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The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

Color is the most prominent element in garden design, and typically the first one considered. Color is what draws us into a garden and is often what draws us out of the house and onto our patio.

When y...

Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015

Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015

Welcome to the Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015!

Here’s how these results came to be: Between Aug. 29 and Oct. 3, Coachella Valley Independent readers voted at CVIndependent.com in an open ballot in th...

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet the Nomadic Artists Who Are Living Off the Grid at Domeland

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet the Nomadic Artists Who Are Living Off the Grid at Domeland

Cain Motter has been living off the grid here and there since childhood, when his mother and father escaped a religious cult that didn’t allow members to leave.

The family was advised to head for Calif...

Help Needed: Local Service Agencies Need Assistance to Meet an Increase in Demand During the Holiday Season

Help Needed: Local Service Agencies Need Assistance to Meet an Increase in Demand During the Holiday Season

The 2014 holiday season has officially arrived, and while many of us are busily planning schedules around parties and shopping, more and more of our neighbors are facing formidable food and resource s...

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Mormon Political Behavior and Party Affiliation

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Mormon Political Behavior and Party Affiliation

On Oct. 8, 2008, several elite leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—also known as the LDS or Mormon Church— went on the air  and urged members in California to boost their involvem...

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Help Needed: Local Service Agencies Need Assistance to Meet an Increase in Demand During the Holiday Season

Help Needed: Local Service Agencies Need Assistance to Meet an Increase in Demand During the Holiday Season

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The 2014 holiday season has officially arrived, and while many of us are busily planning schedules around parties and shopping, more and more of our neighbors are facing formidable food and resource shortages.

“Over the last 24 months, we’ve seen the monthly average number of people served meals in o...

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A Sticky Proposition: Environmental Groups Fear Prop 1 Will Lead to More Dams

A Sticky Proposition: Environmental Groups Fear Prop 1 Will Lead to More Dams

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond that 67 percent of California voters approved last week, will provide millions of dollars for projects everyone likes.

It sets aside funds to strip pollutants from valuable urban aquifers ; it will bring in money to repair aging pipes that leach pollutants int...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Giving Thanks as the Holidays Arrive

A Note From the Editor: Giving Thanks as the Holidays Arrive

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

The holidays are here, and there are a lot of things for which I am thankful:

• I’m thankful for the  Independent ’s knowledgeable readers.  Our inaugural Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll is complete, and the results are here! With a few categories excepted (In-n-Out has the valley’s Best Burger? R...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Color is the most prominent element in garden design, and typically the first one considered. Color is what draws us into a garden and is often what draws us out of the house and onto our patio.

When you’re driving down a road, and you approach a bed of flowers, what draws your eye in? Color! However...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Mormon Political Behavior and Party Affiliation

Western Lit: A New Book Examines Mormon Political Behavior and Party Affiliation

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  Wyatt Orme

On Oct. 8, 2008, several elite leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—also known as the LDS or Mormon Church— went on the air  and urged members in California to boost their involvement in defeating the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

The LDS Church was one of the last to...

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Art Outside: Eighteen Sculptures Begin a Two-Year Residency on Palm Desert's El Paseo

Art Outside: Eighteen Sculptures Begin a Two-Year Residency on Palm Desert's El Paseo

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Locals often tell visitors to the Coachella Valley that they must sample the high-end shopping and dining experience that is El Paseo, in Palm Desert.

The pristine boulevard is the valley's answer to renowned destinations like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Fifth Avenue in New York City. However, th...

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Movies & TV

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Nov. 23, 2014

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending Nov. 23, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014  |  Staff

1. 22 Jump Street (Sony)

2. Tammy * (Warner Bros.)

3. Into the Storm * (Warner Bros.)

4. Let's Be Cops * (20th Century Fox)

5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 * (20th Century Fox)

6. Maleficent (Disney)

7. Hercules (Paramount)

8. If I Stay * (MGM)

9. The Purge: Anarchy (Universal)

10. Sex Tape (Sony)

* Available for rental before Red...

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We Waited 20 Years for This? Alas, the 'Dumb and Dumber' Sequel Is a Dud

We Waited 20 Years for This? Alas, the 'Dumb and Dumber' Sequel Is a Dud

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

After numerous stops and starts, the Dumb and Dumber sequel has finally made it to the screen, 20 years after the original.

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as Lloyd and Harry, movie history’s two biggest dumbasses. While Carrey slides right back into the role of the mischievous goofball, Daniels see...

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Music

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet the Nomadic Artists Who Are Living Off the Grid at Domeland

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet the Nomadic Artists Who Are Living Off the Grid at Domeland

Monday, November 24, 2014  |  Robin Linn

Cain Motter has been living off the grid here and there since childhood, when his mother and father escaped a religious cult that didn’t allow members to leave.

The family was advised to head for California—which they did. Motter’s father, a blind Vaudeville performer, earned a living by performing a...

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The Lucky 13: Paul Chesne, of the Paul Chesne Band

The Lucky 13: Paul Chesne, of the Paul Chesne Band

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

The Los Angeles-based Paul Chesne Band is a regular at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. After playing there at the Campout with Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker in September, the Paul Chesne Band will return to Pappy’s for New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/paulchesne...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Barbacoa at La Perlita

The Indy Endorsement: The Barbacoa at La Perlita

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: Barbacoa (pork and beef stew)

Where: La Perlita Mexican Food, 901 Crossley Road, Palm Springs

How much: $11.95

Contact: 760-778-8014

Why: It’s some of the best Mexican food in the valley.

You really have to be looking for La Perlita Mexican Food to find it.

The joint is stuck at the end of a strip mall o...

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Sniff the Cap: Can Our Intrepid Wine Columnist Taste at Six Camino Wineries in One Day?

Sniff the Cap: Can Our Intrepid Wine Columnist Taste at Six Camino Wineries in One Day?

Friday, November 14, 2014  |  Deidre Pike

The dog wanders through the Illuminare tasting room in Camino, Calif.

Like his owner who’s pouring our wine, the pooch is chill. I try to attract the dog’s attention, to give him a scratch. He ignores me. Uber-chill. Do people still say uber? Do they use the umlaut to spell it? Über?

When I drink, I ov...

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