Thursday's intriguing people
Bob Dylan performs with his band at The Worker's Gymnasium in Beijing on Wednesday.
April 7th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Bob Dylan

The rocker played a show in China on Wednesday night to a crowd who mostly didn't know who he was, just days after artist and activist Ai Weiwei was arrested for alleged "economic crimes." Dylan's set list had to be approved by the Ministry of Culture, and a few of his most popular songs, including "The Times They Are a-Changin'," were not played, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Foreign acts coming into China are watched much more closely than native Chinese bands," said Nevin Domer, booking manager at D-22, a mecca for student rock in Beijing.

Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin congressman is speaking out about his ideas to fix the budget. Ryan, who is the House Republican Budget Committee chairman, tells Time magazine, "This is an actual budget that sets spending levels in all the budget categories for government for the 10-year window and then it gives the [Congressional Budget Office] the ability to carry its numbers out on a trajectory to see what it does." Fareed Zakaria writes that he applauds Ryan's budget proposal because "it is a serious effort to tackle entitlement programs, even though any discussion of cuts in these programs — which are inevitable and unavoidable — could be political suicide. If Democrats don't like his budget ideas, they should propose their own."

Carl Jackson

The 64-year-old Augusta, Georgia, native is caddying his 50th Masters this week. He told some of his favorite stories of the tournament at Augusta National, recounting when the exclusive club started allowing personal caddies for the golfers rather than the locals and how Ben Crenshaw thought it was beneficial to keep a local caddy to help him navigate the course. Jackson was Crenshaw's caddy when he won his first Masters in 1984.

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  1. Mehdi General Dr. Bad

    Mr. blogging probably wouldn't have liked me either. (snicker)

    April 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    I hear ya general.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alice

    well , once I saw a guy who can sing very well like Bob Dylan
    does in a site : seek rich singles . Don't know if they are the same one ...

    April 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jackson

    human body art :

    April 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zjnbss

    That is so not true. All the friends I know back in China knew about Bob Dylan. and those who bought tickets are definitely fans! Who would pay such a high price to go to listen to a foreign stranger! Give more credits to Chinese audience.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. vinney

    Budget will be fixed

    April 8, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fritz

    It's sad to say when he let them cut out "The Times are a-changin'" and "Blowin' in the Wind" in China it just proves that his gonads have shrunk over time. It just for the money...right Bob?

    April 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mrtaurus

    Hi there! Thank you for that post. Brilliant just brilliant. And interesting comments.

    I am actually curating a project in London for Ai Weiwei’s capture-awareness and release. It is called The Chinese Whisper Project (Chinesewhisperproject.worpress), and I am looking to do an exhibition using art as a symbol of unique interpretation and freedom of expression. Hopefully I’ll have 25 peices of art to exhibit from 5 unique artists. You’d be so welcome to come! I guess it’s about pulling together and standing for our rights. Especially in an age of social media power. I’ve put a project video plan up on the blog and on youtube too – it would be great if you could find an outlet to let readers know.

    Many thanks! Keep up the good work.

    p.s. i’m on twitter: ChineseTwhisper
    p.p.s. I’ve added your blog to my links on the site

    June 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
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