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A Note From the Editor: Good Journalism Is Now More Important Than Ever Due to the President-Elect

A Note From the Editor: Good Journalism Is Now More Important Than Ever Due to the President-Elect

I wish were using this space to discuss the results of the third annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll —and explain how we received an all-time-high number of votes, and gush...

A Historic Romance: 'Loving' Is a Powerful, Important Film About a Couple's Fight to Simply Be Together

A Historic Romance: 'Loving' Is a Powerful, Important Film About a Couple's Fight to Simply Be Together

Director Jeff Nichols, who has already made two excellent movies in Mud and Take Shelter , released a very good movie earlier this year called Midnight Special . Here, in late 2016, he h...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 1, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 1, 2016!

On this week's eggnog-craving weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson offers scenes from Standing Rock; The K Chronicles lives in the House of Sick; This Modern World examines t...

December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

Evening twilight : Venus rules! You won’t fail to notice this brilliant light in the southwest at dusk. Look for Mars to its upper left, and, for the first two or three weeks of Decembe...

Know Your Neighbors: After the Election, the American Civil Liberties Union Finds Itself Quite Busy

Know Your Neighbors: After the Election, the American Civil Liberties Union Finds Itself Quite Busy

I knew something was going on when I walked into the community room at the Palm Desert Library for a meeting sponsored by the Desert Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union o...

True TV: 'Pacific Heat' Isn't Quite 'Archer'; 'Shut Eye' Is Another Hulu Winner

True TV: 'Pacific Heat' Isn't Quite 'Archer'; 'Shut Eye' Is Another Hulu Winner

Pacific Heat (Friday, Dec. 2, Netflix), series debut: Much has already been written about how animated Australian import Pacific Heat looks a hell of a lot like long-running American ...

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Americans Represent Mexican Culture So Poorly?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Americans Represent Mexican Culture So Poorly?

Dear Mexican: What’s up with pochos and their disrespect for their origins?

I’m a Mexican who was born and raised in Mexico, a proud chilango , and, well, I gotta know: Why do pochos,...

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News

December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Evening twilight : Venus rules! You won’t fail to notice this brilliant light in the southwest at dusk. Look for Mars to its upper left, and, for the first two or three weeks of December, Mercury to Venus’ lower right, provided you have an unobstructed view. The moon passes through this section of sky Nov....

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Snapshot: The Palm Springs Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship

Snapshot: The Palm Springs Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship

Sunday, November 27, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

After we created the Facebook event page for the Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship, a well-meaning friend commented: "I'm confused. Non-Alcoholic? Why bother?"

Here's why: There are many, many people who do not drink alcohol—for a variety of reasons. Yet all of those people still go into bars and r...

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Heroes in Classrooms: 'The Bad Kids' Documentary Shows the Amazing Work Being Done at an Alternative Yucca Valley High School

Heroes in Classrooms: 'The Bad Kids' Documentary Shows the Amazing Work Being Done at an Alternative Yucca Valley High School

Friday, November 25, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The documentary The Bad Kids begins as a probation officer follows up on a young man named Joseph McGee.

McGee tells the officer that his father is currently serving time in prison, and that he’s having problems showing up to school. Soon, his mother—sitting across from McGee and the officer—begins sob...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Good Journalism Is Now More Important Than Ever Due to the President-Elect

A Note From the Editor: Good Journalism Is Now More Important Than Ever Due to the President-Elect

Thursday, December 01, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

I wish were using this space to discuss the results of the third annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll —and explain how we received an all-time-high number of votes, and gush about how proud I am that our list of winners and finalists represents all parts of the valley.

I wish I were using this...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 1, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 1, 2016!

Thursday, December 01, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's eggnog-craving weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson offers scenes from Standing Rock; The K Chronicles lives in the House of Sick; This Modern World examines the great political divide; and Red Meat enjoys a new exercise routine.

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Know Your Neighbors: After the Election, the American Civil Liberties Union Finds Itself Quite Busy

Know Your Neighbors: After the Election, the American Civil Liberties Union Finds Itself Quite Busy

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

I knew something was going on when I walked into the community room at the Palm Desert Library for a meeting sponsored by the Desert Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California—and there were more than 140 people, hauling in chairs and standing along the side and back walls....

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Arts and Culture

An Elf's Plight: Desert Rose Brings David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries' to Life

An Elf's Plight: Desert Rose Brings David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries' to Life

Saturday, November 19, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and I was hopeful as I settled into my seat at the Desert Rose Playhouse on opening night of The Santaland Diaries .

I wanted to like it—and indeed, I did. However, I wish I’d liked it a little bit more.

David Sedaris first presented his essay about working as a Ch...

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Both Historical and Contemporary: An Established Atlanta Art Gallery Heads West to Open a Second Space on El Paseo

Both Historical and Contemporary: An Established Atlanta Art Gallery Heads West to Open a Second Space on El Paseo

Monday, November 14, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

After three years of visits from Georgia to the California desert, Atlanta gallery owner Thomas Deans decided he wanted to set up shop here.

He opened Thomas Deans Fine Art on El Paseo in September 2016.

“My partner and I fell in love with the desert,” he said. “My belief is more galleries create more...

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Western Lit: 'Water Is for Fighting Over' Takes an Overly Optimistic Look at Water Battles Regarding the Colorado River

Western Lit: 'Water Is for Fighting Over' Takes an Overly Optimistic Look at Water Battles Regarding the Colorado River

Thursday, November 10, 2016  |  Matt Jenkins

It’s been 30 years since Marc Reisner’s landmark history of Western water, Cadillac Desert , was first published. The book’s dire tone set the pattern for much subsequent water writing. Longtime Albuquerque Journal reporter John Fleck calls it the “narrative of crisis”—an apocalyptic storyline about the...

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Movies & TV

A Historic Romance: 'Loving' Is a Powerful, Important Film About a Couple's Fight to Simply Be Together

A Historic Romance: 'Loving' Is a Powerful, Important Film About a Couple's Fight to Simply Be Together

Thursday, December 01, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Jeff Nichols, who has already made two excellent movies in Mud and Take Shelter , released a very good movie earlier this year called Midnight Special . Here, in late 2016, he has released another excellent one.

Loving , written and directed by Nichols, recounts the true story of Richard and Mildre...

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Delightfully Off the Rails: 'The Handmaiden' Is a Great Mystery-Thriller That Only Chan-wook Park Could Make

Delightfully Off the Rails: 'The Handmaiden' Is a Great Mystery-Thriller That Only Chan-wook Park Could Make

Thursday, December 01, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Chan-wook Park ( Oldboy , Thirst ) seems to have made a relatively tame movie by his standards—at least for a good part of The Handmaiden ’s running time.

A young woman (Tae-ri Kim) is recruited by a scam artist (Jung-woo Ha) for a robbery plot involving another young woman (Min-hee Kim) and her u...

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True TV: 'Pacific Heat' Isn't Quite 'Archer'; 'Shut Eye' Is Another Hulu Winner

True TV: 'Pacific Heat' Isn't Quite 'Archer'; 'Shut Eye' Is Another Hulu Winner

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Pacific Heat (Friday, Dec. 2, Netflix), series debut: Much has already been written about how animated Australian import Pacific Heat looks a hell of a lot like long-running American series Archer —and now here’s one more, damn it. First of all, the animation isn’t as slick as Archer ’s; Pacific Heat more re...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, December 2016: The Vienna Boys Choir, Goo Goo Dolls, Penn and Teller, Hanni El Khatib—and Tons More!

The Blueskye Report, December 2016: The Vienna Boys Choir, Goo Goo Dolls, Penn and Teller, Hanni El Khatib—and Tons More!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

During the month of December, there are more than enough events to keep you entertained—whether you’re in the Christmas spirit or not.

The McCallum Theatre has a great list of Christmas-themed events. At 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5 , enjoy a special Christmas presentation from the Vienna Boys Choir . One of t...

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Mr. Las Vegas: After Almost Six Decades Onstage, Wayne Newton—Coming to Morongo—Still Loves to Perform

Mr. Las Vegas: After Almost Six Decades Onstage, Wayne Newton—Coming to Morongo—Still Loves to Perform

Tuesday, November 22, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Wayne Newton has seen his fair share of controversy and financial problems over his nearly six-decade career. However, Mr. Las Vegas is still standing—and will be bringing his Vegas swagger to Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Friday, Dec. 2.

During a recent phone interview, I asked him what makes him...

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The Lucky 13: Facelift Guitarist Quanah Lienau

The Lucky 13: Facelift Guitarist Quanah Lienau

Monday, November 21, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Facelift is quite possibly the most brutal band in the Coachella Valley. Its hardcore punk sound has made Facelift a house-party favorite—and landed the band opening slots for The Adicts during both of the band’s recent shows at The Hood Bar and Pizza. Facelift's guitarist, Quanah Lienau, is the son...

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Food and Drink

Well Red: A Chat With Misty Carlson, Beverage Specialist at Whole Foods Palm Desert

Well Red: A Chat With Misty Carlson, Beverage Specialist at Whole Foods Palm Desert

Friday, December 02, 2016  |  Christine Soto

It’s hard to tell what Misty Carlson is more passionate about: hiking, food or wine?

For the sake of this column, I’m going to go with wine, but in any case, it seems like Carlson has the joys of life figured out: working with wine, living in Palm Springs, hiking a lot, and cooking almost every night...

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Restaurant News Bites: Comparing Prices at BevMo! and Total Wine (Hint: There's a Big Difference); Cello's Closes Its Restaurant; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Comparing Prices at BevMo! and Total Wine (Hint: There's a Big Difference); Cello's Closes Its Restaurant; and Tons More!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

BEVMO! Opens in Downtown Palm Springs—but I'm Still Going to Total Wine for the Better Prices

Fans of booze and spirits who reside in the western portion of the Coachella Valley got good news in November, when BevMo! opened at 333 S. Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, in part of the building...

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The Beer Goddess: On International Stout Day, I Was Flown to Ireland to Witness Beer History in the Making

The Beer Goddess: On International Stout Day, I Was Flown to Ireland to Witness Beer History in the Making

Wednesday, November 23, 2016  |  Erin Peters

Someone once said that “history flows forward on rivers of beer.” It’s true: Beer has played a significant role in shaping the human experience.

This brings us to Nov. 3, when stout-lovers across the world celebrated the delicious, dark beer during the Sixth Annual International Stout Day. Hundreds o...

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