July 2011


From the Editor

In 2004, when we published our first big issue devoted to downtown, mixology wasn’t a word and the area’s most happenin’ happy hour was at McCormick & Schmick’s. The real estate boom was just kicking in as those gorgeous old buildings in the city’s historic core were being rehabilitated into lofts and condos. But good luck finding basic amenities… Read


Downtown 2011
Real estate has cooled, but the revival continues. Here’s your guide to living, eating, drinking, shopping, and playing in the city’s historic center

Dr. Drew Feels Your Pain
The good doctor has spun a local radio gig into a career as America’s most famous addiction specialist. Of course, that higher profile doesn’t come without side effects
By Steven Mikulan

Novel Graphics
Our intersections may be gritty and seething with pent-up frustration. But for some guerrilla artists they’re the ideal showcase—lots of eyeballs and no gallerists to deal with
By Amy Albert

Armenian Rhapsody
Our resident restaurant critic investigates (which is to say, goes gaga over) the flavorful alchemy behind Armenian food
By Patric Kuh

Packing Heat
L.A. has thousands of gun owners, but unlike other towns out west, you don’t see them here. Photographer Gregg Segal’s  images change that



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols traces those trails in the sky
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

Santa Barbara isn’t just pretty beaches and Spanish-style streets. There’s great public art and other delights—if you know where to go
By Ann Herold  

L.A. Story
Olivia Wilde on her never-ending “year off” and L.A.’s enthusiasm for the absurd

Before he founded the home store TINI, Alexis Hadjopulos turned garage sale castoffs into gold

Au Courant
The prairie skirt sweeps back into town

L.A. Archetype
Voice actor Yeardley Smith speaks for Lisa Simpson, a kindred spirit
By Lauren Maddox 



Open CityThe Kardashians might look like a study in L.A. excess, but their family bond can be enviable
By Anne Taylor Fleming

Film & TV
It’s grim out there. Between the “Millennium” film trilogy and TV’s The Killing, the world is in the midst of a Nordic invasion
By Steve Erickson

The Bodhi Tree Bookstore, which for 41 years educated L.A. about New Age matters, is writing its final chapter—unless a buyer steps in before October
By Dave Gardetta

Speak Easy
SAG national executive director David White on curing dysfunction, channeling Aristotle, and protecting the talent
By Amy Wallace 

They may have been born stateside, but Zach Pollack and Steve Samson, the duo behind West L.A.’s Sotto, capture the elegant simplicity of southern Italian cooking with an accent that rings true
By Patric Kuh

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