January 2, 2009

"Happy New Year!"


January 2….First Friday Art Trail - See the regular art venues, plus the exciting monthly additions showcasing art and artists downtown and throughout Lubbock. Catch a trolley or bus at many of the locations or pick up a FFAT map at any of the venues to see the art that can be found throughout our community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. The trolleys are free, and you will find a "trolleyteer" on each trolley who is a treaure trove of info about FFAT and the arts in Lubbock and who will help you navigate FFAT with ease. For more info and complete schedule click HERE! Event runs from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. throughout the downtown and Depot District area.


Through January 4….Painting the Italian Landscape: Views from the Uffizi - This exhibition of not less than 40 paintings is coming from the famed Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy, illustrating the evolution of landscape painting in Italy from its early roots as background settings in paintings of the 1500s to its role as the main subject in paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries. This mesmerizing exhibition offers a provocative approach to a deeper understanding and appreciation for landscape painting. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time, including works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio. German, Dutch and Flemish masters are in the Uffizi as well, represented by important works by Dürer, Rembrandt, and Rubens. Museum of Texas Tech, 3301 4th Street.

Through January 4…."The Light Before Christmas" -
Spark the imagination of both young and old with this all new adaptation of the classic tale, "The Night Before Christmas." This stunning animated film uses puppets and lavish scenery to bring Santa and the story's other characters to life as never before. A warm hearted family film that that is sure to be a new Christmas classic. Produced in stop-motion animation, the film is the delightful tale of young Katie and her brother Makean, who, after losing their way in a Christmas eve blizzard, are rescued by the Candleman, a wise, gentle man who invites them to his warm and cozy forest cottage and sparks their imagination with the timeless poem, "The Night Before Christmas." Just as the film seems to end, the theatre audience is treated to a fun-filled tour of movie-making magic...watching how the artists at the film studios build life-like miniature sets and characters, while the animators bring the story to life before our eyes with their special cameras. Suitable for all ages. For daily showtimes the public can call 806-745-6299 or visit www.sciencespectrum.org. For additional film information visit the film’s website at www.lbcmovie.com. OMNI Film general admission ticket rates: Adults $8.00; Children (ages 3-12): $6.50; Seniors (60+): $6.50. Combination OMNI Film & Science Spectrum Museum ticket rates: adults: $13.00; children (ages 3-12): $10.00; seniors (60+): $10.00. For group rates and reservations call 806-745-2525 x234.

Through January 4….Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (the film) and The Pharaoh’s Treasures (the exhibition)
- The world-wide curiosity about mummification is an age-old phenomenon as enduring as the mummies themselves. In Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, film-goers will marvel at the sight of these human capsules, shown in larger-than-life detail on the giant OMNI Theater screen. The film also features top researchers and medical scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of the mummies’ remains, creating a window into the fascinating world of the Pharaohs. For additional information and images from the film, visit www.mummiesfilm.com.The Pharaoh’s Treasures is an accompanying traveling exhibition for the film. See exacting replicas of treasures found in the tombs of the Pharaohs, re-created by the famous Pharaonic Village of Giza. Explore the religion, medicine and daily life of these ancient rulers of Egypt. Of special interest are re-creations of the most famous Pharaoh of all, Tutankhamen, King Tut. Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater, 2579 S. Loop 289.

OMNI Film General Admission Ticket Rates:
$8.00 Adults, $6.50 Children (ages 3-12), $6.50 Seniors (60+)

Museum General Admission Ticket Rates (includes exhibition):
$7.50 Adults, $6.00 Children (ages 3-12), $6.00 Seniors (60+)

Combination Museum & OMNI Film Ticket Rates:
$13.00 Adults, $10.00 Children (ages 3-12), $10.00 Seniors (60+)


January 3 ….Lady Raider Basketball – Non-conference hoops action with the Tech women vs the Arkansas Razorbacks. United Spirit Arena, 1711 Indiana; 2 p.m.

January 3….Joe Ely and Joel Guzman in Concert – Kick off the New Year with Joe Ely and Joel Guzman as they return to the Cactus stage. The theater was rockin' the last time this dynamic duo presented a passionate and energetic performance and tickets always go fast for this show so get them early. Tickets are $35 and $30. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


January 3-4….Silver Spur Gun and Blade Show – Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Military and NRA discount provided with ID. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Saturday 9 a.m – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


January 5….Square Dance Classes Begin -
Solo Squares Square Dance Club of the Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Federation will begin modern square dance lessons. First 3 (three) classes are free. This is a wonderful wholesome activity and couples, singles and teens are invited to participate. Visitors are always welcome at the lessons or on regular dance nights. Call 799-6734 for more information. LASRDF building at 2305 120th St., Lubbock; 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Connecting Lubbock:
Interested in Community Volunteer Activities and Opportunities?

January 10, 13, 26….Volunteer Orientation - These volunteer orientations are one-hour sessions that are free and open to anyone in the Lubbock area who would like to learn more about community needs, explore where they can serve, and discover how they can make an impact by volunteering. Individuals, groups, and families are welcome. If interested, you will need to RSVP by visiting www.volunteerlubbock.org and clicking on "Volunteering." From there, they can RSVP online or contact Brandi at (806) 747-0551 or bschreiber@volunteerlubbock.org. Orientations will be held at the Volunteer Center of Lubbock Conference Room, located at 1706 23rd Street (corner of 23rd & Avenue Q); Jan. 10: 10a.m.-11a.m.; Jan. 13: 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 26: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Our Last 2008
Ticket Winners....

The last trivia question we asked was this: Written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822, the classic poem entitled "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is also known by what other title?

The correct answer was "A Visit From St. Nicholas."

Our winners of tickets for the Science Spectrum and Omni Theater were: Greta S. and Rose R. from Lubbock; Steve and Andrea C. from Ropesville; Armando R. from Shallowater; and Clint P. from Sweetwater.

Got an idea especially for the ladies? steph@lubbockfunclub.com

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Go to CALENDAR OF EVENTS for more on these events and MORE


January 9-10….Lubbock Unwrapped – Featuring the hit music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with guest host Jim Douglas. Starring Cactus favorites Jeff Bailey, Jason Fellers, Brandon Gwinn, Jane Prince-Jones, Kurt Kaiser, Christopher Gossett, The Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine, and West Texas singer/songwriter Levi Smith. Tickets are $25. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

January 16-17…. Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s Production of “Out of This World” – With the dawn of the New Year, the LSO begins an expedition of strange new worlds fitting of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hearing Ligeti’s ethereal music, will enable you to visit the sounds and sonorities of the vast expanse of outer space and the stillness of the cosmos. Next, hear a child’s innocent perspective of our own world brought to you by Finzi. The Lubbock Youth Orchestra joins the LSO in the finale with Holst’s triumphant trek to our wondrous celestial neighbors. Featuring Karl Dent, tenor. For more information and tickets call 806-762-1688 or visit www.lubbocksymphony.org. Lubbock Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 8 p.m.

January 26….Beatles Tribute Concert – Back again for the second time, the Liverpool Legends will be performing their stellar tribute to the Fab Four. All of these musicians were hand-picked by Louise Harrison (sister of George). Tickets are available at Select-A-Seat. Call 770-2000 or (800)-735-1288 for more details. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 7:30 p.m.

Many more UPCOMING FUN THINGS TO DO are listed on our website...lots further out than the weekly postcard. Click here to go to our CALENDAR OF EVENTS for more info on these activites and MORE> 

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