Alta Editors

Culture from Your Couch

Exhibitions, live performances, and classes are on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean art and culture are taking a break. Try these digital alternatives to an IRL event.

Alta Asks Live: Bonnie Tsui

Why We Swim author Bonnie Tsui will join Alta contributor Heather Scott Partington for a live, online discussion. Tune in here on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. PST. 

Well of the Scribes $10,000 Reward

$10,000 Reward for Lost ‘Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture

The Well of the Scribes mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. Join the ...

Alta’s Best Podcasts 2019

These six podcasts from 2019 range from an intimate conversation with Vietnam War resister David Harris at his Marin County home to an evening with jazz singer Paula West before a live audience

Alta’s Appreciations 2019

Alta remembers those whose bold ideas, hard work, and relentless enthusiasm helped shape the West.

Alta’s Best Fiction 2019

Fiction came to the pages of Alta this summer. Our debut featured Peter Orner’s “Above Santa Cruz,” a story he included in his collection, Maggie Brown & Others. Our Fall 2019 issue featured “The Gnome,” a new story ...

Alta’s Best Poetry 2019

Works by West Coast poets Katie Peterson, Ishmael Reed, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Tennessee Reed reveal our shared humanity.

Alta’s Biggest Stories of 2019

From the wild horses way up north in Modoc National Forest to the jazz clubs of 1940s Los Angeles, Alta’s biggest stories of 2019 are as eclectic as the coast we love to cover.

Alta Books Editor David Ulin and Editor-at-Large Mary Melton celebrate the launch of "Joan Didion: The 1960s and 70s" in Los Angeles.

Alta Toasts David L. Ulin and His New Book on Joan Didion

Alta’s Los Angeles community raised a glass to Books Editor David L.  Ulin on the publication of Joan Didion: The 1960s and 70s.

Elise Hueffed, as Clara, in a scene from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production features sets and costumes designed by Ian Falconer and runs November 29–December 28, 2019.

Alta Picks the Best of the West for Fall

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker never loses sight of the transformative story at its heart. Not ...