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: 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

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

Bill’s Best Bets: Wilkinson, Hedges & Corbin at Cactus; Kansas at Civic Center to help Cactus; ‘Matilda;’ ‘Lion King;’ a Food Truck Throwdown

This week’s Best Bets are indeed varied, with music events including a concert by rock band Kansas (seen above), still playing such hits as “Dust in the Wind,” “Point of Know Return” and “Carry On, Wayward Son” – and a smaller show which finds Andy Wilkinson and Andy Hedges partnering on stage not only with … Continued

Dramatic ‘Shadow Box’ endures despite changes within theater company

Joe (Chris Davis), left, pauses with Maggie (Ayanna Arnold), right in a scene from Will of the Wind Productions’ play “The Shadow Box.”  It is being staged for the public July 12-14 in the Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K.  (Photo courtesy of Josh Aguirre) Theater Facts Attraction: “The Shadow Box,” a drama by Michael … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Braxton brings jazz back home … and a lot more

Considering close to 100,000 West Texans had pulled out all the stops to celebrate their American citizenship during the days preceding and including yet another 4th of July this year, a few entertainment promoters are taking somewhat large risks by even assuming  these men, women and children had enough energy, and desire, to keep the … Continued