December 2009

December 2009

Editor’s Letter—December 2009

Editor’s Letter—December 2009

It’s the first weekend in December, and that means everyone is knee deep in the holidays...but have Christmas and Hanukkah lost their true meaning?

Categories: Editor's Letter

Might As Well Jump

Might As Well Jump

L.A. Philharmonic keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin indulges in daredevil pursuits, but her profession is always in mind.

Categories: My L.A.

50: Holiday Albums

50: Holiday Albums

Do you hear what I hear?!

Categories: 50

And...CUT!

And...CUT!

He was the most famous development exec that never was...or almost was. One show-biz pro owes all of his success to Jay Flannick, a man who didn't really exist. Or did he?

Categories: Hollywood Rules

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

The first line of defense against disaster, ER nurses never sit. But it’s the children—every ER nurse will tell you—who take the biggest toll.

Categories: City of Angels

Holding Hands in the Dark

Holding Hands in the Dark

The things that go bump in the night in North Korea are sometimes surprisingly sweet.

Categories: Abroad

Tte--Tte Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

Tête-à-Tête Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

Nic Harcourt catches up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on the eve of their sophomore releases, Contra.

Categories: Interviews / Music / Turn It Up

The Style List—December 2009

The Style List—December 2009

The latest fashion and accessories as highlighted by Robin Sayers.

Categories: Accessories / Fashion / The Style List

Culture(d)—December 2009

Culture(d)—December 2009

The newest art exhibits and book releases, from LACMA to the Japanese American National Museum, Nick Knight to Pamela August Russell to David Hicks.

Categories: culture(d)

Michael JacksonOff the Wall

Michael JacksonOff the Wall

Our exclusive first look at The Official Michael Jackson Opus—a leather-bound 400-page tribute sanctioned by the star.

Categories: Feature Story / Music / Photos / Pictorials

The IST List

The IST List

Holiday gift ideas for the most discerning aficionado.

Categories: Gifts

Robert Downey Jr.The Game’s Afoot

Robert Downey Jr.The Game’s Afoot

Robert Downey, Jr., and Guy Ritchie, star and director of Sherlock Holmes, respectively, riff on beatdowns, baggage—and staying true to a literary icon.

Categories: Feature Story / Photos / Pictorials

Beyond Modern

Beyond Modern

Whimsy is not typically associated with serious contemporary architecture and art. But for Pae White and Tom Marble, the quality of playfulness is essential.

Categories: Architecture / Feature Story / Interiors+Interior Design / Photos / Pictorials

Wrapper’s Delight

Wrapper’s Delight

The tamal is a worldly creation, with a common anatomy—a corn­husk or banana leaf wrapped around a sweet or savory fill­ing. But in L.A. at Christmastime, they take center stage on holiday tables. How'd they get so popular?

Categories: Food / Photos / Pictorials

John Sedlar’s Tamale Recipe

John Sedlar’s Tamale Recipe

John Rivera Sedler of Rivera displays the art of making tamales.

Categories: Food

Bowled Over

Bowled Over

Artisanal punches add a sophisticated splash to holiday revelry.

Categories: Drinks / Photos / Pictorials

BUTTER!

BUTTER!

Thank goodness an annual excuse to throw dietary caution to the wind and enjoy some of the really good things in life, like butter.

Categories: Food / Mad For

Best in Show

Best in Show

Who’ll get the ribbon when the top canine competitors gather in Long Beach?

Categories: By the Numbers / Pets

Social Studies

Social Studies

by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Categories: Humor / Social Studies