November 9, 2013 |
For the next installment of our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, we turn to the Ojai Art Festival, running through Nov. 24 -- a celebration of work made from trash and meant to provoke questions about waste. That's where, if you're lucky, you'll see the barbed wire baskets of Karl Vidstrand. The artist scavenges in the Mojave, near where he lives, for the desert detritus that accents his pieces. What's intriguing about the resulting designs is that they subversively prevent each basket from performing its function: holding stuff.
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September 23, 2013 |
When Karl Rove starts truth-squadding fellow Texas Republicans over the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, you know there are some tall tales floating around. On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Chris Wallace of Fox News: “You know what's interesting? Last week, the Wall Street Journal, for the first time in years, found Republicans are leading on healthcare. Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats on healthcare.” A few minutes later, Rove, a Fox analyst, called him out. “I do want to correct one small thing that Sen. Cruz said,” Rove said.
September 9, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman is ready to take basketball diplomacy to the next level. Fresh off his second controversial trip to North Korea, the flamboyant former NBA star announced plans to stage a pair of exhibition games there in January, featuring a team of fellow ex-basketball players. He even threw out a couple of names on his wish list: Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone. But there's no word on whether his fellow Hall of Famers will be joining Rodman on his next trip to the repressive state that considers the U.S. a sworn enemy and has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor for alleged hostile acts against North Korea.
September 7, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian did a sky-high fashion shoot with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld while she was pregnant, and now there's photographic proof of the weirdly beautiful merger. The reality star bared her baby bump in several spreads shot by the designer-photographer in CR Magazine's fall/winter issue . Kardashian, 32, who gave birth to baby girl North West on June 15, is decked out in haute couture from Comme de Garçons, Celine, Chanel and Ralph Lauren among others. "OMG the COVER of Carine Roitfeld's crfashionbook #issue3!
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August 15, 2013 |
A German-born fabulist who masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family was sentenced Thursday to 27-years-to-life in prison for killing his San Marino landlady's son in 1985. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, acting in his own defense, addressed the court before sentencing and blamed the slaying of 27-year-old John Sohus on the man's wife, Linda. "I want to assert my innocence," said Gerhartsreiter, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit with his hands cuffed in front of him. "I firmly believe that the victim's wife killed the victim, but, be that as it may … I did not commit the crime.
July 12, 2013 |
Karl Pohrt, the founder of Shaman Drum Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Mich., died Wednesday. The 65-year-old was suffering from cancer; tumors in his brain compelled him to stop blogging in May. Shaman Drum was a legendary independent bookstore -- one of a few, like Powell's, able to rise to national prominence during the advent of online bookselling. Located near the University of Michigan, it was able to use its brisk trade in college textbooks to support a broad literary list and explore innovative projects.