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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2015!

On this week's sobering Independent comics page: Red Meat enjoys fantasies about a lovely weekend; Jen Sorenson examines advice conservatives never give to themselves; The K Chronicles is disappointed b...

Know Your Neighbors: Teen Suicide Deaths, Gun Availability Go Hand in Hand

Know Your Neighbors: Teen Suicide Deaths, Gun Availability Go Hand in Hand

I remember my friend Jean every time I hear about the suicide death of a young person.

Jean found her 17-year-old son, shot dead by his own hand, in their living room. Although I have known others who ...

True TV: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Takes It Back to the '80s; 'Strike Back' Returns for a Blowout

True TV: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Takes It Back to the '80s; 'Strike Back' Returns for a Blowout

Wet Hot American Summer (Friday, July 31, Netflix), series debut: You either loved 2001 cult-flick Wet Hot American Summer , or hated it—or liked the first half and meh-ed the second; opinions vary wildl...

Ask a Mexican: Special One-Liner Answers Edition!

Ask a Mexican: Special One-Liner Answers Edition!

Dear Mexican: I wasn’t born in this country, but I got here as quickly as I could at the age of 10. I was born in Mexico and live in Houston, a city that is bursting at the seams with Mexicans and Lat...

A Matter of Feeling: EeVaan Tre and the Show's Brand of R&B and Soul Sets the Band Apart

A Matter of Feeling: EeVaan Tre and the Show's Brand of R&B and Soul Sets the Band Apart

After a recent performance by EeVaan Tre and the Show at the Coachella Valley Art Scene, I asked Tre: “Why R&B and soul music?”

He laughed. However, David Morales, the bassist, had an answer.

“It’s ...

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News

In Defense of DHS: An 'Analysis' Recently Declared That Desert Hot Springs Is the Worst Place to Live in California. Here's Why We Disagree.

In Defense of DHS: An 'Analysis' Recently Declared That Desert Hot Springs Is the Worst Place to Live in California. Here's Why We Disagree.

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

When I moved to Desert Hot Springs a decade ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I didn’t know a thing about the desert city when I moved here from Cleveland in 2005. However, I was soon filled in by others: DHS has a lot of crime. Meth houses. Trashy people. Corrupt government.

In the d...

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A Bill That's All Wet: House Effort Seeks to Build Dams to Alleviate Water Shortages

A Bill That's All Wet: House Effort Seeks to Build Dams to Alleviate Water Shortages

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  |  Elizabeth Shogren

If you tuned into the debate on a drought bill in the House earlier this month, you would have gotten a bleak picture of the agriculture industry in a state that fills the produce aisles in much of the rest of the country.

You also would have heard the water shortage blamed on radical environmentalis...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2015!

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's sobering Independent comics page: Red Meat enjoys fantasies about a lovely weekend; Jen Sorenson examines advice conservatives never give to themselves; The K Chronicles is disappointed by the Grand Canyon; and This Modern World offers up an obligatory Donald Trump cartoon.

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Know Your Neighbors: Teen Suicide Deaths, Gun Availability Go Hand in Hand

Know Your Neighbors: Teen Suicide Deaths, Gun Availability Go Hand in Hand

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

I remember my friend Jean every time I hear about the suicide death of a young person.

Jean found her 17-year-old son, shot dead by his own hand, in their living room. Although I have known others who lost a child (a reality I can thankfully only imagine), it’s Jean who stands out. The impact on her ...

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Arts and Culture

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

After years of exploring places around the globe as a flight attendant, Charlie Ciali traded in his wings for a more earthy exploration: ceramics.

He was a ceramicist who produced collectable pieces before becoming a Midwest gallery owner. Upon his arrival in the desert, Ciali reinvented himself as a...

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Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Kate Schimel

Snowblind , the first collection of short stories by veteran travel writer and alpinist Daniel Arnold, explores mountaineering and the power it holds over the people who pursue it.

Arnold’s characters are drawn irrevocably to the mountains they climb, and their obsession works strangely on their minds...

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Movies & TV

Abort, Retry, Fail? 'Pixels' Is Done in by Adam Sandler, General Lameness

Abort, Retry, Fail? 'Pixels' Is Done in by Adam Sandler, General Lameness

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Vintage video games come to the forefront in Pixels , a feature movie starring Adam Sandler that is based on a quirky little short film by Patrick Jean.

The fact that the short film is a lot cooler than the feature film reveals that perhaps the concept works better in a smaller dose—and that getting Ad...

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Unanimous Decision: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Convincing and Powerful as a Struggling Boxer in 'Southpaw'

Unanimous Decision: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Convincing and Powerful as a Struggling Boxer in 'Southpaw'

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Southpaw is one of the better boxing movies I’ve seen in recent years. Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself as Billy Hope, a boxer at the top of the world with a beautiful wife (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Oona Laurence). He loses everything, Rocky V -style, and must fight for redemption and the custo...

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Music

A Matter of Feeling: EeVaan Tre and the Show's Brand of R&B and Soul Sets the Band Apart

A Matter of Feeling: EeVaan Tre and the Show's Brand of R&B and Soul Sets the Band Apart

Tuesday, July 28, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

After a recent performance by EeVaan Tre and the Show at the Coachella Valley Art Scene, I asked Tre: “Why R&B and soul music?”

He laughed. However, David Morales, the bassist, had an answer.

“It’s how we feel.”

The powerful R&B and soul of EeVaan Tre and the Show has not only made the group on...

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Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet DRUG, the High Desert's New Experimental Surf-Punk Band

Desert Rock Chronicles: Meet DRUG, the High Desert's New Experimental Surf-Punk Band

Tuesday, July 28, 2015  |  Robin Linn

In 2006, guitarist and songwriter Jamie Hafler left Ohio and headed to Los Angeles via Twentynine Palms to visit his brother Jeff, a singer/songwriter. Back then, Jeff had just hired a then-recent desert transplant as a nanny for his son, Cash: artist and singer/songwriter Cristie Carter.

Cristie is ...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure; and Much More!

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

When the Summer Closure Becomes a Permanent Closure

I may have been one of Margaritas ’ final customers.

We decided to go the restaurant, located at Avenida Caballeros and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs, for dinner on Sunday, June 28. We couldn’t decide what we wanted, and since Margaritas offered ...

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The Beer Goddess: Escape the Heat and Head to San Diego to Enjoy Some Amazing New Brews

The Beer Goddess: Escape the Heat and Head to San Diego to Enjoy Some Amazing New Brews

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Erin Peters

The San Diego area is renowned for its high-quality beer.

San Diego’s legacy breweries—Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company and AleSmith Brewing Company—have a stellar reputation for brewing consistently great craft beers.

These craft-beer pioneer...

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