Amarillo entertainment at a glance for October 22, 2023

The dark film The General will be screened with live accompaniment by the WT Orchestra

CANYON — A Buster Keaton silent film gets new life in an upcoming screening with the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra. Keaton’s classic “The General” will be screened with live orchestral accompaniment at 3:00 pm on October 29 at the La Rita Performing Arts Theatre, 311 Denrock Ave. in Dalhart. Entrance is free.

The film will also be screened for members of The Arts at WT: A Subscription Series at 7:00 pm on October 26 in Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WT Canyon campus. Membership is compulsory but can be purchased at the event at a prorated cost.

In the heyday of silent films, movie theaters provided live musical accompaniment, ranging from a piano in a small theater to a full orchestra in large theaters in major metropolitan areas. Dr. Mark Bartley, WT’s Lilith Brainard Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities, and the WT Symphony Orchestra have revived this tradition with their Cinema Live series, an event held annually both on and off campus .

“For most films, theater music directors would combine popular and classic hits that fit the overall themes of the film,” Bartley said. “But for us, Dr. BJ Brooks wrote new music specific to the scene, which is performed in sync with the film by the WT Symphony. This soundtrack is in a contemporary cinematic style that speaks to the central element of the film – namely the comedic, acrobatic feats of Keaton himself.”

It is the fifth silent film score written by Brooks, who is now director of the WT School of Music.

Jazztober returns to Center City on Tuesdays all month long

Jazztober’s 11th season in Center City continues with free jazz concerts on Tuesday nights in October.

The concerts will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday in October at 1000 S. Polk St. on the grounds of the historic Bivins Home. Concerts for this season continue with Big G & The Tradewinds on October 24.

The concerts are free. Guests must bring their own chairs or blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and drinks. For more information about Jazztober, please call Center City at 372-6744 or visit

Books to Broadway is set for Oct. 24 at the Amarillo Civic Center

Books to Broadway, a musical revue of songs from Broadway musicals based on or inspired by books, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Heritage Room of the Amarillo Civic Center.

Doors open at 6pm with a silent auction and free coffee and dessert bar, and the show starts at 7pm

The event is produced each year by Dr. Robert Hansen of the WTAMU School of Music and organized by the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library. This year’s theme is “Broadway Love Stories,” so audiences can expect to hear numbers from shows like “Rent,” “Fantastic,” and more.

Books to Broadway is first and foremost a gift to the community and a reminder of the importance of reading, notes a news release. Theater-style seating is available free of charge. Sponsorships and premium seating tickets are available for $25 each. Contact Stacy Clopton at 806-378-3051 or email [email protected] for more information or to reserve tickets.

The Eli Young Band returns to Starlight

The Eli Young Band returns to Amarillo live on the Starlight Ranch Main Stage at 8pm on Friday, October 27th. Geoffrey East will open the show.

The Eli Young Band has always been unique in modern country music—a true band of brothers who play their own instruments, write their own songs, and stick to their Texas roots.

Confident in their soulful, fiery brand of country, the title track from their upcoming album is impacting country radio and playlists now that they’re embarking on a 51-city self-titled tour. EYB has also shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and the Dave Matthews Band.

Tickets for this concert range from $25 to $125 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating and VIP features. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Cottonwood Faire set for October 28

The Cottonwood Faire is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Thompson Memorial Park. The event is open to all ages.

Dress up in your historical or Halloween attire, play outdoor games, compete in treasure hunts; enjoy food and drink; join interactive stories and more. There will also be carnival games, a royal court and feast, and live battles.

Tickets are $65 for VIP Royal Court; $25 for adults; $10 for children; $100 for vendors; and $50 for food trucks.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or find the event on Facebook at

Roberto Cardinale participated in the Ladd Lecture at AMoA on October 26

The Ladd Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 pm in the Amarillo College Concert Hall Theater. It is free and open to the public.

Artist and scholar Roberto Cardinale will speak at the Amarillo Museum of Art about his passion for church architecture. His work is inspired by his background as a Benedictine monk, as well as his travels throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico. He specializes in accurate reconstructions of historic churches, synagogues and missions, which are constructed of pine and then beautifully painted.

Cardinale holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy, a master’s degree in art from the University of Northern Colorado, and a doctorate in art education from Arizona State University. He was president of the San Antonio Art Institute and the New Mexico Museum Foundation. He has also been a professor at The Ohio State University, the University of Arizona, and Boston University, where he was director of the craft program.

The Ladd Lecture is an ongoing series of lectures by distinguished experts from across the United States. It is dedicated to the better understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts. The lecture series is sponsored by Mrs. Frank A. Ladd in memory of her husband, Mr. Frank A. Ladd.

The AMoA Alliance is hosting a pre-lecture cocktail buffet starting at 6pm at the Amarillo Museum of Art. Tickets for the pre-lecture reception are $40 per person and can be purchased online ( or by phone at (806) 371-5050.

The Amarillo Museum of Art is located at 2200 South Van Buren on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 806-371-5050 or 806 -371-5392 (weekends).

Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience Comes to Amarillo

Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience brings songs and stories from the “Man in Black” to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium at 7pm on Monday, October 30 in a way audiences have never seen or heard before.

With a video of Johnny from episodes of The Johnny Cash TV Show projected on a screen above the stage, a live band and singers will accompany him in perfect sync. This concert experience will showcase iconic performances from the TV show and highlight the spirit of the legend by revisiting some of his memorable lines and anecdotes. Cash will perform some of his biggest hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire” and “I Walk the Line,” and share stories of people he’s met along the way, whose causes he’s supported — the working man from all walks of life.

For more information, visit and follow @johnnycash on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter and @johnnycashofficial on YouTube. For more information on the Amarillo show and to purchase tickets, visit

CMA will present a Veterans Day concert

Amarillo Chamber Music will host a special event honoring area veterans at 7:30pm on November 11th.

A celebration of patriotic music will be presented by a brass quintet at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1200 S. Washington St.

Performers include William Takacs, trumpet; David Lowe, trumpet; Guglielmo Manfredi, horn; John Shanks, trombone; and Jeremy Lewis, tuba.

The program includes: “Toccata and Fugue” by Bach; “Quintet” by Michael Kamen; Kerry Turner’s Ricochet; Eric Ewazen “Bright and Fast from Frost Fire” by Eric Ewazen; “The Blue Goose from Iron Horse” by Kevin McKee; “Grovers Corners” by Aaron Copland from the film “Our Town”; “Cohan Medley” by George M. Cohan et al.

Tickets for this special concert are $40 and are available online at the Amarillo Symphony website at

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