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On the Big Screen: Cinema Diverse Shows Off What's New in LGBTQ Films

On the Big Screen: Cinema Diverse Shows Off What's New in LGBTQ Films

Palm Springs is well-known for its star-studded International Film Festival, held every January. However, the city also hosts a well-regarded annual LGBTQ film festival, known as C...

An Insipid, Cowardly Affair: 'No Escape' Wastes the Talents of Its Capable Stars

An Insipid, Cowardly Affair: 'No Escape' Wastes the Talents of Its Capable Stars

Owen Wilson and Lake Bell do “scared shitless” with the best of them in No Escape , an occasionally gripping but mostly silly American-tourist nightmare from director John Erick Dowd...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 3, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 3, 2015!

On this week's breezy Independent comics page: The K Chronicles looks at all the chalk; This Modern World has the same ol' debate; Jen Sorenson examines the problem that is loose baz...

Community Voices: If It Weren't for Obamacare, I'd Be Blind in One Eye

Community Voices: If It Weren't for Obamacare, I'd Be Blind in One Eye

Many Republicans predicted that the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” would send this country into utter chaos.

Of course, this didn’t happen. Nonetheless, there is murmuring am...

True TV; Colbert Takes Over 'The Late Show'; 'You're the Worst' Re-Reinvents the Rom-Com

True TV; Colbert Takes Over 'The Late Show'; 'You're the Worst' Re-Reinvents the Rom-Com

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS), series debut: No one’s probably more excited about the long-awaited arrival of new Late Show host Stephen Colbert than Jame...

Ask a Mexican: Here's Yet More Proof That Mexican Students Often Excel

Ask a Mexican: Here's Yet More Proof That Mexican Students Often Excel

Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently in the rancho, scheming about how to get close enough to Donald Trump so I can smear a bean burrito in his face … HA!

But I did want to share ...

Home Video Review: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine Amaze in 'Z for Zachariah'

Home Video Review: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine Amaze in 'Z for Zachariah'

Three people and a couple of dogs try to figure things out in a post-apocalyptic world during Z for Zachariah , a strong acting exercise featuring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and...

News

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Spectacular events in September include a close pairing of a waning crescent moon and Venus at dawn on Sept. 10—and a total lunar eclipse in the early evening on Sept. 27.

Venus now rises before the sun, and has become a spectacular morning “star” in the east before dawn. Venus reaches its greatest br...

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Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On July 30, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release highlighting the quick success of statewide water-conservation efforts.

“With record-breaking heat throughout much of the state in June, Californians continued to conserve water, reducing water use by 27.3 percent and exceedin...

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Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

San Bernardino police recently made national news thanks to a creative operation .

Cops, dressed in plain clothes or as homeless people, walked up to cars stopped at an intersection. The officers held signs, but instead of saying something to the effect of “need food,” the signs said something to the e...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 3, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 3, 2015!

Thursday, September 03, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's breezy Independent comics page: The K Chronicles looks at all the chalk; This Modern World has the same ol' debate; Jen Sorenson examines the problem that is loose bazoombas; and Red Meat takes in a movie.

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Community Voices: If It Weren't for Obamacare, I'd Be Blind in One Eye

Community Voices: If It Weren't for Obamacare, I'd Be Blind in One Eye

Wednesday, September 02, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Many Republicans predicted that the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” would send this country into utter chaos.

Of course, this didn’t happen. Nonetheless, there is murmuring among a few 2016 Republican presidential candidates that repealing the ACA would be one of the first things they’d do if e...

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Ask a Mexican: Here's Yet More Proof That Mexican Students Often Excel

Ask a Mexican: Here's Yet More Proof That Mexican Students Often Excel

Wednesday, September 02, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently in the rancho, scheming about how to get close enough to Donald Trump so I can smear a bean burrito in his face … HA!

But I did want to share two cosas . A couple of weeks back, I published a letter by one Dickhead in Denver , who asked 10 pendejo questions, regarding...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Monday, August 24, 2015  |  Traci J. Macnamara

Few issues in the West are more controversial than water, and Les Standiford dives headfirst into the topic in his new nonfiction book, Water to the Angels , a dramatic account of the life of William Mulholland.

Standiford traces Mulholland’s rise from being an Irish immigrant ditch-digger to being the...

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Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

It all started with a crayon crisis.

“I distinctly remember that at age 7, I had a major crisis—deciding which of two distinctly different shades of green Crayola crayons would be best for my ‘latest masterpiece,’” Laura Janes said. “And with that decision, I knew that art and painting were my future...

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Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Friday, August 07, 2015  |  Carson Vaughan

Alexis C. Bunten understands what it’s like to be an outsider.

A mix of Alaska Native, Swedish “and something else, French Canadian, I think,” the writer spent her childhood moving across the country, from Hawaii to South Dakota to Alaska and Washington state. She may have faced less outright discrim...

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Movies & TV

On the Big Screen: Cinema Diverse Shows Off What's New in LGBTQ Films

On the Big Screen: Cinema Diverse Shows Off What's New in LGBTQ Films

Friday, September 04, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Palm Springs is well-known for its star-studded International Film Festival, held every January. However, the city also hosts a well-regarded annual LGBTQ film festival, known as Cinema Diverse—and it’s taking place at the Camelot Theatres Sept. 17-20.

Local comedian Shann Carr has been affiliated wi...

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Sometimes a Bad Apple: This New Documentary Shows the Darker Side of Steve Jobs

Sometimes a Bad Apple: This New Documentary Shows the Darker Side of Steve Jobs

Thursday, September 03, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

From Alex Gibney, director of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , comes Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine , a documentary on the late Apple founder.

The film basically covers the entire career of Steve Jobs, from his job at Atari through his stints with Apple. Because Jobs did so much in...

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An Insipid, Cowardly Affair: 'No Escape' Wastes the Talents of Its Capable Stars

An Insipid, Cowardly Affair: 'No Escape' Wastes the Talents of Its Capable Stars

Thursday, September 03, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Owen Wilson and Lake Bell do “scared shitless” with the best of them in No Escape , an occasionally gripping but mostly silly American-tourist nightmare from director John Erick Dowdle.

The movie offers some tense moments and decent sequences, but it becomes an insipid affair in the end—and all of Wils...

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Music

A Band on Fire: Tucson's Burning Palms Returns to the Coachella Valley for a Gig at the Hood

A Band on Fire: Tucson's Burning Palms Returns to the Coachella Valley for a Gig at the Hood

Friday, September 04, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Even though Tucson band Burning Palms is relatively new, the group has been finding indie success in many communities—including the Coachella Valley.

The group is returning to the valley for a show at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Friday, Sept. 11.

Burning Palms has a garage rock/psychedelic rock sound, a...

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Live: Campout 11, Pappy and Harriet's, Aug. 27-29

Live: Campout 11, Pappy and Harriet's, Aug. 27-29

Friday, September 04, 2015  |  Guillermo Prieto

Campout 11 came to Pappy and Harriet’s for three days starting last Thursday, Aug. 27, bringing to Pioneertown the annual migration of “Campers” and “Crumbs” fanatics from all over the United States, Canada and even the United Kingdom.

Custom, of course, dictates that there are dress themes everyday....

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Live: The Melvins at Pappy and Harriet's, Wednesday, Aug. 26

Live: The Melvins at Pappy and Harriet's, Wednesday, Aug. 26

Tuesday, September 01, 2015  |  Guillermo Prieto

I’ve seen Buzz Osborne several times at Pappy and Harriet’s; last time, he performed his one-man King Buzzo show, which highlighted his crazy charisma as he strolled around the stage with an acoustic guitar.

Last Wednesday, gloom-metal fans got to see Buzz with the Melvins—complete with two drummers,...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Erin Peters

Coachella Valley’s 100-plus-degree thirsty season continues well into September, so there’s no better time than now to review new and returning classic summer craft beers that can quench our thirst—in the most delicious way possible.

Almanac Dogpatch Sour: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again : S...

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Restaurant News Bites: The Curious (and Stupid) Case of Oscar's and the Restaurant Rating

Restaurant News Bites: The Curious (and Stupid) Case of Oscar's and the Restaurant Rating

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The whole mess started, as far as we can figure, when somebody walking by Oscar’s Café and Bar noticed the restaurant had posted its recent “C” rating from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, as required. He or she took a photo, and then posted it on Facebook.

After that, things ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Cubano With Tomato Soup at Zobö and Meester's

The Indy Endorsement: The Cubano With Tomato Soup at Zobö and Meester's

Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Cubano With Tomato Soup

Where:  Zobö and Meester’s, 68703 Perez Road, No. A1, Cathedral City

How Much: $7.99

Contact: 760-832-6104; www.zamgrill.com

Why: It’s comforting and delicious.

The invitation came via email on a Saturday. Bart and Carmen wanted to let me know they’d just opened a new restaura...

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