Cultural Art Happenings August 2012

It has been a great summer full of art, events, and Dr. Seuss. The excitement will continue in August with The Grace's OMGrace preview party on August 22nd, their Fall Benefit honoring Sindy and David Durham on August 25th and the Catch a Rising Star event August 28th at The Paramount. 


The Cultural Affairs Council is also pleased to announce a new project: the Storybook Sculpture Garden in Everman Park. Help us be the first city in the nation to collect all 6 Dr. Seuss bronzes by Leo Rijn. More information coming soon!



Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



Paramount Phantom
Grace Gala 2012
Young Audiences
Broadway 2012-2013
Grace auction
West Texas Book Festival


Tot Spot at The Grace

August 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 /



Legally Blonde The Musical Dinner Theatre

August 2 - 5

Thursday - Saturday: Dinner - 7:00 PM, Show - 8:00 PM; Sunday: Show Only - 2:00PM

This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you've got. 

McMurry University, Amy Graves Ryan Little Theatre

1642 Sayles Blvd. / 325-793-3889 Box Office



Family Fun Saturday's

August 4, 11, 18, 25, 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: Destination Dream StayCation

August 9, 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 /

Chautauqua Learning Series
August 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jay Moore
Topic: What Abilene & Buffalo Gap have taught me. 
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 /


Mid-Month Movie: Art in the 21st Century: Time

August 15, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Bring your brown bag lunch and learn while you dine. Time is always present in our interaction with works of art, whether we sit to contemplate a painting, stroll past a sculpture, or watch a video piece for its entire duration. 


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


Museum Matters: 
August 16
The Grace Museum 
102 Cypress St / 325 - 673 - 4587 /

ACU Theatre Presents: The 39 Steps

August 17 -18, 24 - 25, 31 - Sept. 1 

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of merry mayhem and you have "The 39 Steps." It's a fast-paced mystery packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters played by a ridiculously talented cast, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

Tickets: $15 per person

Abilene Christian University  

William Performing Arts Center, Fulks Theatre / 325-674-2787, Box Office



Military Appreciation Day

August 19, 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 /



Dessert Fun @ Tween Time

August 20, 6:30 PM

If you like to play with food, you'll definitely want to check out this awesome tween event where we'll show you how to make some creative desserts for your family and friends. This will be a hands-on workshop where we'll make three different desserts from Frozen Banana Bites to Dessert Sushi and even Rice Krispie Men. We'll supply all the materials needed. Ages 8-15.

South Branch

1401 S. Danville / 325-698-7565


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Lynn Barnett  - 325.677.1161