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Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Jul 03, 2019 14:15  |  Claire Thompson, High Country News

When she discovered that she was pregnant, Stephanie Land ripped up her application for the University of Montana’s creative-writing program. Yet her dream of being a writer in Missoula endured, shini...

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Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Jun 24, 2019 11:10  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Loren Freeman is one of the best actors in our valley—and now he’s making his directorial debut with the Desert Rose Playhouse’s summer production of Ruthless! The Musical .

So here’s what is wrong with ...

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Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Jun 19, 2019 14:30  |  Stephen Berger

About 18 months ago, I volunteered with the CREATE Center for the Arts for a week to see what it was all about.

The fledgling nonprofit was approaching its first anniversary in its inaugural home, subl...

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Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Jun 13, 2019 14:50  |  Michael Berry, High Country News

When your homestead in the Colorado Rockies is threatened by wildfire, it’s easy to believe you have a front-row seat at the Apocalypse. In her recent memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Count...

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Shows for the Community: Encore Wants to Present Affordable Theater With a Message

Shows for the Community: Encore Wants to Present Affordable Theater With a Message

Jun 06, 2019 14:15  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

There’s a new entry in the Coachella Valley theater scene: Meet the Encore Theatre District.

Encore began in February 2017, when artistic director Tiffanie Patscheck and her son, Jeremiah Rhoads, took ...

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High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts

May 23, 2019 11:00  |  Stephen Berger

Summer looms large on the horizon. Months of triple-digit temperatures take their toll, and we all look for ways to escape the heat—even if only for a brief period.

The high desert cities of Joshua Tre...

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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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