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Laugh Legend: Jo Anne Worley Returns to Michael Holmes' Purple Room

Laugh Legend: Jo Anne Worley Returns to Michael Holmes' Purple Room

May 22, 2019 13:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

I asked Jo Anne Worley what the audience can expect from her shows at the Purple Room this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

“A lot of singing—mainly comedy singing,” she replied. “And what I like to...

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Western Lit: Historian Gordon Chang's New Book Reminds America of the Chinese Workers Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Western Lit: Historian Gordon Chang's New Book Reminds America of the Chinese Workers Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

May 16, 2019 10:30  |  Nick Bowlin, High Country News

At a 1969 celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad, 2,000 miles of track that linked the Central Pacific Railroad to the Eastern rail network, Transportation Secretary John Volpe crowed: “Who else...

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Religious Rejection, Then Redemption: Steven Fales' Refreshed 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy' Arrives at Oscar's

Religious Rejection, Then Redemption: Steven Fales' Refreshed 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy' Arrives at Oscar's

May 09, 2019 10:15  |  Jimmy Boegle

Steven Fales has performed his Confessions of a Mormon Boy one-man show all over the world since its debut off-Broadway more than 13 years ago—but the show may never have happened without the support of...

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Western Lit: Two New Books Examine What Trees Can Teach Us About the Environment—and Ourselves

Western Lit: Two New Books Examine What Trees Can Teach Us About the Environment—and Ourselves

May 08, 2019 13:30  |  Sarah Gilman, High Country News

A big tree can seem monolithic and solitary—several armspans of girth, a towering crown. Trees, though, are often part of a community. Through a network of roots and fungal threads, they can warn each...

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The Power of Environment and Memory: CVRep's 'Good People' Is a Marvelously Acted Look at the Conflict Between Truth and Rationalization

The Power of Environment and Memory: CVRep's 'Good People' Is a Marvelously Acted Look at the Conflict Between Truth and Rationalization

May 05, 2019 11:40  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

We’ve reached the end of the season at most of the valley’s theater companies—sob! But what a year it’s been, and what a great way to end it: with Good People , at Coachella Valley Repertory.

Have you se...

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The Latina Experience: Desert Theatreworks Presents 'Real Women Have Curves'

The Latina Experience: Desert Theatreworks Presents 'Real Women Have Curves'

May 02, 2019 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

The play Real Women Have Curves examines the Latina immigrant experience in the United States, and Indio’s Desert Theatreworks is taking on the play—which debuted in 1990 and was later made into a criti...

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Pretty (?) in Pink: Desert Rose's 'Pageant' Is a Hilarious Drag Diversion

Pretty (?) in Pink: Desert Rose's 'Pageant' Is a Hilarious Drag Diversion

Apr 29, 2019 12:45  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Admit it: You think it’s funny when a man puts on a dress.

Well, you’ve got company—and Desert Rose Playhouse is smart enough to know that. Hence, Pageant , the company’s final show of the 2018-2019 seas...

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Fanatical Fandom: The Spirit of Elvis Is Alive in Desert Ensemble Theatre's 'Graceland' and 'Asleep on the Wind'

Fanatical Fandom: The Spirit of Elvis Is Alive in Desert Ensemble Theatre's 'Graceland' and 'Asleep on the Wind'

Apr 20, 2019 13:00  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The final offering of Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 season is an unusual show, composed of two one-act plays.

Written by the same author, Ellen Byron, they’re connected by a character who...

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