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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas, William Kerns column: Kerns: Weekend not over yet, so don't miss Lubbock Arts Festival at Civic Center [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas]
[May 03, 2009]

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas, William Kerns column: Kerns: Weekend not over yet, so don't miss Lubbock Arts Festival at Civic Center [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas]

(Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) May 3--A bit of this, and a bit of that ... along with a reminder that this already extremely busy weekend is not over.

Those accustomed to rushing to their favorite restaurant after Sunday church are encouraged today to head to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center for the final hours of the Lubbock Arts Festival and the always fun Golden Fork restaurant competition, where no one departs hungry.

Close to two dozen local restaurants will serve some of their favorite entrees to ticket holders, hoping to earn their votes before they leave.

Halfway across town, the Lubbock Community Theatre will present a 2 p.m. matinee performance today of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the LCT Boston Avenue Playhouse, 4230 Boston Ave. The play also will be staged the following two weekends.

Tickets can be purchased at the door this afternoon.

The biblical drama "Magdelene" will be staged at 3 p.m. today at the Ragtown Gospel Theater, 870 Ragtown Road in Post (two miles west of Post, off US84). A one-hour concert of gospel music by Chip Polk and guest singers precedes the play.

Other performances this month are at 7:30 p.m. on May 8, 15 and 29 and 3 p.m. on May 9, 16 and 30.

Call (877) 724-8696 or visit for details.

And no, there is no matinee today of the touring production of "CATS!" Saturday night's presentation at the City Bank Auditorium was a one-show-only bonus supplied by Celebrity Attractions.

Switching from looking back to looking ahead ...

Note that Ballet Lubbock, having already staged its impressive spring performance, now plans to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary with a birthday party at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ballet Lubbock Studio, 5702 Genoa Ave.

The building is one block west of Spur 327 and Frankford Avenue.

Light refreshments will be served, and visitors will see a short performance by the ballet's company dancers.

According to Laura Berry, the ballet's executive director, Tuesday's party is just "the beginning of a season-long celebration." Ballet Lubbock was founded by Suzanne Aker in 1969, and currently is led by one of Aker's former students, artistic director Yvonne Racz Key.

Almost 200 students study annually at the Ballet Lubbock facility.

"Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?" a 1989 South Korean film by director Yong-kyun Bae, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Firehouse Theater at the Underwood Center, 511 Ave. K.

The screening is part of the year's Flatland Film Series.

General admission seating is $10 for the general public and $7 for students, with Underwood Center members admitted free.

Also, look for the year's first Art Market to debut outdoors in the Depot Entertainment District from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, kicking off in the area between the Tornado Gallery at 1822 Buddy Holly Ave., and the Cactus Theater at 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

A number of those involved have had their hands extremely full of late, first with plans for the Joe Don Davidson benefit and immediately afterward with the Lubbock Arts Festival and its ArtCars.

But the Art Market is happening, with close to 25 vendors signing on to sell items, according to market guru Larry Simmons.

Several members of a group Simmons calls the local Craft Mafia also have signed on.

The first Art Market has been rushed and, at press time, it was not known if local musicians would take part.

As Simmons put it, "The first few of these will be a learning process for all of us, but I have been involved in enough public events to know we can do this.

"(Depot) District businesses have all stepped to the plate. We have such a great neighborhood. There will be artists set up in the garden, and spread down Buddy Holly Avenue. The owners of the Bijou, Cactus, Tom's and Blue Light are allowing vendors to set up right in front of their venues. Everyone is in on this.

"The Baby Bigham's (restaurant) will be open, as well as Triple J's. Hullabalu will do a street sale and, if we have enough artists Saturday, we'll set them up in the Cactus Courtyard." He said, "So far, we have watercolors, oils, other painting media, photography, ceramics, food, jewelry, handmade soaps and lots of different genres of art. The market even has a writer who will write a short story for you." A reminder: Those wanting to set up their wares and sell must register first at the Tornado Gallery. Art Market takes place on the second Saturday of each month.

And in closing, a tip of the hat to Ray Fargason, who is the honorary chairperson of the 31st Lubbock Arts Festival, which ends at 5 p.m. today.

Fargason was honored at Thursday's festival premiere night, but one cannot say thank you too many times to those who have committed themselves to the arts in Lubbock.

Fargason was quoted as saying he is passionate about music, but those who know him already knew that.

William Kerns' entertainment reviews and commentary can be heard at 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday on KLLL Radio (96.3 FM).

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