Arts History Update for late May 2013

15 May

Arts History Update for late May 2013 by David Cummins


Sounds of Texas is a free outdoor concert series held at the Hockley County Courthouse in Levelland on the lawn 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in June 2013; viz. June 6, 13, 20 and 27.


High Noon Concert Series has been a free outdoor concert on Wednesdays all Summer June through August on the Lubbock County Courthouse lawn with the entertainers sited on the gazebo. It is sponsored by the Lubbock County Commissioners Court but has not yet been announced for 2013.


Buddy Holly Center Summer Showcase Concert Series is free, each Thursday evening 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Center’s outdoor Meadows Courtyard beginning May 30 and ending August 29, 2013. This series is sponsored by the City of Lubbock which also has a series of concerts in various public parks around the city. The Buddy Holly Center is located at 19th Street and Crickets Avenue [former Avenue G] on the northeast corner.


Westwinds Brass Band will play outdoors each Sunday evening 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Wagner Park 26th Street and Flint Avenue. It’s free, bring a blanket or lawn chair, June 2 through July 14 [seven concerts].


For a band extravaganza remember 4th On Broadway on Thursday July 4, 2013 featuring a parade, street fair, picnic, dance and fireworks.


Lubbock Moonlight Musicals presents musical theater at Wells Fargo Amphitheater in Mackenzie Park at 7:30 p.m. three weekends in June Peter Pan and in July Annie Get Your Gun and in August Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tickets are available at Select a Seat.


In collaboration with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Moonlight Musicals presents Les Miserables at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre Thursday through Saturday November 21 – 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 24 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale May 20 at $68.75, $53.50 and $43.50. This is a locally produced Les Miserables and the legal rights to produce it state that the Broadway version cannot be copied. David Gaschen will play Jean Valjean, Gerald Dolter will play Inspector Javert and Rebecca Saathoff-Davis will play Cosette. John Hollins will conduct members of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in the pit. Bill Gelber directs.


If you are a country western music fan and want an authentic venue and local entertainers you can’t do better than Meadow Musical at the Music Hall 401 Mitchell Street in Meadow Texas second Saturday evening 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14. Entrance is free, pay for food and libation and put money in the jar for a favorite musician or group. This has been going on more than 35 years. It sometimes happens that when some musicians are playing inside the building, impatient musicians, probably bluegrassers, go outside and pick, so there is spill-over music in this small town. Marybeth Ashburn grew up in Meadow and sometimes she will get up on stage in the grand ole opry style and belt out a tune. Her father George Ashburn built this Music Hall. The Martin Band is a regular player at Meadow Musicals.


Meadow is on US Highway 62 / 82 two-thirds of the way from Lubbock to Brownfield maybe five miles past Ropesville.


Jack and Dianne’s at 2309 North Frankford Avenue (at Ursuline Street, south of Clovis Highway north of Erskine Street) right here in Lubbock, has country western music every Thursday evening 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 etc. phone ahead to find out who’s playing 806-747-8150.






The Seasons of Royo “Las Estaciones de Royo” is on exhibit May 1 – 31, 2013 at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in Austin Texas. Jose Royo apeared in person May 10 – 11. He lives near Valencia Spain. His lush impressionistic canvases have delighted thousands.


At the Cutter & Cutter Gallery he’s featured at


Books include Jose Royo: Luminica (Leaders Gallery 2005) at ABE Books new $55.45 incl s&h and Jose Royo: Glances / Miradas (Miranda Galleries 2003) $61.20 at




On Saturday May 11 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, architect Gary Cunningham and curator of art Nancy Edwards, discussed the architecture of the building designed by Louis I. Kahn and opened in 1972. Here is Kahn holding his glasses. Admission was free and the event took place in the galleries.


What a nice event. At art museums the building and grounds are part of the museum experience, and influential in how that experience is enjoyed. The adjacent Renzo Piano Pavilion under construction is scheduled to open later this year




The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis MN will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. Its website is appealing Here is a Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper article about a current exhibit Concering the Spiritual in Russian Art from 1965 to 2011.




Joel Sartore, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species (Focal Point 2010) National Geographic $24 hardcover $15.83 at or new at ABE Books $18.12 incl s&h. Sartore has been a contributing photographer to National Geographic for twenty years. He profiles sixty-nine species in this book and the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. His exhibit is on display at Texas Tech Museum May 12 – July 21, 2013 in gallery two. He speaks at the Museum Saturday May 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Enter at the west door Sculpture Court off Indiana Avenue because the front north 4th Street door of the Museum will be closed since the Museum proper is closed on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.


His website is a thrilling display of wildlife imagery You can hear him on a Great Courses podcast


Audobon Magazine, Field & Stream, National Geographic, Outdoor Life, and Outdoor Photographer are among many magazines you can download onto your computer and read, free, from Lubbock Public Library as a Zinio Digital Magazine There is a magazine rack at each branch of the Lubbock Public Library for hands on a slick paper page reading.




Viva Big Bend Music Festival is July 25 – 28, 2013 with events in the towns of Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa and Marathon, Texas. The lineup includes Joe Ely Band and Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, whom we have enjoyed several times in Lubbock.


Viva Big Bend Food Festival already happened April 4 – 6, 2013 with events in the same four towns. From a recent trip to Marfa I can vouch for gastronomical delights at Jett’s Grill inside the El Paisano Hotel , Cochineal , Food Shark [bus van eating or benches outside] , Future Shark [re-purposed gasoline service station], Maiya’s , Alice’s Cafe, and Squeeze Marfa . Did not eat at Boyz2Men or Fat Lyle’s. For the grocery experience there’s nothing of interest on offer at the supermarket but try The Get Go independent grocery store It’s an introduction to the Marfa lifestyle.


If you go to Alpine, eat and drink at The Saddle Club or Reata Restaurant where there is a Stylle Read mural as well as one at Big Bend Saddlery, or eat and drink at Century Bar & Grill in the historic Holland Hotel and The historic Granada Theatre adjoins The Saddle Club so music and performance spills over into food and libation.


Big Bend Brewing Company, a craft brewer, opened last year in Alpine at 3401 West Highway 90 phone 432-837-3700 and sells Tejas Lager [a pilsner], La Frontera IPA [hoppy bitter ale with high alcohol content], No. 22 Porter [malt flavor dry roasted with hints of caramel and chocolate], Big Bend Hefweizen [wheat malt with esters and phenols], and Terlingua Golden Ale [light thirst quencher].


In Fort Davis try Blue Mountain Bistro in Hotel Limpia or for brunch try Mountain Trails Lodge


In Marathon you may try the food and drink at Cafe Cenizo within the historic Gage Hotel and stay overnight in patio cottages or inside the main building. One restaurant away from the hotel is The Famous Burro and for breakfast or lunch there is Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit Cafe. You might stroll through the Gage Gardens that are not adjacent to the hotel. Photos of those gardens are here


Henry Charles Trost 1860 – 1933 of El Paso was the architect for the Gage Hotel (1927), Holland Hotel (1928) and El Paisano Hotel (1930) as well as Kerr Mercantile (1927) in Sanderson Texas and Hotel El Capitan (1930) in Van Horn Texas.


For an overview of the Big Bend area see Fodor’s guide to the best of West Texas

























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