 07, 2019 11:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The original Musashi tonkotsu

Where: Ramen Musashi, 44491 Town Center Way, Suite G, Palm Desert

How much: $14

Contact: 760-674-7299; ramenpalmdesert.com

Why: The broth is stellar.

Food trends usually arrive in the Coachella Valley about five years later than they arrive in bigger cities. Take ramen, for ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich at Unique Bite Eatery

The Indy Endorsement: The Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich at Unique Bite Eatery

Sep 05, 2019 12:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The smoked pulled pork sandwich

Where: Unique Bite Eatery, 82900 Avenue 42, Indio

How much: $10.99

Contact: 760-342-8286; uniquebiteeatery.com

Why: The quality of the food is unique.

The name Unique Bite Eatery is a bit of a misnomer.

I do not mean this as an insult in any way: In fact, I am a big fan of ...

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