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Idyllic Idyllwild: a weekend in the woods

All-seasons mountain village close to S.D. – just a 2.5-hour drive.

"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir Ah, now I understand ...

The Mitchell Caverns: California's sacred caves

Explore these ancient limestone caverns a 4.5-hour drive north in the Mojave.

The Mitchell Caverns are not as large as those at Carlsbad, New Mexico, or as well known — but are local, every bit as dramatic, and come complete with a history made for movies. I ...

Beauty built on blood

Teotihuacan 2003 finds at L.A. County Art Museum

In 2003, an archaeologist digging near the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, one of the grand structures at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico, felt a soft spot in the earth that turned out to ...

Titters over Chargers' Twitter numbers

USA Today site claims a major padding of followers since leaving SD

“The Chargers almost doubled Twitter followers since L.A. move, but 45 percent of total are now fake.” That’s the headliine in thebiglead, a sports site that is owned by USA Today. Ryan Phillips says that ...

An L.A. brewery now open in La Jolla

Absolution finds its way back into town

Back in 2013, Reader Beer News reported that a planned local brewery, Absolution Brewing Company, had made the decision to join the unsaturated Los Angeles beer scene, rather than San Diego. Having thrived in its ...

Tronc’s Times newsroom blowback

San Diego's big sister ponders moving to Santa Monica

Chicago wheeler-dealer Michael Ferro's tronc, which has been shrinking the staff and newsroom space of the San Diego Union-Tribune, is encountering resistance from Los Angeles Times staffers, worried about putative plans to move the U-T’s ...

Merry tronc and a very happy Ferro

Honcho gifted with new $15 million consulting deal

While the scribes at his oddly named newspaper chain continue to worry about their jobs, year's end has brought considerable new riches for Michael Ferro, the Chicago-based wizard of tronc. That jolly word for Ferro ...

Hipster L.A.: Los Feliz, Echo Park, Silver Lake

You don't even have to drive there — take the Pacific Surfliner to Union Station.

In many different neighborhoods, L.A. is seeing a positive increase in the number of artistic and creative establishments: from hip clothing stores to shared workspaces to unique bars and cafes. Downtown, Highland Park, East Los ...

Twelve Bellini holy pictures at the Getty

A precious event so close to San Diego

Pictures sometimes become devotional objects or pilgrimage destinations. Their contents have the feeling of secular-sacred spaces. The room called the Living Hall in New York’s Frick Collection houses several robust portraits, Titian’s force-of-nature Pietro Aretino ...

Huntington Library & Botanic Gardens: L.A. day trip

The cultural oasis has an impressive art and manuscript collection, too.

Looking for a hidden gem of a day trip from San Diego? The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, a private nonprofit organization located in tony San Marino near Pasadena, is one of the best possible ...

China Lake: California's rock art library

See the largest gathering of petroglyphs in the northern hemisphere.

At night, especially under a full moon, the locals say you can hear the voices of the ancient ones. They ride the wind, telling the story of their people as they glide across the rocks. ...

Kerry James Marshall addresses the absence of blackness

We’re the violators of their culture of leisure.

Slinky, unfurling forms run around and through many of Kerry James Marshall’s paintings. They frame individual pictures’ contents and rope together serial canvasses into a narrative of styles and scenes. In his 1993 De Style, ...

Big yays for San Diego beers

Five dozen medals awarded at Los Angeles International Beer Competition

San Diego breweries ramped up their domination of the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, picking up 60 of the 258 medals awarded, and a full quarter of the golds handed out — 22, to go ...

Fort Bragg's Glass Beach

City dump to sea glass wonder on the Northern California coast.

Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, in northern California, is a literal example of the power of nature to transform trash into treasure. In the late afternoon sun with the waves gently lapping on shore, I ...

Welcome to Bear Country

Solo camping in the Sierras' Little Lakes, a 6.5-hour drive north of S.D.

Although I had only been home a month, I had irrationally hoped to get my ideal big girl job and within a few months be settled in my big girl apartment. Since I was nowhere ...

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