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Caesar Cervisia: Enjoy This Festive Holiday Gift List for the Beer-Lovers in Your Life

Caesar Cervisia: Enjoy This Festive Holiday Gift List for the Beer-Lovers in Your Life

My regular readers (yes, some people tell me they are regular readers, without any prompting on my part—and yes, one of them is my mother; hi, Mom!) know I try to shy away from cli...

Breakup Blowout: Netflix's 'Marriage Story' Is One of the Best Films Ever Made About a Relationship

Breakup Blowout: Netflix's 'Marriage Story' Is One of the Best Films Ever Made About a Relationship

Adam Driver busts out a spontaneous piano-bar rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s “Being Alive” in Marriage Story . That alone justifies taking the time to watch the film, now streaming ...

Another GOP Defection: Coachella Valley Assemblyman Chad Mayes Becomes an Independent

Another GOP Defection: Coachella Valley Assemblyman Chad Mayes Becomes an Independent

A former California Republican leader left the party this week, the latest GOP defection in what’s become a trend among Trump-era moderates.

Assemblyman Chad Mayes re-registered wit...

Masters of their Craft: Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci Make 'The Irishman' Great—Even If the Film Falls Short of Being a Masterpiece

Masters of their Craft: Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci Make 'The Irishman' Great—Even If the Film Falls Short of Being a Masterpiece

After a lot of publicity surrounding the digital de-aging of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has arrived on Netflix (it remains on some local movie scree...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 5, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 5, 2019!

On this week's multicolored-light-strewn weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World again puts on MAGA-vision; Jen Sorensen ponders all the retro trends; (Th)ink looks inside ...

Saving Higher Ed: California Works—and Pays—to Solve Some of Education’s Biggest Issues

Saving Higher Ed: California Works—and Pays—to Solve Some of Education’s Biggest Issues

Jaelyn Deas and her four best friends shared everything, including late-night study sessions in the library at San Jose State University, and a never-ending preoccupation with how ...

Haunted or Hogwash? The Palm Springs Paranormal Investigation Team Makes Another Visit to One of the Area's Legendary Alleged Spirit Hideaways

Haunted or Hogwash? The Palm Springs Paranormal Investigation Team Makes Another Visit to One of the Area's Legendary Alleged Spirit Hideaways

The figure of a mysterious woman, cloaked in a white gown, seems to glide across the pathways of a local resort. A mysterious tall man with a hat has been seen wandering those same...

Movies & TV

Breakup Blowout: Netflix's 'Marriage Story' Is One of the Best Films Ever Made About a Relationship

Breakup Blowout: Netflix's 'Marriage Story' Is One of the Best Films Ever Made About a Relationship

Dec 10, 2019 17:40  |  Bob Grimm

Adam Driver busts out a spontaneous piano-bar rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s “Being Alive” in Marriage Story . That alone justifies taking the time to watch the film, now streaming on Netflix.

Fortunately, there are other reasons besides Driver’s surprisingly amazing voice to see the movie … actually,...

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Masters of their Craft: Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci Make 'The Irishman' Great—Even If the Film Falls Short of Being a Masterpiece

Masters of their Craft: Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci Make 'The Irishman' Great—Even If the Film Falls Short of Being a Masterpiece

Dec 05, 2019 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

After a lot of publicity surrounding the digital de-aging of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has arrived on Netflix (it remains on some local movie screens, too), and it’s a very good offering from the auteur. It has a few problems, but the opportunity to see De Niro, Paci...

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A Social Statement: 'Queen and Slim' Works Thanks to a Charming and Talented Lead Duo

A Social Statement: 'Queen and Slim' Works Thanks to a Charming and Talented Lead Duo

Dec 05, 2019 09:15  |  Bob Grimm

Queen and Slim depicts the worst Tinder date … pretty much ever.

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star as the title characters, two young people who meet in a diner for a mediocre online date. On their way home, they are pulled over by a cop who racially profiles them—and bad things happen. Queen...

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News

At Risk: The State Auditor Shines a Light on Cities' Financial Shortcomings—and Some Local Cities Face Trouble

At Risk: The State Auditor Shines a Light on Cities' Financial Shortcomings—and Some Local Cities Face Trouble

Dec 11, 2019 12:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The California State Auditor’s Office recently launched a new tool, available to anyone with an internet connection: an online dashboard that aggregates, compares and ranks the financial stability of more than 470 California cities, based on detailed and publicly available information.

“For the first...

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Another GOP Defection: Coachella Valley Assemblyman Chad Mayes Becomes an Independent

Another GOP Defection: Coachella Valley Assemblyman Chad Mayes Becomes an Independent

Dec 09, 2019 11:30  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CalMatters

A former California Republican leader left the party this week, the latest GOP defection in what’s become a trend among Trump-era moderates.

Assemblyman Chad Mayes re-registered without party preference, becoming the second California lawmaker this year to leave the Republican party. Assemblyman Brian...

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Saving Higher Ed: California Works—and Pays—to Solve Some of Education’s Biggest Issues

Saving Higher Ed: California Works—and Pays—to Solve Some of Education’s Biggest Issues

Dec 04, 2019 15:00  |  Jon Marcus and Felicia Mello, CalMatters

Jaelyn Deas and her four best friends shared everything, including late-night study sessions in the library at San Jose State University, and a never-ending preoccupation with how they’d pay for their tuition there.

The one thing they didn’t do together? Graduate.

While she was juggling a major in int...

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Opinion

Savage Love: I Want to Have Vanilla Sex With My Husband, but He'll Only Have Sex With Elaborate Kinks

Savage Love: I Want to Have Vanilla Sex With My Husband, but He'll Only Have Sex With Elaborate Kinks

Dec 11, 2019 12:00  |  Dan Savage

My husband and I (he’s straight; I’m bisexual) have been married 15 years. We are in our early 40s. When we met, he was inexperienced and crippled by shame from having grown up in an extremely sex-negative atmosphere. I have no hang-ups about sex and was happy to get him involved in some more advent...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 5, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 5, 2019!

Dec 05, 2019 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's multicolored-light-strewn weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World again puts on MAGA-vision; Jen Sorensen ponders all the retro trends; (Th)ink looks inside the mind of Mr. Zuckerberg; Red Meat needs to revise a history paper; and Apoca Clips posits that Rudy's goose may be co...

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Savage Love: My Ex-Girlfriend Accused Me of Giving Her HPV, and I Know Nothing About It

Savage Love: My Ex-Girlfriend Accused Me of Giving Her HPV, and I Know Nothing About It

Dec 04, 2019 12:00  |  Dan Savage

My ex-girlfriend, whom I dated for nine months, called me two months after we broke up and accused me of giving her HPV. She was going on, telling me how I needed to tell any future person I had sex with that I have HPV. I’m a 38-year-old man, and I’ve never had any signs or symptoms of any sexually...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Brandon Shimoda Sifts Through His Family's History—Including the U.S. Internment of Japanese Americans

Western Lit: Brandon Shimoda Sifts Through His Family's History—Including the U.S. Internment of Japanese Americans

Dec 05, 2019 11:05  |  Abby Manzella, High Country News

In The Grave on the Wall , poet and essayist Brandon Shimoda focuses on what remains after great loss. In this work of lyric nonfiction, he writes about his grandfather, Midori Shimoda, who died after years of memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease.

Midori was one of more than 110,000 American residents,...

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A Night of Wintry Bliss: Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services Throws a Big Party to Raise Both Awareness and Much-Needed Funds

A Night of Wintry Bliss: Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services Throws a Big Party to Raise Both Awareness and Much-Needed Funds

Dec 02, 2019 11:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

On Dec. 7, the folks with Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services will transform the Pacific Hangar of the Palm Springs Air Museum into a “winter wonderland.” The goals: Raise money for the organization’s vital services—and have one heck of a good time while doing so.

CVSAS’ Inaugural Winter Wonderl...

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Campy Comedy at Its Best: Desert Rose Again Celebrates 'Christmas With the Crawfords'

Campy Comedy at Its Best: Desert Rose Again Celebrates 'Christmas With the Crawfords'

Nov 30, 2019 14:30  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Desert Rose Playhouse is kicking off the holiday season in high style with a return of Christmas With the Crawfords , created by Richard Winchester and written by Mark Sargent. Artistic director Robbie Wayne is hoping to repeat the successful run the production enjoyed last season —and if the opening ni...

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Music

Multifaceted Mountain: Black Mountain Brings 15 years of Genre Shifts to Pappy and Harriet's

Multifaceted Mountain: Black Mountain Brings 15 years of Genre Shifts to Pappy and Harriet's

Dec 03, 2019 08:00  |  Matt King

Canadian rock-band Black Mountain is on its 15th lap around the sun—and each year has seemingly been different for the group.

The members have constantly explored different genres—including hard rock and long psychedelic jams—and founders Amber Webber and Joshua Wells are no longer with group. Still,...

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The Venue Report, December 2019: Seal, Dionne Warwick, Chris Isaak—and a Whole Lot More!

The Venue Report, December 2019: Seal, Dionne Warwick, Chris Isaak—and a Whole Lot More!

Nov 27, 2019 17:00  |  Matt King

The holiday season is here! It’s December in the Coachella Valley—which means venues are hosting a whole lot of events that’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Here’s but a sampling of the offerings local venues have in December.

The glorious McCallum Theatre has a packed schedule of shows that’ll get ...

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Live: OneRepublic, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, Nov. 15

Live: OneRepublic, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, Nov. 15

Nov 25, 2019 11:50  |  Guillermo Prieto

Pappy and Harriet’s pulls off the biggest shows in the desert region—outside of the big festivals in Indio, that is. You probably know about the day Paul McCartney came to town a few years ago to play an intimate indoor show —and there was that time Robert Plant performed at the open mic.

But on Nov. 1...

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Food and Drink

Caesar Cervisia: Enjoy This Festive Holiday Gift List for the Beer-Lovers in Your Life

Caesar Cervisia: Enjoy This Festive Holiday Gift List for the Beer-Lovers in Your Life

Dec 10, 2019 18:00  |  Brett Newton

My regular readers (yes, some people tell me they are regular readers, without any prompting on my part—and yes, one of them is my mother; hi, Mom!) know I try to shy away from clichés in my column.

However, this month, I’m feeling the Christmas spirit, and I want to help those who are not as deep in...

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Restaurant News Bites: Desert VegFest Is Back; It's Tamale Time; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: Desert VegFest Is Back; It's Tamale Time; and a Whole Lot More!

Nov 23, 2019 16:30  |  Matt King and Jimmy Boegle

The Goal of the Second Desert VegFest: Sharing Info About Veganism With the Coachella Valley

Bryan Lopez is passionate about the vegan lifestyle—so passionate, in fact, that he produced a whole festival focused on vegan food back in the spring.

Just six months later, Lopez is back with the sequel: The...

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On Cocktails: The Holidays Are a Perfect Time to Enjoy Sours … and, of Course, Egg Nog, Too!

On Cocktails: The Holidays Are a Perfect Time to Enjoy Sours … and, of Course, Egg Nog, Too!

Nov 21, 2019 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Is there any cocktail more iconic than a classic sour? Well, maybe … but does any cocktail look cooler in a photo?

There is a special elegance to the sour, served up in a long-stemmed coupe, laced with bitters on the frothy, creamy head. The great thing is: Sours aren’t even particularly hard to make...

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