April 16, 2009


April 16….The Flatland Film Series: “I Am Cuba” - The first movie ever jointly presented by filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. “I Am Cuba” is a film known to change the audience’s view of cinema forever. The movie consists of four distinct short stories about the suffering of the Cuban people and their reactions, varying from passive amazement in the first to a guerrilla march in the last. Following the film will be a talk by Dr. Michael Schoenecke, professor in the Film and Media Studies Program at Texas Tech University. He specializes in the classical Hollywood style, adaptation and film in the cultural context. Publisher of many books, he is currently working on a book addressing battlegrounds in American pop culture. Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for students and free to LHUCA members. Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue K; 7 p.m.

April 16….The Symphonic Band Concert – Presented by The Texas Tech University School of Music and The College of Visual & Performing Arts. Conducted by Christopher Anderson and Steven Knight, graduate student conductor. Free admission for the general public. Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech campus; 8 p.m.


April 17-18 (also next week, 24-25)….CATS Playhouse production of "My Hero!" - A comedy musical melodrama by local playwright Whitney Ryan Garrity with music by Aaron Latino. Directed by Whitney Ryan Garrity. For reservations or tickets, call 792-0501. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children, students & seniors. CATS Playhouse, 2405 34th St; 7:30 p.m.

April 17-18….Lubbock Unwrapped, “A Tribute to The Rolling Stones & Van Morrison” - This week’s guest host is David Gutierrez. Features Jason Fellers & Owen Franklin backed by the Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine. Starring comedy cast include Jane Prince-Jones, Kurt Kiser, Christopher Gossett and Jacie Hood. Special musical guest is West Texas singer/songwriter Chase Dean (of Chasing Phoenix). Tickets are $25. For more information visit www.cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

April 17-18….”Magdalene” (Opening weekend; play runs through June 28) – This is a premier production of a new original play by Ragtown Gospel Theater. The husband and wife acting duo, Steve and Amy Sever, anchor a large supporting cast, which includes Zoe Kirkpatrick, Christy Morris, Jenny-Davidson Stowe, and Kacy Wheeler. "Magdalene" is directed by Glenn Polk. This will be the first Ragtown Gospel Theater production in which the theater's Artistic Director will not appear in a role. Every weekend, preceding the drama production, you'll experience a live gospel music show featuring Chip Polk performing gospel classics. Ragtown Gospel Theater, just west of Post, Texas (look for signs at the base of the hill); Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m.

April 17-18….The Baseball Music Project – A multimedia presentation with images, narration, video, and the greatest music ever written about America’s favorite pastime. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield will be the host as he takes the audience through an evening of cultural lineage, historical significance, electrifying music and fun. City Bank Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions; offered April 17 at 8 p.m. and April 18 at both 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.


April 17-19….. Day Out With Thomas 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour –
Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to save the day! This fun-filled event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will ride along with their favorite hero on his latest adventure. There will be an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, storytelling, video viewing, live music, and exclusive commemorative merchandise. Tickets on sale and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/thomas or visit www.westtexas-special.com. Ticket prices are $19.50 (incl. sales tax) for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). West 4th Street and FM 179 (adjacent to Cagle Steaks); Rides offered on the hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

April 17-19….Lubbock Community Theatre’s Production of "I Hate Hamlet" - ·A young and successful television actor moves to New York, rents a marvelous Gothic-style apartment that is haunted by the ghost of the world’s greatest Hamlet, John Barrymore. The fact that the actor hates Hamlet is just the beginning of the hilarity. Written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Leah Tyson. Rating: Comedy, PG-13. For information call 749-2416 or visit lubbockcommunity theatre.org. Boston Avenue Playhouse, 4230 Boston Ave; Friday/Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.


April 18….Maxey's 1st Annual Kite Flying & Wind Art Festival -
Create wind inspired arts and crafts such as windsocks and simple kites. After you create your wind art take it outside and let it fly. Appropriate age group: ages all children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $1. Pre- registration required. To register, come down to Maxey Community Center. Payment information: Exact cash or checks made payable to Maxey Center. For more info, call 806-767-3796 or email aruel@mylubbock.us. Maxey Community Center, 4020 -30th; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

April 18….2nd Annual Lubbock Open Chess Championship - A rated five-round Swiss System Tournament (30 minutes per player/game) K-12 & Adults, in 5 sections. Trophies to the winners (both individual and top school teams). Cash prizes in adult section. For more info, call 742-7742; e-mail spice@ttu.edu or go to www.SPICE.ttu.edu. Monterey High School, 3211 – 47th St; On-site registration 9 a.m.- 10:30a.m.; games 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

April 18….Pet Owner's Celebration - Come celebrate National Pet Owner's Week at Hodges. You and your pet can participate in contests (including Fancy Pet Tricks and Best Dressed Pet) and visit with local pet vendors. Register for fabulous door prizes and watch the amazing talent some of these pets have. Call 767-3706 for more information. Hodges Community Center, 4011 University; 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

April 18….1st Annual Mutt March (Dog Walk-a-Thon) - The Mutt March is a 2-mile fundraising walk in south Lubbock. The more money you raise, the cooler the prizes you’ll get and the more animals you’ll help. Ask neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members to sponsor you or…walk together as a team. Price: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Looking for volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and teams. Raise pledges and get free items. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Waggin Tails Animal Resue and Sanctuary. Contact Amy @319-0767 with any questions or visit www.pawsforagoodcause.com. Tipton Pet Hotel (122nd and Frankfurt); event runs from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.


April 19….Timothy Albrecht Performs B.A.C.H. –
First United Methodist Vesper Concert features organist, Timothy Albrecht. His concert is titled “Timothy Albrecht performs B.A.C.H.!”. Dr. Albrecht is Professor of Organ at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a remarkable teacher. During his program he will talk about the music, and help the audience understand why Bach was the greatest composer that ever lived. His program will feature music by Bach, with titles beginning with the letters B, A, C and H, and finishing with the Fantasy and Fugue on BACH written by virtuoso Franz Liszt, based on a meoldy created from the letters of Bach’s name. Concert will be followed by a reception where you can meet Dr. Albrecht, and enjoy home-made cookies and punch. First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway; 5 p.m.


April 20….Fest Week Presented by South Plains College, "Groove Night" -
The "SPC Touring Ensemble" will be featured performing today’s hottest new pop, R&B, and rock and a smokin' hot medley of tunes by "Earth, Wind & Fire". Admission FREE! For more, www.cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

Last Week's Ticket Winners....

We had two different family 4-pak winners last week. Brandi H. and Yolanda S. were the recipients of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus vouchers.

One LAST Family 4-Pak to See "The Greatest Show on Earth!"

The Contest: Once again, last week's response to this contest was overwhelming! We received hundreds and hundreds of responses. So....one last time....we have a Family 4-pak of vouchers for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “BOOM A RING” circus, April 21–22. To enter this random drawing, send us an e-mail with the words "Last Big Top" in the subject line. In the body of the email, provide your name and contact info (including daytime phone). Remember....the deadline for entries is this Sunday at midnight. We'll draw from all the email entries submitted. To enter this giveaway, e-mail your contact info to us at info@lubbockfunclub.com

Good luck to everyone!

Connecting Lubbock:
Events Revolve Around Earth Day
Full Slate of Activities Offers Plethora of Green Initiatives and Opportunities for All

April 13 – 26….Spring Into Green Events
Spring Into Green is a two-week celebration of events which focus on “greening” the local community through education, business, volunteerism, community involvement, and allied participation. Numerous organizations and entities from all over the South Plains have come together to host various events during this two-week consortium. Some of the events include the Green Action Campus Plan, the IEEE Green Technology Conference, city-sponsored Neighborhood Clean-up projects, National Earth Day, a Sustainable Business Conference, Arbor Day, various workshops and events focusing on certain environmental and sustainable topics, public tours, an evening public concert, a film festival, an art exhibit, and a Master Gardner’s EarthKind Conference, just to name a few. These are all events where the community can come together to learn, discuss, and share ideas on how they can make a difference in preserving the natural resources of West Texas and be a leader on the global stage. West Texas has the potential and the possibility for the rest of the nation to look locally for the solutions to environmental and energy issues. This is about our local West Texas community and how these issues affect our residents and our environment. This two-week consortium is just the beginning at how our local community is starting to address these issues. For a complete listing of the numerous events, both city-wide and within the Texas Tech campus community, click here!

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

Got an idea to promote something just for the guys? shane@lubbockfunclub.com

Special event coming up? Send us the details! info@lubbockfunclub.com

Go to CALENDAR OF EVENTS for even MORE fun things to do!


April 21….Fest Week Presented by South Plains College, "Rock Extravaganza” - The Alterna TV ensemble will be featured performing high energy, metal and alternative rock and classic rock by special guests the "Beatles Tribute" ensemble. Admission is free. For more information visit www.cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

April 21-22….Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “BOOM A RING” -
An action-packed circus spectacular where circus-goers will enjoy an up-close and personal experience as they sit feet away from beautiful white tigers, majestic Asian elephants and thrilling acrobats from around the world. Justin Case serves as the hilarious host. During the free all access pre-show, which starts an hour before show time, the audience will have a chance to meet and get to know the performers personally. Circus fans will discover how the performers got into the circus world, how they train each day to prepare for the show, and even learn some circus skills of their own. BOOM A RING is a one-of-a-kind experience that engages all the senses while providing children of all ages with a day at The Greatest Show On Earth® they never imagined possible! Tickets are $14 and $18 with a limited number of VIP floor seats also available. All seats are reserved and available at http://www.Ringling.com, Select-A-Seat outlets by phone 806-770-2000, or the City Bank Coliseum Box Office. Tickets go on sale February 28. City Bank Coliseum, 2720 Drive of Champions; Tuesday – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday – 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

April 22….TECHstyle, An Evening of Design –
Featuring senior student design portfolios in interior design & fashion design. There will also be an apparel design and manufacturing fashion show along with a silent auction. Tickets are $10.00 at the door and can also be purchased in the Department of Design office, room 211. Call 806-742-3050 for additional information. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 5:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. fashion show. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

April 22….Fest Week Presented by South Plains College, "Classic Country Night" - The "Country Jukebox" will be featured performing traditional country music and Bob Wills music by the "South Plains Playboys and Dixie Dewdrops" Western Swing ensemble. Admission is free. For more information visit www.cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

April 25….National Ranching Heritage Center 39th Annual Ranch Day - Planned around the theme of “How The West Was Won,” new activities this year include black powder demonstrations, Native American weaponry and exploring the Center’s firearms collection. Tying-in with Ranch Day will be the release of the new Andy Wilkinson/Andy Hedges CD titled “Welcome to the Tribe.” The Western music collection features new material and classics. Selections will be performed on the Campbell Patio from 2 to 3 p.m. Designed for the entire family, Ranch Day activities include chuck wagon food samples, games from bygone times, horseback riding and viewing cattle in the shipping pens by the train and depot. Pioneer crafts will be demonstrated, along with ranch music and dancing. Ranch Day is a living history, educational event begun in 1970 at the National Ranching Heritage Center. More than 100 Ranch Hosts and special event participants recreate authentic settings reflective of ranching from the 1780s to the present. Admission to the day’s events is free. A hamburger lunch will be available at a small price. For additional information about Ranch Day, call Emily Arellano at the National Ranching Heritage Center, (806) 742-0498. National Ranching Heritage Center; 3121 Fourth Street, east of Indiana Avenue; 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Calling All Lubbock Singles!
Lubbock Fun Club 'SOS' group announces big plans for May 7th Mixer at Sugerbaker's!

SOS is a group for adults 40 years and up that enjoys quality outings, food, fun, and friendship. Join them for this opportunity to meet new friends, eat, and win a door prize at this special event. This event is not
to be confused with the regular "monthly dinners" that the group enjoys hosting each month...but rather, a more casual, fun gathering complete with interactive prizes, games and the chance to really get to know some new faces. To purchase your $10 ticket go to The Ice Cream Shoppe at 2705-B 26th Street between the dates of April 17 and May 7th. Purchase your entry ticket early...entry the day of the event will be $12. Sugarbaker’s, 4601 South Loop 289; 7 p.m.-10 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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