April 11, 2013


April 11….Lubbock Arts Festival Premiere Night - Come and see the event before it is open to the general public! This is your chance to meet artists from around the country and purchase their original artwork without being bothered by the crowds. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, cocktail attire. Tickets are $40 (service fee included) and can be purchased by calling Select-A-Seat at 770-2000. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 6-9 p.m.


April 11-13….Raider Red’s Awesome Dance Spectacular - The Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance will present its annual Raider Red’s Awesome Dance Spectacular featuring original dance choreography. Tickets are $10 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. To purchase tickets or for more information call (806) 742-3603. Maedgen Laboratory Theatre (west entrance), located on 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues; 8 p.m.


April 12…. South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center 25th Anniversary Spring Gala, “Night on the Wild Side” -
Guests will enjoy fine wines by McPherson Cellars; “Ambrosia” will cater and provide tasty hors d’oeuvres. Musician Kyle Abernathie will be back this year to provide music. As always there will be a silent auction, featuring a pair of roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines, various Gift Certificates, artwork, jewelry, a three night condominium stay in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and many other great gifts - just in time for Mother’s Day, graduations and spring birthdays. Tickets are $25.00 in advance ($30.00 at the door) and include two complimentary glasses of wine per guest. You can secure your reservation by sending your check payable to SPWRC, 3308 95th Street, Lubbock, Texas, 79423. Early reservations are encouraged because space is limited to 200 guests. Come celebrate this milestone event! McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas; 6:30 – 9 p.m.

April 12…. TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series: Judy Collins in Concert
Judy Collins’ career has spanned more than 50 years - recording more than 40 albums, some with sales reaching gold and platinum status. She received a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance for her 1968 song, Both Sides Now and winning Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards was her version of Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music. Judy has released a new CD, Bohemian (Wildflower Records), in the fall of 2011. Released to coincide with the iconic folksinger's 2011 memoir, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Bohemian finds Judy Collins revisiting the late-'60s California music scene. Driven by her signature effortless soprano, the album features four new original cuts ("Morocco," "Wings of Angels," "In the Twilight," and "Big Sur") along with seven covers, including "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Joni Mitchell's "Cactus Tree." In addition to her success as a singer and songwriter, Collins has authored seven books, including the inspirational memoir Sanity & Grace, focusing on the suicide death of her son and the healing process that followed. She and Jill Godmilow co-directed, Antonia: "A Portrait of the Woman", an Academy Award nominated film about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. In 2000, Collins founded her own record label, Wildflower Records - a grass roots artist driven label. General Admission tickets are $15.00 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or www.selectaseatlubbock.com. TTU Students receive one free ticket with valid ID at the SUB information booth located at the entrance to the Allen Theatre. Allen Theatre, located in the Student Union Building of Texas Tech University; 7 p.m.

April 12….Cactus Theater: The Vocal Hits Of The '40s and '50s -
Sheena Fadeyi and Terri Caldwell present classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Patti Page and many more, Sheena and Terri will present a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt tribute! Tickets are $20.00. To reserve your tickets call 806-762-3233 or visit www.cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

April 12-13…9th Annual State Championship Buffalo Wing Cook-Off
Come and enjoy this annual cook-off with 4 categories of meat including brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken and buffalo wings. For more information call 806.747.3353 or visit www.buffalospringslake.net. Buffalo Springs Lake, 9999 High Meadow Road; 5 p.m.

April 12-13
(Repeats April 19-20)….Lubbock Moonlight Musicals: "Damn Yankees" (Dinner Theatre) - “This is home run dinner theatre!” It’s fun. It’s hot. It’s baseball and pretty girls and the devil himself! And don’t worry you don’t have to sell your soul to purchase tickets! It’s a bargain price for memories that will last a lifetime, sinfully good food, and a devilishly charming show. Damn Yankees opens in 1956 Washington, DC, where Meg Boyd and other "baseball widows" lament about losing their husbands, who can only be found watching TV or going to Griffith Stadium, to cheer their beloved Washington Senators. Disheartened by another loss for the Senators, Meg's husband, Joe, mutters that he would sell his soul to the devil for "one long ball hitter" on the Senators....and whaabam! As soon as the words come out of his mouth, he is greeted by Satan himself in the form of the charismatic conman, Mr. Applegate. Applegate claims he can make not only Joe's wish come true but he can also make Joe that ballplayer to fulfill his one lifelong dream. Applegate agrees to give Joe until the day before the season ends, September 24th at 9 p.m., to get out of the deal at any time. Should Joe decide to play in the final game on the 25th, he will belong to Applegate. Catering by Honeychild Caterers. To reserve tickets call Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000. The Icehouse Theatre at Mac Davis and Avenue J; Doors open and dinner will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

April 12-13….Lubbock Symphony Orchestra: Arts Festival -
The symphony and dance worlds collide in April to produce an exquisite evening of movement and music in association with the Lubbock Arts Festival. The LSO is pleased to collaborate with Ballet Lubbock for this very special occasion. The LSO will perform Overture to Prometheus and Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale” by Beethoven during the first act. The orchestra will then be joined by Ballet Lubbock for a performance of Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 in F Major, No. 9 by Corelli with original choreography by Elisabeth Gillaspy, and Divertimento by Bartók with original choreography by Yvonne Racz Key. For tickets or more information call (806)762-1688 or visit www.lubbocksymphony.org. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 7:30 p.m.

April 12-14….35th Annual Lubbock Arts Festival
This 3-day celebration is the largest fine art, fine craft event in West Texas. Professional football player and Texas Tech alumnus Baron Batch has been selected as the featured artist for the 2013 Lubbock Arts Festival. Each year the Arts Festival selects a visual artist to honor and spotlight their work. The artist must have ties to the community as well as unique and innovative pieces that are reflective of their own style. Batch, a running back for the Pittsburg Steelers, began painting while rehabilitating a knee after surgery. Batch will be onsite throughout the Arts Festival. His original work and prints of art will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Lubbock Arts Alliance’s after school art programs. Every year the Lubbock Arts Festival features over 150 visual artists from around the nation displaying and selling original work in the mediums of painting, drawing, pottery, fiber, leather, jewelry, glass, wood and sculpture. A juried gallery of professional work will be available for viewing along with artwork from area school children. There will be different performing stages each spotlighting the very best local and regional talent singing, dancing, acting and playing instruments. Demonstrations by artists creating their work will take place along with ten different “Kid Stops” providing free art-related activities for children. The “Kid Stops” include make-and-take projects, a construction activity, a chance to perform on the kids' karaoke stage and a book fair. All this can be enjoyed for the very low admission of $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12. Special ticketed events include Premier Night honoring Karen Savage, art patron and community leader, “Music in Motion” a collaborative performance of Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Lubbock, and matinee performances of “The Velveteen Rabbit “ by Lubbock Community Theatre. For more information contact the Lubbock Arts Alliance at www.lubbockartsfestival.org or call (806) 744-ARTS (2787). Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

April 12-14….Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing -
Sesame Street Live "Can’t Stop Singing". When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic want, there’s something in the air and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun and find out! Come and play before the show. Play Zone at Sesame Street Live is a fun way for children to experience their favorite street. Sing and dance with Sesame Street friends, sit in Big Bird’s nest, twirl in Zoe’s dance studio, sit on the steps of 123 Sesame Street and much more. You won’t want to miss a sing picture. Hosted by Murray, Play Zone opens one hour before the show. Best of all it is Free with your Sesame Street Live ticket! To purchase tickets call 806.770.2000 or visit www.selectaseatlubbock.com. United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Avenue. Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

April 12-14
(Repeats April 19-21)….Lubbock Community Theatre: “The Trip to Bountiful” - This is the poignant story of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in Houston, Texas. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. "The rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory…Horton Foote has done, and done beautifully, the one thing it is important for a playwright to do. That is, provide the disciplined material for expert actors to completely capture an audience and hold it through the evening." Written by Horton Foote and directed by C. Kevin Helmer. Rated PG-13. Tickets can be reserved by calling (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Ave. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.

April 13….24th Annual Ragin’ Cajun
- Time to have some fun, eat some delicious food and support the Special Olympics. The festive spirit of Louisiana and Mardi Gras will be alive in Lubbock during an evening of food and entertainment. Ragin’ Cajun is a yearly event that embodies the spirit and excitement of Mardi Gras, with live music, beads, and traditional "bayou" fare including crawfish, shrimp, crab legs and vegetables. Live and silent auction with sports memorabilia, gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, trips, jewelry and much more! Live music by local bands and musicians. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. For tickets, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, please call the area office at 806.749.7000. City Bank Coliseum, 2720 Drive of Champions; 4 – 10 p.m.

April 13….Cactus Theater: Marcia Ball in Concert - Experience the joy and excitement of this legendary Texas music icon as she presents her one and only mix of musical styles, from Zydeco to blues to jazz and rock-and-roll. She will knock you out. Tickets are $25.00. To reserve your tickets call 806-762-3233 or visit www.cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


April 14….Buckner Spring Tea – Join us as we raise funds and awareness to benefit children and families in need served by Buckner in Lubbock. The featured speaker, Judie Byrd, is the founder of the Fort Worth Culinary School and host of Judie Byrd’s Kitchen on Family Net Television. She’s an accomplished writer as food editor of Fort Worth, Texas magazine, a food columnist for Home Life magazine and the author of several cookbooks. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Buckner, 129 Brentwood Ave, Lubbock or by calling 806.795.7151. Hat and gloves optional. Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway; 3 – 5 p.m.
Last Week's Trivia Winner....

The Question: Which two songs were Elvis Presley's very first recordings at Sun Studios?

Answer: The first two songs recorded by Elvis at Sun Studios were “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”...which comprised sides A and B of a vanity record made as a birthday gift for his mother. Studio owner Sam Phillips signed the young truck driver to a professional recording contract soon thereafter.

Christina G. of Lubbock
Looking at Next Week & Beyond...

April 19......22nd Annual Spring Fling
April 19–20….Celebrity Attractions: Elvis Lives
April 19-20...CATS: Those Unforgettable Black Rims
April 19-21…."Second Hand Rose" Garage Sale
April 20…...4th Annual Fly and Fling
April 20…...43rd Annual Ranch Day
April 20-21…55th Annual Gem/Mineral Show & Sale
April 21….Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour
April 25….Literacy Lubbock’s Annual Spring Dinner
April 27….15th Blue Ribbon Rally Bike/Car Show

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