Arts History Update for mid March 2015

27 Feb

Arts History Update for mid March 2015 by David Cummins

Texas Declaration of Independence was issued by a convention at Washington on the Brazos on March 2, 1836 and the date is celebrated annually as Texas Independence Day. The trail toward independence from northern New Spain and since 1821 from Coahuila y Tejas state in the Mexican Empire and later Mexican Republic is told at http://texasindependencetrail.com/plan-your-adventure/themes/main-texas-revolution and ended on April 21, 1836 at San Jacinto Monument in La Porte Texas east of Houston where Santa Ana’s Army was defeated.

The state was the poorest and most lightly settled in the Mexican federation and its capital was moved from San Antonio de Bexar to Monclova to Saltillo. The new Mexican government had no funds to raise and support an Army for protection of the settlers against Apache, Kiowa and Comanche attacks, so a liberal immigration policy under the 1824 General Colonization Law was enacted and settlers were encouraged to defend themselves. Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred settled in 1822 under a New Spain land grant to the emprasario prior to Mexican Independence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Texas

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Carolyn Summers Bledsoe Goebel 1931-2015 died February 19, 2015 in Lubbock. Her grandfather William H. Bledsoe was a pioneer Lubbock lawyer (from 1908) and state representative (1915-1919) and state senator (1919-1927) whose portrait hangs in Chancellor Robert Duncan’s Lubbock home. Senator Bledsoe wrote the bill in the Texas Legislature that passed in 1923 establishing Texas Technological College.

Inventory of William H. Bledsoe papers at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ttusw/00240/tsw-00240.html

To identify materials in the Collection, go to Texas Archival Resources Online or TARO at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ and at the website select a repository, in this case select Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University. You can then browse through the collection files or go directly alphabetically to Bledsoe, William H or Bledsoe, William Harrison, 1869-1936 and open the index to files on this person. The second file has photographs and you cannot view those online so go to the Southwest Collection Library building on the Lubbock campus and provide the name of the file to the attendant and he/she will bring the file containing the photographs to you for your perusal. You cannot take it outside the building but you can make copies if you like and take away copies.

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Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour will be in Lubbock in conjunction with the annual Lubbock Arts Festival April 17-19, 2015. Apprentice program singers Abigail Mitchell, soprano from Washington state, and Shea Owens, baritone from Arizona, will sing and Kirt Pavitt, pianist, will play. A special concert for school children will occur on Friday April 17 while the concert for the public is Saturday April 18 at 7:00 pm in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, a free event http://www.santafeopera.org/communityactivities/communityevents/concertsperformances.aspx Funding is in part supplied by the CH Foundation and by Lubbock Friends of the Spring Tour.

Click on this link and then click on the speaker symbol to hear Abigail Mitchell sing http://www.abigailmitchellsoprano.com

http://www.sheaowens.com/info/ and here are videos of Shea Owens singing http://www.sheaowens.com/media/videos/

Here’s a photo of Kirt Pavitt on December 24, 2014 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152828262125020&set=a.469832300019.273013.685240019&type=1&theater

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For the City: The Dallas Festival of Ideas http://www.thedallasfestival.com is presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and the Dallas Morning News newspaper. Here is the schedule http://thedallasfestival.com/schedule/ on February 27 and 28, 2015.

A corollary of this event is Imagine Lubbock Together http://www.lubbockchamber.com/imagine-lubbock-together.html but it seems to have lost momentum and may be stalled.

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Aneurin “Nye” Bevan 1897-1960 was a Welsh Labour Party politician who was Minister of Health in the post-World War II Clement Attlee-led government from 1945-1951. His portfolio was to establish the National Health Service granting universal free health care to Brits at point of use.

Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds, Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan (I.B. Tauris 2014) $50.78 hardcover $17.60 e-book ABE Books new $29.92. Aneurin – Nye – Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour Party figures of the post-war era in Britain. As Minister for Health in Attlee’s government, his role in the foundation of the National Health Service, the world’s largest publicly-funded health service, changed the face of British society forever. The son of a coal miner from South Wales, Bevan was a life-long champion of social justice and the rights of working people, as such becoming one of the leading proponents of Socialist thought in Britain. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full biography of Bevan. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/28/nye-political-life-of-aneurin-bevan-review-nicklaus-thomas-symonds-chris-mullin

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The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project is a series of artist-produced billboards being put up across the United States tracing the history of western territorial expansion in the 19th century. The first set of ten billboards is by Los Angeles artist Daniel R. Small http://hyperallergic.com/183852/billboard-art-project-sets-off-terrorism-scare-near-usmexico-border/ They are astride Interstate Highway 10 west of El Paso in New Mexico. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AMww8RTEhA introduces the project.

There have been other billboard art projects that are more whimsical http://billboardartproject.org/ and essentially fill up space that hasn’t yet been sold to advertisers.

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Independent publishing houses in Austin Texas include Typewriter Rodeo http://www.typewriterrodeo.com A Strange Object http://www.astrangeobject.com/aso/ The Austin Review http://www.theAustinReview.org AWST Press http://www.awst-press.org Litragger http://www.litragger.com/ NANO Fiction http://nanofiction.org/ Write Bloody Publishing http://writebloody.com/ American Short Fiction http://americanshortfiction.org/
smoking glue gun http://smokinggluegun.com/ fields magazine http://www.fieldsmagazine.com/ Asatte Press http://asattepress.com/ Black Buzzard Press https://visions2010.wordpress.com/ Blooming Tree Press http://www.bloomingtreepress.com/ Dos Gatos Press http://dosgatospress.org/ Greenleaf Book Group LLC http://www.greenleafbookgroup.com/home Plain View Press http://www.plainviewpress.net/index.html Virgogray Press http://virgograypress.net/ Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review http://www.borderlands.org Foxing Quarterly http://www.foxingquarterly.com/about/ Unstuck http://www.unstuckbooks.org/ and
Raspa Magazine http://www.raspamagazine.com/

DFW Houston and San Antonio publishers include Arte Publico Press https://artepublicopress.com/ Pecan Grove Press http://library.stmarytx.edu/pgpress/ Wings Press http://www.wingspress.com/wingspress.cfm Amarillo Bay http://www.amarillobay.org Camera Obscura Journal http://www.obscurajournal.com/ Carve Magazine http://www.carvezine.com/ Dappled Things http://dappledthings.org/ The First Line http://www.thefirstline.com/ Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature http://www.centrovictoria.net/huizache.html Illya’s Honey http://www.illyashoney.com/ Overtime http://workerswritejournal.com/ Red River Review http://www.redriverreview.com/ Story/Houston http://www.storyhouston.com/ TORCH Journal http://www.torchliteraryarts.org/ Voices de la Luna http://www.voicesdelaluna.com/ Slough Press http://www.sloughpressbooks.com/ Queen’s Ferry Press http://www.queensferrypress.com/ Weasel Press http://www.weaselpress.com/ Silver Boomer Books http://silverboomerbooks.com/sbb/wp/ 1966 http://1966journal.org/ Lone Star Legacy: Poetry Prose and History in Texas http://lonestarlegacy.vpweb.com/?prefix=www The Literati Quarterly http://literatiquarterly.co/ MOLT Literary Journal http://moltjournal.tumblr.com/ Nat.Brut http://www.natbrut.com/ Crack the Spine http://www.crackthespine.com/ Workers Write! http://www.workerswritejournal.com/ Sakura Review http://www.sakurareview.com/ and haijinx http://www.haijinx.org/

escarp http://www.escarp.org/ Travis A. Everett, Editor, 3203 45th Street, Lubbock TX 79413

Authors seeking an outlet for their work might consider these houses. University-related journals, listed below, rarely publish submissions from outside academia.

Analecta http://analectajournal.tumblr.com/ UT-Austin

American Letters & Commentary http://www.amletters.org/ UT-San Antonio

The American Literary Review http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/ University of North Texas

Aries: Journal of Art & Literature https://twuaries.wordpress.com/ Texas Wesleyan University

Bat City Review, an annual graduate student operated literary magazine sponsored by the English department at UT-Austin http://www.batcityreview.la.utexas.edu

Concho River Review http://www.angelo.edu/dept/english_modern_languages/concho_river_review.php Angelo State University

descant http://www.descant.tcu.edu/ Texas Christian University

Expositor http://web.trinity.edu/Documents/English/expositor.pdf Trinity University

Iron Horse Literary Review http://www.ironhorsereview.com/ Texas Tech University

Front Porch Journal http://www.frontporchjournal.com/fiction.asp Texas State University

Glass Mountain Magazine http://www.glassmountainmag.com/ University of Houston

Gulf Coast Magazine http://gulfcoastmag.org/ University of Houston

Hothouse Literary Journal http://uthothouse.tumblr.com/ UT-Austin

Langdon Review http://www.tarleton.edu/langdonreview/ Tarleton State University

Persona http://personaonline.weebly.com/ Texas State University

Quicksilver http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=55407 UT-El Paso

REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters https://regardingartsandletters.wordpress.com/ Stephen F. Austin State University

Reunion: The Dallas Review http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/reunion/ UT-Dallas

Rio Grande Review http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=65211 UT-El Paso

RiverSedge http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/ogs_home/utpress_home/journals UT-Pan American

R2: The Rice Review http://r2mag.rice.edu/ Rice University

Sagebrush Review http://www.sagebrushreview.org/Sagebrush_Review/SBR_Home.html UT-San Antonio

Southwest Review http://www.smu.edu/southwestreview/ Southern Methodist University

Texas Review Press http://texasreviewpress.org/ Sam Houston State University

The Thing Itself http://ttijournal.org/ Our Lady of the Lake University

Trinity Review http://web.trinity.edu/documents/english/trinityreview.pdf Trinity University

Writing Texas http://www.writingtexas.org/ Lamar University
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13th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art is April 24-26, 2015 in Houston Texas. The event hotel is Hilton University of Houston directly across the street from the University of Houston Student Center where the Fair and Symposium will be held in Ballroom 210 East and UC Theater 203. Reservations at the hotel by phone 1-832-531-6300. The sponsor is CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art http://www.caseta.org

Prior to the Fair and Symposium there are two CASETA events: Thursday March 5 at 5:30 pm at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts http://www.samfa.org Margaret Blagg will provide an illustrated lecture “The Work of Texas Artist Cynthia Brants”. http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/7aa/7aa898.htm Ms Blagg is the former Director of Old Jail Museum at Albany Texas north of Abilene.

On Friday April 3 a bus tour will depart Wichita Falls Museum of Art on the campus of Midwestern State University http://www.wfmamsu.org at 1:30 pm for Electra Texas [27 miles distant on US Highway 287] to view Allie Victoria Tennant’s New Deal Era mural in the Electra post office. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fte37 Professor of History Light Cummins http://www.austincollege.edu/9150/light-cummins/ will provide a lecture on the mural and the bus will return to Wichita Falls Museum of Art around 4:00 pm.

Both these events are free but attendees should register in advance.

The town of Electra was named for the daughter of W.T. Waggoner and granddaughter of Daniel Waggoner, founder of the historic Waggoner Ranch http://westerntrips.blogspot.com/2012/07/electra-texas-electra-waggoner.html

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Alice Kaplan, Camus Redux: Today Albert Camus is Still Alive But Changed, Thanks to the Art of David Oelhoffen and Kamel Daoud, The Nation Magazine, February 23, 2015 http://www.thenation.com/article/196993/camus-redux

movie – Loin des hommes [Far From Men] (Pathe Films 2014 director David Oelhoffen) is a remaking of the story The Guest by Camus and the movie will be released in the United States on May 1, 2015 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2936180/?ref_=nv_sr_1

novel – Kamel Daoud, Meursault, contra-enquete [Meursault, counter-investigation] (Actes Sud 2014 paperback at 153 pages) ABE Books new $ 26.71. Meursault is the narrator and remorseless French Algerian murderer of an Arab Algerian in Camus’s novel The Stranger and Daoud, a contemporary Algerian writer, uses the character to a different and surprising effect.

Albert Camus 1913-1960 http://www.egs.edu/library/albert-camus/biography/ wrote a short story The Guest (1954) when the eight year Algerian Revolution [1954-1962] was just starting and Camus, born in Algeria, was in exile in France. The story appeared later in the collection Exile and the Kingdom (1957, Quality Paperback Book Club 1995, The Guest appears at pages 85-109) (translation by Justin O’Brien can be read on Internet http://www4.ncsu.edu/~dsbeckma/the%20guest%20by%20albert%20camus.pdf Study Guide discussion of L’Hote [The Guest] http://www.enotes.com/topics/guest Exile and the Kingdom includes The Adulterous Woman, The Renegade, The Silent Men, The Guest, The Artist at Work, and The Growing Stone.

Camus wrote a story Misery in Kabylia (1939) https://books.google.com/books?id=VGBSVdHwmUYC&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=albert+camus+misery+kabylia&source=bl&ots=MStYHtiDsW&sig=pU_s_pCM0AwWwKtREh02icXOki4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=W1XtVK-9H4KfggTD5YO4DA&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=albert%20camus%20misery%20kabylia&f=false and http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674072589&content=toc for which because of his sympathy for Algerian Arabs and Berbers Camus lost his job as a journalist with a French Algerian newspaper. Algerian Chronicles (Harvard University Press 2013) includes Misery in Kabylia.

His unfinished autobiographical novel The First Man was published in 1994. Here is a summary and study guide http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-the-first-man/#gsc.tab=0

Albert Camus, La Chute [The Fall] (novel in 1956) (transl. Justin O’Brien, 144 pages) can be read here http://evankozierachi.com/uploads/The_Fall_by_Albert_Camus.pdf

Albert Camus, La Peste [The Plague] (novel in 1947) (transl. Stuart Gilbert) can be read here http://evankozierachi.com/uploads/The_Plague_by_Albert_Camus.pdf

Albert Camus, L’Etranger [The Stranger] (1942 novel) (transl. Stuart Gilbert 1946, three other later translations so you have choices) http://public.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/20th/camus.stranger.html

Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt (1951) (transl. Anthony Bower, Alfred A. Knopf 1956) can be read here https://libcom.org/files/The-Rebel-Albert-Camus.pdf

Absurdist existentialism is reflected in his essays Betwixt and Between (1937) Nuptials (1938) The Myth of Sisyphus (1942 a literary essay) Letters to A German Friend (1945) included in a collection of essays Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1960, transl. Justin O’Brien, Alfred A. Knopf 1961) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistance,_Rebellion,_and_Death Texas Tech Library PQ 2605.A3734 A25 ABE Books good condition $3.49.

http://www.iep.utm.edu/camus/ Internet philosophy article on Camus

Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 and, due to his untimely death at age 46 in a car accident, passed quickly into legend. So much has been said, so many interpretations made, so many speculations assumptions and projections, so much labeling, that taken as a whole it only proves his own absurdist existentialism. We live our history but don’t make it.

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Siglo de Oro [golden age] Drama Festival is March 18-22 at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso http://www.nps.gov/cham

Outlaws and Legends Music Fest is March 27-28 at Back Porch of Texas located at Interstate Highway 20 and US Highway 277 in Abilene, a fundraiser for the Ben Richey Boys Ranch http://www.outlawsandlegends.com admission for all weekend is $49 in advance $65 at the gate

Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit is April 24-26 at Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap south of Abilene http://www.buffalogapsummit.com tickets by phone 1-800-367-1721 haute cuisine on ranch grounds

Arts History Update for early March 2015

22 Feb

Arts History Update for early March 2015 by David Cummins

At the weekly Arts History Lecture Series on Fridays in the Texas Tech Museum Jones Auditorium, the lecturer Christian Conrad advised that he is putting his lecture on Renoir on the You Tube platform in several parts, each about 13 minutes in length. Go to http://www.youtube.com and in the search box type christian conrad renoir and you will find six segments of his two lectures on Renoir. Type in christian conrad whistler, and you will find four segments of his lecture on James Abbot McNeill Whistler.

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Donald Antrim, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World (Viking 1993) Announcing a bold new American voice laced with pitch black humor and as taut as a victim on a rack, this spectacularly provocative debut novel is graceful, electric, a wickedly funny tale of a world made riotous by life’s mysterious and sometimes violent accidents. (Picador paperback $12.02 e-book $10 189 pages ABE Books good $7.49)
The Hundred Brothers: A Novel (Crown Publishing 1997)

A family reunion of 99 brothers–the oldest 90, the youngest 20. The event gives rise to the usual conflicting memories, hurt feelings, rivalries and alliances, but with so many emotions at work, little wonder the reunion explodes. Part comedy, part serious study of family relations. By the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. (Picador 2012 paperback $12.18 e-book $10 ABE Books good $3.98 at 208 pages)

The Verificationist: A Novel (Alfred A. Knopf 2000)

A gathering of psychoanalysts and a narrator with a dissociated personality whose vantage point is the ceiling of a pancake house–these are the basic elements of this deadly serious, desperately playful, off-the-wall and perfectly on-target new novel. (Picador 2011 paperback $10.14 e-book $10 ABE Books $3.99 at 189 pages)

The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2014)

“A masterful story collection–heartbreaking and hilarious–from one of America’s greatest writers Nothing is simple for the men and women in Donald Antrim’s stories. As they do the things we all do–bum a cigarette at a party, stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue, take a kid to the zoo–they’re confronted with their own uncooperative selves. These artists, writers, lawyers, teachers, and actors make fools of themselves, spiral out of control, have delusions of grandeur, despair, and find it hard to imagine a future. They talk, they listen, they hope, they dream. They look for communion in a city, both beautiful and menacing, which can promise so much and yield so little. But they are hungry for life. They want to love and be loved. These stories, all published in The New Yorker over the last fifteen years, make it clear that Antrim is one of America’s most important writers. His work has been praised by his significant contemporaries, including Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, Jeffrey Eugenides, and George Saunders, who described The Verificationist as “one of the most pleasure-giving, funny, perverse, complicated, addictive novels of the last twenty years.” And here, at last, is the story collection we have been waiting for, The Emerald Light in the Air, Antrim’s best book yet” (2014 hardcover $16.74) (Picado 2015 paperback $11.60) e-book $10 ABE Books new $17.14

Here is a You Tube video 43 minutes in length of Antrim reading the last story in The Emerald Light in the Air https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIlIYNMH9mY which is the title story

An actor prepares —
Pond, with mud —
Solace —
Another Manhattan —
He knew —
Ever since —
The emerald light in the air.

Donald Antrim, The Afterlife: A Memoir (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2006) family biography

“In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother’s death from cancer and malnourishment, Donald Antrim, author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, began writing about his family. In pieces that appeared in The New Yorker and were anthologized in Best American Essays, Antrim explored his intense and complicated relationships with his mother, Louanne, an artist and teacher who was, at her worst, a ferociously destabilized and destabilizing alcoholic; his gentle grandfather, who lived in the mountains of North Carolina and who always hoped to save his daughter from herself; and his father, who married Louanne twice. The Afterlife is not a temporally linear coming-of-age memoir; instead, Antrim follows a logic of unconscious life, of dreams and memories, of fantasies and psychoses, the way in which the world of the alcoholic becomes a sleepless, atemporal world. In it, he comes to terms with–and fails to comes to terms with–the nature of addiction and the broken states of loneliness, shame, and loss that remain beyond his power to fully repair. This is a tender and even blackly hilarious portrait of a family–faulty, cracked, enraging. It is also the story of the way the author works, in part through writing this book, to become a man more fully alive to himself and to others, a man capable of a life in which he may never learn, or ever hope to know, the nature of his origins” (Picador 2007 paperback $13.21) e-book $8
Texas Tech Library PS 3551.N85 Z46 hardcover 196 pages ABE Books good condition $3.45
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Flatlands Dance Theatre https://flatlandsdance.wordpress.com/ presents its Spring Concert Friday and Saturday April 10-11, 2015 at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre titled Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally at 8:00 pm $17 general admission, seniors $12
Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Firehouse Theatre – Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally ; Our spring concert is comprised of two interdisciplinary works, each exploring travel, adventure, transformation, and the idea of “home.” The first act, called Acts of Absence features performances by esteemed guest artist Sarah Gamblin and the choreography of the Big Rig Dance Collective. The second act, called Nivedita tells the epic tale of Sister Nivedita through music composed and performed by Curtis Peoples and choreography by Ali Duffy, Sarah Mondle, Kyla Olson, and Rachel Ure. You don’t want to miss this exciting evening of live dance and music, digital media, and guest artists from all over the state of Texas. Here is information about Sarah Gamblin and Big Rig Dance Collective http://www.bigrigdance.org/
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Coffee in the Afternoon
by Alberto Rios Arizona Poet Laureate http://www.poemhunter.com/alberto-r-os/biography/
It was afternoon tea, with tea foods spread out
Like in the books, except that it was coffee.
She made a tin pot of cowboy coffee, from memory,
That’s what we used to call it, she said, cowboy coffee.
The grounds she pinched up in her hands, not a spoon,
And the fire on the stove she made from a match.
I sat with her and talked, but the talk was like the tea food,
A little of this and something from the other plate as well,
Always with a napkin and a thank-you. We sat and visited
And I watched her smoke cigarettes
Until the afternoon light was funny in the room,
And then we said our good-byes. The visit was liniment,
The way the tea was coffee, a confusion plain and nice,
A balm for the nerves of two people living in the world,
A balm in the tenor of its language, which spoke through
our hands
In the small lifting of our cups and our cakes to our lips.
It was simplicity, and held only what it needed.
It was a gentle visit, and I did not see her again.

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Madame Cézanne
Through March 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

“Superb… It is an exhibition not to be missed.”—Wall Street Journal

There are only a few weeks left to view this exhibition of works by Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) that traces his lifelong attachment to Hortense Fiquet (French, 1850–1922), his wife, the mother of his only son, and his most painted model.

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/madame-cezanne?utm_source=SpEx&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SpExFeb2015

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Hamline University School of Law, St Paul MN and William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul MN will merge http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/once_rivals_two_minnesota_law_schools_announce_plans_to_merge/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email&utm_source=maestro&job_id=150219AT They are only three miles from each other, and will continue at Mitchell’s facility. Both had suffered 40% drops in recent enrollment. University of St Thomas School of Law is also in St Paul http://www.stthomas.edu/law/ The big boy next door is University of Minnesota School of Law in Minneapolis http://www.law.umn.edu/

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Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA Architect http://www.psoles.com/bio-page.html Steve Oles is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He spoke at his alma mater on January 28 and an exhibit Prefiguring the Real: Perspectival Visions of Paul Stevenson Oles is in the College of Architecture ninth floor library http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Steve_Oles_Lecture viewable by the public.

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Book Fairs and Festivals in 2015

Savannah Book Festival February 12-15 http://www.savannahbookfestival.org

Tucson Festival of Books March 14-15 http://www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Virginia Festival of the Book March 18-22 http://www.vabook.org

AWP [Association of Writers and Writing Programs] Conference and Book Fair April 8-11 http://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 18-19 http://www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Border Book Festival in Las Cruces April 24-27 http://www.borderbookfestival.org/bbf/?page_id=17

BookExpo America and BookCon May 27-31 http://www.bookexpoamerica.com in the Javits Center in New York City

Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Literary Festival June 6-7 http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/printersrow/

Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley June 6-7 http://www.baybookfest.org

Northwest Book Festival in Portland July 25 http://www.nwbookfestival.com

West Texas Book & Music Festival in Abilene September http://www.abilenetx.com/apl/bookfest.html

Library of Congress National Book Festival September http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Texas Book Festival October 17-18 http://www.texasbookfestival.org

Boston Book Festival October 24 http://www.bostonbookfest.org

Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco November 14 http://howardzinnbookfair.com/

Miami Book Fair International November 15-22 http://www.miamibookfair.com

Lone Star Literary Life http://www.lonestarliterary.com will keep us up to date on book fairs, festivals and similar events in and around Texas.

Caprock Writers’ Alliance is a new organization of aspiring and established writers who seek a network and outlet for their literary efforts. To join or learn more e-mail CaprockWriters@gmail.com The next meeting is Tuesday February 24 at 7:00 pm at Mahon Library downtown Lubbock where author Sarah Negovetich will speak about her young adult dystopian fiction. Authors who might attend such meetings include Carol Morgan, Bear Mills, Richard Jespers, Barbara Brannon, Kay Ellington, Melissa Brewer, Michelle Kraft and Marilyn Westfall. http://lbkmetroleader.com/community/meet-a-lubbock-author:-caprock-writers’-alliance/

Here is an introduction to Lubbock author Richard Jespers http://lbkmetroleader.com/community/meet-lubbock-author-richard-jespers/ and here’s a local book store Hester Books on 34th Street some may not have visited operated by Renee Hester http://lbkmetroleader.com/business/business-focus/hester-books-lubbock-literary-treasure-house/

Another Lubbock author is Thomas J. Nichols, former Chief of Police of the City of Lubbock http://www.thomasjnichols.com/author_voices.htm who authored three mystery books Color of the Prism (2000) Lubbock Public Library 6 copies FIC NICH Adult Fiction $17.95 paper $5 e-book ABE Books good condition $10.87, Voices in the Fog (2008) $19.95 paper $5 e-book ABE Books good $11.08, and Sweet Emily (2012) $17.95 paperback $5 e-book ABE Books new $17.31 incl s&h.

Arts History Update for even later February 2015

15 Feb

Arts History Update for even later February 2015 by David Cummins

More than halfway through the Big XII Conference basketball season Texas Tech women’s team is 5-8 tied for 6th place with Texas, Kansas State and West Virginia while Kansas has the cellar spot at 4-9. Texas Tech’s men’s team is 2-11 holding down the cellar position behind ninth place Texas Christian at 2-10. Texas Tech has a February 17 game versus # 16 Baylor at 6:00 pm TV-ESPN2, February 21 against # 17 Oklahoma, February 25 versus Texas Christian, February 28 against # 21 Oklahoma State and finally March 6 against # 16 Baylor.

It looks like an interesting but losing season for both programs. The coaching is strong so we expect to see positives that form a building platform for improved teams later in the season and next year.

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Rev. Libby Lane became the first Anglican female bishop, the eighth Bishop of Stockport, on Monday January 26, 2015 consecrated by the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the Province of York and Primate of England, Most Rev. John Sentamu http://www.archbishopofyork.org/pages/about-john-sentamu.html and attending bishops who gathered around her. She was one of the first women in England ordained to the priesthood and is married to a priest. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/26/church-of-england-bishop-libby-lane_n_6546990.html She is suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester in the Province of York, England. The title Stockport takes its name from the town of Stockport in Greater Manchester. She will speak ex cathedra from the Chester Cathedral http://www.chestercathedral.com/about-us/cathedral-clergy-team.html

Her first pronouncement was on the subject of human trafficking “an evil” at the launch of Manchester Airport’s Travel Safe Week http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-31299326 on Monday February 9, 2015. Her husband is chaplain at the Airport.

The other Primate in England is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of England, Most Rev. and Right Honorable Justin Welby http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/pages/about-justin-welby.html

The Primate in America of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/presiding-bishop The American church began ordaining women in 1976 and never imposed a limitation on their reaching the episcopate as was done in England. Thus, there are two dozen female bishops in America and in 2006 Bishop Schori was elected by the House of Bishops confirmed by the House of Deputies as Presiding Bishop or first among equals to guide the Episcopal Church.

The Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas headquartered at Lubbock Texas is Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer http://www.nwtdiocese.org/ You can bet he sent Rt. Rev. Libby Lane a note of congratulations.

Presiding Bishop Schori’s duties sometimes force her to manage errant priests and even bishops, as in the case of Rt. Rev. Heather E. Cook, Bishop Suffragan of Maryland consecrated only last September 2014 http://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/presiding-bishop-further-restricts-ministry-heather-cook who has a problem with alcohol and was arrested for DWI and Manslaughter resulting from her car colliding with and killing a bicyclist http://www.cbsnews.com/news/heather-cook-bishop-charged-in-cyclist-death-posts-bond/
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Michael Heizer is a large scale and earthen works sculptural artist http://doublenegative.tarasen.net/ who lives in the Nevada desert near Hico and has been working 40 years on a project he calls City Complex (1972-present) that is not yet finished and not open to the public during construction. It is massive and a city in the sense of the pre-Columbian societies including the Mississippian mound builders in North America http://doublenegative.tarasen.net/city.html It is approximately ¼ mile long and is a series of earthen works on land owned and controlled by Heizer.

Adjacent, Against, Upon (1976) by Heizer is in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park on the Elliott Bay shoreline north of Pier 70. There are three concrete plinths one five sided, one four sided and one three sided. Three granite boulders quarried in the Cascade Mountains were barged and transported by train to the site. One boulder lays adjacent to a plinth, one resting against a plinth, and one resting on top of a plinth. http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/permanent.asp?cat=1&item=1&view=2

Heizer told a quarry site operation in remote desert Riverside County California that if it dislodged a large granite boulder, to let him know. It did and he arranged financing to purchase it. Then he arranged for Los Angeles County Museum of Art to repurchase it, transport it on highways 105 miles to the downtown LACMA location, and that was done in 2012. Here is Levitated Mass (2012) at LACMA http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/levitated-mass a 340 ton granite boulder situated within a strong concrete steel reinforced depressed tunnel. A reader of these updates provided me with the opportunity to view a DVD Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture (2014) purchased from Netflix, one hour 29 minutes documentary film. http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Levitated-Mass-The-Story-of-Michael-Heizer-s-Monolithic-Sculpture/70285588 The acquisition, transportation, and placement of the boulder taken together is an art installation of great magnitude and engineering capacity. It is an event within the field of art history and 21st century art in America.

Heizer did a previous piece of carved and incised granite titled Levitated Mass (1982) that is on the street in New York City at 590 Madison Avenue at 56th Street in front of the IBM Headquarters Building. The stone rests in a pool of onrushing water and is 11 tons rather than the 340 ton piece in Los Angeles http://artincommon.net/michael-heizer-levitated-mass-1982/

He came to the attention of the art world with Double Negative (1969-1970) in the Nevada Desert near Overton Nevada demonstrating the power of negative space within an expansive space of land mass.

Effigy Tumuli (1983-1985) is in Buffalo Rock State Park near Ottawa Illinois astride the Illinois River. Carved into the earth are effigies of five animals referenced to the ancient mound builder civilization, viz., a water strider, a turtle, a catfish, a frog, and a snake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Rock_State_Park

This Equals That (1980) geometric forms west of the capitol in Lansing Michigan for 22 years but now disassembled and trashed http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/archives/031112/031112tet.html

North East South West # 1 (1967-2002) for Dia Art Foundation at 3 Beekman Street in Beacon New York on the east side of the Hudson River north of New York City and south of Poughkeepsie. http://www.diaart.org/sites/page/1/1680 is geometic forms in steel depressed into a floor on the second floor of a building, here again visually producing negative space. The viewer strides out on the floor and looks down into the negative space shapes, and many people experience a displacement of reality and foundational support, and they cling to the window wall rather than be engulfed by the negative space. It is a hugely successful installation.

North East South West # 2 (1981) in the courtyard of the 444 South Flower Street Building in downtown Los Angeles, upstanding geometric spheres in burnished sheet stainless steel http://www.crala.org/internet-site/Other/Art_Program/artist_list/michael_heizer.cfm demonstrating the positive space antithesis.

Isolated Mass / Circumflex # 1 (1968) at Massacre Dry Lake near Vyo Nevada http://clui.org/ludb/site/isolated-mass-circumflex is now no longer visible, but Isolated Mass / Circumflex # 2 is at Menil Collection art museum in Houston Texas https://www.flickr.com/photos/10409729@N08/13090196853

Arts History Update for late February 2015

8 Feb

Arts History Update for late February 2015 by David Cummins

Third annual International Arts and Cultural Symposium is Saturday February 28 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm at Texas Tech Museum Jones Sculpture Court. The theme is coming of age within a culture, focused on Native American, Ghanaian, Jewish, and Korean cultures http://www.lubbockculturaldistrictcalendar.org/all-events/2015/2/28/museum-of-texas-tech-university-and-sowoon-arts-and-heritage-present-the-3rd-annual-international-arts-and-culture-symposium The public is welcome.

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Ronald K. Fierstein, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War/Battle of the Century (American Bar Association Publishing Co 2015) $35 Amazon.com hardcover $25.82 e-book $7.99 ABE Books new $24.45 incl s&h at 644 pages it tells the back stories of inventiveness, the Polaroid Corporation, and Eastman Kodak Corporation trials and appellate litigation.
Steve Jobs outspokenly admired Edwin Land, the creator of Polaroid’s instant photography. Jobs revered Land as “a national treasure,” and modeled much of his career after his. Neither had a college degree, but both men built highly successful, innovative organizations. Both were perfectionists, micromanagers with fanatic attention to detail, consummate showmen and marketers. In many ways, Edwin Land was the original Steve Jobs. This riveting biography from the American Bar Association visits the spectacular life of Edwin Land, breakthrough inventor. At the time of his death he stood third on the list of our most prolific inventors, behind only Thomas Edison and one of Edison’s colleagues. Land’s most famous achievement of course, was the creation of a revolutionary film and camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken. The book takes you behind the scenes of his discoveries, his triumphs, and also the defeats of this reclusive genius.

You’ll learn details of Land’s involvement over four decades with top secret U.S. military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally, you’ll thrill to the compelling firsthand look at one of our nation’s most important legal battles over intellectual property—Polaroid versus Kodak. This corporate and legal struggle is a story of almost operatic dimension. What began as a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak’s betrayal. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama.

More than a simple biography, this fascinating book is a biographical legal thriller that is not to be missed.
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More Light! More Light! (1964) a poem by Anthony Hecht 1923-2004 from Collected Early Poems (Alfred A. Knopf 1990)
We move now to outside a German wood.
Three men are there commanded to dig a hole
In which the two Jews are ordered to lie down
And be buried alive by the third, who is a Pole.

Not light from the shrine at Weimar beyond the hill
Nor light from heaven appeared. But he did refuse.
A Lüger settled back deeply in its glove.
He was ordered to change places with the Jews.

Much casual death had drained away their souls.
The thick dirt mounted toward the quivering chin.
When only the head was exposed the order came
To dig him out again and to get back in.

No light, no light in the blue Polish eye.
When he finished a riding boot packed down the earth.
The Lüger hovered lightly in its glove.
He was shot in the belly and in three hours bled to death.

No prayers or incense rose up in those hours
Which grew to be years, and every day came mute
Ghosts from the ovens, sifting through crisp air,
And settled upon his eyes in a black soot.

Anthony Hecht, “ ‘More Light! More Light!’ ” (1964) from Collected Earlier Poems. Copyright © 1990 by Anthony Hecht. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
Source:Collected Earlier Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1990)
The poet had been in the American Army that liberated a concentration/prison camp at Klausenberg Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate in 1945 and saw the detritus of humanity the Nazis had left.
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Jan Jarboe Russell, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II (Scribner 2015) 400 pages $30 Amazon.com hardcover $22.44 e-book $14.99 ABE Books new $20.73 incl s&h reviewed by Michelle Newby at http://www.lonestarliterary.com/index.html?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Introducing+Lone+Star+Literary+Life%3A+Texas+Books%2C+Texas+Readers&utm_campaign=20150202_m124237830_Lone+Star+Literary+Hello+020215&utm_term=_3E_3EREAD+MORE Lone Star Literary Life: Texas Books for Texas Readers http://www.lonestarliterary.com published by Lubbock’s Kay Ellington at MediaGarden, 1923 29th Street, Lubbock TX 79411

Crystal City Texas is 45 miles east of Eagle Pass Texas that is on the border and on the Rio Grande River, reached by US Highway 83 south, Farm To Market Road 191 west, and US Highway 277 west. Crystal City is the county seat of Zavala County and has a population of 7,800 people. Here is the sign marking the location of the former Camp http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc85147.php
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Annual Splash of Red Exhibit and Show by West Texas Watercolor Society includes 60 paintings, all for sale, plus jewelry crafted by Linda Adkins and Jackie DeVore, beginning February 9 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ending March 6 at YWCA Legacy Event Center 14th Street and Avenue O, Lubbock. Free admission.
Opening event for this exhibit and show is Friday February 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Legacy Event Center as part of First Friday Art Trail.
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Beyond the Border is a four part award-winning journalism piece by Melissa del Bosque for Texas Observer Magazine http://www.texasobserver.org/beyond-border/ that humanizes the desperate and dangerous immigrant border crossings into Texas. Part 1 Into the Wilderness part 2 This Is Our Home part 3 A Cemetery For Our People and part 4 Lawman’s Burden. It focuses upon a US Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias [military folks would call it a chokepoint on one of two main highways that leave the Rio Grande River border area] in Brooks County Texas on US Highway 281 some 80 miles north of the border at Hidalgo on the River http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/rio-grande-valley-sector-texas/falfurrias-station and the forced walk by immigrants led by a people smuggler/”coyote” in the Texas shrub mesquite around that checkpoint. That walk is arduous and lethal. US Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/rio-grande-valley-sector-texas
All this brings to mind the book Luis Alberto Urrea, The Devil’s Highway: A True Story (Little Brown 2004) Lubbock Public Library 4 copies 304.873072 URRE Adult Nonfiction, Texas Tech Library 2 copies JV6475.U77 in which Urrea describes the crossing by immigrants of the Arizona border’s Sonoran Desert. This book was used several years ago at Texas Tech University for incoming freshmen/women to read in advance of attending their core curriuclum courses and Professor Urrea arrived from Chicago to speak at Texas Tech with many freshmen/women who had read his book. I was present for one of his talks and had read this book.
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Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman (Harper Collins 2015) will be published this Summer. Lee is 88 years of age. When she wrote this novel and squirreled it away, is unknown but it was written before To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and the scene is set 20 years after the scene in Mockingbird when Scout Finch, the 12 year old narrator in Mockingbird, is an adult woman who returns home to South Alabama after living and working in New York City http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/How-the-Long-Sequel-to-Harper-Lees-To-Kill-A-Mockingbird-Was-Found/385131/?utm_source=nl__link2_020415 Lee and her sister Alice lived together for many years but Alice died recently and Lee continues to live in an assisted living facility near that same family house, alone. She is blind, deaf, and infirm. It is said that her [actually a partner of her late sister Alice who was a lawyer] lawyer found the manuscript and her literary agent [but then she didn’t have a literary agent, did she, because she steadfastly refused to publish] processed it for publication by Harper Collins. The lawyer won’t talk and the literary agent is un-named so the news of future publication has an unbelievable quality to it. Hopefully, these folks are not hoodwinking an aged one-novel author who hasn’t the cognitive ability to know what’s happening and stop it. Elder abuse happens too often in America. We’re all curious.

What makes one dubious is that millions of people have read Mockingbird and so a hitherto unknown sequel will be purchased by millions. Why would a reportedly blind deaf and infirm 88 year old author who steadfastly refused to publish this manuscript for more than fifty years, now be willing to publish? What evidence of that willingness exists? http://news.yahoo.com/amid-mockingbird-sequel-buzz-worries-lees-wishes-215607857.html;_ylt=A0LEVxoUqtJUxosAttxXNyoA Is publication of this manuscript low-hanging-fruit or dollars to line the pockets of the lawyer, agent and publisher while defying the long-expressed wishes of Harper Lee not to publish this manuscript? Why the rush when the author is obviously aged and frail? Is the rush “required” because Harper Lee’s will expressly requires destruction and non-publication of the manuscript, and therefore these people are creating a sham approval to avoid the consequences of her will? The is just one possible elder abuse scenario. I am not acusing anyone, only asking for clear evidence of her voluntary reversal of position and willingness to publish. That should be forthcoming prior to, not after publication, and prior to, not after her death.

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The French Club is sponsoring a talk on Henri Matisse and Fauvism on Tuesday March 10 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Qualia Room in the basement of the Foreign Languages Building, Texas Tech Building. Contact Carla Burrus for the identity of the speaker carla.burrus@ttu.edu Images of the work of Matisse 1869-1954 http://www.henri-matisse.net/

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TEDx Texas Tech University second annual Conference is Saturday February 28 beginning at 8:00 am at the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building at Texas Tech University. The format is sixteen or more talks each at 18 minutes or less describing something that is cutting edge and innovative. Each of the speakers is a Texas Tech University System faculty staff or student. Registration $40 students $10 available through February 21 online. Here is the description from last year’s conference TEDxTexasTechUniversity – 02/08/14
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TEDxTexasTechUniversity is aimed toward increasing human connectivity and shared innovation in and around the Texas Tech University System and local communities. The inaugural event was held February 8, 2014, in the Mark and Becky Lanier Center at the Texas Tech University School of Law. This was an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to learn about the exciting research, innovation, and idea generation taking place within the Texas Tech University System.

The program included 17 speakers with backgrounds in a vast range of areas, including art, science, music, and research. The theme for the inaugural event was Open Skies, Open Minds, representative of the wide open skies of West Texas and the innovations at Texas Tech. Visit us online at: http://TEDxTexasTechUniversity.com

and here are the presentations from last year’s conference on the Texas Tech You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsRNoUx8w3rMeuOo-VbQcq1gesF_1Slju Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. However, if you cannot or are unwilling to pay $40 and commit many hours to this endeavor, you can wait until perhaps a month or two later when the talks will go up on the Texas Tech You Tube Channel and you can watch individual talks a few minutes at a time at your leisure/convenience and free.

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is founder of New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan Buddhism in 1991 http://kadampa.org/ headquartered at Ulverston [South Lakeland district, Cumbria shire or county, on northwest coast] England where he resides, age 84 having been born 1931 in Tibet and was part of the 1959 exodus to India. It is called Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. http://nkt-kmc-manjushri.org/ In 1982 Gyatso became a British citizen. He wrote books while meditating at Tharpaland in southern Scotland and Tharpa Publications http://www.tharpa.com/ is his longtime publisher. He defers to and involves the protective deity Dorje Shugden and meditational deity Yidam and demanded that Buddhist recruits study only with him, thus causing controversy within Tibetan Buddhism and unkind words were exchanged with the Dalai Lama and other revered Tibetan Buddhism figures. Gyatso was formally expelled August 22, 1996 from his Sera Je Monastery where he trained as a youth.

Temples have been built at Manjushri Centre in 1998 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadampa_Buddhist_Temple and Kadampa Meditation Center New York at Glen Spey New York in 2005 http://kadampanewyork.org/ Kadampa Meditation Centre New York is 11 miles north of Port Jervis New York that is on Interstate Highway 84 astride the Delaware River and a junction of the borders of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

The formal name of New Kadampa Tradition Buddhism is NKT-IKBU or New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union. A local chapter is Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Center at 6701 Aberdeen Avenue, Suite 4, Lubbock Texas 79424 phone 806-787-2499 led by resident teacher Kelsang Chondzin, a Buddhist nun http://www.meditationinlubbock.org and the Lubbock chapter is affiliated with Kadampa Meditation Center of Texas in Arlington Texas http://www.meditationintexas.org/

Tibetan Buddhism in the West http://www.info-Buddhism.com/geshe_kelsang_gyatso.html

There are other Tibetan Buddhism temples, retreat and meditation centers, and monasteries in Western countries. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra – KTD is located at 335 Meads Mountain Road above Woodstock New York in the Catskill Mountains http://www.kagyu.org/ktd/ This lineage venerates the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. http://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa/ He is 29 years of age and left Tibet at age 14 for India where he resides in Tergar Monastery in the city of Bodhgaya, northeast India in Bihar state. The city contains two Buddhist pilgrimage sites, the stupa at the place where the first Buddha was enlightened, and the Bodhi Tree under which he sat while meditating. The Karmapa visited the Woodstock New York KTD in 2008 and revisited the United States in 2011. I have been to this facility and witnessed an impressive Green Tara ceremony. KTD affiliates [chapters] around the country http://www.kagyu.org/kagyulineage/centers/usa/index.php include centers in Austin, Corpus Christi, Irving, Houston and San Antonio Texas. The 14th Dalai Lama and 17th Karmapa are in close communication in India where they both reside.

Arts History Update for mid February 2015

2 Feb

Arts History Update for mid February 2015 by David Cummins

Texas Tech Spring football scrimmage game is March 28 in Midland Texas due to an ongoing seat replacement project in Jones AT&T Stadium. The game is at 11:00 am at Grande Communications Stadium http://www.kylgrafx.com/rebs/grandecomm.htm broadcast on TV-Fox Sports. The location is 801 North Loop 250 West, Midland Texas at the junction of Loop 250 [around Midland] and Texas State Highway 191 the principal highway between Odessa and Midland [in addition to Business Route Interstate Highway 20]. The stadium seats 15,000 and has synthtic turf suitable for football and soccer. It is the home field for Midland Lee (Rebels) High School and Midland (Bulldogs) High School teams.

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Mark Lamster, Unfinished: Robert Bruno’s Steel House, Dallas Morning News, January 30, 2015 http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/steelhouse/ is the story of the life and work of Robert Bruno by the Architecture Critic of the Dallas Morning News newspaper. If the link is broken by the newspaper you can access the article from Mark Lamster’s blog http://blog.marklamster.com/?p=2772

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Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center 3710 4th Street was sold by Sears Methodist Retirement System http://www.searsmethodist.org and Life Care Services http://www.lcsnet.com to Knight Health Holdings LLC of Dallas Texas, a subsidiary of The Ensign Group, on January 5, 2015 due to a debtor in possession bankruptcy position by Sears/Life Care. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and local television stations have not picked up on this yet, but there is a sign in the grass out front of the Garrison that says “under new ownership” but does not disclose the name of the new owner. Knight’s address is 1999 Bryan Street Suite 900 Dallas TX 75201-3140. The Ensign Group website list of locations does not yet list Lubbock http://www.ensigngroup.net/locations.aspx but its address is 27101 Puerta Real Suite 450, Mission Viejo CA 92691 phone 949-487-9500.

More information on this could be obtained from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center office Sharon Bennett, executive director, phone 806-743-2907 extension 236 e-mail sharon.bennett@ttuhsc.edu

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Here is the Spring 2015 Reading Series of the Texas Tech University English Department’s Creative Writing Program http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/cw/Reading_Series.php It kicks off with a poetry reading by David Yezzi of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/david-yezzi/ at 3:00 pm Monday February 2, 2015 at English/Philosophy Department Building Room 106 at 3:00 pm. The Texas Tech Institute of Western Civilization has David Yezzi speaking at 5:30 pm at the Student Union Building Escondido Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public. In the vernacular “yuh’ahll come”.

February 19 at 7:30 pm English Lecture Hall Room 001 reading by Rowan Ricardo Phillips http://www.rowanricardophillips.com/
March 5 at 7:30 pm English Lecture Hall Room 001 reading by Jeffrey Harrison http://home.comcast.net/~jeffrey.harrison/
March 6 at 7:30 pm same location reading by George David Clark http://www.georgedavidclark.com/poems/ and Henrietta Goodman http://www.henriettagoodman.com , Texas Tech alumni
March 26 same time and location reading by Tiphanie Yanique http://www.newschool.edu/facultyexperts/faculty.aspx?id=81538
April 2 at 4:00 pm same location reading by Sherwin Bitsui a Navajo writer http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sherwin-bitsui
April 10 at 7:00 pm Student Union Building Allen Theatre Presidential Lecture and Performance Series poet Robert Haas United States Poet Laureate 1995-1997 $18 ticket http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/robert-hass
April 23 at 7:30 pm English Lecture Hall Room 001 reading by Jacqueline Kolosov http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/general_info/directory/faculty_profile_pages/kolosov_detailed.php
May 5 same time and location reading by John Poch http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/general_info/directory/faculty_profile_pages/poch_detailed.php

Here is the Spring 2015 Lecture Series of the Texas Tech University College of Architecture:

Thursday February 5 at 5:30 pm in the First Floor Gallery is Charles Waldheim, the John E. Irving Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/people/charles-waldheim.html

Friday April 3 at 5:30 pm in the First Floor Gallery are Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen d/b/a Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects from Concepcion Chile http://www.pezo.cl

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Texas Tech University School of Art sculpture students have items on display at LHUCA Warehouse 1010 Mac Davis Lane [former 6th Street] one block east of Charles Adams Gallery at 6th Street and Avenue J. The Warehouse is open at First Friday Art Trail times and other times as noticed at LHUCA http://www.lhuca.org/index.html

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Here is the Black History Month calendar of events at Texas Tech University https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fu0sr_eyxazdRU5NlciyTo6ImphYTmYas1MGwYXvTJg/edit in February 2015.

Arts History Update for early February 2015

30 Jan

Arts History Update for early February 2015 by David Cummins

Tuesday February 3 is the 56th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death in an airplane crash near Clear Lake Iowa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died on his way to a Fargo Minnesota venue for the next concert in 1959. That woeful day has since been named The Day the Music Died and it occurs again at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock http://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/buddy-holly-center/home with free admission to the Center from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, free admission to the adjacent J. I. Allison House [house in which the drummer Jerry Allison grew up and in which Buddy wrote and experimented with songs], and free trolley tours leaving the Center at 1:00 and 3:00 pm for significant sites in Lubbock for Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holley whose surname was mis-spelled in publicity early on and he just performed under how it was spelled Buddy Holly. At age 22 he is frozen in time 1936-1959 and we see images of him in our minds as we walk the streets of Lubbock, forever and always a young thin raw-boned badly sighted musician playing a not as yet popular for most people rock ‘n roll music in a fresh and vibrant way. Grant Speed’s sculpted bronze statuary in the Walk of Fame monument west of the Buddy Holly Center is that likeness.

A planetary star figure like Paul McCartney came to Lubbock in 2014 and performed at United Supermarkets Arena. When he took the stage he once again spoke about the iconic Buddy Holly who with his band The Crickets so influenced those Liverpool England lads that they named themselves The Beatles and played Buddy’s music and his style of music.

Buddy’s playing of his music stopped in 1959 but his music never really died nor will it, since it entered into the history of popular music. I have audio cassette tapes and re-mastered CDs and occasionally play them, some songs almost becoming anthems like That’ll Be The Day and Peggy Sue. We are indebted to that young musical genius.

http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/yes-there-will-be-a-buddy-holly-hologram-and-he-will-tour-texas-then-the-world.html/?hootPostID=2a00abc4061d4abe5d3a52caadf136ec A Buddy Holly hologram will tour Texas in 2016 along with playing of his music so that people can experience a visual image of Buddy while listening to his music.

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Desiderius Erasmus 1466-1536 was an early Renaissance humanist, scholar, philosopher, Catholic priest and critic of irrationality and inconsistency within establishments. He visited Rome but spent most of his time in Rotterdam The Netherlands, the city of his birth, Paris France, and Oxford England. The Praise of Folly (circa 1509 an epistle or letter to his friend Thomas More mostly written while they were traveling in England together) free e-book http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30201 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Praise_of_Folly Translation of Christian New Testament into Greek (1516) had the desired effect of enlisting great interest by scholars of Classical (Greek and Roman) knowledge with an emphasis on trying to discover morality and ways of understanding between seemingly disparate peoples. When the Protestant Reformation, through Martin Luther, erupted in 1517 it was Erasmus who participated in intellectural debates over questions of human nature, free will, religious doctrine, and Protestant ideals while at the same time opposing radicalism. He remained loyal throughout his life to the Church of Rome but protested any forcible or violent reaction by it against reformers. http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/erasmus.html

It’s instructive to compare the personal histories of Erasmus and Luther, both having gone into Augustinian monasteries at an early age and left having experienced something they wanted not to experience again, both made trips to Rome where Luther found corruption and venality but Ersasmus didn’t. Neither was a radical or easily countenanced radicals. If Luther had awakened from his grave a century later he would have been shocked to discover a Lutheran religion.

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Neverhome
by Laird Hunt

An extraordinary novel about a wife who disguises herself as a man and goes off to fight in the Civil War.

She calls herself Ash, but that’s not her real name. She is a farmer’s faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Neverhome tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

Laird Hunt’s dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?

In gorgeous prose, Hunt’s rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.

When one thought that all the novels that could be written about the Civil War had been written, along comes this new one that offers a new perspective.

Possibly more important is Don H. Doyle, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic Books 2014) 362 pages where we read about the impact of the American Civil War in other nations, and thus we learn the context of the Civil War not just in America, with which we are so familiar, but its wider context. Accordingly, it tells us much about Americans both Union and Confederate who were well aware of the history of other nations and their current concerns. Indeed, both Union and Confederate partisans sought to shape responses by other nations so as to influence the outcome of the Civil War. $22.43 hardcover $16.19 e-book $20.63 ABE Books new.

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Students at Texas Tech may learn directly about what is happening in the border area of El Paso Texas by using their Spring Break to have a Border Awareness Experience. This real life week away from campus is quite different from the mindless vacationing I performed “back in the day”.
Border Awareness Experience (BAE) with Annunciation House
El Paso, TX. March 16-20, 2015.

Apply now: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/calue/ASB_Directory/springASB.php
Annunciation House has been working in El Paso / Ciudad Juarez since 1978 operating houses of hospitality for migrants and refugees.
Annunciation House is an organization that accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. It has an all volunteer staff who place themselves among these poor so as transform their understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies.
The objective of the BAE is to facilitate face to face meetings and encounters between participants and people and groups on both sides of the border. It intends to raise consciousness about the issues facing the border such as immigration, economic development, human rights, and social justice. The BAE also educates North Americans about our role and responsibilities in today’s globalized world.
Cost: $150 (due March 2, 2015)
Pre-Trip Meetings:
Tuesday, February 3rd
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
215 Administration
Tuesday, February 17th
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
215 Administration
Tuesday, March 3rd
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
215 Administration
For questions regarding CALUE Service Breaks please contact the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement at (806) 742-1095 or calue@ttu.edu.
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Comanchero Canyons Museum at Quitaque Texas http://comancherocanyonsmuseum.com/ is now open by appointment in a former Church of Christ building and the central space contains a caretta, a simple two wheeled oxen-pulled cart or open slatted wagon in which the comanchero carried the goods to trade with the Indians and carried back the bartered hides and other goods received from the Indians.

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Animo Leadership Green Dot Charter High School (2013) http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/44217_Animo_Leadership_High_School/vote/year:2014/issue:5 in Inglewood California south of downtown Los Angeles east of LAX Los Angeles International Airport is in a tough southside neighborhood. Its new building was designed by Brooks + Scarpa Architects of Santa Monica California. While it’s hard to find innovation and cutting edge design in the Jayne Ann Miller Elementary School 6705 Joliet Drive Lubbock Texas http://miller.lubbockisd.org/pages/MILLER that opened in January 2015, Animo Leadership is itself a leader

http://www.california-architects.com/en/brooks-scarpa/projects-3/Green_Dot_High_School-42367

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United Way of Lubbock’s Annual Report is online http://www.unitedway-lubbock.org/annualreport.shtml It raised $5,871,310 for the following supported agencies http://www.unitedway-lubbock.org/partners.shtml This level and quality of generosity toward the people who are served by these “community partners” agencies, is amazing.

Arts History Update for late January 2015

23 Jan

Arts History Update for late January 2015 by David Cummins

Recently I was criticized for including items in the Update that weren’t directly related to art. The fact is that I have more interests than art, am a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, and am thrilled to write what I wish and readers may skip around and read or not read what they wish.

Beretta USA has been making M9 pistols http://www.beretta.com/en-us/m9/ for the US military for the past 30 years. It recently proposed a modernized M9A3 pistol but the US Army Configuration Control Board refused to consider the proposal in December and the Army will focus instead on a Modular Handgun System MHS state of the art replacement pistol. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/01/09/army-rejects-m9a3-proposal-opts-for-new-pistol.html?ESRC=army-a.nl Beretta USA is free along with other weapons manufacturers to propose a design and compete for an initial contract for 280,000 pistols plus another 7,000 sub-compact versions of the new pistol.

The Army said that its current supply of M9 pistols is costing the Army more to repair and replace than it would cost to purchase a new state of the art pistol. Beretta USA contests that perspective.

This situation recalls to mind recent history when the Army sought a new replacement for the M4 carbine rifle, launched a competition for the new rifle, and ultimately rejected all the proposals and bought an improved M4A1 version that is now used by special forces operations. http://www.military.com/equipment/m4-carbine

The Army occasionally has need of a shotgun and uses the M26 Modular Shotgun System (2012) that is a straight-pull bolt-action shotgun. It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a 7.75 inch barrel and fires 12-gauge shells from a five round magazine. It is designed to be mounted on and under an M4 carbine rifle, the soldier’s primary weapon. The box magazine is a little bulky and cumbersome when mounted. Of course the soldier must carry on his person replacement magazines so it adds to the total load for a soldier. The shotgun is a short range weapon and can help in shooting open a locked door for forced entry operations or disabling an advancing group of people without being lethal. Accordingly it has many uses in counter-insurgency urban situations.

Five rounds is not a lot of shot so current weapons manufacturers are working on shotguns with more capacity before reloading. SRM Arms has a prototype shotgun with a detachable magazine made up of four tubes bonded together that connect beneath the shotgun barrel. SRM Model 1216 tubes hold four rounds so the magazine contains 16 rounds on a 37.5 inch long shotgun. It has semi-automatic and automatic versions. Once one of the tubes is empty, the shooter deftly rotates the magazine to line up the fresh tube of rounds. When the magazine is empty the shooter detaches it and attaches a replacement magazine. http://www.srmarms.com/ In Lubbock LHG Arms at 1961 Texas Avenue is a registered firearms dealer that carries SRM Arms weapons. See also M & R Outfitting at 302 Southeast Loop 289, LSG Tactical Arms at 3009 B 34th Street, and Narwhal Systems at 4606 7th Street. Police Departments purchase many of this type of weapons.

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Here is the story of Robert Bruno 1945-2008 http://www.detourart.com/robert-bruno-architect-and-sculptor-of-the-steel-house-1945-2008/ architect and builder of the Steel House on the north rim of Ransom Canyon. A piece of steel originally intended to be a part of the Steel House but never included within it, was purchased from the Bruno Estate and on Tuesday January 20 picked up by a crane and placed on a truck trailer assemblage and transported at about 15 miles per hour to 18th Street and Flint Avenue on campus where the crane was waiting to pick it up again and place it down on a pad in front of the College of Architecture building at Texas Tech University. It is now part of the public art on campus. http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/news/local/story/Bruno-Steel-Sculpture/bDMDpI6MEE2ZZTbE1Muffw.cspx

Another piece of public art was installed on campus that same day by artist Mark Chew at the Creative Movement Sudio, location for the Dance Division of the Theatre Department https://www.facebook.com/TTUSPublicArt/photos/pcb.869808363039494/869808016372862/?type=1&theater this photo is of the artist and Emily Wilkinson, public art manager at Facilities Planning and Construction department of Texas Tech University system next to the newly installed piece. http://www.markchew.com

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Joe Landolina co-founder of the biotech company Suneris http://www.suneris.co/about/ leads a team of researchers developing VetiGel a blood coagulation agent that almost magically stops even severe bleeding in seconds. It clots blood by taking on the properties of tissue with which it comes into contact. It solidifies instantly and thus stops the flow of blood. The first shipment of this compound outside the laboratory was made this month to 100 veterinary clinics in a beta testing to stop bleeding in animals undergoing procedures such as biopsies nad dental extractions. If all goes as hoped, a submission to the FDA will be made for testing on humans.

Joe Landolina is age 21 and his co-founder Isaac Miller is the same age. As freshmen at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering and NYU Stern School of Business they had this idea and submitted the first iteration for a competition and won a $10,000 prize. From there it went forward and by their senior year they were working full time in the private laboratory in Brooklyn and leaving it to attend their last classes. In 2014 Landolina was named a TED Global Fellow. Catch a rising star.

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Arts Practice Research: Scholarship Pedagogy and the Creative Process at Texas Tech University is a conference that will be held on campus and at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts on October 1-3, 2015 http://www.ttuartspractice.org and the keynote speaker is Nick Cave fabric sculptor, dancer and performance artist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cave_%28performance_artist%29 Cave is known for his Soundsuits Cave’s first Soundsuit was made of twigs. Other typical materials include dyed human hair, sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins, and feathers. The finished pieces bear some resemblance to African ceremonial costumes and masks. His suits are presented for public viewing as static sculptures, but also through live performance, video, and photographs.[5] [6] and they have been exhibited in museums on traveling exhibition http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/

2010 – “Soundsuits” – Studio la Città, Verona, Italy
2006 – “Soundsuits”, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
2005 – “Soundsuits”, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2004 – “Soundsuits”, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is his exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco in 2009, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles in 2010 http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/nick-cave , Seattle Art Museum in 2011, and Boise Art Museum in 2012.

Nick Cave is a 55 year old African American artist who possibly never knew there was an art box, or if he did it got crushed and tossed aside early on. He experiments in different media and does wondrous things with the human form both in performance and in situ as a visual static.

Place this event on your calendar and make plans to attend; another offering by that cultural maven The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University, in human form Dean Carol Edwards.

The current offering of the Texas Tech University School of Art is the 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium January 30 – February 1 with keynote speaker Judy Pfaff on January 30 at School of Art Satellite Gallery / Charles Adams Studio Projects Gallery at 5th Street and Avenue J at 7:00 pm, and keynote speaker Ken Little on February 1 at English and Philosophy Departments Building Lecture Hall 001 at 10:00 am. On Saturday morning January 31 there will be talks by many folks at English LH 001 and in the afternoon there will be iron pour and aluminum pour demonstrations 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the 3D Art Annex Building foundry on Main Street west of Flint Avenue, and a Digital 3D Printing demonstration 2:00 – 3:30 pm at the College of Architecture building.

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Whispering grass says that Lubbock Independent School District was unable to raise the matching funds to gain a Talkington Foundation grant to build a performing arts center west of Coronado High School, and has entered into an agreement with LEPAA Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association to have rental rights in the prospective Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, thus insuring access by public school students to state of the art rehearsal and performance venues. It is very pleasing that this private entity is cooperating with the City of Lubbock and Lubbock Independent School District to make a community wide improvement. http://lepaa.org/news/ I hope a similar access can be offered to Cooper, Frenship, Shallowwater and Roosevelt School Districts.

Tim Collins chair of LEPAA will make a public presentation on progress toward the Buddy Holly Hall at The Roundtable Luncheon on Saturday February 7 at 11:15 am – 1:00 pm at Hillcrest Country Club main dining room. The cost is $15 per person for a limited menu lunch with beverage and dessert. No reservation is necessary and the public is invited.

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Saturday January 24 at 7:00 pm and Sunday January 25 at 2:00 pm Lubbock Community Theatre stages the first Tumbleweed Ten Minute Play Festival at its 42nd Street and Boston Avenue theatre space. The ticket is $5 per person. Fifty-three entries were culled to six mini-plays or scenes from a prospective play, that were then cast under direction to be performed twice. One of the playwrights is an elementary school student, two are middle school students, one is a high school student, one an adult, and one a senior. This is encouragement of local people to try their hand at playwriting. William Kerns, First 10 Minute Play Festival Debuts This Weekend at LCT, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Newspaper, January 23, 2015, Section E page 5 http://www.go.lubbockonline.com

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