November 23, 2013 |
The Angels bolstered their bullpen Saturday night, agreeing to terms with former Cleveland Indians setup man Joe Smith on a three-year deal for about $15 million. The signing, confirmed by a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, is not expected to be announced until Smith passes a physical. Smith, who turns 30 in March, has been one of the American League's most durable and dependable relievers for the last three seasons, compiling a 16-9 record and 2.42 earned-run average in 197 innings over 213 appearances.
November 22, 2013 |
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - During a recent tour of the historic locks here, Vice President Joe Biden helped an operator flip the switches to open the gates and then stepped out onto a balcony to watch a gargantuan vessel pass through. A hundred yards across the waterway, a crowd of Americans recognized the silver-haired man in shirt sleeves, the sun glinting off his aviator glasses, and began waving and shouting his name. "We love you, Joe!" yelled one man in a blue football jersey.
November 18, 2013 |
Guess it will be some Thanksgiving at the Cheney household next week; one thing's for sure - there'll be more than one turkey at the table. In their latest bid to remake “Family Feud” as a reality TV show, older daughter Liz Cheney - who's running for Senate in Wyoming - happily threw her lesbian sister and her sister's wife under the campaign bus over the weekend. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Liz Cheney touched the third rail of Cheney family politics by restating her firm opposition to same-sex marriage . Then, proving she has her daddy's gift for talking out of both sides of one's mouth, she added: “I love Mary very much.
November 5, 2013 |
Joe Iconis, a promising 32-year-old composer, is best known for writing the song "Broadway, Here I Come" for Season 2 of the now-defunct backstage theater soap opera "Smash. " His new musical "The Black Suits," which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will likely be as swiftly forgotten as that much-derided NBC series, but it at least gives us a chance to get better acquainted with a talent musical theater insiders have been excitedly touting. The show revolves around a Long Island garage band led by Christopher (Coby Getzug)
November 4, 2013 |
What if the Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony and no one came? That was painfully close to the truth last July, after the Baseball Writers Assn. of America rejected all the players presented for election. There were three inductees, selected by a separate committee to represent the pre-integration era, but each of those inductees had been dead for at least 74 years. When induction day arrived, the Hall of Fame generously estimated the crowd at 2,000 -- about one-tenth the usual number.
November 1, 2013 |
For Joe Sacco, the decision to do "The Great War" (W.W. Norton: boxed, unpaged, $35) grew out of a kind of dare. The idea - to create a panoramic drawing of the Western Front, and more specifically, the first day of the Battle of the Somme - had been a source of late-night conversation in the 1990s, when he'd shared a New York apartment with a young editor named Matt Weiland, who, like Sacco, was fascinated by the First World War. Fifteen years...
October 30, 2013 |
When I saw gluten-free Joe-Joe's chocolate sandwich cookies on my last trip to Trader Joe's, I thought I'd check out some chocolate options. I easily found six in supermarkets. They're all pretty good, and some are much better than that. As is often the case, it's the consistency that differentiates these gluten-free baked foods from those made with wheat flour. But the chocolate helps. It's a strong flavor and helps to compensate for flavors our palates might not be accustomed to. Of course, for people with celiac disease, that's a small price to pay, when the tiniest bit of gluten can mean a week or more of illness.
October 29, 2013 |
There are a lot of Hall of Famers involved with Game On Dude, installed on Monday as the 8-5 morning-line favorite and set to run from post position No. 9 in Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. There's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. There's Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. And there's probable Hall of Fame baseball manager Joe Torre, a part owner. Baffert is feeling some Yankees-like pressure after Game On Dude's dud performance in last year's Classic, a seventh-place finish at odds of 8-5. "He's a totally different horse this year," Baffert said of the 6-year-old gelding.
October 25, 2013 |
What is the opposite of a blockbuster exhibition? The pomp-free micro-show inaugurating Tif Sigfrids' Hollywood gallery. It occupies a space roughly the size of a hazelnut. It takes but a nanosecond to see. This anti-spectacle is the work of Joe Sola, among the savviest of today's art-court jesters. The L.A.-based Sola has installed his show of six minuscule portrait paintings (each measuring less than one-tenth of an inch across) in a tiny, tiny box that nestles in gallerist Sigfrids' ear, its one open side facing out. She wears the exhibition during gallery hours, pulling her hair aside to make it visible.
October 24, 2013
Re "Blow out the Camels," Opinion, Oct. 20 The centennial of Camel cigarettes in this country is no cause for celebration. Tobacco's grim toll on its consumers' health remains predictably costly, as professor Robert N. Proctor poignantly relates in his Op-Ed article. Yet the cigarette-selling business model remains viable, as the stock of the company that makes Camels has trended upward over the last few years. That's because the tobacco industry externalizes the long-term costs of its products' use. Most of the expenses caused by the deterioration of smokers' health are borne by society and not by the tobacco companies.