Before diving into Lubbock Light’s weekly choices for entertainment Best Bets, I did a little research regarding the “bonus content” being made available to all checking out “Avengers: Endgame with Bonus Content” on the big screen.
Additional content has been added at every local multiplex: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark Tinseltown 17, Cinemark Movies 16 and the Stars & Stripes Drive-In.
The cynical might point out this box office hit reportedly needing another $38 million to surpass the $2.788 billion collected thus far by James Cameron’s “Avatar” in the leader’s chair.
Mind you, there are multiple “Avatar” sequels confirmed on the horizon.
When Marvel announced that “Avengers: Endgame” would return this weekend with new footage, curiosity spiked. In fact, one local theater rep informed me the new footage could total as much as 30 minutes of material. This proved to be an exaggeration.
The original film clocked in just more than three hours. MCU Cosmic said bonus footage would include a tribute to the late Stan Lee, a scene setting up events from the next Marvel movie, “Spider-Man, Far from Home” on July 2 and a deleted scene from “Avengers: Endgame” focused on the Hulk.
“Endgame” had broken with the tradition of post-credits scenes. So Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed new footage all will be post-credits – but rather than the rumored 30 minutes, new footage would be limited to between six to seven minutes.
That makes more sense, although do not be surprised if longer, previously discarded scenes show up in future DVD releases.
Footage promised later includes: Audio of Tony Stark constructing his Iron Man suit and footage giving fans a better idea of where everyone was left at the end of the battle with Thanos. The most mysterious is a deleted scene focusing on Hulk. Mark Ruffalo, cast as Hulk, has one more movie in his Marvel contract. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed the Hulk “actually lost his right arm as a result of using the Stark Gauntlet,” which was not made clear in the movie.
The new scene could show Hulk coming to terms with physical limitations.
“After the credits, there will be a deleted scene, a little tribute and a few surprises,” said Feige.
A Marvel projectionist posted in an e-mail the introduction is “18 seconds long and bonus content ‘lasts six minutes and 19 seconds.’”
Now, let’s focus on Lubbock’s weekend entertainment, with the first attraction heavily recommended for country music fans region-wide:
‘Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes,’ starring Jason Petty
The Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave., combines music with history when it plays host to actor-musician Jason Petty’s “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Along with Roy Acuff and George Strait, Hank Williams is said to share the title The King of Country Music.
Petty previously starred in the biographical play “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” in the process making a long-lasting impression on New York City’s theater district. Winning rave reviews from New York Times, Variety and Rolling Stone critics, it was not unusual for Petty to attract sellouts at New York’s Little Schubert Theatre.
“At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but (rather) channeling his ghost,” reported the New York Post,
Petty first portrayed Williams in 1996 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Since then, he has portrayed Williams in theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe in both “Lost Highway” and “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes.”
Personally, I did not fully understand the worth and accomplishments of Hiram King “Hank” Williams when I began forging my career in Lubbock in 1976.
Thankfully, newspaper editor Burle Pettit was present to lecture me about Williams, the singer-songwriter who had written and recorded so many hits – including “Your Cheating Heart,” “Hey Good Looking,” “Move It On Over” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – before losing his life on Jan. 1, 1953.
Williams was 29 when he died.
Death was blamed on heart failure brought about by alcoholism and years of abusing prescription drugs in an attempt to lessen pain. Sudden death occurred while he was being chauffeured to a planned concert in Canton, Ohio.
As recently as 2010, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded Williams a posthumous special citation “for a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.”
Williams – who was born in 1923 and joined his first band in 1937 – recorded 35 singles that made the country music charts’ Top 10, with 11 rising all the way to the number one position.
Reserved seating for Saturday’s two-hour show are $35 for seats on the first three rows, $30 for the remainder of the theater’s floor seats, $25 for standard balcony seats and $60 for the balcony box seats which include concessions.
Tickets remain available. They can be purchased in advance by calling the Cactus at 762-3233, or one can visit the venue’s website at cactustheater.com.
The Cactus Theater policy does not allow for ticket exchanges or refunds.
Cork and Pork
Look for the High Plains Wine and Food Foundation to present its fifth-annual Cork and Pork benefit from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave.
Robert Woods and his prize-winning barbecue team once again will cook an entire pig during the event. Wine is provided by McPherson Cellars.
A silent auction will take place during the evening, with Gypsy Jane and Southern Comfort taking turns providing the live dance music.
All proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels.
Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Each ticket includes food, two drink coupons and dancing.
Tickets are on sale at McPherson Cellars and The Wine Nest, with more details available online at hpwff.org and lubbockmealsonwheels.org.
The Royce Jam
Lubbock’s music community continues to grieve for Royce Chambers, longtime jazz musician who passed away on June 1. He was 55.
The Royce Jam, a concert fundraiser being held to help the Chambers family pay for funeral expenses, will take place for at least four hours, specifically from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at La Diosa Cellars, 901 18th St.
The event is an all-day, multi-band festival, with all proceeds – including every penny from donations – given to the Chambers family.
The event also includes door prizes, a raffle and discounts on select wines.
Musician Jerry Serrano is host and master of ceremonies. Other musicians could show up and play, but the confirmed musicians at this time include:
- The Alma Quartet (Jerry Serrano, John Reid, J.T. Paz and Charles Whitehead).
- The Chambers family.
- David Dees (with Alan Shinn, Devin Collins and Joy Harris).
- Deval Joy (Alan Shinn, Devin Collins and Joy Harris).
- Don Caldwell (with Johannes Bjerregaard, Ross Raedeke and Ryan Garza).
- The Hayley Burton Trio (with Burton, Sean Frankhouser and Nic Shute).
- Jazz Alley (Grady Alberts, Matt Santa, Joe Phea and J.T. Paz).
- Kyle Abernathie (with The Alma Quartet)
4th on Broadway Street Dances
The annual 4th on Broadway celebration, of course, takes place next Thursday in and around Mackenzie Park.
That said, this Lubbock attraction has become a three-day event, and opens with combination outdoor concerts/street dances on the prior two evenings. Unlike 4th on Broadway, the street dances carry a $20 ticket price, with tickets sold in advance at Select-A-Seat outlets and at the gate.
Each concert takes place at the Lubbock County Courthouse Square, specifically in the street with an entrance at the intersection of Broadway and Texas Avenue.
Gates open at 7 p.m., and each concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
The street dance/concert on Tuesday, July 2, carries the title of Amigos’ La Raza on the Plaza.
Recording artist A.J. Castillo is the headliner, with both DJ Sancho and the ever-popular Stefani opening.
The street dance/concert on Wednesday, July 3, finds the featured style of music switching to Texas country. This year’s title: Fibermax Texas Country Street Dance.
Recording artist Charley Crockett headlines, with Kody West and Giovannie & The Hired Guns hired to open the show.
Outside food and beverages are not allowed on the site.
29th annual 4th on Broadway
Staged by local non-profit Broadway Festivals, the 29th annual 4th on Broadway will feature all-day activities and close with a traditional three-hour concert and fireworks extravaganza on Thursday, July 4.
Most activities take place at Mackenzie Park. Lubbock’s 4th on Broadway continues to be the largest free Independence Day festival in Texas.
Some of Thursday’s events include:
- 9 a.m., Sonic Parade. Begins at Broadway and Avenue M. Continues east on Broadway, then turns left/north into Mackenzie State Park on Canyon Lakes Drive. The parade continues through the park and disburses in the Joyland Amusement Park parking lot.
- 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Lubbock National Bank Ferris Wheel. A new attraction.
- 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bolton Oil Change Youth Fishing Tournament, hosted by Cabela’s. Free entry. Prizes awarded. Permit-free fishing.
- 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., daytime concert stages open in the park.
- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Covenant Children’s Area is open.
- 5 p.m., River Smith’s Catfish and Cobbler-Eating Contest.
- All day, Sunbelt Rentals cool zones.
- 7 p.m., First Bank & Trust and Covenant Health Evening Concert.
- 10 p.m. or dusk, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Fireworks Extravaganza.
The major closing concert takes place near the intersection of Broadway and the Cesar E. Chavez Drive park entrance. Performing during the fireworks show will be Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, conducted by Laurie Williams.
Artists featured during the traditional evening concert include Jay Boy Adams, Will Banister, Brandon Gwinn, Jason Fellers, Jerry Serrano, John Sprott, Sheena Fadeyi, Avery Guyear, Haley Simpson, Blair Elbert, Gabriella Flores, Butch “Soul Man” Avery, Madalyn Franklin, Jeff Bailey, Berklee Timmons, Tiffany Nelson and The Caldwell Collective Band: Johannes Bjerregaard, Ross Raedeke, Tony Garcia, Mike Carraway, Jonny “Keys” Hughes, Ryan Garza and Wally Moyers.