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On Cocktails: Welcome to The Reef, Palm Springs' Newest Tiki Bar ... Or Is It?

On Cocktails: Welcome to The Reef, Palm Springs' Newest Tiki Bar ... Or Is It?

There’s a mermaid doing somersaults on a TV screen in a lamp-lit room. Exotica spills from unseen speakers. Carved wooden faces hang on a wall, alongside a signed photo of Don Ho. ...

The Indy Endorsement: The Tower of Avocado and Tuna Tartare at Lulu and Acqua

The Indy Endorsement: The Tower of Avocado and Tuna Tartare at Lulu and Acqua

What: The tower of avocado and tuna tartare

Where: Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at Acqua California Bistro, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage

How...

Belted by the Bible: Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother!' Is Crazy, Creative and Captivating

Belted by the Bible: Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother!' Is Crazy, Creative and Captivating

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky is a nut, and his latest film, Mother! , is one helluva nutty movie.

The film’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, is currently dating Aronofsky, a fact that in...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 21, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 21, 2017!

On this week's action-packed weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles has an issue with the Emmys; This Modern World looks into a parallel Trump universe; Jen Sorenson examin...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Shirley Spork, a Palm Desert Woman Who Paved the Way for Generations of Female Golfers

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Shirley Spork, a Palm Desert Woman Who Paved the Way for Generations of Female Golfers

The Coachella Valley is a place where retired celebrities, in some ways, are taken for granted. Among us are retired movie and television stars, business tycoons, writers, NASA sci...

Connected at a Cost: Is the 'Internet for All Now Act' a Lifeline for Rural Communities—or a Big Giveaway to the Telecom Industry?

Connected at a Cost: Is the 'Internet for All Now Act' a Lifeline for Rural Communities—or a Big Giveaway to the Telecom Industry?

Since 2007, the California Legislature has worked to encourage the development of telephone and Internet access through the California Advanced Services Fund. The fund provides fin...

True TV: Fall Debuts Including 'Star Trek: Discovery', 'Young Sheldon,' 'The Good Doctor' and More

True TV: Fall Debuts Including 'Star Trek: Discovery', 'Young Sheldon,' 'The Good Doctor' and More

It’s finally here—and CBS won’t let TV critics see it in advance. Everything’s probably fine, just fine. Star Trek: Discovery (series debut Sunday, Sept. 24, CBS) has been a troubled...

News

Connected at a Cost: Is the 'Internet for All Now Act' a Lifeline for Rural Communities—or a Big Giveaway to the Telecom Industry?

Connected at a Cost: Is the 'Internet for All Now Act' a Lifeline for Rural Communities—or a Big Giveaway to the Telecom Industry?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2007, the California Legislature has worked to encourage the development of telephone and Internet access through the California Advanced Services Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to both large telecommunications companies—including Frontier, AT&T, Charter and Cox—and independe...

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Cannabis in the CV: Weed-Promoting T-Shirts Are OK, but Marijuana-Delivering Drones Are Not

Cannabis in the CV: Weed-Promoting T-Shirts Are OK, but Marijuana-Delivering Drones Are Not

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Custom-apparel makers across the state exhaled a collective sigh of relief with the apparent death of SB 162 on Sept. 1.

The bill was aimed at limiting the ways in which cannabis businesses could market themselves, including a ban on everything from apparel to billboards. Lawmakers had until Sept. 1 ...

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Democracy in Crisis: Following Trump's Refugee Ban, Haitians Running From Earthquake Devastation Flee the U.S. for Canada

Democracy in Crisis: Following Trump's Refugee Ban, Haitians Running From Earthquake Devastation Flee the U.S. for Canada

Thursday, September 14, 2017  |  Karen Houppert

Francois LeFranc, 45, lingers over breakfast in the dining room of the NAV Centre, an Ontario hotel and conference center on the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, he displays only one sign that he had been detained by the Canadian immigration authorities five days ear...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 21, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 21, 2017!

Thursday, September 21, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's action-packed weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles has an issue with the Emmys; This Modern World looks into a parallel Trump universe; Jen Sorenson examines white poverty; Apoca Clips shows Trumpy receiving visits from Harvey, Irma, Maria and others; and Red Meat goes throu...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Shirley Spork, a Palm Desert Woman Who Paved the Way for Generations of Female Golfers

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Shirley Spork, a Palm Desert Woman Who Paved the Way for Generations of Female Golfers

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

The Coachella Valley is a place where retired celebrities, in some ways, are taken for granted. Among us are retired movie and television stars, business tycoons, writers, NASA scientists and sports professionals—including Shirley Spork, one of the 13 original founding members of the Ladies Professi...

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Ask a Mexican: What Can I Do to Help My Adopted Mexican Son Appreciate His Heritage?

Ask a Mexican: What Can I Do to Help My Adopted Mexican Son Appreciate His Heritage?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m an Arizonan of the anti-SB 1070 ilk who has just adopted an Arizonan 5-year old boy who is obviously (visually anyway) of Mexican descent. I want to do right by my son where his heritage is concerned; I have my own ideas about what that means, but I value your opinion.

I’m enrolling...

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Arts and Culture

Dysfunction on Display: Opening-Night Unevenness Aside, Desert Rose's 'Vanya and Sonia' Is a Blast

Dysfunction on Display: Opening-Night Unevenness Aside, Desert Rose's 'Vanya and Sonia' Is a Blast

Saturday, September 23, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

The Desert Rose Playhouse is kicking off its sixth season with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Christopher Durang’s witty look at lost dreams and family dysfunction. The production is almost home run … almost.

The show opens as middle-aged siblings Sonia (Adina Lawson) and Vanya (Jim Strait) bemo...

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Latino Laughs Legend: Comedian/Actor Paul Rodriguez Headlines the 'Latin Kings of Comedy' at Spotlight 29

Latino Laughs Legend: Comedian/Actor Paul Rodriguez Headlines the 'Latin Kings of Comedy' at Spotlight 29

Monday, September 18, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s undeniable: Paul Rodriguez is a pillar of standup comedy.

Rodriguez has drawn the ire of some of his fellow Latino comedians in recent years because of his support of the Republican Party. Party affiliation aside, however, his loyalty to the Latin community runs deep—no question.

Rodriguez will b...

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Terrible Treasures: A One-Night 'Tales From the Trash' Show of Discarded Art Comes to Joshua Tree

Terrible Treasures: A One-Night 'Tales From the Trash' Show of Discarded Art Comes to Joshua Tree

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  |  William Bryan Rooney

Collectors Steve Purdy and Mark Bloom have a passion for discarded art, and have been doing shows called Tales From the Trash , where the works of art are cheap and often have humorous titles that give new perspectives to these … uh, unique works.

The recently opened La Matadora Gallery will be hosting...

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Movies & TV

Belted by the Bible: Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother!' Is Crazy, Creative and Captivating

Belted by the Bible: Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother!' Is Crazy, Creative and Captivating

Thursday, September 21, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky is a nut, and his latest film, Mother! , is one helluva nutty movie.

The film’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, is currently dating Aronofsky, a fact that infiltrates the mood of Mother! because the film takes aim at relationships, in a rather nasty way, among its many targets. ...

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True TV: Fall Debuts Including 'Star Trek: Discovery', 'Young Sheldon,' 'The Good Doctor' and More

True TV: Fall Debuts Including 'Star Trek: Discovery', 'Young Sheldon,' 'The Good Doctor' and More

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  Bill Frost

It’s finally here—and CBS won’t let TV critics see it in advance. Everything’s probably fine, just fine. Star Trek: Discovery (series debut Sunday, Sept. 24, CBS) has been a troubled production since it was announced two years ago; the least of its problems is that it’ll move to yet another paid strea...

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Home Video Review: A Ho-Hum Mystery and a Drab Side Plot Arrest 'The Limehouse Golem'

Home Video Review: A Ho-Hum Mystery and a Drab Side Plot Arrest 'The Limehouse Golem'

Monday, September 18, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The Limehouse Golem stars Bill Nighy as Inspector Kildare, commissioned by Scotland Yard to find the notorious Golem Killer, a Jack the Ripper-type serial killer. The film is based on a 1994 novel that incorporated actual historical figures like Karl Marx. Juan Carlos Medina’s movie is good-looking, ...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Nick Hales, Guitarist for Sleazy Cortez

The Lucky 13: Nick Hales, Guitarist for Sleazy Cortez

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

I’ve watched several of Sleazy Cortez’s recent performances—and the band keeps getting better and better. While Derek Timmons handles bass and vocal duties, Nick Hales plays a mean guitar, and his solos are actually quite impressive. For more information on Sleazy Cortez, visit sleazycortez.bandcamp....

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This Story Is Great: Lukas Nelson Doesn't Like Talking to Journalists—So He Lets His Music Do the Talking

This Story Is Great: Lukas Nelson Doesn't Like Talking to Journalists—So He Lets His Music Do the Talking

Friday, September 15, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real may be the luckiest band in America.

Make no mistake: The band, helmed by a son of Willie Nelson, has made a name for itself, in part, by playing excellent modern country music. However, the band has been blessed to back Neil Young (even during his performances at...

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Folk-Singer Cred: Willie Watson Visits Pappy and Harriet's to Celebrate the Release of a Brand-New Record

Folk-Singer Cred: Willie Watson Visits Pappy and Harriet's to Celebrate the Release of a Brand-New Record

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Old Crow Medicine Show is one of the most successful modern folk bands—yet founding member Willie Watson decided he needed to walk away from the group in 2011.

After struggling initially as a solo artist, Watson has hit his stride. In 2014, he released his first solo album, Folk Singer, Vol. 1 —and thi...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Welcome to The Reef, Palm Springs' Newest Tiki Bar ... Or Is It?

On Cocktails: Welcome to The Reef, Palm Springs' Newest Tiki Bar ... Or Is It?

Friday, September 22, 2017  |  Patrick Johnson

There’s a mermaid doing somersaults on a TV screen in a lamp-lit room. Exotica spills from unseen speakers. Carved wooden faces hang on a wall, alongside a signed photo of Don Ho. Floral-festooned patrons sip cocktails out of ceramic mugs. The bartender is lighting drinks on fire.

But, no, this is no...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Tower of Avocado and Tuna Tartare at Lulu and Acqua

The Indy Endorsement: The Tower of Avocado and Tuna Tartare at Lulu and Acqua

Thursday, September 21, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The tower of avocado and tuna tartare

Where: Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at Acqua California Bistro, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage

How much: $14.99; $9.99 at the bar (all-day happy hour)

Contact: Lulu: 760-327-5858, www.lulupalmsprings.com ; Acqua: 760-862-98...

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Vine Social: Wine Nerds, Unite—Raise Your Glass to the Coachella Valley's Amazing Independent Wine Shops

Vine Social: Wine Nerds, Unite—Raise Your Glass to the Coachella Valley's Amazing Independent Wine Shops

Saturday, September 16, 2017  |  Katie Finn

The first thing I do when I move to a new town is find the local wine shop.

I do this, in part, because no one needs a glass (read: bottle) of wine more than the person who just bubble-wrapped their whole life and went on countless Home Depot runs for more boxes, because they had no idea they had thi...

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