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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Lanny Swerdlow, a Registered Nurse With a Long and Storied History of Activism

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Lanny Swerdlow, a Registered Nurse With a Long and Storied History of Activism

Lanny Swerdlow, tongue firmly in cheek, introduced himself thusly: “I’m gay, Jewish, an atheist, a liberal, in a mixed marriage to a Native American, left-handed and a tree-hugger....

From Grit to Glam: Fever Dog Embarks on a Journey Toward New Sounds—and a New Record

From Grit to Glam: Fever Dog Embarks on a Journey Toward New Sounds—and a New Record

The first show I ever went to in the Coachella Valley was a Fever Dog show—and the fusion of blues and psychedelic rock introduced me to the local music scene with a bang.

That perf...

Discrimination or the Future? Many Low-Income Californians Don't Use Credit Cards—So a New Bill Would Prohibit Most Businesses From Going Cashless

Discrimination or the Future? Many Low-Income Californians Don't Use Credit Cards—So a New Bill Would Prohibit Most Businesses From Going Cashless

Last May, Burger Patch opened its doors in midtown Sacramento—with a sign that said “No Cash Accepted.” The owners of the organic and vegan burger joint were worried that a cash re...

The Indy Endorsement: The Omakase at Taka Shin

The Indy Endorsement: The Omakase at Taka Shin

What: The omakase

Where: Taka Shin, 641 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $75 to $100; $85 as described

Contact: 760-600-5806; takashin-ps.com

Why: It’s the ultimate splurge/treat...

The Ultimate Gift of Love: All Pet Owners Need to Be Ready to Say Goodbye When the Time Comes

The Ultimate Gift of Love: All Pet Owners Need to Be Ready to Say Goodbye When the Time Comes

The love we receive from our animals is deep, beautiful, unconditional and extraordinary. The relationships we have with our animals are incredible: You might be aggravated with al...

Vine Social: Just Because You Like a Wine, That Does Not Mean It's a Quality Wine

Vine Social: Just Because You Like a Wine, That Does Not Mean It's a Quality Wine

You should drink whatever wine you like!

All that matters is what you like!

The most important part of drinking wine is that you enjoy it!

There isn’t a wine professional alive who ha...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Shia LaBeouf Is Fantastic in This Semi-Autobiographical Film on Amazon

Home Video Review: Shia LaBeouf Is Fantastic in This Semi-Autobiographical Film on Amazon

Feb 17, 2020 18:05  |  Bob Grimm

Shia LaBeouf returns with a vengeance in Amazon’s Honey Boy , offering both the screenplay and a gripping performance as his own dad in this autobiographical take on his pre-adolescent and teen years. Talk about public therapy!

Directed with great strength by Alma Har’el, the film covers different stag...

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More Hyena, Please: The Lack of a Plot Overshadows Fun Moments in 'Birds of Prey'

More Hyena, Please: The Lack of a Plot Overshadows Fun Moments in 'Birds of Prey'

Feb 13, 2020 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

After being the only thing worth anyone’s time in Suicide Squad , Harley Quinn gets her own movie in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn , a marked improvement over the film that featured Margot Robbie’s first go at the role.

Unfortunately, “improved” doesn’t necessarily m...

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Home Video Review: 'Come to Daddy' Looks Like a Great Dark Comedy at First—but Then It Falls Apart

Home Video Review: 'Come to Daddy' Looks Like a Great Dark Comedy at First—but Then It Falls Apart

Feb 10, 2020 11:55  |  Bob Grimm

A troubled artist (Elijah Wood) answers a letter from his long-last dad (Stephen McHattie) and goes to visit him at his oceanfront property. What starts out as a sweet get-together in the film Come to Daddy quickly devolves into a hellish experience during which Dad proves himself to be an even lousie...

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News

Discrimination or the Future? Many Low-Income Californians Don't Use Credit Cards—So a New Bill Would Prohibit Most Businesses From Going Cashless

Discrimination or the Future? Many Low-Income Californians Don't Use Credit Cards—So a New Bill Would Prohibit Most Businesses From Going Cashless

Feb 18, 2020 20:00  |  Jackie Botts, CalMatters

Last May, Burger Patch opened its doors in midtown Sacramento—with a sign that said “No Cash Accepted.” The owners of the organic and vegan burger joint were worried that a cash register might invite theft.

But customers kept showing up with only cash. Sometimes the cashiers would accept it, working ...

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'It's a Shit Show': AB 5 Was Supposed to Make Things Better for 'Gig Economy' Workers—but It's Threatening the Livelihood of Independent Musicians

'It's a Shit Show': AB 5 Was Supposed to Make Things Better for 'Gig Economy' Workers—but It's Threatening the Livelihood of Independent Musicians

Feb 13, 2020 16:05  |  Kevin Allman

Much has been written about Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), the legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year that redefines how California companies can hire freelancers and contract workers—and much of that writing has focused on Lyft and Uber drivers, as well as freelance writers, who have b...

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Small Donors: A Look at the Men and Women in California Who Give Little Amounts Frequently to Presidential Candidates

Small Donors: A Look at the Men and Women in California Who Give Little Amounts Frequently to Presidential Candidates

Feb 13, 2020 12:00  |  Elizabeth Castillo, CalMatters

Jennifer Jennings dons a veritable uniform these days: Whether she’s picking up groceries, cruising through a fast-food drive-thru or headed to the car wash, she’s always sporting Bernie wear—sweatshirts, T-shirts, whatever.

But she doesn’t just wear her support on her sleeves. She’s also been making...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 20, 2020!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 20, 2020!

Feb 20, 2020 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's fresh-and-fruity weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World ponders the craziness of presidential-primary news coverage; Jen Sorensen expresses alarm at the appearance of another alleged billionaire savior; (Th)ink offers a definition of white privilege; Red Meat invites Papa Moa...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Lanny Swerdlow, a Registered Nurse With a Long and Storied History of Activism

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Lanny Swerdlow, a Registered Nurse With a Long and Storied History of Activism

Feb 19, 2020 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Lanny Swerdlow, tongue firmly in cheek, introduced himself thusly: “I’m gay, Jewish, an atheist, a liberal, in a mixed marriage to a Native American, left-handed and a tree-hugger.”

What else is there to know about this 73-year-old registered nurse? Quite a lot!

Swerdlow was born and raised in Los Ang...

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Savage Love: I Seem Unable to Climax During Sex With a Partner Without Using My Hand; Am I Broken?

Savage Love: I Seem Unable to Climax During Sex With a Partner Without Using My Hand; Am I Broken?

Feb 19, 2020 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m 20, straight, male, fit and active. I masturbated prone—flat on my stomach—for years. I’ve now changed to a more-traditional position (on my back or sitting upright), and I’m using my hand rather than grinding against a mattress. I can easily orgasm when I masturbate. I’ve had sex four times in ...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Andy Warhol's Western Art—and How It Failed to Address Racism

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Andy Warhol's Western Art—and How It Failed to Address Racism

Feb 13, 2020 10:35  |  Jeremy Lybarger, High Country News

In 1986, the year before he died, Andy Warhol produced Cowboys and Indians, a portfolio of prints commemorating the American West. Featuring almost-psychedelic silkscreens of Theodore Roosevelt, George Custer, Geronimo and others, the series puts a historical spin on Warhol’s trademark celebrity fixat...

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Modern Dance, Midmod Home: A Chat With The Gala House Owner D'Re Stergios About Her Modernism Week Collaboration With Nickerson-Rossi Dance

Modern Dance, Midmod Home: A Chat With The Gala House Owner D'Re Stergios About Her Modernism Week Collaboration With Nickerson-Rossi Dance

Feb 11, 2020 17:45  |  Alexander Rodriguez

An orange door, gold lettering, glistening white brick and tastefully tall hedges that divide the home from the rest of the world; the owner may very well be outside with a glass of champagne in hand, wearing a caftan, dripping in equal parts jewels and sass. She lifts her head with a laugh that is ...

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The Perils of Marriage: Coyote StageWorks Kicks Off Its New Season in Its New Home With a Masterful Production of 'A Doll’s House, Part 2'

The Perils of Marriage: Coyote StageWorks Kicks Off Its New Season in Its New Home With a Masterful Production of 'A Doll’s House, Part 2'

Feb 08, 2020 11:15  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Coyote StageWorks is starting its 11th season with a terrific production of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 .

Founding artistic director Chuck Yates and his production team are thrilled to have found a new home at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly the Camelot Theatres). The venue is a gre...

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Music

From Grit to Glam: Fever Dog Embarks on a Journey Toward New Sounds—and a New Record

From Grit to Glam: Fever Dog Embarks on a Journey Toward New Sounds—and a New Record

Feb 19, 2020 08:00  |  Matt King

The first show I ever went to in the Coachella Valley was a Fever Dog show—and the fusion of blues and psychedelic rock introduced me to the local music scene with a bang.

That performance cemented Fever Dog’s place in my mind’s Hall of Fame, and the band has received a fair amount of attention beyon...

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The Lucky 13: Jason Zembo, Guitarist of Pescaterritory, Performing at the Big Rock Pub on Sunday, Feb. 23

The Lucky 13: Jason Zembo, Guitarist of Pescaterritory, Performing at the Big Rock Pub on Sunday, Feb. 23

Feb 18, 2020 14:45  |  Matt King

Local band Pescaterritory has played together for less than a year, but the group is already quite popular—popping up at shows all over town, and even getting attention from radio stations in the United Kingdom.  The attention is much-deserved, as the four teens excel with a stacked set list of origin...

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Rhythm, Blues and the Good News: Son Little Brings a New Album and Smooth Jams to Pappy and Harriet's

Rhythm, Blues and the Good News: Son Little Brings a New Album and Smooth Jams to Pappy and Harriet's

Feb 10, 2020 16:30  |  Matt King

Take the best parts of gospel music; add some blues and soul; and tie it all together with a silky-smooth delivery—and you’ve got Son Little.

Aaron Livingston, aka Son Little, has been charming audiences for more than 15 years with soft jams that give listeners chills. Check out tracks “Lay Down” and...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Omakase at Taka Shin

The Indy Endorsement: The Omakase at Taka Shin

Feb 18, 2020 18:55  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The omakase

Where: Taka Shin, 641 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $75 to $100; $85 as described

Contact: 760-600-5806; takashin-ps.com

Why: It’s the ultimate splurge/treat.

When Miho Suma tells me something about Japanese food, I listen.

Miho is the owner of Shabu Shabu Zen, the amazing Ranch...

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Vine Social: Just Because You Like a Wine, That Does Not Mean It's a Quality Wine

Vine Social: Just Because You Like a Wine, That Does Not Mean It's a Quality Wine

Feb 16, 2020 16:45  |  Katie Finn

You should drink whatever wine you like!

All that matters is what you like!

The most important part of drinking wine is that you enjoy it!

There isn’t a wine professional alive who hasn’t uttered these words to a consumer. And all of these statements, to an extent, are lies.

On one hand, we tell people ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Fish 'n' Chips at O'Caine’s Irish Pub

The Indy Endorsement: The Fish 'n' Chips at O'Caine’s Irish Pub

Feb 13, 2020 15:40  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The fish ’n’ chips with Pacific cod

Where: O’Caine’s Irish Pub, 36101 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage

How much: $20 for 9 ounces, as pictured

Contact: 760-202-3311; www.ocainesirishpub.com

Why: It’s crispy, moist and tasty.

There are few food things more pleasant to me than biting into a perfectly prepared...

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