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Restaurant News Bites: Chop House Returns, Inside Jackalope Ranch; Local Joints Earn Big Honors; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Chop House Returns, Inside Jackalope Ranch; Local Joints Earn Big Honors; and Tons More!

New: Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

I must confess: Before I walked into the new Chop House for a media preview dinner on Jan. 31, I thought the move by Lee Morcus and his Kaiser Res...

Classes on Life: A Vocational Nonprofit in Desert Hot Springs Has a Large New Home—and a Lot of People to Serve

Classes on Life: A Vocational Nonprofit in Desert Hot Springs Has a Large New Home—and a Lot of People to Serve

A growing number of young students are eschewing college in favor of vocational or certification programs—and as part of that trend, a new facility in Desert Hot Springs is offerin...

A Sad Waste: Despite Matt Damon, a Legendary Director and a Massive Budget, 'The Great Wall' Is Truly Terrible

A Sad Waste: Despite Matt Damon, a Legendary Director and a Massive Budget, 'The Great Wall' Is Truly Terrible

Something in the neighborhood of $17 bazillion zillion got thrown at this movie thing called The Great Wall , a mash up of American stars and kick-ass Asian directors.

That’s $17 bazi...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 23, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 23, 2017!

On this week's only-sort-of-fake weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines recent Orwellian reversals; The K Chronicles gets frightened on an airplane flight; This Modern...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Activists Working to Make Sure We Remember What Happened at Sandy Hook

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Activists Working to Make Sure We Remember What Happened at Sandy Hook

It’s been more than four years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., yet the bone-chilling horror of what happened should never be forgotten. We ca...

True TV: 'The Blacklist: Redemption' Spies Hard; 'Taken' Is a Pedestrian Prequel

True TV: 'The Blacklist: Redemption' Spies Hard; 'Taken' Is a Pedestrian Prequel

The Blacklist: Redemption (Thursday, Feb. 23, NBC), series debut: While hardcore Blacklist fans are asking, “How’s this spin-off going to work?” casual viewers are curious to know: “H...

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexican Illegal Immigrants Simply Apply for Citizenship?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexican Illegal Immigrants Simply Apply for Citizenship?

Dear Mexican: I asked my dad why the Mexican illegals don’t just apply for citizenship instead of coming here illegally, and he told me that they are not able to apply for citizens...

News

Classes on Life: A Vocational Nonprofit in Desert Hot Springs Has a Large New Home—and a Lot of People to Serve

Classes on Life: A Vocational Nonprofit in Desert Hot Springs Has a Large New Home—and a Lot of People to Serve

Thursday, February 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

A growing number of young students are eschewing college in favor of vocational or certification programs—and as part of that trend, a new facility in Desert Hot Springs is offering classes that help underprivileged and at-risk men and women take steps toward vocational certification.

The slogan of S...

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No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act in October 2015, and the law went into effect on June 9, 2016.

But for many Coachella Valley residents who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a prognosis of less than six months to live, the end-of-life option remains out of grasp—...

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Democracy in Crisis: The Extreme Right Freaks Out Over Flynn's Resignation; the Irony of McConnell’s Use of Senate Rule 19

Democracy in Crisis: The Extreme Right Freaks Out Over Flynn's Resignation; the Irony of McConnell’s Use of Senate Rule 19

Tuesday, February 14, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

The far, far right started freaking out when “lock her up”-chanting former Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in the wake of revelations that he discussed loosening sanctions with a Russian ambassador while Obama was still president.

Mike Cernovich, one of those DeploraBallers w...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: It Has NOT Been a Slow News Month

A Note From the Editor: It Has NOT Been a Slow News Month

Friday, February 24, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

We put the finishing touches on the March print issue on Thursday, Feb. 16. (Yeah, it was a little earlier than normal, because February is a short month, and we have a narrow window with our printer.)

That particular day was, to say the least, a completely bonkers news day. On a local level, Riversi...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 23, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 23, 2017!

Thursday, February 23, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's only-sort-of-fake weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines recent Orwellian reversals; The K Chronicles gets frightened on an airplane flight; This Modern World ponders how it always starts with a tweet; and Red Meat makes a deal with the kids.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Activists Working to Make Sure We Remember What Happened at Sandy Hook

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Activists Working to Make Sure We Remember What Happened at Sandy Hook

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

It’s been more than four years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., yet the bone-chilling horror of what happened should never be forgotten. We can never know what those lives might have contributed to America in the future, and we can only imagine the agony of thei...

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Arts and Culture

Art Out in the Open: Desert X Is Placing Site-Specific Installations by Renowned Artists Throughout the Coachella Valley

Art Out in the Open: Desert X Is Placing Site-Specific Installations by Renowned Artists Throughout the Coachella Valley

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley is home to many arts festivals—but the new Desert X is unlike any arts event ever done here before.

Desert X, short for the Desert Exhibition of Art, is a site-specific contemporary art exhibition, spread out throughout the Coachella Valley, from Feb. 25 through April 30. Artists...

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Supporting a New Generation of Artists: The La Quinta Arts Festival Celebrates Artists Who Have Benefitted From $1.23 Million in Scholarships

Supporting a New Generation of Artists: The La Quinta Arts Festival Celebrates Artists Who Have Benefitted From $1.23 Million in Scholarships

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Both the La Quinta Arts Foundation and its La Quinta Arts Festival are celebrating 35 years in 2017. While the festival—taking place Thursday, March 2, through Sunday, March 5, at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus—is very well-known, the mission behind the festival is not so well-known.

Part of the m...

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Eye of the Artists: Izen Miller Gallery Opens on El Paseo With a 'Multiplicity' of Works

Eye of the Artists: Izen Miller Gallery Opens on El Paseo With a 'Multiplicity' of Works

Friday, February 17, 2017  |  Nicole Borgenicht

Deanna Izen Miller is opening her brand-new gallery in Palm Desert on Saturday, Feb. 18.

She’s bringing decades of experience and art knowledge to the new Izen Miller Gallery on El Paseo. Miller has been an art dealer for 37 years; she opened her first gallery in Venice, Calif., and had a stint at Th...

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Movies & TV

A Sad Waste: Despite Matt Damon, a Legendary Director and a Massive Budget, 'The Great Wall' Is Truly Terrible

A Sad Waste: Despite Matt Damon, a Legendary Director and a Massive Budget, 'The Great Wall' Is Truly Terrible

Thursday, February 23, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Something in the neighborhood of $17 bazillion zillion got thrown at this movie thing called The Great Wall , a mash up of American stars and kick-ass Asian directors.

That’s $17 bazillion zillion somebody would’ve been better off spending on masking tape and gummi bears. Matt Damon stars in this mess,...

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True TV: 'The Blacklist: Redemption' Spies Hard; 'Taken' Is a Pedestrian Prequel

True TV: 'The Blacklist: Redemption' Spies Hard; 'Taken' Is a Pedestrian Prequel

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  |  Bill Frost

The Blacklist: Redemption (Thursday, Feb. 23, NBC), series debut: While hardcore Blacklist fans are asking, “How’s this spin-off going to work?” casual viewers are curious to know: “How many encoded tattoos can she fit on her body?” For the latter: That’s Blindspot , dumbasses. For the former: Undercover...

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The Best Pictures: Your Guide to this Weekend's Academy Awards Show

The Best Pictures: Your Guide to this Weekend's Academy Awards Show

Tuesday, February 21, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Will La La Land suffer from enough backlash before the Acadamy Awards ceremony this Sunday, Feb. 26, to lose the Best Picture Oscar? Will Matt Damon show up to foil Jimmy Kimmel’s big hosting gig dressed as Batman? Will Ben Affleck stop pouting about how badly Live by Night bombed and re-accept the dire...

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Music

A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release

A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release

Tuesday, February 21, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2001, stoner-rock group Unida recorded an album for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

That album, now called For the Working Man , has become legendary: It was never formally released, due to various legal issues. It’s been said that the band sold CD-R copies at some shows, and that a rough-cut vers...

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The Lucky 13: Ryan 'Red' Everling, Shurp Town Records Founder and KDHS Music Director

The Lucky 13: Ryan 'Red' Everling, Shurp Town Records Founder and KDHS Music Director

Friday, February 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Shurp Town Records is both a local music label and a new-and-used record-seller, thanks to the Shurp Town Record Swaps at various events throughout the Coachella Valley. The founder of Shurp Town Records, Ryan “Red” Everling, was recently named the music director of the Desert Hot Springs radio stat...

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Still Bad to the Bone: George Thorogood and the Destroyers Head to Morongo to Play a Sold-Out Show

Still Bad to the Bone: George Thorogood and the Destroyers Head to Morongo to Play a Sold-Out Show

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

During the late ’70s and ’80s, while new wave was taking over the radio, George Thorogood found success by melding Chicago blues with rock ’n’ roll.

Thorogood, turning 67 on Feb. 24, is still rocking today. He puts on one a hell of a show and will be performing a sold-out concert at Morongo Casino Re...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Chop House Returns, Inside Jackalope Ranch; Local Joints Earn Big Honors; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Chop House Returns, Inside Jackalope Ranch; Local Joints Earn Big Honors; and Tons More!

Thursday, February 23, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

New: Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

I must confess: Before I walked into the new Chop House for a media preview dinner on Jan. 31, I thought the move by Lee Morcus and his Kaiser Restaurant Group to re-open the steakhouse inside of Jackalope Ranch was a gimmick.

I am a big fan of the Chop House. If mem...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Seared Scallops and Smoked Pork Belly at the Purple Palm

The Indy Endorsement: The Seared Scallops and Smoked Pork Belly at the Purple Palm

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The seared scallops and smoked pork belly

Where: The Purple Palm Restaurant at the Colony Palms Hotel, 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $30

Contact: 760-969-1818; www.colonypalmshotel.com/dining

Why: It’s elegantly delicious.

It’s a Thursday night. It’s been seemingly forever since my f...

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On Cocktails: In a Nostalgic Mood, Our Intrepid Drinker Checks Out Three Old-School Palm Springs Bars

On Cocktails: In a Nostalgic Mood, Our Intrepid Drinker Checks Out Three Old-School Palm Springs Bars

Friday, February 17, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

I was feeling a bit nostalgic. Perhaps it was due to a post-holiday malaise; maybe I was simply succumbing to the general trend in popular culture.

Whatever the cause, I began reminiscing on my first experiences drinking in public places: a smoky blues club, Chinese restaurant lounges, fancy dinners ...

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