Native Intelligence

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


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

The best (and worst) of all possible Lennys

candide-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter: We're in the throes of celebrating what would be the 100th birthday of America's most famous music man, Leonard Bernstein.

Keeping up with the Trumps in LA theater

HotHouse-JoshClarkMelanie-Lora.jpg Awakening of local theater for the new year, and Donald Trump's first anniversary, are not entirely unrelated.

Gina Lollobrigida

LAO__GinaLollobrigida.jpg Gary catches up with the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mannequin layoffs at Macy's

mannequin-graveyard-macys.jpg Photo by Judy Graeme The Macy's store in Westside Pavillion is in its final closeout sale. Closing for good is...

Swing shift

LAO_-SwingShiftRegionalConnector-.jpg The crew digging the Regional Connector line beneath Flower and 4th streets.

Lunar eclipse, 5 a.m., Palm Desert

super blue blood moon3 1-31-18 5 am - Copy.JPG The super blue blood moon early Wednesday morning was a private eclipse showing for a sleepy photographer with an anemic lens.

Dark Matter: The radio art of Joe Frank

Joe-Frank-tapes-crop.jpg Joel Bellman: Nothing had prepared me for the hallucinatory world of Joe Frank.

Lewis MacAdams monument

LAO__LewisMacAdams.jpg Gary catches up with Friends of the Los Angeles River founder Lewis MacAdams at a new monument to him by the river.

Home-schooled in civics

official biz sign2 - Copy.jpg Ellen Alperstein: Being a good citizen, my parents taught me, makes America greater.

Artist Ana Serrano creates an unusual garden in Pasadena

ana-serrano-iris-schneider.jpg Known for "Cartonlandia," Serrano's new room-sized piece recalls her family's traditions in LA and Mexico.

Into Action: Pop-up politics in LA

Elizabeth-Rodriguez--Jackie-Huerta-Jessica-Huerta.jpg A new kind of pop-up was working through Sunday at the northern end of Chinatown.

Kingdom Day parade

LAO__MLK_KamalaHarris.jpg Sen. Kamala Harris at the Kingdom Day parade in South Los Angeles.

Du-par's Studio City

LAO__Biff-Naylor_DuPars.jpg Gary catches owner Biff Naylor on closing day at Du-par's restaurant on Ventura Boulevard.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo

lastropicanas-carrillo.jpg Eduardo Carrillo a founding patriarch of the Chicano Art movement, as seen in an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Milt Larsen of the Magic Castle

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Raw Materials

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Album: Images from Alabama

HipstamaticPhoto-walker.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider recently visited Alabama to volunteer for Senate candidate Doug Jones.

My primer on self-preservation via political action

jones-voters-happy-iris.jpg Iris Schneider: So many people have asked about my recent expedition into the deep South to work on the Doug Jones campaign, I thought this might be helpful.

Chanukah at City Hall

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dick-enberg-old-ucla.jpg Ron Rapoport: One thing Dick would want us to remember, that it all started at UCLA.

The 2017 remodel of LA theater

sugar-pro4.jpg Looking back at a pivotal year, plus some recommendations to enjoy during the holiday season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dan Rather

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Downtown upended and Millepied finds a home at the Wallis

persona_17pr.jpg The LA Phil's Noon to Midnight festival brought a new crowd to classical music in LA. More from Donna Perlmutter.

Season of the witch

Franken-at-the-stake.jpg.jpeg in which Joel Bellman argues that it's not witches, but the witch-hunters, that we should really fear these days.

Foothill Gold Line groundbreaking

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Holiday lights

LAT front2 12-8-17 - Copy.JPG The print edition of the Los Angeles Times often bears advertising stickers on the front page. Today's was particularly newsworthy.

War of the Worlds

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detail_balance-ed-fuentes.jpg One venue for the muralist and educator is simply not enough, so here are some others.

Shadows on Cielo Drive

cielo-drive-sachs.jpg Stephen Sachs: Manson is gone, but the memories from that hot August summer a near half-century ago never quite fade out.

Disney Hall

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Passing the years in Mar Vista

mar-vista-joggers-molly.jpg Molly Selvin: I've now lived here 34 years, not counting the ten years in my parents' house just blocks away or the three years my husband and I left for various adventures.

Chris Matthews

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Streetscape: East LA
la-luz-del-mundo.jpg Iglesia La Luz del Mundo, East 1st Street.
Sign from LA's past
loves-bbq-valley-relics.jpg Sign from an old Love's BBQ restaurant at the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth.
Visiting her old ballet costumes
melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg Melissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Engine Co. 17
engine-co-17-side.jpg Inside the long-closed Arts District fire station on Santa Fe Avenue.
Wilshire Grand Center lobby
wilshire-grand-lobby-wall.jpg Visitors check out the wall-mounted sculpture by artist Do Ho Suh.
Barnsdall Park
barnsdall-park-trees.jpg Under the trees.
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.
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.