As Krista mentioned below, our own Peter Simek has proven himself to be something of a soothsayer. Only with a twist. He predicted the future by saying the future was exactly what wouldn’t happen. How (kinda) embarrassing. Our November issue won’t hit newsstands for another 10 days or so. In it, Peter writes about the Dallas Museum of Art and how they don’t know what they’re doing (my words, not his). He says if they knew what they were doing, they would hire as their next director a fellow Maxwell Anderson (pictured) from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Well, as we learned today, the DMA went out and hired Anderson. Two things: in fact check, the DMA people told us a new director wouldn’t be named until the new year. Second, Peter swears he hadn’t heard Anderson’s name whispered before he wrote his story. I believe him. Why? Because he wouldn’t have written “the current DMA brass lacks imagination” if he’d thought there was a possibility that Anderson would get the gig.
In any case, why wait to publish? Here’s what you’ll read in your November issue of D Magazine:
Our November issue comes out next week. In it, Peter Simek has an article about who he thinks should be the next director at the DMA. A spokesperson told Peter (and then confirmed with me) that no announcements of the new director would be made until next year. Well, that was rubbish. As Peter explains on FrontRow, the new director is none other than Maxwell Anderson, the man Peter said the DMA should hire. Look forward to reading why he thinks Anderson is the perfect fit in the new issue. And now I’m going to go get my fortune read by Peter.
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Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest features prominently in the Museum of Sex. I’ll let you guess which scene is on display.
I’ve been sort of keeping this event in my back pocket, waiting for the movie I liked to roll around. Hitchcocktober at the Angelika has been going on since the beginning of the month, and there’s one more Thursday left after this. But tonight is Rear Window, starring the inimitable Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart as the ultimate voyeur. From Stewart’s imaginative Peeping Tom, we get “Miss Lonelyhearts,” “Miss Torso,” and a potential murderer. This is a popular event, since the screening is free. Go early to get a seat. Now that temperatures have dropped, you might want to bundle up. And if a friend hears strange noises during the night–any night–be sure to ask if they would describe the sound as “Hitchcockian.”
Meanwhile, if you’d planned to see Ages of the Moon at the Undermain Theatre (and you should, according to our own Lance Lusk), you can win tickets to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. performance. We’ve got a last-minute giveaway over on FrontRow. Why enter? Sam Shepard is a playwright worth your time, and the Undermain has consistently delivered excellent productions of under-produced and difficult works.
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Tom Leppert, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, really needs to think about getting a new producer for his TV spots. Leppert’s first commercial had him talking in what looked like a jail cell. Now, in this new one, which touts his skill as a dynamic job creator, he’s seen strolling down a seedy industrial street where you half-expect to see homeless people huddled around sidewalk bonfires (h/t Texas Tribune). Whatever the intent, it just makes the former Dallas mayor look, well, really forlorn.
Rangers Lose Game 1. Holy crap. Some guy named Bernie Miklasz who writes for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is right: “Texas manager Ron Washington is very good, and he probably will have some star-turn moments in this World Series. But in Game 1, Washington couldn’t keep up with [Tony] La Russa’s diabolical, spinning mind.” The Old School Brother can’t hang with La Russa. Rangers are sunk. No way can they win this series.
Dirk To Toss First Pitch. Yesterday MLB said Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t popular enough to throw out a first pitch at Rangers Ballpark. Then Zac talked some sense into them. Now MLB says Dirk can do the honors. Whatever. This is probably all part of some elaborate Tony La Russa ploy that we won’t unravel until it’s too late.
Occupy Dallas Protesters Shop at Wal-Mart. When 20 or so Occupy Dallas protesters starting chanting in a North Oak Cliff Wal-Mart, Dallas Police responded (sub. req.) with a dozen squad cars and one helicopter. Tony La Russa and a single fire hose could have handled those 20 hippies.
Frenchman To Swim Pacific Ocean. A 44-year-old man named Ben Lecomte is training in Dallas for an attempt to swim from Japan to San Francisco. Only problem? Tony La Russa has already designed a great white shark costume, and he plans to attack and eat Lecomte on the high seas.