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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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Generational Gaps and Identity: CV Rep Wraps Up a Masterful Season With '4000 Miles'

Generational Gaps and Identity: CV Rep Wraps Up a Masterful Season With '4000 Miles'

Saturday, April 23, 2016  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre’s 87 seats were filled, per usual, with eager supporters who had braved a windstorm and the craziness of a full moon to be present for the opening night of 4000 Miles . Since this is the final presentation of CV Rep’s 2015-16 season—which had the theme of “identity: ...

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A Fantastically Strong 'Tide': Dezart Performs' Latest Tackles Alzheimer's in a Moving, Powerful Way

A Fantastically Strong 'Tide': Dezart Performs' Latest Tackles Alzheimer's in a Moving, Powerful Way

Saturday, April 23, 2016  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

A number of plays have moved me while I’ve been doing theater reviews in the Coachella Valley—but none have pierced my heart and shaken me to the core the way Dezart Performs’ The Outgoing Tide did.

That’s due, in large part, to its subject matter: Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a hideous, devastating illne...

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Western Lit: In the Novel 'The Animals,' a Wildlife Rescuer Faces His Ugly Past

Western Lit: In the Novel 'The Animals,' a Wildlife Rescuer Faces His Ugly Past

Tuesday, April 19, 2016  |  Annie Dawid

“My god that you could walk through such a landscape. My god that such a landscape existed anywhere but in your dreams. And yet here it was.”

California-based novelist Christian Kiefer creates a gorgeous, desolate tableau in which his characters are bewitched by natural beauty, even as they’re betray...

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