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Informed Dissent: A Lesson From North Carolina on Institutional White Supremacy

Informed Dissent: A Lesson From North Carolina on Institutional White Supremacy

There’s this story I’ve been obsessing over lately. It’s equal parts hilarious, pathetic and infuriating. It’s an example of how indefensibly awful governmental decision-making can...

The Lucky 13: Austin Lawrence, Bassist/Frontman of Saints and Rebels, Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Dec. 14

The Lucky 13: Austin Lawrence, Bassist/Frontman of Saints and Rebels, Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Dec. 14

The band Saints and Rebels has gone from occasional cover-song performances at The Hood Bar and Pizza’s open-mic night to frequent gigs around the valley—all within a matter of mon...

Poison in the Creek: Mark Ruffalo Shines in 'Dark Waters,' a Legal Drama Based on DuPont's Real Misdeeds

Poison in the Creek: Mark Ruffalo Shines in 'Dark Waters,' a Legal Drama Based on DuPont's Real Misdeeds

The real-life horrors the DuPont company inflicted upon Parkersburg, W.Va., get a strong cinematic treatment from director Todd Haynes with Dark Waters , an earnest legal drama that ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 12, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 12, 2019!

On this week's record-breaking weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles takes a tongue-in-cheek look at Christmas in SoCal; This Modern World looks at GOP "reality"; Jen Sore...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Susan Moeller, a Former City Planner Who Always Sees the Good in People

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Susan Moeller, a Former City Planner Who Always Sees the Good in People

Susan Moeller describes herself as someone who was never an expert. “So I just asked a lot of questions—and got things done.”

Moeller, now 75, first came to the desert in 1993 as re...

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

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 fin...

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...

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Movies & TV

Poison in the Creek: Mark Ruffalo Shines in 'Dark Waters,' a Legal Drama Based on DuPont's Real Misdeeds

Poison in the Creek: Mark Ruffalo Shines in 'Dark Waters,' a Legal Drama Based on DuPont's Real Misdeeds

Dec 12, 2019 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

The real-life horrors the DuPont company inflicted upon Parkersburg, W.Va., get a strong cinematic treatment from director Todd Haynes with Dark Waters , an earnest legal drama that skips lengthy courtroom sequences in favor of in-depth looks at those affected—on all sides of the case.

Mark Ruffalo hea...

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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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News

Therapy Needed: Why Aren't Californians Getting the Mental Health Care That the Law Requires?

Therapy Needed: Why Aren't Californians Getting the Mental Health Care That the Law Requires?

Dec 12, 2019 15:00  |  Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters

State Sen. Jim Beall is angry.

Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed.

As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose De...

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Informed Dissent: A Lesson From North Carolina on Institutional White Supremacy

Informed Dissent: A Lesson From North Carolina on Institutional White Supremacy

Dec 12, 2019 13:00  |  Jeffrey C. Billman

There’s this story I’ve been obsessing over lately. It’s equal parts hilarious, pathetic and infuriating. It’s an example of how indefensibly awful governmental decision-making can be—and more important, emblematic of how institutional white supremacy can be so pervasive.

This is happening in my back...

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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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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 12, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 12, 2019!

Dec 12, 2019 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's record-breaking weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles takes a tongue-in-cheek look at Christmas in SoCal; This Modern World looks at GOP "reality"; Jen Sorensen waits for technology to solve climate change; Apoca Clips brings us the latest adventures of Captain Rudy; and Red ...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Susan Moeller, a Former City Planner Who Always Sees the Good in People

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Susan Moeller, a Former City Planner Who Always Sees the Good in People

Dec 11, 2019 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Susan Moeller describes herself as someone who was never an expert. “So I just asked a lot of questions—and got things done.”

Moeller, now 75, first came to the desert in 1993 as redevelopment director for Cathedral City. Born in Superior, Wis., she arrived in Southern California at the age of 8.

“We ...

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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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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

The Lucky 13: Dan Dillinger, Bassist of The Sweat Act and Black Water Gospel

The Lucky 13: Dan Dillinger, Bassist of The Sweat Act and Black Water Gospel

Dec 12, 2019 15:30  |  Matt King

There’s a reason you don’t often see the “bored-bassist” look on the faces of our valley’s musicians—and that reason is the leadership of Dan Dillinger, who has been moving, jumping and kicking all over Coachella Valley stages and beyond for more than a decade now. He performs with punk-rockers The ...

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The Lucky 13: Austin Lawrence, Bassist/Frontman of Saints and Rebels, Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Dec. 14

The Lucky 13: Austin Lawrence, Bassist/Frontman of Saints and Rebels, Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Dec. 14

Dec 12, 2019 12:30  |  Matt King

The band Saints and Rebels has gone from occasional cover-song performances at The Hood Bar and Pizza’s open-mic night to frequent gigs around the valley—all within a matter of months. Catch Saints and Rebels at The Hood on Saturday, Dec. 14, opening for punk legends Guttermouth. At the helm of the ...

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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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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Giant Cinnamon Roll at Rick's Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Giant Cinnamon Roll at Rick's Restaurant

Dec 12, 2019 15:45  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The giant cinnamon roll

Where: Rick’s Restaurant, 1973 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $5.99

Contact: 760-416-0090; ricksrestaurant.biz

Why: It’s sweet comfort.

Sometimes, you just need comfort food.

It had been a rough couple days for my friend. His father was recovering from emergency surge...

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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

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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