May 2014

Los Angeles magazine - May 2014

From the Editor

Several years ago the magazine began hosting breakfast conversations with Angelenos of interest. At my invitation, 75 people or so gather before work to hear me talk about the future of the LAUSD with Superintendent John Deasy, say, or watch me grill outgoing police chief Bill Bratton. One morning last year I got insight into one of my favorite TV shows, asking the head writers of Breaking Bad for dish on the final season. For sheer civic import, no breakfast topped the one I hosted a few weeks ago with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti… Read


75 Best Restaurants
By Patric Kuh
We pit L.A.’s finest pasta twirlers, grill masters, seafood slingers, and spice wranglers against one another to find who reigns supreme. See who came in first—and get eating

By Jesse Katz
Yasiel Puig made $17 a month playing baseball in Cuba. Now his contract with the L.A. Dodgers promises $42 million. But the route he took between those two worlds was treacherous. And it’s not so far behind him

Track Star
By David Kipen
One of Los Angeles’s most iconic buildings and the grande dame of California’s rail hubs, Union Station turns 75 this year. No longer a forlorn monument to a lost era of transportation, it’s now busier—and spiffier—than ever


The Los Angeles Register goes to print; Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s rags-to-riches story; drinking beer to ease the drought; Mad Men displays LAX’s sexy side

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols pays a trip to the junkyard

L.A. Story
Swingers’ Jon Favreau on the joys and perils of car ownership

The Seen
The party circuit’s most coveted sightings

How L.A. Works
The balancing act behind LACMA’s Levitated Mass


The L.A. Man’s Guide to Style
Scores of things that should be on every guy’s radar—from locally made colognes and streamlined grills to tailored suits and custom shoes

All The Right Moves
Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men: Days of Future Past) shows his range in collections from four breakout L.A. designers


Small Bites
A tableware line by ceramics artist Dora De Larios catches on with local chefs; Joel Stein shamefully cops to using Yelp; Coolhaus commits its recipes for cookies and ice cream to paper. Plus: Tin Vuong dazzles with uncommon ceviches at his Día de Campo in Hermosa Beach, and new restaurants Herringbone, Commonwealth, and Adoteca

Dining Out
157 of the city’s best restaurants, from the Factory Kitchen to Mess Hall


Culture Files
A circus sideshow flies its freak flag; jazz musician Kamasi Washington toots his horn; soprano Renée Fleming hops on A Streetcar Named Desire plus: How to do Descanso Gardens

Street Smart
Lincoln Boulevard in Venice is ever-evolving

The Guide
30 things to do in May, from a psychedelic music festival to a Harry Potter skate night


The June election is changing the face of the county’s most important governing body: the Board of Supervisors
by Hillel aron

Urban Affairs
For Middle Eastern gays and lesbians, Club Nur has been a place of acceptance and solace
By Liana Aghajanian

Treating addiction isn’t only about abstinence. It’s about the right medicine.
By Andrea Richards

Film & TV
Comedian Louis C.K. has transformed futility into a winning career
By Steve Erickson