March 28, 1999 |
If Van Gogh Had Owned a Dryer . . . : Canadian artist Bill Gardner can't argue with critics who dismiss his work as pure fluff--because that's exactly what it is. Gardner is making a name for himself with prized portraits and still-lifes made exclusively of lint from his clothes dryer. The 42-year-old Calgary artist's works include uncanny lint likenesses of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and O.J. Simpson.
February 3, 1997 |
Cross-stitchers. Needlepointers. Lace-makers. Embroiderers. Think of them as devoted. Artistic. Maybe even addicted. Just don't think of them as little old ladies in rocking chairs. You can stick a pin in that stereotype, says Joan Cravens, who directed the I Love Needlework Fair last week aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. "Today's needleworker, according to surveys, is young--the average age is under 40," Cravens says. "She's intelligent, usually with a college education.
September 30, 2007 |
WATCH BILL GARDNER CAREFULLY He's the New Hampshire secretary of state ( www.sos.nh.gov), the man sworn to preserve the New Hampshire first-in-nation primary tradition (state law requires that it fall before any other state primary). In the scramble of states to vote earlier, Michigan has set a Jan. 15 date, so it seems New Hampshire's polling will have to be before then. But Gardner hasn't committed to a date yet. (Meanwhile, Wyoming has set a delegate-selection convention for Jan. 5.
February 5, 1986 |
Don't be surprised if the National Hockey League changes its format for the All-Star game next season. There have been reports that the NHL will expand the All-Star break from two days to a week beginning next season, when the game is played in Quebec City. There is also speculation that there will be an exhibition game between NHL stars and a team from the Soviet Union before the All-Star game.
September 2, 2007 |
Where does the 2008 calendar stand? It is still in flux, which is rather remarkable considering that voting is expected to begin in just about four months. Some tentative dates were set months ago, but those are certain to change. -- So how are things likely to shake out? Iowa and New Hampshire are determined to maintain their status as hosts of the first caucuses and primary, respectively. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver insists his state will not vote this year. The state is likely to move up its caucuses to somewhere around Jan. 3-6. New Hampshire law requires a seven-day cushion between its vote and any "similar" contest, to avoid diluting its impact.
April 1, 1990 |
DOLLY PARTON has sold her home in the Hollywood Hills. Escrow closed a few days ago on the three-bedroom house for close to its $2-million asking price, according to public records. Parton kicked off a 70-city concert tour with Kenny Rogers in late February with a weeklong engagement at the new Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. She is expected to find a pied-a-terre in Los Angeles after she returns. Parton has a home in Tennessee, where she lives most of the time, her publicist said.
March 4, 2000 |
From German oompah to Chicano tones, from the sounds of theatrical organ music to alternative rock, a parade of music shows and hosts begins leaving KPCC-FM (89.3) tonight as the Pasadena-based public radio station moves toward its promised transformation into an all news and talk outlet.
July 24, 1987 |
Billy Higgins says he's too lazy to do wind sprints. He refuses to lift weights. And, unlike many of the top players in the U. S. Tennis Assn. Men's 45 Hardcourt Championships this week, Higgins will offer only three quick words when asked of his on-court strengths. "I haven't any," he said. Higgins, 45, and the tournament's No. 16 seeded player, seems to believe these words. But no one else does.
January 22, 1985 |
Defenseman Mike O'Connell scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season and the Boston Bruins turned in an outstanding defensive effort in front of goalie Pete Peeters Monday night to surprise the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, at Boston. The Bruins, 5-3-1 in their last nine games despite consecutive losses last week, outshot Montreal, 38-24, in defeating the Adams Division leaders for the third time in five meetings. The fourth-place Bruins moved within seven points of the Canadiens.
November 25, 2007 |
During a 1999 debate of Republican presidential contenders, George W. Bush famously cited Jesus when he and other candidates were asked to identify the "political philosopher or thinker" who had most influenced them. Last week, Democratic White House contender Barack Obama broached Christ in answering a different question, picking him as one of three historical figures with whom he would like to have dinner. The query was posed to Obama by a reporter with the Conway, N.H., Daily Sun.