I don’t quite get how Musical America can name the Conductor of the Year 2012 when it’s only November 3, 2011. But they’ve done it. And our own Jaap van Zweden nabs the honor. Full release after the jump. Willard Spiegelman wrote for us last year about Van Zeden’s celebrity power. In 2008, Glenn Arbery wrote about how Van Zweden changed the sound of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Here are pics of pad at the Ritz-Carlton. Here’s a Q&A I did in 2009 with his delightful daughter, Anna-Sophia.
And now, my dear FrontBurnervian, you are fully Jaaped.
In our November issue, I wrote about what happened when the image you see here of me and Troy Aikman wound up on a gay website called Queerty. The owner of the site and I got into it via email, with the end result being a pile of quarters on my desk. Here’s the story. Please flame me in the comments.
Oops. If you did not heed our warnings to snag your tickets to FrontRow Live in advance, I have very bad news for you. We’re as sold out as an event that’s completely free can be. Very sorry. As for the rest of you, print your ticket out and I’ll see you tonight. Over on the blog this morning, Hunter Hauk introduces you to headlining act Play-N-Skillz via their new mixtape. The Grammy-winning DJ duo just so happen to hail from my hometown, so obviously I’m spending the day digging up the best “you know you’re from Irving when” jokes.
FrontRow Live bound or not, here’s something you can check out earlier in the evening. Spark Club, a local volunteer organization of thinkers, leaders, and entrepreneurs, hosts a brainstorming session called SparkEd at the Museum of Nature and Science. Three educational groups, both non and for-profit, will present their individual challenges. Then, the audience will split up to quickly brainstorm solutions. Obviously, the event is free to attend, and there will be a cash bar and snacks from On The Border. And one more thing: those who attend the brainstorming session and already have tickets to FrontRow Live might just walk out there with a VIP wristband, which gets you exclusive event access and a goodie bag.
As part of their Brinker International Forum speaker series, the AT&PAC hosts Judith Jamison, the former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal who later became the company’s second artistic director after Ailey passed away. I took many, many years of ballet, jazz, and modern classes. I own pointe shoes; occasionally I even danced on them. But I never had the drive or the natural talent for a professional career, so seeing dance movies or attending ballets always makes me seriously envious. Jamison’s career path is something out of a little ballet baby dream. She’s recently retired, and sharing her decades of dance experience with us for an evening. The Grand Tier and the Dress Circle of the Winspear are sold out (which makes sense, those are the cheapest seats), but you can still get tickets on the mezzanine and orchestra levels.
For more do this evening, go here.
Over at our RealPoints blog, Sarah Erickson notes that Dallas-Fort Worth is growing at a rate of 1 million people every six years. She points to a study by former Dallas Fed economist Michael Cox at SMU’s Cox School of Business to explain why.
We’ve talked about ShopSavvy before. It’s the shopping app developed by the local Big in Japan guys (and gals). Point it at a bar code, and it will give you prices at nearby stores and online outlets. Solid piece of technology. Well, now comes news that Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, has thrown in with the effort. They just secured $7 million in Series A funding. Full release after the jump.
Congrats to Big in Japan founder Alexander Muse, a longtime FrontBurnervian.
Lewisville Coach Quits After Being Charged With Human Trafficking. Coaches quit or get fired or whatever all the time, but I’m pretty sure this is the first one who has resigned for this particular reason. If I were a coach, I’d want to get fired for getting my kids interested in literature and so on, and then one of them discovers a gift for acting, but his father doesn’t like it and makes him quit, even after he did so well in the play, and the kid dies and the dad blames me, and now I realize I’ve Â just basically typed a synopsis of Dead Poets Society. And I’m crying.
Occupy Dallas Protesters Get Ready For Cold Front. This isn’t really news. Just wanted to put it up for sentences such as this one: “The protesters do have access to coats and sweaters that have been donated.” They “have access to coats.” Oh, really? The coats are not in the vault anymore? BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SWEATERS? Ah, sorry, just noticed it says “coats AND sweaters.” Never mind. If you boiled down that story to its essence it would say, “It’s going to be cold for a few days, but they have coats and some of them are going home for a few days, and they aren’t all morons who will freeze to death because they don’t understand how weather works.” That said, I do hope they’re OK. And by that, I obviously mean the coats. And, sure, the sweaters. As long as they’re not cardigans.
Two of the Texas 7 Get Execution Dates. George Rivas, the mastermind behind the operation, is due for lethal injection on February 29, and his confederate, Donald Newbury, had his execution set for February 1. Your impassioned arguments for/against the death penalty happen momentarily, I suspect. We have plenty of room in the comments for that to segue into an attack/defense of Rick Perry, George Bush, and the state of Texas in general, as well as some brief commentary on that movie where Billy Bob Thornton played a death row prison guard and Halle Berry won an Academy Award for crying a bunch. Or whatever. Take it wherever you want. I merely set up the tents; you guys have to put on the circus yourself. Just don’t draw Tim offsides. We’re shipping a magazine, and he’s too busy to make phone calls, and at any rate, I’m still polishing up a script for him to use. A three-act structure is hard to work into one minute.