Finding new ways to cover the same general retail, residential and rumination territory is the challenge that confronts the editorial staff of Los Angeles Magazine each and every month. But it must be said that for the December issue, they’ve risen to the task and hit it out of the (Griffith) Park.

Beginning with Steve Martin, the 18-page “LA Stories” cover piece groups together 50 breezy celebrity reminiscences of growing up in LA, wrapped around the golden vignette aura of the Renaissance Man’s classic 1991 comedy. Everything from Jodie Foster at the Hollywood Bowl and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine at the Guitar Center to Joey Lawrence at the crossroads and Adam Carolla on the soap box.

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