Archive | October, 2016

Arts History Update for late October 2016

23 Oct

Arts History Update for late October 2016 by David Cummins

ArtCenter College of Design has two campuses the Hillside Campus in the San Rafael Hills above Pasadena California opened in 1976 at 1700 Lida Street and the Downtown Campus in Pasadena proper opened in 2004 at 870 and 950 South Raymond Avenue. It has a satellite studio 2,000 square feet at Petersen Automotive Museum corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles Here is the lowdown on admission

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,900 students (50% female and 50% male, representing more than 45 countries), the College has a student/faculty ratio of 9 to 1. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as a joint MS/MBA program with the Drucker School of Management.
In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves residents of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.
ArtCenter is a private nonprofit fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, the College is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

It began life with eight students on West Seventh Street in Los Angeles and Ansel Adams taught photography classes.


Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, Kenneth Medenbach, David Lee Fry and Neil Wampler are on trial in a federal district court in Portland Oregon that began September 7, 2016. The trial concerns their 41 day occupation of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service station at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns Oregon.


Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his songwriting lyrics from 1961 to the present.

Chicago-based country music writer Mark Guarino, who has given permission to quote from his post in defense of Dylan’s win, which is being shared a lot. He writes:
1. Lyrics are not meant to outlast the music. Dylan’s do. His work fundamentally changed the art form. Today the marketing people would call him a “disrupter” and a “change agent.” His use of language is profound, playful and instinctual. Somehow he developed pop music that works well in the back of a bar, but at the same time you can disappear inside the songs and let them work their magic. As great poetry does.
2. He has a body of work that stretches more than 50 years, which is much longer than most contemporary novelists, poets, painters. Even his so-called “bad” period in the 80s contained some of his most evocative writing (Oh Mercy). Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson and many others created great work but within very specific time periods. Dylan never stopped. Some of his late career work stands firmly up against Blonde on Blonde. More incredibly, despite great fame he was able to sit down again and again and write with a true eye, which isn’t easy to do. Ask any number of your classic rockers who stopped decades ago.
3. Dylan’s songs live as both highbrow and lowbrow. His fans span truck drivers to Ivy League academics. His songs have meaning to people who heard them in the Woodstock era and to those who heard them during the first Iraq war. There are people who attend his concerts to pump their fists in the air and there are others who quietly count the syllables. For a body of work to be so pliable is the very definition of great literature.
4. Shakespeare wrote plays that have been turned into music, movies, and are performed in garages to great halls. Are not songs simply internal monologues that are sung? Are some novels poetry and some chapbooks novels? Literature is ultimately about the language, not the genre.
5. This prize is affirmation that pop culture can aspire to, and achieve, high art. People thought pop music was for children before Dylan and the Beatles showed up. He fused the folk revival with pop to steer things in a new direction. Now songwriters can aspire to greatness far outside the commercial realm. Indeed into one where so-called “serious” literature exists. “Hits” have little to do with what he left behind.
6. Dylan is a humanist. Like Tennessee Williams, he sees our folly. Dylan’s lyrics reflect both deep nihilism about the human state of affairs and sometimes idealism about human encounters, one-on-one. Ever since the advent of the nuclear bomb, he has summed us up pretty well. He isn’t just a writer — he has a perspective.

Craig Morgan Teicher, Why Bob Dylan’s Songs Are Literature, The New Republic Magazine, October 14, 2016

Bob is also a sculptor. Here is a picture of the sculpture he created and installed in the backyard of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Westchester New York


An exhibit In the Blood: The War Between Vampires and Werewolves opens October 30 continuing through April 2017 at Texas Tech Museum demonstrates that the stuffy museum of yesteryear is aiming at new and different audiences. See a tome Joseph Nigg, The Phoenix: An Unnatural Biography of a Mythical Beast (University of Chicago Press 2016) 514 pages $35 hardcover $ 12.60 e-book Such beings are the symbolism of our lives.


A wing of the Museum of the Llano Estacado at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview is now the Jimmy Dean Museum. It opened last month

New Jimmy Dean Museum honors the life and career of a Plainview legend

Before entertainer (and sausage-shiller) Jimmy Deandied in 2010 at age 81, the Plainview, Texas, native donated $1 million to Wayland Baptist University in his hometown to fund a new wing of the institution’s long-standing Museum of the Llano Estacado.

The surprising, state-of-the-art Jimmy Dean Museum opened in September 2016, showcasing artifacts from Dean’s life and career, including gold records, costumes, and an old piano signed my many of country music’s greats. Dean’s rags-to-riches story informs and inspires, interpreted through the skilled design vision of director Rodney Watson.

A 24-minute introductory video is well worth the time, as a prelude to the excellent interactive displays, including recordings Dean hits such as “Big Bad John.” And hey, y’all, don’t miss the gift shop, where you can purchase local goodies for gifts. It’s just too bad they don’t have a refrigerated case for sausage.


Volker Ullrich, Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 (transl. Jefferson Chase, Alfred A. Knopf 2016) 998 pages $40 ABE Books very good condition $26.03. Adam Kirsch, A New Biography of Hitler Separates the Man from the Myths, The New York Times, October 14, 2016.


Films about art and artists include:

The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution (made for television four one hour documentary films November 2011) episode 1 was Gang of Four, episode 2 The Great Outdoors episode 3 Painting the People episode 4 Final Flourish

Here are eight other documentaries about doing art and here is a list of the best art and artist documentary films of all time and the best art documentaries that you can watch on Netflix and another list


Planning ahead for Veterans Day 2016 on and about November 11, 2016.

1. Bill Pasewark a Marine Sergeant who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima near the end of World War II will speak about that experience at Carillon Life Care Community in the Windsong Independent Living building on the second floor in the Caprock Room at 2:00 pm Friday November 11. Free event public is invited. 1717 Norfolk Avenue Lubbock. Free parking in front of building.

2. Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony will be conducted by the Army and Air Force ROTC units at Memorial Circle on Texas Tech University campus at 5:00 pm Friday November 11. Enter the campus at Broadway Street and University Avenue proceeding west directly to Memorial Circle. Free parking is on the Circle, on Engineering Key north of the Circle, and in R13 Visitors Parking spaces. Free event public is invited.

3. Veterans Day Concert by Matador Singers choral group is at 7:30 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall in the School of Music Building that is attached on the south end of the Student Union Building. Free event public is invited. Free parking in the Band Lot directly south of School of Music Building. Easy access to the event at 19th Street & Boston Avenue entrance to campus then swing east on 18th Street to Akron Avenue and enter the Band Lot.

4. Silent Wings Museum at west end of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport 6202 North Interstate Highway 27 exit 9 offers free admission from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday November 11. Free parking in front of building. Silent wings refers to gliders used in World War II and glider pilot training occurred here when the air strip was called South Plains Army Air Field.

5. Veterans Day Parade sponsored by Los Hermanos Familia [The Family of Man] organization commences at 10:00 am Saturday November 12 on Broadway Street at Avenue W near First Baptist Church and proceeds east on Broadway across Avenue Q to Avenue M and then heads north to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center parking lot to disband. Free event watchable on either north or south side of Broadway Street. Veterans who wish to walk, march or ride in the Parade should contact Los Hermanos Familia in advance and plan to form up at 9:00 am on the day. phone 806-792-1212.


In addition to the federal military academies Army at West Point, Air Force at Colorado Springs, Navy/Marine Corps at Annapolis, there are six senior military colleges public universities that also enroll civilian students. They are

University of North Georgia – The Military College of Georgia at Dahlonega, Georgia, website

Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont at Northfield, Vermont website

Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas website

The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina at Charleston, South Carolina,_The_Military_College_of_South_Carolina website

Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, Virginia sharing a campus with Washington & Lee University on its western border, and website

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) at Blacksburg, Virginia Blacksburg is 80 miles southwest of Lexington, both within the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Website


The Speed Art Museum, originally J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, now colloquially known as “the Speed”, is the premier art museum in Louisville Kentucky. It’s located within the campus of the University of Louisville but is independent from the University and its administration. It was a monumental neo-classical gray stone building. Its expansion wing opened in March 2016 designed by a Pritzker Prize winning architect and the thoroughly contemporary wing is connected to the old building in a dramatically functional manner

The website is


Design Biennale 2016 London England was held September 7-27, 2016 at Somerset House on the north bank of the Thames River. This year it was held at the same time as the London Design Festival so the city experienced a plethora of contemporary design offerings. The images on this website display the design installations by designers from Croatia, Japan, India, Russia, Albania and Sweden.

The United States offering was The Immersion Room digitized wallpapers from Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s collection


Pipilotti Rist is an “out there” contemporary artist and we may not understand her work or always admire it, but she’s definitely a quality artist. She attracts a great deal of attention. Here is an October 22 article about her

I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much (Video Film by Pipilotti Rist 1986) at beginning of her career as an art student, she was born in 1962.

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest (ed. Massimiliano Gioni, Phaidon Press 2016) $80 is catalogue for an exhibition by the same title at The New Museum New York City from October 26 through January 15, 2017

Peggy Phelan, Pipilotti Rist (Contemporary Artists Series) (Phaidon Press 2001) 160 pages Texas Tech Library OVERSZ N7148.P44


Arts History Update for mid October 2016

12 Oct

Arts History Update for mid October 2016 by David Cummins

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Far Wide Texas is the current exhibit to October 30, 2016 at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe New Mexico. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum brings together the watercolors created by the artist during the years she lived in Canyon, Texas (1916-1918). This is a period of radical innovation and the moment when O’Keeffe’s commitment to abstraction is firmly established… While she was at West Texas State Normal College (now West Texas A & M University) she taught this curriculum, which became her life-long practice.
Twenty-eight of the 51 watercolors O’Keeffe created while living in Canyon, Texas will be on view… A gorgeous catalogue will accompany the exhibition of O’Keeffe’s Texas paintings… An essay by Amy Von Lintel, professor of art history at West Texas A & M University, will accompany the images. She has studied the original documents from O’Keeffe’s Texas years including her letters to Alfred Stieglitz as well as University documents to shed new critical light on this productive period of O’Keeffe’s life.
[from the Georgia O’Keefe Museum website]


Speaking of New Mexico, it is home to acequias or gravity flow irrigation ditches dug to channel water in semi-arid areas where water is not abundant. The digging of ditches and putting up headgate and sluicing controls on the tentacles from the main ditch is what allowed farmers and ranchers to have enough water on selected portions of their farms fields and ranches Such ditches can be found in four other southwestern states one of which is Texas.

The Milagro [miracle] Beanfield War (film 1988) directed by Robert Redford was a blockbuster movie about both cutting off water from such a ditch and a farmer who went out at night, trespassed and surreptitiously restored his water source. It pitted, as stand-ins for good and evil, the historic down in the dirt farming practices with the real estate purchase flip and sell market of entrepreneurs.

New Mexico Acequias Association and Taos Valley Acequias Association are current organizations of farmers and ranchers who maintain, cooperate, collaborate and control such ditches.

In the Middle Ages the near East Islamic world invented the practice of gravity flow ditching, that practice was brought to Andalusia in southern Spain in the late Middle Ages, and the Spanish conquistadors and mission system operators brought the practice to Mexico and the American Southwest.


Amazon@Lubbock is open for business at 2407 9th Street just east of University Avenue across from Texas Tech campus. It can be used two ways. Purchase an item online and ask for delivery to Amazon@Lubbock, receive an e-mail when it arrives, and pick it up locally on your schedule within 15 days. Return an item at the self-service return station with boxes and wrapping and labeling available, all free. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 – 9:00 pm Sat-Sun noon – 9:00 pm

The location tells you what the chief problem is for items purchased online by students and delivered by United Parcel, FedEx, DHA and US Postal Service to rooms where there is no receiving occupant, locked lockers, no one matching up with a purchser to sign for and acknowledge receipt of the package. However, the station is available to the general public so it’s a delivery option for us. For items purchased from Barnes & Noble they can be delivered to the B&N store in the Student Union Building and students can pick up there. didn’t want to put up a store on each campus.


Texas Tech University Humanities Center announced its 2016 Alumni College Fellows. These faculty members participate in Alumni College, which takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during the university’s Homecoming Activities. Fellows’ presentations begin at 8:00 am inside the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center enter at University Avenue and 17th Street ample parking. Each of the below listed fellows will present short talks on various subjects one after the other. Returning alumni are specifically invited to attend but the general public is welcome. Free event. A complimentary breakfast available.

Kanika Batra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
“Imprinting Gender and Sexuality under Apartheid”

Curtis Bauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
“Scrittore Traditore: Examining Style and Influence in the Translations of the Mexican author Fabio Morábito”

Caroline Bishop, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Greek & Roman History
“How to Make a Roman Demosthenes: Cicero’s Construction of a Tradition”

Idoia Elola, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Spanish
“Defining Linguistic Landscapes Through Written Signage in Four Hispanic Flea Markets in Texas”

Hannah Friedman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Classics
“Piecing Together The Ancient City: The Libarna Archaeological Project”

Andrea Jonsson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: French
“Acting Vulnerable: Performed Sincerity and Authenticity in the Voices of Jacques Brel and Stromae”

Amy Koerber, Ph.D.
Professor – English
“The Hormonal Woman: A Critical Exploration of Expert and Public Discourses”

Victoria Surliuga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Italian
“Peggy Guggenheim in Venice: A Self-Professed Art Addict”

Joel Velasco, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
“The Principles of Rationality: Deciding What to Believe and How to Reason”

Heather Warren-Crow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Visual & Performing Arts
“Magic Moments: Girlhood and Viral Theory in the Internet”

What are young Humanities faculty thinking about? This lineup provides an answer.


What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the numbers may actually be much higher as Japanese official estimates have been proven by several scientists to be flawed in recent years.

Radioactive Debris from Fukushima approaching North America’s western coast Credit – RT
If that weren’t bad enough, Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Fukushima has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean in just five years. This could easily be the worst environmental disaster in human history and it is almost never talked about by politicians, establishment scientists, or the news. It is interesting to note that TEPCO is a subsidiary partner with General Electric (also known as GE), one of the largest companies in the world, which has considerable control over numerous news corporations and politicians alike. Could this possibly explain the lack of news coverage Fukushima has received in the last five years? There is also evidence that GE knew about the poor condition of the Fukushima reactors for decades and did nothing. This led 1,400 Japanese citizens to sue GE for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Even if we can’t see the radiation itself, some parts of North America’s western coast have been feeling the effects for years. Not long after Fukushima, fish in Canada began bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. This “disease” has been ignored by the government and has decimated native fish populations, including the North Pacific herring. Elsewhere in Western Canada, independent scientists have measured a 300% increase in the level of radiation. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? It might have something to do with the fact that the US and Canadian governments have banned their citizens from talking about Fukushima so “people don’t panic.”

Farther south in Oregon, USA, starfish began losing legs and then disintegrating entirely when Fukushima radiation arrived there in 2013. Now, they are dying in record amounts, putting the entire oceanic ecosystem in that area at risk. However, government officials say Fukushima is not to blame even though radiation in Oregon tuna tripled after Fukushima. In 2014, radiation on California beaches increased by 500 percent. In response, government officials said that the radiation was coming from a mysterious “unknown” source and was nothing to worry about.
However, Fukushima is having a bigger impact than just the West coast of North America. Scientists are now saying that the Pacific Ocean is already radioactive and is currently at least 5-10 times more radioactive than when the US government dropped numerous nuclear bombs in the Pacific during and after World War II. If we don’t start talking about Fukushima soon, we could all be in for a very unpleasant surprise.


Landmark Art Gallery at the School of Art Texas Tech University exhibition October 14-December 18 is GUN SHOW! Art in the Era of Campus Carry with art on exhibit from ten artists. Opening festivities include artist talks by three of those exhibiting artists Shannon Cannings, Jarred Elrod and Dirk Fowler from 3:30 – 4:00 pm on October 14 followed by the opening reception at the Gallery.

The theme of the art exhibit is carried forward in readings by students and faculty in the English Department GUN SHOW! Literature in the Era of Campus Carry on October 18 at 7:00 pm in English/Philosophy Departments building LH 001

Day of the Dead Ofrenda in Memory of Those Who Have Died of Gun Violence is on exhibit at the School of Art South Gallery from October 17 – 30. A reception is October 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Marnika Shelton and camp Bosworth are artists and they will engage in GUN SHOW! Discussion Forum on November 15 at 6:00 pm in School of Art building Room B-01 [two subterranean floors beneath the one story School of Art Building, and the bottom of those floors has a small lecture hall called Room B-01].

A poster exhibit is Stop It!: Posters Against Guns, Hate and Violence in Youth Culture from December 12 – February 5, 2017 at the School of Art Studio Gallery.


WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation) located in Denver, Colorado, is now accepting applications for the position of Program Manager of the Public Art Archive

Position Summary
This position provides leadership for the further development of the Public Art Archive. The Archive is a 7 year old ongoing project that seeks to acquire and make available for both public and administrative use images and data related to installed works of public art across the United States and beyond. Public Art Archive Program Manager works with the senior management team at WESTAF to build the Archive into a comprehensive and financially self-sustainable resource. The position is a full-time, salaried opportunity at WESTAF’s lower downtown Denver office.

The Organizational Culture
WESTAF is operated by a staff of 30 employees many of whom have arts or creative backgrounds. The highly entrepreneurial organization is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and mission-oriented staff and applicants from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will thrive in a setting where the day-to-day tasks vary, collaboration is critical, and employees are able to work as part of a team but are empowered to manage their workload and execute tasks independently.

Key Duties
The Public Art Archive Manager is responsible for the following key duties:
Collaborates with experts in the public art field to further develop and enact an ambitious vision for the Public Art Archive
Ensures that the current Public Art Archive site remains available to the public at a high standard of reliability and accuracy
Develops and maintains relationships with experts in the public art field in order to ensure that the development of the site reflects best practices
Manages the project in a way that guides it to a state of financial self sufficiency
Directs contractors in the task of validating, vetting and importing content
Works to relate the capabilities of the Archive to other WESTAF technology projects to take advantage of potential synergies
Represents the Public Art Archive at professional gatherings
Manages the Archive’s e-newsletter and the social media presence
Minimum General Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a master’s degree preferred
Aptitude for completing work objectives under limited supervision
Proven entrepreneurial ability
Knowledge of the visual arts field
Strong written and verbal communication skills
A knowledge of the visual arts
Minimum Technology Qualifications
Knowledge of the basic architecture and processes of mid-level web sites, or the ability to quickly learn such basics
Proficient computer skills on both Mac and PC platforms
An understanding of basic social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The position has the following compensation and benefits:
An annual salary in the range of $43,000 to $46,000
Eligibility for an annual bonus at the conclusion of one year of work
Three weeks of paid vacation (10 hours/month)
Paid sick leave earned at the rate of eight hours per month
Eleven paid holidays per year
Health insurance
Dental coverage
An RTD Ecopass
A retirement plan with 403(b) matching opportunities after one year of employment
To Apply
To apply for this position, submit a cover letter that details how your education and experience will allow you to successfully complete the key duties of the position noted above.  In addition, please submit a resume that outlines your general qualifications for the position along with three professional references. Please send your application materials to Laurel Sherman at Questions about the positions should also be directed to Ms. Sherman. The position will remain open until it is filled.

WESTAF’s mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts. In its work, the organization strives to reflect the values, insights, spirit and knowledge of communities of color, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized ethnic communities in the West and ensure its programs and initiatives incorporate the diverse perspectives of the region. For more information about the work of WESTAF please go to Information about the Public Art Archive can be found at

Issued September 28, 2016


In this day and age of health care in America largely being a function of financing and how well insured and by which company and program with which co-pays, deductibles, exemptions from coverage and payment caps, we need to be aware of insurance coverage options.

Pharmacy can be an expensive aspect of health care. Why do things change so much? Often it’s because contract negotiations between insurance companies and pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies, and government payors and pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies, yields a new relationship that provides more and better drugs for less expense and that is a very good thing. Thus, don’t despair because of changes forcing you to adapt since that is most often to your benefit both from a health standpoint and a cost standpoint.

Here is an understandable description of a change taking place on December 1, 2016, and if you understand this, then even if you’re not covered by Tricare, you will understand better what happens in your own program and insurance coverage

3 Things to Know: Tricare Pharmacy Shake-Up


Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibition Service has an exhibit at Texas Tech Museum titled Green Revolution on display through January 15, 2017. In conjunction with that exhibit there is a community event at the Museum on Sunday October 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm titled Think Global Act Local: Get Your Green Up featuring a half hour talk by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe 2:00-2:30 and interactive booths open from 2:30-4:00 pm offering tips on how we can build a healthy conservation of resources oriented community. Hayhoe is director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center. Free event.


The British Museum in London is putting up an exhibit The American Dream: Pop to the Present from March 9 – June 18, 2017 focused on prints by American artists from the 1960s to the 2010s.|mktg|card|121016|amdream

Arts History Update for early October 2016

1 Oct

Arts History Update for early October 2016 by David Cummins

Opening ceremonies were held on September 10 for Hindu Temple of Lubbock 1400 84th Street Lubbock TX 79423 phone 806-416-0622. The priest in residence is Shri Murali Manohar. Temple leaders include Lakhu Rohra, Piyush Mittal, Mitesh Patel, and Kamlesh Patel.

Also in Lubbock is BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at 5206 11th Street Lubbock TX 79416 phone 806-544-8357. A mandir is a temple so now Lubbock has two Hindu temples. This temple opened in 2007.

Hinduism is one of the world’s major religions.


Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth (Viking 2016 in England, W.W. Norton & Co 2016 in America) $18.75 hardcover $14.16 e-book. Tides are the regular rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined gravitational effects of the moon, the sun and the rotation of the earth. That’s a global force but tides are affected by local wind and weather producing eddies, whirlpools, vortices and maelstroms. Accordingly if one purchases a tide table or chart of when the tide will turn, and how high the waves will be, one quickly discovers those predictions are often inaccurate. Since they seem capricious we are soothed by a clock like precision when they return to a 12-1/2 hour cycle. They run for around 6 plus hours in one direction before reversing and running for 6 plus hours in the opposite direction. The tide comes in or goes out. This continuum influenced the early measurements of time by human beings. When measuring religious time the liturgical calendar referred to Shrovetide or Whitsuntide.

There are places where the local wind and weather are eerily observable for producing variations in tidal activity such as eddies, vortices, whirlpools and maelstroms. One can go to the seas off Norway’s Loftoen Islands and pass through whirlpools, or sail through the Doldrums off southwest Africa experiencing the blocking effects of contrasting equatorial trade winds. The sea churns and appears sullen reflecting hidden powers at odds with itself. The mariner is observant, respectful and pushes on to glide through the patch to waters beyond. As in life we want calm, but not too calm. Excessive calm is precursor to a storm.


Those who enjoyed the exhibit March 4 – June 12, 2016 of Rick Dingus photgraphs at Texas Tech Museum Changing Places: The Photgraphic Artifacts of Rick Dingus will be keen to explore the book now published under a similar title as the exhibit
Rick Dingus, Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus (University of Oklahoma Press 2016) editor Peter S. Briggs forward by Toby Jurovic and contributions by Shelley Armitage and Lucy R. Lippard.


Lonesome Pine Equestrian Center is located at 2101 Woodrow Road and on September 17-18 a Barrel Racing Clinic was conducted by Lynn and Murray McKenzie $400/participant $35/spectator. For more information contact Jackie Dunlap phone 806-773-9339.

Texas Tech Equestrian Center is at 5712 County Road 1500 [Alcove Avenue at 57th Street] phone 806-792-4682 and is home for the Rodeo Team, Ranch Horse Team, Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team, and Therapeutic Riding Center as well as public events

To the west of Milwaukee Avenue are two north south avenues, Upland Avenue and farther west Alcove Avenue. South of 50th Street a short ways on Alcove Avenue is the equestrian center.


International Film Series fall schedule at Texas Tech is now published All films are free, usually at English Lecture Hall Room 001 essentially the west basement of the English Philosophy Departments Building but sometimes at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema off Slide Road. At the website are trailers to these movies so you can sample the content before going to the film. A faculty member will both introduce the film before viewing and lead a panel discussion afterward.

September 20 Salt of the Earth (1954)
September 28 Starving the Beast (2016)
October 5 Chi-Raq (2015)
October 7 Under the Shadow (2016)
October 11 Godzilla Resurgence (2016)
October 18 Let the Right One In (2008)
October 25 Caligari: An Exquisite Corpse (2007)
Novermber 2 Monsoon Wedding (2001)
November 15 Killer of Sheep (1978)
November 29 Soldier Blue (1970)
December 7 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)


Whole Foods Market just settled with United States Environmental Protection Agency and agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine for its failure to document and properly dispose of hazardous waste materials at its stores in region 6 that includes Texas. The items were returned items from customers that the stores then treated improperly. The organic foods retailer has 87,000 employees at 456 stores and is a leader in the industry.


National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Washington DC on September 24, 2016. It has three floors underground and four floors above ground and is wrapped in glass with a lacy metal scrim the color of dark honey, a contrast to the nearby Washington Monument that is monumental and neo-classical. Artifacts, recurriing sound and video visual images rather than books and paper are the principal media for telling a story of six hundred years of pain and progress.

On the lowest floor are found a whipping post, a fragment of a slave ship that sunk with more than 200 African captives aboard, and a stone auction block. The floors above ground strike a celebratory theme honoring achievements and outstandiing performances.

Hopefully there will be a series of temporary exhibits that will tell a vibrant and truthful story of many varieties of individual and group stories. The museum is among the family of Smithsonian Institution venues.


The Fifth International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Chicago’s Navy Pier was September 22-25, 2016 145 galleries representing 53 cities in 22 countries were presenting as exhibitors. Browse here


Want to join a social group that is interested in the same or similar things as you are? started in New York City years ago. There are now at least 39 meetup groups in Lubbock Texas most of which are obvious by the title of the group, some not obvious such as The Baggers Club. Turns out that Harley motorcycle riders who have “bagger style bikes” are a type of rider [slower and calmer] and these people meet up and go motorcycle riding together.

A recently started group are patrons of LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and there are only as of this writing 10 members, and they like to meet up and go to the LHUCA campus and do something together there.


Memo from West Texas Historical Association follows

“Mark your calendars for October 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. That’s the day for a program and presentation on the buffalo/bison at the Wichita Brazos Museum and Cultural Center in Benjamin, Texas. An artifact titled The Buffalo donated by the Lowrance Ranch west of Truscott, and mounted by taxidermist Scott Pinkerton of Munday Texas, will be added to the existing Wildlife Exhibit at the Museum.

The speaker for the program is Mr. Donald Beard, State Park Superintendent at Caprock Canyons State Park near Quitaque, Texas. The Texas State Bison Herd was transferred from the department’s Wildlife division to the State Parks division in 2010. Leadership within the department immediately signed on to the restoration plan and from that point the design, development and implementation of bestowing theses indigenous animals to their native habitat has been one of the main focuses of the Caprock Canyons State Park’s staff.
In 1862 Charles Goodnight was leading a detachment of Rangers across an area which is now Knox County, in a raging snow storm in search of a band of Indians. They crossed a strip of land that they called “the Narrows”. It was fairly alive with buffalo. Later in life at the urging of his wife Mary Ann, Goodnight was able to save a few of the buffalo from the canyon country in the Texas Panhandle. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has taken the challenge of protecting the Goodnight Bison Herd.
The presentation on October 9 is a perfect fit for any group interested in the history of the North American Bison, Charles Goodnight, and the history of this area. We hope to see you here for this most interesting program. It will follow a Rhineland sausage dinner that day to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.”
A tip is this: German sausage made by those living close to the Rhine River is famous for its taste and satisfaction. Don’t miss a chance to imbibe [a Marzen style Oktoberfest beer stein will not be far away] and ingest. Benjamin is due east of Lubbock 127 miles on US Highway 62/82 / State Highway 114 door to door in less than 2-1/2 hours to 200 E. Hays Street phone 940-459-2229.
The Brazos River flows east between Benjamin and Knox City to the south and a bridge was built in 1901 across it, and then replaced by a nearby upstream through truss bridge in 1939. This photo was taken in 1938. The highway crossing this bridge is State Highway 6 formal name Texas Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway that extends from the Red River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico near Houston. North of Benjamin it crosses the South Wichita River, then goes to Crowell, then Quanah, and then crosses the Red River to Altus Oklahoma. The 1939 bridge was replaced in 2013 by the “new” bridge, as Knox County residents call it.

There are few bridges in Lubbock, fewer still that are historic. Burlington Northern Santa Fe BNSF Railroad Ash Street Overpass Bridge is a steel stringer railroad bridge over North Ash Street / Old Amarillo Highway, bridge built in 1931 that is still operational today It is south of New Deal Texas, north of Preston Smith Lubbock International Airport, north of County Road 5800 [Utah Street at that point] east of parallel Interstate Highway 27.


International Book Fair for Publishers is at Frankfurt Germany from October 19-23, 2016 The missing physical presence in the hall is and other electronic producers/retailers of books, and they will be the topic of nearly every conversation one way or the other. In 2005 acquired CustomFlix Labs Inc. and BookSurge Inc. and their combined names were changed to CreateSpace in 2007 that is now the world’s largest digital and on-demand publishing and marketing of independent creative content books, films, videos, music etc.

There are start-up wannabe companies like Bookouture, a London England digital publishing and print a paperback on demand company with an office in King’s Cross and ten employees. This company’s first great hits were Silent Scream and The Girl in the Ice, two well-received novels

There are an increasing number of authors who self-publish and that’s now easier than ever before through Book Designer and Book Design Templates and similar companies. Their problem is marketing

The Texas Book Festival is for consumers of books as well as all sort of vendors, marketers and publishers. It’s an annual celebration and festive November 5-6, 2016 at Austin Texas.

Skyviews dining room was renovated this Summer and re-opened on September 19, 2016 with a grand re-opening scheduled for October 3. The new manager of the RHIM student-operated restaurant is Jason Lindley himself a 2006 graduate of the Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences Restaurant Hotel and Institution Management program. The Fall Dinner Series [a themed series with a fixed price menu] extends from Wednesday September 28 once per week through Wednesday November 16 Here are the themes for Fall 2016 and menus are posted on the physical site and the website the week before each dinner
1920s Speakeasy / September 28
1950s Drive-in / October 5
Turn of the (20th) Century Chili Parlor / October 12
1960s Mad Men Dinner Party / October 19
1940s Luau / October 26
Pass the Piece 1970s “Shared” Dinner / November 2
21st Century Tailgate Food Revolution / November 9
Wine & Dine Aboard the Skytanic / November 16

Skyviews is located at 1901 University Avenue [at 19th Street], Suite 600 [sixth floor by elevator] in the Texas Tech Plaza Building. Open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 1:00 pm with a $13 buffet and an ala carte menu. Reservations accepted 806-762-4762 or e-mail


Texas Tech University College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series is open to the public. Present lineup is

Charles Waldheim of Harvard University Graduate School of Design speaking at 5:00 pm in the College Gallery Room 101 first floor on October 7 and panel discussion by Jereck Boss, Sinclair Black and Nan Ellin on October 8 time and place to be announced, all within an Urban Community and Design Symposium on those days.

Bryan Cantley Professor of Design Theory California State University at Fullerton speaking at 5:00 pm in the College Gallery on October 20

Mar Loren-Mendez University of Seville in Spain speaking at 4:00 pm in the College Gallery on October 28

Kyna Leski Professor Rhode Island School of Design speaking at 4:00 pm in the College Gallery on November 4

Jesse Reiser Princeton University School of Architecture speaking at 4:00 pm in the College Gallery on November 18

The new dean of the College is Jim Williamson contact his office for more information on events times and locations 806-742-3136

Here is a lineup of Humanities Center lectures beginning October 26 They are open to the public.


University Symphony Orchestra concert titled Young Artists of the Future is Tuesday October 11 at 7:30 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall Texas Tech University School of Music immediately south of Student Union Building on campus. Parking is free in the Band Lot south of the building for evening events sponsored by the School of Music, courtesy of Bill Ballenger director. The concert is a free event public is invited and welcome.