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For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

After five successful years, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival took a hiatus in 2018.

“We got off to a very good start and picked up a nice audience,” said Gail Christian, one ...

The Universal Language: Jason Nutter Uses Music to Help Special-Needs Students Communicate and Connect

The Universal Language: Jason Nutter Uses Music to Help Special-Needs Students Communicate and Connect

Jason Nutter wouldn’t tell me his age; all he’d say is that he’s been doing music for a long time.

He’s played music since his childhood—and now his love of music spills out to the ...

Vine Social: A Trip to Vindemia Winery Shows Temecula's Amazing Wine Potential

Vine Social: A Trip to Vindemia Winery Shows Temecula's Amazing Wine Potential

Every now and then, wonderful things come out of not-so-wonderful experiences. This fact has never been truer for me than the outcome that resulted from a snarky but well-intentione...

Curbing Fatal Encounters: Gov. Newsom Signs a Landmark Police Use-of-Force Bill

Curbing Fatal Encounters: Gov. Newsom Signs a Landmark Police Use-of-Force Bill

California will soon have a tougher new legal standard for the use of deadly force by police, under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed yesterday, Aug, 19, that was inspired by la...

Singing With Heart: Niki Haris Wants to Connect With Audiences After Decades of Backing Up Some of Music's Biggest Names

Singing With Heart: Niki Haris Wants to Connect With Audiences After Decades of Backing Up Some of Music's Biggest Names

Niki Haris’ career is like looking through a kaleidoscope: It’s full of changes, turns and beautiful colors.

She is best known as one of Madonna’s choreographers and backup singers,...

A Life-Changing Trip: La Quinta High School Senior Lizbeth Luevano Joins Other Future Hispanic Leaders on a Journey to D.C.

A Life-Changing Trip: La Quinta High School Senior Lizbeth Luevano Joins Other Future Hispanic Leaders on a Journey to D.C.

It was late in June when La Quinta High School senior Lizbeth Luevano met two other students—Diego Martinez, from West Valley High School in Hemet, and Julia Melendez-Hiriart, from...

On Cocktails: Syrups—Both Simple and More Complex—Are Easy to Make and Wonderful to Enjoy

On Cocktails: Syrups—Both Simple and More Complex—Are Easy to Make and Wonderful to Enjoy

If you want something done right, do it yourself.

Yes, there are things best left to professionals, like distilling grappa, dentistry and putting in a new electrical subpanel. Howev...

Movies & TV

Not So Heroic: 'Brightburn,' About a Kid With Super Powers but Bad Intentions, Is Unoriginal but Entertaining

Not So Heroic: 'Brightburn,' About a Kid With Super Powers but Bad Intentions, Is Unoriginal but Entertaining

Aug 19, 2019 13:30  |  Bob Grimm

Lot of Gunns work on Brightburn , featuring a dark twist on a Superman-like mythos.

James Gunn (director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films) produces a script by brothers Brian and Mark Gunn. Young actor Jackson A. Dunn stars as the central character, a young alien boy who is starting to figure out he ...

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Battling Sexism in Movies: The First Women Under the Influence Goes Idyllwild Film Fest Uses Star Power to Promote Diversity

Battling Sexism in Movies: The First Women Under the Influence Goes Idyllwild Film Fest Uses Star Power to Promote Diversity

Aug 15, 2019 15:45  |  L.A. Rowell

The town of Idyllwild on one September weekend will be taken over by a film festival that emphasizes diversity.

The inaugural Women Under the Influence Goes Idyllwild film festival, according to founder Tabitha Denholm, will be a lot like a music festival … just with movies.

“Think Coachella on a smal...

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Disjointed 'Stories': A Collection of Scary Tales for Kids Is Turned Into a Disappointing but Visually Compelling Film

Disjointed 'Stories': A Collection of Scary Tales for Kids Is Turned Into a Disappointing but Visually Compelling Film

Aug 15, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Alvin Schwartz’s collection of short horror stories for kids gets a big-screen adaptation with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark , directed by André Ovredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

The original three books gathered together stories from folklore and urban legend; Schwartz put his own spin o...

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News

Curbing Fatal Encounters: Gov. Newsom Signs a Landmark Police Use-of-Force Bill

Curbing Fatal Encounters: Gov. Newsom Signs a Landmark Police Use-of-Force Bill

Aug 20, 2019 10:45  |  Dan Morain and Laurel Rosenhall, CalMatters

California will soon have a tougher new legal standard for the use of deadly force by police, under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed yesterday, Aug, 19, that was inspired by last year’s fatal shooting of a young, unarmed man in Sacramento.

Newsom signed the legislation amid unusual fanfare, conve...

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A Life-Changing Trip: La Quinta High School Senior Lizbeth Luevano Joins Other Future Hispanic Leaders on a Journey to D.C.

A Life-Changing Trip: La Quinta High School Senior Lizbeth Luevano Joins Other Future Hispanic Leaders on a Journey to D.C.

Aug 19, 2019 13:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

It was late in June when La Quinta High School senior Lizbeth Luevano met two other students—Diego Martinez, from West Valley High School in Hemet, and Julia Melendez-Hiriart, from Ramona High School in Riverside—at the Southwest Airlines terminal at the Ontario airport.

The three students had never ...

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Paid Family Time Off: Questions and Answers About the State's Upcoming Extension of Paid Leave

Paid Family Time Off: Questions and Answers About the State's Upcoming Extension of Paid Leave

Aug 15, 2019 14:20  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CalMatters

California recently approved longer paid family leave , allowing workers whose blessed events fall on the right side of the new law to take up to eight weeks off with partial pay to bond with a new baby.

How’s that going to work? We asked the experts and read the fine print to help you figure it out.

I’...

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Opinion

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Jane Summer, an L.A. Gal—Now a Student in Palm Desert—Who Can't Help but Drop Names

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Jane Summer, an L.A. Gal—Now a Student in Palm Desert—Who Can't Help but Drop Names

Aug 21, 2019 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

Some people drop names to impress you. Others can't help it.

Jane Summer, 73, unconsciously drops names like Clint Eastwood and Janeane Garofalo. When you grow up in a company town, and the “company” is the film and television industry, you can’t help it.

Summer started her career, after only six mont...

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Savage Love: Short Questions and Answers on Everything From 'Unicorns' to Sexsomniacs

Savage Love: Short Questions and Answers on Everything From 'Unicorns' to Sexsomniacs

Aug 21, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I took Molly with my best bud. We wound up cuddling and telling each other everything. We didn’t mess around—we’re both straight guys—but one of the things I told him is that I would much rather eat pussy than fuck, and one of the things he told me is that he’s not at all into eating pussy and prett...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 15, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 15, 2019!

Aug 15, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's mysteriously unguarded weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen examines America's response to the recent mass shootings; (Th)ink ponders the attendance of an all-clowns screening of the It sequel; This Modern World listens to some Gun Talk; Apoca Clips quizzes Li'l Trumpy about Jeffr...

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Arts and Culture

For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

Aug 21, 2019 10:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

After five successful years, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival took a hiatus in 2018.

“We got off to a very good start and picked up a nice audience,” said Gail Christian, one of the producers. “Then after a couple of years, our audience wasn’t growing.

“The problem is that jazz is really only 2 ...

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Western Lit: Kali Fajardo-Anstine's Story Collection Tells the Tales of Women, in Fractured Families, in a Gentrifying City

Western Lit: Kali Fajardo-Anstine's Story Collection Tells the Tales of Women, in Fractured Families, in a Gentrifying City

Aug 07, 2019 22:00  |  Jenny Shank, High Country News

Many of the young female protagonists in Sabrina and Corina , Denver author Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s poised, rich debut story collection, grow up in fractured families—in which one parent leaves, dies or simply fails at the job. But these families’ roots run generations deep in Colorado, and a grandmoth...

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The Kids Are the Stars: Green Room Theatre Company Shows Off Its Summer Students' Work in a Huge Production of 'Sister Act'

The Kids Are the Stars: Green Room Theatre Company Shows Off Its Summer Students' Work in a Huge Production of 'Sister Act'

Jul 23, 2019 16:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Most of the Coachella Valley’s theater companies have gone dark during these dog days of summer—and those that are still going have left things up to the kids.

Desert Theatreworks is currently in the midst of showing off the results of its KidsWorks Summer Camp —and the Green Room Theatre Company this ...

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Music

The Universal Language: Jason Nutter Uses Music to Help Special-Needs Students Communicate and Connect

The Universal Language: Jason Nutter Uses Music to Help Special-Needs Students Communicate and Connect

Aug 20, 2019 15:00  |  Andy Lara

Jason Nutter wouldn’t tell me his age; all he’d say is that he’s been doing music for a long time.

He’s played music since his childhood—and now his love of music spills out to the community. Not only is he a musician who plays regularly at venues including Tonga Hut in Palm Springs; he’s an educator...

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Singing With Heart: Niki Haris Wants to Connect With Audiences After Decades of Backing Up Some of Music's Biggest Names

Singing With Heart: Niki Haris Wants to Connect With Audiences After Decades of Backing Up Some of Music's Biggest Names

Aug 19, 2019 17:00  |  L.A. Rowell

Niki Haris’ career is like looking through a kaleidoscope: It’s full of changes, turns and beautiful colors.

She is best known as one of Madonna’s choreographers and backup singers, a job she had from 1987 to 2001. If you've ever seen Madonna’s 1991 groundbreaking documentary Truth or Dare , you’ve see...

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Undead and Uncommon: The Zombies Bring Hall-of-Fame '60s Rock to a Show With Brian Wilson at Fantasy Springs

Undead and Uncommon: The Zombies Bring Hall-of-Fame '60s Rock to a Show With Brian Wilson at Fantasy Springs

Aug 14, 2019 17:50  |  Matt King

The Zombies are one of classic rock’s greats—and one of classic rock’s great paradoxes. Even though the band has been wildly successful—the British Invasion made “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season,” with its famous opening riff and echoey vocals, big hits in the United States—the name is unbe...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: A Trip to Vindemia Winery Shows Temecula's Amazing Wine Potential

Vine Social: A Trip to Vindemia Winery Shows Temecula's Amazing Wine Potential

Aug 20, 2019 14:45  |  Katie Finn

Every now and then, wonderful things come out of not-so-wonderful experiences. This fact has never been truer for me than the outcome that resulted from a snarky but well-intentioned article I wrote regarding my brief encounters in Temecula wine country

The purpose of the original piece was not to l...

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On Cocktails: Syrups—Both Simple and More Complex—Are Easy to Make and Wonderful to Enjoy

On Cocktails: Syrups—Both Simple and More Complex—Are Easy to Make and Wonderful to Enjoy

Aug 15, 2019 16:00  |  Kevin Carlow

If you want something done right, do it yourself.

Yes, there are things best left to professionals, like distilling grappa, dentistry and putting in a new electrical subpanel. However, when I think about all the years I was forced to use mixers that came in shiny bags or bottles—full of food additive...

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Caesar Cervisia: Meet Will Sperling, a Craft-Beer Expert Who's Now the Food and Beverage Manager at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Caesar Cervisia: Meet Will Sperling, a Craft-Beer Expert Who's Now the Food and Beverage Manager at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Aug 15, 2019 11:00  |  Brett Newton

Last month , I said my next column would be about a “craft-beer institution from the past that still has not been matched in this valley”—and it seems I lied. I will bring that to you soon, but I want to make sure I take the time necessary to do it well.

To make up for it, I’m writing about a place—an...

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