Native Intelligence

Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and occasional guests
What you need in the desert on the hottest day of the year during a stay-home pandemic is not a power outage.
Smoky air + plus southeast winds = a brilliant desert sunset
One enemy of social justice is our inability to discuss race with each other.
The essence of theater is that we leave home and enter that intersection between live performers and live spectators -- in a public, physical locale. How is that going to happen until most audience members and artists are vaccinated?
Creative communities thrive hard by the moribund Salton Sea.
1 might be the loneliest number, but also the most salubrious.
A holiday celebration for everybody who loves corned beef.
Love in the time of Coronavirus. Love in the time of Presidential elections.
Renovation of a former bank building into residences in Panorama City.
A mixed marriage thrives in the northern reaches of the Coachella Valley.
Gary in Chinatown for the 42nd annual Firecracker Run/Walk.
Our columnist offers his thoughts on several plays currently running on Los Angeles-area stages.
Spotted downtown near Disney Hall.
The film academy gave the media in town for the Oscars a look around the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, scheduled to open at Wilshire and Fairfax perhaps later this year.
LA's own Michael Tilson Thomas just became a Kennedy Center honoree in the most vibrant profile of the entire televised celebration, and is very visible these days at Disney Hall.
It rained in the valley, it fogged in the hills, it snowed in the mountains. Everybody got a huge helping of winter in the desert.
Holiday greetings from a brass section of one.
Looking for a New Year's resolution? Try seeing more LA theater in 2020.
Some recent performances on the LA stage.
Anyone who cares about LA theater should have read Charles McNulty's recent essay. But perhaps you missed a couple of subsequent developments.