Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies face the Tulsa Drillers in the penultimate week-long homestand of the regular season. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

“Queenpins”: Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste break bad as extreme couponers in this new comedy. Also opening this weekend: horror film “Malignant” and faith-based documentary “Show Me the Father.” (Opens Thursday)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo blues-rockers Touching Voodoo will take the stage at this week’s installment of the concert series at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; $10; 806-352-6513)

“Friends of Fogelberg”: The benefit concert for prostate cancer research goes virtual this year, livestreaming on the organization’s Facebook page. (7:30 p.m. Friday)

Fall Faculty Showcase: The music faculty of West Texas A&M University is in the spotlight in this concert raising funds for the Janie Branch Endowed Music Scholarship. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall; free, donations accepted; 806-651-2840)

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars: The rockabilly great returns to town for a show at Golden Light Cantina. Also on tap at the 6th Street landmark: brothers-in-law Matt Martindale and Charlie Shafter on Saturday. (10 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Summer Dean: This Texas country singer is riding great buzz for full-length debut “Bad Romantic” on her way to playing at Hoot’s Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $10

Amarillo Community Market: Get your pick of the best from local crafters, artisans and more at the last market day of the season. (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 1000 S. Polk St.; 806-372-6744)

Breakfast with the Butterflies: Enjoy food from Ye Olde Pancake Station and the release of 250 butterflies at this early-morning event at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. (8 a.m. Saturday; 1400 Streit Drive; $10 adults, $5 children, $8 members, $4 children members; 806-352-6513)

Fair in the Square: Enjoy food trucks, sales and live music at this day-long festival at Wolflin Square. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1932 Civic Circle)

Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Festival: The kid-friendly fest returns and, weather permitting, you’ll see balloons soaring all over the city, in addition to the festivities, glow and concert by Bon Jovi tribute band Blaze of Glory at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (4 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $30; 806-556-4456) 

Beppe Gambetti: The acoustic guitarist returns for a show for HPPR at The Rockin’ OT. (7 p.m. Saturday; 3100 S.W. Sixth Ave.; free. 806-367-9088)

The Nelson McKinney Band: The Amarillo band headlines an outdoor concert at Starlight Canyon Bed and Breakfast. (7 p.m. Saturday; 100 Brentwood Road; tickets $12 and $15; 806-622-2382)

String Principals Play Brahms: Amarillo Symphony’s four principal string players give an intimate concert in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $40; 806-376-8782)
“Labyrinth”: Celebrate the 35th anniversary of this fantasy epic with three days of big-screen showings. (3 and 7 p.m. Sunday; continues Sept. 13 and 15; Cinemark Hollywood 16)

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  • 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.