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A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

One of the traditional jobs of the alternative press has been to cover the faults and foibles of other local media. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will?

Here at the Independe...

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

Coachella Valley’s 100-plus-degree thirsty season continues well into September, so there’s no better time than now to review new and returning classic summer craft beers that can ...

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky spent almost a week living and traveling with author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was winding up a book tour in support of his highly accl...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

On this week's effervescent Independent comics page: Red Meat doesn't much care for negativity; Jen Sorenson examines the phenomenon of "trigger trash"; The K Chronicles discusses wh...

Know Your Neighbors: The Case for Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

Know Your Neighbors: The Case for Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

My first husband died after we had been divorced for many years, and his involvement with our two children had been sporadic, at best. Yet they were there with him when, on a trip ...

True TV: The Dregs of Summer—Catching Up With the Worst of the Season

True TV: The Dregs of Summer—Catching Up With the Worst of the Season

Geeks Who Drink (Thursdays, Syfy), new series: The version of Geeks Who Drink at the local bar can be fun, but would you watch it? What if it was hosted by the guy who used to be Chuck...

Ask a Mexican: Was Jimi Hendrix Really Part-Mexican?

Ask a Mexican: Was Jimi Hendrix Really Part-Mexican?

Dear Mexican: I recently received the biography of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. While reading about his friendship with Jimi Hendrix, I came to a part in which Ronnie desc...

News

Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On July 30, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release highlighting the quick success of statewide water-conservation efforts.

“With record-breaking heat throughout much of the state in June, Californians continued to conserve water, reducing water use by 27.3 percent and exceedin...

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Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

San Bernardino police recently made national news thanks to a creative operation .

Cops, dressed in plain clothes or as homeless people, walked up to cars stopped at an intersection. The officers held signs, but instead of saying something to the effect of “need food,” the signs said something to the e...

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Remembering Allene Arthur: A Dear Friend Toasts the Lifestyles/Scene Columnist

Remembering Allene Arthur: A Dear Friend Toasts the Lifestyles/Scene Columnist

Monday, August 17, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

Editor's Note: Allene Arthur died on Friday, July 31. She was 91 years old.

Independent contributor Brane Jevric was a dear friend of Arthur's; he often drove her to various social events. And on Jan. 30, 2014 at CVIndependent.com, and in the February 2014 print edition of the Independent , Jevric toast...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

One of the traditional jobs of the alternative press has been to cover the faults and foibles of other local media. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will?

Here at the Independent , we have not been doing that as much as I’d like. Sure, we’ve done some stuff here and there— railing on the advertisi...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's effervescent Independent comics page: Red Meat doesn't much care for negativity; Jen Sorenson examines the phenomenon of "trigger trash"; The K Chronicles discusses what it's really like to be in prison; and This Modern World looks at objections to The Proven Thing.

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Know Your Neighbors: The Case for Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

Know Your Neighbors: The Case for Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

My first husband died after we had been divorced for many years, and his involvement with our two children had been sporadic, at best. Yet they were there with him when, on a trip to Minnesota, he ended up in hospital after a heart attack.

After his death, they called and wondered what they should do...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Monday, August 24, 2015  |  Traci J. Macnamara

Few issues in the West are more controversial than water, and Les Standiford dives headfirst into the topic in his new nonfiction book, Water to the Angels , a dramatic account of the life of William Mulholland.

Standiford traces Mulholland’s rise from being an Irish immigrant ditch-digger to being the...

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Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

It all started with a crayon crisis.

“I distinctly remember that at age 7, I had a major crisis—deciding which of two distinctly different shades of green Crayola crayons would be best for my ‘latest masterpiece,’” Laura Janes said. “And with that decision, I knew that art and painting were my future...

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Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Friday, August 07, 2015  |  Carson Vaughan

Alexis C. Bunten understands what it’s like to be an outsider.

A mix of Alaska Native, Swedish “and something else, French Canadian, I think,” the writer spent her childhood moving across the country, from Hawaii to South Dakota to Alaska and Washington state. She may have faced less outright discrim...

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Movies & TV

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky spent almost a week living and traveling with author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was winding up a book tour in support of his highly acclaimed, wonderfully crazy novel Infinite Jest , and Lipsky thought there was no better time to spotlight this author in one...

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Fun but Frustrating: 'American Ultra' Is Worth Seeing—but It Could Have Been Something Special

Fun but Frustrating: 'American Ultra' Is Worth Seeing—but It Could Have Been Something Special

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Jesse Eisenberg is having himself a great summer with this and his career-best performance in The End of the Tour . Eisenberg spreads his wings a bit as a stoner with a secret in  American Ultra , this sporadically fun film from director Nima Nourizadeh ( Project X ) and writer Max Landis ( Chronicle ).

Whil...

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True TV: The Dregs of Summer—Catching Up With the Worst of the Season

True TV: The Dregs of Summer—Catching Up With the Worst of the Season

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  |  Bill Frost

Geeks Who Drink (Thursdays, Syfy), new series: The version of Geeks Who Drink at the local bar can be fun, but would you watch it? What if it was hosted by the guy who used to be Chuck (Zachary Levi) and featured a smattering of semi-celebrities? Yeah, it’s still not a show—but Syfy disagrees. The trivia...

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Music

Stayin' Horny: Palm Desert's Eagles of Death Metal, at Long Last, Release a New Album

Stayin' Horny: Palm Desert's Eagles of Death Metal, at Long Last, Release a New Album

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

In October, Eagles of Death Metal will release a long-awaited new album, Zipper Down .

It’s been almost seven years since Eagles of Death Metal released Heart On , heretofore the Palm Desert group’s latest album. What in the heck took so long for Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme to record Zipper Down ?

“We had a...

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Live: Diana Krall at Fantasy Springs, Saturday, Aug. 22

Live: Diana Krall at Fantasy Springs, Saturday, Aug. 22

Monday, August 24, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

While jazz music has been declining in mainstream popularity in recent years, Diana Krall remains a big name in the music world. Her stop at Fantasy Springs on Saturday proved she’s a masterful performer who knows how to entertain a crowd.

The stage setup offered a throwback to vintage radio days: Th...

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Desert Rock Chronicles: Ruben Romano Trades in His Drumsticks for a Guitar With The Freeks

Desert Rock Chronicles: Ruben Romano Trades in His Drumsticks for a Guitar With The Freeks

Monday, August 24, 2015  |  Robin Linn

Ruben Romano has had success with every project since he founded his very first punk band, Virulence, back in 1985.

He is a world-class drummer whose ambition has taken him around the world. But first and foremost, he is a songwriter. Fearless and dedicated to creating new sounds, Romano will pick up...

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Food and Drink

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

The Beer Goddess: Enjoy Thirst-Quenching Summer Beers Before the Cooler Weather (Hopefully) Arrives

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Erin Peters

Coachella Valley’s 100-plus-degree thirsty season continues well into September, so there’s no better time than now to review new and returning classic summer craft beers that can quench our thirst—in the most delicious way possible.

Almanac Dogpatch Sour: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again : S...

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Restaurant News Bites: The Curious (and Stupid) Case of Oscar's and the Restaurant Rating

Restaurant News Bites: The Curious (and Stupid) Case of Oscar's and the Restaurant Rating

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The whole mess started, as far as we can figure, when somebody walking by Oscar’s Café and Bar noticed the restaurant had posted its recent “C” rating from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, as required. He or she took a photo, and then posted it on Facebook.

After that, things ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Cubano With Tomato Soup at Zobö and Meester's

The Indy Endorsement: The Cubano With Tomato Soup at Zobö and Meester's

Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Cubano With Tomato Soup

Where:  Zobö and Meester’s, 68703 Perez Road, No. A1, Cathedral City

How Much: $7.99

Contact: 760-832-6104; www.zamgrill.com

Why: It’s comforting and delicious.

The invitation came via email on a Saturday. Bart and Carmen wanted to let me know they’d just opened a new restaura...

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