The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 21-24

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Art, sports and live music prevail this #wacoweekend. 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

You can never have too many cupcakes… or can you? A girl named Pinkalicious finds out when she eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink in Waco Civic Children’s Theatre’s production of “Pinkalicious: The Musical.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children. Call 776-1591 or visit to learn more.
Hey, batter, batter, swing! The McLennan Community College Highlanders baseball team takes on Howard College Friday at 2 p.m. The teams compete in a double header Saturday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. All games will be held at McLennan Community College Bosque River Ballpark. For details, visit

Can’t get enough ballgames? Watch the Baylor Lady Bears softball team play in the Baylor Invitational at Getterman Stadium. The Lady Bears kick off the tournament Friday against the University of North Texas at 3 p.m. and then against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 5:30 p.m. Saturday morning sees the Lady Bears versus Kent State at 12:30 p.m. All remaining games will be decided based on the first three games. For game updates, visit
The ball is up and flying high! Cheer on the Baylor Bears baseball team in not one, but three games against Cornell University at Baylor Ballpark. The first game begins Friday at 6:35 p.m. Saturday’s game takes place at 3:05 p.m. Rounding out the weekend is Sunday’s game at 12:05 p.m. Visit for more information.

Cultivate 7twelve invites you to its Mammoth Collective exhibit. The all-female artist collective creates symbolic, modern, conceptual works. Explore the art Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is open now through March 1. Visit to learn more.
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.
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. The exhibit is on display now through March 3. For gallery hours, visit
If you like early 19th-century engravings of Greek and Roman sculptures, check out “The Neoclassical Gaze: Myth and Reality of Ancient Sculpture” 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. The exhibit is open now through March 8. Visit for details.
Waco Winery presents a Texas Fine Artists Exhibit. Admire original paintings and photography by 14 artists from the Central and North Texas area. The exhibit runs now through March 31. For details, 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 21

Listen up, poets! Waco Poets Society is back at Cultivate 7twelve for Open Mic Night, hosted by Isis Lee. Bring any form of poetry and share your experiences. The event takes places from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit
Have you had a chance to check out Cultivate 7twelve’s newest exhibit? Either way, head to Cocktails with the Curator: Mammoth Collective. Rebekah Hagman, the gallery director, will discuss the exhibit with the artists in a Q&A panel. The free event will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. Visit for details.

Let’s hear it for Ryan Paul Davis! His music combines blues, Americana and Southern folk for a unique blend you’ll love. Watch him perform at The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro at 6 p.m. To learn more about the artist, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Nate Rodriguez (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Concert Jazz Ensemble, Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, February 22

If you missed the stage play “Born 2 Win” in January, you have another chance. Wacoan Kay Bell’s comedy revolves around homeless individuals who work together to leave homelessness behind. Watch the show at 7 p.m. at Mission Waco’s Jubilee Theatre. Tickets cost $20 in advance. Proceeds benefit The Cove and homeless youth in Waco. Call 753-4900 for details.
Stomp your feet and move to the music of Ed Leonard and Friends. The show will bring a little classic country, a little classic rock and a whole lot of good times. Catch the show at 8 p.m. at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon. For more information about the artist, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January (country/rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Tracy Byrd (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $39-$59
• Jessica Lewis & Clinton Bon Slaughter (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Justin Hewitt (rock), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Smokinmaxx (folk), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Dylan Paris (country), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 8 p.m.
• Clean Slate (rock/country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
• Sammy Kershaw (country/Southern rock), The Melody Ranch, 8:30 p.m., $20-$25
• Sundae Drivers (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Kris Gordon (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 23


Good morning, Waco! Start your day with fresh food at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. If you’re not hungry, check out the artisan vendors and their goods. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Need a sports fix? Cheer on the Baylor Men’s basketball team as they play West Virginia. The game starts at 1 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. For more information, visit
It’s time to double down with basketball. The McLennan Community College Highlassies take on Grayson College at 2 p.m. The Highlanders face Grayson College at 4 p.m. Both games take place in The Highlands Gym. Visit for details.
Don your masks for the seventh annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, benefiting the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children. Enjoy dinner, dancing, an open bar, a silent and live auction, and a casino. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Baylor Club. Masks are encouraged but not required, and black tie is optional. Individual tickets cost $150 and a table of eight costs $1,500. Sponsorships are also available. To register, visit or call 752-9330, extension 112.
Country music fans, listen up! Head to The Melody Ranch for some honky-tonk with Midnight Mustangs Band. Eat some barbecue, have a drink and twirl your partner around the floor. The music begins at 10 p.m. Visit Midnight Mustangs Band’s Facebook page to learn more.
Live Music
• Baylor Men’s Choir, Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus, 2:30 p.m.
• Tim Allen & Bluestime Band (blues), Papa Joe’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Wynonna & The Big Noise (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $39-$99
• Ed Leonard and Friends (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Gray Havens (narrative/pop/folk), Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m., $12-$15
• Gordon Collier Band (country), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Evan Ogden (Americana/folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Drew Fish Band (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 24

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the 14th annual Baylor Festival of Youth Choirs Grand Concert. YouthCUE, a premier student choir, accompanies Baylor Symphony Orchestra in a concert from 3-4 p.m. The free event will be held in the Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus. Visit for more information.