Native Intelligence

Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and occasional guests

Only in LA: Harvey's healthcare guide

diethrupharmacy.jpg Your official Harvey Healthcare Guide will keep you from feeling like you're just a number.

Prom night

LAO_UnionStationProm.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

The 99-Seat plan's long goodbye

enron-ds.jpg You may have heard that LA's 99-seat theaters are about to enter a year of living on the edge.

Things you don't see in San Dimas...

treeman1 Main Street & Marine 5-25-15 - Copy (2).JPG These people walk among you. On stilts. Dressed in leaves and bark.

James Cameron's outlook: sunny with a chance of doom

Cameron300.jpg It was a beautiful, sunny late afternoon in the Santa Monica Mountains, and James Cameron was sending mixed signals. The director of "Avatar" had just unveiled his latest invention: open-source solar sunflowers. This was a celebration, but there was a dark cloud on the director's mind.

Lakers can't afford to screw up No. 2 pick

Jahlil-Okafor-twitter.jpg The Lakers front office has a chance to take a superstar in next month's NBA Draft. But if recent history is any guide, there's a strong possibility that they'll take a complete bust.

Old-timer's game

LAO_Yasiel_Puig.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

New breed pianist, perfect dancers and a string quartet

alvin-ailey-dt.jpg Donna Perlmutter sees Igor Levit, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ballet Jazz Montréal and the Brentano String Quartet.

'Mad Men' finale at the Ace Hotel

mad-men-ace-stage-iris.jpg Creator Matthew Weiner thanked the audience for their loyalty and they cheered, laughed and cried through the final episode.

Chris Burden's Ode to Santos Dumont

burden-dumont-iris.jpg Burden's final finished work goes on display Monday at LACMA.

Only in LA: Attention, shoppers

sh-emergency.jpg Questions every smart consumer should ask, from the Only in LA columnist.

Urban Light

LAO_ChrisBurden.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs every Thursday on LA Observed.

'Truthiness' is not a core news value

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg All newspapers makes mistakes; they're inevitable and forgivable, as long as they correct them promptly and honestly. So why didn't the LA Times do so?

I heard it through the musical grapevine

motown-gaye-ds.jpg Two musicals currently playing in LA are at least partially set in bygone days of LA's pop music business. Both of them focus on music-industry pioneers.

Operators are standing by

The public radio pledge drive at KCRW draws a diverse crew of people eager to take your call.

Pedestrian enforcement

LAO_pedestrian_enforcement.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed, appearing on Thursdays.

Silent Joan of Arc under the viaduct*

the-viaduct-film-iris.jpg On Sunday night about 200 people gathered to watch an outdoor screening of the silent classic, "The Passion of Joan of Arc," under the Buena Vista bridge.
chiara-sierra-getty.jpg As a photographer, it was exhilarating to visit the Getty and meet photographers who are exploring frontiers, sometimes breaking new ground and sometimes riffing on the work of earlier pioneers.

An atlas of LA's multitudes

LAfreeways.jpg LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, a new book just out from Heyday, whole-heartedly embraces the Whitmanesque myth of Los Angeles: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." Book launch events at Clockshop and Skylight Books on May 2 and 3.

Chapter 26. Sold!

veronica.jpg Eugenio walks into Vega's, where he is not well-liked.


LAO_David_Harper_sos.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Da Camera Society concert in the Bradbury Building

italiansaxophone.jpg The Italian Saxophone Quartet gave a beautiful performance of music of the cinema, including Ennio Morricone's haunting music from "Cinema Paradiso."

24th Street embraces role as neighborhood's theater

LAO-enterstageright-new.jpg Bilingual plays (for 24 cents). After 'Cool classes. Homemade tamales. An open door. A little stage company near USC finds ways to connect with its community.
New at LA Observed
Streetscape | Tujunga Avenue
tujunga-ave-caioti-theatre-.jpg Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.
Chatsworth Lake Manor
checker-monroe-county-sheri.jpgA Checker labeled "Sheriff Monroe County," with palm trees at the northwest edge of the Valley.
Old Cornell
old-place-cornell.jpgThe Old Place on Mulholland Highway. Click to see bigger. Photo: Judy Graeme.
expo-line-overhead-cc.jpgExpo Line, Culver City.
unstoppable-metro-local.jpgRiders may disagree. Metro bus on La Brea.
Spring has come
sycamores-vdt.jpgWildflowers and greenery in the Santa Monica Mountains. Here in Malibu
Breaking away
p-33-face-300.jpgP-33 escapes the Santa Monicas by crossing the 101. Story
Streetscape | Burbank
warner-bros-palms.jpgOlive Avenue side of Warner Bros.
Look up
lookup-6th+flower.jpgA corner of the downtown LA skyline from 6th and Flower streets.
Homeless camp on Pico
homeless-pico-closer.jpgSidewalk encampment on Pico Boulevard in West LA. Photos
Of tsunamis and earthquakes
namie-pile-sign.jpgIn one part of Japan, time has stood still since the 2011 tsunami. Story and video
Music at Doheny Mansion
dacamera-doheny-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes in some chamber music with the Da Camera Society. More
The name fits in Sawtelle
sawtele-furaibo.jpgSawtelle Japantown is LA's newest blue-sign neighborhood. Kevin Roderick
Giant coreopsis bloom
giant-coreopsis-malibu-point-dume-vdt.jpgThat time again at Point Dume headlands. Here in Malibu
Villaraigosa's new crib
villaraigosa-home.jpgFormer mayor buys a $2.5 million contemporary in Beachwood Canyon.
Streetscape | Pico Boulevard
pico-bike-skeleton.jpgMan and his skeleton riding tandem in Santa Monica. Photo: Sean Roderick
Desertscape | Mojave boxcar
open-boxcar-mojave.jpgBoxcar on siding, Mojave Air and Space Port.
Streetscape | Colby Avenue
colby-quonset.jpgQuonset hut on the Westside. You'll never guess the address.
Streetscape | Sunset Boulevard
silver-lake-scene-sunset.jpgSilver Lake near Sunset Junction.
6th Street bridge design
Renderings for the the 6th Street Viaduct and an NFL stadium for Carson. Inside
Last Remaining Seats
wizardofoz-lrs-underhill.jpgEd Fuentes' advice on what to wear and where to eat.
Broad museum
bcam-couple-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes the tour of the art museum coming to Bunker Hill. Photos