Arts History Update for late September 2015

22 Sep

Arts History Update for late September 2015 by David Cummins

John Jay High School in San Antonio lost to Marble Falls High School 15-9 in a football game played in Marble Falls on September 4. Nearing the end of the game with Marble Falls set to run out the clock to victory, two John Jay players attacked a referee from behind while he was watching the current play, and drove him to the ground. We assume the players were irritated at losing the game and irritated that two other John Jay players had earlier been ejected from the game by the referee for serious infractions. The two attacking players were later suspended from the team, said Northland ISD athletic director Stan Laing.

Isn’t this an extreme in unsportsmanlike conduct?

The football players who attacked a referee on the next to last play of the game talked to a Good Morning America television interviewer on September 18 and said an assistant coach encouraged them to attack the referee, and the assistant coach now admits this. Good character seems to be sliding downhill in this scenario.


Dr. Gary Morgan has been appointed the next Executive Director of Texas Tech University Museum and will arrive in Lubbock and assume duties on November 2, 2015 Here is information about Morgan when he came to Michigan State in 2009 from his native Australia.


The Murals of Las Cruces Project was launched to document all the murals in that New Mexico city, 250 it turns out, then put them into a digital file so they are accessible to the public, then publish a book, then publish a self-guided tour map for visitors to use and


Tuesday November 3 is a Texas Constitutional Amendments Election on Propositions # 1 – # 7. Please read the proposed amendments before engaging with your political advisers

—————————— Sylvia Gann Mahoney, Finding the Great Western Cattle Trail (Texas Tech University Press 2015) is a story about early cattle drives 1874-1893, and of current activities finding and marking the location of the trail between northern Mexico and Saskatchewan.

Many Texas cattle were driven farther north than the Kansas railheads like Dodge City, to Nebraska, first to eastern Nebraska towns then gradually more western towns as the Union Pacific Railroad was extended to the west; viz. Nebraska City, Schuyler, Kearney and Ogallala. The Great Western Cattle Trail from Texas went north to Ogallala Nebraska.

Texas communities on the Trail were Brownsville, Falfurrias, Alice, George West, Three Rivers, Pleasonton, San Antonio, Boerne, Kerrville, Junction, Brady, Coleman, Baird, Albany, Fort Griffin, Throckmorton, Seymour, Vernon, and Doan’s Crossing.


Urban Stage is the closure to vehicular traffic of Avenue J between Main and Broadway Streets in downtown Lubbock. Events coming up at Urban Stage are Oktoberfest Friday October 30 from 6:30-9:30 pm, Thriller Video and Dance Saturday October 31 from 7:00 – 10:30 pm, Fairytale Breakfast free Sunday November 1 from 10:00 am to noon, Broadway & Gourmet on Monday November 2 from 4:30-6:30 pm, and A Bands Benefit Concert for the Buddy Holly Center on Saturday November 7 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. During the weekdays Monday November 2 through Friday November 6 there will be an Open Street event with food opportunities including Lee’s Home Cooking, Emma’s Mexican Restaurant, Giorgio’s Pizza, and Twisted Texan Food Truck.


Harper Lee’s earlier novel Go Set A Watchman (written 1957 published 2015) is now published. Its setting is twenty years after the setting in Mockingbird. Her later written but earlier published novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) is a classic and will be discussed at three free sessions in October Mondays October 5 and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Texas Tech University Main Library Room 309 and Monday October 12 at Groves Branch of Lubbock Public Library 5520 19th Street also at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Further, the movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch will be shown Monday October 26 at 7:00 pm for only $3 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 120 West Loop 289 at Slide Road. Contact Kimberly Vardeman at the Tech Library for more information phone 834-4156 or e-mail

Harper Lee’s sister Alice died but Harper is hanging on at a nursing home in Monroeville Alabama. Diane Johnson, Daddy’s Girl, The New York Review of Books, September 24, 2015 at pages 22-26 



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