November

Christmas Roundup: Amarillo Museum of Art Alliance’s holiday shopping expo returns—a fundraiser for the Alliance’s educational efforts, and an easy way to finish out your Christmas shopping. (Or start it, if you’re like me.) It’ll run Nov. 6 and 7 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St. Other community events include the National Philanthropy Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in the Civic Center Heritage Ballroom, celebrating generous and hard-working neighbors; and Lone Star Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Ball at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Civic Center Heritage Ballroom and Regency Room.

Amarillo Symphony: Conductor Jacomo Bairos lifts his baton for a final time as the orchestra’s music director with a special concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem and a world premiere of a new work by composer-in-residence Chris Rogerson, featuring the sublime vocalist J’Nai Bridges. Concerts are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Other arts highlights this month: The 5 Browns, young sibling pianists performing five-part arrangements on Steinways at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4 in the Globe-News Center; Chamber Music Amarillo’s That’s Not Tango: Astor Piazzolla, a Life in Music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Globe-News Center; Amarillo Little Theatre’s Defying Gravity, an artistic dramatization of the 1986 Challenger explosion from Nov. 11 to 21 in the Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle; and Falling into Dance, the fall dance concert from West Texas A&M University from Nov. 18 to 21 in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre.

Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo: The top working cowhands in the country return to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex from Nov. 11 to 14 for some of the best rodeo action you’ll ever witness. Other entertainment options this month: Perryton native and world-class singer-songwriter Ryan Culwell on Nov. 6 at Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; Christian music star Michael W. Smith on Nov. 9 in the Globe-News Center; Americana greats Reckless Kelly on Nov. 18 at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road; the rescheduled “Beatles vs. Stones” tribute show on Nov. 20 in the Civic Center Auditorium; and Million Dollar Quartet Christmas, a holiday version of the stage show about the recording adventures of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley at Sun Records, on Nov. 23 in the Civic Center Auditorium.

Eternals: Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) brings her intimate filmmaking style to the bombastic Marvel Cinematic Universe with this epoch-spanning tale of immortal superbeings. (Nov. 5) Also opening this month: Pablo Larraín’s Princess Diana biopic Spencer (Nov. 5 limited release); Irish working-class family drama Belfast (Nov. 12); sports biopic King Richard (Nov. 19); franchise-restarter Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Nov. 19); and Disney animated film Encanto (Nov. 24).

December

The Nutcracker: After its first year off in decades, Lone Star Ballet’s holiday tradition returns to the Civic Center Auditorium for performances Dec. 10 to 12. Other holiday entertainment options include Amarillo Little Theatre’s A Doublewide, Texas Christmas from Dec. 2 to 12 on the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; Amarillo Symphony’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 3 in the Globe-News Center; Christian singer Zach Williams’ I Don’t Want Christmas to End tour Dec. 7 in the Globe-News Center; High Plains Choral Society’s Christmas concert Dec. 12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2525 Wimberly Road; and Amarillo Symphony’s Happy Holiday Pops concerts Dec. 18 in the Globe-News Center.

Black Tie Affair: North Side Toy Drive’s annual holiday fundraiser returns for a sensational evening of fun with Brassaholics and DJ Cleve. Formal attire is required, and so is a toy—you won’t get in without one. Limited free admission (without reserved seating) is available for the party, set for 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom. Other community holiday events will include West Texas A&M University’s Festival of Lights on Dec. 2; Center City of Amarillo’s Electric Light Parade on Dec. 3 in downtown Amarillo; and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s Christmas Open House on Dec. 4.

West Side Story: Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic musical snaps, leaps and sings its way to big screens. (Dec. 10) Also opening this month: arty thriller Wolf (Dec. 3); Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley (Dec. 17); web-slinging action flick Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec. 17); animated sequel Sing 2 (Dec. 22); action prequel The King’s Man (Dec. 22); and reboot The Matrix Resurrections (Dec. 22). 

Author

  • 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.