I’m sure that I’ve never associated Larry Bird with the opera, or probably even with lobster, but he’s going to be associating himself with both now.
On the other hand, I have on multiple occasions associated the first name Larry, by itself, with lobster, but more on that in a moment.
First off, the Indianapolis Opera announced Thursday, July 25, that Bird — the gritty, no-nonsense, backyard-brawling basketball legend, and president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers — and his wife, Dinah, will co-chair this year’s Lobsterpalooza.
Lobsterpalooza is the Indianapolis Opera’s yearly fundraiser.
The fourth annual event is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Basile Opera Center in Indy.
According to a news release that announced their new titles, "The Birds say they are pleased to co-chair Lobsterpalooza because of their belief in helping the local arts."
Larry Bird was truly an artist on the court, but still, be real, not someone who’s typically been associated with the arts.
Very cool, though. Should be a win-win for all involved.
Naturally, tickets are priced a little too steep for most of us, at $150, but if you are interested, go to http://www.indyopera.org/.
The event is described in the news release as "a casual evening of entertainment, live music and a traditional Maine lobster boil served with award-winning clam chowder, steamed clams, fresh vegetables and corn on the cob. The fresh Maine lobster, driven in live the night before, is so sweet and succulent it practically melts in your mouth."
OK, that can also be disgusting, if you hone in how those lobsters will die.
Which takes us back to those other associations involving the words lobster and Larry, as in "Larry the Lobster."
If you don’t remember, "Larry the Lobster" was a legendary, phone circuit-busting 1982 Eddie Murphy sketch, and follow-up, on Saturday Night Live.
Then there’s another "Larry the Lobster," as in the character from "SpongeBob SquarePants."
Maybe you can’t afford Lobsterpalooza with Larry Bird, but you still can enjoy the humor that Bird’s unlikely role has unintentionally invoked.