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The Lucky 13: Hugo Chavez, Drummer for The BrosQuitos

The Lucky 13: Hugo Chavez, Drummer for The BrosQuitos

The BrosQuitos released the band’s long-awaited debut album, Vinyl Image , back in May—and it’s fantastic. The songs became part of the soundtrack to my summer; this group has a prom...

Democracy in Crisis: White Supremacy, Monuments, Power—and What It All Means

Democracy in Crisis: White Supremacy, Monuments, Power—and What It All Means

Donald Trump’s Aug. 15 press conference, during which he defended the racists in Charlottesville and attacked those there to protest them, was one of the worst performances of his ...

Cannabis in the CV: The National Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Declassified; Could Cali Have Too Much Weed?

Cannabis in the CV: The National Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Declassified; Could Cali Have Too Much Weed?

The National Conference of State Legislatures, citing the wave of legalization and the explosion of a new industry in its wake, on Aug. 7 passed a resolution urging the federal gov...

Vine Social: Rosé Is Perfect for a Hot Day—So Here's a Primer on This Increasingly Popular Wine

Vine Social: Rosé Is Perfect for a Hot Day—So Here's a Primer on This Increasingly Popular Wine

What’s that, you say? You love rosé? Well, if you live in the sunny Coachella Valley, you’re in luck!

While people in a large portion of the country are preparing for a frigid futur...

Live: Splash House, August Edition, Aug. 11-13

Live: Splash House, August Edition, Aug. 11-13

The three-day party that it is Splash House returned for the second and final time this summer, running Aug. 11-13.

The Friday night pre-party, at the Palm Springs Air Museum, featu...

Solid Horror: 'Annabelle: Creation' Works Thanks to Fine Scares, Excellent Acting

Solid Horror: 'Annabelle: Creation' Works Thanks to Fine Scares, Excellent Acting

Annabelle, the creepy doll from The Conjuring movies, gets her second standalone film with Annabelle: Creation , a silly movie that is nevertheless enjoyable thanks to some deft direct...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 17, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 17, 2017!

On this week's off-script weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at Trump's words on protesters; This Modern World assesses threats to the nation; The K Chronicles shares...

News

Democracy in Crisis: White Supremacy, Monuments, Power—and What It All Means

Democracy in Crisis: White Supremacy, Monuments, Power—and What It All Means

Monday, August 21, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Donald Trump’s Aug. 15 press conference, during which he defended the racists in Charlottesville and attacked those there to protest them, was one of the worst performances of his presidency.

It came a day after the Durham, N.C., statue to commemorate Confederate soldiers came down thanks to activist...

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Cannabis in the CV: The National Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Declassified; Could Cali Have Too Much Weed?

Cannabis in the CV: The National Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Declassified; Could Cali Have Too Much Weed?

Saturday, August 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

The National Conference of State Legislatures, citing the wave of legalization and the explosion of a new industry in its wake, on Aug. 7 passed a resolution urging the federal government to remove cannabis from Controlled Substances Act scheduling completely.

Marijuana’s Schedule I status prohibits ...

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Democracy in Crisis: Charlottesville and the Shattering of America

Democracy in Crisis: Charlottesville and the Shattering of America

Sunday, August 13, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Two middle-aged men, one black and one white, were walking up a street in downtown Charlottesville, Va., yelling at each other. It was a moment of relative normalcy in a day otherwise defined by mayhem.

Both men use the phrase “born and bred” to define their relationship to the smallish Southern coll...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 17, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 17, 2017!

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's off-script weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at Trump's words on protesters; This Modern World assesses threats to the nation; The K Chronicles shares a true coming-of-age story; Apoca Clips listens in on a conversation between O.J. and Trumpy; and Red Meat accepts a de...

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Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for Mexican Americans in College to Go Through an Identity Crisis?

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for Mexican Americans in College to Go Through an Identity Crisis?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m a 23-year-old Latina attending a Texas university, and I’m taking a class that is centered on Latino culture and history. I’m a first-generation Tex-Mex kid, and lately, all of the documentaries and other coursework have been making me feel some type of way—angry, sad and overall c...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 10, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 10, 2017!

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's nuclear-war-fearing weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World reveals the backstory behind Trump's lies about phone calls; Jen Sorenson examines how the Trump administration is playing the Country Card; The K Chronicles features touching words from a child; Red Meat shows off Ea...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: A New Book By a Self-Proclaimed Umbraphile Tells the Story of the West's Last Total Solar Eclipse, in 1878

Western Lit: A New Book By a Self-Proclaimed Umbraphile Tells the Story of the West's Last Total Solar Eclipse, in 1878

Monday, August 14, 2017  |  Ben Goldfarb, High Country News

On Aug. 21, 2017, the moon will ride its elliptical orbit precisely between the Earth and the sun, plunging the land below into the crepuscule of a total solar eclipse.

Beginning at around 10 a.m. Pacific Time, the dark path of totality will sweep northwest to southeast across the United States, cast...

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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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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Brett Gelman Finally Gets the Starring Role He Deserves in the Bizarre Film 'Lemon'

Home Video Review: Brett Gelman Finally Gets the Starring Role He Deserves in the Bizarre Film 'Lemon'

Monday, August 21, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Eccentric comedic actor Brett Gelman gets a much-deserved starring vehicle in Lemon as Isaac, a theater teacher going through some troubles with his blind girlfriend (Judy Greer).

She starts getting antsy, and his behavior gets weirder and weirder, especially when it comes to student Alex (a very funny...

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Solid Horror: 'Annabelle: Creation' Works Thanks to Fine Scares, Excellent Acting

Solid Horror: 'Annabelle: Creation' Works Thanks to Fine Scares, Excellent Acting

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Annabelle, the creepy doll from The Conjuring movies, gets her second standalone film with Annabelle: Creation , a silly movie that is nevertheless enjoyable thanks to some deft direction and surprisingly competent acting.

The movie holds together thanks to solid performances from Talitha Bateman and Lul...

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Family and Fandom: 'Brigsby Bear' Is a Weird, Quirky Film With Ample Charms … and Mark Hamill!

Family and Fandom: 'Brigsby Bear' Is a Weird, Quirky Film With Ample Charms … and Mark Hamill!

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Saturday Night Live ’s Kyle Mooney stars in Brigsby Bear as James, a man who loves a kids’ TV show called Brigsby Bear , and loves his parents (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams). As it turns out, he’s a kidnapping victim: His parents aren’t his real parents, and the TV show was produced by his fake dad only fo...

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Music

Live: Neon Indian, Pappy and Harriet's, Aug. 17

Live: Neon Indian, Pappy and Harriet's, Aug. 17

Tuesday, August 22, 2017  |  Guillermo Prieto

The torchbearer of chillwave, Neon Indian, aka Alan Palomo, came to Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, Aug. 17.

For those not in the know, chillwave is a subgenre of indie filled with retro pop sounds and low tempos. As a fan told me after the show, the bass sound is right out of 1970s porn—which I gue...

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The Lucky 13: Hugo Chavez, Drummer for The BrosQuitos

The Lucky 13: Hugo Chavez, Drummer for The BrosQuitos

Tuesday, August 22, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The BrosQuitos released the band’s long-awaited debut album, Vinyl Image , back in May—and it’s fantastic. The songs became part of the soundtrack to my summer; this group has a promising future ahead. For more information, visit thebrosquitos.tumblr.com . Drummer Hugo Chavez was kind enough to answer t...

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Live: Splash House, August Edition, Aug. 11-13

Live: Splash House, August Edition, Aug. 11-13

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Guillermo Prieto

The three-day party that it is Splash House returned for the second and final time this summer, running Aug. 11-13.

The Friday night pre-party, at the Palm Springs Air Museum, featured the best performances of the entire weekend, in my book—but I must admit I’m biased toward performers who use instru...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Bitters Are One of the Most Important Cocktail Ingredients—and They Can Stand on Their Own, Too

On Cocktails: Bitters Are One of the Most Important Cocktail Ingredients—and They Can Stand on Their Own, Too

Tuesday, August 22, 2017  |  Patrick Johnson

I’m behind the bar at Truss and Twine. There’s a nice lady at the bar, pointing to the cute little antique-looking dasher bottles lined up in a row on the bar top.

Lady: What are these? Balsamic vinegar and olive oil?

Me: No. They’re bitters.

Lady: Oh. What kind?

Me: Angostura, orange, Peychaud’s and ce...

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Vine Social: Rosé Is Perfect for a Hot Day—So Here's a Primer on This Increasingly Popular Wine

Vine Social: Rosé Is Perfect for a Hot Day—So Here's a Primer on This Increasingly Popular Wine

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Katie Finn

What’s that, you say? You love rosé? Well, if you live in the sunny Coachella Valley, you’re in luck!

While people in a large portion of the country are preparing for a frigid future—planning to spend part of their Labor Day weekend digging out the plastic bins that house their parkas and fleece unde...

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New BBQ: Reggie Martinez Attempts to Create a Style of His Own With the California Barbecue Company

New BBQ: Reggie Martinez Attempts to Create a Style of His Own With the California Barbecue Company

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Some of the valley’s best barbecue is being served at … the Red Barn in Palm Desert?

Yep, the Red Barn in Palm Desert.

The only food I’d remembered there was a stale bag of chips that I once bought from a vending machine on the outdoor patio—until I found myself there one night after Stagecoach in lat...

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