Cultural Art Happenings April 2012

Want to be a part of an international art project? Then join Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios on April 12th at the Grace Museum for a special Kcymaerxthaere scavenger hunt honoring the Museum of the Bench. The scavenger hunt starts at ArtWalk and finishes at the Kcymaerxthaere historical site on April 14th. 


The stage comes to life later this month with two shows that families will love. Alice in Wonderland on the 15th presented by Children's Performing Arts Series and Sherk the Musical on the 17th presented by The Best of Broadway.  


While we're in the family friendly mode, we hope you will help us give The Cat in the Hat a home in Abilene! To add another dimension to our Children's Arts and Literacy Festival this June, we are raising funds to purchase a Cat in the Hat bronze to be placed permanently downtown. But we need your help! Please click the link below and help us reach our goal! Every little bit helps and you will be invited to the special unveiling at ArtWalk, Thursday, June 14th in Everman Park. 



Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



Cat Sculpture

Alice in Wonderland

Museum of the bench
Sherk the Musical Ad


Chameleon Performing Arts Company
April 1 

2:00 pm.  

Chameleon Performing Arts Company presents their annual spring production, a fusion of dance, voice, and theatre.  This year's show is titled "VOX'."  

Tickets are $12 for adults, and $7 for students and can be purchased at the door.

Historic Paramount Theatre /


Tot Spot at The Grace

April 5 - 6

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 /



Art Adventure

April 6

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. 


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. 

325-673-4586 /



Family Fun Saturday's

April 7, 14, 21, 28

1:00 p.m. - 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.  


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 /



ArtWalk: Cajunfest

April 12

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

Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurant, shops, museums, galleries, and entertainment await you!


325-677-8389 /

NCCIL Hosts Zoo Critters during ArtWalk
April 12
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St.

325-673-4586 /


A Cabaret Night Benefit Concert 

April 12

8:00 p.m. 

Join David Itkin and Las Vegas superstar Kristen Hertzenberg for an intimate evening of cabaret favorites.
Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St.
VIP: $35-Person
Patron: $20-Person


April 12 -14, April 19 - 21

7:30 p.m. 

Romantic comedy based off the novel by Jane Austen but adapted by Michael Bloom. Obsessed with romance but utterly clueless about her feelings, Emma Woodhouse is one of literature's most delightful heroines.  When her matchmaking mischief invariably misfires, Emma must navigate the choppy course of true love with a generous heart as her only guide.
$15 - Person

Abilene Christian University

Williams Performing Arts Center - Fulks Theatre

E.N. 16th St. & Judge Ely Blvd.

325-674-2787, Box Office

Paramount Classic Film: "Ben-Hur"

April 13 -14

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

Charlton Heston plays Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish slave who runs afoul of an ambitious childhood friend. Condemned to live as a slave, Judah swears vengeance against his friend and escapes, later crossing paths with a gentle prophet named Jesus. 1959 - Color - 222 minutes - NR

Tickets: $6 - Adults; $5 - Students, Senior, Military, Children

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St.

325-676-9620 /  Tickets

Chautauqua Learning Series
April 14
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Speaker: Bob Bluthardt
Topic: History of Base Ball
Members FREE 
Buffalo Gap Historical Village
133 N. William - Buffalo Gap, TX 


Military Appreciation Day 
April 15
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Free to active and retired military and their family 
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. Williams St
Buffalo Gap, TX


Mid-Month Movie: Art in the 21st Century "Place"
April 18
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
America is a country made of places, writes curator Thelma Golden for the Art in the Twenty-First Century companion book, not just the places, marked by road signs and maps, but also the less tangible but no less meaningful place forged in the crucible of memory, longing and desire.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.


Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra Concert: "New World"

April 21

8:00 p.m.

This concert includes Beethoven's Consecration of the House, Horn Concerto No. 1 by R. Strauss and the famous Symphony No. 9 "New World" by Antonin Dvorak.  Many of the themes in his symphony can be attributed to folk melodies from Native American and African-American spirituals. 

$11- $33 Person

Abilene Civic Center 

1100 N. 6th St.



The Spitfire Grill
April 26 - 28   
7:30 p.m.  

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill.  It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off.  Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins.  Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St.
$15 - Adults, $12 Students, Seniors & Active Military, $8 - Ages 12 & younger
Box Office 325-673-6271 /


A Joseph Martin Event
April 28
7:30 p.m.
Featuring Chorus Abilene's youth choruses, Joseph Martin and special Alumni guests. 
Abilene Civic Center 
1100 North 6th St.
$10 - Adults, $8 - Students, Seniors & Military, $5 - University students with ID
325-673-7464, Gwynn Haseltine /





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