Finn Walter returns home to open The Nicolett, a restaurant to ‘define and create High Plains Cuisine’

When Finn Walter attended Lubbock High School, his palate was advanced well beyond his classmates. They hadn’t grown up eating at European restaurants worthy of one or more stars in the prestigious Michelin dining guides. Years later – after college and working in restaurants across the country and the Atlantic – Walter’s opened up The … Continued

Snow, ice, record cold? No problem, I lived in North Dakota. No water in the house? Big problem

As I sit here Monday morning, it’s 2 degrees outside … wondering if it’ll get colder inside if we get hit with the rolling blackouts going across Texas because of the record cold weather affecting the state’s power grid. After that, I’m waiting for the locust and plague. Wait … we’ve been dealing with our … Continued

I’m a proud West Texas Republican and shocked by True Texas Project’s insulting tone at meeting, later directly from its CEO

I’ve been actively involved with the Lubbock County Repulican Party for a number of years now. I support America’s conservative values … such as limited government involvement, values of faith and family, free-enterprise spirit and its Pro-Life mission. While campaigning for President Trump and our state and local legislators last year, I got elected as … Continued

Pratt on Texas did ‘right’ well

Conservatives across Texas were shocked last month when KFYO suddenly and unceremoniously dumped the Pratt on Texas show. People are still shaking their heads wondering what happened. Texas conservatives have lost a significant voice. No one really knows why or what happened. Pratt has opinions. Of course, that’s why we listened to Pratt, he always has … Continued

True Texas Project: The Purge (political edition)

I attended the meeting of a group called True Texas Project in North Lubbock last night (Monday Feb 8th). Pretty much a remake of a movie I’ve seen before. Libertarian and Tea Party style groups pop up every Democratic presidency and are usually followed by traveling individuals with lessons about the Constitution and American History … Continued

Rave On: Buddy Holly Hall a feast for eyes and ears … thanks to all who got this stunning showplace done

I walked into the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences for the first time on Saturday night, January 23. After having my temperature taken. Since plans were announced for the now fully sprouted “Holly Hall,” I’ve been excited about going to an event. Odds were it would be a Lubbock Symphony Orchestra concert … Continued

Tom Hanks shines in ‘News of the World,” but just because it’s a western when so few are made, does not mean it’s a classic

‘News of the World’ Where you can see it: Premiere Cinemas and Cinemark’s Tinseltown. Rated: PG-13 for violence, disturbing material and some language. Director: Paul Greengrass. Cast: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor, John Travis Johnson, Ray McKinnon and Mare Winningham. Screenplay: Co-written by Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies; based on novel by Paulette Jiles. Original … Continued

‘Ma Rainey’ on Netflix is well done and chance to say goodbye to Chadwick Boseman

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Directed: George C. Wolfe. Screenplay: Ruben Santiago-Hudson; based on the play by August Wilson. Original music: Branford Marsalis. Cinematography: Tobias Schliessler. Edited: Andrew Mondshein. Production design: Mark Ricker. Costume design: Ann Roth. Starring: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Jonny Coyne, Taylour Paige, Dusan Brown … Continued

Longtime Cactus Theater musician Mark Paden, who died this week at 72, remembered as a ‘sweet soul’ with tremendous talent

(Thanks to Mark Paden’s family, Cami Caldwell and Jill Kerns for providing photos for this story.) Many people in Lubbock have heavy hearts this week after the sudden death of singer-songwriter-musician Mark Paden. The personable, often extremely funny Paden entertained tens of thousands during his more than 22 years as a member of the Lubbock … Continued

After a year of hell for movie theaters, what does 2021 hold? Bill explores challenges and what’s (hopefully) coming

Motion picture theaters need help from the general public to keep their doors open after theater ticket sales dropped nationwide a whopping 80 percent in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. This is the closest Lubbock has come to losing its entire movie theater business. This movie fanatic might still be weeping had that occurred. For … Continued

Embarrassment at the Capitol is just ‘another’ last straw

I’m always impressed with America’s presidential transfer of power, whether I agree or disagree with election results, The outgoing  president is part of the inauguration process. Over the years, it told me we’re different than countries where bloody, violent coups take place or the power structure never lets go. Think Russia’s Vladimir “Oppose me and … Continued

‘Mank’ on Netflix is well-acted tale of making of ‘Citizen Kane,’ but sometimes needs a roadmap to follow

“Mank” Rated: R for “some language.” Streaming only on Netflix. Direction: David Fincher. Stars: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Arliss Howard, Tuppence Middleton, Monika Gossman, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, Charles Dance, Ferdinand Kingsley and Jeff Harms. Screenplay: Jack Fincher (who died in 2003). Music: Trent Reznor and … Continued

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