April 3, 2008


April 3....Monthly SOS (Singles Only Stuff) Dinner -
Come join the fun with other singles...simply sharing a meal and friendship in a casual atmosphere. Everyone pays their own tab...just come...and bring a friend if you like. This month the meeting place is the new restaurant called Beef O' Brady's, 5510 4th Street, 7 p.m.

April 3....Pickleball - If you're not familiar with this wacky-sounding but incredibly fun and legitimate outdoor game, you don't know what you're missing! What's it like, you ask? Think ping pong played on a scaled-down tennis court...with a lightweight plastic Wiffle ball and paddle. We'll show you how to play...or, if you don't think you want to jump right in, just come and enjoy meeting some new friends and watch the action in your lawn chair. Come on...you'll be glad you checked it out! If you have a "pickle paddle"...bring it...if not, come anyway! Our fun group of folks gather each Thursday evening (now that the weather is warming up) to play on the tennis courts at Leroy Elmore Park, on the east side (Peoria Ave.) north of the Loop 289 frontage road. 7 p.m. to ???


April 3-5...."Gypsy" - From the blast of the first trumpet to the last
hot spotlight, it's little wonder why "Gypsy" reigns as one of the greatest Broadway musicals of the 20th century. The big, brassy, funny and unforgettable show - with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents - gloriously returns to the stage. Packing a powerful wallop, "Gypsy" serves up one popular standard after another like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," and "Let Me Entertain You." Everyone agrees...Broadway musicals don't get much better than "Gypsy." Tickets available through all Select-A-Seat outlets, online or by calling (806) 770-2000. City Bank Auditorium, 4th Street and Drive of Champions Ave. Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. each evening; 2:00 p.m. matinee Saturday.


April 3-6....66th Annual ABC Rodeo - This annual favorite will be held on Thursday April 3rd, Friday April 4th and two shows on Saturday April 5th. The evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and the Saturday matinee will be held at 1:30 p.m. Come see the action at the Lubbock City Bank Coliseum next to Jones AT&T stadium in Lubbock. The ABC Rodeo has teamed with Tuff Hedeman's CBR to present an added event on SUNDAY, Aprl 6th at 2:00 p.m. Reserved and General admission tickets are on sale along with a special combo ticket that provides admission to both the rodeo and the CBR event at a discount. Music fans - Friday night after the rode, see Jason Meadows live in concert. Reserved Tickets are available at all Select-A-Seat outlets. General admission tickets available at area western wear stores.


April 4....First Friday Art Trail - From the Depot District to the Civic Center District to Texas Tech and beyond, art “trailers” can easily follow the trail on their own with maps provided at each location, or hop aboard the First Friday trolleys. The four roving trolleys and one bus will each provide short routes in the downtown area only. Catch the trolleys and bus at any of your favorite downtown locations, and find ample parking and numerous trolleys at Hard Tops Gallery, LHUCA and Buddy Holly Center.
April is a TEMPORARY venues month!!! TEN different venues are joining the Trail for this month in a twice-yearly opportunity for ‘other than permanent’ venues to get on board! For further information about First Friday Art Trail, call 762-8606 or click here. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


April 4-5....Ballet Lubbock's Annual Spring Performance, "In Tribute" - See the rising stars of the dance world who all got their start right here in Lubbock. Tickets available through Select-A-Seat by calling 770-2000, toll free 1-800-735-1288, or by visiting www.selectaseatlubbock.com website Underwood Center's Firehouse Theatre, 511 Avenue K; 8 p.m. each evening with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

April 4-5…."Dearly Beloved" -
In this delightful play havoc erupts in the small town of Fayro, Texas. The Futrelle Sisters – once known at the almost-famous gospel singing trio, The Sermonettes, are in the midst of preparing for an oh-so-elaborate antebellum wedding in the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church. Unfortunately, the bride and groom are missing, and the rumor mill is working overtime. Directed by Stan Tucker, the cast, in alphabetical order, includes Beth Bass, Christie Bradshaw, Karen Dolter, Whitney Garrity, Christy Morris, Mitzi Ravenscraft, Derek Thomas, Stan Tucker, Ric Walton and Blair Wilson. Tickets are $12 per person, $8 for children 12 and under, group rates available. Call 806-495-4005 for tickets and reservations; Garza Theatre, 226 East Main, Post, TX, 8 p.m.;matinee on April 13 at 2:30 p.m.


April 4-6....Lubbock Community Theatre's Productions of "Laundry & Bourbon" / "Lone Star" - In "Laundry and Bourbon," 3 small town Texas women fold laundry, sip bourbon and gossip about the many open secrets that are so much a part of small town life. "Lone Star" shows us the men in their lives and how the Vietnam War has affected them, their relationships with their wives and each other; Boston Avenue Playhouse, 4230 Boston Avenue, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.


April 5....Annual Tech Theta "Speak Up for Kids 5k" Fun Run - Presented by CASA of the South Plains. The run/walk hopes to bring awareness to the staggering number of abused children living in our local area. The family friendly atmosphere also targets good physical fitness, especially for children. The event includes a KIDS K for the younger athletes, and kids warm-up with Texas Tech University athletes, mascot, and Tech Theta volunteers. Early registration is $15 and registration the day of the event is $20. T-Shirts are included in the entry fees. Medals will be awarded to race winner immediately following the race. Learn more at www.lubbockcasa.org or call 806-773-6068. Event will be held at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion on the Texas Tech Campus (17th and University). Run will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a "KIDS K" for younger participants.

April 5....Book Signing by Charlotte Wheat - This local author will read her new fun-loving interactive book, That Audacious, Impetuous Mother-of-All, Eve! in the children's department at Mardel's and will autograph purchased copies; Mardel Christian and Educational Supply, 7020 Quaker Ave., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

April 5....Ballroom Dance - Dance to the Big Band swing music of the '40s, played by the South Plains College Jazz Band and the 18 piece South Plains Dance Orchestra. Proceeds benefit scholarship music programs. Admission only $6 at the door. Event takes place South Plains College, Levelland campus, Sundown Room/Student Center. 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


April 6....Organ Extravaganza, featuring international virtuoso Carlo Curley - American concert organist Carlo Curley will dazzle the audience with his playing on the mighty Moller pipe organ at First United Methodist Church. If you have never been to an organ concert, this is the one to try. Get a close-up view with HD video projection. Music will include J S Bach's "Toccata, Adagio and Fugue", Beethoven's "Turkish March" and Lindgren's "Homage to Bernstein". Also featuring the 90-voice FUMC Chancel Choir singing "Oh, When the Saints"; Free admission. First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway (entrance is at 13th and Avenue N), 5 p.m.

April 6....Car & Bike Memory Ride & Candlelight Vigil - Held in memory of the children in Texas who lost their lives due to child abuse and neglect during the past year. Gather at Mackenzie Park, (600 Broadway St) near Joyland entrance at 3:30 p.m. Memory Ride begins at 4:30 with the final destination at First Church of the Nazarene, (6110 Chicago Ave). Once there, a meal and Candlelight Vigil will begin at 5:30. Please call 747-5577 or go to www.blueribbonrally.cm or myspace.com/blueribbonrally. For more info, e-mail Kim at blueribbonrally@gmail.com.

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This Week's "Gypsy" Ticket Winner

We're proud to announce Cindy B. of Lubbock as our winner in this week's random drawing for tickets to the opening night performance of "Gypsy." Enjoy the show, Cindy!

Lew Dee & Diana Celebrate 30 Years, New Frequency at 97.3 FM!

We wanted to help spread the word that our friends and longtime Lubbock radio icons Lew Dee and Diana have moved with the rest of the "Stars" to their new home at 97.3 FM. Formerly located at 104.7, the popular morning drive team have announced that they are entering their 30th year on air together, as well. They want all their loyal listeners to know that the only thing that's changed is the spot on the dial. "Stars" is simply changing radio frequency as of this week. You can catch the two radio icons Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on traditional radio or listen online from anywhere in the world via internet streaming. You'll hear occasional radio spots for the Lubbock Fun Club on Stars 97.3...along with a NEW FEATURE...our contribution of daily show trivia questions. Congratulations, Lew and Diana...for 30 wonderful years!

A Heartfelt Thanks for the Success of Our First "Kids' Summer Fun Fair"

Last weekend's attendance for our event at the Lubbock Memorial Garden and Arts Center was SIMPLY AMAZING! We appreciate all of our readers who made it to the fair and hope you were pleased with the offering. We worked very hard to produce a memorable and informative experience. We couldn't have done it without all of our wonderful "scheduled" vendors, the assistance of Ann Graves at LISD, the numerous school administrators who helped us get the word out, and a select group of the other media in town. Special thanks to Steak Express for agreeing to be our food vendor at the very last minute...and Jump 'n' Fun for the incredible inflatables! We appreciate the spirit of community we witnessed...and we are proud to have been able to bring this event to the parents and kids of Lubbock. Let's do it again next year!


April 10....Thursday Night Arts Underground Film Operative Planet Celluloid: Genius of Early Alfred Hitchcock...with FREE Tea Party - The first part of the program will look at Hitchcock’s often neglected British years. A 10-minute program of clips from his British years with emphasis on his eye for the camera will preface the feature showing. "Champagne" (1928: 80 min.) is an often overlooked and rare piece of cinematic work by the master. Come and enjoy Hitch with a free British style tea party. For more information call 762- 8606; Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Firehouse Theater, 511 Ave. K; 7 p.m.

April 12....The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra: "Jazz in the City" - This concert is one night only and will feature the sizzling sounds of the Grammy Award winning ensemble, New York Voices. Single ticket prices for Jazz in the City are $50, $40 and $25 for Adults and $40, $30 and $20 for Students. City Bank Auditorium, 4th Street and Drive of Champions, 8 p.m.


April 26....38th Annual Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center - This year's theme is "Rockin' RH Rodeo," with events for the whole family, including a mechanical buckin' bronc, rope and loop making, horseback rides, stick horse rodeo, horseshoeing by Blane Chapman, cowboy and pioneer activities, music, dancing and more. Free admission. For information, call Christy Lemons at (806) 742-0498; National Ranching Heritage Center 3121 Fourth Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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