October 2011

Editor’s Letter—October 2011

Bombshells are not just a phenomenon of the past. They are still very much a part of the entertainment firmament. But unlike the sirens of yore, who were able to evolve away from relentless media scrutiny, these days the career arc of a 21st-century starlet happens in real time.

I’m speaking here of Amber Heard, star of NBC’s new fall show The Playboy Club and whose role in The Rum Diary elicited favorable comparisons to Marilyn Monroe and Catherine Deneuve from director Bruce Robinson. But bombshells have changed—considerably—as you’ll see in “Best Suited,” written by Leslie Gornstein and photographed by Jörgen Ringstrand.

In the wake of last year’s Winter Olympic Games, visitors to Vancouver can take advantage of new and newly renovated hotel rooms, a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and wide ranging art, architecture and shopping destinations.

For “Northern Exposure,” we turned to a team who knows that city well: Joanne Blain for hotels and retail, Joanne Sasvari on the city’s cocktail culture and Mia Stainsby for restaurants. Mayer Rus, our own design and culture editor, provided coverage on the city’s art and architecture high points. For those looking for a reboot closer to home, in “Peace Initiative” Tanvi Chheda shares how just a few days at the spectacularly situated Laguna Beach retreat Blue Pearl can have dividends that pay well into the future.

Depending on your sensibilities, Bill Maher can be seen as either foolhardy or fearless. In this month’s Q+LA by editor at large Robin Sayers, you’ll see Maher is a man who evokes disparate adjectives—and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Another man who flies in the face of convention is UCLA running back Derrick Coleman Jr. In “Five Yards at a Time,” sports writer Mike Trudell talks to the young man whose determination transcends even the sound barrier. Defying expectations—that and more, all in LA. Enjoy.  —NANCIE CLARE, Editor

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