Arts History Update for mid August 2015

12 Aug

Arts History Update for mid August 2015 by David Cummins

Orson Welles was born in 1915 so it is the centenary of his birth. Here is an essay by Gore Vidal on Welles and another by Joseph McBride and another by Sanford Schwartz and another by Michael Wood

George Orson Welles 1915-1985 An eight foot bronze statuary of Welles is going up in Ronda Spain so he is far from forgotten.


A Night On the Last Frontier at the Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, Texas is Thursday October 29, 2015 at 7:00 -10:00 pm $150 per person. Make plans for a gala at which four-legged representatives of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd will be on view. The gala is sponsored by Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and there aren’t many of those events in northwest Texas.


College Football pre-season rankings Texas Christian # 2, Baylor # 4, Oklahoma # 19. In the Big XII Conference the pre-season poll is Texas Christian, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas in the top five and West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas in the bottom five. Red Raider Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury is coming off a 4-8 season 2-7 conference and eighth place finish, picked to repeat.

College Basketabll pre-season rankings, this early? Kansas # 5, Iowa State # 7, Oklahoma # 8, Baylor # 17, and West Virginia # 20. Tubby Smith’s Red Raiders are not yet in the hunt.

College Women’s Soccer rankings include Texas Tech at # 15 in the nation. Go Red Raiders. Home opener Friday August 28 at 7:00 pm CDT in the John Walker Soccer Complex on campus.


Flatlands Dance Theatre Fall production is Texas Icons of Music: A Rockin’ Evening of Dance on October 23-24, 2015 at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre at 8:00 pm and its Spring production 2016 is Line and Light: An Evening of Dance and Visual Arts on April 2-3, 2016 at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre at 8:00 pm. These will be collaborations, in the Fall with musical legends of rock’n roll and in the Spring with paintings and other visual art. Artistic Director of Flatlands is Ali Duffy and the Executive Director is Kyla Olson both on the faculty at the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University [previously Department of Theatre and Dance but the name changes as of August 19, 2015].


A new free series is starting Saturday September 5 and it’s called Saturdays at LHUCA Exploring Contemporary Art. It begins with a talk by Christian Conrad Ph.D. on Repetition in Art at 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Firehouse Theatre and is followed by a gallery talk by Kara Donatelli speaking about her use of repetition in the John F. Lott Gallery exhibition. Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts is located at 511 Avenue K in downtown Lubbock. Newcomers will find it between 5th Street and 6th Street [north to south] and between Avenue K and Avenue I [west to east]. Broadway Street is the equivalent of 12th Street and Main Street equivalent of 11th Street so it’s five short blocks north of the courthouse From the coins created to honor the emperors of the Roman Empire to the Brillo Boxes of Andy Warhol, multiples have always been a key component of western art. Join us for a discussion-based lecture where we explore the ideas behind multiples in art.” – Christian Conrad, Ph.D. Information on Kara Donatelli


This announcement arrived only hours before the event so it’s old news now but wanted to share that

Friends of the Library

Pre-sale of art, photography & architecture books

TODAY ONLY (Friday, August 7th)
Buddy Holly Center
1801 Crickets Avenue

For the first time EVER, Friends of Lubbock Libraries will offer excellent quality new and used books for sale before our Annual Fall Sale in September. These donated items are for sale at less than published online prices. Cash and checks only accepted.

This book sale is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Trail.

Friends of the Library (FOL) is a non-profit organization supporting, promoting and benefiting the Lubbock Public Library system and the Lubbock area community. It was incorporated in 1967 and held the first book sale in 1968. Books are also sold online at

The following is the ABE Books website page for Friends of the Lubbock Public Library where used books are offered for sale online. Notice the List this Seller’s Books tab, and click on it for a list of currently available books. More than a thousand books are listed, so this is not the best way to search for a book at ABE Books website. Notice that if you buy a book online here, it will show a shipping & handling charge but you can avoid that simply by clicking on the option to pick up your purchase at Mahon Library in Lubbock.

Some people including myself, when shopping at ABE Books, look for a book and after finding it and desiring to purchase it, then click on the Friends of the Lubbock Public Library page to see if it’s offered there and if so and it’s not too much of a higher price, I buy the book locally online through ABE. Anyone who invites you to spend more money than necessary should make a full disclosure. I am a Lifetime member of Friends of the Lubbock Public Library and happy to discriminate in its favor.


Former Lubbock resident Mac Davis returns to Lubbock for an outdoor concert Friday September 18, 2015 at Spirit Ranch in the meadow within Escondido Canyon [701 Regis Street west of Interstate Highway 27] a geographical feature within Blackwater Draw and thus part of the Brazos River watershed. Spirit Ranch is a tenant of the property owned by Randy Andrews of Graco Real Estate Development Co. Gates will open at 6:00 pm and food and beverage tents will be available to purchase snacks or dinner picnic style. Concert kicks off at 7:00 pm with The Gathering Band and then about 7:45 pm Mac Davis takes the stage. Tickets available at Select a Seat and this will be a sellout. VIP seating closest to the stage $100 per person, central seating (bring lawn chairs) $50, rear seating (bring lawn chairs and watch a monitor to see what’s happening on stage) $25

The opening musicians The Gathering Band include Junior Vasquez, Mickie Vasquez, Kenny Maines, Cary Banks and Mike Carraway.


Salem State University, Salem Massachusetts has 10,000 students. Montserrat College of Art with 370 students is on the campus of North Shore Music School in Beverly Massachusetts. and The two institutions have been in merger talks but recently decided not to merge. Here’s the lowdown Beverly is north and just across the Danvers River and Beverly Harbor from Salem which itself is 15 miles north of Boston on the coast. Beverly is historic as well as Salem


Malouf Abraham Family Arts Center at Wayland Baptist University includes Abraham Art Gallery on the atrium level of the Mabee Learning Resource Center building in Plainview phone 806-291-3710. Current exhibit September 1 – October 20, 2015 is Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of the American Landscape.

Malouf “Oofie” Abraham and Iris Lewis Abraham and their children donated art and established the Center and Art Gallery at Wayland as well as benefited West Texas A&M University, Clarendon Community College, Frank Phillips College in Borger and Texas Tech University. Malouf 1915-1994 became a multimillionaire in the oil and gas business in Hemphill County, attended but did not graduate from Texas Technological College, was mayor of Canadian Texas and a member of the Texas House of Representatives 1967-1971. Iris 1918-2001 was from a pioneer Canadian family. Their children are Malouf Abraham, Jr., M.D. born 1939, Betty Abraham Cooper born 1942, and Bill Ed Abraham born 1945.,_Sr.

The Citadelle House and Gardens in Canadian Texas is a former Malouf Abraham residence, now a museum and event center operated by the Citadelle Art Foundation,_Jr. Its website is


Environmental Protection Agency was inspecting and providing immediate remediation at the long-abandoned Gold King mine near Silverton Colorado on August 5 when it opened a sludge of three million gallons of orange-yellow waste with concentrations of arsenic, lead and other toxic heavy metals. That led to sludge flowage through Cement Creek into the Animas River and San Juan River in the four corners region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. Those rivers are tributaries of the lower Colorado River that flows into the Gulf of California. The reality is that decades of rain and snow-melt at abandoned mines including this one, have leached out toxic sludge that has killed fish in streams and EPA proposed establishing a Super Fund Cleanup site in the Animas River basin. State government in Colorado opposed the federal government operating cleanup, thought that would in the short term hurt the Colorado tourist industry, and said local officials would do it. They took on the task but accomplished nothing significant and now that a disaster is in plain view of all, it’s time to pay the piper and perform the cleanup, stop the partisan political bickering, and get down to serious business that the mining companies should not have left for future generations. A succession of Colorado governments refused to regulate the mining companies during their mining operations and during the mine closures and a mess was left. It’s time for state and federal governments to work together, shoulder the burden and perform the cleanup not only at this mine but at all mines in the area.


Upper Animas River Mining District



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