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February 26, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Yasiel Puig and other starting position players will be on the field for five innings Wednesday in the Dodgers' exhibition opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. Clayton Kershaw will pitch two innings, which will be followed by a simulated inning in the bullpen. Puig will play right field and bat third. Manager Don Mattingly is considering batting Puig leadoff this season, but said there's no urgency to slot him there at this stage. Left fielder Carl Crawford, third baseman Juan Uribe and second baseman Alex Guerrero will also play Wednesday.
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
In the years since he left the White House, former President George W. Bush has kept a low public profile, living out his golden years quietly at his home in Texas. An exception to this rule -- perhaps against his wishes -- has been his amateur art career. The paintings Bush has created -- depicting dogs, landscapes and himself in the shower -- were leaked online last year thanks to a hacker who later was arrested. In November, bowing to growing public interest, the former president touted his artwork to Jay Leno during an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show.
February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The first story line of the exhibition season: Can a college kid upstage the New York Yankees? No, seriously. The Yankees open the Grapefruit League season Tuesday against Florida State, and the Seminoles' roster includes Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Winston closed Florida State's 5-0 victory over Georgia on Sunday by striking out the final batter, Jess Posey, younger brother of San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey. In three relief appearances this season, Winston has given up no runs, no walks and one hit in four innings.
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Remember the 1980s? Art museums are starting to. Now that a full generation has passed, curators have some historical distance on that time, when so much changed in American art and American life. Last year, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art did a savvy survey, "This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. " The wide-ranging assembly of work, featuring 90 artists and several artists' collectives, considered art through a lens of the era's raucous social landscape. Now, the UCLA Hammer Museum is looking at one specific facet of 1980s art. Or, to be more precise, it's charting the intersection of two genres that together gained considerable traction then.
February 18, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
What did renowned makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin carry in his makeup kit? The answer will be revealed, along with many never-before-seen pieces from Aucoin's private and professional life, in a special “Icon Gallery” exhibition, open to beauty and fashion industry professionals as part of the Makeup Show L.A. The two-day trade show, which attracted 5,800 visitors last year, returns to Los Angeles for the sixth year on March 1 and 2, before traveling...
February 15, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
February 13, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Forget about tea and sympathy. How about tea and morphine? Each of the opium wars launched by France and Britain in 19th century China was less a war on drugs than a war for drugs. The imperialist adventurers were after tea and morphine, and they got what they were after. Morphine is an opiate, tea is loaded with caffeine. The thirst for both was strong in the West, and the East was their common source. A modest but absorbing print exhibition drawn from a promised gift to the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and newly opened at the Hammer Museum pictures one set of unintended consequences that arose in those drug wars' wake.
February 8, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Yoga has a 2,500-year history that sprung up in India as a series of mental and physical practices to help escape the cycle of suffering that flesh is heir to. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (Feb. 21 to May 25) offers a voyage through some of that history via art, photography and film. With 135 objects borrowed from 25 museums and collections internationally, this is the "first major art exhibition about yoga," says the museum. "Yoga is a range of practices that focus on controlling the body and breath as a means of stilling the mind," says Qamar Adamjee, curator of South Asian art at the museum.
February 7, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Just inside the entrance of Westwood's Hammer Museum stands a human-sized gingerbread hut by artist Nayland Blake. Left unadorned, its friendly, sugary scent wafts throughout the lobby. Across the room and up the museum's sweeping staircase, a harder-edged artwork of towering black-and-white text by Barbara Kruger reaches to the ceiling, dwarfing Blake's hut. "YOU," it screams. "You are here to get cultured. To get smarter, richer, younger, angrier, funnier, skinnier, hipper, hotter, wiser, weirder, cuter, and kinder.
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