Freezing temperatures this week make spring something to anticipate, even though nothing but summer heat has staying power when it comes to Waco weather.
Upcoming, and presumably warmer, weeks will offer something new or different for arts and entertainment here. From the vantage of the first week of the year, here are some things to watch for.
Art Center of Waco’s movable home
Structural damage to the Art Center of Waco’s building, located on the edge of the McLennan Community College campus, means that the center will have to move its programs and exhibitions to other places this spring and beyond.
Program coordinator Claire Sexton said several of the Art Center’s classes and programs will use other spaces. Some of the adult classes will be held in Studio Gallery after gallery hours while downtown arts space Cultivate 7twelve will host several Art Labs for kids. The center’s mobile Art Exploration trailer will continue to bring art and artists to local schools.
The Art Center’s spring exhibitions, however, are on hold as staff and board members try to find a new home for the center, she said.
Dancing with the Waco Symphony Orchestra
Dancing, even in one’s seat, is generally frowned upon at Waco Symphony Orchestra concerts, but the symphony’s Jan. 18 concert puts dance front and center — literally.
The guest artists for the January “Dance, Dance, Dance” concert are professional waltz and tango dancers, who will perform as the WSO plays a program of classical dance music.
Baylor Opera sings Sondheim
The Baylor Opera Theater offers a change of pace for its annual mainstage production in January, staging Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical “A Little Night Music.” In addition to Baylor student singers and instrumentalists, Baylor voice professor will sing the role of Madame Armfeldt with interim director of opera Susan Stone Li directing.
“A Little Night Music,” best known for its song “Send In The Clowns,” will be presented Jan. 24-27.
Chanticleer sings, too
Fans of singing get even more in January as famed men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer returns to Waco for a Jan. 23 concert at Baylor University. The Grammy Award-winning group appears as part of the School of Music Distinguished Artists Concert Series.
Concerts, country ones
The spring concert schedule is still being filled in, but country and Americana fans can expect in the months ahead Gary P. Nunn (Feb. 9), Larry Joe Taylor (March 2) and Connie Smith (June 29) at the Waco Hippodrome.
Zack and Jim’s Anniversary Blowout at the Extraco Events Center will feature Roger Creager, Koe Wetzel and the Mike Stanley Band on Feb. 17 while The Backyard, in a sneak preview recently announced, has landed Aaron Lewis for May 31.
Return of short movies
The Deep In the Heart Movie Festival that debuted last February at the Waco Hippodrome returns, but at a later date. This year's version runs March 22-25 and organizers are in the final weeks of selecting the short movies and features that will make the final schedule.