February 2012


From the Editor

My drive home on the Night of the Winds, as I have come to call that evening late last year when all hell broke loose in the sky, started off placidly enough. The Santa Anas were predicted to unleash a ferocious howl, so I was prepared—I thought—for what was to come. Of course I hate the winds when they fuel raging wildfires or flip a big rig over on the freeway, but I find a perverse excitement in their otherworldly cries. I could not have dreamed how much this particular gust would change the canopy of L.A… Read



Classic LA to Z
Whoever said this town doesn’t have history doesn’t know L.A. We give you 26 reasons to celebrate the city—and just as many ways to know it better. From vintage tunnels to glorious movie palaces to salty waitressess, a tour of what connects our past to our present 

WEB EXTRA: “Ask Chris” columnist Chris Nichols tells us what it was like to report this story and the three little letters that almost kept us from publishing it

Left Behind
By Steven Mikulan
With her role in 1958’s Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Yvette Vickers seemed destined for stardom. Instead she died in obscurity, a mummy in her own home. Here’s her story 

WEB EXTRA: Steven Mikulan talks with executive editor Matthew Segal about Yvette Vickers’ career, the fame that eluded her, and the psychological demons that plagued her final year

Moving Violations
By Peter Mehlman
Six encounters with the LAPD over 22 years—without much in the way of seasons in Los Angeles, a television writer has come up with his own way of measuring time 


David Milch’s show bets on Santa Anita; liquor license red tape 

L.A. Archetype
Fishy stories from a sushi chef 

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols gets hog wild

L.A. Story
Revenge star Madeleine Stowe on growing up in Eagle Rock

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash

How L.A. Works
Unlocking L.A.’s jail towers


Red Carpet Special
Harry Winston’s history of romancing the stones and the birth of the “Who are you wearing?” tradition, Oscar beauty secrets revealed, and how shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo took his first steps as a designer in L.A. 

L.A. Lookbook
On a Hollywood style stakeout, an actor gets a makeover


Main Course 
A new Venice boutique takes chocolate way outside the box and back to its Mexican origins 

New Restaurants
Kogi’s Roy Choi is on a Caribbean trip plus: Alain Giraud’s French classics in the Palisades, the Thompson hotel scores a tavern, and immaculate pizzas from a rising pastry star

Small Bites
Where to find the hottest wings for your Super Bowl party, pies go arty downtown, L.A.’s resident mole queen shares a Valentine’s-ready recipe, and getting the crucial ingredients for a perfect Mexican pantry


The Culture Files
At work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley, the Dude’s massive “Mahler Project,” Anvil’s comeback, and why the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays is such a smash 

Street Smart 
Apron shops and escargot-serving bistros? Welcome to Old Town Monrovia

Best of LA
Karaoke bars that will have you singing in the key of fun 

The Guide
More than 30 great things to do this month, from hearing Twitter satirist Andy Borowitz in conversation with Sarah Silverman to hunting for wild mushrooms  


Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
Coyotes have many foes and more than a few fans, but perhaps the best way to view them is as fellow Angelenos 

WEB EXTRA: Anne Taylor Fleming opens up about learning about coyotes and local wildlife experts for her February column

Film & TV
By Steve Erickson
From the grieving Tree of Life to the apocalyptic Take Shelter, it was a dark year. Our critic chooses his Oscar-worthies

By Mark Lacter
L.A. is full of 1 percenters. Grumble you might, but without them, the financial mess might be a whole lot messier 

PLUS: 4 Things We’re Not Supposed To Tell You About This Issue

2 Years
→ Time that our cover models, Holly Lynch and Brian Ames, have been dating. Design director Steven Banks didn’t know that when he and senior editor Linda Immediato sifted through candidates online. “They’d make a great couple,” Banks said before picking up the phone to hire them. “When they kissed on set,” Banks says, “I thought, ‘Whoa, that was fast!’ I joked to Linda that we have a future as matchmakers.”

605 degrees
→ The combined high temperatures reached by six members of the editorial staff who were feverish and miserable during the production of this issue. Next year: Flu shots for everyone!

→ Price of an antiviral elixir purchased by dine editor Lesley Bargar Suter at what she believed to be a holistic health center. Suter was killing time before her interview with the owner of ChocoVivo (“Bar None”) on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and wandered into the shop. “It turned out to be a pot store, but I had no idea,” Suter says. “I’m the only person ever to not buy pot from there.”

12 p.m to 3 p.m.
→ Hours on Mondays that cars may not park along 8th Street at Genesee Avenue because of street cleaning. The empty stretch allowed photographer Larry Underhill to get an unobstructed shot of Rudolph Schindler’s Buck House for the Classic L.A. to Z package. “There is always a car parked there otherwise,” he says.