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.
Shaker spitiruals
shaker-spirituals-iris.jpgFrances McDormand sings at Redcat. Iris Schneider
Streetscape | Stan the man
bench-stan-the-man-balboa.jpgIf he does say so himself. Balboa Boulevard, Granada Hills.
Playa Vista
playa-vista-hangar.jpgThe hangar where Howard Hughes built his Spruce Goose seaplane.
Streetscape | Recession over
crane-2nd-sanpedro.jpgConstruction cranes, like the one in Little Tokyo, are all across downtown LA these days.
Homicide detective retires
sal-labarbera-law-castro.jpgSal LaBarbera might be the LAPD's most prolific tweeter. More
Snowy grapevines
temecula-vineyard-snow.jpgNice photo from Temecula to go with recent cold weather. Inside
Streetscape | Pico-Robertson

sidewalk-art-pico.jpgSidewalk art on Pico Boulevard, attributed to street artist Thrashbird.

Hall of Justice
hall-of-justice-480.jpgSpiffed up to be occupied again. With palm tree.
Harpsichord haven
lao-berak-rucker.jpgCurtis Berak's basement in industrial downtown. Karen Wada
Photography masters
wales-bruce-davidson.jpgAn LA exhibit pairs photographers Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro for the first time. Examples and video.
Streetscape | Sunset@Alvarado
LA-Express-box-Sunset-alvar.jpgPorn must be affected by the print apocalypse too. Earlier spotting
Streetscape | Santa Monica Boulevard
smblvd-swap-meet.jpgBy Santa Monica Swap Meet, they mean East Hollywood.
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
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