The sweet hooked rug, gone bad: How artist Hannah Epstein gives a retro craft some bite

Los Angeles Times

Hannah Epstein's "Soft Teeth," left, "The Hybrid Kid" and "Mouser" are all from 2017. Hannah Epstein's "Soft Teeth," left, "The Hybrid Kid" and "Mouser" are all from 2017. Hannah Epstein's riotous exhibition at Steve Turner may bring back memories of hours spent with latch hook rug kits -- those ready-to-assemble crafts that, strand by strand, formed a fuzzy image of a cheery rainbow, heart or "Sesame Street" character. The Canadian artist's hooked rugs, however, are the bad sister-in-laws of those anodyne projects. "Monster World" assembles shaggy, snarling, off-kilter beasts that have more to do with alternative comics, cartoons and Internet culture than they do with sweetness and light.


Cubs president Theo Epstein got so wonderfully drunk at the World Series

Mashable

If there's any time to get delightfully drunk, it's after winning the World Series and breaking a 108-year-old curse. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein didn't hesitate to get a good buzz going before doing a few TV interviews after the team's clinching Game 7 win. "I'm going on a bender, so wake me up at the winter meetings," Epstein joked as he crashed an interview with Jed Hoyer, the Cubs' executive vice president and general manager. Typically saying "fuck" on network TV does not fly – but when Epstein used our favorite four-letter word in a post-game interview last night, it accidentally made it to air. Cubs superfan Bill Murray interviewed "the boss" in the locker room, and Epstein was quick to douse Murray with champagne.


MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito resigns following reports of financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Saturday that Joichi Ito has resigned as director of the MIT Media Lab amid concern over his financial ties with disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein. Ito, a Japanese national, had been under pressure to step down following revelations of financial assistance from Epstein, who committed suicide in New York prison last month amid allegations that he ran a sex trafficking ring. According to The New York Times, Ito received $525,000 from Epstein for the lab and $1.2 million for his own investment funds. In a statement issued on Aug. 15, Ito apologized for his ties with Epstein. While acknowledging receipt of financial aid from Epstein, Ito said, "I was never involved in, never heard him talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of."


Actress Anouska De Georgiou says Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused her as a teen

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for August 28 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. A British actress publicly identified herself as a victim of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for the first time in court Tuesday. Anouska De Georgiou appeared alongside 15 other women in a Manhattan court to implore U.S. District Judge Richard Berman and prosecutors to go after those who allegedly conspired and enabled Epstein's crimes. De Georgiou, who starred alongside Jude Law in the 2004 film "Alfie," claims she was a teenager when she was introduced to the late billionaire.


Prince Andrew denies witnessing late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein abuse young girls

The Japan Times

LONDON – Britain's Prince Andrew on Saturday insisted that "at no stage" during his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein did he "witness … any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest." The prince, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, is under heavy fire over his relationship with the disgraced U.S. financier, and admitted in a statement Saturday that "it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010." "At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction." Epstein was found dead in his cell earlier this month, and the prince was once more drawn into the story after a video was released purporting to show him at the criminal's home in 2010. Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring for prostitution a girl under the age of 18 and served 13 months in prison before being released on probation.