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Sept. 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Sept. 19, 12-1:30 p.m.
Art Film: Art in the 21st Century

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Children's Book Reading. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Theatre hosts its annual "Lights Up! Fundraising Cabaret" featuring an alumnus who is part of the touring "Hamilton" musical cast. "Don't Wanna Miss Your Shot with Eean Cochran" will take place at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Eean will perform in the gallery. Tickets are $40 and include light hors d'oeuvres. Call 325-674-ARTS (2787) or visit acu.edu/theatre

 

Sept. 21-22

35th biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition SculpTOUR

Reception times-

Sept. 21:

5-6 p.m. McMurry University's Ryan Gallery: Julia Ousley, "Dream Work"

6-7 p.m. Hardin-Simmons University's Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery: Steve Brudniak, "In the Wake of the Exodus"

7-8 p.m. The Grace Museum: multiple new exhibits

Sept. 22

10:30-11:30 a.m. Abilene Christian University's Shore Art Gallery: Artist Roundtable Discussion

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. "CONSTRUCTIO: Roberta Masiarelli Assemblage Sculptures" in Shore Art Gallery

5:45-7:45 p.m. Trolley rides to and from Calypso Gallery & Academy of Art to see the new sculptures along N. 1st Street.

6-7 p.m. Center for Contemporary Arts: Elizabeth Akamatsu, "Roses for M.E." and celebrating the artists of the 35th biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition whose work will be installed along N. 1st St: Meredith Jack, Danville Chadbourne, Michelle O'Michael and Dewane Hughes.

6-7 p.m. Calypso Gallery & Academy of Art, "Abilene in 3-D"

Receptions and opening of the 35th biennial Outdoor Sculpture

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

1101 N. 1st St. 325.677.1161 www.abilenecac.org

 

Sept. 21-22, 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Productions presents "Our Town," a play by Thornton Wilder. All seats reserved at $18.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays - A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Sept. 22

'Watercolor Techniques" with Patty Rae Wellborn.
Calypso Gallery Academy of Art 1133 North 2nd Suite 102  email: calypsogallery@gmail.com  Fee: $40. Supplies provided.

 

Sept. 22, 2-6 p.m.

Abilene Beer Summit at Frontier Texas! is an afternoon of more than 125 unqiue craft beers and from 45 breweries throughout the U.S. Live music, great food and awesome beer. $125 VIP pass; $40 gate pass; $10 non-drinker; free for minors 20 and younger. Dogs on leashes welcome. The event benfits New Horizons that helps children suffering from emotional trauma due to abuse and neglect.

http://www.abilenebeersummit.com/

 

 

Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: Opening Night: Concerto Serenades. The 2018- 2019 season opens September 22 with pieces from Bartok and Chopin and features the 2017 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu, a true “poet” (Philadelphia Inquirer) on the piano. This concert incorporates European folk melodies spanning over a century that are fused into two “Classical” pieces that are huge works. Tickets range from $5-$40, and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website. 

http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/

 

Sept. 25-26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Sept. 25, 11:45 a.m.

Robert Holladay and the Historic Paramount Theatre will be honored at the annual Heritage Stewardship Awards luncheon at the ACU Hunter Welcome Center. The event benefits the Abilene Preservation League and tickets are $50 each or $1,000 for a table of 8. Holladay taught English for 45 years at Cooper High School and served as yearbook sponsor and started a film society. He is the Paramount Theatre film director and has a movie memorabilia collection. The Paramount was built in 1930 by H.O. Wooten and renovated in 1986. It stands as an icon for the revitalization of downtown Abilene as well as a nostalgic glimpse into our nation's cinematic and theatrical past.

Abilene Preservation League

1174 N 1st St. 325.676.3775 www.abilenepreservation.org

 

 

Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays - A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Sept. 29, 5 p.m.

"Pops at the Pond," an outdoor concert at the Duck Pond on the Hardin-Simmons University campus. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening outdoors as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond.  Performances from new musicals as well as classic favorites.  No admission charge for this event.

 

Sept. 29, 5 p.m.

Artists Reception - "A Visual Epilogue: Linda Ridgway & Harry Geffert" Galleries open at 5 p.m. Artist talks at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Sept. 30, 5 p.m.

Heavenly Rest Chamber Music Concert Series Season 10 Opener - “A Decade of Heavenly Music.” Featuring the many professional musicians at Heavenly Rest. Reception following and Grand Opening of the Julia Jones Matthews Sacred Music Center.
Our concerts are a gift to our congregation and community.

 

OCTOBER 2018

 

Oct. 2-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 3-6, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents the musical "Anything Goes" at Van Ellis Theatre. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Directed and choreographed by Teri Wilkerson. Musical direction by Dr. Melody Rich
"Anything Goes" is set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for military/seniors/students; $5 for HSU employees and students.

Hardin-Simmons Univeristy Theatre

 

Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.

Fall-themed hand-lettering class.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 4-6 & 11-13

McMurry University Theatre presents "The Death and Life of Larry Benson" by Reginald Rose. Directed by David Ainsworth.

The whole town is excited about Larry Benson's homecoming. More than that, they're astonished because Larry was reported missing in action on a distant battlefield more than three years ago. Everyone had given up and now he's suddenly coming home! But when he arrives, the young soldier who comes calling "Mom! Dad!" is a stranger. He continues to insist that he's Larry, and only after the buildup of tension and drama does the moment of truth and vindication arrive.

 

Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m.

Art Adventure - This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery. Free. Reservations requested.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 5-6, 7 p.m.

Abilene Community Theatre conducts auditions for "Othello."

 

Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

The Paramount Film Series presents special screenings of BLACK PANTHER.  In this worldwide box office smash, Chadwick Bowman stars as T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda.  When the young King is drawn into conflict with an old foe, it puts his homeland Wakanda and the entire world at risk. 2018, color, Action/Fantasy,  2 hours and 25 minutes with intermission. Rated PG-13.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military, and children.  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW. To purchase tickets for this film online, click here.  To see the complete list of the 2018 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here.  To view this film's trailer, click here.

 

Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Portrait Painting with Samuel Shelton. Cost is $125 email calypsogallery@gmail.com for supply list. Visit calypsogallery.com for more information.

 

Oct. 6

Come downtown for Abilene StrEATS, a wine dinner benefitting United Way of Abilene. Kirk House will be playing. They are blocking off the 200 block of Cypress and local restaurants will be providing different courses. Call 325-677-1841 for tickets.

 

Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Please join the Civic Orchestra of Abilene in the new Wylie Performing Arts Cente for its first concert of 2018-2019, A Bernstein Celebration, as we join artists all over the world celebrating the Bernstein 100th! The concert will feature music from Candide, Wonderful Town, and West Side Story, along with powerful performances by Abilene artists soprano Lynette Chambers singing “Lamentation” from the Jeremiah Symphony, and clarinetist Kristin Ward on the exciting Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. Admission is free.

 

Oct. 6

Last day of the traveling multimedia Smithsonian exhibit "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" at the Abilene Public Library. The exhibit opened Sept. 1. Free.

 

Oct. 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk: The Great Gurney Race for Global Samaritan. This hilarious and entertaining event will have 10 teams compete in a hospital bed race with obstacles in the middle of Cypress Street to earn the coveted bed pan trophy while wearing costumes and décor! Come vote for your favorite team, cheer and support Global Samaritan with all proceeds. Presented by the Center for Contemporary Arts and sponsored by Global Samaritan during the October 2018 ArtWalk.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Oct. 11

ArtWalk at The Grace: Grace after dark. Ticket pick-up after 6 p.m.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 11

Opening of new exhibition "Finding Sophie Blackall." Come to her free gallery talk, see her beautiful Chinese ink and color illustrations and shop in the bookstore. Blackall will be signing her books on ArtWalk night at the NCCIL!

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m.

Intergalactic Watercolor Class. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m.

Meet Sophie Blackall and dine surrounded by her artwork! This casual event will feature a short talk by Sophie and wonderful food with friends! Reservations required.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 12, 5-6 p.m.

Homecoming reception for juried student exhibit in the gallery. Gallery will be open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs Oct. 1-25.
McMurry University's Gypsy Ted II Student Gallery 

 

Oct. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.

Reception, artist talk and Art Reunion for Alumni  Homecoming  Art exhibit featuring  Dr. Ralph McCleskey, photography,  “Capture the Moment, Relive the Experience.”  The reception is in the gallery prior to the theatre event. Gallery will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Exhibit runs Oct. 3-Nov.  1.

McMurry University's Ryan Gallery

 

Oct. 12-14

ACU Theatre presents the Homecoming Musical "Wonderful Town" at the Abilene Convention Center. Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Directed by Adam Hester. Two sisters. One incredible city. Unlimited possibilities. Join Ruth and Eileen Sherwood as they leave behind their mundane Ohio lives in pursuit of making it big in New York City. Chock-full of swinging show tunes, breathtaking choreography and effervescent charm, Wonderful Town captures the thrill of chasing one’s dreams like no other musical. Don’t miss this lavish revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical celebrating his 100th birthday and featuring one of the largest orchestras in Homecoming history conducted by Steven Ward!

Tickets for Wonderful Town and to check out the ACU Theatre Season Ticket packages available at acu.edu/theatre.

 

Oct. 12-13

Paramount Film Series presents "Rear Window." Starring: Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Thelma Ritter 1954, color, Thriller/Action, 112 min., Rated PG As his broken leg heals, a wheelchair-bound man (Stewart) becomes fixated on a mysterious man whose behavior has him convinced a murder has taken place. $7 adults, $6 students, seniors, military, and children.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

Oct. 13, 11:45 a.m.

Abilene Christian University's Homecoming Choir Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

 

Oct. 13, 9-5

Business Mercado at the Abilene Convention Center.

 

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us for a morning of fun at the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden! Entertainer and educator Dan Egger-Belandria will perform a show with his percussion instruments - conga, bongo, tibale and drum set. He represents a new generation of Latin musicians. His show is followed by face painting, costumed characters, bubble fun, an art activity and light snacks.
The cost of the Storybook Saturday event is $5 per family.

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

1101 N. 1 St. 325.677.1161 www.abilenecac.org

 

Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays - A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 13, 5-6:30 p.m.

Alumni Reception during Homecoming after the game for Carole Fairlie's painting exhibit, which runs through Nov. 1.

Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery

Frost Art Building at Hardin-Simmons University | www.hsutx.edu

 

Oct. 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 17, 11:45 a.m.

"Celebrate the Arts in Abilene" annual luncheon. Tickets are $30 each or $250 for a table of eight. Honor the volunteers of the year for local arts groups, learn about the HeARTS for the ARTS grant program and get a preview of the 2019 Children's Art & Literacy Festival.

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

1101 N. 1st St. 325.677.1161 www.abilenecac.org

 

Oct. 17, 12-1:30 p.m.

ArtFilm: Art in the 21st Century.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Oct. 18, 10 a.m.

Children's Book Reading. Registration requied.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m.

DIY Pumpkin Sign Class. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 18, 6 p.m.

The Texas Cookbook Gala during the West Texas Book Festival is one of the featured fundraisers by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library. The gala will feature celebrated Texas chef, Sarah Penrod, the Urban Cowgirl & some of Texas's best vintners. Hosted at the Abilene Country Club, guests come dressed in their finest to enjoy an evening of friends and fine cuisine from the featured festival cookbook author, and enjoy a selection of wines from Texas vintners. Contact Emerald Cassidy to purchase tickets for this exciting event!

Contact: Emerald Cassidy, emerald.cassidy@gmail.com, (325)864-5495.

 

Oct. 18-20

West Texas Book Festival with authors in schools, workshops, cookbook gala and luncheon. Details TBA.

 

Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway in Abilene presents the musical "Jersey Boys" at the Abilene Convention Center. They were just four guys from Jersey until they sang their very first note They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features the hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night).”

The show is recommended for ages 12 and older due to authentic, profane "Jersey language."

Celebrity Attractions

800-869-1451

 

Oct. 19-20 & 26-27, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 & 28, 2 p.m.

Comic play "Blithe Spirit" performs at the Abilene Community Theatre. Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St.

 

Oct. 20

12:30 p.m.

Growing Great Readers - Reading and lesson/activity on best practices and building blocks for literacy for pre-k/grade school students. Last about 25 minutes. Third Saturday of the month.

1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays - A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 21, 2 p.m.

Nationally recognized illusionist Jason Bishop performs the most dynamic magic show in the U.S. with a totally modern energy, stunning soundtrack and world-class illusions. Don't miss this amazing show! Paramount Theatre.

Children's Performing Arts Series

www.cpasabilene.org

 

Oct. 23-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 24, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Open Road Concert Series: Rhett Miller. See website for ticket details. These concerts sell out!

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays - A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole
De Falla: Three-Concerned Hat
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Chavez: Sinfonia India
Moncayo: Huapango

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: Dia De Los Muertos. This concert is a celebration of Spanish and Mexican composers that includes music of Ravel, de Falla, Márquez, Chávez, and Moncayo. Also the traditional Mexican dance school, Ballet Folklorico del Big Country, will be performing on stage alongside the orchestra for the first time. Tickets range from $5-$40, and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website. 

http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/

 

Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Film Series presents "Hocus Pocus." Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy 1993, color, Comedy/Horror, 96 min., Rated PG Parker, Midler and Najimy star in this supernatural family comedy as a trio of 17th-century sibling witches who are accidentally resurrected in the 20th century by an unsuspecting teenager. All seats $7.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

NOVEMBER 2018

 

Nov. 1 & 2, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. classes

Tot Spot at The Grace Museum. Free for members; $5 per child for non-members. Registration required: www.thegracemuseum.org/programs.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.

Reception for Tiffanie Kettner's senior exhibition, “Monstress Madness." Exhibit runs Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Gypsy Ted II Student Gallery at McMurry University.

 

Nov. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos Family Night at The Grace Museum. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 1, 8 p.m.

Abilene Christian University's Swing Cats present Fall Stomp at the Elks Arts Center. The ACU jazz band is the house band for this swing dance event.

 

Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m.

Art Adventure at the NCCIL is a mom and tot program for preschoolers that combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3, 2 & 7 p.m.

The 20th edition of the 24fps INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL presents its Opening Night Program.  The program features 10 short films named Official Selections in the juried competition.  A total of 30 Official Selections are screened over the festival weekend and each program is unique.  Tickets for individual programs are $10, and a Festival Pass is available for $20.  Tickets go on sale Setember 1, 2018.  Over 4000 films are annually submitted to 24fps for consideration for the juried competition and public exhibition programs.  To visit the 24fps International Short Film Festival website, CLICK HERE.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

Nov. 3, 10 a.m.

String Art Ornaments at the Main Library Creation Station.

Get into the Holiday Spirit by making an ornament with String Art from one of four different designs. All materials provided. Free.

 

Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays at the NCCIL is a come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "Directors Cut Series - Matt and Ben" directed by senior student Robert Taylor Jr. in the DownCentreStage LabTheatre in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre building. No elevator at this site. The purpose of our Down Centre Stage Laboratory Theatre is to give our students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills that they are learning in class. The Director’s Cut provides a platform for them to do that. These student driven productions go beyond the scope and requirements of class work but are not as complex as a fully realized mainstage production. The focus of this endeavor is on the process, be it directing or design or acting. No charge for this event!

Hardin-Simmons Univeristy Theatre

 

Nov. 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Community Band performs its Fall Concert with guest conductor Dr. Charles Trayler.

 

Nov. 7-10, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "Love/Sick" by John Cariani and co-directed by Kristen Pickop and Justin Holland in the Van Ellis Theatre. The show is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, "Love/Sick" is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone. General admission is $10. Military/seniors/students is $5. HSU employees and students are free. Box office 325-670-1404.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Nov. 8-10

Painter Mary Gregory will be hosting a three-day workshop in Studio 209 at The Cockerell Studios.
For more info: at marygregorystudio.com

 

Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m.

Beginning Embroidery at the Main Library Creation Station.

Embroidery is art through sewing, and we’ll teach six simple stitches - French knot, satin stitch, lazy daisy, blanket stitch, stem/outline stitch, and woven wheel stitch. Use it to create something pretty as well as useful.  Embroidery will be on flour sack towels and materials will be provided. Free.

 

Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m.

Monthly ArtWalk mini-festival downtown, where galleries and businesses stay open late and families come downtown for fun and entertainment. This month's theme is ArtWalk: Red, White & True. ArtWalk is hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk night at The Grace Museum. Exhibition opening for "David S. Castle: Skyline Maker." Talk by Stephen Fox, AIA. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m.

ATEMS Book Launch and Exhibition during ArtWalk at the NCCIL. View the finished children’s book project from sophomores at ATEMS High School, take in original art from their books and enjoy fellowship with other Abilene art lovers!

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Nov. 10, 2 p.m.

Center for Theatre Education Fall 2018 class program at the ACT II Black Box Theatre.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Nov. 9-10

Paramount Film Series presents "The Wizard of Oz." Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr 1939, color, Fantasy/Adventure, 125 minutes, Not Rated When young Dorothy (Garland), is swept away from her farm in Kansas to a wonderland, she must follow the Yellow Brick Road to the all-knowing Wizard of Oz to find her way home.

Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

Nov. 10, 11 a.m.

Chautauqua Series.
Topic: Exploring the Center of the Earth with former NASA engineer Lou David Allen. 

Taylor County History Center in Buffalo Gap

133 William St. 325.572.3365 taylorcountyhistorycenter.com

 

Nov. 10, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays at the NCCIL is a come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 10-11

Abilene Ballet Theatre will host “The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea” at the Abilene Woman’s Club and present its 31st annual production of “The Nutcracker” Nov. 16, 17, 18 at the Historic Paramount Theatre. For tickets and more detailed information, go to abileneballettheatre.org

 

 

 

Nov. 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
The Abilene Creative Arts Club will meet at Studio 13, 909 North 13th St. Local artist Dee Utasi will present a program on Fluid Art: It Is Addictive, with a demo in pouring paint. For Members’ Choice bring Your Most Experimental Painting. For more information call Lisa at 469-644-8010. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to join for $35 dues. We do not meet in December.

 

Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit reception for "CCAN Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition. Juror: James Surls.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

THE LETTERMEN, the legendary singing group, will perform a benefit concert at the Historic Paramount Theatre for Kicks for Kids, a charitable organization under Team Chip Tae Kwon Do.  All seats are general admission at $30.  For more information on this event and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

 

Nov. 11, 5 p.m.

Church of the Heavenly Rest 
Chamber Music Concert Series
Janelle Ott, bassoon
Dr. Janelle Ott is bassoon faculty at MCM, HSU and ACU and is a member of the Key City Winds.  Our concerts are a gift from our Friends of Music to our community.

 

Nov. 12-17

ACU Theatre presents the Cornerstone Musical "John & Jen" at Fulks Theatre. Set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, this original musical comedy sheds a heart-warming light on the power of family. With a cast of only two people, follow them through a playful childhood, awkward adolescence and beyond. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Talkback following all performances. Tickets are $15.

Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre

acu.edu/theatre

 

Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University's Department of Music

 

Nov. 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 13, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Home School Art Day. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

Exhibits reception (group reception) for:

Kathie Walker-Millar & Students
Texas Photographic Society
The Center’s Artist Member Group Show

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Nov. 15, 10-11 a.m.

Children's Book Reading. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Children's Art Competition reception.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Shibori Dyeing with Indigo Class. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 16-18

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents its 31st annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Paramount Theatre. For tickets and more detailed information, go to abileneballettheatre.org

 

Nov. 17, 10 a.m.

Renegade printmaking workshop. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 17, 10 a.m.

Trials and Errors: A History of Our Time with TxDOT.
Topic: TxDOT historians and archaeologists uncover stories of Texas' history along our roads, bridges and trails across the state, learn more about what they have uncovered with the lead TxDOT historian and speaker Rebekah Dobrasko.

Taylor County History Center in Buffalo Gap

133 William St. 325.572.3365 taylorcountyhistorycenter.com

 

Nov. 17

12:30 p.m.

Growing Great Readers - Reading and lesson/activity on best practices and building blocks for literacy for pre-k/grade school students. Last about 25 minutes. Third Saturday of the month.

1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays is a come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 19

Broadway in Abilene presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" at the Abilene Convention Center. Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, "Something Rotten!" is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).

Celebrity Attractions

800-869-1451

 

Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Music Department presents A Cappella Fall Concert at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in downtown Abilene.

 

Nov. 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 21, 12-1:30 p.m.

ArtFilm: Art21: Mexico City.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturdays is a come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Nov. 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 27

Sponsored by the Abilene Downtown Associaiton, City Sidewalks features downtown holiday cheer with a community tree lighting, performances by Abilene ISD students and the Fox 15 Abilene Christmas Lights Parade.

https://www.abilenedowntown.com/city-sidewalks

 

Nov. 28, 10 a.m.

Craft DIY: Glass Etching at the Main Library Creation Station.

Etching glass is a great way to personalize items in a beautiful way. Join us in the Creation Station as we create a glass etched plate you can use for the holidays. All materials provided. Free.

 

Nov. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

2nd annual Kid's Christmas at The Grace. Registration required. Families can enjoy Christmas art projects, music, treats and a movie. $10 per family.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m.

Christmas Lettering Class with Chelsea Umberger. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Nov. 29, 7-8 p.m.

Renara Classical Concert at Wylie Performing Arts Center benefiting Wylie Bulldogs Education Foundation and showcasing the new performing arts center at the Wylie High School campus. Listen to her music at renaramusic.com. Tickets are $50-$500. Renara has performed in 17 countries from Asia to America and has recorded more than 100 of her original works. Purchase tickets at: http://www.wyliebulldogseducationfoundation.com/

 

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 & Dec. 6-8

McMurry University Theatre presents "Proof" by David Auburn. Directed by Kerry Goff. Curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. "Proof" won the 2001 Pultizer Prize and tells the story of a an enigmatic young woman, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father and an unexpected suiter. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.

Tickets: www.mcm.edu/theatre

 

Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

 

DECEMBER 2018

 

Dec. 1, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: Coming Home for Christmas. For our first pops concert of the season, Bruce Ewing and Kristi Tingle will be returning to the Abilene Philharmonic stage for Coming Home for Christmas, a night of Christmas favorites and carols. This concert also has a shortened 3pm matinee performance with general admission pricing, making this a great opportunity to bring your kids for them to enjoy their favorite Christmas classics. For the evening performance, tickets are $5-$45 and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website.

http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/ 

 

Dec. 4-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 4, 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Holiday Music Luncheon Concert Series. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Music Department presents Bands Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

 

Dec. 6 & 7, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. classes

Tot Spot at The Grace Museum. Free for members; $5 per child for non-members. Registration required: www.thegracemuseum.org/programs.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

DIALOGUE: Kathie Walker-Millar and Larry Millar. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.

Art Adventure - Reading and art activity designed for pre-school aged students the first Friday of each month. Free and lasts about an hour.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Celebration Singers 2018 Holiday Concert at the Historic Paramount Theatre is "Christmas Everywhere!" The concert will feature traditional Christmas holiday music as well as a special tribute to American military veterans at this show, which is on the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Free admission.

 

Dec. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.

DirectFest Fall 2018 at Van Ellis Theatre. Student-directed, one-act play festival. Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU Directing I theatre students. Two nights of captivating theatre.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Dec. 7-9 & Dec. 14-16

Abilene Community Theatre presents "Othello" by William Shakespeare. Iago, a lowly ensign, already bears hatred in his heart for Othello, the general who previously passed him up for a promotion he felt he deserved. But when he learns that Othello has secretly married Desdemona, the young ensign vows revenge and begins weaving a web of jealousy and manipulation that threatens to ensnare and destroy everyone involved.

Abilene Community Theatre

 

Dec. 8, 11 a.m.

Chautauqua Series: Vietname with speaker Rev. Bill Libby.

Taylor County History Center in Buffalo Gap

133 William St. 325.572.3365 taylorcountyhistorycenter.com

 

Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

Patty Harper Dance Studio will present its 11th annual performance of “Once Upon A Christmas Eve” at the Abilene Convention Center. For more information and tickets, visit www.pattyharperdance.com. An original story set in New York City in 1927 about a young homeless girl and her Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. For more info please contact Mary Milstead at (325) 672-7728 or email at pattyharperdancestudio@gmail.com.

 

Dec. 8

ACU Theatre presents a dance premiere of "One Night Only" at Fulks Theatre. This performance highlights ACU's dance track program in a thrilling night of dance featuring new faculty member Lily Balogh. Tickets are $20 and include light hors d'oeuvres. Recommended for all ages.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

acu.edu/theatre

 

Dec. 10-11, 7 p.m.

Auditions for "Same Time, Next Year."

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Dec. 11-14

Holiday Gift DIY Open Studio. Registration required.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-7 p.m.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 11, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Home School Art Day. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 11, 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Holiday Music Luncheon Concert Series. Abilene Philharmonic offices. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Community Band performs a Christmas concert at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

 

Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk night - Holiday Magic. Mini downtown-wide festival with museums and businesses open late.

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Dec. 13

ArtWalk night at The Grace Museum. The museum stays open late for free.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 14-15

Paramount Film Series presents "It's a Wonderful Life." Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore 1954, black & white, Fantasy/Drama, 130 min., Not Rated When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George Bailey (Stewart) poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m.

Growing Great Readers - Reading and lesson/activity on best practices and building blocks for literacy for pre-k/grade school students. Last about 25 minutes. Third Saturday of the month.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Chorus Abilene presents "Christmas Around the World" in ACU's Cullen Auditorium. All four choirs of Chorus Abilene present an evening of holiday music to celebrate the season. Tickets: $15 adults; $12 seniors/students/military. Call 325-673-7464 or online at www.ChorusAbilene.net

 

Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Opera Association presents George Frideric Handel's "Messiah: Part 1" at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Afterglow on the street includes Godiva hot chocolate and gingerbread and sugar cookies accompanied by the HSU Six White Horses. This year's performance is in honor of the memory of Charles Nelson, long-time choral advocate, performer, and teacher within Abilene Christian University, Abilene Opera Association, and the Abilene performing arts community.

David Itkin conducts a live orchestra from AOA’s Neupert double-manual harpsichord. Dr. Clell Wright of Hardin-Simmons University directs the 40-piece choral group. Soloists are Jennifer Youngs, soprano, University of North Texas, Lynnette Chambers, mezzo soprano, Hardin-Simmons University, Samuel Cook, tenor, Abilene Christian University, and Jeffrey Snider, bariton, University of North Texas.

Tickets are $15 and $25 available beginning Nov. 1 at www.abileneopera.org

 

Dec. 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make 'N Take. Free with museum admission.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 18, 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Holiday Music Luncheon Concert Series at First Baptist Church. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Flying J Wranglers presents a Christmas concert at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

 

Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m.

Special Children's Book Reading. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 19, 12-1:30 p.m.

ArtFilm: Art21: Vancouver

Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. | 325.677.1171 | www.center-arts.com

 

Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE is a present the whole family can enjoy!

Ticket prices start at $20 each.

Celebrity Attractions

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Dec. 20, 10-11 a.m.

Special Christmas Children's Book Reading. Registration required.

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St. 325.673.4587 www.thegracemuseum.org

 

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.

The Paramount Film Series presents a special New Year's Eve screening of BIG.  After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.  1988, color, Comedy/Fantasy, 1 hour and 44 minutes.  Rated PG.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military, and children.  To purchase tickets for this film online, click here.  To see the complete list of the 2018 Paramount Film Series schedule, click here.  To view this film's trailer, click here.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

JANUARY 2019

 

Jan. 18-20

Paramount Productions presents "Elf, the Musical, JR" with a cast of talented local youth. Directed by George Levesque.

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 325.676.9620 paramount-abilene.org

 

Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: Symphonic Renegades. Symphonic Renegades presents works by Brahms and Shostakovich, and guest stars violinist William Hagen. Hagen was the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, making him the highest-ranking American since 1985. These masterpieces are revolutionary in both the compositional and in the historical sense. They expanded what could be communicated by an orchestra and showed how music can unite people for a certain cause. Tickets range from $5-$40, and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website. 

http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/  

 

FEBRUARY 2019

 

Feb. 7-9, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "Time Stands Still" by Donald Margulies and directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler in DownCenterStage Lab Theatre in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre building. Sarah, a photojournalist, and James, a foreign correspondent, are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Can you be an observer of horrific events---take pictures of them and record them---and still keep your sanity and have a somewhat normal life?

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Feb. 8-10 & Feb. 15-17

Abilene Community Theatre presents "Same Time, Next Year." At a small California inn, George and Doris have an affair. Instead of writing it off as a one-night stand, the pair decide to meet at the inn every year for a romantic retreat, away from their respective spouses and families. In the decades that follow, both George and Doris face their own personal struggles and hardships, and together they develop a level of love and intimacy that exceeds the ones found in their own marriages.

Abilene Community Theatre

 

Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: My Musical Valentine. My Musical Valentine, features love songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, performed alongside vocalist Rachel Tyler. Rachel has sung in many musicals all over the world, including Rocky Horror Show and Smokey Joe’s Café. She has also performed as a featured performer on the 63rd Annual Tony awards. Tickets range from $5-$45, and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website. 

http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/ 

 

Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

Bring the family to "The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System" show at the Paramount Theatre. When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is spoiled, Mrs. Frizzle once again saves the day. Join the class as the magic school bus blasts off to explore the solar system, musical style!

Children's Performing Arts Series

www.cpasabilene.org

 

Feb. 14-23

ACU Theatre presents "Steel Magnolias" at Fulks Theatre. Enjoy dinner at the Feb. 23 performance in the lobby of WPAC. This hilarious and heart-warming play is set in a Louisiana beauty shop. It follows the hopes, dreams triumphs and tragedies of six colorful characters inspired by the hit 1989 film. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Tickets are $18.

Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre

acu.edu/theatre

 

Feb. 20-23, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "Little Women," a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland baed on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel. Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth in Van Ellis Theatre. Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 military/seniors/students; and $5 for HSU employees and students.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Feb. 21-23, 2 p.m.

McMurry University Theatre presents "Detective Partner Hero Villain" by Brett Neveu.

 

Feb. 22

Broadway in Abilene presents "Something Rotten!" at the Abilene Convention Center. The Hills Are Alive! A brand-new production of "The Sound of Music" is coming to Abilene. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song.

Celebrity Attractions

800-869-1451

 

MARCH 2019

 

March 3, 2:30 p.m.

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents "Fairy Tales & Fables" - ballet beyond the Nutcracker - at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

abileneballettheatre.org

 

 

March 10

Broadway in Abilene presents "Evita," Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical on the Abilene Convention Center stage. Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."

Celebrity Attractions

800-869-1451

 

March 23, 7:30 p.m.

March 24, 2 p.m.

Director's Cut Series - Title TBD

DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building.
The purpose of our Down Centre Stage Laboratory Theatre is to give our students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills that they are learning in class. The Director’s Cut provides a platform for them to do that. These student driven productions go beyond the scope and requirements of class work but are not as complex as a fully realized mainstage production. The focus of this endeavor is on the process, be it directing or design or acting. Senior Michael Kelly will head this project.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

March 28-30, 7:30 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehar and directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth in Van Ellis Theatre. The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52% of the taxes) has left for Paris. So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her from getting married to a stranger, so that the danger of removing the money is averted. But this is not as easy as the ambassador in Paris has planned. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for military/seniors/students; and free for HSU employees and students.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

March 29-31 & April 5-7

Abilene Community Theatre presents "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams. The story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband Brick and wife Margaret, and their interaction with Brick's family over the course of one evening's gathering at the family estate in Mississippi. 

Abilene Community Theatre

 

March 30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

CPAS presents "The Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare" at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Travel in the famous tree house time machine as siblings Jack and Annie visit Elizabethan England. Families will love this new hip-hop musical based on the Magic Tree House best-selling book series. Tickets are $10.

Children's Performing Arts Series

www.cpasabilene.org

 

APRIL 2019

 

April 4-6

McMurry University Theatre presents Student Written One-Acts:

"Tomorrow's Dream" by Jorge Ambacher

"Christopher's Angel" by Shawna Johnson

"Botanical Dream" by Agustin Rios.

 

April 5-7

Abilene Opera Association presents "West Side Story, the Musical" at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

 

April 10-13, 7:30 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "The Amish Project" by Jessica Dickey and directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler in Van Ellis Theatre. Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. 2006. A thirty-year old man walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse and opened fire, killing 5 girls and himself. In a decision that shocked the world, the Amish community later the same day forgave his crime and offered aid to his grieving widow. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for military/students/seniors; and free for HSU employees and students.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

April 11-13 & April 26-27

ACU Theatre presents the spring musical "Bright Star" at Fulks Theatre. Enjoy a dinner at the April 27 show in the lobby of WPAC. Inspired by a true story and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, this show tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. When literary editor Alie Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens in her a longing for the child she once lost.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

acu.edu/theatre

 

April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Mozart: Symphony No. 25
Mozart: Requiem 

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: Mozart's Requiem. Mozart’s Requiem takes us outside the Abilene Philharmonic’s usual performance venue of the Abilene Convention Center, instead taking place at the beautiful First Baptist Church of Abilene. This performance will be alongside the choirs from each of the three local universities. This is a chance to hear the first and one of the last pieces of Mozart featured in the movie about Mozart, Amadeus. Also, do not miss this rare opportunity to hear the grand organ and orchestra combined in the Requiem Mass! Tickets range from $5-$35, and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website. 
http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/

 

April 28, 2 p.m.

CPAS presents "Beauty and the Beast: A Magical Musical" in the Historic Paramount Theatre. Belle finds herself in a spellbound castle with enchanted servants and the brooding Beast. Eventually, the spell is broken as the Beast is transformed by Belle's kindness and courage. Tickets are $10.

Children's Performing Arts Series

www.cpasabilene.org

 

MAY 2019

 

May 1-4, 7:30 p.m.

DirectFest Spring 2019 in Van Ellis Theatre. Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU Directing I theatre students. Four nights of captivating theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for military/seniors/students; and free for HSU employees and students.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

May 3-4

McMurry University Theatre presents Student-Directed One-Acts.

 

May 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents: Music City Hit Makers, featuring “the most famous people in Nashville that you have never heard of”. Every singer has a songwriter and this concert celebrates those who help the limelight shine on others. This concert can serve as reminder to everyone that sometimes the big stars overshadow others who are just as deserving to be seen and heard. This concert features Grammy Award-winning songwriters that have penned #1 songs for such superstars as Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn just to name a few…. Tickets range from $5-$50, and can be purchased on the Abilene Philharmonic's website.  
http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org/

 

May 31-June 2 & June 7-9

Abilene Community Theatre presents "Dearly Departed." In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious as, despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpins' other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. 

Abilene Community Theatre

 

JUNE 2019

 

June 7-9

8th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival celebrating Peter Brown, who is the summer artist on display at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Come meet Peter, see his art and enjoy two and a half days of fun activities. Registration opens in February at www.abilenecalf.com

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

1101 N. 1 St. 325.677.1161 www.abilenecac.org

 

June 13-15

McMurry University Theatre presents Neil Simon's "I Ought to Be in Pictures."

 

AUGUST 2019

 

Aug. 1-3 & 8-10

McMurry University Theatre presents "I Do! I Do!" by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM

102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org


Exhibits


September 15, 2018 – February 23, 2019
                A VISUAL EPILOGUE: Linda Ridgway & Harry Geffert

 

September 15, 2018 – February 9, 2019
MAGIC & LOGIC: Robert Langham III

                OUTSIDE OF TIME: Philip John Evett (1923-2016)

                INHERIT THE EARTH: Margaret Smithers-Crump

 

November 6, 2018 – July 18, 2019
SKYLINE MAKER: The Architecture of David S. Castle

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED LITERATURE
102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org

 

Family Art Project Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

A come-and-go program offered by art educators who help children create art in the style of the artist currently featured in the gallery. Free!

 

Exhibits

 

June 7-Sept. 29, 2018

"Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books"

 

Oct. 11, 2018

"Fine Art of Sophie Blackall"

 

Feb. 14, 2019

"An Exhibition of Works by David Ezra Stein"

 

IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY

Frost Art Building at Hardin-Simmons University | www.hsutx.edu

Regular gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
Gallery information: 325-671-2223 or 325-670-1249.

 

Aug. 27-Sept. 22:

Steve Brudniak: In the Wake of the Exodus (Sculptures) [Coincides with 2018 Abilene Outdoor Sculpture Activities]
Reception: Friday, Sept. 21, 6-7 p.m.

 

Oct. 1-Nov. 1:

Carol Fairlie: Paintings
Alumni Reception: Saturday, Oct. 13, 5-6:30 p.m. (after the game). Coincides with Homecoming.
CLOSING Reception with artist present: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

CALYPSO GALLERY ACADEMY OF ART

1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102 | 325.665.9202

 

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

Don H. Morris Center at Abilene Christian University | 325.674.2085 | www.acu.edu

www.galypsogallery.com

 

MIKE LANIER FINE ART / STUDIO 13 GALLERY
909 N 13th St. | http://mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com/

 

Mondays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

"Monday painting with friends." Bring your lunch.

 

TAYLOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Paintings by members of the Abilene Creative Arts Club on display.

 

ABILENE CREATIVE ARTS CLUB
Buffalo Gap Historic Village | 325.514.0665


 

CEDAR BREAK GALLERY OF FINE ART
401 Pine St. The Windsor | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; by appointment on Saturdays| www.barryarthur.com | 325.677.9999
Featuring the Western art of Barry Arthur.

 

ZACHRY GALLERY
3301 S 14th St # 26B │ 325.793.1616
Inside Abilene Frame-N-Art Shoppe.
Featuring local artist H.C. Zachry.

 

JODY KLOTZ FINE ART

1060 N. 2nd St. | 325.670.9880 | fineart@jodyklotz.com | www.jodyklotz.com

19th and early 20th Century European paintings, with a strong emphasis on beautiful 19th landscape paintings by artists such as Henri Biva (French, 1848-1929), William Didier Pouget (French, 1864-1959), and René Charles Edmond His (French, 1877-1960).

 

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Three locations | www.abilenetx.com/apl

 

Sept. 1-Oct. 6

"Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America"

Traveling multimedia Smithsonian exhibit at the Main Library celebrating America's love of sports and the impact they have on society.

 

The Creation Station is Open at the Main Library!
Need help learning to use the equipment in the Makerspace such as the Cricut, 3D PolyPrinter, Laminator, Sizzix, etc? Need craft or project assistance? We can help! Sign-up for 1-on-1 assistance with library staff. Contact your Main Library at 325-676-6025 or email heather.carter@abilenetx.gov.

 

Every Monday - Tech Time Mondays – South Branch, 2 p.m.

Every Monday – Tech Time Thursdays – Mockingbird Branch, 10 a.m.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices, there can be a learning curve when it comes to being comfortable using them.  If you need help learning to use your device, or with any of our downloadable resources, your Tech Team librarians will be on hand to help patrons on a first-come, first-served, one-on-one basis. Free.

 

Every Wednesday - Job Time: Application Assistance – Mockingbird Branch, 4-6 p.m.
If you need help applying for a job or creating a resume or cover letter, stop by the Mockingbird Branch and let us get you started on the road to success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview and much more.  Phone us 325-437-7323 as spots are limited and you do not want to miss out! Free.

 

Pre-School Storytime

Held year-round at 10:45 a.m. on select days at all three library locations.

 

Cover-to-Cover Book Club – third Thursday of the month, Main Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Each month, they choose the books they will discuss the following month.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com

 

EXHIBITS

 

Junky Enlightenment
Chase Turk
Breed Gallery
August 29 – October 27, 2018

 

Sanity
Allison Britten
Gallery 4
September 4 – October 27, 2018

 

Everyday Abstraction
Thomás Madrid
Wright Photography Gallery
September 7 – October 27, 2018

 

Roses for M.E.
Elizabeth Akamatsu
Gallery 3
August 23 -- October 13, 2018
 
CCAN: Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition
Juror: James Surls
Breed Gallery
November 6, 2018 - January 26, 2019

CLAY
Kathie Walker-Millar & Students
Gallery 4
Through December 29, 2018

Texas Photographic Society’s 27th Annual Competition
Texas Photographic Society
Wright Photography Gallery
October 31 – December 29, 2018

WINTER
The Center’s Artist Member Group Show
Gallery 3
through January 22, 2019

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

1133 N. 2nd, Second Floor | 325.829.7975 | www.cockerellgalleries.com | Carolyncc52@yahoo.com

 

Mesquite Story Tellers
Free, fun story telling at its best!
Studio 209, Upstairs in The Cockerell

 

November

Event:  Storybook Santa Portraits are coming to Cockerell Studios in November. 
By:  Morrow Photography and Abilene Portraits have come together to create a magical Christmas portrait while your children enjoy spending up to 20 minutes with Santa Claus! 
For more info:  To get more information and to book your session, please email: steve@stevemorrowphotography.com.
Dates:  November 3, 17, 26 & 30th

Event:  Mary Gregory will be hosting a three-day workshop.
Place;  Studio #209 November 8-10
For more info: at marygregorystudio.com

 

December

Event:  Portraits by Morrow Photography
Dates:  Dec. 1-30.
Where:  Cockerell Studios



AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

1642 Sayles Blvd. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu.

 

Both galleries will open June 4th and run through August 24th 2018

 

Amy Graves Ryan Summer 2018 exhibit is a collection of  works from our permanent collection of art. 

“Inspiration from the Past”
A Collection of works from the McMurry Permanent Collection

 

Furr Welcome Center

Winners from the 2018 Student Art Competition

 

Sept.  3-27: Outdoor SculpTour  event exhibition, artist Julia Ousley. Opening reception is 5-6: p.m. Friday, Sept.  21 in the Ryan Gallery.

 

Oct. 3-Nov.  1:  Alumni  Homecoming  Art exhibit,  Dr. Ralph McCleskey, photography  “Capture the Moment, Relive the Experience.”  Reception, artist talk and Art Reunion 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 in the gallery, prior to the theatre event. Gallery will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

 

GYPSY TED II STUDENT ART GALLERY

Room 104, Old Main at McMurry University

S. 14th St. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu

Student Directors are Yumi Ramos and Ben Wong.

 

Summer 2018

“Professors and Students
We Do What We Love”
A Collection of works from McMurry Art Professors and Their Students

 

Sept. 6-20: ”Rising Stars” Incoming Freshman highlight best art from their senior year of High school.


Oct. 1-25: Juried student exhibit. Homecoming reception, Friday, Oct. 12, 5-6 p.m., in the gallery.
Gallery will be open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

 

Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Tiffanie  Kettner's senior exhibition, “Monstress Madness." Reception is Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m.

 

ABILENE TEACHERS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
AISD Administration Building, One AISD Center, 241 Pine St.

AMTA meets the second Thursday most months during the school term for business and professional development through informative programs. AMTA members include independent and collegiate music teachers.

For information, email khrystynehastings@yahoo.com

 

ABILENE WRITER'S GUILD
Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Classroom B of the Rose Park Senior Citizens Center, 2625 S. 7th St. except in November (third Thursday) and December (no meeting). Annual memberships are $25 for individuals and $35 for a family.

 

ABILENE STAR CHORUS
325.829.1470 │ www.abilenestarchorus.org
Rehearsals are 6:15-8:45 p.m. each Tuesday at the First Baptist Church choir room.

 

MEMORY MEN CHORUS

Create a unique Christmas memory for family and friends with A Live Christmas Carol Card. All-male harmony group dressed in Victorian costume will treat your group or special person to the best of the season's music in person. To hear a sample go to: www.memorymen.org
Call 676-7464 to set your time. Prices $50 to $150.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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