The essence of theater is that we leave home and enter that intersection between live performers and live spectators -- in a public, physical locale. How is that going to happen until most audience members and artists are vaccinated?
Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and occasional guests
Creative communities thrive hard by the moribund Salton Sea.
1 might be the loneliest number, but also the most salubrious.
A holiday celebration for everybody who loves corned beef.
Love in the time of Coronavirus. Love in the time of Presidential elections.
Renovation of a former bank building into residences in Panorama City.
A mixed marriage thrives in the northern reaches of the Coachella Valley.
Gary in Chinatown for the 42nd annual Firecracker Run/Walk.
Our columnist offers his thoughts on several plays currently running on Los Angeles-area stages.
Spotted downtown near Disney Hall.
The film academy gave the media in town for the Oscars a look around the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, scheduled to open at Wilshire and Fairfax perhaps later this year.
LA's own Michael Tilson Thomas just became a Kennedy Center honoree in the most vibrant profile of the entire televised celebration, and is very visible these days at Disney Hall.
It rained in the valley, it fogged in the hills, it snowed in the mountains. Everybody got a huge helping of winter in the desert.
Holiday greetings from a brass section of one.
Looking for a New Year's resolution? Try seeing more LA theater in 2020.
Some recent performances on the LA stage.
Anyone who cares about LA theater should have read Charles McNulty's recent essay. But perhaps you missed a couple of subsequent developments.
The La Brea Avenue landmark celebrates a birthday.
Celebration of a Laurel Canyon landmark.
As alumni of the Herald gather today 30 years later, Joel Bellman remembers the day the paper shut down.
Gary checks out the new pedestrian bridge going over the Los Angeles River.
Installation in Downey.
Jessye Norman, Martin Bernheimer, Plácido Domingo and more.
Mayor Eric Garcetti with George Lucas and Mellody Hobson.
You've heard of the old gimmick of beginning an ad (or an article) with the word "SEX" followed by the words "Now that I've got your attention..."
Jon Regardie's final column for the LA Downtown News if he had been allowed to run it.
When the candidates come to town, Gary is there.
Civic officials and USC unveiled the newly remodeled Memorial Coliseum.
Ellen Alperstein: After six years and two trials, the jury delivers a jaw-dropping verdict in former sports columnist T.J. Simers' lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times.
Journalist Ivor Davis' new book, "Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder," details his observations of the era that began with the August 1969 slaughter at the home of actress Sharon Tate.
Vin Scully and Mayor Eric Garcetti helped the Dodgers unveil the logo for next year's All-Star game to be held in Los Angeles.
I've recently seen four productions around LA that succeed as great American adventure stories.
Donna Perlmutter: It was balletic and beyond. Bodies speaking with eloquence. All of it gorgeous.
KCET control roomA peek inside the TV station's Burbank studios.
Whitt's Wood YardElon Musk wants to drill here at Pico and Sepulveda.
BCAMThe Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA.
Mountain lion familyFrom Robert Martinez's trail cam in the San Gabriels.
Streetscape: WestwoodWestwood Boulevard looking north and a little bit skyward.
Sign from LA's pastSign from an old Love's BBQ restaurant at the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth.
Visiting her old ballet costumesMelissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Engine Co. 17Inside the long-closed Arts District fire station on Santa Fe Avenue.
Barnsdall ParkUnder the trees.
Inside Hollyhock HousePhoto taking was allowed for one weekend. So we did.
June 6, 1968The body of Robert F. Kennedy leaves Good Samaritan hospital. More pics
Palm weeds of Santa SusanaOak trees, sandstone ridges and fan palms? Ugh. More