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Vine Social: Before You Break Out the Bubbly … Learn Exactly What It Is You're Breaking Out

Vine Social: Before You Break Out the Bubbly … Learn Exactly What It Is You're Breaking Out

Nothing says “let’s have a party and make some bad decisions” like a bottle of bubbly. There is a reason it’s the No. 1 beverage of choice when you want to celebrate a victory, chr...

Democracy in Crisis: Steve Bannon Is Having a Rough Time—but His Plight Pales in Comparison to the Problems of Trump's Victims

Democracy in Crisis: Steve Bannon Is Having a Rough Time—but His Plight Pales in Comparison to the Problems of Trump's Victims

I went to bed reading Fire and Fury , which, as you probably know, is Michael Wolff’s ribald and riveting account of the early days of the Trump regime. It quickly became clear in th...

Emotional Power: Dezart Performs' Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Rabbit Hole' Packs a Punch

Emotional Power: Dezart Performs' Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Rabbit Hole' Packs a Punch

A ghastly, unimaginable tragedy can strike without warning—shocking you and changing your life in a moment, forever, beyond anything you ever envisioned for yourself.

But … why? Fat...

An Important Play: Standout Performances Buoy Desert Rose's Production of 'Fifth of July'

An Important Play: Standout Performances Buoy Desert Rose's Production of 'Fifth of July'

Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July broke new ground in the theater world when it premiered in 1978—because it depicted gay characters as “normal” people rather than lisping queens. This ...

Extra Money Matters: California Is Sitting on a Budget Surplus—but Don't Expect a Refund

Extra Money Matters: California Is Sitting on a Budget Surplus—but Don't Expect a Refund

California’s resistance began before there was a resistance.

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his final budget on Jan. 10, it bookended eight years of a progressive march to reduce gr...

Bringing the Funny for Good Causes: The Out for Laughs Comedy Series Comes to the Camelot

Bringing the Funny for Good Causes: The Out for Laughs Comedy Series Comes to the Camelot

A chicken and an egg are in bed next to each other; both are smoking cigarettes. The egg turns to the chicken and says, “So, we now know the answer to that question.”

I have tons of t...

Engelbert Forever: The Legendary Crooner, Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business, Gets Set to Perform at Morongo

Engelbert Forever: The Legendary Crooner, Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business, Gets Set to Perform at Morongo

Engelbert Humperdinck’s career has spanned more than 60 years—and he’s never really had a dry spell.

There are a lot of legends about the man, who’s taken many iconic songs and perf...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: David Letterman Returns and Reminds Us How Great He Is as an Interviewer With Netflix's 'My Next Guest'

Home Video Review: David Letterman Returns and Reminds Us How Great He Is as an Interviewer With Netflix's 'My Next Guest'

Jan 15, 2018 15:00  |  Bob Grimm

Even if you are a David Letterman fan, let’s face it: You probably decreased your viewing of his Late Show in the final years of its run. As with most late-night shows, you caught some glimpses of it the next day in video snippets—but without a concentrated viewing of Letterman doing his thing.

Letterm...

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High-Stakes Acting: Jessica Chastain Is Amazing in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

High-Stakes Acting: Jessica Chastain Is Amazing in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

Jan 11, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Jessica Chastain takes the role of Molly Bloom—a real poker-game organizer and former championship skier—and nails it: Molly’s Game takes a true story that seems too crazy to be real and turns it into a great movie about a woman’s struggle against the justice system, as well as the perils of gambling ...

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Home Video Review: Netflix's 'The End of the F***ing World' Is Dark—Very Dark—Humor at Its Finest

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'The End of the F***ing World' Is Dark—Very Dark—Humor at Its Finest

Jan 08, 2018 18:40  |  Bob Grimm

English-import limited series The End of the F***ing World , based upon a dark comic book, is as insane as TV generally gets. If you like your humor dark, dark, dark , this will suit you just fine.

Jessica Barden ( The Lobster ) and Alex Lawther ( Black Mirror ) are incredible as Alyssa and James. Alyssa is ...

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News

Progressives on the March: A New Indio-Based Political Group's First Act—Supporting a Candidate Running Against Indio's Controversial Mayor

Progressives on the March: A New Indio-Based Political Group's First Act—Supporting a Candidate Running Against Indio's Controversial Mayor

Jan 16, 2018 17:05  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

A new grassroots community organization wants this to be the “Year of Indio”—and the first step the group is taking to make that happen is supporting a candidate running against controversial Indio Mayor Michael Wilson.

The group, calling itself Year of Indio, announced its formation and the candidac...

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Democracy in Crisis: Steve Bannon Is Having a Rough Time—but His Plight Pales in Comparison to the Problems of Trump's Victims

Democracy in Crisis: Steve Bannon Is Having a Rough Time—but His Plight Pales in Comparison to the Problems of Trump's Victims

Jan 15, 2018 08:00  |  Baynard Woods

I went to bed reading Fire and Fury , which, as you probably know, is Michael Wolff’s ribald and riveting account of the early days of the Trump regime. It quickly became clear in the book that no one involved in Trump’s campaign expected, or wanted, him to win.

That was a horrible thought: Trump and h...

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Extra Money Matters: California Is Sitting on a Budget Surplus—but Don't Expect a Refund

Extra Money Matters: California Is Sitting on a Budget Surplus—but Don't Expect a Refund

Jan 11, 2018 16:30  |  Judy Lin, CALmatters

California’s resistance began before there was a resistance.

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his final budget on Jan. 10, it bookended eight years of a progressive march to reduce greenhouse gases, expand health care, grant more rights to undocumented immigrants and raise the minimum wage to $15 an ho...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 11, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 11, 2018!

Jan 11, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's stable, genius weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson ponders the meaning of the word "complicit"; The K Chronicles has a disconcerting experience at a sports bar; This Modern World dismisses poverty; Apoca Clips listens in as O.J. threatens to sue; and Red Meat finds something in...

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Know Your Neighbors: I Introduced Two People More Than 50 Years Ago—and They Just Got Married

Know Your Neighbors: I Introduced Two People More Than 50 Years Ago—and They Just Got Married

Jan 10, 2018 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

This is a personal column, about me, Anita Rufus, one of your neighbors, and my holiday-time trip to the island of Samoa.

My cousin, Barry Rose, with whom I’ve been in love since I was 16, and my very best friend, Barbara, whom I met when she was 19 some 54 years ago, just got married at Barry’s reso...

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Savage Love: I Am 67; Is It Creepy for Me to Date a 22-Year-Old?

Savage Love: I Am 67; Is It Creepy for Me to Date a 22-Year-Old?

Jan 10, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a 67-year-old gay man. After a breakup 15 years ago, I believed the possibility of emotional and sexual intimacy with a partner was over for me. Then a couple of months ago, my desire for sexual contact increased dramatically. For the first time, I began using apps, and I felt like the proverbia...

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Arts and Culture

Emotional Power: Dezart Performs' Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Rabbit Hole' Packs a Punch

Emotional Power: Dezart Performs' Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Rabbit Hole' Packs a Punch

Jan 14, 2018 11:35  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

A ghastly, unimaginable tragedy can strike without warning—shocking you and changing your life in a moment, forever, beyond anything you ever envisioned for yourself.

But … why? Fate? Kharmic payback? Written on the wind from the day you were born? Are you destiny’s plaything? Or was there some rando...

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An Important Play: Standout Performances Buoy Desert Rose's Production of 'Fifth of July'

An Important Play: Standout Performances Buoy Desert Rose's Production of 'Fifth of July'

Jan 13, 2018 11:40  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July broke new ground in the theater world when it premiered in 1978—because it depicted gay characters as “normal” people rather than lisping queens. This makes it a worthy selection as the Desert Rose Playhouse’s annual Gay Heritage Production.

The play’s four week run begin...

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Bringing the Funny for Good Causes: The Out for Laughs Comedy Series Comes to the Camelot

Bringing the Funny for Good Causes: The Out for Laughs Comedy Series Comes to the Camelot

Jan 11, 2018 15:55  |  Dwight Hendricks

A chicken and an egg are in bed next to each other; both are smoking cigarettes. The egg turns to the chicken and says, “So, we now know the answer to that question.”

I have tons of these. But if you would prefer comedy that’s actually, well, funny, consider the Out for Laughs comedy series, coming to ...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Taylor Bentz, aka MaddHatter, of The Bermuda

The Lucky 13: Taylor Bentz, aka MaddHatter, of The Bermuda

Jan 16, 2018 16:45  |  Brian Blueskye

Casual local-music fans may not realize the Coachella Valley has a growing local hip-hop scene—including The Bermuda. I can personally say that if you haven't seen this trio perform before, you should check them out. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/therealbermuda . Taylor Bentz (MaddHatte...

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Engelbert Forever: The Legendary Crooner, Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business, Gets Set to Perform at Morongo

Engelbert Forever: The Legendary Crooner, Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business, Gets Set to Perform at Morongo

Jan 11, 2018 14:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Engelbert Humperdinck’s career has spanned more than 60 years—and he’s never really had a dry spell.

There are a lot of legends about the man, who’s taken many iconic songs and performed them better than the artists who originally wrote and sang them. Engelbert Humperdinck has lived a fascinating lif...

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Legends Live Again: Talented Musicians Pay Tribute to Some of Rock's Biggest Names to Support the PSUSD Foundation

Legends Live Again: Talented Musicians Pay Tribute to Some of Rock's Biggest Names to Support the PSUSD Foundation

Jan 02, 2018 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District is mounting a fantastic production for its annual fundraiser—with a little help from some friends.

The Grab Your Seat: Icons and Idols concert on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School will pay tribu...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Before You Break Out the Bubbly … Learn Exactly What It Is You're Breaking Out

Vine Social: Before You Break Out the Bubbly … Learn Exactly What It Is You're Breaking Out

Jan 16, 2018 08:00  |  Katie Finn

Nothing says “let’s have a party and make some bad decisions” like a bottle of bubbly. There is a reason it’s the No. 1 beverage of choice when you want to celebrate a victory, christen your new yacht or get laid. Simply put: Bubbles are fun and can instantly turn an average Tuesday night into somet...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry Banana Crepes at Sloan's Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry Banana Crepes at Sloan's Restaurant

Jan 11, 2018 13:20  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Strawberry Banana Crepes

Where: Sloan’s Restaurant, 81539 Highway 111, Indio

How much: $13.29

Contact: 760-347-3923; www.sloansrestaurant.com

Why: The high-quality ingredients make all of the sweetness work.

While have quite a healthy sweet tooth when it comes to desserts, I usually prefer savory bre...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Buttermilk Pie at Billy Reed's Restaurant

The Indy Endorsement: The Buttermilk Pie at Billy Reed's Restaurant

Jan 09, 2018 10:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Buttermilk Pie

Where: Billy Reed’s, 1800 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $5.25

Contact: 760.325.1946; www.billyreedspalmsprings.com

Why: It’s the epitome of a perfectly rich dessert.

During my first four years of residence in the Coachella Valley, I somehow never dined at Billy Reed’s, t...

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