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Western Lit: 'Toward a Natural Forest' Examines How the U.S. Forest Service Is an Agency Adrift

Western Lit: 'Toward a Natural Forest' Examines How the U.S. Forest Service Is an Agency Adrift

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  Matt Rasmussen

Whither the U.S. Forest Service?

Jim Furnish, whose 34-year career with the agency culminated in one of the most important public-lands protection measures in the nation’s history, has grappled with this question throughout much of his life.

In his engaging new memoir, Toward a Natural Forest , Furnish ...

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Western Lit: In 'Gold Fame Citrus,' the Nascent Genre of Cli-Fi Looks to California

Western Lit: In 'Gold Fame Citrus,' the Nascent Genre of Cli-Fi Looks to California

Wednesday, February 03, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

Though the super El Niño bearing down on California may help alleviate the state’s crippling drought, even a good drenching won’t wash away four dry years.

For nearly a half-decade, the watery foundation that underpins so many California institutions—almonds and salmon, weed and dairy, the Salton Sea...

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Retro Reinterpretations: Modernism Week Artist Nat Reed Takes the Colors and Styles of the '50s and '60s and Makes Them His Own

Retro Reinterpretations: Modernism Week Artist Nat Reed Takes the Colors and Styles of the '50s and '60s and Makes Them His Own

Monday, February 01, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

You may have never heard of Nat Reed—but you’ve almost certainly seen his work before. The midcentury modern artist did the poster/cover for last year’s Palm Springs Pride, and he’s been written about in various publications.

At the Palm Springs International Airport, Reed is collaborating with Virgi...

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Illustrating the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: Three Happenings You Should Not Miss

Illustrating the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: Three Happenings You Should Not Miss

Monday, February 01, 2016  |  Staff

The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair takes place Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 11 through 14, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. It costs $20 for a day pass; a VIP pass for all days is $75. For more information, visit www.palmspringsfineartfair.com .

1. Go See Photographer of t...

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Western Lit: 'Unprocessed' Follows One Person's Effort to Eat Better—in an Era of Compromise

Western Lit: 'Unprocessed' Follows One Person's Effort to Eat Better—in an Era of Compromise

Thursday, January 28, 2016  |  Katherine E. Standefer

When 26-year-old Megan Kimble became intrigued by the idea of unprocessed eating, she wasn’t entirely sure what the term meant. After all, she writes, nearly all food is processed by the time we eat it—chopped, sautéed, fermented or folded into batter—“and often it is the better for it.”

But she also...

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What a World Premiere! Dezart Performs' 'Suicide Dogs' May Leave You Laughing Through Your Tears

What a World Premiere! Dezart Performs' 'Suicide Dogs' May Leave You Laughing Through Your Tears

Saturday, January 23, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

I’m now in my third season as one of the Independent ’s theater reviewers. I have seen many excellent productions here in the valley, and some … well … that were not so good. But I don’t know if I have ever been as emotionally affected by a play as I was by Dezart Performs’ world premiere of Suicide Do...

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