Musician James Taylor, historian Bernard Bailyn, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, actress Meryl Streep and pianist Van Cliburn were among a small group of honorees recognized at the White House Wednesday for their contributions to America's arts and humanities.
Jay Leno ended his 17-year reign as the host of "The Tonight Show" Friday with the children of people who met and started families while working at the long-running late-night show during his tenure, according to audience members who attended the taping.
While attending the first Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square 40 years ago, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and influential jazz artist Duke Ellington spontaneously led a brass band and crowd of second-line revelers on a parade through the festival grounds.
President Obama led a chorus of "Happy Birthday" for Sen. Ted Kennedy on Sunday night at the Kennedy Center, topping off a celebration of the senator's 77th birthday that featured a crowd of celebrities and political heavyweights.
If anyone is rooted in pop music tradition, it's Ben Taylor. In a recording studio just north of Times Square in New York City, the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon is taking a break from wrapping up his forthcoming album, The Legend of Kung Folk - Part 1 (The Killing Bite).
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Expecting a complete run-down of Jiu-Jitsu-MMA mumbo jumbo as hundreds of grapplers-in-training tumbled around me at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, I practiced days in advance to be careful with my words. Sitting in the far corner of the gym (scrunched as tight as possible to avoid being engulfed by blue-belt fighters) with the Renzo Gracie, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guru and owner of the Academy, I was shaking inside, scared to be locked in an armbar out of punishment for a slip-up. But Gracie, clad in designer jeans, fidgeting with his Apple iPhone, and intermittently yelling out "get his leg around your hip" or "try moving your arm around the inside of his chin," got the first move. And that made all the difference.
Sing to the tune of California: "Dow 12,000 here we come. Right back where we started from." Okay, it makes no sense. Still I guarantee, much like Patrick Ewing promised a championship for the Knicks, that we will reach Dow 12,000 this week! Today!
So the market just tanked yesterday in the afternoon when news of the Manhattan plane crash hit Wall Street. The Dow tanked at 2:42 p.m., then when we found out it wasn't terrorism the market came back. Whole thing was like 9/11 meets Thurman Munson. So sad ...
Some of the biggest names in rock and roll raised millions of dollars in the nation's capital on Monday with a marathon concert aimed at getting out the vote for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.