November 8, 2013 |
Trained as an architect, Tony Smith (1912-80) was adept at working with geometric structure in relation to the human body. In the 1950s, when he turned first to painting and then to sculpture, the interplay between the geometric and the organic became a leitmotif. “Maze,” a conundrum in welded steel painted dead-black, is the commanding centerpiece of a beautiful exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. The 1967 sculpture consists of two pairs of rectangular forms, each nearly 7-feet tall.
November 2, 2013 |
All the talking is done, the works are in the books and the money - huge money - is on the line for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic. It will go off as the 12th and final race on a day at Santa Anita that organizers hope will attract as many as 50,000 people. Leaving the Classic for last certainly is sensible. The race's field of 11 veteran horses, who have won a total of more than $27 million, is difficult to top, and the purse is set at $5 million. That's the largest in North America and second in the world only to the $10-million Dubai World Cup. Money isn't the only measure of race quality.
November 1, 2013 |
The first race of the two-day Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita was run at a little-raced distance but finished with a predictable outcome. Mike Smith guided London Bridge over the 1 3/4 miles to win his record 18th Breeders' Cup race. A race that long is rarely run in the United States so it gathered a lot of 1 1/8 mile horses and asked them to stretch out to 14 furlongs. In other words, the first half of the race is an exercise in watching paint dry. London Bridge came from 8th at the mile to win by a length.
November 1, 2013 |
The second race on the Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita seemed a little like the first when jockey Mike Smith went two-for-two when he won the Juvenile Turf aboard Outstrip. Smith rallied the horse in deep stretch and went past Giovanni Boldini and a tiring Bobby's Kitten to win by a half-length. Outstrip paid $14.00, $6.80 and $3.60. Giovanni Boldini returned $6.40 and $3.40, and Bobby's Kitten, named for the late trainer Bobby Frankel, paid $2.40 to show. Bobby's Kitten led comfortably until mid-stretch, when he was challenged by Giovanni Boldini.
October 31, 2013 |
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list Thursday, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges. Smith had been undergoing rehabilitation at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games. With San Francisco (6-2) on its bye this week, Smith could resume practicing and working out on his own, then formally practice next week ahead of a Nov. 10 home game against the Carolina Panthers.
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 28, 2013 |
Seems the New York Jets can't stand success. A week after beating New England in their most impressive performance of the season, the Jets flopped in Cincinnati, 49-9. The Jets haven't won consecutive games since Weeks 13 and 14 of last season, and their latest debacle was their worst loss since 2010. Geno Smith looked like a rookie once again with two intercepted passes that were returned for touchdowns, and the Jets' defense was shredded by Andy Dalton, who threw for five touchdowns - four to the unheralded Marvin Jones.
October 26, 2013 |
Most people think next weekend's horse racing extravaganza at Santa Anita is the Breeders' Cup. It's actually the Mike and Gary Show. They are Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady of their sport. They are long in experience and tooth, star jockeys who have been around ... and around ... and around. Each has won more than 5,000 races and millions of dollars in racing purses. Each has won each Triple Crown race at least once, Stevens three times each. Stevens has won eight Breeders' Cup races, Smith has the record with 17. Each has been inducted into racing's Hall of Fame, Stevens in 1997 and Smith in 2003.
October 25, 2013 |
Pop & Hiss premieres the title track from singer-songwriter Mindy Smith's new five-song holiday EP “Snowed In.” The Long Island-born, Nashville-based musician returns to the seasonal music she explored movingly in her 2007 album “My Holiday” because “a lot of people really gravitated to the holiday record, more than I anticipated. When I made it, of course, you hope that happens.” The song “Snowed In” approaches Christmas as a time to spend with a loved one, set to a wistful melody that Smith sings with sweetness and a trace of melancholy.
October 23, 2013 |
Elliott Smith needed a cigarette. The singer-songwriter was onstage at Largo on Fairfax Avenue not long after smoking had been banned in California bars. "He'd played about 10 songs and said, 'I'm going to go take a smoke break, does anyone want to join me?'" remembered Largo's longtime owner Mark Flanagan of the 1998 show. "He put his guitar down and walked out to the street. Then 60 people got up and gathered outside. People who didn't even smoke were smoking outside just to be near him. " Smith died 10 years ago this week in his Echo Park home.