The folks at the AT&T Performing Arts Center picked quite the inaugural concert for the Wyly Theatre: The Flatlanders, otherwise known as Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. No doubt they'll break in the joint Tuesday night with the first song on their first album, recorded in 1971 and only available on eight-track till 1990: "Dallas," from which our musical sibling takes its name. Tickets are still available, but as it happens Unfair Park's got two pair to give away this morning. Here's how you win 'em: essay question.
In the song, Gilmore sings that Dallas is both "a woman who will walk on you when you're down" and "a rich man who tends to believe in his own lies," which would make Dallas, yes, a hermaphrodite. But let's say you had to pick one. Which one? And why? Keep it short, if you like, and best two answers, to be judged by a panel of first-graders and myself, win a pair of tickets. You've got till the end of the business day, 5 sharp. Now go.
Update at 5:29 p.m.: The panel, which consisted of myself and staffers at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, have chosen the winner. And they are: Steve, randall in sachse and publicnewssense. "Too close to call," say the AT&TPAC peeps. Hence, three pair! Now, Friends, send the great Maria May your name, address and phone numbers. Instructions will follow.
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