Starlight Theatre: Amarillo party rock band Noah Jenda will headline this week’s edition of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. Next week: Folk band Mike Fuller & The Repeat Offenders. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

June Jazz: Amarillo College’s outdoor series celebrates 25 years this season, continuing with Austin Brazille. Next week: Polk Street Jazz. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; AC Washington Street campus; free; 806-371-5340)

High Noon on the Square: The downtown concert series continues its season with cast members from “Texas” and food from Mitch’s BBQ. (Noon Wednesday; 501 S. Fillmore St.; free, lunch $10; 806-372-6744)

“Texas”: The beloved Panhandle tradition is back in action, with performances Tuesdays through Saturdays in Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Don’t miss Saturday’s special Comanche Summer performance. (5:45 to 7:45 p.m. dinner service; 8:15 p.m. show; tickets $15 to $65; 806-655-2181)

Starlight Canyon Songwriters Series: Sit and chill with songs from Kayla Richardson with Rien & Mindy in this new outdoor series at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12 in advance, $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

“Mama Bears”: Full disclosure: I’m co-hosting this screening for Pride Week, but don’t let that keep you away. This heartfelt documentary tells the stories of moms who’ve had to find ways to reconcile their Christianity with the fact that their children are LGBTQIA+. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; tickets $10)

“The Thing”: Cool off with a 40th-anniversary screening of this Arctic horror film starring Kurt Russell. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

“Elvis”: Director Baz Luhrmann goes big, big, BIG with this biopic of the King of Rock-and-Roll in this film starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Also opening: horror flick “The Black Phone.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square; and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

Amarillo Tattoo Festival: The Ink Masters tour returns with inkslingers and live music galore at Fifth Season Inn Amarillo. (Thursday through Sunday; 6801 W. Interstate 40; tickets $20 daily or $30 for weekend;

“G.I. Joe: The Movie”: Muster up for a 35th anniversary screening of this ’80s-era animated film. (7 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo classic rock band Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild continue the fun at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual summer concert series, with food from Roll the Dice BBQ. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $5 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

June Jams: Canyon’s outdoor concert series continues with tunes from country band 9 Eyes. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; Neblett Park, 508 16th St. in Canyon; free; 806-656-6833)

Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild: The Amarillo classic rock band is in the spotlight at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Friday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12 in advance, $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

“Almost, Maine”: Performances of this delightfully charming romantic comedy will star students from Amarillo College and various Amarillo high schools, brought to you by The Kody Hodge Foundation. (7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday; AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus; tickets $10 adults, $5 students; 806-371-5359)

Amarillo Symphony: Music Director finalist Stilian Kirov helps the orchestra wrap up its season with Antonin Dvořák’s “New World Symphony,” George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with soloist William Hagen. (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)

Michael D. Coon: The Amarillo rocker gives a solo show at Six Car Pub & Brewery. (8 p.m. Friday; 625 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-376-8782)

Krakt: The ’80s-era Amarillo rock band reunites for a two-night stand at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10)

Jordan Matthew Young: The long-tressed “Voice” finalist returns to Amarillo for a show at Skooterz. On Saturday, catch Texas rockers Post Profit. (9 p.m. Friday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Plan B: The ’80s cover band brings the party downtown for a show at Craft Cocktail Lounge. (9 p.m. Friday; 626 S. Polk St.; 806-231-0562)

The Stray Sons: The Amarillo country-rock band debuts its new single at a party at Rounders. (9 p.m. Friday; 2801 Virginia Circle; no cover; 806-352-3317)

Jett Jenkins: Vibe with this singer-songwriter at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. And Thursday, enjoy tunes from Pat Beary. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2812 SW Sixth Ave.; donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Amarillo Community Market: Enjoy a beautiful morning at the downtown farmers market, featuring food trucks, live music and tons of vendors. (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St.; free; 806-335-6360)

The Longest Day Cornhole Tournament: Take your best shot in this tourney raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. (9 a.m. Saturday; Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.; 806-290-3735)

Panhandle Pride: Get your party on with the area’s LGBTQIA+ community, this year at Starlight Ranch Event Center. Festivities will include live music (including a touring Elton John tribute act), vendors, food trucks and more. (3 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; admission $5 donation; 806-556-4456)

WWE: Seth “Freakin” Rollins will take on Riddle in the headline match of this night of “Monday Night Raw” stars. The evening also will feature a triple-head bout for the Raw Women’s Championship featuring Bianca Belair vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch. Also on the card: Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Rey & Dominic Mysterio, Theory, The Miz, Ezekiel, The Street Profits and Damian Priest. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $20 to $100; 806-378-3096)

Banda MS: The big-time Mexican band returns with Primavera to La Hacienda Amarillo. (8 p.m. Saturday; 10695 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $80; 806-690-2965)

American Slang: This rising teen rock band makes its Amarillo debut at Leftwoods. On Thursday, chill with folk duo Woody & Sunshine. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2511 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)

My Way Punk Rock Night: Continue the Pride celebration with this night of anything-goes rock at RR Bar. On Friday, enjoy hip hop with A Project Called Mayhem. (10 p.m. Saturday; 701 S. Georgia St.; no cover)

Indego: The Lubbock-based progressive rock band joins forces with Amarillo-based rockers Native Crowds at The Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; cover $10; 806-374-9237)

“The Cat Returns”: Enjoy a special 20th-anniversary screening of this anime classic as part of the ongoing Studio Ghibli Fest. (3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“The Fifth Element”: Blast off with 25th-anniversary screenings of this mind-blowing sci-fi favorite. (3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and June 29; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“The Tempest”: Ah, such stuff as dreams are made on! The “Texas” cast continues its traditional summer Shakespeare spotlight with this two-night benefit performance at Creek House Honey Farm. (7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 5005 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; tickets $45; 806-655-2141)

Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies are back at home to take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. (June 28 to July 3; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

DCI Tour Premiere: Six top drum corps open up the summer season with an evening of bright brass, flashy color guards and exceptional percussion sections. (7:30 p.m. June 28; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)


  • 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.