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’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

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

Bill’s Best Bets: ABBA tribute band at Cactus, Jessa Reed’s hard comedy, LSO second Masterworks, Tech dance, lots of cool movies

This week’s Best Bets range from ABBA songs to movies which many film lovers might be inclined to pass by. Really. Take note that Cinemark’s Movies 16 also will bring back Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Skies” with one matinee and one evening showing each day for the next week. Read on. Arrival from Sweden, Music of … Continued

‘Black Girl, Interrupted’ tackles serious issue of sexual assault on women in military

From left: Sasha (Laureen Karichu) and Riley (LyaNisha Gonzalez). Photos by Allison Roberts. Theater facts Attraction: “Black Girl, Interrupted,” an original drama by LyaNisha Gonzalez. When: 2 p.m., Sunday. Where: Charles E. Maedgen Theatre on Texas Tech campus. Tickets: $15 general public, $5 students with valid IDs. Director: Jesse Jou. Scene design: Ian Olsen. Costume design: Emilia Richardson. Lighting design: Taylor … Continued

Best Bets: ‘Young Frankenstein’ in song, Day of Dead events, legendary songwriter at Cactus, First Friday … Tech hoops are solid choice

Igor (Eli Kollman) at right, observes the blooming romance of Frederick (Travis Burge) and Inga (Natalie Stanislaus) in “Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical.” Mark Umstot Photography. Entering November, Lubbock continues to offer exciting and fun choices. Theater fans are being offered a new musical comedy, while a challenging drama and scary story continue this … 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: 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

Bill’s Best Bets: Gaelic Storm, free ‘Maestro Mash,’ Eagles/Diamond tribute, free comic books, Llano’s Grape Day

The Best Bets for this week extend from Friday through the following Thursday, which is Halloween. And while I’ve decided to write more about it in the week to come, now would be a great time to start making calls and reserving tickets to see the Lubbock Community Theatre production of musical comedy “Young Frankenstein,” … Continued