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Inside the Arcade: Israel Pinedo Juggles AP Classes and SoundCloud Popularity As He Gets Set to Release His Debut Album

Inside the Arcade: Israel Pinedo Juggles AP Classes and SoundCloud Popularity As He Gets Set to Release His Debut Album

When the sun goes down on the Coachella Valley, hard-working musicians come out and put on shows wherever there’s a power outlet—including many backyards. Yes, an entire scene is l...

The Substance of Horror: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Presents Scary Double-Features on Fridays Throughout the Fall

The Substance of Horror: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Presents Scary Double-Features on Fridays Throughout the Fall

David Graves is really passionate about horror films—so passionate, in fact, that he has convinced the Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center to present horror-film dou...

Censored Stories: Facebook, Big Pharma and the Justice Department Are All Part of This Year's List of Stories Underplayed by the Mainstream Media

Censored Stories: Facebook, Big Pharma and the Justice Department Are All Part of This Year's List of Stories Underplayed by the Mainstream Media

Every year, Project Censored scours the landscape for the most important stories that the mainstream corporate media somehow missed—and every year, the task seems to get a bit stra...

The Indy Endorsement: The Creamy Coconut Cake at John Henry's Café

The Indy Endorsement: The Creamy Coconut Cake at John Henry's Café

What: The creamy coconut cake

Where: John Henry’s Café, 1785 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

How much: $8.50

Contact: 760-327-7667; johnhenryscafe.com

Why: The ice cream pushes it over the top.

The we...

Slow Progress: California Students' Test Scores Improve Again—but Achievement Gaps Remain Huge

Slow Progress: California Students' Test Scores Improve Again—but Achievement Gaps Remain Huge

In a steady but painstakingly slow pattern that has come to define California’s push for equity in education, statewide test scores inched up incrementally this year—though about h...

Mediocre Mayhem: Joaquin Phoenix Is Stunning as the ‘Joker’—but the Film Around Him Is Disappointing

Mediocre Mayhem: Joaquin Phoenix Is Stunning as the ‘Joker’—but the Film Around Him Is Disappointing

Joker , a new take on DC Comics’ Clown Prince of Crime, will go down as one of the year’s big missed opportunities.

Director Todd Phillips, best known for his Hangover movies, apparent...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 10, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 10, 2019!

On this week's subpoena-defying weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen examines the fear of a female wonk; (Th)ink watches as Trump is backed into a corner; This Modern World l...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Hulu's 'Little Monsters' Starts Off as a Funny Film—Before Falling Apart After a Zombie Attack

Home Video Review: Hulu's 'Little Monsters' Starts Off as a Funny Film—Before Falling Apart After a Zombie Attack

Oct 14, 2019 11:15  |  Bob Grimm

Little Monsters starts off as a very funny movie about a loser musician (Alexander England) in Australia—but it falls apart after a zombie attack tries to turn it into a horror film.

England is very funny as Dave, who is having relationship problems and winds up living with his sister, Tess (Kat Stewa...

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The Substance of Horror: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Presents Scary Double-Features on Fridays Throughout the Fall

The Substance of Horror: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Presents Scary Double-Features on Fridays Throughout the Fall

Oct 10, 2019 15:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

David Graves is really passionate about horror films—so passionate, in fact, that he has convinced the Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center to present horror-film double-features most Friday nights through the end of the year.

The Art of Darkness series debuts this Friday, Oct. 11, with...

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Mediocre Mayhem: Joaquin Phoenix Is Stunning as the ‘Joker’—but the Film Around Him Is Disappointing

Mediocre Mayhem: Joaquin Phoenix Is Stunning as the ‘Joker’—but the Film Around Him Is Disappointing

Oct 10, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Joker , a new take on DC Comics’ Clown Prince of Crime, will go down as one of the year’s big missed opportunities.

Director Todd Phillips, best known for his Hangover movies, apparently got the green light to do whatever he wanted with the Joker mythos. In a feat of perfect casting, he managed to get J...

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News

A Mix of Birdies and Bogies: Palm Desert's Braden Bernaldo, 14, Looks Back at a Golf Experience of a Lifetime

A Mix of Birdies and Bogies: Palm Desert's Braden Bernaldo, 14, Looks Back at a Golf Experience of a Lifetime

Oct 14, 2019 14:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

A while back, local media went crazy over Braden Bernaldo, a 14-year-old Palm Desert High School sophomore.

In July, the golf prodigy was selected as one of just 78 youth members, boys and girls, of the nationwide First Tee organization to play in the annual Juniors competition—and that meant Bernald...

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Censored Stories: Facebook, Big Pharma and the Justice Department Are All Part of This Year's List of Stories Underplayed by the Mainstream Media

Censored Stories: Facebook, Big Pharma and the Justice Department Are All Part of This Year's List of Stories Underplayed by the Mainstream Media

Oct 10, 2019 14:10  |  Paul Rosenberg

Every year, Project Censored scours the landscape for the most important stories that the mainstream corporate media somehow missed—and every year, the task seems to get a bit stranger. Or “curiouser and curiouser,” as suggested in the subtitle of this year’s volume of their work, Censored 2020: Thro...

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Slow Progress: California Students' Test Scores Improve Again—but Achievement Gaps Remain Huge

Slow Progress: California Students' Test Scores Improve Again—but Achievement Gaps Remain Huge

Oct 10, 2019 11:00  |  Ricardo Cano, CalMatters

In a steady but painstakingly slow pattern that has come to define California’s push for equity in education, statewide test scores inched up incrementally this year—though about half of the state’s students are behind in reading, and only 4 in 10 students are proficient in math.

The results of the C...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 10, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 10, 2019!

Oct 10, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's subpoena-defying weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorensen examines the fear of a female wonk; (Th)ink watches as Trump is backed into a corner; This Modern World listens in as the mob boss talks to his associates; Red Meat breaks up a cat fight; and Apoca Clips listens in as Li'l Tr...

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Savage Love: Are Relationships With a Defined End Point OK?

Savage Love: Are Relationships With a Defined End Point OK?

Oct 09, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

We brought Savage Love Live to the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, and the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, over three nights. As is always the case, the crowds had more questions than I could possibly answer. So in this week’s column, I’m going to tear through some of ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 3, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 3, 2019!

Oct 03, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's extra-crispy yet low-sodium weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World examines the Trump Spin Cycle; Jen Sorensen shakes her head at the court of public opinion; The K Chronicles honors Shirley Chisholm; Red Meat watches some compelling television; and Apoca Clips expresses conc...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'The End of the Myth' Probes the Injustice of Manifest Destiny—and Its Relationship to the 2016 Election

Western Lit: 'The End of the Myth' Probes the Injustice of Manifest Destiny—and Its Relationship to the 2016 Election

Oct 10, 2019 15:00  |  Alex Trimble Young, High Country News

The American West is a region that has been conscripted into the service of the nation’s frontier myth. Nowhere are the absurdities and tragedies of this myth more apparent than in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. From the hackneyed re-enactments of Tombstone’s Gunfight at the OK Corral to the real-life...

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Consummate Campy Chaos: Desert Rose's 'Die, Mommie Die!' Is a Perfectly Cast, Completely Bonkers Theatrical Experience

Consummate Campy Chaos: Desert Rose's 'Die, Mommie Die!' Is a Perfectly Cast, Completely Bonkers Theatrical Experience

Oct 05, 2019 11:30  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Americans have always turned to entertainment to get them through tough times like recessions, wars and political upheaval. Live theater, movies and music soothe our souls and offer a respite from a sometimes-harsh reality.

Given what’s happening in our country (and the world) presently, pleasant div...

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In Praise of Plants: The 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day Celebrates the Desert's Varied Vegetation

In Praise of Plants: The 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day Celebrates the Desert's Varied Vegetation

Oct 01, 2019 14:30  |  L.A. Rowell

Now that the scorching summer temperatures are (mostly) behind us for the year, it’s appropriate to think about doing things outside. Like, for example, gardening.

That means it’s a perfect time for the 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, taking place at the University of California, Riverside’s...

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Music

Inside the Arcade: Israel Pinedo Juggles AP Classes and SoundCloud Popularity As He Gets Set to Release His Debut Album

Inside the Arcade: Israel Pinedo Juggles AP Classes and SoundCloud Popularity As He Gets Set to Release His Debut Album

Oct 14, 2019 08:00  |  Matt King

When the sun goes down on the Coachella Valley, hard-working musicians come out and put on shows wherever there’s a power outlet—including many backyards. Yes, an entire scene is living and breathing in the backyards of homes all across the valley—and in my years of frequenting backyard shows, I’ve ...

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From 'Guys and Dolls' to 'Modern Family': Tony Award-Winner Faith Prince to Perform at the Purple Room

From 'Guys and Dolls' to 'Modern Family': Tony Award-Winner Faith Prince to Perform at the Purple Room

Oct 08, 2019 13:45  |  L.A. Rowell

Faith Prince is the very definition of a Broadway legend.

She’s won a Tony Award—for Best Actress in a Musical, in 1992, for her role as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls —and has been nominated for three others. She also has four Drama Desk Award nominations, and earned the New York Nightlife Award in 2...

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The Lucky 13: Fernando Gabriel, Guitarist for Emergency Alert System, Performing at Synergy Fest

The Lucky 13: Fernando Gabriel, Guitarist for Emergency Alert System, Performing at Synergy Fest

Oct 07, 2019 11:00  |  Matt King

Attendees of The Hood Bar and Pizza’s Open Mic have watched some intriguing new faces over the last few months: The members of Emergency Alert System have been setting the stage on fire with their combination of metal and punk, which they call “munk.” While the majority of the members are still in h...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Creamy Coconut Cake at John Henry's Café

The Indy Endorsement: The Creamy Coconut Cake at John Henry's Café

Oct 10, 2019 12:50  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The creamy coconut cake

Where: John Henry’s Café, 1785 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

How much: $8.50

Contact: 760-327-7667; johnhenryscafe.com

Why: The ice cream pushes it over the top.

The website for John Henry’s Café calls the restaurant “the best kept secret in the desert”—and even though the place has been...

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Restaurant News Bites: V Wine Lounge Is Open in Kaptur Plaza; Goodbye to Justin, Frankinbun and Maria Jose; and a Whole Lot More!

Restaurant News Bites: V Wine Lounge Is Open in Kaptur Plaza; Goodbye to Justin, Frankinbun and Maria Jose; and a Whole Lot More!

Sep 30, 2019 14:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

Now Open at Palm Springs’ Kaptur Plaza: V Wine Lounge

Before we get to all the sad news … let’s celebrate a little bit of good news with a glass of wine!

V Wine Lounge has finally opened its doors in Kaptur Plaza, at 600 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, in downtown Palm Springs.

Mikey Consbruck, the owner of V ...

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On Cocktails: Sangria Is Great—but True Wine Cocktails Go Well Beyond

On Cocktails: Sangria Is Great—but True Wine Cocktails Go Well Beyond

Sep 20, 2019 09:30  |  Kevin Carlow

Wine cocktails … is there anything more disappointing?

You finally got a reservation at the hot new restaurant in town; the server hands you the cocktail list, and … wine margaritas?! I get it; if you don’t have a full liquor license, you have to work with what you have—but nobody has ever confused s...

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