Reviews

  • Bolivian American artist Donna Huanca often utilizes models to move through an installation. A view from her show Cell Echo at Yuz Museum in Shanghai, 2018.
    © 2019, DONNA HUANCA/COURTESY OF PERES PROJECTS, BERLIN

    A Home for Modern Art in Koreatown

    - A massive, mysterious former Freemasons’ temple in L.A. is transformed into a museum of immersive environments, light installations, and other works of contemporary art.
William Shakespeare
ALTA PICKS

A Festival, a Quarterly, a Podcast, and a Newsletter

A theater festival, a quarterly publication, a podcast, and a daily newsletter; we've just found your new favorites. 

Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing is an unvarnished story of an immigrant family that lives up to the nuanced ambiguity of its title.
F. YANG
BOOKS

Chia Chia Lin’s ‘The Unpassing’

Dreams, danger, and tragedy await a family of immigrants to Alaska in The Unpassing, the highly anticipated debut novel of Chia-Chia Lin.

Much of Santa Barbara’s architecture honors its Spanish colonial past.
LUIS GARCIA
FOOD & DRINK

Santa Barbara’s ‘Sideways’ Moment

Come for the pinot noir and chardonnay. Stay for the farm-fresh and boat-to-table cuisine. A new crop of dining spots keep pace with the Central Coast’s outstanding wineries.

REVIEWS

Vroman’s Bookstore: Summer Picks

Staff at Alta partner Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena recommend books by California authors or on California subjects.

Karl Marlantes drew upon his experiences growing up in an Oregon logging town and working in commercial fishing to write [em]Deep River[/em].
DEVON MARLANTES
BOOKS

Karl Marlantes’s ‘Deep River’

From steam donkeys to whistle punks, Karl Marlantes’s Deep River is a sweeping tale of Finnish immigrants who felled the forests of the Pacific Northwest at the start of the 20th century.

BOOKS

The Books On Our Nightstand

Take a peek onto the nightstands of Alta's editors—and maybe get a few ideas for your own bedside table reading material. 

A Wilburn Forge culinary knife with a 10-inch integral blade (2 1/8 inches wide at the heel) with a handle of stabilized amboyna.
FRANCESCA WILBURN-RITCHIE
TOOLS

Knife-Edged Beauty

One-of-a-kind hand-forged knives by Aaron Wilburn are wonderful to look at — and even better to use.