Bill’s Best Bets: A ‘Boss’ movie, Ryan Bingham, LSO takes stairway to heaven, two plays … one scary, one powerful

I know what many are thinking: There can only be one collective Best Bet this weekend, and it has to be all of the Texas Tech homecoming activities that precede Saturday’s late morning kickoff of the football game between Tech’s Red Raiders and visiting Iowa State University. Friday night includes the annual Homecoming Parade, bonfire, … Continued

Raise a glass to ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’ … and go see the play, too

Grandmother Covington gets a big surprise on her birthday in “The Savannah Sipping Society.” From left: Beth Brown (Randa), Suzanne Hamilton (Grandmother), Cindy Callaham (Jinx), Ira White-Kelly (Marlafaye), Pam Brown (Dot) ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’ Attraction: “The Savannah Sipping Society,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11-12 and 18-19 … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: LCU stages classic ‘Mattress,’ night of gunslingers, chorale concert, singer-songwriter showdown, Roger Creager

We knew some events would sell out long in advance, one of them being an appearance by actor-musician Kevin Bacon with his brother Michael for a Saturday concert at the Cactus Theater called “An Evening with the Bacon Brothers: The Shaky Ground Tour.” Imagine that, the Cactus already has played host to rock bands led … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’ on stage, Day of Revelry at Tech, Art Trail, ‘Joker’ & ‘Judy’ on big screens, Jimmy Fortune sings

Photo above: The ladies of the Savannah Sipping  Society toast each other and their new “lease on life.” Characters are, from left, Ira White-Kelly as Marlafaye, Pam Brown as Dot Haigler, Beth Brown as Randa Covington and Cindy Callaham as Jinx Jenkins. Attractions this week vary from the expected First Friday Art Trail to Lubbock … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Symphony back with South American flavor, Fair closes with Cowsills, Cactus comedy, ‘Nightmare’ opens, ‘Dead’ art

I considered making this Sunday’s Alamo Drafthouse movie party for Herb Ross’ 1989 film adaptation of “Steel Magnolias” – the one with Julia Roberts, Sally Field and more stars – into a Best Bet at 6 p.m. Sunday after my memory was jogged  by the local staging earlier this month of “Steel Magnolias” by Will … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Fair opens, Flatland Film Festival, feel ‘Love’ at Tech’s new theater, Bob Schneider sings & ‘Shawshank’ turns 25

A September weekend with no Texas Tech football only shines spotlights brighter on lots of arts and entertainment made available everywhere from local museums to downtown theaters and nightclubs. Once again, a local appearance by country recording veteran Gene Watson was declared a virtual sellout long ago, with only single seats available. Look for many … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Impressive West Texas Walk of Fame inductions, interesting Alamo screenings and Whitney Houston show

I had intended to introduce the 50th anniversary screenings of Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider” at Cinemark’s Movies 16, only to be told both planned screenings were canceled because “not one ticket was sold.” I found that disappointing. Nevertheless, this week’s Best Bets find: Four more deserving artists being inducted into the West Texas Walk of … Continued

‘Ready of Not’ is original, funny, but our critics somewhat disagree on how good it is

‘Ready or Not’ Rated R: Violence, bloody images, language throughout, and some drug use. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark’s Tinseltown 17, Cinemark’s Movies 16 and Stars and Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Screenplay by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy. Cinematography by Brett Jutkiewicz. Edited by Terel Gibson. Production design by … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Blue Light takes to streets, Tech football kicks off, Gary P. Nunn and Jackopierce at Cactus, ‘Minor Injustice’ film screened

This week’s recommended attractions include two recording acts – Gary P. Nunn and Jackopierce – who began finding success decades ago. Nunn is by far more the Texas legend, but there’s something to be said for a duo whose fans never wanted them to stop performing. Gifted filmmakers associated with KTTZ have created another serious, … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: See ‘Apocalypse, Now’ on big screens; 3-days of Comic Con; three great singers with Lubbock ties

Photo above: Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Duvall attend “Apocalypse Now” – 40 Years And Restoration during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival . Recommended attractions this week include a rare opportunity to view yet another version – a “Final Edit” – of Francis Ford Coppola’s hypnotic Vietnam film, “Apocalypse Now,” and a jam-packed, three-day comic convention … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: ‘Gospel side of Elvis,’ Hogg Maulies, Red Raider Fandamonium, unique play setting and ‘Mary Poppins’

This week’s recommended attractions are varied, ranging from a free outdoor movie for the entire family to an original play taken away from the traditional stage to be performed by Renegade Productions at the Sun ‘n Fun pool. This story focuses on adult emotions. Also available this weekend are an Elvis tribute by the touring … Continued

LCT’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ is not just for kids … it’s a terrific show for everyone

‘Matilda’ Attraction: “Matilda the Musical” – with music and lyrics by Tim Minchon, book by Dennis Kelly, based on novel “Matilda” by Roald Deahl. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Where: Lubbock Community Theatre production at Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K. Director: Zachery Kocurek-Gentry. Crew: Annie Burge, music director; Breana Young, choreographer and Delaney … Continued