April 2011


From the Editor

The first time I visited Matt Logelin’s blog, which is called Matt, Liz and Madeline, I read his post about changing his baby daughter’s diaper on the towel dispenser in a men’s room. Told in Matt’s signature broken verse-meets-instant message style, the story was… Read


Afoot and Afield in Napa and Sonoma
After hundreds of miles of scouting, thousands of calories of eating and drinking, and numerous packed days of experiencing what Napa and Sonoma have to offer, we’ve arrived at the essential guide to doing wine country right. Cool hotels, new restaurants, pleasant picnic spots, undersung vineyards—they’re all here, along with winery picks, dining tips, even beer and cheese recommendations from L.A. experts
By Dave Gardetta           

Just You & Me, Kid
What do you do when your life is permanently upended—when, hours after the birth of your first child, your wife dies of a pulmonary embolism? One option is to  throw yourself into your blog. In an excerpt adapted from his new book, Two Kisses for Maddy, writer Matt logelin talks about how he embraced fatherhood alone

Life of the L.A. River
Our namesake waterway helped give life to the young city. It also brought death and destruction during rainstorms before becoming a concrete flood channel. But with persistent patches of wildlife, a new bike path, and plans to revitalize sections, the river is working its way into the urban fabric once more. A primer on its past, present, and future
By Matthew Segal

Mirror, Mirror
It’s one thing to have a famous relative, another thing altogether to share that person’s name. We talked to Tyrone Power IV, Wyatt Earp, Carla Laemmle, Clark Gable, Bela Lugosi, and Ron Chaney. Just wait until you see the photos
By Wendy Witherspoon


Ask Chris
Chris Nichols dissects the Staples Center crowd around Jack Nicholson
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

Street Smart
Cruising Manhattan Beach, where urban chic meets surfer cool

Best of LA
Public fountains that dazzle by day and night

L.A. Story
Dave Grohl on seedy motels and muddy wrestlers

Designer Dragan Mrdja pours his soul into men’s shoes
By Laurie Pike

Au Courant
Lace goes everyday casual
By Laurie Pike


Open City
The plan for a downtown stadium seems risky, especially in a city that hasn’t exactly been pining for a professional football team
By Anne Taylor Fleming

Film & TV
When it comes to depictions of L.A. crime onscreen, it’s hard to tell the difference between the cops and the killers
By Steve Erickson

Speak Easy
Lucy Jones is the public face of earthquake science, telling us what happened and where after the ground has moved. The Big One? Better get ready
By Amy Wallace

The push to legalize marijuana isn’t going away, and not just because there are more converts to the cause. Some bureaucrats see taxing pot sales as a revenue jackpot for a strapped state. Or is that California dreaming?
By Mark Lacter 

Time seemed to have passed by Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the pair who pioneered chef-driven Mexican food in L.A. But at their new Border Grill downtown, they show they haven’t lost their touch in creating dishes that defy boundaries
By Patric Kuh

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