From styrofoam recycling to the Stars over Texas Jamboree Gospel Edition...the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival to “Investigating Impeachment: Congress, Context and the Constitution," there is plenty happening in and around town this week.
First a couple of ideas about how you can do some good in the community. (read more)
- Fri Jan 31 – Share the Warmth Coat Drive - https://www.wacowise.com/new-events/2020/1/31/share-the-warmth-blanket-amp-coat-drive
Today is the last day of the “Share the Warmth Coat Drive.” If you would like to donate gently-used coats, gloves, scarves, and blankets for adults or children, you can drop them off at the Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio. They are located at 708 Austin Ave on the Second Floor. All donated items will be giving to the Salvation Army to be distributed to those in need.
- Sat Feb 1 - City-wide STYROFOAM Recycling: Avoid the LANDFILL (Waco Friends of Peace-Climate)
Tomorrow morning, the Waco Friends of Peace and Climate Change are hosting a City-wide Styrofoam Recycling Event! They will be glad to take your Christmas styrofoam, food service items, and other shaped and molded Styrofoam items to make sure they are recycled responsibly and stay out of the landfill! Drop your items off at the corner of Waco Dr. & Valley Mills Dr., in the parking lot in front of the Ocean Buffet. They will be taking items starting at 8 am until around 11 or when their vehicles are full.
- Fri – Jan 31 – Hank Williams Lost Highway - https://wacoheartoftexas.com/events/hank-williams-lost-highway-4/ and Sat Feb 1 – Always - Patsy Cline - https://wacoheartoftexas.com/events/always-patsy-cline-3/
The Waco Civic Theatre is offering a “double header” of classic country this weekend. Tonight the show will be Hank Williams: Lost Highway, a spectacular musical biography about the legendary writer and singer of favorites such as “I’m so lonesome I could cry” and many, many others. Then on Saturday and Sunday come back to the theater for “Always, Patsy Cline.” A tribute to one of the most beautiful voices in county music who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. Tickets for each show start at $16. Tonight’s Hank Williams show is at 7:30. The Patsy Cline show is tomorrow at 2:30 and 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30.
- Fri Jan 31 – Waco Collective Presents Lattice - https://www.wacowise.com/new-events/2020/1/31/waco-collective-presents-lattice
Waco Collective is a loose knit affiliation of Waco Jazz professionals who are working together to bring high quality jazz concerts to Waco. Their first concert of 2020 is tonight! Composer and trombonist James Hall and renowned flutist Jamie Baum will perform backed by the Waco Collective rhythm section. It’s a rare opportunity to see very high-level NYC jazz right here in Waco at Cultivate 7twelve, at 7:30. Tickets are $8-$12 at the door.
- Sat Feb 1 – Texas Music Café: Freddie Steady Review - https://wacoheartoftexas.com/events/texas-music-cafe-freddie-steady-revue/
Tomorrow, you are invited to the Texas Music Café television taping of Texas Music Hall of Famer Freddie Steady. He will be showcasing a career-spanning collection of songs from his groups The Explosives, Freddie Steady's Wild Country, the Shakin' Apostles, and Freddie Steady 5. The taping will take place at Nexus Esports at 600 Columbus avenue. Admission is $10. The BYOB event starts at 7 with an opening set from SteadyBoy Recording artists The Dirty Echoes.
- Mon Feb 3 - Rasheeda Speaking (Pinewood Coffee & Joel Drake Johnson)
On Monday, Wild Imaginings will be presenting a staged reading of Joel Drake Johnson’s play, “Rasheeda Speaking,” with discussion to follow. This funny, thoughtful, surprising play deals directly with the issue of racism in the workplace. After the performance, the audience and actors will sit together to discuss the play and the concerns that it brings up for the Waco community. Wild Imaginings is a fairly new performing arts organization in Waco that seeks to break boundaries through the art of storytelling. The Rasheeda Speaking show will take place at Pinewood Coffee Bar on Austin Avenue beginning at 6:30 PM.
- Thu Feb 6 - Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival (Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival)
The first-ever Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, February 6th, and runs through Saturday February 8. Throughout the festival you will have a chance to see family friendly Hollywood movies such as Disney’s “Lion King” and the Aretha Franklin biopic “Amazing Grace” as well as films by over 60 new and upcoming filmmakers from around the world! You can also walk the red carpet with Hollywood Celebrities like “Mr. Hercules” himself, Kevin Sorbo, Food Network Star, Gina Neely, and more. The films will be shown at venues throughout the community, some will cost $5, but many are free. Numerous parties and other celebrations round out the festival. For more information visit the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival website.
- Thu Feb 6 - Stars Over Texas Jamboree Gospel Edition (The Stars Over Texas Jamboree)
This Thursday is also the night of the monthly “Stars Over Texas Jamboree.” Waco’s own family-friendly, Branson,Missouri-style variety show. This month is the Gospel edition. The Jamboree kicks off at 6:45 at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum on Waco Drive. General admission tickets are $16.
- Sun Feb 2 - League of Women Voters Chapter Meeting (League of Women Voters of Waco)
Don’t look now, but we are in the midst of an election year. That’s the perfect time to get to know The League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters does not support one political party or the other, but works to keep voters informed about vital issues of concern to its members and to the public. They are hosting a Chapter meeting on Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 4:45 pm at the Central Library on Austin Avenue. All are welcome, and despite the name, men are also invited to participate in the League of Women Voters.
- Thu Feb 6 - Investigating Impeachment: Congress, Context, and the Constitution (W. R. Poage Legislative Library, the Institute for Oral History, Baylor Law) Edit
⟶ Thu Feb 6 thru Thu Feb 6
On Thursday at 3 PM, The W. R. Poage Legislative Library, the Institute for Oral History and the Baylor Law school are hosting a panel discussion on a timely political topic that has been much in the news – the discussion is called “Investigating Impeachment: Congress, Context and the Constitution. If you are interested in learning more about this thorny issue, please join former U.S. Congressmen, Republican Alan Steelman and Democrat Chet Edwards as well as Baylor Law Professor Rory Ryan, and Baylor Professor of History Stephen Sloan for the discussion and Q&A to follow. It’s free and will take place on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center, on Baylor campus.
Finally, don’t forget February is Black History Month, please visit the Actlocallywaco.org website for a long list of Black History Month events as well as the full calendar of other Waco happenings!