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The Seek app was developed by iNaturalist, a collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
ALTA PICKS

Alta Editors’ Picks for Fall 2020

A species-identifying app, a path to the spirit world, and a really great cup of coffee: our favorites for this fall offer fresh air and self-care. 

Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995).
UNITED ARCHIVES
SCREENS

California Schemin’

A trio of neglected neo-noir films reveal the dark side of the California dream.

SCREENS

Four Films That Shaped a Critic

These diverse films, from directors of different nationalities, offer important lessons on the why and how of film and filmmaking.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.
GETTY IMAGES
CINÉMA VÉRITÉ

A Film Critic Takes Direction

Connecting with an idol summons the early ecstasy of falling in love with movies.

Looking up the Yosemite Valley (circa 1873), Albert Bierstadt.
COURTESY OF HAGGIN MUSEUM
CENTRAL VALLEY JEWELS

The Collector Has a Good Eye

One hundred years ago, Louis T. Haggin collected out-of-fashion Hudson River School and academic paintings. Today, they’re worth millions and housed in a California museum that is off the beaten track.

The Our Fifty States Project began as a publicity stunt and has ended, 17 years and a pandemic later, as a 54-album set—one for each state in the union plus Puerto Rico, other U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and the moon.
OUR FIFTY STATES PROJECT
SOUNDS

To California, from California

The roundabout product of an alternative-folk songwriter, a Los Angeles comedian, and the COVID-19 pandemic, California is a bizarre, tongue-in-cheek love letter to the state, one perhaps best appreciated as ‘folk’ music.

A rendering that shows the Banc of California Stadium, which is being built in Exposition Park. The arena will be one of multiple locations in the Los Angeles area that will be repurposed for the 2028 Olympic Games.
LA 2028
ARCHITECTURE

L.A. Unlikely to Score Olympic Gold

The frugal 2028 Olympic Games suggest a lack of civic will and pride.

Jacob Jonas the Company will be performing at the inaugural Los Angeles International Dance Festival.
JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY
CULTURE

The Happy Feet of Los Angeles

Los Angeles puts on an international dance festival that’s as big and diverse as the city itself.

Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán, by Nickolas Muray (1939).
ART

Frida Kahlo: More Than an Icon

A new exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum takes inventory of the brilliant, difficult life of Frida Kahlo.

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