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

Starlight Theatre: Amarillo jazz band Big G & The Tradewinds will headline this week’s edition of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

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

High Noon on the Square: The downtown concert series kicks off its season with cowboy crooner Ed Montana and burgers from the Coors Cowboy Club. (Noon Wednesday; 501 S. Fillmore St.; free, lunch $10; 806-372-6744)

“Smokey and the Bandit”: Watch ol’ Bandit run in special screenings for the iconic chase film’s 45th anniversary. (7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

“Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story”: Amarillo native Ben Masters (“Unbranded,” “The River and the Wall”) goes behind the camera again to direct this documentary celebrating the diversity of wildlife in the Lone Star State. (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive: Head downtown to watch an old-school longhorn drive, the traditional kick off for the CCC Ranch Rodeo. (6 p.m. Thursday; 11th Avenue and Polk Street to Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.; free)

First Thursday Music + Art: Enjoy tunes from Silver Bullet and art from Mef Mouf at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 SW Sixth Ave.; free, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo rockers The Solano Project kick off the Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual summer concert series. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $5 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

Neon Nebula: LGBTQIA+ support group Smile Big Texas hosts this rave, talent show and drag revue at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (6 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $50; 806-556-4456)

Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo: Top working cowboys from around the region compete for bragging rights at this annual hoedown. (7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Amarillo National Center at Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.; tickets $25 adults, $15 children; 806-376-7767)

Ordinary Elephant: The folk duo returns to revive High Plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concerts series at Chalice Abbey. (7 p.m. Friday; 2717 Stanley St., Suite A; free, donations requested; 806-367-9088)

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

On Holiday: The Oklahoma City rock band hits town with local openers Native Crowds for a show at Leftwoods. Then, check out an acoustic show by Brother & The Hayes on Monday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2511 SW Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-367-9840)

Center City Mural Run: Get some exercise and explore downtown’s burgeoning mural scene at this new 5K run and one-mile fun run benefiting Center City of Amarillo. The post-race party features music from Comanche Moon and James Owens. (8:30 a.m. Saturday; Fifth Avenue and Polk Street; registration fees vary; 806-372-6744)

Summer Kickoff 2022: Promoter Let’s Celebrate welcomes the season with this festival, featuring an aerialist, food trucks, face painting, games, magic and a performance from Amarillo Little Theatre. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street; free;

“Hamlet”: Australian composer Brett Dean’s Shakespearean adaptation makes its American debut in the latest in The Met: Live in HD series. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Uncle Zep: Climb the stairway to heaven with this Led Zeppelin tribute band at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $12 to $30; 806-556-4456)

Jacob Christopher: The Colorado-based country singer makes a return appearance at Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Abbey Duncan: The Lubbock-based Texas country singer brings tunes to The Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Kody West: The Texas country act returns for a show at Hoots Pub. On Friday, don’t miss The Cody Sparks Band. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10

Hometown Heroes Summer Bash: Join Amarillo musicians Strange Saints and Lindsay Lane in this celebration of veterans. The party also includes food trucks, carnival games, vendors, silent auction and more. Proceeds will benefit homeless vets. (noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15; 806-556-4456)

Sunday Sip & Sing: The Barfield kicks off an outdoor music series with The Ty Blackburn Duo on its rooftop patio. (2 p.m. Sunday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

“The Wizard of Oz”: The world’s greatest movie (fight me) gets another big-screen showing to celebrate star Judy Garland’s 100th birthday. (3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 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.

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