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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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Both Historical and Contemporary: An Established Atlanta Art Gallery Heads West to Open a Second Space on El Paseo

Both Historical and Contemporary: An Established Atlanta Art Gallery Heads West to Open a Second Space on El Paseo

Monday, November 14, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

After three years of visits from Georgia to the California desert, Atlanta gallery owner Thomas Deans decided he wanted to set up shop here.

He opened Thomas Deans Fine Art on El Paseo in September 2016.

“My partner and I fell in love with the desert,” he said. “My belief is more galleries create more...

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Western Lit: 'Water Is for Fighting Over' Takes an Overly Optimistic Look at Water Battles Regarding the Colorado River

Western Lit: 'Water Is for Fighting Over' Takes an Overly Optimistic Look at Water Battles Regarding the Colorado River

Thursday, November 10, 2016  |  Matt Jenkins

It’s been 30 years since Marc Reisner’s landmark history of Western water, Cadillac Desert , was first published. The book’s dire tone set the pattern for much subsequent water writing. Longtime Albuquerque Journal reporter John Fleck calls it the “narrative of crisis”—an apocalyptic storyline about the...

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All Dressed Up: Dezart Perform's 'Casa Valentina' Is a Superb, Important Show Based on a Real-Life Haven for Transvestites

All Dressed Up: Dezart Perform's 'Casa Valentina' Is a Superb, Important Show Based on a Real-Life Haven for Transvestites

Saturday, November 05, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

How far should spousal loyalty go when your mate’s creative expression causes you emotional pain? When does a risqué hobby become deviancy—and who decides what’s deviant, anyway?

These are the questions examined in Dezart Performs’ production of Casa Valentina.  Harvey Fierstein’s provocative play earn...

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Nerds of Coachella Valley, Unite! Palm Springs Comic Con Returns With Its Biggest Event Yet

Nerds of Coachella Valley, Unite! Palm Springs Comic Con Returns With Its Biggest Event Yet

Friday, November 04, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

A large and, by all accounts, successful comic con came to Palm Springs over the summer.

One problem: That comic con was improperly billed as the first and only Coachella Valley comic con.

Turns out a group called the Palm Springs Comic Con has been around since 2014—and this scrappy group of locals i...

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