The 70th annual ABC Rodeo stampedes into Lubbock City Bank Coliseum prepared to kick up dirt and round up funds for local charities. Each spring, fans descend upon Lubbock for the multiday competition, which showcases some of the PRCA's most accomplished cowboys. As attendees saddle general-admission seats and rodeo clowns re-stuff their pockets with ham, competitors will battle spur-to-spur in a variety of events such as bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and team roping. The weekend's festivities uphold Lubbock's longstanding tradition of improving the community through sporting events, and for the 70th straight year, Beutler and Son Rodeo Company elevates the event's standards with quality livestock and broncos that are former Olympic champions in the high jump.
As an affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Randall County Roller Dames challenge a lineup of regional rivals to fast-paced bouts of derby, eliciting cheers from an adoring flock of fans. The athletes sport helmets, skates, and tough nicknames based on obscure Cockney rhyming slang as they race around a circuit, elbowing and knocking away enemy skaters in a dizzying display of skill and teamwork. The Roller Dames exhibit a lasting loyalty to their home turf, not only through a series of six exhilarating home bouts, but also through yearly charity benefits for nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Voted Amarillo's Best Theatre Group in 2009 by CityVoter, Avenue 10 offers a premier theater-arts experience through exciting exhibitions, musical performances, and staged productions showcasing local acting and directing talent. Set to music, A Clockwork Orange transports audiences through Anthony Burgess' psychological dystopian satire, examining the nature of free will, morality, and lactose intolerance. Staged by director and actor Michael Blake, this performance features the acting chops of Aaron Lee Jones, Terri Morgan, and David Burton, and the muttonchops of Arthur A. Chester.
Three years after founding Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in 1997, Louise Hopkins Underwood’s operation finally found a permanent home in the city's vacated Fire Department Administration Building. These days, her vision for a thriving contemporary-arts community has grown into a four-block campus with nine buildings spread across 64,000 square feet. The LHUCA team repurposed those structures—warehouses and former municipal buildings among them—into arts spaces that include an exhibition hall and four galleries whose nearly 5,000 square feet display local, national, and international artists. The renovated Icehouse accommodates rehearsals and performances of dance, music, and performance art, and the 159-seat Firehouse Theatre's 5.1-surround-sound mix brings films to life more effectively than hiring Dr. Frankenstein as a projectionist. Along with showcasing the work of prominent figures, the center's teachers nurture up-and-coming artists with classes in disciplines such as oil painting, bagpiping, and creative writing.
Renowned for its influence on the Texas wine industry, CapRock Winery also serves as a linchpin of gregarious fraternization with the return of its Comedy Night, when the expansive facility plays host to standup comedians tickling funny bones on both local and national circuits. Onsite entertainment gets a boost from the facility’s 11-foot, high-definition screen, professional sound system, and poetry-reciting grapes harvested fresh from the vineyard.