West Texas Weekly 03/25/10 Vol. II Issue #7

West Texas Weekly 03/25/10 Vol. II Issue #7

From the Rumors and Innuendoes Dept.:

Sul Ross’s Art Department closing?

I received the following query from Angela Fritz of the Big Bend Art Council:

I’m not sure how to start looking into this and check for the truth of the matter, but there are rumors on campus that the administration at Sul Ross State may be thinking about dropping the already underfunded and overlooked art department. I’m not wanting to start nosing around in a way that gets any arts faculty in trouble, (heard it from a member of faculty first) but this is really really enraging and disturbing to me, as an artist, and an art student there. There was a suggestion from the person bringing it to my attention that a letter writing campaign may need to be started, alerting the deans and president at SRSU to WHAT an arts program is good for and what it means to students and community. I haven’t heard any solid evidence yet of this, just the statement from that one faculty member, and then rumors from other folks in my circle of campus folks.

Does anyone have any information about this? Please leave a comment on this post if you do.

–Kudos to Marfa Film Festival for snagging a film by Lou Reed. In a related note, congrats to Ty Mitchell for landing a role in the upcoming Coen Brothers adaptation of Charles Portis’s True Grit.

–This is an incredible rumor… Miley Cyrus (of Hannah Montana fame) seen in Marathon, Texas at the Gage Hotel… has not been confirmed yet. Was Billy Ray there with his 80s mullet? … then I would believe it.

–Big thank you to the English National Opera. They have adapted a 19th century Italian opera to a West Texas locale. The El Paso time reports: “We enjoyed the new production — a West Texas version — by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. Sir Jonathan Miller, the British opera and theater director, author, humorist and physician (a true Renaissance man), moved the story to a small Southwestern town in the 1950s.”

Yacht: See Mystery Lights
–Informant Senor X of Marfa has the following to say regarding YACHT and some recent interviews: “Both of these Portland people have told numerous media outlets (Pitchfork, AV Club, etc.) that they are Marfa natives and that their last album (See Mystery Lights) was recorded in Marfa. Nothing could be further from the truth. Between the two of them they have spent a total of four to six weeks in Marfa and did none of the major recording, mixing or engineering of the album here. They even tried to stiff local artist Boyd Elder for his fantastic graphic design… oh, wait, they give themselves a graphic design credit on his work in the album sleeve too! The both of them are the classic definition of music industry phonies. They’re simply hitching their wagons to the rising star of Marfa.” Ouch, Senor X!

Big Bend Video

Sanderson, Texas. Soundtrack: “Frankie Teardrop”, Suicide, from Live at Max’s Kansas City

–This video comes from an anonymous member of the Terlingua Liberation Front. Although I disagree with their conclusions concerning this video, I do concur that it seems to capture a waste of taxpayer dollars. This video came with the following e-mail:

Hola from the Terlingua Liberation Front! I captured the following nine donut-munching Border Patrol agents lackadaisically interrogating two middle-aged Hispanics. Of course, these are hardened criminals who are likely to pull out A rocket launcher at any time… but do they really need to have NINE AGENTS PRESENT WASTING THE TAX DOLLARS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? Do not turn your back on these people and say “They are only Mexicans or Immigrants”. When rights are taken from the least powerful of us, they are taken from all of us. TLF. SECEDE FROM USA. SECEDE FROM TEXAS. ROCK AND ROLL, DOPE AND F@#$ING IN THE STREETS.

–“LYDIA MENDOZA “Making Tamales”. From the documentary “Chulas Fonteras”, film by Les Blank, and Chris Strachwitz”

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Big Bend Web Resources

The Field Lab
John Wells has a blog on his project in renewable energy. If you’ve read West Texas Weekly for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention this interesting and fun blog on off-the-grid life in Terlingua. More interestingly, he has installed a fully-functional webcam at his property. So, my dear readers in Dallas, Houston and Austin: click here if you are yearning for an internet peek at life out here in the stony lonesome. You might just catch a peek of John opening up a cold one after a day of hard work.

–Kudos go to Jimmy Patterson who has been doing a lot of good blogging about our area of the world at Sticky Doorknobs. I highly recommend this article:Before I die … A West Texas Bucket List (Pt. 1). Although I mostly discuss issues and events affecting the Big Bend specifically, this is a great overview of some awesome West Texas landmarks. It copiously includes plenty of Big Bend landmarks.
The Window, Chisos Basin, BBNP
–The Window in Chisos Basin is really one of the most awe-inspiring features of the big bend landscape. Did you know you can look out over that vast vista into Mexico from your armchair anywhere in the world? Click here to access the webcam mounted at the Window.

–“The Texas Master Naturalist program develops teams of “master volunteers” to provide educational and outreach services aimed at the better management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.The Tierra Grande chapter covers primarily Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties in the Big Bend region.”
A great site with lots on Big Bend flora and fauna. Click here to visit it.

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Big Bend Events

West Texas Culinary Road Trip Wednesday, March 24 – 28 at El Cosmico, 802 S. Highland Ave. in Marfa, Texas.
Take a culinary road trip through West Texas with chef Lou Lambert and food and travel writer June Naylor; Includes a campfire cookout under ther stars!

Fiesta Primavera

Attend the Fiesta Primavera!

–We would like to remind people that the fundraiser for Relay for Life is fast approaching, and a limited number of presale tickets are available. The event takes place next Friday, April 2 doors open at 7pm. There will be wine, beer, and other beverages, with great food available and fantastic entertainment from Jake Hooker and the Outsiders (www.jakehookermusic.com). There will also be a raffle to give away a wheelbarrel of 24 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne. $100 admits two and advanced tickets can be purchased by calling 432-837-9960 or emailing info@alpinegranada.com.

If you have any other questions, please call me at the Granada office. 837-9960

[ Submit your Big Bend events to Matt Hodges. Click here to visit our events page and leave it as a comment to the public. Or, submit by email to matt [dot] hodges [at] live [dot] com.]

Quotable Quotes Dept.

If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT. –Frank Zappa

–I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread.– Thomas Jefferson

–The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man’s moral nature.– Thorsten Veblen

Angster’s Paradise Dept.