| Dec 7, 2010
| 3:04 PM
A flying leap from the tallest building in Soweto. A volcano sunrise. Rootbeer at the Mark Twain Dinette. And a $50 parking space. If you spend 47 days on the road chasing travel stories, you run into this sort of thing. Here's my 2010 list of 31 travel...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 10:14 AM
SEATTLE — Vancouver, British Columbia, in the summer has a civic calendar crowded with open-air arts festivals. In the autumn, the weather shifts and the cultural action moves indoors, but there's still plenty for visitors to enjoy in this arts-...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Los últimos cristeros ***1/2
La guerra religiosa que sacudió a México a mediados de los años 30 logra una gran representación escénica en Los últimos cristeros, poético filme del director mexicano Matías Meyer.
En 1926 y como consecuencia de la...
| Nov 13, 2011
"Where you headed?" asked the cheerful driver of the rental-car shuttle at the Detroit airport.
"Detroit!" I answered, equally cheerfully.
"Southfield, Birmingham or Rochester?" he asked, referring to well-to-do northern suburbs.
| Jul 8, 2007
The one traffic light in this tiny (population 1,459) western Michigan town merely blinks yellow, cautioning Main Street traffic to slow somewhat but never demanding an actual stop.
And that has been a realistic way of viewing Fennville as a whole -- a...
| Mar 8, 2009
Stocks have crashed, industry is shuddering and banks are failing. The restless unemployed will soon fill the streets. Yet in San Francisco, some crazed optimist in the Pacific Stock Exchange Tower has hired Diego Rivera to decorate a private club for...
| Jan 27, 2008
Centuries ago, native people known as the Hohokam built an agricultural civilization on a stretch of desert known today as Arizona's Valley of the Sun. Some archaeologists believe the brutally arid climate forced the people to scatter in search...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 3:52 PM
By Barbara KingsolverHarper Perennia, 544 pages, $16.99
In Barbara Kingsolver’s rich new novel "The Lacuna," the artist Frida Kahlo remarks that she would like to think she is being “pulled through history by something more...
| Apr 18, 2009
In "Conversations With Frank Gehry," Los Angeles writer Barbara Isenberg talks with the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, who's behind such iconic buildings as Walt Disney Concert Hall and Guggenheim Bilbao. They cover his life, pivotal career moments,...
| Jun 9, 2009
Gregorio Luke knows that he can't beat Hollywood. So, in a sense, he's going to join it.
During his years as director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the Mexican-born cultural impresario was forever trying to bring high culture to...
| Nov 2, 2009
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lev Trotsky. The Mexican painter whose flamboyant art and mangled body continue to nourish a multimedia industry. The adored husband 21 years her elder, myth-making muralist and Mexican national hero. And the man on the lam whom...