January 2014


From the Editor

When I’m traveling and I tell someone I’m from L.A., I brace myself for the inevitable question: “Aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” Of course I am. When you’re nice and cozy beneath the covers and suddenly your bed frame shakes you awake and you’re re-creating a scene from The Exorcist, it’s freaking terrifying. The reality is, we live on all kinds of active fault lines. Eventually they’re going to give… Read



Best New Restaurants
By Patric Kuh
From killer Tex-Mex to Italian-tinged Japanese to carnivore-worthy vegan, the hottest plates in town

WEB EXTRA: An Insider’s Guide to the Best New Restaurants

The Secret Life of Johnny Lewis
By Bill Jensen
What made a promising Hollywood actor commit murder?   

Like A Punch
By Ed Leibowitz

Richard Andrews, who headed the state Office of Emergency Services, reflects on the Northridge quake

One Sheet Wonder
By Amy Wallace
You may not know Drew Struzan’s name, but if you love movies (and movie posters), you know his work



A movie palace’s new life as the latest Ace Hotel; Steve Soboroff on cops; the truth about totes; the five stages of parking grief

L.A. Archetype
A tennis teaching pro on smashing backhands

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols remembers Taco Bell’s dalliance with the other South

L.A. Story
Michael B. Jordan on Los Feliz destiny and Venice dreams

The Seen
The celebs party hosts ask for and the ones they actually get

How L.A. Works
Structural secrets behind the Watts Towers



Au Courant
Fall’s fancy hat trick

In Store
Denim goes off road with a nod to motocross

The Luxe Life
Andrea Stanford, VP of merchandising at One Kings Lane, shares what’s in her cart

Style Stakeout
Melrose Place is as haute as you’d hope for

Best of LA
We pick the top vintage shops by decade


Small Bites
Chowder enjoys a revival at L.A.’s seafood “shacks”; a Pasadena mill grinds heritage grains into fine flours;an organic French bubbly arrives in time for the New Year PLUS: It’s tray chic at Steve Fretz’s downtown venture, the Church Key, and new restaurants the Factory Kitchen, Peking Tavern, and B.O.S.



Culture Files
Kaz Oshiro brings his art to the classroom; Dum Dum Girls cast a long shadow; how to do the Forum in Inglewood PLUS: Patton Oswalt on the decline of hecklers

The Guide
What to do in January, from feasting on indie films to welcoming the Year of the Horse



Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
The city’s turning green with a host of new parks

Urban Affairs
By Fiona NG
Why Chinese nationals are traveling to the L.A. area to give birth

WEB EXTRA: Slide Show: Inside a “Maternity Hotel” in Chino Hills

By Steve Erickson
The new season of the inexplicably compelling Downton Abbey 

Speak Easy
By Gabriel Kahn
Next on former studio exec Sherry Lansing’s to-do list: fixing L.A.’s battered school system and  finding a cure for cancer

By Ben Kallen
Juicing up with testosterone supplements