The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 15-18

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Why stay at home this #WacoWeekend, when you can attend a play, gaze at stars 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. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend

You’ve never truly seen a work by Euripides until you’ve seen it in Greek. Baylor University Classics Department performs Euripides’ Alcestis in the original Greek. But don’t worry, there will be a chorus in English. Attend this free event Thursday or Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Foyer of Meditation in the Armstrong Browning Library. For details, visit

Can you feel the holiday spirit? If not, CYT Waco’s production of “Elf the Musical Jr.” is sure to do the job. Buddy, an orphan raised as an elf in the North Pole, travels to New York City to find his family and to spread the true meaning of Christmas. Performances are Thursday at 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All shows will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. For ticket prices and to purchase tickets, call 340-0084 or visit
Fall into the love story between an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant in Waco Civic Theatre’s “Once.” Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $16 and $18. Call 776-1591 or visit to purchase tickets.
With age comes refinement of one’s art. Admire the work of artists 50 years and older at the 38th annual Apple Tree Bazaar arts and craft show. Artists will display their work Friday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Extraco Events Center. Tickets cost $5 for both days. Proceeds from the craft fair benefit Meals on Wheels Waco. To learn more, call 752-0316.
Do you love horses? Head to Highlander Ranch at McLennan Community College for its Open Gaited Show. Saturday is trail and rail classes. Sunday is the dressage show, and non-gaited horses are welcome to compete. Both days start at 9 a.m. Everyone is sure to have fun. For additional information, visit

Thursday, November 15


Couples that write songs together stay together. At least, that seems to be the case for The Union Revival. Aaron and Amanda married 13 years ago and have found their niche in indie folk blended with classic Americana and country rock. Catch the duo at Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Visit to purchase tickets.
Now that the Fred Gildersleeve exhibit is open at Cultivate 7twelve, it’s time to discuss the exhibit and the photographer at Cocktails with the Curator. Rebekah Hagman and a representative from Baylor University Press will discuss Gildersleeve, his work and his importance in documenting Waco’s history. The free event will take place from 5:45-7 p.m. For details, visit
Waco Poets Society invites you to its November Open Mic night. Share anything you’ve written, from poems and stories to raps and songs. Every form of written word is welcome. Attend the event from 6-8 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. Visit to learn more.

Get on your feet and cheer! Baylor Lady Bears Basketball team plays against Southern University. The game begins at 6 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. For more information, visit

Immerse yourself in classical music with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Chris Botti, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter. Botti has performed worldwide and previously performed with the Waco Symphony during the 50th anniversary season. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Waco Hall. Go to or call 754-0851 to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Brian and Jeremy (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (blues/Americana), The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Night Traveler and The Shortlist (alternative rock), Common Grounds, 7 p.m., $12-$15
• Alysa Carrizales (country), Dichotomy, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, November 16

Hear the beat of basketball as the Baylor Men’s Basketball team takes on Nicholls State. Watch the teams play their best in a fast-paced game. Tipoff is at 11 a.m. at the Ferrell Center. Visit to learn more.
Engage in theological thought at “The Theology of Mirrors” with Father Justin, hieromonk and head librarian of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai. Fun fact: this monastery is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery in the world. Hear Father Justin read a paper called “The Theology of Mirrors in Saint Paul’s Epistles to the Corinthians and Later Greek Writers.” The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the Treasure Room at Armstrong Browning Library. For additional information, visit
The ball is up! If you think basketball is something to watch, attend the Baylor Lady Bears Volleyball team’s game against the University of Texas Longhorns. Both sides move quickly, sending the volleyball flying. The game will take place at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. Visit for details.

Spend your evening with fantastic music by Donald Balmos and Gail Wade. The piano duo will perform at McLennan Community College Foundation’s Steinway Series concert. Feel classical music come to life as Balmos and Wade bring an entertaining evening of Mozart, Poulenc and Brubeck. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Ball Performing Arts Center at MCC. Call 299-8604 for more information or email
Voices will harmonize at Baylor VirtuOSO’s Fall Concert. The a cappella group will perform a variety of songs the group has worked on the past several months. Enjoy the free concert at Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus at 7:30 p.m. Visit to learn more.
Live Music
• Tristan Augeri (country), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 6 p.m.
• Eka Gogichashvili and Kae Hosoda-Ayer (violin and piano), Roxy Grove Hall, 6 p.m.
• The Golden Sounds of the Platters (classical), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $20-$35
• Chuck Jennings and Beth Ullman (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jessica Lewis and Rodney Pyeatt (eclectic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Eric and Thomas (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Ryan Thomas and Cosmic Contract (indie/hip-hop), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $7-$10
• David Duran and Rushin Steele (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Pat Green (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $20-$25
• Rewind Party Band, The Warehouse, 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 17


Thanksgiving is almost here and with it, tons of food. Prepare for Thanksgiving dinner with the 13th annual Central Texas Turkey Trot, sponsored by Altrusa International of the Brazos. Run in the 5K or 10K race as the trail follows the Brazos River and winds through Cameron Park. Both races start at 9 a.m. at Brazos Park East. Registration costs $40 with a $3 signup fee. Race and registration information can be found at
The one, the only Waco Downtown Farmers Market is having a special anniversary market! Explore a handmade market, dance to live music or watch a cooking demo from Talk More Meals. That’s only a glimpse of everything that will be there to celebrate. Find the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit
Take a journey through the night sky at Mammoths in the Moonlight star party, presented by Waco Mammoth National Monument and Central Texas Astronomical Society. View the sun through a solar telescope starting at 3 p.m. After dark from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., visitors can then observe constellations, galaxies, nebulas and planets through one of the astronomers’ telescopes. Attendees are asked to bring blankets, chairs, a red-tinted flashlight and your telescope if you have one. The event will take place at the mammoth site. Visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument’s Facebook page to learn more.

Don your green and gold for the Baylor Football game. The Baylor Bears will face Texas Christian University. Make your way to McLane Stadium early for tailgating fun. The game will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
Get your boot scootin’ on! Sundae Drivers will perform at Papa Joe’s beginning at 8 p.m. Dance to kicking Americana music and have a fantastic evening. Visit to learn about the band.
Live Music
• Johnny Bush (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $39-$49
• Jayme Wade (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Ed Leonard and Friends (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (jazz), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Lauren January and Luke LaGrange (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers Band (country), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Shotgun Rider (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12
• 35 South Band (country), Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

Do you have a United States flag that’s old, worn, torn, faded or dirty? Bring the flag to Carleen Bright Arboretum from 2-4 p.m. for its Flag Retirement Ceremony. The Elizabeth Gordon Bradley Chapter, the McLennan County Veterans Association and the City of Woodway present this event to honor flags, veterans, patriots and first responders. All flags brought to Carleen Bright Arboretum will be properly disposed of. For more information, visit
Have you ever wanted to see the king of pop? Now’s your chance! Tribute artist Michael Firestone will perform live at I am King: A Michael Jackson Experience. Catch the show at The Backyard at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for anyone age 21 and over or $15 for anyone age 20 and under. Visit for details.
Live Music
• Jazz Combos, Jones Concert Hall, 1:30 p.m.
• Concert Band Concert, Ball Performing Arts Center at MCC, 3 p.m.
• Trombone Choir, Jones Concert Hall, 5 p.m.
• Choral Evensong and Harpsichord Concert, Sacred Arts Series, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 5:15 p.m.