Britain's Prince Charles and Gerry Adams, the leader of nationalist party Sinn Fein, shook hands on Tuesday in a landmark meeting at the start of the prince's four-day visit to Ireland. Adams and another senior Sinn Fein leader, Martin McGuinness, were among a number of politicians to greet the prince at the National University of Ireland Galway.
The meeting was the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland between the Sinn Fein leadership and a member of the British royal family. The prince and Adams smiled and exchanged brief remarks.
Adams said the meeting was "a significant symbolic and practical step forward in the process of healing and reconciliation. All victims, including those bereaved by the IRA [Irish Republican Army], deserve justice and it is crucial that the process of healing and of reconciliation is enhanced and strengthened. I hope today's meeting will assist this."
Dylan does it his way
As the last musical guest during David Letterman's 33-year run on late-night TV on Tuesday, Bob Dylan did it his way. Not "Forever Young" or one of his classics. No the Minnesota icon sang a Frank Sinatra song with a fitting theme, "The Night We Called It a Day," from Dylan's 2015 album "Shadows in the Night." Letterman introduced Dylan by saying he taught his son the two most important things in life: "Be nice to other people" and "the greatest songwriter in modern times is Bob Dylan." Then, in a raspy wisp of a voice, Dylan sang a 1940s song written by someone else.
It was a rare talk-show performance by Dylan — his first since 1993, also on Letterman. He had sung on the show in 1984 and, on its 10th anniversary special in '92 offering "Like a Rolling Stone" backed by an all-star band. Letterman's other guest on his penultimate show Tuesday was Bill Murray, who had been his first guest when the talk-show premiered on NBC in '82 and again when it switched to CBS in '93. Murray emerged from a giant cake, embraced the host in a schmear of frosting and then spread frosting on faces of audience members. Regis Philbin, Letterman's most frequent guest, made an unannounced appearance during the monologue.
Dixie gig: The Academy Awards aren't important enough to draw Woody Allen out of his beloved New York, but a music gig in Minneapolis apparently will do it. The legendary filmmaker/clarinetist will perform at the State Theatre on Aug. 2 with Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster or the State Theatre box office for $53.50-$104.
Staff and wire reports