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It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

Coachella Valley artist Cynthia King keeps things simple.

Her website puts it succinctly: She “currently works in the simplest of mediums, black ink on a white ground, to create intricately detailed re...

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

Elephant’s food, or Portulacaria afra , is a wonderful plant for desert gardens. Best planted in a pot that gets afternoon shade during our hot months, Elephant’s food is a pleasure to grow.

They’re easy...

Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

The members of Burning Bettie have distinctly individual personalities and different musical backgrounds—and all of those differences have served the band well, as it’s become one of the Coachella Val...

After the Beard: Matisyahu Embarks on a New Journey After Leaving Behind Hasidic Judaism

After the Beard: Matisyahu Embarks on a New Journey After Leaving Behind Hasidic Judaism

In 2004, Matisyahu began to capture the curiosity of the music press and American audiences, thanks to his talent and his sheer uniqueness: He was a Hasidic reggae singer.

In the decade since, much has...

A Punk Survivor: Rikk Agnew Brings His Band to Twentynine Palms for Labor Day Weekend

A Punk Survivor: Rikk Agnew Brings His Band to Twentynine Palms for Labor Day Weekend

When L.A. punk scene was gaining national attention in the 1970s and ’80s that was both good and bad, Rikk Agnew was there.

Today, he remains a popular figure in the Southern California music world, an...

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News

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, as well as Bono's wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono—is running for the U.S. House ...

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Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Wednesday, August 06, 2014  |  Robert Victor

The full moon occurs on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 11:09 a.m. The moon passes perigee—221,765 miles from Earth, the closest approach of the year—at the same hour.

But this “supermoon,” visible at dawn and dusk on that date, is not the brightest moon of 2014, because of the phase effect, which makes the moon’s bri...

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Opinion

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

The Potted Desert Garden: Plant Some Elephant Food!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Elephant’s food, or Portulacaria afra , is a wonderful plant for desert gardens. Best planted in a pot that gets afternoon shade during our hot months, Elephant’s food is a pleasure to grow.

They’re easy-care, low-water and interesting to shape. I have even seen some plants that are nurtured into small...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 14, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 14, 2014!

Thursday, August 14, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's politically active Independent comics page: Red Meat takes some swimming lessons; This Modern World discusses the fact that we tortured some folks; Jen Sorenson wonders why the GOP blocked emergency funding for wildfire fighting; and The K Chronicles looks at a violent show featuring th...

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Arts and Culture

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

It's Not a Paradox: Artist Cynthia King's Black-and-White Clayboards Use Simplicity to Create Complexity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Victor Barocas

Coachella Valley artist Cynthia King keeps things simple.

Her website puts it succinctly: She “currently works in the simplest of mediums, black ink on a white ground, to create intricately detailed representational works of art. She creates fine lines and weaves them into an often familiar yet compl...

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Western Lit: A Filmmaker Chronicles a Small Western Town—Poorly—in the Compelling Novel 'Calamity Jane'

Western Lit: A Filmmaker Chronicles a Small Western Town—Poorly—in the Compelling Novel 'Calamity Jane'

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  Phyllis Barber

After nearly two decades of literary silence, former mystery writer Bernard Schopen is back with Calamity Jane , a new novel that asks serious questions about the West.

His protagonist, independent filmmaker Jane Harmon, returns triumphantly from Hollywood to Blue Lake, Nev., to showcase The Last Roundu...

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Movies & TV

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Aug. 17, 2014

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Aug. 17, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014  |  Staff

1. Divergent (Lionsgate)

2. Need for Speed (Disney)

3. A Haunted House 2 * (Universal)

4. Oculus * (20th Century Fox)

5. Noah (Paramount)

6. Sabotage (Universal)

7. The Other Woman * (20th Century Fox)

8. Heaven Is for Real (Sony)

9. God's Not Dead (Pure)

10. Rage (Image)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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Bummer, Dude: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Back—and Kind of Boring

Bummer, Dude: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Back—and Kind of Boring

Thursday, August 14, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Legions of Michael Bay’s detractors were jumping all over the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot before it even hit screens.

Well, it’s not actually a Michael Bay film; he only served as a producer on this one. Jonathan Liebesman ( Wrath of the Titans , Battle Los Angeles ) is the director here, and he’s ...

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Music

Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Birthday Bunch: Burning Bettie's Annual Bash Comes at a Time of Expansion for the Band

Monday, August 18, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

The members of Burning Bettie have distinctly individual personalities and different musical backgrounds—and all of those differences have served the band well, as it’s become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular bands.

The group is holding is third “Burning Bday Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 23, wit...

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After the Beard: Matisyahu Embarks on a New Journey After Leaving Behind Hasidic Judaism

After the Beard: Matisyahu Embarks on a New Journey After Leaving Behind Hasidic Judaism

Monday, August 18, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2004, Matisyahu began to capture the curiosity of the music press and American audiences, thanks to his talent and his sheer uniqueness: He was a Hasidic reggae singer.

In the decade since, much has changed. He’ll be performing at Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Matisyahu was born ...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Blistered Shishito Peppers at Appetito

The Indy Endorsement: The Blistered Shishito Peppers at Appetito

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Blistered Shishito Peppers

Where: Appetito Cal-Italian Deli, 1700 S. Camino Real, No. 2, Palm Springs

How much: $4.95

Contact: 760-327-1929; appetitodeli.com

Why: They’re an example of delicious simplicity—with a side of adventure.

Appetito opened earlier this year in the long-vacant space in the Kof...

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Sniff the Cap: Wine, Lennon and Song at Rose and Buster's in Yucca Valley

Sniff the Cap: Wine, Lennon and Song at Rose and Buster's in Yucca Valley

Monday, August 11, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

Desert dwellers crave wine.

Rose Baker and her husband, Buster, suspected as much when they envisioned a wine bar in Yucca Valley.

The venue is no slick wine-country rip-off.

Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room  sports an eclectic vibe the couple calls “cowboy feng shui”—with Buddhas, cactus, dream catc...

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