April 2015


april2015_cover_mdFrom the Editor

Out of town on business and in need of a quick pick-me-up, I wandered into a blow-out salon in Washington, D.C., last year. The service I sought—a stylist washing and blow-drying my hair—cost $40. There were flutes of complimentary champagne at the ready and Hollywood Regency chandeliers overhead. Something starring Ryan Gosling flickered on the TV screen…



How to Dress in L.A.
Edited By Linda Immediato
When it comes to local style, anything goes. But there are limits. We’ve got winning ensembles for the office and the yoga studio, a first date and a charity gala—plus tales of fashion slipups

The Tao of Panda
By Ed Leibowitz
Why does Panda Express feel like fast food with a soul? The chain’s fresh ingredients and well-paid workers, for starters

An L.A. Bug’s Life
By Ann Herold
Thousands of insects crawl through the city, from the tiny pill bug to the giant Jerusalem cricket. Get to know them

Mobile Home
By Steve Vaught
The remarkable story of how the Cora C. Hollister House—the only Hollywood commission by the revered Craftsman architects Greene & Greene—turned up yonder in Canada


Celebrating 50 years of art happenings at LACMA; the crusade to save Norms; the second lives of aging movie theaters; the art of dying

L.A. Archetype
A psychic reads what’s in the cards

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols runs circles around some ring-bearing trees

L.A. Story
Freida Pinto on adopting three moms and snacking in Little India


In Store
How a couple of Venice punks founded Crap Eyewear, now a worldwide brand of sunglasses

The Luxe Life
Pacific Palisades boutique owner Elyse Walker lists her must-haves

L.A. Home
Interior design blogger Justina Blakeney shows the many ways to boho in her new book

Best of LA
The city’s top spots for garden supplies


Small Bites
The big business of build-your-own salads; Coachella’s delicious new lineup; raising a glass to spritzy German trollinger PLUS: Neal Fraser flies high with Redbird, and new restaurants Odys + Penelope, Aestus, and Ostrich Farm

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh on Kris Morningstar’s modern-day brasserie, Terrine


Culture Files
The Civil War comes to the Autry; bassist Esperanza Spalding at Disney Hall; Anne Litt on Nosaj Thing PLUS: The renovated Hollyhock House

Roving the rugged coast of Northern California’s Mendocino

The Guide
What to do in April, from taking selfies with the Easter Bunny to cleaning up for Earth Day


Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
The death with dignity chat started long ago

By Monica Corcoran Harel
Drybar is about great hair (not hand-holding)

By Steve Erickson
Better Call Saul
shows some genuine character

By Nate Berg
Autistic young adults find work in Hollywood

By Preston Lerner
Conservative thinker Eugene Volokh