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A Tentative Victory: The Save Oswit Canyon Organization Says Developers Have Agreed to Sell—but That $1 Million Needs to Be Raised by the End of the Year

A Tentative Victory: The Save Oswit Canyon Organization Says Developers Have Agreed to Sell—but That $1 Million Needs to Be Raised by the End of the Year

In April 2016, a number of concerned Palm Springs residents banded together to form the Save Oswit Canyon (SOC) movement. The goal: Stop a real estate developer’s plan to build sev...

Restaurant News Bites: AsiaSF Coming to Palm Springs; Ni-Chome Ramen Keeps Popping Up; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: AsiaSF Coming to Palm Springs; Ni-Chome Ramen Keeps Popping Up; and a Whole Lot More!

Coming Soon: AsiaSF Palm Springs, to the Former Hacienda Location

A San Francisco restaurant known for its “Cal-Asian” cuisine and dinner shows featuring transgender performers is o...

The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

You may know the band as Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, OCS or one of several other names that have changed along with the lineup over the last two-plus decades.

However, one thing has rema...

On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

I’ll be honest: I’m not feeling very inspired this month.

My list of favorite cocktail places in the Coachella Valley hasn’t changed much this year. With the exception of the Del Re...

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Alligators get their due as nasty cinematic monsters with Crawl —the biggest surprise so far this summer regarding simply having a damn good time at the movies. It puts Godzilla: King...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

On this week's minty-fresh weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles finds similarities between Donald Trump and the Grateful Dead; This Modern World ponders Nancy Pelosi's po...

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

The Grub Plug food truck was parked by the Oasis Street curb in front of the College of the Desert’s Indio campus late in the day on a Tuesday.

The city of Indio’s Community Develop...

Movies & TV

A Sailing Story: 'Maiden' Is a Fantastic Documentary About a Race Around the World

A Sailing Story: 'Maiden' Is a Fantastic Documentary About a Race Around the World

Jul 23, 2019 14:03  |  Bob Grimm

Alex Holmes delivers a solid documentary with Maiden , about a woman named Tracy Edwards, who started her sailing career as a cook and eventually found herself leading the first all-female crew to ever sail the Whitbread Round the World Race.

Holmes uses archive footage, including some amazing sequence...

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Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Gator Greatness: 'Crawl' Is a Scary, Well-Done Tale of Horrors During a Hurricane

Jul 18, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Alligators get their due as nasty cinematic monsters with Crawl —the biggest surprise so far this summer regarding simply having a damn good time at the movies. It puts Godzilla: King of the Monsters to shame.

Southern Florida is getting walloped by a hurricane, and collegiate swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodela...

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Home Video Review: Despite a Hackneyed Feel, 'Teen Spirit' Is Worth Watching for Elle Fanning's Performance

Home Video Review: Despite a Hackneyed Feel, 'Teen Spirit' Is Worth Watching for Elle Fanning's Performance

Jul 16, 2019 11:30  |  Bob Grimm

Teen Spirit is Max Minghella’s directorial debut—he also wrote the script—and the film is a bit on the hackneyed side as it tells the story of a young girl’s rise to fame as a singer via a televised talent show.

What makes it all rather watchable is Elle Fanning as that girl, giving the talented actre...

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News

A Tentative Victory: The Save Oswit Canyon Organization Says Developers Have Agreed to Sell—but That $1 Million Needs to Be Raised by the End of the Year

A Tentative Victory: The Save Oswit Canyon Organization Says Developers Have Agreed to Sell—but That $1 Million Needs to Be Raised by the End of the Year

Jul 23, 2019 14:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

In April 2016, a number of concerned Palm Springs residents banded together to form the Save Oswit Canyon (SOC) movement. The goal: Stop a real estate developer’s plan to build several hundred homes—and a flood-control dam which would measure the length of a prone Empire State Building—in the beauti...

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A Sanctuary for Gun Owners: Needles Takes a Jab at 'Liberal' Sacramento by Declaring Itself a Haven for Firearms

A Sanctuary for Gun Owners: Needles Takes a Jab at 'Liberal' Sacramento by Declaring Itself a Haven for Firearms

Jul 18, 2019 13:00  |  John M. Glionna, CALmatters

The whole business began with a backyard barbecue.

Tim Terral, a 50-year-old cable-company worker and recently elected city councilman in Needles, on the rural eastern edge of California, planned a cookout for some buddies who live just over the state line in Arizona.

Nobody wanted to come. Under Cali...

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Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Feeding Interest in Indio: The East Valley City Uses a Food Truck to Garner Input on a New Downtown Revitalization Plan

Jul 17, 2019 16:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The Grub Plug food truck was parked by the Oasis Street curb in front of the College of the Desert’s Indio campus late in the day on a Tuesday.

The city of Indio’s Community Development Department (ICD) was offering the first 120 visitors to their Indio Specific Plan open house—taking place in the co...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 18, 2019!

Jul 18, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's minty-fresh weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles finds similarities between Donald Trump and the Grateful Dead; This Modern World ponders Nancy Pelosi's political game of chess; Jen Sorensen wonders how Twitter would have handled past historic moments; Apoca Clips listens as...

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Savage Love: I Am Curious: Why Am I Turned on by Cuckolding?

Savage Love: I Am Curious: Why Am I Turned on by Cuckolding?

Jul 17, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I am a bi, white, married man—35 years old and living in a big Midwestern city. I’d like to know what’s going on in my psyche—from a sex-research perspective.

I’ve been hung up on cuckold fantasies with my female partner for years now. I’m a creative person, and I’m especially fond of creative fantas...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 11, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 11, 2019!

Jul 11, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's fun, festive and frank weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips examines Li'l Trumpy's Fourth of July speech; Red Meat gets creative; (Th)ink celebrates the U.S. Women's World Cup win; This Modern World looks at what pundits are saying about our country's border concentration camps; ...

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Arts and Culture

The Kids Are the Stars: Green Room Theatre Company Shows Off Its Summer Students' Work in a Huge Production of 'Sister Act'

The Kids Are the Stars: Green Room Theatre Company Shows Off Its Summer Students' Work in a Huge Production of 'Sister Act'

Jul 23, 2019 16:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Most of the Coachella Valley’s theater companies have gone dark during these dog days of summer—and those that are still going have left things up to the kids.

Desert Theatreworks is currently in the midst of showing off the results of its KidsWorks Summer Camp —and the Green Room Theatre Company this ...

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Western Lit: This Profound Posthumous Selection of Ellen Meloy's Essays Is a Great Introduction to the Desert Scribe's Works

Western Lit: This Profound Posthumous Selection of Ellen Meloy's Essays Is a Great Introduction to the Desert Scribe's Works

Jul 18, 2019 08:45  |  Michael Engelhard, High Country News

Who hasn’t wondered what a favorite writer might have bestowed on the world if not silenced too soon? What fan doesn’t long for more—letters, a journal, unpublished fragments, even an annotated grocery list?

Devotees of the late southern Utah essayist Ellen Meloy need no longer wait. The sketches gat...

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Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Jul 17, 2019 14:00  |  Stephen Berger

Over the past year and a half, it has been my privilege to visit, learn about and write about a number of nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley dedicated to the arts.

Someone once said that life without art is like food without salt. From Palm Springs to Coachella to the high desert towns o...

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Music

Live: Guster, KOLARS, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, July 13

Live: Guster, KOLARS, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, July 13

Jul 22, 2019 16:15  |  Guillermo Prieto

KOLARS, a Pioneertown favorite, returned to Pappy and Harriet’s on July 13 to open for Guster .

The members of KOLARS apparently love the desert; Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown have been regulars since the days of former band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and they performed at the Joshua Tree Music Fest...

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The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

The Name Game: Oh Sees Bring a Carefree Attitude and 20-Plus Years of Experimental Rock to Pappy and Harriet's

Jul 18, 2019 14:00  |  Matt King

You may know the band as Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, OCS or one of several other names that have changed along with the lineup over the last two-plus decades.

However, one thing has remained constant: founding-member John Dwyer’s blistering guitar and crunchy vocals. Oh Sees, as we’ll call the band today,...

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L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

L.A. Influences in Downtown P.S.: The Alibi—Currently a Work in Progress—Is Helping Revitalize the Music Scene in Downtown Palm Springs

Jul 17, 2019 12:00  |  Andy Lara

On the northern edge of downtown Palm Springs, a new music venue is on the verge of rekindling the music and nightlife scene that seems to have disappeared after the closure of Bar two years ago.

There’s one small problem: The venue isn’t fully open quite yet.

Until the venue finalizes its aesthetic i...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: AsiaSF Coming to Palm Springs; Ni-Chome Ramen Keeps Popping Up; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: AsiaSF Coming to Palm Springs; Ni-Chome Ramen Keeps Popping Up; and a Whole Lot More!

Jul 22, 2019 10:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Coming Soon: AsiaSF Palm Springs, to the Former Hacienda Location

A San Francisco restaurant known for its “Cal-Asian” cuisine and dinner shows featuring transgender performers is opening a Palm Springs location in the space that was once the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, at 1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr...

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On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

On Cocktails: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Bartender in the Coachella Valley in 2019

Jul 18, 2019 11:45  |  Kevin Carlow

I’ll be honest: I’m not feeling very inspired this month.

My list of favorite cocktail places in the Coachella Valley hasn’t changed much this year. With the exception of the Del Rey (sorry for not covering you yet—it’s coming), it’s pretty much still the same seven or eight places. While there is no...

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Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Vine Social: Do You Refuse to Drink Chardonnay (or Any Other Varietal)? If So, Please Read On …

Jul 16, 2019 11:00  |  Katie Finn

I am always amazed by “I never/I only” wine-drinkers. I encounter them all too frequently when they come into the shop looking for a specific wine. I quickly discover that my suggestions for an alternative selection are futile when the customer informs me they will only drink this one wine.

Oh, how terri...

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