Native Intelligence

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

Ride & Prejudice

compton-cowboy.jpg A new film is raising funds on Kickstarter to document the story of the Compton Cowboys, black cowboys who have been a South LA tradition since the 19th Century.

Only in LA: The lawn order edition

viagra-sh.jpg Steve Harvey's signs from all over. Check it out.

A portrait of the ecologist as an old misanthrope

12monkeys300.jpg It's still shocking to see that for some environmentalists, a love of other living beings goes hand in hand with a hatred for their fellow human beings.

How to fix the Lakers

With the Lakers winding down a lost season, Phil Wallace offers five ways that the team can get back on track.

6th Street Viaduct replacement groundbreaking

LAO_6th viaduct.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed. Click on the photo to view bigger. Gary's archive....

Oil drilling in Hermosa Beach: déjà vu all over again?

playadelrey.jpg Hermosa Beach residents have 10 more days to contemplate the future of their beach town and the Santa Monica Bay. Whatever they decide it may feel like déjà vu all over again. The question is which version of the past do they want to see come back?
pensotti-shirley.jpg Shirley also reviews "Cineastas," which closes Saturday at REDCAT downtown.

African American Heritage Month

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

Your fashion and dining guidance for Last Remaining Seats 2015

wizardofoz-lrs-underhill.jpg Ed Fuentes returns with his personal advice for taking in a vintage film on Broadway this season.

Sneak peek inside the Broad Museum space

bcam-couple-iris.jpg The downtown museum-to-be opened its doors on Sunday for a public viewing. Photos inside.

Jacaranda's new music, Maestra Canellakis and Daniil Trifonov

Thomas-Ades-cbso-014.jpg Shades of LA's celebrated avant-garde past lit up the new-music present at Santa Monica's 1st Presbyterian Church. Plus more.

Bruce Lisker goes to federal court, presses case for damages

liskers-2-2015-iris.jpg Lisker is still waiting on a trial for his civil suit against the city of Los Angeles and two LAPD detectives over his wrongful murder conviction.

Hollyhock House a valentine to Los Angeles

hollyhock-iris-girl-in-room.jpg A long line of Angelenos was already outside when the renovated Hollyhock House opened in Barnsdall Park on Friday afternoon. The crowds kept coming all Valentine's Day.

CaliParks: A new way to discover and share your parks

CaliParks300.jpg Parks and technology -- for some park lovers never the twain shall meet. Parks are where you go to escape from technology. But for many others, technology is a way to discover, enjoy, and share experiences and a love for parks.

Overheard in Santa Monica

Sonoma Wine Garden 2-12-15 - Copy.JPG Friends with death benefits.

Chapter 23. Cafeteria

veronica.jpg "Veronica Street" is a novel of Los Angeles by Jenny Burman, serialized here at LA Observed.

Restored Hollyhock House

LAO_O'FarrellHollyhock copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.

Welcome to Christopher Hawthorne's Third Los Angeles

hawthorne-garcetti-oxy.jpg LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has a grand narrative. And he's not just a chronicler of the Los Angeles story. He's a cheerleader. A goad. And a protagonist now.

36 holes, ocean vu, no fixer

view from Torrey Pines3 2-6-15 - Copy.JPG If the golf at the tournament at Torrey Pines disappoints, just cast your gaze due west.

Remains of the Atomic Cafe

LAO_AtomicCafeDemo copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular feature of LA Observed, appearing weekly on Thursdays.

Not lost in translation*

je suis charlie2 2-4-15 - Copy.JPG I don't understand much of the content of Charlie Hebdo, but just holding it means more than I can communicate.

Who's counting?

homeless_tally_sheet - Copy.png Counting the number of people who sleep on the street is a seasonal job performed by homeless census volunteers. People such as me.

Leo Scharf's Bar Mitzvah

LAO_Leo'sBarMitzvah.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
New at LA Observed
Desertscape | Mojave boxcar
open-boxcar-mojave.jpgBoxcar on siding, Mojave Air and Space Port.
Streetscape | Colby Avenue
colby-quonset.jpgQuonset hut on the Westside. You'll never guess the address.
Streetscape | Sunset Boulevard
silver-lake-scene-sunset.jpgSilver Lake near Sunset Junction.
6th Street bridge design
Renderings for the the 6th Street Viaduct and an NFL stadium for Carson. Inside
Last Remaining Seats
wizardofoz-lrs-underhill.jpgEd Fuentes' advice on what to wear and where to eat.
Broad museum
bcam-couple-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes the tour of the art museum coming to Bunker Hill. Photos
Maestra Canellakis
Karina-Canellakis-300.jpgKarina Canellakis and more reviewed. Native Intelligence
Hollyhock House reopens
hollyhock-iris-girl-in-room.jpgIris Schneider's photos from the reopened Barnsdall Park landmark. Native Intelligence
Al Martinez remembered
al-mtz-memorial.jpgBill Boyarsky and Steve Lopez spoke at a memorial gathering at Bergamot Station. Photo: Iris Schneider.
Streetscape | Broadway
bridal-dresses-iris.jpgBridal and quinceañera dresses in DTLA. Photo: Iris Schneider.
Razed but not forgotten
Village-Books-Demolition-Jan-2015.jpgThe former Village Books has been torn down to remake Pacific Palisades. More
Night on Broadway
los-angeles-theatre-iris.jpgMovie palaces were packed on open house night. Photos by Iris Schneider
TV news oops
kcal-presip-oops.jpgDoes Rich Fields seem perplexed by KCAL's spelling of precipitation?
No more Mr. Disguise guy
jonathan-gold-truck.jpgJonathan Gold drops his anonymity as documentary screens at Sundance. More
Shaker spitiruals
shaker-spirituals-iris.jpgFrances McDormand sings at Redcat. Iris Schneider
Streetscape | Stan the man
bench-stan-the-man-balboa.jpgIf he does say so himself. Balboa Boulevard, Granada Hills.
Playa Vista
playa-vista-hangar.jpgThe hangar where Howard Hughes built his Spruce Goose seaplane.
Bob Hope compound on the market
bob-hope-estate-google.jpgEstate in Toluca Lake is yours for $23 million. Peek inside
Streetscape | Recession over
crane-2nd-sanpedro.jpgConstruction cranes, like the one in Little Tokyo, are all across downtown LA these days.
Homicide detective retires
sal-labarbera-law-castro.jpgSal LaBarbera might be the LAPD's most prolific tweeter. More
Snowy grapevines
temecula-vineyard-snow.jpgNice photo from Temecula to go with recent cold weather. Inside
Streetscape | Pico-Robertson

sidewalk-art-pico.jpgSidewalk art on Pico Boulevard, attributed to street artist Thrashbird.