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"Magic Men Live" returns Friday to the Globe-News Center.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Looking for fun this Friday the 13th weekend and beyond? You're in luck! Here's a complete roundup of activities for all tastes!

 

Thursday

  • Archaeology Day: Celebrate getting your hands dirty in the name of history. (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Free. 806-651-2244)
  • Girl Power: NASA flight director Ginger Kerrick is the featured guest at this event designed for girls ages 10 to 13 (and their moms/guardians). (6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Regency Room, 401 S. Buchanan St. $5. 806-414-9943)
  • 12 x 12 Art Exhibition and Silent Auction: The 12th anniversary show and sale at Amarillo Museum of Art, themed Color Therapy, will feature about 100 works by 50 artists who have previously participated and 50 artists chosen by the AMoA Alliance 12 x 12 committee. Art — all 12 inches by 12 inches (by 12 inches, if three-dimensional) — will be sold via silent auction with a starting bid of $120. Half of the sales price will go to AMoA's educational programs, with the other half going to the artist. Here's my preview with more info(6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, AMoA, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Tickets $12. 806-371-5050)
  • March of Dimes Signature Chefs: Chefs scheduled to participate in this dinner for March of Dimes include Bud Andersen of Ben E. Keith, Ashley Bara Parades of La Fiesta Grande and Caterings by Roy, Rocky Dunnam of Nineteen49 Catering and Bivins Pointe, John Kuzma of The Continental at Park Central, Juan Lopez of Pescaraz, Joyce Martin of Lakeland Marketings, Brian Mason of BL Bistro, Rhonda Obenhaus of Joe's Catering, Marcia Phillips of The Grill at Park Central, James "JT" Thomas of Macaroni Joes and Laura Yarber of The Crave Factory. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, Cornerstone Ranch Event Center, 1901 Cement Road, tables of eight $2,000 to $10,000. 806-670-0188)
  • Wild Texas Film Tour: Amarillo native Ben Masters got the movie bug when filming nature documentary Unbranded. Now, he's bringing six new short films (including four he directed) to venues around the state, including Amarillo. Here's my preview(7 p.m. Thursday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. $20, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
  • Sylvia Thereza piano recital: The internationally acclaimed pianist will perform. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, AC Concert Hall Theatre. Free. 806-371-5340)
  • Little Women: West Texas A&M University's theater department will continue its season with this musical adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Oct. 22. WT Branding Iron Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Tickets $16 adults, $12 students, free for WT students, faculty and staff. 806-651-2804)

 

Friday

  • Just Between Friends: The massive consignment sale returns. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. $3. 806-674-7858)
  • The Peddler Show: The popular shopping expo returns. (noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. sneak peek. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. $10 sneak peek, $7 ages 13 and older. 512-358-1000)
  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • Amarillo Scaregrounds: The haunt features five scenarios in one location. This is High Plains Food Bank Night, offering $10 off with five cans of food. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2736 S.W. 10th Ave., $5, $15 and $20 per haunt; $35 for all; $50 for unlimited access. 806-367-9516)
  • Outer Darkness: The newest Amarillo haunt is a hellish nightmare. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday, 500 S. Harrison St. $15)
  • 6th Street Massacre: The Route 66 haunt returns. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Oct. 31. 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave. Admission $20. 806-337-0749)
  • Van Buren Frightmare: The downtown haunt scares up some new frights. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to 31. 816 S. Van Buren St. $20. 806-373-2292)
  • Little Women: West Texas A&M University's theater department will continue its season with this musical adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Oct. 22. WT Branding Iron Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Tickets $16 adults, $12 students, free for WT students, faculty and staff. 806-651-2804)
  • Magic Men Live: Prepare for some high-energy bumping and grinding as this testosterony show returns. Here's a preview of last year's show(8 p.m. Friday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. $25 and $50, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
  • Zombie Zipline & Monster Maze: The Starlight Ranch brings the scares with this new attraction, adding a Halloween flair to its zipline and maze activities. (8 p.m. to midnight Friday, 1415 Sunrise Drive. $10 maze, $15 zip line, $25 both; specials may be offered. 806-340-8584)

 

Saturday

  • Amarillo Steak Championship: Think your steaks (or wings) are the best? Put it to the test at this new competition sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association. Entries will be accepted up to the morning of the competition, and samples (and free ribs) may be available to onlookers. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Champion BBQ Supply and Spice House, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 2. Entry fee $150 steaks, $25 wings. 806-418-6647 or 806-316-7142)
  • Amarillo Community Market: The downtown farmers and crafters market closes out its season. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. Free.)
  • Just Between Friends: The massive consignment sale returns. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. $3. 806-674-7858)
  • Panhandle Team Penning: Saddle up for this rodeo event. (9 a.m.; continues through Sunday. Bill Cody Arena on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Free. 806-376-7767)
  • The Peddler Show: The popular shopping expo returns. (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St.  $7 ages 13 and older. 512-358-1000)
  • Women's Book Club: Join the discussion of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks(10 a.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Northwest Branch, 6100 W. Ninth Ave. Free. 806-359-2035)
  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • Out of the Darkness community walk: Participants can raise money to benefit efforts of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Walkers who raise $150 or more recieve a 2017 walk T-shirt. (10 a.m. Saturday, Medical Center Park, 1100 Wallace Blvd. Register online. 806-282-1465)
  • Party in Pink Zumbathon: Get into high gear for this fundraiser by Zumba Fitness at River Falls for Harrington Cancer Center. (10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Maverick Boys & Girls Club, 1923 S. Lincoln St. $10. 806-674-5959)
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Contest: Race to finish a 500-piece puzzle with a team of up to four; space is limited. (2 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Northwest Branch, 6100 W. Ninth Ave. Free. 806-359-2035)
  • Star Wars Reads Day: Celebrate Star Wars and other galaxies far, far away with crafts, stories and photo ops with the 501st and Rebel Legions. (3 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2094)
  • HalloQueen Holdup: The Randall County Sheriff's Posse hosts this riding competition, with barrel and pole racing, a costume contest and more. (4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 8500 W. Cemetery Road. Entry fee $7. rcsp.tx@gmail.com)
  • Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River Festival: Celebrate Texas Wine Day at this annual festival at Bar Z Winery. Admission includes a souvenir glass, four wine samples, music by Sweet IrisJenni Dale Lord and Velvet Funk, lawn games and more. Food trucks also will be on hand. (2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market 1541. $20. 806-488-2214)
  • Halloween Special: The Sandell Drive-In in Clarendon will screen a spooky double feature — Hotel Transylvania and Zombieland — in a fundraiser for Girl Scouts. The event will include a costume contest and a trunk or treat. (4:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sandell Drive-In, 12 S. Center Drive in Clarendon, $7 or $20 for carload. 806-874-0685)
  • Barkley Street Art Walk: The Art Alliance of Hansford County will host its sixth-annual strolling art show, with several artists (including Ginger Nelson, Kader Boly, Marilyn Yanke and more) displaying works in houses along Spearman's Barkley Street. (5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Barkley Street in Spearman. Tickets $10 for walk and $25 for champagne reception. 806-681-9977 or www.highplainsobserver.com)
  • Amarillo Scaregrounds: The haunt features five scenarios in one location. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 2736 S.W. 10th Ave., $5, $15 and $20 per haunt; $35 for all; $50 for unlimited access. 806-367-9516)
  • Fall. Fashion. Rock.: This fashion show by Mustard Street Wear will benefit Amarillo Housing First. Models from Anderson Talent Agency will walk the runway. The evening also will feature a concert by Amarillo rock band Hed Change, a silent art auction and free keg beer for ages 21 and older. Learn more about Mustard Street Wear in this episode of Karen Welch's Biz Here podcast(7 p.m. Saturday, City Studios, Studio 25 at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Free. 806-282-6573)
  • The Mad Scientist Ball: The annual fundraiser for Don Harrington Discovery Center includes music from The Space Rockers, a fully catered dinner, two open bars and a coffee bar, a photo booth, science experiments and activities, and more. (7 p.m. Saturday, Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. $125; sponsorships begin at $500. 806-355-9547)
  • Outer Darkness: The newest Amarillo haunt is a hellish nightmare. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 500 S. Harrison St. $15)
  • 6th Street Massacre: The Route 66 haunt returns. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Oct. 31. 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave. Admission $20. 806-337-0749)
  • Van Buren Frightmare: The downtown haunt scares up some new frights. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to 31. 816 S. Van Buren St. $20. 806-373-2292)
  • Folktober: This offshoot of High Plains Public Radio's Living Room Concerts series will continue with Chicago songwriter Heather Styka(7:30 p.m. Saturday, Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, 2717 Stanley St. Suggested donation $15. 806-367-9088)
  • Little Women: West Texas A&M University's theater department will continue its season with this musical adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Oct. 22. WT Branding Iron Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Tickets $16 adults, $12 students, free for WT students, faculty and staff. 806-651-2804)
  • Mirasol Saxophone Quartet: The quartet, which features West Texas A&M University assistant professor James Barger, will perform classic and contemporary works for Chamber Music Amarillo. Check out my preview for more on the quartet(8 p.m. Saturday, Fibonacci Space, 3306 S.W. Sixth Ave. $35 adults, $10 students. 806-236-3545)
  • Zombie Zipline & Monster Maze: The Starlight Ranch brings the scares with this new attraction, adding a Halloween flair to its zipline and maze activities. (8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 1415 Sunrise Drive. $10 maze, $15 zip line, $25 both; specials may be offered. 806-340-8584)

 

Sunday

  • Just Between Friends: The massive consignment sale returns. (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. $3. 806-674-7858)
  • Panhandle Team Penning: Saddle up for this rodeo event. (9 a.m.; continues through Sunday. Bill Cody Arena on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Free. 806-376-7767)
  • The Peddler Show: The popular shopping expo returns. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St.  $7 ages 13 and older. 512-358-1000)
  • David "Coach" Leyba Memorial Fun Run: This seven-card-draw poker run for Amarillo Housing First kicks off with registration at noon and departure at 1:30 p.m. from Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave., with stops at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; Buckles Lounge, 6800 E. Interstate 40; The Cedar Shack, 5005 River Road; Skooterz, 4100 Bushland Blvd.; and MacDaddy's, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave.; before winding back up at Zombiez. Bands will include Lindi Willis, Loudmouth TooleyGabe Marinez and A Special Case from 3 to 7 p.m. (noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. Registration fee $15 singles, $25 couples. 806-331-7305)
  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (1 to 9 p.m. Sunday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • Eric Barry: The international tenor (a former Amarillo resident) will perform for the Friends of Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1024 concert series. Here's more info(7:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St. $30 adults, $10 students. 806-376-6316, ext. 105)

 

Monday

  • Tape Art: The Citadelle will host tape artist Michael Townsend for this interactive, town-wide art exhibition. Fifteen murals will be installed around Canadian between Monday and 19, plus a giant one around the wall of the Citadelle itself on Oct. 21 to 22. Events with area schoolchildren also are planned. (Monday to Oct. 31, The Citadelle, 520 Nelson Ave. in Canadian. 806-323-8899)

 

Tuesday

  • Jazztober: The Amarillo Cultural District outdoor concert series will feature The Fwoops(6 p.m. Tuesday, Historic Bivins Mansion, 1000 S. Polk St., free. 806-372-6744)

 

Wednesday

 

Oct. 19

  • Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association: The world-championship competition features cowboys riding in a timed event using two .45 caliber single-action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition that can pop the balloons they’re aiming for from up to about 15 feet away. (8 a.m. Oct. 19; continues through Oct. 21. Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Free. 806-376-7767)
  • The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History: University of California borderlands historian Brian DeLay will speak. (7 p.m. Oct. 19, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Hazlewood Lecture Hall, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Free. 806-651-2244)
  • Harlem Globetrotters: The basketball superstars return to town on their latest world tour. (7 p.m. Oct. 19, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $23.50 to $93.50, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
  • WT fall choir concert: The West Texas A&M University ensemble will perform. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall, free. 806-651-2840)
  • Little Women: West Texas A&M University's theater department will continue its season with this musical adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Oct. 19; continues through Oct. 22. WT Branding Iron Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Tickets $16 adults, $12 students, free for WT students, faculty and staff. 806-651-2804)

 

 

Ongoing

  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, then 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 1. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
  • Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
  • Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
  • Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the fall at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
  • Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
  • Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
  • Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is featuring the America's Horse in Art show and sale through Thursday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811. 
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
  • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features Take It All In through Dec. 21. It's open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Travel Adventures through Jan. 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
  • The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St.,  free tours conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
  • Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays after Labor Day, weather permitting. Call 806-488-2260.
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
  • River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
  • Southern Light Gallery: The art gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, features Robert Hirsh's The Architecture of Landscape. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. Call 806-345-5654. 
  • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
  • Xcape Room Warehouse: The newest escape room attraction, 714 S.E. 10th Ave., is open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission $25. Call 806-353-6353.

 

 

 

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.