Play Here's Weekend Activity Picks for Aug. 12
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Ahead for you this weekend: A lovey-dovey music festival, one last show at a downtown gallery and more.
Lovestock Music Festival
What started out as a party among friends now could be Amarillo's next big outdoor music festival, organizers hope.
The Lovestock Music Festival runs from noon to midnight Saturday at Greyland Properties, 7106 S. Bell St. Admission is $15 for ages 17 and older, $10 for ages 9 to 16 and free for ages 8 and younger. Military personnel with ID get a $2 discount, and a donation of four cans to High Plains Food Bank also nets a $2 discount.
"We kind of just saw it as a party, and the next thing you know, it started blowing up," said organizer Vincent Olave. "And now, it's a full-blown festival.
"Amarillo has really been lacking in (festivals), and we really want to change that whole 'there's nothing to do in Amarillo' atmosphere and bring back some art and culture," Olave said. "We're hoping things will start happening in Amarillo more."
The festival will provide a family-friendly atmosphere until around 11 p.m., when it will turn into a 17-and-older dance party featuring DJs from Amarillo Night Life.
Bands on the bill include Alive & Well, Loaded Six, Mount Ivy, Smooth Taste, Roger Pressure, The Lakehouse Project, The Foxfire Experiment, American Dreamhouse, Acid Sally, Example!, Moon Head and Dryland Dreamers.
Food trucks will be on hand, and attendees can bring beer, soft drinks and water in their own coolers for a $10 additional fee.
A sculpture exhibition will be the last on view at Process Art House — at least as it currently exists.
Occupied Space: New Works from Chloe Rizzo will be on view at a 7 to 10 p.m. Friday reception at the gallery, 700 S. Van Buren St.
"Chloe produces insightful and emotional works and expresses herself through the medium of ceramics," gallery co-owner Jacob Breeden said. "These works challenge the notion of how the figure can be utilized in sculptural work. All the while Chloe is also guiding you through a dynamic narrative of the human condition and how we all relate to the visual and tactile world we occupy."
Breeden said the gallery space will close after the exhibition, but he still plans to put on pop-up exhibitions around town, to represent artists in leasing and commissioning works, and to work on other art projects.
"We have had an amazing five-year run here in our little corner of the world, but art must change. It is it's nature," Breeden said.
Erase the 'R' Word rally
Advo Companies, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities, hope residents will take a pledge to "erase the 'R' word" during a Saturday event at its facilities, 5241 S. Washington St.
"The hope is this community effort will make a far-reaching impact and remind people of how important kindness, compassion and acceptance are in interactions with one another," Carla Hughes, Advo president, said in a news release. "Come take a pledge to replace the 'R' word with respect."
The event — which will feature games, face painting, food trucks and more — runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other activities and events
Amarillo Community Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. Dave Regal and friends will perform. ... Performances of Texas continue at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The season ends Aug. 20, so time is running out to visit Calvin Armstrong and the rest. Visit www.texas-show.com. … And speaking of Texas, the Texas Improv Troupe will give a free show at 1 p.m. Saturday at Palace Coffee Co., 420 15th St. in Canyon. ... 6th Street Saloon, 609 S. Independence St., will host an end-of-summer bash from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The party will feature pool and dart tournaments, food, games, music, prizes and more. ... Outdoor activities include regular hours at Amarillo Zoo, Wonderland Park and Sports World, as well as at parks across town.