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BritWeek Interview: Anthony Russell

russell-final.jpg In honor of BritWeek, a festival of all things UK in LA, Native Intelligence interviews British residents of Los Angeles. Today, author and musician, Anthony Russell, discusses his memoir Outrageous Fortune and his favorite L.A. spots.

Yaroslavsky brings home a big victory for the Santa Monicas

Malibu Creek.jpg The county supervisor caps an impressive supervisorial career as a steward of the Santa Monicas with a new land use plan approved by the California Coastal Commission that will protect the land, wildlife, and aquatic resources of the range's coastal zone for decades to come.

Sign language

Mojave aster, Dante's View Death Valley 4-14 - Copy.JPG Sometimes, roadside attractions render the journey the destination

When 'spoilers' are essential elements of a discussion

rest-scr-shirley.jpg It might seem inconceivable that a spoiler is possible for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Broad Stage. Also "Rest" at SCR.

First edition: Los Angeles Register

LAO__LA_Register copy.jpg Gary Leonard on the first day of street sales for the Los Angeles Register. Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Hey, Baker ... what's your sign?

Baker thermometer.jpg The question 'how hot is it?' once again will be answered by the landmark thermometer in the desert town of Baker.

What's next for the Lakers?

dantoni-kobe-espn-grab-thumb-300x211-16907.jpg With the Lakers worst-ever season in Los Angeles ending this week, it's time to look ahead. What should the Lakers do next to reverse their fortunes?

Two tales of a city

olympics1.jpg LA mayor Eric Garcetti has a narrative problem. The two stories he is telling about Los Angeles don't line up. Winning an Olympic bid could provide the deus ex machina the city needs in the absence of a heroic storyline.

Philippe Vergne

LAO__PhilippeVerrgne copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Dear President Clinton and Mayor Garcetti: Can we make a deal?

Former President Bill Clinton brought his Clinton Global Initiative to LA for a workshop on "21st Century Infrastructure and Innovation for a Resilient Economy." Good, important stuff, but big questions remain about how to finance the investments we need urgently.

Quick look: Mike Kelley exhibition at MOCA

mike-kelly2-iris.jpg Photos from the preview of the new show at both the Geffen Contemporary and in MOCA's main space on Grand Avenue.
FLOYD COLLINS-LA MIRADA-2.jpg One of the best midsize venues for professional theater in LA County is on the stage of La Mirada Theatre, adjacent to the actors.

The dancer dies, but the person inside lives on

Metaphorphoses, Tanaquil Le Clercq and George Balanchine.jpg Dancer Melissa Barak learned from Tanaquil Le Clercq, the legendary ballet muse who is the subject of a new documentary.

Machado Lake

LAO__MachadoLake copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature at LA Observed.
kronos-ucla-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter finds lively fare from Kronos Quartet, LA Chamber Orchestra and LA Ballet.

Julius Shulman star in Palm Springs (photo)

julius-shulman-star-ps-jg.jpg Spotted this weekend in Palm Springs: a star honoring the late photographer Julius Shulman, whose images helped elevate public admiration of mid-century modern homes and style.

Can a Marine general transform California State Parks?

jc-mg-200-names.jpg Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret) may be the perfect leader to modernize the quasi-military corps of California State Parks, but can he transform the hidebound agency into an organization focused on understanding and satisfying its customers?

Candid 'Song at Twilight,' rowdy but repressed 'Reunion'

reunion-ds.jpg They look as different as day and night - "A Song at Twilight" at Pasadena Playhouse and "Reunion" at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Yet they share a common bond.

Manny Aguirre

LAO__MannyAguirre copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly event at LA Observed....

Steve Harvey: Off Tsunami watch

sh-no-name-exit.jpg Some items on the recent rains, on baseball and of course on signs that just don't say what they should.

Oomo Cube

LAO__oomo_cube.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed.
Macbeth-260.jpg "Harmony" is redeeming Center Theatre Group's stubborn faith in the subject of young guys' bands. It's by far the best of the lot.

A peek behind the Machado Lake restoration story

machadolake.jpg An LA Times story, about one of city's most important environmental restoration projects ever, missed the backstory. Here it is.

Thriving in the desert

windswept grave, Pet Cemetery Desert Hot Springs 3-14.JPG If you think the desert of Southern California is dead, you're not alive. Some photos from a recent trip.

CA Democratic Party convention

LAO__dems.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed. Gary Leonard archive....

Honoring women who 'don't have the advantages we do'

marissa-roth-panel-iris.jpg A panel discussion at the Annenberg Space for Photography was a call to action, and to pursuing your dreams.
Streetscape: High clouds over LAPD
highlcouds-lapd-bldg-pal.jpgHard to take a picture in this town without getting a palm tree. Bigger
Van Nuys church
Central Lutheran Church surrounded by palm trees. View bigger
Desert dinosaurs
desert dinos4, Hwy 62 Joshua Tree 3-14.JPG This family faces Highway 62 in Joshua Tree. Ellen Alperstein observes from the desert: Native Intelligence
Bowl butts get cedar seats
hwd-bowl-benches-zevweb.jpgNew benches go in at Hollywood Bowl. Read
Streetscape: Van Nuys alley
potter-baail-bonds-alley-vi.jpg The view from the alley behind Van Nuys Boulevard. LA Observed: see bigger
National parks through an old lens
Tent-Camera-Old-Faithful.jpgIris Schneider admires photographer Abelardo Morell's fresh view of camera obscura. This is Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser exposed on the ground. More
'Cry, Trojans'
wooster1-iris.jpgScott Shepherd and Kate Valk as lovers Troilus and Cressida. Iris Schneider
Misty Copeland has her say
misty-copeland-gene-schiavone.jpgMisty Copeland rose from a vagabond life in San Pedro to become the first black female soloist with the American Ballet Theater in 20 years. She talks with Judy Graeme. Native Intelligence
Stuck in the mud
miguel-almaguer-in-mud.jpgNBC News correspondent Miguel Almaguer had to be extricated from the mud in Azusa. Story
Ridiculous palm weed
Spotted in Pasadena by author Lynell George, who knows her ridiculous palms. Bigger
'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man'
tartuffe-shirley.jpgClassic con artistry in 'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man,' plus plays for the Passover season. Don Shirley
'Billy Budd' and more
Gustavo-Dudamel-dp-story.jpgA bedazzling "Billy Budd" and Dudamel does Tchaikovsky, by Donna Perlmutter. Native Intelligence
Gotta love the Pacific Ocean
noaa-wx-map-calif-22714.jpgNow that's a weather map. See big
First edition: '12 Years a Slave'
12-years-a-slave-ucla.jpgUCLA Library's 1853 first edition of the Solomon Northup memoir. Christelle Nahas/UCLA. Gallery
Vivian Maier
vivian-maier-mouse-ears.jpg"Finding Vivian Maier," a nicely done documentary on the late, reclusive Chicago nanny whose street photos have become a sensation, screens in Los Angeles in March.
Lion trackers
cougar-magic-lion.jpgSoCal's trail camera trackers. Story
LA Observed list
Richest, biggest and most valuable in Los Angeles. List
Streetscape: DTLA
great-republic-lofts-LAO.jpgGreat Republic Lofts, Downtown Los Angeles. Bigger
Leonard Knight, 82
salvation-mountain-knight.jpgLeonard Knight spent almost 30 years building a colorful mountain of adobe covered with donated paint in the Imperial Valley desert near Salton Sea. Read
Bunker Hill
broad-plaza-rendering.jpgBroad Museum opening delayed until 2015. Read
Exene sells her stuff
exene-rickenbacker.jpgExene Cervenka is done with Orange County. And her 1955 Rickenbacker Combo 600. Read
Ry Cooder at The Echo
ry-cooder-echo-iris.jpgIris Schneider spotted Ry Cooder at The Echo, backing up daughter-in-law Juliette Commagere on the slide guitar. Native Intelligence