Play Here's Activity Roundup for May 4 to 11

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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The circus hits town, Anything Goes at ALT and everyone's wild about dogs and snakes : Here's your roundup of arts, events and activities through May 11.

Note: We're things a little differently this time and breaking up everything by date. Let us know what you think.

 

Thursday

Marley Hoggatt and Michael Froschheiser star in Amarillo Little Theatre's "Anything Goes."
Photo by Chip Chandler

 

Friday

Hannah Johnson and Harrison Blount star in TheatreAC's "First Date."
Photo by Chip Chandler

  • First Friday Art Walk: Stroll through galleries featuring about 100 artists at this monthly event. Among the shows to be featured include a farewell exhibition for glass artist Chad Holliday and ceramicist Chloe Rizzoan art history expo in the WT Experimental Gallery, and more. It'll run 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival: Thousands are expected to attend this annual downtown festival, featuring live music by Norteño star Michael SalgadoLos Capi and Bakersfield Twang; sizzling fajitas and more. The event will run 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fourth Avenue and Grant Street. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Call 806-379-8800.
  • West Texas A&M University Storytelling Festival: Native American artist Eldrena Douma will headline the annual festival at two children's concerts at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Friday and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Friday in the Branding Iron Theatre in WT's Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Events are free. Call 806-651-2800.
  • First Date: TheatreAC wraps its season with this contemporary musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, charting a blind date between a young man and woman. I caught the show last week and found it, despite some obvious greenness in the young actors and some technical difficulties all around, to be a charming evening with some endearing performances. It will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday (and additional times below) in the Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors. Call 806-371-5359. (Here's my preview.)
  • 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 performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information.

 

Saturday

Amarillo Venom will play Duke City Gladiators at 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Tri-State Reptile Expo: Learn all about common and rare reptiles, amphibians and more at one of the largest reptile shows in the state. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday) in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children.
  • Amarillo Family Fun Fest:  Rock with a Band, which provides music lessons for children, will host this festival from noon to 6 p.m. at Western Bowl, 5120 Canyon Drive. Performers include Stew Moss, The Honey Badgers and Texas Blues Rangers. No cover. Call 806-677-9801.
  • Migratory Bird Day: Learn about all sorts of birds at this Amarillo Zoo event, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children. Call 806-371-7911.
  • Star Wars Marathon: Celebrate Star Wars Day (a couple of days late) with this marathon of Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One and A New Hope from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Long Wooden Spoon Brewing, 4098 Business Park Drive. Cosplay is encouraged. The party includes philly cheesesteaks for $8 from 4 to 9 p.m., plus the brewery's beers. Admission is free. Call 806-553-0397.
  • Carson & Barnes Circus: A traveling big-tent circus, billed as the oldest family-operated one in the country, hits town for performances of its CircusSaurus shows at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (plus Sunday performances listed below) on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Dinosaurs "really do come alive in the show," said Chad Ridge, the circus' marketing director. Acts also include the company's Asian elephants and other traditional circus performers and daredevils. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children at the fairgrounds or $16 for adults and $8 for children online; cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children at the gate. Box seats are $8 more and only available online or at the gate. Call 806-376-7767.
  • Book signing: Amarillo poet, actor and comedian David Limer will sign copies of his poetry collections My Blood, My Tears and Real Thoughts in Real Time at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2415 Soncy Road. 
  • Cinco de Mayo Carnival:  Fresh Start of Monroe will host a Cinco de Mayo carnival and block party from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at its community center, 612 N. Polk St. The party will include performances by comedian Joe The One-Armed Mexican and bands Los Arcos Hermanos Pena and Infinito. The fun continues with a dance party at 9 p.m. with music from DJ Jammin Stallion. Admission is $5 for the dance party and free for the carnival. Proceeds benefit Fresh Start's disability scholarship program. Call 806-626-8866.
  • Cancer Sucks 4: This Cinco de Mayo party held by 24 Hours in the Canyon will feature music by The Cassettes, games, drink specials and more at 5 p.m. Saturday at Joe Taco, 7312 Wallace Blvd. Proceeds benefit the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center
  • Amarillo Venom vs. Duke City Gladiators: The indoor football squad again faces this Albuquerque-based team at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center Coliseum. Tickets are $10 to $40, plus fees. Homer's Backyard Ball will sponsor a tailgating party with music by Next to Kin and food for $5 at 4 p.m. Call 806-350-7277.
  • First Date: TheatreAC wraps its season with this contemporary musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, charting a blind date between a young man and woman. This performance begins at 7:30 p.m. (with one last staging below) in the Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors. Call 806-371-5359. (Here's my preview.)
  • 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 performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Call 806-355-9991, and check out my preview for more information.

 

Sunday

The Tri-State Reptile Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.
Courtesy Tri-State Reptile Expo

  • Tri-State Reptile Expo: Learn all about common and rare reptiles, amphibians and more at one of the largest reptile shows in the state. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (in addition to Saturday's hours) in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children.
  • Muttfest: Celebrate the Day of the Dog, or Dia de los Perros, at Amarillo SPCA's annual fundraiser, featuring owner/pet look-alike contests, costume contests, face painting, silent auction and more. Festivities run noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Park, 2200 S. Washington St. Admission is free. Call 806-622-0555, and check out my preview for more information.
  • Carson & Barnes Circus: The traveling big-tent circus, billed as the oldest family-operated one in the country, continues performances of its CircusSaurus shows at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday (plus Saturday performances listed above) on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children at the fairgrounds or $16 for adults and $8 for children online; cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children at the gate. Box seats are $8 more and only available online or at the gate. Call 806-376-7767.
  • First Date: TheatreAC wraps its season with this contemporary musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, charting a blind date between a young man and woman. This performance begins at 3 p.m. (in addition to the times above) in the Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors. Call 806-371-5359. (Here's my preview.)

 

Monday

"Kind of Kin" author Rilla Askew will speak Monday at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

 

May 11

Michael Froschheiser, Marley Hoggatt and Justin Loe star in Amarillo Little Theatre's "Anything Goes."
Photo by Chip Chandler

  • 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 preview performance opens 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's 66th anniversary season continues.

 

 

 

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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