Lubbock Cultural District / Science Spectrum Calendar

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


From the Science Spectrum:


The Impolite Science of the Human Body


March 3rd through June 3rd, 2018

at the Science Spectrum Museum


Welcome to the world of Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body.  Based on the best-selling 1995 children’s book by author, teacher and microbiologist Sylvia Branzei.  This science-in-disguise exhibit is the place where kids can get answers to many of the slimy, oozy, crusty and stinky questions they love to ask about the human body.


The exhibit starts with the slang kids delight in using to describe their bodily functions, then presents the science behind what they all know their bodies do, and tells them what they are eager to learn.


With over 20 wildly animated and animatronic interactive displays and games filling 6000 plus square feet, kids and adults will learn about the different systems and organs of the body that are responsible for things like; runny noses, sneezes, boogers, pimples, warts, scabs, vomit, burps, gas, food digestion, body odors, and more…  Biology and science have never been this much fun!


Examples of exhibit components visitors will experience include:

  • Walk through a giant nose to learn about air filtering, air heating, olfaction and mucus production.
  • Climb a human skin wall with warts, hairs, wounds and other objects as hand and foot holds.
  • Visit the vomit center and learn the many reasons humans vomit.
  • Play Gas Attack pinball
  • Crawl and slide though a 30 foot plus long 3D model of the human digestive system.
  • Learn how food is digested as it passes through the G.I. system by watching an X-ray machine.
  • Play surgery and attempt to remove organ parts from a body without touching the rest of the patient.
  • Help a larger-than-life cartoon character release a burp by pumping soda pop from a 3 foot can so that he drinks until his stomach pressure increases.
  • Find out what causes runny noses, sneezes, and allergies with Nigel Nose-It-All. Microscope stations at this exhibit feature things that cause runny noses.
  • And many, many more!


Grossology will be located in the Science Spectrum Exhibit Hall. School groups and other children’s groups making reservations for the exhibit will be scheduled for a guided tour with a museum educator.


For additional exhibit information visit the exhibit’s website:

Grossology is sponsored locally by:  The Helen Jones Foundation and Covenant Children’s Hospital.


Grossology  General Admission Ticket Prices:


           Grossology                   Grossology               Grossology

             w/ Standard Museum       w/ OMNI Film       w/ Museum & OMNI
Adult                $11.50                        $11.50                       $17.00
Child (3-12)      $9.50                          $9.50                         $13.50

Senior  (60+)     $9.50                                      $9.50                         $13.50


*For Group and School Group rates and reservations please call 806-745-2525 x234.

From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, April 19: –

Office of International Affairs/International Cultural Center
Opening Reception for: Adventures in Study Abroad – My Hometown Exhibit
5:00pm – 6:30pm
601 Indiana Avenue

The “Adventures in Study Abroad” and “My Hometown” Photography Exhibit features the best photographs from Texas Tech students’ study abroad experiences and Texas Tech international students’ hometowns. Please help us celebrate the creativity and artistic vision of this diverse group of photographers. 

For more information, please call 806.742.3667.

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

Museum by Night: Illuminating Ideas is an exciting new creation of evening events at the Museum of Texas Tech University for the adventurous adult, young and old. Each evening explores thematic experiences of living. Doors will be opened to novel perspectives, discussions, performances, and more, drawing from the community, University, and museum collections. Be inspired by artists, poets, theologians, writers, scientists, historians, and each other. Enjoy immersion: create, think and explore! This month’s theme is Fertility: Nature and Creation. Join us music, dance, lectures, food, and a cash bar.

Texas Tech University Office of the President

th Annual Lubbock Lights
Texas Tech University’s Allen Theatre
15th Street and Akron Avenue
Tickets: $23.00, 806.770.2000, or any select-a-seat outlet center. Students – 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the east SUB info desk.

Featured performers this year include: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lloyd Maines and Amanda Shires.

Packaging together a plethora of talent, songs, history, and love for the South Plains, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lloyd Maines, and Amanda Shires will come together on stage to perform at this year’s Lubbock Lights. These music industry giants and legends have transcended musical genres for decades bringing together iconic sounds and unforgettable musical memories and moments. The event, sponsored by the TTU Office of the President, features discussions and performances by these local and regional musical artists and gives attendees an inside look at the creative processes and inspirations that go into each artist’s work.

Lubbock Community Theatre
The Last Day of Judas Iscariot
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot tells the story of a court case over the ultimate Fate of the ultimate back-stabber, Judas Iscariot. Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, Sigmund Freud, and Satan) — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human being inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
“An extraordinary play…not since Angels in America has there been  a play so unafraid to acknowledge the power of the spirit…”

The play will also run on April 21-22. No performance on the 20th. Stick around after the 4/21 show for an informational talkback with some experts and members of the team.

Thursday, April 19 – Friday, April 20: –

Cactus Theater
Branson on the Road
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue

Tickets: First 4 rows on the floor $25.00; Remaining 7 rows on floor $20.00; Balcony seats $20.00; Box Seats with refreshments included $40.00.
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.

What do you get when you bring together a mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and great classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music at a theatre near you…Branson On The Road®!

Branson On The Road has over 20 years of experience of performing at the top theatres in Branson on the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard (known as “The Strip”), and is the first national touring show named for the famous city. The show delivers the Branson traditions of good, clean, family fun wherever they go…and they go all over the US and beyond!

Branson On The Road is the kind of show most people thought was long gone in this day of overproduced music, overused special effects and performers singing to tracks. In the same tradition as the traveling road shows during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride and the first Branson music shows, Branson on the Road keeps you tapping, laughing and smiling. Those seeing a Branson on the Road show can not only expect great music but plenty of hilarious comedy every step of the way.  For a couple of hours, you can forget all about your troubles and have good time – laughter is the best medicine.

Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22: –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Little Women
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Maedgen Mainstage Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
Tickets: Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

Music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and book by Allen Knee

Directed by Ronald Dean Nolen; Musical direction by Adam Day Howard

Great American novelist Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women takes the form of

the Great American Musical in this heartwarming adaptation. Originally produced on Broadway in 2005, you can experience the March Sisters’ journey from childhood to young adulthood, discovering along the way the values of life, love, and family. Impeccably composed music and a beautifully crafted story make this a must-see for every family and every theatre-goer!

Thursday, April 19 – Thursday, October 25: –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tour
3121 4th Street
Tickets: $5.00 per person

For additional information please call 806.742.0498.
Trolley’s will not run during inclement weather. Please call the above number to verify if you are unsure.

Friday, April 20: –

Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs
2018 Global Vision Awards Ceremony
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
International Cultural Center Office of International Affairs Auditorium
601 Indiana Avenue

The Global Vision Awards, hosted by the Office of International Affairs, recognize and celebrate members of the TTU community who have advanced our international outreach and activities. 

Texas Tech School of Music
Trombone Studio Recital
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Choir Hall (Room 010)
2624 18th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

For additional information regarding this event please call 806.742.2270.

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22: –

2018 USAWKF Junior Team Trials and National Championships
Friday, April 20
Session 1 9:00AM-12:00PM
Session 2 2:00PM-5:00PM
Opening Ceremony 7:00PM-8:30PM 

Saturday, April 21

Session 3 9:00AM-12:00PM

Session 4 2:00PM -5:00PM

Session 5 7:00PM-10:00PM

Sunday, April 22

Session 6 9:00AM-12:00PM

Awards Banquet 6:00PM-10:00PM
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: Opening Ceremony: $10.00; Daily admission: $10.00; 3 day admission: $25.00; Banquet: $25.00; 3 day admission plus banquet: $45.00. Tickets MUST BE purchased in advance here:

The championship tournament will host athletes from all corners of the United States.  This year, youth athletes, ages 15-17, will compete for a spot on the U.S. Taolu and Sanda teams to compete in the Junior World Wushu Championships in July in Brazil.  In addition, children ages 6-14 will demonstrate their growing skills in the sport through friendly competition while adults, 18-40 will compete for spots on the adult team that will compete in November in the Pan American Championships in Argentina.  This event will also be hosting the international judges course and we anticipate people from all over the world to attend this training course.  We anticipate over 300 hundred athletes to attend this event and expect this to be the biggest one we’ve hosted so far.  The opening ceremony is open to the public and will showcase beautiful taolu & sanda demonstrations.   Athletes will be introduced by the state they represent. 

Sanda is China’s freeform combat fighting martial art that is used by the police and military.  It involves punches, kicks, and quick wrestling with throws and takedowns.  Taolu is a blend of martial arts and gymnastic moves and is commonly known at kung fu.  Both taolu and sanda fall under the category of Wushu, which is the Chinese word for martial arts. 

Texas Tech Athletics
Red Raider Baseball vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Friday at 6:30pm and 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday
Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
Drive of Champions


Moonlight Broadway
Grease the Musical
Time: 7:30pm; doors at 7:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Auditorium
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center. $25.00 – $65.00 for adults. $15.00 – $35.00 for children 12 and under.

Family friendly version of this hit movie.

Saturday, April 21: –

Saturday’s at LHUCA
The Life and Art of Louise Nevelson and Louise Bourgeois with Christian Conrad
11:30am – 1:00pm
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

Saturday Lectures at LHUCA is an informal conversation over the life and work of contemporary artists. It’s a stress-free opportunity to examine the art and ideas that underlie much of the modern art world. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation.
Join us for coffee and donuts!

National Ranching Heritage Center
4th Annual Quailapalooza
1:00pm – 3:00pm
3121 4th Street
Registration required at:; event is for children ages 5-12. Free for children of RHA members and $5.00 for non-members.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about the Northern Bobwhite Quail through various educational centers provided by The Quail-Tech Alliance with Texas Tech University.  

For additional information regarding this event please call 806.742.0498.

Museum of Texas Tech University

Open Studio: Printmaking
1:00pm – 4:00pm (come as you please)
3301 4th Street
Free and open to all ages

Have you ever wanted to be an artist? Come check out our new Open Studio Saturdays! You can create anything your mind can imagine using different materials provided by the museum. On April 21, we will have print making materials for all to use and create their own prints! 

International Student Council at Texas Tech University (ISC)
Worldwide Showcase 2018
5:00pm – 7:30pm; doors at 4:30pm
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
2720 Drive of Champions
Free Admission

International students share aspects of their culture with the Texas Tech community in the annual Worldwide Showcase. Student groups from around the world sing, dance, and more in this highly-anticipated event that is a prominent part of International Week at Texas Tech University as they compete for the title of Worldwide Showcase Champion!  International Week:  April 13-21, 2018.

An IPAD and several gift cards will be raffled at the event!

Lubbock Cooper Educational Foundation
Aaron Watson in concert
Doors at 7:00pm; Jon Wolfe at 8:00pm; Aaron Watson at 8:45pm
Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets: Platinum table $7500.00, Gold Table $5000.00, Silver Table $3000.00; Lower Bowl $29.00;
Upper Bowl $18.00., 806.770.2000, or any select-a-seat outlet center. For Table Floor Seats please contact Mickey Rogers at 806.789.4009 or

A benefit for the Lubbock Cooper Education Foundation.

Texas Tech School of Music
Martha Redbone Guest Artist Recital
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18

th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22: –

Lubbock Community Theatre
The Last Day of Judas Iscariot
7:30pm on Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot tells the story of a court case over the ultimate Fate of the ultimate back-stabber, Judas Iscariot. Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, Sigmund Freud, and Satan) — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human being inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
“An extraordinary play…not since Angels in America has there been  a play so unafraid to acknowledge the power of the spirit…”

Stick around after the 4/21 show for an informational talkback with some experts and members of the team.

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

Thursday, April 19: –

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

Blue Light
Levi Fowler full band
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am 21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue 806.762.1185
Tickets: $5.00 at the door; ladies free

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
1703 Texas Avenue 806.749.7464

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

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Alissa Beyer
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

Friday, April 20:

Blue Light
Kody West Band with Robynn Shayne
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am 21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue 806.762.1185
Tickets: $8.00 at the door

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
1703 Texas Avenue 806.749.7464

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

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
D.G. Flewellyn
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue 806.771.6555

Saturday, April 21: –

Blue Light
Danny Cadra (full band)
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am 21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue 806.762.1185
Tickets: $8.00 at the door

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
1703 Texas Avenue 806.749.7464

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

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Alissa Beyer
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue 806.771.6555


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

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

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


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

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

The Central Exhibit hall features the Crops: Harvesting the Facts exhibit about the major crops grown in the United States, The Cotton Harvesting Experience, and the Bayer Crop

Science Exhibit. These exhibits are interactive with a focus on modern agriculture, its science and practices.

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

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

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


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

Grace’s General Store

The farm theme of GRACE’S GENERAL STORE has unique gifts and home décor. Great for your gift giving and home decorating needs.
Our General Store, named after Grace Hurst, will make you feel nostalgic for old time things you remember at 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.

March 31 – May 13, 2018
Portals: Drawings by Yvonne Armitage Greene

The Buddy Holly Center will host the exhibition, Portals: Drawings by Yvonne Armitage Greene March 30 through May 13, 2018. This is an exhibition of colorful hand-drawn images by Yvonne Armitage Greene portraying the artist’s introspective reactions to current and historical social issues that are both personal and universal.


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

Current Exhibits: – West Meets West: Illuminated Figures
February 2 – April 30, 2018
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.

West Meets West: Illuminated Figures is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of African and African American Artists. Alexander Bostic is an associate professor at Mississippi State University in the Department of Art. Patrick Quarm is a 3


year graduate student at Texas Tech University School of Art in painting. Their works are both figurative and focus on the African and African American community and experience. Both rich in color and texture they combine myth, fantasy, genre and imaginative scenes to create hybrids intersections between west Africa and America within a given space.

For additional information please contact: Shirley Green, Chairperson 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

Adventures in Study Abroad/My Hometown Photography Exhibit
April 1 – June 15, 2018
International Cultural Center Galleries

The “Adventures in Study Abroad” and “My Hometown” Photography Exhibit features the best

photographs from Texas Tech students’ study abroad experiences and Texas Tech international students’ hometowns. Please help us celebrate the creativity and artistic vision of this diverse group of photographers. 

For more information, please call 806-742-3667.

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
April 6 – May 26, 2018
44 Artists from Texas: Part 1

44 Artists from Texas is a three-part exhibition celebrating the incredible diversity of artists living and working in Texas. 

These exhibitions provide a connection between LHUCA and the Texas art scene. By the end of 2018, galleries and artists from all over Texas will be familiar with LHUCA and the arts in Lubbock. We have a tremendous art scene and we are excited to share it with Texas!

Part 1
April 6 – May 26, 2018


Heather Bause                          Jeffie Brewer

Jerry Cabrera                            John Chinn

Jon Flaming                               Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming

Susan Kae Grant                       Cindi Holt                                   

Bradley Kerl                               Nancy Lamb                               

Ruben Nieto                               Jeff Parrott                                

Erica Stephens                          Charlotte Smith                        

Denise Prince

Martin McDonald Gallery
April 6 – May 26, 2018
From the Series, Suspension, by Sara Waters, mixed media on paper.

John F. Lott Gallery
March 2 – April 28, 2018
It’s Just a Façade by Von Venhuizen

The pieces in this exhibition all deal with the “walls” we put in place to protect/insulate ourselves and the memories we have, or that are being created each day whether we like it or not.

As an artist it is inevitable that you will see things in a different light than most other people.  I consider myself an observer, a detective, and an artist.  I have always had a fascination pertaining to most all things antiquated, heavy, and industrial in nature.

My work is as much about what it “isn’t” as much as it is about what it “may be.”  I want the viewer to wonder and contemplate. No answers, only questions.  I attempt to give enough visual information in my pieces that the viewer can reference things that are familiar, yet, still mysterious. In the work there is a cross reference between industry and the human condition.  Ceramics has been a record of the human condition since the beginning of time.  Most of what we know about lost cultures comes from their ceramic pieces.  But, I am NOT creating a historical record for future generations, rather I hope to have a present day visual conversation with people asking “what could that be?” causing a moment of pause in their routine.  I take shapes and information that may seem familiar, and then add odd and mysterious parts to the conversation by creating an object that may lead the viewer in a certain direction.

Even being industrial in nature, my work is intended to run the entire spectrum of emotions and the human condition. Forms reference the spectrum: humor, sexuality, death, and anger.  Through the examination of vessels, industry, the human form, and firing techniques, I have started to analyze concepts incorporating all these ideas.  Pieces tend to be dark in color to bring about the idea that things aren’t perfect and rosy.  Losing family members to cancer and witnessing the horrific torture this disease causes, brings the fragility of life to the forefront.  Using a wood kiln to fire a majority of the pieces, the wood ash lends itself to the idea of slow daunting pain with tears running down a cheek and continuing to flow over a person.  Wood firing also adds a layer of ash to act as a “crust” or protective coating.  If things have the appearance of looking inhospitable, then more caution will be used when encountering them.  The appearance on the outside, may not tell the story within. A beautiful exterior or façade may be the most painful or deadly on the inside.

Even though all of this may seem to have a negative and hopelessness feel, it is meant to be quite the opposite.  Through examination of the pieces it is more about the triumphs and victories through the struggles.  

“If you aren’t laughing, yer crying.”

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.


April 16 – 30

1:00 pm – Star Gazing: Spring and Summer
2:00 pm – Earth’s Wild Ride
3:30 pm – Laser Led Zeppelin

11:30 am – Star Gazing: Spring and Summer
12:15 pm – Astrobreaks
2:00 pm – Earth’s Wild Ride
3:30 pm – Laser Led Zeppelin

2:00 pm – Earth’s Wild Ride

Seasonal Stargazing (all ages)

7 to 15 minutes

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

Earth’s Wild Ride (grade 2 & up)

20 minutes

Imagine Earth were a distant place you once called home but could never visit again. What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren? Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and granddaughter watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape.

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 Zeppelin

52 minutes 

Song Remains the Same

Over the Hills and Far Away

Good Times, Bad Times

Immigrant Song


Black Dog

Livin’, Lovin’ Maid


Stairway to Heaven

Whole Lotta Love


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

th Street 806.742.2490

Please note that the museum will close at 1:00pm on April 27th in order to prepare for Art on the Llano Estacado.


When Harry Met Meghan
April 14, 2018 –

Plane and Solid: Geometry in Art
Opens May 6

Red or Green: The Chile Pepper in New Mexico
Opens May 13

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
March 2, 2018 – July 1, 2018

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 2. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

“The photos tell diverse stories of the natural world and human impacts upon it,” said Gary Morgan, Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University. “But they are also striking works of art, reminders that the world we live in is still a very beautiful place. Anyone who has a love of wild places and wild things should see this exhibition.”

The exhibition will run at the Museum through July 1. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.

“I am thrilled that the Museum of Texas Tech University is able bring to West Texas what is possibly the world’s most famous annual exhibition of wildlife photography,” said Morgan. “Each year, these photos are presented by some of the foremost natural history museums around the planet, and here in Lubbock we are able – thanks to support from the Helen Jones Foundation – to present them with free admission.”

This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to

be seen by millions of people.

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of London’s Natural History Museum, said, “Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art, whilst raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future.”

Land Arts Exhibition 2017: Land Arts of the American West
Now through April 22, 2018

The exhibition culminates the semester-long transdisciplinary field program Land Arts of the American West presenting documents and constructions by students Elmer Guerrero Arrieta, Lyza Baum, Caroline Carney, k. Flint, R. Ilia Reyes, Nicolle LaMere, and Aida Salán Sierra. Within the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, Land Arts is a “semester abroad in our own backyard” where architects, artists, and writers camp for two months while traveling 5,572 miles overland to experience major land art monuments—Double Negative, Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels—while also visiting sites expanding our understanding of what land art might be such as pre-contact archeology of Chaco Canyon, scientific exploration at the Very Large Array, and military-industrial operations in the Great Salt Lake Desert. To negotiate the multivalent meaning of these places and shed light on strategies to aid their comprehension we invite the wisdom of field guests—writers, artists, and interpreters—to join specific portions of our journey. 2017 field guests included Center for Land Use Interpretation director Matt Coolidge, artist Zoe Leonard, and writer Barry Lopez among many others. Land Arts hinges on the primacy of first-person experience and the realization that human-land relationships are rarely singular. The Land Arts 2017 Exhibition will continue through April 29, 2018.

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.

Food And…….
Through July 30, 2018

“Food and…,” the Humanities Center’s 2017-2018 theme, crosses disciplines and invites many kinds of thinkers and critical conversations. We all eat, yet the concept of food goes beyond mere nourishment. Through contributions from scholars across the campus of Texas Tech as well as selections from the Museum’s Artist/ Printmaker Research Collection and Clothing and Textiles Division, visitors to the exhibit Food and … are encouraged to explore food as food as metaphor, global challenge, cultural system and a marker of identity.

Along with this exhibit, serving as one component of the Humanities Center’s year long program, visitors are encouraged to visit to learn more about upcoming events for Spring 2018.


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 masters degree in museum science.

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

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

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

Mission Statement

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

Statement of Purpose

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

3121 Fourth Street 806.742.0498
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus. 48 historic ranch buildings and exhibits from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s. Buildings include a cattle baron’s home, ranch headquarters, dugouts, bunkhouse and a one-room school house that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
Entrance to the historical park will open each day at 10:00am and close each day at 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

th 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.

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

From Here, It’s Possible: West Texas Goes to The Stars
February 2018 – July 2018
SW Collection’s east rotunda

Texas Tech alumni who worked at NASA are honored in a new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. Texas Tech University and West Texas are not often associated with NASA and its many incredible accomplishments. Yet from the earliest attempts at manned space flight until the present day, many of the talented men and women who guided us to the stars hailed from West Texas, were educated at Texas Tech, or have served among Texas Tech’s faculty and administration. Quotes and stories from oral histories with former TTU Regent Bernard Harris and Dean of Engineering Al Sacco are included, as well as from moon walkers and mission controllers from the region.


February 2018 also commemorates the 15

th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. The exhibit includes portraits, quotes, and memorabilia from TTU graduate and STS-107 Commander Rick Husband, whose papers are housed at the Southwest Collection, as well as from Lubbockite Willie McCool, the shuttle pilot. McCool’s items were loaned for the exhibit through the generosity of his parents, Texas Tech professors Audrey and Barry McCool, and his widow, Lani McCool. A video about the STS-107 mission is also on view.

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 Tech Club, 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


Images From Death Valley by Donna Rose, photography; Every Heart Needs a Home by residents of the Children’s Home of Lubbock, mixed-media; Linda Adkins, reimagined heirloom jewelry; Greg Goodnight, wood sculpture; Up-cycled Steel Transformations by George Gray, reclaimed steel; Clever Hats for Clever People by Michaela Proper Millinery; Winter Scenes by Donna Rose, black-and-white archival photography; Cross in America by Rick Vanderpool, photography.

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

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

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.

Friday, April 27: –

Hub City Country Jam: Gary Allan, The Eli Young Band and Phil Hamilton
Panhandle-South Plains Fair Park Coliseum
801-899 Avenue A
Tickets: $78.50 for reserved seats on the floor; balcony seats $35.50. Prices do increase at the door on day of show. / 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.

Texas Tech School of Music
Mariachi Los Matadores Concert
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29: –

Museum of Texas Tech Association
5th Annual Art on the Llano Estacado Exhibition and Sale
Time: Opening Night Friday at 6:30pm
Public Exhibition and Art Sale: 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, April 28
Public Exhibition and Art Sale: 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Sunday, April 29
Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court Museum of TTU
Tickets: $150.00 per person. For tickets please call 806.742.2443 or visit Tickets include cocktails, dinner, open bar, bid book, and musical entertainment.

By attending or purchasing art you are helping to provide quality exhibits, new acquisitions, and free educational programming for children and adults. 2018 Legacy Award Recipient, Mr. Garland Weeks.

Saturday, April 28: –

Lubbock Healthy Skin Clinic

Second Annual Women’s Expo
9:00am – 3:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Free entry

On behalf of Healthy Skin Clinic, we invite you to our Second Annual Women’s Expo. LADIES: The Expo is a mecca of local businesses that promote healthy living for women.

For additional information regarding this event please call 806.370.3820

National Ranching Heritage Center
48th Annual Ranch Day
10:00am – 4:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free and open to the public with a suggested $5.00 donation per family.

For additional information regarding this event please call 806.742.0498.

Both the young and young at heart enjoy our Ranch Day activities each spring when cowboys, horses, chuck wagons and 185 volunteers, many dressed in period clothing, make pioneer life come alive for visitors. More than 5,000 guests attend the popular event every year to participate in hands-on ranch or range science and history demonstrations as well as music, dancing, a Comanche tepee, horseback riding, and an old-fashioned “Snake Oil Magic Show” in the 6666 Barn. The historic park is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

This event is sponsored by the South Plains Foundation.

Blue Ribbon Rally Classic Car & Bike Show
10:00am – 5:00pm
Buddy Holly Avenue – Depot District
Free and open to the public

Presented by Family Guidance and Outreach Center of Lubbock and Family PowerSports of Lubbock. Enjoy vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and fun for the whole family. Enter for your chance to win a 2018 Polaris Slingshot valued at $28,999.

Blue Ribbon Rally and The Garden
Sober X Sunday
2:00pm – 5:00pm
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue
No Cover

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month — The Blue Ribbon Rally Car & Bike Show is the primary fundraising event for Family Guidance & Outreach Center of Lubbock, a non-profit agency working to prevent child abuse and neglect. All ages welcome!

Friends of Music – Texas Tech University School of Music
Prelude Party, Concert & Postlude Reception for SCORE – Scholarship Concert Offering a Remarkable Evening
Home of Melissa and Tim Pridmore
3107 19th Street
Tickets: $100.00 For more information and tickets please call 806.742.6926 or email Tickets are available at will call.

Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Meet the Maestros: Phillip Mann, William Westney & Alan Zabriskie

The concert will have the TTU USO and Choirs performing Mozart’s Requiem and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 featuring William Westney. 

Refuge Services
The Annual Boots & Buckles Benefit with Brazos West
Bayer Museum of Agriculture
1121 Canyon Lake Drive
Tickets must be purchased at; $45.00 apiece

Dinner/Entertainment Funds raised provide scholarships for children and families to receive therapy.

Refuge Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is community sponsored to provide services for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Refuge Services provides equine-assisted therapies to individuals of all ages. Refuge Services, Inc. offers hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to children, adolescents, and adults in Lubbock and area communities in an accepting, supportive and Christian environment.

Backstage Lubbock
Hemlock – 25 Year Anniversary Tour
1711 Texas Avenue 806.687.2034
Tickets: $11.34 (includes $1.34 service charge):

Cactus Theater
Will Banister and Friends – Keeping it Country
7:30pm – 9:30pm

1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:; $20.00 for floor and balcony; limited box seats $40.00 (includes refreshments)
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.

Keeping it Country with Will Bannister and Special Guests Hayden Spears, Jason Fellers and Avery Guyear will be shown 3 times in the upcoming months! Bannister and Spears performed on the Haggard, Jones, and Strait tribute show which sold out all three times. 

We consider Will Bannister to be one of the finest country singers in the nation today, and with new comer spark plug Hayden Spears and Cactus favorites Jason Fellers and Avery Guyear beside him, they are sure to set the house on fire!

You’ll want to get your tickets early to this one! Plan ahead to see this one of a kind Classic Country show. 

Friends of Music – Texas Tech School of Music
Scholarship Concert
7:30pm – 10:00pm
Broadway Church of Christ Auditorium
1924 Broadway Avenue
Tickets: $25.00 For more information and tickets please call 806.742.6926 or email Tickets are available at will call.

The concert will have the TTU USO and Choirs performing Mozart’s Requiem by W. A. Mozart and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff featuring Dr. William Westney. 

This event concludes with a “postlude” Reception which is complimentary with concert ticket. Broadway Church of Christ Terrace. Meet the Musicians

Opportunity to donate to the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund. All proceeds from this event help fund scholarships for students in the TTU School of Music.

Sunday, April 29: –

Texas Tech School of Music
Celtic Ensemble Concert
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18

th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

For additional information regarding this event please call 806.742.2270.

Tuesday, May 1: –

Texas Tech University
Small Business Expo
8:00am – 12:00pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
2521 17th Street
Free and open to the public; free parking as well

Join us for a Hollywood themed small business expo. Be impressed with movie themed booths and attire, Hollywood glam, and a fun trivia game. Learn about small and disadvantaged business programs and how to increase business opportunities with state and federal agencies. Business owners will have the opportunity to build strategic partnerships through a mutual exchange of information with government agencies and business representatives. Bring business cards for a chance to win door prizes.

Hashtag your favorite expo moments with #TTUSBE18 and shar it via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Trainings from the Texas Veterans Commission, the Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development Center will be offered.

Cactus Theater
Kiefer Sutherland Band – Reckless Tour 2018
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:; First 4 rows on floor $32.50; Remaining 7 rows on floor $27.50, $25.00 standard balcony; limited box seats $55.00 includes concessions
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 Kiefer Sutherland Band is coming to the Cactus Theater, Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30.

 Singer-songwriter and special guest Rick Brantley will open the show.

Kiefer Sutherland has been a professional actor for over thirty years, starring in movies like ‘Stand By Me’, ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Young Guns’, Flatliners’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘A Time to Kill’, ‘Dark City’, ‘Melancholia’ and most recently, a western called ‘Forsaken,’ as well as the TV series ‘24.’

But unknown to many during the course of his career, he has taken on other vocations with the same kind of dedication and commitment. The first one, beginning around 1992, was that of a cattle rancher and competitive cowboy (roper) in the USTRC team roping circuit. He ran a successful ranch with partner John English for almost a decade. During that timeframe, Sutherland won numerous roping events around the country including Phoenix, Indio and the Los Angeles Open.

In 2002, Sutherland, with his music partner and best friend Jude Cole, began a small record label called Ironworks. The goal of this label was to record local musicians and distribute their music at a time when the music industry was going through a monumental shift. Some of their artists included Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, HoneyHoney and Billy Boy On Poison. In 2009, Sutherland left the label to recharge and figure out what he was going to do next.

In early 2015 Sutherland played Cole two songs he had written and wanted to record as demos for other artists to record. Cole responded positively to the songs and the album grew organically from those recordings. Two songs became four and four grew into six, until Cole suggested that they make a record. Their collaboration resulted in Kiefer Sutherland’s upcoming debut album: ‘Down In A Hole’.

Sutherland says of the 11 tracks that make up the album, “It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on”.

Thursday, May 3: –

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

Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5: –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
DanceTech: ChoreoRealities
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Maedgen Mainstage Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
Tickets: Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

Choreography by TTU Dance Faculty

In DanceTech: ChoreoRealities, the TTU Dance faculty invite viewers to experience differing choreographic explorations inspired by current issues in Western cultures and American politics. The University Dance company, performing choreography by award-winning TTU faculty and guest artists, will explore the intersections between truth, hope, peace, fear, and aggression.

Friday, May 4: –

First Friday Art Trail
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Various locations

Literacy Lubbock
Lit Lubbock: A Literacy Showcase
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Charles Adams Studio Project (Casp)

Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 5: –

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Bohemian Rhapsodies
7:30pm; soundbites is at 6:00pm in Room 107; purchase tickets here: $20.00 per person
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: 806.762.1688 or

Dvorak/Slavonic Dances; Hindemith/Mathis der Maler: Symphony; Dvorak/Symphony No. 8 in G major.

LSO’s final Masterworks concert of the season features music from Antonín Dvořák and Paul Hindemith. German and Austrian folk music influenced all three pieces. Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler: Symphony” came under harsh criticism from the Nazi party due to its plot, which focused on artistic duty over political ties. Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dances Op. 46” is lively, full of national character and considered to be Dvořák’s most memorable orchestration. Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8 in G major” is a cheery and lyrical piece that draws inspiration from Bohemian folk music. Join the LSO for a night that examines the themes of patriotism, heritage and artistic freedom.

Saturday, May 5: –

The Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market
Early Market
9:00am – 12:00pm
19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue
No admission charge – open to the public

Texas Tech School of Music
University String Orchestra Concert
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

For additional information regarding this event please call 806.742.2270.

Newboys United
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center

Sunday, May 6: –

Texas Tech School of Music
University Band Concert
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18

th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Free and open to the public

Cactus Theater
Metalachi-The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and balcony seats are $10.00. No Box Seats for this show.
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.

One of the most unique, fun-loving rock ‘n’ roll bands working today, this 5-piece band has been making a name for themselves as trendsetters of a whole new art form. Combining real rock chops with humor and traditional mariachi instruments, this group was a favorite in a recent season of “America’s Got Talent”.  

Metalachi returns to the Cactus stage for their second appearance to wrap up the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12: –

Flatland Dance Theatre
Love, Your Mother: An Exploration of Motherhood through Dance
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K
Tickets: Ticket prices include a $3 Select-a-Seat surcharge, and are $25 general admission and $15 for seniors, children, and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at, at any select-a-seat outlet center or by calling Select-A-Seat at 806.770.2000.

Flatlands Dance Theatre’s spring 2018 production, Love, Your Mother, presents the complexities of motherhood. Exploring such themes as the tricky navigation of new motherhood, the circus act of juggling children with other priorities, competition and jealousy, what it means to have a mom body, career moms, and the hopefulness we share for our children’s future, this production is an ode to mamas.

A cash bar will be made available for each show.

About FDT: 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 region 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.

Saturday, May 12: –

Art Peace “Creatives who Care”
Art Peace 2018
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Tornado Gallery
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue
Entry Fee will be a $1.00 donation to One Voice Home; children under 12 free; all ages welcome

Art Peace is an artistic charity fusion event. The mission: to give local charity a voice through the talents of Lubbock artists.

Join us May 12, 2018 and help raise money for One Voice Home , a local charity that assists minor victims of human trafficking.

Six Lubbock artists will donate their talents and works for this extraordinary cause. You will be able to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win one or more of these pieces of art. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit One Voice Home .

SKETCH CONTEST! (with prizes!!)

The Lubbock Chorale
Concert – The Glory of Venice
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18

th Street – 18th Street and Boston Avenue
Tickets: $23.25 for adults; $18.00 for Seniors/Students, $13.00 for children under 12 (service charges are included in this ticket price). Tickets are available at, 806.770.2000, or any select-a-seat outlet center (Civic Center Box Office, Dollar Western Wear, Ralphs Records, United Supermarkets). Ticket sales will close at Select-A-Seat, online, and at our outlet locations at noon on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Tickets can be purchased after this time at the door for a $5.00 upcharge.

At the height of the Renaissance and birth of the Baroque periods, Venice and its spectacular St. Mark’s Cathedral were known throughout the Western world for musical innovation and profound creativity. The Venetian school represented a major stylistic shift from the prevailing polyphonic writing of the middle Renaissance, and gave rise to the poly-choral tradition (cori spezzati, or “separated choirs”), wherein choirs and instruments were spatially separated throughout the room. To conclude its season, The Lubbock Chorale and consorts of brass and stringed instruments will perform a concert that honors and celebrates this rich tradition, highlighting three master composers: Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612), Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), and Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672). Concert patrons will be sumptuously surrounded by sound, as both singers and instruments perform antiphonally throughout Hemmle Recital Hall. Monteverdi’s Venetian Vespers (1610) will be a featured major work.

Thursday, May 17: –

Christ in the Arts (CITA)
Unseen: The Story Behind the Story
7:00pm; Doors at 6:30pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: $10.00 – $20.00; ; tickets at the door $12.00 – $24.00.

Cactus Theater
The Quebe Sisters in Concert
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
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.


Grace Quebe – violin, vocals • Sophia Quebe – violin, vocals • Hulda Quebe – violin, vocals

 When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away.  It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.  And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens.

The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton, and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do.  The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.

“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

Friday, May 18: –

Cactus Theater
Will Banister and Friends – Keeping it Country
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets: $20.00 for floor and balcony; limited box seats $40.00 (includes refreshments)

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.

Keeping it Country with Will Banister and Special Guests Hayden Spears, Jason Fellers and Avery Guyear will be shown 3 times in the upcoming months! Banister and Spears performed on the Haggard, Jones, and Strait tribute show which sold out all three times. 

We consider Will Bannister to be one of the finest country singers in the nation today, and with new comer spark plug Hayden Spears and Cactus favorites Jason Fellers and Avery Guyear beside him, they are sure to set the house on fire!

You’ll want to get your tickets early to this one! Plan ahead to see this one of a kind Classic Country show. 

Saturday, May 19: –

Cactus Theater
Gene Watson – Live in Concert
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
All standard reserved seats $20; balcony box seats $40 (includes concessions throughout the show).
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.

Performances such as “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party,” “Memories to Burn,” “Got No Reason Now for Going Home,” “Speak Softly,” “Paper Rosie” and “Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget” have forged Gene Watson’s reputation as a “Singer’s Singer.” He is the envy of his peers and the idol of such younger performers as Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis.  Gene, himself, views his remarkable vocal talent as a matter of course. All seven Watson children sang, as did his parents.

“I can remember singing as far back as I can remember talking. Singing was something that was not out of the ordinary for me. It wasn’t unique. My whole family were singers.”

Gene settled in Houston, TX where he developed a strong local following and staged his disc debut. In 1964, the Grand Ole Opry duo, The Wilburn Brothers, took Gene on the road briefly. Then it was back to the Texas honky-tonks and a string of local singles throughout the ‘60s.

But in 1974, one of Gene Watson’s small-label singles caught the ear of Capitol Records. He was an auto-body repairman and the featured performer at Houston’s Dynasty nightclub when the label picked up the steamy, sexual waltz “Love in the Hot Afternoon” for national distribution. It became the first of Gene Watson’s two-dozen top-10 hits in early 1975.

“Seems like my career just kind of happened accidentally,” says Gene. “It was purely unintentional. Music was just a sideline. I was going to be playing and singing no matter what line of work I was going to do. I never did really have any high expectations out of the music business. Even today, I never know what to expect from one day to the next.  But there is one thing: As far as I know, I do have an impeccable reputation in the music business, and I wouldn’t take nothing for that. If anything in the world means ‘success’ to me, that right there does.”

“It’s unbelievable to me that it’s been 50 years,” says Gene. “For most of those years, it seemed like it took everything I could do to keep working as steady as I needed to. Now that I’m older, it seems like everything comes to me without trying. I’m working more shows than I was 15 years ago.

“It’s quite a compliment. I think a lot of it is because there’s not too much of what I do around anymore. I think there is still such a hunger out there for traditional country music. So I’d like to stay out there as long as I’m able to do the job and do it well. Every time I step out on that stage and see that audience, it’s a new beginning. Even though I’ve sung these songs millions of times, I look at each one like it’s brand new to me. Every night, I try to deliver that song the best that I can.  Being called a ‘Singer’s Singer’ humbles me. It’s flattering, but what I do is just what I do. The good Lord just gave me the voice.”

Wednesday, May 30: –

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Presents Danny Amendola Live in Lubbock! Lonestar Varsity High School Sports Award 2018
6:30pm; Doors open at 6:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: $50.00
General admission tickets includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by Danny Amendola.

Join the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the

2017-2018 All-Star high school student athletes at the inaugural Lonestar Varsity High School Sports Awards. The Lonestar Varsity High School Sports Awards banquet is the Avalanche-Journal’s way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions.

Sponsored by Reagor Dykes Auto Group and United Supermarkets, the event honors the top performers from 41 Counties in 19 sports. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Lonestar Varsity athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome two-time Super Bowl champion & former Red Raider, Danny Amendola, as our featured special guest. Danny will be live in Lubbock for a question and answer session about lessons he’s learned and memories he’s made during his career.


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