Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies are praying for victory over the San Antonio Missions. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

“The Northman”: Alexander Skarsgard stars as the titular Viking in the latest from director Robert Eggers (“The Witch,” “The Lighthouse”). An action flick like this isn’t usually my jam, but Eggers has more than earned my trust. Also opening: the Nicolas Cage meta-comedy “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” Mexican comedy “Y cómo es él?” and animated comedy “The Bad Guys.” (Opens Thursday)

Yellow City Comic Convention: The city’s biggest celebration of pop culture returns April 22 to 24 in the Civic Center Complex with — in addition to all things anime, comics and more — an impressive lineup of celebrity guests: Denise Crosby (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Kel Mitchell (“Kenan and Kel,” “All That”), Doug Jones (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) and others. (Friday through Sunday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-378-3096)

Amarillo Symphony: Conductor finalist George Jackson brings Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” Delibes’ Ballet Suite from “Sylvia,” and, with piano prodigy Harmony Zhu, Prokofiev’s piano concerto. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $21 to $71; 806-376-8782)

“The SpongeBob Musical”: Journey to Bikini Bottom with West Texas A&M University Theatre’s staging of this delightfully silly, remarkably sweet adaptation of iconic kids’ show “SpongeBob SquarePants.” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; WT Branding Iron Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex; ticket prices vary; 806-651-2840)

Clay Gibson: The Red Dirt singer swings into town for show at the Golden Light Cantina. Then, indie rockers Tigers, Native Crowds and Vamping will jam out Saturday. (8 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Ross Cooper: The Texas country singer returns for a show at Hoots Pub. Plus, catch Taylor McCall on Saturday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10)

Cody Johnson: The red-hot Texas country singer returns for a sold-out show kicking off the summer concert season at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $65; 806-556-4456) 

Buster Bledsoe: The Amarillo country singer is back in action with openers The Stray Sons at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon. (9 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Polk St.; cover)

Matt & The Dirty Souls: This Texas-based blues-rock band with the fantastic name heads here for a gig at Leftwoods. And Wednesday, catch a special 4/20 show featuring Rock Bottom String Band. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)
Rokken: Strap in for a tribute to rockers Dokken at Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Author

  • 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.