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Stagecoach 2016: A Chat With Dale Watson, Honky Tonk Legend and Purveyor of Classic Country

Stagecoach 2016: A Chat With Dale Watson, Honky Tonk Legend and Purveyor of Classic Country

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and a legend of country music—in part because he wholeheartedly eschews the mainstream.

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Watson now calls Austin, T...

Stagecoach 2016: Emmylou Harris Keeps It Simple—and Can Still Wow an Audience

Stagecoach 2016: Emmylou Harris Keeps It Simple—and Can Still Wow an Audience

There are no bells nor whistles to Emmylou Harris does. Her show includes just guitars, bass, percussion—and stunning vocals.

This lesson was learned by those who stopped by her hea...

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

The McCallum Theatre, the venue, is well-known for top-notch Broadway musicals, concerts by world-class musicians, and a wide variety of other arts programming.

However, the McCallu...

Coachella 2016: Members of The Flusters Have Big Plans After Crossing the Music Festival Off Their Bucket Lists

Coachella 2016: Members of The Flusters Have Big Plans After Crossing the Music Festival Off Their Bucket Lists

It is unbelievable how far the band The Flusters has come in such a short amount time.

Last Saturday at noon, the members of the band crossed an item off their bucket lists when the...

The Blueskye Report, May 2016: An Afternoon at the Popera, Ludacris, Ziggy Marley—and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, May 2016: An Afternoon at the Popera, Ludacris, Ziggy Marley—and Much More!

May means the big festivals are behind us, and traffic is starting to ease. Unfortunately, May also usually means a drop in entertainment offerings at our local venues. This month ...

Fairy-Tale Fail: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Proves Chris Hemsworth Should Solely Stick to Playing Thor

Fairy-Tale Fail: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Proves Chris Hemsworth Should Solely Stick to Playing Thor

Four years ago, when Snow White and the Huntsman came out, Kristen Stewart was all the rage. The film made lotsa money, and it looked like the former Bella had a new franchise on her...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 28, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 28, 2016!

On this week's Trump-tastic weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World checks in again with The Incredible Trump; Jen Sorenson uses an algorhythm; The K Chronicles mourns the ...

News

May Astronomy: This Month Offers a Blue Moon, Epic Pairings and a Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

May Astronomy: This Month Offers a Blue Moon, Epic Pairings and a Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Make necessary preparations to safely observe the transit of Mercury across the sun on May 9.

Jupiter is brightest “star” in evening sky this spring until Mars offers serious competition in late May, as the red planet presents its brightest and closest approach since 2005. The moon and Jupiter will pair u...

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Good Game! After a Disaster That Would Have Crippled Other Startups, Escape Room Palm Springs Is Giving Gamers a Workout

Good Game! After a Disaster That Would Have Crippled Other Startups, Escape Room Palm Springs Is Giving Gamers a Workout

Friday, April 22, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Mark Fruchtman is, in the most glorious sense of the word, a nerd.

He’s a gamer. He was an application developer before he opened a computer-repair business with his wife, Dominique. And now he and Dominique are the masterminds behind Escape Room Palm Springs.

For the uninitiated who don’t know what a...

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Targets for the Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe and Other Leaders Offer Hints About the Agua Caliente Tribe's Future

Targets for the Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe and Other Leaders Offer Hints About the Agua Caliente Tribe's Future

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is at a crossroads.

The tribe, which has some 32,000 acres of land across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and outlying areas, is making big plans for its prime downtown Palm Springs real estate. Meanwhile, the tribe is involved in a controversial...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 28, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 28, 2016!

Thursday, April 28, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's Trump-tastic weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World checks in again with The Incredible Trump; Jen Sorenson uses an algorhythm; The K Chronicles mourns the passing of Prince; and Red Meat gets in some business trouble.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Does My Family Deny Our Native American DNA?

Ask a Mexican: Why Does My Family Deny Our Native American DNA?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I recently took a DNA test to find out about my genetic heritage. It turns out that my “Mexican” side (maternal side) may not really be Mexican at all: The DNA test has 100 percent matched me to Native Americans in what now straddles the U.S. Southwest and Northern Mexico, with no trac...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 21, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 21, 2016!

Thursday, April 21, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's day-after-4/20 special edition weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at the phenomenon that is Ted Cruz; The K Chronicles makes a surprising yet welcome discovery; This Modern World examines yet more primary-election phenomena; and Red Meat finds someone sleeping naked in t...

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Arts and Culture

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Friday, April 29, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The McCallum Theatre, the venue, is well-known for top-notch Broadway musicals, concerts by world-class musicians, and a wide variety of other arts programming.

However, the McCallum Theatre, the institution, does much more than host shows. The McCallum has an education wing, the McCallum Theatre Ins...

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There's No Happy Ending: Coyote StageWorks' Powerful 'Agnes of God' Is a Near-Perfect Production

There's No Happy Ending: Coyote StageWorks' Powerful 'Agnes of God' Is a Near-Perfect Production

Sunday, April 24, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

As a lovely female voice sings in the background, a professionally dressed woman walks to the front of the stage and begins a monologue.

She likes to believe that every story has a happy ending, she tells us. She wants to believe in “alternate reals.” As a child, she saw Greta Garbo’s film Camille seve...

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Coachella 2016: Looking at the 'Art' Part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella 2016: Looking at the 'Art' Part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Saturday, April 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Every year at Coachella, the art installations cause a variety of reactions.

“Wow.”

“Interesting.”

“WTF?”

“Tower of Twelve Stories” by Jimenez Lai of Taiwan/Canada really lights up the Coachella night sky this year. It sort of resembles a piece of modern furniture, with compartments put together to form...

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Movies & TV

Fairy-Tale Fail: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Proves Chris Hemsworth Should Solely Stick to Playing Thor

Fairy-Tale Fail: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Proves Chris Hemsworth Should Solely Stick to Playing Thor

Thursday, April 28, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Four years ago, when Snow White and the Huntsman came out, Kristen Stewart was all the rage. The film made lotsa money, and it looked like the former Bella had a new franchise on her hands.

Not so fast. Kristen, in a moment of shameful and delicious wickedness, made out in public (well, in front of som...

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Strikeout: Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some!!' Is a Scattered Disappointment

Strikeout: Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some!!' Is a Scattered Disappointment

Thursday, April 28, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Richard Linklater makes a companion piece, of sorts, to his breakthrough film Dazed and Confused —with mixed results.

With Everybody Wants Some!! , he gives us a crew of young college baseball players showing up a few days before classes begin and partying in various settings (disco, honk...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'The Revenant' Is a Masterpiece That Deserved the Best Picture Oscar

Blu-Ray Review: 'The Revenant' Is a Masterpiece That Deserved the Best Picture Oscar

Thursday, April 28, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

The Revenant didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar, but it damn well should have.

Leonardo DiCaprio won a much-deserved Oscar for playing the legendary Hugh Glass, a real man who actually survived a bear attack and sought revenge from the men who left him to die.

Director Alejandro G. Inarritu (winner of t...

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Music

Stagecoach 2016: A Chat With Dale Watson, Honky Tonk Legend and Purveyor of Classic Country

Stagecoach 2016: A Chat With Dale Watson, Honky Tonk Legend and Purveyor of Classic Country

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and a legend of country music—in part because he wholeheartedly eschews the mainstream.

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Watson now calls Austin, Texas, home. He owns a saloon there called the Little Longhorn Saloon, which is home to “Chicken Shit Bingo”—a weekly eve...

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Stagecoach 2016: Emmylou Harris Keeps It Simple—and Can Still Wow an Audience

Stagecoach 2016: Emmylou Harris Keeps It Simple—and Can Still Wow an Audience

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

There are no bells nor whistles to Emmylou Harris does. Her show includes just guitars, bass, percussion—and stunning vocals.

This lesson was learned by those who stopped by her headlining performance in the Palomino Tent on Friday night at Stagecoach. For one hour, she mostly stood in the same place...

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Stagecoach 2016: Tigerman WHOA Will Indeed Leave You Saying: WHOA!

Stagecoach 2016: Tigerman WHOA Will Indeed Leave You Saying: WHOA!

Friday, April 29, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Stagecoach is known for a diverse lineup which often includes talented unknowns—but Tigerman WHOA takes “unknown” to a whole new level.

I could not find a lineup listing for the band from Lynn, Mass. (beyond a list of first names on Facebook). I sent an interview request … which was returned as undel...

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Food and Drink

Well Red: Meet Andre de Carteret, the Man Behind Spencer's Award-Winning Wine List

Well Red: Meet Andre de Carteret, the Man Behind Spencer's Award-Winning Wine List

Wednesday, April 27, 2016  |  Christine Soto

Andre de Carteret is the wine and spirits manager at Spencer’s Restaurant, home to one of the most expansive wine lists in the desert.

With 1,052 wines on the list, the Palm Springs restaurant is a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner. While the list has an emphasis on California cabernet ...

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Restaurant News Bites: Elixir at the V Is Here; Martinis for the United Way; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Elixir at the V Is Here; Martinis for the United Way; and Tons More!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

New: Elixir at the V Palm Springs Hotel

Could Palm Springs be entering an era when hotel-pool restaurants are all the rage with locals?

Given the wild success of Reservoir at the Arrive Hotel, at 1551 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, it’s possible—especially if the new restaurants at the V Palm S...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Black Pepper Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar at Dead or Alive

The Indy Endorsement: The Black Pepper Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar at Dead or Alive

Tuesday, April 19, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: Black Pepper Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar

Where: Dead or Alive, 150 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $4

Contact: 760-864-7193; www.deadoralivebar.com

Why: It’s an equally attractive nonalcoholic beverage.

Back when I was in college, the university had a policy: Any group that threw a party on...

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