“Anastasia”: The lost Russian princess returns to life in this musical theater adaptation of the beloved animated film, part of Civic Amarillo’s Broadway Spotlight Series. Watch the stage for Amarillo Little Theatre Academy alum Rebecca Hartman. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30 to $75; 806-221-2821)

An Evening with Anna Deveare Smith: The acclaimed actress and playwright headlines the spring Distinguished Lecture Series at West Texas A&M University. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Legacy Hall in WT’s Jack B. Kelley Student Center; free; 806-651-2412)

Clay Gibson: The West Texas country singer heads underground for a show in the Paramount Recreation Club, The Barfield’s speakeasy. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Blue October: The alt-rock greats return to Amarillo in concert for FM90 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 500 S. Van Buren St.; tickets $34 to $45; 806-378-3096)

“Air”: Viola Davis, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and more star in this biopic about Michael Jordan’s… shoes. Also opening: animated adventure “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and a comedic riff on Bob Ross called “Paint.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

First Thursday: Aunt Eek’s Books & Curiosities celebrates drag at its monthly festivities, with a makers’ market, drag queen story hour and an open mic night. (4 p.m. Thursday; 2900 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-420-0021)

First Thursday Art + Music: Take in the annual Spring Group Art Show at The 806 Coffee + Lounge, then stick around for tunes from Broderick Adams. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Chad Miller: The Amarillo country singer offers tunes with your burgers and beer at the Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden. (7 p.m. Thursday; 6014 S. Western St.; 806-221-2337)

Ty Blackburn: The on-the-rise Texas country singer headlines the latest Red Dirt Media Thursday at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2424 Hobbs Road; no cover)

AC/WT Student/Faculty Exhibition: Students and faculty from both Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University take over the walls at Amarillo Museum of Art in this long-lived tradition. (6:30 p.m. Friday; 2200 S. Van Buren St.; 806-371-5050)

“(Art)ificial:” Amarillo artist Jacob Breeden gives his first gallery show in several years at Invisible Genie. (7 p.m. Friday; 321 S.W. Seventh Ave.; 806-676-0675)

Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer hits the roof for a show at The Barfield’s rooftop bar. (7 p.m. Friday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Amarillo Wranglers: The local hockey team goes roping to wrangle up some Lone Star Brahmas. Friday’s game is a special Wrestling & Wranglers night with live wrestling at halftime, and Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night, kicking off at 6 p.m.. (7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $12 to $23; 806-378-3096)

Tom Buechi: The one-man band offers dinner music at Metropolitan–A Speakeasy. (7:30 p.m. Friday; 9181 Town Square Blvd., Suite 1201; 806-242-0117)

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

Comedy at the Cactus: Yellow City Comedy brings the yucks back to Cactus Bar. (9 p.m. Friday; 4831 S. Western St.; cover $5; 806-356-6369)

Lilac Kings: The seasonally appropriate touring Oklahoma band takes the stage at Golden Light Cantina with locals Rain Division and Dub-K. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Stealing Handshakes: The Amarillo rock band headlines a loud night with Bellowing Bear and Native Crowds at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Discovery Center Easter: Enjoy “egg-splosive and egg-citing” science demos at Don Harrington Discovery Center. (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 1200 Streit Drive; $14 adults, $9 children, $11 military, seniors and students; 806-355-9547)

Adult Easter Egg Hunt: Grownups get in on the holiday fun at this Pondaseta Brewing Co. event. (noon Saturday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Easter Eggcitement: Apparently, the Amarillo Zoo has rabbits who lay colorful eggs. (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 700 Comanchero Trail; admission $6; 806-381-7911)

Tom Buechi: The one-man Amarillo band offers tunes at the Sad Monkey Mercantile on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. (1 p.m. Saturday; 9800 Texas Highway 217; 806-488-2658)

Forrest Jorgensen Art Show: Mariposa Eco Village hosts the Amarillo artist in this special event featuring snacks and beverages around campfires, creation stations and an immersive experience. BYOB. (7 p.m. Saturday; 9101 Mariposa Drive; free; 806-673-9152)

Randall King: The Panhandle native and rising country star opens up Starlight Ranch Event Center’s new indoor venue, the Moon Palace. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $20 to $150; 806-342-0515)

“Gasp!”: Amarillo filmmaker C.J. Scott screens her new horror-comedy short film at Caliche. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2311 S.W. Seventh Ave.; no cover; 806-398-1008)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo rock band brings the noise to Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Banda Lamento: The Mexican band brings the party to Ocho Segundos nightclub. (9 p.m. Saturday; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; 806-335-9990)

Robert Nathan Taylor: The Amarillo native brings his Texas country band back to Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

9 Eyes: The Amarillo country band sets its sights on a return to Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Franks & Deans: This Las Vegas-based band brings its mix of Rat Pack and punk to RR Bar. (10 p.m. Saturday; 701 S. Georgia St.; no cover; 806-342-9000)

Comedy Night with Andy Offutt Irwin: The touring comedian offers a dinner show for Windows on a Wider World at Reed Beverage. (6 p.m. April 11; tickets $40; 3701 S.E. 25th Ave.; 806-350-9599)

Amarillo College Piano Series: Beloved Borger-native pianist John Bayless makes a long-awaited return home for this installment of Art Force’s concert series. (Apologies for an earlier, incorrect date.) (7:30 p.m. April 11; AC Concert Hall Theatre on the Washington Street campus; free; 806-371-5340)


Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum’s anniversary celebration continues with its annual Achievement in Art exhibition, the Al and Pat Smith collection of French impressionist works, on view through April 9. Also on view: the AC/WT Student/Faculty Exhibition, through April 23. (2200 S. Van Buren St.; 806-371-5050)

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: Dig into equine history with the museum’s archive collection, on view through July 29. Plus, learn more about the Hispanic roots of Lone Star cowboy culture in “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” on view through April 21. (2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: Enjoy “Objects of Enchantment” through April 30 and Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired “On the Edge of the Plains” through January. (2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; 806-651-2244)

The Simulated Universe: Amarillo’s newest attraction is this immersive art experience a la Meow Wolf. (noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; 1215 S.W. 10th Ave.; reservations required; 832-690-7731 or thesimulateduniverse@gmail.com)


  • 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.

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