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The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

You may know the band as Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, OCS or one of several other names that have changed along with the lineup over the last two-plus decades.

However, one thing has rema...

On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

I’ll be honest: I’m not feeling very inspired this month.

My list of favorite cocktail places in the Coachella Valley hasn’t changed much this year. With the exception of the Del Re...

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Alligators get their due as nasty cinematic monsters with Crawl —the biggest surprise so far this summer regarding simply having a damn good time at the movies. It puts Godzilla: King...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

On this week's minty-fresh weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles finds similarities between Donald Trump and the Grateful Dead; This Modern World ponders Nancy Pelosi's po...

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

The Grub Plug food truck was parked by the Oasis Street curb in front of the College of the Desert’s Indio campus late in the day on a Tuesday.

The city of Indio’s Community Develop...

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Over the past year and a half, it has been my privilege to visit, learn about and write about a number of nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley dedicated to the arts.

Some...

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

On the northern edge of downtown Palm Springs, a new music venue is on the verge of rekindling the music and nightlife scene that seems to have disappeared after the closure of Bar...

Movies & TV

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Jul 18, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Alligators get their due as nasty cinematic monsters with Crawl —the biggest surprise so far this summer regarding simply having a damn good time at the movies. It puts Godzilla: King of the Monsters to shame.

Southern Florida is getting walloped by a hurricane, and collegiate swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodela...

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Home Video Review: Despite a Hackneyed Feel, 'Teen Spirit' Is Worth Watching for Elle Fanning's Performance

Home Video Review: Despite a Hackneyed Feel, 'Teen Spirit' Is Worth Watching for Elle Fanning's Performance

Jul 16, 2019 11:30  |  Bob Grimm

Teen Spirit is Max Minghella’s directorial debut—he also wrote the script—and the film is a bit on the hackneyed side as it tells the story of a young girl’s rise to fame as a singer via a televised talent show.

What makes it all rather watchable is Elle Fanning as that girl, giving the talented actre...

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Shocking Swedes: 'Midsommar' Proves Director Ari Aster Is a Master of Horror—and That Florence Pugh Is a Star on the Rise

Shocking Swedes: 'Midsommar' Proves Director Ari Aster Is a Master of Horror—and That Florence Pugh Is a Star on the Rise

Jul 11, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

After two feature-directing credits, it’s safe to declare writer-director Ari Aster a master of horror. Midsommar , the sophomore effort after his masterpiece Hereditary , is 2 1/2 hours of nerve-fraying terror, staged mostly in broad daylight—and it’s a thing of demented beauty.

Dani (Florence Pugh, who...

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News

A Sanctuary for Gun Owners: Needles Takes a Jab at 'Liberal' Sacramento by Declaring Itself a Haven for Firearms

A Sanctuary for Gun Owners: Needles Takes a Jab at 'Liberal' Sacramento by Declaring Itself a Haven for Firearms

Jul 18, 2019 13:00  |  John M. Glionna, CALmatters

The whole business began with a backyard barbecue.

Tim Terral, a 50-year-old cable-company worker and recently elected city councilman in Needles, on the rural eastern edge of California, planned a cookout for some buddies who live just over the state line in Arizona.

Nobody wanted to come. Under Cali...

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Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Jul 17, 2019 16:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The Grub Plug food truck was parked by the Oasis Street curb in front of the College of the Desert’s Indio campus late in the day on a Tuesday.

The city of Indio’s Community Development Department (ICD) was offering the first 120 visitors to their Indio Specific Plan open house—taking place in the co...

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The Candidate, the Publication and the Lack of Disclosure: A 'CV Weekly' Cover Story on Palm Springs City Council Candidate Alfie Pettit May Run Afoul of State and Federal Guidelines

The Candidate, the Publication and the Lack of Disclosure: A 'CV Weekly' Cover Story on Palm Springs City Council Candidate Alfie Pettit May Run Afoul of State and Federal Guidelines

Jul 16, 2019 17:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The 2019 Palm Springs City Council election slate is not even set yet—that won’t happen until the candidate-nomination period closes Aug. 9—but one candidate, Alan “Alfie” Pettit, got an early start on his advertising by promoting his campaign via the cover story of the June 27-July 3 edition of the...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

Jul 18, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's minty-fresh weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles finds similarities between Donald Trump and the Grateful Dead; This Modern World ponders Nancy Pelosi's political game of chess; Jen Sorensen wonders how Twitter would have handled past historic moments; Apoca Clips listens as...

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Savage Love: I Am Curious: Why Am I Turned on by Cuckolding?

Savage Love: I Am Curious: Why Am I Turned on by Cuckolding?

Jul 17, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I am a bi, white, married man—35 years old and living in a big Midwestern city. I’d like to know what’s going on in my psyche—from a sex-research perspective.

I’ve been hung up on cuckold fantasies with my female partner for years now. I’m a creative person, and I’m especially fond of creative fantas...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 11, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 11, 2019!

Jul 11, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's fun, festive and frank weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips examines Li'l Trumpy's Fourth of July speech; Red Meat gets creative; (Th)ink celebrates the U.S. Women's World Cup win; This Modern World looks at what pundits are saying about our country's border concentration camps; ...

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Arts and Culture

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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Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Jul 17, 2019 14:00  |  Stephen Berger

Over the past year and a half, it has been my privilege to visit, learn about and write about a number of nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley dedicated to the arts.

Someone once said that life without art is like food without salt. From Palm Springs to Coachella to the high desert towns o...

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Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Jul 03, 2019 14:15  |  Claire Thompson, High Country News

When she discovered that she was pregnant, Stephanie Land ripped up her application for the University of Montana’s creative-writing program. Yet her dream of being a writer in Missoula endured, shining like a beacon above the daily grind of poverty she now found herself trapped in as a single mothe...

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Music

The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

Jul 18, 2019 14:00  |  Matt King

You may know the band as Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, OCS or one of several other names that have changed along with the lineup over the last two-plus decades.

However, one thing has remained constant: founding-member John Dwyer’s blistering guitar and crunchy vocals. Oh Sees, as we’ll call the band today,...

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L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

Jul 17, 2019 12:00  |  Andy Lara

On the northern edge of downtown Palm Springs, a new music venue is on the verge of rekindling the music and nightlife scene that seems to have disappeared after the closure of Bar two years ago.

There’s one small problem: The venue isn’t fully open quite yet.

Until the venue finalizes its aesthetic i...

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Politics and Musical Power: Captain Ghost Celebrates a New Music Video—and Gets Set to Release Its First Full Album

Politics and Musical Power: Captain Ghost Celebrates a New Music Video—and Gets Set to Release Its First Full Album

Jul 11, 2019 10:30  |  Matt King

Captain Ghost, a four-piece alternative-rock band, is a growing presence in the Coachella Valley music scene thanks to the group’s powerful anthems and ballads—plus its political and perhaps even conspiratorial lyrics.

And then there’s that intriguing name. I sat down to talk with Bradley Burton (son...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: AsiaSF Coming to Palm Springs; Ni-Chome Ramen Keeps Popping Up; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: AsiaSF Coming to Palm Springs; Ni-Chome Ramen Keeps Popping Up; and a Whole Lot More!

Jul 22, 2019 10:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Coming Soon: AsiaSF Palm Springs, to the Former Hacienda Location

A San Francisco restaurant known for its “Cal-Asian” cuisine and dinner shows featuring transgender performers is opening a Palm Springs location in the space that was once the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, at 1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr...

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On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

Jul 18, 2019 11:45  |  Kevin Carlow

I’ll be honest: I’m not feeling very inspired this month.

My list of favorite cocktail places in the Coachella Valley hasn’t changed much this year. With the exception of the Del Rey (sorry for not covering you yet—it’s coming), it’s pretty much still the same seven or eight places. While there is no...

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Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Jul 16, 2019 11:00  |  Katie Finn

I am always amazed by “I never/I only” wine-drinkers. I encounter them all too frequently when they come into the shop looking for a specific wine. I quickly discover that my suggestions for an alternative selection are futile when the customer informs me they will only drink this one wine.

Oh, how terri...

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