Native Intelligence

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

Into Action: Pop-up politics in LA

Elizabeth-Rodriguez--Jackie-Huerta-Jessica-Huerta.jpg A new kind of pop-up was working through Sunday at the northern end of Chinatown.

Kingdom Day parade

LAO__MLK_KamalaHarris.jpg Sen. Kamala Harris at the Kingdom Day parade in South Los Angeles.

Du-par's Studio City

LAO__Biff-Naylor_DuPars.jpg Gary catches owner Biff Naylor on closing day at Du-par's restaurant on Ventura Boulevard.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo

lastropicanas-carrillo.jpg Eduardo Carrillo a founding patriarch of the Chicano Art movement, as seen in an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Milt Larsen of the Magic Castle

LAO__Milt-Larsen.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Raw Materials

LAO__Yayoi-Kusama-Celia-Winstead-Raw-Materials.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Album: Images from Alabama

HipstamaticPhoto-walker.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider recently visited Alabama to volunteer for Senate candidate Doug Jones.

My primer on self-preservation via political action

jones-voters-happy-iris.jpg Iris Schneider: So many people have asked about my recent expedition into the deep South to work on the Doug Jones campaign, I thought this might be helpful.

Chanukah at City Hall

LAO_JTefillin.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.
dick-enberg-old-ucla.jpg Ron Rapoport: One thing Dick would want us to remember, that it all started at UCLA.

The 2017 remodel of LA theater

sugar-pro4.jpg Looking back at a pivotal year, plus some recommendations to enjoy during the holiday season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dan Rather

LAO_Rather&Kareem.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

Downtown upended and Millepied finds a home at the Wallis

persona_17pr.jpg The LA Phil's Noon to Midnight festival brought a new crowd to classical music in LA. More from Donna Perlmutter.

Season of the witch

Franken-at-the-stake.jpg.jpeg in which Joel Bellman argues that it's not witches, but the witch-hunters, that we should really fear these days.

Foothill Gold Line groundbreaking

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

Holiday lights

LAT front2 12-8-17 - Copy.JPG The print edition of the Los Angeles Times often bears advertising stickers on the front page. Today's was particularly newsworthy.

War of the Worlds

LAO_WarOfTheWorlds-.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.
detail_balance-ed-fuentes.jpg One venue for the muralist and educator is simply not enough, so here are some others.

Shadows on Cielo Drive

cielo-drive-sachs.jpg Stephen Sachs: Manson is gone, but the memories from that hot August summer a near half-century ago never quite fade out.

Disney Hall

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

Passing the years in Mar Vista

mar-vista-joggers-molly.jpg Molly Selvin: I've now lived here 34 years, not counting the ten years in my parents' house just blocks away or the three years my husband and I left for various adventures.

Chris Matthews

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

'This Land' is whose land?

CUmana_JMcKay_NCalame_JTorres_IAlda_RAzurdia_LTomlinson-(1).jpg Neighborhoods change. Change often causes conflict. Conflict is usually an important ingredient of drama.

Election Night downtown

LAO_2016ElectionNight.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Trump National Golf Club

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

Carmen joins Pearl Fishers as LA's orchestras soar

mirga-laphil.jpg In case you thought that we, in headline-exploding Hollywood, suffer a paucity of music performances, think again.

Is half the world enough?

LAO sex harassment 10-17.jpg Ellen Alperstein: We've had the sexual harassment conversation before. This one is louder, but is it different?

Vicente Fox and Mayor Garcetti

LAO_Fox&Garcettipsd.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Donald Trump and the extermination of memory

luxor.jpg Trump seems to be pursuing his own personal damnatio memoriae against the nation's first black president out of pure spite.

'Human Flow' is beautiful and devastating to watch

Human-Flow_Dadaab-Camp_Kenya.jpg Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident and artist, has added his very personal perspective on the global refugee crisis.

Why we never see a movie where the dog dies

THE-STRAY_movie-card.jpg The review on "The Stray" seemed to go out of its way to make it clear that that the dog doesn't die in this one. Sigh.

Exene Cervenka at City Hall

LAO_ExeneCityHall.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.

Symphony for auto

auto-symphony-main.jpg "A [ For 100 Cars]," a symphony based around A440, the standard tuning note of the Western world, played through the sound systems of 100 automobiles parked on a downtown roof.
New at LA Observed

Streetscape: East LA
la-luz-del-mundo.jpg Iglesia La Luz del Mundo, East 1st Street.
Sign from LA's past
loves-bbq-valley-relics.jpg Sign from an old Love's BBQ restaurant at the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth.
Visiting her old ballet costumes
melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg Melissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Engine Co. 17
engine-co-17-side.jpg Inside the long-closed Arts District fire station on Santa Fe Avenue.
Wilshire Grand Center lobby
wilshire-grand-lobby-wall.jpg Visitors check out the wall-mounted sculpture by artist Do Ho Suh.
Barnsdall Park
barnsdall-park-trees.jpg Under the trees.
Inside Hollyhock House
hollyhock-columns.jpgPhoto taking was allowed for one weekend. So we did.
Streetscape: Lincoln Heights
el-milagro-market.jpgProductos Mexicanos at El Milagro Market on Avenue 18.
June 6, 1968
rfk-hearse-wide-lapl.jpgThe body of Robert F. Kennedy leaves Good Samaritan hospital. More pics
Streetscape: DTLA
spring-street-bike-lane.jpgSpring Street bike lane.
Palm weeds of Santa Susana
santa-susana-palm-weeds.jpgOak trees, sandstone ridges and fan palms? Ugh. More
Streetscape: West LA
405-at-smblvd.jpg405 North at Santa Monica Boulevard.
Hills turning brown
grman1.jpgThe hills above Gorman.
Arcana Books
arcana-books.jpgIn the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City.
Streetscape: Melvil Street
melvil-street.jpgWall on Industry Cafe and Jazz in Culver City. Bigger
No casting (or emial)
not-casting-spnb.jpgFormer Security-First bank on Wilshire near LaBrea.
ciclavia-mar-vista.jpgCicLAvia at Venice and Centinela in Mar Vista.
Still life
bike-slipper-vdt.jpgSpotted in Solstice Canyon. Must be a story there.
Streetscape: Myers St.
tracks-boyle-heights.jpgRailroad siding beside the river in Boyle Heights, looking downstream toward the 4th Street bridge. Bigger.
Streetscape: West 2nd St.
broad-line-sunday.jpg A weekend line outside the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.
Chinatown queue
hwlngraslne.jpgThe line on a Sunday at Far East Plaza for Howling Ray's chicken.
First raptor of 2017
malibu-raptor-vdk.jpgVeronique de Turenne at her Here in Malibu blog.