Lubbock entertainment in brief

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Alamo hosting 'Polar Express' movie party

Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, 120 W. Loop 289, is hosting a "Polar Express" movie party at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. Additional dates are 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4, 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

Tickets, please. You can’t attend "The Polar Express" Movie Party without your ticket. And believe us when we tell you that the conductor (one of many Tom Hankses in this movie) is very particular about it.

Once you and the kiddos come aboard this special holiday Movie Party, we’ll have all sorts of fun surprises waiting for you, including kid-friendly props like a Santa hat, sleigh bells, a train whistle, and more. (And don’t worry, parents, we’ll be sure to lay down some ground rules so you’re not having to listen to bells and whistles the whole time.)

With fun props, tasty treats, and more Tom Hankses than you can shake a candy cane at, "The Polar Express" Movie Party is a delightful, interactive holiday activity the whole family will love.

Tickets for this movie party are $15.15 and available for purchase online at drafthouse.com/lubbock

Alamo hosting 'Christmas Vacation' movie party

Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, 120 W. Loop 289, is hosting a "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" movie party at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. Additional dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

No one knows how to do vacations like the Griswolds. Sure, their holidays are wild, chaotic, and often fraught with peril, but everyone’s family gatherings are a little stressful, aren’t they? Fortunately, you can just let Clark and the gang shoulder all that stress while you enjoy the ride at the "Christmas Vacation" Movie Party.

There will be special props like pine tree air fresheners, yellow glowsticks, and ugly neckties to help you feel like you're an honorary Griswold.

Tickets for this movie party are $15.15 and available for purchase online at drafthouse.com/lubbock

Movies 16 to screen 60th anniversary of 'West Side Story'

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents "West Side Story 60th Anniversary" at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Movies 16 Lubbock, 5721 58th St.

This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950's New York.

West Side Story explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs – white working-class Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharksʼ leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill. Illustrating the events are many memorable song and dance numbers such as "America", "Somewhere" and "I Feel Pretty".

Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961.

Something’s Coming to theatres for this special 60th anniversary event will feature exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.

Tickets for this special screening are $12.45 each and available in advance online at www.fathomevents.com.

AC/DC tribute rescheduled for Dec. 2

Live Voltage: International AC/DC Tribute Show has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

Live Voltage - AC/DC Tribute Show has quickly garnered a loyal following for its uncompromising approach to rock n roll. The band performs throughout the USA and features world-class musicians with an international background.

Reserved seat tickets for this show are $25 for the first four rows on the floor (A, B, C, D); $20 for remainder of floor (Rows E-M) and standard balcony; and $40 for balcony box (includes concessions with ticket).

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cactustheater.com

SPC Theatre to present Madrigal Dinner

LEVELLAND – South Plains College’s Fine Arts Departments will host a traditional Madrigal Dinner at 6:30 p.m. from Dec. 2-4 in the Sundown Room. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the service and show beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of tickets is $25 each and should be purchased in advance. Please visit http://southplainscollege.edu/exploreprograms/artsandsciences/fine-arts.php to secure tickets for the dinner.

The Madrigal Dinner is a Musical Medieval Feast. It is an American form of dinner theater often performed during the Christmas season. It is set in the Middle Ages and is generally comedic in nature. The meal is divided into courses, each of which is heralded with a traditional song. A play is performed between the courses and a concert of choral music concludes the festivities.

The cast includes Victoria G. Bateman, Harrison C. Black, Casey J. Contreras, Riley Davidson, Penelope L. Ferris, Samantha Gutierrez, Daniel Teran., Jr., and Ethan P. Wilson. Dr. Dan Nazworth is the director of the production. Dr. Deborah Gelber is the musical director.

For more information, contact Dr. Nazworth, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department and professor of theatre arts, at (806) 716-2266.

Alamo hosting 'Elf' movie party

Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, 120 W. Loop 289, is hosting an "Elf" movie party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Additional dates 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins this holiday season. Come out to Alamo Drafthouse and spread the cheer at this sugar-fueled, interactive holiday spectacular, packed with games, props, and, of course, singing loud for all to hear.

Bundle up for this celebration of one of the best holiday films ever made, period. Will Ferrell’s take on a North Pole elf trying to figure out Manhattan (“Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop!”) just might be the funniest he’s ever been.

The "Elf" Movie Party features all sorts of fun props, a themed contest before the film, and a “real” snowball fight in the theater.

Tickets for this movie party are $15.15 and available for purchase online at drafthouse.com/lubbock

LSO presents 'Messiah'

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall.

One of the most well-known and beloved holiday and choral works ever written will feature The Lubbock Chorale and soloists and the FUMC Chancel Choir.

Tickets for this special holiday concert range from $33 to $93 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating and are available for purchase online at www.buddyhollyhall.com

LCT to present 'A Christmas Story'

The Lubbock Community Theatre plans to present the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19.

This family classic is directed by Marla Maresca.

The play is written by Philip Grecian and based on the motion picture "A Christmas Story" written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark; and on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd.

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Tickets for this show are $20 for adults; and $15 for students and seniors and may be purchased online at www.lubbockcommunitytheatre.org

Murphey bringing Cowboy Christmas to Hub City

Michael Martin Murphey is bringing his Cowboy Christmas show to the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly AVe., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

Murphey's touring tradition was born in the early 1990s, when he produced an album of cowboy Christmas songs.

Murphey has been a major part of America’s musical landscape for four decades. His hits include “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Long Line of Love,” “What’s Forever For,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and “Cowboy Logic.” A multiple Grammy nominee and an inductee into the Western Music Hall of Fame, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and winner of the Texas Music Award for Best Album, Murphey is a working cowboy who embraces and celebrates what he calls the cowboy culture.

Tickets for this show are: $70 for the first 4 rows on floor (A - D); $50 for the next 6 rows on floor (E - K); $50 for remainder of floor seats (Rows L - M); $100 for balcony box (includes concessions with ticket); $45 for balcony front row; and $35 for remainder of balcony seats.

For more information, visit www.cactustheater.com or call the Cactus Theater at (806) 762-3233.

Alamo hosting 'Gremlins' movie party

Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, 120 W. Loop 289, is hosting a "Gremlins" movie party at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Joe Dante’s "Gremlins" continues to be a pop culture sensation, with its darkly funny story of a small-town guy who receives a furry little creature called a mogwai that ends up multiplying into a swarm of monsters who rip the town to shreds. Frankly, wanton destruction has never been so fun.

At the "Gremlins" Movie Party, we won’t let you tear the place apart or ruin our electronics, but we will have all kinds of fun props available to help you get in on the action, including paper plates to throw around during the kitchen fight, confetti poppers to fire off when the Gremlins go to the movies, and more.

We just ask that you follow these few simple rules: Don’t get a mogwai wet; Don’t expose a mogwai to bright light; Don’t feed a mogwai after midnight; and Don’t miss our 'Gremlins' Movie Party.

Tickets for this movie party are $15.15 and available for purchase online at drafthouse.com/lubbock

Last Bandoleros to perform at Cactus

The Last Bandoleros, Tex-Mex country rock band, is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

The Last Bandoleros mix driving Texas dance-hall beats with sweet four-part harmony and inviting melodies. The band initially came together when San Antonio native Jerry Fuentes met Derek James and invited him to jam with his friends Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano legend, Emilio Navaira Sr.

Having toured extensively with Sting, The Mavericks and Dwight Yoakum, The Last Bandoleros were invited to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America last summer prompting their album “Live from Texas” to soar to #6 on the iTunes Country Chart.

Tickets for this show are $18 in advance and $22 day of show for All floor and standard balcony; and $36 in advance and $44 day of show for balcony box seats (includes concessions).

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cactustheater.com

'The Nutcracker' set for Dec. 9-12

Ballet Lubbock presents the annual holiday sensation "The Nutcracker" Dec. 9-12, making its debut in the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences.

It is Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer is eagerly working on the toys in his workshop. He hurries to go to his relatives, the Stahlbaums’, Christmas Party. The Stahlbaum family is excitedly preparing for their Christmas party.

Drosselmeyer gives Clara her own special doll: a Nutcracker. In a fit of jealousy, Fritz tears the doll away from Clara and breaks it. Drosselmeyer magically repairs it, and Clara happily dances a lullaby for her Nutcracker. After the guests leave, Clara sneaks back downstairs. She finds her precious doll and falls asleep on the couch.

What happens next is just Clara's dream. Or was it?

Now a holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" ballet was originally based on the 1816 book, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffman.

Tickets for this production range from $30 to $125 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating. They are available for purchase online at www.balletlubbock.org or www.buddyhollyhall.com

Cactus to host Grand Ol' Christmas Show

The Grand Ol' Christmas Show will be live at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live, one-of-a-kind musical comedy bringing all-time favorite Christmas classics and original sketch comedy antics to theaters across Texas.

It's an original production of The Grand Ol’ Production Company, produced by Will Hearn and featuring Americana standout Blue Water Highway and a cast of the best artists and entertainers in Texas.

The show is presented as a vintage-era radio broadcast at the 1225 AM N-O-E-L Radio Studios and in front of a live studio audience. Made for both the boomer and the millennial music lover, this nostalgic tribute to American Christmas traditions blurs the lines between heartfelt nostalgia and contemporary pop culture satire.

Tickets for this show are: $40 for first four rows (rows A-D); $35 for the next four rows (rows E-H); $30 for the next four rows (rows J-M); $25 for standard balcony; and $70 for balcony box seats (box seat includes concessions throughout show).

For more information, visit www.cactustheater.com or call the Cactus Theater at (806) 762-3233.

Gaschen to present Christmas concert

David Gaschen: A Celebration of Christmas is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

Come have your heart lifted in the true spirit of the season and be delightfully entertained as the Lubbock native and Broadway star, David Gaschen, performs songs you will know and some that have been specially created to fit his beautiful voice.

All floor and standard balcony seats are $25; and box seats are $50 (includes concessions; present box ticket at lobby counter when ordering)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cactustheater.com

Carll brings country to Cactus

Hayes Carll and his full band are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

The country simplicity that imbues Carll’s songs can sometimes hide the social conscience and sharp humor that also runs through them, but if you want to find those things, they are there. In fact, Carll has spent more than 20 years having a conversation about what it is we’re all doing here with anyone who will listen. He makes us laugh––but then he makes us cry.

Two Americana Music Awards, a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song, and multiple Austin Music Awards line his resumé́. He’s had the most-played record on Americana radio twice. His songs appear on the screen regularly and have been recorded by Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, and Brothers Osborne, to name a few.

Tickets for this concert are $27.50 for the first 4 rows (A-D); $25 for the remainder of floor; $22.50 for standard balcony; and $50 for limited (8) balcony box seats (Note: Box ticket includes concessions)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cactustheater.com

KLOVE Christmas tour coming to Holly Hall

The 2021 KLOVE Christmas tour will be bringing holiday cheer to The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall.

Awakening Events and the Awakening Foundation once again partnered with K-LOVE Radio for their annual Christmas Tour.

After taking a year off during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour returns to the road this December with a star-studded lineup including Casting Crowns, Mac Powell, Cain, Dante Bowe and Jordan St. Cyr. Altrua Health-Share and Food for The Hungry will also be part of the tour as they work to have a positive impact both globally and locally.

Tickets for this show are range from $19.75 to $89.75 (plus taxes & fees) depending on seating and are available for purchase online at www.buddyhollyhall.com

Morris brings holiday hits to Hub City

An Evening with Gary Morris: Hitsmas and Christmas is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

Morris is known world-wide for his vocal mastery, able to hold audiences mesmerized and overwhelmed by the pure beauty and inspiration of his voice. His recording career garnered five #1 and 16 Top 10 singles, including “Why Lady Why,” “The Love She Found in Me” and “Baby Bye Bye.”

Morris’ original rendition of the classic “Wind Beneath My Wings” won both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music “Song of the Year” awards. Morris was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year” early in his career. At the height of his Nashville recording career, the Texas-bred tenor was tapped to play the lead role of Jean Valjean in Broadway’s epic hit “Les Misérables,” to critical acclaim.

Tickets for this show are $40 for the first three rows (A-C); $35 for floor rows (D-H); $30 for floor rows (J-M); $25 for standard balcony; and $60 for balcony box seats.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cactustheater.com

Ragtown Gospel presents 'Joseph the Carpenter'

"Joseph the Carpenter" opened this weekend and will continue through Dec. 18 at Ragtown Gospel Theater in Post.

Performances are at 3 p.m. every Saturday, except Thanksgiving weekend. There will be one Sunday matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Chip Polk and guest artists will open each show with a special Christmas concert.

"Joseph the Carpenter" is a dramatic love story of supernatural proportions. Joseph faces what his family believes is the unforgivable infidelity of his betrothed. His protective elder brother, Cleopus, accuses Mary of unfaithfulness, and is convinced that she is a liar who is playing Joseph for a fool with her story of an angel, and the child she carries being placed in her womb by God.

Joseph the Carpenter is an original musical written and composed by Chip Polk, and directed by Glenn Polk. It is Ragtown’s 48th production, and the final show of the theater’s 15th season.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students. Groups of 12 or more receive a 25% discount off adult tickets. As always, veterans and active service military personnel are invited to attend as honored guests.

Ragtown Gospel Theater is located 2 miles Northwest of Post on Highway 84. The theater is handicap accessible. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-724-8696, or visit ragtown.com.

Comedian to perform at Fair Theater

Comedian William Lee Martin will bring his annual Christmas standup comedy spectacular and variety show “The Return of the Nutcracker – Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional Family Christmas” to the Fair Theater, 717 Broadway, Plainview, on Friday, Dec. 17.

The event will include fan favorites like “I’m Dreaming of a White Trash Christmas”, brand new standup material as well as guest comedian John Wessling.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m.

VIP Tickets are $49.50 and include seats on the first three rows, a meet-n-greet reception at 6:00 p.m., VIP lanyard and signed commemorative poster. All other seats are $29.50. Tickets are available online at www.williamleemartin.com/tour.

For information, call Tori at (806) 293-4000, email fair@plainviewtx.org or visit www.plainviewtx.org or Facebook – Fair Theater.

LSO presents 'Merry and Bright'

Celebrate the holiday season with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra as it presents "Merry and Bright" at 7:3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall.

It’s a night of Christmas cheer as guest conductor David Itkin leads the orchestra for your favorite holiday classics.

Featured vocalists will be Kristen Satterwhite and Bruce Ewing.

Tickets for this concert range from $33 to $93 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating, and are available online at www.buddyhollyhall.com

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas coming to Hub City

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall.

Mannheim Steamroller is an American neoclassical new-age music group founded by percussionist/composer Davis that is known primarily for its "Fresh Aire" series of albums, which blend classical music with elements of new age and rock, and for its modern recordings of Christmas music. The group has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. alone.

Reserved seat tickets for this concert range from $55 to $80 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating and are available for purchase online at www.buddyhollyhall.com

Cirque Musica combines acrobatics, holiday music

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is an all-new production featuring some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica.

Audiences will be amazed by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer.

The show blends grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the holiday classics we all love.

Reserved tickets for this show range from $36 to $96 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating and are available for purchase at www.buddyhollyhall.com

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock entertainment in brief

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