Native Intelligence

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

Pickle Works Building

LAO__DT-Pickle-Works_Fire.jpg A landmark of the downtown Arts District burns.

Joe Frank, somewhere out there

JoeFrank_SomewhereOutThere.jpg A documentary on the late KCRW radio storyteller premieres at this weekend's New Filmmakers Los Angeles DocuSlate program in DTLA.

Jose Huizar and Nate Hayward

LAO__JoseHuizar&NateHayward.jpg Community celebration in Little Tokyo.

Gandhi and Glass, Shakespeare and Prokofiev brought to life

1-Bulle_Sargsyan_Alejandro_Cerrudo-ModernMoves.jpg Observing and enjoying some downtown shows.

Maria del Socorro Olea de Siqueiros

LAO__Francesco&Mom99-.jpg 99th birthday photo by Gary Leonard.

Maria Elena Durazo

LAO__MariaElenaDurazo.jpg The former Los Angeles County labor leader celebrated her election to the state Senate.

Photos: Joni Mitchell tribute concert downtown

joni-mitchell-on-stage-iris-schneider.jpg The big finale featured Mitchell herself coming out on stage and receiving a birthday cake.

Down the digital rabbit hole in two CTG productions

Dear_Evan_Hansen._Photo_by_Matthew_Murphy._2018.jpg 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Quack' show the power - and the problems -- of viral social media in two otherwise very different productions.

Michael Bloomberg

gary-bloomberg-at-griffith-observatory.jpg The media mogul and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg at the observatory in Griffith Park. Click on...

Rite of passage

religious symbols.png Forging connection after the mass shooting in Pittsburgh.

Can talk therapy cure LA's civic malaise?

future-of-cities-crop.jpg Joel Bellman: I've been asking myself that question after attending not one, but two civic conversations this month dealing with the future of cities.

Kwame Anthony Appiah

LAO__Kwame-Anthony-Appiah-.jpg Gary caught up with Kwame Anthony Appiah, the philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist, outside the Central Library.

Sounds of silence

orbit2 - Copy.jpg The art of NASA is music to our ears.

Framing House Design

LAO__PhilipFrameHouse-.jpg Both photos by Gary Leonard.

LA Phil 100 celebration

LAO__LulaWashingtonDancer.jpg The Lula Washington Dance Theatre performed as part of the LA Philharmonic's 100th birthday celebration.
WDCH-Refik-by-DD-9986.jpg Verdi's words remain relevant in these political times. Plus: Refik Anadol's electronic kaleidoscope of Philharmonic moments.

Their most frightening experience

christine-blasey-ford-pool-sipa.jpg Joel Bellman: My male students tend to write about their insecurities around a loss of power; Women, the terror of a sexual assault or domestic violence.

Pink's Hot Dogs

LAO__PattMorrison@Pinks.jpg Patt Morrison at the La Brea Avenue stand's 78th anniversary celebration

Dos teatros and a resounding Echo

gloria-38.jpg Don Shirley recommends "Native Gardens" in Pasadena, "The Cake" in Westwood Village and "Gloria" in Atwater Village.

Hollywood and Vine

LAO__CrossWalk.jpg There's a new scramble crosswalk in Hollywood.

My father's table saw

Harvey-Sachs-Westlake-Village-building-patio-overhang.jpg CBS newsman Harvey Sachs was a different man on weekends. Since his passing, his table saw has cut the scenery for dozens of plays at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.

Angeleno Wine Company

LAO__GrapeCrushing.jpg Gary checks out the crush at the new winery downtown.

Brett Kavanaugh protest

LAO__BrettKavanaughProtest.jpg City Hall protest of people and groups opposed to Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Jonathan Gold plaque

LAO__JonathanGoldPlaque.jpg Laurie Ochoa, wife of the late Jonathan Gold, with the plaque honoring him at Grand Central Market.

At your service

indio jury summons, badge 8-18 - Copy.JPG Like everyone, I was pissed to receive a jury summons. That was before I met the judge.

Typewriter repair

LAO__TypewriterRepair.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears each week at LA Observed.

Racism on film, and in the street

kkk-display-joel-bellman.jpg Joel Bellman: As disappointing as "BlacKKKlansman" was, it triggered my curiosity about other films prominently featuring Klan storylines. There I discovered some interesting things.


LAO__GeoffPalmerDeconstruction.jpg Tear down at Temple and Beaudry downtown.

Chinatown at the Ace Hotel

LAO__RobertTowneChinatown.jpg Gary photographed "Chinatown" screenwriter Robert Towne.

The Theatricum and other summer hotspots

Coriolanus_0165.jpg It's the season for outdoor productions that are worth the effort to go see.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

LAO__Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez.jpg The Democratic congressional candidate from New York was at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Trader Joe's crime scene

LAO__TraderJoes.jpg The scene in Silver Lake after the fatal shooting at Trader Joe's on Hyperion Avenue.

Why Jonathan Gold's body of work will be read by historians

jonathan-gold-truck.jpg Harold Meyerson: Jonathan spoke for the new American food, but ultimately, more importantly, for that new America itself.
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