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Artist Carlos Cuevas will exhibit Saturday at Process Art House.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

A surprise art exhibition, a burlesque show, a belly-dancing celebration and the opening of a new community marketplace: All that and more are coming your way this weekend.


Fix: New Works from Carlos Cuevas

Artist Carlos Cuevas, who recently moved to San Antonio after several years in Amarillo, will come home for a surprise pop-up show at Process Art House, 700 S. Van Buren St. 

The show will be on view through Wednesday following an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, featuring new works, a full installation piece and other surprises, gallery co-owner Jacob Breeden said.

"Part of the reason I wanted to give this show to Carlos was his proposal. He said that he hasn't been working the way he needs to (since the move) and this was a way to get back to work," Breeden said. "That's what I've always hoped Process could be — a motivator."

Breeden said Cuevas explores transitions in this show — "making a move to San Antonio, finding ways to fit in, to be part of the scene or to create a new scene."

"And those are all still very pertinent issues in Amarillo," Breeden said.

In his artist's statement, Cuevas said the "idea of 'fixing' something was not an early construct for me. I learned how to take apart well, but the fixing took more effort.

"I want to celebrate that spark that I have used to create culture in the past. The spark that is still present," the statement said.


Amarillo Community Market

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A new outdoor market will open Saturday in downtown Amarillo — a partnership between a group of millennial residents, the city and Center City of Amarillo.

Amarillo Community Market organizers hope it will be an "outdoor market for local farmers, gardeners, craft food producers, artisans, food trucks, artists and other creatives," according to a news release. "The market strives to incubate microbusinesses, showcase local talent, and provide fun, healthy activities ranging from fitness and games to arts and crafts."

About 50 vendors are expected. Musicians Eddie Esler and Dave Martinez will perform.

Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 1 (except July 30) on and around the grounds of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce at the historic Bivins Building, 1000 S. Polk St.

Vendors and volunteers are sought, as well.

For information, visit the market's Facebook page or call 806-335-6360.


Back Lot Bash

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Several Amarillo and regional bands will perform at a Back Lot Bash on Saturday at Austin's Texas Pub, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave.

A portion of proceeds will benefit  Hunting for Soldiers, an organization supporting veterans and the children of active-duty military members who died in the line of duty, according to an event page on Facebook.

The event opens at 2 p.m. and will feature on-site food vendors, door prizes and more.

Bands kick off at 5 p.m. and will include Tyler Wilhelm & A Few Dollars More, Shandy Bandits, Comanche Moon, JW Lane & County Road X and headliners Shotgun Rider.

Tickets are $15 at the gate.


Summer Spectacular Burlesque and Variety Show

As I highlighted earlier this week, internationally touring burlesque performer Bunny Galore will headline this variety show, set for 10 p.m. July 14 at Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.

Galore is  winner of the 2016 Miss Viva Las Vegas burlesque competition.

Amarillo burlesque performers Domistikate, Lady Gwendolyn, Lascivious Lark, Mss Myka, Sofia Sunday and Vivian MirAnn also are on the bill.

Tickets are $10.


Other activities and events

Amarillo belly-dancers will celebrate the summer with a hafla, or informal gathering, at 8 p.m. Sunday at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. Expect food, dance and more. ... Performances of Texas continue at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Visit … Song of the Eagle performances continue at Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, 9151 E. Interstate 40. This week, a show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Performances continue at 7 p.m. July 16 and 23, as well as 1 p.m. July 21. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students; meals are $12 each. Call 806-335-3175. ... Outdoor activities include regular hours at Amarillo ZooWonderland Park and Sports World, as well as at parks across town


Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.