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Oh Kaye! Rancho Mirage's Kaye Ballard Discusses Her Storied Career—and Reveals She Still Has Unmet Goals

Oh Kaye! Rancho Mirage's Kaye Ballard Discusses Her Storied Career—and Reveals She Still Has Unmet Goals

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  |  Alexis Hunter

More than 500 adoring fans filled the large, sold-out auditorium at the Camelot Theatres one spring evening, with several hundred others sent home, disappointed by the fact that they could not buy tickets to the show featuring a true living legend.

Inside, 88-year-old Kaye Ballard had her Going Out of...

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Rethinking Glass for the New Century: Meet Sculptor Patrick Blythe

Rethinking Glass for the New Century: Meet Sculptor Patrick Blythe

Friday, July 18, 2014  |  Victor Barocas

Patrick Blythe’s large studio, located inside Indio’s Coachella Valley Art Center, includes four separate spaces. It’s clear that each space has its own distinct purpose.

Design and model-marking. Mold-making and stone-carving. A kiln room for heating and forming glass. And a “cold room,” where glass...

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Western Lit: Animals That Live Around and Near Us Are Lovingly Noted in 'Urban Bestiary'

Western Lit: Animals That Live Around and Near Us Are Lovingly Noted in 'Urban Bestiary'

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  |  Cory Eldridge

Most communities across the West, urban and rural, are home to the animals in Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s new book, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild , a collection of joyful meditations on the fauna that scamper over our lawns and roost on our power poles.

While eastern gray squirrels, crows ...

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Western Lit: A Writer's Genius Is Revealed in 'Conversations With Barry Lopez'

Western Lit: A Writer's Genius Is Revealed in 'Conversations With Barry Lopez'

Saturday, July 12, 2014  |  Kurt Caswell

For 40 years, Barry Lopez has been at the center of the national and international conversation about social justice, and the fate of humanity and the Earth.

In Conversations With Barry Lopez , the National Book Award-winning writer’s thought, precision and intelligence are brought gracefully to the pa...

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Born Free: 'Real Women Have Curves' Writer Josefina Lopez Takes Part in the Idyllwild Authors Series

Born Free: 'Real Women Have Curves' Writer Josefina Lopez Takes Part in the Idyllwild Authors Series

Friday, July 11, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Josefina Lopez has lived an incredible life—and that life has inspired her acclaimed work as a playwright and now as a novelist.

She’ll be appearing at Café Aroma as part of the Fourth Annual Idyllwild Authors Series at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 13.

Lopez is best known as the award-winning writer of Real Wo...

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Western Lit: 'Monument Road' Is a Clean, Utilitarian Novel About the Modern Western Experience

Western Lit: 'Monument Road' Is a Clean, Utilitarian Novel About the Modern Western Experience

Saturday, July 05, 2014  |  Kathleen Yale

Rancher Leonard Self is the type of elderly man who keeps “his shades drawn, his talk necessary, his actions to the problem at hand.” In the wake of the death of his wife, Inetta, he’s been winnowing his ranch goods, his farmhouse, his life itself, succumbing to a darkening that “was not pain but bo...

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