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The Blueskye Report, November 2014: Pride, Patti Austin, Reba, Def Leppard, LeAnn Rimes, Fortunate Youth, and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, November 2014: Pride, Patti Austin, Reba, Def Leppard, LeAnn Rimes, Fortunate Youth, and Much More!

Season is here! Let’s celebrate with some great events.

Greater Palm Springs Pride takes place Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9 . There are a ton of related musical performances—many of those taking...

November Astronomy: Break Out the Binoculars and Revel in the Beauty of Star Clusters

November Astronomy: Break Out the Binoculars and Revel in the Beauty of Star Clusters

In late November, catch the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, star cluster visible all night, low in the east-northeast at dusk; high in the south in middle of night; and low in the west-northwest at dawn. ...

Off Hiatus: Underground Punk Group Lagwagon Celebrates Its First Album in Nine Years With a Stop at The Date Shed

Off Hiatus: Underground Punk Group Lagwagon Celebrates Its First Album in Nine Years With a Stop at The Date Shed

In the 1990s, Lagwagon was the talk of the underground punk scene.

However, the band never attained the mainstream success that contemporaries like Rancid and Green Day did. Nonetheless, Lagwagon is st...

Keanu Is Back! 'John Wick' Is a Great-Looking Action Movie

Keanu Is Back! 'John Wick' Is a Great-Looking Action Movie

The latest Keanu Reeves vehicle is a stunner. John Wick boasts a high body count—and offers cinematic proof that you shouldn’t mess with a man’s best friend.

In the film’s opening moments, we learn that ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 30, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 30, 2014!

On this week's patriotic Independent comics page: The K Chronicles examines income inequality; This Modern World ponders real epidemics; Jen Sorenson wonders when to trust the media; and it's raining me...

News

November Astronomy: Break Out the Binoculars and Revel in the Beauty of Star Clusters

November Astronomy: Break Out the Binoculars and Revel in the Beauty of Star Clusters

Friday, October 31, 2014  |  Robert Victor

In late November, catch the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, star cluster visible all night, low in the east-northeast at dusk; high in the south in middle of night; and low in the west-northwest at dawn. The view of this beautiful star cluster through a pair of binoculars is a sight not to be missed!

The...

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Thirst to Conserve: An Overwhelming Response to Valley Water Agencies' Turf-Buyback Programs Has Left Residents and Businesses in Limbo

Thirst to Conserve: An Overwhelming Response to Valley Water Agencies' Turf-Buyback Programs Has Left Residents and Businesses in Limbo

Monday, October 27, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

So here’s the good news: Coachella Valley residents and businesses have raced to take advantage of the turf-buyback conservation programs offered by both the Desert Water Agency on the west end of the valley, and the Coachella Valley Water District on the east end.

Here’s the bad news, especially if ...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Please Help the Independent Reach the Next Level With Our Indiegogo Campaign

A Note From the Editor: Please Help the Independent Reach the Next Level With Our Indiegogo Campaign

Friday, October 31, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

The calendar says it’s November, so that means our second annual Pride Issue is hitting the streets.

In terms of circulation, revenue and quality, November is shaping up to be the best month the Independent has ever had, both online and in print. However, we still have work to do in our effort to give ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 30, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 30, 2014!

Thursday, October 30, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's patriotic Independent comics page: The K Chronicles examines income inequality; This Modern World ponders real epidemics; Jen Sorenson wonders when to trust the media; and it's raining men over at Red Meat.

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Arts and Culture

November Arts Listings From ArtsOasis!

November Arts Listings From ArtsOasis!

Friday, October 31, 2014  |  Staff

Film

Family Movie Night: Free Birds

Families and friends of all ages can enjoy a free screening of Free Birds . No tickets needed; just come for a fun-filled flick. 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. Free. Indio Community Park, 45871 Clinton St., Indio. Myrecreationdistrict.com .

Special Events

27th Annual Hoedown...

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November Theater: 'Scrooge in Rouge' at Desert Rose, 'The Chosen' at CV Rep, 'Spelling Bee' at Palm Canyon, and Much More!

November Theater: 'Scrooge in Rouge' at Desert Rose, 'The Chosen' at CV Rep, 'Spelling Bee' at Palm Canyon, and Much More!

Friday, October 31, 2014  |  Staff

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche—From Dezart Performs

It’s 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein’s lovely annual quiche breakfast is disrupted by … the threat of Communists! At 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, from Friday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, No...

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Movies & TV

Bored With the Board: 'Ouija' Is a Weak Horror Film That's Not Worth Your Time

Bored With the Board: 'Ouija' Is a Weak Horror Film That's Not Worth Your Time

Thursday, October 30, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Hasbro gets another movie touting one of its products (along with Transformers and Battleship )—and Ouija is by far the worst. I didn’t think that was even possible.

Laine and Debbie (Olivia Cooke and Shelley Hennig) have been playing with a Ouija board since they were kids. As an adult, Debbie plays solo ...

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Keanu Is Back! 'John Wick' Is a Great-Looking Action Movie

Keanu Is Back! 'John Wick' Is a Great-Looking Action Movie

Thursday, October 30, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

The latest Keanu Reeves vehicle is a stunner. John Wick boasts a high body count—and offers cinematic proof that you shouldn’t mess with a man’s best friend.

In the film’s opening moments, we learn that the title character (played by Reeves) has lost his wife, and he’s taking it understandably hard. Sh...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, November 2014: Pride, Patti Austin, Reba, Def Leppard, LeAnn Rimes, Fortunate Youth, and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, November 2014: Pride, Patti Austin, Reba, Def Leppard, LeAnn Rimes, Fortunate Youth, and Much More!

Friday, October 31, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Season is here! Let’s celebrate with some great events.

Greater Palm Springs Pride takes place Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9 . There are a ton of related musical performances—many of those taking place at the new festival location in downtown Palm Springs. Get all the details at www.pspride.org ....

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Off Hiatus: Underground Punk Group Lagwagon Celebrates Its First Album in Nine Years With a Stop at The Date Shed

Off Hiatus: Underground Punk Group Lagwagon Celebrates Its First Album in Nine Years With a Stop at The Date Shed

Thursday, October 30, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

In the 1990s, Lagwagon was the talk of the underground punk scene.

However, the band never attained the mainstream success that contemporaries like Rancid and Green Day did. Nonetheless, Lagwagon is still around; in fact, the band just released a new album, Hang , and will be appearing at The Date Shed...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Introducing Pho Lan; a Benefit for Meals on Wheels at the Hacienda; a New Chef at the Viceroy; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Introducing Pho Lan; a Benefit for Meals on Wheels at the Hacienda; a New Chef at the Viceroy; and Much More!

Monday, October 27, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

New: Pho Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lan Vietnamese Restaurant has opened at 330 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in the downtown Palm Springs space occupied until recently by Kimy Sushi.

While we have not yet had a chance to check out Pho Lan, the restaurant’s Facebook page offers some details about the place: ...

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The Indy Endorsement: Seafood Thursday Dinner at the Potrero Canyon Buffet at Morongo

The Indy Endorsement: Seafood Thursday Dinner at the Potrero Canyon Buffet at Morongo

Friday, October 24, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: Seafood Thursday Dinner at the Potrero Canyon Buffet

Where: Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon

How much: $22.95 with a players’ club card

Contact: 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com

Why: You can pig out on crab or dessert or shrimp or whatever else.

I grew up in Nevada, a...

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