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True TV: 'A To Z' Condenses the Romantic Comedy; 'Homeland' Returns; 'Mulaney' Sucks

True TV: 'A To Z' Condenses the Romantic Comedy; 'Homeland' Returns; 'Mulaney' Sucks

Bad Judge, A to Z (Thursday, Oct. 2, NBC), series debuts: On second viewing, The Only TV Column That Matters™ has revised its assessment of Bad Judge: Kate Walsh is still great as a party-animal judge, b...

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Get Green Cards and Come Here Legally?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Get Green Cards and Come Here Legally?

Dear Mexican: Why don’t Mexicans get green cards and come into the United States legally?

After talking to people who have, I realize that the process is not hard, and it only takes a maximum of three ...

October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

This month’s highlights include a total lunar eclipse in the predawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8, and a partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23. Read more about these eclipses here.

The two ...

Blu-Ray Review: You'll Kick Yourself for Missing the Fantastic 'Edge of Tomorrow' on the Big Screen

Blu-Ray Review: You'll Kick Yourself for Missing the Fantastic 'Edge of Tomorrow' on the Big Screen

It’s a sad state of cinematic affairs when the brilliant Edge of Tomorrow bombs domestically at the box office, while the latest Transformers debacle brings in the big bucks.

Tom Cruise might be a kook, ...

The Potted Desert Garden: Prepare for Cooler Temperatures in the Desert

The Potted Desert Garden: Prepare for Cooler Temperatures in the Desert

Here we go again with a fifth Tuesday, on this last day of September.

For you, it’s another chance to consider your potted desert garden. For me, it’s an opportunity to share more of my personal side.

A...

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October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  |  Robert Victor

This month’s highlights include a total lunar eclipse in the predawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8, and a partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23. Read more about these eclipses here.

The two eclipses make October a good month to follow the moon through an entire cycle of phases and observe ...

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Worrisome Waters: When the Rains Come, Some East Valley Communities Get Flooded—and There's No Help Coming

Worrisome Waters: When the Rains Come, Some East Valley Communities Get Flooded—and There's No Help Coming

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  Brittny Mejia

While a storm-water master plan exists for some undeveloped areas of Coachella Valley, residents will continue to suffer from the consequences of inadequate storm-water infrastructure for years to come, due to a lack of funding

Portions of the east valley learned this lesson the hard way on Monday, S...

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Opinion

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Get Green Cards and Come Here Legally?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Get Green Cards and Come Here Legally?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why don’t Mexicans get green cards and come into the United States legally?

After talking to people who have, I realize that the process is not hard, and it only takes a maximum of three years to do. By coming in illegally, people are taking jobs from legal Mexican citizens and taking a...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Prepare for Cooler Temperatures in the Desert

The Potted Desert Garden: Prepare for Cooler Temperatures in the Desert

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Here we go again with a fifth Tuesday, on this last day of September.

For you, it’s another chance to consider your potted desert garden. For me, it’s an opportunity to share more of my personal side.

At the end of July, I told you about my move to a new home , and going from 45-plus pots to a mere sev...

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Arts and Culture

Standing Ovation: Teen Actor Garrett Hoy Is Unbelievable in Desert Rose's 'Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins'

Standing Ovation: Teen Actor Garrett Hoy Is Unbelievable in Desert Rose's 'Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins'

Saturday, September 27, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

There is one reason, really, to go see Desert Rose Playhouse’s production of Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins : The absolutely stunning performance by Garrett Hoy as Horace Poore, a young man dealing with the realization that he’s gay in 1970s rural America.

This is not to say there aren’t other great p...

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Homage to the Master: A National Geographic Photog Pays Tribute to Ansel Adams Without Imitating Him

Homage to the Master: A National Geographic Photog Pays Tribute to Ansel Adams Without Imitating Him

Friday, September 26, 2014  |  Wyatt Orme

For 25 years, Peter Essick traveled the globe as a National Geographic photographer, and he was recently named one of the world’s 40 most-influential nature photographers.

In 2010, Essick began “a potentially controversial” project in his native California: shooting in Ansel Adams’ Sierra Nevada—and in...

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Movies & TV

True TV: 'A To Z' Condenses the Romantic Comedy; 'Homeland' Returns; 'Mulaney' Sucks

True TV: 'A To Z' Condenses the Romantic Comedy; 'Homeland' Returns; 'Mulaney' Sucks

Wednesday, October 01, 2014  |  Bill Frost

Bad Judge, A to Z (Thursday, Oct. 2, NBC), series debuts: On second viewing, The Only TV Column That Matters™ has revised its assessment of Bad Judge: Kate Walsh is still great as a party-animal judge, but this sitcom is an underdeveloped mess, even compared to NBC’s own Mysteries of Laura , the fall TV ...

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Blu-Ray Review: You'll Kick Yourself for Missing the Fantastic 'Edge of Tomorrow' on the Big Screen

Blu-Ray Review: You'll Kick Yourself for Missing the Fantastic 'Edge of Tomorrow' on the Big Screen

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

It’s a sad state of cinematic affairs when the brilliant Edge of Tomorrow bombs domestically at the box office, while the latest Transformers debacle brings in the big bucks.

Tom Cruise might be a kook, but he usually participates in good movies, and this twisted sci-fi experiment is easily one of his ...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, October 2014: The New Pornographers, CCR, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, October 2014: The New Pornographers, CCR, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Much More!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

October is here, and in theory, we should begin to get some relief from the oppressive heat.

In theory.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has two excellent events coming up that you probably shouldn’t miss. First, the Experience Hendrix Tour will be coming through at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 . The lineup is ...

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Live: Hank 3 at Pappy and Harriet's, Sept. 28

Live: Hank 3 at Pappy and Harriet's, Sept. 28

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  Guillermo Prieto

Shelton Hank Williams III—you may know him as Hank 3—walked on to the Pappy and Harriet’s outdoor stage approximately an hour later than scheduled.

“Is it going to be one of those kind of nights?” he asked—a question which was met with a cheer from the raucous crowd. With that, the pride of Tennessee...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: It's Fall Harvest Season—So It's Time to Get to Know Your Hops

The Beer Goddess: It's Fall Harvest Season—So It's Time to Get to Know Your Hops

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  Erin Peters

What is a hop? Why should we care?

This is why: They lead the way toward flavorful, delicious beers like Pliny the Elder, Stone IPA, Dogfish Head 60 or 90 minute IPA, Tröegs Nugget Nectar, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA and Green Flash Imperial IPA.

Hops can inspire legends. They contain two types of...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Desert Jewel Cocktail at the Viceroy's Citron Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Desert Jewel Cocktail at the Viceroy's Citron Restaurant

Friday, September 26, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Desert Jewel

Where: Citron, inside the Viceroy Palm Springs, 415 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs

How much: $14

Contact: 760-318-3005; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/palmsprings

Why: It’s a perfect craft cocktail.

Regular readers of this feature know that your humble scribe likes—no, loves —a good cra...

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