Check out all the great Abilene arts events happening in March!

March 2016 News & Updates
Don't miss your chance to be on national TV!
A camera crew from "Voices in America" will be at the March 8 free "Illumination Celebration" nighttime festival in downtown Abilene. "Voices" is hosted by James Earl Jones and produces 5-minute PBS documentaries that run in between regular shows such as "Masterpiece" programs. "Voices" will produce an "Abilene: Storybook Capital of Texas" piece that will be shown on PBS stations across America to more than 60 million households.
We have lots of fun activities planned for that night, and we promise you won't want to miss it!

Artfully Yours,
Lynn Barnett
Executive Director
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Frontier Texas! launches documentary film festival

The first annual Tribute Film Festival will deliver three days and three nights of film screenings, seminars and networking events throughout downtown Abilene. Frontier Texas! is launching this new festival to celebrate documentary film making. MARCH 3-5

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It pays to see ACU Theatre's 'Nickel and Dimed'

Can a middle-class, middle-aged woman get by making beds in a hotel all day for $7 an hour? No. She'll have to add back-to-back shifts as a chambermaid and waitress if she wants to pay the rent. This stage adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich book "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" mixes comedy and tragedy. MARCH 3-5

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Abilene Idol expects to hit high note for finale

After narrowing down the field to 15 contestants, the Abilene Idol 2016 finale will take place at the Abilene Civic Center to vote for the best singer. First place receives $500. This event raises money to support Chorus Abilene's youth music education program. MARCH 5

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HSU hosts national award winning poet at free events

Corey Marks grew up in the country in a house filled with books. He fell in love with language and the idea of using words to convey ideas and to make music, which led him to poetry. Hear this National Poetry Series award winner speak at Hardin-Simmons University. MARCH 7

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Woody Allen shooting comedy 'Bullets Over Broadway'

The Broadway in Abilene series presents "Bullets Over Broadway" at the Abilene Civic Center, a comedy musical about a young playwright who is desperate for financial backing for his next show. He accepts an offer he can't refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.

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Downtown will light up for 'Illumination Celebration'

More than 75,000 twinkling lights will decorate downtown trees and Storybook Sculptures for the "Illumination Celebration!" This free family event hosted by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and sponsored by AEP starts at 6 p.m. with Abilene ISD school performances, costumed characters, food trucks and fun. At 7:30 p.m., Mayor Norm Archibald will flip the switch and the lights will magically transform downtown! Glow party packs are available for purchase.

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Abilene Community Theatre presents comedy 'The Foreigner'

Larry Shue's award-winning comedy "The Foreigner" has nonstop hilarity and sets up a wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant. MARCH 10-12 & MARCH 17-19 

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Cruise over to CarWalk

Art meets cars at this month's ArtWalk! More than 130 antique, classic, and muscle cars, plus super cars and hot rods will be on display downtown in honor of America's preoccupation with shiny chrome and polished paint. Food, drinks, entertainment, art activities, and artists in action! MARCH 10

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Studio 13 art show on the 'Edge'

Reception for abstract modern art exhibition "Edge" featuring the art of Terri Knight (pictured), Jorden Gideon, Brad Worrell (owner of Sacred Art Tattoo) and more. Chef Keith joins in with his culinary arts expertise. Exhibition runs March 7-31 at Mike Lanier's Studio 13, 909 N. 13th St. MARCH 19

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Pedro Rivera exhibit opens at Center

Meet artist Pedro Rivera and view paintings and sculpture in his new exhibit "Geographica and Iconography for a New Age" in Gallery 3 at the Center for Contemporary Arts. The collection of acrylic and oil paintings, and three-dimensional pieces challenge the viewer to contemplate infinite space, deep time, the viewer's place in the time, and the challenges faced trying to save our world.  MARCH 24

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2016 Texas Author Series begins

Gifted writer and storyteller Dr. Tom Hutton kicks off the Abilene Public Library's 2016 Texas Author Series this spring with a talk about his story collection "Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist's Bedside Tales." MARCH 7

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See the whole calendar!

Go to our website for a complete list of Abilene arts events for the coming months.

There you will find shows, performances, concerts, art exhibits, art receptions, family programming, art classes and workshops and more!

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