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Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant Week Returns With a Slightly Different Name, Higher Prices

The 10-day foodie feast known by locals simply as Restaurant Week is back and celebrating 10 years of existence...

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

On May 14, the McCallum Theatre hosted East Valley Voices Out Loud . The show was the culmination of the two-year Crisalida Community Arts Project, led by the McCallum and storytelle...

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

What: The biscuits and gravy

Where: Sunshine Café, 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $6.35; $3.85 half-order (pictured)

Contact: 760-328-1415; www.sunshinecafe.com

Why: OM...

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Since March 24, the Coachella Valley Water District management team has been conducting a series of public presentations billed as “Water Rate Workshops.”

The managers’ goal of thes...

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

Director Jodie Foster goes for a 1970s throwback vibe while approaching a modern financial subject in Money Monster , a valiant but messy effort starring George Clooney and Julia Rob...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 19, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 19, 2016!

On this week's extra-tingly weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson goes to McTeacher Night; The K Chronicles gets appointed to a lofty position; This Modern World sets a goal; ...

Know Your Neighbors: Look at the Facts—Donald Trump's 'Woman Card' Claim Is Beyond Ludicrous

Know Your Neighbors: Look at the Facts—Donald Trump's 'Woman Card' Claim Is Beyond Ludicrous

The current flap about Hillary Clinton playing the “woman card” is nothing short of ridiculous.

As a woman, I know what it feels like to be trivialized (called “honey” and “girl”), ...

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News

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

It’s windy and quite hot out on Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. But Yudit Ecsedy doesn’t mind, as the 73-year-old artist paints a traffic-signal control box as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program.

The idea is to turn the ugly green roadside utility boxes into works of art, painted ov...

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Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since March 24, the Coachella Valley Water District management team has been conducting a series of public presentations billed as “Water Rate Workshops.”

The managers’ goal of these presentations: Cnvince wary customers to go along with a proposed four years of considerable water-rate increases, sla...

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Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Sean Planck

Cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation quickly by American standards, and industry growth has been rapid in states where cannabis has been legally accepted in one way or another.

The cannabis industry is projected to reach $44 billion per year in revenue by 2025. State budgets are being balance...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

On May 14, the McCallum Theatre hosted East Valley Voices Out Loud . The show was the culmination of the two-year Crisalida Community Arts Project, led by the McCallum and storyteller David Gonzalez. Of course, readers of the Independent already knew that, because we did a big story on the project in adv...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 19, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 19, 2016!

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's extra-tingly weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson goes to McTeacher Night; The K Chronicles gets appointed to a lofty position; This Modern World sets a goal; and Red Meat feeds the fish.

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Know Your Neighbors: Look at the Facts—Donald Trump's 'Woman Card' Claim Is Beyond Ludicrous

Know Your Neighbors: Look at the Facts—Donald Trump's 'Woman Card' Claim Is Beyond Ludicrous

Wednesday, May 18, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

The current flap about Hillary Clinton playing the “woman card” is nothing short of ridiculous.

As a woman, I know what it feels like to be trivialized (called “honey” and “girl”), talked down to (“mansplaining”), ignored, talked over, interrupted and denied a seat at the decision-making table.

I also...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Lawrence Lenhart

Some environmentalists and scientists have begun calling our current epoch the “Anthropocene”—to acknowledge the massive changes humans have induced in global ecosystems. But biologist and author Edward O. Wilson has proposed an alternative name: “Eremocene,” or the “Age of Loneliness,” a name that ...

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Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  |  Barbara Basbanes Richter

Don’t be fooled by the length of Robert Garner McBrearty’s debut novella—at a mere 132 pages, The Western Lonesome Society includes enough intrigue to fill books twice its size. Characters battle mental illness, kidnappings and Comanches to find their way home after wandering across the wild and lonel...

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Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Saturday, May 07, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

When the opening of a play is postponed a week, apparently because the cast is not quite ready, it tends to make reviewers a bit nervous.

What if the cast is still not ready? What if the show’s just a bomb?

Thankfully, my worries about the world premiere of Junk at the Desert Rose Playhouse were unfound...

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Movies & TV

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Jodie Foster goes for a 1970s throwback vibe while approaching a modern financial subject in Money Monster , a valiant but messy effort starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Clooney plays Lee Gates, host of Money Monster , a sensationalistic financial program that features Gates dancing aro...

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Lovable 'Meddler': Susan Sarandon Is Endearing in This Sweet and Clever Film

Lovable 'Meddler': Susan Sarandon Is Endearing in This Sweet and Clever Film

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Susan Sarandon gets the fun vehicle she deserves with The Meddler , a fine directorial effort from Lorene Scafaria ( Seeking a Friend at the End of the World ), who also wrote the clever and sweet screenplay.

Sarandon plays Marnie, a New Jersey widow who has moved to Los Angeles to be near her daughter, ...

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True TV: 'Preacher' Makes a Hell of a Debut; 'Wayward Pines' and 'Powers' Return

True TV: 'Preacher' Makes a Hell of a Debut; 'Wayward Pines' and 'Powers' Return

Wednesday, May 18, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Preacher (Sunday, May 22, AMC), series debut: The uninitiated have no idea what the hell Preacher is, while the fanboys are convinced that the 1995-2000 Vertigo comic-book series can’t be adapted for any screen, let alone basic-cable TV. And then there are the concerns about stoner-comedy duo Seth Rogen ...

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Music

Live: Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriet's, May 14

Live: Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriet's, May 14

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Guillermo Prieto

I had no idea who Charles Bradley was until a month ago, when Jesika Von Rabbit told me I had to go see his show at Pappy and Harriet’s.

I trust Jesika, so I went to the Saturday, May 14, show—pulling a double-shift, of sorts, as I had also covered the Joshua Tree Music Festival that day.

Yeah, I am s...

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Live: Joshua Tree Music Festival, May 12-15

Live: Joshua Tree Music Festival, May 12-15

Sunday, May 22, 2016  |  Guillermo Prieto

Last weekend, great music came to the high desert during the 14th annual spring Joshua Tree Music Festival.

Locals refer to this event as “our festival”—for good reason. Most of the festival staffers are friends and family members who volunteer their time to make the festival happen. The icing on thi...

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The Lucky 13: Hip-Hop Artist Mario Garcia, aka Garcia Giant

The Lucky 13: Hip-Hop Artist Mario Garcia, aka Garcia Giant

Wednesday, May 18, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Not a lot of people know that there are a number of great hip-hop artists in the Coachella Valley—including Garcia Giant (Mario Garcia). He recently performed at the McCallum Theatre as part of the East Valley Voices Out Loud show; you can check out his music at www.soundcloud.com/garciagiant . Garcia G...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Restaurant Week Returns With a Slightly Different Name, Higher Prices

The 10-day foodie feast known by locals simply as Restaurant Week is back and celebrating 10 years of existence—but things will be slightly different in 2016 than in years past.

Less important: Out is the clunky full name of Palm Sp...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The biscuits and gravy

Where: Sunshine Café, 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $6.35; $3.85 half-order (pictured)

Contact: 760-328-1415; www.sunshinecafe.com

Why: OMG it’s yummy!

The website brags: “Sunshine Cafè is frequented by celebrities, politicians, word-of-mouth visitors from ar...

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The Beer Goddess: Pondering Pairings of Music and Craft Beer at Coachella; La Quinta Brewing Nabs a Big Medal

The Beer Goddess: Pondering Pairings of Music and Craft Beer at Coachella; La Quinta Brewing Nabs a Big Medal

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Erin Peters

Great beer and excellent music go hand in hand—so it’s no wonder that craft beer is becoming a bigger deal each year at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, aka Coachella.

Not only did the Craft Beer Barn delight beer fans for the third year in a row; this year’s festival included a smaller ...

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