Arts

Arts and Crafts and Cookies

                  Those glorious Arts and Crafts tiles from the 1920s have been on our mind lately, for a couple of reasons. The first is an exhibition that opened at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum on February 22 that’s devoted to the Berkeley-based company California Faience. It includes this earthenware tile (above) designed by cofounders William Bragdon and […]

Top 11 Places to See Holiday Lights in the West

It’s not too late to catch the glorious holiday light displays around the West! Here are 11 of our favorites. Christmas Boat Parade | Newport Beach, CA The Plaza | Santa Fe, NM Christmas Tree Lane, Fig Garden neighborhood | Fresno, CA Lighting of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, CO Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth, WA Chanukah Festival of Lights, Union Square | San […]

Set in the West: Your Novel Picks

I’ve only been to Seattle once (what? I’m new here.), but that didn’t stop me from cracking up on nearly every page of Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Her lovingly satirical depiction of the city gave me an idea: What better way to get to know the West than by reading books set in it? I took to Twitter for your recommendations and found out you guys love Steinbeck. You are so cool.

Battle Sandcastle

In the West, sand sculpting isn’t just a beach day activity. People take it seriously, and they’ve been competing to prove their skills for decades. Here, a few of last year’s memorable entries.