December 2013


From the Editor

The movie business has faced challenges since the moment D.W. Griffith unfolded his director’s chair downtown in1913. Television was supposed to kill it off, then Betamax tapes and video games. None did, but the way we consume media (think binge watching) has taken its toll on the bottom line… Read


L.A.’s 54 Top Shops
Edited by Linda Immediato
An epic exploration of the city’s indie stores

Pulp Friction
By Patrick Goldstein
When it comes to Hollywood news, there have never been so many competing outlets. Or such drama

The Wage Warrior
By Hillel Aron

Why politicians fear labor leader María Elena Durazo

WEB EXTRA: Labor Studies: A Q&A With Hillel Aron about “The Wage Warrior”

Let It Snow
By Heather John Fogarty

Corbin Bernsen’s collection of globes makes every day a snow day

Loft Love
By Ann Herold
A Venice factory and a downtown warehouse and furniture center are reborn



The story behind the selling of Mary Poppins; the colonel who’s freeing the L.A. River; a new TV series returns the city to its mobster past

L.A. Archetype
A museum guard steps away from the artwork

Ask Chris
The Goodyear blimp goes for a ride with Chris Nichols

L.A. Story
Zoe Saldana on downtown and driving

The Seen
Checking the A-list for who’s been naughty and who’s been nice

How L.A. Works
The Grove’s fountain makes a splash



Holiday Gift Guide
At a loss for what to buy the rugged mountain man in your life? No clue as to what will please a budding audiophile? Still coming up short for the woman who’s got it all? Our roundup of last-minute ideas covers presents for everyone on your list—no matter their personal style



Small Bites
Cocktails that warm a room; assembling a timpano step by step; gifts for gourmets PLUS: Josef Centeno gets elaborate at Orsa & Winston, and new restaurants Hakkasan, Rao’s, and Zo

The Dine Review
Ricardo Zarate’s Paiche may have plenty of pluses, but Patric Kuh finds that not everything there adds up in a meal

WEB EXTRA: A Photo Tour of Paiche



Culture Files
The divine Bette Midler plays Hollywood dynamo Sue Mengers; Mortified shares the shame; how to do Olvera Street PLUS: Margaret Cho is her mother

Striking gold on the slopes of Breckenridge

Best of LA
The season’s coolest pop-up ice rinks

The Guide
What to do in December, from making soba to touring Dorothy Parker’s L.A.



Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
Looking back on a year of uncommon friendship

Invisible L.A.
By Ben Ehrenreich
The Mexican revolutionist who called Silver Lake home

By Steve Erickson
Choosing between Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and the pair from Blue Is the Warmest Color

By Mark Lacter
Is LAX causing other local airports to sputter? Don’t ask folks in Ontario

By Andrea Richards
For dieters, cheat days offer a tasty reward after so much self-denial