Cultural Art Happenings
 April 2014  
If you are already planning summer activities for your children, don't forget to pencil in three days of fun for the Children's Art & Literacy Festival happening in downtown Abilene from June 12 to 14. We are honoring William Joyce, whose work will be on display at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and at The Center for Contemporary Arts.

Abilene has two fantastic national shows in April. They are "Hello, Dolly!" on April 3 and "The Wizard of Oz" on April 27 at the Paramount Theatre. Both shows have one performance only so don't miss them!

In next month's newsletter, we will announce the 2014-15 season lineup for both the Broadway series and the Children's Performing Arts Series. We think you will be delighted!

 

Artfully Yours,

Lynn Barnett

Executive Director

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 

325.677.1161 

Q&A with Sally Struthers: From "All in the Family" to musicals

Sally Struthers is a two-time Emmy Award winning actress who earned fame playing Gloria Stivic on the hit 1970s sitcom "All in the Family." Now she's gaining rave reviews playing the title role in "Hello, Dolly!" and touring the country in the Broadway musical, which will be at the Abilene Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3. The comedy musical tells the story of Dolly Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for a grumpy "half-a-millionaire." The show includes the popular songs "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes A Moment" and the show-stopping "Before the Parade Passes By."  

Q. This is the 50th anniversary of "Hello, Dolly!" Why does the show remain so popular?
A. Every once in a while a play or a musical will be birthed and it will be perfect. It will have wonderful dialog and an interesting plot when you don't even have the music. So the music is a bonus to it. That's what you've got here. Because Thornton Wilder wrote the play, "The Matchmaker." And it was a popular play in its day. It's still done in certain places. Then someone very bright said let's turn this into a musical and maybe the brightest of all was asking Jerry Herman to write the music and lyrics.
Q. Abilene is the last stop on your national tour. Have you been here before?
A.
I believe so, but you know, my memory is bad and the thing about being on tour is your brain turns to mush. Honestly, you don't know what day it is, and once you get to the next city, you don't remember where you were before.
Q. You've said theater isn't for sissies. How does it compare to your TV and movie roles?
A. You have to repeat it night after night, show after show and hopefully make it look like you've never said these lines before. In my humble opinion, that would make stage acting the most difficult, arduous and scary of all of the forms of performing.
Q. What is your dream role or project?
A. My dream project - and I don't know what the role would be - would be to have a television series again. I've had five or six already. I've just been sublimely fortunate. But to have a television series again that would run for quite a while where I could get to do the comedy I love best, which is physical comedy like Melissa McCarthy does, that's the kind of comedy I like to do. I've always been likened to Lucile Ball.
Q. When fans approach you, what question are you most often asked?
A. If they ask a question they are usually approaching you with trepidation, and they are not sure it's me, and they ask, "Are you Sally?" More than questions, people make comments, and the comments are HI-larious, and you cannot believe the things that come out of people's mouths.
Read the full Q&A with Sally in the March/April issue of Abilene Scene magazine!
"Sweeney Todd" serves up dark humor in new HSU musical

Hardin-Simmons University presents the musical "Sweeney Todd" about a murderous barber and his sinister partnership with a fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. The musical is 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 and 2 p.m. April 6 at Van Ellis Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission; $7 military/seniors/students and $5 for HSU employees and students. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book was written by Hugh Wheeler. The HSU show is directed by professor Ronald Dean Nolen. The musical direction by Christopher Hollingsworth. The choreography is by Dance Discovery Studios owner Teri Wilkerson.

ACU's "The Glass Menagerie" is touching tale
Awarded Best Play in 1945 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle and acclaimed as Tennessee Williams' first great Broadway success, this emotionally devastating portrait of hope, glitters and reflects with a delicacy and beauty that will fix your gaze and move you to tears. In 1930s St. Louis, aspiring poet Tom Wingfield reluctantly works in a shoe warehouse to support his overbearing, faded-Southern-belle mother and desperately shy sister, Laura. Pushed by his mother, he finds Laura a gentleman caller to try to coax her from her fragile, private world. This masterpiece is a touching tale of lost dreams, family bonds and survival. This Abilene Christian University show is 7:30 p.m. April 10-12 and April 24-26 at Fulks Theatre. Talkback on April 11. Directed by Dawne Meeks.
ArtWalk: Cajun Fest provides feast for all, funds for AISD
The Abilene Education Foundation will host the 4th Annual Cajun Fest on Thursday, April 10 in conjunction with ArtWalk in downtown Abilene at the parking lot on the corner of N. 4th and Cypress streets. The event scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. will offer an authentic shrimp and crawfish boil prepared by Two Daddy's Crawfish from Bossier City, La. Adult tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. Tickets for children under 12 are $6 presale and $8 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased at One AISD Center, 241 Pine St. Tickets are limited. TSTC Culinary Arts students will provide desserts for this year's event. Proceeds will benefit Abilene ISD students through scholarships and programs.  
Philharmonic, university choirs will deliver powerful "O Fortuna"
Have you heard Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana?" If you've seen the movies "The Last of the Mohicans," "Speed" or "Matrix" then yes, you have! That recognizable section is titled "O Fortuna." It's powerful, with a full contingent of voices and instruments giving voice to a passionate, driving theme. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Abilene Civic Center, the Abilene Philharmonic and choirs from all three Abilene universities - ACU, HSU and McMurry - will bring O Fortuna's pulsing theme, which opens and closes "Carmina Burana," to life. The songs will be given color and texture with the voices of soprano Jennifer Youngs, tenor Samuel Cook, and baritone Jeffrey Snider. The piece was inspired by a set of mostly 12th century Latin poems put to music by German composer Carl Orff in 1936. The evening includes Schubert's fifth symphony. Maestro David Itkin's Concert Conversations backstage is 6:45 p.m.
ACU Opera presents distinctly American drama "Susannah"
Written during the 1950s McCarthy era, the opera "Susannah" is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders. In New Hope Valley, Tenn., Susannah - a pretty and well-mannered young woman of humble origins - is faced with hostility from her church community. The two-act opera was written by American composer Carlisle Floyd. It will be performed by the Abilene Christian University Opera at 7:30 p.m. April 24 and April 26 at the Abilene Civic Center. Free admission. For more information, visit facebook.com/AbileneChristianOpera or email music@acu.edu
Yale's Christian Wiman to speak, read poetry at HSU
The McIntyre-West Endowment of the Hardin-Simmons University Academic Foundation presents Christian Wiman on Monday, April 14 for The Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series. Wiman is a West Texas native who is the Senior Lecturer of Religion and Literature at the Yale Divinity School's Institute of Sacred Music. The free HSU event will be in the Logdson Chapel in the Logsdon School of Theology.
The event schedule: 4-5 p.m. Question and Answer Session; 8-9 p.m. Poetry Reading; 9 p.m. Reception and Book Signing. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Fink at HSU at 325-670-1214.

University theater students write, direct spring plays  

Theater students are taking charge at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities!

McMurry will present three student-written, one-act plays April 10-12.  

One is a satirical comedy about the afterlife called "The Bureau" by Karl Taylor; directed by professor David Ainsworth. The second is a romantic comedy set at an amusement park called "Suit" by Miranda Priddy; it's directed by professor Philip Craik. The third show is a drama about a young woman with agoraphobia called "Just Outside the Window" by Ashleigh Davis; directed by professor Charlie Hukill. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. at Ryan Little Theatre each night. Since 1995, McMurry has produced more than 30 original scripts and all but one were student written.  

DirectFEST is an annual one-act play fest at HSU where each student in professor Dean Nolen's directing class picks a play and directs it from the ground up. This year there are seven students, so seven plays. Two are student written! The shows start at 7:30 p.m. April 23-26 at Van Ellis Theatre. 

Party for the planet at Abilene Zoo's Earth Day event

The Abilene Zoo will partner with budding young conservationists from Wylie Independent School District's  gifted and talented program to offer an educational Earth Day program for visitors this year on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free with a paid zoo admission and will feature informational booths about how to be a good steward of our natural resources, as well as a presentation from a professional bee keeper about the importance of bees to our ecosystem. Regular zoo admission tickets is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for seniors. Members are admitted free. The Abilene Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 325-676-6085.

"The Wizard of Oz" blows into Paramount 
The American Family Theatre presents an original musical retelling of the classic children's novel "The Wizard of Oz" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Paramount Theatre. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion as they follow their quest on the yellow brick road. Tickets are $9 each. The show is currently sold out, but some tickets may become available at noon Monday, April 21For each show, the Children's Performing Arts Series (under the auspices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council) donates at least 200 ticket vouchers to families and children with limited financial means. Any voucher seats that aren't claimed by the week before the show are then put back on sale to the public. Go to the CPAS website at www.abilenecac.org/cparts.
BOOK BUZZ: Witemeyer's seventh book is "Full Steam Ahead"
Karen Witemeyer is living her dream. By day she works at her alma mater, Abilene Christian University. But in her off time she's an award-winning writer of best-selling Christian historical romance novels and an Abilene Writer's Guild member. Her seventh book for Bethany House will be published in June. "Full Steam Ahead" is about a young woman in 1800s Galveston who's torn between trying to find a suitable husband that will please her dying father and her feelings for her new employer. Her dowry? The highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. 


 

April 1 - New exhibit opens 

"Being Tevor" - photographs by Ralph Zamarippa III on display in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery through May 24. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com    

 

April 1 - New exhibit opens

"In Bloom" - A beautiful array of acrylic and collage on canvas. An explosion of color and texture, featuring floral and more by artist TMGandFineArt.com Of Studios 207/8 at The Cockerell, 1133 N. 2nd St. Free of charge. Contact for purchasing: Artist, TMGand; 325-518-4956; Www.tmgand@gmail.com; Www.TMGandFineArt.com. Runs through April 27.

 

April 1 - Los Aficionados meeting 

11:30 a.m.

Volunteer support group for The Grace Museum.
Reservation required; lunch is $12.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 1 - 2014 Lenten Recital Series

12:15-12:50 p.m. First Baptist Church, 1333 N. 3rd St.

FBC Adult Ensemble: Lloyd Hawthorne, conductor; Hye-Jean Choi, HSU professor; and Rob Carlton, First Baptist Church member playing the organ.

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu  

 

April 1 - HSU Music Concert 

7:30 p.m.

Steven Jackson and Catherine Miller, Trumpet and Oboe recital. Free. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 3 - Tot Spot 

9:30 and 11 a.m.

Tot Spot for children and parents. Reservation required; $5 per participant, free to museum members.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 3 - Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition opening reception 

5:30 p.m.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 3 - "Hello, Dolly!" starring Sally Struthers

7:30 p.m. Abilene Civic Center

Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the ornery, unmarried half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder.

Celebrity Attractions

800.869.1451 │ www.CelebrityAttractions.com

 

April 3-6 - "Sweeney Todd"

All shows at 7:30 p.m. except for April 6 at 2 p.m.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Ronald Dean Nolen. Musical Direction by Christopher Hollingsworth. Choreography by Teri Wilkerson. Tickets are $10 general admission; $7 military, seniors and students; and $5 for HSU staff, faculty and students.

Van Ellis Theatre at Hardin-Simmons University

2410 Cedar St. │ 325.670.1405 │ www.hsutx.edu/theatre

 

April 4 - Joe Bonamassa concert

8 p.m. Abilene Civic Center

He is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. Buy tickets at http://jbonamassa.com/  

 

April 4 - Tot Spot  

9:30 and 11 a.m.

Tot Spot for children and parents. Reservation required; $5 per participant, free to museum members. The Grace Museum. 

 

April 4 - Art Adventure

10:30 a.m.

Monthly art and reading event for children ages 2-5. Reservations requested.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St. │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

April 5 - Masterworks Concert

7:30 p.m.

The Adult Chorus performs Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Dona nobis pacem." Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens/military/students.

Chorus Abilene

1174 North 1st St. │ 325.673.SING │ www.chorusabilene.net 

 

April 6 - David Shea, clarinet concert

4 p.m.

2013-14 Concert Series at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest.

602 Meander │ 325.677.2091 │www.heavenlyrestabilene.org 

 

April 7 - Texas Author Series

12 p.m.

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, Hardin-Simmons University professor and poet Bob Fink will read and discuss poems from his latest collection, Strange You Never Knew. Free program. Light lunches available for $5 or bring your own. Books by the featured authors available for purchase and signing. The 2014 Texas Author Series sponsored by Friends of the Library features six authors speaking at the downtown Abilene Public Library this spring.

 

April 7 - HSU Voice Recital  

7:30 p.m.

Jared Reiff and Aaron Shipp, voice recital. Free. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 8 - 2014 Lenten Recital Series

12:15-12:50 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.

Co-sponsored by the Big Country American Guild of Organists and featuring chapter members. Larry Wolz, Charles Shelton, Wes Gomer, Dustin Tatro and Joel Tucker.

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu   

 

April 8 - HSU School of Music Recital & Awards 

7:30 p.m. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall. Free.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 8 - Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert

7:30 p.m. at Cullen Auditorium

Abilene Christian University's Music Department   

ACU Drive │ 674.2199 │ www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music/ 

 

April 10 - ArtWalk: Cajun Fest

5-8 p.m. Downtown Abilene

The Center for Contemporary Arts hosts this monthly arts celebration that involves the downtown community as restaurants, shops and galleries throw open their doors and stay late. Unique events planned each month.

 

April 10 - Free Make 'N Take Art Activity  

5-8 p.m. during ArtWalk

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 10 - Artist Talk by Allen Say 

5:30 p.m.

Allen Say is a Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of "Grandfather's Journey" among many other books.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St. │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org 

 

April 10-12, 24-26 - "The Glass Menagerie"

7:30 p.m. Fulks Theatre

The acclaimed Tennessee Williams play about a middle-aged Southern belle living in her world of illusion as she hopes to find a mate for her troubled daughter. Directed by Dawne Meeks. Talk back April 11.

ACU Theatre Box Office

EN 10th St. & Judge Ely │ 325.674.ARTS │ www.acu.edu 

 

April 10-12 - Three Student One-Act Plays

7:30 p.m. Ryan Little Theatre

"The Bureau" by Karl Taylor

"Just Outside the Window" by Ashleigh Davis

"Suit" by Miranda Priddy

Directed by David Ainsworth, Philip Craik and Charlie Hukill.  

McMurry University Box Office

Sayles Blvd. & Hunt St. 325.793.3889 www.mcm.edu 

 

April 11-12 - Paramount Film Series: "The Best Years of Our Lives"

7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

6:30 p.m. Friday: Robert Holladay lecture on film

This powerful 1946 drama starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March tells the story of three soldiers returning home from war and how they come to terms with their experiences.

Historic Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress │ 325.676.9620 │ www.paramount-abilene.org 

 

April 11 - Deep in the Heart of Texas

6:30 p.m.  

Join acclaimed Caldecott Medal winning artist Allen Say for a Texas style dinner with entertainment by the HSU Cowboy Band. $25 a person. Reservations required. 

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St. │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org   

 

April 12 - Survival Class  

9-11 a.m.

Survival Class #6: Extreme Survival. $10 per person.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com  

 

April 12 - Chautauqua Learning Series

11-12 p.m.

Presentation by Jim Willett on Texas prison executions.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

April 12 - Abilene Philharmonic with University Choirs

7:30 p.m. Abilene Civic Center

"Masterworks IV: Carmina Burana!" with Schubert's "Symphony No. 5" and Orff's "Carmina Burana." Featuring soloists Jennifer Youngs, soprano; Samuel Cook, tenor; and Jeffrey Snider, baritone; along with the Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University choirs and the Wylie Junior High School Choir.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra  

401 Cypress St., Ste. 520 │ 677.6710 │ www.abilenephilharmonic.org 

 

April 14 - Poets & Writers Speaker Series: Christian Wiman

4-5 p.m. Question and Answer Session

8-9 p.m. Poetry Reading

9 p.m. Reception and Book Signing

All sessions are free.

Christian Wiman is a poet, translator, essayist and editor. He is the senior lecturer of religion and literature at the Yale Divinity School's Institute of Sacred Music. He will be the featured guest at The Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series at Logsdon Chapel in the Logsdon School of Theology.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu  

 

April 14 - HSU Piano Recital 

7:30 p.m.

Lauren Maurer, senior piano recital. Free. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 14 - Spring Percussion Ensemble and Steelband Concert

7:30 p.m. Cullen Auditorium

Abilene Christian University's Music Department   

ACU Drive │ 674.2199 │ www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music/ 

 

April 15 - University Chorale Concert

7:30 p.m. Williams Performing Arts Center's recital hall

Abilene Christian University's Music Department   

ACU Drive │ 674.2199 │ www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music/ 

 

April 15 - HSU Concert Choir & Chorale Concert
7:30 p.m. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall. Free.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 16 - Mid-Month Movie Matinee

Noon to 1 p.m. Gallery 4

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com 

 

April 17 - 2014 Lenten Recital Series

11:55-12:35 p.m. Logsdon Chapel, HSU

Logsdon School of Theology's Maundy Thursday service featuring Rosie Hollingsworth (HSU soprano), Hye-Jean Choi (HSU professor), Jessica Spurgers (HSU student), and Daniel Smith (ACU student) on the organ.

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu    

 

April 17 - Museum Matters - Photography 

6 p.m.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

  

April 19 - Last day for exhibits
"Drawn In / Drawn Out" and "Black White: Masters of the Darkroom and Analog Photography.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 20 - Military Appreciation Day 

Noon-5 p.m.

All military (active and retired) and their families receive free admission.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

April 20 - Craft Sunday  

2-4 p.m.

Children under 12 receive free admission and participate in a frontier craft. Today's craft is recycled bug jar.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.buffalogap.com 

 

April 21 - Texas Author Series

12 p.m.

Abilene author, photographer, civic leader and world traveler Bill Wright concludes the series with a talk about his two most recent books, Fort Phantom Hill and Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend. Free program. Light lunches available for $5 or bring your own. Books by the featured authors available for purchase and signing. The 2014 Texas Author Series sponsored by Friends of the Library features six authors speaking at the downtown Abilene Public Library this spring.

 

April 22 - HSU Opera Scenes 

7:30 p.m. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall. Free.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 23, 24 and 26 - ACU Opera presents "Susannah"

7:30 p.m. Abilene Civic Center

Admission is free.  

Abilene Christian University's Music Department   

ACU Drive │ 674.2199 │ www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music/ 

 

April 24 - Family Game Night 

5 p.m. Games will take place in the History Gallery. Bridge will take place in the Loggia. Open to the public. 

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 23-26 - DirectFEST

7:30 p.m. Van Ellis Theatre  

Student directed one-act plays.   

-Courtney Mentzel, a cutting from "Mud" by Maria Irene Fornes

-Sam Cress, "Words, Words, Words" by David Ives

-Gregory Peyton, "The Universal Language" by David Ives

-Katie Brown, "Post-Its" by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

-Anna Warren, a cutting from "And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson" by Jim Leonard Jr.

-Candace Martinez, self-written "Afloat"  

-Clara Kromer, self-written "Birds Fly High"
Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 military/seniors/students; free for HSU employees and students.  

Hardin-Simmons University's Theatre Department 

2410 Cedar St. │ 325.670.1405 │ www.hsutx.edu/theatre

 

April 24 - HSU Jazz Concert 

7:30 p.m. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall. Free.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 25 - Abilene Star Chorus performs

7 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4515 South 24th. Admission is free.

 

April 26 - Last day of exhibit

"It Was Always Here" photo collection by Carrie Jones. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com   

 

April 26 -  The Zombie Games 

9-3 p.m.

One hundred "survivors" in five camps have 30 minutes to raid the Village of supplies while 30 "zombies" are on the loose. Family-friendly, any-ability, team-building apocalypse game. Cost: $35 for individuals; $30 for students; $30 for BGHV members; $100 for teams of four; $10 for VIP Spectator Seats; and outside gates spectators are free. Registration opens Feb. 1 and closes April 18.

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com 

 

April 26 - Earth Day celebration 

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with activities at the Abilene Zoo.

 

April 26 - HSU Graduate Piano Recital 

3 p.m.

Sherry Dou performs. Free. Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 26 - "Mozart & Friends"

7:30 p.m.

Featuring the three Youth Choruses at First Christian Church, 1420 N.3rd St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens/military/students.

Chorus Abilene

1174 North 1st St. │ 325.673.SING │ www.chorusabilene.net 

 

April 27 - "The Wizard of Oz"

2 p.m. Paramount Theatre

The American Family Theater presents an original musical retelling of the classic children's novel.

Children's Performing Arts Series

1101 N. 1st St. │ 325.677.1161 │ www.abilenecac.org 

 

April 28 - HSU Concert Band concert
7:30 p.m. Behrens. Free.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu 

 

April 29 - blur: The Line Between Art and Craft 

9-11:30 a.m.

Reservation required.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

 

April 29 - ACU Bands Concert

7:30 p.m. Cullen Auditorium

Abilene Christian University's Music Department   

ACU Drive │ 674.2199 │ www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music/ 

 

April 29 - HSU Orchestra Concert 

7:30 p.m. Behrens. Free.

Hardin-Simmons University.

2200 Hickory St. │ 325.670.1000 │ www.hsutx.edu  

 

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