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On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

Welcome to the bar lull, the time when thirsty, hard-working citizens’ insidious New Year’s resolutions interfere with my ability to ply them with high-quality wares.

Is your humble...

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

If you conduct an online search of news stories with the keywords “Trump” and “climate change,” the results might give you reason to bury your head in the (tar) sand during the nex...

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

The new collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, Patriots Day , is not only a valuable tribute to the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings; it’s a s...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

On this week's leaked weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat discusses God's own image with the deity himself; Jen Sorenson looks at GOP alternatives to Obamacare; The K Chronicles...

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

In 2015, The Flusters were voted the Best Local Band by Coachella Valley Independent readers. In 2016, the band played higher-profile gigs—including Coachella—and released a well-rec...

Know Your Neighbors: After Decades of Travels Around the World, John Reece Has Finally Found a Home in Palm Springs

Know Your Neighbors: After Decades of Travels Around the World, John Reece Has Finally Found a Home in Palm Springs

After 30 years of working as a civilian employee with the Department of the Army, John Reece, 73, of Palm Springs, finally feels like he’s home.

“I spent 25 of those 30 years overse...

True TV: 'My Kitchen Rules' Is Half-Baked; 'Homeland' and 'Teachers' Return

True TV: 'My Kitchen Rules' Is Half-Baked; 'Homeland' and 'Teachers' Return

My Kitchen Rules (Thursday, Jan. 12, Fox), series debut: This what the “celebrity” competition show has come to: a cook-off. In a borrowed Australian format, this show features team...

News

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Nick Miller

If you conduct an online search of news stories with the keywords “Trump” and “climate change,” the results might give you reason to bury your head in the (tar) sand during the next four years:

“How the Trump Administration Could Gut NASA’s Climate Change Research,” read one Newsweek headline.

“What Doe...

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January Astronomy: Venus Dominates Evenings, While in the Mornings, Jupiter is the (Figurative) Star

January Astronomy: Venus Dominates Evenings, While in the Mornings, Jupiter is the (Figurative) Star

Friday, December 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

In January, Venus dominates the evenings! Find it in the southwest to west-southwest, with Mars to its upper left. In the west to west-northwest, find the Summer Triangle of Vega , Altair and Deneb . Vega is its brightest member, and Altair is the first to depart, around mid-month, if mountains don’t block yo...

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A Family Home Environment: Sanctuary Palm Springs Will Soon Offer Much-Needed Aid to LGBT Kids Who Age out of the Foster-Care System

A Family Home Environment: Sanctuary Palm Springs Will Soon Offer Much-Needed Aid to LGBT Kids Who Age out of the Foster-Care System

Thursday, December 22, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

When children turn 18 and age out of the foster-care system, they face a difficult transition into adulthood: Not only do some of these young people lack a family; they also lack the skills to live on their own.

For LGBT youth in foster care, it’s even harder. That’s where Sanctuary Palm Springs come...

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Opinion

Steve Kelly on Sports: A Volunteer Gets Ready to Swing Into Work at the CareerBuilder Challenge

Steve Kelly on Sports: A Volunteer Gets Ready to Swing Into Work at the CareerBuilder Challenge

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  Steve Kelly

One of the keys to the success of the big sporting events here in the Coachella Valley is the ability to attract top-notch volunteers. It is a not-so-secret fact that without volunteers, these tournaments would grind to a halt. After all, volunteers are the people work in the trenches and help with ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's leaked weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat discusses God's own image with the deity himself; Jen Sorenson looks at GOP alternatives to Obamacare; The K Chronicles goes to the movies; and This Modern World learns that all those right-wing claims about President Obama were actually t...

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Know Your Neighbors: After Decades of Travels Around the World, John Reece Has Finally Found a Home in Palm Springs

Know Your Neighbors: After Decades of Travels Around the World, John Reece Has Finally Found a Home in Palm Springs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

After 30 years of working as a civilian employee with the Department of the Army, John Reece, 73, of Palm Springs, finally feels like he’s home.

“I spent 25 of those 30 years overseas, from Japan to South Korea to Saudi Arabia to Greenland,” says Reece. “I’m finally in a place where I feel I can be t...

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Arts and Culture

Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Frankly, I was uncomfortable going to see Clybourne Park , Dezart Performs’ latest production.

The setting for this “Black (and White) Comedy by Bruce Norris,” as the play’s poster says, is Chicago—in 1959 for Act 1, then fast-forwarding 50 years to the same house in 2009 for Act 2. The show won the Pu...

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Mystical Desert Creatures: Mark Harm Niemeyer Melds Landscape and Fantasy at Backstreet's Artize Gallery

Mystical Desert Creatures: Mark Harm Niemeyer Melds Landscape and Fantasy at Backstreet's Artize Gallery

Thursday, December 29, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

On one hand, Mark Harm Niemeyer creates fantastic creatures. On the other hand, he is a skillful landscape painter who specializes in desert scenes and Joshua Tree ambiance.

“There are two sides to my work,” says Niemeyer. “There is the landscape side and the dream-bird side. Whichever way the pendul...

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Work of an Icon: Heather James' Great Little Show Explores Another Side of Norman Rockwell's Art

Work of an Icon: Heather James' Great Little Show Explores Another Side of Norman Rockwell's Art

Monday, December 19, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

Heather James Fine Art is surprising and delighting gallery-goers with Norman Rockwell’s humorous depictions of American life, along with portraits and studies by the renowned artist that uncover another level of his perception and skill.

“In putting together this Norman Rockwell show, we wanted to h...

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Movies & TV

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The new collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, Patriots Day , is not only a valuable tribute to the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings; it’s a solid, meaningful, gritty look at what it took to take down the terrorist Tsarnaev brothers.

Wahlberg plays Sgt. Tommy Sau...

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Monster Mush: 'A Monster Calls' Has Some Fine Moments, but It Never Comes Together as a Whole

Monster Mush: 'A Monster Calls' Has Some Fine Moments, but It Never Comes Together as a Whole

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

This is a well-meaning movie with good heart—but it was better when it was called The Iron Giant .

J.A. Bayona’s film based on the Patrick Ness book tells the tale of Conor (Lewis MacDougall), a young boy whose mother (Felicity Jones) is dying. Conor is, understandably, having issues—not just with the ...

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True TV: 'My Kitchen Rules' Is Half-Baked; 'Homeland' and 'Teachers' Return

True TV: 'My Kitchen Rules' Is Half-Baked; 'Homeland' and 'Teachers' Return

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  |  Bill Frost

My Kitchen Rules (Thursday, Jan. 12, Fox), series debut: This what the “celebrity” competition show has come to: a cook-off. In a borrowed Australian format, this show features teams of two taking turns hosting dinner parties for their competitors and judges—you suck, you go home. The “star” duos of M...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2015, The Flusters were voted the Best Local Band by Coachella Valley Independent readers. In 2016, the band played higher-profile gigs—including Coachella—and released a well-received EP. What will 2017 bring? Stay tuned to find out—and visit www.theflusters.com for more information. Catch the band ...

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Talent Triumphs: Tony Orlando Brings His Tried-and-True Act to Spotlight 29

Talent Triumphs: Tony Orlando Brings His Tried-and-True Act to Spotlight 29

Thursday, January 05, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

He was a kid from New York, N.Y., with just an eighth-grade education—yet Tony Orlando has had an incredible music career, both as an executive and a recording artist.

While he hasn’t released any new material since 1979, he continues to perform across the country to sold-out audiences. He’ll bring h...

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A Delayed Stryke Call: After Delays and Drama, Thr3 Strykes Finally Has a New Album Ready

A Delayed Stryke Call: After Delays and Drama, Thr3 Strykes Finally Has a New Album Ready

Tuesday, January 03, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When I spoke to the members of Thr3 Strykes in October 2015, they were recording an album that they hoped would be out shortly thereafter.

If 15 months qualifies as “shortly thereafter,” then Thr3 Strykes is on track: [CMNCTN-BRKDWN] will be released in January, and the band is throwing an album-releas...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

Friday, January 13, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

Welcome to the bar lull, the time when thirsty, hard-working citizens’ insidious New Year’s resolutions interfere with my ability to ply them with high-quality wares.

Is your humble bar correspondent succumbing to such self-deception? No, no false resolutions for me. Instead, I am using the New Year ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter (Adobosilog)

Where: Meng’s Filipino Cuisine, 34091 Date Palm Drive, Suite B, Cathedral City

How much: $6.99

Contact: 760-321-2277

Why: It’s a delicious Filipino favorite.

Confession: I have a checkered history when it comes to Filipino restaurants.

A couple of decades ago, I ...

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A Toast to Rhône Wines: France's Southern Rhône Valley Is Home to Some of the Earth's Best Vintages

A Toast to Rhône Wines: France's Southern Rhône Valley Is Home to Some of the Earth's Best Vintages

Wednesday, January 04, 2017  |  Pete Holland

I first chose to drink a wine from France’s Rhône valley because pronouncing it fell within my radius of linguistic confidence.

I was sitting in a bistro in Paris on Rue Mouffetard, a street whose movements feed the Paris of the imagination so slavishly that the cast—garrulous fishmongers dangling ci...

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