BOOKS

Alta Contributors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2019

Who better to recommend books than those who've penned some of our favorites? We asked Alta contributors and writers to share their favorite reads of 2019. 

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SCREENS

The Never-Ending Content Stream

The peril—and promise—of too many movies, sports events, and television programs to watch.

The Boonville Hotel was built in the 1860s.
CRAIG LEE
FOOD & DRINK

Boonville Hotel’s Prodigal Son

With a Michelin star to his name, Perry Hoffman finds that home is where the family is.

Left: The piece takes shape in Sketchbook 1998; LACMA displays many of Saar’s sketchbooks alongside the finished works. Right: The figure of Aunt Jemima is prominent in several of Saar’s works, including 1998’s Supreme Quality.
COURTESY OF BETYE SAAR
ARTS

Betye Saar’s Solo Debut at LACMA

Still working into her 90s, the groundbreaking Los Angeles assemblage artist Betye Saar puts it all together at LACMA.

Harrison Ford as Rick Decker in the 1982 film Blade Runner.
WARNER BROS.
SCREENS

‘Blade Runner’ and Los Angeles, Then and Now

The iconic film’s futuristic vision of life in 2019 is already in the past.

Modesto Medina creates a romal reins for Dale Chavez Saddles.
CHARLIE NEUMAN
TOOLS

The Rein Maker of Riverside County

Modesto Medina practices the centuries-old art of hand-braiding beautiful and durable horse tack.

The Los Angeles River runs through an industrial area in Vernon, just south of downtown L.A.
LISA CORSON
ARCHITECTURE

Gehry’s Most Ambitious Project

Frank Gehry is working to revitalize a three-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River’s concrete channel into scenic parkland. It could be the architect’s most ambitious—and riskiest—project ever.