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On this week's unseasonably warm weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wonders what would happen with Watergate in today's media climate; The K Chronicles wonders what's wrong with Philadelphia Eagles fans; This Modern World has a chat with ICE Officer Friendly; Red Meat needs a substitute shortstop; and Apoca Clips critiques the Super Bowl.

On this week's on-the-verge-of-a-constitutional-crisis weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles gets ideas at a spy museum; This Modern World examines how far back a Deep State conspiracy goes; Jen Sorenson examines up-and-coming cryptocurrencies; Apoca Clips listens in as Nikki Haley gets a cut; and Red Meat turns to the kid to find out why dad has so much stubble.

Some 75 attendees enjoyed fantastic cocktails, noshed on delicious food and learned a lot about mixology at the second annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Championship, held at the Purple Palm Restaurant at the Colony Palms Restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The five competing bartenders were given the task of making a special, brand new drink with the sponsor liquor, Crown Royal Bourbon Mash Blended Canadian Whisky. First, they had to make one-ounce sips for attendees, and then they had to make five full-sized drinks from the judges and the host, Jimmy Boegle, of the Coachella Valley Independent.

Hunter Broggi, a relative desert newcomer who works as a restaurant manager at Lulu California Bistro, was named this year’s champion thanks to his drink, Lulu’s Smokin’ Crown, beating a talented field that included Rob Nightingale, of Moxie Palm Springs; Bryan Palmer, of the Purple Palm; and last season’s champion, Sherman Chan, of TRIO Restaurant.

Rob Learned, of Giuseppes Palm Springs, was voted the Audience Favorite.

The judges—Leslie Barclay, of Southern Glazer/Pacific Wine and Spirits Of California; Brad Fuhr, of Gay Desert Guide; Chris Reutz, of the Desert AIDS Project; and Mike Thompson, of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert—gave high marks to all of the bartenders’ creations.

The event was sponsored by the Purple Palm Restaurant, Crown Royal Bourbon Mash Blended Canadian Whisky and Gay Desert Guide. The event’s beneficiaries are the Desert AIDS Project and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.

Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week continues at 12 bars and restaurants across the valley through Saturday, Jan. 27.

Scroll down to see some photos from the event, by Kevin Fitzgerald.

On this week's Tide Pods-free weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at the cycle of corruption; The K Chronicles goes sledding; This Modern World watches as the news cycle rolls on; Red Meat feels bloated; and Apoca Clips discovers the real reason why the government shutdown ended quickly.

On this week's carb-free weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World ponders that new book about Trump; Jen Sorenson looks back at the film Idiocracy; The K Chronicles comes down with pneumonia; Apoca Clips watches as Trumpy plays a game; and Red Meat remains seated.

On this week's stable, genius weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson ponders the meaning of the word "complicit"; The K Chronicles has a disconcerting experience at a sports bar; This Modern World dismisses poverty; Apoca Clips listens in as O.J. threatens to sue; and Red Meat finds something in a storm drain.

On this week's nuclear-button-sized weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at the U.S. economy as a game; The K Chronicles celebrates life's little victories, military-style; This Modern World examines the state of modern discourse; Red Meat ponders retirement; and Apoca Clips eavesdrops as Trump and O.J. hit the links.

On the final weekly Independent comics page of the debacle that was 2017: The K Chronicles muses on The Last Jedi; This Modern World struggles with the creative process; Jen Sorenson peeks behind the red, white and blue curtain; Apoca Clips sits on Santa Trumpy's lap; and Red Meat needs to borrow an electric pine-cone trimmer.

On this week's extra-festive weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips debates The Last Jedi; Red Meat features Milkman Dan asking Karen for a favor; The K Chronicles feels sorry for Christmas babies; This Modern World explains why there is no 2017 year in review; and Jen Sorenson wonders what would happen if we all had hedge funds.

An enthusiastic and community-minded crowd packed The Hood Bar and Pizza—the choice of Independent readers as the valley’s Best Dive Bar—on Friday, Dec. 15, for the Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018 Awards Show and Party.

Hosted by Jimmy Boegle and Brian Blueskye of the Independent, the awards portion featured a couple dozen winners coming onstage and thanking readers for voting them as the valley’s best—but only after Boegle emphasized the importance of supporting honest, ethical local media.

Following the awards, The Flusters—voted Best Local Band two out of the last three years—capped a busy week by performing to an enthusiastic crowd.

After The Flusters’ set, DJ Tommy Locust spun before the after-party launched with the spooky organ tunes of Herbert; he was followed to the stage by Sunday Funeral and Black Water Gospel.

Below are some photos from the event, by Independent contributor Kevin Fitzgerald. Congratulations to all of the winners!