Features

  • Muslim customers line up and chow down at a Taco Trucks at Every Mosque event at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove, illustrating the increasing ethnic diversity and mix in Orange County.
    DUSTIN SNIPES
    POLITICS

    Orange Blossoms

    - In the formerly white bastion of Orange County, where minorities are now the majority, brown is the new Orange. The impact on the county’s politics, culture and economics is enormous.
Musician, music producer and investor Jerry Harrison at his home in Marin County.
CHRIS HARDY
ALTA Q&A

Not Just Another Talking Head

In a conversation with Alta Publisher and Editor Will Hearst – his former Harvard roommate – Talking Heads mainstay Jerry Harrison expounds on music, business and life.

Composer John Adams outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
VERN EVANS
OPERA

Opera Provocateur

Who composes opera these days? John Adams, famed for “Doctor Atomic,” “Nixon in China” and “The Death of Klinghoffer” does. A profile of the avant garde composer.

Monroe posing for photos by the swimming pool at Harold Lloyd’s Greenacres estate in 1953.
© 2011 THE HAROLD LLOYD TRUST
HOLLYWOOD

Atomic Blonde

Why was Marilyn Monroe lounging around a pool owned by a silent film star, saying the same cryptic phrase over and over? In the interest of nuclear-era propaganda, naturally. A Hollywood mystery finally is solved.

Native’s owner and chef Nyesha J. Arrington.
LUIS GARCIA
COVER STORY

Food Fight

The food center of California is moving south. A new generation of diverse chefs with non-traditional cooking styles is revolutionizing the Los Angeles food scene — and leaving San Francisco chefs scrambling to catch up.

Honeybees return to their hive at an apiary in Los Banos.
PAUL KURODA
AGRICULTURE

Plight of the Bees

Every year, about three-quarters of the nation’s honeybees are shipped to California to pollinate the state's almond trees. Then come the bee rustlers who have found a lucrative crime in kidnapping and reselling the bees.

Pages of Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter.”
Emory University
EXCERPT

‘The Greatest Piece of Writing I Ever Saw’

Jack Kerouac called it “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw” and cited it as the inspiration for the writing style of “On The Road.” After years of legal wrangling, the fabled “Joan Anderson Letter” is ...