Arts History Update for late June 2014

13 Jun

Arts History Update for late June 2014 by David Cummins NCAA Baseball Super Regional play finds four Big XII teams in the last 16, including # 7 Oklahoma State # 16 Texas Christian # 20 Texas and # 23 Texas Tech that plays College of Charleston on June 7-8 and on June 9 if tied at one game each. These games are on Dan Law Field in Rip Griffin Park on the campus of Texas Tech University. The eight winners of the Super Regionals advance to the College World Series in Omaha Nebraska. Texas punched its ticket first with two straight wins against Houston and is in the College World Series for the 35th team. Not a typo, the baseball history at University of Texas is awesome. Texas won the College World Series six times.


Oklahoma State lost two straight to UC-Irvine [Big West Conference]and will not go to the College World Series. Texas Tech defeated College of Charleston twice by identical 1-0 scores and is in the College World Series for the first time. Begins June 14 ends June 25 double elimination winners/losers brackets Texas Tech meets Texas Christian Sunday June 15 at 3:00 pm TV-ESPN2. Other schools are Ole Miss [Southeastern Conference], Virginia [Atlantic Coast Conference], Vanderbilt [Southeastern Conference], and Louisville [American Athletic Conference]. The Big XII Conference has three teams in the World Series.


Not to be overlooked are the winners of Division II and Division III NCAA Baseball titles in 2014, namely, Division II winner University of Southern Indiana at Evanston on the banks of the Ohio River, and Division III winner University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Whitewater midway between Milwaukee and Madison.


What is significant about these championships is that major league baseball teams have scouts in the stands watching games and specific players of interest. The 2014 MLB Draft has already occurred and some of the players being watched are already drafted such as players on Texas Tech Red Raiders team: Chris Sadberry left-handed pitcher went in the 6th round, the 167th pick, to the Miami Marlins; Hunter Redman, catcher, 8th round, 249th pick, to Los Angeles Dodgers; Tim Proudfoot, shortstop, 21st round, 642nd pick, to Oakland Athletics; and Dominic Moreno, right-handed pitcher, 33rd round, 1,005th pick, to St. Louis Cardinals. None of these named players have signed up or contracted to play professionally for they are still “amateurs” and college “students” at least into late June.


Dreams do come true however as Kyle Freeland, left-handed pitcher for Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver Colorado, played well at University of Evansville that won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season, was drafted in the first round by his hometown team the Colorado Rockies, and he signed on Tuesday June 10 for a $2.3 million bonus He’s still got acne and he’s a millionaire with an infectious grin and a curve ball that doesn’t “hang” it “drops off the table” while crossing the plate.


———————— BookExpo America May 29-31 had 10,640 attendees while BookCon for book consumers May 31 was capped at 10,000 tickets and people, both in New York City at Javits Center. Essentially, publishers use BookExpo in late Spring to confer among themselves and tout their new Fall line of issuance to independent booksellers, while BookCon is for readers/fans who want to meet authors and buy current books. As expected the publishers and second level retailers of books ranted about and its alleged predatory merchandising practices [translation: ranters rant at anyone who adopts different methodologies and is successful, leaving the ranters wishing they were equally successful, while they spew out abominations upon the successful]




Has electronic reading captured part of your reading? If so, be aware that an inexpensive way of accessing content is on offer, directly to your e-reader such as a Kindle, iPhone [smartphone], iPad tablet or Android tablet or other device [and your web browser on a laptop or desktop computer]


The New York Times (ad-free) $19.99 per month

compare to The New York Times All Digital Subscription at $35 for 4 weeks and even more expensive two day delayed print edition mailed to your home or business

The New York Times Latest News $1.99 per month

The New Yorker Magazine $5.99 per month

Foreign Affairs $2.99 per month

The Atlantic Magazine $1.99 per month

Salon $3.49 per month

The [London] Times Literary Supplement $7.99 per month as compared to $14 per month in print mailed to your home, a good example of the cost-savings in being an e-reader rather than a print reader, but the providers throw in so much more, like updates to articles, links to other articles on the topic, gaining access earlier electronically, and gaining access to the provider’s blog on the article, often quite refreshing and stimulating. The extras are so valuable that you will quickly realize that this is the way these providers of content really want us all to be connected so that they eventually can stop publishing on paper. Jeff Bezos predicted it and it may happen.


London Review of Books $2.90 per month

Reason Magazine $1.25 per month

Slate Magazine $2.49 per month

The New York Review of Books $3.49 per month or $41.88 per year as compared with $75 per year in print

Dallas Morning News $9.99 per month

Austin American-Statesman $9.99 per month

Houston Chronicle $5.99 per month

Fort Worth Star Telegram $6.99 per month


Just how does it work? is the site for purchasing a daily The New York Times (ad-free) for $19.99 per month, and it wants you to be sure you get what you want, so the first 14 days is free, and if it doesn’t load into your Kindle or other device and be easily read by you, all you do is cancel, and your cost of trying it is zero. Before the end of the first month that you purchased, if you decide it’s not quite what you want, all you do is cancel, and your cost for a month and fourteen days was $19.99. Now here’s an enticement. If you subscribe at this inexpensive rate, you get free complete access to the website where stories are linked to other sources like Reuters so you can follow a story from several vantages and perspectives. Additionally you will likely find that you want to read and look at images online for some stories and on your Kindle e-reader for other content so this multiple or alternative access to content is significant and useful.


I don’t like recommending something to you unless I’ve experienced the dynamic so I subscribed to the Kindle edition of The New York Review of Books to which I’ve been a satisfied print subscriber for many years. Received a first thirty days free trial period and now have my Kindle June 19th issue and my print June 19th issue side by side for comparison. Caveat: My comparison is a dated one since I have a Kindle second generation released February 2009 so the experience on a contemporary Kindle Fire HDX released October 2013 would be on a larger screen, much better in color, at faster speeds on 4G wireless, while I have a six inch black and white screen, on 3G wireless Whispersync, and that’s an upgrade into an old generation Kindle, the oldest still supported by Digital Services. I am a dinosaur type who reads electronically but generally resists bells whistles and other gadgets and gizmos as they appear.


Kindle Releases: Kindle November 2007 [no longer supported], Kindle 2 February 2009, Kindle 3 August 2010, Kindle 4 October 2011, Kindle Touch October 2011, Kindle Fire November 2011, Kindle Fire 2 September 2012, Kindle Fire HD September 2012, Kindle Paperwhite October 2012, Kindle Fire HDX October 2013


One of the benefits of Kindle at is that many electronic items are audio-linked so one can switch back and forth between reading and listening to it being read to you. Each device is different but on my Kindle I press the Aa button and a dialogue box appears and I scroll down to Text to Speech and press Turn On and the item is read to me and the pages on the Kindle screen turn as the voice finishes each page. I either listen from the Kindle speaker or plug in my earplugs to the Kindle and listen directly into my ears and no one nearby hears anything [much preferred for quality and ability to hear anywhere without disturbing others].


Another singular advantage of electronic reading is that one can adjust the font and size to a preferred setting regardless of how the publisher chose to present it on paper.


Electronic reading can be done on multiple platforms. Kindle Cloud Reader is installed on my desktop at so all the Kindle books I’ve purchased are there and I can read or re-read as I like on the computer monitor. You can start reading a book on Kindle and later go to Kindle Cloud Reader and that book is synced so that when you open it up it’s already at the page you left it on your Kindle.


By way of comparison the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal directly offers a digital only subscription for $9.95 per month so each day’s newspaper electronic edition [print replica style] is able to be read online on a desktop or laptop computer or any tablet or smart phone with access to the Internet. It’s optimized for three browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, and for iPad tablets iPhone smart phones and Android 2.33 operating system and higher devices. In addition the subscriber has access to the newspaper’s website Sad to say, the user ratings are not high, often noting portions of the print edition that don’t make it into the electronic edition, and presentation electronically is below the standard we have become accustomed to electronically from other companies. Some have called the A-J the worst newspaper for any 200,000 and above population city in America, and that print quality level is likely to reappear electronically. Digital is not a quick fix but an entirely different medium methodolgy.







Words and Pictures (2014) reviewed looks like a winner as a Summer movie, although it hasn’t yet arrived in Lubbock. Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche





Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony on June 8 for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Circle in the Square Theatre on W. 50th Street in New York City. McDonald previously won two Grammys as a singer.


This story of Billie Holiday through the songs that made her famous, refers to the time in 1959 when she performed at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in Philadelphia. It is bittersweet because that was her last public performance as she died on July 17, 1959 age 44 in New York City after a hospitalization resulting from illicit drug usage. She died in a hospital bed while under arrest by police. Holiday’s nickname was Lady Day, thus the name of the musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The play attendees must know this history and know that what is being portrayed on stage is Holiday’s last performance in life. Audra McDonald could do that role only one right way and a host of wrong ways, to her credit she found the right way.


An autobiography is Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues (Doubleday 1956 revised Penguin Books 1984) TTU Library ML420.H58 A3 Lubbock Public Library 13 H732L from which a movie Lady Sings the Blues (1972) was made starring Diana Ross telling about the troubled life and career of a legendary jazz singer.


One of many biographies is Donald Clarke, Wishing On the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday (Viking 1994) Lubbock Public Library B H732C





Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 is an exhibit at Neue Galerie 1048 5th Avenue just south of Guggenheim Museum in New York City March 13 – September 1, 2014. This is a well mounted and striking small exhibit. A larger and more comprehensive exhibit displaying 650 works was the 1991 exhibit at Los Angeles County Museum of Art titled Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany, that traveled thereafter to the Art Institute of Chicago. The catalogue at 423 pages is edited by Stephanie Barron & Peter W. Guenther, Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany (Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1991 republished Abrams 1991) TTU Library OVERSZ N6868.D3388 ABE Books in good condition $85 incl s&h.


The catalogue for the current exhibit is edited by Olaf Peters (Prestel 2014) 320 pages at $60 or $51.09 at and $47.17 at ABE Books incl s&h


Nazi is the National Socialist German Workers’ Party led by Adolph Hitler and its motto was Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer one people, one empire, one leader. Hitler as a youth had applied to art school in Vienna but was not admitted. He went in another direction but was always interested in art and knew what he liked and disliked, the latter so intently that he was willing and able to punish artists for making art that displeased him. He used such art as a tool to inflame and excite the people. Accordingly, in 1937 he forced an exhibit of Degenerate Art [Entartate Kunst] in Munich at the same time he mounted a huge exhibit of approved art Great German Art Show [Grosse Deutsche Kuntsaustellung]. Following the Degenerate Art exhibit he forced the purging of museums and galleries of the art that displeased him. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a German expressionist painter, 1880-1938 was so offended and brittle that he committed suicide. Here is his 1931 Self Portrait to which he added yellow slashes in 1937 after his paintings were confiscated and removed from public view





Ann S. Stephens, Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter (Beadle & Adams Dime Novels June 9, 1860) was the first dime novel. It cost ten cents. Beadle & Adams would publish 320 more, thought by most to be cheap melodramatic pulp fiction. They were avidly read by many.




The Sweetwater Texas National WASP WWII Museum at Avenger Field is bringing its story to the people. On June 14 it appeared in Buffalo Gap Historic Village south of Abilene with a program “A Chautauqua: World War II WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) the first women to fly American military aircraft and forever change the role of women in aviation” Hope a later stop will be Lubbock Texas I met one of those ladies and even in her later years “she was a pistol”. Other West Texas museums telling the World War II story are Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas Air Museum in Slaton [open Saturdays and other days by appointment, flight days are advertised such as Saturday April 12 when vintage aircraft PT-6, T-6, and Ki-51 were flown], American Airpower Heritage Museum formerly CAF Airpower Museum in Midland, Hangar 25 Air Museum in Big Spring, and 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum in Abilene.


In addition, there are outdoor war memorials in several communities such as Texas Panhandle War Memorial at 4101 Georgia Street South, Amarillo and Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial at 83rd Street and Nashville Avenue and with an excellent slide show.





Comanchero Canyons Museum in Quitaque Texas at 200 South 3rd Street will open later this year in a former Church of Christ building. No date is set yet. The website banner at the top has a photograph of a comanchero standing above his set out trade goods with a rifle as the most prized item for sale. We can imagine Comanches riding up to his location for the swapping or barter negotiation. history of comancheros


























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