April 2013



From the Editor

Twelve years ago, when I first began working at this magazine, the view of Wilshire Boulevard from our offices revealed a trickle of foot traffic and a Los Angeles County Museum of Art that was more glass-brick fortress than cultural nexus. Today those same windows look out on dozens of patrons buzzing around food trucks like hummingbirds do flowering sage, and on a thriving museum plaza that is becoming L.A.’s first real piazza… Read



How to Afford L.A.
Edited by Nancy Miller
You don’t need to spend big to live large in L.A. From leasing a car to buying a chocolate bar, a practical guide to getting maximum pleasure at minimal cost

WEB EXTRA: Five Additional Deals That Get You More Bang For Your Buck

Face the Music
By Jillian Lauren

Yoga just not doing the trick? The Argentine tango will cure what ails you. A primer on the best dance parties as well as the shops that’ll dress you for them

WEB EXTRA: 10 Adult Classes for Adult Beginners
WEB EXTRA: Slide Show: Tango Fashion

Murder in Black and White
By Steven Mikulan

In 1959, philandering physician Bernard Finch killed his wife with the help of his girlfriend, Carole Tregoff, triggering one of L.A.’s most sensational cases

WEB EXTRA: A Q&A With Writer Steven Mikulan About the Tabloid-Drenched Trial of Dr. Bernard Finch and Carole Tregoff

Art of the City
By Doug Harvey
L.A.’s contemporary art scene is world renowned, but it can also be tough to navigate. Let us lead the way with this gathering of galleries, artists, and more

PLUS: It’s Time to Canvas the City: Can’t-Miss Art Events



Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson PLUS: The telltale signs of single men and women in L.A.

L.A. Archetype
Rabbi Sharon Brous embraces the guilt trip

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols unveils the fate of a bevy of Michelangelo beauties

L.A. Story
Emily Deschanel defends her home turf

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash


In Store

Cool clothes for a warm planet: jeans, shirts, and shoes made from recycled plastic; Halston hustles into town; Mad Men goes go-go PLUS: From Coachella to the Santa Anita Derby—what to wear to this season’s alfresco happenings

Best of L.A.
Looking for spectacles that make a spectacle? Here are some top spots in the city to get framed


Small Bites

Sonoko Sakai’s passion for soba has become a grassroots campaign for Japanese grains; Tikal translates Guatemala’s flavors; Joel Stein hates your taste in wine; Curtis Stone wants to cook for you every day of the week PLUS: David Myers looks to the East at Hinoki & the Bird; new restaurants Allumette, Chi Spacca, and Sirena

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh sizes up two chefs’ visions for contemporary Italian at RivaBella and Bestia


Culture Files

Modern architecture has its moment in the L.A. sun; Gary Baseman imagines a love letter to the Fairfax District; Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre gets hitched; an NYC variety show lands in Silver Lake PLUS: Ping-Pong for the posh

The Hayes Valley and NoPa neighborhoods in San Francisco offer a road-less-taken experience

The Guide
What to do this month, from tracking American Buffalo to strolling through California poppies


Open City

By Anne Taylor Fleming
Certain choices made early in life can prove to be unforeseen gems

Speak Easy
By Gabriel Kahn
L.A.’s wealthiest resident, Patrick Soon-Shiong, on making the city a better place

By Andrea Richards
Being able to exercise outdoors is a perk of living here, but are some personal trainers going too far?

By Steve Erickson

Paternal woes in The Company You Keep and The Place Beyond the Pines