Cultural Art Happenings July 2012

 The First Annual CALF featuring Dr. Seuss was a great success!  It would not have been possible without our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and the several thousand families that attended.  I would also like to thank the many organizations that collaborated and worked so hard  to make this a fun and educational event. Please mark your calendars for next year's CALF, "I Spy Walter Wick" June 13-16, 2013.


If you missed the CALF, both the Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective and Lorax exhibition are still in town at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and NCCIL.  For more family fun head to the  Buffalo Gap Historic Village for a parade, crafts, music and games on July 4th, and the CCA's  CarWalk downtown on July12th.


Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!



Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



July 4th Buffalo Gap

Lorax June NCCIL

Paramount Productions Present: Parade

June 29 at 7:30pm &

July 1 at 2:00 pm. 

PARADE is an epic American musical, the true story of one of the most famous trials in American history.  Set in Atlanta in 1913, PARADE tells the story of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager ostracized for his faith and Northern heritage.  When he is accused of murdering a teenaged factory girl the day of the annual Confederate Memorial Day parade, the city of Atlanta races to justice, and in the process convicts a man who is, most lkely, totally innocent.   

Tickets are reserved seating at $20, $15, $12, and $10 depending on location. 

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St. 

325-676-9620 /



July 4th Celebration at Buffalo Gap Historic Village

July 4th 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The morning starts off with the annual parade followed by our guest of honor reading the Declaration of Independence. The local Scout Troops will be serving up hot dogs and BBQ sandwiches. Or bring your own picnic basket because the fun is just getting started!


Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William Street

325-572-3365 /



Tot Spot at The Grace

July 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 /



Girls' Night at the Museum

July 6 -7 

For girls in the 4th, 5th, & 6th grade.

Enjoy a special night at the museum just for girls! This fun filled evening will include a scavenger hunt through the building, rooftop star-gazing, art projects, games and a late night movie. Join us for the fun and bring a friend.  Spaces fill up super fast so register early! Space is limited to 20 girls.  

Fee is $45 for Grace Museum members and $60 for non-members.

For more information, call 325-673-4587 / 



Family Fun Saturday's

July 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 /  

Cinderella's Enchanting Dance Camp (ages 3-4) 

July 9 - 13

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Does your little ballerina dream of waltzing across the dance floor at the Royal Ball? If so, this is an experience you don't want your preschooler to miss. 

Fee: $100 

325-675-0303 or 325-6755198 /

Young Audiences Storybook Theatre: Country Mouse, City Mouse
July 10
10:45 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Storybook Theatre is Texas' dynamic touring children's theatre! Using audience participation, large map interaction, and a fast paced format, Storybook Theatre encourages children to learn about different countries by traveling or reading about them in a book. 
Main Library Auditorium
202 Cedar St
676-6067 / 

ArtWalk: Car Walk

July 12

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

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


The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St.
325-677-8389 /


Paramount Classic Film: The Big Country
July 13 -14
Friday: 7:30, Saturday: 2:00 & 7:30
This frontier drama about a man who retired from sea life to head west was directed by William Wyler and features the stunning Western plain landscape. 1958 - color - 167 minutes
$6 - Adults, $5 - Students, Seniors, Military, & Children
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St
325-676-9620 /

Chautauqua Learning Series
July 14
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dixie Hoover
Topic: Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St
Buffalo Gap, TX 
Summer Hours through September 3
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Mon. - Sat.
Noon - 6 p.m. Sun.
325-572-3365 /


Military Appreciation Day

July 15 

Noon - 6:00 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 /



Mid-Month Movie: Art in the 21st Century: Loss & Desire

July 19
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Bring your brown bag lunch and learn while you dine. How do contemporary artworks embody emotion? How do artists express longing, love, and human experience in their work? The "Art in the 21st Century" documentary "Loss & Desire" explores these questions through the work of Charles Atlas, Collier Schorr, Gabriel Orozco and Janine Antoni. 


The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.
325-677-8389 /


Young Audiences: Tap Dance Man

July 24

10:45 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Terrance Taps Beat & Rhythm: The Evolution of Tap Dance

With rapid-fire footwork, head-spinning pivot turns and flashy improvised moves, Terrence Taps shows of the diverse styles of famous tap pioneers and the innovations of contemporary masters. Part history lesson and pure joy, kids will have a great time learning how to make music with their feet. 

Main Library Auditorium

202 Cedar St

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