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Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy like no other. Yes, two people fall in love—but that’s about all The Big Sick has in common with your average romantic comedy. This film is an amazin...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 20, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 20, 2017!

On this week's unseasonably humid weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the word "treason"; The K Chronicles envies another couple; This Modern World ponders the Trum...

Cannabis in the CV: Palm Springs, Cathedral City Issue Permits for Commercial Cultivation; Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods Are Coming

Cannabis in the CV: Palm Springs, Cathedral City Issue Permits for Commercial Cultivation; Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods Are Coming

Following the lead of other Coachella Valley cities, Palm Springs has entered the commercial-cultivation game with the approval of the city’s first growing greenhouse.

The city gran...

True TV: 'Descendants 2' Continues the Tween Dream; 'Insecure' Is a Peak TV Gem

True TV: 'Descendants 2' Continues the Tween Dream; 'Insecure' Is a Peak TV Gem

There were sooo many questions at the end of 2015’s Descendants that Descendants 2 (movie, Friday, July 21, Disney) was inevitable … probably. Not being 12, I have no idea. Anyway: Desc...

Ask a Mexican: Should Mexican Americans Root for Mexico or U.S. in the World Cup?

Ask a Mexican: Should Mexican Americans Root for Mexico or U.S. in the World Cup?

Dear Mexican: I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I always get excited about the World Cup. In preparation for the event next year, I wanted your opinion on the team my wife and I shoul...

Taking the Plunge: After 25 Years in the Movie-Theater Business, Damon Rubio Has a Theater of His Own With the Mary Pickford

Taking the Plunge: After 25 Years in the Movie-Theater Business, Damon Rubio Has a Theater of His Own With the Mary Pickford

A couple of years ago, Damon Rubio found himself at a career crossroads.

The executive vice president at UltraStar Cinemas had been with the company for more than 15 years, and in t...

The Indy Endorsement: The Super Cheesy Nachos at Blackbook

The Indy Endorsement: The Super Cheesy Nachos at Blackbook

What: The Super Cheesy Nachos

Where: Blackbook, 315 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs

How much: $10; $14 with carne asada (as shown) or marinated chicken

Contact: 760-832-8497; blackbookbar.com...

News

Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Friday, July 21, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

East Vista Chino has claimed another pedestrian’s life—the third since last October.

This time, according to the police report, the deceased was 62-year-old Palm Springs resident John Palladino, who was hit by a car on the night of Sunday, June 18. He was hospitalized and fought for his life until Ju...

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Cannabis in the CV: Palm Springs, Cathedral City Issue Permits for Commercial Cultivation; Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods Are Coming

Cannabis in the CV: Palm Springs, Cathedral City Issue Permits for Commercial Cultivation; Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods Are Coming

Wednesday, July 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Following the lead of other Coachella Valley cities, Palm Springs has entered the commercial-cultivation game with the approval of the city’s first growing greenhouse.

The city granted the permit to Palm Springs Safe Access, which operates a medical dispensary on Gene Autry Trail. The grow will be lo...

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Taking the Plunge: After 25 Years in the Movie-Theater Business, Damon Rubio Has a Theater of His Own With the Mary Pickford

Taking the Plunge: After 25 Years in the Movie-Theater Business, Damon Rubio Has a Theater of His Own With the Mary Pickford

Tuesday, July 18, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

A couple of years ago, Damon Rubio found himself at a career crossroads.

The executive vice president at UltraStar Cinemas had been with the company for more than 15 years, and in the movie-theater business since 1991. However, the owners of the company were getting older and had started selling off ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 20, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 20, 2017!

Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's unseasonably humid weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the word "treason"; The K Chronicles envies another couple; This Modern World ponders the Trump-Russia story; Apoca Clips finds parallels between the Trumps and another famous TV family; and Red Meat gears up for a...

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Ask a Mexican: Should Mexican Americans Root for Mexico or U.S. in the World Cup?

Ask a Mexican: Should Mexican Americans Root for Mexico or U.S. in the World Cup?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I always get excited about the World Cup. In preparation for the event next year, I wanted your opinion on the team my wife and I should root for if the U.S. were to play Mexico.

I’m a fourth-generation Mexican American. Spanish was never spoken at home, b...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 13, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 13, 2017!

Thursday, July 13, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's midsummer classic weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to Jackie Robinson; This Modern World hears from the invisible hand of the free market; Jen Sorenson goes camping; Red Meat plays a new video game; and Apoca Clips covers the meeting between Trumpy and Putin...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: A New Novel Revisits Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Examining Six Decades of Transformation in Monterey

Western Lit: A New Novel Revisits Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Examining Six Decades of Transformation in Monterey

Thursday, July 13, 2017  |  Melissa Hart, High Country News

If a city’s planners are savvy, they’ll adapt to the ebb and flow of natural resources with entrepreneurial vision.

When the logging industry collapsed in Oakridge, Ore., the town reinvented itself as a haven for mountain bikers. Downtown Tacoma, Wash.—once shattered by depression and crime—now revol...

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The Talented Woman Behind the Man With the Legendary Mind: CV Rep Presents 'Life and Times of A. Einstein'

The Talented Woman Behind the Man With the Legendary Mind: CV Rep Presents 'Life and Times of A. Einstein'

Wednesday, July 05, 2017  |  Dwight Hendricks

E=MC 2 .

Can one famous formula-turned-phrase make a man? What does that recognizable formula say about the character of the person who created it?

The one-woman play The Life and Times of A. Einstein , coming to the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Friday through Sunday, July 21-23, explores these ques...

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A Madden-ing Performer: Funnyman Frank Caliendo Brings his Standup act to Morongo

A Madden-ing Performer: Funnyman Frank Caliendo Brings his Standup act to Morongo

Friday, June 30, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

If you watched Mad TV in the early ’00s, you probably remember the guy who played George W. Bush and John Madden. You probably also remember he was on Fox NFL Sunday for a while.

That guy is Frank Caliendo, and he’ll be bringing his standup show to Morongo Casino Resort Spa at 9 p.m., Friday, July 7.

Duri...

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Movies & TV

Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

Far More Than a Normal Rom-Com: 'The Big Sick' Will Leave You Laughing and Crying—Because It's One of the Year’s Best Films

Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy like no other. Yes, two people fall in love—but that’s about all The Big Sick has in common with your average romantic comedy. This film is an amazing beast off in its own category.

Real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani ( Silicon Valley ) and Emily V. Gordon penned the script ...

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Blockbuster Bliss: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Is the Best Film in the Fine Reboot Trilogy

Blockbuster Bliss: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Is the Best Film in the Fine Reboot Trilogy

Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

The enthralling modern Planet of the Apes trilogy comes to a close with War for the Planet of the Apes , its best chapter yet.

Caesar (played via motion capture by Andy Serkis) is holding his own in the forest with his band of ape soldiers when a crazed colonel (Woody Harrelson) finds him and delivers ...

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True TV: 'Descendants 2' Continues the Tween Dream; 'Insecure' Is a Peak TV Gem

True TV: 'Descendants 2' Continues the Tween Dream; 'Insecure' Is a Peak TV Gem

Wednesday, July 19, 2017  |  Bill Frost

There were sooo many questions at the end of 2015’s Descendants that Descendants 2 (movie, Friday, July 21, Disney) was inevitable … probably. Not being 12, I have no idea. Anyway: Descendants was about impossibly pretty teens who happened to be the offspring of Disney villains being liberated from the Is...

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Music

Purveyors of Electronic Dance Rock: Desert Hot Springs' Chill Magnet Celebrates the Release of Its Well-Received Debut Album

Purveyors of Electronic Dance Rock: Desert Hot Springs' Chill Magnet Celebrates the Release of Its Well-Received Debut Album

Monday, July 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs band Chill Magnet has finally put out an album—and it lives up to the band’s name.

Surf Chica Bonita includes some truly bang-up tracks that will remind listeners of bands such as Tame Impala, Foals and MGMT. Parts of the album have deep, psychedelic tracks, while other sections hav...

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Live: CHIC With Nile Rodgers, Fantasy Springs, July 15

Live: CHIC With Nile Rodgers, Fantasy Springs, July 15

Monday, July 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When Nile Rodgers and CHIC performed at Fantasy Springs on Saturday night, he expressed concern about the setup inside the Special Events Center.

“It’s weird to see everyone sitting; it feels like being in a classroom,” Rodgers told the crowd about a quarter of the way into the band’s set. “CHIC is a...

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The Lucky 13: Orlando Welsh, Photographer and Musician With High Fantasy

The Lucky 13: Orlando Welsh, Photographer and Musician With High Fantasy

Friday, July 14, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

If you’re ever looking for Orlando Welsh, just look for his easy-to-spot hair—and, yes, it’s real. I’ve personally been able to find him in crowds at events from Coachella to the Vans Warped Tour, where he’s been in attendance as a professional photographer. Welsh is also a local musician, and has b...

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Food and Drink

The Indy Endorsement: The Super Cheesy Nachos at Blackbook

The Indy Endorsement: The Super Cheesy Nachos at Blackbook

Tuesday, July 18, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Super Cheesy Nachos

Where: Blackbook, 315 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs

How much: $10; $14 with carne asada (as shown) or marinated chicken

Contact: 760-832-8497; blackbookbar.com

Why: This is an elevated version of a bar-food classic.

Blackbook has only been open for a couple of months in the old Caf...

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On Cocktails: For Centuries Now, Punch Has Helped Get the Party Started—Literally and Figuratively

On Cocktails: For Centuries Now, Punch Has Helped Get the Party Started—Literally and Figuratively

Monday, July 17, 2017  |  Patrick Johnson

It’s Saturday night, and Workshop Kitchen + Bar, in downtown Palm Springs, is buzzing. The bar is full—and the drink tickets are piling up.

A party of 12 walks in the door. A complicated cocktail order could put the bartenders in the weeds, or sink the ship entirely. (Full disclosure: I work at Works...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Jamón Iberico at Counter Reformation

The Indy Endorsement: The Jamón Iberico at Counter Reformation

Tuesday, July 11, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The jamón Iberico

Where: Counter Reformation, inside the Parker Palm Springs, 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $14

Contact: 760-770-5000; www.theparkerpalmsprings.com/dine/counter-reformation.php

Why: It’s a treat in every sense of the word.

I was fortunate enough to spend several days i...

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