May 2012


From the Editor

Has there ever been as much chatter about the future of public transit as there is now? We are fed up with traffic. You don’t have to be 80 to say, “It’s so much worse now.” You can be 25 and get away with it. The city has grown up, not out, over the last decade…  Read


52 Great Weekends
Yeah, we know you’ve got that month in Provence on the calendar. But how about a quick refresher now? From kayaking in Lake Las Vegas to volcano hopping in Hawaii, we present a year’s worth of retreats that transform the humbled weekend into 48 hours of renewal

WEB EXTRA: Our favorite accessories to take along. All that’s left for you to do is pack

All the Rage
For 20 years the hosts of KFI’s The John & Ken Show have dominated the AM airwaves with their shock talk. Now in the Internet and Twitter age, their words are being used against them
By Ed Leibowitz 

WEB EXTRA: Ed Leibowitz on the essential podcasts of The John & Ken Show

Empire of the Bun
What began three years ago as a La Brea burger joint has boomed into a multimillion-dollar casual-dining corporation. For Umami Burger CEP Adam Fleischman, that’s just the start
By Lesley Bargar Suter 

WEB EXTRA: Lesley Bargar Suter shares the back story 

WEB EXTRA: A day in the life of L.A.’s burger king 


The visual dialogue behind graffiti art; vanity plates that would befit celebrities

L.A. Archetype
A production assistant pulls back the curtains

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols is abuzz over bees

L.A. Story
Val Kilmer on Edward G. Robinson, cowboys in Chatsworth, and learning to like L.A. again 

How L.A. Works
Going with the flow along the Los Angeles Aqueduct


Men’s Fashion
What’s hot and what’s not in menswear: Buh-bye, socks! Hello, bucket hats, cuffed jeans, and pocket squares

A Field Guide to Tomboy Style
The many ways to dress like a boy

Band on the Run
We style the Silversun Pickups in spring’s spiffiest suits and accessories

WEB EXTRA: Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the L.A. rock band on the set of our fashion feature


Main Course
The secrecy is alluring, but it’s the avant-garde approach to food that sets these underground suppers apart

New Restaurants
Andrew Kirschner blooms with Tar & Roses plus: BierBeisl, Blue Cow, and Plan Check 

Small Bites
A cookbook for food truck fans, Joel Stein fills up on the juice trend,  Communism thrives at Rivera, and kabobs stick out at Fanoos Grill 

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh finds that the produce-driven dishes at Cooks County are not as simple as they seem

Dining Out
135 of the city’s best restaurants, from Freddy Smalls to the Foundry


The Culture Files
Lucha VaVOOM expands its repertoire; a movie poster collection dances into Santa Monica; and musician Nick Waterhouse embraces the past 

The best in muy caliente decor—just in time for Cinco de Mayo

The Guide
30 things to do this month, from taking in a matinee with the kids to bonding with a bonsai


Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
Silicon Beach is a beautiful place—too bad it’s so hard to get there

By Steve Erickson
Is The Avengers really a story worth telling or just more hero worship from Hollywood?      

Speak Easy
By Gabriel Kahn
Wendy Greuel made a name targeting potholes; she’s convinced she can fix whatever else ails the city


PLUS: 5 Things We’re Not Supposed To Tell You About This Issue

62 titles
→ Credits listed on IMDb for Kathryn Leigh Scott, who has a role in the upcoming Dark Shadows film and is featured in this month’s Ask Chris column. What Chris Nichols didn’t have room to mention is that Scott is the widow of Geoff Miller, who cofounded Los Angeles magazine in 1960.

7 abracadabras
→ Number of Harry Potter spells quoted by the boys in the band Silversun Pickups during our fashion shoot in the desert. Yes, even Eastside rockers can be proudly nerdy.

42 ounces
→ Suds consumed in three hours by executive editor Matthew Segal on his beer tour of San Diego for “52 Great Weekends.” “Rather than look hammered when I greeted my kids,” Segal says, “I passed on my last two samplers. An old couple from Portland had way more fortitude.”

1 fake proboscis
→ Nose worn by Val Kilmer during his L.A. Story interview with senior editor Linda Immediato. He was sporting the giant schnoz for his role as Mark Twain in a one-man play he wrote and directed (and was rehearsing that day).

30 french fries
→ Potato batons that were digitally added to the plate of food that appears on the cover. There were only three fries left by the time this shot was taken. The model was hungry.