Reviews

  • The 1939 Type 64 was the first Porsche.
    PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

    Four Wheeled Art

    - ‘The Porsche Effect,’ a new exhibit at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum, is a joyride for fans of the legendary carmaker.
The Wende Museum’s exhibits include Cold War surveillance equipment, artwork and photos.
MICHAEL UNDERWOOD
MUSEUMS

Bunker Mentality

Los Angeles’ Wende Museum offers an intriguing look at a vast collection of Cold War artifacts, on display in an ideal space. Stacey Ravel Abarbanel takes us into the bunker.

CHRIS HARDY
TOOLS

Grading Go Bags

The quality of earthquake survival kits ranges from solid to shaky. We rated several emergency kits on the market to find the survival bag most likely to come in handy when The Big One hits.

"Star Wars" illustration
ILLUSTRATION BY ALLISON BRUNS
SCREENS

Feeling the Force

Longtime movie critic David Ansen has a confession: He’s not wild about the “Star Wars" movies. And that doesn't sit well with fans of the Force.

BOOKS

Oakland Native

Tommy Orange’s dazzling debut novel, “There There,” explores the lives of native Americans in Oakland. T.J. Stiles reviews this hotly-anticipated read.

Buster Williams’ Something More Quartet performs at a Jazz Bakery show.
BOB BARRY/JAZZOGRAPHY
MUSIC

A Musical Feast

After several itinerant years, Los Angeles' venerable performance space Jazz Bakery is hoping to put down some musical roots in a new Culver City building designed by Frank Gehry.

Latin music album covers
COURTESY OF IDELSOHN SOCIETY FOR MUSICAL PRESERVATION ARCHIVE
BOOKS

L.A.’s Latin Love

“The Tide is High” is an incomplete history of Latino music in Southern California — and that’s part of its appeal. Gustavo Arellano reviews a new — and impossible — book.

REVIEWS

Quick Picks

Alta’s partners at Book Passage in the Bay Area recommend books by California authors and on California subjects, with reviews by Book Passage staff members.

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.
CHLOE AFTEL
BOOKS

Women in Prison

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.

Founder and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
GILBERT CARRASQUILLO/GETTY IMAGES
BOOKS

Fake Blood

Was blood-testing company Theranos an ambitious startup gone very wrong — or was it an elaborate scam? John Carreyrou’s new book, “Bad Blood,” examines Silicon Valley’s most notable recent flameout.

Eve Babitz first gained notoriety by playing chess in the nude with Marcel Duchamp at the artist’s 1963 retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum.
©1963 JULIAN WASSER
BOOKS

All About Eve

With the re-release of "Black Swans: Stories" Los Angeles author and artist Eve Babitz is reestablished as a major West Coast literary icon.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS HARDY
TOOLS

The Write Stuff

Artists, writers and editors agree: The Blackwing is the pencil of the pros. In our digital world, Tim Wendel explains why one brand of pencils is changing the graphite game.