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The Indy Endorsement: The Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza

The Indy Endorsement: The Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza

What: The build-your-own pizza

Where: Blaze Pizza, 201 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at 73393 Highway 111, Palm Desert

How much: $7.95

Contact: 760-318-2529 (Palm Springs); 760...

Scary Ruminations: Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' Is a Decent Continuation of the 'Alien' Franchise

Scary Ruminations: Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' Is a Decent Continuation of the 'Alien' Franchise

Ridley Scott’s third Alien film is an entertaining mashup of the overreaching-but-cool sensibilities of Prometheus and the old-school dread and “Ick!” factor that made the original Alie...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 25, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 25, 2017!

On this week's unimpeachable weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World masterfully compares a presidency of old to our current situation; Jen Sorenson wonders why members of ...

Melodic Metal: After a Years-Long Hiatus, Local Band He Films the Clouds Is Back With a New Full-Length Album

Melodic Metal: After a Years-Long Hiatus, Local Band He Films the Clouds Is Back With a New Full-Length Album

A few years ago, metal band He Films the Clouds was starting to gain attention in the Coachella Valley music scene.

Then the band just disappeared—only to resurface fairly recently....

True TV: Summer 2017—Everything You Need to See in June, July and August

True TV: Summer 2017—Everything You Need to See in June, July and August

After a fall-winter-spring blur of Too Many Shows, you’re thinking to yourself, “Summer is finally here—I can take a break from TV. Praise the Lord!”

Sorry. Your god has abandoned y...

Ask a Mexican: Can You Explain the Origins of These Anti-Mexican Slurs?

Ask a Mexican: Can You Explain the Origins of These Anti-Mexican Slurs?

Dear Mexican: Not too long ago, you answered a question about the anti-Mexican slur “greaser,” and then I read the info you provided for “illegal” and the N-word.

I was wondering if...

Live: U2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, May 21

Live: U2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, May 21

When U2 released The Joshua Tree in 1987, the album was an unparalleled success, both financially and critically. Now that three decades have passed, the album is a timeless classic—...

News

Restrictions Remain: Despite a Flood of Water and an Influx of Cash, Water Agencies Are Still Asking Residents to Conserve

Restrictions Remain: Despite a Flood of Water and an Influx of Cash, Water Agencies Are Still Asking Residents to Conserve

Friday, May 19, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

After months of rain—and increased revenue from last year’s rate increases—both the western Coachella Valley’s Desert Water Agency and the eastern valley’s Coachella Valley Water District find themselves wading in more riches than they could have imagined just one short year ago.

However, that does n...

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Cannabis in the CV: Rules for the State's Marijuana Industry Begin to Take Shape; California's AG Pledges to Fight the Feds

Cannabis in the CV: Rules for the State's Marijuana Industry Begin to Take Shape; California's AG Pledges to Fight the Feds

Tuesday, May 16, 2017  |  Sean Planck

The California Department of Public Health has issued proposed rules for the cannabis industry in anticipation of the Proposition 64 provisions that will take effect next year.

Voters legalized the adult use of marijuana via Prop 64 last year.

The proposed rules require applicants who wish to grow, tr...

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Democracy in Crisis: Whose Autocracy Is It Anyway?—13 Authoritarian Jokes on America

Democracy in Crisis: Whose Autocracy Is It Anyway?—13 Authoritarian Jokes on America

Monday, May 15, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him.

The regime blamed new Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and cited Comey’s treatment of the Clinton email investigation—as if daring us to pretend they are telling the truth.

M...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 25, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 25, 2017!

Thursday, May 25, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's unimpeachable weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World masterfully compares a presidency of old to our current situation; Jen Sorenson wonders why members of the media treat democracy as partisan; The K Chronicles gets felt up on an airplane; Red Meat forgets the safe word; and...

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Ask a Mexican: Can You Explain the Origins of These Anti-Mexican Slurs?

Ask a Mexican: Can You Explain the Origins of These Anti-Mexican Slurs?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  |  Guillermo Prieto

Dear Mexican: Not too long ago, you answered a question about the anti-Mexican slur “greaser,” and then I read the info you provided for “illegal” and the N-word.

I was wondering if you could break down for us “beaner,” “wetback” and “spic,” too. What are their definitions historically? Who “invented...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 18, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 18, 2017!

Thursday, May 18, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's Israeli-intelligence-free weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips shows the Trumpster creating his own police force; Red Meat has weight issues; Jen Sorenson wonders what will finally wake up Republicans; The K Chronicles speaks in tongues; and This Modern World examines what happen...

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Arts and Culture

Master of TV, Film and Stand-up: Marlon Wayans Brings His Comedy to Morongo

Master of TV, Film and Stand-up: Marlon Wayans Brings His Comedy to Morongo

Thursday, May 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The Wayans Brothers are an American institution, thanks to their various comedy TV shows and movies.

The youngest of the Wayans Brothers in showbiz is Marlon, who appeared with his family members on the iconic early 1990s sketch show In Living Color . He’s also known for playing Loc Dog in the ’90s Way...

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Local Theater on the Move: The Coachella Valley Arts Scene Is Thriving—and Theater Organizations Are Looking for Bigger Homes

Local Theater on the Move: The Coachella Valley Arts Scene Is Thriving—and Theater Organizations Are Looking for Bigger Homes

Monday, May 22, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Michael Shaw, the artistic director and co-founder of Dezart Performs, had no idea what he was getting himself into when he helped start the theater company back in 2008.

“I was living in Los Angeles, so I was running the theater with my co-founder at the time,” Shaw said. “I went back and forth … an...

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Lurid Laughs: Desert Rose's 'Clark Gable Slept Here' Combines Murder, Sex and Scandal in a Near-Flawless Production

Lurid Laughs: Desert Rose's 'Clark Gable Slept Here' Combines Murder, Sex and Scandal in a Near-Flawless Production

Saturday, May 13, 2017  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Desperate for an escape from the current chaos swirling around us? I have just the ticket: See Clark Gable Slept Here at Desert Rose Playhouse. This terrific play will transport you into another world … filled with lurid sex, glamour, murder—and lots of laughs.

Michael McKeever’s dark comedy opens with...

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Movies & TV

Scary Ruminations: Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' Is a Decent Continuation of the 'Alien' Franchise

Scary Ruminations: Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' Is a Decent Continuation of the 'Alien' Franchise

Thursday, May 25, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Ridley Scott’s third Alien film is an entertaining mashup of the overreaching-but-cool sensibilities of Prometheus and the old-school dread and “Ick!” factor that made the original Alien  one of the best horror and science-fiction films of the 20th century.

Alien: Covenant continues the ruminations about the ...

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True TV: Summer 2017—Everything You Need to See in June, July and August

True TV: Summer 2017—Everything You Need to See in June, July and August

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  |  Bill Frost

After a fall-winter-spring blur of Too Many Shows, you’re thinking to yourself, “Summer is finally here—I can take a break from TV. Praise the Lord!”

Sorry. Your god has abandoned you: Here are 32 new and returning series you’re going to have to watch this summer, because peak TV knows no season.

In t...

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Home Video Review: Showtime's 'Twin Peaks: The Return' Is a Dark Yet Brilliant Show

Home Video Review: Showtime's 'Twin Peaks: The Return' Is a Dark Yet Brilliant Show

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Some 26 years ago, ABC did a very, very bad thing: The network cancelled Twin Pea ks after just two seasons, without telling David Lynch the season finale would be a series finale. This resulted in the most unholy of cliffhangers.

That cliffhanger that would last 26 years.

Thanks to Showtime, Twin Peaks f...

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Music

Melodic Metal: After a Years-Long Hiatus, Local Band He Films the Clouds Is Back With a New Full-Length Album

Melodic Metal: After a Years-Long Hiatus, Local Band He Films the Clouds Is Back With a New Full-Length Album

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

A few years ago, metal band He Films the Clouds was starting to gain attention in the Coachella Valley music scene.

Then the band just disappeared—only to resurface fairly recently. In fact, the reconstituted He Films the Clouds released a full-length album in April, titled As I Live and Breathe .

Durin...

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Live: U2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, May 21

Live: U2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, May 21

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When U2 released The Joshua Tree in 1987, the album was an unparalleled success, both financially and critically. Now that three decades have passed, the album is a timeless classic—and to celebrate, U2 is currently touring to promote its re-release, and performing the album in its entirety.

On Saturda...

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Surf-Inspired Rock: Long Beach's Tijuana Panthers return to Pappy and Harriet's

Surf-Inspired Rock: Long Beach's Tijuana Panthers return to Pappy and Harriet's

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

With a band name like the Tijuana Panthers, there has to be a great story behind it … right?

The Long Beach garage-punk trio will be hitting the stage at Pappy and Harriet’s on Friday, June 2.

During a recent phone interview, guitarist Chad Wachtel told me the story behind that infamous name.

“The albu...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza

The Indy Endorsement: The Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza

Thursday, May 25, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The build-your-own pizza

Where: Blaze Pizza, 201 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at 73393 Highway 111, Palm Desert

How much: $7.95

Contact: 760-318-2529 (Palm Springs); 760-895-4259 (Palm Desert); www.blazepizza.com

Why: It’s delicious, and it’s a great deal.

In the almost five years that the Ind...

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Restaurant News Bites: New York Company Closes; 716 on 111 Coming Soon to Old Dickie O'Neal's Space; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: New York Company Closes; 716 on 111 Coming Soon to Old Dickie O'Neal's Space; and Much More!

Monday, May 22, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

The New York Company Restaurant Closes After Three-Plus Years

After more than three years in business, The New York Company Restaurant, at 1260 S. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, has closed its doors for good.

“We know you enjoyed dining at The New York Company Restaurant,” said a note sent to the...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Turkey BLT Folded Waffle Sandwich at Si Bon

The Indy Endorsement: The Turkey BLT Folded Waffle Sandwich at Si Bon

Thursday, May 18, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The turkey BLT folded waffle sandwich

Where: Si Bon Belgian Bistro, 40101 Monterey Ave., Rancho Mirage

How much: $13

Contact: 760-837-0011; www.sibon-sogood.com

Why: It’s a clever take on a classic sandwich.

I had just finished a less-than-pleasant medical appointment in Rancho Mirage. It was lunch time;...

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