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Big Bear hot for winter trout

District hopes to become its own hatchery next year

While hundreds of San Diegan anglers wait for the April 29 trout opener in the mountain lakes of the Eastern Sierra, Big Bear Lake, in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains, is producing some large, high ...

Antelope Valley's fields of orange

Time the 3.5-hour drive north in the spring for spectacular waves of color.

Officially known as the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, the rolling hills of the southern Mojave, 15 miles west of Lancaster, explode with color each spring as 1,745 acres of wildflowers end their hibernation and burst ...

Stories from NAMM

Music Merchants madness

The annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention just wrapped in Anaheim, and San Diego musicians were well represented, as performers, consumers, and product endorsers. Guitarist Wayne Riker has been attending the convention for ...

Downtown L.A.: trashy to trendy

Get your arts & culture fix, no driving required — just an easy ride up the Pacific Surfliner.

In the 90s and early 00s, despite its impressively tall high-rise skyline, downtown Los Angeles was generally NOT somewhere you would go by choice. Maybe once in awhile for a museum or a convention. Or ...

Artifacts of the cult

The Reformation was heaven for haters.

Tension between Death and the woman is as wiry and volatile as the religious tension of the times.

If Chargers move to L.A., they'll have two losing teams

Rams not doing so well in attendance, TV

The pro football Rams' reception in Los Angeles is mediocre at best. Television ratings have been low to so-so. About 9.8 percent of area homes have been turned on to Rams games. That's worse than ...

Karl Strauss joins the revolution

SD's oldest brewery becomes L.A.'s newest

San Diego's oldest brewery is now L.A.'s newest. Reigning midsize brewery of the year Karl Strauss Brewing Company has continued its brewpub expansion model with a new property at 600 Wilshire Boulevard, near Pershing Square ...

Life as meat

Post–World War II London artists dabbled with expiration date

In the years following World War II, the biggest art conversation was about abstraction and what to do with it. The critical center was New York and the artists in question were Pollock, Rothko, de ...

Karl Strauss opens its tenth brewery

Number ten is in Anaheim, and downtown L.A. is next

San Diego's oldest craft beer enterprise just opened its tenth brewing location, and its eleventh should be online before the end of the year. August 22 marked the official opening date of Karl Strauss Brewing ...

Western ghosts in the Alabama Hills

There must be a cowboy in here somewhere.

When thinking of the Owens Valley along Highway 395 in Central California, you might consider it a gas-station stop on your drive to ski Mammoth Mountain, or maybe a great fishing area with numerous lakes ...

Radiohead: Dialed in at the Shrine

The English quintet sends 6300 fans into frenzy

Shrine Auditorium has a gorgeous personality, a haunting elegance that paired well with Radiohead’s bipolar extravagance, as the English quintet performing 24 intimate songs to a sold-out crowd of 6300. The night looked like a ...

Hermosa and Manhattan: L.A.'s last real beach towns?

What's left of traditional SoCal beach culture in the sprawl.

Off the radar for most visitors to Los Angeles County is the South Bay area — since for beaches, people generally seek out the well-known spots of Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice. However, just below ...

Bawdy shots

Mapplethorpe’s work “moves toward a kind of perfection — it’s just a matter of refining.”

I was 11 or 12 when I befriended an older neighborhood boy who was a fanatical bodybuilder. Johnny pumped iron in the basement and would interrupt any conversation to do handstand pushups against a wall. ...

The Birds of Bodega, CA

Hitchcock's film legacy endures in two tiny Northern California coastal towns.

In 1963 the smash-hit movie The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, terrified film audiences and was the talk of the town for months after its opening. The story of a small California town under siege ...

Belching Beaver getting big

Six-packs, sours, and a full restaurant in the works

Belching Beaver Brewing has been in serious expansion mode this spring. In March, the company more than quadrupled its capacity by moving in to a 30-barrel production brewery in Oceanside. Meanwhile, its original 15-barrel Vista ...

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