AC Theatre to stage Lillian Hellman’s acclaimed drama ‘The Little Foxes’
The ruthless schemes of a dysfunctional family emboldened by greed are laid bare in Lillian Hellman’s acclaimed play “The Little Foxes,” which the Amarillo College Theatre Arts Program will present four times later this month.
AC students will perform The Little Foxes Feb. 22-25 at the Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street Campus. The three-act play will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.
The play’s 10-member cast is under the direction of Ray Newburg, longtime program coordinator, who says Hellman’s searing tale of family betrayal that made its Broadway debut way back in 1939 has relevance yet today. “Good pieces of literature stand the test of time; they don’t show their age,” Newburg said. “This play contains certain universal aspects of human behavior, of family dysfunction and greed, that are very recognizable today.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (college or high school) and AC employees. They can be purchased online or at the door. Additionally, groups of 10 or more are entitled to $6 seats if purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
The cast contains a mix of veterans and newcomers to AC’s theatre arts stage, including a number of students who received significant recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for performances they turned in during the Fall Semester of 2023. Cast members are Hanin Eisawi as Addie, Steven Nguyen as Cal, Gracie Richardson as Birdie Hubbard, Austin Pounds as Oscar Hubbard, Declan Robledo as Leo Hubbard, Brionna Todd as Regina Hubbard Giddens, Ashton Flores as William Marshall, Kyle Roberson as Benjamin Hubbard, Zoey Cain as Alexandra Giddens, and Connor Frausto as Horace Giddens. The stage manager is Josh Hodge.
Art Force Piano Series continues as AC musicians present ‘Jam with Love’
The Amarillo College (AC) music faculty will be collectively channeling the spirit of Valentine’s Day when the 2023-2024 Art Force Piano Series resumes with the third installment of the Piano Series, titled “Jam with Love.” It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 by AC faculty and other special musical guests from the College’s family of musicians.
This diverse concert will feature a variety of instruments, from piano to harp and violin to voice, and it is free and open to the public. It will be staged in the Concert Hall Theater on the Washington Street Campus. Music composed by the likes of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Lionel Richie, Cy Coleman and John Denver are among the feel-good selections on the program.
“Jam with Love” performers include: Candace Carpenter – voice, Cassandra Hussey – harp, Natalia Korenchuk – violin, Dr. Jim Laughlin – saxophone, Dr. Bruce Lin – piano, Camille Nies – viola, Debra Rasband – bass, Dr. Melody Rich – voice, Dr. Sunyong Hwang – piano, Jayson Bishop – cello, Luigi Bencomo – French horn, David Lough – trumpet, Tiffany McDaniel – violin, and Naomi Bencomo – clarinet.
Dali’s Wonderland exhibition opens at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) recently debuted its newest exhibit, “Dali’s Wonderland.”
PPHM is excited to welcome this new exhibition in its Bugbee Gallery. Originally published by Lewis Carroll in 1865, the dream-like world of “Alice in Wonderland” is a natural match for the surrealist art movement. A hundred years later, Salvador Dali, surrealism’s most important figure, illustrated a version of the story that incorporated his iconic melting clocks and other avant-garde imagery. Featuring a limited edition copy of the book from the personal library of Sybil B. Harrington, it was a gift from her daughter Sally. This book came into Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Collection in 2022 through the help of the Harrington House and Jessica Mallard at WT. “Dali’s Wonderland” explores the relationship between art and literature.
“Dali’s Wonderland” is in partnership with the West Texas A&M University Information Technology Department. Thanks to this partnership, the exhibition will feature a virtual flipbook of Dali’s works. In the coming months, IT will also be working with to create an artificial intelligence and augmented reality aspects to this exhibition. The museum will offer some special programming this summer around the exhibition and those details will be announced soon.
Located on the campus of West Texas A&M University, PPHM offers visitors a chance to step into Texas Panhandle history with special exhibits, a permanent collection, special events and more. For more information about PPHM, visit www.panhandleplains.org.
WT’s Ingrassia authors expansive new history of Indianapolis Speedway, auto culture
CANYON — A new book by a West Texas A&M University history professor argues that the building of the world’s most famous racetrack also hit the accelerator for America’s love of cars.
In “Speed Capital: Indianapolis Auto Racing and the Making of Modern America,” available Feb. 6 from the University of Illinois Press, Dr. Brian M. Ingrassia traces the origins of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and connects its rise to the growth of the United States’ automobile culture.
“Speedway cofounder Carl Graham Fisher made his fortune off making headlights, and he took that money and taught us how to consume cars,” said Ingrassia, WT associate professor of history. “Not just to buy them, but how to enjoy them and how to use them.”
The Speedway opened in 1909, and after a bumpy opening weekend, it was a quick success. “As far back as its opening year, people would drive from Chicago—then, about a two-day drive—to watch a seven-hour race,” Ingrassia said. Its popularity exploded after World War I and in the 1920s, the so called Golden Age of American Sports. The Speedway also helped advance both automobile and paving technologies.
“When it opened, they paved the track with tarmac, but that was incredibly dangerous,” Ingrassia said. “Soon, they paved the track with 3.2 million bricks, which at the time was state of the art and much safer.”
The track’s bricks were so popular that some cities across the country adopted them for their own streets — including Amarillo.
“They put down the bricks at Indianapolis in October 1909, and six months later, Amarillo authorized a $50,000 bond to repave its streets. We can’t be sure of the connection, but the timing is meaningful and we know that highway and street engineers were looking at the Speedway and recommending bricks for pavement,” Ingrassia said.
Ingrassia began his research in 2007 and, since his arrival at WT, enjoyed the support of research grants from the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the WTAMU Foundation.
“Speed Capital,” available in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats, is a volume in the series “Sport and Society,” edited by Aram Goudsouzian and Jaime Schultz.
Join AMoA, Panhandle PBS for a series of films, art and free lunch
Join Amarillo Museum of Art and Panhandle PBS for an on-campus series of films, art and free lunch each Wednesday in February in the third-floor library at the Amarillo Museum of Art, located at 2200 S. Van Buren.
This event series explores Native American perspectives on identity, storytelling, the buffalo, and more. Designed to connect the Amarillo Museum of Art’s new exhibition, “In Our Own Words: Native Impressions” with local and national Panhandle PBS content around the Ken Burns film, “The American Buffalo,” the series is free of charge and open to the public.
Each event in the series will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a free lunch while supplies last, followed by a 12 p.m. film screening and a 12:30 p.m. gallery talk on the exhibit, “In Our Own Words: Native Impressions.” Screenings include:
February 14: “Strong Spirit,” Episode One – Local Panhandle PBS production featuring the Goodnight buffalo herd at Caprock Canyons State Park and how bison impact the ecosystem.
February 21: “Homecoming” – New PBS film directed by Julianna Brannum extending the story of “The American Buffalo” to present by examining the return of buffalo to Indigenous lands today, with additional new content from Panhandle PBS on Native American representation in cultural and historical institutions.
February 28: “Strong Spirit,” Episode Two – Local Panhandle PBS production exploring the way Native Americans use storytelling to pass down tribal knowledge and traditions.
For more information about “In Our Own Words: Native Impressions,” contact the Amarillo Museum of Art at (806)371-5050 or email@example.com. For more information about “The American Buffalo,” or local content like “Strong Spirit,” visit panhandlePBS.org/AmericanBuffalo.
WT theatre to stage romantic musical ‘She Loves Me’
CANYON — West Texas A&M University Theatre’s ongoing production offers a candy-coated Valentine treat for audiences. The classic musical “She Loves Me” by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to 17 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18 in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex on WT’s Canyon campus.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for WT students, faculty and staff with a Buff Gold card.
“She Loves Me” is based on the 1940 film “The Shop Around the Corner,” very much a prototypical romcom with clerks Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan feuding their way into love. “Shop” itself was based on the 1937 Hungarian play “Parfumerie” by Miklós László, and it also inspired two additional film remakes: The 1949 musical film “In the Good Old Summertime” with Judy Garland and Van Johnson, and the 1998 romcom “You’ve Got Mail” with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
Gospel music legend Bill Gaither takes Moments to Remember Tour to Amarillo Civic Center’s auditorium
Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will kicks off the Moments To Remember Tour this Spring, as he brings his multi-award winning group, The Gaither Vocal Band to Amarillo’s Civic Center Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the 2024 Gaither Moments To Remember Tour stop in Amarillo are on sale now. To purchase tickets or obtain additional details, visit www.gaither.com or panhandletickets.com .
For nearly half a century, Gaither, a multiple Grammy and Dove award winner, has been a musical trailblazer. His reputation as a performer, songwriter and mentor for newly-discovered artists is known worldwide. His beloved series of Homecoming CDs and DVDs continues to top the sales charts and attract an ever-increasing audience. Honors and accolades have flowed his way in bunches, including his most recent Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year for the Gaither Vocal Band Shine recording.
Taking the stage with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Reggie Smith, will be popular female vocalist, Ladye Love Smith and talented male vocalist, Gene McDonald, as well as Gaither’s musical entourage, comprised of Kevin Williams, Matthew Holt and Michael Rowsey.
The 2024 Spring Tour affords Gaither, who turns 88 in March, the opportunity to continue to share the message he has been proclaiming for more than six decades.
WT Art Faculty in the Spotlight in New Exhibition
CANYON — West Texas A&M University art professors are featured in a new exhibition in the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery. The WT Art Program’s Faculty Art Exhibition, titled “Here We Go Again,” is on view through March 9.
The diverse show is diverse features a broad sampling of art techniques, including paintings, collage, assemblage, installation, ceramics works and digital prints, said Jon Revett, art program director and Doris Alexander Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts.
Full-time faculty members, all part of the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance in WT’s Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, featured in the show include Misty Gamble, assistant professor of art: Anna Lemnitzer, assistant professor of art and design; Marcus Melton, associate professor of art; Dr. Amy Von Lintel, professor of art history; and Rob Weingart, instructor of art, as well as Revett. Part-time instructors in the exhibition include Jared Ellrod, Chasely Matmanivong, Jason Sturgill and William Wright.
Fitz Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and by appointment Fridays and Saturdays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WT’s Great Books to continue discussion series on Amarillo native Saunders
CANYON — West Texas A&M University’s Great Books Series in February will continue a set of discussions about the works of Amarillo native George Saunders ahead of the author’s upcoming lecture at the university.
Dr. Alex Hunt, Regents Professor of English and WT’s Vincent-Haley Professor of Western Studies in the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, will lead the discussion of Saunders’ “CivilWarLand in Steep Decline” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Oak Room in the Commons Union Building on Amarillo College’s Washington Street campus; a Zoom option also is available.
The discussion series — sponsored by the EPML department in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities — is open to those who either have or haven’t read the story, said organizer Dr. Daniel Bloom.
Saunders, who was born in Amarillo and spent time as a master’s student in WT’s English program in the 1980s, will be the featured speaker for Amarillo College’s Creative Mind Lecture on April 4, to be co-presented by WT’s Distinguished Lecture Series and the Center for the Study of the American West’s Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. April 4 in Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on WT’s Canyon campus.
Saunders is the author of a novel, five collections of short stories, a novella and a book of essays. His 2017 novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” won the Man Booker Prize. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Genius grant, his work appears regularly in the New Yorker, GQ and Harpers Magazine. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2013.
Saunders’ work is the focus of a WT seminar to be taught this semester by Dr. Ryan Brooks, associate professor of English and codirector of graduate studies in English. Hunt also is incorporating Saunders’ work in his classes this semester.
WT professors and guest lecturers lead the monthly Great Books discussions. The series began in 2011 and is traditionally held on the second Tuesday of the month. For a link for the February Zoom discussion, email Bloom at email@example.com.
Wheel of Fortune Live! coming to Amarillo Civic Center in February
“Wheel of Fortune LIVE!,” a theatrical experience, will be coming to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex in Amarillo on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Tickets went on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 17 and can be purchased online at panhandletickets.com, in person at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex box office, by phone (806) 378-3096, and at participating area United Supermarkets.
During the live stage show, produced by Right Angle Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television and UTA, guests are randomly selected to go on stage and feel like they stepped into the game show itself. Selected attendees may have the chance to spin a full-sized replica of the Wheel. At Wheel of Fortune LIVE!, contestants are selected from the audience to go on stage for the chance to call consonants, buy vowels, and maybe even solve puzzles to win fantastic prizes, including trips to destinations like Paris and Hawaii or up to $10,000 in cash.
Everyone gets in on the fun and a chance to win at Wheel of Fortune LIVE! because there are audience games, too, according to the release. VIP Packages will also be available that give fans early access, premiere seats, pre-show lounge access and photo opportunities to spin the wheel. For more information, visit www.WheelofFortuneLive.com.
Sofia Talvik to perform Feb. 24 at Buffalo Grass Music Hall in Panhandle
Sofia Talvik is scheduled to give a concert Saturday, Feb. 24 at Buffalo Grass Music Hall, located at 123 Main St. in the city of Panhandle. The concert begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale now.
For more information, contact the venue at (806) 236-2933 or visit their website, .
Talvik is bringing her “Center of the Universe” tour to Texas next month, with “a unique evening reminiscent of local speakeasies, where Sofia’s intimate performance shines. Having traveled through 48 U.S. states, including Texas, and graced stages at the SxSW festival in Austin, Sofia engages the audience with her angelic voice, acoustic guitar, and a rhythm section that includes her own two feet, bells, and a stomp box,” a news release says.
Swedish born artist Sofia loves traveling and has visited Texas on previous tours. Her ninth studio album and latest release, “Center of the Universe,” explores poignant topics and quickly climbed the Folk Radio Charts USA. Her music is described as mix of Americana and folk, with Scandinavian roots adding a unique flavor. The album was recorded over a week in an old Swedish rural village that has been around since the 1500s.
For more info about the upcoming album ”Center of the Universe” follow her on or .
Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour swimming to Amarillo Civic Center Complex on April 21
Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour will have two shows at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S Buchanan St. at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21.
Tickets for the performances may be purchased online on the tour’s site, www.babysharkontour.com. Tickets start at $25 (while supplies last – additional fees and taxes may apply) and are also available at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Box Office and panhandletickets.com. Prices are subject to change.
Nickelodeon, The Pinkfong Company and VStar Entertainment Group present Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour!, a brand-new interactive live stage show featuring characters from the globally beloved preschool property. This tour brings the underwater world of the hit animated series, Baby Shark’s Big Show!, to life through an all-new original story, as audience members come together with Baby Shark and his undersea friends to save the Party Puddle Theatre. Featuring unforgettable music, with exciting twists on classic Baby Shark tunes, and mesmerizing visual effects, this staged “swimtacular” is jampacked with action and adventure for the whole family to enjoy.
A limited number of Fintastic Photo Op tickets are available, starting at $50. This pre-show experience will provide an up close and in person photo opportunity with Baby Shark and includes an exclusive gift for each kid. Each adult and kid (age 1 & up) must have their own “Fintastic Photo Op” ticket. Each guest must have both a Fintastic Photo Op ticket and a Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour! show ticket (sold separately) for the same date.
For more information or to join the Whale Mail mailing list for presale and other exclusive offers, visit www.babysharkontour.com. Follow Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour! on Facebook and Instagram at @babysharkontour .
Sesame Street Live! Say Hello coming to Amarillo in June 2024
Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their Sesame Street friends will be featured in an all-new live show, “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello,” coming to Amarillo on June 26, 2024.
Tickets are available now online via panhandletickets.com . Round Room Live and Sesame Workshop are proud to announce the new live show, which will bring the beloved characters from the iconic Sesame Street to life in a brand-new interactive production that will tour the U.S. and Canada beginning in April 2024.
“For over 50 years, Sesame Workshop has worked at the intersection of education, media, and research, creating joyful experiences that enrich minds and expand hearts,” said Whit Higgins, Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President, Head of Global Enterprises, in a news release. “Round Room Live has a history of working with new and iconic properties to create engaging and thrilling live events. We can’t wait for families and friends to enjoy this brand-new Sesame Street show filled with song, dance, and a few fun and furry surprises.”
Fans can visit SesameStreetLive.com now for tour dates and ticket information, and follow Sesame Street Live social media for exclusive tour content. For more, visit www.SesameStreet.org .