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The 10: The 10 things you can't miss between April 4 and 13
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WTAMU Theatre's "The Wolves" opens April 4.
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By Chip Chandler — Producer

Here's a quick take on your 10 best entertainment bets in the next 10 days.

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1. Josh Turner

The Nashville star and gospel singer will perform at 8 p.m. April 4 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium.


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.


3. Shazam!

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 HellboyLittle 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

Amarillo's amusement park opens for its 68th season on April 6. The season runs through Sept. 2; check here for prices and hours.


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

The wait is finally over as the new Double-A team will open its inaugural home season with a game against Midland RockHounds on April 8, with more games scheduled daily from April 9 to 14.


9. Sleeping Beauty

The iconic fairy tale comes to life in a new staging by Lone Star Ballet on April 12 and 13.


10. Second Chance Prom

Experience prom again as an adult in this Arabian Nights-themed benefit for Martha's Home on April 13 at Embassy Suites Amarillo — Downtown.



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