Archive | May, 2016

Arts History Update for early June 2016

27 May

Arts History Update for early June 2016 by David Cummins

If you’ve never heard of VoIP, get ready to change the way you think about long-distance phone calls. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet.

How is this useful? VoIP can turn a standard Internet connection into a way to place free phone calls. The practical upshot of this is that by using some of the free VoIP software that is available to make Internet phone calls, you’re bypassing the phone company (and its charges) entirely.


You can get a residential VOIP phone system without a contract for a particular period for only $9 per month unlimited calling within the United States and Canada with the ability to include international calling for an additional charge Many folks have this system plus their cellular smart phone, retain their land line phone number but not the land line, and say goodbye to AT & T or whoever your phone service provider was.


A more popular but slightly more expensive service is Vonage.




An exhibit of portraiture by Carol Peterson, the late Lonnie Mason, Henry Salley and Sharon Beauchamp goes up June 3 through June 24 at Municipal Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue Lubbock. Reception is during First Friday Art Trail on June 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.


Websites: Carol Peterson

Henry Salley

Sharon Beauchamp



Artist Talk: by Bale Creek Allen 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday June 4, 2016 at LHUCA

My America (Texas) is a new body of work by American born artist Bale Creek Allen that is a survey of America, starting with Texas. It explores the things that make each state unique and the things that make all 50 states a one America. Each state will have its own body of work and a cumulatively be a larger body of work that will include found objects, photographs, video, roads maps, highway lines, roadkill, and more from all 50 states. This will be the first part of My America (Texas) on view at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. Join us for coffee and donuts! This event is free to the public.


Want to see women play flag football? Blondes versus Brunettes will play at Peoples Bank Stadium, Donald Preston Drive, Wolfforth Texas on Saturday June 11 from 9:00 am – noon 2016 Blondes vs Brunettes Flag Football

Event Info (Cost/Website/Age): Blondes v Brunettes Lubbock is a trademarked event by the Alzheimer’s Association. This is our third year for the Blondes vs Brunettes football game. Every dollar raised benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our community. The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization, working to advance care, support and research across the world. From face-to face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives, the money raised makes a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s. To register to play, visit:


Do you know the names of all the neighborhoods in Lubbock and the boundaries of each of those neighborhoods? Here are names and maps


Before The Great War, World War I, Galicia was a province of the Habsburg Austria-Hungary Empire [from 1772] that stretched from Krakow in the west to L’viv in the east. Krakow is now the most major city in southern Poland and L’viv is the most major city in western Ukraine. As Russia has become entrenched in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the territoriality of Ukraine is in question if not in flux. What about the western Ukraine and the area around L’viv?

John Czaplicka, Lviv: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute 2005) $40

Tarik Youssef Cyril Amar, The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City Between Stalinists, Nazis and Nationalists (Cornell University Press 2015) $35

Christopher Mick, Lemberg, Lwow, L’viv, 1914-1947: Violence and Ethnicity in a Contested City (Purdue University Press 2015) 480 pages $41

Lemberg is the German name for the city during the Austria-Hungary Empire 1772-1918, Lwov is the Polish name during the preceding Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the 15th century to 1772, and L’viv is the Ukrainian name. During the Soviet Union control period it was called Lvov in Russian.

Marci Shore, Where Brutality Meets Poetry: How the Ukrainian City of Lviv Was Shaped by its Violent Past, London Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15, May 13, 2016

L’viv is 44 miles from the Polish border, 207 miles from Krakow, and is 336 miles west of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, 5 hours by train.


Annual Summer Stampede Art & Gear Show is 5:00 – 11:00 pm on June 18 at National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. $85 per person is ticket price. Most of the exhibiting artists will be present so collectors can meet the artist as well as purchase art. David Griffin, Crowning the Prairie is an oil painting on linen canvas and it will be for sale that evening


Art in the 21st Century television show

Announcing Season 8 of the Award-winning series
Art in the Twenty-First Century

Featuring sixteen artists from four cities
Premieres September 16 on PBS
Hosted by actress Claire Danes

The new season of ART21’s flagship program will debut with four one-hour episodes on two consecutive Fridays, September 16th and September 23rd, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT on PBS (check local listings). For its eighth season, ART21 engaged three exceptional documentary directors: three-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Dickson; MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Peabody Award-winner Stanley Nelson; and Emmy Award-winner Pamela Mason Wagner.

Sixteen Artists, Four Cities

For the first time in the show’s history, the episodes are not organized around an artistic theme. Instead the sixteen featured artists are grouped by their unique and revealing relationships to the places where they live: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver. The artists share universal experiences through their life stories and creative works: resistance, pleasure, mortality, and the hope for a better tomorrow.

“Art is increasingly being defined and described in relationship to a sense of place. In our time of hyper interconnectivity, where you choose to live and work matters like never before,” said ART21 Executive Director Tina Kukielski.

Artists and Episodes

Chicago (September 16; 9 p.m. ET)

Nick Cave

Theaster Gates

Barbara Kasten

Chris Ware

Mexico City (September 16; 10 p.m. ET)

Natalia Almada

Minerva Cuevas

Damián Ortega

Pedro Reyes

Los Angeles (September 23; 9 p.m. ET)

Edgar Arceneaux

Liz Larner

Diana Thater

Vancouver (September 23; 10 p.m. ET)

Hosted by Claire Danes

Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Claire Danes will join the Peabody Award-winning documentary television series Art in the Twenty-First Century as its broadcast host for the series’ eighth season.

“Growing up in a family where art was a part of everyday life, my parents taught me to question the world around me,” said Danes. “Artists today influence how we see the world, how we express ourselves, and how art can transform society.”


First Friday Art Trail is June 3 and it includes a new venue Community Health Centers of Lubbock at 1610 5th Street, a newly constructed and opened building east of the Avenue Q intersection with Marsha Sharp Freeway. Harry Hamlin’s abstract art will be shown and Shawn Pena will have pinstripe painting to display. A Cheese Chicks Food Truck will be on site in the parking lot for hungry patrons 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Other community clinics or centers are here 3502 9th Street (UMC campus), 3301 Clovis Road, 1826 Parkway Drive, 406 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 5424 19th Street, 2401 Fulton Avenue [west of Lubbock Christian University] 1318 Broadway Street downtown, and 2301 Cedar Avenue.

Another venue on the Art Trail is Culture Clothing at 2703 26th Street featuring Lauren McEntyre’s mixed media abstract paintings. Live music by Pierce Hardin from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and the band Scouts will perform to 10:00 pm. Free home brew is on offer. Culture Clothing is a resale clothing store [they would say boutique].


Emigration to developed countries like the United States is simply a fact repeated daily as a desperate exodus from unbearable conditions. Whether or not it is legal or illegal, dangerous or safely accomplished, and how the developed country manages it, is a choice of the developed country.

Aviva Chomsky, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press 2014) 246 pages Texas Tech Library JV6465.C46 (2014) $11.11 paperback $16 e-book ABE Books good condition $10 incl s&h. Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how ?illegality? and ?undocumentedness? are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. She also unmasks how undocumented people live? how they work, what social services theyre eligible for, and how being undocumented affects the lives of children and families. Undocumented turns a fresh lens onto one of todays most pressing debates.

Closer to home, at Texas Tech University and Baylor University, e.g. is the response to the facts referred to in her essay The Battle for the Soul of American Higher Education: Student Protest, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Rise of the Corporate University (2016)

Baylor’s recent refusal to appropriately respond to football players being condoned and enabled to commit recurring sexual assaults on Baylor coeds, now being unraveled in public and leading to the removal of Baylor President Kenneth Starr and football coach Art Briles, illustrates the existence of college administration values not practiced by those who declare them and wish to be admired for them. Students don’t tolerate hypocrisy and will speak out. Will they be heard or are there darker forces at work in college administrations? Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton blew the whistle

These things can happen anywhere, like Montana’s university and the city of Missoula

University administrators must articulate their values and then “walk the talk” even if and when it applies to popular activities like big time athletics. The best way to do that is to employ and train athletic department directors and staff to do the right thing, and know that the university will support them and “have their back” when they butt heads with overpaid coaches and pampered fans. A culture of meeting or exceeding requirements by NCAA and similar organizations, not because we have to but because we want to, is essential.


Laura M Lopez, Growing Up a Texas-Mexican Woman is an essay within Entre Guadalupe y Malinche : Tejanas in Literature and Art (eds. Ines Hernandez-Avila & Norma E. Cantu, University of Texas Press 2016) 473 pages $60.30 hardcover $ 23.42 paperback catalogue

Entre Guadalupe y Malinche mean “between the Virgin of Guadalupe mother of God”, a widely admired female figure, “and Malinche” who accompanied the conqueror Cortes and bore him a child and is mostly despised in history by Mexicans, so the reference is to all Tejana women from the most to the least admired.

Malinche is a woman of many names. She’s also known as Malintzin and was later renamed

Marina by the Spanish.

The facts about Malinche are also obscured by myth, and by the interests of the men who wrote her into history. She’s believed to have been born sometime around the early 1500s. She was among twenty women given to the Spaniard in 1519 by a Mayan lord. Bernal Diaz Del Castillo, who traveled with Cortés wrote: “What the other women were named, I do not know, cannot remember all the names, and it isn’t important … Cortés allotted one of them to each of his captains and Doña Marina, as she was pretty, engaging, and hardy, he gave to Alonzo Hernández Puertocarrero.”

After Puertocarrero was sent back to Spain, Cortés kept Malinche by his side as an interpreter. They had a child, named Martin Cortés. (Strangely, Cortes also gave this name to his second child, with a Spanish woman.) Later on she married a Spaniard, Juan Jaramillo, and had a daughter.

Malinche’s translating services are described in various texts as instrumental to the Spanish conquest. Cortés, who like John Smith, had a nasty reputation, only mentioned her twice, briefly, in correspondence with the Spanish crown. “La lengua…que es una India desta tierra”: “the tongue (translator)… who is an Indian from this land.” Iconic Mexican writer Octavio Paz wrote about Malinche as both a victim and a traitor:“It is true that she gave herself voluntarily to the conquistador, but he forgot her as soon as her usefulness was over. Doña Marina becomes a figure representing the Indian women who were fascinated, violated or seduced by the Spaniards. And as a small boy will not forgive his mother if she abandons him to search for his father, the Mexican people have not forgiven La Malinche for her betrayal.”



Arts History Update for late May 2016

22 May

Arts History Update for late May 2016 by David Cummins

A new exhibit at the Guggenheim in the Upper East Side of Manhattan is Laszlo-Moholy-Nagy: Future Present opening May 27 through September 7, 2016. The modernist master was a Hungarian painter, sculptor and photographer who became a member of the Bauhaus in Wiemar Germany before emigrating and teaching at Chicago’s New Bauhaus School.

The director of the Guggenheim touts the exhibit  “If you could describe at least one exhibition to visit at one of the Guggenheim museums this year, what would it be?” He picks the Moholy-Nagy. He explained the appeal: It “should be illuminating in that you see somebody who really is addressing modernity through a period of crisis not unlike our own. And he’s addressing it not only in the media that he chooses to work with, but even his imagery and his willingness to explore new technologies. In a sense, he represents a kind of fulcrum in the change from 19th to 20th Century, and by inference, 20th to 21st century.”

The exhibition runs through September 7. 

Moholy-Nagy 1895-1946 Tate Modern in Britain March 9-June 4, 2006 put up an exhibit


Best Western Plus Tech Medical Center Inn is now open for guests/business at 4703 North Loop 289 southwest of Erskine Street and North Quaker Avenue and northeast of Slide Road. Access from the hotel is to Texas Tech Parkway and then south to UMC hospital and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.


Yale Center for British Art (1977) designed by Louis I. Kahn is now re-opened as of May 11 after having been closed for three years for extensive renovations and building conservation. At the corner of Chapel and High Streets in downtown New Haven Connecticut, it’s across the street from Yale University Art Gallery. The Entrance Court is a four story space lined with oak and capped by four large square skylights. All four walls in the Entrance Court have openings in the upper three floors and those are galleries. www.britishart.yale,edu The Library Court is also stunning.

Here is more information on the building conservation project


Public sculpture delights, mostly because it’s available to the public as and when we are ready or inclined to experience it. Second, it’s often so well-sited at a public space that it enhances that space, often magically. Charles Umlauf’s Prometheus (1968) at the front entrance to the main library at Texas Tech University is such a piece. The titan of Greek mythology is holding fire in his up-stretched hand. We learn that he flew so close to the sun that he was able to grasp some of its fire and the young titan brought that fire to humankind in the Aegean Sea area. This activity was on his own initiative and thus displeased Zeus the Olympian who punished the headstrong Prometheus. The statuary symbolizes the power of knowledge to ignite the powers of the mind and dispel the shadows of ignorance.

Umlauf fashioned a four foot high maquette in his Austin Texas studio and the 16 foot high bronze was cast at a foundry in Pietrasanta Italy chosen by Umlauf, and then shipped to Lubbock. It was sited inside the main lobby of First National Bank at 1500 Broadway Street for more than thirty years. That bank merged into Wells Fargo Bank, the lobby was refurbished, and Wells Fargo donated the bronze sculpture to Texas Tech University in 2000. It was corroded and had a six inch crack. The university spent $25,000 to repair it and refresh the patina and then installed it at the east or main entrance to the Library in 2002. It quickly became iconic to the space and its functionality. Prometheus Bringing Fire to Humankind

Is there more to the story of Prometheus? Of course. As punishment Zeus caused the young titan to be strapped to a mountain in the Caucasus east of the Black Sea where vultures would daily peck and devour his organs and the titan would regrow them overnight. Zeus had planned for this to last for eternity but somehow the young titan broke free of his bonds, strangled the vultures and returned to vitality. This event was depicted in public sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz, Prometheus Strangling the Vulture (1943) that stands at the east courtyard of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Lipchitz saw his sculpture as symbolic of the human race fighting against the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Umlauf also did a bronze of Prometheus in battle with a vulture


The shortlist of four artists has been announced by Tate Britain for the 2016 Turner Prize. They are Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.

Here is Michael Dean’s installation exhibit Sic Glyphs

Anthea Hamilton website

Helen Marten website

Josephine Pryde gallery exhibit

Tate Britain will feature all four artists in a show commencing September 27, 2016 and the winner of the Turner Prize will be announced in December.


Suzanne Weaver, former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Florida, has been appointed Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio Texas. Welcome back to Texas for Suzanne. She will be on the job by June 20 The director is Katie Luber, Ph.D.


Heart of Lubbock Community Garden is at Avenue X [east of University Avenue] and 21st Street. On the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm the public is invited to come by for a taste of what is grown at the Garden. On Tuesday May 17 the herbs sage and rosemary were featured and some rosemary purple potatoes with sage butter were offered for tasting. Next event is Tuesday June 21 at 6:00 pm free event.

If you want to experience folks who think globally but act locally, this is the crowd.

The gardeners have their group meeting at 5:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, and you can join them there.

Other community gardens

Guadalupe Neighborhood Association Community Garden in Lubbock

Carpenter’s Community Garden is downtown at 1810 Main Street two blocks west of Avenue Q

East Lubbock Community Garden

Second Baptist Church Community Garden

Aldersgate United Methodist Church Community Garden 10306 Indiana Avenue


Cannon Air Force Base annual Air Show and Open House is Saturday and Sunday May 28 and 29 west of Clovis New Mexico. Free event. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. Air Force war birds [historic aircraft] will be present for visiting and one can purchase a ride in some of them, Thunderbirds pilots will perform aerial stunts, and helicopters and other aircraft not stationed at Cannon are being brought in for display. It’s 108 miles from Lubbock to Cannon AFB on US Highway 84 about a two hour drive.


Plainview Point Bison Kill Site in Running Water Draw on the south side of the city of Plainview Texas keeps being improved. The photograph shows the Quanah Parker Trail Arrow imbedded at the site and several of the recently planted ten hackberry trees that were native to the area some eight or nine thousand years ago when Native people hunted bison for meat, clothing, shelter materials and implements at this location.

Here is what I wrote last February Plainview Point Bison Kill Site in Plainview Texas received a $2,500 matching grant from Chapman Forestry Foundation of Lubbock to plant ten hackberry trees at the site. The location is in Running Water Draw within the city limits of Plainview south of 5th Street on Joliet Street. 5th Street at that point is U.S. Highway 70 From this Draw the White River rises and flows through Blanco Canyon and is dammed to create White River Lake reservoir before the White River flows into the Salt Fork of the Brazos River that merges with the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River to begin the Brazos River east of Aspermont Texas.

Dating of artifacts at the Site reveal habitation by native people around 7,500 BCE. The Plainview Point is a flinted spear point that native people used to bring down the bison and another spear point was used to dress the animal into meat, pelt, bone, hide and skins. Botanists, archaeologists, and anthropologists generally agree that the vegetation at or near this site several thousand years ago, included hackberry trees so planting of this specie is most appropriate.

Chapman Forestry Foundation (1983) is a California non-profit company and its principal officer is Christie H. Billing of Lubbock Texas.

Hackberry trees


Digital culture renders the image of a person as common as the bit. This is not a story with a known ending. Samantha Barbas, Laws of Image: Privacy and Publicity in America (Stanford University Press 2015) $24 from publisher $21.80 hardcover $20.71 e-book $13 ABE Books very good condition including shipping & handling 311 pages

What are our legal privacy rights in our self-image after we’ve posted our image into social media sites without having read the fine print that says, basically, that Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or other social media platform provider owns the content we’ve posted? A year later we’re surprised to see our image in an advertisement for some commercial product. No one asked our permission and no one paid us for use of our image. What’s going on? Did you know you were submitting to exploitation?


Mark Drake, a Lubbock businessman, purchased the Town & Country Airport property and renamed it Lubbock Executive Airpark The facility is 7 miles south of downtown Lubbock on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at E. 120th Street. It’s accessible from U.S. Highway 87 by exiting on 114th Street and traveling east to MLK and then south to 120th Street. Here are the details including a phone number for more information 806-745-4967 The asphalt runway in good condition is 3,500 feet long. There is no control tower or FAA controllers so this is a general aviation visual flight line landing rather than an instrument landing airport.

Nearby Walden Aviation Flight School offers lessons to become a pilot 12201 County Road 2500 [MLK Jr Blvd] phone 432-788-0216

Arts History Update for mid May 2016

16 May

Arts History Update for mid May 2016 by David Cummins

Fletcher Martin’s 1939 mural The Horse Breakers was cleaned, restored and renewed at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories in Santa Barbara California and Scott M. Haskins, conservator, accompanied it on its return to Lamesa Texas where it was recently hung in the new Lamar Forrest Park Community Center building. Local resident Randy Leonard and a grant from the Weaver Foundation paid for the conservation of this historic Great Depression mural. Community Center in Lamesa.

Fletcher Martin 1904-1979”Martin%2C%20Fletcher” Here is a photo of The Horse Breakers being rehung in Lamesa


W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas at 65258 IH-20 Mingus Texas, formerly Thurber that is now a ghost town, is operated by Tarleton State University at Stephenville. The Center is east of Ranger Texas and west of Weatherford Texas astride Interstate Highway 20. It recalls a former coal mining and manufacturing episode in the state’s history.,_Texas and is culturally and historically significant.

It is also smack dab in the middle of the Texas Forts Trail that began with Fort Belknap on the Brazos River northwest of Graham Texas and extended with numerous forts along the edge of Comancheria, the land of the Comanche, to Fort McKavett on the Emigrant Trail west of San Antonio in the late 19th century.


Texas Tech baseball team won the Big XII Conference championship with a record of 38-13 and 17-4 in conference. Hopefully the Raiders will play into the College World Series.

Texas Tech men’s tennis team, ranked eighth in the nation and host of a NCAA Championship tournament regional event at Lubbock, lost to # 30 ranked Southern Methodist University 4-2 and will not go to the national NCAA Championship tourney. The Mustangs will meet # 9 ranked Florida at the national tourney on Friday May 20. The season-ending ranking of eight in the nation is the highest ever achieved by a Texas Tech tennis team and the players and coach deserve congratulations despite a faltering in the post-season closing tournament.


There is now a “way larger than life-size” mural of Willie Nelson, 60 by 20 feet, on East Seventh Street at Neches Street in downtown Austin Texas. The painter is Wiley Ross who is age 33. Here is Wiley posing before the mural

Willie’s latest album is Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy Recordings 2016) $12. Earlier Willie received the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress and that impelled him to cover some George and Ira Gershwin songs.

Willie and his Family Band along with other singular and well-known entertainers are on the 4th of July 2016 Picnic Stage at Circuit of the Americas automobile racetrack southeast of Austin. $300 will get you two standing room only general admission Pit tickets plus a parking spot for your vehicle. We are so spoiled by living in a low dollar off the main tour location. I remember sitting about 70 feet from Willie while he performed at Lone Star Amphitheater overlooking Yellowhouse Canyon south of East Broadway Street in Lubbock. If memory serves the admission ticket was something like $22.


On Saturday May 21 while Texas Tech students are going through Commencement, David Shea will teach a class 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Taming the Wild Elephant Mind, a Buddhist teaching, at Highway 108 store at 4410 50th Street just west of Quaker Avenue on the north side of 50th Street. You can pay the admission price $20 at the door.

Shea is a professor of clarinet at Texas Tech University School of Music.

Sponsor of the talk is Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Center at 6701 Aberdeen Avenue Unit # 4, Lubbock southwest of Embassy Suites Hotel.


Quality art is widely available in Lubbock but if you are new to the scene, there is no better place to start than Charles Adams Gallery downtown at 602 Avenue J Charles is perhaps the best connected most knowledgeable gallery operator and art dealer in the area. He is also trustworthy.

Arts History Update for early May 2016

7 May

Arts History Update for early May 2016 by David Cummins

A park and art space in the river? Pier 54 collapsed some years ago, falling into the Hudson River. Now there is a plan to build Pier 55 in its place as a public park on stilts and an art space Includes 2.4 acres of access walking and island park, landscaped knolls and a public amphitheater all in the river. The state and city pledged $35 million but that won’t build it. Barry Diller billionaire pledged $113 million and whatever more it takes plus an operational budget for the first twenty years. The Hudson River Park Trust is the owner/operator and it has accepted the offers all around. Early litigation against the project failed within the last month. The US Army Corps of Engineers with jurisdiction over the waterway approved the plan. This will be an adventurous venue for the arts and leisure activity.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said “I know a good deal when I see one”. He’s on board.

The site is where West 13th Street meets 10th Avenue and the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan not far from The High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood, a very popular location, two blocks north of the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Unblock the Vote: On Friday April 22 Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 people in the state who have felony convictions, all but erasing a Jim Crow-era measure in the state constitution aimed at suppressing Black electoral power. The state previously imposed lifetime disenfranchisement on ex-felons, exceeding similar penalties by almost every other state.

All non-political and decent Virginians are impressed and relieved by this executive action that removes a blot on Virginia’s record of treatment of African-Americans, however belated the action is that was taken. Unfortunately, it was immediately attacked by Republican Party officials who saw the action only in how it might affect Republican candidates for public office, since Governor McAuliffe is a Democrat. It is sad when humanitarian political action is reacted to by political party people only in how their political oxen might or might not be gored by the action, rather than just celebrating any political action that is just simply the right thing for government to do.

If history is repeated, the largest part of those people who are no longer disenfranchised, will not immediately exercise their franchise and vote, and of those who do vote, it will occur in future years when they will not be aware of who the governor was or what political party label he bore. If that is true, the outcry against this action is both specious and shameful. It is just political partisans bemoaning any chink in their armor of political power, when we who are non-political know that they have no claim to political power beyond good performance while in office. We have seen precious little of that good performance in recent years.


Christian Conrad will present free lectures at LHUCA Firehouse Theater 501 Avenue K on Saturdays May 14 and May 28 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm focused on related artists.

Elaine and Willem de Kooning were married and abstract expressionist painters. This is a page from The Art Story Modern Art Insight website from which I’ve learned a great deal.

Kiki Smith is the daughter of sculptor Tony Smith


The Vine restaurant at 34th Street and Boston Avenue is permanently closed. George and Cindy Mayer are retired. Cindy may or may not continue catering from At Your Service Catering 2623 34th Street.

Manara (Lighthouse in Arabic) Cafe at 3806 50th Street Suite 226 is closed but, the whispering grass says, it will re-open at the location of the former Vine restaurant. It would be hard for Lubbock to lose two great places to eat tasty distinctive food.

Eastern Mediterranean food includes the food in Beirut, capital of the Levant and the nation of Lebanon, once referred to as The Paris of the Mediterranean. The food at Tel Aviv, Alexandria, Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers and Tangiers may be excellent, but none surpass that of Beirut. Hope for a re-opening of Manara Cafe. Beirut is the home of the ancient Phoenicians or sea people. It was one of the best ports in the eastern Mediterranean. It thrived independently, as part of the Macedonian Empire, Roman Empire, then independent, then as part of an Islamic Calaphate, then as part of the Ottoman Empire, then under a French mandate, and then independent again. It was once religiously diverse with Jews, Maronite Christians, Armenian Christians, Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics, Sunni Muslim, Shi’ia Muslim, Druze, Baha’i and others living and thriving there.


The Dixie Chicks musical trio is going on tour from June 1 to October 10, 2016 including concerts at Spring [near Houston], Del Valle [near Austin] and Dallas Texas but not Lubbock.


The Art League of West Texas has its Spring show at the Buddy Holly Center Fine Arts Gallery May 6 – June 12 with the theme Bunnies and Hares … Do You Dare?!/ABOUT This young organization formed in 2009 with non-profit status from 2011, has members who are widely admired in this area. Address of BHC is 1810 Crickets Avenue. Access to the building and to the Fine Arts Gallery is free Tuesday through Saturday. Only access to the Buddy Holly Gallery is by payment of an admission fee.

Summer Showcase concerts on Thursday afternoons 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Buddy Holly Center outdoor Meadows Courtyard begin May 26 continuing through August 25 The west edge of the Courtyard is the former Fort Worth Denver & South Plains Railway Depot (1929) and the reason for this area of town being called The Depot District or Depot Entertainment District. Access to the concert is free. Beverages and snacks may be purchased.

The Railway was not the first in Lubbock. It began at Estelline on the trackage of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway and proceeded west across the South Plains in support of the new cotton industry.

Life Energy: Paintings by Shirley Crow is on exhibit in the Folio Gallery [south of the Buddy Holly Gallery] Buddy Holly Center to June 5, 2016. These are large format abstract oil paintings. Crow will be present at First Friday Art Trail June 3, 2016. Here is a picture of Shirley Crow in her studio at Tesuque north of Santa Fe New Mexico and south of Tesuque Pueblo.


Changing Places: Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus is on exhibit to June 12 at Texas Tech University Museum, Gallery 3, a retrospective of the School of Art professor’s work over forty years. It is stunning and one returns for additional visits and wonderment. Too often we ordinary mortals don’t see what a trained and disciplined photographer sees and captures. We catch ourselves saying “I’ve been there but didn’t see that”.


Arts History for mid April 2016

6 May

Arts History update for mid April 2016 by David Cummins

Aliento a Tequila is a photography exhibition that closed March 26, 2016 at the Landmark Arts Gallery of the School of Art at Texas Tech University. It was an exhibition of 39 photographs by Austin-based photographer and Texas Monthly contributor Joel Salcido documenting Mexico’s tequila culture, craft and history. Salcido was present at the closing reception. Tequila is the national drink of Mexico. Aliento means to breathe or inspire, so Aliento a Tequila can be loosely translated as the Encouragement of Tequila.

Primavera is the Don Julio Tequila Distillery at Atotonilco el Alto in the highlands of the state of Jalisco east of Guadalajara Mexico. Nearby are the Blue Weber Agave fields where the plant matures to seven, eight or nine years and then is harvested by jimadors who cut the leaves from the pina [sugar rich heart of the agave] and the leaves are taken to the distillery and boiled in vats. This distillery makes several branded tequilas e.g. Blanco Tequila, Repasado Tequila, Anejo Tequila, Anejo Claro Tequila, 1942 Tequila and Real Tequila.

West of Guadalajara on the Pacific Ocean is the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta. American tourists who have vacationed there may not have traveled to the highlands 257 miles east where the blue agave plants are grown and transformed into the national drink.

There are agave plants in many locations in Mexico and many craft people harvest and distill the leaves from the plant making tequila or mezcal of various qualities. Perhaps even more popular than the actual tequila or mezcal is the “worm” crawling around the bottom of the bottle. But the worm, or gusano, actually originated with tequila’s “lower-quality” cousin, mezcal, largely as a marketing ploy. The gusano is the larvae of a type of moth that lives on the agave plant. Tequila is double distilled and only made from blue agave plants, while Mezcal is single distilled and made from any one of five different varieties of agave. Agave plants are not a cactus plant. It’s curious how things get transformed by urban legend into something other than what they are, as if that would make them singular when what they really are doesn’t make them singular. The “worm” is not a worm, it’s a moth larvae. The agave plant is not a variety of cactus.

Both liquors are strong, about 38% alcohol or stronger. If a typical beer is about 5% alcohol by volume, one can easily see how one could get into trouble if one swigged a liquor about eight times as strong, as if it were a beer. A modest drinker would not take more than two ounces of tequila or mezcal. They are flavorful and go well with many foods.

Marfa Texas is not a secret anymore Exciting inaugural “Marfa Intensive” to take place this summer!

The School of Theatre & Dance at Texas Tech University, in conjunction with benefactor Tim Crowley, is building a program in Marfa, Texas to facilitate its students’ education in all fields of theatre. While our School of Theatre & Dance hosts a signature laboratory called Wild Wind Performance Lab, this Intensive offers us the opportunity to concentrate on devised theatre.

By its very nature, devised theatre involves almost all of our theatre practitioners, especially designers, actors, directors, playwrights and dramaturgs in the act of creating new and ensemble-built work that does not depend on a previously written text. It asks students to collaborate in the act of creating a show from idea to production, and encourages participants to broaden their skill sets.

For the first summer, TTU proposes that we bring 20 students to work in Marfa for 15 days from the end of July through the first week in August. The concentrations of these 20 students will be broken down as follows:
1. three directors
2. three playwrights
3. three designers
4. ten actors
5. one dramaturg
Loosely following the O’Neill National Theatre Institute’s Summer Theatre Maker format, these students will work from 7 am each morning until 10 pm each evening, purely in the act of making and devising theatre. We will collaborate in individual groups and as a collective simultaneously, meaning that, in the first part of the day, we will pool resources and work together on a project that will be realized on stage at the end of our time in Marfa; in the second half of our days, we will break into three random groups that will respond to prompts (short suggestions or directives that inspire writing and creative thought) to create smaller pieces that challenge the students, encouraging them to traditionally and creatively embrace the act of invention and intuition.

This summer’s guest artists include:

Rich Brown, Associate Professor at Western Washington University currently teaches psycho-physical acting, Suzuki, Viewpoints, com-media, and devising. He has published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, College Teaching, The Western States Theatre Review, and the book Aesthetics & Business Ethics, and presented at six ATHE conferences on devising. He received a Bellingham Mayor’s Arts award in 2008, rfeceived a WWU prestigious Excellence in Teaching award in 2010, and the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival awarded him the National Outstanding Lead Deviser/Director of a Devised Work in 2012.

Jaston Williams has been working professionally in the theatre as a writer, actor and director for over forty-three years and is best known for his creation of and performing in the Greater Tuna plays, in venues on and off Broadway, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, National Theatre, Warner Theatre, and Fords Theatre as well as two command performances at the White House, The American Spoleto Festival, The Edinburgh International Theatre Festival in Scotland to name a few. Greater Tuna was cited as Best Texas Play of the 20th Century by Texas Monthly magazine. He is most honored to have received the Governor of Texas Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by an Actor, presented by former Governor Mark White, and is a 2013 recipient of the Texas Medal of the Arts.
Shannon Robert, Associate Professor of Theatre Design at Clemson University received an M.F.A. in scene design from Florida State University. While at FSU she participated in an international exchange with the Moscow Art Theatre Conservatory. Shannon was director of theatre and head of design at William Carey University, where she taught scene design for 14 years. After working in higher education she managed the paint/craft departments of The Spoon Group Productions in NJ/NY. While there she worked on The Grinch, Grease (and national tour), Xanadu, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple (and Chicago production), Jersey Boys (and national tour and Vegas), Spamalot (London and Vegas), Hairspray(Vegas) and Sponge Bob Squarepants (Asian tour). She received Atlanta’s 2014 Suzi Bass Award for best set design for a musical for Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre.

Gary Garrison is the Co-Executive Director of the Dramatist Guild of America – the national organization of playwrights, lyricists, and composers headed by our nation’s most-honored dramatists. Prior to his work at the Guild, for 25 years, Garrison filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer, Associate Chair, and full-time faculty member in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he produced over forty-five different festivals of new work, collaborating with hundreds of playwrights, directors, and actors. He is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Playwright’s Survival Guide: Keeping the Drama in Your Work and Out of Your Life, Perfect Ten: Writing and Producing the Ten-Minute Play, A More Perfect Ten and two volumes of Monologues for Men by Men. He is on the Tony Administration Committee for the Tony Awards and the program director for the Summer Playwriting Intensive for the Kennedy Center.

The Apple / Department of Justice conflict over accessing the iPhone content of Syed Rizwan Farook, a deceased San Bernardino California terrorist, is now resolved in that the United States Government announced that it has been able to unlock this unlockable iPhone and doesn’t need or require Apple’s help Arts History Update for early March 2016 by David Cummins
I was asked what I thought about the standoff between Apple Computing Corporation and the United States Government in this case the FBI. The latter wants Apple to unlock the iPhone that was owned and used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino California shootings. Apple refuses saying that its locking of all its iPhones is a pledge to consumers of its product and it doesn’t wish to create software that would achieve an unlocking as that would jeopardize all of its phones and consumer relations.
As is so often the case, the lines drawn in the sand are not the only lines that could be drawn.
One way to achieve the quite reasonable need of the FBI to find out what was on the terrorist’s phone, mostly to find the terrorist’s connections with other terrorists and to avoid a future terrorist deadly incident and future harm, and for Apple to keep its product secure from government surveillance, is to adopt the following compromise. Apple could create unlocking software, the FBI would deliver the phone to Apple, Apple would unlock and transcribe all the information and turn the transcription over to the FBI, and Apple would return to the FBI a useless phone, and Apple would destroy its unlocking software so that all its other customers are protected and secure.
The FBI doesn’t like Apple doing the searching of the phone, it wants its own experts to do it, but one makes compromises if one respects the other party and wants to be cooperative and get the facts without interfering with Apple’s functional, legitimate and otherwise appropriate and approved business model.

That is a very unsettling outcome for Apple as all its customers now know their content can be accessed by the United States Government and it has sharing agreements with Interpol and other international agencies.

Some of us might not be so disturbed, as many think that using technology for illegal and indeed criminal activity or extreme criminal activity like homicide, shouldn’t be exempt from government and police scrutiny.

According to federal criminal law instruments, materials, and other things used in the commission of a crime become contraband, and when the police find them, they are sequestered and not returnable to their owner. The legal term for that is forfeiture of ownership by use of the item in criminal activity. That’s some legal information for you. If you start to make methamphetamines in your kitchen, you can end up losing your house. If Syed Rizwan Farook hadn’t died in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino and during the prosecution of him he had asked the FBI for his iPhone back, the FBI would have declined saying “it’s sequestered, it doesn’t belong to you anymore, you used it in the commission of a federal crime”.
Mississippi Museum of Art at 380 South Lamar Street Jackson Mississippi has an exhibit When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection April 9 – October 30, 2016. This is a traveling exhibit from its home at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase New York (Westchester County above New York City) The late financier was one of the most astute art collectors of mid-20th century art and original art from 52 well-known artists appears in this exhibit.


South Plains Food Bank moved into its new location on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at 56th Street and is now offering the public free tours of the large building and a free lunch on the third Thursday of the month and first Tuesday of the month at noon. 5605 MLK Blvd Lubbock TX 79404 phone 806-763-3003. There is also a public free tour and breakfast on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 am. To reserve a spot phone Meagan Bratton or e-mail her .
The $12 million dollar building is a gift from the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Estate Trust and the building is named as the Talkington Food Distribution Center.
Alison Weir, The Lost Tudor Princess: A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (Cape 2015 in England, Ballantine Books 2015 in USA) 542 pages Lubbock Public Library BIO LENN Adult non-fiction Texas Tech Library DA 317.8.L49 W45.

Now just a minute, let’s get the players straight: King Henry VIII of England 1491-1547 (reign 1509-1547) had an older sister Margaret Tudor 1489-1541 who was married three times and during her second marriage gave birth to Lady Margaret Douglas who later married Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox and thus became the Countess of Lennox. She is the subject of this biography by Alison Weir.

Margaret Tudor married King James IV of Scotland when Margaret was but 14 years of age in 1503 and was Queen of Scots until her husband died in 1513. She had an infant son who later became King James V of Scotland and she was Dowager Queen of Scotland and regent for her son after 1513. In 1514 she remarried Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus and they had a daughter Lady Margaret Douglas 1515-1578. Archibald Douglas and Margaret Tudor divorced in 1527 and Margaret remarried Henry Stewart, Lord Methven in 1528. Margaret Tudor died in 1541. Despite her brother’s famous contra-temp with the Papacy and his withdrawal of the realm from the Catholic Church, Margaret Tudor was a lifelong Catholic.

Lady Margaret Douglas had royal blood in her and she spent time at the English court but she was never actually a princess. Furthermore, she was never “lost” so the title of this biography is misleading at best. She was King Henry VIII’s niece and he doted over her and moved her around from place to place, even for a while into the Tower of London when he disapproved of her behavior. In 1536 at age 21 she briefly married Thomas Howard, a courtier, but he was placed in the Tower and died later that year. In 1544 at age 29 she married Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox and they had two surviving children, Henry Stuart known best as Lord Darnley who would later marry Mary Queen of Scots, and Charles Stuart who would later be Earl of Lennox. Lady Margaret Douglas remained Catholic during her uncle’s reign and was a favorite of Queen Mary of England [known as “Bloody Mary” for her killing of Protestants], who succeeded King Henry VIII. Lady Margaret’s daughter in-law Mary Queen of Scots was a constant thorn in the side and plans of Queen Elizabeth I so Lady Margaret was also suspect at all times by the Protestant Queen Elizabeth.

Indeed Queen Elizabeth was angry at Darnley’s marriage to Mary Queen of Scots on July 29, 1565 and sent Lady Margaret to the Tower until Darnley could be assassinated in 1567 and put out of the picture. However, Darnley and Mary’s son was born in 1566 and he would later become King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England in 1603 after Queen Elizabeth’s death. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Scotland by Scottish Protestant nobles later in 1567 and forced to abdicate her throne in favor of her one year old son. While her reign of Scotland is said to be 1542-1567 she was an adult and independent of regents only from 1558 to 1567. Mary tried to regain her throne but was denied and she fled south to England and the “protection” of her cousin Queen Elizabeth, a Protestant whom Mary had previously said was an illegitimate holder of the English throne. Elizabeth confined Mary former Queen of Scots in various locations for more than 18 years and finally had her beheaded in 1587 age 44 because she was involved in various plots to overthrow Elizabeth. English Catholics usually preferred Mary to Elizabeth but Elizabeth was the ruling monarch and quite adept at doing so, thereby making the preference for Mary something not to be acted upon if one were wise.

Darnley’s marriage to Mary Queen of Scots was a second marriage for Mary at age 23. She was the daughter of King James V of Scotland and thus the grand-daughter of Margaret Tudor and great grand-daughter of King Henry VII of England. Mary was only six days old in 1542 when her father King James V of Scotland died so she became the infant Queen of Scotland. She grew up and lived in France while regents ruled Scotland in her name. She married at age 15 the French Dauphin Francis in 1558 and he became King Francis II of France and Scotland in 1559 age 15 when his father died. Mary was briefly Queen of both France and Scotland while a teen-ager. Francis II died in December of 1560 so his marriage and reign was brief. The alliance of the crowns of Scotland and France was called the “Auld Alliance”. Mary remained Queen of Scotland and returned from France to Scotland.

Blanco Tequila

Arts History Update for late April 2016

6 May

Arts History Update for late April 2016 by David Cummins

An information session on the docent program, encouraging you to enter that program and become a docent, will occur on Saturday April 23 from1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Texas Tech Museum. If interested please contact the Education Division by e-mail at or phone 742-2432.

There is always a person at the reception desk inside the front door of the museum, to advise the entrant in which room the event is located.


M. NourbeSe Philip is a Toronto Canada female poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and short story writer She was a lawyer but quit practicing law in the 1980s. She was born in Tobago an island close to the country of Venezuela. She graduated from the University of the West Indies and then obtained two degrees from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In 1988 she published a collection of poems titled She Tries Her Tongue: Her Silence Softly Breaks in which there is a poem Discourse on the Logic of Language. She reads that poem at this site Please watch and listen. Poetry is never read more revealingly than when read by the author.

The last Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival was November 5-8, 2015 Look for similar occasions in your community. Lubbock Poetry Movement was founded in 2012. Contact it by phone 806-438-4995 or by e-mail

2016 Forrestfest was held on April 15-16 at Lamar Forrest Park Community Center in Lamesa Texas. It was announced as Poetry Art and Music in Lamesa. The Permian Basin chapter of Poetry Society of Texas was active in producing the event There is a High Plains chapter in Amarillo


The finest pieces in the recent April 14-17 Art Cologne Germany Art Fair are noticed here This is not old school fine art, it’s very new school and takes some getting accustomed to before one is over the jarring aspect. For a few pieces one thinks “I know that can be done, but is it art?” or “Why am I not appreciating this?”


Mayor and City Council Election is May 7, 2016. Early Voting begins Vote Early
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The best English translation of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke 1875-1926 may be by Ruth Speirs. She died in 2000 and her literary heirs have uncovered translations not previously published, The Rilke of Ruth Speirs: New Poems, Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, and Others (transl. Ruth Speirs, Two Rivers Press 2015) 187 pages paperback $13.15 used at but new at ABE Books $15.30 incl s&h from England.

Rilke was an ethnic Austrian but born in Prague and he traveled widely throughout Europe and beyond while a youth. His literary career was 1894-1925. His language was German. He is referred to as a Bohemian-Austrian because Prague is the capital of Bohemia as well as the Czech Republic. After the second world war most Germans were hounded out of Prague and its environs, so German speakers in Prague today are rare. His poetry is lyrical, romantic and mystical, difficult for many people to access, but once accomplished never forgotten. Speirs translations make it more accessible.