Native Intelligence

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

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

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

From wildlife to pets: The fate of urban nature?

square-hawk-crop.jpg A lively multispecies gathering at the infamous Mountain Mermaid Inn in Topanga Canyon raised the question: What happens when we are the owner of animals and all wildlife are pets? This is what we are learning now.

Hot town, summer in the theater

obama-ology.jpg Have you seen any alfresco theater yet this summer? Our columnist has.

National Night Out

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

Liquid Kitty closing

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

A month at the Bowl and a Ballet Theatre fly-by

mirga.jpg Nowhere -- not at Boston's Tanglewood in the Berkshires, or New York's Lewisohn Stadium, or Chicago's Ravinia -- is there such a summer symphony spot as Hollywood Bowl.

On sharing the sports beat with Joe Jares

kirk-gibson-homer.jpg The writer and Joe Jares were both columnists for the Los Angeles Daily News.

Jane Wiedlin and Pleasant Gehman

JaneWiedlin-&-Pleasant-Gehm.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

When LA Times staffers worried about becoming USA Today

lost-times.jpg In 1989, staff members put a classified ad in the LA Times asking for return of the "lost" paper.

Female stars in silent films at the Villa Aurora

villa-aurora.jpg I was happy to be asked to curate a summer salon featuring silent films that focus on the great female stars.

Bill Dwyre remembers sports editor Dave Moylan

dave-moylan.jpg The second of the two people most responsible for the acclaim received by the Los Angeles Times for its 1984 Olympic coverage died this week.

The state of our overheated minds on the environment

warpedsun.jpg Californians are crazy about the environment, even, and often especially, in LA. And we're not afraid to go our own way.
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Code 7 in Sherman Oaks
Cde7-shermanaks.jpgHow about a little LA crime history with your meal. Backstory
Neon treasures of LA
mna-derb.jpgThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
la-river-islands-vernon.jpgThe Los Angeles River looking upstream from East 26th Street in the city of Vernon.
Behind the Orpheum
back-of-orpheum-up.jpgThe view from Spring Street in downtown LA.
Mojave mannequins
hiway14-mannequins.jpgA splash of color beside Highway 14 in Mojave.
Parker Center palms
parker-center-palms.jpgIt's hard to take a photo in this town without a palm tree showing up. Bigger
Donald Trump piñatas
trump-pinatas-dtla.jpgTrump is a staple in the piñata district. Larger
Franklin Village
daily-planet-close.jpgThe Daily Planet on Franklin Avenue.
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