December 2014

A sneak peek inside this month’s magazine

toc_L( From the Editor )

Being the little sister of two brothers, I got thrown around a lot whenever I insinuated myself into one of their games. I ate the dirt in tackle football and was banged up in basketball… Read

( Features )

Perfect Parties
Edited by Nancy Miller and Amy Wallace
Who doesn’t love a great get-together? Whether it’s an intimate meal for six or a blowout gala for 100, entertaining requires preparation. Behold, a handy guide to throwing the perfect soiree of any size, instructions included

Ice Age
By Paul Brownfield
The L.A. Kings have always had loyal fans. Now they also have championships (they’ve taken the Stanley Cup not once but twice). Their coach, Darryl Sutter, is a large part of the reason why

On Top of the World
By Ann Herold
A Glassell Park duplex and a Beachwood Canyon aerie are models for making the most of hillside living

Main Squeeze
By Nathan Masters
Oranges are a supermarket staple, but that wasn’t always the case. How a single fruit juiced L.A.’s economy

A New Wrinkle
By Tamar Brott
Are elephants like Billy, the L.A. Zoo’s 13,000-pound bachelor, important to the future of the species or just the future of zoos?

( Buzz )

The genealogies of L.A.’s moneyed families; the real artist behind some famous portraits

L.A. Archetype
Santa suits up to share a little seasonal cheer

L.A. Story
Amy Ryan on coyote spotting and bunking with Ben Affleck

The Seen
What we’re giving needy celebrities this Christmas

How L.A. Works
Why the city’s water lines are gushing

( Shop )

Holiday Gift Guide
We looked to the four elements—earth, fire, air, and water—for inspiration. Herewith, presents for everyone on your list, from the well grounded to the mercurial

( Eat )

Small Bites
Dig it (and dig in)—big plates are the new small plates; L.A. goes nuts for vegan cheese; how Chinatown snagged Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker; will recipe tech kill the cookbook? Plus: 3rd Street’s smooth operator, Pistola, and new restaurants Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, the Anchor, and the Roost at LA Farm

Best of LA
From Sinaloan to Belizean to Colombian, L.A.’s tamales are as diverse as the city—and delicious, too

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh relishes Armenian tradition (with a side of belly dancing) at Carousel

( Do )

Culture Files
Ten artists who broke out in 2014; filmmaker Ava DuVernay keeps her eye on the prize; the Music Center at 50

Street Smart
The evolution of the Cahuenga Corridor

The Guide
30 things to do in December, from belting out Christmas carols to breakfast with St. Nick

( Columns )

Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
A daughter honors her mother’s memory one outfit at a time

By Ben Kallen
The real toll of your daily commute

By Steve Erickson
A trio of powerful performances to consider this awards season

By Marc Haefele
Prolific downtown developer Geoff Palmer

By Marielle Wakim
Greenrooms are more important than ever