| Nov 29, 2013
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it's starting earlier every year.
A potlatch was a festival of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest during which the host...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:39 PM
Two schools have decided to pull out of a charity toy drive after being challenged by the American Humanist Assn. over separation of church and state issues.
East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., and SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo., have...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:13 PM
With their soaring pillars, immense bronze doors and dimly lit interiors, banks used to make small depositors feel even smaller – but at least they believed their money would be safe.
By the 1950s, though, banks were eager for a friendlier image...
| May 1, 2013
| 3:05 PM
There's a big, raw-boned appeal to "Kon-Tiki," the Norwegian film based on its native son explorer Thor Heyerdahl and the 100-plus days he and a crew of six spent on a balsa wood raft crossing the Pacific to prove a point. Carried by currents from Peru to...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The photographer Edward Burtynsky demands your full attention. The only way to give him his due is to see his work exactly as it appears in "Artificial Wilderness," an exhibition on view through Jan. 4, 2014, at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Though 13 other...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
FORT CHIPEWYAN, Canada — In the Cree language, the word "athabasca" means "a place where grass is everywhere." Here in Alberta, the Athabasca River slices through forests of spruce and birch before spilling into a vast freshwater delta and Lake...
| Nov 3, 2013
Many powerful Californians have left their mark on the state. But I'd argue that the most lasting legacy, for better and for worse, belongs to a controversial man of the cloth born 300 years ago this year: Father Junipero Serra.
The trail of missions he...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 5:51 PM
Whether you love whales, trees or indigenous people, few travel destinations seem to feel pristine. But for those who want to escape the tourist onslaught and shed the sense that you're about the only one on the planet who hasn't been to a particular...
| Feb 24, 2011
| 4:14 PM
Editor's note: This adds information about how to donate items to the surf collection.
Surfing culture may be synonymous with "The O.C.," but there was a time when the water sport was new here.
On Wednesday, UC Irvine's Langson Library opened a...
| Feb 27, 2011
The paint has barely dried on the Dodgers' new spring training digs in Glendale, Ariz., and another new venue is making its debut in Arizona's Cactus League.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the third new ballpark in Arizona's spring circuit in the...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 10:34 AM
Welcome to the end of the road. If you're going to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, it stops here, near the tip of a long, skinny peninsula about 100 miles south of Cancun. Scrub jungle encroaches on the village, fishermen wait for the opening of lobster...