The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 14-17

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, Waco! Celebrate with plays, sports, art exhibits and live music. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in our Waco Weekend Recap. For more events, head over to our website at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend

Picture it: Paris 1899. Love and secrets reign supreme in “Moulin Rouge: The Shadowcast.” An Englishman falls in love with Satine, a singer engaged to a Duke. Will true love prevail or will a dark secret ruin everything? Catch the show Thursday or Friday at 7 p.m. at Waco Hippodrome. Tickets cost $10, and proceeds benefit Waco Civic Theatre. Visit to purchase tickets.
“All children, except one, grow up.” How well do you know the origin story of Peter Pan? Join the young orphan as he discovers adventure on a trip from Victorian England to a distant island in Baylor University Theatre’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All shows will be held in the Jones Theatre on Baylor campus. For ticket prices, call 710-1865 or visit
Whodunnit? That’s the key question in any murder mystery. Join Brazos Theatre for Till Death Do Us Part, an interactive murder mystery event. When death interrupts a wedding, it’s up to you to solve, or perhaps cover up, the crime. What role will you play? The show begins at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. For more information and tickets, visit
Batter up! Baylor Baseball plays Holy Cross in a three-day conference at Baylor Ballpark. It all starts Friday at 6:35 p.m. with a double header Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The final game begins Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Visit for details.
In the mood for some Baylor Softball? Head to Getterman Stadium and watch the Lady Bears compete in the Getterman Classic. Friday, they take on Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. then Southern Miss at 5:30 p.m. Saturday begins with the Lady Bears facing UT Arlington at 12:30 p.m. The rest of the competition will be determined by the winners of each game. For game updates, visit
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a jury deliberation? Wonder no more, because Jubilee Theatre presents “12 Angry Jurors.” Uncover what emotions and beliefs come into play and how 12 people reach one decision. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and for seniors age 65 or older, and $7 for children age 3-11. Children age 2 or younger are admitted free. To purchase tickets, visit

Cultivate 7twelve invites you to a limited two-week Mammoth Collective exhibit. The all-female artist collective creates symbolic, modern, conceptual works. Attend the opening reception Friday from 6-10 p.m. Light bites and drinks will be available. Visit to learn more.
Swing by the Carleen Bright Arboretum for the Art Guild of Central Texas exhibit. Admire around 30 original paintings by at least 12 artists from the Central Texas area. An Art Reception will be held Sunday in the Whitehall Center. Talk with artists and enjoy some refreshments from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Art journalist David Smith will then critique the paintings from 2:15-3 p.m. The exhibit is on display now through March 3. For gallery hours, visit

Art speaks a thousand words, and the “Mí Corazón/My Heart” exhibit tells a heartwarming story. Each work portrays the anatomical heart in a variety of mediums from sculptures to paintings to quilts. An international art exhibition, “Mí Corazón/My Heart” includes artists from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, New Mexico and Texas. The art is on display now through March 2 at the Art Forum of Waco. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. To learn more, visit the Art Forum of Waco’s Facebook page.

If you like early 19th-century engravings of Greek and Roman sculptures, check out “The Neoclassical Gaze: Myth and Reality of Ancient Sculpture” exhibit at the Martin Museum of Art. The special exhibition features Wilhelm Gottlieb Becker’s Augusteum — a three-volume publication of engravings — beside plaster-cast reproductions. All special Valentine’s Day torch-lit guided tours are sold out. The exhibit is open now through March 8. Visit for details.
Waco Winery presents a Texas Fine Artists Exhibit and Art Reception. Admire original paintings and photography from 14 artists from the Central and North Texas area. Meet the artists Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit runs now through March 31. For more information, visit or

Let your imagination run wild at the Mayborn Museum’s “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy” exhibit. Inspired by Eric Carle’s five “Very” children’s picture books, the play-and-learn exhibit features activities where visitors jump into the world of special insects from the books and discover their own journeys. The exhibit is open now through May 12. Visit to learn more.
Step back in time with Historic Waco Foundation’s newest exhibition: “Coming of Age.” Take a sneak peek into the Edwardian era of debutantes from attire and music to Waco traditions, and how the past influences modern debutante balls. View the exhibit at the East Terrace House now through July 7. The house is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit

Thursday, February 14


Can you feel the love this Valentine’s Day? Spend time with your other half and show you care with flowers, dinner or a thoughtful gift. Don’t have a special someone? Grab your girls and make your own galentine’s event.
Kick back and have a drink while listening to great music by Jennifer Pisarcik and Jon Fox. The duo will play Americana tunes perfect for any evening. Catch the show at 6 p.m. at the Rusty Nail Barn and Grill.
Want some class and good times? Enjoy A Klassy Evening of Spoken Jazz at Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro. Renowned artist Michael Guinn combines live music and the spoken word for rhythmic spoken jazz. Comedy and an open mic complete the event for a unique time you’ll love. Tickets cost $60 and include dinner. For details, call 752-1808 or visit
Live Music
• Evan Klaras & Greg Bashara (jazz), Balcones Distillery, 5 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (pianist), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, February 15

Put your hands together for Reunited: It Takes Two, a tribute show to Rod Stewart & Tina Turner. Your favorite hits by the two music stars and good company are the perfect combination for a rocking night. The show begins at 7 p.m. at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill. Tickets cost $15 or $20. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Shane Spann (Americana/folk/rock), Rusty Nail Barn & Grill, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (country/rock), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Three 4 One (eclectic), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Jessica Lewis (country), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• South of Jupiter (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Billy Holt Band (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 16

The weekend is here at last! Get your morning started with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Yummy food, neat goods, familiar vendors — everything you love is there. Maybe you’ll discover something new or make a new friend. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Take me out to the ballgame! The McLennan Community College Highlanders Baseball team plays Navarro College in a double header. Watch the games at Bosque River Ballpark at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, visit
Everyone deserves a Valentine’s Day Dance! And all are welcome to A Special Night for Special Friends, presented by Baylor Helping Hands. The event will be held at Mayborn Museum Complex from 6-8 p.m. While the event is free, attendees are asked to register. Visit to register.

Put your bear claws in the air and cheer on the Baylor Women’s Basketball team. The Lady Bears play against Oklahoma University at the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. Visit for details.

Make some noise for Turnpike Troubadours, Brit Kerr and Parker McCollum in Waco 100 Texas Music Blowout! The three Texas country stars will perform at the Extraco Events Center at 7 p.m. VIP tickets cost $75, floor tickets $30 and balcony tickets $25. To purchase tickets, visit or call 224-8282.
Live Music
• Tim Mauzy (country/blues), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 5 p.m.
• Jonna Mae (Americana/folk), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Travis Tritt (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $39-$99
• Jason Fletcher (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Night Traveler, Thinking Caps & Spoor (alternative/indie), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15
• Live Music, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Blue Houdini Band, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Skylar & Abe (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Gary Beard (blues), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Gilby Clarke (rock ‘n’ roll), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Johnnie Bradshaw & The Out of the Blue Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Kenny Orts & The No Chance Band (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• Armadillo Mudflaps (eclectic), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

Round out your weekend with Choral Evensong and Duo Edelen at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. The evensong will feature St. Alban’s choir at 5:15 p.m. Then, Duo Edelen will perform at 6 p.m. with cello and keyboard. The free event is part of the Sacred Art Series. Visit or for more information.