Our beloved Willie Nelson is coming to town for the Outlaw Music Festival (July 1, Woodlands Pavilion), so we’re asking him to our fiesta and challenging him to a game of dominoes—if he played with Snoop Dogg, why not us? (Oh, let us have our fantasy!) Invites are also in the mail to Vinson & Elkins attorney–turned–novelist Patricia Hunt Holmes, whose new thriller, Searching for Pilar, recounts a young man’s quest to find his sister, who’s been kidnapped into the Houston sex trade (the author reads at Brazos on July 17); MFAH director Gary Tinterow, who bid $34 million at auction for Georges Seurat’s “La Rade de Grandcamp (Le Port de Grandcamp),” per the New York Times, winning it on behalf of a Houston collector (who, damn it? Who?); Houston-raised, New York–based fashion designer Cesar Galindo, who’s dressed the likes of Madonna and Missy Elliott, and who recently married one Kenneth Charles Fleishman, also per the Times, aw; and Alejandra Ortega, who teaches eighth-grade math at McReynolds Middle School—also known as God’s work—and was recently named HISD’s Secondary Teacher of the year.
As for our final guest, we’re going to need to get a closer look at the Choke Canyon Alligator, the source of a trademark lawsuit Buc-ee’s recently brought against the Choke Canyon company. As reported by the Chron, Buc-ee’s claimed the gator logo looks too much like their beaver one, and that the other company cribbed their very novel concept of clean bathrooms. Apparently, the suit wasn’t as ridiculous as it seemed, as a Houston jury sided with Buc-ee’s.