November 21, 2013


November 21….Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series - A 1967 graduate of West Point, Astronaut Col. Mike Mullane was commissioned in the USAF and served as a Weapon Systems Operator aboard an RF-4C Phantom, completing 150 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1978 he was selected as a Mission Specialist for the first group of Space Shuttle astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space before retiring in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit Lanier Auditorium, TTU School of Law; 7 p.m.

November 21 - 24….Holiday Happening - Hosted by the Junior League of Lubbock, Holiday Happening is one of the most exciting events in the Lubbock community, ushering in the Christmas season each fall. Holiday Happening offers entertainment and shopping for the whole family. But the glitz and glamour of this highlight event is made possible by the dedicated efforts of scores of Junior League volunteers on a mission that is more far-reaching than a fun start to the holidays. This small band of women put in thousands of volunteer hours each year to hold the Junior League’s largest fundraising event providing the resources to make the Food2Kids program possible; to support Hope Lodge; to help teach children about good nutrition....and the list goes on. More than 140 vendors sell a variety of items ranging from clothing to home decor to jewelry gift baskets. To purchase tickets, call 806.548.4012 or email Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Market Hall hours: Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November 21 - 24….Les Miserables - The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals (LMM) will join forces this fall to produce one of the most internationally significant, musical works in theatrical history. Alian Boublil's and Claude-Michel Schönberg's colossal musical theatre drama, Les Misérables, will be presented in its original form, in its entirety-completely staged and costumed - signaling a new era of cooperation and collaboration among Lubbock arts groups and artists. "The LSO and LMM have been planning this collaboration and production for more than a year," says Dolter. "I cannot think of a better theatrical work to bring together the artistic forces available in Lubbock. It is a huge project. The South Plains will be talking about this show for years to come." In another important development, the Lubbock Junior League will coordinate this production to coincide with its annual Holiday Happening at the Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased at Select-A-Seat by phone 806-770-2000, or by visiting Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

November 21 - 24….Texas Tech Theatre: “The Illusion” - Adapted from a seventeenth-century French comedy, The Illusion follows a contrite father seeking news of his prodigal son from a sorcerer. The magician conjures three episodes from the young man’s life. Inexplicably, each scene finds the boy in a slightly different world where names change and allegiances shift. The father watches, but only as the strange tale reaches its conclusion does he learn the ultimate truth about his son. Freely adapted by Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique and directed by Jonathan Marks. Tickets are $18 for individuals, $5 for students with a valid ID. For more information and to reserve tickets call 806.742.3603. Maedgen Laboratory Theatre, 18th Street and Boston; Thursday through Saturday performance at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

November 22….Kids' Night Out - Kids, give your parents a break next Friday night and come have some fun with Hub Performing Arts School at the all-new party room at Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe! The cost is just $25 for the first child and $15 for additional children. Enjoy pizza, ice cream, a movie and then learn a song and dance from the movie to perform for parents when they pick up! Ages 4 through 12 are welcome. Only 40 kids get to take advantage of this fun night so call and reserve your spot today! Call 577-2978 or email This fun event is a fundraiser for Hub Performing Arts School's Advanced Performance Team trip to Atlanta in January to compete at the Junior Theatre Festival. Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe, 3404-34th; 6 - 10 p.m.

November 22….Each One, Reach One’s 100-Voice Gospel Choir
– You are invited for a special night of gospel music featuring a very talented group of musicians comprised of 1st through 8th graders from Dunbar College Preparatory Academy. This will be their first time to perform for the public. Please come support these amazing young people for their debut appearance. Admission is free for the public. LHUCA Firehouse Theatre, 511 Avenue K; 7 p.m.

November 22….Cactus Theater: ‘70s and ‘80s - Water rocks...leisure suits...then on to leg warmers...cassette tapes and the Sony walkman... Bring back memories? Yes! It was the 70's & 80's and how we loved the music!! The Cactus Theater presents a night of '70s and '80s music to take us all back to those moments in our lives. The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, The Carpenters, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, and Journey only scratches the surface! Come join us for a trip back in time - you'll be glad you did! For more information visit or call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

November 23….Backyard Boutique - Start your holiday shopping early at Maxey Community Center’s Backyard Boutique, an Arts and Crafts Fair made up of local artisans. Local artists will showcase their unique arts and crafts including holiday items, jewelry, quilts, wood art, handmade soap, hair bows and more! Over 23 vendors will be on hand with gift ideas for everyone on your list. Admission is free! For more information visit Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th Street; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November 23….Cactus Theater: "Eagles & CSN Tribute" - Who doesn't love the amazing music from two of the most legendary rock bands of all time! Join us at the Cactus Theater as Dustin Garrett leads the Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine through the unforgettable music of the Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash. "Hotel California" alone is worth the ticket price - but you'll hear so much more! Don't miss it! See you there! ! Tickets are $20.00. For more information visit or call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

Last Week's Trivia Winners....

The Question: How many gifts would you receive if you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?

Answer: 364 or 78

Winner(s): Graciela M.
and Kelli F. of Lubbock
of Lubbock

Editor's Note: We awarded prizes to two individuals this week because the totals could be derived two different ways: 1) by simply adding up the items from each of the individual twelve days; or, 2) by adding all the items which are mentioned (repeated) as each day counts down in the song.

Polar Express Returns to Build Holiday Memories for Families

November 22 – 27; 29 - 30; December 1 - 2; 4 - 9; 11 - 23; 27 - 30….Polar Express - The Polar Express comes to West Texas to recreate all the sights and sounds of the time-honored story. Picture the excitement of children dressed in pajamas with golden tickets clutched in their hands as they board the train and prepare to embark on their journey to the North Pole. The story begins when the Conductors calls "All aboard" and gleefully punches everyone's ticket. Little faces will peer out the train's windows as we pull out of the station on our way to the North Pole. Guests will hear the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack as the story reading begins and the book's characters come to life. Dancing chefs will serve hot cocoa and cookies to all riders in a merry fashion as the doubting hobo wanders through the train. The train stops where children will behold the magic of the North Pole from their warm train seats. With a jolly "Ho, ho, ho" Santa waves to everyone and climbs aboard where he will greet each child and present them with the iconic silver sleigh bell - listen carefully, only believers can hear its ringing! Christmas carols will be sung as elves dance along as the journey back to the station begins after a memorable ride that sets the for the whole holiday season. This annual event sure to become one of your family's treasured traditions. Tickets may be purchased by calling 877-726-7245 or visiting 103 North Steck Avenue, Wolfforth, TX; 4:30. 6:30, 8:30 p.m.

Looking Ahead....

November 28….21st Annual Turkey Trot
December 2….Pride of West Texas Chorus Christmas Show
Dec. 13 -14….Ranching Heritage Candlelight at the Ranch

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