By Chip Chandler — Producer
Here's a quick take on your 10 best entertainment bets in the next 10 days.
1. Josh Turner
2. The Wolves
WTAMU Theatre will close its season with performances April 4 to 14 of this acclaimed contemporary drama by Sarah DeLappe that explores life on a high school girls' soccer team. Other theatrical productions in the next 10 days include Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre's new staging of Hansel & Gretel from April 5 to 7; Amarillo Little Theatre Academy's continuing production of Honk from April 5 to 7; and ALT's Adventure Space season-ender of Other Desert Cities, beginning April 11.
The biggest new film for the weekend of April 5 is this delightfully charming superhero film (check out my review), while historical drama The Best of Enemies, well-received drama The Mustang and horror remake Pet Sematary are also new to screens. Special engagements include Die Walküre on April 3; Howl's Moving Castle on April 7, 8 and 10; Noah on April 9, 11 and 13; and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote on April 10. Opening the weekend of April 12 are Hellboy, Little and Missing Link.
4. Bad Poetry Contest
West Texas A&M University's first celebration of the ambition, earnestness and weirdness of bad poetry will allow folks to write and read their worst April 5 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center Legends Club. Other literary highlights in coming days include a poetry reading with National Book Award finalist Forrest Gander on April 9 at the downtown Amarillo Public Library; a lecture by Mapping the Interior author Stephen Graham Jones on April 9 at WT's Jack B. Kelley Legacy Hall; and a poetry reading by Tim Seibles on April 11 in the WT Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall.
5. Wonderland Park
6. Amarillo Opera Spring Gala
Highlights from beloved operas will be performed at this new fundraiser for the opera company on April 6. Performers will include Eric Barry, Rainelle Krause, Andrew Brown, Nicole Keeling, Andrew Surreno and Sean Milligan, plus a large chorus, orchestra and more.
7. Tribute to Merle Haggard
Amarillo country band The Flying Elbows Perspective will host its fourth annual tribute to one of country music's greats on April 6 at Hoots Pub. Guests will include Bob Hopkins, Mike Chism, Tennessee Tuckness, Jerry Williams, Larry Pettiet, Seth Ward, Tom Velasquez, Stacy Gene Rigsby, Jason Eicke, Jacy Detten, Chancy Bernson and Jake Williams.
8. Amarillo Sod Poodles
9. Sleeping Beauty
10. Second Chance Prom