Jazztober: Center City’s annual outdoor concert series kicks off with Amarillo combo The Martinis on the steps of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. (6 p.m. Tuesday; 1000 S. Polk St.; free; 806-372-6744)

“No Time to Die”: Daniel Craig bids farewell to 007 in the latest, much-much-much-delayed James Bond film. Nothing else seems to be opening this weekend, so if Bond’s not your speed, check out “The Many Saints of Newark,” the “Sopranos” prequel that I forgot to list last week. (Opens Thursday)

Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce’s largest event returns in a new location — the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds. I hate to see it leave downtown, but the event has certainly outgrown the immediate Chamber grounds. Enjoy tons of food and drink at the party, plus tunes from Amarillo band Insufficient Funds. (5 p.m. Thursday; 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the gate; 806-378-3096)

“The Evil Dead”: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sam Raimi’s cult-classic horror film at a Thursday screening. Also on tap from Fathom: The Met: Live in HD’s production of “Boris Godunov” on Saturday and Oct. 13, and 25th-anniversary screenings of “Scream.” . Plus, the annual Studio Ghibli Fest continues Wednesday at Cinemark Hollywood 16 with a screening of “Spirited Away.” (7 p.m. Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16 and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14)

“From Up Here”: Amarillo College Theatre opens its season with this musical about five strangers crossing paths on the Brooklyn Bridge. (7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus; tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors and students; 806-371-5359)

Sons on Fire: The nationally touring rock band hits town for a show at Skooterz. (9 p.m. Thursday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

West Texas A&M University Homecoming: Full disclosure: I’m a WT employee, but I’d still be checking out some of the festivities even if I weren’t. Public activities will include a celebration of 60 years of integration at the university at 6 p.m. Friday; a speakeasy party at 8 p.m. Friday; free admission at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum on Saturday; the parade along Russell Long Blvd. at 1 p.m. Saturday; and the game versus Angelo State at 7 p.m. Saturday. (times vary; 806-651-2317)

Nitro Circus: Thrill to high-flying FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and other athletes in this exhibition performance in Hodgetown. (7 p.m. Friday; $29 to $79; 715 S. Buchanan St.;  806-803-9547)

Vandoliers: The kick-butt Texas rockers return to Amarillo for a show at Golden Light Cantina. (2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $10)

Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River Festival: The sixth-annual music fest at Bar Z Winery will feature Amarillo bands Geezers Gone Wild and Jack Cryver, along with plenty of wine. (3 to 9 p.m. Saturday; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; tickets $30; 806-488-2214) 

Nelly: The superstar rapper (of all people) comes to town for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center with Blanco Brown and Harper Grace. Less surprisingly, but still as promising: Texas roots-country star Charley Crockett on Friday. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $65 to $570; 806-556-4456) 

Party at the PARC: Enjoy food trucks, art and music from Monarch at this fundraising event. (7 p.m. Saturday; 413 S.W. Sixth Ave.; tickets $35; 806-236-5069)

The Electric Gypsies: The sensational Texas rock band returns for a long-awaited show at Hoot’s Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)


  • 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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