The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 22-25

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

The weekend is here — celebrate! Check out a play, learn something new about Waco, support a fundraiser or listen to live music. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend

Brighten this dreary and rainy weekend by ducking into the Ball Performing Arts Center at McLennan Community College for a performance of “South Pacific.” The masterpiece unfolds on a remote island paradise under the clouds of the Second World War. A high-spirited nurse, unexpected love, a French farmer, a dashing lieutenant, a beautiful Tonkinese girl and soaring music will keep you entertained. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $10 and $12. To purchase tickets, call 299-8200.

Did you read Barbara Park’s best-selling “Junie B. Jones” books? Relive the series at Waco Civic Theatre’s musical “Junie B. Jones” as Junie navigates her first day of first grade. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Available seating is limited for each show. Call 776-1591 to inquire about tickets.
Cultivate 7twelve invites you to its Designer Showcase Art Show. Friday, take part in the opening reception from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, enjoy the open house and demonstrations from 12-6 p.m. This showcase is called “Fine Art for Waco’s Fine Homes” and will be open through March 1. To learn more, visit
Come one, come all to “Rasheeda Speaking” at Mission Waco’s Jubilee Theatre. This show addresses whether racism exists in a society believed to be post-racial. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost between $7 and $12. Purchase tickets at the door or online at Visit for details.

Thursday, February 22

Hear voices sing at the Women’s Choir Festival Concert! Baylor University women’s choir will be joined by young women singers from the Youth Chorus of Central Texas and 11 area high schools. The festival begins at 4:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus. For more information, visit

Don’t miss Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) at the Mayborn Museum Complex from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This special event focuses on girls who aspire to be engineers. Explore fun activities, including penny boats and marble roller coasters. At 6 p.m., “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” will play in the SBC Theater. All activities and the film are included in regular museum admission prices. Visit to learn more.
Teachers know what they — well, teach. Midway’s K-12 art teachers put their knowledge on display for you at the Midway Art Faculty Show Closing Reception. From pottery to paintings to drawings to glass pieces, this exhibit show the diverse talent of each artistic instructor. This event will be held at Midway High School Theatre from 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit

Friday, February 23


Balcones Distillery invites you to a fun night and live music. Texas-based Americana artist Thomas Csorba will keep you on your feet. Joining him will be Austin-native singer Davis. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit to purchase tickets.

Saturday, February 24


Head to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market to hang out with friends and eat some tasty treats. This week is also Graduate Student Day at the farmers market. Baylor University’s Graduate Student Association will provide a $5 voucher to graduate students and their spouses. Keep an eye out for special discounts at select vendors. The farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Want to learn about Waco and enjoy an engaging walk? Look no further than Waco Walks: East Waco Remembering our History, Envisioning our Future. An optional prewalk video and discussion starts at 12 p.m. at the East Waco Library, at 901 Elm Avenue. This part of the event will show segments of the documentary “Urbanized.” At 1 p.m., gather in front of the East Waco Library to begin the walk. To learn more, email Cuevas Peacock at or visit
Don’t miss the 16th annual Hearts in the Arts Theatre Gala, sponsored by the McLennan Community College Foundation. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception at 6 p.m. at the Northwood House on MCC campus. Then, catch a performance of the award-winning musical “South Pacific” at 8 p.m. in the Ball Performing Arts Center on MCC campus. Finish the night with the cast and crew at a dessert reception following the show. Call 299-8604 for details.

Don your masks for the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Help support the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, and enjoy the evening. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium. Masks are not required, but they make the event more fun. Black tie is optional. To view ticket prices and table sponsorships, visit or call 752-9330, extension 112.

Sunday, February 25

Attention all classical music lovers! Catch the Central Texas String Academy Chamber Music Concert at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church from 6-7 p.m. Listen to works by Gastoldi, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi. Admission is free. Learn more at

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers Band, (Texas blues), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Wade Ralston (country/rock/blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas Unplugged (eclectic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Midnight Mustangs (country/classic rock), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Ballous Cats, (eclectic), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Dueling Hearts (bluegrass), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Station Creek (country), Buzzard Billy’s, 7:30 p.m.
• Shane Spann (folk), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Retro Rose (rock), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Read Southall Band (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

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