Native Intelligence

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

Big Lots!

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Extra pickles with this movie, please*

Sheldon-Cohen-320.jpg A writer/producer serves up some film promotion and a side of fries.

Paul Greenstein and Harpo

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Only in LA: Our Cold Property edition

renthouse.jpg Welcome to the tour, where you'll get the real dirt on housing in this region.

'Elektra' goes global and Ezralow comes home to LA

ezralow-dance.jpg Donna Perlmutter sees some opera and Daniel Ezralow's latest at the Wallis.

It almost happened here: Remember the LaRouchies?

VoteLaRouche.jpg Here's how America's previous brush with an attempted proto-fascist party takeover concluded.

Playing 'the woman's card' in the world of LA plays

7WLAS349.jpg Don Shirley surveys the state of women on the local stage and offers some recommendations.

Prince memorial

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Miss you, Mom

Pearl and Ellen 1976 copy.jpg This year, I won't be able to wish my mother a happy Mother's Day.
boomcoverlao325.jpg California needs a major software update. Can we bug-fix our way to the future? Or do we need to throw out the hairball of code we've inherited from the past and start over?

Orthopaedic Institute for Children

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Lynsey Addario: 'I never feel like I'm doing enough'

lynsey-addario-tom-stoddart-iris.jpg The news photographer has covered Afghanistan, Iraq, Republic of the Congo and the Middle East and was held hostage in Libya.

Refugee images now at the Annenberg Space

father-daughter-reach-lesbos-stoddart.jpg A sweeping show of photography and programming focused on the global refugee crisis has opened in Century City.

'Louder Than Bombs' and the toll on a war photographer

Devin-druid-Gabriel-Byrne-louderthanbombs.jpg The first English-language film from Norwegian director Joachim Trier takes a sober look at Isabelle Reed.

'Outlander' a great fit for TV writer Anne Kenney

sam-heughan-anne-kenney-out.jpg Kenney has been around since "L.A. Law" but the Starz show "Outlander" has changed her life.

Rick's Monday's 1976 rescued flag

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Los Burritos

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Back to 'Eden' and cross-dressing in the 'Cloud'

children-of-eden-shirley.jpg Remarkable "Children of Eden" comes through to help save Thousand Oaks' Cabrillo Music Theatre. Plus more local theater.

Menswear gets the spotlight at new LACMA exhibit

lacma-fashion-curators.jpg The museum's curators have waited a long time to tell the story of men's fashions through the years.

April means the return of French films

call-my-agent-colcoa.jpg The 20th COLCOA Festival opens April 18 at the Directors Guild theater.

Elysian Park Avenue name change

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Moody desert

a.m. Blueridge Court 4-8-16.jpg It's damp, it's gray, it's oh-so-welcome weather in the preternaturally sunny desert.

All that Hollywood jazz

Don-Cheadle-in-Miles-Ahead.jpg Hollywood loves brilliant, tormented artists, like Chet Baker and Miles Davis, but can't resist embellishing.
New at LA Observed
Graduation photo day
csula-grads-lacma.jpgCal State LA graduates pose at Urban Light.
ET-94 comes home
fuel-tank-land-gl.jpgET-94 arrives in LA and Gary Leonard was there.
i-give-a-fck-santafe.jpgSanta Fe Avenue, downtown Arts District.
Face painting
face-painting-cookie.jpgA Sunday afternoon in the downtown piƱata district. Bigger
Rooftop pool
eastern-columbia-pool.jpgDowntown's Eastern Columbia building.
Images of the refugees
father-daughter-reach-lesbos-stoddart.jpgA father celebrates his family's safe landing in Lesbos, Greece.
Mellow DTLA Sunday
hauser-wirth-courtyard.jpgLate afternoon in the courtyard at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Vin Scully's 67th opening day
vin-scully-opener-2016-ocampo.jpgNo words needed.
Outlander hits Beverly Hills
outlander-fans-jg.jpgInside the eye of the storm with Jamie and Claire.
Homework table
verve-homework-table.jpgThe communal table at Verve Coffee Roasters on Spring Street is always packed.
Death Valley gets all flowery
death-valley-flowers-grace.jpgGrace Peng's daughter wonders, is it Death Valley or Spring's Meadows? Native Intelligence
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
port-berth60-325.jpgPort of Los Angeles.
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
Down by the river
la-river-egyptiangeese-sklar.jpgEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Gone but not forgotten
garment-and-citizen-sign.jpgA presence of the late downtown newspaper the Garment & Citizen remains on a Spring Street wall.
Colors of the season
farmers-market-vegs-vdt.jpgThe day before Thanksgiving. Veronique de Turenne
PCH blue
pch-north-vdt.jpg Not a bad commute. Veronique de Turenne
Griffith Observatory in the '30s
griffith-observatory-30s-bentley.jpgDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Spring Street streetscape
food-for-dogs.jpgFirst Whole Foods arrives downtown. Now health food for dogs.
Rain Room
rain-room-iris.jpgMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.