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Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

On March 26, 2016, Jim Harrison died at his home in Patagonia, Ariz., a final poem left unfinished on his desk.

Some writers leave too soon; others, like Harrison, depart when they’re good and ready. He had lived hard, first in Michigan and later in Montana, where his prodigious appetites combined wi...

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Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

El Paseo’s CODA Gallery has always presented works with a colorful, positive energy—making visits to the gallery continuously exciting.

Today, CODA is on the move: It will be reopening in September in a new space two blocks east of its former home.

Sam Heaton has been the gallery director since Januar...

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The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

Friday, August 12, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley Art Scene (CVAS) has come a long way since founder and executive director Sarah Scheideman started the whole thing as a blog in 2008.

Since its humble beginnings, the organization has left a unique footprint on the Coachella Valley with its arts-related events. The 111 Music Fest...

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The Age of Rage: Alexander Zaitchik Gets to Know the Trump Nation in His Latest Book

The Age of Rage: Alexander Zaitchik Gets to Know the Trump Nation in His Latest Book

Thursday, August 11, 2016  |  Chris Faraone

In a time of questionable candidates and flame wars galore, Alexander Zaitchik has a new book that displays the disarray.

A longform Jedi with roots in the alternative press, the author last surfaced between periodical pieces with Common Nonsense , a graphic look at “Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignor...

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Western Lit: Two New Books Look Those Who Live and Die Along The Border

Western Lit: Two New Books Look Those Who Live and Die Along The Border

Tuesday, August 02, 2016  |  Jon M. Shumaker

The Mexican-American border has inspired its own literary genre, unleashing a flood of poetry, reportage, nature writing, crime fiction, novels, essays and even coffee-table photo books. Together, words and pictures paint a sharp portrait of a landscape caught between delicate light and terrifying d...

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The Date Farmers: Mexican History, Politics and the Struggles of the Migrant Worker All Inform the Works of This East Valley Art Collective

The Date Farmers: Mexican History, Politics and the Struggles of the Migrant Worker All Inform the Works of This East Valley Art Collective

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The area surrounding the city of Coachella is dominated by farms, ranches, orchards and the laborers who work on them.

As I drove to meet Armando Lerma at his Date Farmers art studio, I passed fields where migrant farmworkers were doing their jobs under the brutal summer sun. This is one of the place...

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