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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas, William Kerns column

June 1, 2013

YellowBrix

June 01--A bit of this and a bit of that ... with news that The Penni Lawrence Band, of Lubbock, will perform a benefit concert from 6 to 9 p.m. June 12, at Abuelo's Restaurant, 4401 82nd St., to help those directly affected by the May 20 tornado that tore through Moore, Okla.

Lead singer Lawrence lost her own home in a tornado in April 1997.

It was assistance from the American Red Cross more than 15 years ago that helped her rebuild her life and, in an effort to give back, Lawrence subsequently became a volunteer for the organization.

Abuelo's agreed to convert its remodeled patio for the June 12 event called "Lubbock Helps Moore: A Tornado Relief Benefit" -- and officials with the Red Cross will be present to accept monetary donations for people directly affected by the tornado.

Lawrence said the Red Cross will make certain that 100 percent of the profits from donations and auction items will make their way to victims in Moore.

Moving forward...

A pair of film series have drawn attention this month.

The Museum of Texas Tech has announced that four Audrey Hepburn films will be screened at no charge at 2 p.m. June 11-14 at the museum's Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium.

Being shown are: June 11, 1963's "Charade;" June 12, 1957's "Funny Face;" June 13, 1953's "Roman Holiday;" and June 14, 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Call 742-2442 for more details.

Meanwhile, Cinemark Inc. has made a couple of changes in its very popular Cinemark Reel Classics series this month.

First of all, instead of the films being shown only on Wednesdays, an additional Sunday matinee has been added -- beginning today.

The second change, perhaps temporary, is that the four films will represent the work of a legendary filmmaker. Cinemark will kick off the chances with four movies from director Steven Spielberg. This month's Cinemark Reel Classics are:

--Today and Wednesday -- The 1975 film "Jaws," directed by Spielberg, will be shown at 2 p.m. today, June 2, and at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Movies 16, 5721 58th St. The ticket price at 2 p.m. is $6.25 for adults and $6 for children and seniors age 62 and older. The 7 p.m. ticket price is $8.50 for the general public, and $6 for children and seniors age 62 and older. Call 796-2804 for more information.

--June 9 and 12 -- The 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

--June 16 and 19 -- The '1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."

--June 23 and 26 -- The 1993 film "Schindler's List.."

All ticket revenue from the three screenings of the Oscar-winning drama "Schindler's List" will be donated to Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute for Visual History and Education, which is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action.

Individual ticket prices for the four films are listed above with "Jaws."

However, a bargain series price of $20 for one ticket to all four films (just $5 per movie) already are on sale at Movies 16.

Moving forward...

June also is a month when we'll see an increase in the number of plays being staged. Just a few opening this month include:

--"The Diary of Anne Frank" -- opens Friday at the CATS Playhouse, 2257 34th St. Zachery Kocurek directs.

--"The Great Rat Race" -- opens Friday at Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Ave.

--"Peter Pan" -- is the first of three summer musicals being staged during the 2013 Moonlight Musicals season. It debuts on June 14 at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater at Mackenzie Park. James Bush directs.

--"Saint John and the Televangelist" -- opens June 14 at Ragtown Gospel Theater near Post. Glenn Polk directs.

Finally, a pair of local live music series also have begun.

The High Noon Concert Series finds visitors in the downtown area listening to musicians playing from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday from the gazebo in front of the Lubbock County Courthouse.

Performers this month are: Wednesday, June 5, Terri Caldwell's friends; June 12, John Sprott; June 19, Whiskey Tango; and June 26, Junior Vasquez.

A little wilder is the free weekly showcase from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday outdoors at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave.

This month's performers are: Thursday, June 6, Dix Hat Band; June 13, Honeyhouse; June 20, Wendy Colonna; and June 27, Patricia Vonne.

There is no admission charge.

Chat about movies, theater, music, dance and visual arts at my blog playBill by Kerns at lubbockonline.com -- or check out Twitter at AJ_WilliamKerns.

william.kerns@lubbockonline.com

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