Native Intelligence

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

Why don't you get it?

roger-ailes-320.jpg The reason Roger Ailes lost his job is lost on too many people.

Breakfast at Zabie's

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

It's Trump time in 'Scoundrels,' 'Richard'

Dirty-Rotten-Scoundrels-Pro.jpg I was watching Musical Theatre West's revival of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in Long Beach when Donald Trump invaded my thoughts.

Metro Bike Share

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

Overheard in Billy Reed's restaurant, Palm Springs

Let's Make a Deal - Copy.JPG Friends with benefits. Sorta.

Pacific Palisades parade

LAO_PacificPalisadesParade.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly on Thursdays at LA Observed.


LAT Prop. 30 chart - Copy.JPG I'm terrible at math; it is possible the tronclodytes are even worse?

Nick Ut and Kim Phuc

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Flower District cat

flower-district-cat-800-jg.jpg 8th Street and Wall in the Flower District.

Only in LA road trip

haha-600.jpg In search of the world's strangest town names for English-speaking folks.

Lady Gaga at vigil

LAO_OrlandoVigil_LadyGaGa.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears on Thursdays at LA Observed.

Gustavo and Plácido trade, Carrie Dennis astonishes

carrie-dennis-640.jpg It was only a matter of time. Inevitably, Gustavo Dudamel would cross the street from Disney Hall to the Music Center and oblige Plácido Domingo at his domain.

Looff Hippodrome

LAO_SM-Looff_Hippodrome.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears on Thursdays at LA Observed.

Soul Train dancers reunion at LACMA

soul-train-iris2.jpg Especially on a day like today, we need to be reminded of the joy in the world.

Who will CTG invite to its 'Block Party'?

kirk-douglas-theatre-ext.jpg Kudos to CTG for lending a helpful hand to smaller theaters and reviving selected local productions next spring at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Lewis MacAdams

LAO_LewisMacAdams_CityCouncil.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed.

Princess Shaw is having her media moment

princess-shaw-samantha.jpg Visiting Los Angeles to promote the documentary "Presenting Princess Shaw," YouTube sensation Samantha Montgomery's joy is infectious.

But it's a dry heat

dogshoes320.jpg Sure, it's toasty in Van Nuys. But it's so hot in the Coachella Valley the dogs wear shoes.

Canoga Park Memorial Day parade

LAO_Memorial_Day_Parade copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears on Thursdays at LA Observed.

Big Lots!

LAO_ET_BigLogs copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed.

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

LAO_Greenstein_CA_sign.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed.

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.
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 piñata 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.