Golden State

Our very own California inspires music, art, food and plenty of sweet emotions.

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    Darren Elms


Love & Mercy

Both John Cusack and Paul Dano take on the role of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson, from his successes with highly influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. In theatres June 5.


Inside Out

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Although Joy—Riley’s main and most important emotion—tries to keep things positive, the emotions disagree on how best to navigate a new city, house and school in this humorous offering from Pixar. In theatres June 19.




By Edan Lepucki

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near-future in which clashes between mankind’s dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.


Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen

By Zoe Nathan with Laurel Almerinda, Josh Loeb and Matt Armendariz

“Everything in generosity” is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica’s favorite neighborhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café in Santa Monica. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes and more than 150 color photographs, including how-to sequences for mastering basics such as flaky dough and lining a cake pan.


California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way

By Wendy Kaplan

California design influenced the material culture of the entire country, in everything from architecture to fashion. This generously illustrated book, which accompanied a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is the first comprehensive examination of California’s mid-century modern design. It includes 350 images—most in color—of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles and fashion, and 10 incisive essays that trace the rise of the California design aesthetic.



California Nights

Best Coast

Newest release from the indie pop group based here in Los Angeles. Loosely inspired by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, the bands’ ‘50s and ‘60s sound offers a fresh take on classic surf rock and girl group vocals. Pre-order on iTunes May 4