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Arts History Update for early February 2013

25 Jan

Arts History Update for early February 2013 by David Cummins

 

Timothy Egan’s latest book is Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012) Texas Tech Library TR140.C82 E43. Here is a 45 minute radio interview broadcast on National Public Radio’s show On Point with Tom Ashbrook in October http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/10/22/native-americans Curtis 1868 – 1952 was, at the turn of the century, a successful Seattle Washington portrait photographer who had an epiphany at age 32, realizing that Native Americans were disappearing onto the margins of American society and living on marginal lands and not doing well there. He pledged to photograph people in the tribes while there was still time and opportunity. He started with Seattle’s lone Native American resident Princess Angeline, the aged daughter of Chief Sealth for whom the city was named. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_S._Curtis The rest, as they say, is history befriended by Teddy Roosevelt and financed by John Pierpont Morgan 1837 – 1913 the project produced twenty volumes of photographs many of which are today priceless. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Morgan#Photography

 

The book is $18.18 hardcover and $9.24 Kindle at Amazon.com

 

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Another recent book of interest is Susan Jacoby, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press 2013). The author is interviewed on a National Public Radio show On Point with Tom Ashbrook http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/01/17/robert-green-ingersoll-the-great-american-agnostic and this is the Yale University Press website http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300137255

 

See also an older book Cameron Rogers, Colonel Bob Ingersoll: A Biographical Narrative of the Great American Orator and Agnostic (Doubleday, Page & Co 1927) Texas Tech Library BL2790.I6 R6 and another book is The Best of Robert Ingersoll: Immortal Infidel: Selections From the Writings and Speeches (ed. Roger E. Greeley, Prometheus Books 1983) Texas Tech Library AC8.I622

 

Robert Green Ingersoll 1833 – 1899 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll story is told here. A small town Ingersoll Texas was named for him in the 1870s, but the name was changed in 1886 to Redwater after a Christian Revival group came to town and made conversions. Redwater is twelve miles southwest of Texarkana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwater,_Texas Colonel Bob Mountain in the Olympic Peninsula Mountain Range in the southwest portion of the Olympic National Forest, is named for Ingersoll. http://www.pnwhikes.com/hike.asp?hid=Colonel+Bob+Mountain&ref=searchMap

 

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Lubbock Chapter of Archaeological Institute of America released its list of free lectures for Spring 2013 at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/classic_modern/aia/EVENTS.html Acronyms in academia can cause the eyes to glaze so MCOM 359 means Media and Communication Building Room 359 which is the former Rawls College of Business Administration Building retrofitted for the College of Media and Communication [formerly Mass Communications]. It is at the corner of 15th Street and Flint Avenue with an entry station at that corner to provide you with a free visitor’s parking card for your windshield.

 

The speaker Ian Morris from Stanford University on March 27 is brought to campus by the newly [2012] established Institute for Study of Western Civilization located in the Honors College at Texas Tech University http://www.depts.ttu.edu/honors/westernciv/ The free talk is at 5:30 p.m. in the Escondido Theater of the Student Union Building.

 

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Is beer produced in Lubbock? Sograte BBQ and Brew at 8405 Ash Avenue can help a person get into home brewing http://sograte.com/beer-making and Lubbock Homebrew Supply at 901 E. 66th Street is another avenue. The Ale-ian Society http://ale-iansociety.org/ is a home brewing club that meets monthly at Sograte to enjoy the members’ common pursuit of gastro-pleasure.

 

Is beer produced commercially in Lubbock?

 

Triple J Chophouse & Brew Company is a Lubbock brewpub and restaurant with a substantial list http://www.triplejchophouseandbrewco.com/brew_menu.pdf of beer brewed on site. Some of this is seasonal. It does not have a record of winning prizes or awards but many like the beers. Formerly Hub City Brewery at 1801 Buddy Holly Avenue, the brew masters have remained professional at this craft micro-brewery.

 

Wicked Beaver Brewery in Wolfforth Texas southwest of Lubbock www.wickedbeaverbrewing.com produces a short list of beer; viz. Cream Weaver Ale, Timber Ale, and Midnight Ale. It is not open for touring or tasting except by special arrangement. You can drink it at three bars in Lubbock, The Lantern 3502 Slide Road, Overton Hotel Bar 2322 Mac Davis Lane, and The Craft House Gastropub 3131 34thStreet, formerly Home Cafe. You can purchase 22 ounce bottles at Host & Toast 2703 26th Street or Ollie’s Liquors 3411 34th Street or Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Food 6818 Slide Road # 12 or United Supermarkets Market Street 19th Street and Quaker Avenue in Lubbock or at Doc’s Beer and Wine 641 E. Highway 62 in Wolfforth.

 

Yellow House Canyon Brew Works at 601 North University Avenue Building B [at Erskine Street], Lubbock is a small craft micro-brewery that produces four beers Dusty Panhandle Wheat, Rolling Thunder Porter, Texas Highland Scottish Ale, and West Texas Green Chili Ale www.yellowhousecanyonbrewworks.com call or contact brewer@yhcbrewworks.com 806-744-1917 for new releases, tastings, and locations to find the product. I’m told by a friend of the owner that Yellow House Canyon may be “about four months away from having product in stores available to the public for purchase”. That may mean he doesn’t know where to purchase it or it may mean that the permit process through TABC Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is still ongoing. At TABC https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/ Yellow House Canyon has licenses to produce the four listed beers from April 29, 2011 through April 28, 2013.

 

Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods of Houston Texas now has store # 107 in Lubbock at 6818 Slide Road # 12 www.specsonline.com and a larger beer selection than any other store in Lubbock. Of course it has good relations with breweries in Texas including Karbach Brewing Company of Houston www.karbachbrewing.com where there is a tour and tasting every Saturday noon – 3:00 p.m. Telephone Spec’s to ask if it carries or will carry Wicked Beaver or Yellow House Canyon beer 806-794-3500. The more folks inquire the more likely it will be carried. Here’s a Craft Beer and Food Pairing Guide from Spec’s http://www.specsonline.com/pdf/CRAFTBEERANDFOODPAIRING.pdf

 

Beer produced in Texas includes these large quantity brands with city of production: Alamo at San Antonio, Hops and Grain at Austin, Independence at Austin, Karbach at Houston, No Label at Katy, Rahr & Sons at Fort Worth, Real Ale at Blanco, Saint Arnold at Houston, Shiner at Shiner, Southern Star at Conroe, and Ziegenbock at Houston. A brand is not the same thing as the name of the brewery; e.g. Shiner is a brand produced by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner Texas http://www.shiner.com/main.php a list of additional breweries is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_breweries

 

 

 

 

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Brent Baggett, Sky Drill (2012) is a painted steel and aluminum sculpture on two year loan to the Art on the Llano project and em-placed at a juncture of South Loop 289 and Spur 327 with the assistance of Texas Department of Transportation Lubbock District. Here’s the fund-raising project by Baggett to underwrite the fabrication of his design http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680851691/sky-drill-sculpture Funding and fabrication came together and in July 2012 the moment came for installation http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-07-28/next-art-llano-outdoor-sculpture-be-installed-thursday#.UP9Udh3Bcuo Here is Baggett’s website with a gorgeous photo of Sky Drill installed. http://oculistudio.com/section/308941_Sky_Drill_Lubbock_Texas.html He is a professor of art at Austin Community College in Austin Texas and a member of Texas Sculpture Group http://texassculpturegroup.com/ .

 

The other installed sculptures are Eric McGehearty, Texas Landscape (2008), Michelle O’Michael, Moon River (2007), and Will Cannings, Black Pink (2012). McGehearty’s website is http://ericmcgehearty.com/ and here is Texas Landscape before it was moved to South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue http://ericmcgehearty.com/texas_landscape.html . O’Michael’s gallery is Xanadu http://www.xanadugallery.com/Art/ArtistGallery.asp?ArtistID=210 and her website is http://www.omichael.com/Taller-Than-You/Taller-Than-You.html on which you see Moon River before it was moved to South Loop 289 and the access flyover ramp onto Interstate 27 heading north. Finally, Cannings is a professor of art at Texas Tech http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ART/SOA/nav/faculty/faculty/Cannings,%20William/cannings.php and here is Black Pink http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=black+pink+sculpture&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=2BDD0732ABCD737E906F8636DF0187A479253856&selectedIndex=11 sited at Marsha Sharp Freeway and the south frontage road between Quaker Avenue and 19th Street heading east.

 

Congratulations to Texas Department of Transportation Lubbock District 135 Slaton Road http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/district/lubbock.html for its willingness to introduce sculpture into the highway environment and donating the concrete pads and labor for secure placement of art into the landscape.

 

Art on the Llano project https://www.facebook.com/ArtOnTheLlano and https://www.facebook.com/ArtOnTheLlano/info is described here.

 

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Some really strong lectures are coming up at the British Museum sponsored by London Review of Books. Hilary Mantel on February 4 “Undressing Anne Boleyn”, David Runciman on February 11 “The Crisis of American Democracy”, and Nicholas Spice on February 25 “Is Wagner Bad For Us?”. http://www.lrb.co.uk/winterlectures?hq_e=el&hq_m=2240140&hq_l=5&hq_v=99a8db7592 All are held at the British Petroleum Lecture Theatre inside the British Museum.

 

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New York City just awarded a contract in a competition to construct 55 micro-unit apartment building living units, http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/HPD-adAPT-NYC-RFP.shtml this time at 250 to 370 square feet per unit http://archidose.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-micro-ny.html in the Kip’s Bay district of Manhattan on city-owned land and building shell at 335 East 27th Street. http://gothamist.com/2013/01/22/first_look_inside_the_citys_new_mic.php#photo-1 Each of the units is pre-fabricated locally by Capsys at its Brooklyn Navy Yard factory site. The units will be hoisted into place by cranes. http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/micro-unit-apartments-planned-for-nyc-1.4492199 The winning design was made by Mimi Hoang of nArchitects http://www.narchitects.com/frameset_MMNY.htm acting in collaboration with Monadnock Construction http://www.moncon.com/modular-construction/ that previously built pre-fabricated units for Harborfront Inn in Greenport Long Island http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6853312/list/Microunits-Are-Coming-to-NYC–See-the-Winning-Design

 

To introduce the concept to the public and solicit applications for residency in the new facility before it is built, the city has placed the designs and related items on view at the Museum of the City of New York where there is also a full-scale model micro apartment for people to experience. http://www.mcny.org/ The exhibit is called Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers https://boxoffice.mcny.org/public/show.asp and will be on view through September 15, 2013.

 

Zoning Codes in the City currently allow nothing smaller than 400 square feet so an amendment will have to be made but that should be accomplished since various interests are on board including Citizens Housing and Planning Council.

 

What I’m wondering is how many people are psychologically minimalist enough to live successfully in a micro-unit? How does one live without “stuff” and if one owns “stuff” where does one store it and still have easy accessibility and at what additional cost?

 

Here’s a small house in the country that seems to suit one family. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4276209/list/Houzz-Tour–A-Family-of-4-Unwinds-in-540-Square-Feet

 

The only micro living units known in Lubbock are assisted living facilities, mostly for seniors http://www.assisted-living-directory.com/content/lubbock.cfm whose choices are limited by their physical and health conditions.

 

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Valentine’s Day is coming up. Flowers wilt, chocolate is fattening, and lingerie is a gamble. Try a book: The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Writing from The Sun Magazine About Passion, Longing and Love (eds. Sy Safransky et al., The Sun Publishing Co 2009). The publisher grants permission for portions of the book to be read aloud to a loved one, by candlelight, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. http://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Life-Heart-Writing-Passion/dp/B002AXQVKS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359068738&sr=1-1&keywords=mysterious+is+the+heart $17.95 at Amazon.com

 

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Arts History Update for very late January 2013

18 Jan

Arts History Update for very late January 2013 by David Cummins

 

Not too early to plan for book festivals in the Lone Star State or nearby.

 

Texas Book Festival and Austin Film Festival are October 26-27, 2013 www.texasbookfestival.org

 

San Antonio Public Library Foundation Book Festival is April 13 www.saplf.org

 

West Texas Book Festival in Abilene is September 2013

 

Highland Park Literary Festival in Dallas is February 21-22, 2013. www.hplitfest.org

 

North Texas Book Festival at Argyle is April 12, 2013 www.ntbf.org

 

11th Annual Literary Lubbock benefit dinner with several authors of recently published books by Texas Tech University Press, will occur Thursday May 2, 2013 at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on campus. http://www.literarylubbock.org/ reception at 5:30 p.m. and visiting with seven authors, seated dinner by Top Tier Catering, after which Andy Wilkinson is master of ceremonies and each author provides an insight into his/her book …. followed by purchases if you’re inclined and book-signing by authors. $60 per person reservations open January 16. Authors are Kay Goldman, Peter LaSalle, Estelle Glaser Laughlin, Bonnie Reynolds McKinney, Peter R. Rose, Dean Smith, and Robert V. Smith. The University Press’s 2013 Spring and Summer Catalogue is down-loadable at www.ttupress.org

 

Southwest Book Fiesta will be held May 10-12, 2013 at Albuquerque Convention Center. http://www.newmexicofairsandfestivals.com/375156-southwest-book-fiesta-albuquerque-new-mexico-may-2013.html#.UPBza-TBcuo

 

 

 

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Clay on the Wall Invitational is an annual exhibit at the Landmark Art Gallery at Texas Tech University School of Art January 26 – February 24 co-curated by Juan Granados, professor of ceramics at TTU, and Glen R. Brown, professor of art history at Kansas State University in Manhattan. http://techannounce.ttu.edu/Client/ViewMessage.aspx?MsgId=146696 A reception in the School of Art building foyer will occur January 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is the twentieth year of Clay on the Wall exhibitions.

 

http://www.austinclay.org/events/juan_granados/juan_granados.html

 

 

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Maya Lin is the now mature but then very young architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial built in 1982. http://www.makers.com/maya-lin Her career is one of many segments in the PBS Series MAKERS: Women Who Make America. The first episode will be broadcast Tuesday February 26, 2013 http://video.pbs.org/video/2273015711 Look for it on KTTZ-TV channel 5. http://kttz.org/tv/kttzdt

 

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Helpful books on understanding art, include:

 

Eleanor Heartney, Art & Today (Phaidon Press 2008) hardcover ABE Books in fine condition $46.45 incl s&h or $90 new at Phaidon http://www.phaidon.com/store/art/art-and-today-9780714845142/

 

Jean Robertson & Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art After 1980 (Oxford University Press 2005) paperback ABE Books very good condition $14.20 incl s&h

 

Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art (Pearson/Longman 2005) Texas Tech Library N7476.B37

 

Debra J. DeWitte et al., Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts (W.W. Norton & Co 2011) paperback ABE Books like new condition $100.52 incl s&h

 

Marita Sturken & Lisa Cartwright, Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (Oxford University Press 2001) ABE Books in good condition $9.14 incl s&h

 

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The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami Florida www.thefrost.fiu.edu includes a Sculpture Park at which there is a current exhibit American Sculpture in the Tropics through May 20. FIU is west of Miami on U.S. Highway 41 as it leads into the Everglades.

 

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Hite Art Institute at University of Louisville, Kentucky is the site for a female sculptor exhibit by the ENID Group http://louisville.edu/art/calendar/enid-group-exhibition.ics/view that looks interesting January 11 – February 9 at Cressman Center for Visual Arts.

 

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Cap*Rock Winery is said by Lubbock Arts Alliance to be planning an Art Show event in February. Stay tuned. We do know its tasting room hours Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. and it’s re-started Sunday afternoon music and wine events, no cover charge. January 20 Alma Quartet and January 27 Gary Nix Trio at 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. A Valentine’s Day Dinner at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday February 14 is $70 per person or $130 per couple, lamb or steak for a main entree, chef Leah Yancey is at play for a special re-paste. Contact her for any special culinary needs leah@caprockwinery.com

 

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A Strategies Conference for Arts Organizations will be held January 31 and February 1, 2013 at Sheraton Austin Hotel in Austin Texas www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/agenda sponsored by Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Cultural Trust, and Texans for the Arts Foundation. Registration is $75 for a two day conference. Patty Bryant of Amarillo is Chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts board of directors.http://www.arts.texas.gov/about-us/commissioners/patricia-patty-a-bryant/?doing_wp_cron=1358564946.7030220031738281250000

 

Texas Cultural Trust makes annual Texas Medal of Arts awards, this year on Tuesday March 5 at Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin Texas. www.txculturaltrust.org

 

Texans for the Arts website is www.texansforthearts.com and you can donate to be a member or donate to the Foundation.

 

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The annual Lubbock Arts Festival is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. A special treat this year is a display of fifty paintings on velvet from the collection of Velveteria: The Museum of Velvet Paintings, formerly in Portland Oregon but now closed www.velveteria.com and looking for new quarters. The Arts Festival website is www.lubbockartsfestival.org Thirty thousand people attended the 2012 Festival. It’s a not to be missed event in Lubbock.

 

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If you haven’t yet seen Willie Nelson “up close and personal” then take advantage of his current nationwide tour that lands at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino on the Mescalero Apache Reservation at 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero New Mexico [near Ruidoso] on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Willie Nelson and Family in Concert are available at Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com $120 Golden Circle, $85, $75 and $65 floor seating, and $40 standing room only. www.willienelson.com

 

The vigor of this late septuagenarian almost makes one consider taking up smoking of joints as a health measure. He is unique and what you see is what you get and what there is. The previous day he will have performed at the Bluewater Amphitheater at Bluewater Resort & Casino in Parker Arizona on the Colorado River reservation for the Colorado River Indian Tribes http://www.bluewaterfun.com/colorado-river-indian-tribes.html so he probably just trundles into that huge touring van, relaxes, sleeps overnight, and wakes up in southeast New Mexico at Inn of the Mountain Gods. What a life!

 

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Dr. Lori will provide free appraisals of antiques and collectibles at Texas Tech Museum Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court on Saturday February 2, 2013, one appraisal per person, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Bring your piece. She will also make a presentation, likely about her role on Discovery Channel television show Auction Kings. Dr. Lori is Lori Verderarne. She’s a friend of the curator of education at the Museum, Dr. Jill Hoffman. http://lubbockonline.com/entertainment/2013-01-17/renowned-appraiser-plans-feb-2-visit-texas-tech-museum#.UPhvPR3Bcuo Here is her website http://www.drloriv.com/home/default.asp

 

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Portrait of Wally (documentary film 2012) by Andrew Shea, professor in Department of Radio-Television-Film in the College of Communication at University of Texas at Austin, is the story of a painting by Egon Schiele in 1912 of his girlfriend muse and model Walburga “Wally” Neuzil. It was seized by Nazis from the private collection of a Jewish woman in Vienna in 1938 and the story of its repatriation is the subject of the documentary film. http://portraitofwally.com/ Internet Movie DataBase http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1919017/ that involved nations, double-dealing in the art world, holocaust rupture of families, claims to heritage and claims to millions of dollars, not to mention the interests of museums in several countries and a specific lending museum in Austria and a borrowing museum in the United States, the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

 

Shea’s website is http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/andrew-shea

 

 

 

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Arts History Update for late January 2013

10 Jan

Arts History Update for late January 2013 by David Cummins

 

Can we talk about wonderfully designed new structures in Texas?

 

Cotillion Pavilion (2011) was designed and built for the City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Department http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/project-review-detail/37705_cotillion_pavilion?vote=32&year=12 Architect is Mell Lawrence Architects of Austin Texas http://www.architecturalpolka.com/ and here is a magazine article http://www.architecturalpolka.com/scans%20for%20website/TX_Arch-Cotillion/TX-Arch-COTP3%20article.pdf denoting the pavilion as the 2012 Texas Society of Architects Design Award recipient.

 

Houston Police Department South Gessner Patrol Division (2011) was designed by Roth Sheppard Architects of Denver Colorado. http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/project-review-detail/36095_houston_police_department_south_gessner_division?vote=20&year=12 Here is the design http://www.rothsheppard.com/pages/81

 

Greater Texas Foundation Headquarters (2011) in Bryan Texas was designed by Furman + Keil Architects of Austin Texas. http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/project-review-detail/34928_greater_texas_foundation?vote=9&year=12 and here is the story http://www.fkarchitects.net/greater-texas-foundation/

 

outside Texas would include:

 

20th Street Residence, Potrero Hill Neighborhood, San Francisco California (2012) was designed by architects SFOSL http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/project-review-detail/38481_20th_street_residence?vote=42&year=12 Here is a Leveled Magazine piece about the project http://www.leveledmag.com/2012/10/extension-of-a-residence-on-20th-street-by-sfosl/ and here is the architect’s story http://sfosl.com/projects/20th-street-residence

 

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Every several years the Museum of Modern Art New York City invites an artist to mount an exhibit from MoMA’s vast collection of rarely seen items. This time it’s Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly reviewed well by Roberta Smith, Ambushed by Sundry Treasures, The New York Times. January 2, 2013. Donnelly is a studio art professor at New York University http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trisha_Donnelly and her eclectic nature shows by what she picked and didn’t pick, and displayed [assisted by curatorial staff] to very good effect in three gallery rooms on upper floors at MoMA. http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1331 She will give a series of talks during the exhibition on view through April 8.

 

Donnelly had a solo exhibition of her own work in 2008 at the Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania 118 S. 36th Street in Philadelphia. http://www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/donnelly.php It’s enjoyable to dally through her own work before looking at what she chose from MoMA for its exhibition. One can say, “oh yes I see why she chose that. Others wouldn’t but sure, Donnelly would.”

 

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When a photographer goes through his 1980s and 1990s stored film in black and white and develops in the dark room again, after years of digital camera work, he discovered the objects for this exhibit Excavated Archives: Photographs by Rick Dingus (2013) and to introduce that theme he chose his photo of Visitor Center, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado (1982). It’s at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts LHUCA Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery January 4 – February 16, 2013. http://www.lhuca.org/RickDingus.html Dingus is professor of photography at Texas Tech Univesity School of Art. http://www.rickdingus.com/works1.php

 

As you enter the front door 511 Avenue K Lubbock you walk into the Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall where Dingus’s colleague Don Wink has a show of recent paintings Piuraa Alaska December 7 – January 26, 2013 http://www.lhuca.org/DonWink.html He took first place in El Paso’s Arts International Show for his painting Denali From Quigly Ridge (2011) http://www.artsinternat.com/Flash/2011awardwinnerslist.html

 

Wink has a retrospective exhibit of drawings and paintings at the Satellite Gallery CASP Charles Adams Studio Projects 5th Street and Avenue J titled Don Wink: Looking Back January 4 – 19, 2013.

 

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Amarillo Museum of Art is located on the campus of Amarillo College, www.actx.edu a community college, at 2200 S. Van Buren Street (at W. 22nd Avenue). An upcoming exhibit is Achievement in Art: The Barrett Collection, Dallas Texas January 27 – March 30, 2013. www.amarilloart.org That collection was exhibited at Meadows Museum of Art in Dallas November 21, 2004 – January 30, 2005 and resulted in the book Texas Vision: the Barrett Collection: The Art of Texas and Switzerland (ed. Edmund P. Pillsbury, Southern Methodist University Press 2004) hardcover $60 at Amazon.com Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 68 P642 T355. Selections from that collection are traveling in Texas, this time to Amarillo Museum of Art.

 

Nona and Richard Barrett donated more than 100 works of art to Texas’s two largest museums Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2008.http://www.huliq.com/47746/dallas-museum-receives-works-nona-and-richard-barrett

 

Amarillo College’s Washington Street campus includes Lynn Library at 2201 S. Washington Street. Inside the library is Southern Light Gallery that typically puts up photography exhibits. www.southernlightgallery.org

 

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Systemic corporate misbehavior by the nation’s largest companies is very troubling. On Monday January 7, 2013 we learn that the federal government’s Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board were reviewing the mortgage foreclosure activity by national banks in 2009 and 2010 and found extensive rule violations by some banks. Those banks have agreed to a settlement and will pay $3.3 billion directly to affected borrowers on mortgage loans, and will pay another $5.2 billion in loan modifications and forgiveness of debt by borrowers on mortgage loans.

 

When banks admit to $8.5 billion in rules violations affecting mortgagors over a two year period, there is systemic misbehavior at work. Further, these years followed after the financial and mortgage loan crisis that began in late 2007 that threw the country into recession in 2008, so one assumed that these financial institutions had “cleaned up their act”.

 

Bank of America Corporation, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Wells Fargo & Co were the four largest violators, followed by six other banks Aurora, MetLife Bank, PNC, Sovereign, SunTrust, and U.S. Bank. http://news.yahoo.com/ten-banks-pay-8-5-billion-end-foreclosure-160837028–sector.html another story at http://www.foxbusiness.com/2013/01/07/banks-reach-85b-foreclosure-settlement-with-regulators/

 

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, Public Law 111-203, 124 Stats.1376 – 2223, includes Title XIV Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodd%E2%80%93Frank_Wall_Street_Reform_and_Consumer_Protection_Act Was this new legislation of help in bringing to light the misbehavior?

 

Later on Monday January 7, 2013 Bank of America announced that it is paying an additional $11.6 billion in settlement of claims against it by Fannie Mae the federal government mortgage finance company. The bank had sold many mortgages to Fannie Mae with assurances that proved false if not fraudulent. One investment analyst puts the total payout by Bank of America for the mortgage lending debacle at $40 billion with substantial outstanding claims still unaddressed. Bank of America is the nation’s second largest commercial bank. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bank-america-pay-3-6-124602052.html Together, the five largest banks have 43% of all deposits in the nation, and were regarded by President Bush in 2007 and 2008 as “too big to fail” when asking Congress for the initial stimulus and bailout. President Obama agreed and continued stimulus and bailout measures. Why hasn’t the Federal Reserve [our nation’s Central Bank] broken them up into many smaller banks and given our nation protection from financial institution-caused catastrophe?

 

 

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Safe House Museum in Greensboro Alabama required improvement and Auburn University’s Rural Studio Architects stepped up http://www.world-architects.com/projects/projects_detail/39424 transforming the two shotgun houses into a more pleasing expanded and functional building. The architecture students and their professors have done good work for this Museum focused on Blacks in this rural agricultural area south of Tuscaloosa.

 

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Peter Buffett comes to the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building Texas Tech University Friday February 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. $15 general admission. His show is titled Life is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett. His book, on sale that evening, is Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment (Crown Archetype 2010 hardcover) (Three Rivers Press 2011 paperback $10.20) and Kindle $13.99 at Amazon.com. He is a composer of music including for major films and television, and founder and co-chair of NoVo Foundation in his role as a philanthropist. http://novofoundation.org/ You can download free some of his music at www.peterbuffett.com/PBMusic using the code lifeiswhatyoumakeit.

 

Peter Buffett got into the charitable foundation philanthropy activity when his father billionaire Warren Buffett gave each of his two sons and daughter a separate foundation chartered with stock from father’s fortune. Peter reacted with zeal to address a world-wide problem of stopping oppression against girls and women and replacing it with opportunities for sustenance and learning. Father so liked what Peter, Howard and Susan were doing that on the occasion of father’s 82nd birthday he gave himself a reverse birthday gift by adding some more stock as a donation to NoVo Foundation and Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Sherwood Foundation [formerly named Susan Alice Buffett Foundation]. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/perfi/general/story/2012-08-30/buffett-children-foundations-gifts/57432672/1 Here are the Federal Income Tax Private Foundation Form 990-PF tax returns for the last five years, online http://novofoundation.org/about-us/reports-filings/

 

Who is bringing him to town, at this rock-bottom price? Who else but the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, a program of the College of Visual & Performing Arts that showcases so many cultural events and enriches our lives. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/cvpa/college/president/Spring2013.asp Notice the lineup of future events this Spring. I purchase the season at Select a Seat in September knowing there won’t be anything more thrilling that can conflict with this series. It’s also a way to build into the year an anticipation and pleasure level that makes me glad to be alive in the Hub City.

 

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Arts History Update on Wineries

6 Jan

Wineries in High Plains of Texas by David Cummins

Lubbock:

Pheasant Ridge Winery 3507 E. CR 5700 Lubbock TX 79403-6962

www.pheasantridgewinery.com drive I-27 north out of Lubbock take exit 14 and turn east on FM 1729 to winery’s sign and then turn south on CR 2600 to winery. Bill Gipson Sr is the owner who bought out the Cox family who started the vineyard and winery. Quotes from Gipson and his son are here http://www.texascooking.com/features/feb2008_pheasant_ridge_winery.htm basically he is telling us to pay $20 or more for his 2004 and older Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Texas wine matured in French oak casks for seven or more years if we want a wine that competes with the very best Napa Valley Calfornia Cabs. Annual wine production: 6,000 cases

McPherson Cellars

www.mcphersoncellars.com Has a comfortable drop-in tasting room and gift shop, a wine club, and many activities at its Event Center http://www.mcphersoncellars.com/event+center in the building. Location is the retrofitted old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in downtown Lubbock’s Depot District 1615 Texas Avenue. Kim McPherson tells us the new winery’s history and vision http://www.texascooking.com/features/april2010-mcpherson-cellars-winery.htm part of that history is that he was the first and longest serving winemaker at Cap*Rock Winery where he brought in medals and praise nationwide. January 2013 wine of the month is El Sueno 2010 [The Dream] a blend of Tempranillo (78%) Mataro (12%) Grenache (5%) and Syrah (5%). This is a Texas red wine retail $16 on sale $13.60, sure to please for a full-bodied red wine. Winemaker four course gourmet Dinner February 2 with Kim McPherson and his selected wine pairings $75 per person. Annual wine production perhaps 40,000 cases

Llano Estacado Winery

www.llanowine.com 3426 E. FM 1585 (130th Street from Lubbock) Lubbock TX 79404 drive I-27 south of Lubbock and turn east on FM 1585 for 1.5 miles. Has events throughout the year such as an upcoming Wine & Chocolate Fantasia February 2-3, a partnership with Texas Chefs Association South Plains Chapter. Mark Hyman president and part owner provides his rationale http://www.texascooking.com/features/nov2006_llano_estacado_winery.htm Annual wine production 170,000 cases

Cap*Rock Winery

www.caprockwinery.com Has a wine club, conducts gourmet tastings, gorgeous tasting room, outdoor patio music stage, hosts occasional standup comedy evenings. Website has pictures of vineyard growers from whom it purchases grapes locally http://www.caprockwinery.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showPage&pageid=2d7f0266-d649-3a5d-9d85-2d48dda758a2 408 E. Woodrow Road Lubbock TX 79423 drive I-27 south of Lubbock to Woodrow Road and turn east, winery is in view to the south of Woodrow Road. Phillip Anderson is general manager at the winery and offers entertaining, informative and tasty introduction to wine classes. There is new ownership Catherine Bodenstedt of San Antonio and management at this winery after a 2009 – 2011 bankruptcy and elongated sale of assets process in an attempt to pay creditors. http://www.caprockwinery.com/AboutUs Annual wine production 85,000 cases

D*Vine Wine

www.dvinewineusa.com Kingsgate North, 4210 82nd Street, Ste 232, don’t know which wineries are its source(s) or which are Texas wineries. Hosts evening music wine and appetizer food events. http://www.dvinewinelubbock.com/tempsite/ phone 806-771-4886 to get on the mailing list for events.

Amarillo

Bar Z Wines

www.barzwines.com FM Road 1541 seven miles south of Amarillo, east of Interstate Highway 27 on a map it looks like exit 113 from I-27 on to Winery Road might get you there.http://www.texascooking.com/features/july2011_bar_z_winery.htm is an article in which owner Monty Dixon tells us his inspiration for making wine and his massive corrugated steel Quonset hut winery building. Annual wine production 1,400 cases

Odessa

Homemade Wines

http://www.homemadewinesofodessa.com/ 4555 E. University Street Ste A-7 Odessa

 

Texas Custom Wine Works will open for business March 2013 as the first custom wine grape crusher in Texas. It is located outside Brownfield in Terry County. It will ship grapes, ship crushed grapes, ship cask/vat wine, blend wine according to instructions from a winery, and generally serve as a resource for the burgeoning wine industry in Texas. Co-owners are Mike Sipowicz, Dusty Timmons and Dr. Steve Talcott. An article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is http://lubbockonline.com/business/2013-01-26/growing-texas-wine-industry-spills-over-local-economy#.UQWf6x3Bcuo

 

A list of Texas Wineries is at http://txwinelover.com/texas-wineries/western-texas-wineries/ and elsewhere in the state there are lodgings at some wineries, listed here http://txwinelover.com/2012/01/texas-wineries-with-lodging/ and a bed and breakfast opportunity on a vineyard, Newsom Vineyards near Plains Texas. http://txwinelover.com/2012/06/high-plains-trip-day-4-newsom-vineyards/

Elsewhere in the state there are many winery visitation opportunities. South of Fort Worth at Burleson you will find Lost Oak Winery 2116 FM 731 www.lostoakwinery.com with five acres of cultivated vineyards on the banks of Village Creek. Not far away is Sunset Winery 1535 South Burleson Boulevard www.sunsetwinery.com where Birgit and Bruce are owners and will provide that guided tour that ends in the tasting room.

North of DFW Airport is Grapevine Texas. Why would it be named that? Cross Timbers Winery, Delaney Vineyards and Winery, Farina’s Winery, Homestead Winery, LaBuena Vida Vineyards, La Bodega Winery, and Su Vino Winery. Try the Sweetheart WineTrail February 9-10, 2013 www.grapevinewinerytrail.com or try New Vintage Wine Trail on April 13, 2013. http://www.grapevinewinerytrail.com/clients/876125/File/map-cropped-wo%20la%20bodega.jpg

For touring southwest of Fort Worth off US Highway 67 on the road to Stephenville try Barking Rocks Winery in Granbury, Bluff Dale Vineyards in Bluff Dale, and if you drive past Stephenville halfway to Brownwood stop at Brennan Vineyards near Comanche.

In the Lampasas Texas area there are five wineries nearby, Texas Legato Winery and Pillar Bluff Vineyards at Lampasas, Fiesta Winery in Lometa, Alamosa Wine Cellars near Bend and Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba. etc. etc. etc.

If a label says the bottle contains a Texas wine, that means that the bottle has at least 75% of its wine that was made from crushing Texas-grown grapes. In the case of a small winery, Pheasant Ridge, it advertises that all of its wines are made from grapes grown on its own or contracted area vineyards and crushed on site. Thus they are all Texas wines. Many wineries located in Texas purchase grapes from out-of-state and also purchase vat wine made out-of-state with non-Texas grown grapes. The result is that not all wine produced at a Texas winery is Texas wine. Sometimes a blended wine will contain less than 75% wine from Texas-grown grapes, so it’s partially Texas wine but the label won’t say that. Still, some of the blended wines are excellent, expressing the art of the winemaker in knowing what and how much of each wine to blend in order to gain a smooth delicious ultimate wine.

The Texas High Plains wine grapes growing area http://txwineregions.tamu.edu/highplains.htm information is here. More can be learned by contacting Ed Hellman, Professor of Viticulture and Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension, and Texas Tech University Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 East Farm to Market Road 1294, Lubbock TX 79403 phone 806-746-4038 e-mail e-hellman@tamu.edu Location is north of Preston Smith Lubbock International Airport where FM 1294 runs east of I-27 and the Research and Extension Center is on the south side of the road. Ed is a professor in the Texas Tech University Plant and Soil Sciences Department http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/VEpage/default.php within the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources CASNR. He works with the Viticulture and Enology Program phone 746-6101 e-mail ed.hellman@ttu.edu . Texas Winegrape Network http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/ Texas Enology Network http://www.texasenology.org/ Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/texaswine/

2012 wine competitions in the lone star state are here http://www.txwines.org/competitions/default.asp

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Arts History Update for mid January 2013

2 Jan

Arts History Update for mid January 2013 by David Cummins

Hotel Settles, 200 East Third Street, Big Spring Texas, reopened Tuesday January 1, 2013 after a major renovation following its closure in the late 1970s. It is historic, built by W.R. and Lillian Settles in 1930 designed by David S. Castle, Abilene architect, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_S._Castle and is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settles_Hotel It was purchased in 2006 and restored by G. Brint Ryan d/b/a Settles Hotel Redevelopment Company. His brother Kris Ryan worked on the renovation/redevelopment. http://hotelsettles.com/ G. Brint Ryan is principal in Ryan Inc. / Ryan Valuation Services http://www.ryan.com/ 13155 Noel Road # 100 in Dallas. This was a 20 million dollar project. Don’t know how many of the fifteen floors are renovated but the first, mezzanine floor, and second floor are redone along with a comfortable lodging room for you on some floor. The third floor rooms are retained in the original floor plan for authenticity sake. Upper floor rooms are modernized and expanded. E-mail for more information at info@hotelsettles.com King and Queen size bedded rooms are $179 while suites are $220 per night. Settles Grill offers breakfast lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at Pharmacy bar and Parlor. An outdoor swimming pool will be available in Summer 2013. Project architect is Norman Alston and general contractor is Mike Knowles.

http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2012-12-30/big-springs-settles-hotel-re-opens-video#.UQWbSh3Bcuo

 

National Gallery of Art, London England has an exhibit Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present October 31 – January 20, 2013. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/seduced-by-art-photography-past-and-present This Gallery has not previously held a photography exhibit. The connection between painting and photography is the impetus for this exhibit. The catalogue makes clear that (1) four centuries of fine art paintings deeply influenced (2) the first three decades of photography, and that influence persists into (3) contemporary photography. Hence, the title Seduced by Art.

The exhibit provides a clear history of photography as an art in itself, but also anchors it in the long history of fine art painting and sculpture.

Hope Kingsley & Christopher Riopelle, Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present (National Gallery London 2013) hardcover 208 pages $50 at Amazon.com, reviewed by Alex Danchev, A History of Its Own, London Times Literary Supplement, December 14, 2012 at p. 14. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/reviews/other_categories/article1175670.ece

Walter Benjamin wrote an essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936). In this exhibit one of the photographs is titled The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1988) by Karen Knorr. It shows a man in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, dwarfed by the reproductions all around him, casts of Renaissance sculpture, a copy of Raphael’s fresco in the Vatican, and more. The man himself is sitting in the middle of the pieces, poring over the illustrations in a book.

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Geronimo is a fascinating 19th century character in the American southwest and northern Mexico. http://www.ask.com/wiki/Geronimo?o=3986&qsrc=999 Born in 1823 in the Sierra Madre mountains of northern Mexico or 1829 in the Gila River country of northern Mexico [contemporary eastern Arizona perhaps near Safford], he died in captivity at Fort Sill prison Oklahoma near Lawton in 1909 age 86 or 80. That captivity began when he surrendered to U.S. Army General Nelson A. Miles on September 3, 1886, after which he was taken, separated from his fellow raiders so as to deprive them of his leadership, to Florida and later Alabama where he didn’t do well, and finally to Oklahoma Territory at Fort Sill where he did do well, often buddying up with Quanah Parker, the taller handsome well-assimilated and well-connected rancher at Star House west of Fort Sill near Cache, Oklahoma Territory. Geronimo participated in fairs and carnivals including the 1904 World Fair [Louisiana Purchase Exposition] at St. Louis Missouri and is buried at the Fort Sill Cemetery section for Apache Indians. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=apache+indian+cemetery+fort+sill+oklahoma&qpvt=apache+indian+cemetery+fort+sill+oklahoma&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=20FBBA30BC407EE3280084E1823AFB69D518FF56&selectedIndex=49 Oklahoma became a state in 1907.

Geronimo was a Bedonkohe Apache. He was not a chief, much less a great chief such as Mangas Coloradas or Cochise. Mangas Coloradas 1791 – 1863 was a Mimbreno Apache in the mountains of northern Mexico [contemporary southwestern New Mexico] who became a war leader when Mexico offered a $100 bounty for each Apache scalp and his people became hunted objects in 1837 onward. He was killed by U.S. Army troops, imprisoned at Fort McLane near Hurley in New Mexico Territory near contemporary Silver City New Mexico. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=8952352&page=gr Cochise 1805 – 1874 was a Chokonen Apache in the mountains of northern Mexico [southeastern contemporary Arizona Dragoon Mountains or Cochise Stronghold area, but New Mexico Territory from 1850 onward] and son in-law of Mangas Coloradas. Cochise was an active chief from 1861 to his capture in 1872 and death on reserved land in the Dragoon Mountains two years later.

Geronimo’s status as a raider began after an attack in his absence by a company of Mexican soldiers [federales] in northern Mexico below the United States – Mexico boundary, against his village killed his mother, his wife, and their three children in 1858 [one source puts this slaughter in 1851]. Thereafter he was a relentless and formidable raider against Mexican villages below the border and New Mexico Territory villages above the border and patrols of soldiers from both countries. He was said to be the “baddest” Indian in America and quite deserving of a U.S. Army General taking troops into the field to capture him.

He was captured in Mexico and escorted to Fort Bowie New Mexico Territory near present day Wilcox Arizona and shipped by rail to Fort Marion Florida http://www.chiricahua-apache.com/chiricahua-apache-pow-history/contact/1886-the-chiricahua-apaches-become-prisoners-of-war/naiche-and-geronimo-sent-east-sept-1886/

Edward S. Curtis, Portrait Photograph of Geronimo (1907) http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=curtis+portrait+of+geronimo&id=DFA87D939BF59394CB76D60033F63098C9DDD1D2&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=C880FE0E3CA1C0FE61DAA329798034360BB70EAF&selectedIndex=33 Here is a photo of Geronimo in 1886 just before his capture when he was camped at Canyon de los Embudos in northern Mexico 25 miles south of the United States border. He’s the rider on the viewer’s left with patches on his shoulders. His son Naiche is the rider on his left. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=geronimo+canyon+de+los+embudos&go=&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=geronimo+canyon+de+los+embudos&sc=0-16&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&id=8B1FCC9FD7D2B573D46111B8D5C8299D65005D7A&selectedIndex=31 Both were escorted by U.S. Army soldiers to Fort Bowie [near present day Wilcox Arizona] where the military post was operating to protect nearby Apache Pass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Pass a key spot on the road between Texas and southern California. http://www.tutorgigpedia.com/ed/Fort_Bowie now Fort Bowie National Historic Site http://www.nps.gov/fobo/index.htm Here’s the Butterfield Overland Trail map from St Louis to Los Angeles and then north to San Francisco http://www.nps.gov/fobo/planyourvisit/upload/ButterfieldFOBOmap1.pdf The choke point west of El Paso was Apache Pass. The next major stopping point is Fort Yuma at the border of New Mexico Territory [present day Arizona] and California. Here’s a current map from Wilcox on Interstate Highway 10 leading by a state road thirty miles southeast to the Chiricahua National Monument near historic Fort Bowie.

http://www.nps.gov/fobo/planyourvisit/upload/AreaMapFOBOmap2.pdf and the Monument destination http://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm All the Apaches mentioned above are Chiricahua, a larger grouping of Apache Indians.

Books to consult include:

Robert M. Utley, Geronimo (Yale University Press 2012) Texas Tech Library E99.A6 G3276 hardcover $19.80 Kindle $16.50 at Amazon.com

S.M. Barrett, Geronimo: The True Story of America’s Most Ferocious Warrior (1906, Skyhorse Pub. Co. 2011) $10.36 paperback $0.99 Kindle at Amazon.com. Barrett interviewed Geronimo at Fort Sill and tells his story.

Angie Debo, Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place (University of Oklahoma Press 1976) (softcover 1982, reissue Vintage Press 2005) Texas Tech Library E99.A6 G324 $18.21 paperback at Amazon.com

John Gregory Bourke, An Apache Campaign in the Sierra Madre: An Account of the Expedition in Pursuit of the Hostile Chiricahua Apache in the Spring of 1883 (Charles Scribner’s Sons 1886) Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection 28.3 A639B Kindle $2.99 at Amazon.com

John Gregory Bourke, On the Border with Crook (1891, Charles Scribner’s Sons 1892) (reissued University of Nebraska Press 1971) Texas Tech Library E83.866.B78 Kindle $3.99 at Amazon.com, referring to U.S. General George Crook who chased but did not capture Geronimo in northern Mexico. Bourke was General Crook’s aide-de-camp and published this book after Crook’s death in 1890.

Travel by United States military across the land border with Mexico, including General Pershing’s Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa 1916-1917 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa_Expeditions is often instructive, and belies the efficacy or need for the steel reinforced concrete border fence constructed on orders by President George W. Bush, a Texan who should have known better. Rachel St. John, Line in the Sand: A History of the Western United States – Mexico Border (Princeton University Press 2011) Texas Tech Library F786.S767 $25.08 hardcover $13.47 Kindle at Amazon.com. Samuel Truett, Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the United States – Mexico Borderlands (Yale University Press 2006) Texas Tech Library F786.T83 $19.45 paperback $10.45 Kindle at Amazon.com.

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Geriatric Art Society or G.A.S. is a group of senior men who join each other in desirable venues for painting http://www.jeauxart.com/GAS.html H.A. Sessions is a Lubbock painter http://www.jeauxart.com/sessions.html They had a “paintout” at Rockport Texas in April 2012 and here are some paintings that resulted http://www.jeauxart.com/GARY_GREEN.html Byron Martin is another Lubbock artist member of this group

http://www.jeauxart.com/Byron_Martin.html as is C.B. Martin http://www.jeauxart.com/CB_Martin.html One member Acree Carlisle may paint a portrait of another member, C.B. Martin http://www.artandtales.com/pen-and-ink/head-studies/head-studies-of-year-2012/portrait-of-c-b-martin

Click on one of the other names and see some examples of excellent art including scenes in Texas.

At the First Friday Art Trail on Friday January 4, 2013 members of G.A.S. are exhibiting their work at Varsity Book Store 1305 University Avenue.

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Jonathan Franzen, Ambition, McSweeney’s Quarterly http://leemccoy.com/2011/07/ambition-by-jonathan-franzen/ and Karen Russell, The Hox River Window, Zoetrope – All Story http://www.all-story.com/issues.cgi?action=show_story&story_id=475 both appear as short fiction pieces in a book Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (anthology, eds. American Society of Magazine Editors, Columbia University Press 2012) paperback $9.80 at Amazon.com

Best American Short Stories 2012 (eds. Tom Perrota & Heidi Pitlor, Mariner Books 2012 twenty stories in 384 pages) $10.17 paperback $8.52 Kindle at Amazon.com

Best American Essays 2012 (eds. Robert Atwan & David Brooks, Mariner Books 2012 twenty essays in 336 pages) $10.17 paperback $8.52 Kindle at Amazon.com

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Have you noticed couples in a restaurant, one or both with their smart phones out and being flicked at, while no conversation takes place? There’s a book on that. Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other (Basic Books 2011) Texas Tech Library HM851.T86 $11.35 paperback $9.34 Kindle at Amazon.com. Turkle is an MIT professor of technology and society. What is the path between isolation and connectivity? Why do young people want to be “always on” the connectivity device, while downright rude with their table partner[s]?

Why do young people prefer electronic texts, tweets, likes, posts, shouts and photo exchanges to having a telephone or in person live conversation?

As a lawyer, I have warned people about placing and thereby storing on electronic social media their personal information, when we know that can be tracked and found by a stranger with an agenda. When a prospective employer does find a job applicant’s personal data and is unimpressed and refuses to hire the applicant, the applicant pays a heavy price for using electronic social media unwisely. That has happened thousands of times.

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Medicaid is one of the large elements in the three-legged stool that is Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 and its measured slow advance toward providing health care financing for millions of Americans without health care insurance. A significant expansion of Medicaid occurs on January 1, 2013 but the largest expansion occurs on January 1, 2014. Texas has declined to participate, preferring to withdraw from federal Medicaid which is operated by the states but financed 90% by the federal government and 10% by the states. Texas withdrew and Governor Perry and the 2011 state legislature created a new agency programmatic within Texas Department of Health and Human Services with a mandate to construct and operate a totally state-funded mini-Medicaid program that would at best likely serve 10% of existing Medicaid recipients and none of any new expanded group. Texas leads the nation in the largest amount, 4.6 million people, and second in the nation in per capita proportion number, 18.5 percent of Texans [behind only Mississippi with 22.6 percent], of uninsured poor [below poverty guidelines] people, and that number has grown in recent years and is expected to grow in the future unless the federal legislation is implemented. More heart-rending, Texas leads the nation along with Mississippi in the largest amount of uninsured children living in poverty, and per capita proportion number of uninsured children. Some regions in Texas are worse than others. The McAllen-Edinburgh Lower Rio Grande Valley area has the highest proportion of uninsured poor people in the nation, 37.7 percent, and El Paso is third in the nation at 24.7 percent.

The state agency that oversees the Texas Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs is Texas Health and Human Services Commission in Austin. http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/aboutHHS/CompactTexans.shtml You will search in vain on this website for any public declaration of the crisis now intentionally underway. What you occasionally see is a newspaper notice reporting on the state’s creation of a new Texas Women’s Health Program that punishes Planned Parenthood’s advocacy of abortion rights by defunding its clinics that don’t do abortions but only do birth control and preventative health care for 48,000 women in Texas. The Texas legislation in question is that which defunds any provider of health care [like Planned Parenthood] which is affiliated or associated with a health care provider that supplies abortions. That legislation languishes in federal and state court litigation. http://lubbockonline.com/texas/2012-12-30/planned-parenthood-seeks-order-health-program#.UOCbx-TBcuo is an article by Chris Tomlinson who is the Associated Press supervisory correspondent in Austin Texas responsible for political and government reporting in Texas. Email him at ctomlinson@ap.org if you have questions about anything I’ve said or didn’t say.

The federal government Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services http://www.cms.gov/ has announced that given the Texas withdrawal from Medicaid, the CMMS will establish a federally operated and federally funded Medicaid system in Texas beginning January 1, 2013 but it hasn’t done that yet and it will be a huge task that will take years to accomplish. Poor people, Texans, without health care is the result. They are the political football that politicians abuse while posturing with pomposity on hot-button social issues. Governor Perry recently announced his position for the 2013 legislature by asking for a law to prohibit “welfare” benefits going to poor Texans unless they pass a required drug test. Politicians count on the public not knowing who or how many Texans are poor and are denied health care or granted a token health care experience [by a provider who won’t be paid even a fraction of his/her normal rate for that service] and dismissed with a prescription the patient can’t fill because they have no insurance and no way to pay the pharmacist. Poor health care stunts lives and keeps the poor marginal, unemployable and infirm, living what Thomas Hobbes called “lives that are nasty brutish and short”. It’s an open secret that this unserved and desperate group of people are the majority of criminals in Texas, so it’s an old story of government [organized society] mistreating people and those same people mistreating us [individuals in society] in return. Our prisons are overflowing. You get what you give. A helping hand helps the helper as well as the helped.

One day, sometime in the future, Texans will elect and demand a governor and legislators who will not propose or permit legislation and political stances that hurt millions of vulnerable poor people.

Wealthy people on top often decry potential “class warfare” [President George W. Bush warned against this] but in fact class warfare is applied by the wealthy every day against the poor.

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