Arts History Update for mid November 2014

12 Nov

Arts History Update for mid November 2014 by David Cummins

The first of ten Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels by Louise Penny is now a film on a DVD disc Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery (2013 made for television movie, directed by Peter Moss starring Nathaniel Parker as Gamache) $21.49 and here is the trailer The movie was released in Canada and France but to my knowledge not yet in the United States so that may occur in the future, so be alert for it to show up on a television channel or in a cinema house.

The book (St Martin’s Press 2006) at is $28.79 hardcover $13.32 paperback $7.19 mass market paperback $2.99 e-book and is at Lubbock Public Library FIC PENN in the Mystery section. ABE Books good condition mass market paperback is $3.46 incl s&h. Texas Tech Library only has A Trick of the Light (2011) her seventh novel in this series PR9199.4.P464 T75

I have traveled in the Eastern Township section of Quebec province and read the book so I can attest that the literary environment is believable and Penny is an award-winning author so most readers have been very satisfied.


10th annual Flatland Film Festival is November 13-15 at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre with numerous offerings at various times. Consult


Colonel Thomas Munsey assumed command as Fort Bliss Texas Garrison Commander on June 20, 2014, was suspended on October 10 amid charges of misconduct, and on November 3 was relieved of duty as commander by Major General Stephen Twitty. “Due to the Privacy Act and Army policy, the exact allegations of misconduct and details of the investigation will not be released.” Look for this career officer to announce his retirement soon or for the Army to begin an Article 32 investigation under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Norwegian Country Christmas can be experienced in Clifton Texas 37 miles northwest of Waco Texas. In 1854 a small group of Norwegian immigrants settled in a nearby area now known as the Norse Historic District in Bosque County Texas. This celebration is the first Saturday of December or this year December 6 $10 from 9:00 – 5:00 pm for a tour of locations where one learns a great deal, can purchase from vendors and can eat a Norwegian lunch for another $10. Part of the tour will take you to St. Olaf’s Kirke (1886) [Church] or The Old Norse Church or the Old Rock Church on County Road 4145, as well as Bosque Arts Center located in a former Lutheran College. Heritage House is in the Armory in Clifton City Park. Clifton is the Norwegian Capital of Texas. Clifton Chamber of Commerce phone 254-675-3720 Scandinavians in Texas and

A lead-up event is the 65th annual Norse Smorgasbord on November 12 and 13 with two servings each evening limited to 120 persons per serving at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (1869) [9.7 miles west of Clifton] where servers will be dressed in Hardanger peasant costumes The event started in 1949 and is thriving $18 per person reservations by mail back in September as this is an annual sellout

No one ever had a bad time at a folk or ethnic festival whether or not one is part of that tribe.

Texas Scottish Heritage Festival is May 8-10, 2015 at University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Stadium with entertainment tents, highland dancing, bagpipe competitions, fireworks, whisky tasting, Gaelic language events, military living history, Scottish breed dog show, and Scottish ale brewing competition, inter alia. This newsletter tells the story of the 2014 Festival


If you participate in a book club or book discussion group and would like to increase the quality of your discussions, the Great Books Foundation has just revised its handbook and it is down-loadable into EPUB or PDF free and a phone call will get you a printed copy.


The chair of the photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York at 209 E. 23rd Street between First and Second Avenues on Manhattan’s East Side near Bellevue Hospital, Stephen Frailey also champions the medium as the founder and editor-in-chief of Dear Dave, a magazine devoted to up-and-coming photographers. Here is a collection of exceptional examples of the medium that he curated on Artspace. These pictures suggest photography as a theatrical event that intersects with several photographic genres and processes. As individual images, their sense of festivity is equal to their visual clarity and elegance, exploring some of the more playful aspects of our collective experience.
Richard Learoyd, Agnes to the Left (2011) camera obscura lifochrome photograph

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, W, November 2007 # 6 (2007) Polaroid staged scene photography

Naoya Hatakeyama, Blast # 14117 (2007) a limestone quarry explosion is caught in a silent freeze-frame that tells us much about how we radically alter the natural landscape


Urban Tech Architecture students are designing a new facility for Tent City at 13th Street and Avenue A, a homeless facility in Lubbock possibly the only mid-term or long-term such facility


An International Market using fair trade principles will be conducted by the junior class of All Saints Episcopal School on campus in the Kirby Commons on Thursday and Friday November 13-14 between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at 3222 103rd Street, Lubbock.

An International Gift Market will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Saturday December 6 between 1:00 – 3:00 pm 48th Street and Salem Avenue, Lubbock.



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