Play Here's Activity Roundup for May 11 to 18

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
Celebrate the Madame Queen during National Railroad Day.
Courtesy Amarillo Railroad Museum

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Mother's Day celebrations, Train Day, a classic musical and more: These are the activities, events and arts productions heading your way between now and May 18.

 

Thursday

Mary Jane Johnson and her Amarillo College students will perform Thursday and Saturday.

  • Opera Scenes: Amarillo College music professor Mary Jane Johnson's students will perform music from Gilbert and Sullivan, The Magic FluteSweeney Todd and more at 7 p.m. in the AC Concert Hall Theatre. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5340.
  • Anything Goes: Amarillo Little Theatre closes out its 90th anniversary season with this Broadway staple featuring beloved classics by Cole Porter, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You" and more. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information. And check this post over the weekend for my thoughts on the production.

 

Friday

Works by Andrew Scott DeJesse and others will be on view in "Perceptions of War" beginning Friday at Cerulean Gallery.

  • Perceptions of War: Artists Andrew Scott DeJesse, Janie Hathoot, John Key, Michael Longhofer, Judy Rogers and Marilyn Yanke explore combat and its effects in this new exhibition, which will hang through July 21 (including the Memorial Day holiday) at Cerulean Gallery, 814 S. Taylor St. The exhibition opens with a 6 to 9 p.m. reception Friday. Check out my preview for more information.
  • Vintage Amarillo: Preview the wines and other auction items for Amarillo Symphony Guild's fundraiser at a 7 p.m. cocktail party on the second floor of the Amarillo College Union Building on the Washington Street campus. Tickets for the preview party are $50 but may be sold out. Call 806-376-8782.
  • Anything Goes: Amarillo Little Theatre closes out its 90th anniversary season with this Broadway staple featuring beloved classics by Cole Porter, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You" and more. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information.

 

Saturday

Rob Baird and others will perform Saturday at Canadian River Music Festival in Canadian.

  • Teacher Appreciation Day: Educators whose school years are almost complete will get a treat Saturday at the Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission will be free for teachers, administrators and home-school educators, plus three guests, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Teacher IDs are required for admission. Call 806-381-7911.
  • Mother's Day Maker's Space: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will offer hands-on fun for kids with this art program allowing them to make paper flowers and cards for Mother's Day. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. It's free with admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children. Call 806-651-2244.
  • National Train Day: Celebrate the rails and the men and women who work them with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Amarillo Railroad Museum, 3160 I Ave., the Madame Queen at Southeast Second Avenue and Lincoln Street, and the Buttel Train Museum, 3907 Sundown Lane. You can check out the progress on the largest HO-scale model railroad layout in the Panhandle at the railroad museum. 
  • Canadian River Music Festival: The eighth-annual festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Pavilion, 1101 N. Sixth St. in Canadian. This year's lineup includes Hillbilly Stu at 11:30 a.m., The Cody Sparks Band at 12:30 p.m., Red Shahan at 1:30 p.m., Rob Baird at 3 p.m., Flatland Cavalry at 4:30 p.m., Jason Boland & The Stragglers at 6 p.m., Blackhawk at 7:30 p.m. and William Clark Green at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate.
  • Splash Pads: Amarillo Parks & Recreation splash pads will open Saturday for daily fun in the summer. Pads at the following parks are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily: Benton, Bones Hooks (except Mondays), El Alamo, Memorial, San Jacinto, Southlawn, Westover Village and Medical Center. Pads at the following parks are open from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays while school is in session: Forest Hill, City View, Eastridge, Hamlet and Glenwood. Pads are free to use. For information, visit www.amarilloparks.org or call 806-378-9391.
  • Opera Scenes: Get an outdoor encore of performances by Amarillo College music professor Mary Jane Johnson's students at 3 p.m. in the courtyard outside the AC Concert Hall Theatre. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5340.
  • Palo Duro Canyon: Ann Coberley and Andy Clouse will sign copies of Texas: Places of the Heart from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Canyon Gallery. See more of the canyon through a scenic tour by van at 3:30 p.m. for the first 14 people who sign up at the gatehouse. Then, enjoy a Dutch oven cookout and campfire singalong at the Lone Star Interpretive Theater at 8 p.m. Events are free with regular park entrance fees of $5 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Vintage AmarilloGet a "Taste of Spain" at this year's fundraiser for Amarillo Symphony Guild. Enjoy dinner and a wine (and other item) auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Amarillo College Union Building on the Washington Street campus. Tickets are $125 but may be sold out. Call 806-376-8782.
  • Dancing with the Amarillo Stars: Notable locals will hoof it at this annual fundraiser for Ascension Academy. Dinner and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m. at West Texas A&M University Legacy Hall in Canyon. Performers will include Shannon and Jason Herrick, Sarah Green and Edgar Tarrango, Travis and Jennifer Homer, Sunnye and Brian Jones, and Mary & Robert Stevens. Tickets are $100 or $1,000 for tables of eight, but may be sold out. Call 806-342-0515 or email kengler@ascensionacademy.org.
  • Amarillo Venom vs. Texas Revolution: The indoor football squad battles this Allen-based team at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $10 to $40, plus fees. And it's Ladies Night, so women get in free and can shop at the Head-to-Toe Expo. Call 806-350-7277.
  • A Night Out: Enjoy cocktails and sales at Raffkind's in this fundraiser for Equality Texas. The event runs 7 to 9 p.m. at Raffkind's, 2205 S. Georgia St. A portion of sales during the evening will benefit EQTX's efforts to lobby on behalf of LGBTQ Texans. Call 806-352-3033.
  • Musica Variada: Amarillo Opera celebrates Latin music in this annual concert, this year featuring Mariachi Melodias de Mexico, along with several Amarillo performers. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $20. Call 806-372-7464 or 806-378-3096, or check my preview for more information.
  • Anything Goes: Amarillo Little Theatre closes out its 90th anniversary season with this Broadway staple featuring beloved classics by Cole Porter, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You" and more. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information.  

     

    Sunday

    Mothers can visit the spider monkeys and other favorites for free Sunday at Amarillo Zoo for a Mother's Day celebration.
    Photo by Chip Chandler

    • Mother's Day at the Zoo: Moms will receive free admission when they bring their kids Sunday to Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. The first 100 moms also receive a free packet of wildflower seeds. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Call 806-381-7911.
    • Mother's Day at Discovery Center: Moms get in free to see the last day of the exhibits Little Builders, Brain Teasers 2 and Strange Matter between noon and 4:30 p.m. at the Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Otherwise, admission is $11 for adults, and $8 for children, students, military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
    • Anything Goes: Amarillo Little Theatre closes out its 90th anniversary season with this Broadway staple featuring beloved classics by Cole Porter, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You" and more. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information.

     

    Tuesday

    Downtown Women's Center will hold its spring luncheon Tuesday.

    • Downtown Women's Center Spring Luncheon: This event — the only annual fundraiser for the Downtown Women's Center — will be a tuneful affair. A 100-person choir comprised of members from various churches and businesses, as well as DWC clients, will perform a "We Are the World"-style song during the event. It was inspired by the collection of different volunteers who helped DWC's recent renovation of a 40-unit apartment building donated by Baptist Community Services. The event also will feature a short film showing the journey of its homeless and addicted clients. Tickets are $30, with sponsorship levels up to $10,000. Call 806-372-3625.

     

    Thursday

    Kristen Loyd stars as Reno Sweeney in Amarillo Little Theatre's "Anything Goes," which continues through May 21.
    Photo by Chip Chandler

    • Friends of Southwestern Art: Western photographer Robb Kendrick will speak at the Friends of Southwestern Art annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Atrium Plaza, 619 S. Tyler St. FOSA helps fund art purchases and restorations for Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Cost is $50. Call 806-651-2244.
    • Anything Goes: Amarillo Little Theatre closes out its 90th anniversary season with this Broadway staple featuring beloved classics by Cole Porter, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You" and more. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information.

     

    Ongoing

    Wonderland Park continues its 66th season.

     

     

     

    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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