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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

Hiking is one of Karatz' favorite weekend activities
It has been just over a year since HEATHER KARATZ was named VP/Legal for Relativity Sports, and her return to L.A. -- she attended law school at UCLA from ’07-09 -- has brought an exciting change of pace from life in N.Y. the past few years. Karatz and her husband, TEDDY, reside about a half mile from Relativity’s West Hollywood HQ, and the neighborhood offers a wide-ranging mix of shopping, restaurants, celebrity-watching and hiking trails.

TOP CHEF: If I can get out of (the office) before 7:00pm (PT) on Friday, that’s a win. But it’s great because I live so close. Usually, my husband and I will meet at home, and we don’t have any kids, so for us on the weekends it’s really exciting to be able to cook at home and have the time to do that. We’ll open a bottle of wine and just relax at home and try a new recipe. I try to eat fairly healthy, and in California, it’s really easy to get fresh seafood and produce, so I like going to farmers’ markets and just putting together whatever I find.

SCHOOL SPIRIT: I always look forward to the weekend because I love to sleep in, which for me means sleeping past 7:30am. Although I do work on the weekends, I get to work from home and stay in my sweats, which I cherish. This weekend in particular, my schedule has been cleared so I can watch March Madness. It’s my favorite time of year when it comes to watching sports. I think you get a real sense of competition and passion … something you don’t get from the professional leagues. Of course, I’m rooting for my (UCLA) Bruins. I went to Vanderbilt undergrad, and unfortunately I don’t get to cheer on the Commodores in the tournament. But I’m also from Virginia and have a special place in my heart for UVa.

HITTING THE TRAILS: I love the outdoors, and something about the weekends I love is I always go for a hike. I love to exercise and be outside and I don’t really have time during the week, so it’s something I make a priority on the weekends, to enjoy the weather and hike down by the beach or somewhere in the hills. The closest one to the office and where I live is Runyon Canyon, which is in West Hollywood. A lot of celebrities go to it, and it’s always crowded and fun. You can see the Hollywood sign and then also see the beach. There’s another one down by the beach called Temescal Canyon, which is right in the Palisades, and you’re right on the beach staring at the water. There’s nothing more peaceful than that.

PAINT THE TOWN: Saturday is date night. We’re going to pick a new restaurant that we’ll go explore. I like to think I’m a foodie and I like trying new things, but I just went gluten-free like two weeks ago so, I’m trying to figure out some fun place to go. But I love sushi, and in L.A. there’s nothing better -- you get the best. I like to go to these Omakase sushi places where you don’t get to order; they just give you what the freshest stuff. There’s also this new, hot restaurant that opened up by my house and it’s a vegan Mexican concept that has one of the best patios in L.A.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Sunday morning I sleep in a little bit and love lying in bed watching TiVo. Then maybe I’ll have brunch with some of my family that’s in town and see my nieces and nephews and just spend time with them. We catch up with them (on the weekends) since we don’t see them during the week too often. Sometimes if we want to make it special, we’ll go to the Beverly Hills Hotel and sit by the pool and it’s nice being outside and doing that. We have a lot of family that lives nearby. My husband’s whole family is here and I have some close friends and cousins that also live here. But my parents are still in Virginia so I’m trying to get them to move out here.

TYING UP LOOSE ENDS: I read the newspaper every weekend. I only get the newspaper delivered on the weekend because otherwise it piles up and I catch up on everything from the week. It’s a great activity where I sit outside and just read. It’s nice. Then I have to spend some time on Sunday not only getting work done so I can feel ready going into the week, but also the necessary errands. I go to the farmers’ market, I go to the regular market, I go to CVS and I do all the little things here or there. If I have to go shopping or pick something up, it’s definitely a Sunday chore.
GIVING BACK: One of my New Year’s resolutions was to increase my involvement with charitable organizations. So what I’m trying to do is, since I can’t carve out time during the week, is to really make it a priority on weekends to do charitable work. I’m working with a couple organizations now and will spend some time this weekend at least pursuing the next steps of what I’m going to be doing with each of them.

SMG promoted Intrust Bank Arena Guest Services Manager PAM BULGER to Guest Relations Manager (SMG)....Emerson College named Southern Connecticut State Univ. Associate AD, Senior Woman Administrator & Dir of Compliance PATRICIA "PAT" NICOL AD (Emerson).

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The NFL Giants and QB ELI MANNING filed "motions to dismiss a lawsuit" by New Jersey memorabilia dealer ERIC INSELBERG that alleges Manning and the team "sold bogus game-used jerseys and other collectibles to unwitting customers." Manning's attorneys wrote, "In a shameless effort to grab media and public attention, plaintiff and his attorneys filed this baseless action on the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII." The lawyers call his inclusion in the lawsuit as a defendant "nothing more than an inappropriate attempt to capitalize on Manning's fame and public notoriety" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/21).

ON THE BOOKSHELF: Author JACK MCCALLUM is writing a book on Syracuse Univ. men's basketball coach JIM BOEHEIM "that will be published by Harper Collins before the start of next season." Reports have "indicated the book is about SU's first season in the ACC." But McCallum said, "It's a first-person story that will tell Boeheim's life, interwoven with the first year in the ACC" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 3/21).

NAMES: The Univ. of Western Ontario will honor alum and WTA Chair & CEO STACEY ALLASTER "with an honorary degree during its 303rd Convocation ceremony this coming June." Allaster holds a BA and an MBA from the school and "will be presented with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa" (LL.D.) on Monday, June 16 (, 3/20)....Ball State Univ. named football coach PETE LEMBO Associate AD and gave him "a contract extension and a $79,000 raise to set his salary at $475,000." That would put Lembo "in the upper echelon of coaching salaries" in the MAC, but the change in title "will bring with it additional duties" (Muncie STAR PRESS, 3/21)....Pro Football HOFer JOE NAMATH will be the Grand Marshal for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 25-27 in Birmingham (ZOOM Motorsports)....Falcons Owner ARTHUR BLANK recently became engaged to ANGIE MACUGA. Blank's former wife, STEPHANIE, filed for divorce in Fulton County (Ga.) in February '13 (, 3/20)....The Athletes First Classic Charity Gala was held March 8 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. Attendees included NFL Draft prospect MARQISE LEE, Vikings TE KYLE RUDOLPH and QB MATT CASSEL, Eagles QB NICK FOLES and Broncos WR WES WELKER, as well as Athletes First Chair & CEO DAVID DUNN and President BRIAN MURPHY (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/20)....The NFLPA on Thursday announced an award of $100,000 to the Anquan Boldin Foundation for winning the Byron "Whizzer" White Award, to be presented at the NFLPA Player Rep meetings in Orlando (NFLPA).

IN MEMORY: Former Washington Times columnist and editor DICK HELLER died Thursday at age 76, from complications from lung cancer (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/21).