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High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

Summer looms large on the horizon. Months of triple-digit temperatures take their toll, and we all look for ways to escape the heat—even if only for a brief period.

The high desert ...

Beautiful Action: 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Is an Exciting, Gorgeous, Gory Good Time

Beautiful Action: 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Is an Exciting, Gorgeous, Gory Good Time

The gun opera that is the John Wick franchise keeps on rolling with gory gust—and some great dogs to boot—in John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum .

When we last saw Keanu Reeves as John Wi...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 23, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 23, 2019!

On this week's environmentally friendly weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World listens in as two Republicans discuss abortion laws; Jen Sorensen shares her hopes regarding...

Tribal Tutelage: The California Indian Nations College Celebrates a Year of Offering Classes—but the School Has a Lot More Work to Do

Tribal Tutelage: The California Indian Nations College Celebrates a Year of Offering Classes—but the School Has a Lot More Work to Do

The California Indian Nations College is celebrating its first year of offering unique higher-education courses to local Native Americans students.

While the school didn’t start off...

Laugh Legend: Jo Anne Worley Returns to Michael Holmes' Purple Room

Laugh Legend: Jo Anne Worley Returns to Michael Holmes' Purple Room

I asked Jo Anne Worley what the audience can expect from her shows at the Purple Room this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

“A lot of singing—mainly comedy singing,” she replied....

The Indy Endorsement: The Al Pastor Taco at Taqueria Tortilla Factory

The Indy Endorsement: The Al Pastor Taco at Taqueria Tortilla Factory

What: The al pastor taco

Where: Taqueria Tortilla Factory, 35270 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $2.99

Contact: 760-324-6505; taqueria-tortilla-factory.business.site

Why: It outshi...

Water Wars: Power Struggles Over the Coachella Valley's Water Supply Have Dominated Recent Headlines. What's Really Going On?

Water Wars: Power Struggles Over the Coachella Valley's Water Supply Have Dominated Recent Headlines. What's Really Going On?

Local news reports as of late have included alarming updates on a spate of disputes that have cropped up involving local water agencies.

For example, there’s the outrage expressed b...

Movies & TV

Beautiful Action: 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Is an Exciting, Gorgeous, Gory Good Time

Beautiful Action: 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Is an Exciting, Gorgeous, Gory Good Time

May 23, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

The gun opera that is the John Wick franchise keeps on rolling with gory gust—and some great dogs to boot—in John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum .

When we last saw Keanu Reeves as John Wick, he had gotten kicked out of his assassination group, losing all of the perks. His killing a fellow assassin within t...

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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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News

Vape Fate: The Industry Works to Kill Efforts to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products in California

Vape Fate: The Industry Works to Kill Efforts to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products in California

May 23, 2019 13:00  |  Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

Despite the skyrocketing teen use of e-cigarettes, a proposal to make California the nation’s first state to ban flavored tobacco is struggling in the Legislature—and health advocates blame the political potency of the tobacco industry.

With negotiations under way behind the scenes, vaping interests ...

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Tribal Tutelage: The California Indian Nations College Celebrates a Year of Offering Classes—but the School Has a Lot More Work to Do

Tribal Tutelage: The California Indian Nations College Celebrates a Year of Offering Classes—but the School Has a Lot More Work to Do

May 22, 2019 16:15  |  Brian Blueskye

The California Indian Nations College is celebrating its first year of offering unique higher-education courses to local Native Americans students.

While the school didn’t start offering courses until the fall of 2018, its genesis occurred in 2015, when Theresa Mike began meeting with local tribal le...

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Water Wars: Power Struggles Over the Coachella Valley's Water Supply Have Dominated Recent Headlines. What's Really Going On?

Water Wars: Power Struggles Over the Coachella Valley's Water Supply Have Dominated Recent Headlines. What's Really Going On?

May 21, 2019 15:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Local news reports as of late have included alarming updates on a spate of disputes that have cropped up involving local water agencies.

For example, there’s the outrage expressed by the Desert Hot Springs-area’s Mission Springs Water District over what it refers to as the west valley-area Desert Wat...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 23, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 23, 2019!

May 23, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's environmentally friendly weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World listens in as two Republicans discuss abortion laws; Jen Sorensen shares her hopes regarding Joe Biden; (Th)ink looks at a Re-Public-an transit map; Red Meat gets excited about a hot date; and Apoca Clips asks Li...

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Savage Love: My Best Friend's Emotional Swings Are Stressing Me Out; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: My Best Friend's Emotional Swings Are Stressing Me Out; What Should I Do?

May 22, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I keep running into the same issue with my best friend of five years. (She’s also my maid of honor at my upcoming wedding.) We’re both empaths—most of my friends are—and we’re both in therapy working on how to cope with that. I have severe anxiety that impacts my physical health, so one of the empat...

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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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Arts and Culture

High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

May 23, 2019 11:00  |  Stephen Berger

Summer looms large on the horizon. Months of triple-digit temperatures take their toll, and we all look for ways to escape the heat—even if only for a brief period.

The high desert cities of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley offer some relief, with temperatures averaging about 10 degrees cooler than those...

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Laugh Legend: Jo Anne Worley Returns to Michael Holmes' Purple Room

Laugh Legend: Jo Anne Worley Returns to Michael Holmes' Purple Room

May 22, 2019 13:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

I asked Jo Anne Worley what the audience can expect from her shows at the Purple Room this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

“A lot of singing—mainly comedy singing,” she replied. “And what I like to do is take a song and do something unusual with it.”

I asked for an example … and, boy, did she resp...

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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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Music

The Lucky 13: Joey Zendejas, Frontman of Robotic Humans

The Lucky 13: Joey Zendejas, Frontman of Robotic Humans

May 21, 2019 13:45  |  Brian Blueskye

Robotic Humans laid low for a period of time, but the band re-emerged in March, opening for The Sweat Act at The Hood Bar and Pizza. The members have been sharing videos of themselves doing some recording—which means there’s hopefully new material on the way. For more information, visit  www.robotich...

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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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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Al Pastor Taco at Taqueria Tortilla Factory

The Indy Endorsement: The Al Pastor Taco at Taqueria Tortilla Factory

May 22, 2019 08:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The al pastor taco

Where: Taqueria Tortilla Factory, 35270 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $2.99

Contact: 760-324-6505; taqueria-tortilla-factory.business.site

Why: It outshined the main course.

Sometimes, the supporting player outshines the star.

Such was the case during a recent lunch I enjoye...

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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

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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