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From the Science Spectrum:

Learn the science of “playing” with bubbles!

at BubbleFest

Sat., Nov. 17th – 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 professional bubble performers! This year enjoy an all new performance of Spheres by “Bubble-ologist” and magician Blaise Ryndes.

Spheres can best be described as a fusion of bubble art, magic and science the whole family will love!


Blaise Ryndes (pronounced Rhinedees) is a master bubble performer and magician. He started working professionally doing birthday parties and school assemblies in the Tampa Bay area. He also became a balloon artist and began twisting balloons in local restaurants. However, his first big break came in 2013 when at 12 years old, he was hired to be the featured entertainer for the grand opening of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room in Tampa. It was a black tie gala and the patrons loved him. That spawned a career that has seen him perform literally hundreds of shows for thousands of people for such notable clients as Disney,             The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Bay Rays, The Tampa Bay Lightning, John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, The Boston Children’s Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry and many more. Blaise is constantly working to expand his performance horizons and to bring fresh and exciting material to his act.  Most recently, at the “ripe old age” of 17, Blaise was featured on the hit TV Show America’s Got Talent this past Summer 2018!


Spheres performances will be held at 11:30am, 2:00pm & 4:00pm during BubbleFest.  For more information on Blaise Ryndes or his 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.

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™


Sept. 22, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019


A traveling exhibit in the Lubbock Children’s Museum at the Science Spectrum.


Lubbock, TX – Board the Birdwell Island Ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™, America’s beloved Big Red Dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth™ and many of the other residents of Birdwell Island. Inspired by Scholastic Entertainment’s TV show Clifford The Big Red Dog® on PBS KIDS®, the exhibit offers numerous immersive “paws-on” adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas” – ten simple tangible life lessons designed to help younger children navigate their world:


  • Share • Believe in Yourself
  • Be Truthful • Help Others
  • Play Fair • Be Responsible
  • Be Kind • Be a Good Friend
  • Have Respect • Work Together


Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ opens in the Lubbock Children’s Museum, the younger children’s discovery and play gallery within the Science Spectrum, on Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 2018.  Kids can visit a colossal nine-foot high Clifford with a tail to slide down, just like Emily Elizabeth does on the television show. Children can help fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones using a conveyor belt, and find “bone”-a-fide treasures at T-Bone’s Beach.


At other exhibit areas, children will be able to join many of the show’s iconic characters at places they have seen on TV including:


  • Help “Victor” and “Pedro” steer the Birdwell Island ferry past the island’s lighthouse
  • Say “hello!” to “Samuel” and “Charley”, and then pull up a stool and place an order at Samuel’s Fish and Chips Shack
  • Hunt for seashells at T-Bones’s Beach
  • Take a seat inside Clifford’s giant doghouse to create masterpieces to take home or mail to Island residents
  • Put on a show with “Mac” at Emily Elizabeth’s Backyard Theater
  • Visit the Howard’s House
  • Play in Cleo’s Backyard
  • Sort mail with “Mr. Carson” at the Birdwell Island Post Office
  • Take a break with “Ms. Lee” at the Birdwell Island Library and read from a collection of Clifford
  • “Jetta” invites visitors to browse the Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective and see 50 years (that’s 350 in dog-years!) of artwork and stories by the creator and award-winning author of Clifford The Big Red Dog.


Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. ©2016 Scholastic and logos are trademarks of Scholastic Entertainment, Inc.

©2018 CLIFFORD, EMILY ELIZABETH, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG and logos are trademarks of Norman Bridwell. All rights reserved.


Scholastic Entertainment (SE) is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented television programming, feature films, videos, web sites and is a major licensor and marketer of children’s properties worldwide. For more information, visit Scholastic’s award-winning website at



The Lubbock Children’s Museum is a 4000 square foot permanent exploration area for children within the Science Spectrum and was designed specifically with younger visitors in mind!  As children enter, they are immediately transported into a world built just their size! Playing may be on their agenda, but exploration and discovery await at many of the exciting activity stations.


Standard Museum admission rates apply for Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog:  

$8.00 Adults

$6.50 Children (ages 3-12)

$6.50 Seniors (ages 60+)


Science Spectrum Museum Regular Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00pm

*Museum and exhibit will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

Science Spectrum’s OMNI Theater Celebrates both

Lubbock’s and America’s Cultural Diversity and Musical Innovations with a newly paired Exhibit and Film!    

From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, November 15:  –

Museum of Texas Tech University
Museum by Night:  Fear
6:00pm – 7:30pm
3301 4th Street
Free and open to the public

Imagine that it’s the middle of the night and you are surrounded by predators. You think that you can hear them, and maybe you can smell them, but it’s dark and you can’t see them. You think that you can see their eyes, but they keep moving. Are they close or far away? What would you do? Would you hide? Or run? Or freeze?

Museum by Night for November revolves around fear and the exhibition “Why Frogs Don’t Get Fat: Predators, Fear and Feeding in the Wild.” The Exhibition examines what it’s like to live in the real world of nature. To be faced with finding food when everywhere you turn there is something that might eat you.

Don’t be afraid of our program. You’ll hear Dr. Breanna Harris, one of the co-curators of the exhibition, speaking on the occurrence of Zombie unconsciousness.

The Elegant Savages Orchestra (ESO) will entertain. The ESO is the fictional alter ego of the Texas Tech Celtic Ensemble. A 46-piece “folk chamber orchestra” will play arrangements of traditional North European and related folks’ repertoires. This year’s ESO has taken on the persona of “The 1912 New Orleans Creole/Vodun’ Band.”

The group promises lots of instrumental music, singing and dancing.

Explore the new Why Frogs Don’t Get Fat: Predators, Fear and Feeding in the Wild exhibition. All of the Museum’s galleries will be open. There will be a cash bar and light food.

Texas Tech School of Music
Clarinet Studio
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Talkington Hall at The Legacy Event Center
1500 14th Street
Free and open to the public.

Join students from the studio of Dr. David Shea as they perform works composed for the clarinet.


Cactus Theater
Crystal Bowersox – Alive Tour
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and balcony reserved seats are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. Tickets are $40 for the balcony box seats (include concessions). Ticket prices do not include taxes, service fees or processing fees, which are available at the theater’s website. Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.
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.

Crystal Bowersox has built her life around music.  Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil.  For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “my guitar was an appendage. I couldn’t live without it.”

Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues, ultimately auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol. Crystal’s time on the show proved to be well spent, as she immediately left the soundstage for the recording studio. Since her introduction to the world through television, Crystal has released two LP’s, two EPs,  and several singles. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

To create her newest project, Crystal called on her “chosen family” of musicians. The combination of keeping those she cherishes close to her and taking an honest look at life has resulted in the truest music she has released to date. Crystal has drawn on her various influences — across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country — to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. It is both tender and tough, rough yet polished, and it encompasses many genres without falling neatly into one category. As one of her songwriting partners describes it, Crystal has “a voice like dirt and diamonds.” Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world – things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.

Similar to her beginnings, Crystal intends to make music that has healing power, but at this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You’ll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Meeting with the fans and hearing their personal stories is something Crystal considers a blessing in her life.

By reliving her own painful moments in song, Crystal hopes to transcend that pain, lifting herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of “A Broken Wing” she sings, “I know there’s beauty in the burden / And even on my darkest day that sun will shine.” Crystal’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it’s evident in every note of her newest release, Alive. 

SPECIAL GUEST OPENER: The Gibbonses, a fantastically fun folk-rock duo from Dallas, Texas. You will love their energy and fresh, original music!

Texas Tech University School of Music
Jazz II and Combo II Concert
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

Thursday, November 15 – Saturday, November 17:  –

Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance
Fall Dance Festival
Creative Movement Studio on the TTU Campus
Tickets:  All shows except RROAPS/RRADS:  Individual tickets $15.00 general public, $5.00 students with ID.  Subscription packages $90.00 for nine shows; $60.00 for six shows; $45.00 for four shows.  At the time of this posting ALL PERFORMANCES OF THE FALL DANCE FESTIVAL ARE SOLD OUT.

For additional information please call 806.742.3603 between noon and 5:00pm Monday-Saturday, or visit online.

An evening of dance by Texas Tech University student choreographers.

Fall Dance Festival, the first dance production of the season, will feature student choreography in and around the Creative Movement Studio building on campus. Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Associate Professor and head of the dance program, encouraged them to locate the appropriate space, one that ignites an idea, or, alternatively, inspires a concept:

“Site-specific work is tricky–space becomes such a vital partner and collaborator in the process of creating the work and should therefore be chosen with great care and attention to detail – to light, traffic, patterns, architectural structure, space and more. At the end of Fall Dance Festival audiences, students, and faculty will look at the CMS building and surroundings differently and be inspired by the potential of the CMS as a broad canvas for creative research.”

This performance includes:

breaking lines by tiara scarlett

where do they go? by sulma benitez

keep up with the jones, or don’t by courtney rickel

i am me by ashlyn brown

the circle of life by hailey west

how did we get here? by juliet wallace

a$$umptions by hannah haeussler

it is finished by sidney loftin

blessings in a memory by faith henderson

Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, November 18:  –

Junior League of Lubbock
Holiday Happening:  Flannel & Frost
See below for times and event schedule and how to purchase tickets for each event.
All events will take place:
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane

Events and Tickets

You may purchase tickets online by making your selections below, or purchase them at the Holiday Happening west ticket booth located at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane anytime during the show. Purchased tickets will not be mailed. All purchased tickets may be picked up during ticket booth hours. Visit her for the Holiday Happening 2018 Ticket Booth Schedule

If you have any questions regarding ticket purchases, please contact Jenny Turner, Holiday Happening Ticket Chairman, at 806.445.9637.

The Junior League of Lubbock is proud to present Holiday Happening 2018, Flannel and Frost. Kick off the Christmas season with market hall shopping, Breakfast with Santa, and exciting evening events, perfect for a girl’s night out. Featuring over 100 vendors, Holiday Happening is your opportunity to get into the holiday spirit while supporting the charitable efforts of the Junior League of Lubbock.

We look forward to seeing you November 15th through the 18th at the Lubbock Civic Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  or on our Facebook event page,


Market Hall Schedule

Thursday, November 15
10:00am – 8:00pm    All Day Stroller-Free Shopping

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
10:00am – 8:00pm    All Day Shopping (Strollers Permitted)

Sunday, November 18
12:00pm – 5:00pm    All Day Shopping (Strollers Permitted)

Admission to the Market Hall is $10.00 per day.

Thursday, November 15:  –

2018 Flannel and Frost: Ladies’ Day

11:00am  Seating Begins
11:30am  Lunch and Style Show Begins
Tickets are $45.00.  Reserved Table of 8 is $500.00.  VIP table, seats 8, is $750.00. (sold out)

Elegant ladies’ lunch, silent auction, and style show

Friday, November 16:  –


2018 Flannel and Frost: Breakfast with Santa
9:00am and 10:30am (Two seatings)
Tickets are $15.00; Reserved Table seats 8 $200.00; (First seating at 9:00am of reserved tables are sold out)

Festive breakfast with Santa
Children age 1 and younger are free

2018 Flannel and Frost: Friday Night Out (must be 21 or older)
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Tickets are $25.00. 
Snacks by Market Street, a glass of wine or beer (wine and beer available for purchase as well), and Market Hall Shopping.

Friday, November 16:  –

Museum of Texas Tech University
Art History Series After the Renaissance:  Antoine Watteau – The Fantastic World of The Rococo
3301 4th Street
Fees:  Semester dues are $45.00 Friends and Family Level and Non-Members
$7.00 each individual session payable at the door
Students Free with Valid I.D.

Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
Gina Chavez-2015 Austin Musician of the Year
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Allen Theatre
15th Street and Akron on the TTU campus
Tickets:  General admission tickets are $20.00.  TTU students get 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the East SUB info desk.

Complimentary parking arrangements available on the website.

CD signing immediately following the event.

For additional information regarding this event please contact Jo Moore at 806.834.5261.

Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the America’s with tension and grace.  A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner-including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up Rooted.  Her independent album toped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle.  Her band’s Tine Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.  Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the American’s.  Her Spanish language anthem “Siet-D”, which took home the Grand Prize int eh 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest tells the story of her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she and her partner founded Ninas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas.  The fund celebrated its first two college graduates in 2016.  Gina and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the US State Department.

Cactus Theater
The Hodgetwins-Live Comedy at the Cactus
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
VIP $50 – Includes ticket in the first three rows (A1 are added temp seats directly in front of the stage; plus standard rows A and B); early entry into the theater approximately 6:30 pm; personal Meet & Greet with The Hodgetwins after the show.  General Reserved $25 – Rows C-K on floor level; standard balcony seats.  Limited Box Seats (in balcony, subject to availability) $50 – Includes ticket in box seat and concessions included throughout the evening (present your box ticket at lobby counter prior to ordering).
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.
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.

The Hodgetwins are taking the show on the road! For years, you have watched them on their various YouTube channels and laughed until your stomachs were in knots. Just imagine that same reaction…doubled! If you thought they were funny online, just wait until you see them in the flesh. And don’t worry, everything that you have come to love about them – their edgy, unfiltered comedy is exactly what they are bringing to this show. So, if you are ready for a night of unforgettable laughs, be sure to cop your ticket today!

Texas Tech School of Music
Concerto Competition Winners Concert with the University Symphony Orchestra
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street (18th Street and Boston Avenue on the campus of Texas Tech)
Free and open to the public

This annual concert features solo performances that spotlight the winners of the Fall 2017 Concert Competition:  Ian Hewetson (horn), Lauren Pokorzynski (violin), Veniamin Blokh (piano), and Spencer Reese (clarinet).  The Orchestra presents works composed by Fischer, Strauss, Korngold, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy.

Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18:  –

Will of the Wind Productions
Charlotte’s Web
Time:  7:00pm evening performances.  There will also be a a Saturday and Sunday matinee performance at 2:00pm.
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K
Tickets: General admission tickets for Charlotte’s Web are now available at 806.241.7778 or via  Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to each performance. Tickets for all shows are priced at $10.00. Ticket sales for the remainder of the season will be announced soon. Further information will be available at

By Joseph Robinette Directed by Dea Young-Smith

The season continues with the classic children’s literature favorite, Charlotte’s Web, directed by Dea Young-Smith. The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web the “best American Children’s book of the past two hundred years.” The third production of the season brings another American classic to the stage, To Kill A Mockingbird. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, this full-length production will be directed by Joshua Aguirre and Ronnie D. Miller. The season concludes with the funny, fast paced farce, Ring Around Rosalie. Performances of the inaugural season are currently scheduled to be performed in the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA).

About Will of the Wind Productions: Will of the Wind Productions (hereafter WOTWP) is a local, not for profit theatre company. The mission of WOTWP is to support the community through education, engagement and entertainment. As a resident theater company of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, WOTWP will provide a local theatre presence in the downtown arts district. WOTWP is a new opportunity for West Texans to experience live theatre in Lubbock.

Moonlight Musicals
Wizard of Oz
7:30pm Friday and Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center (Amigo’s Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph’s Records and United Supermarkets).
Reserved seats are $50.00, $35.00, and $20.00 (prices include service charges).

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of stage musical “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed.

The 1987 stage adaptation has music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and a book by John Kane; it is based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, and the classic 1939 movie written by Noel Langly, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolfe.

Stage direction is by Gerald Dolter.  Music direction by Justin Duncan with choreography by Amy Cox.

Dorothy Gale – Anna Tesh
The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel – Mike Morgan
The Scarecrow/Hunk – Chase Gibson
The Tinman/Hickory – Keegan Peck
The Cowardly Lion/Zeke – Frank Rendon
Glinda – Robin Grimes
The Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch – Mariel Morgan
Auntie Em – Laura Bryan
Uncle Henry – Jess Peterson
Emerald City Guard – Mitchell Britton

Saturday, November 17:  –

Phenomenal Radio
Fall Fest Lubbock 2018
11:00am – 7:00pm
The Legacy Event Center
1500 14th Street
Free and open to the public
For General Info about Fall Fest Lubbock, click here:

Fall Fest Lubbock is a day of fun, food and shopping for the whole family! There will be food trucks, live music performances, and a vendor market featuring products from the Lubbock area and beyond.

This event began in 2016 as “Fall Fest on Buddy Holly Ave” in Lubbock, Texas on October 29th. More than 1,800 people came out to enjoy the many vendors, food trucks, music and other entertainment that day.

The Garden
Goat Yoga
11:00am – 6:15pm
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue

Class times:





The Garden is proud to announce our exclusive partnership with Goat Yoga Houston!! You wanted it, we got it! It’s the perfect time of year to spend a beautiful Saturday with a fun way to burn calories, practice your yoga or simply cuddle adorable goats of all sizes. This fall it’s all about the baby goats, kidding season, and we have plenty! Come have the practice and experience of a lifetime surrounded by interactive goats with your friends. Let some of that stress of upcoming finals melt away. This class includes 45 minutes of instructed yoga and 30 minutes of goat play. Also, at this time, you can work on advanced poses, partner poses or just lay with your favorite goat! Then what’s better than walking 20 feet to your favorite bar to grab a drink, hang with your friends and catch a game? We are in an outdoor facility so if there is severe weather, full refunds will be issued. Please bring your own yoga mats, if you don’t have a yoga mat, beach towels work as well. We also have mats for rent! Our class is designed for beginners, but we encourage each yogi to take their practice at their own pace. This will be the only day of classes offered in Lubbock for 2018 because of the cold weather coming. Questions? Call us at (713) 578-0058. The class will be taught by Rachel Henson.

Heather Warren-Crow:  Fiat $ Party
11:30am – 1:00pm
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

Fiat $ Party is a live sound performance for person, breakfast, yoga mat, computer, and speakers. It appropriates the form of prosperity meditations, often distributed via YouTube as a resource for people interested in manifesting financial well-being through the power of sound. Fiat $ Party considers the materiality and spirituality of money in the Information Age. After the performance, the artists will be available to answer questions. A different version was performed in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the World Stage Design showcase of 2017.

OneBook LBK:  People and the Plains:  A discussion with Deborah Bigness Lubbock Lake Landmark
2:00pm – 3:00pm
511 Avenue K

For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have inhabited the Southern High Plains or Llano Estacado. Join Deborah Bigness, Manager of Site Operations at the Lubbock Lake Landmark, on a journey through time to explore the paths of people on the Plains to better understand the Llano as it is presented in Bless Me, Ultima.

Light book-themed refreshments will be served

Texas Tech Athletics
Lady Raider Basketball vs. Idaho
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue

The Library
2nd Annual Chili Cook Off
5:00pm – 8:00pm
1701 Texas Avenue

We all know Texans make the best bowl of chili but who makes the best bowl in Lubbock?

Come compete for the title as “Lubbock’s Best Bowl of Chili”
*Fill yours out at The Library Bar*

🥇1st place – $100 Visa Card, Autographed Dakota Allen Jersey
🥈2nd place – Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey
🥉3rd place – $50 Visa Card and a Yeti Tumbler

Every contestant will also receive a complimentary Library Bar gift bag.

Register your chili today or make time to come try the competition at our 2nd Annual Chili Cook off!


Cactus Theater
Cowboys and Angels Concert in Memory of Tye Elliott
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and balcony $25; Children 12 and under $10.00.
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.
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.

Cowboys and Angels Concert
Hosted by the Tye Elliott Memorial

Tye had a radiant smile and a Texas sized heart. He loved the “Cowboy Way” and all things Country. He was a lover of music and loved watching his sister Makenzie take the stage. The Cowboys and Angels Concert is dedicated to his memory.

Proceeds from the concert go to blessing families in need and to the Cowboy Crisis Fund within the memorial.

This fabulous concert will feature the amazing talent of Will Banister, Makenzie Elliott, Jeff Bailey, Avery Guyear, Lucas Tomblin, Haley Simpson, Baby Jade, The Caldwell Collective Band and Makenzie’s musical sidekicks and friends Gabriella Flores, Emily George, Addie Bleu, Bren Edwards and Uncle Pete Cruz.

Produced by Don and Terri Caldwell courtesy of the Cactus Theater.

Sunday, November 18:  –

Cactus Theater
CMA of Texas
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and standard balcony $15; limited balcony box seats $40 (includes concessions with ticket)
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.
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.

The event is expected to conclude sometime between 5:00-6 pm.

The Country Music Association of Texas (CMA of Texas) will stage its first-ever live auditions in West Texas at the historic Cactus Theater on Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm.  This live, ticketed event will feature 16 of the area’s top musicians showing off their talent with the winner advancing to the Houston finals in the spring of 2019. The audience attending this show will be voting via paper ballot on each performer; scoring them on four qualities: vocal ability, song content, instrument skill and stage performance. In addition, other judges scoring the performers include Cathy Whitten, KSSL-FM radio personality; Darryl Holland, Cactus Theater owner/promoter; and CMA of Texas Directors Troy Bates and Mary Minter.  (Please note the 16 musicians have already been established.  This is their audition to move onto the finals in Houston).

The CMA of Texas offers awards in Country, Americana and Cowboy/Cowgirl Western Music.

The annual CMA of Texas Awards is held at MO’s Place in Katy, TX. This past 2018 list of Award Recipients can be viewed at and include Gary P. Nunn receiving the LIVING LEGEND AWARD. Wild Blue Yonder Films and James White received the TOP OF TEXAS Award for their movie, “Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke.”

Texas Tech University School of Music
University String Orchestra Concert
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public



Executive Director

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) seeks applications for the position of Executive Director, a year-round, full-time position. 
Our Mission: 

To inspire and enrich the City of Lubbock, Texas, as a catalyst for the arts.  LHUCA supports Lubbock and the South Plains region by:

  • Serving as the anchor of the Lubbock Cultural District and by promoting arts education regionally
  • Supporting the creation and appreciation of art by nurturing regional artists, audiences, and organizations



LHUCA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1997.  Each year it welcomes over 45,000 visitors to its campus, reaching individuals of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. Serving as a catalyst in the redevelopment of downtown Lubbock, LHUCA anchors the north end of the Lubbock Cultural District. Home to the visual and performing arts, it serves artists and arts organizations throughout the region. Each year over 300 artists and 20 cultural organizations utilize our nine buildings totaling 64,000 square feet, available for the inspiration and incubation of the arts. The buildings provide studio, meeting, exhibit, workshop, rehearsal, and performance space for emerging and established artists and arts organizations.


Scope & Responsibilities of the Position

The Executive Director (ED) has the responsibility to oversee the planning and operational processes for all components of the organization.  Areas of oversight include strategic/operational planning, staff selection and management, fundraising, financial management, public relations, marketing, programming, membership growth and volunteer recruitment.  The ED reports to the Board of Directors (the Board). The ED collaborates with the Board and its committees to clearly define the support required by the ED and staff to fulfill the mission and goals of LHUCA.  The Board performs an annual review of the ED.


LHUCA seeks a leader who will bring to the position a high degree of energy, integrity and creativity as well as strategic, financial and organizational expertise.


Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director

  • Serve as the chief representative for LHUCA within the community
  • Ensure the Board receives accurate and timely financial reporting
  • Develop, implement and continuously monitor annual operating, project and long-range budgets
  • Work closely with the Board to create and execute a long-term strategic plan
  • Ensure the budgets align with the organization’s strategic goals
  • Hire and manage the staff and create a results and team-oriented environment
  • Set annual personal and organizational goals
  • Oversee development staff to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising and donor relations strategy to include the organization’s annual gala. Ensure the gala committee and the Board are informed and coordinated
  • Serve as the primary representative to foundations
  • Research, write, administer, and report upon grants to private and public foundations



Development and Fundraising Oversight Duties

The ED is responsible for overseeing development and fundraising staff to do the following:

  • Oversee Identification of foundation, corporate, governmental and individual donor prospects, and build relationships as needed
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of a donor stewardship plan
  • Oversee the maintenance of the donor database to aid in donor research, stewardship, and fundraising goals
  • Oversee fundraising events including the gala
  • Work closely with the Board Development Chair to ensure solid communication throughout all development efforts


Board, Committee, and Volunteer Management Duties 

The ED is responsible for the following:

  • Implement policy recommendations as defined by the Board
  • Prepare an annual draft budget
  • Identify new Board Members for Board approval
  • Onboard new Board Members
  • Coordinate all materials for monthly board meetings
  • Submit an annual calendar for Board and committee meetings
  • Convene the LHUCA League (advisory council) and recruit members as needed
  • Recruit, steward and actively maintain positive volunteer relationships



  • Passion for LHUCA’s vision of the organization and a commitment to its mission
  • Experience in a supervisory position in a nonprofit organization which includes budgeting, managing of staff and public speaking
  • A proven understanding of the arts, and art community
  • Superior writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors
  • Strong internal communication skills


Highly Preferred

  • Experience as an executive director in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Experience in fundraising with a track record of success
  • Experience in capital campaign fundraising


To Apply

Please forward, via email, the following materials in your application packet: (i) a letter of interest, (ii) current position, (iii) a current resume/CV, (iv) references (maximum of four), (v) samples of work (e.g. grants, marketing materials, promotional materials, proposals). References will not be contacted unless and until an applicant is chosen for an initial interview.


All application information must be received via email with “Executive Director LHUCA in the subject line and sent to the LHUCA Board of Directors Secretary:


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

Thursday, November 15:  –

Blue Light
Curtis Grimes
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am  21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $10.00 at the door

Country Artist.

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
8:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464
No Cover Charge on Thursday

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Mike Pritchard
4:30pm – 6:30pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Danny Cadra
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Junior Vasquez
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.771.6555
No Cover Charge

Friday, November 16:  –

Blue Light
SAL with Tyler Rogers
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am  21+ only
806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets: $7.00 at the door

Songwriter, Blues Singer.

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
8:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464
Cover:  $5.00 – $7.00

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Alissa Beyer
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Saturday, November 17:  –

Blue Light
Grant Gilbert
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am  21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $10.00 at the door

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
8:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464
Cover:  $5.00 – $7.00

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Raised by Wolves
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Sunday, November 18:  –

The Garden
2:30pm – 5:30pm
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue

Join us for the Toys for Tots biker ride after party. Live music by Spivey, Now We Taco’n, Full Bar open!

Blue Light
Charley Crockett
Show at 10:00pm; Doors open at 8:00pm
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $10.00 at the door or in advance





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 square 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 your 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.

Friday, October 5 – Sunday, November 18, 2018   ***ends Sunday***

The Buddy Holly Center announces the opening of its annual exhibition Celebraciόn, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. This open invitational exhibition of artwork explores the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos blends the Catholic traditions of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 & 2) with pre-Columbian concepts of death that have been a part of Mexican society since Aztec times. Modern traditional Día de los Muertos festivities take place on Nov. 1 and 2, and are a time of remembrance, reunion and feasting. Artwork is showcased through a variety of media and focuses on the unified theme of Mexico’s centuries-old ritual of commemorating the death of a loved one.


The Buddy Holly Center partnered with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, and opened a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery that began 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.  Buddy’s dining room table is now on display as well.


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.






1719 Avenue A

Luis Estrata, pencil and pastel drawings; Willis Bagley, temper paint and pencil drawings

Museum open by appointment only at this time.  To view this exhibit please contact Shirley Green at 806.535.2475 or Don Holladay at 505.490.9510.

For additional information please contact:  Shirley Green, Executive Director for the Lubbock Roots Historical Arts Council at or via telephone at 806.535.2475.

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

601 Indiana Avenue           806.742.3667

Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit
Now through November 16   ***ends Sunday***

Artwork with Día de los Muertos theme by Future Akins, Valerie Komkov Hill, James Johnson, Javier Lopez, Ginny Mahan, Jimmy Peterson, Shannon Samson, Annalee Shubert, Ellen Stanley and the Hutchinson Middle School students. Ofrenda photos from MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) in Houston.

Join our annual four-site procession as we celebrate the cultural traditions of the Day of the Dead on November 2. For more information go to


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. The Gallery is closed on University Holidays and closed between semesters.

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

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall and Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
Texas Tech University School of Art Faculty Exhibition
October 5 – December 1, 2018

Landmark Arts presents the “Texas Tech School of Art Faculty Exhibition” at LHUCA. New work will be featured in a range of media by the School Art’s tenured and tenure-track faculty, and adjunct instructors. Exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

The faculty of Texas Tech School of Art are engaged in a vast variety of research projects. Faculty research helps faculty members stay abreast of their fields, keeps them at the forefront as leaders in their disciplines and helps them to better prepare students with up-to-date techniques and concepts. Faculty research trajectories often include personal explorations on topics developed over many years. These projects have garnered internal as well as federal grants that allow the faculty to work in collaboration with medical professionals and with students who are often hired as assistants.

Martin McDonald Gallery
Dames of Anatomy by Laura J. Bennett
November 2 – December 22, 2018

An ongoing project addressing the complexities of the female condition and challenging cultural norms.

Laura is one of the 2018 winners of the Texas Photographic Society Award.

Laura Bennett earned BA degrees in journalism and studio art from Humboldt State University and an MFA in photography from the University of Houston. As a college educator she has taught photography, photojournalism, photo history and history of women artists. Dames of Anatomy was awarded first place in the portrait category of the 5th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Bennett was the recipient of the Mylio Grantthrough Luminous Endowmentfor Elsa Johanna,an emerging body of work about the life of her grandmother, a Finnish immigrant. She attended a SÌM Artist Residency in Reykjavik in September of 2017. Her image Memory Best Forgotten won first place in Soho Photo’s 5th Annual Alternative Process Competition. The same image was also on the cover of SHOTS Anniversary issue in the summer of 2011. Her work has been published in View Camera Magazine and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, by Christopher James. Much of Bennett’s work stems from her experience of being the mother of nine and addresses the complexities of the female condition. She uses an old Gundlach 8×10 camera and an early version Hasselblad. In addition to traditional silver gelatin process and alternative processes, Bennett also scans antique glass negatives, film, objects, old medical illustrations and ephemera for transformation in the computer and for creating digital negatives.
“Dames of Anatomy” is an ongoing project that addresses the complexities of the female condition and challenges cultural norms. Old glass negatives of anonymous women are scanned and combined with antique medical slides, ephemera and my own selected images. They are peppered with satire, but there is an underlying presence of struggle and submission. My life experience as a woman is a far lonesome cry from any fairytale I ever knew as a child. I tell my daughters, “You are your own prince charming, so saddle up and find yourself.”

John F. Lott Gallery
Tracing Shadows: Landscapes from Maui by Catherine Prose
November 2 – December 1, 2018

Tracing Light is a two-part exhibition with the first installation being at West Texas A&M University Gallery and the second Tracing Shadows being exhibited at Louise Hopkins Center for the Arts in the John F. Lott Gallery.

The artwork in these exhibitions explores the transition of landscape becoming a place. It investigates the politics of remembering and forgetting a place. And alludes to tracing and drawing as being a practice of memory.

In June 2017 I traveled to the Hawaiian Island of Maui for a 14-day artist residency. I had three goals while on Maui. Number one was to draw ‘en plein air’ (in the open air) while visiting some landscapes that had geological, mythological and historical significance to Maui history. My second goal was to capture a glimpse of the endemic and elusive Hawaiian Honey Creeper bird. And my third and final goal was to share this experience with my 74-year-old mother. I invited her to join me by being my travel partner for the last six days of my residency. On day 11 together on Maui, we found ourselves in Maui Memorial Hospital after my mother’s near drowning accident. Returning from Maui with over 20 drawings and trauma, I’ve looked to my art practice for reconciliation over my memories of Maui.

This exhibition was made possible through a generous gift from retired physician Dr. Paul Bice. Although Bice’s discipline was rooted in the sciences, he is passionate about the development of the mind through the arts and humanities.

Catherine Prose
Professor of Art, Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX

1306 9th Street           806.775.2834

South Plains Quilters Guild Annual Exhibit
November 2 through late December
Exhibit is free and open to the public   

Quilts to be on Display at Mahon Public Library

  • Starting November 2 through late December
  • Quilts of many types made by members of the South Plains Quilters’ Guild
  • Special Quilts to be displayed
    • Row by Row Quilts made by members and to be donated to local charities
    • Quilts made by Kid’s Quilts group to be given to children
    • Quilt tops designed and sewn by inmates at Lubbock County Detention Center

This annual tradition creates a colorful backdrop on the main floor of the library, and is a special treat for library patrons as the holiday season approaches. Quilts in the show have been made by South Plains Quilters’ Guild members, many of whom have won ribbons at local and regional quilt shows.

Of particular note this year, are seven quilts made cooperatively by members of the Guild in a Row-by-Row challenge.  Individual members made a row of blocks (or 2 or 3) around one of six theme fabrics.  Volunteers from the Guild assembled the rows into quilt tops, then machine quilted, and finished each of the seven quilts. During the coming year, these seven quilts will be donated to various charitable groups in the area, and some may find their way to fund raising auctions.

Quilts hanging on the north side near the children’s area are from an ongoing service project of the South Plains Quilters’ Guild called Kid’s Quilts.  These quilts are made for area children facing special challenges and the quilts are donated through the Women’s Protective Services and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest.

Several members from the guild are donating their time to the Lubbock County Detention Center working with the men and women inmates.  Sewing machines are available for them to learn sewing techniques.  These men and women in the detention center volunteer their time for the designing and making of quilt tops for the children.  They also assist the guild to finish quilts by tying the layered quilts sewn by guild members.

This year’s Quilt Display can be seen during the regular operating hours of the Mahon Public Library from November 2 through the end of the year. A guide to the show will be available upon request at the library desk. The guide identifies the name of each quilt and its maker.  The quilts designed and sewn by LCDC inmates will be labeled as well.

Background Information


South Plains Quilters’ Guild was formed in 1977 and currently meets monthly on the second Monday at the Municipal Garden and Arts Center.  The monthly meetings start at 10:00 am and consist of a business meeting, show and tell of recent quilt projects by the members and a program.

SPQG is a group of individuals of varying ages with very diverse backgrounds with one common interest – QUILTING.  There are hand quilters, machine quilters, long arm quilters, art quilters, traditional quilters, modern quilters and any other type of quilter you can imagine. The highlights of the meetings are “Show and Tell” where members can show off those completed items they to a group that can truly appreciate the time and effort involved.

3301 Fourth Street                 806.742.2432
TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; (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.


1:30 pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
2:30 pm – Astrobreaks
3:30 pm – Laser Queen (November 2 – 4 / ElectroPop (November 5 -15) / Laser Michael Jackson (November 16 – 30)

1:00 pm – Cowboy Astronomer
2:00 pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
3:30 pm – Laser Queen (November 2 – 4 / ElectroPop (November 5 -15) / Laser Michael Jackson (November 16 – 30)

11:30 am – Astrobreaks
12:30 pm – Cowboy Astronomer
1:30 pm – Astrobreaks
2:30 pm -Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
3:30 pm – Laser Queen (November 2 – 4 / ElectroPop (November 5 -15) / Laser Michael Jackson (November 16 – 30)

1:30 pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
2:30 pm – Astrobreaks
3:30 pm – Laser Queen (November 2 – 4 / ElectroPop (November 5 -15) / Laser Michael Jackson (November 16 – 30)

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (grade 1 & up)
40 minutes

Join two children on a magical journey through the solar system, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket and a vivid imagination. During this show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the universe.

Astrobreaks (all ages)
20 minutes

Astrobreaks is a new program of the Museum of Texas Tech University Moody Planetarium that projects the Saturday night sky to show you what constellations and stars will be visible Saturday evening.

Laser Queen
60 minutes

  1. We Will Rock You
  2. Bicycle Race
  3. Another One Bites the Dust
  4. Best Friend
  5. Flash
  6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  7. Somebody To Love
  8. I Want It All
  9. Stone Cold Crazy
  10. Princes of the Universe
  11. Killer Queen
  12. Bohemian Rhapsody
  13. We Are the Champions

40 minutes

  1. Applause – Lady Gaga
  2. Turn Down for What – Lil Jon & DJ Snake
  3. Pompeii – Bastille
  4. Red Lights – Tiësto
  5. Royals – Lorde
  6. #SELFIE – The Chainsmokers
  7. This is How We Do – Katy Perry
  8. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  9. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  10. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  11. Neon Lights – Demi Lovato
  12. Ten Feet Tall – Afrojack & Wrabel

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

Cowboy Astronomer (all ages)
37 minutes

Explore the stars from a cowboy’s point of view! This full-dome planetarium show is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way. Narrated by cowboy humorist and poet Baxter Black.

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


Why Frogs Don’t Get Fat:  Predators, Fear and Feeding in the Wild
November 15 – February 4, 2019
Leonardo’s Kitchen

Imagine that it’s the middle of the night and you are surrounded by predators. You think that you can hear them, and maybe you can smell them, but it’s dark and you can’t see them. You think that you can see their eyes, but they keep moving. Are they close or far away?

What would you do? Would you hide? Or run? Or freeze? What if you hadn’t eaten all day, and you needed to search for food? Would you settle for the easiest food that you could find, even if it wasn’t very good? Or would you spend more time searching for food, risking everything?

These are the situations most animals are faced with every day. Surrounded by things that want to catch and eat them. And it affects everything that they do, especially how, where, and when they eat. Because when they are eating, prey animals let their guard down and are more vulnerable to being caught and eaten themselves.

In the exhibit Why Frogs Don’t Get Fat: Predators, Fear and Feeding in the Wild we examine what it’s like to live in the real world of nature. To be faced with finding food when everywhere you turn there is something that might eat you.

Why Frogs Don’t Get Fat: Predators, Fear and Feeding in the Wild is on view in Leonardo’s Kitchen, a gallery dedicated to changing exhibitions based on research, scholarship and creative activity of Texas Tech faculty and students. This exhibition focuses on the work of James Carr, professor, Breanna Harris, research assistant professor, and Peter Keyel, assistant professor all in the Department of Biological Sciences.

American Qur’an
October 20 – February 7, 2019
Gallery 5

The American Qur’an is an exhibition by painter Sandow Birk.  He hand-transcribed and illustrated every verse of the holy book of Islam using the calligraphy of the individual verses to frame scenes of contemporary American life.  We will have selected works from the project.

Polki – Hidden Power
Friday, October 5 – Monday, December 31, 2018

The exhibition Polki – Hidden Power, features the works of Polish women illustrators and ceramic artists that approach the subject of womanhood in their arts.

The exhibition aims to take a closer look at Polish women – Polki, and seek out the traces of their feminine, hidden power in their work and art. For centuries women were in a subordinate position regarding their rights, voice, independence, and their social and familial status. They had limited choices, save to muster up the strength to carry on to fulfill the expectations of society.

Women’s rights are still a relatively new thing in the world. In 1918, Poland regained independence and immediately granted women the right to vote and be elected – the same year as Germany, Austria, Great Britain, and even before the United States, in 1920 or Sweden in 1921. The status of women may be different today yet the hidden power of women remains.

The exhibition presents both the work of Polish illustrators as well as designers, particularly ceramists who either allude to the subject of womanhood or to the art and objects that embody its strength as feminine art.

The exhibition features the work of both recognized and emerging Polish female artists:

  • Basia Grzybowska Flores
    Maria Jeglińska
    • Izabela Kaczmarek-Szurek
    • Malwina Konopacka
    • Kaja Kusztra
    • Aleksandra Morawiak
    • Magdalena Pankiewicz
    • Sabina Samulska
    • Ewelina Skowrońska

Polki – Hidden Power, is curated by Monika Brauntsch and is the result of a collaboration with the artist Ewelina Skowrońska and Carol Flueckiger, associate professor in the Texas Tech University School of Art.

The exhibition was presented in June during San Francisco Design Week. The project is financed by the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the “Cultural bridges” subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Curated by: Monika Brauntsch
Substantive cooperation: Ewelina Skowrońska, Carol Flueckiger
Exhibition design: Dorota Kabała
Visual identification: Kaja Kusztra

Red, Hot & Quilted
September 25, 2018 – January 17, 2019
Gallery 4

As a second companion exhibit, the Caprock Art Quilters are doing Red, Hot & Quilted, featuring quilts created around the red theme.

Inspired by the upcoming red exhibits, the Caprock Art Quilters decided to challenge themselves to create quilts around the color red. Expect to be astonished and amazed by these colorful creations sparked by the incredible creativity of this group of West Texans.

Red That Colored the World
September 17, 2018 – January 17, 2019
Galleries 2 and 3

The Red That Colored the World is a traveling exhibition from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It explores the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

The color red, with its brilliant hue, has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia. And we have a small insect to thank for this magical color.

The exhibition, The Red That Colored the World, combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

The exhibition translates the cochineal story into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond. The exhibition highlights more than 60 objects including textiles, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts and, clothing from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, private lenders, and museums around the country. The exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. The objects reflect the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process, and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials.

Artists and dyers for centuries strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature and to express the spirit, symbolism, and sustenance of life. Their quest ended in the Aztec marketplaces of 16th-century Mexico, where Spanish explorers encountered the American cochineal bug. The bug created an unparalleled range of reds with substantial economic value. Its ensuing global spread launched an epic story of empire and desire that pushed art, culture, and trade to the edge of the unknown.

Pre-Columbian weavers used cochineal. So, did El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Hispano saint makers and Navajo weavers of the 18th- and 19th-century American Southwest followed suit, as did 20th century-Spanish design icon Mariano Fortuny. Synthetic dyes eclipsed natural sources in the late 19th century, but cochineal’s cachet never completely waned. Through such international objects, the exhibition follows the story to today, where cochineal and the color red remain hot commodities in cosmetics and commercial products, contemporary art, fashion and design, and other expressions of popular culture.

Inspired by the exhibition, the Caprock Art Quilters challenged themselves to create quilts around the color red. The results are on view in the Red, Hot & Quilted exhibition.

The Red That Colored the World, organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ladies in Red
September 11, 2018 – February 2, 2019
Main Gallery

Ladies in Red is a composition exhibition to Red That Colored the World.  It draws from the Clothing and Textiles Division collection and other garments on loan from other sources.

The color red evokes strong emotions. From the red power suits worn by First Lady Nancy Reagan to designer gowns worn by first ladies and celebrities, red clothing signifies confidence and the desire to stand out from the crowd.

In Ladies in Red, the Museum of Texas Tech University draws on its superb clothing and textiles collection to create an exhibit featuring red clothing from former first lady Laura Bush and local fashion leaders Margaret Talkington, Louise Underwood, and Carol Krueger Layne.

Ladies in Red, is a complementary exhibit to the exhibition The Red That Colored the World, that explores the history and widespread use in art and textiles of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian America.

Featured in Ladies in Red is the red dress worn by Laura Bush for a Dec. 7, 2003 portrait with President George W. Bush in front of the White House Christmas Tree. Photo above courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, White House photo by Eric Draper.

Texas Tech’s use of the bright crimson red as its school color is also represented in Ladies in Red in the red suit Marsha Sharp, former basketball head coach, wore when the Lady Raider’s won the NCAA national basketball championship, shown at right, and in past Texas Tech cheerleader uniforms.

The Red That Colored the World, organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pre-Modern Bibles:  From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Complutensian Polyglot Bible
August 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Gallery 6

The Museum of Texas Tech University will host the Pre-Modern Bibles: From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Complutensian Polyglot Bible, the largest collection of original and facsimile biblical manuscripts ever assembled in West Texas.


The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the physical Bible, the development of scholarly methods of biblical analysis, and the refinement of multiple ways to convey biblical learning, often to people of limited literacy. The highlight of the exhibition is the creation, in Spain at the end of the Middle Ages, of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible with its elaborate multilingual printing press fonts.


And just a fun side note:


The Complutensian Polyglot Bible and Texas Tech University’s architecture can both be traced back to the same source, a university in north-central Spain, the Universidad Complutense at Alcalá de Henares which relocated to Madrid during the 19th century.  In 1923, architect William Ward Watkin, seeking a suitable architectural style for a new university on the High Plains of Texas, looked to the High Plains of Spain, the region of the Extremadura, and modeled Texas Tech’s first building, the Administration Building, on the university at Alcalá.

Grasslands of North America and Africa
through January 2019

This exhibit features the underutilized and little-known taxidermy mount collection of the Natural Science Research Laboratory of the Museum. This collection contains rare and charismatic species, including many herbivores and carnivores of the African Savannah and the North American prairies. In addition, the exhibit highlights the ecological parameters of these grasslands, as well as explores the natural history attributes of the animals that live in these regions.

Grasslands are a recognizable feature of the biotic landscape, with most of us being familiar with terms like prairies, savannahs, and maybe even steppes. Grasslands are thought to comprise 40‒70 percent of the world’s landmass and are generally defined based on the percentage of grasses relative to non-grass plants such as sedges, rushes, forbs, and woody plants such as shrubs, vines, and trees.

Typically, the types of grasses present in a grassland are controlled by temperature and rainfall. Most people associate grasslands with grazing animals such as cows, bison, wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, but grasslands are important in a variety of other ways.

In an exhibit at the Museum of Texas Tech University, funded by the Helen Jones Foundation, we explore the various roles of the world’s grasslands. In particular, we compare the number of mammalian species occurring in North American grasslands, including the region around Lubbock, to those found in the famous African grasslands that we see on television and read about in books. Specifically, we focus on different types of grasslands, how they are classified, what are the important characteristics and attributes of grasslands, and what steps we can take to preserve them.

For this exhibit, we arranged for several of the taxidermy specimens housed in the Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) to be placed on public display. The NSRL contains one the largest research collections of mammal specimens at a North American university—the collection includes skins, skeletons, and tissue samples from more than 130,000 specimens, as well as taxidermy specimens. These taxidermy specimens, most of which are decades old, were donated to the NSRL by hunters and their families for research and education purposes.

Although many of the specimens displayed here represent species that currently are threatened or endangered and now protected by law, none of the specimens in the NSRL collections were hunted or collected from the wild while the species had protected status.

Throughout the exhibit, we use the taxidermy specimens, photographs, and videos to illustrate the kinds of mammalian biodiversity present in grasslands and to introduce the visitor to the different categories of animals—carnivores, herbivores and granivores. We also provide interesting tidbits surrounding the biology and natural history of these organisms. Further, we use the exhibit to explore topics such as: why does Africa have many more species of bovids than North America, what is resource partitioning, what was the Pleistocene megafauna, what was the impact of ice ages on grasslands, and what are the differences between true horns, antlers, pronghorns, ossicones, and rhino horns? Finally, topics that have the potential to have a major interest to the Lubbock community such as dustbowls, biodiversity in a monoculture agricultural system verses biodiversity in a grassland, the role of hunting, and the official Texas bison herd, are presented in order for our visitors to learn more about our local grasslands and what they can do to help preserve and promote grassland conservation.


Lunar Embrace:  Korean Ceramics and Paintings by Tae Keun Yoo
Opens March 2019

The exhibition, Lunar Embrace: Korean Ceramics and Paintings by Tae Keun Yoo, features ceramic art and paintings by Tae Keun Yoo that are reinterpretations by one of today’s prominent ceramists in Korea. In this exhibition Yoo explores the bold and startlingly modern ceramic traditions that flourished in Korea during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).

Joseon ceramics went through several transformations during its five hundred-year period. Yoo’s works focus on the two major movements: Buncheong and white porcelain. In addition to ceramic and stoneware, his paintings, which are inspired by the Korean ceramic and stoneware traditions, will also be included in the exhibit.

Buncheong ware is a form of traditional Korean stoneware that was popularly produced from the late 14th to the 15th century. It is known for its natural, modest, and practical characteristics. The clay has a bluish-green tone. The surfaces of the works are coated with a white slip and decorative designs that can be produced using various techniques, which include stamping, carving, and cobalt or iron pigment painting.

Buncheong wares were exported to Japan and have influenced the development of Japanese pottery and Japanese tea ceremony traditions. The technology and elements of Buncheong has influenced artists around the work seeking insight into Asian ceramic traditions, and Buncheong continues to inspire artists to this day. The exhibit will show how the tradition is practiced by today’s artists. Yoo’s works will also showcase the different techniques and styles of Buncheong.

The Joseon white porcelains are characterized by the beauty of minimalist forms, restrained use of decoration and color, reflecting the ideals and ethics of the Korean Confucian state. In particular, the Moon jar is a type of traditional Korean white porcelain which was made during the Joseon Dynasty. The full moon shape is made by connecting two hemispherical halves together in the middle. The milky white color and slightly uneven natural shape are considered to be the highlight of the Korean esthetics and spirit. A number of Joseon Moon jars are registered as national treasures by the Korean government. The exhibit will feature the Moon jars and the paintings of Moon jars by Yoo that demonstrate the philosophy and esthetics of Korea. His Moon jars show the faithful representation of the artistic tradition. His Moon jar paintings show the adaptation and creativity inherited from this era.

Through his works Yoo responds to the difficult history of Korea, such as reunification of the two Koreas and post-colonial relationships of Japan and Korea. The ChungMa YooTaeKeun Bodumda exhibition in 2016, Make the Future with Earth exhibition in 2015, and the exhibition Unification, the Beautiful Bowl in 2014, are examples of such efforts. Using clays from Japan and Korea to make one ceramic work to wish for forgiveness of past faults and to create a positive future is another example.

Yoo is a professor of the School of Design in Kyungil University, South Korea, and owns Chung-ma Pottery Lab. He studied at Kyungil University and at Miyagi University, Japan, earning a master’s degree in traditional pottery from Aichi University, Japan.


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 including 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 master’s 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 5:00pm.
The outdoor historical park closes 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.


McCombs Gallery

“In the Shadows: Cattle Rusting” chronicles the history of cattle rustling and turns a spotlight on cattle theft in the 21st century and what actions are being taken to curb the crime.

Macy Gallery

“Buckskin and Beads: Native American Clothing and Artifacts” is an exhibit of many pieces of clothing and artifacts that were once owned by Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, given to three generations of the Burnett family (Four Sixes Ranch) and donated to the NRHC.

McKanna Gallery

“A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna” is a traveling exhibit on loan from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. It displays flamboyant neckwear that came to identify the colorful cowboys of the West and became as integral to cowboy attire as hats, boots and spurs.

Cash Gallery

“Wagons That Moved History” features six wagons important to the evolution of frontier transportation.

Flores Gallery

“Get a Grip Handgun Exhibit” features handguns from the NRHC and Museum of Texas Tech collections highlighting historically significant firearms that contributed to the evolution of handguns from the early 1800s through the early 1900’s.

Stevens Gallery

“New Additions to the Collection” features an exhibit of diverse items recently donated or added to the NRHC collection.

Burnett Gallery
“Burk Burnett Bedroom” is a permanent NRHC exhibit with items donated by Samuel Burk Burnett’s great-granddaughter, Anne W. Marion. Burnett was one of the most well-known and respected ranchers in Texas. This exhibit space duplicates one of 11 bedrooms in “the big house” at the Four Sixes headquarters.

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

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.


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.


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

Architecture Library inside TTU College of Architecture Building
18th Street and Flint Avenue

Art is available to view 24 hours a day/7 days a week on campus

Public Art Walking Tour:   Booklet –

Explore our Collection – over 100 artworks to view

The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, more than 100 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses. Contact Emily Wilkinson, public art manager, to inquire about touring the public art, presentations about the collection, brochures and additional information.

ArTTrek: your official guide to the Texas Tech University System’s public art collection!


The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using 1% of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, more than 100 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses.


With this app you can:

  • Discover art nearby, utilizing your location services
  • Create maps that will guide you to different artworks in the collection, whether traveling by foot, bike, or car
  • View art using themed tours created in the app, or create your own tours.
  • Favorite your pieces within the app so you can visit again and share with your friends.
  • Play a “Da Vinci Code” style game to find art and challenge your friends to beat your time
  • Utilize social media to post photos and comment on art that you visit
  • Learn more about the art through videos of the artists themselves speaking about their work.


Planning your visit to the collection? You can still utilize the app when you are not on one of the TTUS campuses to look at pieces within the TTU System. Select pieces from the list to view in more detail and find their location to aid in your visit when you are nearby and would like to see them in person.

To download the app, please search “arttrek” (all one word) in either the iTunes Store (iPhones) or Google Play (Android phones). It is free to download.


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

The Great War and West Texas….A Glimpse  **NEW**
November 2018 – June 2019
Globe Rotunda

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) is commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I with an exhibit titled: “The Great War and West Texas . . . A Glimpse”

World War I was originally called the “Great War,” declared at the time to be the “war to end all wars.” Beginning in Europe in summer 1914 and ending with armistice on November 11, 1918, the Great War was truly a world war; nations from six continents participated.

The SWC/SCL holds various materials related to World War I, such as the records of the 36th Division, organized from National Guard units from Texas and Oklahoma. Soldiers from this division went to France in the summer of 1918, as did Texans who served in other divisions, such as the 42nd (or Rainbow) Division.

Within the collections are various materials such as letters, booklets, postcards, photographs, and other items such as military documents. Numerous Reference Files are also available to patrons, as are newspapers and posters from the era. These collections and resources offer researchers a unique opportunity to glimpse West Texas during the Great War.

The exhibit will be on display in the SWC/SCL Globe Rotunda from November 2018 through June 2019.

Appeal of the Seal: The History of the Texas Tech University Seal
September 2018 – December 2018

Designed in 1924 by the campus’ master planner, William Ward Watkin, the seal first appeared on Tech diplomas in 1948, but it wasn’t officially approved as “The” Seal of Texas Tech University until 1953. A replica of the seal made of red granite was placed at the Broadway and University entrance to the campus in 1972; it stands 12 feet high and weighs 37,500 pounds. Photos and artifacts featuring the seal such as official china, a TTU stole and a charm bracelet are also included in the exhibit.

Food and…

November 6, 2017 through December 2018


A new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library supports the Humanities Center’s 2017-2018 theme “Food and…”  The Southwest Collection has books, serials and manuscript collections touching this year’s theme.  Items range from cookbooks to food magazines to manuscript materials about food, as well as photographs which reflect illustrations of food preparation, crops and items for consumption.  Some of the items on view come from collections such as Rare Books, the Sowell Collection and the University Archives among others. All of these materials are available to researchers.

President Grover E. Murray:  A Decade of Progress
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.

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 Department of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

Exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits, at the United Supermarkets Arena, 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

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

Curios from The Indian Den, 1976, by Pat Anderson, found objects, jewelry, pottery; Linda Adkins, reimagined heirloom jewelry; Expressions in Ink and Fire by John Bewley, mixed-media; Greg Goodnight, woodsculpture; Ironmonger Artworks by George Gray, metalsmithing; Photographs from Death Valley by Donna Rose, photography; West Texas Watercolor Society group exhibition, watercolors.

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.

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  10:00am – 5:00pm
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

Current Exhibits:  Renee Steger Simpson, David Brooks, George Gray, Dawna Gillespie, Janelle Barrington-Spivey

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.  David Leake prints are available at the Gallery as well.

Baron Batch originals and prints:


These events are provided for your convenience in planning your own calendars and being able to purchase tickets in advance for these wonderful events happening in the Lubbock Cultural District. Future events are subject to change.  Please note that all events happening in this time frame may not be listed at the time of publication.

Monday, November 19:  –

Texas Tech University School of Music
Honors String Chamber Recital
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street
Free and open to the public

Thursday, November 22:  –

West Texas Running Club – Camp Gladiator Lubbock
26th Annual WTRC Turkey Trot
9:00am (race start time)
Bayer Museum of Agriculture
1121 Canyon Lakes Drive
Fee:  $20.00 WTRC members & non-member kids 5-12 only.
$30.00 non-members, both distances.
No Race Day Registration.
$35.00 Late Registration at FootTech 19th & Quaker: Tuesday & Wednesday, 11am to 6pm.
Online signup closes @ 6PM on Mon, Nov 19, 2018.
Packet Pickup/Late Registration: Nov 20 & 21, 11am to 6pm at FootTech 19th & Quaker.

Must be 16 or older to run the 12K.
Must be 5 or older to run the 2M.

The Turkey Trot features a 2 Mile and a 12K race.

“We are delighted to once again host the Annual Turkey Trot”, said Lacee Hoelting, Executive Director of the Bayer Museum of Agriculture. “We invite you to come to the museum with your family and friends to experience this annual holiday tradition and tour our first-class museum facility that has preserved the region’s agricultural heritage and serves as a living memorial to the thousands of farm families that were pioneers in agriculture.”

Every year the Turkey Trot brings together runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, and all shapes and sizes to celebrate an early morning kick off to the Thanksgiving holiday. Running the Turkey Trot has become a family tradition for many Lubbockites and visiting relatives that come from cities all over Texas, other states, and even other countries. For your non-running family members, volunteers are always needed and will receive a free event t-shirt!

“The Annual Turkey Trot has celebrated family, fitness, and fun in Lubbock since 1993”, said Terry Dalton, Turkey Trot Race Director. “The Turkey Trot’s most appetizing draw is obvious – run a race in the morning and trotters can feel guilt-free about gobbling down all day long.”


Founded in 1972, the West Texas Running Club is located in Lubbock, Texas and is governed by an eleven-member elected Board of Directors. The purpose of the WTRC is to promote distance running as an aid to physical fitness and longevity and if need be, an alternative “Positive addiction.” We also wish to unite runners of every level of ability and interest, to exchange good health and training ideas, to train together and participate in races, but most of all to promote friendship and camaraderie among all area runners. Our monthly club races are designed to offer each member a yardstick for measuring personal accomplishments and not necessarily competition against each other. We offer encouragement to all runners, regardless of age or ability. As a non-profit organization, the WTRC supports many charitable organizations in the Lubbock community including the South Plains Food Bank, Toy4Tots, and Texas Tech University Students through the Annual Red Raider Road Race, which raises funds to benefit the Red Raider Road Race Scholarship Fund.

Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25:  –

Moonlight Musicals
Wizard of Oz
7:30pm Friday and Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center (Amigo’s Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph’s Records and United Supermarkets).
Reserved seats are $50.00, $35.00, and $20.00 (prices include service charges).

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of stage musical “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed.

The 1987 stage adaptation has music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and a book by John Kane; it is based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, and the classic 1939 movie written by Noel Langly, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolfe.

Stage direction is by Gerald Dolter.  Music direction by Justin Duncan with choreography by Amy Cox.

Dorothy Gale – Anna Tesh
The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel – Mike Morgan
The Scarecrow/Hunk – Chase Gibson
The Tinman/Hickory – Keegan Peck
The Cowardly Lion/Zeke – Frank Rendon
Glinda – Robin Grimes
The Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch – Mariel Morgan
Auntie Em – Laura Bryan
Uncle Henry – Jess Peterson
Emerald City Guard – Mitchell Britton

Saturday, November 24:  –

Downtown Social LBK
A Tribute to Tom Petty; Starring Third Wheel, Dustin Garrett and Will & Lindsay Boreing
9:00pm – 12:00am (show begins after the TTU/Baylor game)
1711 Texas Avenue
$5.00 cover charge 21+ only; $50.00 a table (seats 4)

Cactus Theater
Sounds of West Texas – Home for the Holidays
7:00pm – 9:00pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and balcony $20; limited balcony box seats $40 (includes concessions with ticket)
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.
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.

The Sounds of West Texas performers will be presenting, “Home for the Holidays” – a concert which will include holiday, inspirational, and gospel music, plus songs about home, family and love – with a good mix of styles such as Country, Rhythm & Blues, Soft Rock and Pop. This is a show that is perfect to bring all the relatives and family members to when looking for something to do after the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a show the whole family can enjoy-from young children to grandparents.

The Sounds of West Texas Concert Series is unique in that lucky audience members can win a door prize, the singers perform jingles on the show for some of the sponsors, and elements of fun and humor are added to the show! There will be some door prizes given away at around 6:50 and more will be given away at the end of intermission.

Featured performers will be: Larry Allen, Steve Burrus, Lesley Carraway, Mike Carraway, Roger Dean, Danny Dukatnik, Tom & Sherry Green, Jimmy Henderson, Brenda Hopkins, Mike Huffman, Darryl Lippe, Donnetta Lippe, Donnie Martin, Johnny Richardson, Kaci Sallee, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, Terry Westbrook, and Steve Williams.

Tuesday, November 27:  –

Lubbock Area United Way
Campaign Victory Report Luncheon
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall
1501 Mac Davis Lane

Thursday, November 29:  –

Museum of Texas Tech University
Ladies in Red:  The Fashion of Arnold Scassi
3301 4th Street
Free, but please RSVP by November 20th to 806.742.2443.

The Canadian-born designer Arnold Scassi created gowns for first ladies Mamie Eisenhower, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.

Scassi’s fashion is the subject of a talk at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 29 in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium at the Museum. Pamela Parmal, the David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and an expert on Arnold Scassi will discuss his life and influence on the fashion industry. Parmal is the author of the book “Arnold Scaasi: American Couturier.”

The red gown Laura Bush wore for a Dec. 7, 2003 portrait with President George W. Bush in front of the White House Christmas Tree is part of the Ladies in Red exhibition at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Scassi, who died in 2015, also designed fashions for such notable personalities as Joan Crawford, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Deneuve, Brooke Astor, and Mary Tyler Moore.

Ladies in Red draws on its superb clothing and textiles collection to create an exhibit featuring red clothing from local fashion leaders Margaret Talkington, Louise Underwood, and Carol Krueger Layne.

Thursday, November 29 – Friday, November 30:  –

Cactus Theater and Caldwell Entertainment
Michael Martin Murphey:  25th Anniversary Cowboy Christmas
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  Thursday:
Rows A and 1-A (temporary row) $70.00; Row B-E $50.00; Remaining floor seats $40.00; Standard Balcony $35.00; Limited Box Seats $100.00, includes concessions (must present box seat ticket stub at the concession stand)
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.
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.

Michael Martin Murphey’s musical journey has taken many unpredictable paths over the past 50 years. Topping the Pop, Country, Western and Bluegrass charts, Murphey has never been one to rest on his laurels.

A loyal American son from Texas, Murphey is best known for his chart-topping hits “Wildfire,”Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” and many more across his 35 albums released to date.

Murphey’s long-running incarnation as a purveyor of the music, lifestyle, and values of the American West is one of many musical mantles he has worn over the years. To track his career path is to span the country itself, from coming of age in the Texas folk music scene, to Los Angeles to Colorado to Nashville and then back to his native Texas.

Murphey’s original songs have been recorded by The Monkees, Kenny Rogers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Denver, Hoyt Axton, Johnny Cash, Tracy Byrd, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dolly Parton, Johnny Rivers, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many others.

Murphey has been awarded gold albums for Cowboy Songs, Vol. I, Blue Sky Night Thunder, and a platinum single, “Wildfire”. He has been given the prestigious Charlie Russell Award for Western Heritage. He is a 5-time recipient of the Wrangler award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, and boasts awards from the Academy of Country Music,

Rock Music Awards, Academy of Western Music Awards, Governor of New Mexico’s Outstanding Achievement Award, Outstanding Son of Texas Award by the Texas Legislature, and multiple from BMI. In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame, joining old friends Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and Allen Shamblin.

In 2018, Murphey will release Austinology, celebrating his early days as a pioneer of the Austin Music Scene of the 70s with guest artists that include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and many more.

Thursday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2:  –

Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance
Elephant’s Graveyard
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Texas Tech Equestrian Center
5712 CR 1500
Tickets:  All shows except RROAPS/RRADS:  Individual tickets $15.00 general public, $5.00 students with ID.  Subscription packages $90.00 for nine shows; $60.00 for six shows; $45.00 for four shows.

For additional information please call 806.742.3603 between noon and 5:00pm Monday-Saturday, or visit online.

By George Brant; Directed by Linda Donahue

Elephant’s Graveyard is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant.  September in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.

Friday, November 30:  –

Museum of Texas Tech University
Art History Series After the Renaissance:  Jean-Honore Fragonard – Paintings of the Opulent Society of France
3301 4th Street
Fees:  Semester dues are $45.00 Friends and Family Level and Non-Members
$7.00 each individual session payable at the door
Students Free with Valid I.D.

Texas Tech University Residence Halls Association
60th Annual Carol of Lights
The Carillon Concert will begin at 6:30pm before the ceremony, with the Carol of Lights commencing at 7:00pm.  The Masked Rider, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional and High Riders will begin the ceremony at the University Seal on Broadway and follow the luminaria lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.  The Tech Trombone Choir, under the direction of Jim Decker, will accompany the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs.
Memorial Circle
Free and open to the public
For additional information please visit
The lights will be turned on every night from dusk (approximately 6:30pm) until midnight from November 30, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 lights illuminate 18 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and the Broadway Entrance to the campus during Texas Tech University’s Carol of Lights®. Join the Residence Halls Association on Friday, November 30th at 7pm in Memorial Circle for the 60th Annual Carol of Lights: A Light that Lasts a Lifetime.

Official hashtag for the Carol of Lights on Facebook and twitter is #TTUCOL

This annual event, sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association, is attended by over 20,000 Tech students and local residents. The Carol of Lights® is one of Texas Tech’s largest and oldest traditions. The event brings together both the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities during its ceremonies.

In the 1950s, Dr. Gene Hemmle, co-founder of the Carol of Lights®, got together with a small group of students in the residence halls. They gathered at Memorial Circle to sing Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate. The first Carol of Lights® was organized in 1959, with 5,000 lights. In 1961, the event was officially named the Carol of Lights and had grown to 16,000 lights. The ceremony has continued every year except in 1972, when Texas Tech canceled the event because of the university’s energy conservation policy.

In 1992, the Carol of Lights® received a Certificate of Registration from the State of Texas.

In late September, a team from the University Physical Plant begins securing lights on the buildings. They work daily for over a month (in both good and bad weather!) to have the buildings ready for the celebration.

2014 marked the first year that 100% of the bulbs used were LED. This 5-year transition of bulbs is estimated to reduce energy consumption needed to light the bulbs by roughly 84%.

A 38-foot Christmas Tree (and 5-foot star) was updated in 2014 to include all white LED bulbs. The tree purchased in 2014 is also sturdier and more reliable.

Members of the Women’s Service Organization (WSO) will set up the 20-foot wreath made of fresh cut pine limbs on the Science Building. The pine branches used to adorn the wreathe are cut by the TTU grounds crew on the TTU campus.

Alpha Phi Omega and Chi Rho placed 3,000 luminaries around Memorial Circle the night of the ceremony.

Downtown Social LBK
Ian Moore Special Acoustic Performance
7:00pm – 11:00pm
1711 Texas Avenue
Tickets:  General Admission $16.73; Table of 4 seated $105.89 (includes all service charges).  Tickets may be purchased here:

Covenant Centennial Gala Celebration
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall
1501 Mac Davis Lane

Friday, November 30 – Saturday, December 1:  –

Flatlands Dance Theatre
Speakeasy:  A 1920’s Cabaret
Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA
511 Avenue K
Tickets:  Ticket prices include a $3.75 Select-A-Seat surcharge.  Tickets are $26.00 general admission and $16.00 for seniors, children, and students with ID.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, at, 806.770.2000, or any select-a-seat outlet center.

A cash bar will be available.

Flatlands Dance Theatre’s production, Speakeasy, invites audiences into the mysterious underground of a 1920’s cabaret. Through comedy, song, dance, and theatre, featuring various dance styles, live music, and cutting-edge, cabaret-style acts, the choreographers of FDT and guest artists take viewers on a wild ride led by our master of ceremonies, Grayson Bradshaw.  Live music composed by David Box and played by a jazz ensemble will be featured with live dance from FDT.  We invited viewers to sit back, have a drink and be entertained.  Welcome to the cabaret!

Choreographers:  Grayson Bradshaw, Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, Ali Duffy, Sarah Mondle, Tamara Smith, and Rachel Ure, with aerial work by Molly Roberts.

Composer:  David Box

Dancers:  Allison Beaty, Sulma Benitez, Tyra Bradford, Grayson Bradshaw, Ashlyn Brown, Celeste Delgado, Ali Duffy, Sarah Estrada, Almendra Gonzalez, Sarah Mondle, Kris Olson, Megan Reyna, Saran Sabin, Madison Sandvig, Morgan Smith, Tamara Smith, Rachel Ure, and Breana Young.

Musicians:  David Box, Bruce Keeling, John Kennedy, Hanna Macgillivray, Jonathon Rice, Alan Shinn, and Charles Whitehead.

Flatlands Dance Theatre is Lubbock’s professional dance company established in 2010.  FDT produces and promotes innovative and diverse dance and provides community engagement initiatives to the West Texas regional through a collective of working artists.  FDT seeks to enrich the West Texas cultural community by producing innovative and diverse dance works performed by professional artists.  In establishing Flatlands Dance Theatre, we are particularly enthusiastic about the opportunities we have to engage with other individuals in the community who share our commitment to furthering the visibility of professional dance in Lubbock and West Texas.



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