I'm getting ready to head out for a couple of weeks of lighter than usual posting. But first: some news notes and items to get off the desk.
Observing Los Angeles
The British novelist and journalist Will Self dropped in to our fair city this summer and collected a fresh set of outsider observations about LA — and you know how we all love reading those.
We mean the actual chairs. In the screen grabs from Friday night's news, watch just the height of the seat backs behind Leyna Nguyen and Sylvia Lopez.
Verdi's "La Traviata" can withstand almost anything. It's nearly indestructible, and sometimes irresistible.
Members of the L.A. Zoo Safari Society needn't trek to Africa to pet an Angolan python.
Christensen and Gold
Two California lakes: the Salton Sea, a festering manmade disaster in the desert, and Tulare Lake, a phantom lake, dried up by agriculture in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Not the first places one might expect to find hope in the Anthropocene.
It's a separate misfortune to attract harm to other people, and Marisol knew it, but she had made her decision.
Passing along without comment or anything to add: "We now understand that many [staff reporters] were expecting L.A. Register to go belly up by today's end."
Valley days in the media. Why City Hall may like even-year elections. Mismanaging the VA in West LA. Black elders denounce Daniele Watts. Plus more.
Assuming you like Stefani, Shelton or Fallon. You don't even have to like all three.
Al Martinez on Everything Else
Martinez walks a lonely road once crowded with friends and colleagues such as John Wiebusch. Time has diminished the crowd and left only shards of memory.
Admiring the written word
Nathan Fillion, Alison Brie and Justin Bartha read for The Blacklist. Iris Schneider has more: Native Intelligence
A blast from the 3-D pastGarden of Allah model hits the market again. Details
Harvey House gets a futureCedd Moses will take over Union Station's vacant diner space. Story
How hot was it?Why, it was bear in the swimming pool hot. Bigger
Don Shirley on CTG's new seasonOnce again our columnist has to ask: where is LA in the upcoming schedule of the Center Theatre Group? Native Intelligence
In case you missed it
More locations and the surf report on the LA Observed weather page
Garden envyVeronique de Turenne has a case. Here in Malibu