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Love and Marriage: Dezart Performs' 'Daniel's Husband' Is Heart-Wrenching and Flawless

Love and Marriage: Dezart Performs' 'Daniel's Husband' Is Heart-Wrenching and Flawless

Jan 11, 2020 13:00  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Any professional critic worth his or her salt strives to be fair, tactful, entertaining and, most of all, honest. To regularly gush or fawn over productions would cause us to lose our credibility. But...

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Western Lit: 'The Dreamt Land' Looks at California's History to Understand the Current Water Crisis

Western Lit: 'The Dreamt Land' Looks at California's History to Understand the Current Water Crisis

Jan 08, 2020 17:35  |  Sean McCoy, High Country News

My mother grew up on a tiny farm on the outskirts of Bakersfield in the 1960s. When I was little, she told me stories about the Basques who sheared their sheep, and a childhood spent wandering among t...

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Western Lit: National Book Awards Fiction Finalist 'The Other Americans' Centers on a Racism-Tinted Incident in the High Desert

Western Lit: National Book Awards Fiction Finalist 'The Other Americans' Centers on a Racism-Tinted Incident in the High Desert

Jan 02, 2020 16:20  |  Alex Trimble Young, High Country News

In her brilliant fourth novel, The Other Americans , Moroccan-American writer Laila Lalami paints an unsparing portrait of the American West, deliberately rejecting the familiar frontier stories of rede...

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Art at the Polo Grounds: The Southwest Arts Festival Shows Off the Works of Amazing Artists You've Probably Never Heard Of

Art at the Polo Grounds: The Southwest Arts Festival Shows Off the Works of Amazing Artists You've Probably Never Heard Of

Dec 31, 2019 11:35  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

January marks the start of the “high season” of activity at the world-famous Empire Polo Club—and before the huge music events arrive in April, the grounds will host the 34th edition of the Southwest ...

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Mizell Takes Off: Wes Winter, the Mizell Senior Center's Executive Director, Talks About the Annual Stars Among Us Gala

Mizell Takes Off: Wes Winter, the Mizell Senior Center's Executive Director, Talks About the Annual Stars Among Us Gala

Dec 24, 2019 11:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Wes Winter started his new job as the executive director of the Mizell Senior Center last March—but before he officially began, he got a taste of what he was getting himself into at the 2019 Stars Amo...

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Western Lit: Brandon Shimoda Sifts Through His Family's History—Including the U.S. Internment of Japanese Americans

Western Lit: Brandon Shimoda Sifts Through His Family's History—Including the U.S. Internment of Japanese Americans

Dec 05, 2019 11:05  |  Abby Manzella, High Country News

In The Grave on the Wall , poet and essayist Brandon Shimoda focuses on what remains after great loss. In this work of lyric nonfiction, he writes about his grandfather, Midori Shimoda, who died after y...

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A Night of Wintry Bliss: Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services Throws a Big Party to Raise Both Awareness and Much-Needed Funds

A Night of Wintry Bliss: Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services Throws a Big Party to Raise Both Awareness and Much-Needed Funds

Dec 02, 2019 11:35  |  Jimmy Boegle

On Dec. 7, the folks with Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services will transform the Pacific Hangar of the Palm Springs Air Museum into a “winter wonderland.” The goals: Raise money for the organizat...

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Campy Comedy at Its Best: Desert Rose Again Celebrates 'Christmas With the Crawfords'

Campy Comedy at Its Best: Desert Rose Again Celebrates 'Christmas With the Crawfords'

Nov 30, 2019 14:30  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Desert Rose Playhouse is kicking off the holiday season in high style with a return of Christmas With the Crawfords , created by Richard Winchester and written by Mark Sargent. Artistic director Robbie ...

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