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Volume 2 Number 18 April 23, 2004

The Misfortune of Dr. Thomas C. Butler

by J. Reichard Dr. Thomas C. Butler began serving his 24month sentence in federal custody on April 14. His is the story of the unfortunate downfall of a preeminent scientist ­ according to many colleagues considered a foremost authority in plague study as well as other infectious diseases. On January 11, 2003, a national news bulletin flashed on screens across the world focusing attention on Texas Tech University and a possible bioterrorism threat involving 30 vials of missing plague bacteria. The breaking story reported the vials had gone missing from a research laboratory causing a mild panic locally. Reports surfaced detailing data that Usama bin Laden had established an active program to weaponize plague bacteria against citizens of the United States and drew international attention to the university research lab of Thomas Butler. A team of some 60 federal law enforcement officers descended on Lubbock and marked the beginning of Dr. Butler's ordeal. According to A Journalist's Guide to Covering Bioterrorism (Radio and Television Directors Foundation: 2002), "plague does not receive as much public attention as anthrax or smallpox, but its lethality, contagiousness and infectivity make it one of the most deadly and potentially effective bioweapons. Pneumonic plague (deemed to be the most likely form of plague to be used in a bioterror attack) has a lethality rate of almost 100 percent if left untreated and approximately 50 percent if treated ­ high enough to make overcoming the difficulty of acquisition, refinement and dissemination well worth a terrorist's while." In the only major media interview Butler granted, CBS's Leslie Stahl spoke with the Texas Tech physician and research scientist in September 2003 prior to the commencement of his trial on 69 federal charges. The transcript of his interview reflects that he feared the vials of material had been stolen. "It was my leading concern, " Butler told Stahl on 60 Minutes. According to Butler, he reported the vials missing to TTU officials, and within hours, some 60 FBI officials showed up to question him and conduct thorough searches of both his home and laboratory. The FBI team concluded no break-in had occurred at his lab facility and tightened the investigation on the doctor himself. Butler continued, "They presented me with their evidence of the investigation that pointed to only one possibility, and that was accidental destruction." The researcher thought that if for some reason he had destroyed the vials, he would have remembered, which he said he did not. He told Ms. Stahl, "They told me I would not be charged if I were able to confirm the accidental destruction." The doctor signed a confession with no counsel present and was promptly arrested. "They wanted to conclude the investigation and, they told me, reassure the public that there was no danger," Butler said. "Destruction of bacteria is a routine procedure in laboratories. For one set of vials to be mixed up and placed inadvertently into the sterilizer is something that might happen. It could be carelessness. It could be hurried activity at the end of a day," the researcher told Ms. Stahl. Medical background According to reports during Butler's trial, defense attorney Charles Meadows closely examined the scientist's medical and research background. Thomas Butler's own testimony told how, after receiving his medical training at Johns Hopkins University, he entered the continues on page 4 See Butler

There are a lot of things alarming about this case and it's not just a question of missing vials. I am alarmed about the entire bloody case.

-- George Washington University professor of law Jonathan Turley

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Perspective from the Publisher:

The Dogs of War

by J. Reichard Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. ~ Shakespeare from Julius Caesar There seems to be a fair amount of tittering over the scheduled release to bookstores this week about journalist Bob Woodward's new book Plan of Attack. There should be little doubt that, eventually, the book should make it to the silver screen as Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror is allegedly destined to do in the near future. In this particular period of America's history, many are preoccupied with the conflict raging in Iraq. We should be. April has not been a good month ­ the Pentagon states that 100 Americans have lost their lives since the beginning of April, bringing the number of American deaths to around 700 (as of last weekend) since American forces charged into Baghdad last March, 13 months ago. Woodward and the major media are doing the standard run-up prior to the release of a book of this nature. The author who helped break the big story that resulted in Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency back in 1974 is the current hot interview in Washington circles. His new work is being widely quoted in major media circles by those who have gained access to some of the text prior to the release. Many believe Woodward's work will speak volumes about what goes on behind closed doors in the West Wing, particularly where the war plan was concerned. Despite what many think, the West Wing is probably not at all like the TV series of the same name and the drama it portrays. At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they are dealing with real lives. Woodward's book sounds interesting ­ it sounds like it might offer readers a glimpse of the decision-making process that went into the preparation leading to the United States' invasion of Iraq ­ some of it in minute detail. Of particular interest and what is being widely discussed is how Secretary of State Colin Powell was not included in much of the process. According to Woodward, Powell was only informed after the secretary of defense, the vice president, the national security adviser, CIA director, the president, and others were involved in the resolution to ready their dogs of war before the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was informed. Regardless of what the book turns out to be ­ a "tell all" story of the process from the 75 witnesses and key figures of President Bush's inner circle or merely a footnote in our President Bush and his aides have denied accusations they were preoccupied with Iraq at the cost of paying attention to the al Qaeda terrorist threat before September 11, 2001. The 9/11 commission investigating the attacks has concluded several weeks of extraordinary public testimony from high-ranking government officials who testified the administration's determination to invade Iraq undermined the war on terror. Bush's drive toward war with Iraq raised an international furor and it alienated long-time allies who did not believe the White House had made a sufficient case against Saddam Hussein. Saddam was captured last December, however al Qaeda, bin Laden, and terrorism in general remain a major threat to the U.S. and our allies. Topics that would make many feel more comfortable about the allegations made in Woodward's book might be a frank discussion (without compromising national security) about the faulty intelligence regarding the real reasons Iraq was invaded. Was there direct and credible intelligence that al Qaeda training camps existed in Iraq prior to the coalition attack? Did Iraq really harbor weapons of mass destruction stockpiles? Dozens of questions exist regarding the quagmire in which American interests seem to be embroiled on foreign soil. If direct evidence exists, big media and the American people must demand that irrefutable proof. The world and we need reassurance that sound foreign policy decisions are made on our behalf. At present, the fact that blood is being spilled in horrific amounts, especially after the president's declaration of the end of the war last May aboard an aircraft carrier looms large on the horizon of the presidential election this year. Support for the decision-making process on America's involvement in Iraq is waning, and it is doubtful that Woodward's book will do anything but fan the flames. The administration must attempt to vindicate itself by offering conclusive proof supporting its actions for entering a war posture. Otherwise, the damage done will be irreversible. The loss of our service personnel is devastating, particularly if those losses are as a result of unsound policy. Every American owes it to those brave souls who have fallen to demand the truth before more lives are lost. The dogs of war are seemingly easy to unleash. Recalling them to their kennels and placing them behind securely locked enclosures is a much more difficult task.

history ­ it sounds like Woodward's opinion is that Americans will pay the price for the choice of full-blown war in Iraq. Fortunately, Bob Woodward does cite some constitutional questions that should give everyone a bit of pause in considering whether the administration was correct in its decision to take Iraq. In Mr. Woodward's interview on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday evening, he stated that some $700 million dollars was diverted from a congressional appropriation for the campaign in Afghanistan during the summer of 2002 to "develop a war plan for Iraq." Mr. Woodward suggested the funding of the plan might very well have been illegal when it comes to constitutional constraints placed on the executive branch. Woodward writes that after a meeting in a West Wing situation room, Bush took Rumsfeld aside in small room, closed the door, and ordered the secretary of defense to formulate a war plan for Iraq. According to Woodward, the president also told Rumsfeld to keep it a secret on the "day before Thanksgiving ­ November 21, 2001 ­ just seven weeks after September 11." Woodward added that, eight months later, in July 2002, the president approved spending $700 million for the planning, however Congress was kept in the dark when it came to the diversion of dollars it had already allocated to the American effort in Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban government. It was not until after January 2003 when Bush, frustrated with weapons inspections in Iraq, made up his mind to go to war with Iraq, predicated largely on the belief that Iraq harbored weapons of mass destruction.

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Table of Contents

Misfortune of Dr. Thomas Butler ......................... 1 The Dogs of War ................................................ 2 Feedback ........................................................... 7 The Perfect Gift ................................................... 8 Cranky Critic: Kill Bill Vol. 2 ............................... 9 Events .............................................................. 10 Movie Listings .................................................. 14 It's All in the Roots ........................................... 16 Spring Briefs .................................................... 17 Picking Rick's Brain .......................................... 17 Coffee Cakes to the Rescue .............................. 18 The Foreigner Comes to Lubbock ..................... 19 TTU May Book Recommendation ...................... 20 Young Lubbock Writer Meets Audience............. 20

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Butler, Respected Doctor, Pays a High Price

U.S. Navy in 1969. He spent a year in Vietnam where he said he encountered his first plague victims. He spent another year in Taiwan and then returned stateside to work at Johns Hopkins for four years between 1971 and 1975. He testified that he returned to Vietnam for several months at a time during those years where he treated plague patients and studied at a Saigon hospital. He emphasized his interests were in working with the world's poor. He testified how, as a civilian physician by this time, he fled Vietnam on one of the last commercial flights to leave that country before the fall of that city in 1975. Butler spent four years studying cholera in Bangladesh and several years studying salmonella and HIV in Cleveland before moving to Lubbock in 1987, joining the faculty at Texas Tech Health Science Center's internal medicine staff. In 1999, Butler said he was asked by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infections Diseases to help design an instructional video about bioterrorism for civilians. While working on the video, he said he discussed with others which antibiotic to prescribe when dealing with plague victims. Butler said he recalled at that the time, there were four choices of the antibiotic with the most efficacy in treatment, yet none of the experts assembled knew which might work best, so he sought a clinical field trial and began periodic trips to Tanzania to study the plague. After the attack on September 11, 2001, government agencies took special interest in his work, since solid clinical evidence on drugs to combat the plague was lacking. He needed samples and traveled once again to Tanzania in East Africa to obtain them for testing. Butler testified that none of the government agencies that wanted to share in his research on the samples told him that he would commit a crime by bringing the samples back into the states the way he did. Leading to indictment On April 10, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) announced that Dr. Thomas C. Butler, M.D., was charged in a 15count indictment by a federal grand jury sitting in Lubbock. The indictment, according to the USDOJ, stemmed from Butler's "January arrest for

continues from page one What was plague doing in Lubbock? According to the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit biodefense watchdog group based in Austin, a major reason for the Department of

falsely reporting to FBI agents that 30 vials of plague bacteria (Yersinia pestis) were missing and presumed stolen from his laboratory at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center."

As you would expect, the security at a biohazard lab is very tight. (Photo courtesy

The indictment charged Butler with "illegal importation, smuggling, exportation, and transportation of hazardous materials based on his conduct in transporting and transferring the plague bacteria, as well as making false statements to federal agents investigating the case." The announcement of Butler's indictment stated: On April 14 and 15, 2002, Butler illegally imported and smuggled Yersinia pestis bacteria into the United States from Tanzania... without obtaining an import permit from the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... and failed to declare the merchandise on customs forms as required by law. The indictment further alleges that Butler on three subsequent occasions transported and transferred the smuggled bacteria and in so doing violated federal laws. First on June 2324, 2002, Butler is alleged to have illegally transported Yersinia pestis to the CDC at Fort Collins, Colorado, via private vehicle.... [T]he indictment alleges that between October 1 and 3, 2002, Butler transported the smuggled Yersinia pestis onboard American Airlines to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Justice's aggressive position toward Butler was due in large part to protecting biodefense programs at TTU. In a news release dated October 28, 2003, the Sunshine Project reports: What has gone unreported in the Butler case is that Texas Tech's work with bioweapons is far from a little program at an ordinary state school. Butler worked in the midst of a large and secretive biodefense program supported by the U.S. Army. The Sunshine Report further states: TTU's biodefense patron is the U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM). The conduit for this money into TTU is its Institute for Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), located at the former Reese Air Force Base. While TIEHH's web site emphasizes its research on environmental contaminants and studies to save reptiles, pollution and wildlife, these aren't the main course on TIEHH's dinner table. Behind its public image, TIEHH is an Army biodefense research center. Its faculty and funding are intricately tied up with infectious disease research at the TTU Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC).

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The report goes on to say: As of August 31, 2003, TTU financial documents listed 22 active biodefense contracts between TIEHH and the Department of De-

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Anthrax-laden letter sent to Senator Daschle's office. (Courtesy

fense, totaling more than $7.5 million in cash in TTU accounts. Twenty-one of these contracts are with SBCCOM. Apart from some projects on protective clothing whose purpose is relatively clear, what exactly TTU is doing for the Pentagon is poorly documented. Perhaps Butler's case was never simply over the alleged destruction of the vials of plague and his subsequent interrogation and arrest. At about the same time, the FBI was continuing to investigate the anthrax scare in the mail system, and attention continued to be focused on the possibility that it somehow involved U.S. biodefense sub-contractors. According to what is currently known, the letter received by Senator Tom Daschle allegedly contained one trillion spores of anthrax per gram of material. According to sources, very few scientists know how to manufacture such a potent form. The letter Daschle received was determined to contain the Ames strain of the toxin, reportedly extracted from a cow in Texas in 1981. Although much of the furor about the mailing of anthrax shortly after the calamity of September 11 has receded, the FBI remains very much interested in the belief that the deadly strain had to have come from a U.S. based laboratory, and few of them exist. The strain of the bacteria in the Daschle letter is determined to have originally been cultivated at the USAMRIID laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, as divulged by the journal Science in 2002. Some speculate that the investigation of the series of crimes involving anthrax in the postal system has grown cold because it led directly to U.S. government labs.

Commencing with trial and conviction According to the 60 Minutes interview in October prior to Butler's trial, most colleagues who knew him said it was impossible to imagine that Butler was a criminal in any way. By this time, the physician was barred from his lab at TTUHSC, his research was confiscated by government agents, and a superceding indictment charged Butler with 69 felony counts. George Washington University professor of law Jonathan Turley, a member of Butler's defense team, told Leslie Stahl that he believed the government engaged in "massive overkill" when it zeroed in on Thomas Butler. Turley described the affair as "the war on terrorism run amok." "They came to this town [Lubbock] with 60 agents and I think they were planning to leave with an indictment against someone," Turley said. Turley told Ms. Stahl that Tom Butler's peers held the physician and researcher in very high regard. "For these scientists, this isn't just anybody. Tom Butler is revered by scientists. As an academic, I wish people would say these things about me," Turley opined. About one hour after the 60 Minutes broadcast was taped, a gag order was imposed, however Turley made a statement prior to the court order. The charges here [against Butler] refer to things like permit violations. That is, you know, not having the correct paperwork, not having the correct labels. You read these counts and they've got everything but ripping the labels off mattresses. It is a standard dispute. I have had these disputes with my university. Every academic has a dispute like this. Turley summed up the case about to go to trial this way: There are a lot of things alarming about this case and it's not just a question of missing vials. I am alarmed about the entire bloody case. Trial watching Dr. Thomas Lehman is a distinguished geologist on the faculty at Texas Tech in the Department of Geosciences. He has written two separate essays regarding what he witnessed at Butler's trial. "It should be very embarrassing for us all that the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of

Medicine, NY Academy of Sciences, four Nobel laureate physicians, and many others have all stood in defense of Dr. Butler, and/ or shock at the federal government's persecution of him, but we here at Tech have been

Protected investigation of suspicious powder. (Courtesy

silent. Why?" Dr. Lehman laments in his first essay published online in January 2004. continues on page 6 See Butler

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Butler's Trial Leaves Questions in Observer's Mind

"Why did I write this?" he asks the reader quizzically. "I am mad as hell and I felt like doing something about it. I believe Tech committed a great injustice to a good man. I have worked at Tech for about 18 years without ever having seen anything like this happen," he wrote. "I felt like telling someone about it." Tom and Elizabeth Lehman attended many days of the trial of Dr. Thomas Butler. I was on sabbatical leave last fall, so I had time to attend the trial on several occasions. My wife sat in the courtroom frequently on other occasions. We were able to talk to several friends of the Butlers and as a result, we came to learn a great deal about the case. I am not a political activist and this is the first time I felt compelled to exercise something of what is left of our freedom of speech. I never met Tom Butler until the court case was in session. I met and talked with him briefly on two occasions while trial was going on. My wife Elizabeth had met Mrs. Butler about 16 years ago when they were both members of a Tech group, and they got together at that time because our kids are

United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) installation at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

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against him. The charges relating to "lying to the FBI (the reason for his arrest), lying to the Tech safety officer, cheating on his income taxes, smuggling plague into the country, illegally transporting it, etc." ­ some of the most serious charges and some that were piled on later in an attempt to "nail him" on something... anything. Why was he found innocent? Because even this Lubbock jury recognized that the FBI agents had tricked and misled Tom Butler. Butler did not cheat on his income taxes ­ he had letters from the IRS explaining several previous audits. He transported bacteria samples in the same way he had on many previous occasions. The federal case was absolutely ridiculous. Dr. Butler was found innocent of the charges on which he was initially arrested because he hadn't done anything wrong. On what charges was Tom Butler found guilty? Butler was found guilty on three of the original charges from the original indictment. They were related to mailing a single package via Federal Express from Lubbock to Tanzania. The package contained samples of bacteria originally collected in Tanzania, and Butler's colleagues wanted the samples for further research. Butler was found guilty of not disclosing a detailed description of the contents of the package, describing them as "laboratory materials" rather than "commercial merchandise" according to Tom Lehman. Secondly, Butler supposedly did not attach a hazardous material warning to the package, and he did not obtain a Department of Commerce permit for the package he sent. "It was then and is now perfectly OK to mail bacteria via FedEx," Lehman said. "Tom Butler just didn't check the correct boxes on the forms. We might ask, did Dr. Butler deliberately mail the package improperly or did he think he was mailing it correctly?" Lehman asked rhetorically. "Should Dr. Butler have known better? Perhaps, however his package sure sounded more like `laboratory materials' than `commercial merchandise.'" Dr. Butler was also found guilty of "perpetrating fraud" against Texas Tech. In fact, 44 of the 47 charges on which he was convicted related to allegedly stealing money from Texas Tech. Those charges were added in the form of the superceding indictment nearly five months after Butler was arrested. Tom Lehman writes that it is his opinion that the additional charges in the superceding indict-

about the same ages. They fell out of touch over the years. The fact of the matter is that I do not know the Butlers very well at all, however I know a smear campaign when I see one. When I left the courtroom on the day that closing arguments were over and Judge

Cummings had given instructions to the jury, I had learned enough to be confident that Tom Butler was completely innocent of all the charges lodged against him and that he would be acquitted on every charge. Particularly in view of the fact that the judge instructed the jury that they could find Butler not guilty if they felt he had acted in good faith ­ that is to say, believing himself that he was acting properly at the time. I was shocked to learn that Dr. Butler was found guilty on some 47 of the 69 charges on which he was indicted. During court proceedings, Butler's prosecutors actually compared him to a "cocaine dealer smuggling illegal drugs into this country." They declared that Tom Butler was an "evil genius" and that he was "so greedy that he was willing to throw away a wonderful family, friends, and scientific reputation" to "steal a million dollars from Texas Tech." I'm not kidding, those are the words they used. If it weren't for the fact that they were successful in destroying the Butlers' lives, the entire story would be a hilarious farce. Unfortunately, it was and is not a joke to the Butlers. They are now literally flat broke and face even the prospect of losing their home to the government. I personally will never be the same after what I saw ­ I can see why some in our society are afraid of the police, the government, the [P]atriot [A]ct, and so on." He continued: Thomas Butler was found not guilty of all but three of the 15 most serious charges filed

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Butler's Verdict Surprises

ment were to pressure Butler to accept a plea bargain. Tom Lehman asks: What were these charges all about? Tom Butler was engaged in consulting. Many university professors are employed as consultants by companies outside of the university. In fact, most of us are paid nine-month salaries by the university and are expected to find employment elsewhere to make up the other three months pay if we wish. Some at the university are employed with the understanding that they are required to bring in sufficient funds through grants and consulting to cover their own salaries. This was the case with Tom Butler." Lehman further states: Tech claims that Dr. Butler "stole" about a million dollars over the past 15 years through his consulting work. How did he supposedly do this? [Dr. Butler's] standard practice over the years was to establish a contract with a given drug company through the university to pay for a particular clinical study, and a second "companion" contract to pay him directly as a consultant. [He was paid] for his expertise, advice, evaluation of data from related studies, presentations, travel, etc. ­ the same things we are all asked to do as consultants. It is these companion consulting contracts that Tech alleged "defrauded" the university. Butler had the checks from his consulting work sent directly to his home address rather than to the Tech financial office, on the sound advice of his department accountant. There is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Butler thought then and to this day that his consulting agreements were structured properly. In fact, if he had undertaken the consulting work without any written agreement, he could have received the money without any allegation of fraud. It was the wording of the contracts that made it appear to be a case of fraud ­ no one had ever previously questioned the way in which these contracts were written. Even if TTU and HSC had requested Butler return part of his pay as a consultant in "overhead" to the university, the fact remains that he had already returned something in the neighborhood of 30 percent! How could this have been construed as a deliberate scheme to defraud the university?

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Judge Cummings gave elaborate rationale for his downward departure from the sentencing guidelines. Essentially, the judge argued that the supposed illegal transport charge occurred on only one occasion involving a minute amount of material, and the sample arrived safely. The judge also said that the transaction resulted in no financial remuneration to Dr. Butler and it was provided as a professional courtesy to colleagues in Tanzania. Judge Cummings determined there was no "evil or terroristic intent" but that it was done in the name of medical research. Additionally, the judge determined that Dr. Butler's sample was provided to academic and medical personnel and would have received a permit from the Department of Commerce had Dr. Butler requested permission. As a result, Judge Cummings concluded, "There is not a case on record that could better exemplify a great service to society as a concludes on page 8 See Butler We at HubStuff genuinely appreciate your comments and suggestions. Agree and disagree Just two thoughts about your April 9,2004 edition: Your article on Lubbock's littered streets and yards reminded me that my grandparents in the 1940s and 1950s were proud that Lubbock often won awards as the nation's cleanest small city ­ or maybe it was Texas' cleanest small city. I was young and didn't pay that much attention. There has certainly been a turnaround since then. I take great offense to the article by Doug Powers about Bill Clinton's presidential library. It is sophomoric "humor" at its worst. It doesn't matter what your personal opinion is about President Clinton, his faults were personal ones and did not adversely affect the economy or safety of this nation. This type of attack can only lower the prestige of the presidency and demean all of us. Donald E. Krizan via email

Dr. Butler has forfeited his medical license and his standing at TTU.

Epilogue "I was at the sentencing hearing for Dr. Butler on March 20 along with quite a few of his supporters. What happened to Tom Butler has taught me, that unless you yourself sat in the courtroom everyday and listened to all of the testimony and investigated the matters for yourself, you are kidding yourself if you think you can come to an informed opinion," Lehman laments about the coverage of Tom Butler's case thus far. On the 47 charges Dr. Butler was convicted on, he faced a total of about 240 years in prison and about $12 million or so in fines. So what was his sentence? He received 24 months in prison and about $15,000 in fines and about $38,000 in restitution to Tech. The $15,000 in fines represented the absolute minimum fine allowable in total for all of the charges under the federal sentencing guidelines. The $38,675 in restitution represents the minimum amount of money that Judge Cummings determined Texas Tech had coming. Of the million or more dollars Dr. Butler supposedly stole from Texas Tech, Judge Cummings decided that they were actually entitled to only $288,675. Oddly enough, this figure is close to an amount Dr. Butler's defense counsel argued might be the most Tech could claim in "lost overhead" from his consulting contracts. Since part of Dr. Butler's previous agreement to resign his position at the university wherein he had agreed to pay Texas Tech $250,000 (roughly 25 percent of his consulting payments), that left the figure of $38,675 ­ the additional amount the judge assessed in restitution.

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Stuff and Nonsense:

Butler Receives Lightest Sentences

continues from previous page whole, that is substantially extraordinary, and is outside anything the United States Sentencing Commission could have formulated in their devising of the guidelines governing departures...." Dr. Lehman further observed: During the sentencing hearing, one of Dr. Butler's lawyers read from several of over a hundred letters sent to the court by supporters. The letters came from the most exalted of scientists, colleagues and co-workers. Also heard was the eloquent testimony from Dr. William Greenough of Johns Hopkins University who worked with Dr. Butler in Bangladesh. Did you know that Dr. Butler is credited by the World Health Organization with developing a treatment for cholera that is credited for saving between two and three million lives of children under four years of age every year? Apparently this is well known by physicians in the field. Dr. Greenough continued about Dr. Butler's important contributions to treatment for typhoid fever, shigella, dysentery, and of course plague. How could such a man who is credited with saving the lives of millions be sent to jail? It was embarrassing to be an American sitting there in the courtroom that day, but then Texas Tech had to have its overhead and the "Justice" Department had to have its example. Sadly, Dr. Thomas Butler has had to forfeit his medical license to practice and his position at TTUHSC. The family is in debt and without a father. Butler, at age 62 and with an illustrious career currently in ruin, is incarcerated at a federal facility in Ft. Worth. The metaphorical "pound of flesh" has been extracted from this quiet decent researcher and contributor to the world's stage in ways most of us cannot imagine. To read the full text of Dr. Thomas Lehman's essays, for which he granted permission to quote extensively for this article, see the web site titled "In Support of Dr. Thomas C. Butler" hosted by the Federation of American Scientists at http:// Additionally, this link is posted on HubStuff 's links page.

The Perfect Gift

by Susan E. L. Lake My family and I have had many discussions about what makes the perfect gift. The conversations usually happen around Christmas, but the rules are true for every occasion. The guys in our house want to tell you what they These roses are ordered from a specialized grower, repotted upon arrival in Lubbock, and allowed to grow for a month to become acclimated to Lubbock. They are at least as beautiful as the ones I can get in the grocery store, but they are so much better. They are perfect works of nature ­ roses just like the huge ones I have in my garden only smaller.

A gift of beauty that keeps on giving.

want and then to receive it. They don't want to be surprised ­ probably because they know that they wouldn't get anything they wanted. It's the basis of all those ugly tie jokes we hear about. The gals in the family all agree that we operate under different rules. We don't want to supply a gift giver with a list. If we have to tell you what we want, then you must not be paying much attention to who we are. We do want to be surprised. For us the totally perfect gift is something that we love that we didn't even know we wanted in the first place. That does put some pressure on, I have to admit. With Mother's Day coming up, families are suddenly faced once again with the gift quandary. Do we give Mother some pretty knickknack that has to be dusted? Do we give her a gift certificate? Do we buy her clothes that we aren't sure is even in a style that she likes. Let's face it, Mother's Day is more of a problem than even Christmas. Last year I stumbled upon a solution which was so successful that I'm probably going to repeat it. After all, success is a terrible thing to waste. What I'm going to do is to give miniature roses again. However, I'm not going to give my mother those that I find in the grocery store. They look really pretty the day I buy them. They even look pretty on Mother's Day, but they are heartbreakers. They don't survive. I'm not sure why, but it's true. Instead, I'm going to buy those sold by the Rose Society at their annual miniature rose sale.

The five I gave as gifts last year are all still thriving. Their proud owners have each called me this spring to tell me that their roses have started to put out new growth and are thinking about blooming. For each of these "mothers" this was a surprise gift that they didn't know they wanted until they had them. It's been something that has given pleasure and delight for nearly a year now and should continue for many more years. The Rose Society's annual miniature rose sale this year is on Saturday, May 8, which is just in time for Mother's Day the following Sunday. There will be a short program at 10 a.m. to explain the care and feeding of "minis" followed by the sale. These roses come in all kinds of varieties and colors ­ something to appeal to everyone. These delightful versions of full size plants can be planted outdoors just like larger roses or they can be used as container roses. The ones I gave have been used successfully in both ways. The price is even a bargain. Roses will be $8 each or two for $15. The sale will be at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum (4111 University ­ the red brick house on the east side of the street). I'm going to be there buying as many as I can. I'm not about to pass up the perfect gift ­ even if it's for myself. Susan Lake is an author of educational materials specializing in technology topics. As a retired teacher, you can imagine that growing and nurturing, whether roses or learners, are a part of her inner spirit.

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Kill Bill Vol. 2

Starring Uma Thurman and David Carradine; Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah Screenwriter and Director Quentin Tarantino Website In Short See Cranky's review. Rating: R In English and Japanese, with subtitles; 127 minutes Cranky's Rating System With a Director's Guild Card, movies are free. The rest of us must pay the amount posted. Cranky Critic rates movies on the money he would pay for what he just saw. $10 $8 $5 Plunk down the full price just to watch it again (rare) Highly recommended Date flicks, popcorn flicks (just plain fun movies) fall here Pay-per-view price, NYC Weekend video rental. If you must see a flick twice to "get" it, this is mandatory Midweek video rental, NYC Barely tolerable Wretched

Surprisingly Good Sequel to $0 Predecessor

by The Cranky Critic We have seen the snide comments on the message boards by Tarantino-fanboys who, noting our summation of Kill Bill as "(a) PRETENTIOUS CLAPTRAP WASTE OF TIME, (part one)" and its zero dollar rating, assume that we would be rendering a verdict on Kill Bill Vol. 2 as an equally PRETENTIOUS CLAPTRAP WASTE OF TIME, (part two). To them we say watch reruns of The Odd Couple teevee show until you get to the one that redefines the word assume. That should keep (them) busy so we can say . . . IN SHORT: The best Tarantino flick since whatever came before that last pretentious claptrap vapid and story-light waste of time. The fact is that we happen to like writer / director Quentin Tarantino's movies. We admire his dialog and his prodigious music knowledge. We still think he's way too selfadmiring of how clever his filmmaking is, because all of his stuff needs a more liberal hand on a much sharper editing blade ­ this is not the time to explain to us how every homage is important to the very integrity of his work. Nor do we care if he shot part of his film in 16mm, as opposed to 35mm, to duplicate the grainy "blown-up" look of the cheaper stock as used in very low budget chop sockey films. All we really care about is enough story to drive a film along at a merry pace with enough character background to keep us interested in what is happening to the sword fodder on screen. Kill Bill Vol. 2, with only a couple of missing pieces, makes prior knowledge of Kill Bill Vol. 1 totally unnecessary. Basically, three characters seen only briefly ­ and introduced ­ in the last film take center stage here. You won't know who two of 'em are, in detail, without the first film but there is more than enough background material here to give you enough to make up the difference. What is reintroduced in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2 is a wedding rehearsal for the former "Arlene Machiavelli" ­ that's the Vol. 1 name. With this sequel, we get a new moniker, Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman), but the same set of bloody events as former boss and lover Bill (David Carradine) sends a hit squad in to kill all present at the wedding chapel. "Beatrix," you see, was a paid assassin in the employ of Bill. She survives the hit and sets out to kill all of Bill's assassination squad, and Bill himself. Having dispatched Vivica A. Fox and Lucy Liu in the first flick, Vol. 2 picks characters and gives the viewing audience some background and motivation as to why everyone does what he does. We learn more of Bill and Beatrix' romance and its dissolution, only briefly revealed in Vol. 1. We learn how our fair-haired killer learned her skills under tutelage of Pei Mei (Gordon Liu). We also learn more about the reasons behind all of Beatrix / Arlene's decisions and get to enjoy a whole messa kung fu and sword fighting in carefully choreographed sequences that, which this time out, don't overstay their welcome. Simply, Kill Bill Vol. 2 is such a superior piece of work to its predecessor that it almost screams for its predecessor to be slaughtered down to a manageable half hour so we can plant for one non-stop epic. On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Kill Bill Vol. 2, he would have paid $7.50. It is worth every penny. Those with soft stomachs beware of one real gross out moment that hits just about when you think it's going to hit.

up the kill spree, targeting the one-eyed Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and Bill's brother, Budd (Michael Madsen). Tarantino takes the time to do as all good filmmakers should do. He introduces the

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Friday April 23

New American Talent is on display at TTU School of Art. See Exhibits. Annual Faculty Academic Contributions is on display at Croslin Room. See Exhibits. Region 1 5A One-Act Play Competition is at the Civic Center Theater. See Events. Bilingual Storyhour meets at Groves Branch Library at 11am. See Literary. Last Night's Fun plays Celtic music at Klusoz at 5:30pm. See Local Music. Cinderella? is performed at CATS Playhouse at 6:30pm. See On Stage. Tartuffe by Moliere is presented at TTU Mainstage Theatre. See On Stage. Weazel plays at The Sting at 8pm. See Local Music. Holy Rock 'n' Rollers is presented at Cactus Theater at 8pm. See On Stage. Joni Nichols plays at Coffee Haus at 8pm. See Local Music. Scholarship Concert can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall at 8pm. See Events. Miz Ayn's Electro Pie plays at Pritchard's Sports Grill at 9pm. See Local Music. Darren Welch plays at Texas Café at 10pm. See Local Music. Karaoke is hosted at Lubbock Inn Recovery Room at 10pm. See Local Music. Karaoke can be heard at Crossroads at 10pm. See Local Music. Bender & Buzzkill plays at Bleachers. See Local Music. Doug Moreland plays at Bash Riprock's. See Local Music. Chilly Water plays at Jazz. See Local Music. Mo Robson, Wideawake play at The Blue Light. See Local Music. Region 1 5A One-Act Play Competition is presented at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater at 1501 6th Street on Friday, April 23. Call 775-2242. Scholarship Concert featuring Verdi with John Dickson and Gary Lewis, conductors, can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall on Texas Tech University campus on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, at 8pm. Tickets 770-2000. Dr. Alan Hale, co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp comet, presents an informal program on science and astronomy at Science Spectrum and Omni Theatre at 2579 S Loop 289 on Saturday, April 24. Call 745-2525. Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show is presented by the Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society (Rolling Rock Club meets Sunday at 9am before the show re-opens) at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center at 1501 6th Street on Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, at 10am, $2 / $1 (6-12) / free (under 6). Tumbleweed Festival featuring Cross Canadian Ragweed, Doug Mooreland, Honeybrowne, Roger Creager, Shane Rogers, Wade Bowen,

and West 84 rocks out at Buffalo Springs Lake on Saturday, April 24, starting at 6am, $20. Tickets 770-2000. Disaster Relief Benefit Auction features a silent auction, cake walk, concert, and a cake auction; proceeds go toward the purchase of equipment for the kitchen and feeding unit which will serve victims of disasters in Lubbock and the surrounding areas at Highland Baptist Activity Center at 34th and Quaker on Saturday, April 24, at 6pm, free admission. Call 787-9601. Bellydance Extravaganza is presented between two days of bellydance (choreography and technique) workshops by Amaya and a hip hop session by Taz (Planet Funk) at Holiday Inn Hotel and Tower Banquet Room at 801 Avenue Q on Saturday, April 24, at 7pm, $20. Call 789-4827. Spring Wing Ding includes massive garage sale by over 100 families, food vendors, live entertainment, live auctions, car wash, and a bake sale sponsored by Celebration Christian Center at 6402 Elgin Avenue on Saturday, April 24, 8am - 3pm. Call 798-2430. 32nd Annual Bob Wills Day honoring Turkey's famous son ( is held in Turkey, TX, on Saturday, April 24, all day long. Call 806-423-1033. Woodystock Pre-fundraiser is part of Aces and Eights' Spring Fling Event, helping to raise money to secure staging for Woodystock fundraiser in June. Spring Fling lasts from

noon Saturday until noon on Sunday; bands (include Low Dog, Off the Record, and Beat Down Dog) start at 2pm; People's Choice Ride-in Bike Show, 3pm; raffle; door prizes; food; free camping; BYOB; bikers and nonbikers welcome; over 21 only; Hwy 114 west to FM 2646 (one mile east of WayneBo's), turn south to Aces and Eights Clubhouse, $10 at the gate. University Trombone Choirs can be heard at Allen Theatre on Texas Tech University campus on Sunday, April 25, 2pm, free, 742-2270 x233. Student Chamber Music can be heard at Choir Room on Texas Tech University campus on Sunday, April 25, 2pm, free, 742-2270 x233. Sandip Burman and Alan Shinn (tabla (guest) and vibes (faculty), respectively) perform at Hemmle Recital Hall on Texas Tech University campus on Sunday, April 25, at 2pm. Tickets 770-2000. Tuba-Euphnium Ensemble / Horn Choir can be heard at the Choir Room on Texas Tech University campus on Sunday, April 25, at 7pm, free. Call 742-227 x233. Steve Green performs in concert at Lubbock Municipal Auditorium at Brownfield Hwy and 4th Street on Sunday, April 25, at 7pm, $9. Tickets 770-2000. Tech Collegium Musicum with Angela Mariani, director, presents "The `Other' Carmina Burana," a program of medieval Latin dance tunes and songs accompanied by ancient and modern instruments, exploring the world of students and soldiers, clerics and nobles, and the comic, bawdy, and sacred music they shared at Hemmle Recital Hall, 18th Street and Boston on TTU campus, on Sunday, April 25, 8pm, free, 742-0706 x232. University Bands play at Hemmle Recital Hall on Texas Tech University campus on Monday, April 26, at 8pm, free. Call 742-2270 x233. Composer's Concert can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall on Texas Tech University campus on Tuesday, April 27, at 5pm, free. Call 742-2270 x233. Divine Mother Sri Karunamayi brings her message of attaining spiritual liberation and ultimately universal peace through individual development of compassion, truthfulness, dispassionate wisdom, contentment, and selfless love. A peaceful mind can accomplish great things in these troubled times. Days Inn, 4th Street and University, 7-9pm, free, 747-7960. The Offspring with special guests International Noise Conspiracy & The Start perform at West Texas Canyon Amphitheater at 602 E. 19th Street on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30pm, $33 advance. Tickets 770-2000. Celebrate the 188 birthday of Charlotte Bronte with a 1970 film classic with George C. Scott, Susanna York, and Jack Hawkins about a nineteenth century governess who wins the heart of a wealthy but tormented landowner (not rated); at Godeke Branch Library at

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6601 Quaker Avenue on Tuesday, April 27, at 7pm, free. Call 792-6566. Llano Estacado Audubon Society presents an update on last year's Northern Pintail wintering and migration cycle and current research via GPS technology and VHF transmitters at Garden & Arts Center at 4215 University Avenue on Tuesday, April 27, at 7pm, free, open to the public. Call 797-9562. Symphonic Band (previously named the Concert Band) with Christopher Anderson, conductor, can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall on Texas Tech University campus on Tuesday, April 27, at 8pm, free. Call 742-2270 x233. Really Bad Movie Month can be enjoyed by watching a double feature: Justice is Final starring Joe Don Baker and Eegah the Caveman starring Richard Kiel (Jaws of James Bond fame) while munching free popcorn and candy at Mahon Library at 1306 9th Street on Wednesday, April 28, at 6pm, free. Call 775-2838. Playwrights in Progress is sponsored by Lubbock Theatre Project and opens its season of rehearsed readings with a play by local writer Derek Moreland; audience reaction and feedback become the tools for writers to hone their skills; come participate in the progress at 2801 42nd Street on Thursday, April 29, at 7pm. Call 766-7114. AlternaTV is a monthly rock music show performed by SPC rock music ensemble directed by Scott Faris at Tom T. Hall Performance Center in the Creative Arts Building, South Plains College on Thursday, April 29, at 8pm, free. See Spring Briefs for more details. Call 894-9611 x2281.

Lloyd Weber's Requiem on Saturday, May 1. 762-1688 Environmental Awareness Family Days are planned on Saturday, May 1, at Lubbock Lake Landmark. 742-1116 World Wrestling Entertainment comes to Lubbock on Saturday, May 1, $43 / $33 / $28 / $23 at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. 770-2000 A Night of Pickin' and Grinnin' is an evening of bluegrass music (open mic and open jam) and is an invitation to anyone who is able to sing or play; call for details; Saturday, May 1, free / donations welcomed at CATS Playhouse. 792-0501 WTWS Spring Show is sponsored by the West Texas Watercolor Society and is accepting submissions ($10 each or a maximum of 3 for $25) of watermedia (wholly or primarily) with three cash awards in each of four categories (professional, advanced, intermediate, beginner); juror is Kathy Hinson of Lubbock; works remain on display until May 28; WTWS membership dues of $35 can be paid at the same time on Tuesday, May 4, $10 / $20 / $25 at Garden & Arts Center. 799-5552 Imaginaire, a concert of motion and imagination, is performed by the world-traveled Dancers' Company, a troupe of young exceptional dancers on Thursday, May 6, $7.50 (advance) at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater. Tickets 770-2000.

Local Music

On the Horizon

The majority of our Local Music listings are reprinted with permission from the folks at; the rest come directly from the bands, performers, and venues. Tell us where and when the music is playing. Email us at [email protected] with gig info. Bash Riprock's, 2419 Main Street, 762-2274 4/23 (Friday) Doug Moreland 4/24 (Saturday) Jason Bayles Beer Garden & Daiquiri Lounge, 2202 Buddy Holly Avenue, 749-4466 Bleachers Sports Cafe, 1719 Buddy Holly Avenue, 744-7767 4/23 (Friday) Bender & Buzzkill 4/24 (Saturday) Kinky Wizards 4/28 (Wednesday) Peace of Ash Blue Light (The), 1806 Buddy Holly Avenue, 762-1185 4/23 (Friday) Mo Robson, Wideawake 4/24 (Saturday) Brandon Rhyder, Charlie Shaftner 4/28 (Wednesday) Anytown, Peter Dawson 4/29 (Thursday) Magee Payne

Cinco de Mayo celebration is entitled Si Se Puede ("It can be done") starting on Friday, April 30, $22 (2-day pass) at West Texas Canyon Amphitheater. Tickets 770-2000. The Foreigner, Broadway musical, comes to Lubbock on Friday, April 30, $41 / $33 / $26 / $16 at Lubbock Municipal Auditorium. Tickets 770-2000. AKC Dog Agility Trials. South Plains Obedience Training Club hosts a two-day event open to all breeds. In an Agility Trial, a dog must demonstrate his ability to negotiate a complex course of obstacles and challenges. Saturday, May 1, free, at South Plains Fairgrounds Livestock . 794-1256 MasterWorks No. 5 features the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the First Methodist Church Chancel Choir performing Andrew

Buffalo Wild Wings, 8212 University Avenue, 745-5525 Cagle Steaks, 118 N FM 179, 795-3879 4/24 (Saturday) Midnight Cowboys Chance's R Night Club, 5610 Frankford Avenue, 799-3993 Coffee Haus, 1401 University Avenue, 749-5191 4/23 (Friday) Joni Nichols, 8pm Cricket's Grill & Draft House, 2412 Broadway Street, 744-4677 4/24 (Saturday) Miz Ayn's Electro Pie 4/27 (Tuesday) John Sprott, 10pm 4/28 (Wednesday) Plain Brown Wrapper, 10p Crossroads, 1801 19th Street, 749-8708 4/23 (Friday) Karaoke, 10pm 4/24 (Saturday) Karaoke, 9pm 4/27 (Tuesday) Jack Neal, 8pm Four Bar K, 2811 98th Street, 745-9777 Graham Central Station, 6302 Iola Ave., 794-4155 Great Scott's Bar-Be-Que, 713 FM 1585 CR 7400, 745-9353 He's Not Here Saloon, 3703 B Ave. Q, 747-3848 Hub City Brewery, 1807 Buddy Holly Avenue, 747-1535 4/26 (Monday) John Sprott Jake's Sports Café, 5025 50th Street, 687-5253 4/23 (Friday) Scott McCurry 4/24 (Saturday) Uncle Nasty 4/25 (Sunday) Dangerous Dan hosts Open Jam, 7pm Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen, 3703 C 19th Street, 799-2124 4/23 (Friday) Chilly Water 4/24 (Saturday) Goatees 4/25 (Sunday) Chilly Water 4/27 (Tuesday) Hub Kats 4/28 (Wednesday) Dr. Skoob & the Acoustic Groove 4/29 (Thursday) Jazz Alley Klusoz Martini Lounge, 1802 Buddy Holly Avenue, 749-5282 4/23 (Friday) Last Night's Fun, 5:30pm 4/24 (Saturday) Andy Martinez, Nosmo King 4/26 (Monday) Chilly Water 4/27 (Tuesday) Animal Liberation Orchestra 4/28 (Wednesday) Addison Groove Project 4/29 (Thursday) DJ D Koko Club, 5201 Avenue Q, 747-2591 La Cumbre Restaurant, 2610 Salem Avenue, 792-5006 4/24 (Saturday) Susan Grisanti, 7pm Lubbock Inn Recovery Room, 3901 19th Street, 792-5181 4/23 (Friday) Karaoke, 10pm, $2 cover 4/24 (Saturday) Karaoke, 10pm 4/27 (Tuesday) Karaoke, 10pm 4/28 (Wednesday) Karaoke, 10pm Mean Woman Grill, 209 E Hwy 114, Levelland, (806) 897-0006 4/29 (Thursday) Joe Gillis, 6pm Moose Magoo's, 8217 University Avenue, 7455005; no cover, no one under 21 after 9pm 4/24 (Saturday) Karaoke, 10pm 4/29 (Thursday) Karaoke, 10pm Old Town Café, 2402 Avenue J, 762-4768

Saturday April 24

Tumbleweed Festival will be held at Buffalo Springs Lake starting at 6am. See Events. 32nd Annual Bob Wills Day will be held in Turkey, TX, all day. See Events. Texas Works Exhibit closes at Buddy Holly Center today. See Exhibits. Dr. Alan Hale speaks at Science Spectrum and Omni Theatre today. See Events. Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show is held at Civic Center, 10am. See Events. A Pizza the Size of the Sun is read aloud at Barnes & Noble at 11am. See Literary. Woodystock Pre-fundraiser takes place at Aces and Eights Clubhouse, noon. See Events. Charcoal and Pastel Drawing is taught at Garden & Arts at 1pm. See Workshops. Poetry for Teens meets at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 2pm. See Literary. Book discussion will be hosted at Patterson Branch Library at 2pm. See Literary. Cinderella? is performed at CATS Playhouse at 6:30pm. See On Stage. Disaster Relief Benefit Auction will be held at Highland Baptist at 6pm. See Events. Bellydance Extravaganza is presented at Holiday Inn at 7pm. See Events. Susan Grisanti plays at LaCumbre in Cactus Alley at 7pm. See Local Music. Tartuffe by Moliere is presented at TTU Mainstage Theatre. See On Stage. Spring Wing Ding is held from 8am to 3pm. See Events. Weazel plays at The Sting at 8pm. See Local Music. Scholarship Concert can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall at 8pm. See Events. Meltdown Morning plays at Tokyo Joe's at 8pm. See Local Music. Holy Rock 'n' Rollers is presented at Cactus Theater at 8pm. See On Stage. Johnny & the Trundlers play at Pritchard's Sports Grill at 9pm. See Local Music. Karaoke at Crossroads, 9pm. See Local Music. Darren Welch plays at Texas Café at 10pm. See Local Music. Karaoke at Moose Magoo's, 10pm. See Local Music. Karaoke is hosted at Lubbock Inn Recovery Room at 10pm. See Local Music. Miz Ayn's Electro Pie plays at Crickets at 10pm. See Local Music. Jason Bayles plays at Bash Riprock's. See Local Music. Midnight Cowboys play at Cagle Steaks. See Local Music. Saturday continues on page 12

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Brandon Rhyder, Charlie Shaftner play at The Blue Light. See Local Music. Goatees play at Jazz. See Local Music. Kinky Wizards play at Bleachers. See Local Music. Uncle Nasty plays at Jake's Sports Café. See Local Music. Andy Martinez, Nosmo King play at Klusoz. See Local Music.

Local Music

Orlando's Italian Restaurant, 2402 Avenue Q, 747-5998 Pirates Restaurant, 1207 FM 1585, 745-7004 4/27 (Tuesday) Jack Neal, 4pm 4/29 (Thursday) Dave Tobin and Billy Cork, 5:30pm Pritchard's Sports Grill, 2608 Salem, 722-2444 4/22 (Thursday) Mark May, blues man from the Dickie Betts Band, 8-11pm, $3 4/23 (Friday) Miz Ayn's Electro Pie, 9pm, $5 4/24 (Saturday) Johnny and the Trundlers, 9pm, $5 4/27 (Tuesday) Texas Roots Night: Andy Wilkinson, Kenny Maines, Lesley Sawyer, Amanda Shires, 6-9pm, no-smoking, $3 4/28 (Wednesday) Mike Pritchard's Cathouse Blues, 6pm, $3 4/29 (Thursday) Acoustic Night: John Sprott at 5:30pm; Hat Trick at 8pm; $3 Rocky Larues, 2420 Broadway Street, 747-6366 Smokey River, 1711 Texas Avenue, 762-2001 South Beach Club & Lounge, 1816 Avenue G Sports Form, 3525 34th Street, 799-7178 Sting (The), 5132 69th Street, 794-4447 4/23 & 4/24 (Fri & Sat) Weazel, 8pm 4/26 (Monday) Karaoke, 8pm 4/27 (Tuesday) Weazel, 8pm 4/28 (Wednesday) Karaoke, 8pm 4/29 (Thursday) Chuck McClure & Doubletake, 8pm Stonegate Sports Bar & Grill, 11010 Indiana Avenue, 771-5482 4/27 (Tuesday) Jake Kellen, 9:30pm Texas Café & Bar, 3604 50th Street, 792-8544 4/23 & 4/24 (Fri & Sat) Darren Welch, 10pm 4/26 (Monday) Vic Jones and King Schwag Daddy, 7pm Tokyo Joe's, 4230 Boston Avenue, 789-0090 4/24 (Saturday) Meltdown Morning, 8pm

4/26 (Monday) Division of Laura Lee, After All, Phylon, 8pm, $7 Tom's Daiquiri Place, 1808 Buddy Holly Avenue, 749-5442 West Texas Ice House, 2401 Main Street 4/29 (Thursday) One Big Groove Whiskey River, 1720 Buddy Holly Avenue, 749-7766 4/29 (Thursday) Low Dog


Sunday April 25

Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show will be held at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center starting at 10am. See Events. Student Chamber Music can be heard in the Choir Room at 2pm. See Events. Sandip Burman and Alan Shinn perform at Hemmle Recital Hall at 2pm. See Events. University Trombone Choirs can be heard at Allen Theatre at 2pm. See Events. Cinderella? is performed at CATS Playhouse at 6:30pm. See On Stage. Tuba-Euphnium Ensemble / Horn Choir can be heard, Choir Room, 7pm. See Events. Steve Green performs in concert at Auditorium at 7pm. See Events. Dangerous Dan hosts Open Jam at Jake's Sports Café at 7pm. See Local Music. Tartuffe by Moliere is presented at TTU Mainstage Theatre. See On Stage. Tech Collegium performs at Hemmle Recital Hall at 8pm. See Events. Chilly Water plays at Jazz. See Local Music.

Bilingual Storyhour presents stories and activities in English and Spanish for preschoolers at Groves Branch Library at 5520 19th Street on Friday, April 23, at 11am, free. 767-3733 A Pizza the Size of the Sun by poet Jack Prelutsky is read aloud at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 6707 Slide Road on Saturday, April 24, at 11am, free. 798-8990 Book discussion of Too Much of a Good Thing by Kimbela Sawson Roby will be hosted at Patterson Branch Library at 1836 Parkway Drive on Saturday, April 24, at 2pm, free. 767-3300 Poetry for Teens: Finding Your Own Voice for grades 6-12; learn some techniques and styles of poetry; bring pen and paper; call to reserve a spot at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 6707 Slide Road on Saturday, April 24, at 2pm, free. 798-8854 (Andi) Open Mic Night: Poetry is open to all age groups to read and hear original poetry; poetry must have been approved in advance; at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 6707 Slide Road on Monday, April 26, at 7pm, free. 798-8990

Mother / daughter bookworms discuss Flaming Tree by Phyllis A. Whitney. Girls aged 10-15 are invited along with their moms, grandmothers, or older sisters to Godeke Branch Library at 6601 Quaker Avenue on Monday, April 26, at 7pm, free. 792-6566 Write Right Critique Group meets bimonthly to improve its writing skills and invites local writers to join them for friendly critique at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 6707 Slide Road on Tuesday, April 27, at 7pm, free. 798-8990 Paws for Reading. Children of any age are invited to practice reading skills to a dog; therapy dogs from South Plains Obedience Club will be available as reading buddies; children may sign up for a 15-minute time slot; call to register at Groves Branch Library at 5520 19th Street on Thursday, April 29, at 4:305:30pm, free. 767-3733


Tru Riderz: Imagination and the Art of the Bicycle is a one-week show culminating in an ending reception (Thursday, April 29, at 7pm) that includes a parade of bicycles by advanced sculpture students, a talk by an art history Ph.D. candidate, and refreshments; opens Monday, April 26, and closes Saturday, May 1, at the Galleries of Texas Tech School of Art at Flint and 18th Street; free; gallery hours M-F: 8am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; 742-1947. Annual Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit entitled Thinking Outside the Book contains over 50 publications written or edited by TTU faculty members along with artwork, costume design, research presentations, and patent applications; closes May 7; at Croslin Room located at Texas Tech University Library. 742-3685 New American Talent: The Eighteenth Exhibit is on loan from Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin and highlights the works of 34 emerging artists from across the country; includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media; continues through May 15. Gallery hours are M-F: 8am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; at Landmark Arts at TTU School of Art located at Flint Avenue at 18th Street, free. 742-1947

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Monday April 26

Works of Chad Farris are on display during the month of April (closes April 30) at Garden & Arts Center located at 4215 University Avenue, free. 767-3724 Propaganda, a group show featuring over 25 local and national artists, is on display at on Q located at 1406 Avenue Q through May 16. 744-8413 West Texas Photographic Society of Lubbock sponsors the tenth annual show; guest juror Barbara McCandless; works on display until Friday, April 30, at Garden & Arts Center located at 4215 University Avenue. 795-5565 Texas Works 2004 exhibit closes Saturday, April 14; features the works of three Texas artists (Lahib Jaddo of Lubbock, Martha Gannon of Austin, and Serena Lin Bush of Houston) displaying painting, installation, and sculpture; at the Buddy Holly Center at 1801 Avenue G. Call 767-2686. Defining Craft 1: Collecting for the New Millennium -- first in a series that explores the changing definitions and meanings of craft today, Museum of Texas Tech University at 3121 4th Street (at Indiana). Call 742-2490. Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th Street (at Indiana), free, donations accepted. 742-0498 The American Wind Power Center is a museum for the American-style water pumping windmill and related machinery with exhibits on wind electricity, in Mackenzie Park, 1701 Canyon Lakes Drive. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. 747-8734 Silent Wings Museum, a tribute to glider pilots of WWII and their unique planes; exhibits feature training and combat experiences; two restored aircraft; DVD theatres; 6202 N I-27; open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm; admission $4 / $3 (seniors) / $2 (under 12). 775-2047 Texas Air Museum, Slaton airport on FM 400. 794-0190 Tartuffe by Moliere, one of the great comedies of the French Theatre, examines the actions and motivations of Tartuffe, a fraud and a pious imposter, as he endears himself into a wealthy family and usurps all he can; directed by Dr. Laurin Mann at TTU Mainstage Theatre at Texas Tech University campus on Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25, at 8. Call 742-3603. Holy Rock 'n' Rollers stars Kurt Kiser, Kenny Maines, Mike Morgan, Donnie Allison, David Gutierrez, Cami Caldwell, Macy Hill, and the Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine at Cactus Theater at 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, at 8pm, $25. Call 762-3233. What Goes Around is a psychological thriller and a one-woman play starring Jane Prince Jones; staged at Cactus Theater at 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue on Tuesday, April 27, at 8pm, $20. Call 762-3233.


Vic Jones and King Schwag Daddy play Blue Mondays at Texas Café at 7pm. See Local Music. Open Mic Night: Poetry gathers at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 7pm. See Literary.

Cap*Rock Winery, 408 E. Woodrow Road, Tasting room and tours Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 5pm, 863-2704. Llano Estacado Winery, south of Lubbock, 3.2 miles east of US 87 on FM 1585, Tours and wine tasting Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 5pm, 745-2258. Pheasant Ridge Winery, 1-27 north of Lubbock to exit 14, east 2 miles, south 1 mile, tours and wine tasting Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 5pm, 746-6033.

Mother / daughter bookworms meet at Godeke Library at 7pm. See Literary. University Bands play at Hemmle Recital Hall at 8pm. See Events. Division of Laura Lee, After All, Phylon play at Tokyo Joe's at 8pm. See Local Music. Karaoke with Travis Williams can be heard at The Sting at 8pm. See Local Music. John Sprott plays at Hub City Brewery. See Local Music. Chilly Water plays at Klusoz. See Local Music.


On Stage

Charcoal and Pastel Drawing teaches underdrawing with charcoal and using pastels to glaze over the original focusing on color and value in a still life; one class at Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue on Saturday, April 24, at 1pm, $40. 767-3724 Watercolor Workshop is designed for all levels of skill to teach new techniques and rejuvenate your creativity for two consecutive day sessions at Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue starting on Tuesday, April 27, at 9am, $80. 767-3724

Cinderella? is a children's show written by Bill Springer and directed by Marissa Olive and is performed at CATS Playhouse at 2405-B 34th Street on Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25, at 6:30pm, $6 / $3 students, children. Call 792-0501.

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Watercolor Workshop meets at Garden & Arts Center at 9am. See Workshops. Jack Neal plays at Pirates Restaurant at 4pm. See Local Music. Composer's Concert can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall at 5pm. See Events. Texas Roots Night with Kenny, Andy, Lesley, Amanda at Pritchard's Sports Grill at 6pm. See Local Music. Divine Mother Sri Karunamayi speaks of the attainment of universal peace through individual spiritual liberation at 7pm. See Events. The Offspring play at West Texas Canyon Amphitheater at 7:30pm. See Events. Write Right Critique Group meets at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 7pm. See Literary. Llano Estacado Audubon Society meets at Garden & Arts Center at 7pm. See Events. Celebrate the 188 birthday of Charlotte Bronte with a classic film at Godeke Branch Library at 7pm. See Events. What Goes Around is staged at Cactus Theater at 8pm. See On Stage. Jack Neal plays at Crossroads at 8pm. See Local Music. Symphonic Band can be heard at Hemmle Recital Hall at 8pm. See Events. Weazel plays at The Sting at 8pm. See Local Music. Jake Kellen plays at Stonegate Sports Bar and Grill at 9:30pm. See Local Music. Karaoke is hosted at Lubbock Inn Recovery Room at 10pm. See Local Music. John Sprott plays at Crickets at 10pm. See Local Music. Hub Kats play at Jazz. See Local Music. Animal Liberation Orchestra plays at Klusoz. See Local Music.



Cinemark Movies 16 is located at 5721 58th Street, Lubbock. Prices: Adult $7.00 (Friday and Saturday after 6pm $7.25), Child $4.50, Adult Matinee (before 6pm) $4.75, First Matinee (Monday through Friday) $3.75, Students (available only on Mondays with valid student id) $4.75. Children under 6 will not be admitted to R-rated features after 6pm. To verify times, call 806-792-0357. Send email to [email protected] Check their website at 806-796-2804. Cinemark Tinseltown Lubbock is located at 2535 82nd Street (at University Avenue). Prices: Adult $7.25, (Friday and Saturday after 6pm $7.50), Child $4.75, Adult Matinee (before 6pm) $5.00, First Matinee (Monday through Friday) $4.00. Children under 6 will not be admitted to R-rated features after 6pm. To verify times, call 806-748-1067. Send email to [email protected] Check their website at 806-748-7140. Showplace Theater is located at 6707 S. University. Ticket prices are $2 for all showings. Movies before 5:00pm are shown on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Box office: 806-745-3636. Stars & Stripes Drive-In is located at 5101 Hwy 84 (Clovis Hwy just west of Quaker). Shows begin at dark and two movies are shown on each screen for one admission price; open Wednesday through and Sunday during warm weather. Wednesday night is Car Load Night ($10 admission per car). For box office information, call 806-749-SHOW. Visit their website at OMNI Theater is housed in the Science Spectrum and sports a large-format projection system and surround sound. Prices are $7.50, $6.50 (seniors 60+ and children ages 3-12), $5.50 (members). Call for show dates and times. The Science Spectrum is located at 2579 S. Loop 289 between University and Indiana Avenues. 745-2525 While great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these listings, please understand that errors do occur -- some under our control and others outside of our control. Please verify a critical show time with the theater in question.

Catch That Kid Dawn of the Dead Passion of the Christ (Spanish subtitles)

she makes the adventure into a dramatic comedy movie. Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 1:15, 3:00) 7:10(LC) Connie and Carla -- PG 13 My Big Fat Greek Wedding legend, Nia Vardalos, wrote and stars in this comedy of errors with Toni Collette. They play two struggling Chicago dinner theatre performers who accidentally witness a mafia hit... and who must leave town fearing for their lives. Where to go? Los Angeles of course, where they become drag queens. Unfortunately, it is difficult to pretend to be a man who is pretending to be a woman when you are already a woman and you meet a cute guy (David Duchovny) whom you'd like to date. (You get the idea.) Tinseltown: 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 (LC) Dawn of the Dead -- R A type of plague has come to Earth making the dead become zombies that exist by eating flesh. Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Webber and Mekhi Phifer star. Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 1:40, 3:40) 5:40, 7:45, 9:50 (LC) Dolphins Sail the world's seas to chart dolphin behavior; narrated by Pierce Brosnan, music by Sting. OMNI Theater only. Ella Enchanted -- PG Anne Hathaway, Ella Enchanted, is a girl who lives in a magical world where your fairy godmother gives you gifts at birth. Hers is the gift of obedience, which sounds good until you realize that she can't ever refuse a request. To make her own life, she must overcome a wild kingdom of giants, ogres, and wicked stepsisters. And perhaps she'll find Prince Charming. Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Vivica A. Fox, and Minnie Driver also star. Movies 16: 2:20, 7:30; Tinseltown: 2:20, 7:40 (LC) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- R Jim Carrey plays a man who finds that his girlfriend (Kate Winslet) has had all of her memories of their relationship erased, so he employs the help of the doctor who invented the mind erasing process to have his own memories of her erased. Things go a bit awry and Carrey ends up a victim of his own confused mind. The film also stars Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood. Movies 16: 4:45, 10:00 (LC) Girl Next Door, The -- R A teenage story of lust and love. In this version, Emile Hirsch is eighteen and on the high road to achievement -- until he falls for his new neighbor (Elisha Cuthbert) who seems innocent, except she's a former porn star. Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Paul Franklin Dano also star. Movies 16: 2:00, 7:25; Tinseltown: 11:00am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15 (LC)

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All times are PM unless otherwise noted. 13 Going on 30 -- PG13 If you remember Big with Tom Hanks from 1988, you'll likely find some similarities in this film. Jennifer Garner plays a 13-year-old girl who desperately wants to be popular. She wakes up one morning to find herself 17 years older, with everything she wanted -- except she's 13 trapped in a 30-yearold body. Mark Ruffalo, Kathy Baker, and Judy Greer also star. It is a cute film that will certainly appeal more to the ladies, but guys, don't count it out. You'll like it too! Movies 16: 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45; Tinseltown: 10:30am, 1:10, 3:45, 7:05, 9:40 (LC) Alamo, The -- PG 13 Randy Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Jordi Molla, Emilio Echevarria, and Patrick Wilson portray our Texas legends. Obviously it's the story of the 1836 thirteen-day rally for Texas Independence held at The Alamo in San Antonio. John Lee Hancock (who made The Rookie) directed the film, which should make learning history a bit more exciting. Movies 16: 3:10, 6:30, 9:30; Tinseltown: 12:00, 3:15, 6:45, 10:00 (LC) Barbershop 2: Back in Business -- PG13 Ice Cube is back as developers try to take over his haircutting business. Queen Latifah is a newcomers to the cast. Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 2:00, 4:30) 7:40, 9:55(LC) Bugs! Follow the lives and life cycles of a butterfly and a praying mantis in their native Indonesian rainforest. OMNI Theater only. Butterfly Effect, The -- R Ashton Kutcher is able to go back in time and make tiny changes to his life. The result is huge unexpected effects. Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 4:45) 9:15 (LC) Catch That Kid -- PG Not the Spy Kids, however this adventure involves a group of James Bond-like kids who band together to save one of the children's fathers. Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 1:20, 3:20) 5:20 (LC) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen -- PG Lindsay Lohan plays a girl from New York whose family is uprooted and moves to New Jersey where


The author of our movie capsules is Laura Cook, the manager of Cinemark's Movies 16 who has been somewhat addicted to movies her whole life. Laura's initials (LC) follow her reviews.

New Releases

13 Going on 30 Man on Fire

Gone for Now

Taking Lives

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Hellboy -- PG13 Based on the Dark Horse Comic Series, Hellboy is a Nazi Satanic experiment gone wrong in 1944. He has red skin, a tail, and circle knobs where his horns were supposed to be. Brought to the U.S. and raised to be a force of good, he ends up being a mandemon who investigates the paranormal. Yes, it's an odd film. After just writing the review I feel as if I've been drinking excessively. Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Rupert Evans star. Movies 16: 3:50, 6:50, 9:35; Tinseltown: 10:25am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:40; Stars & Stripes Drive-In: late (LC) Home On The Range -- PG This animated film boasts the voices of Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly, Cuba Gooding Jr., Randy Quaid, and Steve Buscemi. The Patch of Heaven dairy farm is being threatened by a greedy outlaw, so all of the animals must band together to save their home. Music from K.D. Lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Tim McGraw make it more pleasurable for adults to bear. Movies 16: 1:55, 4:10, 7:00, 9:05; Tinseltown: 10:45am, 1:05, 3:15, 5:30, 7:35 (LC) Jersey Girl -- PG13 Ben Affleck plays a highly successful Manhattan music publicist who suddenly finds himself a single father when his wife (Jennifer Lopez) fades out of his life. Affleck loses his job and moves in with his father, played by George Carlin, to raise his daughter. Rachel Castro and Liv Tyler costar. Movies 16: 4:50, 9:55; Tinseltown: 11:20am, 4:55, 10:25; Stars & Stripes Drive-In: early (LC) Johnson Family Vacation -- PG 13 A cross between Barbershop and National Lampoon's Family Vacation, Cedric The Entertainer plays a man taking his family on a family reunion / vacation that turns into one crazy weekend. Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Solange Knowles, and Gabby Soleil co-star. Tinseltown: 11:40am, 2:15, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 (LC)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 -- R Director Quentin Tarentino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 was full of violence, blood, and death, so don't expect any less from this second volume. Uma Thurman reprises her role as The Bride who is out to avenge her last three bad guys. Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Bill himself, David Carradine. Movies 16: 3:20, 6:35, 9:30; Tinseltown: 12:15, 12:45, 3:30, 4:00, 6:40, 7:15, 10:00, 10:30; Stars & Stripes Drive-In: late (LC) Ladykillers, The -- R Directed by the Coen Brothers, it is the story of the 1955 original which starred Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness. Hanks plays a charlatan professor who assembles a gang of his cronies for the biggest heist of the century, while posing as a band who plays church music. They rent a room from an elderly church-going woman (Irma P Hall) and plan their . heist in her basement. She turns out to be smarter than they expected, and they turn out to be not as clever as they thought. Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, and Ryan Hurst also star. Movies 16: 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40; Tinseltown: 9:45 (LC) Lord of the Rings 3: The Return of the King -- PG13 This conclusion to Peter Jackson's trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels represents the forces of good and evil fighting for control of Middle Earth. Best Movie of the Year, 10 other Oscars. Showplace 6: 7:30 (LC) Man on Fire -- R Denzel Washington plays a former government bodyguard who takes a job protecting a child (Dakota Fanning) from kidnapping. He becomes fond of her, so when she is abducted, he stops at nothing to find her. Christopher Walken also stars, and it's directed by Tony Scott, who has done Top Gun, Spy Game, among others. It's based on the novel of the same name by A.J. Quinnell. Movies 16: 3:05, 6:30, 9:45; Tinseltown: 11:30am, 12:05, 3:05, 3:25, 6:30, 6:50, 9:55, 10:15 (LC)

Passion of the Christ, The -- R This is Mel Gibson's story of the last twelve hours of Christ's life from the Garden of Gethsemane until his condemnation and death. James Caviezel plays Jesus. It is in Latin and Aramic with English subtitles. Movies 16: 3:15, 3:45, 6:40, 7:10, 9:20, 9:55; Tinseltown: 12:50, 3:55, 7:00, 10:05 (LC) Passion of the Christ, The -- R (with Spanish subtitles) Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 2:00, 4:40) 7:20, 9:45 Prince & Me, The -- PG Julia Stiles is a pre-med student from Wisconsin who meets the perfect guy. He turns out to be the Prince of Denmark trying to escape a life he didn't want. She now has to choose between the stuffy life of a princess (with the man she loves), or being the doctor she always dreamed of being. Luke Mably, Ben Miller, James Fox, and Miranda Richardson also star. Movies 16: 4:00, 7:05, 9:40; Tinseltown: 11:00am, 1:55, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35 (LC) The Punisher -- R Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Rebecca RomjinStamos, Laura Elena Herring, and Samantha Mathis all star in this high-action film based on the Marvel comics story of Frank Castle, FBI agent extraordinaire. Castle sees his family get killed, and when the murderers go unpunished, he takes matters into his own hands, finding redemption along the way. Movies 16: 3:35, 6:40, 9:25; Tinseltown: 10:35am, 1:40, 4:45, 7:50, 10:55 (LC) Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed -- PG The cast of the original Scooby Doo movie from 2001 band together again to fight crime and monsters too! The terrified citizens of Coolville are counting on the Scooby gang to get rid of a masked villain who has a monster machine that re-creates classic Mystery, Inc. monsters such as The Black Knight and The Pterodactyl Ghost. Freddie Prince Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lilard, Linda Cardellini, Seth Green, Alicia Silverstone, and Peter Boyle all star. Movies 16: 1:55, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00; Tinseltown: 11:10am, 1:50, 4:30 (LC) Starsky & Hutch -- PG13 This film recreates the 1975-79 television show of the same name. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson star as crime fighting detectives who play out their first assignment in this picture. Humor and action will fill this screen. Snoop Dog, Juliette Lewis, and Vince Vaughn also star. Movies 16: 4:40, 9:50 (LC) Walking Tall -- PG13 The Rock stars in this remake of the 1973 original of the same name. He plays a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to start his life over, only to find that his old high school rival has turned the town into a haven for crime. Gathering together more old friends, he vows to become sheriff and turn the town around--as only The Rock can do. Movies 16: 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:35; Tinseltown:

Wednesday April 28

Really Bad Movie Month can be enjoyed at Mahon Library at 6pm. See Events. Mike Pritchard's Cathouse Blues plays at Pritchard's at 6pm. See Local Music. Karaoke with Travis Williams can be heard at The Sting at 8pm. See Local Music. Plain Brown Wrapper plays at Crickets at 10pm. See Local Music. Karaoke is hosted at Lubbock Inn Recovery Room at 10pm. See Local Music. Addison Groove Project plays at Klusoz. See Local Music. Peace of Ash at Bleachers. See Local Music. Anytown, Peter Dawson play at The Blue Light. See Local Music. Dr. Skoob & the Acoustic Groove play at Jazz. See Local Music. 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30; Stars & Stripes DriveIn: early (LC) Whole Ten Yards, The -- PG 13 This sequel to The Whole Nine Yards reunites Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, and Amanda Peet. Willis and Peet play former assassins who are trying to lead a life of honesty -- until Perry shows up and asks for their help in reuniting him with his wife who is with the Hungarian mob. They have to go further than the whole nine yards to get her back, with a lot of humor along the way. It also stars Kevin Pollack and Natasha Henstridge. Movies 16: 2:15, 7:20; Tinseltown: 7:10, 10:20 (LC) You Got Served -- PG13 "8 Mile meets Saturday Night Fever" adequately reflects this hip-hop theme about a group of friends who must prove their dance abilities in a citywide competition. Stars Omarion, Marques Houston, Steve Harvey, and Lil' Kim. Showplace 6: (Fr, Sa, Su only: 1:35, 3:35) 5:35, 7:35, 9:30 (LC)

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Paws for Reading is held at Groves Branch Library, 4:30-5:30pm. See Literary. Dave Tobin and Billy Cork play at Pirates Restaurant at 5:30pm. See Local Music. John Sprott plays at Pritchard's Sports Grill at 5:30pm. See Local Music. Joe Gillis plays at Mean Woman Grill, Levelland, at 6pm. See Local Music. Playwrights in Progress presents a local play and invites audience feedback at 7pm. See Events. Tru Riderz exhibit hosts a reception, parade, and talk at 7pm. See Exhibits. AlternaTV will be performed at Tom T. Hall Performance Center at 8pm. See Events. Hat Trick plays at Pritchard's Sports Grill at 8pm. See Local Music. Chuck McClure & Doubletake play at The Sting at 8pm. See Local Music. Karaoke can be heard at Moose Magoo's at 10pm. See Local Music. Jazz Alley plays at Jazz. See Local Music. One Big Groove plays at West Texas Ice House. See Local Music. Magee Payne plays at The Blue Light. See Local Music. Low Dog plays at Whiskey River. See Local Music. DJ D performs at Klusoz. See Local Music.

It's All in the Roots

by Shelby Morrison Time travel is possible. Not as much in the sense that one has the ability to jump into a tin can automated with beeps, knobs, and and bass. Their faces won't appear in the Rolling Stone as icons, but these are the people who were at the edge of the spotlight, standing where the harsh light faded to soft. The vision of the Roots Project was to record an album of country songs from the be as long as someone remembers it, incessant history in the making. As rewarding as finding unexpected cash in a pair of washed jeans, were the recollections and tales of these men ­ not only stories of Buddy Holly and fiddlers on the

(above) Al Perkins, Tommy Allsup, and Robert Montgomery record a memory in Tommy's studio. (right) Robert and Tommy orchestrate a tune in visual stereo. (Photos by Shelby Morrison)

buttons and blast to the past or to eternity. The possibility to transcend time ­ places, faces, and events ­ is real with a pair of ears and an open mind. Not discounting the legends that have long departed West Texas, we are blessed with many legendary people still around. To be able to key into their memories is like constantly searching the AM radio until the static clears and it all comes to life, as if you lived it. Shared memories have the power to take you back to not only the birth of rock and roll but also to the musical seeds that were planted here in this red earth. Tommy Allsup, former member of both Buddy Holly's and Bob Will's bands, recently opened up a recording studio in the sleepy town of Azle, Texas (on our side of Fort Worth), called Common Ground Recordings. A group of legendary performers gathered there recently to work on a venture called The West Texas Roots Project. An ambitious Californian named Scott Porter had a dream to cultivate a valid resource of the South Plains ­ not cotton or oil or even peanuts, but musicians. Several of the musicians that once played with Buddy Holly and Bob Wills are still sharpening their musicianship by touring and engaging in projects that, in part, their contributions inspired and helped to create. Granted, these aren't the superstars that appear on tribute specials or inspire lifetime compilations. These are the sidemen, the rhythm section, most important, and they have seen it all. Some of them should be more recognized for their talents ­ ripping guitar players, sensuous crooners, edgy steel

late 1940s and early 1950s that were the roots for Buddy Holly ­ the Western Swing and Honky Tonk standards to which Buddy and his friends grew up listening. Scott Porter, a longtime musician and fan, enlisted Tommy Allsup, whose ties to both Holly and Wills set the tone for the foundation of the project. By recruiting musicians that played with Buddy, including Jack Neal, Carl Bunch, Allsup, and brothers Larry and Travis Holley, and blending them with session players from the Bob Will's Playboys, the genuine sound of the 40s and 50s eras was accurately captured. To enhance the parlance of the songs and infuse them with freshness, blues artists from Maryland, Judy-Luis Watson and Paul Watson, were brought in. Additionally, the bass player from The Mavericks, Robert Reynolds, and the multi-talented Al Perkins, amidst others, were featured. Classics by Ray Price, Hank Thompson, Webb Pierce, Hank Locklin, Lefty Frizzell, an array of lonesome tradition, were crafted with the greatest fragility. Holding true to the echoes of one microphone and the smoke of a honky-tonk, the saloon anthems were delivered with candor and reflection of times, what went before. The striking quality of this record, what gives it legs of its own, is the combination of the memories of the players' past, with the new musical fingers gently lifting the old songs and bending them to suit their memories of when they first heard them floating from their parents' record players or from a neighbor's radio. What is old becomes new again, what once was will always

bandstand, but of their own lives. Their strong opinions of music today, how they lived through decades of change and managed to shelter their pure talent from a corruptive industry. Reacting to each other, arguing, choosing gospel songs to jam to, coffee or beer, jabs and hugs that come from a lifetime of friendship. I witnessed Larry and Travis Holley sitting on a front porch, barely clutching their guitars and as they sang, barely a whisper, I had a flashback. Seeing them, years younger on the porch of their own house, humming and playing, greasing a little brother's bow. The little brother, so desperately wanting to play a guitar like his older siblings. Through their memories, my time travel was real ­ buried treasure to be uncovered if you only have the patience to listen. The West Texas Roots Project, through Mr. Porter's hard work and determination, will be available toward the end of the summer. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a live performance of the group in the Lubbock area soon. For more information, feel free to contact Scott Porter at [email protected] Shelby Morrison has been a staff member of the Buddy Holly Center since graduating from Texas Tech University in 2001 with a degree in photography. Her gift of making music with words and film helps us remember a tender time in the past, even if we weren't there.

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Karunamayi Gives Free Lecture You are invited to experience divine discourse, song and blessings with Sri Karunamayi from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Days Inn on 4th Street at University Avenue on April 27, 2004. Karunamayi has founded a free school for India's poorest children as well as an orphanage. She has developed programs to feed the hungry in addition to opening a free hospital in the remote region of Penusila Kshetram in Andhra Pradesh. For more information, see Additional information is available by phoning 747-7960, 438-6263, or 797-9788. Casting Call Speaking roles are available for 10 men and 12 women for Melodrama in the Park. Auditions will be held Saturday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the southwest corner of Wagner Park at 28th and Flint. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No previous experience is necessary. If standing around looking cool or wearing a horse costume in the chase scene are more to your liking, extras are always helpful. Who says there's nothing to do in Lubbock? The play is The Saga of the Golden Horseshoe... or That Was No Lady, That Was My Filly by Pat Cook. Show dates are scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, June 9 through 12, at 7:30 each evening in Wagner Park. Call 687-5093 for further information. Alterna TV set for April Performance Alterna TV, South Plains College's monthly live rock music show, is scheduled for a performance at 8 p.m. April 29 and the public is invited. The 10-member SPC student ensemble will perform tunes by the Rolling Stones, the Darkness, LIVE, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, The Roots, Heart, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Blues Traveler. The capable director is Scott Faris, instructor in commercial music. The concert will be held in the Tom T. Hall Performance Center which holds about 240 people in the Creative Arts Building. Admission is free. The concert will be telecast at a later date on SPC-TV, Cable Channel 10. For more information, contact the SPC Creative Arts Department at 894-9611, ext. 2281. Addison Groove Project Rolls Through The Addison Groove Project, a Boston jam band that travels beyond the boundaries of traditional funk, jazz, and fusion, rolls through Lubbock for a one night performance at "We're really honored," said Mike Blattel, drummer for Drop Trio. "It's a nice collaboration ... the music we've been doing is different from most things you hear on the radio, no doubt. But Solange brings a whole new dimension to it, opens it up to lots of people who normally wouldn't listen to `jazz.'" Congratulations to Mike, Ian Varley (keyboards), and Nino Batista (bass). Lowrider Bicycle Art and Culture at Landmark Arts Tru Riderz, a convergence of interests at the Texas Tech School of Art has come together into a one-week exhibition of locally designed and crafted lowrider bicycles coupled with a lecture presentation of an art history Ph.D. candidate and a parade of art bicycles made by advanced sculpture studies students. Included in the display will be an award-winning customized, fully chromed Schwinn lowrider bicycle created by13-year-old Charles Cothron of Lubbock. The event at the School of Art opens in the Folio Gallery beginning Monday, April 26 and continues through Saturday, May 1, 2004. Landmark Arts will celebrate the exhibition with various activities. A reception on Thursday, April 29 is planned in the Art Building at 18th Street at Flint Avenue. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact The Texas Tech School of Art at 742-1947. See the web site at

Boston-based Addison Groove Project brings its own brand of funk / jazz / fusion to Klusoz on Wednesday, April 28. (Photo by Regan Teti)

Charles Cothron poses withhis award winning full chromed Schwinn lowrider bicycle which will be on display at the TTU exhibit, Tru Riderz.

Klusoz on Wednesday, April 28, 2004. Formed in 1996, the band has built a fan base through consistent touring, and still have had time to release two studio albums of work. With horns, keyboards, guitar, drums, and bass, these talented musicians layer their music with expansive soundscapes. Steve Morse of the Boston Globe says, "The jam band movement has been able to keep its respect and its organic roots, thanks to such gifted bands as Addison." The show begins at 10:00 p.m. There are $5.00 advance tickets available at Klusoz or there will be a $7.00 cover charge at the door on April 28. See the band's web presence at Frequent Lubbock Visitor Gets a Big Break A Houston jazz funk band that has made several appearances in the Lubbock nightclub Klusoz may be poised for the Big Time. Drop Trio has provided the inspiration, collaboration, and instrumental tracks to a new song appearing in the movie The Johnson Family Vacation released on April 7. Music World Music, the record label of Beyoncé Knowles and Destiny's Child, fostered the collaboration with rising star Solange Knowles. Solange, 17, who released her first album Solo Star in 2003, saw Drop Trio performing at a local club in Houston and suggested co-writing a song. The result is "Freedom," with lyrics and melody by Solange.

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April 23, 2004

From the Kitchen:

Coffee Cakes Rescue Hectic Graduation Day

By Shirley Ryle A glance at the calendar informs us that May is right around the corner and for many families, that includes graduation festivities. Matriculation is certainly a rite of passage signaling the farewell to recent curriculum and the advancement to the next plateau of life. This is a time of understandable pride for the graduate and frequently even greater pride for the family. Graduates are often surprised at the number of family members who wish to share the occasion bearing heartfelt smiles. The home of the graduate often witnesses a lively weekend of houseguests or at least becomes a staging area for the comings and goings of well-wishers. A little advance preparation, eternal flexibility, and a good sense of humor will go a long way toward making the scheduled activities proceed more calmly. You may be one of those who will be hosting out of town guests, local family, and multigenerations of friends and neighbors. If you will also be manning the kitchen at irregular intervals as crowds of people wax and wane, consider the versatility of coffee cake as part of your entertaining arsenal. Whether you are feeding breakfast to overnight guests, hosting an informal gathering before or after the ceremony, or planning dessert after graduation dinner, a coffee cake can be on call to complement breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, teatime, or late-night dessert. For a single investment in time, a homemade treat is available throughout the day no matter how the schedule gets rearranged. While they are at their best warm from the oven, these snacking cakes can easily be made hours or even a day ahead of time. They require no refrigeration and can be stored in kitchen cabinets or the laundry room when space is a problem. They are served easily on small plates, can be eaten with fingers in the back yard where crumbs are not a concern, and go well with morning beverages, sodas, punch, and cocktails. I offer three coffee cakes for your consideration. Orange Butter Coffee Cake is a yeast cake with orange and coconut in both the filling and the glaze. It is the most time-intensive of the three as you form 24 crescent-type rolls that expand into a full pan of treats. If your schedule allows you to put it together ahead of time, it can be baking when guests arrive. They will happily be met with an olfactory delight. The second is a quick (nonyeast) coffee cake courtesy of my junior high home economics teacher. This tried and true recipe can be easily doubled or tripled and requires common ingredients found around most kitchens for treats on short notice. The third recipe is actually a pound cake from my niece in Austin, but it is at least as versatile as a coffee cake. Not only is it equally at-home on the table throughout the day, but also it can be made more elegant (and stretched into a few more servings, if necessary) with the addition of warmed, sweetened fresh fruit (berries or apples) ladled on each slice. When out of season, canned fruit or canned pie filling substitute just fine. Sweetened whip cream makes a beautiful topping for your most elegant occasion. Late spring is a great time for ripe berries in the produce department. A small stash of these snacking cakes may make at least one phase of a potentially hectic weekend go more smoothly. I hope it doesn't rain on your special day. Orange Butter Coffee Cake Coffee Cake 1 pkg active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water 2 3/4 to 3 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 2/3 cup dairy sour cream 6 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted 2 eggs Filling 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup coconut, toasted 2 Tbsp grated orange peel 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted Glaze 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup sour cream 1/4 cup butter or margarine 3 Tbsp orange juice 1/4 cup coconut, toasted Toasting coconut: Your constant attention is required to toast coconut in the microwave because it scorches quickly. The time lapse between lightly browned coconut and a smoking, black mess is very short. Trust me on this. Spread coconut on microwave-safe pan or plate. Microwave on high for 4 1/2 to 8 minutes, tossing the coconut with a fork after each minute until light brown. (If necessary, a few drops of vanilla or a few sprinkles of cinnamon simmering in a small saucepan of water on the stove should mask the smell of any overly exuberant coconut toasting. And no one has to be the wiser.) Using a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown, stirring occasionally. Watch closely to avoid overcooking. Coffee cake directions: In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water (105 to 115 degrees). Add 1 3/4 cups of the flour and the remaining cake ingredients to yeast mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in remaining 1 to 1 1/4 cups flour to form a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees) until light and doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes. Generously grease 13x9-inch pan. In small bowl combine all filling ingredients except butter; set aside. On floured surface, knead dough about 15 times. Divide dough in half; roll half of dough into 12-inch circle. Brush with 1 Tbsp of the melted butter. Sprinkle with half of the filling mixture. Cut into 12 wedges. Roll up each wedge starting with wide end. Repeat with second half of dough. Place rolls, point side down in 3 lengthwise rows in greased pan. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes Heat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover dough. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Leave in pan. Meanwhile, in small saucepan combine all glaze ingredients except coconut. Bring to boil; boil 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour glaze over warm coffee cake. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of toasted coconut. Serves 24. Prize Coffee Cake 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup shortening 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cup sifted flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt Topping: 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 Tbsp flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 Tbsp butter 1/4 cup chopped nuts or raisins

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The Foreigner Comes to the Lubbock Stage

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour an 8- or 9-inch cake pan. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add egg to the mixture and beat well. Add milk; stir well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients; stir until smooth. Pour batter into prepared cake pan. In a small bowl, mix all topping ingredients thoroughly; mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on top of batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Variations: Easily doubles or triples. The Good Pound Cake 3 cups sugar 2 sticks butter 6 eggs 3 cups flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 8 oz sour cream 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan, a tube pan, or two loaf pans. Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs. Mix flour and baking soda together. To creamed mixture, alternately add dry ingredients and sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, blending well between additions. Add extracts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake about an hour. During the last few minutes, increase the heat to 350 degrees to brown the top slightly. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and cool completely. Serves 16 to 20. Variations: Simmer sliced fresh berries or apples in season in a saucepan on the stove. Sweeten to taste, depending on the tartness of the fruit. Ladle warm fruit onto pound cake slices. Out of season, use canned fruit or canned pie filling. Top slices (with or without fruit) with sweetened whipped cream. It's a treat to have Broadway shows come all the way to Lubbock, and three audiences in the Hub City will have the opportunity to see what one critic has called "comedic mayhem of the highest order" when The Foreigner is presented April 30 and May 1 at the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium. For those unfamiliar, The Foreigner stars Jaston Williams and Joe Sears and features an ensemble cast of five additional actors who bring to life the story of a desperately depressed Englishman who comes to a southern U.S. fishing lodge to take stock of his life. To protect his fragile existence, a friend informs the locals that the Englishmen is a foreigner and does not speak a word of English. Charlie, the Englishmen, finds himself witness to bizarre schemes and plots cooked up by the locals who think he can't understand a word they say. The locals begin providing details of their darkest secrets in Charlie's presence and therein lays the show's promise of a "laugh-a-minute" evening at the theatre. The show involves mistaken identities, ironic plot twists, villains and innocent bystanders with some classic vaudeville and melodrama thrown in. Williams and Sears are best known for their 20-year performance of Tuna Trilogy both on and off Broadway. Tuna has enjoyed tremendous success and has played in London and most major U.S. cities. The cast of Tuna Trilogy at times has included stars such as Julie Harris, Sir Ian McKellen, Joan Collins, Lynn Redgrave, Carol Channing, Luis Valdez, Cloris Leachman, and Sammy Cahn. Tickets are available through Select-A-Seat in Lubbock and may be charged by phone at (806) 770-2000. Additionally, visit the web site at for a look. Presented by Celebrity Attractions and Civic Lubbock, Inc., The Foreigner is a bonus to the 2003-2004 Give Your Regards to Broadway series that has also featured Lord of the Dance, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Cats, Oklahoma, and Fame.

Jaston Williams as Charlie Baker and Joe Sears as Betty Meeks in the comedy farce The Foreigner playing in Lubbock April 30 and May 1 for three shows. (Photo by Stan Borouh)

Classified Ads

Tickets to sell? Spring cleaning? Need a refrigerator? Apartment to rent? Selling your car? Pets for adoption? Throwing out your deadbeat roommate and all of his stuff? Try a HubStuff classified ad. See coupon this page for rates. Music Guitar Lessons / Concert Artist / Beginners to advanced, all styles. Reasonable rates, 25% discount startup month! Park Tower, Grisanti Studio, 747-6108 Legal Services Cam Fannin Jr Attorney at Law 3403 73rd Street 785-1127 (across from Buns Over Texas)

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TTU May Book Recommendation

The Book of Salt is available from local bookstores and online retailers. By Sam Dragga The Department of English of Texas Tech University recommends the following book for your reading enjoyment in May: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong (Houghton Mifflin 2003). Monique Truong's first novel, The Book of Salt, is the fictional memoir of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein's Vietnamese live-in cook, Binh. It centers on the day-to-day meal preparation at the almost mythic 27 Rue de Fleurus in Paris. It traces Binh's history from his childhood in French Colonial Indochina to his life as a galley-hand, his sometimes humorous, but usually strange interactions with his two "Mesdames," and their departure for America in 1934. But while Stein and Toklas have marginal roles in this story, their larger-thanlife personas cast a long shadow over the novel: through Binh's voice, Truong gives us an extended contemplation of the relationship between language and food, between memory and exile. Open discussion You are invited to a public discussion of this book on Tuesday, May 25, at 5 p.m., in the Barnes & Noble Café of the TTU Bookstore in the Student Union Building. Professor Cristobal Silva will serve as moderator. (Please note the earlier time for summer.) You are also encouraged to join the online discussion of this month's book at http:// Register, login with your name and password, and choose the discussion for May. Upcoming recommendations June: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke July: American Gods by Neil Gaiman August: The American Dream by Dan Rather Sam Dragga is the Chair of the Department of English at Texas Tech University and can be reached for comment at [email protected]

Young Lubbock Writer Meets His Audience

by Patricia McCaleb Derek Moreland is the boy who could drive a train with a pencil. Grandma sparked this ability by teaching a two-year-old Derek how to read, creating a life long love of the written word. Mom and Dad were delighted to hear the stories that the scribbles on paper told, all portive people is the greatest tool for a writer. The piece takes on a life of its own; it becomes "totally different in the presence of a small audience," adds Dr. Norman Bert, professor of playwriting at Texas Tech University and accomplished writer himself. Does Lubbock need a forum for area writers to present their works? "Absolutely. There is a ground swell of playwrights such as Sylvia Ashby and others. This is good for the community." At this point, "you continually hear of new plays being performed at the Cactus [Theatre] and Lubbock Theatre Project," said Dr. Bert. New growth will be encouraged through these workshops. Lubbock Theatre Project is committed to one year ­ 12 months of presenting new plays to the public ­ feeding the creative minds of the South Plains. In the intimate space of the First U. U., new talent will be discovered and launched. Will you be there? Please join Lubbock Theatre Project at 2801 42nd Street on Thursday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 766-7114.

Meet aspiring Lubbock playwright Derek Moreland at the reading of an original play. (Photo by J. Reichard)

New Cell Phone

the while Aunt Sharon cheered every step of the way. As time went by, Derek read everything he could from comic books by Brian Bendis, the reliable Stephen King, to science fiction writer Neil Gaiman. "American God is the greatest book ever written," says Derek. This 22-yearold Lubbock native works as a book manager at Hastings Books Music and Video on 82nd Street, keeping himself close to the bound word. A turning point for this young writer occurred while screening the film Clerks. The Kevin Smith comedy brought Derek, already an avid movie buff, to the realization that writing is something he could do as profession. This is where Lubbock Theatre Project fits into the story. With a new program called Playwrights in Progress, Derek will be able to present his work publicly, for the first time. While this will not be a stage production, actors will be reading the characters in his play, and Derek will hear his words outside the safe confines of his imagination and off the sterile white page. This is a risk-taking venture for any writer. Will the actor understand the lines? Will the audience get the point? The intimacy of having your work read to a group of sup-

A young man wanted to get his beautiful blonde wife something nice for their first wedding anniversary. He decides to buy her a cell phone. She is all excited; she loves her phone. He shows and explains all the features on the phone to her. The next day the blonde goes shopping. Her phone rings and it's her husband. "Hi, Hon," he says, "how do you like your new phone?" She replies, "I just love, it's so small and your voice is clear as a bell, but there's one thing I don't understand." "What's that, Baby?" asks the husband. "How'd you know I was at K-Mart?" she asked.



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