Scores of Hollywood folk came to Davies Symphony Hall last night to remember Paul Newman, who passed away recently, by performing a staged reading of "The World of Nick Adams," an adaptation by A. E. Hotchner of some of Ernest Hemingway's early autobiographical stories.

The benefit also honored The Painted Turtle -- or as Gavin Newsom called it, "The Purple Turtle," which sounds just as fun! -- a camp and family care center for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Also, rumor has it Fred Phelps and his hateful clan were out in front of Davies protesting the life of Paul Newman to make some sort of inane and insane point. But we'll chalk up their protest as yet another reason to love Newman.