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ALT's "Hairspray" closes this weekend.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

This weekend, the beat stops for a smash hit at Amarillo Little Theatre, the zoo holds a slumber party, Bar Z gets the munchies and Palo Duro Canyon comes alive at night.

They’re gonna shake and shimmy it … one last time


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Amarillo Little Theatre wraps up its 89th season with a final weekend of performances of Hairspray, with performances at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle.

The high-energy musical — starring Emma Elkins as Tracy Turnblad and Drew Grimes as her mother Edna — is based on the John Waters film about the integration of a 1960s Baltimore dance show.

The theater has sold out nine performances in its three-weekend run, and less than a handful of seats remain for this weekend.

Call 806-355-9991 or visit


Slumbering (and not-so-slumbering) beasts

Amarillo Zoo will hold an overnight slumber party among the animals Saturday at a Roars and Snores event.

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a scavenger hunt sending participants all around the zoo, followed by a wildlife program focusing on giant cave roaches, snakes and other nocturnal creatures. Adventurers also will take a night hike through the zoo to see its bobcats, fox and others after the sun goes down.

After a night spent in a safari camp, the event concludes with a continental breakfast.

Reservations are due today. Cost is $30 or $35 with a 6 p.m. Saturday hot dog or hamburger dinner. Participants must provide their own sleeping gear, tents and toiletries.

Call 806-381-5605 or visit


Walkin’ in a Moonlit Wonderland


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Experience Palo Duro Canyon after dark in a Saturday hike celebrating the full moon.

The hike begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wolfberry Day Use Area near water crossing No. 6 at the back of the park.

Hikers will learn about night creatures, moon phases and more during the two-mile hike. Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes or boots, and bring a flashlight or headgear and plenty of water.

Park fees of $5 for adults apply.

Call 806-488-2227.


Wine and food — the perfect Friday combination

Bar Z Winery will host a Food Truck Friday party at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541.

Cowboy Gelato will provide food from its truck, and the winery will have wine by the glass and the bottle.

Singer James Owens will perform.

Cover charge is $10.

Call 806-488-2214.



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