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A disobedient dog, an angry owner, and a young girl with a magical ability to right wrongs–that is the opening of The Magic Finger. From the beginning there is a sense that what you are watching is important. Through the layers of humor, the audience is continuously asked the questions, “What is fair?” and “Who gets to decide?” To be sure, they are questions that sometimes make us uncomfortable, but children’s author Roald Dahl knew they needed to be asked.

If you are not familiar with the work of Roald Dahl, I recommend your remedy that immediately. It’s for your own good, I promise. Children’s literature often gets the bad rep of being overly simplistic and fantastical–perhaps a bit too sugary a treat for the literary minded. However, many times the reality is quite the opposite. Especially when it comes to the work of Dahl, who gave voice to children’s concerns in the most memorable of ways–think Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and George’s Marvelous Medicine. In his stage adaptation of Dahl’s The Magic Finger, playwright, David Wood, asks those questions of fairness of his audience, through tackling issues such as animal rights, justice, and violence, in such a way that wherever Dahl is, he is sure to be smiling.

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Wonder Valley is the last point of habitation east of Los Angeles before stretches of desert meet the state line. Moving away from the megalopolis, the diminishing density of population and infrastructure peters out into this landscape of sporadic shelters and characteristic “jackrabbit homesteads.”

One of the subgroups of inhabitants in Wonder Valley are those who wish to remain in Southern California, but who cannot afford to live in the Los Angeles basin. Thus Wonder Valley was a felicitous location for the issues addressed in Spectacular Subdivision, a three-day art event on affordable housing and compromised work/live spaces. Organized by Jay Lizo of Monte Vista Projects, High Desert Test Sites and UCIRA, Spectacular Subdivision invited forty artists to explore the questions: “What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? How have forms of domesticity and shelter shaped artists’ practices?” and “How does an artist find balance between work and living space?”

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Family, friends, proud professors and peers showed unparalleled support during Chaffey College’s 2014 Student Invitational (SI) opening reception on Tuesday, April 15. Within the first 10 minutes of the event’s commencement, attendees flocked in by the dozens. The schools 37th Annual Student Invitational was a labored accomplishment for the nine student participants who were hand- picked to take part in the yearly juried exhibition. The chosen artists were met with the task of creating a completely new body of work by working closely with faculty, art professionals and museum curators to refine their skills to professional levels.

NBC is searching for the next BIG comedy writers! Submissions begin May 1, 2014

Do you have a ground-breaking comedy idea? We're listening! Our goal is to discover fresh, comedic voices in an innovative, new way.

Submit two videos with your application. One should introduce yourself and showcase previous work. (5-10 minutes) The other is a 2 to 5 minute verbal pitch of your new comedy! (Hint: be funny.)

Visit the NBC Comedy Playground website for more information!

Awards were presented to 19 desert artists during a reception on Sunday, April 6, 2014 for the annual Members Show at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Joshua Tree artist Bobby Furst was the judge this year.

The exhibition, which features nearly 70 works by members of the Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild, will be on display at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Dr., through April 28. 

Longtime art lovers create CSUSB’s first endowed faculty fellowship Pamela and Dr. Benson Harer, longtime supporters of Cal State San Bernardino and its Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), have pledged $500,000 to establish the university’s first-ever fully-endowed faculty fellowship.

The Benson and Pamela Harer Fellowship will support a new tenure-track faculty position focused on Egyptology, a longtime passion for the Harers. The Harer Family Trust has provided a substantial collection of Egyptian antiquities as gifts and on permanent loan to RAFFMA. The collection has become the centerpiece for several educational programs, including a program for local children titled the “Summer Egyptian Workshop for Kids.”

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In Riverside, ART MATTERS.

It engages, inspires, and builds community.

The Riverside Art Make.

Make art. Make community.

FREE to the public.

Curatorial Statement for the Riverside Art Make

by Carolyn Schutten

Riverside Art Make: Exploring Art and Community Engagement

This spring, the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is taking to the streets and coming to a neighborhood near you. Supported by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions and a City of Riverside Arts and Culture Grant, the Riverside Art Make is a groundbreaking program that seeks to engage the Riverside community in a flurry of art-making happenings throughout the city in 2014 and in 2015. RAM has identified four neighborhoods that have been underserved by the museum to serve as sites for Riverside Art Make happenings: La Sierra, Magnolia, Eastside, and Orangecrest. All programming will take place in non-traditional venues – a farmer’s market, public parks, and a shopping center. Happenings are free and designed to engage participants of all ages and ethnicities, from all cultures, and regardless of economic backgrounds in a wide range of art-making activities. RAM joins prestigious museums across the world in the forward-thinking trend toward a participatory museum experience. Through recent explorations in civic engagement, RAM is helping to lead the way to ever more innovative, sophisticated art experiences in the City of Arts and Innovation.

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Mil-Tree’s “The Art Of War” was presented at Chaffey College in the Art Building’s Student Gallery March 12th from 12pm - 2pm. The show was curated by Rebecca Trawick, the director and curator of Chaffey’s Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. The show’s original opening was in Joshua Tree at the Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge turned art gallery and spoken word salon on October 25th, 2013. It was part of the MBCAC Highway 62 Art Tours co-produced by Mil-Tree and RFJT. It was the brainchild of Carey Hayes and Tami Wood and curated by Mil-Tree’s Paula Jeane. The project successfully fulfilled the mission statement of Mil-Tree:

It is our mission to bring together veterans, active-duty military, and civilians in order to help each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art.

Through Mil-Tree, diverse people in the community come together to increase mutual understanding and respect, and are provided with safe opportunities to express, help process, and support the healing of soul wounds, especially those of war, through the power of storytelling, speak-outs, healing retreats, art, music, movement, and nature. 

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Maddy Lederman's debut novel, EDNA IN THE DESERT, chronicles a tech-addicted, Los Angeles teen stranded at her grandparents' remote cabin without cell phone service, Internet or television. The tale takes place in sections of the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County. 

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The notion that art can be free, when we are accustomed to determining something’s worth with a dollar sign, is almost absurd. It brings up questions about the intrinsic value and legitimacy of art outside of those predetermined, capitalistic, boundaries. In the free art movement, artists place their works in public spaces, plain view, or hidden, and it’s yours for the taking. This movement is all over the country and is growing in momentum. Free art forces the traditional exhibit beyond the walls of the gallery where it’s hung, makes the artist their own curators, and entire cities are transformed into galleries. And that’s empowering. 

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“The Seagull” was directed by Tom Provenzano at the Glenn Wallichs Theater from March 20-23, 2014. The play was written by Anton Chekhov in 1895 and is considered the first of his four major plays. Provenzano had first seen the play when he was just 7 years old and for some time had wanted to direct it. When asked about the play’s historical significance, Provenzano states, “Within its period it was a big change in theater because it was just about how people lived. It was a revolution and really moved us towards modern and contemporary theater.” In relationship to Chekhovian theater he says, “They say they’re comedies, but they’re really dramas about this particular period coming to the close of Czarist Russia.”

Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo announce the fifth annual BLUES FOR THE ZOO benefit concert celebrating this unique Alpine animal rescue facility.  BLUES FOR THE ZOO is set for Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Big Bear Lake’s Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater, with a line-up of world class blues including a rare west coast appearance by critically acclaimed “trance-blues” artist Otis Taylor.

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