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Events from 01/18/2017 to 01/25/2017

Events Calendar

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28th Annual Taylor County Livestock Show and Sale

  • Taylor Country Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 01/18/17 - 01/21/17
  • Free-Spectators

Wed.: Poultry Show - Wed., 11 a.m. - Big Country Hall; Steer Show followed by Heifer Show - 1 p.m. - Griffin Arena.  Thurs.: Lamb Show followed by Goat Show - 8 a.m. - Horse Barn; Rabbit Show - 5 p.m. - Big Country Hall.  Fri.: Swine Show - 8 a.m. - Horse Barn.  Sat.: Premium Sale - 12:30 p.m. - Horse Barn

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Footloose the Musical

  • Abilene High School - Auditorium
  • 2800 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-665-1436Clay Freeman
  • 01/19/17 - 01/22/17
  • January 19, 20 and 21- 7 p.m.
    January 22-1:30 p.m.
  • $10-Adults; $7-Students, military and senior citizens

Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack is in shock when he discovers the small Texas town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. Presented by Abilene High School Theatre and Choral departments. 

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Abilene Inauguration Pride GLBT Sidewalk March

  • City Hall
  • 555 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 903-453-7191Ricardo Reyes
  • 01/20/17 - 01/20/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Free

This event is inspired by the Austin, Texas, inauguration Pride, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender March and will begin in conjunction with that event. Bring pride items to carry or wave during the march. (City of Abilene Traffic/Pedestrian laws do apply)

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Founders Dinner with William Joyce

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 01/20/17 - 01/20/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • $125

Join co-founder William Joyce and other founding members of the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature they kick off the NCCIL's 20th Anniversary Celebrations in 2017.

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Paramount Film Series: Florence Foster Jenkins

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 01/20/17 - 01/21/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

Meryl Streep stars as New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins in this hilarious and heartwarming true story of a woman who dreams of becoming a great star, but is actually a terrible singer. Color; 111 minutes; Rated PG-13

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Hike and Clean Up at Abilene State Park

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • (325) 572-3204Abilene State Park
  • 01/21/17 - 01/21/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free
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PlayMaker

  • New Hope Church
  • 3122 S. Clack St.Abilene
  • 325-665-3489Dan Byerly
  • 01/21/17 - 01/21/17
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • $15-Person

PlayMaker is designed as a tool to motivate and inspire the audience to live life with a purpose. Our country is at a crucial point where living a life filled with character is critical for future generations. Featuring speaker Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director Emeritus. Be a PlayMaker! Make a difference!

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West Texas Rehab Center Telethon

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-793-3529WTRC
  • 01/21/17 - 01/21/17
  • 7 p.m. to midnight
  • $10-$15-Person

Join your favorite television and country/western stars as they perform at this annual fund-raiser.

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Springboard Ideas Challenge

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • 174 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-674-6485Karen Heflin
  • 01/23/17 - 01/24/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.; Either day is open for presentations
  • $10

The Springboard Ideas Challenge is a mini-business model competition with the goal of providing aspiring entrepreneurs in Abilene and the surrounding West Texas region an opportunity to get their business up and running. Participants will present an elevator pitch in 2 minutes or less for the opportunity to advance to the final round where you will pitch to local investors. Grand Prize winner will receive $15,000.

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Broadway in Abilene: Saturday Night Fever

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Celebrity Attractions
  • 01/24/17 - 01/24/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission varies

Brooklyn, 1976 - Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life - to become the king of disco. With music and lyrics by the Bee Gees, this musical extravaganza comes to life with all the dance and drama of the disco era.

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Oak Ridge Boys

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6432Convention Center
  • 01/25/17 - 01/25/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $80-$315

Stonebridge Productions presents the Oak Ridge Boys with special guests Rudy & Steve The Gatlin Brothers 

 

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Sylvia by A. R. Gurney

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 01/26/17 - 01/29/17
  • Jan., 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
    Jan., 29 at 2 p.m.
  • $10-General admission; $5-Seniors, military and students; Free-HSU faculty, staff and students

Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Then, Greg finds a street-smart lab/poodle mix, bearing only the name 'Sylvia' on her name tag, and brings her home. The pup promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect.

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Elite Quarterback/Receiver Academy

  • Action Zone
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-665-8942Alan Wartex
  • 01/27/17 - 01/28/17
  • See website for camp times
  • See website for camp pricing

A winter, spring, and summer training program that trains young men in the fundamentals of throwing and catching the football and more.

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ACU Rugby vs. Univ. of Dallas Rugby Match

  • Action Zone
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-201-3490Keith Goeddertz
  • 01/28/17 - 01/28/17
  • 2 p.m.
  • Free

Spring 2017 season opener.  Seating is available but limited so get there early to get a set. You may bring your own chairs.

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Classical Concert- Mahler's Fifth

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Jill Bertsch
  • 01/28/17 - 01/28/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $19-$42; Military and group discounts available

From the striking opening trumpet notes to the famous Adagietto for harp and strings, listeners will be drawn into the world Mahler creates with his symphony.

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Follow the Smoke

  • Perini Ranch
  • 3002 FM 89Buffalo Gap
  • 800-367-1721Perini Ranch
  • 01/28/17 - 01/28/17
  • 5 p.m.
  • $75-Person

Chef John Cox, a world renowned California Chef is traveling the great state of Texas to learn more about Texas BBQ. Pitmaster Tom Perini will assist him on his journey and demonstrate how to make his famous brisket. Chef John Cox will be demonstrating the California cut, the Santa Maria and Tri-Tip. Enjoy this memorable meal accompanied by wines from Fess Parker Winery and event moderation from Daniel Vaughn, BBQ editor of Texas Monthly.

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Truly Blessed Anniversary Party Feat. 21 Savage

  • Taylor County Expo Center-Round Building
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 01/28/17 - 01/28/17
  • 8 p.m.
  • $35-$40

1134 Ent. and Truly Blessed Barber Shop have teamed up for an unforgettable night of entertainment. 21 Savage will be performing live with special guest performances, pop up shops for merchandise and live artwork.

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WWE Live!

  • Taylor County Expo Center- Coliseum
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 01/28/17 - 01/28/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $15-$95

This will be your chance to see: Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, the Miz and more. *Card is subject to change. 

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West Texas Bridal & Quinceanera Showcase

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-792-7100James Pettit
  • 01/29/17 - 01/29/17
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Tickets go on sale December 1st.

With over 100+ vendors and acclaimed sponsors, we have been recognized as the renowned 'one-stop shop' for brides and an exceedingly flourishing marketing opportunity for businesses.

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Art Adventure

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/03/17 - 02/03/17
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Free; Reservations requested

This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery.

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TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour

  • Taylor County Expo Center-Coliseum
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 02/03/17 - 02/04/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $11-$26

See 10,000 pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party!

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12th Annual West Texas Sports & Fitness Expo

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-692-2972Michelle Ludwig
  • 02/04/17 - 02/04/17
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $2 -Adults; $1-Children 12 and younger

Sports contests, vendor booths, demonstrations, autographs, food, shopping and prizes. The premiere sports, fitness and recreation event of the year.

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30th Annual TET Reunion

  • Taylor County Expo Center-Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 02/04/17 - 02/04/17
  • Noon
  • Free

A day long event, featuring entertainment, a great meal and most importantly, the opportunity to share common experiences and honor the veterans that gave their lives and service to protect and serve the United States of America. Open to all veterans and their families.

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Abilene Rugby Club vs. Denton Rugby Club

  • Lee Complex
  • 1317 N. Pioneer Dr.Abilene
  • 717-497-3294Tim Singiser
  • 02/04/17 - 02/04/17
  • 2 p.m.
  • Free

Come support the team, take photos and hang out with the players after the event. Seating is available but you may bring your own chairs.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Party

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-2800Pam Thomas
  • 02/04/17 - 02/04/17
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A birthday party with frontier crafts, games, readings from the little house books, and activities including a Laura look alike contest. There will be a photo booth, birthday cake and fun for kids of all ages. Those that call at least a week in advance to confirm attendance will receive a free party gift bag.

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Broadway in Abilene: Cirque Eloize Saloon

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Celebrity Attractions
  • 02/07/17 - 02/07/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission varies

As audacious and innovative as ever, this performance brings you an intoxicating mix of theatre, music, acrobatics and emotion. It's a whole new kind of Old West get-together. 

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Barefoot in the Park

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271Box Office
  • 02/09/17 - 02/18/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $12-Students, military and senior citizens

The Tony Award Winning romantic comedy about two newlyweds. One is free-spirited, the other straight-laced. How can the love and romance last beyond the honeymoon?

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Bryan Elijah Smith in Concert

  • 'The Backyard' at 23 Junk Street
  • 2257 Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-725-5337Jennifer Martinez
  • 02/10/17 - 02/10/17
  • 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  • $5-Person; $20-Optional cooler fee

The Backyard at 23 Junk Street and Downtown Music Series brings a night of live music, drinks and fun. Taylor Ochs will be opening the show. Pack your cooler full of you favorite drinks and bring it in for a small fee. Bring a chair and get ready to sit back and relax with tunes. All tickets will be at will call so all you need is your ID to get in the door.

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Paramount Film Series: Little Women

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 02/10/17 - 02/11/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

This endearing saga of the March sisters - Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - who come of age in New England during the Civil War, is based on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Francis Dee; black and white; 117 minutes; not rated, 1933.

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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2787Adam Hester
  • 02/10/17 - 02/19/17
  • Feb. 10-11, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 12, 2 p.m.; Feb. 17-19, 2 p.m.
  • $15

This critically acclaimed play is an exploration of grief and coping as David celebrates the birthday of his wife, Gillian, who was killed in a boating accident two years earlier on her 35th birthday. The playwright examines the responsibilities of parents to children and the compromises of marriage, the futility of self-pity and guilt.

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 02/11/17 - 02/11/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This month's presentation: 'What Lies Beyond' by Lou David Allen. This lecture series is based on the Chautauqua movement which began in Chautauqua, New York, in 1875, and spread throughout the rural United States in the following years. It provided educational lectures and entertainment for average Americans before the advent of mass media like radio and television.

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Chocolate Safari

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 02/11/17 - 02/11/17
  • Noon to 4 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Children

Sample chocolate delights and support the Abilene Zoological Society and it is efforts to promote animal conservation and wildlife preservation.

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Evening for the Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 02/11/17 - 02/11/17
  • 6:30 to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets by sponsorship only.

A delicious dinner followed by entertainment provided by the top singer/song writers in the country music business. They will delight you with stories of how songs can to be and will perform many songs you know and love. This event benefits the Expo Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/11/17 - 02/11/17
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

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 knowledge.

Texas Takeover Tour feat. MercyMe & Micah Tyler

  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 1-800-965-9324
  • 02/12/17 - 02/12/17
  • 5 p.m.-Doors open; 6 p.m.-Concert
  • $27.50-$52.50

Enjoy a concert featuring some of the bands newest music.

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All The World's a Grave by John Reed

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 02/14/17 - 02/19/17
  • Feb., 14-18 at 7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • $10-General admission; $5-Military, seniors and students; Free-HSU faculty, staff and students

Imagine that Hamlet had a reason; Macbeth a spine; Juliet an affair...with Romeo. Having launched a war to woo and win Juliet as his young bride, Hamlet returns home to find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth. Madness is not far behind. Southwest Premiere. Directed By Courtney Mentzel.

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An Evening with Juice Newton

  • Taylor County Expo Center-Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 02/14/17 - 02/14/17
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • $62.50-$67.50

Celebrate the Queen of your heart with dinner and a show for two!

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Abilene Speedway Ice Breaker 2017

  • Abilene Speedway
  • 6825 W. Hwy 80Abilene
  • 325-692-8800Rob Poor
  • 02/17/17 - 02/18/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $12-Adults; $10-Military with ID; $5-Children ages 6-12; Free-Children 5 and younger

IMCA sanctioned car racing.

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Around The World at The Grace

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 02/17/17 - 02/19/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $125-Person

Guests will enjoy a progressive evening of unique food, drink, music and décor as they 'visit' various countries throughout the museum: India, France, Japan…and a little American bayou.

 

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2 Hip Chick's Roadshow

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211Abilene Civic Center
  • 02/18/17 - 02/18/17
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $5-Person

Over 100 vendors bringing you the latest in boutiques, re-purposed furniture, metal art, kids boutique, vintage, up-cycled, antique, health & beauty, one of a kind finds and good ole junk! 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/18/17 - 02/18/17
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

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 knowledge.

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Neighborhood Fishin' Trout Derby

  • Grover Nelson Park Small Pond
  • 1000 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-692-0921Natalie Goldstrohm
  • 02/18/17 - 02/18/17
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Free

Enjoy free hot cocoa and trout fishing with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and City of Abilene. Angler education activities will be available for youth, such as fish identification, learning casting techniques, and knot-tying. Loaner tackle will also be available for youth in limited supply. Anyone 17 years old or older must have a valid fishing license to fish.

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Pops Concert- A Night in Old Vienna

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Jill Bertsch
  • 02/18/17 - 02/18/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $19-$42; Military and group discounts available

Step back in time to a romantic evening in old Vienna with waltzes and operetta favorites by Johann Strauss, Sigmund Romberg, and more, with soprano Haley Sicking and tenor Chris Oglesby.

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The Ugly Duckling

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Children's Performing Arts Series
  • 02/18/17 - 02/18/17
  • 2 p.m.
  • $9

Dazzling visuals bring Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale and Aesop’s famous fable to the modern stage for an electrifying performance. Lightwire Theater was the 2012 runner-up on ‘America’s Got Talent” and tours multiple shows internationally.

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Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 09/24/16 - 03/11/17
  • Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Museum members, active-duty military, and children ages 3 & younger

The history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions will be the focus of this exhibition spanning all three floors of The Grace Museum.