Native Intelligence

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

Dodger Stadium announcement

LAO__2020AllStar.jpg The Dodgers and the stadium will host baseball's 2020 All-Star Game.

Kaleb Havins

LAO__SkidRow_Break_Fast.jpg Kaleb Havins ends his Skid Row hunger strike.

Skid Row hunger strike

LAO__SkidRowHungerStrike_Day43.jpg Kaleb Havins on hunger strike near 6th and Gladys.

The night Kirk Gibson made deadline

kirk-gibson-bobble-grab.jpg Ron Rapoport: Gibson performed two heroic acts that night he hit THE home run in the World Series.

March For Our Lives in DTLA

march-enough-iris.jpg An estimated 55,000 people took part in Saturday's Los Angeles march. Photos from Iris Schneider.

Riverfront Park

LAO__LewisMcAdams_Picnic.jpg Al Nodal, Lewis MacAdams and Eugene Daub at the river in Atwater.

The power of 'pluribus' plays

cam-mini1.jpg "Cambodian Rock Band," "Allegiance," "The New Colossus," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Sell/Buy/Date" and more.

Joffrey does double duty downtown

joffrey-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter: Also "Fantastic Woman" on screen, "Betroffenheit" at the Broad Stage and Beethoven with the LA Phil.
venice-blvd-selvin.jpg Molly Selvin likes the Expo Line bikeway and the Venice Boulevard road diet.
odh-bogart-lapl.jpg de Havilland makes her case over how she is portrayed in Ryan Murphy's "Feud."

They said it in Indian Wells

images.jpg Post-match news conferences at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells seldom yield insight or surprise. But you might get a traffic report.

Music Center Plaza

LAO__MusicCenterRecontruction.jpg An extensive facelift is underway.

The kids on court at Indian Wells

BNP Paribas 3-14-18 R Federer and ball kid5 - Copy.JPG The pros at the BNP Paribas Open this week in Indian Wells play a highly refined game of tennis. And the scurrying children who attend to them are also at the top of their games.

Venus rising

Serena v Venus8 3-12-18.JPG Venus and Serena Williams at Indian Wells--the sequel.

1968 walkout alumni

LAO__LAUSD_WalkoutAnniversay.jpg The Los Angeles school board commemorated the landmark East LA school walkouts of 1968.

We need everyone in to get everyone in homes

wilshire-homeless-camp (2).jpg Elise Buik is president of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Mark Ridley-Thomas is the Los Angeles County supervisor from the 2nd district.

Caravan Books closed

LAO__CaravanClosed.jpg Leonard Bernstein in the now-empty Caravan Book Store.

Some data for Garcetti to know before selecting next LAPD chief

garcett-beck-lamayor.jpg Fernando J. Guerra: The two recent forces that have most altered Los Angeles for the better have been demographic change and real police reform.

Caravan Book Store closing

LAO_CaravanBooks.jpg Gary photographs owner Leonard Bernstein before the final closure of downtown's Caravan Book Store.


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

The best (and worst) of all possible Lennys

candide-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter: We're in the throes of celebrating what would be the 100th birthday of America's most famous music man, Leonard Bernstein.

Keeping up with the Trumps in LA theater

HotHouse-JoshClarkMelanie-Lora.jpg Awakening of local theater for the new year, and Donald Trump's first anniversary, are not entirely unrelated.

Gina Lollobrigida

LAO__GinaLollobrigida.jpg Gary catches up with the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mannequin layoffs at Macy's

mannequin-graveyard-macys.jpg Photo by Judy Graeme The Macy's store in Westside Pavillion is in its final closeout sale. Closing for good is...

Swing shift

LAO_-SwingShiftRegionalConnector-.jpg The crew digging the Regional Connector line beneath Flower and 4th streets.

Lunar eclipse, 5 a.m., Palm Desert

super blue blood moon3 1-31-18 5 am - Copy.JPG The super blue blood moon early Wednesday morning was a private eclipse showing for a sleepy photographer with an anemic lens.

Dark Matter: The radio art of Joe Frank

Joe-Frank-tapes-crop.jpg Joel Bellman: Nothing had prepared me for the hallucinatory world of Joe Frank.

Lewis MacAdams monument

LAO__LewisMacAdams.jpg Gary catches up with Friends of the Los Angeles River founder Lewis MacAdams at a new monument to him by the river.

Home-schooled in civics

official biz sign2 - Copy.jpg Ellen Alperstein: Being a good citizen, my parents taught me, makes America greater.

Artist Ana Serrano creates an unusual garden in Pasadena

ana-serrano-iris-schneider.jpg Known for "Cartonlandia," Serrano's new room-sized piece recalls her family's traditions in LA and Mexico.

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.
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.