Bill’s 5 things to do this weekend: Richie McDonald returns home, a scary movie, dance, Anne Frank exhibit and Tech baseball

Richie McDonald, with Cactus Kids

Richie McDonald was born in Lubbock in 1962 and formed a country band called Lonestar at age 30. Enough said. He became a star. Yet he never forgot his birthplace and has returned to Lubbock multiple times to perform. He will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. Concert tickets are $25 for the general public, $12.50 for children age 12 and younger and $50 for the balcony box (includes concessions). McDonald will sing his Lonestar hits, a few titles including “Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” “No News,” “What About Now” and “My Front Porch Looking In.” Joining him are the Cactus Kids, who have appeared with national celebrities and entertainers. McDonald and/or the Cactus Kids also will sing songs by such Texas-based artists as Buddy Holly, Mac Davis and Beyonce.
McDonald will stay an extra day and host a free seminar at the Cactus Theater at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23. He plans to talk about his successful journey in the music business, both with Lonestar and as a solo entertainer and offer tips and advice to aspiring young artists.

“Us”

The trailer (preview) for Jordan Peele’s “Us” is frightening on its own, so why would Peele send out a Tweet stating: “’Us’ is a horror movie.” My guess it’s because a confused Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Peele’s prior movie, 2017’s “Get Out,” for a Golden Globe as best film in the Best Musical or Comedy category.
Regardless, this film is about a family who, while on vacation, meet their own doppelgangers called The Tethered – four people who look exactly like them and, armed with golden scissors, intend to kill them. Opens in Lubbock on Friday, March 22.

Bodytraffic

Sponsored by the Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, Los Angeles-based dance troupe Bodytraffic will make its Lubbock debut with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, in the Allen Theatre, located inside the Student Union Building (SUB) at 15th Street and Akron Avenue on the Tech campus. Tickets are $20 for the general public, although Tech students can receive one free ticket with a valid ID at the information desk at the SUB. Call Select-A-Seat at 770-2000 for more ticket information. 

Texas Tech Red Raiders Baseball

Dropping two out of three to the Longhorns in Austin last weekend was a bitter pill to swallow, especially considering that, in 2018, Tech made its way to the College World Series, where it was eliminated by Florida. But Tech is back at home in the friendly confines of Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park this weekend, with games vs. the Michigan Wolverines of the Big 10 conference at 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 22-23. Michigan, by the way, is the fourth winningest baseball program among NCAA Division 1 teams. But that’s not all. The Stetson Hatters will be Tech’s opponent at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, and again at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25. Tim Tadlock is in his seventh year as skipper of the Red Raiders varsity baseball program.

“Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank”

Touring exhibit opens Saturday, March 23, and remains on view through April 12, at the Museum of Texas Tech, 3301 Fourth St. The exhibition was launched officially in 2015 and, since then, has become the centerpiece of the international outreach work of the Anne Frank House in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

According to material from the Anne Frank House, this exhibit “connects Anne Frank’s life story with the present. It makes the fate of the millions of victims of the persecution of the Jews during the Second World War personal and palpable.” Making use of large-size pictures, the exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank from her birth in 1929 to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Each panel contains images and text about Anne Frank’s world: the rise of Adolph Hitler, persecution of Jews and World War II. A portion of the exhibit is dedicated to contemporary young people; visitors get to know how youngsters see themselves, but also how strangers respond to them. This makes clear the role of prejudice and shows how this can lead to exclusion and sometimes discrimination.

The Museum of Texas Tech is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.