Native Intelligence

Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and invited guests
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Steve Soboroff typewriter collection

LAO_soboroff typewriters.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Chapter 19. Dear Reader/Corpse gets an assignment

veronica.jpg There were people in the Hahn Building who would protect her. Plus: A note from the author.
hanleins-kiss.jpg After 36 years of wrongful incarceration, Michael Hanline took his first steps into freedom with his wife Sandee by his side. He went to jail in 1978.

LA's bad traffic: A comparative advantage in new era of transportation?

NeilKremer110.jpg The next time you're stuck in traffic think about this: You're not just part of the problem. You're part of the solution. And not just for LA, but for the world!

The sad tale of Happy Valley

Jerry Sandusky--Music Box image - Copy.jpg A documentary film opening today in Los Angeles shows a community struggling to understand how a sex abuser terrorized its children and recast its storied college football identity.

Making choices along the sexual spectrum in three plays

stopkiss-ds.jpg From a theatergoer's point of view, "choices" are almost always more dramatically engaging than unchosen "orientations."

This costume exhibit could be more wearable

Hollywood-Costumes-mayco-iris.jpg There is a lot to learn at the academy's costume exhibit in the old May Company on Wilshire, but after an hour I found myself seeking solace. There must be a way to create a more conducive environment.

Chapter 18. He holds the door

veronica.jpg He preferred the present. But that's not why they were here.

Stories Books and Cafe

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I, Jackass

Muir obit.jpg In which columnist Jon Christensen apologizes for offending many dear readers and friends by telling the LA Times that John Muir's legacy "has got to go," while explaining what he meant, and hoping that in the process he is not digging himself a deeper hole.

Overheard in Venice

comic snake - Copy.jpg Overheard at the 99¢ Only store.

Elizabeth Warren and Steve Earle

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Chapter 17. The Way Back Machine

veronica.jpg He reverted to the new grammar.

Photo: Cane and Basket Supply Company

cane-and-basket-iris.jpg Cane and Basket Supply Co. has been in business on Cochran Avenue off San Vicente since 1934.

Watershed decision puts first-ever numeric limits on toxicity in LA's water

Ceriodaphnia dubia.jpg The LA Regional Water Quality Control Board approved two new discharge permits for water treatment plants last week. That's not news. What is news is the precedent-setting limits on toxic discharges in the permits. The effect on our waterways could be profound.

My week of culture in LA

Thumbnail image for pacino-aarp-iris.jpg The AFI Film Festival, AARP's Films for Grownups and Elevator Repair Service at the Redcat — it was a good week.
balen-baby-doll.jpg I have to thank LACMA Costume and Textiles curator Kaye Spilker for pointing me toward what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of my recent trip to the French and Spanish Basque country.
zealotmini3.jpg Shirley checks in on 'Zealot' at SCR, 'Pippin' at the Pantages, 'Big Fish' in Long Beach and 'Spring Awakening' from Deaf West Theatre.

For Harry Shearer, Nixon is still the one

harry-shearer-nixon.jpg I spent an enjoyable evening in Nixon's Oval office recently along with other Nixonphiles and -phobes like political writer Richard Reeves and KCRW's Warren Olney.

Hug me, kiss me, take me

Thumbnail image for al-martinez-sketch.jpg Martinez takes a shot at an effort by the Democrats to lure and romance America's eligible Latino voters to get out there and vote, believing it would be votes for them. But something went wrong.

LA Opera's doubleheader, plus Dance Project and more

Quintett_Forsythe_REichenbaum.jpg Critic Donna Perlmutter attends "Bluebeard's Castle" and "Dido and Aeneas" at the Music Center and LA Dance Project works at the Ace Hotel.

Bob Pool retires

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Millard Sheets mural moving to the Huntington

LAO-SHEETSMURALBEFORE-USETHIS.jpg The 1934 California landscape began life in the dining room of a Hollywood Hills home.

More is not more

flag - Copy.jpg The volume of campaign mailers and candidate phones calls is too much of a muchness.

Day of the Dead, Hollywood Forever *

day-of-dead2-2014-iris.jpg The annual Day of the Dead festivities on Saturday night brought out crowds to Hollywood Forever cemetery.

Petrichor: The scent of rain on a dry land

rainshadow3.jpg It's good to celebrate rain in a land of little, particularly before the inevitable onslaught of reminders that this doesn't mean our drought is over, and reports of accidents on the freeways, and floods and mudslides unleashed when Pacific storms crash against the steep mountains that hem in the Los Angeles basin and cast a rain shadow over the desert to the east.
Millard Sheets mural
millard-sheets-mural-crop.jpgArtist's work goes from home to the Huntington.
The Warwick
the-warwick.jpgCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Day of the Dead

day-of-dead-2014-iris.jpgFestivities at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Iris Schneider

Little Tokyo
1st-street-little-tokyo.jpgA weekend on 1st Street.
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Engine 23
engine-23-5th-street.jpg 5th Street in Downtown LA.
Church of Type
church-of-type-pico-sm.jpg Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.
Garden envy
garden-envy-vdt.jpgVeronique de Turenne has a case. Here in Malibu
Wilshire Royale
royale-wilshire-mccollister.jpgAnother sweet LA street image from Kevin McCollister. East of West LA
Honor for Hahn
garcetti-hahns-meg.jpgCity Hall East is now named for former mayor James Hahn. Read
Academy museum
academy-museum-ball.jpgOscar statue may take over iconic corner. More
Yosemite fire cam
Wildfire smoke over Half Dome, viewed from Sentinel Dome. Bigger. Yosemite Conservancy.
Made in America scene
jay-beyonce-garcetti-aoki.jpgMayor Garcetti with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Aoki at the music festival in Grand Park. Photo on Aoki's Instagram feed.
Giant floating ducky
duck-tall-ships-meg.jpgThe big rubber duck was the most photographed thing about the tall ships festival recently held in San Pedro. Photo: Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Ridiculous palm weeds
palm-weed-family.jpgIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
City of LA historical photos
lachs-baldwin-hills.jpgMen on a storm drain project near the Baldwin Hills in the Depression. More images from newly digitized collection
La chambre photographique
la-chambre-sb-600.jpgSanta Barbara. Click to enlarge.
Dancers audition
barak-audition.jpgTryouts for LA's Barak Ballet. Photo by Judy Graeme
Weird Pacific summer
Velellas-htb.jpgCool, strange jellies are washing up on on LA beaches. Fauna
Take our picture Gary Leonard
gary-crowd-at-lapl.jpg Gary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
Curator's guide to Huntington
Learn about the redone gallery of American art. Native Intelligence
Voices of LA
voices-of-la-iris.jpgKamau Daáood recites poetry backed by a klezmer jazz ensemble at Breed Street Shul. Iris Schneider