You are going to need a few conversation starters…
“What do you think about [insert relevant topic germane to the event or person here]?”
“Wow, I just can’t believe all the crazy news headlines today. What a week!”
“Any chance you read the news today? I missed it, and I’m dying to know what’s happening with [insert news topic here].”
“So, was it a pain for you to get here?” The mode of transportation and location in the city are always on peoples’ minds.
“Did you catch the game last night?” It’s a classic, but it’s a classic for a reason.