March 2010



Freddie Roach is the Best Damned Trainer Alive
Manny Pacquiao, who defends his welterweight title against Joshua Clottey this month, is just one of a ringful of boxing champions the ex-fighter has honed. What makes Roach so good?
By Sascha Feinman 

Drama Queens
Spring fashion’s best looks—both mellow and theatrical—are modeled by the stars of All My Children on the soap opera’s new L.A. set

Los Angeles, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
The writer-director most associated with Brooklyn explains how he made an (almost) cliché-free movie about L.A.
By Noah Baumbauch as told to Amy Wallace

Snow Job
On the occasion of this month’s big event, a look back at the 1989 Academy Awards— the cheesiest, campiest show on earth (so far, at least)
By Robert Hofler

Best New Restaurants
A food stall, a tony Beverly Hills outpost, a high-volume hot spot downtown—these ten delicious debuts are a cheeky bunch. They’ve crossed borders and fused cultures, pushing our palates with offerings like head cheese while blowing us away with hand-torn pastas and the ultimate ceviche. Which neighborhood boasts four of the finest?



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols prospects for oil
By Chris Nichols 

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

Best of LA
Hat shops that know their cadets from their cloches
By Kari Mozena

The Weekender
Going kama’aina—on land and at sea—on the garden island of Kauai

By Ann Herold 


PLUS: Chelsea Handler knocks back a few

Susan Brink mixes a love of wine and tokens of appreciation at her West Hollywood store
By Laurie Pike 

Au Courant
Avatar inspires runway looks
By Laurie Pike



Check out review of the newest restaurants

PLUS: Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, a traditional Irish breakfast from the Van Nuys pub Ireland’s 32; the one-two punch of flavorful sorrell; and fast food that’s good for you at Beverly Hills’ Little m cafe

Speak Easy
Geraldine Knatz, who runs the Port of Los Angeles, wants it busier, cleaner, and more secure
By Deborah Schoch

Some were teeny, others ginormous. A pre-Oscars gander at the most notable movies of the year
By Steve Erickson

Counsul General David Martinon rebounds in L.A. after a fall from grace in France
By Laurie Pike

Open City
Vitamin fads. Mineral mania. Medical whiplash. Are we trying too hard to be healthy?
By Ann Taylor Fleming


Web Extras:

Drama Queens
When we set out with photographer David Drebin to shoot Susan Lucci, Rebecca Budig, Cameron Mathison, and Denise Vasi in spring’s showstopping designs on the new L.A. set of All My Children, we knew things would get steamy. See what happened behind the scenes of our March feature

The Reading List: March ’10
Every month highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here’s what’s new
By Wendy Witherspoon

Get to Know Steve Erickson
Read the three reviews that earned Los Angeles magazine arts critic Steve Erickson a 2010 American Society of Magazine Editors award nomination

Training Day
Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Joshua Clottey to defend his welterweight title Saturday night, is just one of a ringful of boxing champions ex-fighter Freddie Roach has honed. These photographs, taken by Dustin Snipes for our March profile, “Freddie Roach Is the Best Damned Trainer Alive,” show him in action
It Could Be Worse
Criticism of last year’s Academy Awards telecast—in which host Hugh Jackman worked it from beginning to end…
By Mary Melton
Made-Up World
As Avatar make-up tutorials pop up online, Tegan Taylor, the film’s department head make-up artist, shares how she helped bring James Cameron’s vision to life
By Tegan Taylor