Regarding the second alternate title, here is an un-photoshopped picture of the entree from the gala dinner (clic the pic for a more un-appetizing image):
According to my sources, Krugman was Krugman: Insightful and analytical on international economics, predictably partisan on domestic politics.
Bad news for Tyler: PK confessed to not having read "The Great Stagnation", though he said he was a regular reader of "Marginal Revolution".
Good news for rich people: PK said that had he been president, he would have let all the "Bush tax cuts" expire, even though it would harm the economy, because he feels that it was the last chance to ever get rid of the cuts for the rich. He fears they will now be permanent.
While endorsing more stimulus and more infrastructure spending, he dissed high speed rail, saying it should be a very low priority at best.
All in all, he did an hourlong Q&A with students and some Econ faculty, then the "dinner" and a speech. Here is a write-up of the Q&A from the student paper.
Bottom line: I am so so so glad I went to the Thunder game!