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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 What fan doesn’t long for more—letters, a journal, unpublished fragments, even an annotated grocer...

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Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Patrons of the Arts: The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Has Helped Thousands of People by Supporting Local Creative Nonprofits

Jul 17, 2019 14:00  |  Stephen Berger

Over the past year and a half, it has been my privilege to visit, learn about and write about a number of nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley dedicated to the arts.

Someone once said that l...

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Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Western Lit: 'Maid' Puts a Face on the Things America's Poor Go Through to Stay Afloat

Jul 03, 2019 14:15  |  Claire Thompson, High Country News

When she discovered that she was pregnant, Stephanie Land ripped up her application for the University of Montana’s creative-writing program. Yet her dream of being a writer in Missoula endured, shini...

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Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose's 'Ruthless!' Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp

Jun 24, 2019 11:10  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Loren Freeman is one of the best actors in our valley—and now he’s making his directorial debut with the Desert Rose Playhouse’s summer production of Ruthless! The Musical .

So here’s what is wrong with ...

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Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Helping the Community CREATE: After Almost Closing 18 Months Ago, the CREATE Center for the Arts Is Expanding—and Thriving

Jun 19, 2019 14:30  |  Stephen Berger

About 18 months ago, I volunteered with the CREATE Center for the Arts for a week to see what it was all about.

The fledgling nonprofit was approaching its first anniversary in its inaugural home, subl...

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Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Western Lit: Pam Houston Shares Personal Tales About Rural Living in 'Deep Creek'

Jun 13, 2019 14:50  |  Michael Berry, High Country News

When your homestead in the Colorado Rockies is threatened by wildfire, it’s easy to believe you have a front-row seat at the Apocalypse. In her recent memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Count...

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