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Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 16-17

Let's start this week -- as we seem to every week -- with a downer of a story about the state of newspapers: Here's McKay Coppins, an outstanding reporter for The Atlantic, with the most comprehensive piece I've seen on Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund...

This week: Art events of note

Here's my curated guide to arts and entertainment events that might be worth your time and money. I focus typically on the mid-valley, but if there's something big happening elsewhere, I'll note it here. If you want me to include your arts event in this list, click on...

Art for the Heart: The lost sketch

I had a great time Saturday night hosting The Arts Center's Art for the Heart gala virtual event: with Arts Center Executive Director Cynthia Spencer and an army of volunteers at the helm, along with my frequent collaborator John Harris of Horsepower Productions, the...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 25-26

Wait: This is the last weekend of September? How did that happen? It's an eternal question, that "How did that happen?" I'm not sure there's always a good answer. But, as you ponder it, you could also ponder these selected readings. This might change in the wake of...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 18-19

Let's start this edition of Your Weekend Reader (I'm still waiting for the lawsuit from the Weekly Reader folks to roll in, but in the meantime, I like that title) the same way that we started last week: with a story about Oregon wildfires. The Atlantic's October...

Your Weekend Reader for Aug. 28-29

It's the last weekend of August. Where HAS this summer gone? Oh, that's right -- delta came and snatched il away. The emergence of the delta variant of the coronavirus has put a big damper on this summer. But maybe it has given us a little more time this weekend to...

The journey to “Other Desert Cities”

It’s been a decade since “Other Desert Cities” debuted off-Broadway, but the play, about families divided by politics and a long-held secret, might be even more relevant today. “It’s so timely, in so many ways,” said Kathie O’Brien, the co-director (with Arlee Olson)...

Your weekend reader for Aug. 7-8

It's already the first full weekend in August -- and, goodness, the delta variant has stolen much of the steam from what was looking like our Hot Vax Summer. So this edition of your weekend reader includes news about COVID and whether we should get ready to be masked...