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  1. Press freedom under Trump and the Festival of BooksRead the original story

    Apr 16, 2017 | LA Observed

    Coming up on 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency, it seems like an ideal time to check in with reporters on what it's actually like to cover the new Administration. I'm moderating a panel Monday night for Writers Bloc Presents that will delve into the issues and practical challenges that covering Trump poses for news outlets.


  2. Grand nights for singing and dancingRead the original story

    Apr 16, 2017 | LA Observed

    Forget New York. Right now Los Angeles looks like the new center of vocal arts, with PlA cido Domingo as its long-time major benefactor.


  3. Notes: Daylight time editionRead the original story

    Mar 13, 2017 | LA Observed

    Cody Decker, the UCLA and Santa Monica High alum whose witty tweets have made him perhaps the best known journeyman minor league baseball player, is leading Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. He came up with the team's Mensch on the Bench mascot and has been having a Twitter exchange this weekend with William Shattner .


  4. Women Look Out photography showRead the original story

    Mar 11, 2017 | LA Observed

    LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider is one of the six women whose images are included in a new photography show opening tonight at the Arena 1 Gallery at Santa Monica Airport. Iris's photographs are from her working trip last year to the Samburu area in Kenya for a non-profit project that brings clean water to rural villages.


  5. Westwood's Regent theatre to close, become restaurantsRead the original story

    Feb 23, 2017 | LA Observed

    Westwood Village, once the place where big films opened in Los Angeles, is about to be down to just two remaining movie houses. The owner of the Landmark Regent Theatre on Broxton Avenue has filed plans with the city to convert the auditorium space into two restaurants, Los Angeles Magazine reports .


  6. Ritchie Valens legacy keeps growingRead the original story

    Feb 5, 2017 | LA Observed

    It has been a few years since I posted anything to mark the the date, Feb. 3, 1959, of the airplane crash in Iowa that killed rock stars Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson and, from Los Angeles, Ritchie Valens. But I recently got introduced to Girl In A Coma, a band from San Antonio that played for most of a decade before recently breaking up.


  7. FAA agrees to 2028 close of Santa Monica AirportRead the original story

    Jan 29, 2017 | LA Observed

    For the first time in the long controversy over Santa Monica Airport, the city of Santa Monica has the go-ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration to close the busy municipal airport. An agreement between the city and the FAA announced on Saturday allows SMO to stop being an airport after Dec. 31, 2028.


  8. Video: Guy hikes Griffith Park to Pt. Mugu in 69 hoursRead the original story

    Dec 29, 2016 | LA Observed

    Filmmaker Nick C. Johnson fell in love with the mountains and hiking after he moved to Los Angeles in 2011. He hiked the John Muir Trail last year and has his sights on the Pacific Crest Trail.


  9. Theatrical highlights of 2016Read the original story

    Dec 23, 2016 | LA Observed

    Still, each year I look forward to writing my own highlights list. Besides covering some of the favorites that I've already publicly praised, these lists also give me a chance to admire other productions that I didn't mention earlier in the year, when they were up and running.


  10. Documenting Kenya and The Samburu ProjectRead the original story

    Dec 8, 2016 | LA Observed

    For many years I had searched for a way to go to Africa with an organization that was improving the lives of women. In July I traveled to the arid landscape of Samburu, Kenya with The Samburu Project , a Santa Monica based non-profit that brings clean water to rural villages.


  11. Notes: Sexual assault, media moves and moreRead the original story

    Oct 31, 2016 | LA Observed

    Our occasional column of media and politics notes, with other news and observations. From multiple sources and the LA Observed inbox.


  12. Tom Hayden, 76, author and political activistRead the original story

    Oct 23, 2016 | LA Observed

    Author, activist and former California state assemblyman Tom Hayden has died in Santa Monica. Details are scant but the Los Angeles Times obituary tonight says that Hayden died after a lengthy illness.


  13. Questions big and small for Measure MRead the original story

    Oct 18, 2016 | LA Observed

    I thought that taking the Expo line downtown would be an appropriate way to hear Metro chief Phillip Washington speak. But as I settled into my seat, one of the crew announced that our train would go no further than the Crenshaw station and we would presumably have to transfer to buses.


  14. Josh Kun, 4 other Angelenos win MacArthur grantsRead the original story

    Sep 21, 2016 | LA Observed

    Author and USC cultural historian Josh Kun is in the 2016 class of creative and accomplished people selected as MacArthur Fellows. The MacArthur Foundation announced the latest group of winners tonight.


  15. Making voting as easy as shopping at TargetRead the original story

    Sep 1, 2016 | LA Observed

    In its final days, the legislature passed a bill eliminating the traditional polling places and replacing them with a much smaller number of "voting centers," scattered around each county. It will be like a neighborhood pharmacy, deli or family owned market being replaced by a Target.


  16. California Incline redo in timelapseRead the original story

    Sep 1, 2016 | LA Observed

    The California Incline, a crucial transportation link in Santa Monica, reopens today after being closed for more than a year. A timelapse video posted today captures 15 months of work in two minutes.


  17. Joe Hicks, political commentator, was 75Read the original story

    Aug 30, 2016 | LA Observed

    Joe Hicks, the co-founder of Community Advocates Inc. and a long-time media commentator on race and columnist in Los Angeles, died Sunday at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica after post-surgical complications. A former black militant who later ran the Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter in LA and the city Human Relations Commission, he was popular among conservatives for being an African American lefty who turned right.


  18. Border Grill closing in Santa Monica after 26 yearsRead the original story

    Aug 29, 2016 | LA Observed

    Two of the early VIPs of the modern Los Angeles food scene, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, said in a letter Monday that they will let their lease run out on Border Grill. The Mexican grill began on Melrose Avenue in 1985 and moved to 4th Street in downtown Santa Monica in 1990, before the beach city became such a red-hot shopping, eating and tourist destination.


  19. Mollie Lowery, 70, longtime angel of Skid RowRead the original story

    Jul 26, 2016 | LA Observed

    Steve Lopez has written a lovely column on his friend Mollie Lowery, the Skid Row organizer and housing advocate and co-founder of the LAMP Community. Lowery died Monday at home in Highland Park at age 70, after having cancer.


  20. Melvin Durslag, 95, longtime LA sports columnistRead the original story

    Jul 18, 2016 | LA Observed

    Melvin Durslag wrote about sports for the Hearst newspapers in Los Angeles - the Examiner and then the Herald Examiner - from the time he was a freshman at USC in 1939 until the HerEx closed in 1989. For most of that time, he was a featured sports columnist.


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