Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor,
Discussion, From the Castle
This month our theme is color, from a new, blue greenback to a mysterious Roman chalice that changes color when held to light.
Al Pacino gets ready for the next act in his high-wire career—bringing live theater to the movie screen.
By Ron Rosenbaum
Five hundred years after the explorer spied the Pacific, we retrace his epic slog.
By Franz Lidz
Smithsonian, Books, Fast Forward
What's new around the Mall
No Alpha Males Allowed
Peace-loving South American monkeys and the U.S. scientist who champions their future encourage us to rethink our aggressive nature.
By Steve Kemper
Music of the Spheres
David Hockney’s long, fierce love-hate relationship with technology is on display in a major new retrospective opening next month.
By Lawrence Weschler
The Ephemeral City
In India, the world’s largest gathering attracts tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims— and a team of Harvard researchers seeking answers of their own.
By Tom Downey
The same technologies driving the revolution in personal electronics are ushering in a new era in bionic limbs and organs.
By Geoff Brumfiel