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The Potted Desert Garden: September Is a Vital Month for Potted-Garden Care

The Potted Desert Garden: September Is a Vital Month for Potted-Garden Care

After last week’s storms, temperatures in the valley have heated back up. Perhaps your potted gardens are looking shabby or tired. There are several things you can—and should—do to care for your potte...

An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl lives in the desert scrub and mesquite woodlands of central and southern Arizona, Texas and Mexico. It is a small bird with swaths of cream-colored feathers, measuring...

The Power of 3: Hank Williams III Makes Music His Own Way

The Power of 3: Hank Williams III Makes Music His Own Way

The name “Hank Williams” is legendary. However, that name has put a lot of pressure on Hank Williams III (aka Hank 3) as he’s tried to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and his father. Howeve...

Sniff the Cap: Seeing the World Through Wine-Filled Glasses

Sniff the Cap: Seeing the World Through Wine-Filled Glasses

My wine glass is half-full, its stem pushed flat into light sand.

I aim my camera at the glass. Click . The top part of the glass distorts giant waves crashing into the shore. Click . A haystack rock occup...

Indie-Punk Veterans: Reggae/Skate-Punk Pioneers Authority Zero Head for the Hood

Indie-Punk Veterans: Reggae/Skate-Punk Pioneers Authority Zero Head for the Hood

Authority Zero formed two decades ago in Mesa, Ariz., and through five albums and many tours with some of the biggest names in music, the band’s reggae and skate-punk sound has helped it stand out.

The...

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An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl lives in the desert scrub and mesquite woodlands of central and southern Arizona, Texas and Mexico. It is a small bird with swaths of cream-colored feathers, measuring about 7 inches long and weighing a little more than 2 ounces. It eats insects, rodents and lizards,...

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A Bear of a Revelation: What Diabetic Grizzlies Can Tell Us About Human Obesity

A Bear of a Revelation: What Diabetic Grizzlies Can Tell Us About Human Obesity

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  Wyatt Orme

Most researchers studying grizzly bears are from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or university ecology departments, not biotechnology companies.

Still, Kevin Corbit, a senior scientist at the Southern California-based biotech firm Amgen, spends his days in a lab in Pullman, Wash., analyzing bear b...

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Opinion

The Potted Desert Garden: September Is a Vital Month for Potted-Garden Care

The Potted Desert Garden: September Is a Vital Month for Potted-Garden Care

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

After last week’s storms, temperatures in the valley have heated back up. Perhaps your potted gardens are looking shabby or tired. There are several things you can—and should—do to care for your potted gardens this month.

Here are some tips to get you deeper into the desert’s true fall season.

Deadhea...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 11, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 11, 2014!

Thursday, September 11, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's extra-caffeinated Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson ponders a better iPhone 6; The K Chronicles bemoans the end of two great coffee houses (with benefits!); This Modern World sends Star Trek to the present day; and Red Meat celebrates a lottery win—but there are consequences.

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Arts and Culture

Faces on Film: Shari Belafonte Celebrates Her Photography and Her Birthday for a Great Cause

Faces on Film: Shari Belafonte Celebrates Her Photography and Her Birthday for a Great Cause

Thursday, September 11, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Shari Belafonte is best known as an actress, but she’s also done modeling and singing—and now she’s focusing on photography.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, she’ll be celebrating her 60th birthday at Gallery 446 in Palm Springs as part of the Face Off Exhibition . The evening will serve as a benefit for the Lili...

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A Class With Class: Desert Theatreworks' 'Seminar' Is a Superb Hit

A Class With Class: Desert Theatreworks' 'Seminar' Is a Superb Hit

Saturday, September 06, 2014  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The Phillips-Martinez boys have done it again. Lance, the artistic director of Desert Theatreworks, and Ron, its executive director, have hammered out a hit with Seminar , the play that opens the company’s new season at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert’s Joslyn Center.

How did they do it?

Well, ...

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Movies & TV

Meandering Mush: Terry Gilliam's Futuristic Big-Brother Flick 'The Zero Theorem' Is a Near-Miss

Meandering Mush: Terry Gilliam's Futuristic Big-Brother Flick 'The Zero Theorem' Is a Near-Miss

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

In the latest from director Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem , Christoph Waltz plays a computer hacker “crunching entities” on a mission to prove that mankind essentially came from nothing—and will return to nothing.

I won’t say that Gilliam’s movie adds up to nothing in the end, but it becomes nonsensi...

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The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Sept. 14, 2014

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Sept. 14, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Staff

1. Brick Mansions * (20th Century Fox)

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)

3. Blended * (Warner Bros.)

4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

5. Moms' Night Out (Sony)

6. Oculus (20th Century Fox)

7. Need for Speed (Touchstone)

8. Divergent (Lionsgate)

9. Draft Day (Lionsgate)

10. A Good Man (Lionsgate)

* Available for r...

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Music

The Power of 3: Hank Williams III Makes Music His Own Way

The Power of 3: Hank Williams III Makes Music His Own Way

Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

The name “Hank Williams” is legendary. However, that name has put a lot of pressure on Hank Williams III (aka Hank 3) as he’s tried to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and his father. However, he’s found success by playing country his own damn way—and throwing in a little heavy metal, too....

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Indie-Punk Veterans: Reggae/Skate-Punk Pioneers Authority Zero Head for the Hood

Indie-Punk Veterans: Reggae/Skate-Punk Pioneers Authority Zero Head for the Hood

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Authority Zero formed two decades ago in Mesa, Ariz., and through five albums and many tours with some of the biggest names in music, the band’s reggae and skate-punk sound has helped it stand out.

The band will be stopping by The Hood Bar and Pizza for a show on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Authority Zero cam...

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Food and Drink

Sniff the Cap: Seeing the World Through Wine-Filled Glasses

Sniff the Cap: Seeing the World Through Wine-Filled Glasses

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

My wine glass is half-full, its stem pushed flat into light sand.

I aim my camera at the glass. Click . The top part of the glass distorts giant waves crashing into the shore. Click . A haystack rock occupies space between wine and brim. Click . Sky meets sea in a blur of blue. Plus wine glass.

Dave appreci...

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The Indy Endorsement: Benny's Bennie at Wilma and Frieda's

The Indy Endorsement: Benny's Bennie at Wilma and Frieda's

Monday, September 08, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: Bennie’s Bennie

Where: Wilma and Frieda’s, 73575 El Paseo Drive, No. C2310, Palm Desert

How much: $14

Contact: 760-773-2807; www.wilmafrieda.com

Why: The pork and the perfect balance.

Over the last couple of years, creative types ranging from musicians to comedians to publishers have used crowd-funding s...

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