Native Intelligence

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

Coliseum restoration celebration

LAO__coliseum-ribboncutting .jpg Civic officials and USC unveiled the newly remodeled Memorial Coliseum.

Jury speaks loudly in Simers v. The Los Angeles Times

simers-register-pic.jpg Ellen Alperstein: After six years and two trials, the jury delivers a jaw-dropping verdict in former sports columnist T.J. Simers' lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times.

Book excerpt: The press and the Charles Manson murders

manson-eyes-cover.jpg Journalist Ivor Davis' new book, "Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder," details his observations of the era that began with the August 1969 slaughter at the home of actress Sharon Tate.

Dodger Stadium unveiling

LAO__Dodger_AllSrar.jpg Vin Scully and Mayor Eric Garcetti helped the Dodgers unveil the logo for next year's All-Star game to be held in Los Angeles.

Four great American adventures, on stage

Boats-B.jpg I've recently seen four productions around LA that succeed as great American adventure stories.

Triple header: Royal Ballet with LA Phil and Thomas Ad├Ęs

inferno-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter: It was balletic and beyond. Bodies speaking with eloquence. All of it gorgeous.

Toni Morrison in 2008

LAO_Toni-Morrison.jpg Gary brought his portrait out of the archives after Morrison died last week.

World Naked Bike Ride

LAO__NakedBike.jpg Gary was there.

Parker Center

LAO__ParkerCenter.jpg The old police headquarters, denuded.

Seeing 'Indecent', 'Happy Days' and 'Dana H.'

indecent.jpg Women's voices dominate Center Theatre Group's June offerings -- but with a twist.

WWII veteran Jack Nagano

LAO__EvergreenJackNagano101.jpg Marking his 101st birthday at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Jackie Goldberg swearing in

LAO__JackieGoldbergSwearingIn.jpg The former Los Angeles City Council member and state legislator returns to the LA school board.

Celebrating Betty Garrett on her 100th

betty-garrett-crop.jpg Ron Rapoport: Betty would have turned 100 Wednesday and I plan to celebrate by watching "On The Town" with some of her friends at Theatre West in the Valley.

We neighbors owed Angelica more

angelicas-house-molly-selvin.jpg Molly Selvin: Of course, my regret is about me too, whether my neighbors will offer a bit of help when my husband or I need it.

The stars come out: Nureyev and Domingo, and Kopatchinskaja

Kopatchinskaja.jpg A ballet movie, an opera and lots more going on around town.

25th story concrete pour

LAO__ConcretePour_LuisAvelar.jpg High-rise construction at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of downtown.

Digital media lab

LAO__TViThucHa_librarian.jpg Vi Thuc Ha, librarian at Central Library.

Getting into sheep shape in La Quinta

Dead Indian Canyon bighorn6 12-12-16 - Copy.JPG After several years and 21 dead animals, the city of La Quinta finally agreed to erect a barrier to keep bighorn sheep off the golf courses and away from human danger.

Tom Bradley plaque

LAO__TomBradleyPlaque.jpg They honored the late mayor with a plaque at the Coliseum.
falsettos-handout.jpg The LAT's home-turf focus hasn't filtered down to its coverage of the topic that professionally interests me the most -- Southern California's vast and lively theater scene.

What if the gun owners in America were also the liberals?

stephanie-alison-walker-iris.jpg "Friends with Guns" at the Road Theater in North Hollywood may challenge some of your core beliefs.

Chuck Levin birthday

LAO__ChuckLevin72.jpg Gary photographs activist Chuck Levin and City Councilman Paul Koretz in Chinatown

How to escape social grit and grime: hear the music, see the dance

venezuela-ascaf.jpg Our world can seem more simplistic and superficial, but not if you seek refuge in the right places.

Ed Ruscha and Kent Twitchell

LAO__EdRuschaKentTwitchell-2.jpg Artists Ed Ruscha and Kent Twitchell in front of the latter's mural of the former in the Arts District downtown.

Fallen tree

LAO__OlveraFigTree.jpg One of the last 150-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees in the Old Plaza downtown fell after the rains this winter.

Why aren't LA's blocks in CTG's 'Block Party'?

america-adjacent-5.jpg I'd like to propose a challenge to Center Theatre Group as it begins to consider which productions might make up the 2020 Block Party.

Partner practice makes perfect

Cenzano HP3 3-19 - Copy.JPG Ellen Alperstein: A tiny group of hard-hitting unknowns help the top tennis players in the world sharpen their game at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Their compensation? A sandwich and a pat on the back.

The Grand (Parcel Q)

LAO__GrandProjectGroundbreaking.jpg Big turnout for the groundbreaking at the new high-rise project across Grand Avenue from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Local kid makes an impression at the BNP Paribas Open

Collins DeGier6 3-7-19 - Copy.JPG Ellen Alperstein: As always, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells draws big crowds and big action. New this year are a few winged creatures.

New at LACMA: Charles White and Central Asian Ikats

ian-white-at-lacma.jpg Two exhibits featuring art from separate but equally captivating worlds have taken up residence until summer.

Elizabeth Warren at the Alex Theatre

LAO_ElizabethWarrenW_Rebecca&DavidTokofsky.jpg Gary catches up with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in Glendale.

Rats, demon cats and politicians from LA to Washington

rats-los-angeles-1924.jpg Kitty Felde: Don't be too embarrassed, Los Angeles. City Hall isn't the only political palace overrun by rodents.

Cinderella goes to war, Benjamin Britten shares the blitz

07_MATTHEW_BOURNE_S_CINDERELLA._Ashley_Shaw_Cinderella_and_Andrew_Monaghan_Harry_.jpg Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' is the choreographer's show-dance extravaganza that everyone must see.
New at LA Observed

KCET control room
kcet-rehearsal-control.jpgA peek inside the TV station's Burbank studios.
Whitt's Wood Yard
whitts-wood-yard.jpgElon Musk wants to drill here at Pico and Sepulveda.
bcam-stairs.jpgThe Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA.
David Hockney at LACMA
hockney-arrives-lacma.jpgThe artist arrives to open his latest exhibit.
Mountain lion family
mountain-lion-family-martinez.jpgFrom Robert Martinez's trail cam in the San Gabriels.
The power of 'pluribus' plays
Allegiance-9-(1).jpgDon Shirley on theater in LA
Macy's winds down
mannequin-graveyard-macys.jpgThe store in Westside Pavilion has closed down.
Streetscape: Westwood
westwood-sky-lao.jpgWestwood Boulevard looking north and a little bit skyward.
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.