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Cannabis in the CV: Jeff Sessions' Dangerous Views on Marijuana Could Lead to Disaster

Cannabis in the CV: Jeff Sessions' Dangerous Views on Marijuana Could Lead to Disaster

After the November election, 28 states have now legalized marijuana in one way or another. Public opinion has never been stronger in favor of legalization—and this even includes a ...

The Intersection of Punk, Drag and Bingo: Artist, Actor and Reality Show Star Sham Ibrahim Hosts The Hood's Drag Queen Bingo

The Intersection of Punk, Drag and Bingo: Artist, Actor and Reality Show Star Sham Ibrahim Hosts The Hood's Drag Queen Bingo

The word “bingo” usually invokes images of a church hall, a smoke-filled room and old ladies.

Then there’s The Hood Bar and Pizza’s weekly bingo event—which has none of these things...

Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Frankly, I was uncomfortable going to see Clybourne Park , Dezart Performs’ latest production.

The setting for this “Black (and White) Comedy by Bruce Norris,” as the play’s poster sa...

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

Welcome to the bar lull, the time when thirsty, hard-working citizens’ insidious New Year’s resolutions interfere with my ability to ply them with high-quality wares.

Is your humble...

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

If you conduct an online search of news stories with the keywords “Trump” and “climate change,” the results might give you reason to bury your head in the (tar) sand during the nex...

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

The new collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, Patriots Day , is not only a valuable tribute to the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings; it’s a s...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

On this week's leaked weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat discusses God's own image with the deity himself; Jen Sorenson looks at GOP alternatives to Obamacare; The K Chronicles...

News

Cannabis in the CV: Jeff Sessions' Dangerous Views on Marijuana Could Lead to Disaster

Cannabis in the CV: Jeff Sessions' Dangerous Views on Marijuana Could Lead to Disaster

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Sean Planck

After the November election, 28 states have now legalized marijuana in one way or another. Public opinion has never been stronger in favor of legalization—and this even includes a vast majority of police, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. (More on this in a bit.)

Unfortunately, presumpti...

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Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Nick Miller

If you conduct an online search of news stories with the keywords “Trump” and “climate change,” the results might give you reason to bury your head in the (tar) sand during the next four years:

“How the Trump Administration Could Gut NASA’s Climate Change Research,” read one Newsweek headline.

“What Doe...

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January Astronomy: Venus Dominates Evenings, While in the Mornings, Jupiter is the (Figurative) Star

January Astronomy: Venus Dominates Evenings, While in the Mornings, Jupiter is the (Figurative) Star

Friday, December 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

In January, Venus dominates the evenings! Find it in the southwest to west-southwest, with Mars to its upper left. In the west to west-northwest, find the Summer Triangle of Vega , Altair and Deneb . Vega is its brightest member, and Altair is the first to depart, around mid-month, if mountains don’t block yo...

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Opinion

Steve Kelly on Sports: A Volunteer Gets Ready to Swing Into Work at the CareerBuilder Challenge

Steve Kelly on Sports: A Volunteer Gets Ready to Swing Into Work at the CareerBuilder Challenge

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  Steve Kelly

One of the keys to the success of the big sporting events here in the Coachella Valley is the ability to attract top-notch volunteers. It is a not-so-secret fact that without volunteers, these tournaments would grind to a halt. After all, volunteers are the people work in the trenches and help with ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 12, 2017!

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's leaked weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat discusses God's own image with the deity himself; Jen Sorenson looks at GOP alternatives to Obamacare; The K Chronicles goes to the movies; and This Modern World learns that all those right-wing claims about President Obama were actually t...

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Know Your Neighbors: After Decades of Travels Around the World, John Reece Has Finally Found a Home in Palm Springs

Know Your Neighbors: After Decades of Travels Around the World, John Reece Has Finally Found a Home in Palm Springs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

After 30 years of working as a civilian employee with the Department of the Army, John Reece, 73, of Palm Springs, finally feels like he’s home.

“I spent 25 of those 30 years overseas, from Japan to South Korea to Saudi Arabia to Greenland,” says Reece. “I’m finally in a place where I feel I can be t...

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Arts and Culture

The Intersection of Punk, Drag and Bingo: Artist, Actor and Reality Show Star Sham Ibrahim Hosts The Hood's Drag Queen Bingo

The Intersection of Punk, Drag and Bingo: Artist, Actor and Reality Show Star Sham Ibrahim Hosts The Hood's Drag Queen Bingo

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

The word “bingo” usually invokes images of a church hall, a smoke-filled room and old ladies.

Then there’s The Hood Bar and Pizza’s weekly bingo event—which has none of these things. Instead, every Tuesday night, this punk-rock pizza bar is the site of Drag Queen Bingo.

The host of Drag Queen Bingo is...

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Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Race, Real Estate and History: Dezart Performs Amuses and Enlightens With Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Clybourne Park'

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Frankly, I was uncomfortable going to see Clybourne Park , Dezart Performs’ latest production.

The setting for this “Black (and White) Comedy by Bruce Norris,” as the play’s poster says, is Chicago—in 1959 for Act 1, then fast-forwarding 50 years to the same house in 2009 for Act 2. The show won the Pu...

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Mystical Desert Creatures: Mark Harm Niemeyer Melds Landscape and Fantasy at Backstreet's Artize Gallery

Mystical Desert Creatures: Mark Harm Niemeyer Melds Landscape and Fantasy at Backstreet's Artize Gallery

Thursday, December 29, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

On one hand, Mark Harm Niemeyer creates fantastic creatures. On the other hand, he is a skillful landscape painter who specializes in desert scenes and Joshua Tree ambiance.

“There are two sides to my work,” says Niemeyer. “There is the landscape side and the dream-bird side. Whichever way the pendul...

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Movies & TV

Believe in Rock 'n' Roll: A New HBO Documentary Shows the Eagles of Death Metal Returning to the Road Following a Terrorist Attack

Believe in Rock 'n' Roll: A New HBO Documentary Shows the Eagles of Death Metal Returning to the Road Following a Terrorist Attack

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When I interviewed local music legend Jesse Hughes in August 2015, he was in good spirits and quite excited about the then-soon-to-be released Eagles of Death Metal album, Zipper Down .

“This album is like John Holmes, only with a bigger dick,” Hughes told me. “I’ve never been one of those dudes who ha...

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Home Video Review: Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Is a Twisted, Hilarious Delight

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Is a Twisted, Hilarious Delight

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Neil Patrick Harris triumphs as the evil Count Olaf in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events , the latest adaptation of the darkly comic children’s books (previously made into a movie starring Jim Carrey in the Olaf role).

The film was good, but this show is better, with the first two episodes direc...

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Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

Heroes and Survivors: 'Patriots Day' Is Another Entertaining and Worthy Historical Drama From Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The new collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, Patriots Day , is not only a valuable tribute to the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings; it’s a solid, meaningful, gritty look at what it took to take down the terrorist Tsarnaev brothers.

Wahlberg plays Sgt. Tommy Sau...

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Music

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

The Lucky 13: Mario Estrada, Bassist for The Flusters

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2015, The Flusters were voted the Best Local Band by Coachella Valley Independent readers. In 2016, the band played higher-profile gigs—including Coachella—and released a well-received EP. What will 2017 bring? Stay tuned to find out—and visit www.theflusters.com for more information. Catch the band ...

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Talent Triumphs: Tony Orlando Brings His Tried-and-True Act to Spotlight 29

Talent Triumphs: Tony Orlando Brings His Tried-and-True Act to Spotlight 29

Thursday, January 05, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

He was a kid from New York, N.Y., with just an eighth-grade education—yet Tony Orlando has had an incredible music career, both as an executive and a recording artist.

While he hasn’t released any new material since 1979, he continues to perform across the country to sold-out audiences. He’ll bring h...

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A Delayed Stryke Call: After Delays and Drama, Thr3 Strykes Finally Has a New Album Ready

A Delayed Stryke Call: After Delays and Drama, Thr3 Strykes Finally Has a New Album Ready

Tuesday, January 03, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When I spoke to the members of Thr3 Strykes in October 2015, they were recording an album that they hoped would be out shortly thereafter.

If 15 months qualifies as “shortly thereafter,” then Thr3 Strykes is on track: [CMNCTN-BRKDWN] will be released in January, and the band is throwing an album-releas...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

On Cocktails: No New Year's Resolutions Here—It's Time to Sample Some of Palm Springs' Great (and Not-So-Great) Drink Options

Friday, January 13, 2017  |  Kevin Carlow

Welcome to the bar lull, the time when thirsty, hard-working citizens’ insidious New Year’s resolutions interfere with my ability to ply them with high-quality wares.

Is your humble bar correspondent succumbing to such self-deception? No, no false resolutions for me. Instead, I am using the New Year ...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter (Adobosilog)

Where: Meng’s Filipino Cuisine, 34091 Date Palm Drive, Suite B, Cathedral City

How much: $6.99

Contact: 760-321-2277

Why: It’s a delicious Filipino favorite.

Confession: I have a checkered history when it comes to Filipino restaurants.

A couple of decades ago, I ...

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A Toast to Rhône Wines: France's Southern Rhône Valley Is Home to Some of the Earth's Best Vintages

A Toast to Rhône Wines: France's Southern Rhône Valley Is Home to Some of the Earth's Best Vintages

Wednesday, January 04, 2017  |  Pete Holland

I first chose to drink a wine from France’s Rhône valley because pronouncing it fell within my radius of linguistic confidence.

I was sitting in a bistro in Paris on Rue Mouffetard, a street whose movements feed the Paris of the imagination so slavishly that the cast—garrulous fishmongers dangling ci...

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