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Amarillo is a tough town. Take a look at Heath Herring, the late Evan Tanner, Paul Jones, Steve Nelson, Justin Martin and Paul Buentello. These household names to Mixed Martial Arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship fans have one thing in common: they call the heart of the Panhandle home. “All of these guys come from one small town in the top of Texas,” said Michael Lister, seventh degree Tae Kwon Do grand master and owner of the Mixed Martial Arts and Athletic Center in Amarillo. “I would say we have some of the toughest guys walking around.” With the emergence of the Shark Fights Promotion in Amarillo, MMA is blowing up. It’s unlikely to go anywhere in town without seeing at least one person sporting MMA gear. But according to Jim Larsen, owner of the Shark Fights Promotion, the sport has been big in the Panhandle since the emergence of the Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation in the ’90s. “That’s the very first form of MMA in Texas, and it started in Amarillo,” Larsen said. According to Lister, whether people like it or not, humans are intrigued by competitive fighting. “It is barbaric, but it’s fighting ... I think that’s in our blood,” Lister said, making reference to the gladiators. “It’s in our nature. I mean come on, has there ever been at time that there wasn’t a war?” Larsen had been working as a car salesman for several years when he was invited to a UFC party at a friend’s house six years ago. “I went, and I was absolutely hooked,” Larsen said. “I fell in love with the sport. I just watched it every chance I could get, bought every pay-per-view, subscribed to every MMA channel. I really started to try to understand the sport.” From there, Larsen sponsored good friend Brent Medley on his fighting ventures in Las Vegas and went on to sponsor Amarillo native Evan Tanner, who died when he ran short of supplies while on a journey in the California dessert. “I actually cornered Evan’s last fight in the UFC,” Larsen said. “It aired on Spike TV June 23, 2008. It was the main event on the Ultimate Fighter’s season 6 Finale.” Before Tanner’s passing, Larsen said he told Tanner and Medley that he wanted to bring his own MMA promotion to Amarillo. “I went to a MMA event in Lubbock, and it was ridiculous,” Larsen said. “You couldn’t see anything or hear anything. It was bad.” Larsen said that event was the push he needed to start his own promotion.

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“On September 15, 2008 we formed Shark Fight Promotions, which was my brainchild, and shortly after that, Evan passed away in the tragic accident,” Larsen said. “For Shark Fights 1, (October 24, 2008) we did a tribute to Evan Tanner.” According to Larsen, Shark Fights 1 was the first live pay-per-view event from Amarillo and was distributed via the Internet. The event took place at the Amarillo National Center.

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Larsen’s wife, Sheila, helped organize a group of women called the Shark Angels, which can be compared to the UFC’s Octagon Girls. Twenty days before Shark Fights 1, Larsen said 34-year-old Sheila collapsed of exhaustion and was taken to BSA Urgent Care where she found out she had low hemoglobin levels in her blood. It later was discovered that she had multiple malignant tumors in her small intestine, which were surgically removed. Despite the obstacles, she still supported the first Shark Fights event as a Shark Angel. “They removed 3 feet of her small intestine, and she was actually at the show,” Jim Larsen said of his wife. “She is such a fighter.”

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The Shark Fights promotion has now held 5 events and has been featured on major MMA Web sites such as Sherdog, Bloodyelbow and ESPN’s Inside MMA. “We’ve got the largest cage in the country of any MMA company, including UFC,” Larsen said.

By the time Shark Fights 3 rolled around in March, Larsen said that Shark Fights decided to sponsor the Children’s Miracle Network and raised $750 at the event that was donated to a local family who has a child battling cancer. Also at Shark Fights 3 was the introduction of the first three Texas MMA-endorsed belts—featherweight, wellterweight and heavyweight. Although the belts were introduced at Shark Fight 3, they were not won until Shark Fight 4 in May. The event was held in Lubbock and was also offered as an online pay-perview event. Current belt holders include T.J. WaldBurger (welterweight) and Doug Evans (featherweight) and Darrill Schoonover (heavyweight). Schoonover is scheduled to appear on Spike TV’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter for its 10th season. “We used the same belt maker that the UFC uses,” Jim Larsen said. “Let me tell you, these fighters freaked out when they saw our belts.” Two weeks prior to Shark Fights 4, Larsen’s wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a plum and underwent surgery to remove the mass. She was able to be at the event, but not as a Shark Angel this time. “On that card alone, we had 3 UFC veterans fight for us: Don Frye, Jesse Taylor and Phil Cardella,” Jim Larsen said. During the course of the Shark Fights Promotions, Jim Larsen also opened up the Shark Fights Store in Westgate Mall. Meanwhile, his wife went to the doctor for a check-up and was given devastating news that more tumors had consumed half of her liver and returned in her brain. She was diagnosed at a stage 5 terminal level with no available treatments. According to Larsen, the couple has four daughters—ages 5,9,15 and 17. Shark Fights 5 was scheduled to take place June 27 as an outdoor happening at Gamboa’s Outdoor Event Center, but the event was rained out. To make up for the cancellation, Shark Fights refunded all tickets, and Shark Fights 5.5 “Nothing to Lose” was offered as a free event to the public on July 18. Shark Fights 5.5 attracted a record-breaking 10,603 people, Larsen said. “We didn’t even let the rain out keep us down,” Larsen said.


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www.amarilloscene.com In its first 5 MMA events, Larsen called his company a success, although its formation has been met with personal battles. “It’s just such a connection because we own a fight company, and that’s what we are doing; we are fighting,” Larsen said. “This company is fighting internally with the fighting of my wife and supporting children in this community. We’re going to take a bite out of cancer one fight at a time.” In less than a year after its formation, Shark Fight Promotions has left its mark on MMA world-wide. “It gives us place in Texas and gives us place in the MMA community across the globe, and I think that that’s important,” Jim Larsen said. Lister said he believes Amarillo has more stars in the making, including Marcus Sursa, an Amarillo native and 2001 graduate of River Road High School. Sursa beat Ricky Shivers of Alaska at Shark Fights 5.5. Before Shark Fights 5.5, three of Sursa’s fights had been cancelled due to injuries of his opponents. “It does suck that I don’t have three wins to make my record better, but I have to train anyway,” Sursa said. “But I have to train anyway. It’s just prepared me better for the next fights.” Sursa said that he didn’t feel like he had any ring rust before his win against Shivers, and he proved that when he defeated Shivers with a triangle choke 57 seconds into the second round. In 2006, Sursa participated in the Jungle Fights in Brazil where he fought against a black belt for the first time and won. He has three losses to UFC veterans Stefan Struve, Eliot Marshall and Alan Belcher. Although he did not win these fights, Sursa believes he has the potential to make it to the UFC himself. “That’s the dream and goal of every fighter,” Sursa said. “I definitely think I have the caliber to make it.” According to Lister, another up-and-coming fighter with the potential to make it big is Edgar Santos, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at the Martial Arts and Athletic Center. He trained for 12 years and earned his second degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in Brazil before making his way to Amarillo about one year ago. He now contributes to the 100 years of collective martial arts experience at the MAAC. Santos won the last North American Grapplers Association event in Dallas and took third place at the World Cup of Jiu Jitsu. He has also taken first place twice at the Brazilian Nationals. “You’re getting guys that are the best in the world right here in Amarillo, Texas,” Lister said. Santos said his dream is to eventually fight in Japan and said he “has been waiting for this day for a very long time.”

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Lister said he has been teaching Tae Kwon Do in the Amarillo Independent School District as a P.E. credit for the past 19 years and coaching others to achieve their MMA potential at his gym for 28 years. “If they only get in the cage one time or two times then they’ve had their fun and I’d say they’ve learned a lesson,” Lister said. Lister said the values he strives to instill in his students are discipline, respect, dignity, honor and self control. To any person with dreams of making it big in MMA, Sursa offers this advice: “Say your prayers, take your vitamins and do your push-ups.”

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Fri., Jul. 31 Live Music • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Open Singles Dart Tournament -Open Singles BCA 8 Ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell Krackerjacks • Lowerys Saloon and Dance Hall Rich O’Toole • Midnight Rodeo & Pirhana Room - 4400 S. Georgia “Rent” by Avenue 10... 9:30pm • The Big Texan 806-447-2637 for Reservations Pizzaz • The Amarillo Club Landon Smith • Bodega’s - 709 S. Polk Rose’s Pawn Shop • Hoot’s Pub 2424 Hobbs Tung - N - Gruve • Dugout 2511 Olsen Blvd Teen Nite • Club Paradise - 714 N. Filmore Liz Whitfield DJ Dance 7-10pm • VFW 1401 8th Karaoke • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Karaoke by Karaoke Joe 9pm • Whiskey River - 4001 W 51st Ave

Sat., Aug. 1 Future Boots • EBGB’s 6th and Georgia Krackerjacks • Lowerys Saloon and Dance Hall 6th/Independence Black Slacks Combo • Napoli’s Italian Restaurant Pizzaz • The Amarillo Club Live DJ • Kicked Back 521 E 10th Ave Smells Like Someone Died • The War Legion Underground - 519 SE 10th Open Blind Draw Doubles Dart Tournament Open BCA 9 Ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell Live Music • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Karaoke • Baileys

Tung-N-Gruve Reunion • Dugout 2511 Olsen Blvd Karaoke by Curtis • Cactus Bar 4831 S. Western Karaoke • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th Karaoke by Karaoke Joe 9pm • Whiskey River - 4001 W 51st Ave Open Mic 7pm • Hasting’s 2020 S. Georgia St. Oliver White • Hoot’s Pub - 2424 Hobbs

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Tue., Aug. 4 Live Music 8-12pm • Wing Street Pizza Hut 2509 S. Georgia Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th Summer League Darts • Landsharks 3415 Bell Amateur Poker League 6pm & 9pm • Mulligan’s - 2511 Paramount Blvd B-Man Karaoke • Wing Street Pizza Hut I-40 Near Coulter Exit $.40 Wings All Day - Karaoke 10pm • Buffalo Wild Wings 5416 S Coulter

Wed., Aug. 5 Jim Laughlin Jazz Quartet 5:30-8pm • Burberry’s - 715 S Polk TOMMY THE HACKER • Rounders 2801 Virginia Cir Mike Fuller 7-10pm • Goody’s Bar and Grill Party on the patio w/ live music 6pm. • Ruby Tequila’s - 3616 S. Soncy Rd

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Thu., Aug. 6 Tejano Thursday: • Old Busters Lounge 2204 SE 27th Ave Black Slacks Combo • Butler’s 703 S Polk St Live Music 8-12. Wing Street • Wing Street Pizza Hut - 2509 S. Georgia Karaoke • Rounders - 2801 Virginia Cir Summer League Darts • Landsharks 3415 Bell Buster Bledsoe - in Dalhart 9pm-1am • XIT Rodeo Never Die Records 7pm • Lone Star Bar and Grill Karaoke by Joe 9pm • Whiskey River 4001 W 51st Ave Ladies Night • Midnight Rodeo & Pirhana Room - 4400 S. Georgia Karaoke $2 Call It all Day • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Kickshiker Band 7-10pm • VFW 1401 W 8th Karaoke • Club Paradise - 714 N. Fillmore Amateur Poker League 6:30 & 9:30 pm • Mulligan’s - 2511 Paramount Blvd Karaoke • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Dallas (Sports) 9pm - $.60 Boneless Wings All Day • Buffalo Wild Wings 5416 S Coulter

Fri., Aug. 7 Live Music • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Buster Bledsoe Opening for Calvin Milburn Band 9pm-11pm • XIT Rodeo in Dalhart Iron Horse • Lowery’s Saloon and Dance Hall Open Singles Dart Tournament - Open Singles BCA 8 Ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell Live Music • Rounders - 2801 Virginia Cir Seth James • Hoot’s Pub - 2424 Hobbs Bleu Edmondson - Casey Barry and the Live Mesquitos • Midnight Rodeo & Pirhana Room - 4400 S. Georgia

Live DJ • Kicked Back 521 E 10th Ave Rent by Avenue 10 9:30pm • The Big Texan - 806 444-2637 for Reservations Liz Whitfield DJ Dance 7-10pm • VFW 14021 W. 8th Karaoke • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. BLUES BOY WILLIE • Amarillo Civic Center Boss 420 • Coconutz - 3605 Olsen Blvd. Teen Nite • Club Paradise - 714 N. Fillmore Sir Johnson Himself • The War Legion Underground - 519 SE 10th Mike Fuller (Front Bar) • Marty’s 2740 Westhaven Village

Sat., Aug. 8 Iron Horse • Lowery’s Saloon and Dance Hall Buster Bledsoe Opening for Agave Posse 9pm-11pm • XIT Rodeo in Dalhart HEATWAVE LOWRIDER CAR SHOW AND CONCERT Dope House Reunion 12-8pm Biggest concert series of the Summer. SM3 Productions. Audry (Sexy MeXi) LUCKY LUCIANO - NYCE TxMaDeReCoRdS.... Just to name a few • Gamboa’s Outdoor Event Center Potter County Steak out. Dinner and Dance • Azteca Music Hall - 500 N FM 1912 “Rent” by Avenue 10.....9:30pm • The Big Texan 806 444-2637 for Reservations. Mike Fuller (Front Bar) Songbird Karaoke (Back Bar) • Marty’s 2740 Westhaven Village Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th Dj Frenzy- 4pm-2am • Le Chateau 711 S. Polk Karaoke By Curtis • Cactus Bar 4831 S. Western Open Mic 7pm • Hasting’s 2020 S. Georgia St. Open Blind Draw Doubles Dart Tournament Open BCA 9 ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell Karaoke • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Fine Elbows Band • Hoot’s Pub 2424 Hobbs

Sun., Aug. 9 Abigail Williams - Goatwhore Asysmal Dawn • The War Legion Underground - 519 SE 10th Rudy Garcia • Lowerys Saloon and Dance Hall 6th and Independence Open Mic Night • Dugout 2511 Olsen Blvd Karaoke 9pm • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave


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Mon., Aug. 10 Karaoke with DE Karaoke • Landsharks 3415 Bell We Must Dismantle all this / Underage 8pm • 10th Street Deli 408 A SW 10th B-Man Karaoke • Wing Street Pizza Hut 2509 S. Georgia

Tue., Aug. 11 $2 You Call It • Hoot’s Pub - 2424 Hobbs James Erik McMurry “La Coka Nostra” Music • SLAMarillo (Reperatory Theater) Live Music 8-12pm • Wing Street Pizza Hut 2509 S. Georgia Starlight Theater • Sam Houston Park 4101 Line Ave Summer League Darts • Landsharks 3415 Bell B-Man Karaoke • Wing Street Pizza Hut I-40 Near Coulter Exit Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th Amateur poker League 6 & 9pm • Mulligan’s - 2511 Paramount Blvd $.40 Wings All Day - Karaoke 10pm • Buffalo Wild Wings 5416 S Coulter

Wed., Aug. 12 Open Mic Night • The 806 - 2812 SW 6th TOMMY THE HACKER DJ • Rounders 2801 Virginia Cir LIz Whitfield DJ Dance 7-10pm • VFW 1401 W 8th Party on the patio w/Live Music 6pm. • Ruby Tequila’s - 3616 S. Soncy Rd Jim Laughlin Jazz Quartet 5:30-8pm • Burberry’s - 715 S Polk Songbird Karaoke by Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th B-Man Karaoke • Lowerys Saloon and Dance Hall 6th/Independence Karaoke • Baileys All Day Happy Hour • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Mike Fuller 7-10pm • Goody’s Bar and Grill I-40 and Western Rob Attaway • John Stiff Memorial Park Lord Green HOST/UMBI/MOONKIDS • 10th Street Deli 408 A SW 10th Songbird Karaoke (Back Bar) • Marty’s 2740 Westhaven Village Ladies Night and Karaoke by Joe • Whiskey River - 4001 W 51st Ave $1 Tenders • Buffalo Wild Wings 5416 S Coulter

Thu., Aug. 13 Tejano Thursday: • Old Busters Lounge 2204 SE 27th Ave Amateur Poker League 6:30 & 9:30pm • Mulligan’s - 2511 Paramount Blvd Karaoke • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Karaoke • Rounders - 2801 Virginia Cir

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The Hotrod Hillbillies from Austin 8pm • The Nat 6th and Georgia Karaoke with Karaoke Joe 9pm • Whiskey River - 4001 W 51st Ave Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th Mike Fuller (front bar) • Marty’s 2740 Westhaven Village Live DJ • Kicked Back 521 E 10th Ave Open Singles Dart Tournament and Open Singles BCA 8 Ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell Liz WhitField DJ Dance 7-10pm • VFW 1401 W 8th Live Music • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Karaoke • Bailey’s Teen Nite • Club Paradise - 714 N. Fillmore Karaoke • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Tryan Junior Band 10pm-2am • Mulligan’s 2511 Paramount Blvd

Sat., Aug. 15 POLK STREET BLOCK PARTY - The Buster Bledsoe Band - Tommy Gallagher Band • Downtown Amarillo More then Heroes • 10th Street Deli 408 A SW 10th Dim Lit Daylight • Butler’s - 703 S Polk St Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th Karaoke with Curtis • Cactus Bar 4831 S. Western Dj Frenzy- 4pm-2am • Le Chateau 711 S. Polk Live DJ • Kicked Back 521 E 10th Ave Live Music • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Open Mic • Hasting’s- 2020 S. Georgia Open Blind Draw Doubles Dart Tournament and Open BCA 9 Ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell Karaoke • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Boss 420 • Hoot’s Pub - 2424 Hobbs Karoake • Baileys

Sun., Aug. 16 Rudy Garcia • Lowerys Saloon and Dance Hall 6th/Independence Unwed Fathers • The 806 - 2812 SW 6th Open Scotch 9 Ball • Landsharks 3415 Bell 7-11pm $1 wells, $2 Calls, $3 Premiums, $1 10oz drafts $10 Buckets - Karaoke Joe • The Pine Shed - 5342 Canyon Dr. Open Mic • Dugout - 2511 Olsen Blvd Karaoke • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Karaoke 10pm • Buffalo Wild Wings 5416 S Coulter

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Wed., Aug. 19 LIz Whitfield DJ Dance 7-10pm • VFW 1401 W 8th TOMMY THE HACKER, DJ Open Patio (weather permitting) • Rounders 2801 Virginia Cir Ladies Night and Karaoke with Karaoke Joe • Whiskey River - 4001 W 51st Ave Party on the patio w/ Live Music 6pm. • Ruby Tequila’s - 3616 S. Soncy Rd Songbird Karaoke (Back Bar) • Marty’s 2740 Westhaven Village B-Man Karaoke • Lowerys Saloon and Dance Hall 6th/Independence All Day Happy Hour • The Pine Shed 5342 Canyon Dr. Songbird Karaoke with Tender Linda 9pm • Duke Tracy’s - 3101 W. 26th

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Thu., Aug. 20 Tejano Thursday: • Old Busters Lounge 2204 SE 27th Ave Summer League Darts • Landsharks 3415 Bell Songbird Karaoke • Rounders 2801 Virginia Cir Kickshiker Band 7-10pm • VFW 1401 W 8th Karaoke • Baileys Karaoke with Karaoke Joe 9pm • Whiskey River - 4001 W 51st Ave Karaoke - $2 call it All Day • The Pine Shed - 5342 Canyon Dr. Ladies Night • Midnight Rodeo & Pirhana Room - 4400 S. Georgia The O’s • Golden Light Cantina 2908 W. 6th Amateur Poker League 6:30 & 9:30 pm • Mulligan’s - 2511 Paramount Blvd Karaoke • Bosco’s - 2307 W 6th Ave Karaoke • Club Paradise - 714 N. Fillmore $.60 Boneless Wings All Day - Philly-Indy 7pm • Buffalo Wild Wings 5416 S Coulter

Fri., Aug. 21 Pizzaz • Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (The Courtyard) Lee Sheetz and Borderline • Lowery’s Saloon and Dance Hall Safe Company 10pm-2am • Mulligan’s 2511 Paramount Blvd LIz Whitfield DJ Dance 7-10pm • VFW 1401 W 8th Live DJ • kicked Back 521 E 10th Ave Open Singles Dart Tournament and Open Singles BCA 8 Ball Tournament • Landsharks 3415 Bell


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Tax Man and Judge D To Headline Toxic Kitten’s “Back To School Bash” By Rachel Nelson With the end of summer fast approaching, Nina, creator of Toxic Kitten Clothing, wants to throw Amarillo a party. “I have so much excitement in me that I can’t even sleep,” she said. “My mind is like ‘What can I do to make it even better and bigger; what can I do to blow their minds?’” The Back To Skull Bash will be held August 28 at the Nat Ballroom, 604 S. Georgia Street, and will present what Nina describes as a “death and


www.amarilloscene.com psychobilly theme” to compliment her newest fashion items. Besides live music, merchandise booths, free beer and giveaways from Toxic Kitten and SRH Clothing, Nina will premiere Toxic Kitten’s latest clothes with a runway fashion show featuring several local models. “I like modeling for Toxic Kitten because it shows a different kind of model,” said Hylann Camacho, a local Kitten who will participate in the show. “It’s not your everyday run-of-the-mill girl.” According to Nina, it is important for her to introduce her new clothes at the event before releasing them in stores or on her recently renovated Web site, www.toxickittenclothing.com. “It gives Amarillo an advantage of having it first, and I dedicate that to Amarillo since it is a hometown clothing line,” Nina said. “I want to give back to my community.” Nina will have a merchandise table set up at the event where she will sell Toxic Kitten’s clothes for $20 “straight across the board,” she said. Merchandise will also be available from The Glass House, a new Amarillo head shop. To celebrate Toxic Kitten’s success, Nina is bringing in special guest Tax Man, the anti-hero from the Kottonmouth Kings, who said he is “happy to come do the show.” He will perform with hardcore/experimental/hip-hop artist Judge D. The bash will mark the first time for these artists to appear in Amarillo. A signing and meet-and-greet will be held for guests at the bash. The Bastard Sons of David Hasselhoff and the Yellow City Rockets are local acts that will play at the event. Johnny Handgun, a band out of Lubbock, will also perform. Jeremy Knowles, drummer for the Yellow City Rockets, said guests should expect a high-energy show from all bands that will be “a lot of fun to watch.” Joan Pollock, owner of Amarillo’s newest booking and promoting company 2 Gun$ Calamity Entertainment, is helping to organize the happening and said party-goers can also expect a surprise act. “It’s going to be so big that I would hate to say that I missed the Back to Skull Bash,” she said. Pollock is pleased with the event’s location. “(The Nat) is a beautiful, historic landmark,” she said. “Musical prodigies and wonders have played there.

A U G U S T 2 0 0 9 • 7A All kinds of crazy people have played there. It makes me happy to bring my friends into a place that has so much musical history behind it. It’s such a neat, cool place.” Nina said an after party will be held across the street from the Nat at the R&R bar following the event. Toxic Kitten emerged in December, and Nina said the clothing line has come a long way since it debuted. “It just kind of blew up unexpected,” Nina said. “I wanted to start with baby steps, and it just kind of turned into something big over night. Now I’m trying to keep up.” Nina sponsors the Route 66 Roller Derby, which is sporting Toxic Kitten shirts in its second bouting season. Nina’s clothes can be found in Amarillo at The Music Box, The Glass House and Vertical Movements Dance Studio. Items can also be purchased online at www.toxickittenclothing.com. Nina said the site gets an average of 3,500 hits per month, and she is currently looking for people to advertise for a monthly fee of $20. Although she will not introduce these items at the event, Nina said something to watch out for is Toxic Kitten’s 2009 jewelry line, which includes handmade, edgy pieces. “They’re just the cutest things you’ve ever seen,” she said. “No piece is the same.” The Back to Skull Bash will start at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 at the door, but tickets may be obtained in advance for $13 at the Glass House, located next to The 806 coffee house on 6th Avenue. The event is B.Y.O.B., and all ages are welcome. Nina stressed that there will be tight security at the show, and underage drinking will not be tolerated. “I encourage everybody to come out and check out the clothes and check out the models,” Camacho said. “It’s going to be a good, unconventional time.”


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Kids Fest 8am-noon Adults Must be Accompanied by Children • Thompson Park The Time has come for Amarillo Repertory Theatre to open Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing! It’s Free! Although donations are gratefully and gladly accepted! Why? Because it’s fun and we can. 8pm • The Lawn in front of the Discovery Center 1200 Streit drive in Medical Center Bird Walks and Talks 8:30-10:30am Interested in Birds? Want to Know More? Meet with an area birder at the Lone Star Interpretive Theater • Palo Duro Canyon 806 488-2227

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Music in the Gardens • Amarillo Botanical Garden (806) 352-6513

Tue., Aug. 11 Slamarillo 7pm Music by James Eric McMurry “La Coka Nostra” • Amarillo Repertory Theater Weekly Barrel Racing and Bible Study • Arena of Life Call Buzz 806 670-4609 Amarillo Museum of Art (806)371-5050 CARMEN - TEXAS Preshow • Palo Duro Canyon

Diamante Spas Backyard Clearance Sale 10am-9pm • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096 Block Party - Free admission - Food - Music and Games. All Ages. All Welcome 4pm-8:30pm • Mescalero Baptist Church - McCormick and Mescalero The Time has come for Amarillo Repertory Theatre to open Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing! It’s Free! Although donations are gratefully and gladly accepted! Why? Because it’s fun and we can. 8pm • The Lawn in front of the Discovery Center 1200 Streit Drive in Medical Center

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Sun., Aug. 2 Bride’s World 10th Annual Brides Benefit Show 12:30pm-4:30pm • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096 Adam Paul Williams • Trinity Baptist Church Chase the Moment • The 806

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A Different Type of Addition By Amy Baucom “Art is like a well-written song”, are the words local artist Jacob Breeden uses to describe his passion for art. When a person can look at a piece of art, and think, “wow, that piece was made for me,” then it’s a success. And success is just what Breeden has achieved with his art. Jacob has been intested in art since he was a little boy, and has been serious about his art for approximately nine years. He has a f our-year Art and Sculpture degree from the University of North Texas, and was the curator for art at the Amarillo Museum of Art at Amarillo College for three years. While his current job is Director of Membership for High Plains Public Radio, all of his jobs have been related to his passion for art, including working as a graphic artist for the Hastings Corporate Office in Amarillo. He says while all

A U G U S T 2 0 0 9 • 5B of his jobs have been great, one of the perks of working for the radio station is giving something back to the community. One of his murals can be seen in the store, Once Upon a Child here in Amarillo. Breeden has an inhome studio, where he works with mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpting and illustration. His work has more to do with ideas, rather than method. He’s done an entire series with spray paint, blue tape, straight lines and geometric shapes. But, he says, there are times when what he visualizes needs to “be big and made of metal”, while other times, it needs to be more intimate aned on a canvas. Breeden makes all of his own canvases, and can build it in any shape he needs for a particular project. He spends every spare moment he can in the studio, trying to figure out the next step in his current project. He does what he has to, but doesn’t lo ok for fame or representation, and will not sacrifice his family for art. Jacob’s deep interest in the history of art started him working out of a studio in Sunset Galleries, but later moved his studio to his home. Having the home studio takes off the pressure and allows him to freely create. He points out that you can create successful art with happy colours and shapes; that art doesn’t have to be angry and dark. Breeden is interested in making flowing, soft forms out of rigid steel, as well as painting murals and sculpting. He even practices his splatters when he paints, to get just what he wants to say through the canvas exactly as he wants it to be. In addition to steel, Jacob has also sculpted with clay, bronze, wax and styrofoam. Breeden states that as an artist, whether it be art, writing, or song, you should be okay with the way people view and what they think of your work. They should either love it, or be offended. An artist should never be afraid of what people think of their work, or it’s turned into a hobby, and not a passion. In other words, art should be what the artist feels, without the pressure of what the viewer might think.


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BUY 1 - 32oz. SODA

GET 1 FREE

Famous Cornbread Cheeseburgers, hand-cut french fries and homemade cobbler! On Historic Route 66. Tues.-Thurs. 11-3 • Fri.-Sat. 11-8 Closed Sunday & Monday

Hong Kong Buffet CHINESE RESTAURANT 806-373-6500

2417 E. Amarillo Blvd. • Amarillo, TX 79107 11:30AM - 10:00PM ~ Sunday - Thursday • 11:30AM - 11:00PM ~ Friday -Saturday

3811 W. 6TH 358-6998


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www.amarilloscene.com

BAR & GRILL 4000 W.I-40 806.352.1498

Good Food. Good Time at Goodys! Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:00-2:00 • Dinner: Mon-Thurs. 4:00-9:00 • Fri. 4:00-10:00 Sat. 12:00-9:00 • Sun. 11:00-3:00 • Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat. 4:00-7:00 BAR Monday - Saturday 4:00 - Close

Southwestern Eggrolls Smoky ranch..................... Each $1.79

Chicken Fried Chicken

Char Grilled Tilapia

Chicken Fried Steak

Seabass Vera Cruz

Mozzarella Sticks

Pot Roast

Texas Cordon Blue

Golden Fried Jalapeños

Meatloaf

Queso Add beef $1.00 ................Cup

$3.95

3- $5.00 Bowl

$5.95

Ranch and marinara .............................................$4.95 Ranch ...................................................................$4.95

Fried Quail Cream gravy............................$8.95 Zucchini Chips Ranch ............................$4.95 Golden Calamari Marinara ...................$5.95 Cheese Fries Melted Mozzarella, jack and cheddar over steak fries with bacon and scallions. Jalapeños on request. ... Single $4.95 Double $7.95

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Iceburg wedge topped with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, & tomatoes .............$6.95

Cream or Brown Gravy........................................$7.95 Cream or Brown Gravy........................................$7.95 Brown gravy .........................................................$6.95 Meaty marinara ....................................................$6.95 Prime Rib Sandwich With fries. Au Jus and creamy horseradish. **No Side Choices**.......$6.95 Fried Pork Chops 2 center cut loin chops. Cream or brown gravy................................$7.95

Lasagne

Meaty marinara *One Side Choice ......................$6.95 Cheeseburger With fries. **No Side Choices**.......1/4 lb. $4.95 1/2 lb. $5.95

Roasted Turkey Breast

Turkey gravy and cranberry sauce............................... $6.95

Meaty Fettuccine Mozzarella Melt Fettuccine with meaty marinara and melted mozarella *One Side Choice..................... $6.95

Burger .............................................................. $2.95 Cheese Burger ........................................... $3.95 Spaghetti No side choices ............................. $3.95 Mini Corndogs ........................................ $2.95 Chicken Bites........................................ $4.95 Kids Chicken Fry ................................ $4.95 Pepperoni Pizza No side choices ............. $4.95 Mini Corndogs .................................... $2.95 Kids meals are served w/kids beverage, choice of steak fries, whipped potatoes or fried okra & a sundae

Homemade tarter sauce & a lemon. .....................$7.95 Green chile cream sauce .................................... $11.95 Deep fried chicken breasts breaded with blue cornmeal stuffed with bacon, mozzarella, jack and jalapenos. With honey mustard cream sauce.........................$7.95

16 oz. Ribeye

Black Angus 16 oz. ribeye charbroiled............... $18.95

6 oz. Filet

Black Angus 6 oz. charbroiled. .......................... $20.95 Ribeye for 2 1 lb. Ribeye, choice of 4 sides & complimentary cobbler ...................... $22.95

Prime Rib 12 oz. or 16 oz. Au Jus, Creamy Horseradish & Fresh Horseradish. “On Request.” .. $19.95

& $22.95

Filet for 2 Two 6oz Filets, choice of

4 sides, & a complimentary cobbler................... $40.95 Prime Rib for 2 16oz Prime rib, choice of 4 sides & a complimentary cobbler .... $24.95

Entrées are served with your choice of 2 Sides. Sides: Baked Potato, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Okra, Steak Fries, Pan Roasted Potatoes, Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, Green Beans, House Salad and Soup

Caramel Apple Cheesecake ........... $5.95 Bread Puddin Pie ................................ $5.95 German Chocolate Cake ................ $4.95

Bananas Foster Prepared tableside ........... $7.95 Peach Cobbler ........... $3.95

Our Gift Certificates Make A Great Gift For Any Occasion!

a la mode $4.95


The Scene -| Amarillo, TX | August 2009  

Amarillo's complete source for dining, entertainment, nightlife, the arts, travel and tourism and style and beauty.

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