2019 Year in Review

United States of America v Netherlands : Final - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France
“Caught up in the daily clamor, rising and falling in counterpoint to the news, we lost sight of the good for the bad, the extraordinary for the ordinary, the sacred for the profane,” staff writer Thomas Curwen writes in his look back on the year.

“Caught up in the daily clamor, rising and falling in counterpoint to the news, we lost sight of the good for the bad, the extraordinary for the ordinary, the sacred for the profane,” staff writer Thomas Curwen writes in his look back on the year.

The storylines that defined 2019

Our most retweeted stories of the year include President Trump and taxes, major earthquakes, boy band BTS and the ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’ dance.
This was the year that the unseemly sights, sounds and smells of people living on L.A. streets became inescapable, no matter where you lived or worked.
The most read stories include pieces on Nipsey Hussle, the college admissions scandal and two very California topics: earthquakes and rising waters.
White Claw summer. Cheese challenge. Baby Yoda. Whether you participated, lurked or were blissfully checked out, the internet was full of distractions in 2019.
Our ‘most shared’ stories of the year on Facebook include stories about politics, the weather and California’s housing and homelessness crisis.

Looking ahead

What will 2020 bring? There’ll be plenty to roar about. Concerts and playoffs. Electric highways and robots that bring your pizza. The future is right now.
2020 will be a year of looking outward, as scientists send spacecraft to the moon and Mars. They’ll also look inward, to cells that signal disease — or cure it.
Lakers and Clippers’ NBA title hopes and the Rams and Chargers’ first season in their new stadium are among the biggest storylines for 2020.

The year in news

This year, California got a new governor, who announced a significant slowing of the much anticipated bullet train project. In Los Angeles, homelessness became an all-consuming issue.
12 months of Trump: For White House reporters, it’s sometimes hard to remember what the story was two days ago. The fire hose of news is relentless.
In this year in review on immigration, The Times looks at what was perhaps President Trump’s most successful year for keeping his campaign promise to restrict immigration.
A look at the biggest sports stories from 2019, including the Rams’ Super Bowl loss, horse racing deaths and Tyler Skaggs’ death.
Restaurant critics Bill Addison and Patricia Escárcega pick their favorite dishes from 2019.

The year in entertainment

The year-end museums list also includes “Soul of a Nation” at the Broad, “Buried by Vesuvius” at the Getty Villa and MOCA’s “Pattern and Decoration.”
The year-end best list also includes a smoking-hot “Hadestown,” plus David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and “Little Shop of Horrors” with Mj Rodriguez.
The generational divide went beyond ‘OK boomer’ memes in 2019. From Greta Thunberg and the sisters of ‘Frozen 2' admonishing their elders for climate change damage to Billie Eilish’s subversive jolt to pop music and Martin Scorsese’s complaints about Marvel movies, it has been a year of skirmishes between young and old.
“Richard Jewell,” “The Irishman” and “Little Women” are among eight memorable books that made the leap to film in 2019.
For Los Angeles, the most vibrant music city in the world, 2019 featured a fitting sendoff for a hero and the cementing of some indie-rock legends.

The year in visuals and audio

Scroll through to see a year’s worth of entertainment photographs from our Los Angeles Times photographers.
From critical favorites Solange and Lana Del Rey to rookies Lil Nas X and 100 gecs, the best music of 2019 explored ideas of love, war, family and anxiety.
Ten albums that take listeners to unexpected places while providing a timeless reminder that the boldest creative expression sounds like freedom.
A 2019 roundup of podcasts by the Los Angeles Times including “Detective Trapp,” “This Is California,” “The Reel” and many others.

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