By Chip Chandler — Producer
Here's a quick take on your 10 best entertainment bets in the next 10 days.
This promotion for the upcoming new season of Adult Swim's cult hit Rick and Morty will bring a Rick-themed vehicle to Amarillo from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery, 7701 E. Interstate 40.
2. Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association
Watch top riders compete in the 2019 world championships through Oct. 19 in the Amarillo National Center at the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.
3. Fall fun
The spooky season is in full force with haunted houses Amarillo Scaregrounds, 2736 S.W. 10th Ave.; the new Butcher's Hollow, 2503 S.W. 45th Ave.; 6th Street Massacre, 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave.; and Van Buren Frightmare, 816 S. Van Buren St. Other autumn-time family fun includes Maxwell's Pumpkin Farm, open weekends through Oct. 27; the Fall Foliage Festival on Oct. 19 and 20 in Canadian; Pumpkinfest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive; Monster Bash at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive; a Monster Mash-themed Final Friday Art Bazaar at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Gallery on 7th, 513 S.W. Seventh Ave.; a trunk-or-treat on 10th Avenue from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26; a Fall Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Hooters, 8101 W. Interstate 40; the Demon Delight Night Halloween carnival at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Tascosa Drive-In, 1999 Dumas Drive; and Boo at the Zoo from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. For adults, check out the Halloween Masquerade Ball and bike/car run at noon Oct. 19 at Tripp's Harley Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40; the Handle Bar & Grill's second-annual Halloween Bash at 6 p.m Oct. 19 at the bar, 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.; the Equality Texas Halloween Party at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Reed Beverage, 3701 S.E. 25th Ave.; the Rosas Halloween Party benefitting Amarillo Housing First at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at American Legion Hanson Post 54, 617 S.W. Seventh Ave.; and Freaks and Geeks Burlesk at 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St.
4. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Angelina Jolie returns as the glowering queen in this Disney sequel opening Oct. 18 (previewing Oct. 17). Also opening that weekend: Zombieland: Double Tap. Opening the weekend of Oct. 25 are cop drama Black and Blue and horror film Countdown. Special engagements will include Kevin Smith comedy Jay & Silent Bob Reboot on Oct. 17, documentary QT8: Quentin Tarantino, The First Eight on Oct. 21, faith-based drama The Reliant on Oct. 24 and a Met: Live in HD performances of Massenet's Manon on Oct. 26 (encoring Oct. 30). Other movie events will include Climate Action Now — Amarillo's screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley St.; an Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Decade of Fire at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the downtown Amarillo Public Library, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave.; and West Texas A&M University Symphony's live accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin's City Lights at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall.
5. Palo Duro Prairie Palooza
Celebrate the area's culture with this party from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The event will include cultural booths, Native American dances, atlatl and Dutch oven demonstrations, stargazing and more.
6. Amarillo Symphony
Pianist Jeremy Denk will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19 at the orchestra's concerts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Repertoire also includes Bach's Mien Jesu and Schumann's Symphony No. 4.
7. Plemons-Eakle Historic Neighborhood Tour
Explore one of Amarillo's oldest neighborhoods and its distinct architecture via bus or open-air trailer at this afternoon-long event Oct. 20, beginning and ending at Oliver-Eakle Park, Southwest 28th Avenue and Polk Street. A Party in the Park will run through 8 p.m. Also on tap: the Llano Cemetery Historic Tour from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the cemetery, 2900 Hayes Drive
8. Sweeney Todd
Amarillo Little Theatre promises a bloody good time at this revival of Stephen Sondheim's pitch-black musical about a murder-happy London barber. It'll be staged Oct. 24 to Nov. 3 on the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle.
10. Reckless Kelly
- Jillian Rae at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Amarillo band Young Country at 9 p.m. Oct. 18, Amarillo folk singer-songwriter Mike Fuller at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and Amarillo combo Polk Street Jazz at 10 p.m. Oct. 25 at Esquire Jazz Club, 626 S. Polk St.;
- country singer Julia Hatfield at 10 p.m. Oct. 17, Lubbock Americana band Gunner Fore & The Interstate at 10 p.m. Oct. 18, DJs Rupert the Duke, Four Flush and more at 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and Canyon country band The Ragtown Chiefs at 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.;
- country band The Barlow at 10 p.m. Oct. 17, punk band Frank & Deans with Amarillo punk band The Bastard Sons of David Hasselhoff at 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and the Big Bad Halloween Bash featuring hip-hop, metal and rock bands Cidal, OddFellas, 806ick and more at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.;
- a Songwriters in the Round concert featuring Gary Guinn, Tammy Stamps, Joel White and Mike Fuller at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley St.;
- Amarillo punk band Ruby Ring at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.;
- Amarillo metal cover band Dedlocked at 10 p.m. Oct. 19 and Amarillo rock band Broken Echo at 10 p.m. Oct. 25 at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.;
- Amarillo combo Ruth Ellen Lynch and Jazz Plus for Jazztober at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. (or Esquire Jazz Club if it rains);
- Amarillo indie rock band Black Box Theatre at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fire Slice Pizzeria, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave.;
- acoustic duo The Singer and The Songwriter at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast, 100 Brentwood Road;
- folk-blues singer Ryan Paul Davis at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at La Bella's on Olsen, 3801 Olsen Blvd.;
- Texas country singer Jon Wolfe at 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road.