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A Beautiful 'Disaster': James Franco's Homage to One of the Worst Movies Ever Made Is Surprisingly Heartwarming

A Beautiful 'Disaster': James Franco's Homage to One of the Worst Movies Ever Made Is Surprisingly Heartwarming

If you love all kinds of movies, and you haven’t yet seen The Room , you really need to change that.

Written, directed by and starring the legendary Tommy Wiseau, it’s possibly the gr...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 14, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 14, 2017!

On this week's nutmeg-tinged weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson goes shopping at the Bunker Bunker; The K Chronicles celebrates a touchdown; This Modern World ponders sexua...

Understanding the 'Sanctuary' Bill: The New California State Law Will Help Some, but Not All, Immigrants

Understanding the 'Sanctuary' Bill: The New California State Law Will Help Some, but Not All, Immigrants

One of the most controversial issues in Sacramento this year has been what is widely referred to as the “sanctuary state” law, which will take effect Jan. 1.

It is intended to prote...

She's a (Self-Proclaimed) Bad Bitch: Local Artist and Musician Cakes Shows Off Her Visual Works on Dec. 16

She's a (Self-Proclaimed) Bad Bitch: Local Artist and Musician Cakes Shows Off Her Visual Works on Dec. 16

Cakes, aka Monica Morones, is “a bad bitch.”

Those are her words—told to me during a recent phone interview. The local visual artist and musician is holding an art show, Bipolar , at ...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Deanna Bogart, a Palm Desert Woman With Music in Her Blood

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Deanna Bogart, a Palm Desert Woman With Music in Her Blood

I first met Deanna Bogart when I saw her playing saxophone and sitting in with the band at The Nest in Indian Wells. I was struck by the joy with which she played—which makes it se...

Savage Love: What Relationship Advice Is Out There for People With Autism?

Savage Love: What Relationship Advice Is Out There for People With Autism?

I’m a 36-year-old straight woman with autism, and I am often misidentified as lesbian, because my social signaling must read as masculine. I am not bothered by this. However, it is...

Goat on the Charts? Throw the Goat Uses PledgeMusic to Take Pre-orders for the Band's Ambitious New Album

Goat on the Charts? Throw the Goat Uses PledgeMusic to Take Pre-orders for the Band's Ambitious New Album

It’s a common argument in the local music scene: Is Throw the Goat a metal band … or is it a punk band?

The Idyllwild three-piece’s new album, The Joke’s on Us , settles the argument ...

Movies & TV

A Beautiful 'Disaster': James Franco's Homage to One of the Worst Movies Ever Made Is Surprisingly Heartwarming

A Beautiful 'Disaster': James Franco's Homage to One of the Worst Movies Ever Made Is Surprisingly Heartwarming

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Bob Grimm

If you love all kinds of movies, and you haven’t yet seen The Room , you really need to change that.

Written, directed by and starring the legendary Tommy Wiseau, it’s possibly the greatest bad movie ever made. It’s so great in its badness, the Rifftrax episode (the movie-bashing bastard stepchild of My...

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Home Video Review: Jake Gyllenhaal's Performance as a Boston Marathon-Bombing Victim in 'Stronger' Deserves Award Recognition

Home Video Review: Jake Gyllenhaal's Performance as a Boston Marathon-Bombing Victim in 'Stronger' Deserves Award Recognition

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Bob Grimm

With the release of the Golden Globe nominations comes the yearly opportunity to talk about the stupid, shitty snubs that make the Globes a joke.

High atop this year’s WTF? list would be the snubbing of one Jake Gyllenhaal for some of his career-best work in Stronger , the story Jeff Bauman. Bauman los...

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A Rare Masterpiece: Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Features a Once-in-a-Decade Performance from Frances McDormand

A Rare Masterpiece: Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Features a Once-in-a-Decade Performance from Frances McDormand

Saturday, December 09 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the third feature film by writer-director Martin McDonagh.

It’s also his third masterpiece.

Three Billboards also marks another astonishing film achievement for Frances McDormand, who will drill into your chest cavity and do all kinds of crazy shit to your he...

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News

Cannabis in the CV: Strains 101—A Primer on the Differences Between Sativas, Indicas and Hybrids

Cannabis in the CV: Strains 101—A Primer on the Differences Between Sativas, Indicas and Hybrids

Thursday, December 14 2017  |  Charles Drabkin

So with legal recreational marijuana just around the corner, you want to buy a joint … but the last time you bought “the pot,” you were at the crossroads of pimples and AP algebra.

Well, medical marijuana, legal weed and even your old-fashioned pot dealer have all matured since then to compete in an ...

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Understanding the 'Sanctuary' Bill: The New California State Law Will Help Some, but Not All, Immigrants

Understanding the 'Sanctuary' Bill: The New California State Law Will Help Some, but Not All, Immigrants

Wednesday, December 13 2017  |  Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

One of the most controversial issues in Sacramento this year has been what is widely referred to as the “sanctuary state” law, which will take effect Jan. 1.

It is intended to protect law-abiding immigrants from being set on a path toward deportation after interactions with local police. But in immig...

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Democracy in Crisis: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Talks About Trump's Visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Democracy in Crisis: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Talks About Trump's Visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Thursday, December 14 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Donald Trump had the audacity to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson last Saturday, Dec. 9.

“I knew a little before everybody else, but I’ll simply say this without even referencing Trump himself,” Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told me when the visit was announce...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 14, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 14, 2017!

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Staff

On this week's nutmeg-tinged weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson goes shopping at the Bunker Bunker; The K Chronicles celebrates a touchdown; This Modern World ponders sexual harassment; Apoca Clips goes back to campaign greatest-hits; and Red Meat knocks out some hummingbirds.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Deanna Bogart, a Palm Desert Woman With Music in Her Blood

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Deanna Bogart, a Palm Desert Woman With Music in Her Blood

Wednesday, December 13 2017  |  Anita Rufus

I first met Deanna Bogart when I saw her playing saxophone and sitting in with the band at The Nest in Indian Wells. I was struck by the joy with which she played—which makes it seem as if the music is coming through her rather than the instrument.

Bogart, 58, a Palm Desert resident for four years, h...

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Savage Love: What Relationship Advice Is Out There for People With Autism?

Savage Love: What Relationship Advice Is Out There for People With Autism?

Wednesday, December 13 2017  |  Dan Savage

I’m a 36-year-old straight woman with autism, and I am often misidentified as lesbian, because my social signaling must read as masculine. I am not bothered by this. However, it is annoying when someone who should know better thinks I would hide it if I were LGBTQ.

I’m very direct and honest—sometime...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'Firestorm' Goes Into Detail About Past Wildfires to Show How They'll Continue to Wreak Havoc in the Future

Western Lit: 'Firestorm' Goes Into Detail About Past Wildfires to Show How They'll Continue to Wreak Havoc in the Future

Thursday, December 14 2017  |  Olga Kreimer, High Country News

At some point last August in Montana, Missoula County’s daily air quality updates—peppered with chatty jokes about the apocalyptic sky outside the windows and wry recommendations to avoid outdoor exercise—stopped being funny.

The gray miasma that had covered the city lost its novelty, though the fant...

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She's a (Self-Proclaimed) Bad Bitch: Local Artist and Musician Cakes Shows Off Her Visual Works on Dec. 16

She's a (Self-Proclaimed) Bad Bitch: Local Artist and Musician Cakes Shows Off Her Visual Works on Dec. 16

Wednesday, December 13 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Cakes, aka Monica Morones, is “a bad bitch.”

Those are her words—told to me during a recent phone interview. The local visual artist and musician is holding an art show, Bipolar , at Flat Back Art Supplies in Palm Desert on Saturday, Dec. 16.

I asked Morones to explain what makes her a “bad bitch.”

“I’m ...

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Western Lit: Stanley Crawford Writes About Rifts Between Anglo and Chicano Neighbors in His Novel 'Village'

Western Lit: Stanley Crawford Writes About Rifts Between Anglo and Chicano Neighbors in His Novel 'Village'

Wednesday, December 06 2017  |  Alex Trimble Young, High Country News

Stanley Crawford defies most of the stereotypes of a “Western American writer.”

The Dixon, N.M.-based author is more likely to wear sandals than cowboy boots. He owns a pickup truck, but his automotive passion is for working on impractical yet dapper vintage European cars; his most recent project was...

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Music

Goat on the Charts? Throw the Goat Uses PledgeMusic to Take Pre-orders for the Band's Ambitious New Album

Goat on the Charts? Throw the Goat Uses PledgeMusic to Take Pre-orders for the Band's Ambitious New Album

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s a common argument in the local music scene: Is Throw the Goat a metal band … or is it a punk band?

The Idyllwild three-piece’s new album, The Joke’s on Us , settles the argument once and for all: Throw the Goat is definitely a do-it-yourself punk-rock band.

The band is currently taking pre-orders f...

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The Lucky 13: Larry Ellison, Guitarist for Hundred Forms

The Lucky 13: Larry Ellison, Guitarist for Hundred Forms

Tuesday, December 05 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Hundred Forms has been getting consistent local gigs lately, and I’ve been trying to come up with a proper description of band’s sound. The best I can come up with so far: “something fascinating.” The band includes elements of punk rock, desert rock and ’90s underground alternative. For more informa...

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A California Girl: Country-Music Star Cam Tours Smaller West Coast Venues, Including Pappy's, in Advance of a New Album

A California Girl: Country-Music Star Cam Tours Smaller West Coast Venues, Including Pappy's, in Advance of a New Album

Saturday, December 02 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2015, Cam lit up the country-music charts with her album Untamed —and she may very well do so again next year, when she releases a new album.

In the meantime, she’s bringing her small-scale West Coast tour to Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Born in Lafayette, a Bay Area suburb, she decided t...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Chorizo Taco at Tacos El Poblano

The Indy Endorsement: The Chorizo Taco at Tacos El Poblano

Thursday, December 14 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Chorizo Taco

Where: Tacos El Poblano, 68100 Ramon Road, Cathedral City

How much: $1.49; $1 on Tuesday and Thursday

Contact: 760-534-0446; www.facebook.com/tacoscemitaselpoblano

Why: It’s a few bites of deliciousness.

It was the noon hour. I was hungry, so I headed to a restaurant I’d heard good thing...

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Desert Cicerone: How to Buy Beer—Tips and Tricks From Someone in the Know

Desert Cicerone: How to Buy Beer—Tips and Tricks From Someone in the Know

Tuesday, December 12 2017  |  Brett Newton

Today, we’re going to go over some tips on how to buy beer.

Before you throw up your hands and say, “Please … what is there to know about buying beer?! You enter a store that sells it, and you buy it!”—let me explain.

If you drink mass-produced lager and are perfectly happy with that, you don’t need t...

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Crushable, Juicy Whalez! As Craft Beer Grows in Popularity, You Should Learn These New Descriptive Terms … or Not

Crushable, Juicy Whalez! As Craft Beer Grows in Popularity, You Should Learn These New Descriptive Terms … or Not

Saturday, December 02 2017  |  Kevin Gibson

It wasn’t that long ago that IBUs were all that mattered.

International bitterness units were all the rage as IPAs ascended to the top of the craft-beer mountain, and the higher IBU count, the better—if you wanted to prove yourself as the top “hophead” in your beer peer group. Bitterness was king, an...

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