Native Intelligence

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

Rachel Robinson and Sandy Koufax

LAO_RobinsonKoufax.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

The match of play and venue can be so wrong -- and so right

julius-caesar-anw.jpg Examining some local theater companies that know how to use the strengths of their own spaces and how to manage their finances.

City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival opens Tuesday

oss-117-cairo-nest-of-spies.jpg In an attempt to reverse the trend of writing about great events after they over, here is a reminder about an annual opportunity to see dozens of French films in Hollywood.

Chapter 25. Redirect

veronica.jpg Eugenio's wife, Melody, has sent him to buy meat.

Chapter 24. Visible

veronica.jpg They were looking at her. She had lost her invisibility.

Color coded parking signs

LAO_NewParkingSigns copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Sebastiao Salgado and 'Salt of the Earth'

salgado-amazonas1.jpg Wim Wenders' reverent documentary about photographer Sebastiao Salgado should be required viewing for every member of the human race, says Iris Schneider.

Room for improvement on LA's environmental report card

Report Card.jpg Los Angeles County got a C+ on its environmental report card last week, the same week that Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an ambitious sustainable city plan that could help raise environmental grades throughout the region.

Biltmore banquet staff

LAO_BiltmoreBanquetStaff.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

Deduct this

FinnMcCool1 1-12-15 - Copy.JPG You have a week to file your tax return -- do you know where your write-off is?

Only in LA: The swimsuit edition

highpedestrian-sh.jpg Yes, the pictorial spectacular display you've been waiting for.

A hard look at Jerry Brown's historic drought order

Bass Lake.jpg Governor Jerry Brown's historic executive order on the drought--requiring mandatory conservation measures statewide--was dramatic and strong, but, in truth, only moderate in scope. Mark Gold looks under the hood.

'White God' is both allegorical and mind-boggling

white-god-iris.jpg Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo makes his point about the dangers of racism and prejudice in a visceral way.

Forever Figaro, a "Rite" to remember and a Dead Man walks

figaro-hz.jpg Figaro is not just the rapscallion servant who turns out to be an aristocrat, kidnapped at birth. He occupies the center of LA Opera's festival these two months.

CicLAvia founder and mother

LAO_Aaron_Ciclavia.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.

The California desert welcomes spring

JT, chuckwalla, Mastodon Peak35 3-15 - Copy.JPG For our money, the best version of March madness plays out not on the hardwood, but the desert floor.

Time to ratchet down on water

Hitchster aqueduct.jpg Jerry Brown's approval of more than $1 billion in bond funding for drought response has led to statewide discussions on the adequacy of the response. Here are a number of other ideas that could move California closer to sustainable water management.

On famous actors and 99-seat theater*

blythe-danner-country-house-lamont.jpg I don't understand why Blythe Danner's words were chosen to receive the spotlight in a full-page LA Times ad about Actors' Equity and minimum wage.

Carlos Guitarlos

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

Farm fresh wind

Vestas, 1 of 2 in Windmill Tours 37 3-17-15 - Copy.JPG How Coachella Valley's wind farms flip nature's switch. A side trip into eco-technology.

Bruce Lisker gets good news from U.S. 9th Circuit

lisker-juryduty1.jpg A three-judge appeals panel wastes no time in siding with Lisker on a key legal point in his lawsuit against two LAPD detectives.

Prayer vigil for 'Africa'

LAO_Vigil_Africa copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular Thursday feature of LA Observed.

Ventilating radioactive ideas at the Aquarium of the Pacific

schubel300.jpg "When ideas are seen as dangerous, some people think the best thing to do is to kill them," Jerry Schubel, president of the Aquarium of the Pacific, recently told a group of reporters. "We want to keep them in play."
New at LA Observed
Old Cornell
old-place-cornell.jpgThe Old Place on Mulholland Highway. Click to see bigger. Photo: Judy Graeme.
expo-line-overhead-cc.jpgExpo Line, Culver City.
unstoppable-metro-local.jpgRiders may disagree. Metro bus on La Brea.
Spring has come
sycamores-vdt.jpgWildflowers and greenery in the Santa Monica Mountains. Here in Malibu
Breaking away
p-33-face-300.jpgP-33 escapes the Santa Monicas by crossing the 101. Story
Streetscape | Burbank
warner-bros-palms.jpgOlive Avenue side of Warner Bros.
Look up
lookup-6th+flower.jpgA corner of the downtown LA skyline from 6th and Flower streets.
Homeless camp on Pico
homeless-pico-closer.jpgSidewalk encampment on Pico Boulevard in West LA. Photos
Of tsunamis and earthquakes
namie-pile-sign.jpgIn one part of Japan, time has stood still since the 2011 tsunami. Story and video
Music at Doheny Mansion
dacamera-doheny-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes in some chamber music with the Da Camera Society. More
The name fits in Sawtelle
sawtele-furaibo.jpgSawtelle Japantown is LA's newest blue-sign neighborhood. Kevin Roderick
Giant coreopsis bloom
giant-coreopsis-malibu-point-dume-vdt.jpgThat time again at Point Dume headlands. Here in Malibu
Villaraigosa's new crib
villaraigosa-home.jpgFormer mayor buys a $2.5 million contemporary in Beachwood Canyon.
Streetscape | Pico Boulevard
pico-bike-skeleton.jpgMan and his skeleton riding tandem in Santa Monica. Photo: Sean Roderick
Desertscape | Mojave boxcar
open-boxcar-mojave.jpgBoxcar on siding, Mojave Air and Space Port.
Streetscape | Colby Avenue
colby-quonset.jpgQuonset hut on the Westside. You'll never guess the address.
Streetscape | Sunset Boulevard
silver-lake-scene-sunset.jpgSilver Lake near Sunset Junction.
6th Street bridge design
Renderings for the the 6th Street Viaduct and an NFL stadium for Carson. Inside
Last Remaining Seats
wizardofoz-lrs-underhill.jpgEd Fuentes' advice on what to wear and where to eat.
Broad museum
bcam-couple-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes the tour of the art museum coming to Bunker Hill. Photos
Maestra Canellakis
Karina-Canellakis-300.jpgKarina Canellakis and more reviewed. Native Intelligence
Hollyhock House reopens
hollyhock-iris-girl-in-room.jpgIris Schneider's photos from the reopened Barnsdall Park landmark. Native Intelligence