Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn

Actress Anna Gunn grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., immersed in the wild beauty of the desert. Today, her home base is in L.A.—but she still sees glimpses of her scenic hometown in Tinseltown. “I have wonderful hiking and mountain biking trails right out my back door, lots of wildlife,” says Gunn. “It reminds me […]

Happy Tiki Hour at Trader Vic’s

Founded seventy-five years ago by island dweller and inventor of the original Mai Tai, Victor (Trader Vic) Bergeron, Trader Vic’s brings the spirit of the islands to your dining and nightlife experiences. Trader Vic’s at L.A. LIVE features Polynesian-style specialties, world famous tropical drinks, live entertainment and classic tiki decor. Drop by for their Happy […]

Top Chefs Take Over LA Dining

Tapping into L.A.’s trendy foodie scene and love of celeb chefs, contestants of the Bravo TV series Top Chef have suddenly migrated to L.A. en masse. Winner of last season’s Top Chef Masters Rick Bayless puts his modern Mexican touches on Red O (8155 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.5009) as consulting chef. You have until July […]

Jose Iturbi International Music Competition: The "American Idol" of Classical Music

June 18-19 This weekend you can see the “American Idol” of the Classical music world at the Fourth Annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition, which will showcase the worlds greatest emerging talent. The two day competition held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, consists of a Final Round for six pianists and a Final Round for six singers […]

LA Brew Pubs Get Crafty

Nightspots are raising the bar on beer menus, dumping tired, traditional brands in favor of craft and microbrews—and thanks to the recent explosion of brew bars, there are more options than ever. Newer entry The Surly Goat (7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.4628) in West Hollywood makes it all about brews, with 26 on […]

LA Restaurants Offer Offal Tasty Menus

Pig’s ear and bone marrow are hardly castoffs at more hip restaurants and gastropubs. The less commonly used animal parts known as offal are tempting adventurous diners at of-the-moment restaurants like Palate Food + Wine (933 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.662.9463), which offers the “Offal Good” menu with dishes including bone marrow, lamb sweetbreads and […]

Rick Bayless cooks up top Mexican cuisine at Red O

Aside from opening one of L.A.’s most highly anticipated restaurants, Rick Bayless has been busy this year. A favorite of the Obamas, he recently catered the state dinner honoring Mexican president Felipe Calderón, he won Top Chef Masters, and you can catch him on PBS hosting his series “Mexico-One Plate at a Time.” Now Angelenos […]

WHERE LA’s Picks for LA’s Best Beaches

Whether you’re into hang gliding or hanging ten, sifting through tide pools or sunning by the pool, there’s a stretch of L.A. County coast that’s built for your pleasure. From north to south, the action at L.A.’s best beaches. BY SUZANNE ENNIS AND RILEY CARTER MALIBU LAGOON STATE BEACH THE VIBE Surf culture lives on. […]

Top European Designers Set Up Shop In LA

L.A. retail has gotten tres chic with a spate of new, exclusive European boutiques. Known for its luxe bohemian knits, Missoni (469 Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.9265) has opened an architecturally impressive flagship store—the façade is constructed of bands of painted aluminum, recalling the design house’s signature wavy stripes—featuring the women’s and men’s collections plus […]

Spend an Evening with Herbie Hancock at The Grammy Museum at LA Live

Monday, June 7 8 p.m. Join Executive Director Robert Santelli as he interviews multi-GRAMMY winner, musical pioneer, and one of the most notable figures in jazz Herbie Hancock. You can be one of the intimate audience of 200, to hear Hancock in conversation about his remarkable career, genre-transcending catalogue, and newest music, the hotly anticipated […]