Category: Reviews

Salsa Rules

It takes two to tango, but LA-style salsa demands much more: at least one well-heeled pair of dancers and an admiring audience.

A Passion for Place

A Carmel River compendium of art and writing finds its way into the watershed and communities that inspired its creators.

Why Walls Do Not Work

A new book explores problems of division on the U.S.-Mexico border and how to heal the divide.

The LA That Might Have Been

Game-changing proposals that could have transformed Los Angeles, but were never built.

The World in the Curl

A new history of surfing captures the paradoxes and contradictions of this iconic California sport and points a longboard toward the future.

Arts for the City

A new history explores how an official city arts commission supported daring artists and vibrant arts movements in “The City,” San Francisco.

Down by the Bay

A new book by historian Matthew Booker demonstrates the law of unintended consequences in our own backwaters and backyards.

A Moment for Diebenkorn

Twenty years after his death, a big moment has finally arrived for artist Richard Diebenkorn with two major exhibits and two new, lavishly produced books.

Boom Time?

The Columbia Journalism Review says the best academics and smartest journalists should be natural allies in the effort to bring new ideas to the public square.

Songs in the Key of L.A.

Josh Kun has mined the sheet music collection of the Los Angeles Public Library to create a multiplatform musical love affair with the city of angels.