Native Intelligence

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

For Ernie, and for Harry and Mike and Studs

ernie-banks-tight.jpg Former Chicago columnist Ron Rapoport sees a tinge of sadness among Cubs fans as the reality sinks in.

Garcetti on skateboard

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

Urban myths of the Los Angeles Times

times-sniff-test-crop-800.jpg In my 40 years at the L.A. Times, I heard stories. Some were true.

Class is in session: nighttime Los Angeles

students-bigpit-iris.jpg Mike Woo, the dean of Cal Poly Pomona's College of Environmental Design, played tour guide for 50 students to explore LA by night.

The Smoke House

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What would Gordon Davidson do in LA theater today?

mexican-trilogy.jpg Davidson reached his most public pinnacle of success when Center Theatre three plays nominated for Broadway's best-play Tony Award.

Last news conference

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

Gordon Davidson excerpt: 'Opening Night at the Taper'

Gordon_Davidson_Directing_C.jpg Davidson, the founding artistic director of Center Theatre Group, died at age 83. This is from an unpublished biography.

Hollywood night: A mellower Ovitz and Meyer together

miller-ovitz-meyer-ltla.jpg Tickets were hard to come by when the creators of CAA sat together on stage for the first time in two decades.

James Dean died 61 years ago today. Now the famous gas station is gone

james-dean-casadepetrol.jpg It is one of the most historic gas stations in Los Angeles. Seen by millions across the globe in an iconic photograph of a Hollywood legend.

Citizenship ceremony

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

DWP promises Silver Lake to start refilling next May

silver-lake-fence-iris.jpg There was an audible sigh of relief at the news, but questions remain.

'Macbeth' to the death but Lenny (Bernstein) lives

ate9-dp.jpg What do women want? Power. That's what Shakespeare said.

Bill Dwyre: Arnold Palmer will never be gone

arnold-palmer-1975.jpg So many people, in sports and in life, achieve a great deal and then fade from memory. Arnie will never fade.

Chief Charlie Beck

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Silver Lake residents 'had faith in DWP's promises'

silver-lake-frame-iris.jpg It's clear the DWP had no real plan to refill the now-dry lake bed, leaving residents and visitors shaking their heads.

700 women artists

LAO700WomenArtists.jpg Take My Photo Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

A visit inside Gemini G.E.L.

gemini-gel-jg.jpg A new exhibit at LACMA showcases the renowned West Hollywood print workshop.

How the media are still flummoxed by Trump

BOI-in-the-sky.jpg Just as the political leadership and candidates of both major parties have no idea how to respond to the Trump phenomenon, neither do the news media.

Returning to LA in sticker shock

wilshire-labrea-bldg.jpg Whether in Silicon Valley or the Westside of Los Angeles, residential gluttony is creeping in.

Betty Markhoff

LAO_BettyMarkhoff100.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

The last arch

LAO_6thStreedBridgeArch.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Spumoni Sisters

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Code 7 in Sherman Oaks
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Neon treasures of LA
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la-river-islands-vernon.jpgThe Los Angeles River looking upstream from East 26th Street in the city of Vernon.
Behind the Orpheum
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Mojave mannequins
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Parker Center palms
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Donald Trump piñatas
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Franklin Village
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Graduation photo day
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ET-94 comes home
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Face painting
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Rooftop pool
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Images of the refugees
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Mellow DTLA Sunday
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Vin Scully's 67th opening day
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Outlander hits Beverly Hills
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Homework table
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Death Valley gets all flowery
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LA's ghost streets
la-ghost-streets.jpgWriter Geoff Manaugh observes the shapes of blocks, yards and homes that reveal the existence of old streets. More