September 2014



The Challenge Index
By Jay Mathews
Seventy-five Los Angeles County high schools—both public and private—that excel at preparing students for college and beyond

Follow the Leader
By Ann Herold
Eric Eisner takes kids from tough neighborhoods and inspires them to think big. His Young Eisner Scholars are now at L.A.’s most exclusive schools

The L.A. Woman
By Shayna Rose Arnold
From a doctor to a fashion designer to a developer to leading lady Eva Longoria, our annual list of ten game changers who make Los Angeles a better place

Dining After Dark
Edited by Lesley Bargar Suter
Who says Angelenos don’t eat after 7 p.m.? We found postshow vittles, pre-hangover helpers, and other tasty late-night treats

To Every Season
By Ann Herold
An Isabelle Greene garden in Pacific Palisades—at what once was the home of Vin Scully—is eye-catching year-round. In fall the leaves put on an especially colorful show

( Buzz )

The washout factor in L.A.’s strict new water-use rules; Whole Foods’ unwholesomeness; a Hollywood ending for an unfinished manuscript; power to the people in Boyle Heights

L.A. Archetype
A brewer turns on the taps about her craft

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols sets sail for the MGM lake

L.A. Story
Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader on keeping up with the Kardashians

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash

( Shop )

Fall Fashion 2014
Forget humble. This season over-the-top hand jewels, flashy sneakers, and high-tech watches earn you bragging rights

The Wild Bunch
Scorpion ’s Katharine McPhee and her posse model the season’s tough-yet-sweet, sexy- but-serious girl-power ensembles

( Eat )

Small Bites
New artisan cheese shops have everyday appeal; Cofax’s breakfast burrito gains a following; Lou loves vermouth; the foodplex takes hold PLUS: Alimento teaches Silver Lake how to speak Italian, and new dining spots Malibu Pier Restaurant, Barton G., and Kush Sake Bar

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh on Night + Market Song, where Kris Yenbamroong’s cooking redefines Thai cuisine

( Do )

Culture Files
Barbara A. Thomason paints a city you won’t see on postcards; Blake Mills tunes up a second album; Dita Von Teese unlaces her corset; fleet-footed oinkers give chase at the L.A. County Fair

The sun-soaked charm of Honolulu, Hawaii’s mellow metropolis

The Guide
30 things to do in September, from a walk with dinosaurs to a music festival at the La Brea Tar Pits

( Columns )

Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
Coming home offers singular pleasures

Speak Easy
By Matthew Segal
Landscape planner and L.A. visionary Mia Lehrer

By Chris Vogel
The case of the stolen Dennis Hopper portrait

By Claire Hoffman
Sparring with Sam Harris, spiritual memoirist

By Steve Erickson
Maps to the Stars and the screen villain known as Hollywood

( Extras )

Editor’s Note
Investing $1 billion in the L.A. River, which Congress is considering, will change the city in ways hard to dream of

Time Frame
The Glendale train station was the gateway to long-distance travel and, for one moment, a cinematic escapade

( Cover )

All About Eva
By Jeff Lipsky
Eva Longoria, photographed for Los Angeles at Milk Studios