Arts History Update for early October 2014

29 Sep

Arts History Update for early October 2014 by David Cummins

Doris Kim Sung will lecture in the Texas Tech College of Architecture on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the First Floor Gallery. She specializes in designing smart thermo-bimetal and shape-memory alloys for use in creating self-ventilating and self-cooling buildings. http://www.dosu-arch.com/main.html She started off in biology and became an architect blending the two nicely. Here is her TED talk eight minutes on Metal That Breathes https://www.ted.com/talks/doris_kim_sung_metal_that_breathes?language=en She is an assistant professor at University of Southern California School of Architecture at Los Angeles http://arch.usc.edu/faculty/dsung#profile-faculty Her practice is at dO/Su Studio Architecture in Rolling Hills California. Rolling Hills is south of Los Angeles and west of San Pedro adjacent to Rancho Palos Verdes. Fifty years ago I was in a gambling casino in Torrance and Rolling Hills Road was just south of the location. Here is a street view by Google Earth of 3376 Rolling Hills Road, Torrance CA https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7945878,-118.3479485,3a,75y,109.3h,84.95t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1szTD12qCNwzqPJgPGWjEAgA!2e0

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At its secession from the United States in 1861 and pretentiously calling itself the Republic of South Carolina, a former congressman said South Carolina is too small to be a Republic and too large to be an insane asylum, just the right size to create enduring trouble and catastrophe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_South_Carolina

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Texas Book Festival is October 25-26 at Austin Texas on the Capitol grounds and elsewhere. It’s preceded by a First Edition Literary Gala October 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel at 6:30 pm at $500 a seat for cocktails and a sumptuous dinner and schmoozing with four internationally acclaimed authors. If that price is too thrilling, there is a Gala After Party at 9:30 pm at Four Seasons Hotel for $75 per person and schmoozing with dozens of authors. https://www.texasbookfestival.org/rsvp-afterparty/
Your correspondent actually has never been to this Festival but attendees, to a person, rave about it and some return for later festivals.
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Speaking of festivals Oktoberfest in Bavaria is a traditional early Fall festival emanating from the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig [Later King Ludwig I of Bavaria] and Princess Therese in the Austria-Hungary Empire chain two centuries ago. The marriage occurred in Munich Germany on October 10, 1810. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_I_of_Bavaria The current 16 day event is a bit soggy and not much other than fun is accomplished. If you can’t get to southern Germany, how about Frankenmuth Michigan ninety miles north of Detroit? It’s called Little Bavaria http://www.frankenmuth.org/ and has several festivals during which various German style beers and foods are available http://www.frankenmuthfestivals.com/index.php/oktoberfest
There is a Little Bavarian Restaurant in El Paso where many of us have enjoyed schnitzel and other treats http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/132/1492756/restaurant/Northeast/Little-Bavarian-Restaurant-El-Paso There is another Little Bavarian Restaurant at 407 W. Baker Road in Baytown Texas east of Houston http://thelittlebavarian.com/menu.html The city of Leavenworth Washington is the state’s Bavarian Village http://cityofleavenworth.com/ Silver Creek Restaurant and Beer Garden in Fredericksburg will delight your palate. http://www.silvercreekfbg.com/ There are many German-Americans around in the Hill Country to keep this restaurant authentic.
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Twisted Root Burgers http://twistedrootburgerco.com/lubbock/ opened September 22 at West Loop 289 and North Slide Road next to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Known in other cities for being trendy, funky and a little snarky, its patio tables seat 70 for outdoor dining. Interior decoration includes guitar cases, license plates, doors hung from the ceiling, and colorful bottles hung on a wall in the shape of Texas. Full service bar but also interesting sodas. Open daily 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.
It produces zany things like boozy milk shakes: e.g. house-made custard in a shake infused with caramel flavored vodka, whipped cream, and dressed with crumbled cinnamon sugar potato chips, or The Oreo and Amaretto Shake, or The Vanilla Porter & Custard Shake.
A local firm owned by Bobby Skibell has been doing something like this. Wild Burger Grille http://wildburgergrille.com/ is located at 3515 50th Street.
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“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” Albert Einstein.

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Public Art at Texas Tech – new or recent art

Aaron T. Stephan, Portland Maine “Variation” http://www.aarontstephan.com at Bayer Crop Science Laboratory and Greenhouse on 9th Street and Indiana Avenue. Will be installed March 2015.

Counterpoint Studio: Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine, Oakland California “Bridging Localities” photo-collage mosaic at entrance to Jerry S. Rawls Golf Course at Texas Tech Parkway north of 4th Street south of Erskine Street. This mosaic is on their Facebook page on the Internet. https://www.lensculture.com/ptonningsen It is not photos alongside others but under-laid overlaid and superimposed so there is some abstraction to the piece. Installed August 2014. http://www.lisalevinephoto.com/ and http://www.petertonningsen.com/movie.html

Robert Bruno sculpture that is a piece made to go into the Steel House in Ransom Canyon, is presently located at E. 66th Street and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard northeast corner, and has been purchased by Texas Tech University and will be installed in November 2014 in front of the College of Architecture Building at 18th Street and Flint Avenue. http://www.robertbruno.com It will be a sight to watch this large piece be trucked slowly by police escort across town to campus and positioned on site.

“Texas Rising” at West Village Residential Hall by Tucson artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock http://www.jbpublicart.com/ is seven multidimensional stars or portions of stars in stainless steel with laser cut stylings imbedded with LED colored lights that are subdued during daylight and interesting, create an aura at dusk, and are dynamic and brilliant at night. They change colors by computer design and one star is interactive so the person pressing a button can have the color of his or her choice. Installed August 2014.

Astrolabe by Owen Morrel http://www.owenmorrel.com/astrolabe/ was installed in July 2014 in the courtyard of the Experimental Sciences Building. It’s a metaphoric structure, an extrapolation from the historic astrolabe used by travelers 800 years ago. Stainless steel, mirrors, aluminum, concrete. Access it by parking in the Biology parking lot at 14th Street and Detroit Avenue. Go into Texas Tech at 15th Street and Flint Avenue travel east on 15th Street turn north on Detroit Avenue to the parking lot. Walk around the east side of the Biology building into the courtyard. Installed July 2014.

At Texas Tech University’s Autumn Fest 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday November 8, location to be announced, there will be a booth for the Public Art Collection and the new brochure cataloging the holdings will be printed by then and available free.

On Friday evening September 26 folks in Lubbock saw something unusual in the sky, causing some to speculate that Lubbock Lights is occurring again sixty years later. In fact it was a NASA Weather Balloon launched from the Fort Sumner New Mexico Municipal Airport entity Scientific Balloon Flight Facility http://stratocat.com.ar/bases/26e.htm

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Lubbock Symphony Orchestra http://www.lubbocksymphony.org/ is well-known but perhaps less appreciated than is its due, because while some of us weren’t paying attention its quality and maturity improved. It is now a musical experience that nearly everyone can enjoy, at least occasionally.

The September 26-27 Masterworks Concert was such a musical experience. The young enthusiastic musical director/conductor David In-Jae Cho chose the selections so artfully. The first set was Les Preludes, Symphonic Poem No. 1 (1854) by Franz Liszt 1811-1886 http://www.biography.com/people/franz-liszt-9383467 Hungarian composer, followed by his Piano Concerto No. 1 (1855) played by guest pianist Roman Rabinovich [two encores] http://www.romanrabinovich.net/home.html

After intermission the orchestra played Scheherazade opus 35 (1888) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844-1908 a continuous 45 minute piece with hardly a pause between the four parts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheherazade_%28Rimsky-Korsakov%29 The players and audience were both thrilled and exhausted by the musical journey depicting how Scheherazade kept herself alive and the sultan yearning to know more of the story tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Thousand_and_One_Nights

Instinctively the audience knew it was hearing often played music, part of the classical music culture of America. In fact Les Preludes, Symphonic Poem No. 1 was played by Lubbock Symphony Orchestra first on April 27, 1950 and last on February 28, 1986. The German leadership during World War II loved this work and the fanfare motif of the march finale became theme music for the Webrmachberict radio show and the Die Deutsche Wochenschau newsreels. Piano Concerto No. 1 was played by LSO first on May 6, 1949 by Amparo Iturbi pianist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amparo_Iturbi [sister of Jose Iturbi] and last on March 31, 1995 by Helene Wickett pianist http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Live-from-Fraser-Audio-276/episodes/From-Our-Studios-Pianist-Helene-Wickett-tackles-Beethoven-3825 Scheherazade was performed by LSO first on October 11, 1966 and last on November 1, 1997.

In the week before the public concerts LSO does its educational mini-concerts in the public schools to demonstrate the excitement of well-played symphonic music. Future Masterworks Concerts are October 24-25, January 16-17 2015, March 6-7, and May 1-2. Three Family concerts and three Chamber Music concerts are also presented each year. When opportunity strikes a Special Gala concert is presented, two previously were one featuring Yo Yo Ma cellist http://www.yo-yoma.com/ and the other Renee Fleming, lyric soprano http://www.reneefleming.com/

There is a Plainview Texas Symphony that will perform on Thursday October 9 at 7:30 pm in Harral Auditorium on the campus of Wayland Baptist University http://www.PvSymphony.org The Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra will perform next on Sunday October 5 at Hemmle Recital Hall at 7:30 pm and Thursday October 30 at 7:00 pm at Hemmle Recital Hall at a Halloween Concert. The Tech concerts are free events. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/music/newsevents/calendar.asp

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CASP Charles Adams Studio Project http://www.casp-arts.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to the development of a campus where artists can find space and materials to produce art and display it to the public while they are developing their brand, acceptance by the art public, and financial ability to build and operate their own studio elsewhere. It might be called an incubator. LHUCA http://www.lhuca.org operates a Clay Studio directly east of the LHUCA main building at 511 Avenue K. The other studios are operated by CASP. The 5th & J Studios are located in a former City Police Garage http://www.ffat.org/5thandJ.html on 5th Street between Avenues J and K. They face south on 5th Street. From the westerly most studio to the east there are five doors and separate activities:

1. Helen DeVitt Jones Printmaking Studio
2. Texas Tech University School of Art Satellite Gallery
3. 5th & J Gallery used as an event center/gallery
4. Office for 5th & J Studios 1106 5th Street phone 788-1008
5. CH Foundation Metals Studio

For a small fee payable on a daily weekly or longer basis, an amateur or hobbyist or budding professional artist can access any studio pertinent to his/her type of art-making and find the materials tools supplies equipment and machinery necessary for that art. Whatever is produced may then be displayed at the 5th & J Gallery where the public appears regularly, not just at First Friday Art Trail monthly events.

Behind this building 5th & J Studios to the north, a foundry is being built so that what is designed and produced in the Metals Studio can be turned into a permanent piece of art or product.

The Charles Adams Gallery http://www.ffat.org/CharlesAdamsGallery.html at 602 Avenue J is a private commercial art gallery operated by Charles Adams, the person, and is connected on the west to his residence. That he lives works and makes his art studios charitable contributions to the community all within this area of several city blocks adjacent to and cooperating with LHUCA, is an example of his dedication and vision. CASP built four Studio Flats on Avenue J just south of the LHUCA Icehouse where an artist can reside, have his studio and display his art, all in the same location. Adams discovered that this model of building an artist activity community was very expensive and serviced too few artists and that the studio space for all-comers was a more viable option.

Addresses can be confusing in this part of town because of the presence of railroad trackage into downtown Lubbock, the merging of Texas Avenue and former Avenue H now Buddy Holly Avenue at 4th Street by an underpass relative to the overhead railroad trackage, some renaming of streets, and the presence of the new behemoth Marsha Sharp Freeway. The former 6th Street is Mac Davis Lane. The former Avenue G is Crickets Avenue, former Avenue H is Buddy Holly Avenue, and what would be Avenue I has long been Texas Avenue. The exit/entrance to/from Marsha Sharp Freeway into this Arts District is Avenue L on signage but LHUCA is on Avenue K and Charles Adams Gallery is on Avenue J.

Mahon Public Library facing south is at 1306 9th Street and is east of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. To the east of it is the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Media buildings from 7th to 9th Street. Lubbock Symphony Orchestra http://www.lubbocksymphony.org/index.php/about-lso/edu5 offices are located at 601 Avenue K across Mac Davis Lane to the south from LHUCA at 511 Avenue K. The LHUCA Christine DeVitt Icehouse is at 511 Avenue J. http://www.lhuca.org/icehouse.html

Future development will include acquisition of the property north of LHUCA Christine DeVitt Icehouse, a long-vacant LP&L power station, that is due east of the CASP 5th & J Studios. To the west across Avenues K and L is the former Texas Department of Public Safety building that may soon be replaced by The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, a project of Lubbock Entertainment / Performing Arts Association LEPAA http://lepaa.org/about/ a private fund-raising organization that would spin off or morph into an operations agency for the Hall.

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