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The Beer Goddess: What Are the Area's Three Local Breweries Up To These Days?

The Beer Goddess: What Are the Area's Three Local Breweries Up To These Days?

Back when Palm Springs was a frequent destination for the truly hip, Frank Sinatra would hoist his Jack Daniel’s flag on the pole in his luxurious Movie Colony neighborhood. It was like a smoke signal...

The Indy Endorsement: The Dragon Roll With the All-You-Can-Eat Sushi at Dragon Sushi

The Indy Endorsement: The Dragon Roll With the All-You-Can-Eat Sushi at Dragon Sushi

What: The Dragon Roll with the all-you-can-eat sushi at Dragon Sushi

Where: Dragon Sushi, 68369 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; also at 82451 Highway 111, No. 103, Indio

How much: $22.99 for lunch; $...

We Want the Old Guys: 'Expendables 3' Focuses Too Much on a New Batch of Alleged Stars

We Want the Old Guys: 'Expendables 3' Focuses Too Much on a New Batch of Alleged Stars

Sylvester Stallone and his awesome band of old crows take some major missteps in The Expendables 3 —an unfortunate leap backward for the aging-action-star franchise.

Stallone and company jettisoned the s...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

On this week's excessive Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the militarization of police forces; Jen Sorenson similarly ponders excessive force; The K Chronicles bemoans the fact that t...

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

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 writ...

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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

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

Thursday, August 21, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's excessive Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the militarization of police forces; Jen Sorenson similarly ponders excessive force; The K Chronicles bemoans the fact that the comic is again focusing on police brutality; and Red Meat eschews issues of force by taking some ...

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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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Arts and Culture

Warmth Needed: A Lack of Chemistry Hampers Desert Rose's '2 Boys in a Bed'

Warmth Needed: A Lack of Chemistry Hampers Desert Rose's '2 Boys in a Bed'

Saturday, August 23, 2014  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The season at the Desert Rose Playhouse doesn’t officially begin until September, so two-man-play 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night is what artistic director Jim Strait calls a “lagniappe,” a delightful Cajun word you rarely hear outside of the South—meaning a “little bit extra.”

While this extr...

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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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Movies & TV

Blu-Ray Review: Tom Hardy's 'Locke' Is One of the Year's Most Overrated Films

Blu-Ray Review: Tom Hardy's 'Locke' Is One of the Year's Most Overrated Films

Friday, August 22, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Here is one the year’s most overrated movies. Critics have been loving Locke , starring Tom Hardy (aka Bane), but I thought it was a real snore.

Nearly the entire film is set inside a car as Ivan Locke, a cement foreman, is driving to see his sort-of mistress. A one-night stand has resulted in a pregna...

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Let's Not and Say We Did: This 'Cops' Comedy Is Stale—and a Little Dangerous

Let's Not and Say We Did: This 'Cops' Comedy Is Stale—and a Little Dangerous

Thursday, August 21, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

A couple of 30-something buddies (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.), bored with their humdrum lives, dress up as cops for a masquerade party—and discover that things are pretty cool when people think you are the law. Thus, they take the masquerade beyond the party—and start chasing criminals and busti...

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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 Beer Goddess: What Are the Area's Three Local Breweries Up To These Days?

The Beer Goddess: What Are the Area's Three Local Breweries Up To These Days?

Friday, August 22, 2014  |  Erin Peters

Back when Palm Springs was a frequent destination for the truly hip, Frank Sinatra would hoist his Jack Daniel’s flag on the pole in his luxurious Movie Colony neighborhood. It was like a smoke signal to Frank’s cohorts—it was cocktail hour.

Today, the Coachella Valley is once again becoming a freque...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Dragon Roll With the All-You-Can-Eat Sushi at Dragon Sushi

The Indy Endorsement: The Dragon Roll With the All-You-Can-Eat Sushi at Dragon Sushi

Friday, August 22, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Dragon Roll with the all-you-can-eat sushi at Dragon Sushi

Where: Dragon Sushi, 68369 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; also at 82451 Highway 111, No. 103, Indio

How much: $22.99 for lunch; $27.99 for dinner

Contact: (760) 321-5935; www.facebook.com/pages/Dragon-sushi/194086770616660

Why: A vari...

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