“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”: The Broadway Spotlight Series continues its return to the Civic Center Auditorium with this touring production of the Lubbock rocker’s life story. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30 to $68; 806-378-3096)

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage”: The 2018 original installment of this bloody “Spider-Man” spinoff surprised me with its knowing sense of humor. Here’s hoping the sequel, which adds Woody Harrelson as the serial killer Carnage, finds a way to live up to the original. Also opening this weekend: animated sequel “The Addams Family 2” and faith-based documentary “The Jesus Music.” (Opens Thursday)

“The Sound of Music”: The iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about a devious nanny who worms her way into the heart of a grieving widower continues its run on Amarillo Little Theatre’s Mainstage season. Sue me: I always rooted for the Baroness. (Thursday through Sunday; 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

“San Jacinto Arts on Route 66”: Local artists will display art inspired by Amarillo’s stretch of the Mother Road at The Rockin’ OT in this fundraiser for the San Jacinto Neighborhood Association. Plus, take a guided bus tour of the neighborhood to see some of the artists’ inspirations. (6:30 p.m. Thursday for preview party; show hangs through Saturday; free)

Storybridge Live: Meet the likes of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Skippyjon Jones, and other favorites characters from kids’ books at this fundraiser for the organization providing reading material for countless low-income families. (6 p.m. Oct. 1; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; $5; 806-282-9082)

Jon Wolfe: The Texas country star returns to town for a show with Hayden Haddock at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $85; 806-556-4456) 

PumpkinFest: Enjoy lunch, a bounce house, family activities and more at this Amarillo Botanical Gardens event, which includes a take-home pumpkin. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 1400 Streit Drive; $10; 806-352-6513)

“Dracula” and “Frankenstein” Double Feature: Celebrate the 90th anniversary of these classic horror films in a special Fathom Events presentation. Also on tap from Fathom: a 45th-anniversary screening of the original “Carrie” on Wednesday, and a 30th-anniversary screening of “Transformers: The Movie” on Tuesday. Plus, the annual Studio Ghibli Fest kicks off at Cinemark Hollywood 16 with screenings Sunday, Monday and Oct. 6 of “Spirited Away.” (1 p.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16 and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14)

Hoodoo Mural Festival: Celebrate public art at this walkable/bikeable party in downtown Amarillo, featuring food trucks, art demonstrations and the unveiling of new murals. The festival will feature a DJ set by Washed Out; live sets from Nané, Kaelin Ellis, Corbin Cary and Vamping; a set by Amarillo DJ Rupert the Duke; and a silent disco featuring other local DJs. Only in its second year, this has the potential of being one of Amarillo’s coolest traditions. Get free sneak previews of the mural artists’ progress throughout the week, too: Ivan Roque on Tuesday at Napoli’s, 700 S. Taylor St.; Daas on Wednesday at Palace Coffee, 817 S. Polk St.; and Natalie Fletcher on Thursday at Shiver Megert & Associates, 102 S.E. Ninth Ave. (3 to 11 p.m. Saturday; Polk Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues; tickets $30; hoodoomural.com)

Tribute to Woody Guthrie: Regional cowboy singer R.J. Vandygriff headlines the 29th-annual celebration of Pampa’s favorite son. (6 p.m. Saturday; M.K. Brown Auditorium, 1100 W. Coronado Dr. in Pampa; tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 806-665-0883)

“Preternatural Panhandle”: Brick & Elm contributing photographer Angelina Marie’s new exhibition celebrates the spooky side of the region’s history. (7 p.m. Saturday opening reception; show hangs through Oct. 31; Lasso Gallery at Caliche, 2311 S.W. Seventh Ave.)

“Hansel ünd Gretel”: Amarillo Opera stages this version of the classic fairytale with local opera star Eric Barry as the witch. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $25 to $95; 806-372-7464)

Tim Allen: The grunting comedian-actor brings his standup tour to town for a twice-postponed show in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $69 to $130; 806-378-3096)

Cece Censor: The California-based singer-songwriter will give an acoustic show at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)
Braxton Keith: The rising young Texas country singer hits town for a gig at Hoot’s Pub. On tap Friday: Canyon band Seth Ward & The Silence. (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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