Native Intelligence archive
for February 2008

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Beyond Baroque safe to 2032

LA City Council unanimously approves lease renewal.

Shelf Life

Hell man, I'm coming from a cinderblocks-and-plywood place.

Rocky says call Rosendahl

Is Beyond Baroque 'caught in LA indifference?'

Bukowski's unbeatable bungalow

Walls outlasted Bukowski's rage, and a wrecking ball, too.

The secret life of Los Angeles dirt

Photographer Joyce Campbell gave us a fresh way of viewing neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Each of the images was made using soil she collected on forays around the city.

LA's cab quandry: Go Brown

I don't think the Big Brown Machine ever met a red zone it didn't like.

John Doe is my copilot

I didn’t know who X was, but they’d just released "Under the Big Black Sun," and I knew, as I watched and listened to Doe and Exene Cervenka mesh those harmonies that should not have worked but did that they were ripping up old ground and making something new, and letting us walk around on it. Cool.

Beyond words*

When the operators of Beyond Baroque say they're "in great peril," let's hope the city responds.

Populism, yeah, yeah!

My only problem with "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is the fact that there isn't enough music. Benjamin Walker is a true punk rock hero and commands the stage as the obnoxious and intriguing Jackson, dressed in tight clothes, combat boots and utility belt complete with gun and microphone.

More than one way to pay*

I'm not a traffic engineer. I just drive Pico and Olympic.

Spare me the 'happy' crap

Some days I miss that I no longer work in an office ... but not today.

The gradual school of journalism

Journalism is becoming a pursuit in which journalists gradually decide not to be journalists ... So, why go to grad school?

Over 38 too old to do what?

… 'to be a first novelist?'

Earth ... clunk

After years of just normal, run-of-the-mill email spam, something was wrong. Very wrong.

The Heights Report

The screams tore across the street. It sounded like she was being brutally tortured.

Not all pigeons are pigeons

I've been photographing fake owls around Los Angeles for years, forever seeking birds that aren't fooled by those evil, baby-doll eyes.
Spring Street streetscape
food-for-dogs.jpgFirst Whole Foods arrives downtown. Now health food for dogs.
Rain Room
rain-room-iris.jpgMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.
mannequin-heads-jg.jpgLast chances on La Brea Avenue. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger
Future of Cities
foc-cocktails.jpgAbout 500 people turned out for new group's first LA leadership summit.
Fishing the pier
sm-pier-fishing.jpgSanta Monica Pier.
Chuck Berry and the Stones
rollingstones-hagg.jpgOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
Dorothea Lange's LA photos
dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpgDowntown's "Mexican quarter" in 1936. Images
Father and daughter
garcetti-with-maya.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter, Maya, at Gary Leonard's gallery.
Republicans for Voldemort
republicans-voldemort-vdt.jpgSpotted near the Malibu civic center. Veronique de Turenne
Visiting mom at Clifton's
cliftons-workers-rr.jpg Visiting mom's ashes, that is.
Neutra and Schindler
neutra-schindler-ucsb.jpgPlay imagines what happened after the estranged architects were reunited in a 1953 hospital room. Karen Wada
'Good morning, people!'
grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpgGrace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.
For your consideration
bessie-still.jpgTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
gayley-terrace-ww.jpg Gayley Terrace in Westwood Village.
ice-cream-man-pdr.jpg By the bike path in Playa del Rey.
The edge
ocean-vdt.jpg The view at the edge of the continent. Veronique de Turenne
LA's newest mountain lions
p-43-kitten.jpgKittens P-43 and P-44 caught and tagged.
LA's lizard season
baby-lizard-nhmla.jpgBaby lizards are all around in August. Story
Studying LA coyotes
coyote-dtla-nps.jpgWhere two Central LA coyotes go. Map
Secretary by day
Jenelle-Hamilton-sumo.jpgSumo fighter by night. Story
DTLA in the rain
rain-6th-street.jpgWhen rain is this rare, we run photos.