Native Intelligence

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

First paying customer at Wilshire Grand

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Pray for us

Cathedral City Date Palm and Ramon 6-15-17 - Copy.JPG When it's hotter than hell, everyone needs a savior.

Sure, there's a misanthrope or two in every community

mar-vista-netxdoor-grab.jpg Nextdoor.com baits us, like Facebook and Twitter do, into indulging the lesser angels of our nature.

His British invasion - and ours

myBI-crop.jpg I was delighted when my old Rhino Records boss, Harold Bronson, recently published "My British Invasion," his personal paean to an era some of us never stopped loving.

Low and slow all for show

justin-favela-pinata.jpg Las Vegas artists created a life-size lowrider pinata — based on the iconic Gypsy Rose, a 1964 Impala — for an upcoming exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Jerry Sullivan - LABJ editor

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Lizard crossing

Joshua Tree suburbs4 Bdway and Sunfair 6-17 - Copy.JPG Traffic is light in the eastern suburbs of Joshua Tree, population 7,400-ish.

Sebastião Salgado on a life in photography

salgado-ZoeGroup.jpg "Today there are very few photographers. But there are a lot of people with cameras."

Jordan Downs redevelopment

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clarissa-dress-iris.jpg The museum houses over 2,500 pieces of Victorian-era clothing. Women in America followed her lead.

Metro bike hub

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Satirical salvos in 'Monster' and 'Archduke'

monster-builder-scr.jpg Our columnist sees spring plays from South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper, Latino Theater Company, Ebony Repertory, Open Fist Theatre and the Bootleg.

Amy Goodman

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'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.
New at LA Observed

Inside Hollyhock House
hollyhock-columns.jpgPhoto taking was allowed for one weekend. So we did.
Streetscape: Lincoln Heights
el-milagro-market.jpgProductos Mexicanos at El Milagro Market on Avenue 18.
June 6, 1968
rfk-hearse-wide-lapl.jpgThe body of Robert F. Kennedy leaves Good Samaritan hospital. More pics
Streetscape: DTLA
spring-street-bike-lane.jpgSpring Street bike lane.
Palm weeds of Santa Susana
santa-susana-palm-weeds.jpgOak trees, sandstone ridges and fan palms? Ugh. More
Streetscape: West LA
405-at-smblvd.jpg405 North at Santa Monica Boulevard.
Hills turning brown
grman1.jpgThe hills above Gorman.
Arcana Books
arcana-books.jpgIn the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City.
Streetscape: Melvil Street
melvil-street.jpgWall on Industry Cafe and Jazz in Culver City. Bigger
No casting (or emial)
not-casting-spnb.jpgFormer Security-First bank on Wilshire near LaBrea.
Streetscape
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.
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