Metallica’s evening in Lubbock is a metal lovefest

The public relations skills of metal rock band Metallica are surpassed only by the consistency of its musicianship and thrilling imagination during delivery. All play a role. Who else would have conceived of playing “Moth Into Flame” on Saturday, for example, while two dozen brightly lit, computer-choreographed drones (mechanical moths/fireflies?) were released from the bowels … Continued

Directors take us behind ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ running this weekend at LHUCA’s Firehouse Theater

In photo above: Atticus Finch (played by David Mitchell), left, with his son Jeremy (Grant Pike), center and daughter Scout (played by Holly Coppola), right, in the Will of the Wind Productions‘ play “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  It is being staged for the public March 2-3 and March 8-10 in the Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K.  (Photos provided by Joshua Aguirre.) … Continued

Bill’s Oscar predictions: Could be a big night for ‘Roma,’ but not a lot of clear favorites this year

Predicting Sunday’s Academy Awards is asking for trouble. The surprising absence of some early favorites – think “First Man” composer Justin Hurwitz and Mister Rogers documentary  “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”– changed the power scale in several categories. Oh, there still is an occasional lock. Lady Gaga will deliver at least one acceptance speech. The … Continued

Lessons from last week’s Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford circus? Women should be heard, but it doesn’t mean all those accused are guilty

Thoughts about last week’s circus with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Watching social media about this is frustratingly predictable. Friends who I know are liberal or conservative, with little exception, believe one or the other based on their political beliefs. Understood. … can any of you prove your belief is the truth about what … Continued

Democrats abandon agriculture while media buries the lede

Last week the most important piece of legislation for this region went down in defeat when the House voted down the Farm Bill 215-198. If you read the Associated Press headline and story, you might think it was House Republicans who killed the Farm Bill with words like “conservative revolt” embedded in the headline. In … Continued