Arts History Update for late December 2015

10 Dec

Arts History Update for late December 2015 by David Cummins

John Cowper Powys 1872-1963 in his book The Meaning of Culture (W.W. Norton & Co 1929 reissued lately in 2008 so never out of date) said “the art of self-culture begins with a deeper awareness … of the marvel of our being alive at all; alive in a world as startling and mysterious, as lovely and horrible, as this one we live in.” He also said “culture is what is left over after you have forgotten all you have definitely set out to learn.”

This self-culture is something entirely different from a good education or a cultivated aesthetic taste. Those are good things to have, but those without them may be very cultured. We do well to recall Powys’s wisdom.


Texas Tech University School of Music is now using for selling tickets to its ticketed events. Most School of Music concerts and other events are free and not ticketed but for those that charge admission, this is a way to get preferred seats and quick entry into the venue. Example is


We don’t go there anymore” is a familiar trope. Lake Mead Lodge on the shore of Lake Mead National Recreation Area behind Boulder Dam (1936) renamed Hoover Dam in 1947, in Nevada is one of those places. concrete arch-gravity dam in Black Canyon of Colorado River at the border of Nevada and Arizona.

The Lodge closed in 2009 after visitors declined heavily after the Marina and its floating restaurant were moved in 2008 because of persistent lower water levels. Too bad, getting rid of the boating and dining crowd might have made it even nicer at a remote location. This Lodge was the first hotel on or near Lake Mead.

It was constructed by Grand Canyon-Boulder Dam Tours and opened in 1941 as Hualapai Lodge, the name of the area’s Native American tribe. It was this Boulder Beach area that was closest to the growing town of Las Vegas Nevada in the 1940s. In those days alcohol was banned in nearby Boulder City, Nevada so folks went to the Lodge on the lake for a party. In 1945 it was renamed Lake Mead Lodge. In 1954 Continental Hotel Systems became the concessionaire from the National Park Service. It constructed a swimming pool, a wading pool, and expanded the lodge. It was a popular location with 2 million visitors each year. Soon there were overnight facilities at Temple Bar and Echo Bay on Lake Mead, and Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave. By the 1980s there were seven million visitors each year.

After closure in 2009 there were studies, surveys and bureaucratic reports and mutterings, and in 2012 a final decision was made to remove the buildings and restore the grounds to natural desert. Going, going, gone.

We don’t go there anymore”.


Have you been to Musical Arts Center 2806 Avenue A Lubbock Texas? That’s where Moonlight Musicals auditions, practices, conducts classes, rehearses, builds sets, and otherwise does the behind the scenes work that ultimately yields a fantastic production at Mackenzie Park or Lubbock Memorial Civic Center or other performance venue on 34th Street; travel east under Interstate Highway 27 for about five blocks and turn north on Avenue A to 2806 on the west side of the avenue.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed February 12-14 and 19-20, 2016 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater at 7:30 pm $65, $50, $40, and $25 at 1501 Mac Davis Lane as a Moonlight Broadway presentation and tickets are available now at Select A Seat.

Seussical will be performed June 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25 at Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater in Mackenzie Park at 8:00 pm. Pirates of Penzance follows July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 same location, and then Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel August 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 same location. Tickets are available now.

As they say, get with the program.


Thursday February 18, 2016 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Student Union Building Allen Theater is the third annual performance of Lubbock Lights this year showcasing Terry Allen’s 1979 album Lubbock On Everything. I have the audio-cassette tape and have listened numerous times. Terry Allen, Jo Harvey Allen, their sons Bale and Bucca, members of the Maines Brothers clan and others will be present to play and entertain in a uniquely Lubbock manner. $15 general admission. If you’re new to Lubbock this will be an inoculation into the true red dirt Lubbock culture by the still very much alive and kicking legendary Terry Allen. This is the event of the year both before during and after it happens. Tickets are available now


Saturday February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Student Union Building Allen Theater is a National Public Radio live broadcast production of From The Top $26.75 adults $12 children general admission. Tickets available soon.


Biggin Hill Airport is a private airport 5 miles west of Shallowater Texas, a turf runway 3,000 feet long and 60 feet wide, owned by Biggin Hill Associates managed by Dennis Way, Route 1 Box 15 Shallowater TX 79363 phone 806-873-3400. It is 13 nautical miles west of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, 19 nautical miles east of Littlefield Taylor Brown Municipal Airport, and the same distance to the northeast from Levelland Municipal Airport. Here is a photograph


Google Cultural Institute is a free website that digitized and displays the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives. Now it’s moving into the performing arts.

Recently in San Francisco a few miles form Google headquarters, public events were conducted for people to come to a gathering and view a few clips of Institute items. It’s a happening of high quality haute culture. We can also do it solo at our computer.

It’s not quite the same as being at a Paris France Opera House or Museum, but it’s wonderful.


Ernst T.A. Hoffman 1776 – 1822 wrote The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816) in which a young German girl Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy the Nutcracker comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. The first ballet performance of this story was at the Marlinsky Theatre in St Petersburg Russia with music composed by Tchaikovsky in 1892, and the first performance of the ballet in America was in San Francisco in 1944.

Ballet Lubbock offers it as a Christmas favorite at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre Thursday-Saturday December 10-12 at 7:00 pm Saturday-Sunday December 12-13 matinee at 2:00 pm $75-$25 tickets.


Texas Tech Campus Beautification Project is nearing completion, after two full years Tom’s Tree Place was the contractor for the trees at the Talkington Plaza entrance to the University and Memorial Circle at Broadway Street and University Avenue continuing to the west side of the Library Building to the Foreign Languages Building, Dairy Barn and English & Philosophy Departments Building, and then to Urbanovsky Park where a new aerated pond [not fountains], a rerouted jogging track, picnic area with seating, and a pavilion with barbeque area is going in. Here is more discussion Alex and Scott Scarborough are the principal landscape architects at Tom’s Tree Place, Tom Scarborough’s sons. Projects the firm completed at Texas Tech, include main entrance landscaping at National Ranching Heritage Center, entrance landscaping for United Supermarkets Arena, east side entrance to Jones AT&T Stadium, south garden area for Hance Chapel, and courtyard landscaping for the new Bayer Plant Science Building.


Mejo Okon is a contemporary western artist whose painting Western Skyline is on the cover of the Ranch Record Fall 2015 issue by Texas Tech University National Ranching Heritage Center We never tire of looking at longhorn cattle despite the historical fact that it was more than a full century ago that ranchers despaired of the breed and went to short horn, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis, Brahman cross-breeds and other breeds, more recently to Angus and Limousin breeds.


Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm, De Leon, a Tejano Family History (University of Texas Press 2003) 327 pages Lubbock Public Library XF DDELEON CRI Genealogy Collection, Texas Tech University Library F394.V6 C75 (2003) is a book about one of the founding families of Texas. Patricia de la Garza 1775-1849ón married Martin de Leon 1765-1833 in 1795 and lived with him and had a son south of the Rio Grande River. They moved in 1799 to the San Patricio County area of Tejas, received a land grant in 1804 near the Aransas River that flows into the Gulf of Mexico ten miles north of present day Rockport Texas. They returned to Mexico but came back to Tejas in 1824 to begin the De Leon Colony on the Guadalupe River near present day Victoria Texas. They prospered under four governments, Spain, Mexico, Republic of Texas, and USA State of Texas. From 1833 and the death of Don Martin de Leon, Dona Patricia became the matriarch of her large family of ten children. At her demise she donated the land where she lived to the Catholic Church so you may see her home by visiting St Mary’s Catholic Church in Victoria Texas.


On December 7, 2015 the author of this book gave an interesting free talk on the website of the Texas State Historical Association focused on Dona Patricia de la Garza De Leon. It is also available on You Tube.

TSHA presenter

Texas Talks with Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm

Contrasting Cultures – Patricia de Leon and Petra Vela Kenedy



Monday, 7 December 2015

06:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada), GMT -6

Watch replay



We’ve recorded the webinar on video!

In case you missed the webinar session, or in case you’d like to watch it again, here’s the link to the replay video:


Title: Texas Talks with Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm
Description: Contrasting Cultures – Patricia de Leon and Petra Vela Kenedy

Host: TSHA presenter

Date: Monday, 7 December 2015
Time: 06:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada), GMT -6

Enjoy the replay!



Other talks are: Bernardo de Galvez and the Impact of the American Revolution on Texas; Mending Fences: The Marques de Rubi in 1767 and the Spanish in Texas: and Understanding Spanish Texas through the Life of Fray Margil.




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