July 25, 2013 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was onstage at the ESPYs, making a fashion statement in a red sports coat and Hollywood shades. He threw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game, surprising the crowd - and the catcher - with an 87-mph throw. He made headlines for what he took off (his clothes, for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue) and what he put on (a Miami Dolphins hat, in a pot-stirring Twitter picture). So far in 2013, Kaepernick has gone just about everywhere he has wanted to go. Except into that end zone in the Superdome, where his 49ers were stopped five yards short of a Lombardi Trophy in a 34-31 loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.
July 18, 2013 |
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
July 11, 2013 |
California has had term limits in the Legislature since 1990. Boy, that's really made a massive difference in the quality of governance, hasn't it? In Los Angeles, the rules now limit City Council member to three terms in their seats, and a consequence is that where once local legislators kept a weather eye for vacant jobs in Sacramento, now it's the other way around: Sacramento legislators are looking to city seats as their next political berths. All this is by way of getting to Joel Wachs, who did what no Angeleno -- at least not of any current generation -- is likely to do. Wachs served for 30 years as an L.A. City Council member, representing part of the San Fernando Valley.
July 5, 2013 |
Reaction to Andrea Hasler's show at Gusford is inescapably reflexive at first--and not just one reflex is triggered, but two, the polar opposites of attraction and repulsion. The Swiss-born, London-based artist plays the extremes to creepy, compelling effect. Her show, "Burdens of Excess," leaves a multitude of searing impressions. Hasler re-fashions high-end designer accessories (mostly handbags and shoes) into grotesque specimens, bulging globs of pink wax studded with brand-name zipper pulls, insignias, straps and handles.
March 22, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant is expected to play on Friday night after missing two games and playing only 12 minutes in one other game because of a severely sprained ankle. His wax figure went through a similar recovery process. Bryant's likeness, at Madame Tussauds Hollywood , was fitted with a muscle stimulator, similar to the device the Lakers All-Star guard used to help treat his ankle. Additionally fans signed a giant get-well card at the feet of Bryant's figure, wishing him a quick recovery.
February 14, 2013 |
When Marjory Gilbert read a Times On Location story about the movie "Bukowski," produced and directed by James Franco, it brought back vivid memories of her long-ago encounter with the late poet. Gilbert was working as a clerk in the history department at Cal State Los Angeles in the late 1970s when she joined a grad student friend to hear Charles Bukowski give a reading of his poetry at a campus bookstore. "It was quite an evening," said Gilbert, who is 90 and lives in Claremont.