An era in Southern gospel musicÂ was celebratedÂ today, when services for piano legend/songwriter Marion Snider were held at Dallas’ Northway Christian Church. Called “the greatest pianist to ever play in a gospel quartet,”Â the longtime Oak Cliff residentÂ died Sunday at 96, after performing for more than 80 years. His wife, Belle, died in 2008.
At today’s remembrance–whose hymns and speakersÂ Snider selected himself–the Stamps Quartet mainstay was recalled as “bigger than life,” as someone who wouldn’t compromise his music, even for his friend W.A. Criswell. But the most affecting tribute came fromÂ Snider’s granddaughter, Ashley Erickson. Ashley said her fondest memory ofÂ Snider came when she was a little girl,Â ”driving with himÂ to the farm, singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ at the top of our lungs.”
Whoa! Looks like Ryan Jones’ moustache is ready for a night on the town!
Don’t worry. We’ll be back next week with more Daily Moustache photos and insights.
Our very own Raya Ramsey, of ShopTalk fame, headed up this year’s effort to find the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas. Last night she appeared on CW 33 News to talk about why their reporter, Candice Crawford, made the list.
Oh, wait, what’s that? It’s a little more nuanced? Fine, go ahead and read it. It’s your Friday afternoon.
Maybe monstrosity is too harsh. However, I’ve been looking forward to tomorrow night’s City Lights celebration for about as long as the people at Neiman Marcus have been building their “Big Encounters of the Little Kind” display (which, for those of you who don’t live right next to the store, seems like it’s been about three months, 24 hours a day, seven days a week).
When I heard there was a Christmas tree at Main Street Garden, I imagined a gorgeous evergreen, much like the one that graces Rockefeller Center. Obviously I didn’t do my homework and look up the tree from the year before. So I was surprised when I was greeted by a 65-foot-tall metal structure adorned with more than 10,000 feet of LED lights. I don’t get it. It’s so flashy. And cold. I just don’t feel like it reflects my neighborhood that well. So I asked Kourtny (no e) Garrett, senior vice president of marketing for Downtown Dallas, Inc., to tell me the reasoning behind the metal tree.
“It was designed by the park landscape architect Thomas Balsley to specifically compliment the architecture of the park and grandeur of the surrounding buildings,” she says. “The intent was to reflect the modern, yet warm design of the park (clean lines, etc) as well as the history that surrounds it, for example even the facets in the tree can be said to mimic the historic chevrons on the Statler.
In addition, from a sustainability perspective, a permanent structure is much more efficiently maintained.”
That got me wondering how efficient it could be with all that metal and the thousands of lights. Garrett explained that the city of Dallas park department’s welding shop sculpted and welded the tree, the light design was contributed by LightSwitch, landscape architect Thomas Balsley designed the tree pro-bono, Holly Metal Fabricators donated a large portion of the metal,Â and Excitement Technologies Group donated labor. Efficient, indeed. And they’re not killing a tree every year. Knowing this and learning about the background of the tree, I do appreciate it more. And I’ll ooh and aaw as it’s all lit up tomorrow night. But I still think an evergreen would be a bit prettier.
Happy Friday unto you, FrontBurner readers. Stop peering at your computer screen pretending to be busy for moment. It’s time to get your weekend plans in order.
A few days ago, Claire St. Amant of People Newspapers reported that Snappy Salads is hosting a Fu Man Chew event benefiting Movember. So, you can thank her for solving your “what’s for dinner?” conundrum (all together now: “Thank you, Claire”). The folks at Snappy Salads intend to run this shindig on a tight schedule to maximize proceeds, so they ask that you to sit down, eat, and leave in a timely fashion to make room for the next wave of eaters. Ordinarily I might rebuke them for rudeness, but tonight you need to get a move on anyway so you can get downtown for Aurora 2010, an after-dark art party at Dallas Heritage Village. Be sure to wear a jacket, though. My sources tell me tonight won’t be excessively cold, but I’d hate to learn that the weather cut your night short.
Contemplating the inspiration for this vanity plate sent me into deep hypnosis during my commute home last night.
Best wishes of course to Joan Baez, who’s said to be resting comfortably after falling out of a treehouse she built so she could sleep with the birds. On hearing the news, though, I couldn’t help thinking of an interview I did years ago with country-music legend Ernest Tubb, who was born in Ellis County (and died in 1984). Asked to comment about Baez–the 1960s songbird and “peace activist”–Tubb got hot under the collar and said: “That is the most stupidest woman I ever heard of.” Looks like the ol’ Texas Troubador may have been on to something.
1. So a Dallas Morning News analysis – which looks an awful lot like just a story by Wayne Slater – says that Rick Perry’s championing of states rights reminds some of when the phrase was used as a rallying cry against civil rights, which could muddy his message because people will think it’s racial. Because of this, Perry should totes tell everyone they shouldn’t use that phrase to talk about race.
2. Last night, Dallas ISD passed an anti-bullying policy that includes language about not bullying based on sexual orientation. Â Consequences for bullying can extend toÂ expulsionÂ from school.
3. Texas, experts say, could become the nation’s puppy mill capital. Unless, of course, we secede. Then it’s definitely.
4. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck has an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau, as does the Magnolia Hotel.
5. It’s Friday, and tomorrow is Saturday. Next week, if you work for a company run by Real Americans, you have Thursday and Friday off, which means you have a three day week. Let’s celebrate this, and pumpkin pie.