Amarillo Sod Poodles:
The Soddies are ready for action in a series against the Tulsa Drillers. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

The James Barger Trio: The Amarillo combo is on tap for the Tuesday Night Jazz series at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Tuesday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12 in advance, $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

“Ponyo”: The Studio Ghibli Fest continues with this charmer about a goldfish who wishes to become human. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“Downton Abbey: A New Era”: The Crawleys and their servants are back for this well-received sequel. Also opening: horror film “Men” from director Alex Garland (“Ex Machina,” “Annihilation”). (Opens Thursday)

“Shrek the Musical”: Amarillo Little Theatre has another sold-out sensation to close out its season. Keep on the waiting list if you can. (Thursday through Sunday; ALT Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Academy Unleashed: Lone Star Ballet’s young dance students are in the spotlight in a series of performances in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (Friday through Sunday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $6; 806-372-2463)

For King and Country: The contemporary Christian band brings its “What Are We Waiting For” tour to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum. (7 p.m. Friday; 400 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $40 to $75; 806-378-3096)

Monarch: The young Amarillo rockers hit the roof for a show at Crush Wine Bar. (7 p.m. Friday; 701 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-418-2011)

Derek Porterfield: The Amarillo singer-songwriter brings tunes for an acoustic show at Caliche. (8 p.m. Friday; 2311 S.W. Seventh Ave.; no cover; 806-398-1008)

West Texas Exiles: Enjoy a night of contemporary Texas country with this group of Austin expatriates (including former Amarillo musician Daniel Davis), along with Lubbock band Mason & The Gin Line and local boys Travis Roberts & The Willing Few, at the Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Vandoliers: The sensational Texas rockers return for a show at Hoots Pub. Plus, don’t miss the amazing singer-songwriter Joshua Ray Walker on Thursday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $12)

Endangered Species Day: Learn about the Amarillo Zoo’s at-risk population of animals. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 700 Comanchero Trail; admission charge; 806-381-7911)

“Lucia di Lammermoor”: Soprano Nadine Sierra stars as the iconic heroine of the Donizetti opera, part of The Met: Live in HD series. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Eli Young Band: The multi-platinum country band returns to Amarillo for a show at Starlight Ranch with Corey Kent. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $25 to $65; 806-556-4456) 

Polo Urias: The Mexican singer rolls into town for a show at La Hacienda Amarillo with Los Durados. (8 p.m. Saturday; 10695 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $40; 806-690-2965)

Relic: Get ready to rock with this Amarillo-based post-metal grunge band at Leftwoods. Then, catch touring rockers The Matt O’Ree Band on Tuesday. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-367-9840)

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”: Check out this long-awaited director’s cut of the sci-fi classic. (Sunday, Monday and May 25; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

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.