September 2010



Retail Revolution
Scores of boutiques have opened since the beginning of the year. We picked the best of the bunch and found ways to get the most for your money

The Ladies’ Man
Novelist James Ellroy’s new book chronicles his history with women. Guess what? The Demon Dog’s in love (again)
By Amy Wallace 

Wind Fall
The Santa Anas return just in time to lend a dramatic sweep to this season’s voluminous skirts and motion-sensitive materials

The Mystery Among Us
A child born in Los Angeles is more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than anywhere else in the state. Parents of children with autism (some famous, some not) and those with autism themselves reveal what it’s like to live with the disorder PLUS: Tips for the newly diagnosed and a list of ASD schools



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols tracks what happens to captured bears
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena 

PLUS: Kristen Bell scores at Skee-Ball, and old Palm Springs comes to life in the photographs of Robert Doisneau

The Weekender
Catalina is just a boat ride away but worlds removed from the mainland sprawl
By Matthew Segal 

Best of LA
Six studios that’ll turn your two left feet into dancing machines
By Kari Mozena 

L.A. Archetype
Tour guide Justine Valdez, 26, takes guests behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood
By Natasha Hakimi

“Redesigner” Marisa Lynch makes castoffs desirable again
By Laurie Pike 

Au Courant
Leather comes out of hiding, and our favorite items in stores right now
By Laurie Pike 



Open City
The gulf spill has made everyone’s mood a little blacker and reminds us that L.A.’s waters aren’t in the clear
By Anne Taylor Fleming 

Film & TV
How a host of mad men (Mad Mel among them) and a dark dream of a movie turned summer entertainment on its head
By Steve Erickson 

Sergio and Francisco Gómez the brothers behind the hip-hop duo Akwid, have integrated traditional Mexican music into their accounts of street drama and broken hearts
By Josh Kun 

In the late ’80s, Rick Bayless brought authentic Mexican cooking to Chicago. Since then he’s become a celebrity chef, and Red O, his new restaurant on Melrose, has all the trappings. But it doesn’t have the oomph that a city serious about its Mexican food expects
By Patric Kuh

PLUS: Check out our reviews of the newest restaurants


Web Extras:

WIN: The Best of LA
In our annual Best of LA issue, on newsstands now, we give you our picks for everything from rescue pups to cold brews. Now we’re giving you the chance to sample some of them. Each week this month we’ll be awarding a prize from one of our winners. Enter now, and then come back to see who won and to view highlights from the entries. 

Even More New Stores
So many shops opened in 2010, we didn’t have room to include them all in our September cover story, which highlighted 35 new places in town to drop some cash. In fact, several boutiques launched just as we were going to press. Here’s an update. 

Slide Show: The Mystery Among Us
Mathieu Young spent hours photographing Carlos and Carlitos Gutiérrez, Jonathan Mitchell, and Kate Movius and her son Aidan for “The Mystery Among Us,” Los Angeles magazine’s September feature on autism in L.A. These additional photos from Young’s shoots portray the daily lives of Angelenos living with an autism spectrum disorder. 

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