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CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

After a busy couple of years—including a performance at Coachella—local favorite CIVX seemingly disappeared, with months passing between local gigs.

Then in May, the band resurfaced...

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

It’s windy and quite hot out on Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. But Yudit Ecsedy doesn’t mind, as the artist paints a traffic-signal control box as part of the city’s Art in P...

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant Week Returns With a Slightly Different Name, Higher Prices

The 10-day foodie feast known by locals simply as Restaurant Week is back and celebrating 10 years of existence...

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

On May 14, the McCallum Theatre hosted East Valley Voices Out Loud . The show was the culmination of the two-year Crisalida Community Arts Project, led by the McCallum and storytelle...

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

What: The biscuits and gravy

Where: Sunshine Café, 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $6.35; $3.85 half-order (pictured)

Contact: 760-328-1415; www.sunshinecafe.com

Why: OM...

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Since March 24, the Coachella Valley Water District management team has been conducting a series of public presentations billed as “Water Rate Workshops.”

The managers’ goal of thes...

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

Director Jodie Foster goes for a 1970s throwback vibe while approaching a modern financial subject in Money Monster , a valiant but messy effort starring George Clooney and Julia Rob...

News

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

It’s windy and quite hot out on Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. But Yudit Ecsedy doesn’t mind, as the artist paints a traffic-signal control box as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program.

The idea is to turn the ugly green roadside utility boxes into works of art, painted over by local ...

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Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since March 24, the Coachella Valley Water District management team has been conducting a series of public presentations billed as “Water Rate Workshops.”

The managers’ goal of these presentations: Cnvince wary customers to go along with a proposed four years of considerable water-rate increases, sla...

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Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Sean Planck

Cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation quickly by American standards, and industry growth has been rapid in states where cannabis has been legally accepted in one way or another.

The cannabis industry is projected to reach $44 billion per year in revenue by 2025. State budgets are being balance...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

A Note From the Editor: Regarding 'East Valley Voices,' the 'Desert Sun' Arts Writer Doesn't Get It

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

On May 14, the McCallum Theatre hosted East Valley Voices Out Loud . The show was the culmination of the two-year Crisalida Community Arts Project, led by the McCallum and storyteller David Gonzalez. Of course, readers of the Independent already knew that, because we did a big story on the project in adv...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 19, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for May 19, 2016!

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's extra-tingly weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson goes to McTeacher Night; The K Chronicles gets appointed to a lofty position; This Modern World sets a goal; and Red Meat feeds the fish.

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Know Your Neighbors: Look at the Facts—Donald Trump's 'Woman Card' Claim Is Beyond Ludicrous

Know Your Neighbors: Look at the Facts—Donald Trump's 'Woman Card' Claim Is Beyond Ludicrous

Wednesday, May 18, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

The current flap about Hillary Clinton playing the “woman card” is nothing short of ridiculous.

As a woman, I know what it feels like to be trivialized (called “honey” and “girl”), talked down to (“mansplaining”), ignored, talked over, interrupted and denied a seat at the decision-making table.

I also...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Lawrence Lenhart

Some environmentalists and scientists have begun calling our current epoch the “Anthropocene”—to acknowledge the massive changes humans have induced in global ecosystems. But biologist and author Edward O. Wilson has proposed an alternative name: “Eremocene,” or the “Age of Loneliness,” a name that ...

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Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  |  Barbara Basbanes Richter

Don’t be fooled by the length of Robert Garner McBrearty’s debut novella—at a mere 132 pages, The Western Lonesome Society includes enough intrigue to fill books twice its size. Characters battle mental illness, kidnappings and Comanches to find their way home after wandering across the wild and lonel...

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Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Saturday, May 07, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

When the opening of a play is postponed a week, apparently because the cast is not quite ready, it tends to make reviewers a bit nervous.

What if the cast is still not ready? What if the show’s just a bomb?

Thankfully, my worries about the world premiere of Junk at the Desert Rose Playhouse were unfound...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Despite Good Work by Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman, 'The Family Fang' Feels Uneven

Home Video Review: Despite Good Work by Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman, 'The Family Fang' Feels Uneven

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jason Bateman follows up his strong directorial debut, Bad Words , with The Family Fang , a loopy tale about a quirky, dysfunctional family. Unfortunately, the movie never really finds its way.

The film gets off to a good start as Bateman plays Baxter Fang, a down-and-out writer trying to put together hi...

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We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Jodie Foster goes for a 1970s throwback vibe while approaching a modern financial subject in Money Monster , a valiant but messy effort starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Clooney plays Lee Gates, host of Money Monster , a sensationalistic financial program that features Gates dancing aro...

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Lovable 'Meddler': Susan Sarandon Is Endearing in This Sweet and Clever Film

Lovable 'Meddler': Susan Sarandon Is Endearing in This Sweet and Clever Film

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Susan Sarandon gets the fun vehicle she deserves with The Meddler , a fine directorial effort from Lorene Scafaria ( Seeking a Friend at the End of the World ), who also wrote the clever and sweet screenplay.

Sarandon plays Marnie, a New Jersey widow who has moved to Los Angeles to be near her daughter, ...

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Music

Music and Addiction: Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Have Always Gone Together. Three Local Musicians—Now in Recovery—Say It Doesn't Need to Be That Way.

Music and Addiction: Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Have Always Gone Together. Three Local Musicians—Now in Recovery—Say It Doesn't Need to Be That Way.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Addiction is a crippling disease that afflicts people from all backgrounds, across every economic status

But creativity and substance abuse have always gone hand in hand. Many of history’s most prolific and talented artists have dealt with some form of addiction, and within the music community of the...

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CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

After a busy couple of years—including a performance at Coachella—local favorite CIVX seemingly disappeared, with months passing between local gigs.

Then in May, the band resurfaced with not only a slate of local shows, but a brand-new EP, Security Through Obscurity .

I recently caught up with frontman ...

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Live: Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriet's, May 14

Live: Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriet's, May 14

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Guillermo Prieto

I had no idea who Charles Bradley was until a month ago, when Jesika Von Rabbit told me I had to go see his show at Pappy and Harriet’s.

I trust Jesika, so I went to the Saturday, May 14, show—pulling a double-shift, of sorts, as I had also covered the Joshua Tree Music Festival that day.

Yeah, I am s...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Week Is Back; Introducing Blaze Pizza; BevMo! Is Coming to Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Restaurant Week Returns With a Slightly Different Name, Higher Prices

The 10-day foodie feast known by locals simply as Restaurant Week is back and celebrating 10 years of existence—but things will be slightly different in 2016 than in years past.

Less important: Out is the clunky full name of Palm Sp...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

The Indy Endorsement: The Biscuits and Gravy at Sunshine Cafè

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The biscuits and gravy

Where: Sunshine Café, 36815 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $6.35; $3.85 half-order (pictured)

Contact: 760-328-1415; www.sunshinecafe.com

Why: OMG it’s yummy!

The website brags: “Sunshine Cafè is frequented by celebrities, politicians, word-of-mouth visitors from ar...

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The Beer Goddess: Pondering Pairings of Music and Craft Beer at Coachella; La Quinta Brewing Nabs a Big Medal

The Beer Goddess: Pondering Pairings of Music and Craft Beer at Coachella; La Quinta Brewing Nabs a Big Medal

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Erin Peters

Great beer and excellent music go hand in hand—so it’s no wonder that craft beer is becoming a bigger deal each year at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, aka Coachella.

Not only did the Craft Beer Barn delight beer fans for the third year in a row; this year’s festival included a smaller ...

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