July 2016


MalibuCoverSmallFrom the Editor

By my estimate there are three neighborhoods in L.A. with instant name recognition—no matter where you are—because of the gilded lifestyle they connote: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Malibu. People hear “Hollywood” and envision a place where movies and TV shows are made (when they should be thinking Toronto and Atlanta); people hear “Beverly Hills” and imagine celebrities sashaying down palm tree-lined avenues (they’d be more likely to spot A-listers at the Starbucks in Pacific Palisades); people hear “Malibu” and picture surfers, billionaires in oceanfront mansions, and a jagged coastline that inspires early-retirement fantasies (which isn’t entirely misguided)…. Read


Mythical Malibu
Edited by Mary Melton
It’s not just a city; it’s a state of mind. Want to know where to eat and which breaks are best for novices and pros? We’ll tell you. But we also reveal why the coastal enclave became world famous in the first place, what draws celebrities to its shores, why it’s so prone to disasters, and how it’s always been—and likely always will be—a battleground for those wanting to preserve its small-town feel despite its big-name recognition.

Who Is the Real Eric Garcetti?
By Gabriel Kahn
The pragmatist. The hipster. The overachiever. The idealist. The fence mender. The candidate. The enigma. What defines—and what drives—L.A.’s mayor?


Making a test case of the latest minimum wage bump for L.A.’s hotel workers; the disappearing Virgin of Guadalupe; sliding down a skyscraper

Ask Chris
Are traffic cones really made from old film stock? Chris Nichols knows the answer

L.A. Story
The Infiltrator’s Diane Kruger on getting busted for driving without a license

How L.A. Works
The Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel and its dazzling new lights


Prime Finds
Espadrilles return; a designer smartwatch debuts; octagonal sunglasses cover all the angles

In Store
A T-shirt empire hits 30; the global reach of nail art; Lancôme takes the guesswork out of matching makeup

PR maven Alle Fister on fashion memories and must-haves

L.A. Home
Summery pillows rule the room


Small Bites
Chef-driven burgers opt for a less-is-more approach; Kuniko Yagi does ramen PLUS: Hollywood looks like its old self again at Paley, and new restaurants Miro, Loqui, and Baran’s 2239

Dining Out
104 of the city’s best restaurants, from Maré to M.B. Post


Culture Files
Palm Springs pool parties make a splash; Aubrey Plaza on Real Housewives bridesmaids

Afoot and ashore in the less-traveled reaches of lower Kauai

The Guide
30 things to do in July, from rocking out with Reggie the alligator to reveling in the sculpture of Claire Falkenstein


By Steve Erickson
The songs behind a recent flood of music-centered screen gems

By Tom Carson
How the scrappy, multiplatform Los Angeles Review of Books quietly challenges the literary establishment