January 2015


( From the Editor )

My family often visits Disneyland. The Anaheim theme park was a touchstone of my childhood, and I’m ensuring that it plays the same role for my ten-year-old son. On our most recent trip, I hadn’t taken three steps on Main Street before the Magic Kingdom’s barbershop quartet cruised past on a single bicycle… Read

( Features )

P.T. Anderson and the Cinema of Outcasts
By Steve Erickson
What makes the director of Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood, and Boogie Nights so good?

Medicine Man
By Amy Wallace
A curated collection of famous people’s pill bottles sheds a little light on human frailty

Best New Restaurants
By Patric Kuh
From a gritty Silver Lake Thai joint to a celebrity chef’s Beverly Hills shrine to seasonality, all hail the year’s top tables

Becoming Zoey
By Ed Leibowitz
Fearless and competitive, Bob Tur was once America’s most famous helicopter news pilot. But he always imagined being a woman

( Buzz )

The glamorization of Smart & Final; coping with out-of-town guests; a conversation with the maven of murals

L.A. Archetype
A raw foodie keeps the heat down in the kitchen

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols divines who in the city is gulping the most water

L.A. Story
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting on bonding with horses and flaunting Valley pride

The Seen
A bubbling array of Golden Globe moments

How L.A. Works
The beach berms that protect us

( Shop )

In Store
Remake your walls without tearing up the house

Luxe Life
Westime Watches president Greg Simonian shares a few of his favorite things

Style Stakeout
Shoppers on Abbot Kinney prefer street smart over beach casual

( Eat )

Small Bites
Rice bowl, move over; soup’s on; the latest apps score you a better table than Joel Stein’s; we can’t stop thinking about this pie; the Big Easy hits Chinatown plus: French is on fire at Cadet, and new restaurants the Springs, Pete’s Los Angeles, and Magnolia House

( Do )

Culture Files
The Rose Queen reigns with a gentle hand; Mark and Jay Duplass become TV brothers in arms; comedy juggernaut UCB debuts a new stage; Patton Oswalt geeks
out on the movies

The old-world city of Santa Barbara has a funky new face

The Guide
30 things to do in January, from a riotous comedy festival to Willie Nelson’s tour

( Columns )

Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
Eric Garcetti has filled potholes and rescinded tickets, but is he ready for the tough fixes?

By Andrea Richards
Don’t be squeamish: Fecal transplants may cure certain gut infections and other ailments, too

Urban Affairs
by L.J. Williamson
A mother sends her son to a Buddhist monastery and learns about letting go

Speak Easy
By Matthew Segal
Aaron Paley, the producer of CicLAvia and other big local events, discusses changing the city