January 29, 2013 |
Introducing new artistic work is scary, especially after early acclaim and a measure of success. Will the admirers follow? Is the magic still there? Was it all a fluke? Local Natives are in the thick of it right now: On Monday night, the band unveiled a fresh batch of music from its second album, “Hummingbird,” to hometown fans -- and you could feel the tension as the men walked toward their instruments, silhouetted by fog mingling with purple backlight. In 2009, the five-piece Los Angeles concern put out “Gorilla Manor,” an assured indie-pop debut that featured young souls with confident, harmonious voices catching melodies and riding them like Huntington Beach waves.
March 23, 2012 |
L.A. club-goers have to do a little extra work to find Expansion. First, unless you're a die-hard of the local electronic dance music scene, you might not know it exists. Then there's a 40-minute drive out of L.A. to the quiet mountains of Simi Valley, and a few extra minutes creeping up a valley of winding roads to a mansion resort that's hardly well known. Over the last year at remote Hummingbird Nest Ranch, a resort tucked into the cactus-strewn Santa Susana Mountains, the monthly Expansion event has gained cachet with DJs and fans.
November 27, 2011 |
Queen of America A Novel Luis Alberto Urrea Little, Brown: 496 pp., $25.99 It is one thing to be a saint. It is another thing to be a young woman in America on the dawning edge of the 20th century with a father who is getting on your nerves. Teresa, Teresita, the Saint of Cabora, healer and revolutionary, is back in Luis Alberto Urrea's "Queen of America. " In 2005's "The Hummingbird's Daughter," she came of age on her father's Mexican ranchos, where she learned from Huila, a native woman, the old ways of nature and medicine and God. In this novel, a follow-up that stands alone, Teresita and her father settle restlessly into U.S. border towns in diminished circumstances, driven out of Mexico and into a swiftly modernizing world.
July 24, 2011 |
Some people head to Peru to climb Incan ruins; some go to sip pisco sours. Me, I went for the birds. The very big birds. Peru contains a staggering 10% of the world's avian population, and the Colca Valley - a stunning slice of earth notched into the southern highlands of the country - is ground zero for two of the most jaw-dropping: the Andean condor, otherwise known as the world's largest flying bird, and the giant hummingbird, whose name speaks...
May 22, 2011
American Eden From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are Wade Graham Harper: $35 How the American identity and its contradictions — democratic ideals and aristocratic pretensions — are reflected in our gardens, from Jefferson's Monticello to Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill. (now available) Among Giants A Life With Whales Charles "Flip" Nicklin University of Chicago Press: $40 The gentle beasts in the depths of the ocean receive their fair share in this visually stunning tribute.
February 17, 2011 |
A pocket-size drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird for the way it flaps its tiny robotic wings has been developed for the Pentagon by a Monrovia company as a mini-spy plane capable of maneuvering on the battlefield and in urban areas. The battery-powered drone was built by AeroVironment Inc. for the Pentagon's research arm as part of a series of experiments in nanotechnology. The little flying machine is built to look like a bird for potential use in spy missions. The results of a five-year effort to develop the drone are being announced Thursday by the company and the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.