Archives: February 2010
KCRW is marking Ruth’s Seymour‘s last day as General Manager with a surprise biography program. “The Truth About Ruth,” produced by Matt Holzman, is described as a “no holds-barred look at Ruth — her legacy at KCRW and the public radio station, her background and who’s she’s like as a person and what’s she like to work with.”
The documentary segment airs today at 9 a.m. and will repeat at 7 p.m.
Also of interest, KCRW’s tribute page to Seymour.
“The Olympic Winter Games, where poor Bob Costas must pretend as if it’s all happening live.”
Got to hand it to Howard Stern. He sure knows how to milk a controversy like no one else.
This week, Stern announced plans to host a beauty contest for Tiger Woods‘ alleged mistresses with a grand prize of $100,000. According to The Times of Britain, contestants will face off against each other on March 10, in no less than three categories: “Swimsuit,” “Personality” and “Talent.”
Four of Tiger’s alleged mistresses have signed up, but their identities have yet to be revealed. TMZ reports that Tiger’s numero uno mistress Rachel Uchitel isn’t allowed to participate due to her legal settlement with the golfer. Her friends are negotiating with Stern’s people to figure out if a cardboard cutout of Uchitel is eligible for the $100,000 prize instead — figuring it has a half-way decent chance against some of the competition.
Photo and caption via The New York Daily News
Was your L.A. Times delivered late yesterday? This time it wasn’t their fault. No, really.
Four robbery suspects were arrested early Wednesday after fleeing into the main Los Angeles Times printing plant while being pursued by sheriff’s deputies.
Sheriff’s officials said the suspects, who were captured about 1 a.m. in the 2000 block of E. 8th Street, are suspected of committing two street robberies in East Los Angeles. …
Times supervisors at the plant were asked by deputies to shut down and evacuate the building. After some negotiations, the presses continued to run. For a short time, no trucks were allowed to leave the property.
Deputies agreed to allow delivery trucks to leave the plant after being searched.
Photo: L.A. Times
A piece by James Verini in this month’s Vanity Fair profiles the “The eXile” — the now-defunct Russian alt-weekly founded by Mark Ames and bolstered by the early work of Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi. The eXile was shut down by Russian authorities in 2008, after a nearly twelve-year run of drugs, debauchery and the best enterprise journalism to come out of Russia since the end of the Cold War.
In its time The Exile was arguably the most abusive, defamatory, un-evenhanded, and crassest publication in Russia, and Ames and his staff had paid for that fact, or at least for the fact that they were arrogant reprobates, many times before. Columnist Edward Limonov, the 66-year-old political provocateur in whom the Federal Service officials were particularly interested, filed his copy from prison for two years after being convicted of possessing arms, which he admits he intended to smuggle into Kazakhstan in an effort to incite a coup there. Writer Kevin McElwee, an American expatriate, had both legs broken when he was torn from the side of a building he was scaling to escape an angry mob of Muscovites, an incident that had nothing to do with anything he’d written-McElwee, The Exile’s film reviewer, was just a rambunctious drunk. On another occasion, a deranged and slighted man sent a letter promising to kill the “frat boy” Ames. Ames in turn published an editorial urging the loon to instead off his co-editor, Matt Taibbi.
The LA Weekly‘s second annual food and wine event is this Sunday at the Petersen Auto Museum. The Gold Standard features deliciousness from a selection of Jonathan Gold‘s favorite local restaurants. FBLA was there last year and despite the packed crowd we managed to shove plenty of yummy down our gullet.
Also from Mr. Gold this week: 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die. But we recommend limiting yourself to a mere 98. Foie gras is inhumane!
H/T to FBLA reader “Magenta93″
Previously on FBLA: Bearded and Unemployed, Conan O’Brien Joins Twitter