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A Crazy Campaign: Despite Funny Lines and a Great Central Performance, DETC's 'Election Day' Is Diminished by Real-World Goings-On

A Crazy Campaign: Despite Funny Lines and a Great Central Performance, DETC's 'Election Day' Is Diminished by Real-World Goings-On

How auspicious to open a show on Chinese New Year. Gung hay fat choy , by the way, and welcome to the year of the dog. People born under this sign are loyal, honest, just, socially p...

On Cocktails: The Defendant, Vermouth, Stands Accused of Ruining Martinis in This Groundbreaking Court Case

On Cocktails: The Defendant, Vermouth, Stands Accused of Ruining Martinis in This Groundbreaking Court Case

Bailiff: All rise, for the Honorable Lance Mojito.

Judge: The People vs. Vermouth : Ms. Vermouth, you have been accused of ruining martinis in the state of California, as well as all o...

Desert Cicerone: Some Helpful Tips on How to Make Beer Festivals—Like the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience—More Enjoyable

Desert Cicerone: Some Helpful Tips on How to Make Beer Festivals—Like the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience—More Enjoyable

The Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience is coming up on Saturday, March 3. It seems to grow each year; the 2018 edition will feature the addition of the Stone Temple Pilots and a tiki ...

Artists Among Us: The PSAM Artists Council Partners With UCR-Palm Desert to Show Off a Lot of Local Talent

Artists Among Us: The PSAM Artists Council Partners With UCR-Palm Desert to Show Off a Lot of Local Talent

The Coachella Valley is a vibrant community for the arts—a place where aesthetics still matter. Not only is it a spectacular setting; it is rich in design, architecture and the vis...

A Kink Catastrophe: The Final 'Fifty Shades' Movie Is Here, and It's Just Terrible

A Kink Catastrophe: The Final 'Fifty Shades' Movie Is Here, and It's Just Terrible

I went to see Fifty Shades Freed —the third, supposedly final and treacherously terrible entry in the Fifty Shades franchise—on a Sunday morning, hoping to keep a low profile. I was ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 15, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 15, 2018!

On this week's gold-medal-winning weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips listens in as Trumpy talks about the Olympics; Red Meat deals with a pet problem; Jen Sorenson looks at ...

Change or the Status Quo? Three Rancho Mirage Council Incumbents Face Three Challengers With Very Different Opinions About the State of the City

Change or the Status Quo? Three Rancho Mirage Council Incumbents Face Three Challengers With Very Different Opinions About the State of the City

When voters in Rancho Mirage mail in their ballots on or before Tuesday, April 10, they won’t simply be voting for the City Council candidates they prefer; they’ll be voting on the...

Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'My Friend Dahmer' Is a Surprising Look at the Serial Killer—Before He Became a Serial Killer

Home Video Review: 'My Friend Dahmer' Is a Surprising Look at the Serial Killer—Before He Became a Serial Killer

Feb 19, 2018 12:00  |  Bob Grimm

Based on a bizarre graphic novel by Derf Backderf (a former Independent contributor via his late, lamented syndicated comic strip The City ), one of serial-killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s actual classmates, My Friend Dahmer is not what you might be expecting.

Director Marc Meyers, who also wrote the screenplay, sh...

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A Kink Catastrophe: The Final 'Fifty Shades' Movie Is Here, and It's Just Terrible

A Kink Catastrophe: The Final 'Fifty Shades' Movie Is Here, and It's Just Terrible

Feb 15, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

I went to see Fifty Shades Freed —the third, supposedly final and treacherously terrible entry in the Fifty Shades franchise—on a Sunday morning, hoping to keep a low profile. I was the only single guy sitting in the dark theater, along with couples of varying ages, primed for groping and sloppy in-th...

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Home Video Review: Netflix's 'When We First Met' Isn't Original—but It Sure Is Enjoyable

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'When We First Met' Isn't Original—but It Sure Is Enjoyable

Feb 12, 2018 17:15  |  Bob Grimm

Netflix’s When We First Met doesn’t have an original bone in its body.

Wait … movies don’t have bones in them. They are made from celluloid. Actually, movies are mostly digital now, so they don’t even have the film stuff. They are just computer megabyte things that are easily manipulated and …

OK, bad c...

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News

Aging With HIV: People With the Virus Are Living Long, Productive Lives—So Organizations Like the Desert AIDS Project Have a Lot of Work to Do

Aging With HIV: People With the Virus Are Living Long, Productive Lives—So Organizations Like the Desert AIDS Project Have a Lot of Work to Do

Feb 19, 2018 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

HIV is no longer a death sentence: Today, most people with the virus—as long as they receive proper medical care—will live long and productive lives.

However, the amazing medical advances that have allowed for this have led to a new challenge: an increasingly large number of older people who are livi...

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Change or the Status Quo? Three Rancho Mirage Council Incumbents Face Three Challengers With Very Different Opinions About the State of the City

Change or the Status Quo? Three Rancho Mirage Council Incumbents Face Three Challengers With Very Different Opinions About the State of the City

Feb 14, 2018 13:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

When voters in Rancho Mirage mail in their ballots on or before Tuesday, April 10, they won’t simply be voting for the City Council candidates they prefer; they’ll be voting on the direction in which the city goes.

If residents like the status quo, they can re-elect incumbents Dana Hobart, Charles To...

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About CV Link: Rancho Mirage's Candidates All Say the Proposed Valley-Wide Path Is a Dead Issue—Until One Reads Between the Lines

About CV Link: Rancho Mirage's Candidates All Say the Proposed Valley-Wide Path Is a Dead Issue—Until One Reads Between the Lines

Feb 14, 2018 13:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

All four of the Rancho Mirage candidates whom the Independent spoke to about CV Link—the 50-mile bike, pedestrian and low-speed electric-vehicle path that, if completed, would connect all eight of the Coachella Valley’s cities—say it’s a dead issue, because the residents of Rancho Mirage overwhelmingl...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 15, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 15, 2018!

Feb 15, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's gold-medal-winning weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips listens in as Trumpy talks about the Olympics; Red Meat deals with a pet problem; Jen Sorenson looks at selective free-speech warriors; The K Chronicles finds a $10 bill; and This Modern World examines the ongoing war on obj...

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Savage Love: I Am Fantasizing About Leaving Both of My Partners; Is This 'Normal'?

Savage Love: I Am Fantasizing About Leaving Both of My Partners; Is This 'Normal'?

Feb 14, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m a 24-year-old nonbinary person living in Florida. I have two wonderful girlfriends. One, I have been with for four years. (We live together.) The other, I have been with for a year and a half. They’re both brilliant, interesting and kind. Both relationships have their issues, but they are minor....

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 8, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 8, 2018!

Feb 08, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's unseasonably warm weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wonders what would happen with Watergate in today's media climate; The K Chronicles wonders what's wrong with Philadelphia Eagles fans; This Modern World has a chat with ICE Officer Friendly; Red Meat needs a substitute shor...

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Arts and Culture

A Crazy Campaign: Despite Funny Lines and a Great Central Performance, DETC's 'Election Day' Is Diminished by Real-World Goings-On

A Crazy Campaign: Despite Funny Lines and a Great Central Performance, DETC's 'Election Day' Is Diminished by Real-World Goings-On

Feb 17, 2018 10:45  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

How auspicious to open a show on Chinese New Year. Gung hay fat choy , by the way, and welcome to the year of the dog. People born under this sign are loyal, honest, just, socially popular, helpful and decisive—and they keep all their worries and anxieties buried deep inside. Famous dogs include Winst...

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Artists Among Us: The PSAM Artists Council Partners With UCR-Palm Desert to Show Off a Lot of Local Talent

Artists Among Us: The PSAM Artists Council Partners With UCR-Palm Desert to Show Off a Lot of Local Talent

Feb 15, 2018 11:15  |  Stephen Berger

The Coachella Valley is a vibrant community for the arts—a place where aesthetics still matter. Not only is it a spectacular setting; it is rich in design, architecture and the visual arts.

The area has long been fertile ground for artists and interesting personalities. Our valley’s cities encourage ...

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Western Lit: A New Book Focuses on the Man Who Helped Take the Sierra Club From Hiking Group to Political Force

Western Lit: A New Book Focuses on the Man Who Helped Take the Sierra Club From Hiking Group to Political Force

Feb 08, 2018 15:45  |  Joshua Zaffos, High Country News

In June 1966, a full-page advertisement appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post , warning readers: “Now Only You Can Save Grand Canyon From Being Flooded … For Profit.”

David Brower, the Sierra Club’s executive director, was blasting two proposed dams that would have backed up the Colorado...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Samuel Meza, Frontman/Guitarist for Kill the Radio (Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Feb. 17)

The Lucky 13: Samuel Meza, Frontman/Guitarist for Kill the Radio (Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Feb. 17)

Feb 13, 2018 16:15  |  Brian Blueskye

I stumbled across Kill the Radio during a show at the late, lamented Schmidy’s Tavern—and I was blown away by the band’s sound. It reminds me of the punk/hardcore that came out of New York City in the ’90s. This East Valley band is always a treat to see live—and you can do just that on Saturday, Feb...

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A True Music Icon: Melissa Etheridge, Performing at Morongo, Continues to Enjoy an Unparalleled Career

A True Music Icon: Melissa Etheridge, Performing at Morongo, Continues to Enjoy an Unparalleled Career

Feb 13, 2018 11:45  |  Brian Blueskye

Melissa Etheridge’s career has been undeniably magnificent.

The Kansas native continues to reach impressive highs more than 30 years after she started playing the club circuit around Boston while attending the Berklee College of Music. Today, she’s an iconic singer-songwriter—and an inspirational for...

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Swing Is the Thing: The Squirrel Nut Zippers Perform at the McCallum in Advance of a Brand-New Album

Swing Is the Thing: The Squirrel Nut Zippers Perform at the McCallum in Advance of a Brand-New Album

Feb 09, 2018 12:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Swing music will forever be associated with 1990s culture, thanks to the genre’s revival that made stars out of many swing groups during the decade.

You’ll remember how Brian Setzer formed the Brian Setzer Orchestra—with an electric guitar kick to the ass. The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies brought a radio-f...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: The Defendant, Vermouth, Stands Accused of Ruining Martinis in This Groundbreaking Court Case

On Cocktails: The Defendant, Vermouth, Stands Accused of Ruining Martinis in This Groundbreaking Court Case

Feb 16, 2018 14:30  |  Kevin Carlow

Bailiff: All rise, for the Honorable Lance Mojito.

Judge: The People vs. Vermouth : Ms. Vermouth, you have been accused of ruining martinis in the state of California, as well as all over the world. What say you?

Defense attorney: Your honor, the defendant pleads “not guilty.”

Gasps from the crowd.

Judge: Ve...

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Desert Cicerone: Some Helpful Tips on How to Make Beer Festivals—Like the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience—More Enjoyable

Desert Cicerone: Some Helpful Tips on How to Make Beer Festivals—Like the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience—More Enjoyable

Feb 15, 2018 12:00  |  Brett Newton

The Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience is coming up on Saturday, March 3. It seems to grow each year; the 2018 edition will feature the addition of the Stone Temple Pilots and a tiki bar.

I’ll take “How to Get People Very Drunk” for $200, Alex.

Now seems like a good time to share with you some tips and e...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Tom Yum Soup at Thai House

The Indy Endorsement: The Tom Yum Soup at Thai House

Feb 14, 2018 17:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Tom Yum Soup

Where: Thai House, 246 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $11.95

Contact: 760-778-1728; thaihousepalmsprings.com

Why: It’s a delicious pick-me-up.

Whenever I am stuffed up due to a cold or an allergy attack, I go see Nisa—and she helps me feel better.

Such was the case one recen...

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