CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - At 855 pages, it has been lauded by linguists and anthropologists as the only dictionary of its kind: a comprehensive translation of Iu-Mien into English that doubles as a guide to the dying practices of a people who, beginning in 1975, fled the hills of Laos after aiding the CIA's secret war. Over the quarter-century it took to produce, much came to pass. For the Pasadena professor whose name graces the book's charcoal cover, there was the murder of a daughter, a house fire that consumed his nearly finished work and the gentle assistance of collaborators on three continents who helped him pick up the pieces.
January 14, 2013 |
The Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam , is celebrating the city's cultural heritage with a package that includes a performance at the neighboring Saigon Opera House. The four-day, three-night "Opera Nights" package installs guests in the hotel's Opera Suite, overlooking Lam Son Square and the opera house, where guests will attend a performance of "Hon Viet” ("Soul of Vietnam”). Before the program, guests will have dinner in the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, Reflections.
February 1, 2013 |
Visitors to Hawaii 's Big Island can immerse themselves in local culture and natural history Feb. 22-24, when Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden hosts the ninth-annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend . Besides the usual array of native plants in this garden in the village of Captain Cook, locals will share traditions such as the carving of nose flutes from stalks of bamboo. The roots of many of the weekend's activities are in the soil. For example, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, the focus will be on taro, the potato-like root that's a staple of many Hawaiian's diets.
May 15, 2013 |
Here's a proposal that would have a hard time finding support in the United States. A new government study in France suggests levying a new tax as high as 1% on the sale of smartphones, tablets and other Internet devices, with the funds going toward funding cultural initiatives. The proposal was submitted Monday to President Francois Hollande as part of a larger report on digital culture. The report was created by a team led by Pierre Lescure, a journalist and former executive at Canal Plus. The focus of the report is the so-called French cultural exception in the changing digital landscape.
January 1, 2012 |
Karaoke Culture Dubravka Ugresic Open Letter: 324 pp., $15.95 paper Dubravka Ugresic does not like karaoke. That doesn't stop her from trying it, just as her resistance to celebrity doesn't stop her from putting her head through a cutout on a Hollywood studio tour so that she can be photographed with Clark Gable. Ugresic, a game and inquisitive critic, looks at culture from all angles, which sometimes means picking up the mic . Karaoke recycles rather than creates, she argues in "Karaoke Culture," the 100-page essay that lends its name to the title of her new collection.
January 17, 2012 |
Here's a good excuse to visit Sacramento next month and cash in on a little culture in the capital. The city's museums will open their doors for free in honor of the annual Sacramento Museum Day. The deal: Twenty-six museums will offer free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 4. Two other locations -- the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town -- will feature half-off admission tickets on the same day. To take advantage of Museum Day, you really...