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Snapshot: The White Party 2015

Snapshot: The White Party 2015

Many thousands of men—almost all of them clad in white—joined a handful of women for the annual White Party, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting on Saturday, April 25, and going well into ...

Stagecoach 2015: Meet Daniel Romano—Not a Fan of Stagecoach (Or Much Else, for That Matter)

Stagecoach 2015: Meet Daniel Romano—Not a Fan of Stagecoach (Or Much Else, for That Matter)

Daniel Romano gave a solid performance in the Palomino Tent to kick off the second day of Stagecoach 2015, on Saturday, April 25. He then went to the Toyota Tent and gave an additional, fine performan...

Stagecoach 2015, Day 1: The Lone Bellow Reflects; Sturgill Simpson Wows; Merle Haggard Sounds Polished

Stagecoach 2015, Day 1: The Lone Bellow Reflects; Sturgill Simpson Wows; Merle Haggard Sounds Polished

Stagecoach 2015 started on Friday, April 24, with high winds, cooler temperatures—and a lot of great music.

If you’ve never been to Stagecoach, I highly recommend arriving for the opening of the grounds ...

Stagecoach 2015: Pegi Young Focuses on New Music—and Education for Special-Needs Children

Stagecoach 2015: Pegi Young Focuses on New Music—and Education for Special-Needs Children

It was a first for Pegi Young and her band, the Survivors—and she was more than happy to be there.

Young has been in music since 1983, when she sang in The Pinkettes, a group that backed her now ex-hus...

The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

On March 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board made it clear: Californians need to escalate the battle against the continuing, disastrous drought that’s plaguing our state.

Gov. Jerry Br...

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News

Snapshot: The White Party 2015

Snapshot: The White Party 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

Many thousands of men—almost all of them clad in white—joined a handful of women for the annual White Party, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting on Saturday, April 25, and going well into Sunday, April 26.

All of the usual White Party traits—great costumes, $12 drinks (only tequila, vodka...

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The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On March 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board made it clear: Californians need to escalate the battle against the continuing, disastrous drought that’s plaguing our state.

Gov. Jerry Brown first held a press conference to reiterate the need for increased voluntary water conservation. ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's moving Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wishes she could use her bike more; The K Chronicles wonders if some right-wing converts are for real; This Modern World enjoys the presidential-primary process; and Red Meat gets a special message from God.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

One category of gun deaths goes beyond even National Rifle Association-inspired “no restrictions on guns” inanity: when small children get guns and accidentally shoot someone.

It happens far too often:

  • Elmo, Mo.: A 5-year-old found his grandpa’s loaded gun and killed his 9-month-old baby brother with ...

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Arts and Culture

The Bitch Is Back: Jerome Elliott Shines in DETC's 'Miss Gulch Returns'

The Bitch Is Back: Jerome Elliott Shines in DETC's 'Miss Gulch Returns'

Sunday, April 19, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

As a child, my older sister was scared to death of the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz . My sister would flee the room in terror when the old green hag appeared onscreen. Sis is not alone: The witch, and her alter ego, the bicycle-riding, dog-hating Almira Gulch, have been feared and revi...

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Brilliant Contrasts: Desert Rose Teams With the Author of 'To Wong Foo' to Mount a Hilarious Production

Brilliant Contrasts: Desert Rose Teams With the Author of 'To Wong Foo' to Mount a Hilarious Production

Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Like the little dog, you’re going to laugh—and you’ll love it.

The Desert Rose Playhouse’s new comedy, The Little Dog Laughed , was written by Douglas Carter Beane. He’s not a household name, but perhaps he should be: He’s the genius who crafted the amazing screenplay for To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everyth...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Michael Douglas Goes to Waste in the Nonsensical, Terrible 'Beyond the Reach'

Home Video Review: Michael Douglas Goes to Waste in the Nonsensical, Terrible 'Beyond the Reach'

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

A mean rich guy (Michael Douglas) pays a young, innocent guide (Jeremy Irvine) to take him hunting for big-horn sheep in the Mojave Desert in Beyond the Reach . Once they get out there, rich guy gets an itchy trigger finger and actually shoots an old guy who just happens to live out in the middle of n...

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Turn Off the Screen: 'Unfriended' Is Yet Another Lazy Found-Footage Horror Mess

Turn Off the Screen: 'Unfriended' Is Yet Another Lazy Found-Footage Horror Mess

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

There have been some good—and even great—horror movies released within the last couple of years.

Unfriended , the latest entry in the tired found-footage subgenre, is not one of them.

This is an entire film in which you watch somebody’s computer screen, on which a bunch of obnoxious teens are Skyping one...

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Music

Stagecoach 2015, Day 2: John Moreland Emotes; Gregg Allman Heals; ZZ Top Takes a Sledgehammer to the Ears

Stagecoach 2015, Day 2: John Moreland Emotes; Gregg Allman Heals; ZZ Top Takes a Sledgehammer to the Ears

Sunday, April 26, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

I’m a country/Americana-music purist who prefers vintage sounds, and the best places at Stagecoach to find acts that play this kind of music are the Mustang and Palomino tents.

Therefore, when I arrived for the second day of Stagecoach 2015 on Saturday, April 25, I headed straight for the Palomino Te...

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Stagecoach 2015: Meet Daniel Romano—Not a Fan of Stagecoach (Or Much Else, for That Matter)

Stagecoach 2015: Meet Daniel Romano—Not a Fan of Stagecoach (Or Much Else, for That Matter)

Saturday, April 25, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Daniel Romano gave a solid performance in the Palomino Tent to kick off the second day of Stagecoach 2015, on Saturday, April 25. He then went to the Toyota Tent and gave an additional, fine performance.

However, he may have put on the best show of all during his brief interview with the Independent in...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Falafel Pita at Francesco's

The Indy Endorsement: The Falafel Pita at Francesco's

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Falafel Pita

Where: Francesco’s Café, 72047 Dinah Shore Drive, No. C1, Rancho Mirage

How much: $9.95

Contact:  760-202-4425

Why: The falafel is perfect—and it’s enhanced by the yummy accompaniments.

So Francesco’s Café specializes in Italian and Persian cuisine.

Wait, what? Last I checked, Italy and P...

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Sniff the Cap: Still 49, and Liking the Finer Wines of Paso Robles

Sniff the Cap: Still 49, and Liking the Finer Wines of Paso Robles

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  |  Deidre Pike

This is about creeping age and rolling green hills. It’s about interspersed wide patches of California poppies that cause drivers to pull over and take photos—as do acres of vines and vines and vines.

I’m 49 years old, and I could spend every spring on the Central Coast.

Dave and I drive the hybrid to...

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