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Coachella Day 1: Scenes and Anecdotes From the Fest on Friday

Coachella Day 1: Scenes and Anecdotes From the Fest on Friday

Coachella’s second weekend started off on Friday, April 18, on a comfortable note: The heat was not overbearing, with temperatures generally remaining...

Coachella: Anti-Flag's Pat Thetic Says the Pittsburgh Punk-Rock Band Has Matured, but Remains Angry

Coachella: Anti-Flag's Pat Thetic Says the Pittsburgh Punk-Rock Band Has Matured, but Remains Angry

Anti-Flag, hailing from Pittsburgh, has been cranking out anti-establishment, left-wing-themed songs over well more than two decades. Before the band’...

Stagecoach: The Country-Music Fest Has Always Been Known for Its Variety—and This Year Is No Exception

Stagecoach: The Country-Music Fest Has Always Been Known for Its Variety—and This Year Is No Exception

At Stagecoach, attendees never quite know what to expect. Big Nashville stars mix with folk singers, alt-country rebels, old-time country acts and roc...

Live Review: The Pixies, Pappy and Harriet's, Thursday, April 17

Live Review: The Pixies, Pappy and Harriet's, Thursday, April 17

When the Pixies show at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace went on sale a couple of weeks ago, the excitement of local music fans was evident: The...

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Sponsor Wanted: The Kraft Nabisco Championship's Future Is Unclear—but the Tourney Is Unlikely to Move

Sponsor Wanted: The Kraft Nabisco Championship's Future Is Unclear—but the Tourney Is Unlikely to Move

Saturday, April 05, 2014  |  Brane Jevric

Promotion is everything when it comes to sports events. Dinah Shore knew that; that’s why, back in 1972, she attached her name, and fame, to a brand-new women’s golf event at the Mission Hills Country Club.

To this day, many still call the LPGA’s first major of the year simply Dinah . Soon, that might be...

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Snapshot: Palm Desert's Nicole Castrale Gives Locals Someone to Root for at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Snapshot: Palm Desert's Nicole Castrale Gives Locals Someone to Root for at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Friday, April 04, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

As she teed off Thursday morning, April 3, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Nicole Castrale had a lot to prove.

The 11-year LPGA veteran and onetime Palm Desert High School golfer needed to show that any physical concerns caused by her September 2013 hip-replacement surgery were behind her. She has...

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Opinion

Getting Back on the Job: SAGEWorks Offers Help to LGBT People 40 or Older Who Need Work

Getting Back on the Job: SAGEWorks Offers Help to LGBT People 40 or Older Who Need Work

Friday, April 18, 2014  |  Lisa Middleton

SAGEWorks has begun!

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, aka The Center, is currently serving unemployed and underemployed LGBT adults 40 years old and up with computer training and job-skills classes. The course helps participants build the requisite skills to perform the basic tasks of a job s...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's special Easter edition of the Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the rise of groupthink; The K Chronicles ponders the development of the self-shooting gun; The City looks at the aftermath of the Heartbleed debacle; and Red Meat has some problems while decorating Easter eggs....

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'In the Light of Justice' Shows the Wounds That Remain in Native American Communities

Western Lit: 'In the Light of Justice' Shows the Wounds That Remain in Native American Communities

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  |  Kevin Taylor

It’s unthinkable that kids in America would ever be allowed to play “slaves and masters,” writes Walter Echo-Hawk, but we don’t see anything wrong with Junior strapping on the trusty ol’ cap-shooters for a game of “cowboys and Indians.”

Echo-Hawk, a Pawnee tribal member and lawyer who has toiled for ...

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Pick a Winner: Audiences Choose One of Dezart Performs' Upcoming Shows During the Play Reading Series

Pick a Winner: Audiences Choose One of Dezart Performs' Upcoming Shows During the Play Reading Series

Thursday, April 10, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

In a valley full of theater, Dezart Performs sets itself apart by focusing on the new.

“We’re bringing new and original material to the desert—stuff that’s never been seen at least in the Coachella Valley, if not Los Angeles,” says Michael Shaw, the artistic director of the nonprofit company which is...

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Movies & TV

Mirror Mess: 'Oculus' Fails Thanks to a Flawed Plot, Poor Performances

Mirror Mess: 'Oculus' Fails Thanks to a Flawed Plot, Poor Performances

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

A crazy, killer mirror causes problems for a family portrayed by a mix of mediocre actors in Oculus , a horror film that offers a couple of creepy moments—that are surrounded by an incoherent mess.

Kaylie and Tim Russell (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) lost their mother, father, family dog and a bu...

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A Worthy Pick: 'Draft Day' Is Entertaining, but It Feels Incomplete

A Worthy Pick: 'Draft Day' Is Entertaining, but It Feels Incomplete

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

In a film that feels more like a TV series than a theatrical release, Kevin Costner plays Sonny, general manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns. It’s draft day, and Sonny has some big decisions to make after he trades for the No. 1 pick, much to the dismay of his head coach (Denis Leary). This is all...

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Music

Coachella Day 2: Scenes and Anecdotes From the Fest on Saturday

Coachella Day 2: Scenes and Anecdotes From the Fest on Saturday

Sunday, April 20, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Coachella Day 2 is always the festival’s busiest—and that was evident on Saturday, April 19, as people came to enjoy numerous up-and-coming artists, in addition to the big headliners.

Early in the afternoon, Laura Mvula took the Gobi stage. I was in the nearby press tent, and the drum beat coming fro...

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Coachella Day 1: Scenes and Anecdotes From the Fest on Friday

Coachella Day 1: Scenes and Anecdotes From the Fest on Friday

Saturday, April 19, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Coachella’s second weekend started off on Friday, April 18, on a comfortable note: The heat was not overbearing, with temperatures generally remaining in the 80s. Not even the arrival of some ominous clouds in the afternoon would put a damper on the fun.

The Gabba Gabba Heys, a Ramones tribute band, ...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Goat Cheese Sweet Corn Tamale at Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

The Indy Endorsement: The Goat Cheese Sweet Corn Tamale at Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

Friday, April 18, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Goat Cheese Sweet Corn Tamale

Where: Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse, 71800 Highway 111, No. A176, Rancho Mirage

How much: $11

Contact: 760-346-8738; www.babesbbque.com

Why: It’s a veritable flavor bomb.

If you’re looking for a traditional Mexican tamale, then Babe’s is not the place for you. (Unless yo...

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Sniff the Cap: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Sourdough Bread and 'Mad Men'

Sniff the Cap: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Sourdough Bread and 'Mad Men'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

Some day in the not-too-distant future, I want to make wine. But I don’t want to ruin perfectly good grapes.

So I’m training myself on bread. Sourdough bread, specifically. This spring, I’ve been nurturing a sourdough culture: lactic-acid bacteria and yeast, feeding and reproducing on wheat flour and...

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