“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
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.
Looking forward to 2020, the crystal ball is a bit cloudy.
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.
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.
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 top stories that impacted the nation this year.
President Trump planned G-7 to take place at his resort then backed out, Kamala Harris ended her bid for the nomination and Katie Hill resigned from Congress.
Some of the news was grim, but economic expansion proved remarkably durable.
A look at the biggest sports stories from 2019, including the Rams’ Super Bowl loss, horse racing deaths and Tyler Skaggs’ death.
Donald Trump. “Cats.” Kanye West. “The Masked Singer.” Quibi. Feral pigs. Peloton wife. 2019 was the year of pop culture, Mad Libs-style.
The year in entertainment
The year’s best movies are led by the hit true story that proved audiences will still support adult dramas.
Many indie filmmakers crossed over to studio movies in 2019, including Greta Gerwig, James Gray and Marielle Heller
Two clever and wickedly funny looks at class warfare lead a standout year for deeply personal movies.
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.
10 ways video games impacted entertainment in 2019: The stories they told plus where and how we play now
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.
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
More special projects from The Times
The Times found a rising number of death investigations across the country were complicated or upended after transplantable body parts were taken before a coroner’s autopsy.
First in a series: Big Mama and her neighbors live in a homeless encampment in Los Angeles. Through a special housing initiative they’ll soon have the opportunity to move into apartments.
Seventeen years ago, Chinese authorities abducted one of a set of twins and sent her to an orphanage.