February 11, 2014 |
No sport reflects Russia's cultural legacy better than figure skating. Go to a ballet performed by St. Petersburg's renowned company, the Mariinsky, and you will see dancers in movements that have become essential parts of skating: spins, spirals, lifts, jumps and throws. The first dance school in St. Petersburg opened in 1738, just 35 years after Peter the Great founded the city. "We have a ballet culture," said Artur Dmitriev before he won his second Olympic pairs gold medal in 1998.
February 5, 2014 |
Since it became apparent last week that Satya Nadella was in line to become only the third chief executive of Microsoft, the Indian community in Silicon Valley has been bubbling over with pride. That his ascension would generate such excitement might seem surprising at first. Indians have become a force in Silicon Valley, where about 15% of tech start-ups have Indian founders and a handful of notable companies, such has Adobe Systems, have Indian chief executives. Yet Nadella's appointment is being hailed by Indians as something more.
February 3, 2014 |
At the Starr house in San Diego on Sunday, there was screaming during the Super Bowl when Malcolm Smith, a 2007 Woodland Hills Taft gradate, returned an interception of a Peyton Manning pass 69 yards for a touchdown. "It was pandemonium," said Troy Starr, who coached Smith at Taft. Smith was named MVP of the Super Bowl after helping the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos, 43-8. "How cool is that?" Starr said. "It couldn't have happened to a better kid. " Starr, now the head coach at Helix High, coached Smith and his older brother, Steve, who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
January 25, 2014 |
Student sections keep coming up with ideas on how to inspire players, and at San Marcos High, the student section, known as The Pride, offered its own flashy way of firing up the basketball team in pregame player introductions. Above is video from Friday's game. Eric.email@example.com
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January 20, 2014 |
Down at Lily's Bakery, the talk among those hunched over their beignets and iced coffee is focused on the upcoming Lunar New Year parade. The much-anticipated Feb. 1 procession, filled with lion dancers and dignitaries waving from passing cars, winds through Little Saigon as firecrackers pop and the old flag of South Vietnam flutters. The pressing question now is if a rainbow flag will be added to the colorful mix. After firm resistance, organizers of the Tet parade, along with other groups called to a community assembly, relented, agreeing to let a troop of Vietnamese American LGBT activists march.
January 5, 2014 |
The Palm Springs International Film Festival gala or, as Tom Hanks called it, "This little, intimate, Sonny Bono rec-room chicken dinner get-together for two-and-a-half-thousand people," took place Saturday night. Meryl Streep picked up an award. So did Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey, among others. And though they were all seated within a few feet of one another in the airport-hangar-sized Palm Springs Convention Center, these Hollywood stars were more or less allowed to eat their pot-roast dinner in peace.