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.
San Quentin’s Giants
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.”
For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Brian Scott Campbell to share his favorite place to eat. Campbell is currently living in Santa Barbara, CA, and has work included in an exhibition, Forever, which is curated by The Suzanne Geiss Company at the Metropolitan Art Society in Beirut, with Chris Johanson, Ryan Johnson, Mira Dancy and Kristin Baker. He has upcoming shows at CB1 Los Angeles, and TSA Gallery in Brooklyn. Continue reading for his answer.
Someone in San Diego deserves a round of applause for this highway sign modification along Interstate 5. In regards to Steve-O, the Jackass star was pulled over close to an hour after the sign had been changed to read “Sea World SUCKS,” when he showed up on the scene with a camera crew in tow to shoot a video segment.
One Hour of San Diego Surfing, Time Collapsed
For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Ryan De La Hoz to share his favorite place to eat. Ryan is a San Francisco-based artist, who had a recent exhibition at Slow Culture in L.A. and has an 8-page feature in the current issue of Juxtapoz. Continue reading for his answer.
Before going to bed on the night before Good Friday, Cowgirl Café owner Karen Hendrickson prayed to the Lord: “Dear God, please just continue to look over the Cowgirl Café.” Little did she know that the next morning her prayers would be answered, and it would be the big guy’s son who would do the watching. Risen from the griddle—and soon to be on display in the Norco, California restaurant—this image of Jesus with “a receding hairline” appeared on a freshly made pancake. To some it’s a “divine sign,” and to others a wasted meal that looks like Charles Manson, but whatever the case, Jesus is out there on a pancake on a plate for anyone that wants to make the pilgrimage.
In this humorous new short film from Adam Neustadter, a New Yorker expatriates to California and encounters an exotic, new-agey know-it-all.
Tweaked out poachers in Northern California are running rampant through old-growth redwood forests hacking off burls, bulbous, rare deformities in the trees that are highly valued for their odd grain and beauty.
Originally published April 2013
Over the course of three years, photographer Colin M. Day has traveled to and from a marijuana farm in the wilderness of Northern California. These are the resulting photographs.
Before American Folk Artist Leonard Knight passed away earlier this year, filmmakers Ben Stoddard and Dave Ehrenreich spent some quality time with the creator of Salvation Mountain.
NEON presents a history lesson with great archival flicks.
The story of Slomo, a doctor who left his career behind to rollerblade along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach.
Bummer Beach by Chris A. Smith
Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought the land abutting a popular surfing cove. Then he boxed the surfers out. The craziest thing? He might get away with it.
A new zine by Mikael Kennedy. Published by Done To Death Projects.
As California dries up, desperate farmers and vineyard owners are turning to water witches to locate underground water sources. Using only divining rods and their intuition, popular witches can make $500 or more per site visit.