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Past articles by William:

Fans should hurry to obtain tickets for concerts headlined by Johnson, Shelton

A bit of this and a bit of that, with a reminder that a pair of annual galas again will take place on the same night this year. Each plays an important role in the community, and each tends to sell out early. → Read More

William Kerns’ Movie Marquee: 5 films open Friday in Lubbock movie theaters

MOVIES OPENING FRIDAY The 15:17 to Paris Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film follows three real American friends: Anthony Sadler; Alek Skarlatos, an Oregon National Guardsman; and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone. While traveling together through Europe, they would become heroes during the early evening of Aug. 21, 2015, when they thwarted an attempted terrorist attack on Thalys… → Read More

Lubbock’s first Moonlight Pops concert includes Broadway veteran Gaschen

Cynics might consider this a sneaky way to be assured a standing ovation. → Read More

Harlem Globetrotters confirm yet another family-oriented performance at USA

Several decades ago, parents and children could look forward to familiar strains of “Sweet Georgia Brown” on televised appearances of the Harlem Globetrotters — a family-oriented franchise of trick shot specialists, touring internationally — via ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” on Saturday afternoons. → Read More

Kerns: Deceased Tech theater student Gabrielle Barajas remembered in reception

A reception, or celebration of the life of the late Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ M. Barajas, 20, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Mainstage Theatre, 2812 18th St. on the Texas Tech campus. → Read More

Buddy Holly Day finds center paying tribute on anniversary of losing Holly

Today, Feb. 3, marks the 59th anniversary of the 1959 death of legendary recording artist Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly, at age 22, in the crash of a chartered Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft near Clear Lake, Iowa. → Read More

Tech’s ‘Passion Play’ to depict stagings of Christ’s death in 1575, 1934 and 1969

“Passion Play” — playwright Sarah Ruhl’s peek at plays about the death and resurrection of Christ performed in three different eras — will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Feb. 10, and also at 2 p.m. Feb. 11, at the Texas Tech Maedgen Lab Theatre (west entrance), 2812 18th St. between Boston and Flint Avenues. → Read More

First Friday Art Trail includes new participants

The 161st nonconsecutive First Friday Art Trail will allow visitors to view work by local artists from 6 to 9 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) Friday in a self-guided format at more than a dozen galleries, arts centers and local businesses. There is no admission charge. → Read More

Kerns: Oscar’s changes, happy surprises dominate this year’s snubs

It is that time of year — and some movie fans are angry. With Oscar nominations released, many consider those who were snubbed before congratulating those who were not. “What were they thinking?” is a common refrain. → Read More

Annual Robert Burns Supper confirmed at Tech’s ICC

The fifth annual Robert Burns Supper, hosted by the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Tech International Cultural Center’s Hall of Nations, 601 Indiana Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. → Read More

Pianist Golka again a crowd pleaser, with LSO’s dramatic closer also earning ovation

With pianist Adam Golka making his fifth appearance with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, it really didn’t matter that the pianist said in advance of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, “It’s not a very long piece.” → Read More

Kerns: Several strong Academy Award contenders yet to visit Lubbock

The 90th annual Oscars telecast arrives March 4. → Read More

5 films open Friday in Lubbock movie theaters

MOVIE MARQUEE MOVIES OPENING FRIDAY 12 Strong In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, Capt. Mitch Nelson, played by Chris Hemsworth, leads a team of U.S. Special Forces on a mission into Afghanistan. Once there, an operation known as Task Force Dagger finds CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. Army Green Berets joining forces with Abdul Rashid Dostum (played by Navid Negahban) of the Northern Alliance to… → Read More

Celebrity Attractions cancels productions at Lubbock auditorium, has not plans to return

Celebrity Attractions Inc., an Oklahoma-based presenter of Broadway national touring productions and other entertainment, announced Tuesday it has canceled touring theatrical productions of “The Wizard of Oz” on Feb. 16-17 and “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story Live on Stage” on March 9-10. → Read More

Adam Golka returns to stage with LSO

In his still brief 14-year professional touring career, first-generation American pianist Adam Golka, 30, has earned ovations at many of the world’s more auspicious performance halls. → Read More

Kerns: Gala honors those active within Lubbock’s arts

No matter how proud, no matter how humble, it has not become any easier typing my name on anything other than a byline. → Read More

6 films, including “The Post,” open in Lubbock movie theaters

Movies Opening Friday The Commuter Michael McCauley (Liam Neeson) is an insurance salesman whose daily commute home becomes anything but routine. Mysterious stranger Joanna (Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga) contacts him with an offer of $100,000 if he can identify a hidden passenger aboard the train before its last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he gradually realizes a… → Read More

Dwight Yoakam concert tickets on sale Friday for Lubbock show

Singer-songwriter, actor and recording act Dwight Yoakam, touring in support of 2016 album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars,” will headline a concert of country music at 8 p.m. March 23 at the Municipal Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions. Opening acts have not yet been determined. → Read More

Kerns: Mix it up with rockabilly, Broadway musicals and chess

A bit of this and a bit of that … while remembering younger days when many in the audience danced on the tables during a rockabilly performance by the headlining Stray Cats at what used to be Lubbock nightclub Abbey Road. I mention this after learning that the same Stray Cats — Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom — will reunite for a concert on April 21 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino,… → Read More

Hit first art trail of year on Friday

The 160th non-consecutive First Friday Art Trail allows visitors to view work by local artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 5 in a self-guided format at a dozen galleries, arts centers and local businesses. → Read More