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

“Facing Nolan”: Celebrate one of baseball’s greatest stars with this documentary about the pitching giant. The screening also includes a Q&A with Ryan and filmmakers recorded at SXSW. Also continuing to screen Wednesday: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the director’s cut of the sci-fi classic. Then, rev your motors for a three-day run of “Smokey and the Bandit” beginning Sunday for the iconic chase film’s 45th anniversary. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

“Top Gun: Maverick”: The iconic ’80s actioner gets a 36-years-later sequel, with Tom Cruise training a new generation of pilots who, we assume, also feel the need. The need for speed. Also opening: animated film “The Bob’s Burgers Movie.” (Opens Thursday)

Gravehuffer: The Missouri-based metal band joins Colorado band Pathos & Logos, plus Amarillo rockers Trench Rat, for a heavy show at Zombiez Bar & Grill. (8 p.m. Thursday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $10; 806-331-7305)

Discover for a Dollar: End of School Bash!: Celebrate the start of summer by getting the kids out of the house to enjoy science demonstrations, activities and more at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. (noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 1200 Streit Drive; admission $1; 806-355-9547)

Amarillo Symphony: Music director finalist Conner Covington brings an array of music from the world of opera, from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” to Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” plus Anna Clyne’s “This Midnight Hour” and Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” featuring guest pianist Janice Carissa. (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)

“Waitress”: The smash Broadway musical is cooking up a good time for Celebrity Attractions and Civic Amarillo’s Broadway Spotlight Series with two shows in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. Check out my review before you go. (7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30 to $65; 806-378-3096)

Aiden Logsdon: The up-and-coming Texas country singer hits town for a show at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10)

Bad Magik Music Festival: One of my personal favorite Amarillo traditions returns after two pandemic-related cancellations. The lineup of local favorites rocking out at Sam Houston Park includes Like Red Giants, Travis Roberts, Vamping, Native Crowds, Dude-Man, Drowninghost, Rain Division, J Kali and Tulsa Doom, with DJs Dolores and GiANT adding support. Food trucks and a slew of vendors round out the day. (noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-322-1806)

Heathen and the Crow Show: The local Southern rockers take the stage at The Handle Bar & Grill. (7 p.m. Saturday; 3514 SW Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-803-9538)

Los Inquietos del Norte: The Mexican band headlines a show at La Hacienda Amarillo with Conjunto Rienda Real, El Mimoso, Los Elegantes and Identidad Norteña. (8 p.m. Saturday; 10695 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $60; 806-690-2965)

Just a Bunch of Pricks: Yellow City Comedy brings the laughs to Cactus Bar. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4831 S. Western St.; cover $5; 806-356-6369)

Bad Magik After Party: Head to The Golden Light Cantina after enjoying a day of music in Sam Houston Park for more tunes from Pink Fuzz, Bare The Mark and Trenchrat. (9:30 p.m. Saturday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; cover $10 with festival wristband, $13 without)

The Roman Carbajal Band: The Amarillo rockers bring daytime tunes for Memorial Day weekend at this outdoor concert on the Barfield Bar rooftop. (2 p.m. Sunday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies return from a road trip to kick off a home stand against the Midland Rockhounds. (May 31 through June 5; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

Starlight Theatre: Americana singer Daisy Blue kicks off Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. (7 p.m. May 31; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)


  • 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.