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Overcoming Indoctrination: Cathy Schenkelberg's One-Woman Show Explains How Scientology Almost Ruined Her—and How She Escaped

Overcoming Indoctrination: Cathy Schenkelberg's One-Woman Show Explains How Scientology Almost Ruined Her—and How She Escaped

Sep 16, 2019 16:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

Cathy Schenkelberg is coming to the valley to perform her renowned one-woman show Squeeze My Cans: Surviving Scientology for one reason: Scott Smith.

“He’s been my friend since (we both lived in) Chicago...

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Western Lit: Joe Wilkins' Debut Novel Tackles Male Relationships, Public Lands and Political Divisions

Western Lit: Joe Wilkins' Debut Novel Tackles Male Relationships, Public Lands and Political Divisions

Sep 05, 2019 10:30  |  Sarah Gilman, High Country News

Rowdy Burns doesn’t look like much when he first meets ranch hand Wendell Newman.

He’s a silent slip of a boy, 7 years old, hollow-cheeked and hollowed-out by trauma—a mother struggling with drugs, and...

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High-Flying Show: The Palm Canyon Theatre Kicks Off Its New Season With 'Peter Pan'

High-Flying Show: The Palm Canyon Theatre Kicks Off Its New Season With 'Peter Pan'

Aug 27, 2019 17:00  |  David Kenniston

“It’s a super-big challenge to fly.”

That the reason it’s taken more than 20 years for the Palm Canyon Theatre to put on the popular musical Peter Pan —but the venerable downtown Palm Springs theater wil...

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Comedy as Healing: Felipe Esparza Brings His Bilingual, Personal Comedy to Morongo

Comedy as Healing: Felipe Esparza Brings His Bilingual, Personal Comedy to Morongo

Aug 21, 2019 17:00  |  Andy Lara

Felipe Esparza is a funny guy—something he proved by winning NBC’s Last Comic Standing back in 2010.

Almost a decade later, the Los Angeles-based comedian has since been featured on comedy specials on HB...

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For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

For Women, By Women: The First Palm Springs Women's Week Celebrates 'Lesbian Culture and Thought' and Is Open to All

Aug 21, 2019 10:30  |  Jimmy Boegle

After five successful years, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival took a hiatus in 2018.

“We got off to a very good start and picked up a nice audience,” said Gail Christian, one of the producers. “T...

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Western Lit: Kali Fajardo-Anstine's Story Collection Tells the Tales of Women, in Fractured Families, in a Gentrifying City

Western Lit: Kali Fajardo-Anstine's Story Collection Tells the Tales of Women, in Fractured Families, in a Gentrifying City

Aug 07, 2019 22:00  |  Jenny Shank, High Country News

Many of the young female protagonists in Sabrina and Corina , Denver author Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s poised, rich debut story collection, grow up in fractured families—in which one parent leaves, dies or ...

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The Kids Are the Stars: Green Room Theatre Company Shows Off Its Summer Students' Work in a Huge Production of 'Sister Act'

The Kids Are the Stars: Green Room Theatre Company Shows Off Its Summer Students' Work in a Huge Production of 'Sister Act'

Jul 23, 2019 16:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Most of the Coachella Valley’s theater companies have gone dark during these dog days of summer—and those that are still going have left things up to the kids.

Desert Theatreworks is currently in the m...

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Western Lit: This Profound Posthumous Selection of Ellen Meloy's Essays Is a Great Introduction to the Desert Scribe's Works

Western Lit: This Profound Posthumous Selection of Ellen Meloy's Essays Is a Great Introduction to the Desert Scribe's Works

Jul 18, 2019 08:45  |  Michael Engelhard, High Country News

Who hasn’t wondered what a favorite writer might have bestowed on the world if not silenced too soon? What fan doesn’t long for more—letters, a journal, unpublished fragments, even an annotated grocer...

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