Play Here's Activity Roundup for Aug. 24 to 31

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
Cody Wilson and Sydney Berg star in ALT's "Constellations."
Photo by Chip Chandler

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Summer winds down with a powerful drama at ALT, fun at Palo Duro Canyon, Santa in the Summer, ice skating parties and more!

 

Thursday

"Menopause the Musical" will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about an astrophysicist and a beekeeper and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. It's OK for you to be confused at first as the play stutters and skips through a myriad of timelines as it tells its story, but pay attention to lighting cues and trust the actors to guide you through. I caught it on opening night last weekend and was totally enthralled. Sydney Berg and Cody Wilson do stellar work as the scientist and the regular bloke she falls in love with, and I found Nick Payne's script far more emotionally involving than I expected. My preview helps you make sense of it, I hope(7:30 p.m. Thursday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Menopause the Musical: This high-spirited musical, in which four strangers bond over their bodily changes, returns to Amarillo for an add-on performance for the Broadway Spotlight Series. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets  $41 to $46, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
  • Movie Night: Kick off the fall semester at Amarillo College with a screening of The Goonies in a public event sponsored by the Student Government Association. (8:30 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo College amphitheatre on the Washington Street campus. Free. 806-371-5000)

 

Friday

Enjoy the sunset at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a special hike Friday.
Courtesy Palo Duro Canyon

  • Corn Hole Tournament: The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle, which supports the families of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters, will host this competition centered on the popular backyard game. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and entry fee is $40 per team of two. Amarillo country-rock band Kim & The Crash will perform following the tournament. (6 p.m. Friday, Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive. No cover. 806-331-4100)
  • Electric Light Skating: The Amarillo Bulls will host an open skating party with glow sticks and more on their rink inside the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum. Enter down the ramp at Entrance 6. (7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $10 with your own skates, $13 including rental skates; cash only. 806-242-1122)
  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about an astrophysicist and a beekeeper and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. See above for my thoughts on the show, and hopefully, my preview helps you make sense of it(8 p.m. Friday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Sunset Hike: There's hardly a better place around here to watch sunset than Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and visitors on this moderately difficult guided hike will get an eyeful. Arrive at the park at least 30 minutes early for this approximately 1.5-mile hike, and dress for the warm weather (including good hiking shoes or boots). Don't forget water. The hike begins at Chinaberry Day Use Area on the floor of the canyon. (8:30 p.m. Friday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Park admission $5 adults, hike is free. 806-488-2227) 

 

Saturday

The Cassettes will perform at the annual Santa in the Summer fundraiser for Eveline Rivers Christmas Project.

  • Amarillo Community Market: The downtown farmers and crafters market returns for a second year (which runs through Oct. 14). Look for live music and activities weekly. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. Free.)
  • Book Signing: Artist and author Valerie Wieners will sign copies of The Art of Words at Burrowing Owl Books, 419 16th St. in Canyon. The first 100 will receive a free art print. (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Burrowing Owl Books, 419 16th St. in Canyon. 806-282-9888)
  • Palo Duro Rocks! Geology Tour: Take a ride through Palo Duro Canyon to learn more about the geological forces that built it and the rocks and minerals that comprise it. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Children out of booster seats are welcome. Sign-in is required, and space is limited. Meet at the park headquarters. (4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. 806-488-2227)
  • Electric Light Skating: The Amarillo Bulls will host an open skating party with glow sticks and more on their rink inside the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum. Enter down the ramp at Entrance 6. (7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $10 with your own skates, $13 including rental skates; cash only. 806-242-1122)
  • Santa in the Summer: Get chill at this '80s-themed fundraiser for Eveline Rivers Christmas Project. Retro cover band Cassettes will perform. (7 p.m. Saturday, 314 S. Jefferson St. $65 single, $120 couple. 806-372-3985)
  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about an astrophysicist and a beekeeper and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. See above for my thoughts on the show, and hopefully, my preview helps you make sense of it(8 p.m. Saturday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Star Party: Marvel at the night sky from the floor of Palo Duro Canyon State Park with assistance from the park's telescope and a park interpreter. Dress comfortably for the weather, bring a camp chair or blanket to lay on, and bring a flashlight (red lights preferred) for visibility. Meet at the Wolfberry Day Use Area near Juniper Camping Loop. (8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. 806-488-2227)
  • Sinsity to Yellow City Cabaret: Las Vegas burlesque performers Sinsity Pearl and Bananas Foster will headline a special show also featuring several Amarillo acts. (10 p.m. Saturday, RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. $10. 806-342-9000)

 

Sunday

Amarillo comedian Skylar Potter and others will perform in a "Sunday Funny Sunday" showcase at Leftwoods.

  • Public Skate: The Amarillo Bulls will host a family skating day on their rink inside the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum. Enter down the ramp at Entrance 6. (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $10 with your own skates, $13 including rental skates; cash only. 806-242-1122)
  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about an astrophysicist and a beekeeper and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. See above for my thoughts on the show, and hopefully, my preview helps you make sense of it(2:30 p.m. Sunday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Sunday Funny Sunday: Amarillo comedians Tristan Pinter, Skylar Potter, Handsome Rob and Austin Ulen will perform in a comedy showcase at Leftwoods. Host is newcomer Matt Villegas. (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave. $5. 806-367-9840)

 

Wednesday

 

Ongoing

  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
  • Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
  • Amarillo Historical Museum: Learn more about the city's past at this museum, 1612 S. Johnson St. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, or by appointment. Call 806-206-3926.
  • Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Amarillo Biennial 600: Architecture is on view through Oct. 1. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
  • Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the summer at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
  • Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
  • Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
  • Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). America's Horse in Art show and sale is on view through Oct. 12. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811. 
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
  • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features Modern West through Sept. 22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Physics @ Play and Cubelets Robot Blocks through Sept. 17. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
  • The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St., has free tours conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
  • Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the summer. Call 806-488-2260.
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
  • River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
  • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
  • Wonderland Park: The park will continue its 66th season. Park hours vary throughout the summer, so check their calendar for the most up-to-date information. Full access passes are $31.95 for Tuesdays through Thursdays, $33.95 for Fridays, and $39.95 for 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. 

 

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

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