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The Indy Endorsement: The Falafel Pita at Francesco's

The Indy Endorsement: The Falafel Pita at Francesco's

What: The Falafel Pita

Where: Francesco’s Café, 72047 Dinah Shore Drive, No. C1, Rancho Mirage

How much: $9.95

Contact:  760-202-4425

Why: The falafel is perfect—and it’s enhanced by the yummy accompaniments.

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Turn Off the Screen: 'Unfriended' Is Yet Another Lazy Found-Footage Horror Mess

Turn Off the Screen: 'Unfriended' Is Yet Another Lazy Found-Footage Horror Mess

There have been some good—and even great—horror movies released within the last couple of years.

Unfriended , the latest entry in the tired found-footage subgenre, is not one of them.

This is an entire fil...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

On this week's moving Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wishes she could use her bike more; The K Chronicles wonders if some right-wing converts are for real; This Modern World enjoys the presidenti...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

One category of gun deaths goes beyond even National Rifle Association-inspired “no restrictions on guns” inanity: when small children get guns and accidentally shoot someone.

It happens far too often:...

True TV: Your Daily Guide to Watching—and Hate Watching

True TV: Your Daily Guide to Watching—and Hate Watching

After “Are you still writing for that paper?” and “Why did I assume you were dead?” the question I’m most often asked is: “So, what’s good on TV?”

Sure, I write a readily available weekly column about w...

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News

The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On March 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board made it clear: Californians need to escalate the battle against the continuing, disastrous drought that’s plaguing our state.

Gov. Jerry Brown first held a press conference to reiterate the need for increased voluntary water conservation. ...

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Snapshot: The 2015 ANA Inspiration Tournament Lives Up to Its Name

Snapshot: The 2015 ANA Inspiration Tournament Lives Up to Its Name

Monday, April 06, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The newly named 2015 ANA Inspiration—the first LPGA major tournament of the year—delivered challenges, frustration, exhilaration, relief, celebration and, yes, inspiration to the players who came to the Mission Hills Country Club over the last week.

For the winner, Brittany Lincicome of Florida, the ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's moving Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wishes she could use her bike more; The K Chronicles wonders if some right-wing converts are for real; This Modern World enjoys the presidential-primary process; and Red Meat gets a special message from God.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

One category of gun deaths goes beyond even National Rifle Association-inspired “no restrictions on guns” inanity: when small children get guns and accidentally shoot someone.

It happens far too often:

  • Elmo, Mo.: A 5-year-old found his grandpa’s loaded gun and killed his 9-month-old baby brother with ...

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Arts and Culture

The Bitch Is Back: Jerome Elliott Shines in DETC's 'Miss Gulch Returns'

The Bitch Is Back: Jerome Elliott Shines in DETC's 'Miss Gulch Returns'

Sunday, April 19, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

As a child, my older sister was scared to death of the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz . My sister would flee the room in terror when the old green hag appeared onscreen. Sis is not alone: The witch, and her alter ego, the bicycle-riding, dog-hating Almira Gulch, have been feared and revi...

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Brilliant Contrasts: Desert Rose Teams With the Author of 'To Wong Foo' to Mount a Hilarious Production

Brilliant Contrasts: Desert Rose Teams With the Author of 'To Wong Foo' to Mount a Hilarious Production

Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Like the little dog, you’re going to laugh—and you’ll love it.

The Desert Rose Playhouse’s new comedy, The Little Dog Laughed , was written by Douglas Carter Beane. He’s not a household name, but perhaps he should be: He’s the genius who crafted the amazing screenplay for To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everyth...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Michael Douglas Goes to Waste in the Nonsensical, Terrible 'Beyond the Reach'

Home Video Review: Michael Douglas Goes to Waste in the Nonsensical, Terrible 'Beyond the Reach'

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

A mean rich guy (Michael Douglas) pays a young, innocent guide (Jeremy Irvine) to take him hunting for big-horn sheep in the Mojave Desert in Beyond the Reach . Once they get out there, rich guy gets an itchy trigger finger and actually shoots an old guy who just happens to live out in the middle of n...

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Turn Off the Screen: 'Unfriended' Is Yet Another Lazy Found-Footage Horror Mess

Turn Off the Screen: 'Unfriended' Is Yet Another Lazy Found-Footage Horror Mess

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

There have been some good—and even great—horror movies released within the last couple of years.

Unfriended , the latest entry in the tired found-footage subgenre, is not one of them.

This is an entire film in which you watch somebody’s computer screen, on which a bunch of obnoxious teens are Skyping one...

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Music

Desert Rock Chronicles: The Last Internationale Brings Its Protest Music to the Joshua Tree Music Festival

Desert Rock Chronicles: The Last Internationale Brings Its Protest Music to the Joshua Tree Music Festival

Tuesday, April 21, 2015  |  Robin Linn

Mark your calendars: On Saturday, May 16, The Last Internationale will headline the 13th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival.

The Last Internationale is a powerful trio of modern-day musical revolutionaries who ride the cusp between hard rock and folk-protest music. They move from aggressive roc...

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Thank You for the Music: The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Gets Set to Honor ABBA

Thank You for the Music: The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Gets Set to Honor ABBA

Tuesday, April 21, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

ABBA is one of the most successful music groups in the history of the world. Active from 1970 to 1983, the band sold millions of albums and toured the world—and thanks in part to the hit musical Mamma Mia! , ABBA remains wildly popular.

Now ABBA is being honored by the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus, wh...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Falafel Pita at Francesco's

The Indy Endorsement: The Falafel Pita at Francesco's

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Falafel Pita

Where: Francesco’s Café, 72047 Dinah Shore Drive, No. C1, Rancho Mirage

How much: $9.95

Contact:  760-202-4425

Why: The falafel is perfect—and it’s enhanced by the yummy accompaniments.

So Francesco’s Café specializes in Italian and Persian cuisine.

Wait, what? Last I checked, Italy and P...

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Sniff the Cap: Still 49, and Liking the Finer Wines of Paso Robles

Sniff the Cap: Still 49, and Liking the Finer Wines of Paso Robles

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  |  Deidre Pike

This is about creeping age and rolling green hills. It’s about interspersed wide patches of California poppies that cause drivers to pull over and take photos—as do acres of vines and vines and vines.

I’m 49 years old, and I could spend every spring on the Central Coast.

Dave and I drive the hybrid to...

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