October 2011


From the Editor

When you tell people that you grew up in L.A., they tend to have certain expectations. Unfortunately my friends and I rarely lived up to them. We were not stoners, surfer chicks, or Less Than Zero party zombies. We came from various income brackets (an advantage to our attending a magnet school) and ethnic backgrounds (I learned about global cuisine from their lunch boxes). My father wasn’t from here, but my mother, born at Hollywood Presbyterian in 1930, was an L.A. woman through and through… Read


L.A. Woman 
Setting outto analyze the complex nature of half the city’s population, we were aware that the biggest challenge would be capturing the diversity of female experience. Icons, as a rule, get reduced over time to having a set of predictable characteristics. But we knew that the women in Los Angeles are more than the clichés that swirl around them. Youth, beauty, athleticism, celebrity—yes, some L.A. women are walking billboards for those qualities. Others, like the woman on our cover, Maria Shriver, see those attributes and add on several more: strength, brains, commitment to service. Shriver anchors this package with her frank give-and-take with Wallis Annenberg, the philanthropist whose generosity has made our city an immeasurably better place. Whether they’re schoolteachers or spiritual leaders, public defenders or the actress who plays Sue Sylvester on Glee, every woman you’ll read about here is making L.A. a better place.




Ask Chris
Chris Nichols plays chicken
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

Street Smart
The scenery on the Palos Verdes peninsula is spectacular, but take a moment to duck into its cafés and shops
By Ann Herold

L.A. Story
Seth Rogen on Fairfax Avenue before it got hip

Landscape architect Pamela Burton is drought sensitive and art conscious

Au Courant
Autumn’s lips are sporting a darker shade of red




Film & TV
Drive, featuring Ryan Gosling, fits nicely in the venerable tradition of movies that star the city’s streets
By Steve Erickson

Spread across almost 70 cultural institutions in Los Angeles and beyond, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 could be Southern California’s most sweeping visual arts program ever
By Scott Timberg

Iris, Cirque du Soleil’s new show at the Kodak Theatre, promises to pump money into Hollywood. But the biggest surprise may be that it’s here at all
By Mark Lacter

Our food critic dines his way through Las Vegas, a town with more high-profile chefs per block than any other on the planet
By Patric Kuh 

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