Cultural Art Happenings December 2011


It's the holiday season again and what better way to enjoy it then by participating in the arts! Bring the family to see the Ed Young exhibit at the National Children's Center for Illustrated Literature and make something for a special friend or family member during their Family Fun Saturday free art workshop.


Then head over to The Grace Museum to see exhibits the whole family will enjoy by animal lover Melissa Miller and landscape artist Bob Stuth-Wade. End your tour with the all member show at The Center for Contemporary Arts and a cookie from the newly reopened McKay's Bakery.  



Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! 


Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



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ACU Presents: Christmas Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

December 1- 2, 4

Thursday & Friday 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Williams Performing Arts Center

Sunday 6:00 p.m., University Church of Christ

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a heart-warming tale of struggle, forgiveness, generosity, and miracles. As the wise men make their way to the Christ child they encounter a generous widow and her crippled son in whose home they rest for the night. Menotti imagines Christ's first miracles as the divine hand guides the journey of the wise men to a situation of sincere need.

48 minutes in length

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students at the door



HSU Theatre Presents: "A Christmas Carol"

December 1 - 3

7:30 p.m.

The entire family will enjoy this classic Dickens' tale of Christmas and the power of redemption.

Hardin-Simmons University

Behrens Auditorium

2200 Hickory St.

Admission: Varies

325-670-1405, Box Office



Art Adventure

December 2

10:00 a.m.

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.

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar

325-673-4586 /




Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra Concert: 'Christmas Pops'

December 3

3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy the 3PM Matinee at special prices for the whole family:

Children under age 6 are FREE
Children ages 6-17 are $5
Adult tickets are $15 
Students, military and seniors are $10 
Before the Matinee, Gourmet Girlz will be set up in the Civic Center foyer from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. for you to design your own cookie. 
Cookies are $.50 each. 
Prior to the evening concert, enjoy Betty Nelson's famous cakes from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. in the Civic Center foyer. Betty's cake slices are $5. 
During intermission, whole cakes will be available to purchase for $20. 

Abilene Civic Center

1100 N. 6th St.

325-677-6710, Philharmonic

Price: $22 - $41 Per Person for 8 p.m. concert with reserved seating



Family Fun Saturdays

December 3, 10 & 17

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

NCCIL's art educators help you 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.

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar

325-673-4586 /

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays - Saturdays, Free



Abilene Community Band Christmas Concert

December 6

7:30 p.m.

The Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St.

325-669-0283, Cathy Taff /

Free, donations will be accepted to benefit designated local charities.




December 8

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The theme is Harmonic Holidays...and that could be about musical harmony, social harmony, political harmony, economic harmony...and more.  Just think about it, and come "in theme."  Be sure and stop into the Center to see the Annual Artist Member Exhibit, Cracked! By Linda Stricklin and Bird Thomas, Retrospective by Eleanora Ghouldi, and Shadowboxing by Jene T. Laman.  Hear the Big Country AutoHarp and Mountain Dulcimer Players from 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. and Salt Kreek Bluegrass from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Breed Gallery at the Center. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St

325-677-8389 /

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Free



Crafts from Books featured during ArtWalk

December 8 

During ArtWalk, Librarian Marie Noe will share some of her incredible skill with all things crafty as she lets us admire the fruits of her hard work, AND the books she got her ideas from. You'll also want to see the library's own original mural by Abilene artist Debra Warr in the children's story room. 


Abilene Public Library - Main

202 Cedar St.




Big Country Christmas Concert

December 8

7:00 p.m.

Benefiting Disability Resources, Inc. Back by popular demand, The Quebe Sisters Band will perform. These three very talented fiddle-playing sisters performed to a sell-out crowd last year. The evening will also highlight the DRI Bell Peppers Handbell Choir.

The Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St.

325-677-6815, Jo Ann Wilson /

$10 General Admission



ACU Bands Winter Concert

December 8 

7:30 p.m.

Cullen Auditorium, ACU campus

Free to public 



Classic Film Series: White Christmas

December 9 -10

Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Two musical stars team with a sister act to help their old Army commander save his failing country inn. Starring Bing Crosby and

Danny Kaye. 1954 - Color - 120 minutes - Not Rated

The Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St.

325-676-9620, Box Office /

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

$6-Adults; $5-Students, Seniors, Military and Children



ACU Presents: Christmas Vespers Concert, Dona Nobis Pacem

December 10

7:30 p.m.

"God grant us peace" features the talents of the ACU Music Department orchestra, combined choirs and the newly-formed ACU Singers. This celebration has become an Abilene Christmas tradition that you won't want your family to miss. 

First Baptist Church

1333 N. 3rd Ave

Free to public



Chautauqua Learning Series

Speaker Jewellee Kuenstler, Christmas on the Frontier

December 10

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This lecture series is based on the Chautauqua movement which spread throughout the rural United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries providing educational lectures and entertainment for average Americans before the advent of mass media like radio and television.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.

Buffalo Gap, 79508

325-572-3365 /

$7-Person; Members Free



Mid-Month Movie Matinee: Picasso: Guernica

December 14

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

The Center for Contemporary Arts is instituting a new "Learning Lunches" program called Mid-Month Movie Matinee. It's FREE. Bring a brown bag or box lunch and enjoy a movie in our main gallery while you eat...and you can't help but learn something about art and artists, painlessly! We know lunch hour for many of us is only an hour, and that some might have more time, so some movies will be short ones, and others will be full-length. If you can't come for the whole movie, feel free to come and go as you need to. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St

325-677-8389 /


Live Performance: A Texas Christmas Carol

December 16 - 18

Event time: 16th -17th: 7:30 p.m.; 18th - 2:00 p.m.

Paramount Productions presents the return of "A Texas Christmas Carol," an original adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story by Paramount Artistic Director Barry Smoot. Set during the Great Depression of the 1930s, this Texas-themed play takes on the traditional story is billed as "a Christmas tale of greed, ghosts, and really spicy chili."

It features an ensemble cast of actors each playing multiple roles, assisted by an alt/folk/bluegrass band that adds traditional and original music to the tale. This is certainly a heartwarming, uplifting, and highly theatrical holiday event for the entire family. Directed by the author.

The Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St.

325-676-9620, Box Office /

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

$15-Adults, $10-Students, Seniors, Military and Children



Home for the Holidays with Susan King

December 16 - 17

7:30 p.m.

A holiday musical variety show hosted by Chorus Abilene & Abilene Community Theatre. Join us as we are welcomed to an evening of holiday music and fun emceed by the delightful Susan King!

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow

325-673-7464, Gwynn Haseltine

Price: $12 - Adults; $8 - Ages 12 & younger, $8 - Groups of 10 or more



Pioneer Drive Baptist Church Presents: Keyboard Christmas

December 18

6:00 p.m.

Over 40 pianists on six grand pianos will be accompanied by the 35 piece Sanctuary Orchestra. All your favorite Christmas music will be played, from our 1-3 grade ensemble playing "Up on the Housetop" to Pioneer Drive's incredible church pianist Marc Sanders performing the virtuosic "Fantasia on "Joy to the World" with the orchestra. The evening will end, by tradition with twelve pianists switching keyboards and other hilarity on "Christmas Chopsticks". You won't want to miss this evening! Childcare for children up to four years of age is provided. 
Abilene Civic Center 

Free to public

Call 325-698-9563 for more information 



Holiday Art Camp - The Grace Museum

December 29     

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Art Camp provides campers in grades 1st - 5th with a fun day to sample a variety of art mediums and to make several projects to take home! The registration fee covers all supplies and lunch. 

The Grace Museum

Register at or call 673-4587.



New Year's Eve Film: The Band Wagon

December 31

7:30 p.m.

Washed-up movie star Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire) tries to revive his career on Broadway in this classic musical comedy. Hunter and his talented cohorts encounter all kinds of problems as they try to bring "Faust" to the stage. Musical numbers include "That's Entertainment" and "Dancing in the Dark." Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan also star. This is the perfect way to start your New Year's celebration! 1953 - color - 112 minutes - Not Rated

The Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St.

325-676-9620, Box Office /

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

$6 All Seats


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