Kennedy Center: Who’d Ya Like Best?

Did you watch the broadcast of the Kennedy Center honors last night? Oprah was canonized; Bill T. Jones, laudably, shook things up with art that wasn’t dull; Jerry Herman got one of the biggest hands of the night, or, rather, the cast of millions doing a rousing “The Best of Times” got a big hand; Merle Haggard sat up there in the Presidential box looking marvelously craggy and smiling slyly; and Paul McCartney, a genius, was Paul McCartney. My favorite performer: Mavis Staples, on the “Hey Jude” finale.

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