My L.A.

Veni, Vidi, Vici!
December 2010

Veni, Vidi, Vici!

Los Angeles has always had Italian restaurants, but after these paisans hit town, everything changed.

The Chords That Bind
June 2010

The Chords That Bind

For Laraine Newman and her daughter, rock music became the currency with which they traded a profound unspoken intimacy.

Still a Passing Fad
June 2010

Still a Passing Fad

Jazz musicians improvise for a living. In L.A. players improvise ways to find work.

Promises Made
April 2010

Promises Made

Kari Lenander was brutally murdered some 30 years ago, but to one cold-case detective, her file is still very much alive.

Ciao, Orso
January 2010

Ciao, Orso

The venerable West Hollywood eatery bids adieu, but Sean MacPherson plans to keep the faith

Might As Well Jump
December 2009

Might As Well Jump

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

Man on Fire
November 2009

Man on Fire

Fighting blazes is one thing, fighting those who start them is another. And Tom Derby, he wouldn't have it any other way.

Stuck in the Middle
September 2009

Stuck in the Middle

Her surprisingly quick recovery from being trapped in an elevator has Carol Wolper convinced L.A. really is the Big Even.

Hello, I Must Be Going
August 2009

Hello, I Must Be Going

Joseph Honig has perfected the art of ducking out of parties early, including irreplaceable ways to leave an impression while vanishing without a trace.

No One Is Auto Immune
July 2009

No One Is Auto Immune

Lexus? Mercedes? Jeep? Going through the stress of buying a car in L.A. is actually an opportunity to ask yourself some serious questions—and a good reason to answer them correctly.

Singing the City’s Praises
November 2008

Singing the City’s Praises

Fifteen-time Grammy-winning producer David Foster gives a decade-by-decade account of his love affair with Los Angeles.

City of Hope
September 2008

City of Hope

Fulbright scholar and Harvard Law School graduate Andrew Bridge writes about growing up in L.A.'s fostercare system.