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A Star Is Born: Margot Robbie Steals Conman Film 'Focus' From Will Smith

A Star Is Born: Margot Robbie Steals Conman Film 'Focus' From Will Smith

It’s been a couple of years since Will Smith and his mopey kid inflicted After Earth upon us. Still, Smith has to eat, so it stands to reason he’s making movies again, even if his once-adoring public is...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 5, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 5, 2015!

On this week's deceptive Independent comics page: This Modern World checks in with Glox News and wonders whether the Supreme Leader really loves this land mass; Jen Sorenson looks at "right to work" sta...

True TV: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Finds a Home on Netflix; 'The Returned' Delivers on Creepy and Weepy

True TV: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Finds a Home on Netflix; 'The Returned' Delivers on Creepy and Weepy

Dig (Thursday, March 5, USA), series debut: At least the USA Network is trying new ideas. However, for every creative win (like comedies Sirens and Playing House , or dramas Graceland and Satisfaction ), there...

Ask a Mexican: Are There Assisted-Living Homes for Mexicans Who Like Spicy Food?

Ask a Mexican: Are There Assisted-Living Homes for Mexicans Who Like Spicy Food?

Dear Mexican: Recently, I visited a viejecita in an assisted-living home. As I’m getting on in years myself, I wondered how I would fare in such a place. Fortunately, I do like to eat cottage cheese, bu...

Meet the Rabbi: Chabad of Palm Springs' Yonason Denebeim Has Been Answering Questions at VillageFest for 25 Years

Meet the Rabbi: Chabad of Palm Springs' Yonason Denebeim Has Been Answering Questions at VillageFest for 25 Years

If you’ve been to Palm Springs VillageFest, you’ve seen the “Ask the Rabbi” booth. Rabbi Yonason Denebeim has been running that booth for about 25 years—and, not surprisingly, he has many stories to t...

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News

Meet the Rabbi: Chabad of Palm Springs' Yonason Denebeim Has Been Answering Questions at VillageFest for 25 Years

Meet the Rabbi: Chabad of Palm Springs' Yonason Denebeim Has Been Answering Questions at VillageFest for 25 Years

Tuesday, March 03, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

If you’ve been to Palm Springs VillageFest, you’ve seen the “Ask the Rabbi” booth. Rabbi Yonason Denebeim has been running that booth for about 25 years—and, not surprisingly, he has many stories to tell.

Like, for example, that time when he hosted Matisyahu during Coachella in 2006. Or when he worke...

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March Astronomy: Venus, Jupiter, Sirius and Canopus Are This Month's Evening Standouts

March Astronomy: Venus, Jupiter, Sirius and Canopus Are This Month's Evening Standouts

Friday, February 27, 2015  |  Robert Victor

March 2015 at dusk: Early in the month, the four brightest “stars,” in order of brilliance, are: Venus , in the west; Jupiter , in the eastern sky; Sirius , the “Dog Star,” 40 degrees up in the south as seen from the Coachella Valley; and Canopus , less than 4 degrees up when it passes due south about 21 min...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 5, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 5, 2015!

Thursday, March 05, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's deceptive Independent comics page: This Modern World checks in with Glox News and wonders whether the Supreme Leader really loves this land mass; Jen Sorenson looks at "right to work" states; The K Chronicles meets Black Rob Lowe; and Red Meat enjoys some animal bloopers.

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Ask a Mexican: Are There Assisted-Living Homes for Mexicans Who Like Spicy Food?

Ask a Mexican: Are There Assisted-Living Homes for Mexicans Who Like Spicy Food?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Recently, I visited a viejecita in an assisted-living home. As I’m getting on in years myself, I wondered how I would fare in such a place. Fortunately, I do like to eat cottage cheese, but I would like some salsa with it, or better yet, an occasional jalapeño en escabeche .

Are there place...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'Pale Harvest' Is a Tale of Hope in a Dreary Place

Western Lit: 'Pale Harvest' Is a Tale of Hope in a Dreary Place

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  |  Samantha Updegrave

Set in modern times, in a small “passing-over place” in northern Utah, the debut novel by Idaho author Braden Hepner, Pale Harvest , follows Jack Selvedge, a 20-year-old dairy farmer working his grandfather’s land, struggling against his own indifference.

Young Rebekah Rainsford shakes things up when s...

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Before and After War: Jennifer Karady's Powerful Photos of Soldiers Are a Highlight at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Before and After War: Jennifer Karady's Powerful Photos of Soldiers Are a Highlight at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Monday, March 02, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

The tale told by Jennifer Karady: In Country, Soldiers’ Stories From Iraq and Afghanistan , a powerful photography exhibit now on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum, has three parts; however, gallery visitors get to see only two.

We see the prologue, which lets us know what occurs prior to soldiers...

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Movies & TV

A Star Is Born: Margot Robbie Steals Conman Film 'Focus' From Will Smith

A Star Is Born: Margot Robbie Steals Conman Film 'Focus' From Will Smith

Thursday, March 05, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

It’s been a couple of years since Will Smith and his mopey kid inflicted After Earth upon us. Still, Smith has to eat, so it stands to reason he’s making movies again, even if his once-adoring public is a little gun-shy at this point.

Focus is a relatively small movie for Smith—it’s a semi-standard conm...

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True TV: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Finds a Home on Netflix; 'The Returned' Delivers on Creepy and Weepy

True TV: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Finds a Home on Netflix; 'The Returned' Delivers on Creepy and Weepy

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  |  Bill Frost

Dig (Thursday, March 5, USA), series debut: At least the USA Network is trying new ideas. However, for every creative win (like comedies Sirens and Playing House , or dramas Graceland and Satisfaction ), there’s a pandering pantsload (like reality steamers Chrisley Knows Best and Summer Camp ) and a handful of l...

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Music

Playin' Favorites: Don McLean Will Remind His McCallum Audience That There's Much More to Him Than 'American Pie'

Playin' Favorites: Don McLean Will Remind His McCallum Audience That There's Much More to Him Than 'American Pie'

Thursday, March 05, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Singer-songwriter Don McLean is best known for his 1971 hit single “American Pie”—but he’s enjoyed a string of other hits throughout his career.

After appearing at Stagecoach last year and stopping in Riverside last summer for a show, he’ll be returning to the area—specifically, the McCallum Theatre—...

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The Blueskye Report, March 2015: Don McLean, Kathy Griffin, Big and Rich, Gang of Four, and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, March 2015: Don McLean, Kathy Griffin, Big and Rich, Gang of Four, and Much More!

Monday, March 02, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s March … so we all know what’s comin’, weather-wise. We strongly recommend getting out and enjoying some fantastic events before the broiler gets turned on.

The McCallum Theatre’s schedule is full of music events in March. While Johnny Mathis’ March 7 and 8 performances are sold out, here are som...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Sour Cocktail at Bar

The Indy Endorsement: The Sour Cocktail at Bar

Friday, February 27, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

What : The Sour

Where : Bar, 340 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much : $10

Contact : 760-537-7337; www.barwastaken.com

Why : It’s one of the best cocktails in the valley.

I am convinced that Bar (if you’re unfamiliar, yes, that’s the name of the place in its entirety) remains underrated, even though th...

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Restaurant News Bites: Zin American Bistro Finds Itself in a Foie Gras Uproar; Plate | Glass Ups the Ante; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Zin American Bistro Finds Itself in a Foie Gras Uproar; Plate | Glass Ups the Ante; and Much More!

Monday, February 23, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

Zin American Bistro Finds Itself in the Midst of a Foie Gras Uproar

In early January, U.S. District Judge Court Stephen V. Wilson overturned California’s ban on foie gras—a 2004 voter-approved law that went into effect in 2012.

Almost immediately, Mindy Reed, the owner of downtown Palm Springs’ Zin Am...

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