In late 2024, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is set to complete construction of its brand-new David Geffen Galleries. The building will house the museum’s permanent collection of 150,000 objects and reestablish its status as the largest…
A closeup view of Chris Burden's Urban Light art installation outside LACMA
OPINION by Rachel Melikian President Calvin Coolidge and the World’s Biggest Hand-Woven Carpet We leave history behind as time passes. Motion pictures move us while books educate us and documentaries inform us, and a picture is worth a thousand words,…
The Armenian Orphan Rug, a woven crimson and gold traditional rug presented to President Calvin Coolidge
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has a mission to preserve and celebrate over 13,000 years of human interaction with the ocean. It’s quite the scope, narrowed by a focus on the local coastal region, the Santa Barbara Channel and the…
Dwight Brooks ship models and more displays inside the main exhibit hall of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
The most popular activities around Lake Tahoe depend greatly on the season: snow sports in winter, hiking and mountain biking in summer, and scenic driving tours when the weather’s clear. One top attraction in South Lake Tahoe that’s available all…
The red and white paddlewheel of the MS Dixie II churns the waters of Lake Tahoe with a mountain backdrop
Could everyone please help the people of Artsakh on the New Year?  OPINION: By Rachel Melikian An entire Republic does not celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, or Santa Claus or give gifts to children this year, and the future of the…
A flock of several dozen white birds flying against a white cloudy backdrop
A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… Riverside Family Killed by Catfishing Cop Riverside Police Department outlined a series of disturbing events starting with the online catfishing of a 15-year-old girl and leading to last Friday’s…
A view of Lake Tahoe from a snow-covered road
The Lake Tahoe region experienced heavy snowfall this week, with more on the way
Make a full month of memories with an extended-stay rental on the waterfront in South Lake Tahoe  Wintertime is magical at Lake Tahoe. The pristine jewel of an alpine lake becomes the centerpiece of a snow-covered wonderland. Mountain scenery that’s…
Sunset over a snowy channel leading into Lake Tahoe, as seen from an extended-stay vacation rental at Tahoe Keys in South Lake Tahoe
Every holiday season, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley presents a special exhibit of Christmas trees decorated to fit the year’s theme. In 2022, the theme is An American Christmas Story. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit features more than 60…
A closeup of ornaments on the California Christmas tree at the Reagan Library's An American Christmas Story exhibit in 2022
A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… Today is Veterans Day. Thank you to all the men and women who have served in our armed forces.  Election Results Announced With Varying Timelines  Gavin Newsom’s reelection as…
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was born in Wisconsin, rose to fame among early modernist art circles in New York City, and traveled widely across the globe during her 98 years of life. Yet her artistic legacy is forever tied to Santa…
A display of skull paintings over a cabinet with animal skulls at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico
A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… California to Hold Public Hearing Over Oil Company Profits The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced today that it will hold a public hearing on November 29 with oil executives…
Grayscale closeup of an astronomical clock in Prague
By Roger Allnutt Have the French been keeping the Poitou-Charentes region on the west coast of France a secret? The French certainly know about and visit in large numbers this delightful and varied region. Yet it seems virtually “off the map”…
Punts lined up at Coulon in Marais Poitevin, one of the top destinations in the French region of Poitous-Charentes
Punts lined up at Coulon in Marais Poitevin