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The Potted Desert Garden: The Coachella Valley Newcomer's Guide to Fantastic Gardens

The Potted Desert Garden: The Coachella Valley Newcomer's Guide to Fantastic Gardens

It’s time to speak specifically to newcomers about gardening in the desert.

Of course, you are probably reading this when the mercury is still firmly wrestling with 100-plus degrees...

The Blueskye Report, September 2015: Sammy Hagar, Boyz II Men, Shannon and the Clams, Plus Much More!

The Blueskye Report, September 2015: Sammy Hagar, Boyz II Men, Shannon and the Clams, Plus Much More!

September will hopefully bring cooler temperatures—and, this year, the month is predicted to bring El Nino. Hmm. Well, regardless of the weather, there are some great events going ...

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

Spectacular events in September include a close pairing of a waning crescent moon and Venus at dawn on Sept. 10—and a total lunar eclipse in the early evening on Sept. 27.

Venus now ...

Stayin' Horny: Palm Desert's Eagles of Death Metal, at Long Last, Release a New Album

Stayin' Horny: Palm Desert's Eagles of Death Metal, at Long Last, Release a New Album

In October, Eagles of Death Metal will release a long-awaited new album, Zipper Down .

It’s been almost seven years since Eagles of Death Metal released Heart On , heretofore the Palm D...

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

One of the traditional jobs of the alternative press has been to cover the faults and foibles of other local media. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will?

Here at the Independe...

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

Coachella Valley’s 100-plus-degree thirsty season continues well into September, so there’s no better time than now to review new and returning classic summer craft beers that can ...

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky spent almost a week living and traveling with author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was winding up a book tour in support of his highly accl...

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News

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Spectacular events in September include a close pairing of a waning crescent moon and Venus at dawn on Sept. 10—and a total lunar eclipse in the early evening on Sept. 27.

Venus now rises before the sun, and has become a spectacular morning “star” in the east before dawn. Venus reaches its greatest br...

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Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On July 30, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release highlighting the quick success of statewide water-conservation efforts.

“With record-breaking heat throughout much of the state in June, Californians continued to conserve water, reducing water use by 27.3 percent and exceedin...

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Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

San Bernardino police recently made national news thanks to a creative operation .

Cops, dressed in plain clothes or as homeless people, walked up to cars stopped at an intersection. The officers held signs, but instead of saying something to the effect of “need food,” the signs said something to the e...

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Opinion

The Potted Desert Garden: The Coachella Valley Newcomer's Guide to Fantastic Gardens

The Potted Desert Garden: The Coachella Valley Newcomer's Guide to Fantastic Gardens

Tuesday, September 01, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

It’s time to speak specifically to newcomers about gardening in the desert.

Of course, you are probably reading this when the mercury is still firmly wrestling with 100-plus degrees on a daily basis, and you’re saying, “Are you kidding me?”

Really: I do not jest. We can and do have wonderful gardens h...

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A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

One of the traditional jobs of the alternative press has been to cover the faults and foibles of other local media. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will?

Here at the Independent , we have not been doing that as much as I’d like. Sure, we’ve done some stuff here and there— railing on the advertisi...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's effervescent Independent comics page: Red Meat doesn't much care for negativity; Jen Sorenson examines the phenomenon of "trigger trash"; The K Chronicles discusses what it's really like to be in prison; and This Modern World looks at objections to The Proven Thing.

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Monday, August 24, 2015  |  Traci J. Macnamara

Few issues in the West are more controversial than water, and Les Standiford dives headfirst into the topic in his new nonfiction book, Water to the Angels , a dramatic account of the life of William Mulholland.

Standiford traces Mulholland’s rise from being an Irish immigrant ditch-digger to being the...

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Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

It all started with a crayon crisis.

“I distinctly remember that at age 7, I had a major crisis—deciding which of two distinctly different shades of green Crayola crayons would be best for my ‘latest masterpiece,’” Laura Janes said. “And with that decision, I knew that art and painting were my future...

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Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Friday, August 07, 2015  |  Carson Vaughan

Alexis C. Bunten understands what it’s like to be an outsider.

A mix of Alaska Native, Swedish “and something else, French Canadian, I think,” the writer spent her childhood moving across the country, from Hawaii to South Dakota to Alaska and Washington state. She may have faced less outright discrim...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine Amaze in 'Z for Zachariah'

Home Video Review: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine Amaze in 'Z for Zachariah'

Tuesday, September 01, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Three people and a couple of dogs try to figure things out in a post-apocalyptic world during Z for Zachariah , a strong acting exercise featuring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine.

Ann (Robbie) has been living a solitary life ever since a nuclear war wiped out the world’s population. She ...

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Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky spent almost a week living and traveling with author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was winding up a book tour in support of his highly acclaimed, wonderfully crazy novel Infinite Jest , and Lipsky thought there was no better time to spotlight this author in one...

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Fun but Frustrating: 'American Ultra' Is Worth Seeing—but It Could Have Been Something Special

Fun but Frustrating: 'American Ultra' Is Worth Seeing—but It Could Have Been Something Special

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Jesse Eisenberg is having himself a great summer with this and his career-best performance in The End of the Tour . Eisenberg spreads his wings a bit as a stoner with a secret in  American Ultra , this sporadically fun film from director Nima Nourizadeh ( Project X ) and writer Max Landis ( Chronicle ).

Whil...

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Music

Live: The Melvins at Pappy and Harriet's, Wednesday, Aug. 26

Live: The Melvins at Pappy and Harriet's, Wednesday, Aug. 26

Tuesday, September 01, 2015  |  Guillermo Prieto

I’ve seen Buzz Osborne several times at Pappy and Harriet’s; last time, he performed his one-man King Buzzo show, which highlighted his crazy charisma as he strolled around the stage with an acoustic guitar.

Last Wednesday, gloom-metal fans got to see Buzz with the Melvins—complete with two drummers,...

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The Blueskye Report, September 2015: Sammy Hagar, Boyz II Men, Shannon and the Clams, Plus Much More!

The Blueskye Report, September 2015: Sammy Hagar, Boyz II Men, Shannon and the Clams, Plus Much More!

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

September will hopefully bring cooler temperatures—and, this year, the month is predicted to bring El Nino. Hmm. Well, regardless of the weather, there are some great events going on.

After an epic August, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a hot September, too. At 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6 , get ready fo...

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Alex Harrington's DuneCast: On Hiatus

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: On Hiatus

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  Alex Harrington

I wish I could bring you a mix this month … but I can’t.

Circumstances have forced me to make a few hard decisions. Most notably: The website on which we’ve been hosting our mixes, SoundCloud, has suddenly made it very difficult to post anything related to a music mix. Here’s what happened: Some majo...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Erin Peters

Coachella Valley’s 100-plus-degree thirsty season continues well into September, so there’s no better time than now to review new and returning classic summer craft beers that can quench our thirst—in the most delicious way possible.

Almanac Dogpatch Sour: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again : S...

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Restaurant News Bites: The Curious (and Stupid) Case of Oscar's and the Restaurant Rating

Restaurant News Bites: The Curious (and Stupid) Case of Oscar's and the Restaurant Rating

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The whole mess started, as far as we can figure, when somebody walking by Oscar’s Café and Bar noticed the restaurant had posted its recent “C” rating from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, as required. He or she took a photo, and then posted it on Facebook.

After that, things ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Cubano With Tomato Soup at Zobö and Meester's

The Indy Endorsement: The Cubano With Tomato Soup at Zobö and Meester's

Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Cubano With Tomato Soup

Where:  Zobö and Meester’s, 68703 Perez Road, No. A1, Cathedral City

How Much: $7.99

Contact: 760-832-6104; www.zamgrill.com

Why: It’s comforting and delicious.

The invitation came via email on a Saturday. Bart and Carmen wanted to let me know they’d just opened a new restaura...

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