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Bringing the Funny: Joshua Tree Is the New Home of an Improv/Comedy Fest

Bringing the Funny: Joshua Tree Is the New Home of an Improv/Comedy Fest

Thursday, June 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Joshua Tree is known for eclectic festivals. The high-desert community hosts gatherings centering on everything from yoga to UFOs to music.

Now Joshua Tree can add improv/comedy to that list.

The Joshua Tree International Improv/Comedy Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at the ...

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Western Lit: A New Book Recounts Three Mysterious Disappearances in the Western Desert

Western Lit: A New Book Recounts Three Mysterious Disappearances in the Western Desert

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  |  Michael Engelhard

“A helluva place to lose a cow,” Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce allegedly quipped about the Southern Utah scarp of hoodoos that still bears his name. Well beyond cattle, smart people with maps and survival gear have vanished into the folds of the Colorado Plateau’s convoluted topography.

Dreamers and ...

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What a 'Party'! At Desert Rose Playhouse, the Humor Increases as the Clothes Come Off

What a 'Party'! At Desert Rose Playhouse, the Humor Increases as the Clothes Come Off

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

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A wall-to-wall audience surged into the Desert Rose Playhouse for the LGBT theater company’s summer show: David Dillon’s Party . The play was originally created in 1992 in response to the heavy hearts of that time, weighed down by the stigma of being gay, plus the fear and loss created by the...

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Hammer Time: Pascal Pierme's Wall Sculptures on Display at Hohmann Fine Arts Are Fantastic

Hammer Time: Pascal Pierme's Wall Sculptures on Display at Hohmann Fine Arts Are Fantastic

Friday, June 10, 2016  |  Victor Barocas

Highbrows beware: Another nail is being hammered into the coffin that contains what was once deemed “fine art.”

The hammer in question: a pneumatic hammer wielded by Pascal Pierme, a mixed-media artist whose show at Hohmann Gallery on El Paseo in Palm Desert has been extended until June 20.

The exhibi...

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Western Lit: A First-Time Novelist Follows a Montana Man in the Wake of Grief in This Award-Winning Novel

Western Lit: A First-Time Novelist Follows a Montana Man in the Wake of Grief in This Award-Winning Novel

Thursday, June 09, 2016  |  Annie Dawid

“Wesley is one of those Montana men whose mouths hardly move when they speak, for whom words are precious things they are loath to give up,” writes first-time novelist S.M. Hulse in Black River , a story haunted by loss and violence in a dead-end prison town.

Although the narrative begins from the pers...

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Western Lit: A New Book Goes Inside the Controversial Sport of Coyote Coursing

Western Lit: A New Book Goes Inside the Controversial Sport of Coyote Coursing

Thursday, June 02, 2016  |  Paige Blankenbuehler

Photographs in the new book  To See Them Run  offer a glimpse into the Great Plains culture around coyote coursing—a sport that involves athletic hounds trained to run down coyotes.

The book, along with images by Scott Squire, includes vignettes of the collection’s main characters by writer Eric Eliaso...

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