By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Your pre-Thanksgiving activities and events include several theatrical options, a Christmas-themed bike run for charity, standup comedy and more.
- Amarillo Symphony audiences will be in a New York state of mind at the orchestra's concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Guest conductor Steven Jarvi and guest vocalist Whitney Claire Kaufman will join the symphony for a pops concert filled with Broadway classics from The Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly! and more. Tickets are $31 to $41, plus fees, Friday and $31 to $55, plus fees, Saturday. Check out my preview for interviews with Jarvi and Kaufman.
- The students of Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre will bring to life holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas for performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Ordway Auditorium on the AC Washington Street campus. Tickets are $10. For tickets, call 806-584-7269. Here's my preview.
- The Broken Belts Collective will stage the burlesque show Rebirth at 10 p.m. today at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more, check last weekend's preview of the troupe's first show.
- Amarillo Little Theatre's run of Conor McPherson's The Birds will conclude with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, following a postponement last week after a death in a cast member's family. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $13 for children ages 13 and younger for Thursday and Sunday performances and $21 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, and $15 for children for Friday and Saturday performances. Here's my preview. Call 806-355-9991.
- West Texas A&M University's production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible continues its run at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre on the WT campus. The run is sold out, but a (lengthy) wait list is available. Here's my preview. Call 806-651-2804.
- A staging of The House of Yes, a dark comedy about a monstrous family, will continue at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. Tickets, which can be purchased at the bar, are $10, and seating is limited. Check out my preview to get a taste of the madness.
- Lone Star Ballet Guild will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with the Chinese Nutcracker Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center Heritage Ballroom. The evening includes a Chinese-style dinner, live auction children's activities, silent auction, presentation of the 2016-17 ushers and usherettes, and music from Insufficient Funds. Tickets are $125. Call 806-372-2463.
- Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will continue its celebration of Georgia O'Keeffe with Glamour Inspired by Georgia, an afternoon spent showing how O'Keeffe's art can inspire makeup looks. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, featuring makeup artist Amy Legget of Smashbox creating four looks inspired by O'Keeffe's art and and work by others featured in the When Georgia Was Here exhibition. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Call 806-651-2244.
- A screening of the documentary Dream, Girl, which profiles 10 female entrepreneurs, will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at The Bowery Warehouse, 100 S. Lincoln St. Erin Bagwell, the film's director, will join LaChristian Taylor of the Governor's Commission for Women, and Wendi Swope, owner of Amarillo's Double U Marketing, for a Q&A session following the film. Tickets are $30.
- Wine Down and Dessert Wars runs from 6 to 10 p.m. today in the Rex Baxter Building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $20. Call 806-355-9777. Check out my preview to see which restaurants and wine labels are participating.
- Friends of the Amarillo Public Library will hold its regular book sale this weekend. Members only hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the sale opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday ($3 per bag) in the downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Call 806-378-3054.
- Amarillo's Original Toy Run, which will collect toys and funds for Advo Companies and Presbyterian Children's Home of Amarillo, kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tripp's Harley-Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40. Entry fee is $15 or a new toy for the parade. The ride culminates in a party from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Advo Companies, 5241 S. Washington St., featuring music from Kilo Road. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Hog Pen at Tripp's. Registration for the ride begins at 11 a.m. Call 806-352-2021.
- The Amarillo Bulls will face the Shreveport Mudbugs at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. Single tickets range from $13 to $23, or $9 for children ages 2 to 12. Friday's game is Make-A-Wish Night; the Bulls will host several wish recipients and their families, and Make-A-Wish paper stars will be on sale.
- Comic JT Habersaat will bring his Altercation Punk Comedy Tour back to Amarillo for an 8 p.m. Tuesday show at No Dogs Allowed, 700 S.W. 10th Ave. Cover is $3 each or $5 for couples. You'll want to check out my interview with the comic, who gives a good quote.