Will you be disappointed if I tell you that I have not been wearing patent leather tux shoes? I have not been wearing patent leather tux shoes. Well, I wore them to the funeral. But otherwise I’ve worn the pair of black Reeboks (provided by Reebok) that you see in this photo. This exception was negotiated before the Great Tuxedo Challenge of 2012, brought to you by Patron XO Cafe, with special help from Al’s Formal Wear, began. If you must know, I’ve got a condition called plantar fibromatosis, which, in turn, is exacerbated by a case of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Bottom line: my right foot isn’t right. Zac gave me permission to go with more comfortable kicks. If my feet, in your eyes, diminish the feat, then so be it.
Which brings me to the shirt. In an effort to NASCAR up this thing as much as possible, we landed a shirt sponsor, too. Kevin Lavelle hooked me up with one of his new Mizzen+Main numbers. Raya wrote about them on ShopTalk awhile back. Think about your favorite moisture-wicking golf shirt. Now imagine if someone turned that golf shirt into a button-down dress shirt. That’s what we’re talking about here. Pretty genius. And perfect for playing TopGolf. (Note: Rule No. 15, Subsection B, stipulates that while swinging a club, the tuxedo jacket need not be worn. Rest assured that when it wasn’t my turn, I was fully dressed.) On a number of occasions when I have gone with the purple vest and tie option, I have worn under that vest the Mizzen+Main shirt. Highly recommended. Not the vest, the shirt.
Eight days, dear friends. Eight.
A business-minded FrontBurnervian points us to the news that if you’ve got money invested with the Dallas-based Behringer Harvard Strategic Opportunity Fund I, you’re going to be told some bad news tomorrow. The real estate fund is under water. Clients will be informed Friday.
Yesterday’s announcement by the Morning News was a bit laden with jargon. As in:
Breaking the mold of traditional events sponsorship models, CrowdSource will create partnerships with event producers and others to provide an array of business and operational services, as well as branding and marketing that leverage the vast inventory and audience relationships of the portfolio of products produced by The Dallas Morning News.
I’ve learned more about what that really means. Here is one way CrowdSource might work: let’s say you produce a scrapbooking festival every year in Poughkeepsie. CrowdSource would come to you say, “Listen, marketing accounts for a big part of your expenses in producing Scrapalooza. If you move Scrapalooza to Dallas, we can use the Morning News and Al Dia and Briefing and Dallasnews.com to promote the gig much more cheaply than if you bought similar exposure in Poughkeepsie. In exchange, we’ll take a small equity stake in your little operation.”
Nice, right? If it works, Dallas will get some butts in hotel rooms. And, of course, we’ll get more scrapbooking.
Uptown residents lamenting a lack of food trucks in the neighborhood have the chance tonight to give traveling food islands a double thumbs up.
It’ll be a sacrifice, though. You’ll have to go to the Ginger Man for something called a Food Truck Block Party. You might even have to find a beer you like (difficult, given the pub’s very small selection). Food trucks such as Easy Slider, Jack’s Chowhound, and Rock and Roll Tacos will be there. It all sounds very simple, because it is. All you have to do is show up. And if you have fun, this is the first of three planned events.
Also this evening, the Nasher Sculpure Center hosts the Gallery Lab, a new talk series alive with the spirit of experimentation. Expect informal conversations, interactive presentations, performances, and “unexpected” viewpoints from artists across all disciplines. Tonight’s topic is “Castaway Culture,” featuring artists Michael Corris (Corris is the chair of the division of art at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU) and Bret Slater, a recent SMU MFA grad. Corris poses to Slater a version of the desert island question Tom Hanks wishes somebody had asked him before he got stuck with a Wilson ball–if you were anticipating being stranded on an island and could take just one piece of artwork with you, what would it be? I assume Slater will have a better answer than mine, which would be a piece of artwork that somehow involves a GPS-enabled satellite phone and a jar of chunky peanut butter.
For more to do tonight, go here.
Note: Tickets for this giveaway will need to be picked up from the D Magazine offices.
Body-Slammed Arlington Teen Preparing To Sue Police. I think everyone probably should have been expecting this. After watching a brief snippet of Kelsey Perry’s interview and my general knowledge of courtroom cross examinations, I would say her lawyer probably needs to start coaching her now.
American Airlines Pilot Union Readies For a Strike Vote. You knew it would come to this when AA leadership refused to let pilots wear those boss-looking eyepatches that Gary got everyone.
New Generation of Von Erichs Enters the Ring. Sub required, but how can you not want to read about Kevin Von Erich’s sons following him into the family business? Especially given what the family business means for the Von Erichs.