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Cultural Art Happenings May 2012

May has finally arrived bringing with it The Cat in the Hat, Horton and many other of our favorite Seuss characters.  This Friday the Center for Contemporary Arts will open the Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective and the Dr. Seuss Touring Sculpture Exhibition.  If you haven't already bought your tickets to the festive opening, it's not too late!  

Chris Cummings at the Paint Center donated all the paint and labor and has transformed the CCA into a kaleidoscope of colors that provide a beautiful backdrop for the exhibits. This is just the beginning of a summer full of Dr. Seussian experiences including the June 8th NCCIL dinner and opening of original  Lorax illustrations with special guest Lynda Johnson Robb, and  the June 14 -17 Children's Art & Literacy Festival. 


Also this month, Western Heritage will be the theme of ArtWalk with a parade on Thursday May 10th and continue with a party and rodeo at the Expo Center, the Abilene Community Theatre presents Spitfire Grill, and the Abilene Philharmonic hosts its second Broadway a la Carte.  Keep reading for details on how to purchase tickets and we look forward to seeing you at these wonderful events.


Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



Cat Thanks

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Top Hat Movie

Tot Spot at The Grace

May 3 - 4

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 /



The Spitfire Grill

May 3 - 5, 11 -12

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.

$15 - Adults; $12 - Students, seniors & active military; $8 - ages 12 & under

Abilene Community Theatre

809 Barrow St. 

325-673-6271, Box Office /



HSU DirectFest 2012

May 3 - 5

7:30 p.m. 

Van Ellis Theatre 



Art Adventure (last one for the year)

May 4

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 /



Dr. Seuss Retrospective Exhibit Opening

May 4

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Center for Contemporary Arts will be the venue for The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective touring exhibition. There will be light hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. 

$50 per person, $600 for table of 8

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. 

325-677-8389 /



Broadway a la Carte II 

May 5

8:00 p.m.

Kristi Tingle and Jason Forbach bring the best of Broadway to the stage including hits from Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Miss Saigon and more. If you loved Broadway a la Carte before, you won't want to miss this one-night-only event. 

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra

Abilene Civic Center

1100 N. 6th St.

$15 - $41 per person

325-677-6710, Philharmonic / tickets:



Family Fun Saturday's

May 5, 12, 19, 26

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 /



Texas Author Series - Author Joe Nick Patoski

May 7


Author Joe Nick Patoski of Texas Monthly fame will wrap up the series with a talk about his book on Texas High School Football: More than the Game, published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. His next book, coming this fall, is about the Dallas Cowboys. The Texas Author Series is an extension of the West Texas Book Festival, sponsored in September by Friends of the Library. At each program, lunch will be available for $5 or those attending may bring their lunch. 

Main Library 

202 Cedar

325-676-6025 /



ArtWalk: Western Heritage 

May 10

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 /

Chautauqua Learning Series
May 12 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Topic: Best of Chautauqua Video
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St
Buffalo Gap, TX 
$7 - per person, members - free
325-572-3365 /

Mid-Month Movie: The Political Dr. Seuss

May 16
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Most people know Dr. Seuss as the man behind The Cat in the Hat, but how many know that Yertle the Turtle was modeled after Hitler---or that Dr. Seuss created WWII political cartoons that denounced racisim, isolationism and other issues of the day?

THE POLITICAL DR.SEUSS reveals how popular children's author Theodor Geisel advocated social change, teaching children not only how to be better readers, but better people, as well.

The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.


Abilene Ballet Spring Recital 

May 19

7:30 p.m. 

The local ballet studio presents their annual spring recital. Admission is free but you must have a ticket. Free

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress

325-676-9620 /



Military Appreciation Day  

May 20

Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Free to active and retired military and their family

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.

Buffalo Gap, TX

325-572-3365 /






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