April 2012


From the Editor

I’m guessing that the cover of the magazine caught your attention. We needed to immediately convey that this isn’t a typical issue. This month marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 riots, and we’ve been thinking hard about how to acknowledge that. We wanted to explain the factors (for those who were here and those who were not) that led to the uprising, to assess where matters stand regarding race relations and the progress we’ve made since then. But how do you get your arms around such a big, complicated topic—the most complicated I’ve tackled at the magazine—that is impossible to sum up with any one piece? Read


Race in L.A.
Ours is a city of many voices and cultures, of disparate backgrounds and conflicting interests. Twenty years ago this month, those fault lines ruptured. Whether you call it an uprising, a riot, or civil unrest, what happened on April 29,1992 changed Los Angeles and the people in it, prompting Rodney King to famously ask, “Can we all get along?” We still want the answer to be yes. But it’s complicated. Here’s why


A new year for the Boys in Blue; cultivating pot 

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols unlocks the door at Johnie’s Diner

L.A. Story
Justified leading man Timothy Olyphant on swimming into L.A. 

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash


Behind the Seams
Jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino heads to Broadway

Prime Finds
Menswear hits the road

Gulla Jonsdottir’s inspiration board

Style Stakeout
Who’s wearing what in Culver City

A new release honors architect Paul R. Williams


Main Course
All hail the mason jar: Pickles go gourmet

New Restaurants
Silver Lake slurps up a shellfish star plus: Asian fusion checks into the L’Ermitage hotel, Echo Park is seeing red, and Belgian pours go downtown

Small Bites
Primo coffee sprouts (for real) in Goleta, Jose Garces pumps up Palm Springs, salads bloom in the bowl and on the page, a knife pro takes aim at chopping chops, and authentic yakitorireturns to the beach

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh gets comfortable at Post & Beam, the latest offering from Govind Armstrong

Dining Out
Ricardo Zarate counts to three, the Spice Table’s chef revs up with capsicum, and pink-ies are raised at the Hotel Bel-Air plus: 130 restaurants, from Langer’s to Lukshon


The Culture Files
Gazing upon Herb Ritts’s photos, reading between the lines of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novels, and celebrating Woody Guthrie’s 100th 

Best of LA
Local podcasts worth downloading   

Street Smart
Taking in the sea air along Malibu’s Cross Creek Road 

The Guide
30 things to do this month, from building beehives to beholding the Boss


By Steve Appleford
How Goldenvoice went from staging scrappy punk gigs to creating Coachella

By Steve Erickson
Courting Luck and other turns in the fortuitious career of Dustin Hoffman   

By Mark Lacter
Staying alive with KCET, the TV station that rocked PBS’s world

By Scott Timberg
Artist Mike Kelley’s death was as shocking as it was expected

PLUS: 4 Things We’re Not Supposed To Tell You About This Issue

5 entrées
→ Dishes served at our staff lunch in February by Katsuji Tanabe, chef-owner of Mexikosher. When we heard his story— a half-Japanese, half-Latino offering kosher Mexican food on Pico—we knew he belonged in our race issue.

1 ex-husband
→ How many former spouses the editors found while poring over photographs of the riots. Editor-at-large Amy Wallace and her then- husband, Jim Newton, were reporters for the Los Angeles Times in April 1992; he’s visible in one shot (it and others can be viewed at LAmag.com/raceinla) taking notes next to a burning guard shack.

4 letters
→ Length of the expletive that executive editor Matthew Segal uttered when he saw the picture of Rhonda Mitchell, one of six Angelenos interviewed by writer-at- large Dave Gardetta who were affected by the riots. Turns out Segal had met Mitchell at a lunch last sum- mer. “I didn’t know her last name or her background, so nothing rang a bell when I read her story,” he says. “When I saw her photo, I realized, I know her!”

1 attic trip
→ Effort that would have been required to unearth a photograph of design director Steven Banks’s computer being thrown through a window by rioters at the Los Angeles Times, where he was working on April 29, 1992. Banks was too busy designing this month’s package to find the image. So use your imagination.