October 2010



Five Decades, Five Classics
Whether striving for affordability, breaking all the molds, or honoring the past, L.A. architects have given the city an unparalleled array of homes. We surveyed the past 50 years for houses that speak to an era
By Ann Herold

Fighting the Tide
L.A. County has the nation’s most capable lifeguards. The most storied of them all? The team that works the surf-battered shores of Malibu’s Zuma Beach, protecting thousands of blissed-out swimmers and sunbathers from an ocean that knows no remorse
By Dave Gardetta

Great Nights Out
A dance club that conjures Rio. A guitar shop that doubles as an indie hub. A meeting of the minds that will blow yours. We show you how to optimize your after-dark hours. PLUS: Where to get a great mac and cheese at dawn

Mission to Mars
For most of us, the idea of creating a spacecraft to sail across the solar system and land on the Red Planet is science fiction. For the people at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Lab, it’s a reason for being. JPL vet Charles Whetsel takes us inside the sanctum
As told to Matthew Segal 



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols hunts for Hollywood graves
By Chris Nichols 

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena 

Plus: Talking shop with Law & Order’s Skeet Ulrich

L.A. Archetype
Grammy-nominated Mariachi Jose Hernandez carries on a long-standing family tradion
By Helena Honig 

Street Smart
The former citrus center of Claremont looks like a New England hamlet and feels like a college town
By Chris Nichols 

Best of LA
Seven indie nurseries that cover a lot of ground
By Leilah Bernstein 

With her Chic Little Devil site, fashion entrepreneur Michelle Wendell opens her closets to the public
By Caroline Cagney 

Au Courant
A little goes a long way with a new generation of warm-weather fur wearers
By Alexis Alagem



Open City
On a street corner in Watts, the present intersects with the past and recalls a time when passions ran high for the city—and a couple in courtship
By Anne Taylor Fleming  

Film & TV
Only recently have audiences made sense of Helen Mirren. They could have locked onto her prodigious talent earlier if they’d only been watching the ascent and descent of Jane Tennison, the police detective she played on the BBC series Prime Suspect
By Steve Erickson 

Overloaded pensions for police, firefighters, and other city employees have put the city in a financial abyss. Best case: Avoid layoffs and crippling service cuts by filing for bankruptcy
By Mark Lacter

In search of Dorothy Kindell, a forgotten ceramist from the 1950s who turned out witty art ware that celebrated the female form
By Christa Faust 

When it opened two years ago, Michael Mina’s XIV felt like pre-Revolution Versailles minus the tumbrels. Two years later the Sunset Boulevard restaurant has lost the aristocratic chill and adopted a more playful menu, one that showcases the depth of its star chef
By Patric Kuh 

Plus: Lobster mushrooms, apple pie, udon, and reviews of more than 100 restaurants from Calabasas to Culver City


Web Extras:

Slide Show: Five Decades, Five Classics
In our October issue, “Five Decades, Five Classics” looks at the past 50 years, drawing from each decade a home emblematic of its time—and much loved by its owners then and now. These photographs by Tim Street-Porter, who shot the feature for Los Angeles magazine, deserve a space of their own 

The Straightforward Bouncer
You’re all dressed up with somewhere to go, namely a hot spot you’ve chosen from our October cover story, “Great Nights Out.” One question remains: How to get in? Barney Holm, general manager of Avalon in Hollywood, tells us what to do—and not to do—to get past velvet ropes
By Ashley Reich 

Make it a Double
Looking for a way to fit more fruits and vegetables into your (late night) diet? Naomi Schimek, a designer mixologist featured in the Great Nights Out package in our October issue, demonstrates how to make two seasonal cocktails with farm fresh ingredients
By Ashley Reich 

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

The Breakfast Conversation: Dick Wolf
Just after the debut of Law & Order: Los Angeles, the franchise’s creator and producer, Dick Wolf, stopped by Kate Mantilini restaurant in Beverly Hills for breakfast and conversation with Los Angeles editor Mary Melton about the series—and the city… 

Dudamel Conducts…
Watch Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic rehearse Messiaen’s Turangalila-symphonie, a ten-movement, 80-minute work about “happiness without ending”
By Shayna Rose Arnold 

Off and Running
When we received a letter from Julian Myers, a 92-year-old self-titled “Hollywood publicity man” and longtime L.A. resident, announcing his participation in the Huntsman World Senior games this week, we had to know more. We sat down with the gold medalist—he’s taken top honors in most events for his age group the past four years—to talk about his inspiration, how he trains, and what he hopes to accomplish next
By Ashley Reich