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The Adolescents Play for Adolescents! The Legendary OC Punk Band Is Taking Part in This Year's Vans Warped Tour

The Adolescents Play for Adolescents! The Legendary OC Punk Band Is Taking Part in This Year's Vans Warped Tour

The Adolescents are part of the Vans Warped Tour this summer—and the band is retaining its punk cred by eschewing a cushy tour bus in favor of a van. Yes, after almost 40 years in ...

Vine Social: After Moving to Napa, Our New Columnist Lost Her Love of Wine

Vine Social: After Moving to Napa, Our New Columnist Lost Her Love of Wine

You moved back to the desert? From Napa? On purpose?

Yep. And I couldn’t be happier.

Naturally, your next question might be whether I suffered some kind of head trauma or had a lobot...

Stopping Suffering: Reports Show Terminally Ill Californians Are Using the End of Life Option Act—but The Law Faces Opposition

Stopping Suffering: Reports Show Terminally Ill Californians Are Using the End of Life Option Act—but The Law Faces Opposition

On June 27, the California Department of Public Health issued its first data report on residents’ participation in the new End of Life Option Act.

The law was signed by the governor...

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Is Almost Open; Trio and Copley's Owners at Work on AC3; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Is Almost Open; Trio and Copley's Owners at Work on AC3; and Tons More!

Three New Places Coming Soon From Local Restaurant Greats

In the coming months, at least three new restaurants are slated to open their doors in the Coachella Valley that are owned ...

Art Is Everywhere: While Many of the Big Galleries Take the Summer Off, Great Art Can Still Be Found in Abundance

Art Is Everywhere: While Many of the Big Galleries Take the Summer Off, Great Art Can Still Be Found in Abundance

Many of the Coachella Valley’s larger art galleries tend to hibernate during the summer heat. The (relative) exodus of tourists provides time for them to prepare new exhibitions fo...

Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

East Vista Chino has claimed another pedestrian’s life—the third since last October.

This time, according to the police report, the deceased was 62-year-old Palm Springs resident Jo...

Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy like no other. Yes, two people fall in love—but that’s about all The Big Sick has in common with your average romantic comedy. This film is an amazin...

News

Stopping Suffering: Reports Show Terminally Ill Californians Are Using the End of Life Option Act—but The Law Faces Opposition

Stopping Suffering: Reports Show Terminally Ill Californians Are Using the End of Life Option Act—but The Law Faces Opposition

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On June 27, the California Department of Public Health issued its first data report on residents’ participation in the new End of Life Option Act.

The law was signed by the governor in 2015 and took effect on June 9, 2016. The report reveals that 258 terminally ill California patients—diagnosed as ha...

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Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Friday, July 21, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

East Vista Chino has claimed another pedestrian’s life—the third since last October.

This time, according to the police report, the deceased was 62-year-old Palm Springs resident John Palladino, who was hit by a car on the night of Sunday, June 18. He was hospitalized and fought for his life until Ju...

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Cannabis in the CV: Palm Springs, Cathedral City Issue Permits for Commercial Cultivation; Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods Are Coming

Cannabis in the CV: Palm Springs, Cathedral City Issue Permits for Commercial Cultivation; Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods Are Coming

Wednesday, July 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Following the lead of other Coachella Valley cities, Palm Springs has entered the commercial-cultivation game with the approval of the city’s first growing greenhouse.

The city granted the permit to Palm Springs Safe Access, which operates a medical dispensary on Gene Autry Trail. The grow will be lo...

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Opinion

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Your Views of America and Americans So Biased?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Your Views of America and Americans So Biased?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m listening to a podcast called Gravy . The segment is bluegrass tacos. You were interviewed, and a few statements bothered me: “The U.S. can take half of Mexico. They can make us peons, force us to move up north.”

Is this a common shared view of America(ns) in your community? If so, it...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 20, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 20, 2017!

Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's unseasonably humid weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the word "treason"; The K Chronicles envies another couple; This Modern World ponders the Trump-Russia story; Apoca Clips finds parallels between the Trumps and another famous TV family; and Red Meat gears up for a...

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Ask a Mexican: Should Mexican Americans Root for Mexico or U.S. in the World Cup?

Ask a Mexican: Should Mexican Americans Root for Mexico or U.S. in the World Cup?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I always get excited about the World Cup. In preparation for the event next year, I wanted your opinion on the team my wife and I should root for if the U.S. were to play Mexico.

I’m a fourth-generation Mexican American. Spanish was never spoken at home, b...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: An Angler Documents His Pursuit of Uglier Species in 'Beautifully Grotesque Fish'

Western Lit: An Angler Documents His Pursuit of Uglier Species in 'Beautifully Grotesque Fish'

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Ben Goldfarb, High Country News

Listen up, water-loving Westerners: We’ve got a problem—a trout problem.

For decades, anglers have fetishized these silvery stream-dwellers, maniacally pursuing rainbows, browns and brookies to the neglect of other underwater life. Every year, obliging fish managers pump America’s waterways full of m...

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Art Is Everywhere: While Many of the Big Galleries Take the Summer Off, Great Art Can Still Be Found in Abundance

Art Is Everywhere: While Many of the Big Galleries Take the Summer Off, Great Art Can Still Be Found in Abundance

Monday, July 24, 2017  |  William Bryan Rooney

Many of the Coachella Valley’s larger art galleries tend to hibernate during the summer heat. The (relative) exodus of tourists provides time for them to prepare new exhibitions for the fall.

But the need to experience art doesn’t go on vacation—and this time of year provides art-lovers with a great ...

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Western Lit: A New Novel Revisits Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Examining Six Decades of Transformation in Monterey

Western Lit: A New Novel Revisits Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Examining Six Decades of Transformation in Monterey

Thursday, July 13, 2017  |  Melissa Hart, High Country News

If a city’s planners are savvy, they’ll adapt to the ebb and flow of natural resources with entrepreneurial vision.

When the logging industry collapsed in Oakridge, Ore., the town reinvented itself as a haven for mountain bikers. Downtown Tacoma, Wash.—once shattered by depression and crime—now revol...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Killing Ground' Uses Fleshed-Out Characters and Great Acting to Tell a Horrific Story

Home Video Review: 'Killing Ground' Uses Fleshed-Out Characters and Great Acting to Tell a Horrific Story

Monday, July 24, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

In Killing Ground , writer-director Damien Power manages to tell a nightmarish, horrific story in a way that eschews exploitation and gratuitous violence—while still being somewhat violent … and really, really scary.

A young couple (Harriet Dyer and Ian Meadows) goes on a camping trip in a remote Austr...

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Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy like no other. Yes, two people fall in love—but that’s about all The Big Sick has in common with your average romantic comedy. This film is an amazing beast off in its own category.

Real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani ( Silicon Valley ) and Emily V. Gordon penned the script ...

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Blockbuster Bliss: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Is the Best Film in the Fine Reboot Trilogy

Blockbuster Bliss: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Is the Best Film in the Fine Reboot Trilogy

Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The enthralling modern Planet of the Apes trilogy comes to a close with War for the Planet of the Apes , its best chapter yet.

Caesar (played via motion capture by Andy Serkis) is holding his own in the forest with his band of ape soldiers when a crazed colonel (Woody Harrelson) finds him and delivers ...

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Music

The Adolescents Play for Adolescents! The Legendary OC Punk Band Is Taking Part in This Year's Vans Warped Tour

The Adolescents Play for Adolescents! The Legendary OC Punk Band Is Taking Part in This Year's Vans Warped Tour

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The Adolescents are part of the Vans Warped Tour this summer—and the band is retaining its punk cred by eschewing a cushy tour bus in favor of a van. Yes, after almost 40 years in the business, the Orange County punk outfit is still kicking ass.

The Adolescents are one of several legendary bands—incl...

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Purveyors of Electronic Dance Rock: Desert Hot Springs' Chill Magnet Celebrates the Release of Its Well-Received Debut Album

Purveyors of Electronic Dance Rock: Desert Hot Springs' Chill Magnet Celebrates the Release of Its Well-Received Debut Album

Monday, July 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs band Chill Magnet has finally put out an album—and it lives up to the band’s name.

Surf Chica Bonita includes some truly bang-up tracks that will remind listeners of bands such as Tame Impala, Foals and MGMT. Parts of the album have deep, psychedelic tracks, while other sections hav...

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Live: CHIC With Nile Rodgers, Fantasy Springs, July 15

Live: CHIC With Nile Rodgers, Fantasy Springs, July 15

Monday, July 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When Nile Rodgers and CHIC performed at Fantasy Springs on Saturday night, he expressed concern about the setup inside the Special Events Center.

“It’s weird to see everyone sitting; it feels like being in a classroom,” Rodgers told the crowd about a quarter of the way into the band’s set. “CHIC is a...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: After Moving to Napa, Our New Columnist Lost Her Love of Wine

Vine Social: After Moving to Napa, Our New Columnist Lost Her Love of Wine

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Katie Finn

You moved back to the desert? From Napa? On purpose?

Yep. And I couldn’t be happier.

Naturally, your next question might be whether I suffered some kind of head trauma or had a lobotomy. After all, I am in the wine business, so Napa should be my holy land, my Mecca. That was certainly the idea when th...

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Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Is Almost Open; Trio and Copley's Owners at Work on AC3; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Is Almost Open; Trio and Copley's Owners at Work on AC3; and Tons More!

Monday, July 24, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

Three New Places Coming Soon From Local Restaurant Greats

In the coming months, at least three new restaurants are slated to open their doors in the Coachella Valley that are owned by veteran local restaurateurs.

In order of anticipated opening:

Acqua California Bistro —at The River, 71800 Highway 111,...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Super Cheesy Nachos at Blackbook

The Indy Endorsement: The Super Cheesy Nachos at Blackbook

Tuesday, July 18, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Super Cheesy Nachos

Where: Blackbook, 315 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs

How much: $10; $14 with carne asada (as shown) or marinated chicken

Contact: 760-832-8497; blackbookbar.com

Why: This is an elevated version of a bar-food classic.

Blackbook has only been open for a couple of months in the old Caf...

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