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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

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,...

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

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 y...

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

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...

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

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

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-...

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

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” ...

Cracking Down on Legal Immigrants: What President Trump's Latest Policy Targeting Immigrants Means to California

Cracking Down on Legal Immigrants: What President Trump's Latest Policy Targeting Immigrants Means to California

President Donald Trump published controversial new rules earlier this week making it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they use—or are likely to use—Medicaid, food ...

Voice of the Desert: After Making a Name at Gawker and Wonkette, Ken Layne Created the 'Desert Oracle' to Showcase the Wacky, Weird and Wonderful of the High Desert

Voice of the Desert: After Making a Name at Gawker and Wonkette, Ken Layne Created the 'Desert Oracle' to Showcase the Wacky, Weird and Wonderful of the High Desert

It was early 2018. I’d just become a desert resident and was shopping at the Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley.

A small yellow booklet with an illustration of a Joshua Tree and the titl...

Movies & TV

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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Home Video Review: Casey Affleck's Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Feels Too Familiar, but Is Saved Somewhat by Strong Performances

Home Video Review: Casey Affleck's Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Feels Too Familiar, but Is Saved Somewhat by Strong Performances

Aug 12, 2019 15:10  |  Bob Grimm

Casey Affleck writes, directs and stars in Light of My Life , a cross between The Road, Leave No Trace and The Stand . While the film feels a little too familiar, it rises above the unoriginality in its third act thanks to performances by Affleck and his young co-star, Anna Pniowsky.

A father (Affleck) and...

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News

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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Cracking Down on Legal Immigrants: What President Trump's Latest Policy Targeting Immigrants Means to California

Cracking Down on Legal Immigrants: What President Trump's Latest Policy Targeting Immigrants Means to California

Aug 14, 2019 14:45  |  Ben Christopher and Jackie Botts, CalMatters

President Donald Trump published controversial new rules earlier this week making it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they use—or are likely to use—Medicaid, food stamps and other social safety net programs.

California has reacted with anticipated outrage.

“This is a reckless policy t...

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A Dab'll Do Ya: These New Vaporizers by Yocan Are Affordable and Easy to Use

A Dab'll Do Ya: These New Vaporizers by Yocan Are Affordable and Easy to Use

Aug 14, 2019 11:30  |  Citizen Strain/DigBoston

I am approaching middle age, though I suppose that all depends on how long I end up living for. In any case, I have been smoking and ingesting cannabis since my early teenage years, and I thoroughly enjoy roasting big spliffs, as well as smoking Sherlock-style pipes and making faces like a British i...

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Opinion

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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Savage Love: My Penis Is 2 1/2 Inches Smaller Than It Was When I Was a Teen; What Can I Do?

Savage Love: My Penis Is 2 1/2 Inches Smaller Than It Was When I Was a Teen; What Can I Do?

Aug 14, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m an otherwise healthy male of 54. When I was a teen, my cock measured about 6 1/2 inches—not small, not huge, pretty average. I never kept track of the situation down south, but suddenly, I find my junk reports in just more than 4 inches. WTF?

Is this normal? Do men lose size/girth as they age? I’...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 8, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 8, 2019!

Aug 08, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's depressing "been there, done that" weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips helps Li'l Trumpy with a tweet; Red Meat asks God for advice; This Modern World looks at the conservative view on our health-care system; Jen Sorensen examines a shooter's manifesto; and The K Chronicles asks...

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Arts and Culture

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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Western Lit: This Profound Posthumous Selection of Ellen Meloy's Essays Is a Great Introduction to the Desert Scribe's Works

Western Lit: This Profound Posthumous Selection of Ellen Meloy's Essays Is a Great Introduction to the Desert Scribe's Works

Jul 18, 2019 08:45  |  Michael Engelhard, High Country News

Who hasn’t wondered what a favorite writer might have bestowed on the world if not silenced too soon? What fan doesn’t long for more—letters, a journal, unpublished fragments, even an annotated grocery list?

Devotees of the late southern Utah essayist Ellen Meloy need no longer wait. The sketches gat...

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Music

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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Live: Campout 15, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, July 31-Aug. 3

Live: Campout 15, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, July 31-Aug. 3

Aug 12, 2019 15:30  |  Guillermo Prieto

The 15th and apparently final Campout came early to Pappy and Harriet’s, July 31 through Aug. 3. Yeah, the July 31 gig was technically a solo David Lowery show—but don’t tell that to all the Campout fans who came out.

The Campout started when Cracker recorded the record Kerosene Hat in Pioneertown. Lea...

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Teen Music Titans: Pescaterritory Makes Fans Worldwide by Adding a Unique Twist to a Classic Rock

Teen Music Titans: Pescaterritory Makes Fans Worldwide by Adding a Unique Twist to a Classic Rock

Aug 07, 2019 12:10  |  Matt King

Take rock music out of a 1970s time capsule; add rock ballads with memorable riffs, blazing guitar solos and commanding vocals with sweet three-part harmonies—and you have Pescaterritory.

Pescaterritory includes four high schoolers: vocalist Aiden Schaeffer, 16, a senior at Shadow Hills High School; ...

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Food and Drink

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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The Indy Endorsement: The Grilled Shrimp Tacos at El Patron Crafted Tacos and Drinks

The Indy Endorsement: The Grilled Shrimp Tacos at El Patron Crafted Tacos and Drinks

Aug 08, 2019 14:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The grilled shrimp tacos

Where: El Patron Crafted Tacos and Drinks, 101 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $13

Contact: 888-340-8226; www.elpatronps.com

Why: They’re simply delicious.

It was a bit strange to walk into the space I’d known for years as the downtown Palm Springs Starbucks … and in...

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