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Democracy in Crisis: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Talks About Trump's visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Democracy in Crisis: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Talks About Trump's visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Donald Trump had the audacity to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson last Saturday, Dec. 9.

“I knew a little before everybody else, but I’ll simply ...

Desert Cicerone: How to Buy Beer—Tips and Tricks From Someone in the Know

Desert Cicerone: How to Buy Beer—Tips and Tricks From Someone in the Know

Today, we’re going to go over some tips on how to buy beer.

Before you throw up your hands and say, “Please … what is there to know about buying beer?! You enter a store that sells ...

A Rare Masterpiece: Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Features a Once-in-a-Decade Performance from Frances McDormand

A Rare Masterpiece: Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Features a Once-in-a-Decade Performance from Frances McDormand

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the third feature film by writer-director Martin McDonagh.

It’s also his third masterpiece.

Three Billboards also marks another astonishing...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 7, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 7, 2017!

On this week's trickle-down weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson watches in horror as Soylent Greenbacks are made; The K Chronicles brings us a classic featuring a doll named...

Savage Love: What Happened to the Fun, Smart, Helpful Dan?

Savage Love: What Happened to the Fun, Smart, Helpful Dan?

Editor’s note: Before we get on with the column here, two things:

1. I’d like to welcome Dan Savage and his well-known and much-loved column, Savage Love, to the pages of CVIndepend...

Crushable, Juicy Whalez! As Craft Beer Grows in Popularity, You Should Learn These New Descriptive Terms … or Not

Crushable, Juicy Whalez! As Craft Beer Grows in Popularity, You Should Learn These New Descriptive Terms … or Not

It wasn’t that long ago that IBUs were all that mattered.

International bitterness units were all the rage as IPAs ascended to the top of the craft-beer mountain, and the higher IBU...

A Disease on the Rise: More Than Half of California Adults Are Affected by Diabetes—and the State Is Doing Little to Prevent It

A Disease on the Rise: More Than Half of California Adults Are Affected by Diabetes—and the State Is Doing Little to Prevent It

A teenage girl walks the hardscrabble streets of Richmond, a Bay Area city, rapping about the challenges of drugs, violence—and diabetes.

Here, she says, big dreams are “coated in s...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Jake Gyllenhaal's Performance as a Boston Marathon-Bombing Victim in 'Stronger' Deserves Award Recognition

Home Video Review: Jake Gyllenhaal's Performance as a Boston Marathon-Bombing Victim in 'Stronger' Deserves Award Recognition

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Bob Grimm

With the release of the Golden Globe nominations comes the yearly opportunity to talk about the stupid, shitty snubs that make the Globes a joke.

High atop this year’s WTF? list would be the snubbing of one Jake Gyllenhaal for some of his career-best work in Stronger , the story Jeff Bauman. Bauman los...

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A Rare Masterpiece: Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Features a Once-in-a-Decade Performance from Frances McDormand

A Rare Masterpiece: Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Features a Once-in-a-Decade Performance from Frances McDormand

Saturday, December 09 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the third feature film by writer-director Martin McDonagh.

It’s also his third masterpiece.

Three Billboards also marks another astonishing film achievement for Frances McDormand, who will drill into your chest cavity and do all kinds of crazy shit to your he...

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Coming of Age: Greta Gerwig's Tale About Growing Up in Sacramento Is an Emotional, Funny Triumph

Coming of Age: Greta Gerwig's Tale About Growing Up in Sacramento Is an Emotional, Funny Triumph

Wednesday, December 06 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Greta Gerwig makes her solo directorial debut with Lady Bird , a semi-autobiographical look at her life growing up in Sacramento—and she immediately establishes herself as a directing force to be reckoned with.

Saoirise Ronan, who should’ve won an Oscar for Brooklyn , will likely get another chance for h...

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News

Democracy in Crisis: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Talks About Trump's visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Democracy in Crisis: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Talks About Trump's visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Monday, December 11 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Donald Trump had the audacity to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson last Saturday, Dec. 9.

“I knew a little before everybody else, but I’ll simply say this without even referencing Trump himself,” Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told me when the visit was announce...

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A Disease on the Rise: More Than Half of California Adults Are Affected by Diabetes—and the State Is Doing Little to Prevent It

A Disease on the Rise: More Than Half of California Adults Are Affected by Diabetes—and the State Is Doing Little to Prevent It

Tuesday, December 05 2017  |  Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

A teenage girl walks the hardscrabble streets of Richmond, a Bay Area city, rapping about the challenges of drugs, violence—and diabetes.

Here, she says, big dreams are “coated in sugar,” and innocence is “corrupted with Coke bottles and Ho Ho cupcakes.”

She’s performing in a video by a local youth gr...

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A Chat With a DREAMer: Hugo Chavez, of Local Band Sleeping Habits, Says the Repeal of DACA Would Mean a Return to Living in Fear

A Chat With a DREAMer: Hugo Chavez, of Local Band Sleeping Habits, Says the Repeal of DACA Would Mean a Return to Living in Fear

Saturday, December 02 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2001, the DREAM Act was introduced in Congress. If passed into law, the DREAM Act would grant legal status to undocumented children who were brought to and educated in the United States.

Sixteen years later, the act has never been passed. DREAMers, the young men and women who would be affected by ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 7, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 7, 2017!

Thursday, December 07 2017  |  Staff

On this week's trickle-down weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson watches in horror as Soylent Greenbacks are made; The K Chronicles brings us a classic featuring a doll named Wilbur; This Modern World peeks in at the Stupidverse; Red Meat makes holiday plans with Wally; and Apoca Clips checks ...

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Savage Love: What Happened to the Fun, Smart, Helpful Dan?

Savage Love: What Happened to the Fun, Smart, Helpful Dan?

Tuesday, December 05 2017  |  Dan Savage

Editor’s note: Before we get on with the column here, two things:

1. I’d like to welcome Dan Savage and his well-known and much-loved column, Savage Love, to the pages of CVIndependent.com. Welcome, Dan!

2. Readers: For those of you unfamiliar with Savage Love … consider this a warning.

This is a sex- ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 30, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 30, 2017!

Tuesday, November 28 2017  |  Staff

On this week's doorbuster-deal weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World gets inside the minds of Trump supporters; Jen Sorenson realizes that when it comes to the judiciary, Trump is forever; The K Chronicles wants you to speak out in favor of net neutrality; Red Meat has an exciting dream; a...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Stanley Crawford Writes About Rifts Between Anglo and Chicano Neighbors in His Novel 'Village'

Western Lit: Stanley Crawford Writes About Rifts Between Anglo and Chicano Neighbors in His Novel 'Village'

Wednesday, December 06 2017  |  Alex Trimble Young, High Country News

Stanley Crawford defies most of the stereotypes of a “Western American writer.”

The Dixon, N.M.-based author is more likely to wear sandals than cowboy boots. He owns a pickup truck, but his automotive passion is for working on impractical yet dapper vintage European cars; his most recent project was...

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This Show Is Certainly Not a Drag: Desert Rose's Hilarious 'Times Square Angel' Will Get You Into the Christmas Spirit

This Show Is Certainly Not a Drag: Desert Rose's Hilarious 'Times Square Angel' Will Get You Into the Christmas Spirit

Saturday, November 25 2017  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday out of the way, our thoughts turn to the Christmas season—and one of the special seasonal events in our valley is always Desert Rose Playhouse’s ever-innovative holiday production. This year, the choice is Charles Busch’s Times Square Angel .

Set in New York (and heav...

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Western Lit: Border Patrol Agent-Turned-Author Francisco Cantú Examines His Experiences in 'The Line Becomes a River'

Western Lit: Border Patrol Agent-Turned-Author Francisco Cantú Examines His Experiences in 'The Line Becomes a River'

Thursday, November 16 2017  |  Katherine E. Standefer, High Country News

The tacos dorados , Francisco Cantú tells me as we push through the turnstiles into Nogales, Mexico, are some of the best he’s ever had.

So we beeline through the bustling streets toward the small metal cart in search of the paper-wrapped stacks of crispy chicken tacos dripping spicy red salsa.

Cantú is...

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Music

Goat on the Charts? Throw the Goat Uses PledgeMusic to Take Pre-orders for the Band's Ambitious New Album

Goat on the Charts? Throw the Goat Uses PledgeMusic to Take Pre-orders for the Band's Ambitious New Album

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s a common argument in the local music scene: Is Throw the Goat a metal band … or is it a punk band?

The Idyllwild three-piece’s new album, The Joke’s on Us , settles the argument once and for all: Throw the Goat is definitely a do-it-yourself punk-rock band.

The band is currently taking pre-orders f...

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The Lucky 13: Larry Ellison, Guitarist for Hundred Forms

The Lucky 13: Larry Ellison, Guitarist for Hundred Forms

Tuesday, December 05 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Hundred Forms has been getting consistent local gigs lately, and I’ve been trying to come up with a proper description of band’s sound. The best I can come up with so far: “something fascinating.” The band includes elements of punk rock, desert rock and ’90s underground alternative. For more informa...

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A California Girl: Country-Music Star Cam Tours Smaller West Coast Venues, Including Pappy's, in Advance of a New Album

A California Girl: Country-Music Star Cam Tours Smaller West Coast Venues, Including Pappy's, in Advance of a New Album

Saturday, December 02 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2015, Cam lit up the country-music charts with her album Untamed —and she may very well do so again next year, when she releases a new album.

In the meantime, she’s bringing her small-scale West Coast tour to Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Born in Lafayette, a Bay Area suburb, she decided t...

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Food and Drink

Desert Cicerone: How to Buy Beer—Tips and Tricks From Someone in the Know

Desert Cicerone: How to Buy Beer—Tips and Tricks From Someone in the Know

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Brett Newton

Today, we’re going to go over some tips on how to buy beer.

Before you throw up your hands and say, “Please … what is there to know about buying beer?! You enter a store that sells it, and you buy it!”—let me explain.

If you drink mass-produced lager and are perfectly happy with that, you don’t need t...

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Crushable, Juicy Whalez! As Craft Beer Grows in Popularity, You Should Learn These New Descriptive Terms … or Not

Crushable, Juicy Whalez! As Craft Beer Grows in Popularity, You Should Learn These New Descriptive Terms … or Not

Saturday, December 02 2017  |  Kevin Gibson

It wasn’t that long ago that IBUs were all that mattered.

International bitterness units were all the rage as IPAs ascended to the top of the craft-beer mountain, and the higher IBU count, the better—if you wanted to prove yourself as the top “hophead” in your beer peer group. Bitterness was king, an...

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Restaurant News Bites: Grand Central Approaches Long-Delayed Opening; Agua Caliente Has a New Exec Chef; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Grand Central Approaches Long-Delayed Opening; Agua Caliente Has a New Exec Chef; and Tons More!

Tuesday, November 28 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

Grand Central to Open Soon … Hopefully? … in Palm Springs’ La Plaza Center

More than a year ago, local foodies were all abuzz about the anticipated opening of Grand Central Palm Springs, a restaurant and event space in the historic La Plaza Center in downtown Palm Springs.

In early August 2016, Grand ...

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