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A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release

A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release

In 2001, stoner-rock group Unida recorded an album for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

That album, now called For the Working Man , has become legendary: It was never formally relea...

Art Out in the Open: Desert X Is Placing Site-Specific Installations by Renowned Artists Throughout the Coachella Valley

Art Out in the Open: Desert X Is Placing Site-Specific Installations by Renowned Artists Throughout the Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley is home to many arts festivals—but the new Desert X is unlike any arts event ever done here before.

Desert X, short for the Desert Exhibition of Art, is a site-...

Supporting a New Generation of Artists: The La Quinta Arts Festival Celebrates Artists Who Have Benefitted From $1.23 Million in Scholarships

Supporting a New Generation of Artists: The La Quinta Arts Festival Celebrates Artists Who Have Benefitted From $1.23 Million in Scholarships

Both the La Quinta Arts Foundation and its La Quinta Arts Festival are celebrating 35 years in 2017. While the festival—taking place Thursday, March 2, through Sunday, March 5, at ...

The Indy Endorsement: The Seared Scallops and Smoked Pork Belly at the Purple Palm

The Indy Endorsement: The Seared Scallops and Smoked Pork Belly at the Purple Palm

What: The seared scallops and smoked pork belly

Where: The Purple Palm Restaurant at the Colony Palms Hotel, 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $30

Contact: 760-969-1818; w...

On Cocktails: In a Nostalgic Mood, Our Intrepid Drinker Checks Out Three Old-School Palm Springs Bars

On Cocktails: In a Nostalgic Mood, Our Intrepid Drinker Checks Out Three Old-School Palm Springs Bars

I was feeling a bit nostalgic. Perhaps it was due to a post-holiday malaise; maybe I was simply succumbing to the general trend in popular culture.

Whatever the cause, I began remin...

Eye of the Artists: Izen Miller Gallery Opens on El Paseo With a 'Multiplicity' of Works

Eye of the Artists: Izen Miller Gallery Opens on El Paseo With a 'Multiplicity' of Works

Deanna Izen Miller is opening her brand-new gallery in Palm Desert on Saturday, Feb. 18.

She’s bringing decades of experience and art knowledge to the new Izen Miller Gallery on El ...

No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act in October 2015, and the law went into effect on June 9, 2016.

But for many Coachella Valley residents who have been diagnosed wit...

News

No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act in October 2015, and the law went into effect on June 9, 2016.

But for many Coachella Valley residents who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a prognosis of less than six months to live, the end-of-life option remains out of grasp—...

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Democracy in Crisis: The Extreme Right Freaks Out Over Flynn's Resignation; the Irony of McConnell’s Use of Senate Rule 19

Democracy in Crisis: The Extreme Right Freaks Out Over Flynn's Resignation; the Irony of McConnell’s Use of Senate Rule 19

Tuesday, February 14, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

The far, far right started freaking out when “lock her up”-chanting former Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in the wake of revelations that he discussed loosening sanctions with a Russian ambassador while Obama was still president.

Mike Cernovich, one of those DeploraBallers w...

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Risks With Rules: Trump's Attack on Government Regulations Could Have Some Nasty Consequences

Risks With Rules: Trump's Attack on Government Regulations Could Have Some Nasty Consequences

Monday, February 13, 2017  |  Elizabeth Shogren

With the stroke of his pen, President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 unleashed the biggest assault ever made by a president on the government regulations that protect Americans and nature.

In an executive order , he mandated that two existing regulations be eliminated for every new regulation issued—and he dic...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 16, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 16, 2017!

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's extra-presidential (for better or for worse) weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to wifey; This Modern World shares some Trump valentines; Jen Sorenson ponders our democratic crisis; and Red Meat enjoys some special effects.

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Ask a Mexican: Wouldn't the People in Some Parts of Mexico Want Their States to Become Part of the U.S.?

Ask a Mexican: Wouldn't the People in Some Parts of Mexico Want Their States to Become Part of the U.S.?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: My parents were born in Mexico. I was born in Dallas, Texas. This makes me a first-generation American, right?

So, if my best friend’s dad was born in Mexico, and her mother is a Chicana born in the United States, does this make her a first-generation American or a second-generation Ame...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 9, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 9, 2017!

Thursday, February 09, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's extra-persistent weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat debates learning a musical instrument: Jen Sorenson looks at conspiracies; The K Chronicles salutes ... teen pregnancy?; and This Modern World giggles at liberal frustration.

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Arts and Culture

Art Out in the Open: Desert X Is Placing Site-Specific Installations by Renowned Artists Throughout the Coachella Valley

Art Out in the Open: Desert X Is Placing Site-Specific Installations by Renowned Artists Throughout the Coachella Valley

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley is home to many arts festivals—but the new Desert X is unlike any arts event ever done here before.

Desert X, short for the Desert Exhibition of Art, is a site-specific contemporary art exhibition, spread out throughout the Coachella Valley, from Feb. 25 through April 30. Artists...

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Supporting a New Generation of Artists: The La Quinta Arts Festival Celebrates Artists Who Have Benefitted From $1.23 Million in Scholarships

Supporting a New Generation of Artists: The La Quinta Arts Festival Celebrates Artists Who Have Benefitted From $1.23 Million in Scholarships

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Both the La Quinta Arts Foundation and its La Quinta Arts Festival are celebrating 35 years in 2017. While the festival—taking place Thursday, March 2, through Sunday, March 5, at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus—is very well-known, the mission behind the festival is not so well-known.

Part of the m...

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Eye of the Artists: Izen Miller Gallery Opens on El Paseo With a 'Multiplicity' of Works

Eye of the Artists: Izen Miller Gallery Opens on El Paseo With a 'Multiplicity' of Works

Friday, February 17, 2017  |  Nicole Borgenicht

Deanna Izen Miller is opening her brand-new gallery in Palm Desert on Saturday, Feb. 18.

She’s bringing decades of experience and art knowledge to the new Izen Miller Gallery on El Paseo. Miller has been an art dealer for 37 years; she opened her first gallery in Venice, Calif., and had a stint at Th...

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Movies & TV

The Best Pictures: Your Guide to this Weekend's Academy Awards Show

The Best Pictures: Your Guide to this Weekend's Academy Awards Show

Tuesday, February 21, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Will La La Land suffer from enough backlash before the Acadamy Awards ceremony this Sunday, Feb. 26, to lose the Best Picture Oscar? Will Matt Damon show up to foil Jimmy Kimmel’s big hosting gig dressed as Batman? Will Ben Affleck stop pouting about how badly Live by Night bombed and re-accept the dire...

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Home Video Review: Female-Directed Horror Collection 'XX' Isn't Groundbreaking, but It Has Enough Worth Watching

Home Video Review: Female-Directed Horror Collection 'XX' Isn't Groundbreaking, but It Has Enough Worth Watching

Tuesday, February 21, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Four women write and direct short films in horror anthology XX .

Most notably, Annie Clark of the band St. Vincent (My hero!) makes her film-directorial debut with a segment called The Birthday Party , in which a frantic mom (Melanie Lynskey) panics when she finds a corpse just before her child’s birthday...

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The Dark Knight Goes Plastic: 'The LEGO Batman Movie' Is Fun, Hilarious and Surprisingly Deep

The Dark Knight Goes Plastic: 'The LEGO Batman Movie' Is Fun, Hilarious and Surprisingly Deep

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Let’s face it: The Dark Knight has been really living up to the word “dark” since Tim Burton’s Batman came out 28 years ago. He can certainly be a morose sourpuss.

Wait a minute … has it really been 28 years since Burton’s Batman came out? Holy crap! I just totally freaked myself out. Hang on … I need to...

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Music

A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release

A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release

Tuesday, February 21, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2001, stoner-rock group Unida recorded an album for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

That album, now called For the Working Man , has become legendary: It was never formally released, due to various legal issues. It’s been said that the band sold CD-R copies at some shows, and that a rough-cut vers...

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The Lucky 13: Ryan 'Red' Everling, Shurp Town Records Founder and KDHS Music Director

The Lucky 13: Ryan 'Red' Everling, Shurp Town Records Founder and KDHS Music Director

Friday, February 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Shurp Town Records is both a local music label and a new-and-used record-seller, thanks to the Shurp Town Record Swaps at various events throughout the Coachella Valley. The founder of Shurp Town Records, Ryan “Red” Everling, was recently named the music director of the Desert Hot Springs radio stat...

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Still Bad to the Bone: George Thorogood and the Destroyers Head to Morongo to Play a Sold-Out Show

Still Bad to the Bone: George Thorogood and the Destroyers Head to Morongo to Play a Sold-Out Show

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

During the late ’70s and ’80s, while new wave was taking over the radio, George Thorogood found success by melding Chicago blues with rock ’n’ roll.

Thorogood, turning 67 on Feb. 24, is still rocking today. He puts on one a hell of a show and will be performing a sold-out concert at Morongo Casino Re...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Seared Scallops and Smoked Pork Belly at the Purple Palm

The Indy Endorsement: The Seared Scallops and Smoked Pork Belly at the Purple Palm

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The seared scallops and smoked pork belly

Where: The Purple Palm Restaurant at the Colony Palms Hotel, 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $30

Contact: 760-969-1818; www.colonypalmshotel.com/dining

Why: It’s elegantly delicious.

It’s a Thursday night. It’s been seemingly forever since my f...

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On Cocktails: In a Nostalgic Mood, Our Intrepid Drinker Checks Out Three Old-School Palm Springs Bars

On Cocktails: In a Nostalgic Mood, Our Intrepid Drinker Checks Out Three Old-School Palm Springs Bars

Friday, February 17, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

I was feeling a bit nostalgic. Perhaps it was due to a post-holiday malaise; maybe I was simply succumbing to the general trend in popular culture.

Whatever the cause, I began reminiscing on my first experiences drinking in public places: a smoky blues club, Chinese restaurant lounges, fancy dinners ...

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The Beer Goddess: Thanks to New Hops and Improved Techniques, Beers Made With Fruit Are Attracting Both Newbies and Hard-Core Craft-Beer Fans

The Beer Goddess: Thanks to New Hops and Improved Techniques, Beers Made With Fruit Are Attracting Both Newbies and Hard-Core Craft-Beer Fans

Tuesday, February 14, 2017  |  Erin Peters

There was a time not too long ago when I cringed at the sight of a raspberry wheat or berry blonde beer. I thought these beers were too dainty, too affected—and frankly, not worth my money.

However, I’ve changed my tune in recent years—and I am not alone.

Let’s look at just one beer category, flavored...

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