June 2011


From the Editor

For those of us who weren’t around in 1960, it’s hard to imagine Los Angeles then. The Minneapolis Lakers had just moved to town. The Walk of Fame had just laid down its first star. LACMA, the Music Center, Dodger Stadium—none of these existed. Neither did city magazines. But Geoff Miller changed that, inventing a genre that year by cofounding Los Angeles magazine… Read


Great Walks
In this car-centric town, the pleasures of walking don’t get their due. Until now. Our handy guide will have you strolling through downtown history, scoring a bird’s-eye view of the coast, touring award-winning architecture, and much more
Edited by Amy Wallace

A Rare Genius
The wild hair. The electrifying stage presence. The prodigy past. If ever there were a conductor who deserved to be called a rock star, it’s Gustavo Dudamel. One critic slices through the hype and assesses what all that baton waving is really about
By Tim Page

Home Sweet Beach
Whether it’s a modern showplace in Hermosa Beach, a romantic revival in Santa Monica, or a contemporary family pavilion in Playa del Rey, a house on the sand is one well treasured
By Ann Herold

Appetite for Perfection
They’ve worked in some of L.A.’s best restaurants, mastering modern gastronomy and traditional French cooking along the way. They’re also teenagers. So what happens when they set out to prepare a nine-course meal for five of the city’s top toques?
By Ed Leibowitz




Ask Chris
Chris Nichols sips some local suds
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

Street Smart
Old-money San Marino has a famous library and gardens that can be enjoyed in tandem with shopping and dining attractions for all ages

Best of LA
Card shops where witty dialogue meets crafty and elegant designs

L.A. Story
Blair Underwood on billboard stardom and Driving While Black

Handbag designer Kendall Conrad finds inspiration in a matador’s past




Open CityA rash of home burglaries prompts a response long resisted—buying a sense of security
By Anne Taylor Fleming

Film & TV
There is a star-is-born quality to Bradley Cooper’s performance in Limitless, even as he returns to vapidity in The Hangover Part II. And just who is the audience for the dwarfs gone wild in HBO’s Game of Thrones?
By Steve Erickson

The electric car rolling off the drawing boards at Coda Automotive in Santa Monica has the plus of a larger-than-average battery and the minus of a higher-than-desired price tag
By Mark Lacter

A Better Life—about the plight of an Eastside gardener whose son is being drawn into gangs—is the first film from Lime Orchard Productions. The company, started by former agent Stacey Lubliner and actress Jami Gertz, is on a mission to make films that matter to them
By Margot Dougherty

At their latest venture in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, Tim and Liza Goodell have met the challenge of being of the moment in a place swathed in history
By Patric Kuh

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