Jodey Arrington’s knowledge, experience make him obvious choice for third term in Congress

Jodey Arrington has represented Lubbock and a massive swath of West Texas for four years and Lubbock Lights strongly endorses him for a third term. We enjoyed our visit with Congressman Arrington – he clearly exhibited wide and deep knowledge of important issues and understands West Texas values. He’s also been endorsed by President Trump. … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Time to play ball at Tech, Janie Fricke and Sounds of West Texas offer Valentine’s music, shudder at ‘My Bloody Valentine’

Entertainment offerings remain diverse this weekend, including the return of headliner Roger Creagor at Charley B’s, 5402 Fourth St., on Saturday. Three stage comedies enter their second weekend: Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever,” by Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance, at the campus’ Maedgen Theatre;  “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at Lubbock Community … Continued

A Lubbock tradition … Bill’s annual Oscar predictions … accompanied by grandson Gage and some other guy

Oscar predictions in 21 out of the 24 total categories are made below by critics Bill Kerns and Gage Gregory and, in some categories, Terry Greenberg, Lubbock Lights editor, Hollywood native and film fan. Predicting the 2020 Academy Award winners – being announced at 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC to honor films released in the 2019 … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: All the Bard in 97 funny minutes, Stones tribute band, ‘Love Story’ on big screen, Noel Coward farce at Tech & more

This busy weekend finds visiting Lubbock Christian University alumni with plenty to do through Sunday, as the LCU Homecoming includes daily activities, including the 60th annual Master Follies. Moonlight Musicals makes a return visit under the sea with another staging at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre of musical “The Little Mermaid.” A repeat screening … Continued

I used to be a San Francisco 49ers fan, but I’m all in with Mahomes and the Chiefs in Super Bowl because he’s proud to be one of us

I should be rooting for the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl this weekend in Miami (stadium pictured above). But like many of us in Lubbock, I hope the Kansas City Chiefs win because of Patrick Mahomes, a young man who remembers where he comes from. Why should I be rooting for Niners? Well, … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Honoring Buddy 61 years after ‘the music died,’ two powerful plays, LSO chamber concert

Super Bowl Sunday is just one week before Oscars Sunday in a year with the shortest time in recent memory for Academy Awards marketing – thus straining the voters’ ability to see all nominees. Even locally, theaters attempting to allow viewers access to nominated live action, animated or documentary shorts will show them through Sunday, … Continued

In memory of Rush’s Neil Peart: A man whose lyrics stood loud for freedom, liberty and the individual while he sat behind his drums

How would you politically categorize a lyricist for a rock band who had: Ayn Rand as an influence. U.S. Senator Rand Paul as a fan. Two songs in National Review’s top 50 Conservative Rock Songs. A conservative writer call him “one of the great thinkers of the modern world.” A conservative? Not exactly. That’s what … Continued

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 & Gage reveal their best/worst films … see how they compare to Oscar list

Bill’s Best Films of 2019 Academy Award nominations, reflecting films that debuted throughout 2019 either on theater screens or on increasingly popular streaming channels, were revealed this morning. The Oscars ceremony itself also will arrive rather quickly, on Feb. 9. Honestly, I prefer to share my yearly film preferences even earlier. Then again, I didn’t … 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

If you haven’t yet seen latest ‘Star Wars,’ it’s worth seeing but don’t expect original magic

‘Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ Rated PG-13: Sci-fi violence and action. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark Tinseltown 17, Cinemark Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Directed by: J.J. Abrams. Writers: Screenplay by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams. From a story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams. Based … Continued

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