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The Beer Goddess: Three IPA-Makers Discuss the Increasingly Popular Craft-Beer Style

The Beer Goddess: Three IPA-Makers Discuss the Increasingly Popular Craft-Beer Style

Like IPAs? You aren’t alone.

According to the Brewers Association, IPAs accounted for less than 8 percent of the craft beers sold in 2008. As of August 2015, 27.4 percent of beers s...

On the Boards: While Local Stages Are Largely Quiet in August, Great Theater Is Coming Soon!

On the Boards: While Local Stages Are Largely Quiet in August, Great Theater Is Coming Soon!

The Coachella Valley and High Desert are blessed with a variety of unique and ambitious local theater companies.

But you would not necessarily know that’s the case in August: Not on...

Don't Bother Calling: The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Yet Another Summer-Movie Disappointment

Don't Bother Calling: The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Yet Another Summer-Movie Disappointment

The first Ghostbusters was a magnificent movie miracle.

Some of the greatest comedy actors of the time (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Dan Aykroyd) joined forces under th...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 21, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 21, 2016!

On this week's completely non-plagiarized weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the Donald Trump news cycle; Jen Sorenson is relieved at what she sees regarding ...

Ska and Beyond: Spankshaft Throws Rock and Reggae Sounds Into Its Upcoming New Album

Ska and Beyond: Spankshaft Throws Rock and Reggae Sounds Into Its Upcoming New Album

Spankshaft is often labeled as a “ska band.” However, the group, which calls Yucca Valley home, is much more than that.

Brandon Simpson (vocals/guitar), Brent Simpson (bass/vocals) ...

True TV: 'BoJack Horseman' Returns, Tragicomic as Ever; 'Looking; Says Buh-Bye

True TV: 'BoJack Horseman' Returns, Tragicomic as Ever; 'Looking; Says Buh-Bye

BoJack Horseman (Friday, July 22, Netflix): Prior to the premiere of Season 3, Netflix released promo art that placed cartoon character BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) in th...

Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Doctors Play Cat Stevens Before Prostate Exams?

Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Doctors Play Cat Stevens Before Prostate Exams?

Dear Mexican: Over the years, I’ve had several different American doctors digitally violate me to examine my old prostate. Before they examine me, they always play Cat Stevens musi...

News

The Champ: Coachella's Citlalli Ortiz Fights to Keep Her Record Undefeated

The Champ: Coachella's Citlalli Ortiz Fights to Keep Her Record Undefeated

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Close to 1,000 young boxing hopefuls and proven amateurs this week are congregating at the 15th Annual Desert Showdown at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio—all in search of a title in their weight and age class.

For one local girl, the tournament means a return to the site of her first sanct...

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Cannabis in the CV: The GOP Takes Huge Steps Backward on Cannabis With Its Official Platform—and With Mike Pence

Cannabis in the CV: The GOP Takes Huge Steps Backward on Cannabis With Its Official Platform—and With Mike Pence

Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Sean Planck

As the GOP geared up for its national convention in Cleveland, Republican delegates decided what would be included in the official party platform—and amid wildly inaccurate and unproven claims, cannabis reform was rejected.

Some of the anti-cannabis arguments were some real gems, including claims tha...

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Off the Air: Community Radio Station KDHS Shifts Its Focus After a Licensing Snafu

Off the Air: Community Radio Station KDHS Shifts Its Focus After a Licensing Snafu

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs’ community radio station is off the air—but the family that runs the station still has big plans for what is known as KDHS.

The Independent did a piece on KDHS back in March , when the low-frequency station was on the air at 98.9 FM. The story, however, raised the eyebrows of at least...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 21, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 21, 2016!

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's completely non-plagiarized weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the Donald Trump news cycle; Jen Sorenson is relieved at what she sees regarding the new Ghostbusters ; The K Chronicles has an encounter with a friendly kitty; and Red Meat talks politics.

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Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Doctors Play Cat Stevens Before Prostate Exams?

Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Doctors Play Cat Stevens Before Prostate Exams?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Over the years, I’ve had several different American doctors digitally violate me to examine my old prostate. Before they examine me, they always play Cat Stevens music. It explains why old American men uniformly hate Cat Stevens.

I’m moving to Mexico soon, and I assume that my next annu...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 14, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 14, 2016!

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's utterly baffled weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson shakes her head at all of the recent shootings; The K Chronicles looks at how the sausage is made in America; This Modern World bemoans the end of humanity; and Red Meat gets ready for Halloween eggings.

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Arts and Culture

On the Boards: While Local Stages Are Largely Quiet in August, Great Theater Is Coming Soon!

On the Boards: While Local Stages Are Largely Quiet in August, Great Theater Is Coming Soon!

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

The Coachella Valley and High Desert are blessed with a variety of unique and ambitious local theater companies.

But you would not necessarily know that’s the case in August: Not one of the Coachella Valley companies had a single regular show scheduled during the month. However, perhaps there’s a les...

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Inspired by Nature: Meet the Group That's Turning Artists Into Advocates for Public Land

Inspired by Nature: Meet the Group That's Turning Artists Into Advocates for Public Land

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Sarah Gilman

Hard rain has driven the small crew down from their camp at an alpine lake to a roadside national forest picnic area. The spot’s pleasant, even under a late-May storm: Oregon’s Clackamas and Collawash rivers meet here, and conifers and the fluorescent whorls of horsetails overhang the clear green wa...

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Western Lit: Three New Books Look at Edward Abbey's Mixed Legacy on Environment, Gender and Immigration

Western Lit: Three New Books Look at Edward Abbey's Mixed Legacy on Environment, Gender and Immigration

Monday, July 11, 2016  |  Andrea Clark Mason

It’s hard to believe that more than 25 years have passed since Western writer and fierce conservationist Edward Abbey died, on March 14, 1989. Several recent books take a clear look at his legacy, and though all three emphasize the continued relevance of Abbey’s environmental ideas, none of them shy...

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Movies & TV

Don't Bother Calling: The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Yet Another Summer-Movie Disappointment

Don't Bother Calling: The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Yet Another Summer-Movie Disappointment

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

The first Ghostbusters was a magnificent movie miracle.

Some of the greatest comedy actors of the time (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Dan Aykroyd) joined forces under the guidance of a hot director (Ivan Reitman, coming off Stripes and Meatballs ) to merge horror, science fiction, comedy and ...

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True TV: 'BoJack Horseman' Returns, Tragicomic as Ever; 'Looking; Says Buh-Bye

True TV: 'BoJack Horseman' Returns, Tragicomic as Ever; 'Looking; Says Buh-Bye

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Bill Frost

BoJack Horseman (Friday, July 22, Netflix): Prior to the premiere of Season 3, Netflix released promo art that placed cartoon character BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) in the same league as troubled dramatic TV anti-heroes Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Frank Underwood. It’s no joke: They all s...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'Sing Street' Is a Sweet '80s Period Piece About Romance and the Formation of a High School Band

Blu-Ray Review: 'Sing Street' Is a Sweet '80s Period Piece About Romance and the Formation of a High School Band

Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director John Carney, who made Once and Begin Again , has turned in another fine movie about music and relationships with Sing Street , an ’80s period piece featuring high school students forming a band.

The movie is set in Dublin, where Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) has just transferred schools and is...

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Music

Stable Again: After a Breakdown, Creed's Scott Stapp Is Getting His Life Together—and Is Back on the Road

Stable Again: After a Breakdown, Creed's Scott Stapp Is Getting His Life Together—and Is Back on the Road

Monday, July 25, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Ever since the band Creed first dissolved in 2004, frontman Scott Stapp has endured a hellish series of personal crises.

Stapp’s downward spiral reached its lowest point in 2014, when he suffered a complete mental breakdown brought on by drug and alcohol use. Stapp made Facebook videos in which he ma...

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Ska and Beyond: Spankshaft Throws Rock and Reggae Sounds Into Its Upcoming New Album

Ska and Beyond: Spankshaft Throws Rock and Reggae Sounds Into Its Upcoming New Album

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Spankshaft is often labeled as a “ska band.” However, the group, which calls Yucca Valley home, is much more than that.

Brandon Simpson (vocals/guitar), Brent Simpson (bass/vocals) and Russel Waldron (drums) recently sat down to discuss the band’s in-the-works new album, Beasts and Goddesses .

“We start...

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The Lucky 13: James Montenegro, bassist for Venus and the Traps

The Lucky 13: James Montenegro, bassist for Venus and the Traps

Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Venus and the Traps have continued to dazzle local-music audiences at places from house parties in Coachella, to The Hood Bar and Pizza, to even the McCallum Theatre, as part of the East Valley Voices Out Loud showcase. The band’s sound combines punk, psychedelia and surf rock. Playing bass for Venus ...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: Three IPA-Makers Discuss the Increasingly Popular Craft-Beer Style

The Beer Goddess: Three IPA-Makers Discuss the Increasingly Popular Craft-Beer Style

Friday, July 22, 2016  |  Erin Peters

Like IPAs? You aren’t alone.

According to the Brewers Association, IPAs accounted for less than 8 percent of the craft beers sold in 2008. As of August 2015, 27.4 percent of beers sold were IPAs.

That’s a huge amount growth—and the popularity of IPAs continues to rise: According to the 2016 Craft Brew...

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Well Red: A Chat With Marcus Kempken, Palm Springs Sales Manager at Mosaic Wine Alliance

Well Red: A Chat With Marcus Kempken, Palm Springs Sales Manager at Mosaic Wine Alliance

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  |  Christine Soto

Marcus Kempken has been living and breathing wine for more than a decade. As the Palm Springs sales manager for Mosaic Wine Alliance, his job is to meet with his various accounts and sell wine … but to Kempken, it’s so much more than that.

Many wine-lovers, for some reason, also love storytelling, an...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Wok-Fried Noodles With Chicken at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro

The Indy Endorsement: The Wok-Fried Noodles With Chicken at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Wok-Fried Noodles With Chicken

Where: Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, 415 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $11 as a lunch special; $14 as a dinner entrée

Contact: 760-832-9927; watercressvietnamesebistro.com (site currently only mentions Redlands location)

Why: It’s fresh and tasty.

Regular ...

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