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Events from 10/20/2014 to 10/27/2014

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Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Arun Gandhi

  • 325-670-1592Dr. Rob Sellers
  • 10/20/14 - 10/21/14
  • 20th: 7 p.m. @ First Baptist Church, 1333 N. 3rd St.
    21st: 3 p.m. @ HSU-Behrens Auditorium, 2417 Cedar St.
  • Free; Donations Accepted

Presented by the Abilene Interfaith Council & Hardin-Simmons University. The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi  will speak on 'What I Learned from Grandfather about Peacemaking' and 'Nonviolence as a Pathway to Change.' ... Learn More

ACU Guest Artist Recital: Christopher Adkins, cello

  • ACU-Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2199Emily Berry
  • 10/21/14 - 10/21/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Chess Lessons @ The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Sarah Collins
  • 10/23/14 - 10/23/14
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Members of the Abilene Chess Club (ACC) will teach the classes every Thursday in October and November (excluding Thanksgiving).

Return of the Haunted Island

  • 401 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-668-5707Keith Sanders
  • 10/23/14 - 10/25/14
  • Dark to Midnight
  • $10-Person
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Providing great scary fun for 32 years. Hosted by The Men of Frater Sodalids.

Saints Alive! Art & Poetry

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 10/23/14 - 10/23/14
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Free
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A fun evening of poetry and art with Kaye Price-Hawkins who will share a simple and innovative approach to poetry writing in response to Judy Tedford Deaton's enlightening gallery talk about the saints depicted in Kelly Fearing's ... Learn More

Haunted Abilene

  • Swenson House
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3775Bill Minter
  • 10/24/14 - 10/25/14
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $12-$25-Person
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Have a fun evening the weekend before Halloween as the Abilene Preservation League presents their annual haunted Abilene. Take a trolley tour of Abilene's most terrifying haunted sites, and then tour the Haunted Mansion (Swenson House... Learn More

Runway of Terror 'Fears and Phobias'

  • 4886 Newman Rd.Abilene
  • 325-261-0723Info.
  • 10/24/14 - 10/25/14
  • 8 p.m. to Midnight
  • $10-Person; $5-Ages 5 and younger
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A Destination Imagination haunted house. Be prepared to ask "What is my greatest fear?" because you will meet it here.

UIL Region 1-5A Team Tennis Tournament

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 10/24/14 - 10/25/14
  • Call for admission and times
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ZombieFest

  • Domination Paintball
  • 7234 Hwy. 277 SouthAbilene
  • 325-690-1051Angel Seca
  • 10/24/14 - 10/25/14
  • 7:30 p.m. to Midnight
  • $12-Person
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After gathering your food, water and supplies, in a scary maze of Zombies, you get to defend yourself from brain eating Zombies using special ammo to save your group and maybe the world.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra: Bachtoberfest Concert

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Box Office
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $18-$42-Person
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An all-Bach concert because Bach’s music was a game-changer. Bach’s combinations of instruments in the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites are considered by some to be the origin of what we now consider a symphony. ... Learn More

Abilene Poultry Association Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Big Country Hall
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • Call for times and admission.
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People of all ages will compete in this annual event that draws 600-700 chickens. They are judged by American Poultry Standard/American Bantam Association in weight, color pattern and other areas that pertain to their breed.

Abilene's Hottest Costume Party

  • The Place
  • 401 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-370-2905Yvette Torres
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 9 p.m.
  • $5-Person at the Door
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BYOB. Music Performances By: DJ Big, John-Alex, Dustin Cavazos

Acapella Singing Extravaganza

  • Minda Street Church of Christ
  • 701 Minda St.Abilene
  • 325-676-2151Remel Derrick
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free
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A great night of singing praises to God. Showcasing group Revelation from Orlando Fla., Hanging Moss singing group from Jackson, Miss.; Paul Williams from Houston and Rayshan Booker from Nashville. A powerful and exciting night of praise ... Learn More

Bachtoberfest Street Festival

  • N. 6th & Cypress Sts.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Rhonda Hillis
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 3 to 9 p.m.
  • $20-Adults; $5-Kids; $10-Designated Driver
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Bier Garten and Wine. Essen Strasse Eat Street, Markt Strasse Shopping & Hand Craft Faire. Musical entertainment by The Polka Professors, The Brandecker Accordion, The Scottish Pipers, and The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. Chicken ... Learn More

Big Country Pet Parade & Costume Contest

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene, TX
  • 325-437-2800Pam Thomas
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 10 a.m to Noon
  • $8-Pet
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This event includes a Howl-O-Ween pet walk, a costume contest with prizes and a pet business expo. This family fun event will include pet adoptions, dog demonstrations, and vendors showcasing the many pet products and services available ... Learn More

Boo at the Zoo

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-676-6085Zoo
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • Starts at noon
  • $4-Person; Free-Children 2 and younger
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Annual family-friendly trick-or-treat festivity.

Family Fun Saturdays 10-25-2014

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free
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A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable ... Learn More

Home Free Concert: Crazy Life Tour

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Coliseum
  • 1600 Campus CourtAbilene
  • 325-864-2237Stephanie Baker
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • Doors open: 6 p.m.; Concert: 7 p.m.
  • $25-Person
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This 5 member a cappella vocal band won the NBC Season 4 'Sing Off.' They are entertainment at its finest! This family friendly show is sure to impress people of all ages! Check them out on homefreevocalband.com. All proceeds go ... Learn More

Noah Project Walk-a-thon

  • Abilene Christian University, Elmer Gray Stadium
  • 325-676-7107Paul Kenley
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 10 a.m.
  • Donation
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Annual event to benefit the work of the Noah Project Family Violence Center.

Paranormal History

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3974Heather Reed
  • 10/25/14 - 10/26/14
  • 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • $45-Person
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Spend two hours investigating our 15 historic buildings! Bring your cameras, recorders, and other ghost hunting devices to see what you can capture.

Safety City Fall Festival

  • Safety City
  • 2601 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6096Steve Bockenfeld
  • 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Free
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Trick-or-Treat through the streets of Safety City, play games, enter raffles, eat hot dogs and more!

ACU Choirs Concert

  • ACU-Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2199Emily Berry
  • 10/27/14 - 10/27/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Museums & Galleries

Julie Speed Paper Cut

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 08/12/14 - 02/14/15
  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Closes at 8 p.m.
  • $3-$6-Person
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Featuring intricate collage work with elements of the surreal and real combined to explore the thoughts and feelings that haunt the human experience throughout history. Marfa-based Speed is known for her paintings, drawings and etchings ... Learn More

'Beyond Mediocrity' by Jill Hendrix

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 09/09/14 - 10/25/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

Using wood, textiles, and pigment in her two- and three-dimensional pieces that use a ladder as a central visual element, combining architectural formality with informal elements and colors. Her pieces convey our life-long struggle to ... Learn More

'Now and Again' by Warren Taylor

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 09/09/14 - 10/25/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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Taylor’s watercolors combine a complex network of layers. A base of historical art references and present day themes is topped by three-dimensional objects juxtaposed to the underlying complex flat planes, reflecting our responses ... Learn More

'Soft Cells' Sculpture by William Cannings

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 09/09/14 - 10/25/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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By welding together flat steel forms and inflating them with air, Cannings creates dynamic pieces with the permanence of steel and the softer, gentler form of fabric. His sculpture captures the popularity of inflated objects that ... Learn More

Keith Carter: Ordinary Mysteries

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 09/12/14 - 02/14/15
  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Closes at 8 p.m.
  • $3-$6-Person
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A selection of Carter’s masterful photographs described as magic in the mundane and poetry of the commonplace. Lauded as a transcendental realist, east Texas native,Carter is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has ... Learn More

Kelly Fearing: Lucid Dreams

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 09/12/14 - 01/10/15
  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Closes at 8 p.m.
  • $3-$6-Person
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A selection of artwork curated from private and public collections by legendary Texas artist, Kelly Fearing (1918-2011) to demonstrate his lifelong fascination with surreal, mythic and metaphysical themes.  Part of the Altered States... Learn More

"In Retrospect" McMurry Homecoming Alumni exhibit

  • Amy Graves Ryan Gallery
  • 1642 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4859Jennifer Nichols
  • 10/02/14 - 11/07/14
  • Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free
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Featuring Linda Stricklin, 1989 Alumni Art Exhibit. Reception -- Friday October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

My Friend Eric Rohmann

  • National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Sujata Shahane
  • 10/09/14 - 01/30/15
  • 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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Rohmann won the Caldecott Honor for Time Flies and the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit. Rohmann has illustrated 15 children’s books and written 7 of his own. Although Rohmann primarily uses oil paints, he has experimented with ... Learn More

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