Arts History Update for late May 2015

26 May

Arts History Update for late May 2015 by David Cummins Lubbock Heritage Society event

On Sunday May 31 at 2:00 Lynn Whitfield, Southwest Collection, will present a program at the Home Management House on the Texas Tech University campus. Now called the “cottage”, the building is located between Weeks Hall and Doak Hall east of College of Human Sciences building on Akron Avenue. Heritage Society members will be at the Broadway/University Avenue entrance and at the 15th Street/University Avenue entrance to help guide guests to parking and the HMH building. Reservations are required as the small house will only accommodate 40 – 44 people. Please email Sonja Gotcher at or phone 806-790-9337 for reservations.

The Home Management House (HMH) Program at Texas Technological College began shortly after the new college’s opening in 1925. For over forty years the program provided practical experience for those interested in the scientific methods of child rearing and household management. In the booming years of the early 1940s, occupants of the HMH also had to deal with situations such as rationing, planting victory gardens, canning and other contributions to the war effort.

In 2001 the Texas Tech University Archives acquired a large collection from the College of Human Sciences among which were 59 scrapbooks, many of which detailed the activities of the Home Management House and the women who lived there as part of their education. The scrapbooks also contain information on similar programs in other states. The Home Management Houses, also called Practice Houses, were part of a national movement to offer female students the opportunity to hone their home economic skills under a supervised and academic setting. Ray Westbrook, The A-J Remembers: Students Once Developed Skills at Practice House, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, May 3, 2015.


Documentary film Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains (2014) showcases the life and work of Charles Franklin Reaugh 1860-1945 who lived in Dallas and made journeys out onto the Plains and painted those landscapes and activities The film will be screened at the historic Texas Theater in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas on Sunday June 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm. 82 minute film directed by Marla Fields.


4th Annual Wines & Vines Festival

May 29th 6-10 pm
May 30th 12-10pm
McPherson Cellars 1615 Texas Ave.

Wines & Vines is a unique event, focused on giving back to the community by bringing several of the best wineries from the state of Texas to one central location. All proceeds are donated to Lubbock’s Meals on Wheels.

The Hub City Master Chef Competition and Triple J’s Brewers Tasting makes Wines & Vines truly one-of-a-kind. Come enjoy outstanding Texas wines with live music, local food trucks and vendors featuring Texas specialty products!

General Admission:

$20* for one day only (Friday OR Saturday)

$30* for two days (Friday AND Saturday)

$15 per day without wine or beer tasting

Tickets purchased at the door

*One-day rate includes 10 wine tasting tickets

*Two-day rate includes 20 wine tasting tickets

Includes commemorative wine glass

Each wine tasting ticket may be used for a complimentary tasting of wine (1 oz.).

Participating Wineries:

Bar Z Winery 19290 FM Road 1541, Canyon Texas

Bending Branch

CapRock Winery

Flat Creek Estate

Hilmy Cellars

Hye Meadow

La Diosa Cellars

Landon Winery

Llano Estacado

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

McPherson Cellars

Pedernales Cellars

Wedding Oak Winery

William Chris Vineyards

Participating Food Trucks:

Chopped & Sliced Custom Catering

Crusty’s Pizza

Jody’s BBQ

La Picosita

StrEat Truck – Saturday only

Twist’d Texan – Friday only

Texas Specialty Products:

Kelle B Jammin’

Paddle Tramps
Simply Decadent Bakery

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, May 29th

Gates open at 6 pm, gates close at 10 pm

Wine and beer tastings

6:00-10:00pm – Triple J Beer Booth (samples and glasses)

6:30-9:30pm – music by Hayden Hughes

Saturday, May 30th

Gates open at 12 pm, gates close at 10 pm

Wine tastings only

2:00pm – Hub City Master Chef Competition

2:00-5:00pm – music by Alma Quartet

6:00-9:30pm – music by Keegan Peck
National Hockey League Eastern Conference Final is New York Rangers v. Tampa Bay Lightning and Western Conference Final is Anaheim Ducks v. Chicago Blackhawks.
National Basketball Association Eastern Conference Final is Cleveland Cavaliers v. Atlanta Hawks and Western Conference Final is Golden State Warriors v. Houston Rockets.

On the evening of May 15 under cover of darkness U.S. Army Delta Force commandos using Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft, darted from Iraq into eastern Syria for an ISIS leader of oil and gas operations, and killed him and twelve ISIS members and captured his wife and brought her back to Iraq for questioning before daylight May 16. No Americans were injured or killed.
Did you like the television docudrama Wolf Hall by PBS-TV? Let’s review the bidding.
Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall: A Novel (Henry Holt & Co 2009) Lubbock Public Library FIC MANT 2 copies, winner of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Bring Up The Bodies: A Novel (Henry Holt & Co 2012) Lubbock Public Library FIC MANT 2 copies, winner of the Man Booker Prize and Costa Book Award, The Mirror and the Light: A Novel (expected 2016). This is the historical novel trilogy on the life of Thomas Cromwell who became King Henry VIII’s principal minister despite being a commoner, and was stripped of his offices and titles and sent to the Tower and executed on July 28, 1540. He was beheaded by the axe and his boiled head was placed on a spike and displayed at London Bridge The first two books in the trilogy sold three million copies and are phenomenally popular.
Robert Hutchinson, Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII’s Most Notorious Minister (Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2007, reissued Thomas Dunne Books 2009) 360 pages, paperback $14.42 e-book $8. Texas Tech Library DA 334.C9 H88 (2009) Hutchinson is a qualified historian and this is a biography of Cromwell. It is not a novel.
The popularity of the Mantel novels led directly to a script for the stage by Mike Poulton, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies The Stage Adaptation (Nick Hern Books 2014) 272 pages paperback $12.52 e-book $10 and its current performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City March 20-July 5, 2015. Direction is by Jeremy Herrin
Peter Straughan wrote the screenplay for the television docudrama and it was directed by Peter Kosminsky produced by BBC/Masterpiece/PBS in six episodes broadcast initially April 5 – May 10, 2015. DVD $23 as Masterpiece: Wolf Hall (2015)
A contemporary audience would not and could not see depicted two major facts of 16th century English royal life, one being the obsession with titles/landed estates/heraldry, and the second being that everyone at some level “does God” as an animating presence in daily life. It was true that when Queen Catherine did not produce a male heir, King Henry VIII interpreted this as God’s curse on him for marrying his older brother the Prince of Wales’s young and new wife. While this sounds today like a psychological construct and scientifically false, in those days the operating causality for daily life events was the unseen and often misunderstood God. Another feature of life in that age and time was that brutality in the name of God and as a service to God was normative behavior. Today we might think Henry VIII mentally unstable and religiously bizarre, but he was accepted as being closer to God than other men, even those of royal blood but not King.
Harold Bloom, The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime (Speigel and Grau 2015) $35 reviewed at Cynthia Ozick, The Daemon Knows by Harold Bloom, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, May 18, 2015
What to do in Lubbock? Many calendars or event listings are online. Here’s a lineup. Select a Seat upcoming events and tickets Texas Tech School of Music events calendar Lubbock Christian University campus events South Plains College calendars

May 18 – June 28, 2015 is the Plains Art Association 54th annual Spring Celebration of Art at the Malouf Abraham Family Art Center, The Abraham Art Gallery, located in the atrium level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center building on the campus of Wayland Baptist University 1900 West 7th Street in Plainview telephone 806-291-3710 for hours and special events.
If you go, allow time for a visit to the Llano Estacado Museum on the northeast side of campus, free admission, for a better understanding of regional history Here is my take on Runningwater Draw but a visit to the Museum might improve this perspective – Runningwater Draw rises in New Mexico and runs east to Bovina Texas and on east to Plainview where it becomes White River and runs through Blanco Canyon east of Crosbyton and farther southeast where it is dammed to form White River Lake, a recreational opportunity and water supply for the towns of Spur, Post, Ralls and Crosbyton. White River continues and merges into the Salt Fork of the Brazos River that converges with the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River in east Stonewall County east of Aspermont Texas to commence the Brazos River on its flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Plainview Country Club is situated in Runningwater Draw!club-house/cq4e so the vistas at the golf course are significant for cogitating about early explorations and settlement of the area. Runningwater Draw Park is both west and east of the golf course and there is a bicycling and walking trail in the park. As one drives east southeast to Lockney and Floydada on US Highway 70 Runningwater Draw and the White River are to the south.

If there is to be any sensible political discussion of health care in the United States, it is likely to be in 2015, not 2016 as that is a presidential election year. What is there to discuss in 2015, five years after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 and a shorter period of time as it was phased in? Its opponents have named it Obamacare and offered up many bills to repeal it, always failing to pass them, and never offered any bill to amend or improve it. The reality is that Obamacare represents a pragmatic compromise solution to the hitherto intractable problem of substantially reducing the numbers of uninsured and under-insured people. Access to health care is obtained in America by holding health insurance coverage that will pay for it or for most of it. Obamacare has added nearly twenty million people to the rolls of insured people, but it also has not added another 25 million people to those rolls. Its reforms are internal to the existing health care system which it did not seek to change or replace. It implements a series of policies designed to reduce the continuing growth rates of health care costs that consume more than 17% of gross domestic product, and growth rates have slowed but remain as growth rates. No price controls or explicit rationing of health care has been imposed. Integration of accountable health care organizations within the Medicare system has been used, and steps are being taken toward value-to-the-patient based payments to health care providers. Federally funded studies are conducted to compare and educate about the effectiveness for patients between drugs, devices and medical procedures.
Obamacare is messy but it can and does work, primarily because it has buy-in from key stakeholders that make up the American health care quilt that includes patients, health care providers, not for profit and for profit health insurers, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Sensible Americans are gaining an awareness that, working within the existing framework for health care will likely not lead to universal health care coverage in the near future, and that the plan to expand Medicaid and provide free health care to uninsured people is not acceptable to political officials in half the states. If the taxation base for Medicare and for subsidies to health care providers were increased, the goals of Obamacare might be reached, but there seems to be no political will for such an increase in taxation. Meanwhile, millions of Americans can’t access the health care system because they are ineligible for free care, have little or no health care insurance, and simply cannot afford to pay the prices of health care providers after limited insurance co-pays have been made, even when those prices are discounted. Working Americans and their children are becoming unhealthy and their untreated conditions worsen and affect them more severely, hindering them from continuing to work and from improving their work skills and performance.
If sensible Americans refuse to engage in the sound-bite confrontational rhetoric and address the problem, what do we talk about? France and Germany have a universal coverage rule by law, but they have a public system of insurance, and there are multiple payers for health care including private insurers. There are no coverage differentials between private health care insurance and public health care insurance since those are dictated by the public system of insurance, and low profit margins for private insurers are acceptable. Switzerland and the Netherlands have fully privatized the health insurance function and those insurers cover and pay for health care under strict government regulation, under a law calling for universal health care coverage for all citizens, and thus requiring that it be purchased by the entire citizenry. Under both models everyone pays into the health care system either through taxes or insurance premiums. The government is the insurer of last resort.
It is obvious that European nations went at the problem from the other direction than we did in America. They started by assuming universal health care coverage as the outcome and asked how that could be constructed and managed. In America we started with the private economic system of a fee for each health care service or product delivered to a patient, and adopted a shared-payment financing technique to provide for payment of those fees.
I pose the question and invite your thoughts and actions. I am not a political savant and cannot offer a single or preferred solution, or at best think that would be unhelpful. It’s a social but also an economic problem and it requires the creation of a system serviceable for 330 million people both now and into a future.
Some things are clearer today than they were decades ago. The Medicare model for determination of the amount of payments to providers for specific procedures, services and pharmaceuticals, has become the standard formulary against which insurance company negotiated price plans with providers are contracted. That eases the problem of acceptable levels of payment of fees for services and products. It says nothing about how to finance those levels of payment. The financiers are employers, patients, insurance pools of funding and the government. How much and why should they each pay? How can government raise taxes to finance its share or subsidize the share of others? How can employers average all their benefit packages for employees to include a ratable segment for health care and what is a ratable segment?



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