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The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

Monreaux frontman Giorg Tierez told the Independent late last year that the band was still a work in progress, in large part because the band lacked a permanent guitarist. However, t...

Wall Flowers: Waiting for Trump With Every Racist Aunt and Uncle in New England

Wall Flowers: Waiting for Trump With Every Racist Aunt and Uncle in New England

There’s a man with a dark complexion hocking “Bomb The Hell Out of ISIS” lapel pins. His heart’s not really in it.

The next vendor over from him isn’t legitimately feeling the energ...

Kept Afloat by the Action: A Sappy Love Story Can't Keep 'The Finest Hours' From Being a Thrilling Success

Kept Afloat by the Action: A Sappy Love Story Can't Keep 'The Finest Hours' From Being a Thrilling Success

I haven’t been on a boat in many, many years. After seeing The Finest Hours , I have no need to be on a boat in many, many more years.

In 1952, an oil tanker called the Pendleton split ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

On this week's highly desirable Independent comics page: This Modern World talks to some political commentators; Jen Sorenson chats with a union member who supports Trump; The K Chro...

True TV: HBO Gets Animated With 'Animals'; Samantha Bee and Nikki Glaser Shake Up Late Night

True TV: HBO Gets Animated With 'Animals'; Samantha Bee and Nikki Glaser Shake Up Late Night

Animals (Friday, Feb. 5, HBO), series debut: HBO’s history with animated series is sparse but solid; the most-recent network original, canceled 2008-12 obscurity The Life and Times o...

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Gay Mexicans Go Back Into the Closet When They Return to Mexico?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Gay Mexicans Go Back Into the Closet When They Return to Mexico?

Dear Mexican: I enjoyed reading the letter about lip liner some years back from the lovely Mexican lesbian.

I have met several guys from Mexico who came to the U.S. so they could co...

Above Normal, but Not Out of the Woods: Precipitation Chips Away at California Drought, but the Water Deficit Remains

Above Normal, but Not Out of the Woods: Precipitation Chips Away at California Drought, but the Water Deficit Remains

At the beginning of February last year, South Lake Tahoe in California was nearly 60 degrees Fahrenheit—almost 20 degrees above its historic average.

At that time, the drought had b...

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News

Wall Flowers: Waiting for Trump With Every Racist Aunt and Uncle in New England

Wall Flowers: Waiting for Trump With Every Racist Aunt and Uncle in New England

Friday, February 05, 2016  |  Chris Faraone

There’s a man with a dark complexion hocking “Bomb The Hell Out of ISIS” lapel pins. His heart’s not really in it.

The next vendor over from him isn’t legitimately feeling the energy, either, his long hair and thick Boston accent a dead giveaway that he’s a foreigner in Trump country. In any case, th...

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Above Normal, but Not Out of the Woods: Precipitation Chips Away at California Drought, but the Water Deficit Remains

Above Normal, but Not Out of the Woods: Precipitation Chips Away at California Drought, but the Water Deficit Remains

Tuesday, February 02, 2016  |  Paige Blankenbuehler

At the beginning of February last year, South Lake Tahoe in California was nearly 60 degrees Fahrenheit—almost 20 degrees above its historic average.

At that time, the drought had been dragging along for four years, and chair lifts at nearby ski resorts were swaying over barren slopes. Representative...

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February Astronomy: The Moon Again Moves Across the Sky, Passing Planets as It Goes

February Astronomy: The Moon Again Moves Across the Sky, Passing Planets as It Goes

Friday, January 29, 2016  |  Robert Victor

For much of February, early risers will continue to enjoy all five bright planets before dawn, as the waning moon sweeps past all of them through Feb. 6. In its next trip around Earth, the moon will go past four planets from Feb. 24 through March 7.

February’s evening mid-twilight occurs about 40 min...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's highly desirable Independent comics page: This Modern World talks to some political commentators; Jen Sorenson chats with a union member who supports Trump; The K Chronicles discusses some stuff he didn't get at first; and Red Meat finds Milkman Dan being a bully.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Gay Mexicans Go Back Into the Closet When They Return to Mexico?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Gay Mexicans Go Back Into the Closet When They Return to Mexico?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I enjoyed reading the letter about lip liner some years back from the lovely Mexican lesbian.

I have met several guys from Mexico who came to the U.S. so they could come out of the closet. Nothing warms my middle-age gay heart more than when a nice Mexican young man says, “Hola, papi!” Ho...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Don't Settle for Just Cactus—Invite a Fairy Into Your Garden

The Potted Desert Garden: Don't Settle for Just Cactus—Invite a Fairy Into Your Garden

Tuesday, February 02, 2016  |  Marylee Pangman

The heat of the Coachella Valley will always hold its gardening challenges—but we’re not alone. Gardeners the world over are inspired to bend the rules and try to navigate uncharted waters, no matter where they live.

We have much more control over the environment around our desert homes when we garde...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: In 'Gold Fame Citrus,' the Nascent Genre of Cli-Fi Looks to California

Western Lit: In 'Gold Fame Citrus,' the Nascent Genre of Cli-Fi Looks to California

Wednesday, February 03, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

Though the super El Niño bearing down on California may help alleviate the state’s crippling drought, even a good drenching won’t wash away four dry years.

For nearly a half-decade, the watery foundation that underpins so many California institutions—almonds and salmon, weed and dairy, the Salton Sea...

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Retro Reinterpretations: Modernism Week Artist Nat Reed Takes the Colors and Styles of the '50s and '60s and Makes Them His Own

Retro Reinterpretations: Modernism Week Artist Nat Reed Takes the Colors and Styles of the '50s and '60s and Makes Them His Own

Monday, February 01, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

You may have never heard of Nat Reed—but you’ve almost certainly seen his work before. The midcentury modern artist did the poster/cover for last year’s Palm Springs Pride, and he’s been written about in various publications.

At the Palm Springs International Airport, Reed is collaborating with Virgi...

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Illustrating the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: Three Happenings You Should Not Miss

Illustrating the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: Three Happenings You Should Not Miss

Monday, February 01, 2016  |  Staff

The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair takes place Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 11 through 14, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. It costs $20 for a day pass; a VIP pass for all days is $75. For more information, visit www.palmspringsfineartfair.com .

1. Go See Photographer of t...

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Movies & TV

Decent 'Fu': Despite an Unoriginal Story, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Is a Success

Decent 'Fu': Despite an Unoriginal Story, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Is a Success

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jack Black returns as the voice of Po in this decent second sequel in the saga of the Panda warrior and his warrior cronies.

This time out, Po encounters his long-lost dad, Li (the warm growl of Bryan Cranston), who takes him to the land of pandas so that he can learn the powers of his chi. An advanc...

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Kept Afloat by the Action: A Sappy Love Story Can't Keep 'The Finest Hours' From Being a Thrilling Success

Kept Afloat by the Action: A Sappy Love Story Can't Keep 'The Finest Hours' From Being a Thrilling Success

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I haven’t been on a boat in many, many years. After seeing The Finest Hours , I have no need to be on a boat in many, many more years.

In 1952, an oil tanker called the Pendleton split into two during a blizzard off the coast of Cape Cod. The eight crewmembers who were in the stern perished; 33 men initi...

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True TV: HBO Gets Animated With 'Animals'; Samantha Bee and Nikki Glaser Shake Up Late Night

True TV: HBO Gets Animated With 'Animals'; Samantha Bee and Nikki Glaser Shake Up Late Night

Wednesday, February 03, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Animals (Friday, Feb. 5, HBO), series debut: HBO’s history with animated series is sparse but solid; the most-recent network original, canceled 2008-12 obscurity The Life and Times of Tim , was a dry, hilarious slice of weirdness that more than deserved a second chance on Adult Swim. (Come on, HBO and ...

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Music

Thinking Man's Musician: Charlie Overbey Goes Honky-Tonk With the Broken Arrows, Performing at Pappy and Harriet's

Thinking Man's Musician: Charlie Overbey Goes Honky-Tonk With the Broken Arrows, Performing at Pappy and Harriet's

Friday, February 05, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Charlie Overbey has had a lot of musical irons in the figurative fire.

He was the frontman of the cowpunk band Custom Made Scare before he set out on his own with The Valentine Killers. He’s since reinvented himself with his new band the Broken Arrows—which he’ll be bringing to Pappy and Harriet’s on...

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The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

The Lucky 13: Ryan Diaz of Monreaux

Friday, February 05, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Monreaux frontman Giorg Tierez told the Independent late last year that the band was still a work in progress, in large part because the band lacked a permanent guitarist. However, the band’s rhythm section is rock-solid: Tierez struck gold when he put bassist Chris Dub and drummer Ryan Diaz together....

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Live: Heart at Fantasy Springs, Jan. 29

Live: Heart at Fantasy Springs, Jan. 29

Sunday, January 31, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Heart is one of the most successful rock bands ever. One trivia tidbit: The band has now had a Billboard Top 100 album in five straight decades—with a Top 10 album in four of those five.

With such an amazing résumé, the band is expected to deliver—and Heart certainly delivered on Friday night, Jan. 29,...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: These Five Apps Will Help You Find, Learn About and Appreciate Craft Brews

The Beer Goddess: These Five Apps Will Help You Find, Learn About and Appreciate Craft Brews

Tuesday, January 26, 2016  |  Erin Peters

The craft-beer industry has long been on top of the latest trends and technology when it comes to helping people create, find and enjoy the best beer possible.

In other words … when it comes to craft beer, yes, there’s an app for that. In fact, here are five applications I recommend for beer-lovers b...

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Restaurant News Bites: Dead or Alive Brings Fine Beer, Wine to South PS; Creamistry Brings Ice Cream to PD; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dead or Alive Brings Fine Beer, Wine to South PS; Creamistry Brings Ice Cream to PD; and Tons More!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Dead or Alive Brings Fine Wine, Fine Beer and Fine Design to ‘The Curve’ Area

Christine Soto and Anthony Cioffi attended to Palm Springs High School together. After graduation, they went their separate ways, but in 2012, at their 10-year reunion, they reconnected—and started dating.

Today, they’re not...

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Sniff the Cap: Wine Is for Winners—Whether or Not You Play the Lottery

Sniff the Cap: Wine Is for Winners—Whether or Not You Play the Lottery

Wednesday, January 20, 2016  |  Deidre Pike

If I were a rich man,

Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.

All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.

If I were a wealthy man.

—Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof 

Text from a friend on Jan. 8: “Just finished post-workout shower. Off to buy Powerball ticket. It’s $800 million. Normally I don’t do lottos b...

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