August 2015


From the Editor

Flying home from New York this winter, I was seated next to a loquacious lawyer who had been visiting family. We chatted about careers, our UC alumni status (he said he was among the first African American graduates of Santa Cruz), and where we went to high school. He’d gone to Jordan in Watts. Looking at his gray temples, I couldn’t help wondering. “The class of ’65?” I asked. Yes, he said. “And you would be surprised,” he added. “A lot of good came out of what happened then.”Read

Best of L.A.

Best of Shop
Edited By Linda Immediato
Make room in your closet and clear out the garage—here’s where to score flirty summer frocks and revive that old wingback chair. We uncovered an under-the-radar designer discount outlet and an appointment-only boutique with a surreal setting. Need a change? Consult a hair therapist, enjoy a scotch with your shave, or pick up some healing crystals. Your psyche will thank you.

Best of Eat
Edited By Lesley Bargar Suter
Soup’s on! Or in our case, bone broth, and it shares the table with crunchy avocado toast, a chilly acai bowl, and a short stack of pancakes soaked in syrup, not riddled with gluten. Don something stretchy when chowing down on the ultimate rib, a plump hot dog, or carrot cake; change into something spiffy for a flaming cocktail or a secret tableside rock show. The town’s never been tastier.

Best of Do
Edited by Marielle Wakim
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to venture beyond the usual boundaries and embrace more of L.A.’s vast adventure-scape. Swap yoga for a refreshing meditation class, opt for the tiki-themed drive-in instead of the multiplex, and trade a house party for a dance night so accessible, even nonclubbers will dig it.This is your map, and we’re your guides. Now get moving!


Watts: 50 Years Later
In August 1965, Watts erupted in violence following an arrest at the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and 116th Street. For half a century its image has been shaped by the uprising. But if you think you know Watts today, think again.


How the LAUSD’s college prep program has failed high school seniors; building safer routes for wildlife. PLUS: Creative ways to ease the drought

L.A. Archetype
A Grove concierge extends the VIP treatment

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols counts the steps to getting a star on the Walk of Fame

L.A. Story
Sir Patrick Stewart reveals a fondness for Hondas and Tommy’s Hamburgers

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash

How L.A. Works
Jump inside an inflatable bounce house



Open City
By David Hochman
Hanging out with professional food forager Pascal Baudar is a lot like getting to know L.A.

By Steve Erickson
Jason Segel illuminates the life of novelist David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour

Speak Easy
By Matthew Segal
How can the region adapt to the realities of climate change? Tree-People founder Andy Lipkis has some ideas

By Valentina I. Valentini
British expats in the entertainment industry have formed a soccer club that feels like home