April 22, 2010

"Celebrate Earth Day"


April 22-24….39th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival -
For 39 years now, the last Saturday in April has been the day that thousands of fans from around the world transform the sleepy West Texas town of Turkey into the center of the Western Swing universe. Turkey is the hometown of Bob Wills, the innovator of one of the few truly American forms of music known as Western Swing. This unique genre is a fusion of Country, Western, Jazz, Blues and even Gospel music, and unlike most forms, fans don't go to a concert to just listen to a Western Swing band, they go to dance! This year’s event promises the best entertainment yet with Henry Baker and the C.O.W.S. (Church of Western Swing) Band plus Special Guests for the Thursday, April 22nd dance. The South Plains Cowboys and The Texas Playboys will play Friday night, April 23rd, both bands for one price! Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys play Saturday night April 24th. Bob Wills Day is on Saturday and events include a breakfast, parade, Old Fiddler's contest, free Texas Playboys afternoon concert, BBQ lunch, arts and crafts and much more. This year Dave Alexander and his Big Texas Swing Band will be performing at the Gem Theatre all three days: Thurs. 3:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m., 3:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m. and Sat. 6:15 p.m. For specific information you can call the Bob Wills Museum in Turkey any weekday at 806-423-1253 or log on to www.bobwillsday.com. Turkey, Texas.


April 22-25 (repeats April 29-May 2)….“Curtains” – Texas Tech Dept. of Theatre and Dance presents another great production in the 2009-2010 season. Curtains is a musical send-up of backstage murder mystery plots and reveals the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. Can a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself? Book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. Tickets are $12 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Theatre, (east entrance), located on 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays.


April 23-24….“101 Dalmatians Kids” -
Hub Performing Arts School invites you to come enjoy a classic musical! If you love the movie, you will really enjoy this stage version of Disney's 101 Dalmatians. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 kids. Reserved tickets can be purchased by calling 795-7344. Tickets will be sold an hour before the show at the door. O.L. Slaton Middle School, 32nd and Ave Q; Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

April 23-24
….C.A.T.S. Theatre Production: “Men are Dogs” - Doctor Cecelia Monahan is a family therapist who runs a support group for single and divorced women who are trying to come to grips with the way they are treated by the various men in their lives. One member of her group only dates police officers while another had a boyfriend who, unbeknownst to her, was a bank robber. As she listens to the complaints of her group her eavesdropping mother, who lives upstairs from her home office, constantly plagues with unwanted advice on everything from cooking to dating. Cecelia is not above employing some rather unorthodox methods in therapy. She hires a young bartender/actor to interact with her group. Role playing, however, can be quite dangerous in Dr. Monahan's group therapy as a hostile cadre of angry woman beats the unsuspecting bartender senseless. Written by Joe Simonelli and directed by Peter Contreras II. Adult subject matter, parental discretion is advised. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Call (806) 702-0501 for reservations. CATS Playhouse, 2405 34th St; doors open at 7 p.m. and performance at 7:30 p.m.

April 23-24….Donnie Allison presents: A Tribute to Buddy Holly -
Due to popular demand, Donnie Allison will be presenting an encore of February’s concert which was sold out....as there were high requests for another performance. Featuring an array of Buddy Holly favorites, the amazing Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine and Donnie’s talent, charm and character, this is “the” concert you can’t miss! Tickets: $25. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

April 23-24….TTU School of Music 34th Annual Scholarship Concert
- Experience the uniquely thrilling and invigorating sound of over 200 voices with the 80 piece Texas Tech Orchestra performing Bernstein's fabulous Chichester Psalms and Penderecki's ground breaking work Credo. The evening features several student soloists, as well as the combined talents of the esteemed voice faculty of Texas Tech under conductors Andrew George and Richard Bjella. The combined Texas Tech choirs will be joined by The Lubbock Chorale, and the Lubbock High School Treble Choir. Tickets are on sale at all Select-a-Seat outlets or 770-2000, and are priced at $17- General admission, 14.50 - seniors, and $5 - students and children. There is a special "family" price of $35 offered this year, to cover up to 5 members of an immediate family, including children who would enjoy sitting quietly for a couple of hours. Ticket proceeds go toward music scholarships for students in the TTU School of Music. Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech campus; 8 p.m.


April 24….Lubbock's Fourth Bi-Annual H.O.P.E.: Holistic Health and Green Living Expo -
Come and learn how to become healthier through organic living, complementary health care, nutrition and holistic therapies. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen Dalton at 1 p.m., speaking on the topic of Anti-Aging and Your Health. Diana Dee will be speaking on the power of positive thinking and how it can impact your health. free blood glucose, cholesterol and high blood pressure screenings starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information, please e-mail lubbockholistichealth@gmail.com. Holiday Inn Park Plaza 3201 S Loop 289; 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

April 24….Beth Moore Live Simulcast: "So Long Insecurity, You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Me" - Kiss your insecurities good-bye and discover the joy of living with confidence! This event for women is sponsored by First Christian Church of Lubbock. Tickets are $18 through Select-a-Seat. (www.selectaseatlubbock.com) or $25 at the door. This event is expected to sell out, so don’t wait to get your ticket. Lunch will be provided. For more information call 632-5850 or 786-0122. First Christian Church, 2323 Broadway; 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

April 24….12th Annual Blue Ribbon Rally Car & Bike Show - This show is the primary fundraising event for Family Guidance & Outreach Center of Lubbock, a non-profit agency working to prevent child abuse and neglect. The day's events include a car and bike (motorcycle) show with awards, multiple vendors, live music, a children's area, a motorcycle fun run, a live auction, “family fun” contests, and a drawing for a grand-prize 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo. The Blue Ribbon Rally is free and open to the public. Tickets for the grand-prize Harley-Davidson are $30.00 each or four (4) for $100.00. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Rally, to purchase grand-prize Harley-Davidson tickets, to purchase 2010 rally apparel, or to register your car, bike, or vendor booth, please visit www.blueribbonrally.com or call 747-5577. Lubbock's historic Depot Entertainment District, 19th and Buddy Holly Avenue; 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

April 24…..40th Annual Ranch Day: Poets of the Plains – Spend some time in the old west during the National Ranching Heritage Center’s Ranch Day. Planned around the theme of “Poets of the Plains” highlights this year include cowboy poetry performances by several cowboy poets in the newly restored 6666 Barn. The featured performer is Red Steagall, well - known entertainer and 2006 Texas Poet Laureate. 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 horse gentling and leatherworking. Children can write with quill and ink at the Old Mail Camp, make their own rope in the McLaughlin Arbor, churn butter at the JA Milk and Meat House, learn to rope a steer and participate in stick horse rodeos. Admission to the day’s events is free.

Schedule of Performances:
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Demonstration of period dances
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – John Levacy (Traditional cowboy poetry)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Andy Wilkinson and Andy Hedges( original and traditional music and poetry)
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Dr. Bobby Weaver ( “Tales of the West” performance and book signing)
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Red Steagall (original/traditional music & poetry)
3 p.m.- 4 p.m. - Demonstration of period dances
Lunch from Cagle Steaks can be purchased in the Pitchfork Pavillion. For additional information call Emily Arrellano at 806-742-0498. National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

April 24….Annie’s Chat and Chew - For over 20 years, Lubbock Meals on Wheels has benefited from “Annie’s Chat and Chew.” This fundraiser was started by long time volunteer Annie Sanders and is being continued in her memory again this year. Guests can enjoy some great food while visiting with old friends and remembering a very special woman, Annie Sanders. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund the purchase of meals for the homebound community served by Lubbock Meals on Wheels. Help us keep Annie’s giving spirit alive by joining us at Annie’s Chat and Chew. For more info, call 792-7971. Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Ave; 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

April 24…. Tech Terrace Spring Home Tour – The Tech Terrace UNIT Neighborhood Association will host a home tour of more than 30 homes that are for sale in the neighborhood. The Association encourages people to see the friendly-family atmosphere and view the beautiful homes that make this area unique. Tour starts at Roscoe Wilson Elementary where you can pick up a sheet listing houses on the tour. Roscoe Wilson Elementary, 2807–25th St; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.


April 24-25….Silver Spur Gun & Blade Show - Admission: $5 for adults, under 12 free. 2 for 1 first hour both days - $1 off active military or NRA w/ID. Only 1 discount/special can be used at a time. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Saturday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Return of the Weekly Giveaway....

After a week's absence, the giveaway returns this week with 2 tickets to Celebrity Attractions' production of “Rain” - a tribute to the Beatles. This will be for the opening night performance on Friday, April 30th. To enter this random drawing, email us at info@lubbockfunclub.com and be sure to put the word "Fabulous!" (as in Fab Four) as your subject title.

Please be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email so we may get the tickets to you easily. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown info. Deadline for entering the contest is this Sunday at midnight; winners will be contacted Monday morning.

Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there : )

Good luck to everyone!

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April 30…..............“Night on the Wild Side”
April 30, May 1…..“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles”
Apr 30 - May 1…....LSO: "Rêveries et Passions"
May 1....................Kids' Fun Fair 2010
May 15…...............Great Strides CF Walk

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