James Franco, Ward of the Court

“The only thing I think first is ‘make sure them ribs is right’”

Robert Wright, a man who at 3 o’clock in the morning saved his ribs and his kids from an apartment fire in Fresno. The only injury our hero sustained was smoke inhalation, but because he already had other smoke in his lungs, he was unharmed.

Turning Distraction into Improvisation

Reggie Watts on California inspiration.

Artist, Sonic Youth Co-Founder, Californian

California Inspires Kim Gordon

“I had a large appetite.”


The Womanizing, Decadent Los Angeles Decades Of Jack Nicholson

The Patient Art of Rock Balancing

Manuel Cisneros is an artist working and living on the beach in Ventura, California.

Film by Ross Harris.

Cali to New York and Back Again

Mike Mills’ creative journey

Beachside Lurking

Darren Navarrette’s Butt Country 2

Identifying With That Spiccoli Lifestyle

Jack Black talks about his life growing up in Southern California.

All Dried Up

Due to one of the worst droughts on record, California’s Central Valley is becoming a dustbowl and leaving its inhabitants and workers with an uncertain future. This terrifically shot film by Matt Black tells the story.

Notes From the California Penal League

San Quentin’s Giants

“This was never wet before”


A random benefit from last month’s earthquake in Napa Valley? Water. Lots of it. Seems all that shaking in the earth opened up fissures in the rocks that have allowed massive deposits of groundwater to reach the surface, turning once parched land into pockets of green. At one creek north of Vallejo, an estimated 200,000 gallons of water are flowing daily down the tiny waterway into the bay. Like all good earthly things though, the surplus is bound to stop. As one hydrogeologist said: “There is only so much water in there. As the water table lowers, the water flow diminishes. It’s like a bank account. You’ve just reached into the bank account and borrowed some money, but the spending spree will eventually end.”

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