February 2014


From the Editor

I don’t spend much time at sea—like, practically none—but I am an explorer. A few years ago, while driving back from a dinner at the old-school Dal Rae steak house in Pico Rivera, I pointed to the Commerce Casino and said to my husband, “We gotta go there at least once, right?”… Read


Must-Do L.A.
Edited by Nancy Miller
Ever hiked to the Hollywood sign? Made it into the Magic Castle? Check out our list of 50 local adventures every Angeleno should try, whether you’re a wide-eyed newcomer or total local

When the World Goes Dark
By Susan Salter Reynolds
Kem Nunn went from itinerant surfer to cultural sage with his 1984 novel, Tapping the Source. In his new crime thriller, Chance, he taps into society’s elevated anxiety

WEB EXTRA: Susan Salter Reynolds on the anxious minds of literary masters

Of Sons and Guns
Sue McCullough
Last November a lone gunman with an anti-TSA bent brought bedlam to Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 3. McCullough was there with her 12-year-old son. This is their story

Can You Dig It?
By Ed Leibowitz

As hard news Web sites go, L.A.-based Truthdig doesn’t look flashy, but its content has a way of grabbing attention. Time will tell if its founders can be as aggressive about keeping it funded

WEB EXTRA: Ed Leibowitz on profiling Truthdig.com



Looking back at 100 years of Beverly Hills history; BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir on covering L.A.; the not-so-innocent maiden of masa; a map for dealing with warm-weather guilt

L.A. Archetype
The secret life of a beekeeper

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols fills in the picture of what happens to Metro station art

L.A. Story
Killer Women
’s Tricia Helfer on stray cats and canyon cocktails

The Seen
Celebs who should be singing for their supper



Au Courant
L.A. style sails into the mystic with a cosmic blend of rainbows, talismans, and celestial prints

WEB EXTRA: Remembering the psychedelic shops of the ’60s

In Store
Trina Turk steps out with her first shoe collection; Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress turns 40; François Nars reveals his Hollywood crush

The Luxe Life
Fashion designer Sue Wong’s must-have list


Small Bites
The doughnut craze comes full circle; delectable morsels arrive in time for Valentine’s;a taste of Sri Lanka in Torrance PLUS: Antonia Lofaso goes home again at Scopa Italian Roots, and new restaurants Q, the Wallace, and Mud Hen Tavern 

Best of LA
Take-out soups that soothe body and soul

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh on République, Walter Manzke’s new restaurant in the former Campanile space


Culture Files
LACMA glorifies the “beautiful game”; writer Attica Locke on the Great Migration; how to do the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts PLUS: KCRW’s Anne Litt on what’s caught her ear

The Guide
What to do in February, from getting a gander at the Golden Dragon Parade to getting down with James Brown

The Weekender
Attractions timeless and new in Mexico City



Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
Jennifer Lawrence is America’s new sweetheart

By Cord Jefferson
How Lyft, Sidecar, Uber, and other app-based car services are changing the way Angelenos get around

By Steve Erickson
Chasing a serial killer while fleeing other demons on HBO’s True Detective

By Amy Wallace
Religious-themed movies and TV shows are suddenly the rage

By Kelly MacLean
The dirty little secrets behind juicing and “eating clean”