June 2013



From the Editor

Those who know me best have always called me an “old soul.” As a child I was most comfortable around the classmates of my older siblings; as a teenager I was hard-pressed to choose between listening to Glenn Miller or the Go-Go’s. My closest friends from my college years aren’t from college at all, but instead are the seasoned editors and sales reps I fell in with while working part-time at the LA Weekly. When I started writing lengthy profiles in my early twenties… Read



Summer in L.A.
Edited by Nancy Miller

Master your backyard grill, stake out the perfect beach spot, and—with some help from comedian Seth Rogen—make this season the coolest one yet

Freeway Rick is Dreaming
By Jesse Katz
L.A.’s notorious crack kingpin will not be denied. Ready to score yet again, he’s giving the people what they want, only this time he’s keeping it on the up-and-up

WEB EXTRA: Read a Q&A With Jesse Katz about “Freeway Rick is Dreaming”

All the President’s Man
By Ann Herold

GOP strategist Frank Luntz has spent a lifetime collecting artifacts honoring the Founding Fathers and other heroes. They’re on display at his Brentwood home

WEB EXTRA: See highlights from Luntz’s personal magazine collection



A district attorney makes history; Ed Hardy reclaims his name; The Bling Ring illuminates old stereotypes; and Angelenos count off their “secrets” PLUS: A chip off the old gambling ship

L.A. Archetype
A Musso & Frank waiter dishes on celebs

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols boogies into the disco era

L.A. Story
Lindsey Buckingham on catching breaks

WEB EXTRA: The Essential Music of Lindsey Buckingham

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash

How L.A. Works
The return of Echo Park Lake



Au Courant
These are not your ’80s jelly shoes

Trend Report
The jumpsuit leaps back into the competition

Boutique owner Nevena Borissova finds the designers you will come to love

Style Stakeout
A fashion mash-up on the streets of Studio City

Best of L.A.
Luggage shops that are worth the trek


Small Bites
Mix-mistresses Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark “trip out” on Cooking Channel; the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf turns 50; Joel Stein loses his noodle; Kevin West’s latest jam session PLUS: Striking gold with Goldie’s on 3rd Street; new restaurants Willie Jane, Crossroads, and the Royce Wood-Fired Steak House

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh flies to Japan at Hinoki & the Bird



Culture Files
Reprising Shakespeare in the park; singing L.A.’s Tin Pan Alley praises; tooling with some creative skaters; reading about Jim Morrison PLUS: Mastering Lock & Key in Koreatown

The Weekender
The pretty ponies are just one of the attractions at Del Mar

The Guide
What to do in June, from pedaling with CicLAvia to prowling at the zoo



Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
A bikini is the very fabric of summer

Invisible L.A.
By Ben Ehrenreich
Hunting for a 19th-century radical’s grave site

By Steve Erickson
Hollywood’s only real-time romance trilogy

By Mark Lacter
Why your cable bill is so ridiculously high

By Ben Kallen
Researchers push to halt aging once and for all