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Better but Not Great: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Improves on the Original, but Still Feels Flat

Better but Not Great: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Improves on the Original, but Still Feels Flat

Last year’s The Purge was a boring slog of a movie that wasted a good premise. The Purge: Anarchy , the sequel, is a better movie. But I’m not saying it’s...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

On this week's extra-fresh comics page: Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World makes its Independent debut with some breaking news; Jen Sorenson calls on the ...

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Desert Hot Springs has been in a fiscal emergency ever since last year’s surprising November revelation that the city was facing a budget deficit upwa...

True TV: Take the 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Quiz!

True TV: Take the 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Quiz!

The Only TV Column That Matters™ has seen the glory of Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One (premiering Wednesday, July 30) in advance and can definitivel...

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News

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs has been in a fiscal emergency ever since last year’s surprising November revelation that the city was facing a budget deficit upward of $6 million.

In an effort to bridge that gap, the city put Measure F on the June 3 ballot, proposing to drastically raise taxes on vacant parcels ...

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Crack Law Is Wack: State Lawmakers Inch Closer to Fixing a Discriminatory Law

Crack Law Is Wack: State Lawmakers Inch Closer to Fixing a Discriminatory Law

Thursday, July 17, 2014  |  Raheem F. Hosseini

State legislators are finally addressing one of the most racist drug laws on the books.

On July 2, the state Assembly Appropriations Committee approved the California Fair Sentencing Act of 2014 on a 12-3 margin (with two abstentions). Aided by a bullish review from the nonpartisan Legislative Analys...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's extra-fresh comics page: Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World makes its Independent debut with some breaking news; Jen Sorenson calls on the border goon squad; The K Chronicles marks the birth of the second boy; and Red Meat discusses the dangers of giraffes.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Stand Up to the Corrupt Mexican Government?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Stand Up to the Corrupt Mexican Government?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I’ll be returning to my country or Kuala Lumpur.

Since I’ve been in this country, I’ve noticed there’s a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I’ve talked to Mexicans, and they all say they’re proud to be Mexic...

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Arts and Culture

Oh Kaye! Rancho Mirage's Kaye Ballard Discusses Her Storied Career—and Reveals She Still Has Unmet Goals

Oh Kaye! Rancho Mirage's Kaye Ballard Discusses Her Storied Career—and Reveals She Still Has Unmet Goals

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  |  Alexis Hunter

More than 500 adoring fans filled the large, sold-out auditorium at the Camelot Theatres one spring evening, with several hundred others sent home, disappointed by the fact that they could not buy tickets to the show featuring a true living legend.

Inside, 88-year-old Kaye Ballard had her Going Out of...

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Rethinking Glass for the New Century: Meet Sculptor Patrick Blythe

Rethinking Glass for the New Century: Meet Sculptor Patrick Blythe

Friday, July 18, 2014  |  Victor Barocas

Patrick Blythe’s large studio, located inside Indio’s Coachella Valley Art Center, includes four separate spaces. It’s clear that each space has its own distinct purpose.

Design and model-marking. Mold-making and stone-carving. A kiln room for heating and forming glass. And a “cold room,” where glass...

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Movies & TV

Better but Not Great: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Improves on the Original, but Still Feels Flat

Better but Not Great: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Improves on the Original, but Still Feels Flat

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Last year’s The Purge was a boring slog of a movie that wasted a good premise. The Purge: Anarchy , the sequel, is a better movie. But I’m not saying it’s good: While it’s better, it still has a lot of problems.

The film starts mere hours before the annual Purge, a one-day holiday during which citizens o...

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Please Delete: 'Sex Tape' Is an Unfunny, Flat Mess of a Movie

Please Delete: 'Sex Tape' Is an Unfunny, Flat Mess of a Movie

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Once upon a time, there was a new director who seemed to have a very promising career ahead of him. In 1998, Jake Kasdan made his directorial debut with the excellent Zero Effect , one of that year’s best movies. It still stands as one of Ben Stiller’s best efforts—and Kasdan even wrote the thing.

Sinc...

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Music

The Lucky 13: DJ Aaron C

The Lucky 13: DJ Aaron C

Monday, July 21, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

DJ Aaron C is one of the valley’s busiest DJs. With more than 20 years of experience, including a stint as a radio DJ on KUCR FM 88.3, Aaron C has been known to mix genres in his DJ sets. He performs at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Copa, Bar and the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club. For more ...

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Live: X at Pappy and Harriet's, Saturday, July 19

Live: X at Pappy and Harriet's, Saturday, July 19

Monday, July 21, 2014  |  Guillermo Prieto

Interstate 10 brings travelers from Los Angeles to the Palm Springs area—but for a show this weekend, the band X took the road less traveled: Highway 62, to Pioneertown and Pappy and Harriet’s. After 37 years of music and exploring, X turned in an enchanted evening beneath the desert stars.

As you pu...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Slider Sampler at Woody's Burgers

The Indy Endorsement: The Slider Sampler at Woody's Burgers

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Slider Sampler

Where: Woody’s Burgers, 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $10.50

Contact: 760-230-0188; woodysburgersps.com

Why: Variety is the spice of life.

Sometimes, you don’t want to make a choice—and when it comes to burgers, Woody’s makes life a little easier on indecisive diners...

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The Beer Goddess: A New TV Show Combines Great Chefs, Amazing Ingredients and Fantastic Brews

The Beer Goddess: A New TV Show Combines Great Chefs, Amazing Ingredients and Fantastic Brews

Monday, July 21, 2014  |  Erin Peters

There’s been a paradigm shift regarding what we pair with elevated cuisine, and how we pair it. Luckily for us, these pairings now often include craft beer.

Because there are more ingredients to play with in beer than wine, there’s more room for flavor and experimentation. The marriage of craft beer ...

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