Justin Vernon, front man of Bon Iver, steps up to the microphone with a song in his heart and, more often than not, honey-ginger-lemon “tea” in his belly. Clichés about subsisting on sex and drugs aside, many performers seem more like athletes when it comes to the way they eat. They talk of small meals, balancing protein with carbs, preferring whole grains and sustainable food, and avoiding anything heavy before taking the stage.
Gourmet: Concert tours get a health kick
WASHINGTON (AP) – Randi Martin will never forget her first inaugural ball. There were the sequins, the president, the champagne — the riot.
Martin was at a ball for President Clinton’s second inauguration when Clinton arrived, danced with Hillary, played the saxophone and left – followed by a majority of those gathered to see him.
Thousands of people converged on the coat check from three balls at the Omni Shoreham hotel. Fur flew, and not always to the rightful owners. Judges, politicians, and assorted bigwigs rushed the coatroom and banged on the door.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama had just one disclaimer when he announced former pro-basketball player Arne Duncan as his education secretary: “I did not select Arne because he’s one of the best basketball players I know.”
Still, he conceded, “I will say that I think we are putting together the best basketball-playing Cabinet in American history.”
Not that they’d have much competition from the likes of John Foster Dulles, Henry Kissinger or Janet Reno.
"Over the presidencies of the 20th century there were Golf Cabinets, there were Poker Cabinets, and even I suppose Tennis Cabinets," said John Sayle Watterson, author of "The Games Presidents Play: Sports and the Presidency."
But basketball, he said, is a first. "I think this is sort of an updating of that."
NEW YORK (AP) – The numbers are almost too large to fathom, so many Americans stop trying. As bodies pile up in disaster after global disaster, even the most sympathetic souls can turn away.
Charities know this as “donor fatigue,” but it might be more accurately described as disaster fatigue – the sense that these events are never-ending, uncontrollable, and overwhelming. Specialists say it is one reason Americans have contributed relatively little to victims of the Burma cyclone and China’s earthquake.
Meryl Streep leans across her desk, peers down her nose as though eyeing a gnat, barks out commands in rapid fire and finishes with a blithe “that’s all.”
She does not breathe fire from her nose in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but she may as well. She is, quite simply, The Dragon Lady. And it seems after all these years, her species is not exactly endangered.
Carlie Gallo sits in a darkened concert balcony, her face illuminated by the light of her BlackBerry.
She’s waiting with her sister and friend for the singer Lily Allen to take the stage, but the 22-year-old’s thumbs are flying as she sends text updates to her boyfriend.
“I made him switch to my network,” she says.
This Valentine’s Day, it’s a good bet that many a love note will arrive by text message, the latest technological tool of the lovesick.
To Jonathan Safran Foer, a blank page can speak volumes.
The author of the best-selling first novel “Everything Is Illuminated” has made a habit of collecting blank pages from writers he admires, something he explains only by calling it “instinct.” The pages took on a new significance in recent months when two of the writers died: Susan Sontag and Arthur Miller.
“Now those pieces feel really heavy,” he says. “It makes you think about saying what you can say while you have time.”
At 28, Foer isn’t wasting a minute. His second novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” hit book stores in March, and his first is being made into a movie directed by actor Liev Schreiber, to be released in August.
Lisa Tolin is a journalist and Special Projects Editor at NBC News.