Next Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band takes the stage at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (formerly La Bella on Olsen). (7 p.m. Tuesday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”: Enjoy special 20th-anniversary screenings of this magnificent epic. (7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Jaret Ray Reddick: The Bowling for Soup frontman will swap songs with Remy DeLara and Travis Roberts at Golden Light Cantina. (8 p.m. Tuesday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

“Evil Dead Rise”: The corpses hit the big city in the latest installment of this rebooted horror franchise. Also opening: classical music biopic “Chevalier” and war thriller “Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Secret Society Rave: The venue and the DJs may be hush-hush, but this daytime party promises to get high marks. You’ll get the location when you RSVP. (4:20 p.m. Thursday; unknown location; tickets $10;

“Cheatgrass Dreams” with Theodore Waddell: The rancher and artist will discuss Western art and culture for the Garry L. Nall Lecture for West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West. (6 p.m. Thursday; Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St.; free; 806-371-5050)

Forrest McCurren: The touring Americana singer is a live music ambassador for High Plains Public Radio in a concert at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center. (6 p.m. Thursday; 320 S. Cuyler St. in Pampa; donations accepted; 806-664-0824)

“The Father”: Amarillo Little Theatre closes out its Adventure Space season with this devastating drama about a patriarch’s decline. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 2751 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Wifisfuneral: The Florida rapper brings his “Until We Meet Again” tour to Ocho Segundos nightclub. (8 p.m. Thursday; tickets $25 to $75; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; 806-335-9990)

Tanner Lane: The young Texas country singer headlines the latest Red Dirt Media Thursday at Hoots Pub. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2424 Hobbs Road; no cover)

Nik Parr & The Selfless Lovers: The Austin-based rock band spreads the love at Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Yellow City Comic Con: A host of genre actors and voice actors—including DJ Qualls, Bonnie Piesse, Karan Ashley and more—are on the bill for this annual celebration of all things pop-culture. (5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.; admission $15 to $45)

Forrest McCurren: High Plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert series returns with this show from the folk singer-songwriter at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Friday; 100 Brentwood Road; $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

Night on the Strip: Enjoy tasty dishes in this Bacon Bash fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes. The party also features The Roman Carbajal Band, casino games and more at The Barfield. (7 p.m. Friday; 600 S. Polk St.; tickets $135; 806-414-2200)

Amarillo Symphony: The orchestra collaborates with Lone Star Ballet for a performance of the “Mother Goose Ballet,” along with piano soloist Joyce Yang on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the premiere of “Malacandra” by West Texas A&M University student composer Caleb Brandon. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Van Buren St.; tickets $21 to $71; 806-378-3096)

Carvin Jones: The touring blues artist slides into West Texas A&M University for a rocking performance. (8 p.m. Friday; WT Alumni Banquet Hall on the Canyon campus; tickets $25, $75 VIP

John Tice: The Amarillo singer brings a night of fun to Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Kolby Cooper: The rising Texas country star headlines Starlight Ranch Event Center’s new indoor venue, the Moon Palace. (8 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $18 to $150; 806-342-0515)

J.D. Graham: The Texas singer-songwriter hits Route 66 for a show at Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

The James Cook Band: The Americana band brings its “Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You” tour to Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

All-American Pancake Festival: The Amarillo Downtown Lions Club’s annual breakfast fundraiser returns, now at AmTech Career Academy. (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 3601 Plains Blvd.; tickets $7 advance, $10 at the door; 806-373-0648)

Giddy Up for Tex: Lace your sneakers for this 5K fundraising race for the Tex Randall statue in Canyon. (8 a.m. Saturday; registration fee; Conner Park, 1900 12th St. in Canyon; 806-656-6833) 

Earth Day: Wildcat Bluff Nature Center celebrates nature with help from Amarillo Zoo, the Panhandle Archaeological Society, the Texas Master Naturalists, the Astronomy Club and the Wild Hanburys. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; admission $4 adults, $3 students, seniors and military; 2301 N. Soncy Road; 806-352-6007)

Earth Day Celebration: The Chalice Abbey hosts food trucks, pop-up vendors and more in this party for Mother Earth. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2717 Stanley St., Suite A; 806-576-2480) 

Travis Bishop: The Amarillo country singer offers tunes at the Sad Monkey Mercantile on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. (2 p.m. Saturday; 9800 Texas Highway 217; 806-488-2658)

Aaron Watson: The Amarillo native and Texas country star comes home for a show in Starlight Ranch Event Center’s new indoor venue, the Moon Palace. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $25 to $65; 806-342-0515)

“Awakening:” New Amarillo dance company Emergence makes its debut with an immersive performance at The Derrick. (8:30 p.m. Saturday; 814 S. Taylor St.; tickets $25;

Rak-45: The Amarillo rock band loads up for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Rhett Uhland & The Morning Shakes: The Amarillo country band shakes up the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

The Roman Carbajal Band: The regional Texas country band takes the stage at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Amarillo Symphony Youth Orchestra: Talented young musicians offer two afternoon concerts. (2 and 4 p.m. Sunday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Van Buren St.; admission charge; 806-378-3096)

“Spirited Away” Live on Stage: The new stage adaptation of the classic anime hits the big screen as part of the Studio Ghibli Fest. (various times Sunday, April 25, April 27 and May 2; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

ZZ Top: The hirsute Texas rockers roll back into town for a show in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (8 p.m. Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $69 to $225; 806-378-3096)

Choral Dances from Gloriana: West Texas A&M University’s choirs perform Benjamin Britten’s masterwork along with a new work from choir director Sean Pullen. (7:30 p.m. April 25; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the Canyon campus; free; 806-651-2840)


  • Chip Chandler

    Chip is the senior communications specialist at West Texas A&M University. A Canadian High School graduate and award-winning journalist, he has covered arts and entertainment in Amarillo since 1998 and is a member of the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council arts committee. He is a 2020 Golden Nail Award winner and a 2017 National Philanthropy Day award winner. He is a member of the national GALECA critics group, has seen every Best Picture Oscar winner and watches way too much television.