The calendar may be flipping over to a new year, but Amarillo’s arts and entertainment scene is only midway through the season—with plenty more fun to be had. Kick off 2024 with your fill of iconic musicals, epic orchestral masterpieces, top touring comedians, major movie releases and loads more. Check out these highlights of the next two months, and make sure to subscribe to the Brickly and Flavorillo newsletters for weekly and biweekly picks.

January

Amarillo Symphony: The orchestra goes for baroque as it continues its 100th season with Bach to Bartók on Jan. 19 and 20 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St., featuring international harpsichord star Mahan Esfahani on Bach’s Concerto in D minor. Other January arts events will include the Arts in the Sunset’s First Friday Art Walk on Jan. 5; Amarillo Little Theatre’s farcical The Play That Goes Wrong from Jan. 11 to 21 on the ALT Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; Chamber Music Amarillo’s Miracle Music, featuring classical favorites and a new work by composer Christopher Theofanidis on Jan. 13 at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive; a West Texas A&M University art faculty exhibition opening Jan. 16 in the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery; the WT Faculty Grand recital on Jan. 26 in Mary Moody Northen Hall; and WT Opera’s Out of This World gala celebrating Dr. Robert Hansen on Jan. 27 in JBK Student Center.

Casey James: The American Idol finalist kicks off the new year with a Jan. 5 show at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon, 715 S. Polk St. Other major concerts on the horizon include Oklahoma country singer Casper McWade on Jan. 7 at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road; Texas country star Brandon Rhyder on Jan. 13 at the Western Horseman Club, 2501 I-40 East; Dallas rapper BigXthaPlug on Jan. 27 at Azteca Music Hall, 500 N. FM 1912; the Everhart’s Concert Series featuring Panhandle songwriters on Jan. 27 at Westminster: The Church in Austin Park, 2525 Wimberly Road; and Hank Weaver on Jan. 13, Don Stalling on Jan. 19, Rain Division on Jan. 20, Zach Welch on Jan. 26 and Corey Hunt and The Wise on Jan. 27 at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 SW Sixth Ave.

Bert Kreischer: The burly comic brings his frequently shirtless Tops Off World Tour to town for a Jan. 21 show in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Other events this month include country comic Rodney Carrington’s Jan. 5 return and the Bored Teachers’ We Can’t Make This Stuff Up! comedy tour on Jan. 27, both also in the Civic Center Complex Auditorium; Amarillo Bombers soccer Jan. 6, 20, 27 and 28 and Amarillo Wranglers hockey Jan. 12, 13 and 14, all in the Civic Center Complex Coliseum.

Mean Girls: The teen black comedy gets a musical makeover in this new adaptation, based on the recent Broadway hit and opening Jan. 12. Also scheduled to hit theaters is drama Memory and thriller Night Swim on Jan. 5; adventure comedy The Book of Clarence, thriller The Beekeeper and thriller Lights Out on Jan. 12; historical drama Origin, sci-fi thriller I.S.S. and horror film Founders Day on Jan. 19; and drama Totem and sports comedy The Underdoggs on Jan. 26.

February

Wheel of Fortune Live: Lucky audience members will get their chance to spin the wheel and solve puzzles when the iconic TV game show brings its live version to town on Feb. 13 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. Other events to watch for include Family Support Services’ annual Mardi Gras Party—featuring live music, casino games, dinner and more—on Feb. 3 in the Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom; the Amarillo Tattoo Expo Feb. 8 to 11 at Ashmore Inn & Suites, 2315 I-40 East; comedian John Crist’s Emotional Support tour on Feb. 9 in the Civic Center Complex Auditorium; the Lone Star Reptile Expo on Feb. 17 and 18 and the TPBA Amarillo Home & Garden Show on Feb. 24 and 25, both in the Civic Center North Exhibit Hall; the annual Restaurant Roundup fundraiser on Feb. 29 in the Rex Baxter Building on the Amarillo Tr-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.; and the live tour of Dancing with the Stars on Feb. 29 in the Civic Center Auditorium. Plus, don’t miss Amarillo Bombers soccer Feb. 11 and Amarillo Wranglers hockey Feb. 2, 3, 16, 17 and 23, all in the Civic Center Complex Coliseum.

Rent: Amarillo Little Theatre celebrates la vie bohème with this groundbreaking ’90s musical from Feb. 15 to 25 in the ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Other arts highlights to mark on the calendar include the Arts in the Sunset’s First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 2; West Texas A&M University choirs and Symphonic Band on Feb. 4, WT Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 17 and the Harrington String Quartet on
Feb. 23, all in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall; WT Theatre’s staging of classic musical She Loves Me from Feb. 8 to 18 in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s new Dali’s Wonderland exhibition, featuring Salvador Dali’s avant-garde illustrations inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic, opening Feb. 8; Chamber Music Amarillo’s Triosarachops Devours! concert Feb. 10 at Sharpened Iron Studios, 1314 S. Polk St.; Amarillo College Department of Music’s Jam with Love concert on Feb. 13 in the Concert Hall Theatre; Amarillo Opera’s Sounds for the Soul concert on Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St.; TheatreAC’s staging of The Little Foxes from Feb. 22 to 25 in the Experimental Theatre; Amarillo Symphony’s rendition of Gustav Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 5 on Feb. 23 and 24 in the Globe-News Center.

Blue October: The sensational ’90s alt-rock band returns to town with its Spinning the Truth Around (Part II) tour on Feb. 28 in the Globe-News Center. Other concerts to look out for include Texas country star Josh Weathers on Feb. 3 at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; classic rock band Chicago’s return on Feb. 18 in the Civic Center Complex Auditorium; Godsmack tribute act Whiskey Hangover on Feb. 10 at Skooterz Bar & Grill, 4100 Bushland Blvd.; and Eddie Esler on Feb. 24 for the Everhart’s Concert Series at Westminster: The Church at Austin Park.

Lisa Frankenstein: A teenager (Kathryn Newton) goes to extreme measures to be with the (dead) boy she loves in this comedy from writer Diablo Cody and director Zelda Williams, opening Feb. 9. Also opening: romantic drama It Ends with Us on Feb. 9; Spider-Man-related actioner Madame Web, biopic Bob Marley: One Love and romance What About Love on Feb. 14; and drama Ordinary Angels and thriller Drive-Away Dolls on Feb. 23. 

Author

  • 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.