Cultural Art Happenings
October 2015
When many individuals come together, they can make a big impact!
That's how our HeARTS for the ARTS grants program works. Hundreds of donors pool their money to make grants to our local arts and cultural groups possible. We invest approximately $65,000 a year in around 20 nonprofit organizations. Those groups use HeARTS grants to provide arts programming for children and special populations.
For example, the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum uses their grant to pay for transportation for eighth-graders to come to the museum to learn about the Holocaust while they are reading Anne Frank's diary. The Center for Contemporary Arts uses their grant money for ArtReach programs that touch the lives of children and special needs adults. The Abilene Philharmonic uses their HeARTS grant to provide Discover Music concerts for thousands of school children each year. It is the only program of its kind in the Abilene area offering live symphonic performances to elementary children.
HeARTS grants would not be possible without our generous donors. You can become a HeARTS member for as little as $5 a month. Please join us Oct. 16 at the Abilene Country Club for the annual HeARTS for the ARTS luncheon to learn more about how you can make an impact on the arts community and on our children.
This year's luncheon features songs from our new Broadway shows coming to Abilene this season as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming Children's Art & Literacy Festival featuring Mark Teague.
Tickets for the luncheon are $20. Tables of eight can be purchased for $160. Tickets can be ordered by calling 325-677-1161 or going to our website at www.abilenecac.org. I hope to see you there!

Artfully Yours,
Lynn Barnett
Executive Director
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council 
325.677.1161 
HSU's 'Quilters' stitches moving stories together
"Quilters" captures the depth and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. The Hardin-Simmons University Theatre Department production shows the stories of a woman and her six daughters depicted in various quilt "blocks": girlhood, marriage, childbirth, twisters, fire, illness and death. Filled with music, dance and drama, as well as love, warmth, and rich, lively humor. The show takes place in the late 1800s and is based on the 1977 nonfiction book "The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art, An Oral History" by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. The book was adapted into a musical that was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The HSU show is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3, 8-10 and 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Van Ellis Theatre, 2410 Cedar St., on campus.
Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students, senior and military. Free for HSU students and faculty. To purchase tickets online, visit www.hsutx.edu .
   
McMurry's 'Bus Stop'  is romantic comedy 
Playwright William Inge depicts the varying kinds of love in the romantic comedy "Bus Stop" presented by the McMurry University Theatre Department. The show is about a group of travelers on a bus out of Kansas City forced to hole up at a remote roadside diner until morning. The show is directed by McMurry's David Ainsworth and runs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3 & 8-10 in the Ryan Little Theatre on campus. General admission is $7. The McMurry employee and student price is $2. Purchase tickets online here.
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a 21-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana.  
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'Fly Guy' kids show buzzing into Paramount
Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed, and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet? A new musical revue based on the favorite children's books by Tedd Arnold is buzzing into the Historic Paramount Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.  The Children's Performing Arts Series, a program of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, is bringing in this lively kids show, "Fly Guy and Other Stories." The show lasts an hour. Tickets are still available and cost $9. Other featured stories include Lilly's Big Day, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, Kitten's First Full Moon, and Paper Bag Princess.
"Fly Guy" kicks off CPAS' 2015-16 season and includes an after-party for upgraded ticket holders. The next show is "Mark Nizer 4D ... A New Dimension in Entertainment" on Jan. 31. CPAS is also helping promote a show that is not part of the regular season called "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" coming to the Abilene Civic Center on Dec. 17.
   
 
'Casserole Queens' cooking up fun at The Grace      
Part kitsch, part dish, all apron. Come to The Grace Museum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 for an evening of fifties flair with "The Casserole Queens," Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook. Lisa and Tom Perini will emcee and reminisce about the Abilene dining experience in the 1950s.  
Featured "Casserole Queen" recipes that guests will enjoy include: beef tenderloin canapé, cucumber canapé, pretty prosciutto and pimento cheese bites, and pineapple upside down cake prepared by the Natural Food Center. Guests can also enjoy French 75 cocktails from the Perini's bar.
Autographed books are available for purchase. Each ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and two drinks. A cash bar will also be available during the evening.
New York Times best-selling authors Sandy and Crystal have taken their fresh-from-scratch meals from their home in Austin, Texas, to the stages of "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay," the TODAY show, QVC and more.
Tickets for the event are $40 and may be purchased here. 

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ArtWalk plans zombie infestation           
Been feeling like a zombie lately? Come to ArtWalk on Thursday, Oct. 8. The theme is Walking Dead and host the Center for Contemporary Arts asks you to dress accordingly. Folks in costume and make-up who want to can meet at the T&P Depot at N. 1st and Cypress streets at 5:45 p.m. and have a mini parade down Cypress Street that will roll at 6 p.m. Zombies of every ilk are welcome! Zombie dogs encouraged. There will be zombie dancing after the parade.
ArtWalk takes place the second Thursday of each month downtown. Museums and galleries stay open late and do not charge admission. Many places including the Abilene Public Library offer make and take crafts for children. Click here for a complete ArtWalk schedule.
ACU has a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show

Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in Abilene Christian University Theatre's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure "Mary Poppins." The Homecoming musical is Oct. 16-18 at the Abilene Civic Center and tickets are $12 to $25. The perfect nanny will be center stage in the Broadway musical version of this magical tale, based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 18. The show is directed by ACU's Kari Hatfield. Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring an irresistible story, eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Suitable for all ages.
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ACT presents musical comedy 'Charlie Brown'     
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" the comedy musical opens Friday, Oct. 23 and runs through Oct. 25 and Oct. 29-31 at Abilene Community Theatre, 809 Barrow St.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, military and students. Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders Oct. 12 and to the general public Oct. 19.  The show is based on the popular comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus  and other beloved characters will sing and dance in this show written by Clark Gesner. This show originally opened in 1967 in New York. A new revival version debuted in 1999 and played for 149 performances with Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally. 
Philharmonic concert, Oktoberfest celebration
The Abilene Philharmonic presents the second annual Oktoberfest street festival on Saturday, Oct. 24 that includes a Biergarten with beer and wine, food vendors, shopping, a children's area with a petting zoo and bounce house, and a live music stage featuring a polka band and local musicians. Weather permitting, the Abilene Philharmonic's concert, an "All-American Celebration," will brought by live stream to the Abilene Civic Center lawn for festival-goers. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is noon to 10 p.m. Entrances fees are $12 for adults (18 and over), $5 for children (ages 4-17), and children 3 and under are free. Come and go during festival hours with an admission bracelet. The children's area featuring a jump house, games, and petting zoo with baby rabbits and baby goats and more. Beer, wine, and soda are all available for purchase. Purchase craft or domestic beers from Barley Hoppers Drafthouse. Collectible beer steins will be for sale. Purchase wines from The Mill.   
 


HSU presents spooky 'Pops at the Pond'         
Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an October evening outside as Hardin-Simmons University music and theater students perform hits from Broadway and beyond.  The event is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Duck Pond of the HSU campus.
It's the night before Halloween, so expect songs from "Jekyll and Hyde," "Young Frankenstein," "Sweeney Todd," "Wicked," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Phantom of the Opera" and more. Other songs that will be performed during the musical theater showcase include music from "Shrek," "Parade," "The Princess and the Frog," "Avenue Q" and "Songs for a New World." Presented by the HSU Theatre Department and School of Music. No charge for this event.

The duck pond at HSU is located just inside the Hickory Street and Ambler Avenue entrance. 


BOOK BUZZ: 'Abilene A to Z' delights all ages
Author Glenn Dromgoole has teamed up with teacher and historian Jay Moore once again to produce a new book, this one aimed at all ages called "Abilene A to Z." It's a soft cover book filled with colorful pictures about Abilene history and culture aimed at young readers, but Dromgoole says there's plenty of reading in there for older readers, too, pointing out the Abilene timeline in the back. The Abilene Christian University Press book that retails for $12.99 came out just in time for this year's West Texas Book Festival, where it was featured along with its authors. The book features a different aspect about Abilene for every letter of the alphabet, from "B" is for buffalo to "Z" is for zoo. Each section features a fun fact, such as "M" is for mesquite trees. Did you know that Texas has more mesquite trees than any other state?

 
Oct. 1-3 & 8-10, 7:30 p.m. 
Oct. 11, 2 p.m.
"Quilters," a musical by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek. Directed by Victoria Spangler.
Van Ellis Theatre.
"Quilters" captures the depth and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. We see the stories of a woman and her six daughters depicted in various quilt "blocks": girlhood, marriage, childbirth, twisters, fire, illness and death. Filled with music, dance and drama, as well as love, warmth, and rich, lively humor.
Hardin-Simmons University Department of Theatre
2200 Hickory│325.670.1405│ www.hsutx.edu
 
Oct. 1-3 & 8-10, 7:30 p.m.
The comedy "Bus Stop" by William Inge is about a group of weary travelers stranded at a bus stop during a hail storm. A nightclub singer is being pursued by a headstrong cowboy; the café proprietor and bus driver develop a friendship; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young café worker gets her first taste of romance. Directed by McMurry's David Ainsworth. Tickets are $10 (discounts for McMurry students and employees and on Thursday nights) and available online or by calling 673-3889.
McMurry University Department of Theatre
S. 14th & Sayles│325.793.3800│ www.mcm.edu
 
Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
HSU Orchestra performs at First Baptist Church in Abilene.
Hardin-Simmons University School of Music
2200 Hickory│325.670.1000│www.hsutx.edu
 
Oct. 1-30
"Untitled Works" by Nancy Capra. Opens ArtWalk on Oct. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cockerell Galleries & Studios
1133 N. 2nd, 2nd Flr │ 325.829.7975 │ www.thecockerell.com
 
Oct. 1-2, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Tot Spot for children ages 3-5. Free for museum members; $5 for non-members.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m.   
Art Adventure for moms and preschoolers.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Oct. 2
Last day for exhibit "David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum."
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street │ 325.673.4586 │ www.nccil.org
 
Oct. 2-3, 7 p.m.
ACT hosts Abilene Christian School's production "The Boys Next Door." The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Oct. 3
5th Annual Comanche Moon Social at Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Tickets available: 325-572-3974
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com
 
Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
ACU Faculty Recital in the recital hall.
Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music
 
Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
"Fly Guy and Other Stories" features fun musical stories from popular children's books at the Paramount Theatre. Fly Guy meets his match with Fly Girl. Will they get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet? Other stories include Lily's Big Day, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris But Mostly Delores and more.
Children's Performing Arts Series
1101 North 1st St.│ 325.677.1161│www.abilenecac.org
 
Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
Jay Moore presents Our American Past. A four-part educational series to refresh your memory of America's past and bring today into sharper focus. (This event is open to the public; however, a reservation must be made in advance).
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m.
Los Aficionados Meeting - museum volunteer guild.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
ACU Jazz Ensemble: Swing Dance performance in the Elks Arts Center ballroom, 1174 N. 1st St.
Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music
 
Oct. 8, 5-8 p.m.
ArtWalk: Walking Dead
A monthly, themed arts festival in downtown Abilene presented by the Center for Contemporary Arts. This month's event will feature "zombies" on parade.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com
 
Oct. 8, 5:30-8 p.m.
ArtWalk night: "Life Line" by Wylie High School Art Classes taught by artist Stacy Horton Sanchez. Upstairs - Studio 209. Reception 5:30-8 p.m.
Belly dancing performances by the Magic Lamp Dance Studio in front of The Cockerell at 5:45 p.m.
Opening reception for Nancy Capra's "Untitled Works."
Cockerell Galleries & Studios
1133 N. 2nd, 2nd Flr │ 325.829.7975 │ www.thecockerell.com
 
Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Evening with The Casserole Queens, a sassy duo based in Austin who started a small meal-delivery company in 2006 and have since growing their business to include cookbooks, magazine contributions, recipe creation, speaking engagements, classes and more.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.
ArtTalk: "Resurrection of an Ancient Medium"
Signature Artist Members describe the centuries-old technique of encaustic (painting with wax) and how its use has had a resurgence in the contemporary art world, as seen in Jana S. Cross' current exhibit "Stirring Up Scrambled Eggs."
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com
 
Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
Happy Fat Band, live music. No cover.
FOODEX will be there.
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com
 
Oct. 9, 3 p.m.
The McMurry Chanters will present their Homecoming Concert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1741 Sayles Blvd. 
McMurry University Music Department
325.793.3800│www.mcm.edu
 
Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Reception in the Ryan Gallery for the Homecoming Alumni Exhibit: "Spirit of the Wild and the West" by Richard Tucker. Light refreshments. Exhibit runs Oct. 1-11. Homecoming Gallery hours Oct. 10 are 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
McMurry University Art Department
1642 Sayles Blvd. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu
 
Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Reception for Homecoming Student Exhibit: "The Best of the Best" in the Gypsy Ted Gallery, 2117 Hunt St. The show runs Sept. 28-Oct. 30. Homecoming gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 10.
McMurry University Art Department
1642 Sayles Blvd. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu
 
Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Holladay on Film: Paramount Film Director Robert Holladay continues his film lecture series with a discussion of the history and making of the film "The Man Who Knew Too Much." The 35-minute lecture will be followed by a 30-minute break before the feature begins at 7:30 p.m. You must purchase a ticket to "The Man Who Knew Too Much" to attend this lecture.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org
 
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
The Paramount Film Series presents "The Man Who Knew Too Much." James Stewart and Doris Day star in this classic Hitchcock thriller about a family vacationing in Morocco who accidentally stumbles onto an assassination plot. 1956, color, 120 minutes, Rated PG.  Paramount Film Series tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military and children.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org
 
Oct. 9
Missing Sibling performs.
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com

Oct. 10, 10:45 a.m.
Family Flix "Monsters Inc," South Branch. Bring the family out for a movie, complete with popcorn and drinks! Space is limited, so register by calling 325-698-7378. Registrants must sign in at the desk at least 10 minutes before the film starts. Any unclaimed space will be made available on a first come, first served basis.
Abilene Public Library - South Branch
1401 S. Danville 325.698.7565 http://www.abilenetx.com/apl/
 
Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee public program: Chautauqua Learning Series. This month focuses on "Folklore of Texas Ghost Stories" by speaker Shelly Tucker, of Denton, who was named an American Masterpiece Storyteller in 2008 by the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Oct. 10, 3-5 p.m.
Pillage-the-Village: Trick-or-treating for kids 12 and under.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com

Oct. 10
Vinyl Night hosted by the Record Guys and Pub Trivia at 8 p.m.
El Taco Tico will be there.
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com

Oct. 11, 5 p.m.
Charlie Coltman, clarinet, and Mark Puckett, piano.
Heavenly Rest Chamber Music Concert Series
602 Meander St. | 325-677-2091 | www.heavenlyrestabilene.org
 
Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Jay Moore presents Our American Past: Important Papers and Why They Matter. Part 2 of a four-part educational series to refresh your memory of America's past and bring today into sharper focus. (This event is open to the public; however, a reservation must be made in advance).
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 13, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Home School Art Classes
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.
Gallery Teacher and Attendant Training
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Bottles and Brushes art class. Bring your favorite beverage - wine, water, tea or soda! Invite your friends and learn from guided instruction. Leave with a unique creation! Registration required.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m.
Mesquite Story Tellers -free! Enjoy storytelling at its finest! Come with a story to tell, or just enjoy the stories others tell!  Upstairs - Studio 209.
Cockerell Galleries & Studios
1133 N. 2nd, 2nd Flr │ 325.829.7975 │ www.thecockerell.com
 
Oct. 15-17
Music lounge located in downtown Abilene. Thursday is Jazz/Blues night every week! This weekend music from Tony Barker (Thursday) and Eric Logan and the AKA Band (Friday). Saturday TBA! We love our local bands and the bands that pass through on their tours! Come on by and liven up downtown Abilene!
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com

Oct. 16, 11:45 a.m.

Annual HeARTS for the ARTS luncheon at the Abilene Country Club. Entertainment and food. Learn about the HeARTS grants program and become a member or renew your membership starting at $5 a month. RSVP to the luncheon by emailing info@abilenecac.org. Tickets are $20.
 
Oct. 16-17, 8 p.m.
Oct. 18, 2 p.m.
The 2015 ACU Homecoming Musical "Mary Poppins" comes to the Abilene Civic Center. Everyone's favorite nanny takes the stage in ACU Theatre's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Broadway musical adventure. Beloved songs include "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Step in Time."
Tickets go on sale Aug. 3.
Abilene Christian University Theatre Department
William Performing Arts Center│ 325.674.ARTS (2787) │ www.acu.edu
 
Oct. 16, 5:30-8 p.m.
Spaghetti Supper - Enjoy a great dinner with table side songs while helping Abilene Star Chorus raise funds for competition.
Abilene Star Chorus
325.829.1470 │ www.abilenestarchorus.org
 
Oct. 17
Stage Makeup Workshop.
Center for Theatre Education
809 Barrow St.│ http://www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org/actabilene-cte-about/
 
Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn To Draw Part One
Patty Rae Wellborn, instructor.  Limited to eight students. $35. Send checks payable to Patty Rae &Studio 13, 909 North 13th, 79601. 325-665-9202.
Studio 13 Gallery
 
Oct. 17, 11:45 a.m.
ACU Choir Homecoming Concert in the recital hall.
Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music
 
Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
"Imagine!" concert featuring all four choirs at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1741 Sayles.
Tickets: $10/adults; $8/seniors, students, military.
Chorus Abilene
1174 N. 1st │ 325.673.SING │ www.chorusabilene.net
 
Oct. 17, 8 p.m.
Ghost Tours: $10 per person.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com
 
Oct. 18
Military Appreciation Day - All current and former military and their families receive free admission to the Village.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com
 
Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m.
Craft Sunday for Kids (Handprint Spider). Ages 12 and under receive free admission.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com
 
Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
The a Capella vocal group HOME FREE presents their Don't It Feel Good tour live on the Paramount stage. Champions of the hit NBC series "The Sing-Off," HOME FREE have become known for their high-energy performances, peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. Tickets are $30 and $20 in advance and increase by $2.50 day of show. A $100 VIP ticket is available, which includes a pre-show Q&A and autograph session, pre-show crowd-free merchandise shopping, a signed copy of the new album, an exclusive show laminate and an exclusive show poster. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster outlets.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org
 
Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Concert at Paramount Theatre.
Abilene Community Band
 
Oct. 22, 10 a.m.
Book Reading in the Children's Museum. Readings are conducted on the mini-Paramount stage. Art activity after the reading. Registration required.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 22, 6 p.m.
PBS American Masters Charles and Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter, third installment of the Museum's documentary series (This event is open to the public at no charge).
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 22-24
Thursday night, Poetry Slam put on by the Black Chamber of Commerce group and some Open Mic time as well. 1881 Food Truck will be there! Friday, Dan Livingston bringing the house down with a solid mix of jazz and blues. (Wholly Cow Food Truck will also be there!) Saturday, TBA, but it will be a great show! Check out our Facebook for updates! https://www.facebook.com/neonparrotlounge.abilene
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com

Oct. 23-24 & 29-31, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m.
"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" musical. Though considered a "good man" by his friends, Charlie Brown can't seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl, nor his friend Lucy, her crush, the piano-playing Schroeder. Meanwhile, Snoopy and Linus daydream and the rest of the friends battle with kites, school, baseball and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn To Draw Part 3
Patty Rae Wellborn, instructor. Limited to eight students. $35. Send checks payable to Patty Rae & Studio 13, 909 North 13th, 79601, 325-665-9202.
Studio 13 Gallery
 
Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Last day to view Seymour Fogel: On the Wall and Beyond and The Abstract Impulse
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org
 
Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-Noon
Big Country Pet Parade - Bring your pet to the costume contest and a "howling" good time!
Frontier Texas!
625 N. 1st St.│ 325.437.2800 │ www.frontiertexas.com
 
Oct. 24, Noon to 1 p.m.
ArtFilm: "The Shock of the Now"
Bring your lunch for a screening of this episode from the series "This is Modern Art," and join a discussion authenticity in modern art and the media hype that can surround it.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com
 
Oct. 24, 1-9:30 p.m.
Oktoberfest Abilene! at North 6th Street in front of the Abilene Civic Center. This year's event includes a Biergarten with beer and wine, food vendors, shopping, a children's area with petting zoo and bounce house and a live music stage featuring a polka band and local musicians. Weather permitting, the Philharmonic's concert in the civic center will be live streamed onto the lawn for festival-goers.
Abilene Philharmonic
401 Cypress St. Ste. 520 325.677.6710 www.abilenephilharmonic.org
 
Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
Performance at American Legion District Convention at MCM Eleganté Suites.
Abilene Community Band
 
Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
"Masterworks II - All-American Celebration" at the Abilene Civic Center. This show is lively, spirited and sometimes jazzy showcasing Abilene Philharmonic principal clarinetist David Shea. Concert Conversation with Music Director David Itkin at 6:45 p.m.
Abilene Philharmonic
401 Cypress St. Ste. 520 325.677.6710 www.abilenephilharmonic.org
 
Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
Ghost Tours: $10 per person.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com
 
Oct. 26-27, 7 p.m.
Auditions for "It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Show" - This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Director Mike Stephens is looking for: Two men age 40 to 60; two or three women age 20 - 60; three to five men age 20-50; one man, non-speaking role age 20 - 30.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Oct. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Abilene Community Theatre's Center for Theatre Education (CTE) Trunk-or-Treat in the ACT parking lot. Come join in the fun and treats.
Abilene Community Theatre
809 Barrow │ 673.6271 │ www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org
 
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
ACU Orchestra and Opera in concert in Cullen Auditorium on the ACU campus.
Abilene Christian University Department of Music
ACU Drive │325.674.2199 │www.acu.edu/academics/cas/music
 
Oct. 29-31
Thursday, Wonderful Land Wonderful Band will kick of our weekend celebration. Friday, the Austin-based Jackie Meyers Band will fill the places with blues, jazz, soul, and funk. 1881 Food Truck will be there! Seriously don't want to miss this night! Then Saturday, join us for another our "Movies at the Parrot" Series as we show Rocky Horror Picture Show. Popcorn and participation goodie bags will be provided for $5. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St. │ 901.649.3448 │ www.neonparrotlounge.com

Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.
"Pops at the Pond" musical theater showcase. Free. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and picnic basket to the Duck Pond on campus. Music and theater students perform Broadway and more, including songs from shows that tie into Halloween, including "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Young Frankenstein."
Hardin-Simmons University Theatre Department and School of Music
2200 Hickory│325.670.1405│ www.hsutx.edu
 
Oct. 31, 12 p.m.
Music students perform a military appreciation concert at the McMurry football game at Wilford Moore Stadium.
McMurry University Department of Music
325.793.3800│www.mcm.edu
 
Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
The Paramount Film Series presents a special Halloween night screening of "Beetlejuice."  Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis star in this hilarious and horrifying film about a couple of recently deceased ghosts who contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" to remove the obnoxious new owners from their home. 1988, color, 92 minutes, Rated PG.  All seats for this Special Event Film are $6.
Historic Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St. │ 325.676.9620 │www.paramount-abilene.org
 
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Ghost Tours: $10 per person
Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 N. William St.│ 325.572.3365 │ www.tfhcc.com

ONGOING and ON EXHIBIT

THE GRACE MUSEUM
102 Cypress St. │ 325.673.4587 │ www.thegracemuseum.org

Exhibits
 
"The Abstract Impulse" featuring 40 important Texas artists, from throughout the state, who created personalized visions of the modernist aesthetic will be featured in this group exhibition. Important modernist artwork by Ben Culwell, Michael Frary, Donald Weismann, Ralph White, Ward Lockwood, David Brownlow, Dorothy Hood, Jack Boynton, Robert Preusser, Bror Utter, William Lester, Loren Mozley, Everett Spruce, McKie Trotter and others were selected from private and public collections.
May 28 - Oct. 24
Opening reception May 28
 
"Fabulous Fifties Fashion & Design"
This exhibition, curated by fashion expert and appraiser, Steven Porterfield, of Roadshow fame, features original midcentury women's and men's casual and formal ensembles.
May 28-Oct. 24
 
"Flashback to Abilene in the Fifties"
Travel back in time to Abilene in the fifties through an exhibition of vintage photographs, 8 mm films and newsreels.
May 28-Oct. 24
 
"Ray &Charles Eames Masters of 20th Century Design"
This selection of original designs, courtesy of Collage 20th Century Classics owners Abby and Wlodek Malowanczky of Dallas is a rare opportunity to view original Eames furniture designs from the 1950s.
May 28-Oct. 24
 
"Seymour Fogel: On the Wall and Beyond"
Seymour Fogel (1911-1983) was a founding father of Texas Modernism. This long overdue solo exhibition of Fogel's paintings are from the 14 years (1946-1960) he lived and worked in Texas.
May 28-Oct. 24
 
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED LITERATURE
102 Cedar St. | 325.673.4586 | www.nccil.org
 
Exhibits
 
June 11-Oct. 2, 2015
"David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum"
Featured Caldecott Honor illustrator/author David Shannon of the 2015 Children's Art & Literacy Festival.
 
Oct. 3-Nov. 10
Closed for roof repairs.
 
Family Art Project Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
A come-and-go program offered by art educators who help children create art in the style of the artist currently featured in the gallery. Free!
 
IRA M. TAYLOR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY
Frost Art Building at Hardin-Simmons University | www.hsutx.edu
 
September & October 2015
Mark Anderson, Art Department chairman of Baylor University, will be exhibiting a series of his prints.
 
Oct. 5 - Nov. 19
William Wright: Selected Works
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m.
 
ACU DOWNTOWN GALLERY
Cockerell Galleries and Studios, 1133 N. 2nd St.
 
Oct. 3-Nov. 5, 2015
"Iconic Figures: Works by Nancy Boren and Jill Maxwell"
 
CLOVER VIRGINIA SHORE ART GALLERY
Don H. Morris Center at Abilene Christian University | 325.674.2085 | www.acu.edu
 
Sept. 11-Oct. 22, 2015
2015 ACU Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition.
 
Oct. 30-Nov. 13, 2015
Senior Show

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Three locations | www.abilenetx.com/apl
 
Pre-School Storytime
Held year-round at 10:45 a.m. on select days at all three library locations.
 
Cover-to-Cover Book Club - third Thursday of the month, Main Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Each month, they choose the books they will discuss the following month.
October- "In the Heart of the Sea" - Nathaniel Philbrick
 
Teen Flix After Hours - third Friday of the month, South Branch, 5:45 p.m.
Bring your pillows and blankets; we'll supply the snacks and drinks. Space will be limited to the first 25-30 teens to sign up. Call 325-698-7565 to register.  As this event is part of our After Hours movie night, we do ask guests arrive no later than 5:45PM.  When the library closes for the evening, only teens that registered for the event (and have a movie ticket provided by us), will be allowed to remain inside.  All teens will be supervised by library staff the entire time.  Rides should be ready to pick up teens by 7:30PM.

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
220 Cypress St. │ 325.677.8389 │ www.center-arts.com
 
Exhibits

Sept. 9-Oct. 24, 2015
"Unexpected Colors" by j b denny in the Jane Breed Gallery.
"Nabateaen Ancient Structures: Jordan to Saudi Arabia" by Ellie Hamby in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery.
"Above the Surface" by Susan and David Harmon in Gallery 3.
"Stirring Up Scrambled Eggs" by Jana S. Cross in Gallery 4.
 
COCKERELL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY
1133 N. 2nd, Second Floor | 325.829.7975 | www.cockerellgalleries.com | Carolyncc52@yahoo.com

MESQUITE STORY TELLERS
Come Listen to a Tall Tale or Tell One!
Meets the third Thursday every month (except Dec.)
Open to the public! No Cost! All ages welcome!
2nd Floor - Studio 209
6 p.m.
 
SINGING CIRCLE
Hosted by Musician ANDREW HOLMES
Studio 209 - 2nd Floor of The Cockerell Art Studios
Come ready to sing, play acoustics, or just enjoy listening!
6 p.m. every Sunday
 
September show
"Mechanical Dreams" by artists Jen Burns' La Bijoux Belle and Thomas Madrid's Suenos de la Vida Photography of Studio 206. Show will include Steampunk jewelry and photography. Opens ArtWalk on Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
 
Oct. 1-30, 2015
"Untitled Works" by Nancy Capra. Opens ArtWalk on Oct. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

AMY GRAVES RYAN FINE ARTS GALLERY
McMurry University
1642 Sayles Blvd. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu
 
Oct. 1-11, 2015
Homecoming Alumni Exhibit: "Spirit of the Wild and the West" by Richard Tucker.
Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Light refreshments.
Homecoming gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 10.
 
Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 2015
Student Summer Travel Exhibit: "Paris, Provence and Barcelona." Senior exhibits by Ashton Hooks and Lizzie Lehew. Reception is 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 6
 
GYPSY TED ART GALLERY
McMurry University
2117 Hunt St. | 325.793.4888 | www.mcm.edu
 
Sept. 28-Oct. 30, 2015
Homecoming Student Exhibit: "The Best of the Best"
Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9
Homecoming gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 10.
 
JODY KLOTZ FINE ART
1060 N. 2nd St. | 325.670.9880 | fineart@jodyklotz.com | www.jodyklotz.com
 
19th and 20th Century European and American paintings, representing Contemporary artists Randy Bacon and Gary Bukovnik, and Western artists Xiang Zhang, Brian Grimm, etc.
 
MODERNISM: TEXAS/AMERICAN/EUROPEAN
Through mid-October 2015
An exhibition of mid-20th Century Abstract artists. Texas and American Modernism juxtaposed with its European counterpart, demonstrating the universality of a new visual language, which developed at home and abroad.
 
Mike Lanier Fine Art / STUDIO 13 GALLERY
909 N 13th St. | http://mlanier.fineartstudioonline.com/
 
October
Group show titled  "Welcome To Our Studio"  
 
Abilene Civic Center
1100 N. 6th St.│ 325.676.6211 │ www.abilenetx.com/CivicCenter/
 
Bud Clayton's art display is in the Red Carpet Lobby.
 
Abilene Writer's Guild
Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Classroom B of the Rose Park Senior Citizens Center, 2625 S. 7th St. except in November (third Thursday) and December (no meeting). Annual memberships are $25 for individuals and $35 for a family.

Neon Parrot Lounge
181 Pine St.
│Open 7 p.m.-midnight
Fee: No Cover Thursdays, $5 Cover Friday and Saturday unless listed otherwise 
Chill music lounge located in downtown Abilene. Thursday is Jazz/Blues night every week! This weekend music from Richard Burke & Friends (Thursday) and 6 Mile Curve (Friday). Join us Saturday for the first installment of our "Movies at the Parrot" Series, this week, Back to the Future! Free admittance with purchase of bag of popcorn. Quoting along strongly encouraged.

  
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