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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Ramona Rowley, an Extraordinary Artist and Free Spirit … and Then There Are the Peacocks

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Ramona Rowley, an Extraordinary Artist and Free Spirit … and Then There Are the Peacocks

She left her native Missouri/Kansas at the age of 25 for San Francisco in 1970. She describes her artwork as “abstract impressionist,” and creates sculpture with a slightly sexual ...

An Influential Concoction: The Melvins Bring More Than 35 Years of Genre-Bending to Pappy and Harriet's

An Influential Concoction: The Melvins Bring More Than 35 Years of Genre-Bending to Pappy and Harriet's

Few bands in the history of music have had a huge lasting impact, yet remained out of the spotlight, like the Melvins have.

There’s no denying that the Melvins’ music has influenced...

Moving Toward a No-Kill Future: It's a No-Brainer—Virtually All Pets Should Be Spayed or Neutered

Moving Toward a No-Kill Future: It's a No-Brainer—Virtually All Pets Should Be Spayed or Neutered

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for California to become a “no-kill” state by including $50 million in his budget for the University of California at Davis to create a...

New Goat, Old Tricks: After a Lineup and Vocals Change, Throw the Goat Works on a New Album

New Goat, Old Tricks: After a Lineup and Vocals Change, Throw the Goat Works on a New Album

Local music fans should be no stranger to Throw the Goat.

The semi-local band—it’s based in Idyllwild—has been a dominant force in the music scene since 2011. Its brand of punk and ...

The Old West Gone Gay: Desert Rose Prioritizes Laughs and Physiques Over Singing Talent and Plot for New Musical 'Those Musclebound Cowboys'

The Old West Gone Gay: Desert Rose Prioritizes Laughs and Physiques Over Singing Talent and Plot for New Musical 'Those Musclebound Cowboys'

Yee haw, little dogies! If’n you’re hankering for a Western-flavored good time, slap on yer best bib and tucker, and mosey on down to the Desert Rose Playhouse! Those Musclebound Co...

Vine Social: The Second Palm Springs Wine Fest Proved the Meaning of 'California Wines' Is Shifting—in a Most Welcome Way

Vine Social: The Second Palm Springs Wine Fest Proved the Meaning of 'California Wines' Is Shifting—in a Most Welcome Way

I love California wine—but perhaps not in the way that you think.

California wines are often described with adjectives like powerful, jammy, oaky, buttery, ripe, intense and concent...

The Lucky 13: Samuel Gonzalez, Multi-Instrumentalist and Frontman of Avenida Music, Performing Regularly at Spotlight 29

The Lucky 13: Samuel Gonzalez, Multi-Instrumentalist and Frontman of Avenida Music, Performing Regularly at Spotlight 29

Avenida Music is one of the hardest-working music groups around. The band has multiple residencies; our readers selected Avenida as the Best Local Band in 2018 in our Best of Coach...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Motherless Brooklyn' Looks Great and Has a Fantastic Cast—but the Story Fails to Engage

Home Video Review: 'Motherless Brooklyn' Looks Great and Has a Fantastic Cast—but the Story Fails to Engage

Jan 20, 2020 14:00  |  Bob Grimm

Edward Norton directs, writes the screenplay and stars in Motherless Brooklyn , a decent-enough adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel of the same name. It’s an OK movie, but it isn’t going to change anybody’s lives.

Norton certainly made a good-looking film here. Motherless Brooklyn is set in the ’50s,...

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Neighbors Onscreen: The Palm Springs International Film Fest's Local Spotlight Was Admirable, Even If the Films Were a Mixed Bag

Neighbors Onscreen: The Palm Springs International Film Fest's Local Spotlight Was Admirable, Even If the Films Were a Mixed Bag

Jan 16, 2020 13:00  |  Josh Bell

Love for the Coachella Valley was a running theme during the Local Spotlight series at the Palm Springs International Film Festival—whether it was expressed by filmmakers who live in the area, or by the onscreen showcases of local landmarks and institutions.

The three Local Spotlight films come from ...

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A Surprising Success: Despite Production Problems and Delays, 'Underwater' Entertains, Thanks to Kristen Stewart

A Surprising Success: Despite Production Problems and Delays, 'Underwater' Entertains, Thanks to Kristen Stewart

Jan 16, 2020 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Kristen Stewart proves she’s a badass movie star in Underwater , a long-delayed and surprisingly decent deep-sea horror/thriller from director William Eubank. While it stands to be the second big-budget box-office disaster in a row for Stewart after Charlie’s Angels , it deserves a better fate: The movi...

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News

Help or Else: A Governor's Task Force Suggests Forcing Cities to Take Action Regarding Homelessness—or Get Sued

Help or Else: A Governor's Task Force Suggests Forcing Cities to Take Action Regarding Homelessness—or Get Sued

Jan 16, 2020 14:00  |  Matt Levin and Jackie Botts, CalMatters

Declaring that moral persuasion and economic incentives aren’t working to bring in people from the sidewalks, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s task force on homelessness earlier this week called for a “legally enforceable mandate” that would force municipalities and the state to house the growing number of homel...

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Uneven Improvement: The Desert Healthcare District's Expansion Is Leading to Good Things—but a Serious Funding Disparity Needs to Be Addressed

Uneven Improvement: The Desert Healthcare District's Expansion Is Leading to Good Things—but a Serious Funding Disparity Needs to Be Addressed

Jan 15, 2020 18:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Back in October, a mulch fire ignited at the Sun Valley Recycling Center near Thermal, on land owned by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The smoke plagued schools and neighborhoods for several weeks, creating health concerns for thousands of residents in the eastern Coachella Valley.

Comm...

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Speaking With the Speaker: Anthony Rendon Talks About 2020 Priorities, Chad Mayes—and Parenting

Speaking With the Speaker: Anthony Rendon Talks About 2020 Priorities, Chad Mayes—and Parenting

Jan 09, 2020 13:30  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CalMatters

Anthony Rendon arrived feeling a little punchy. At 51, the speaker of the California Assembly is adjusting to life as a new dad—and his 3-month-old baby hadn’t slept well the night before.

“She was up at 1:30, 3, 4:30. And then once she woke up at 4:30, she didn’t fall asleep until 6,” Rendon said. “...

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Opinion

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Ramona Rowley, an Extraordinary Artist and Free Spirit … and Then There Are the Peacocks

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Ramona Rowley, an Extraordinary Artist and Free Spirit … and Then There Are the Peacocks

Jan 22, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

She left her native Missouri/Kansas at the age of 25 for San Francisco in 1970. She describes her artwork as “abstract impressionist,” and creates sculpture with a slightly sexual bent. She has lived in a sprawling home in Thousand Palms, which she hopes one day will be a museum, for more than 30 ye...

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Savage Love: Now That We're Married, My Wife Keeps Putting Off Indulging in My Kinks; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: Now That We're Married, My Wife Keeps Putting Off Indulging in My Kinks; What Should I Do?

Jan 22, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a 30-year-old bi male. I’ve been with my wife for five years, and we’ve been married nine months.

A month into our relationship, I let her know that watching partners with other men has always been something I wanted, and that sharing this had caused all my previous relationships to collapse. Her...

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Moving Toward a No-Kill Future: It's a No-Brainer—Virtually All Pets Should Be Spayed or Neutered

Moving Toward a No-Kill Future: It's a No-Brainer—Virtually All Pets Should Be Spayed or Neutered

Jan 21, 2020 18:00  |  Carlynne McDonnell

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for California to become a “no-kill” state by including $50 million in his budget for the University of California at Davis to create a new grant-based system to help shelters achieve the goal of no longer euthanizing treatable cats and dogs.

Making Califo...

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Arts and Culture

The Old West Gone Gay: Desert Rose Prioritizes Laughs and Physiques Over Singing Talent and Plot for New Musical 'Those Musclebound Cowboys'

The Old West Gone Gay: Desert Rose Prioritizes Laughs and Physiques Over Singing Talent and Plot for New Musical 'Those Musclebound Cowboys'

Jan 20, 2020 13:45  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Yee haw, little dogies! If’n you’re hankering for a Western-flavored good time, slap on yer best bib and tucker, and mosey on down to the Desert Rose Playhouse! Those Musclebound Cowboys From Snake Pit Gulch are a-waitin’ on you, buckaroos!

The sold-out house of patrons for the opening weekend of this ...

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Love and Marriage: Dezart Performs' 'Daniel's Husband' Is Heart-Wrenching and Flawless

Love and Marriage: Dezart Performs' 'Daniel's Husband' Is Heart-Wrenching and Flawless

Jan 11, 2020 13:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Any professional critic worth his or her salt strives to be fair, tactful, entertaining and, most of all, honest. To regularly gush or fawn over productions would cause us to lose our credibility. But every now and then, a play comes along that leaves us no choice but to gush.

Such is the case with D...

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Western Lit: 'The Dreamt Land' Looks at California's History to Understand the Current Water Crisis

Western Lit: 'The Dreamt Land' Looks at California's History to Understand the Current Water Crisis

Jan 08, 2020 17:35  |  Sean McCoy, High Country News

My mother grew up on a tiny farm on the outskirts of Bakersfield in the 1960s. When I was little, she told me stories about the Basques who sheared their sheep, and a childhood spent wandering among the family’s fruit and nut trees.

It was a bucolic picture of California’s Central Valley—the type of ...

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Music

A Movement in Motion: Instigator, Performing This Weekend at The Date Shed, Talks About Its Influence on the Scene and an Upcoming New Album

A Movement in Motion: Instigator, Performing This Weekend at The Date Shed, Talks About Its Influence on the Scene and an Upcoming New Album

Jan 22, 2020 18:30  |  Matt King

I play in a couple of bands, and whenever I get recognized on the street, it’s a humbling experience. I feel honored that all of the hard work I’ve put into my music is paying off—especially when people tell me they love my band.

But a few of those encounters have started with the person saying: “You...

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An Influential Concoction: The Melvins Bring More Than 35 Years of Genre-Bending to Pappy and Harriet's

An Influential Concoction: The Melvins Bring More Than 35 Years of Genre-Bending to Pappy and Harriet's

Jan 22, 2020 11:30  |  Matt King

Few bands in the history of music have had a huge lasting impact, yet remained out of the spotlight, like the Melvins have.

There’s no denying that the Melvins’ music has influenced many different genres—in part because the band never stuck to one sound. Sludge, metal, grunge, punk and thrash, all co...

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New Goat, Old Tricks: After a Lineup and Vocals Change, Throw the Goat Works on a New Album

New Goat, Old Tricks: After a Lineup and Vocals Change, Throw the Goat Works on a New Album

Jan 21, 2020 14:05  |  Matt King

Local music fans should be no stranger to Throw the Goat.

The semi-local band—it’s based in Idyllwild—has been a dominant force in the music scene since 2011. Its brand of punk and thrash melds well with quirky lyrics on standout tracks like “Havin’ a Beer” and “Beef,” while more-political lyrics on ...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: The Second Palm Springs Wine Fest Proved the Meaning of 'California Wines' Is Shifting—in a Most Welcome Way

Vine Social: The Second Palm Springs Wine Fest Proved the Meaning of 'California Wines' Is Shifting—in a Most Welcome Way

Jan 17, 2020 17:30  |  Katie Finn

I love California wine—but perhaps not in the way that you think.

California wines are often described with adjectives like powerful, jammy, oaky, buttery, ripe, intense and concentrated—but it’s descriptors like these that make my stomach turn and have me reaching for the nearest can of Modelo. Yes,...

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On Cocktails: Chartreuse, Made by Monks for Centuries, May or May Not Work as Medicine—but It Definitely Works in Delicious Drinks

On Cocktails: Chartreuse, Made by Monks for Centuries, May or May Not Work as Medicine—but It Definitely Works in Delicious Drinks

Jan 16, 2020 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

It’s the good ol’ plague time of year: If you haven’t been sick this month, you almost certainly knew somebody who was.

Seriously, people: If you would all stop “giving up” drinking after New Year’s Eve (or New Year’s Day brunch), I think we could all avoid this. Skeptical, are we? Well, allow me to ...

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Caesar Cervisia: A Look at the Local Craft-Beer Scene Reveals Improvements, Disappointments and a Little Bit of Weirdness

Caesar Cervisia: A Look at the Local Craft-Beer Scene Reveals Improvements, Disappointments and a Little Bit of Weirdness

Jan 14, 2020 15:00  |  Brett Newton

Ladies and gentlemen, the state of the local craft-beer scene is … puzzling.

I've racked my brain for ways that I can approach this topic, and I’ve decided to just write what comes to mind. I wonder if it will get me in as much trouble as last year's version of this column did. ( Caring if it gets me i...

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