May 2013



From the Editor

We’ve taken to featuring real people in our fashion packages. I don’t mean to imply that models aren’t real people. It’s just that I see our style section as an opportunity to showcase local folks—diner waitresses, say, or a rock group like the Silversun Pickups. In this issue you’ll meet the stars of the Sundance Channel’s Push GirlsRead


Sushi in L.A.
Edited by Lesley Bargar Suter

From Little Tokyo to the Valley’s “Sushi Row,” L.A. pairs rice and raw fish like nowhere else. With special attention to sustainability, we dive into the city’s number one cuisine

Saint of the Hood
By Ed Leibowitz

Father Gregory Boyle’s Homeboy Industries has helped save the lives of countless former gangbangers. But can it survive the crushing cost of manufacturing hope?

WEB EXTRA: Read a Q&A with artist and Boyle mentee Fabian Debora

Vegas Rising
By Dave Gardetta

Between the revitalization of downtown—with its new restaurants and watering holes—and a roster of incoming properties on the Strip, the desert playground is reinventing itself again

WEB EXTRA: Dave Gardetta Goes to Vegas



The real signs of a city; what’s cool this month; the rhymes of L.A.’s poet laureate; Liberace’s Valley period; mayoral checklist PLUS: A gambling man’s cuff links

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols phones it in about L.A.’s vintage exchanges

L.A. Story
Jessica Paré is simply mad about L.A.

How L.A. Works
The nuts and bolts of Star Waggons

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash


L.A. Men’s Style Guide
Wardrobe essentials and one-stop shops for connoisseurs as well as the clueless

In Store
Jewelry comes out swinging, and denim goes giddyap, darlin’

Futuristic Fashion 2013
The Sundance Channel’s Push Girls head for the outer limits of design

WEB EXTRA: See behind-the-scenes video from our fashion shoot with the Push Girls


Small Bites
A tequila-soaked Strip search for Cinco de Mayo; Palm Springs’ dining scene heats up; how to make lumpia, the Filipino spring roll; wine guru Lou Amdur pours a quirky Slovenian white; a famous French foodie feels amour for L.A.; actor Bill Pullman talks fruit plus: Compton barbecue boss Kevin Bludso lands on La Brea; new restaurants Barnyard, Corazon Y Miel, and Circa



Culture Files
Memorializing the art of the living in a place for the dead; looking at a groovy L.A. sect through the camera lens; getting the last laugh on nerdism at an eclectic comic book store plus: The Tonga Hut marks 55 years of tiki

Best of L.A.
Seeing the city on foot offers perspectives you won’t get in a car. Here are walking tours worth putting on comfy shoes for

The Guide
30 things to do in May, from munching on strawberries to making like a Venetian


Open City

By Anne Taylor Fleming
The movies that capture L.A. aren’t always valentines to the city

By Mark Lacter
Playa Vista rockets from sleepy lagoon to Silicon Beach outpost

By Steve Erickson
More than one filmmaker has seen a far bigger picture in The Great Gatsby  

By Andrea Richards
We all know tobacco can kill us, a fact ignored by secret smokers