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Cheech Marin to Kick Off the 2014-15 Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

The Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series has a spectacular lineup this year! Check out what you’ll see beginning this October…

An Evening with Cheech Marin

Actor, director, comedian, author, and Chicano art collector

Friday, October 3, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Cheech Marin is best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent duo of Cheech and Chong, yet he has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Marin’s multi-media presentation, Chicano Art: Perspectives of an Art Advocate, launches the TTU Landmark Gallery exhibition of Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, October 3 – December 14. Exhibit reception October 3, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Art Building.

Funkadesi 

Indo-Afro-Caribbean world music fusion

Friday, November 7, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Funkadesi blends Indian music — bhangra, Bollywood, Indian folk — with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The band hails from Chicago, proudly representing the diverse multi-ethnic communities within the city.  They are a 6-Time “Best World Music Band” winner of The Chicago Music Awards.

The Clothesline Muse 

A multi-disciplinary theatrical work

Friday, February 20, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

This original, multi-disciplinary project explores the clothesline as a metaphor of community lifeline and its ties to the environment. The performance includes dance, music, spoken word, interview text, video and interactive art. The cast includes 6 dancers and six-time Grammy-nominated  jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon as “The Muse.” The Clothesline Muse aims to honor ancestors by transforming the task of washing clothes by hand into beautiful imagery, dance and song.

John Pizzarelli Jazz Quartet with Jane Monheit In Singers Over Manhattan   

Friday, March 6, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Soulful elegance, virtuosic musicianship, melodic creativity, and an unfailing swing will be operative during this meeting of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and Grammy nominated singer Jane Monheit, each a world-class communicator of an encyclopedic array of American and other popular song styles.

Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate (1995-1997)  

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Poet, Environmentalist and Teacher

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Robert Hass is, first of all, a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force, whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. Awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, twice the National Book Critics’ Circle Award (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Robert Hass is a professor of English at UC Berkele

  • All events will be held in the TTU Allen Theatre.
  • $18.00 general admission individual tickets.
  • $75.00 general admission season tickets are available through Select-A-Seat (806) 770-2000.
  •  TTU students receive 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the Student Union information desk.

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