While DFW was gearing up for Super Bowl XLV, Davos, Switzerland, was hosting its Super Bowl for the world’s elite, the 2011 World Economic Forum. And Dallas’ lovely and talented Jill Beth (JB) Hayes, chief of staff for Ken Hersh, CEO of Irving-based NGP Energy Capital Management, was on the scene–but finding that entree to the main event could be tough. “If you don’t have a ‘hard card’ you aren’t getting into the Congress Centre, even when your boss is speaking twice,” she writes.
JB’s boss was speaking twice, matter of fact–as a discussion leader and a panelist for two sessions on natural resources (energy, metals, water, food, etc.). Meantime JB was negotiating Davos’ snow-slick streets (“snow is slippery–snow grippers are a must even with Uggs”), keeping up with other Dallas attendees (Sarah and Ross Perot Jr., Fluor’s John Hopkins) and checking out a few VIPs. “Lubna Olayan with Olayan Industries walked by me as I left the hotel, as did Khalid Alireza,” JB writes.
Okay, so they have “hard cards” and Lubna Olayan. But do they got Snoop Dogg and Diddy?
This week’s update is brought to you by Nicole Pearce, a graduate student at UNT.
The Dallas Demolition Company has cleared out all of the debris created by razing a large parking garage along North Saint Paul Street, across the way from the First Baptist Dallas’ main campus. Now, the company works to dispose of rubble from a building imploded more than 15 years ago.
This all feels a little WWE to me. First Mark Cuban picked a catfight with Phil Jackson. Now we have Yankees president Randy Levine going at it with Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg. The former is calling the latter “delusional.”
So far, only two co-workers are known to be missing. One of them is getting a new apartment key cut to replace the one that went missing. Problem is, the apartment key was part of a set. Not sure how that car is going to get started. The other AWOL co-worker, I’m told, is “sick.” All of which is to say that we had a great time last night at the Granada Theater. Hope you did, too. (Judging from your tweets, looks like you did.) We’ll get some pics up before too long that were taken with an actual camera camera. Meantime, here are some snaps, mostly taken backstage, from my iPhone camera. Enjoy.
This is assuming that you can’t score tickets to the Biggest Game in the History of Mankind. Dallas bars and clubs are pulling out the stops to get you to leave the comfort of your couch to watch Super Bowl XLV on a big screen while surrounded by a whole lot of strangers.
Here are the best options for doing that.
Here’s to the weekend, and the end of my first week. First up, Friday.
It’s no big secret that writer Annie Proulx doesn’t much care to exploit what seems to be her rather reluctant celebrity. She does give the occasional lecture, though, so that’s why the chance to see her this evening at the Dallas Museum of Art is such a treat. Unfortunately, the tickets that would get you up close and personal are sold out, but you can still score seats to the simultaneous broadcast (as well as participate in the Q&A and book signing).
Now, while I find Annie Proulx very exciting, some of you might prefer something a little more … colorful. Cirque du Soleil’s ‘OVO’ opens tonight, but be warned – if you have entomophobia, this might not be for you. Then again, maybe the amazing acrobatics and stunning costumes will help you realize that the disgusting waterbug in your bathroom has feelings, too.
Brainstorming last night at FrontBurner Live, we came up with a dandy idea that could really up the ante for JJ. Sell “lap seating!” Prices would be scaled accordingly. If you buy a celebrity’s lap in a suite, the price is sky high as opposed to a Cheesehead’s lap in the outdoor stands.
No Nudity, Little Profanity, But Someone Lifted Timmy’s Money Clip. That, at least, is what I gleaned from the FrontBurner Live party tweets.
Money Don’t Matter Tonight. But it will if you want to get in to either one of Prince’s two Dallas concerts, since the cheapest option is $12,000 for a table of 6.
Dallas Tries To Maim Lombardi Trophy. It’s true. Dallas tried to maim the Lombardi trophy as former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson was hand delivering it to the NFL Experience. The escalator suddenly stopped, pitching Pearson forward, but he still managed to keep the trophy upright and unharmed. I guess we should be thankful Roy Williams wasn’t delivering it?
Hey, Good News, the Fusion Center Works. Dallas has a Fusion Center, which is basically a place where law enforcement can watch all the cameras, read all the tweets, and any other web chatter that might indicate something is going down. They used it during yesterday’s bomb scare downtown, checking out the shipper and recipient while the bomb squad examined the suspicious package. But still, the name? It seems … weird.