November 9, 2013 |
For the next installment of our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, we turn to the Ojai Art Festival, running through Nov. 24 -- a celebration of work made from trash and meant to provoke questions about waste. That's where, if you're lucky, you'll see the barbed wire baskets of Karl Vidstrand. The artist scavenges in the Mojave, near where he lives, for the desert detritus that accents his pieces. What's intriguing about the resulting designs is that they subversively prevent each basket from performing its function: holding stuff.
November 8, 2013 |
Joel Otterson's trash-to-treasure lighting fixtures are illuminating in ways that typical hobby craft rarely is. While the sculptures -- especially two recent chandeliers (there's also a table lamp and a wall sconce) - employ found objects familiar from standard assemblage techniques, they also spin wry social and conceptual riffs. At Maloney Fine Art, the chandeliers are constructed from thrift-shop and garage-sale glassware - cut, etched or pressed glass goblets, stemware, sherry and wine glasses and more.
November 7, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - If NASCAR's championship battle were a major golf tournament, the two title contenders would be about to play the 17th hole of the final round. Only two races remain to decide NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship, with Jimmie Johnson holding a slim seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth. The next race is Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of what happens at Phoenix on the one-mile PIR oval, NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff is so close that the winner probably won't be decided until the next race in Florida.
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November 4, 2013 |
Jay Cochrane, a Canadian tightrope walker who set world records as he crossed high above gorges and traversed from skyscraper to skyscraper the world over, died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a remembrance posted on his website . He was 69 and had pancreatic cancer, according to an Internet tribute called "The Prince of the Air. " In the tribute, aerialist Nik Wallenda called Cochrane "a man of amazing visions. " "It was a dream of mine that I expressed to my wife only yesterday that we might work together on my next walk," he said.
October 14, 2013 |
Wallenda family sister-and-brother tightrope artists Nik and Lijana Wallenda crossed NASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday on a single high wire at the same time -- in opposite directions. Halfway there, Nik Wallenda had to step over his sister. It was one of several gasp-worthy moments by the two members of the Flying Wallendas, a family known for generations of daredevil performances. The pair performed without harnesses, cables or safety nets. The wire was 460 feet long and suspended 150 feet high, according to Associated Press.
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September 30, 2013 |
A powerful explosion rocked UC Berkeley on Monday evening, forcing authorities to evacuate the sprawling campus and leaving four people with minor burns, school officials said. The blast and fire north of California Hall, which forced students to scramble for safety and sent a dark cloud of smoke into the air, was probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical station, a UC Berkeley spokesman said. One of the victims was taken to a hospital; the others declined to be transported.