October 2015


From the Editor

WHERE TO GO on our summer vacation? My husband and I asked our 11-year-old son, Isaac, to decide. Someplace beachy, we nudged. Hey, doesn’t Italy look nice? His answer was swift and firm: Route 66. This can be explained two ways. Isaac is enamored of the movie Cars, which is mostly set in a town long ago forgotten when America’s legendary highway was eclipsed by the faster interstate. Isaac also loves taking long drives (mercifully we do, too)… Read


The Dry Years to Come
Edited by Judith Lewis Mernit
Even if a hefty El Niño does put an end to the drought, L.A. will still have to grapple with a water supply stretched by growing demands and a changing climate. But the path to a well-hydrated future isn’t as far off as you might think

“What Can I Tell You?”
By Paul Brownfield
George Brownfield’s son would have given anything to know his father better after he was gone. So he sought clues to the past from unlikely sources: a couple of L.A. women known as the Black Widow Killers

Hello, K-Town!
Edited by Nancy Miller
Whether you’re playing tourist for the weekend or looking for a place to live, Koreatown is flush with fabulous bars, affordable pads, and exquisite food. An insider’s guide to L.A.’s hippest neighborhood

The Watchmen
By Ed Leibowitz
What drives collectors of fine timepieces? Lovers of horology say it’s more history than bling


The owner of Amoeba Music in Hollywood isn’t playing it safe; a glimpse into the future of our city’s streets and sidewalks circa 2035; Katy Perry’s legal scuffle over a Los Feliz convent continues; why the downtown relic Angels Flight should stay grounded

L.A. Archetype
An FX makeup artist puts on a gory face

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols motors to L.A.’s remaining drag racing tracks

L.A. Story
Nancy Meyers on Cary Grant and a storybook Palm Springs weekend

L.A. on the Verge
A $125 million remodel revs up the Petersen Automotive Museum


In Store
Lockets make a comeback; office ensembles fit for a yoga studio

Luxe Life
Check out the wish list of HBA design director Darrell Long

Best of LA
Stylists’ top spots for shapewear, waist cinchers, and more

L.A. Home
An architect receives his dream assignment


Small Bites
Heirloom rice is on the rise; Ricardo Zarate resurfaces; a sweet wine for Halloween PLUS: Ray Garcia tackles the tamale downtown, and new restaurants Broken Spanish, Simbal, Hatchet Hall, and Leona

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh welcomes Bryant Ng’s flavor-packed return with his new restaurant, Cassia


Culture Files
Carrie: The Musical splashes onto the stage; Steve Martin introduces L.A. to one of his favorite painters; Seth Rogen shares his go-to spot for comic books; YACHT’s Claire L. Evans on Huell Howser, teleportation, and traffic mantras

The Guide
30 things to do in October, from LGBT testimonials at the Wallis to pop queens Janet Jackson and Madonna at the Forum


Urban Affairs
By Peter Flax
L.A.’s slow ride toward becoming a more bike-friendly city

By Steve Erickson
Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, a century later

Open City
By Jesse Katz
To live by MacArthur Park Lake means coming to grips with its deadly allure

By Fiona Ng
On the cutting edge with Venice start-up Dollar Shave Club