July 2011

Editor’s Letter—July 2011

If perfect weather were the only criteria by which Angelenos made their vacation choices, we would never leave town. So, regardless of the cliché “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”—which turns out to be the pithiest thing Mark Twain never said—Baghdad by the Bay is the ideal place for a July holiday. Because it is a frequent destination—and, really, how many times can you take the Alcatraz tour?—in “Bay Watch,” we’ve come up with the best of the city’s new restaurants, bars, stores and art. It’s all cool, in more ways than one.

There’s more to our cover girl, Olivia Wilde, than her glamorous side, captured so beautifully in photographs by Ruven Afanador. When she’s not sparkling on the small screen in House or lighting up the silver screen in this month’s Cowboys & Aliens, Wilde tells Leslie Gornstein in “A Foot in Two Worlds” she’s boots on the ground in Haiti, a part of the globe to which she’s emotionally connected and where she really feels she can do some good.

Southern California writer T. Jefferson Parker’s Charlie Hood mystery series centers on the struggles of law enforcement to stem the tide of guns flowing into Mexico; its fifth installment will be out in January. Now, in “Traffic Stop,” he relays the true story of one ATF agent’s harrowing experiences in undercover work. When it comes to courage and wits, you can’t make this stuff up.

“Image” this month includes “Elemental Romantic,” Booth Moore’s look at Haider Ackermann, a star designer poised to go supernova. In “Time Share,” Adam Tschorn examines the lengths watch devotees go to get a limited-edition Panerai, and in “Swiss Mix,” Denise Hamilton talks to niche perfumer Andy Tauer, whose creations enjoy a cult following. Rounding out July: In “By the Glass,” Camper English tells how premium tequila is now the spirit for all purposes; in “Q+LA,” Eric Estrin interviews Walton Goggins, whose Boyd Crowder on Justified is TV’s best bad boy; and in “A Cut Above,” Mayer Rus tours the home of hairstylist to the stars Chris McMillan. It’s all in LA. Enjoy.   —NANCIE CLARE, Editor