Native Intelligence

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

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.

The Black Cat

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'Antiques Roadshow' drives into the desert

AR baseball hi res - Copy.JPG 'Antiques Roadshow' revisits Palm Springs, where nine years ago a record was set for the most treasures valued at six figures.

Only in LA column: Valentine's Daze

lane-sh.jpg Steve Harvey's column for Valentine's Day.

State Senator Kevin de Leon

LAO_Kevin_de_Leon-(1).jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Women's march

Gary-Womens-march.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

All the street's a stage and sack lunch 'fellowship'

fellowship-biery.jpg January 21 was a great day for immersive theater in Los Angeles.

Women's march

LAO_Women'sMarch.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Photos from the women's march in Los Angeles

march-iris1.jpg Images by Iris Schneider of the march Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.

Pink hats for marches started in Atwater Village

pink-hats-knittery.jpg The Pussyhat Project was born at The Little Knittery, where women have been knitting pink hats for Saturday.


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Ring-Lardner-320.jpg Rapoport and David Davis discuss the first book that collects Lardner's daily journalism.

Back home in a more suspicious Mar Vista

mar-vista-stanwood-jg.jpg Sometimes the cable guy is really the cable guy. Sometimes the guy with dogs who lives in his RV is just homeless.

LA's football follies

rams-unis-gold.jpg The Chargers move to LA on the same day that the Rams hire the youngest head coach in NFL history. Meh.

The End Begins

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Lois Boardman's jewelry collection finds a home

lois-boardman-dogs.jpg LACMA exhibit provides a window into the life and personality of the octogenarian South Pasadena collector.

LADWP headquarters

TMPGL_GarcettiatDWP.jpg Mayor Garcetti event outside the DWP.

Wilshire Grand spire

TMPGL-atop-the-spire.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.

Malibu beach hijinx, take 256

free-zuma-phone.jpg The public has property rights, too - and we're tired of being forced to use our state taxes to fight decades-long battles for public access that has been long established.

Theatrical highlights of 2016

bekkah-brunstetter-scr.jpg My year-end highlights list gives me a chance to admire productions that I didn't mention earlier in the year.

'History of the Central Library'

LAO_LAPL_TomLaBonge.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Fake news through the years

islands-lanp-harvey.jpg In my 20 years as a Los Angeles Times columnist I came close to printing some untrue items — unwittingly, of course.

Friends with books: Two men of Mars

myrbcollection.jpg Two longtime friends recently published a pair of books about a couple of lifelong heroes of mine.

Let there be light refraction

rainbow13 from the patio 12-16-16.JPG Rainbows are fleeting gifts brought to you by sunlight dancing with water droplets. Sometimes, the show lasts longer than you've a right to expect.

Stew and Heidi and The Negro Problem at REDCAT

stew-iris.jpg I attended services at the church of Stew (and Heidi) last night.

Echo Park Community Parade

LAO_EchoParkParade.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Baryshnikov, Trifonov, 'Wonderful Town' are gifts galore

baryshnikov-letter-to-a-man.jpg If we're lucky UCLA's Royce Hall will stage an encore of "Letter to a Man." And more.

King (or queen) of the mountain

Dead Indian Canyon bighorn6 12-12-16 - Copy.JPG The best companion on an early morning hike has four legs and an air of imperialism.

Q&A: 'Instagrammer' paperboyo air tags LA

paperboyo-palms-crop.jpg London artist Rich McCor has been in Los Angeles air tagging some of the local landmarks.

'Merrily' is a masterpiece. Melted 'Icebergs'

merrily84a-ds.jpg Two major productions in LA right now more or less begin with scenes set in LA - which is so unusual on our larger stages that I'm happy to salute any effort to examine our own community.

Documenting Kenya and The Samburu Project

jongoy-iris-schneider.jpg For many years I had searched for a way to go to Africa with an organization that was improving the lives of women.

New County Board of Supervisors

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Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon

LAO_PinkLady.jpg Steve Seemayer with the original artwork used by his mother, Lynne Seemayer, to paint the Pink Lady over the Malibu Canyon tunnel in 1966.
New at LA Observed

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.
Neon treasures of LA
mna-derb.jpgThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
la-river-islands-vernon.jpgThe Los Angeles River looking upstream from East 26th Street in the city of Vernon.
Behind the Orpheum
back-of-orpheum-up.jpgThe view from Spring Street in downtown LA.
Mojave mannequins
hiway14-mannequins.jpgA splash of color beside Highway 14 in Mojave.
Parker Center palms
parker-center-palms.jpgIt's hard to take a photo in this town without a palm tree showing up. Bigger