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Recommended Reading Aug. 6, 2014

Special events topics this week include proposed regulations for tent installations and the lack of a hit song for weddings and bar mitzvahs

Nothing Worth Singing This Summer

OK, we all like "Fancy," but it's no earworm like "Blurred Lines." Why DJs are singing the blues this summer, the season without a runaway hit song for special events:

This summer, at weddings, birthday bashes and corporate mixers around the country, there's a song that always sets things off, at least for some people. "You play 'Fancy' and every girl in the room will scream and run to the dance floor," says Zac Rider, a deejay in Tulsa, Okla. "Fancy," a swaggering track by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, has owned the pop world this season. And yet, like the rest of this summer's music crop, the song seems to fall short by a crucial measure: Can it inspire even grandparents and wallflowers to fist-pump their way to the floor? "Not nearly as much as 'Blurred Lines' did last year," says Mr. Rider, who makes playlists for 65 deejays working dozens of gigs each weekend for DJ Connection, an agency whose territory includes Dallas and the Kansas City region.—Wall Street Journal

New Tent Regs Too Tough, Tent Experts Say

How tough do regulations on tents need to be to keep guests safe while keeping tent companies in business?

Area tent vendors said Thursday morning that proposed changes affecting the permitting and installation of tents in the city of Springfield could put them out of business — or force them to, at the least, pass on increased costs to customers. The fire department, which proposed the changes and held the meeting to discuss them Thursday, says it is willing to work with the vendors but that it ultimately wants to move quickly to minimize what it sees as risks to the public.—Springfield News Leader

For Two 'Star Trek' Fans, Marriage Is the Final Frontier

Not all brides want an arbor covered with wildflowers and a wooden dining table topped with vintage china and Mason jars. No, some prefer a wedding set in galaxy far, far away …

Theirs is a marriage made, if not in heaven exactly, then at least in intergalactic space. Mark Restucci popped the question last October, dropping to one knee in the style of his hero, Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise. Amy Campbell said yes. How could she not? She stood on a life-size mockup of the spaceship’s bridge –Los Angeles Times

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