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July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

Galileo, more than four centuries ago, observed and described phenomena you can witness in the evening sky this summer, including the phases of Venus, the moons of Jupiter, the Milky Way, details on t...

The Potted Desert Garden: Thinking of Your Home Garden While Traveling

The Potted Desert Garden: Thinking of Your Home Garden While Traveling

We all need respite from the heat—and I recently received one, thanks to my high school and college reunions.

Luckily for me, they happened on the same weekend, and I wound up splitting my time between...

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

State Fair: Babe’s Is the California Brewery of the Year

Arthur Vasquez, the chief operating officer at Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage, humbly posits that Babe’s does not make the state’...

An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

The nascent Sunny Dunes Antique District had a coming-out party, of sorts, on Saturday, June 20.

Various businesses in the district kept their doors open a little later than normal for the Pop Shop Hop...

Snapshot: Day of Decision Rally

Snapshot: Day of Decision Rally

Everybody knew the U.S. Supreme Court would be ruling on the gay-marriage question sometime in late July.

However, nobody was sure what the decision would be—and nobody was sure when it would be announ...

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News

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Galileo, more than four centuries ago, observed and described phenomena you can witness in the evening sky this summer, including the phases of Venus, the moons of Jupiter, the Milky Way, details on the surface of the moon, and more. The Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, a selection of the scientis...

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An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The nascent Sunny Dunes Antique District had a coming-out party, of sorts, on Saturday, June 20.

Various businesses in the district kept their doors open a little later than normal for the Pop Shop Hop, “an evening of shopping and discovery of all the shops on Sunny Dunes,” according to the event’s F...

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Opinion

The Potted Desert Garden: Thinking of Your Home Garden While Traveling

The Potted Desert Garden: Thinking of Your Home Garden While Traveling

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

We all need respite from the heat—and I recently received one, thanks to my high school and college reunions.

Luckily for me, they happened on the same weekend, and I wound up splitting my time between two different towns in upstate New York. I visited some tourist spots—and checked out some flowerin...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 25, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 25, 2015!

Thursday, June 25, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's sunny Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at a confederacy of denial; Jen Sorenson listens to captains of industry; The K Chronicles hums a tune while the flag goes down; and Red Meat enjoys an animated feature.

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Jenny Shank

The classic Western frontier story is an archetype of the hero’s journey: A young man, off to seek his fortune in the West, enters the wilderness to prove himself—and emerges both stronger and wiser.

Into the Savage Country follows this pattern, but charismatic characters, good humor, lively language ...

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An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstracts Born From Figure

An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstracts Born From Figure

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

An imposing, highly polished, ebony concert grand piano confronts all visitors to Ruth Gonzales’ workshop. Consuming a third of the available space, the piano would make more sense in a music conservatory than an abstract painter’s studio space.

However, a quick look at the remaining space shouts: An ...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Creep' Is Yet Another Found-Footage Film—but This One Works

Home Video Review: 'Creep' Is Yet Another Found-Footage Film—but This One Works

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

As far as “found footage” films go, this is of the better ones. That’s because Mark Duplass ( Safety Not Guaranteed , The One I Love ) and director/co-star Patrick Brice seem to be acknowledging that this particular way of movie-making is a little ridiculous.

Per usual, characters in great peril continue...

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Straight 'Dope': This Film Is Funny—and It Has a Strong Message About Racial Profiling

Straight 'Dope': This Film Is Funny—and It Has a Strong Message About Racial Profiling

Thursday, June 25, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa finds a creative way to make his Dope a throwback/homage to the best of Spike Lee’s films.

He makes his protagonist, Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a hardcore fan of late ’80s and early ’90s black and pop culture—to the point where he dresses the part and fronts a throwback band...

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Music

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: July 2014

Alex Harrington's DuneCast: July 2014

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Alex Harrington

This month, we welcome guest mixer SynthEtiX, aka Alvaro Sandoval (right). I asked him several questions about him and his music. Check out his DuneCast below!

How long have you lived in the Coachella Valley?

I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. Nothing beats the summer and winter seasons, a...

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Warped Tour: A Chat With Kosha Dillz

Warped Tour: A Chat With Kosha Dillz

Monday, June 22, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

One performer that received a lot of attention at the kickoff of the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona was Kosha Dillz.

The New Jersey Israeli-American rapper has been the talk of the rap world. During an interview after his performance on Friday, June 19, he discussed where his name came from.

“It came from...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

State Fair: Babe’s Is the California Brewery of the Year

Arthur Vasquez, the chief operating officer at Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage, humbly posits that Babe’s does not make the state’s best beer, as far as his palate is concerned.

“I’ll be the first person to tell you that there are ...

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The Beer Goddess: The Summer of Sours—These Brightly Flavored Beers Are Big Among Southern California Brew-Lovers

The Beer Goddess: The Summer of Sours—These Brightly Flavored Beers Are Big Among Southern California Brew-Lovers

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Erin Peters

With the help of nature’s unpredictability, experienced brewers are adapting traditional European techniques to bring bursts of tart and tangy flavors to beers.

Yep. We’re talking about sours.

In the mid-19th century, when beer was aged and shipped in wooden barrels before the advent of refrigeration,...

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