Native Intelligence

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

From wildlife to pets: The fate of urban nature?

square hawk 325.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.

Slash Magazine book party

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

Why don't you get it?

roger-ailes-320.jpg The reason Roger Ailes lost his job is lost on too many people.

Breakfast at Zabie's

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

It's Trump time in 'Scoundrels,' 'Richard'

Dirty-Rotten-Scoundrels-Pro.jpg I was watching Musical Theatre West's revival of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in Long Beach when Donald Trump invaded my thoughts.

Metro Bike Share

LAO_Mayor_BikeShare_unionst.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

Overheard in Billy Reed's restaurant, Palm Springs

Let's Make a Deal - Copy.JPG Friends with benefits. Sorta.

Pacific Palisades parade

LAO_PacificPalisadesParade.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly on Thursdays at LA Observed.


LAT Prop. 30 chart - Copy.JPG I'm terrible at math; it is possible the tronclodytes are even worse?

Nick Ut and Kim Phuc

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

Flower District cat

flower-district-cat-800-jg.jpg 8th Street and Wall in the Flower District.

Only in LA road trip

haha-600.jpg In search of the world's strangest town names for English-speaking folks.

Lady Gaga at vigil

LAO_OrlandoVigil_LadyGaGa.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears on Thursdays at LA Observed.
New at LA Observed
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
Down by the river
la-river-egyptiangeese-sklar.jpgEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Gone but not forgotten
garment-and-citizen-sign.jpgA presence of the late downtown newspaper the Garment & Citizen remains on a Spring Street wall.
Colors of the season
farmers-market-vegs-vdt.jpgThe day before Thanksgiving. Veronique de Turenne
PCH blue
pch-north-vdt.jpg Not a bad commute. Veronique de Turenne
Griffith Observatory in the '30s
griffith-observatory-30s-bentley.jpgDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Spring Street streetscape
food-for-dogs.jpgFirst Whole Foods arrives downtown. Now health food for dogs.
Rain Room
rain-room-iris.jpgMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.