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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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Work of an Icon: Heather James' Great Little Show Explores Another Side of Norman Rockwell's Art

Work of an Icon: Heather James' Great Little Show Explores Another Side of Norman Rockwell's Art

Monday, December 19, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

Heather James Fine Art is surprising and delighting gallery-goers with Norman Rockwell’s humorous depictions of American life, along with portraits and studies by the renowned artist that uncover another level of his perception and skill.

“In putting together this Norman Rockwell show, we wanted to h...

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Active Viewers Wanted: The Artist Behind a New El Paseo Sculpture Is Inspired by Movement

Active Viewers Wanted: The Artist Behind a New El Paseo Sculpture Is Inspired by Movement

Tuesday, December 06, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

John Neumann’s sculptures have been featured in solo exhibitions and group shows throughout the country for decades. His abstractions are thematically tied to movement, in series focusing on mythology, dance/music—and even the universe.

Neumann is prolific; for his current Sol series, Neumann has produ...

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An Elf's Plight: Desert Rose Brings David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries' to Life

An Elf's Plight: Desert Rose Brings David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries' to Life

Saturday, November 19, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and I was hopeful as I settled into my seat at the Desert Rose Playhouse on opening night of The Santaland Diaries .

I wanted to like it—and indeed, I did. However, I wish I’d liked it a little bit more.

David Sedaris first presented his essay about working as a Ch...

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