Bill’s Best Bets: Tech hoops vs. Iowa State & Vanilla Ice, Westney & symphony, clean comedy, offbeat theater, classic movies

Tech hoops, with guest Vanilla Ice The draw, of course, is the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team, coached by Chris Beard hosting the  Iowa State Cyclones in a televised afternoon basketball game at 3 p.m. Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave. Setting the game apart, somewhat, is an individual Tech supporter bringing … Continued

Bill & Gage reveal their best/worst films … see how they compare to Oscar list

Bill’s Best Films of 2019 Academy Award nominations, reflecting films that debuted throughout 2019 either on theater screens or on increasingly popular streaming channels, were revealed this morning. The Oscars ceremony itself also will arrive rather quickly, on Feb. 9. Honestly, I prefer to share my yearly film preferences even earlier. Then again, I didn’t … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: An ‘Epic’ from Christ in the Arts, Bellamy Brothers & Elvis at Cactus, ‘Friends’ book sale, Japanese animation film

In photo above: The Bride (Holly Roberson), in Christ in the Arts “Epic.” Photo by Tracy Sharpe.  This week’s Best Bets are varied, and I also should point out that Sam Mendes sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated war drama “1917” opens Friday, Jan. 10, at most of Lubbock’s multiplexes. Best bets, however, vary from original dance by Christ in the … Continued

If you haven’t yet seen latest ‘Star Wars,’ it’s worth seeing but don’t expect original magic

‘Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ Rated PG-13: Sci-fi violence and action. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark Tinseltown 17, Cinemark Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Directed by: J.J. Abrams. Writers: Screenplay by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams. From a story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams. Based … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Thrift Store Cowboys celebrate, another Cactus Family Christmas, Tech hoops, carriage rides, lots of movie arrive

Naturally, Santa Land still is open and family Christmas activities easily can be found this weekend. Check out your favorite nightspots for potential live music, often during earlier hours. That said, read on for my own Best Bets this week. Thrift Store Cowboys The original plan, at least based on a prior club calendar, was … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: ‘Frozen Jr.,’ Luke Combs at USA (if not sold out), Jaston Williams returns, Michael Martin Murphey’s holiday show, First Friday

Elsa (Natalee Sanchez) gives Anna (Hannah Oaks) sisterly advice in the upcoming production of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” at LHUCA. Read on for just a few of the arts and entertainment Best Bets this weekend in Lubbock. ‘Frozen Jr.,’ at LHUCA’s Firehouse Theatre The Lubbock debut of “Frozen Jr.” will be staged two weekends – at … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: TSO comes ‘home’ to USA, Idalou’s Kirk at Cactus, ‘The Irishman’ streaming, ‘Sounds of West Texas,’ Jenni Dale Lord

Face it. Thanksgiving weekend is not over. That means the focus remains primarily on turkey, family, football, napping, more football and then convincing oneself to get a jump on Christmas shopping. Which, let’s face it, very few actually will accomplish. This may have been my toughest week lining up Best Bets. But a big concert … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: A decade of dance, ‘Frozen 2,’ local productions of ‘Snow White’ and ‘Elf’ musical … and rock your ’80s hair (if you still have it)

For many, Texas Tech Athletics are the weekend’s best bets. For example, coach Chris Beard’s Texas Tech Red Raiders will play the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at 1 p.m. Sunday at the United Supermarkets Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave. The Blackbirds call Long Island University’s campus in Brooklyn – one of 16 operated by LIU – their … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Hit Christian group MercyMe at USA, veteran-led Scooter Brown Band at Cactus, two plays and Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

This is a football weekend for Texas Tech, and an important one. The Red Raiders will play against the TCU Horned Frogs at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Stadium, with Tech still needing to win two of its three final games to reach bowl eligibility. Tech also could create another winning streak after defeating West … Continued

Looking for a fun, bawdy romp? That sweet mystery of life can be found with ‘Young Frankenstein: The Mel Books Musical’

In photo above: Igor (Eli Kollman) happily observes blooming romance of Frederick (Travis Burge) and Inga (Natalie Stanislaus) in “Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical.” Mark Umstot Photography Theater facts: Attraction: Musical comedy “Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical,” music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, and book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. When: Lubbock Community Theatre production … Continued

Do we support Tech sports only if they win … or because we want to support a university that adds to our quality of life?

The opening night for Texas Tech basketball Tuesday was perfect. United Supermarkets Arena was packed to watch the first men’s Final Four banner unveiled, along with a Big 12 championship banner. Before that, the sold-out crowd was into it. A loud version of the Matador Song gave me chills – literally. The crowd stayed loud … Continued

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