May the 4th Be With You:
The Don Harrington Discovery Center hosts this celebration of all things “Star Wars,” including a special planetarium show and appearances by the 501st Legion cosplayers. (5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday; 1200 Streit Drive; $5 members, $8 nonmembers; 806-355-9547)

Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies kick off a series against the Midland Rockhounds. (Wednesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

“Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen and a slew of other MCU heroes are on board for this mind-bending sequel. (Opens Thursday)

First Thursday Art + Music: In addition to a new gallery show, check out Skitz O’Fuel’s annual tribute to the late railroad poet Cadillac Fraf at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. Then, catch New Mexico singer-songwriter The Groovebirds on Friday. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no covers, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Creative Mind Lecture: Texas Monthly journalist and podcaster Skip Hollandsworth discusses his historical thriller “The Midnight Assassin.” (7:30 p.m. Thursday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; free; 806-680-9500)

“Shrek the Musical”: The ugly ogre comes to beautiful life in this stage adaptation closing out Amarillo Little Theatre’s season. (Thursday through Saturday; continues weekends through May 22; ALT Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival: Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is grilling up fun for this party at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (6 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; $35 in advance, $40 at the gate; 806-556-4456) 

“The Kid”: The West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra will perform live alongside a screening of the Charlie Chaplin film with a score by WT’s own Dr. B.J. Brooks. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall in Canyon; free; 806-651-2840)

First Friday Comedy: Enjoy some yucks at Fillmore’s. (8 p.m. Friday; 1005 N. Fillmore St.; cover $5; 806-674-9823)

These Streets: The hardcore metal band joins Maya and Price of Life for a banging show at Zombiez Bar & Grill. (8 p.m. Friday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $10; 806-331-7305)

The Golden Roses: This Austin-based band makes its Amarillo debut at the Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Fiesta on the Square: Get your party on at Wolflin Square and enjoy sidewalk sales, food trucks and more. (10 a.m. Saturday; 1932 Civic Circle; free; 806-376-5417)

“Turandot”: Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska is in center-stage in this new production of the Puccini classic, part of The Met: Live in HD series. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

El Barrio Cinco de Mayo: The El Barrio Lions Club hosts this fiesta, featuring food, entertainment and more. (Noon Saturday; 2500 S.E. 46th Ave.; free; 806-341-9889)

“Blippi the Musical”: The popular children’s show gets the stage treatment in this touring production heading to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (2 p.m. Saturday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $25 to $45; 806-378-3096)

FamJam: Musician Ace Rodriguez headlines this party in the park benefitting Panhandle Orphan Care Network. (4 p.m. Saturday; Memorial Park, 2501 S. Washington St.; free; 806-367-3340)

Roger Creager: The Texas music star rocks back into town for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $40; 806-556-4456) 

Carson Jeffrey: The Texas country up-and-comer makes his Amarillo debut at Hoots Pub. Plus, don’t miss Amarillo stars Seth Ward & The Silence on Friday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10)

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.