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Events from 09/22/2014 to 09/29/2014

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14th Annual West Texas Book Festival

  • Abilene Public Library & Abilene Civic Center
  • 325-676-6017Janis Test
  • 09/22/14 - 09/27/14

Sponsored by Friends of the Abilene Public Library. Presentations and workshops featuring local and regional authors, Cookbook Gala, Boots & Books Luncheon with special guest speaker. Presentations are held throughout the week, ... Learn More

20th Annual Big Country Balloon Fest

  • Red Bud Park
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-795-0995Optimist Unlimited
  • 09/26/14 - 09/27/14
  • Fri., Noon to 10 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Free
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Sponsored by Optimist Unlimited. A weekend of family fun including hot air balloons, children's games and inflatable rides, silent auction, food and craft vendors and a balloon glow on Friday and Saturday nights.

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97th Annual Abilene Christian University Summit

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-3750AnnaJane Perrey
  • 09/21/14 - 09/24/14
  • Free
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A conversation where life and faith converge in Christ.

Sondheim After Sunset: A Vocal Revue

  • Abilene Christian University, Cullen Auditorium
  • 1600 Campus Ct. and Coliseum WayAbilene
  • 325-674-2199Emily Berry
  • 09/22/14 - 09/22/14
  • 8:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Featuring the ACU Choirs and ACU Opera Theater.

United Way Annual Leadership Gathering

  • Steelaway Gardens
  • 1201 S. LeggettAbilene
  • 325-677-1841Cathy Ashby
  • 09/23/14 - 09/23/14
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free
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The annual gathering honors philanthropic leaders in our area.The mission of the United Way of Abilene is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the West Central Texas area. United Way of Abilene works with 23 Community ... Learn More

A Midsummer Nights' Dream by William Shakespeare

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1404Box Office
  • 09/25/14 - 09/27/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $8-Adults; $5-Sr. Citizens & Military
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Mischief-making sprites ... young mortals searching for love ... earnest drudges rehearsing a play ... On a moonlit night, these peculiar worlds collide by chance—or by fate—in this contemporary production bursting with music,... Learn More

Bridge Lessons at The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 09/25/14 - 09/25/14
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free
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Have fun and meet new people while playing the world's greatest card game!

McMurry University Theatre Presents: 'Dead Ringer'

  • Ryan Little Theatre
  • 1642 Sayles Blvd.Abilene, TX
  • 325-793-3889Box Office
  • 09/25/14 - 09/27/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $5-Person
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Dark Comedy. Tyrus Cole, a horse trainer, lives on a ranch with his invalid sister Mary. Because he can't watch her during the day, Tyrus has Mary confined to a root cellar. When Dwight Foley arrives at the ranch seeking help with his... Learn More

Abilene Beer Summit

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-1852New Horizons
  • 09/27/14 - 09/27/14
  • 2 to 6 p.m.
  • $20-Person
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Enjoy an afternoon of craft beer at its finest. The courtyard will be filled with 30 breweries and over 100 different beers available to refresh your taste buds!

ACU Faculty Chamber Recital

  • Williams Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2199Emily Berry
  • 09/27/14 - 09/27/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Family Fun Saturdays 09-27-2014

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 09/27/14 - 09/27/14
  • 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

USSSA September Slugfest Baseball Tournament

  • Nelson Park Softball Complex
  • 100 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-829-7483Jason Johnson
  • 09/27/14 - 09/28/14
  • Call for admission and times
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Youth boys qualifier.

Museums & Galleries

William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Sujata Shahane
  • 06/12/14 - 09/27/14
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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This new exhibition features work from both the film and book about the Robinsons, storyboards and drawings from his Oscar-winning animated short- film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and his feature length film Robots... Learn More

'Sublime Gestures' by Tom Turner

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 08/05/14 - 09/27/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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This Texas native's innovative photographic techniques investigate the relationship between man and the environment, examining the traces and marks that humans leave on their environments and the marks that the environment leaves upon... Learn More

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

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Last updated September 22, 2014 at 04:55 PM MST