Arts History Update for late October 2013

15 Oct

Arts History Update for late October 2013 by David Cummins

 

Here is the new website of Lahib Jaddo, Lubbock artist and associate professor in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University http://www.lahibjaddo.com/

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Texas Professional Sports

 

Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

 

Dallas Mavericks basketball at American Airlines Center http://www.americanairlinescenter.com/index.php with AT&T Plaza on its south side Olive Street at North Houston Street

Dallas Cowboys football at AT&T Stadium in Arlington http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/tours/tourInfo.cfm

Dallas Stars hockey at American Airlines Center

Texas Rangers baseball at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/ballpark/index.jsp

FC Dallas soccer at Toyota Stadium in Frisco http://www.fcdallas.com/stadium/about

 

Houston

 

Houston Rockets basketball at Toyota Center http://www.houstontoyotacenter.com/

Houston Astros baseball at Minute Maid Park http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark/index.jsp

Houston Texans football at Reliant Stadium http://reliantpark.com/reliant-stadium

Houston Dynamo soccer at BBVA Compass Stadium http://bbvacompassstadium.com/quickfacts

 

San Antonio

 

San Antonio Spurs basketball at AT&T Center http://www.attcenter.com/arena-info

 

All of these venues are multi-purpose and host events other than sports, for example, Michael Buble singer is touring for his new album release and on consecutive nights entertains at Dallas American Airlines Center, San Antonio AT&T Center and Houston Toyota Center October 18-20 http://www.michaelbuble.com/tour

 

Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is the site for NASCAR Nationwide Series racing on April 12 and November 2, 2013 and for NASCAR Sprint Cup racing April 13 and November 3, 2013 and of course for lesser level racing throughout the year http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/

 

Circuit of the Americas is the site for Formula One United States Grand Prix races on November 15-17, 2013 the third year in a ten year scheduled run at this site outside Austin Texas http://circuitoftheamericas.com/ Here is the architecture involved http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/39196_COTA_Grand_Plaza

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Major League Baseball: the Post-Season ………. American League Boston (east) Detroit (central) Oakland (west). Cleveland and Tampa Bay compete October 2 to establish the fourth team which plays Boston in best of five games playoffs. Tampa Bay won 4-0

Boston v. Tampa Bay [3-1] Boston won 12-2 and 7-4 at Fenway, site moves to Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field where Rays won 5-4 but Red Sox finish 3-1 to win playoffs

Oakland v. Detroit [2-3] Detroit won 3-2 at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. In second game Justin Verlander pitched scoreless for seven innings and Sonny Gray for eight but neither won or lost. Oakland scored in the bottom of the ninth and won 1-0. Site moves to Detroit Comerica Park. Oakland won 6-3 then Tigers won 8-6 and we move back to Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for the final game Thursday October 10 where Verlander’s pitching dominated and Detroit won 3-0

American League Pennant Series Boston v. Detroit [2-1] at Fenway Saturday October 12 TV-FOX 34 at 7:00 pm

(All times Eastern.)

Game 1: Detroit @ Boston — Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m. Detroit won 1-0 Game 2: Detroit @ Boston — Sunday, October 13, 8 p.m. Boston won 6-5 Game 3: Boston @ Detroit — Tuesday, October 15, 4 p.m. Boston won 1-0 Game 4: Boston @ Detroit — Wednesday, October 16, 8 p.m. Game 5*: Boston @ Detroit — Thursday, October 17, 8 p.m. Game 6*: Detroit @ Boston — Saturday, October 19, 4:30 p.m. Game 7*: Detroit @ Boston — Sunday, October 20, 8 p.m.

On Tuesday Verlander gave up only 4 hits in 8 innings but lost 1-0 to Boston whose Lackey gave up 4 hits in 6 innings and relievers gave up only 2 more hits.

National League Atlanta (east) St Louis (central) Los Angeles Dodgers (west) Pittsburgh def Cincinnati to become the fourth team in playoffs

St Louis v. Pittsburgh [3-2]: Cards won 9-1 in Busch Stadium, Pittsburgh won 7-1, site moves to Pittsburgh PNC Park on the banks of the Allegheny River

, Pirates won 5-3 then St Louis won 2-1, site returns to St Louis for final game Wednesday October 9 Cards won 6-1

Atlanta v. Los Angeles Dodgers [1-3]: Dodgers won 6-1 at Turner Field, Atlanta won 4-3, site moves to Los Angeles. Dodgers won 13-6 Dodgers won again 4-3 to win playoffs

National League Pennant Los Angeles Dodgers v. St Louis Cardinals [1-2] begins Friday October 11 at Busch Stadium best of seven games. Dodgers Zack Greinke pitched 8 innings and Cards Joe Kelly pitched six but score was tied 2-2 and is now in the 13th inning. Dodgers have used four relievers and Cards six relievers. Carlos Beltran doubled driving in a run to win 3-2 in bottom of 13th inning. Second game TV-TBS ch 112 at 3:00 pm Saturday Cards won 1-0. Third game at Dodger Stadium was another well-pitched game Dodgers winning 3-0.

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The cover story for the October 2013 issue of Texas Observer Magazine is a smashing likeness of Woody Guthrie with his guitar on which is written This Machine Kills Fascists. http://www.texasobserver.org/woody-lived/ Focused on Pampa Texas where he spent eight formative years 1929 – 1936 and learned to play the guitar, we see photos of Harris Drug Store where he worked, now Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center, and we are told about the shotgun style shack he lived in with his first wife Mary Jennings Guthrie. There can be no doubt his manuscript novel House of Earth was based on his life with Mary in Pampa. It was written later in California, finished in 1947, and located among his possessions and published in 2013 many years after his death in 1967. http://www.amazon.com/House-Earth-Novel-Woody-Guthrie/dp/0062248391 Texas Tech Library PS3513.U9 H68 The young husband Tike Hamlin dreams of building an adobe house for his family, a house made of the very earth to which the couple are bound but in which they can never have any equity or ownership. That belongs to others. Owned land/rented land/ sharecropped land were options and the fictional Tike Hamlin and Woody were sharecroppers. This tender story reveals the basis for Woody’s radicalism in an unforgiving Great Depression Dust Bowl existence. Reading this novel provides a further understanding of the lyrics he later wrote This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land (1940). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s Woody sings the song on this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqZ3oNsMVr0 and here is Arlo Guthrie his son singing the song with the Boston Pops Orchestra behind him.

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Michael Stutz sculptor http://www.stutzart.com/ is installing his work Four Faces (2013) at Talkington Residence Hall on the Texas Tech University campus October 17, 2013 and will provide a free public talk on Friday October 18 at 2:00 pm in the Talkington Hall Multipurpose Room 104. If you attend, the Band Lot to the north will likely be in use so convenient free parking would be at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center to the east of Talkington Hall. It is also possible to attend the installation itself the previous day if you can be in a corner and be quiet while observing.

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Illustration and design isn’t always original work. Sometimes it’s just a matter of selecting from extant work something that is so very appropriate. Here are successful selections of existing art to serve as book covers for new book publications.

http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KERTEZ_1972_World_Trade_Center_800px.png is Andre Kertesz photo New York, 1972 of the World Trade Center building just before dedication. And here is the cover for Don Delillo’s book Underworld (1997) http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/60037.jpg

Giovanni Boldini, Profile of a Young Woman oil painting http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/profile-of-a-young-woman.jpg was cropped and selected for the book by Joyce Carol Oates, The Accursed (Ecco 2013) http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/the-accursed_custom-be08ba5f35fa4ff2d1bd4e87722287dff86a626b-s6-c30.jpg

Rene Magritte, La Reproduction Interdite [not to be reproduced] http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/magritte-not-to-be-reproduced.jpg was used on the cover of Richard Mason, History of a Pleasure Seeker (Knopf 2012) http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/history-of-a-pleasure-seeker_main_320.jpg

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Food Trucks are popular mobile restaurants in Austin, Marfa, San Antonio http://www.safoodtruckfinder.com/trucks and other cities but are new to Lubbock https://www.facebook.com/twistdtexan so look for the truck Twist’d Texan around town. It’s been invited to set up at LHUCA for First Friday Art Trail events. Operator is Chad Montgomery. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chad-montgomery/23/3b2/b29 Phone 806-438-9559 if you’d like it to cater an event. Remember, you don’t even have a kitchen cleanup after this catering.

Llano Estacado Winery 20th annual Grape Day is Saturday October 19 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm location 3.2 miles east of US Highway 87 on Farm to Market Road 1585 www.llanowine.com Admission $5 for wine glass [take it home] and one glass of wine, your choice. Fill-ups $3 per glass. Food choices include Twist’d Texan Food Truck out front and inside are United Supermarket, Pecan Ridge and Dion’s Pizza. Many vendors and Bo Garza entertains. What a deal. Just walking around among vats and winery equipment is an experience. Don’t forget to stroll toward the vineyard to the east of the winery, where wine begins on the vine.

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West Texas Watercolor Society annual Fall Membership Show http://pages.suddenlink.net/wtws/ Here are the prize winners http://pages.suddenlink.net/wtws/may_show.htm They’re wonderful, so I looked on the Internet for some watercolors with high value aesthetics. Here is James Boren, Mexican Hut (1973) http://greatamericanwestgallery.com/western-art/western-paintings/james-boren.aspx and his Squire of Bracketville (1971) http://bid.scottsdaleartauction.com/Boren-James-Squire-of-Bracketville-1921-1990_i10336553

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September 16 was the primary election for mayor of New York City, 56,000 Republicans voted selecting Joseph Lhota among three candidates. 606,000 Democrats voted selecting Bill de Blasio among five candidates. November 5 is the general election. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/elections/2013/nyc-primary/mayor/map.html Will Councilman de Blasio from Brooklyn be the next mayor? http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/oct/24/bill-de-blasio-next-mayor/

These are pretty low numbers of people voting as compared to registered voters so don’t assume that the disproportionate amount of voters in the Democratic Party primary means a Democrat will become mayor. In fact, David Dinkins in the  1993 election, was the last Democrat elected Mayor, and that was twenty years ago. Also, New York City voters seem more inclined to vote relative to local issues  that are important in their lives rather than national ideology of political parties. When I lived there it seemed all the conversation revolved around who was the best person to solve the X or Y or Z problems facing the city.

Some pundits say that in those cities with a strong mayor and council system you find the largest power vacuum and folks who wish to fill it and be that strong mayor. Lubbock has a weak mayor, council and city manager system, as described by political scientists.

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New architecture

Here’s the Kohout Residence in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota http://www.american-architects.com/projects/43031_Kohout_Residence really tasteful design in the northern plains.

Desert House in Santa Fe New Mexico http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/42196_Desert_House

Cascading Creek House in Austin http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/32732_Cascading_Creek_House

Ottmers Residence in rural Gillespie County Texas http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/31803_Ottmers_Residence Hill Country county seat is Fredericksburg

Arthouse at the Jones Center downtown Austin Texas http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/30155_Arthouse_at_the_Jones_Center

Omega Center for Sustainable Living at Rhinebeck New York http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/25155_Omega_Center_for_Sustainable_Living I’ve been to Omega Institute for Holistic Studies but it was before this building went up in 2009.

Hangar at Spaceport America Las Cruces New Mexico http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/28955_Foster_s_31_million_hangar_in_New_Mexico

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