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Savage Love: I Saw an Employee of Mine at a Masturbation Club; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I Saw an Employee of Mine at a Masturbation Club; What Should I Do?

I have a secret: For the past three months, I’ve been attending a local jacks club (a men-only masturbation event). As someone recovering from sexual abuse, I find the party to be ...

Registration Consternation: DMV Motor-Voter Problems Fuel GOP Claims of Voting Fraud

Registration Consternation: DMV Motor-Voter Problems Fuel GOP Claims of Voting Fraud

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has given the public a series of piecemeal explanations as it acknowledged making more than 100,000 errors in recent months while regist...

Cannabis in the CV: When It Comes to Treating Pets With Marijuana, Knowledge Is Hard to Find

Cannabis in the CV: When It Comes to Treating Pets With Marijuana, Knowledge Is Hard to Find

A new law directing the California Veterinary Medical Board to create guidelines for veterinarians to discuss pets’ use of cannabis was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, and...

The Lucky 13: Brent Simpson of Daytime Moon (Playing at the Beatnik Lounge and The Saguaro)

The Lucky 13: Brent Simpson of Daytime Moon (Playing at the Beatnik Lounge and The Saguaro)

If you've never listened to Daytime Moon before, you really should fix that. This majestic three-piece band—which includes Brent Simpson, formerly of Spankshaft—incorporates severa...

More High Desert Punk? Sticky Doll Hopes to Create a Scene With Sticky Fest

More High Desert Punk? Sticky Doll Hopes to Create a Scene With Sticky Fest

Sticky Doll recently moved to the high desert from Los Angeles—and the band’s first couple of local shows have proven the group is definitely an oddity … in a good way.

There’s a sh...

Vine Social: You Don't Need to Become a Sommelier to Learn a Lot About Wine

Vine Social: You Don't Need to Become a Sommelier to Learn a Lot About Wine

Everyone I know in the wine industry has had their own personal “Ah-ha!” moment—when wine became more than just a classy way to get drunk, when we went from simply enjoying the way...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Makes a Terrible Person Rather Sympathetic in Netflix's Compelling 'The Kindergarten Teacher'

Home Video Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Makes a Terrible Person Rather Sympathetic in Netflix's Compelling 'The Kindergarten Teacher'

Oct 15, 2018 21:00  |  Bob Grimm

The Kindergarten Teacher stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as, well, a kindergarten teacher who discovers one of her students (Parker Sevak) is quite the poet. She covets the boy’s talent to a point that becomes … well, unhealthy.

The movie, a remake of a French film, gives the talented Gyllenhaal yet another ...

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Pure Movie Magic: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Make 'A Star Is Born' an Instant Classic

Pure Movie Magic: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Make 'A Star Is Born' an Instant Classic

Oct 11, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

It’s movie magic at its most beautiful when Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga share the screen in A Star Is Born . It’s a rousing remake of the old rise-to-fame story, and it’s easily the best movie with that title ever made. It is the fourth—yet this film feels amazingly original.

Cooper makes his director...

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An Alien-Infused Mess: 'Venom' Offers Hints of Coolness, but the Film Is Just Too Dumb to Work

An Alien-Infused Mess: 'Venom' Offers Hints of Coolness, but the Film Is Just Too Dumb to Work

Oct 11, 2018 08:15  |  Bob Grimm

Venom is a sometimes-entertaining mess—but it’s still a mess.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: You shouldn’t have a Venom movie without Spider-Man somehow playing into the villain’s backstory. Venom looks like Spider-Man in the comic, because the  symbiote  fused with Peter Parker first, resulting ...

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News

Registration Consternation: DMV Motor-Voter Problems Fuel GOP Claims of Voting Fraud

Registration Consternation: DMV Motor-Voter Problems Fuel GOP Claims of Voting Fraud

Oct 17, 2018 07:00  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has given the public a series of piecemeal explanations as it acknowledged making more than 100,000 errors in recent months while registering Californians to vote.

Software problems, it said in May. Human errors from toggling between computer windows, it sa...

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Cannabis in the CV: When It Comes to Treating Pets With Marijuana, Knowledge Is Hard to Find

Cannabis in the CV: When It Comes to Treating Pets With Marijuana, Knowledge Is Hard to Find

Oct 16, 2018 14:45  |  Charles Drabkin

A new law directing the California Veterinary Medical Board to create guidelines for veterinarians to discuss pets’ use of cannabis was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, and will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Assembly Bill 2215 is surprisingly controversial—for several different reasons. On one ha...

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Pride and Progress: Now the State's Second-Largest LGBTQ Festival, Greater Palm Springs Pride Makes a Move This Year

Pride and Progress: Now the State's Second-Largest LGBTQ Festival, Greater Palm Springs Pride Makes a Move This Year

Oct 11, 2018 15:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

In 2010, Ron deHarte joined the Greater Palm Springs Pride board of directors. He’d soon become the president of the board—and under his leadership, the Pride festival has grown from a fun but quaint event at Sunrise Stadium, into a huge, weekend long party downtown.

In fact, it’s now the second-larg...

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Opinion

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Barbara Fast, a Lawyer Turned Pastor—With a Knack for Storytelling

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Barbara Fast, a Lawyer Turned Pastor—With a Knack for Storytelling

Oct 17, 2018 14:30  |  Anita Rufus

Back when the news was being dominated by the federal “zero-tolerance policy” which was resulting in family separations at the border, I attended a presentation by the writers’ group at Coachella Valley Repertory—always a great way to experience local talent.

The final writer performing her original ...

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Savage Love: I Saw an Employee of Mine at a Masturbation Club; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I Saw an Employee of Mine at a Masturbation Club; What Should I Do?

Oct 17, 2018 11:00  |  Dan Savage

I have a secret: For the past three months, I’ve been attending a local jacks club (a men-only masturbation event). As someone recovering from sexual abuse, I find the party to be safe, therapeutic and just sexy fun. I feel like I need this!

Unfortunately, I spotted one of my employees at last week’s...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 11, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 11, 2018!

Oct 11, 2018 07:00  |  Staff

On this week's narrowly confirmed weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at the Supreme Court silver lining; The K Chronicles updates us on the chickens; This Modern World brings us a tale from Donald J. Trump, detective-in-chief; Red Meat lets the kids make costumes; and Apoca Clips pays ...

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Arts and Culture

New Beginnings: The Excellent Production of 'The Sugar Witch' Proves the Desert Rose Playhouse Is in Good Hands

New Beginnings: The Excellent Production of 'The Sugar Witch' Proves the Desert Rose Playhouse Is in Good Hands

Oct 06, 2018 19:25  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Life is all about change, and there have been some major changes at the Desert Rose Playhouse this season—all of which bode well for the theater’s future.

After years of putting on excellent, edgy productions, founder and artistic director Jim Strait and his partner, producer Paul Taylor, have retire...

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On Their Own: After 50 Years Under the Wing of the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Artists Council Is Becoming Independent

On Their Own: After 50 Years Under the Wing of the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Artists Council Is Becoming Independent

Sep 28, 2018 08:30  |  Stephen Berger

The Artists Council was established 50 years ago when the Palm Springs Museum was still primarily a natural history and science museum. The purpose of the council was to sponsor exhibitions of local artists and bring support for the arts into the mix of the museum's offerings.

The early work of the A...

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Western Lit: 'Kings of the Yukon' Explores a Fishing Culture Collapsing—as Reality TV Moves In

Western Lit: 'Kings of the Yukon' Explores a Fishing Culture Collapsing—as Reality TV Moves In

Sep 27, 2018 13:50  |  Ben Goldfarb, High Country News

During one of his many visits to the Northwest Territories, Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams , was asked by a native elder how long he intended to stay. Before Lopez could respond, the elder, who’d met a journalist or two in his day, grinned and answered his own question. “One day: newspaper story...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Brent Simpson of Daytime Moon (Playing at the Beatnik Lounge and The Saguaro)

The Lucky 13: Brent Simpson of Daytime Moon (Playing at the Beatnik Lounge and The Saguaro)

Oct 16, 2018 12:45  |  Brian Blueskye

If you've never listened to Daytime Moon before, you really should fix that. This majestic three-piece band—which includes Brent Simpson, formerly of Spankshaft—incorporates several different genres into the music. The band will perform at the Beatnik Lounge on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and The Saguaro on...

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More High Desert Punk? Sticky Doll Hopes to Create a Scene With Sticky Fest

More High Desert Punk? Sticky Doll Hopes to Create a Scene With Sticky Fest

Oct 16, 2018 08:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Sticky Doll recently moved to the high desert from Los Angeles—and the band’s first couple of local shows have proven the group is definitely an oddity … in a good way.

There’s a shock-rock element to Sticky Doll’s brand of punk, and frontwoman Cynna Luchia is a show all by herself. Bassist El Sancho...

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Live: The Joshua Tree Music Festival, Oct. 4-7

Live: The Joshua Tree Music Festival, Oct. 4-7

Oct 15, 2018 10:30  |  Guillermo Prieto

The 13th annual fall Joshua Tree Music Festival had a fine four-day run.

Located at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground, the festival features some local regulars, like Gene Evaro Jr. and the Desert Rhythm Project. New this year was a solo appearance by Jesika Von Rabbit, who previously appeared with Gra...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: Garnishes Can Be Wonderful Parts of a Good Drink … If Both the Bartender and Consumer Know What They're Doing

On Cocktails: Garnishes Can Be Wonderful Parts of a Good Drink … If Both the Bartender and Consumer Know What They're Doing

Oct 17, 2018 13:00  |  Kevin Carlow

This town turns on a dime. Last month, I was writing about the slowest time of the year and sipping switchel . This month, I need an ice pack for my right elbow and a brace for my knee as I look for new gray hairs in the mirror.

If I were more of a traditional beverage writer, I would offer a list of s...

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Vine Social: You Don't Need to Become a Sommelier to Learn a Lot About Wine

Vine Social: You Don't Need to Become a Sommelier to Learn a Lot About Wine

Oct 15, 2018 16:00  |  Katie Finn

Everyone I know in the wine industry has had their own personal “Ah-ha!” moment—when wine became more than just a classy way to get drunk, when we went from simply enjoying the way the wine tastes to becoming consumed with every aspect of it.

Where was it grown? How was it grown? How did the winemake...

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Desert Cicerone: Semi-Random Thoughts on a Local Blog, the Greatness of Modern Times and Various IPA Sub-Styles

Desert Cicerone: Semi-Random Thoughts on a Local Blog, the Greatness of Modern Times and Various IPA Sub-Styles

Oct 11, 2018 13:00  |  Brett Newton

I have a lot on my mind. However, I will spare you from all but the beer things on my mind. I thought the best way to handle this would be to kinda-sorta do this à la Larry King’s odd USA Today column from some years ago: I’ll just hit on random topics that don’t necessarily have any relation to each ...

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