By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Theatrical productions, symphonic acrobatics and more await fun-seekers through Jan. 26. Here's our roundup of activities.
- Amarillo Little Theatre revives the classic Neil Simon comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs for a two-weekend run beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The show — which stars Ethan Worsham as Eugene, with Jayme McBride, Patrick Burns and Harrison Stringer — runs Thursdays through Saturdays through Jan. 28, plus a 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 matinee, on the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. Call 806-355-9991. (Here's my preview.)
- A screening of the classic 1931 film Frankenstein kicks off Amarillo Public Library's Amarillo Reads focus on Mary Shelley. The film will be screened at 6 p.m Thursday in the library's downtown branch, 513 S.E. Fourth Ave. The event is free. Call 806-378-3051.
- Acting troupe Merely Players concludes its run of Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian). In the drama, a black man (played by Brandon Graves) and a white man (Bo James Kemp) whom he just saved from a suicide attempt debate the existence of God and the meaning of life (for more details, see my preview.) It continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets are $10 adults or $7 seniors and students. Call 806-358-6215 or 806-371-5359.
- Amarillo Bulls will face off against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $13 to $23, or $9 for children. Call 806-242-1122.
- Cirque de la Symphonie, which brings high-end cirque acts like aerialists to concert halls, will team with Amarillo Symphony for its January concerts. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $31 to $55, plus fees. Call 806-376-8782 or 806-378-3096.
- Don Harrington Discovery Center will host children at a Parents' Night Out event at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 1200 Streit Drive. In Frosty Science, children can take part in ice and snow experiments and enjoy a pizza dinner. Cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for additional children for members, or $25 for the first child and $20 for additional children for nonmembers. Call 806-355-9991.
- Top regional cowboys will saddle up for Panhandle Cutting Horse Association action at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Bill Cody Arena on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Also on tap is original team roping competition at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Amarillo National Center on the fairgrounds. Admission for both events is free. Call 806-376-7767.
- The soundtrack is still one of the most popular albums of all time, and the film still has fervent fans. Now, check out the stage musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever as part of Civic Amarillo's Broadway Spotlight Series. I spoke with star Matt Alfaro, who said the musical is a more family-friendly take on the coming-of-age story of Brooklyn man Tony Manero (played in the film by John Travolta). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are $20 to $55, plus fees. Call 806-378-3096.
- Amarillo Reads activities continue with a Downtown Lunchtime Book Club discussion of Shelley's Frankenstein, or: The Modern Prometheus at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 26 in the downtown library, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. The event is free. Call 806-378-3051.