Native Intelligence

Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and invited guests
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Chapter 21. Waiting

veronica.jpg He was lucky to be white.

Only in LA: The jailhouse edition

Criminal_justice_wall-sh.jpg Steve Harvey collects signs and observations from around Southern California.

A rally for the 'California 12'

hanlines-iris.jpg Outside City Hall, friends and family of California inmates identified as innocent by the California Innocence Project pleaded for Governor Brown to commute their sentences for the holidays.

CTG grapples with branding, the British and a baby

luna-gale-ctg.jpg More than once, I've asked publicly how Center Theatre Group can possibly justify branding itself as 'LA's Theatre Company.' So I was fascinated when Diane Rodriguez, one of CTG's three associate artistic directors, raised the subject in an interview. Plus: Current stage reviews.

Do #blacklivesmatter to greens?

blacklivesmatter.jpg A dramatic, wrenching, and potentially pivotal story is unfolding in the environmental movement right now. It came to a head last week after Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, posted messages in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter.
joy-womack-v-iris.jpg Two of the Sugar Plum Fairies in Westside Ballet's production of The Nutcracker have traveled very different paths to the iconic role.

Kemp traded; McCarthy signed; Dodgers flurry continues

The Dodgers makeover continues as Andrew Friedman makes more bold transactions that should setup the team well for the future.

Los Angeles Mission

LAO_MayorVwashesfeet copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature at LA Observed.

Dodgers roster shakeup begins

The Dodgers made two bold trades today that helped them get younger and deeper. While the trades may confuse fans, they can trust Andrew Friedman has the organization on the right path, says Phil Wallace.

Chapter 20. On the gravel path

veronica.jpg There was something she knew, a certain kind of information.

Reclaiming lost lives at the LA County cemetery

IMG_1846 - Copy.JPG The LA County memorial for unclaimed human remains makes a powerful civic statement.

Need a harpsichord? Visit Curtis Berak's basement

lao-berak-rucker.jpg Deep in the bottom of a dreary building in L.A.'s industrial district, Berak has created a haven for harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments he made, rescued or restored for both his own pleasure and use by the region's major ensembles.

Cinefamily honors Robert Downey, Sr.

robert-downey-sr-iris.jpg United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel downtown was the home for a screening of "Putney Swope" to honor director Robert Downey, Sr. and raise money for Cinefamily.

'Yuck! Look what the storm dragged in.'

BeachAtPicoKenterStormDrain.jpg Our first major rain of the year was a mixed blessing. For most Angelenos, the rain brought a sense of renewal and a reminder that inexorable desiccation isn't the only state of our Mediterranean climate. For Mark Gold, the first major rain of the season will always be "the first flush."

Samaritan Jazz Lab

LAO_SamaritanJazzLab copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature at LA Observed.

LA needs a Department of Interstitial Spaces

AnotherCityThumb2.jpg Jeremy Rosenberg's new book "Under Spring" chronicles the extraordinary transformation of a very ordinary space under the North Spring Street Bridge. Revealing the possibilities alive in the past, it should attune us to the potential of 12,309 public places like "Under Spring" around LA--and the possibilities for activating "interstitial spaces" throughout the city.

Baryshnikov springs onstage and 'The Old Woman' rejoices

thisoldwoman-blue.jpg After roughly 15 years of wandering in the theatrical desert, Mikhail Baryshnikov has finally found the most deserving spotlight of his post-dancing career.

Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro photos at the Huntington

brighton-bruce-davidson.jpg A new photography exhibit at the Huntington Library features a pair of octogenarian masters of the medium.

Steve Soboroff typewriter collection

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

Chapter 19. Dear Reader/Corpse gets an assignment

veronica.jpg There were people in the Hahn Building who would protect her. Plus: A note from the author.
hanleins-kiss.jpg After 36 years of wrongful incarceration, Michael Hanline took his first steps into freedom with his wife Sandee by his side. He went to jail in 1978.

LA's bad traffic: A comparative advantage in new era of transportation?

NeilKremer110.jpg The next time you're stuck in traffic think about this: You're not just part of the problem. You're part of the solution. And not just for LA, but for the world!

The sad tale of Happy Valley

Jerry Sandusky--Music Box image - Copy.jpg A documentary film opening today in Los Angeles shows a community struggling to understand how a sex abuser terrorized its children and recast its storied college football identity.

Making choices along the sexual spectrum in three plays

stopkiss-ds.jpg From a theatergoer's point of view, "choices" are almost always more dramatically engaging than unchosen "orientations."

This costume exhibit could be more wearable

Hollywood-Costumes-mayco-iris.jpg There is a lot to learn at the academy's costume exhibit in the old May Company on Wilshire, but after an hour I found myself seeking solace. There must be a way to create a more conducive environment.

Chapter 18. He holds the door

veronica.jpg He preferred the present. But that's not why they were here.
Streetscape | Arts District
sushi-school-sign.jpgWell guarded school in DTLA.
Streetscape | Boyle Heights
boyle-heigghts-rental.jpgFor rent in the industrial flats.
Streetscape | Sunset@Alvarado
LA-Express-box-Sunset-alvar.jpgPorn must be affected by the print apocalypse too. Earlier spotting
LA stage report
stopkiss-ds.jpgMaking choices along the sexual spectrum. Don Shirley
Arts window | Hollywood costumes
Hollywood-Costumes-mayco-iris.jpgThis costume exhibit could be more wearable. Iris Schneider
Millard Sheets mural
millard-sheets-mural-crop.jpgArtist's work goes from home to the Huntington.
The Warwick
the-warwick.jpgCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Day of the Dead

day-of-dead-2014-iris.jpgFestivities at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Iris Schneider

Little Tokyo
1st-street-little-tokyo.jpgA weekend on 1st Street.
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Engine 23
engine-23-5th-street.jpg 5th Street in Downtown LA.
Church of Type
church-of-type-pico-sm.jpg Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.
Garden envy
garden-envy-vdt.jpgVeronique de Turenne has a case. Here in Malibu
Wilshire Royale
royale-wilshire-mccollister.jpgAnother sweet LA street image from Kevin McCollister. East of West LA
Honor for Hahn
garcetti-hahns-meg.jpgCity Hall East is now named for former mayor James Hahn. Read
Academy museum
academy-museum-ball.jpgOscar statue may take over iconic corner. More
Yosemite fire cam
half-dome-smoke-twitpic.jpg
Wildfire smoke over Half Dome, viewed from Sentinel Dome. Bigger. Yosemite Conservancy.
Made in America scene
jay-beyonce-garcetti-aoki.jpgMayor Garcetti with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Aoki at the music festival in Grand Park. Photo on Aoki's Instagram feed.
Giant floating ducky
duck-tall-ships-meg.jpgThe big rubber duck was the most photographed thing about the tall ships festival recently held in San Pedro. Photo: Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Ridiculous palm weeds
palm-weed-family.jpgIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
City of LA historical photos
lachs-baldwin-hills.jpgMen on a storm drain project near the Baldwin Hills in the Depression. More images from newly digitized collection
La chambre photographique
la-chambre-sb-600.jpgSanta Barbara. Click to enlarge.
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