Lubbock entertainment in brief

LCT presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' radio play

Lubbock Community Theater wraps up its holiday presentation of "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, at 3101 35th St.

Based on the story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern and adapted by Joe Landry, the production is directed by Kerstin Vaughn.

"It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" is based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are created by Foley artists.

"It’s a Wonderful Life" tells the tale of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from Clarence, a lovable angel in training, to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (65+) and children and students (with ID).

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Cactus Family Christmas set for Dec. 18

Cactus Family Christmas 2022 is set for 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Cactus Theater.

From your favorite Christmas hymns - to your favorite contemporary Christmas music arrangements and tons of toe-tapping fun - you're promised a wonderful, memorable night of celebration.

Join your current and longtime favorites Kurt Kiser, Jeff McCreight, Kassidy King, Jason Fellers, Brandon Gwinn, Sheena Fadeyi, Blackwater Draw, Addie Bleu - and a slew of young talented newcomers who will blow you away plus the incredible Caldwell Collective Band, for a night of once-in-a-lifetime memories! We promise the new, young talent presented at this year’s celebration will warm your heart like hot apple cider.

Tickets are $25 for reserved seat adults; $12.50 for children 12 and younger; and $50 for reserved box seats, including concessions.

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Classic Cactus to screen 'A Christmas Story'

Lubbock's Cactus Theater presents a Cactus Classic Cinema screening of "A Christmas Story" at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

"A Christmas Story" is a 1983 Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories And Other Disasters. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin and Peter Billingsley and is a seasonal classic in North America. It is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films.

The film was released on Nov. 18, 1983, and it received positive reviews from critics. Filmed partly in Canada, it earned two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984. In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

All reserved floor seats are $7.

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See 'It's a Wonderful Life' on the big screen

Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics presents "It's A Wonderful Life" at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Cinemark Movies 16 and XD, 5721 58th St., Lubbock, Cinemark Tinseltown Lubbock and XD, 2535 82nd St., Lubbock and at Cinemark Town Centre Cinema 6, 1001 I-27 Highway North 20, Plainview.

Embraced as a cherished holiday tradition by families around the world, Frank Capra’s heart-warming masterpiece now celebrates 75 years with this big-screen event.

George Bailey (James Stewart) sets aside his dreams of world travel to run his father’s small community bank, and protect the people of Bedford Falls from greedy businessman Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When a costly mistake pushes George to the brink of despair, a visit from a kindly angel (Henry Travers) will show George how the life of one good man can change the world forever.

Tickets for this special holiday event are $12.45 and can be purchased online in advance at

Cirque Dreams Holidaze comes to Holly Hall

Cirque Dreams Holidaze comes to the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, and Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage with a brilliant and whimsical family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a Broadway-style musical around an infusion of contemporary circus arts and artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family.

As lights dim and the music swells, a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters, Gingerbread, Reindeer, Ballerinas, Penguins and more, come to life invoking the dreams behind a child’s eye on this most magical of nights.

With an original music score, twists on holiday classics sung live, and with new sets, scenery, and storylines, this family-friendly production is sure to put a twinkle in your eye.

Reserved seat tickets range from $29 to $99 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating.

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Skip Ewing Christmas rescheduled

Cactus Theater hosts a rescheduled performance of Skip Ewing Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

During the holiday season, Skip performs his special show centered around his personal all-time Christmas favorites and songs he's personally penned for this special time of year. Audiences are captivated by his amazing gifts as an A-list songwriter and resonant, passion-filled singer. Don't miss your chance to see this incredible artist mesmerize the crowd with his heartfelt performance.

Tickets are $27.50 for the first four rows (A-D); $25 for remainder of floor and standard balcony seats; and $50 for balcony box seats, which include concessions.

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Dancing Raiderettes to perform at LCT

Lubbock Community Theatre, 3101 35th St., presents "The Tale of Cyndi" an original dancicle from the West Texas Dancing Raiderettes, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23.

Written by Treva Ellison, the production is directed by Nariah Eddington, Lily Anna Gomez, Sanaiah McCullough, and Wenzdae Phenix.

West Texas Dancing Raiderettes return with their annual production of "The Tale of Cyndi", a modern adaptation of the beloved tale Cinderella. This tale will be filled with plot twists and remixes and it’s one Christmas show you won't want to miss.

This dancicle is a full student led- project. The students will create choreography, select costume pieces, run sound, and lights. Student-led projects have a strong potential to actively engage students, reinforce and expand upon science content learned through conventional pedagogical approaches.

They can bring active, social, and affective learning into a wide range of instructional environments and leave students feeling empowered to share their knowledge with broader audiences. In doing so, these projects offer a means to overcome many challenges of climate change education.

Tickets are $15 for adults; and $10 for seniors and students/children (plus taxes and fees).

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Blackwater Draw to perform Christmas show

Caldwell Entertainment presents A Blackwater Draw Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the Cactus Theater.

After packing houses at their previous shows, Blackwater Draw is back at the Cactus to debut their first Christmas show.

Berklee Timmons, siblings Garrett and Tiffany Nelson, Cami Caldwell and the Caldwell Collective Band invite you to bring your holiday guests to this beautiful harmony-filled Christmas celebration for an unforgettable evening at the Cactus Theater.

Tickets are $25 for all floor and standard balcony; and $50 for balcony box seats, which include concessions.

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Overton hosting New Year's Eve bash

The Overton Hotel and Conference Center is hosting a New Year's Eve gala beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

There’s no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than the Overton Hotel & Conference Center. So don’t wait any longer to purchase tickets to the Annual NYE Party in the Sunset Ballroom.

Ticket includes premium open bar, gourmet food and dessert stations and a toast at midnight. Test your luck at Vegas-style gaming with proceeds benefiting the Texas Girls and Boys Ranch and ring in the New Year with Live Entertainment from the Dallas cover band, Inside Out.

Tickets are $400 per couple and must be purchased in advance.

Make it a night to remember and add a beautifully appointed guestroom to your package at a special rate when you purchase tickets. Call the Overton Hotel Reservations Department at 806-776-7000 and reference your ticket number to make a guestroom reservation.

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The Steel Woods kick off 2023 at Cactus

The Steel Woods, with special guest Danno Simpson, ring in a new year of shows at the Cactus Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.

The Steel Woods are an American country music group from Nashville, Tennessee. Their debut album, "Straw in the Wind", was released in 2017.

The band has cited influences such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Led Zeppelin and have toured in support of artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dwight Yoakam, Jamey Johnson, Cody Jinks, Miranda Lambert, and Blackberry Smoke.

Tickets are $25 for all floor and standard balcony seats; and $50 for balcony box seats, which include concessions.

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Bluey's Big Play comes to Holly Hall

Bluey's Big Play comes to the Helen Devitt Jones Theater of Buddy Holly Hall at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11.

Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series. Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life.

Bluey’s Big Play is presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with Windmill Theatre Co.

Reserved seat tickets range from $29.50 to $65 (plus taxes and fees), depending on seating.

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Eagles tribute comes to Cactus

Caldwell Entertainment presents a West Texas Tribute to the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and again on Jan. 21, at the Cactus Theater.

The Caldwell Collective is coming together once again to present two incredible nights of Eagles hits, West Texas style. The collective guarantees to take you on a nostalgic journey that will bring you to your feet and keep your toe tappin' all night long.

Tickets for this show are $25 for floor and standard balcony; and $50 for box seats, which include concessions.

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Christ in the Arts presents 'Reborn'

Christ in the Arts presents "Reborn" at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

"Reborn" is a full-length, original, dramatic production that combines powerful music and beautiful dance choreography with brilliant lights and color to convey its message of the Life that prevails over all that comes against it.

With a cast of more than 170 dancers and partners, and a story line that is accessible to all, "Reborn" offers encouragement and hope to people of all ages.

Tickets for this presentation range from $20 to $30 (plus taxes and fees), depending on seating.

They are available online at or at the box office in the civic center.

Shatner to appear at Buddy Holly Hall

Enjoy a special evening of entertainment at Buddy Holly Hall with a screening of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn" and a visit with William Shatner at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater.

Set your phasers to fun and prepare to be beamed up for an unforgettable night with the original Capt. James T. Kirk, award-winning actor William Shatner.

Following a screening of the classic film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", Shatner takes to the stage to share fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories from his storied career, including answering audience questions.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available, which include a post-show photo op with Shatner.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available, which include a post-show photo op with Mr. Shatner.

Tickets for this show range from $43.75 to $103.75 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating and are available online at

Del Castillo returns to Cactus

Del Castillo returns to the Cactus Theater with a host of Tex-Mex favorites at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

Del Castillo is a cross-cultural power uniting music lovers of all ages, creeds and colors. Their original music blends rock, Latin, blues and world music into a cinematic celebration of sound that lifts your soul.

Tickets for this show are $25 for first four rows (A-D); $22.50 for remaining floor seats; $20 for standard balcony; and $45 for limited balcony box seats, which include concessions.

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Tesla rescheduled for Jan. 15

Classic rock group Tesla brings its rescheduled show of its Time to Rock! tour to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center at 8 p.m. Jan. 15. This show was postponed from Sept. 13 and tickets previously purchased will be honored at this show.

Tesla may have been born in the mid 80s eruption of leather, spandex, and big hair, but this band has never been about those things. Hardly. Their bluesy, soulful sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic, 1970s rock and roll. The same roots that produced bands like The Allman Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aerosmith.

After a blizzard of industry showcase gigs, Tesla quickly scored a deal with Geffen. Their 1986 debut album, "Mechanical Resonance", would eventually go platinum, nestled comfortably in the Top 40, and producing the iconic hard rock hits, “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.”

Remaining tickets range from $43 to $69, depending on seating, and are available through or the civic center box office.

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