April 2010



Trial by Fire
No hoses. No ladders. Just moxie. How four cops rescued residents of a burning building
As told to Wendy Witherspoon 

What Would You Pack for the End of Days
A perfectly preserved, fully stocked basement compels writer Marisa Silver to ask herself about the Apocalypse—and the couple who prepared for it
By Marisa Silver 

One Step at a Time
Back when the city was taking shape, public staircases were installed in the hillier areas to help residents get around. The rise of the automobile may have rendered the walkways somewhat obsolete, but they still offer a terrific way to burn calories while taking in the views
By Charles Fleming 

Small Town Adventures
Some neighborhoods feel as if they’re out in the country, others are minutes from downtown. Each has accomplished that rare feat in L.A.: stood the test of time. A guide to where to eat (cupcakes!), shop (leather bags!), and play (tiny trains!) in ten picture-perfect places 



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols does the math on bank heists
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena 

Best of LA
Public tennis courts that can help elevate your game without sinking your bank account
By Ann Herold

PLUS: Going gaga with DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba!

John Eshaya brings the bejewled effect to his graphic t-shirts
By Laurie Pike

Au Courant
Mothers and daughters are making tattoos a family affair
By Laurie Pike 



In honoring a girl band from 1970s L.A., The Runaways ventures into the tricky terrain of the rock and roll biopic
By Steve Erickson  

Open City
It’s easy to become an e-book addict, even when it spells the end of your world
By Anne Taylor Fleming 

Winning an Academy Award enlivens some careers but leaves others on life support. Is the gold statue to blame?
By Gina Piccalo 

In a city packed with millionaires, it should be easier to raise money for the poor
By Mark Lacter

Amid a historic building boom, the LAUSD has missed an opportunity to rethink campus design
By Greg Goldin

There’s a precision behind the robust dishes at the Laxy Ox Canteen, where chef Josef Centeno’s menu is as peripatetic as his German-Irish-Mexican-Spanish roots
By Patric Kuh

PLUS: Embrace Mexican food with Rick Bayless, nosh on samosas in Culver City, and greet spring with sugar snap peas


Web Extras:

The Reading List: April ’10
Every month LAmag.com highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here’s what’s new
By Wendy Witherspoon 

Get L.A.: The Winners
In March we narrowed down the smart, funny, and thought-provoking Get L.A. submissions to eight finalists. Then thousands of readers and our panel of judges voted for their favorites in our first-ever short-film competition. Now we have two winners: F.LA.SH and Pearl. 

WIN IT: The Best of LA Bargain Day Spas
In our May issue we name the Best Bargain Day Spas. Now we are giving away one complimentary “Lasting Memory For Mom” Mothers Day package (which includes a spa pedicure, full scalp care, and deluxe facial with lift) from Wi Spa in Koreatown