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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 ...

Bishop, CA: Eastern Sierras gateway

Boulders, burgers, bristlecones, add a dash of history.

For outdoor adventure, a dash of history, and crisp mountain air, head north to the Eastern Sierras to the small top of Bishop. Nestled between two of the largest mountain ranges in the contiguous United ...

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 ...

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 ...

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