‘Gruel-ty’ at Wildwood Celtic Festival in Burns Park

In other entertainment, events and arts venues this weekend:

THEATER: ‘Please sir…’

Wildwood Park for the Arts and Praeclara are hosting Oliver! (music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart, based on Charles Dickens)https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/oct/13/gruel-ty-at-wildwood-celtic-festival-at-burns-park /”Oliver Twist”), Friday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and October 21-22 and 3 pm Sunday and October 23 at the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater in Wildwood, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock . Tickets are $35. Call (501) 821-7275 or visit wildwoodpark.org.

‘American Voices’

Ozark Living Newspaper Theater Company Stages “American Voices: Shepherd, Chaikin, Wilson, Kushner” a collection of short pieces by American playwrights, 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 8-10 pm and 2 pm Sunday and October 23 at New Deal Studio and Gallery, 2003 Louisiana St., Little Rock. Adam Frank is directing Sam Shephard’s one-act play “Chicago” and a scene from Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America, Part I.” Steven Jones directs the Shephard/Joseph Chaikin collaboration “Savage/Love” and Keith Harper directs August Wilson’s short play “The Janitor” and a scene from his play “Fences.” Admission is pay what you can ($15 suggested donation). Visit OzarkLivingNewspaper.org.

‘Tomorrow’ jr.

Stages of the Jonesboro Arts Foundation “Annie Jr.” (an abridged adaptation of the large-scale musical, music by Charles Strouse, words by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan, based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”), 6 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Forum Theater 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro. The sponsor is Centennial Bank. Tickets are $15 and $16, $13 and $14 for children, seniors, military, and Arkansas State University students, faculty, and staff; Sunday matinee is pay what you can. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit foajonesboro.org.

FUN: celtic party

the Little Rock Celtic Festival celebrates Celtic culture, including an Irish hurling tournament, the Scottish Highland Games and a 7v7 soccer tournament, Irish music and dance, from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Saturday at Burns Park Soccer Complex , 1 Soccer Ave., Little North Rock. There will also be food trucks and Diamond Bear will set up a beer tent. Visit facebook.com/LRCelticFestival.

comic preacher

Comedian Preacher Lawson, who made it to the final rounds on season 12 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” performs Saturday at 7:30 pm at Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Tickets are $30-$40, $10 for students. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/reynolds.

MUSIC: ‘Life, love and light’

Arkansas Chamber Singers open their 2022-23 season with a show titled “Life, Love, and Light,” Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock . Lorissa Mason, director of choral activities at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, conducts. Tickets are $15, $10 students in advance, $18 and $12 at the door. Call (501) 377-1121 or visit ar-chambersingers.org.

‘Song and dance’

Little Rock Winds they open their 2022-23 season today at 7:30 pm at Little Rock Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Israel Getzov conducts a program entitled “Song and Dance”, which includes Gustav Holst’s Suite No. 2 in F major. Tickets are $15, free for students. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit lrwinds.org.


The Natural State Marching Band will be presented Sunday at 3 pm at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock. Jessica Payne, euphonium, solos in Philip Sparke’s “Pantomime” and Heather Thayer, tenor horn, in Roy Newsome’s “The Carousel.” The program also includes a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, an adaptation for marching band by Rico Belotti of Stan Kenton’s arrangement of “God Save the Queen”. Nevada Mills directs. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-2576 or visit nsbb.org.

The Lovestruck Balladeers perform Friday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 1:45 pm as part of the String Band Music and Arts Festival at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)
String Band Festival

The Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View, houses the String Band Music and Arts Festival, 10 a.m. from Friday to Saturday. Acts appearing in music and dance performances, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and 1-10 p.m. Saturdays, include area performers from the Lovestruck Balladeers, Sad Daddy and Mountain View, including veteran violinist Roger Fountain , folk singer-songwriter Grace Stormont, Blackberry Summer and Love Holler, and many of the region’s best square dancers. Sponsors are Stone Bank and the Arkansas Arts Council. Tickets are $50 both days, $25 (Friday only) and $35 (Saturday only) — save $5 if you order early — and include all-day admission to the arts and crafts shops, gardens and entertainment. park at Craft Village, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Family passes (two adults and anyone under the age of 18) are available. Visit tinyurl.com/48nw9zem.

ART AND EXHIBITIONS: ‘Moments and memories’

“Moments and Memories”, The photographs, which Arkansas native Ray Scott describes as capturing “creatively common subjects or scenes,” are on display with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Parsonage Gallery at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott Street, Little Rock. The exhibition will remain until the end of December; hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Friday (call the church office at (501) 375-2342 to confirm that office staff is available to access the building ) and from 7:30 am to noon on Sundays. Email [email protected]

‘Plein en Main’

Artists from across the state will create works in their preferred medium in Batesville’s Main Street business and residential districts when Gallery 246, 243 E. Main St., Batesville, hosts its fifth annual “Plain en Main” outdoor art contest Friday and Saturday. The gallery is offering more than $1,500 in cash prizes. Abigail Smithson, a Lyon College faculty member, will serve as the judge. Call (870) 262-8066.

Also in Batesville, artifacts, history and stories from Independence County and surrounding counties will be on display on Friday, October 1. 23 at the Old Independence Regional Museum, 380 S. Ninth St., Batesville, marking Lyon College’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors 55 and older and military, $2 for children 6 and older, free for children 6 and under. Call (870) 793-2121 or visit oirm.org.

ETC.: pride parade

The 2022 Pride Parade, Saturday noon through the Argent district of North Little Rock, beginning east of Dickey Stephens Stadium and proceeding west on West Broadway to Maple Street, north on Maple to West Sixth Street, and east to Main Street . It concludes at Argenta Plaza, where a festival will feature food trucks, vendors, music, and drag performances. Sign up at tinyurl.com/4cuhnyeh.

arts and finance

Elaine Grogan Luttrull, founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company that fosters financial literacy and empowerment through education and advice, will speak on “Financial Wellness in the Arts”, Fridays at 6 pm in Room 101 of the Windgate Center for Art and Design at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. It is part of the UALR art and design department’s artWORKS 2022 conference series. Visit facebook.com/ualrart.

Round Table of Poets

tyrone jaeger, Porter Fund Literary Award winner and Hendrix College faculty member, will be the featured speaker at the Arkansas Poetry Day Annual Conference’s Poets’ Roundtable, Saturday at Parkview United Methodist Church, 514 N. Border St., Benton. Registration begins at 9 am; the conference begins at 9:30. There is no registration fee. An $8.50 barbecue lunch will be available. Call (501) 305-9972, email [email protected] or visit poetsroundtableofarkansas.org.

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