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Best of L.A. 2007 Armageddon it!

{mosimage} “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air,” Joan Didion wrote about the Santa Ana winds that blow through our flammable canyons. To imagine Los Angeles is to imagine its demise, by fire, by earthquake or by flood, by millenialist uprising or by alien attack, by anarchy or by corporatist takeover. Impermanence is written on our greatest buildings, which allow the outside in like sovereigns submitting to their occupiers, and most of our oldest structures, the souvenirs of  ancient Spanish rule, have at one time or another been reduced to low piles of stones before they are rebuilt. Some of us have earthquake kits in our basements, essential papers packed into fireproof boxes, and contingency plans for our grandparents’ frozen heads. Some of us plan to party like it’s 2099. And then there’s the matter of the last day of the Last Days.

Or as the wise sages of Def Leppard once posited: “Armageddon it! . . . Oh, are you getting it?”

Game Over By GENDY ALIMURUNG
Quakes, asteroids, mass extinction — when the end comes, will it come from below, above or within?

(Illustrations by Peter Horvath, 3D lettering by Daniel Couto)

Sole Survivors By GENDY ALIMURUNG
Footcandy


Best Place to Sing Karaoke and Pick Up Chicks With Mr. Belding

By MATTHEW FLEISCHER


Dimples

Life in the Last Lane By LIBBY MOLYNEAUX
From Zero to 80 in 24 hours

Most Fabulous Dance Club Masquerading as a Tough-Guy Dive By MATTHEW FLEISCHER
The Study

Best Cocktail Dip By SOPHIA KERCHER
Rooftop Bar at the Standard Downtown

Best Spinning Top By DANIEL HERNANDEZ
Bona Vista Lounge at the Bonaventure

Best Rapture By DANI KATZ
Babeland Sex Shoppe

Best Place to Get Your Smooch On By SOPHIA KERCHER
Echo Park Lake

Why Don't We Do It in the Dirt? By RENA KONSETT
Top 10 e-mail responses to the question, “Where would you have your last lay in apocalyptic L.A.?”

Best Way to Get Ripped By JUDITH LEWIS
Get Waxed!

Best Pit Stop in Purgatory By SOPHIA KERCHER
Cha Cha Lounge

Best Last Dances By GENDY ALIMURUNG
Vivo Dancesport

Riding Out the Apocalypse By TERRENCE E. DUNN
Where to catch the last wave

Queens of the New Ice Age By GENDY ALIMURUNG
East West Ice Palace versus Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

Best Westside Happy Hour By LONN FRIEND
Kay ’n Dave’s Fresh Mex Cantina

Best Tidal Refuge By ELLA TAYLOR
Infuzion Café

The Last Days of Disco By LINA LECARO
Nightranger’s welcome to the jungle

No-Escape Best Looting On the Eve of Destruction By LINDA IMMEDIATO
Crossbows, medical pot and American Apparel

The Last Laugh By STEVEN MIKULAN
The Groundlings

Best Whey Out By JONATHAN GOLD
Ludobites at Breadbar

(Illustrations by Peter Horvath, 3D lettering by Daniel Couto)

Best Escape From L.A. 

By CRAIG GAINES


The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Best Escape Vittles By RENA KOSNETT
Snake, gator and other edible critters at Charlie Brown Farms

Best Offshore Radio Activity By DAVID COTNER
KISL 88.7 FM Island Radio

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish By JONATHAN GOLD
Just another perfect day

Best Place to Stop and Smell the Roses By COURTNEY LEAR
Exposition Park Rose Garden

Best Smell to Remember By DAVID COTNER
See’s Candy Factory

Best Temple of Earthly Delights By DAVID COTNER
The Mayan

Best Cat's Cradle By DAVID COTNER
Lucy at Skylight Books

God in an Alcove By DAVID COTNER
Clifton’s Cafeteria

Best Way to Get All the Way Through Moby-Dick in a Weekend By JUDITH LEWIS
Venice Oceanarium Beach Reading

Grandma's Attic By STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
Counterpoint Records and Books

Biggest Fuck You, L.A. By DANI KATZ
Or 108 seconds during which you will pray, bargain and beg for the apocalypse

Last Wet Dream By STEVEN MIKULAN
Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain

Raw Power By DANI KATZ
Best Belly Fillers for the Ascension

Best Five Inches of Pure Beef By LONN FRIEND
The Wiener Factory

Best of the Wurst By DAVID COTNER
Schreiner’s Fine Sausages

The Last Supper (or Breakfast or Lunch) By STEVEN MIKULAN
Philippe the Original

The Mission Position By STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
San Gabriel and San Fernando missions

Best Griffith Park Alternative By CRAIG GAINES
Kenneth Hahn Park

Best Lookout Point By STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
Mulholland Trail

Best Westside Meditation Spot By LONN FRIEND
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple

Cod Almighty By JOE DONNELLY
Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

Best Diversion Strategy By N.R. JENSSEN
Game Empire

Best Escape From the Eastside By DANIEL HERNANDEZ
Venice, Beatch!

She... Had to Leave... By GENDY ALIMURUNG
Going home to suburbia — Walnut, California

Look Homeward, Angeleno By ALAN RICH
Glimpses of a well-lived life

(Illustration by Peter Horvath, 3D lettering by Daniel Couto)

Shop Till Everybody Drops By PANDORA YOUNG
What the well-equipped survivalist will be wearing

Drinking in Wisdom (and Reishi Spores) With Captain Truth By DANI KATZ
The Tonic Bar at Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Dogged Pursuit By CRAIG GAINES
Free franks at the White Horse

Best Revival of an Extinct Fashion Species By DANI KATZ
Stronghold Jeans

Best Concierge Service for Slackers (and Their Spoiled Dogs) By JUDITH LEWIS
Complete Concierge

Best Place to Watch Other Species Live in Peace and Harmony By LONN FRIEND
The Aquarium of the Pacific

The Bionico Man By DANIEL HERNANDEZ
Placita Café

Best Wake-Up Call By DANI KATZ
Urth Caffé’s Japanese Tea Latte

Watching the Apocalypse By DAVID COTNER
Cinefile

Best Emergency Protein By JONATHAN GOLD
Beef Jerky from A&Z’s Nut Wagon

Best Chocolate Bliss By DANI KATZ
The Chocolate Box Café

Best Message in a Bottle By DAVID COTNER
Broguiere’s Dairy

Best Sources for Building a Vintage Sound System By N.R. JENSSEN
A Vinyl Revival

Lost Path to Shangri-la By DANI KATZ
The bridge at Lower Topanga’s Rodeo Grounds

Best Car Wash for Meeting Girls By LONN FRIEND
Americana Express Car Wash & Detail

Best Extinction Experts By GENDY ALIMURUNG
The Dinosaur Institute

Hot Mango! By STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
Farm Fresh Ranch Market

Best Yogurt for Your Health By CHRISTINE PELISEK
Real. Raw. Live.

The Arms (and Legs) Race By DAVID COTNER
Human Designs Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory

Best Soup Dumpling By JONATHAN GOLD
Mei Long Village

Best Pet Love for Pound Pups By LINDA IMMEDIATO
Catts & Doggs

Best Way to Live in the Past By N.R. JENSSEN
Victory Station slot cars

Best Way to Kill Time By N.R. JENSSEN
Origami books from Kinokuniya Bookstore

Best Underground Movie Viewing By N.R. JENSSEN
Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA

Above It All By RENA KOSNETT
Universal City Overlook

Best Fizz By JONATHAN GOLD
Wine Expo

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