Play Here's Activity Roundup for April 6 to 13

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Craig Schulman and Jackie Burns star in Amarillo Opera's "Evita."
Photo by Chip Chandler

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Comedy, art, opera, spring activities and more are headed your way through April 13. Check here for your all-in-one roundup of Amarillo events.


  • The Great War screening: Eye Deep in Hell: Historians Bruce Brasington, Bryan Vizzini and Brian Ingrassia will speak during a roundtable discussion and screening of a portion of the first episode of this new documentary miniseries from PBS's American Experience. The free screening begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2504 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; the documentary debuts Monday on Panhandle PBS.
  • First Thursday Art Show: See the latest in contemporary works featured at The 806 coffee shop & bar, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. The opening party kicks off at 7 p.m. Call 806-322-1806.
  • Seminar:  Amarillo Little Theatre tackles a contemporary black comedy about an acclaimed author (Don Washburn) leading a writing workshop for four aspiring authors (Ryan T. Land, Annemarie Rossatto, Jason Kopp and Karen Colin). It opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle, and will continue at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and April 14 and 15, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $13 for children Thursdays and Sundays, and $21 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, and $15 for children Fridays and Saturdays. Call 806-355-9991. Check my preview for more info.
  • Coffee & Cuties: Children 5 and younger can enjoy stories, crafts and more with their grandparents at 10 and 11 a.m. Friday at Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children, students, military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
  • First Friday Art Walk: Stroll through galleries featuring about 100 artists at this monthly event at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd.. Among the gallery shows are No/Thing, a photography exhibition by Vivien Young, in R Gallery, and Refusal Saloon, an exhibition of works not chosen for the Amarillo College/West Texas A&M University exhibition at Amarillo Museum of Art but still worthy of showing, in the WT Experimental Galleries. The walk runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Discover for a Dollar: Visit the Discovery Center (and its current touring exhibitions) for only $1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at this special event. Call 806-355-9547.
  • Evita:  Amarillo Opera hopes the money will be rolling in for this production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice rock opera, starring Broadway vets Craig Schulman and Jackie Burns, with Matthew Patrick Morris and others. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $15 to $90, plus fees. Call 806-372-7464 or 806-378-3096.
  • Friends of the Amarillo Public Library Book Sale: Stock up on books for your own personal library at the public sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. The weekend also includes a Friends Only Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Call 806-378-3054.
  • Ruffles & Rust Expo: This traveling shopping expo offers vintage items from more than 80 vendors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission is $5.
  • Three Sisters Garden Project: Volunteers can help plant a Three Sisters Garden — that's one featuring the traditional corn, beans and squash — at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free for the workday. Call 806-352-6007.
  • Splatter Paint Poetry: Create poetic works of art in honor of National Poetry Month at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-378-3054.
  • Hoodrat Hootenanny: Check out cars and bikes at this show opening at 3 p.m. Saturday at Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. Enter your own vehicle for $10, or just enjoy the party — including music by Loudmouth Lisa and Uncle Puppy & The Rejects and burlesque by Jostlynn Plums — for $5. Call 806-331-7305.
  • Spring Celebration: Make spring crafts, hear stories about spring and take photos with the Easter Bunny from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Amarillo Public Library Southwest branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-359-2094.
  • Crafting: Learn how to knot parachute rope as the foundation for several creations in a workshop at 7 p.m. Monday at Amarillo Public Library East branch, 2232 S.E. 27th Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-342-1589.
  • Poetry Reading: Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading original works or other favorites at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Amarillo Public Library Northwest branch, 6100 S.W. Ninth Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-359-2035.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series: Former CIA chief of counterintelligence James Olson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the First United Bank Center at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Olson, currently a faculty member at Texas A&M University, is an expert in intelligence and national security who has served as an adviser to U.S. ambassadors and as a liaison with the State Department and other organizations. The lecture is free. Call 806-651-2465.
  • Dinosaur Club: Kids 6 to 10 will enjoy dinosaur stories and crafts at this event at  4 p.m. April 13 at the Amarillo Public Library North branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-381-7931.
  • Wonderland Park: The park, now in its 66th season, continues its expansion of its season hours this weekend. The park is open 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and April 13. Admission is $16.95 for 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, $18.95 for 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, and $24.95 for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Full access passes are $31.95 for Tuesdays through Thursdays, $33.95 for Fridays, and $39.95 for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Spectator passes are $5. WOW passes are available in any amount. Miniature golf is $5; hours are 5 p.m. to close Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 p.m. to close Saturdays and Sundays. Call 806-383-3344. 
  • Ongoing exhibitions include The Colour and the Shape through April 14 at the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery at WT; the AC/WT Student/Faculty Exhibition through April 15 at Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St.; Dwellings at Southern Light Gallery on the Amarillo College Washington Street campus through May 5; Little Builders, Brain Teasers 2 and Strange Matter through May 14 at Don Harrington Discovery Center; Nacidos Charro: Born Charro through July 29 at American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40; The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30 at PPHM.



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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