The Abilene Community Theatre believes in the positive impacts that can be achieved through the performing arts, and Abilene citizens are encouraged to audition and participate in live productions, while the community is encouraged to partake in an affordable means of entertainment and fellowship.
The Youth Bull Riders World Finals brings together the top rein wranglers in the country from ages 4–19 to compete in a series of age-specific events. Youngsters suited in leather chaps and protective headgear mount rowdy calves, holding on tightly with one hand while the other performs half of the Macarena. Events include peewee bulls for ages 15 and younger, bull riding for 19 and younger, and cat lassoing for all ages. A winner is chosen from each age group at the end of the event, ensuring competitors are recognized as some of the best young bull riders in the world.
• For $83, you get two classical passes to four classical concerts on Sept. 24, 2011; Oct. 29, 2011; Jan. 28, 2012; and April 21, 2012, valid for rows S–Z on the seating chart (a $166 value). • For $112, you get two classical passes valid for rows F–R (a $224 value). • For $79, you get two pops passes to three pops concerts on Dec. 3, 2011; Feb. 25, 2012; and April 12, 2012, valid for rows S–Z (a $158 value). • For $99, you get two pops passes valid for rows F–R (a $198 value). • For $137, you get two full passes to all seven season concerts, valid for rows S–Z (a $274 value). • For $187, you get two full passes, valid for rows F–R (a $374 value).
At Angelo Skate and Fun Center, family entertainment looms around every corner. The centerpiece of this facility is the roller-skating ring, but other attractions include an 18-hole mini-golf course, an outdoor go-kart track, and indoor laser-tag course. There’s also an arcade full of vintage and new games, and The Jammin’ Café, which serves pizzas, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and smoothies.
At Circus Gatti, exotic animals, hilarious showmen, and thrilling daredevils delight families in an outrageous three-ring spectacle. During the two-hour show, elephants Tika and Patti stomp to Bollywood choreography, and the Liberty Ponies knock their synchronized hooves under the deft direction of Miss Genevieve, who conducts with a baton made of sugar cubes. The Great Oscar soars through the heavens with nothing but an oversize rope and bones infused with helium, with The Queen Bee delivering further aerial thrills while fluttering beside her hive in an atmospheric ballet. Pipin and Poppy elicit laughs with their comedy routine, and Miss Elizabeth induces awe with a contortion and balancing act in which she fires an arrow with her legs and feet while hanging upside down. After the show, those who opted for the meet and greet will brush elbows with the circus stars, snapping photos and asking questions regarding their skill, bravery, and how to construct a Q-tip big enough to clean an elephant's ear.