May 17, 2012


May 18-19….Cactus Theater: “Mama Gets Lucky” – Set in Belle’s Saloon in Dry Gulch, Texas, in the late 1800s, Sam, the bartender, gets a letter that his mother is due on the next stage for a surprise visit. Mama had always preached about the evils of gambling and poker, recalling her father’s escapades of spending all the family’s money on one game of poker. Sam is a lot like Papa, but still wants to please Mama. Because his boss, Belle, is out of town, Sam takes charge. He persuades the players to use "matchsticks", to fool Mama into thinking they are not really gambling. Mama shows up making the poker players an offer they can’t refuse. Tickets $20.00...reserve by calling (806) 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

May 18-20 (Repeats May 27)….Hub Theatre Group: "Next to Normal" - The Hub Theatre Group is proud to be one of the first nonprofessional theatre companies to have acquired the rights to the powerful and compelling musical "Next to Normal," the acclaimed show that has just left Broadway and finished its tour. This powerful Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical deals with a family struggling to cope with enormous challenges. Diana Goodman seems to have it all. She has a loving husband, Dan, and an over-achieving, ambitious young daughter, Natalie. But from the opening of the show it is clear that this family is anything but ordinary. Diana struggles with her bipolar disorder and the death of her infant son. Her struggles are shared by family members dealing not only with the present consequences of her disease, but with their own difficulties. Tickets are $25 adults and $15 for students with a valid id. Tickets can be purchased by calling 806-300-5962 or online at Note: For mature audiences. Firehouse Theatre in the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Ave. K. Shows are Friday & Saturday May 18 & 19th at 8 p.m., and Sundays, May 20 & 27 at 2 p.m.

May 18-20
....Lubbock Community Theatre presents: “Harvey” - When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half- foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild- mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all. Written by Mary Chase and directed by Leah Tyson. Rated: G. To reserve tickets call (806) 749-2416 or visit the theatre website at Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Ave; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.


May 19….Katie Kicks Prader Willi Fundraiser - Katie Kicks Prader Willi Syndrome is a 5k event to promote awareness for PWS. The cost is $10 a person and $15 for a pair. If you donate over $20 you will get a T-shirt to
support PWS. Katie was 10 months old when she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome. Her family is really looking forward to getting a cure for their daughter and they are grateful to all who come and donate!. The event will have face painting, science show, Marines, tumblers who will help your kids learn to roll and flip, police officers to give speeches on bullying and hopes that the Texas Tech Pom Squad or Cheerleaders will make an appearance. The website for Katie is For more info, email Mackenzie Park, 601 Municipal Drive; 8 a.m.

May 19….Hodges Community Center Summer Open House - All ages are welcome and it is free. Come meet summer instructors, participate in free demonstrations of classes, have a snack, make a craft or play some games! This is a great opportunity to meet the staff and learn what fun is planned for this summer. Hodges Community Center, 4011 University; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

May 19….Ransom Canyon Cafe Music Festival Benefit - This is a benefit for Tim Fulton, diagnosed with ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease. Come bring your lawn chair & enjoy great food, good music and lots of fun for a good cause! There will be all types of food - Tex Mex, burgers, fajitas, steaks and the best homemade pizza In Lubbock County! Two guitars to be raffled including a 72 Thinline Telecaster $700 value (anonymous donor) and a Mitchell Acoustic $350 value donated by Guitar Center. You don't have to be present to win! From noon to 9 p.m. there will be free music (all genres) and from 9 p.m. till midnight will be a dance ( $10.00 per person). Performing musicians include Bo Boggs & Under The Double Eagle Band, Gary Nix & West Texas, Hayden Huse, Mary Beth Ashburn & Ray Espinosa, Donnie Martin & The Martin Country Band. For more info call 806-548-6061 or 817-915-5947. Entrance to Lake Ransom Canyon, 8312 E FM 3523 # 110. Noon to 9 p.m.

May 19….Buddy Holly Center: “The Science of Sound” – Have you ever wondered just how sound waves work? What makes some noises high and some low? How do your ears and brain process sound waves? Children ages 7-12 are invited to come learn about what makes sound. At The Science of Sound workshop children will learn how sound waves work and make model eardrums. Pre-registration by Wednesday, May 16 at 5 p.m. is required, as class sizes are limited. Cost is $5.00. For more information or to register please call Lisa Howe, Education Coordinator, at 806.775.3059 or 806.775.3567. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Avenue; 1 -3 p.m.

May 19….Lubbock Mainstage Theater Auditions - Lubbock Mainstage Theater would like to announce the auditions for its inaugural production of “The Miracle Worker” written by William Gibson and
directed by Cornelius Brown. Auditions will consist of cold readings. Grove Public Library in the community center located at 5520 19th Street; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

May 19….40th Anniversary Solo Squares Dance - The Solo Squares Square Dance Club will host their 40th Anniversary Dance which will begin with a reception at 6 p.m.. Lynn Myers of Midland will be cueing rounds with pre-rounds starting at 7:15 p.m. Art Tangen from Albuquerque will be calling squares beginning at 8 p.m. Solo Squares invites past and present square and round dancers to attend this celebration. All activities will be held at the Lubbock Square and Round Dance Federation building at 2305 120th Street.; 6 p.m.


May 20….South Plains Astronomy Club and TTU Museum Eclipse Party
- On May 20, 2012, the Moon will pass directly between the sun and earth, eclipsing the sun. The eclipse starts in China, moves north to Japan, and the open ocean below the Aleutian Islands, the south again to the Pacific northwest, and finally ending in Lubbock. The sun will set just after the moon touches the far side of the sun, so we will see the maximum annular eclipse, but will miss the second half of partial eclipse. The moon will take gradual bites out of the sun between first and second contact for about an hour. The Eclipse maximum will last a little over four minutes. Then the sun will set shortly after third contact, ending our viewing. The South Plains Astronomy Club and the Texas Tech Museum will provide a public viewing party at the Lubbock Lake Landmark on the afternoon of May 20th starting at 6:30pm. There will be space for photographers and astronomers not interested in public outreach. This eclipse is not safe to view with the naked eye because the moon does not cover the sun’s surface completely and the remaining portion is bright enough to damage the naked eye. However, you can use a #14 welder’s glass or “eclipse glasses” (Mylar solar filtered cardboard glasses) to safely view the eclipse. The club will have inexpensive eclipse glasses for sale at a modest price at the event. More information on the eclipse and event is available at; Lubbock Lake Landmark, 2401 Landmark Drive; 6:30 p.m.

May 20….Solar Eclipse Viewing at Cap*Rock Winery - Join us for a SOLAR-darity and observe and toast the "Ring of Fire", annular solar eclipse, the first in almost 18 years! The path of annularity to view the solar eclipse is just 300 km wide across the world - this path crosses Lubbock! Admission is free. Protective viewing glasses available for $2.00. BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket). Wine and snacks available for purchase. For more information, visit Cap Rock Winery, 408 East Woodrow Road; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

May 20….Broadway in the Park (Re-scheduled From Last Week's Rain) -The cast of Next to Normal and select members of the Hub Performing Arts School's Advanced Performance Team will perform your favorite Broadway tunes in Founders Park at Vintage Township. This is a fundraiser for the amazing production of Next to Normal. This show has been reaching out to families in Lubbock struggling with mental illness. Tickets are only $5. Call 806-300-5962 to get your tickets. Bring a lawn chair and be ready to sing along to songs from: Annie, Wicked, My Fair Lady, Thoroughly Modern Millie and more. Founders Park at Vintage Township, 11410 Trafalgar Ave. 7 p.m.

Quilt Exhibition and Raffle Debuts at Ranching Heritage Center

May 13 – July 22 - “Celebrating the Evolution of Quilts” - This exhibit by the National Ranching Heritage Center highlights influential quilt patterns from 1800s historical quilts to contemporary art quilts. Also featured in the exhibit are glass pieces, created by Lubbock artist Lee Ware, showcasing various quilt patterns. Available during the quilt exhibit will be a quilt raffle. (Buy a $10 ticket for a chance to win this quilt, valued at $800) "Grandmother's Flower Garden," circa 1930s, hand-pieced top, donated by Tom Watson from the collection of Beth Watson. 89" x 93" (queen size) hand-quilted by Lubbock Christian Associates, 2012. All funds raised will help support NRHC Education Programs. Drawing will be held on July 25, 2012. Winner will be notified by phone. Buy a ticket in Cogdell’s Store or online at Mary Belle Macy Gallery, National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th Street; Call (806) 742-0498 for times.
This Week's Trivia Contest....

This week, 1 winner will be chosen for 2 tickets to the May 25th (Friday performance) of Christ in the Arts (CITA): “EPIC ~ The Timeless Tale of Extravagant Love.”

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the phrase "Epic" as your subject title.

The Question: Hosea, the prophet, married a woman named __________?

The deadline for this contest is next Tuesday at 10 a.m. and the winners will be contacted that day. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there : )

Be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email...including your cell phone number or a daytime landline so we may contact you easily if you are the winner. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown.

Good luck to everyone!

Looking at Next Week & Beyond
May 25-26…“EPIC: The Timeless Tale of Extravagant Love”
June 11 -15….Fairy-Tale Princess Camp
June 16….South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Open House
June 21, 22, 23….Science Spectrum CritterFest ’12

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