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

Texas Supreme Court opinion regarding government emergency powers may foreshadow future rulings

Associate Editor’s note: The Texas Supreme Court has declined to exercise original jurisdiction for an emergency writ of mandamus filed by a business challenging the constitutionality of it’s local government’s coronavirus restrictions. However, one Justice took the time to pen a concurrence to that decision. The result is a measured but firm admonition to governments, … Continued

Stars & Stripes Drive-In is back with trio of movies, virus-related rules … and go to bathroom before you get in the car

In 1921, cars were parked bumper-to-bumper at one of the nation’s first drive-in movie theaters in Comanche, Texas. Vehicle occupants were watching silent films. That sort of turnout is the last thing theater owner Ryan Smith wants today when he re-opens his three-screen Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Instead, he plans to enforce “social distancing” by … Continued

While coronavirus numbers keep rising, people need to stop getting together and we need tougher actions from City of Lubbock

For those of you who consider coronavirus news/warnings to range from overstated to fake news —and those who are pretty sure Covid-19 is no worse than a cold or flu — heck, just keep gathering in groups, keep sharing restroom facilities and food and drinks at your big backyard parties and neighborhood get-togethers on the … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Wayne Hancock at Cactus, ’33 ‘King Kong’ on big screen, honoring Johnny Ray, Jojo Siwa at USA, LCU women in playoffs

No doubt the highly ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders were happy to leave Mississippi and return home for three games vs. West Virginia University this weekend at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, 2901 Drive of Champions. Barring time changes for weather reasons, those three baseball games are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets Social Distancing Edition 3: Disney+ is more than just Disney, especially ‘Mandalorian’

Today, we look at what’s on … DISNEY+ Sure, cost of streaming services can affect family budgets. From the beginning, Disney+ has appeared family friendly. But who knew Disney+ would provide so much more than, well,  Disney to keep the young, and young at heart, entertained? For example, click on Disney+ on your television and … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Loaded First Friday, Tech vs. No. 1 KU, KISS & David Lee Roth, Tech dance, youth theater does the ‘Hood

Photo above: “Plains Bison Bull, Caprock Canyons State Park, 2019,” by B. Keith. Being Shown at Rooster’s Texas BBQ I considered announcing Saturday’s cool Star Walk at Hodges Community Center and home games by the Texas Tech baseball team, trailing only the University of Florida in the national rankings. On the other hand, my choices … Continued