Reviews

  • BOOKS

    Fall 2019 Book Guide

    - The 28 books in this special section address topics like immigration, race, and gender—as well as skateboards, drugs, and the wonders of nature. 
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.

Elise Hueffed, as Clara, in a scene from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production features sets and costumes designed by Ian Falconer and runs November 29–December 28, 2019.
LINDSAY THOMAS
ALTA PICKS

Best of the West for Fall

Balanchine, female shutterbugs, haunted houses, and true believers: Alta editors pick the best of the West.

L.A. Dance Project artistic director Benjamin Millepied joined the company in 2012.
GREGG SEGAL
DANCE

Los Angeles Gets the Ballet It’s Been Waiting For

Seven years into his role as L.A. Dance Project's artistic director, choreographer Benjamin Millepied and his dancers embrace the city’s offbeat soul.

Native son Buck Owens helped define the raw and rough-hewn Bakersfield sound that cemented California’s important role in the evolution of country music.
COURTESY OF BUCK OWENS PRIVATE FOUNDATION
SOUNDS

California Country

The filmmaker's ambitious eight-part, 16-hour documentary Country Music focuses on a uniquely American art form—and could have dug even deeper into California's contributions to the genre.

In the display room of the Deering Banjo Company Greg and Janet Deering speak with a family from Tucson, Arizona that are about to take a tour of the facility. The banjo Janet is holding is an Ivanhoe Gold model. At left are the company's Goodtime line of banjos.
CHARLIE NEUMAN
TOOLS

The First Couple of Twang

Greg and Janet Deering built the leading American banjo company of the 21st century.