Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer takes the stage at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (formerly La Bella on Olsen). (7 p.m. Tuesday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

“Spirited Away” Live on Stage: The new stage adaptation of the classic anime hits the big screen as part of the Studio Ghibli Fest. (7:15 p.m. Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

WT Concert and Symphonic Bands: The top West Texas A&M University instrumental ensembles will offer year-end performances. (6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the Canyon campus; free; 806-651-2840)

Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer heads underground for a show in The Barfield’s speakeasy. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”: Reviews are already strong for the trilogy-closing installment of this outer-space entry in the MCU. Also opening: romantic drama “Love Again” with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Claflin. (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

May the Fourth Be With You: Don Harrington Discovery Center hosts this celebration of “Star Wars” Day, featuring droid construction, a costume contest, appearances by the 501st Legion and more. (5:30 p.m. Thursday; 1200 Streit Drive; admission $8; 806-355-9547)

Justin Roberts: The Amarillo-based singer serves up tunes at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (formerly La Bella on Olsen). (7 p.m. Thursday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Kray Van Kirk: The nationally touring folk singer hits town for a show at Chalice Abbey. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2717 Stanley St., Suite A; $15 donation; 806-576-2480) 

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”: The legendary songstress’ tunes (for herself and others) are in the spotlight in this acclaimed jukebox musical on the Amarillo Little Theatre Allen Shankles Mainstage. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; continues through May 21; 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

“Into the Woods”: TheatreAC puts a bow on its season with this beloved Stephen Sondheim musical about the power of stories. (7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; Amarillo College Experimental Theatre; tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors and students; 806-371-5358)

Bowling for Soup: The ’90s rock band teams with killer Americana rock band Vandoliers for a show inside Starlight Ranch Event Center’s Moon Palace. (8 p.m. Thursday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $20 to $45; 806-342-0515)

Dave Martinez: The Texas country singer headlines the latest Red Dirt Media Thursday at Hoots Pub. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2424 Hobbs Road; no cover)

First Thursday Art + Music: Kick May off in style with art from Mef Mouth and Phrog and tunes from the Sergio Almanza Quartet at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Cinco de Mayo Party: Enjoy day-long festivities at Drunken Oyster, with Velvet Funk taking the stage at 7 p.m. (11 a.m. Friday; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6668)

First Friday Art Walk: Sunset Center’s beloved monthly tradition returns with gallery tours, music from Ruth Ellen Lynch & Jazz Plus, plus a live recording of the 300th episode of podcast “Hey Amarillo.” (5 p.m. Friday; 3701 Plains Blvd.; 806-354-8802)

Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival: Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates the holiday with a huge fiesta at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (6 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $10 to $35; 806-342-0515)

Insufficient Funds: The Amarillo party band hits the beach at the newly rebranded Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Friday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

De Mayo with tha Mafia: Get your Cinco on with a slate full of hip-hop acts at Zombiez Bar & Grill. (8 p.m. Friday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $5; 806-331-7305)

Ghosts of Gray County: The regional rock band haunts Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Colten Jesse & The Hooligans: The young Texas country band headlines Hoots Pub with opener Tanner Lane. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Marcy Grace: The San Antonio singer teams with Texas Hits & A Miss for a Cinco de Mayo party at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon. (10:30 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Polk St.; cover)

Fiesta on the Square: The Shops at Wolflin Square celebrates the spring holiday with a day full of specials, vendors, live music and food trucks. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1932 Civic Circle; 806-355-6131)

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: The Barrio Lions Club hosts their second-annual party in Alamo Park. (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; Houston Street and 17th Avenue; 806-576-7207)

King of the Panhandle Car Show: Speed out to Amarillo Dragway for a day of fun on the track. (3 p.m. Saturday; 12955 Burlington Road; admission $5; 806-337-0630)

Big G & The Tradewinds: Bar Z Winery kicks off its summer patio season with this Amarillo band, plus food from J&L Good Grubs. (5 p.m. Saturday; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; $10 cover; 806-488-2214)

Almost Summer Social Dance Party: Footloose Amarillo will kick off the new season with this red-hot party, featuring free lessons beginning at 7 p.m., followed by music from Amarillo band Insufficient Funds. BYOB. (7 p.m. Saturday; Tripp’s Harley-Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40; admission $10 adults, $5 teens; footlooseamarillo@gmail.com)

Andy Chase & Friends: The popular Amarillo singer-songwriter brings his buddies to the beach at the rebranded Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Ri Wolf: The country singer offers a night of tunes at Mickey’s Place. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1512 Fifth Ave. in Canyon; 806-452-7320)

Mike Chism & Hollow Point: The Amarillo country band tears it up at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

The Zeppelin Project: The touring Led Zeppelin tribute band ascends the stairway to heaven inside Starlight Ranch Event Center’s Moon Palace. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $12 to $150; 806-342-0515)

Promdaseta: It’s a formal night of fun at Pondaseta Brewing Co. in this fundraiser for the Leaders Readers Network. (8 p.m. Saturday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door; 806-418-6282)

New Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band brings some noise to Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Next to Kin: The Amarillo-based country band returns to the stage at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

“Ponyo”: The Studio Ghibli Fest continues with screenings of this classic anime. (various times Sunday, Monday and May 10; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“Fiddler on the Roof”: A touring production of the classic musical arrives in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, courtesy of Broadway Spotlight Series. (7 p.m. May 9 and 10; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30 to $75; 806-378-3096)


Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum highlights top young artists at its annual Texas Panhandle Student Art Show through May 12. (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. (2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: Enjoy the 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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