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On the Boards: While Local Stages Are Largely Quiet in August, Great Theater Is Coming Soon!

On the Boards: While Local Stages Are Largely Quiet in August, Great Theater Is Coming Soon!

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

The Coachella Valley and High Desert are blessed with a variety of unique and ambitious local theater companies.

But you would not necessarily know that’s the case in August: Not one of the Coachella Valley companies had a single regular show scheduled during the month. However, perhaps there’s a les...

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Inspired by Nature: Meet the Group That's Turning Artists Into Advocates for Public Land

Inspired by Nature: Meet the Group That's Turning Artists Into Advocates for Public Land

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Sarah Gilman

Hard rain has driven the small crew down from their camp at an alpine lake to a roadside national forest picnic area. The spot’s pleasant, even under a late-May storm: Oregon’s Clackamas and Collawash rivers meet here, and conifers and the fluorescent whorls of horsetails overhang the clear green wa...

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Western Lit: Three New Books Look at Edward Abbey's Mixed Legacy on Environment, Gender and Immigration

Western Lit: Three New Books Look at Edward Abbey's Mixed Legacy on Environment, Gender and Immigration

Monday, July 11, 2016  |  Andrea Clark Mason

It’s hard to believe that more than 25 years have passed since Western writer and fierce conservationist Edward Abbey died, on March 14, 1989. Several recent books take a clear look at his legacy, and though all three emphasize the continued relevance of Abbey’s environmental ideas, none of them shy...

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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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