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November 1, 2013
Karin Higa Expert in Asian American art Karin Higa, 47, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her home in L.A., said Russell Ferguson, her husband. Ferguson, a professor in the art department at UCLA, said his wife had been diagnosed with cancer in February. Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A. " Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down because of her illness.
October 28, 2013 |
The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end. Williams capped a tremendous year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, at Istanbul, Turkey, for her second straight WTA Championships crown. Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion in the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.
October 28, 2013 |
Shawne Williams said he expects to be an opening-night starter for the Lakers on Tuesday night as they host the Clippers at Staples Center. "That's what I heard," said Williams. Coach Mike D'Antoni remained coy, opting not to name his starting five, but he did acknowledge recently that Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Pau Gasol would be three of the five. Another option would be Chris Kaman, who played well alongside Gasol during the preseason. Kaman, however, recently battled a stomach ailment.
October 27, 2013 |
USC defensive end Leonard Williams continued his dominating season in the Trojans' 19-3 victory over Utah on Saturday. Williams had eight tackles, including 2 1/2 for losses, and was credited with 1 1/2 of the Trojans' six sacks. The Trojans sacked Utah quarterback Travis Wilson three times and backup Adam Schulz three times. "The D-line stepped up and got a lot of pressure on quarterback," Williams said. "We definitely affected the quarterback. " Williams, a freshman All-American last season, has a team-leading 54 tackles and has five sacks.
October 27, 2013 |
The gig: William D. Fay is group vice president and general manager for the Toyota division of Toyota Motor Sales USA. That puts the 57-year-old in charge of overseeing all sales, marketing and consumer support for the regional sales offices and distributors for both Toyota and its sub-brand Scion. Driving to the basket : Fay didn't think much about cars growing up in West Orange, N.J. He was "more of a sports kid," he said. He played basketball in high school and for Monmouth College, where he graduated with a degree in business administration in 1978.
October 26, 2013 |
There is no big set piece to open "Solo," the new James Bond novel by British author William Boyd. The secret agent best known as 007 doesn't launch the story with an extravagant car chase, sky diving stunt or gunfight. The book is populated with attractive women, several of whom Bond escorts to bed, but they don't have sexually fanciful names such as Pussy Galore and Holly Goodhead. And though Q, the master of spyware gadgets whose past inventions include a laser-cutting wristwatch and an ejection seat, still outfits Bond with covert tools for "Solo's" espionage assignment, the most exciting gizmo he has to tender is a knockout potion concealed in after-shave.
October 25, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals will name five-time All-Star third baseman Matt Williams to be their new manager, according to multiple reports. Williams, 47, will replace Davey Johnson, who retired at the end of the regular season. It is Williams' first managerial job at any level. He joined the Arizona Diamondbacks' coaching staff in 2010 as a first base coach but was most recently the third base coach. Williams, 47, starred for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians in addition to Diamondbacks, for whom he also served five years as a broadcaster.
October 25, 2013 |
The temptation for an orchestra to celebrate the opening of a concert hall by commissioning a major new work is obvious and irresistible. It's also, more often than not, a bad idea. Preparing a premiere is hard enough under normal circumstances. There is never enough rehearsal time, and composers frequently need to make changes once they hear their music in the flesh. A new acoustic environment will only confuse the instrumental matters. On top of that, the logistics of concert hall openings - the endless last-minute construction details and typical gala arrangement - can be crazy-making all by themselves.
October 24, 2013 |
This weekend both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony are reviving major scores that the orchestras commissioned and premiered for special occasions. Amid the final concerts of Esa-Pekka Salonen's 17-year tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he premiered his Violin Concerto in the spring of 2009. Since then he and violinist Leila Josefowicz, for whom it was written, have played it dozens of times all around the world. They have recorded it, and it won the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award from the University Louisville.
October 23, 2013 |
Prince George, the firstborn son of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was christened in London on Wednesday. The increasingly handsome 3-month-old baby boy, who will eventually be named the head of the Church of England when he is crowned, was christened during a private ceremony at the Chapel Royal in London's St. James's Palace. Four generations of the royal family and a small group of family and friends, including the future monarch's seven godparents, joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the ceremony, which was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, according to World Now. PHOTOS: Prince George christened Wills, 31, wearing a dark suit and blue tie, arrived carrying his son, who gave his first royal wave to the crowd.