| Jun 5, 2014
| 6:38 AM
You read that right. Irvine -- that bastion of staid, putty-colored suburban respectability -- was home to a commune of sorts in the late 1960s, albeit a short-lived one. The Farm, as it was known, was a social-studies experiment established by UC...
| Jun 26, 2014
An occasional listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. How Wrong You Are allows visitors to match wits against the public and the......
| Sep 12, 2014
If global warming is a worldwide wake-up call, we're all pretty heavy sleepers. It's telling that 20 years after the United Nations acknowledged the threat of human-driven climate change, we're still basically at a loss for how to get going on the...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Changing a country takes an immense effort, but the tools can be simple. Singers Emel Mathlouthi, of Tunisia, and Aurelio Martinez, of Honduras, just needed their songs to ignite social transformations. Both are coming to Chicago for the World Music...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:40 PM
In "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits" and "Secret Son," Laila Lalami probed individual lives to illuminate the contemporary social complexities of her native Morocco. She pulls back for an even broader perspective in this rich novel based on an actual,...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 6:53 PM
Anyone who goes looking into California mission stories that were written decades ago is likely to come upon some language that's jarring, if not downright offensive, words such as "savage," referring to Native Americans.
The more you read, the more you...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Music enthusiasts and fans of "big canvas" performances should expect nothing less from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's opening night performance this September.
Audience members will hear four arrangements from LACO as it ushers in the start of a...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Architect Kurt Meyer not only designed numerous commercial buildings in Los Angeles noted for their Mid-Century style, he was also a champion of saving the city's architectural treasures. But at first, the Swiss-born Meyer wanted nothing to do with L.A....
| Aug 29, 2014
| 9:44 AM
The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
| Aug 24, 2014
| 12:56 AM
A fish doesn't jump in Tlingit, the native language of indigenous people of Southeast Alaska.
It performs a feat no word in English can adequately express. The verb in Tlingit captures the instant when a fish breaks the surface, the sequence of sounds...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:04 PM
Something about the summer in Armenia this year is different. Even the locals feel it. Something feels a little strange, a little odd and quite different. It's hot. Not just "normal" hot, but unbearably dry, you-can't-even-move hot.
The sun has...