August 2010

Editor’s Letter

In L.A., August belongs to baseball—Dodgers baseball. Maybe because they were our first Major League team (for more than a generation now...time to get over it, Brooklyn), they seem special. Or quite possibly it’s due to players like Andre Ethier, a good sport on and off the field. In “Dre’s Anatomy,” photographed by Eric Ray Davidson, Ethier tells Tom Murray that he’s known by teammates as a bit of a clotheshorse, as comfortable in a varied wardrobe as he is in Dodger blue.

Summer also means going over the edge—of the pool. In “Eau Joy,” Sophia Kercher introduces us to the Aqualillies, a company of synchro-swimming diving divas. The inspiration for the ladies’ retro-glam-with-a-modern-twist water extravaganzas—put on for private parties at hotel and residential pools all over town—is no less than Esther Williams. And the swim and screen star has taken note, attending a performance and heaping praise on her acolytes.

Some of North America’s most impressive wines are being feted this month in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe, about 90 miles south of San Diego, at the region’s annual Fiestas de la Vendimia. The harvest celebration features more than 25 wineries, dinners hosted by vintners, a paella cook-off, opera tenors, avant-garde theater and an alternative circus. Not familiar with it? In “In Vino Vendimia,” Barbara Thornburg lets you in on the best fest many have never heard of.

If ever there was a chance to take your eye off the ball (unless you’re a baseball player, of course), it’s August. This is the time for the boys of summer, beach, swimming—and reading, starting with LA.

Enjoy!