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Cultural Art Happenings February 2012
Downtown Abilene will open exhibitions of two remarkable artists with national reputations. Sedrick Huckaby's exhibition includes an 80 foot long painting of his grandmother's quilts. The exhibit opens February 10th at The Grace Museum. The next day Dan Yaccarino exhibit will open with his bold and stylized illustrations at The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.

Theatre goers are also in for a treat this month. HSU theatre's production of the world premiere play Birds on a Wire opens February 16th. While ACU opens Proof on February 9th and MCM hosts a dinner theatre production of The Game of Chance and Love on opening on February 14th. But don't forget Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. for the children on February 12th! His inflatable theatre production is bound to keep the family entertained!

It is a full calendar of events this month. So mark your calendars and enjoy all the wonderful artistic things that Abilene has to offer.

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

325.677.1161

 


NCCIL Feb 2012
Proof Play
Grace Feb 2012
Birds on a Wire
Fred Garbo


 

Tot Spot at The Grace

February 2-3

Thursday - 10:00 a.m. & Friday - 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

This popular program, for ages 3 to 5 and parents, features hands-on activities & games. 

$5 Non-members, Free for Members

The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St.

325-673-4587 / www.thegracemuseum.org

  

 
Art Adventure
February 3

10:30 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. 

Free

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature 

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 / www.nccil.org

 

 

Family Fun Saturdays

February 4, 11, 18, 25 

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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. 

Free

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. 

325-673-4586 / www.nccil.org

 

 

Love, Sex and the I.R.S.

February 3-4

7:30 p.m.

Two guys, Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married, taking advantage of his roommate's sexually ambiguous first name. The day of reckoning comes when the IRS informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated. 

$10 - Adults; $8 - Students, Seniors, & Active Military; $5 - children 12 & younger

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow Street

325-673-6271

For tickets

 

 

Where Soldiers Come From

February 9

7:30 p.m.

The Texas Independent Film Network at the Austin Film Society, the Paramount Theatre, and 24fps International Short Film Festival present the documentary film Where Soldiers Come From. From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, the film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war. Winner of the 2012 SXSW Jury Award for documentary film editing, as well as a 2012 Independent Spirit Award. 

Tickets - $6 for adults; $5 - students, seniors, military and children

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 

325-676-9620 / To purchase ticket

 

  

A Conversation with Dan Yaccarino 

February 9

6:30 p.m.

Gallery presentation from featured artist in main gallery

Free

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature 

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 / www.nccil.org

 

ArtWalk: Love and Lust

February 9

Artist member group show will address the politics of love and sex. 
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Free

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St

325-677-8389

www.center-arts.com / info@center-arts.com

Gallery Hours: 

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

 

  

Every Friday with Dan

February 10 

7:30 p.m.

Special Viewing and Reception in honor of Dan Yaccarino 

Ticketed Event, $10 per person, $80 for a table of 8

Accepts by Monday, February 6, 2012

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 / www.nccil.org 
  

 

Moulin Rouge 

February 10 -11

Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

A naive young poet falls in love with a cabaret star and their ill-fated romance is told through a dazzling array of songs.  This lavish, colorful, and dramatic film stars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, and was directed by Baz Lurhmann.  2001, color, 127 minutes, Rated PG-13.  

Tickets - $6 for adults; $5 - students, seniors (60+), military, and children.  

Historic Paramount

352 Cypress St. 

325-676-9620 /  To purchase tickets

  

 

Children's Event with Dan Yaccarino

February 11 

10:00 a.m.

Come and be wowed as Dan Yaccarino shares his artistic adventures with all. This event is in conjunction with the Abilene Public Library and will be hosted at 10 AM in the Auditorium at the Main APL Branch. 

FREE

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 / www.nccil.org 
  

 

Chautauqua Learning Series

February 11

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Rob Sledge on his book: A People A Place II - The Story of Abilene. 
$7 per person; Members free
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William - Buffalo Gap, TX
325-572-3363, Historic Village
 
 
Spotlight 2012: "Whimsical!"
February 11
6:30 p.m. 
Chorus Abilene's three youth choirs present a gala evening featuring table seating, dessert buffet, and songs by soloists and choirs. Music from "Seussical" and other Broadway and movie songs will be performed, transporting guests from the mundane into the realm of whimsy! 
$25 per person (reservations required)
Abilene Christian University
Hunter Welcome Center
1949 ACU Dr. 
325-673-7464, Gwynn Haseltine

  

  

The Game of Love and Chance, a dinner theatre production

February 14, 16 -18, 23 - 25

Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.; show time 7:30 p.m.

The McMurry Theatre Department will present The Game of Love and Chance, a dinner theatre production of a romantic comedy by Marivaux directed by David Ainsworth.

McMurry Box Office 325-793-3889 

www.mcm.edu

  

  

Mid-Month Movie Matinees - Art in the 21st Century: Spirituality 

February 15

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

How does contemporary art address the idea of spirituality? How do artists working today reveal and question commonly held assumptions about faith, belief, meditation, and religious symbols? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary "Spirituality" explores these questions through the work of artists Beryl Korot, Ann Hamilton, John Feodorov, Shahzia Sikander, and James Turrell. 

Free

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St

325-677-8389

 www.center-arts.com / info@center-arts.com

 
 
Museum Matters: Engaging History 
February 16
Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Learn more about the art of quilt making. Terry Browder, a quilt collector, will be speaking about this art and also connections with the current Sedrick Huckaby exhibition. 
Free
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street
325-673-4587 / www.thegracemuseum.org 
 
 
Buffalo Gap Historic Village: Military Appreciation Day  

February 19

All Day! 

Free to active and retired military and their family

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William - Buffalo Gap, TX

 
 
Best of Broadway: STOMP! 
February 21
7:30 p.m.
STOMP, the international sensation, makes its Abilene premiere! The global hit brings some new surprises, with sections of the show updated and restructured, and the addition of two new full-scale routines using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. USA Today says, "STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places." 
Prices Vary 
Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St.
 
 
Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra Concert: "A Gershwin Evening"
February 25 
8:00 p.m. 
This concert brings some of Gershwin's best known music featuring Lisa Vroman and Anthony Pattin showcasing Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and many more. Gershwin's compositions span both popular and classical genres and most of his melodies are widely known. 
$15-$41 per person
Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St. 
325-677-6710

 

 

  

 


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