Dan Johnson

A mural on the side of a convenience store celebrates multiculturalism.; Credit: Dan Johnson

It's Not Too Hot for a Thrifting Trip to Tulare, California's Irrigation Riviera

Introducing California’s next great vacation destination: the Central Valley. Top tier travel writers have carelessly neglected 18,000 square miles of horizontal majesty. Most tastemakers privilege wine soaked evenings in Napa and weekends at plush Tahoe chalets. Others yearn for the hip Ojai vortex or the sunburned water sports of Havasu......
Former cocktail bar and blues club the Menlo

R.I.P. the Menlo Club, One of L.A.'s Last Old-School Blues Joints

Like many of L.A.'s oldest neighborhoods, Exposition Park is changing fast. The one-time site of a race track is now the light-rail accessible home to a space shuttle and (temporarily) a pro football team. A new soccer stadium and the Fig, a proposed mixed-use complex at 39th and Figueroa, foretell......
Five Star Bar

A Punk-Rock Guide to Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles is punk ground zero. Long before today’s heyday of loft living, the city center's cheap real estate, grimy nightlife and prevailing devil-may-care attitude made it the perfect incubator for L.A.’s early punk movement. Times have changed, but downtown's punk spirit lives on — especially this weekend, when......