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July Astronomy: Looking for Planets? Then Look at the Skies in the Evening—and Sleep In!

July Astronomy: Looking for Planets? Then Look at the Skies in the Evening—and Sleep In!

All three bright outer planets remain prominent in the evening sky this July.

At dusk, find bright Jupiter in the west-southwest to west, apricot-colored Mars in the southern sky, and Sa...

Bringing the Funny: Joshua Tree Is the New Home of an Improv/Comedy Fest

Bringing the Funny: Joshua Tree Is the New Home of an Improv/Comedy Fest

Joshua Tree is known for eclectic festivals. The high-desert community hosts gatherings centering on everything from yoga to UFOs to music.

Now Joshua Tree can add improv/comedy to ...

Stupid Sequel: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Is a Shockingly Dull Affair

Stupid Sequel: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Is a Shockingly Dull Affair

I enjoyed the goofy, funny, balls-out alien-invasion movie that was Independence Day . The film was dumber than a stoned golden retriever in a Harvard calculus class, but Will Smith,...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 30, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 30, 2016!

On this week's particularly independent weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat engages in some unconventional bathing; Jen Sorenson ponders George Will's politics; The K Chronicles...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tizoc DeAztlan, a Coachella Valley Native Who Is Working to Open Minds—and Create Opportunities

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tizoc DeAztlan, a Coachella Valley Native Who Is Working to Open Minds—and Create Opportunities

Born in the Coachella Valley toward the end of the Generation X demographic, Tizoc DeAztlan, at 37, is the embodiment of all of the best Gen X stereotypes: individualistic, entrepr...

True TV: 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Is Still Dumb Fun; 'Killjoys' and 'Dark Matter' Return

True TV: 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Is Still Dumb Fun; 'Killjoys' and 'Dark Matter' Return

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Thursday, June 30, FX), season premiere: The debut of Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll last summer presaged two rock-centric dramas, HBO’...

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Children of Mexican Immigrants Speak Spanish?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Children of Mexican Immigrants Speak Spanish?

Dear Mexican: Why do SO many chamacos of this generation. who are Mexican, refuse to learn Spanish and/or speak it? What’s the big deal? Are they THAT embarrassed of their native ton...

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News

July Astronomy: Looking for Planets? Then Look at the Skies in the Evening—and Sleep In!

July Astronomy: Looking for Planets? Then Look at the Skies in the Evening—and Sleep In!

Friday, July 01, 2016  |  Robert Victor

All three bright outer planets remain prominent in the evening sky this July.

At dusk, find bright Jupiter in the west-southwest to west, apricot-colored Mars in the southern sky, and Saturn not far to the left of Mars. Venus passed behind the sun in early June, but by mid-July, it emerges into our early eve...

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Tracking Fatal Encounters: The First Comprehensive Database of Recent California Police-Related Deaths Is Now Complete

Tracking Fatal Encounters: The First Comprehensive Database of Recent California Police-Related Deaths Is Now Complete

Sunday, June 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

The numbers of police-related deaths in the United States, as documented by Fatal Encounters , have been eerily similar in recent years.

2015: 1,356.

2014: 1,323.

2013: 1,330.

However, this statistical fluke is not what’s newsworthy: What is newsworthy is the fact that we now actually have a database of pol...

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Rates on the Rise: The Coachella Valley Water District Decides to Charge Residents More; Is the Desert Water Agency Next?

Rates on the Rise: The Coachella Valley Water District Decides to Charge Residents More; Is the Desert Water Agency Next?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

So far this year in the Coachella Valley, water-rate increases have gone into effect in both the Mission Springs Water District (encompassing Desert Hot Springs and northern Palm Springs) and the Myoma Dunes Water Company territory of Bermuda Dunes.

In both cases, mandatory public meetings were held—...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 30, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 30, 2016!

Thursday, June 30, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's particularly independent weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat engages in some unconventional bathing; Jen Sorenson ponders George Will's politics; The K Chronicles gets an unexpected check; and This Modern World examines 12 months of Trump.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tizoc DeAztlan, a Coachella Valley Native Who Is Working to Open Minds—and Create Opportunities

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Tizoc DeAztlan, a Coachella Valley Native Who Is Working to Open Minds—and Create Opportunities

Wednesday, June 29, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Born in the Coachella Valley toward the end of the Generation X demographic, Tizoc DeAztlan, at 37, is the embodiment of all of the best Gen X stereotypes: individualistic, entrepreneurial, tech savvy, goal oriented—and wanting to make a difference.

DeAztlan is a Coachella Valley native, born to Robe...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Children of Mexican Immigrants Speak Spanish?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Children of Mexican Immigrants Speak Spanish?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why do SO many chamacos of this generation. who are Mexican, refuse to learn Spanish and/or speak it? What’s the big deal? Are they THAT embarrassed of their native tongue because they’ve been so Americanized, or what? It’s been bugging me for years!

I’m Mexican-born and raised in San Die...

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Arts and Culture

Bringing the Funny: Joshua Tree Is the New Home of an Improv/Comedy Fest

Bringing the Funny: Joshua Tree Is the New Home of an Improv/Comedy Fest

Thursday, June 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Joshua Tree is known for eclectic festivals. The high-desert community hosts gatherings centering on everything from yoga to UFOs to music.

Now Joshua Tree can add improv/comedy to that list.

The Joshua Tree International Improv/Comedy Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at the ...

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Western Lit: A New Book Recounts Three Mysterious Disappearances in the Western Desert

Western Lit: A New Book Recounts Three Mysterious Disappearances in the Western Desert

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  |  Michael Engelhard

“A helluva place to lose a cow,” Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce allegedly quipped about the Southern Utah scarp of hoodoos that still bears his name. Well beyond cattle, smart people with maps and survival gear have vanished into the folds of the Colorado Plateau’s convoluted topography.

Dreamers and ...

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What a 'Party'! At Desert Rose Playhouse, the Humor Increases as the Clothes Come Off

What a 'Party'! At Desert Rose Playhouse, the Humor Increases as the Clothes Come Off

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Sold out!

A wall-to-wall audience surged into the Desert Rose Playhouse for the LGBT theater company’s summer show: David Dillon’s Party . The play was originally created in 1992 in response to the heavy hearts of that time, weighed down by the stigma of being gay, plus the fear and loss created by the...

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Movies & TV

Blu-Ray Review: Icelandic Film ‘Rams’ Is an Exquisitely Beautiful Story of Sibling Rivalry

Blu-Ray Review: Icelandic Film ‘Rams’ Is an Exquisitely Beautiful Story of Sibling Rivalry

Friday, July 01, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Two Icelandic sheepherding brothers who haven’t spoken in four decades face tragedy when their neighboring herds become infected and must be slaughtered in the fantastic film Rams .

Gummi (Sigurour Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) have developed a rivalry over the years, with Kiddi winning l...

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Stupid Sequel: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Is a Shockingly Dull Affair

Stupid Sequel: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Is a Shockingly Dull Affair

Thursday, June 30, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I enjoyed the goofy, funny, balls-out alien-invasion movie that was Independence Day . The film was dumber than a stoned golden retriever in a Harvard calculus class, but Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid made the grandiose stupidity fun.

Twenty years after the original, Independence Day: Resurg...

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One Bitch of a Beach: 'The Shallows' Is a Fine Shark Film, Despite a Lousy Ending

One Bitch of a Beach: 'The Shallows' Is a Fine Shark Film, Despite a Lousy Ending

Thursday, June 30, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Blake Lively, whose best role until now came when she played the secretary in that Saturday Night Live “Potato Chip” sketch, is terrific in The Shallows as Nancy, a medical-school dropout who goes to a secret beach in Mexico in the wake of her mother’s death.

Nancy sets out for a day of surfing and refle...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, July 2016: Kesha, Maxwell, The Evangenitals—and Tons More!

The Blueskye Report, July 2016: Kesha, Maxwell, The Evangenitals—and Tons More!

Friday, July 01, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

July is going to be hot—but never fear, because there are some great air-conditioned events going on.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is again the place to be in July. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 2 , get some advice on how to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them, when Kenny Rogers performs. The...

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An Eclectic Mix Indeed: Justin Ledesma's Latest Iteration of Sunday Funeral—It's a Three-Piece Rock Band

An Eclectic Mix Indeed: Justin Ledesma's Latest Iteration of Sunday Funeral—It's a Three-Piece Rock Band

Friday, June 24, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The band Sunday Funeral has seen numerous members come and go since 2007—and frontman Justin Ledesma is the only member who has been a part of it all along.

Earlier this year, Sunday Funeral parted ways with guitarist and vocalist Brian Frang, and is now performing as a trio, with new bassist Andrea ...

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The Lucky 13: Troy Whitford, of the Sweat Act

The Lucky 13: Troy Whitford, of the Sweat Act

Tuesday, June 21, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Troy Whitford is best known as the drummer for the Sweat Act, and also plays for local supergroup 5th Town. Whitford tells us that the Sweat Act is planning a live recording of all the band’s songs. You can catch the Sweat Act for free on Saturday, June 25, at The Hood, along with The Hellions and S...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: An Update on the Goings-On at Coachella Valley Brewing Co.

The Beer Goddess: An Update on the Goings-On at Coachella Valley Brewing Co.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  |  Erin Peters

The temperatures are absolutely scorching. Pool parties, mercifully, are everywhere.

Yep. Summer has arrived with full force in the Coachella Valley.

If you’re thirsty, you may want to check out what’s happening at Coachella Valley Brewing Co. We decided to check in with CVB—one of the three fantastic b...

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Restaurant News Bites: Rancho Mirage Celebrates Summer; Morongo Elevates the Selfie; Restaurant Comings and Goings; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Rancho Mirage Celebrates Summer; Morongo Elevates the Selfie; Restaurant Comings and Goings; and Tons More!

Monday, June 27, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Rancho Mirage Restaurants Team Up for a ‘Taste of Summer’

Enjoy inexpensive yet yummy drinks and desserts? If so, then you may find yourself spending a fair amount of time in Rancho Mirage over the next couple of months.

The city, its chamber of commerce and its restaurant association have teamed up t...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Mussels and Clams in White-Wine Broth at Trilussa Ristorante

The Indy Endorsement: The Mussels and Clams in White-Wine Broth at Trilussa Ristorante

Sunday, June 19, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Happy Hour Mussels/Clams Steamer Combo in White Wine Broth

Where: Trilussa Ristorante, 68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $10

Contact: 760-328-2300; trilussarestaurant.com

Why: It’s all about the broth.

When I ordered from the bartender while sitting at the bar at Trilussa, I said: ...

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