“Students and parents stand in front of Lakewood Elementary School.” 1975 1984 or 1985?
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For some reason, the iPhone wants to autocorrect “Oates” to “pÃ¢tÃ©,” complete with all those perfectly placed accents. This is almost as odd as a press email I got awhile ago talking about a person named Darryl Haul of the band Haul and Oates.
There’s only one place you’ll find me tonight, and that’s in Allen. I have never said those words before, by the way, but the Hall and Oates concert at the Allen Events Center promises to be a thing of wonder. And I can’t wait. You can still get tickets—not the cheapest seats, but still under $60. And I was going to make fun of a coworker who gave me a blank stare when I told her about my exciting plans, but I can’t do it. It’s too sad to think about a person who’s gone their whole life deprived of something so great. Let’s all just listen to “Rich Girl” instead. Where to eat? Maybe do that in Dallas, first. But I’d try Samui Thai, which is only about seven minutes away from the venue.
Also this evening, the inimitable Tony Bennett puts on a one-night-only concert of American standards at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. It’s almost unbelievable to me that Bennett is 86 years old. Unbelievable, and awesome, since he looks and sounds fantastic. Again, tickets are on the expensive side, but this should also be a special show.
For more to do tonight, go here.
The picture you see here is of Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson (left), wife of DMA director Maxwell Anderson, and Anna-Sophia van Zweden, daughter of DSO maestro Jaap van Zweden. They were photographed over the weekend by our On the Scene columnist, Jeanne Prejean, at 2012 Dallas Symphony AT&T Gala. And that is all I’m going to say about this photograph, because it’s only Monday, and I don’t want to get in trouble this early in the week.
When I heard former D Magazine publisher Mike Orren was involved with a new outfit called Speakeasy, knowing Mike, I naturally assumed it was a bar. The only question in my mind was where the joint would be located and how many free drinks I could finagle.
No such luck. Speakeasy, according to this story, is a “marketing and promotions joint venture [with an agency called Slingshot] that will create and manage campaigns for local and national brands. … [T]he agency will use social media such as Facebook and Twitter and will also have access to the complete archives of The News, allowing clients to post stories related to their products and services on their own sites.”
See what they did there? Clients will be able to use News stories on their websites and in social media. Or, rather, Speakeasy will use News content in its management of clients’ websites and social media outposts.
Again, from the story: “[P]resident Mike Orren explained that a garden supply company might want to post articles from The News about gardening tips, or a real estate company might want to post articles about local neighborhoods. Freelancers will also generate content, including video, for clients. ‘It’s more about positioning yourself as the expert in the space you’re in and less about me, me, me,’ Orren said, explaining the concept of content marketing and how he views it differently from promotional copy, referred to as advertorial. ‘It’s a little softer sell than advertorial.’”
It’s an interesting idea that has the potential to create an interesting conflict of interest, if I understand this deal correctly. Let’s say car dealerships dig this concept and a bunch of them sign up. They (and the Speakeasy team) are going to want News content about cars and selling cars that they can use. (The story linked to above says a sales pitch from Speakeasy includes managing Google+, which I find funny, given that managing a Google+ account is like managing my daughter’s bucket of sidewalk chalk. Both reach audiences of a comparable size.) So now you’ve got News brass, meaning Jim Moroney, leveraging his reporters’ stories to make money with Speakeasy. And by leveraging, I mean telling his editors that a few more automotive stories in the paper would be a good idea. Now you’ve got an outside business, Speakeasy, influencing what you read in the paper.
Maybe. Perhaps. That’s the potential conflict, anyway.
This is our last reveal during the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas voting period. Meet our last five wonderful women: Heather Wilson, pharmaceutical trainer and marathon runner; Jessica Farmer, lovely landman and country music girl; Chelsea Morehart, sports enthusiast and Dallas Stars Ice Girl; Nadia Dabbakeh, Modern Luxury editor and down-to-earth beauty; and Christina Entsminger, Miss Dallas USA and Red Bull Wings Team girl.
Show them a little love. Vote on your favorite girl once a day, every day until Saturday night at midnight. Then check back Monday for the very last round of voting. All the semifinalists will be there, waiting for your click of approval, hoping to become one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas.
Congratulations to these gorgeous women, who will make it the final round of voting, which begins September 17.
New Dallas Police Unit Seeks To Curb Prostitution: The Dallas Police Department has devoted more resources than most city departments to combating child trafficking and prostitution, according to this Austin-American Statesman article, with a specialized unit trolling the internet trying to find prostitution ads with pictures of underage girls. It’s a time consuming process, but in June, a four-day sting led to more than 40 arrests.
Woman Killed For Having HIV: Cicely Bolden didn’t tell Larry Dunn that she was HIV positive before they had sex. When he found out, he stabbed her to death. “She killed me, so I killed,” Dunn reportedly told the police, demonstrating his obvious command of the science behind HIV transmission and treatment.
City’s First Non-shared Bike Lane Opens in Oak Cliff: It’s just a block long, sitting outside Rosemont Elementary school, but the new bike lane is being touted by bike advocates as a major step in implementing the city’s bike program. Unless you are one of those bike advocates who hates designated bike lanes.