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Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Western Lit: Two Fantastic New Works Document the Creatures of the West, Past and Present

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Lawrence Lenhart

Some environmentalists and scientists have begun calling our current epoch the “Anthropocene”—to acknowledge the massive changes humans have induced in global ecosystems. But biologist and author Edward O. Wilson has proposed an alternative name: “Eremocene,” or the “Age of Loneliness,” a name that ...

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Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Western Lit: Follow the Twists and Turns of Robert Garner McBrearty's 'The Western Lonesome Society'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  |  Barbara Basbanes Richter

Don’t be fooled by the length of Robert Garner McBrearty’s debut novella—at a mere 132 pages, The Western Lonesome Society includes enough intrigue to fill books twice its size. Characters battle mental illness, kidnappings and Comanches to find their way home after wandering across the wild and lonel...

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Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Valuable Musical 'Junk': Despite a Delayed Opening, This World Premiere at Desert Rose Is a Success

Saturday, May 07, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

When the opening of a play is postponed a week, apparently because the cast is not quite ready, it tends to make reviewers a bit nervous.

What if the cast is still not ready? What if the show’s just a bomb?

Thankfully, my worries about the world premiere of Junk at the Desert Rose Playhouse were unfound...

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Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Voices of the East Valley: The McCallum Theatre Spent Two Years Finding and Promoting the East Valley's Creative Talents—and Is Showcasing Them on May 14

Friday, April 29, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The McCallum Theatre, the venue, is well-known for top-notch Broadway musicals, concerts by world-class musicians, and a wide variety of other arts programming.

However, the McCallum Theatre, the institution, does much more than host shows. The McCallum has an education wing, the McCallum Theatre Ins...

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There's No Happy Ending: Coyote StageWorks' Powerful 'Agnes of God' Is a Near-Perfect Production

There's No Happy Ending: Coyote StageWorks' Powerful 'Agnes of God' Is a Near-Perfect Production

Sunday, April 24, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

As a lovely female voice sings in the background, a professionally dressed woman walks to the front of the stage and begins a monologue.

She likes to believe that every story has a happy ending, she tells us. She wants to believe in “alternate reals.” As a child, she saw Greta Garbo’s film Camille seve...

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Coachella 2016: Looking at the 'Art' Part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella 2016: Looking at the 'Art' Part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Saturday, April 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Every year at Coachella, the art installations cause a variety of reactions.

“Wow.”

“Interesting.”

“WTF?”

“Tower of Twelve Stories” by Jimenez Lai of Taiwan/Canada really lights up the Coachella night sky this year. It sort of resembles a piece of modern furniture, with compartments put together to form...

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