February 2013



From the Editor

THIS MONTH Dave Grohl, front man of the Foo Fighters (and object of a few crushes around our office), is releasing a documentary he directed about Sound City Studios in Van Nuys. Tracks to some of the most popular rock albums of all time were laid down behind the recording studio’s cinder-block walls, from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours to Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes to Nirvana’s Nevermind. When Grohl, who was a drummer for Nirvana, heard that the studio was possibly shutting down last year, he bought Sound City’s legendary Neve 8028 recording console, moved it to his own studio, and filmed a love letter to the Valley landmark… Read


What’s Hiding in L.A.
Edited by Matthew Segal

The city doesn’t reveal its secrets willingly. We’ve dug up dozens of surprises just waiting to be discovered, from a pub within a pub to nifty museums to lesser-known treasures from the city’s buried past

WEB EXTRA: All About–And Where To FInd–LA Mag’s Geocache!

The USC Song Girl and the Sea
By Matt White

When Hurricane Sandy heaved the crew of the tall ship Bounty into the Atlantic, a chapter closed in an L.A. love story

WEB EXTRA: A Q&A With Matt White

The Foo Fighter Who Saved Rock
As told to Nancy Miller
Dave Grohl directs a documentary about the recording studio (and console) that made him famous


Charlie Sheen makes a comeback plus: The Oscar stats that matter

L.A. Archetype
Paying Judy Garland the ultimate compliment

Ask Chris
A house hunt sends Chris Nichols off the rails

L.A. Story
Melissa McCarthy relates bedtime tales and a starstruck moment

How L.A. Works
What makes the lights so bright at LAX

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash


In Store
Flavie and Clayton Webster, the designing duo behind Cerre, invite us inside their Melrose Place atelier. Plus: Wool that doesn’t itch or pill

Style Stakeout
Hats are de rigueur for shoppers along Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard

Who is Oliver Peoples? The founder of the famed eyewear company gives us his back story and inspirations


Small Bites
Southern flavors woo SoCal chefs; playing chicken with Joel Stein; Little La Lune’s Cambodian spice plus: New restaurants Bestia, the Black Cat, Coco Laurent, and Public School 310 

Best Of L.A.
The city’s freshest new bakeries, hot out of the oven

Dine Review
The Sunset Strip has seen its fair share of meat markets, but never one as graceful as Gorge


Culture Files
Artist Llyn Foulkes finally gets his due; spring has sprung with the return of a classic ballet; a Mali guitar sensation wants to take on the world

Street Smart
Slurp noodles, try on locally designed attire, and shop for garden plants in Sawtelle’s Little Osaka

The Guide
What to do this month, from cheering on the bulls to dressing up for an Edwardian ball


Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming

Ana Deutsch ministers to the victims of torture and violence who have flocked to Los Angeles

By Mark Lacter

Cineplexes vie for survival in the city that helped define the movie-going experience

By Steve Erickson
Even in a year of strong female leads, Jennifer Lawrence stands apart. Plus: Who should really win at the Dolby Theatre

Andrea Richards
Delivering a baby the old-fashioned way has become a fading art. Should we be worried?