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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21:  -

LUBBOCK MOONLIGHT MUSICALS
MADRIGAL DINNER
7:00 PM
TICKETS:  www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling 806.770.2000 or at any select-a-seat location
This Christmas season Moonlight Dinner-Theatre will present its third annual Madrigal Dinners. The show will be rewritten to portray a new plot, centered around the birth of Christ and a Renaissance style Christmas feast. There will be songs, plays, dances, and much audience participation. Come join the King and Queen while they celebrate the Yuletide season with a Renaissance feast.
Christine DeVitt IceHouse at LHUCA
511 Avenue J

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19: 

TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
TTU LADY RAIDERS BASKETBALL vs. NICHOLLS
5:30 PM
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
http://www.texastech.com/

DANCE GALLERY
RECITAL-IT’S A DANCE GALLERY CHRISTMAS
No Admission fee – free to the public
Mr. Mrs. Santa arrive at 6:00 PM; show begins promptly at 7:30 PM
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
http://www.thedancegallery.com/
CACTUS THEATER
CACTUS FAMILY CHRISTMAS
7:30 PM
TICKETS: Please call 806.762.3233 to purchase tickets or visit the Cactus Theater Box Office
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.3233
www.cactustheater.com



TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
TTU RED RAIDERS BASKETBALL vs. ARKANSAS PINE-BLUFF
8:00 PM
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
http://www.texastech.com/

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20:  -

CELEBRITY ATTRACTIONS
BROADWAY HOLIDAY
7:30 – 9:30 PM Friday/Saturday and 2:00 PM on Saturday
TICKETS:  www.selectaseatlubbock.com, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
http://www.celebrityattractions.com/ShowInfo/ShowInfo.asp?svid=135&locid=5&gclid=CNPi6r__w8ICFfEF7AodWwMAnw

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20:  -

TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
TTU LADY RAIDERS BASKETBALL vs. UTSA
2:00 PM
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
http://www.texastech.com/


CACTUS THEATER
CACTUS FAMILY CHRISTMAS
7:30 PM
TICKETS: Please call 806.762.3233 to purchase tickets or visit the Cactus Theater Box Office
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.3233
www.cactustheater.com

 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21:  -

TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
TTU LADY RAIDERS BASKETBALL vs. HOUSTON
2:00 PM
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
http://www.texastech.com/


FUMC VESPER CONCERT SERIES
HANDEL’S MESSIAH
5:00 PM
Free admission, childcare provided, reception to follow
Please call 806.763.4607 for more information
First United Methodist Church
1411 Broadway
www.fumc.com/concerts



CACTUS THEATER
CACTUS KIDS CHRISTMAS
7:30 PM
TICKETS: Please call 806.762.3233 to purchase tickets or visit the Cactus Theater Box Office
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.3233
www.cactustheater.com

Live Music:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18  -


BASH RIPROCK’S
JOHNNY HANDGUN
9:00 PM
2419 Main Street  806.762.8324
http://www.bashriprocks.com/

BLUE LIGHT
108 E. BROADWAY
9:00 PM
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.1185
http://www.thebluelightlive.com/


LA DIOSA
SPIVEY
7:30 PM
901 17TH Street  806.744.3600
http://www.ladiosacellars.com/

MEAN WOMAN GRILL
WEST GARZA
11:30 AM
2103 Marsha Sharp Freeway
http://meanwomangrill.com/  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19:    -

BLUE LIGHT

FLATLAND CALVARY
9:00 PM
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.1185
http://www.thebluelightlive.com/

LA DIOSA
HALEY BURTON
8:30 PM
901 17TH Street  806.744.3600
http://www.ladiosacellars.com/



MEAN WOMAN GRILL
RANDALL KING
11:30 AM
2103 Marsha Sharp Freeway
http://meanwomangrill.com/  

MEAN WOMAN GRILL
ROSS COOPER
6:30 PM
2103 Marsha Sharp Freeway
http://meanwomangrill.com/ 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20:  -

BLUE LIGHT

CHRISTMAS PARTY with DALTON DOMINO & FRONT PORCH FAMILY BAND, RED SHAHAN BAND, ROSS COOPER & FRIENDS BAND
9:00 PM
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.1185
http://www.thebluelightlive.com/

LA DIOSA
SMOKE HOUSE BLUES
8:30 PM
901 17TH Street  806.744.3600
http://www.ladiosacellars.com/

MEAN WOMAN GRILL
ZOE CARTER
11:30 AM
2103 Marsha Sharp Freeway
http://meanwomangrill.com/ 

MEAN WOMAN GRILL
SPIVEY
6:30 PM
2103 Marsha Sharp Freeway
http://meanwomangrill.com/ 


Ongoing events:

AMERICAN WIND POWER CENTER AND MUSEUM
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM year round.  (Also open Sundays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (May through September)-always closed Monday.  Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 for a family of four.  Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D.
1701 Canyon Lake Drive   806.747.8734 
http://www.windmill.com/

BUDDY HOLLY CENTER
1801 Crickets Avenue     806.775.3560
http://www.buddyhollycenter.org/
BUDDY HOLLY GALLERY
The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the City of Lubbock, as well as other items that are on loan, are presented in this exciting exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster; a songbook used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly's glasses, homework assignments, report cards, and much more

FINE ARTS GALLERY
RECYCLED/RE-SEEN
December 5, 2014 - February 15, 2015  
Reduce, reuse, recycle. For the five local artists in this exhibition, that expression takes on new meaning as they re-see discarded materials and transform them into works of art.
FOYER GALLERY
CIRCUITUS

November 18, 2014 – January 4, 2015
This exhibition will feature pieces from Jillian Cooper’s latest ceramics collection. Jillian Cooper is currently working on a graduate degree in Ceramics at Texas Tech University.

GLASSYALLEY ART STUDIO
Monday-Friday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pauline Mills opened her art studio and gallery in October 2009 in a quaint building on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. A dream finally became reality.
Pauline’s goal is to give Lubbock and regional artists a chance to showcase their artistic talents.
Services the gallery offers include:
Gallery space for artist rental on a monthly basis at $50.00 per month.
Gallery can also be rented for events: meetings, photography shoots, birthday parties, and other possible events. Prices are available upon request.
GlassyAlley Classes:
Glass Mosaic Classes range from Introductory, Intermediate, to Advanced classes. Classes are normally held every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m. till Noon. If enough students are taking classes the first two Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. - Noon is open. Other class options are open during the week. Please call 806.535.2457 for more information on pricing and scheduling.
All materials are included in the price. No experience is required. No artistic ability is necessary. Classes must have at least four students.
Other classes offered: Concrete Sculpture.
Kids classes and a Kids Summer Art Camp are also offered.
Artists in Residence -  Pauline Mills – Mosaic art & photography, Cat Boucher – Photography, acrylics & mosaic art Christena Stephens – Photography
1940 Texas Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/GlassyAlleyArtStudioGallery

 

LANDMARK ARTS AT THE TEXAS TECH SCHOOL OF ART

18th Street and Flint Avenue  806.742.3825
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ART/index.php

LHUCA
The Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall will feature West Texas native Chisum Justus presents ‘Choice Cuts’, a solo exhibition showcasing candy colors and sexually charged meaty forms that embody a physical and psychological transformation of paint. Justus’s Meaty Paintings attain a familiar strangeness and present formal properties of Art as much in the physicality of the painting itself as in the depiction of cuts of meat, resulting in a body of work that presents both strength and mortality.
December 5, 2014 – January 31, 2015
http://lhuca.org/ChisumJustus.html
The Helen Devitt Jones Studio will feature Arkansas artist Sandra Luckett. “Sexy Puddle Circumstances” is body of work built around a series of photos of women’s lingerie submerged in water.
December 5-27, 2014
http://lhuca.org/SandraLuckett.html
The John Lott Gallery will feature an FRC group light installation, “186,000 miles per second”. Free Range Creative is a collaborative art group that creates shows around a variety of themes forcing each member to make work that is often times outside of their comfort zone. For this exhibition FRC is challenged with a material that moves at 186,000 miles per second (aka. light).
Through December 28, 2014
http://lhuca.org/FreeRangeCreative.html
Martin McDonald Gallery will feature graphic design students from South Plains College in Levelland.
December 5-27, 2014
http://lhuca.org/spc2014.html
Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
511 Avenue K   806.762.8606
www.lhuca.org

 
MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH PLANETARIUM

LASER SHOWS / ASTRONOMY SHOWS
December 3-20, 2014  *ends Saturday*
DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE
IBEX:  SEARCH FOR THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Wednesday-Sunday
2:00 PM  DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE
3:30 PM  IBEX:  SEARCH FOR THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Saturday Shows:
11:30 AM  SEASONAL STARGAZING FALL/WINGER
 2:00 PM   DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE
 3:30 PM  IBEX:  SEARCH FOR THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
TICKETS:  Cash only at this time.  General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; Seniors (ages 60 & up) $3.00; University Students/Faculty/Staff $3.00 with valid ID; Kids (5 and under) Free; Active Military and their families are Free (MoTTU is a Blue Star Museum)
Tickets on sale 30 min before show time; first-come basis   No late seating and you must be present to purchase a ticket.  No re-admittance once shows are in progress
3301 Fourth Street  806.742.2432
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/planetarium.html
 

MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM  Sun: 1-5 PM   Closed Monday Museum Admission and Parking are Free. 
3301 4TH Street
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/index.html

GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS:  THE ANDREWS SHAKER COLLECTION 
October 3, 2014 – January 9, 2015
Gallery 2-3
a captivating exhibition of more than 200 Shaker objects collected over 40 years by Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. Organized by Hancock Shaker Village, toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

IN ADDITION TWO:  EMBARCING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Gallery 4.
An “Up from the Basement” exhibition.  During the last year over 1000 artworks were added to the Museum’s collections. The works on exhibit represent just a small fraction of the prints, drawings, and paintings recently acquired.

VAMPIRE BATS-THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE AMAZING
Gallery 7
Learn the truth about vampire bats; what they eat, where they live, and more!


ANCIENT BISON HUNTERS ON THE LLANO ESTACADO
Gallery 101
 And “Up from the Basement” exhibition from the Museum’s collections. The exhibit examines the Paleoidian Period: 10,800-8,600 years ago.



THE ICE AGE ON THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
A new permanent gallery featuring megafauna from the Pleistocene Period of prehistory like mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant camels, short-faced bears, and dire wolves. This exhibition is from the Museum's collections and reflects the local area's distant natural history past as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum of TTU at the Lubbock Lake Landmark. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition.

WORLD WAR II ON THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
Lubbock Gallery
An “up from the basement” exhibition from the Museum’s collections.  Photographs from the WWII era pertaining to Lubbock.

BEYOND EXPRESSIONS IN CLAY
William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art
A new long term exhibition that focuses on works by Pueblo peoples of the Southwestern United States. It showcases both traditional and innovative pottery from a range of time periods. Long-time collectors Bill and Evelyn Davies have provided the Museum with this collection of Southwestern Native American works. Many of the pieces in the new exhibition were donated to the Museum forming the Davies Collection, and some are on loan from these veteran collectors.


AZ<>NM<>TX — 20th and 21st CENTURY ART IN TEXAS, NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA
TALKINGTON GALLERY OF ART
The first exhibition, AZ<>NM<>TX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, is comprised of over 50 pieces by artists who have worked in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and is drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, including several works donated by Margaret Talkington.
Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, William Lester.
GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL-COLLECTING, PRESERVING, AND DISPLAYING INSECTS
Explorium Gallery
An up from the basement exhibit from the Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory Invertebrates collection.

FROM NUMEROUS TO NON-EXISTENT
Gallery 6
Common, rare, threatened, endangered and extinct species in the collections of the National Science Research Laboratory
This exhibition from the Museum's extensive collections was inspired by the past traveling exhibition RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species. The NSRL, a division of the Museum of TTU, maintains collections of preserved specimens for scientific research and education concerning the natural history of Texas, the United States, and many areas of the world. The exhibition affords a rare opportunity to see historical life-mounted specimens representing fauna that runs the gamut from common to extinct species the world over. All specimens in the exhibition represent historic methods of preservation no longer in common use by museums today.


NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus. The 24-acre facility is home to forty-eight structures, ranging from windmills, a train, barn, dugouts and more, that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
The NRHC is open: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM.  The outdoor portion of the NRHC closes at 4:00 PM each day. The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
Please visit our website at www.nrhc.ttu.edu  for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.
3121 Fourth Street 806.742.0498
 

 
CURRENT EXHIBITS – NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER:  -

ACROSS TIME AND TERRITORY:  THE NRHC STORY

“Across Time and Territory: the National Ranching Heritage Center Story," is a permanent exhibit covering the walls of the Don and Kay Cash Reception Hall. Material in the exhibition is present in a mural form with 3-D enhancements. Also in this area are two touch-screen monitors featuring attractive photographs of the structures in the historical park, presented in a virtual tour format, along with educational information about each building, available in both English and Spanish suitable for adults and children.

HAROLD DOW BUGBEE
The NRHC is proud to exhibit selected works of Harold Dow Bugbee on loan from the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. Bugbee is credited as being The Original Artist of the Texas Plains and his work demonstrates why he deserves this title. The exhibit is underwritten by the CH Foundation and guest curated by Michael Grauer

LEVER ACTION RIFLES
An exhibit that examines the history and development of the lever-action rifle from its earliest form. The exhibit also features lever-action firearms from the NRHC collections.

SADDLES
A selection of saddles from the Texas Cattle Raisers Museum collection.

PEACHTREE GALLERY
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
About
Peachtree Gallery is a small gallery located in the historic downtown of Lubbock, Texas.
Description
The mission of Peachtree Gallery is dedication to creating a sense of welcome and invitation in a fine art gallery setting. It is meant to be a place where both artist and collector feels represented and well cared for, and, most importantly to me, a space in which both parties feel at home and understood. Though small in size, Peachtree Gallery is rich in spirit and in representation, housing the works of artists from the Lubbock area as well as artists from all over the United States.
Artists
David Bondt, Jordan Brown, Stacy Brunsen, Micah Cash, Jason Cytacki, Jimmy Dyer, Betsy Edwards, John Franklin, Dolan Geiman, Evan Hawley, Kathy Hinson, Ronda Ivy, Dyan Newton, Sarah Otts, Liz Potter, Nick Ryan, Lorelei Skizenta, Alyssa Underwood, Cecelia Weldon.
901 17th Street  806.470.9996
http://peachtreegallerylubbock.com/


TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SOUTHWEST COLLECTION/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)
http://www.swco.ttu.edu/



THROUGH THE LENS OF BILL WEAKS 
November 2014-June 2015
Bill Weaks bought his first camera as a senior at Plainview High School. After selling a few photographs he realized the potential of turning his hobby into a profitable business. Photography quickly became his life’s work and he opened Bill Weaks’ Photography on September 4, 1955. Though based in Plainview, he also worked in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and El Paso, photographing weddings and community events. He produced portraits of many brides who purchased their gowns at Margaret’s specialty shop or Hemphill-Wells department store in Lubbock. For thirty years, Weaks taught courses for the Professional Photographers of America, and received awards and recognition on a national level.
On display are Bill Weaks’ photos of brides from 1949-1982 along with photos of the community during that time period. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library is pleased to present this collection for the use of scholars and researchers.

THE TEXAS TECH DAIRY BARN:  A RESILIENT SYMBOL OF WEST TEXAS
October 2014-January 2015
The Texas Technological College Dairy Barn was constructed during 1926-27 and served as a teaching facility for 40 years.  The original facility was equipped to sanitarily produce whole milk and cream. The Department of Dairy Manufacturers was able to extend the milking room at the south end of the building due to proceeds from its sales and added butter, ice cream and cheese to its product line.
When the new college opened, agriculture students were allowed to bring their dairy cattle to reside in the barn.  The money earned by selling the milk to others and by working in the dairy facility helped pay for these students’ education.
The National Park Service approved of the barn's registry into the National Register of Historic places on April 2, 1992.  The Dairy Barn remains quite arguably one of the most recognized and beloved of all the buildings on the Texas Tech campus.

ROBERT E. HOWARD, CREATOR OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN
August 14, 2014 – February 1, 2015
A writer of short fiction, Robert E. Howard would find readers in his hometown of Cross Plains, Texas as well as across the globe. Known primarily as the author of Conan the Barbarian, Howard wished most to be known as an author of historical fiction. His better-paying fantasy and high adventure fiction would overshadow that ambition. His writings span oil articles for the Cross Plains Review, correspondence with the likes of H. P. Lovecraft, and fictions—western, boxing, pulp, and, yes, sword & sorcery.
The Southwest Collection holdings include a comprehensive selection of his books, physical & digitized copies of his hometown newspaper, serials, and a growing collection of memorabilia from the annual Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains. His work is still represented in Hollywood films, comic books, podcasts, blogs, as well as both fan and research-based societies. This exhibit hopes to capture his diverse legacy
DR. SHERMAN VINOGRAD-MEDICAL SCIENCE DIRECTOR AT NASA
May 2014-September 2015
During the eighteen years that Dr. Vinograd served as NASA’s Director of Medical Science he led medical engineering and vehicle development research relating to manned space flight. Among his many accomplishments was the establishment of the in-flight Medial Experiments Program, which evaluated human responses to extended space flight in preparation for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab manned space flight programs. His greatest achievement was conceptualizing, establishing, and chairing the Space Medicine Advisory Group (SPAMAG), which was charged with defining the earth-based and space-based research and life-support requirements for a manned orbiting research laboratory. This group proposed an orbiting laboratory designed according to the needs of future human flight crews which resulted in the creation of Skylab. Now on display at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library through September 2015, is an exhibit containing books, photographs, artifacts, and medical and scientific reports. More information on this topic can be found in the Sherman P. Vinograd Papers.

CENSORED!  WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS 
May 1, 2014 -
A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.

The William Kittredge Collection is now open for research. 

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY – THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Created in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.9010
http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/

THE LEGACY
Hours:   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lux Lucet in Tenebris – “The Light Shines in the Darkness” – (November 15, 2014 – January 30, 2015)
Donna Rose (photographer) has captured stunning black and white images illustrating these Latin words inscribed on the Legacy Event Center.  Her interpretation includes photography from missions in Carmel, California and New Mexico.  Gift cards and prints of images are available for sale.
Lane Anderson (photographer) has also contributed prints which illustrate this idea for the holiday season.
Laura Lewis – original oils by one of Texas’ most acclaimed artists depicting favorite images of the High Plains – Ongoing Exhibit
The West Texas Watercolor Society – an ever-changing original watercolor exhibit by members of the Society, one of the oldest in existence in West Texas – Ongoing Exhibit
Jackie DeVore – (jewelry designer) “Stone Pendants with Pearl Accents” – (November 15, 2014 – January 30, 2015)  Original designs using quartz and other precious stones make unique, eye-catching creations and wonderful gifts.
Linda Adkins – (jewelry designer) “New Creations from Vintage Elements” – (November 15, 2014 – January 30, 2015)  Handcrafted created from vintage beads, belt buckles, and necklaces reclaimed to make beautiful, one of a kind jewelry pieces which stand the test of time.
**A portion of all sales from these works benefits The Legacy Event Center, a 501 C-3 property of the YWCA of Lubbock.
1500 14TH Street




TORNADO GALLERY
Hours:  Wednesday-Friday  2;00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Artists:  Baron Batch, Tony Greer, Melissa Jones, Rachel Jones, Hilton McLaurin, Lawrence Montgomery, Larry Prcin, Heidi Simmons, Larry Simmons, Steve Snell, Brenda Watts
Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  
www.tornadogallerylubbock.com    
http://tornadogallery.blogspot.com/

 

At the Science Spectrum:

25 Fun Facts about the Science Spectrum
1. Before having a permanent home, the Science Spectrum hosted its first temporary traveling exhibition, Light and Sight, from the Franklin Institute inside the South Plains Mall in April of 1987.
2. The Science Spectrum held its Grand Opening as a permanent museum on February 11th, 1989 at the previous 50th and Slide location. The inaugural exhibitions during its opening were, Dinosaurs and Leonardo da Vinci: The Inventor.
3. The Science Spectrum moved to its current location on the South Loop between Indiana and University Aves. in October of 1993.  
4. The first exhibition hosted at its new permanent location was, Mission to Mars, in October of 1993.
5. Known as the OMNIMAX Theater when first opened, the theater debuted its first film, Ring of Fire, on October 23rd of 1993.
6. In November of 2003, the theater underwent a renovation and installed a new state-of-the-art  15/70mm rolling loop projection system and an all new 18,000 watt Dolby Digital DTS sound system.  Reopened to the public in December of 2003, the theater also received a name change by which it is still currently know, the OMNI Theater.
 
7. In July of 2003, the museum opened its largest permanent gallery installation, Texas Alive; the Brazos River Journey, making it home to Lubbock’s only public aquarium. 
8. July 2011 marked another mile-stone with the opening of the all new Dudley & Dorris Faver
Gallery of Flight.
 
9. The Lubbock Children’s Museum, a permanent exhibition space devoted to early childhood education, opened inside the Science Spectrum in November of 2011. 
10. During its 25 years, the museum has presented 43 traveling exhibitions.  For its 25th year, we are proud to be hosting the much anticipated Penguin Plunge! exhibition.  The public will be able to see a  “waddle” or group of real live African Rock Penguins, a first for Lubbock!   
11. Over its 20 plus years, the OMNI Theater has shown 94 films.  This spring, the all new documentary film Penguins will be shown in the theater to accompany the Penguin Plunge! traveling exhibition. 
12. Over  4,000,000 visitors have either attended the museum, a film in the OMNI, been to an educational camp / workshop or have attended a special event at the facility during the past 25 years.
13. The museum and theater now sees over 25,000 students and teachers on field trips annually.
14. In the past 25 years, over 250,000 students have also seen museum educators come to their school, library, church, after-school care center or community event with traveling science programs called “Outreach”.
15. Traveling Outreach programs from the museum routinely serve a large portion of the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region. The furthest that Science Spectrum Outreach programs have traveled to date is to Del Rio, Texas, at a distance of over 365 miles and 6 hours away.    
16. CritterFest is the largest annual event the museum hosts each year in late June.  It will also celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2014. In both 2012 and 2013, the event grew to serve over 10,000 people!
17. The Science Spectrum is a member of the international trade organization, the Association of Science and Technology Centers or ASTC.  Founded in 1973, ASTC now numbers nearly 600 members in over 40 countries. Members include not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children's museums.  
18. The Science Spectrum is a categorized as a “Governoring Member” of ASTC, and has had staff members present at its annual conference.
19. The Science Spectrum is a locally operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has a mission statement to further public understanding of science and technology, provide opportunities for “hands-on” learning, acquaint young people with careers in STEM fields and improve the quality of life for citizens of all ages in Lubbock and on the South Plains!
20. The Science Spectrum chose the prism as its logo because white light can be broken down into the colors of the rainbow, just like the field of science can be broken down into a spectrum of disciplines.
21. Currently there are approximately 40 part-time and full-time staff at the museum and theater, but only two that have been with the organization the entire 25 years.  Kay Dudley, Giftshop Manager and Cassandra Henry, Executive Director. 
22. Each year the organization sees hundreds of community volunteers, both as individuals and as groups from local organizations, volunteer for exhibitions, special events, children’s camps and workshops, and fundraising efforts.
23. The current building that houses the Science Spectrum is also home to three other organizations; the National Weather Service, Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center and Procurement Assistance Center.
24. The airplane hanging in the lobby is a 1929 Alexander Eaglerock A-2 and one of only nine still in existence, since most of the 1000 planes of that type were destroyed for movie stunt plane crashes.
25. A 150 pound visitor who spends an hour standing at exhibits, 45 minutes walking, 5 minutes using the stairs, and 10 minutes playing active virtual volleyball will burn over 300 calories on their museum visit.


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