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FEBRUARY 2017   APRIL 2017

Feb. 21-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take.

The Grace Museum

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

 

Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

"Songs for the Silenced" benefit concert with Twyla Foreman, Jess Goodlett, Jenn Harmel and Kat Holland. Tickets benefit Noah Project and Regional Crime Victims Crisis Center. $10 suggested cover donation. Hosted by the Abilene Artists Coaltion.

Neon Parrot Lounge

181 Pine St.

 

Feb. 23-25, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Artists Coalition presents a benefit production of
Eve Ensler's THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES benefiting:
NOAH PROJECT & REGIONAL VICTIMS CRISIS CENTER. Admission: tickets $15 cash, check or card, call 673-6271 for reservations. Performances at Abilene Community Theatre, 809 Barrow St. Email abileneartistscoalition@gmail.com for additional information.

 

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Youth Art Month Opening Reception: Join us in celebrating this year's student artworks on display at The Grace Museum.

The Grace Museum

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

 

Feb. 24

Paramount Productions presents "The Robber Bridegroom" at
The Mill Wine and Event Venue (details are still pending).

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

 

Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m.:

Family Fun Saturday with art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Feb. 25

6:30 p.m.

Chorus Abilene presents "Once Upon a Time" Spotlight 2017 at the ACU Hunter Welcome Center. Dinner and show. Reservations required. $35 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under. 325-673-7464.

www.chorusabilene.net

 

Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m.

"Fairy Tales and Fables - Ballet Beyond the Nutcracker" at the Paramount Theatre. The audience will be introduced to more of the magical world of ballet in this unique, 30-minute storybook ballet with Puss in Boots, Robin Hood and his fair maiden, and other charming characters pop right off the pages and come to life. $25 adults, $15 for kids with after-party or $10 show only, and $10 senior citizens.

Abilene Ballet Theatre

 

Feb. 26, 3 p.m.

Monologue writing workshop. By women. About women. Hosted by Abilene Artists Coalition at Black Box Theatre, 809 Barrow St. 325-669-2598 │abileneartistscoalition@gmail.com

 

Feb. 26

5 p.m.

Chamber Music Concert Series at Church of the Heavenly Rest presents Brandon Houghtalen, horn, with Marc Sanders, piano..

Houghtalen is associate director of bands and an assistant professor of music at Abilene Christian University. He is the hornist of Key City Wins woodwind quintet.

Chamber Music Concert Series

602 Meander │ 325.677.2091 │ www.heavenlyrestabilene.org

 

Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take. Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 2 at 6 p.m.: Free program “On the Farm” at the Abilene Public Library’s south branch inspired by “Baby Farm Animals” Golden Book. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

March 2, 7-8 p.m.

TALK: Dr. Ron Morgan, Abilene Christian University, in the Grace Loggia. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 2-4

7:30 p.m.

Abilene Christian University Theatre presents the studio premier of "The Mountaintop," a play set in Memphis' Lorraine Motel just hours before Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. This recent Broadway hit was the 2010 winner of Britian's Olivier Award for Best New Play. Recommended for ages 16 and older. Talkback after each performance.

Abilene Christian University Theatre

325.674.ARTS (2787) │ www.acu.edu/theatre

 

March 3

7:30 p.m.

Abilene Civic Orchestra of Abilene (COA) will perform at Hardin-Simmons University's Behrens Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

March 4

7 p.m.

A Cappella Chorus Coming home concert will be at the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at ACU.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

March 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

Starlight Extravaganza at HSU's Van Ellis Theatre. Patrons will be treated to a spectacular evening of music, as our vocal performance and musical theatre majors present a wide variety of musical theatre entertainment. Each table will be decorated to represent a musical, and you can choose your own table. All proceeds for this evening will benefit our HSU Theatre travel fund.

Tickets are $65 each or $350 for a table of six. Call 325-670-1404 or 1405.

 

March 5, 2 p.m.

Mary O. Parker, who lives near Smithville in Central Texas, is the author of Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, a well-organized field guide to about 100 nature-oriented sites in Texas. She will speak at the Abilene Public Library South Branch in the Mall of Abilene as part of the Texas Author Series sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.

 

March 5, 3 p.m.

Chamber Concert at National Theater in Breckenridge.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

March 6, 5:30 p.m.

Book signings with David Small and Sarah Stewart. A free reception and book signing with the Caldecott award medal winners.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

March 7-8

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take. Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 7, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Concert Band/Chamber Ensembles Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

March 8, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: A Bird in the Hand
The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This month we kick off an interactive community-goes-global art experience! Over 300 small clay birds made by the Center’s ArtReach students will be hidden in plain sight for Abilenians to find and log on our website. Take your bird on a journey, hide it again, and see where in the world they end up! For details, visit center-arts.com.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

March 9, 5 p.m.

Grace After Dark
Food Trucks 5 – 7 p.m.; Ticket Pick-Up 6 p.m.; Films Begin at 7 p.m.
Grace Rooftop
Enjoy rooftop screenings of award-winning short films from around the world, curated by The Paramount Theatre for the 24 FPS International Short Film Festival. FREE event limited to 100 adults (18 years and older). Come early to claim your free ticket!

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 9, 5:30 p.m.

Opening of Everyday People: Works by James Ransome

6 p.m. - Family talk with James Ransome followed by book signing.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

March 10, 7:30 p.m.

March 11, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Film Series presents "Three Coins in the Fountain." Three hopeful American secretaries visiting Italy fling their coins into Rome's Trevi Fountain, each making a wish. Soon, they each become romantically involved with unexpected men. Starring: Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara, Jean Peters; color; 102 minutes; not rated. Tickets $6-$7.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

 

March 11

Last day of Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy exhibition.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 11, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

March 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Abilene Creative Arts Club meeting at Buffalo Gap Historic Village's Rode Gallery, 133 N. William St. Program is a Graphic Demo by Ben Sum of San Angelo. For Members' Choice, bring a graphic piece.

 

March 13-17

Spring Break Art Camp
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Grades K-5th
Cost: $105 non-members / $85 members
Make Spring Break creative! Draw, sculpt, print, build, and paint this break at The Grace's new Spring Break art camp. Students will get to try a variety of materials in this hands-on class that will excite and inspire. 

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 14

Homeschool Art Day
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. classes
FREE - Members of Big Country Home Educators (BCHE)
$3 per student for all other students.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 14-15

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 15, 12-1 p.m.
ArtFilm: Art in the 21st Century—Mexico City
Featured artists are Natalia Almada, great-granddaughter of Mexico’s controversial 40th president Plutarco Elías Calles; Minerva Cuevas, a conceptual and socially-engaged artist who creates sculptural installations and paintings; Damián Ortega, who uses objects from his everyday life to make spectacular sculptures; Pedro Reyes, who designs projects that propose playful solutions to urgent social problems. Bring your lunch, and plan to stay after for a discussion.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

March 16, 10 a.m.

Book Reading in the Children’s Museum
Registration required. $5 per family or $10 per family to receive a copy of the book.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 16, 5-8 p.m.

Family Night: Join us for a fun night of art and activities for the whole family. More details coming soon!

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 16, 7-8 p.m.

TALK: Matt Walter, M.A., Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University. Grace Loggia. Free and open to the public.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 18, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

March 20, noon

Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd, of Abilene, has written a new biography, MizHat: The Life Journey of Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers, coming out in March. She will speak at the downtown Abilene Public Library as part of the Texas Author Series sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library. Lunch is available for $5.

Abilene Public Library

202 Cedar St. | 325.677.2474

 

March 20 at 4 p.m.: Free Family Fun activity celebrating Garth Williams at the Abilene Public Library. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

March 21-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 23, 5:30-7 p.m.

Young Masters Opening Reception, Second floor galleries,

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 23, 6-8 p.m.

College Night, Grace Rooftop. All College & University students are invited to our monthly College Night - FREE! 

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 25

11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

The Children's Performing Arts Series presents "The Little Mermaid" at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Adventurous mermaid Arabelle is fascinated with all things human. In defiance of her Father, King Poseidon, she ventures to the surface of the ocean and falls in love with the Prince Max. Tickets are $9.

 

March 25, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

March 26, 7:30 p.m.

GREATER TUNA, the hilarious hit comedy about the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies, is coming back to the Abilene Convention Center,, this time with Co-Creator Jaston Williams sitting in the director's chair. Williams will direct this all new tour starring the fresh talent of Ryan Bailey, Tim Leavon and Will Mercer. Assisted by lightning-quick costume changes, the actors will portray all 21 characters. This multi-award winning comedy is a funny, loving portrait of rural America big hearts, small minds and all.

Celebrity Attractions

 

March 28-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

March 30-April 8, 2017

Abilene Community Theatre - THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) (REVISED) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, and directed by Darrell Vinson, performed March 30, March 31, April 1, April 6, April 7, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $12 for seniors, students, and active military. Tickets available for season ticket holders on March 20, and to the general public March 27. Contact the Box Office at 325-673-6271. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abilenecommunitytheatre

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

March 30-April 1 & March 6-8, 7:30 p.m.

April 2 & 9, 2 p.m.

“Prepare ye” for GODSPELL! This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971, it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. And yet it is something more - a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man. From Stephen Schwartz, the composer of WICKED and PIPPIN, GODSPELL is one of the most successful musicals of all time. Tickets: General Admission $15; Military, seniors and students $10 HSU Faculty, staff and students $5.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

325.670.1405 │www.hsutx.edu

 

March 31, 6 p.m.

Prince of Pop-Up: Dinner with Robert Sabuda. Price: $35 per person
April 1 at 10:00: Children’s Pop-up Workshop with Robert Sabuda; Price: $10 per participant, Supplies included

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

March 31, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Opera: II Trittico. Location: ACU Beauchamp Amphitheater

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

March 31-April 1

The 7th Annual Outlaws & Legends Music Fest, benefitting Ben Richey Boys Ranch, returns to the Back Porch of Texas. 2017 line-up includes Lee Ann Womack, Cody Johnson, Mark Chesnutt, and Kevin Fowler. Tickets start at $38. Go to www.outlawsandlegends.com

 

 

April 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Pop-Up Workshop with Robert Sabuda - $10 a person. He exhibited at the NCCIL in 2003 and 2004, and returns for the celebration of NCCIL's 20th anniversary.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

April 1-8, 2017

Abilene Community Theatre presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ABRIDGED" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. All of Shakespeare's plays performed by three actors? Thing "Greater Tuna" but with older uh ... classical material!

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

April 2, 2 p.m.

Rachel Caine, of Fort Worth, international best-selling author of more than 45 science fiction and young adult novels, will talk about Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire from her new series, The Great Library, at the Abilene Public Library South Branch in the Mall of Abilene. This is part of the Texas Author Series sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.

 

April 2, 3 p.m.

ACU Opera: Suor Angelica and II Taberro. Location: ACU Beauchamp Amphitheater

 

April 4-6

NCCIL closed for Texas Association of Museums conference.

 

April 4-7

Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting

The Grace Museum

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

 

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

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 6 at 6 p.m.: Free program “Pigs Galore” at the Abilene Public Library south branch inspired by “Emmet’s Pig” or “Charlotte’s Web.” This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

April 6, 7 p.m.

University Choral Concert will be  at the Church of Heavenly Rest.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

April 7, 7:30 p.m.

April 8, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Film Series presents "High Noon." Former marshal Will Kane is preparing to leave New Mexico with his new bride, when he learns that a local criminal has been set free and is coming to seek revenge on the marshal who turned him in. Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges; black & white, 85 minutes, rated PG, 1952. Tickets $7-$6.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org

 

April 8, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Abilene Creative Arts Club at Buffalo Gap Historic Village's Rode Gallery, 133 N. William St. Program is a Plein Air Demo and Picnic with Tom Orsak. For Members' Choice, bring a Plein Air painting.

 

April 10, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Percussion Ensemble and Steelband Concert will be in Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

April 11

Homeschool Art Day
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. classes. FREE - Members of Big Country Home Educators (BCHE); $3 per student for all other students.

The Grace Museum

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

 

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

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take. Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 13

Grace After Dark
Start times TBA
Grace Rooftop
Enjoy rooftop screenings of award-winning short films from around the world, curated by The Paramount Theatre for the 24 FPS International Short Film Festival. FREE event limited to 100 adults (18 years and older). Come early to claim your free ticket!

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 13, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: Cosmic CarWalk 
The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This ArtWalk is a fundraising event for The Center and celebrates all makes and models of motorized vehicles, as well as cosplay costumes. Mingle with superheroes among hundreds of cars on display along Cypress Street including antiques, classics, muscle cars, supercars, and hotrods. For details, visit center-arts.com.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 15, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

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

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 18, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Jazz Ensemble Concert will be at Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Department of Music

www.acu.edu

 

April 19, 12-1 p.m.
ArtFilm: Art in the 21st Century—Chicago
How does the city of Chicago inspire the artists who live there? How is the architecture, history, and character of the city interpreted and reflected in the work of Chicago-based artists? Which parts of the city are most moving and motivational? In this episode, artists reveal the ways in which their communities ignite ideas for photographs, sculptures, and drawings, and how those communities are invited by the artists to become part of the artworks themselves. Featuring artists Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, and Chris Ware. Bring your lunch, and plan to stay after for a discussion.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 20, 10 a.m.

Book Reading in the Children’s Museum. Registration required. $5 per family or $10 per family to receive a copy of the book.

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 20, 6-8 p.m.

College Night, Grace Rooftop. All College & University students are invited to our monthly College Night - FREE! 

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 21-23 & 28-30

7:30 p.m.

Abilene Christian University Theatre presents "Peter and the Star Catcher," a grown-up's prequel to Peter Pan. Take a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew with msuic and dozens of actors playing 100 unforgettable characters in this Tony Award-winning play. Recommended for all ages. Talkback April 28. Fulks Theatre. Tickets $15.

Abilene Christian University Theatre

325.674.ARTS (2787) │ www.acu.edu/theatre

 

April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Big Day Downtown
The Center will host live music, galleries will be open, and artists will be at work in their studios upstairs.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 22, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

April 22

7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents “Masterworks IV – Brahms Requiem” at the Abilene Civic Center. Brahms’s radiant music features soprano Elizabeth Moss, baritone Jeffrey Snider and Abilene’s own university choirs - Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University - on a performance rounded out by Sibelius’s heroic final symphony. Single tickets on sale at box office at $18, $21, $29, and $42. Performance at the Abilene Civic Center.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 │ www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Tri-Collegiate Choir Performance of Brahms Requiem will be at the Abilene Civic Center.

ACU Department of Music

 

April 24, noon

Mike Cox, of Wimberly, prolific Texas author and historian and the 2010 A.C. Greene Award winner, will discuss his book on Texas Disasters. This Texas Author Series event sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library will take place at the downtown branch. Lunch is available for $5.

Abilene Public Library

202 Cedar St. | 325.677.2474

 

April 24-29
Closed to the Public
The Center for Contemporary Arts will be closed to the public in preparation for its annual Fiesta de Arte fundraiser event.

 

April 25-26

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take: Create a free make ‘n take project in our Children’s Diner with your paid general admission.

The Grace Museum

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

 

April 26-29, 7:30 p.m.

DirectFEST 2017 in Van Ellis Theatre at HSU. This annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU theater students. Four nights of fascinating theater. General Admission $10; military, seniors and students $5; HSU faculty, staff and students free. Purchase tickets at the box office or online at hsutx.thundertix.com Van Ellis Theatre box office (325) 670-1405.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

325.670.1405 │www.hsutx.edu

 

April 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
¡Fiesta de Arte España!
The Fourth annual street party de España benefiting the Center for Contemporary Arts! Enjoy Spanish-inspired fare, and wash it down with sangria, beer, and wine. Dance Flamenco in the streets to live music. Bid on a selection of "little masterpieces" original art and other exciting silent auction items. Tickets and tables available for purchase at www.center-arts.com.

Center for Contemporary Arts

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

 

April 27, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Bands Concert will be at Cullen Auditorium.

ACU Department of Music

 

April 28-30

6-9 p.m.

Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival in Nelson Park featuring local and area rythm and blues artists as well as headliners. Benefiting United Way of Abilene. Gospel Brunch Sunday.

 

April 29, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday with free art craft.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

April 30

2 p.m.

The Children's Performing Arts Series presents "The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!" at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Off Broadway’s improvised, interactive musical pirate adventure filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments! Tickets are $9.

 

April 30, 3 p.m.

Civic Orchestra of Abilene (COA) will perform at the Abilene  Civic Center.

ACU Department of Music

 

MAY 2017

 

May 2, 7:30 p.m.

ACU Choirs Concert in the ACU Cullen Auditorium.

ACU Department of Music

 

May 4 at 4 p.m.: Free Make and Take activity Elf and Fairy Crafts inspired by “The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies” at the Abilene Public Library’s Mockingbird branch. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 4 at 6 p.m.” Free program “Pajama Party” at the Abilene Public Library’s south branch based on the book “Bedtime for Frances.” This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 5, 5 p.m.

Magnificent Manga with Mark Crilley at Lib-Con.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

May 6

7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Philharmonic presents “Pops III – Movie Music: Cowboys, Pirates, and Adventurers” at the Abilene Civic Center. The clock is ticking, the cave is closing in, the opponents are stone-still before the draw … hear the excitement and suspense from favorite movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, The Cowboys, and many more Single tickets on sale at box office at $18, $21, $29, and $42. Performance at the Abilene Civic Center.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 │ www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

May 6, 10 a.m. to noon

Mastering Manga Workshop with Mark Crilley; Price: $25 per participant, Supplies included.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

May 11 at 10:45 a.m.: Free Super Storytime with craft for the book “Baby Farm Animals” at the Abilene Public Library’s Mockingbird branch. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 18 at 4 p.m.: Free Family Fun time with craft on the book “The Sailor Dog” at the Abilene Public Library's Mockingbird branch. This program is part of the community-wide initiative "The Year of Garth Williams."

 

May 25-June 3

Abilene Community Theatre presents "The Andrews Brothers" by Roger Bean. What do you do if the Andrews sisters can't go on stage? Hope that the stage hands have the voices and moves to step up so the show can go on!

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

JUNE 2017

 

June 8-10

The 6th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival celebrating the work of Garth Williams.

 

June 8: Opening of exhibition of original artwork by Garth Williams at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. Free. Unveiling of five new Storybook Sculptures on the Abilene Civic Center southeast lawn in the new Garth Williams Sculpture Garden. Author Talk at Historic Paramount Theatre followed by book signing.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

June 10, 7:30 p.m.

Pre-show party at 6:30 p.m. with desserts, coffee, beer and wine

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that is delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production with an incredible orchestra and all the moments you love - the glass slipper, pumpkin and masked ball!

Celebrity Attractions

 

June 10, 7:30 p.m.

Great Music for a Great Cause - The largest fundraiser for an organization providing foster care and emergency shelter for children is the 26th annual Abilene Music Teachers Association Showcase Concert benefiting Harmony Family Services Inc.
More than 60 students and teachers from Abilene and the surrounding area perform ensembles on 12 pianos, solos and original compositions. This family event for all ages and tastes has variety from costumed performers to concert artists! Free.
First Baptist Church, Abilene
1333 North 3rd, Abilene, TX 79601

Abilenemusicteachersassociation.org

 

July 28

Artist David Diaz for the NCCIL's 20th anniversary.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Short Cut with David Macaulay: Family Event; Price: Free.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

 

OCTOBER 2017

 

Oct. 13

NCCIL 20th Anniversary events with Marla Frazee, David Shannon and Mark Teague.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Oct. 14, 6 p.m.

20th Anniversary Gala with Marla Frazee, David Shannon and Mark Teague; Price: $125 per person

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Nov. 9-10

Artist Talk by Melissa Sweet; Price: Free

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM

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


Exhibits

 

Through March 11
“Spanish Texas” at The Grace Museum. The Spanish occupation left a deep mark on the area we now call Texas. Their European livestock caused mesquite to spread inland while farmers tilled and irrigated the land, changing the landscape forever.

 

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

 

Exhibits

 

Feb. 9, 2017-May 19, 2017

"Everyday Folks: The Art of James E. Ransome"

 

June 8, 2017-Sept. 1, 2017

June 8, 2017 – September 1, 2017

"The Illustration Art of Garth Williams"

 

Sept. 14, 2017-Oct. 27, 2017

"Celebrating 20 years of Art" - A special exhibition celebrating 20 years of NCCIL.

 

Nov. 9, 2017-Jan. 26, 2018

Illustrations of Melissa Sweet

 

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!

 

IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY

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

 

 

ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY

Cockerell Galleries and Studios, 1133 N. 2nd St.


Feb. 24-Mar. 3

Group senior show. Open ArtWalk night.

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

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

 

Feb. 3-24

Senior show

 

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.

 

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Three locations | www.abilenetx.com/apl

 

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.

 

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.

 

ABILENE CIVIC CENTER
1100 N. 6th St.│ 325.676.6211 │ www.abilenetx.com/CivicCenter/

Art displays by Pedro Rivera and Fuentes in the Red Carpet Lobby.

 

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

 

In March 2017, paintings by Carolyn Hollingshead will be displayed in Cypress Street Station, and paintings by Shirley Minzenmayer will be in Bogie's North window. At ArtWalk, an artist member will do a demonstration on the sidewalk outside of Cypress Street Station.

 

In April, paintings by Cindy McCarn will be displayed in Cypress Street Station, and at ArtWalk an artist will be doing a painting demonstration on the sidewalk outside the restaurant.

 

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.

 

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

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

 

February Exhibits

 

"PDQ"
Ellie and Lynwood Kreneck
Breed Gallery
January 25 – March 18


"Trees"
Joe Rude
Gallery 4
January 25 – March 4


"TPS Annual Exhibit"
Photography by Texas Photographic Society
Gallery 4
thru February 18


"Annual Intercollegiate Student Art Competition"
Abilene-area College Art Students
Gallery 3
February 8 – March 11

 

EXHIBITS

March Exhibits
PDQ: Prints, Drawings, and Quilts
Ellie and Lynwood Kreneck
Breed Gallery
thru March 25

Trees
Joe Rude
Gallery 4
thru March 11

2017 Intercollegiate Student Art Competition
Abilene-area College Art Students
Gallery 3
February 9 – March 18

Images of the West
Jack Harkins
Gallery 3
March 23 – May 13

 

April Exhibits
HumanEssence
April Rifenburgh and Mary K Huff
Breed Gallery
thru May 20

Images of the West
Jack Harkins
Gallery 3
thru May 13

 

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

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


Mesquite Story Tellers
Meets every third Tuesday
6-8 p.m.
2nd Floor - Studio 209
Free admission.
All ages are welcome!
If you love stories, whether telling them or hearing them, then this is the place for you!!


AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

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

 

Oct. 2017

Homecoming Alumni Exhibit: Eric Britt

 

GYPSY TED ART GALLERY

McMurry University

2117 Hunt St. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu

 

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

 

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).

 

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

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