01. Manny Pacquiao Vacates WBC 154-Pound Title; Saul Alvarez In Line To Fight For It

“Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao, who collected an amazing 8th “world” title last November when he gave disgraced Mexican Antonio Margarito a fearful hiding over 12-rounds, has officially vacated the WBC 154-pound crown he won with the win over “Tony.”” (East Side).

02. Absolut Karen O

“Karen O appeared on the Jackass 3D soundtrack last year, and the band’s “Heads Will Roll” was mashed and butchered with “Thriller” on Glee. Otherwise we haven’t heard much lately from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and/or Karen O. Now we know of at least one thing she’s up to: modeling. That’s her in the scanned Absolut ad above, wearing a far more tame outfit than usual. And, according to the behind-the-shoot video, she really wanted to work with photographers Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton, making this ad more of artistic collaboration than usual. Thornton and du Preez are well-known fashion photographers and the directors behind UNKLE’s “Follow Me Down” clip.” (Stereogum).

03. Exhibition: Pacific Standard Time

“”Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than fifty cultural institutions across Southern California, which came together for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world.” (MoAA).

04. Wayne Shorter Quartet

“Photos of the Wayne Shorter Quartet in performance at the Jazz No Jazz Festival 2010 in Switzerland. All photos by Dragon Tasic.” (Jazz Times).

05. Hip-hop musician Sage Francis discusses his vegetarian lifestyle

“Paul Francis, better known to the underground hip-hop community as Sage Francis, is a practicing vegetarian.  Famous for creative lyricism injected with intellectual outlooks, Sage Francis embodies all that is precise and mystical in the underground hip-hop culture.  Legendarily self aware and honest, Mr. Francis has his hands in political activism and can always be heard at a poetry slam sharing insightful, Freudian paradoxes.  Sage Francis, as well as his alter ego Xaul Zan, sit down with me and discuss the ways of a vegetarian sharing the spotlight with music.” (Examiner).

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