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OCTOBER 2017   DECEMBER 2017

Oct. 27, 8-10 p.m.

The HSU School of Music presents All School Sing at Behrens Auditorium at Hardin-Simmons University.

 

Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The HSU School of Music presents the Alumni Choir Performance at Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall at Hardin-Simmons University.

 

Oct. 28

Abilene Performing Arts Co. showcase at the Paramount Theatre.

 

Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Philharmonic performs "Trumpet Fanfare" at the Abilene Convention Center. The virtuosity of one of America’s most sought after trumpeters, Scott Thornburg, shines on Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet and Clarke’s Carnival of Venice on a program with Elgar’s illustriously popular Enigma Variations and Rimsky-Korsakov’s enchanting Capriccio Espagnol.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 | www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

Oct. 28-Nov. 9

NCCIL closed for exhibition change. Join us for the opening of Melissa Sweets exhibition Nov. 9.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

Michael Jackson Tribute Light Show Thriller Spectacular starring America's No. 1 Michael Jackson impersonator Danny Dash Andrews at the Paramount Theatre. All seats reserved at $25 on the floor and $20 in the balcony. VIP seating available at $50 which included a meet and greet with teh artist. VIP tickets go on sale 8/23/27 and general setaing on 8/25/17. To purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.

 

Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Civic Orchestra of Abilene's Halloween Concert! Behrens Auditorium, Hardin-Simmons University. Admission is free! Feel free to wear costumes, and there will be candy!

 

Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Film Series: "Corpse Bride." Tim Burton's animation. When a groom begins to worry about his commitment and wanders into a mysterious forest, he accidentally put the ring upon the hand of a corpse, and is swept to the Land of the Dead. Starring the voices of: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter; color, animated, 78 minutes, rated PG, 2006. $7 tickets.

Historic Paramount Theatre

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

 

Nov. 1

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Batuquê Trio at ACU Recital Hall.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 2-3
Tot Spot
9:30 am; 11 am
Free for museum members; $5 per child for non-members.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 2

El Dia de los Muertos Family Night
sponsored by Junior League of Abilene
5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Military Child Education Coalition will present a fun program on learning! Activities and tools that parents can use to help their children at home.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Choirs Fall Concert at St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 2-4, 7:30 p.m.

After sell out performances of Check Please! in 2015, HSU is proud to present Check Please, Take 2!  Soon after a relationship ends, a guy and a girl are forced by their well-intentioned best friends to plunge back into the dating pool.  In a series of short vignettes, we witness the struggles of trying to make that love connection. Are first dates really that unbearable?  Yes.  Yes, they are.

Skiles Building, Round Room, 2nd floor.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Nov. 2-4 & Nov. 10-11, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

"A Piece of My Heart," a drama by Shirley Lauro, directed by Ginger Vinson. A powerful drama of six women who went to Vietnam, showing each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Nov. 3

Art Adventure - Storytime and art project for preschoolers. In
collaboration with the Military Child Education Coalition.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Nov. 3-5

37th Annual Junior League Christmas Carousel at the Abilene Convention Center. A weekend filled with shopping and entertainment for children and adults of all ages. Fresh Off the Farm – Brunch with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

Join us for brunch with the jolly man himself as well as a petting zoo! Enjoy an exciting preview of the 2018 Children’s Art & Literacy Festival and make a take-home craft. Prices: $10 individual (ages 3+)


Nov. 3-4

24 fps International Short Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre. Thirty short films are selected for viewing out of hundreds of entries from around the world. Ten different films will be shown at three showings - Friday night, Saturday matinee and Saturday night. Individual program tickets are general admission at $10.  A Festival Pass (good for admission to all three competition programs) is $20.  To puchase tickets and passes online, click here.  For more information visit the 24fps ISFF website.

 

Nov. 3, 6-8:30 p.m.

The Grand Opening of Calypso Gallery and Academy of Art in The Cockerell Building, 1133N. 2nd St.

 

Nov. 4

"Lights Up on Lara" at the Center for Contemporary Arts.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

 

Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital Series at ACU Recital Hall.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 7-8

Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 7, noon

Friends of the Abilene Public Library will hold its annual membership meeting at the downtown Abilene Public Library in the auditorium. During this meeting, the Friends membership will hear reports on the year’s progress and events, finances, and have a chance to vote on new officers for the upcoming year. There will also be a light lunch served and a speaker.

 

Nov. 9, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: Red, White & YOU
For details, visit center-arts.com.

 

Nov. 9

Calypso Gallery and Academy of Art  in The Cockerell Building

is open for Artwalk. Patty Rae Wellborn will be doing a live painting demonstration on how to draw a portrait from a live model from 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. Email calypsogallery@gmail.com for details.

 

Nov. 9, 6 p.m.

Artist Talk by illustrator Melissa Sweet; Price: Free

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Guest Artists - band "Bad Karoake"
ArtWalk night. Will perform outside, in front of The Cockerell Building.

 

Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Remembering Roy Helen
Johnnie Lou Boyd will speak about her book, “MizHat: The Life Journey of Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers,” to coincide with the history exhibition Remembering Roy Helen, on view on the third floor..  Free Admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

"Eight Weeks at Fort Lost in the Woods, MISERY" is a 90-minute, one-man comedy show performed by actor Troy Sutton. Based upon his personal military boot camp experience, it will make your belly ache from laughter yet leave you with a love for those who serve our country. The Show is "PG" rating and is family oriented. Tickets range from $10-$30. All proceeds will be donated to the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum. The event will be at the Paramount Theatre (doors open at 6 p.m.). This is the same night as the ArtWalk and during the “Abilene Celebrates Veterans Week." Tickets can be purchased:

  1. - At the door starting at 5 p.m.
  2. - Online at www.eightweeksmisery.eventbrite.com
  3. - At Sutton Financial Group Office
  4. - At the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum,

Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

ARTWALK
Grace After Dark
Monthly rooftop screenings of International Short Films in collaboration with the Paramount Theatre. Ages 18+, limited to the first 100 people. Free Admission.
Ticket Pick-Up 7 pm – films begin at dark

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 9-11 & 16-18, 7:30 p.m.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by William Inge (directed by Professor Charles Hukill). Rubin Flood is going through a rough patch. He lost his job as a traveling salesman, and his increasingly distant wife, Cora, blames him for the family's financial troubles. His daughter, seeks refuge in the arms of a Jewish delinquent, while his son remains firmly attached to his mother. As Rubin tries to keep his family together, he meets an attractive woman who arouses Cora's suspicion.

Tickets $10 – McMurry faculty/staff/students $8.00 - $3.00 discount on all tickets on Thursdays

Box Office: 793-3889; mcm.edu/theatre.

 

Nov. 10, 1-4 p.m.

Anthony Brown will hold a workshop on how to paint in acrylics from photographs with collage at Calypso Gallery and Academy of Art  in The Cockerell Building. $150, supplies included. Email calypsogallery@gmail.com

 

Nov. 10-12

Military Appreciation Weekend at Taylor County HIstory Center at Buffalo Gap. All current and former military and their families receive free admission for Veterans’ Day Weekend.

 

Nov. 10-11

Paramount Classic Film — “The Sound of Music”

 

Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art - bring your family and enjoy an art activity for all ages.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Nov. 11

Chautauqua Learning Series: Buffalo Gap during World War II presented by Mayor Dave Perry. 11am-12pm, free public program.

Taylor County History Center at Buffalo Gap

 

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

Abilene Creative Arts Club will meet at Mike Lanier’s Studio 13, 909 N. 13th St. Local artist Ruth Jackson will present a program on Pastel Portraits. Members are to bring a portrait for Members’ Choice. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to join us. For more information contact Doris Kinney, President at 325-660-6834.

 

Nov. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Reception: Chaos Theory
Russell Ellison and Julia Six.

Exhibit Reception: Mindfulness Amid Chaos
David Baum

Center for Contemporary Arts

 

Nov. 12

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents the annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at the Abilene Womans Club.

 

Nov. 13-18, 7:30 p.m.

"I was dismayed to discover that the play would contain elements of... humor." So says Dr. Vivian Bearing as she introduces her story to us. Wit is a brilliantly-crafted and unflinching look at the last chapter of Ms. Bearing's life. Armed with a sharp intellect, this professor of 17th century poetry wrestles with the ultimate question of what it means to be alive. Cornerstone Play at Fulks Theatre. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

 

Nov. 14

Home School Art Day
10 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.
Registration required.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 14

Jazz Ensemble Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 14-15
Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 15-19

Once upon a time, there were three sisters. One walked one way around the world, one walked the other way, and the third decided to stay put.  Twenty years later, they meet up.  It’s part fairy tale, part fable, it’s called This Girls Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.  Directed by Hope Hargrove. Van Ellis Theatre.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Nov. 16

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

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 16

College Night
6 pm – 8 pm
Rooftop
Free event

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 16

DIALOGUE: Polly Jones
7 pm
2nd Floor Art Galleries
Artist, Polly Jones, will speak about the connections her work shares with the exhibition Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing.  Dialogue is a partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arts.
Free event.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway in Abilene presents "STOMP" the musical at the Abilene Convention Center for one night only. This show is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows.

Celebrity Attractions

 

Nov. 17-19

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker"

 

Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m.

Patty Rae Wellborn will be holding a class on drawing portraits at Calypso Gallery and Academy of Art in The Cockerell Building. No experience necessary. $65 supplies included email calypsogallery@gmail.com com for details 

 

Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art- bring your family and enjoy an art activity for all ages.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Nov. 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
Exhibit Reception: The Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition (CCAN)
Judged by Randy Meador

 

Nov. 19, 12-5 p.m.

Military Appreciation Day at Taylor County History Center at Buffalo Gap. All current and former military and their families

receive. Free admission.

 

Nov. 15-18, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing" by Finegan  Kruckemeyer and directed by Hope Hargrove.

Once upon a time, there were three sisters who were abandoned in a forest. One walked one way around the world, one walked the other way, and the third decided to stay put.  Twenty years later, they meet up and share what they have learned.  It’s part fairy tale and part fable by a young Australian playwright named Finegan Kruckemeyer.  This fascinating and whimsical play has only been done a handful of times in the US, and we are proud to premiere it in Abilene.  Appropriate for ALL ages.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre Department

 

Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble Concert at Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 21-22
Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 25, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art- bring your family and enjoy an art activity for all ages.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.

HSU Jazz Ensemble plays the swinging big band hits of the 1930s and 40s!
Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre, 2200 Hickory

 

Nov. 28-29
Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 28

29th Annual City Sidewalks annual nighttime downtown event hosted by the Abilene Downtown Association and featuring the Fox 15 Christmas Parade, live music and Christmas tree lighting at the Abilene Convention Center.

 

Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Singers Concert at ACU Recital Hall.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 29, 8 p.m.

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" at Paramount Theatre.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Nov. 30

Grace Kids Christmas
5:30 pm
Families are invited to enjoy Christmas crafts, snacks, and special performances throughout the building.  $10/family

The Grace Museum

 

Nov. 30

Abilene Women in the Arts Panel
7 pm
Ballroom
Curator, Judy Deaton will present a look at the women throughout history who have influenced the visual arts in Abilene such as Mary Eula Sears, Miss A.M. Carpenter, Juanita Tittle Pollard, Annie Harle, Maxine Perini and others which will be followed by a panel discussion of local women in the visual arts who are making an impact today. Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

 

Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m.

Art Adventure- Storytime and art project for preschoolers. In
collaboration with the Military Child Education Coaltion.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Closing reception for Piero Fenci's  (pierofenci.com)  “Respite” at Ryan Gallery, 1642 Sayles Blvd. McMurry University Art Department.

 

Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m.

In the spirit of giving, Patty Rae Wellborn will be offering a free workshop on how to paint miniature angels at Calypso Gallery and Academy of Art in The Cockerell Building. Email calypsogallery@gmail.com for details and a supply list. RSVP.

 

Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

At the Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene, Celebration Singers will perform its 20th annual holiday concert, “Christmas Highlights from 20 Years,” featuring selections from the past two decades. Free.

 

Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Clay Workshop at Chapin Clay Building on Hunt Street (across from the Ryan Fine Art Center) $100.  Clay, tools and firing provided plus lunch. Contact Caitlin Boyle  325-793-3851,  boyle.caitlin@mcm.edu  for registration information. Checks are preferred.

 

Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art - bring your family and enjoy an art activity for all ages.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Dec. 2, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

"A Sleeping Beauty Christmas" at the Paramount Theatre. An original musical based on the classic fairy tale, but with a holiday twist! King Humphrey and Queen Bea are so delighted at the December birth of their daughter that they throw a huge Christmas party. When they fail to invite a powerful sorceress, a perpetual sleeping spell is cast over the palace.

Children's Performing Arts Series

cpasabilene.org | 325-677-1161

 

Dec. 2, 12 p.m.

Storybook Saturday celebrates "Sleeping Beauty Christmas." After the CPAS show at 11 a.m. at the Paramount Theatre, enjoy a fun filled party at the Center for Contemporary Arts just down the street. Meet the cast of the show, enjoy art activities and games. Cost is $5 per family.

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

www.abilenecac.org | 325.677.1161

 

Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
Come celebrate the season with the Abilene Philharmonic with the “Rat Pack smooth” style of Travis Cloer at the matinee showing of Christmas at My Place. Shorter performance, tickets specially priced for families at $5 for children 6 – 17, $10 for military/student/seniors, and $15 for Adults. Santa will be in the lobby. Performance at the Abilene Convention Center.

 

Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the season with the Abilene Philharmonic with the “Rat Pack smooth” style of Travis Cloer at the full showing of Christmas at My Place. Single tickets on sale at box office at $18, $21, $29, and $42. Performance at the Abilene Convention Center.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 | www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

Dec. 5

Band Winter Concert in Cullen Auditorium.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

Dec. 5-6
Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 7-8

Tot Spot
9:30 am; 11 am
Free for museum members; $5 per child for non-members.

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Military Child Education Coalition presentation. Activities and tools that parents can use to help their children at home.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Downtown Revitalization Beginnings: The Grace Museum (25 Years)
7 pm
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the renovation and founding of The Grace Museum with a special reunion discussion by some of the individuals who made it happen and reception celebrating the corresponding exhibition, Downtown Revitalization Beginnings: The Grace Museum (25 Years).Free with regular museum admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 7-9 & Dec. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17, 2 p.m.

"She Loves Me," a musical romantic comedy, music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and book by Joe Masteroff, directed by Mike Stephens. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, Amalia and Georg live for the love letters that they exchange with their pen pals, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Follow Amalia and Georg as they discover the identity of their true loves... and of all the twists and turns along the way!

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Dec. 8

Tot Spot
9:30 am; 11 am
Free for museum members; $5 per child for non-members.

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 8-9

Paramount Classic Film — “White Christmas”

 

Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m.

Guest Art Show:
4th Annual A-Teens Art Show "Christmas Cheer"
*A fundraiser benefitting the Abilene Toys for Tots. 
Where:  Cockerell Bldg, second floor, Studio 209, 1133 N 2nd, downtown Abilene 

 

Dec. 9

Chautauqua Learning Series: Cholera presented by Fred Bailey. 11 am-12 pm, free public program. Taylor County HIstory Center at Buffalo Gap.

 

Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art - bring your family and enjoy an art activity for all ages.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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


Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Chorus Abilene presents "Sing Noel" at ACU's Cullen Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military. Call 325-673-7464 or info@chorusabilene.net or at the door. All four choirs of Chorus Abilene present a holiday concert for all ages. Music will be a mix of songs you know and love at Christmas time, as well as Christmas music you may not be familiar with.

 

Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Vespers at First Baptist Church.

Abilene Christian University Music Department

 

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

College De-Stress Day
10 am – 5 pm
All students are invited to enjoy the entire museum.  Food trucks, entertainment, therapy animals, art activities, movies, fire pits, and more! Free to all students.

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 12

Home School Art Day
10 am; 12:30 pm

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 12-13
Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Abilene Community Band will play its Christmas at the Paramount concert. Many of your favorite Christmas songs will be presented in addition to many new arrangements and some surprise music for the December audience.
The concert is free.
The band will play its third concert in a two-week period.
One of those concerts will be in front of the Paramount on Nov. 28 for City Sidewalks.The next performance will be in Ranger at the historic Gholsen Hotel, an annual concert for the people in Ranger.
The band has just celebrated its 41st birthday and is made of 60 faithful members who rehearse every Monday night at the McMurry University Band Hall. The director is Joe Stephens and our
band president is John Pennington. Please join us at the Paramount for a holiday celebration of Christmas in Abilene!

 

Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: Babes in Toyland
For details, visit center-arts.com.

 

Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Allison V. Smith: Plain View
7 pm
Curator, Judy Deaton and Allison V. Smith will present a discussion that explores the challenges women have historically faced in the arts.  Smith will bring her unique perspective from her many years experience as a highly-successful photojournalist turned fine art photographer.  Free admission.

 

Dec. 14, 7:15-7:45 p.m.

December ArtWalk: Patty Rae Wellborn will demonstrate her approach to abstract painting. 

 

Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m.

Family Art - bring your family and enjoy an art activity for all ages.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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

 

Dec. 16

Christmas Village: Tour the Village by lantern light and shop in our gift shop for unique Holiday gifts. 6pm-8pm. Discounted Event Rate: $5 per person, Under 5 years free. Taylor County History Center at Buffalo Gap.

 

Dec. 17

Military Appreciation Day at Taylor County History Center at Buffalo Gap. All current and former military and their families receive free admission. 12pm-5pm.

 

Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Opera Association — “The Messiah” at Paramount Theatre

 

Dec. 18-19
Pop-Up Make ‘N Take
10 am – 5 pm
Free with regular museum admission

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 18-21

Advent Speaker Series: Music of Advent
12 pm – 1 pm Daily
Come enjoy and learn about the music of the Advent season from a multidenominational group of clergy in the music field.  Free admission.

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

The Flying J Wranglers Christmas Show at Paramount Theatre

 

Dec. 21

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

The Grace Museum

 

Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

Broadway in Abilene presents "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical" for one night only at the Abilene Convention Center. The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life.

Celebrity Attractions

 

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Special New Year’s Eve Film—“Gypsy”

 

JANUARY 2018

 

Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Philharmonic presents "European Fire" at the Abilene Convention and Visitors Center. A charming evening from the genuine old-world flavor of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 to Mozart’s delightful Overture to The Magic Flute and Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 played by Abilene-born winner of the Philharmonic’s Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition violinist Fiona Shea.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 | www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

Jan. 28, 2 p.m.

When "Pete the Cat" gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! When the groovey blue cat meets young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second-grader on planet Earth, they both have a lot to teach each other. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW bus. $9 tickets.

Children's Performing Arts Series

cpasabilene.org | 325.677.1161

 

Jan. 31-Feb. 4

In January, we will be presenting a play about the mystery of faith, and how religion can tear people apart just as it can bring them together. The Christians by Lucas Hnath, directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler. Behren’s Chapel.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Jan. 31-Feb. 4

Once upon a time, there was a little ogre …….named………SHREK! Musical directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth. Van Ellis Theatre.

General Admission $15;
Military, seniors and students $10
HSU Faculty, staff and students $5

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

Abilene Idol 2018 Auditions
Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm
Dillards Women's Courtyard, Mall of Abilene
Audition Fee: $20/pre-registration; $25/on-site, if available
Preregister online at www.AbileneIdol.net
Or email AbileneIdol@ChorusAbilene.net
325-673-7464

Singers should be ready to wow a panel of three judges with 2 minutes of song, as they compete for the top 15 spots of the day, heading to the Abilene Idol Finale four weeks later.  Only singers who are pre-registered are guaranteed a spot.

 

Feb. 8-10 & Feb. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

"Measure for Measure," a comedy by William Shakespeare, directed by Andrea Robison. With his unique brew of laughter and high seriousness, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love, and justice, asking unsettling questions about the relationship between those in power and ordinary citizens.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

Feb. 9-10 & 16-18

The musical drama "All the King's Men" was inspired by the life of Louisiana governor Huey P. Long. The Pultizer Prize-winning novel of the same name portrays the dramatic political ascent of Willie Stark, a driven, self-proclaimed savior of the working man in the 1930s South. Filled with unsettling insights underlined by the inspired music of Randy Newman, Stark's story of charismatic idealism challenged by growing corruption and lust for power remains all too relevant in today's political culture.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

 

Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway in Abilene presents "The Wizard of Oz" for one night only at the Abilene Convention Center. There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Abilene! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

Celebrity Attractions

 

Feb. 14-17, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

HSU Theatre presents "Shrek, the Musical" at Van Ellis Theatre. Music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth.

Based on the characters and story from William Steig's book and the hit Dreamworks film, this hilarious production turns the world of fairy tales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, musical comedy. Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Shrek is a mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Philharmonic presents "Music of the Knight" at the Abilene Convention Center. Spot-On Entertainment proudly presents a thrilling musical celebration of three of Britain’s legendary songwriters. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney are not only knights — they also happen to be three of the most successful songwriters of all time with careers that span decades. “Music of the Knights®” honors their lasting musical influence with songs like “Memory,” "I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” "Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” "The Phantom of the Opera,” "Circle of Life,” "Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” "Your Song,” "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” ”Yesterday,” "Hey Jude” and many more!

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 | www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

Feb. 22-24 & March 1-3

"Women in Congress" by Aristophanes. Directed by David Ainsworth.

McMurry Theatre

325.793.3889 | mcm.edu/theatre.

 

Spotlight 2018 “Enchanted Evening”
Feb. 24, 6:30pm
ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center
$35/adults; $20/children 10 & under.  Reservations Required.
325-673-7464 or email info@ChorusAbilene.net

The evening features the youth choruses and soloists with music from Moana, South Pacific, Rio, & Jungle Book and includes dinner and show. Meet and greet special visitors up close & personal.

 

Feb. 25

Abilene Ballet Theatre presents "Fairy Tales & Fables" at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

 

MARCH 2018

 

March 1-3

Studio premier of "Sight Unseen" at Culp Theatre. In this Obie Award-winning play, Jonathan Waxman is the art scene's new vsionary, with a waiting list to buy paintings he has yet to paint. In London for his first European show, Waxman is under the gun. He could be spurned, causing the American art world to re-evaluate his work or he could be further lionized, causing more demand and greater expectations. Either way, something is missing. On impluse, he escapes to the country to search for the woman who was his first love and early inspiration. Recommended for ages 13 and older.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

 

March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway in Abilene presents "Dirty Dancing" the classic story on stage for one night only at the Abilene Convention Center. This is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

Celebrity Attractions

 

March 24

Starlight Extravaganza-An evening of elegant dining and Broadway show tunes. Van Ellis Theatre. Tables: $350; Individual tickets:  $65.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

APRIL 2018

 

April 5-7 & April 13-14, 7:30 p.m.

April 15, 2 p.m.

"Doubt," a drama, by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Gavyn Hardegree. A nun who is the principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx takes matters into her own hands when she suspects a young priest of improper relations with one of the male students.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

April 5-8

Kenny Barrett did something that has everyone worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that's going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school.  From Up Here, directed by Kelsie LeFlore.  DownCentreStage LabTheatre.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

April 12-15

The Marriage of Figaro—opera, directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth. Van Ellis Theatre.

General Admission $10
Military, seniors and students $5
HSU Faculty, staff and students free

Hardin-Simmons University

 

April 20-22 & 27-29

ACU Theatre presents Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach" in Fulks Theatre. When James is sent to his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach on a journey with human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Recommended for all ages.

Abilene Christian University Theatre Department

 

April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Philharmonic presents "Abilene Encore" at the Abilene Convention Center. A showcase of Abilene’s music champions — Steinway Artist pianist Mark Puckett, globe-trotting vocalists Lynnette Chambers and Samuel Cook, and Philharmonic principal hornist Jeff Powers and principal trombonist Brent Phillips.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 | www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

April 22, 2 p.m.

Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of CIRCO COMEDIA. Following in the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician, performs his feats from dizzying heights while Patrick Covete, comic clown, expert roller skater and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. This is family entertainment at its finest! $9 tickets.

Children's Performing Arts Series

cpasabilene.org | 325-677-1161

 

April 25-28

DirectFest 2018, 4 evenings of short plays, directed by the students in Directing I. Van Ellis Theatre.

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre

 

MAY 2018

 

May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway in Abilene presents "Chicago" for one night only at the Abilene Convention Center. It's Broadway's most popular musical! A razzle-dazzle tale of sin and celebrity.  And now, you can see it LIVE.  The recipient of six Tony® Awards, two Olivier® Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations, CHICAGO is the sensation that just keeps getting bigger and bigger.    

Celebrity Attractions

 

 

May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Abilene Philharmonic presents "Broadway A La Carte" at the Abilene Convention Center. Nutshell presentations of best-loved musicals Hello, Dolly!, Evita, Le Miserables, and South Pacific acted and sung by Broadway darlings Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, Kristen Hertzenberg, Bruce Ewing and Jason Forbach.

Abilene Philharmonic

325.677.6710 | www.abilenephilharmonic.org

 

May 31-June 2 & June 8-9, 7:30 p.m.

June 10, 2 p.m.

"No Room for a Picture on a Blank Wall," a drama by David Remschel, directed by Mike Stephens. The progression of Alzheimer’s is seen in a man’s life as everything around him disappears.

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 325.673.7082 www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org

 

JUNE 2018

 

June 7-9

The 7th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival celebrating the work of Oliver Jeffers, illustrator of the best-selling "The Day the Crayons Quit" book and its sequal, "The Day the Crayons Came Home." On Thursday, come to the free parade, sculpture unveiling, and Artist Talk. All day Friday and Saturday passes are required for the dramatic readings, art activities, balloon shows, petting zoos and more. Ages 2 and under free. Age 3-12 is $7 until May 15 and $10 after. Ages 13 and up are $12 until May 15 and $15 after. Register at www.abilenecalf.com

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

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

 

JULY 2018

 

Summer Music Camp HATS!
For children finishing 1st-5th grades
Monday – Friday, July 30-August 3
9:30am – 12:30pm daily
Cost: $100 with a 15% discount for additional children in the same family
Space is limited to 20 children.
For more information: 3235-673-7464 or info@ChorusAbilene.net

 

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM

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


Exhibits

 

Sept. 15, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018

"Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing"

The 2017 Dallas Art Fair and Neiman Marcus recently honored Vernon in celebration of her retirement from fifty years as professor of art and art history at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts.

 

Sept. 15, 2017-Feb. 10, 2018

"Allison V. Smith: Plain View"

In 2004, Smith quit her day job as a staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance and fine art photography.

 

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

 

Exhibits

 

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

 

October 2 – 27
Ira M. Taylor Art Gallery Exhibition, Paintings: Elaine Pawlowicz
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

October 28
Painter Elaine Pawlowicz Reception 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ira M. Taylor Art Gallery

 

ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY

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

 

CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY

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

 

 

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

 

Abilene Creative Arts Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 1:30-3:30 PM at Mike Lanier’s Studio 13, 909 N. 13th. Local artist Ruth Jackson will present a program on Pastel Portraits. Members are to bring a portrait for Members’ Choice. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to join us. For more information contact Doris Kinney, President at 325-660-6834.

 

Jan. 13, 2018           Anthony Brown - Mixed Media, bring Mixed Media
Feb. 10, 2018          Ken McFarlane - Something New, bring Something New
Mar. 10, 2018         Cathy Lubke - Secrets of Strong Watercolor, bring Your Choice
Apr. 14, 2018          Mike Lanier – First Steps: Monochromatic Underpainting – bring Your First Painting
April 2-27, 2018     Annual Membership Show at Studio 13
April 12, 2018        Show Reception, 5-7 PM
May 19, 2018          Stephanie Prosser – Palette of Purpose, bring Something Large (*3rd Sat. to avoid Mother’s Day)

 

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

 

Abilene Public Library’s brand new Creation Station is now open, with equipment and material for both traditional and non-traditional crafters and makers. There is a 3-D printer, a Cricut machine, a Sizzix, sewing machines, hand tools and more. Orientation classes are required before one can use the Station. For more information, contact the library at 325-676-6025.

 

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.

 

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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

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

 

EXHIBITS


October Exhibits
Open Air Waves
Center Artist Member Show
Breed Gallery
October 2 – November 4

Small Dramas
Polly Jones
Gallery 4
September 27 – November 1

Today’s Quilts: Art in Stitch
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
Gallery 3
September 20 – November 10

SEVEN
Ellie Hamby
Wright Photo Gallery
October 1 – November 18

 

November/December Exhibits
Today’s Quilts: Art in Stitch
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Gallery 3
through November 10

Seven
Ellie Hamby
Wright Photography Gallery
through November 18

Chaos Theory
Russell Ellison and Julia Six
Breed Gallery
November 9 - December 30

Mindfulness Amid Chaos
David Baum
Gallery 4
November 4 – December 23

Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition
Judged by Randy Meador
Gallery 3
November 16, 2017 – January 13, 2018

Texas Photographic Society’s 26th Annual Competition
Texas Photographic Society
Wright Photo Gallery
November 22, 2017 – January 27, 2018

 

COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY

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

 

November 

Photography Show
by Mia Coelho, photographer/artist
Runs Nov 1 - Nov 30
M-F 10-5

Mesquite Story Tellers
FREE, Family, Fun
3rd Tues each month - 6-7pm
Studio 209 - 2nd floor  - Cockerell Bldg - 1133 N 2nd - downtown Abilene

Guest Artists - band 'Bad Karoake'
Artwalk - Th. Nov 9  6-8pm
Will perform outside, in front of The Cockerell Bldg

 

December

A Christmas Photography Show
by The Loft Photography Studio
Runs Dec 1 - Dec 31
M-F, 10-5

Mesquite Story Tellers
FREE, Family, Fun
3rd Tues each month
The Cockerell Bldg, Upstairs
6-7pm

Guest Art Show:
4th Annual A-Teens Art Show "Christmas Cheer"
*A fundraiser benefitting the Abilene Toys for Tots. 
When:  Thurs. Dec. 8th
Time:  6-8pm
Where:  Cockerell Bldg, second floor, Studio 209, 1133 N 2nd, downtown Abilene 

The Cockerell will be open for City Sidewalks. 
Artist studios on the 2nd floor - open 4-8pm

The Calypso Gallery will be open for City Sidewalks.
Located on the 1st floor of The Cockerell Bldg.


AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY

McMurry University

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

 

Oct. 2017

Homecoming Alumni Exhibit by artist Eric Britt: "Cooper Cafeteria - A 3D Experience in Wood, Metal and Found Objects"

 

Piero Fenci   pierofenci.com   “Respite”

November 3-December 2, 2017—Ryan Gallery, 1642 Sayles Blvd. McMurry University

Closing Reception—Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Clay Workshop—Dec. 2, 9 a.m.—3:30 p.m.  Chapin Clay Building on Hunt Street (across from the Ryan Fine Art Center)  $100. 
Clay, tools and firing provided plus lunch.

Contact Caitlin Boyle  325-793-3851,  boyle.caitlin@mcm.edu   for registration information.  Checks are preferred.

 

GYPSY TED 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.

 

2017 Student Homecoming show of current work.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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