Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Arts for Thursday, Aug. 8:

MYSTERY WRITER: A conversation with Wyoming writer Craig Johnson about the success of his mystery series about a Wyoming sheriff named Walt Logmire, and what it's like seeing the novels come to life in the small screen on the TV show Longmire.

GRASSLANDS EXHIBIT: The Desert Grassland exhibition was featured from January to July 2013 at the Tucson Museum of Art. The desert grasslands of the Sonoran region are oftentimes overlooked, but the artists showcased have been deeply inspired by these surroundings. One of the artists, M.F. Cardamone, talks about her pieces.

BRIDGE ART: The Luis G. Gutierrez Bridget at Cushing Street is more than a link in the 3.9-mile Modern streetcar project, and an east-west connection for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists over the Santa Cruz River. The bridge became a collaborative project of bridge architects and public artists that tells a story.

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING: Molly McCloy, a Tucson writer and Pima Community College instructor performs a monologue.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE: A musical performance in the studio by singer/songwriter Hank Topless. The song is called 'Take Their Time.'

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