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On Cocktails: If You Like Good Booze, Tip Your Hat to the Wonders of Yeast and Fermentation

On Cocktails: If You Like Good Booze, Tip Your Hat to the Wonders of Yeast and Fermentation

My kitchen counter looks like a biology lab.

Milky water and floating produce sit in jars that burp when I loosen the cap a tiny bit. The smells of cabbage, garlic and onions waft t...

Ignoring the Law: A New Survey Shows California Schools Aren't All Following Rules Meant to Protect LGBTQ Kids

Ignoring the Law: A New Survey Shows California Schools Aren't All Following Rules Meant to Protect LGBTQ Kids

In the past decade, California has adopted more than a half-dozen laws intended to prevent bullying, strengthen suicide prevention and cultivate inclusive learning environments for L...

Beats With a Message: Thoughts Contained's New Hip Hop Record Keeps Things Positive

Beats With a Message: Thoughts Contained's New Hip Hop Record Keeps Things Positive

After I saw Thoughts Contained perform at The Date Shed back in January, I left in awe of both the duo’s beats and message.

During an interview in Palm Springs, Savier1 (Sal Gomez) ...

Vine Social: A Lot of People Say Merlot Has Made a Comeback … but Has It?

Vine Social: A Lot of People Say Merlot Has Made a Comeback … but Has It?

Everywhere I look these days, wine publications, blogs and even the occasional Cosmopolitan article are all proudly announcing: “Merlot is back!”

But is it?

I often talk about merlot i...

Poké-What? If You Don't Know Much About Pokémon, Then 'Detective Pikachu' Is Really Going to Confuse You

Poké-What? If You Don't Know Much About Pokémon, Then 'Detective Pikachu' Is Really Going to Confuse You

I know that there is a thing called Pokémon GO that people play on their phones. I know that there are TV cartoons and all sorts of trading cards and merchandising involving Pikach...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 16, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 16, 2019!

On this week's held-in-contempt weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips says goodbye to that big TV show with the help of a Trump-aided fashion show; Red Meat enjoys some arts an...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Felina Danalis, a European Union Economist Motivated By a Traumatic Incident to Become a Spiritual Coach

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Felina Danalis, a European Union Economist Motivated By a Traumatic Incident to Become a Spiritual Coach

Felina Danalis, 46 and now a Palm Springs resident, was making a difference on a global scale.

After graduating magna cum laude in international relations from Georgetown University...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Charlie Says' Has Some Fine Moments, but Its Sympathetic Manson Family Depictions Don't Ring True

Home Video Review: 'Charlie Says' Has Some Fine Moments, but Its Sympathetic Manson Family Depictions Don't Ring True

May 20, 2019 12:00  |  Bob Grimm

Mary Harron, director of American Psycho , helms Charlie Says , a film about real-life psycho Charles Manson (Matt Smith) and three female members of his “family”: Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón) and Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon).

Harron and longtime screenwriting pa...

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Home Video Review: While Technically Impressive, Gaspar Noé's 'Climax' Is a Violent Slog

Home Video Review: While Technically Impressive, Gaspar Noé's 'Climax' Is a Violent Slog

May 16, 2019 10:45  |  Bob Grimm

Writer, director and certified nutball Gaspar Noé ( Enter the Void , Irreversible ) makes another technically impressive movie with Climax —but this one comes up short in the narrative category.

The film chronicles a crazed night for a dance troupe that winds up drinking a bowl full of sangria spiked with ...

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Poké-What? If You Don't Know Much About Pokémon, Then 'Detective Pikachu' Is Really Going to Confuse You

Poké-What? If You Don't Know Much About Pokémon, Then 'Detective Pikachu' Is Really Going to Confuse You

May 16, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

I know that there is a thing called Pokémon GO that people play on their phones. I know that there are TV cartoons and all sorts of trading cards and merchandising involving Pikachu and other wacky creatures … but that’s about the extent of my Pokémon knowledge.

Problem: In Pokémon Detective Pikachu , ...

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News

Ignoring the Law: A New Survey Shows California Schools Aren't All Following Rules Meant to Protect LGBTQ Kids

Ignoring the Law: A New Survey Shows California Schools Aren't All Following Rules Meant to Protect LGBTQ Kids

May 16, 2019 14:00  |  Ricardo Cano, CALmatters

In the past decade, California has adopted more than a half-dozen laws intended to prevent bullying, strengthen suicide prevention and cultivate inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ students in the state’s public schools.

But the state’ school districts are implementing these new laws inconsistent...

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Four Decades of Fessier: The Retiring 'Desert Sun' Entertainment Scribe Discusses 40 Years of Coachella Valley Culture

Four Decades of Fessier: The Retiring 'Desert Sun' Entertainment Scribe Discusses 40 Years of Coachella Valley Culture

May 14, 2019 14:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Bruce Fessier has seen the Coachella Valley’s arts and entertainment culture completely change—repeatedly—during the 40 years he’s worked as the entertainment writer at The Desert Sun .

On June 3, Fessier’s column will be appearing for the last time before he heads into retirement.

“The industry has chan...

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Death and Clemency: A Murder 16 Years Ago Shows How Laws and Beliefs on Crime and Punishment Have Changed

Death and Clemency: A Murder 16 Years Ago Shows How Laws and Beliefs on Crime and Punishment Have Changed

May 13, 2019 14:30  |  Dan Morain, CALmatters

On Christmas Day 2003, Matthew Sievert, the only child of a single mother and California state worker named Stepheny Milo, was removed from life support. He’d gone out to a Sacramento park the night before to meet an ex-girlfriend, and had been gunned down. He was 19.

The playground where he was ambu...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 16, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 16, 2019!

May 16, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's held-in-contempt weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips says goodbye to that big TV show with the help of a Trump-aided fashion show; Red Meat enjoys some arts and crafts; Jen Sorensen ponders the gradual erosion of Roe v. Wade; The K Chronicles deals with package-tampering; and Th...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Felina Danalis, a European Union Economist Motivated By a Traumatic Incident to Become a Spiritual Coach

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Felina Danalis, a European Union Economist Motivated By a Traumatic Incident to Become a Spiritual Coach

May 15, 2019 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Felina Danalis, 46 and now a Palm Springs resident, was making a difference on a global scale.

After graduating magna cum laude in international relations from Georgetown University, she earned a graduate degree in international economics at Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Internation...

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Savage Love: I Have Herpes, but I Haven't Told the Guy I Am Dating; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I Have Herpes, but I Haven't Told the Guy I Am Dating; What Should I Do?

May 15, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

Garbage human here. I’ve had herpes for about 15 years. The first five years, I was in a relationship with a guy who also had it. The last 10 years, I haven’t been in a serious relationship. I’ve been a (rare, drunk) one-night-stand type of gal, and I don’t usually tell the guy, because, like, every...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Historian Gordon Chang's New Book Reminds America of the Chinese Workers Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Western Lit: Historian Gordon Chang's New Book Reminds America of the Chinese Workers Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

May 16, 2019 10:30  |  Nick Bowlin, High Country News

At a 1969 celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad, 2,000 miles of track that linked the Central Pacific Railroad to the Eastern rail network, Transportation Secretary John Volpe crowed: “Who else but Americans could drill tunnels in mountains 30 feet deep in snow?”

Volpe was apparently unaware t...

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Religious Rejection, Then Redemption: Steven Fales' Refreshed 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy' Arrives at Oscar's

Religious Rejection, Then Redemption: Steven Fales' Refreshed 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy' Arrives at Oscar's

May 09, 2019 10:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

Steven Fales has performed his Confessions of a Mormon Boy one-man show all over the world since its debut off-Broadway more than 13 years ago—but the show may never have happened without the support of the Desert Hot Springs woman Fales calls his “Mormon Auntie Mame.”

“She loved me unconditionally,” F...

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Western Lit: Two New Books Examine What Trees Can Teach Us About the Environment—and Ourselves

Western Lit: Two New Books Examine What Trees Can Teach Us About the Environment—and Ourselves

May 08, 2019 13:30  |  Sarah Gilman, High Country News

A big tree can seem monolithic and solitary—several armspans of girth, a towering crown. Trees, though, are often part of a community. Through a network of roots and fungal threads, they can warn each other of danger and even feed a lopped stump. They nourish and house countless creatures, which nou...

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Music

Country Cackles: Rodney Carrington Brings His Unique Mix of Humor and Music to The Show

Country Cackles: Rodney Carrington Brings His Unique Mix of Humor and Music to The Show

May 20, 2019 10:30  |  Brian Blueskye

Rodney Carrington became a big hit in the late 1990s with his brand of comedy that includes both standup and comedic country songs.

The 50-year-old Texan’s albums continue to soar up the comedy charts today. Carrington will stop by The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage on Frida...

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The Lucky 13: Armando Flores, of 5th Town and Blasting Echo, Performing May 17 at CV Brewing Co.

The Lucky 13: Armando Flores, of 5th Town and Blasting Echo, Performing May 17 at CV Brewing Co.

May 16, 2019 15:36  |  Brian Blueskye

Armando Flores is a busy man these days. He’s the bass-player for 5th Town, which has been recording its first album, and he’s the drummer for Blasting Echo, which has also been recording. Flores will be pulling double duty this Friday night, May 17, as both bands perform at Josh Heinz’s Birthday Jam...

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Beats With a Message: Thoughts Contained's New Hip Hop Record Keeps Things Positive

Beats With a Message: Thoughts Contained's New Hip Hop Record Keeps Things Positive

May 16, 2019 13:20  |  Brian Blueskye

After I saw Thoughts Contained perform at The Date Shed back in January, I left in awe of both the duo’s beats and message.

During an interview in Palm Springs, Savier1 (Sal Gomez) and Zeke Martinez talked about their recently released EP, and the group’s evolving hip hop sound.

“We started around 200...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: If You Like Good Booze, Tip Your Hat to the Wonders of Yeast and Fermentation

On Cocktails: If You Like Good Booze, Tip Your Hat to the Wonders of Yeast and Fermentation

May 18, 2019 12:30  |  Kevin Carlow

My kitchen counter looks like a biology lab.

Milky water and floating produce sit in jars that burp when I loosen the cap a tiny bit. The smells of cabbage, garlic and onions waft through the air. The sauerkraut, in the largest jar, is diminishing steadily by the day—and the cauliflower giardiniera i...

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Vine Social: A Lot of People Say Merlot Has Made a Comeback … but Has It?

Vine Social: A Lot of People Say Merlot Has Made a Comeback … but Has It?

May 16, 2019 11:30  |  Katie Finn

Everywhere I look these days, wine publications, blogs and even the occasional Cosmopolitan article are all proudly announcing: “Merlot is back!”

But is it?

I often talk about merlot in my tasting seminars as one of the most underrated varietals in production. Not only it is the primary grape in some of...

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Caesar Cervisia: A Trip Up the Mountain to Julian Offers Both a Respite From the Heat and Some Fantastic Craft Beers

Caesar Cervisia: A Trip Up the Mountain to Julian Offers Both a Respite From the Heat and Some Fantastic Craft Beers

May 15, 2019 13:00  |  Brett Newton

As I type this, I’m taking shelter from the wind that is offering another merciful reprieve from the inevitable heat to come. When the heat does arrive, you can bet I’ll be looking to get the hell (no pun intended) out of the Coachella Valley when I can. Thankfully, there are many escape options, al...

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