5 Lunchtime Links: George Strait announces Vegas shows and more

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George Strait poses for a portrait following his press conference at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nev. Strait announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22, that he’s releasing a new album, “Cold Beer Conversation,” on Friday and that he’ll play a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
George Strait poses for a portrait following his press conference at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nev. Strait announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22, that he’s releasing a new album, “Cold Beer Conversation,” on Friday and that he’ll play a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

George Strait poses for a portrait following his press conference at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nev. Strait announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22, that he’s releasing a new album, “Cold Beer Conversation,” on Friday and that he’ll play a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

1. George Strait will be first to perform at new Las Vegas Arena.

The “King of Country” has announced he will be the first to perform at the new 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena in April 2016. You’ve got awhile to shine your boots in preparation — with four shows scheduled for April 22, 23 and Sept. 9, 10, Strait will break in the venue with songs from his new 13-song “Cold Beer Conversation” album set to drop this Friday. This will be Strait’s first album in two years. Country singer Kacey Musgraves will serve as opening act for all four shows. Tickets are set to go on sale Oct. 2.

2. Keep your selfie stick to your self and out of the Texas State Fair.

Like many similar amusement parks and fairs before it, the Texas State Fair has decidedly outlawed selfie sticks, the Dallas Morning News reported. What’s been called “one of the great menaces of modern technology,” the public seems to find the selfie stick less and less amusing with each passing ban. Fair officials said they deliberated over the decision for a month, but were encouraged after parks like Six Flags and Disney passed a ban. Sorry guys, leave your metal rods at home — there’s nothing quite like a selfie stick to the eye to ruin an afternoon of fried Oreos and Big Tex.

3. “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham drops Austin home listing to a still-whopping $650,000.

Farrah Abraham, who originally rose to fame through MTV reality shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” and has since worked as a stripper at Austin’s Palazio Gentlemen’s Club, is having a little trouble getting her 3,225 square-foot, two-story house off her hands, San Antonio Express-News reported. Appraised at $568,289 in 2013, Abraham first listed the house in Oct. 2014 at $750,000. When no one bit she lowered it to $650,000 a few months ago. Interested? See the listing here.

4. “Happy Birthday” song now rightfully belongs to everyone who’s been singing it illegally all these years.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - Amy Poehler arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Amy Poehler arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Another major score for the public domain! A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the “Happy Birthday” song will no longer be copyright protected, and is now free to use by everyone.

5. Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll reportedly split after two years of dating.

Two very funny people have reportedly ended their relationship. Time reported that comedians Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll, both known for roles in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” have split after two years of dating. Poehler was previously married to actor Will Arnett with whom she has two sons. “Talented men are not threatened by talented women. They welcome them,” Poehler previously said of dating in her 40s.


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