February 2016


From the Editor

Feeling nostalgic on a recent Sunday, I drove by my first—and only—L.A. apartment. It was in Los Feliz. I signed the lease in 1992, when I’d landed a full-time job and was finally making enough scratch to move out of my childhood home. I’d looked at only one other apartment before I found it—just like I looked at one other house before I bought the one I live in now. Yes, it’s true: I’ve lived in only three places in my 46 years in Los Angeles… Read


First and Last
Edited by Amy Wallace
Apartment living has never been more central to the L.A. experience, but there’s an art to sharing a roof PLUS: Paul Brownfield on rental company turf wars

A Million Streets
By Miles Corwin
On the road with the Emergency Response team of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services

Whiskey a Go Go
By Ed Leibowitz
Think we’re in a vodka town? Think again. From where to drink to how to buy, here’s our primer on the spirit L.A. does best


Police commission head Matthew Johnson on making a better LAPD; why hotel builders are bedding down here in droves; the father of the modern surfboard

Ask Chris
The lure of fishing at Echo Park Lake

L.A. Story
Triple 9‘s Anthony Mackie on being starstruck—literally

L.A. on the Verge
USC Village mixes old school and new


Prime Finds
Accessories to go high contrast or embrace every hue; watches flaunt their classic roots

In Store
The latest from Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais; fitting in with bespoke sunglasses; bagging a few blockbuster billboards

L.A. Home
A Pacific Palisades garden gains a full-size gym without losing its scenic appeal


Small Bites
The needle’s dropping on restaurant turntables; Joel Stein likes the food at LAX; a voodoo-themed supper club; cooking with Chrissy Teigen PLUS: Otium is a work of art, and new restaurants Charcoal, Hanjip, and the Rose

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh digs in at the South Bay’s the Arthur J, which looks to the past to modernize the steak house


Culture Files
American Crime Story brings O.J. Simpson back to TV; the Almighty tries His hand at theater; Jeff Goldblum talks dinosaurs and naked nightmares

Best of L.A.
Where to find the city’s most Instagrammable murals

The Guide
30 things to do in February, from Shaun White’s snowboarding expo to L.A. Cookie Con



By Steve Erickson
Who the Oscars should go to, even if they don’t

Speak Easy
By Mary Melton
Author, TV health pundit, and longevity expert Dr. David Agus offers strong medicine

By Robert Ito
Multilingual Westside TV station LA18 shoehorns swaths of Asia into one cramped studio