Journals

  • The bronze statue at the entrance of the basilica at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, depicts Father Junípero Serra brandishing a crucifix as his left hand rests on the shoulder of a naked boy.
    JOHN J. HEALEY
    LETTER FROM SPAIN

    Case Against Serra

    - Junipero Serra is the subject of statues, tributes and even street names throughout California. But the 18th-century Catholic priest’s legacy is problematic, to say the least.
FAN LETTER

Ode to Car Chases

With helicopters and TV cameras in hot pursuit, freeway car chassis are some of L.A.’s best entertainment. Gustavo Arellano applauds a favorite (albeit unintentional) genre.

TIM WONG
NATURE

Butterfly Boom

Meet the biologist who's been on a six-year mission to recolonize the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, native to San Francisco, back to the city's Botanical Garden.

Repair Cafe veteran Joe Margevicius and apprentice Gaurav Aggarwal examine a broken piece of electronics.
CHRIS HARDY
D.I.Y.

A Fix For Free

Blenders balk. Vacuums stop sucking. Speakers start hissing. If it’s broken, Palo Alto’s pop-up Repair Cafe can probably fix it for you—for free.

ILLUSTRATION BY LISK FENG
ILLUSTRATION BY LISK FENG
FITNESS

The New Hipsters

Need to slim down to advance your modeling career? Meet John Benton, the fashion industry's Hip Whisperer and supermodel-maker.

The bronze statue at the entrance of the basilica at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, depicts Father Junípero Serra brandishing a crucifix as his left hand rests on the shoulder of a naked boy.
JOHN J. HEALEY
LETTER FROM SPAIN

Case Against Serra

Junipero Serra is the subject of statues, tributes and even street names throughout California. But the 18th-century Catholic priest’s legacy is problematic, to say the least.

Portraits of Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway from the exhibit "Cabinet of Horrors" by artist Robbie Conal.
ROBBIE CONAL
ART

Horrific Cabinets

Donald Trump isn't the inspiration artist Robbie Conal wanted, but it's the inspiration he got. The "Godfather of Guerrilla Street Art" and his latest show take on the White House — again.

Kate Crane Gartz
CALIFORNIA LETTERS

Socialist Socialite

Kate Crane Gartz (1865-1949) was an epitome of a famous American type: the wealthy progressive firebrand. she railed against injustice in these eloquent, impassioned letters — written from her mansion in Altadena.

“It’s this amazing new thing that I’m never going to use.”
HILARY CAMPBELL
CARTOONS

Altatude Summer Cartoons

Alta selects a handful of cartoons from hundreds (and hundreds) of quarterly submissions. These are our top picks for the Summer 2018 issue.

BOOKS

Secrets to Success

First-time cookbook author Deepa Thomas never set out to win a James Beard Foundation award. She just wanted to get her husband off his daily insulin shots. Turns out, she managed to achieve both.

Vi headphones by LifeBeam, a new kind of wearable exercise aid, provide training instructions tailored to an individual’s particular workout needs.
LIFEBEAM
PROSPECTING

Getting Help in Working It Out

Hearables, wearables and magic pills are arriving to make it easier to exercise — or even to avoid it.

Gov. Jerry Brown
DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES
ENVIRONMENT

Climate in Culture

As the Global Climate Action Summit gears up to take on San Francisco, we look at the hundreds of affiliate events surrounding the summit — and the process of creating cultural experiences around the issue of climate ...

"I think you'd be surprised by how simple this avocado toast recipe is."
DREW PANCKERI
CARTOONS

Altatude Cartoons

Every quarter, Alta editors receive hundreds (and hundreds) of cartoon submissions for Altatudes, the comic-filled back page of the magazine. These are our picks for Alta's 2018 Spring Issue.