WT’s Great Books to launch discussion series on Amarillo native Saunders
CANYON — West Texas A&M University’s Great Books Series in January will kick off a set of discussions about the works of Amarillo native George Saunders ahead of the author’s upcoming lecture at the University.
Dr. Daniel Bloom, Great Books organizer and associate professor of philosophy in WT’s Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, will lead the discussion of Saunders’ “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 via Zoom.
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, Bloom said.
“This is a very early Saunders work, which seems appropriate as we begin our preparation for his visit,” Bloom said.
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. Brooks will take part in the Jan. 9 Great Books meeting.
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. To register for the January discussion, email Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amarillo Symphony concerts coming up this month
The Amarillo Symphony invites the community to join them for their first Chamber Music Amarillo concert of 2024, “Miracle Music.” The concert takes place on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.
Amarillo Symphony Music Director George Jackson will lead the Amarillo Virtuosi chamber orchestra, featuring solo violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza of the Harrington String Quartet and West Texas A&M University School of Music faculty flutist Helen Blackburn as well as flutist Melissa Cardenas, at the Jan. 13 event. The repertoire includes Christopher Theofanidis, Visions & Miracles for String Orchestra; J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5; and Haydn, Symphony No. 96 “Miracle.”
Then, the community can help the Amarillo Symphony celebrate their centennial and their Symphony musicians with “Bach to Bartók.” The concerts are set to take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19-20 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
Presenting international artist Mahan Esfahani will be performing Bach’s Concerto in D minor on harpsichord, and the musicians of the Amarillo Symphony will be performing Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra with George Jackson conducting. Other parts of the repertoire include Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni.”
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Exhibit honoring 100 Years of Texas State Parks comes to PPHM
CANYON — In honor of the Centennial Celebration of Texas State Parks, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon will display a new traveling art exhibit through Feb. 18, 2024.
The Art of Texas State Parks is a visual arts survey of state parks featuring more than 30 of the parks by some of Texas’ finest artists. Along with the traveling exhibit, the exhibit also includes a commemorative book published by Texas A&M Press. Proceeds from book sales and the sale of the artwork through Foltz Fine Art in Houston will be donated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to benefit Texas State Parks at the conclusion of the exhibition run.
In anticipation of the 2023 Centennial Celebration of Texas State Parks, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation collaborated with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum to present The Art of Texas State Parks. Thirty notable Texas artists were commissioned to create works celebrating parks across Texas. PPHM was selected as an important stop for this traveling exhibition since it is partners and located near Palo Duro Canyon, the most visited state park.
A commemorative book is available online through several sources, including Texas A&M Press and Amazon.
Bert Kreischer to perform Jan. 21 at Amarillo Civic Center
Notoriously shirtless comedian, podcast host, actor and author Bert Kreischer is extending his Tops Off World Tour to an additional 34 cities across the U.S., kicking off in January, including a Jan. 21 performance at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.
Tickets are on sale online at panhandletickets.com , in person at the Amarillo Civic Center box office, by phone at (806) 378-3096 and on site at area United Supermarkets.
Kreischer starred in and produced the film, “The Machine,” which has been in the top 10 on Netflix since its release on the platform on Sept. 23. The film premiered in the spring of 2023 and is based on his signature stand-up set recounting his experience with Russian mobsters while on a booze-soaked college trip.
In March, Kreischer released his fifth stand-up special, “Razzle Dazzle,” and his stand-up specials, “Secret Time,” “The Machine” and “Hey Big Boy” are currently streaming on Netflix as well. “Razzle Dazzle” has charted in the top five standup specials on Netflix and has been accompanied by at least one of his other three specials in the top 20 since its debut. More Kreischer information is available at www.BertBertBert.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.
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 .