Native Intelligence

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

'Tosca' glitters, Calleja swoons, Abraham and Taylor dance

abrahaminmotion.jpg Finding a nugget of gold just may be worth a whole, long dig. But trust me, it wasn't easy to spot in the case of LA Opera's "Tosca."

Stendahl Gallery

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LA State Historic Park

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Tracking the distant signals of the Dodgers

Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 8.32.31 AM.png Just who are those guys playing baseball just north of Downtown Los Angeles?

The Fountain flows

Building-The-Wall_5.jpg Fountain Theatre is assuming an especially prominent profile this week, with concurrent productions at two venues.

Last hurrah

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Bandaloop aerial dancers

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Desert X marks the spot

Desert X 8 Curves and Zigzags 3-17 - Copy.JPG The outdoor season ends for desert art.

Tax Day march

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Streetscape: Melvil Street

melvil-street.jpg Portion of wall on the side of Industry Cafe and Jazz in Culver City.

Grand nights for singing and dancing

tales-of-hoffman.jpg Right now Los Angeles looks like the new center of vocal arts, with Plácido Domingo as its long-time major benefactor.

Rep. John Lewis

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Only in LA: Pay up!

irs-demo-logo.jpg You are in luck. Only in LA is here to help at tax time.

Shade balls

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An appetite for discovery

In-n_Out sign3 4-6-17 - Copy.JPG One really couldn't claim a Southern California identity, I learned, until one had enjoyed a Double-Double at In-N-Out.

Costume designer Mary Zophres moves on from 'La La Land'

mary-zophres-judygraeme.jpg One of the most in-demand costume designers in Hollywood is preparing for two new projects and still basking.

Direct-to-consumer marketing

handjob sign Larchmont1 4-2-17 - Copy.jpg Beware the repeal of FCC privacy protection.

Paul McCarthy and Paul Schimmel

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Artist Sandy Bleifer

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Joshua Tree in bloom

southern Joshua Tree 11 exhibit sign 3-17 - Copy.JPG The southern part of Joshua Tree National Park is awash in color.

Heather guides us through Mister Ritchie's Neighborhood

RLA350.jpg CTG's "Remote L.A." is not a traditional city tour. But it does go outside.

Orchestras play musical chairs... and more

deborah-borda.jpg Deborah Borda heading back to to New York is big but not the only move being talked about.

Overheard at the BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells

BNP flowers 3 3-17 - Copy.JPG Things we heard from players and fans at the tennis tournament.

Erwin Chemerinsky

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The greening of tennis

BNP flowers Spago succulent wall - Copy.JPG Plant managers for the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden ensure that the venue is appropriately accessorized with flowers.

Garcetti reelection party

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First-stringers in tennis

bnp racket string2 3-16 - Copy.JPG Stringing rackets for the pros at a major tennis tournament is not a job for the weak, the slow or the inexperienced.

Many, many words for female genitalia

slang-words-neon-rhoades.jpg Neon tubes spell out 240 slang terms in the Jason Rhoades exhibition at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in the downtown Arts District.

Desert flowers and fancy at Anza-Borrego

Mine Wash track2 raven 3-17 - Copy.JPG What's not to like about encountering more surprises than flowers while wandering around the desert in Anza-Borrego?

Adam Schiff

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A maniac loose in the house

angry-trump.jpg Joel Bellman argues that Donald Trump is "emotionally unstable and dangerously unfit to hold the most powerful elected office in the world."

Immigrant rally

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Mozart opera closes the gap and Schnittke sounds an alarm

seraglio-robinson-park.jpg if you were lucky enough to hear Schnittke's "Not a Summer Night's Dream" from the LA Philharmonic, led dazzlingly by Gustavo Dudamel, it had to grab you.
New at LA Observed

No casting here
not-casting-spnb.jpgOr email, apparently. Signs on the vacant National Register of Historic Places-listed Security-First bank building 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.
First day of 2017
mt-wilson-cam1117.jpgMt. Wilson cam. Always on, sometimes dark.
Melrose Streetscape
melrose-church.jpgUkrainian Orthodox Church of St Vladimir, Melrose Avenue.
Merry LA Christmas
xmas-mtn-view-jg.jpgA home in Mar Vista really gets into the lawn decorations. Photo by Judy Graeme.
Yule season on piñata row
pinata-xmas.jpgBusy time in the downtown piñata district.
Media streetscape
bzzfeed-clsed.jpgBuzzFeed offices on Beverly Boulevard.
Art Friday
del-toro-lacma-friday.jpgThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
Oldest remaining McDonald's
mcdonalds-downey.jpgLakewood Boulevard in Downey.
heads-olvera-street.jpgOlvera Street store display.
Spiders at NHMLA
nhm-spider-banner.jpgSpider exhibit at the Natural History Museum.
mirandas-whittierblvd-ela.jpgWhittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles.
Hennessey + Ingalls
henessey-ingalls-dtla.jpgNow Downtown in the Arts District.
artsdst-tpe-streetscape.jpgColyton Street in the Arts District.
Palm weed
palm-weed-boyle-heights.jpgAnother beautiful LA palm tree, this one in Boyle Heights.
Code 7 in Sherman Oaks
Cde7-shermanaks.jpgHow about a little LA crime history with your meal. Backstory
dtla-streetscene.jpgCrossing 7th Street at Broadway on a Saturday.