WT Concert and Symphonic Bands: West Texas A&M University bands will take the stage for spring concerts. In the first, listen for a newly commissioned piece by Dr. BJ Brooks in honor of Darin Johns, an Andrews High School band director who died in November. (6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall in Canyon; free; 806-651-2840)

“Pompo the Cinephile”: This new anime film celebrates the power of the movies. (7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“Memory”: Liam Neeson is an assassin with a faltering, well, memory who embarks on one final mission. Also opening: Lucha libre comedy “Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone.” (Opens Thursday)

Harrington String Quartet: The ensemble closes out its season with a “Dear Old Friends” concert featuring former member Joanna Mendoza. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Northern Recital Hall at WT; tickets $20; 806-651-2840)

April Absurdity: Yellow City Comedy hosts this “satirical spring evening” at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $5; 806-367-9840)

Corey Hunt & The Wise: This North Carolina-based band returns to town for a show at the Golden Light Cantina. Then, funky R&B act King Pari hits the stage Saturday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Tribute to Merle Haggard: Amarillo country-rock band The Flying Elbows leads this fifth tribute to the Hag, featuring local favorites Mike Chism, Bob Hopkins, Lee Scheetz, Seth Ward, Jackie Anderson, Tennessee Tuckness, Woody Key, Chancy Bernson and Tom Velasquez at Hoots Pub. Plus, don’t miss ’80s cover band The Cassettes on Saturday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10)

Day of Thunder Car Show: High Plains Thunderbirds will host this display of all makes and models in a fundraiser for Martha’s Home. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; First United Bank, One First United Bank Parkway) 

Potter County Steak Out: Speaking of Haggard, son Marty headlines this annual fundraiser for Potter County Junior Livestock Association in the Rex Baxter Building on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds. (5:30 p.m. Saturday; 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tables $500 to $750; 806-632-5258 or pcjla.tx@gmail.com)

Night Under the Stars: Enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, live music by Ty Blackburn, a bar and a silent auction at this fundraiser for 7 Star Horse Therapy at Piehl Barn. (6 p.m. Saturday; Farm-to-Market Road 2381 north of Bushland; tickets $55; 806-355-4773)

Los Dos Carnales: Enjoy a night of norteño at La Hacienda Amarillo with the headliners joined by Voz de Mando, Los Austeros de Durango and La Explosiva. (8 p.m. Friday; 10695 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $70; 806-690-2965)

Jason Boland & The Stragglers: The Red Dirt icon returns for an outdoor show with Hayden McBride at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $40; 806-556-4456) 

Curtis Grimes: The Texas country star swings back to town for a show at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon with opener Carrey Thompson. (9 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Polk St.; cover)

Amarillo Youth Choirs: Enjoy a mix of songs from these talented child singers. (4 p.m. Sunday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; 806-680-9500)
Amarillo Sod Poodles:The Soddies kick off a series against the Midland Rockhounds. (Tuesday through May 8; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

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.