April 26, 2013 |
Tennis star Venus Williams was in Santa Monica on Thursday, doing fitness demonstrations, leading regular, less-in-shape folks in some exercise and promoting Jamba Juice because she likes to be able to add wheatgrass shots to her juice. Since announcing at the 2011 U.S. Open that she suffered from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects her energy levels and can leave her eyes and mouth exceptionally dry, Williams has taken the lead in learning about nutrition, diet and just about everything else about her body.
April 17, 2013 |
The Green Bay Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday as the team took care of one of its top two stars in need of new deals. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also in negotiations for an extension. Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, "Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!" The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, but NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the deal as a five-year extension worth $66 million.
April 14, 2013 |
As Urs Fischer stood inside the Geffen Contemporary last month preparing for his big MOCA survey, the museum's much-discussed financial troubles did not seem to be weighing on him. "I don't care about any of that; I care about art," said the beefy 39-year-old artist in jeans and a long-sleeve black T-shirt, with assorted tattoos snaking up his arms. And he noted that his show has not been shortchanged because of any budget crunch. "Putting on a sculpture show always takes a lot of effort, but we didn't have to compromise much.
April 4, 2013 |
Dan Finsel's intriguing show at Richard Telles revolves around a 1974 book he found in his parents' collection: "The Inward Journey/Art as Therapy for You. " The sculptures, paintings and photographs that Finsel created in response seem to be a Freudian exploration of family dynamics, with plenty of references to the inputs and outputs of at least two important orifices. They are also send-ups of the notion of art as a direct conduit to self-discovery. The show opens with a faux copy of the book, its title translated into pig Latin, and a portrait of Finsel sitting at a table with a variety of clay objects.
March 18, 2013 |
Clay Matthews does not have two broken legs. Or even one for that matter. As far as we know, that is. Since when is it news when someone is not horribly injured? Ever since some sicko created a website that claims to allow other sickos to concoct fake news reports about "any player, any team, two broken legs in glorious traffic accident!" How nice. Apparently just one broken leg isn't quite horrific enough. Anyway, the alleged purpose of this site is to help fantasy football owners get a competitive advantage over everyone else in their league (a.k.a., cheat)
March 18, 2013 |
The L.A. duo The Milk Carton Kids have the interesting distinction of being just as famous for their live banter as for their music. It's no accident that Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan's act has risen in the ranks of Largo's folk-comedy crossover: part Smothers Brothers cheeky repartee, part Conchords -ian self-awareness about singer-songwriterdom, the time between their songs at shows can be just as compelling as the music. But the music is even better. On their debut album "The Ash & Clay" for Anti- , the duo makes four sounds - two voices, two acoustic guitars - sound as big as a prairie.
February 23, 2013 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday officially announced the addition of three new assistants and the promotion of quarterbacks coach Clay Helton to offensive coordinator. The news release sent out by USC did not address whether Kiffin would give up play-calling duties. "I am excited to have completed the reconstruction of our staff," Kiffin said in a statement. "It was a very exhaustive and thorough process. " Helton will continue to coach quarterbacks as the Trojans transition from four-year starter Matt Barkley to sophomores Max Wittek or Cody Kessler or freshman Max Browne.
February 21, 2013 |
Eight recent glazed and fired ceramic tiles by Michaela Meise are like ancient accounting tokens merged with modern sculpture. At a time when the market dominates so much art conversation, these small clay reliefs, which she calls “Money Faces,” are eccentrically engaging. For her second solo show at Richard Telles Fine Art, the Berlin-based Meise has carved crude individual faces into slabs of clay, none much larger than a foot per side and most smaller, each about an inch-and-a-half thick.
January 21, 2013 |
Former Olympic figure skater and five-time world champion Michelle Kwan married Clay Pell on Saturday in Providence, R.I. Pell is director for strategic planning on the national security staff at the White House. The ceremony was attended by about 200 people, including Olympic champions Brian Boitano, Dick Button and Dorothy Hamill, People.com reports . At the wedding, "You could feel the love Michelle and Clay have for each other," a guest told People.com. "They are truly a perfect match.
January 13, 2013 |
The place felt so familiar. The air was dry and warm and slightly smoky. Streets were unpaved, rutted, edged with weeds below ramshackle wooden fences. Swaybacked horses and muscled pickup trucks dueled for right of way on the dusty roads. I was invited almost immediately into the humble homes of extraordinary artists and encouraged to inspect pieces of delicate pottery displayed on oilcloth-covered kitchen tables or arranged on sagging beds. I looked over the shoulders of men and women who shaped, polished and painted at tiny sunlit work stations.