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What a Pair! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's Hilarious Chemistry Leads 'The Nice Guys' to Success

What a Pair! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's Hilarious Chemistry Leads 'The Nice Guys' to Success

I’m a huge fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , Shane Black’s scrappy, funny 2005 directorial debut. Black hasn’t done a lot of directing in its aftermath, with his lone theatrical credit si...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 26, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 26, 2016!

On this week's very special weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World overloads on Donald Trump; Jen Sorenson gags at the thought of America beer; The K Chronicles celebrates...

From SoundCloud to Splash House: Odesza Headlines the June Pool Party/Music Fest

From SoundCloud to Splash House: Odesza Headlines the June Pool Party/Music Fest

Seattle is best-known in the music world for indie-rock and grunge—but the latest big thing to come out of the city is an electronic-music duo.

Odesza will be headlining the June ed...

True TV: Fall Fails—What to 'Look Forward To' This Fall From the Broadcast Networks

True TV: Fall Fails—What to 'Look Forward To' This Fall From the Broadcast Networks

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for broadcast network television. Programming competition from cable and streaming services is at an all-time high, resulting in the era of Ther...

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Drivers Stop in the Middle of Traffic?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Drivers Stop in the Middle of Traffic?

Dear Mexican: Please allow me a little latitude. I’m a resident of Northeast Dallas, a wonderfully diverse neighborhood near the heart of downtown. I’ve lived here for many years a...

Music and Addiction: Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Have Always Gone Together. Three Local Musicians—Now in Recovery—Say It Doesn't Need to Be That Way.

Music and Addiction: Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Have Always Gone Together. Three Local Musicians—Now in Recovery—Say It Doesn't Need to Be That Way.

Addiction is a crippling disease that afflicts people from all backgrounds, across every economic status

But creativity and substance abuse have always gone hand in hand. Many of hi...

CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

After a busy couple of years—including a performance at Coachella—local favorite CIVX seemingly disappeared, with months passing between local gigs.

Then in May, the band resurfaced...

News

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

It’s windy and quite hot out on Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. But Yudit Ecsedy doesn’t mind, as the artist paints a traffic-signal control box as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program.

The idea is to turn the ugly green roadside utility boxes into works of art, painted over by local ...

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Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since March 24, the Coachella Valley Water District management team has been conducting a series of public presentations billed as “Water Rate Workshops.”

The managers’ goal of these presentations: Cnvince wary customers to go along with a proposed four years of considerable water-rate increases, sla...

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Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Sean Planck

Cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation quickly by American standards, and industry growth has been rapid in states where cannabis has been legally accepted in one way or another.

The cannabis industry is projected to reach $44 billion per year in revenue by 2025. State budgets are being balance...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 26, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 26, 2016!

Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's very special weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World overloads on Donald Trump; Jen Sorenson gags at the thought of America beer; The K Chronicles celebrates more of life's little victories; and Red Meat hopes a dream comes true.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Drivers Stop in the Middle of Traffic?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Drivers Stop in the Middle of Traffic?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Please allow me a little latitude. I’m a resident of Northeast Dallas, a wonderfully diverse neighborhood near the heart of downtown. I’ve lived here for many years and wouldn’t even CONSIDER moving north, south, east or west. However, I have one issue I’d like to address: What’s the d...

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A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

On May 14, the McCallum Theatre hosted East Valley Voices Out Loud . The show was the culmination of the two-year Crisalida Community Arts Project, led by the McCallum and storyteller David Gonzalez. Of course, readers of the Independent already knew that, because we did a big story on the project in adv...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Lawrence Lenhart

Some environmentalists and scientists have begun calling our current epoch the “Anthropocene”—to acknowledge the massive changes humans have induced in global ecosystems. But biologist and author Edward O. Wilson has proposed an alternative name: “Eremocene,” or the “Age of Loneliness,” a name that ...

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Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  |  Barbara Basbanes Richter

Don’t be fooled by the length of Robert Garner McBrearty’s debut novella—at a mere 132 pages, The Western Lonesome Society includes enough intrigue to fill books twice its size. Characters battle mental illness, kidnappings and Comanches to find their way home after wandering across the wild and lonel...

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Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Saturday, May 07, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

When the opening of a play is postponed a week, apparently because the cast is not quite ready, it tends to make reviewers a bit nervous.

What if the cast is still not ready? What if the show’s just a bomb?

Thankfully, my worries about the world premiere of Junk at the Desert Rose Playhouse were unfound...

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Movies & TV

What a Pair! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's Hilarious Chemistry Leads 'The Nice Guys' to Success

What a Pair! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's Hilarious Chemistry Leads 'The Nice Guys' to Success

Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I’m a huge fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , Shane Black’s scrappy, funny 2005 directorial debut. Black hasn’t done a lot of directing in its aftermath, with his lone theatrical credit since then being Iron Man 3 , the second-strongest Iron Man in the franchise.

He’s returned to grittier, film-noir mode with T...

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Party Time All Over Again: Despite a Weak Second Half, 'Neighbors 2' Is Funny Enough

Party Time All Over Again: Despite a Weak Second Half, 'Neighbors 2' Is Funny Enough

Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

The first half of Seth Rogen sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is as funny and snappy as the first movie—but the film loses its way a bit by the time credits roll. Still, if you are looking at laughs per dollar, Rogen and Zac Efron deliver your money’s worth.

The spin this time out has a sorority led...

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True TV: Fall Fails—What to 'Look Forward To' This Fall From the Broadcast Networks

True TV: Fall Fails—What to 'Look Forward To' This Fall From the Broadcast Networks

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Bill Frost

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for broadcast network television. Programming competition from cable and streaming services is at an all-time high, resulting in the era of There’s Too Many Shows.

You’d think that, in response, the broadcast networks would raise the quality and imagination going f...

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Music

Live: Deserted at the Palms, May 21

Live: Deserted at the Palms, May 21

Friday, May 27, 2016  |  Guillermo Prieto

Deserted at the Palms came to Wonder Valley on Saturday, May 21, and the mini-festival represented the best of the indie, punk and dream-pop bands who spend much of their time earning their keep in the clubs up and down the Sunset Strip.

The Palms is a small restaurant and bar owned by the Sibleys, l...

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'Trace' After Twenty: Jay Farrar Brings a Stripped-Down Son Volt to Pappy's to Perform the Legendary Album

'Trace' After Twenty: Jay Farrar Brings a Stripped-Down Son Volt to Pappy's to Perform the Legendary Album

Friday, May 27, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Two decades ago, former Uncle Tupelo frontman Jay Farrar released the album Trace with his then-new band, Son Volt.

Today, Farrar is on tour performing the album in its entirety to celebrate the anniversary—including a stop at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, June 16.

Uncle Tupelo cam...

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From SoundCloud to Splash House: Odesza Headlines the June Pool Party/Music Fest

From SoundCloud to Splash House: Odesza Headlines the June Pool Party/Music Fest

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Seattle is best-known in the music world for indie-rock and grunge—but the latest big thing to come out of the city is an electronic-music duo.

Odesza will be headlining the June edition of Splash House, a pool party and EDM event taking place Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, at the Riviera and the...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Restaurant Week Returns With a Slightly Different Name, Higher Prices

The 10-day foodie feast known by locals simply as Restaurant Week is back and celebrating 10 years of existence—but things will be slightly different in 2016 than in years past.

Less important: Out is the clunky full name of Palm Sp...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The biscuits and gravy

Where: Sunshine Café, 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $6.35; $3.85 half-order (pictured)

Contact: 760-328-1415; www.sunshinecafe.com

Why: OMG it’s yummy!

The website brags: “Sunshine Cafè is frequented by celebrities, politicians, word-of-mouth visitors from ar...

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The Beer Goddess: Pondering Pairings of Music and Craft Beer at Coachella; La Quinta Brewing Nabs a Big Medal

The Beer Goddess: Pondering Pairings of Music and Craft Beer at Coachella; La Quinta Brewing Nabs a Big Medal

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Erin Peters

Great beer and excellent music go hand in hand—so it’s no wonder that craft beer is becoming a bigger deal each year at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, aka Coachella.

Not only did the Craft Beer Barn delight beer fans for the third year in a row; this year’s festival included a smaller ...

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