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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

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...

Back to the '60s! Modernism Week's Fall Preview Includes More Than 50 Ways to Celebrate Palm Springs' Midcentury Vibe

Back to the '60s! Modernism Week's Fall Preview Includes More Than 50 Ways to Celebrate Palm Springs' Midcentury Vibe

No annual event is more beloved—and as specific to Palm Springs—as Modernism Week.

The February program, a celebration of the city’s history as a playground and showcase for midcent...

Butt Why? Mediocre 'Hustlers' Is Getting Great Reviews—Perhaps Because Jennifer Lopez Has Unleashed Her Best Physical Asset

Butt Why? Mediocre 'Hustlers' Is Getting Great Reviews—Perhaps Because Jennifer Lopez Has Unleashed Her Best Physical Asset

Hustlers , starring Jennifer Lopez as a stripper who goes smooth criminal during the Great Recession, is getting great reviews.

Alas, I find it derivative, boring and hampered by a s...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 19, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 19, 2019!

On this week's poofy-shirt-free weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips adjusts the light bulb at Li'l Trumpy's request; Red Meat investigates weird noises coming from the closet...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mario Ricardo 'Rick' Gonzalez, a Jeweler Following in the Family Tradition

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mario Ricardo 'Rick' Gonzalez, a Jeweler Following in the Family Tradition

In medieval times, it was presumed a son would learn the trade of his father and carry on the family tradition—as a shoemaker, carpenter, fisherman or woodworker. Even in modern cu...

People as Property: The Goal of Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services' Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference: Letting People Know About the Terrible Things Happening in Our Own Backyard

People as Property: The Goal of Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services' Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference: Letting People Know About the Terrible Things Happening in Our Own Backyard

It was a rude awakening to examine the murky underworld of human trafficking while working on this story about the Second Annual Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference, sponsored by Coa...

'Despacito' and Beyond: Luis Fonsi Brings His Record-Breaking Latin Hits to Fantasy Springs

'Despacito' and Beyond: Luis Fonsi Brings His Record-Breaking Latin Hits to Fantasy Springs

Louis Fonsi is best known for his smash hit “Despacito,” which as of now has been viewed 6.4 billion times on YouTube.

Yes, that’s correct: 6.4 billion, with a “b.” It’s sure to be ...

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Movies & TV

Butt Why? Mediocre 'Hustlers' Is Getting Great Reviews—Perhaps Because Jennifer Lopez Has Unleashed Her Best Physical Asset

Butt Why? Mediocre 'Hustlers' Is Getting Great Reviews—Perhaps Because Jennifer Lopez Has Unleashed Her Best Physical Asset

Sep 19, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Hustlers , starring Jennifer Lopez as a stripper who goes smooth criminal during the Great Recession, is getting great reviews.

Alas, I find it derivative, boring and hampered by a shallow script. So … why has the film, directed by Lorene Scafaria, been receiving Scorsese comparisons (Hey, it has trac...

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A Worthwhile Disappointment: 'It Chapter Two' Is a Mess, but It Gives the Saga a Needed Conclusion

A Worthwhile Disappointment: 'It Chapter Two' Is a Mess, but It Gives the Saga a Needed Conclusion

Sep 12, 2019 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

It Chapter Two gives moviegoers a needed, yet mediocre, conclusion to a saga started by the previous, far-superior film.

Translation: If you saw and liked the first movie, you need to watch this one to get the full story. You’ll also be witnessing a decline in quality.

In a strange way, I’m happy It Cha...

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Learn About This Legend: Linda Ronstadt Gets a Much-Deserved Tribute in This New Documentary

Learn About This Legend: Linda Ronstadt Gets a Much-Deserved Tribute in This New Documentary

Sep 11, 2019 13:00  |  Bob Grimm

Linda Ronstadt is one of the most versatile musicians to have ever walked the planet. Country music, pop, rock, opera, Mexican folk music—her resume is crazily full of wide-ranging, bold leaps into all corners of the musical landscape.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice , with her full participatio...

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News

Snapshot: Coachella Valley Citizens Join Protesters Worldwide to Call Attention to the Global Climate Crisis

Snapshot: Coachella Valley Citizens Join Protesters Worldwide to Call Attention to the Global Climate Crisis

Sep 21, 2019 10:45  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Massive worldwide demonstrations took place yesterday, Sept. 20, to demand meaningful governmental responses to the climate crisis—including a rally in Palm Desert.

According to media reports, some 2,500 events were scheduled in more than 150 countries on all seven continents. In New York City alone,...

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People as Property: The Goal of Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services' Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference: Letting People Know About the Terrible Things Happening in Our Own Backyard

People as Property: The Goal of Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services' Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference: Letting People Know About the Terrible Things Happening in Our Own Backyard

Sep 17, 2019 16:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

It was a rude awakening to examine the murky underworld of human trafficking while working on this story about the Second Annual Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference, sponsored by Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services (CVSAS). The event will take place Friday, Oct. 18, at the Westin Mission Hills Go...

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Candidate Q&A: Palm Springs City Council District 1 Candidates Les Young, Scott Myer and Grace Garner

Candidate Q&A: Palm Springs City Council District 1 Candidates Les Young, Scott Myer and Grace Garner

Sep 16, 2019 07:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Palm Springs residents living in the newly drawn Districts 1, 2 and 3 will head to the polls to elect three City Council members.

These elections are the first step in the city’s transition from at-large to district-based representation, to comply with the California Voting Rights...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 19, 2019!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 19, 2019!

Sep 19, 2019 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's poofy-shirt-free weekly Independent comics page: Apoca Clips adjusts the light bulb at Li'l Trumpy's request; Red Meat investigates weird noises coming from the closet; This Modern World looks yet again at Life in the Stupidverse; This Modern World imagines the next 12 months of Trump l...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mario Ricardo 'Rick' Gonzalez, a Jeweler Following in the Family Tradition

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Mario Ricardo 'Rick' Gonzalez, a Jeweler Following in the Family Tradition

Sep 18, 2019 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

In medieval times, it was presumed a son would learn the trade of his father and carry on the family tradition—as a shoemaker, carpenter, fisherman or woodworker. Even in modern culture, children are often pushed to follow in their parents’ footsteps.

Mario Ricardo “Rick” Gonzalez, 42, a Palm Desert ...

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Savage Love: My 12-Year-Old Son Really, Really Likes Handcuffs; Should I Be Worried?

Savage Love: My 12-Year-Old Son Really, Really Likes Handcuffs; Should I Be Worried?

Sep 18, 2019 11:00  |  Dan Savage

My son has always liked handcuffs and tying people up as a form of play. He is 12 now, and the delight he finds in cuffing has not faded along with his love of Legos. He lobbied hard to be allowed to buy a hefty pair of handcuffs. We cautioned him strongly about consent—he has a younger brother—and ...

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Arts and Culture

Back to the '60s! Modernism Week's Fall Preview Includes More Than 50 Ways to Celebrate Palm Springs' Midcentury Vibe

Back to the '60s! Modernism Week's Fall Preview Includes More Than 50 Ways to Celebrate Palm Springs' Midcentury Vibe

Sep 19, 2019 11:00  |  David Kenniston

No annual event is more beloved—and as specific to Palm Springs—as Modernism Week.

The February program, a celebration of the city’s history as a playground and showcase for midcentury modern architecture and design, has long since expanded beyond a week. It actually stirs a few months early, in the ...

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Overcoming Indoctrination: Cathy Schenkelberg's One-Woman Show Explains How Scientology Almost Ruined Her—and How She Escaped

Overcoming Indoctrination: Cathy Schenkelberg's One-Woman Show Explains How Scientology Almost Ruined Her—and How She Escaped

Sep 16, 2019 16:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

Cathy Schenkelberg is coming to the valley to perform her renowned one-woman show,  Squeeze My Cans: Surviving Scientology , for one reason: Scott Smith.

“He’s been my friend since (we both lived in) Chicago,” Schenkelberg said during a recent phone interview. “We did Hair together, the Midwest tour. He ...

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Western Lit: Joe Wilkins' Debut Novel Tackles Male Relationships, Public Lands and Political Divisions

Western Lit: Joe Wilkins' Debut Novel Tackles Male Relationships, Public Lands and Political Divisions

Sep 05, 2019 10:30  |  Sarah Gilman, High Country News

Rowdy Burns doesn’t look like much when he first meets ranch hand Wendell Newman.

He’s a silent slip of a boy, 7 years old, hollow-cheeked and hollowed-out by trauma—a mother struggling with drugs, and days spent alone in an empty apartment. He’s “the tiniest little thing for miles,” Wendell thinks. ...

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Music

The B-52's Meet Depeche Mode: YIP YOPS Release Single 'Sinner' Before Heading on an October Tour

The B-52's Meet Depeche Mode: YIP YOPS Release Single 'Sinner' Before Heading on an October Tour

Sep 18, 2019 07:30  |  Matt King

Few local bands have a résumé as extensive as that of YIP YOPS.

After Tachevah appearances, multiple Jam in the Van sessions, a slot at Coachella and even an Independent cover story, YIP YOPS just released a new single, “Sinner,” and announced the Death of a Sinner Tour, which will take YIP YOPS all ov...

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'Despacito' and Beyond: Luis Fonsi Brings His Record-Breaking Latin Hits to Fantasy Springs

'Despacito' and Beyond: Luis Fonsi Brings His Record-Breaking Latin Hits to Fantasy Springs

Sep 17, 2019 14:45  |  L.A. Rowell

Louis Fonsi is best known for his smash hit “Despacito,” which as of now has been viewed 6.4 billion times on YouTube.

Yes, that’s correct: 6.4 billion, with a “b.” It’s sure to be one of the songs he performs during his show at Fantasy Springs this Friday, Sept. 20.

Despite this amazing success, duri...

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Ain't It Funky Now: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Brings Chart-Topping Instrumental Jazz to Pappy and Harriet's

Ain't It Funky Now: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Brings Chart-Topping Instrumental Jazz to Pappy and Harriet's

Sep 15, 2019 11:00  |  Matt King

When was the last time you listened to a song by Booker T. and the M.G.’s? Thanks to infectious piano grooves, flowing bass lines and plucky guitar riffs that just make you want to boogie, Booker T. dominated the ’60s with his group’s instrumental soul jazz.

Now 50 years later, it’s worth getting to ...

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Food and Drink

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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Vine Social: How I Grew to (Sort of) Appreciate Over-the-Top, High-Alcohol Wines

Vine Social: How I Grew to (Sort of) Appreciate Over-the-Top, High-Alcohol Wines

Sep 16, 2019 15:00  |  Katie Finn

“Katie wine” is a moniker that has followed me for years.

Sometimes it’s said as a joke, as in: “Ohh, that’s a ‘Katie wine.’ You probably won’t like it,” meaning it’s funky, earthy, savory or just plain weird. Other times, “Katie wine” has taken on a more positive definition, like: “I grabbed this bo...

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Caesar Cervisia: A Look Back at the Late, Lamented Schmidy's Tavern and Its Beer School

Caesar Cervisia: A Look Back at the Late, Lamented Schmidy's Tavern and Its Beer School

Sep 11, 2019 16:00  |  Brett Newton

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came

In 2008, I was in the midst of a major life transition. I was a musician who had retreated from the wasteland that was the Los Angeles music scene a year previous, and was I wondering what my next move would b...

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