March 2013


James Franco Takes on His Toughest Role Yet:
Being James Franco

Actor, author, artist, A-lister: The 34-year-old enigma works 19-hour days to keep his many balls in the air. Whether he's playing the blockbuster lead (in this month's Oz the Great and Powerful) or a creepy character part (Spring Breakers, also this month), crafting experimental video art, or portraying "Franco" on General Hospital, he never fails to keep audiences guessing. So who is James Franco? He'll tell you, but only in a sonnet.

The All-Stars of David

Armed with proof of their Hebraic heritage (or at least a bar mitzvah pic), this ragtag group of Jews suited up in Florida last fall in the hopes of competing in the World Baseball Classic and maybe—just maybe—bringing America's pastime to the Holy Land. Say shalom to the oys of summer.

Love at First Bite

Former rocker Steve Ludwin, 47, has been injecting himself on a regular basis with lethal doses of snake venom, an elixir he believes may hold the key to perpetual health and eternal youth. It might be a groundbreaking medical discovery—as long as it doesn't accidentally kill him.

Strong Suits

An easygoing double-breasted two-piece gives you a shot of charisma without making you look like the chairman of the board.

Dark Matter

Nothing spells elegance like luxury accessories in solid black.

Living in the Eighties

Reagan-era style isn't a retro novelty, it's the key to dressing smartly right now.

Busy Signals

It's time to work bold, graphic prints into your regular wardrobe.
Last Call

Sky Ferreira

On the eve of her debut album, the 20-year-old model-chanteuse dishes on dating older men, getting kicked out of school, and hanging with Michael Jackson.
Know & Tell

The Obsession

This minimalist dartboard sets the standard for stylish, modern reinventions of classic games.


Upgrade your playing cards, dominoes, dice, or Scrabble set with these high-end alternatives that look great on your coffee table. Plus: Beloved video games become museum pieces.


Make Marseille, France's second city, first on your spring itinerary. The once-gritty coastal destination boasts chic hotels and a packed cultural calendar.


Now that master mixologists are bottling their creations, you'll never have to down another watery cocktail. Plus: the rise of mixed drinks on tap.


Sure, these cars offer superior handling, but it's their stereo systems that really rule the road. Plus: four ways to upgrade your ride's audio.


America's in the throes of a Greek revival, and these are the wines, restaurants, and chefs to keep on your radar.


It's time to hit the suburbs, now the place to go for gourmet dining. Plus: three rustic retreats where the food is as good as the accommodations.

The Breakthrough

The electro-funk musician Jamie Lidell raises the bar for modern-day soul. Plus: three acts putting a fresh twist on late-eighties R&B.


Fight-to-the-finish group competitions are all the rage in culture this month, as evidenced by a new novel, TV show, and Broadway musical.


Rather than fleeing in terror, up-and-coming actresses have begun flocking to the horror genre to show off their acting chops.

The Yes List

Five things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.

The Big Idea

With business struggling to get back on its feet after the recession, executives could learn a few things from today's mega-artists, who keep raking in the bucks.


Steve Carell, the star of this month's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, explains how his newborn baby got him a job and why his pick-up moves aren't as smooth as his chest.

The Purchase

This elevated denim jacket by Louis Vuitton draws on traditional Japanese techniques.


Stand out from the pack this season with the incredibly versatile popover shirt.


A rose-gold watch will add a note of polish to any outfit.


San Francisco's Mission District grows up. Plus: two more Bay Area neighborhoods worth visiting.


Nubby, textured suits aren't just for winter anymore.


Our latest editors' picks include the first boutique from a cult menswear line and stationery for guys with taste.


Yes, camouflage has gotten makeovers before, but none like this fresh wave of exciting patterns.

Rock Locks

Today's music legends just can't give up the tangled tresses of their long-ago youth. Someone, stage an intervention!


Make suede part of your spring wardrobe, from caps to jackets to belts.


Spring's new fragrances evoke distant destinations. Plus: how to combine scents to create one that's unique to you.


Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci on the allure of the hooded sweatshirt, the appeal of darkness, and why Kanye West makes him proud.
The Body


Usain Bolt, the planet's fastest man, shares tips and motivators that can help you up your game.


Are chiropractors witch doctors or wonder workers? Why you might want to adjust your view.


Move over, moderation: Scrapping entire food groups is the weight-loss strategy sweeping the nation.


The face of male plastic surgery has changed. Here are the latest developments in the world of nip/tuck.


These cocktails can cure: Discover the bar craze that'll turn happy hour into the healthiest part of your day.

News & Notes

All the trends, stats, and tips to get you in your best shape.


Stop dragging ass. Sculpt a better rear end with this expert-designed routine.
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