by Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
This weekend, learn everything you need to know about your favorite morning beverage, ALT makes a wish for big audiences, some frequently misunderstood dogs get a spotlight and more.
Palace Coffee Co. owner Patrick Burns will discuss his favorite pick-me-up in “A Brief History of Coffee” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Burns told me – over coffee, naturally – that he’ll talk about the cultural history of the drink, from its origins in ancient Ethiopia to its arrival in Turkey and its smuggling around the globe. Palace also will offer tastings of several different kinds of coffees and a discussion of different roasting techniques. The event is free with museum admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4 to 12, or free for children younger than 4, museum members and West Texas A&M University faculty, staff and students. For information, call 806-651-2244.
Squat, frequently wrinkly dogs will get some love at the Yellow Rose Bully Showdown, set to run 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. The dog show will feature the American Bully breed, including English bulldogs, French bulldogs and more. Organizer Fabian Urias said he hopes the show will help show audiences that the breed – which emerged from the crossing of American pit bull terriers, the Staffordshire bull terrier and bulldogs – isn’t as ferocious as its reputation sometimes suggests. Urias also hopes to quash any connection between his show and illegal dog fights with the breed: “We are not part of that. We stay away from that. ... We’re against fighting dogs.” Competitors will come from as far away as California hoping to score points to get their dogs to the national competition in November. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children ages 15 and younger. For information, call Urias at 806-517-8900.
Amarillo Little Theatre Academy’s production of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” opens a two-weekend run beginning Friday in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Based on the popular animated film and Broadway musical, a cast of 100 young actors will bring the rambunctious street thief, independent-minded princess and boisterous magical genie to life. Here’s our preview from earlier this week, and for more information, call 806-355-9991 or visit www.amarillolittletheatre.org.
Amarillo Bulls will face off against the Lone Star Brahmas in two games – 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Civic Center’s Cal Farley Coliseum. Tickets are $13 to $26. For information, call 806-242-1122 or visit amarillobulls.pointstreaksites.com.
And finally, Easter activities will be in full swing Saturday at Amarillo Zoo and Don Harrington Discovery Center. Here’s our roundup from earlier this week.