The next week offers ample opportunities for you to enjoy
talented live performances of gospel, southern and Broadway tunes. Welcome
spring with the arrival of a furry friend and an outdoor show that will surely
motivate you to hit the water this summer.

Drive in this Wednesday to the Center for Contemporary Arts
to view their mid-monthie with the documentary “21st Century Art-Identity” from
noon to 1 pm. Bring a brown bag lunch and learn how contemporary art addresses
the idea of identity through the work of James Marshall , Maya Lin, Louis
Bourgeger, Michael Ray Charles and more. Admission is free to the public. Call
325-677-8389 for more information.

The Taylor County Expo Center and Bill Gaither bring you the
Bill Gaither Homecoming Tour this Friday at 7 pm. A full evening of
entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the
occasion includes the best-loved voices in gospel music… it’s a must-see
celebration! An evening hosted by Bill Gaither and featuring these artists is something you just can’t miss. It will
leave you encouraged, grateful and most certainly smiling. Cost is $19.50 to
$72.50 per person. Visit
for more information on this inspiring event.

Spring is in the air! The Big Country Outdoor Show gives you
the opportunity to see the latest in RVs and boating from Skeeter, Glaston,
Triton, Alumicraft, Bennington, Crownline, Yamaha, and much more at the Abilene
Civic Center. Be inspired to explore with these products this spring and
summer. Price is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and younger with an
adult ticket purchase. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Visit or call 325-854-1133 for
more information.

The Easter Bunny hops into the Mall of Abilene this Saturday
at 11 am and will be here through April 7. Photos and packages will be
available from Cherry Hill Photo; package prices vary. Don’t miss this special
visitor! Visit
for more information.

2012 Grammy nominee Marcia Ball returns to the Paramount
Theatre Saturday evening for an intimate concert with her band entitled, “Live
at the Paramount: Marcia Ball in Concert.” Ball knows how to raise roofs and
tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of
southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. The show
starts at 7:30 pm. Reserved seating only. Ticket prices range from $15 to $30.
If you need more information, visit
or call 325-676-9620.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by stepping up your fitness.
Join the Abilene Runners Club for their St. Patty’s Day 8k at 8 am on Saturday.
This 4.97 mile race begins and ends behind the Redbud Park YMCA and will take
you through park roads, trails and into the surrounding neighborhood. 100% of
the race proceeds go to the Abilene Runner’s Club. Cost is $20-$30 per person.
Call 325-733-2196 or visit
to learn more.

Sing along at the Abilene Civic Center Tuesday at 7:30 pm
with the Best of Broadway series, “100 Years of Broadway.” A musical revue of
Broadway’s most celebrated shows, featuring a dazzling cast of five Broadway
stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. This performance recreates the
greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual
stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, and
Rent. Five amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows
in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of
Broadway Classics, as well as, thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit
shows. Visit
for more information.