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The Potted Desert Garden: The Fifth Week Is Here Again

The Potted Desert Garden: The Fifth Week Is Here Again

We find ourselves with a fifth Tuesday this month. That means there’s time to reflect on … the heat? No, we’re all tired of that subject.

Instead, I will tell you about some of the changes I have recen...

Restaurant News Bites: Dish Wants Your Help With a Move; Johannes Turns 15; and Much, Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dish Wants Your Help With a Move; Johannes Turns 15; and Much, Much More!

Dish Creative Cuisine Using Kickstarter to Help With Move

Dish Creative Cuisine, the Cathedral City restaurant that made waves with its upscale modern food and tasty amuse-bouche offerings over the las...

Desert Rock Chronicles: Renowned Desert Drummer Rob Peterson Has Joined Vince Meghrouni's Atomic Sherpas

Desert Rock Chronicles: Renowned Desert Drummer Rob Peterson Has Joined Vince Meghrouni's Atomic Sherpas

I discovered the depth of composer and multi-instrumentalist Vince Meghrouni when I heard him last year with the Rubber Snake Charmers, a side project involving him and Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso...

FRESH Sessions With All Night Shoes: August 2014

FRESH Sessions With All Night Shoes: August 2014

It’s time for August’s FRESH Sessions, the 11th installment in this series!

I’d like to again thank JF//Discord for his guest FRESH Sessions mix last month. While I love offering people some of the bes...

Splish Dance: Three-Venue Pool Party/EDM Festival Splash House Is Back for a Second Go-Round This Summer

Splish Dance: Three-Venue Pool Party/EDM Festival Splash House Is Back for a Second Go-Round This Summer

The first Splash House, in 2013, proved that Tyler and Kelly McLean’s theory was correct: Summer events can be quite successful in Palm Springs.

The second Splash House, held in June of this year, was ...

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News

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs has been in a fiscal emergency ever since last year’s surprising November revelation that the city was facing a budget deficit upward of $6 million.

In an effort to bridge that gap, the city put Measure F on the June 3 ballot, proposing to drastically raise taxes on vacant parcels ...

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Crack Law Is Wack: State Lawmakers Inch Closer to Fixing a Discriminatory Law

Crack Law Is Wack: State Lawmakers Inch Closer to Fixing a Discriminatory Law

Thursday, July 17, 2014  |  Raheem F. Hosseini

State legislators are finally addressing one of the most racist drug laws on the books.

On July 2, the state Assembly Appropriations Committee approved the California Fair Sentencing Act of 2014 on a 12-3 margin (with two abstentions). Aided by a bullish review from the nonpartisan Legislative Analys...

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Opinion

The Potted Desert Garden: The Fifth Week Is Here Again

The Potted Desert Garden: The Fifth Week Is Here Again

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

We find ourselves with a fifth Tuesday this month. That means there’s time to reflect on … the heat? No, we’re all tired of that subject.

Instead, I will tell you about some of the changes I have recently made in my life—and share with you my new minimal garden. Since 1996, my partner and I had lived...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's extra-fresh comics page: Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World makes its Independent debut with some breaking news; Jen Sorenson calls on the border goon squad; The K Chronicles marks the birth of the second boy; and Red Meat discusses the dangers of giraffes.

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: The Life of a Wildland Firefighter Is Chronicled in 'Ahead of the Flaming Front'

Western Lit: The Life of a Wildland Firefighter Is Chronicled in 'Ahead of the Flaming Front'

Sunday, July 27, 2014  |  Andrea Clark Mason

Jerry D. Mathes’ second nonfiction book, Ahead of the Flaming Front , portrays the day-to-day life of a wildland firefighter. With a poet’s sense of language, Mathes describes his experiences as a rookie, gaining knowledge as he rises through the ranks.

Mathes works mostly for the Krassel Heli-Rappelle...

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Literature on High: The Idyllwild Authors Series Wraps Up Another Year of Bringing Great Writers to the Mountain Town

Literature on High: The Idyllwild Authors Series Wraps Up Another Year of Bringing Great Writers to the Mountain Town

Friday, July 25, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Idyllwild has always been known for its arts community—and now, it’s become a destination for lovers of literature.

For 10 consecutive Sundays during the summer, the mountain town, located an hour’s drive from the CoachellaValley, hosts authors at Café Aroma to discuss their craft, thanks to the Idyl...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: The Improvised Feel of 'Happy Christmas' Helps This Comedy Succeed

Home Video Review: The Improvised Feel of 'Happy Christmas' Helps This Comedy Succeed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Joe Swanberg has followed up his terrific Drinking Buddies with Happy Christmas , a fun vehicle for Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey.

Kendrick plays Jenny, a woman who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and goes to live with her brother and his wife (played by Swanberg and Lynskey...

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The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending July 27, 2014

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending July 27, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014  |  Staff

1. Sabotage * (Universal)

2. Heaven Is for Real (Sony)

3. Transcendence * (Warner Bros.)

4. Rio 2 * (20th Century Fox)

5. 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.)

6. Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club (Lionsgate)

7. Cesar Chavez (Lionsgate)

8. Non-Stop  (Universal)

9. A Night in Old Mexico (Phase 4)

10. Road to Paloma (Anchor Bay)

* Av...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Chris Long, of Boycott Radio

The Lucky 13: Chris Long, of Boycott Radio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Chris Long, the frontman of Boycott Radio, has music in his blood. On top of fronting rock band Boycott Radio ( www.facebook.com/boycottradio )—which has performed at The Hood Bar and Pizza, Schmidy’s Tavern and other venues—Long hosts Beer Pong every Wednesday night at The Hood. Here are his answers ...

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Desert Rock Chronicles: Renowned Desert Drummer Rob Peterson Has Joined Vince Meghrouni's Atomic Sherpas

Desert Rock Chronicles: Renowned Desert Drummer Rob Peterson Has Joined Vince Meghrouni's Atomic Sherpas

Monday, July 28, 2014  |  Robin Linn

I discovered the depth of composer and multi-instrumentalist Vince Meghrouni when I heard him last year with the Rubber Snake Charmers, a side project involving him and Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson).

But it wasn’t until I heard him performing with Fatso Jetson that I realized what an absolu...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Dish Wants Your Help With a Move; Johannes Turns 15; and Much, Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dish Wants Your Help With a Move; Johannes Turns 15; and Much, Much More!

Monday, July 28, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

Dish Creative Cuisine Using Kickstarter to Help With Move

Dish Creative Cuisine, the Cathedral City restaurant that made waves with its upscale modern food and tasty amuse-bouche offerings over the last two years, is moving to downtown Palm Springs—and the restaurant’s owner is asking for the public’...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Slider Sampler at Woody's Burgers

The Indy Endorsement: The Slider Sampler at Woody's Burgers

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Slider Sampler

Where: Woody’s Burgers, 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $10.50

Contact: 760-230-0188; woodysburgersps.com

Why: Variety is the spice of life.

Sometimes, you don’t want to make a choice—and when it comes to burgers, Woody’s makes life a little easier on indecisive diners...

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