Native Intelligence

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

Exene Cervenka at City Hall

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Symphony for auto

auto-symphony-main.jpg "A [ For 100 Cars]," a symphony based around A440, the standard tuning note of the Western world, played through the sound systems of 100 automobiles parked on a downtown roof.

A salute to Anacleto Rapping, photographer

DBarrymoreOscars-anacleto.jpg Rapping, a former photojournalist at the Los Angeles Times and teacher at Brooks Institute, died in September.

Plays prescient and not so prescient

buchenwald-46.jpg In two remarkable new plays, same-sex Angeleno couples are traveling with their parents or other older relatives. Bigger topics become involved.

Moon Festival

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David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong

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Volleying with Rosie Casals

Rosie Casals2 9-29-17 - Copy.JPG Former tennis pro Rosie Casals opines about "Battle of the Sexes" and about what it was -- and is -- like for female athletes.

Lloyd Hamrol

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Look inland for more PST:LA/LA art

Hector-Hernandez,-Bulca,-2015.-Courtesy-of-the-artist.jpg Here are some Inland Empire exhibitions featured in the massive showcase of Latino and Chicano artists now on view across Southern California.

Bourne again: 'The Red Shoes'

1_THE_RED_SHOES_Photo_by_Johan_Persson.jpg It was just a matter of time. When would Matthew Bourne attempt to cross Niagara on a wire?

Shepard Fairey

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Visualizing Language

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Why the LA Times' new theater column needs a new name

daca-mented.jpg I'm glad the Times has returned to its long tradition of including theater coverage every Friday, but the new column would benefit from a clarification of how it operates.
wecanhelp-sh1.jpg Steve Harvey's Only in LA column originated in the Los Angeles Times and now appears occasionally at LA Observed.

Chinatown Branch Library

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Go Topless Day at Venice Boardwalk

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Dancer Melissa Barak visits her Chagall costumes at LACMA

melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg " I can look back and see how amazing it was," the LA choreographer says of dancing in "The Firebird" with the New York City Ballet.

What I learned from my trip to the solar eclipse

eclipse-iris-stars.jpg Failing to plan is planning to fail. Don't hurry home. Be grateful you made the effort.

Dick Gregory

LAO_DickGregory.jpg Political activist and comedian Dick Gregory died on August 19 at age 84.

Sometimes the experience doesn't have to be televised

There was the solar eclipse, and there's the Dodgers having the most fun season since 1974.

As the L.A. Times turns ...

A subscriber's wish list for the new L.A. Times regime.

Pop Sixties

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'Hamilton' in LA in the time of Trump

Hamilton-Company-standing-Joan-Marcus.jpg Don Shirley wonders how Donald Trump's white power allies would feel about the casting of black actors as Washington and Jefferson. He also writes that "Hamilton" is no "kumbaya version of how happy we'll all be if we can just get along."

Traction Avenue

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A Tchaikovsky cartoon (or not) and a Sondheim show stopper

sondheim-show-dp.jpg Will the real Tchaikovsky please stand up? The one who wrote transcendent music that stormed the heavens.

A bout last night

fight3 Lomachenko Marriaga judge 8-5-17 - Copy (2).JPG Seeing professional boxing live for the first time affirms that it embraces the best, the worst and the goofiest of humankind.

Al Gore and Garcetti

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Anthony Quinn's handprints

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Covina Bowl

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Now on stage, the apocalypse

onstage-jb.jpg In dark times, is the role of the artist to expose? To comment, to criticize, to amuse? Since last fall, it's been all of the above onstage in Los Angeles.

Kent Twitchell

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Peter Shire

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Solea-Pfeiffer,-Emmy-Raver-Lampman-&-Amber-Iman---HAMILTON-National-Tour-(c)-Joan-Marcus.jpg I didn't want to be less acquainted with "Hamilton" than so many other people who also haven't seen it. So I embarked on a pre-"Hamilton" syllabus.
New at LA Observed

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.
Streetscape
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.
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