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Tim Fuller/Arizona Theatre Company Paige Lindsey White, Lawrence Pressman, and Anne Allgood perform in Arizona Theatre Company's Other Desert Cities.
Other Desert Cities at Herberger Theater Center
Despite wealth, fame, and success, the Wyeths' chief concern at Christmas 2004 in Palm Springs is daughter Brooke's upcoming memoir (her folks had hoped for a novel -- oh, and Brooke's fresh from what's called a "mental breakdown"). The fictional family featured in Other Desert Cities isn't the Reagans but has a lot in common with them: specifically, a conservative actor-turned-politician dad and that troublesome aging-hippie offspring.
The Tony-nominated, 2012 Pulitzer-finalist play by Jon Robin Baitz (creator of TV's Brothers & Sisters) gets its Arizona première production from Arizona Theatre Company through Sunday, March 2, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Critics and audiences hail Baitz's witty dialogue and the micro-domestic parallels of personal history to the wars and terrorism playing out alongside. While Brooke derives some comfort and support from her literally trippy aunt Silda, her brother Trip (yes, really) blithely produces reality TV, and mom Polly tries to hold everything together.
Friday, February 21's curtain is at 8 p.m. and tickets, ranging from $40.50 to $72, are selling super-well at www.ticketmaster.com and 602-256-6995. -- Julie Peterson
Joe Dobrow Book-Signing at Changing Hands Bookstore
Courtesy of Joe Dobrow Chow Bella recently interviewed Joe Dobrow about the difference between Whole Foods and Sprouts.
When a new Whole Foods opened its doors on Camelback Road and 20th Street in September 2013, the Valley buzzed about it for weeks. Facebook posts and newspaper ink were dedicated to the occasion -- despite the fact that there were already a few locations in the Valley.
The excitement was a testament to consumers' desire for organic products on the dinner table, a "fad" that has existed since co-ops of the late 1960s and became mainstream thanks to an $88 billion natural food retail industry. Author Joe Dobrow, a former executive at Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market, explores this in Natural Prophets: From Health Foods to Whole Foods -- How the Pioneers of the Industry Changed the Way We Eat and Reshaped America.
Meet the author at 7 p.m. Friday, February 21, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. Copies of the hardcover are $27.99. Call 480-730-0205 or visit www.changinghands.com. -- Janessa Hilliard