Amarillo entertainment in brief for the week of May 8

Barnes & Noble to hold book signing with Blue Handle author Saturday

The first post-pandemic book signing held at Barnes & Noble’s Amarillo location will feature Blue Handle Publishing author Andrew J Brandt.

According to a news release, Brandt will be signing copies of his PenCraft Award-winning novel “Mixtape for the End of the World” on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 2 p.m. inside Barnes & Noble, 2415 Soncy Road. He will also sign copies of “Palo Duro” and promote his upcoming novel “Picture Unavailable,” which will be released by Blue Handle on Oct. 25.

Andrew J Brandt

Andrew J Brandt

“Mixtape for the End of the World”

“Mixtape for the End of the World”

In addition to its PenCraft honors in the Young Adult / Comingof-Age category, “Mixtape” has also been nominated for the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award in the YA category.

“We are thrilled Andrew will be out signing copies and meeting readers,” said Blue Handle Publishing Editorial Director Ricky Treon. “And we are proud that Andrew is the first author to hold an event there in more than two years.”

When “Picture Unavailable” releases, it will be the third Blue Handle title to hit bookshelves in 2022. Jordan Reed’s debut novel “The Wizard’s Brew” is set for release on May 24, followed by award-winning playwright Leslie Liautaud’s “Black Bear Lake,” an upmarket YA novel hailed by Publishers Weekly as “expertly crafted” and “a heart wrenching coming-of-age tale.” Charles D’Amico will round out Blue Handle’s 2022 slate with “Perdue,” an expansion of his award-winning Neil Baggio suspense series, in November.

Burrowing Owl Books welcomes Amarillo native for book signing Saturday

Burrowing Owl Books in Amarillo will be welcoming Amarillo native Rachel A. Greco to an author signing 2-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Visitors to the store, located at 7406 SW 34th Ave., Ste. 2B, will be able to pinpoint her by her cloak similar to that of the main character in the book and the (stuffed) hawk nearby, according to a news release.

"The Gift of Dragons," by Rachel A. Greco

“The Gift of Dragons,” by Rachel A. Greco

Mrs. Greco’s debut novel, “The Gift of Dragons,” is a Young Adult fantasy book in which the fate of two species rests on the tip of a dagger. When the prince Adelaide seeks to overthrow tries convincing her that the legendary dragons exist and need help, Adelaide must decide where her true allegiance lies before the kingdom shatters.

For more information, visit https://www.rachelagreco.com

Live music planned at Starlight Canyon, other venues

Hilary Marie Presents recently announced its 2022 music and events calendar.

The Starlight Canyon’s Concerts in the Canyon features Tuesday night jazz with live music, a food truck, BYOB and chairs and free kids admission. Events run 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast, 100 Brentwood Road in Amarillo. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. May 10 will feature the Esquire Jazz Band with food from Reagan’s Brick Oven. May 17 will have Polk Street Jazz with food from Pork N Things BBQ; the James Barger Quintet will perform May 24 with food from Stix; and the Amarillo College Jazz Band will play May 31 with food from The Rolling Stoves.

In June, Wednesday nights will feature a songwriters series. Gates open at 6 p.m., with concerts at 7. Featured artists include Emily George & Mila Rae, Joel White & Randy Palmer, Micah Bynum & Keitha Jones, Kayla Richardson & Rien and Mindi, Mike Fuller & Andy Chase, Danny Freeze & Dr. T, Brody Blue & Cameron Heard, Matt Lemburg & Ben Cargo, Kenzie Crabtree, Derek Porterfield & Jak Thurmond, Carrey Thompson & Tanner Lane, Hank Vincent & Michael Coon, and Yvonne Perea & Jen Wilson.

The Starlight Canyon’s Concerts in the Canyon Weekend Edition starts in June with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Concerts start at 7 p.m., with a food truck, BYOB and chairs and free kids admission. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Hilary Marie will perform for a live recording on June 10. Other performers include Mike Fuller and the Repeat Offenders (June 17), Geezers Gone Wild (June 24), Love Session (June 25), 9 Eyes (Aug. 12), HoneyHouse (Aug. 13), Brother Saint Clare (Sept. 2), Dana Hubbard (Sept. 16), Insufficient Funds (Sept. 23), Sadie’s Rangers (Sept. 30) and Tennessee Tuckness (Oct. 7)

Other Hilary Marie Presents events include Mariposa After Dark at Mariposa Eco Village, 9101 Mariposa Drive; live music at the Canyon Country Club, Thursdays at the Eagle Grill & Bar, live music at The Shops at Wolfin Square, and live music every Thursday and Friday at La Bella Pizza on Olsen.

For more information, go to www.hilarymarieofficial.com.

Texas Panhandle Student Art Show on display through May 13 at AMoA

The Texas Panhandle Student Art Show (TPSAS), the end-of-year student art exhibition to recognize all the talented young artists in the Texas Panhandle, is on display now through May 13 at the Amarillo Museum of Art.

The exhibition will consist of two parts: student artworks from grades K-12 and portfolios of artworks from high school seniors. Teachers will be installing the artworks from individual student entries as well as graduating senior portfolios.

Eligible artworks in the exhibition will be judged by Amarillo College art professors for 10 Best of Show Awards, one Best-of-Show Portfolio Award, Education Credit Union (ECU) Georgia O’Keeffe Excellence in Art & Creativity Awards to one high school and one middle school entry, and the ECU Georgia O’Keeffe Scholarship. Scholarships from the Texas Panhandle Art Education Association and the AC and WTAMU Art Departments will also be awarded to Senior Portfolio participants.

The Amarillo Museum of Art is located at 2200 South Van Buren on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For additional information, visit www.amoa.org, email [email protected], or call 806-371-5050 or 806-371-5392 (weekends).

Tritt bringing country classics to Amarillo

Country music star Travis Tritt brings his solo acoustic tour 2022 to the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St., at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Enjoy a special evening with the CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist. This show, which will include Tritt’s band, will give attendees an opportunity to hear some of the performer’s biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.”

Plan to sing along with Tritt’s vast catalog of crowd favorites like “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” and “Here’s a Quarter — songs that have created a devoted fan base that continues to sell-out shows across the globe. Tritt will also perform favorites off his new album, “Set In Stone”, which was just released this year.

Tickets for this show range from $45 to $89 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating and are available for purchase at panhandletickets.com

Kreischer brings comedy tour to Civic Center

Bert Kreischer brings his The Berty Boy Relapse Tour to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The stand-up comedian, podcaster, reality television host and actor has served as host of the television series Hurt Bert on FX as well as Bert the Conqueror and Trip Flip on Travel Channel.

He is the producer and host of Bertcast, a weekly comedy podcast on the All Things Comedy network. He is also the co-host of the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast with fellow comedian Tom Segura, and co-host of the Bill and Bert podcast with actor and comedian Bill Burr.

This show is recommended for audience members 18 and older.

Tickets range from $39 to $90 (plus taxes and fees) and are available online at panhandletickets.com

Read Southall Band to perform at Starlight Ranch

Read Southall Band makes its way back to Amarillo at 8 p.m. Saturday, May, 14, at Starlight Ranch, 1415 Sunrise Drive.

“This is where we belong.”

Read Southall is talking about the first single “Where We Belong” from his namesake band’s new album, “For the Birds”. But he’s also talking about the idea that it took a few years, a very isolating 2020 and some needed shifts in musical direction to get to a place where new music — let alone the group’s crowning achievement — could even exist.

Tickets for this outdoor concert range from $25 to $50 and are available online through www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

For King and Country coming to Amarillo Civic Center

Gospel duo For King and Country brings its What are We Waiting For? tour to Amarillo at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St.

The Christian contemporary pop rockers are promoting their new album “Burn The Ships.”

The four-time GRAMMY award-winning duo makes a powerful statement with their much-anticipated third album, an epic, sweeping musical landscape that explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope, and love.

The album’s debut and GRAMMY® nominated single, “joy,” which features a 100-person choir and a hypnotic wave of rhythm and electronic sounds, hit No. 1 and has been streamed more than 18 million times.

Tickets for this show range from $19 to $200 (plus taxes and fees) based on seating.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.forkingandcountry.com

Eli Young Band returns to city

The Eli Young Band makes its way back to Amarillo at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Starlight Ranch, 1415 Sunrise Drive.

With momentum still high following their fourth career #1, multi-platinum​ Eli Young Band​is releasing an introspective new single with “​Break It In​” via The Valory Music Co.

Under producer Dann Huff, the tune explores lessons in life and love that are only learned over time well spent. As showcased through vivid Benjy Davis, Brandon Day, Daniel Ross, and Michael Whitworth-penned lyrics, EYB further delivers a booming chorus: ​“Like these dusty boots that walked me through / The work that got me here / And these faded jeans with Skoal can rings / I’ve worn out all these years / When the shine wears off, when you lose that gloss / There’s so much more underneath it all / You think that good is good as it can get / Then you break it in.”

Tickets for this outdoor concert are $25 (plus taxes and fees) and available online through www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

Tickets on sale for ‘Waitress’ at Civic Center May 27-28

“Waitress” the Broadway musical will play at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium for a limited, two-show engagement in late May.

Tickets for the May 27 and 28 shows are available for purchase online at PanhandleTickets.com, by phone at 806-378-3096, in person at the box office located inside the Amarillo Civic Center Complex and also at area United Supermarkets. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

“Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage,” a news release says. “Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as ‘The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie’ and ‘Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.’ When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.”

Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, “Waitress” is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

“Waitress” closes the 2021-2022 Amarillo Broadway Spotlight Series, sponsored by Education Credit Union and KVII ProNews 7. For more information on the upcoming 2022-2023 Broadway Spotlight Series, follow them on Facebook @BwayAmarillo and on Instagram @AmarilloBroadway. Also, interested patrons can register their email address for the latest updates at CelebrityAttractions.com/Amarillo.

Celtic Throne arriving at Globe-News Center in June

Celtic Throne: The Royal Journey of Irish Dance will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. June at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

Created by Herbert W. Armstrong College and Armstrong Dance, with original new music from Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne (Heartbeat of Home), Celtic Throne celebrates the dramatic and mysterious origins of Irish dance.

Infused with innovative choreography, dazzling costumes and spectacular lighting and projection, Celtic Throne follows the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States.

Tickets range from $35 to $45. For more information and tickets, visit www.panhandletickets.com

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo entertainment in brief

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