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:

Mysteries of China the film, captures one of the great archaeological events of the modern age, telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today.  Through the lens of this groundbreaking discovery, we explore an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.


The discovery of the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor offers a unique time capsule into the past, revealing many things about this great country, which is used to tell a larger story of the growth of China into a true superpower.  From modern China to ancient China and back again, the film is a visual adventure, using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.

Mysteries of China film website & trailer video:

Enjoy a family Holiday Tradition at….


Holiday Wonderland


Sat., Dec. 2nd (10:00am to 2:00 pm) at the Science Spectrum!


Join the Science Spectrum, Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00am to 2:00pm, for a

Christmas themed family event that has become a favorite Holiday tradition.


Enjoy These Activities:


·         Free photos with Santa Claus. B.Y.O.C. (Camera)·         Make your own Scientific Holiday crafts·         Visit the Science Spectrum’s Holiday Train display,             giant Christmas Tree, and other festive decorations.·         Decorate and eat your own Holiday Cookies.·         Sip Hot Cocoa and Spiced Cider·         Enjoy “Cool” Holiday Science Experiments and Demonstrations·         Participate in hands-on Holiday themed Engineering activities with Alpha Omega Epsilon students from Texas Tech.


Holiday Wonderland is geared for families with children ages 3 to 12.  All event activities are Free and located in the Exhibit Hall. Standard admission ticket rates will apply for the OMNI Theater and the Museum.


The Light Before Christmas film in the OMNI Theater:


Additionally the OMNI Theater will be featuring the holiday classic film, The Light Before Christmas. The film tells the delightful tale of young Katie and her brother Makean, who, after losing their way in a Christmas eve blizzard, are rescued by the Candleman, a wise, gentle man who invites them to his warm and cozy forest cottage and sparks their imagination with the timeless poem, The Night Before Christmas. Sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace, the children are magically transported into the story and actually become the central characters as it unfolds on the giant movie screen, complete with Santa’s visit to their home with his full team of reindeer, all assisted by Hob, Santa’s Chief Elf. Of course, no visit from Santa can end until the stockings hung on the fireplace are filled and gifts abound under the glittering Christmas tree.


Special Holiday Ticket Rate for The Light Before Christmas OMNI Film:

$6.00 Adults

$5.50 Children (ages 3-12)

$5.50 Seniors (60+)

Santa Comes a little Early this Year in….


The Light Before Christmas


at the Science Spectrum OMNI Theater,



Nov. 18th to Dec. 29th!



Spark the imagination of both young and old with this all new adaptation of the classic tale, The Night Before Christmas.  This stunning stop-motion animated film uses puppets and lavish scenery, inspired by the renowned artist James C. Christensen, to bring Santa and the story’s other characters to life as never before.  A warm hearted family film that that is sure to be a new Christmas Classic.


Produced in stop-motion animation by Evergreen Holiday Classics and Tandem Motion Picture Studios, released by Cinema Group, The Light Before Christmas is the delightful tale of young Katie and her brother Makean, who, after losing their way in a Christmas eve blizzard, are rescued by the Candleman, a wise, gentle man who invites them to his warm and cozy forest cottage and sparks their imagination with the timeless poem, The Night Before Christmas. Sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace, the children are magically transported into the story and actually become the central characters as it unfolds on the giant movie screen, complete with Santa’s visit to their home with his full team of reindeer, all assisted by Hob, Santa’s Chief Elf. Of course, no visit from Santa can end until the stockings hung on the fireplace are filled and gifts abound under the glittering Christmas tree.


As Santa and his sleigh take off into the night sky, the children find themselves back in the Candleman’s cottage, eager to wend their way home and find what treasures await them, but not before the Candleman shows them that the true meaning of Christmas is found through giving to others unselfishly.


Then, just as the film seems to end, the theatre audience is treated to a fun-filled tour of movie-making magic, watching how the artists at Tandem’s studios build life-like miniature sets and characters, while the animators bring the story to life before our eyes with their special cameras.


The Light Before Christmas, a film suitable for all ages, is a special, limited run, with screenings daily until Dec. 29th, 2017.  Film runtime, 30 mins. This film is not rated.


For daily showtimes the public may call 806-745-6299 or visit



Special Promotional Ticket Rate for this OMNI Film:

$6.00 Adults

$5.50 Children (ages 3-12)

$5.50 Seniors (60+)


From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, November 23:  –

Happy Thanksgiving

West Texas Running Club
Turkey Trot 2017
Bayer Museum of Agriculture
E. Broadway and Canyon Lakes Drive
Additional information and registration information here:

Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26:  –

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
Miracle on 34th Street

Friday @ 7:30pm, Saturday @ 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.

This Thanksgiving, fill your hearts with the miracle of family and friendship at Moonlight Broadway’s production of Meredith Wilson’s Miracle on 34th Street!

Based on the beloved films and with a musical score by Meredith Wilson, Miracle on 34th Street tells the tale of a single-mother, Doris, and her struggle to balance work, her young daughter, the loving guy across the hall who wants to be more than friends, and many years worth of dashed dreams and a hurting heart. Then one year at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a man named Kris Kringle appears just as a replacement driver is being sought for the Parade’s Santa Sleigh. By expressing kindness, generosity, forgiveness, compassion, and love, Kris prompts people to remember the reason for the season and their lives begin to change.
Friday, November 24:  –

Saturday, November 25:  –

Texas Tech Athletics
Red Raider Basketball vs. Savannah State Tigers
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue

Sounds of West Texas
Songs of Inspiration, Gospel and Holiday Favorites
7:00pm  Doors open at 6:00pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets can be purchased here:
Reserved floor seats $20; standard balcony $15; limited number of box seats $40 – which included concessions with ticket.

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

The Sounds of West Texas will be presenting a special night of some favorite classics songs including some inspirational music, holiday tunes and much more gospel than usual.  The songs they will perform promises to lift your spirits and sooth your heart and soul.  The Sounds of West Texas will still continue to have their great mix of classic tunes, unique presentation of door prizes for lucky audience members, and jingles performed by some of the performers for sponsors of the show.

This seasonal show is one you will not want to miss!  This amazing line up of confirmed performers are:  Larry Allen, Steve Burrus, Kaci Brice, Lesley Carraway, Mike Carraway, Kelly Hastey (lead singer for the Texas Cadillac Jack Band); Brenda Hopkins, Mike Huffman, Donnie Martin, Cale Richardson (currently the lead guitar player for the Eli-Young Band), Johnny Richardson, “Southern Conviction Band” (Jeff McCreight, Julie McCreight Arriaga, Mike McCreight, Rick McCreight, Brent Adkins and Mike Huffman), Ray Espinoza, Brent Smith, Cindie Taggart, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, Mark Wallney, Terry Westbrook and Steve Williams.

Sunday, November 26:  –

Texas Tech Athletics
Lady Raider Basketball vs. #19 Texas A&M Lady Aggies
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue

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

Thursday, November 23:  –

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Junior Vasquez
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Friday, November 24:  –

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

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Taylor & Fry
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Shelton Rohling
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge

Saturday, November 25:  –

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Junior Vasquez
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Alissa Beyer
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge


**DISCLAIMER**  It is highly recommended that patrons contact each venue to confirm their holiday hours**

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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  – The Museum will be open Tuesday, November 21st and Wednesday, November 22nd.  We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22nd and then reopen again on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th.  Hours of operation will be 10:00am – 5:00pm.

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.

HOLIDAY HOURS:  – Please note that the BMA will be closed November 23-24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –  The Buddy Holly Museum will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.




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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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






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

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

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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –  The Galleries will have regular open hours from  Sunday, Nov 19th through Wednesday, Nov 22nd. The Galleries will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Thursday, Nov 23rd – Sunday, Nov 26th.  Regular gallery hours resume on Monday, November 27th.

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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –  LHUCA will be open from 11:00am – 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21st & 22nd.  We will CLOSE on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd & 24th.  We will be OPEN for visitors on Saturday, November 25th from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

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

LHUCA is honored to feature Billy Hassell’s Trace.

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

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

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

Artist Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Leora Briggs

Boston Printmakers 2017 North American Biennial.

John F. Lott Gallery:
Tina Fuentes – Nubes tan negras

November 3 – December 30, 2017

Nubes tan negras, paintings and drawings by Texas Tech University Professor of Art Tina Fuentes.

Looking with fascination at the dark clouds that carry a sensational beauty with conspicuous energies which begin with whispers of the bellowing forms and tormenting weather that lies ahead.

Artist statement:
Over the years, my works have embraced and integrated illusions of space inspired by land/space that exists here in the Plains of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas.  These artistic engagements with issues of geographical/atmospheric phenomena have led to a broadening interest in the vastness of the arid spaces of the desert corridor that extends beyond the boundaries of these lands.  These explorations have taken me to the Mexican Chihuahua Desert, the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sonora Desert in the Tucson, Arizona region.  Taking my drawing tools, camera and movie projector to these locations to document vast spaces enabled me to return to my studio with ideas and images that have filtered into the visual interpretations. As I continue this discourse, I draw upon the dynamics one may encounter in these aerial landscapes. Thunderous clouds that one can feel a reverence for, a natural force that can mesmerize and bring forth trepidations all at the same time.  Nature, a beautiful energy, can also be a diabolical force.

Website links:

Martin McDonald Gallery
Resonate & Render
November 3 – November 25, 2017

An exhibition by artists, each of whom work in both performance and visual arts

Valerie Hill — choreography/dance and visual art
Ra Inta & Beth Koehn— music and visual art
Kristy Kristinek — choreography/dance and visual art
Brandi Price — music and visual art
Bonnie Wilkinson — music and visual art
Andy Wilkinson — music and visual art

Ra Inta
Ra was born in the rain-forest on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand (his full name is Ra Ata O Te Ngahere Douglas Inta). He wanted to be a fire engine driver until his Mom put him on a space rocket ride, after which he altered course to become a scientist. He got his PhD in Physics, making acoustic guitars. Ra played in a band with Iggy Pop, for an ad which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes advertising awards. His day job is looking for the vibrations in space-time known as gravitational waves, and is part of the team that first saw the screams given off by black holes colliding into each other.

Beth Koehn
Beth is a Jill-of-all-trades, having worked as an entomologist, restaurant manager, cosmetician, barista, gift wrapper and a medical researcher, having investigated everything from heavy metal toxicology to how Australian wallabies reproduce. However, her first love is singing, being a trained soprano and has sung internationally. She runs a small jewelry business and is currently a senior forensic technician for the county of Lubbock. She is probably one of the few Americans to admit to liking the famous black Australian foodstuff, Vegemite.

Kristy Krisinek
Through the act of documentation, the marks of the body in space become recorded on the surface of the canvas creating a tension between the progression and the outcome. The notion of restraint becomes visible through the quick gestural quality of the marks and textures left behind by the execution of performance in the studio. The goal is to provide the audience with a glimpse in to the artist’s practice, developing an interactive representation of the body and artistic process studying the duality of dance and painting.

Valerie Komkov Hill
I love working in a variety of mediums and experimenting with various art processes and techniques. A painting I am working on will often fuel an idea for a quilt. A piece of fabric will inspire me to try a printing or textural process. A mixed media project will just come together from the leftovers of an abandoned artwork. I am always inspired by line and color, by the juxtaposition of simplicity with complexity, and by the unexpected combinations of seemingly dissimilar materials. I work spontaneously and intuitively in a state of ‘controlled chaos’, often surprising myself and hoping to inspire others in the delight of creativity.

Brandi Price
Progression. Intention. Destination. Movement. Curiosity. Sensitivity. Clarity. Listening. Answering.
As an artist, I am perpetually seeking ways to relate to the world, to unfold and reform perception ~ consciously and unconsciously.
The path to this moment:
In the spring of 2017, post-election, I began dropping more fully into awareness around the deep un-weaving we are all experiencing as a nation. It was here that I began to process the breadth of what was actually going on. The status-quo was being called to question. How was I being called to answer? How was I being asked to assist in dismantling centuries-old systems of oppression?
Around this time, I began a practice where I would scribble these words onto a sticky note ~ using my non-dominant (left) hand:
There is no balance point, only the pursuit of it.
My intention with the writing practice was to emphasize an area of myself where I lacked familiarity. To experience integration with the left side of my body, to touch base with my feminine nature, to connect with lunar elements, to breath more space into the parts of myself I had ignored or abandoned. I also found that this gentle writing practice was a way to stay centered and connected to a simple mantra.
Post-election, I disconnected in many ways from the draining polarization of mainstream media and divisive conversations and I dropped more deeply into relationship with the natural world. I began to mirror the receptivity I found in nature. The softness. The ever-changing constancy. I began honoring the earth, as the Mother she is and naturally, I began to honor and nurture the divine feminine in myself as well.
Looking through images from this past summer…a story came emerged – the spirit of these photographs began to reveal itself to me. I began to see a reflection of the emotional experiences that I was having in these images and what I saw was beauty – beauty that I honestly couldn’t see before. In the photos, I have seen a reflection of my own alchemical transformation over the past few months.
I see these 3 images together, weaving the narrative of Maiden, Mother, Crone. May we all be energized by the tryptic, the triple Goddess. The sticky notes bring in the human element – As we witness the journey, we start in curiosity – the mid-point brings a point of reflection and finally we meet progression—into full embodiment and engagement with language, with symbols, with meaning.

Kristy Kristinek
Through the act of documentation, the marks of the body in space become recorded on the surface of the canvas creating a tension between the progression and the outcome. The notion of restraint becomes visible through the quick gestural quality of the marks and textures left behind by the execution of performance in the studio. The goal is to provide the audience with a glimpse in to the artist’s practice, developing an interactive representation of the body and artistic process studying the duality of dance and painting.

Andy Wilkinson
For every story there is an infinite number of narrations; for every idea there is an infinite number of expressions.  If we let them, those narrations and expressions come in many forms: in words, in music, in movement, in lines and colors and shapes.  We’re not limited to only one.  Both the songs and the paintings for this exhibition are field notes, pieces done on the road, which is where I usually am.

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.

HOLIDAY HOURS:  – Thanksgiving:  closed to public Thursday, November 23rd, Friday, November 24th, Saturday, November 25th, & Sunday, November 26th.  Reopen to the public as usual on Tuesday, November 28th.

Christmas:  Friday, December 22nd open; Saturday, Dec 23rd open; Sunday, December 24th closed; Monday, December 25th closed.
We will continue to stay closed during the rest of the University holiday, including Saturday, December 30th, Sunday, December 31st, and Monday, January 1st, 2018.  We will then resume normal operations to the public on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


November 16 – 30

12:00 pm – Cowboy Astronomer
2:00 pm – Laseropolis
3:30 pm – Earth’s Wild Ride

11:30 am – Cowboy Astronomer
2:00 pm – Laseropolis
3:30 pm – Earth’s Wild Ride

2:00 pm – Laseropolis
3:30 pm – Earth’s Wild Ride

Cowboy Astronomer (all ages)
37 minutes

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

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.

48 minutes

  1. Karn Evil 9 – Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  2. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morrisette
  3. Rock Lobster – the B-52’s
  4. Firestarter – Prodigy
  5. Under the Milky Way – the Church
  6. Papua New Guinea – Future Sounds of London
  7. Spiderwebs – No Doubt
  8. Foreplay – Boston
  9. Champagne Supernova – Oasis
  10. End of the World (As We Know It) – REM
  11. Torn – Creed
  12. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  13. One of These Days – Pink Floyd


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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  – Thanksgiving:  closed to public Thursday, November 23rd, Friday, November 24th, Saturday, November 25th, & Sunday, November 26th.  Reopen to the public as usual on Tuesday, November 28th.

Christmas:  Friday, December 22nd open; Saturday, Dec 23rd open; Sunday, December 24th closed; Monday, December 25th closed.
We will continue to stay closed during the rest of the University holiday, including Saturday, December 30th, Sunday, December 31st, and Monday, January 1st, 2018.  We will then resume normal operations to the public on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


Andy Warhol in Lubbock
October 14, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Even after sales, thousands of artworks still remained in the Foundation’s collections. On the 20th anniversary of the Warhol Foundation, these artworks were gifted to various American museums. The Museum of Texas Tech received an initial gift in 2007-08 of 160 Polaroid and black and white photographs, followed in 2013 by a donation of seven screen prints. Selections from these two gifts are on exhibit here.

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

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

And what is the science of this project?

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

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

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

And what is the art of this project?

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

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

And for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open through December 2017
Explorium Gallery

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

The pottery of the Native American tribes includes a variety of utilitarian as well as ceremonial and trade vessels. A number of Storytellers, such as the one at right, are included in the collection.
Changing Worlds looks at dinosaurs of different types, offers theories about how the earth was formed, how dinosaurs developed and eventually disappeared.

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


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

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

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, and William Lester.

This gallery features prehistoric megafauna from the Pleistocene Period 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.

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –  The NRHC will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 26th.


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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –   The Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 25th.

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

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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –  The TTU Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 25th.

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.

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

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

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

Chris Oglesby collection

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

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

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

For more information, contact Curtis Peoples 806.834.5777 or

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

The Marc Reisner Collection is now open for research.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  –  We will be open Sunday, November 19th through Wednesday, November 22nd from 9:00am – 5:00pm.  We will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 25th.


Greg Goodnight – Reclaiming the Land – Woodsculpture – ongoing

Linda Adkins – Heirloom Jewelry Expressions

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

Rick Vanderpool  – photography


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

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

HOLIDAY HOURS:  Thanksgiving week:  Open Monday, November 20th, Tuesday, November 21st, Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Closed on Wednesday, November 22nd and Thursday, November 23rd.

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

Baron Batch originals and prints:


Thursday, November 30:  –

Flatlands Dance Theatre
Origin Stories:  An Exploration of Ancestry 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 are available at, 806.770.2000, or any select-a-seat outlet center.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Flatlands Dance Theatre‘s fall 2017 production, Origin Stories, takes audiences around the world to explore ancestry and diverse cultures. Through dance, the choreographers of FDT explore history, genealogy, family, dynamics, biology, and genetics to tell the stories of their descendants.

A cash bar will be available.

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. 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

Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 3:  –

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

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

Adult content, including racialized language and violent situations

Directed by Jess Jou.  By Jacki Sibblies Drury

Friday, December 1:  –

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

Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 2:  –

Friends of the Library
Kris Kringle Book Sale
Mahon Library
1306 9th Street
Free and open to the public

Come shop for books, audios, dvds and more.

Saturday, December 2:  –

Ruffles and Rust Expo
9:00am – 6:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  $5.00 admission 12 and under are free

We are a traveling sparkly, funky, boutique show.  It’s a place to find hand crafted items, home décor, boutique fashions and so much more. 

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

Buddy Holly Center
10:00am – 11:00am
Fee:  $10.00

Participants will use various printmaking techniques to create one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations.

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
The Heart of Christmas
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane

Get in the holiday spirit at this year’s holiday POPS concert as Jeans ‘n Classics join the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Flatlands Dance Theatre
Origin Stories:  An Exploration of Ancestry 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 are available at, 806.770.2000, or any select-a-seat outlet center.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Flatlands Dance Theatre‘s fall 2017 production, Origin Stories, takes audiences around the world to explore ancestry and diverse cultures. Through dance, the choreographers of FDT explore history, genealogy, family, dynamics, biology, and genetics to tell the stories of their descendants.

A cash bar will be available.

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. 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

Thursday, December 7:  –

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve; The Best of TSO and more
7:00pm – 10:00pm
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
Tickets:  Tickets are priced $48.50, $58.50, $65.50, and $78.50 (includes fees) and are available at, 806-700-2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center (Dollar Western Wear, Ralph’s Records, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Texas Tech SUB ticket booth.)

Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is set to begin on November 16th and will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30th.

Cactus Theater
Tommy Emmanuel:  Classics and Christmas Tour
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  Balcony seats:  $35.00; Floor Seats:  $40.00-$45.00;  Balcony Box Seats with refreshments:  $80.00  Tickets may be purchased at this website:

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.

Tommy Emmanuel’s Classics & Christmas Tour returns to the Cactus on December 7! Show will feature one full set of Tommy Emmanuel’s solo classic acoustic songs, and one full set of Christmas favorites with Pat Bergeson, John Knowles CGP, and Annie Sellick.

Friday, December 8:  –

The Lubbock Chorale
Messiah Singalong and Locklair Gloria
Hemmle Recital Hall
2624 18th Street
Tickets:  Senior/Student $18.50 (includes $3.50 service charge); $23.75 (includes $3.75 service charge); Child $13.25 (includes $3.25 service charge).  Ticket sales will close at Select-A-Seat, online, and at our outlet locations at noon on Friday, December 8, 2017. Tickets can be purchased after this time at the door for a $5.00 upcharge.

The Chorale is thrilled to repeat a special community Messiah singalong concert. The Chorale will perform Christmas and holiday repertoire, followed by a performance of Part I (Christmas/Nativity portion) of Handel’s beloved masterpiece Messiah, for which the entire assembled audience will be invited to join the Chorale in singing all six choruses, closing with a seventh chorus from Part II: The Hallelujah Chorus.

Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9:  –

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

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

Sunday, December 10 – Saturday, December 23:  –

City of Lubbock
61st Annual Santa Land
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Mackenzie Park
4628 Mackenzie Park Road
Free Admission and open to the public

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be out nightly to hear the wish lists of children in Lubbock and the South Plains.  Come out and enjoy Santa’s village, the 60 ft. lighted Christmas tree, animated displays, entertainment, snacks and more.

Tuesday, December 12:  –

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
2620 Drive of Champions
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years!   Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!

Thursday, December 14 – Sunday, December 17:  –

Ballet Lubbock
The Nutcracker
December 14-16 at 7:00pm, December 16 and 17 at 2:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: will go on sale October 27;, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.

It just isn’t the holidays without Ballet Lubbock’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.  This timeless and magical story of Clara, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker solider has come to life, will delight audiences of all ages. From an epic battle with the Rat King to the magical land of sweets presided over by the Sugar Plum Fairy, this is one performance you won’t want to miss!

This year’s performances will feature Ballet Lubbock favorites Lori Wilson and Amar Ramasar as well as the rest of the Ballet Lubbock Company.  Come find your inner sugar plum fairy and join Ballet Lubbock for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a Lubbock Holiday Tradition.

Wednesday, December 20:  –

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

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

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


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

Sunday, December 31:  –

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Overton New Year’s Eve Gala 2018
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.
Tickets are $300 per couple and must be purchased in advance. Buy a Table of 10 and save $100! Make it a night to remember and add a beautifully appointed guestroom to your package at a special rate when you purchase tickets.  *Please call the Overton Hotel Reservations Department and reference your ticket number to make a guestroom reservation.

There’s no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than the Overton Hotel & Conference Center! So don’t wait any longer to purchase tickets to our Annual NYE Party in the Sunset Ballroom. Your ticket includes premium open bar, gourmet food and dessert stations and live entertainment by the Dallas band Cover Down.  At midnight, celebrate with a champagne toast. Test your luck at Vegas style gaming with your chance to win amazing door prizes and proceeds benefitting the Texas Boys Ranch.

Artist Call for Entries:  –

Buddy Holly Center Call For Entries:
Barbie:  Examining an Icon
Artists must RSVP by December 20th, 2017.
The show will be exhibited January 26 – March 18, 2018

The Buddy Holly Center invites artists to submit work for the exhibition Barbie: Examining an Icon.

Submission Details:
Samples of artists responding to a similar theme are shown below in photos. (The Art of Barbie: Artists Celebrate the World’s Most Favorite Doll, Workman Publishing, 1994). Barbie came on the scene in 1959 and remains part of the culture to this day.
Work should be informed by cultural responses to the doll, and will be evaluated for appropriateness and subsequent inclusion.
Works may be 2D or 3D, but may not exceed 40″ in any direction, without advance approval. Artwork must be ready for installation (hanging wire required on the back of all 2D works exceeding 12″ in any direction).

Artists must RSVP by December 20, 2017, as space is limited

To RSVP, contact Jacqueline Bober, curator, at 806.775.3569. or at

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion featuring the varying viewpoints of experts from the areas of Women’s Studies; Clothing/Fashion?Textiles; and Marketing. We expect lively discussion that will include a response to the exhibition. The date for the panel discussion is yet to be determined.

Artists are welcome to place a sale price on their work, but must fill out a City of Lubbock Vendor Application and IRS W9 from, as well as provide a Texas Sales and Use Tax Permit number. These documents are required of the BHC by the Texas Comptroller’s Office. The BHC is happy to provide the City’s Vendor Application and IRS W9 by email or in person when delivering artwork. The BHC retains a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition.

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