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Building for Blazes: As California's Wildfires Grow Increasingly Intense, More and More People Are Living in Dangerous Areas

Building for Blazes: As California's Wildfires Grow Increasingly Intense, More and More People Are Living in Dangerous Areas

In 2008, Paradise was spared.

That June, a fire broke out in one of the canyons southwest of the Butte County town and quickly roared east, up and over the ridge. Thousands scramble...

Cannabis in the CV: As the One-Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization Approaches, the Valley Is Just Starting to Reap the Economic Benefits

Cannabis in the CV: As the One-Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization Approaches, the Valley Is Just Starting to Reap the Economic Benefits

After California’s legalization of cannabis in January 2018, many people in the Coachella Valley noticed the start of a “Green Rush” of business—and have questions about how it wil...

On Cocktails: Let's Raise a Toast to the Great Charles H. Baker and the Other Cocktail-Writing Greats

On Cocktails: Let's Raise a Toast to the Great Charles H. Baker and the Other Cocktail-Writing Greats

All those we list cannot please every reader, naturally … anisette, kümmel, tequila, Hawai’ian okolehao—all have their enemies and champions. No, the best we can hope to do is thum...

Dem Domination: After This Year's Elections, the California Legislature Is Many Different Shades of Blue

Dem Domination: After This Year's Elections, the California Legislature Is Many Different Shades of Blue

The California Legislature, controlled by Democrats for decades, will be even bluer when the new class is sworn in. Exactly how many more Democrats have been elected is still not c...

Vine Social: South African Wines Are Hard to Find—and They're Unapologetically Eccentric

Vine Social: South African Wines Are Hard to Find—and They're Unapologetically Eccentric

People often ask me what my favorite wine is. For me, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child; on most days, that would be impossible. So much of what I drink depends on the...

Weird and Wild (With Nazi Zombies!): 'Overlord' Compellingly Melds a World War II Film With a Zombie Movie

Weird and Wild (With Nazi Zombies!): 'Overlord' Compellingly Melds a World War II Film With a Zombie Movie

American soldiers get up close and personal with mutant Nazi soldiers in Overlord , one of the weirder films to make it to the big screen in 2018.

J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot compan...

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

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

On this week's tequila-soaked weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink bemoans the pay received by the prisoners who are on California's fire lines; This Modern World looks at the lat...

Movies & TV

Weird and Wild (With Nazi Zombies!): 'Overlord' Compellingly Melds a World War II Film With a Zombie Movie

Weird and Wild (With Nazi Zombies!): 'Overlord' Compellingly Melds a World War II Film With a Zombie Movie

Nov 15, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

American soldiers get up close and personal with mutant Nazi soldiers in Overlord , one of the weirder films to make it to the big screen in 2018.

J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot company have come up with something peculiar here. While initial reports had this one as a Cloverfield movie, it is not: It’s a ...

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Home Video Review: 'Blindspotting' Is a Daring Dark Comedy Featuring a Compelling Writing/Acting Duo

Home Video Review: 'Blindspotting' Is a Daring Dark Comedy Featuring a Compelling Writing/Acting Duo

Nov 13, 2018 15:15  |  Bob Grimm

Collin (Daveed Diggs), a man on his last few days of probation, faces a challenge when he not only witnesses a cop shooting a suspect in the back; he also winds up being in the presence of another person shooting off a firearm, multiple acts of violence, and more things that would get him thrown bac...

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Insulting a Legend: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Embarrassing, Milquetoast Movie That Resorts to Fakery Regarding the Life of Freddie Mercury

Insulting a Legend: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Embarrassing, Milquetoast Movie That Resorts to Fakery Regarding the Life of Freddie Mercury

Nov 08, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Rami Malek gives it his all as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, in Bohemian Rhapsody . Oh, and there’s a competent re-creation of Queen’s Live Aid domination.

Unfortunately, those are the only good things one can say about this embarrassing effort to memorialize an incredible person and ...

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News

A California Apocalypse: Evacuees of the Camp Fire Tell Tales of Survival and Loss

A California Apocalypse: Evacuees of the Camp Fire Tell Tales of Survival and Loss

Nov 20, 2018 19:00  |  Ashiah Scharaga and Melissa Daugherty

Anna Dise slammed her hand into her car’s steering wheel, crying out for her father, Gordon, as he ran into their blazing home in Butte Creek Canyon.

She tried desperately to get the car to start, but it was no use. Worse yet, she was running out of time, and her dad wasn’t coming back out. One of th...

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Building for Blazes: As California's Wildfires Grow Increasingly Intense, More and More People Are Living in Dangerous Areas

Building for Blazes: As California's Wildfires Grow Increasingly Intense, More and More People Are Living in Dangerous Areas

Nov 20, 2018 17:45  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

In 2008, Paradise was spared.

That June, a fire broke out in one of the canyons southwest of the Butte County town and quickly roared east, up and over the ridge. Thousands scrambled to evacuate, clogging the single road to safety. A sudden wind shift allowed firefighters to cordon off the flames, bu...

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Cannabis in the CV: As the One-Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization Approaches, the Valley Is Just Starting to Reap the Economic Benefits

Cannabis in the CV: As the One-Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization Approaches, the Valley Is Just Starting to Reap the Economic Benefits

Nov 20, 2018 12:15  |  Robin Goins

After California’s legalization of cannabis in January 2018, many people in the Coachella Valley noticed the start of a “Green Rush” of business—and have questions about how it will affect the economics in the valley.

Since this is a new industry in the state, that question can be answered, at least ...

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Opinion

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

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

Nov 15, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's tequila-soaked weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink bemoans the pay received by the prisoners who are on California's fire lines; This Modern World looks at the latest from The Unbelievable Trump; Jen Sorenson sighs as she examines America then vs. now; Apoca Clips watches as Li'l Tr...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Robyne Taylor, a Champion of Women's Labor Rights—and Animals

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Robyne Taylor, a Champion of Women's Labor Rights—and Animals

Nov 14, 2018 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Some people are heroes without meaning to be, and modestly claim afterward: “We got lucky!”

Robyne McCarthy Taylor was flying for Qantas, based in her native Australia. Born and raised in Victoria, Robyne, now 66, joined Qantas after trying a secretarial job in Melbourne after high school.

“I was 21 w...

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Savage Love: How Can I Meet Women Who Will Let Me Tie Them Up?

Savage Love: How Can I Meet Women Who Will Let Me Tie Them Up?

Nov 14, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’ve always wanted to tie girls up, but I can never convince a woman to let me. Lately, I’ve been exploring “bondage singles” sites online, but I’m totally new to this.

How do I know which ones I can trust? There are hundreds of profiles, but it’s hard for me to believe I can really just answer an ad...

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Arts and Culture

Terrifyingly Timely: After the Election and Another Shooting, Dezart Performs' 'Church and State' Is a Powerful, Near-Flawless Production

Terrifyingly Timely: After the Election and Another Shooting, Dezart Performs' 'Church and State' Is a Powerful, Near-Flawless Production

Nov 10, 2018 10:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

After a decade of Dezart Performs producing excellent, thought-provoking plays, one would expect artistic director Michael Shaw to open the company’s 11th season with something special—but the production of Jason Odell Williams’ Church and State goes beyond special; it’s spectacular.

Shaw once again de...

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Western Lit: A New Novel Follows Two Wanderers on a Westward Journey to Find Mythic Beasts

Western Lit: A New Novel Follows Two Wanderers on a Westward Journey to Find Mythic Beasts

Nov 07, 2018 16:30  |  Jamison Pfeifer, High Country News

About two-thirds of the way into Carys Davies’ folkloric novel West , the widowed farmer John Cyrus Bellman recalls a riverboat encounter with a Dutch land agent and the agent’s wife. The unpolished farmer offered them a pithy description of his westward journey: “I am seeking a creature entirely unkn...

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A Clinic on Acting as Actors: Coyote StageWorks Kicks Off Its 10th Season in Fantastic Fashion With 'The Understudy'

A Clinic on Acting as Actors: Coyote StageWorks Kicks Off Its 10th Season in Fantastic Fashion With 'The Understudy'

Nov 03, 2018 15:25  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Until now, I was always haunted by the line about “first-nighting” in that song “Autumn in New York.” But after seeing Coyote StageWorks’ newest show at the lovely Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, The Understudy , I think we’ve got New York beat: Mix a gorgeous mellow fall evening, a packed house of...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Joel Daniel, Trombonist for Spankshaft

The Lucky 13: Joel Daniel, Trombonist for Spankshaft

Nov 13, 2018 14:51  |  Brian Blueskye

High-desert ska band Spankshaft put out the long-awaited album Beasts and Goddesses earlier this year—and it was well worth the wait. Despite a series of recent lineup changes, including the departure of drummer Russel Waldron and bassist Brent Simpson, Spankshaft is soldiering on, including shows at ...

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The Lucky 13: T-Lick, of Hip-Hop Duo Off Kilter

The Lucky 13: T-Lick, of Hip-Hop Duo Off Kilter

Nov 08, 2018 16:42  |  Brian Blueskye

Off Kilter performed at the September CV Independent Presents show at The Hood Bar and Pizza with The Bermuda and Kosha Dillz. It was the duo’s first full live set (after some open-mic appearances at The Hood and the Big Rock Pub)—and they were fantastic. They recently arrived in the Coachella Valley ...

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The Blueskye Report, November 2018: Travis Tritt, Paula Abdul, Johnny Mathis, Starcrawler—and a Whole Bunch More!

The Blueskye Report, November 2018: Travis Tritt, Paula Abdul, Johnny Mathis, Starcrawler—and a Whole Bunch More!

Oct 30, 2018 16:15  |  Brian Blueskye

November is here, which means the weather has been cooling off, and the holiday season is about to arrive. It also means the Coachella Valley and high desert are full of great events.

Speaking of great events: The McCallum Theatre has a busy November, including shows by Lea DeLaria and Jake Shimabuku...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Let's Raise a Toast to the Great Charles H. Baker and the Other Cocktail-Writing Greats

On Cocktails: Let's Raise a Toast to the Great Charles H. Baker and the Other Cocktail-Writing Greats

Nov 19, 2018 10:50  |  Kevin Carlow

All those we list cannot please every reader, naturally … anisette, kümmel, tequila, Hawai’ian okolehao—all have their enemies and champions. No, the best we can hope to do is thumb over our battered field book, our odd scrawled-upon bar chits, menus and scraps of notes from bygone days, and constru...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Spiced Jurgielewicz Duck at 4 Saints

The Indy Endorsement: The Spiced Jurgielewicz Duck at 4 Saints

Nov 15, 2018 16:20  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The spiced Jurgielewicz duck

Where: 4 Saints, inside the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

How much: $37

Contact: 760-392-2020; www.4saintspalmsprings.com

Why: The nuance.

Sometimes when I’m hungry, I want to head to the civilized human equivalent of a feed trough and eat .  Other...

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Vine Social: South African Wines Are Hard to Find—and They're Unapologetically Eccentric

Vine Social: South African Wines Are Hard to Find—and They're Unapologetically Eccentric

Nov 15, 2018 14:15  |  Katie Finn

People often ask me what my favorite wine is. For me, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child; on most days, that would be impossible. So much of what I drink depends on the weather, or what I’m eating, or my mood in general.

I do, however, have a favorite wine-producing country, and it might ...

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