Aldean to play State Fair
Country superstar Jason Aldean is bringing his “Burn It Down Tour” to the New York State Fair on Aug. 30.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday at the State Fair Box Office and via the fair’s online ticket seller, etix.com.
Aldean performed to a sold-out audience at the 2012 State Fair. His appearance this year will close the fair’s grandstand concert series.
Aldean has sold more than 8.5 million albums and has notched 12 No. 1 hits. His 2014 “Burn It Down Tour” will trek to about 50 cities this year, including several Major League Baseball stadiums.
His last tour had sellouts at some of the nation’s most legendary venues, including Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field and the Hollywood Bowl.
Lights to dim for Hoffman
Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the movie and theater star who earned three Tony Award nominations. He died Sunday.
The Broadway League said Monday the lights will be dimmed for one minute starting at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time.
Hoffman made his Broadway debut in Sam Shepard’s “True West” with John C. Reilly in 2000 and followed it up three years later with Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with Brian Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2012, he played a powerful Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. Each time he earned a Tony nod.
He also was a longtime supporter of the off-Broadway Labyrinth Theatre Company, where he served as co-artistic director.
Chinese film breaks record
A movie based on a reality TV show about the relationships between celebrity fathers and their children has become a Chinese box-office smash, state media reported Monday.
“Dad, Where Are We Going?” raked in 90 million yuan ($15 million) on Friday, the day it was released and the first day of the Chinese New Year, the People’s Daily website reported. The film broke the record for a single day’s earnings for a 2-D Chinese-language movie, it added.
“Dad, Where Are We Going?” was a hit show on China’s television last year as five celebrities who were more used to spending time away from their children attempted to look after them. The movie follows the same format.
Justice discusses Ivy League
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up poor in New York City, described Monday how she navigated new worlds of Ivy League universities and the nation’s highest court.
Sotomayor told students at Yale University that she has a competitive drive to improve herself and isn’t afraid to ask questions.
Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court, said she didn’t even know what an Ivy League college was when a friend suggested she apply. She wound up attending Princeton and Yale Law School.
Sotomayor was interviewed by Judith Resnik, a Yale law professor, in front of a large audience. The questions focused on her memoir, “My Beloved World.”