Cultural Art Happenings October 2012

October is National Arts & Humanities Month.  It was established in 1993 and is celebrated every October in the U.S.  It was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets in the arts and humanities.   


Please join us for our HeArts for the Arts luncheon on October 15th at the Abilene Country Club where we will celebrate the vast array of cultural offerings we are fortunate to have in Abilene.  On October 24th Abilene will host Texans for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Data Project  for an Arts Funding and Leadership Development Workshop.  We hope you will make a special effort to  join us  for these, and the many other wonderful October art events featured in this newsletter. 


Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director, 

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council



Hearts Invite 2012
NCCIL ball 2012
Tx for Arts 2012 workshop
HSU Rabbit Hole 2012
ACU 2012 play



Tot Spot at The Grace

October 4 - 5, 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   

October 5, 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. 


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar St. / 325-673-4586 /

Family Fun Saturday's

October 6, 20, & 27 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 /


Ghost Tours
October 6 & 13, 8:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of family friendly ghost stories and fun! 
$10 - Per person
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St., Buffalo Gap / 325-572-3365 /



ArtWalk: Pink!

October 11, 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 /


Texas Independent Film Network: Siriona 

October 11, 7:30 p.m. 

Inspired by the music of singer-songwriter Wes Cunningham, "Sironia" is the story of a talented musician who has been chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood music machine.


Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St / 325-676-6920 /  

Young Frankenstein
October 12 & 13, Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
This Mel Brooks laugh riot is a classic parody about Frederick Frankenstein, who detests his family history but ultimately follows in his grandfather's footsteps.

Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St / 325-676-6920 /  


Chautauqua Learning Series

October 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Ron Harmon
Topic: Capt. Lee Hall, Texas Ranger
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St
Buffalo Gap, TX / 325-572-3365 / 



NCCIL will be closed 
October 13 - 24 for installation 

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

October 17, 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 /



Cover to Cover Book Club: Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Free - Main Library Auditorium

Abilene Public Library / 202 Cedar /



Museum Matters
October 18th 
The Grace Museum 
102 Cypress St / 325 - 673 - 4587 /



Military Appreciation Day

October 21, 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 /

HSU Theatre: Red
October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m. & 28 at 2:00 p.m.
A play by John Logan
Directed by Jayci Puritt
Down Center Stage
Hardin Simmons University 
2200 Hickory St / 325-670-1000 /

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra: Masterworks #2
October 27, 8:00 p.m. 
Polovtsian Dances by Borodin, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor and Symphony No. 5 by Prokofiev 
Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St. / 325 - 677-6710 / 

October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Halloween film is this truly terrifying haunted house thriller about a couple whose son falls into a coma and starts to attract malevolent forces.
Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St / 325-676-6920 /   

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Lynn Barnett  - 325.677.1161