Lubbock Cultural District Calendar

We want to keep you informed with cultural and entertainment events around the South Plains. Enjoy the events around Lubbock!


From the Science Spectrum:



Learn the science of “playing” with bubbles at BubbleFest

Sat., Oct. 14th – 10:00am to 6:00pm


Looking for some good “clean” family fun?  The Science Spectrum has got you covered at its annual BubbleFest! This event continues to grow in popularity by providing exciting entertainment and accessible science for families and kids of all ages.  If you love to play with bubbles, then check out these exciting BubbleFest activities that combine science, art and imagination!


Hands-on BubbleFest activities will include:

  • Kid-in-a-Bubble (put yourself INSIDE a giant bubble!)
  • Bubble Catching
  • Make and Take Bubble Wands
  • Frozen and Floating Bubbles
  • Annual Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
  • Giant Outdoor Bubbles
  • Bubbles in Science


And as always…, BubbleFest features an amazing live bubble show featuring one of the country’s best bubble acts! This year enjoy Bubble Trouble performances by “Bubble-ologist” Jeff Boyer.

A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages. A hit at performing arts centers, festivals…anywhere there’s air!


Bubble Trouble Shows will be held at 11:30am, 2:00 & 4:00pm during BubbleFest.  For more information on Jeff Boyer or his Bubble Trouble show visit,


BubbleFest activities are included with standard museum admission.  Free for Science Spectrum Members. Tickets may be purchased at the door.


Museum General Admission Ticket Rates:

$8.00 Adults

$6.50 Children (ages 3-12)

$6.50 Seniors (60+)

Free for children 2 and under.

Halloween has never been this much fun!




at the Science Spectrum, Saturday, Oct. 28th!


One of Lubbock’s largest annual Halloween events, the Spooky Science Carnival at the Science Spectrum, is back again for another exciting year of “spooky, not scary”, safe family fun!  The Science Spectrum has long built a tradition of providing great family oriented informal science education and looks forward each year to the fun that Halloween can bring in continuing to explore science with the public.  Locally, there is also a great need for safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating and “scarier” haunted houses geared for older ages.  The Spooky Science Carnival has become the perfect fit for both needs!


The fun all takes place on Saturday, October 28th from 5:00 to 9:00pm. This event is great for families and kids up to age 14 looking for a safe Halloween alternative and a fun, educational party all rolled into one.  This year’s Spooky Science Carnival will include:


  • Free trick-or-treating in the Lobby
  • Carnival Style Games with guaranteed prizes
  • Inflatable Bounce House, Obstacle Course, and a Giant Slide
  • Creepy Critters live animal display
  • Spooky Scientist Show
  • Family and Kids Costume Contests
  • Hands-on Spooky Science Experiments
  • Spooky Science Crafts
  • The Haunted Lab! (a “spooky”, not scary experience geared for ages 13 and under)
  • Visitors can tour the entire Science Spectrum Museum.



Schedule for Spooky Science Carnival:


5:00 pm – Carnival, Games and Museum open to the public.

5:30 pm – Spooky Scientist  Show

6:15 pm – Spooky Scientist  Show (repeat)

7:00 pm – Family & Kids Costume Contests

7:45 pm – Spooky Scientist Show (repeat)

8:30 pm – Spooky Scientist Show (repeat)

9:00 pm – Carnival ends


Admission to the Spooky Science Carnival is included with a regular museum ticket of $8.00 for adults and $6.50 for kids (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (ages 60+).


The Spooky Science Carnival is recommended for families with children up to age 13.  No scary costumes please!

Everyone’s Favorite Pre-School Halloween Event!




at the Science Spectrum Tues., Oct. 31st!


Tuesday, Oct. 31st – Silly Science Carnival – 10:00 am to 12:00 noon 

An exciting annual Fall fun event just for pre-schoolers!  This Fall themed mini-carnival will take place in the Science Spectrum museum, and is perfect for those younger ones that might not want to get out and compete with the older kids at other Halloween events.


Here are just some of the fun activities planned:


  • Carnival Games with Guaranteed Prizes
  • Silly Science Crafts
  • Silly Science Live Demos
  • Story Time
  • A Mini Bounce House
  • Spooky Critters
  • A Costume Parade
  • Snacks and Sweet Trick-or-Treats


All Silly Science Carnival activities will be located in the museum and the Exhibit Hall and are included with standard museum admission. $8 for Adults and $6.50 for children (3-12) and Seniors (60+)Children 2 & under are free with an adult.  Tickets to the Silly Science Carnival also include full museum admission.


The Silly Science Carnival is only recommended for families with children preschool aged children, up to age 5.  No scary costumes please!

Creative Learners Reading Fair

 Saturday, October 7th 10:00am-2:00pm

at the Science Spectrum!


The Institute for Creative Learners has a mission of helping students learn …. Especially students that struggle to read, struggle to understand, and struggle to succeed in a traditional learning atmosphere. Creative Learners provides programs to help students learn in their own individual way and to help parents identify and intervene on their child’s behalf.


The Institute for Creative Learners and the Science Spectrum will be holding the second annual Creative Learners Reading Fair on Saturday, October 7th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Science Spectrum. The *FREE Creative Learners Reading Fair will highlight learning difficulties in young students, and offer fun activities with along with learning issues awareness! There will be certified dyslexia therapists on hand to discuss problems, give “mini” assessments, and offer guidance on seeking solutions to suspected reading and learning problems. The Institute is providing this free day of reading, learning and dyslexia awareness to help shed a light on the problem of identifying learning disabilities and different learning styles.


Best of all, the event and regular Science Spectrum Museum admission is totally *FREE to all children up to age 12.  This is a great opportunity for families that may not regularly attend the Science Spectrum to try it out and see all the great family fun and learning that awaits them!

FREE Reading Fair Activities:
Mini Dyslexia Screenings

Face Painting
Story Telling

Puppet Shows

Miniature Horses

Dog Agility and Obedience Demos
Short Performances by the Lubbock Community Theatre
Activity Booths
Free Books

Meet Curious George and Raider Red!

Vendors & Exhibitors

The Institute for Creative Learners

PBS Kids

Boys and Girls Clubs

Camp Mary White

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

Lubbock Art Alliance

TTU Athletics Raider Reader Program

TTU Language, Diversity, and Literacy Program

WTAMU Special Education & Center for Learning Disabilities

Lubbock Community Theatre

Lubbock Public Libraries

Literacy Lubbock

Lubbock Home School Association

Barnes and Noble


Raising Canes

Alamo Draft House

South Plains Obedience Training Club

Rainbow Girls


*Children up to age 12 will be admitted *FREE to the Science Spectrum Museum from 10:00am until 2:00pm only.  (*All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.  Regular OMNI Theater rates apply to all individuals.)


Adult Tickets into the Science Spectrum Museum: $8.00

From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, October 12:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tours
10:30am – 11:00am
3121 4th Street
$5.00 fee per person.

The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from April through October at a cost of $5 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.

TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
Lyle Talking:  An Evening of Conversation with Lyle Lovett
7:00 PM
Allen Theatre
15th Street and Akron Avenue
Tickets:  $18 General Admission; $75.00 General Admission Season Tickets
Season and individual tickets are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or
TTU Students – 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the SUB Allen Theatre information desk

Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett will offer insights about his creative process and offer his fans and followers stories from a recording and performing life spanning thirty years.

In a unique program, singer, songwriter, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett will be in conversation with Paul Allen Hunton, General Manager of Texas Tech Public Media, to offer insights about his creative process and stories from a recording and performing life spanning thirty years. Four-time Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that includes 14 memorable albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. He has a specific gift for storytelling and for offering us some of the most unforgettable song lyrics: “If I Had a Boat,” “L.A. County,” and “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” to name a few. This program of conversation will offer his fans and followers an intimate look at one of America’s musical treasures.


Food for the Hungry
Air1 Positive Hits Tour
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
Tickets: or 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.  Tickets are priced $25.00, $32.75, $43.50, and VIP $47.50 (prices include service charges).


The reserved VIP seat tickets ($57.50) include a Q&A with Skillet, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Tauren Wells & Gawvi at 530pm – 6pm, VIP Laminate Pass & Lanyard (Receive at show),  Early Venue Entry at 5pm and a $5 voucher valid on Official Air 1 Tour Merchandise (Must purchase $25 or more).

Featuring GRAMMY® nominees Skillet and Britt Nicole, American Idol alum Colton Dixon, and special guests Tauren Wells and GAWVI.


Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15:  –

Lubbock Community Theatre
The Addams Family Musical Comedy
7:30pm on October 12-14th and 2:00pm on October 15th
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents–secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change. “Charles Addams kooky, spooky and altogether ooky Addams Family comes to life in this award winning musical comedy”.

Friday, October 13:  –

Museum of Texas Tech University
Museum Film Series:  Whiplash featuring Dr. Ben Rogerson
3301 4th Street        806.742.2490
Free and open to the public


Cactus Theater
Rock ‘n Roll Revival:  A Night of 50’s and 60’s music
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets can be purchased here:
Reserved floor seats $20; standard balcony $15; limited number of box seats $40 – which included concessions with ticket.

Box office hours are:  Monday-Thursday:  3:00 – 5:00 PM*, Saturday:  3:00 – 9:30 PM*
* If Monday is a major holiday, box office not open
* If no show scheduled Friday, box office closes at 5:30
* If no show scheduled Saturday, box office not open.

We’re doing it again!  We had such a great response to this show in late August, that we decided to bring it back again for those who missed it or wanted to see it again!  Get ready to turn back the clock to the great classic hits of the original rock ‘n roll era as the Cactus Theater pays tribute to some of the greatest all-time songs and singers.

Featured Cactus favorites include an absolutely amazing lineup – including Jason Fellers, Jeff Bailey, Bethany Longoria, Amber Pennington, Baby Jade, Tiffany Nelson and Berklee Timmons

Just a small sampling of the songs you’ll hear: “Rave On”, “Shake Rattle and Roll”, “Hound Dog”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Love the One You’re With”, “Sweet Nothin’s”, “At Last” and many more.

Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14:  –

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
The Triumph – Beethoven 9
7:30pm – 10:00pm  6:00pm Soundbites (with dinner)
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: Individual Concert –   Season Tickets:

We start this year’s first masterwork concert with one of the world’s most well-known composers in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  His last complete symphony and considered by many to be his greatest work, the ninth symphony is one of the most celebrated compositions of all time.  With the return of Rebecca Wascoe Hays, Jill Grove, Karl Dent and David Grogan as soloists, The Texas Tech University Choir and The Lubbock Chorale, the LSO is excited to present this monument of compositions to start off the new season.


Saturday, October 14:  –

Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market
9:00am – 1:00pm
19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue
Free Admission and open to the public

It’s that time of year again! The Lubbock Farmers Market is back for another season. Start your Saturday mornings with fresh, locally grown produce, as well as crafts from other local vendors!  Our first market of the 2017 season is almost here! Visit the Downtown Farmers Market for a taste of the finest in local produce, meat, dairy, cheese, baked goods and arts.  The full 2017 market season will be every Saturday from June 3rd to October 28th from 9:00 AM until the vendors sell out. We look forward to seeing you every Saturday at the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at 19th Street & Buddy Holly Ave.

Alzheimer’s Association
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Registration at 9:00am, Ceremony at 10:00am, Walk begins at 10:30am
Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre
413 E. Broadway

Walk is 2 miles long.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiriting event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs
Outdoor International Cultural Festival – Culture Fest 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm
International Cultural Center (ICC)
601 Indiana Avenue
Admission is free and event is open to the public

For additional information please call 806.742.3667

Outdoor International Cultural Festival celebrating the diverse cultural heritages of the international community at Texas Tech University.

Festival events include international music and dance, art projects, food, and family-friendly cultural activities.

Texas Tech Athletics
TTU Volleyball vs. TCU
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue

National Ranching Heritage Center
National Golden Spur Award Dinner
TTU McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
2521 17th Street  (17th Street and University Avenue)
Tickets:  $100 general admission or $75 for NRHC members are available by contacting Vicki Quinn-Williams by email,, or by phone, 806.834.0469

The ranching and livestock industries have chosen Glenn Blodgett to receive the 2017 National Golden Spur Award.  “This award recognizes that a single individual has earned notable respect and admiration from peers within the industry,” Campbell (Executive Director of NRHC) said.

Johnny Trotter, a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association, said, “When you talk about Dr. Blodgett, you have to talk about credibility. The horse business is more of a reputation-based business than it is just a horse-trading business.”

Blodgett, a native of Spearman, received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and his degree in veterinary medicine from the Texas A&M University of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

He was named Equine Practitioner of the Year in 1990 by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association after being cited as a driving force behind the Texas Racing Commission’s adoption of medical rules, policies and procedures.

Cactus Theater
Tribute to George Strait and Merle Haggard
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets can be purchased here:
Reserved floor seats $20; standard balcony $15; limited number of box seats $40 – which included concessions with ticket.

Box office hours are:  Monday-Thursday:  3:00 – 5:00 PM*, Saturday:  3:00 – 9:30 PM*
* If Monday is a major holiday, box office not open
* If no show scheduled Friday, box office closes at 5:30
* If no show scheduled Saturday, box office not open.

Join us for a special night of real country music as the Cactus celebrates the monster career hits of two of the biggest names to ever grace the stage:  “King” George Strait and “Mighty” Merle Haggard.

We’ll serve up the greatest of these two greats in equal helpings…charting the careers of two of the most consistent hit-makers that country has ever known.  We’ll feature an amazing lineup of talented vocalists who will capture the essence of these music titans as we chronicle their respective careers through the past five decades.  A partial sampling of songs you’ll hear: “Amarillo by Morning”, “Mama Tried”, “The Chair”, “Big City”, “Fightin’ Side of Me”, “All My Exes Live In Texas” and so many more.

Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15:  –

Silver Spurs Gun and Blade Show
Saturday:  9:00am – 5:0pm; Sunday:  10:00am – 5:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Admission: 2 for 1 first hour both days, $7 for adults, under 12 free.  $1.00 off active military or NRA with valid ID.  Only 1 discount can be used at a time.

Guns (new and used), ammo, holsters, accessories, hunting stuff, jewelry, kives, coins, collectibles, books, military items and more.


Sunday, October 15:  –

Texas Tech University School of Music
Andrew Stetson Faculty Trumpet Recital
4:00 – 5:30pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street (18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

LIVE MUSIC:  – (Clubs, Restaurants, Wineries, Club Comedy Shows)

Thursday, October 12:  –

Backstage Lubbock Depot District
Open Mic Comedy
9:00pm – 10:30pm
1711 Texas Avenue           806.687.2034
Free Admission

Blue Light
Jacob Furr & Ryan Tharp full band
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $5.00 at the door; ladies free

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Craig Elliott
4:30pm – 6:30pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Jennie Dale Lord
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge.

Friday, October 13:  –

Blue Light
The Hogg Maulies
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $7.00 at the door

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Jenni Dale Lord Duo
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
D. G. Flewellyn
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge.


Saturday, October 14:  –

Blue Light
Turnpike Troubadours Street Show with Red Shahan, Dalton Domino and Bri Bagwell
7:30pm; Gates open at 6:30pm
Buddy Holly Avenue by the Blue Light
Tickets:  Tickets to this event will be $30 at the gate or $25 with fees on this site in advance for 21 and up. There will be 250 available tickets for minors (18-20 years of age) for $30 online and $35 at the gate.   Purchase tickets here:


Line-up starting at 7:30pm Bri Bagwell, Dalton Domino, Turnpike Troubadours
Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Danny Cadra
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

The Garden
Mike Pritchard
10:30am – 1:00pm
No Cover
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue          806.407.3636

Enjoy music in The Garden after browsing the Downtown Farmers Market.

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Brian McRae
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge.

Sunday, October 15:  –

The Garden
Drew Cypert’s One Man Band
5:00pm – 8:00pm
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue          806.407.3636


The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM year round.  (Also open Sundays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (May through September)-always closed Monday.  Admission is $7.50 per person, children 5-12 $5.00, Seniors 60+ and Veterans $6.00 or $20.00 for a family of four (2 adults-2 children).  Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D.
1701 Canyon Lake Drive   806.747.8734

A Windmill Museum for the American Style Water Pumping Windmill and Related Exhibits on Wind Electricity. The purpose of the American Windmill Museum, as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is to interpret the relations of humans, the environment and technology through the medium of a museum of wind power history.   More than 100 windmills displayed inside, more than 50 outside and a 6,000 scare foot mural depicting the history of windmills.  Years represented by the windmills range from one manufactured in 1867 to two modern wind turbines for generation of electricity.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM year round.
1121 Canyon Lake Drive         806.744.3786
Guided Tours are $5.00.  Reservations accepted at 806.744.3786
Agricultural machinery and artifacts, with exhibits dating to the pioneering years of agriculture on the South Plains.  Exhibits include horse-drawn plows, planters, and cultivators, restored tractors and equipment, and household items.


The Bayer Museum of Agriculture takes you from horse drawn implements to the tech-Savvy, computer GPS, driven equipment and farmers of today.

The Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall contains the museum’s large collection of historic farming artifacts. From restored antique tractors to harvesting equipment, highlights include and interactive Blacksmith Shop, a history of cotton ginning exhibit, and the largest display of pedal tractors in the United States.

The Central Exhibit hall features the Crops: Harvesting the Facts exhibit about the major crops grown in the United States, The Cotton Harvesting Experience, and the Bayer Crop Science Exhibit. These exhibits are interactive with a focus on modern agriculture, its science and practices.

In the early 1930’s, to spur the economy from the depression and help American farmers, President Roosevelt and his administration, started “The Ropes Project” and/or “The Colony”. This area was an area of approximately 16,000 acres northwest of Ropesville, Texas. Approximately 77 families received, by a lottery system, a farm ranging from approximately 120-200 acres. It included a framed two-bedroom house of approximately 792 square feet, a windmill, and a barn. This house is one of the last original houses from the project. Future plans include the addition of a windmill, chicken coop and grainary.

House donated by Larry and Rebecca Smith in loving memory of Mildred Knight Server.

Outdoor Exhibits:  A real working pivot irrigation system and a historic 1930s farmstead can be found among the tractors and machines showcased in our outdoor exhibits.


The BMA is the perfect place for your next event. The Plains Cotton Growers Conference center is complete with catering kitchen and seating for 300.

Grace’s General Store

The farm theme of GRACE’S GENERAL STORE has unique gifts and home décor. Great for your gift giving and home decorating needs.
Our General Store, named after Grace Hurst, will make you feel nostalgic for old time things you remember at you grandmother’s house.  From Colonial Tin Works we offer wax warmers in several styles of yesteryear. With wax melt choices like mulled Cider, Fresh Oranges, Vanilla Bean and all the favorite fragrances, to keep you house or business smelling fragrant.  We even carry vintage totes, with pockets, to carry your laptop and essentials.

For the farmers in your life, we have John Deere caps in toddler, youth and adult sizes. Several styles are available for children and adults. We offer John Deere toy tractors, combines, coloring books and children’s CDs.

The store offers a wide variety of books from informational, about several brands of tractors to Tractor Mac storybooks for children.  Old Time stories and illustrations by Bob Artley, include memories of a Farm Kitchen and several other favorites. Unique cookbooks including one from the original residents of the Ropesville Resettlement Project, make interesting gifts for friends or loved ones. And museum T-shirts, we have plenty of those in all sizes to pick from as well.  Stop by and shop for that special gift!


Joining the BMA helps us preserve our agricultural heritage for future generations. Benefits include free admission and quarterly invitations for special events.  While maintaining strong relationships with both the city and county of Lubbock, the Bayer Museum of Agriculture is a private museum funded through donations, grants, and membership dues. Members receive many benefits while helping to preserve our agricultural heritage through their donations.  If you are interested in preserving our agricultural history please fill out the form and become a part of this great organization.

1801 Crickets Avenue     806.775.3560
Hours of operation:  Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Sunday   1:00 – 5:00 PM  Closed Mondays and City Holidays.
General Admission:  $8; Senior citizens (60 and older) $6, Children ages 7-17 $5; Students with valid college ID $5, Children 6 and under are Free, Members Free, Active Military with ID Free.  Free Admission to the Fine Arts & Foyer Galleries.


Buddy Holly Center
October 6 – November 12, 2017
Fine Arts Gallery

An annual exhibition of artwork exploring interpretations of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or /day of the Dead.



The Buddy Holly Center is partnering with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, to open a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery beginning on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The exhibition will feature an acoustic Akin guitar signed by legendary performer Sir Paul McCartney, and numerous framed certificates signed by the many Foundation musical ambassadors who recognize Buddy Holly’s inspirational musical influence in the early years of Rock and Roll.  The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy’s legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy’s footsteps.

The Foundation will periodically lend additional items for the exhibition from its extensive collection of artifacts.  The Center will use this opportunity to display other items from its collection, namely, Buddy’s bedroom furniture, acquired by the Center through the auspices of Civic Lubbock, Inc.


The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the City of Lubbock, as well as other items that are on loan, are presented in this exciting exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster; a song book used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly’s glasses, homework assignments, report cards, and much more


The Buddy Holly Center features 2,500 square feet of gallery space dedicated to the presentation of changing contemporary visual arts programs. These exhibitions are a continuation of a tradition of quality initiatives that were presented by the Lubbock Fine Arts Center from 1984 – 1998. With the relocation of the Fine Arts Center to the Buddy Holly Center in 1999, we continue the commitment to present challenging visual arts exhibitions that serve as a crucial resource for showcasing contemporary arts of the region and the nation.

Art is a form of communication independent of language… It is a way of manifesting human uniqueness. It is a way of reminding us that life is infinitely fragile, infinitely precious. – Norman Cousins

The Buddy Holly Center, a historical site, has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of Lubbock and West Texas, as well as providing exhibits on Contemporary Visual Arts and Music, for the purpose of educating and entertaining the public. The vision of the Buddy Holly Center is to discover art through music by celebrating legacy, culture and community.

Exhibitions and programs reflect the diverse cultural characteristics of the region and encourage interaction between artists and the community. The Center collects, preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas. Changing exhibitions in the visual arts provide an arena for celebrating the technical virtuosity and creative talents of fine artists at work in a region distinguished by vast distances and a rich tradition of creative resources.

The West Texas Walk of Fame, featuring the Buddy Holly statue, by sculptor Grant Speed, is located inside the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, just west of the Center, on the corner of Crickets Avenue and 19th Street. The Plaza is open to the public dawn to dusk, year round. The West Texas Walk of Fame, and its induction process, are a project of Civic Lubbock, Inc.

The J.I. Allison House opened on the grounds of the Buddy Holly Center in 2013. It is the home where J.I. Allison, drummer of the band “The Crickets,” lived as a teenager and where he and Buddy Holly wrote many hits including, “That’ll Be the Day.”
J.I. Allison house tour times:  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM and 1:00 and 3:00 PM; Sunday  3:00 PM
Contact the Center for questions regarding tours.   806.775.3562

19TH Street and Crickets Avenue (directly across the street from the Buddy Holly Center)          806.775.3560


Through membership support the Buddy Holly Center has accomplished numerous musical and artistic endeavors. The Center’s exhibitions and programs enhance the quality of life for the region and aid economic development and tourism. Financial support for the Center is provided by membership, individual and organizational contributions. Our commitment to creating learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds is made possible by public support. Exhibition tours, outreach programs, educational initiatives and family activities will continue to be the focus for future events. We invite you to join us in supporting public interest in contemporary visual arts and in the music and music history of Texas and West Texas.






6:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, 9:00 AM – Noon on Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM the first and second Saturday every month.
1940 Texas Avenue          806.535.2457

Pauline Mills opened her art studio and gallery in October 2009 in a quaint building on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. A dream finally became reality.
Pauline’s goal is to give Lubbock and regional artists a chance to showcase their artistic talents.
Services the gallery offers include:
Gallery space for artist rental on a monthly basis at $50.00 per month.
Gallery can also be rented for events: meetings, photography shoots, birthday parties, and other possible events. Prices are available upon request.
GlassyAlley Classes:
Glass Mosaic Classes range from Introductory, Intermediate, to Advanced classes. Classes are normally held every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m. till Noon. If enough students are taking classes the first two Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. – Noon is open. Other class options are open during the week. Please call 806.535.2457 for more information on pricing and scheduling.
All materials are included in the price. No experience is required. No artistic ability is necessary. Classes must have at least four students.
Kids classes and a Kids Summer Art Camp are also offered.
Artists in Residence –  Pauline Mills – Mosaic art & photography, Cat Boucher – Photography, acrylics & mosaic art

3072 18th Street           18th Street and Flint Avenue        806.535.2457
The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3072 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed weekends during the summer), and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Closed on University Holidays.  Closed between semesters.

Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday   11:00 AM–5:00 PM
511 Avenue K   806.762.8606

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall
Billy Hassell – Trace
October 6 – November 25, 2017

LHUCA is honored to feature Billy Hassell’s Trace.

Billy Hassell is a Texas based artist with a focus on nature, conservation and the environment. His journey to becoming an artist began during his childhood in Dallas where he explored the wild areas and creeks of his neighborhood.

Billy, recently referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stylist” by The New York Times, has continued in the natural field he, and his colorful paintings bring the experience of the outdoors into indoor spaces for his collectors.

Today Billy lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Emily and his two dogs in an urban neighborhood. His studio is a few blocks down the street in an old storefront where he paints daily. Together with Emily he has created a backyard oasis. They have backyard with many birds, flowers, and a pond filled with turtles, fish, and toads. He has brought his love of the outdoors to his urban home and he continues to express his love of nature in his work.

Artist Statement

Informed and inspired by observations of nature, my work explores patterns and some of the ways in which they occur. From the scale patterns of fish to the flight patterns of birds, there are patterns everywhere in nature, overlapping and intersecting in what appears at first to be total chaos. I look for repetition and order.

Although exaggerated and highly stylized, the patterns in my work, as well as the flora and fauna, are all based upon direct observation. They are not merely decorative embellishments, but have a basis in reality and, to some extent, establish location and a sense of place. This sense of place is important to me; it anchors the work.

The patterns work on various levels. I am fascinated by derivations of patterns from nature into common, everyday applications such as wallpaper and fabric design. We tend to take these more decorative applications of pattern for granted since they are ever-present elements of our environment. Their overwhelming presence, however, suggests a human need to bring nature into our living spaces. I would further suggest that it is a deeply rooted need that can be traced back to the painted and mosaic interiors of ancient Pompeii and even further back to cave paintings.

“My work draws from the art of ancient Egypt and Japanese wood block prints to the portraits of Hans Holbein and the flags and targets of Jasper Johns.”

The more stylized patterns, used as backgrounds in some of the paintings, are directly appropriated. A William Morris wallpaper design, for example, may represent the Victorian era, a time in which these designs enjoyed their highest level of popularity in America. Other patterns of Asian origin which conceivably arrived in Europe by way of the silk trade, could be considered a metaphor for commerce and more broadly, for the cross-cultural spread of aesthetics.

With regard to the depictions of birds and fish and various other creatures, I use them not only because of their patterns and colors, but because their presence (or absence) in the landscape can be a strong indicator of the relative well-being of the environment. For me, they symbolize life (and in some cases, as with the crow, death).

Because of the bright colors, bold patterns and simplified forms, my work is often compared to and linked with American and Mexican folk art. It draws, however, from a broad base of influences, from the art of ancient Egypt to Japanese wood block prints (Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo) to the portraits of Hans Holbein and to the flags and targets of Jasper Johns. I am also very interested in folk history and in regional oral traditions.

Painting, for me, is a way of integrating all of these concerns, finding fascination in the commonplace, inspiration in the mundane. My hope is that it might expand, in some small measure, the ways in which the world is viewed.

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
Alice Leora Briggs – The Room
October 6 – November 25, 2017

Alice Leora Briggs’ new suite of 12 woodcuts is an homage to Mark Strand, 1990 U.S. Poet Laureate and forms the core of her exhibition titled, The Room.

The University of Arizona and Yale University purchased The Room Suite earlier this year. It is now under consideration by The Library of Congress.

I was born in an oil boomtown in the West Texas Panhandle and grew up in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. I have lived most of my life in the blurred regions near borders, between nations or close to the wavering lines that separate spheres of knowledge. I am the daughter of a chemical engineer who one day woke up as a consummate violinmaker.

Collaborations with writers have been an important facet of my work since 2005. Rather than illustrate texts, I create works that respond to and resonate with the voices of writers.

Beginning in 1993, I corresponded off and on with U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand. I always felt I was on the verge of creating images that could stand beside his words. After three failed attempts, this notion became a standing joke that I told only to myself. I once wrote to Mark that I did not understand his poems, but could not stay away from them. He replied that this was reasonable, “that love comes first, then understanding.”

Several decades later, I turned my back for a moment and one of Strand’s poems bled into my work. THE ROOM became my geography. In 2016, I co-published with Flatbed Press a suite of 12 woodcuts that incorporate the 12 lines of THE ROOM and pay homage to the man who wrote them.

Alice Leora Briggs
Boston Printmakers 2017 North American Biennial.

Martin McDonald Gallery
Lance Letscher
October 6 – October 28, 2017

Bits of old letters and books, often in different languages, are pieced together with pictures and through Letscher’s meticulous attention to color and value form Escher-like, three dimensional illusions. The use of text affords Letscher’s work a poetic aspect, and allows a juxtaposition of the strict, meticulous of quilt like collages, and the myriad of languages and handwriting, each offering a fleeting, random glimpse into a deference life or circumstance but which are tied into a circumstance but which are tied into a comprehensive whole.

The Secret Live of Lance Letscher
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Flatland Film Festival
LHUCA Firehouse Theater

The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, a documentary providing a deeply personal and psychological portrait of internationally-acclaimed collage artist Lance Letscher. Q&A with the film’s director Sandra Adair will follow the screening.

John F. Lott Gallery
Jon Revett:  13 Paintings
September 1 – October 28, 2017

Jon Revett’s 13 Paintings, new work using geometric tessellations to abstract specific moments in time and space

3301 Fourth Street                 806.742.2432
TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; Seniors (ages 65 & up) $3.00; University Students/Faculty/Staff $3.00 with valid ID; Kids (5 and under) Free; Active Military and their families are Free (MoTTU is a Blue Star Museum)
Tickets on sale 30 min before show time; first-come basis   No late seating and you must be present to purchase a ticket.  No re-admittance once shows are in progress.


October 1 – 15

12:00 pm – Seasonal Stargazing: Fall and Winter
2:00 pm – Laser Michael Jackson
3:30 pm – Extreme Planets

11:30 am – Seasonal Stargazing: Fall and Winter
2:00 pm – Laser Michael Jackson
3:30 pm – Extreme Planets

2:00 pm – Laser Michael Jackson
3:30 pm – Extreme Planets

Seasonal Stargazing (all ages)
7 to 15 minutes

Each Seasonal Stargazing show highlights the most prominent and easy-to-find stars and constellations of the season. We’ve upgraded the old standby green-arrow show, painting the dome with choreographed circles and colorful constellation lines.

Laser Michael Jackson
60 minutes

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. ABC
  4. Black Or White
  5. Human Nature
  6. Thriller
  7. Man In The Mirror
  8. Dirty Diana
  9. Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  10. Billie Jean
  11. Bad

Extreme Planets (grade 6 & up)
33 minutes

Just over a decade ago there were no known planets orbiting sunlike stars outside our own solar system. Since 1995, however, fast-paced developments in detection techniques have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets–with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. Though it will be years before we have direct images of the surfaces of these worlds, this show gives us an idea of what they might look like – up close and personal! In this original production we’ll explore the idea of what “Earth-like” even means, and take an immersive journey to several worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren’t science fiction anymore.

October 16 – 31

12:00 pm – Seasonal Stargazing: Fall and Winter
2:00 pm – Fright Light
3:30 pm – Extreme Planets

11:30 am – Seasonal Stargazing: Fall and Winter
2:00 pm – Fright Light
3:30 pm – Extreme Planets

2:00 pm – Fright Light
3:30 pm – Lucy’s Cradle

Seasonal Stargazing (all ages)
7 to 15 minutes

Each Seasonal Stargazing show highlights the most prominent and easy-to-find stars and constellations of the season. We’ve upgraded the old standby green-arrow show, painting the dome with choreographed circles and colorful constellation lines.

Fright Light
49 minutes

  1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  2. Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
  3. Monster Medley
    1. Monster Mash – Boris Pickett
    2. Purple People Eater – Warren Zevon
    3. Boris the Spider – the Who
  4. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  5. Men In Black – Will Smith
  6. Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters – Weird Al Yankovic
  7. Firestarter – Prodigy
  8. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
  9. Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
  10. Push It – Garbage
  11. Frankenstein – Edgar Winters Group
  12. Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
  13. Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper

Extreme Planets (grade 6 & up)
33 minutes

Just over a decade ago there were no known planets orbiting sunlike stars outside our own solar system. Since 1995, however, fast-paced developments in detection techniques have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets–with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. Though it will be years before we have direct images of the surfaces of these worlds, this show gives us an idea of what they might look like – up close and personal! In this original production we’ll explore the idea of what “Earth-like” even means, and take an immersive journey to several worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren’t science fiction anymore.

Lucy’s Cradle: The Birth of Wonder (grade 5 & up)
21 minutes

Learn how changes in the Earth’s geography and atmosphere paired with Lucy’s upright posture converge to allow creatures to first observe the skies. Explore the Solar System to see the other worlds in our solar neighborhood. Why is intelligent life only found on Earth? Could any other planet or moon harbor primitive life? Travel back into time to ancient Africa, home of the world’s most famous fossil. Watch her come alive with her family, and see how changes in her environment drove hominid migration.

Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM    Sun: 1-5 PM   Closed Monday Museum Admission and Parking are Free.
3301 4th Street         806.742.2490


Mercando el relampago  **NEW**
September 30, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Marcando el relámpago is a collaborative exhibition, marking exchanges between an atmospheric scientist, Eric Bruning, and a visual artist, Tina Fuentes. The science and the art combine to present insights into lightning—a dynamic, powerful, and spectacular component of our planet’s weather systems. The language and practice of science often takes the form of rigorous logic and precise experiments. Technical analyses result in charts and graphs that compare theories to experiments. These processes seek to provide clear rationales for phenomena observed in the world. Art encourages understanding through expressive means: manipulation of color, shape, movement, composition, texture and more. In this exhibition, science and art combine to advance our understanding of lightning.

And what is the science of this project?

By the time one lightning strike reaches the ground, five have often taken place overhead but are hidden by a cloud. Observations of lightning by scientists peel back the cloud and show where each lightning path begins, and how far it extends. Sometimes the path is short, and sometimes it is long.

The short lightning paths remind scientists of choppy gusts of wind in turbulent clouds; the long paths of lightning are like the smooth motions of layered, extensive clouds. These observations suggested a scientific experiment to discover if the character of the motion of the clouds and the length of lightning were linked. The resulting Kinematic* Texture and Lightning Experiment measured how electrical energy was distributed among different lightning paths, and how the measured electrical energy compared to the distribution of energy in the turbulent motions of clouds.

*Kinematics, pronounced kin-e-mat-ics, refers to the study of the motion of objects or groups of objects without considering what causes the motion. In this case, “kinematic texture” refers to the variations of wind.

And what is the art of this project?

In this exhibition, the measurements from the scientific experiments connect with drawings, paintings and two video installations that explore the textures, movements, lights and energy of thunderstorm clouds and the paths lightning takes through them. The art works combine physical and emotional sensations that we encounter as we watch and experience the clouds and lightning of a thunderstorm.

The markings of colors and intensities of light reflected by the clouds; the gestures of strong and subtle, rapid and slow movement of lightning and clouds; the sense of immersion in a storm; the impact of a thunderstorm on birds; and even the smells of the rain, the dust in the wind, and the electricity. . .all of these experiences flow through the paintings and video. Even the scale of the art works evoke small and large storms, distant and intimate experiences of clouds and lightning.

And for you?

This exhibition melds the art of Tina Fuentes and the science of Eric Bruning. What is perhaps more difficult to exhibit is the creative dialogue between them: how art and science investigate hand in hand these weather phenomenons. How do they marry understandings of the world? This dimension of the project is left for you to explore. You, the audience, will discover this marriage between art and science.

Wallace Shoe Collection
August 25, 2017 – January 7, 2018

The recent gift of L. Jean and Rebecca Wallace significantly moved forward the earliest date for shoes in the collection of the Museum from 1850 to 1750. In celebration of this donation of 101 pair of shoes, more than 50 from the collection have been selected for an exhibit August 25, 2017-January 7, 2018.

Shoes are rarely focused on in historic books and exhibits. This collection enables a fuller understanding of how footwear developed from 1750 through 1960. Many of the examples were worn by children and demonstrate the creativity and care that went into the making of children’s shoes. Consider also the conditions under which the shoes were worn, often under gowns where they were largely unseen, but also worn to cross unpaved streets where they could easily get muddy. It is remarkable that these gems survive.

  1. Jean Wallace who graduated from Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech School of Law and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1976 assembled the Collection. Jean was the first female President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity – Justice 1975-1976. She began her career as the first woman prosecutor hired by the Midland County Attorney’s Office. She later returned to Texas Tech as the Legal Advisor for students (1979-1990) and that experience prompted her to write “What Every 18 Year Old Needs to Know about Texas Law.” She moved to Austin where she worked for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services before retiring in 2010. She had a deep passion for protecting the safety, wellbeing and dignity of the elderly and people with disabilities. Her love of Irish Setters was likely only matched by her passion for collecting vintage footwear of the late 18th century through the beginning of the 20th of which superb examples are on exhibit here. It is through the generous gift of her estate that these shoes, which Jean collected with the intention that they come to Texas Tech, have made it into this exhibit for all to enjoy.

The Texas Liberator:  Witness to the Holocaust
Opens August 17, 2017 through December 3, 2017

Texas Tech University, with the generous support of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, have constructed an educational digital tool that introduces Texas high school students to the story of the Holocaust, that honors the heroism of our Texas soldiers who fought in WWII, but that also continues the important work of remembering this incredibly dark time in history.  The project includes not only the making of an app, but also a web resource page, the publication of a display quality book by Texas Tech University Press, and now also an exhibit that will feature all aspects of the work but will truly spotlight the stories of 21 of these Texas Veteran Liberators.

The museum exhibit, which will open in late summer and be on display until December will not only provide a context for Second World War, a history of the Holocaust and the Liberation, but will offer an interactive, engaged experience of walking between 21 free-standing panels, each one honoring a Texas Liberator featured in this project.  The exhibit will feature an Honor Roll – a wall with the names of over 300 Liberators the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission have recovered in their efforts to record and educate a wider public on the history of holocaust and genocide in the past and the present.

Photo credit with this exhibit is:  Robert Anderson. Born 1924. 105th Signal Company. 10th Armored Division. 1st Army, Meitingen Work Camp. Years of Service: 1943–1945

Open through December 2017
Explorium Gallery

For everyone who wonders why Lubbock is so windy in the spring, how it can be shorts weather in February and parka weather in March or what causes tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards to hit where they do, come to the Museum of Texas Tech University. Visitors will find these answers and more in a fun, interactive new exhibit that explains how weather begins and how it all works.


Hint: It all starts with the sun and the rotation of the Earth.


How Weather Works: Understanding Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm opens Sunday (June 26) and allows visitors of all ages to start at the sun, create atmospheric pressure, explore the Earth’s spin and the jet stream and learn about the many powerful aspects of storms such as tornadoes, haboobs, hail and lightning. The exhibit includes a section on how chaos, or altering one or many components of the atmosphere, can affect weather.

The exhibit showcases research led by Brian Ancell, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group, who received an Early CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition to educator resource kits for local teachers and weather summer camps for middle school-age children, he coordinated with the museum to create this exhibit, which brings weather down to eye level and highlights how human activity can affect weather patterns.

“The driving research focuses on inadvertent weather modification, or how human activities such as irrigation, wind farms and urban heat islands can change the weather non-locally, or far away from the source,” Ancell said.


The exhibit is split into two sections. The first covers the basic atmospheric principles that create weather, starting from the sun and the rotation of the Earth and ending with small-scale weather features like thunderstorms. Visitors will get to stand between the Earth and the sun and take temperature readings with an infrared gun, then learn how the uneven heating of the tilted Earth creates atmospheric pressure, which then creates wind. They also will explore the Coriolis Effect, which explains how the Earth’s rotation leads to the jet stream and how weather systems work.


Visitors then move into a simulated immersive storm experience and learn about the formation of tornadoes, thunder, lightning, hail and dust storms, with a weather alert broadcast in the background and motion-activated thunderstorm above.


The second part of the exhibit discusses chaos and inadvertent weather modification, which is the focus of Ancell’s research. Visitors will use a Plinko board representing the Texas-Louisiana coastline to show how minute variations can alter the path of pucks representing hurricanes.


This section also looks at how wind turbines remove energy from the atmosphere and how this affects the wind patterns. It will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibit as Ancell continues his research.


“Chaos is the reason why small changes to the atmosphere, such as those resulting from irrigation or wind farms, can grow to be large, modifying larger scale weather features well away from the changes in the first place,” Ancell said.


The Diamond M Galleries showcase the collection of the late Clarence Thurston and Evelyn Claire Littleton McLaughlin.

One of the Diamond M galleries focuses on a large collection of leading western artists. A second gallery focuses on the works of N.C. Wyeth, a leading illustrator of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Wyeth created the illustrations for the classic books Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, and dozens of others. Copies of these books are also available in the gallery. He also did illustrations for major magazines of the time.
The William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art displays an extensive collection of Southwest Native American pottery and textile. The collection is owned by the Davies and represents about 20 different Native American tribes. The rugs represent specific patterns and styles of the individual tribes. Each rug is hand woven.

The pottery of the Native American tribes includes a variety of utilitarian as well as ceremonial and trade vessels. A number of Storytellers, such as the one at right, are included in the collection.


Changing Worlds looks at dinosaurs of different types, offers theories about how the earth was formed, how dinosaurs developed and eventually disappeared.

The exhibit features the work of the Museum’s own internationally known paleontologist Dr. Sankar Chatterjee – whose work seems to establish that today’s birds were likely yesterday’s dinosaurs. Most scientists believe birds evolved during the Jurassic time. But Dr. Chatterjee has discovered Protoavis – it’s about a 210 million year old – much older than other scientists think birds developed.



The Talkington Gallery of Art combines works from the Museum’s collection with a significant donation from Margaret and J.T. Talkington, long-time Lubbock business and civic leaders. The gallery features selections from 20th and 21st Century art of the Southwestern United States. This art reflects the people and landscapes of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and portions of Colorado and Utah.

No particular type of landscape represents the Southwest, and no singular art style defines it. The art works on exhibit sample many divergent paths that artists from the Southwest have followed, from realism to romanticism, from impressionism to expressionism, from minimalism to conceptualism, and more.

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, and William Lester.
This gallery features prehistoric megafauna from the Pleistocene Period such as mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant camels, short-faced bears, and dire wolves. This exhibition is from the Museum’s collections and reflects the local area’s distant natural history as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum and the Lubbock Lake Landmark.
A new partnership between Texas Tech University and The Remnant Trust, Inc. brings a collection of original, first edition, and rare early written works to display at the Museum. These works are intended to inspire an elevated public understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through hands-on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form. The Remnant Trust, Inc. will maintain a permanent presence in the Museum.

A new display will open February 29 with works that explore the relationship between economics and political freedom. The main collection of The Remnant Trust, Inc. is housed on the Texas Tech campus in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library.

The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, fine arts, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

The Museum was founded in 1929 as the West Texas Museum, just four years after the creation of what was then known as Texas Technological College.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1990, the Museum is home to more than 7 million objects. Only 3% of the nation’s nearly 35,000 museums hold this accreditation. It also is a teaching and research facility offering a masters degree in museum science.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory maintains major natural history collections of mammals, birds, invertebrates and genetic resources. These collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific, and government institutions around the world for scientific investigation, discovery and problem-solving in the natural sciences.

Lubbock Lake Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, is an internationally known archeological and natural history preserve containing an extensive cultural record of life on the Southern Plains dating back 12,000 years.

The Museum is a participant in Lubbock First Friday Art Trail and a member of Blue Star Museums and the Green Museums Initiative.

Mission Statement

Through its collections and programs, the Museum of Texas Tech University engages campus and community to enhance understanding of self- and community identity, society, and the world; to empower people to be informed citizens of the 21st century; and to enrich lives.

Statement of Purpose

Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum’s purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.

3121 Fourth Street             806.742.0498
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus.  48 historic ranch buildings and exhibits from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s.  Buildings include a cattle baron’s home, ranch headquarters, dugouts, bunkhouse and a one-room school house that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
Entrance to the historical park will open each day at 10:00am and close each day at 4:00pm.  The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30am from April through October at a cost of $5.00 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.
Please visit our website at  for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.


“Across Time and Territory: the National Ranching Heritage Center Story,” is a permanent exhibit covering the walls of the Don and Kay Cash Reception Hall. Material in the exhibition is present in a mural form with 3-D enhancements. Also in this area are two touch-screen monitors featuring attractive photographs of the structures in the historical park, presented in a virtual tour format, along with educational information about each building, available in both English and Spanish suitable for adults and children.

The exhibit title – “Writers of the Purple Sage” – is a word play on Zane Grey’s famous novel, “Riders of the Purple Sage.”  Published in 1912, the novel set the pattern for the modern Western and sold over a million copies.

Owen Wister, who wrote “The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains,” had his 1902 novel form the basis of four movies and a television series.  Wister’s novel defined the Western genre and paved the way for such authors as Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry, all of whom are represented in this exhibit.

Writers such as Willa Cather, J. Evetts Haley, Tom Lea and Elmer Kelton, to name a few, allowed every one of their readers a chance to experience the American West as it once was or might have been.  Written in ordinary language about ordinary people and places, Western literature has become an important part of our national literary scope.

The permanent collection of the NRHC includes a wide range of Western and ranch-related books, many of which are first edition signed manuscripts that will be part of this exhibit.

The Blue Stevens Gallery is home to a collection of items that have been donated to the NRHC over the past several months. This Gallery features changing content as new items are donated to the NRHC.

An exhibit that examines the history and development of the lever-action rifle from its earliest form. The exhibit also features lever-action firearms from the NRHC collections.

A selection of saddles from the Texas Cattle Raisers Museum collection.

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.3749
General Hours:  Monday-Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

President Grover E. Murray:  A Decade of Progress **NEW**
October 2017 – December 2018

An exhibit showcasing President Grover Murray and his accomplishments such as overseeing the transition of Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University, the creation of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), forming of the medical and law schools, as well as the construction of numerous campus buildings.

Preserving the Past:  20 years in our new home  **NEW**
September 2017 – March 2018

This exhibit highlights 20 years of publicizing the holdings of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in its new home. Photos of the Southwest Collection’s old home in the Math building, the groundbreaking, and construction of the new building form the exhibit’s centerpiece.

Selections from exhibits that highlight the major departments of the SWC/SCL are also present. The Southwest Collection; University Archives; Rare Books unit; Sowell Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World; Crossroads of Music Archive; Bibliographic Services; and the Photography and Oral History collections are all represented. Highlights from other prominent exhibits, such as “Medieval Southwest: Manifestations of the Old World in the New” and “Texas Tech: Then and Now,” are featured as well.

Chris Oglesby collection

The Crossroads of Music Archive, located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) at Texas Tech, is proud to announce that the Chris Oglesby collection is now open for research. Oglesby donated his research materials for his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” to the archive in January 2016. His collection contains biographies, correspondence, literary works of the author and others, photographs, song lyrics, audio interviews and more.

An exhibit curated by the archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., and fabricated by Lyn Stoll, is located in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL located on the Texas Tech campus at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue. The exhibit is a small collection of snapshots highlighting some of the artists found within the book, including Tommy Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes and others.

Sept. 1, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

For more information, contact Curtis Peoples 806.834.5777 or

May 1, 2014 –
A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.

The Marc Reisner Collection is now open for research.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building

A gallery along the north side of the building houses permanent displays on the Southwest Collection as well as the other units of the University Library, which have offices in the facility. Those offices include the University Archives, the Archive of the Vietnam Conflict and the Library’s Rare Books Collection. Additionally, the facility is the home for editorial offices of the West Texas Historical Association and its annual yearbook.

Offices in the building open onto a rotunda beneath the third tower. The Library’s 1688 Coronelli Globe is displayed in the rotunda.

Behind the offices are the non-public areas of the facility where documents and materials are processed. The building includes an accessioning area where materials are received and logged in. From there materials, whether paper records, photographs or films/audiotapes/video tapes, go to their specific areas for processing before they are taken to the stacks or the appropriate vault for storage.

Upstairs the stacks area offers a climate-controlled environment that provides a constant temperature and humidity as well as a positive ventilation outflow which helps prevent the intrusion of bacteria or fungi which could damage valuable books and documents.

Additionally, the facility has a conservation laboratory funded by the Hoblitzelle Foundation. The Hoblitzelle Conservation Lab will provide an appropriate environment for state-of-the-art preservation of valuable and one-of-a-kind materials.


The Exhibits and Outreach team of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates both in-house and traveling exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

In-house exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits at the Texas Tech Visitor Center, Lubbock City Hall, and at the Lubbock International airport.

If you would like to propose an exhibit, please contact Lyn Stoll at (806) 742-3749 or write to

Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.9010

Created in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.  The Vietnam Center and Archive collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience.

About the Vietnam Center

In May 1989, a group of Vietnam veterans from West Texas gathered at Texas Tech University to discuss what they might do, in a positive way, about their experiences in Vietnam. That group’s immediate decision was to form a Vietnam Archive and begin collecting and preserving materials relating to the American Vietnam experience.

In November 1989, the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University established the Vietnam Center, with the dual missions of funding and guiding the development of the Vietnam Archive and encouraging continuing study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

The group of veterans who first met in May 1989 were invited to form a board to provide guidance and support for the Vietnam Center. Since then, the Vietnam Center Advisory Board has met regularly to provide advice as the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech has evolved. Many of the veterans who attended the first meeting in May 1989 continue to advise the Vietnam Center today. In this way, the Vietnam Center remains very closely connected to America’s Vietnam Veteran community.

The mission of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Its functions are threefold: support for the Vietnam Archive and the collection and preservation of pertinent historical source material; promotion of education through exhibits, classroom instruction, educational programs, and publications; and encouragement of related scholarship through organizing and hosting conferences and symposia, academic, educational, and cultural exchanges, and the publishing of scholarly research.

Ogden Williams Collection

The Vietnam Center seeks to provide a forum for all points of view and for all topics relating to Indochina, particularly – but not limited to – the American military involvement there. At our conferences and symposia, we encourage the presentation of papers by veterans and others who directly participated in and supported wartime events as well as by individuals who opposed the war. We encourage participation by our former allies in South Vietnam but also offer the same participation to those who supported the government in Hanoi.

Similarly, we place equal importance upon preserving records relating to all aspects of the Vietnam War. It is as important to us to preserve the records of US veterans, military and civilian, who served in Southeast Asia as well as civilians active on the homefront to include the antiwar movement. We want to preserve a complete history of the war. To do otherwise would be a disservice to history.

In addition to the Vietnam Archive and its component projects, the Vietnam Center administers a number of special projects and events, including scholarships, outreach programs, and Conferences and Symposiums, as well as numerous publications, including the Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter and the Modern Southeast Asia series in association with the Texas Tech University Press.

The Vietnam Center is also raising money for a new state-of-the-art facility that will house The Vietnam Center, Archive, and Museum. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please visit The Vietnam Center Building Site. If you are interested in supporting the Vietnam Center and Archive in other ways, you can contribute to our scholarships or you can donate artifacts and materials to The Vietnam Archive.

About the Archive

The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War. The first collection received by the Archive – a package of letters from a Navy hospital corpsman to his family while serving in Vietnam – symbolizes our commitment to preserve the record of individuals and provide greater understanding of their experiences. While the Vietnam Archive continues this commitment as its primary objective, it has expanded its collection policy to include records of veterans’ organizations and scholars of the period as well as other individuals and organizations who share experiences from the war in Vietnam.

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam [VA005624]

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.

Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam

The Vietnam Archive has collected millions of pages of material and tens of thousands of photographs, slides, maps, periodicals, audio, moving images, and books related to the Vietnam War, Indochina, and the impact of the war on the United States and Southeast Asia.

The preservation of historical records provides the principal means for future generations to fully understand the past. Monuments call to mind significant events, but only records provide the basis for historical narratives, insight and understanding. In this way, the Vietnam Archive stands as a living memorial to all those who played some part in the nation’s “Vietnam experience.” Using the Archive, all those who are interested can study and better understand the people, places and events of this critical time in history.


The Archive accepts donations as small as a single item or as large as hundreds of boxes. Donations do not have to be organized and do not have to pertain to a famous person, event or organization. We accept papers, books, films, audio, moving images, and artifacts. If you are interested in donating to the Vietnam Archive, look for more information in our Information for Donors section.


There are two ways to conduct research using Vietnam Archive materials: in person and online, using the information provided in the Information for Researchers section and, more importantly, through the Virtual Vietnam Archive.


Contact information for all of the elements of the Vietnam Center and Archive is available. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for on this website, try our help page or site map.


Over the past few years, the Vietnam Archive has made a concerted effort to record the histories of veteran’s organizations and their members. The Veterans’ Association section of this website provides more information about our efforts in this area.

Information for Veterans

Reunions Attending/Attended


Created in 2008, the Vietnamese American Heritage Project (VAHP) supports the Vietnam Archive’s mission to document the war from all perspectives by providing documentation of the post-war social and political history of Vietnamese Americans who immigrated to the United States during and after the Vietnam conflict. A component of the archive, the VAHP is comprised of a full time Vietnamese American Heritage Archivist and one part time student assistant who collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public materials that document the experiences and contributions of Vietnamese Americans in American society. The VAHP aims to enhance the study of the Vietnamese immigration and resettlement experience by providing reference services to researchers and increasing Vietnamese American participation in the archive’s Oral History Project, conducting outreach activities, and developing cooperative relationships with other institutions dedicated to preserving Vietnamese American’s rich heritage.

More Information about the Vietnamese American Heritage Project

Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection



The goal of the Teachers Resource Web is to aid educators and students who teach and take classes on the Vietnam War. The site is intended to assist teachers and students at all levels – from primary school to college. Site materials are designed to accommodate a range of teaching and learning situations from a single 50-minute lecture that is part of a general US history class to a semester or quarter-long dedicated course focusing exclusively on the Vietnam War.

More Information about the Teachers’ Resources Web


Richard H. MacKinnon Collection [VA066112]

The Vietnam Graffiti Project is dedicated to preserving and providing access to a remarkable array of historical material from various ships that supported United States military forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The materials you will find here include bunk canvases, ships logs, nautical charts, and other artifacts and documents. The collection provides insight into life onboard these ships, especially troop transports.

More about the Vietnam Graffiti Project


The Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) Microfilm Collection consists of 954 reels of documents captured from North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces during the Vietnam War. Materials from this collection are being added to the Virtual Vietnam Archive daily, and plans are underway to make the entire collection available online, including original metadata collected when the materials were filmed.


In addition to its mission of collecting materials concerning Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Archive currently administers two projects, the Oral History Project and the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

The Oral History Project

In 1999 the Vietnam Center and Archive initiated the Oral History Project (OHP). The history of the wars in Southeast Asia is not complete without the inclusion of the voices of those who were in some way involved. To that end, the mission of the OHP is to create and preserve a more complete record of the wars in Southeast Asia by preserving, through recorded interviews, the recollections and experiences of all who were involved in those wars. There is no political agenda in the development of the Archive or the Oral History Project. Anyone can participate, whether an American veteran, a former ally or enemy of the U.S., an anti-war protester, a government employee, a family member of a veteran, etc. The more breadth and depth the OHP has in its participants, the better and more authentic the collection and preservation of the history of the wars will be.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive

Earl R. Rhine Collection [VAN018343]

The Virtual Vietnam Archive enables scholars, students and all others interested in this remarkable period in our world history to conduct research directly from universities, schools, libraries, and homes. Of equal importance, it will enable Vietnam veterans – those who actually served – to access records that might be of importance to them in their continuing efforts to understand their own experiences. It will facilitate the research and writing of participants’ memoirs, and will give high school and college students an important and authoritative source of information as they seek to understand the complexities of the Vietnam War.

When the Virtual Vietnam Archive project is complete, it will include a record for every item in the Vietnam Archive. All non-copyrighted items are available online, free of charge. The Virtual Archive currently includes finding aids for all Vietnam Archive collections, and over 4 million pages of materials online, including documents, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and moving image recordings, artifacts, and oral histories. New items are being added daily.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive employees a number of full-time employees, and numerous part-time student workers, both graduate students and undergrads. Materials are digitized using a variety of equipment, including HP flatbed scanners, Fujitsu high-speed and flatbed scanners, an EPSON large bed scanner, Nikon slide scanner, HP large format scanner/plotter, Otari reel-to-reel and cassette digitization system, an Elmo 16mm film digitizer, and an 8mm film digitizer. Digitized materials are stored on three Dell servers, with backup copies stored onsite in a cold storage vault. The Virtual Vietnam Archive utilizes a relational database system (Cuadra Star) produced by Cuadra Associates.

Michael Ray Goode Collection

Institute of Museum and Library Services Primary funding for the Virtual Vietnam Archive has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about the people and organizations who have made the Virtual Vietnam Archive possible.

Digital copies of materials in the Virtual Archive are available. See our pricing list and guidelines for more information.

For questions concerning the Virtual Vietnam Archive, contact us at 806-742-9010 or

Hours:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1500 14th Street     806.791.2723


Jailhouse Blues:  Art and Slam Poetry by Lubbock County Detention Center inmates – through October 2017
West Texas Watercolor Society 2018 Fall Show – A juried show featuring 47 new paintings by members of the West Texas Watercolor Society – through October 2017

Greg Goodnight – Reclaiming the Land – Woodsculpture – ongoing

Linda Adkins – Heirloom Jewelry Expressions

Donna Rose – Scenes from “A Walk in the Woods” –  photography

Rick Vanderpool  – photography


The Legacy Event Center is a beautiful venue for local artists to display their work and features various exhibits throughout the year. The West Texas Watercolor Society calls the Legacy its home and meets monthly to hone their talents through workshops and collaboration. In return, they host shows throughout the year and exhibit their work in ever-changing exhibits. The artwork and jewelry is also for sale with a portion going to the Legacy and the YWCA programs.

Hours:  Monday-Friday  11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday    11:00am – 2:00pm
*We work next door in the shop and are happy to open the gallery anytime during the day.
Larry Simmons (806) 441-8564
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

Artists:  Baron Batch, Lee Ware, Heidi Simmons, Val Williams, Benna Ellis, Texas Leatherworking, Barbara Beller, Renee Steger Simpson, Tony Greer
Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.

Baron Batch originals and prints:


Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 22:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Maedgen Mainstage Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
Tickets:  Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID.  Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

Directed by Bill Gelber.  As the soldiers return to Messina to take up their civilian lives, the after-shocks of the war affect them and the people they care about.  Benedick and Beatrice, former lovers, swear they will never reconcile, while their friends make other plans for them.  Claudio, battle weary, wonders if Hero will have him for a husband  don John bitterly plots trouble for them all, while the bumbling town guards may or may not foil his evil scheme.  Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece is also a bittersweet battle of the sexes.

Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22:  –

The Peddler Show
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Friday:  12:00pm – 6:00pm; Saturday:  9:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday:  11:00am – 4:00pm
Tickets:  $7.00 for Adults; Children 12 and under are free

The Peddler Show returns to the South Plains October 20th – 22nd for a unique shopping experience! At this one-of-a-kind Fall Market you can shop from talented designers, artisans, creators and craftsmen from all over the country! Start getting your home ready for Halloween with handmade home décor, and find the latest in fall fashions! Where else can you find anything and everything you need AND get it customized and personalized onsite? Nowhere! Come check out The Perfect Street of Shops, it’s THE Texas Shopping Tradition…It’s The Peddler Show in Lubbock!

Saturday, October 21:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Junior Rough Riders Fall Corral
10:00am – 12:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free to NRHC members; $5 for non-members

Saturday, October 28:  –

Lubbock Book Festival 2017
9:30am – 8:30pm
511 Avenue K
the Festival’s Facebook page,

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the Lubbock Book Festival, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 28, 2017. With an impressive lineup featuring New York Times best-selling authors, award-winning Texas Tech writers and other regional and local favorites, the Festival will offer readings, signings, and entertainment for all ages throughout the day on the LHUCA campuswith Thursday and Friday related, off-site events leading up to it.

“We’re very excited to strengthen LHUCA’s connection to the literary arts,” said LHUCA executive director Jean Caslin. “The Lubbock Book Festival adds a rich new dimension to the activity that goes on here week in, week out.”

Kay Ellington, publisher of Lone Star Literary Life and the Festival’s chair, observed, “Texas has some amazing books and authors, and Lubbock has some amazing readers. This Festival will bring them together.”

Listing of authors appearing:

Although space limitations won’t allow for author exhibitors at this year’s Festival, local authors with recent, relevant books in print are invited to apply for a limited number of book signing slots for Sat., Oct. 28. Email for an application and further information.

Wednesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 11:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Fall Dance Festival
Creative Movement Center
Southwest Corner of Akron and Glenna Goodacre Avenues just north of the Petroleum Engineering Building

Fall Dance Festival is an evening of original dance pieces by Texas Tech University student choreographers.

Friday, November 10:  –

Rush Concerts
Casting Crowns – The Very Next Thing Tour with special guest Zach Williams
7:00pm; doors open at 6:00pm
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets:   $25-$70

Monday, November 13 – Sunday, November 19:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Next to Normal
Lab Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey; music by Tom Kitt

Directed by Katie Hahn

The Goodmans are the perfect family…or so it appears. The winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey is a powerhouse rock musical that takes an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Matriarch Diana has battled manic depression for sixteen years, all while trying to hold her family of four together with the help of her husband Dan. When a new psychiatrist enters her life, Diana is forced to confront the break deep within her being and distinguish what separates disease from reality. As Diana descends farther into despair, her family must grapple with the fallout in such a way that demands the question: “Who’s crazy-the one who’s uncured? Or maybe the one who’s endured?”


Friday, November 17:  –

TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
The SteelDrivers
7:00 PM
Allen Theatre
15th Street and Akron Avenue
Tickets:  $18 General Admission; $75.00 General Admission Season Tickets

Season and individual tickets are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or

TTU Students – 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the SUB Allen Theatre information desk

2016 Grammy Award winner for Best Bluegrass Album  “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.”  Adele

Only Nashville, Tennessee, where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art, could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year and they won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Muscle Shoals Recordings. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.” They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 3:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
We are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Maedgen Mainstage Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
Tickets:  Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID.  Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

In the present day, an acting troupe comes together to create a performance about the little-known decimation of the Herero people in turn-of-the-century colonial Africa.  As they stumble through their increasingly charged rehearsals, the performers begin to unravel the thorny know of race and power that reaches from Sudwestafrika to modern America.  At turns darkly comedic, wildly theatrical, and deeply moving, We are Proud to Present…explores how the echoes of a forgotten history reverberate with us today.

Adult content, including racialized language and violent situations

Directed by Jess Jou.  By Jacki Sibblies Drury

Friday, December 1:  –

Pride of West Texas Show Chorus
Christmas Dessert Show
Broadview Baptist Church
1302 N. Frankford
$15 per person    Dessert will be served at intermission of show

Saturday, December 2:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Junior Rough Riders Winter Corral
10:00am – 12:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free to NRHC members; $5 for non-members

Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
39th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
6:00 – 9:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free event; donations accepted

Visitors to Candlelight at the Ranch will step into a “living Christmas card” as volunteer Ranch Hosts dress in period appropriate clothing and recreate Christmas scenes in 15 historic structures dating from the 1780’s to the 1950’s.


Wednesday, December 20:  –

Celebrity Attractions
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Lubbock Municipal Auditoriu
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets:  806.770.2000,, or any select-a-seat outlet center

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.

It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage.  Script adaptation by Robert Penola.  Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks.  All elements © and TM under license to Character Arts, LLC.



LHUCA in Lubbock, Texas presents:

Clay on the Wall: National Juried Exhibition

LHUCA (Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) is working on this exciting project with Texas Tech Professor of Art, Juan Granados. Professor Granados is the founding director of the nationally acclaimed “Clay on the Wall”. The 2017 Call for Entry represents the 21st exhibition since its inception in the mid-90’s. We encourage both emerging and established artists to submit artworks using the wall as a primary means of artistic exploration. The works may be modular, with the composition extending to floor or ceiling. There is no size limit, but each component is restricted in weight to no more than 35 lbs. The artwork may include multimedia elements, such as sound and/or lights that are vital to the expression of the artist’s creative imagination.

Open call: To all artists living in the United States, 18 years and older. All work must be predominantly made of clay and delivered ready to hang on the wall. Work must be original and completed within the last three years.

Size Limits: There are no size limitations for work, but each piece may not exceed a total weight of 35 lbs.

Eligibility: Artists must be at least 18 years of age

Entry fee: $35 for up to three entries (each entry can have up to three images)

Entry deadline: October 25, 2017

Notification date: November 3, 2017

All artists will be notified via email.

Delivery deadline: November 17, 2017

Return shipping: Week of February 5, 2018


Exhibition dates: December 1, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery at LHUCA

All selected work must remain on view in the gallery until the close of the exhibition.

Opening receptions: December 1, 2017 and January 5, 2018, during First Friday Art Trail, 6 – 9 pm

Cash prizes:

1st place: $600

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $150

3 Honorable Mentions @ $50 each

About the Juror: Glen R. Brown is Professor of Art History at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He received an M.A. in Art Criticism from The State University of New York, Stony Brook. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University. Elected to membership in the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland, Brown has written extensively about contemporary and historical ceramics. His publications have appeared in more than 30 different journals, including Ceramics: Art and Perception; Céramica; American Ceramics; Ceramics Monthly; American Craft; Sculpture; Ceramics Technical; Temperature; Sculpture (Beijing); Ceramic Review; Kerameiki Techni; The NCECA Journal; and World Sculpture News.


  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All work must be ready to hang.
  • No substitution for accepted artworks will be allowed.
  • Artist is responsible for shipping work to and from LHUCA. Prepaid return shipping must accompany artwork upon delivery.
  • Work without prepaid return shipping will not be hung and will be stored at LHUCA until arrangements are made for the return of the work.
  • LHUCA staff will handle all sales of artwork and will charge a 35% commission.
  • Artwork will be insured while at LHUCA but not during transit.
  • Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit.
  • Even if the work is not for sale, the artist must provide a value for the art for our insurance purposes.
  • In the event of damage while on our premises, LHUCA will purchase the work, retaining the 35% commission fee and paying the artist 65% of the purchase price.
  • LHUCA will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
  • Work must not be shipped using peanuts
  • For packaging, we recommend you double box artworks, wrapped in foam pads and thick layers of bubble wrap and allow 4 – 6 inches of padding space for your work.
  • In the event the hardware provided by the artist fails and a piece is damaged, the artist is responsible for loss.
  • Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes.

Selected work will be shipped with prepaid return shipping to:


Attn: Linda Cullum

511 Ave K

Lubbock, Texas 79401

  • Work without prepaid return shipping will not be hung and will be stored

at LHUCA until arrangements are made for the return of the work.

If you have questions, contact Linda Cullum, Curator

806 762-8606



About Clay on the Wall:

The Clay on the Wall national juried exhibition concept was originally created by internationally recognized ceramic artist, Professor Juan Granandos of Texas Tech University in the mid-1990s. This exhibition has been held at various locations, including Eastern Washington University, Kansas State University and Texas Tech University.

About LHUCA:

Founded in 1997, LHUCA is a nationally recognized private, 501(c)(3) non-profit fine arts center. Its mission is to cultivate and celebrate all the arts by inspiring creativity and engaging with the community. First Friday Art Trail, organized by LHUCA, is a community-wide event that draws up to 4,000 people each month. This popular event has been held for the past 12 years.

Located in the heart of the Lubbock Cultural District, LHUCA has a unique four-block campus that offers exciting spaces for arts enrichment including four visual art galleries, a 159-seat theatre, a state-of-the-art clay facility (the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio), and flexible education and meeting spaces.

LHUCA’s galleries are free to the public. Gallery hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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