July 2010

July 2010

Editor’s Letter—July 2010

Editor’s Letter—July 2010

This month, because we're enamored with folks who make a difference, we go deep with L.A. tastemakers, Mad Men alpha-babe Christina Hendricks and two gay-ballroom contenders.

Categories: Editor's Letter

Burning Man

Burning Man

John Long will do anything to get your kids hooked on what he’s peddling at L.A.’s Museum of Natural History—the joys of discovery, the glories of science and the wonders of life itself.

Categories: City Landmarks / First Look / L.A. History

50: Cigar Bands

50: Cigar Bands

Walk down memory lane with these vibrant, evocative relics of pre-Castro Cuba, from the personal collection of Angelenos who traveled there.

Categories: 50

Video Cigar Art

Video Cigar Art

From The Fabulous Story of the Cuban Cigar (1999) by Oliver Zameczowski. Buy it at...

Categories: Video

VW in the Driver’s Seat

VW in the Driver’s Seat

Volkswagen design maestro Walter de’Silva bucks the car-industry cult to design vehicles that suit the unique tastes of regional markets.

Categories: Automotive / Design / Photos / Pictorials / Road Runner

Power to the People

Power to the People

With innovative minds like Sungevity’s Danny Kennedy, L.A. can lower its use of fossil fuels while hitting the goal of a million solar roofs.

Categories: Business / Living Green / Shades of Green / Tech / Technology / Trends

The Style List—July 2010

The Style List—July 2010

From Rollerball-inspired kicks and pearls for a nw generation to felt-and-chain dresses, this month's look at style runs the gamut from classic to contemporary.

Categories: Fashion / The Style List

Culture(d)—July 2010

Culture(d)—July 2010

A sneak peek at LACMA’s inspired and surprisingly hard won collection of European fashions from the past two centuries.

Categories: Accessories / culture(d) / Fashion / Photos / Pictorials

The Mayor of Melrose

The Mayor of Melrose

Sophistication and sensitivity aren’t traits generally associated with developers, but Ben Soleimani proves the exception.

Categories: Business / Design / You Must Meet

Let’s Get Ready to Rumba!

Let’s Get Ready to Rumba!

Unlike other sports, same-sex dancing is unique to the Gay Games and Steve Valentine and Robert Tristan are serious contenders.

Categories: Dance / Feature Story

Video Gay Ballroom Dancing

Video Gay Ballroom Dancing

Meet WeHo’s boys of ballroom, Steve Valentine & Robert Tristan >

Categories: Dance / Video

Past Perfect Christina Hendricks

Past Perfect Christina Hendricks

Fired-copper hair, vanilla-malt skin, five feet eight inches of packed va-va-voom—Mad Men’s alpha babe talks Hollywood, Tom Waits worship and becoming a living doll.

Categories: Celebrities / Conversations / Feature Story / Photos / Pictorials / Television

Tastemakers Jeffrey Deitch

Tastemakers Jeffrey Deitch

After 30 years as a curator and gallerist, Deitch signs on at MOCA to continue his constantly evolving dialogue about art, life and the cultural landscape.

Categories: Art / Design / Feature Story

Tastemakers Frederick + Laurie Samitaur-Smith

Tastemakers Frederick + Laurie Samitaur-Smith

Can real-estate development be a path to progressive social action? Frederick and Laurie Samitaur-Smith believe so and are proving it in Culver City.

Categories: Architecture / City Landmarks / Design / Feature Story

Tastemakers Jonathan Gold

Tastemakers Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold is America’s top food critic, compassionately exploring L.A.’s global fare, treating taco trucks with the same reverence as a Michelin-rated restaurant.

Categories: Feature Story / Food / Food + Wine

Tastemakers Sonia Eram

Tastemakers Sonia Eram

Sonia Eram never advertises her Bev Hills store, Mameg, and still she has become L.A.’s most highly educated, under-the-radar fashion arbiter.

Categories: Design / Fashion / Feature Story

A New Leaf

A New Leaf

For photographer Emily Shur, the eerie wonder of cell phone towers have become the new classic landscape.

Categories: City Landmarks / Design / Feature Story / Living Green / Photos / Pictorials / Technology

Sorriso Cocktail

Sorriso Cocktail

Francesco Lafranconi melds gin, vodka, sweet sherry and maraschino liqueur to create a cocktail that is both complex and perfectly balanced.

Categories: By the Glass / Cocktails / Drinks / Entertaining

My Sister, Myself

My Sister, Myself

Lonely Hearts Book Club tackles the highs and very decided lows of the female sibling relationship.

Categories: Books / Lonely Hearts Book Club

Social Studies

Social Studies

by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Categories: Humor / Social Studies