Native Intelligence

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

Go Topless Day

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olive-frances.jpg Eagan and Frances McDormand decided Olive would only wear skirts, because maybe that's what her mother did.

A visit from the Bomb Squad


I never did figure out why the woman chose to leave the package in the middle of our courtyard without calling first.

These summer nights at Hollywood Bowl

mirga-square.jpg Watching Mirga, Yuja, and other young symphonic star-gazers.

Things to do in the desert in August 8-30-15.jpg We had the whole golf course to ourselves. You can too, if it's August in Indio.

Untitled Woody Allen project

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

LA Times flashback: 1982 newsroom phone list

latimes-phone-list-1982.jpg Note the extension for "Nuts," where Times operators would switch incoming calls from offbeat characters. Often the callers were then relayed to our columnist.

Remembering Watts, 1965: A birthday story

watts-towers-inside-lao.jpg Fifty years ago, two baby girls were born on the same August day in a Los Angeles hospital. One was black, one was white.
beatles-color-beck-telegraph.jpg Fifty years ago on Aug. 27, Ivor Davis was the only newspaper reporter to go with the Beatles to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion. It was memorable.

The disappearance of the Halloween house

mansionization-la-example.jpg How the real estate boom is changing our Westwood neighborhood and so many others.

Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

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Station to Station: Doug Aitken's different conversation

aitken-iris.jpg The artist's latest big idea is his way to have a different conversation about art, music, time and place.

'Listen to me Marlon' lets us understand Brando the man

brando-streetcar.jpg The documentary is based on tapes that Marlon Brando made over the course of his career, trying to make sense of himself and his life.
bessie-still.jpg Michael T. Boyd should have been nominated for "Bessie" and Terry Dresbach for "Outlander."
lukas-room.jpg Alfresco theater is one of the best features of an LA summer, yet the big LA media usually ignore it. The Theatricum in Topanga Canyon is having an especially strong season.

When meteors are stars

Perseid meteor shower 2014 - Copy.jpg This time every year, a comet's trash turns into a human's treasure.

Gordon Henderson

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Bernie Sanders fills the LA Sports Arena

sanders-rally-stage-iris.jpg Sanders filled the Los Angeles Sports Arena to capacity on Monday.

Special Olympics

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Conspirator in murder of an LAPD officer may get parole

thomas-williams-lapd.jpg Reporter Arnold Friedman covered the 1985 murder of detective Thomas Williams, his fraternity brother at San Fernando Valley State. He wants you to know that one of those convicted could get out after a vote this week.

Overheard in Time Warner Cable land

TWC screen2 8-15 - Copy.JPG Time Warner Cable pays another visit. Confusion ensues.

Dodgers make brilliant trade; LA media complains

dodgers-kasten-right-lao.jpg Despite an MLB-record payroll, a budding farm system and a trade that brought in five useful players, some in the media are still upset.

Michelle Obama at Special Olympics

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'Good morning, people!'
grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpgGrace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.
For your consideration
bessie-still.jpgTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
gayley-terrace-ww.jpg Gayley Terrace in Westwood Village.
ice-cream-man-pdr.jpg By the bike path in Playa del Rey.
The edge
ocean-vdt.jpg The view at the edge of the continent. Veronique de Turenne
LA's newest mountain lions
p-43-kitten.jpgKittens P-43 and P-44 caught and tagged.
LA's lizard season
baby-lizard-nhmla.jpgBaby lizards are all around in August. Story
Studying LA coyotes
coyote-dtla-nps.jpgWhere two Central LA coyotes go. Map
Secretary by day
Jenelle-Hamilton-sumo.jpgSumo fighter by night. Story
DTLA in the rain
rain-6th-street.jpgWhen rain is this rare, we run photos.
LaBonge signs off
labonge-last-day.jpgTom LaBonge's final moments at the City Council horseshoe (with Gary Leonard in the background.) Photo: Branimir Kvartuc.
Rare frogs surviving
red-legged-frog-nps.jpgCalifornia red-legged frogs are thriving in the Santa Monicas again.
National and Sepulveda
newsstand-natl-sepul.jpgWestside newsstand keeps on selling magazines. In print.
Reverse spring
gray-over-bay-vdt.jpgMay was cooler than March in LA. Weather
Earthquake end times
san-andreas-film-grab.jpgSeismologist Lucy Jones endures 'San Andreas' so you won't have to. Her tweets
Hyperloop hoop
hyperloop-hoop.jpgHyperloop Technologies looks right at home in the Arts District. More and bigger
Grave number one
abner-prather-flags-obelisk.jpgAbner Prather was the first veteran buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. Backstory
Egg slutsters
egg-slutsters.jpgGrand Central Market's hottest counter. Bigger
Streetscape: Hollywood Hills
elvis-suits.jpgWe assume the Elvis suits are long gone.
'Mad Men' at the Ace
mad-men-ace-tight-iris.jpgMatthew Weiner and the cast screen the 'Mad Men' finale. Iris Schneider photos
Streetscape | Tujunga Avenue
tujunga-ave-caioti-theatre-.jpgTujunga Avenue in Studio City.
Chatsworth Lake Manor
checker-monroe-county-sheri.jpgOld Checker labeled "Sheriff Monroe County" at the northwest edge of the Valley.