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.
Code 7 in Sherman Oaks
Cde7-shermanaks.jpgHow about a little LA crime history with your meal. Backstory
Neon treasures of LA
mna-derb.jpgThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
la-river-islands-vernon.jpgThe Los Angeles River looking upstream from East 26th Street in the city of Vernon.
Behind the Orpheum
back-of-orpheum-up.jpgThe view from Spring Street in downtown LA.
Mojave mannequins
hiway14-mannequins.jpgA splash of color beside Highway 14 in Mojave.
Parker Center palms
parker-center-palms.jpgIt's hard to take a photo in this town without a palm tree showing up. Bigger
Donald Trump piñatas
trump-pinatas-dtla.jpgTrump is a staple in the piñata district. Larger
Franklin Village
daily-planet-close.jpgThe Daily Planet on Franklin Avenue.
Graduation photo day
csula-grads-lacma.jpgCal State LA graduates pose at Urban Light.
ET-94 comes home
fuel-tank-land-gl.jpgET-94 arrives in LA and Gary Leonard was there.
i-give-a-fck-santafe.jpgSanta Fe Avenue, downtown Arts District.
Face painting
face-painting-cookie.jpgA Sunday afternoon in the downtown piñata district. Bigger
Rooftop pool
eastern-columbia-pool.jpgDowntown's Eastern Columbia building.
Images of the refugees
father-daughter-reach-lesbos-stoddart.jpgA father celebrates his family's safe landing in Lesbos, Greece.
Mellow DTLA Sunday
hauser-wirth-courtyard.jpgLate afternoon in the courtyard at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Vin Scully's 67th opening day
vin-scully-opener-2016-ocampo.jpgNo words needed.
Outlander hits Beverly Hills
outlander-fans-jg.jpgInside the eye of the storm with Jamie and Claire.
Homework table
verve-homework-table.jpgThe communal table at Verve Coffee Roasters on Spring Street is always packed.
Death Valley gets all flowery
death-valley-flowers-grace.jpgGrace Peng's daughter wonders, is it Death Valley or Spring's Meadows? Native Intelligence
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
port-berth60-325.jpgPort of Los Angeles.
LA's ghost streets
la-ghost-streets.jpgWriter Geoff Manaugh observes the shapes of blocks, yards and homes that reveal the existence of old streets. More