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True TV: The 12th 'Doctor' Debuts; 'True Blood' Fades Out

True TV: The 12th 'Doctor' Debuts; 'True Blood' Fades Out

Doctor Who (Saturday, Aug. 23, BBC America), season premiere: The Only TV Column That Matters™ is glad to be rid of Matt Smith and his stupid hair—bring on the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Season … OK, s...

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Dear Readers: The Mexican just got married to a chica caliente , so he’s taken her on a honeymoon to the motherland so she can learn the proper art of tortilla-making. In the meanwhile, I offer this “be...

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Co...

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

Coachella Valley artist Cynthia King keeps things simple.

Her website puts it succinctly: She “currently works in the simplest of mediums, black ink on a white ground, to create intricately detailed re...

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

Elephant’s food, or Portulacaria afra , is a wonderful plant for desert gardens. Best planted in a pot that gets afternoon shade during our hot months, Elephant’s food is a pleasure to grow.

They’re easy...

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News

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, as well as Bono's wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono—is running for the U.S. House ...

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Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Wednesday, August 06, 2014  |  Robert Victor

The full moon occurs on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 11:09 a.m. The moon passes perigee—221,765 miles from Earth, the closest approach of the year—at the same hour.

But this “supermoon,” visible at dawn and dusk on that date, is not the brightest moon of 2014, because of the phase effect, which makes the moon’s bri...

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Opinion

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Families Take Their Young Kids to R-Rated Movies?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Readers: The Mexican just got married to a chica caliente , so he’s taken her on a honeymoon to the motherland so she can learn the proper art of tortilla-making. In the meanwhile, I offer this “best of” edition, because I plan to do all of my work this week en la cama —ZING!

Dear Mexican: The last ...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Elephant’s food, or Portulacaria afra , is a wonderful plant for desert gardens. Best planted in a pot that gets afternoon shade during our hot months, Elephant’s food is a pleasure to grow.

They’re easy-care, low-water and interesting to shape. I have even seen some plants that are nurtured into small...

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Arts and Culture

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Victor Barocas

Coachella Valley artist Cynthia King keeps things simple.

Her website puts it succinctly: She “currently works in the simplest of mediums, black ink on a white ground, to create intricately detailed representational works of art. She creates fine lines and weaves them into an often familiar yet compl...

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Western Lit: A Filmmaker Chronicles a Small Western Town—Poorly—in the Compelling Novel 'Calamity Jane'

Western Lit: A Filmmaker Chronicles a Small Western Town—Poorly—in the Compelling Novel 'Calamity Jane'

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  Phyllis Barber

After nearly two decades of literary silence, former mystery writer Bernard Schopen is back with Calamity Jane , a new novel that asks serious questions about the West.

His protagonist, independent filmmaker Jane Harmon, returns triumphantly from Hollywood to Blue Lake, Nev., to showcase The Last Roundu...

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Movies & TV

True TV: The 12th 'Doctor' Debuts; 'True Blood' Fades Out

True TV: The 12th 'Doctor' Debuts; 'True Blood' Fades Out

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  |  Bill Frost

Doctor Who (Saturday, Aug. 23, BBC America), season premiere: The Only TV Column That Matters™ is glad to be rid of Matt Smith and his stupid hair—bring on the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Season … OK, series 8 of Doctor Who introduces a less warm-and-wacky Doctor: Capaldi’s incarnation is an all-business...

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The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Aug. 17, 2014

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Aug. 17, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014  |  Staff

1. Divergent (Lionsgate)

2. Need for Speed (Disney)

3. A Haunted House 2 * (Universal)

4. Oculus * (20th Century Fox)

5. Noah (Paramount)

6. Sabotage (Universal)

7. The Other Woman * (20th Century Fox)

8. Heaven Is for Real (Sony)

9. God's Not Dead (Pure)

10. Rage (Image)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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Music

Desert Rock Chronicles: Robbie Waldman's WAXY May Just Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of the Desert

Desert Rock Chronicles: Robbie Waldman's WAXY May Just Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of the Desert

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  |  Robin Linn

Robbie Waldman’s WAXY may be the next great American rock band to come out of our California desert.

Waldman has a lengthy local history, but he has used this project to truly hone his skills as a writer and performer. In its earliest incarnation, the ever-evolving band had a different feel and vibe:...

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Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Monday, August 18, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

The members of Burning Bettie have distinctly individual personalities and different musical backgrounds—and all of those differences have served the band well, as it’s become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular bands.

The group is holding is third “Burning Bday Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 23, wit...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Blistered Shishito Peppers at Appetito

The Indy Endorsement: The Blistered Shishito Peppers at Appetito

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Blistered Shishito Peppers

Where: Appetito Cal-Italian Deli, 1700 S. Camino Real, No. 2, Palm Springs

How much: $4.95

Contact: 760-327-1929; appetitodeli.com

Why: They’re an example of delicious simplicity—with a side of adventure.

Appetito opened earlier this year in the long-vacant space in the Kof...

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Sniff the Cap: Wine, Lennon and Song at Rose and Buster's in Yucca Valley

Sniff the Cap: Wine, Lennon and Song at Rose and Buster's in Yucca Valley

Monday, August 11, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

Desert dwellers crave wine.

Rose Baker and her husband, Buster, suspected as much when they envisioned a wine bar in Yucca Valley.

The venue is no slick wine-country rip-off.

Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room  sports an eclectic vibe the couple calls “cowboy feng shui”—with Buddhas, cactus, dream catc...

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