HPPR Arts, Culture & History

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Dust Bowl era
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Culture:
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Arts:
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music
theatre
events & festivals

Little Mazarn told us they were coming thorough Amarillo, and we had to make sure they'd pause and play us a few tunes. This Austin-based multi-instrumentalist Lindsey Verrill, accompanied by virtuosic sonic wails from Jeff Johnston on saw, blew our minds at South by Southwest 2018.

Longtime listeners already know how High Plains Morning loves lookin' out for our own, so when we heard Oklahoma's own Turnpike Troubadours were slidin' through the Panhandle, we got one of them on the horn.

Chera Miller

A poet from the Texas Panhandle has brought home one of the most prestigious poetry awards in the American West.

Chera Hammons is the winner of the PEN Southwest Poetry Award for her book, The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City. Judge Allison Adelle Hedge Coke called Hammons’s book an “astute take on life on the Southern Plains,” adding “we are the better for [this book] being here.”

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Last week, Amarillo unveiled the first historic Route 66 sign along the famed route that traverses the city.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, State Sen. Kel Seliger and State Rep. Four Price were on hand to celebrate the sign’s reveal.

Dora Meroney is the president of the Old Route 66 Association of Texas, and she said she hopes to erect signs along the entire 178-mile stretch of the former highway in the panhandle.

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Texas has removed more Confederate monuments than any other state, according to a new study.

As The Dallas Morning News reports, a new breakdown from the Southern Poverty Law Center notes that, since a 2015 shooting in a historic black church in Charleston, 110 Confederate monuments have been taken down or changed nationwide. Over a fourth of those monuments were in Texas.

A team of paleontologists from the University of Kansas is resuming its work in Montana, excavating what appears to be a very rare dinosaur fossil: a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex. 

KU paleontologist David Burnham said the excavation began in 2016, but the team is returning to the site this summer hoping to find more pieces of the T-rex. 

Gemini SONGBIRDS

Jun 2, 2018

Music from Gemini musicians this week on SONGBIRDS.  Hear from the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Jewel and Stevie Nicks. Plus, play along as musical clues lead you to the exact birthday of the shows' Gemini host, Valarie Smith. That's this Saturday a 1 pm CST on High Plains Public Radio.

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Many sports fans across the Texas Panhandle were left scratching their heads on Wednesday, while others erupted in outrage, as the five finalists for the name of Amarillo’s new baseball team were announced.

The five finalists are: The Amarillo Boot Scoters, the Amarillo Bronc Busters, the Amarillo Jerky, the Amarillo Long Haulers, and the Amarillo Sod Poodles.

Songbirds for History Nerds

May 19, 2018

Joining Songbirds this week is Marla Matkin, a living historian and independent scholar.  We will be discussing the 100th grand reunion of Forsyth Scouts: Battle of Beecher Island.  Featuring Fort Harker, Fort Hays, Fort Wallace and Beecher Island in Wray, Colorado.  We'll also be enjoying some cowboy music from likes of Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphy and Kansan, Dave Zerfas.  Join us this Saturday at 1 pm as we combine our love for music and history.

Sixty-four years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision to end legal segregation in the public school system as part of the Brown v. Board of Education case. A new mural is being unveiled Thursday in the Kansas Capitol in Topeka to commemorate that landmark decision.

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Last year, Texas rejected almost 2,500 vanity license plates that violated approval guidelines. As The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles turned down the requests for a variety of reasons, including messages that were too political or too sexy.

Some of the requested messages that ran afoul of political guidelines included plates reading NOTRUMP, NOBAMA, and N2TRUMP.

Phillpsburg, New Jersey native Pentley Holmes stopped by High Plains Morning at HPPR Studios—Amarillo to play a live, in-studio set before his Amarillo debut, May 15th at 7pm at FireSongs at Fire Slice Pizzaria.

A huge thank you to Amarillo College's Suzuki Guitar Ensemble for cramming into the HPPR Studio in Amarillo for an impressive show of skill and talent. 

Instructor Homero Campos's Beginning Guitar Ensemble includes: David Schneider (9); Lucy Schneider (9); Will Albracht (8); Bennett Amos (8); Jonathan Smith (8); and Andrew Davis (9). 

From Texas Standard.

It’s time once again for what they call the most exciting two minutes in sports. The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will happen this Saturday.

SONGBIRDS To Feature Latin Musicians!

May 4, 2018

In observance of Cinco De Mayo,  SONGBIRDS will feature Latin musicians.  Listen in and let the music move you.  We'll hear from the likes of Gaby Moreno, Sabu, Sie7e, Jesse y Joy and maybe, just maybe, a little bachata.  All this and more, this Saturday afternoon at 1 pm CST.

Punko de Mayo is TOMORROW, folks! Punk and Disorderly, High Plains Public Radio's latest regional music program, comes to you for one-hour every Saturday night (well, Sunday morning) and is dedicated to all things punk rock.

Plus, Bryan joins Steve Johnson on Open Range on Saturday at 2p CT. 

Book lovers, mark your calendars! On Sunday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. CST, HPPR Radio Readers invites you to a live, on-air, book discussion for the 2018 Spring Read: "WWI-Perspectives."

Don’t miss a spirited discussion of our four books with panelists from Panhandle-Plains Historical MuseumBethel College, & High Plains Public Radio + educators from across our region! The panelists will explore themes raised in the discussion of the book through contributed Radio Reader BookBytes. Plus, it will stream live on HPPR's Facebook page!

It's all about the cello this week on SONGBIRDS.  We'll hear from artists like Katie Herzig, Ben Sollee. Monique Clare and more. This episode is inspired by a plain and simple need to indulge in the rich resonating tones that only this instrument can create. Tune in Saturday at 1 pm CST for a cello entree with a side of folk.

High Plains Morning wants to thank Sarah McQuaid for the phone interview about her video for "Slow Decay," which was inspired by the true story of Bill Conner—a father who biked 1,400 miles across the US to raise awareness about organ donation. 

High Plains Morning thanks Lisa Hancock from the  Area Agency on Aging of the Panhandle  for stopping into the studio today to share information about their 2018 Older Americans Month Celebration: Engage at Every Age.

Here are the details!

WHEN:            

May 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

***Registration check in opens at 8:30 a.m.***

 --FREE EVENT!

“Like Lucinda Williams in a Carhartt jacket, Christy Hays works rugged metaphors into emotionally charged country folk.” —Austin Chronicle

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Don't miss our latest Texas-based singer-songwriter featured as part of the HPPR Living Room Concert Series: Christy Hays!She's a gifted singer-songwriter from Illinois, based in Austin, TX, but regularly pulled into Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Her voice and songwriting will be a real treat for HPPR listeners.

 

Christy Hays - LIVE IN CONCERT

EXCITING NEWS! This Tuesday night in Amarillo, HPPR's listening area has Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, with folk icon Richard Thompson, LIVE IN CONCERT! And right now on High Plains Morning, you can get TWO FREE TICKETS!

Jonathan Baker

Many folks in the Texas Panhandle experience cognitive dissonance when hearing our homeland referred to as “West Texas”—especially those of us who’ve ever seen a map. The Panhandle is most certainly not in the western part of the state. It could be called “Northwest Texas”—and it sometimes is—but truly, the Panhandle should be classified as North Texas.

From Texas Standard.

Many of us have a cabinet or a closet at home with a stack of homemade VHS tapes – or those little tapes that went into newer-model camcorders – or maybe even Super 8s on little plastic reels. What’s on them may be personally worth keeping. But in the age of Blu-ray and digital files, will you ever watch them again?

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Lynn Phipps has finally made it back to her hometown of Canyon, Texas—and she brought her partner, Joe DeLeon. Thankfully, they've also brought along their guitars, banjo, harmonicas, and vocal harmonies (though they seem to have forgotten their guitar picks). 

Thank you, the world. I can die now.

  

I’m Jonathan Baker, a writer in Canyon, Texas, and the task has fallen to me to wrap up this spring’s book club, in which we engaged with three books dedicated to various aspects of World War I. Let’s take a look back at the three books we read this spring, and see what kinds of connections and lessons we might take from them. All three books are of interest, as they manage to view the complications of the Great War from various unexpected distances and angles.

Amarillo Opera

Amarillo Opera will have one final showing this evening of its spring offering, Man of La Mancha. The opera company is thrilled to have Nacogdoches native Ron Raines in the title role. Raines has established himself as a force on Broadway, while also performing with such venerable institutions as San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.

Two Views of a Son at the Front

Apr 6, 2018
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I’m Lynne Hewes of Cimarron, KS.  Edith Wharton’s WWI novel, A Son at the Front, is packed full of those messages literature teachers call themes or lessons about life.  When we read the book, we learn about the role of art in society, the tragedies of divorce, the importance of standing up for what we believe in, the differences between young people and adults, and more than a little about the horrors of war—even though Wharton never actually takes us to the “front.”

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