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Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Coming to The River; Get a Taste of Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Coming to The River; Get a Taste of Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Everything Old Is New Again: Acqua California Bistro to Open at The River

When Acqua Pazza California Bistro closed at The River back in December 2014, owner Jerry Keller told the l...

Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Cathedral City has faced some tough times in recent years.

Developers have broken promises. Redevelopment in the downtown area, along Highway 111, has seen ups and downs.

These are j...

The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry and Cream Paleta at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry and Cream Paleta at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

What: The Strawberry and Cream Popsicle

Where: La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, 27765 Landau Blvd., No. 106, Cathedral City

How much: $2.39

Contact: 760-507-8477

Why: It’s tart and sweet.

Not...

The Lucky 13: Derek Timmons, Bassist for Sleazy Cortez and Death in Pretty Wrapping

The Lucky 13: Derek Timmons, Bassist for Sleazy Cortez and Death in Pretty Wrapping

Derek Timmons is well-known in the local music scene for his time with Robotic Humans, but he’s now playing bass in Sleazy Cortez with Nick Hales and Robotic Humans drummer Luiz Ca...

An Extremely Festive Month: October Brings Three Big Music Festivals to the Coachella Valley and High Desert

An Extremely Festive Month: October Brings Three Big Music Festivals to the Coachella Valley and High Desert

April is considered the big month for desert-area music festivals, thanks to the many tens of thousands of people who head to Coachella and Stagecoach.

Well, October is now giving A...

The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

The Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, located on Gerald Ford Drive, is the home of the Coachella Valley’s most robust local policing force.

The station covers all unincorporated areas ...

Behind the Twines: The New 'Blair Witch' Is Little More Than a Retread of the Original

Behind the Twines: The New 'Blair Witch' Is Little More Than a Retread of the Original

It’s been 17 years since a whole bunch of people got the shit scared out of them by sticks, twine and Heather Donahue’s mucous in The Blair Witch Project , that success story that go...

News

The Problems in Palm Desert: The City Council Candidates Many Not Agree on All Issues—but All Support Measure T

The Problems in Palm Desert: The City Council Candidates Many Not Agree on All Issues—but All Support Measure T

Tuesday, September 27, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

All five candidates for the three Palm Desert City Council seats up for election this year, not surprisingly, say they’re proud of their mid-valley city.

All agree that the city’s wide roads, pleasant parks, good schools and upscale neighborhoods are virtues that continue to make Palm Desert an attra...

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Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Cathedral City has faced some tough times in recent years.

Developers have broken promises. Redevelopment in the downtown area, along Highway 111, has seen ups and downs.

These are just a couple of the issues Cathedral City’s City Council is dealing with as the November election approaches. Mayor Stan...

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The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, located on Gerald Ford Drive, is the home of the Coachella Valley’s most robust local policing force.

The station covers all unincorporated areas of the western valley, as well as the cities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells, each of which contracts wit...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 22, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 22, 2016!

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's wetter-than-usual weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat wants meatloaf to get in the mood; Jen Sorenson eavesdrops on some thankful women; The K Chronicles talks race and crime; and This Modern World is appalled about Hillary's pneumonia.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Publicist, Philanthropist and Amateur Fencer Janet Newcomb

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Publicist, Philanthropist and Amateur Fencer Janet Newcomb

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Whenever I mention Janet Newcomb to anyone who has met her, one word always comes up: “Nice.”

Newcomb believes she’s considered “nice” because she grew up with traditional Midwestern values.

“I don’t even really think about it,” Newcomb says. “It’s so embedded in me: ‘Be a lady.’ ‘Say thank you.’ ‘Rem...

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Ask a Mexican: Is 'Pinche' Considered a Bad Word Among Mexicans?

Ask a Mexican: Is 'Pinche' Considered a Bad Word Among Mexicans?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Is pinche considered a “bad” word among Mexican Americans? Or is it like güey , where it’s generally all right?

Mandilón in Manhattan

Dear Pussy-Whipped Pocho: Don’t forget that among Mexican Americans, #fucktrump is considered appropriate for children 5 and over. But among Mexican Mexicans, pi...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: On This 20th Anniversary of Tupac's Death, an Important New Book Takes a Gritty Look at SoCal Hip-Hop

Western Lit: On This 20th Anniversary of Tupac's Death, an Important New Book Takes a Gritty Look at SoCal Hip-Hop

Tuesday, September 13, 2016  |  Chris Faraone

It’s clear that many pop-culture fanatics like for the legacies of their heroes to be scrubbed and romanticized. For proof, you needn’t look much further than most biopics and TV shows about the entertainment business, in which character flaws may occasionally factor in, but are typically eclipsed b...

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People and the Land: A New Exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum Tells Inherently 'Western Stories'

People and the Land: A New Exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum Tells Inherently 'Western Stories'

Monday, September 12, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

Western Stories is a simple yet perfect title for the newest exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

The show, which will be on display through Sept. 4 of next year, references historical relationships between people and the land. The works move us away a bit from our preconceived notions of the West—...

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Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

On March 26, 2016, Jim Harrison died at his home in Patagonia, Ariz., a final poem left unfinished on his desk.

Some writers leave too soon; others, like Harrison, depart when they’re good and ready. He had lived hard, first in Michigan and later in Montana, where his prodigious appetites combined wi...

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Movies & TV

Blu-Ray Review: 'The Wailing' Is a Long and Intense Horror Film—That Is Definitely Worth Your Time

Blu-Ray Review: 'The Wailing' Is a Long and Intense Horror Film—That Is Definitely Worth Your Time

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Hong-jin Na has put together The Wailing , an epic, rather-long South Korean horror film that keeps messing with one’s head—to the point where it becomes hard to take.

A strange old man (Jun Kunimura) shows up in visions, and then is discovered in the flesh, in a small village where Jon...

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Behind the Twines: The New 'Blair Witch' Is Little More Than a Retread of the Original

Behind the Twines: The New 'Blair Witch' Is Little More Than a Retread of the Original

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

It’s been 17 years since a whole bunch of people got the shit scared out of them by sticks, twine and Heather Donahue’s mucous in The Blair Witch Project , that success story that got the ball rolling on the now-dreaded and despised “found footage” horror genre.

It’s been 16 years since the first seque...

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True TV: 'Notorious' Is Criminally Dumb; 'Van Helsing' Puts a Femme Spin on the Vampocalypse

True TV: 'Notorious' Is Criminally Dumb; 'Van Helsing' Puts a Femme Spin on the Vampocalypse

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Notorious (Thursday, Sept. 22, ABC), series debut: A really, really, really ridiculously good-looking lawyer (Daniel Sunjata) and really, really, really ridiculously good-looking news producer (Piper Perabo) delve into “the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media” in a beyo...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Derek Timmons, Bassist for Sleazy Cortez and Death in Pretty Wrapping

The Lucky 13: Derek Timmons, Bassist for Sleazy Cortez and Death in Pretty Wrapping

Friday, September 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Derek Timmons is well-known in the local music scene for his time with Robotic Humans, but he’s now playing bass in Sleazy Cortez with Nick Hales and Robotic Humans drummer Luiz Carranza. He also performs with the newly formed Death in Pretty Wrapping, with Michael Keeth and House of Broken Promises...

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An Extremely Festive Month: October Brings Three Big Music Festivals to the Coachella Valley and High Desert

An Extremely Festive Month: October Brings Three Big Music Festivals to the Coachella Valley and High Desert

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

April is considered the big month for desert-area music festivals, thanks to the many tens of thousands of people who head to Coachella and Stagecoach.

Well, October is now giving April a run for its money, as the month is bringing three large music festivals to the area: Desert Daze, the second yearly...

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The Lucky 13: Juan Gonzalez, Drummer for The Kathys

The Lucky 13: Juan Gonzalez, Drummer for The Kathys

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The first time I heard The Kathys’ album Paradise , I couldn’t get over the sound of the first track, “Mundane.” It sounded as if Sonic Youth and Joy Division had a baby. The rest of the album is an eccentric mix of indie, punk and psychedelic rock. Have a listen for yourself at thekathyys.bandcamp.com...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Coming to The River; Get a Taste of Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Coming to The River; Get a Taste of Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Everything Old Is New Again: Acqua California Bistro to Open at The River

When Acqua Pazza California Bistro closed at The River back in December 2014, owner Jerry Keller told the local daily that he was ending Acqua Pazza’s 10-year run because his lease was up, and he had decided it was time for him...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry and Cream Paleta at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry and Cream Paleta at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

Friday, September 23, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Strawberry and Cream Popsicle

Where: La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, 27765 Landau Blvd., No. 106, Cathedral City

How much: $2.39

Contact: 760-507-8477

Why: It’s tart and sweet.

Not too long ago, I was at a party. It was a poolside potluck sort of affair, and a couple of gents arrived with a plastic ...

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The Beer Goddess: Scenes From the Second Annual California Craft Beer Summit

The Beer Goddess: Scenes From the Second Annual California Craft Beer Summit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  |  Erin Peters

“There are 4,700 breweries in the U.S., and 10,000 wineries. There’s room to grow.” —David Walker, Firestone Walker Brewing

The craft-beer movement has reached nearly every nook and cranny of the Golden State: Some 80 percent of Californians live within five miles of a craft brewery—including the vas...

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