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The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

Jared Huss is not a musician; instead, he’s arguably the most bad-ass skateboarder here in the Coachella Valley. Want proof? Check out this amazing shot here by photographer Orland...

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Bruce Davis has a reputation around the valley for knowing his stuff when it comes to wine. After one conversation with him, I understand why the wine specialist at Palm Desert’s B...

Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Many drivers loathe DUI checkpoints—especially drivers who have had a drink or two.

And that’s exactly the point: Drivers shouldn’t be behind the wheel when intoxicated. Arrests for d...

The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

It’s no secret that scorching-hot weather can extend well into September and October here in the Coachella Valley. However, locals don’t need to fret or sweat—because crafty beach ...

Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

El Paseo’s CODA Gallery has always presented works with a colorful, positive energy—making visits to the gallery an always-exciting experience.

Today, CODA is on the move: It will b...

To Be Frank: 'Sausage Party' Is a Hilarious, Violent, Profane Movie—With Surprising Depth

To Be Frank: 'Sausage Party' Is a Hilarious, Violent, Profane Movie—With Surprising Depth

There’s been too much “more of the same” at theaters this summer. Flat big-budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality keep being churned out of t...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 18, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 18, 2016!

On this week's thirst-quenching weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World catches some of Donald Trump's standup comedy; Jen Sorenson takes a peek at the goings-on at Fox New...

News

A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The eastern Coachella Valley is the home of some of the poorest areas of California. Many residents don’t even have access to safe drinking water—thanks largely to years of institutional indifference.

This horrifying truth can be blamed in part on the fact that the Coachella Valley Water District (CV...

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Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

Many drivers loathe DUI checkpoints—especially drivers who have had a drink or two.

And that’s exactly the point: Drivers shouldn’t be behind the wheel when intoxicated. Arrests for driving under the influence can cost people more than $10,000 in fees and fines, plus jail time.

But that’s a small price ...

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Cannabis in the CV: While States Continue to Open Doors for Marijuana, the Feds Just Keep Saying 'No'

Cannabis in the CV: While States Continue to Open Doors for Marijuana, the Feds Just Keep Saying 'No'

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  |  Sean Planck

The pro-cannabis movement has had quite a few recent state-level victories—both here in California and elsewhere—but the anti-prohibition movement and the development of the cannabis industry continue to be crippled at the federal level by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as the agency desperate...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 18, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 18, 2016!

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's thirst-quenching weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World catches some of Donald Trump's standup comedy; Jen Sorenson takes a peek at the goings-on at Fox News; The K Chronicles eavesdrops on a post office chat between a kid and a mother; and Red Meat finally forces Milkman Dan...

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Ask a Mexican: Do Certain Clothes Determine One's Mexican-Ness?

Ask a Mexican: Do Certain Clothes Determine One's Mexican-Ness?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently in the hills of Kentucky, drinking white dog with the good ol’ chicos while doing tamborazo covers of “Molly and Tenbrooks” and bluegrass versions of “Las Isabeles”—because hillbillies and paisas are brothers from another madre, you know?

Anyhoo, onto some oldies- pe...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 11, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 11, 2016!

Thursday, August 11, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's strictly constitutional weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson throws around the term "political correctness"; The K Chronicles listens to some advice from Clint Eastwood; This Modern World eavesdrops on a chat between two millennials; and Red Meat interrupts God at a most inoppor...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  High Country News

On March 26, 2016, Jim Harrison died at his home in Patagonia, Ariz., a final poem left unfinished on his desk.

Some writers leave too soon; others, like Harrison, depart when they’re good and ready. He had lived hard, first in Michigan and later in Montana, where his prodigious appetites combined wi...

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Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

El Paseo’s CODA Gallery has always presented works with a colorful, positive energy—making visits to the gallery an always-exciting experience.

Today, CODA is on the move: It will be reopening in September in a new space two blocks east of its former home.

Sam Heaton has been the gallery director sinc...

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The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

Friday, August 12, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley Art Scene (CVAS) has come a long way since founder and executive director Sarah Scheideman started the whole thing as a blog in 2008.

Since its humble beginnings, the organization has left a unique footprint on the Coachella Valley with its arts-related events. The 111 Music Fest...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Get Ready to Laugh and Cringe at David Cross' Latest Special on Netflix

Home Video Review: Get Ready to Laugh and Cringe at David Cross' Latest Special on Netflix

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

In his latest comedy special, Making America Great Again! on Netflix, David Cross takes a little more than 10 minutes to really get going.

When he gets going … holy shit!

This guy isn’t afraid of anything. He takes on Donald Trump, the pope and the Catholic Church, terrorists, etc., with a fearlessness ...

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To Be Frank: 'Sausage Party' Is a Hilarious, Violent, Profane Movie—With Surprising Depth

To Be Frank: 'Sausage Party' Is a Hilarious, Violent, Profane Movie—With Surprising Depth

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

There’s been too much “more of the same” at theaters this summer. Flat big-budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality keep being churned out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit.

Sausage Party , the anima...

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'Little Men' Is a Big Success: This Under-the-Radar Film Is Moving and Wonderful

'Little Men' Is a Big Success: This Under-the-Radar Film Is Moving and Wonderful

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Friendships are a big deal in our younger years. Writer-director Ira Sachs is very much clued into this reality with Little Men , a beautiful little movie about a family moving to Brooklyn after a relative has left them a home.

Greg Kinnear, in his best role in years, plays Brian, an actor on the downs...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Jared Huss is not a musician; instead, he’s arguably the most bad-ass skateboarder here in the Coachella Valley. Want proof? Check out this amazing shot here by photographer Orlando Welsh of Huss riding a rail atop a freeway overpass. Huss was recently kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.

What was the...

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That Burning Feeling: Giorg Tierez Plans to Kick Back and Enjoy His Fifth Annual Burning Bash

That Burning Feeling: Giorg Tierez Plans to Kick Back and Enjoy His Fifth Annual Burning Bash

Monday, August 15, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Giorg Tierez has thrown a “Burning Bash” to celebrate his birthday in each of the past for years.

This year, Tierez had big plans for the Burning Bash—but when those plans fell through, the party was nearly cancelled. But after a quick regrouping and some help from Bart Lounge, Burning Bash V is back...

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Live: The Vans Warped Tour at the Pomona Fairplex, Aug. 7

Live: The Vans Warped Tour at the Pomona Fairplex, Aug. 7

Tuesday, August 09, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The Warped Tour returned for its annual appearance at the Fairplex in Pomona on Sunday, Aug. 7.

The 2016 stop represented a huge improvement over last year, thanks to a far-less-stale lineup, welcome layout modifications and stage changes.

Here are some of the musical highlights.

Sum 41

The Canadian pop...

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Food and Drink

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Christine Soto

Bruce Davis has a reputation around the valley for knowing his stuff when it comes to wine. After one conversation with him, I understand why the wine specialist at Palm Desert’s Bristol Farms has this sterling reputation.

Davis, like a lot of great wine people, loves to tell stories. He casually con...

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The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

Friday, August 19, 2016  |  Erin Peters

It’s no secret that scorching-hot weather can extend well into September and October here in the Coachella Valley. However, locals don’t need to fret or sweat—because crafty beach cities with more moderate temperatures are less than a couple of hours away.

I recently spent some time in Orange County’...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Queso Bonita Tacos at La Bonita's

The Indy Endorsement: The Queso Bonita Tacos at La Bonita's

Monday, August 15, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Queso Bonita Tacos

Where: La Bonita’s, 330 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $12.99

Contact: 760-318-8883; www.labonitas.com

Why: Crispy cheese is an amazing thing.

Ah, the taco. It’s the perfect food—delicious, potentially nutritious, easy to make and effortless to eat. Plus, it singlehan...

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