Kennedy Center Honorees Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep at the White House Sunday. More Kennedy Center Honors photos. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

And how were the Kennedy Center Honors, you ask? Oh, you know, “alternately noisy and solemn, rousing and high-minded,” writes our colleague Paul Farhi, “a three-ring circus of American arts and culture. . . There was, as usual something, and someone, for the entire family: bluegrass, bebop, Broadway, “Out of Africa” and well-behaved choruses of “Sweet Caroline.” See profiles of all the honorees: Meryl Streep, Sonny Rollins, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Barbara Cook.

In other news: How we’ll miss the riveting hand gestures of Herman Cain.