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November 13, 2008 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
In the press release for her ambitious, somewhat befuddling double album -- the deluxe edition, with extra tracks, is currently streaming on her MySpace page -- Beyonce Knowles discusses her newly revealed alter ego, Sasha Fierce. "She's the party girl, she's Bootylicious," says the singer-songwriter-movie star-mogulista. "She is but I'm not. She's my alter ego. I'm finally revealing who I am." The contradiction built into that brief comment says much about Beyonce's artistic predicament.
April 4, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Sasha Vujacic, the former Lakers guard, has sold an ocean-view house in Palos Verdes Estates for $2.6 million. Called La Casa Moderna, the Midcentury Modern-style, glass-and-wood house was built in 1966. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in views of the coastline, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island. The open-plan main floor of the 3,455-square-foot house combines the living room, den, dining room and  kitchen and opens to a balcony. Appointments include crystal light fixtures, remote-controlled window coverings and Venetian-style plaster.
November 29, 2008
In her review of Beyonce's split-personality tendencies on the "Sasha Fierce" album ["Beyonce Tries to Have It Both Ways," Nov. 13], Ann Powers criticizes the singer for accepting an outdated notion of what is "real" for a woman. She then makes a thoughtless remark about Beyonce and T.I. as being the only hip-hop stars "who recently tried this schizophrenia thing." Wow. Powers might be in touch with real women's issues, but she obviously knows nothing about the real issues of people who suffer from schizophrenia.
February 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Sweet revenge? Clippers Coach Doc Rivers , joking about why he signed Sasha Vujacic : "He made some shots against us when he was a Laker and I felt like if I could sign him and bench him and never play him again that that would be terrific for me. " Clowning around Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins , after Chicago's Mike Dunleavy pushed him in the back on a fastbreak: "He's a clown, and he's scared. I wouldn't even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He's a clown.
December 18, 1998 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Sasha (Jeana Blackman) remembers the defining moment in her childhood when something went terribly wrong in her brain. That something was manic depression, the disease with which Sasha has waged a desperate struggle for most of her life. Stripped to its essentials, Mike Stutz's "Infinite Cages," now at the Chandler Studio, could have been a compassionate treatment of a ravaging and all-too-common syndrome.
"See the Sea" and "A Summer Dress" call attention to an important young French filmmaker, Francois Ozon, whose understated, effortless style sets off a mature mastery of tone and mood. The first is only 52 minutes, the second just 15; they add up to a fully satisfying experience. Whether serious or humorous or anywhere in between, Ozon reveals a sure grasp of how to express psychological drama cinematically.
June 6, 2010 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A Visit From the Goon Squad A Novel Jennifer Egan Alfred A. Knopf: 278 pp., $25.95 Jennifer Egan's "A Visit From the Goon Squad" is a lively novel in stories about Sasha, an assistant in the music business, and her boss, Bennie Salazar. It may be the smartest book you can get your hands on this summer. We start with Sasha, a wry 35-year-old with sticky fingers. She's extremely competent at her job, bored, nonplussed by the date who marvels at her old-style bathtub-in-the-kitchen New York apartment.
December 13, 1990
I have delayed writing this letter in the hope that my perception of Jessie Katz's story "Gun Enthusiasts Stage Benefit Shooting Event" (Metro, Nov. 24) was an overly sensitive reading of what appeared to be an attempt to distort and malign an act of kindness. I am the man in the picture of our friend Sasha "rubbing her eyes." After reading your letters, I realized I had to respond. When you crowd in around a little person like a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, the average 5-year-old will, as her aunt put it, "shy up."
August 23, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
Manhattan is a gleaming, grime-free zone that's alive with buskers in "Downtown Express," which declares New York the music capital of the world and spins a willfully wide-eyed comic drama from the debatable premise. The unconvincing but gently spirited "Jazz Singer" update features accomplished musicians in the lead roles; the treat is their playing, not their acting. Mainly this is a showcase for violinist Philippe Quint, an impassioned and charming musician. He plays Russian émigré Sasha, who has landed a scholarship to Juilliard, where he prepares for a recital meant to launch a Carnegie Hall-destined career.
August 9, 2000 | MICHAEL E. RUANE, Washington Post
Sasha Turner waited pensively in the airport's arrivals terminal, watching each person who emerged from the customs area. He and his sister, Svetlana, had been separated for half their lives by a vast ocean, two cultures and a continent. He had memories of their early years -- hungry, neglected and ill-clad, sleeping in one room with adults and two other siblings in the Russian city of Samara. And when adoption parted them, Sasha, the eldest, worried about her. Where had she gone.
February 3, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Another former Laker has gotten an NBA job. Sasha Vujacic, 29, winner of two championships with the Lakers, signed a 10-day contract with the Clippers on Monday. Originally taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Lakers, Vujacic played seven years in the league while averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Recently he played in Turkey for Anadolu Efes, but has spent most of the year preparing for a possible return to the NBA. Nicknamed "The Machine" for his shooting ability (although his calibration may have needed a reboot depending on the year)
February 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Sasha Vujacic hasn't played in the NBA since 2011 when he played for the New Jersey Nets. But the 6-7 guard is finally back on an NBA roster after Vujacic signed a 10-day contract with the Clippers on Monday. “It's been different,” Vujacic said before the Clippers' shoot-around in Denver, as the team prepared for their game against the Nuggets Monday night. “It's been tough. That's in the past and I'm ready to keep moving forward.” Vujacic, 29, unable to get a job in the NBA, spent the last two seasons playing in Turkey.
November 22, 2013 | By Susan Denley
When Sasha Obama wore an Asos sweater emblazoned with a unicorn to a basketball game last weekend, the garment promptly sold out. But supply seems to follow demand: Asos announced on its blog that the sweater will be back in stock Dec. 2. [Racked] Fashion maven Sarah Jessica Parker has joined Instagram. [People] One surprising factlet about President John F. Kennedy: He knew a designer dress when he saw one. That's according to a taped interview Princess Grace of Monaco gave  in 1965, recounting her surprise when the president correctly identified the outfit she was wearing as a Givenchy.
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Lee
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
June 12, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Shakira and Adam Levine are out of the race on "The Voice. " On Tuesday night, viewers sent home each of their remaining contestants, Team Shakira's Sasha Allen and Team Adam's Amber Carrington. Team Usher's Michelle Chamuel and two members of Team Blake, Danielle Bradbery and the Swon Brothers, are the three contenders set to compete in next week's finals. Tuesday night's results -- revealed amid performances by Fall Out Boy, last season's second- and third-place "Voice" finishers Terry McDermott and Nicholas David, and season two's Tony Lucca -- also scuttled any doubt that Blake Shelton has figured out, better than any other coach, how to play this game to win. After all, he has not only coached the winning contestants (not to mention last year's runner-up, McDermott)
March 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyoncé is ordering everyone to "Bow Down," heralding the return of Queen Bey and Sasha Fierce. Her alter egos seem to be back with a vengeance and staking claim to the next female summer anthem. And guess what: She "don't need no hype. " The Grammy-winner posted a track (warning: contains profanity) called "Bow Down / I Been On" on her website Sunday, teasing to what fans can expect from her upcoming work. She also posted a childhood picture of herself dressed up as a queen and posing in front of a mantle full of her trophies and achievements.
July 23, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
First Lady Michelle Obama's mother summed up her life at the White House in one word: wonderful. Marian Robinson says the mansion is "much bigger than anything I've ever been accustomed to" and has "lots of people to take care of you." Granddaughters Malia and Sasha are growing up so fast that she's beginning to feel "left out." Robinson, 71, provided a glimpse of her life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after she read to a group of elementary school students in Washington's Maryland suburbs as part of a summer reading series.
April 18, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Ivanov," the play in which Anton Chekhov was still testing the formula for his dramatic breakthrough, is usually revived in somberly autumnal shades. So the opportunity to see the play thrillingly brought to life in brazen color, courtesy of director Bart DeLorenzo, is one that no serious aficionado of modern classics should pass up. A co-production between DeLorenzo's the Evidence Room and the Odyssey Theatre, where the show opened last weekend, this deliciously vivid, deliriously accelerated staging respects both the gravity and gaiety of Chekhov's 1889 play (nimbly translated by Paul Schmidt)
January 25, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I'm just back from Washington, after a weeklong trip to cover the inaugural festivities. And by cover , I mean walking for miles in bone-chilling cold and waiting for hours with hundreds of thousands of strangers to watch the proceedings on giant video screens. Inauguration morning may have looked good on TV. The pomp, the crowds, the soaring rhetoric, the patriotic songs. In real life, it involved rising before dawn to navigate barricaded streets with confused crowds given faulty directions by clueless volunteers and out-of-town police.
August 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova, who on Friday won her second-round U.S. Open match against Stanford psychology major Mallory Burdette, 6-1, 6-1, said afterward that she and former Laker Sasha Vujacic are no longer engaged. Sharapova said she and Vujacic split in the spring, before stories appeared in Turkish newspapers that she and Vujacic were going to get married in Istanbul in November. Vujacic has been playing for a professional team in Turkey. "It's been since the end of spring," Sharapova said.
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