Amid the many practiced rhythms and melodies that echoed across the valley during the first Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, a curiously delicate, improvised jam session occurred in a little tent set to the side.
There, inside the shaded Kidspace area, a so-called musical petting zoo served to fill the air with the glorious, if disorganized, din of a dozen kids playing -- or playing with -- instruments.
The Rose Bowl-adjacent Arroyo Seco Weekend was billed as a family friendly event, and on Saturday afternoon, the free-form recital, to say nothing of the number of moms and dads carrying worn-out kids, suggested a bunch of parents took the bait.
The point of any art, even one as lowly as TV comedy or stand-up, the point is to make a connection with a stranger. For me it's the size of that connection, not how many people it slightly connects with. When I did 'The Office,' I said I'd rather this was a million people's favorite show of the year than 10 million people's 10th favorite show. I'm still very conscious of that. Originality is very important to me.
Brace yourselves, America: Stephen Colbert is contemplating another run for the White House. Or so he says.
The host of CBS' “The Late Show” announced his plans in a way that would make his satirical alter-ego proud: on Russian television.
“I am considering a run for president in 2020 and I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said in a vodka-soaked appearance on “Evening Urgant,” a talk show inspired by American late night TV and hosted by Ivan Urgant. “If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, just let me know.”
The fact is, I am so proud to be an Asian American and part of the Asian American community. My connection with that community is so strong. It struck me that the show is being characterized as not celebrating that richness. I take that more personally than other things.
Mindy Kaling on her show, 'The Mindy Project,' 2014
The most surprising thing about a recent sneak preview of Universal Studios' new Wizarding World light show, Nighttime Lights, was not the astonishingly non-pyrotechnic glory of Hogwarts Castle awash in imagery from the four houses of Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Last year's opening-night festivities had ended with something similar (albeit to the accompaniment of John Williams, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and fireworks), and, at the time, it seemed unthinkable that some version of it would not become a permanent, or at least seasonal attraction. Magic is no longer the exclusive property of that other park, after all.
What was surprising was the crowd's reaction, particularly when the colors and icons for Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff shot across the walls and ramparts.