Play Here's Activity Roundup for Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, with 'Musical Comedy Murders,' Big Cheese, Janis Joplin, more
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
January winds down with several hot event and activity options. Check here for the full scoop!
Downtown Lunchtime Book Club: Join the discussion of Elie Wiesel's Night as part of the Amarillo Reads program. The club will meet three times in January and February to complete Wiesel's trilogy. (12:15 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3054)
Iron Clad: Cast and Painted Works by Jack Craft and Ted Laredo: Sculptor Craft and painter Laredo be recognized at an opening reception for their ongoing two-person show. They'll give an artists' talk at 12:30 p.m. in Mary Moody Northen Hall Room 189, as well. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dord Fitz Formal Art Gallery at West Texas A&M University. Free. email@example.com)
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: This humorous whodunnit inspired by 1940s murder mysteries continues its run. I caught it at the preview performance last week and found it quite charming, almost surprisingly so. It definitely appeals to those with an appreciation for heightened acting and classic movies, but the humor should translate nonetheless. Look for strong performances by Brooks Boyett, Cheyenne Haynes, Tony Brazill, Marley Hoggatt and others. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-378-3096)
Hard Work and Horse Power: The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum will put the spotlight on the importance of horses in the bui;lding of this country. (Friday to July 29, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40. $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. 806-376-4811)
The Big Cheese: Sample 25 varieties of mac & cheese from area chefs at this fundraiser for The Hope and Healing Place. (6 p.m. Friday, Rex Baxter Building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. $25 adults, $5 children. 806-371-8998)
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: This humorous whodunnit inspired by 1940s murder mysteries continues its run. (8 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-378-3096)
Cold As Ice Run: This fundraiser for The Bridge features timed 10K and 5K runs and a one-mile walk/run. (8:30 a.m. Saturday, Get Fit, 1911 S. Georgia St. Entry fee $25 through Thursday and $30 Friday; no race-day entries. 806-350-4262)
Canyon Driving Tour: Take a guided tour through Palo Duro Canyon State Park and learn about its flora, fauna, geology and history. Limited to first 14 people; a waiting list will be used, and passengers must be old enough to ride in van without a car or booster seat. Meet at the gatehouse. (10 a.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)
Village Tour: Explore one of the oldest campsites at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in this guided walking tour. Dress for the weather, wear walking shoes or boots and bring water for the moderately difficult walk. Meet at the Visitor Center. (3 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)
Clarence Darrow: This one-man show starring Gary Payne explores the life and career of the famed lawyer. (7 p.m. Saturday; continues Sunday. Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4901 Cornell St. Admission $10 or free with student ID. 806-355-9351)
Zombiez Barred and Grilled: The Yellow City Comedy troupe — including Skylar Potter, Tristan Pinter, Austin "The Hooligan" Ulen, Matt Villegas and Handsome Rob — will perform. (8:45 p.m. Saturday, Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. $5. 806-331-7305)
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: This humorous whodunnit inspired by 1940s murder mysteries continues its run. (8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-378-3096)
AMoA Achievement in Art: The Collection of Mike and Dalia Engler: An exhibition featuring the Amarillo couple's extensive modern art collection opens. (Sunday through March 31, Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Free. 806-371-5050)
Wedding Show Spectacular: This boutique-style event with Amarillo vendors will offer a new take on bridal shows. (Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 28, Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St. Free admission. 806-355-9801 or 806-351-8550)
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: This humorous whodunnit inspired by 1940s murder mysteries concludes its run. (2:30 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-378-3096)
Clarence Darrow: This one-man show starring Gary Payne explores the life and career of the famed lawyer. (3 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4901 Cornell St. Admission $10 or free with student ID. 806-355-9351)
A Night with Janis Joplin: This musical revue tribute to the life and career of the late, great Joplin is an add-on to Civic Amarillo and Celebrity Attractions' Broadway Spotlight Series. (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $40 to $50, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
Paper Clips: This film documents the Paper Clips Project, which was started by three middle school teachers whose classes tried to collect enough paper clips to represent each human life lost in the Holocaust. It will screen as part of Amarillo Public Library's Amarillo Reads program. (6 p.m. Feb. 1, Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-371-5479)
Group Nude Show: The monthly First Thursday Art + Music party at The 806 Coffee + Lounge will feature the opening of the 10th annual group nude art show. Ready-to-hang submissions are due by Jan. 31. (7 p.m. opening reception Feb. 1; on view through Feb. 27. The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover; donations accepted. 806-322-1806)
- Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 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 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. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
- Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the winter 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, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 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). 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 Floor to Ceiling through Feb. 21. It's open 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 open 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.
- Extreme Laser Tag: Take aim at this indoor attraction, 2503 S.W. 45th Ave. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $13. Call 806-367-8954.
- 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., features free holiday tours through Dec. 19 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. Fridays through Sundays after Labor Day, weather permitting. 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 open 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.
- Southern Light Gallery: The art gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, is open 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. Call 806-345-5654.
- 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.
- Xcape Room Warehouse: The newest escape room attraction, 714 S.E. 10th Ave., is open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission $25. Call 806-353-6353.