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Keep It Together: Guster Brings a Darker Sound to the Band's Pappy and Harriet's Debut

Keep It Together: Guster Brings a Darker Sound to the Band's Pappy and Harriet's Debut

When Guster went to Calgary to record the band’s new album, Look Alive , producer Leo Abrahams made it very clear: “The world doesn’t need another fucking Beatles pastiche!”

Guster, k...

Thank You, Janis: Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Comes to the Copa to Sing '80s Songs With Ryan Sudick

Thank You, Janis: Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Comes to the Copa to Sing '80s Songs With Ryan Sudick

Mary Bridget Davies nabbed the lead role in a 2005 touring production of the Janis Joplin musical  Love, Janis —and that would eventually help lead her to Broadway, and a 2014 Tony A...

The Indy Endorsement: The Peking Duck at Palm Tree Palace

The Indy Endorsement: The Peking Duck at Palm Tree Palace

What: The Peking duck

Where: Palm Tree Palace, 79660 Highway 111, La Quinta

How much: $18 half, $35.95 whole

Contact: 760-289-6633; www.facebook.com/Palm-tree-palace-39933563753107 9

Why: It’...

Similar Experiences, Different Approaches: Two Mothers/Legislators Have Different Thoughts on How to Reduce Police Shootings

Similar Experiences, Different Approaches: Two Mothers/Legislators Have Different Thoughts on How to Reduce Police Shootings

To reduce the use of force by California police, two Democrats began with competing approaches.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a firebrand from a liberal San Diego district, aimed to ...

A Failed Restart: Despite the Likable Leads, 'Men in Black: International' Fails Due to a Meandering Script

A Failed Restart: Despite the Likable Leads, 'Men in Black: International' Fails Due to a Meandering Script

Men in Black: International , the fourth film in the MIB franchise, is the second-worst of the group, after Men in Black II . The original and Men in Black 3 were good; International , me...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 20, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 20, 2019!

On this week's recyclable, gluten-free weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink hands the ink over to guest cartoonist John Bolton; This Modern World looks at the fallout when Republi...

Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

About 18 months ago, I volunteered with the CREATE Center for the Arts for a week to see what it was all about.

The fledgling nonprofit was approaching its first anniversary in its ...

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Movies & TV

A Failed Restart: Despite the Likable Leads, 'Men in Black: International' Fails Due to a Meandering Script

A Failed Restart: Despite the Likable Leads, 'Men in Black: International' Fails Due to a Meandering Script

Jun 20, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Men in Black: International , the fourth film in the MIB franchise, is the second-worst of the group, after Men in Black II . The original and Men in Black 3 were good; International , meanwhile, is a wasted opportunity—an admirable attempt to restart things that doesn’t hit all its marks.

Replacing Will Sm...

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Home Video Review: Robert Pattinson Stars in 'High Life,' One of the Better Dark Sci-Fi Films in Recent Years

Home Video Review: Robert Pattinson Stars in 'High Life,' One of the Better Dark Sci-Fi Films in Recent Years

Jun 17, 2019 15:30  |  Bob Grimm

Robert Pattinson, the man who will be Batman, continues establishing himself as one of his generation’s finest actors with High Life , a dark, scarily effective sci-fi thriller.

Directed and co-written by Claire Denis, the film stars Pattinson as Monte, a death-row inmate sent into space with a crew of...

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Slow Zombie Laughs: If You Can Handle Jim Jarmusch's Slow Filmmaking, You'll Enjoy 'The Dead Don't Die'

Slow Zombie Laughs: If You Can Handle Jim Jarmusch's Slow Filmmaking, You'll Enjoy 'The Dead Don't Die'

Jun 13, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

The zombie genre gets the Jim Jarmusch treatment with mild levels of success in The Dead Don’t Die , an often funny, sometimes scary and always amusing horror-comedy effort from the famed director.

Jarmusch has done horror before, most notably with his atmospheric vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive and...

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News

Similar Experiences, Different Approaches: Two Mothers/Legislators Have Different Thoughts on How to Reduce Police Shootings

Similar Experiences, Different Approaches: Two Mothers/Legislators Have Different Thoughts on How to Reduce Police Shootings

Jun 20, 2019 12:00  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

To reduce the use of force by California police, two Democrats began with competing approaches.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a firebrand from a liberal San Diego district, aimed to crack down by setting a tougher standard for justifiable police shootings.

Sen. Anna Caballero, a centrist who flipped a ...

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Cannabis in the CV: Desert Hot Springs Is Poised to Reap the Benefits of Being a Haven for Marijuana Businesses

Cannabis in the CV: Desert Hot Springs Is Poised to Reap the Benefits of Being a Haven for Marijuana Businesses

Jun 18, 2019 15:31  |  Robin Goins

The Coachella Valley continues to grow as a cannabis destination—and no city is more prepared to reap the benefits than Desert Hot Springs.

The city has experienced an often-turbulent history, but when it comes to cannabis, it’s been the little city that could, because of its proactiveness and foresi...

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Dorm Time? Many of California's Community Colleges Consider Building Student Housing

Dorm Time? Many of California's Community Colleges Consider Building Student Housing

Jun 13, 2019 16:00  |  Felicia Mello, CALmatters

Matthew Polamalu was spending 90 minutes each day commuting back and forth to community college along Southern California’s congested freeways when he decided he’d had enough.

He sat down at his computer and Googled “community colleges with dorms.”

“I was just looking for the full college experience,”...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 20, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 20, 2019!

Jun 20, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's recyclable, gluten-free weekly Independent comics page: (Th)ink hands the ink over to guest cartoonist John Bolton; This Modern World looks at the fallout when Republicans all become brain-eating zombies; Jen Sorenson feels bad for old rich people who can't sell their homes; Red Meat is...

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Savage Love: After My Wife Said She No Longer Wanted to Do Certain Things, She Had an Affair and Did Those Things; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: After My Wife Said She No Longer Wanted to Do Certain Things, She Had an Affair and Did Those Things; What Should I Do?

Jun 19, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I found your column after a Google search. I saw your e-mail address at the bottom and was hoping for some insight.

My issue is this: Two years into our 23-year marriage, my wife declared that she didn’t want to kiss me or perform oral on me. Several years ago, she had an affair and confessed that sh...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 13, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 13, 2019!

Jun 13, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's convection oven-like weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World eavesdrops on some purveyors of "fake news"; Jen Sorenson ponders the Democratic Party's 2020 election strategy; The K Chronicles offers a tribute to Dr. John, who passed away earlier this month; Red Meat chats with ...

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Arts and Culture

Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Jun 24, 2019 11:10  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Loren Freeman is one of the best actors in our valley—and now he’s making his directorial debut with the Desert Rose Playhouse’s summer production of Ruthless! The Musical .

So here’s what is wrong with the show: Absolutely nothing! This is a not-to-be-missed romp, with a high energy level that will le...

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Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Jun 19, 2019 14:30  |  Stephen Berger

About 18 months ago, I volunteered with the CREATE Center for the Arts for a week to see what it was all about.

The fledgling nonprofit was approaching its first anniversary in its inaugural home, subleasing space in a former thrift store on Highway 111 in Palm Desert. The members and students were s...

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Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Jun 13, 2019 14:50  |  Michael Berry, High Country News

When your homestead in the Colorado Rockies is threatened by wildfire, it’s easy to believe you have a front-row seat at the Apocalypse. In her recent memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country , novelist and essayist Pam Houston sees the disaster of climate change already unfolding at her r...

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Music

Keep It Together: Guster Brings a Darker Sound to the Band's Pappy and Harriet's Debut

Keep It Together: Guster Brings a Darker Sound to the Band's Pappy and Harriet's Debut

Jun 24, 2019 07:00  |  Brian Blueskye

When Guster went to Calgary to record the band’s new album, Look Alive , producer Leo Abrahams made it very clear: “The world doesn’t need another fucking Beatles pastiche!”

Guster, known for quirky folk rock and pop songs, has constantly evolved since the band started in 1991—now fusing colder sounds ...

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Thank You, Janis: Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Comes to the Copa to Sing '80s Songs With Ryan Sudick

Thank You, Janis: Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Comes to the Copa to Sing '80s Songs With Ryan Sudick

Jun 21, 2019 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Mary Bridget Davies nabbed the lead role in a 2005 touring production of the Janis Joplin musical  Love, Janis —and that would eventually help lead her to Broadway, and a 2014 Tony Award nomination when she once again played Joplin in A Night With Janis Joplin .

She has also toured Europe with Janis Jopl...

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Kick-Ass Country-Rock: Chris Shiflett Comes to Pappy and Harriet's to Share His 'Hard Lessons'

Kick-Ass Country-Rock: Chris Shiflett Comes to Pappy and Harriet's to Share His 'Hard Lessons'

Jun 18, 2019 07:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Chris Shiflett’s new album, Hard Lessons , proves that he’s onto something with his high-energy, kick-ass rock-country sound.

After touring with the Foo Fighters behind the band’s 2017 release, Concrete and Gold , Shiflett released Hard Lessons in June and announced a four-date record-release tour—and one ...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Peking Duck at Palm Tree Palace

The Indy Endorsement: The Peking Duck at Palm Tree Palace

Jun 21, 2019 08:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Peking duck

Where: Palm Tree Palace, 79660 Highway 111, La Quinta

How much: $18 half, $35.95 whole

Contact: 760-289-6633; www.facebook.com/Palm-tree-palace-39933563753107 9

Why: It’s savory nirvana.

As I write this, I’ve just finished my second batch of leftovers from my visit to Palm Tree Palace, a n...

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On Cocktails: With the Proper Knowledge and Technique, Anybody Can Make Perfect Heat-Busting Drinks

On Cocktails: With the Proper Knowledge and Technique, Anybody Can Make Perfect Heat-Busting Drinks

Jun 18, 2019 14:30  |  Kevin Carlow

Hot, isn’t it? Well, don’t fret; I am here to help. This month, I thought I would give you some basic tips and tricks to beat the heat—cocktail-wise, at least.

The most common question I ask guests at the bar is: “Shaken and citrusy, or stirred and boozy?” Why? Well, most people generally think of dr...

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Vine Social: Even If You're Not a Fan of White Wines, There Are Plenty of Wines You Can Savor Over the Summer

Vine Social: Even If You're Not a Fan of White Wines, There Are Plenty of Wines You Can Savor Over the Summer

Jun 17, 2019 07:00  |  Katie Finn

We have entered the temperature ugh zone , where the only thing anyone can talk about is how disgusting it is outside. Yes, the next few months will be miserable, but as my Canadian grandmother used to say, “The desert is hot, but at least I don’t have to shovel the sand.”

While it’s sweltering outside...

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