Starlight Theatre: Amarillo jazz band The Martinis will shake things up for Parks & Recreation’s concert series this week at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. (7 p.m. Tuesday; free)

Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies try to land some wins against the Corpus Christi Hooks in a week-long homestand. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

“Texas”: The 55th annual season of the outdoor musical drama wraps with a few final performances. (8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Palo Duro Canyon State Park Pioneer Amphitheatre; tickets $17-$38; 806-655-2181)

“Respect”: Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson stars as the inimitable Aretha Franklin in this widely anticipated new biopic. Also opening this week: Ryan Reynolds as a video-game drone come to life in “Free Guy” and horror sequel “Don’t Breathe 2.” (Opens Thursday)

MercyMe: The contemporary Christian stars return to town with opener Austin French for a night of praise and worship in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum. (7 p.m. Thursday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $25 to $85; 806-378-3096)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo blues-rockers Touching Voodoo will take the stage at this week’s installment of the concert series at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; $10; 806-352-6513)

Discover for a Dollar: The back-to-school edition of this family night at Don Harrington Discovery Center will feature presentations by “Hank the Cowdog” author John Erickson, Space Theatre shows, live science presentations and more. (5 p.m. Friday; 1200 Streit Drive; admission $1; 806-355-9547)

All Things Artful: Amarillo Arts Institute’s annual fundraiser, this year themed “Alchemy of the Imagination,” returns with hands-on art projects, music, food and shopping. (6 p.m. Friday; 3701 Plains Blvd.; tickets $10 children, $20 adults; 806-354-8802)

The Flying Elbows Perspective: The Amarillo country-rockers return to the stage at Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Amarillo Community Market: Get your pick of the best from local crafters, artisans and more. (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 1000 S. Polk St.; 806-372-6744)

Best in the West: From 6th Collective will host this “Texas-sized” showcase of Panhandle-area vendors, artisans, crafters and more. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 18100 W. Interstate 40; 806-349-1111)

Randall King: The Panhandle-area native who’s making big waves on the national country scene comes home for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. Also this week: High Plains Food Bank’s Foodstock concert series wraps with Hank Williams tribute act Sons of Bocephus at 7 p.m. Friday. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $14 to $85; 806-556-4456) 

Music at Wellington Square Courtyard: Amarillo jazz combo The Jim Laughlin Quartet will headline this week’s installment of Amarillo’s newest outdoor music series. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1601 Kentucky St.; $12-$15)

“Hobgoblins”: The RiffTrax Live guys return to the big screen with a cheerful takedown of this subpar “Gremlins” ripoff. Plus, don’t miss 50th anniversary screenings of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on Sunday and Aug. 18. (7 p.m. Aug. 17; Cinemark Hollywood 16 and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14)


  • 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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