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Alien Idiocy: 'The Predator' Is a Badly Edited, Poorly Written Disappointment

Alien Idiocy: 'The Predator' Is a Badly Edited, Poorly Written Disappointment

Well, that does it: After decades of trying, it’s become evident that nobody knows how to make a decent Predator sequel.

It’s not like the first film was a masterpiece. It was a goo...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 20, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 20, 2018!

On this week's mushroom-shaped weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles ponders Donald Trump's fervent supporters; This Modern World looks at yet another Trump tweet cycle; J...

Funny in Love: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman Kick Off Season 2 of Palm Springs Speaks

Funny in Love: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman Kick Off Season 2 of Palm Springs Speaks

On Oct. 2, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History , a book by Hollywood comedy couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, is being released—and three days later, the hilari...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Sharron Stroud, a Peace Activist and a True Light in the Desert

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Sharron Stroud, a Peace Activist and a True Light in the Desert

When you meet Sharron Stroud, you immediately see the light that surrounds her: It’s not just the light blonde hair, but a radiance that shines from within.

Stroud, 74, a 17-year re...

Savage Love: I Could Climax With My Boring Ex—But I Can't With My Amazing New Boyfriend; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I Could Climax With My Boring Ex—But I Can't With My Amazing New Boyfriend; What Should I Do?

I am newly divorced and have started a relationship with a man I’ve known and deeply cared about for decades. The sex is amazing—from start to finish, I feel better than I ever did...

The Fear Factor: Increases in Hateful Rhetoric and Border Patrol Actions Cast Dark Shadows on the Coachella Valley's Immigrant Populations and Their American Dreams

The Fear Factor: Increases in Hateful Rhetoric and Border Patrol Actions Cast Dark Shadows on the Coachella Valley's Immigrant Populations and Their American Dreams

Alan has now lived in the Coachella Valley for 17 years, ever since he was 17 years old.

Even though he has always worked hard and played by the rules—at least the rules that aren’t...

Pedal to the Metal: When Tides Turn Is Here to Help Revitalize the Local Metal Scene

Pedal to the Metal: When Tides Turn Is Here to Help Revitalize the Local Metal Scene

The local metal scene has been going through a transitional period, with many longtime bands calling it quits—and one of the bands rising from the figurative ashes is When Tides Tu...

Movies & TV

Alien Idiocy: 'The Predator' Is a Badly Edited, Poorly Written Disappointment

Alien Idiocy: 'The Predator' Is a Badly Edited, Poorly Written Disappointment

Sep 20, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Well, that does it: After decades of trying, it’s become evident that nobody knows how to make a decent Predator sequel.

It’s not like the first film was a masterpiece. It was a goofy adventure pic featuring a superstar on the rise—who has been mysteriously absent from the sequels. Arnold Schwarzeneg...

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Home Video Review: Nicolas Cage Turns in His Best Performance in Years in Horror-Throwback Film 'Mandy'

Home Video Review: Nicolas Cage Turns in His Best Performance in Years in Horror-Throwback Film 'Mandy'

Sep 17, 2018 13:30  |  Bob Grimm

It’s been a good year for gonzo Nicolas Cage. He got to go all psycho in Mom and Dad , and now, courtesy of director Panos Cosmatos, he gets his best role in a half-decade in psychedelic ’80s horror-throwback Mandy .

Cage plays Red Miller, a lumberjack living a good life in the Northwest with his wife, M...

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Performances With Power: Amazing Acting Makes 'The Wife' a Fine Film—but It Would Have Been Better on a Stage

Performances With Power: Amazing Acting Makes 'The Wife' a Fine Film—but It Would Have Been Better on a Stage

Sep 13, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

The Wife is one of those movies that strikes me as something that would’ve worked better as a play.

I enjoyed it on some levels, and some of the performances are quite good, especially Glenn Close as the title character. However, other performances feel like they are being played for an audience on a ...

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News

Party Crasher: Moderate Tom Campbell, a Former Congressman, Works to Launch a New Political Party in California

Party Crasher: Moderate Tom Campbell, a Former Congressman, Works to Launch a New Political Party in California

Sep 20, 2018 11:30  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

California state politics only comes in two flavors: Democrat or Republican. And according to the conventional wisdom, that isn’t changing anytime soon. We know, because we asked.

Two weeks ago, we teamed up with California Target Book to find out whether political insiders around the capitol think a...

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The Fear Factor: Increases in Hateful Rhetoric and Border Patrol Actions Cast Dark Shadows on the Coachella Valley's Immigrant Populations and Their American Dreams

The Fear Factor: Increases in Hateful Rhetoric and Border Patrol Actions Cast Dark Shadows on the Coachella Valley's Immigrant Populations and Their American Dreams

Sep 19, 2018 07:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Alan has now lived in the Coachella Valley for 17 years, ever since he was 17 years old.

Even though he has always worked hard and played by the rules—at least the rules that aren’t stacked against him—he doesn’t want his last name used in this story. The reason: Both he and his wife are undocumented...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 20, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 20, 2018!

Sep 20, 2018 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's mushroom-shaped weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles ponders Donald Trump's fervent supporters; This Modern World looks at yet another Trump tweet cycle; Jen Sorenson predicts Brett Kavanaugh's oath of office; Red Meat offers up some special milk; and Apoca Clips talks to Li...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Sharron Stroud, a Peace Activist and a True Light in the Desert

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Sharron Stroud, a Peace Activist and a True Light in the Desert

Sep 19, 2018 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

When you meet Sharron Stroud, you immediately see the light that surrounds her: It’s not just the light blonde hair, but a radiance that shines from within.

Stroud, 74, a 17-year resident of Palm Springs, is minister at the Innerfaith New Thought Spiritual Center , which meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at ...

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Savage Love: I Could Climax With My Boring Ex—But I Can't With My Amazing New Boyfriend; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I Could Climax With My Boring Ex—But I Can't With My Amazing New Boyfriend; What Should I Do?

Sep 19, 2018 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I am newly divorced and have started a relationship with a man I’ve known and deeply cared about for decades. The sex is amazing—from start to finish, I feel better than I ever did, even in the best moments with my ex. And in the most intense moments? He makes me see stars. He is a very generous lov...

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Arts and Culture

Funny in Love: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman Kick Off Season 2 of Palm Springs Speaks

Funny in Love: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman Kick Off Season 2 of Palm Springs Speaks

Sep 19, 2018 16:35  |  Dwight Hendricks

On Oct. 2, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History , a book by Hollywood comedy couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, is being released—and three days later, the hilarious duo will kick off the second season of the Palm Springs Speaks series.

The speakers’ series is a joint effort by the ...

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Western Lit: Two New Memoirs Tell Stories About the Beauty—and Dangers—of Living in the Wild

Western Lit: Two New Memoirs Tell Stories About the Beauty—and Dangers—of Living in the Wild

Sep 06, 2018 10:00  |  Laura Pritchett, High Country News

Those of us who are ravenous readers of books set in the American West are used to stories of living life on the edge, off the grid, out of the box.

But two new memoirs, both debuts, take isolation and fortitude to a delightful, and at times terrifying, extreme. Both are complex reflections by maveri...

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Western Lit: Luis Alberto Urrea's New Novel Reflects on Family Relationships That Transcend the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Western Lit: Luis Alberto Urrea's New Novel Reflects on Family Relationships That Transcend the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Aug 30, 2018 13:30  |  Sarah Tory, High Country News

Last winter, at a talk in Aspen, Colorado, author Luis Alberto Urrea described his childhood in a rough San Diego neighborhood near the border, where his family moved from Tijuana during a tuberculosis outbreak.

Born to a Mexican father and an American mother, the blue-eyed, blond child spoke Spanish...

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Music

Pedal to the Metal: When Tides Turn Is Here to Help Revitalize the Local Metal Scene

Pedal to the Metal: When Tides Turn Is Here to Help Revitalize the Local Metal Scene

Sep 18, 2018 21:50  |  Brian Blueskye

The local metal scene has been going through a transitional period, with many longtime bands calling it quits—and one of the bands rising from the figurative ashes is When Tides Turn.

Slowly but surely, the band has been getting its name out there, playing consistently at venues such as The Hood Bar ...

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A Collective Mindset: Before Touring Europe to Celebrate His New Album, Brant Bjork Is Playing Pappy's

A Collective Mindset: Before Touring Europe to Celebrate His New Album, Brant Bjork Is Playing Pappy's

Sep 16, 2018 16:05  |  Brian Blueskye

When Brant Bjork left Kyuss in 1994, he didn’t stay idle for long.

He had stints in bands including De-con and Fu Manchu, before releasing his first solo album, Jalamanta, in 1999—which featured him moving away from the drum set and becoming a frontman/guitarist.

Today, he continues to kick ass and take...

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The Lucky 13: Michael Anthony, aka Mikey Sick Boy

The Lucky 13: Michael Anthony, aka Mikey Sick Boy

Sep 13, 2018 15:50  |  Brian Blueskye

Michael Anthony, aka Mikey Sick Boy, has been playing at open-mics and local shows for quite a while around the Coachella Valley. Sadly, that’s about to come to an end—because he is moving to Orange County for a new job. He will be having a last hurrah of sorts when he plays at the Tack Room Tavern ...

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Food and Drink

Vine Social: Biased Against Screw Caps? Get Over It—Because What Matters Is What's in the Bottle, Not What's Sealing It

Vine Social: Biased Against Screw Caps? Get Over It—Because What Matters Is What's in the Bottle, Not What's Sealing It

Sep 17, 2018 14:00  |  Katie Finn

Here we are in 2018, 54 years since the first screw-cap wine was released—and somehow, people are still apprehensive about this alternative wine-sealing method.

At a recent wine-education seminar I was hosting, we did a side-by-side tasting of several wines. One of the first sets of wines we opened i...

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On Cocktails: Shrubbs and Switchels Are Delicious and Refreshing—With or Without Alcohol

On Cocktails: Shrubbs and Switchels Are Delicious and Refreshing—With or Without Alcohol

Sep 14, 2018 10:00  |  Kevin Carlow

A funny thing about the Coachella Valley: Opinions on the “slowest month” in the bar industry vary greatly depending on whom you ask. After what was a surprisingly OK summer, it seems that as of this mid-September writing, we are smack-dab in my nominee for the slowest bar month.

Now, it would be sel...

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Desert Cicerone: We Reviewed Some of Guinness' Locally Available Beers—and We Liked What We Tasted

Desert Cicerone: We Reviewed Some of Guinness' Locally Available Beers—and We Liked What We Tasted

Sep 13, 2018 15:00  |  Brett Newton

After my last column on American breweries selling out to huge multi-national conglomerates, I thought I would shake it up a bit … and review beers from a world-famous European brewery owned by a British conglomerate named Diageo.

That brewery is the St. James’s Gate Brewery of Dublin, Ireland, that ...

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